The upcoming series between India and England is already shrouded in controversy following Ajay Shirke's letter to the ECB about the financial help. Rumours are rife that due to the ongoing tussle between the BCCI and the Lodha Committee, the proposed series could be jeopardised.
However, according to an ECB spokesperson the series is very much on and there is no threat whatsoever to the series.
"We are already in India, there is no change to any plans and we are looking forward to the series against India," an ECB spokesperson told PTI.
Earlier, secretary of the BCCI, Ajay Shirke had written a letter to the ECB and had asked them to arrange for the expenses of England's players on the tour since the Indian Board would not be able to carry out the financial transactions. c
After Hughes inquest, Australians deny that sledging is a problem
Current and former Australian cricketers down-played the issue of verbal abuse on Friday after a coroner deemed it as cricket's "ugly underside".
New South Wales coroner Michael Barnes termed sledging as an "unsavoury aspect" of cricket. He said, "An outsider is left to wonder why such a beautiful game would need such an ugly underside." Former Australian captain Mark Taylor felt that sledging isn't a major problem in cricket at the moment but added that the umpires must intervene when required.
"The game needs a competitive edge to it, but it doesn't need a lot or rubbish talk either. If something positive does come out of this, it will be a reduction in the idle chat.
"Sledging is something that has always been talked about regularly, but the umpires should step in if they think it is over the top," he said.
Former Australian Test opener Chris Rogers felt that there's less sledging in the game now. "Things are changing but I don’t see how it can be completely policed," he said.
David Warner echoed similar sentiments and preferred calling it "banter" between teams.
With the increasing political tension between India and Pakistan, Reg Dickason, who is the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) security adviser has assured Pakistan-origin players Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid of their safety during the 5 match Test series which is due to begin on November 9.
It was earlier reported that umpire Aleem Dar had pulled out of the tour citing security reasons, but it was later clarified that he had already been nominated for the Australia-South Africa Test series.
The security advisor added: “I have spoken to Moeen and Adil, and they seem okay. They haven’t expressed any doubts to me.”
West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich has been rewarded for his match-winning 60* by getting a call-up to the ODI squad to play in the tri-series in Zimbabwe later this month. Fast bowler Miguel Cummins was also brought into the 15, with the two being left out at their expense being the experienced batsman Marlon Samuels and teenage fast bowler Alzarri Joseph.
Updated XI: Jason Holder (Captain), Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johsnon Charles, Shanon Gabriel, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Sulieman Benn, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope, Rovman Powell.
Mitchell Santner suffered a wrist injury while practicing for a domestic game and has thus been ruled out of the first Test against Pakistan which is set to begin at Christchurch on November 17th. He was due to feature in the game for New Zealand's domestic side Northern Districts, ahead of the Plunket Shield which is New Zealand's domestic first-class tournament.
"After such a strong tour of India, it's really disappointing for Mitch to pick up this injury ahead of the first match of the home summer," said coach Mike Hesson. "We're unsure whether Mitch will be available for the second Test at this stage, but we'll be monitoring his recovery closely and look forward to having him back."
South African speedster Dale Steyn was injured during the 1st Test between Australia and South Africa. He dismissed David Warner for 97 after which he injured his shoulder. He was bowling his 13th over of the innings when he was seen clutching his right shoulder. He was in serious discomfort and could not complete the over, due to which Keshav Maharaj had to bowl the final two deliveries.
According to reports, he aggravated his old shoulder injury which was believed to be a cracked collarbone from earlier this year. He is currently at
the hospital having scans done. It usually takes about six to eight weeks for a broken collarbone to heal, although it can take longer.
The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has written an official letter to the England national cricket team’s Operations manager Phil Neale, requesting the England Cricket Board (ECB) to pay for their expenses during the upcoming India tour.
BCCI President Ajay Shirke reluctantly wrote an official letter to ECB stating that their funds have been frozen by the Lodha Committeee and they will be unable to take of the team’s expenses this time.