Moises Henriques, who had a disappointing tour to Sri Lanka, believes that the experience gained during his side loss to Sri Lanka in Test series will help him become a better cricketer. The 29-year-old, who was a surprise selection for the Sri Lanka Tour, was also vary of getting out stumped on three occasions in the Test series, and felt he could have done a lot better with his judgement while advancing down the wicket.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is counting on the experience his spinners gained during the World T20 in India earlier this year. Williamson believes spin will be deciding factor in the series, his spinners Mitchel Santner and Ish Sodhi possess have the ability to trouble the Indian batting line-up.
The Kiwi skipper has also mentioned that preparing turning wickets may very well boomerang on the hosts.
The Chief Executive Officer of the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said that Pakistan have suffered the most from the prevalent security concerns and sympathised with the state of affairs, as far as cricket is concerned in the nation.
Richardson said, "The fact is that ICC is keen for everybody to play international cricket, including Pakistan. The more teams we can have the better. However, circumstances around the world really have gotten quite difficult, from a security point of view and Pakistan has probably been the hardest hit than any other country."
"The ICC members have always tried to support Pakistan by making sure that they are willing to play Pakistan in the UAE and elsewhere to keep cricket going at least internationally even though it's not in Pakistan."
The CEO, at the same time, also appreciated the efforts being put in by the Pakistani Government to beef up the security measures. He added, "It's actually quite easy for you to convince me that international cricket returns to Pakistan, but unfortunately it's not me or the ICC that needs to be convinced.
"It's the security experts, it's the security consultants who are advising the players who are advising the teams and that's really out of our control. I know that the Pakistan government and the PCB are doing whatever they can to try and persuade the people and make security situation better in Pakistan. Pretty soon we'll get to a situation where teams are willing to play international cricket in Pakistan."
While this recognition comes as a welcome move for stranded nation, it remains to be seen as to whether the ICC takes any concrete step towards bringing international cricket back to Pakistan.
Virat Kohli says team is working hard on handling spin
With less than 24 hours to go for the 1st Test between India and New Zealand, India’s Test captain Virat Kohli doesn’t look too worried about Team India’s recent struggles against the spinners.
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Ahead of India's 500th Test, Indian spinner R Ashwin has picked his top 5 memorable moments in the history of Indian cricket. Ashwin rated Anil Kumble's 10-wicket haul against Pakistan at Delhi as his most favourite moment followed by the historic 2001 Kolkata test between India and Australia. The list also includes India's 1-0 win over England in their own backyard in 2007, 3-0 win over South Africa at home last year in which India stopped the Proteas' juggernaut away from home and the 1-2 series win over Sri Lanka last year, the first series win on Sri Lankan soil after 22 years.
Ashwin's 5 best moments in Indian cricket:
1. Anil Kumble's 10-74
2. India vs Australia, 2001 Kolkata Test
3. India's series win over England in 2007
4. India's series win over South Africa in 2015
5. India's historic series win in Sri Lanka
N. Srinivasan is likely to return to the International Cricket Council (ICC) just 10 months after he was replaced as the chairman of the global cricket governing body. The ex-Board of Control for Cricket in India president has become one of the front-runners to being the board’s representative on the ICC’s Board of Directors.
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