There is a possibility of Afghanistan cricket players to join the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year. This news has just come in a few days after ICC granted them the rights to become a Test nation by the year 2019.
A Memorandum of Understanding which was sent in by the Afghanistan Cricket Board was accepted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). This is great news for Afghanistan cricket and will lead to their players getting a lot more international exposure. This would certainly help them in the long run and strengthen their position in Test cricket.
In a must win game for Somerset in Division One of the County Championship in England, they proved themselves as they crushed Nottinghamshire by 325 runs. Chris Rogers produced a match-winning performance as he notched up a century in both innings. He had support from Jack Leach in the bowling department who took seven wickets in the entire match.
Somerset scored 365 in their first innings and produced a brilliant bowling performance to bundle out Nottinghamshire for a meagre total of 138. Rogers decided not to enforce the follow-on as Somerset set up a target of 541 runs for Nottinghamshire to achieve. They did not even come close as they were bowled out for 215 runs.
With this victory, Somerset are on the top of the table and have a great chance to win the Championship, if the match between Middlesex and Yorkshire ends up being a draw.
The most experienced bowler of a revamped Australian bowling line-up, Mitchell Marsh has displaced Mitchell Starc as the head of the Fast Bowlers’ Union (FBU).
FBU is a ‘quicks only’ union within the Australian squad, that offers benefits to its members including having the privilege to sit in the luxurious sections of the team bus, where jaded fast bowlers can stretch their leg. Stories have also circulated that Marsh offered cash payments in the past to be a part of the coveted FBU.
Playing their last league match of the division 2 County Championship, Glamorgan lost six wickets in a span of 10 runs and six overs against Leicestershire, to lose the game by 26 runs.
This was the final league game for both the sides, where Glamorgan finished at number 8 on the table, while Leicestershire took the 7th spot. Chasing 181 to win, Glamorgan lost KS Carlson in the 35th over, which triggered a disastrous collapse for the away side.
West Indies will look to put their recent off-field agitation behind them as they go on to face Pakistan in a 3 match T20 series in the United Arab Emirates which begins on Friday.
There has been a lot of turmoil off late in the West Indies camp as head coach Phil Simmons was sacked just before the team left for the UAE. The players have not displayed much emotion regarding his sacking and Simmons himself has refused to speak on the matter until he received legal advice.
West Indies would also miss the absence of star batsman Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell, who faces a hearing into claims from the Anti-Doping Commission that he missed 3 drug tests over the period of 12 months.
The West Indies series of Pakistan consists of 3 T20s, 5 ODIs, and 3 Tests.
Australia's captain Steve Smith is all set to return to captain his side in the 5 match ODI series against South Africa and the one-off ODI against Ireland, which begins on 27 September.
Smith had left the squad midway during the Sri Lanka tour, after which David Warner had taken over as captain for three ODIs and two T20 matches.
“I’ve had a good break. I had a hit two days before we left (Australia), I actually got my old man to feed me some balls for the first time in about eight years. So it was a good thrill for him, and I hadn’t lost it. I felt like I hit the ball really well, and we’ve got a week here (in Johannesburg) to prepare and I’ll get some good time in the nets over this week and then be ready to go for the first game,” Smith told Cricket Australia.
Former Indian left-arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi has questioned the new selection panel, stating that one needs to have a look at those who helped them reach the top of the pedestal in the first place and not put too much blame on those who have been picked.
"Why blame new bunch o jokers..oops..sorry selectors...we must try & find out who put tortoise on top o the pole...mustn't we?!!", Bedi posted on his Twitter handle earlier today.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has defended the newly-appointed selection committee which the Indian media has been criticising due to a lack of playing experience amongst the members.
The newly appointed Selection Committee is chaired by former Indian wicket-keeper MSK Prasad and the BCCI appointed Sarandeep Singh, Jatin Paranjpe, Devang Gandhi and Gagan Khoda as the remaining four members. Prasad and Khoda were part of the earlier selection committee as well.
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A 13-man squad has been named for Bangladesh to take on Afghanistan in the first two ODIs of their series. the selection on uncapped 20-year-old right-hander Mosaddek Hossain Shaikat.
Here is the entire squad: Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain Shaikat, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman and Nasir Hossain.
Many prominent Indian captains were present at the felicitation ceremony, but there were a few who too were not there. The likes of Gundappa Vishwanath, Nari Contractor, Bishan Singh Bedi weren't seen in the celebration.
Also not featuring in the list was Rahul Dravid. The reason for his absence is not known yet.
AB de Villiers’ status as an international superstar catapulted upwards when the South African signed for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011. His stint for the Bangalore franchise has been peppered with several mind-boggling knocks, making the 32-year old hugely popular all over India.
However, it wasn’t always smooth sailings for De Villiers. His temperament was questioned in the initial phase of his career, his aggressive shot selection led to his demise after quick starts. He might have become a sensation under Ray Jennings’ tutelage for the RCB, but the two didn’t get off to a good start.
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Australia coach Darren Lehmann has said there could be some sledging in their upcoming series against South Africa and admitted that the likes of Dan Worrall, Joe Mennie etc were picked to give a breather to the regular players.
Lehmann also said that the 2017 Champions Trophy and the 2019 World Cup were the main objectives for the team.
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has expressed his reservations with the usage of the pink ball in Tests, stating that many adjustments were required while playing with it and added that he wasn't sure how the ball would respond when there was dew on the field.
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Present England assistant coach Paul Farbrace has ruled himself out of contention to take over the position of head coach at Yorkshire from Jason Gillespie, who will leave the club post the present season.
Farbace confirmed the news to the Telegraph sport, which now means that the search for them has just got a bit more tougher for the defending county champions.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India have filed a petition with the Supreme Court of India against the report, put forth by the Lodha committee, comprising of former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha and retired Supreme Court judges, Ashok Bhan and R Raveendran.
A large part of the recommendations, given by the Lodha panel was accepted by the court that gave the order on the 18th of July, but the BCCI, in its report has named it “unconstitutional"
Ahead of the opening India vs New Zealand Test at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur, a host of former captains were felicitated by the host association- the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association- for their contribution to the game.
The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Dilip Vengsarkar, MS Dhoni etc were present on the morning and were given a showel and a memento for the occasion.
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Former chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil has revealed that batting legend Sachin Tendulkar would have found himself out of the 50-overs team had he not retired from the format in 2012.
Revealing the backdrop of Tendulkar’s retirement from the limited-overs game, Patil revealed that the selectors had a chat with the batsman, post the fourth Test against England at Nagpur and added that perhaps the right-hander understood what they were trying to indicate.
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