Zimbabwe Cricket have announced that they would host Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series starting on October 29. The two teams will then face off in a triangular series with West Indies as the third team. The teams will lock horns at the Harare Sports Club for the first Test, followed by the second Test at the same venue from November 6.
After much speculation, the England Cricket Board(ECB) have revamped the central contract policy in order to provide more focus to limited overs cricket in England. Under the new system, 10 Test contracts and 11 white ball contracts have been announced. Players will also receive a ranking based on their on-field performance, off-field contribution and fitness, which will play a key role in their appraisal.
Indian Army🙏🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 #SurgicalStrike 💪💪💪— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 29, 2016
Indian Army🙏🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 #SurgicalStrike 💪💪💪
Indian cricketers praise army for surgical strikes along LOCIndian cricketers have congratulated the Indian army after the army undertook surgical strikes on terrorist camps along LOC. Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Kaif took to Twitter to extol the army after Director General of Military Operations Lt General Ranbir Singh today revealed about the surgical strikes operation which inflicted momentous fatalities to terrorists and those who were protecting them.
All hail Indian Army.They are truly the best.Jai Hind.— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 29, 2016
All hail Indian Army.They are truly the best.Jai Hind.
Salute to Indian Army.The boys have played really well.Jai Hind.#SurgicalStrike— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 29, 2016
Salute to Indian Army.The boys have played really well.Jai Hind.#SurgicalStrike
Major blow for England with Anderson and Wood ruled out of the Bangladesh Tour
Anderson and Wood ruled out of Bangladesh Tour, Finn and Ball recalledEngland's pace-bowling attack suffered a double blow after James Anderson and Mark Wood were ruled out of the Bangladesh tour citing recurrence of injuries. Anderson has been suffering with issues in his right shoulder, while Woods has been troubled by his left-knee injury.Middlesex's fast-bowler Steven Finn has been drafted into the ODI squad, while Nottinghamshire's Jake Ball, who is already in the ODI squad, has been added to the Test squad. Further replacement to the Test squad will be decided on a later date.The 34-year old Anderson, who is England's highest wicket taker with 463 scalps, will now face the battle to achieve complete fitness before the 5-Test series against India, starting from November.
Losing Williamson would be a huge blow for New Zealand considering their frailty against spin in the first Test
The miseries for the New Zealand squad don't seem to end as they now find skipper, and probably the best batsman in the squad, Kane Williamson down with a bug a day before the Kolkata Test. Williamson has been laying low and rested in the team hotel while his teammates took the field to practice at Eden Gardens.But Williamson is still likely to play the Test, as indicated by Tom Latham at the press conference.Latham told the press, "Kane is a little bit crook today so he won't be training."
"There is no discomfort, he is just down with a bug. Nothing too major, he is just resting up and getting right for tomorrow," the opening batsman said.The Kolkata Test begins tomorrow and losing Williamson would be a huge blow for the visitors, considering New Zealand's frailty against spin in the first Test. Henry Nicholls is likely to open in case Williamson sits out.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli shares a light moment with India's wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha and the returning Gautam Gambhir ahead of the second Test. A lot of speculations were going on over the presence of Gautam Gambhir in the playing XI. Will he feature in the playing XI? Or will Shikhar Dhawan get a chance in the absence of KL Rahul?
#TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli sharing a laugh with @GautamGambhir & @Wriddhipops during the training session - @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/vtUDpgwfaV— BCCI (@BCCI) September 29, 2016
#TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli sharing a laugh with @GautamGambhir & @Wriddhipops during the training session - @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/vtUDpgwfaV
Bangladesh authorities have promised the England cricketers about unprecedented security when they begin a controversial tour. An attack on a cafe in Dhaka in July that killed 18 foreigners threw a powerful spotlight on the dangers posed by Islamist extremists who have also slain dozens of activists and members of Bangladesh's religious minorities. After their own security expert carried out an assessment in Bangladesh, England's cricket board decided to go ahead with a month-long tour that begins with three ODIs followed by two Test matches.
The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) has raised concerns with CSA over the hosting of the fifth ODI between South Africa and Australia on October 12, which falls on the same day as the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. While Newlands will stage the fixture as planned, officials have asked CSA not to schedule matches on important religious days in future.
India received a big boost going into the second Test against New Zealand at Eden Gardens as their ace spinner R Ashwin is fully fit and is set to play in the second Test. While speaking to the media ahead of the Test, Kohli said Ashwin is absolutely fine and will play in the second test. Kohli also said the wicket that has been prepared is a typical Eden Gardens wicket and will be good for batting.
The most anticipated wedding of Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh and actress Hazel Keech is scheduled to take place on November 30 in his hometown, Chandigarh. Sources close to Yuvraj confirmed that the wedding would happen on November 30 and it is expected to be a private affair. The source also confirmed that the receptions are planned in the first week of December.For more details, read here