Ball that got Virat could have got any batsman: New Zealand cricketer Kyle Jamieson
Southampton, Jun 20 Rookie New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson, who rattled India with a fifer, on the second day of the World Test Championship final, feels that any batsman could have been dismissed with that inswinger that got rid of rival skipper Virat Kohli.
Jamieson got a fivewicket haul as New Zealand dismissed India for 217 on the third day of the WTC final and then scored 101 for 2 at close of play.
Asked if setting up Kohli with outswingers and then bringing one back in like they did in New Zealand is a template they have said, Jamieson answered in affirmative.
"Oh, I guess yes. May be there is some sort of pattern and this we know talk about huge amount, the one that I was able to get him (Kohli) today certainly seamed back a little-bit.
"And that was pretty hard to control as a bowler and pretty harder to manage as a batter no matter who you are. So I don't think it is necessarily just for him (Kohli)," Jamieson said at the virtual post-day press conference.
According to the 26-year-old lanky speedster, who returned with fine figures of 5-31, Kohli's dismissal played a key part in how things unfolded on the second day.
"Yeah, obviously he (Kohli) is a massive part of their team and pretty big wicket to get, so to get him pretty early morning, was I guess was nice and pleasing and pretty crucial for how the day followed," added the right-arm pacer.
However he didn'tfeel that Kohli has any apparent glitches in his technique.
"Oh, not really I think, he is (Kohli) world class batter and those guys don't tend to have too many chinks in their armoury. He is obviously a massive part of their line-up and to get him early certainly set things up nicely for us." Jamieson at times got the ball to wobble and it was satisfying to keep Kohli under control as the Indian captain in his 132-ball innings had a single boundary to his name.
"It is pleasing in terms of for myself trying to wobble the ball and try and keep him in check a little-bit and to get that was pleasing and it was a great start for our day," the lanky pacer signed off. News source PTI
Would have been great if we had a go at Taylor this evening: Indian cricketer Shubman Gill
Southampton, Jun 20 Indian opener Shubman Gill feels that bad light robbed them of a chance to have a crack at Ross Taylor and make further inroads into the New Zealand batting on day three of the World Test Championship final.
New Zealand ended at 101 for two with Devon Conway (54) being dismissed at the stroke of stumps.
"It (Conway) was a crucial wicket for us and I feel that if we would have been able to bowl a few overs to Ross Taylor, we might have been able to get couple of more wickets.
"We would have a slight edge tomorrow as both batsmen (Taylor and Kane Williamson) are relatively new at the crease," Gill said during the media conference.
Gill did admit that it's been a problem as they have now failed to cross 250 against New Zealand on five successive occasions.
"I think the Tests we played in New Zealand (in 2020), we didn't have too much time to prepare as the focus was more on ODIs and T20s. As you said, we haven't been able to cross 250 in the last five Tests.
"This Test also we were in a solid position but we lost couple of early wickets today. But hopefully if we get some time, in next innings, we will cross 250," he replied.
Gill praised Kyle Jamieson for his five-wicket haul but also felt that Indian pacers didn't have the rub of the green going their way despite bowling well during the final two sessions.
"He (Jamieson) was bowling well during the first spell but he didn't get many wickets. But he got his reward today and I feel our bowlers also bowled well. However luck didn't favour us and there were a couple of half chances which didnt go our way. Hopefully, tomorrow is a new day and it will bring us some luck," the talented batter said. News source PTI
BCCI to bid for 2025 Champions Trophy, 2028 World T20 and 2031 ODI World Cup during next cycle
New Delhi, Jun 20 Confident that it can easily host big-ticket tournaments every two years, the BCCI on Sunday decided to bid for three global events - including two World Cups in shorter formats - during the next eight-year tournament cycle that starts from 2024.
The decision was taken at BCCI's Emergent Apex Council meeting, held virtually.
It has been learnt that BCCI will bid for one Champions Trophy, a T20 World Cup and a 50-over World Cup in the cycle of ICC events.
"Yes, we would be bidding for the 2025 Champions Trophy along with 2028 T20 World Cup and the 2031 50-over World Cup. The Apex Council has agreed on this, in principle," a senior office bearer told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Recently the ICC had announced that the Champions Trophy, which hasn't been held after 2017 in England, will be revived during the next FTP cycle and accordingly India has decided to bid for it.
"The Champions Trophy is a short tournament but is an immensely popular one. It was only fair that after the 2023 World Cup in India, we bid for the 2025 Champions Trophy. India should be in a position to host a global event every two to three years and hence we are bidding for three events," the official said.
The ICC has decided that from the next cycle, the 50-over World Cup will be a 14-team event while the T20 World Cup's teams will be increased from 16 to 20.
A 10-member panel to be formed for Ranji Trophy compensation ======================================= The BCCI will form a 10-member committee to decide on the modalities of compensation for the domestic players due to cancellation of the Ranji Trophy, last season.
"It has been decided that a 10-member panel will be formed. One representative from each of the six zones will be there (North, West South, East, Central and North East) along with four office bearers which includes president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah," the official said.
"We have to find a workable solution where we can distinguish between players who should be paid and the ones who can't be paid. There needs to be consensus as anyone can claim that he would have played first-class cricket this year. Also giving lump-sum amount to state units hasn't found much favour within the Board," the official said.
The Ranji Trophy players currently get Rs 1.40 lakh per match as match fees and also another handsome amount from BCCI's Gross Revenue Share (GRS). A good domestic player who plays all three formats without the IPL makes around 20 lakh per annum which wasn't possible last season.
Only two tournaments -- Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy and Vijay Hazare One Day Trophy were held -- where the match fee for first team players is Rs 35,000 per game. News source PTI
Kyle Jamieson's five-for, Devon Conway's fifty help New Zealand take control of World Test Championship final
Southampton, Jun 20 India's batting superstars struggled to decode the "big riddle" called Kyle Jamieson while the bowlers found new batting sensation Devon Conway a difficult customer as New Zealand finished the third day of the World Test Championship final in a strong position.
Jamieson's second five-wicket haul against India in three Tests had Virat Kohli's men all out for 217 in overcast conditions.
In reply, New Zealand were 101 for two at stumps as Conway (54 off 152 balls) scored his third successive Test half-century before flicking one off Ishant Sharma to Mohammed Shami before the close of play.
Jamieson decimated India with marvellous figures of 22-12-31-5 with generous help from the relentless Neil Wagner (15-5-40-2) and the crafty duo of Tim Southee (22-6-64-1) and Trent Boult (21.1-4-47-2).
Head coach Ravi Shastri won't be one bit amused but the sequence of scores of Indian batting against New Zealand's seam attack in last five innings has been less than 250 --165, 191, 242, 124 and now 217.
It was 6 feet 8 inch tall Jamieson, who after last year's series in New Zealand, has once again turned into a nightmare for the Indian batsmen.
Having removed Rohit Sharma on Saturday morning, Jamieson was relentless with his length and the bounce did the rest with clever traps laid for skipper Kohli and the dangerous Rishabh Pant.
Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane walked into a nicely laid traps as India failed to reach 250, a good total in the prevailing conditions as per batting coach Vikram Rathour.
The overcast conditions made batting difficult and the likes of Jamieson, Boult and Wagner indulged in a 'who blinks first' game with the Indian batters and came out trumps with some incisive seam, swing and short pitched bowling.
Kohli (44, 132 balls) couldn't add a single run to his overnight score as his RCB teammate Jamieson made life difficult for him.
Kohli, who had shown admirable patience in leaving every delivery outside the off-stump on day two, was ready to dig deep but the Black Caps resorted to the tactics that worked wonderfully against the India captain in their home conditions back in 2020.
Boult and Jamieson kept bowling outside the off-stump channel and Kohli kept on leaving before the lanky seamer went slightly wide off the crease and got one to aim at rival skipper's boot laces.
Kohli had shaped for an away going delivery and the balance of his head was tilted outside the off-stump, leaving him in tangle and the DRS review that he took was a waste of time.
Pant didn't score a run for 19 balls and then got a boundary with a flick through mid-wicket. Two balls later, he took the bait when Jamieson angled one on the imaginary fifth off-stump. He went for an expansive drive only to be snapped in the third slip by Tom Latham.
Once the 61-run stand with Kohli had ended, Rahane (49, 119 balls) sensed that the scoreboard needed a move on and started playing a few shots.
But perhaps, the milestone was working on his mind and despite playing a mistimed pull-shot one ball earlier, Wagner with his signature short ball prevented him from reaching a well-deserved fifty.
Rahane's disappointment was evident as he fell into the trap to play the pull-shot despite knowing that Wagner had kept a deep fine leg and long leg for the shot.
Ravichandran Ashwin (22) threw his bat around and got some useful runs but was never going to last long as Southee took care of him just before lunch break.
Post lunch, Jamieson removed Ishant and Jasprit Bumrah off successive deliveries but Shami prevented him from completing a hat-trick.
When New Zealand batted, Conway and the ever-stodgy Tom Latham (30 off 104) added 70, blunting the sharp new ball attack from the Indians.
Shami (0/19 in 11 overs) presented a nice seam position but without much success while Ashwin (1/20 in 12 overs) got appreciable drift and dip to remove Latham. News source PTI
Shafali Verma will be very important for us in all formats: Indian cricketer Mithali Raj
Bristol, Jun 20 Shafali Verma's spectacular debut has caught the imagination of the Indian women's team Test skipper Mithali Raj, who feels the teenager would be a key member of the side in all the formats of the game in future.
The 17-year-old, who had smashed a stroke-filled 96 in the first innings, made 63 in the second innings, to become the youngest woman and fourth overall to score twin half-centuries in her debut Test and was rightfully adjudged player-of-the-match.
"She will be very, very important to the Indian batting unit in all formats. She beautifully adapted to this format," Mithali said in a virtual media interaction after India, following on, salvaged a draw in the one-off Test against England.
"She didn't go like how she would go bonkers in the T20 format. She played sensibly against the new ball and it's great to have her." Asked what prompted the Indian team management to hand Verma a Test debut in England, Mithali said: "She has great range of shots, and she can be very, very, effective in a format like this if she gets going. In no time, we could see that the score would be somewhere else if she gets going.
"Once we knew that it's a used wicket and there won't be much of a movement, we thought it would be a good time to give her a Test debut and she lived up to it." Mithali rated the young opener's knock in the second innings ahead of her first innings score of 96 as the teenager showed utmost composure and maturity.
"The (second innings) fifty came with a little more sorted head and a little bit more experience. Those sweetly-timed drives, it was beautiful to watch her. I'm sure she will grow from strength to strength from here on." In reply to England's first innings score of 396 for 9, India, playing their first-ever Test in seven years, collapsed to 231 from 167 for no loss, courtesy the fine start given by Verma and Smriti Mandhana.
Following-on, India had a familiar collapse after fifties from Verma and Deepti Sharma and they were staring at a loss before debutants Sneh Rana (80 not out) and wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia (44 not out) frustrated the English bowlers to pull off a thrilling draw in the final session.
Rana, who was playing her first game for India in five years, was handed a surprise debut and Mithali said the off-spinner's ability to bat clinched it for her.
"It was important for us to pick spinners who have been doing well because we didn't have much of a camp or tournament before this. Sneh (Rana) was bowling very well along with Deepti. Her bonus was that she was a batter and we wanted to lengthen our batting order." The India veteran also backed her English counterpart Heather Knight's call for a five-day Test format for women's cricket.
"It's a good idea to have a five-day Test, but we actually have to start a Test match regularly. Having a Test match in a series is important, and then maybe you can take it to five-day Tests.
"I'm okay with it as it gives more chances of a result. But I would prefer having a Test match in every series, and take it from there," Mithali said.
India stretched their unbeaten streak against England women to 26 years with this draw and Mithali said the visitors' outstanding show would put the home side on the back foot going into the limited overs series.
India will now play three ODIs and as many T20Is against England beginning with the first game here on June 27.
"Psychologically, I think it's a big boost and will definitely put England on back foot because they know that even though the main batters have not performed, the lower middle order stood up," she said.
"The Indian batting line up is deep now and it's not just the top-order. The lower middle-order also can bat and put in match-winning partnerships," she said.
India women will play their first-ever pink-ball Test at the WACA during their tour of Australia in September and Mithali said the just-concluded match against England augurs well for them.
"These girls have shown even with lack of practice with the red ball and the longer format, they stood up and performed. I think confidence is what we will be carrying into the next Tests. I know it's a pink ball Test but preparation will be equally important.
"Having said that, the mental space that these young girls are in after today's performance will have a very positive impact, moving into a longer format for the coming Pink Ball Test," she concluded. News source PTI
Cricket Australia says Indian women's Test against Australia will be played on 'fresh' WACA pitch
Melbourne, Jun 19 Indian women team's Test against Australia later this year will be played on a fresh pitch, Cricket Australia said on Saturday, in stark contrast to ECB's decision to host Mithali Raj's side on a used track in the one-off match in Bristol.
India will tour Australia in September-October to play a day/night Test, three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals.
"It's standard practice in Australia to ensure fresh pitches are available for all men's and women's Test matches and this season will be no different," CA Head of Operations Peter Roach was quoted as saying by '7Cricket'.
"We have seen the women's game rise to a new level in recent times and it is important we provide the platform for that trend to continue." The WACA Ground in Perth will host a Test against India for the first time in 15 years from September 30 to October 3.
After that Manuka Oval in Canberra will host a Test against England in late January next year to start the multi-format Ashes series.
"The WACA Ground and Manuka Oval are terrific venue for Test cricket and with first-class ground staff, we are extremely confident that the facilities for the two women's Tests will be of the highest standard." England women's team captain Heather Knight had expressed displeasure at an used pitch being given for her side's one-off Test against India in Bristol, saying it's not ideal as they would want to play on a fresh strip.
The pitch at the Bristol's County Ground was used for a Gloucestershire T20 match a week back and Knight pointed out that it might become sluggish later in the Test.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had apologised for not being able to give a fresh wicket as the Test was only being added to the calendar in mid-April.
"We are all disappointed that the wicket for the LV= Insurance Test match against India will have had 37 overs played on it. We know that England Women deserve a fresh wicket and we are sorry that we were unable to provide that in this instance.
"We accept that this issue shouldn't have arisen and we will make sure it doesn't happen in the future," a spokesperson from the ECB had said. News source PTI
George Garton named in England’s ODI Squad against Sri Lanka
Chris Silverwood, the England Men’s Head has picked a 16 player squad for The Royal London ODI Series against Sri Lanka commencing at Emirates Riverside, Durham on Tuesday 29 June 2021.
England ODI Squad
Eoin Morgan (Captain)Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
George Garton, a fast bowler from Sussex is selected in the squad for the first time. Having been a key player of Sussex in white-ball cricket over the past few years and been a member of the England system through the Lions since 2016, the left-arm pacer will be looking to make the most of this opportunity in the Royal London Series.
England Men’s Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said: “We have been monitoring the progress of George Garton for quite some time. He has been a significant part of Sussex’s bowling unit in white-ball cricket for an extended period. His ability to bowl quick with his point of difference being a left-armer certainly gives us options in this series, and he deserves his chance at this level.
“This ODI series is important as we continue to build momentum ahead of the 2023 World Cup. Despite some injuries, the squad I have selected is strong and gives us depth across all departments. We are looking forward to competing and putting on a show for the fans.
“Several players are not available for selection due to injury. Jofra Archer (right elbow), Saqib Mahmood (abdominal) and Reece Topley (side strain) are all missing, but continue to make excellent progress from their respective injuries.
“We are pleased that Ben Stokes is returning to action with Durham this weekend after recovering from a fractured finger. If everything goes to plan, I hope he could be available for selection for the Vitality IT20 series against Pakistan next month.
“Unfortunately, following the second Test at Edgbaston against New Zealand, Olly Stone has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of his lower back and will miss the rest of the summer with the injury. It is a great shame as Olly was showing real promise with the ball and would have been part of our selection plans for this series.”
The Royal London ODI Series
1st ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Tuesday 29 June 2021, Emirates Riverside, Durham (11.00am BST)
2nd ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Thursday 1 July 2021, Kia Oval, London (1.00pm BST)
3rd ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Sunday 4 July 2021, County Ground, Bristol (11.00am BST)
Women's one-off Test: India 171/3 at lunch on final day against England
Bristol, Jun 19 Indian women reached 171 for 3 in their second innings at lunch on day four of the one-off Test against England here on Saturday.
Deepti Sharma (54) and Punam Raut (39 not out) shared a 92-run stand for the third wicket as India took a six-run lead after being forced to follow on by England on Friday.
Deepti was out at the stroke of lunch.
Overnight batter Shafali Verma was dismissed in the 30th over by left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone for 63.
Brief Scores: England Women 1st innings: 396/9 decl India Women: 231 and 171 for 3 in 57.5 overs (Shafali Verma 63, Deepti Sharma 54; Sophie Ecclestone 2/51). News source PTI
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill depart after promising start to leave India at 69 for two at lunch
Southampton, Jun 19 Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill staved off the initial swing threat posed by the opposition pace attack with disciplined batting before New Zealand fought back to leave India at 69 for two at lunch on day two of the World Test Championship final here on Saturday. After the opening day was rained out, cooler and overcast conditions at the Hampshire Bowl on day made it a no brainer to bowl first and Kane Williamson did just that.
India decided to stick to the playing eleven they announced two days ago despite change in conditions while New Zealand went in with a four-prong pace attack at the expense of a specialist spinner with all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme being the fifth seam bowling option.
Opening for the first time in England, Rohit (34 off 68) and Gill (28 off 64) came into the middle with a clear gameplan and applied themselves brilliantly against the potent pace duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee.
As he often does, Rohit batted with an open stance to negate left-arm pacer Boult's trademark inswinger while Gill stood outside his crease to tackle Southee's outswinger. There were times when Gill was not afraid to come down the track.
Gill, who had played the short ball extremely well in his debut series in Australia, pulled Boult off the front foot for India's first boundary of the final.
Rohit got going with a couple of fours off Southee in the following over, one a cut through point and the other a thick edge past the slip cordon. Gill welcomed Kyle Jamieson into the attack with a lovely straight drive off an inswinger. The New Zealand bowlers were struggling to keep things tight as India reached 41 for no loss in 11 overs without a maiden over being bowled. No runs were scored for the next three overs with the openers doing a fine job to survive the first hour of play. The young Gill took a nasty hit on his helmet grille after Jamieson caught him by surprise with a sharp bouncer.
The lanky pacer was the one who provided the much needed breakthrough by having Rohit caught at third slip with Southee taking a terrific catch.
Neil Wagner sent Gill back in his very first over with the one angling away and straight into the hands of wicketkeeper B J Watling, scripting New Zealand's late fightback in the session.
Cheteshwar Pujara (0 off 24) and skipper Virat Kohli (6 off 12) were in the middle when lunch was taken. News source PTI
New Zealand cricket team elect to bowl, India go in with announced XI in overcast conditions
Southampton, Jun 19 New Zealand captain Kane Wiliamson won the toss and elected to bat against India under overcast conditions in the World Test Championship final here on Saturday.
The day one of the title clash on Friday was washed out.
India didn't change their playing XI announced two days back with both specialist spin bowling all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin adding to their batting depth.
New Zealand are going with an all seam attack with medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Kyle Jamieson.
Teams: India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (Capt), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult. News source PTI
India's Shefali Verma puts a fight back against England on day three at Bristol
In the latest cricket news, the combination of rain and Shafali Verma frustrated England Women on day three of the LV= Insurance as the rains forced the third Day of the ongoing only Test between the two sides to be called off an hour ahead of the scheduled close of the match day.
Indian women finished the day three at 83/1 after following-on and were still 82 runs behind England's first innings score of 396/9. Shafali Verma put up a brilliant show, remaining unbeaten on 55 off 68 when the play ended after the final session was washed out.
Deepti Sharma will be the other batswoman taking on the crease today as she remains unbeaten on 18. Opener Smriti Mandhana fell cheaply on the score of 8 early in the morning session.
Earlier, taking over from overnight score of 187 for 5, India were bowled out for 231 in their first innings, remaining 165 runs short of England's first innings total of 396.
All-rounder Deepti Sharma, with her unbeaten 29 was the only batswomen from lower middle order to put up some resilience as others displayed a poor show. From 167 with no loss of wickets, India lost eight batters for 30 runs with England's left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone claiming 4 for 88.
More experience will help avoid session-end dismissals, says Indian cricketer Smriti Mandhana
Bristol, Jun 19 Lack of experience in negotiating the closing stages of a session was a major reason behind the batting collapse India suffered on the second day of the one-off Test against England Women, reckons opener Smriti Mandhana.
Madhana, a stylish left-hander, and young Shafali Verma had forged a solid 167-run stand with their half-centuries in India's response to the massive England first innings total of 396/9 declared.
However, India lost five wickets in a hurry to lose the plot and were eventually forced to follow-on. "Definitely, a slight pressure of ending the day 'not out', might have played a part (in the loss of wickets in a heap) and that will come with experience," Mandhana said after rain forced early stumps on day three.
"The more we play Test matches, the more we'll get used to the conditions - one over before lunch or one over before the day's end and all those sessions, so we can be more mature about (approaching them) and not take pressure." However, she blamed her herself instead of inexperience, for her own dismissal.
"We aren't used to batting beyond 50 overs. But I wouldn't say I got out because of lack of experience in Test matches because I threw my wicket away in the last session of (Thursday)," she said.
Mandhana said the conditions were still good for batting and with talented batter Shafali Verma going strong, her side was in a good position.
India were 83 for 1 at stumps on the rain-interrupted third and penultimate day after following on, still trailing by 82 runs overall with nine second innings wickets in hand.
"The conditions changed slightly, it was just windy. It wasn't swinging that much. It was good to bat on though the conditions were cloudy and overcast," she added.
Verma and Deepti Sharma were batting on 55 and 18 respectively when the final session was washed out by rain. Mandhana scored just 8 runs in the second innings after a 78 in the first.
"I gave away my wicket though it was not such great a ball. I am disappointed." Mandhana was all praise for young Shafali, who missed on a ton in the first innings by just 4 runs, saying it was impressive to watch her bat.
"We both are very similar (in our approach) to keep things simple, so we don't really discuss much about batting in the middle.
"The way she changed her game and the maturity she showed, it is very positive for Indian cricket going forward. Her shots, in T20Is I've always watched them from the other end. I hope she keeps going the way she is." Asked about the discussion in the team after being asked to follow on, she said "The transition was pretty quick. We just had 10-15 minutes before we went into bat." "We did not bat that great in the first innings and the talk was that we have to make up for it in the second innings." Mandhana said the Indian debutants, five of them, had a good start and that everyone contributed.
"All the debutants have really got a good start. In general, everyone was excited to play this Test match, and not just the debutants because we all are playing after a very long time, so it is a really special match.
"But all the debutants have really stepped up - Deepti, Shafali, Pooja and even Taniya with the catch in the first innings- everyone has contributed." News source PTI
Caribbean Premier League tweaks its schedule to avoid clash with remainder of IPL in United Arab Emirates
New Delhi, Jun 19 The BCCI seems to have ensured the participation of the Caribbean players in the remainder of the IPL as the organisers of the CPL have revised their schedule to avoid a clash of dates with the popular Indian T20 tournament.
The Indian Premier League was suspended mid-season last month after the coronavirus breached its bio-bubble and is scheduled to restart in the UAE from September 19.
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will now be played in St Kitts and Nevis between August 26 and September 15, four days before the IPL's resumption.
The CPL was originally scheduled to start on August 28 and conclude on September 19.
The likes of big-hitting Chris Gayle, spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounder DJ Bravo among others are part of different IPL franchisees.
The development would please the BCCI, especially when participation of the Australian players in the IPL is under doubt.
"Both IPL and CPL are important to CWI, to our cricketers and to fans," Ricky Skerritt, the Cricket West Indies president said.
"CWI's role was to facilitate arrangements for a non-overlapping and smooth transition from one tournament to the next. Cricket administrators must collaborate if cricket is to survive the risks and costs of COVID-19." Skerritt said they would also soon finalise the guidelines for the franchises to be part of the bio-secure bubble.
"Any bubble-related decisions are made by the local St Kitts health authorities and CPL medical advisors (same as CWI), in the context of the local Covid-19 situation," he said.
"Just four weeks ago, St Kitts recorded community spread for the first time. For over a year, all cases were imported, identified, quarantined, and recovered. The first local Covid-19 (related) death happened just two days ago," he said.
It may be noted that the owners of two the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Punjab Kings also own teams in the CPL - the Trinbago Knight Riders and the St Lucia Zouks respectively. News source PTI
My goal is to make Malaysian cricket stronger and better - Winifred Duraisingam, captain of Malaysian Women’s Cricket team
Women’s cricket has significantly grown in popularity in the last few years with cricket news extensively covering all major women’s tournaments and iconic names inspiring the next generation of girls to take up the sport. While there are generational performers such as Ellyse Perry, Sarah Jane Taylor, Jhulan Goswami to name a few, who have proven innumerable doubters wrong, the role of women cricketers, especially in countries where cricket is still growing is equally important to lay the foundations in place.
In this exclusive interview with SPOGO, we’re speaking to one such cricketer, Ms. Winifred Duraisingam, captain of the Malaysia women’s cricket team. She spoke about her introduction to the sport and playing professionally, inspiring girls to take up the sport, grassroot development in Malaysia, experiences at the highest level, responsibilities as a captain and future goals.
Q 1) When did you first start playing cricket and what made you take up this sport professionally?
I started playing cricket outside the house, on the street as a young 8 year old. It has been more than 10 years since the boys started playing cricket on the street outside my house when I started to join. What made me start playing was seeing my brother Derek, who played this sport with the other boys. It made me want to join them and play as well. At the age of 8, I asked them if I could join in and bat but they were opposed to the idea because I was a small girl. Thankfully, my uncle David came up with a rule that anyone who gets the wicket will be able to bat. That being said, he even told me that he will teach me how to bowl. It felt really fun when I started to bowl and take wickets. The boys ended up keeping quiet and felt shy because a girl was taking their wickets. From there onwards, I enjoyed bowling more and the fire to continue bowling kept increasing. At the age of 13, I played for the Kuala Langat Club. I was the only girl who played and was the bowler. During this tournament, I played against the ex-Malaysian national player, Mr. Hector Durairatnam. He approached my uncle and asked who was that small boy who bowled against me earlier. To his surprise, my uncle replied, "that's my niece". Coincidentally, at that time there was a selection for the national team as well and they asked me to join the national team selection. I was at the mere age of 14 years old when I started representing my country in this sport. That's how I started playing cricket and never stopped loving the game.
Q 2) You are one of the 15 National Women cricketers to be awarded a contract by the Malaysian Cricket Association. In your opinion, how big of an impact will it have in encouraging more girls to take up this sport?
In my opinion, being one of the 15 National Women cricketers to be awarded a contract by the Malaysian Cricket Association has encouraged me to work harder. Since the valuation of the grade for each player will be reviewed once in three months, it is a must for every player to increase or maintain their performance. Plus, being given a monthly remuneration will definitely help me financially. I believe many girls out there will be driven to try their hand at cricket when they notice the rewards which comes along with it and strive to do their best at this sport
Q 3) What are the other activities or initiatives the MCA has undertaken to develop Women's and grassroots programs in Malaysia?
MCA has taken many initiatives to develop Women's Cricket. For example, MCA has focused on the young generation and curated a program called Adiwira. This event has been turned into a competition that has been held in many schools around Malaysia. Moreover, many more schools have collaborated with MCA to become a center where pupils can train under a proper training programme during their school days. This has allowed the expansion of the women’s team and participation. We can see the results from this expansion when Malaysia sent quite a number of U19 girls to China for a tournament.
Q 4) You were also among the 8 women to participate in the Men's MCA T20 Super Series 2020. Tell us about your experience in it?
It is very exciting as I got the chance to face new types of bowlers and batsmen. I would say it’s a lie if I didn't feel scared facing them, but I learned so many things on how to handle them during the tournament. As a captain for the Women's team, I took that opportunity to learn leadership skills with my captain during the tournament. Playing with the Men's team has really given me a new sight on how to become a better cricketer.
Q 5) As a captain what do you do to keep your team in high spirits and keep the dressing room environment positive and light?
As a captain, I will always give my full support to my teammates whenever they feel down in the field and even outside. It is very important for me to be patient in terms of handling my team during the game. If I lose my patience, I am sure my team will follow suit as well. This is a behavior I’d like them to avoid especially during training and game time. As for the situation in the dressing room, a positive environment definitely plays an important role in making sure the team feels positive vibes. For me, I will make sure the dressing room is clean and tidy. The players are discouraged from backbiting and cursing each other about an incident that happened during training or at the game. It is a need for me and my fellow teammates to listen to music before our games to boost our mood and lift our spirits.
6. What are your future goals and aspirations as the skipper of the Malaysian team and how do you plan to achieve them?
As the skipper, my ultimate goal would be to stand alongside my girls at the top of the cricket rank. I want to be the one who leads them towards those achievements and more. I will begin by setting a target for the women’s cricket team to be at the 25th rank. It will be my job to push them to the limit where we will train more and do better at each training session so we can be stronger and keep getting better. Besides that, I will ask them to watch more games together to make our bond tighter and our spirits continue blooming while expanding our knowledge. Plus, this is one way to continue learning the art of being a great cricketer. The goal is to continue learning the tricks and master valuable skills like some of the best women cricketers, Ellyse Perry and Heather Knight. Despite the pandemic, I believe there’s more that my team can achieve and as their support system, I’ll continue setting monthly and quarterly goals with them and have sit down sessions to see how we can tackle those goals and prep ourselves for worldwide competitions once we head back to some sort of normalcy again.
Women's Test: Start of post-lunch session on third day delayed by rain
Bristol, Jun 18 The start of the second session of the third day in the one-off Test between India Women and England Women here on Friday, has been delayed due to rain.
Light drizzle forced the delay after India reached 29 for 1 in their second innings at lunch following-on.
Debutant Shafali Verma was batting beautifully on 20 off just 14 balls, with the help of 5 boundaries.
India were bowled out for 231 in 81.2 overs in reply to England's 396 for 9 declared on the second day on Thursday. They added just 44 runs in 21.2 overs for the loss of last five wickets in their first innings on Friday.
India are still trailing by 136 runs with nine second innings wickets in hand. News source PTI