Sunrisers Hyderabad face Punjab Kings in battle of laggards
Sharjah, Sep 24 (Cricket News) Almost out of reckoning for a play-off berth, bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to play party-poopers when they take on an equally struggling Punjab Kings in the IPL's battle of laggards here on Saturday.
Sunrisers suffered their seventh defeat on Wednesday after being blown away by Delhi Capitals and their play-off chances look less than dim as they have managed just two points after eight games.
Punjab, on the other hand, quite inexplicably found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Rajasthan Royals and will be desperate to find an answer to their problems after being placed seventh with six points from nine matches.
The Kings were well-placed to win their first IPL game of the UAE leg before committing harakari in the last over bowled by Kartik Tyagi. They lost two wickets and scored just one run while needing four to win against Rajasthan.
Despite being packed with excellent Indian and foreign talent, Punjab Kings have regularly messed up games and skipper KL Rahul will have to address their inconsistency.
Punjab Kings have also lacked any kind of stability over the last 14 seasons with captains and coaches being changed frequently.
Their playing XI too has gone through many changes, something which has drawn sharp criticism from former team mentor Virender Sehwag.
In batting, Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have been one of the most dominant opening duo of the IPL.
In the last game too, they put on 120 runs in 11.5 overs but none of them could stay back to finish the job.
While Chris Gayle can destroy any attack even at the age of 41, he was kept out in the last game.
In the middle-order, Nicholas Pooran, who had a horrendous outing in the first phase, looked good in the last game before he lost his bearings in the final over even as Aiden Markram was left stranded on the other side.
In bowling department, Mohammed Shami has been their prime bowler and he did well to pull things back against RR.
Young Arshdeep Singh also returned with five wickets as he and Shami bowled out RR to 185 in the last game.
However, Punjab's spinners, especially England's Adil Rashid, have disappointed and they will need to step up their game in the next few weeks.
For Sunrisers, it is all about enjoying the remaining few games and ending on a high.
With Johnny Bairstow, their season's leading run-getter, pulling out and Australian opener David Warner in poor form, SRH have found the going tough against Delhi.
The likes of Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad also failed to capitalise on their starts as SRH could manage just 134 in their last game.
Their bowling has been too dependent on spin sensation Rashid Khan and it will be important for the likes of Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jason Holder to put up a strong show to give some respectability to the team's campaign.
Squads: Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Shahrukh Khan, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid, Murugan Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Chris Jordan, Aiden Markram, Mandeep Singh, Darsan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi BIshnoi, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Jalaj Saxena.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (Captain), David Warner, Manish Pandey, Sherfane Rutherford, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Abdul Samad, J Suchith, Jason Holder, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Jason Roy.
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IPL: Punjab Kings take on Rajasthan Royals in Match No 32
(Cricket news) Punjab Kings take on Rajasthan Royals in the Dubai International Stadium in a must win match for both teams, with Mumbai dropping points Rajasthan can go level on points and can also occupy the 4th position if they win. On the other hand KL Rahul’s side can’t afford any more slip ups as they have to potentially win all their matches to stand a chance of qualifying for the playoffs. Both the sides will have plenty of new faces due to the non availability of players, and some of those could work in favour looking at their form and calibre of these players.
Rajasthan Royals are basically going to have a new set of foreign players as the likes of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye and Jos Buttler all opted out as they wanted to focus on the T20 World Cup and Ashes. Although the Royals have got in form players in Evin Lewis, Oshane Thomas, Shamsi and Glenn Phillips in. The positives for Royals is that Liam Livingston and Evin Lewis are in sublime form as both were the highest run getters in the Hundred and CPL respectively. A lot of responsibility falls on Chris Morris to lead the relatively inexperienced bowling attack as players like Archer and Tye opted out, Morris’ match up with Gayle will be an interesting watch as the South African has dismissed him three times scoring 58 runs in 61 balls only.
Punjab Kings on the other hand will be without Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith and Dawid Malan, the kings decided to bring in Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid and Aiden Markarm as their replacements. The kings during the first phase had a lot of dependency on the top order as 50% of the runs this season have been scored by KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, the middle order has only averaged 17.10% of the runs in this year's IPL, which is the lowest amongst the teams. A solution to this problem could be Markarm as he recently played in the slow turning pitches in Sri Lanka recently at number 3. The Kings can straightway hand Adil Rashid his debut as the Royal players tend to struggle to spin.
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Head to head: RR 12 - 10 PBKS, their last game was a thriller as kings won by four runs in the last over.
Pitch and Weather report: The pitch was green top in the first match which assisted the fast bowlers. It is expected to turn slower like it did earlier as a total of 160 could be a challenging target especially with the long boundaries. The temperature is going to hover around 42 degrees with no chances of rain as of now.
- Mustafizur (43) and Shamsi (41) are the second and third highest wicket-takers in T20s in 2021
- KL Rahul has a strike rate of over 157 in the middle overs
- Kings (57) and Royals (52) are amongst the top three six hitting teams this season
- Mustafizur has an economy rate of 8.81 in the death overs which is the best this season
Probable XI for PBKS:
1 KL Rahul (capt, wk), 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Deepak Hooda, 5 Nicholas Pooran, 6 Shahrukh Khan, 7 Fabian Allen/Adil Rashid, 8 Ravi Bishnoi, 9 Arshdeep Singh, 10 Nathan Ellis, 11 Mohammed Shami
Probable XI for RR:
1 Evin Lewis, 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 3 Sanju Samson (capt, wk), 4 Liam Livingstone, 5 Riyan Parag, 6 Shivam Dube, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Rahul Tewatia, 9 Kartik Tyagi, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Chetan Sakariya/Jaydev Unadkat
Battle of explosive top-orders as Rajasthan Royals meet Punjab Kings in IPL
Dubai, Sep 20 (Cricket News) Liam Livingstone and Evin Lewis's explosive batting will meet its match in Chris Gayle's power and KL Rahul's finesse when Rajasthan Royals lock horns with Punjab Kings to improve upon their mid-table position in the Indian Premier League here on Tuesday.
The two IPL teams have been perennial under-achievers in the league and would be desperate to change their fortunes after disappointing one and all with their underwhelming performances over the past few seasons.
More so for Punjab Kings, the only team that has lacked any kind of stability over the 14 seasons of IPL with captains and coaches being changed like musical chairs.
For skipper KL Rahul, who has been a prime performer in IPL, it will not just be about the runs he scores but also about how he leads the team with guidance from Anil Kumble, who will also want to prove his mettle as a franchise coach.
However, the match on Tuesday will be more about the kind of starts that the top-orders players provide.
Liam Livingstone has been a rage in shortest format for last couple of years now and is coming into his own with some great performances in 'The Hundred'. His potential opening partner is likely to be West Indies man Lewis, who has often been Indian cricket team's nemesis in various games.
Mohammed Shami is expected to be partnered by either Chris Jordan or Nathan Ellis.
If Livingstone and Lewis can be explosive in the Powerplay overs, Royals will expect skipper Sanju Samson to be more consistent in that number three position.
What will be Royals' advantage is Punjab's weak Indian bowling set-up save Shami as they have to depend on either Adil Rashid or Ravi Bishnoi for wrist spin. Their pace line-up with left-armer Arshdeep Singh as the domestic pick doesn't look the strongest.
Royals' third and fourth foreign player in the playing XI will be interesting choices as Chris Morris as an all-rounder is a certainty, while the fourth slot will go to either David Miller in the middle-order or world's No 1 T20 spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.
However, it is the Indian players like Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Jaydev Unadkat and Chetan Sakariya, who will like to step up their game in the next four weeks to ensure a play-off berth for Royals, which many believe is the weakest unit in absence of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler.
Similarly for Punjab Kings, Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are expected to open with Chris Gayle still an enforcer par excellence at the age of 41 which will keep the Rajasthan bowlers on tenterhooks.
In the middle-order, Nicholas Pooran, who had a horrendous outing in the first phase will like to put a far better account of himself along with M Shahrukh Khan.
Squads: Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (captain), Liam Livingstone, Evin Lewis, David Miller, Chris Morris, Oshane Thomas, Mustafizur Rahaman, Tabraiz Shamsi, Glenn Phillips, Chetan Sakariya, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Akash Singh, Anuj Rawat, KC Cariappa, Yashashvi Jaiswal, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Mayank Markande, Jaydev Unadkat, Kuldip Yadav, Mahipal Lomror Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Shahrukh Khan, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid, Murugan Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Chris Jordan, Aiden Markram, Mandeep Singh, Darsan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi BIshnoi, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Jalaj Saxena.
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IPL returns as precursor to T20 World Cup
Dubai, Sep 18 (Cricket news) Players will be getting valuable experience in the UAE conditions ahead of the T20 World Cup while the Indian cricket board will be hoping its money-spinner stays away from the looming COVID-19 shadow when the IPL resumes with the blockbuster Chennai Super Kings-Mumbai Indians clash here on Sunday.
As the second wave of COVID-19 wreaked havoc in India in April-May, the water-tight IPL bio-bubble was also breached, forcing the suspension of the tournament after 29 games.
With too much at stake for all stakeholders including the players, teams and BCCI, there was little doubt over the completion of the world's biggest T20 competition. It was only about when the BCCI would squeeze in the IPL in an ever-pack global calendar.
After a few alterations in the franchise cricket and international calendar, the best possible window was found with the BCCI slotting in the tournament as the lead up to the T20 World Cup.
Last week, doubts over smooth conduct of the tournament resurfaced with the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Indian team's camp in England but fortunately for the organisers, the issue did not escalate and the available Indian and English players arrived here safely.
The entire IPL was held in the UAE last year without any hassles and the BCCI will be hoping for a similar experience this time around.
Fans, albeit a limited number, will also be present at an IPL venue for the first time since 2019, adding immensely to the event's spectacle.
Though the squads have already been announced for the World Cup, an IPL performance seldom gets unnoticed and there could be some players, including Indians, who make the squad in the 11th hour in case of injury with the ICC allowing changes until October 10.
India skipper Virat Kohli, who will step down from T20 captaincy after the World Cup, would love to get his hands on the elusive trophy and Royal Challengers Bangalore showed signs earlier in the season that they could finally go all the way.
Delhi Capitals, who finished runners-up in 2020, are leading the points tally and are primed to win their maiden title. The other teams in the top four are CSK, RCB and the mighty Mumbai Indians, the winner of a record five titles and the team to upstage.
There are 31 games to be played in UAE conditions instead of the usual 60 and that could mean good pitches for the majority of the tournament. With the conditions different from India and pitches expected to be slower, all teams have emphasised on starting from scratch.
CSK and MI renew their celebrated rivalry to kick start the IPL resumption on Sunday.
Having already played half of their 14 league games, MI, who have three wins from seven games, can't afford another slow start.
CSK, aka Dad's Army, finally seemed to have found a winning combination after the disappointment of 2020. Their young guns like Ruturaj Gaikwad and Sam Curran delivered in the first half of the season while their spinners -- Imran Tahir, Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja -- also came to the party. Moeen and Jadeja also impressed with the bat.
Now the team will be hoping its stalwarts, skipper Dhoni and Suresh Raina, too find their touch.
MI, on the other hand, will be hoping to up their game like they often do in pressure situations. Their famed middle-order did not exactly set the stage on fire and their bowling in the powerplay also can be better.
Skipper Rohit Sharma, who has been in stellar touch of late, will be expected to continue in the same vein and the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and leggie Rahul Chahar, come into the event a more confident trio having made the World Cup squad.
Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya would be expected to bowl regularly in the tournament which will also tell the India selectors on how he is shaping ahead of the ICC showpiece.
The teams which have been affected by withdrawals of key players include Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, who all are struggling to survive in the competition.
Punjab had to seek replacements for Dawid Malan, Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson. They managed to rope in the services of rising Australian pacer Nathan Ellis to boost their death bowling. England leggie Adil Rashid too has come into the squad.
KKR will be missing the services of star pacer Pat Cummins who has been replaced by Tim Southee.
Royals were anyway without Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes and now Jos Buttler has been added to that list. The English player to watch out in the squad would be Liam Livingstone.
With one win from seven games, Sunrisers Hyderabad will have to come up with something special to resurrect their campaign. They will be without star opener Jonny Bairstow.
Also read: Punjab Kings look to break their 6 year streak to qualify for the playoffs
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Punjab Kings look to break their 6 year streak to qualify for the playoffs
(Cricket news) The 2nd phase of the 2021 IPL is about to start and PBKS are 6th on the points table with 6 matches left to play. Their 1st game back is against RR on 21st September.
Captain KL Rahul is once again leading from the front having scored 331 runs in 7 innings. There has been adequate support from opening partner Mayank Agarwal but after that it goes downhill. No other batsman has made significant runs with the willow which explains their position on the table. Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh have led the bowling department which hasn't done particularly well.
PBKS in 13 seasons have qualified for the playoffs only twice. The structure of the team keeps on changing again and again with new coaches and new captains which isn't healthy. Two of the most successful teams are Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings and long term captains is one thing they both have in common. PBKS are still in the contest but they need their middle order to step up.
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The two West Indians Nicholas Pooran and Chris Gayle will have a huge role to play. There have been talks about Chris Gayle opening the innings which might not be the worst thing in the world as Gayle is far more comfortable at the top of the order considering he needs a few balls to get into his rhythm. Aiden Markram could be a wildcard as he is in a hot run of form in T20Is. Adil Rashid could be Useful bowler in the UAE conditions. His ability to bowl with the hard new ball will come in very handy.
Pacers Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson have pulled out of the 2nd phase of the tournament. PBKS have signed English leggie Adil Rashid and Australian pacer Nathan Ellis as replacements. ICC's no.1 T20I batsman David Malan has also pulled out of the tournament and Aiden Markram has been named as a replacement.
Here is the full PBKS Squad
KL Rahul (Captain), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Pratyush Singh, Jalaj Saxena, Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid, Aiden Markram
England name preliminary squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
(Cricket news) Chris Silverwood, England Men’s Cricket team’s head coach has named his 15 player preliminary squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 which will be held in the UAE and Oman.
England preliminary ICC Men's T20 World Cup Squad
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) Captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Tymal Mills (Sussex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), James Vince (Hampshire).
Tymal Mills is set to make a return to the England team for the first time since February 2017 after impressing at the Vitality T20 Blast. His skills at The Hundred also helped Southern Brave lift the inaugural trophy.
Ben Stokes continues to take an indefinite break from cricket and is excluded from the 15 player squad. England have until 10th October to finalize the players ahead of the tournament.
England Men's Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said: "We are excited about the prospect of challenging to win the ICC T20 World Cup. I believe we have selected a squad that covers all bases and has the depth to be successful in what is expected to be a very competitive tournament featuring the best players in the world.
"Tymal Mills deserves his inclusion and has demonstrated over the past couple of years, but particularly this summer that he has all the skills to succeed at this level. His exceptional pace is a standout, and the way he has spearheaded Sussex and Southern Brave's respective attacks in the short-form game has shown that he relishes the pressures of the big stage. He will add variety to our bowling unit, and we can't wait to see him play in a major international tournament."
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 – England’s Group Fixtures:
England v West Indies, Saturday 23 October 2021, Dubai (6.00pm GST / 3.00pm BST)
England v Qualifier (B2), Wednesday 27 October 2021, Abu Dhabi (2.00pm GST / 11.00am BST)
England v Australia, Saturday 30 October 2021, Dubai (6.00pm GST / 3.00pm BST)
England v Qualifier (A1), Monday 1 November 2021, Sharjah (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
England v South Africa, Saturday 6 November 2021, Sharjah (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
First semi-final, Wednesday 10 November, Abu Dhabi (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
Second semi-final, Thursday 11 November, Dubai (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
Final, Sunday 14 November, Dubai (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
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Bowlers looking to be on top in this year’s T20 World Cup
(Cricket news): The 7th T20 World Cup will commence from October 14th, with the recent batting collapse of the Indian Team against England it gave us a glimpse of the bowling attack of the England side. The squads have not been announced by the teams. But there are a lot of probables who have performed well in recent matches. Defending champions West Indies will look to win a record third title and Australia who are still looking for a title as their best performance came in 2010 when they lost to England.
West Indies won their second trophy with a spectacular performance from Carlos Brathwaite hitting four huge sixes to take the trophy in the most dramatic fashion. They have a strong batting lineup and their bowling squad includes Sheldon Cottrell and all rounder Jason Holder. Dwayne Bravo will also prove to be handy and Sunil Narine will be on top if he is selected into the main squad. They can be a well balanced team as now the bowlers are also finding their form.
The New Zealand team has one of the best bowling attacks amongst all, it will be spearheaded by Trent Boult who has the ability to bowl balls over 140km/h and with great accuracy. The side has got two bowlers who are in the top 10 of the ICC t20 Bowlers, Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi, a combination of pace and spin. The shorter format of the game needs change and a variety of options especially in the death overs. They will be looking to win their first T20 trophy and captain Kane Williamson will lead the team.
The England side will look to erase their painful memory of losing to the West Indies after coming close to picking up the trophy. The bowling would consist of the likes of Mark Wood and Sam Curran. They will be led by Adil Rashid who can prove to be a vital addition to the team. They won their first title 11 years ago and can work with the young stalwarts to take revenge for last time.
Australia has a well balanced team with world class bowlers and batsmen. Their bowling line up has three of the finest pace bowlers, namely Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood who have proven to be a deadly combination. Though they lost their recent matches to West Indies and Bangladesh, they have proven to be the best side in the ICC tournaments. They would look for a top finish to prove themselves in the shorter format of the game.
The South African team is also not far behind as they have their IPL heroes to back them up.
Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir will look to play a crucial role. Magician Tabraiz Shamsi, currently ranked number one in the ICC T20 bowling rankings will look to bamboozle the batsmen. They will look to win their first ICC tournament since their 1998 Champions Trophy victory.
The Indian team has the yorker king Jasprit Bumrah leading the attack along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar to swing the ball around. In the spin department led by Yuzvendra Chahal will try to be at their best. Hardik Pandya will need to comeback to his old self to be included in the bowling attack. After winning the inaugural tournament, India failed to make an impact until it reached the semifinals in 2014 where it lost to Sri Lanka. Virat Kohli will be looking to lead his team for a much needed victory.
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KKR sign Southee; RCB, Rajasthan Royals & Punjab Kings too announce replacements
Kolkata, Aug 26 (Cricket news) New Zealand pacer Tim Southee has been roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders for the remainder of the IPL scheduled to be held in the UAE from September 19.
The veteran New Zealand pacer will be a replacement for Australia's Pat Cummins, who pulled out of the league due to "personal reasons".
"Cummins made himself unavailable for the season for personal reasons. Southee comes in with a vast experience of 305 International games for the Kiwis with 603 wickets," the two-time former champions KKR announced on Thursday.
Cummins, who was signed for Rs 15.5 crores for IPL 2020 season, has been a key member of their side and this season he played all their seven games, taking nine wickets and scoring 93 runs, including a career-best 66 not out against Chennai Super Kings.
Third-highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket, with 99 wickets in 83 matches, Southee has been part of Rajasthan Royals, CSK, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past.
He will now reunite with his former captain Brendon McCullum, the head coach of KKR.
"We are delighted to have Southee in our ranks. He is a proven match-winner and a welcome addition to the already strong pace attack of KKR. With Cummins being unavailable we wanted to add experience and leadership to our bowling group and Southee is the ideal man for the job," McCullum told KKR website.
IPL franchises Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings have also announced the replacements in their respective squads for the remainder of the league's 14th season.
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RCB have brought in Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga as replacement for Australia's Adam Zampa. In the recent three-match T20I series against India in Sri Lanka, Hasaranga bagged a total of seven wickets, including a four-wicket haul in the final T20I.
Other replacements for RCB are Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson and Tim David for New Zealand's Finn Allen.
Meanwhile, RR have brought in New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips as a replacement for England's Jofra Archer.
Phillips has so far played 25 T20Is and has 506 runs against his name. He has scored a hundred and two half centuries and has a strike-rate of 149.70.
South Africa's Tabraiz Shamsi will replace Andrew Tye in the Rajasthan Royals squad.
PBKS have signed Australian fast bowler Nathan Ellis for Riley Meredith.
Ellis recently was in the limelight following his hat-trick on international debut against Bangladesh earlier this month. The right-arm pacer is also one of the reserve players in Australia's 2021 T20I World Cup squad. PBKS have also picked England leg-spinner Adil Rashid to replace Jhye Richardson.
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Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain wants ICC to review 15-degree elbow rule for bowlers
Karachi, Jul 20 (Cricket news) Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq wants the International Cricket Council (ICC) to review its existing 15-degree arm/elbow extension law for bowlers.
Saqlain, who is presently head coach at the Pakistan Cricket Board’s High Performance Centre in Lahore, said the law is discouraging youngsters from taking up the art of off-spin bowling.
"I would like to know how the ICC experts reached this conclusion of allowing only 15-degrees latitude to bowlers. Did they do research on Asian players, Caribbean players, others because everyone is different.
"Asian players' bodies are different, they tend to have more flexibility in their arms and some have hyper mobile joints. If you look at Caribbean or English players their bodies are different," Saqlain said in an interview.
He noted that even carry angle, meaning flexibility in arms while in standing posture, is different in Asian players.
"I think the ICC should review this law because the 15-degrees latitude is too little. It is discouraging players from the art of off-spin bowling.” "I personally believe that one can bowl off-breaks, doosra and top spin even within the law but since it came out I have seen players who used to bowl off-spin now becoming leg-spinners or wrist spinners,” he said.
Saqlain, who ended an illustrious career with 208 Test and 288 ODI wickets and made the Doosra ball famous, believed that a off-spinner can also be successful in white ball formats if he has a good set of skills and it is not necessary to be able to bowl the doosra to be effective.
Saqlain also felt that teams were not relying on specialist off-break bowlers in white ball formats because of an increasing trend of using wrist spinners.
"It is an ongoing trend in white ball formats that teams want to have maximum wrist spinners like India has Chahal and Yadav, Australia has Adam Zampa and Stephenson, England has Adil Rashid etc…And this is discouraging players from taking up the art of off-spin bowling.” He noted that it was only in Test cricket mainly that some countries still employed specialist off-spinners successfully like Nathan Lyon was a regular for Australia and R Ashwin for India while Moeen Ali has done his bit for England.
Saqlain, 44, who has worked as spin consultant/coach with different teams including England, West Indies, New Zealand urged countries to have budgets to have regular permanent spin coaches with their teams.
"Their is also a need to have permanent spin coaches at domestic level and the junior levels." Saqlain had no doubt that spinners would have a vital role to play in the upcoming World T20 Cup in UAE and Oman provided the conditions remained dry.
"Role of spinners in the subcontinent and UAE is always vital but there is no dew factor because a lot of matches are held under lights.
"If there is no dew factor they will dominate in dry conditions but to do this they must be class bowlers with a very good set of skills. It is all about bowlers who try to get away with just bowling economically and those who try to take wickets as well.” Saqlain said that a spin bowler loses his bite, drifts in dew conditions and it becomes difficult to also grip the ball.
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To a question, he had no doubt that India’s surgence in world cricket was due to the number of A team tours they arranged for their fringe players in the last 10-years.
"Pakistan cricket has suffered a lot because of no international cricket at home but India has done the right thing by investing on its under-19 and A team tours. I remember I was working in England for like four summers and once in Australia and every year I saw some Indian team touring those countries."
News source: PTI
England announce squad for T20I series against Pakistan
England had to feature a completely new squad in the ODI’s against Pakistan due to Covid 19 outbreak in the English camp. Even with an inexperienced squad, the World Champions managed to whitewash Pakistan.
As per the latest cricket news, Captain Morgan and 8 other players have returned to the English squad for the Vitality T20I series against Pakistan. All the players and staff have tested negative ahead of the series.
Chris Silverwood is on a break and in his absence, England legend Paul Collingwood will oversee the team as head coach. The Vitality T20 international series will kick start on Friday 16th July at Trent Bridge.
England Men’s IT20 Squad:
Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Tom Banton, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey.
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England men’s Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said:“The Royal London Series success against Pakistan showcased the exciting depth of talent we have developed in men’s white-ball cricket.
“We have selected a T20 squad that sees the return of many of our most experienced players after their period of isolation.
“Additionally, we have rewarded some of the players involved in the 50-over series win with selection which allows us to manage multi-format players as we prepare for the much-anticipated Test series against India.
“I would like to express my thanks to Ben Stokes and the players for their efforts over the last week, and the counties for their support in getting this series on.”
The Hundred: New signings announced; Faf du plessis to lead Northern Superchargers; Injured Williamson ruled out
In the latest cricket news, England's brand new 100 ball tournament, The Hundred has today confirmed a number of new players who will participate in the inaugural season of the competition.
Northern Superchargers signed former Southern African captain Faf du Plessis, who will replace Australia's Aaron Finch as men’s skipper, with Laura Wolvaardt coming as a replacement for Alyssa Healy in the women’s side.
South Africa's Suné Luus will join Welsh Fire and spinner Imran Tahir will be representing Birmingham Phoenix. Shabnim Ismail, the second ranked women’s IT20 bowler in the world is set to replace Rachael Haynes at Oval Invincibles.
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New Zealand stars like Adam Milne and Finn Allen will join forces with Birmingham Phoenix, and Colin Munro will represent Manchester Originals. Rachel Priest will come in place of Elyse Villani at Trent Rockets. Allen replaces New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson who will miss the inaugural edition of The Hundred owing to an injury. Glenn Phillips will represent Welsh Fire until the arrival of Kieron Pollard after West Indies duty.
The new signings will replace a number of cricketers who will no longer be able to play in the maiden season of the tournament due to challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rescheduling of various international games.
The final 12 domestic slots in the women’s teams have been finalised. Amongst the signings are Charlotte Taylor at Southern Brave, Grace Scrivens at London Spirit, and Danielle Gregory at Oval Invincibles.
In the men’s tournament, Yorkshire’s Jordan Thompson will come in place of Olly Stone at Northern Superchargers after Stone was ruled out for the season due to a back injury. Harry Gurney (retired) has been replaced with Ollie Robinson by the Manchester Originals where as Sam Hain replaces Wayne Madsen. Somerset's Will Smeed is the final replacement before the Vitality Wildcard Draft, who replaces the injured Henry Brookes at Birmingham Phoenix.
Northern Superchargers captain Faf du Plessis said, “It is a real honour to lead Northern Superchargers in their first season. Playing alongside the likes of Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid and Chris Lynn alongside a number of talented young players will be really exciting. I can’t wait to get going in a few weeks.”
Oval Invincibles star Shabnim Ismail said, “I’m absolutely buzzing to take part in The Hundred. To play in London will be really special, and I know I speak for all my South African teammates when I say we are really looking forward to getting over to the UK and making history in the first year of The Hundred. In particular, I cannot wait to play in the opening fixture of the whole competition on 21 July at The Kia Oval, and maybe bowling the first ever ball in The Hundred.”
Sanjay Patel, The Hundred Managing Director, said, “We know that the ongoing situation with the Covid pandemic and an incredibly busy international schedule has caused significant challenges for a number of international players, but we are delighted with the quality of players who have come in. The Hundred will provide world class entertainment on and off the pitch starting with the opening game, a standalone women’s game, at The Kia Oval on 21 July.”
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)
England cricket squad announced for IT20 series against Sri Lank
Chris Silverwood, the England Men’s Head Coach has picked a 16-member squad for The Vitality IT20 Series against Sri Lanka commencing from Wednesday, 23 June 2021 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
England IT20 Squad
Eoin Morgan (Captain)
All-rounder Chris Woakes received a call up in the squad for the first time since 2015. His last international game in this format was against Pakistan in November 2015, while seamer David Willey last competed at this stage in May 2019 .
Spinner Liam Dawson, who last represented England in an IT20 in February 2018 in New Zealand, is one of three specialist spinners picked.
Players like all-rounder Ben Stokes (fractured finger), seamer Jofra Archer (right elbow) and Surrey’s Reece Topley (side strain) were not considered for selection due to their current injuries.
England Men’s Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said: “With the T20 World Cup only a few months away, this summer is about perfecting our team and continue to progress on the field. We want to approach every series with an influx of players aiming to win every match and giving us the best preparation as we get closer to the tournament.
“With several high-profile players missing through injury, it allows me to look at some of our experienced players who have not featured at this level for some time. The likes of Chris Woakes and David Willey are very experienced cricketers, and to have them both in the mix is exciting and shows the depth of squad we have available.
“I want our team to play an attacking form of the game. I hope we can continue to excite the England fans with our approach.”
The Vitality IT20 Series
1st IT20: England v Sri Lanka, Wednesday 23 June 2021, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (6.30pm BST)
2nd IT20: England v Sri Lanka, Thursday 24 June 2021, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (6.30pm BST)
3rd IT20: England v Sri Lanka, Saturday 26 June 2021, Ageas Bowl, Southampton (2.30pm BST)
Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja working with Cricket Australia to ensure more South Asian representation in Australian cricket
Melbourne, Jun 4 Batsman Usman Khawaja is working with Cricket Australia to ensure more South Asian representation in his adopted country's cricketing ecosystem, about a decade after becoming the first Muslim to wear the baggy green following a brush with racism.
When he made his international debut at the SCG, his home ground, in an Ashes Test in 2011, the top-order batter became the first Muslim and the first player of Pakistani descent to represent Australia.
Khawaja has often spoken about the challenges he has faced in his quest to play top-level cricket in Australia.
"It is a lot better now," Khawaja was quoted as saying in ESPNCricinfo.
"I see a lot more cricketers coming up through state levels in Australia in particular that are from subcontinent backgrounds, which we really did not see when I came up, even when I played.
"I was playing domestic cricket and I was the only subcontinent player there. At the moment there's only probably myself and a few others." The 34-year-old Khawaja, who has scored close to 3000 runs in 44 Tests and more than 1500 runs in 40 ODIs for an average of over 40 in both formats, cited England team as an example of diversity that Australia can take a cue from.
The ODI team is led by an Irish Eoin Morgan, lead pacer Jofra Archer is from Barbados while Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are British Asians of Pakistani descent. Ben Stokes is a New Zealander by birth.
"We're still a long way to go and I look at the England team and see the diversity they've had for a long time. They are an older nation than us, but I can see that diversity and think that's probably where Australia need to reach.
"We have definitely got better from when I was younger, but it's a generational shift too." Khawaja, who was born in Islamabad, moved to Australia with his family when he was five.
"When I started being more involved in cricket, people with subcontinent heritage in Australia came up to me and said, 'we're so happy to see you at the top. Seeing someone like you, we feel we've got a part in the Australian team, and we support the Australian team. We didn't do it before, and we do it now'," said Khawaja. New source PTI