After the completion of the T20I series between India and South Africa, it’s time for the three-match Test series. The first Test match will be played at the Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vishakhapatnam. The Indian Team has also announced their Playing XI for the match to be played at Vizag.
A lot of changes have been made to the side that played during the West Indies series. Rohit Sharma’s entry to the side was ascertained before and on the eve of the match, it was announced that Wriddhiman Saha and Ravi Ashwin makes a comeback to the side.
Openers (Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma)
India will open the side with a new opening pair as this time their limited overs opener Rohit Sharma will initiate the innings in the longest format as well. His partner will continue to be Mayank Agarwal who has a young and budding career.
Middle Order (Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari)
Their middle continues to be the same that played during the West Indies Test matches. Pujara will look to score big as his home record is not much great and he failed to score in the previous series as well. Vihari will continue to play after his tremendous performance against West Indies.
Wicketkeeper (Wriddhiman Saha)
The major news is coming from this section as the Indian Team has dropped Rishabh Pant and Saha has came into the side to replace him. Pant was being constantly criticised for his poor shot selection and is ultimately paying the price for it.
Spinners (Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin)
It was quite obvious to see both Ashwin and Jadeja in the side during the home matches. Jadeja is consistently there in the team and is performing with both bat and ball but Ashwin is making a comeback.
Pacers (Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami)
The Indian Team faced a major setback after Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out for this series due to a stress fracture in his lower back. Now, the fast bowling department will be lead by Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami will also support him.
Playing XI: Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wridhhiman Saha (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami
Pakistan appoints two new captains, Sarfaraz Ahmed sacked
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to sack Sarfaraz Ahmed as the captain from Twenty20 Internationals and Test matches. His poor performance in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka has been named as the primary reason behind his removal.
Pakistan suffered a 3-0 loss in the T20I series against Sri Lanka at their home under the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed. The wicketkeeper-batsman received a lot of backlash after that and it was expected that a call might taken up on him.
PCB has appointed ace batsman Babar Azam as the T20I skipper while Azhar Ali will manage the command in the longest format during the upcoming series against Australia. However, there is no clear message on Sarfaraz’s future as the One Day International skipper as Pakiststan’s next 50-over assignment is in July 2020.
The board has not just sacked him from captaincy but he has also been dropped from the side ahead of Australia tour. Moreover, he has been asked by the PCB to indulge in domestic cricket and regain form if he wants to be a part of the side in the future.
The selection committee is yet to announce the entire squad that will visit Australia for the Tests and T20Is. Here is the schedule of matches that will take place in Down Under from the end of October.
T20 Practice Match (31st October, 2019): Cricket Australia XI vs Pakistan at Sydney
1st T20I (3rd November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Sydney
2nd T20I (5th November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Canberra
3rd T20I (8th November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Perth
Three-day Practice Match (11th November, 2019 – 13th November, 2019): Australia A Vs Pakistan at Perth
Two-day Practice Match (15th November, 2019 – 16th November, 2019): Cricket Australia XI Vs Pakistan at Perth
1st Test Match (21st November, 2019 – 25th November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Brisbane
2nd Test Match (29th November, 2019 – 3rd December, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Adelaide
Everything about 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier: Full Schedule, Participating Teams, Squads and Broadcasting Details
The 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier is a is a cricket tournament currently taking place in the United Arab Emirates. The tournament began on 19 October 2018 and the final match will be played on 2 November 2019 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
14 teams are participating in this tournament which are divided into two groups. These are:
Group A: Scotland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Singapore, Kenya and Bermuda
Group B: UAE, Ireland, Oman, Hong Kong, Canada, Jersey and Nigeria
A total of 51 matches will be played during the tournament in a round robin format which will be followed by the playoffs. Here is the full schedule:
Oct 18, Friday: Scotland vs Singapore, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Hong Kong vs Ireland, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Netherlands vs Kenya, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Oman vs United Arab Emirates, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 19, Saturday: Papua New Guinea vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Scotland vs Kenya, Group A, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai, 3:40 PM
Netherlands vs Namibia, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Jersey vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Ireland vs United Arab Emirates, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 20, Sunday: Papua New Guinea vs Namibia, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Canada vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Hong Kong vs Oman, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Bermuda vs Singapore, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Oct 21, Monday: Scotland vs Papua New Guinea, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Hong Kong vs United Arab Emirates, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Ireland vs Oman, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Kenya vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Canada vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 22, Tuesday: Scotland vs Namibia, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Singapore vs Netherlands, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
United Arab Emirates vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Oct 23, Wednesday: Namibia vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Oman vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Singapore vs Kenya, Group A, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Ireland vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Hong Kong vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 24, Thursday: Netherlands vs Papua New Guinea, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
United Arab Emirates vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Hong Kong vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Scotland vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 25, Friday: Papua New Guinea vs Singapore, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Ireland vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Namibia vs Kenya, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Oman vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 26, Saturday: Ireland vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Netherlands vs Bermuda, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Namibia vs Singapore, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 27, Sunday: Hong Kong vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Papua New Guinea vs Kenya, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Oman vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Scotland vs Netherlands, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
United Arab Emirates vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 29, Tuesday: TBC vs TBC, Play off 1 – A2 v B3, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
TBC vs TBC, Playoff 2 – A3 v B2, Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 30, Wednesday: TBC vs TBC, Playoff 3 – A4 v Loser of Play-off 1, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
TBC vs TBC, Playoff 4 – B4 v Loser of Play-off 2, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 31, Thursday: TBC vs TBC, 5th Place Play-off, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Nov 01, Friday: TBC vs TBC, Semifinal 1 – B1 v Winner of Play-off 1, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
TBC vs TBC, Semifinal 2 – A1 v Winner of Play-off 2, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Nov 02, Saturday: TBC vs TBC, 3rd place Playoff, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
TBC vs TBC, Final, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Bermuda: Dion Stovell (c), Terryn Fray (vc), Okera Bascome, Onais Bascome, Oronde Bascome, Derrick Brangman, Deunte Darrell, Allan Douglas, Malachi Jones, Kamau Leverock, George O’Brien, Delray Rawlins, Macai Simmons, Sinclair Smith, Charles Trott, Rodney Trott and Janeiro Tucker
Canada: Navneet Dhaliwal (c), Rizwan Cheema, Nikhil Dutta, Romesh Eranga, Jeremy Gordon, Dillon Heyliger, Abraash Khan, Nicholas Kirton, Nitish Kumar, Junaid Siddiqui, Ravinderpal Singh, Hamza Tariq (wk), Rodrigo Thomas, Srimantha Wijeratne and Saad Bin Zafar
Hong Kong: Aizaz Khan (c), Kinchit Shah (vc), Ahsan Abbasi, Haroon Arshed, Waqas Barkat, Aarush Bhagwat, Kyle Christie, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Raag Kapur, Ehsan Khan, Nizakat Khan, Waqas Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Nasrulla Rana and Shahid Wasif
Ireland: Gary Wilson (c), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, David Delany, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker and Craig Young
Jersey: Charles Perchard (c), Corey Bisson, Dominic Blampied, Harrison Carlyon, Jake Dunford (wk), Nicholas Ferraby, Nick Greenwood, Anthony Hawkins-Kay, Jonty Jenner, Elliot Miles, Rhys Palmer, William Robertson, Ben Stevens, Julius Sumerauer and Benjamin Ward
Kenya: Shem Ngoche (c), Sachin Bhudia, Emmanuel Bundi, Aman Gandhi, Dhiren Gondaria, Irfan Karim, Pushpak Kerai, Jasraj Kundi, Alex Obanda, Collins Obuya, Nelson Odhiambo, Lucas Oluoch, Elijah Otieno, Rakep Patel and Rushab Patel
Namibia: Gerhard Erasmus (c), Jan Frylinck (vc), Stephan Baard, Karl Birkenstock, Niko Davin, Zane Green, Zhivago Groenewald, Jean-Pierre Kotze, Tangeni Lungameni, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Christi Viljoen, Pikky Ya France and Craig Williams
Netherlands: Pieter Seelaar (c), Colin Ackermann, Philippe Boissevain, Ben Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards (wk), Brandon Glover, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe, Max O’Dowd, Shane Snater, Antonius Staal and Tobias Visee
Nigeria: Ademola Onikoyi (c), Sylvester Okpe (vc), Abiodun Abioye, Sesan Adedeji, Vincent Adewoye, Daniel Ajekun, Chima Akachukwu, Daniel Gim, Segun Ogundipe, Isaac Okpe, Chimezie Onwuzulike, Leke Oyede, Sulaimon Runsewe, Mohameed Taiwo and Codi Yusuf
Oman: Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Aqib Ilyas (vc), Khawar Ali, Fayyaz Butt, Sandeep Goud, Aamir Kaleem, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan, Mehran Khan, Naseem Khushi, Suraj Kumar (wk), Sufyan Mehmood, Khurram Nawaz, Jay Odedra and Jatinder Singh
Papua New Guinea: Assad Vala (c), Charles Amini (vc), Simon Atai, Sese Bau, Kiplin Doriga, Riley Hekure, Hiri Hiri, Jason Kila, Nosaina Pokana, Damien Ravu, John Reva, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Norman Vanua and Tony Ura
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross (wk), Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Ollie Hairs, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, George Munsey, Adrian Neill, Safyaan Sharif, Tom Sole, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace and Mark Watt
Singapore: Amjad Mahboob (c), Vinoth Baskaran, Surendran Chandramohan, Tim David, Avi Dixit, Aritra Dutta, Rezza Gaznavi, Anantha Krishna, Navin Param, Janak Prakash, Rohan Rangarajan, Manpreet Singh (wk), Sidhant Singh, Aryaman Sunil and Selladore Vijayakumar
United Arab Emirates: Ahmed Raza (c), Ashfaq Ahmed, Sultan Ahmed, Waheed Ahmed, Mohammad Boota, Darius D’Silva, Zawar Farid, Imran Haider, Zahoor Khan, Rohan Mustafa, Ghulam Shabber (wk), Rameez Shahzad, Junaid Sidique, Chirag Suri and Muhammad Usman
Mithali Raj completes twenty years in international cricket, becomes the first woman with this achievement
Former Indian skipper Mithali Raj has collected another feather in her hat as she became the first woman cricketer to play international cricket for more than 20 years.
She achieved this feat during the first One Day International game of the three-match series played between India and South Africa at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara on Wednesday. She scored 11* in the game as India won the match by eight wickets against the Proteas.
Raj made her international debut in a 50-over game against Ireland on June 26, 1999. After three years, her Test debut came on January 14, 2002 against England. She has played 20 years and 105 days of International cricket in her career. Mithali Raj is also the only woman cricketer to have played ODI cricket for more than two decades.
Apart from this achievement, the right-handed batter also holds the record for playing the maximum number of ODIs in women’s cricket. She has played 204 ODIs till now and is followed by England’s Charlotte Edwards (191), Jhulan Goswami (178), Alex Blackwell (144) of Australia. This also makes her the only female player to play over 200 ODI games.
The veteran Indian batter also has represented India in 10 Tests and 89 T20Is as well. Last month, she retired from T20I cricket and said that right now she just wants to focus on the upcoming ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.
Looking at the overall numbers, the greatest Indian batsman of all-time Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for having the longest international career — 22 years and 91 days. He is followed by Sri Lanka’s great Sanath Jayasuriya (21 years and 184 days), Javed Miandad (20 years and 272 days) of Pakistan. This puts Mithali coming in at the fourth spot.
Mohammad Irfan makes a big statement, claims to end Gautam Gambhir’s white-ball career
Pakistan’s pacer Mohammad Irfan recently made a massive statement that he was the reason behind why Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir’s career got finished. He said this in an interview with Pakistan’s news channel Samaa.
“During the series against India, they were not comfortable batting against me. Some of them even told me that they could not read my delivery or watch it carefully during the 2012 series in India because of my height and pace,” Irfan told this to ‘Samaa’ channel.
Mohammad Irfan is also the tallest cricketer to play international cricket and he also made his T20I debut during that series against India in 2012. He managed to dismiss Gambhir four times during that limited overs tour which included both T20Is and ODIs. Gambhir could only play a single white-ball series after that for India (vs England) before being dropped.
“Gambhir didn’t like to face me during the match or even when both teams had nets, I always felt he tried to avoid an eye to eye contact with me. I remember I got him out four times during the 2012 limited over series and he was always unnerved against me,” Irfan said.
As the interview progressed, he went on to say that he never claimed that Gambhir’s career ended up because of him but it was some who congratulated him for ending Gambhir’s white ball career.
After the 2012/13 series in winter against Pakistan, Gambhir appeared in just one more ODI series against England. He was not seen playing white-ball cricket internationally as he did not get picked up by the selectors.
Irfan also recalled in the interview that Virat Kohli also faced difficulty while facing his bowling. He said that Kohli told him while batting that his pace used to trouble him a lot and he could not read him.
Indian Twitteratis took no time in responding to it and making fun of the out-of-action Pakistan’s paceman. Hilarious memes got viral all over the internet and #GautamGambhir also started trending
The Hundred: ECB confirms Players and Teams; Here is the Format of the Tournament
The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed the names of eight teams that will participate in the inaugural edition of The Hundred that will take place from 17 July to 16 August, 2020. The league will consist of eight city-based franchise teams and each one of them will field both a men’s and a women’s team.
The Hundred: FORMAT
The format of this tournament is quite different from other cricket leagues played around the world. Here are the distinguished rules and regulations of The Hundred:
- 100 balls each for both the innings
- Change of bowler’s end after ten balls
- Bowlers will have an option to deliver either five or ten consecutive balls
- Each bowler can deliver a maximum of 20 balls per game
- Both the bowling sides will get a strategic timeout of up to two and a half minutes
- A 25-ball power play at the start for each team
- Two fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle during the powerplay
The Hundred: TEAMS
Eight teams will be participating in this tournament which are based out of seven cities. They are: Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, London (two teams), Manchester, Nottingham and Southampton. The eight teams are: London Spirit (blue), Oval Invincibles (mint green), Southern Brave (green), Welsh Fire (red), Manchester Originals (black), Northern Superchargers (purple), Trent Rockets (yellow) and Birmingham Phoenix (orange).
Each team will have three men’s players on their roster: two ‘local icons’ and an England Test player and two women players picked from the central contract. The remaining players for each squad will be picked on the second draft which will take place on October 20. Here are all the players picked up so far:
|Team||Test Contract Men||Local Icons||Central Contracted Women|
|London Spirit||Rory Burns||Eoin Morgan, Dan Lawrence||Heather Knight, Freya Davies|
|Oval Invincibles||Sam Curran||Jason Roy, Tom Curran||Laura Marsh, Fran Wilson|
|Southern Brave||Jofra Archer||James Vince, Chris Jordan||Anya Shrubsore, Danni Wyatt|
|Welsh Fire||Jonny Bairstow||Tom Banton, Colin Ingram||Katie George, Bryony Smith|
|Manchester Originals||Jos Butler||Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson||Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone|
|Northern Superchargers||Ben Stokes||Adil Rashid, David Willey||Lauren Winfield, Linsey Smith|
|Trent Rockets||Joe Root||Alex Hales, Harry Gurney||Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt|
|Birmingham Phoenix||Chris Woakes||Moeen Ali, Pat Brown||Amy Jones, Kristie Gordon|
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