ThePapare.com » International Cricket http://www.thepapare.com Sri Lanka's No.1 Sports HUB Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:04:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.thepapare.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/cropped-favTP-50x50.jpg » International Cricket http://www.thepapare.com 32 32 Pakistan celebrates international revival with win http://www.thepapare.com/pakistan-celebrates-international-revival-with-win/ http://www.thepapare.com/pakistan-celebrates-international-revival-with-win/#comments Wed, 13 Sep 2017 03:15:29 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2199627 Pakistan Tuesday took a giant step towards reviving international cricket at home with a 20-run victory over the World XI in a match before excited crowds amid tight security.]]>

Pakistan Tuesday took a giant step towards reviving international cricket at home with a 20-run victory over the World XI in a match before excited crowds amid tight security.

The Twenty20 match, accorded international status by the International Cricket Council, is the first game of only the second series Pakistan has hosted since militants attacked the bus of the visiting Sri Lankan team in March 2009, killing eight people and injuring seven players and staff.

Long before it began at 7:00pm (1400GMT), around 9,000 police officers and paramilitary forces were deployed to the area, cordoning off the team’s hotels and stadium. 

But the large security presence did little to temper the enthusiasm of fans in the cricket-mad country.

“I came here early to watch the teams come but that was not possible due to security so I only watched them in the ground and it made my day,” said spectator Azfar Ali.

Pakistan, sent into bat by World XI skipper Faf du Plessis, notched 197-5 with Babar Azam hitting a rapid 52-ball 86. His career best Twenty20 score had ten boundaries and two sixes.

Azam added 122 for the second wicket with Ahmed Shehzad (39) as Pakistan built on the loss of opener Fakhar Zaman for eight.

Shoaib Malik smashed a 20-ball 38 with two sixes and four boundaries to give the final touches to the innings. 

The World XI started off well with Tamim Iqbal hitting 18 with three boundaries and Hashim Amla smashing three boundaries and a six in his 17-ball 26 but left-arm pacer Rumman Raees dismissed both in the same over to put the brakes on their innings.

Skipper Faf du Plessis hit four boundaries and a six while Darren Sammy smashed three sixes — both scoring 29 — but were unable to see their team through.

For Pakistan, paceman Sohail Khan and leg-spinner Shadab Khan finished with two wickets apiece.

World XI skipper du Plessis blamed his dismissal for the team’s loss.

“I needed to get a 50 or 60 for us to win,” he said, adding that it was “great to play in front of the Pakistani fans”.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed thanked the crowd.

“It was a historic occasion and I thank the crowd for coming in good numbers,” said Ahmed. 

“It was a very important match and I think no praise is too high for our players, especially Azam.”

The second game is on Wednesday and the third on Friday — both in Lahore.

Du Plessis said it would be a “quick turnaround, I don’t think I’ve ever played two T20s in two days”.

Pakistan hopes the series will showcase an improved security situation as it seeks to entice other foreign opponents. Sri Lanka are due to play a Twenty20 in October, and will be followed by the West Indies who are due to play a mini-series of three Twenty20s in November.

Tuesday marked the first time that five of the Pakistan players — Ashraf, Zaman, Shadab, Raees and Hasan Ali — played an international match on home soil.

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Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain recalled for South Africa Tests http://www.thepapare.com/mahmudullah-rubel-hossain-recalled-for-south-africa-tests/ http://www.thepapare.com/mahmudullah-rubel-hossain-recalled-for-south-africa-tests/#comments Tue, 12 Sep 2017 03:35:53 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2199449 Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain have been recalled to the Bangladesh squad for the two-match Test series against South Africa which starts from September 28. ]]>

Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain have been recalled to the Bangladesh squad for the two-match Test series against South Africa which starts from September 28. Allrounder Shakib Al Hasan isn’t part of the squad after the Bangladesh Cricket Board accepted his request for a short break from Test cricket.

Pacer Subhasis Roy is also part of the 15-member squad announced on Monday (September 11) while offspinner Nasir Hossain has been left out with the selectors deciding to go in with a pace heavy unit for the two Tests at Potchefstroom and Bloemfontein.

Rubel last played against New Zealand in the second Test at Christchurch in January and has missed five Test matches since. Mahmudullah was dropped for Bangladesh’s historic 100th Test, played in Sri Lanka, owing to lack of form and missed both the Tests against Australia. His experience playing in foreign conditions is understood to have been integral in his recall to the setup, especially with Shakib deciding to take a break.

Nasir hasn’t made much of an impact for his team in Test cricket. Since his debut in October 2011, he has picked up only eight wickets in 19 Tests at an average of 55.25. The 25-year-old has gone wicket-less since picking up two in the Test match against Sri Lanka in Chittagong in February 2014. Before the Test series against Australia earlier this month, Nasir had last played a Test in July 2015.

“As there is no Shakib we opted for him [Mahmudullah],” chief selector Minhajul Abedin told reporters while announcing the squad. “We considered Mahmudullah as we feel that he can play well on bouncy wickets where the ball comes to the bat at a quick pace. We have taken a spinner [Taijul Islam] in place of Shakib as initially we preferred to have five-man pace unit along with Shakib and Mehidy [Hasan],” he added.

Although Shakib isn’t part of the squad, Minhajul is hopeful that the allrounder will change his mind and join the team ahead of the second Test. “We have not considered Shakib Al Hasan in the two-match Test series against South Africa as the board approved his appeal for a break. But he can join if he is comfortable.

“He did not get rest for a long time so he needed a break. It is difficult to form the squad when the best player is not around. His name comes to the mind first when we form a team. It (his absence) is difficult but at the same time we have to understand his mental state and as a former player I know if you are not mentally fit it is difficult to perform your best. We have given him rest for two-match Test series but we are hopeful that he can join after the first Test match,” said Minhajul, mentioning that a slot will be open should the allrounder wish to join the team.

Even if he misses the second Test, which starts on October 6, Shakib is expected to join the team for the subsequent limited-overs assignments. After the two-match Test series, Bangladesh will play three ODIs and two T20Is against South Africa, with the second T20I on October 29 marking the end of the tour.

Bangladesh squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (c&wk), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Mominul Haque

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Faf du Plessis handed ODI captaincy http://www.thepapare.com/faf-du-plessis-handed-odi-captaincy/ http://www.thepapare.com/faf-du-plessis-handed-odi-captaincy/#comments Tue, 12 Sep 2017 03:32:42 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2199445 Faf du Plessis has been confirmed as South Africa's new one-day international captain, making him the country's leader in all three formats.]]>

Faf du Plessis has been confirmed as South Africa’s new one-day international captain, making him the country’s leader in all three formats.

Du Plessis’ appointment had been expected since AB de Villiers stepped down from the position last month, endorsing his teammate in the process. The appointment was announced on Monday (September 11) after Cricket South Africa’s Board of Directors rubber-stamped the recommendation of the national selection panel.

“Congratulations to Faf on his appointment as the natural successor to the ODI leadership,” CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement. “He has established himself as one of the best leaders in world cricket and this was reflected in his appointment as the captain for the World XI currently engaged in the T20 Series against Pakistan.”

Du Plessis arrived in Pakistan on Monday and will lead the World XI out in the first T20 of the Independence Cup in Lahore on Tuesday evening. His first ODI in charge of South Africa will be against Bangladesh next month.

Calls for du Plessis to take over the one-day leadership grew during the Champions Trophy in June, when de Villiers’ captaincy increasingly came under the radar. Under de Villiers, South Africa tried and failed to break their duck at big tournaments on three occasions – two Champions Trophies and one World Cup.

In the six years of de Villiers’ captaincy, they won only 59 of their 103 matches, making him one of the least successful South African ODI captains since readmission.

Du Plessis has already led South Africa in nine ODIs – all of them when de Villiers was injured. While he won one game and lost another against New Zealand in 2013, he has subsequently won every game in which he captained South Africa in the format – a run that included a 5-0 whitewash of Australia last October.

With less than two years until the 2019 World Cup in England, the focus of both du Plessis and new coach Ottis Gibson will increasingly turn to the tournament. “You look at South Africa and the players that they can potentially put on the field, and there’s no reason why they can’t win the 50-over World Cup in 2019,” Gibson said last week.

With a more impressive captain at the helm, that feeling is likely to grow again as the pain of June’s Champions Trophy failure starts to recede.

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Shakib Al Hasan’s Test sabbatical request accepted http://www.thepapare.com/shakib-al-hasans-test-sabbatical-request-accepted/ http://www.thepapare.com/shakib-al-hasans-test-sabbatical-request-accepted/#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:24:35 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2199313 Shakib Al Hasan's request for a short-break from Test cricket has been accepted, Bangladesh Cricket Board's Cricket Operations Chairman Mohammad Akram confirmed on Monday (September 11).]]>

Shakib Al Hasan’s request for a short-break from Test cricket has been accepted, Bangladesh Cricket Board’s Cricket Operations Chairman Mohammad Akram confirmed on Monday (September 11).

The all-rounder submitted a letter to the board on Saturday, citing this request and his desire to manage his workload. Upon receiving the written plea, BCB president Nazmul Hasan is understood to have held several meetings with the board high-ups to weigh the matter and subsequently okayed the request.

As a consequence of the development, Bangladesh will travel to South Africa for their two-Test series in late September without the services of the 30-year-old, who incidentally, was at the forefront of the team’s historic Test win over Australia in Dhaka (10 wickets and a half century). Shakib will however, continue to feature in white-ball assignments for country and club(s) during this sabbatical from Tests.

“Shakib wrote a letter to us asking for a six-month break,” Akram said. “He can miss the first Test against South Africa but if he wants, he can play the second Test. He will not be traveling with the team but he can tell us what he decides to do.”

Akram confirmed that Shakib’s decision to ease his workload was done with an eye on prolonging his career. One of the most decorated all-rounders of this generation, Shakib has featured in 51 Tests, 177 ODIs and 59 T20Is for Bangladesh during which he has scored 9785 international runs and taken 482 wickets enroute to becoming a vital cog in Bangladesh’s rise as a cricketing nation.

“We can’t always be thinking about us. We should also keep his fatigue into consideration,” Akram said.

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Pakistan braces for a revival as World XI arrive http://www.thepapare.com/pakistan-braces-for-a-revival-as-world-xi-arrive/ http://www.thepapare.com/pakistan-braces-for-a-revival-as-world-xi-arrive/#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:07:47 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2199198 A World XI squad comprising 13 players from seven top cricket-playing nations landed in Lahore early Monday amid massive security, with Pakistan hoping the tour will end years of international isolation.]]>

A World XI squad comprising 13 players from seven top cricket-playing nations landed in Lahore early Monday amid massive security, with Pakistan hoping the tour will end years of international isolation.

Pakistan has not hosted top-level international cricket — barring five limited over matches against minnows Zimbabwe in 2015 — since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by terrorists in March 2009, killing eight people and injuring seven players and staff. 

The World XI, which will play three Twenty20 internationals from Tuesday, arrived around 2:00am Pakistan time (2100 GMT) with air surveillance and dozens of police vans in attendance as the team was whisked to their hotel. 

Both the hotel and stadium will be cordoned off with 9,000 police and paramilitary staff deployed during the next five days. 

The World XI is led by South African skipper Faf du Plessis and coached by former Zimbabwe batsman and ex-England coach Andy Flower. 

A fourteenth player, Samuel Badree of the West Indies, will arrive later Monday.

Earlier on Sunday Malik Mohammad Khan, a spokesperson for the government of Punjab province, of which Lahore is the capital, said authorities were providing “foolproof security for the World XI with a big contingent of security officials deployed”.

Parts of the city near the stadium will be cordoned off, with shops and restaurants around the venue to be shut for the duration of the series while spectators will have to pass through multiple security checkpoints. 

Since the 2009 attack Pakistan have been forced to play most of their “home” games in the United Arab Emirates — with the Pakistan Cricket Board complaining they have incurred losses of around $120 million.

But security has dramatically improved across Pakistan in the last two years, signalling hopes for the slow revival of international sport in the country.  

In March, Pakistan successfully hosted the Pakistan Super League Twenty20 final in Lahore with English players Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan, West Indies’ Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels and South Africa’s Morne van Wyk and Zimbabwe’s Sean Ervine competing.

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Shakib wants six-month Test break http://www.thepapare.com/shakib-wants-six-month-test-break/ http://www.thepapare.com/shakib-wants-six-month-test-break/#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:53:45 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2199169 Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has asked for a six-month break from Test cricket, saying that he needs a rest in order to stay fresh in the long run. Bangladesh Cricket Board media committee chairman Jalal Yunus informed The Daily Star of this development last night. “We have received a letter from Shakib to the ]]>

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has asked for a six-month break from Test cricket, saying that he needs a rest in order to stay fresh in the long run.

Bangladesh Cricket Board media committee chairman Jalal Yunus informed The Daily Star of this development last night. “We have received a letter from Shakib to the effect that he wants a six-month break from Test cricket with a view to staying fresh for the long term. The board is yet to decide whether to grant the request.”

This development comes with the BCB set to name a 15-man Test squad to tour South Africa today, with the squad scheduled to depart for Johannesburg on September 16. It was learnt that Shakib is unlikely to be a part of the Test squad for the two-Test series.

Shakib – the world’s top-ranked all-rounder in all formats – was recently made the T20I captain. He also turned in a stellar performance in the first Test against Australia in late August, taking a 10-wicket haul and hitting 84 in the first innings of his 50th Test.

In a career spanning more than a decade, Shakib has played just 51 Test matches while his contemporaries in countries like England and Australia have neared or crossed 100. This points to a wider lack of Tests for Bangladesh as a whole and in that context Shakib’s request is a puzzling one. He has after all often spoken of the need for more Tests.

There have been murmurs of discontent within the dressing room, especially among seniors, at some of the decisions of head coach Chandika Hathurusingha. The Sri Lankan coach is part of the selection process and some of the selections – the axing of senior player Mahmudullah Riyad, the drama surrounding Test specialist Mominul Haque’s eleventh-hour inclusion in the squad for the first Test – in the recently concluded Australia series have been contentious.

This development throws the squad announcement today wide open. Shakib is arguably the side’s best player and most importantly lends the team balance – he is worth his place as a batsman or bowler alone, and with him in the side Bangladesh almost have a 12th member. Therefore, the most significant part of today’s squad announcement will surround whether the board will grant Shakib’s request.

Apart from the South Africa Tests, Bangladesh are also scheduled to host Sri Lanka for a Test series within the next six months.

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Scintillating Cooper gives Trinbago second CPL title http://www.thepapare.com/scintillating-cooper-gives-trinbago-second-cpl-title/ http://www.thepapare.com/scintillating-cooper-gives-trinbago-second-cpl-title/#comments Sun, 10 Sep 2017 15:09:38 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2199097 It was indeed the biggest party in sport as the Trinbago Knight Riders erupted in celebrations at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad after winning their second Caribbean Premier League title. Kevon Cooper, reduced to tears of joy, smashed a scintillating 14-ball 29 and turned the game on its head, all in the space of an over to take his ]]>

It was indeed the biggest party in sport as the Trinbago Knight Riders erupted in celebrations at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad after winning their second Caribbean Premier League title. Kevon Cooper, reduced to tears of joy, smashed a scintillating 14-ball 29 and turned the game on its head, all in the space of an over to take his team over the line, in what turned out to be a fitting finale.

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots were left distraught, coming so close in the defence of a small target of 136, yet falling short by three wickets on Saturday (September 9), in a game where both teams had their chances in equal measure. Cooper showcased the amount of skill he possessed despite having had a tough few months, while Denesh Ramdin was his ever-composed self as the crowd rallied behind their side. From 90 for 7, Cooper and Ramdin ended proceedings on 136 for 7 with an over to spare.

It all came down to Ben Hilfenhaus’s penultimate over with the Knight Riders requiring 22 off the last two overs: 1, wd, wd, 2, 6nb, 4, 4, 1, 1 – read the scorecard at the end of the game. Hilfenhaus started off well, but lost rhythm and momentum as the Patriots spent almost five minutes between ball one and two. The game was lost between those minutes as Cooper got into his groove and knew the win was theirs for the taking.

Until the final, Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle had accounted for 54 per cent of the team’s runs. But when it came to the big game, a triple failure from the pair and Mohammad Hafeez in unison had the Patriots reduced to 37 for 3 in the eighth over after being asked to bat. Ronsford Beaton’s one-run opening over had Gayle attacking the first ball of the next from Javon Searles, which he ended up hitting straight to Yasir Shah at point. Searles accounted for another wicket, removing Hafeez.

With runs hard to come by, the Patriots were dealing in singles for most parts, which gave the Knight Riders a couple of run-out chances that they missed. The first boundary only came in the fifth over of the innings. Sunil Narine struck in his opening over, off the second ball, trapping Lewis leg before for 16. Dwayne Bravo mixed his bowlers well, not letting any of the batsmen settle, as the Patriots only managed to reach 45 for 3 at the halfway mark. The Knight Riders were in the driver’s seat.

A boundary in the 12th over off the bat of Devon Thomas came after 34 deliveries – a clear reflection of the Patriots’ worries; he then sent another hit that crossed the ropes, but fell soon after as Cooper picked up his second wicket. Brandon King hung around for 21 deliveries for 19, Thomas fell two overs later after a brief 9-ball stay for 17, but Jonathan Carter and Carlos Brathwaite’s association gave them some momentum.

Narine gave away nothing, finishing his four overs for just eight runs. Dwayne, however, struggled with a hamstring injury through the game which had him bowl just two overs. Having conceded only five in his first over, he ended up conceding 21 in the final over of the match that incapacitated as the Knight Riders leaked runs at the back end once again.

Brathwaite nearly dragged one back onto his stumps off Narine in the 14th over, when he was on 3, but since then, played a chanceless innings. The pair of Carter and Brathwaite, slowly, yet steadily, built a stand, dispatching the odd bad ball. Carter fell in the penultimate over with Patriots at 119 for 6. In hindsight, it was just what they needed as Mohammad Nabi came in to produce a cameo that took them to a score, that they ended up making a contest out of. Nabi smashed back-to-back sixes off Dwayne before belting a full toss for a boundary racing away to 18 off just 5, as the Patriots amassed 56 off last four overs.

Narine’s struggles with the bat continued, as he was caught and bowled by Sheldon Cottrell for 3. Cottrell levied a double blow as Dwayne was bowled for a golden duck two balls later, leaving the Knight Riders in a spot of bother. There was another hamstring issue on the field; Carter this time, who left the field to be treated by this physio.

Gayle ushered in Mohammad Hafeez with Hamza Tariq and Colin Munro in the middle looking for a stand desperately. Hafeez gave away 3, but Nabi from the other end, conceded 19, with three sixes, as the Knight Riders took control. Hafeez, however, returned to send Munro back, cramping him for room, and Darren Bravo in successive overs as Knight Riders were 64 for 4 at the halfway stage.

Denesh Ramdin held the key for Trinbago at that stage with enough experience of such situations. Tariq was undone by a screamer from King, who took a diving one-hander, while Dan Christian was run out following an excellent throw from Carter as the Knight Riders seemed to be slipping, and fast at 90 for 7. Searles holed out, but Cooper and Ramdin, both capable of pulling off a win, kept their side in the chase with 33 required from the last three.

To give credit where it’s due, in a small chase, full points to the Patriots to have made a contest out of this low-scorer. What seemed like it would be a walk in the park for the Knight Riders, ended up being a nail-biter thanks to the 45 for 5 collapse in the middle period – silencing the scores of fans that turned up – during which scoring reduced significantly.

While Cooper did the scoring, Ramdin’s support at the other end was invaluable for someone who was low on confidence. It was a game that was in balance until that 19th over. There on, it was all Knight Riders.

Brief Scores

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 135/6 in 20 overs (Carlos Brathwaite 30*; Kevon Cooper 2-12) lost to 

Trinbago Knight Riders 136/7 in 19 overs (Colin Munro 29, Kevon Cooper 29*; Mohammad Hafeez 2-19) by three wickets.

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Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami return for first three Australia ODIs http://www.thepapare.com/umesh-shami-return-for-first-three-australia-odis/ http://www.thepapare.com/umesh-shami-return-for-first-three-australia-odis/#comments Sun, 10 Sep 2017 12:14:17 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2199046 The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a 16-member squad, on Sunday (September 10), for the the first three ODIs of the upcoming five-match series against Australia, starting September 17 in Chennai. The MSK Prasad-led selection committee brought back frontline pacers Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav, while rewarding the bright performances of left-arm spinner Axar Patel ]]>

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a 16-member squad, on Sunday (September 10), for the the first three ODIs of the upcoming five-match series against Australia, starting September 17 in Chennai. The MSK Prasad-led selection committee brought back frontline pacers Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav, while rewarding the bright performances of left-arm spinner Axar Patel and legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the recently concluded ODI series in Sri Lanka, by giving them an extended run.

The team management, which has been careful with the workload of injury-prone Shami, had rested the Bengal pacer for the ODI series against Sri Lanka. The speedster bagged ten wickets in the preceding Test series and will now return to play his first ODI since the final game in West Indies where he accounted for four wickets. Umesh, too, like his fellow paceman, was a part of the Tests against Sri Lanka before being rested for the limited-overs leg of the tour.

Squad : Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.

As expected, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja continue to be rested. During this phase though, Ashwin will continue to sharpen his trade in the County circuit with his stint at Worcestershire. India also left out paceman Shardul Thakur after he played a couple of games against Sri Lanka, during which he returned just one wicket. However, he was named in the India A squad for the two-match series against New Zealand A later in the month.

“The team for the three ODIs against Australia has been selected in line with the rotation policy of the Board and accordingly R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested. The team’s performance during the Sri Lanka tour was outstanding and players like Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, who performed very well are being given an extended run and this will in turn supplement our approach, to build a strong reserve strength, as we prepare for forthcoming tours,” MSK Prasad, the chairman of selection committee said.

Although the selection panel wasn’t expected to make any sweeping changes to the outfit that featured against Sri Lanka, KL Rahul would be under pressure to upscale his performance. Rahul is tipped to take the No. 4 spot in the lineup, however, he scored only 28 runs in the three innings he batted.

The first three ODIs will be played in Chennai, Kolkata and Indore. The teams then travel to Bangalore and Nagpur for the final two games, before they take part in a three-match T20I series.

India A vs New Zealand A, Four-Day Games, Vijaywada

The selection committee also announced the India ‘A’ squad for two four-day games to be played against New Zealand ‘A’, starting September 23. While Karun Nair will lead the side in the games to be played in Vijayawada, Rishabh Pant will don the wicketkeeping gloves.

India A : Priyank Panchal, R Samarth, Sudip Chatterjee, Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Karun Nair (Captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shahbaz Nadeem, K Gowtham, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Ankit Rajpoot

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James Anderson moves to top of Test bowlers rankings http://www.thepapare.com/anderson-leads-bowlers-rankings-after-career-best-haul/ http://www.thepapare.com/anderson-leads-bowlers-rankings-after-career-best-haul/#comments Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:31:57 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2199031 James Anderson has risen to the top spot in the ICC Test Player Rankings for bowlers following his nine wickets against Windies in the third and final Test at Lord’s that helped England to a nine-wicket win and a 2-1 series win. Anderson, 35, became the oldest bowler to be ranked No. 1 since Muttiah ]]>

James Anderson has risen to the top spot in the ICC Test Player Rankings for bowlers following his nine wickets against Windies in the third and final Test at Lord’s that helped England to a nine-wicket win and a 2-1 series win.

Anderson, 35, became the oldest bowler to be ranked No. 1 since Muttiah Muralidaran held the spot in July 2009. He also is the oldest pacer to occupy the top rank since Glenn McGrath in January 2006.

Anderson, who also picked up his 500th Test wicket in the match in a career-best show of 7 for 42, overtook Ravindra Jadeja, India’s left-arm spinner, followed by R Ashwin and Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath at three and four.

Ben Stokes, too, made gains in all three rankings after his Man of the Match outing. His 60 in the first innings saw him rise to a career-best 20th in the batsmen rankings, while his 6 for 22 placed him at 21st among bowlers, and the combined effort had him overtake Moeen Ali to the fourth spot among all-rounders.

Shai Hope’s brilliance in the series, not just saw him being named Player of the Series alongside Anderson, but also rise in the rankings to a career-best 30th. Opener Kieran Powell too moved upwards along with Kemar Roach and captain Jason Holder.

Both teams, however, retained respective spots on the team ranking charts – England at three and Windies at eight.

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Ford signs three-year deal to become next Ireland coach http://www.thepapare.com/ford-signs-three-year-deal-to-become-next-ireland-coach/ http://www.thepapare.com/ford-signs-three-year-deal-to-become-next-ireland-coach/#comments Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:13:26 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2198682 Graham Ford has signed a three-year deal to become the next head coach of the Ireland national side, Cricket Ireland confirmed on Friday (September 8). Ford will take over from current coach John Bracewell, when his contract expires in December this year.Ford has a rich coaching experience in the international arena, having worked with South ]]>

Graham Ford has signed a three-year deal to become the next head coach of the Ireland national side, Cricket Ireland confirmed on Friday (September 8). Ford will take over from current coach John Bracewell, when his contract expires in December this year.Ford has a rich coaching experience in the international arena, having worked with South Africa from 1999 to 2002 and Sri Lanka in 2012 for a couple of years and again in 2016 for the second time, before quitting the post recently in June. In the domestic circuit, he has enjoyed stints with Dolphins and Surrey and served as the director of cricket at Kent in 2005.

“I am really excited to be a part of this new era in Irish cricket,” Ford said. “I have always enjoyed working with decent people and, in their attitude, character and camaraderie, the Irish cricketers have always come across as such. With my knowledge and experience I believe I can genuinely make a difference. All my efforts will be dedicated to assisting the players to improve and achieve their full potential while playing an enjoyable brand of cricket.”

Richard Holdsworth, Cricket Ireland Performance Director, pointed out that Ford’s reputation and work ethic convinced the panel to appoint him for the top job. “Graham’s reputation for improving young players, his work ethic and huge knowledge were among the key factors for his appointment,” Holdsworth said following the appointment. “The panel was strongly persuaded by Graham’s clear understanding of what the Ireland team and Irish cricket in general needs right now, while he is already familiar with some of our players through his coaching spells at Kent and Surrey.

“In the short term, his expertise in the shorter forms of the game will also be vital as we build towards two major ICC events over the next three years – including the ICC World Cup Qualifier in the first half of 2018 – while longer term he is aiming to strengthen the national team in its rebuilding process from a core of long-established players to a younger less experienced team.”

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