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Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
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Ajaz Patel’s Historic Feat Of Taking All 10 Wickets In An Innings Not Enough To Be Picked Against Bangladesh

Ajaz Patel’s historic feat of taking 10 wickets in a Test innings was not enough to secure his place in New Zealand’s squad for a home series against Bangladesh.

Off-spinner Ajaz Patel became only the third player in test history _ after England’s Jim Laker and India’s Anil Kumble _ to take all 10 wickets in an innings when he claimed 10-119 in the second Test against India earlier this month. But Ajaz Patel was absent from New Zealand’s 13-man squad for a two-test series against Bangladesh, beginning on January 1, 2022.

Ajaz Patel----Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
Ajaz Patel—-Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI

Ajaz Patel Not Picked For Two Tests Against Visitors Bangladesh As New Zealand Conditions Favour Pacers: Gary Stead Defends Selections

The 13 man squad includes fast bowlers Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, and Matt Henry along with medium pace allrounder Daryl Mitchell and only one spin option, allrounder Rachin Ravindra. The tests will be played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui and Hagley Oval in Christchurch at New Zealand which is expected to favour quicker bowlers.

New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)
New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)

“You do feel for Ajaz after his record-breaking display in India,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said. “However, we’ve always applied a horses-for-courses selection policy and believe the players selected best fit the way we want to take on Bangladesh here at home.”

“We feel having both Rachin and Daryl in the squad gives us a nice balance and the ability to pick a side best suited to the conditions we expect.”

New Zealand’s left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel picked up all 10-wickets in an innings in the second Test against India. Notably, the spinner became only the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to take all 10 wickets in an innings, joining Jim Laker and Anil Kumble, who had achieved the milestone in 1956 and 1999 respectively.

He also registered the best figures for a bowler against India in Test cricket. India registered a record 372 runs win over New Zealand in the second Test and sealed the two-match Test series 1-0.

Tom Latham Will Captain New Zealand In The Absence Of Injured Kane Williamson While Devon Conway Will Return

Tom Latham will captain New Zealand in the absence of Kane Williamson, who has an elbow injury, and Devon Conway will return to the squad after breaking his hand at the Twenty20 World Cup last month. Devon Conway, who had been ruled out of the T20 World Cup final against Australia in the UAE and the subsequent India tour with a bizarre self-inflicted hand injury, returned to the squad.

“It’s obviously disappointing not to have Kane available for this series but, as we noted in India, he is undergoing a sustained period of rest followed by rehabilitation, strengthening, and gradual batting loading,” Stead said. “We have every confidence in Tom leading the side. He’s done an excellent job in the past when called upon.”

Tom Latham (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Tom Latham (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Ajaz Patel concluded the 2nd Test match against India with statistics of 14/225, while regular skipper Kane Williamson also missed the 2nd Test against India for an elbow injury. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will be sidelined by an elbow tendon injury for at least two months, coach Gary Stead confirmed.

Trent Boult, who had opted out of the India tour because of bubble fatigue, was also back in the side as New Zealand ponder unleashing their four-pronged pace pack on Bangladesh. Ross Taylor, who had a horror tour of India, managing a mere 20 runs across four innings, retained his place in the Test squad.

He is three Tests away from surpassing Daniel Vettori as New Zealand’s most capped player in the format. Colin de Grandhomme, who had also opted out of the India tour, was omitted from this squad.

New Zealand: Tom Latham (captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young.

Kyle Jamieson, AFP
Kyle Jamieson, AFP
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Playing 2 Tests In India Is A Different Challenge Than Playing At Home: Kyle Jamieson

Kyle Jamieson, a New Zealand seamer, admits the upcoming India tour will be a challenge as his side prepares for the first Test in Kanpur on Thursday. Despite a brilliant start to his Test career, Kyle Jamieson’s place in the opening Test remains uncertain.

Kyle Jamieson made his Test debut against India in early 2020 to great effect, picking up a five-wicket haul in the second Test. However, none of his Test appearances have been in the sub-continent. Of his eight Tests, six have come at home. The towering quick’s first away game was at Lord’s against England earlier this year.

Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP
Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP

Kyle Jamieson: Playing Tests In India Different Than Playing The IPL

Kyle Jamieson said that he has left his World Test Championship Final exploits behind him and is looking forward to playing in India. The 26-year old feels playing Tests in India will be vastly different than the IPL. Kyle Jamieson, the NZ pacer, joined Black Caps captain Kane Williamson in sitting out their three Twenty20s against India to focus on the World Test Championship Test match clashes that follow.

After making a huge impression in the international arena during his short career so far, Kyle Jamieson landed a contract with the RCB for the 2021 season of the IPL. He picked 9 scalps in as many matches averaging 29.88 besides amassing 65 runs.

“It certainly feels a long time ago. No better way to start than the challenge of India in India. I haven’t played a whole lot of cricket over here. I had the first half of the IPL which was good, but this will be different again. I’ve got Wags and Timmy here, so that’ll be good to bounce ideas of them, to get their expertise on how to bowl here. It’s certainly going to be a different challenge to what we get back home but really looking forward to it,” Kyle Jamieson said.

Kyle Jamieson Source IPL Twitter
Kyle Jamieson Source IPL Twitter

Kyle Jamieson has picked up a staggering 46 wickets in eight Tests so far, with an average of 14.17. He is also a reasonably accomplished lower-order batsman, averaging 42.66 with a solitary half-century. Kyle Jamieson, incidentally, was Man of the Match for picking 7 wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the WTC Final.

Kyle Jamieson Won’t Change His Game Too Much

Kyle Jamieson further claimed that adapting to conditions and sticking to his strengths would be critical if he were to play in the first Test. Pacer Kyle Jamieson’s absence could be a hint that he will play in the first Test, which would likely leave fellow seamers Tim Southee and Neil Wagner competing for one spot if the Black Caps go with two-seamers, two spinners, and an all-rounder.

The tall seam bowler didn’t play at the T20 World Cup, while Trent Boult will head home after the completion of the Indian T20Is due to the time he has spent in Covid-19 bubbles and managed isolation already this year.

“First and foremost I think for me it’s not trying to change my game too much – still try and stick to my strengths but try and adapt to what the conditions give. If I do play and get the new ball, it’s trying to swing that and as the conditions change and the roles change throughout the game, try to focus on that.”

Kane Williamson (AP)
Kane Williamson (AP)

The Kiwis will feel buoyed by the return of their regular captain Kane Williamson, who missed the three-match T20I series. However, India’s understrength team will still pose a significant challenge as they aim to extend their home dominance. New Zealand included as many as 5 spinners in the Test squad. Veteran Mitchell Santner will lead the slow-ball attack, supported by Ajaz Patel, Will Somerville, rookie Rachin Ravindra, and part-timer Glenn Phillips.

Pacers Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson have also been included, although Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme both chose to skip the tour.

New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)
New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)
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New Zealand Have To Adapt To The Conditions To Face World-Class Indian Spinners: Gary Stead

Gary Stead, the New Zealand coach, feels the Kiwi batters have to quickly adapt to the conditions in India if they want to overcome the challenge of the Indian spin attack in the upcoming Test series.

India and New Zealand will lock horns in the two-match Test series, which gets underway from Thursday.

Gary Stead | Photo Credit: AP
Gary Stead | Photo Credit: AP

Gary Stead: New Zealand Have To Adapt And Play World Class Indian Spinners Well

The last time New Zealand toured India was in the 2016-17 tour when it suffered a 3-0 thrashing in Tests beginning with the Kanpur Test. It later went on to lose the five-match ODI series 3-2. Similarly, in 2021, New Zealand, winners of the inaugural World Test Championship 2019-21 and runners-up in 2021 T20I World cup, was whitewashed 3-0 in T20Is preceding the 2 Tests.

“I think whenever you come here and face the likes of Ashwin, Jadeja, Axar Patel, who are world-class spinners in this environment as well. For us it’s about being able to adapt quickly to what the surface is telling us and what is right in front of us,” said Stead while replying to a query during a virtual press conference.

Axar Patel And Ravichandran Ashwin Agency Photos
Axar Patel And Ravichandran Ashwin Agency Photos

“Sometimes when you start the match, it may not be spinning too much but it does come later on. So having multiple ideas or ways to challenge the bowlers back will be something that will be important to our group,” he added.

Axar Patel made his Test debut in February 2021, six years after playing his maiden limited-overs match for India, and starred so much so with the ball that he ended up picking 27 wickets from the 3 matches in the Test series against England at home in 2021. He took 4 five-wicket hauls as England lost the series 3-1.

England managed to win only the first Test match, which Axar Patel missed due to a knee injury. In his debut Test series, he picked 27 scalps to finish behind Ravichandran Ashwin (32) in the leading wicket-takers list.

Gary Stead: New Zealand Will Miss Trent Boult But India Will Also Miss, Some Of Their Players

Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme will miss the Test series due to bio-secure bubbles fatigue. The New Zealand coach Gary Stead said Trent Boult wanted to get “mentally refreshed” after spending quite an amount of time in bio-bubble. New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult had made himself unavailable for the upcoming two-match Test series against India.

The reason behind Trent Boult’s and pace allrounder Colin de Grandhomme’s unavailability for the Tests against India has been due to the prospect of further time in bio-secure bubbles and managed isolation.

“Trent Boult has been a fine bowler for New Zealand for a long long period of time but we made the decision that the best thing for him was to get home in order to be mentally refreshed. I also know India is doing a similar thing with some of their players as well,” said Gary Stead.

NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)
NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)

“And I think that’s the sign of the COVID world that we live in. It’s not New Zealand who will miss Boult but I think India will also miss some of their players,” he added.

Gary Stead also informed that all New Zealand players are available for selection for the first Test, which gets underway from Thursday.  New Zealand will play two Tests in India, the first in Kanpur from November 25-29 and the second in Mumbai from December 3-7.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams in the game’s longest format since the WTC final in June, where New Zealand emerged victoriously. The last time New Zealand toured India, they were beaten 3-0 in Tests in 2016.

New Zealand Test Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Henry Nicholls, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young

New Zealand (File Photo) - GETTY IMAGES
New Zealand (File Photo) - GETTY IMAGES
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New Zealand Include 5 Spinners In 15-man Test Squad For India Tour

New Zealand will begin their ‘World Test Championship” title defense with a Test series against India later this month, a few days after T20I World Cup concludes. New Zealand included five spinners in a 15-man Test squad to tour India later this month in the Black Caps’ opening series of their World Test Championship defense.

New Zealand won the inaugural World Test Championship 2019-21 after defeating India in the final at Southampton in June 2021, with the next cycle of matches continuing until 2023.

New Zealand's Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters
New Zealand’s Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the ICC World Test Championship final. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

New Zealand Coach Gary Stead Said Success Of Kiwi Spinners On Recent Tours To Sub Continent Has Been Encouraging

Coach Gary Stead said selectors had tailored the squad to spin-friendly conditions. The spin-heavy attack makes sense since conditions in the series-opener (Kanpur, November 25-29) and the second Test (Mumbai, December 3-7) are expected to suit the slower bowlers.

“The success of our spinners on recent tours to the sub-continent has been encouraging and we hope they can once again feature prominently,” he said.

Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)

Veteran Mitchell Santner will lead the slow-ball attack, supported by Ajaz Patel, Will Somerville, rookie Rachin Ravindra, and part-timer Glenn Phillips.

Glenn Phillips has been selected in the Test squad for the first time since debuting against Australia as a late replacement in 2020 when the Blackcaps camp was struck by illness on the eve of the New Year’s Test in Sydney. The 21-year-old Rachin Ravindra made his New Zealand debut in a T20I against Bangladesh in September, and although he toured England with the Test side earlier this year, he is yet to play in the longest form of the game.

Gary Stead: Touring India One Of The Greatest Experiences In Cricket

Pacers Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson have also been included, although Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme both chose to skip the tour. Gary Stead said the Black Caps were fired up about defending their title.

“Touring India is one of the greatest experiences in cricket and I know our guys are really looking forward to the challenge,” he said.

“It’s fair to say we’re expecting spin-friendly conditions and it’s great to have a range of options in this department.”

New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)
New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)

New Zealand will play two Tests in India, the first in Kanpur from November 25-29 and the second in Mumbai from December 3-7. There will also be three Twenty20 matches on November 17, 19, and 21 featuring the same Black Caps squad currently contesting the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams in Test cricket since the inaugural World Test Championship final in June, in which India lost by eight wickets. New Zealand suffered a 0-3 humiliation against India on their last tour in 2016.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Young, Neil Wagner.

Get all details about India vs New Zealand Schedule.

World Test Championship, India
Indian test team[photo: Twitter]
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India Are A Powerhouse In Their Own Conditions, Says Tim Southee

Tim Southee, the experienced New Zealand pacer, feels India is a “powerhouse” in their own backyard. However, the traveling Black Caps will need to adapt quickly to the country’s spin-friendly conditions to have any hope of upsetting the hosts in the upcoming two-Test series.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams in Test cricket since the inaugural World Test Championship final in June, in which India lost by 8 wickets. New Zealand suffered a 0-3 humiliation against India on their last tour in 2016.

Tim Southee Source Black Caps/ Twitter
Tim Southee Source Black Caps/ Twitter

Tim Southee: It’s Been A Long Time Since New Zealand Played Against And In India, So They Need To Adapt To The Conditions Quickly

The first Test of the upcoming tour will be played in Kanpur from November 25 to 29, followed by a match in Mumbai from December 3 to 7. The Test matches will be preceded by three T20Is to be played in Jaipur (November 17), Ranchi (November 19), and Kolkata (November 21).

“It’s been a long time since we played India in India…they are a powerhouse in their own conditions. Such foreign conditions we are not used to, so we need to adapt to the conditions as quick as possible,” Tim Southee said after New Zealand announced a 16-member squad for the tour.

NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)
NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)

New Zealand on Thursday announced the Test and T20I squad leaving out left-arm pacer Trent Boult all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme from the Test squad after the duo spent a considerable amount of time in bio-secure bubbles and managed isolation. Tim Southee said the inaugural WTC crown won by his country is a thing of the past now as their new Test cycle of WTC 2021-23 begins with the India tour.

“New cycle is exciting. A great place to go on tour and test yourself against a very good opposition and in trying conditions. It’s great to be part of the last cycle. We hit the reset button and looking forward to the next 2 year cycle,” Tim Southee said.

“There is something special about Test cricket. It’s incredible to be part of the Test side. Over the last number of years the success we had not only at home but overseas been incredible to be part of,” he said.

“Test cricket is something I absolutely love and any chance to get to play is a special moment. Representing your country at the highest level is truly an honour,” Tim Southee said.
Tim Southee said tours have drastically changed for cricket teams due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Not only touring life, life in general has changed for a number of people and as cricketers we also had to adapt to that. Lot of times in bubbles, lot of time in quarantine, so it’s changed the way we have travelled. One of the positive side is we spent a lot of time together as a team.”
New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult has made himself unavailable for the upcoming two-match Test series against India. The reason behind Trent Boult’s and pace allrounder Colin de Grandhomme’s unavailability for the Tests against India has been due to the prospect of further time in bio-secure bubbles and managed isolation.

Kyle Jamieson: Playing India In India One Of The Greatest Challenges

Tim Southee’s young pace colleague Kyle Jamieson said playing India in India is one of the “greatest challenges” for any Test-playing nation.

“We have got one of the greatest challenges coming up, playing India in India. So for me, that’s got me out of bed every day and challenging myself against the best in the world in tough conditions. Different challenge in India, that’s what you want to do in international cricket you want to challenge yourself in different conditions and formats,” he said.

Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP
Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP

The 26-year-old lanky right-arm fast bowler, too, feels that a sportsman’s life has changed due to COVID.

“It’s certainly been a challenge over the last 6-8 months around. Different series, different countries and being away from home in bubble life, so it’s not easy. You try and separate them as much as you can. It’s a massive learning process.”
Kyle Jamieson, incidentally, was Man of the Match for picking 7 wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the WTC Final. In just eight Tests, Kyle Jamieson has picked up 46 wickets at a scary average of 14.17. He made the Indian batsmen dance to his tunes in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. The tall speedster took a fifer in the first innings and triggered an Indian batting collapse that saw them get bundled out for just 217.
NZ squad for Tests: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell (wicketkeeper), Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner and Will Young
Ross Taylor:- REUTERS/Ross Setford (image sourced from Otago Daily Times www.odt.co.nz)
Ross Taylor:- REUTERS/Ross Setford (image sourced from Otago Daily Times www.odt.co.nz)
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It’s A Great Place To Play Cricket But Definitely One Of The Toughest: Ross Taylor On India Tour

Ross Taylor, a New Zealand middle-order batsman, termed India as one of the toughest destinations to tour. He opined that India is a great place to play cricket, but it can be challenging for the touring sides.

The Black Caps are scheduled to tour India a few days after the ongoing T20I World Cup concludes at UAE. They will play two Test matches and three T20Is in the sub-continent.

Ross Taylor in action against India on Day 6 of the WTC final (Twitter/BlackCaps)
Ross Taylor in action against India on Day 6 of the WTC final (Twitter/BlackCaps)

Ross Taylor: Playing Spin And Reverse Swing Ball Is Toughest To Handle In India

Ross Taylor stated that India set a different set of challenges with spin and reverse swing.

“It’s a great place to play cricket but definitely one of the toughest. Obviously playing spin and then the reverse swing ball. I think trusting your defense early on against spin when there’s so many people around the bat (is important),” Ross Taylor stated.

NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)
NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)

Ross Taylor added that winning the toss plays a big part in the outcome of the game when you are playing Test matches in India.

“I’ve been there a few times and it’s probably a given but winning the toss plays a big part in it so no pressure on Kane (Williamson) to get the call right in those first few Tests.”

Ross Taylor is part of the 15-man squad announced by New Zealand for the tour to India. This will be the first meeting between the two teams in the game’s longest format since the WTC final in June. The last time New Zealand toured India, they were beaten 3-0 in 2016.

New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult has made himself unavailable for the upcoming two-match Test series against India. The reason behind Trent Boult’s and pace allrounder Colin de Grandhomme’s unavailability for the Tests against India has been due to the prospect of further time in bio-secure bubbles and managed isolation.

Ross Taylor Opens Up On Facing Ravichandran Ashwin And Ravindra Jadeja

Ross Taylor reckons Ravichandra Ashwin could be a handful on the Indian tracks. However, he pointed out that the key will be to pick his variations right from the hand since the tracks will offer a lot of turns.

“I think you’ve got to watch the ball from the hand as early as possible, trust your defense. He’s (Ashwin) got carrom balls and got quite often the ball that actually skids on is just as dangerous as the one that turns a lot.”

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP

Ross Taylor added that the likes of spinner Ravindra Jadeja and others like Axar Patel can also be difficult to negotiate on the sub-continent tracks.

He said: “Not only him (Ashwin), Jadeja and co are going to be a handful.”

New Zealand will play a T20I series and then follow it up with two Test matches. The T20Is will be played on November 17 in Jaipur, November 19 in Ranchi, and November 21 in Kolkata. The two Tests will be played in Kanpur (November 25-29) and Mumbai (December 3-7).

The 15-member squad for the Test series against India includes regular cricketers like captain Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Devon Conway, and Henry Nicholls with a back-up in Will Young. Tom Blundell will take the wicketkeeping duties after BJ Watling retired from international cricket post victory in the inaugural World Test Championship final over India in Southampton in June 2021.

Left-arm spinners Ajaz Patel and Mitchell Santner, off-spinner Will Somerville, and uncapped left-arm spin all-rounder Rachin Ravindra and wicketkeeper-batter Glenn Phillips provide a part-time off-spin option, are present. At the same time, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson are the pace trio.

NZ squad for Tests: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell (wicketkeeper), Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner and Will Young

NZ squad for T20Is: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, and Tim Southee

Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP
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Inzamam-ul-Haq Questions Why ICC Is Silent Despite Several New Zealand Players Pulling Out Of Pakistan Series For IPL 2021

Inzamam-ul-Haq lashed out at ICC and questioned its silence on the matter after being irked with New Zealand’s players’ decision to pull out of the Pakistan series for IPL 2021.

Ahead of the all-important T20 World Cup 2021, the New Zealand cricket team will square off against Bangladesh and Pakistan in a white-ball series between September 1 and October 3. While Pakistan will have their first-choice players for the series, New Zealand will be missing out on the services of 7 players who are in the WC squad as they will participate in IPL 2021 once it resumes which was criticized by Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP

Inzamam-ul-Haq: Pakistan Team Not Getting Proper Practice As They Aren’t Getting To Play Against Main Squads

New Zealand Cricket has released its players for the 2nd half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 and 7 players, including skipper Kane Williamson, will be in UAE to take part in the T20 league.

Upset with NZ players pulling out of the Pakistan series to play IPL, former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has lashed out at ICC and questioned its silence on the matter. As per Inzamam-ul-Haq, the players are giving more importance to private leagues instead of international cricket.

“Wherever the Pakistan team is going, they are not getting a chance to play against the main players. When we went to South Africa in April, they sent their players for the IPL. With the upcoming NZ series in Pakistan, eight NZ players have opted out of the tour to play IPL. Even in the recent England tour, the whole England team got changed due to COVID-19 in the camp,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said on his Youtube channel.

“I feel that the Pakistan team is not getting proper practice because they are not getting to play against the main players. What is the ICC doing? What message are they trying to give? Players are giving importance to private leagues and not international cricket. It’s like degrading international cricket. If you see the whole sequence, it’s happening only against Pakistan,” Inzamam-ul-Haq added.

New Zealand batsman Tom Latham
New Zealand batsman Tom Latham (Photo: AFP)

Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Lockie Ferguson, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, and Tim Seifert are other players who have been released by NZC.  Tom Latham will be leading NZ in both series.  Interestingly, he isn’t part of the T20 World Cup squad.

The 2nd phase of IPL 2021 will be played from September 19 to October 15 in the UAE. The T20 World Cup 2021 kicks off on October 17.  Following the ICC event, the NZ players will travel to India for T20I and Test series against the hosts.

Tom Latham To Lead New Zealand On Limited Overs Tours Of Pakistan And Bangladesh

Tom Latham will lead New Zealand in the absence of Kane Williamson on their white-ball tours of Pakistan and Bangladesh starting September.  The opener will stand in as leader on both tours across white-ball formats.  New Zealand takes on Bangladesh in five T20Is in September, followed by three ODIs and five T20Is in Pakistan.

New Zealand has also named 15 member squad for the forthcoming T20 World Cup under the leadership of Kane Williamson. Ross Taylor, the veteran Kiwi batsman, and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme are the major exclusions from the squad. Ross Taylor. (Source: Twitter)

Ross Taylor. (Source: Twitter)

Todd Astle was picked along with two other spinners in the squad – legspinner Ish Sodhi and left-arm spinning allrounder Mitchell Santner. Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee will lead Kiwi’s pace attack. The same squad will also tour India later this year for three T20Is.

Adam Milne has been selected as the 16th man in the T20 World Cup squad as an injury cover.  New Zealand will make their first trip to Pakistan in 18 years this September to play three ODIs and five T20Is in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup that kickstarts on October 17.
New Zealand last toured Pakistan in November 2003 when they played five ODIs. A year before, their last Test appearance in Pakistan was at the Gaddafi Stadium in May 2002, which is remembered for Inzamam-ul-Haq’s 329 and Shoaib Akhtar’s six for 11 in the first innings that set the platform for an innings and 324-run victory.

New Zealand T20 World Cup squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Adam Milne (injury cover).

Squad for Bangladesh T20Is and Pakistan ODIs: Tom Latham (capt, wk), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry (ODI only), Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears (T20 only), Blair Tickner, Will Young.
Squad for Pakistan T20Is: Tom Latham (capt, wk), Finn Allen, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner, Will Young.
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin AFP
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin AFP
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India Should Never Have Played 2 Spinners On Seaming Pitches, Says Kamran Akmal

Kamran Akmal, Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman feels India got their combination for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand wrong by playing 2 spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin together and paid a heavy price for that.

Kamran Akmal stressed that Team India’s batting had been underwhelming in the run-up to the WTC final. So they ought to have strengthened that department given the seaming conditions that were on offer.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP

Kamran Akmal: One Should Never Play 2 Spinners On Seaming Pitches

India was bowled out for 217 in the first innings of the WTC final and crumbled to 170 in their second essay. Thus, in spite of the fact that two full days of play were lost to rain, New Zealand trounced India by eight wickets on the Reserve 6th Day.

Kamran Akmal said on the YouTube channel ‘My Master Cricket Coach’ that India erred in not picking a playing XI based on the conditions unlike New Zealand while discussing where Team India went wrong in the WTC final.

He explained: “The one big danger for Team India in the WTC final was New Zealand’s bowling. India’s batsmen have not scored big runs, starting with the Australia series. Ajinkya Rahane scored a hundred (in the MCG Test), and then Rishabh Pant came in and scored important runs down the order. In the home series (against England) as well, only Pant and (Ravichandran) Ashwin scored some runs.”

Akmal continued: “If we look at India’s playing XI for the WTC, you should never play two spinners on seaming pitches. New Zealand chose the perfect playing XI according to the overcast conditions. They won even after the entire first day’s play was lost to rain. India should have strengthened their batting. “

Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal © Getty Images

“As it is, their batsmen weren’t among the runs. Virat Kohli was not in form; the opening partnership was not working well. India should have analysed all these issues before finalising their playing XI. They played the same combination of two spinners, which they had in Australia and at home, a move that backfired.”

Ravindra Jadeja had an off Test as he scored 15 off 53 balls before dismissed by Trent Boult in the first innings. When it came to bowling, the all-rounder returned figures of 1/20 in 7.2 overs. In the second innings, he could only score 16 off 49 deliveries and only bowled eight of the 45 overs in the second innings, going wicketless and conceding 25 runs.

Unlike India, New Zealand went into this big match with four quicks, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, and Colin de Grandhomme as their pace bowling all-rounder at no. 7.

Kamran Akmal: New Zealand Had An Advantage Since They Had Played England Prior To The Final

Kamran Akmal, however, backed Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s views that the marquee WTC final should be a best-of-three affair. He further suggested that the summit clash should be played at a venue where neither finalist has an undue advantage.

He elaborated in this regard: “New Zealand had an advantage, as they had already played two Tests in England. They were used to the conditions.”

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

While Kamran Akmal backed the decision to give the India players a break ahead of the gruelling England Tests, he opined that the side could have shortened their three-week break and played some practice games against a few counties. According to the Pakistan player, India needs to get used to seaming conditions in England.

“Team India players deserve a break. They played in the IPL and here in the WTC final. They have been under constant mental stress due to the quarantine. So this break should help to refresh them ahead of the England series. India have a good chance of winning in England, but that will depend on how they play seam-bowling. “

“England will prepare pitches to exploit India’s weakness. So India could have cut short their three-week holiday and instead could have played practice games against some counties to get used to the conditions. Still, I feel India have a great chance to win in England this time.”

India is supposed to play two intra-squad matches in Durham ahead of the five-match Test series against England. They are unlikely to play any warm-up games against any of the county sides, owing to COVID-19 protocols as the England board is unwilling to change its stance.

Shubman Gill Photo Credit: (BCCI)
Shubman Gill Photo Credit: (BCCI)
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WTC Final 2021: Sunil Gavaskar Praised Shubman Gill’s Temperament

Sunil Gavaskar, the former legendary opening batsman has predicted that young batsman Shubman Gill will score multiple Test centuries for India.

Indian opening batsman Shubman Gill looked solid while he lasted on Day 2 of the World Test Championship match against New Zealand after captain Kane Williamson elected to bowl first winning the toss. The right-hander stitched a solid partnership with Rohit Sharma, as both the openers added 62 runs for the first wicket.

Shubman Gill (Express photo: Jasbir Malhi)
Shubman Gill (Express photo: Jasbir Malhi)

Sunil Gavaskar: Shubman Gill Has The Temperament To Become A Great Player

Shubman Gill had a promising start to his innings in the WTC final, but missed out on a big one, getting dismissed by fast bowler Neil Wagner for 28. However, his innings received a lot of praise from former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, who lauded his temperament from the commentary box.

“He has the temperament to become a great player,” Gavaskar in the commentary box during Gill’s innings, which comprised three fours.

File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP

Shubman Gill played a promising knock of 28 in swinging and overcast conditions and built a partnership of 62 with Rohit Sharma. The openers lasted more than 20 overs against the likes of Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Colin de Grandhome. After Kyle Jamieson struck first blood to dismiss Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill perished soon after in Neil Wagner’s third ball of his opening spell.

Sunil Gavaskar: Shubman Gill Needs To Score His First Test Ton And More Will Follow

The India batting legend predicted that Shubman Gill will score multiple centuries for India. Shubman Gill has scored three half-centuries in his short Test career so far with a best of 91 against Australia in Brisbane earlier this year, with Sunil Gavaskar adding that the youngster just needs to clear the hurdle of getting his first Test ton.

“The first hundred is always the toughest one because that journey from scoring a half-century to reaching three figures is not that easy,” Sunil Gavaskar said.

Shubman Gill, WTC Final, Image: PTI
Shubman Gill, WTC Final, Image: PTI

“Batsmen tend to feel settled somewhere around 70-80 run mark and start taking the bowlers on and lose their wicket in that way. He just needs to get his first hundred and then a lot more will follow.”

The 21-year-old was one of the chief architects of India’s epic Test series win in Down Under, in what was his debut outing. He managed 259 runs averaging 51.8 in 3 Tests after debuting in the Melbourne Test. Shubman Gill hit a counter-attacking 91 in the second innings of the fourth and final Test in Brisbane, something that set up India’s epic chase of 328 at the Gabba en route to their 2-1 series triumph.

Delhi Capitals, IPL 2021
Amit Mishra[photo: Twitter]
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Amit Mishra Thinks India Could Have Named A Fast Bowling All-Rounder In The Playing XI For The WTC Final

Amit Mishra, veteran leg-spinner and a member of the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Delhi Capitals, feels that while India playing XI for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand “looks great”, a fast-bowling all-rounder could have further strengthened the side.

The first day of the WTC final at Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Friday was washed out because of rain and players would be hoping to get back to action later on Saturday.

Veteran Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra
Veteran Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra (Photo | PTI)

Amit Mishra Thinks India Could Have Named A Fast Bowling All-Rounder In The Playing XI For The WTC Final

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first against India on Day 2 of the final of the inaugural WTC in Southampton. New Zealand has gone with four specialist fast bowlers and another seam-bowling option in all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme.

“The playing XI looks great. We have Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, two excellent spinners who can also contribute with the bat. Ashwin and Jadeja’s batting skills will help India a lot. I think India could have named a fast-bowling all-rounder in the playing XI, someone who could have bowled six-seven overs when the regular pacers are tired and the ball is swinging,” Mishra told JK 24×7 news.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP

Noting that the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand had an advantage in this department, Amit Mishra, who has played 22 Tests and taken 76 wickets, said, “I think it would have been better if India included a fast-bowling all-rounder. New Zealand has a fast-bowling all-rounder in their squad, so this is the one advantage that the Blackcaps have.”

Shardul Thakur has what it takes to be the fast-bowling all-rounder that the team has needed ever since Hardik Pandya’s back injury restricted his role with the ball. Hardik Pandya last played Test cricket for India in 2018, during the tour of England. He has been battling a back injury since 2019 and recently, during the IPL, also picked up a shoulder niggle.

The two-Test old Shardul Thakur was mighty impressive in the only longest format game he played in the away series against Australia this year, picking up seven wickets and a half-century to boot in Brisbane.

Amit Mishra: India’s Batting Is Stronger Than The Bowling Unit

Indians are fielding two spinners — Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja– and the pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah in the WTC final. Amit Mishra also said that India’s batting was stronger than its bowling.

“I think India’s batting line-up is stronger than the bowling unit. If you consider the all-rounders, we bat very deep. Only the three fast bowlers do not bat. So, I feel the batting is stronger.”

Amit Mishra is the second-highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL. (Source: File)
Amit Mishra is the second-highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL. (Source: File)

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra remains a vital cog in the Delhi Capitals’ machinery. The wily leg-spinner, who has the most hat-tricks in the tournament, has 166 IPL wickets against his name. While the injury cut short his IPL 2020 journey, the veteran spinner picked 6 wickets in 4 games averaging 18.16 before contracting the virus as a result of which IPL 2021 was suspended indefinitely. He is the 2nd highest wicket-taker after Lasith Malinga(170 scalps).

Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill stitched together a 62-run partnership before departing to the New Zealand pacers before Lunch on Day 2.  India was placed at 69 runs for the loss of two wickets as players headed back to the pavilion at the end of the first session on Day 2. Rohit Sharma got out for 34 to Kyle Jamieson while Shubman Gill followed him shortly losing his wicket to Neil Wagner after scoring 28 runs.

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