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West Indies Announced Unchanged 13 Man Squad For 3rd T20I

West Indies have selected the same 13-man squad for the third T20I match against South Africa. Despite losing the 2nd match of the bilateral series, the hosts have selected the same players for the 3rd T20I in Grenada, both in a bid to take a 2-1 series lead and with an eye to the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in October.

After cruising to an eight-wicket win in the first T20I match off the back of a stunning 35-ball 71 from Evin Lewis, the West Indies fell only 16 runs short in the second T20I, as Kagiso Rabada (3/37) and George Linde (2/19) prevented another batting onslaught.

West Indies' Evin Lewis smashed 71 off just 35 deliveries with 7 sixes and 4 fours decorating a pyrotechnic innings.© AFP
Evin Lewis smashed 71 off just 35 deliveries with 7 sixes and 4 fours decorating pyrotechnic innings.© AFP

West Indies Named Unchanged 13 Member Squad For 3rd T20I

The Cricket West Indies selection panel named an unchanged 13-member squad for the third T20I against South Africa. The match will be played at the Grenada National Stadium on Tuesday, June 29. The five-match series is currently 1-1 after the first two exciting matches.

Two-time World Champions, West Indies won the series opener by eight wickets on Saturday, while South Africa fought back to win the second match by 16 runs on Sunday. This series forms part of the West Indies’ international home season with a total of 15 T20Is as they continue preparations to defend their title at the ICC T20 World Cup to be played later this year.

Van der Dussen congratulates Andre Russell for their victory
Van der Dussen congratulates Andre Russell for their victory. (Photo Source: RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

Roger Harper, Lead Selector in an official release said: “The Selection Panel is happy to retain the same squad for the third CG Insurance T20I. With this series in the balance, we would like to give this squad another opportunity to display how well they can play together. We are aware that there are still a number of T20Is ahead so there will be opportunities for other players going forward.”

The series is part of a bumper 15-match T20I summer for the hosts in the Caribbean, who will also host Australia and Pakistan for five matches each. The West Indies are defending World Champions in the format, with five members of the winning 2016 squad featuring in the current series.

Windies squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran, Fabien Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair.

Evin Lewis Smashes 35 Ball 71 In 1st T20I To Propel West Indies To Win But South Africa’s George Linde And Kagiso Rabada Bowls Proteas To Win In 2nd T20I

In the 1st T20I, South Africa’s Van der Dussen finished unbeaten on 56 and was, by some distance, South Africa’s most accomplished batter of the innings. For West Indies, Fabian Allen conceded just 18 runs in his four overs at an economy rate of 4.50, the best in the match besides picking up 2 wickets. But Evin Lewis stole the show as his 71 off 35 balls batted South Africa out of the match.

1st T20I: West Indies 161 for 2 (Lewis 71, Gayle 32*, Shamsi 1-27) beat South Africa 160 for 6 (van der Dussen 56*, de Kock 37, Allen 2-18, Bravo 2-30) by eight wickets

George Linde put the brakes on in the middle overs AFP/Getty Images
George Linde put the brakes on in the middle overs AFP/Getty Images

In the 2nd T20I, Temba Bavuma top-scored in his first win as T20I captain. While Kagiso Rabada took wickets at the start and end of the innings, South Africa had their spinners George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi to thank for the win.

Between them, George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi bowled eight overs, conceded 35 runs, and took three wickets to take West Indies from 62 for 2 in the ninth over to 70 for 5 in the 11th, in pursuit of 167. Despite late cameos from Jason Holder and Fabian Allen, the required rate proved too high.

2nd T20I: South Africa 166 for 7 (Bavuma 46, Hendricks 42, McCoy 3-25) beat West Indies 150 for 9 (Fletcher 35, Rabada 3-37) by 16 runs

 

 

Darren Sammy goes traditional after Peshawar Zalmi's PSL title win in 2017 AFP via Getty Images
Darren Sammy goes traditional after Peshawar Zalmi's PSL title win in 2017 AFP via Getty Images
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Darren Sammy Insists PSL 2021 Wasn’t Called Off Due To Him And Wahab Riaz

Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz had allegedly breached the bio-secure bubble in the first half of PSL 2021. The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 will reportedly resume in the first week of June, and all the teams would be gearing up for the marquee event.

Wahab Riaz. Image - @thePSLt20/Twitter.
Wahab Riaz. Image – @thePSLt20/Twitter.

Darren Sammy Insists He And Wahab Riaz Didn’t Break The Bio-Secure Bubble

The T20 tournament, which was initially scheduled to take place in February and March, was suspended midway after several members contracted the COVID-19 virus despite being in the bio-bubble. While the main reason behind the breach isn’t understood yet, some reports suggested that Wahab Riaz and Darren Sammy have violated the protocols. Darren Sammy is the head coach of Peshawar Zalmi, while Wahab Riaz leads the side.

At the start of PSL 2021, the duo was accused of breaching the bio-secure protocols to meet team owner Javed Afridi during their practice session. As per the rules, they were supposed to be in isolation for three days and had to return two negative COVID-19 tests to be allowed back in the bubble. However, Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz joined the squad before the required period, and the latter even played all the games.

England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan.
England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan. (Source: Twitter/ Getty Images)

Subsequently, fans lashed out at Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for easing the norms for the duo. The duo came under the scanner even further when the entire competition was postponed. Speaking of the same, Darren Sammy claimed he had nothing to do with the PSL being paused indefinitely.

“I wouldn’t say we broke the bio-secure bubble. This is new territory for everybody. When I read the news, it made it sound like Wahab and myself left the hotel and ventured out. We just had training and we said hello to our boss (Javed Afridi). By the time we realized what had happened, we had two COVID tests, so did the Boss,” Sammy said in an interview with The Current.

Peshawar Zalmi has a strong squad for PSL 2021 consisting of the likes of Fabian Allen, David Miller, Fidel Edwards, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, and the team management will expect their batsmen to perform better under mentor and batting consultant Inzamam-ul-Haq’s guidance.

Fawad Ahmed, Tom Banton, and another Islamabad United player besides one support staff member with the Karachi Kings (Kamran Khan) testing positive for Covid-19 have led to concerns which eventually led to the postponement of PSL 2021.

Darren Sammy: PSL 2021 Wasn’t Called Off Because Of Me And Wahab Riaz Shaking Hands With Peshawar Zalmi Boss

Highlighting that no one from the Peshawar Zalmi squad had got infected, the former West Indies captain said that the whole team was very strict about the rules, so it would be wrong to claim that PSL 2021 was suspended due to Wahab Riaz and his actions.

“We were negative and I could tell you from that day onwards, Peshawar Zalmi was really strict to the books and if you noticed, none of our players tested positive during or after that and the tournament was definitely not called off because of me and Wahab shaking hands with our boss at the cricket ground,” he added.

Darren Sammy
Darren Sammy. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

PSL will now be resuming in Abu Dhabi, with Darren Sammy joining his team soon. The Wahab Riaz-led side is currently second in the team standings, with three wins in five games.

Only 14 games were completed in the 34-match tournament. The remaining 20 Pakistan Super League 2021 matches are scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from June 1-20.

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IPL 2022 Should See 5 Foreigners In Playing XI If 10 Teams Participate – Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar, former Indian cricketer-turned-commentator has given his views regarding the number of overseas players in an IPL team while speaking to ESPNcricinfo. Sanjay Manjrekar has said that IPL GC should allow five foreign players in playing XI if the league expands to 10 franchises in 2022.

He said that there will be enough room for Indian players to flourish with the increase in teams as 60 Indian players could take the field in IPL 2022.

File image of Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
File image of Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics

Sanjay Manjrekar: If IPL 2022 Is Going With 10 Teams Then 5 Overseas Players Should Be Included In Playing XI

With the IPL expanding, there may be a change in rules for foreign players in the team. Currently, only four overseas players are allowed in the playing XI with some teams often benching some quality players due to the rule. The Indian Premier League is likely to add 2 more teams for season 15 that takes place next year.

“If IPL is going with 10 teams then you got to have five foreign players per side. Despite that, you will have 10 Indian players playing in the XI. They are a lot of Indian players,” he said.

Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje (Image Credit: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra had also proposed a radical suggestion for future editions of the IPL. The cricketer-turned-commentator felt the overseas player cap in the playing eleven should be increased to five from IPL 2022 onwards.

IPL 2022 is set to be a ten-team affair, with two new franchises added to the group. The change will see the league revert to a ten-franchise competition for the first time since 2011, having been an eight-team event since 2014. IPL 2021 saw proven international stars like Anrich Nortje, Mitchell Santner, and Lockie Ferguson warm the bench. A ten-team IPL with the five-overseas-player rule will make the league more attractive to foreigners.

Sanjay Manjrekar: It’s A Shame To See Some Quality Foreign Players Benched Because Franchises Can’t Play More Than 4 In Playing XI

IPL is one of the most famous and fiercely competitive leagues in the world and has an array of premium talent available at its disposal.

“When there was no IPL, T20, or 50-over cricket, only 13-14 players in the 70s or 80s played at the highest level and that’s where you got the cream of Indian players playing,” Sanjay Manjrekar added.

“You already have plenty of Indian players and it is a shame to see some quality foreign players sitting out only because they can’t play more than four. So even if we go five foreign players, plenty of Indian players will get the opportunity,” he further said.

“I don’t think it will a pressure that organisers feel that this is an Indian Premier League and got to have more and more Indian players and less foreign players. 60 is plenty,” Sanjay Manjrekar signed off.

Before IPL 2021 was suspended indefinitely due to a rise in Covid-19 cases in India, overseas players like Imran Tahir (1 game), Lungi Ngidi (3 games), Mitchell Santner, and Jason Behrendorff(no games) didn’t feature in many games as per liking for CSK.

For table toppers, Delhi Capitals, Sam Billings, and Anrich Nortje didn’t play while Tom Curran (2 games), and Chris Woakes (3 games) didn’t play much as desired. For KKR, Lockie Ferguson, Ben Cutting, and Tim Seifert didn’t get a game to play.

Lockie Ferguson
Lockie Ferguson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mumbai Indians player Nathan Counter Nile, James Neesham, Adam Milne, and Chris Lynn played in 1 game each. For Punjab Kings, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Moises Henriques, Fabian Allen, Riley Meredith, and Kane Richardson didn’t play all matches. For Rajasthan, Ben Stokes was injured after playing the first game while Andrew Tye didn’t get a game and flew home midway for Covid-19 fears.

For RCB, Finn Allen, Scott Kuggeleijn, and Adam Zampa were some of the players who didn’t feature in a single game. For SRH, Jason Roy, Jason Holder, Mohammed Nabi, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman didn’t feature in more than 2 games each.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Aakash Chopra Predicts Top 5 Performers Of The IPL 2021

Aakash Chopra, a former Indian batsman, has predicted his top 5 overseas performers before the start of IPL 2021.

The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League is set to kick off in a few days.  The first match of the new season will be played on April 9th between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.

Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: David Warner Adapts To Indian Conditions As If He’s Making His Tik Tok Videos

Teams are looking to finalize their best combination for the new season as there have been some changes due to the IPL auctions that took place in February.

David Warner (SRH)
David Warner (SRH)

“He (David Warner) is a very strong player. Although let’s be honest, his first nine matches will be on grounds that might not suit him that much, but he won’t be affected by that. He’s got this unique ability that despite being an Australian, he adapts to Indian conditions as if he’s making his Tik Tok videos.

“You’ll once again find him scoring 400-500 runs. We saw last year that he can change his gears and play carefully which is what’s required early on this season,” said Aakash Chopra on his YouTube channel.

David Warner has scored in excess of 500 runs in six consecutive seasons and Aakash Chopra has tipped him to continue with the streak this time around. David Warner captained SRH to their maiden tournament win in 2016. He was the second-highest run-scorer for them in their title-winning effort with a monumental 848 runs at a strike rate of 151.42 averaging 60.57. He amassed 641 runs in IPL 2017, 692 runs in IPL 2019, and 548 runs in IPL 2020.

Aakash Chopra Picks Rashid Khan, AB De Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, And Nicholas Pooran To Do Well

The second player that Aakash Chopra has picked is David Warner’s SRH teammate Rashid Khan. Rashid Khan has been outstanding ever since he made his debut in the IPL and with SRH set to play 9 of their 14 league matches on spin-friendly tracks of Chennai and Delhi, the former opener has tipped him to win the purple cap in IPL 2021.

“I feel he (Rashid Khan) is going to do something special. He is a sensational player. Five matches are in Chennai, and four matches are in Delhi, and he”ll find a lot of turn on both the pitches. He has also played a lot more cricket recently than his counterparts, so he’ll be ready. My prediction is he’ll be the purple cap holder this season as well”.

Any overseas top-performers list can’t get complete without the inclusion of Mr 360 AB de Villiers. Aakash Chopra has requested the RCB think-tank to not read much into the match-ups by not sending him against leg-spinners.

“He (AB de Villiers) is a man from a different planet. We all feel he’s taking a risk, but he does the impossible very easily. I have a request for RCB – don’t go into matchups, like not sending him against leg spinners.”

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

Marcus Stoinis finally was at his best in the IPL last year as he came up with match-winning performances with both bat and ball. With Shreyas Iyer, not there this time around, Aakash Chopra believes that the Australian all-rounder will have a huge role to play this time around for the 2020 IPL runners-up.

“The best of Marcus Stoinis came in the last season, and I think he’s going to continue in the same fashion. He’ll have more responsibility this season because Shreyas Iyer isn’t there.”

Aakash Chopra concluded the list with exciting West Indies and Punjab King’s southpaw Nicholas Pooran. Nicholas Pooran showed glimpses of his precocious talent last time around but Aakash Chopra believes that if PBKS have to well this time around then he will have to play a bigger role than IPL 2020.

“Nicholas Pooran is one of the most fascinating talents to watch. When he’s batting, you actually stop, watch and admire. I expect Punjab Kings to do a lot better this season, and for that to happen, Nicholas Pooran will be imperative,” Chopra concluded.

RCB has spent much of their money on AB De Villiers, Kyle Jamieson, and Glenn Maxwell, KKR on Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Pat Cummins, and Rajasthan Royals on Ben Stokes, Chris Morris, and Jofra Archer.

Shimron Hetmyer’s T20 numbers don’t reflect his true potential. Adam Milne’s pace can be his X-factor. Moeen Ali’s hitting prowess and picking scalps will be quite useful. Glenn Maxwell is a skilled T20 batsman. The right-handed batsman Fabian Allen is quite useful against medium-pacers in the lower order. They can also fire in IPL 2021.

Fabian Allen
Fabian Allen. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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CPL 2020: Fabian Allen Ruled Out Of The Tournament After Missing His Chartered Flight

West Indies all-rounder Fabian Allen has been ruled of the CPL 2020 (Caribbean Premier League) after he missed his flight from Jamaica to Barbados. Strict travel restrictions are imposed in Trinidad due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Chartered flight was the only way for Fabian Allen to travel and join his squad, which he missed due to some confusion.

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2020) is all set to be held from August 18 to September 10 in Trinidad and Tobago. The league will feature six teams namely Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders.

The players, staff, and officials were expected to join their team’s respective camps in Trinidad two weeks before the start of the tournament. A number of special charter planes were organized to fly them to the island.

CPL 2020: Fabian Allen Ruled Out Of The Tournament After Missing His Chartered Flight 1
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Missed Flight Due To Confusion

Fabian Allen, who was retained by the franchise St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the CPL draft, was due to reach Barbados before boarding the charter to Trinidad. However, the West Indies all-rounder was late to reach the airport and missed the flight.

“Unfortunately there was some confusion with his understanding of the flight details and he missed the flight. We explored all possibilities, but due to the pandemic and travel restrictions in Trinidad, the charter flight on Monday was the only way he could enter the country.” Allen’s agent told ESPNcricinfo.

CPL 2020: Fabian Allen Ruled Out Of The Tournament After Missing His Chartered Flight 2
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Amidst the pandemic, there is a travel ban in Trinidad and the chartered flight was the only way for Fabian Allen to join his team.

Many others backed out of the CPL 2020

 

CPL 2018, Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Match Report
Credits: Getty Images.

 

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, head coach Simon Helmot has also pulled out his name for the tournament as he was tested positive for the coronavirus. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s pre-IPL camp. would also clash with the series and hence assistant coach Malolan Rangarajan would not be attending the Caribbean league.

Spinner Dennis Bulli was tested positive for the virus and had to be replaced by Trinidad and Tobago leg-spinner Imran Khan.  Unable to confirm his travel plans Rassie van der Dussenand had to be replaced by Otago batsman Nick Kelly.

Afghan players Qais Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Noor Ahmad also had to withdraw their names at the last moment due to some technical problems.

Four players who toured England for a three-match Test series have been named as a replacement. The players are Shamarh Brooks and Keon Harding (Barbados Tridents), Jermaine Blackwood (Tallawahs) and Roston Chase (St Lucia Zouks).

Fabian Allen (Image Credit: Google)
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Windies Head Coach Phil Simmons Reveals Present Fitness Of Faiban Allen

Windies are getting ready for the final T20I of the three-match away T20I series against the hosts India that will be played on Wednesday (11th December) at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai). A day ahead of this series decider, Windies head coach Phil Simmons has revealed the present fitness status of Fabian Allen along with his availability for the upcoming match.

Windies are the only side who have won more than one ICC World T20 trophy as they have won it twice (2012 and 2016). Moreover, they will feature in the next ICC Men’s T20 World Cup (2020) as the defending champions. However, the Caribbean side is currently not in the form in this shortest format. Windies have the worst T20I experiences in the running year as they have won only twice out of 11 T20Is in 2019 while they have suffered nine T20I defeats this year.

After getting behind in the ongoing T20I series, Windies players performed remarkably in the last T20I at Thiruvananthapuram where their victory has kept alive them in this series. While they restricted the hosts to 170/7 (20 overs), they chased down the target n 18.3 overs after losing just two wickets. Earlier, in the first game of this series, the visitors failed to defend 207 runs (207/5) at Hyderabad.

As the T20I series is currently struggling by 1-1, the third and final match of this series is going to be the series decider. While Windies have tough luck in this year’s T20Is, they are desperate to finish this year with a solid victory as it will be the last T20I in 2019 for both the sides.

It is a big miss for us because Fabian Allen is an exciting player – Phil Simmons

Fabian Allen
Fabian Allen (Image Credit: Google)

On Tuesday (10th December), Windies head coach Phil Simmons has revealed the latest fitness status of the 24-year-old left-arm spinner Fabian Allen. While he is recovering from the knee injury, Simmons has clarified that Allen will be unavailable for the Mumbai T20I as he is still not fit enough to play the match.

Fabian Allen, Phil Simmons, Windies
Phil Simmons (Image Credit: Google)

Simmons claimed, “He (Allen) is still not fit enough to play tomorrow. He is coming along, he is getting there, but he is not fit enough for tomorrow. It is a big miss for us because he is an exciting player.”

Fabian Allen played his last cricket match during the T20I series opener of the three-match T20I series against Afghanistan at Lucknow in last November. Later, he missed out that remaining series due to the knee injury.

Fabian Allen, Phil Simmons, Windies
Fabian Allen (Image Credit: Google)

Since his international debut in October 2018, Fabian Allen has played 12 ODIs and 11 T20Is where he has picked up four and nine wickets respectively.