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Eoin Morgan | Photo: England Cricket
Eoin Morgan | Photo: England Cricket
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Eoin Morgan Expects to Play In 2022 T20I World Cup But Unsure Of Playing In 2023 ODI World Cup

Eoin Morgan, England’s white-ball captain, expects to play in next year’s Twenty20 World Cup, but he is not sure he will be part of the team’s title defence at the 50-overs World Cup in 2023, the 35-year-old said.

Eoin Morgan will lead England at T20I World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The team set to take on defending champions of 2016 West Indies in their tournament opener on Saturday in Dubai.

Eoin Morgan- Instagram
Eoin Morgan- Instagram

Eoin Morgan Unsure About Playing In 2023 ODI World Cup

The next edition of the T20 World Cup will be played in Australia next year, followed by the one-day edition of the world showpiece in India in 2023. England won the 50-overs title for the first time in 2019 when the Eoin Morgan-led team defeated New Zealand in a memorable final at Lord’s, which went down the wire and was decided by boundary count after scores were tied after 50 overs and Super Over.

“I certainly see myself this time next year playing, hopefully, a really strong role in another T20 World Cup,” Morgan told the BBC on Thursday.

Eoin Morgan of England celebrates with his team as he lifts the Cricket World Cup trophy after the Final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and England at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
(Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
“That is the expectation I have put on myself. I am not sure about another two (tournaments). Obviously, results determine how well you do and how often you are kept on. But certainly, my hunger and determination are as strong as ever.”

Eoin Morgan has played 246 one-day and 107 T20 matches for England, amassing 7701 ODI runs, and 2360 T20I runs. He is 7th among leading run-scorers in T20Is behind Virat Kohli, Martin Guptill, Rohit Sharma, Paul Stirling, Aaron Finch and Mohammad Hafeez.

Eoin Morgan Is Going Through A Lean Patch With The Bat

England captain Eoin Morgan said that he would be ready to drop himself from the team during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 if his poor form with the bat continues in the tournament as well. Eoin Morgan, who led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to the final of the recently concluded season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, has been going through a lean patch in both the international cricket and franchise leagues.

KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders
KKR captain Eoin Morgan- Twitter/@KKRiders

Eoin Morgan has scored just 82 runs for England in seven T20I matches this year. The 35-year struggled in the whole IPL, scoring just 133 runs in 17 games at an average of 11.08, which included just one knock of 40-plus. Similarly, he aggregated just 151 runs in 7 innings in The Hundred, leading London Spirit.

Eoin Morgan’s form has been the subject of much debate ahead of the tournament after he struggled for runs when playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, averaging just over 11 with four ducks. During the summer, he also notched only 49 runs in four innings for England in T20 internationals against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, he admits hitting big scores can be difficult when batting at No 6 in the format.

Manchester Test: The message on the scoreboard after the fifth Test was called off PA Photos/Getty Images
Manchester Test: The message on the scoreboard after the fifth Test was called off PA Photos/Getty Images
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Old Trafford May Miss Out On Hosting The Rescheduled 5th Test Between England And India

Old Trafford cricket stadium in Manchester could miss out on hosting the rescheduled Test between England and India next due to scheduling conflicts.

Reports suggest that the rescheduled Test could be taking place at the same time as England’s white-ball matches against South Africa.

Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Old Trafford Cricket Ground (Photo | AP)

Old Trafford May Not Be The Venue For The Rescheduled Test

The fifth Test match between England and India was cancelled in Manchester in early September. The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test match. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the game.

“An agreement in principle has been reached with India over completing the aborted series next year, after the tourists refused to play at the 11th hour last month due to concerns over Covid. However, the deciding Test will take place elsewhere due to scheduling issues at Old Trafford,” said a report on Thursday.

India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
In the four matches prior to the Manchester Test fixture at Old Trafford, India had led the series 2-1. The opening Test at Trent Bridge was drawn before India won the next clash at Lord’s. England inflicted India an innings defeat in the third Test at Headingley, but the visitors rallied to win the fourth Test at the Oval.

Lancashire Unable To Commit To Put The Test In The Narrow Window Available

County cricket side Lancashire had reportedly lost more than one million pounds through hospitality income when the fifth and last Test between England and India was cancelled.

The final Test was called off just two hours before the start of play due to a COVID-19 outbreak scare in the Indian camp after assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar tested positive. However, it is understood that they have opened talks with the ECB about receiving compensation, which will be forthcoming.

“It is understood Lancashire were unable to commit to putting on the Test in the narrow window available. Old Trafford is already due to host a one-day international between England and South Africa on July 24 while the Old Trafford club are also expected to stage several gigs next summer. While the ECB have yet to finalise a date with their Indian counterparts, it is likely there will be some overlap between the Test match and England’s one-day series against South Africa,” further said the report.

India vs England
India vs England- Image Credit: Twitter

India is scheduled to tour England for three ODIs and as many T20Is from July 1 to 14. England’s home series against South Africa begins on July 19. After the series concludes on July 31, it will be immediately followed by the second edition of the Hundred.

With a limited time period for the match to take place and an ODI game between South Africa-England set to take place in Manchester on 24th June, and various music gigs scheduled to take, Lancashire has refused to commit to hosting the game. Although the two boards have agreed to play a rescheduled Test match, there is still no clarity on whether that match will be the series’ fifth match or a stand-alone event.

Both teams are awaiting the International Cricket Council‘s (ICC) verdict on the implication of the postponed game on the WTC. It remains to be seen whether India will be forced to forfeit the game, or the game will be counted as abandoned, or whether ICC allows the fifth game to be played next year.  If the series ends as thing stands now, India will be declared winners by a 2-1 margin.

File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
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Sunil Gavaskar Hints Adil Rashid May Be A Player To Acquire Big Bucks At IPL 2022 Mega Auctions

Sunil Gavaskar has eyes on one player, an England leg spinner, whom he calls clever and expects to make some heads turn at next year’s IPL 2022 mega auction.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar reckons all players participating in IPL 2021 need to put up an excellent show if they are to attract the ‘big bucks’ at the IPL 2022 mega auction which takes place early next year. Next year’s auction will be different than the rest, with each franchise expected to retain only 2 players, which means that all the squads could come in for an overhaul.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sunil Gavaskar: Adil Rashid Varies The Deliveries Nicely

Sunil Gavaskar has eyes on one player whom he calls clever and expects to make some heads turn at next year’s auction, and that cricketer is England leg-spinner, Adil Rashid. Adil Rashid is currently playing his trade for Punjab Kings in IPL 2021, which surprisingly is the 33-year-old’s maiden IPL stint.

“He’s a very clever bowler, Adil Rashid. We have seen him in limited-overs international. He varies the deliveries nicely. He bowls a different line to the left-hander, different to the right-hander taking the ball away from them so that if they are looking for a big hit, they would want to hit it against the turn so that would sky the ball in the air,” Gavaskar had said on Star Sports.

England leg-spinner Adil Rashid
England leg-spinner Adil Rashid- Twitter

PBKS roped in Adil Rashid as a replacement for Jhye Richardson after the Australia pacer pulled out of the IPL. Adil Rashid made his IPL debut in the game against Rajasthan Royals, where he went wicketless and conceded 35 runs. He was dropped from the next game which PBKS won against Sunrisers Hyderabad but this did not indicate that he might be done. Against SRH, Punjab Kings defended 125 to keep their hopes of making the top four alive.

Sunil Gavaskar Isn’t Surprised That Adil Rashid Picked 12 Scalps In The Hundred

Former legendary batsman and skipper of India, Sunil Gavaskar feels that Adil Rashid might be one of the players to look out for at next year’s IPL 2022 mega auction.

“He’s a very, very clever bowler. I’m not surprised that he’s gotten those 12 wickets (in The Hundred). What’s surprising is that he wasn’t part of any of the franchises early on. There is a big auction coming in 4 months’ time and this is the time for him to prove himself. Not just him; in fact, all the players in every single franchise know that if they want the big bucks, they have got to perform now,” the former India batsman added.

Punjab Kings rope in Adil Rashid. (Image Credit: PBKS Twitter)
Punjab Kings’ rope in Adil Rashid. (Image Credit: PBKS Twitter)

A World Cup winner and one of the finest modern-day leg-spinners in white-ball cricket, Adil Rashid, replaced Jhye Richardson in the PBKS squad. Adil Rashid has a bag full of experience in international cricket and it will come in handy for PBKS.

England spinner Adil Rashid who emerged as the joint-highest wicket-taker in ‘The Hundred’, will represent Punjab Kings in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. He was chosen as a replacement for Rs 14 crore price-tag player Jhye Richardson. Adil Rashid was the highest wicket-taker in The Hundred. He had taken 12 wickets for his franchise. Overall, he has played 202 T20s and taken 232 wickets at an economy rate of 7.45.

He has featured in 112 ODIs and 62 T20Is for England apart from featuring in the T20 Blast. In the T20Is, he has accounted for 65 wickets and has conceded runs at an economy rate of 7.48 which is pretty much decent. Even in the ODIs, he has picked 159 wickets while also picking a couple of five-wicket hauls. Adil Rashid, who had a base price of INR 1.5 crore (US$ 200,000 approx.), went unsold in the IPL auction held earlier this year.

Brydon Carse (Popperfoto via Getty Images)
Brydon Carse (Popperfoto via Getty Images)
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Brydon Carse Misses Out On A Potential Test Debut After Testing Covid-19 Positive

Brydon Carse, a Durham pacer who recently tested COVID-19 positive while playing in The Hundred, missed out on a potential Test debut against India in the ongoing series.

Brydon Carse came into Test side reckoning after Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, and Jofra Archer were ruled out of the Test series. Brydon Carse would have been included as a standby for the same.

Brydon Carse
Brydon Carse. (Photo by Will Matthews/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Brydon Carse Impressed During Limited Overs Series Against Pakistan

He impressed one and all during the limited-overs series against Pakistan, where he bowled with good pace and control. The 26-year-old took six wickets in that series from 3 ODIs averaging 22.66 and subsequently played for Northern Superchargers in The Hundred, where he had contracted the virus towards the fag end of the tournament. He originally hails from South Africa but left his country of birth to play for England.

Brydon Carse @Action Images via Reuters
Brydon Carse @Action Images via Reuters

He had applied passport for the same and was qualified to play for England in 2019. There are still 2 Tests remaining in the England and India series and it remains to be seen if Brydon Carse returns fit to be considered for selection.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) named a new 18-member squad for Pakistan ODIs after a Covid-19 outbreak ruled out seven members of their One-day international camp, who were part of the upcoming series against Pakistan. The rest of the squad was considered to be in close proximity, so the entire original team was isolated and a new team was announced.

Ben Stokes led the team comprising of 9 uncapped cricketers. The Ben Stokes-led side completed a clean sweep (3-0) over Pakistan.

India Fights Back On Day 3 Of The Headingley Test

There was finally something right going for India as they managed to stay alive in the third Test in Leeds. The visitors wrapped up the two wickets and got to bat in the first hour on day three. Openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul batted sensibly and ensured there was no loss of wickets for the first five overs. Just as the duo was settling, the latter got out for 8 owing to brilliance in the field by Jonny Bairstow.

Out-of-form batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara surprisingly got off the blokes quickly and managed to score some quick runs. He along with Rohit Sharma stayed vigilant at the crease and added an 82-run stand for the second wicket before the opener departed for a well-made 59.

Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara © PTI
Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara © PTI

Cheteshwar Pujara though continued to stay well in control and as the innings progressed, he gained confidence. He had skipper Virat Kohli for the company and, India finished at a formidable 215 for two at stumps on Day 3. Although the visitors still trail by 139, this fightback from the top three batsmen should inspire others to chip in with useful contributions with the bat on the final two days of the game.

India 78 and 215 for 2 (Pujara 91*, Rohit 59, Kohli 45*) trail England 432 (Root 121, Malan 70, Hameed 68, Burns 61, Shami 4-95, Bumrah 2-59) by 139 runs

Story Image Faf du Plessis will captain St Lucia Kings in the CPL Stu Forster/Getty Images
Story Image Faf du Plessis will captain St Lucia Kings in the CPL Stu Forster/Getty Images
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Faf du Plessis’ Recovery From Concussion Took Longer Than Expected And He Is Raring To Play CPL

Faf du Plessis’ recovery from concussion took longer than he expected and the former South Africa captain is desperate to get back to action with the Caribbean Premier League after a forced break of three months.

Faf du Plessis will be leading the Saint Lucia Kings franchise in the CPL which began on Thursday.

Faf du Plessis AFP/Getty Images
Faf du Plessis AFP/Getty Images

Fad du Plessis Thought He Would Recover From Concussion Suffered During PSL In AMonth But It Took 3 Months To Heal

The South African veteran, who has announced retirement from Tests, had suffered the concussion during the Pakistan Super League in June. He was to make a comeback in The Hundred which ended earlier this month but could not regain full fitness for the inaugural event in the UK.

“I’m really looking forward to personally getting back on the cricket field again. It’s been a long time for me, 3 months now where I haven’t been able to play, so just desperately wanting to get out there and do what I love again. I thought I will recover in a month but it took triple the time,” he said at the jersey launch.

Faf du Plessis. (Twitter)
Faf du Plessis. (Twitter)

Saint Lucia Kings is owned by the consortium that owns IPL franchise Punjab Kings.

“I am very excited about being with a new franchise with a new identity and a new team. The guys are really keen to get going. The competition is going to be really intense in terms of games. All in all extremely excited about the next three weeks ahead,” du Plessis added.

Indibet is the team’s title sponsor this season while the principal sponsors include Saint Lucia Tourism Authority and BKT Tires.

“We have such wonderful partners on board to support us this season as well. Their presence is a celebration and we just want to reciprocate that with a stellar performance on-field,” said Saint Lucia Kings CEO Satish Menon.
Faf du Plessis suffered a concussion during a PSL T20 match in Abu Dhabi in June, after colliding with Quetta Gladiators team-mate Mohammad Hasnain while trying to save a boundary and took no further part in that event. The injury ruled him out of the remainder of the tournament and he returned to South Africa shortly after and then travelled to Croatia to quarantine ahead of the Hundred.

Fad Du Plessis, Who Was In Outstanding Form In IPL 2021 For CSK Didn’t Play In The Hundred

The South African opening batsman didn’t play any part in the inaugural edition of the Hundred competition because of the lingering effects of a concussion suffered during the Pakistan Super League 2021.
Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)

Faf Du Plessis was in tremendous form for CSK this season in India and scored 320 runs in 7 matches at a strike rate of 145.45 before the event got postponed due to a bio-bubble breach. He was the 3rd highest run-getter after Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul.

He was also a star in CSK’s miserable campaign in the UAE in IPL 2020, scoring 449 runs in 13 matches at a strike rate of 140.75 with 4 fifties. CSK had performed poorly in IPL 2020 as for the first time the three-time IPL winners failed to qualify for the playoffs of the event.

The ninth edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021) is set to kick off on August 26. In the tournament opener, the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders will be up against the Guyana Amazon Warriors. Unlike in their previous eight seasons, this time around CPL will be played at a single venue in St Kitts.

While West Indies’ limited-overs skipper Kieron Pollard will lead the Knight Riders, South Africa’s Faf du Plessis has been appointed St Lucia Kings captain. The Guyana Amazon Warriors has named swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran as their captain and Jason Holder will be leading Barbados Royals in CPL 2021.

While St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots have retained their captain Rayad Emrit, Barbados Royals has picked Rovman Powell as their skipper for the upcoming season. Saint Lucia Kings begin their league campaign against two-time champions Jamaica Tallawahs on Friday, August 27.

Afghanistan
Afghanistan
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Azizullah Fazli Confirmed ACB Planning A Preparatory Camp For Afghanistan Players For T20I World Cup

Azizullah Fazli, the new chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed that the ACB is planning a preparatory camp for the national team in a foreign country.

Soon after the Taliban took over the reins of Afghanistan, the country’s premier cricketers — Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi — took to Twitter seeking support from the world leaders.  The cricketers made the emotional appeal from the United Kingdom, where they were playing for their respective franchises in the inaugural ‘The Hundred’ tournament.

Newly appointed Afghanistan Cricket Board chief Azizullah Fazli
Newly appointed Afghanistan Cricket Board chief Azizullah Fazli (Photo | YouTube screengrab)

Azizullah Fazli Assured Afghanistan Cricketers That The Country Is Secure

Azizullah Fazli, the new chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), however, affirmed that they spoke to these cricketers and gave them assurance that the country is safe.

“We have spoken to those players who were worried about the political situation in Afghanistan. We have assured them regarding the current situation and that the country is secure. Now, they are in a good mood,”Azizullah Fazli told this daily in a reply to a questionnaire sent to him on Tuesday.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. Image Credits: Twitter

He also confirmed that the ACB is planning a preparatory camp for the national team in a foreign country.

“We will have a camp for the Afghanistan cricket team in a foreign country to ensure they will be well prepared for the T20 World Cup commencing in October in UAE and Oman,” said Azizullah Fazli

The political upheaval in the country also led to speculations over Afghanistan cricketers’ participation in the Indian Premier League resuming next month. The ACB chairman assured that their cricketers will participate in the IPL as usual. Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi, and Mujeeb-ur Rahman are some of the Afghanistan players who are regular features in IPL teams.

Rashid Khan is one of the most sought-after T20 freelancers in world cricket currently. Both Mohammed Nabi and Rashid Khan have urged the world leaders to intervene as Afghanistan faces its worst socio-political crisis in the last two decades.

Azizullah Fazli Asserted Afghanistan And Pakistan Series Will Be Played In 2022

Afghanistan was scheduled to play their first bilateral series against Pakistan in Hambantota, Sri Lanka starting next month. The three-match ODI series, however, was postponed on Monday.

“Due to the overall conditions including the mental health of the players, we had to postpone the series,” ACB CEO Hamid Shinwari was quoted as saying.

Afghanistan vs Pakistan , AFP File Photo
Afghanistan vs Pakistan, AFP File Photo

Azizullah Fazli also asserted that the series will be played next year.

“Both the teams will play the series in 2022. The venue has not been finalized yet.”

Speaking on his role as ACB chairman and the plans ahead, he said, “After the Afghanistan Islamic Emirate took control of the country, they decided to look for the right and deserving person to lead the cricket board. Finally, they appointed me as the chairman.”

“It has to be mentioned here that I have worked for Afghanistan cricket development for nearly two decades. It’s my first week on the job and we are already on our way to organize Shpageeza Tournament, a local T20 league being organized by the board. I hope we will continue doing the good work,” Fazli signed off.

Afghanistan’s three-match ODI series against Pakistan has been postponed indefinitely after talks between the two boards concluded that logistical challenges were making it tough for the Afghanistan contingent to travel to Sri Lanka and the situation in Afghanistan would not have left their players in a good mental space. The PCB also tweeted that both boards will try to reschedule the series for 2022.

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) CEO Hamid Shinwari confirmed that they tried to move the series to Pakistan, but eventually decided to postpone the series considering the situation around Afghanistan.

Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman
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Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi And Mujeeb ur Rahman’s Participation In IPL 2021 Uncertain As Taliban Takes Over Afghanistan

Rashid Khan grew up in a war-torn Afghanistan and rose through the ranks. Ever since his debut IPL season in 2017, Rashid Khan has garnered all the right eyeballs owing to his mastery with the ball. The leg-spinner turned in a few memorable match-winning efforts in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s journey to the finals of the 2018 edition.

He took 21 wickets and emerged as the second-highest wicket-taker in that edition. Over the years he has been one of the most sought-after players in global franchise T20 leagues and with a wealth of experience, he is definitely a threat to the opposition. In IPL, he has picked 85 scalps in 69 games averaging 20.1 at an economy rate of 6.23. His economy rate is the best in IPL history, even better than Anil Kumble, Glenn McGrath, and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. Image Credits: Twitter

Rashid Khan’s Participation In Remainder Of IPL 2021 Uncertain As Taliban Takes Over Afghanistan

With the political situation taking a new turn in Afghanistan, uncertainty, and unpredictability is looming around the future of their top cricketers, especially Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi, as both of whom are due to compete in the remainder of the IPL in the UAE from September 19. The Taliban is set to take over the reins of the South Asian country as President Ashraf Ghani has reportedly fled to Tajikistan.

Rashid Khan is playing for Trent Rockets and Mohammed Nabi is representing London Spirits. The duo isn’t in Afghanistan. They are in the United Kingdom, competing in the ‘Hundred’ tournament.  The BCCI is keeping an eye on the developments and is hoping to see the participation of Afghan players in the India Premier League.

Mohammad Nabi is SRH's lucky charm
Mohammad Nabi is SRH’s lucky charm | Photo Credit: AP

“It is too early to comment but we are keeping a watch. For us, nothing changes and we expect Rashid and other Afghan players would be part of IPL,” a BCCI source told PTI.

It remains to be seen if Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi stay back in the UK after completion of ‘The Hundred’ on August 21 as they have families back home. And if they decide to stay back in the UK, it will be interesting to see if the BCCI asks them to be on the same charter flight that will take the Indian players to the UAE from Manchester on September 15. Both Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi play for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The BCCI is expected to speak with the Afghanistan Cricket Board on the situation.

Afghanistan’s all-rounder and one of their most dependable players, Mohammad Nabi has been instrumental in Afghanistan’s rise through the ranks to the 2015 Cricket World Cup and their induction into the Test club. He is a right-hand middle-order batsman and a clever off-spinner who has often chipped in with critical performances for Afghanistan and for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi, And Mujeeb ur Rahman’s Participation In IPL 2021 When It Resumes Is Doubtful

As per ICC’s FTP schedule, Afghanistan is scheduled to tour Sri Lanka for six white-ball games this month but the final schedule is still not out yet. Rashid Khan is also Afghanistan’s T20 captain.

Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi, and Mujeeb-ur Rahman are some of the Afghanistan players who are regular features in IPL teams. Rashid Khan is one of the most sought-after T20 freelancers in world cricket currently. Both Mohammed Nabi and Rashid Khan have urged the world leaders to intervene as Afghanistan faces its worst socio-political crisis in the last two decades.

“Dear World Leaders! My country is in chaos, thousand of innocent people, including children & women, get martyred everyday, houses & properties being destructed. Thousands of families displaced. Don’t leave us in chaos. Stop killing Afghans & destroying of Afghanistan. We want peace,” Rashid had tweeted a few days back.

Mujeeb Ur Rehman
Mujeeb Ur Rehman for KXIP(now PBKS) | Photo Credit: IANS

Afghanistan’s Mujeeb-ur Rahman had taken IPL 2018 by storm on his way to picking 14 wickets in 11 matches at under 7 runs an over. He also became a part of Afghanistan’s first-ever Test match against India in 2018, following a superb season with the ball.

He didn’t have a memorable 2019 and 2020  season as he picked up only three wickets from a total of seven games in two years. After being part of Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), Mujeeb-ur Rahman would have gained some much-needed experience and will be looking to make the most of his outing in 2021 with Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)
Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Faf du Plessis Won’t Play In The Hundred Due To Concussion

Faf du Plessis will not play any part in this season’s inaugural edition of English cricket’s new Hundred competition because of the lingering effects of a concussion suffered during the Pakistan Super League.

The South African opening batsman will not play any part in the inaugural edition of the Hundred competition because of the lingering effects of a concussion suffered during the Pakistan Super League, the former Proteas captain announced Friday.

Faf du Plessis AFP/Getty Images
Faf du Plessis AFP/Getty Images

Faf du Plessis Hopes To Return To 2nd Edition Of The Hundred

It had been thought Faf du Plessis might come back after missing the first three games in the 100 balls per side tournament, having been appointed skipper of the Northern Superchargers after replacing Australia’s Aaron Finch.

But the 37-year-old has not featured at all and the Proteas star batsman, in an Instagram post on Friday, said he was returning to South Africa but that he still planned to travel to this year’s Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament, which starts on August 26.

Faf du Plessis. (Twitter)
Faf du Plessis. (Twitter)

Faf du Plessis, who was not selected in South Africa’s T20I side to tour Sri Lanka, also said he hoped to return for next year’s edition of the Hundred.

“I’m really so grateful for all the support through this difficult injury and feel like I’m very close to playing again,” du Plessis said.

The Superchargers added in a statement: “du Plessis will return to South Africa to continue his rehab from the concussion he suffered at the PSL earlier this year. Dane Vilas will continue as his replacement at Northern Superchargers for the remainder of the competition.”

Faf du Plessis suffered a concussion during a PSL T20 match in Abu Dhabi in June, after colliding with Quetta Gladiators team-mate Mohammad Hasnain while trying to save a boundary and took no further part in that event. The injury ruled him out of the remainder of the tournament and he returned to South Africa shortly after and then travelled to Croatia to quarantine ahead of the Hundred.

Faf du Plessis Was In Scintillating Form In IPL 2021

Faf Du Plessis was in tremendous form for CSK this season in India and scored 320 runs in 7 matches at a strike rate of 145.45 before the event got postponed due to a bio-bubble breach. He was the 3rd highest run-getter after Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul.

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)

He was also a star in CSK’s miserable campaign in the UAE in IPL 2020, scoring 449 runs in 13 matches at a strike rate of 140.75 with 4 fifties. CSK had performed poorly in IPL 2020 as for the first time the three-time IPL winners failed to qualify for the playoffs of the event.

Saqib Mahmood AFP via Getty Images
Saqib Mahmood AFP via Getty Images
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Saqib Mahmood Released From The 2nd Test Squad And Will Return To Oval Invincibles For The Hundred

Saqib Mahmood, England’s pacer who is yet to debut in Tests has been released from the Test squad and he will return to Oval Invincibles for their The Hundred match, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.

Saqib Mahmood was added to England Test squad as a cover for the second Test against India.

Saqib Mahmood was with the England Test squad after being called up as cover
Saqib Mahmood was with the England Test squad after being called up as cover PA Photos/Getty Images

Saqib Mahmood Was Released From Test Squad And Will Play In The 100: ECB

Saqib Mahmood has since been one of the star bowlers in the first season of the Hundred, with five wickets at 22.40 for Oval Invincibles. He claimed nine wickets at 13.66 in England’s 3-0 series win in the ODIs against Pakistan in July, after being called up as part of an emergency squad following a Covid outbreak in England’s original party, and retained his place for the subsequent T20I series, where he picked up a further four wickets at 28.00.

“Saqib Mahmood has been released from the England Men’s Test squad and will return to Oval Invincibles for their The Hundred match against London Spirit on Saturday,” ECB said in a statement.

England's James Anderson and Stuart Broad(AP)
England’s James Anderson and Stuart Broad(AP)
England meanwhile won the toss and opted to bowl first after the toss was delayed by 20 minutes due to light drizzle. England captain Joe Root confirmed three changes in his side. Injured Stuart Broad was replaced by Mark Wood while Haseeb Hameed came in place of out of form Zak Crawley and Moeen Ali replaced Dan Lawrence. The first Test ended in a draw after day five was washed out at Trent Bridge.
Stuart Broad was ruled out of the remainder of England’s Test series with India after tearing his right calf muscle.
Stuart Broad underwent an MRI scan in London on Wednesday, which revealed the tear, suffered when he appeared to slip during a light warm-up jog ahead of training at Lord’s on the previous day.
Saqib Mahmood was called up to England’s squad as cover ahead of the second of five Tests at Lord’s as James Anderson also had an injury doubt. James Anderson missed training on Wednesday morning, as he is suffering from a tight quad, but he was selected in the XI.

KL Rahul’s Ton And Rohit Sharma’s 83 Put England On Backfoot On The 2nd Test’s 1st Day

Meanwhile, KL Rahul’s unbeaten ton and Rohit Sharma’s gutsy 83-knock helped India take the upper hand against England on the opening day of the ongoing second Test here. At stumps, India’s score reads 276/3 with KL Rahul (127*) and Ajinkya Rahane (1*) currently unbeaten at the crease. Earlier, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had also played knocks of 83 and 42 respectively to put the hosts onto the back foot.

KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Resuming the final session at 157/2, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul mixed caution with aggression and they kept on moving the scoreboard, piling on the pressure on the hosts. KL Rahul brought up his century in the 78th over of the innings and he along with the skipper kept the hosts at bay.

After winning the toss, Joe Root made no bones about the fact that he wanted to make use of the overcast conditions to put pressure on India. But the Indian openers ensured India has a solid foundation.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne
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Shane Warne Tests Covid-19 Positive

Shane Warne, a legendary Australian spinner has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently in self-isolation.

Shane Warne missed London Spirit’s clash with Southern Brave in the new English cricket limited-overs competition, The Hundred after he was one of two members of the team’s coaching staff to test positive for Covid-19. Southern Brave won the match at Lord’s by four runs.
Shane Warne. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Shane Warne. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Shane Warne Forced To Miss Sunday Match Against Southern Brave After Feeling Unwell And Later Found Covid-19 Positive

Shane Warne reported feeling unwell on Sunday morning, ahead of London Spirit’s game against Southern Brave at Lord’s. A lateral flow test was positive and the result of a PCR test was also positive. As yet, none of the London Spirit playing squad has been affected.
Shane Warne’s London Spirit team was winless in their first three Hundred games, with two defeats and a no-result. They lost to Southern Brave at Lord’s on Sunday evening. David Ripley, the Northamptonshire head coach and one of the London Spirit’s assistants, will act as head coach in Shane Warne’s absence.
Shane Warne is head coach of the Lord's-based Hundred team Getty Images
Shane Warne is the head coach of the Lord’s-based Hundred team Getty Images

The former Australia spinner is the head coach of the men’s team for the Lord’s-based franchise but he was forced to sit out Sunday’s match after feeling unwell.

A club statement read: “London Spirit men’s head coach Shane Warne will be absent from today’s match against Southern Brave at Lord’s. After feeling unwell this morning, Shane returned a positive lateral flow test and will isolate from the squad and support staff whilst he awaits PCR results. A second member of the team management is self-isolating after also returning a positive test. No players have been impacted.”

The 51-year-old former Australia leg-spinner, who took 708 wickets from 145 Tests between 1992 and 2007, is the second head coach in the men’s competition to test positive for Covid-19 in the first 10 days of the Hundred.

Andy Flower Was The First Head Coach To Be Covid-19 Positive In The Hundred

Andy Flower, the Trent Rockets head coach, returned a positive test last weekend and has missed his side’s last three fixtures, with Paul Franks stepping into the role. Steven Mullaney, who was deemed a close contact of Andy Flower’s, is the only player in the competition to have been forced to self-isolate as things stand.

Trent Rockets head coach Andy Flower and two members of his support staff had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Rockets player Steven Mullaney and another, also unnamed, support staff member has been withdrawn from the fixture against Northern Superchargers after being identified as close contacts.

Trent Rockets head coach Andy Flower (Getty Images)
Trent Rockets head coach Andy Flower (Getty Images)

Paul Franks replaced former England boss Andy Flower as the Trent Rockets coach against the Superchargers. Joe Root is a member of the Rockets squad and the development came just over a week before he is due to captain England in the first Test against India at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge starting on August 4.

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