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Misbah-ul-Haq- the head coach of the Pakistan cricket team.© AFP
Misbah-ul-Haq- the head coach of the Pakistan cricket team.© AFP
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It’s Not An Ideal Situation For Pakistan After Resignation From Misbah-ul-Haq And Waqar Younis Before T20I World Cup: Shadab Khan

Shadab Khan, Pakistan’s white-ball vice-captain admits the situation arising out of the sudden resignation of head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis was not ideal but the team was trying to shun any negative thoughts as important events are coming up.
The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday announced that Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis have resigned and that former Pakistan Test players, Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq would be interim coaches for the time being.
Pakistan coaching unit - comprising Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis (AFP)
Pakistan coaching unit – comprising Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis (AFP)

Shadab Khan: It’s Not An Ideal Situation For Pakistan As Two Coaches Step Down Before T20I World Cup

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday announced that Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis have resigned and that former Pakistan Test players, Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq would be interim coaches for the time being.

The sudden changes coincide with the induction of former Test captain Ramiz Raja as the new PCB chairman on September 13. Ramiz Raja on his YouTube channel and as a commentator and analyst has maintained that he does not believe Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis are the best coaches for the Pakistan team.

“I can’t comment on their decision but yes we as a team are trying to ensure that no negativity creeps into our camp because of recent happenings because it is not an ideal situation for us,” Shadab Khan said.

“Our focus is on doing the things that are in our control in the right manner. We don’t want to think about the what-ifs of the situation. With the T20 World Cup approaching, our focus is to prepare ourselves for it,” said the 22-year-old Shadab Khan.

Shadab Khan (File Photo)
Shadab Khan (File Photo)

Pakistan host New Zealand in a limited-overs series of three ODIs and five T20Is beginning on September 17 and then heads to the T20 World Cup beginning in the UAE from October 17. Shadab Khan said there’s no guarantee of success in international cricket.

“Look, we can do our best to prepare for a situation but there is no guarantee about success or failure. It is the same with every team,” said the seasoned all-rounder, who is deputy to Babar Azam.

“We are trying to play modern-day cricket and be aggressive and selfless in our approach to the game but we will also face failures in this and I think we need to accept that.”
Shadab Khan praised Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, saying that he had always backed the national squad. Speaking about the transformation needed in the Pakistan squad, the vice-captain said it wouldn’t be an issue as “aggression is on our DNA.”

Shadab Khan: It Would Have Been Good If New Zealand Had Sent Their Full Strength Squad To Pakistan

Shadab Khan, a member of the Pakistan squad that won the Champions Trophy in 2017, said it would have been good if New Zealand had sent their full-strength squad to Pakistan for the upcoming three ODI and five T20I series as it would have meant more competitive cricket going into the T20 World Cup.

“But what we have to realize is that this is their national team and it has eight to nine players who have played for them in ODI cricket and even T20 matches and we are not going to underestimate them at all. That would be a mistake.”

New Zealand batsman Tom Latham acknowledges the crowd after reaching his century (Photo: AFP)
New Zealand batsman Tom Latham acknowledges the crowd after reaching his century (Photo: AFP)
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. Several first-team players, including Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and Lockie Ferguson will be unavailable owing to their involvement in the IPL, which clashes with part of the tour.
Bangladesh won 3 T20Is while New Zealand won a solitary T20I. The 5th T20I will be played on 10th September.
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.
Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim
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Russell Domingo Reveals Mushfiqur Rahim Doesn’t Want To Keep In T20Is Anymore

Russell Domingo, Bangladesh head coach has revealed that Mushfiqur Rahim does not want to do wicketkeeping in the shortest format of the game anymore. Russell Domingo’s revelation came after Bangladesh’s defeat in the third T20I against New Zealand on Sunday.

Mushfiqur Rahim has informed the Bangladesh team management that he will no longer keep wickets in T20Is, according to Russell Domingo. Mushfiqur Rahim didn’t keep wicket in the 3rd T20I against New Zealand, although it was declared before the series that he would split wicketkeeping duties with Nurul Hasan in the first four games.

Russell Domingo
Russell Domingo Image Source: TWITTER/BCBTIGERS

Russell Domingo: Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim Doesn’t Want To Keep Wickets In T20Is Anymore

Russell Domingo said that they have to quickly move on to allow Nurul Hasan, who has been keeping wicket in Bangladesh’s recent cluster of T20Is since mid-July, to be the No. 1 wicketkeeper going into the T20I World Cup.

This is the first time that Mushfiqur Rahim has told the team management that he wants to give up wicketkeeping. Normally, he has insisted that he wants to play as a wicketkeeper-batter, particularly in the last five years when his wicketkeeping has come under the scanner. The most recent occasion was the second ODI against New Zealand in March this year when he dropped Tom Latham at a crucial stage of the game.

“There has been a change in plans. Initially, after speaking to Mushy, he was going to keep after the second game. But he told me he probably doesn’t want to keep wicket in T20s anymore, so we have to move on. I don’t think Mushfiqur’s desire to keep in this format is great anymore. We have to focus on Nurul Hasan Sohan, and let him do those duties going into the competition,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Russell Domingo as saying.

Mushfiqur Rahim is yet to come out in the open and reveal his side of the story on why he does not want to don the wicketkeeping gloves in the shortest format of the game. Spinner Ajaz Patel’s four-wicket haul helped New Zealand defend 128 and defeat Bangladesh by 52 runs in the third T20I of the five-match series here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.

Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim(Reuters Photo)

With this win, New Zealand registered their first win of the series and the five-game series stands at 2-1 in favour of Bangladesh. The fourth T20I will now be played on Wednesday. Chasing 129, no Bangladesh batter got going and the top-scorer was Mushfiqur Rahim as he played a knock of 20 runs. The Bangladesh innings folded inside 19.4 overs.

Nurul Hasan Is In Good Form Behind The Stumps

When Mushfiqur Rahim missed the T20Is against Zimbabwe and Australia due to a family emergency, Nurul Hasan took over with good form both behind and in front of the stumps. It opened up a bit of competition between the two, which the team management decided should be settled by splitting the wicketkeeping duties over four matches of a five-match series.

Mushfiqur Rahim has been a regular wicketkeeper in ODIs and till 2020, in T20Is. His inclusion as a wicketkeeper-batter allows the team to have the luxury of playing two world-class all-rounders. But there are many in Bangladesh who believe, with reason, that Mushfiqur Rahim should focus his energy on only batting, as he is arguably Bangladesh’s best all-format batter.
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. – AFP
At the same time, Nurul Hasan’s reputation as the country’s best wicketkeeper is backed by good domestic performances this year. For the selectors and team management, he was too hard to ignore as the wicketkeeper in Bangladesh’s white-ball teams.

Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel claimed a career-best 4-16 as New Zealand kept alive its Twenty20 series against Bangladesh with a thumping 52-run victory in the third game on Sunday. Off-spinner Cole McConchie (3-15) and left-arm spinner Rachin Ravindra (1-13) also played their part in dismissing Bangladesh for only 76 in 19.4 overs after New Zealand had recovered from 62-5 to a total of 128-5 on a slow surface.

Tim Southee is the third-highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket, with 99 strikes in 83 games Associated Press
Tim Southee is the third-highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket, with 99 strikes in 83 games Associated Press
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Kolkata Knight Riders Have Signed New Zealand Pacer Tim Southee For IPL 2021 UAE Leg Replacing Pat Cummins

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have signed Tim Southee for the remaining 31 games of the Indian Premier League (IPL). A franchise official has confirmed the signing of the New Zealand pacer on Thursday (August 26).  Pacer Tim Southee, understandably, comes in place of Australian pace all-rounder Pat Cummins who has pulled out of the IPL second leg citing personal reasons.

Having featured in the IPL for six consecutive years, Tim Southee went unsold in the 2020 auction. His most recent appearance came in the 2019 edition when he turned up for RCB, finishing with an economy rate of 13 in the three games he played.

Tim Southee Playing For RCB © BCCITim Southee Playing For RCB © BCCI

Kolkata Knight Riders Signed Tim Southee

The 32-year-old right-arm pacer had previously played for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Mumbai Indians (MI), and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). In 40 IPL games, he has picked 28 wickets at an economy rate of 8.47.

“Tim has been a strong player and has been the spearhead of the New Zealand team. In the UAE conditions, we hope he will be very effective,” a KKR official said.

The exact amount of signing has not been known but Pat Cummins was acquired by the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise for 15.5 crores in the 2019 IPL auction.

Kolkata Knight Riders' Pat Cummins
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]

Tim Southee, who will be the third New Zealander in the Kolkata Knight Riders squad, was expected to be a part of the New Zealand team for their twin tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan but he did not figure in the final squad under Tom Latham. He will join the country’s young pacer, Lockie Ferguson, and top-order keeper batter Tim Seifert in the KKR squad.

Brendon McCullum Will Take Charge Of KKR In UAE

Kolkata Knight Riders head coach former New Zealand keeper Brendon McCullum, who has stayed away from Caribbean Premier League (which starts on Thursday), is expected to take charge of KKR in UAE.

“He will be back for the IPL,” said the official of KKR, which owns the Trinbago Knight Riders team in the CPL.

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum BCCI

Kolkata Knight Riders are in seventh place in the IPL points table with four points with two wins in seven games. They are hoping Tim Southee will provide the impetus.

“He will be a backup to Lockie Ferguson. With his new ball skills, he should be very effective in the UAE conditions,” the KKR official said.

Pat Cummins, who was signed for Rs 15.5 crores for IPL 2020 season, has been a key member of their side, and this season he played all their seven games, taking nine wickets and scoring 93 runs, including a career-best 66 not out against Chennai Super Kings.

Pat Cummins picked 12 wickets in 14 games that included a 4-wicket haul in the 2020 IPL season. He bowled well in IPL 2021 picking 9 scalps in 7 games averaging 26.33 besides scoring 93 runs averaging 31. Pat Cummins’ KKR teammates Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, and Tim Seifert had tested positive for Covid-19 leading to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2021.

Tim Southee is the third-highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket with 99 wickets in 83 matches and has been part of Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past. He will now reunite with his former captain Brendon McCullum, the head coach of KKR.

Tim Southee happens to be a great addition and acquisition by KKR, as the Kiwi pacer is currently the third-highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 Internationals, having claimed 99 wickets in 83 matches at an economy of 8.39. In T20s, he has 224 scalps to his name from 201 at 8.30.

However, it is unclear if Tim Southee would get the nod ahead of his Kiwi teammate Lockie Ferguson. Although the latter is currently recovering from COVID-19, he is expected to recover on time and make it to the playing XI.

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New Zealand’s Pakistan Tour Subjected To Security Clearance After Taliban’s Afghanistan Takeover

New Zealand will go ahead with its tour of Pakistan subjected to clearance from security consultant Reg Dickason after some Kiwi players expressed concerns about touring the country following the militant group Taliban’s takeover of neighbouring Afghanistan.

New Zealand is due to reach Islamabad on September 11 to play three ODIs and five T20 Internationals in Rawalpindi and Lahore until October 3.

New Zealand Cricket Team
New Zealand Cricket Team-AFP

New Zealand Appointed International Security Consultant And Expert Reg Dickason To Visit Pakistan To Advise Whether Tour Will Go Ahead After Assessing Security

However, New Zealand Cricket officials have now commissioned an international security consultant and expert, Reg Dickason to visit Pakistan later this week to carry out thorough security and COVID-19 assessment before advising them whether they should send their team to Pakistan.

“Dickason has been a regular visit to Pakistan to carry out security and other cricket related assessments for the International Cricket Council and other boards in recent years so we are confident there is no one better than him to give a compressive report on the security situation in the region following the events in Afghanistan,” an official source in the Pakistan Cricket Board, said.

Kane Williamson (AP)
Kane Williamson (AP)

New Zealand is already set to field a depleted team with seven to eight of their leading players, including the captain, Kane Williamson, not coming due to their IPL commitments.

Kane Williamson and senior players like Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Siefert, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchel Santner have skipped the tour because of their commitments in the T20 event, while others like Tim Southee and Devon Conway are also unavailable for the Pakistan tour.

Tom Latham To Lead New Zealand In The Limited Overs Pakistan Tour In Several Cricketers Absence For IPL Commitments

New Zealand Cricket said on Wednesday that the players would have the right to withdraw from the tour if they felt uneasy about touring Pakistan even if the tour went ahead on the advice of Reg Dickason and other assessments.

New Zealand batsman Tom Latham acknowledges the crowd after reaching his century (Photo: AFP)
New Zealand batsman Tom Latham acknowledges the crowd after reaching his century (Photo: AFP)

New Zealand will be captained by senior batsman Tom Latham during the tour, which will be their first to the country since 2003. New Zealand cricket also has sent one of their officials and a security consultant in Bangladesh for a reconnaissance visit as their team first visits Bangladesh and then flies to Pakistan. 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. New Zealand last toured Pakistan in November 2003 when they played five ODIs.

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.
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.
Edgbaston is known for its vibrant atmosphere and will be at 70% capacity when England play New Zealand. Photograph: Wired Photos/Shutterstock
Edgbaston is known for its vibrant atmosphere and will be at 70% capacity when England play New Zealand. Photograph: Wired Photos/Shutterstock
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Edgbaston Stadium Will Operate At 80 % Capacity For 3rd ODI Between England, Pakistan

Edgbaston Stadium at Birmingham has been confirmed as part of the UK Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) and it will operate at 80 per cent capacity for the upcoming 3rd One Day International (ODI) between England and Pakistan.

The third ODI between England and Pakistan at Edgbaston Stadium next month will be permitted an 80 percent capacity crowd, in the latest steps of a government pilot scheme geared towards the return of full stadiums in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

England vs Pakistan Photo: @ICC Photo: @ICC
England vs Pakistan Photo: @ICC Photo: @ICC

 

 

Edgbaston Stadium Will Witness The 3rd ODI Between England And Pakistan

The ODI match, a day-night contest on July 13, is set to be held in front of a 19,000 crowd, which would make it the best-attended cricket match in the UK since the start of the pandemic. Taking place on July 13 (Tuesday), Edgbaston Stadium will be able to accommodate around 19,000 fans, including under 16s, in the stadium bowl and hospitality lounges without social distancing as part of the research study.

Stuart Cain, Chief Executive at Edgbaston, in an official release said: “It is fantastic for sport in the West Midlands that so many cricket fans will be able to enjoy another blockbuster fixture in England versus Pakistan at Edgbaston.”

COVID-19: Edgbaston to host England-Pakistan ODI with 80 percent crowd capacity
COVID-19: Edgbaston to host England-Pakistan ODI with 80 percent crowd capacity

“The recent Test match gave us a fantastic opportunity to build a new model for large-scale sporting events and I am pleased to see elements of this first trial being carried forward for the Pakistan match. Technology played a big part in this and we will again focus on using this as a way of creating a safe environment whilst enhancing Edgbaston’s reputation as one of the best atmospheres in world cricket,” he added.

All attendees for the upcoming ODI will be required to show a negative COVID Lateral Flow Test result, which is necessary for anyone aged 11 years and older, or proof of two vaccinations (first and second dose) at least 14 days before the fixture to secure entry.

England will host Pakistan in a six-match limited-overs series starting July 08. Pakistan will take this tour as a dress rehearsal for the T20 World Cup later this year. The Men in Green will be touring England for a limited-overs series, comprising three ODIs and as many T20Is.

Edgbaston Successfully Hosted The 2nd Test Match Between England And New Zealand Which The Latter Won

Earlier, Edgbaston Stadium had successfully hosted the 2nd Test match between England and New Zealand, which the latter won and accommodated around 60,000 spectators (70 percent capacity) across four days with the same spectator entry requirements.

Edgbaston Stadium : Fans returned to the Edgbaston stands for the New Zealand Test PA Images via Getty Images
Edgbaston Stadium: Fans returned to the Edgbaston stands for the New Zealand Test PA Images via Getty Images

Tom Latham led the New Zealand team to a memorable 1-0 Test series triumph in the two-match series against hosts England, in the absence of injured Kane Williamson, which was their first in the UK since 1999.

Neil Wagner and Matt Henry took three wickets each as England was bundled out for 122 in the second innings, and in the end, New Zealand won the second Test on Day Four comfortably by eight wickets at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham. NZ reclaimed the top spot in ICC Test rankings. Later they won the ICC WTC beating India in the final.

New Zealand had a first innings lead of 85 in the 2nd Test despite several of their key members being absent or battling injury. England’s another top order failure in the 2nd innings saw them win the 2nd Test after a draw in the 1st one.

New Zealand 388 (Young 82, Conway 80, Taylor 80, Broad 4-48) and 41 for 2 (Latham 23*) beat England 303 (Lawrence 81*, Burns 81, Boult 4-85) and 122 (Wood 29, Wagner 3-18, Henry 3-36) by eight wickets

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Nasser Hussain Feels New Zealand Will Start Day 5 Of The WTC Final On Top

Nasser Hussain feels New Zealand will start Day 5 of the World Test Championship Final on top and predicted the Blackcaps to emerge as the potential winners if they manage to take a handy first-innings lead. However, the former England captain warned that it could all turn around quickly due to the testing conditions.

New Zealand trail India by just 116 runs and will begin Day 5 with the scoreboard reading 101/2. With eight wickets in hand and just two days of action left including the reserve day, many experts believe that a draw or a New Zealand win are the only possible results.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nasser Hussain: It’s Advantage New Zealand

Nasser Hussain previewed Day 5 of the World Test Championship Final while speaking to the ICC, with the apex body uploading a video of the same on social media.

“I think with Day 4 being called off, it is advantage New Zealand. They are only a hundred and a few behind. If they can make it into a three innings game, bat all of Day 5 and they can make it a three innings game.

“Because then they have a lead and there’s only one winner. I think it is advantage New Zealand, but as I said it is a pitch where you can get rolled on,” Nasser Hussain claimed.

WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Kohli, he's 'world-class' batter, says Kyle Jamieson | Photo Credit: AP
WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Kohli, he’s ‘world-class’ batter, says Kyle Jamieson | Photo Credit: AP

The World Test Championship Final has been predominantly dominated by the bowlers particularly pacers with Kyle Jamieson picking 5 scalps. Overcast conditions and a swinging Dukes’ ball, combined with the stop-start nature of the game, have helped pacers boss the proceedings. Looking ahead to Day 5, Nasser Hussain feels batsmen will once again have their task cut out as they attempt to negotiate the tricky conditions.

“I think the bowlers will continue to dominate. Especially with the whole day being under covers, I can’t suddenly see how it will be a flat belter. I still think it will do a bit because of the cloud cover that has been noticeable in this game,” Nasser Hussain explained.

New Zealand bowled India out for 217 in the first innings and then responded with 101 for 2 in 49 overs. India had their first wicket in the 35th over. Ravichandran Ashwin, the off-spinner, got the breakthrough in the form of Tom Latham who departed for 30, bringing an end to a 70-run opening stand.

Nasser Hussain: India Can Also Win If They Bowl New Zealand Out Quickly

Although Nasser Hussain handed the initiative to New Zealand, the 53-year-old refused to rule out an India win. Reminiscing about the recent Lord’s Test where England refused to go for a win on the final day, the former skipper envisaged how a similar scenario could come into play if India manages to bowl New Zealand out quickly.

“Look what happened to India – from three down they collapsed. So if India turn up and bowl New Zealand out for a level peg score in the first innings, then it is going to be in Virat Kohli’s hands. Because he might have to gamble a little bit, set up a game, and set up a declaration.

“Wouldn’t that be great on Day 6, if there’s a bit of a run chase? It is the sort of thing Kane Williamson did to England recently at Lord’s and England didn’t go for it. New Zealand might see it differently,” Nasser Hussain concluded.

Ishant Sharma celebrates after dismissing Devon Conway [Image-Twitter]
Ishant Sharma celebrates after dismissing Devon Conway [Image-Twitter]
Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah bowled 11 overs on Sunday and was wicketless while conceding 34 runs. Ishant Sharma sent down 12 overs and claimed the wicket of Devon Conway (54) towards the end of the day’s play. The third pacer, Mohammed Shami, gave away only 19 runs in 11 overs but failed to pick up a wicket.

The weather for the final two days of the World Test Championship Final seems promising, and some exciting cricket could see a result being conjured up even though a draw seems the most likely result right now.

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Jasprit Bumrah Wasn’t As Potent With The New Ball: Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg, a former Australian left-arm spinner feels that India’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah wasn’t as effective as he could have been with the new ball in the WTC final.

According to Brad Hogg, the Indians were looking to keep things extremely tight rather than go for wickets on Day 3 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in Southampton.

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images

Brad Hogg: Jasprit Bumrah Wasn’t As Potent As He Could Have Been With The New Ball While Mohammed Shami May Be Pick Of The Bowlers Moving Forward

Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah bowled 11 overs on Sunday and was wicketless while conceding 34 runs. Ishant Sharma sent down 12 overs and claimed the wicket of Devon Conway (54) towards the end of the day’s play. The third pacer, Mohammed Shami, gave away only 19 runs in 11 overs but failed to pick up a wicket.

Analyzing Team India’s bowling on Day 3 of the WTC final on his YouTube channel, Brad Hogg said India’s bowling was okay on Sunday.

He elaborated: “Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami bowled that good length. I don’t think Jasprit Bumrah was as potent as he could have been with the new ball. In the later stages though, he was trying to bowl a little fuller and there was some shape there.”

“India went in with a game plan to bowl that 6-8 metre length. They didn’t want to go fuller like New Zealand did. They wanted to keep the pressure on New Zealand batsmen. When you go for that fuller length you create more wicket-taking opportunities. But the run rate goes up as well, so they were a little bit cautious there,” Brad Hogg added.

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

According to Brad Hogg, Mohammed Shami will be the bowler to watch out for as India looks to mount a fightback.

The former cricketer opined: “Shami, for a couple of overs, could bowl a little bit fuller. But because he is not used to it, that little adjustment can put you off your game. For me, Shami bowled well, and he is going to be the pick of the bowlers moving forward, and he is going to get India back in the game.”

Ishant Sharma struck late in the final session to dismiss Devon Conway for 54 (153 balls) and a recharged Indian side would have liked one or two more but bad lights forced the umpires to end the play a bit early again.

Brad Hogg: Ravichandran Ashwin Could Have Big Impact In The 2nd Innings

After the pace bowlers struggled to give India the breakthrough, seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin delivered the goods, having Tom Latham (30) caught at short extra-cover by Virat Kohli. Brad Hogg felt that Ravichandran Ashwin bowled superbly yesterday.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Speaking about the offie’s bowling, he said: “His game plan was keeping the New Zealand batsman back on the crease, not allowing them to come forward. And he bowled that slower one, tempting the batsmen to come out of the crease.

“The wicket was holding up there, so cover catches are going to come into play as the game progresses. India are still in this game. We have got a reserve day. Ashwin in the second innings is going to have a big impact in this Test match.”

New Zealand bowled India out for 217 in the first innings and then responded with 101 for 2 in 49 overs.
India had their first wicket in the 35th over. Ravichandran Ashwin, the off-spinner, got the breakthrough. Tom Latham has to depart for 30, bringing an end to a 70-run opening stand. A nice loopy one from Ravichandran Ashwin and Tom Latham went for the drive. But he failed to keep it down. Virat Kohli, at short cover, took a fine catch, timing his jump to perfection.
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
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There Was No Conviction With Ajinkya Rahane’s Pull Shot In WTC Final, Says VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman praised New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson’s captaincy while also highlighted India’s middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane’s mistakes. VVS Laxman further recalled a piece of advice from former legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar to explain one area where Ajinkya Rahane needs to improve upon.

Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal for 49 on Day 3 of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton became a topic of discussion on Sunday. Kane Williamson’s genius captaincy came to the fore in the set-up of Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal, with the New Zealand skipper setting up the trap for the India batsman after a discussion with Kiwi speedster Neil Wagner.

India's Ajinkya Rahane walks off the field after being dismissed by New Zealand's Neil Wagner(AP)
India’s Ajinkya Rahane walks off the field after being dismissed by New Zealand’s Neil Wagner(AP)

VVS Laxman On Ajinkya Rahane’s Pull Shot Off Neil Wagner In WTC Final

Ajinkya Rahane is known to be a compulsive hooker of the ball. He never shies away from playing the short ball whenever the ball is pitched short, which at times brings about his downfall as it did on Sunday in the WTC final. It was a perfect execution of the field set-up by Kane Williamson and perfect execution of a short one from Neil Wagner that sent back Ajinkya Rahane for 49.

Speaking on Star Sports during Lunch, former India cricketer VVS Laxman praised Kane Williamson’s captaincy while also highlighted Ajinkya Rahane’s mistakes.

“I am always impressed with Kane Williamson’s captaincy. I thought that Ajinkya Rahane was getting his eye in, he was batting much better, he looked more assured on the crease as compared to yesterday. But this is something that has become a pattern with Ajinkya Rahane’s batting. It was the same game plan that New Zealand used against him in Christchurch. This is something he requires to understand,” Laxman said.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman

“You talked about the planning between Neil Wagner and Kane Williamson. There was no fielder there on the fifth delivery, the one before he got out. And then a fielder was placed there and also near the backward short-leg.

“It forced Ajinkya Rahane to play half-hearted pull short. There was no conviction in that pull short and this would be something Ajinkya Rahane will be disappointed with,” Laxman added.

Ajinkya Rahane had done all the hard work in the first hour of the morning session on the third day and just when he was looking set for a big one, the right-hander played a half-cock pull shot to a Neil Wagner bouncer-short of a good length delivery and provided a simple catch to Tom Latham at square-leg. Ajinkya Rahane fell one run short of his 24th Test fifty.

VVS Laxman: Sachin Tendulkar Advised To Know Where Off Stump Is And How To Leave Or Defend The Bouncers

VVS Laxman further recalled a piece of advice from former legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar to explain one area where Ajinkya Rahane needs to improve upon.

“I remember when I started my cricketing career, the great Sachin Tendulkar advised me that there are two areas that you have to be comfortable if you have to be successful. Number One is you know where your off stump is, you know how to play the ball when it is pitched in the corridor of uncertainty. And you also should know how to leave or defend the bouncers,” Laxman further said.

Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar
Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

“Because if the opposition comes to know that you are a compulsive pull shot or hook shot player, they will bowl a barrage of bouncers at you and have the field set to make you play that shot. And it is always going to be a low percentage shot,” he signed off.

India was bowled out for 217 with Kiwi pacer Kyle Jamieson picking a five-wicket haul in the match. New Zealand then lost 2 wickets before stumps on Day 3 and ended with 101/2 with opener Tom Latham and half centurion Devon Conway back in the pavilion.

Brief Scores: India 217 all out (Ajinkya Rahane 49, Virat Kohli 44, Kyle Jamieson 5-31); New Zealand 101/2 (Devon Conway 54, Kane Williamson 12*, Ishant Sharma 1-19).

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Aakash Chopra Feels New Zealand Will Still Be Under More Pressure Despite Tightening Its Grip

Aakash Chopra feels New Zealand will still be under more pressure despite tightening its grip after dismissing India for 217 in their first essay. In reply, Kiwis were 101/2 at stumps on Day 3.

New Zealand had a memorable Day 3 in the ongoing WTC final versus India at The Rose Bowl, Southampton on Sunday (June 20). As India resumed the day at their overnight score of 146-3, they were expected to take the team score beyond the 250-run mark and challenge the No. 1 ranked Black Caps.

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

Aakash Chopra: Similar Things Can Unfold On Day 4 As Like India Who Was 146/3, New Zealand Resumes On 101/2

However, nothing of that sort happened as India was bundled out for a below-par 217 courtesy of a five-wicket haul from Kyle Jamieson. In reply, the New Zealand openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway batted out for a long period and stitched an impressive 70-run stand to take the Kiwis to 101/2 at stumps on Day 3.

Being just 116 runs behind India’s first-innings total and having 8 wickets in hand, the Kane Williamson-led side is in the driver’s seat. However, Indian opener-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra feels the Black Caps will still be under more pressure than Virat Kohli-led India.

Kyle Jamieson, AFP
Kyle Jamieson, AFP

After the end of proceedings, Aakash Chopra told Star Sports, “They (New Zealand) also have to look at where India were. They were 146 for 3, two set batsmen but come next morning, it’s a different world altogether. The ball is moving again, you find the edges, India’s tail hasn’t wagged, the middle-order has collapsed and you haven’t reached where you wanted to reach. Similar things can unfold tomorrow as well.”

Aakash Chopra further opined, “So from a New Zealand point of view, they know they are not out of the woods at all. Keep in mind, the moment you bowl first, you have to bat last and you have to bat the opposition out. So a 30-40 run lead is insignificant. You have to take at least a 150-run lead to make a match of it, seal the advantage of bowling first.”

“Things might change, Ashwin has already got a wicket. He is getting a bit of turn. Swing is the only area where Indian bowlers are lagging behind, not the discipline nor the effort. Ishant was the only Indian bowler who was able to swing.

“Tomorrow is the day where India fast bowlers need to find a swing. If they are able to do that, the match will swing in India’s favour,” Aakash Chopra added.

From India’s perspective, Virat Kohli & Co. will be desperate to strike early in the morning session on Day 4. If they can manage to apply pressure, not give away easy runs and churn out a few quick wickets, the work done by the NZ openers will become null and void as the Kiwis will have to fight it out in order to get a sizeable lead.
Aakash Chopra said New Zealand needs a lead of around 150 runs if they are to seize advantage after having opted to bowl first in the historic one-off final at the Ageas Bowl. Aakash Chopra said New Zealand will know they are not out of the woods yet despite a dominant performance with both the bat and the ball on Sunday, considering they have to bat last in the Test.

Devon Conway And Kyle Jamieson Puts New Zealand Ahead But India Strikes Back With Ravichandran Ashwin And Ishant Sharma Getting A Wicket Apiece

64.4 overs of play was possible on Day 2 after rain washed out the entire Day 1. New Zealand asked India to bat first after winning the toss. New Zealand lost a late wicket in the form of a well set Devon Conway but it would be fair to say that Kiwi openers and Kyle Jamieson have put their team ahead of India after the end of Day 3 in the inaugural World Test Championship Final (WTC) final in Southampton on Sunday.

Ishant Sharma struck late in the final session to dismiss Devon Conway for 54 (153 balls) and a recharged Indian side would have liked one or two more but bad lights forced the umpires to end the play a bit early again. Ross Taylor managed to play through the last 2 balls of the day after Devon Conway’s departure and left the field with captain Kane Williamson (12*).

Ravichandran Ashwin Celebrates A Wicket (AP Photo)
Ravichandran Ashwin Celebrates A Wicket (AP Photo)

India had their first wicket in the 35th over. Ravichandran Ashwin, the off-spinner, got the breakthrough. Tom Latham has to depart for 30, bringing an end to a 70-run opening stand. A nice loopy one from Ravichandran Ashwin and Tom Latham went for the drive. But he failed to keep it down. Virat Kohli, at short cover, took a fine catch, timing his jump to perfection.

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