Faf du Plessis, Rabada returns to South Africa squad for Australia T20Is

first_imgJohannesburg: South Africa pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada and former captain Faf du Plessis have returned to the T20I side for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Australia, Cricket South Africa announced on Monday. Pacer Anrich Nortje was also drafted into the squad with Reeza Hendricks, Beuran Hendricks and Sisanda Magala making way for the trio.Temba Bavuma, who picked up a right hamstring injury during the final T20I against England, was named in the squad subject to fitness clearance.South Africa will play Australia over three T20Is on February 21, 23 and 26. Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town will host the three matches.South Africa T20I Squad: Quinton de Kock (c/wk), Temba Bavuma (subject to fitness) Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Pite van Biljon, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jon-Jon Smuts, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klaasen. IANSAlso Read: AB de Villiers is keen to come back: Faf du PlessisAlso Watch: BJP State President Ranjeet Dass lays foundation stone for erosion protection work at Safakamarlast_img read more

COVID- 19: 2020 French Open could be held behind closed doors

first_imgPARIS: The French Tennis Federation (FFT) is considering holding the 2020 French Open behind closed doors, according to federation President Bernard Giudicelli. The moving of the Grand Slam to September had created controversy with a number of players voicing concerns over playing a clay court tournament in the middle of the hard court season.Since the postponement was announced in March, Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since the Second World War while doubts remain on whether the US Open will be held. “We haven’t ruled out any option,” Guidicelli told the French weekly Journal du Dimanche. “Roland Garros is first and foremost a story of matches and players. There is the tournament taking place in the stadium, and the tournament on TV screens. “Millions of viewers around the world are waiting. Organising it behind closed doors would allow part of the business model — television rights (which account for more than a third of the tournament’s revenues) — to go ahead. This cannot be overlooked.” While the new start date was originally supposed to be September 20, Guidicelli said that this could be pushed back to September 27. He said that holding the French Open is important financially for the players in the country. “Roland Garros is the driving force of tennis in France, it is what feeds the players in our ecosystem (260 million euros in revenue, or 80% of the turnover of the FFT),” he said. IANSlast_img read more

Former Glamorgan legend Alan Jones awarded England Test cap

first_imgLondon: Former Glamorgan batsman Alan Jones was on Wednesday awarded an England Test cap, 50 years to the day since he made his only appearance for England in the first match of the 1970 series against the Rest of the World XI. At the time the matches in the series were classed as Tests but were subsequently downgraded by the International Cricket Council (ICC), meaning Jones’s status as an England international was lost. However, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has awarded Jones with cap number 696 – the next available number, following Zak Crawley’s debut in November 2019 – through a virtual ceremony this morning, said ECB in a media release. ECB Chair Colin Graves said: “Alan’s achievements on and off the cricket field are something to be celebrated, so I’m delighted that we can mark the 50th anniversary of his England appearance in this way. “While the record books may not show Alan as a capped international cricketer, the ECB wanted to recognise his England appearance and celebrate his remarkable career as a player, coach and administrator by awarding him England cap number 696. Jones holds the record for scoring the most runs in first-class cricket without playing in an official Test match, with his tally of 36,049 ranking 35th highest of all time. He was a key part of Glamorgan’s title-winning side of 1969 and was named among Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year in 1978. He captained the county for two seasons in the late 70s, leading his side to the Gillette Cup final in 1977. England Test captain Joe Root said: “Hearing and reading about Alan’s achievements in cricket has been inspiring, so it’s a great honour to have been part of his celebration today. Being selected to represent your country is a huge moment in any cricketer’s career, and while Alan’s time in the team was brief, I hope he has retained fond memories of the match over the last 50 years.” Following his 26-year playing career, in which he also made appearances for Natal, Northern Transvaal and Western Australia, Jones later coached Glamorgan to glory in the AXA Equity & Law League in 1993 and was Director of Cricket when the Welsh side won the County Championship in 1997. His Glamorgan connection continued when he was named President in 2016, holding the position until 2019. IANSAlso watch: In an Exclusive Conversation with Krishnaraaz only on The Sentinel Assamlast_img read more

Holder backs Windies to bounce back in ODI series

first_imgWEST Indies captain Jason Holder is expecting a much better showing against Pakistan when the teams face off in three One-Day International (ODI) matches beginning today.The Windies have had a disappointing start to their tour of Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) so far, as they were whitewashed in their three-match T20 series. With more time to adjust to the conditions in the ODI format, Holder expects the visitors to provide much stiffer competition.“They (Pakistan) did well in the T20 series but, having said that, there is more time with this format. Batsmen have more time to give themselves a chance to set themselves,” Holder said at a pre-match press briefing at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium yesterday.“It is important for our top four batsmen to bat as deep as possible and lay the foundation for the middle and lower order guys to come and be powerful. As I said, you have more time to assess the conditions and play yourself in and get a score and lay a foundation. If we can do that more often, we can get a very good total,” he added.The series could be of importance to both teams with 9th-ranked Pakistan potentially being able to leapfrog the 8th-ranked West Indies in the rankings with another 3-0 win.The game bowls off at 3 pm (7 am Eastern Caribbean time).SQUADS:PAKISTAN – Azhar Ali (captain), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Khan.WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels.last_img read more

It’s been a long ride, says Perreira … To retire from cricket broadcasting

first_imgAFTER almost 48 years as one of the most recognised voices in cricket broadcasting, Guyanese-born cricket commentator Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira has decided to retire.Perreira, who announced his retirement yesterday at the Tower Hotel poolside, is set to end his career at the end of the historic Day/Night First-Class match between hosts Guyana Jaguars and Barbados Pride, which commences today at 15:00hrs at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The late Tony Cozier will always be rated as the most famous of West Indian broadcasters, but Perreira’s contribution has been significant too.His voice, clear, loud, and with no hint of a stammer, goes on to boom through radios across the world for decades.It’s a remarkable story. Reds, who is a former adviser to ex-Sport Minister Shirley Field-Ridley, covered 147 Tests and over 200 ODIs and regards himself lucky to have had the career he has had.“It’s been a long ride, a great time in my life, I was very lucky, and thanks to people, and if wasn’t for Rafiq Khan, the GBS, Caribbean Broadcasting Union, GBC, who really made great openings for me in 1973 when Australia toured, and Jerry Richards in Barbados, I probably wouldn’t have got the opportunity,” Perreira said.At 76, Perreira did not complete high school but he possessed infinite determination and an amazing ability to take risks, attributes that permitted him to overcome his speech impediment and become a rare Caribbean sports jewel.He did cricket commentary all over the world, expect in Bangladesh.“I saw the best, I met the best, I broadcast with the best, and maybe it’s not recorded but the World Series of 1978 was the fieriest among the cricket I have ever commentated on. You had the best players in the world brought together by the Kerry Packer organisation,” Perreira pointed out.Perreira launched his broadcasting career in 1968 with the-then Guyana Broadcasting Service. He spent four years with the station before joining the broadcast circuit full-time and becoming closely associated with the late Cozier, who was considered the Caribbean’s foremost cricket commentator.However, when asked what prompted him to actually follow a career in cricket broadcasting, the former St Lucia Tourist Board sports consultant said, “I supposed listening to West Indies in England in 1950, listening to John Arlott, Rex Alston, and then I followed the ’51 tour in Australia, I was listening to Jonny Moyes, Michael Charlton and Alan McGilvray.”Perreira broadcast his first Test match at Bourda in 1971.Perreira mentioned that the quarter-final match between West Indies and Pakistan in 1975 and a Test match between the West Indies and Australia at Adelaide in January 1993, which West Indies won by one run, are the two most memorable cricket matches, where he was a part of the commentary panel.Perreira, a National Sports Council chairman acknowledged that the region has produced many great cricketers but Sir Garfield Sobers is the greatest player he has seen.Meanwhile, Perreira called on the regional commentators to unite, support, and help each other. He also advised them to pace their commentary accordingly, and at the same time to deal with off-field matters in a balanced manner.He also made an appeal to both the government and opposition to be a part of the game, which he said has held us together as a people.He suggested that a Prime Minister’s X1 versus an Opposition X1 cricket match, where all the funds generated would go to charity. This according to Perreira can further strengthen social cohesion.Finally, Perreira is urging Guyanese to come out and support the day/night fixture, which he said will be a fitting farewell for his career.last_img read more

Chanderpaul, Vilas join Lancashire on Kolpak deals

first_imgLANCASHIRE have signed former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and South Africa wicketkeeper Dane Vilas, both as non-overseas players.Only Brian Lara has scored more Test runs for the West Indies than Guyanese-born Chanderpaul, 42, who scored 11 867 runs and 30 centuries in 164 matches.He has agreed a one-year contract, while 31-year-old Vilas has signed a two-year deal with the Red Rose county.The last of Vilas’ six Tests was against England in January 2016.The emergence of Quinton de Kock as South Africa’s first-choice wicketkeeper significantly reduced the international prospects of Vilas, who averages almost 40 in first-class cricket.He is the latest of a number of South Africa internationals to sign Kolpak deals with English counties.Pace bowler Kyle Abbott and batsman Rilee Roussouw will play for Hampshire in 2017, while Sussex have signed all-rounders David Wiese and Stiaan van Zyl.Another all-rounder, Simon Harmer, has agreed a contract with promoted Essex, while fast bowler Hardus Viljoen has joined Derbyshire.Chanderpaul excited by ‘talent’ in squadChanderpaul, who played eight first-class matches for Lancashire in 2010, retired from international cricket in January 2016.“It’s an extremely ambitious club and there are some fantastically talented young cricketers in the squad,” said the veteran left-hander, who has also had spells in English county cricket with Derbyshire, Durham and Warwickshire.“I’m looking forward to passing on some of my experience to the younger players in the squad.“The 2017 season is going to be an exciting and progressive one for Lancashire County Cricket Club and all concerned with it.”Vilas added: “I’m relishing the opportunity of playing county cricket. It’s going to be a huge challenge.“There are a lot of exciting players in the squad and we’ll be hoping to challenge for silverware in all competitions.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Cricket News Young batsman Oliver Pope called up for Lord’s Test

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Birmingham: England have made two changes to their squad for the second Test against India, bringing in uncapped batsman Oliver Pope and pacer Chris Woakes.The second Test starts at the Lord’s on August 9. 20-year-old Surrey batsman Oliver Pope has been given his maiden Test call-up as Dawid Malan has been dropped. The latter scored only 8 and 20 in the first Test here and also dropped crucial catches at slip.ALSO READ | Ishant credits Sussex stint for success in EnglandPope has had a stellar domestic season as he scored 684 runs at average 85.50 and is the second-highest run-scorer in the County championship this summer. Additionally, he is also right-handed which is seen as a tactic to contend with Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who picked up seven wickets at Edgbaston. Woakes replaced all-rounder Ben Stokes as well. The latter will be in Bristol starting on Monday, where his trial for affray charges begins. If the case is adjourned for a later date, Stokes will be added to the Test squad. “Ollie Pope has made an exceptional start to his first-class career. He has reached 1000 first-class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division’s stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85,” said England national selector Ed Smith.ALSO READ | Be angry and challenge Kohli, Vaughan’s message to England”The selection panel believe that Ollie’s performances and character suggest he is well suited to international cricket.” Hosts England lead the five-match series 1-0 after their 31-run victory in the opener. last_img read more

Cricket News India shouldn’t pay any money to PCB: Anurag Thakur ahead of ICC hearing

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former BCCI president Anurag Thakur has said  “India should not pay any money to the PCB” ahead of the International Cricket Committee’s (ICC) hearing on the Pakistan’s Cricket Board’s (PCB) claim of Rs 447 crore against India for twice refusing to play a bilateral series. “For number of years, nations didn’t visit Pakistan to play matches. I think no official from India should attend the ICC hearing. India shouldn’t pay money to Pakistan Cricket Board,” Thakur told news agency ANI. Earlier this month, the BCCI said it had hired a Dubai-based law firm and a British lawyer for the October’s ICC three-day hearing.Pakistan has claimed damages of approx Rs 447 crore for India not playing any bilateral cricket with them despite a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which guarantees six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. The BCCI has asserted that the MoU is not binding on them and the PCB failed to honour some of the commitments made in the document.The ICC hearing in the matter is scheduled from October 1 to 3.Also Read | Pakistani helicopter violates Indian airspace in J&K’s Poonch sector, armed forces open fire“The BCCI has hired Dubai-based law firm Herbert Smith Freehills along with British Lawyer QC Ian Mills to represent us at the Dispute Resolution Committee hearing. Since the case is happening in Dubai, we needed a Dubai-based law firm. Also, the ICC follows British law so, QC Ian Mills is on board. We will fight this case till finish,” a senior BCCI official had earlier told news agency PTI.Speaking on the issue, former IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said that both the cricketing boards should solve the matter among themselves rather than involving ICC in it.”Wherever international matches are organised by the ICC or the Asian Cricket Council, we always play with Pakistan, this time we played at a neutral venue. There is no question of paying money to Pakistan Cricket Board.” Also Read | Kajol reveals Ajay hasn’t watched DDLJ yet; Here’s what Ajay has to sayHe added: “As far as the BCCI versus the Pakistan Cricket Board dispute is concerned, my own view is that both the Boards should resolve it amicably instead of lingering it in the ICC. The BCCI always wanted to play with Pakistan but there are certain issues, we need government’s nod to go to Pakistan to play matches,” Shukla said.(With inputs from PTI) last_img read more

Cricket News Australia’s key to success? Ensure Marcus Stoinis does not score more than fifty

first_imghighlights Marcus Stonis’ fifty could not give Australia victory.Australia has lost all seven matches Stoinis has gone past fifty.The Nagpur ODI victory was India’s 500th in this format. New Delhi: Marcus Stoinis’ sixth fifty had put Australia on course for a thrilling win. The right-hander had successfully negotiated Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, India’s key death-overs bowlers. Australia needed 11 runs off the final over which was bowled by Vijay Shankar, who had conceded 13 runs in the only over which he bowled earlier. Stoinis was confident and was backing himself to get Australia over the line. However, with the first ball bowled by Shankar, Stoinis slogged across the line and was trapped LBW. The right-hander opted for the review in desperation but the decision could not be overturned and Australia lost the match by eight wickets to trail 0-2 in the five-match series. Stoinis was dismayed and was bitterly disappointed as it continued a trend where he has not been able to get Australia over the line. Stoinis has hit fifty six times and has scored a century in ODIs and each time, Australia has lost. In every instance, the right-hander has fallen at a crucial time which has prolonged Australia’s pain in bilateral ODI series, having not won a series since 2017. The first instance happened during the Chappell-Hadlee encounter against New Zealand in Auckland in January 2017. New Zealand reached 286/9 with Martin Guptill scoring 61 and Neil Broom slamming 73. In response, Australia were reduced to 67/6 but Stoinis kept Australia in the hunt with a 81-run stand for the seventh wicket.  The right-hander pummeled the New Zealand bowling and in a spectacular display of power-hitting with the tail, Australia had staged a remarkable turnaround. Stoinis blasted a century off 95 balls and tore the New Zealand bowling to shreds, blasting nine fours and 11 sixes. In the 47th over, Stoinis slammed Tim Southee for two sixes and the partnership with No.11 Jos Hazlewood crossed 50 with no contribution in terms of runs and balls from Hazlewood. Australia were one hit away but Kane Williamson’s brilliant fielding ran-out Hazlewood for 0 and Australia lost the game by six runs. More finishing woes for Stoinis In the game against India in Kolkata, Virat Kohli’s 92 helped India reach 252 all out. Australia were undone by Kuldeep Yadav’s hat-trick and at 148/8, the game seemed to be up. However, Stoinis fought and took the attack to the Indian bowlers, slamming six boundaries and three sixes in his attacking knock of 62 but Australia still lost the game by 50 runs. In the series against England in 2018, Stoinis failed to get Australia over the line in three out of the five ODIs as Australia were hammered 1-4 in the series. In the game in Sydney, Jos Buttler’s brilliant 83-ball century helped England reach 302/6. Aaron Finch’s 62 and Mitchell Marsh’s 55 kept Australia in the hunt but they lost wickets at crucial intervals. Stoinis stepped in and blasted 56 off 43 balls but Australia lost by 16 runs. In the Melbourne ODI, Australia reached 304/8 with Finch hammering a century with Marsh and Stoinis slamming fifties. However, Jason Roy’s brilliant 180 helped England cross the line. In the final ODI at the New Perth stadium, Stoinis smashed 87 off 99 balls but his dismissal opened the door for England and Tom Curran’s maiden five-wicket haul gave Eoin Morgan’s side a thumping win. In the Hobart ODI against South Africa in 2018, David Miller and Faf du Plessis’ record 252-run stand boosted the Proteas to 320/5. Shaun Marsh hit a century and once again Stoinis kept Australia in the hunt with 63 off 76 balls with five boundaries and four sixes but with their dismissals, Australia lost by 40 runs to lose the ODI series. In all seven matches, Stoinis has started brilliantly but has departed at a crucial time. In a cruel twist of fate, it seems Australia’s only chances of winning a game is possible only if Stoinis cannot score a fifty. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Australia call-up Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh as injury ravages team in World Cup 2019

first_imghighlights Australia holds a 6-2 advantage against England in World Cups.Australia has not lost to England in World Cups since 1992.Australia lost to South Africa for the first time since 1992 in World Cups. New Delhi: Australia’s injury woes have mounted in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 during their final league game against South Africa in Old Trafford. Marcus Stoinis, who had missed some matches in the tournament due to injury, suffered a recurrence of an injury. Australia also suffered a jolt when Usman Khawaja suffered a hamstring injury while trying to take a single in Australia’s chase of 326. Although the left-hander returned, Khawaja was in considerable discomfort and the five-time world champions ended up losing to the Proteas by 10 runs. Looking at the injury situation, Australia has called up Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh in the squad.”Australia A arrived at Arundel for today’s (Sunday’s) four-day clash with Sussex short two players after wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade and all-rounder Mitch Marsh were called up as a cover to Australia’s World Cup squad. The injury setbacks to Usman Khawaja (hamstring) and Marcus Stoinis (side) suffered in Australia’s dramatic loss to South Africa in Manchester has seen the selectors draft in Wade and Marsh. They left Brighton this morning for Birmingham, the destination of Australia’s blockbuster semi-final show with tournament hosts England on Thursday. Both Khawaja and Stoinis are set to undergo scans today before their future in the World Cup is determined, with both players still officially a part of Australia’s 15-man Cup squad at this stage. However, it appears Khawaja’s hamstring injury looks likely to rule the left-hander out for the rest of Australia’s campaign,” a Cricket Australia statement read.Marsh links up with the group for a second time as cover for Stoinis, who missed Australia’s wins over Pakistan and Sri Lanka before returning against Bangladesh. Both Khawaja and Stoinis will undergo scans on their injuries but, in the meantime, Wade and Marsh will leave Australia A group currently in Sussex, southern England. Australia captain Aaron Finch admitted Khawaja was unlikely to recover in time for the rest of the tournament when he spoke after the South Africa defeat — a result that cost his side first place in the 10-team group stage.Australia will take on England in the second semi-final at Edgbaston on July 11. In the league stages, Australia had beaten England by 64 runs in Lord’s thanks to a century from Aaron Finch and a brilliant five-wicket haul from Jason Behrendroff. After the World Cup, Australia will play five Tests against England as part of the Ashes contests which will be part of the new ICC Test championship.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more