All-rounder Andre Russell Ruled Out Of India vs Windies T20I Series

The Windies cricket team suffered a massive blow on the eve of the first Twenty20 International (T20I) against India with star all-rounder Andre Russell ruled for the entirety of the three-match series. Russell was withdrawn from the Windies due to an injury, an International Cricket Council (ICC) report said. “Andre Russell has been withdrawn from the three-match Twenty20 International series against India on account of an injury, it was announced through a release on Saturday, 3 November, one day before the first match at Kolkata,” read the ICC report.

Shai Hope had impressed for the Windies and was their star batsman during the ODI series against India, and his performances in the 50-over format earned him a call-up in the shortest format of the game.

Earlier, Ashley Nurse was also ruled out of the T20I series due to a shoulder injury, which he picked up after the fourth ODI against India. Regular T20I openers, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, have already pulled out of the squad, citing personal reasons in both instances.

Darren Bravo and all-rounder Kieron Pollard will make a comeback in the shortest format while off-spinner Sunil Narine is another notable exclusion.

The 30-year-old Russell last featured in the Afghanistan Premier League representing Nangarhar Leopards but was not named in the ODI squad with the Windies Cricket ruling him out due to injury.

The Windies are hoping for a turnaround in the shortest format after being outclassed in the Test and ODI series. The visitors were thrashed 0-2 in the two-match Test series, while in the ODIs, they were beaten 1-3.

Revised Windies squad: Carlos Brathwaite (Captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Shai Hope, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas, Khary Pierre, Obed McCoy, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran.

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All-Rounder Andre Russell “Misses Connecting Flight”, Could Miss 1st T20I

India will take on the Windies in the first match of the Twenty20 International (T20I) series on Sunday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata but explosive all-rounder Andre Russell is yet to join the visitors for the first match of the series. Russell was included in the team along with Keiron Pollard and Darren Bravo but the 30-year-old has still not managed to reach Kolkata. Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) local manager Moin Bin Moksud, attache to the Windies team, has revealed that Russell missed his connecting flight from Dubai to Kolkata on Friday morning.

“Russell was supposed to come via Dubai. As far as I know, he missed the connecting flight,” Moin Bin Moksud was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

“Seven players including Brathwaite arrived via London on November 1. I don’t have an update on Russell yet,” he added.

Windies team media manager Trinidadian Naasira Mohammed refused to comment on Russell’s status when asked why he was not seen in practice with the team.

“No comments, you will be sent a press release later,” Naasira told IANS soon after skipper Carlos Brathwaite finished his pre-match media interaction.

A vital cog in Windies’ wheel, Russell also plies his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and was a key member of the team that won the title in 2014.

Russell was not part of Windies’ ODI team due to injury, according to a release sent by Windies Cricket.

The 30-year old Jamaican was part of the team which lost the T20I series 1-2 to Bangladesh in the United States of America.

(With IANS Inputs)

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India All-Rounder Shows Off His ‘Bentley’

Hardik Pandya turned 25 on Thursday with wishes pouring in on Twitter for the India all-rounder. Pandya himself took to the social media platform to introduce fans to his “new Bentley”. However, fans were in for a surprise as the Indian cricketer’s picture told a completely different story. Most fans would have been expecting a picture of the uber-plush car but instead met the newest member to the Pandya household — a puppy called Bentley. Pandya is currently enjoying some downtime, having been left of the India squad for the two-match Test series against the Windies due to an injury.

In a media statement, the BCCI had said that both Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya were not considered for selection (for the Windies Tests) as they had not recovered from their injuries.

Pandya, who was named in the India ODI squad for the Asia Cup 2018, played only one match in the tournament. After missing out on India’s opener against Hong Kong, Pandya returned to the playing XI for the all-important group clash against Pakistan.

However, Pandya’s participation ended prematurely with the Indian all-rounder stretchered off the field.

It was later revealed that Pandya suffered an acute lower back spasm during the match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. He was visibly in pain and had to be stretchered off the field. The incident took place in the 18th over (17.5) when he missed his footing on his follow-through.

Pandya’s absence, though, had little bearing on the match as India went on to record a resounding win over their arch-rivals. The Indian team, captained by Rohit Sharma, beat Pakistan once again in the Super Four clash and beat Bangladesh in a thrilling final to retain the Asia Cup title.

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Bangladesh All-Rounder Shakib Al Hasan Ruled Out For Three Months

Bangladesh All-Rounder Shakib Al Hasan Ruled Out For Three Months

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out. © Instagram

Veteran Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out for three months with an injury on his left little finger, which forced him out of the recently-concluded Asia Cup 2018. Bangladesh will play against Zimbabwe and the Windies during this period. “Shakib Al Hasan, who couldn’t feature in the semi-final and final of the Asia Cup 2018 because of an injury to his left little finger, will miss out on at least three months of action due to delay in surgery,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement.

The 31-year-old Shakib had earlier underwent a surgery, soon after his return to Bangladesh and notified about an abnormal swelling and acute pain on his infected hand.

During the Asia Cup 2018, Shakib opted out of the virtual semi-final against Pakistan after he complained of a fresh pain in an injured finger.

He had hurt his left little finger during the One-day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka in January and missed the subsequent Test and Twenty20 series.

He returned to the team for the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka in March and has continued playing since then. Shakib wanted to have a surgery before the Asia Cup for a complete recovery from the injury, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) insisted on him playing in the Asia Cup.

Shakib Al Hasan has scalped 196 wickets in Test cricket. He has also scored 3,692 runs in the longest format of the game with the highest score of 217.

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All-Rounder Sam Curran Given England Test Contract For First Time

The 20-year-old, whose father Kevin is a former Zimbabwe international, produced two impressive displays with the bat against India and chipped in with several wickets.

Curran, who made his Surrey debut aged just 17, was recently named in England’s squad for their forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

Selectors have also awarded Surrey’s Tom Curran, brother of Sam, an increment contract for the next 12 months, commencing October 1 2018.

Following Alastair Cook’s decision to retire from international cricket after the Test series against India, there is a vacancy at the top of England’s batting order.

But Cook’s latest opening partner Keaton Jennings, the Lancashire batsman, misses out on a deal, as did Rory Burns, who had pressed his case when scoring more than 1,000 runs in the County Championship to help Surrey win a first title in 16 years.

Only 10 players with Test-match experience make the ECB list for 2018-19, when England will be in action at a home World Cup as well as an Ashes series.

Ben Stokes is included, the Durham player still awaiting the outcome of a disciplinary commission to conclude its findings into a charge of bringing the game into disrepute.

Yorkshire’s Adil Rashid has also been given a central Test match contract, despite not playing red-ball cricket at the start of the year. Rashid signed an all-format contract with his county last week.

The 13 white-ball one-day international and T20 selections reflect a largely settled England line-up heading into the World Cup.

ECB central contracts for 2018-19:

Test: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

ODI/T20: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Liam Plunkett (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)

Incremental: Tom Curran (Surrey)

(With AFP inputs)

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Bangladesh All-Rounder Shakib Al Hasan Undergoes Surgery On His Finger

Shakib Al Hasan Undergoes Surgery Of His Finger

Veteran Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan underwent surgery. © Instagram

Veteran Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan underwent surgery on his little finger of his left hand after returning home. The 31-year-old Shakib, who was ruled out of the Asia Cup 2018 with the injury, on Friday took to Instagram and notified about his present condition. Shakib said there was an abnormal swelling and acute pain on his infected hand. “When I was returning home, from the side of the hand, I did not realize that there would be such a bad situation,” Shakib said.

“After coming to the country, due to acute pain and abnormal swelling of the hand, there was a surgery done by a hospital quickly. Infections within the fingers are 60-70 cm. Had to get out of the pus,” Shakib added.




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Shakib had earlier missed the virtual semi-final against Pakistan after he complained of a fresh pain in an injured finger.

He had hurt his left little finger during the One-day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka in January and missed the subsequent Test and Twenty20 series.

He returned to the team for the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka in March and has continued playing since then. Shakib wanted to have a surgery before the Asia Cup for a complete recovery from the injury, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) insisted on him playing in the Asia Cup.

The all-rounder played the team’s first four matches of the tournament, scoring 49 runs and picking up seven wickets.

(With AFP inputs)

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Indian Fans Call Shoaib Malik “Jiju”, Pakistan All-Rounder Acknowledges

India thrashed Pakistan by nine wickets in the Super Four clash of the Asia Cup 2018 at the Dubai Interantional Cricket Stadium on Sunday to all but assure themselves of a place in the final. Shoaib Malik top scored for Pakistan with a gritty 78 off 90 ball but he was completely overshadowed by the batting prowess of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, both of whom hit centuries. Despite being a repeated thorn in India’s flesh, Shoaib Malik, who is married to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, received some love from the Indian fans in the stadium during the match.

While Shoaib Malik was fielding on the boundary, Indian fans took the opportunity and called out to him, saying, “jiju look here once”. Much to the delight of the fans, the Pakistan all-rounder turned around and waved at them.

Malik, who had impressed in the group stage match against India by scoring 43, was again in the thick of the action on Sunday as Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat.

Pakistan openers struggled to get going with Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar keeping them under wraps. 

Yuzvendra Chahal struck in the seventh over to remove Imam-ul-Haq while Kuldeep Yadav removed Fakhar Zaman. Babar Azam was run out for nine as Pakistan fell to 58 for three in 15.5 overs.

Shoaib Malik and captain Sarfraz then added 107 runs for the fourth wicket to revive the Pakistani innings. However, once the two departed, Pakistan once again fell in a rut and were restricted to 237 for seven.

India cantered in the chase thanks to centuries from skipper Rohit Sharma (111 not out) and Shikhar Dhawan (114). India reached the target in just 39.3 overs for their second win over Pakistan in the tournament.

India next take on Afghanistan on Tuesday while Pakistan face Bangladesh on Wednesday.

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MS Dhoni Greeted With ‘Respect’ By Pakistan All-Rounder Shoaib Malik

Asia Cup 2018: MS Dhoni Greeted With

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will return to cricketing action with Asia Cup 2018. © AFP

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will return to cricketing action with Asia Cup 2018 scheduled to get underway from September 15. Team India’s seasoned campaigner Dhoni, who has an experience of 321 One-Day International (ODI) matches under his belt, will be seen in action for the first time after he played the limited overs series against England in July, 2018. On Friday, veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik was captured in a video, posted by ANI on their Twitter account, walking up to the Indian during the team practice. Malik was seen entering the area where Team India held their practice session, and shaking Dhoni’s hand as a mark of respect for the former India skipper.

India will open their campaign on September 18 against Hong Kong. While Pakistan will play their first match against Hong Kong on September 16.

India and Pakistan will come face-to-face in the much-awaited clash on September 19 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.

Pakistan hold an edge over defending champions India in the ODI head-to-head contest. Pakistan have won 73 times while India have clinched victory on 52 occasions.

India, led by Rohit Sharma in absence of Virat Kohli, will be eyeing to defend their title at the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup while Pakistan will aim to clinch their third title.

Pakistan had earlier won the Asia Cup in 2000 and 2012

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England All-Rounder Paul Collingwood Announces Retirement

Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood announced on Thursday that he will end his professional career at the end of the season, 22 years after making his first-class debut. A three-time Ashes winner and the only man to captain England to a global trophy after leading them to glory in the 2010 World Twenty20, Collingwood played 68 Tests, 197 One-day Internationals and 36 T20 matches. The England Cricket Board (ECB) also took to Twitter and thanked Collingwood for all the memories. “Thanks for the memories, @Colly622! #ThankYouColly,” England Cricket tweeted.

The 42-year-old has been described by his county side Durham as their “greatest-ever run scorer and most illustrious player”.

“After much thought and deliberation I have decided to announce my retirement from cricket at the end of the current season,” Collingwood said.

“I knew this day would eventually come but it hasn’t made it any easier — although it’s an emotional decision I know that the time is right and I’m comfortable knowing that I have given every last ounce of energy to the sport.”

Durham chairman Ian Botham said: “Paul is one of the greatest all-rounders to ever grace the game of cricket and to have him playing at Durham, his home county, for all these years has been an absolute privilege.”

Collingwood scored 4259 runs in Test, 5092 in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 583 in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). He holds an average of 40.56 in Test cricket with the highest score of 206.

Collingwood had also featured in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He represented the Delhi Daredevils franchise from 2009 to 2010 and later played for Rajasthan Royals from 2011-12.

(With AFP inputs)

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Hong Kong All-Rounder Tanwir Afzal Picks India As Favourites Over Pakistan

Minnows Hong Kong on Friday defeated favourites United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the qualifiers final to book their spot in the Asia Cup 2018. The associate nation, by the virtue of their victory will play against heavyweights India and Pakistan in the group stages. However, Hong Kong all-rounder Tanwir Afzal, in an exclusive interview to, said that it will be a chance for the side to prove their mettle and showcase their individual skills on the international stage.

“The real goal for us (Hong Kong) will be to give big performances and prove our individual skills on the international circuit, there are many international leagues going on these days around the world. And for an associate country, it will be the best chance for the best players of the side to prove their mettle,” Tanwir Afzal said.

Afzal had notched up scores of 15, 5 not out and 10 in the Asia Cup qualifying tournament. He also took a total of three wickets in these matches.

While the Hong Kong all-rounder feels that conditions in UAE will suit both India and Pakistan, he chose Rohit Sharma-led India as the favourites to win the tournament.

“Pakistan and India both are strong sides, these conditions will suit the spinners well. Pakistan have the momentum with them after clinching the Champions Trophy in 2017 and winning the triangular T20 series,” Afzal said.

“India, no doubt in every condition will come good. They have a high-standard batting and bowling unit, I don’t think Pakistan are the favourites, for me India are…. but on the day, you never know,” he added.

Rohit Sharma will lead Team India at the Asia Cup after Virat Kohli was rested for the continental tournament, which is scheduled to get underway on September 15.

Afzal claimed it will be a loss for an associate nation like his, not to see Virat Kohli play as he could give his boys some crucial tips off the field. He also claimed that India team’s batting will suffer due to Virat’s absence.

“No doubt that with Virat Kohli being rested, India’s batting will be affected, he is the world’s best batsman. If he would have come, out team could have learnt a lot from him. We have many youngsters in our side, they would have felt proud playing against him.”

Hong Kong will begin their Asia Cup campaign against Pakistan on September 16. They will take on India on September 18 in the group stage match.

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