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Need to adjust to lower winning totals in UAE – McMillan

Need to adjust to lower winning totals in UAE – McMillan

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New Zealand's cricketing calendar kick-starts with a tour to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to play Pakistan in a full series - three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Tests. They last played an international game way back in March and some of the players are returning without much cricket under their belt. Craig McMillan, New Zealand's batting coach, admits it is difficult for players to adapt to the hot and humid conditions in the UAE and that he has resorted to different methods to get the players in groove - one of them being training under lights for the upcoming T20I series, which starts on Wednesday (October 31). "We're mixing it up," McMillan said. "A lot of them have come from four-day, red-ball cricket, so getting back into w...
Comeback man Joe Denly embraces ‘new experience’

Comeback man Joe Denly embraces ‘new experience’

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Comeback man Joe Denly enjoyed a successful return to international cricket as he grabbed the man of the match award in England's one-off Twenty20 International (T20I) against Sri Lanka on Saturday (October 27). The Kent all-rounder contributed with both bat and ball, but it was the latter that stood out - as he finished with 4 for 19. Already having gained a spot in England's Test squad for the three-match series in Sri Lanka, Denly was named as a replacement for Liam Dawson for the T20I. Formerly having played as an opener for his country, the 32-year-old found himself in a new role - batting at number 7 and opening the bowling with his legspin - which he described as a "new experience". "Being, primarily, a batsman, I feel I have a pretty good sense of what batsmen are trying ...
Sarkar keen to enjoy the game after prolonged poor run

Sarkar keen to enjoy the game after prolonged poor run

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If the century against Zimbabwe in the warm-up clash was a teaser, Soumya Sarkar demonstrated what he is really capable of with a dominating ton in the third and final ODI that helped Bangladesh whitewash Zimbabwe 3-0 on Friday (October 26). His 92-ball 117 helped the hosts canter to the target of 287 in 42.1 overs with ease completely rattling the visitors in front of a packed crowd. Sarkar has always shown the spark but failed to string together significant performances since making his debut. The signs were there early on as he showcased them in his maiden ODI ton against Pakistan in Dhaka in 2015. Soon after, he single-handedly won the ODI series against South Africa with 205 runs in three games at an average of 102.50. His free-flowing approach allowed the management to shift t...
Akram, Misbah, Mohsin to ‘assist and advice’ PCB chairman

Akram, Misbah, Mohsin to ‘assist and advice’ PCB chairman

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In its bid to improve the country's cricketing structure, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has formed a committee that will assist and advise the chairman. The committee is headed by former head coach and chief selector Mohsin Hasan Khan, former Pakistan cricketers Wasim Akram and Misbah-ul-Haq, and former Pakistan women's team captain and chief selector, Urooj Mumtaz. Three ex officio members - Zakir Khan (director International cricket), Haroon Rasheed (Director, domestic cricket), and Mudassar Nazar (Director, academies) - will assist the committee with Rasheed holding the secretary's post. Over the years, there have been calls to include recently-retired cricketers in the cricket board so that the management can be assisted on contemporary challenges, especially regarding dom...
Three-member panel to investigate harassment charges against BCCI CEO

Three-member panel to investigate harassment charges against BCCI CEO

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The Committee of Administrators which is overseeing the affairs of the BCCI has formed an independent panel to investigate the sexual harassment allegations against CEO Rahul Johri, it was confirmed on Thursday (October 25). The three-member team has been asked to submit their report in the next 15 days by the CoA and Johri will continue to be on leave till then. Justice Rakesh Sharma, a former judge at the Allahabad High Court, PC Sharma, who has served as the director in the Central Bureau of Investigation, and Barkha Singh, former chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, will now take ahead the investigation about the allegations that were made earlier in this month. The statement from BCCI's media release also clarified that CoA member Diana Edulji had sought Johri's resign...
Want players to make best use of good form – Mortaza

Want players to make best use of good form – Mortaza

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Mashrafe Mortaza has said that Bangladesh needs to be more focused despite recent successes against Zimbabwe. While the runs scored by the openers in the absence of Tamim Iqbal, who is ruled out due to a wrist injury, is a clear indication of progress, Mortaza wants both Liton Das and Imrul Kayes to make the most of their red-hot form. Das scored 83 runs while Imrul Kayes made 90 in the second ODI against Zimbabwe but their failure to convert those scores into big hundreds tainted a superb win for Bangladesh. "We discussed why they failed to score centuries in the dressing room,'' Mortaza said on Thursday (October 25). "There is always good and bad in every action. This kind of opportunity does not come every day so they need to seize it. For example like the way Imrul batted from 8...
Bayliss demands right attitude from his top-ranked ODI side

Bayliss demands right attitude from his top-ranked ODI side

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England coach Trevor Bayliss has criticised his team's attitude in the record 219-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the dead rubber fifth ODI in Colombo on Tuesday (October 23). Having already clinched the series with three wins on the bounce following a called-off game, the format's top-ranked side put in an indifferent fielding performance, with two dropped catches (Moeen Ali and Tom Curran) and several misfields as the hosts powered their way to a mammoth total, and eventually to a win. Issuing a stern warning to his troops, Bayliss said England's performance was unbefitting of their standing in the one-day format. "Our performance in the field, our attitude in the field, was nowhere near up-to-scratch for a number one team. We've got some hard work to do going forward," he said. "Fi...
David Peever re-elected Cricket Australia chairman

David Peever re-elected Cricket Australia chairman

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David Peever was re-elected as Cricket Australia's Chairman for a span of another three years at the board's AGM, on Thursday (October 25). His appointment comes in the wake of question marks over whether there has been a delay with regard to making the findings of the review into the culture of Australian cricket public. In the Cape Town this year, Australian cricket was hit by the ball-tampering scandal, with the trio of David Warner, Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft being handed out bans for varying lengths. As a result, CA set up a panel headed by Simon Longstaff, Executive Director of the Sydney-based Ethics Centre, to review corporate culture as well on-field culture. The findings of the review will be made public next Monday (October 30). CA's state association heads, tho...
Finch bemoans ‘car crash’ collapse

Finch bemoans ‘car crash’ collapse

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Aaron Finch, Australia's T20I captain, bemoaned his side's abject collapse in the first game of the three-match T20I series against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, calling the batting implosion in the PowerPlay a slow motion "car crash". The visitors lost their first six wickets for just 22 runs in pursuit of 156 and were eventually snuffed out for a paltry 89, their third-lowest score in T20Is. Finch shouldered the blame by saying that he should have set the tone for the rest of the innings. The Australian skipper was the first batsman to be dismissed, castled by the impressive Imad Wasim. D' Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey and Chris Lynn followed Finch back to the pavilion within the powerplay. "That Powerplay was horrific...it was like a car crash in slow motion," ...
All-round Saifuddin shines in comeback series

All-round Saifuddin shines in comeback series

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Pace bowling all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin seized his opportunity in his comeback series against Zimbabwe, proving his worth with both bat and ball in successive ODI matches. Saifuddin's inclusion came as a big surprise in the 15-member ODI squad for the home series against Zimbabwe, given that he hasn't performed noticeably well in the recent past. The all-rounder debuted against South Africa in October 2017 and continued to be part of the ODI side until the tri-nation series at home earlier this year, when he was dropped from the side on the basis of performance. Selectors defended his selection by citing a forced change in plans due to the injury to Shakib Al Hasan, prompting them to try a bowling all-rounder, as opposed to the tried and tested formula of a batting all-rounde...
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