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BCCI rejigs domestic calendar due to paucity of umpires

BCCI rejigs domestic calendar due to paucity of umpires

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BCCI has had to reschedule some domestic tournaments this season due to unavailability of umpires. In a letter to all state associations, BCCI GM (cricket operations) Saba Karim has informed that the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy and Senior Women's one-day knockout matches have been rescheduled. As a result, the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy - a four-day tournament - will take three weeks longer to be completed. The women's tournament will finish two days later than scheduled. In his letter, Karim mentioned the paucity of umpires in the month of December. The third round of Cooch Behar Trophy matches from December 17 will now be played from January 21. The knockouts, which were scheduled to begin from January 29, have been pushed back to February 18. The women's knockouts will be played from...
Misbah calls time on PSL career

Misbah calls time on PSL career

Pakistan Super League
Misbah ul Haq, the former Pakistan captain, has decided to end his Pakistan Super League career. The 44-year-old was part of Islamabad United for all three seasons and also led the side during their maiden trophy triumph. The franchise released a statement on Wednesday (October 31) claiming Misbah won't be part of PSL 4 and they are trying to accommodate him in an administrative role. "Islamabad United has always greatly valued Misbah as a player, leader and a superb team player. As he transitions into his non-playing phase, we believe he can add a lot of value to Islamabad United as well as to Pakistan," the statement read. "The franchise continues to discuss with him avenues which could provide him with a platform to pursue his next phase. These discussions continue and deserve the ...
Shakib Al Hasan granted NOC for UAE T20x

Shakib Al Hasan granted NOC for UAE T20x

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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has finally been given the NOC for UAE T20x, a franchise-based T20 competition in Dubai. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) granted Shakib the NOC after assessing his fitness. ''We have given him the NOC as the reports are very positive,'' BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan confirmed to Cricfeedz on Thursday, a day after he announced that the board won't have a problem with Shakib participating in the tournament. Shakib will start his strength training - the first step towards gaining full fitness - from next week. And if everything goes according to plan, Shakib is expected to play in the tournament, featuring some of the biggest names and starting December 23. ''Yes, it's a relief for me to get the NOC,'' Shakib said. ''If I can get fully...
Captaining Pakistan across formats taking a toll on Sarfraz – Mohsin Khan

Captaining Pakistan across formats taking a toll on Sarfraz – Mohsin Khan

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Mohsin Khan, the newly appointed head of PCB's cricket committee, reckons the burden of leading Pakistan in all three formats is taking a toll on Sarfraz Ahmed. He wants the current Pakistan captain to give up his role in Test cricket and concentrate on the other forms - a suggestion that has already been rejected by PCB chairman Ehsan Mani. "I have said it before and I will say it now too," Mohsin said while speaking to Hum News on Tuesday (October 30). "With Sarfraz, I was saying you got a new guy in, don't put the burden of three formats on him. It will take such a physical load on him, T20s, ODIs and then Tests if he is captain he will not get any mental relaxation. "I had said make him T20 and ODI captain and in Tests, put in a senior player for a year, year-and-a-half which w...
Fitness and fielding key behind Pakistan’s T20 rise – Sarfraz

Fitness and fielding key behind Pakistan’s T20 rise – Sarfraz

Upcoming Series
Pakistan faced a humiliating exit from the Asia Cup. Then, they let go of a sure shot win at Dubai to allow Australia a draw in the first of the two-match Test series. But, when the three-match T20I series began last week, they roared their authority to secure their 10th consecutive T20I series win by registering a 3-0 whitewash against the tourists. Something of this sort happened before as well. In fact, earlier this year. After being whitewashed 5-0 in the one-dayers by New Zealand in New Zealand - also their next opposition - Pakistan lost the first of the three T20Is. Such had been their thumping throughout the tour that the final two T20Is looked a mere formality. But, Pakistan staged an epic comeback to win the series. After their clean sweep of the Australian side, Pakist...
Shakib will get NOC if there is no medical issue – BCB official

Shakib will get NOC if there is no medical issue – BCB official

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Akram Khan, BCB's cricket operations chairman, on Tuesday (October 30), noted that Shakib Al Hasan will be given the No Objection Certificate (NOC) to participate in the upcoming UAE T20x - a franchise-based T20 event - provided there is no medical issue. ''There will be a medical report regarding Shakib. If there is no problem in it, and it seems to be positive, we will give him the NOC,'' BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan told reporters. ''Probably he cannot have an operation in one year time, while at present there is no pain [in his finger] If he is medically fit, he can play [UAE T20x],'' he noted. Shakib, who is undergoing a rehabilitation program for his injured finger that forced him out of action for three months including the ongoing ODI series against Zimba...
Bangladesh get Mustafizur boost ahead of Zimbabwe Tests

Bangladesh get Mustafizur boost ahead of Zimbabwe Tests

Upcoming Series
Bangladesh can heave a sigh of relief as the scans cleared pacer Mustafizur Rahman of any injury concerns ahead of the Test series opener against Zimbabwe, starting Saturday (Nov 3). Mustafizur sustained an elbow injury during the first ODI against Zimbabwe in the just-concluded three-match series and was rested in the third game. He had made a comeback in the Test squad for the two-match series having missed out the Test series against West Indies. However, his participation remained a major concern considering Bangladesh were waiting for the scan report. Mustafizur, who is currently in Dhaka, is expected to travel to Sylhet on October 31 to join his teammates who are currently preparing there. "There was nothing serious in his scan report and we are hopeful that he will be a...
Khaleel handed one demerit point for Marlon Samuels send-off

Khaleel handed one demerit point for Marlon Samuels send-off

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India's left-arm fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed has been given an official warning and a demerit point for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during the fourth India-Windies ODI at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai. According to an official ICC release, Khaleel has been pulled up for 'advancing aggressively' towards Marlon Samuels after dismissing him in the 14th of the fixture. According to the on-field umpires, the celebration was provocative in nature. Khaleel was found to have violated Article 2.5 of the Code, which relates to "using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an international match".
Expect slightly hostile Ashes environment, Root warns Warner

Expect slightly hostile Ashes environment, Root warns Warner

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Joe Root, the England Test captain, warned David Warner that he could face a hostile reception from the English fans if the Australian opener gets picked for the World Cup and Ashes to be held in England next year. Warner, who is currently serving a 12-month ban in relation to the ball tampering incident that took place in South Africa, will be available to play for Australia just before the World Cup. "I'm sure he will have to accustom himself to what might be a slightly hostile environment from the English public, but we'll have to wait and see what happens when he comes over in the summer if he does," said Root. "I wouldn't wish that upon anyone, but time will tell as to what happens in the future." Warner recently also walked off in a Sydney Grade Cricket game when he was ...
Ganguly displeased with frequent rule changes in domestic cricket

Ganguly displeased with frequent rule changes in domestic cricket

Domestic Cricket
A couple of days after BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary criticised GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim and the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators for deciding to relax the one-year rule forwards of government employees to be considered local players in the middle of the season, the latter has come under fresh fire. And this time the person miffed with frequent rule changes this season is former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, who heads the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and BCCI's technical committee. In an e-mail to Choudhary on Monday, Ganguly has conveyed his displeasure on the issue. Referring to Choudhary's e-mail to Karim on Saturday on frequent rule changes in domestic cricket this season, Ganguly, responding to a trail mail on the issue, says: "Dear Amitabh J...
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