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  1st ODI: Sri Lanka vs India
Posted by: nairrk - Today 07:22 AM - Replies (2)

Match to be played at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla

Match scheduled to start : 2:30 PM IST /9:00 AM GMT / 2:30 PM Local


India (From): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli©, Lokesh Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni(w), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Axar Patel

Sri Lanka (From): Upul Tharanga©, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando

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  Duleep Trophy missing from 2017-18 domestic calendar
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 09:50 AM - No Replies

Struggling to stay relevant for the past two years, the Duleep Trophy - a premier domestic tournament for 56 years - does not figure in the final draft of the BCCI's domestic programme for the upcoming season.

The calendar approved by BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary on Friday (August 18), a copy of which is in TOI's possession, says the season is due to start with the Ranji Trophy on October 6 and will end with the Deodhar Trophy one-day tournament on March 18, 2018 with a maximum of two weeks separating two tournaments.

Choudhary had claimed, on July 31, that the Duleep Trophy would be played with the pink ball and in the same format as last year. The first-class tournament deviated from its traditional inter-zonal format to having three teams - India Blue, India Green and India Red - last season.

The development has caught the members of the technical committee, which proposes the domestic cricket structure, by surprise. "There must be some confusion. It was understood that the tournament will go ahead. Strange that the tournament and fixtures committee has overlooked it," a member of the technical committee told TOI on Friday. "This needs to be revisited be fore the schedule is released," he added.

It must be noted that the board had shelved the tournament a couple of seasons ago, citing the need to test players in the shorter formats of the game before the selectors got down to picking the team for the ICC World Twenty20 in March 2016. Even last year, the entire tournament was somehow squeezed in and was played in Greater Noida in the midst of monsoon season.

In another development, it is learnt that New Zealand A are due to come to India for a series in mid-September. "As of now, the series is slated to start on September 19. We are in the last round of clearing the formalities with the government," a top BCCI official told TOI.

In that case, the board would struggle to find a window for the Duleep Trophy. "India will be playing ODIs against Australia in September-October after the tour of Sri Lanka, and with the India A series on as well, top 30-32 players will be unavailable around that time," the official added.

The idea behind changing the format last year was to have the top players playing with the pink ball. That seems unlikely now. And with the Indian team slowly shifting its focus to the 2019 World Cup, it will be interesting to see if the board rejigs its calendar to accommodate the Duleep Trophy


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  Australia recall Faulkner, Coulter-Nile for India tour
Posted by: nairrk - 08-18-2017 12:03 PM - No Replies

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Australia have recalled all-rounder James Faulkner and pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile for their upcoming tour of India. While Faulkner makes his way back to the ODI squad, Coulter-Nile finds a place in squads of both the limited-overs formats. The T20I squad also includes uncapped left-arm pacer Jason Beherendorff, who averages 19.47 for his 53 scalps in 38 T20s.

Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc, meanwhile, continues his recovery from an injury to his right foot away from the game. The spearhead of Australia's bowling attack sustained the injury midway through Australia's Test tour of India early this year. He played the Champions Trophy but has been given more time to return to his best. With the upcoming Ashes series in mind, Starc has not been included in Australia's two-Test tour of Bangladesh (starting from August 27) as well as the India tour.

Australia are scheduled to play five ODIs and three T20Is in India during the months of September and October this year.

After constantly being laid low by injuries, Coulter-Nile found success while representing Kolkata Knight Riders during IPL 2017. The fast bowler, who bagged 15 wickets in eight games for KKR, is expected to make a big impression during the India tour. Cricket Australia selector Trevor Hohns talked up Coulter-Nile's return while also praising all-rounder Faulkner's familiarity with the sub-continent.

"Nathan brings raw pace to the side with good variation. It is great to see him back from injury and we are hopeful he will have a big impact in this series. "James Faulkner is a solid One-Day campaigner and is very familiar with sub-continent conditions, coming off a very good tour of Sri Lanka last year. We hope that he will take his chance in returning to the one-day side," Hohns said.

Cricket Australia have also invested some amount of faith in Western Australia all-rounder Hilton Cartwright, picking him in both the squads. Cartwright, who made his Test debut for Australia earlier this year, comes with the reputation of being a big-hitter and is expected to slot into the shorter format with ease.

"Hilton is an aggressive striker of the ball and we think his game will be well suited to the transition to short-form cricket," Hohns opined.

While wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine has kept his T20I spot despite poor outings with the bat during the home series against Sri Lanka in February, all-rounder Daniel Christan braces himself for a return to the national side after more than three years.

ODI squad: Steve Smith, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa

T20I squad: Steve Smith, David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa


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  Chawla joins Ranji champions Gujarat for 2017-18 season
Posted by: nairrk - 08-16-2017 07:59 PM - No Replies

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Piyush Chawla has ended his long-term association with Uttar Pradesh cricket in order to represent Gujarat in the upcoming first-class season, the legspinner confirmed to Sportstar. "As a player, I thought this was the right time to make a move," Chawla said on Wednesday (August 16).

Chawla, who picked up 226 wickets in 80 first-class matches for UP over a period of almost 12 years, will now bolster the defending champions' bowling line-up which already consists the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Axar Patel and RP Singh, who also made the same move two years ago. It is to be noted that Chawla featured in only two Ranji games last season after getting sidelined for a major period with an injury.

The 28-year-old made his Test debut for India way back in 2006 but has since then managed to add only two more caps with his last appearance in the format coming almost five years back. With the BCCI reverting to the home-away format for the Ranji this season, the legspinner has observed the lack of help for spinners from the surfaces in UP as the main reason behind his move. "The kind of wickets you get in the Western region which has a red soil layering help the spinners better," Chawla pointed out.

"When I play in Uttar Pradesh, the wickets are either seaming tracks or flat ones. That's how the weather is. So, it was time to make a move to a state where I can bowl much better and get wickets."

Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel had a role to play in the move, according to Chawla's own admission. "A couple of years ago, when UP toured Gujarat for a match, I saw the wicket was a turner, and it was helping the spinners," he recalled. "So I had told Parthiv, 'If I ever think of making a move, please keep your options open for me.'

"Last year, I only played a couple of matches for UP as I was injured. I couldn't play much, and only participated in one-dayers and T20s, because in the second game of the Ranji Trophy itself, I was injured. So, this year I was mulling a change. I spoke to Parthiv and told him about my plans. He and the officials at the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) were happy with the move. I am thankful to them that they welcomed me," he added.


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  Dhawan, Rahul attain career-best ICC rankings
Posted by: nairrk - 08-15-2017 07:19 PM - No Replies

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Shikhar Dhawan who was named man of the series in the recently concluded three-match Test series against Sri Lanka for his 358 runs - which included two tons, attained his career-best ICC ranking for batsmen - after moving up 10 places to reach 29th position. His opening partner, KL Rahul too attained his best position as he climbed two places to equal his career-best 9th place in the rankings, the latest ICC media release stated on Tuesday (August 15).

Hardik Pandya who smashed a 86-ball ton at Pallekele - his maiden one in first-class cricket - jumped 45 places to reach 68th position, while Mohammed Shami - up one place and Umesh Yadav - up one place, too moved up the ladder.

Despite missing the Pallekele Test due to a one-match suspension, Ravindra Jadeja remained at the top of the bowlers' rankings, but lost out to Shakib Al Hasan in the race for the top all-rounder's slot. Jadeja slipped one point below Shakib after an accumulation of six demerit points resulting in an automatic suspension for the last Test of the series.

Jadeja's replacement for the Pallekele Test, Kuldeep Yadav and Sri Lanka's Lakshan Sandakan made big leaps to improve their rankings. While Kuldeep moved up 29 slots - now at 58th position, Sandakan gained 16 places to end up on 57th.

In the Test team rankings, there was no change for both the sides as India remain atop, while Sri Lanka continued to languish at seven. India by virtue of their 3-0 win gained two points to move to 125 points and extended their lead over South Africa by 15 points.


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