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  ECB announces action-packed 2017 cricket summer
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 08:08 PM - No Replies

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Lord's will host two ODIs and two Tests, apart from the Royal London ODI Cup final

In what will be a packed cricket calendar in England in 2017, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced the venues for next summer, which includes South Africa and West Indies cricket teams' tour of England, apart from the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC Women's World Cup.

At the start of May 2017, England host Ireland for two One Day Internationals (ODIs) at Bristol and Lord's respectively. This will be followed by the ODI-leg of South Africa's tour from May 24, with matches scheduled at Headingley, Ageas Bowl and Lord's.

The Oval, the SWALEC stadium in Cardiff and Edgbaston will host the ICC Champions Trophy from June 1 to June 18, following which South Africa will play three Twenty20 Internationals against England, from June 21 to June 25, at The Ageas Bowl, Taunton and Cardiff.

South Africa's four-match Test series starts on July 6 while the final match of the series will be played from August 4. Lord's, Trent Bridge, The Oval and Old Trafford, in that order, will hosts the four Test matches.

West Indies arrive in England for a three-Test series that starts on August 17. Edgbaston will host the first Test, followed by Headingley, while the third and final Test will be played at Lord's from September 7. England will take on West Indies in a one-off T20I on September 17 at Emirates Riverside, followed by the five-match ODI series, which starts on September 19 and ends on September 29. Old Trafford, Trent Bridge, Bristol, The Oval and The Ageas Bowl are the venues for the five One-Dayers.

ECB also announced that Edgbaston would again host the NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day, on September 2. Meanwhile, the Royal London One-Day Cup Final 2017 will be held earlier, in early July, as against its traditional mid-September date, in order to help the England players prepare for the Champions Trophy.

Speaking about England's 2017 summer of cricket, Tom Harrison, the CEO of ECB, said: "With three different international teams coming here next summer and this country playing host to two major ICC global events - the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC Women's World Cup - there will be a feast of international cricket to excite us in England and Wales.

"Both the international and the domestic schedule will have a different shape to previous years. And the early season block for the Royal London One-Day Cup, with a new mid-season date for its Lord's final, will support both England's ICC Champions Trophy preparations and our longer term planning for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019. It will also allow players to focus skills on the white ball game and help more people to understand the structure of the season.

"It promises to be a memorable summer of cricket for all our international grounds and a particularly special one for Somerset CCC which will host its first England men's fixture for more than thirty years; a great opportunity for the county to further capitalise on its strong support for England women's cricket in recent years," Harrison said.

England's 2017 fixtures:

England vs Ireland

May 5, Friday: 1st ODI at Bristol
May 7, Sunday: 2nd ODI at Lord's

England vs South Africa

May 24, Wednesday: 1st ODI at Headingley
May 27, Saturday: 2nd ODI at The Ageas Bowl
May 29, Monday: 3rd ODI at Lord's

June 21, Wednesday: 1st T20I at The Ageas Bowl
June 23, Friday: 2nd T20I at Taunton
June 25, Sunday: 3rd T20I at Cardiff

July 6, Thursday to July 10, Monday: 1st Test at Lord's
July 14, Friday to July 18, Tuesday: 2nd Test at Trent Bridge
July 27, Thursday to July 31, Monday: 3rd Test at The Oval
August 4, Friday to August 8, Tuesday: 4th Test at Old Trafford

England vs West Indies

August 17, Thursday to August 21, Monday: 1st Test at Edgbaston
August 25, Friday to August 29, Tuesday: 2nd Test at Headingley
September 7, Thursday to September 11, Monday: 3rd Test at Lord's

September 16, Saturday: Only T20I at Emirates Riverside

September 19, Tuesday: 1st ODI at Old Trafford
September 21, Thursday: 2nd ODI at Trent Bridge
September 24, Sunday: 3rd ODI at Bristol
September 27, Wednesday: 4th ODI at The Oval
September 29, Friday: 5th ODI at The Ageas Bowl

Domestic Finals:

July 1, Saturday: Royal London ODI Cup at Lord's
September 2, Saturday: NatWest T20 Blast, Finals Day at Edgbaston

ICC Champions Trophy - June 1 to June 18
The Oval, Cardiff and Edgbaston are the venues for the Champions Trophy, which will be hosted by England for the third time. A total of 15 matches, including two semi-finals and a final, will be played for a period of 18 days.

ICC Women's World Cup - June 26 to July 23
ECB has announced that Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Lord's and Somerset will host the Women's World Cup next year, which will feature a total of 31 matches.

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  Uncapped Ecclestone in England Women's squad for Pakistan T20s
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 06:50 PM - No Replies

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Natasha Farrant replaced the injured Anya Shrubsole in the squad

Sophie Ecclestone, the uncapped Lancashire left-arm spinner, has been named in England Women's 15-member squad for the three-match T20 series at home against Pakistan. Her Lancashire team-mate, Kate Cross, however, was left out. Kent left-arm seamer Natasha Farrant, who was not picked for World T20 as well as the ODI series against Pakistan, replaced the injured Anya Shrubsole.

Ecclestone and Farrant are the two changes to the squad that swept Pakistan 3-0 in the ODI series. Ecclestone, only 17, is the second left-arm spinner in the squad behind Alexandra Hartley, who made her international debut against Pakistan in the third ODI in Taunton. She is yet to play a T20 international.

"The T20 series brings a new set of challenges and further opportunities for the players, and I'm really pleased to call-up Sophie Ecclestone for the first time, and to welcome Tash Farrant back into the dressing room," Mark Robinson, the head coach, said.

"Sophie brings youth, vitality and another left-arm spin option alongside Alex Hartley into the squad. We have two world-class offspinners in Danielle Hazell and Laura Marsh, but we also need to be aware of the talent that we have underneath, and making sure that we are developing the likes of Alex and Sophie, by having them in the group and giving them international match-day experience."

Robinson said that it was a "real shame" that seamer Beth Langston missed on of selection again, because of injury. "She worked tremendously hard during the winter and had a great tour to Sri Lanka with the England Women's Academy, but unfortunately hasn't been able to get involved so far this summer because of her ankle," he said.

Robinson also said that Cross was still in the side's plans, despite being overlooked for the Pakistan T20 series. "Kate Cross has been left out of this squad to face Pakistan, but we do see her as a Twenty20 bowler moving forwards," he said. "There is no reason why she can't be an outstanding bowler across all formats of the game, and we feel that there's a window now where we can do some focused technical work with her away from match situations to help get her ready to perform at her best in the Kia Super League next month."

The T20 series begins with the first match at the Brightside Ground in Bristol on Sunday.

England Women's squad for Pakistan T20s
Heather Knight (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Natasha Farrant, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alexandra Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones (wk), Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt


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  Taskin, Sunny named in preliminary squad for England series
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 05:54 PM - No Replies

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Taskin and Sunny will have to get their action cleared before playing international cricket

Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny, the Bangladesh bowlers who were banned by the International Cricket Council for suspect bowling action during the ICC World Twenty20 in India earlier this year, have been picked in the 30-man preliminary squad for the series against England, the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced on Friday (July 1).

Unless the duo get their reworked action cleared by the ICC, they cannot feature in the two-Test and three One-Day International series starting from October 7 in Dhaka.

The squad also features uncapped player Kamrul Islam Rabbi and the likes of Muktar Ali and Mosaddek Hossain, who have represented Bangladesh in only Twenty20 Internationals.

Rabbi, the 24-year-old, has played 45 first-class games and 44 List A games and has a total of 169 wickets to his name. Both Mosaddek and Muktar have represented Bangladesh in one T20I.

The squad is filled with familiar faces with Litton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim chosen as the wicketkeeping options. Suhrawadi Shuvo, who was hospitalised after being hit by a bouncer last month, too has been named in the squad.

The players will all gather at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium and will report to Mario Villavarayen, the strength and conditioning coach, on July 20 for a camp.

Preliminary squad: Tamim Iqbal, Shuvagata Hom, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Arafat Sunny, Liton Kumar Das, Taijul Islam, Anamul Hoque Bijoy, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Mosaddek Hossain, Zubaer Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Masrafe Mortaza, Shahriar Nafees, Muktar Ali, Rokibul Hasan, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mominul Haque, Mustafizur Rahman, Shakib al Hasan, Al-Amin Hossain, Mahmudullah, Shafiul Islam, Nasir Hossain, Mohammad Shahid, Mushfiqur Rahim, Taskin Ahmed, Nurul Hasan and Rubel Hossain


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  Ravi Shastri resigns from ICC committee of which Anil Kumble is chairman
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 05:45 PM - No Replies

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New Delhi: After losing out to Anil Kumble for the position of Indian cricket's head coach, Ravi Shastri has now resigned as a member of ICC's cricket committee.

According to media reports, there is no link between the two events as the former Indian team director had even earlier expressed this desire to ICC chairman Shashank Manohar.

The 53-year-old, who has been part of this committee for quite some time, wanted to give up this administrative role so that a fresh face could come in.

The former India all-rounder had also skipped the committee's meeting in the first week of June at Lord's because of his media commitments.

Reports however claim that Shastri in fact had resigned even before this meeting.

India's new head coach Anil Kumble is chairman of this committee and Shastri was part of it as a media representative.

At the moment, the former Mumbai cricketer is the most talked-about name in Indian cricket.

After missing out on the job for coach, Shastri made scathing comments about CAC member Sourav Ganguly.

The ICC website however still features the name of Shastri in the cricket committee.

But a final decision regarding the same is expected to be made very soon.


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  Everything you need to know about RCom 4G LTE service: How to upgrade, 4G plan detail
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 10:04 AM - No Replies

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Last week, we reported about Reliance Communications’ (RCom) plans to launch 4G services in the first week of July. Almost on cue, RCom’s has today started rolling out its 4G services. A quick look at the company’s website shows the process for existing RCom subscribers to upgrade to 4G. Those upgrading have also been promised 10GB of 4G data for free.

How to upgrade

If you are a postpaid or prepaid user, you can head over to the nearest Reliance Store to collect a 4G SIM card. After collecting one, you will first need to send an SMS from your existing SIM card to 1299. The message should read — 4G < space >19 digit SIM number of the new SIM card. Alternatively, one can also call on 1299 from the existing number and type in the 19-digit 4G SIM number.

If you are using a Reliance Datacard, you can collect a new 4G SIM card from the nearest Reliance Store. Once collected, you will need to head over to the RCom site to fill an upgrade form, and after submission, a new 4G-capable dongle will be delivered to your doorsteps.

Freebies and plans

RCom users who are opting for an upgrade are entitled to free 10GB of 4G data a period of one month. The inaugural offer also includes 150 minutes of local and STD calls for a period of 30 days. Users will only need to pay Rs 93 or Rs 97, depending upon their circle.

After 30 days, prepaid users will need to pay Rs 252 for a 1GB 4G data pack, while a 2GB data pack costs Rs 449. In comparison, the likes of Airtel or Vodafone India charge Rs 255 and Rs 455 for 1GB and 2GB data packs. For postpaid users, RCom’s 1GB data pack costs Rs 300, whereas the likes of Airtel or Vodafone India offer it for Rs 250.

Initially, RCom’s 4G services is being rolled out across 12 circles, including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. Currently, users in Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Kerala, Karnataka and Rajasthan aren’t applicable for 4G upgrades.

Reliance Communications owns liberalized license for 850MHz band spectrum in 20 circles, and also entered into spectrum trading and sharing agreements with RJio in various circles. RCom is steadily leveraging its spectrum sharing pacts to migrate its 8 million customers to Jio’s 4G network and phase out its CDMA network in couple of months.


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