5:51 AM GMTESPNcricinfo staffFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintThis week cricket lost one of its luminaries, Bob Willis. While England mourned their Headingley hero, elsewhere cricket was dealing with chaos. Cricket South Africa went into crisis mode after a ban on journalists from covering a match precipitated a meltdown in upper management and culminated in the suspension of the CEO. In India, West Indies have brought a spirited battle to the T20I series that's currently level. Here's what this week looked like.Simmons leads batting charge as West Indies level seriesangry Kohli setting the first match on fire and a out-of-nowhere Lendl Simmons neatly stealing the second from India.Nepal's Anjali Chand makes history with figures of 6 for 0Fawad Alam returns to Pakistan's Test squad for Sri Lanka seriesalmost like a debut". Left-arm quick Usman Shinwari is also in line for a Test debut, after replacing Muhammad Musa.PSL 2020: What the six teams look likeCan Mickey … [Read more...] about In Case You Missed It: Farewell to Bob Willis, chaos at Cricket South Africa
5:02 AM GMTESPNcricinfo staffFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintAll the world's cricketers walked into a bar. The LOLs, the chatter, and the occasional mini-brawls, they were endless. And the news cycle was never the same again! Welcome to ESPNcricinfo's Social Buzz, your go-to destination for all the bantz, the jousts, and little bit of eavesdropping from the social media playground and beyond.December 9It's pretty common to hear crowds in India chanting "Kohli, Kohli" or "Dhoni, Dhoni" (Ed: back in my day, it was almost exclusively "Sachin, Sachin"), but in Thiruvananthapuram, they are loyal to their own. Ahead of the T20I against West Indies, the crowd made it clear who they'd like to see behind the stumps for India - local lad Sanju Samson. It wasn't to be. Rishabh Pant kept wicket and India lost the match by eight wickets - which may or may not have had to do with Samson's absence. Cheers from the crowd in Thiruvananthapuram reserved for their very own … [Read more...] about The Buzz: We want Sanju!
Dogs, cats, even chickens – aren’t these the most common animals you would have seen or heard or read about, delaying proceedings in a cricket match? Well, how often would you have come across a snake delaying the proceedings? Yes, in one of the most bizarre, or should we call a dangerous intervention, in a cricket match, a snake was spotted at the Dr. Gokaraju Liala Gangaaraju ACA Cricket Ground, Mulapadu, Vijayawada during the opening day of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 season in the match between titleholders Vidarbha and hosts Andhra. DISCLAIMER: If you have Ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes, better skip the video. WATCH THE VIDEO GERE: SNAKE STOPS PLAY! There was a visitor on the field to delay the start of the match. Follow it live – https://t.co/MrXmWO1GFo#APvVID @paytm #RanjiTrophy pic.twitter.com/1GptRSyUHq BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) December 9, 2019 While as dangerous as a snake could be out in the open, BCCI’s domestic twitter handle, BCCI … [Read more...] about Snake Delays Start of Play Between Vidarbha and Andhra During The Opening Day of Ranji Trophy 2019-20 Season
Shivam Dube top-scored for India with 54 runs. © Twitter Shivam Dube repaid the faith shown in him by captain Virat Kohli after he gave up his batting position for the young all-rounder in the second T20 International against the West Indies in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. While Kohli fell for 19 at number four, Shivam Dube became the top-scorer of the innings with 54 runs to help India post a competitive total of 170/7 in 20 overs. It was the fifth T20I for the 26-year-old left-handed batsman, who is yet to play any other format for India. Even though India lost the second T20I and the West Indies levelled three-match series at 1-1, Shivam Dube's knock at a tough time garnered praise from fans and critics alike.At the post match press conference, Dube revealed how an advice from vice-captain Rohit Sharma helped him bat confidently at the crucial number three slot."I think I was given the opportunity to bat at No.3 and I think it was a big deal for me. The pressure was there … [Read more...] about India vs West Indies: Shivam Dube Reveals How Rohit Sharma Helped Him Bat Confidently At No.3
6:47 AM GMTMohammad IsamBangladesh correspondent, ESPNcricinfo CloseFollow on TwitterFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintThe Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will know later this week whether the Bangladesh government will allow them to send the men's team to Pakistan for a full tour in January, according to chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury. The decision to tour hinges on security assessments, which will be determined by the government, apart from the board's own security team which has submitted a report recently.Chowdhury was responding to a question posed about the Pakistan Cricket Board's proposal to play a day-night Test during the tour. He said that the decision to play the day-night game is secondary for them currently."Before discussing the proposal to play day-night Test, we are awaiting the government directive because of the security issue in Pakistan," Chowdhury was quoted as saying by Kaler Kantho. "We will need the government's permission. We have to … [Read more...] about BCB hoping to gain clarity on Pakistan tour this week