It's been a year and a half of mixed results for Pakistan in T20Is. Barring the 3-0 win against Bangladesh, there was no series victory to show in this period. And even the joys of it was short-lived as they were soon whitewashed by the same margin by England. They did have some spirited showings in vain against South Africa and West Indies earlier in the year but have struggled to find the perfect core through the period in which they looked to infuse young players at the expense of the veteran duo of Sana Mir and Nahida Khan. They have blown hot and cold, and promised a lot but failed to live up to it. … [Read more...] about WT20 World Cup Group B: Time for South Africa to soar?
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South Africa have problems of their own. Faf du Plessis is no longer the captain, their yesteryear legends are long gone, and their administration is in tatters. Furthermore, after a long home summer, their predicament can be put down in numbers: lost 1-3 in Tests, and 1-2 in the T20Is. There was a little blip, with a tight 1st T20I, in which they thought they shook the "choker" monkey off their back, only for the persistent ape to come salivating back in the two remaining T20Is. They've had a torrid time of it in the Tests, and they are in dire need of a ray of sunshine to get them out of the turbulent ocean. A T20 series win in a World T20 year will do it. To start with, they need to find an opener, given Temba Bavuma's injury to get things rolling with Quinton de Kock. … [Read more...] about South Africa, Australia, and a ‘peri-peri’ contest like no other
"The Hundred won't necessarily clash with the CPL," Harrison said. "We have ongoing discussions with the CPL and will work together on that. But we do have to make sure the Blast fits in the right way leading into The Hundred and that our Test summer is scheduled correctly. … [Read more...] about India players unlikely to feature in The Hundred, admits Tom Harrison
New Zealand does bring its unique challenges, from the openness of the Test venues, to the lack of aural ambience, the stodgy pitches and of course a home team that thrives on playing the long game. And in Wellington, there's of course the wind factor that completely adds a new dimension to how you plan and play a game of Test cricket. It's here that India stumbled five years ago in not being able to overcome the Kiwis' ability to stretch the game till the very end. But it's here in Wellington that India might sense their best chance to get one over the Kiwis first up and then press on for a series win, not to forget crucial Test World Championship points to consolidate their position on top. … [Read more...] about Will the Kohli era ignore The Tiaki Promise?
Previous Bangladesh Under-19 World Cuppers have often been rushed into international cricket. So it's no surprise that Parvez Hossain Emon, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Akbar Ali, Shoriful Islam, Shahadat Hossain and Tanzid Hasan, fresh out of winning a big tournament, were given a chance to face a Test team. Akbar's heroics in the final against India, Mahmudul's match-winning hundred in the semi-final against New Zealand, and Shoriful's aggression, and the fact that the senior team has been going through a rut must have led to the decision. It's a fair one too. In the game in question, Shahadat's three wickets made him the most successful bowler from his team, while Tanzid hit 125 not out in 99 balls, the highest score of the Bangladeshis' innings. … [Read more...] about Bangladesh must make sure its world champions don’t lose their way