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Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara were interviewed after the game © BCCI


Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag and Muttiah Muralitharan are among the big names set to feature in a T20 tournament aimed at promoting road safety, called the Road Safety World Series. Some other prominent names that are set to be part of the tournament include Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

ESPNcricinfo understands the first season of the tournament will be played in 2020 between February 2 and 16 in Mumbai and will feature the following teams: India Legends, Australia Legends, South Africa Legends, Sri Lanka Legends and West Indies Legends.

It is understood that a total of 110 players – all retired – have confirmed their participation in the tournament, which would be based on the franchise model prevailing across domestic T20 leagues around the world. The participating teams have been restricted to only Test-playing countries for the first season.

Among the organisers promoting this event are Professional Management Group and the Road Safety Cell of the Maharashtra government. Part of their business plan is to host the event for 10 years across India. It is understood that the organisers had received the nod from BCCI in August 2018 to conduct the tournament.

Although the players’ payments would be taken care of by the franchises, the proceeds from the tournament itself would be utilised by the Road Safety Cell to promote the cause in addition to highlighting how India ranks highest in the list of deaths caused on roads in the world.

Tendulkar will be returning to play cricket in front of a crowd for the third time since his retirement in 2013, having played for the MCC against Rest of the World XI at Lord’s in 2014 and three exhibition T20s in the USA in 2015.

Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo


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Dale Steyn, Colin Munro, Jason Roy among 28 foreign names for PSL 2020 draft

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With the Pakistan Super League (PSL) returning in full to Pakistan next season, 28 foreign players including Dale Steyn, Colin Munro, Alex Hales and Jason Roy registered themselves to be drafted in the fifth edition as platinum players. Australia’s Ben Cutting and Chris Lynn have also expressed their interest in being part of the fifth season.

Each PSL franchise has an option of retaining up to eight players from their previous roster, but they can do so while adhering to limits in each category: up to three players in platinum, diamond and gold each; five in silver, and two emerging players. The PCB had also reduced the salary cap from USD 1.38 million to USD 1.1 million to assemble a full squad. The base price for the platinum category last year was $160,000 and the maximum for one player $250,000. This time, those caps have been reduced to $147,000 and $218,000 respectively.

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The players who registered to be drafted are from eight cricket-playing nations; seven from England, six South African, five from the West Indies, and three each from Afghanistan and Australia. Sri Lanka will be represented by two players and and New Zealand (Munro) and Nepal will have one each. The registration of each player doesn’t ensure participation in the PSL; the decision to pick players from the list belong to the franchises. The availability of players also depends on whether international commitments clash with the PSL, which begins on February 20. The draft will be held on December 6.

There has been intense focus on foreign players visiting Pakistan of late, with the decision of their touring the country left up to them by their respective national boards and the PSL franchises for the most part. In the last four PSL seasons, the overwhelming majority of matches in the PSL took place in the UAE, as did Pakistan’s “home” games on the international circuit. Pakistan has made significant strides in combating terrorism in the country over the past few years, paving the way for more international cricket in the country, with the plan to host the entirety of the PSL in Pakistan the most ambitious one yet.

Over the last three years, PCB used PSL as a platform to restore international cricket in the country. The board got the ball rolling in 2017 when the Gadaffi Stadium hosted the PSL final. In the following season, four games were held across Karachi and Lahore. In the season held earlier this year, the last eight games were played in Karachi alone. This year, four venues – Lahore, Karachi, Multan and Rawalpindi – will host the entire tournament, comprising 34 games between them.



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Recent Match Report – Tshwane Spartans vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Mzansi Super League, 5th Match

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Match abandoned Tshwane Spartans 33 for 4 (de Villiers 10*, van Biljon 3*, Morris 2-8) v Nelson Mandela Bay Giants

Tshwane Spartans were in a precarious position against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants before a floodlight failure, lightning and then rain forced the game to be called off.

The Spartans were 33 for 4 in 7.1 overs when the floodlights malfunctioned at 6.10pm local time. While the players were waiting for power to be restored, a lightning threat forced them indoors. The floodlights were back on in about 40 minutes but then rain made an appearance and the match was eventually called off at 7.35pm.

The Spartans’ first game, against Durban Heat, was abandoned without a ball being bowled. The Giants are at the top of the table for now with six points from two games.

The Spartans didn’t have a great start after being put in as Chris Morris dismissed Theunis de Bruyn and Dean Elgar in the third over. de Bruyn top-edged a flick in front of square leg, while Elgar failed to put bat to a full toss and was trapped lbw for a first-ball duck.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld fell in the next over when Junior Dala hit the stumps direct at the non-striker’s end with the batsman a bit slow to get back in. Dala dented the Spartans further with captain Heinrich Klaasen’s wicket to leave them reeling at 28 for 4 in the sixth over.

AB de Villiers tried to rescue them and was batting on 10 along with Pite van Biljon before the external factors had their say.



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Mohammad Nabi returns to Kent for T20 Blast

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Mohammad Nabi will join Kent for a second Vitality Blast season in 2020.

Afghanistan international Nabi, who leads the ICC’s T20 allrounder rankings, produced a number of memorable performances for in Kent in nine Blast matches in 2019. He scored 147 runs at a strike rate of 153.12 and his destructive innings of 43 off just 12 balls to help the club defeat Surrey in July was a highlight.

He also claimed eight wickets with his off-spin at an economy rate of 7.22 and took three catches, including a brilliant boundary edge catch against Somerset on debut.

Nabi is experienced in playing for T20 franchises around the world, including Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL and in the BBL with champions Melbourne Renegades. He was a second-round draft pick for London Spirit, with whom he will play in the Hundred next year.

“I very much enjoyed my first season with Kent and I am pleased to be coming back for another year of the Vitality Blast,” Nabi said. “There’s lots of quality in the team so hopefully we can do well.”

Nabi scored his 15th ODI half-century with an unbeaten 50 off 66 balls in Afghanistan’s five-wicket defeat in West Indies on Monday as the hosts swept their series 3-0.

Kent’s Director of Cricket, Paul Downton, said the county were delighted to have secured Nabi for a second straight year, subject to regulatory approval.

“To do well in the Blast, you need a number of match-winners, and Nabi showed us what he is capable of last year,” Downton said. “His ability to bowl at any stage of the innings and to hit the ball out of the park when he bats makes him one of the most exciting players in world cricket. He fitted into our environment really well and to have him with us for the entirety of the South Group in 2020 is a boost to the whole squad. “



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