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PCB proposes day-night Karachi Test to Bangladesh

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has offered the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) at least one day-night Test for their tour of Pakistan next month, with Karachi being selected as the venue. The tour includes two Tests and three T20Is, although the BCB has so far stated that it is awaiting a security report and government directive before confirming Bangladesh’s participation.

Bangladesh played their first day-night Test on the tour to India in November, which also happened to be the first day-night match in the subcontinent. Pakistan have already played four Tests under lights, and are on the verge of hosting their first Test at home in over a decade against Sri Lanka later this week.

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LPL 2020 – Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan, Munaf Patel among international players in a

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Chris Gayle, Daren Sammy, Darren Bravo, Shahid Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan, Ravi Bopara, Colin Munro, Vernon Philander and Munaf Patel are some of the international players to go under the hammer for the Lanka Premier League auction, which will be held on October 1. In all, the five franchises will have a choice of around 150 players to bid for.

Each franchise can buy up to six international players. That means the LPL is likely to 30 international cricketers and 65 local cricketers, with each squad having 19 members.

As per the current schedule, the tournament will be held from November 14 and December 6. It will feature 23 matches, to be played in Dambulla, Pallekele and Hambantota, while the launch will take place in Hambantota.

However, government approval for a shorter quarantine period for players, officials and broadcast staff is yet to be secured; it is this hurdle that had forced the postponement of the LPL, originally slated to begin in late August.

The SLC officials have asked that the quarantine period for those arriving in the country for this tournament be reduced to seven days, from the present 14-day period. There is no known community spread of Covid-19 in Sri Lanka at present, but quarantine protocols have been incredibly strict in order to prevent the spread of the virus from infected new arrivals.



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Mohammed Shami – IPL 2020 will prepare India players for Australia tour

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After months of Covid-19 enforced inactivity, India’s players are set to return to action in IPL 2020 which will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. Mohammed Shami, the Kings XI Punjab and India fast bowler, believes that the IPL will tune up India’s players for the Australia tour which will follow the league.

“It would be great that the Australia-bound players are playing IPL,” Shami told PTI. “It will set the body and momentum perfectly by then.”

As per the revised schedule, India’s tour is set to begin in Adelaide and Brisbane. On India’s previous tour down under in 2018-19, Shami had played his part in the side’s 2-1 victory in the four-match Test series. India became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia, but they did so against a depleted home side that was without Steven Smith and David Warner, who were serving their ball-tampering ban. The pair has been successfully reintegrated into the Australian set-up since and is set to face India later this year.

“I feel it’s better that we are playing the IPL before a big series,” Shami said. “Apart from the IPL, everyone is also focused on that [Australia] tour. There is a lot of talk about that series. We will have a good contest.”

With just three venues – Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi – hosting this IPL, travel might not be as hectic as it would’ve been had the tournament happened in India.

“Yes, there’re [usually] back-to-back matches, training, travelling, that’s a bit of headache,” Shami said. “But it’s a short format, short matches, physically there should not be any workload issue. This time, there won’t be much travelling. You will have to travel just about for two hours by bus [when there is a match in Abu Dhabi].”

Having trained and played a practice match in the UAE on Thursday, Shami said the players are regaining their rhythm. “It has been a long time since we played cricket,” he said. “Everyone is happy like kids in a candy store after getting back to the sport they love the most. We had a practice match on Thursday, I didn’t face any issues. Everyone is getting back to rhythm. I didn’t feel much difference [as I was bowling at my farmhouse].”

Shami was also looking forward to working with the Kings XI’s new head coach Anil Kumble. “I’ve a great bonding with him,” he said. “It’s very important to have a good bonding with the coach, you can explain things clearly and it’s all about having a clear understanding.”



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Recent Match Report – Kent vs Sussex South Group 2020

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Sussex 145 for 2 (Rawlins 62*) beat Kent 141 for 8 (Briggs 3-27, Rawlins 2-25) by eight wickets

A blistering unbeaten 62 by burgeoning Sussex star Delray Rawlins helped the Sharks canter to an eight-wicket Vitality Blast victory over the previously unbeaten South Group leaders Kent Spitfires in Canterbury.

Set to chase 142 at a modest asking rate of 7.1 an over, the allrounder clubbed six fours and four sixes in an eye-catching knock – having earlier taken 2 for 25 with the ball – to see the Sharks home to their fourth qualifying win with time to spare.

Sharks’ openers Calum MacLeod and Luke Wright got their side off to a flyer by posting 61 in the Powerplay including 22 from Imran Qayyum’s first over of left-arm spin. Joe Denly gave Kent their first breakthrough soon after, grabbing a looping caught-and-bowled chance off MacLeod.

Qayyum was immediately replaced by Jack Leaning’s occasional offspin and, with Denly’s legspin at the Pavilion End, Kent tried to keep pace off the ball but Rawlins swept powerfully over the midwicket ropes for the first six of the reply as 12 came off the over.

Wright fell five runs short of his 43rd half-century in domestic T20 when his back-foot flail against Calum Haggett was caught behind by Jordan Cox.

Rawlins lofted Haggett for a straight six to take Sussex into three figures then, when Qayyum returned, Rawlins tucked in by taking 12 off the over including another maximum, this time over midwicket. The 22-year-old left-hander celebrated his 31-ball 50 with a fourth six, pulled off Fred Klaassen, who was then smeared to the ropes at extra cover to seal the win with 4.2 over left unbowled.

Batting first after losing the toss, Kent’s top four batsmen all reached double figures without any of them taking responsibility to go on and play a match-defining knock.

Having seen the home openers canter to 24 inside three overs, Sussex turned the tide by introducing left-arm spin at both ends in the shape of Danny Briggs and Rawlins. Briggs should have had Daniel Bell-Drummond, on 8, caught by Oli Robinson off a skier at mid-on but, inexplicably, Robinson allowed the chance to slip through his hands. The seam-bowler made immediate amends, however, diving to his left to catch a rasping Zak Crawley drive from Briggs’ next delivery.

Denly clubbed three successive boundaries against Robinson to see Spitfires through to 57 for 1 after their Powerplay, but Bell-Drummond missed an attempted slog-sleep on 29 to be bowled by Rawlins. Denly swept a boundary off Briggs and then slog-swept the next for the first six of the innings. But, in trying to repeat the stroke two balls later, top-edged to third man to top-score with 32.

Rawlins had Heino Kuhn caught on the run at backward square leg, then Chris Jordan hurried one past Alex Blake’s outside edge to remove the left-hander’s off stump.

Briggs snared Cox leg before as the right-hander missed an attempted reverse sweep to finish with three for 27 and leave Kent in trouble on 107 for 6. Leaning followed meekly, gloving an attempted pull shot against Robinson through to the keeper, forcing Kent’s tailenders to simply bat out their side’s closing five overs.

Grant Stewart contributed 9 before his sliced drive against Tymal Mills was caught at deep point and, as the runs dried up, Kent managed only one boundary in their last eight overs.



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