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19 – Bangladesh batsman Saif Hassan returns positive again in second test

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Bangladesh batsman Saif Hassan has returned positive in his second Covid test which was taken exactly seven days after he first tested positive, a BCB source has confirmed to ESPNcricinfo.

BCB haven’t added Hassan’s name in their list of 27 cricketers considered for the preliminary squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka. If he recovers in time, Hassan could still make the squad as he has played in Bangladesh’s last two Tests earlier this year.

Saif’s domestic and Bangladesh A form in the last two years got him a place in the Bangladesh Test squad against India last year but he didn’t make the playing XI that series. He made his debut against Pakistan in Rawalpindi earlier this year and played the one-off Test against Zimbabwe in February as well.

However, disagreements over Covid-19 protocols have continue to dog Bangladesh’s series in Sri Lanka, which is scheduled to begin in late October. Last week, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that the Bangladesh players would need to be in quarantine for one week upon landing in the island, before being able to train.



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IPL 2020 – CSK’s Shane Watson feels Ambati Rayudu should have played World Cup

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Shane Watson feels “it was a loss for India’s one-day team” that they didn’t pick Ambati Rayudu for the 2019 World Cup, saying after the middle-order batsman’s match-turning innings for Chennai Super Kings against Mumbai Indians in the 2020 IPL opener that it was “incredible” the way he countered Jasprit Bumrah in Abu Dhabi.

“Rayudu batted absolutely beautifully for his 71 (in 48 balls),” Watson said in a chat during his T20 Superstars podcast. “He is an incredibly talented batsman and I think it was a loss for India’s one-day team by not picking him in the 2019 World Cup squad.

“To be able to take down Jasprit Bumrah like he did was incredible. He’s got scoring options all around the ground. And he’s got a fair bit of point to prove as well against his old team Mumbai.”

Rayudu walked in at 6 for 2 after two overs in the Super Kings’ chase of Mumbai’s 162 for 9. He then put on 115 runs with Faf du Plessis for the third wicket to put his team on the doorstep of victory, and the South African stayed till the end to finish with an unbeaten 58. But it was not just Rayudu and du Plessis. As Watson pointed out, new recruits Piyush Chawla and Sam Curran also played big hands – Chawla ended with figures of 1 for 21 in four overs, while Curran got 1 for 28 before smashing a crucial six-ball 18 at the death.

“Piyush Chawla bowled incredibly well, getting the crucial wicket of Rohit Sharma,” Watson said. “[His] 1 for 21 in four overs is an amazing start. Also, Sam Curran went for 28 runs in his spell and got the key wicket of Quinton de Kock. And then his cameo at the end, coming in when we needed a little bit of a burst in the run rate – 18 off six balls, what a start for him!”

Du Plessis’ hand was a crucial one, as it allowed Rayudu to play the way he wanted, with freedom. “Faf and his anchoring of our innings [was important]. 163 isn’t a massive total, but for him to anchor the innings was really crucial,” Watson said.

The Super Kings next play Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah on Tuesday, and would hope to make it two in two against a side that will miss one of its stalwarts – Jos Buttler – with a bit of uncertainty surrounding the participation of Ben Stokes and Steven Smith too.



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Mitchell Marsh out of IPL 2020, Sunrisers Hyderabad name Jason Holder as replacement

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Mitchell Marsh has become the first player to be ruled out of IPL 2020 because of injury. Marsh hurt his right ankle during Sunrisers Hyderabad’s first match of the tournament, on September 21 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. West Indies allrounder Jason Holder has been named Marsh’s replacement.

This is the second time in the last five years that Marsh has had to abort the tournament because of injury – in 2017, a shoulder problem cost him the entire IPL season for Rising Pune Supergiants.

Marsh was picked by the Sunrisers for his base price of INR 2 crore ($281,000 approx.) last December, and on fresh pitches, in conditions favouring fast bowlers in the first phase of this IPL in the UAE, Marsh was expected to be a first-choice player for the Sunrisers with his all-round skills.

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This will be Holder’s second stint with Sunrisers (after 2014-15) and fourth overall in the IPL. Holder has previously featured for Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Despite being one of the top allrounders in Test cricket, Holder has failed to impose himself in limited-overs cricket over the years, and while he remains the Test captain for West Indies, he lost the white-ball captaincy to Kieron Pollard last year.

In the December 2020 IPL auction, Holder had put his base price at INR 75 lakh ($100,000 approx.), but went unsold more than once. More recently Holder led Barbados Tridents in the CPL 2020, where they finished fifth in the six-team table. Holder scored 192 runs at a strike rate of 140.14, and also picked up ten wickets at an economy rate of 6.63, while also bowling the most maidens in the competition (four).

According to the Covid-19 protocols put in place by the IPL, Holder would need to undergo the mandatory six-day quarantine and clear the testing process before he can join the Sunrisers squad.



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Delhi Capitals v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2020, 2nd match

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Welcome to ESPNcricinfo’s Rolling Report of the second IPL 2020 match, this one featuring Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab – two of the three teams to have never won the tournament – in Dubai. On one side, we have the likes of Shreyas Iyer, R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rishabh Pant, Kagiso Rabada and others. On the other, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Glenn Maxwell, Jimmy Neesham, Nicholas Pooran, and others. Stay with us to know how it goes…

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