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IPL 2021 – Rishabh Pant named Delhi Capitals captain | Cricket

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This is the first captaincy assignment for Rishabh Pant in the IPL © BCCI


Rishabh Pant has been appointed Delhi Capitals’ captain for the 2021 IPL. The development comes in the wake of Capital’s regular captain Shreyas Iyer being ruled of the season after he dislocated his left shoulder during the ODI series against England. This is the first captaincy assignment for Pant in the IPL, who was bought by the Capitals in 2016 IPL and then became the first player to be retained ahead of the 2018 mega auction.

At 23, Pant will become the fifth youngest captain in the IPL after Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Suresh Raina and Iyer respectively. While Kohli and Smith assumed leadership at 22, Raina and Iyer were 23, too, but older in terms of days than Pant.

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County cricket – Matt Quinn leaves Essex for Kent after successful loan spell

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Matt Quinn, the New Zealand-born seamer, has signed for Kent on a deal that runs to the end of the 2024 season after slipping down the pecking order at Essex.

Quinn, 28, went on loan to Kent earlier this season after they suffered a seam-bowling injury crisis and took 12 wickets in four County Championship fixtures at an average of 19.33. He has signed for the club on loan for the rest of the season, and will be on a permanent, three-year contract from 2022 onwards.

Quinn initially joined Essex in late 2015, playing 60 games for the club across formats. His opportunities were limited by injury, and by the depth of Essex’s seam-bowling stocks.

“We’re delighted that Matt has chosen to join us on a long-term basis,” Paul Downton, Kent’s director of cricket, said. “He has already shown his ability in a Kent shirt this season and he fitted in really well in the dressing room during his loan spell. He brings something different to our seam attack as we continually look to improve the strength and depth of our squad.”



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Steven Smith’s elbow problem clouds T20 World Cup and Ashes build-up | Cricket

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Australia will again have uncertainty over Steven Smith‘s elbow heading into a major tournament after he was ruled out of the tours to West Indies and Bangladesh.

Smith has suffered a recurrence of the problem he had earlier this year and kept him out of action for a period in February and March before he went to the IPL.

He returned to action briefly for New South Wales in late March before heading to India and the issue has now flared up again after his stint with Delhi Capitals where he played six matches before the tournament was suspended.

It is the same elbow that required surgery in early 2019 while Smith was still serving his ban from international cricket and briefly raised doubts as to whether he would be fit for that year’s one-day World Cup.

There are still four months before the T20 World Cup but although a timeline for Smith’s recovery has yet to be mapped out having him fit for the twin tilts at the global title then the Ashes is the priority.

“Unfortunately I can’t tell you how long or how serious it is but it’s something he’s had before and definitely flared up again in the IPL,” national selector Trevor Hohns said. “How long it will take to get it completely right I can’t tell you at the moment, I’ve had no further advice on that, but the main thing is for Steven from our view is to make sure he is fit for the T20 World Cup and of course the Ashes.”

Smith would likely bat at No. 3 in the T20I side – although that can be flexible depending on the game situation – and is locked in at No. 4 in the Test team.

Another player being managed with an eye on the home summer is allrounder Cameron Green who was added to the large preliminary white-ball squad before it was decided he would not make the trip.

He will instead start pre-season with Western Australia with an eye to having a strong lead-in to Test against Afghanistan then the Ashes in the Sheffield Shield, something that those Test players involved in the T20 World Cup won’t be able to do as they quarantine for two weeks after the tournament before going straight into the Afghanistan game in Hobart in late November.

Green played all four Tests against India last season where he impressed with the bat, hitting 84 in the second innings at the SCG, but was unable to pick up a wicket. He struggled to have an impact with the ball throughout the summer as he made his way back from a stress fracture of the bat but, barring a major downturn early next season, appears set to take the No. 6 spot again.

“At the moment we thought best to leave him here and prepare for the upcoming summer,” Hohns said. “We regard him as a very important component of our Test side who we’ll select in our Ashes squad. He can have a nice winter off, start training and building himself especially for our red-ball cricket.”

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Recent Match Report – Bears vs Leics North Group 2021

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Captain Will’s T20 career-best leads thumping victory over winless Leicestershire

Birmingham Bears 190 for 7 (Rhodes 79, Hain 45, Mike 4-22) beat Leicestershire 155 (Steel 46) by 45 runs

Will Rhodes, Birmingham Bears’ captain, posted a T20 career-best 79 as the North Group leaders notched a fourth consecutive win and consigned Leicestershire to a fifth straight defeat in the Vitality Blast.
Sam Hain overtook Ian Bell as the Bears’ all-time top scorer in the format in making 45 as they racked up 191 for 7. Ben Mike took a career-best 4 for 22 bowling two death overs but Naveen-ul-Haq was the pick of the Foxes’ bowlers with 2 for 20 from his four.

Scott Steel made 46 and Rishi Patel 30 but after losing three key batters in the powerplay, Leicestershire were always off the pace and fell 35 runs short, Tim Bresnan taking 3 for 29 and Danny Briggs 3 for 35.

Asked to bat first, the Bears lost both openers to Naveen’s slower balls, Ed Pollock miscuing his to short fine leg and Pieter Malan spooning one to mid-on, which left Bears 42 for 2 from the powerplay.

But Rhodes, dropped off Colin Ackermann on 27 when Naveen misjudged a chance at long-on, hit clearly to clear the ropes five times as he and Hain added 113 from 62 balls before Rhodes mistimed one to caught at square leg.

“I think I’ve owed the lads a performance like that,” Rhodes said afterwards. “I’ve had a fairly bleak three or four months with the bat and to hit a few over the ropes is really pleasing.”



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