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‘We have a settled top order and with any one of them going till the end with finishers in late middle order we can easily touch 350’



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Sri Lanka allrounder Isuru Udana retires from international cricket

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He will continue to play domestic cricket, and will be available for franchise tournaments

Allrounder Isuru Udana has announced his retirement from international cricket, conveying his decision to Sri Lanka Cricket through a letter on Friday.

Udana, 33, will continue to play domestic cricket, and will be available for franchise tournaments, starting with the CPL, starting in late August. A desire to spend more time with family is understood to be a factor in his decision.

“Cricket was, is and always will be my greatest love and I have always given my 100% both on and off the field, respecting and upholding the spirit of cricket and national pride always,” he said in a statement. “However, I believe the time has come, for me to retire from international cricket in order to make way for the next generation of players.”



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Afg vs Pak ODIs 2021

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Asadullah Khan claims squad for ODI series against Pakistan was selected without his knowledge

Asadullah Khan has resigned from his position as head of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) selection committee, claiming that the squad for the upcoming “home” ODI series against Pakistan, to be played in Sri Lanka, was finalised without his nod. Khan, in letters written to the board – seen by ESPNcricinfo – cited “too much interruption” and interference from “non-cricketers” in the board, who have “no knowledge about the players and selection” as the main reasons for his decision to step down.

Khan sent across his resignation letter (accepted on July 27) to ACB chairman Farhan Yusefzai on July 24, the day after the squad of 17 for the historic series – it’s the first bilateral ODI series between the two sides – was named, with Hashmatullah Shahidi as the captain and five uncapped players in the mix: Sediqullah Atal, Shahidullah Kamal, Abdul Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Noor Ahmad.



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WI vs Pak 2021 – Azam Khan taken to hospital after blow to head during training

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ESPNcricinfo has learnt he was struck by a fast bowler, and will undergo a CT scan as a precautionary measure

Pakistan batter Azam Khan was taken to hospital after suffering a blow to the head during training on Friday in Guyana. The 22-year old, who made his debut earlier this month against England, is learnt to have been struck by a fast bowler, and will undergo a CT scan as a precautionary measure.

ESPNcricinfo has learnt that Khan did not lose consciousness and was wearing a helmet at the time he was hit. The Pakistan team doctor, Riaz Ahmed, accompanied him to hospital, with the PCB saying more information would follow once they review Khan’s CT scans.

While there is no official word, the incident almost certainly rules Khan out of Saturday’s game in Providence, the second of four T20Is between West Indies and Pakistan. The two sides took part in a rained-out first T20I in Barbados on Wednesday, with only nine overs possible.

Since being called up to the national side, Khan hasn’t yet had the chance to nail down a fiercely-contested middle-order slot ahead of the T20 World Cup squad announcement, with this series the last T20I engagement before Pakistan name their squad. He came in to bat in the last over on debut, and got out cheaply in the game that followed, only to be dropped for the decider against England.

All three remaining games will take place in Guyana, with Saturday’s contest the first of back-to-back weekend games, before the final match on Tuesday. The T20Is will be followed by two Tests starting August 12 and 20, and both will be played in Kingston.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000



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