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Recent Match Report – KKR vs Sunrisers 3rd Match 2021

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It’s day three of IPL 2021! Today we have two overseas captains: David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders. We’ll see the likes of Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan facing off against Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, and others. If this blog doesn’t load for you, click here.
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Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Dhaka Premier League – BCB chief sets up panel to investigate claims of biased umpiring

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The week’s events around Shakib Al Hasan have been “extremely insulting” says Nazmul Hasan

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has called for an investigation into allegations of biased umpiring in the Dhaka Premier League T20, after the “extremely insulting” incident involving Shakib Al Hasan. The board chief has already, in light of that incident, formed a committee to speak to the 12 clubs to find out about their issues during the tournament, and asked them to report back to him this week.
The talk about biased umpiring came up again after Shakib kicked the stumps following an lbw appeal being denied in the Abahani-Mohammedan Sporting Club match on Friday. Shakib then threw down the stumps after play was stopped due to rain. His subsequent actions, which included abusing the umpires and groundstaff, landed him a three-match ban and a fine of BDT 5 lakh (USD 5,800 approx).

“It (Shakib’s outburst) has spread so much internationally,” Hassan told Jamuna TV. “I am getting non-stop calls from all over the world. This is extremely insulting for Bangladesh. I think there’s no point in playing domestic cricket until and unless we find out the solution. It has reached an extreme point. It has ruined all the good work we have done.”

Hassan said he hadn’t yet received any complaints from the clubs, which would have to come through the captain’s report at the end of the match. But there have been murmurs of biased umpiring and allegations of under-performance during this tournament.

“They haven’t shown me anything as proof. I am only seeing documents signed by managers and captains from matches. There’s no complaint from anyone, so who will give me the allegations? I have still asked them to find out what’s going on. Matches are being recorded now. It is not just hearsay. We will definitely take action,” he said.

Hassan stressed that the BCB is spending a lot of money to maintain a bio-bubble for all 12 DPL clubs and match officials, so he expects a clean competition.

“I am not in favour of running domestic cricket until I find a solution. We have to solve the problem first. We hear from people, from the media, and Facebook that everything is pre-planned.

“If that’s so, there is no point of running these games, that too during Covid, and spending one million dollars as additional cost for the bio-bubble,” he said.

Hassan has previously called for an investigation after several incidents took place in the Dhaka league-cricket system, including the Dhaka Premier League. Although the BCB has often said that clubs don’t lodge complaints through official channels about umpiring, there is documented evidence from as far back as 2016 that clubs have complained against certain umpires for bias.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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19-year-old quick has big future, says captain, after three-wicket debut

Despite slumping to an innings defeat before lunch on the third day of the first Test in St Lucia, West Indies had one undoubted silver lining in the form of their debutant fast bowler, Jayden Seales, whose fiery performance in a losing cause hinted at a hugely promising future in the sport.

Seales, 19, had played just one first-class game before he was thrust into the Test team against South Africa – and that came last winter on West Indies’ tour of New Zealand – but Kraigg Brathwaite, the captain, said he saw enough in that display to know he was ready for higher honours.

“The first time I saw him was in New Zealand, and I just knew he had a natural length,” Brathwaite said. “Not all bowlers have that natural length, and he obviously swings the ball. So I was not surprised by his performance in this game, or for the future.”

Seales finished South Africa’s only innings of the first Test with figures of 3 for 75 in 21 overs, having bagged his maiden wicket in his first over of the game, as Keegan Petersen spliced an edge to Jason Holder at second slip. He followed up with two more in consecutive overs at the end of the first day, before Quinton de Kock took the match away with a superb 141 not out.

“I think he’s something special and obviously he’s quite young, he’s only played one first-class game,” Brathwaite said. “That says a lot. Even at practice, there are different little things that he does with the ball, and what he says to back it up, is quite phenomenal. For sure, he’s one for the future, big time.



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PSL 2021 – Islamabad United’s Hasan Ali to miss rest of season

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The fast bowler will fly back to Pakistan for personal reasons

Hasan Ali will not feature in the remainder of the PSL season. The Islamabad United fast bowler will leave the tournament bubble in the UAE and return to Pakistan “due to family concerns”.

“I want to say to all Islamabad United fans, unfortunately due to personal reasons I have to pull out of the remaining PSL matches,” Hasan said in an Islamabad United statement. “Some things are more important than cricket and nothing is more important than family. I am thankful to Islamabad United for their support and understanding. This team truly is a family that stands with you through thick and thin. I wish the team very best of luck for the remaining PSL matches.”

Hasan’s absence will be a blow to Islamabad, who are currently second on the PSL table with eight points from six matches. Hasan is the joint third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament as on Saturday evening, with 10 wickets at an average of 14.00, and, even more impressively, an economy rate of 5.83 across 24 overs.

“We understand Hasan’s situation right now, family always comes first,” Islamabad captain Shadab Khan said. “We wish Hasan the very best of luck. He will obviously be a huge loss to our team and the tournament, but some things are more important than cricket. At Islamabad United we have always looked after each other like a family and we will continue to do so.”



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