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Asia Cup 2021 set to be postponed amid hectic cricket calendar

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The tournament was to be hosted by Sri Lanka mid-year

The Asia Cup scheduled for 2021 appears increasingly likely to be postponed, with all four major Asian sides facing packed schedules until the end of the year. It was set to be hosted by Sri Lanka, mid-year, but ESPNcricinfo understands that Sri Lanka Cricket officials are skeptical the tournament can go ahead as planned.

Partly, this is down to the pandemic – both the IPL and PSL had to be cut short part way through their runs and rescheduled for later in the year due to a breach of their respective bio-bubbles. This rescheduling takes chunks out of the time available this year. Sri Lanka also plan to play their LPL in August, while Bangladesh’s BPL is also set for later in the year. On top of which teams are also attempting to catch up on the international series they missed in 2020.

The likeliest scenario appears to be that the Asia Cup will instead be held in consecutive years – in 2022 and 2023 (it is usually played every two years). Pakistan will likely host the 2022 tournament, and Sri Lanka the 2023 iteration.

This year’s tournament would have been a T20 affair, with teams having originally hoped it would be good preparation for the T20 World Cup to be hosted by India later in the year. There has not been an Asia Cup since 2018, with the tournament planned for 2020 having had to be postponed as well, because of Covid-19. India have won the last two iterations of the tournament.



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The Hundred – Sandeep Lamichhane asks ECB for ‘clear answer’ after visa issues rule him out

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Tabraiz Shamsi replaces the Nepal legspinner in the Oval Invincibles squad

Sandeep Lamichhane has urged the ECB to give him “a clear answer” after visa issues ruled him out of the Oval Incincibles’ side for the inaugural season of the Hundred.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Lamichhane said he was “extremely gutted” to miss the tournament – having previously been ruled out of the Vitality Blast at short notice because of similar reasons – and said that he had “followed all the instructions given to me by ECB officials”.
ESPNcricinfo revealed on Monday that Lamichhane had been told that his £60,000 contract with Invincibles was in doubt despite the fact that he was close to completing his mandatory ten-day quarantine in London following his arrival from Nepal, and the ECB confirmed on Wednesday that he had been replaced in the squad by Tabraiz Shamsi.



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Eng vs Pak 3rd T20I – Eoin Morgan

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Spin might not play as a big a role in the UAE in October-November as anticipated, says England captain

Eoin Morgan does not expect pitches to be conducive to spin in the T20 World Cup in October-November, and feels there are still spots up for grabs in the England set-up despite the fact that they will not play another T20I before naming a provisional squad for the tournament in mid-September.
England have never bowled as many overs of spin in a T20I series outside of an ICC event as they did against Pakistan (28 in three games), and with the World Cup scheduled to be played in the UAE (some first-round matches will be hosted in Oman) immediately after the rescheduled IPL, there had been suggestions that playing on slow, spin-friendly pitches would serve them well for the tournament.



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Rizwan climbs to career-best seventh on T20I rankings after bumper series against England

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Shakib Al Hasan’s five-for against Zimbabwe, meanwhile, moved him to eighth in the ODI bowling rankings



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