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Eng vs Ind 2021 – KS Bharat named as standby for Wriddhiman Saha for England tour

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Saha has just recovered from Covid-19, which he contracted during the IPL

Andhra wicketkeeper-batter KS Bharat has been included as a standby for Wriddhiman Saha for India’s tour of England comprising the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and the five-Test series against the hosts. Saha had recently recovered from Covid-19.

Bharat reached Mumbai on May 19 where most of the Indian contingent will be serving a two-week quarantine in their hotel rooms before boarding a flight to London on June 2. Bharat, who has been a regular wicketkeeper for India A, was also one of the standbys for India’s home Tests against England in February-March.



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The Hundred 2021 – Sandeep Lamichhane in doubt for Hundred opening rounds after visa hitch

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Nepalese legspinner awaiting clearance to play for Oval Invincibles


Sandeep Lamichhane
is a doubt for the opening games of the Hundred due to visa issues.

Lamichhane, the Nepalese legspinner, is due to play for Oval Invincibles in the competition on a £60,000 deal but his availability is now uncertain. He had also been due to play for Worcestershire in the Vitality Blast earlier in the summer but was forced to pull out of his deal shortly before the tournament after delays in his visa’s approval.

Lamichhane’s agent confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that he has arrived in the UK and that Monday was the ninth day of a mandatory 10-day quarantine period he spent in a government-approved hotel, but that despite being allowed into the country on a Tier 5 visa, he is not permitted to play in the Hundred as things stand.

“At the moment, we’re unsure,” Sam Billings, the Invincibles’ men’s captain, said. “I obviously heard that today and fingers crossed he can get here. It’s been a difficult time for a lot of players with the various restrictions and things around the world. Hopefully that can get resolved [because] he’s a special talent. If not, back to the drawing board.”

At this stage, the Invincibles are expected to field only two of their permitted three overseas players in their opening game against Manchester Originals on Thursday night, with Colin Ingram and Sunil Narine both in London and available for selection.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Tabraiz Shamsi, the South African left-arm wristspinner who is No. 1 in the ICC’s T20I bowling rankings, has been lined up as a potential replacement in the event that Lamichhane is ruled out of the tournament altogether.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98



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Recent Match Report – South Africa vs Ireland 1st T20I 2021

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Kevin O’Brien, who has now retired from ODIs, will be looking to overturn a period of poor form in T20Is

Ireland choose to bowl vs South Africa

Kevin O’Brien was included in the Irish team to face South Africa in the first T20I meeting between the two sides. O’Brien had announced his retirement from ODIs earlier this year, but remains available in the shortest format and will be looking to overturn a period of poor form.
Captain Andy Balbirnie will partner Paul Stirling at the top, with big-hitting Harry Tector and George Dockrell in the middle order. Meanwhile, Ireland’s bowling attack includes three seamers and two spinners.
South Africa have a similar combination, after dispensing with a seam-bowling allrounder. They chose three quicks in Kagiso Rabada, Lizaad Williams and Lungi Ngidi, and two spinners in allrounder George Linde and left-arm wristspinner Tabraiz Shamsi.

Their line-up includes all four openers that have toured with their squad. Captain Temba Bavuma will open the batting with Quinton de Kock, with Janneman Malan being given an opportunity at No.3 following his form in the ODIs, and Aiden Markram at No.4. That leaves Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller to make up the middle-order.

Ireland: (possible) 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Andy Balbirnie (capt), 3 Kevin O’Brien, 4 Harry Tector, 5 George Dockrell, 6 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 7 Shane Getkate, 8 Simi Singh, 9 Barry McCarthy, 10 Josh Little, 11 Craig Young

South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Janneman Malan, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Rassie van der Dussen, 6 David Miller, 7 George Linde, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Lizaad Williams, 10 Lung Ngidi 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent



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Zim vs Ban 2021 – Change in schedule

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The first game will be held on July 22, the second on July 23 and the final one on July 25.

The final leg of Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe will take place sooner than expected with both boards agreeing to bring the T20I series forward by a few days.

The original schedule had the three matches set for July 23, 25 and 27 but that has now been changed so that the first game will be held on July 22, the second on July 23 and the final one on July 25.

ESPNcricinfo understands that these changes were made to accommodate the challenges that the tour’s broadcast production company was facing.

Bangladesh have dominated this tour, winning the only Test by 220 runs and are on the verge of blanking Zimbabwe 3-0 in the one-day series that’s followed. The visitors might well consider the T20I series to be the most crucial part of the tour given that a World Cup is coming up in October. Bangladesh have these three T20Is against Zimbabwe, then five more against Australia in August, a further five against New Zealand in September and finally three matches against England in October to firm up their plans for the global tournament coming up in three months’ time.

Zimbabwe may not have such big-picture concerns, having not qualified for this year’s T20 World Cup, but they will be eager for some silverware.



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