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Khaled Mahmud, former Bangladesh captain and BCB director, tests positive for Covid-19

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Mahmud was supposed to be the team director for the ODI series against Sri Lanka starting Sunday

Khaled Mahmud, the former Bangladesh captain and current BCB director, has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently isolating at home.

Mahmud, 49, was the Bangladesh team director on their recent Test tour of Sri Lanka and was supposed to have the same role for the home ODI series that starts on Sunday, against the same opponents. He is also a coach in the Dhaka Premier League, which is scheduled to begin on May 31.

Mahmud had reportedly tested negative twice after returning from Sri Lanka but tested positive recently, according to a board official. The Bangladesh squad had started training on May 18, after the Eid break, but Mahmud did not join them.

The BCB currently has a biosecure bubble in place for the ODI series that has hubs in the team hotel and the Shere Bangla National Stadium where all three matches will take place.

The Sri Lanka players were in quarantine for three days upon their arrival on May 16, while the Bangladesh team that arrived from Sri Lanka also had a three-day home quarantine. Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman were in hotel isolation for 11 days after they returned from the IPL that was suspended earlier this month.

There have been 1504 new Covid-19 cases and 26 deaths in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours. The graph has taken a downward trend since early April when the country had gone into lockdown due to the second Covid wave.

Bangladesh’s third Test captain, Mahmud represented Bangladesh from 1998 to 2006 and played 12 Tests and 77 ODIs. His contributions with the ball – 13 wickets in Tests and 67 in ODIs – were more noteworthy than his runs with the bat, 266 in Tests and 991 in ODIs. He was the Player of the Match in the 1999 World Cup match when Bangladesh upset Pakistan in the group stage. He later took to coaching after retirement and has been the BCB director since 2013.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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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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Mark Boucher to respond to SJN allegations

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Contrary to local reports, ESPNcricinfo understands Boucher has not taken legal action against those who mentioned him in their testimonies

Mark Boucher, South Africa’s men’s national coach, will make a submission to Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) project in response to allegations in which he has been implicated. Although CSA as an organisation will not comment on the SJN proceedings while they are ongoing, Boucher in his personal capacity confirmed his intention to co-operate with and support the SJN.

“I have been asked by the SJN to submit a written reply to the various allegations made during the hearings that have taken place. The documents that I have been furnished with, as well as the various reports in the media require my full attention and consideration, which I will be giving to them over the course of the next week,” Boucher said. “My intentions are to cooperate fully with all requests made by the Ombudsman, so that the objectives of the SJN can be achieved.”



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Recent Match Report – Phoenix vs Brave 11th Match 2021

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Captain’s classy 60 sets up nervy chase as Brave enjoy home comforts against Phoenix

Southern Brave 152 for 6 (Vince 60, Milne 3-15) beat Birmingham Phoenix 151 for 3 (Livingstone 68*, Hammond 44*) by four wickets

James Vince stroked 60 from 38 and Chris Jordan produced a late cameo with the bat as Southern Brave finally got their campaign up and running with victory under the lights at the Ageas Bowl. Liam Livingstone produced his first significant contribution of the Hundred with an unbeaten half-century and Adam Milne‘s 3 for 15 had seemingly set up Birmingham Phoenix for a narrow victory – only for Tom Helm to blink first against Jordan in the final set of five.
For the third game running, Brave conceded a century stand (no other men’s team has done so even once), as Livingstone and Miles Hammond lifted Phoenix from a precarious 47 for 3 after 37. Jake Lintott picked up 2 for 13 while Liam Dawson was also frugal – but neither bowled their full allocation as Brave’s big guns, Tymal Mills and Jordan, again proved expensive, Livingstone hauling Phoenix up above 150 with a boundary from the final ball of the innings.
Vince led the Brave charge but Milne removed Quinton de Kock cheaply and Devon Conway suffered the rare indignity during his time in England of being made to look human, producing a scratchy 34 from 27. Conway took 21 balls to score a boundary and then had his stumps rearranged by the returning Milne, leaving 32 needed from 19.

Jordan struck a vital boundary off Helm and Milne produced a late blip by delivering a wide and a no-ball in his final set, bringing the equation down to single figures. With Phoenix failing to bowl the 95th ball before the cut-off, they were made to bring an extra fielder up inside the ring – and their poor timekeeping was to prove costly, as Jordan thrashed Helm into the newly-created gap at deep square leg, before a wide and a dropped catch by Benny Howell at deep midwicket was followed by another wide as Jordan scrambled Brave over the line.

Lintott provides cutting edge
Despite a much-vaunted pace attack for this competition, Brave have struggled to make an impact with the ball. Missing Jofra Archer as he continues his comeback from injury, Mills and Jordan had taken one wicket between them in Brave’s first two games; and their only wicket in the Powerplay was George Garton’s dismissal of Alex Hales at the start of Trent Rockets’ low-pressure chase of 127.



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