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T20 World Cup – England’s Tymal Mills’ T20 World Cup campaign in doubt after quadriceps injury

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His absence would leave England short on death-bowling options; any of Curran, Wood and Willey could replace Mills

Tymal Mills will discover in the next 48 hours if he will play any further part in the T20 World Cup after he reported tightness in his right quadriceps during England’s 26-run win against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on Monday night.

Mills, England’s joint-highest wicket-taker in the tournament, left the field after nine balls of his spell, immediately calling for a substitute fielder, Sam Billings, to replace him and heading straight to the dressing room. He was assessed by England’s medical team after the game and will now undergo a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

With their qualification for the semi-finals virtually secured ahead of their final group game against South Africa on Saturday, England may opt to keep Mills in their squad if there is even a remote chance of him recovering in time to play a part in the knockout stages next week. Reece Topley – one of three standby players along with James Vince and Liam Dawson – is the most likely candidate to replace him in the squad if he is ruled out.

A serious injury would represent a blow both for Mills and for England. Mills had not played for his country since February 2017 ahead of this World Cup after a long battle with injuries – including a stress fracture last winter which forced him to wear a back brace for three months – and had started the tournament brightly with figures of 2 for 17 against the West Indies and 3 for 27 against Bangladesh. He was expensive against Australia and Sri Lanka, but his pace, left-arm angle and ability to bowl through the middle and at the death helped him balance England’s attack.

An injury to Mills would leave England short on death-bowling options other than Chris Jordan, with Tom Curran the only unused squad member who bowls a high percentage of his overs at the end of an innings. Any of Curran, Mark Wood and David Willey could replace Mills in a straight swap, or England may consider rebalancing their side, leaving out a batter and bringing in two seamers to give them more options with the ball.

Wood is yet to play in this World Cup after reporting an ankle injury following England’s final warm-up game against New Zealand, and did not warm up with the rest of the squad in Sharjah. Curran, meanwhile, was unavailable for their win against Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi but had a long bowl in the middle on Monday night.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98



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NCL 2021-22 – Dhaka emerge champions, Chattogram earn promotion

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Key takeaways from the final round of NCL 2021-22

Dhaka Division lifted the NCL tier-1 trophy after seven years when they beat the other domestic powerhouse Khulna Division by 179 runs in the final round. Dhaka has now won six NCL titles, level with Rajshahi Division, while Khulna is on top of the list with seven trophies.

Chattogram Division bagged the only promotion spot from tier-2 after their drawn game against Dhaka Metropolis, taking their tally up to 31.60 points.

Best batters
Barishal Division captain Fazle Mahmud finished as the tournament’s top-scorer, with 603 runs at an average of 60.30. His 188 and unbeaten 71 in the drawn game against Rajshahi Division took him to the top of the run-getters’ list ahead of Sylhet’s young gun Amite Hasan. Mahmud struck 17 fours and a six during his 356-ball effort in the first innings.

Amite made a career-best 186 against Rangpur, taking his tally to 590 runs at an average of 59.00, with two centuries and two fifties. He struck 19 fours during his near nine-hour marathon in the final round.

Dhaka’s title had much to do with Abdul Mazid, who was the other batter to cross 500 runs this season. Mazid made 521 runs at an average of 43.41, with a century and four fifties, including the half-century in their tournament-winning match against Khulna.

Rangpur’s Myshukur made 157 off 316 balls with 14 fours against Sylhet. Zakir replied with 122 off 248 balls with 14 fours against Rangpur.

Farhad struck ten fours and six sixes during his 111-ball 99 against Barishal while young Dipu, part of Bangladesh’s Under-19 World Cup-winning side, struck a career-best 159 off 306 balls against Dhaka Metro.

Best bowlers
Chattogram’s promotion had a lot to do with left-arm spinner Hasan Murad and offspinner Nayeem Hasan. The pair took 33 and 32 wickets respectively to lead the NCL’s bowling charts. Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam’s 32 wickets helped Dhaka to the tier-1 title.
Among the fast bowlers, Al-Amin Hossain took the most wickets – 20 strikes at 19.60, including a nine-wicket match haul.
In the final round, Shuvagata Hom picked up only his second ten-wicket haul when he took 7 for 48 and 3 for 66 against Khulna. Mohammad Mithun sprung a surprise with his seven-wicket haul in the second innings, having taken just six wickets in 109 first-class matches previously.

Dhaka’s Taibur Rahman took 5 for 40 in the same game, while left-arm quick Ruyel Mia took 5 for 120 for Barishal against Rajshahi.

Best match
The Dhaka-Khulna encounter was the only one that yielded an outright result in the final round. Batting first, Dhaka made 335 before bowling out Khulna for 213. Dhaka declared on 256 for 8 in the second innings, leaving Khulna with a mountain to climb on the final day. Khulna managed to bat out 89.1 overs on the final day, but were eventually bowled out for 199 runs.

Points to ponder
Dhaka’s 179-run win over Khulna helped them leapfrog Rangpur who were leading the tier-1 points table for the last few rounds of the competition. But their drawn game against Sylhet cost them dearly.

Chattogram got their promotion after their drawn game against Rajshahi. If Barishal had beaten Rajshahi, they, too, would have got close to promotion. Seven-time champion Khulna, however, are now demoted to tier-2 next season.

The selectors might want to consider the likes of Mahmud and Mazid for at least the Bangladesh A sides after their healthy returns in the NCL. Amite and Murad could also be on the radar of the selectors.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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BBC drop Michael Vaughan from Ashes coverage amid racism row

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Broadcaster says “his involvement in the Yorkshire story represents a conflict of interest”

The BBC has dropped Michael Vaughan from its coverage of the upcoming Ashes series in Australia after he was named in the Azeem Rafiq racism probe.

Vaughan, the former England captain turned commentator, was stood down from his BBC Radio 5 Live show earlier this month after it emerged that he was the subject of a complaint by Rafiq in Yorkshire’s report into Rafiq’s allegations of racism at the club.

On Wednesday, the BBC released a statement saying that Vaughan would also not be involved in its “wider coverage of the sport at the moment”.

“While he is involved in a significant story in cricket, for editorial reasons we do not believe that it would be appropriate for Michael Vaughan to have a role in our Ashes team or wider coverage of the sport at the moment,” the BBC statement said.

“We require our contributors to talk about relevant topics and his involvement in the Yorkshire story represents a conflict of interest.”

Rafiq alleged that Vaughan had noted the inclusion of four players of Asian heritage in the Yorkshire side playing a county fixture against Nottinghamshire in 2009 and said: “There are too many of you lot; we need to do something about it.” Vaughan has denied the allegations against him.

Appearing before a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee hearing last week, Rafiq said: “I think it’s important on Michael [Vaughan] that we don’t make it all about Michael. It was a long time ago, Michael might not remember it as I said about earlier because it doesn’t mean anything. But three of us remember it.”

Vaughan joined the BBC’s Test Match Special radio team as a summariser in 2009. Responding in a post on Instagram, he admitted he was “very disappointed” at the decision, and would “miss working with great colleagues & friends”.

However, he confirmed that he will still be a part of the Ashes coverage in his TV role with Fox Cricket in Australia, which will also be heard in the UK, following BT Sport’s decision not to send a bespoke commentary team.

“The issues facing cricket are bigger than any individual case,” Vaughan aded. “I want to be part of the solution, listening, educating myself and helping to make it a more welcoming sport for all.”



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It’s the right time to end my Test career

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In a statement released by the BCB, Mahmudullah said “leaving a format of which I have been a part of for such a long time is not easy.”

Four months after informing his team-mates that he would no longer play Test cricket, the BCB has confirmed that Mahmudullah has indeed retired from the format, bringing the end to a 12-year career that began in 2009.
Mahmudullah had chatted with the team on day three of Bangladesh’s one-off Test against Zimbabwe in Harare, and had received a guard of honour from them on the final morning of the match, where he scored a career-best 150 not out. But there was no official recognition of the retirement from the BCB till now, as the timing of Mahmudullah’s decision is believed to have irked the board president Nazmul Hassan

In a press release, the board thanked Mahmudullah for his services in Tests but didn’t mention that he had announced his retirement in July. Mahmudullah’s statement was attached in the announcement too, where he thanked BCB president Hassan for bringing him back into the Test side against Zimbabwe.

Mahmudullah said “leaving a format of which I have been a part of for such a long time is not easy.” He, however, confirmed that he would still be playing limited-overs internationals.

“I had always thought of going on a high and I believe this is the right time to end my Test career,” he said. “I want to extend my gratitude to the BCB president for supporting me when I returned to the Test team. I thank my teammates and the support staff for always encouraging me and believing in my ability. It has been an absolute honour and privilege to play Test cricket for Bangladesh and I will cherish the many memories.

“Although I am retiring from Tests, I will still be playing ODIs and T20 internationals and really looking forward to continue giving my best for my country in white-ball cricket.”

The statement from both the board as well as Mahmudullah closes an uneasy chapter between the two parties regarding his retirement since July.

Mahmudullah was a last-minute inclusion in the Test side for the Zimbabwe match, part of his in-and-out routine in the Test side since 2017. He was first dropped for the home Tests against Australia that year, before being dropped last year following a long poor run in red-ball cricket.

Mahmudullah marked his return against Zimbabwe in style, hitting a career-high 150. He added 171 runs for the ninth wicket with tail-ender Taskin Ahmed, to set up Bangladesh’s 220-run win, their only Test victory this year.

The Harare Test also happened to be Mahmudullah’s 50th match in the format, having made his debut in 2009 in West Indies. He finished his career with 2914 runs at an average of 33.49, as well as taking 43 wickets with his offspin. Mahmudullah also led Bangladesh in one Test victory out of the six matches he captained, mostly in the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, since 2018.



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