Rubel Hossain celebrates Rovman Powell’s wicket © Getty Images Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza decided to field first against New Zealand in the third ODI at the University Oval in Dunedin. The visitors have brought in Rubel Hossain to replace the injured Mohammad Mithun, who is out for at least
Big picture Rarely does a five-match ODI series become the focal point of any modern tour but, 100 days out from the World Cup, this is arguably the main event for both West Indies and England. While the tourists, so lacklustre during their Test defeat, will step out after a quick change of clothing as
Two days after IMG-Reliance pulled out of its deal to produce television coverage of the fourth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), a replacement for the remainder of the tournament has been found. The PCB has declared that a consortium of Blitz and Trans Group will produce TV coverage throughout the course of this
The ICC and the 2019 World Cup organising committee remain confident that the tournament’s biggest match, to be played between India and Pakistan on June 16 in Manchester, will go ahead despite the volatile situation between the two countries in the wake of a terrorist attack in Kashmir last week. With the World Cup starting
Three of Sri Lanka’s four first-choice seamers are injured for the South Africa series, but through all those mishaps, the team might have unearthed a bowler who could potentially be a game-changer. Left-armer Vishwa Fernando‘s unbeaten six runs off 27 balls have understandably cornered a lot of attention since the Kingsmead victory, but his 8
Allrounder Wiaan Mulder is in contention for a Test debut, after coach Ottis Gibson confirmed Vernon Philander, who sustained a hamstring strain in the first Test, would be unavailable for the second in Port Elizabeth. Philander bowled only eight overs in the second innings at Kingsmead, and spent the entirety of day four – when
Lahore Qalandars have roped in Salman Butt to replace the injured Mohammad Hafeez for the remainder of the PSL 2019 season. This is the most high-profile event Butt will be part of after his return in 2016 from his five-year suspension for his involvement in the the spot-fixing scandal of 2010. He will play under
Nasir Jamshed, the banned Pakistan batsman, is set to face trial in the UK after being accused of bribing cricketers in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Jamshed and two UK nationals, Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz, were arrested in February 2017 as part of an investigation into alleged spot-fixing by the UK’s National Crime Agency.
Hamilton Masakadza has been confirmed as Zimbabwe’s captain in all three formats, with Peter Moor appointed his deputy, for the 2019-20 season, Zimbabwe Cricket said on Tuesday. The appointments of Masakadza and Moor were among the resolutions passed by ZC’s board of directors, and included appointing a team manager and confirming a three-man selection panel.
Scotland 26 for no loss (Coetzer 16*, Cross 10*) beat Oman 24 all out (Khawar 15, Smith 4-7, Neill 4-7) by ten wickets Oman slumped to the fourth-lowest List-A score in cricket history, after they were bowled out by Scotland for only 24 runs in Al Amarat. Playing the first of three one-dayers, the hosts
Even as he conceded that he had no idea whether he would be reconsidered for Australia’s vice-captaincy, injured fast man Josh Hazlewood has declared that perhaps the biggest gap caused by the bans on Steven Smith and David Warner was the absence of first-hand experience and advice for the group of young batsmen cycled through
Big Picture A dead rubber isn’t how either New Zealand or Bangladesh would be looking at the third ODI in Dunedin. Both have work to do, and even though the home side have already clinched the series, the World Cup ahead makes every game an opportunity to test out combinations. New Zealand will be without
Adil Rashid has returned to the Caribbean ready to put a disappointing experience in the Barbados Test behind him and start focusing on England’s “exciting” white-ball challenge over the coming months. Rashid flew home between the first and second Tests to attend the birth of his second child, spending ten days with his family having
Spinner Akila Dananjaya has had his bowling action cleared by the ICC and has been included in Sri Lanka’s squad for the five-ODI series in South Africa. Dananjaya’s action had been reported during England’s tour of Sri Lanka late last year. He was then officially banned from bowling in international cricket in December, after an
8:12 AM ET Matt Roller Close Matt Roller is a freelance cricket journalist. @mroller98 Last Friday, Ajmal Shahzad was appointed MCC Young Cricketers’ head coach, just days after smiling as Mark Wood’s pure pace helped England to victory in the third Test against West Indies. Former journeyman quick Shahzad tells ESPNcricinfo about hitting his stride
Spinner Akila Dananjaya has returned to Sri Lanka’s squad for the five ODIs in South Africa. He was officially banned from bowling in international cricket in December, after an independent biomechanic assessment found his flex beyond the permitted 15 degrees. Dinesh Chandimal, who had been dropped for Test series in a shock move, was left
Umpiring standards in the Bangladesh domestic circuit continue to be dubious, with questions raised every other day. This, even as the BCB prepares to host a new four-day T20 tournament, followed by the Dhaka Premier League (DPL), scheduled to start on March 8. Over the past few seasons, allegations of biased umpiring in favour of
6:27 AM ET Melinda Farrell Close Melinda Farrell is a presenter with ESPNcricinfo Arthur Gurney is having the time of his young life. The toddler is crawling over one reporter’s foot and holding her leg, then he’s pulling the wind sock off a microphone as another reporter interviews his father, Harry, who’s in high demand.