Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi is looking forward to the World Twenty20 and believes the shortest format plays into his team’s strengths. Also, several players in the squad already have some experience of the conditions, having played in the Bangladesh domestic circuit, and that’s a plus, Nabi said.
“We prefer T20 cricket to ODIs. Anything can happen in T20 matches,” Nabi said. “We are not targeting anything. We will just play positive cricket. We will play our natural game.”
Players like Nabi, big-hitting wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, batsman Asghar Stanikzai and legspinning allrounder Samiullah Shenwari, who are likely to be key to Afghanistan’s chances in the tournament’s opening round, play in Bangladesh’s domestic 50-overs club tournament, the Dhaka Premier Division (DPL). Among the players in the squad, batsmen Najibullah Zadran and Gulbadin Naib, also feature in the one-day competition, while pacer Hamid Hassan plays in the domestic T20s, the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Read more Courtesy:www.espncricinfo.com
The Sheffield Shield final may be held at Manuka Oval in Canberra or Gliderol Stadium in Glenelg after both New South Wales and South Australia were forced to find alternatives to their main venues. The last round of matches begins on Tuesday and will determine the finalists, with South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia all equal on 26 points at the top of the table and Queensland also in contention on 22 points.
South Australia had already advised that if they were to host the final it would be held in Glenelg instead of at Adelaide Oval due to a Rolling Stones concert, and New South Wales have also had to come up with another plan. The SCG will be in use for Major League Baseball matches between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Cricket New South Wales has nominated Manuka Oval as its final venue. Read more Courtesy:www.espncricinfo.com
Marlon Samuels was optimistic that the West Indies have found the right formula heading into their World T20 title defence in Bangladesh. Following a Man-of-the-Match performance in the opening T20 win against England in Barbados, where he struck an unbeaten 69 off 46 and picked up 2 for 21, he believed that their spin attack will be the key to retaining their trophy.
England laboured against West Indies’ spinners – their combined tally was 6 for 45 off 10 overs – Samuels labelled Samuel Badree in particular as their “trump card” to bolster the team’s chances of becoming the first team to defend a World T20 title, a feat Samuels tagged as “a personal target”.
“Sunil Narine and Badree will be crucial players for us in Bangladesh’s conditions which suit West Indies cricket,” he said. “Badree’s a wonderful bowler and he showed it again today by picking up early wickets. Read more
Yuvraj Singh, the man who famously hit Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over against England in the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup, will be keen to lift the Indian team out of its current woes when the ICC world Twenty20 tournament starts in Bangladesh from March 16. Although Yuvraj found himself out of the one-day side following India’s tour of South Africa last year, the selectors have shown faith in him for the T20 format. Former chairman of selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Kiran More is hailing Yuvraj as a match-winner.Read more Courtesy:sports.ndtv.com
Rajasthan Royals on Monday announced Shane Watson will lead the team in the upcoming Indian Premier League 2014. The Australian all-rounder has been with the Royals since the inaugural season in 2008. Rahul Dravid, who retired from all forms of cricket in 2013, will be the team’s mentor and guide youth and talent development initiatives for the franchise.
Under Shane Warne’s captaincy, Watson’s strong performances helped Rajasthan Royals win the inaugural IPL in 2008. The young Australian displayed his all-round skills and match-winning performances in crucial ties, and eventually was adjudged the Player-of-the-Tournament.Read more Courtesy:sports.ndtv.com
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq says his team’s performance in the Asia Cup had raised his hopes for the team in the World Twenty20. The team pulled off stunning run chases against India and Bangladesh, but lost the lopsided final to Sri Lanka.
Misbah said the run-scoring by the likes of Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi on Bangladesh wickets indicated the team can perform well when Bangladesh host the World Twenty20 from March 16. (Also read: Misbah slams poor bowling, says it cost team the title)
Pakistan are in a challenging group for the World Twenty20; facing India, Australia and the defending champion West Indies.Read more
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Start time 1400 local (0800 GMT)
While cricket boards slink around wooing the moneyed and coaxing promises of bilateral tours for the new Future Tours Programme, Pakistan and Sri Lanka raise the curtain on the Asia Cup knowing fixtures between the two nations may soon become more common. They already play each other plenty, but having risked ostracisation from cricket’s oligarchy at the Singapore meeting, they may find other nations anxious about designing tours with either of them. In short: Sri Lanka v Pakistan could be the new Sri Lanka v India.
But at least if that transpires, the limited-overs encounters may produce good contests. Pakistan won the December ODI series 3-2, but three of those matches featured close finishes. In Bangladesh, the teams appear well-matched again. Read more Courtesy:www.espncricinfo.com