Cricket in Past Week

Round-up: No India-Pakistan encounter in World T20, Windies give England reality check

Mir Hamza’s county debut

Pakistan fast bowler Mir Hamza is all set to make his county debut this year with Sussex on a two-month deal

The 26-year-old is expected to play nine county games plus a tour game against Australia A in July.

2019 World Cup warm-up fixtures announced

ICC has announced the warm-up fixtures for Men’s Cricket World Cup to be played this year in England and Wales. Pakistan will take on Afghanistan and Bangladesh, while India will play New Zealand and Bangladesh ahead of the main showdown.



The captaincy fiasco

Pakistan Cricket Team has not yet come to the final decision as to who will lead the team in the 2019 World Cup post the suspension of ex-skipper Sarfraz Ahmed over a racist comment he made against South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo. Shoaib Malik replaced Sarfraz Ahmed as captain. Although the PCB has tried to quell the rumours, the indecisiveness is further augmenting the problems.

Explainer: Sarfraz-Phehlukwayo incident: all you need to know

No Indo-Pak encounter in WC

For the first time since the 2011 World Cup, the biggest rivals in the cricket world, i.e. Pakistan and India, won’t battle on the ground in the group stages of an ICC tournament. The fixtures for the T20 World Cup in 2020 were announced by the ICC last week, separating the arch-rivals in the group stages.

Details: India, Pakistan to take on Australia for opening fixtures of World T20

Rayudu banned

India all-rounder Ambati Rayudu was suspended from bowling in international cricket by the ICC owing to a suspect action during the first ODI against Australia and was given 14 days to get his action tested.

Details: ICC suspends Ambati Rayudu from bowling in international cricket

Super over thriller

Windies women beat Pakistan in a Super Over in the second T20I to take an unassailable 2-0 in the three match series. The Windies women are visiting Pakistan for the first time in 15 years for a short series before the ODI series to be played in the UAE.

Report: Deandra Dottin edges Pakistan in Super Over to seal T20I series

Reality check for England

West Indies thrashed England by 381 runs in the first Test at Barbados. In terms of the margin, only England’s thumping in Manchester in 1976 against Clive Lloyd’s men is bigger. Moeen Ali registered his first pair in Test cricket, while Jason Holder smashed the second fastest Test double century against England ever to mark the emphatic win, also becoming the first West Indies all-rounder to top ICC rankings since fellow Bajan Sir Garfield Sobers.

 Jason Holder is only second to Nathan Astle in fastest double-centuries vs England ©Cricingif

Jason Holder is only second to Nathan Astle in fastest double-centuries vs England ©Cricingif

Read: History the spur and curse for improving West Indies

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