South Africa – Focus on the 2027 ODI World Cup and the best test spot as Shukri Conrad and Rob Walter take charge

Shukri Conrad and Rob Walter will start working as South Africa’s red and white ball coaches respectively on February 1, with a tentative arrangement to be made for the World Cup Super League ODIs against South Africa. England later this month. As reported by ESPNcricinfo, Conrad and Walter were preferred from a shortlist which included … Read more

India goalkeeper Rishabh Pant is expected to be out of action for most of 2023

Rishabh Pant is unlikely to play cricket for most of 2023 and is expected to miss a host of marquee tournaments including the IPL. ESPNcricinfo has learned that the medical update given to BCCI on Pant, who survived a car accident on December 30, indicates that the wicketkeeper striker tore all three key ligaments in … Read more

Ranji Trophy – Prithvi Shaw’s 379, Punjab’s Bazball, Dhruv Shorey’s golden run

Mukesh Kumar’s 7-for-99 match-haul backed by unbeaten half-centuries of Sudip Kumar Gharami and captain Manoj Tiwary in the fourth innings took Bengal to a seven-wicket win over Baroda. Bengal had conceded a 78-point lead after being knocked out for 191 in response to Baroda’s 269. However, the pace duo of Mukesh and Ishan Porel helped … Read more

Adam Zampa gutted to reassess red ball future after missing India tour

Adam Zampa will reassess his future in red ball cricket after being left “flat” by his omission from the Australian Test squad for a tour of India next month. Zampa had been told he had a strong chance of making the trip, but coaches opted to keep Mitchell Swepson as the frontman after touring Pakistan … Read more

Cricket Australia on Afghanistan withdrawal

Cricket Australia has hit back at criticism of its decision to pull out of an ODI series against Afghanistan, with chief executive Nick Hockley saying ‘fundamental human rights are not politics’. Australia’s decision to pull out of the three-way ODI series against Afghanistan in the United Arab Emirates in March has been strongly condemned, including … Read more

Afghanistan upset by Australia’s decision to withdraw from ODI series

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has called Australia’s decision to pull out of its bilateral series in March “pathetic” and said it would write to the ICC about it. The ACB heavily criticized CA on Thursday, saying the Australian board “prioritized political interests over the principles of fair play and sportsmanship”, and “undermined the integrity … Read more

India Test Australia debut starc selects four spinners in squad

Mitchell Starc was officially ruled out of the first Test against India in Nagpur but was still named Australia’s 18-man tour squad for Wednesday’s four-Test series, which features four rotation options, including offspinner Victoria no capped Todd Murphy. Starc suffered a finger tendon injury in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa and was ruled … Read more

Shane Burger leaves Scotland head coach to become Somerset batting coach

Shane Burger will step down as Scotland head coach at the end of next month, to take up the assistant coaching role at Somerset. Burger, 40, joined the Scottish outfit in 2019, succeeding Grant Bradbury in the role. He oversaw one of Scotland’s greatest ever successes as they reached the Super 12 stage of the … Read more

Jhye Richardson out of BBL for two to three weeks with hamstring strain

Perth Scorchers fast bowler Jhye Richardson has been ruled out for two to three weeks with a hamstring strain, but coach Adam Voges hopes he could be back for the BBL final if the Scorchers qualify. Thursday’s scans confirmed he suffered only a slight strain, but Scorchers will likely be cautious with him given his … Read more

Haris Sohail and Fakhar Zaman return to Pakistan squad for New Zealand ODIs

Pakistan have recalled middle-ranked hitter Haris Sohail and opening hitter Fakhar Zaman for their three ODIs against New Zealand next week. The 16-man squad also includes first calls for 29-year-old middle-order hitter Tayyab Tahir, legpinner Usama Mir and middle-order hitter Kamran Ghulam. Shadab Khan injured his finger during the Big Bash League and was therefore … Read more