Monday, April 23, 2018

RASHID, TAMIM AND SHAKIB CONFIRMED FOR ICC WORLD XI TEAM

Top-ranked bowler Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Bangladesh stars Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal have confirmed their participation for the ICC World XI which will play a Twenty20 International against the Windies at Lord’s on 31 May.



Rashid, who is ranked number one on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings and is second in the list of One Day International bowlers, will be one of many big names to watch in the Lord’s match, which is being organised to raise funds for stadia in the Caribbean which were damaged due to hurricanes last year.



Shakib, the top-ranked all-rounder in ODIs and third in T20Is, and left-handed opener Tamim also come in with huge reputations and Bangladesh fans would be following their fortunes with interest. The trio joins three other Asians who have already confirmed for the match – Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka.



More big names are likely to be confirmed in the coming days for the ICC World XI side, which is being led by England’s limited overs captain Eoin Morgan.



Rashid Khan said: “It is a matter of great honour and pride for me and my country that I have been chosen to support one of cricket’s oldest and most loyal members. I don’t think it will be incorrect to say that a number of cricketers from this and previous generations were inspired and attracted to cricket due to the heroics of the West Indies sides of the 70s, 80s and 90s. And if the West Indies are now looking upon us for help, then there shouldn’t be a hesitation for even a second.



“Apart from my cricket obligations and responsibilities, the incentive of playing in this great match at the Home of Cricket at the age of 19, with and against some of the best cricketers of this generation, is just too tempting, irresistible and an icing on the cake.



“I urge all cricket fans and supporters to join hands with the match organisers and the players in making 31 May a hugely successful day so that the funds raised from this match can be reinvested into cricket that, in turn, will not only bring the smiles back on the faces of local cricket supporters but will also lead to the resumption of cricket activities in those regions.”



Tamim Iqbal said: “Cricket is a sport which unites people, bridges gaps, and in which players and teams support each other. This match is a testament to this statement and I am delighted to have been chosen to once again represent the ICC World XI for a cause which will only make cricket a bigger and better sport.



“The West Indies’ contribution to the global game is unmatched and unparalleled, and if the cricket fraternity can get together to play a small role in the rebuilding of their damaged venues following last year’s hurricanes, then this is a very small price with hugely positive results.



“Playing at Lord’s is itself a great honour for any cricketer. My only international appearance there was in 2010, so I look forward to reliving those memories. Playing with and against some of the best cricketers of this era will only make this occasion better and more memorable.”



The Windies, reigning ICC World Twenty20 champions, are being led by Carlos Brathwaite and the side includes other top names like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree and Andre Russell.



The tickets for the match are available at https://tickets.lords.org/ with all proceeds going towards rebuilding and renovating five major venues as well as other community cricket facilities that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.



The venues that will benefit include the Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla, the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica, the A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground in the British Virgin Islands and the Carib Lumber Ball Park in St. Maarten.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

South African New Batting Hero MARKRAM rockets to 9th in only his 10th Test - ICC Rankings

  • Root, du Plessis and Paine also move up after Christchurch and Johannesburg Tests


·        Morkel ends career on 800 points; Philander, Southee other bowlers to advance



South Africa opener Aiden Markram has sustained his surge towards the top during an amazing first year in Test cricket, making his way to ninth position among batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.

The 23-year-old’s knocks of 152 and 37 not only contributed in South Africa’s massive 492 runs victory over Australia in Johannesburg for a 3-1 series win but have also helped him move up six places to ninth position in the latest rankings update, which also takes into account performances in the drawn second Test between New Zealand and England in Christchurch.

Markram, who led South Africa to victory in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2014, has broken into the top 10 for the first time and is now among a select group of 10 cricketers led by Don Bradman who have scored 1,000 runs or more in their first 10 Tests.

Markram’s opening partner Dean Elgar too has advanced after scoring 100 runs in the Test including a knock of 81 in the second innings while captain Faf du Plessis (up five places to 17th) and Temba Bavuma (up 12 places to 39th) are the other South Africa batsmen to make significant gains.

For Australia, captain Tim Paine has moved up eight places to 53rd position while for England, captain Joe Root (up one place to third), wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow (up three places to 13th) and Mark Stoneman (up 14 places to 64th) are the ones to progress.

Not surprisingly, South Africa fast bowlers ruling the roost in Johannesburg sees several of them making the latest rankings update a joyful one.

Pace bowler Vernon Philander’s player of the match effort of nine for 51 has lifted him six places to third rank, player of the series Kagiso Rabada remains at the top adding three points to take his tally to 902 while Morne Morkel has finished off on a high.

Morne Morkel touches 800-point mark in last Test



Morkel, who bowled despite a side strain in the second innings of his last Test, touched 800 rating points for the first time in his career.  He is now ranked joint-sixth along with Australia’s Pat Cummins, who has risen up from 18th to sixth place with nine wickets in Johannesburg.

The 33-year-old Morkel, who debuted in the 2006 Boxing Day Test against India in Durban, first broke into the top 10 in January 2010. His consistent performances ensured that he was never ranked lower than 15th from that time till retirement, while enjoying a career-high position of third in November 2010.

In other movements, New Zealand’s player of the match Tim Southee has moved up three places to take the 13th slot while Stuart Broad has gained five slots to reach 12th place.

Meanwhile, New Zealand have leapfrogged Australia to third place in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings. The swapping of places has resulted in a clear gain of $ 100,000 for New Zealand as they will now receive $ 200,000 from the International Cricket Council for taking third spot at the cut-off date of 3 April. Australia will get half that amount after finishing fourth.

India were presented with the ICC Test Championship Mace in February itself after they were assured of the top position at the cut-off date and a $ 1 million prize money while South Africa will receive a purse of $ 500,000 for finishing second.

The annual updates to the ICC rankings will be carried out on 1 May to ensure that the tables continue to reflect the recent form of sides with older results being discarded. The updated tables will reflect all matches from 1 May 2015, with matches played from 1 May 2017 carrying 100 per cent weightage.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 4 April, after the Christchurch and Johannesburg Tests):

Rank    Team              Points
1.     India                 121
2.     South Africa     117 (+2)
3.     New Zealand    102 (+2)
4.     Australia           102 (-2)
5.     England             97 (-2)
6.     Sri Lanka           95
7.     Pakistan            88
8.     Windies             72
9.     Bangladesh       71
10.  Zimbabwe           1

(Developed by David Kendix)

*The cut-off for the annual rankings is generally 1 April but was extended this year owing to these two series ending on 3 April.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 4 April, after the Christchurch and Johannesburg Tests):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                  Team      Pts        Avge      Highest Rating
   1          ( - )         Steve Smith          Aus         929        61.37      947 v SA at Durban 2018
   2          ( - )         Virat Kohli             Ind          912!       53.40      912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
   3          (+1)        Joe Root               Eng         867        52.63      917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
   4          (-1)         Kane Williamson   NZ          847        50.35      893 v Aus at Perth 2015
   5          ( - )         David Warner       Aus         820        48.20      880 v NZ at Perth 2015
   6          ( - )         AB de Villiers        SA          813        50.66      935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   7          ( - )         C. Pujara               Ind          810        50.51      888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
   8          ( - )         Dean Elgar            SA          784!       42.58      784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
   9          (+6)        Aiden Markram    SA          759*!      55.55      759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
  10         (-1)         Azhar Ali               Pak         755        46.62      787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
  
Other selected rankings

Rank      (+/-)        Player                      Team  Pts        Avge      Highest Rating
  13         (+3)        Jonny Bairstow        Eng     702        39.20      772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
  17         (+5)        Faf du Plessis          SA       673        43.20      734 v Ind at Centurion 2018
  23         (+1)        Usman Khawaja      Aus      633        42.00      747 v Pak at Sydney 2017
  35         (+6)        B J Watling               NZ       596        38.33      644 v Eng at Headingley 2015
  39         (+12)      Temba Bavuma       SA       580        34.87      589 v Ban at Potchefstroom 2017
  53         (+8)        Tim Paine                 Aus      495*!      40.82      495 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
  56         (+13)      C.de Grandhomme NZ       483*!      38.35      483 v Eng at Christchurch 2018
  64         (+14)      Mark Stoneman       Eng     452*!      30.17      452 v NZ at Christchurch 2018
  
Bowlers (top 10)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                  Team     Pts        Avge      Highest Rating
   1          ( - )         Kagiso Rabada     SA          897        21.59      902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
   2          ( - )         James Anderson   Eng         891        27.36      896 v Win at Lord's 2017
   3          (+6)        Vernon Philander  SA          845        21.46      912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   4          (-1)         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          844        23.73      899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
   5          (-1)         R. Ashwin              Ind          803        25.56      904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
   6=        ( - )         Morne Morkel       SA          800!       27.66      800 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
               (+12)      Pat Cummins        Aus         800*!      23.81      800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
   8          (-1)         Trent Boult            NZ          795        27.84      825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   9          ( - )         Rangana Herath   SL           777        28.18      867 v Zim at Harare 2016
  10         (-2)         Neil Wagner          NZ          765        28.26      785 v Win at Wellington 2017  

Other selected rankings

Rank      (+/-)        Player                      Team  Pts        Avge     Highest Rating
  12         (+5)        Stuart Broad             Eng    732        29.04     880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
  13=       (+3)        Tim Southee             NZ      720        30.82     799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
  46         (+1)        C.de Grandhomme  NZ      349*       29.16     370 v Win at Hamilton 2017

All-rounders (top five)

Rank      (+/-)       Player                   Team     Pts        Highest Rating
   1          ( - )         Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         421        489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
   2          ( - )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          391        438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
   3          (+2)        V. Philander          SA          372        376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
   4          (-1)         R. Ashwin              Ind          368        493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
   5          (-1)         Ben Stokes           Eng         329/*      396 v Win at Lord's 2017
  
   
*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.
! indicates career-highest rating

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

T20 2020 in Australia !!! #ICCWT20

EIGHT CITIES THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA TO HOST ICC WORLD T20 2020

·       MCG to host women’s and men’s finals



The venues and host cities for the ICC World T20 2020, which will be hosted by Australia, were announced today at events throughout the country.

The eight Host Cities are Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

For the first time, the women’s and men’s competitions will be held as standalone events in the same host country and in the same year. This will give the best female and male cricketers respective opportunities to capture the attention of the country and the world. Women’s matches will run from 21 February to 8 March 2020 and the men’s matches will run from 18 October to 15 November 2020.

The world’s 10 best women’s teams and 16 best men’s team’s will come to Australia to battle it out for the ultimate prize in T20 cricket.

The ICC World T20 will see 13 venues throughout Australia host matches, with both competitions having broad national footprints, meaning as many Australians as possible will have the chance to see the most talented players in the world.

Both the women’s and men’s finals will receive equal billing, with both matches taking place at Australia’s biggest stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The women’s semi-finals will be hosted on consecutive days at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), while the men’s semi-finals will take place at the SCG and Adelaide Oval.

The women’s final will take place on International Women’s Day 2020, Sunday 8 March, with the aim of creating a world-record attendance for a women’s sporting match.

David Peever, Chairman of Cricket Australia and the ICC World T20 2020 Local Organising Committee said, “Australia is extremely privileged to be hosting the ICC World T20 tournaments in 2020.

“On behalf of Cricket Australia and the Local Organising Committee, I would like to sincerely thank Government at both Federal and State and Territory level, host cities, venues and State and Territory Cricket Associations for their exceptional support, which is so critical for delivering the best possible events in 2020.

ICC World T20 2020 provides a unique opportunity to engage the whole community and inspire the next generation to love cricket,” Mr Peever said.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said:

“I’d like to thank Cricket Australia and their partners in Government at all levels for their commitment to the ICC World T20 in 2020. The ambition they have shown firstly in delivering stand-alone men’s and women’s events and then in the venue selection that will, I hope set a record for the biggest ever attendance at a women’s sporting event, is exciting for the sport.

“Australia has a proven track record of delivering world-class events in world-class stadiums and we know we can rely on the fans to provide great support for all of the competing teams.”

Speaking in Melbourne, ICC World Twenty20 2020 Local Organising Committee Chief Executive, Nick Hockley highlighted the benefits that would come from hosting T20 cricket’s showpiece event.

“Australia is a sporting nation, with diverse and passionate fans who love cricket. We’ve designed ICC World T20, comprising standalone women’s and men’s events, to be more inclusive, more accessible and more connected than ever before, so that everyone can join in.”

Mr Hockley added:

“Major events of this scale are all about partnerships. We look forward to working with host cities, their communities, and all partners to deliver a spectacular celebration in 2020, including welcoming thousands of international visitors to attend matches and be part of it.”

The ICC World T20 2020 takes place against the backdrop of a hugely successful ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which featured record crowds, broadcast audiences and visitors and the ongoing success of the Women’s and Men’s Big Bash.

For full details about the ICC World Twenty20 2020, and to register for tournament updates, fans are encouraged to visit icc-cricket.com/worldt20.

Fixture and ticketing information for the ICC World Twenty20 2020 will be released in due course.

Monday, January 29, 2018

KOHLI MOVES AHEAD OF LARA, CLOSES THE GAP ON GAVASKAR - LATEST ICC RANKINGS

KOHLI MOVES AHEAD OF LARA, CLOSES THE GAP ON GAVASKAR


ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017 Virat Kohli has moved ahead of ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Brian Lara in the all-time career-high MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, which were updated today following the conclusion of the Johannesburg Test.

Second-ranked Kohli had started the third and final Test on 900 points and earned 12 points following contributions of 54 and 41. This means he is now on 912 points and in 26th position on the all-time list, which is headed by Don Bradman (961 points). Current number-one ranked batsman Steve Smith is second in the all-time list on 947 points.

While moving from 31st to 26th position, Kohli has leapfrogged Lara (911), Kevin Pietersen (909), Hashim Amla (907), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (901) and Michael Clarke (900).

Kohli now has his compatriot and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar - who peaked at 916 points following The Oval Test against England in 1979 – firmly within his sights. The India captain will now aim to gain five points and move ahead of Gavaskar either in the one-off Test against Afghanistan in June or during the five-Test series against England in August/September.

Other batsmen to improve their rankings after the Johannesburg Test include Amla in seventh (up by one place), Dean Elgar in 12th (up by two places), Ajinkya Rahane in 18th (up by five places), while those heading in the wrong direction are Faf du Plessis in 14th (down by two places), Lokesh Rahul in 20th(down by two places), Quinton de Kock in 27th (down by seven places) and Aiden Markram in 48th (down by 10 places).

There is no change in the top five of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, where James Anderson comfortably leads Kagiso Rabada, Ravindra Jadeja, Josh Hazlewood and Ravichandran Ashwin.

The only bowlers inside the top 20 to improve their rankings are Morne Morkel, who has moved up two places to ninth, and Mohammed Shami, who has risen two places to a career-best 15th position.

India’s trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are also on the charge.

Kumar has entered the top 20 for the first time in his career after lifting two places to take 20th position, Ishant Sharma is now in 26th spot after rising three places and Bumrah is at a career-high 46th position after vaulting 36 places.

Kumar and Shami have also improved their rankings in the all-rounders’ list, which is still headed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. Kumar has lifted eight places to join Rabada in 12th position and Shami has moved from 27th to 17th.

All-time MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 28 January 2018):

BATSMEN
Team
POINTS
D.G. Bradman
AUS
961
S.P.D. Smith
AUS
947
L. Hutton
ENG
945
R.T. Ponting
AUS
942
J.B. Hobbs
ENG
942
P.B.H. May
ENG
941
G.S. Sobers
WI
938
K.C. Sangakkara
SL
938
I.V.A. Richards
WI
938
C.L. Walcott
WI
938
J.H. Kallis
SA
935
M.L. Hayden
AUS
935
A.B. de Villiers
SA
935
Mohammad Yousuf
PAK
933
R.G. Pollock
SA
927
E.D. Weekes
WI
927
K.D. Walters
AUS
922
A.D. Nourse
SA
922
M.E.K. Hussey
AUS
921
R.N. Harvey
AUS
921
J.E. Root
ENG
917
D.C.S. Compton
ENG
917
S.M. Gavaskar
IND
916
G.A. Headley
WI
915
K.F. Barrington
ENG
914
V.Kohli
IND
912
B.C. Lara
WI
911
K.P. Pietersen
ENG
909
H.M. Amla
SA
907
S. Chanderpaul
WI
901
M.J. Clarke
AUS
900

MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings (as on 28 January, following Johannesburg Test)

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating
   1          ( - )         Steve Smith          Aus         947!       63.75     947 v Eng at Sydney 2018
   2          ( - )         Virat Kohli             Ind          912!       53.40     912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
   3          ( - )         Joe Root               Eng         881         53.28     917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
   4          ( - )         Kane Williamson   NZ          855         50.62     893 v Aus at Perth 2015
   5          ( - )         David Warner       Aus         827         48.77     880 v NZ at Perth 2015
   6          ( - )         C. Pujara               Ind          810         50.51     888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
   7          (+1)        Hashim Amla        SA          771         49.08     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   8          (-1)         Azhar Ali               Pak         755         46.62     787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
   9          ( - )         D. Chandimal        SL           743!       43.94     743 v Ind at Delhi 2017
  10         ( - )         Alastair Cook        Eng         742         46.35     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
  11         ( - )         Ross Taylor          NZ          739         48.04     871 v Win at Hamilton 2013
  12         (+2)        Dean Elgar            SA          736         42.07     740 v NZ at Dunedin 2017
  13         ( - )         AB de Villiers        SA          699         49.92     935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
  14         (-2)         Faf du Plessis       SA          697         45.10     734 v Ind at Centurion 2018
  15         ( - )         Jonny Bairstow     Eng         692         39.12     772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
  16         ( - )         Kraigg Brathwaite Win         690         37.43     701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
  17         ( - )         Usman Khawaja   Aus         685         45.80     747 v Pak at Sydney 2017
  18=       (+1)        Shaun Marsh        Aus         660!       40.87     660 v Eng at Sydney 2018
               (+5)        Ajinkya Rahane    Ind          660         43.68     825 v NZ at Indore 2016
  20         (-2)         Lokesh Rahul       Ind          657*       40.50     761 v SL at Pallekele 2017

BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating
   1          ( - )         James Anderson   Eng         887         27.40     896 v Win at Lord's 2017
   2          ( - )         Kagiso Rabada     SA          875         22.04     888 v Ind at Cape Town 2018
   3          ( - )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          844         23.73     899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
   4          ( - )         Josh Hazlewood   Aus         814         25.77     863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
   5          ( - )         R. Ashwin              Ind          803         25.56     904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
   6          ( - )         Rangana Herath   SL           799         28.04     867 v Zim at Harare 2016
   7          ( - )         Vernon Philander  SA          791         21.85     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   8          ( - )         Neil Wagner          NZ          784         27.87     785 v Win at Wellington 2017
   9          (+2)        Morne Morkel       SA          773         28.08     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
  10=       (-1)         Nathan Lyon         Aus         769         31.64     774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
               (-1)         Mitchell Starc        Aus         769         27.73     805 v Pak at Brisbane 2016
  12         (+1)        Trent Boult            NZ          725         28.56     825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
  13         (-1)         Dale Steyn            SA          722         22.32     909 v Win at Centurion 2014
  14         ( - )         Yasir Shah            Pak         704         29.44     878 v Eng at Lord's 2016
  15         (+2)        M. Shami              Ind          703!       28.90     703 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
  16         (-1)         Stuart Broad         Eng         683         29.33     880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
  17         (-1)         Tim Southee         NZ          682         31.45     799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
  18         ( - )         Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         668         32.35     705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
  19         ( - )         Keshav Maharaj   SA          634*       26.78     695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017
  20         (+2)        B. Kumar               Ind          626*!      26.09     626 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Highest Rating
   1          ( - )         Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         438        489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
   2          ( - )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          391        438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
   3          ( - )         R. Ashwin              Ind          368        493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
   4          ( - )         Ben Stokes           Eng         358 /*    396 v Win at Lord's 2017
   5          ( - )         Vernon Philander  SA          322        376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.
!indicates career-highest rating
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