Bangladesh T20I squad for Pakistan tour

Bangladesh have announced their squad for the T20I series for the upcoming tour to Pakistan, starting later this month on the 24th of January.

The left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal, who hasn't played international cricket since the ODI series against Sri Lanka in July last year, has made his return to the national set-up.

Mosaddek Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Taijul Islam and Abu Hider have been dropped from the 15-member squad.

The Tigers to play three T20Is, one ODI, and two Tests matches.

Bangladesh T20I squad: Mahmudullah (C), Tamim Iqbal Khan, Soumya Sarkar, Naim Sheikh, Najmul Hossain, Litton Das, MD Mithun, Afif Hossain, Mahadi Hasan, Aminul Islam Biplob, Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Hasan Mahmud.
19 January, 2020

South Africa were desperate for Boucher but should they be careful what they wish for?

Mark Boucher’s appointment as head coach of the Proteas enabled fans of the South African cricket team to finally breathe a sigh of relief after months of boardroom turmoil. The squabbles as the top table of South African cricket during 2019 have hurt the Proteas and couldn’t have come at a worse time given that they fell around the playing of the World Cup.

The Proteas’ elimination from the 2019 World Cup in England had many in the cricket fraternity concerned about the future of one of the greatest sides of the international game. The fallout would then begin in earnest with one thing leading to another as Ottis Gibson was shown the door after his contract was not renewed, but the CSA board would wait until December to replace him, some four months after the West Indian was given his marching orders.

By this time, South Africa had been whitewashed in India during the Tests and there were some serious grumblings going on back home. Eventually, the majority of the CSA board were suspended and Graeme Smith was appointed Director of Cricket in South Africa, in an effort to completely overhaul the old setup.

The first thing Smith did was appoint Mark Boucher as Proteas head coach and many would say not before time. There has been a deafening clamor for Boucher to take charge but now that he is the man in the hot seat, can he turn it around and be as successful as the armchair pundit has said he will be?

It will be a tricky start, that’s probably the fairest way of putting it with England arriving for four Tests that will be played over the New Year. Tellingly, the visitors are the favorites to win the series at 5/4 in cricket betting. It’s a marginal advantage on paper but in reality, the Proteas are some way behind the English at the moment.

That is where the challenge awaits Boucher, having to salvage a sinking ship and then get it to power forward once more. Not having any international experience is a mark against his name but Boucher’s work at the Titans shows quite emphatically how good he is at man-management.

When you consider how little coaching these international players need once they get their national colors, you'd then be inclined to say that world-class man-management may well be enough for the Proteas at the moment.

Indeed, South Africa needs more of a culture change in the change room rather than a technical approach to the game of cricket. This South African side needs to believe in itself once more by finding a way to bring back that Protea fire that made them unbeatable between 2007 and 2014.

The good people of the rainbow nation have now got the man they want and they will be quietly confident of a Proteas revolution about to take place. The world will now sit back with the talking all but over and watch the old boys of South African cricket do everything in their power to make the nation they love a superpower once again.

01 January, 2020

Brad Hogg chooses his Test XI of 2019

As the year 2019 comes to an end, fans around the globe are wondering what happened in the world of cricket. England have won their maiden ODI World Cup crown while team India have continued their reign as the no.1 Test team.

The Ashes earlier this year saw returns of David Warner and Steve Smith in the Australian cricket team after 12 months of the suspension.

Former left-arm Australian spinner Brad Hogg, who has impressed with his performances in his late 40's - released his Best Test XI of 2019 on his YouTube channel.


The 48-year-old picked Indian opening pair Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma at the top. Both struck double centuries at home, with Rohit, as an opener in Tests, impressed one and all, smashing two tons in a Test and has been on a roll in the Test format, while the 28-year-old Mayank has impressed everyone with his skills to merge attack and defence at the same time.

Hogg also picked Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith to go with Virat Kohli in the middle order. Whereas, BJ Watling’s double hundred against England put him as the best wicket-keeper in the year.

New Zealand's Neil Wagner and Nathan Lyon of Australia also made it to the Hogg’s Test XI of 2019.

Brad Hogg’s Test XI:

Mayank Agarwal (IND), Rohit Sharma (IND), Marnus Labuschagne (AUS), Steve Smith (AUS), Virat Kohli (IND), Ben Stokes (ENG), BJ Watling (NZ), Mitchell Starc (AUS), Ishant Sharma (IND), Neil Wagner (NZ), Nathan Lyon (AUS)
22 December, 2019
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England Test squad for South Africa tour

ECB (England Cricket Board) have announced squad for the four-match Test series to be played against South Africa, starting from a boxing day game in Centurion.

It will be a crucial series for both sides to gain some points and improve their ranking in the ICC Test championship.

Earlier, this year, England couldn’t win Ashes against Australia in their own home soil followed by their two-match Test series defeat by 1-0 against New Zealand.

England have only made one change to the squad that lost the Test series to New Zealand with Saqib Mahmood replacing Jimmy Anderson, who sustained a calf injury during the Ashes in August.

Jonny Bairstow makes his way back into the longer format as a proper backup for Jos Buttler in the upcoming Test series.

England Test squad: Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope (wk), Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

08 December, 2019

Uncommon Cricket Betting Ideas

Betting is a thrilling sport in its own right. Instead of showing physical prowess, people showcase their armchair managerial knowledge tactical prowess to determine who will come out on top. However, betting on cricket doesn’t have to be limited to just the team winner or loser. There are several other betting ideas where you can use your skills and turn a profit. 


Here are some uncommon ideas to test your luck:

1. Betting Draw

Beyond victory or loss of either team, a third result exists in test matches, i.e. match draw. Usual cricket enthusiasts are not fond of a match that ends in a draw, but it could be a great option to bet upon. Laying the draw has an unusual perk – the ignorance of bookkeepers. Test cricket has formed a reputation of having as many draws as wins/losses; however, the reality is far from it. Over the decades, the rate of a drawn test match has steadily declined. While it once used to be around 45% in the 1980s, it fell below 30% in the current decade. In the year 2018, a mere 21% of the matches ended in a draw. Thus, you have the opportunity of leveraging the wrong pricing of a draw by the bookkeeper.

2. Cricket Betting on Top Player – Team

Another unconventional method of Cricket Betting is placing bets on the top player of a team. In this method, you don’t have to worry about the performance of the whole team. All you need is to guess the player who would make the most runs in that team.

However, one must remember that bookkeepers have their list of ‘favourite’ players – famous players who are known to be the hard-hitters. Such players would get low odds and thus a low opportunity for you to make profits. On the other hand, lesser-known players get higher odds. If they shine, they can shine your fortunes too. For instance, in the current India Vs Bangladesh Test match, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli were the obvious ‘favourites’. However, both of them failed to score, while Mayank Agarwal emerged as the biggest run-maker. People who placed bets on Agarwal made a fortune.

3. Betting on Top Player – Match

This is similar to the previous method, except that you now need to guess the best player from BOTH the teams. This might seem like a daunting task, but it is fairly easy if you know the tricks. To begin with, there are NOT 22 players to choose from. Players that bat below Number 6 has almost no chance of becoming the top player – so that leaves only 12 players. Among these, one can always look at their previous performances to see which players are in the best form right now. In certain matches, one team is much better than the other (for instance, an Australia Vs Zimbabwe). There, even though you are betting on the best player in the match, you are really only betting on the players from one team.

4. Betting on Run

This strategy, which can be used in many ways, is a little-known trick of experienced players. One way of using this method is by guessing the runs that would be made in a match. However, you don’t have to guess the exact runs to be made; all you need to do is say whether the final score would be Under or Over a certain number. It might sound random, but you can research the factors (like if the field supports batsmen or bowlers, if it rained recently, if the team has multiple batsmen in form, etc.) to guess whether a team would be able to reach a certain score or not.

Another way of using the strategy is by betting whether there would be a fifty/hundred scored in a match. The strategy generally draws low odds in Test matches, where it is relatively easy to score a century. However, in T20 matches, where centuries are a rarity, such bets can get you amazing odds.

Now that you know these unusual cricket betting ideas, it is time to try out something bold and fresh.
18 November, 2019
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