Alastair Cook to remain as skipper for World Cup 2015

England ODI captain Alastair Cook will lead the England team for the ICC World Cup 2015, which starts in February next year, according to The Daily Mail.

The 29-year-old’s position as captain came under scrutiny after loosing the recent home ODI series against India.

Cook has captained in 63 ODIs for his country - scoring 3,085 runs at an average of 37.62.

England to visit Sri Lanka for a seven ODI match series in November before heading to Australia for a tri-series that includes India before the 2015 World Cup.

The Draw for the 2015 Royal London Cup

The draw for the 2015 Royal London One-Day Cup 50-over competition has been confirmed.

GROUP A: Surrey, Derbyshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Durham.

GROUP B: Kent, Hampshire, Sussex, Essex, Lancashire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Glamorgan.

The format will remain the same, with each team playing eight group matches - four at home and four away - leading into a knockout stage.
21 September, 2014

Pakistan: Shahid Afridi named Twenty20 skipper

The veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been re-appointed captain of the Pakistan's Twenty20 squad until the 2016 World T20. The Pakistan Cricket Board announced.

The 34-year-old has been chosen T20 Skipper for the second time, earlier he was sacked from the captaincy due to disciplinary issues with coach Waqar Younis and the PCB.

"Whatever happened in the past is over and now I have started a new beginning," Afridi told reporters.

"I will develop a fearless approach in the players and eradicate the fear of loss as a captain. This format is not for the chicken-hearted player."

The 6 ft 0 inch star replaces Mohammad Hafeez, who stepped down in April following the ICC World T20 held in Bangladesh earlier this year. 

Afridi also known as Boom Boom has scored 1112 runs in 74 Twenty20 internationals at an average of 19.17 including four fifties. He has also claimed 77 wickets with an economy rate of 6.48.

His first assignment as a T20 skipper will be against Australia in Dubai on October 5.

Meanwhile the ODI and Test squad captaincy remains with the batsman Misbah-ul-Haq until the 2015 World Cup.
17 September, 2014

Cricket South Africa extend Domingo’s contract

South Africa's head coach Russell Domingo has been awarded with an extension on his contract for another year that will be valid until April 2016.

The previous contract was due to expire in April 2015 but the 40-year-old will now stay on till 2016. 

Domingo joined CSA in 2013 when Gary Kirsten left his coaching stint with the Proteas.

Twitter Reacts: Saeed Ajmal banned over illegal bowling action

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Pakistan spin maestro Saeed Ajmal from bowling in an international matches with immediate effect after his bowling action was found illegal.

The right-arm spinner, who is currently number-one-ranked bowler in one-day international cricket, has taken 178 wickets in 35 Test matches at an average of 28.10 and 183 wickets in 111 ODI’s at 22.18 average.

It has been deemed by the ICC that Ajmal’s action was found to be outside of the 15 degrees tolerance while he was being tested in Brisbane last month.

A statement from the ICC said: "The player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.

"Saeed can apply a re-assessment after he has modified his bowling action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions."

The suspension of the 36-year-old off-spinner is a huge blow for Pakistan, as he is unavailable to bowl in the series against Australia in UAE next week and doubtful for the 2015 World Cup as well.

Meanwhile Former Pakistan legend Saqlain Mushtaq has offered that he would be willing to help Ajmal in adjusting his action.

Mushtaq said on Twitter:

Ajmal has only five months left to correct his bowling action and can apply to the ICC for a re-assessment in order to play in the 2015 World Cup, which starts in February.

Here’s the twitter reactions to Ajmal’s suspension:

10 September, 2014

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