Archive for 3/1/14 - 4/1/14

Kevin Pietersen to play Caribbean Premier League

Former England all-rounder Kevin Pietersen is all set to take part in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, takes place in July and August this year, according to reports from BBC.

Pietersen, 33, has confirmed the news on his Twitter account:
Despite being England's top-scorer in all international formats, the South African-born batsman was sacked from England and Wales Cricket Board contract in February following the team's recent 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia.

Indian Premier League 7 Schedule (First Leg - UAE) 2014

The first leg of Indian Premier League-7 (The Initial phase) will be played in the United Arab Emirates, starting on April 16 to June 1.

The Opening ceremony of IPL 2014 season 7 will be held at Abu Dhabi on 15th April.

The opening match will be played between Kolkata Knight Riders & Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on April 16.
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The first match of the day will begin at 10:30 GMT (16:00 IST), while the second match will be played at 14:30 GMT (20:00 IST).

The Second Leg of the tournament will be scheduled in India from 2 May Onwards.

Apr 16, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders
Apr 17, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore
Apr 18, 2014 – 04:00pm (IST)Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab
Apr 18, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals
Apr 19, 2014 – 04:00pm (IST)Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians
Apr 19, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils
Apr 20, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab
Apr 21, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils
Apr 22, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Apr 23, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings
Apr 24, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders
Apr 25, 2014 – 04:00pm (IST)Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils
Apr 25, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians
Apr 26, 2014 – 04:00pm (IST)Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore
Apr 26, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders
Apr 27, 2014 – 04:00pm (IST)Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians
Apr 27, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings
Apr 28, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab
Apr 29, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals
Apr 30, 2014 – 08:00pm (IST)Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad

26 March, 2014

Indian Cricket Team New Jersey for World T20 2014

Nike have announced the limited-overs uniform for Indian Cricket Team in this cricket season.

Indian Cricket Team New Jersey 2014
Indian Cricket Team New Jersey 2014 
Indian Cricket Team New Jersey 2014
Indian Cricket Team New Jersey 2014

Luke Wright ruled out of World T20, Craig Kieswetter joins squad

England and Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright has been ruled out of the ongoing World Twenty20 tournament due to a side strain, ICC Cricket announced.

Wright, 29, expressed his disappointment on Twitter:
The Somerset batsman - Craig Kieswetter is set to join the squad as Wright's replacement.

Kieswetter, 26, played 25 T20Is for England with a strike rate of 111.91.

England suffered major blow in this term, with Ben Stokes and Joe Root have both been sidelined with injuries.

England to play their next group match against Sri Lanka on Thursday, Mar 27 at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong.

Durham sign Australian all-rounder John Hastings

Australian all-rounder John Hastings has signed defending county champions Durham as an overseas player for the 2014 season in this summer.

Durham Cricket Club announced on Twitter:
The 28-year-old has represented his country for 15 times in all formats, will replace Dale Benkenstein in the County Durham squad.

Durham coach Jon Lewis said in Durham's official website:
"We are excited about the arrival of John, he is skilful with the ball and can also contribute well with the bat. He will be a strong addition with the red and white ball and we look forward to welcoming him to Durham."
Hastings, nicknamed as "Duke" will arrive the Chester-le-Street once his IPL stint with Chennai Super Kings has concluded in June.

Pakistan v Australia Series in UAE 2014-15

Australia to travel to UAE for a one-off Twenty20, three ODIs and Two Tests series against Pakistan in October this year, PCB announced.

Before Tests, Australia to play a four-day warm up match agasint the Pakistan “A” team in Sharjah, staring on October 13.

Pakistan v Australia Itinerary

  • T20, October 3, Dubai
  • 1st ODI, October 5, Abu Dhabi
  • 2nd ODI, October 8, Sharjah
  • 3rd ODI, October 10, Dubai
  • 1st Test, October 20-24, Dubai
  • 2nd Test, October 28-November 1, Abu Dhabi

15 March, 2014

Warwickshire sign Pakistan allrounder Shoaib Malik

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has signed a six-match stint for the Warwickshire in Natwest T20 Blast tournament, confirmed official website

The club announced the deal on Twitter.
The 32-year-old is thought to play his first match on June 19 against Northamptonshire and his final match against Nottinghamshire on July 8.

The Right-handed batsman, who has participated in Caribbean Premier League for Barbados Tridents last year and also featured in the Big Bash League for Hobart Hurricanes.

Malik has played 55 T20 internationals, 216 ODI's and 32 Tests for his county.

Joe Root to miss T20 World Cup

England batsman Joe Root has been sidelined of World T20 with a fractured thumb injury, reports ESPN.

The 23-year-old right-handed batsman picked up the injury during the final ODI win over the West Indies in Antigua last Wednesday.

Root tweeted:

Ian Bell has been called up to the England's World T20 squad and has been approved by ICC as his replacement.

Bell played his last T20Is against Australia in Melbourne in January 2011. In his T20 career, he has played seven T20 with an average 29.16.

England to play their first Twenty20 World Cup match against New Zealand on March 22 at Chittagong.

Paul Collingwood: I'm determined to play for Durham

Durham skipper, Paul Collingwood has stated that he wants to play for Durham this season after the possibility of getting an England coaching job on a full-time basis, according to reports from Sky Sports.

Collingwood, 37, who is currently working as a temporary assistant with Ashley Giles and assures that it will not abandon his County duties this summer.

"I'm determined to play for Durham this summer," The former England all-rounder told reporters.

"Durham are down to the bare bones in terms of personnel, so to lose a captain would be a bit harsh at the last second."

There are such rumours, that Collingwood could be seen as a new head coach of England's national team just after the Twenty20 World Cup.

South Africa: Graeme Smith to Retire from international cricket

South Africa’s test skipper, Graeme Smith is all set to retire from international cricket after the end of the final Test against Australia in Cape Town.

 The 33-year-old left handed batsman has played 33 Twenty20 internationals, 197 one-day internationals and currently playing his 117th Test match with total 9262 runs an average of 48.49.

Smith said in an interview after the third day's play at Newlands,

"This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life. It's a decision that I have been considering since my ankle surgery in April last year.
I have a young family to consider, and I felt that retiring at Newlands would be the best way to end it because I have called this place home since I was 18 years-old."

During his captaincy, South Africa became the No.1 Test side in ICC’s rankings in 2012.
However, Smith still continue to play for Surrey in County Cricket.

England T20 squad in West Indies

The Right-handed batsman Ian Bell has been added to the England's T20 squad for the three-match series in West Indies, staring in Barbados on 9 March.

The 31-year-old Warwickshire batsman has played seven T20's with an average of 29.16 for his country.

However, Ian Bell was not selected in the upcoming ICC World Twenty20.

England v West Indies T20 Schedule

09 March: 1st T20
11 March: 2nd T20
13 March: 3rd T20

All matches will be played in Barbados, 18:30 GMT

England Twenty20 Squad:

Stuart Broad (Captain), Eoin Morgan, Ian Bell, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Stephen Parry, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright.

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