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COVID-19: BCB requests ICC to extend World Test Championship cycle

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Bangladesh Cricket Board. (Photo: Twitter/@BCBtigers)

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to extend the World Test Championship cycle as it does not see the team playing its eight recently-cancelled matches because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bangladesh were supposed to play one away match against Pakistan in April, a two-match series against Australia in June, two Tests against New Zealand along with three against Sri Lanka.

“Unless the current ICC Test Championship cycle is extended there is no way we can play those eight Test matches in the stipulated time frame of the first cycle,” BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan told Cricbuzz.

“We are looking forward to see what ICC does with the Test Championship because unless it is reshuffled there is hardly any possibility to play the eight Test matches that got cancelled,” he said.

BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury also said there will be little scope to play those cancelled Test matches if the ICC Test Championship final is held as slated next year.

“If the Test Championship final match happens on schedule that is in next June then the fate of these matches (eight Tests) is very slim because it means there is no possibility of these Test matches because we have no space left to play these matches by next June,” said Nizamuddin.

“But if the Test Championship final date gets extended, then maybe there will be a chance but even after the extension, even if there is an opportunity, it will have an impact on other schedules as well because we have a compact schedule until 2023,” he said.

The World Test Championship has nine of the 12 Test-playing nations that clash swords in a two-year cycle.

As per the schedule, all teams were slated to play six Test series — three at home and three away but not all will play the same number of Tests.

The two teams with the most points at the end of the league stage will contest the final next June with every team being able to score a maximum of 120 points from each series.

A total of 72 Tests were supposed to be played between July, 2019 and March 31, 2021.

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Googly will be my most important weapon against England, says Yasir Shah

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Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah is hopeful of dry wickets during their upcoming series against England as he feels it will aid his bowling against a high-profile batting line-up of The Three Lions.

The two teams are scheduled to play three Tests and as many T20Is in the series which will be played after the conclusion of the ongoing three-match Test series between England and West Indies.

Pakistan cricketers are currently under a 14-day quarantine period, following which they will travel to Derbyshire on July 13.

They had started their preparations for England series with a two-day inter-squad scenario-based practice match played on July 5-6 at Worcester.

Shah revealed he has been working a lot on his googlies and will look to trouble the England batsmen with his ‘most important weapon’ in the series.

“My googly is coming out well,” Shah was quoted as saying by ICC. “In the two-day match, all the googlies I bowled landed well and spun well. I think it will be my most important weapon.

“Counties usually sign spinners for July to September because in these three months, spinners get help on dry wickets,” he added.

The first Test will be played at the Old Trafford starting August 5 followed by the last two Tests at the Ageas Bowl, which start on August 13 and August 21 respectively.

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No BLM logo during 3TC match as jerseys have gone to print, says Graeme Smith

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Cricket South Africa. (Photo: Twitter/@OfficialCSA)

Cricket South Africa (CSA) will be discussing ways to express support for the Black Lives Matter movement but it may not be possible for having a BLM logo on the jerseys for the 3TC match as they have already been made. CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith said that there will be a discussion with players about how to go about it.

“We’re discussing various ways of handling it. The kit has gone to print already. We need to figure out how we can be effective about it, authentic, and spread the messages that are meaningful to us as South Africans and how it affects us on a daily basis,” Smith is quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

The unique 3TC match features three teams playing in the same game. Smith said that while he is confident of coming across no opposition to taking any stand during the match, it is important to get everyone on the same page about it.

“We are all in our own little pockets and I think it’s important that in the future we all come together and figure out how we can play our role in the Black Lives Matter movement,” Smith said.

“My belief in these things is that its important to have buy-in and everyone invested in it as well and I have no doubt that will be the case but the discussion in each team environment and as CSA how we handle it going forward is important. We do have the 3TC approaching and that will be our first occasion with the Black Lives Matter movement.”

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Trott & I got ‘spiked’ during Hong Kong Sixes, claims Tim Bresnan

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Former England cricketer Tim Bresnan recently opened up about his struggles with mental health and also recounted an incident where he claimed he was drugged along with his former teammate Jonathan Trott during a Hong Kong Sixes tournament.

Bresnan was referring to the 2008 edition of the multi-national event in Kowloon, where it was later found out that he had ketamine — a medicine that induces a trance-like state while providing pain relief — in his system.

“Got drugged in Hong Kong. We’re in Hong Kong Sixes, myself and Jonny Trott. And we got spiked,” Bresnan said on Shackles Are Off podcast.

“They reckon it was ketamine, there were traces in our system. But we got to Loughborough and got the drugs tested and stuff, the voluntary ones. I’d lost the plot by then anyway.

“That was the…end of the 2008 summer. And then I had that whole winter off, had a really good pre-season with Yorkshire, in Abu Dhabi.

“It was like walking back into an environment with all your mates…it was like a stag do, and really enjoyed it. Really enjoyed my cricket again. I played my first Test in 2009 of that summer,” he added.

Bresnan, 35, recently joined Warwickshire on a two-year deal that will see him at the club till 2022. Bresnan previously played for Yorkshire for 19 years where he won the County Championships twice – 2014 and 2015.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Warwickshire. It’s a Club that I’ve always admired, and I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed playing at Edgbaston with Yorkshire and England,” Bresnan was quoted as saying in the statement uploaded on Warwickshire’s Twitter handle.

“I’ve had some great conversations with Paul Farbrace about the way that he plans to take the Club forwards, and I see this move as a great fit for both of us.

“I have still got a strong desire to continuing playing at the top level and to win, so hopefully I can pass on a bit of my experience to the young players who are coming through.”

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