Manpreet Gony and Manvinder Bisla are the two Indians players who will be featuring in the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) beginning next month.
In the draft held on Monday, Manpreet and Manvinder were picked by Colombo Kings, one of the five teams participating in the T20 league.
Manpreet, a right-arm medium pacer, played two ODIs for India – one against Hong Kong and the other against Bangladesh. Besides, the 36-year-old also played 44 games in the Indian Premier League. Manvinder, a wicketkeeper-batsman, played 35 IPL matches, scoring 798 runs.
In the draft held online, West Indies legend Chris Gayle was picked as one of foreign icons by Kandy Tuskers. Apart from Gayle, the Tuskers also picked up Kusal Janith as the local icon while Liam Plunkett is the second foreign icon in the team. The Tuskers also have former Sri Lankan captain Hashan Tillakaratne in its coaching staff.
Colombo Kings also picked Angelo Mathews, former Faf du Plessis and Andre Russell among others. Mathews is the local icon in the team while du Plessis and Russell are the two overseas icons. The Kings also picked Dav Whatmore, as part of the coaching set-up.
Galle Gladiators have Lasith Malinga as the local icon while Shahid Afridi and Colin Ingram are the two overseas signing and the team will be coached by former Pakistan skipper Moin Khan.
Dasun Shanaka is the local icon for Dambulla Hawks while David Miller and Carlos Brathwaite are the overseas signing. The Hawks team will be coached by former English cricketer Jon Lewis. Jaffna Stallions have Thisara Perera as the local icon and Dawid Malan as the overseas signing.
The tournament is scheduled to be played from November 21 to December 13 at two venues — Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy and Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota. A total of 23 matches will be played over a period of 15 days.
David Warner and Finch continue big partnership against India
Australian openers David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch put on 156 runs for the first wicket in the first One-day International to continue their run of big partnerships against India. The duo took just over 27 overs for that and laid a strong platform for their team to build a huge 374-run total at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
The two are among the top 10 opening pairs in terms of number of runs they have scored as an opening pair. They have scored 3,496 runs in 69 innings at an average of 51.41. Of this aggregate, almost one-third have been scored against India. They now have 1,148 runs at 95.66.
Out of the 11 century stands they have put together, four have come against India and they all have been big ones — 187, 231, 258 not out and 156, according to ESPNCricinfo.com
Both batsmen have a very good record against India, with Finch scoring 1,325 runs in 30 matches at an average of 47.32.
Warner, on the other hand, has played just 20 ODIs against India and has scored 947 runs at 50.38.
While Finch has four hundreds, Warner has three centuries.
On Friday, Warner was more circumspect as he made 69 off 76 deliveries with just six boundaries whereas Finch made 114 off 124 balls with nine fours and two sixes.
Ishant Sharma ruled out of Test series vs Australia
Fast bowler Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of India’s upcoming four-match Test series against Australia, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Thursday.
The BCCI said that Ishant has completely recovered from the side strain he sustained during the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL). “While he’s building up his workload in order to achieve Test match fitness, Mr. Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy,” said the board.
The board also said that it will have further clarity on Rohit Sharma’s participation in the upcoming Test series based on his next assessment which will be conducted on December 11.
The BCCI had earlier confirmed that both Rohit and Ishant have been ruled out of the first two Test matches.
Meanwhile, fast bowler Thangarasu Natarajan has been added to India’s ODI squad for the Australia series as backup after Navdeep Saini “complained of back spasm”.
India’s tour of Australia begins with the first ODI on Friday in Sydney. The three-match ODI series will be followed by a T20I series of as many matches from December 4. The first of the four Tests will be start on December 17.
The Hundred: Tom Curran to join brother Sam at Oval Invincibles
England all-rounder Tom Curran will line up alongside his brother Sam as part of the Oval Invincibles in the inaugural edition of The Hundred in 2021.
The left-arm quick has come through major injuries in his career and returned to the England team in 2020.
“I am thrilled to be playing for Oval Invincibles. I love playing at The Kia Oval and it will be special to play in the first season of The Hundred at my home ground,” Tom said in a statement.
“I think The Hundred is an incredibly exciting competition and I’m really looking forward to it. We are building a strong squad with a number of local players which I hope will help us be successful next summer,” he added.
Along with Tom, Oval Invincibles have also retained Georgia Adams, Tash Farrant and Reece Topley.
“It’s great to know that I’m staying at Oval Invincibles for the first season of The Hundred. The women’s game continues to grow despite the wider challenges the entire sport is facing and next summer can’t come soon enough,” Farrant said.
The eight men’s teams in the competition have time till January to announce the retentions. A men’s draft will be held in early 2021 to select the remaining players.
The Hundred is a new 100-balls-per-side format to be played by eight teams in separate men’s and women’s tournaments.
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