Oct 142017
Sri Lankan board agrees to send team to Lahore for final T20

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/842e1f2c50ac6ede84adc1c66403a305.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMTQvMjAxNyA5OjMyOjM4IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9MFlsNW9hei9UN2xnYldKSXJlZmh5QT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] LAHORE: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is ready to send its team to Lahore for the third and final T20 against Pakistan on October 29, as scheduled, PCB sources revealed following the conclusion of ICC board meeting in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday.Sources said that PCB chairman Najam Sethi had a detailed meeting with SLC officials on the sidelines of the ICC board meeting, where they assured him the team will be visiting Pakistan for the final T20, scheduled to be held at Gaddafi Stadium, which also successfully hosted the Independence Cup and PSL final earlier this year.Following the reassurance, top PCB officials instructed the board’s logistics department in Lahore to start finalising the arrangements for the match. PCB officials also had a fruitful meeting with their counterparts from the West Indian cricket board, who assured of the team’s visit to Pakistan in November. West Indies will play three T20s in Pakistan, the sources added. Pakistan, South Africa may play series later this year T20 Global League’s postponement opens window for bilateral series between Pakistan and South Africa It was also reported earlier that Pakistan and South Africa may play a series later this year, after the postponement of T20 Global League opened up a window for a bilateral tournament in South Africa. PCB and Cricket South Africa are believed to be in talks regarding the series.  Click for detailed story

Feb 052017
South Africa launches its own T20 league in response to BBL, IPL

JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa on Saturday announced plans for a Twenty20 league which it hopes will attract major international investment and big-name players. The #T20 Global League appears to be based on the successful Indian Premier League and Australia´s Big Bash League, although there were limited details about the structure of the tournament. Eight franchises will be sold and the teams are expected to be city-based, with the tournament being played in late 2017, when all South Africa´s leading players and many world stars are likely to be available. A tender has been issued with a deadline of March 3 for expressions of interest. “We are confident that the window we have chosen will make it possible for franchises to attract top-class players to South Africa,” said CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat. Plans for the league were revealed to International Cricket Council member countries during ICC meetings in Dubai which ended on Friday. “Our vision is to drive the creation of a new T20 destination league in South Africa that would energise the sport of cricket in South Africa by creating a global platform for the best-in-class to perform and showcase their talent to a global audience,” said CSA president Chris Nenzani. “We have received a very favourable response to our plans from the ICC and member boards and look to their support.” Click for detailed story

Dec 142016
South Africa name uncapped De Bruyn for Sri Lanka Tests

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa have named uncapped batsman Theunis de Bruyn in their injury-hit squad for the three-match home Test series against Sri Lanka that starts on December 26. The 24-year-old explosive right-hander has been included after Rilee Rossouw was ruled out with a foot injury, adding to the absences of former captain AB de Villiers (elbow), and fast bowlers Dale Steyn (shoulder) and Morne Morkel (back). “De Bruyn is the latest player to be rewarded for consistently good form at franchise and South Africa A level,” Cricket South Africa selection convener Linda Zondi said in a statement on Wednesday. “He has an outstanding first-class career average of 48.73 and has made 423 runs at 60.42 in this season’s four-day competition.” De Bruyn also offers an option as a part-time seam bowler. On Monday, it was announced that Faf du Plessis, who recently led the side to series victories at home to New Zealand and away in Australia, would take over the Test captaincy on a permanent basis as De Villiers battled to regain full fitness. “Credit to AB de Villiers for the smooth way the leadership transition has taken place. Faf has done an outstanding job in the last two Test series and our leadership is in very good hands,” Zondi added. Next Monday, Du Plessis will appeal his conviction for ball tampering during the series in Australia that resulted in him losing his entire match fee for the second Test in Hobart. The appeal represents an element of risk [Read More…]

Sep 292016
With no Starc, Australia´s rookie fast bowlers face South Africa test

CENTURION: Australia´s fast bowling reserves will be put to the test during a five-match one-day international series against South Africa starting at Centurion on Friday. The world´s leading one-day team will be without an entire battery of top-class pace bowlers when they take on their fourth-ranked challengers. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have been rested, while Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner and Peter Siddle were ruled out by injury. The touring squad includes three new fast bowlers in Daniel Worrall, who earned his first cap in Australia´s nine-wicket win against Ireland in Benoni on Tuesday, Chris Tremain and Joe Mennie. The only experienced seamers in the squad are John Hastings, Scott Boland and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who between them have only 73 caps and 80 wickets in one-day internationals. A key bowler for Australia could be leg-spinner Adam Zampa, 24, who made his debut in February and has taken 25 wickets in 13 matches, although South Africa´s relatively small grounds and the thin air in Centurion and Johannesburg could challenge his skills. Australia coach Darren Lehmann said on arrival in Johannesburg last week that it was necessary to rotate the team´s bowling resources with a view to building depth ahead of major Test series and one-day tournaments. He said all 14 members of the squad would get game time during the tour. Given their lack of experience, the Australian bowlers have reason to be grateful that AB de Villiers, the world´s number one-ranked one-day international batsman, will [Read More…]

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