Karunaratne Will Be Captain Of Sri Lanka In The World Cup 2019

Dimuth Karunaratne has been named the captain of Sri Lanka’s World Cup team, meaning that Lasith Malinga has been ousted from his leadership position.

Karunaratne leadership in the surprise win of the Test series in South Africa made him a captain’s choice left for the Cricket World Cup. Fans are excited to get their Cricket World Cup Tickets to see live performances of their favorite team and players.

Karunaratne Will Be Captain Of Sri Lanka In The World Cup 2019 Tickets

Karunaratne Will Be Captain Of Sri Lanka In The World Cup 2019

Although fears about Karunaratne’s fight are centered on whether he could score points fast enough. He scored a strike rate of over 90, while he scored 165 points on average 55 during this tournament.

The news will be a blow to Malinga, who had committed to playing a national game in Kandy just 14 hours after completing an IPL match in Mumbai earlier this month. Although Malinga led Sri Lanka to a World T20 Trophy in 2014, his one-day captaining gave catastrophic results. The team lost each of the 9 ODIs they played under his leadership.

Malinga also apparently had poor relations with several key players. Earlier this year, Thisara Perera asked Sri Lanka Cricket to intervene after he and Malinga’s wife were involved in a dispute on Facebook.

The 3rd major option for the captain’s position may, in fact, have been the first choice of coaches Angelo Mathews. He has been captain of the ODI of Sri Lanka twice. But, his last job at the helm was cut short when he was ousted after the Sri Lankan Asian Cup came out in September. Mathews’ relationship with coach Chandika Hathurusingha had become incredibly tense as a result of the player’s exhaustion last year.

Sri Lanka has not yet named its team for the Cricket World Cup. But the last selectors meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday and is expected to be announced in the next 24 hours.

Although Karunaratne has not been part of an ODI team in Sri Lanka for years, he is now assured of a place.

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Shoaib Malik And Muhammad Amir Could Fit into Pakistan’s CWC Squad

There are so many candidates to choose from that the only concern is who to leave out. Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, and Hasan Ali are likely guaranteed, but Pakistan has yet to choose two from Usman Shinwari, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, and Mohammad Amir. It is quite an embarrassment of riches. Sports fanatics from all over the world can now grab Cricket World Cup Tickets online to enjoy most exciting cricket matches.

Muhammad Amir

The last name there – Amir – would not even be in the running if another bowler had his numbers over the last two years. Since the Champions Trophy final in June 2017, Amir has captured five ODI wickets in 101 bowling deferrals at an average of 92.60 per wicket. Not surprisingly, it’s the worst thing for all bowlers to have sent more than 600 balls during this period. To get an idea of ​​the seriousness of the situation, Mark Wood is the second poorest specialist among the fast players on this list. It has 20 wickets at 47.75, almost twice as much as Amir.

Muhammad Amir Could Fit into Pakistan`s CWC Squad
Muhammad Amir Could Fit into Pakistan`s CWC Squad

What Amir has for him is a savings rate of 4.58 for the same period; his career saving rate is 4.78. It should be noted that among the fast bowlers belonging to teams participating in the World Cup, only Jasprit Bumrah (4.30) has been more economical in the last two years.

Admittedly, Amir’s replacement of the fast tearaway that could pit a bowler against a pitcher who controls the course of the race was lively.

Shoaib Malik

Perhaps the most difficult question Pakistan faces is whether to bring its most experienced player to the World Cup for a swan song or not.

Shoaib Malik Could Fit into Pakistan`s CWC Squad
Shoaib Malik Could Fit into Pakistan`s CWC Squad

Only a few months ago, when Sarfraz Ahmed fought, Shoaib Malik could lead the tournament team. A defeat against South Africa in the T20I series, the victory of Australia and a mediocre campaign with Multan Sultans at the PSL have put this idea in the clear.

Malik is no longer a realistic option for bowling and has a bad record in ODI in England, averaging 13.6 with a bat in 23 innings. In the last two years, it has struggled to become the launching pad that Pakistan wants to rank fifth, the most common Malik’s strike position of the period. His strike rate of 82.11 for this period is almost identical to his career number.

Nevertheless, excluding it would be a courageous call. No other player in the tournament will boast a career begun in the previous century, and his casual attitude is unlikely to be a heavy and unwanted presence in the Pakistani locker room. And, in any case, Pakistan has a habit of ending the career of its players right after the World Cup, not just before. Malik has history on his side.

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Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team

Jacques Kallis, the former South Africa all-rounder, has called for Dinesh Karthik to be included in India’s 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team
Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team

Kallis is currently working with Karthik at the 2019 Indian Premier League, where he serves as head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders, of which Karthik is captain.

Kallis felt Karthik would fit in well as India’s No.4. The position has been highly contentious in the build-up to the tournament, with India still looking for answers. Karthik, however, hasn’t been in the discussion.

He last played ODI cricket during India’s tour of New Zealand, and while he has been solid in the chances given to him, the performances haven’t been enough to make him stand out in a competitive pool, comprising KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant, among potentially several others.

Kallis, however, felt Karthik would be critical to India’s chances at the marquee event. “India will be silly not to pick Dinesh Kartik in the World Cup team,” he told India Today. “He has the experience and the temperament and will be critical to India’s chances. He should be looked at as the No.4 option

Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team
Jacques Kallis wants Karthik in India’s CWC team

“2019 will be the most open World Cup of all, and India certainly has the team to win it and are the favorites going into the tournament. DK is one of the best finishers I have ever seen. He has been unbelievable for KKR. To have a guy there who is going to be calm under pressure… and he is great to have in your dressing room as well.”

Echoing Kallis’ views were Kolkata team mentor Abhishek Nayar, who has had a direct influence on the wicket-keeper’s late career resurgence. Nayar put Karthik through a rigorous training programme that included a complete mental reset. It led to Karthik coming back with renewed purpose and slamming that stunning eight-ball 29* in the Nidahas Trophy final of 2018.

“I think in the past two years, he has shown us how versatile he is. He is not only a finisher but even batting up the order… I think he gives you that versatility also, being a wicket-keeper and a very good fielder,” Nayar said.

Nayar went on to say that Karthik didn’t necessarily have to be a back-up wicket-keeper and that he was good enough to make the team on his batting and fielding skills alone. “He is not only a keeper back-up but also a batsman back-up, who can come and field,” he said.

“We’ve seen how well he fields and the kind of catches he has taken. He is also ideal to bat at No.4. Because of the kind batsman he is, you can use him anywhere in the batting order. So, for me, he is someone I feel should be definitely in that World Cup squad.”

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Muhammad Nabi is confident about his World Cup Squad

Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi feels that Afghanistan has the right mix of spinners to challenge teams at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Muhammad Nabi is confident about his World Cup Squad
Muhammad Nabi is confident about his World Cup Squad

Nabi will form a three-man spin attack, along with Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman. While Nabi is capable of building pressure by accumulating the dots, Khan is Afghanistan’s strike bowler, while Rahman can be handy in the first Powerplay, where he is generally used to curb scoring early.

All three spinners have played their share of cricket in England recently. While Nabi and Khan turned out for Leicestershire and Sussex, respectively, in last year’s T20 Blast, Rahman has struck a deal with Middlesex for the upcoming season, and Nabi feels the experience will hold them in good stead.

“Ours is a good combination because Rashid and Mujeeb are wicket-taking bowlers and I am more defensive, bowling a lot of dot balls,” Nabi told AFP.

“(The T20 Blast) It was a great experience for us and was of big help. Rashid and I bowled actually well and he also batted well. We will rapidly get adjusted to the conditions there hopefully.”

While the Afghanistan team prepares for the marquee event with a training camp in South Africa, their spin trio is currently engaged in the 2019 Indian Premier League. Nabi and Khan are team-mates there as well, with both players representing Sunriser Hyderabad, while Rahman plays for Kings XI Punjab.

Nabi felt the IPL, with its tight finishes and high level of competition is ideal to get used to dealing with pressure at the World Cup. Nabi is in the middle of a terrific IPL season, where his seven wickets have come at an average of 12.42

And while Khan has had a slightly moderate season by his standards, both bowlers have conceded runs at fewer than six and over. Rahman has had a lukewarm start to his campaign but has played only three matches.

“The IPL helps a lot,” Nabi said. “If you play these kinds of pressure games before the World Cup, it will help a lot in the tournament against top opposition teams. It is a white-ball format after all. Yes, it is an alteration of format, but you can adjust easily to the 50-over game.”

Afghanistan begins its World Cup campaign against Australia in Bristol on 1 June. The last time the two sides met at the World Cup, the Asian team was walloped by 275 runs.

But this is a much-improved Afghanistan team, as they showed at the Asia Cup last year, where they challenged several top teams. Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, just about lost to Pakistan, and held tournament favorites India to a tie.

“We will try our best at the CWC and challenge every team that we play against,” Nabi said. “God-willing, in future we will challenge everybody in Test cricket.”

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Ponting wants three Aus pacers to play CWC, Ashes

Ricky Ponting believes Australia’s big three pacers – Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood – should aim to play every match at both the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 and the Ashes.

Ponting wants three Aus pacers to play CWC, Ashes
Ponting wants three Aus pacers to play CWC, Ashes

All three bowlers have had condensed workloads heading into the CWC. Hazlewood has not played since the home series against India and Starc last played in the Tests against Sri Lanka that followed – both have since been recovering from injuries. And while Cummins was intricate in the limited-overs series in India and the UAE, he played in just one of the five ODIs against Pakistan.

Australia’s selectors are set to announce the World Cup squad on 15 April, and for all the talk of resting some of the pacers ahead of a crucial Ashes series, Ponting believes their freshness should be capitalized on at the World Cup.

“They Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins have all had reasonable lay-offs now,” Ponting, who will join the set-up as an assistant coach for the World Cup, told cricket.com.au. “I know some of them got through the summer and had injuries with Josh and Stacy of late, but that should mean they go into a World Cup very fresh.

“None of those guys will be in the IPL either, so they need to just manage [themselves] really well, with the thought of playing every game through the World Cup and the Ashes. I’m sure all those bowlers want to do that. It’s up to them to get themselves fit enough and strong enough to give themselves the best chance of being able to get through.”

However, Ponting said there was a caveat. All three don’t have to play every game – as many as 11, if Australia makes the finals – if the conditions warrant another combination. “Who knows, there might be a few games through the World Cup where it might not be the best to take those three fast bowlers into a game,” he said.

“Wicket in England might look like it will be slower and turn more, so you go in with another all-around option and/or another spinner. But the administration is going to be a key because trying to priorities a CWC over an Ashes series … it’s impossible. You’ve just got to face what you’ve got in front of you.

“The entire goal for Aus cricket right now should be to win the CWC and worry about whatever happens after that, after that.”

Australia opens its World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on 1 June. The Ashes begins on 1 August in Birmingham, a little over two weeks after the World Cup final on 14 July.

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Seifert goals to use CWC snub as a motivational tool

Tim Seifert, the wicketkeeper, narrowly missed out on a place in the New Zealand squad for the forthcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, with the uncapped Tom Blundell getting the nod instead.

Seifert goals to use CWC snub as motivational tool
Seifert goals to use CWC snub as a motivational tool

The spirited batsman said that he was “gutted” at existence left out, but at the same time renowned he would use the rebuff as a tool of incentive to establish a place for himself in the 50-over format. His wicket-keeping counterpart, Blundell, is enhanced known for his exploits in the extended format. The fact can be shown by the fact that he averages 37.74 in first-class cricket likened to 23.84 in List A cricket. He also split a hundred on his Test against the West Indies in 2017.

On the other side, Seifert gave a sight of his showpieces with a blazing 43-ball 84 against India in the first T20I in Wellington. On his part, Gary Stead, the NZ coach, designated that Blundell’s ‘keeping skills helped him to win a place in the set-up.

“At the end of the day I did not make the CWC so you are always going to be cleaned,” he told Stuff on Monday, April 8. “Tom Blundell is one of my best mates and even though we are fighting for the same position, if there’s talk around the wicketkeeper there’s always probably going to be me and him involved. Getting permission for those SL ODI games, in the back of the mind I thought I had a little step ahead of him.

“Everyone has got a bit to work on. Even skipper Kane Williamson is still working on his batting. It’s not like a ruin. I for myself don’t think I am far away from Tom Blundell with my keeping work. I have certainly used this selection as fire in the belly and will work hard so I can be up to that level. It’s stripping, but at the end of the day, it is what it is. There’s still a lot of further cricket to come,” he noted.

Siefert also wounded the little finger on his right hand on the last day of the domestic season cricket while playing for Northern Districts. The injury has all but lined him out of action for the future unofficial one-day matches versus a full-strength Australian XI in Brisbane.

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Pollard recovers his mojo ahead of CWC19

More than two years after playing his last one-day international, West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard is hopeful that his IPL exploits can fetch him a place in the Windies squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Pollard slammed a belligerent 31-ball 83 on Wednesday, 10 April, to power Mumbai Indians’ successful chase of 198 against Kings XI Punjab. Captaining the side in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, Pollard’s effort almost single-handedly took Mumbai to victory.

While the Windies have a bounty of death-overs power-hitters in the likes of Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite, Pollard’s experience is invaluable. He has 2289 ODI runs in 101 matches, at 25.71, with the highest score of 119 and strike-rate over 92.89.

Asked if he could take the flight to England with performances such as this, Pollard said: “The most I can do every time I step on the cricket field is try to put runs on the board. There are people there who have the job to select, and let’s see how that goes. I’m 31 years old, Chris Gayle is still playing, he’s 39, and he’s whacking it all around.”

Pollard recovers his mojo ahead of CWC19
Pollard recovers his mojo ahead of CWC19

Pollard has picked up after a dull start to the season, notching up scores of 17*, 46* and 83 in his last three innings. At 31, he remains a livewire on the field and offers solid overs with his medium pace.

On Wednesday, after an unbeaten 100 from KL Rahul, Punjab had the game in control as Mumbai struggled to garner momentum, stuttering to 65/3 after 10 overs, and 109/4 in 13. It resulted in the required rate escalating to 13.5 at one point in the chase.

Pollard, however, changed the course of the innings thereafter, smashing three fours and ten sixes in his powerful innings.

“Pollard is a legend! One fellow who could do this, it was Kieron Pollard,” admired Hardik Pandya. “Time and situation needed both of us to go for it, but I could not connect much today. Pollard was supporting himself, and for the first time in my life, while sitting outside, I thought 17 per over is a par score.”

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Saifudin not emphasizing over World Cup selection as he nurses elbow injury

Mohammad Saifuddin doesn’t want to get ahead of himself before Bangladesh’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 squad is announced, but should he make the cut, he admits that it will be a dream come true.

Saifudin not stressing over CWC selection as he nurses elbow injury
Saifudin not stressing over CWC selection as he nurses elbow injury

Saifuddin, the 22-year-old, has played just 10 one-day internationals so far but is seen as one of the bright prospects for Bangladesh cricket. As a fast-bowling all-rounder, he can add balance to a side.

“To be truthful, I am not thinking of such things,” Saifuddin told reporters in Mirpur, about making the final 15 for the World Cup. “At the moment, I am only focused on the DPL [Dhaka Premier League, Bangladesh’s domestic List A tournament] matches as I will only think about the World Cup when I get the final ticket for the event.

“Like every cricketer, I have a dream of playing in the World Cup. If I get a chance to play in the World Cup, it will be a dream comes true. It is a big platform for me to prove myself in England conditions, especially for those of us who are junior players in the team. If we do well, more good opportunities will then come.”

The youngster, who has one half-century and seven wickets in his ODI career so far, insisted that a call-up wouldn’t come with expectations.

“There is no cause to feel burden,” he said. “Mashrafe [Bin Mortaza, the ODI skipper] bhaialways says that the more confident you are, the better it is for you. We may not be capable to bowl 150 kph like Kagiso Rabada, but if we are able to bowl in the right areas at 130 kph, then certainly we will do well.”

The big concern for Saifuddin now, other than making the squad, is a troublesome elbow. According to media reports, he was supposed to take an injection after the tour of New Zealand to aid his recovery, but since it would’ve kept him out of the game for a while, he and his team chose instead to manage the issue and play in the DPL, where his team Abahani Limited is the defending champions.

Saifuddin’s team suggested that his injury was not as bad as initially thought. “Earlier, we used to tape that area, but now he does not need that,” Enamul Haque, the physio, told Cricbuzz. “The only thing is that he is having a problem with his throwing and, as a result, we have decided to keep him inside the 30-yard circle.”

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Root hoping for brilliant World Cup to stay for the Ashes

England Test skipper Joe Root is hopeful for a “brilliant Cricket World Cup” that will help the squad’s Ashes movement, which instigates on 1 August in Birmingham. Sports fanatics can book Cricket World Cup Final Tickets online to enjoy stunning performances.

Root hoping for brilliant World Cup to stay for the Ashes
Root hoping for brilliant World Cup to stay for the Ashes

England has never won a Cricket World Cup but has been advertised as one of the favorites to win this year’s contest at home. They will begin that chase with the opener against South Africa on 30 May.

“Hosting the Cricket World Cup is clearly very thrilling,” Root expressed Sky Sports. “At this time of the term, after having a minute of time off, very rapidly your mind starts converting to what’s to come?

“Hopefully, we’ll be on a flier after a brilliant World Cup. Eventually, when those Test matches come around, we know we’re going to have to be unconditionally ready for them.”

England is ranked No. 1 on the MRF Tyres ICC One Day International Team Rankings and presented the world why during their recently-concluded trip of the West Indies, where they tormented up over 400 and rushed down a total of 360 with apparent ease.

But that series also carried out some of England’s main weaknesses, as seen in the 5th ODI, when they bowled over for 113 on a bouncy Gros Islet field and yielded to their worst ODI defeat in terms of balls to spare. They still have eight games – one against Ireland, five against Pakistan, and a pair of official warm-up games against Australia and Afghanistan – to set things right before the Cricket World Cup 2019.

“The West Indies tour was clearly an opportunity to put together a string of good performances coming into a World Cup,” Root said. “I think it’s really important that we take on board what happened, and we come into this summer full of confidence.

“We’re an experienced side now and we will have learned from that. But it’s a nice little reminder for us almost that we can’t become complacent and we’ve just got to continue to get better.”

The Ashes have changed hands every time since England retained the urn at home in 2013, with the home team winning every series since. But while history favors England to regain the urn after losing 4-0 in Australia in 2017-18, Root didn’t want to lose sight of what lay in store in the immediate future.

“It leading England at the Ashes will be very special. The hairs stand up on your arms just thinking about it,” he said. “On the other hand, there’s so much cricket to be frolicked between now and then that it would be wrong to look too far ahead to those initial days and all of those little particulars that come with an Ashes series.

“It’s really important we stay much grounded. We know if we play to our latent in these conditions, we will be a very difficult side to beat. It’s all about us making how we want to and being unconditionally ready for everything Australia come and throw at us.”

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Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan

Morgan claims England will have no reluctance in altering its winning formula ahead of the CWC2019. Sports fanatics can book Cricket World Cup tickets online to enjoy stunning performances.

Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan
Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan

The competition favorites are undefeated in their last ten two-sided ODI series and are the number one ranked side in ODI, but the appearance of Barbados-born Jofra Archer has difficult selection matters with just over two months to go till the initial match of this summer’s CWC2019.

Archer, who capable to play for England former this month after the England and Wales Cricket Board tranquil its placement rules, has detonated onto the world scene with odd performances in limited-overs competitions, and Morgan declined to shut the door on the 23-year-old’s Cricket World Cup hopes.

Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan
Archer will get World Cup audition against Pakistan- Morgan

“It’s not about a winning method,” said England limited-overs skipper Morgan, who was on hand to welcome followers to the first Wonderful Saturday throughout the CWC2019 Trophy Tour, determined by Nissan, as the trophy took midpoint stage in Manchester’s Exchange Square.

“That is behindhand us almost and we need to endure using the sureness we have made to drive things onward and if it is about counting someone that’s going to add value then we will do it.

“The publicity about Jofra playing around the sphere and doing well and enticing a lot of care is defensible as he has put in performances that permit looking at.

“Trevor Bayliss supposed after the West Indies series we will aspect at him against Pakistan who England plays in five ODIs in May and that’s what we will do.

“We don’t have to name our Cricket World Cup2019 team until the end of the Pakistan series so we will have a look and see how he serves.”

As competition hosts, all the weight will be on England this summer, especially after an enormously unsatisfactory Cricket World Cup campaign in 2015 where Morgan’s squad failed to make it out of the group phase.

The last 4 years, though, have seen Morgan architect a brilliant reversal in fortunes, with an extensive front-foot panache coming to the fore and the Middlesex batsman is content to carry the hopes and thoughts of a nation on his shoulders.

“You can’t ignore it but we’ve prepared for going into the Cricket World Cup as favorites,” added Morgan.

“It’s something which sits absolutely fine with us. The reason it is there is because of the success we’ve had in the past but that’s all in the past now and our focus needs to be on what’s to come and the things we need to do.”

He is whatever but, as England put the finishing traces to their battle plan for the opener against South Africa at The Oval on 30 May 2019.

“There are no anxieties, I think it’s more excitement,” he said.

 “I think, sedentary here right now, we’re armed really well. We still have one match in Dublin against Ireland and our matches at home against Pakistan in the build-up to the Cricket World Cup so there’s sufficient of cricket to be played but all the emphasis is going to be on the rivalry.”

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