Afghan regroups under new leadership with eye on CWC19

Afghanistan will be strong to find their feet under Gulbadin Naib, and use the ODI against Scotland to get used to conditions they can expect in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Afghan regroups under new leadership with eye on CWC19
Afghan regroups under new leadership with eye on CWC19

Afghanistan’s World Cup preparation got a bit of a shake-up when the selectors decided to go with a leadership change ahead of the marquee tournament. The team, under Gulbadin Naib, had some time to come together in training camps in South Africa, and now their work will be put to the test against Scotland in a two-match ODI series.

Their next challenge will be to quickly get used to the conditions. Their spinners won’t find much assistance from them, and with games against Ireland to follow before the World Cup, it will be a test for them to find a workaround.

Scotland is playing their first ODI since June 2018. Afghanistan’s higher ranking – No.7 on the ICC ODI Team Rankings as against their own No.12 – will only drive them, as it did when they took on, and defeated, No.1-ranked England last summer.

The uncapped medium-pacer Gavin Main has received a call-up, while off-spinner Tom Sole and pacer Brad Wheal have come in to strengthen the bowling. They too have a new man in charge: this will be the first international assignment for new head coach Shane Burger.

Asghar Afghan (Afghanistan): The former captain is set to play his 100th ODI, and will become only the second man from his country, after Mohammad Nabi, to reach the landmark. The selectors have clarified that despite being stripped of the captaincy, Afghan is still a vital part of the side. With half-centuries in his three previous ODI innings, against Ireland, he will create an Afghanistan record if he can add one more to that tally.

Kyle Coetzer (Scotland): The Scotland captain has defined the positive, aggressive style of cricket that his team is keen to play. Having upset England last year and won the T20 quadrangular in Oman, he’ll want the team to take another step forward. This will also be an opportunity to rectify his own numbers, which have been up and down in recent times.

Conditions

it’s set to be cold and rainy in Edinburgh. Mid-day temperatures are forecast at 7°C, with rain expected through the day.

Teams

Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross (wk), Alasdair Evans, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Tom Sole, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Brad Wheel

Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

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Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19

Kapil Dev, India’s World Cup-winning captain, believed a mix of youth and experience in a well-balanced squad would work in India’s favors at the ICC CWC 2019. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19
Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19

Dev, who led India to their first title in the 1983 event, backed the team to reach the knockouts in this edition, going in as one of the strongest sides.

India has a great combination of youth and experience. In a way they are more experienced than the other teams, he said at a promotional event on Wednesday, 9 May. They have the right balance – four fast bowlers, three spinners and they have Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.

“Dhoni and Kohli have done extremely well for India. Both of them are unmatchable.”

Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19
Kapil Dev backs Kohli, Dhoni to play big role at CWC19

Dev, who finished his career with 253 wickets in 225 one-day internationals to be arguably India’s greatest fast-bowling all-rounder, was all praise for the team’s pace attack.

“The four fast bowlers we have are fantastic,” he said. “The English conditions will help them swing the ball. Then players like Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah can bowl 145kph have swing and pace.”

The pacers will be backed by Hardik Pandya, the all-rounder. Since his debut, Pandya has prompted high expectations among fans that he could be a cricketer in the Kapil Dev vein. However, the veteran dismissed comparisons.

“You should not put pressure on Hardik Pandya,” he said. “He has enough talent, let him play his natural game. I don’t like anybody being compared to anyone because that puts pressure on that player.”

Naming India as one of the favorites, along with Australia and England, with New Zealand and West Indies as the dark horses,

He added, “I think India will definitely finish in the top four. After that, it will be really difficult. After the semifinals, a stroke of luck alongside personal and team performance will determine who goes forward.”

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Root delighted with winning start to CWC19

Joe Root expressed his delight at England’s winning start, ahead of what is set to be a grueling summer of cricket, featuring the CWC19, followed by a home Ashes series. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Root delighted with winning start to CWC19
Root delighted with winning start to CWC19

England enclosed past Ireland by 4 wickets in a one-off ODI in Dublin, before kicking off their series against Pakistan with a 7 wicket win in the only T20I in Cardiff.

Root supposed that victory against the No.1-ranked T20I team in the world was a step in the right direction as they gear themselves up for the CWC

. “It’s exciting to see the crux of the squad together and to start the journey of the summer,” he said. “

And for us to find a way of winning two matches, I know this is a different format, but the majority of the team will be around for the 50-over stuff.

“It was a great chance for us to start going in the right direction, to get some momentum going into the one-day series. It’s really pleasing to be two from two and, hopefully, now carry that forward throughout those five games.”

Creation the win more pleasing was the fact that it came in the absence of several regular players. England was sans Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes, to name a few, for the Pakistan T20I.

In their absence, opening batsman James Vince, who is filling in for the injured Jason Roy, did well with a 27-ball 36 to set the tone for England’s successful chase of 174, though Joe Denly laid the finishing touches with 20* off 12 balls.

Also giving a sight of his talent was the highly commended Jofra Archer, who returned 2/29 in four overs in a high-scoring game.

“You could see the value of what he could bring to a side, that extra bit of zipping,” Root said of Archer.

He is someone that wants to get into the game and make things happen, which is a brilliant quality to have.

“What this game did is provide a huge opportunity for guys who haven’t played a huge amount for England, either before or in recent times. It was really important that those guys got something out of it. It’s about them trying to take that opportunity and us finding a way of winning without a normal-looking T20 side, and I thought it was a fantastic effort from the group to win in the manner that we did.”

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Flintoff wants Archer in England Cricket World Cup Side

The former all-rounder, Andrew Flintoff, said England should call up Jofra Archer to their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 side at any cost. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Flintoff wants Archer in England Cricket World Cup Side
Flintoff wants Archer in England Cricket World Cup Side

Archer, the Barbados-born all-rounder, has played for England twice over the last few days after he fulfilled the tweaked eligibility criteria. On his debut, in the one-day international against Ireland, he returned 1/40 as England won by four wickets.

In his next outing, in the one-off Twenty20 International against Pakistan, he came more into his own, returning an excellent 2/29, the best figures by a bowler in the match, as England won by seven wickets.

Archer has impressed in T20 leagues the world over with his all-around skills, and Flintoff believes he’s done enough to warrant a place in England’s World Cup side. “He’s got to be in,” Flintoff was quoted as saying by the BBC. Who I would get rid of anyone? He’s brilliant.

“He is unbelievable – I was watching him bowl the other day and I found it so frustrating that a bloke can bowl so fast with what looks like so little effort. He has so much control, all the tricks – slower balls, bouncers, Yorkers – and the bats as well.”

Archer wasn’t included in England’s 15 for the World Cup, but he is in the squad for the five ODIs against Pakistan, and the series is considered something of an audition for him to earn his place in the team for the premier event.

There has been plenty of talk regarding Archer’s inclusion in the World Cup squad, with the likes of David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood all voicing concerns about how it wouldn’t be fair on an established player.

But Flintoff likened the situation to the time when Kevin Pietersen was brought into the England squad at the expense of Graham Thorpe, who had over 100 Test caps, ahead of the 2005 Ashes. England went on to win the series, riding on Pietersen.

“That [calling up Pietersen for Thorpe] wasn’t popular with everyone because Thorpey had come back in the side and scored a hundred against South Africa, but Kev showed the way to take them on,” Flintoff said.

Archer has that same ability to surprise people, to lead the way and raise the bar.

“Team spirit is born out of winning, I played in a lot of sides, and the only ones that had team spirit were the successful ones. Parachuting someone in is not the issue.”

Archer will look to boost his claims for a World Cup spot when England takes on Pakistan in the first ODI at The Oval on Wednesday, 8 May.

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Eoin Morgan said close games are great exercise going into World Cup 2019

Morgan, the England limited-overs skipper, feels the hard-fought wins against Ireland and Pakistan serve as good game practice in lead-up to the CWC19. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Eoin Morgan said close games are great exercise going into World Cup 2019
Eoin Morgan said close games are great exercise going into World Cup 2019

England stuttered in chase of 198 in the one-off one-day international against Ireland on Friday, 3 May before Ben Foakes rescued them from 101/6. On Sunday, in the T20 against Pakistan, it exited down to the final over, with Morgan guiding his side to a seven-wicket victory. Both wins were far from content, but that does not worry Morgan.

“Two close matches is great practice for us going into a World Cup,” he told Sky Sports.

The guys are learning from this as we go on. They were two different challenges in the space of three days.

“Given we have a fixture in Cardiff during the World Cup, it is very important we get back into the habit of knowing the dimensions of the ground, feeling comfortable with whichever chasing or setting, and getting our plans right when we are bowling.”

Morgan also spoke of the importance of playing a young team. We made a lot of variations today, three guys coming in Jofra Archer, Ben Duckett, and Foakes, and making their debuts, so getting over the line for the guys coming in, and playing a young side is important.

“It makes it easier for them to learn and assess their own performance and the team performance in the right way, as opposed to looking inwards and blaming themselves for losing a game.”

Morgan was lavish in his praise of Archer, who returned 2/29 in his four overs and put the brakes on Pakistan with the dismissals of Haris Sohail and Babar Azam in the 15th over. They were both set batsmen, who had put on a century stand, and Pakistan was able to add only 39 runs in the remaining 25 balls.

I thought Jofra came on from the game in Ireland,” Morgan said. “He showed a lot more of what he’s about. It can take time. Today was another debut for him, and like I said the other day, they don’t always go that well – actually the majority of the time they don’t. But I thought today, he came on a lot more.

“Hopefully he’ll have an opportunity throughout the series the five ODIs against Pakistan to do the same.”

Morgan was extravagant in his praise of Archer, who returned 2/29 in his four overs and put the brakes on Pakistan with the dismissals of Haris Sohail and Babar Azam in the 15th over. They were both set batsmen, who had put on a century stand, and Pakistan was able to add only 39 runs in the remaining 25 balls.

I thought Jofra came on from the game in Ireland,” Morgan said. “He showed a lot more of what he’s about. It can take time. Today was another debut for him, and like I said the other day, they don’t always go that well – actually the majority of the time they don’t. But I thought today, he came on a lot more.

“Hopefully he’ll have an opportunity throughout the series the five ODIs against Pakistan to do the same.” Eoin Morgan said

While Morgan was pleased with Archer’s debut, he was dangerous of the rest of the bowling unit.

“We were a little bit hit-and-miss with our bowling,” he said. “Pakistan are a very good side, but I wouldn’t say it was anywhere near our best with the ball.”

England and Pakistan will now clash in a five-match ODI series, beginning on Wednesday in London.

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Gayle named Caribbean Vice-Captain for CWC19

Caribbean opener Chris Gayle has been named his team’s vice-captain for the CWC19, Caribbean declared on Monday, 6 May.  Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

The 39-year-old has represented West Indies in 103 Tests, 289 one-day internationals and 58 Twenty20 Internationals, scoring 18,992 international runs. Gayle also has prior leadership experience, having captained his side in 90 matches across formats between 2007 and 2010.

Gayle named Caribbean Vice-Captain for CWC19
Gayle named Caribbean Vice-Captain for CWC19

Gayle, who is set to play his last 50-over tournament, will be backing up Jason Holder, and as a senior player, felt that it was his “responsibility to support the captain and everyone else in the team”.

“It is always an honor to represent the West Indies in any format, and this World Cup for me is special,” he said. “As a senior player, it is my responsibility to support the captain and everyone else in the team. This will probably be the biggest World Cup so there will be great expectations, and I know we will do very well for the people of the West Indies.”

Gayle was a part of the 2019 Indian Premier League, in which he played for Kings XI Punjab, who failed to qualify for the knockouts, after finishing sixth on the table. Gayle himself had a terrific run, however, scoring 490 runs in 13 matches, at a brilliant strike rate of 153.60. However, owing to his participation in the league, he missed the ongoing tri-series in Ireland, where West Indies are competing with the hosts and Bangladesh.

In his absence, Cricket West Indies named wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope as Holder’s deputy for the series, ahead of the side’s second ODI, against Bangladesh. Hope was instrumental in West Indies’ 196-run win in the opening game, against Ireland, where he made a brilliant 152-ball 170, which featured 22 fours and two sixes. He was also involved in a 365-run opening stand with John Campbell – the highest in the format for the first wicket.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be appointed vice-captain for this series here in Ireland,” Hope said. “Ahead of this tournament, I was asked to take on this role and I was happy to accept. Anything I’m asked to do for West Indies cricket, I’m always happy and willing to put my hand up, so this is great.”

West Indies will face Bangladesh in the second ODI of the tri-series in Dublin on 7 May. They will open their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on 31 May in Nottingham.

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India sweat over Jadhav’s shoulder injury for World Cup 2019

Kedar Jadhav sustained a shoulder injury in the field during the IPL 2019 clash between CSK and Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, 5 May, and has been run out for the remainder of the tournament and CWC. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

India sweat over Jadhav’s shoulder injury for World Cup 2019
India sweat over Jadhav’s shoulder injury for World Cup 2019

Jadhav sustained the blow while attempting to stop an overthrow during the Punjab innings, and while he was successful in doing that, he was visibly uncomfortable thereafter. He had to leave the field after the 14th over, as Punjab went on to chase 171. He will undergo scans on Monday.

“Kedar Jadhav’s getting an x-ray and a scan tomorrow. I don’t think we’ll see him again in this tournament for us,” said Stephen Fleming, the Chennai coach. “He’s in some discomfort. Fingers crossed that it is nothing too serious, but it didn’t look that good.”

Jadhav is considered a vital cog in the Indian setup, given his versatility with the bat as well as his ability to strangle opposition with his low-arm off-spin. He didn’t have a great IPL, scoring just 162 runs from 12 innings. More than his form, however, India will be fretting over his fitness.

Jadhav has a history of injuries. A hamstring tear during the previous IPL ruled him out of virtually the whole tournament, and shortly after recovering from that, he was injured against during India’s Asia Cup 2018 campaign.

India is set to depart for England on 22 May. The tournament begins on 30 May, and India’s first match is against South Africa on 5 June.

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Maxwell Ready to recover floating role at World Cup 2019

Glenn Maxwell, the Australia all-rounder, is ready to assume the floating role he executed to great effect in the past at CWC 2019. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances in CWC. Now you can book Cricket World Cup tickets to support your favorite players.

Maxwell Ready to recover floating role at World Cup 2019
Maxwell Ready to recover floating role at World Cup 2019

Maxwell was Australia’s third highest run-getter in the 2015 World Cup, accumulating 324 runs in eight matches at 64.80, and even scored his maiden, and so far only, one-day international century in the tournament. Maxwell performed a key floating role during that campaign, and in the build-up to this year’s tournament, he has been doing something similar.

He was slated as low as No.7 by the Australian think-tank earlier in the year, but he has since batted at every position in the middle order, helping the side win eight consecutive away ODIs.

“I joked about this, but as soon as it gets past about the 15th over and we’re none down, I put them [his pads] on and just wait there,” he said on the sidelines of a training camp in Brisbane. “

But I generally work with JL Coach Justin Langer, just keep asking him what he wants from me, and it’ll get to a point where he’ll say, ‘Go put ’em on’.

“He’ll send a message out to Aaron Finch, ask him what he thinks, and that’s how we get to that decision. It was rather that I did rationally well in 2015, so we’re sort of trying to emulate that in this World Cup. Hopefully, I can do it similarly.”

The 30-year-old has been in spectacular form this year. In 13 matches, Maxwell has scored 458 runs at an average of 41.63, from across the middle order. A lot of credit for that, he said, went to the foundations laid by Finch and Usman Khawaja at the top.

“The top order has been really successful as well, I’ve been able to ride off the back of that, come in at different times and expand on really good starts,” he said. “We saw in the UAE that they performed extremely well – Aaron and Usman were outstanding at the top – so for me to just ride on the back of that, and play a different role was really enjoyable.”

Having made him unavailable for IPL 2019, Maxwell joined Lancashire to play in the County Championship in England; to help sues the conditions ahead of the premier event. “It was pretty good,” he said of his stint. I was lucky enough to be training at Old Trafford every day with a center wicket, so I was able to get used to conditions.

“The wicket was really good. Every day I was facing Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions so [they were] decent net sessions as well. I was very blessed with what I had.”

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Sangakkara Said This CWC19 Will be one of the Best Ever Tournaments

Kumar Sangakkara former SL skipper feels one can imagine a “close competition” and “great cricket” in the ICC CWC19. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances in CWC. Now you can book Cricket World Cup tickets to support your favorite players.

Sangakkara Said This CWC19 Will be one of the Best Ever Tournaments
Sangakkara Said This CWC19 Will be one of the Best Ever Tournaments

Sangakkara, 41, who is soon to take over as the first non-British president of the Marylebone Cricket Club, is excited about the marquee tournament, which begins on 30 May.

“I have a feeling this World Cup will be one of the best ever tournaments,” he told Hindustan Times. “There will be close competition and I am sure we can look forward to some great cricket. The fans will enjoy it. It will be a great occasion for the sport and I am really excited.”

Kumar Sangakkara is content with the way new teams are entering international cricket and believes it bodes well for the growth of the game.

“I think the ICC has been doing a very good job in terms of trying to spread the game and more importantly in terms of bringing new teams to the framework. MCC does it in a unique way and has planned to tie up and bring in exciting new countries.”

The dashing left-hander, who represented Sri Lanka in four World Cups, also added that while cricket is growing, it is also important for the governing bodies to ensure there is no overload.

It should be looked at how home boards do their scheduling. It has got more to do with the ICC to balance out the Future Tours Programme. There has to be an adequate break between tours ensuring rehabilitation is done in a proper manner.

“There’s a lot of international cricket and a lot of domestic leagues taking place at the moment. They have to work with the home boards to balance things, not only for players and boards but even for spectators.”

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Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019

The Caribbean side missing some of their first-choice players will face hosts Ireland in the first game of the tri-nation series, which also involves Bangladesh, on Sunday, 5 May, and look to familiarize themselves with the English conditions ahead of the CWC. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances in CWC. Now you can book Cricket World Cup tickets to support your favorite players.

Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019
Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019

Only half of the 14-man West Indies squad named for the tri-series will be contributing in the CWC19; the other members of the CWC team are playing in the IPL. Yet, the tri-series will offer them a taste of the circumstances, while giving outlying players an opportunity to showcase their talent, especially youngsters like Sunil Ambris, John Campbell, Shane Dowrich and Raymon Reifer.

West Indies did well to draw the five-match ODI series against England in March, an outcome that was not expected as the hosts were facing a strong side placed No.1 on the ICC ODI Team Rankings. They will rely on the experience of a senior player like Darren Bravo and Shai Hope. Skipper Jason Holder will lead the pace attack alongside Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach, and Shanon Gabriel.

Ireland, meanwhile, will be ruing their defeat to England in Dublin on Friday, sliding from a position of strength. While the hosts faltered while batting, their precise bowling had almost derailed England. They have a terrific top three in place, in William Porterfield, Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie, who gave them a good start, and they will be looking to them to put up a competitive score.

Middle-order batsman Lorcan Tucker had a milder debut in comparison to Josh little, who was the star of the bowling line-up. However, Tucker’s domestic credentials are strong enough for him to warrant another chance.

Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019
Caribbean Check Bench Strength Ahead of World Cup 2019

Key players

Josh Little (Ireland): The teenager, who made his ODI debut on Friday, impressed with a probing spell of 4/45, picking up wickets of James Vince, Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, and David Willey. The left-arm mixed short balls with fuller ones deftly and troubled the more experienced England batsmen. While the young man could not finish the job for Ireland, he will be hoping for a repeat performance against the West Indies side.

Darren Bravo (West Indies): The 30-year-old had a sub-par series against England in March this year. While he scored at an average of 44.33, he was not able to capitalize on the good starts and accumulated just 133 runs in five games. This is a great chance for him to get some quality match practice before the marquee tournament.

Conditions

Friday’s game against England was a truncated affair as rain delayed the start of proceedings. The chances of showers on Sunday are low but expect cloud cover throughout the morning. The overcast conditions might aid swing bowling and teams will be looking to field first. The last ODI here was played two years ago in May 2017, in which Bangladesh chased 270 sets by New Zealand with ease.

Teams

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson

West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach

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