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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No Usman Khawaja in Warne’s Aussies World Cup Squad

If it were up to Shane Warne, Usman Khawaja wouldn’t be selected in Australia’s 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Khawaja is the leading run-scorer in one-day internationals in 2019, with 769 runs in 13 matches, at an average of 59.15. But despite that, Warne, tweeting out his selection of 15, left out the left-handed top-order batsman.

No Usman Khawaja in Warne's Aussies World Cup Squad
No Usman Khawaja in Warne’s Aussies World Cup Squad

Khawaja, who was elicited for Aussies’ home series against India in January after a break of nearly two years, has capitalized on the chance with six fifty-plus scores in his last 10 matches, with two hundred. His enormous form now improves to the selectors’ annoyance as they try to slot the recurring Warner and Steve Smith back into the team.

Khawaja, however, announced happy about his present run of form, saying that his emphasis was on the three residual games in the Pakistan series. “It’s World Cup an extensive way away.

Warne instead picked D’Arcy Short, who has played just four ODIs and hasn’t played one since November 2018. Short was picked to open alongside David Warner. Aaron Finch, the ODI captain, was shifted down to No.3, with Steve Smith at two-drop. No more ODI’s for Australia till the CWC19. Remember the conditions in England will be nothing like the recent tours to India and the UAE. Tough job for the selectors as players are going to miss out even though they have formed.

Peter Handscomb, another in-form player, was also left out, as was Josh Hazlewood. Shaun Marsh made the squad but found no spot in the XI.

Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey made up Warne’s middle order, with Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson and Adam Zampa completing the XI.

Before announcing his pick, Warne stated that the conditions in England and Wales must be kept in mind while considering any squad.

Cricket Australia is expected to announce its World Cup squad by 23 April, but with over 20 players in contention for the 15 spots, competition is tight.

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Rashid key to England’s CWC hopes – Mahmood

England fast bowler Sajid Mahmood believes Adil Rashid is central to England’s hopes at the CWC 2019. Those who don’t want to miss the entertainment have already bought their Cricket World Cup Final Tickets.

Rashid key to England’s World Cup hopes-Mahmood
Rashid key to England’s World Cup hopes-Mahmood

Leg-spinner Rashid, a peripheral figure in England’s Test team, has taken 125 ODI wickets since the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand – the most of any bowler in the world.

This massive number of scalps, along with a remarkable ability to take wickets at key times in the middle overs, has helped drive England to an unbeaten run of ten consecutive bilateral ODI series without defeat.

Mahmood, who was speaking at the first Super Saturday of the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan, in Manchester, believes the Yorkshire man holds the key to home hopes.

“I think the crucial man who, if he does well we’ve got a good chance, is going to be Adil Rashid,” said Mahmood, who was on hand to welcome fans as the trophy took center stage in Manchester’s Exchange Square.

“He’s a massive wicket-taker who breaks up good partnerships but, saying that you’ve also got Liam Plunkett who does a similar sort of thing, taking wickets in the middle period and then you’ve got Mark Wood and Chris Woakes who take wickets up front.”

Rashid key to England’s World Cup hopes-Mahmood
Rashid key to England’s World Cup hopes-Mahmood

There has been a flow in praise for Rashid from all corners in recent times including England captain Eoin Morgan, along with a host of former players, but Mahmood was also adamant the team has an attack suited to all conditions and with all bases covered.

“I think English team has got a strong all-round team,” he added.

“The batting expresses for itself, it has done for the past two to three years but bowling-wise, they’ve had a couple of injuries with Woakes being injured a few times but Adil and Mo Moeen Ali have been pretty consistent the last two or three years.

“There’s a lot of talk about Jofra Archer coming in, but I’m not sure he’ll play much seeing as he’s not had much experience and it’s such a big tournament.

“England has got people like Plunkett to still come in and Mark Wood did well away in the winter.

“They’ve got pace, they’ve got people who can hit a decent area and move the ball a bit and they’ve got a good spin attack so I definitely think they’ve got a well-rounded bowling attack.”

Mahmood took part in the 2007 World Cup where England failed to progress from the Super 8s through to the semi-finals, but the former Lancashire man thinks Morgan’s bowling attack, along with home advantage, will ensure a better result in 2019.

“I definitely think England have enough to bowl teams out,” said Mahmood.

“I think they’ve shown that over the last few years and the biggest thing is they’ve got home fans and home advantage so they should know how the pitches are going to play and use that to their advantage.

“There’s going to be a lot of countries coming in who are not going to have as much experience with the pitches as our players have.”

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Too big to turn down – Chris Woakes picks winning CWC over Ashes

Given a choice between winning the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 or the Ashes, Chris Woakes, the England pacer, said he’d grab the opportunity to do the former.

Too big turn down’- Woakes picks wining CWC over Ashes
Too big to turn down – Chris Woakes picks winning CWC over Ashes

England has won every Ashes series at home since 2005. Woakes himself was part of the side that won the 2013 series. However, the 30-year-old believes the chance to lift the World Cup trophy at home doesn’t come around too often – and when it does, they have to make it count.

“If it was a matter of life or death and I had to choose one, it would probably be the World Cup,” Woakes told The Daily Mail. “Just because World Cups at home don’t come around too often and we’re not often in a position like this as a team.

“I’ve only played one home Test against Australia, in my debut series in 2013, but we won the Ashes that summer. To potentially lift the World Cup at Lord’s, the home of cricket — that doesn’t come around very often. The opportunity to do that is too big to turn down.”

Woakes determination to lift the World Cup has been boosted by the misfortune he faced at the last ICC tournament the England men’s side were part of. In the Champions Trophy 2017 opener, he had sustained a side strain within two overs of their clash against Bangladesh. England was then eliminated against Pakistan, the eventual champions, in the semi-finals.

There is a determination to avoid that eventuality this time. “If you need any more motivation for a home World Cup, that’s mine, having missed out on the Champions Trophy,” he said. “We’d marked that tournament as a stepping stone in our development and had a chance to win it on home soil.

“For me to bow out in the second over was really frustrating. I’d done some really hard yards to make sure I was part of that team. With a home CWC and the form we’ve shown over the past couple of years, you’re desperate to be a part of that.”

England begins its World Cup campaign against South Africa at The Oval on 30 May.

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Targeted CWC19 as a teenager, says delighted Sodhi

Ish Sodhi, the NZ leg-spinner, says he is “very excited” to be a part of the Black Caps’ team for  Cricket World Cup 2019, and wants to grow as an “all-round cricketer” ahead of the CWC.

Targeted CWC19 as a teenager, says delighted Sodhi
Targeted CWC19 as a teenager, says delighted Sodhi

Sodhi has grabbed 39 ODI wickets in 30 matches, is the only specialist wrist-spinner in the 15-man squad. This will be his first arrival at the flagship event.

“I am very, happy to be part of that team,” he told Cricket Next on Saturday, 6. “Everyone dreams of representing their country in the CWC. When I was 15-16 years old, I told myself that ‘2019 is a good CWC for you to target’.

“Luckily, I was named in the team the other day. It’s great to have some support of not only the skipper but the coaching staff as well. They have shown a lot of confidence in me and, confidently, I can repay that.”

Sodhi depends on more on the turn than pace. But he is now at a stage where he is trying to find the perfect mix of both.

“I have always been an old-style bowler in a way that I have supposed on turning the ball as much as I can,” he said. “You generally have to bowl a little bit slower to achieve that. But the best thing I can do now is to achieve the correct balance between spinning the ball and trying to bowl fast when needed.”

Sodhi is now a part of the RR team at the IPL 2019 but is yet to feature in the tournament. However, he has taken that in his pace and is utilizing the time in his hands to work under the alert eyes of Sairaj Bahutule, Rajasthan’s coach.

“I met Sairaj Bahutule and kept a good relationship with him throughout the IPL last season and then after that as well,” Sodhi.

Who picked up 5 wickets for RR last season, said “I am also interacting with Stuart MacGill and he has been bizarre for me, not just as a leg-spin coach, but as a mentor as well because a lot of leg-spin is in the attention. Working with MacGill in the last six months has been enormous for my soreness. I am really willing I have him as my friend and mentor.

“My preparation starts now really. I am preparing myself to be an all-round cricketer. The amount of time I am not playing for the Royals, I’ll use to try and improve my batting because there is a lot of time to do that and continue working on my fielding. I’ll also keep making minor adjustments to my bowling to suit different conditions.”

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Sarfaraz Ahmad concerned about Amir’s form for CWC

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has expressed concern over pace bowler Mohammad Amir’s form ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Sarfaraz Ahmad concerned about Amir’s form for CWC
Sarfaraz Ahmad concerned about Amir’s form for CWC

Amir, who was dropped after just one match in the recent five-match one-day international series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates, has gone wicketless in nine of his last 14 games. And Sarafraz was worried about the fast bowler’s predicament.

“When your key strike bowler is not taking wickets regularly, clearly it causes concern to the captain,” he told a television channel.

Pakistan almost missed out on qualification for the Champions Trophy altogether and began their campaign with a heavy loss to playful opponents India. But then victories over world No. 1 South Africa, Sri Lanka and hosts England set up a tantalizing re-match against India in the Final at The Oval. Not to be denied on this occasion, Pakistan set an imposing total of 338, led by a century to Fakhar Zaman before Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali combined to bowl India out for 158 to deliver an unlikely but memorable triumph.

In the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Amir’s spell of 3/16 in the final rocked the tournament favorites India to hand Pakistan victory. He was in exceptional form then, tormenting the strong Indian top-order and it looked like the 26-year-old was here to stay. Unfortunately, String of below-par performances since then has cast a shadow of doubt over his inclusion in the World Cup squad.

“I cannot say whether he will be in the CWC team or not but our minds are clear about our plans and when the squad is announced everyone will know,” the Pakistan skipper added.

Pakistan’s World Cup campaign will begin on 31 May against West Indies. Prior to the premier event, they will tour England to play five ODIs and a one-off T20I from 5 May. The selectors will be announcing the 15-member World Cup squad on 18 April, followed by a 17-18-member squad for the England tour on 23 April, so Amir still has his opportunities.

Last month, during the Australia series in UAE, Pakistan bowling Coach Azhar Mahmood showed faith in the bowler’s ability to bounce back and pointed out that he had been working on his fitness.

“Amir is a wonderful bowler. But since he returned, he was playing non-stop cricket so we have to do work on his fitness,” Mahmood had said. “If Amir is suitable and bowling well then we know he is a wicket-taker.

“The reason for that is playing three formats, in limited overs, you bowl a bit shorter. Amir is a swing bowler and that’s what makes him dangerous. On a Sharjah type wicket, you have to bowl a bit shorter so his ball isn’t swinging but he’s working hard and I hope he’ll come back strong.”

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Umer, Wahab Omitted from list of 23 probable for Pak CWC Team

Pak national selection board has invited 23 players to complete a fitness test ahead of the declaration of their team for this summer’s Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. On the other hand, the community who love their favorite team they are booking Cricket World Cup 2019 Tickets

The 23 ‘probable’ will undertake the tests at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore across the 15-16 April, with the squad then announced on 18 April. There are some prominent names included and excluded from the list of Pakistan squad for CWC 2019.

Several players who made their ODI debuts against Australia in Pakistan’s most recent ODI engagement have found favor, including Mohammad Abbas, who has excelled in Test cricket in recent times, S Masood, who got a maiden one day international half-century in the final match of the Australia series, and Mohammad Hasnain, who Shane Watson described as the fast teen he had ever batted against after facing him in the Pakistan Super League.

Umer, Wahab Omitted from list of 23 probable for Pak CWC Team
Umer, Wahab Omitted from the list of 23 probable for Pak CWC Team

However, Saad Ali, who scored 11 runs across his first two ODIs, has been left out, as has Umar Akmal, who passed 30 three times against Australia without going onto a half-century. Still only 28 years old, he is a one-day international veteran, with over 3000 runs and 121 caps to his name, and demonstrated his form with scores of 136* and 99 runs in his most current two innings in the Pakistan Cup.

Also left out was Wahab Riaz, who hasn’t played a one day international since 2017 but starred for Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup 2015.

Probable Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Yasir Shah

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Pak among the favorites for the title’ –Inzamam on CWC hopes

Inzamam, Pakistan’s chief selector trusts that the No.6-ranked ODI side ‘will be among the favorites’ to win the Cricket World Cup.

Pakistan’s opening fixture in the Cricket World Cup 2019 will be on 31 May, against West Indies. Previous to the start of the Cricket World Cup, they will tour England for a five-match one-day international series and one-off T20I.

The side’s most recent limited-overs task came in the UAE against Aussies, in which they yielded to a 5-0 defeat. With a number of steady fixtures in the side given a rest, one-day international debuts were handed to a number of players across the series: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Saad Ali, Mohammad Abbas, and Mohammad Hasnain.

In spite of the whitewash, when speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Inzamam designated at some positive results from the final two games of the series.

The fourth one day international saw Abid hit a century on his 1st international cricket match, while Pak fell 20 runs short in the final game, with U Shinwari picking up 4-49 and H Sohail hitting a 129 runs-ball 130.

Pak among the favorites for the title’ –Inzamam on CWC hopes
Pak among the favorites for the title’ –Inzamam on CWC hopes

“Against Aussies, we had relaxed seven of our main players,” said Inzamam, “and in the last two matches we had rested around 10 of our main players but the squad still fought hard in those games and that is a very good sign for me and Pakistan.

“I am self-assured we will pick a very good team for the Cricket World Cup 2019 and Pakistan will be among the favorites for the CWC title.

“These players needed rest before the Cricket World Cup and we have a frantic schedule in England going into the contest that is why we rested them and we also wanted to try out our bench strong point.”

Pakistan’s next international game will be against England in a T20I at Cardiff on 5 May 2019.

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