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Australia to tour Pakistan in March 2022, announces PCB

The Australia men’s cricket team will tour Pakistan for three Tests, as many One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and a T20I, in March next year, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Monday.

Notably, the upcoming tour will be Australia’s first tour of Pakistan since 1998. While the Tests will take place in Karachi between March 3 and 7, the second and last Test will be staged in Rawalpindi and Lahore between March and 25 March respectively.

On the other hand, Lahore will be the venue for the four white-ball matches, which will be played between March 29 to April 5, 2022.

The Tests will be played as part of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC), while the ODIs will be connected to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League – a 13-team event from which the seven highest-placed sides and the hosts, India, will qualify directly for the event proper in 2023.

Commenting on the development, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja, who played eight Tests and 18 ODIs against Australia said: “I am delighted to welcome Australia to Pakistan. From a personal point of view, it pleases me no end that we’ll be engaged in a three-Test match series, connoisseurs delight. Australia are one of the high-performing sides and them playing in our backyard for the first time after a gap of 24 years will be a special treat for the fans.”

“Likewise, it will be a great opportunity for the Australia cricketers to not only play at our iconic venues but also feel and enjoy the respect, love and hospitality that this great country offers, something which most of their previous generation of cricketers missed out by playing offshore,” he added.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive Nick Hockley expressed: “Cricket Australia is excited about the prospect of touring Pakistan next year for what will be a highly anticipated series in a country so incredibly passionate about the game and their national team.”

“Pakistan is a formidable opposition with an exceptionally talented team, as evidenced by their dynamic performances in the current ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE. We thank the PCB for their considerable efforts in planning for the tour and look forward to continuing to work closely over the coming months to finalise the necessary operations, logistics, security and Covid-19 protocols. The safety and welfare of our players and staff remains our number one priority, and we will continue to work with the PCB and relevant agencies to ensure that appropriate and sufficient arrangements are put in place for the tour,” he added.

“As part of the reconnoitering process, Cricket Australia’s delegation will visit Pakistan to meet with PCB officials as well as provincial and federal authorities to discuss and finalise matters relating to team operations, logistics, security and Covid-19 protocols,” the PCB said in a statement.

Significantly, Australia had last toured Pakistan in 1998-99 when Mark Taylor led the visitors to a 1-0 series victory.

Schedule of Australia Tour of Pakistan:

3-7 Mar – 1st Test, Karachi

12-16 Mar – 2nd Test, Rawalpindi

21-25 Mar – 3rd Test, Lahore

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29 Mar – 1st ODI, Lahore

31 Mar – 2nd ODI, Lahore

2 Apr – 3rd ODI, Lahore

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5 Apr – only T20I, Lahore

Windies to tour Sri Lanka to begin 2023 ICC World Test Championship cycle

Kicking-off the 2023 ICC World Test Championship (WTC) cycle, West Indies will tour Sri Lanka for a two-match test series during November-December, it has been announced.

The Windies team will arrive in the island nation on November 10 and the series will be held at the Galle International Cricket Stadium, under a bio-bubble environment.

Confirming the development, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said: “Sri Lanka Cricket will host the West Indies National Team for a two-match test series during the months of November – December 2021. The West Indies National Team will arrive in Sri Lanka on the 10th of November 2021.”

“The Test series will be held at the Galle International Cricket Stadium, under a Bio-Bubble Environment. The series will mark the commencement of Sri Lanka’s and the West Indies Journey in the 2023 ICC World Test Championship Cycle,” the statement added.

The two matches will mark the commencement of Sri Lanka’s and the West Indies’ journey in the run-up to the ICC World Test Championship.

Prior to the series, the visitors will play a four-day warm-up game from November 14 to 17 in Colombo.

The first match of the series will be played between November 21 and 25 at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.

The second test will be held between November 29 and December 2 at the same venue.

So far, the two sides have played 20 tests out of which the islanders have won nine while the West Indies have won four. The remaining seven affairs have resulted in a draw.

After touring the island nation, West Indies will host England for a five-match T20I series.

All the five matches will be held at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on January 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30. Later, the Windies will tour India for three ODIs and as many T20Is in February, 2022.

India should opt to bat if they win toss in WTC Final, suggests Ganguly

Former India captain and current BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly has opined that Indian team, led by Virat Kohli, should bat first even if the conditions are overcast in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand as he reckons that such decisions have worked in the favour of the team on overseas tours.

While speaking to India Today, Ganguly said, “If you dig into the record books and see India’s best overseas performances (save 2021 Australia), we have always won matches when we have batted first. It’s about a choice whether you want to face the pressure first up in adverse conditions or wait for the fourth innings.”

“Look at Leeds in 2002 or 2018 South Africa, we batted first in bowling friendly conditions, soaked in the initial pressure, put runs on the board and that’s how we won those games. Even Mark Taylor or Steve Waugh’s Australian teams rarely fielded even in seaming conditions. Maybe occasionally when the wicket used to be damp,” HE ADDED.

The BCCI chief also said that Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will carry a huge responsibility on their shoulders as they will face the new ball attack and would require to give flying start to their side.

“Opening becomes a very important aspect when you tour abroad. When we toured Australia, England and Pakistan, we played well because we had openers like Virender Sehwag and Aakash Chopra, who used to play out the new ball and make it old. When your middle-order batsmen come out to bat at 30 for 2 then it becomes really difficult for a side to compete,” Ganguly opined.

“This tour therefore, will be very crucial for openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. Not just the WTC Final but also the 5 Tests against England. They will have to play out the new ball and put a price on their wickets. If they are able to do that then they will be able to set the game for the batsmen coming after them like Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and India’s best batsman on current form Rishabh Pant,” he added.

WTC Final: All you need to know the most-awaited clash between India & New Zealand

After two long years of Test cricket, two of the best teams have made to the summit clash to fight for the ultimate crown.

With both India and New Zealand finishing at the top two of the World Test Championship (WTC) points table, the two will now battle it out for one final time to determine the World Champions of Test cricket.

Here is all you need to about the much-awaited India vs New Zealand WTC final.

Venue: The India vs New Zealand WTC final will be held at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England.

Time: The WTC final final will begin at 3:00 pm IST on Friday (June 18) while the toss for the contest will be held at 2:30 pm IST.

How to watch live streaming: The match will be aired live on Star Sports 1 and other sports channels of the same broadcaster, in India.

How to watch online: Online streaming of the clash will be available on Hotstar (both app and website) in India.

ICC WTC prize money: The winner will receive $1.6 million (Rs.12 crore approximately) along with an ICC Test Championship Mace while the runners-up will receive $800,000 (Rs.6 crore approximately).

Follow on-rule: A team needs to have a lead of 200 runs, to enforce the follow-on. However, if the first day’s play has been washed out then the lead for follow-on rule is reduced to 150.

Reserve Day: The ICC has also allocated a Reserve Day to make up for any lost time during the regular days of the WTC final. June 23 has been set aside as the Reserve Day, which will only be used if lost playing time cannot be recovered through the normal provisions for each day.

Pitch report: The Southampton wicket is likley to have pace, bounce and carry thanks due to the presence of ‘a lot of sun’ in past few days.

Head-to-head record of these two teams –

Matches: 59

India wins: 21

New Zealand wins: 12

Draws: 26

Teams:

India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand (Full Squad): Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Will Young, BJ Watling, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult, Matt Henry

India announce 15-member squad for WTC Final

Six batsmen, five pacers and two spinners along with two wicketkeeper-batsmen have been named in the 15-member India squad for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, starting on June 18 at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton.

Of the 20-member squad, which has travelled to England, for the mega contest, opener Mayank Agarwal, left-arm spinner Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur and KL Rahul have been left out.

Significantly, Patel and Sundar had played in India’s last Test, the fourth and final match against England in Motera, Ahmedabad, in March this year.

Squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Mohammad Siraj

WTC Final winner to receive 1.6 million USD along with mace

The winner of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand will take home a purse of $ 1.6 million along with the ICC Test Championship Mace, the global cricket goevrning body has announced.

Issuing a statement, the ICC said: “The losing team will get $ 800,000 for finishing second in the nine-team competition, which was played over a near two-year cycle, adding context to Test cricket and to crown the first official world champions in the longest format of the game.”

“The prize money for the team finishing third in the ICC World Test Championship Standings Powered by MRF Tyres is $ 450,000. The team fourth on the table will be awarded $ 350,000, the one that finishes fifth gets $ 200,000 while the remaining four teams will get $ 100,000 each,” it added.

The ICC further said: “The Test Mace, previously given to teams topping the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings will now be given to the WTC winners. In case the final ends in a draw or a tie, the finalists will split the prize money for the first and second places and share possession of the Mace during the time they remain champions,” the ICC statement further added.

The 2019 World Cup-winning team was awarded $4 million, while the runners-up got $ 2 million.

The much-awaited final of the WTC will be played from June 18 in Southampton, England.