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Aiden Markram appointed new captain of South Africa men’s T20I team

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday appointed right-handed batter Aiden Markram as the new T20I captain ahead of the series against the West Indies.

Markram, 28, takes over from Temba Bavuma, who stepped down as T20I captain last month. Markram had previously led South Africa to the 2014 U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup trophy in the UAE and more recently, he led Sunrisers Eastern Cape to the inaugural SA20 title.

Markram had also captained South Africa in five ODIs against India in 2018 when Faf du Plessis was unavailable due to injury and will also be leading Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2023 season of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).

“I would like to congratulate Aiden on his appointment as captain of the Proteas T20I team. Leadership is extremely familiar to him having successfully led on so many levels. He is a player that inspires confidence and he has all the qualities to succeed in the role.”

“We have no doubt will help take South Africa to the next level. At the same time, we would like to thank Temba for filling the position so aptly over the past two years. He has done a commendable job during this period and now has a new role to fulfil within the national set-up,” said Enoch Nkwe, Director of Cricket, in an official statement.

Other notable selections for the T20I series include all-rounders Bjorn Fortuin and Sisanda Magala, with Bavuma being left out. For the ODI series against the West Indies, South Africa have rested several core white-ball players for the first two ODIs and will return for the third match.

Fast-bowling pair of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada have also been given a much-needed break for the series. Fast bowler Gerald Coetzee, batter Tony de Zorzi and batter Tristan Stubbs have earned their maiden ODI call-ups.

Batter Ryan Rickelton makes his return to the ODI setup following an impressive One-Day Cup campaign which saw the left-hander finish the leading run-scorer with 452 runs at an average of 64,57, including two hundreds and as many fifties.

“This is a squad that is high on confidence after beating one of the best white-ball teams in the world, England, in their most recent series. We have introduced a few new faces to the 50-over squad.”

“I am personally excited to see how the likes of Tony de Zorzi gets on in the ODI team, the same with Gerald Coetzee, following debuts for both of them during the ongoing Test series. Both are players that have the potential to play a huge role in the future of the national team along with Tristan Stubbs, who has already made such a significant mark in the T20I arena.”

“I am also excited to have Aiden take the reigns as T20I captain as he is very familiar with the setup and works well with those around him. He is a player that leads from the front and we have no doubt he will take this team to the next level in the years ahead,” added Rob Walter, head coach.

On the coaching front, JP Duminy has been appointed the full-time white-ball batting coach of South Africa. Duminy, who earned 280 white-ball caps for the Proteas, recently coached the Paarl Royals in the SA20 league and the Paarl Rocks provincial team this year.

Former South Africa all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt joins the white-ball tour against West Indies as the bowling coach, with Wandile Gwavu taking charge of the fielding department. CSA added the appointment of permanent bowling and fielding coaches will be announced at a later date.

“JP has been a great servant of South African cricket over the years and to have him on board as a coach adds immense value for two reasons. He is a developing coach and his experience as a player, so we look forward to having him on board.”

“Rory is another man that has played the game for a number of years and having him join us bodes well for the bowling group. I would also like to welcome Wandile on board. He is a proven coach as we saw with the success he brought to the DP World Lions. By the same token, I want to thank the Lions for availing Wandile to assist his country with the tour,” added Nkwe.

Didn’t think I’d get picked up for that much’: Harry Brook on IPL contract

England batter Harry Brook has said that he is unable to understand how he landed a massive Indian Premier League (IPL) contract during the mini-auction and added that “IPL is a big dream” for him.

Brook was acquired for a massive sum of Rs 13.25 crore from Sunrisers Hyderabad after entering the auction at a base price of Rs 1.5 crore.

“I’ve not got many words, to be honest. I thought I’d get picked up, but I didn’t think I’d get picked up for that much. One thing I would say is that I’m not motivated by money,” Brook told Daily Mail.

“Obviously, it’s a nice touch, but I just want to play cricket for the best teams and play for England as long as I can. Yes, the IPL was a big dream for me and the money is a big bonus, but it is not the be all and end all. I play because I love batting.”

The English youngster made his presence felt during England’s Test tour of Pakistan with a string of match-winning scores. He accumulated 468 runs at an average of 93.60, including three centuries with the highest score of 153.

“It might have been a different story if I hadn’t done so well in the Tests in Pakistan, but I played spin fairly well out there and there will be a lot of that in the IPL. The World Cup is in India this year too, so there will be plenty of spins to face in the coming months and different challenges,” he added.

T Natarajan in contention for T20 WC squad with his ability to bowl well in death overs: Gavaskar

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has reckoned that Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) yorker specialist T Natarajan is going to be in contention for Team India in the upcoming edition of the T20 World Cup 2022, scheduled to be held in Australia later this year.

In the recent times, Natarajan has benn troubling the batters with toe crushing yorkers and tidy bowling in the death overs in the ongoing TATA Indian Premier League (IPL).

The left-arm SRH pacer seems to have found his rhythm in the most exciting IPL season and Gavaskar is pleased to see him improving his craft.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Gavaskar said: “He’s always been a yorker specialist but what we’ve seen in recent times is the way he’s managing to move the ball late which deceives the batsmen. So, it’s good to see that improvement in Natarajan.”

The legendary cricketer also opined that Natarajan could be a valuable addition to India’s pace attack in the T20s due to his ability to bowl with discipline in the death overs.

“It’s good to see him do well because for some time it seemed as if India had lost him. It’s good to have him back in contention because he bowls very well, particularly in between 16th and 20th over. He’ll be very much in contention (for Team India) for his ability to bowl well in the death overs,” added the former Indian cricketer.

Gavaskar also believes that the Tamil Nadu pacer has put the disappointments of the previous season behind and he’s presenting a case for himself for the T20 World Cup in Australia.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Gavaskar expressed: “I think it’s a matter of confidence. Last year, perhaps, he wasn’t on top of his game because of the injury situation. Right now he’s full of confidence, he’s had a bit of a break, and he’s fresh and raring to go. He recognises that there is a T20 World Cup in four months’ time and he wants to be on that flight to Australia.”

So far in the ongoing season of the cash-rich league, Natarajan has scalped 17 wickets from nine games, averaging 17.82. As of now, the 31-year-old is the third highest wicket-taker in the current season.

Gujarat Titans’ Rashid Khan to interact with fans in Metaverse

Gujarat Titans vice-captain, Rashid Khan, will interact with fans in The Metaverse on Thursday (April 28) at 19:30 IST.

This is the second fan interaction the Gujarat Titans will conduct, following Shubman Gill’s appearance on the virtual reality platform two weeks ago.

Commenting on the development, the ace spinner said: “We are delighted to see the fans back in the stadiums in recent times. However, with the protocols and bubbles in place, our interactions have been restricted. Through The Metaverse, I am excited to meet our Gujarat Titans family and interact with them.”

“I invite our fans to join us for this session and experience our Locker Room,” added the Afghan cricketer.

On the other hand, sissuing a statement, the franchise said: “The fans can join the interaction at 19:30 IST by clicking here. To access the Locker Room, fans must download the Spatial App on their mobile phones, laptop or virtual reality devices. The first 45 people to enter the room will get a chance to interact with Gujarat Titans’ vice-captain Rashid Khan.”

Meanwhile, Arvinder Singh, COO Gujarat Titans, said: “On April 15, we introduced Shubman to The Metaverse and were happy to meet the fans on a new platform. Rashid has won over fans not only with his cricketing skills but also with his humility and warmth.”

“I am sure the fans and Rashid will bond during this session and this will further strengthen the Gujarat Titans family,” added he.

Earlier on Wednesday, Gujarat Titans (GT) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by five wickets at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, courtesy a brilliant batting effort by Rahul Tewatia and Rashid.

Chasing a massive target of 196, Gujarat started on a decent note as openers Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha added 69 runs for the opening wicket however, before the pair could go further, SRH’s bowling sensation Umran Malik destroyed the GT batting order with his fiery pace.

Notably, Malik went on to take a sensational five-wicket haul and kept Sunrisers’ in the match till a long time.

It seemed as the match was slipping out of Gujarat as the Hardik Pandya-;ed side was reeling at 140/5 in 16 overs before Tewatia and Rashid pulled out a miraculous effort to steer their side home.

While Tewatia played an unbeaten 40 off 21 balls, Rashid played a 11-ball 31 run cameo as Gujarat registered a five wicket win.

Rashid’s cameo was decorated with four might hits into the stand.

Speaking after the match, the Agfhan said: “Feels good, to go there and have that self belief and keep my shape stronger and hit it. Happy to deliver against them (SRH), just trying to play my game and have that belief on my batting which I’m working from the last two years. When it was 22 left. I just told Tewatia that we have given 25 in the last over with one of our best bowler bowling and I told him that we needed to have that belief and not panic, anything is possible. Just stay there, keep your shape and hit it strong and that was the plan (with Tewatia).”

“I have bowled 4-5 bad deliveries which have been punished and that is something I had in my mind, you can’t miss your line and length on a wicket like this. It was a good wicket to bat on, but still we did well to restrict them to 196. As I said, I have’t bowled as well as I would have liked, this is good for my learning and will try my best not to repeat in the next games,” he added.

The ace Afghan spinner further expressed: “It has been very calm and cool since day one and it’s a great team to be part of and everyone knows the responsibility and respect each other which is a very good thing. We have been given very positive energy from the captain on and off the field and specially our head coach Ashish bhai has kept the team in a beautiful environment.”

“We are enjoying each other’s company and trying to give our hundred percent. So happy to win and these two points really helps the team in the end and lucky to be in the right side,” he signed off.

SRH rope in Brian Lara, Simon Katich as support staffs ahead of IPL 2022

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Thursday appointed legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara as its strategic advisor and batting coach while former Australia batter Simon Katich as an assistant coach.

Katich had most recently served as the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) before withdrawing out of the UAE leg of IPL 2021 for personal reasons and will replace compatriot Brad Haddin.

Lara will now join a new-look support staff which also includes former India cricketer Hemang Badani in a dual role of fielding coach and scout while former South Africa pacer Dale Steyn will join the franchise as the team’s bowling coach.

The decision to recruit an all-new support staffs comes in the wake of a dismal 2021 season where the Orange Army had finished at the bottom of the eight-team standings.

Meanwhile, the franchise has also parted ways with head coach Trevor Bayliss, who has been replaced by Tom Moody.

SRH however, decided to retain spin great Muttiah Muralitharan in their support staff. Muralitharan will serve as the strategy and spin bowling coach of the Orange Army.

Notably, the next edition of the cash-rich league, which will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of Ahmedabad and Lucknow recently, is most likely to begin on April 2 in Chennai.

According to reports, the fixtures of the upcoming season have not been finalised yet however, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has internally conveyed to the key stakeholders that the board is planning to start the 16th edition of the lucrative league on April 2 in Chennai.

As the next season will have a total of 74 games, the BCCI has discussed internally that the length of the season will be for over 60 days. As a result, the final could be played in the first weekend of June.

In the revised format, each team will have 14 league games with the current format of seven home and away games each retained.

Meanwhile, as the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are the defending champions, Chepauk stadium will be the obvious choice for the inaugural game however, there is no formal call on whether their opponents will, again, be Mumbai Indians, which has been the case mostly.

Recently, in his speech at CSK’s fourth IPL win celebration event in Chennai, board secretary Jay Shah had said that the IPL will be making a return to India after the entire 2020 season and a half-season of 2021 edition were staged in the UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I know you all are waiting to see the CSK play at Chepauk. Well, the moment is not very far. The 15th season of the IPL will take place in India and it will be more exciting than ever with two new teams joining. We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had said at the function in November.

Andy Flower steps down as Punjab Kings’ assistant coach

Andy Flower has stepped down as the assistant coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Punjab Kings (PBKS) and is most likley to sign a new contract with one of the two new franchise for the next season of the cash-rich league.

Flower, the former Zimbabwe captain, had earlier worked as a coach in England for more than ten years. He was signed by PBKS ahead of the 2020 season of IPL. It was under Flower’s guidance when the England team had won the T20 World Cup title in 2010 and the number one spot in the Test rankings.

“It is correct, Andy has left Punjab Kings. He wanted to explore other opportunities and we respect that,” Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Wadia, however, said that Flower will continue to remain the head coach of their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise St Lucia Zouks.

The development comes at a time when KL Rahul, the PBKS captain for the past two IPL seasons, decided to part ways with the Punjab-based franchise, which had wanted to retain him for the upcoming season.

Earlier on Tuesday, Punjab had retained only two players — Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh — ahead of the mega IPL auction in January.

Meanwhile, several reports also suggest that Trevor Bayliss has too, decided to part his ways with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

Apart from the IPL, Bayliss, considered as one of the most successful coaches in the sport, had guided England to the Ashes and World Cup victories.

Bayliss had previously led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two IPL titles – in 2012 and 2014 – before coaching the England team.

The reports further suggest that both Flower and Bayliss are going to be associated with the Lucknow franchise while KL Rahul is also most likley to lead the side in the next IPL season.

Notably on October 25 in Dubai, the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group had acquired the Lucknow franchise for Rs 7090 crores. On the other hand, the Ahmedabad franchise went to CVC Sports for Rs 5625 crore.

Now after acquiring the teams, both the parties will pay the entire amount over a period of 10 years.

These new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – will now be a part of the 15th edition of the lucrative league, taking the total number of teams to 10 from eight.

The next edition of IPL is likley to be staged in the March-April window and a mega auction for it will most probably be held in January, 2022.

Won’t be retained by Sunrisers, will put my name in auction: Warner

Australia opener David Warner has said that he will be putting his name in the next Indian Premier League (IPL) auction as he won’t be retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and he wants to make a fresh start in the lucrative league.

Warner, who turned 35 on Thursday, was stripped of the SRH captaincy earlier in the season and was left out of the squad in the remianing six games of the UAE leg of the recently concluded IPL 2021. Commenting on it, Warner said that it was a “tough pill to swallow” and said he is still to get an explanation from SRH for dropping him from the team.

“It was a tough pill to swallow,” Warner told a morning show on Australian radio station SEN on Thursday.

“I kind of laughed at the reasoning, that two guys were hitting the ball out of the middle a little bit better than I was. Given tha’ when you’re playing th’ game you’re playing the scenario…Obviously, there are a lot of moving parts around there. What you have to do as a professional athlete is take it on the chin do everything you can for the team,” he added.

Further expressing himself, the Aussie opener said: “Not being able to go there, run drinks, and be around was when it sort of hit home that it could be personal, and I’m still yet to get those answers.”

Warner further reckoned that he has most likely played his final game for the Orange Army, where he had spent eight seasons in the cash-rich league and with whom he won the 2016 championship.

With two new teams added in the tournament, Warner said he is looking for a fresh start in the league.

“I will put my name in the auction. By the signs of the recent IPL, I won’t be retained by t’e Sunrisers, so I’m looking forward to a fresh start,” he confirmed to the radio station.

During the business end of this year’s season, Warner even did not travel with the team to the stadium and instead cheered his side from the hotel room before posting stories on Instagram for SRH.

Warner, who has amassed 5449 runs in the cash-rich league has been woefully short of runs in the ongoing edition as he could manage only 195 runs in eight matches with a strike rate of 107.73.

Although he has a poor IPL 2021 season, Warner has undoubtedly been a great batsman to have played for the Orange Army as he is the highest run-getter for the Hyderabad-based franchise in the history of the league, scoringmore than 4000 runs for SRH at an average of 49.55 and strike rate of 142.59.

IPL 2021: Last two matches before playoffs to be played concurrently, announces BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on tuesday announced that the last two matches before the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 playoffs will be played concurrently.

“In a first for the IPL, the last two league matches before the VIVO IPL 2021 Playoffs will be played concurrently,” a press release from BCCI read.

“On the last day of the league stage (08.10.2021) of the ongoing season, instead of having one afternoon match and one evening match, two matches (SRH v MI and RCB v DC) will be played simultaneously at 7.30 PM IST (6.00 PM GST),” the statement added.

The release also stated that information regarding “IPL Media Rights tender for the cycle 2023-2027 will be released immediately after the appointment of two new IPL teams which is scheduled to be announced on 25th October 2021″.

Notably, it will the first time that the last day of the league stage in IPL will have matches being played concurrently.

As per the earlier schedule, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were to face defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in an afternoon game at 3:30 PM IST in Abu Dhabi while the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was to take on last season’s runners-up Delhi Capitals (DC) at 7:30 PM IST Dubai.

However, now both the affairs will be held in the evening at 7:30 PM IST.

IPL 2021: Warner hints of leaving SRH after ongoing season

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) opener David Warner’s comments on social media has given a clear hint that the out-of-form cricketer and his present franchise will bid goodbye to each other after ongoing 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Moreover, Warner has also said that he won’t be a part of the playing XI anymore in the ongoing season but urged fans to keep supporting the Orange Army.

On Monday, Warner was left out of the SRH XI for the clash against Rajasthan Royals (RR) as the Hyderabad-based franchise made as many four changes to their side and finally registered their second win out of 10 games this season.

Warner even did not travel with the team to the stadium and instead cheered his side from the hotel room before posting stories on Instagram after SRH registered a comfortable seven-wicket over RR.

What actually clarified that the opener won’t be a part of SRH from next season was his replies to fans in an SRH post on Instagram.

When a fan expressed his disappointments for not seeing Warner in the playing XI and wanted him to make a strong comeback, the former SRH captain replied: “Unfortunately, won’t be again but keep supporting please.”

Commenting on Warner’s exclusion from the playing XI and what made him stay at the team hotel, SRH head coach Trevor Bayliss said: “We’ve got a lot of young players here. For this match, we decided to make a few changes in the team but to give some of the young players a chance who haven’t been a part of 18. Give them an opportunity to experience the game to the players who stayed at the hotel and didn’t even get a chance to come to the ground.”

“We want to give these young guys as many as experience as we can. For this game, David Warner, Kedar Jadhav and Nadeem stayed at the hotel,” Bayliss told reporters.

Warner has struggled to perform with the bat in the ongoing IPL season and has also lost his captaincy during the first half of the tournament, which was staged in India.

Earlier during the first phase of the ongoing edition, several reports had said that Warner had arguments with the SRH team management on exclusion of Manish Pandey from the team and things got so heated that time, that Warner was excluded from the playing XI following which Kane Williamson took over the captaincy.

Warner, who has amassed 5449 runs in the cash-rich league has been woefully short of runs in the ongoing edition as he could manage only 195 runs in eight matches with a strike rate of 107.73.

Although he has a poor IPL 2021 season, Warner has undoubtedly been a great batsman to have played for the Orange Army as he is the highest run-getter for the Hyderabad-based franchise in the history of the league, scoringmore than 4000 runs for SRH at an average of 49.55 and strike rate of 142.59.

Not to forget, it was under Warner’s captaincy that SRH had won their first IPL title in 2016 by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the summit clash.

IPL 2021: Natarajan returns positive for Covid-19 ahead of clash against Delhi

In what could be a major blow to the BCCI, Indian Prelier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) T. Natarajan has tested positive in a scheduled RT-PCR Test.

According to a BCCI release, the fast bowler, who is asymptomatic, and six close contacts identified by the medical team including Vijay Shankar, Vijay Kumar (Team Manager), Shyam Sundar J (Physiotherapist), Anjana Vannan (Doctor), Tushar Khedkar (Logistics Manager) and Periyasamy Ganesan (Net Bowler) have been placed in isolation.

The rest of the SRH squad returned negative results on the RT-PCR Tests conducted this morning.

Significantly, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg in May first week.

Later on May 29, the BCCI had announced that the remaining matches of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) remaining matches will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the months of September-October.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” a statement from the Indian Cricket Board had said.

“The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the board also spoke to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India in October-November.

“The BCCI SGM further authorised the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the statement had said further.

At present, Delhi Capitals (DC), the last season’s runners-up, is placed at the top of the IPL 2021 points table with six wins from eight games and 12 points in their kitty.

DC is followed by CSK, RCB and MI at the second, third and fourth place respectively.

The next four places are occupied by Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, which has managed just a solitary win from seven games it played in the first half.

With 380 runs, DC’s Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-getter in the tournament while RCB’s Harshal Patel tops the charts for leading wicket-takes after scalping 17 wickets from seven games so far.