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Klusener not to renew contract with Afghanistan cricket team

Former South Africa cricketer Lance Klusener has decided not to renew his contract as the head coach of Afghanistan cricket team after his tenure ends on December 31.

The former South Africa all-rounder was first appointed as the head coach of the Afghan senior men’s cricket team in September 2019.

Issuing a statement, he said: “Having spent two years with the team, I will take away some memorable moments with me.”

“As I walk away from Afghanistan cricket team and its cricketing structure, I look forward to the next stage in my coaching career and opportunities it brings,” he added.

Klusener had taken over from Andy Moles, who was serving as the Afghanistan head coach after the exit of Phil Simmons following the 2019 World Cup in England. Later, Klusener’s contract was extended at the end of 2020.

“I am extremely excited and honored to be given the opportunity to work with some of the best talent in world cricket,” Klusener had said after his appointment in 2019.

“Everyone knows the fearless brand of cricket Afghanistan play. I am very confident that with some hard work we can become one of the best sides in the world,” he had added.

Notably, even as Afghanistan played very little cricket in the year 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it performed decently well in all formats under Klusener. Afghanistan won one Test, three out of six ODIs and nine out of the 14 T20Is, which includes series wins over West Indies and Ireland during Klusener’s tenure.

However, Afghanistan had a disappointing outing in the recently concluded T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman where they crashed out of the knockouts race after managing to win only two of their five Super 12s matches.

During his playing days, Klusener represented South Africa in 49 Tests and 171 ODIs between 1996 to 2004. He had amassed 1906 and 3576 runs in Tests and ODIs respectively beside bagging 80 and 192 wickets in the two formats.

The former South Africa all-rounder has previously worked as the batting coach of Zimbabwe and South Africa. He had also served as the head coach of the South Africa domestic side Dolphins, as well as bowling coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians, the most successful side in the history of the cash-rich league after winning five titles.

Graham Ford steps down as Ireland head coach with immediate effect

Graham Ford has stepped down as the chief coach the Ireland men’s senior cricket team with immediate effect, Cricket Ireland (CI) has announced.

Ford has coached the Irish team in the past four years since 2017. Although he was offered a three-year contract but it was later extended by another three in 2019. His term is supposed to end in mid-December.

Commenting on the development, Ford said: “The last four years have been very special for me – I have enjoyed many happy days with a cricket squad made up of very special people. I have also enjoyed watching club cricket and experiencing the passion and club loyalty of many fine cricketing people.”

“When compared with the other ICC Full Member nations, Cricket Ireland has faced many handicaps and challenges. Despite this, on several occasions the team has competed impressively with some of the top teams in world cricket and it has been a privilege for me to experience first-hand the character and togetherness of the Irish players. However, over a period of time these challenges and handicaps have taken their toll on me. After much consideration and discussion with my family, I realise that this is the right time for me to step away from Cricket Ireland,” he added.

Ford also thanked the Ireland players and management for their support saying: “I’d like to end by thanking all the players and the support staff for their impressive attitudes and loyal support during the four years and I look forward to watching them achieve big things in the future.”

On the other hand, Andrew Balbirnie, Ireland’s captain, showered praise on Ford and termed him as “one of the best coaches” he has worked with.

“I feel very fortunate that I got to spend four years working with him, not just for the playing development side of my game, but for his incredible support during my captaincy to date,” Balbirnie expressed.

“We have had our challenges over the last number of years as a squad, but his consistent positivity has been infectious and his determination to improve the skills of everyone in the squad has brought some of our young cricketers on leaps and bounds. I think more important than anything is that Fordy is a brilliant person and one that will be greatly missed in and around the squad, and on behalf of the group of players we wish him nothing but the best in the future,” he added.

The interim coach of Ireland will be named in the upcoming weeks as a T20 World Cup Review is underway currently.

Ireland will next fly to the US in December following which, they will play a white-ball series against the West Indies in January.

Significantly under Ford, Ireland played 102 international games – 51 T20Is, 47 ODIs, 3 Tests, and a List A match.

Ford led Ireland through their Test cricket debut against Pakistan.

In the just concluded T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman, Ireland had finished third in the qualifying group and had failed to qualify to the Super 12 stage.

Dravid eyeing for glory on next ICC events

Newly appointed Team India head coach Rahul Dravid may be kicking off his coaching stint in the T20I series against New Zealand starting on Wednesday in Jaipur but the former India skipper has already started to focus on the three big ICC events which will be held in the next couple of years.

Significantly, there lies a T20 World Cup in Australia next year followed by a ODI World Cup, which will be hosted by India, and a possible World Test Championship (WTC) final in 2023 under Dravid’s two-year tenure.

Keeping these three events in mind, Dravid has said that he has an eye for all the three events.

“It’s a combination of both in any situation. You have to win now but you also have to keep one eye to the future. You have to plan and prepare for the big tournaments. We have them coming up in the next couple of years and we have to think about those things as well,” Dravid said in his first media address as India’s full-time head coach.

“It’s a balance that you need to strike and that’s happening in day to day functioning. It’s hard to put down how exactly you will do it but yeah, we’ll keep both things in mind and certainly, it’s one of the goals. Thinking long term and thinking about what’s in the future certainly is my job as a coach and that won’t that won’t change irrespective of whichever team you’re in, you’re coaching. In terms of the bubble fatigue, or the situation we are in now, we will think about the players’ long-term careers and futures as well and keep that in mind. Prioritise their well-being at any stage over short-term results,” he added.

As the three events cover all the three formats, Dravid expressed on the importance of each format.

“I think all the three formats are critically important for us. There’s going to be no let up in the way we prepare or the way we plan for any of the three formats. Obviously, in the next two years, there are three ICC events and we need to prepare for all those events,” the new head coach said.

“As far as vision is concerned, you know, for me, it’s just about us looking to improve constantly every day and we keep getting better as players and as people then and we should be fine,” he added.

Dravid said that he’s planning to take his time and get a feel of how the system works.

“(Right now) Getting a sense and really sitting back and observing and seeing how things are done and what’s happening and picking up and learning along the way as well. And having some conversations over the last few days. When you come in, I think my role initially will really be to sit back and watch and observe and then step in when required. And we have time for that. So there’s no rush around,” he expressed.

“Just had a few interactions. Obviously, they were busy with the World Cup, so didn’t want to sort of disturb until the World Cup got over. Just had the opportunity at times to obviously chat with Rohit [Sharma], a little bit after the World Cups got over and with Virat [Kohli] as well as with a lot of the players… so yeah, just sort of beginning that. And obviously, the support staff come in here. I’ve had a chance to meet a lot of the people who’ve already been here as part of the support staff for a really long time,” he added.

India to co-host 2026 T20 WC & 2031 ODI World Cup, announces ICC

As per the schedule of the major International Cricket Council (ICC) events announced by global cricket governing body, India will co-host the 2026 T20 World Cup and the 2031 50-over World Cup with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh respectively.

Significantly, the ICC on Tesday confirmed the 14 host countries of the men’s white ball events between 2024 and 2031 as per which, 11 full members and three associate members have been selected to host two ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, four ICC Men’s T20 World Cups and two ICC Men’s Champions Trophy events.

Apart from the two events, India will also be the sole host of the 2029 ICC Champions Trophy.

The USA and Namibia will host an ICC World Cup event for the first time. Whilst Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe have previously staged major events and will do so again over the next decade.

In another big development, Pakistan will also host an ICC event after more than two decades as it has been announced as the host for the 2025 Champions Trophy in 2025.

Notably, Pakistan had last staged an ICC event in 1996 when they co-hosted the 50-over World Cup with India and Sri Lanka and since then, the country has been starving of international cricket particularly because of the 2009 attack on the touring Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

As per ICC, the hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt.

The ICC Board accepted the recommendations of the committee who conducted a thorough review of each bid along with ICC management and a similar process to identify the hosts for ICC Women’s and U19s events for the next cycle will be undertaken early next year.

Commenting on the development, ICC Chair Greg Barclay said: “We are delighted to have concluded this competitive bidding process for the first time for ICC events. To have 14 Members hosting 8 events is a reflection of the truly global nature of our sport and I’d like to thank every Member that submitted a bid and offer our congratulations to the successful bidders.”

“It is fantastic to be returning to so many previous hosts, but what is really exciting about this process is the countries who will stage ICC events for the first time including the USA which is a strategic growth market for us. This gives us the opportunity to deepen our connection with fans in traditional cricket nations and also reach new fans around the world,” he added.

On the other hand, Martin Snedden, Chair of the ICC Hosting Sub-Committee said: “We received a range of excellent bids to host the ICC Men’s events in the next cycle. We were committed to ensuring a broad spread of hosts to align with the ICC strategic objective of global growth and have ended up with 14 countries who will support that long term aim.”

Meanwhile, Ricky Skerritt, Cricket West Indies President and ICC Board member said: “The success of this joint bid by CWI and USA Cricket will be a huge boost for our cricket. It offers a vital strategic opportunity to promote and develop cricket, and related commercial activity, in North America and the Caribbean.”

“I take this opportunity to thank all those at ICC, USA Cricket and CWI who helped to make this 2024 venue selection decision possible,” he added.

ICC men’s events post 2023:

2024 T20 World Cup – USA and West Indies

2025 Champions Trophy – Pakistan

2026 T20 World Cup – India and Sri Lanka

2027 ODI World Cup – South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia

2028 T20 World Cup – Australia and New Zealand

2029 Champions Trophy – India

2030 T20 World Cup – England, Ireland and Scotland

2031 ODI World Cup – India and Bangladesh

Kane Williamson to skip upcoming T20I series vs India

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will skip the upcoming three-match T20I series against hosts India in order to prepare for the subsequent two-Test series, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced on Tuesday.

New Zealand’s three-match T20I series against India will begin on November 17 in Jaipur.

Williamson, who will however, be a part of the Kiwi squad, will focus on the red-ball preparations and Tim Southee will lead the visitors in the T20I series.

New Zealand, who finished runners-up in the just-concluded Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, arrived in Jaipur on Monday for the first T20I.

The second T20I will be played in Ranchi on November 19 while the final affair of the three-match series will be held on November 21 in Kolkata.

The two Tests will be played in Kanpur and Mumbai from November 25-29 and December 3-7 respectively.

“With the opening game of the T20 series on Wednesday evening, followed by games on Friday and Sunday night – the decision was made for Williamson to join the Test specialist group already training in Jaipur as they focus on red-ball preparation,” NZC said in a statement.

“Fellow dual squad member Tim Southee will captain the T20 side for the opening game on Wednesday, while Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, and Mitchell Santner are also available for both series,” it added.

Meanwhile, the Kiwi cricket board also informed that pacer Lockie Ferguson’s recovery from a right calf-strain continues to progress well and he is expected to be available for the T20I series.

On Sunday, the Williamson-led New Zealand had went down against the Aaron Finch-led Australia in the summit clash of the T20 World Cup 2021 by eight wickets. Significantly, it was Australia’s maiden T20 World Cup title.

BLACKCAPS T20 squad for India

Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (Captain), Kane Williamson,

BLACKCAPS Test squad for India

Kane Williamson (Captain), Tom Blundell (wk), Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young

2022 T20 World Cup to be held across seven cities in Australia from Oct 16, announces ICC

The next edition of the T20 World Cup will be held across seven cities in Australia, the ICC has announced.

The showpiece event will kick off on October 16 while the final will be staged at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on November 13, which will be a night affair.

As per the announcement by the global cricket governing body, a total of 45 matches will be held across Adelaide, Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney and the first semi final will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on November 9 while the second one will be staged at the Adelaide Oval on November 10.

Hosts and newly-crowned T20 champions Australia will join 2021 runners-up New Zealand, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, England and South Africa in the Super 12 stage of the tournament.

On the other hand, Namibia, Scotland, two-time winners West Indies and 2014 champions Sri Lanka will play in the first round where they will be joined by four more teams, which will be selected through the qualifiers.

Commenting on the development, ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “We are looking forward to seeing the return of ICC events to Australia and are delighted to announce the seven host cities for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. Following the success of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020 and a two year postponement, our sights are now firmly set on planning for the 2022 event in collaboration with the LOC.

“With 12 teams already confirmed in the line-up, we eagerly await the culmination of the qualification process to see which other teams will join them,” he added.

Recently after advancing to the ‘Super 12’ stage of the just concluded T20 World Cup 2021, which was held in Oman and the UAE, Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka had confirmed their spot for the next edition of the showpiece event.

The four remaining spots will be filled via the ongoing qualification pathway taking place across the five regions, culminating in two global qualifying tournaments in early 2022, the ICC had said recently.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be the biggest global sporting event to be hosted in Australia as it will witness 16 teams, which will play 45 matches around the country.

The just concluded edition of the T20 World Cup was son by the Aaron Finch-led Australia, which had defeated the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand by eight wickets in Dubai on November 14.

Significantly, it was also the maiden T20 World Cup title for Australia,

New Zealand’s Mitchell to replace injured Conway for India series

New Zealand have announced to add batting all-rounder Daryl Mitchell to their Test squad for the upcoming two-match series against India as a replacement for injured Devon Conway.

Earlier, Conway was ruled out of the just concluded T20 World Cup final and the subsequent three-match T20I series against hosts India after he broke his hand during New Zealand’s semifinal win against England.

Significantly, Conway struck the bat with his hand after he was dismissed following which scans confirmed a break in his right-hand fifth Metacarpal.

“It’s a shame for Devon to miss out on the first series of the new World Test Championship cycle, but it also offers up an opportunity for someone else,” Stead said.

Conway had played six games in the T20 World Cup, amassing 129 runs at a strike rate of 108.40 for his team New Zealand, which had finished second in Group 2.

“Daryl’s versatility means he can cover a lot of batting positions and he’s certainly got plenty of confidence at the moment. He’s proven he can perform in Test cricket and I know he’s excited to rejoin the Test group,” he added.

Earlier commenting on Conway’s injury, Stead had said: “He’s absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time. Devon is hugely passionate about playing for the BLACKCAPS and no one is more disappointed at the moment than he is – so we’re really trying to rally around him. It looked a pretty innocuous reactionary incident on the field, but the blow obviously caught the bat between the glove padding and while it’s not the smartest thing he’s done there’s certainly an element of bad luck in the injury.”

“Devon is a great team-man and a very popular member of the side so we’re all feeling for him. He’s determined to support the team in anyway he can for the remainder of the tour before he returns home to recover. Due to the timelines we won’t be bringing in a replacement player for this World Cup or next week’s T20 series against India, but are working through our options for the Test series later this month,” he had added.

Mitchell, 30, has been in good form in the recent past off late and was also named as the Man of the Match in the T20 World Cup semifinal against England, which the Kane Williamson-led side won by five wickets.

Mitchell has amassed 208 runs from seven games in the showpiece evnent while batting at the top of the order.

He has featured in just five Tests so far in his career after making his debut against England at Seddon Park on Novemebr 2019. The 30-year-old has accumulated 232 runs from five innings in the longest format of the game with a decent average of 58. He also has one century and a half-century to his name in Test cricket.

After losing the 2021 T20 World Cup final to Australia by eight wickets on Sunday, New Zealand will travel to India directly from the UAE.

New Zealand will play three T20Is matches on November 17, 19 and 21 at Jaipur, Ranchi and Kolkata respectively against the hosts before facing them in a two-Test series, starting November 25 in Kanpur and December 3 in Mumbai respectively.

Jayawardene, Pollock, Brittin inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

On the eve of the 2021 T20 World Cup final in Dubai, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has inducted Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene, South Africa’s Shaun Pollock and England’s Janette Brittin into the Hall of Fame.

After the development, the tally of inducted players goes to 13 for the ongoing year as 10 players were inducted ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand in June.

Jayawardena played 652 international matches for the island nation, comprising 149 Tests, 448 ODIs and 55 T20Is. It was only India’s Sachin Tendulkar, who played more international matches than Jayawardene.

Commenting on his induction, he said: “I am very grateful for the recognition and would like to enjoy and share the moment with all those that have helped me on my journey, including my family, friends, coaches, team-mates and, most importantly, Sri Lanka cricket fans who passionately supported and inspired me during my career.”

Jayawardene had retired from international cricket at the end of Sri Lanka’s Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign in Australia.

On the other hand, Pollock played 108 Tests and 303 ODIs, scalping 421 and 393 wickets respectively. Meanwhile, the South African great also amassed 7300 runs across the two formats.

Commenting on it, the former South Africa all-rounder said: “I would like to thank the ICC for this recognition of my career,” Pollock said.

“It’s an amazing honour to be included in the Hall of Fame alongside the very illustrious company that has already been inducted. It’s a real cherry on the top or maybe even a book end of what has been a thoroughly enjoyable cricketing experience and I’d like to thank my teammates who played such a massive part along the journey,” he added.

Significantly, Shaun is the son of former South African player Peter Pollock and nephew of ICC Hall of Famer Graeme Pollock.

On the other hand, Brittan, considered as one of England’s most successful batters, was inducted into the hall of fame posthumously.

Brittan’s Test career lasted for 19 years and she was also the top-scorer in the 1992 World Cup final. She played 27 Tests and 63 ODIs for England.

Reacting to the news of her induction, Angela Bainbridge, friend of Janette Brittin said: “I along with Jan’s parents Maggie and Kevin are incredibly proud of her and her achievements and this award recognises both the player and the person that she was.”

“You could not wish to meet a more humble or talented player and she always gave 100% whether she played for club, county, or country,” she added.

Brittin had passed away from cancer at the age of 58 in 2017. Notably, she is the 31st England player to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

Devon Conway ruled out of T20 World Cup final & white-ball series vs India

New Zealand’s Devon Conway has been ruled out of the ICC T20 World Cup final against Australia and the subsequent T20I series in India after the batter broke his hand during the semifinal clash against England on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, his participation in the two-Test series against hosts India in December is also uncertain.

Significantly, Conway struck the bat with his hand after he was dismissed following which scans confirmed a break in his right-hand fifth Metacarpal.

Commenting on the development, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said: “He’s absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time. Devon is hugely passionate about playing for the BLACKCAPS and no one is more disappointed at the moment than he is – so we’re really trying to rally around him. It looked a pretty innocuous reactionary incident on the field, but the blow obviously caught the bat between the glove padding and while it’s not the smartest thing he’s done there’s certainly an element of bad luck in the injury.”

“Devon is a great team-man and a very popular member of the side so we’re all feeling for him. He’s determined to support the team in anyway he can for the remainder of the tour before he returns home to recover. Due to the timelines we won’t be bringing in a replacement player for this World Cup or next week’s T20 series against India, but are working through our options for the Test series later this month,” he added

Conway played six games in the ongoing T20 World Cup, amassing 129 runs at a strike rate of 108.40 for his team New Zealand, which had finished second in Group 2 to enter the semifinals.

In the semis, the Kane Williamson-led side defeated England in a thrilling affair by five wickets to book their place in the final.

The Black Caps will now be up against Australia, which defeated Pakistan by five wickets on Thursday in the second semi-final of the showpiece event.

New Zealand Cricket announces its summer schedule of 2022

New Zealand will host their neighbours Australia for a three-match T20I series in March next year, it has been announced ny New Zealand Cricket.

The series will be a part of the New Zealand summer. Significantly, both New Zealand and Australia are the finalists of the ongoing T20 World Cup in the UAE and will clash on November 14 in Dubai for the coveted trophy.

However, the T20I series in March is most likley to clash with the dates for Australia’s away Test series against hosts Pakistan and in such a scenario, the Aussie Test specialist like former skipper Steven Smith, opener David Warner, pacers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are likely to miss the three-match T20I series against New Zealand.

Before the T20I series, the two sides are also scheduled to play a three-match ODI series and a one-off T20I in January-February in Australia next year.

The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) meanwhile, also announced the schedule for the men’s team two-Test series against Bangladesh, which will be held in January and the two Tests against South Africa in March next year.

Notably, all these four Tests will be a part of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC).

Moreover, the Black Caps will also host Netherlands in March-April for a one-off T20I and three ODIs. These three ODIs against Netherlands as well as those against Australia will be a part of the ICC ODI Super League.

NZC chief executive David White acknowledged the delay in announcing the summer schedule and said that it was inevitable for the board due to the impact of Covid-19 both in New Zealand and abroad, and the knock-on effects on international travel.

“It hasn’t been a straight-forward process and we’ve needed to work through a number of unexpected changes before finalising the arrangements. Having said that, I’m delighted with the volume and quality of the international cricket to be played over the summer, particularly given the importance of, and the relevance connected to these games,” White said in a statement.

“The India series is a crucial part of the WHITE FERNS’ World Cup preparations. The four Tests are very important for the BLACKCAPS in terms of their World Test Championship defence. And, as part of the ICC Super League, the BLACKCAPS’ six ODIs carry similar significance,” he added.

“It hasn’t been a straight-forward process and we’ve needed to work through a number of unexpected changes before finalising the arrangements. Having said that, I’m delighted with the volume and quality of the international cricket to be played over the summer, particularly given the importance of, and the relevance connected to these games,” White further stated.

“The India series is a crucial part of the White Ferns’ World Cup preparations. The four Tests are very important for the Blackcaps in terms of their World Test Championship defence. And, as part of the ICC Super League, the Blackcaps’ six ODIs carry similar significance,” added he.

The New Zealand women’s team, as per the announcement, will play against India in a home series in February which includes an one-off T20I and five ODIs and which will serve as a preparation for the Women’s 50-over World Cup, which will also take place in New Zealand in March-April 2022.

The Women’s World Cup was postponed by a year due to the covid-19 pandemic.