Even as the cricketing fraternity is divided over the decision to not use saliva on the ball when cricket resumes following the forced break due to Coronavirus, ICC's cricket committee and former India spinner Anil Kumble opines that it is time cricket pitches offer more to bowlers. In fact, the legend who has 619 Test wickets to his name added that teams must start considering use of two spinners in places like Australia and England as well.
Former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq is the latest Pakistani to claim that India deliberately lost to England in the 2019 World Cup league game, to hurt Pakistan’s chances of qualifying. Razzaq’s comments have come a couple of days after ex-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed alleged that West Indies players told him that India lost the match to stop Pakistan from reaching the knockout stages. The comments from the ex-Pakistani players have come despite Ben Stokes clarifying that he never claimed India deliberately lost the game
Kevin Pietersen is regarded as one of the finest batsmen to have played international cricket for England. The 39-year-old played 104 Tests and 136 ODIs, scoring 8181 and 4440 runs respectively. The South African-born ex-cricketer has revealed that proper practise sessions did more good for his match fitness than ‘sanitised’ warm-up matches.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain is of the view that split captaincy will not work for Indian cricket at present since Virat Kohli is such an ‘imposing character’. However, he does admit that split coaching might not be a bad idea. Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh also backed Hussain on the issue of split captaincy as he is unsure how one coach can deal with players having varied mindsets.
England fast bowler Jofra Archer has revealed that he has misplaced his World Cup 2019 after shifting to a new flat. Archer bowled the Super Over against New Zealand at Lord’s, which won England their maiden World Cup title. He has stated that he has gone mad searching for his coveted medal.
Former England captain Andrew Strauss had finally opened up about the Kevin Pietersen controversy during his reign as skipper that eventually led to the sacking of the latter. After earning a recall, Pietersen was dropped on disciplinary grounds after England, later led by Alastair Cook, were thrashed 5-0 in 2013-14 Ashes, never to play for the country again.
Australia’s experienced left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc and England’s Test skipper Joe Root have opted out of the Indian Premier League 2020 auction to be held in Kolkata on December 19. On the other hand, five Australians have listed their names with a base price of Rs 2 crore. The names include Glenn Maxwell, who recently took a break from international cricket due to mental health issues, and Chris Lynn, who was surprisingly released by Kolkata Knight Riders.