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
Jasprit Bumrah, the leader of India's pace bowling attack, has revealed that he prefers bowling with the Dukes ball manufactured in England in comparison to India's SG Test or Australia's Kookaburra. According to Bumrah, the assistance the Dukes ball offers gives the bowlers some much-needed confidence.
The BCCI has nominated Rohit Sharma for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in the wake of his stellar performances across formats in 2019. Further, the names of Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Deepti Yadav have been shortlisted for the Arjuna Award.
Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts, on Friday, confirmed that the men's T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia later this year is under genuine threat owing to the Coronavirus pandemic. This, even as the ICC has not officially postponed the mega event yet. The 2020 T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in October-November this year.
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.