Chandimal recalled for South Africa limited-overs series

The Sri Lankan national selectors have picked a 22-member squad for the upcoming limited-overs series against South Africa. Dinesh Chandimal makes a comeback to team, while Kusal Perera will play after finishing his isolation from cricket following testing positive for COVID19.

After not playing in Sri Lanka since March-April, Chandimal has been named as the captain of a new squad. Along with him will be Lahiru Madushanka, Mahesh Theekshana and Pulina Tharanga who have all recently received their first call up to represent Sri Lanka internationally. While Dasun Shanaka is the newly appointed captain for this series against Zimbabwe he’ll be joined by Dhananjaya de Silva who has also earned his place among these players selected from around Asia that are looking to make an impression on selectors ahead of next year’s World Cup.

The final international assignment for both teams before the T20 World Cup is when South Africa play three ODIs followed by as many T20Is in Sri Lanka. The ODI matches will be played at Colombo’s R Premadasa stadium from September 2 to 14, while all of the T-20 games will take place on a single day starting 20th August and ending 1st September also at this same venue.

Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya De Silva, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kamindu Mendis, Minod Bhanuka, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Binura Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Akhila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lahiru Kumara, Lahiru Madushanka, Pulina Tharanga, Maheesh Theekshana.

Mushfiqur, Nurul Hasan to split keeping duties against New Zealand

Domingo said on Monday (August 30) that they will introduce split-keeping in the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand. Bangladesh’s team management made a decision with regards to Mushfiqur Rahim’s return after he missed out for the recent games due to family reasons. The ‘keeper batsman makes his return for home fixtures and Domingo noted that it presented an opportunity of playing three different keepers, instead of just one all through these matches at home which are scheduled from September 2 till October 8th this year.”

One faction of people believe that the combination between Mushfiqur’s below-par ability in the field and a problem with his throwing hand make it difficult to find where he can fit into shorter formats. This group believes that Nurul seizing an opportunity against Zimbabwe and New Zealand was because they were looking for someone who could fill this role effectively after waiting four years to get their shot at international cricket. The other camp believed that Mushfiqur felt insecure when asked not keep wickets, which led him to be replaced by Nurul as keeper on short notice without getting many opportunities beforehand.


Stuart Binny retires from all forms of cricket

Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket on Monday (August 30). The 37 year old, who represented the Indian national team in 6 Tests, 14 ODIs and 3 T20s last played an ODI for India against Bangladesh back in 2014. He will be remembered as one of the best bowlers to have ever taken a six wicket haul with figures of 6/9 which is still an unbeaten record by any player till date.

I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am. My coaches gave me the courage and passion that made my dreams come true, selectors believed in me when no one else did, friends are always there by your side supporting you unconditionally like family would do anything for their own kids who they love so much…
I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for these amazing people and things we’ve accomplished together because of them! There’s just not enough words or time in this world to show what a great person someone is but somehow someway our families manage to pull through making us feel loved everyday knowing nothing will ever change between us from now until eternity.

Binny, a veteran of domestic cricket and Karnataka player in the twilight years of his career switched from Karnataka to Nagaland. During 17 years as an active cricketer he scored 4796 runs at 34.25 average with 148 wickets under his belt while playing 95 first-class matches for various teams but mostly representing Karnataka State Cricket team during their consecutive Ranji Trophy victories (2013-14 & 2014-15).

He was integral member to this winning side since joining them late in 2013 after taking into consideration that it would be better if Binny played on instead retiring early due to age restrictions imposed by ICC which limit international players from competing beyond thirty five year old mark or two World Cup editions whichever is earlier even though selectors.

Afghanistan U-19 tour of Bangladesh set to be rescheduled



The Afghanistan Under-19 cricket team is scheduled to play five youth one dayers and a four day match in Bangladesh, but they are waiting for Pakistan visas before flying over. The travel from Pakistan will be arduous as the Afghans have decided to take buses instead of planes.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is waiting for a Pakistan visa so that they can get to Bangladesh by air, said ACB media manager Hikmat Hassan.

Earlier this month, ACB and the Pakistani cricket board had agreed reschedule their one-day international series originally scheduled from September 1st – 9th in Sri Lanka because of flight disruptions into Kabul.

BCB is desperate to arrange international matches for the defending champions because all their programs were disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bangladesh Under-19 is all set to play a tri-nation series in India this November as part of the preparation for the next ICC Under-19 World Cup. BCB officials also stated that Afghanistan will be playing against Bangladesh under 19 on August 2019 at Sylhet, but no venue has been finalized yet nor have we decided which team will join us from Sri Lanka.

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