South Africa Squad announced for India Tests
Cricket South Africa has officially announced their 21 member Test squad which will face India in the three-Test match series which will be starting from 26 December. The test series will go on till January 15, 2022, will form part of the new cycle of the ICC World Test Championship, and would be played at Centurion, Johannesburg, and Cape Town respectively.
India tour of South Africa, 2021-22 Updated Schedule : Paarl, Cape Town to host ODI leg of India tour amidst the spread of COVID-19’s new variant ‘Omnicron’
India is already at the top of the World Test Championship rankings after clicking the 2 match test series against New Zealand by 1-0.
South Africa’s Test squad vs India
Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen. Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Glenton Stuurman, Prenelan Subrayen, Sisanda Magala, Ryan Rickelton, Duanne Olivier.
UAE T20 League media rights sold to ZEE Network for USD 120 Million
The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has sold the 10-year media rights for the upcoming UAE T20 League for a humongous USD 120 million to Essel Group-owned Zee Network. The main clause of the deal is that the tournament will be telecasted on Sony Sports as well, as a mutual agreement between the two major TV networks in India – Zee and Sony – is widely tipped to be completed soon.
The six-team league, involving IPL franchises like Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Delhi Capitals, besides Glazer family of Manchester United, Sydney Sixers of Australia, and Dubai-based Capri Global, is scheduled to be held in February and March. The ECB will be allowing the franchises to field 10 foreigners in the playing XI.
Currently, the price of the IPL media rights is the highest in the world of cricket i.e. a whopping USD 500 million for one season.
Pakistan on top after an early strike
Pakistan Off-spinner Sajid Khan took 6 wickets by giving away just 35 runs as the visitors reduced Bangladesh to 76-7 in their first innings before early stumps on the fourth day of the second Test due to bad lights. Earlier on the day, Pakistan declared their first innings on 300-4, with the help of Mohammad Rizwan 53* and Fawad Alam 50* 103-run unbroken fifth-wicket partnership. Pakistan tactically brilliant and tight bowling lead to a quick collapse of Bangladesh wickets.
Brief Scores: Pakistan 300/4 dec (Babar Azam 76, Azhar Ali 56; Taijul Islam 2/73) lead Bangladesh 76/7 (Najmul Hossain Shanto 30; Sajid Khan 6/35) by 224 runs.