ODI leg of West Indies tour of Pakistan postponed due to COVID-19
Despite the final T20 between the two sides going ahead as per the scheduled plan, both the teams came to an agreement for postponing the ODI series after COVID-19 cases kept increasing in the West Indies camp. Total 9 members, including 5 players, in the West Indies camp in Karachi, tested COVID-19 positive since their arrival.
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“On Thursday morning and as part of the PCB COVID-19 Protocols, Rapid Antigen tests were conducted on the remaining 15 West Indies players and six player support personnel. All 21 members of the West Indies touring party returned negative test result. As such, Thursday’s T20 International (T20I) proceeded as planned,” the two boards said in a joint statement.
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“However, taking into consideration both the teams’ welfare as well as limited resources in the West Indies side for the ODIs, it has been agreed that the series, which forms part of the ICC Men’s Cricket Word Cup Super League, will be postponed and rescheduled for early June 2022. This will provide the West Indies with an equal opportunity to field their best available players for the World Cup qualification matches.”, was added in the statement.
Pakistan completed a clean sweep of the T20I series against West Indies with a thrilling seven-wicket win in the final match at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Pat Cummins out of the second Test amidst COVID-19 scare; Steve Smith appointed Captain, Neser debuts
Australia got another setback as the skipper and in-form bowler Pat Cummins on Thursday was ruled out of the second Ashes Test here after he came in contact with a COVID-19 positive person. The Vice-captain Steve Smith will lead Australia in the second Test while Michael Neser on the other hand will be making his Test debut and the centurion in the first test, Travis Head has been appointed as vice-captain for the Adelaide Test.
“Gutted to miss this Test but really excited to see Neser finally get his chance in the baggy green. He has done the hard yards and is a seriously skillful player. Super frustrating but COVID-19 has thrown us all some curveballs over the last couple of years. Will be cheering along!” Cummins tweeted on Thursday.
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Day 1, Pink Ball Test : Labuschagne, Warner put Australia on top
Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner both scored out of 95s as the host side took the control of the driving seat in the Adelaide Test on Thursday, surviving the English bowling attack of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. The visitors struggled against the Australian batting lineup again after getting thrashed in the first test. A consolation for England is that the world’s premier Test bowler, Australia skipper Pat Cummins, was ruled out in less than three hours before the Adelaide test due to COVID-19.
The visitors got an early breakthrough with Broad getting Marcus Harris for three before Warner and Labuschagne made sure to stop any further increase in the wickets column as they put on a 172 run partnership for the second wicket. England again succeded in preventing David Warner from scoring a century by dismissing him on 95.
Australia : First Innings : 221/2(M. Labuschagne 95*, D,Warner 95; Stuart Broad 34/1)
Sourav Ganguly on Virat Kohli’s captaincy comments: ‘Leave it to BCCI’
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly tried avoiding the questions on Virat Kohli.
Ganguly said in a statement that he personally spoke to Kohli when he was deciding to step down as the T20I captain and requested him to stay the captain for the Indian side in the T20s but Kohli refused to continue.
Kohli in a statement on Wednesday admitted that no such conversation took place between him and any official of the BCCI which created a lot of confusion among fans.
Ganguly refused to speak on the controversy when reporters asked about it.
“I have got nothing to say. We will deal with it, leave it to the BCCI,” the former India captain said.