Mumbai, Jul 21 (AP/UNB) — India cricket chief selector says veteran wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not available for next month's tour of the West Indies.
"Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like MS Dhoni, he knows when to retire," chief selector MSK Prasad said on Sunday while announcing squads for the tour of the West Indies.
"What is the future course of action that is in the hands of the selection committee. I don't think we need to discuss anything more on it. First of all he (Dhoni) is not available. Second, we have already started grooming youngsters."
Since India's exit from the Cricket World Cup, where it lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals, there were media reports that Dhoni might not go on the tour of the West Indies, starting on Aug. 3.
There were reports that Dhoni wanted to spend time over the next two months with the Parachute Regiment of the Indian army, where he's ranked as honorary Lieutenant Colonel.
India's tour of West Indies begins with a three-match Twenty20 series, followed by a three-match ODI series and then two test matches.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya has been rested from the tour while fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was named only in the test squad while being rested for the Twenty20s and ODIs.
Ravichandran Ashwin is among the three specialist spinners named in the test squad. Ashwin has not played international matches since December 2018 when he had a side strain during a test match in Adelaide. Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav are the other two spinners.
Shikhar Dhawan has recovered from broken thumb and was named in both the ODI and Twenty20 squads while Vijay Shankar was left out as he's still recovering from a fractured toe.
Uncapped fast bowler Navdeep Saini was included in the ODI and T20 squads while legspinner Rahul Chahar was called up to the T20 squad only.
Twenty20s: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
ODIs: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini.
Tests: Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.
Dhaka, July 21 (UNB)- Touring Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI will face Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) Secretary's XI in their 3rd four-day match of the ongoing Dr (Capt) K Thimmappaiah Memorial Cricket Tournament, also known as Mini Ranji Trophy, on Monday (July 22) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
The match will kick-off at 10 am (BdST).
Earlier, BCB XI started their campaign with a draw against Vidarbha Cricket Association in their first four-day match at Alur-2 (Golden Oval) in Bangalore on July 10-13.
The Bangladeshi side posted massive 500 for 7 (declared) featuring two centuries by Mominul Haque (169) and Nazmul Hossain Shanto (118) in the first innings while national coloured left arm spinner Taijul Islam grabbed eight wickets conceding 89 runs to restrict Vidarbha CA at 353 in the first four-dayer.
In the 2nd innings, BCB XI were all out for 175 giving a tough winning target of 323 runs for Vidarbha CA on the last and final day.
In reply, Vidarbha CA scored 38 for 1 when the bails were drawn for the 4th and final day to settle for a draw.
The touring side played to another draw against Dr DY Patil Cricket Academy in their second four-day match of the tournament at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on July 10-13.
In the first innings, left arm spinner of BCB XI Taijul Islam grabbed six wickets conceding 144 runs to bowl out Dr DY PatilCA for 331 while the BCB XI were all dismissed for 306 in their first innings featuring a half century by KaziNurulHossain (87), conceding a first innings lead of 25.
In the 2nd innings, Dr DY Patil CA, who commenced their 2nd innings with 25-run lead, were all out for 311 giving a tough winning target of 336 runs for BCB XI on the last day. Bangladesh speedster fast bowler Taskin Ahmed grabbed five wickets for 69.
In reply, BCB XI opened the 2nd innings and scored 156 for 3 when the bails were drawn for the 4th and final day to settle for a draw.
On the other hand, KSCA Secretary’s XI defeated Dr DY Patil CA by 7 wickets in their first match at the Indian Air Force Ground (IAF) on July 10-13 while they suffered an innings and 121-rundefeat to Vidarbha CA at the KINI Sports venue on July 16-19.
With two draws, the BCB XI are now 3rd in the four-team Group B securing 4 points from two matches while their opponents Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) Secretary’s XI are now at the 2nd slot with 5 points from two matches with one win and one defeat.
Among others, Vidarbha Cricket Association are at the top slot securing 8 points from two matches while Dr DY Patil Cricket Academy are at the bottom place earning 3 points from two matches.
Dhaka, July 20 (UNB) — Bangladesh all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin, suffering from a back injury, will be out of action for three weeks.
Debashis Chowdhury, the chief physician of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), on Saturday told the media that Saifuddin needs at least three weeks to recover.
He also suggested three different methods to treat injury.
“The problem he’s having is facet joint syndrome, which is very common with pace bowlers. This type of injury can’t be healed by surgery. But there’re three different ways to get rid of it,” Debashis said.
He suggested that technical correction is the first solution for Saifuddin, which can be done by changing the bowling action. But it is tough at this stage because the all-rounder is habituated with his current bowling action.
He might not be comfortable with a new one. The second option is to take painkiller injections but they will have side-effects. The third option is radiofrequency ablation, which will give him more pain-free time.
“Our goal is to increase his pain-free time. If he has no pain, he has no problem with playing. But for now, Saifuddin has to rest for three weeks. During this time, he isn’t allowed to run or bowl,” Debashis said.
Saifuddin and ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza have been ruled out of Sri Lanka tour due to injuries.
Both suffered during the World Cup too. While Mashrafe did not skip any match, Saifuddin had to sit out the game against Australia due to injury.
Dhaka, July 20 19 (UNB) — Bangladesh A team will play against their Afghan rivals in the second one-day match on Sunday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram to regain their lost pride.
The tourists had defeated the hosts by 10 wickets in the first of the five-match one-day series on Friday. Bangladesh performed poorly despite having four national cricketers – Anamul Haque, Sabbir Rahman, Rubel Hossain and Mohammad Mithun.
Earlier, Bangladesh A team lost the two-match four-day unofficial Test series 0-1 to the second string Afghanistan team.
Afghanistan won the first match by seven wickets at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna and settled for a draw in rain interrupted second match in Chattogram last week to win the series 1-0.
The third one-day match will also be held at the same venue in Chattogram on July 24 while the last two matches, scheduled for July 27 and 29, will be played at the BKSP ground in Savar.
Dhaka, July 20 (UNB) — Bangladesh National Cricket Team left here for Sri Lanka on Saturday to play a three-match ODI series against the hosts in Colombo.
The Tigers departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 12:45pm.
The first match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will take place on July 26 while the remaining ones will be played on July 28 and 31.
In the absence of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who has been ruled out of the series due to a hamstring injury just one day the before team's departure, Tamim Iqbal will lead the Tigers in the series.
"The series is important for us. Some of our important players are missing this series. It's a big challenge for the guys who are in the squad," Tamim told reporters at the airport before the departure.
"It’ll be tough to face Sri Lanka at their home. They’re a strong side on the home soil. We have to play our best cricket to register a position result," he added.
Along with Mashrafe, all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin was also left out due to injury. The team management called Farhad Reza and Taskin Ahmed as the replacements.
Bangladesh will miss the service of Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das in the upcoming series as they are on leave due to personal reasons.
This is the first assignment of the Bangladesh team after their unexpected run in the ICC Men’s World Cup in England and Wales where they ended eighth.