Sylhet, Nov 1 (UNB) – The Zimbabwe cricket team arrived here on Thursday afternoon to play hosts Bangladesh in the first Test of the two-match series, which is scheduled to begin at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Hamilton Masakadza-led Zimbabweans reached Sylhet International Airport from Chattogram around 2pm.
The hosts are already in the city after their seven-wicket win in the third and final ODI at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram (ZACS) on October 26 to complete a 3-0 sweep against the visitors.
Zimbabwe had to stay in Chattogram to play Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI in a three-day warm-up match at the ZACS, which ended in draw on October 31 after being interrupted by rain.
The Sylhet International Cricket Stadium is going to host its first Test match after its inception in 2013 and is set to become Bangladesh's eighth Test venue.
A venue of country's north-eastern city with a capacity of 18,000 audience, the stadium will also host its first ODI, between Bangladesh and West Indies, on December 14.
The venue has so far hosted seven T20I games, six of them during the ICC World T20 in 2014 and one in February this year between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
The second Test of the series will be held at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka from November 11.
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 1 (AP/UNB) — Ravindra Jadeja took 4-34 as West Indies was bowled out for 104 runs in 32 overs by India in the fifth one-day international on Thursday.
India leads the series 2-1 and looks set to win it after also sweeping the test series.
Opting to bat after winning the toss, the visitors never really got going in humid and bowler-friendly conditions.
Only Jason Holder, with 25, and Marlon Samuels, with 24, managed to cross the 20-run mark as their batting lineup folded in just over two hours.
India pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah made early inroads. Kieran Powell was caught behind for a four-ball duck while Shai Hope was bowled off Bumrah, also for a duck.
Rovman Powell put on 34 runs with Samuels but left arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed accounted for him on 16.
Jadeja struck twin blows against Samuels and Shimron Hetmyer, on 9, as West Indies was reduced to 57-5 in the 17th over.
Holder tried to stem the slide but nobody could give him lasting company as the total limped past 100.
Bumrah and Ahmed returned to take their second wickets as India went for the kill, with the latter dismissing Holder in the 26th.
Jadeja removed Kemar Roach (5) and Oshane Thomas (0) to complete his haul, leaving India a mere formality to wrap up the series.
West Indies made two changes after offspinner Ashley Nurse was ruled out of the remainder of the tour because of a shoulder injury. Legspinner Devendra Bishoo came in.
India was unchanged. The home side is attempting to win its eighth consecutive ODI series on home soil.
Melbourne, Nov 1 (AP/UNB) — The ball-tampering affair last March in Cape Town has claimed another victim in Australian cricket.
Cricket Australia chairman David Peever announced his resignation on Thursday, three days after a report saying Cricket Australia was arrogant and bent on winning at all costs in a review of its culture and governance commissioned after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
The board appointed Earl Eddings as interim chairman.
The review by Simon Longstaff of The Ethics Center, released Monday, said administrators should bear as much blame as captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft, who were suspended for their roles in the incident at Cape Town in March.
The attempt by Bancroft to use sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball during the test match, with the knowledge of Smith and Warner, caused "grief" among the Australian public, Longstaff said.
CA had addressed some of its perceived shortcomings ahead of the review. Chief executive James Sutherland has left after 17 years and Pat Howard, the high-performance manager, has said he won't seek to extend his contract beyond mid-2019.
New Australia coach Justin Langer and captain Tim Paine are charged with changing the culture within the Australian team.
Abu Dhabi, Nov 1 (AP/UNB) — Top-ranked Pakistan recorded a narrow two-run win over New Zealand to open their three-match Twenty20 series on Wednesday.
With 17 required off the last over, Ross Taylor (42 not out) and Tim Southee (5 not out) could only get 14 off left-arm seamer Shaheen Afridi as New Zealand, returning to international cricket after seven months, ended 146-6.
Mohammad Hafeez (45) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (34) had earlier helped Pakistan reach 148-6 after winning the toss and electing to bat.
Opening batsman Colin Munro top scored with 58 off 42 balls, scoring at a brisk pace in the batting power-play before New Zealand were strangled by Pakistan spinners in the middle overs.
Leg-spinner Shadab Khan had Munro caught at long off in the 12th over and then ran out Colin de Grandhomme off a direct throw from backward point.
In between Shadab's twin strikes, captain Kane Williamson gave a simple return catch to Imad Wasim when he tried to turn around the left-arm spinner and got a leading edge as New Zealand slipped to 89-4.
Fast bowler Hasan Ali (3-35) then took the wickets of Corey Anderson and Tim Seifert in the 19th over to make things difficult for New Zealand.
Anderson struggled to accelerate the scoring during his 12-ball knock of nine runs before holing out in the deep and Seifert was clean bowled. Afridi kept his nerve in the final over and, despite conceding two boundaries, denied New Zealand victory.
Earlier, Pakistan lost both its openers — Babar Azam (7) and Sahibzada Farhan (1) — in the batting power-play. Debutant left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, who opened the bowling, struck off his seventh delivery when he had Farhan caught at deep mid-wicket.
Azam, named man of the series for his prolific scoring in Pakistan's 3-0 win over Australia last week, was caught behind and Pakistan slipped to 10-2.
Asif Ali (24), promoted at No. 3, and Hafeez put on 67 runs before three smart catches reduced Pakistan to 121-5 in the 18th over.
Southee had Hafeez caught low at point; Glenn Phillips took a splendid catch in the deep to dismiss Asif Ali and Ahmed fell to a well-judged diving catch by Anderson in Ish Sodhi's last over.
Wasim (14 not out) then hit a four and a six off Southee's last two deliveries which proved decisive in the end.
Dhaka, Oct 31 (UNB) – Injury-grabbed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has finally received permission from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to play in the UAE T20x tournament scheduled for December-January next.
Shakib, who is recovering from a finger injury, is set to play in the tournament from December 23, a day after the end of the West Indies tour of Bangladesh, to January 1 next year. The UAE T20x League runs from December 19 to January 11, clashing with the Bangladesh Premier League.
Earlier, the BCB rejected Shakib’s application to play in the UEA T20x considering the condition of his injury, but finally granted his petition.
Bangladesh Test and T20 captain Shakib is currently undergoing rehab for a longstanding finger injury, which got worse due to an infection during the Asia Cup, and he underwent an emergency operation in Dhaka before heading to Australia for a further check-up.
He returned home earlier this month and said his return to competitive cricket depended largely on how quickly the infection was completely removed, suggesting he may be back for Bangladesh's home series against West Indies, which begins with the first Test from November 22.
Shakib will join the likes of Steven Smith, who is currently into the seventh month of a one-year ban handed to him by Cricket Australia for his part in the Newlands ball-tampering incident, Andre Russell and Shahid Afridi.