Andre Russell returns to West Indies ODI squad for Bangladesh series

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Andre Russell is set to make a return to West Indies‘ ODI squad for the first time since November 2015, after being picked in the 13-man squad for the series against Bangladesh.

After playing for his nation in the 50-over format almost three years ago, against Sri Lanka, in what was the only ODI he took part in after World Cup 2015, Russell will feature for his side in the three-match series that begins July 22 in Guyana.

Russell suffered a leg injury that kept him out of the remaining games in that series.

However, the all-rounder was suspended in January 2017, after being found guilty of an anti-doping violation.

When the ban ended, he returned to play in the Regional Super50 tournament for Jamaica, but withdrew himself for contention for the West Indies ODI squad because he wanted regain confidence in the format first. He opted to play in the Pakistan Super League in the same time frame though.

“Great to have Dre Russ back as well,” West Indies coach Stuart Law said in a press release while naming the squad for the Bangladesh series.

“His explosive power and energy will breathe life into an already motivated squad.”

Meanwhile, fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and batsman Kieran Powell have also been called up while Marlon Samuels, Carlos Brathwaite, Nikita Miller, Sheldon Cottrell and Kesrick Williams have all been dropped from the ODI squad.

Squad: Jason Holder (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell

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Cricket South Africa name Thabang Moroe as permanent chief executive

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Cricket South Africa have named Thabang Moroe as their permanent chief executive, with immediate effect, the governing body confirmed on Tuesday.

Moroe has been acting chief executive for the past year, since Haroon Lorgat left by mutual agreement.

“Mr. Moroe’s appointment follows a thorough and rigorous process to fill this important position,” commented CSA President Chris Nenzani.

“I would like to express my appreciation to the sub-committee of the Board as well as my colleagues on the Board who have brought this matter to a highly satisfactory conclusion.

“Mr. Moroe has done an excellent job over the past year in taking over this position in circumstances that were far from ideal.

“In congratulating him on his appointment I look forward to his continuing the path set out by his predecessor of achieving our goal to be the best run sports federation on the continent and to be among the best in the world.”

Lorgat’s exit came few weeks prior to the start of the T20 Global League, after the board’s failure to secure a suitable broadcast package and title sponsor which meant the CSA was bound to lose nearly $25 million. However, the T20 league was then eventually postponed.

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New Zealand great Sir Richard Hadlee to undergo further surgery after secondary cancer is detected

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Kiwi legend: Sir Richard Hadlee.

Former New Zealand all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee will undergo further surgery after secondary cancer was detected in his liver.

The 67-year-old, whose 431 Test wickets are the most by a Kiwi and place him eighth on the all-time list, had bowel cancer surgery in May and his wife Lady Dianne Hadlee revealed the latest diagnosis in a statement released by New Zealand Cricket.

The statement said: “This week, Richard will undergo further surgery after secondary cancer was discovered in his liver.

“Medical advice is that it’s still at a very early stage and is operable.”

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