Live Cricket Blog: Yorkshire unhappy with the ECB over Adil Rashid Test recall

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5:00pm: Yorkshire unhappy with the ECB over Adil Rashid Test recall

Adil Rashid’s recall to the England Test squad has not gone down too well with his county outfit Yorkshire. Yorkshire CEO Mark Arthur has questioned the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) over the shock recall to the leg-spinner who signed a white-ball only contract with the county side this year.

Read the Yorkshire CEO’s quotes in full here.

Rashid was named in England's 13-man squad for the first Test.

Rashid was named in England’s 13-man squad for the first Test.

2.37pm: Adil Rashid recalled to England test squad for series against India

Adil Rashid is in line to play his first home Test next week after his shock recall to a 13-man England squad which also features uncapped seamer Jamie Porter.

Rashid’s inclusion alongside his fellow spinner Moeen Ali, for England’s 1,000th Test against India at Edgbaston, comes despite his decision last winter to quit all first-class cricket this year while he prepares for a home World Cup campaign in 2019.

Adil Rashid is back in the England Test squad

Adil Rashid is back in the England Test squad

11:02am – India cut day from warm-up match

India coach Ravi Shastri defended his side’s decision to reduce their scheduled four-day game against Essex to a three-day game.

The match against Essex is the only first-class fixture India will play before they head to face England in the first Test of the five-match series, at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

There had been speculation that India’s unusual move had been made after they were provided with green practice pitches at Chelmsford which may bare little resemblance to the surface they get in the first Test.

To read the full story click HERE.

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Live Cricket Blog: Root could give England a boost with the ball in Test series against India

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Hello, Stuart Appleby and the rest of the Sport360 team are in place to provide you with the latest news, comment and analysis on all things cricket.

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11:58pm – Root can help England with his bowling

Joe Root is expected to notch runs for England in their Test series with India, but his part-time off-spin bowling could benefit the hosts.

Our man Ashish Peter explains why Root’s contributions will be valuable with both the bat and ball.

8:03pm – Zaman could get call for UAE Test series

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed suggested Fakhar Zaman could be tried as an opener for the side’s upcoming Test series in the UAE against Australia and New Zealand.

“We can definitely try Fakhar in Tests in UAE. The way he’s been playing, he is an opener who can attack the opposition,” Ahmed said.

Read more on the possibility here.

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4:00pm – ECB deny reports of 100-ball competition format

The England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement on Tuesday, denying reports of playing rules for its new competition and that nothing will be finalised until after the pilot matches in September. Read more on that story here.

1:30pm – Brendon McCullum and Rashid Khan to play in the T10

The former New Zealand batsman and Afghanistan’s rising star will feature in the shortest format of the game when the tournament is held in November later this year in Sharjah. Find out who else will be joining them by clicking here.

12:00pm – ‘Virat Kohli has nothing to prove against England’

That’s the view of former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir who insists his former team-mates has already proven himself to be one of the world’s best batsmen. Read more on that story here.

Kohli's form will be in focus during the five-match Test series.

Kohli’s form will be in focus during the five-match Test series.

10:30am – Cheteshwar Punjara remaining confident despite poor form ahead of England series.

The India batsman is optimistic that he will fare well in the upcoming five-match Test series against England. With the series beginning on August 1, find out what he said here. 

09:15am – Rangana Herath to retire from international cricket after the England series.

The veteran spinner announced that the England series later this year will be his final one. Read more on that story here.

Herath is determined to bow out on the top.

Herath is determined to bow out on the top.

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Brendon McCullum is set for his T10 League debut in 2018

Brendon McCullum and Rashid Khan will be among the elite stars to make their T10 League debuts in the second edition of the event but Pakistan and New Zealand Test players will be unavailable due to their series in the UAE.

Ex-New Zealand batsman McCullum has been named as an icon player for new franchise Rajputs while Afghanistan’s teenage star Rashid has been roped in by Maratha Arabians.

Monday night’s Mini Draft in Dubai presented an opportunity for all eight franchise team owners to make early additions to their squad before the main Draft in early September, where a wider pool of international players will be available.

But the list of players that were available in Monday’s draft was of the highest calibre. Other big names who will be making their first appearance in the shortest format of the game in Sharjah later this year are Australia’s T20 specialist Chris Lynn and West Indies’ all-rounder, Andre Russell, who were selected by Rajputs and Northern Warriors.

Talented Sussex all-rounder Jofra Archer was signed up for debutants Karachians, who also roped in Anton Devchich, Ben Laughlin and Colin de Grandhomme.

England ODI and T20 captain Eoin Morgan as well as Alex Hales were among the Englishmen to play in last year’s tournament and the pair will be joined by more of their international team-mates in 2018.

Bengal Tigers’ selected England opening batsman Jason Roy and wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings while David Willey was chosen by Pakhtoons.

Bengal Tigers, who named West Indian all-rounder Sunil Narine as their icon player, strengthened their squad with the acquisitions of Pakistan batsman Asif Ali and Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

For their co-owner Neelesh Bhatnager, he was delighted to have got the players they wanted, saying: “I’m pretty happy with what we got and did our homework and we had a strategy to pick our players and we got almost all of them.”

“We needed a wicket-keeper because we lost Sarfraz so Billings is a good replacement. Asif Ali is a rising star in Pakistan and overall we are very happy.”

Although the dates are yet to be finalised, T10 League chairman Shaji Ul-Mulk confirmed that the expanded 10-day tournament is likely to be held from November 23 to December 2 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

With Pakistan set to play New Zealand in the Test series in the UAE at the same time, Ul-Mulk conceded that the clash of dates makes it impossible for players of the two nations to feature in the T10 League.

That means the likes of Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who was Bengal Tigers’ captain and icon player will miss this year’s tournament but Ul-Mulk is convinced the expanded competition will exceed expectations.

“The dates in principle have been agreed but with the Test series going on at the same time, we have no choice because we missed that slot,” he said.

“That means the the Test players of New Zealand and Pakistan teams will be missing. Otherwise everyone will be available.”

He added: “We are very excited for the new season ahead. Season One was four days and it was more of a trial where six teams were playing. Now this is a big league for us because we have now gone into a full-scale 10-day tournament with 28 games planned.

“We have added two more teams and we are looking at a competition where all the top players will be playing for us. It will be a big challenge. One thing was to do a four-day event and the other thing is to do a 10-day event. We are very geared up and excited at the same time.”

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