Kuldeep to replace Mishra for Bangladesh Test

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Kuldeep Yadav.

India leg-spinner Amit Mishra has been ruled out of the one-off Test against Bangladesh due to a knee injury.

Mishra will be replaced in the squad by left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. The 22-year-old’s call-up is on the back of a successful Ranji Trophy season during which he picked up 35 wickets in eight matches at an average of 27.42.

Kuldeep not only impressed with the ball over the past season, but also had a strong outing as a batsman, scoring his maiden first-class century against Baroda in December.

The Uttar Pradesh cricketer starred during the U-19 World Cup in 2014 when he picked up a hat-trick against Scotland. He has been selected in India’s ODI squad in the past, but is yet to play an international game.

The solidarity Test gets underway in Hyderabad on Thursday.

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Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav.

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CSA to launch new T20 league

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CSA will be hopeful that superstars like de Villiers and du Plessis will play.

Following in the footsteps of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Big Bash League (BBL), Pakistan Super League (PSL) – South Africa are all set to get a new franchise-based T20 league of their own.

Known as the T20 Global League, Cricket South Africa (CSA) are hopeful that they can attract top T20 talent from across the globe as they attempt to attract money into the game in the country.

In the recent past, a number of South African cricketers have retired from international cricket and signed Kolpak deals with English county teams due to financial reasons.

The first edition of the league is expected to take part in late 2017 and will have eight teams.

CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat is confident that the league will be able to catch the imagination of cricket fans from across the world.

“Early feedback from the marketplace suggests that there is tremendous interest in our Global Destination League from around the globe,” said Lorgat.

“This new #T20 Global Destination League offers great opportunities for investment in South Africa and South African cricket, and we are excited by the number of local and international superstars that will feature in the league.

“We are also confident that the window we have chosen will make it possible for franchises to attract top class players to South Africa.”

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Kohli on cover of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

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Kohli had a dream year in 2016.

Virat Kohli has been hugely successful as a batsman and a captain over the last 13 months and he has added another feather to his cap.

On Friday, it was announced that Kohli will be on the cover picture of the 2017 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

The cover sees the Delhi batsman playing a reverse sweep, which is a little strange considering that’s a shot he very rarely plays.

Kohli is the second Indian cricketer to have adorned the cover of the famous book, with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar having been on its cover in 2014 after his retirement.

The Indian captain had a dream 2016 – scoring 1215 runs in 12 Test matches at an average of 75.93. He also shone in limited overs cricket: notching up 739 runs in 10 ODIs at 92.37, and 641 runs in 15 T20Is at an average of 106.83 and strike-rate of 140.26.

He was named the Player of the Tournament at both the ICC World T20 and the Indian Premier League (IPL). He scored four hundreds in the latter.

As skipper, he led India to Test series wins in the West Indies and against New Zealand and England at home.

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