The top five journeymen in T20 franchise cricket as Kevin Pietersen calls it a day

Ashish Peter 17/03/2018
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Pietersen has been a favourite in T20 leagues around the globe.

Former England star Kevin Pietersen hung up his cricket boots on Friday with his Pakistan Super League (PSL) side Quetta Gladiators’ progression to the eliminators. Having opted out of travelling to Pakistan for the final stages of the competition, the 37-year-old’s glittering career has come to an end.

Having last appeared for England in January 2014, Pietersen had been plying his trade in the various T20 leagues around the globe which have cropped up in the last few years.

Here, we take a look at the top five journeymen currently active in T20 franchise cricket who have been away from the international stage for some time now.

DWAYNE BRAVO – WEST INDIES

The Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder has not played for the West Indies since 2016 and had admitted that his international career is all but over after multiple run-ins with the country’s cricketing board. He remains a hit in T20 franchise cricket though, showcasing his wares in the IPL, PSL, Big Bash League (BBL), Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Bravo has turned into a T20 globetrotter in the last few years.

Bravo has turned into a T20 globetrotter in the last few years.

BRENDON MCCULLUM – NEW ZEALAND

The former Blackcaps skipper’s swashbuckling batting was always tailor-made for the format and it has seen him being the top draw in the various franchise competitions. A veteran of over 329 matches in the format, McCullum is nearing 9,000 runs and should be able to do so in the upcoming edition of the IPL.

The Kiwi is playing even more T20 cricket since his international retirement.

The Kiwi is playing even more T20 cricket since his international retirement.

DWAYNE SMITH – WEST INDIES

Bravo’s former West Indies team-mate is also another Caribbean player who is a huge hit in T20 leagues across the world. The 34-year-old has not played international cricket since 2014 but that has not stopped the Barbados man from turning up at all major T20 leagues. Over 7,000 runs and 100 wickets in the format is perhaps why Smith still remains in demand.

The Barbados man has made a career out of playing in T20 leagues.

The Barbados man has made a career out of playing in T20 leagues.

BRAD HODGE – AUSTRALIA

He might be 43 years of age now but Hodge has been a constant in T20 leagues around the globe since time immemorial. The Aussie shows no signs of stopping just yet, having recently turned up for the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL. Like the others in the list, Hodge has participated in almost every major T20 league known to mankind.

The 43-year-old shows no signs of stopping.

The 43-year-old shows no signs of stopping.

LUKE WRIGHT – ENGLAND

The England man’s international career has come to a standstill since 2014 but he hasn’t let that prevent him from making a career as a T20 journeyman. With stints in the IPL, PSL, BBL and BPL, the all-rounder has racked up over 6,500 runs in the format. Still only 34, Wright is set to feature in T20 leagues for another few years at least.

The all-rounder has made the most of being ignored by the national team.

The all-rounder has made the most of being ignored by the national team.

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I need to remain calm, says Shakib Al Hasan after ugly fracas mars Bangladesh's victory over Sri Lanka

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Scenes of the aftermath. Image credit - @anandvasu Twitter handle.

Ugly scenes marred Bangladesh’s dramatic victory over hosts Sri Lanka in the Nidahas T20I tri-series on Friday evening.

Mahmudullah hit a six off the penultimate ball to get Bangladesh over the finish line and earn them a place in the finals against India with a two-wicket win.

There was plenty of drama in the final over of the match where tensions went through the roof. In the second ball of the over, Isuru Udana delivered a bouncer. Batsman Mustafizur Rahman was run-out while trying to sneak in a bye and all hell broke loose.

With Udana already having bowled one bouncer in the over, Mahmudullah implored the umpire to call a no-ball for height in an animated discussion. While this was taking place, Bangladesh substitute fielder Nurul Hasan had made his way to the field with drinks and soon became involved in a heated argument with several Sri Lanka fielders including Thisara Perera.

After some shoving and pushing, the substitute was escorted off the field by the Sri Lankans before Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan entered into an argument with reserve umpire Lyndon Hannibal on the boundary ropes.

Shakib ultimately waved at his two batsmen to pull them off the field in protest, a decision they reluctantly complied with. It was only after some intervention from the on-field umpires that led to the Bangladesh skipper ultimately relenting and allowing play to resume.

However, that was not the end of the saga and there would be more animosity on show between the two sides once Mahmudullah hit the winning runs with that six. As Bangladesh’s bench charged to the field in euphoric celebrations, Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis was seen in a heated altercation with some of them and had to be restrained by Tamim Iqbal.

After the ugly scenes, Shakib presented a much more mature face at the post-match press conference and admitted that he allowed things to get out of hand.

“I don’t want to talk about it, but what happened was that the square-leg umpire called a no-ball and after a discussion they cancelled it. I didn’t think it was the right decision. I don’t know what happened after the first ball, which was a bouncer. But after the second ball, the umpire called a no-ball. We are all human, we should take it in the chin and move forward,” he said.

“Many things happened that shouldn’t have happened. I need to remain calm. I was overjoyed. Excitement was there. I must know how to react next time. I will be careful.

“What happens in the field should never spill over off the field. To be honest, we are all good friends. We see each other in the Bangladesh Premier League and Dhaka Premier League. The two boards have great relations. We help each other a lot. Just like I would want my team to win at all cost, they would have the same feeling. I am sure that both teams will never let it go off the field.”

The Bangladesh dressing room was a scene of carnage after the win with the glass door being shattered completely. ICC match referee Chris Broad had examined the CCTV footage to determine the responsible party for the vandalism.

The Bangladesh team management is understood to have offered to pay Sri Lanka Cricket for the damage to property.

In the aftermath of the dramatic finish, Shakib has been handed over one demerit point along with a 25 per cent fine in his match fees while substitute fielder Nurul Islam was also given a demerit point for his role in the fracas.

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Mahmudullah Riyad smashed an unbeaten 43 to help Bangladesh edge out Sri Lanka by two wickets in a bad-tempered Twenty20 and enter the final of the tri-series in Colombo on Friday.

Chasing 160 for victory in a virtual semi-final, Mahmudullah steered the team home with a six on the penultimate ball but not before a heated exchange of words between the players of the two sides.

The Tigers will take on India in the final on Sunday.

Drama unfolded when Mustafizur Rahman missed two bouncers from Isuru Udana in the final over and was run out but the Bangladesh players contested the call, saying it was a no ball due to its height.

Skipper Shakib Al Hasan looked furious on the boundary and even waved to call the batsmen back to the pavilion. But sanity prevailed at R. Premadasa stadium and Bangladesh erupted after getting the winning runs.

“You can’t expect more than that in a T20 game, so much excitement, emotion,” said Shakib after the win.

“We always had healthy competition in the ground, but outside, we are friends. Emotions take over, I need to be careful as a leader of a team, I will be careful next time,” the star allrounder added.

Mahmudullah, who was stand-in-captain till Shakib joined the side on Thursday after recovering from a finger injury, hit 3 fours and 2 sixes during his 18-ball blitz to be named the man of the match.

“One of my best innings. When Shakib came into the team, that was a big boost. Players were eager to do well today,” Mahmudullah said.

“When Shakib got out, I was under pressure. The confusion was because it was the first bumper, but we should forget it, (it) happens in the game.”

But it was a crucial third-wicket partnership between opener Tamim Iqbal, who made 50 off 42 balls, and Mushfiqur Rahim, who hit 28, that set up the win for the underdogs.

Mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya claimed two wickets.

Earlier Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera struck gritty half-centuries to lift the hosts to 159-7 after being put into bat first.

The left-handed pair of Kusal (61) and Thisara (58) counter-attacked after Sri Lanka were reduced to 41-5.
Pace spearhead Mustafizur claimed two wickets.

“Very tough game, we are disappointed. We thought we were 10-15 runs short, 160 is still reasonable,” said a disappointed Thisara, who was standing in as captain for suspended Dinesh Chandimal.

The tournament commemorates 70 years of Sri Lankan independence. 

Provided by AFP Sport

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