Virender Sehwag tells India to boycott the 2018 Asia Cup due to 'shocking' scheduling

Sudhir Gupta 27/07/2018
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Sehwag is not happy with the scheduling for the upcoming Asia Cup.

The scheduling of the upcoming Asia Cup in the UAE has not gone down too well with Virender Sehwag, who has asked India to boycott the tournament.

The schedule for the six-team affair was released on Wednesday with India slated to play two back-to-back matches on September 18 and 19. The first of the two matches will see India take on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier, while the second will see them lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai.

In a discussion with India TV, the former India opener stated that the team would be better served by not participating in the tournament.

“I am really shocked to see the scheduling because which country plays back-to-back cricket matches these days? There was a gap of two days in between the T20 matches in England. But here here you are playing ODIs under hot Dubai weather without a break. So, I don’t think this is a correct scheduling,” Sehwag said.

India and Pakistan go head-to-head on September 19.

India and Pakistan go head-to-head on September 19.

“Pakistan will be in a good shape whereas the Indian players will be tired. And if we end up losing the match, then there might be a problem. We always want India to win against Pakistan but if the Indian players are tired then Pakistan will definitely have the advantage.

“Why there’s such hue and cry over playing the Asia Cup? Don’t play the Asia Cup. Prepare the team for the home series or the away series. It’s really difficult to play back-to-back games.”

Virat Kohli’s men are currently in England where they are preparing to take on the hosts in a five-match Test series. Their England tour is slated to culminate in the second week of September while the Asia Cup is scheduled to begin on September 15.

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Sri Lanka batsman Danushka Gunathilaka handed six-match ban for violating player code

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Gunathilaka will miss the ODIs and T20 against South Africa.

Sri Lanka batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been slapped with a six-match ban after he was found to have breached the terms of his contract.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed the player’s sentence on Friday after finding him guilty of breaching the ‘Player Code of Conduct and Contractual Obligation’.

An inquiry had been opened against the opener during the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Colombo after his friend was accused of raping a Norwegian woman at the team hotel. The incident took place on the eve of Sri Lanka’s fourth day victory over the Proteas.

Gunathilaka’s friend was placed under arrest by the Sri Lankan police while the batsman has been let off after questioning. The 27-year-old has not been accused in the case.

Gunathilaka had crached fifties in both innings of the second Test.

Gunathilaka had crached fifties in both innings of the second Test.

However, he has been found guilty of breaching the SLC rule which stipulates that all players are bound to be in their team hotel by midnight and cannot entertain any guests.

Sri Lanka cricket decided to suspend Danushka Gunathilaka from six international cricket matches for breaching the ‘Player Code of Conduct and Contractual Obligation’,” a statement from SLC read.

The batsman will now miss the five-match ODI series and one-off T20 against South Africa. Gunathilaka was not named in the Sri Lanka squad for the ODIs when it was announced as the inquiry against him moved forward.

The player will also forfeit his match fee for the second Test and any bonus payments for Sri Lanka’s 2-0 series clean sweep.

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Cricket stars congratulate former Pakistan captain Imran Khan after his election victory

Waseem Ahmed 27/07/2018
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Imran Khan is set to become the next Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The wishes have been pouring in for Imran Khan ever since the former Pakistan skipper’s political party won the most seats in the country’s general elections.

The Pakistan Election Commission has announced that Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party enjoys a substantial lead over the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) but has fallen short of an overall majority.

Hence, the World Cup winnings former Pakistan skipper might be required to form a coalition in order to form the next government.

Khan’s former Pakistan team-mates have been sending in their congratulations since the results of the elections started pouring in.

Former pacer Wasim Akram, who played under Khan’s captaincy in Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup triumph, was one of the first to wish the former cricketer on his party’s result.

“Congratulating the new Prime Minister of our country. It was all very formal but I still got to call him Skipper” the Pakistan pace legend wrote on Twitter after a meeting with Khan.

He was joined in his wishes by his new-ball partner Waqar Younis.

“A special speech from a Great Leader..Very simple, honest and practical..Feeling so proud to be a student of such a Mentor.. Congratulations Skipper,” Waqar tweeted.

Ramiz Raja, another member of the 1992 World Cup squad, also expressed his delight on election results.

“Who could be a bigger and better example of a leader than Imran Khan, who as a super star had the world at his feet and yet elbow greased for 22 years to work for his objective and vision..he’s special and we are proud to have him as our Prime Minister,” he wrote.

Members of the current Pakistan squad too sent in their congratulatory messages with pacer Mohammad Amir, leg spinner Shadab Khan and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez leading the chorus.

“Congrats to @ImranKhanPTI i hope u guys will do the best for Pakistan,” Amir wrote.

“Ma Shaa Allah (God has willed) @ImranKhanPTI U done it once again. Long marathon struggle against corruption. A man of strong belief,” Hafeez wrote on his part.

“Congratulations captain on your victory,” Shadab said.

There were wishes for Khan from across the border too with India’s 1983 World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev and former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar sending their congratulatory messages.

“It looks nice that a cricketer and one who we know is going to be the PM,” Kapil Dev said.

“Imran is the epitome of setting the bar high and reaching it. Congratulations & good luck to my cricketing hero, Imran Khan!” wrote Manjrekar.

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