Kieron Pollard's maiden T20 century ends St Lucia's 15-match winless run in CPL

Sudhir Gupta 18/08/2018
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Darren Sammy (l) and Kieron Pollard of St Lucia Stars. Image: CPL T20/Getty Images

Kieron Pollard hit his maiden T20 hundred to hand St Lucia Stars their first win in 15 matches in the Caribbean Premier League, setting up a 38-run triumph over Barbados Tridents.

The Stars looked almost certain to end their losing streak a day earlier against Trinbago Knight Riders, but failed to defend 85 in the last five overs to suffer a five-wicket defeat.

However, St Lucia got a chance to bounce back withing 24 hours and captain Pollard led by example, smashing a 53-ball century – his first in T20s in his 384th innings – and starring in a 148-run stand with Andre Fletcher (80 from 52) to take his team to a CPL record total of 226-6.

Tridents opener Dwayne Smith hit 58 off 45 deliveries, but there no serious challenge as Barbados’ run-chase came up well short on 188-6.

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The UAE will play host to the 2018 Asia Cup.

The path was paved finally for the UAE to play host to the upcoming Asia Cup as BCCI formally handed over the hosting rights to the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board signed an agreement today for the United Arab Emirates to host the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup,” the BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary stated in a press release.

“We are thankful to the Emirates Cricket Board for hosting the 2018 Asia Cup on behalf of the BCCI.  We will see some of the sport’s powerhouse nations go head-to-head for ultimate glory.

“And I am confident that cricket fans around the world will enjoy every moment of this prestigious event.”

The agreement was signed in Dubai with the BCCI being represented by its acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and chief executive Rahul Johri. Emirates Cricket Board chairman and His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan signed the agreement on behalf of the UAE.

India and Pakistan will clash on September 19 at Dubai.

India and Pakistan will clash on September 19 at Dubai.

The 50-over tournament was originally slated to be held in India but was shifted to the UAE due to the ongoing political tensions between the Indian and Pakistan governments. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) then decreed that UAE will host the tournament on the BCCI’s behalf.

The six-team affair will be held from September 15 to 28 with Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and a qualifier making up the rest of the teams.

India and Pakistan have been assured of two clashes against each other in the tournament’s schedule which was released a while ago. The first of their guaranteed clashes will take place in the group-stage on September 19 at Dubai.

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11:00pm – Emirates Cricket Board officially handed Asia Cup hosting rights

The path was paved finally for the UAE to play host to the upcoming Asia Cup as BCCI formally handed over the hosting rights to the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday.

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The UAE will play host to the 2018 Asia Cup.

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Sam Curran makes way for Ben Stokes at Trent Bridge.

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Former Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed.

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Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft.

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Darren Bravo (r) of Trinbago Knight Riders. Image: CPL T20/Getty Images.

Darren Bravo (r) of Trinbago Knight Riders. Image: CPL T20/Getty Images.

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Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant.

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