Live Cricket Blog: Alastair Cook reportedly being considered for knighthood

Sport360 staff 23:08 14/09/2018
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11:00pm – Alastair Cook reportedly being considered for knighthood

Having just retired from international cricket, Alastair Cook could soon be heading for a knighthood.

The England opener called time on his international career with the final Test against India and bowed out of the game after notching up his 33rd ton in his final innings.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Alastair Cook retired as England's all-time leading run-scorer in Tests.

Alastair Cook retired as England’s all-time leading run-scorer in Tests.

9:00pm – Sarfraz Ahmed lauds Pakistan’s continuity ahead of Asia Cup 

Pakistan come into the Asia Cup as one of the heavy favourites after a strong run in limited-overs clashes in recent times. The men in green wiped away Zimbabwe by 5-0 in their last ODI series and have been equally strong in the T20 format where they are the No1 ranked team in the world.

Ahead of the team’s participation in the Asia Cup, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has lauded the team’s continuity. Read the Pakistan captain’s quotes in full here.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.

8:00pm – Rohit Sharma lays down India’s gauntlet at Asia Cup

All eyes of the cricketing world will be on the India-Pakistan clash when the two arch-rivals meet in the Asia Cup. However, India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma is not getting too carried away with regards to the clash on September 19 and has insisted that the team’s focus is on the entire tournament.

Read what Rohit Sharma had to say about India’s chances here.

India captain Rohit Sharma.

India captain Rohit Sharma.

7:30pm – Dale Steyn returns to South Africa ODI squad for Zimbabwe series

After a gap of almost two years, Dale Steyn has made a comeback into South Africa’s ODI squad.

The South African pacer was included in the 16-man squad for the upcoming ODI series against Zimbabwe which gets underway on September 30.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Back after nearly two years: Dale Steyn.

Back after nearly two years: Dale Steyn.

7:00pm – All eyes on Malinga ahead of Asia Cup tournament opener

The 2018 edition of the Asia Cup is set to get underway on Saturday with Bangladesh taking on Sri Lanka in the tournament opener at Dubai. All eyes will be on veteran pacer Lasith Malinga who is making a return to the Sri Lanka ODI squad after more than a year out.

All that, and more, are a part of our match preview which can be read here.

All eyes will be on Lasith Malinga's impending return.

All eyes will be on Lasith Malinga’s impending return.

6:00pm – India request for two warm-up games for Australia tour

India coach Ravi Shastri has stated that he has requested the BCCI to arrange two warm-up games for the team when they tour Australia at the end of the year.

India had received plenty of flak for their decision to play just the one warm-up game in total during their recent tours of South Africa and England.

Read what Shastri had to say on the matter here.

Ravi Shastri has come under fire after India's 1-4 loss to England.

Ravi Shastri has come under fire after India’s 1-4 loss to England.

5:00pm: PCB backs Inzamam-ul-Haq over nepotism allegations

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has thrown his support behind chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq after the former skipper was accused of indulging in nepotism by Abdul Qadir.

The controversy arose after Qadir alleged that Inzamam had made a call to PakistanU19 chief selector Basit Ali to push for the inclusion of his son in the team.

Read more on this developing story here.

Inzamam (c) has been backed by the PCB over the controversy.

Inzamam (c) has been backed by the PCB over the controversy.

1.57pm: Dale Steyn in line for ODI recall after two years against Zimbabwe

Dale Steyn is in line to make his first one-day international appearance in two years after being named in South Africa‘s squad for the upcoming series against Zimbabwe.

The 35-year-old paceman, who has been playing county cricket for Hampshire, has been absent from ODIs since the 5-0 whitewash of Australia in 2016 due to injuries.

For more on the squad CLICK HERE

Dale Steyn is back in the South Africa ODI squad

Dale Steyn is back in the South Africa ODI squad

12:20pm: Moeen Ali blasts “rude” Aussies: “they are the only team I’ve disliked”

Even tempered England all-rounder Moeen Ali has hit out at the Australian cricket team in a rare outburst.

“Everyone you speak to…they are the only team I’ve played against my whole life that I’ve actually disliked,” Moeen told The Times.

“Not because its Australia and they are the old enemy but because of the way they carry on and (their) disrespect of people and players.”

To read Moeen’s full comments CLICK HERE.

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