Live Cricket Blog: Tour match suspended after Sri Lankan cricketer suffers blow to head

Sport360 staff 12:40 31/10/2018
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4:30pm – Tour match suspended after Sri Lankan player suffers blow to head

England’s tour match against a Sri Lanka Board XI was suspended, and later declared a draw, after Sri Lankan player Pathum Nissanka was hit in the head.

The 20-year-old was fielding at short leg when a shot from England vice-captain Jos Buttler hit him on the crown of the head even as he ducked to avoid it. Nissanka was wearing a helmet, but immediately fell in pain and was rushed to the hospital.

Board XI coach Avishka Gunawardane later confirmed that Nissanka did not lose consciousness, though he was complaining of a pain in the neck.

Sri Lankan player Pathum Nissanka suffered a blow to the head while fielding.

Sri Lankan player Pathum Nissanka suffered a blow to the head while fielding.

2:30pm – Ben Stokes retires hurt with injury

Ben Stokes took a blow to the arm while batting for England on Wednesday, and was retired hurt during the side’s tour match against a Sri Lanka Board XI.

England’s medical staff say he didn’t suffer any significant damage, but given how crucial the all-rounder is to the side’s hopes during the Test series, his workload and fitness are being closely monitored.

Read more here.

Ben Stokes was injured during his innings.

Ben Stokes was injured during his innings.

12:30pm – Differing fortunes for England openers in warm-up match

Keaton Jennings’ struggles continued as he was bowled for 13 on Day 2 of England’s warm-up match ahead of the Test leg of their Sri Lanka tour, but Rory Burns made a fluent 47 before an unfortunate run out ended his innings.

Read more here.

12:20pm – Sourav Ganguly has “deep sense of fear” over future of Indian cricket

A letter published on Monday night written by Sourav Ganguly to the BCCI has made waves after the former India captain laid bare his concerns over the state of Indian cricket administration.

“I write this mail to you all with the deep sense of fear as to where Indian cricket administration is going,” Ganguly wrote, citing the process which led to the appointment of Ravi Shastri as coach of the men’s team and the way the board has handled allegations of sexual harassment against chief executive Rahul Johri as evidence “the authority of Indian…is on the way down”.

Read more here.

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Sport360 staff 23:59 30/10/2018
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Welcome to Tuesday’s live cricket blog!

The Sport360 team is in place bringing you the latest news from the world of cricket.

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12:00am – Ganguly fearful about the state of Indian cricket

An alarmed Sourav Ganguly has shot a letter to the BCCI expressing his fears at the state of Indian cricket administration at the moment.

The former India skipper, who now leads the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), voiced his fears at the ‘appalling’ manner in which cricket was being administered in the country, according to his letter published in a recent report.

Read the scathing contents of Ganguly’s letter here.

Ganguly is unhappy with the state of Indian cricket at the moment.

Ganguly is unhappy with the state of Indian cricket at the moment.

11:30pm – England hoping for more spin in Sri Lanka Tests

England found themselves in the unusual position of crossing their fingers for more subcontinental spin after their bowling attack struggled to make inroads on the first day of Test preparations in Sri Lanka.

With a week to go before the first Test, the tourists began the first of two warm-up matches by watching a strong Board XI rack up almost 400 runs on a defiantly unresponsive pitch in Colombo.

Read what Moeen Ali had to say ahead about wanting ‘more spin’ in the three-match Test series here.

Moeen was the lone bright spark for England.

Moeen was the lone bright spark for England.

10:00pm – Chance for Sahibzada Farhan to leave his mark against Kiwis

As Pakistan get ready to lock horns with New Zealand in the first of the three T20s on Wednesday, it will be a chance for Sahibzada Farhan to leave his mark. The 22-year-old opening batsman is set to play in the opening T20 with Fakhar Zaman ruled out due to an injury.

All that and more is among our talking points ahead of the clash here.

In the spotlight: Sahibzada Farhan.

In the spotlight: Sahibzada Farhan.

20:30 – Kane Williamson delighted to make international cricket return

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson will be hoping his men can dust off the cobwebs when they take on Pakistan in the first T20 of the three-match series at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The Blackcaps have not played any international cricket since the completion of the Test series against England at the start of April this year.

Read what Williamson had to say on New Zealand’s return to international cricket and more here.

New Zealand return to international cricket after seven months.

New Zealand return to international cricket after seven months.

20:00 – Sarfraz Ahmed lauds Pakistan youngsters for T20 form

Ahead of the three-match T20 series against New Zealand which gets underway on Wednesday, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has praised the team’s young players. The men in green have been in sensational form in the T20 format with 10 consecutive series victories in a row and Sarfraz has attributed that success to the young blood in the team.

Read his quotes in full here on the eve of the first T20 clash.

The two skippers: Image courtesy - PCB/Twitter.

The two skippers: Image courtesy – PCB/Twitter.

19:00 Ex-PCB chairman Najam Sethi takes legal action against the board

Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has taken legal action against the board after his personal expenses from his time as chairman were made public.

Read more here.

Former PCB chairman Najam Sethi.

Former PCB chairman Najam Sethi.

18:30 – Khaleel Ahmed reprimanded for Samuels send-off

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India pacer Khaleel Ahmed has been awarded a demerit point and received an official ICC warning over his exuberant send-off of West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels on Monday.

Ahmed, whose 3-13 ripped out the heart of the West Indies’ top order during India’s 224-run win in the fourth ODI, was seen gesticulating towards Samuels after dismissing him.

Read more here.

11:30am – Australian cricket needs to know where to draw the line

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A report on the review of Australian cricket culture came down hard on Cricket Australia on Monday, but Alex Broun says while playing nice may not be the Australian way, players need to know how to stay on the right side of the line.

Read his piece on the crisis in Australian cricket here.

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Welcome to Monday’s live cricket blog!

The Sport360 team is in place bringing you the latest news from the world of cricket including updates from India’s fourth ODI against West Indies

Get in touch on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day.

11:00pm – India pacer Khaleel Ahmed draws Irfan Pathan comparison

Khaleel Ahmed is being compared to Irfan Pathan following his showing in India’s 224-run win over the West Indies in the fourth ODI at Mumbai on Monday. The left-armed pacer picked up 3-13 from his five overs as the visitors were bowled out for just 153 in reply to India’s 377-5.

We take an in-depth look at Khaleel’s three-wicket burst here.

A display to remember for young Khaleel. Image - BCCI/Twitter.

A display to remember for young Khaleel. Image – BCCI/Twitter.

10:00pm – Mike Hesson appointed as new Kings XI Punjab coach

The Indian Premier League (IPL) might still be a few months away but Kings XI Punjabhave been keeping busy in the run-up to the auctions.

The Mohali-based franchise has roped in former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson for the upcoming edition. The former Blackcaps boss replaces Brad Hodge as the team’s coach despite the Australian signing on for a period of three years ahead of the 2018 edition.

Read more on this development here.

The former Blackcaps coach has taken over at Kings XI Punjab.

The former Blackcaps coach has taken over at Kings XI Punjab.

9:00pm – Ranatunga arrested before being released on bail

Former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga was in the thick of things as the political crisis in the country continued following President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dismiss Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and dissolve the cabinet.

The 1996 World Cup winning captain was arrested by the Sri Lankan police on Monday over a shooting incident before being subsequently released on bail.

Read more on this developing story here.

Ranatunga on his way to the court on Monday.

Ranatunga on his way to the court on Monday.

7:00pm – India inflict crushing 224-run defeat on Windies

West Indies’ reply to India’s 377-5 in the fourth ODI at Mumbai has lasted less than 37 overs with the visitors being bundled out for 153 runs. Khaleel Ahmed was the star for India with the ball with a three-wicket haul while Windies skipper Jason Holder showed some fight with a battling half-century. The hosts have now taken a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

See how the visitors’ batsmen fared in our live scorecard here. To read how the match panned out in depth, have a read of our talking points here.

Khaleel Ahmed was the star for India with the ball.

Khaleel Ahmed was the star for India with the ball.

5:00pm – Babar Azam becomes top-ranked T20I batsman

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has once again reclaimed the top spot in the ICC T20 rankings for batsmen in the latest update released on Monday.

The Pakistan stalwart had a prolific time in the side’s 3-0 clean sweep of Australia in the UAE where he registered scores of 68no, 45 and 50 in the three matches.

Read who else made big gains in the full story here.

Babar Azam: The new No1 ranked batsman in T20 cricket.

Babar Azam: The new No1 ranked batsman in T20 cricket.

4:00pm – India set Windies a target of 378 in fourth ODI

India’s innings in the fourth ODI against Windies at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai has come to an end  and the hosts have posted a mammoth 377-5 in their 50 overs. Centuries from Rohit Sharma (162) and Ambati Rayudu (100) were the guiding forces for India’s big score.

Can Windies surmount India’s imposing total? Do not miss any of the action from their chase by following our ball-by-ball coverage here.

'Hitman' showing no signs of stopping. Image source -BCCI/Twitter.

‘Hitman’ showing no signs of stopping. Image source -BCCI/Twitter.

3:00pm – Sarfraz Ahmed brands Australia as ‘mentally weak’

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has branded Australia as “mentally weak” after his side completed a comfortable 3-0 sweep of the T20I series in Dubai on Sunday night.

“Looks like Australia are mentally weak at the moment,” said Ahmed, “the moment we put them under pressure they collapse every time.”

Read Sarfraz’s quotes in full here.

Pakistan celebrate another victory over Australia.

Pakistan celebrate another victory over Australia.

2:00pm – Jos Buttler likely to cover for injured Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps

With Jonny Bairstow injued, Jos Buttler might get the nod for England’s first test match against Sri Lanka on 6th November according to Enland captain Joe Root. He added that Bairstow is showing good progress in his recovery and might be able to join the team soon.

Click here to find out what he said

Safe pair of hands: Jos Buttler.

Safe pair of hands: Jos Buttler.

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