Indian Premier League: Andrew McDonald appointed as Rajasthan Royals head coach

Sport360 staff 19:04 21/10/2019
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Former Australia all-rounder Andrew McDonald has been appointed as the head coach of Rajasthan Royals, replacing Paddy Upton in the role. The Aussie, who previously played in the IPL for Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore, has signed a three-year-deal with the Royals.

McDonald, who retired as a player in 2016,  began his coaching career with English county Leicestershire before moving back to Australia to take over as coach for Victoria. He led the Bushrangers to the one-day and Shield titles in 2018-19 before overseeing Melbourne Renegades’ run to their first Big Bash League crown. In IPL 2018, he had served as a bowling coach for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

McDonald will also be training the Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred with Daniel Vettori serving as his deputy.

After taking over as the coach of the first ever IPL champions, McDonald said, “The Rajasthan Royals is a new, exciting challenge for me, and I can’t wait to get started working with our world-class players and coaches in one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world.”

Zubin Bharucha, Royals’ head of cricket, welcomed McDonald into the set-up, saying: “Andrew’s innovative, forward-thinking nature, along with his experience in the IPL and success in other leagues is why we have selected him as head coach to help us drive long term success. He is data-focused and an impressive man manager who remains well versed with the rigours of modern day cricket.”

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Bangladesh T20I and Test skipper Shakib Al Hasan.

Bangladesh’s cricketers have announced that they’ll not be participating in any cricketing activity till the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) accepts their demands and improves the state of the game in the country.

The players released a list of 11 demands, which includes reverting the Bangladesh Premier League to its old franchise-based format, resignation of the president of the Cricketers Welfare Association, the removal of the Dhaka Premier League salary cap, match-fee hikes at first-class level, increase in the number of domestic tournaments and allowing players to play more than two overseas franchise-based leagues.

Senior players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim were all present at the press conference along with a band of first-class cricketers.

“We did not include Under- 19 team here as they are preparing for the World Cup. Everybody else is here and we know everybody is with us. We are not going to involve in cricket unless our demand is fulfilled we are not coming back to cricket,” Shakib said.

”Beside age level cricketers 19, 17 and 15, everybody in national team and domestic cricket is involved here and its starts from today. This is applicable from domestic cricket and first-class cricket to international cricket,” he added.

Shakib had earlier voiced his concerns over the low remuneration for the first-class players in the country and the salary cap introduced by the board to the Dhaka Premier League.

“Everything is included. Apart from the Under-19s and the other age-group teams, all first-class and national teams are included. From today. From the National Cricket League to first-class, national team preparations, internationals…everything is included,” the all-rounder stated.

The 32-year-old also declared that as and when the players’ demands are met, normal service would resume immediately as the goal is to improve quality of cricket in the nation.

“When the demands are met, normal service will resume. All of us want cricket to improve. Some of us will play for another ten years, some for four-five years, but we want to create a good environment for the players who will come after us, so Bangladesh cricket can move forward.”

Shakib clarified that women cricketers were not included because of how quickly everything has transpired over the past few days and that they were welcome to join. “We haven’t been able to include the women cricketers here, because it was done in a rush. If they have any demands, they are most welcome to join us. I am sure they have grievances too. If they come to us and join us, we will be able to put forward their demands too.”

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Deccan Gladiators pick up Kieron Pollard and Tymal Mills in Abu Dhabi T10 draft

Sport360 staff 13:10 21/10/2019
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Kieron Pollard

Deccan Gladiators, the latest team in the Abu Dhabi T10 league, made their presence felt in T10 draft by picking six-hitting machine and West Indies ODI and T20 captain Kieron Pollard, England speedster Tymal Mills to beef up their ranks.

Pollard is renowned for his ability to win matches single-handedly while Mills can bowl in excess of 150kph regularly.

Deccan also brought in entertaining Afghanistan wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad, who lit up the T10 League last year by scoring a whirlwind 74 off just 16 balls, and exciting Sri Lankan batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa after he enjoyed great success in a recent series against Pakistan.

Pakistani all-rounder Anwar Ali was picked to add to depth into the side as he joined all-rounders Ben Cutting and Anton Devcich, who both were retained.

The Gladiators ensured they picked top quality spinners as they roped in experienced Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmad and Afghanistan’s young Chinaman bowler Zahir Khan.

England’s young leg-spinner Mason Crane was brought in as third spinner in the squad.

In the UAE category, Deccan opted to pick fast-bowler Zahoor Khan and batsman Asif Khan while in the emerging round young exciting all-rounder Hemraj Chanderpaul was drafted after he enjoyed a good CPL which concluded recently.

Deccan Gladiators owner Gaurav Grover was ecstatic with the dynamic squad at their disposal.

“I am extremely proud of our team selection yesterday. After the addition of the new team members, our squad is now solid and complete. Deccan Gladiators is a powerful team, and we are entering this tournament with an unquenchable thirst for victory that will take us to the final stages. I am confident that their relentless practice and smart gameplay will make Deccan Gladiators the team to watch out for this season.” said Gaurav Grover, the owner of Deccan Gladiators after the exciting auction that got concluded yesterday.

The final squad for Deccan Gladiators is now: Shane Watson (C) – Australia, Ben Cutting – Australia, Anton Devcich – New Zealand, Kieron Pollard – West Indies, Tymal Mills – England, Zahir Khan – Afghanistan, Mohammed Shahzad (WK) – Afghanistan, Fawad Ahmed – Australia, Anwar Ali – Pakistan, Zahoor Khan – UAE, Asif Khan – UAE, Mason Crane – England, Bhanuka Rajapaksa – Sri Lanka, Chandrapaul Hemraj – West Indies

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