“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.
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.
Read more on this story here.
10:30pm – Bhuvneshwar Kumar reportedly ruled out of England Test series
India could miss the services of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the entirety of the Test series against England if the latest reports are anything to go by. According to a report by the Mumbai Mirror, Bhuvneshwar’s recovery has been slower than expected and he is now set to miss the entire Test series.
Read more on this breaking story here.
9:30pm – Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan ends Sussex stint
Rashid Khan missed Sussex’s final Vitality T20 Blast group match against Middlesex on Friday after he was called up for Afghanistan’s T20 squad. The 19-year-old had been enjoying a maiden stint in England’s domestic competition and had been in impressive form of late before being called up the Afghanistan squad.
Read more on this development here.
8:10pm – Sam Curran unfortunate to have missed out on Trent Bridge selection
Ben Stoke’s return to England’s playing XI has come at the cost of Sam Curran’s place. It will be a bitter pill to swallow for the 20-year-old Surrey youngster after his man-of-the-match display in the first Test at Edgbaston.
Sports360’s Ajit Vijaykumar has argued that Curran should have kept his place in the squad. Read his take on the topic here.
8:00pm – India get Jasprit Bumrah boost ahead of Trent Bridge Test
Ahead of the third Test between England and India, the visitors have been handed a boost with Jasprit Bumrah being declared fit to play. The pacer has recovered from the thumb injury he suffered in the T20 series against Ireland and his return is among our talking points ahead of the Trent Bridge Test.
Read more about the talking points here.
6:00 pm – Victory only option
India captain Virat Kohli said his team has no option but to go for victory in the third Test in Trent Bridge after falling 2-0 behind in the series.
“The only option we have is to win this game and nothing else and you need to show that in your body language, in your intent, the way you go about things,” Kohli said.
Read the full story here.
5:30 pm – Curran makes way for Stokes
England captain Joe Root said Ben Stokes will return for the third Test after being cleared of affray at Bristol Crown Court.
Stokes will replace Sam Curran against India at Trent Bridge on Saturday. Root described the switch as “probably one of the most difficult selections” he has been part of as Test captain.
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5:00 pm – Bold Indian Test selections
India are looking to hand Rishabh Pant his Test debut in the third Test against England,
It will be a brave call as India’s batsmen have struggled and the team is staring down the barrel at 2-0 down.
We take a look at bold selection decisions made by the Indian management over the years.
2:30 pm – Jamshed handed 10-year ban
The Pakistan board on Friday banned former opener Nasir Jamshed for 10 years on multiple charges of spot-fixing.
The decision wrapped up a 16-month investigation into the fixing scandal that rocked the Pakistan Super League in 2017.
Read the full report here.
1:30 pm – Anderson’s record and other stats from Trent Bridge
England are hoping to seal a Test series victory against India at Trent Bridge when the third match kicks off on Saturday.
James Anderson’s brilliant record at the ground will be on the mind of both teams when they take the field.
Read all the stats ahead of the crucial third Test here.
11:30 pm – Bancroft signs county deal
Durham have signed ball-tampering Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft.
Bancroft, who will join Durham as their overseas player for 2019, received a nine-month ban from Cricket Australia earlier this year for his role in a ball-tampering scandal.
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11:00 am – Bravo hits five sixes in one over
Darren Bravo cracked 94 not out off just 36 balls as Trinbago Knight Riders clinched an exhilarating five-wicket win with one ball to spare against the St Lucia Stars in the Caribbean Premier League. A world-record 34 sixes were hit during the game at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.
Read the full report here.
10:00 am – UAE’s Naveed eyes Nepal’s T20 Everest Premier League
UAE’s Mohammad Naveed is close to signing a deal to play in Nepal’s T20 Everest Premier League later this year. The 31-year-old is set to sign a contract with Bhairahawa Gladiators, with an announcement expected soon.
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08:00 am – Pant likely for Trent Bridge Test
Dinesh Karthik struggled with the bat in the first two Tests and is likely to lose his spot to the 20-year-old Pant who was in fine form during India ‘A’ team’s recent tour of England.
Read our analysis here.
The Indian pacer was ruled out of the first three of the five Tests after aggravating a lower back injury in the preceding ODI series. At the time of announcing the squad for the first three Tests, the Indian selectors had stated that Bhuvneshwar could return for the final two matches but that scenario is looking bleaker by the passing minute.
According to a report by the Mumbai Mirror, Bhuvneshwar’s recovery has been slower than expected and he is now set to miss the entire Test series.
The seamer is currently recuperating at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru after having returned from England. The report states that sources at the NCA and the Indian team management in Nottingham have resigned themselves to the fact that the 28-year-old will not feature in England again this summer.
This will come as a big blow for the Indian team who could have done with Bhuvneshwar’s mastery of swing and seam in helping conditions in England.
The visitors were handed a minor boost ahead of the Trent Bridge Test which gets underway on Saturday with pacer Jasprit Bumrah being declared fit to play. Bumrah had endured a lengthy spell on the sidelines after fracturing his thumb in the second T20 against Ireland in Dublin earlier this summer.