The first clash between England and Pakistan ended in a literal damp squib, but Jofra Archer brought some heat to The Oval before it was rained off.
However, England have decided to take a look at other players – with their World Cup opener looming on May 30 – with Archer, James Vince and Joe Denly all dropping out for Jason Roy, Moeen Ali and David Willey.
As for Pakistan, the leg-spin of Yasir Shah is in for the pace of Mohammad Amir, who is reportedly suffering with a virus.
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Former Sri Lankan Test players Nuwan Zoysa and Avishka Gunawardene were slapped with corruption charges and given two weeks to respond, the International Cricket Council announced on Friday.
The charges relate to the T10 league played in the UAE in December.
Zoysa was charged under four counts, including for “being a party to an agreement to influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspects of a match”. The ICC charged Gunawardene on two counts – one for soliciting a match-fixing breach and the other for failing to inform the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit.
It’s the latest in a long list of match-fixing controversies to hit Sri Lanka in recent months. Three months ago, the ICC banned Sri Lanka’s former skipper and selector Sanath Jayasuriya from all forms of the game for two years for failing to cooperate with anti-corruption investigations.
Also last month, former pacer Dilhara Lokuhettige was suspended over three match corruption accusations.
In December, Sri Lanka’s sports minister Harin Fernando said the country has been rated as ‘the most corrupt cricket nation’ by the ICC.
Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) bid to rope in batting legend Younis Khan in an U19 coaching role has fallen through, partly due to the former batsman’s wage demands.
According to a report by Cricbuzz, the PCB was attempting to bring in Younis as the coach of Pakistan’s U19 team but discussions have now come to a standstill after both parties failed to reach an agreement.
The two sticking points are said to be Younis’s hefty wage demands along with the exact profile of his job. Pakistan’s highest Test run-getter is understood to have wanted a say in team selections as well but the PCB wanted to limit his role to as simply a coach and mentor.
The PCB were seeking to emulate the model adopted by the BCCI which has seen former India stalwart Rahul Dravid take charge of the India A team to groom the upcoming talents in the country.
Younis was reportedly not a straightforward choice for the PCB given his fractured relationship with the board over the years. PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan is understood to have conducted the discussions with Younis with the last meeting taking place three weeks ago.
Younis is the most prolific Test batsman in Pakistan history with the right-hander amassing 10,099 runs from 118 matches with the help of 34 tons.
The 41-year-old had retired from international cricket in May, 2017 with a final Test appearance against the West Indies.