Former New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson has denied reports stating that he is in the running for the Pakistan job by taking to social media.
Hesson was previously speculated to have applied for the head coach positions of both Pakistan and Bangladesh by local media back in New Zealand. Fresh reports earlier this week from stuff.co.nz said that Hesson had now turned down the Pakistan job after he failed to land the India head coach position.
The former Black Caps and Kings XI Punjab coach took to Twitter to refute those rumours by stating that he had never applied for the Pakistan job in the first place.
“Just to clarify as plenty of speculation about…I have not applied for the Head Coach Role with the Pakistan Cricket Board. Whoever gets the role certainly has plenty of talent to work with and would be an exciting proposition for whoever gets the job,” Hesson wrote on social media.
Just to clarify as plenty of speculation about ........ I have not applied for the Pakistan Head Coach Role with @TheRealPCB. Whoever gets the role certainly has plenty of talent to work with and would be an exciting proposition for whoever gets the job!#pakistan— Mike Hesson (@CoachHesson) August 21, 2019
Hesson spent six years as the head coach of New Zealand between 2012-18 and led the team all the way to the final of the 2015 ICC World Cup. The Kiwi had taken up a head coach role with Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit Kings XI Punjab post the completion of his New Zealand stint and spent just one season with the franchise before stepping down just weeks ago.
Hesson had been in the running for the India head coach role recently along with Australia’s Tom Moody but the job ultimately was retained by Ravi Shastri who emerged as the preferred choice of BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).
Pakistan are currently in search of a head coach after not opting to renew the contract of Mickey Arthur post the completion of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England. The PCB have already invited applications for the position and progress is expected to be made soon on that front.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, had recently appointed former South Africa coach Russell Domingo to replace Steve Rhodes.
Dimuth Karunaratne and his men lead the series 1-0 after their remarkable six-wicket win in the first Test in Galle and the hosts will be looking to add another victory to their name to swell their World Test Championship points tally to 120.
New Zealand, on the other hand, are looking to get back into the series after their loss in the series opener and the Blackcaps will be determined to open their own account in the World Test Championship.
Sri Lanka have won the toss & elected to bat on a delayed day one in Colombo. One change for each side. CDG in for Santner, and Dilruwan Perera in for Akila Dananjaya #SLvNZ #WTC21 pic.twitter.com/tfirjp0ONq— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 22, 2019
Will Sri Lanka script another Test series win or will the visitors spoil the hosts’ party in Colombo? Find out by following the ball-by-ball commentary from the second Test below.
A valuable 120 Championship points are on offer for the two sides who will both be itching to make a winning start on their return to the Test format after an extended period of limited-overs cricket.
The first Test will be the 97th such meeting between the two countries, who first met in the format all the way back in 1948. As the West Indies and India prepare to do battle, we take a look at some of the remarkable numbers and statistics behind their past Test meetings.
1971 – The year India managed to record its maiden Test series win on Caribbean soil. Led by Ajit Wadekar, the visitors managed to win the five-match series 1-0 after registering a seven-wicket win in the second Test in the Port of Spain.
200 – The runs scored by India skipper Virat Kohli in his only previous appearance in Antigua (2016). It was the first time that an Indian captain had registered an overseas double ton in Test cricket.
17 – The number of years which have elapsed since the West Indies last beat India in a Test series. The hosts beat India 2-1 in 2002 and have since gone on to taste seven series losses in a row against the opposition.
2016 – The year the West Indies recorded its biggest Test loss on home soil. It came against India in Antigua with the hosts capitulating by an innings and 92 runs.
1 – Number of dismissals required by Jasprit Bumrah to breach the 50-wicket barrier in Test cricket. The pacer has played 10 Tests so far and will become the third quickest Indian bowler in history to bring up a half-century of wickets if he attains the feat in Antigua. Ravichandran Ashwin (nine) and Anil Kumble (10) are the Indian bowlers to have done it in fewer matches.
6 – The number of wickets required by India pacer Mohammed Shami to complete 150 Test dismissals. He has so far picked up 144 wickets in 40 appearances at an average of 29.54.
774 – The number of runs scored by Sunil Gavaskar in his debut Test series against the West Indies in 1970-71. The opener registered four tons in the five-match series and his tally is the highest recorded by any Indian batsman in a Test series against the Windies. Only Sir Everton Meekes of the West Indies has scored more runs (779) in a Test series between the two sides.
7 – The number of wickets required by West Indies skipper Jason Holder to make it a century of Test dismissals. Holder has so far picked up 93 wickets in 37 Tests while also chipping in with 1,783 runs with the bat.
Should he pick up seven wickets in the upcoming Test series, Holder will become the fourth fastest all-rounder in Test history to claim 100 wickets while also scoring at least 1,000 runs. Irfan Pathan of India remains the fastest to attain the feat and got to the mark in just 29 Tests.
7-83 – Ravichandran Ashwin’s figures with the ball in the second innings of the 2016 Antigua Test against the Windies. Those are the third-best figures recorded by any Indian spinner in Tests outside Asia.
It came in a match where Ashwin slammed a ton with the bat as well, making him only the third all-rounder in Test history to register a ton and pick up a seven-wicket haul in the same match.