Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara to participate in T20 tournament in India

Sudhir Gupta 19:00 16/10/2019
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Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag and Muttiah Muralitharan are among the former stars to feature in a T20 tournament aimed at promoting road safety, called the Road Safety World Series. Some other popular names who are set to feature in the tournament include Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

A total of 110 players who have retired from international cricket are said to have confirmed their participation in the tournament.

The proceeds from the tournament would be utilised by the Road Safety Cell to promote the cause in addition to highlighting how India ranks the highest in the world in terms of deaths caused on roads.

The first season of the Road Safety World Series will be played in 2020 between February 2 and 16 in Mumbai and will feature five teams: India Legends, Australia Legends, South Africa Legends, Sri Lanka Legends and West Indies Legends.

Professional Management Group and the Road Safety Cell of the Maharashtra government are the main organisers of the tournament and they plan to host the event for ten years across India. BCCI have reportedly given the organizers permission to conduct the tournament in August, 2018.

The Master Blaster will be padding up for the third time since his retirement in 2013, having played for the MCC against Rest of the World XI at Lord’s in 2014 and three exhibition T20s in the USA in 2015.

Tendulkar, 46, is the leading run-scorer in Tests and One-Day Internationals with more than 34,000 runs in a 24-year career that ended in 2013. Brian Lara’s 400* against England in 2004 still remains the highest individual score in Tests.

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Sport360 staff 16:56 16/10/2019
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Pollard will feature in an ODI after more than three years.

There was no place for Chris Gayle as West Indies named their ODI and T20I squads for the upcoming tour of India where they face off against Afghanistan in Dehradun.

Having named Phil Simmons as the head coach for a second stint, the new selection panel for the men’s team rang in the changes for the ODI and T20I outfits which will both be led by Kieron Pollard.

The performances in the just concluded 2019 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) ranked high on the selectors’ minds with leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr. and batsman Brandon King handed maiden Windies call-ups.

The two youngsters topped the wicket-taking and run-scoring charts in the tournament respectively and they have been picked in both the squads for the Afghanistan clashes.

“My mind flashed back to when we (my brother and I) played in the yard with my father, and we were imagining what roles we would play in the West Indies team. Today, my dream is reality,” Walsh Jr. said on his selection.

“These moments are what you work towards as a player. Was always a dream to represent the West Indies. I’m really excited to get started on the upcoming tour,” King stated on his part.

Pollard, who last played an ODI for West Indies in 2016, is back in the squad as captain while Gayle’s future remains unclear after the veteran opener failed to feature in either of the squads.

Gayle was due to step away from international cricket following the completion of the 2019 World Cup in England but the Jamaican went back on that decision midway through the tournament.

The explosive left-hander featured recently in the ODI series against India in the Caribbean but his latest omission has thrown doubts over his international future.

Meanwhile, Khary Pierre has earned a recall to the Windies squad for his recent performances in the CPL.

West Indies are due to take on Afghanistan in three ODIs and as many T20Is with all clashes taking place in Dehradun. The visitors will also play a one-off Test against the Afghans with the squad being led by talismanic all-rounder Jason Holder.

There was no place for Darren Bravo in the Test outfit with the left-hander being dropped for his poor displays in the home series defeat to India. Pacer Shannon Gabriel has been ruled out of the Test with an injury with Alzarri Joseph making his comeback in his stead after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Following their clashes against Afghanistan, West Indies will take on hosts India in three ODIs and as many T20Is. The squads for those limited-overs clashes will be announced later.

West Indies Test squad

Jason Holder (c), Shai Hope, John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer, Shamrah Brooks, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Sunil Ambris, Jomel Warrican, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph.

West Indies ODI squad

Kieron Pollard (c), Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh Jr., Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Romario Shepherd.

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Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Brandon King, Fabian Allen, Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh Jr., Lendl Simmons, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kesrick Williams, Alzarri Joseph.

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Steve Smith and David Warner.

A total of 570 players have put their names forward to be drafted for next year’s inaugural season of The Hundred, with Australian pair Steve Smith and David Warner among those with the heftiest price tags.

The eight franchises have already filled three positions in their squad – one centrally contracted England Test player and two local ‘icons’ apiece – and will choose another 12 during Sunday’s televised draft.

Of those, a maximum of three can be overseas players – meaning just 24 are due to be picked up out of 239 foreign stars who have thrown their names into the hat.

Only six carry the top tier £125,000 reserve, with Ashes adversaries Smith and Warner joined by compatriot Mitchell Starc, big-hitting West Indian batsman Chris Gayle, Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga and South African quick Kagiso Rabada.

Another 17 have entered at a minimum of £100,000 with further brackets between £40,000 and £75,000 and a large field carrying no reserve at all. No Indian players will be involved in the draft.

There are 331 domestic players hoping to land a deal, only 19 of whom have opted to set a base price.

World Cup winning seamers Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett are available at £60,000 and £50,000 respectively, with Liam Livingstone, Samit Patel and Joe Denly joining Wood in the higher bracket.

Ian Bell, Olly Stone, Sam Billings and Morne Morkel are among the other notable names to name their fee, but the overwhelming majority of entrants are willing to take their chance on the night.

Head coaches will have 100 seconds to make each selection, recruiting two names per round until the rosters are complete. The order of the day’s first picks has already been set, with Nottingham-based Trent Rockets getting first choice and Birmingham Phoenix up last.

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