May 7, 2013
All countries have now announced their final 15 man squads for the ICC Trophy ODI to be held in England in June. India have dropped veterans Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh and recalled Dinesh Karthik, after three years in the wilderness, and Umesh Yadav, who returns from injury.
England have brought back all-rounder Ravi Bopara into the fold; for him this may be the last chance saloon. Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan are included after recovering from elbow injuries, but Kevin Pietersen remains injured and is not selected.
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been dropped, but vows to win back his place, claiming that he is “better than most”. Also excluded are batsman Umar Akmal and seamer Sohail Tanvir.
Dwayne Bravo has replaced Darren Sammy as the West Indies captain. Sammy, who retains his place in the side, will continue to captain in tests and T20s.
Fears that Jaques Kallis’ late withdrawal from the competition could signal the start of the end of his South African career have been dismissed as groundless by the his manager. It would appear that he is just taking a break from the game.
Chris Gayle has regained his lead as the IPL’s leading run scorer ahead of Mike Hussey, while Dwayne Bravo heads both the wickets and catches columns. With Chennai Super Kings losing to Mumbai Indians to end their long unbeaten run, it is all to play for in the race to grab the four semi finals berths.
England’s 40 over competition, now called the YB40, is now up and running and the story to date is that bat rules ball. Warm weather, flat pitches and revisions to fielding restrictions are cited as the main reasons. James Vince, Josh Cobb, Niall O’Brien, James Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Marcus North and Steve Davies have already scored centuries. It’s a similar story in the county championship, with five double tons recorded so far. Durham hold a narrow lead over Middlesex in Division 1 while Northamptonshire are runaway leaders of Division 2. New Zealand have defeated Derbyshire in the first of their two warm-up games ahead of the test series against England.
Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are level pegging in the current ODI series with one match to play. In game 1, Bangladesh crushed their opponents by 121 runs, but Zimbabwe leveled things up in the second match by chasing down a total of 252.
The Scoop 07/05/13