CEO of West Indies Cricket provides assurance to PCB about upcoming visit

Following the cancellation of the New Zealand and England trips to Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been on the lookout for new allies in recent days. However, it has not only sparked worries about the fact that cricket has finally returned to Pakistan after a decade-long absence, but it has also placed the country’s near future in jeopardy.

If nothing is done to address the present situation, the financial losses that the PCB has incurred would only grow over time. The comments of Cricket West Indies (CWI) should be a source of encouragement for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and its newly appointed chairman, Ramiz Raja, even if Australia’s trip to Pakistan is now in jeopardy.

For the time being, our goal is to complete our tour commitments. The CWI’s Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave, was cited by Trinidad Newsday on Thursday as stating, “We have a fairly clear procedure that we go through with independent security experts as we did in 2018.” Several nations have visited Pakistan and played matches there since international cricket was reinstated there. The West Indies has been one of those countries to do so since it was reinstated.

West Indies has also made a trip to Pakistan earlier in 2018

In 2018, the West Indies squad travelled to Karachi, Pakistan, to compete in a Twenty20 International series under the leadership of Jason Mohammed. Despite the fact that a few members of the West Indies cricket team refused to board the aircraft to Pakistan, the trip continued with whoever was available.

As part of that procedure, the board of directors, WIPA (West Indies Players’ Association), and the players themselves will evaluate our preparations and reports, including our independent security advice,” he said. In the past several years, the vast majority of our women’s and men’s players have represented their countries in Pakistan,” Grave said.

This time around, the West Indies will play three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in Pakistan. Both the men’s and women’s teams will go to Pakistan to compete in their respective tournaments. Grave also stated that he spoke with PCB CEO Wasim Khan to discuss the current events resulting from the cancellation of tours, as well as to notify him of a meeting that will take place later this week. It seems that CWI will make a decision shortly, but much will rely on the results of their independent security assessment.

Aakash Chopra Gives Recommendations To IPL Teams Before Phase-2

In a few days, the second phase of the Indian Premier League will begin in the United Arab Emirates, with the first match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Former Indian cricketer and pundit Aakash Chopra has offered six intriguing recommendations to all of the teams ahead of the high-profile event. Chopra’s initial aim was to play just fast pacers and stay away from medium pacers. RCB should avoid playing Harshal Patel in favour of Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj, according to him.

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Chopra’s second argument was that batting first after winning the toss is the way to go in the UAE, as chasing cannot be the motto, as teams tried it in the 2020 season and failed.

“Do not use medium pacers; instead, use fast bowlers with speeds of above 137-140 kph. Fast bowlers who bowl faster than 140 kph have a higher average, economy rate, and strike rate than slower bowlers. This indicates that the pitches are aiding the speed of the bowlers. So, instead of playing Harshal (Patel), I would suggest Navdeep and Siraj, who have more speed. Pick (Josh) Hazlewood over (DJ) Bravo and genuine fast bowlers over swing bowlers.”


Akash Chopra added, as his third suggestion, that teams should select spinners who are faster in the air, such as Varun Chakravarthy and Rashid Khan. Chopra’s fourth argument was that suitable openers should be used against pinch
hitters.

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The Fourth Key Is To Use Suitable Openers: Chopra

“The fourth thing is to use good openers. If you are thinking of starting with pinch hitters or ‘doing something new,’ do not. The first 30 games here revealed a lot of dot balls at the outset, with at least two wickets falling in the powerplay. In such a situation, appropriate openers with correct approaches are required.”

Chopra’s third suggestion was that teams should go with left-armers because they were highly effective in the first 30 games, according to his study. The veteran cricketer ultimately advised teams to aim for a total of more than 180 runs when batting first, since anything more than 170-175 becomes hard to chase.

Mitchell Marsh Vs. Shoriful Islam; Video of Third T20 Match Goes Viral

Bangladesh played against Australia in the third T20 match of Australia’s tour of Bangladesh. They have not only beaten Australia twice in the last three days, but they are also in a position to win their first cricket series against Australia. Mahmudullah became the first Bangla captain to win a trophy in front of Australia after winning the third T20.

In the second match, Mitchell Marsh and Shoriful Islam helped their team cross the line after Nasum Ahmed showed up in the first. The bowlers from Bangladesh were impressive throughout the series. Australia has been exploited time and time again to its detriment.

Australia has scored its two lowest totals in this series when they bat out their 20 overs. Matt Wade and company have scored 108 and 121 runs in their two games. It has been difficult for the batsmen to cope with Bangladesh’s spin attack. The bowlers have performed considerably better than the batting attack, but not enough to win.

The viral incident involving Shoriful Islam and Mitchell Marsh

The only silver lining for Australia is Mitchell Marsh’s form. In the second T20 against Bangladesh, he scored 45 runs and bowled one economical over. However, an incident between Shoriful Islam and Mitchell Marsh gained a lot of attention. A personal battle erupted on the field.

The video below shows the incident that was discussed on social media.

Despite a brilliant rivalry between two passionate players, Bangladesh again won. They clinched the series 3-0 with two more matches to play.

Bangladesh vs Australia – Summary of the Third T20 Match

Venue:

Sher e Bangla Stadium, Dhaka

Bangladesh squad: Mahmudullah (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Nurul Hasan (wk), Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taijul Islam, Mohammad Saifuddin, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Afif Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Mahedi Hasan.

Australia squad: Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Daniel Christian, Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Andrew Tye, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Wes Agar, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa, Matthew Wade (c and wk).

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Both Australia and Bangladesh have played six T20Is. Bangladesh had won a couple of matches and the Aussies had won four.

The Game’s Story:

The home side made 127/9 in 20 overs. Bangladesh was restricted to a manageable score by a good bowling performance by the visitors. Despite this, they only managed to make 117/4 in 20. They lost by 10 runs. This match should have been won by Australia.

However, they were unable to lead the team to victory. Another devastating loss has befallen them. The fans were disappointed with their performance-hopefully the next two games will be better. This was their third T20 loss.