Six County Championship Division One teams and a Blast reduction among the High-Performance Review’s recommendations

Six County Championship Division One teams and a Blast reduction among the High-Performance Review’s recommendations

A new County Championship that includes a six-team premiership, Kookaburra red-ball trials and a reduction in T20 Blast matches from 14 to 10 are among 17 recommendations made in the Men’s High Performance Review, published by the ECB on Thursday. The review, described colloquially as the “reintroduction of the red ball”, was commissioned in the … Read more

Nuthyangana, Sewwandi and Methtananda named in Sri Lanka squad for Women’s Asia Cup

Nuthyangana, Sewwandi and Methtananda named in Sri Lanka squad for Women’s Asia Cup

Sri Lanka have made three changes to the squad that traveled to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games in July-August as they named their 15-man squad for next month’s Asia Cup. Twenty-year-old Nuthyangana, who will replace Anushka Sanjeewani behind the stumps, has been earmarked as a talent for the future, as has 21-year-old Sewwandi who will … Read more

Shelley Nitschke has completed four years as Australia’s women’s coach

Shelley Nitschke has completed four years as Australia’s women’s coach

Shelley Nitschke has been named Australia’s new women’s team coach for the next four years, after taking on the role in an interim capacity since Matthew Mott left earlier this year. Nitschke, who has been Australia’s assistant coach since 2018, led the team as they secured Commonwealth Games gold in Birmingham and was a front-runner … Read more

Sanju Samson to lead strong India A – with Prithvi Shaw, Umran Malik, Ruturaj Gaikwad

Sanju Samson to lead strong India A – with Prithvi Shaw, Umran Malik, Ruturaj Gaikwad

Sanju Samson has been named captain of a 16-man India A squad that will play New Zealand A in a three-match ODI series in Chennai between September 22 and 27. It is a team with plenty of international experience, with Samson, Kuldeep Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini among others in the mix. … Read more

Jimmy Neesham turned down New Zealand contract, Blair Tickner and Finn Allen handed deals

Jimmy Neesham turned down New Zealand contract, Blair Tickner and Finn Allen handed deals

The pair fill the spaces created by the withdrawal of Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme from the list. Boult opted out of his contract earlier this year to give him more time with family and the chance to play T20 leagues around the world, while de Grandhomme retired from international cricket shortly after being … Read more

Charlotte Edwards rules herself out as England manager

Charlotte Edwards rules herself out as England manager

Charlotte Edwards has ruled herself out of the running for the soon-to-be vacant England Women’s manager job. Lisa Keightley will step down from her three-year post after announcing last month that she would not seek a contract extension beyond India’s tour of England, which concludes with the last of three ODIs at Lord’s on September … Read more

Globe-trotter Qais Ahmed has been selected in Afghanistan’s World Cup squad

Globe-trotter Qais Ahmed has been selected in Afghanistan’s World Cup squad

Uncapped fast bowler Mohammad Saleem has been named in Afghanistan’s 15-man squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November. He is among three call-ups for the tournament, the others being legspinner Qais Ahmad and batsman Darwish Rasooli. Saleem had finished sixth in the Shpageeza Cricket League, Afghanistan’s domestic T20 tournament, with 11 … Read more

Australia Women’s Rachael Haynes reflects on ‘sliding doors’ moment, says ‘nice to leave on my own terms’

Australia Women’s Rachael Haynes reflects on ‘sliding doors’ moment, says ‘nice to leave on my own terms’

As she called time on her international career, Rachael Haynes reflected on the “sliding doors” moment where her prolific second spell with Australia almost didn’t happen. Following his retirement in 2013, Haynes found it difficult to combine playing domestically with work and in 2016 seriously considered leaving the sport. However, less than a year later … Read more

T20 World Cup – Sriram wants Bangladesh T20 players to create ‘impact’, not focus on ‘performances’

T20 World Cup – Sriram wants Bangladesh T20 players to create ‘impact’, not focus on ‘performances’

Bangladesh technical advisor Sridharan Sriram believes that ‘impact’ in T20 cricket trumps all others. Even performance. In his first press conference in Dhaka, Sriram – virtually embedded in the T20I squad – said he believes a good performance can even be detrimental to a team unless it has a direct bearing on the outcome of … Read more