From club cricket to Tests in a matter of months, Ollie Pope reflects on his whirlwind year

As England begin the second Test at Pallekele on Wednesday morning , one member of the squad will be braving the twisting, turning road from Sri Lanka’s central highlands to Colombo.  From there, Ollie Pope will board a flight to the UAE in order to join up with the Lions squad hoping for some time in the middle ahead of England’s tour of the West Indies in January. It is the latest unforeseen journey in something of a whirlwind year for Pope.  The 20 year-old entered the 2018 season off the…

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Ranji Trophy 2018: Hills have eyes, they’re watching cricket

Written by Gaurav Bhatt | Dehradun | Published: November 13, 2018 5:31:01 am Mussoorie-bound bikers stop to watch the cricket and click pictures as Manipur face hosts Uttarakhand on Day 1 of their Ranji Trophy Plate Group match in Guniyal Gaon, near Dehradun, on Monday. (Photo: Gaurav Bhatt) “Vo jagah toh ekdum veerane me hai.” Autowallahs straight up refusing or playing hardball (Rs 500 for 10 kilometres) to go out of the way is a starkly Delhi trait. One of the many instances of Dehradun pretending to be the national…

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England cricket team vs Sri Lanka: Ben Foakes to retain his place after impressive debut, says Joe Root

Ben Foakes will retain his place in the England team for the second Test, skipper Joe Root has confirmed. The Surrey gloveman was handed a debut as a specialist keeper after Jonny Bairstow injured his ankle last month, but Foakes shone with the bat, turning the first Test around at Galle with a brilliant first-innings century and showing flawless hands behind the stumps. After such a dream debut, the 25 year old said that he wouldn’t care if he never played another Test, such was his delight at how things…

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Bangladesh-based company bags Cricket Ireland’s first multi-year media-rights deal

Total Sports Marketing (TSM), a Bangladesh-based sports-management company, has bagged Cricket Ireland’s first multi-year media-rights deal. They will broadcast international matches of the Ireland men’s cricket team for the duration of the ICC’s Future Tours Programme between 2019 and 2022. Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said that they are focusing on domestic audiences in Ireland and the UK, and that the deal will give his board financial stability. “This is the first time that Cricket Ireland is engaging directly with the broadcast rights market and is another welcome development arising…

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Low-risk cricket instrumental in Rahim’s record-breaking 219

A SPECIAL KNOCK Atif Azam in Dhaka • Last updated on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018, 07:50 PM Mushfiqur Rahim stroked an unbeaten 219 as Bangladesh posted a massive score © AFP When Mushfiqur Rahim became the first wicketkeeper-batsman to score two double hundreds in Test cricket, on Monday (November 12), it came with a sense of irony. Before this Test series against Zimbabwe, Rahim’s skills behind the stumps had been a concern for the team and he had to give up the ‘keeping duties several times. Following his below-par outing behind the…

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Sri Lanka’s sports ministry sets up a cricket advisory committee

Sri Lanka’s sports ministry has appointed a five-member advisory committee to assist in Sri Lanka Cricket’s day-to-day operations, until yet-to-be-announced board elections are held. It is expected to share duties with the sports ministry-appointed Competent Authority, which has been heading up SLC since June 1. Comprising president’s counsel Dinal Philips, Samantha Rajapaksa, Mohamed Hisham Jamaldeen, Ranil Pathirana and Lasantha Wickremasinghe, the committee has been mandated with “inculcating corporate and operational efficiency.” An SLC release said: “The new committee will provide guidelines for the SLC management to continue its operations unhindered,…

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Live Cricket Score – Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 2nd Test 2018

ZIMBABWE TOUR OF BANGLADESH Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018, 11:12 AM Live Score Updates Bangladesh 365/5 (120.0 Ovs) Mahmudullah  35 (104) Sean Williams  18-2-48-0 Day 2: Lunch Break – Bangladesh opt to bat Rahim and Mominul strung together a wonderful stand of 266 for the fourth wicket © AFP You can also share your views and opinions through the Twitter handle @fancricket12 Attritional session In what turned out to be an attritional session, Mushfiqur Rahim (135*) and Mahmudullah (35*) continued to grind down Zimbabwe as the duo…

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NCA Stadium: A final frontier for Indian cricket

Written by Bharat Sundaresan | Sovima (nagaland) | Updated: November 12, 2018 6:58:53 am Sovima, which houses the NCA Stadium, is almost a boutique village situated next to an affluent part of Dimapur. (Photo: Bharat Sundaresan) “YOU KNOW about the Nagas. I understand the Nagas.” It’s a line that A Rahman has got used to delivering each time he encounters some “ignorant outsider” who tells him about his/her borrowed perception of Nagaland and its people. Rahman’s claim to understanding his people is a valid one, too. Though Assamese in ancestry,…

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Indian women’s cricket – Setting sail with anchor down

Scratch below the surface and the difficulty of being a female cricketer in India becomes readily apparent © Getty Over the course of 15 days, the World Twenty20 is expected to beam the women’s game brighter than ever. The buzz for the tournament is in no small part due to the success of the 50-over extravaganza last year, which itself was helped along by India’s participation in a sold-out Lord’s final. Given how the cricket populous and economics work, it is no secret that the health of Indian cricket is…

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Ind vs WI 1st T20 Live Cricket Score Streaming Online, India vs West Indies T20 Live Cricket Score Streaming: Watch Live Stream at Star Sports 1, Hotstar Live Cricket Online

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 11, 2018 10:00:02 am India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Live Cricket Streaming: India take on West Indies. (Source: BCCI/Twitter) IND vs WI, India vs West Indies 3rd T20 Live Cricket Score Streaming Online: With series already decided in India’s favour, India will get ready to take on West Indies in the 3rd T20I in Chennai on Sunday. With tour to Australia approaching closer, India have decided to rest three primary bowlers – Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav. This might be an opening…

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