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Bangalore to Host Historic India, Afghanistan Test in June

New Delhi: India will host Afghanistan's maiden Test match from June 14 to 18 in Bengaluru, a massive fillip to the war-ravaged country's cricketing profile.

The decision was taken after officials from the BCCI and the Afghanistan Cricket Board met here on Tuesday.

"Considering that June is a rainy month, we thought it was best to host the historic Test in Bengaluru," BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary told reporters here.

Bengaluru was in the running as the leading venue for the match after the BCCI, last month, announced that it would host the neighbouring country's entry into the five-day format.

Afghanistan earned their Test status alongside Ireland in June last year.

Their respective boards were made full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June, becoming the sport's 11th and 12h Test-playing nations. Besides welcoming them into five-day cricket, the BCCI has extended a helping hand to Afghanistan on a number of occasions.

The team from the war-ravaged nation has hosted its home games in India, most recently the series against Ireland in Greater Noida. Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi became the first two Afghanistan cricketers to be bought at the IPL auction last year.

Thirteen Afghan players have registered themselves for the IPL auction on January 27-28.
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Jason Roy’s sensational ton helps England beat Australia by 5 wickets


Opener Jason Roy blasted 180 in 151 balls to hand England a comfortable five-wicket win against Australia in the first One Day International match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. After opener Aaron Finch (107) guided Australia to 304/8 in their allotted 50overs, Roy responded with a brilliant ton, fourth of his career, to help his team overhaul the target in the penultimate over. Chasing a challenging target, England started off on a positive note. Openers Roy and Jonny Bairstow (14) helped their team to cross the 50-run mark in the fifth over.

But soon, Mitchell Starc dismissed Bairstow. After adding a few more runs to the board, Alex Hales (4) also departed. He was dismissed by Pat Cummins when the team total was 60 runs. Incoming batsmen Joe Root and Roy then shared a 221-run partnership, the second-largest at the MCG. In the process, Roy registered the highest score by an Englishman in Australia and the highest by any batsman at the venue, topping Mark Waugh’s 173 against the West Indies in 2001.

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The story of a Mitakoodi man

I was born in Katherine but I don’t remember it all that well.

I think dad was working at Toy World, mum was at a bank and we had a dog and a cat called Yuppie and Meeka. And that’s about all I’ve got.

I was about four when we made the move a few hundred kilometres north to Darwin to be closer to family. That’s where my memory kicks in. That was where I grew up.

I played cricket in the backyard all my life but not competitively until I was about nine. Not long after that, my family ran an indoor cricket centre – the Palmerston Indoor Sports Centre it was called – and I was into everything. Cricket, volleyball, soccer and whatever else was going.

I worked there with mum and dad doing odd jobs and whatever needed to be done around the place. And I would play two or three games of indoor cricket a night, either for teams I was playing with or filling in when a team showed up one short.

I didn’t change my game too much playing indoor. I wasn’t two worried about the little ones or twos. I was just always trying to smack the ball as hard as I could and hit the back net.

On top of those couple of games a night, I was also training with my club teams in Darwin and I would hit the bowling machines on the weekends.

It might sound like a lot but I didn’t care. I was a young bloke and I was absolutely loving it. I actually can’t think of a better way to learn the game.



I went to the winter Test against Bangladesh at Marrara Oval in 2003. Boof Lehman and Steve Waugh scored hundreds, but I remember more about the event and the excitement around it than anything that actually went on in the game itself.

It was a massive occasion for all of us in the Territory – the first ever Test match to be played up there. The whole city got right behind it. That Aussie team was full of stars like Jason Gillespie and Justin Langer and Glenn McGrath. The place was buzzing.

There wasn’t a lot of top level cricket in Darwin back then and no obvious pathway to a career in the game. I was made aware of that from a pretty young age. I had a lot of people telling me not to waste my talent. Others before me had stayed in the Territory and probably regretted not chasing a state or national career elsewhere.

The wickets up north were great for a kid learning the game. When I was really young, I played for Tracy Village, then I moved to Waratahs. I played there up until the under 17s, including a few games of first grade, and then I played two or three years of first grade with Palmerston.

I was 13 when I made my first grade debut. It was certainly a different experience!

I didn’t get sledged too badly and all the grown-ups were pretty good about it because I was so little. I was batting at No. 11 and just there to fill in numbers. Still, even at such a young age, it was great to be able to test my game against grown men.


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Qumar Torrington dreams of playing First-Class cricket

Beaming with confidence in his ability, young fast bowler Qumar Torrington has locked his eyes on playing First-class cricket in the near future after but not necessarily for his native Guyana.
The 17 year-old was part of former West Indies Captain Floyd Reifer’s scouting programme which was aimed at unearthing new talents for the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) which participates in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) First-Class circuit.
After an impressive spell of bowling where he took 4-14 in one of the practice

The young pacer has been earmarked to have a bright future ahead of him

matches, his deep desire stands closer to becoming a reality.
For the former West Indies under-15 player, success should not be a surprise since he has a classical but powerful approach the crease and an open-chested action, which generally helps the tall seamer to generate an appreciable amount of pace.
Reflecting on the outing, the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) player told Guyana Times Sport, “the four-day training which was highly developmental and it could only make me get better and I look forward to being exposed to similar training programmes which would only help to me build my cricket and me gradually progress into West Indian colours.”
He added, “On the first day we conducted basic drills at the indoor facility. He even

Torrington and his father Darren after his graduation from Charlestown Secondary School

helped me with some field placement where I had to bowl five different deliveries with the same field and be successful.”
A career which the young pacer hopes to model after marque international players Dale Steyn and James Anderson, has admitted he left an impressionable mark on Barbadian Reifer.
“Well he said to me that I have a good strong bowling acting and a good follow through but just need to do some more strengthen work to gather some more pace.”
*Balancing Act*
Going full throttle on the field is not the only major aspiration the cricketer has since hitting the stumps in the world of academics is high on his agenda for the Chase Academic Foundation Student.
“Well balancing both cricket and studies is a bit challenging but in order to be successful time management is important. I manage my time efficiently to get my results in the end since my goal is to become an entrepreneur so I’m currently doing business subjects at Sixth Form level.”
Given the CCC structure allows for cricketers to purse their dreams both on and off the field, Torrington contended that similar structures should be developed in Guyana.
“I think they should have more schools placing more emphasis on both sports and studies. Maybe in the same manner my school does. This would further help students like myself to develop in both the academic and whatever sporting arena they are competing in,” disclosed the player who has five passes at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate level.
*Support mechanisms*
To a large degree the ‘gentleman’s sport’ has evolved over the past decade becoming one which situational awareness sometimes overrides raw talent. While the player has showcased glimpses of being a critical thinker on the field he admitted the overwhelming advice imparted has helped to keep him above par.
“As a fast bowler in order to be successful you must stick to the basics and that is what I focus on before games and try to execute it efficiently and with the work of my coaches who keep encouraging me and helping me to remain focus.”
“Coach [Garvin] Nedd, coach [Corey] Colleymore from Barbados who was with us in England with West indies u15 and coach Julian [Moore] who would normally say to me just keep focus and continue working hard.”
In 2016, Torrington had this first taste of the maroon colours when he toured England to play against English U-16 teams in a 50-over invitational tournament.
“I think the tour to England helped me a lot. Firstly, it was a good exposure as it learned to adapt to different conditions, secondly with the quality of the coaches. Robert Samuels from Jamaica, Corey Colleymore and manager Courtney Walsh shared a lot of important information that up to now I still remember and use it in my cricket whenever I play.”
The player also credited the constant jolts of ‘keep going and never give up from parents Daren and Sharon Torrington along with principal Henry Chase.
With entrance to the sport since the age of seven when he joined the Queenstown-based DCC and then playing for Guyana at the age of 14, is now looking to break into the under-19 squad since he has hopes of playing in a Youth World Cup.
“I am looking forward to next year’s regional under-19 since it will give me the opportunity to stake a claim for a spot on the Windies under-19 team hopefully a chance to play in the world cup.”
“But it doesn’t stop there. I know that this first step in me moving forward into First-Class and the Test arena. I know with the help of the Almighty all of these things are possible.”

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Joe Root and Ben Stokes confirmed in 2018 Indian Premier League auction

Joe Root and Ben Stokes are among 282 overseas players who will be part of this year's Indian Premier League auction.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have confirmed the player auction for the 11th IPL is set for January 27-28 in Bangalore with eight teams bidding for 1,122 players.

England Test captain Root is a new IPL entrant after opting to play for England in their T20 tri-series against Australia and New Zealand.

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Virat Kohli challenges India batsmen to "show intent" against South Africa quicks

India captain Virat Kohli wants his batsmen to "show intent" when they come up against South Africa's fast bowlers again, live on Sky Sports Cricket, in the second Test at Centurion on Saturday.

Vernon Philander led the way at Cape Town with a career-best 6-42 as South Africa's pace attack tore through India to secure a 72-run victory on day four of a thrilling first Test at Newlands.

No Indian top-order batsman made more than 28 in either innings in Cape Town with the only two scores above 30 were 93 by Hardik Pandya in the first innings and 37 by Ravichandran Ashwin in the second.

And with conditions at Centurion again likely to favour fast bowling, Kohli has backed his batsmen to come good with a new positive approach against the quicks.

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Two-time champions Pakistan and defending champions West Indies in action on opening day of ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup

Two-times champions Pakistan and defending champions the West Indies are among teams in action on opening day as the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup kicks off tomorrow in New Zealand.

The best of the next generation will be on view over the next 22 days with the West Indies facing New Zealand in a day-night fixture in Tauranga while Pakistan take on Afghanistan in Whangarei. 

In other matches on the opening day Bangladesh take on Namibia and Papua New Guinea play Zimbabwe, both in Christchurch.

Australia coach Ryan Harris is confident his side can compete with the very best.

“I think we’ve got a really well-balanced squad that can compete in these conditions and compete against some good opposition," Harris said.

"First and foremost, we want to win our group games - that’s one of the main things - but we want to make sure these guys are learning too.

“Ultimately winning is what we want to do, but we’ve got to make sure we keep improving and learning about the game and all that goes with it, playing against good players, playing in tournament-play and being away from home.”

England coach Jon Lewis is looking for his players to gel as a team and therefore pull off a few shocks: “There’s a transient nature to Under-19 cricket and teams change all the time so I tend to focus more on us, and getting our team playing well," he said.

"If we can do that I think we can compete. 

"I think we’ll have to play at our best to win the tournament – I don’t think we’re a team full of superstar players but if we can play well as a team, and play together, then I feel we can compete with anyone.

“I think it’s a very well balanced squad."

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T&T earns US$23M in 2017 Hero CPL

ON the heels of news that Guyana benefited to the tune of US$14M from the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the Hero CPL has announced that Trinidad and Tobago reaped even bigger financial benefits from the competition that ran from August 4 to September 9 last year.

According to the CPL, T&T earned US$23,625,618 over the one-month period of the Caribbean’s Premier T20 competition.
The Hero CPL spent US$ 4,493,849 in Trinidad & Tobago during the 2017 event, a 171 percent increase from what was spent by the tournament in 2014 and an increase of 71 percent from the figure that Hero CPL spent in the country in 2016.

This figure has been arrived at by using organiser spend, visitor spend and media value and was calculated for Hero CPL by world-renowned researchers, SMG Insight.
“Trinidad & Tobago has always been a huge part of Hero CPL, and staging the final week in the country this year saw a massive increase in our spend compared to 2016,” said Pete Russell, Hero CPL’s Chief Operations Officer.

“We are very proud to be making such a positive impact on the Trinidad & Tobago economy and we are very grateful for the support we have got from the government and local population.”

In addition to that economic impact figure, the Hero CPL directly involved 830 local personnel in Trinidad & Tobago, filled 9 323 hotel rooms during the 2017 event and showed matches staged in the country to a cumulative TV audience of 37.6 million.

The value of the picture postcard exposure and mentions of Trinidad & Tobago from this coverage totalled US$ 2,810,996.

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Kallicharan believes Windies U-19s can repeat 2016 success



LINCOLN, New Zealand (CMC) – Batting star Kirstan Kallicharan believes the Caribbean’s capture of three titles in 2016 was a huge filip for the region, and he is convinced the current West Indies Under-19s can repeat their success at the ICC Youth World Cup bowling off here next weekend.

Kallicharan was part of the Young Windies squad, led by current Test batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who stunned pundits to capture the ICC title in Bangladesh two years ago.
West Indies men and women then swept the titles at the Twenty20 World Cup a few months later in India, to make the Caribbean the toast of the cricketing world.
“At that time it was very important for cricket in the West Indies, especially because in that time cricket in the West Indies was just going down,” Kallicharan said.

“Nobody wanted to support the West Indies, especially in the Caribbean itself. From the senior men to the women in the T20 formats, to the Under-19s I think we brought a lot of joy to the Caribbean people.
“I learned a lot on that tour, about how I wanted to be at my best, and wanting the West Indies to be like they were in the past.”

Kallicharan is part of a strong Young Windies squad who are expected to again challenge strongly in the January 13 to February 3 tournament.
The Windies will contest Group A alongside South Africa, Kenya and hosts New Zealand, and open the tournament with a clash against the Kiwis on Saturday.

The vice-captain of the 2016 squad and now one of the mainstays of the batting, Kallicharan said they were confident of a successful campaign.
“Watching the videos from that World Cup, watching the guys go out there, I can say it was a very good experience,” Kallicharan noted.
“For the guys on this team, I think that inspires them to want to do well for themselves and the West Indies. Most important is to enjoy it, but I think we can bring back the title again.”

Kallicharan had limited playing time in the last Youth World Cup but now sees himself as a mentor to the inexperienced players in the current squad.
“I was the youngest one in that Under-19 squad, so chatting to the older guys I learned a lot,” he explained.

“I also learned a lot from meeting new people from around the world and seeing how they played, not only on TV but live and getting to talk to them and learn from them. One main thing I learned was to stay humble.

“Now I try to share my experience. It helped me a lot then so I think I can help them a lot by talking to them, trying to bring them out of down days, trying to help them, uplift them spiritually and mentally can help them reach a long way.”

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UAE cricket team to play first ODI against full member side in 24 years

The UAE will play their first home one-day international against a full member side in 24 years when they face Ireland in Dubai on Thursday. Satish Kumar / The National 

UAE squad

Rohan Mustafa (captain), Ashfaq Ahmed, Ghulam Shabber, Rameez Shahzad, Mohammed Boota, Mohammed Usman, Adnan Mufti, Shaiman Anwar, Ahmed Raza, Imran Haider, Qadeer Ahmed, Mohammed Naveed, Amir Hayat, Zahoor Khan

The UAE will play their first home one-day international against a full member side in 24 years when they face Ireland in Dubai on Thursday.

The national team did play two matches against the Irish at the ICC Academy in Dubai 10 months ago.

Ireland and Afghanistan were subsequently promoted from associate to full status – essentially entitling both sides to now play Test cricket – by the ICC.

As such, it will be the first time the hosts have faced a side of that rank on home soil in a full ODI since they played matches against India and Pakistan in Sharjah in 1994.

Two matches against Ireland, on Thursday and Saturday, will be followed by two more ODIs against Scotland, on January 21 and 23, also at the ICC Academy.

The fixtures represent a chance for the national team to fine-tune their game ahead of important assignments to follow in the coming months.



All matches start at 9.30am, at ICC Academy, Dubai. Admission is free

  • Thursday, January 11 – UAE v Ireland
  • Saturday, January 13 – UAE v Ireland
  • Sunday, January 21 – UAE v Scotland
  • Tuesday, January 23 – UAE v Scotland


They UAE are hopeful they will be reunited with Scotland and Ireland in competition in March, at the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe, which will decide the final two places for the event in England in 2019.

To reach there, they first have to navigate World Cricket League Division 2, in Namibia next month. Two teams from that six-team even in Windhoek will reach the final phase of the qualifying process in Zimbabwe.

“We are especially delighted, and encouraged, that a Full Member will be joining us for this series,” Waleed Bukhatir, the Emirates Cricket Board’s chief selector, said.

“Aside from posting victory, our expectations are these ODI games will provide a solid platform for the players to further integrate their fitness and skills work into their playing styles as we move toward our WCL campaign.”

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Windies Cricket..Lovely Windies Cricket!

Cricketwindies is the leading voice for Caribbean and International cricket news, information and opinion. We’re a community of cricket fans who follow all cricket. In other words, a bunch of high-strung, fanatical cricket enthusiasts who have far too much time on their hands.

For many years the West Indies team ruled the cricket world, playing undefeated in a Test series for over 15 years. Recently the West Indies team has suffered several losses but with the emergence of new high-calibre players the future for the West Indies cricket team looks very good!

West Indians are passionate about their cricket, quick to cheer when the team performs well but also quick to criticize a poor performance. Thousands of West Indians always turn out to watch their team play .... and hopefully win!

Cricket is seen as a unifying force in the West Indies, bringing together players (and supporters) from across the region. This gentleman's game has brought considerable exposure to the islands of the Caribbean, with the West Indian cricketers being remembered not only for their incredible talent and skills but also for their deportment and sense of fair play.

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