Here’s a roundup of the news that has made headlines in the cricket world over the past few days.


Here’s a roundup of the news that has made headlines in the cricket world over the past few days.

IPL set for restart, no clash with India Tests

England’s five-Test series with India is set to go ahead as scheduled this summer, despite reports earlier this week the BCCI had enquired about moving the fifth match in order to restart the postponed IPL. According to reports from sections of the Indian media, the IPL is set to resume in the United Arab Emirates in September, adding to a hectic schedule for several international teams.

A total of 31 IPL matches remain in this year’s edition of the tournament, which was indefinitely postponed earlier this month after multiple cases of COVID-19 inside the tournament’s bio-security bubble. According to the Times of India,  the remainder of IPL 2021 will feature 10 double-header matches in a three-week window ending in early October. It has been reported that the IPL could resume on September 19 with the final taking place on October 10.

If this pans out, the final Test between India and England, slated to end on September 14, will not clash with the IPL. However, an October finish would clash with the T20 World Cup window, which could also be played in the UAE.

Bangladesh’s first ODI series win over SL

Mushfiqur Rahim scored a match-winning century to set up Bangladesh’s 103-run DLS win over touring Sri Lanka in Mirpur, a result which put the hosts up 2-0 in the best-of-three contest. This made it Bangladesh’s first bilateral ODI series win over Sri Lanka ever.

Mushfiqur Rahim ODI century
Mushfiqur Rahim scored 125 as Bangladesh completed their first-ever bilateral ODI series win over Sri Lanka. (Credit: BCB)

Two days after he top-scored with 64 in Bangladesh’s 33-run win in the series opener, Mushfiqur continued his good form to score 125 off 27 balls – his eighth ODI hundred – to set up a total of 246 in a rain-interrupted innings. Sri Lanka were set a DLS-adjusted target of 245 from 40 overs when play resumed and managed 141/9 to lose by 103 runs.

Bangladesh veteran Mushfiqur revived his team from 74/4 with a partnership of 87 with Mahmudullah (41) and then added 48 for the eighth wicket with Mohammad Saifuddin (11) after the innings had slumped to 184/7. In their chase, Sri Lanka were dented by Mehidy Hasan (3/28) and Mustafizur Rahman (3/16) in a rain-marred innings.

At 45, Darren Stevens having a blast

The oldest active player in English cricket, Kent’s Darren Stevens continues to upend predictions of his fitness and performance with each passing season. At the age of 45, and in his his 25th year of first-class cricket, Stevens smashed 190 off 149 balls, with 15 sixes and 15 fours, and then took the wicket of Glamorgan’s high-profile overseas signing Marnus Labuschagne in a rain-hit draw at Canterbury in the Bob Willis Trophy.
Darren Stevens 190
Darren Stevens hit 15 sixes and 15 fours during his 190 from 149 balls. (Credit: Getty)
Stevens put on 166 for the ninth wicket with Miguel Cummins, whose share was just a single. The Kent veteran made 160 runs of that partnership, which is a new record for any stand higher than 150 in first-class cricket.
In April, when the English county season began, Stevens became the oldest Championship centurion since 1986 when he made 116* against Northamptonshire. Also in April, he was named one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of The Year to become the oldest man to receive the accolade since 1933.

Australia set to tour Bangladesh for T20s

Australia’s tour of Bangladesh in August, which had been postponed due to the pandemic, is back on track and now includes five T20Is. The original tour featured in 2020 featured two Test matches, but the updated schedule has seen a change in format with these five T20Is set to be held across nine days.
Aaron Finch’s team is set to travel to Bangladesh immediate after the white-ball tour of the West Indies, but dates and venues are not out yet. This latest update means that Australia play 10 T20Is in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup. Australia’s previous T20Is in Bangladesh came during the 2014 edition of the T20 World Cup.

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