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If you’re going to the World Cup, go to Manchester

If you’re going to the World Cup, go to Manchester

ESPNcricinfo can reveal the full and - nearly - final schedule of the 2019 World Cup. It was approved by the ICC's CEC (chief executives' committee) and will be presented to the ICC Board, for final approval, on Thursday in Kolkata. Here are five takeaways from the schedule as it stands. The schedule for the…
24th match (N), Indian Premier League at Bengaluru, Apr 25 2018 | Match Preview | ESPNCricinfo

24th match (N), Indian Premier League at Bengaluru, Apr 25 2018 | Match Preview...

Big picture Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. The two usual suspects have been the ones making the runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore, with the rest struggling to find any kind of form. While Kohli's efforts have come in defeats, de Villiers bailed RCB out in two tense situations - smashing an unbeaten 90 in…
Iyer replaces Gambhir as Daredevils captain

Iyer replaces Gambhir as Daredevils captain

Gautam Gambhir has stepped down as captain of the Delhi Daredevils after the team suffered another woeful start to the IPL. According to his recommendation, the 23-year old batsman Shreyas Iyer has been appointed as his successor. "I take full responsibility for where we are at the points table," Gambhir said. "I thought I hadn't…
Will coaches be replaced by general managers soon?

Will coaches be replaced by general managers soon?

In 2015, Mohammad Khan, an American with his own marketing and consultancy agency, sent an unsolicited email to the Chalak Mitra Group, a private equity and investment firm, about a sponsorship opportunity in Formula One. The email would change his life, and possibly T20 cricket, in ways that Khan could never have imagined. A few…
23rd match (N), Indian Premier League at Mumbai, Apr 24 2018 | Match Report | ESPNCricinfo

23rd match (N), Indian Premier League at Mumbai, Apr 24 2018 | Match Report...

Sunrisers Hyderabad 118 (Williamson 29, Yusuf 29, Markande 2-15) beat Mumbai Indians 87 (Suryakumar 34, Kaul 3-23, Rashid 2-11) by 31 runs Defending 118 - their second-lowest total in IPL history - a depleted Sunrisers Hyderabad attack systematically dismantled Mumbai Indians for 87 at the Wankhede Stadium, handing the hosts their fifth loss in six…
‘No one took responsibility’ – Jayawardene

‘No one took responsibility’ – Jayawardene

Mahela Jayawardene was careful to avoid knee-jerk reactions after Mumbai Indians sank to their lowest-ever IPL total, but the head coach was stern, nevertheless, in asking his players to take more responsibility. Having lost four out of five matches, Mumbai needed to start doing what they do best - rack up the wins after a…
Back of a length helps Rashid Khan bounce back

Back of a length helps Rashid Khan bounce back

He's only 19, but he's already played over 70 times at the top level for Afghanistan, and featured in T20 leagues around the world. It's this experience that Rashid Khan fell back on after two forgettable IPL outings, to produce figures of 2 for 11 from four overs and help Sunrisers Hyderabad defend 118 against…
Talking points: Mumbai’s high investment in Pollard yields low return

Talking points: Mumbai’s high investment in Pollard yields low return

Pollard's opportunity to justify his place Due to its short duration, T20s often allow teams to play at least one player who is not there for consistent, blue-collar performances. Usually four batsmen, two allrounders and four bowlers do the job. This 11th player can be a batting fail-safe, a low-percentage hitter, a floating bowler or…
Rashid’s stack of dot balls blindsides Mumbai

Rashid’s stack of dot balls blindsides Mumbai

All-star of the match Prior to this game, Rashid Khan had a Smart Economy rate of more than 8.50, but was also fourth in ESPNcricinfo's Dot Pressure Index, a new metric to reward bowlers for consecutive dot balls. On Tuesday, he conceded just 11 runs in four overs with his accurate wristspin, an economy rate…
Denied the opportunity to help Caribbean people – Bravo

Denied the opportunity to help Caribbean people – Bravo

Some of West Indies' best-known players are claiming they were "denied the opportunity to help Caribbean people" by being omitted from the teams involved in the Hurricane Relief game at Lord's. The charity T20 match between West Indies and a World XI is being staged on May 31 to raise funds to repair five major…
England ‘suspected’ Australia ball-tampering during Ashes

England ‘suspected’ Australia ball-tampering during Ashes

Alastair Cook has said that England's cricketers suspected Australia of ball-tampering during their 4-0 Ashes defeat this winter, but admits that the extra pace of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins could well have been the decisive factor in obtaining the degrees of reverse swing that England's own bowlers failed to replicate. Cook -…
Jamie Overton sidelined by side injury

Jamie Overton sidelined by side injury

Jamie Overton, the Somerset fast bowler, is expected to miss up to a month of cricket having been diagnosed with a minor muscle tear. Overton felt pain while bowling for Somerset's 2nd XI last week and, while he hoped the injury was nothing serious, was sent for a scan which revealed the injury in his…