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World Cup Final Week of League Play Scenarios
India's loss to England in Birmingham has given the hosts a lifeline to making the semi-finals, while at the same time virtually eliminating Pakistan from the competition. Whether that was the intent of the Indian team is hard to tell, but based on the lacklustre performance with ball and especially with bat, one could fairly entertain that thought. The end of the game was almost as bizarre as the end of Pakistan v. Afghanistan game, and set the tongues wagging about possible fixed matches. Anway the Table below provides a snapshot of where the teams stand as of the last day of June and going into July and the the business end of an overly long tournament. Following the Table, analysis is provided of the chances of each potential semifinalists.
BCCI Announces 2019-20 Home Season Schedule
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on announced the 2019-20 home season which will include 5 Tests, 9 ODIs, and 12 T20Is. This is a much lighter load than a couple of years ago when the home season featured a blockbuster 13 Tests. These Tests are probably part of the New ICC Test Championship plan, so BCCI is limited on how many it can arrange. It will be interesting to see how the ICC Test Championship works out.
India A Teams for Sri Lanka A and West Indies A Series
Good to see the BCCI continue to value India A series and tours. Lots of youngsters like Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari...as well as veterans who are on the comeback trail after injury such as Wridhiman Saha included.
India's 2019 World Cup Squad Announced
Thirty six years after India first won the World Cup it will try to win it again in England. BCCI has picked 4 fast bowlers to assist with the team preparation... not sure what that is about... since we are playing in England not South Africa... but guess it will keep the regular squad members fresh... and on their toes.
India Test Cricket Champions 3rd Year in a Row
India have retained the ICC Test Championship Mace and won the purse of $ 1 million for a third year running after finishing at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings on the cut-off date of 1 April, while New Zealand have ensured second place.
An All-Time India World Cup XI
India is one of three teams, the other being the West Indies and Australia, that has won the Cricket World Cup more than once. Here is my All Time Indian World Cup XI
BCCI Announces Men's and Women's Contracts for Next Season
These are retainers and the players get match fees on top of that... plus they earn from playing IPL or WBBL as well as sponsorship... The money earned by the women is quite less though compared to the men... which is a shame...
Squads for upcoming T20Is & ODIs versus Australia Announced
Virat Kohli is back as Captain for both T20Is and ODIs against the visiting Australians. Considering the recent workload, the selectors have decided to rest Kuldeep Yadav for the T20I series while Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been rested for the T20 series and the first two ODIs. Selectors have persisted with Siddarth Kaul for T20Is and first 2 ODIs... as a like for like replacement for Kumar... They also picked uncapped Mayank Markande as stand in for Kuldeep Yadav in T20Is
Smriti Mandhana Reaches No. 1 Rank in Women's Cricket
Smriti Mandhana matched her idol Virat Kohli and reached the No. 1 sport in Women's cricket.
Ajinkya Rahane to Lead India A versus England Lions
Good to see BCCI investing in the future of Indian cricket, not just making oodles of money from it. Last year they sent 44 players to England, they also sent the A team to NZ ahead of the Australia tour, and now they are hosting the England A team, i.e. the England Lions. The importance given to domestic cricket by not picking players from teams in Ranji semi-finals... is also very heartening. The influence of Rahul Dravid can be sensed here. Indian cricket since he has taken charge of the India A and Under 19 teams seems to be brimming with talent. The talent, probably always existed, but now it has proper structure and guidance to flourish.
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