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Ashwin ends 20-month ODI exile, back in India squad for Australia series – Hindustan Times

Sep 18, 2023 09:55 PM IST

Ajit Agarkar announced 2 separate squads for the three-match ODI series against Australia starting Friday, with Ravichandran Ashwin getting selected in both.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s 20-month ODI exile ended on Monday after the off-spinner was recalled for a place in India’s squad for the first two ODIs against Australia starting Friday. Ajit Agarkar, the BCCI chairman of selectors, while unveiling the squad, informed that Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya have been rested for the Mohali and Indore matches, paving the way for KL Rahul’s return as captain. The star trio will, however, be back for the final game, and the squad for this match remains unchanged from India’s 15-member World Cup line-up, along with the additions of Ashwin and Washington Sundar.

He's back. Ravichandran Ashwin is set to play his first ODI for India in 20 months.(BCCI)
He’s back. Ravichandran Ashwin is set to play his first ODI for India in 20 months.(BCCI)

Ashwin replaces the injured Axar Patel, while his filler in the Asia Cup final, Sundar, has retained his place in both squads. Ashwin earns his first ODI call-up since December of 2021. As per a report carried by Mid-Day, Ashwin was reached out to by the team management when Axar strained his left quadriceps, but the spinner declined the offer as he was in no shape to get ready on such short notice. The BCCI, thus, turned to Sundar, who was part of India’s Asian Games training camp in Bengaluru. He took the first flight to Colombo, landed the day before the final, didn’t bat nor bowled but celebrated India’s Asia Cup triumph.

However, Ashwin’s recall in the Indian ODI set-up could to be a stop-gap arrangement as Axar’s impending recovery is likely to put him right back in the mix of things. Having said that, don’t rule out the possibility of a last-minute change, for India have till September 27, to make tweaks if needed. Agarkar pointed out that Axar’s inclusion in the third ODI is subject to fitness and if for some reason, his recovery doesn’t come along as expected, Ashwin could well be donning the India colours in a 50-over World Cup for the first time since 2015.

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Ashwin, a veteran of 100 ODIs with 150 wickets, but with a World Cup record of 17 wickets from 10 matches at an average of 34, last played an ODI in January of 2022 against South Africa in Paarl before being shown the door. He returned to India’s T20I set-up for a good four months, playing the T20 World Cup. A permanent fixture of India’s Test unit, Ashwin continued to play red-ball games against Bangladesh last December and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia in March earlier this year. He was controversially dropped from India’s World Test Championship final in June before returning to spin the West Indies out with figures of 5/60 and 7/71 in Dominica.

India’s Asian Games captain, Ruturaj Gaikwad, too has earned a spot in the squad for the first two matches, although the 26-year-old will return to China for the Asiad, where the Indian team kicks off its campaign on September 27. The selectors have also shown confidence in young batsman Tilak Varma and fast bowler Prasidh Krishna, both of whom were part of India’s Asia Cup squad in Sri Lanka but only had one appearance – in the game against Bangladesh. The Mohali ODI will be Rahul’s first match as India captain since the series against Zimbabwe in August last year. IHe was supposed to lead India in the three T20Is against the Proteas at home before a groin injury sustained on the eve of the series opener ruled him out and Rishabh Pant was handed over the captaincy duties.

For the third ODI in Rajkot, India are expected to go in a fully-strengthened Playing XI as it would be the final official game before they open their World Cup campaign against Australia in Chennai on October 8. Additionally, India will play a couple of warm-up matches – against England and the Netherlands on September 30 and October 3 respectively.

India squad for first two ODIs: 1 KL Rahul (Captain), 2 Ravindra Jadeja (Vice-captain), 3 Shubman Gill, 4 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Ishan Kishan, 7 Suryakumar Yadav, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Mohammed Shami, 12 Tilak Varma, 13 Prasidh Krishna, 14 Ravichandran Ashwin, 15 Washington Sundar

For third ODI: 1 Rohit Sharma (Captain), 2 Hardik Pandya (Vice-captain), 3 Shubman Gill, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 KL Rahul, 7 Ishan Kishan, 8 Suryakumar Yadav, 9 Ravindra Jadeja, 10 Shardul Thakur, 11 Jasprit Bumrah, 12 Mohammed Siraj, 13 Mohammed Shami, 14 Kuldeep Yadav, 15 Axar Patel (subject to fitness), 16 R Ashwin, 17 Washington Sundar

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Harry Tector admits World Cup will be ‘hard to watch’ after Ireland’s … – PlanetSport

Ireland would have booked their spot in India had they beaten Bangladesh in all three ODIs in the final assignment of the World Cup Super League qualifying tournament, but they lost the series 2-0 in May.

A separate qualifying tournament for those who finished outside the World Cup Super League’s top eight was held in Zimbabwe the following month but Ireland disappointingly limped out at the group stage.

Tector, who registered two 50-plus scores in four matches in Bulawayo in June, has moved on from the disappointment but having to watch the World Cup, starting next month, from home will prove difficult.

“It’s going to be hard to watch at times but I think I’ve dealt with the fact we’ll not be there,” he said.

“It will be bitterly disappointing to not be there but we didn’t deserve to be there – we didn’t win enough games in the Super League and then we didn’t play well in Zimbabwe. We had our chances.

“It will be a tough watch but it will be a great tournament. I’m looking forward to seeing who comes out on top.”

Tector averages an impressive 50.06 from 39 ODIs, while he is set for his 40th appearance in the format in the last game of England’s summer schedule, with Ireland bidding to rebound from their weekend loss.

England went 1-0 up in the series – after last week’s washout at Headingley – with a 48-run win at Trent Bridge, where Tector made 39 before a bottom edge off leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed flew high into the air and Will Jacks took an excellent catch running back from mid-off.

“I probably would have backed myself trying to hit that for six but it just came off the toe of the bat and went a bit high in the air. It was a good catch in the end,” Tector added.

“It was disappointing to get in then get out but that’s the nature of cricket.

“The challenge I set myself is how can I put in match-winning performances? Averaging 50 is great but it’s not the be all and end all.

“I’m just trying to get better as a cricketer and put in match-winning performances for Ireland.”

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Kumar Dharmasena, Nitin Menon To Be Umpires In Cricket World Cup 2023 Opener. Check Full List Of Match Officials – ABP Live

On Monday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Nitin Menon will do the on-field duties for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 season opener between England and New Zealand, which is slated to take place on October 5 in Ahmedabad.

“Kumar Dharmasena and Nitin Menon will be the on-field umpires for the opening match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 between England and New Zealand,” said a statement from ICC.

The opening clash between England and New Zealand, will see a repeat of the thrilling final four years ago where Dharmasena and Menon will be assisted by TV umpire Paul Wilson, fourth umpire Shahid Saikat and match referee Javagal Srinath. This is the first time that Menon will be standing in his first ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match. Shahid will also become the first from Bangladesh to do the umpiring duties in the competition.

Alongside Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus and Richard Kettleborough will also be returning, after serving in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup finals in the past, in 2019 and 2015, respectively. ICC also confirmed the match referees as the likes of Jeff Crowe, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson, and Javagal Srinath are set to grace the event.

The World Cup 2023 is slated to take place in India from October 5. The Indian team will start their campaign by playing against Australia on October 8.

Full list of match officials for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023:

Umpires: Chris Brown (New Zealand), Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Marais Erasmus (South Africa), Christopher Gaffaney (New Zealand), Michael Gough (England), Adrian Holdstock (South Africa), Richard Illingworth (England), Richard Kettleborough (England), Nitin Menon (India), Ahsan Raza (Pakistan), Paul Reiffel (Australia), Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid (Bangladesh), Rodney Tucker (Australia), Alex Wharf (England), Joel Wilson (West Indies) and Paul Wilson (Australia).

Match Referees: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand), Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe), Richie Richardson (West Indies) and Javagal Srinath (India).

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Sri Lanka provide fitness update on Hasaranga ahead of World Cup – ICC Women’s World Cup

Sri Lanka provide fitness update on Hasaranga ahead of World Cup

Monday 25 September

Mon 25 September

Sri Lanka are holding out hope that star spinner Wanindu Hasaranga can still play a role during the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Hasaranga is still battling the hamstring injury he picked up during last month’s playoffs of the Lankan Premier League and the 26-year-old sat out Sri Lanka’s recent Asia Cup campaign that saw them finish as runner-up.

While Sri Lanka know that time is running out for Hasaranga to prove his fitness prior to their World Cup opener against South Africa in Delhi on October 7, the team are still exploring every avenue to allow the right-armer to feature at the 50-over showcase.

“We are consulting foreign doctors to see whether he needs surgery or not. If he does, he will be out for at least three months. At the moment, the situation is not that great and it’s highly unlikely if he can play the World Cup,” Sri Lanka medical panel head Arjuna de Silva told The Sunday Times newspaper in Sri Lanka.

“Since he is a key weapon in our attack, we are looking at other options to see how best we can get his services at least for important games. All that depends on the opinions of the consultant to whom we are trying to show his reports.”

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If Hasaranga was to miss the entire World Cup then the team’s bowling stocks would be severely depleted given his capabilities of performing well on the big stage.

Hasaranga was the leading wicket-taker at the two most recent editions of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and also topped the wicket charts during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe earlier in the year.

Sri Lanka are one of just two teams yet to name their squad for this year’s World Cup, with the Asian side and Bangladesh having until September 28 to submit their final group of 15 players to the ICC for the tournament.

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