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Zimbabwe named Steve Kirby as bowling coach ahead of T20 World Cup – ANI News

Harare [Zimbabwe], September 22 (ANI): Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Steve Kirby as the Zimbabwe senior men’s new bowling coach ahead of the T20 World Cup, starting October 16.
Kirby is expected to join the national team ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 that starts in Australia next month.
Kirby, a former first-class cricketer, has until his latest appointment been serving as bowling coach at Somerset, one of the sides that he played for during his long and successful county career in England.
The 44-year-old also worked together with current Zimbabwe Head Coach Dave Houghton at Derbyshire.
Commenting on the appointment of Kirby, ZC Director of Cricket Hamilton Masakadza said in an official statement released by ZC, “We are delighted to confirm Steve as our Bowling Coach for the senior men’s team.”

“He has done incredibly well as a player and coach in county cricket over the years and, as we seek to continue strengthening all facets of our game and improving our performances at the highest level, we count ourselves privileged and fortunate to have him as part of our technical set-up,” Masakadza added.
Kirby said when the opportunity to join Zimbabwe came along, he felt it was one that was too good to ignore.
“I’ve got aspirations to be the very best coach that I can be, and international cricket is something that I really want to be involved with,” he said.
“I’ve worked really well with Dave Houghton previously when we were at Derbyshire and when this position presented itself, I felt that I couldn’t turn it down. The scale of the role is hugely exciting because I won’t just be working with the national XI, but I’ll also be involved with the whole pathway structure across the country,” he added.
Zimbabwe squad for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: Ervine Craig (captain), Burl Ryan, Chakabva Regis, Chatara Tendai, Evans Bradley, Jongwe Luke, Madande Clive, Madhevere Wessly, Masakadza Wellington, Munyonga Tony, Muzarabani Blessing, Ngarava Richard, Raza Sikandar, Shumba Milton and Williams Sean.
Reserves: Chivanga Tanaka, Kaia Innocent, Kasuza Kevin, Marumani Tadiwanashe and Nyauchi Victor. (ANI)

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Shreyas, Umesh, Shahbaz brought into India squad for South Africa T20Is – ESPNcricinfo

Shahbaz Ahmed, the uncapped left-arm-spin-bowling allrounder, has been added to the squad too. This will be his second stint with the national team, after he had been called up earlier during the Zimbabwe ODIs in July in place of the injured Washington Sundar.

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Sanju Samson Has to Perform Big In First-Class Cricket: S Sreesanth Expects Consistency From His Former Tea – News18

Despite being one of the rising stars of the game, Sanju Samson continues to be ignored by the national selectors. That’s why he has played a handful of T20Is, despite making his India debut in 2015. The 27-year-old has seen his stocks take a tumble when he was dropped during the three-match T20I series in England as the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma made their way. Furthermore, he was played just two T20Is on West Indies trip where he scored 30 and 5. The selectors then went ahead and gave him the snub, which was expected, from the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Also Read: Sanju Samson Set to Be Named India Vice Captain for South Africa ODIs-Report

Now, Samson’s exposure is limited to playing ODI cricket. From July onwards he has played the three ODIs in West Indies and well as the same number of matches in Zimbabwe, donning the role of the Wicket-Keeper. With reports of his promotion as ODI vice-captain for South Africa series, his ardent fans must be fearing: Is his T20 career over? Maybe, or maybe not as India is likely to restructure its t20 squad irrespective of their success or failure at the T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, one of his mentors S Sreesanth spoke on this issue exclusively to Hindustan Times and said that Samson will have to up his game.

Also Read: IND A vs NZ A, 1st Unofficial ODI: Sanju Samson Treated to Roaring Reception After India Snub

“He has to be consistent. See, everyone is talking about the IPL. I’m from Kerala, I’m somebody who has always supported him. I’ve seen him play from U14. He has played under me. In fact, I was the one who gave him the cap on his Ranji Trophy debut. But the way I see him… it’s a request to him – he has to start performing in first-class matches,” Sreesanth on the sidelines of the Delhi leg of 2022 Legends League Cricket.

“Sanju has to come out and perform in first-class matches. Not just score a hundred, score 200s. Come and make the Kerala team win the Ranji Trophy!”

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Shubman Gill Scores Maiden County Hundred For Glamorgan – NDTV Sports

Shubman Gill Scores Maiden County Hundred For Glamorgan

Shubman Gill playing for Glamorgan in County Championship Division 2.

Young Indian batter Shubman Gill slammed his maiden hundred for Glamorgan against Sussex in their County Championship Division 2 match in Hove on Tuesday. Batting on 91 overnight, Gill notched his eighth first-class century in 123 balls, displaying his wide array of elegant shots all around the County Ground in Hove. Overall Gill smashed 16 boundaries and two sixes in his knock of 119 off 139 balls before being dismissed by off-spinner Jack Carson when he holed out to Sean Hunt.

Gill batted for three hours and 23 minutes as he got out with Glamorgan’s first innings score, reading 277/5 in the opening session of day two.

Gill first put on a 57-run stand with Glamorgan skipper David Lloyd (56). Under floodlights on day one, Gill and Billy Root had little trouble in adding 87 runs before the latter got out in the eighth over of the day.

The 23-year-old Indian top-order batter has been in the form of his life having scored a maiden International century — 130 — in an ODI against Zimbabwe last month.

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Gill missed out on a century by eight runs against Worcestershire earlier this month.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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