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A reassuring phone call by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to his Kiwi counterpart Jacinda Ardern was to no avail as New Zealand abruptly abandoned its cricket tour to Pakistan on Friday due to heightened security fears.The first of three ODI clashes was meant to begin in Rawalpindi on Friday morning, but the players never made it to ground, being told to stay inside their rooms.
Australia captain Tim Paine is "extremely confident" of being fit for the first Ashes Test despite undergoing invasive neck surgery.A bulging disc had been causing the wicketkeeper pain in his neck and left arm, leading Paine to have an operation this week.
Heather Knight has produced a fine captain's innings, compiling an impressive 89 to spearhead her England side's 30-run victory in the first one-day international against New Zealand at Bristol.Knight helped England recover from a mini-collapse which saw them slide from 1-109 to 5-140 before they were eventually bowled out for 241 after batting first on Thursday.
Virat Kohli has announced that he will step down as captain of India's Twenty20 team following next month's World Cup in Dubai.Yet the 32-year-old batsman, who currently captains his country in all three formats, will continue to play for the T20 side as well as leading the Test and one-day international teams.
Australia's players will benefit from taking part in the IPL when it resumes in Dubai on Sunday as the experience will stand them in good stead for the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, says all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.The 32-year-old, along with the likes of top-order batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, will return to action after they skipped Australia's recent tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh.
Ellyse Perry is set to lead Australia's inexperienced attack in Mackay, where young gun Tayla Vlaeminck will miss the start of a multi-format series against India.Vlaeminck will be out of action throughout the ODI and Test legs of India's tour, while spearhead Megan Schutt and star spinner Jess Jonassen are missing the entire series that begins on Tuesday.
New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell will miss the one-day series against Pakistan due to a left quad strain, the tourists revealed ahead of Friday's opener in Rawalpindi.All-rounder Daryl Mitchell, who was initially picked for the subsequent Twenty20 series against Pakistan, will join the one-day squad ahead of the second match after completing his mandatory isolation.
Cricket Australia's board has backed Earl Eddings to serve another term as chairman as it seeks to ease English unrest and lock in this summer's Ashes.Eddings' leadership has come under fire from Cricket NSW and Queensland Cricket in the past 18 months.
Cricket Australia will shift the opening fortnight of the Women's Big Bash to Tasmania as it continues to tinker with the summer's schedule amid COVID-19 outbreaks.A year after establishing bio-secure hubs in Sydney, WBBL organisers confirmed on Thursday the tournament would return to a similar set up in Hobart and Launceston.
The remainder of the 2021 Indian Premier League season will have spectators back inside stadiums when it resumes later this week in the United Arab Emirates.The IPL was suspended in May with 31 matches left to play after several players and backroom staff tested positive for COVID-19 amid a devastating second wave in India.
Alyssa Healy hopes this summer proves another seminal moment for women's cricket, having waited her entire career to play a non-Ashes Test.Australia and India, who clashed in front of an MCG crowd of 86,174 in the T20 World Cup final last year, start their multi-format series on Tuesday with the first of three ODIs in Mackay.
Openers Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks have scored unbeaten half-centuries to lead South Africa to a 3-0 Twenty20 series sweep over Sri Lanka with a 10-wicket win in the third and final match.Sri Lanka scored 8-120 in 20 overs after winning the toss and batting first.
Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, ending a 17-year career in which he became the highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals.Malinga, known for his unorthodox bowling action and toe-crushing yorkers, continued to play T20 matches after quitting Test cricket in 2011 and one-day internationals in 2015.
The England and Wales Cricket Board will formally request the world's governing body to adjudicate on last week's abandoned Test match if a rearranged fixture cannot be agreed.England's fifth and final Test against India at Old Trafford was called off just hours before the start of play on day one due to COVID-19 concerns in the tourists' camp.
Tim Paine's comments regarding Afghanistan's involvement in future ICC events didn't sit well with their captain. Find out what he said here.
Ireland have secured a 1-1 series draw after beating Zimbabwe by seven wickets in their rain-disrupted third one-day international in Belfast.Having won the toss and elected to field, Ireland bowled their opponents out for 131 in 34 overs, with the tourists - for whom captain Craig Ervine top-scored with 57 - reaching 2-72 before collapsing.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board is optimistic its one-off Test against Australia in November will go ahead, saying the body is committed to promoting the women's game in the country.The ACB fears being isolated after Cricket Australia threatened to scrap a Test match against the men's team if Afghanistan's new Taliban government did not allow women to play the sport.
Former Australian Test opener Matthew Hayden has been recruited to Pakistan's backroom staff for the Twenty20 World Cup.And ex-South African fast bowler Vernon Philander will join Hayden on the coaching team in appointments announced by new Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja.
Teenage tearaway Darcie Brown is confident Australia's young attack will step up in coming weeks as they prepare to confront India without spearhead Megan Schutt.Schutt, who last month celebrated the birth of her first child with wife Jess, and injured spinner Jess Jonassen are missing the multi-format series that begins next week in Mackay.
Tim Paine insists he will recover from neck surgery in time to captain Australia in the Ashes.Paine was slated to start his Sheffield Shield campaign on September 28, when Tasmania face Queensland in Brisbane.
India's cricket board chief Sourav Ganguly said their players refused to play the fifth and final Test against England due to COVID-19 concerns and denied that the upcoming Indian Premier League had played any part in the decision.The Old Trafford Test was cancelled last Friday barely two hours before its scheduled start as the tourists, who were leading the series 2-1, failed to field a side after their physiotherapist tested positive for COVID-19.
Ravi Shastri has come under fire following the cancellation of the fifth Test against England. Read all the details here.