West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran has been handed a four-game ban for ball tampering, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday.

Pooran admitted changing the condition of the ball as the Windies sealed a whitewash in their three-game ODI series against Afghanistan with a five-wicket victory in Lucknow on Monday.

Video footage showed the 24-year-old scratching the surface of the ball with his thumbnail and he accepted the sanction put forward by match referee Chris Broad, avoiding the need for a formal hearing.

As part of the suspension handed down by the ICC, Pooran will sit out the three Twenty20 internationals against Afghanistan.

Pooran said: "I want to issue a sincere apology to my team-mates, supporters and the Afghanistan team for what transpired on the field of play on Monday in Lucknow.

"I recognise that I made an extreme error in judgement and I fully accept the ICC penalty. I want to assure everyone that this is an isolated incident and it will not be repeated.

"I promise to learn from this and come back stronger and wiser."

India Women defeated West Indies Women by 10 wickets in the second T20 International at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground to take a 2-0 series lead on Sunday.

Anisa Mohammed, the stand-in captain as Stafanie Taylor has been ruled out of the series due to injury, won the toss and elected to bat first. Once again, the runs were hard to come by. as Hayley Matthews and Stacy-Ann King opened the batting.  King was the first to go for 7 followed by Shemaine Campbelle for a four-ball 0.

Chedean Nation steadied the Windes Women’s middle order with Matthews, as the pair added 34 runs before Matthews tried to hit a straight six and was caught in the deep for 23. Nation fell soon after for 32.  Natasha McLean was the only other batter to reach double figures, she made 17.

 The West Indies Women finished their 20 overs on 103 for 7.  Deepti Sharma was the best bowler for India Women with 4 for 10 from her 4 overs.

Shafali Verma for the second match in a row took a liking to the Windies Women’s bowling and the pitch at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground. The fifteen-year-old struck her second consecutive half-century to lead the Indians to victory in the eleventh over.

Verma finished on 69 not out and with her was Smriti Mandhana on 30 not out. India won the match reaching 104 without loss in 10.3 overs.

 

Windies Women’s team captain Stafanie Taylor has been ruled out of the remaining series against India after sustaining an injury.

According to official reports, the all-rounder will be sidelined for two weeks after sustaining a "Grade 1 Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain".  Taylor suffered the knee injury during the last game of the ODI series, which India won 2-1.  The player, who was named the player of the series in the three-match ODIs, did not suit up for the team’s second T20I on Sunday.  Instead, spin bowler Anisa Mohammed took over from Taylor as captain with young Guyanese all-rounder Cherry-Ann Fraser named to the squad to replace the stricken star.

"It is very disappointing to lose Stafanie at this crucial time and she will no doubt be missed but her health and recovery are of utmost importance," said CWI chief selector Ann Browne-John.

"We have the ICC T20 World Cup in a few months and it is critical that Stafanie gets the time to recover and return to full fitness."

India defeated Windies in the second ODI by 10 wicket to go ahead 2-0 and claim lead in the five-match series.  The tourists opened with a thumping 84-run victory in the curtain raiser in St. Lucia.

 

 

Deepak Chahar claimed the best bowling figures in Twenty20 Internationals history, extinguishing Bangladesh's victory ambitions as India claimed a 30-run win to clinch the series in Nagpur.

With the three-match rubber all-square at 1-1, Bangladesh were well-placed in pursuit of India's 174-5, with Mohammad Naim dominating from the top of the order.

Naim fell for a superb 81 off 48 balls, containing 10 fours and two sixes, yorked by the impressive Shivam Dube (3-30), who held a return catch to remove Afif Hossain the next ball.

But it was Chahar who would steal the limelight.

Having accounted for Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar with consecutive deliveries in his first over, right-arm seamer Chahar returned to have Mohammad Mithun (27) caught in the deep by KL Rahul.

The score was 110-3 after 13 overs at that stage, but Mushfiqur Rahim chopped on for Dube's first wicket and his double strike left India clearly in the ascendancy.

Chahar still had a glorious salvo up his sleeve, having Shafiul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman caught at long-on and deep point before bowling Aminul Islam for his hat-trick and an astonishing return of 6-7.

Rahul earlier laid the platform for India's match-winning total with an accomplished 52, while Shreyas Iyer provided the fireworks with 62 from 33 deliveries – illuminating a match that would ultimately belong to Chahar.

Windies Women’s team captain Stafanie Taylor cracked a patient half-century but could not prevent a 6-wicket loss for the regional team as India claimed the three-match One Day International (ODI) series 2-1.

The 28-year-old all-rounder cracked 79 from 112 balls, which played a major role in rescuing the struggling Windies who were at one point hobbling along at 50 for 4.  Taylor first partnered with Kyshona Knight to steady the ship with a 34-run stand, before paring up with Stacy-Ann King to put 96 runs on the board.

The team looked set to climb over 200 but a late flurry of wickets, including that of Taylor’s, stymied those efforts.  With runs hard to come by the Windies total of 194 seemed likely to be a challenging target.  Openers Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana, however, in effect, made the total look like a walk in the park.

 The prodigious pair put on 141 in 25 overs for the first wicket, each bringing up sublime half-centuries. Mandhana was the more aggressive of the two, striking three sixes in her 63-ball 74, a knock which earned her the Player of the Match award. With the stroke which brought her to 50, she crossed the milestone of 2000 ODI runs, reaching the mark in just 51 innings, the third-fastest in women’s cricket. It was some return from injury.

 

 

Rohit Sharma bludgeoned an imperious half-century in his 100th Twenty20 International as India levelled the series against Bangladesh with a crushing eight-wicket victory in Rajkot.

Yuzvendra Chahal took 2-28 as the Tigers made 153-6 after they were put in by Rohit at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday, Mohammad Naim top scoring with 36.

Rohit then took centre stage, marking becoming only the second man to play a hundred internationals in the shortest format - Shoaib Malik being the other - with a domineering 85 off 43 balls.

The prolific stand-in captain struck six sixes in another magnificent knock and India cruised to their target with 26 balls to spare, blowing Bangladesh away in a match that was in doubt due to Cyclone Maha and set up a decider in Nagpur on Sunday.

Liton Das and Naim got the Tigers off to a good start, but an opening stand of 60 ended when Rishabh Pant ran the former out for 29 after he was given two lives.

Naim looked well set until he holed out attempting to launch Washington Sundar over the ropes, then Chahal put the brakes on by removing Mushfiqur Rahim and snaring Soumya Sarkar (30) stumped in an excellent 13th over.

Captain Mahmudullah struck a brisk 30, but Chahal and Deepak Chahar (1-25) restricted the tourists to a below-par total with skilful death bowling.

It soon became clear that was nowhere near enough as Rohit cut loose with exquisite timing and power, reaching his half-century off only 23 balls by clattering Afif Hossain's first ball for six.

Shikhar Dhawan was cramped up by the seamers, but looked more at home facing spin before he was bowled for 31 giving Aminul Islam the charge - ending a stand of 118 from only 65 balls.

Rohit continued to treat the Bangladesh attack with disdain, hitting Mosaddek Hossain for three sixes in a row and looking certain to make a fifth T20I hundred before he was taken in the deep trying to dispatch Aminul into the stands.

Shreyas Iyer (24 not out) struck the winning runs to put the Tigers out of their misery and ensure it is all to play for in the third and final match of the series.

West Indies Women batsman Chinelle Henry has been ruled out of the rest of the series against India after suffering a concussion during the first One Day International (ODI).

The 24-year-old suffered the injury after crashing into the advertising boards at the boundary.  The player, however, managed to successfully save the boundary and a valuable two runs as the team scraped to a narrow one-run win in the first ODI.  As per the Cricket West Indies (CWI) concussion protocol, the player will be out of action for the next seven days.

Henry will be replaced by Hayley Matthews who returns to the team following an eight-match suspension.  Britney Cooper will also join Henry on the sideline after suffering a bruised shin.  Cooper will be replaced by Caneisha Isaac.  Isaac is an uncapped medium-pacer from Trinidad and Tobago (TT), having played in 2017 and 2019 for TT in the CWI’s Women’s Championship and T20 Blaze.

Mushfiqur Rahim's inspired display with the bat led Bangladesh to their first Twenty20 win over India on Sunday.

With the tourists needing 149 and the required run rate up at 12 heading into the final three overs, Mushfiqur stepped on the accelerator to propel his country to a seven-wicket triumph in Delhi with an unbeaten 60.

A run of four consecutive boundaries in the 19th over swung the contest decisively in the Tigers' favour, with captain Mahmudullah contributing an eye-catching 15 from seven balls and sealing the victory with a six.

The result hands Bangladesh, shorn of the services of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.

India posted 148-6 in an innings headlined by Shikhar Dhawan's 41 from 42 deliveries.

Bangladesh removed the dangerous Rohit Sharma in the first over, the captain given out lbw on umpire's call after a review.

KL Rahul (15) threw his wicket away with an indecisive stroke that resulted in a simple catch for Mahmudullah off the bowling of Aminul Islam, leaving India on 36-2.

Dhawan's fun was curtailed by a run out induced by a poor call and sudden change of mind from Rishabh Pant in the 15th over, with Shreyas Iyer (22) having already been sent packing.

Pant sought to make amends with a brisk 27 that included three boundaries and there were fireworks down the order from Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar, who between them struck a trio of maximums in a combined 29 runs from 13 balls to elevate Bangladesh's target.

The tourists, who also failed to negotiate the first over unscathed as Liton Das tamely looped one into the hands of Rahul, breezed past the 50 mark in short order.

Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar (39) batted with freedom until the former slogged one to Dhawan at long on for 26.

Sarkar lasted until the 17th over before his dismissal to a slower ball from Khaleel Ahmed following a promising 60-run partnership with Mushfiqur.

With seven wickets remaining, Mushfiqur and the incoming Mahmudullah were emboldened and took the contest by the scruff of the neck to deliver a famous win for their country. 

The sides meet again in Rajkot on Thursday.

West Indies fast bowling legend Courtney Walsh has been appointed as interim assistant coach for the Windies Women’s team.

Walsh, the region’s all-time Test wicket-taker, will join Gus Logie who was recently announced as interim head coach.  The duo will be joined by former Guyana seamer Rayon Griffith.  The coaching triumvirate will replace the unit led by Henderson Springer.  

The 57-year-old former speedster recently served as bowling coach for the Bangladesh team.  Although his new appointment is expected to come with more sweeping responsibilities than his previous post, Walsh has revealed that his primary duties will involve working with the bowlers.

"My function is to focus a lot more on the bowlers and the cricket, in general, to get the ladies together," Walsh said.

"I’m just happy to be able to work with Gus - we haven’t had a chance to be on the same team since we were players and we just want the women to play the type of cricket we know they can play."

The team takes charge as the Windies Women prepare to host India Women in a three-match One Day International series.  Logie believes the program is already off to a positive start.

"We’ve had some of the best minds and coaches in the region working with the players," he said.

"Courtney and Rayon have been working really hard with the ladies at training and we are hoping to see the results on the field."

 

India will play their first day-night Test against Bangladesh in a historic clash in Kolkata in November.

An announcement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed that the second match between the sides, scheduled for November 22-26, will be played under lights.

India's first pink-ball match comes four years after Australia and New Zealand played the maiden day-night Test in Adelaide.

"I'm pleased to announce that our long-term partner, the BCB, has graciously agreed to play a day-night Test match," BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said.

"This is the beginning of something special in Indian cricket ... for me, as [a] former captain of India and as the current president of the BCCI, Test cricket is of utmost priority and we, at the BCCI, will leave no stone unturned to bring this format back to its feet.

"In this effort of ours, day-night Test cricket is a huge step forward and we believe it will bring back the crowd into stadiums and [bring] a whole lot of young children to the sport.

"I am extremely honoured that the Eden Gardens will host the inaugural day-night Test match ... I thank the Bangladesh Cricket Board president Mr Nazmul Hassan and his team for accepting our request on such a short notice."

Hassan said that the BCB and BCCI "share a very long history of support, co-operation and friendship". 

The Test will follow the series opener in Indore that begins on November 14.

Bangladesh's tour of India will begin with Twenty20 clashes in Delhi, Rajkot and Nagpur on November 3, 7 and 10 respectively.

Day-night Test cricket has been only played in Australia, United Arab Emirates, England, South Africa, New Zealand and the West Indies.

MS Dhoni's India career would appear to be over after he was omitted from the Twenty20 International squad to face Bangladesh, with chief selector MSK Prasad reiterating "we are moving on".

Rishabh Pant is set to don the gloves in a three-match series against the Tigers and Sanju Samson was also among the 15 players named in the T20 squad on Thursday, while Rohit Sharma was named captain as Virat Kohli is given a rest.

There was no place for the 38-year-old Dhoni and although Prasad did not go as far as saying the former captain will not play for his country again, he gave a strong indication that may be the case.

"This is our clear thought process that post-World Cup we are focusing on Rishabh Pant only," Prasad said.

"I made it very clear post the World Cup that we are moving on. We are giving opportunities to youngsters [to] establish themselves in the side.

"With Rishabh Pant doing so well and even Sanju Samson coming in, I am sure you must be understanding our thought process."

Asked whether Dhoni could be recalled with an impressive return to domestic action, Prasad said: "That is purely his personal call.

"Going into domestic cricket, getting his touch back, or thoughts about retirement, everything is purely his personal [decision]. We've already laid the roadmap for future, I'm sure you can see in the way we are selecting the teams."

Pressed if Pant will get a certain number of games to prove he is the right man for the job, Prasad said sternly: "I have already answered, we are backing Rishabh Pant."

 

India T20 squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur.

Sourav Ganguly has been named the new president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The legendary batsman was elected after a general body meeting on Wednesday.

Ganguly was India captain from 2000 to 2005 and guided them to the final of the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

He is sixth on the all-time list of Test run-scorers for India with 7,212, and his 11,363 runs in ODIs rank ninth on the international all-time list.

"I congratulated him. It's great that he has become BCCI president," said India captain Virat Kohli.

Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha added: "I hope players will immensely benefit after Dada [Ganguly] takes up the new role.

"He has represented the country for a long time and then went on to dominate Indian cricket first as a player then captain.

"He can bring about a lot of improvements as he knows the game inside out. If something is not happening, Dadi can make it happen."

Faf du Plessis admits South Africa's humiliating Test series in India exposed plenty of "mental scars" for the Proteas.

Things started badly for the tourists in a 202-run hammering in the opening contest, before they were battered by an innings and 137 runs in the second match.

India showed absolutely no let up in Ranchi and took the final two wickets they needed on Tuesday to win the third and final Test by an innings and 202 runs.

Only five of South Africa's 16-man squad had previously played in India and Du Plessis feels a lack of experience was clear.

"When we play in the subcontinent, our style of bowling is not successful. You have to adapt your style to the style that is required," he said. 

"Obviously, someone like Dale Steyn was effective in the subcontinent because he has a similar skill set. He is a skiddy bowler off the pitch, hits the stumps, whereas if you are missing the stumps a lot or bouncing it over the stumps, it's not as effective here.

"Seam bowling is one area; spin they were better than us and from a batting unit, exceptional ruthlessness in the way they put massive scores on the board. 

"That's one of the reasons why mentally we were so weak towards the end. Obviously, they did bat first every time, which made it easier but they still put on 500, 500, 600 and the scoreboard pressure, the effect that it has on you mentally as a batting line-up, it takes a lot of energy and it takes a lot of toll. 

"You just feel like there's no opportunity or no moment in the game when you can hide. Your body is tired, your mind is tired and then you make mistakes.

"Our next journey is to try and make sure we get a lot stronger as a cricketing team mentally. As you can see, a tour like this reveals that there is a lot of mental scars that can happen and then obviously it's difficult to come out of the hole. 

"We played our best match in the first match and the consistent pressure that was on us made us weaker with every Test match that we played. 

"It tells me we are not mentally strong as a team and that some work is required in that department."

South Africa have lost a lot of experience, with Steyn and Hashim Amla among those to retire in 2019.

But Du Plessis, 35, will not relinquish his captaincy and is determined to unearth the next generation of Proteas leaders.

"How I see my journey unfolding with this team is to help with the transition period," he added. 

"That's something we spoke about before that wasn't necessarily the case before. Graeme Smith was a successful captain for a very long time and then after that, it was like, 'what now, who is going to captain the side, what's going to happen?' 

"This period is to try and make that process a bit smoother, identifying the next leaders, identifying the next captains, working with them, and then when that time is right, that time will be right."

Virat Kohli has called on India to adopt a model similar to England and Australia and host Test cricket at only five venues.

India wrapped up a resounding 3-0 series triumph over South Africa on Tuesday, taking the final two wickets they needed in the third contest to conclude victory by an innings and 202 runs.

All three matches against the Proteas took place at venues hosting Test cricket for just the second time in Visakhapatnam, Pune and Ranchi.

Kohli is all for mixing up venues in international cricket but feels the five-day format needs to played at regular stadiums.

"We've been discussing this for a long time now and in my opinion we should have five Test centres, period," Kohli said.

"I mean, I agree [with] state associations and rotation and giving games and all that, that is fine for T20 and one-day cricket, but Test cricket, teams coming to India should know, 'we're going to play at these five centres, these are the pitches we're going to expect, these are the kind of people that will come to watch, crowds'.

"So that becomes a challenge already, when you're leaving your shores, because we go to any place, we know we're having four Test matches in these venues, this is what the pitch is going to offer, it's going to be a full stadium, the crowd's behind the [home] team, and look, you want to keep Test cricket alive and exciting. I totally agree with the fact that we need five Test centres at the max.

"It can't be sporadic and spread over so many places where people turn up or they don't, so in my opinion, absolutely. You should have five strong Test centres that teams coming to India know that this is where they're going to play."

India completely dominated South Africa over the three Tests, winning the final two matches batting just one innings after opening with a 203-run rout.

Captain Kohli believes India's relentless willingness to improve is behind the success.

"We will always be put under pressure, always make mistakes, 11 guys can be vulnerable at times and can make mistakes but I think what is important is we keep a strong check on wanting to learn from the mistakes - we don't let things slide under the carpet," he added. 

"We address things there and then, even session wise, in an hour if we have given away too many runs the message at drinks is straight - 'not good enough, we need to pull our socks up'. 

"We don't wait for a session to be over and speak later because if another hour goes by you are letting the Test match go. 

"It's about addressing things there and then, more credit has to go to the players because they are willing to receive and be open to listening to things that need improving from a team point of view."

India needed just 12 balls on the fourth day in Ranchi to wrap up a comprehensive victory by an innings and 202 runs in the Third test and a maiden series whitewash of South Africa.

Shahbaz Nadeem removed Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngidi with the final two balls of the second over to finish with four wickets on his debut and consign the Proteas to their heaviest loss to India, eclipsing the record set in the second Test in Pune.

The tourists added a solitary run to their overnight score of 132-8 before De Bruyn, a concussion substitute for Dean Elgar, edged behind for 30.

Ngidi failed to delay the inevitable, the tailender dismissed the following ball in a bizarre caught and bowled as his shot deflected off Anrich Nortje at the non-striker's end and presented Nadeem with a simple catch.

South Africa had been forced to bat again on Monday after crumbling to 162 all out in response to India's 497-9 declared.

India now have five wins from five in the World Test Championship and hold a commanding 180-point lead at the top of the table.

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