The spotlight will on the India-Pakistan rivalry when the six-nation Asia Cup cricket tournament begins here on Saturday.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selectors on Tuesday dropped seasoned campaigners Mohammed Hafeez and Yasir Shah from the Sarfraz Ahmed-led 16 member squad for the Asia Cup, to be played in the United Arab Emirates from September 15.
Shane Watson, who will be playing for The Karachians in the second edition of the T10 league, said that the new condensed format of the game would popularize the sport even more and increase the fan base. The T10 League, which recently got recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC), will be hosted in UAE from the 23rd of November 2018.
After the fourth cricket Test, India are left counting the positives and England walked away with the five-match series 3-1 with one to play at the Oval.
India suffered a 60-run defeat against England in the fourth Test at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium here on Sunday to go down 1-3 in the five-match series.
Jos Buttler led England's fight-back with a 69 as the hosts reached 260 for eight in their second innings to take a 233-run lead over India on the third day of the fourth Test here on Saturday.
Former Australia batsman Dean Jones on Saturday welcomed the BCCI's decision to rest regular skipper Virat Kohli for the upcoming Asia Cup, saying "it's not an one-man team" while also hailing the inclusion of young guns like Manish Pandey and Khaleel Ahmed for the tournament, starting in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on September 15.
India struck thrice as England were 92/3 at lunch, leading by 65 runs on the third day of the fourth Test at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium here on Saturday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday decided to rest Virat Kohli, and handed the captaincy to Rohit Sharma for the Asia Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 15.
Former India and Tamil Nadu batsman Subramaniam Badrinath on Friday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in a specially organised presser at the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) headquarters here.
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