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ICC allows Akila Dhananjaya to resume bowling

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Spinner Akila Dananjaya has returned to Sri Lanka’s squad for the five ODIs in South Africa after having his action cleared by the ICC. He was officially banned from bowling in international cricket in December 2018.

Dananjaya will lead a revamped spin attack that includes Kamindu Mendis, the ambidextrous spinner, and Lakshan Sandakan, the left-arm wristspinner. Mendis, who is also uncapped in ODI cricket, bowls offbreaks as well as slow left-arm orthodox.

The return of the 25-year old will be a major boost for a depleted Sri Lankan attack ahead of what promises to be testing ODI and T20I series against South Africa in the coming weeks.

As the ban allowed him to bowl in domestic cricket, Dananjaya turned out for Colts CC earlier this year and the SLC has been impressed with what they have seen.

Dhananjaya has been one of Sri Lanka’s main threats in limited-overs cricket in recent times, taking 28 ODI wickets at an average of 23 in 2018, and a further 27 wickets at 24.25 in Tests.

Nasser Hussain wants Jofra Archer to play for England in ICC World Cup 2019

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Sussex all-rounder Archer was born in Barbados but has an English father and a British passport.

He will be eligible to play for England in March thanks to new residency rules which came in on 1 January.

“I don’t like last-minute changes but there is a special cricketer out there in Jofra Archer,” said Hussain.

The updated England and Wales Cricket Board rules mean some cricketers currently classed as overseas players will be eligible to play for England once they have lived in the country for three years.

The previous rules meant there was a seven-year residency period for players who arrived in England after their 18th birthday.

The change means Archer, 23, could be picked in the England squad for the World Cup, which starts in May.

“If you’ve got an opportunity to improve your squad before a World Cup you must take it,” added Hussain, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live at an event marking 100 days until the tournament starts.

“It just keeps one or two cricketers on their toes in these next three weeks in the Caribbean and the white ball cricket before they select their World Cup squad.”

Pulwama Attack: State Cricket Associations remove Pakistani Cricketers pictures and names

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The unique protest comes in the week that has seen many players, current and former, administrators and state cricket associations express their sentiments over the terror act in Pulwama which killed 40 CRPF soldiers.

Different cricket associations removed all Pakistani Cricketers pictures and names from their hall of fame which were framed in the stadiums.

Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) treasurer Ajay Tyagi: “As a humble step, the PCA has decided to show its solidarity with the families of martyrs of the Pulwama attack. There is so much anger in the nation against the heinous attack and PCA is no different in this.”

Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) Secretary Sudhakar Rao: “We at Karnataka state cricket Association to show our solidarity and support to our armed forces; and to express our strong protest against the recent terrorist bombing at Pulwama, we have brought down all photographs of Pakistan Cricketers including Imran Khan. Country comes first. We removed the photos two days ago. This is in support of the country in such a sensitive situation. Not just KSCA, many other associations across the country are doing the same. While a couple of photographs were taken during an ICC meeting here, some were shot whenever Pakistan played India at the Chinnaswamy.”

Cricket Club of India (CCI) secretary Suresh Bafna: “We condemn the terror activities carried out against our army and CRPF personnel. Though CCI is a sporting association but nation comes first even before sports. He [Imran Khan] should respond. He is the Prime Minister and if he believes that Pakistan has no role to play in the attack then why is he not coming out openly. He should come out openly. People should know the truth. He is not coming out openly which means that there are stains in their folds. We called a meeting on the very next day of the attack and to condemn the attack, we decided to cover the photo. We’ll be deciding soon how to remove the photo.

Indian fans are happy with this move as they all are hurt by the attack.

IPL 2019; Schedule of IPL 2019 from March 23 to April 5 released

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BCCI has got clearance for 17 matches with the eight centres getting two matches each and Delhi getting to host three games in the first segment.

Chennai Super Kings will play Royal Challengers Bangalore in opener while all teams will play a minimum of 4 matches with Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore playing five matches.

Each team will play a minimum of two home and two away matches with DC playing three home matches and RCB playing three away matches.

Here’s the full schedule and timings of IPL 2019 from March 23 to April 5 –

23rd March – Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – 8pm

24th Match – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – 4pm

24th March – Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals – 8pm

25th Match – Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab – 8pm

26th March – Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings – 8pm

27th March – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab – 8pm

28th March – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians – 8pm

29th March – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals – 8pm

30th March – Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians – 4pm

30th March – Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 8pm

31st March – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – 4pm

31st March – Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals – 8pm

1st April – Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals – 8pm

2nd April – Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – 8pm

3rd April – Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings – 8pm

4th April – Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – 8pm

5th April – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 8pm

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