CLT20: Malinga chooses Mumbai Indians over Southern Express

Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Lasith Malinga has chosen to play for Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians over his home team - the Southern Express at the Champions League T20, scheduled to be played in September.


According to a player’s contract, the individuals can choose which team they would want to represent in T20 tournament.

The 30-year-old has been part of the Mumbai Indians since 2009, has played 10 matches and took 16 wickets for the Mumbai Indians in the most recent season of Indian Premier League ‘season7’.

The CLT20 will be played in India, starting on September 7.


India v West Indies 2014: Venues announced

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the venues for the upcoming home series against the West Indies later this year in October and November.


The series will include 3 Tests, 5 One Day Internationals and a Twenty20 with Feroz Shah Kotla cricket ground in Delhi will be hosting its first ever Twenty20 match.
The schedule of the series is to be decided later.

Venues:

Tests: Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad
ODIs: Kolkata, Visakhapatnam, Cuttack, Dharamsala, Kochi
T20: Delhi

England squad for Third Test against India in Southampton

Lancashire’s Jos Buttler will replace Matt Prior as a wicket-keeper in the England squad for the third test against India in Southampton, staring on Sunday.

The 23-year-old has played 33 ODI’s and 36 Twenty20 international for his country and ready to make his Test debut against India on Sunday.

The Struggling wicketkeeper Matt Prior announced on Monday that he was taking a break from cricket in overcome injury issues.

Meanwhile, Alastair Cook retained the England captaincy amid doubts over his leadership following England's 95-run defeat at Lord's.

ENGLAND SQUAD: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Jos Buttler, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

South African pacer Vernon Philander penalised for tampering with the ball

South Africa seamer Vernon Philander has been fined 75% of his match fees for tampering with the ball during the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle.


The 29-year-old was charged after the footage emerged of him - trying to change the condition of the ball by scratching the surface with his finger and thumb in the course of the third day's play on Friday. Philander accepted the punishment without contesting.

An ICC statement read: "Philander was charged with an article 2.2.9 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to 'changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 of the Laws of Cricket’.

"The charge was laid following the conclusion of Friday's play and after viewing television footage by on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Nigel Llong, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge as well as match referee Jeff Crowe."


This is the second time - the Proteas’ were involved in ball-tampering incident, earlier it was found against Pakistan in the UAE last October, when Faf du Plessis rubbing the ball with his trouser pocket. The bowler was fined 50% of his match fee.

Mahela Jayawardene to quit Test cricket

Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene has announced that he is going to retire from Test cricket after the forthcoming series against South Africa and Pakistan later this year.

The former skipper, who is one of the most capped players for his country, has scored 11,493 runs in 145 Tests at an average of above 50. He will play his last Test against Pakistan in August 14 to 18.

The 37-year-old veteran batsman, who already retired from the Twenty20 format after their recent World Twenty20 victory.
However, he will continue to play in the 50-over format, making himself available for ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.



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