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2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh retires from international cricket

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Yuvraj Singh ICC

Dashing all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, on Monday, announced retirement from international cricket, ending a “rollercoaster” career during which he became the hero of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph and fought a gritty battle with cancer.

“After 25 years, I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and is the reason why I stand here today,” the 37-year-old said while addressing the media in Mumbai.

“I was extremely lucky to play 400 games for India. I could have never imagined it when I first started playing cricket,” he added.

In all, Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India in which he scored 1900, 8701 and 1177 runs respectively.

“It was a love-hate relationship with this game. I can’t explain what it really means to me. This game taught me to fight. I have failed more times than I succeeded and I will never give up,” he said.

The battle with cancer soon after the 2011 World Cup triumph was perhaps the biggest challenge that Yuvraj encountered.

“I was not going to let that disease defeat me,” he said.

However, his cricketing form had been on the wane for a while. Yuvraj last played for India in a T20 international against England in 2017. His last Test match appearance was back in 2012.

He was also a part of the victorious Mumbai Indians squad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, the most glamorous and cash-rich T20 league in the world, but played in only four matches during the campaign.

ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reactions – James Neesham, Kane Williamson shine as New Zealand demolish Afghanistan

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James Neesham, Kane Williamson

James Neesham claimed his maiden five-wicket ODI haul and Kane Williamson smashed an unbeaten half-century as New Zealand thrashed Afghanistan by seven wickets in a World Cup game at Taunton on Saturday.

The Kiwis, despite losing Martin Guptill first ball of their innings, never looked in any serious trouble chasing a paltry 173 to win as Williamson and Ross Taylor shared a century partnership for the third wicket before getting home with more than 17 overs to spare.

Earlier, Afghanistan’s batting woes continued after their openers gave them a brisk start with Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran putting on 66 by the end of 11th over.

But ‘Man of the Match’ Neesham, who took his ODI career best 5-31, and Lockie Ferguson (4-37) then grabbed four wickets for four runs to reduce Afghanistan to 70-4.

The Afghans never recovered and lost wickets steadily before being bowled out for 172 with nearly ten overs to spare.

Brief scores: Afghanistan 172 in 41.1 overs (Hashmatullah Shahidi 59; Jimmy Neesham 5-31, Lockie Ferguson 4-37) lost to New Zealand 173/3 in 32.1 overs (Kane Williamson 79*; Aftab Alam 3-45) by seven wickets.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

SHOCKING! South Africa rejects AB de Villiers’ offer to play in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

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AB de Villiers South Africa

AB de Villiers’ offer of making a last-minute entry in the South African squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was rejected by the Proteas team management, ESPNcricinfo reported on Thursday (June 6).

De Villiers, who announced his retirement from international cricket in May 2018, is said to have made the offer just 24 hours before South Africa’s selectors named the 15-man squad for the World Cup.

The 35-year-old is said to have spoken to captain Faf du Plessis, coach Ottis Gibson and convenor of selectors Linda Zondi, but his request was ‘not even considered’.

The reason why De Villiers’s offer was refused is that he didn’t play any domestic cricket or international cricket in the intervening months, which was against the Proteas’ selection criteria rules.

It was reported that his inclusion wouldn’t have been fair on other players who have been performing in the last few months. Players like Rassie van der Dussen could have missed out despite scoring three fifties in his first four ODI innings.

The revelation was made after South Africa’s six wickets defeat against India on Wednesday – their third straight defeat in the ongoing World Cup.

The Du Plessis-led side will now have to win all of their remaining games to reach the semifinals. Their next match is against West Indies on June 10 in Southampton.

De Villiers also recently revealed that he wanted to play the World Cup but felt cornered by expectation and criticism.

“I was keen to play in the World Cup, but I left, I retired. So it was a very sensitive situation. For the last three years of my career, I was labelled as a guy who is picking and choosing when I was playing and when not. So I got quite a lot of criticism from back home, which also played a role in me retiring. And it was difficult for me to then go ‘hey, but I’ll still play the World Cup’. It’s that picking and choosing thing again, and it’s quite arrogant to do something like that. But as they say, you can’t have your bread buttered on both sides,” said de Villiers, while talking to Gaurav Kapur for an episode of ‘Breakfast with Champions’.

“I felt cornered. It’s always been about the team, it’s never been about myself. But I found myself in a position where I had to make a decision where it’s going to look like I’m just thinking about myself.”

ICC World Cup 2019: New Zealand hold their nerve to defeat Bangladesh in nail-biting thriller

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New Zealand beat Bangladesh

New Zealand secured their second World Cup 2019 win in a row with a thrilling two-wicket win over a spirited Bangladesh in a nailbiter at The Oval on Wednesday.

During a shaky start as they chased 245 to win, the Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson should have been run out for eight, but Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim broke the stumps before gathering the ball.

Williamson (40) and Ross Taylor took advantage to guide their side to 160 for 2, only to slip to 191-5 after Taylor’s dismissal on 82.

Bangladesh were buzzing in front of their fervent fans and struck twice in quick succession to remove Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme and leave New Zealand at 218-7, needing 27 runs off 39 balls.

Matt Henry was cleaned up by Mohammad Saifuddin with seven required but Lockie Ferguson edged one for four and Mitchell Santner (17 not out) smashed a boundary to guide his side to victory with 17 balls to spare.

Earlier, the Black Caps’ superb bowling attack, led by Henry (4-47), took wickets at regular intervals to dismiss Bangladesh for 244 in 49.2 overs despite Shakib Al Hasan hitting 64 and several other batsmen making starts.

This win over Bangladesh has taken New Zealand to the top of the points-table as they have won both their matches.

They will now take on Afghanistan at Taunton on Saturday, when Bangladesh face England at Cardiff.

ICC World Cup 2019 – Twitter Reactions: Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga shine in Sri Lanka’s scrappy win over Afghanistan

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Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga

Nuwan Pradeep and Lasith Malinga, on Tuesday, starred with the ball as Sri Lanka fought back to crush Afghanistan’s hopes of a memorable victory in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Afghanistan, bidding for just their second win in a World Cup match and their first over a Test nation were in command halfway through a gloomy day in Cardiff after dismissing Sri Lanka for 201.

They then got with a rain-revised target of 187 in 41 overs but their batting let them down again as the Afghans were bowled out for paltry 152 in 32.4 overs.

Pradeep took a career-best 4 for 31, while Malinga (3 for 39) struck at both ends of the innings, finishing the match with a toe-crushing yorker that cleaned up Hamid Hassan.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

ICC World Cup 2019: Sania Mirza congratulates ‘unpredictable’ Pakistan for their win over England

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Pakistan lived up to their ‘unpredictable’ tag by beating World No. 1 England, in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match on Monday, just three days after losing to World No. 8 West Indies in their first game of the tournament.

An aggressive Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan turned up at Trent Bridge to deservedly beat the tournament’s hot favourites England by 14 runs.

It was in marked contrast to Pakistan’s seven-wicket humiliation by the West Indies at the same venue on Friday.

After Pakistan’s thrilling win, the Twitteratis erupted and shared the news on the micro-blogging website.

Even Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik’s wife and Indian tennis ace, Sania Mirza took to Twitter and congratulated the Men in Green for their superb performance.

“Congratulations to Team Pakistan on bouncing back the way they did and being as unpredictable like it always is !!! @cricketworldcup got more interesting than it already was,” she wrote in her message.

After posting an emphatic total of 348/8 in 50 overs, Pakistan saw experienced pacers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz put on a brilliant exhibition with the ball as the duo shared five wickets between them. Joe Root (107) and Jos Buttler (103) scored centuries apiece to ensure England remained in the contest before the Pakistani bowlers pulled things back in the death overs to restrict the hosts at 334/9 in 50 overs.

BCCI suspends Rinku Singh for taking part in an unauthorized T20 tournament

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Rinku Singh KKR

The Board of Cricket for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday suspended India ‘A’ and Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Rinku Singh for participating in an unauthorized T20 tournament in Abu Dhabi.

Rinku did not seek permission from the Indian cricket board before taking part in the T20 league hence directly violated the BCCI rules and regulations.

“As per the BCCI norms, a player registered with the board cannot play in any tournaments abroad without its permission. Rinku Singh therefore has been suspended with immediate effect for a period of three months starting June 1, 2019. He has been removed from the current India ‘A’ squad set to play a multi-day game against Sri Lanka ‘A’ starting May 31, 2019.

“The BCCI will not tolerate such violations in the future and strict actions will be taken if a player is found violating the BCCI rules and regulations,” the board was quoted as in their statement.

Rinku, who plays first-class cricket for Uttar Pradesh, is registered with the BCCI and cannot play in any tournament without permission.

The 21-year-old batsman therefore has been suspended with immediate effect for a period of three months starting June 1.

He has also been sacked from the current India ‘A’ squad set to play a multi-day game against Sri Lanka ‘A’ starting May 31.

The BCCI in their statement further added that they will not tolerate such violations in the future and also strict actions will be taken if a player is found violating rules and regulations.

ICC World Cup 2019 Preview: Team Australia

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Australia ICC World Cup squad 2019

The 12th edition of ICC Cricket World Cup is scheduled from 30 May to 14 July 2019 at England and Wales. A total of 45 league matches will be played between 10 teams, followed by 2 semi-finals and the final at Lord’s, London.

Australia has been the most successful team in the tournament, winning the championship 5 times (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015). The team went through a rough phase as captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner faced 12 months suspension for ball-tampering last year.

Aaron Finch took charge but the team lost subsequent series against England. After all ups and downs, the defending champions have found their rhythm again and it couldn’t be at a more perfect time.

Though Australia is at the 5th spot in ICC ODI Rankings, that doesn’t reflect their recent brilliant performance. The team won the ODI series against India by 3-2 and comfortably defeated Pakistan by 5-0. Considering this, most cricket world cup betting sites have them as one of the favorites to win the championship.

The return of Smith and Warner to the team provides strength to the batting lineup. The department would be led by Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Warner, and Smith. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are the designated all-rounders in the squad.

Australia ODI

Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will spearhead the pace battery while Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa have been included in the 15-member squad as specialist spinners.

Complete squad:
Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.

The team would begin their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1, 2019, at County Ground, Bristol.

ICC World Cup 2019: Steve Smith responds to chants of ‘cheat’ in warm-up match against England

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Steve Smith, David Warner

Former Australian skipper Steve Smith and opener David Warner were given a hostile reception by the Ageas Bowl crowd as they came out to bat in their World Cup warm-up match against England on Saturday.

However, unfazed, Smith continued his impressive build-up to the World Cup with a match-winning ton. He scored a brilliant 116 in his first game against England since a year-long ban for ball-tampering as Australia beat the World Cup hosts and favourites by 12 runs.

There were jeers, and some chants of ‘cheat, cheat, cheat’, for both Smith and Warner, who also served a 12-month suspension for his role in the scandal during a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town, from the crowd of 11,500 at Hampshire’s headquarters.

Prior to his ban, Smith had scored 383 runs in 15 one-day internationals innings at an average of 29.46, well below his career average of 41.84.

“I was actually a little bit disappointed with my one day form (before the ban),” Smith told reporters after the warm-up match. “So it was nice to spend a bit of time in the middle.

“But I’m not reading too much into it. They are just practice games but hopefully I can keep up the form as we head into the real stuff.

“I am feeling composed and calm at the crease and hitting the balls I want to, to the boundary. Hopefully I can keep it up.โ€

Smith crowd

Smith’s composure did not slip even when the home crowd heckled him over the ball-tampering scandal.

“I heard a few things when I went out to bat but it didn’t get to me,” Smith said.

“I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion in how they want to treat people but it’s just water off a duckโ€™s back to me. I was just trying to keep my head down, move straight ahead and do my job.”

Smith, who played mostly in domestic T20 tournaments around the world and some club cricket in Sydney before his ban ended in late March, had elbow surgery earlier this year and he said it was still on the mend.

“The elbow is coming along pretty well,” Smith said. “I haven’t really had to test it yet throwing-wise.

“I’d say I’m about 80 percent throwing-wise but Im hoping it can progress a little bit more in the week leading up to the World Cup.”

Smith also added that the injury would not affect him bowling his leg-spin if required during the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.

The defending champions Australia will take on Sri Lanka in their second and final warm-up match in Southampton on Monday before their World Cup opener against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.

ICC World Cup 2019: Bangladesh – Squad, fixtures, match timing, date and venue

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Bangladesh World Cup 2019 squad

Rookie seamer Abu Jayed earned a spot in Bangladesh’s World Cup squad while batsman Mosaddek Hossain also made the cut in their 15-man team for the showpiece tournament.

Jayed, who has played only five Tests and three T20Is, was picked following his performances in the two-match Test series in New Zealand where he finished as the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh. Three players โ€” left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman, all-rounder Mahmudullah and paceman Rubel Hossain โ€” who are recovering from injury have also been named in the squad.

Complete squad:

Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed.

Schedule and Fixtures of Bangladesh at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:

Match 1: Bangladesh vs South Africa

Date: 2 June 2019 (Sunday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: The Oval, London

Match 2: Bangladesh vs New Zealand

Date: 5 June 2019 (Wednesday), 12:30 pm GMT

Venue: The Oval, London

Match 3: Bangladesh vs England

Date: 8 June 2019 (Saturday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff

Match 4: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

Date: 11 June 2019 (Tuesday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Bristol County Ground, Bristol

Match 5: Bangladesh vs West Indies

Date: 17 June 2019 (Monday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: County Ground Taunton, Taunton

Match 6: Bangladesh vs Australia

Date: 20 June 2019 (Thursday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Match 7: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan

Date: 24 June 2019 (Monday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Hampshire Bowl, Southampton

Match 8: Bangladesh vs India

Date: 2 July 2019 (Tuesday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Match 9: Bangladesh vs Pakistan

Date: 5 July (Friday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Lord’s, London

ICC World Cup 2019 – Twitter Reactions: Steve Smith silences booing crowd with brilliant century against England

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Steve Smith , Australia

Steve Smith’s teammates paid tribute to their former skipper after he brushed aside abuse from the Southampton crowd to lead Australia to a 12-run victory over England on Saturday .

Although the match was only a warm-up fixture but it will surely boost the confidence of the Aussies ahead of the upcoming World Cup; Smith scored a brilliant century (116 off 102 balls) to put the rest of the globe on notice.

His celebrations to mark the century were muted, given it was not an official match, but while there was applause from the 11,500-strong crowd there were also plenty of boos from the stands.

While Smith laid the foundation for the win, it was the bowlers who sealed it with a disciplined display that kept England batsmen under control.

With Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins rested, Jason Behrendorff (2-51) and Kane Richardson (2-43) deputised superbly.

Spinners Adam Zampa (1-54) and Nathan Lyon (1-37) also bowled tidily with Jos Buttler (52) and James Vince (64) top scoring for the hosts.

Brief scores:

Australia – 297/9 in 50 overs (Steve Smith 116; Liam Plunkett 4-69) , England – 285 in 49.3 overs (James Vince 64; Jason Behrendorff 2-43)

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

ICC World Cup 2019: Afghanistan – Squad, fixtures, match timing, date and venue

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Afghanistan World Cup

Ahead of the 2019 World Cup, Afghanistan replaced the long-serving ODI captain Asghar Afghan with Gulbadin Naib as part of wholesale changes to the team’s leadership structure across formats. While several senior players questioned the timing of the leadership changes before May 30-July 14 ten-nation tournament, Afghan kept his place in the 15-member squad.

Complete squad:

Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Afghanistan’s Schedule and Fixtures at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:

Match 1: Afghanistan vs Australia

Date: 1 June 2019 (Saturday), 12:30 pm GMT

Venue: Bristol County Ground, Bristol

Match 2: Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka

Date: 4 June 2019 (Tuesday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff

Match 3: Afghanistan vs New Zealand

Date: 8 June 2019 (Saturday), 12:30 pm GMT

Venue: County Ground Taunton, Taunton

Match 4: Afghanistan vs South Africa

Date: 15 June 2019 (Saturday), 12:30 pm GMT

Venue: Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff

Match 5: Afghanistan vs England

Date: 18 June 2019 (Tuesday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Match 6: Afghanistan vs India

Date: 22 June 2019 (Saturday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Hampshire Bowl, Southampton

Match 7: Afghanistan vs Bangladesh

Date: 24 June 2019, 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Hampshire Bowl, Southampton

Match 8: Afghanistan vs Pakistan

Date: 29 June 2019 (Saturday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

Match 9: Afghanistan vs West Indies

Date: 4 July 2019 (Thursday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

ICC World Cup 2019: New Zealand’s Tom Latham to miss warm-up matches due to injury

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Tom Latham

New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Tom Latham is set to miss the pre-tournament warm-up matches against India and West Indies due to injury.

The Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson confirmed the news at the Captains’ Day on May 23 in London, where the captains from all ten competing nations congregated for an open press conference.

“Tom won’t be available for the first two warm-up games,” Williamson said. “We are hoping he progresses nice and quickly and we will have to address it as the days go by.”

Latham fractured his left-middle finger during a warm-up match against Australia XI and has been limited to catching tennis balls, with New Zealand’s first game fast approaching on June 1 against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.

Uncapped back-up keeper Tom Blundell will likely replace him.

Williamson, at the Captain’s Day, also expressed how pleased he was to have the squad back together, with New Zealand having last played an ODI on February 10 against Bangladesh. “It’s been great get together for the last few days,” he said.

“We’ve not played together for a couple of months but weโ€™re not the only ones in that boat. The guys are excited to be back in camp which is really refreshing, and weโ€™re looking forward to the challenges that we have got coming up.”

ICC World Cup 2019: West Indies – Squad, fixtures, match timing, date and venue

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West Indies world cup 2019 squad

Chris Gayle and Andre Russell were named in the 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales. While the senior campaigners were named in the squad, all-rounder Kieron Pollard and mystery spinner Sunil Narine were the notable absentees.

But Pollard and Dwayne Bravo โ€“ who hasn’t played an ODI since 2014 โ€“ have been added to a 10-man reserve players list for the tournament.

The Jason Holder-led Carribean side will face Pakistan in their first World Cup match on 31st May.

Complete squad:

Jason Holder (c), Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer.

West Indies’ Schedule and Fixtures at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:

Match 1: West Indies vs Pakistan

Date: 31st May 2019 (Friday)

Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Match 2: West Indies vs Australia

Date: 6th June 2019 (Thursday)

Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Match 3: West Indies vs South Africa

Date: 10th June 2019 (Monday)

Venue: Hampshire Bowl, Southampton

Match 4: West Indies vs England

Date: 14th June 2019 (Friday)

Venue: Hampshire Bowl, Southampton

Match 5: West Indies vs Bangladesh

Date: 17th June 2019 (Monday)

Venue: County Ground Taunton, Taunton

Match 6: West Indies vs New Zealand

Date: 22th June 2019 (Saturday)

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Match 7: West Indies vs India

Date: 27th June 2019 (Thursday)

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Match 8: West Indies vs Sri Lanka

Date: 1st July 2019 (Monday)

Venue: The Riverside Durham, Chester-le-Street

Match 9: West Indies vs Afghanistan

Date: 4th July 2019 (Thursday)

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

Timings for the West Indies matches:

All West Indies matches will start at 5:30 a.m. for Eastern Caribbean viewers (4:30 a.m. Jamaica time), 9:30 a.m. GMT, and 10:30 a.m. in the UK (local time); except West Indies v New Zealand will start at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Caribbean time (7:30 a.m. Jamaica time).

ICC World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka – Squad, fixtures, match timing, date and venue

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Sri Lanka squad

Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya and Niroshan Dickwella are some of the big names that have not been included in Sri Lanka’s 15-man squad for the upcoming World Cup. Meanwhile, Milinda Siriwardana and Jeffrey Vandersay, who have not played a single ODI since 2017 have been roped in the final 15.

Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera and Kusal Perera are some of the experienced players picked in the Sri Lankan squad. The team led by Dimuth Karunaratne will begin their World Cup campaign against New Zealand on June 1.

Complete squad:

Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal.

Sri Lanka’s Schedule and Fixtures at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:

Match 1: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

Date: 1 June 2019 (Saturday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff

Match 2: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan

Date: 4 June 2019 (Tuesday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff

Match 3: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan

Date: 7 June 2019 (Friday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Bristol County Ground, Bristol

Match 4: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh

Date: 11 June 2019 (Tuesday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Bristol County Ground, Bristol

Match 5: Sri Lanka vs Australia

Date: 15 June 2019 (Saturday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: The Oval, London

Match 6: Sri Lanka vs England

Date: 21 June 2019 (Friday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

Match 7: Sri Lanka vs South Africa

Date: 28 June 2019 (Friday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: The Riverside Durham, Chester-le-Street

Match 8: Sri Lanka vs West Indies

Date: 1 July 2019 (Monday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: The Riverside Durham, Chester-le-Street

Match 9: Sri Lanka vs India

Date: 6 July 2019 (Saturday), 9:30 am GMT

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

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