ICC T20 WC 2021 Updates - Conway ruled out of World Cup final and India T20Is

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ICC T20 WC 2021 Updates - Conway ruled out of World Cup final and India T20Is

Follow all the latest updates from the 2021 T20 World Cup

November 12 - "Warrior" Rizwan praised for his efforts in semi-final after spending two nights in ICU

Battling lung infection a day before the T20 World Cup semifinal, Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan came out of hospital like a "warrior" to score his third fifty of the tournament, albeit in a losing cause against Australia in the second semifinal in Dubai on Thursday (November 11).

November 12 - Was nervous knowing it could be my last opportunity to represent Australia: Wade

Hasan Ali dropped a simple catch of Matthew Wade in the penultimate over before the left-handed batter smoked three consecutive sixes off Shaheen Shah Afridi to help Australia chase down a target of 177 in the second semi-final against Pakistan on Thursday (November 11). Wade said the drop catch surely helped but it was Marcus Stoinis' 13-run over against Haris Rauf that started tilting the game in Australia's favour. 

November 12 - Conway ruled out of World Cup final and India T20Is

New Zealand left-handed batter Devon Conway has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup final and the subsequent tour of India after breaking his right-hand in frustration following his dismissal in the semifinal against England.

November 11 - Babar satisfied with Pakistan's overall performance despite semifinal exit

Pakistan captain Babar Azam said he was satisfied with his team's unity and overall performance in the T20 World Cup despite the narrow semifinal loss to Australia on Thursday. Pakistan came into the semifinal as favorites but a whirlwind knock by Matthew Wade (41 not out off 17) and Marcus Stoinis (40 not out off 31) ensured a five-wicket win for Australia.

November 11 - Rizwan first batter to reach 1000 T20I runs in a calendar year

Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter on Thursday became the first batter to reach 1000 T20I runs in a calendar year. In the T20 World Cup semifinal match against Australia, Rizwan launched Adam Zampa for a six in 12th over to complete 1000 runs in the shortest format for 2021.

November 11 - New Zealand strongest team across formats, feels Michael Atherton

Former England skipper Michael Atherton feels New Zealand is the strongest team across all three formats of the game at the moment after the Black Caps reached their maiden T20 World Cup final. New Zealand registered a sensational five-wicket win over favourites England here on Wednesday in the first semifinals. It would be their third final appearance at an ICC global event in as many years.

November 11 - We trust Liam Livingstone's bowling a lot: Eoin Morgan

England captain Eoin Morgan said that he is devasted to have lost the semi-final, but is proud of the way his team performed. "We're devastated. To be on the wrong side of a close game is not easy to take. I thought we fought unbelievably well today on a wicket that didn't necessarily suit our batting, but we managed to post in and around a par score. We were brilliant with the ball," Morgan said at the post-match press conference.

November 11 - Australia brush up power-hitting skills, Pakistan sweat over Rizwan, Malik's fitness

On the back of that thrilling contest in Abu Dhabi, it is now the turn for Pakistan and Australia to enter the podium to decide the second finalist who will take on New Zealand on the 14th. On the eve of this much-awaited contest in Dubai, both teams had prolonged training sessions at the ICC Academy Ground on Wednesday.

November 10 - This could be 'underdogs' Australia's year, believes Brett Lee

Former pacer Brett Lee believes with David Warner in prime form, "underdogs" Australia are well poised to clinch their maiden ICC T20 World Cup title this time.

November 10 - We had them exactly where we wanted them till 17th Over : Morgan

Dented by injury concerns, England lacked bowling resources at the death, for which they had to bring in an extra batter and it has backfired on them and resulted in James Neesham and Daryl Mitchell changing the dynamics of the match to help New Zealand to their first T20 final. Despite Chris Jordan being one of the most-recognized death bowlers going around, he couldn't contain James Neesham which, England skipper Eoin Morgan feels, was the turning point in the game.

November 10 - We knew one or two good overs would do it : Daryl Mitchell

New Zealand, for the major part of the run-chase, seemed to be playing catch up but one big over from James Neesham in which he attacked Chris Jordan to get 23 runs, helped them massively to overcome the England challenge and reach their first-ever T20 World Cup final. One of the central figures in the win, Daryl Mitchell played a whirlwind knock of 72 runs off 47 balls to win the Player of the Match award and he was understandably ecstatic following the win.

November 10 - England, NZ players observe minute's silence in memory of chief curator Mohan Singh

Players of the England and New Zealand teams observed a minute's silence in memory of Mohan Singh, Abu Dhabi's chief curator who died earlier this week, ahead of the first semifinal of the T20 World Cup here on Wednesday. Those present inside the Sheikh Zayed Stadium paid their respects to the Indian curator just before the national anthems of the two semifinalists.

November 10 - Don't think Babar Azam needs to do anything differently in the semi-final: Ramiz Raja

Babar Azam has led Pakistan team well in the ongoing T20 World Cup and doesn't need to do anything differently in the semi-final against Australia on Thursday, PCB chairman and former skipper Ramiz Raja said on the eve of the game.

November 10 - Battle against Shaheen Afridi in the powerplay will be crucial: Aaron Finch

Ahead of their ICC T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final clash against Pakistan, Australia captain Aaron Finch feels that the battle against Shaheen Afridi especially inside the powerplay will be crucial.

November 9 - We are focused on our brand of cricket: Williamson

Ahead of the T20 World Cup semifinal against England on Wednesday, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson praised Eoin Morgan's side's squad depth, who are still a strong side without opener Jason Roy and seamer Tymal Mills.

November 9 - Staying in bio-bubbles could leave players disturbed and uncomfortable: Babar Azam

Ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final clash against Australia, Pakistan captain Babar Azam agreed with Ravi Shastri's views of how it can be taxing to stay in the bio-secure bubble for long periods of time. Babar said that it can leave players 'disturbed and uncomfortable.'

November 9 -  'Hope we can create a big upset,' Trent Boult on semi-final clash vs England

Blackcaps fast bowler Trent Boult hopes that he can cause a 'big upset' against England in the semis. England and New Zealand last clashed in the 2019 50-over World Cup, which England won in a Super Over. "

November 9 - India-Pakistan T20 World Cup clash most viewed T20I till date

The much-anticipated India-Pakistan match at the ongoing T20 World Cup clocked a record reach of 167 million viewers, making it the most viewed T20 International (T20I) to date, the official broadcaster of the event claimed.

November 8 - Jason Roy ruled out of World Cup due to calf tear

England opener Jason Roy has been ruled out of rest of the T20 World Cup due to a calf tear he suffered during the Super 12s match against South Africa and will replaced by James Vince in the squad.

November 8 - I have self-obsession of seeing myself fit when I look in the mirror: Malik

Shoaib Malik on Sunday showed his class once again with an astonishing 18-ball 54* to set up Pakistan's 72-run mauling of Scotland, their fifth consecutive win in the T20 World Cup. It was the tournament's joint fastest half-century alongside India opener K L Rahul's 18-ball 50, which also came against Scotland.

November 8 - We have to be bold and brave: Kyle Coetzer

Scotland defeated Bangladesh, Oman and Papua New Guinea in the first round and reached the Super 12s stage for the first time in their history, but couldn’t manage a single win in the second round of the 2021 T20 World Cup. They suffered their fifth successive defeat against Pakistan on Sunday (November 7) and skipper Kyle Coetzer wants his team to learn as much as possible ahead of the next edition, which will be played in Australia next year. 

November 8 - We came here with expectations and we exceeded that: Namibia coach de Bruyn

Namibia head coach Pierre de Bruyn feels his team has exceeded everyone’s expectations in the ongoing 2021 T20 World Cup and wants to finish this tournament on a high. 

November 7 - Want to carry momentum into the semifinals: Babar

Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Sunday said their aim in the T20 World Cup semifinals is to maintain the remarkable momentum of the group stage where they were the only undefeated side.

November 7 - Aggression, early strikes key at World Cup for Adam Milne

Left-arm quick Trent Boult returned figures of 3-17 as New Zealand beat Afghanistan by eight wickets in Abu Dhabi to secure a semi-final berth with four wins in five Super 12 matches. Adam Milne then commented that the team's ability to take early wickets will be key to success in the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup.

November 7 - Considering we came here three days before the tournament, we did alright: Naib

Afghanistan won two and lost three games in the Super 12. The whole of India wanted them to beat New Zealand to keep Virat Kohli's team in the competition but the Black Caps proved too good for them. Afghanistan all-rounder Gulbadin Naib on Sunday said his team performed well in the T20 World Cup considering its chaotic build-up to the tournament following the takeover of their country by the Taliban.

November 7 - Williamson praises bowlers for keeping Afghanistan to a below-par total

New Zealand chased down a small target of 125 posted by Afghanistan with 11 balls to spare to secure a top-2 finish in Group 2 with eight points from five matches. This also shut the door on India's face, making Namibia encounter a dead rubber of sorts. New Zealand are just two wins away from securing their first limited-overs World Cup and captain Kane Williamson hailed his bowlers for setting the tone for their win.

November 7 - Abu Dhabi's Indian chief curator dies ahead of Afghanistan-New Zealand game

The chief curator of the Abu Dhabi cricket stadium, Mohan Singh, died hours before Sunday's T20 World Cup game between Afghanistan and New Zealand. Sources in UAE Cricket confirmed the unfortunate development to PTI though the cause of his death remains unknown.

November 7 - Toss gives a very undue advantage in UAE, feels Bharat Arun

Devoid of luck with the coin, India will need Afghanistan to beat New Zealand to stay in the course for a semi-final position but it only emphasized how Virat Kohli's rotten luck in terms of winning the toss has played a vital role. Bharat Arun, India's outgoing bowling coach, reckons that toss has provided a very undue advantage to chasing teams which is not a good thing for T20 cricket's USP.

November 7 - Justin Langer hails David Warner's work ethic, hunger for runs

Australia coach Justin Langer on Sunday (November 7) hailed explosive opener David Warner's work ethic and hunger for runs, saying he was never in doubt about his ability to come good in the ongoing T20 World Cup despite struggling for form ahead of the tournament.

November 7 - South Africa defeat a lesson that we've got plenty to work on: Mark Wood

England fast bowler Mark Wood, who played his first game of the T20 World Cup 2021 against South Africa on Saturday (November 6) said that the defeat helps the team stay grounded further adding that they have got plenty to work on.

November 7 - Chris Gayle wants to bow out of international cricket after one game in Jamaica

West Indies batter Chris Gayle says that he has not retired from international cricket yet and has requested for a match to be played in his hometown of Jamaica, where he can say goodbye to his fans.

November 7 - We're all hopeful that he comes through: Eoin Morgan on Jason Roy's injury

Jason Roy went back to the pavilion retired hurt for 20 off 15 deliveries after limping across the wickets when completing a run. Speaking of Roy's injury, Eoin Morgan in the post-match press conference said, "It's his calf. It obviously didn't look great. And we'll wait until tomorrow to see what his movement is like. Probably send him for a scan and then go from there. Apart from that, can't tell you much."

November 7 - T20 World Cup 2021 elimination a bitter pill to swallow: Mark Boucher

South Africa put up 189 on the board against England thanks to Rassie van der Dussen's Unbeaten 94 and needed to restrict England to 131 to qualify for the semi-final. However, England went on to score 179 and the Proteas managed to win by just 10 runs in the end. South Africa head coach Mark Boucher says that it was a bitter pill to follow as his side had played good cricket throughout the tournament.

November 7 - Bavuma hopeful for future after bittersweet World Cup exit

Despite being knocked out of the T20 World Cup in the Super 12s stage, South Africa captain Temba Bavuma was hopeful that his team can take the learnings from the tournament to build for the future.

November 6 - Gayle is halfway retired, still has cricket left in him: Bravo

West Indies legend Dwayne Bravo felt that Chris Gayle still has few years of cricket left in him and Saturday's match against Australia was 'halfway retirement' for the Windies batting great.

November 6 - It's the end of a generation for West Indies cricket: Pollard

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard admitted that Saturday's T20 World Cup loss to Australia was the "end of a generation" for the two-time world champions as they need to build a team for the future.

November 6 - When Jos Buttler gets going, he is an absolute freak: Dawid Malan

England team-mate Dawid Malan, until recently top of the International Cricket Council's T20 batting rankings, said Jos Buttler was operating on a different level. "Jos when he gets going is an absolute freak," said Malan ahead of England's game against South Africa on Saturday.

November 6 - Not fair to judge us on the basis of one or two games: Ravindra Jadeja

India came under scrutiny when they lost the first two games of the tournament - against Pakistan and New Zealand - but Ravindra Jadeja reckons the team should not be judged by how they fare in a game or two given that they have performed well over a span of two years or so.

November 5 - Dwayne Bravo set to retire from international cricket after T20 World Cup

Following Windies' loss against Sri Lanka, veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo announced that this edition of the T20 World Cup would be his last tournament in a Windies jersey. He also added that he hopes to impart knowledge to the youngsters.

November 5 - Kieron Pollard expresses shock over Windies Super 12s exit

West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard, in the post-match presentation after the Sri Lanka loss, expressed his shock over the team not qualifying for the semi-final stage. He insisted that the early exit was not something that they saw coming ahead of the tournament.

November 4 - Performance against New Zealand will instill a bit of confidence: Kyle Coetzer

Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer admits that they were unhappy with their performance in the previous two games, but the performance against New Zealand will instill a bit of confidence.

November 4 - The way Rohit and Rahul batted was brilliant: Sachin Tendulkar

Batting great Sachin Tendulkar said that he was impressed with the way Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul went about their innings against Afghanistan on Wednesday (November 3). The duo put on 140 for the first wicket with Rohit top-scoring with a 47-ball 74, while Rahul hit 69 off just 48 deliveries.

November 4 - New Zealand match could be a quarter-final for us: Rashid Khan

Coming off the back of a 66-run loss at the hands of India, Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan says that the match against New Zealand is like a quarter-final for his side.

November 3 - NRR was always on our mind, says Kohli

Indian captain Virat Kohli hailed Ravichandran Ashwin's return to the side and said that his team is confident of making it to the semifinals following the 66-run win over Afghanistan.

November 3 - New Zealand bowlers need to adapt better, says Williamson after Scotland win

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson credited Scotland batters for pushing his team far and felt that his bowlers need to work on their adaptability to the conditions following Wednesday's 16-run win.

November 3 - Tymal Mills ruled out of T20 World Cup

England seamer Tymal Mills has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup due to a thigh strain he suffered during Monday's win Sri Lanka. Reece Topley will now replace him in the 15-player squad.

November 3 - Varun Chakravarthy out of Afghanistan tie, R Ashwin returns

Varun Chakravarthy has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup match against Afghanistan due to a calf injury which freed up a spot for off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin

November 3 - Mickey Arthur predicts bright future for Sri Lankan cricket

Sri Lanka head coach Mickey Arthur was pleased with the performances of his young team for whom he predicted a great future.

November 3 - Really tough anytime you don't get selected when you've been playing well: Agar

Australian left-arm spinner Ashton Agar said his team has moved on from a resounding 2021 T20 World Cup defeat against England and wants to focus on the remaining two encounters against Bangladesh and West Indies, which will be played on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

November 3 - It's not all doom and gloom for Australia but top-order needs to fire: Lee

Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee is confident Aaron Finch and Co. can bounce back from their crushing group stage defeat at the hands of England provided their top-order fires in the upcoming matches of the T20 World Cup.

November 3 - You have to always believe because if you don't, nobody else will: Morgan

Eoin Morgan looked far from his best against Sri Lanka on Monday but did play a crucial role with the bat in England's 26-run win, helping them all but confirm their place in the semifinals of the 2021 T20 World Cup.

November 3 - How can India still qualify for the knockouts?

With two defeats to begin the campaign, India’s hopes in this T20 World Cup hang by a thread. They cannot afford to lose any more games and need to win convincingly to improve their Net Run Rate. Even this will be futile if New Zealand go on to win all their remaining three games.

Sticking to what is in their control, India’s aim against Afghanistan would be to try and take their NRR as close to zero as possible. Currently at -1.6, India’s NRR will turn positive if they chase whatever target Afghanistan set before the 12th over mark. While batting first India will have to win by 60+ runs to turn positive. A positive NRR would be a start, but India will still have a mountain to climb given New Zealand are ahead on that front as well with a NRR of 0.765.

All of this can come crashing down if the Afghan team continues to excel and their spinners and six-hitters combine to put a full stop on India’s World Cup ambitions.

November 2 - Hopeful of better wickets at home in the future: Taskin Ahmed

Coming into the T20 World Cup, Bangladesh were red-hot form, having demolished Australia and New Zealand in familiar conditions at home. However, that set to be their own downfall with the wickets in the Middle East being contrasting to the ones that they played at home

November 2 - We wanted to test ourselves by batting first: Babar Azam

After winning the toss, it was a shock when Pakistan skipper Babar Azam opted to bat first, in Abu Dhabi where teams prefer chasing. However, the 27-year-old was confident of the decision, adding that it would be a real test of their character heading into the semi-final stage of the T20 World Cup. And the conditions indeed proved to be tough for batters up front. 

November 2 - Pakistan played like title-contenders on the night: Erasmus

Namibia’s skipper, after their 45-run loss against Pakistan, stated that the Asian side truly played like title-contenders in the post-match presentation.

November 2 - Hamid Hassan states that Afghanistan can beat India if they post a good total

Afghanistan pacer Hamid Hassan, who played in their massive win over Namibia, stated that the Asian side could go past India if they post a good total with the bat. Afghanistan have just lost one game out of three that they have played thus far, with their remaining encounters against India and New Zealand

November 2 - Bavuma hails the efforts of Nortje-Rabada in win

South African skipper Temba Bavuma lauded the efforts of the pace duo Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada for their combined efforts of picking six wickets against Bangladesh. He added that the two form a lethal partnership, which excites the South African team. 

November 2 - Playing the IPL in the UAE helped NZ bowlers: Southee

New Zealand's vice-captain Tim Southee insisted that playing the cash-rich league Indian Premier League in the Middle East allowed the Kiwi bowlers to perform well at the world event

November 2 - Vikram Rathour slams pitches in Dubai

After India's loss at the hands of New Zealand, India's batting coach Vikram Rathour slammed the pitches in the Middle East, stating that batting first on these surfaces was almost impossible. He also insisted that the Indian batters should do a better job at rotating strikes in the middle-order.

November 2 - Mahela Jayawardene criticizes Indian management for pushing Rohit to No.3

Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene, following India's loss at the hands of New Zealand, criticized the Indian management for pushing Rohit Sharma down the order, at No.3. The Indian management decided to send Ishan Kishan up the order alongside KL Rahul.  

November 2 - Umpire Michael Gough banned for 6 days for alleged bubble breach

English umpire Michael Gough has been withdrawn from officiating in the ongoing T20 World Cup for six days and was placed under quarantine for an alleged bio-bubble breach, according to a report. A report in 'The Daily Mirror' states that the former Durham batsman, regarded as one of the best umpires in the international game currently, was asked to stand down by the ICC Bio-Security Committee following his COVID bubble breach in the UAE.

November 2 - Privileged to have Buttler in our team: Morgan

England captain Eoin Morgan lavished praise on Jos Buttler who scored an unbeaten 101 in 67 balls in Monday's T20 World Cup win over Sri Lanka. After posting 163/4 in 20 overs, England restricted Sri Lanka to 137/9 to make it four wins from four matches and move closer to a semifinal spot.

November 1 - England's Mills limps off during Sri Lanka win

England seamer Tymal Mills hobbled off during the 14th over of the second innings against Sri Lanka after what looked like a quadricep injury.

November 1 - Tahir feels Chahal should've played in the T20 World Cup

South Africa's Imran Tahir praised fellow leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's skills and felt that he deserved to play in the T20 World Cup as leg-spinners have the ability to change matches.

November 1 - New Zealand were prepared to fire shots at star studded India: Gary Stead

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead on Monday said the Black Caps were well prepared to "fire some shots" at a star studded Indian team, adding that his side showed "courage and bravery" in the crucial clash. A clinical New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets on Sunday to strengthen their chances of advancing to the semifinals.

November 1 - Rohit's demotion indicates team management didn't trust him to face Boult: Gavaskar

Rohit Sharma being pushed down to number three against New Zealand was an indication that the Indian team management did not trust the star opener to effectively counter the inswing of Trent Boult, feels former captain Sunil Gavaskar.

November 1 - Other bowlers benefit a lot from the pressure Santner puts in middle overs: Sodhi

Remember Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi bundling India out for 79 in the 2016 T20 World Cup? Well, the two spinners once again forced India into submission on Sunday (October 31) and helped New Zealand claim their first win of the 2021 T20 World Cup. Sodhi dismissed Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, while Santner went wicketless, but the duo conceded only 32 runs in their eight overs and never allowed India to gain any momentum in the middle overs.

November 1 - "I think we went attacking a little early" - Bumrah

India's pace bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah said that the batters tried to play "an attacking game" in a bid to give extra 30 runs to the bowlers on a dew-laden surface as that was the communication from the team management.

October 31 - We weren't brave enough: Virat Kohli

New Zealand handed India a comprehensive eight-wicket defeat in Dubai to almost jeopardize their semi-final hopes and despite India having three comparatively easier games in the next three rounds, things are looking pretty bleak at the moment. What will hurt them is the manner of defeat as the side floundered to their second consecutive defeat. Virat Kohli held no words in accepting the fact that they were not brave enough in taking chances upfront.

October 31 - It's pretty hard to accept Afghan's retirement, says Rashid

Star Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, on Sunday, said that Asghar Afghan has been his mentor and it is difficult for him to come to terms with his surprise retirement in the middle of the T20 World Cup.

October 31 - Having called week-long break helpful, Kohli now terms it "ridiculous" at NZ toss

Indian captain Virat Kohli on Sunday criticised the scheduling of his team's first two matches in the ICC T20 World Cup here, saying that spreading the games over more than a week was "ridiculous". India, who are taking on New Zealand in a vital match this evening, played their tournament opener on October 24 against arch-rivals Pakistan, exactly seven days ago.

October 31 - Retirement triggered by loss against Pakistan, says Asghar Afghan

A teary-eyed Asghar Afghan said his decision to retire in the middle of the ongoing T20 World Cup was triggered by the pain that he and his teammates endured after Afghanistan's heart-breaking loss to Pakistan in their previous match.

October 31 - Hamstring strain rules Shakib Al Hasan out of T20 World Cup 2021

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup 2021 due to a hamstring injury, according to a report on Cricbuzz.  Shakib's participation in the upcoming series against Pakistan will be taken depending on the report from  physiotherapist Julian Calefato

October 31 - Was shocked to learn about Asghar Afghan's retirement: Mohammad Nabi

Afghanistan cruised to a 62-run over Namibia in Abu Dhabi and have bounced back emphatically after going down to Pakistan in their previous match. They have now won two of their three Super 12 matches so far. It was an emotional day for Asghar Afghan, who announced his retirement on Saturday (October 30) and he managed to sign off with 31 off 23. Skipper Mohammad Nabi said that he was shocked when Afghan had informed of his decision.

October 31 - Not concerned about carrying baggage into a different game: Aaron Finch

Australia suffered a curshing defeat at the hands of England. They struggled with the bat, putting up just 125 and then their bowlers could not contain Jos Buttler who smashed an unbeaten 32-ball 71 to take his team home inside 12 overs. Australia captain Aaron Finch insists Australia are still a good T20 side and is not worried about carrying baggage into the next match against Bangladesh on Thursday (November 4). 

October 31 -Jos Buttler taking the modern game to next level, feels Eoin Morgan

England skipper Eoin Morgan says explosive batter Jos Buttler is one of the few T20 players who are taking the modern game to next level with their exceptional skills. Buttler pulverised the Australian bowlers with his blistering 32-ball 71 to fashion England's dominating eight-wicket win against the Ashes rivals in the T20 World Cup on Saturday night.

October 31 - Wanindu Hasaranga a proper ambassador for Sri Lanka cricket: Bhanuka Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of South Africa in Sharjah. Wanindu Hasaranga took a hat-trick, but in the end, David Miller smashed two sixes in the final over off Lahiru Kumara to take his side home. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who was dismissed for a three-ball duck against South Africa reckons Hasaranga's rise has been a phenomenal one and he is no the ambassador of Sri Lanka cricket.

October 31 - Guptill fit for India match: Stead

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, who suffered a toe injury during his side's first match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 against Pakistan, is fit and available for the game against India.

October 30 - Saturday was a night to forget, says Finch

In wake of his side's crushing defeat at the hands of England, Australia skipper Aaron Finch conceded that the Kangaroos were outplayed by England, and described Saturday as 'one of those nights' where nothing went wrong. Finch, however, attested that Australia will bounce back in their next encounter against Bangladesh.

October 30 - Asghar Afghan announces shock retirement

Former Afghanistan skipper Asghar Afghan, who featured in each of Afghanistan's first two games, announced earlier today that he will retire from international cricket following his side's game against Namibia on Sunday. Afghan will retire as the most successful captain in T20I history. 

October 30 - "I don't care about the number one ranking" : Shamsi

Tabraiz Shamsi, who was named Man of the Match against Sri Lanka for figures of 3/17, stated that he does not care about the number one ranking that he currently holds, and asserted that his only aim is to deliver for his side game after game. Shamsi, versus Sri Lanka, picked the crucial wickets of Rajapaksa, Fernando and Hasaranga.

October 30 - Shanaka still hopeful of Sri Lanka making the semis

Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka, despite his side's loss against South Africa on Saturday, has assured that the team will continue to fight and do everything it can to qualify for the semi-final. Sri Lanka, in Sharjah, let slip a golden opportunity as the Proteas registered a four-wicket win.

October 30 - Afghanistan have the ability to beat all sides in this T20WC: Naveen

Afghanistan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq said on Saturday that the side is geared up to face both India and New Zealand, and believes they have the potential to take down any side in this World Cup. Naveen asserted that Afghanistan are keen to bounce back after a heart-shattering loss against Pakistan.

October 30 - India will need to take to the field with a positive frame of mind: Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli believes his side will have to hit the reset button and take to the field on Sunday with a positive mindset. Kohli also hinted at the possibility of the Men in Blue fielding an unchanged XI.

October 30 - Hopeful of replicating Shaheen: Boult

New Zealand's Trent Boult, ahead of the India clash, claimed that he is hopeful of replicating Shaheen Afridi, who last week tormented team India in Dubai by generating serious in-swing to the right-handers. Boult also asserted that the Kiwis will be aiming to take early wickets.

October 30 - Virat Kohli hits out at 'spineless people' who abused Shami

Team India captain Virat Kohli, speaking for the first time since the Pakistan loss, hit out at those who sent abuses to Mohammed Shami on social media, and insisted that 'attacking someone over religion is the most pathetic thing human being can do.'

October 30 - Adapting to conditions key: Tim Southee

New Zealand pacer Tim Southee, ahead of the India clash, has stated that it's imperative for all sides to adapt to all three venues. The Kiwis, on Sunday, will play in Dubai, having played in Sharjah in their first game of the tournament.

October 30 - India likely to field unchanged XI

Contrary to earlier reports that suggested Shardul Thakur might replace Hardik Pandya, it is believed that team India, in all likelihood, will field an unchanged XI against New Zealand.

October 29 - South Africa to welcome back Quinton de Kock

South Africa is ready to welcome wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock back into the side after issuing an apology for refusing a take a knee before the match against West Indies.

October 29 - West Indies keep semi-final hopes alive with Bangladesh win

With a narrow three-run win over Bangladesh, defending champions West Indies kept their semi-final hopes alive. The Men in Maroon have their next encounter on Thursday (November 4) against Sri Lanka in what could be another do-or-die clash for them. 

October 29 - Spent a lot of time improving my T20 game: Cummins

Ahead of Australia's crucial clash against arch-rivals England, all-rounder Pat Cummins has admitted that he has spent the last four-five months improving his bowling for the shortest format of the game and the T20 World Cup. 

October 29 - England and Pakistan are favourites to lift T20 World Cup: Swann

Graeme Swann, following Pakistan's impressive win over New Zealand hailed them as the favourites to lift this year's T20 World Cup alongside England. Swann also talked about how West Indies T20I approach has come to haunt them in this year's competition.

October 29 - Saqlain Mushtaq hopes for India-Pakistan clash in the T20 World Cup final

Pakistan's interim head coach Saqlain Mushtaq insisted that India clashing Pakistan in the T20 World Cup final, would be a big boost for the ICC and added that it would be a delight for the fans of world cricket. However, the former spinner also stated that Pakistan must respect Afghanistan just like another side in the competition. 

October 29 - David Warner happy to spend quality time in the middle

David Warner returned to his scintillating form in Australia's crushing win over Sri Lanka in their second group fixture of the T20 World Cup. The southpaw admitted that he was happy to spend some quality time in the middle and added that he is unfazed about criticism. 

October 28 - Hardik Pandya waiting to be cleared to bowl against New Zealand

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya is set to undergo a fitness test on Friday after being deemed good to bowl full quota in the upcoming T20 World Cup clash against New Zealand.

October 28 - It's a different cup of tea when you face Shaheen Afridi: Matthew Hayden

Pakistan batting consultant Matthew Hayden says that facing Shaheen Afridi is a different cup of tea for Indian batters who were used to facing deliveries of 130 KMPH in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

October 28 - Not lack of form, but short of runs: Wade on Finch, Warner

Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has backed David Warner and Aaron Finch to come good in the remainder of the tournament. He says that the openers are not out of form, but just short of runs at the moment.

October 28 - Quinton de Kock apologises, clears air over his stand on taking a knee

Quinton de Kock has apologised for the confusion caused by him for his stance on the 'Black Lives Matter' movement that saw him miss the T20 World Cup game against West Indies.

October 28 - Not lack of form, but short of runs: Wade on Finch, Warner

Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has backed David Warner and Aaron Finch to come good in the remainder of the tournament. He says that the openers are not out of form, but just short of runs at the moment.

October 28 - Jason Holder replaces Obed McCoy

West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder replaces Obed McCoy for the remainder of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. McCoy has been ruled out of the tournament due to a leg injury.

October 27 - Hardik Pandya raises hopes of bowling against New Zealand

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya bowled during the net session on Wednesday, which could seem him bowl after a long gap against New Zealand.

October 27 - Starc doubtful to play against Sri Lanka

Australia pacer Mitchell Starc is doubtful for the Thursday's clash against Sri Lanka after he was seen limping off during training with a leg injury on Tuesday night.

October 27 - I actually think people talking about my form is quite funny: Warner

Australian opener David Warner feels it's "quite funny" that the people think he is out of form. The 35-year-old has only played nine T20s this year and averages less than 24.

October 27 - Injured Martin Guptill doubtful for India game

New Zealand might be without Martin Guptill in their all-important encounter against India on Sunday after the right-handed opener injured his toe in their T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan on Tuesday (October 26).

October 27 - "We were surprised and taken aback" - Bavuma on de Kock's refusal to take a knee

South African captain Temba Bavuma said the entire team was "surprised and taken aback" by Quinton de Kock's refusal to take a knee ahead of Tuesday's T20 World Cup encounter against West Indies. 

October 27 - Bangladesh replace injured Saifuddin with Rubel Hossain

Bangladesh's medium-pace-bowling allrounder Mohammad Saifuddin has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2021 T20 World Cup because of a back injury.   

October 27 - England will give you opportunity to take wickets, the message is not to panic: Gibson

Bangladesh's bowling coach Ottis Gibson has urged his bowlers to not panic against England's formidable batting line-up and focus on pouncing on every opportunity which comes their way. Having suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh will now take on England on Wednesday (October 27) in Abu Dhabi.

October 27 - Pakistan were clinical at the death: Williamson

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said Pakistan were superb at the death with both bat and ball and that proved to be the difference maker in their closely-fought encounter at Sharjah on Tuesday.

October 26 - Everyone has their own opinions: Pollard on de Kock's refusal to take a knee

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard said he didn't know South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock opted out of Tuesday's T20 World Cup match after refusing to take a knee in solidarity to Black Lives Matter (BLM) initiative

October 26 - Jadeja and Chakravarthy are the best spin options for India: Brett Lee

The Indian team is good enough to reach the semi-finals of T20 World Cup but for the side to play at its full potential, Hardik Pandya "needs to start bowling" and Bhuvneshwar Kumar must crank up the pace, feels former Australian speedster Brett Lee.

October 26 - Lockie Ferguson ruled out of T20 World Cup due to calf injury

Pacer Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE due to a calf tear, New Zealand Cricket confirmed on Tuesday. The pacer, who appeared for IPL 2021 finalists Kolkata Knight Riders, played the Black Caps' warm-up matches against England and Australia.

October 26 - De Kock opts out of Windies clash after CSA's directive on taking a knee

South Africa's keeper-batter Quinton de Kock opted out of the playing XI for Tuesday's T20 World Cup match against West Indies after Cricket South Africa (CSA) made it mandatory for its players to take knee before matches.

October 26 - CSA issue directive requiring all Proteas players "to take a knee"

The Cricket South Africa (CSA) Board, on Monday evening, unanimously agreed to issue a directive requiring all Proteas players to adopt a consistent and united stance against racism by “taking the knee” prior to the start of their remaining World Cup matches. Concerns were raised that the different postures taken by team members in support of the BLM initiative created an unintended perception of disparity or lack of support for the initiative.

October 26 - Hardik Pandya likely to be available for New Zealand encounter

Hardik Pandya's shoulder injury sustained during the T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan is believed to be a minor one and he is likely to be available for the next game against New Zealand on October 31. Pandya, who did not bowl in the IPL last month, is playing only as a batter right now and scored 11 off 8 balls on Sunday night, looking distinctly uncomfortable against pacers before being hit on the shoulder by a short ball.

October 26 - Rabada: We must stay positive for West Indies game despite Australia defeat

South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada insisted there is no point dwelling on his side’s opening Super 12 loss to Australia ahead of the game against the West Indies.

October 26 - Kohli handled defeat with so much grace: Sana Mir

Former Pakistan women's cricket team skipper Sana Mir called Virat Kohli is a "role model" for being an epitome of grace even in defeat which shows that the India captain is a secure individual.

October 26 - In my lifetime I wanted to see Pakistan beat India in World Cup: Akram

Pakistan brought to an end India's near-three-decade domination of them in the world stage in the most convincing fashion, embarrassing their arch-rivals by 10 wickets in the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup in Dubai on Sunday. Fast-bowling great Wasim Akram is delighted to see Pakistan end India's winning run against them in the World Cup in his lifetime but wants the team to forget the landmark triumph and focus on the task ahead.

October 26 - I am sure the game will be played in the right spirit : Williamson on Pakistan encounter

Pakistan cricket authorities were left fuming after New Zealand ended the tour minutes before the start of the first one-day international in Rawalpindi, citing an unspecified security alert. PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja then called his team to show the world and use that as a motivation to beat New Zealand in the world Cup but Kane Williamson is not perturbed by that

October 25 - Kyle Coetzer vows to bounce back strong

Despite stumbling to a 130-run defeat at the hands of Afghanistan, Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer assured that his side will not lose belief and vowed to bounce back strong. Scotland will next face Namibia on October 27 in Abu Dhabi.

October 25 - West Indies still hopeful of Gayle firing

The West Indies management have thrown their weight behind the struggling Chris Gayle, and have backed the 42-year-old to deliver the goods despite having been in shaky touch all year. The 'Universe Boss' averages just 17 in T20Is in 2021.

October 25 - Lahiru Kumara and Liton Das punished

Sri Lanka's Lahiru Kumara and Bangladesh's Liton Das have been fined 25% and 15% of their Match Fees respectively for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct. On Sunday, the duo got involved in a verbal heated exchange after Kumara dismissed Liton, and the two had to be separated by their teammates. Both the players have also been handed one demerit point each.

October 25 - Guptill looking to draw confidence from 2016 T20 World Cup

New Zealand opening batter Martin Guptill is looking to draw inspiration from the 2016 T20 World Cup in India and make an impact in the ongoing showpiece event in the UAE.

October 25 - Let's not go overboard with our celebrations: Babar Azam and former Pakistan captains

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and former star Misbah-ul-Haq were among those who cautioned the national players against going "overboard" in celebrating the historic win over India as it was only the first match of what remains a challenging T20 World Cup campaign.

October 25 - Sometimes it’s good to get hammered at the start of the tournament: Swann

Former England spinner Graeme Swann heaped heavy praise on Babar Azam after Pakistan defeated India for the first time in a World Cup encounter. The 42-year-old also said that this big defeat might actually help India in the long run as it will make them more hungrier. 

October 25 - Historic moment for the team: Shaheen Afridi

It took Pakistan 13 attempts but the Men in Green finally managed to defeat India in a World Cup encounter. Babar Azam and Co. dismantled Virat Kohli’s men by 10 wickets in their first game of the 2021 T20 World Cup and the Player of the Match Shaheen Afridi termed the win 'a historic moment' for his team.

October 25 - I played the team that I thought was the best: Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli didn’t shy away from accepting that they were completely outplayed by Pakistan in their first game of the T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday (October 24).

October 24 - Hardik Pandya to undergo scans after being hit on right shoulder

The Indian team's troubles on Sunday (October 24) were compounded after all-rounder-turned-specialist batter Hardik Pandya injured his shoulder while batting during the T20 World Cup game against Pakistan, after which he did not come out to field. A BCCI official said that he was sent for scans on his right shoulder.

October 24 - We didn't execute properly, Pakistan outplayed us: Virat Kohli

Speaking after the match, Virat Kohli was unhappy with the execution from his players, following his side's 10-wicket loss at the hands of Pakistan in their first match of the T20 World Cup 2021.

October 24 - I want to be able to bowl closer to the knockouts: Hardik Pandya

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has said that he hopes to return to bowling closer to the knockout stages of the T20 World Cup 2021.

October 24 - Mahmudullah rues missed chances following loss to Sri Lanka

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah rued the missed chances on the field, which he feels led to his side's loss against Sri Lanka.

October 24 - The only happiness in Afghanistan is cricket: Mohammad Nabi

With a lot of tension in Afghanistan at the moment, skipper Mohammad Nabi says cricket is the only source of happiness for people back home.

October 23 - Felt great coming into the World Cup after playing big games for CSK: Moeen Ali

Before coming into the T20 World Cup Moeen Ali had an excellent stint With the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which he says had helped a great deal going into the mega event.

October 23 - Low-scoring IPL trend to continue in T20 World Cup, feels Marcus Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis, who scored an unbeaten 16-ball 24, reckons that the trend of having low scores in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was also held in the UAE, will continue in the T20 World Cup.

October 23 - Stoinis, Wade showed what a bit of experience can do: Finch

Australia skipper Aaron Finch was delighted to get off the mark and praised the calm innings from Marcus Stoinis (24*) and Matthew Wade (15*), who took them home in the end with an unbeaten 40-run stand for the sixth wicket.

October 23 - Virat Kohli rubbishes claims suggesting Hardik Pandya might be left out

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, on the eve of the Pakistan clash, lavished praise on Hardik Pandya and asserted that the latter would walk into the side purely as a specialist batter. Kohli said that Pandya's fitness is getting better, but made it clear that the 28-year-old will feature in the starting XI even if he doesn't bowl.

October 23 - Past India-Pakistan World Cup results will have no relevance: Babar Azam

The Pakistan skipper, ahead of his side's clash against India, believes past results will have no bearing on Sunday's contest. Azam also urged his players to put the past behind and focus on the game at hand.

October 23 - Pakistan announce Playing 12 for India clash

The PCB have announced a Playing 12 for Sunday's clash against India, and there is no space for former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed. Haider Ali's name has come as a surprise inclusion.

October 23 - Handling pressure key in Ind-Pak contests, says Raina

Former Indian batsman Suresh Raina believes that India-Pakistan matches are all about handling pressure, and has claimed that the team that holds its nerve will emerge victorious. Raina has predicted both Babar Azam and Virat Kohli to lead from the front.

October 23 - Nehra wants Shami to start ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra believes Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a long way away from rediscovering his best form, and thus wants the Men in Blue to pick Mohammed Shami as Jasprit Bumrah's partner during the Super 12 stage. Nehra believes Bhuvneshwar might need six more months to get back to his best.

October 23 - India send 4 net bowlers back home

Team India, according to PTI, have sent 4 net bowlers back home. The players are believed to be Karn Sharma, Shahbaz Ahmed, Krishnappa Gowtham and all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer.

October 23 - Maheesh Theekshana likely to miss the start of Super 12

Mystery spinner Maheesh Theekshana is set to miss the Lankans’ Super 12 clash against Bangladesh in Sharjah on Sunday owing to a side-strain. Theekshana, who picked up 8 wickets in the first round, is expected to be rested in order to manage the injury.

October 23 - We will not be mere pushovers in the Super 12 stage: Namibia head coach

Namibia head coach Pierre De Bruyn has made it clear that his side will be setting out to compete against the big guns in the Super 12 stage. De Bruyn admitted that qualifying to the next round is a 'dream come true' for the players, but stressed that they will be out there with a point to prove.

October 22 - West Indies sweating over the fitness of Andre Russell

Windies skipper Kieron Pollard, on Friday, revealed that his side are not sure if they will have Andre Russell's services for the clash against England on Saturday. Russell injured himself in the second half of IPL 2021, and Pollard revealed that, despite the all-rounder featuring in the second warm-up against Afghanistan, the 33-year-old remains doubtful for Saturday's clash.

October 22 - England carrying no scars from WT20 2016 heartbreak: Eoin Morgan

England captain Eoin Morgan believes that  the Three Lions are carrying no scars from the defeat in the final of the World T20 in 2016. England will kick-start their 2021 T20 World Cup campaign against the Windies in Dubai on Saturday.

October 22 - Sri Lanka decimate Netherlands to top Group A

In one of the most dominant victories in T20I history, Sri Lanka needed just 17 overs to get the better of Netherlands. The Dasun Shanaka-led side bowled the Dutch out for just 44, and chased the target down in just 43 balls to ensure Sri Lanka topped Group A. They will now be placed in 'Group 1' in Super 12, alongside Australia, South Africa, West Indies, England and Bangladesh.

October 22 - South Africa will need to bring A game against Australia: Bavuma

South African skipper Temba Bavuma, on Friday, stressed the need for his side to be at their very best in their T20WC opener against Australia. The Proteas will enter the contest in prolific form, having won 9 of their last 10 T20Is.

October 22 - World Cup exit a very tough one to take: Andrew Balbirnie

A devastated Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie admitted that the premature T20WC exit is a 'tough one to take' for both him and his teammates. Ireland needed a win to qualify to the Super 12 stage, but they were downed by Namibia.

October 22 - Namibia qualify for the Super 12 stage

In one of the best cricketing stories of the year, Namibia downed Ireland to qualify for the Super 12 stages of the 2021 T20 World Cup. The Namibian side were set a tricky 126 to chase on a tough Sharjah wicket, but remarkable knocks from skipper Erasmus and all-rounder David Wiese helped the side register an 8-wicket win. They will now join India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, New Zealand and Scotland in Group 2.

October 22 - Aaron Finch hints at Australia fielding 7 specialist batters

Ahead of his side's clash against South Africa, Australia skipper Aaron Finch has hinted that the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis might potentially be asked to double-up as the fifth and sixth bowlers, meaning the team will opt for 7 specialist batters. 

October 22 - Tabraiz Shamsi's participation to reportedly be decided by fitness test

According to a report from iol.co.za, Tabraiz Shamsi's participation in Proteas' encounter against Australia on Saturday will be decided by a fitness test. Shamsi, the number one T20I bowler in the world, injured his groin in South Africa's warm-up match against Pakistan, and left the field after bowling just four balls. The Proteas are expected to take a late call on his participation. 

October 22 - Australian spin attack stacks up against any of the other nations: Zampa

Adam Zampa feels that the Australian spin attack can “stack up against any of the other nations” but knows there will be pressure on them to do well in the T20 World Cup, which will be played in the spin-friendly conditions in the United Arab Emirates.

October 22 - Teams should be worried about Scotland: Mark Watt

Scotland will have to take on the likes of India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan in Group 2 but Mark Watt is confident that his team could pull off a couple of upsets.

October 22 - I'm just playing every game as if it's my last: Willey

David Willey said he treats every England appearance as "if it's my last" following his heartbreaking exit from the victorious 2019 World Cup squad. Having been a regular member in the 50-over format, the paceman was left out on the eve of the tournament as England opted for international novice Jofra Archer instead before triumphing on home soil.

October 22 - I'm proud that we are here but not of what we achieved: Assad Vala

Papua New Guinea couldn't win a single game in their maiden T20 World Cup campaign and skipper Assad Vala was frustrated with the way his team performed in the showpiece event. After Oman thumped them by 10 wickets, PNG put up some fight against Scotland but still ended up losing the game by 17 runs. In their last encounter, PNG were no match to Bangladesh and were taken down with utmost ease.

October 21 - Leadership will be key in India-Pakistan clash: Hayden

Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden says leadership will be key in the much anticipated India-Pakistan T20 World Cup clash in "dogfight conditions" in Dubai on Sunday. Terming the match a real dogfight, Hayden said margin for error will be very little in the big match so leadership will be the key to the outcome of the match.

October 21 - Warner is saving big performances for the T20 World Cup, warns Brett Lee

Losing Sunrisers Hyderabad captaincy and forgettable performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) will not affect David Warner at the T20 World Cup with Australia, according to former pacer Brett Lee.

October 21 - All-round Bangladesh thump PNG to confirm Super 12 spot

It was a mismatch. Papua New Guinea were out of the contention of a Super 12 spot but must have had the aspiration of bidding adieu on a high. The resilient spirit they are known for in the Associate circuit had been missing in this campaign and exhibiting the same must have been their top most priority. Instead, they were battered to an 84-run defeat by their biggest challenge in the campaign, a Test-playing nation in Bangladesh.

October 21 - We are human beings, we also make mistakes: Mahmudullah

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah hit back at online critics after securing their qualification to the Super 12s stage on Friday with a 84-run victory over Papua New Guinea. The Tigers lost to Scotland by six runs in their opening match which put their progression in doubt. However, they bounced back with 26-run win over Oman in their second match.

October 21 - Efficient Scotland march to Super 12

Yet another clinical outing by Scotland has seen them register their third straight win in the ongoing T20 World Cup, thus confirming their Super 12 spot by topping their qualifying round group. Despite beating Bangladesh in their first game, Scotland were in a strange position where they needed to beat Oman or keep the margin of the defeat down to 1 run to proceed further. Evading any jitters, they crushed Oman by eight wickets, chasing the target with 18 balls to spare. The result also means Oman, the host nation of the Group B games are knocked out.

October 21 - "There's always that chance" - Stead on Williamson missing some T20 WC matches

Kane Williamson's elbow niggle "flared up a little bit" earlier this week and there is a "chance" that the New Zealand skipper would end up missing matches during the T20 World Cup, head coach Gary Stead has revealed.

October 21 - Big shame that we don't have Stokes, Archer for World Cup: Roy

Swashbuckling England opener Jason Roy said it's a "big shame" that Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer are not available for the T20 World Cup but insisted they have enough depth in their squad to go the distance.

October 21 - India are a terrific side and have got all bases covered: Smith

Australian batter Steve Smith feels India have some serious match-winners in their squad and are the favourites to win the ongoing T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman. 

October 21 - Miller banking on Hashim Amla's advice to flourish in T20 World Cup

Hashim Amla might have retired from international cricket in 2019 but the former South Africa batter still has positive influence on some of the current players, David Miller in particular. The Proteas haven’t won a major ICC trophy since 1998 and will now get another shot at redemption when they start their 2021 T20 World Cup campaign against Australia on Saturday (October 23).

October 21 - We don't get pace like that too often at home: Balbirnie

Ireland batters clearly struggled against Sri Lanka's genuine quick bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara in their second game of the T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi and their captain Andy Balbirnie wants his batting unit to quickly adapt to such bowling.

October 21 - We want to do better in the powerplay: Prince

Bangladesh have kept themselves alive in the tournament but are yet to deliver that all-round performance . The top-order hasn’t fired yet, and as a result, Bangladesh are yet to cross the 30-run mark in the powerplay in this tournament.

October 20 - We decided to bat Hasaranga at No.5 before World Cup: Shanaka

Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka revealed that it was a well thought after plan from the team to bat Wanindu Hasaranga at No.5 in the World T20. "Hasaranga at 5 is a plan coming in at the World Cup and it worked well for us. Great luxury to have fast bowlers in the side, great credit goes to both of them and the coaches for the efforts in the nets," Shanaka said. 

October 20 - Sensational Wiese powers Namibia to maiden T20 World Cup win

David Wiese played a scintillating knock of 66 not out off 40 balls as Namibia beat Netherlands by six wickets in the Group A match at the Shiekh Zayad Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Set a target of 165, Namibia recovered from an early hiccup to register the second-highest chase in T20Is by an associate nation.

October 20 - Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma confirms Hardik Pandya's bowling development

Ahead of the warm-up fixture against Australia, India's stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma confirmed that Hardik Pandya will be fit in time to start bowling when India meet Pakistan in their first fixture of the competition. Rohit also insisted that the all-rounder is shaping nicely towards it. 

October 20 - Injured Fabian Allen ruled out of T20 World Cup

West Indies allrounder Fabian Allen has been ruled out of the 2021 T20 World Cup due to an ankle injury and will be replaced by left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein.

October 20 - Atmosphere in the dressing room will be better after this win: Shakib

Bangladesh's ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan said his team will be much more relieved after defeating Oman in their second match of the T20 World Cup. Bangladesh lost their opening match against Scotland and had to win this game to keep themselves alive in the tournament.

October 20 - England to take the knee with West Indies in T20 World Cup opener

England will take the knee alongside the West Indies ahead of their T20 World Cup opener in Dubai on Saturday, according to captain Eoin Morgan.

October 20 - Out-of-form Morgan is ruthless enough to drop Malan: Hussain

England skipper Eoin Morgan might be willing to drop himself for the betterment of his team but Nasser Hussain and Rob Key are against the idea and want him to lead from the front in the ongoing T20 World Cup, even if it comes at the expense of Dawid Malan. 

October 20 - "Any team doesn't like facing them" - Arthur hypes up Sri Lanka's bowling attack

Sri Lanka head coach Mickey Arthur feels his team has a world-class bowling attack and any team wouldn’t enjoy coming up against them in the ongoing T20 World Cup.

October 19 - "It's always an option" - Captain Morgan on dropping himself from Playing XI

When he was asked if he would be open to the idea of dropping himself, Morgan was firm in his answer but stated that his captaincy is good enough to hold on till then. 

October 19 - Liam Livingstone under injury cloud

England middle-order batsman Liam Livingstone is doubtful for the Three Lions' first game of the T20 World Cup against West Indies on October 23, after injuring his finger in the warm-up match against India on Monday. The 28-year-old hurt his finger whilst attempting to take a catch, and then went off the field immediately.

October 19 - Marcus Stoinis confident of bowling again very soon

Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who hasn't bowled in over a month after suffering a hamstring injury in the IPL, is confident of returning to bowling again pretty soon. Stoinis played the warm-up match against New Zealand, but only as a specialist batsman.

October 18 - Rahul and Rohit will open, I will bat at No.3 in the World Cup: Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, on Monday, confirmed that he will be batting at No.3 in the forthcoming T20 World Cup. Kohli had opened earlier in the year against England and also in the IPL, and that sparked debates about his batting position, but the Indian skipper confirmed that he will stick to the No.3 spot.

October 18 - Curtis Campher creates history

Ireland all-rounder Curtis Campher, on Monday, became the third ever bowler in T20I history to claim four wickets in four balls. The 22-year-old bagged four Netherlands wickets in four balls, and walked away with the Man of the Match award for the same.

October 18 - Morgan has been short of runs, but players hang on his every word: Hussain

Nasser Hussain is also worried about Eoin Morgan’s form and wants the current skipper to return back to his best as soon as possible. Hussain also wants England to be careful with Dawid Malan. The top-ranked T20I batter is someone who takes time to get going and Hussain feels England do have some outstanding options if Malan doesn’t fire.

October 18 - Frustrated, our batting is a concern: Mahmudullah

Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah didn’t shy away from accepting that his team has been struggling in the batting department after they failed to chase down a below-par target of 141 against Scotland in their opening game of the T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Al Amerat. The 35-year-old wants Bangladesh to play an aggressive brand of cricket, especially in the powerplay.

“I am very much frustrated. Our batting is a concern. We have to bat better. We have to play aggressive cricket, regardless of the situation. We have a deep batting line-up, with Mohammad Saifuddin at No. 9. We may need to think over some changes tomorrow,” Mahmudullah said.

October 17 - We’re here to win the T20 World Cup: Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc believes that it’s a ‘huge positive’ that Australia have a full-strength squad at their disposal, and has attested that the Kangaroos would not want to settle for anything less than winning the T20 World Cup despite their recent form being poor. 

"It's a huge positive that we have got our full-strength team here available to us for the World Cup. Obviously, we didn't have that through the West Indies and Bangladesh,” Starc told reporters.

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