The 2020 Indian Premier League will begin with Mumbai
Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings on March 29 at the Wankhede Stadium in
Mumbai. Elsewhere, Ishant Sharma is set to link up with the rest of the Indian
squad after recovering from his ankle injury, and Mohammed Shami has jumped to
the defence of fellow pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
Mumbai to clash with Chennai in IPL opener
The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League will begin
with a rematch of the last edition’s final when Mumbai Indians take on Chennai
Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on March 29.
The final of the tournament will take place on May 24, and
the IPL have also decided to do away with double-headers on Saturdays. To make
up for the lost time, an extra week of league action has been added, with the
tournament stretching to 50 days compared to the 44-day event last year.
It is uncertain at the moment when the proposed All-Stars
match will take place.
Ishant Sharma clears fitness test
India pacer Ishant Sharma has recovered from his ankle
injury and is set to join the rest of the squad in Wellington ahead of the
first Test against New Zealand.
Ishant was only provisionally named in the Test squad after
he did his ankle during a Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Vidarbha last
month. However, he has recovered after a period of rehabilitation at the
National Cricket Academy.
He will, according to ESPNCricinfo, fly out of India
on February 16, Sunday to link up with the squad.
Shami throws weight behind out-of-form Bumrah
Mohammad Shami, the India paceman, has thrown his weight
behind new-ball partner Jasprit Bumrah, who has been out of form since
returning from a back injury.
Bumrah went through the three ODIs against New Zealand
without taking a wicket, and has largely underwhelmed since his return, but
Shami lambasted his critics. “Every sportsman can get injured and one
should try and look at the positives rather than harp on negatives,” he said.
“Just because he hasn’t performed in two games, you can’t
just ignore his ability to win matches. What Bumrah has achieved for India, how
can you even forget that or for that matter ignore it? I think if you think
positively, then it’s good for the players, good for his confidence also.”
‘This will be the best World Cup we’ve ever had’ – Lauren
England star Lauren Winfield believes the team can out-do
their achievement in 2017 when they won the ODI World Cup in the Women’s T20 World
Cup 2020 if they play to their potential.
“I don’t think we know how good we can be yet,” she said. “That’s a really exciting space for us to be in. ‘We’ve had a change in coach and also our batting order, while there are also a few young players who have come in which has changed the dynamic within the team – it looks completely different to the one we had at the last T20 World Cup in 2018.”
This will be England’s first World Cup under new coach Lisa Keightley, and the squad possess fresh faces in Sarah Glenn, Mady Villiers and Freya Davies.