In Case You Missed It: Singapore and Azharuddin dazzle, and Tresco says goodbye

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Author 2019-09-30 11:53:45

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Some high-profile retirements, an arrest, a big administration change, and a shocking victory - last week in cricket was not a slow one.

Jasprit Bumrah out of South Africa Tests
India's No. 1 fast bowler was ruled out due to a "minor stress fracture in his lower back" and Umesh Yadav was named his replacement. Why is Bhuvneshwar Kumar not in the reckoning for Tests anymore, asks Vishal Dikshit. Also, Karthik Krishnaswamy looks at how India's bowling riches give Virat Kohli the problem of who to leave out, in his analysis of the captain's stellar Test record. Meanwhile, Alagappan Muthumisses Dale Steyn and his vein-popping celebrations.

What do Pakistan expect from coach Misbah?
There may be no crisis, but Pakistan are looking for a rebuild. There are many questions and several uncertainties about the direction this team will take, and long-term planning is called for in each format, writes Danyal Rasool. He also lists five other international captains who, like Misbah, turned to coaching.

Singapore create history by clinching T20I victory against Zimbabwe
In a rain-hit 18-over contest , Zimbabwe fell four short of a target of 182 to give Singapore their first win over a Full Member side.

England drop Jonny Bairstow, call up Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley for New Zealand Tests
With Ben Foakes overlooked for the New Zealand tour as well, the decision to leave out Bairstow means Jos Buttler is set to take over as England's first-choice Test wicketkeeper. Here's a quick guide to all the new faces in England's Test and T20I squads for the tour. Twenty-one-year-old seamer Pat Brown paused a game of golf to take chief selector Ed Smith's call to let him know he was in the T20I squad.

Sarah Taylor retires from international cricket
One of the most talented wicketkeepers in the history of the game announced she was quitting international cricket, having struggled in recent years with a long-term anxiety issue.

'The time is definitely right' - Marcus Trescothick on the end of his playing days
While it may remain a source of regret that he was not able to play for longer at the highest level, Trescothick may reflect that from the rubble of his own breakdown came the foundations for a new start. More than helping England win an Ashes, he helped make cricket a wiser and kinder sport, writes George Dobell.

Somerset force Essex to fight for draw to seal title on dramatic final day
Essex became county champions after managing a draw against Somerset in a rain-interrupted game in Taunton. The final day was thrilling - Essex lost nine wickets for 39 runs, Somerset forfeited their second innings and set Essex 63 to get in 16 overs. Alastair Cook steered his side to a draw and their eighth Championship title. What do you think of our Championship XI for the season?

How "Big Jim" Cornwall made it to the big time
Aishwarya Kumar traces how Rakheem Cornwall went from being a batting allrounder to West Indies' leading offspinner.

'I have so much to offer' - Mohammad Azharuddin after becoming new Hyderabad cricket boss
Azharuddin won a landslide victory in which his team swept all six apex council seats on offer.

Belagavi Panthers owner arrested for alleged betting in Karnataka Premier League
Ali Asfak Thara, the owner of KPL franchise Belagavi Panthers, has been arrested for allegedly betting on the tournament. The police will also probe whether Thara, who informed them that he was in contact with a bookie, was involved in any form of match-fixing.

Former India opener Madhav Apte dies at 86
The former India Test opener died in Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital on September 23, aged 86. He was the fourth-oldest living Indian Test cricketer. In his seven Tests for India in 1952-53, Apte averaged 49.27, the highlight being a match-saving, unbeaten 163 against West Indies in Port-of-Spain.

Cricket needs to take climate change seriously
Ian Chappell writes that if temperatures keep rising, players will need to be protected from heat stroke or more lasting skin-cancer damage. Then there is the concern of rising sea levels and more ferocious weather events like devastating tornadoes.

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