India batsman initially set to be available for three games but it could be extended
Vihari, who has played 12 Tests, including three on India’s victorious tour of Australia earlier this year, does not have an IPL deal and is expected to be available for at least three LV= Insurance County Championship games.
He made his Test debut against England on their 2018 tour, while his highest score of 111 – his solitary Test century to date – came against West Indies in 2019. In his first-class career, Vihari has made 7,094 runs at 56.75 in 90 games, while he is also a part-time offspinner with 27 wickets to his name.
The BCCI is understood to have agreed the deal in the hope that his experience in the county game will prove beneficial ahead of the World Test Championship final, which is scheduled to be played in Southampton in June, and India’s five-Test tour of England that follows.
“Hanuma will arrive in the UK this afternoon,” Warwickshire’s Director of Cricket, Paul Farbrace, said. “We hope that this gives time for him to do his six days quarantine and to feature in next week’s game versus Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, subject to receiving negative COVID tests.
“He’s a high-quality batsman, and an effective off spinner, who has been part of two India Test series victories in Australia. But he also comes to Warwickshire with an outstanding record in the first-class game and our young batsman are going to learn a huge amount from playing and training with someone of Hanuma’s calibre.
“We’re also very grateful to Hanuma for stepping in at such short notice to cover Pieter Malan whilst we await confirmation of visa and his safe entry to the UK from South Africa.”
Warwickshire had originally signed Malan, the South Africa top-order player, for the entire season. But with South Africa currently categorised as a “red list” country by the UK government, he has been unable to obtain a visa at this stage. Even if he does, he will be obliged to spend time in quarantine before becoming available, meaning it is unlikely he will play before May. With that in mind, there seems every chance Vihari’s stay could be extended.
“I’m looking forward to this opportunity and to play for a big club like Warwickshire is really exciting,” Vihari said.
Other India players such as Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay and Axar Patel have all had spells in the county game in recent times, while Virat Kohli signed for Surrey in 2018 but was obliged to pull out due to injury. Shreyas Iyer has also signed to play for Lancashire in the 50-over competition, although his fitness is uncertain after requiring shoulder surgery.
George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo
BCCI proposes nine venues for men’s T20 World Cup to ICC
Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai part of the list
The BCCI has proposed to the ICC nine venues for the 2021 men’s T20 World Cup. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai were part of the list finalised by the BCCI’s Apex Council, which met virtually last weekend. The ICC, which runs the global tournaments, will take a decision on the final venues based primarily on the Covid-19 pandemic situation in India.
The 16-team tournament is scheduled to be played between October and November with November 13 being earmarked for the final, scheduled in Ahmedabad. It is understood the ICC has done recces of a few venues, but is facing the challenge of sending experts to India which currently is going through a second wave of the pandemic. An ICC team is understood to be traveling to India on April 26.
The ICC and the BCCI are understood to have discussed different plans in case staging the event at multiple venues proves to be a complex issue. ESPNcricinfo understands that the ICC is closely watching the 2021 IPL which the BCCI is conducting on a caravan model with the eight teams split across two venues at a time.
Geoff Allardice, the interim CEO of the ICC, had said two weeks ago that he expected the T20 World Cup to go ahead as planned in India, but the governing body had back-up plans in place as well. Sri Lanka and the UAE are among the back-up venues for the event.
The BCCI remains confident about staging the event mainly because it believes by the time the World Cup is hosted, a healthy percentage of adults in India would have been vaccinated. On Monday, the Indian government stated that May 1 onwards, all adults over 18 years could get vaccinated.
Originally Australia were meant to host the T20 World Cup in 2020, but the ICC postponed the event in the wake of the pandemic affecting normal life and global travel last year. India, however, retained the rights to host the 2021 edition and the 2022 edition was handed to Australia.
Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo
Recent Match Report – Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 1st Test 2021
The home side went for Angelo Mathews in place of Dinesh Chandimal
Bangladesh chose to bat vs Sri Lanka
Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque opted to bat first against Sri Lanka in the first Test in Pallekele. The visitors picked a rare six-five batter-bowler combination by selecting Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed and Ebadat Hossain in the three-man pace attack, apart from the spinners Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam.
They also included Saif Hassan as Tamim Iqbal’s opening partner, while dropping Mohammad Mithun from the middle-order. Nayeem Hasan and Soumya Sarkar were already axed from the squad.
The home side went for Angelo Mathews in place of Dinesh Chandimal, who had an ordinary tour of West Indies, while also including Lahiru Kumara to replace the missing Dushmantha Chameera.
Sri Lanka: 1 Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Oshada Fernando, 4 Pathum Nissanka, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Lahiru Kumara, 11 Vishwa Fernando
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Saif Hassan, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mominul Haque (capt), 5 Mushfiqur Rahim, 6 Liton Das (wk), 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 8 Taijul Islam, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Abu Jayed, 11 Ebadat Hossain
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84
DC vs MI, IPL 2021
How, where and when to watch Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians live match at 7.30 PM IST on April 20, 2021
The two finalists of the last season, the Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Capitals, face off in Chennai on Tuesday. Having played their first three matches in Mumbai – where they lost one and won two – the Capitals’ main challenge will be getting accustomed to the slow and low Chennai pitch. The Capitals have chased down big totals twice with ease at the Wankhede Stadium; however, batting might not be that easy at Chepauk. For this reason, they might bring in legspinner Amit Mishra in place of pace bowler Lukman Meriwala.
Meanwhile, Mumbai have adapted to the conditions well, which was evident in the way they defended low totals in two out of the three matches. Even though their batsmen haven’t yet set the stage on fire like last season, their bowling has been exceptional. Having beaten by Mumbai all four times last season, the Capitals will be keen to come out victorious this time.
Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians is available to view in India on Disney+ Hotstar, Jio TV and Airtel TV.
When does the DC vs MI live streaming start?
The DC vs MI live streaming will start at 7:00 PM India Time April 20, 2021.
Where is the DC vs MI match being played?
The DC vs MI match will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai.
On which TV channels will DC vs MI live coverage be available?
In India, Star Sports 1 and 1HD, Star Sports Select 1 and 1HD and SS1 Hindi and 1 Hindi HD will telecast the match live.
Where can one find DC vs MI live score and commentary online?
The fastest and most comprehensive live score and details will be available here:DC vs MI live score.
What are the likely playing XIs for today’s DC vs MI game?
Delhi Capitals: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Rishabh Pant (capt, wk), 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Lalit Yadav, 7 Chris Woakes, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Avesh Khan
Mumbai Indians: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Rohit Sharma (capt), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Jayant Yadav, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Who are the captains for today’s DC vs MI game?
The captains for today’s game will be Rishabh Pant (DC) and Rohit Sharma (MI).
Who are the umpires for DC vs MI game?
The on-field umpires for today’s game will be Chettithody Shamshuddin and Chris Gaffaney. The third umpire will be Ulhas Gandhe.
Who will be the match referee for DC vs MI game?
The match referee for today’s game will be Naryanan Kutty.
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