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Recent Match Report – Pakistan vs West Indies 2nd T20I 2021

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Andre Russell was left out for the second T20I against Pakistan in Guyana

Toss West Indies opt to bowl vs Pakistan

After a washed-out first T20I in Bridgetown, the second T20I began at the Providence Stadium in more promising fashion, with the sun peeking through the clouds and West Indies captain Kieron Pollard opting to bowl first at the toss against Babar Azam‘s Pakistan.
Both teams have been forced to make changes due to injuries. Lendl Simmons’ injury to the neck and arm off a Mohammad Wasim delivery in the first match has left West Indies bringing in Andre Fletcher at the top. Andre Russell, too, was left out for Romario Shepherd, most likely as a rotation policy with the T20 World Cup due in a few months.
For Pakistan, a blow to the head for Azam Khan during training between the two games gives a chance to Sohaib Maqsood, who had a forgettable white-ball tour of England after winning the Player-of-the-Season award at PSL 2021.

West Indies: 1 Andre Fletcher, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 6 Kieron Pollard (capt), 7 Jason Holder, 8 Romario Shepherd, 9 Dwayne Bravo, 10 Hayden Walsh, 11 Akeal Hosein

Pakistan: 1 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 2 Sharjeel Khan, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Fakhar Zaman, 5 Mohammad Hafeez, 6 Sohaib Maqsood, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Hasan Ali, 9 Mohammad Wasim, 10 Usman Qadir, 11 Shaheen Shah Afridi



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Cricket South Africa – CSA dismisses former acting CEO Kugandrie Govender

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The new board has advertised the CEOs position, with applications due to close on July 31

Cricket South Africa’s former acting CEO Kugandrie Govender has been dismissed with immediate effect, bringing an end to the disciplinary matters that have stretched back to December 2019. Govender was suspended in December 2020, four months after former CEO Thabang Moroe was fired over allegations of misconduct.

Specifically, Govender was under scrutiny for the role she played in revoking the accreditation of journalists in December 2019, for breaches of the Companies’ Act, and her part in the dismissal of the former head of sales and sponsorships Clive Eksteen, whose sacking was ruled unfair. She was found guilty after a lengthy process which has lasted more than seven months.

“The Chairperson of the Disciplinary Tribunal, Advocate Terry Motau SC, imposed a sanction of immediate dismissal, having regard inter alia to the seriousness of Ms Govender’s misconduct, the breach of trust and including the fact that a continued working relationship between Ms Govender and CSA would no longer be possible,” a CSA statement read.



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The Pakistan board has expressed displeasure at reports that its Indian counterpart is trying to prevent players from joining the tournament

The PCB has expressed its displeasure over reports that the BCCI called ICC Full Members in a bid to prevent retired players from those countries from appearing in the Kashmir Premier League (KPL), a new T20 tournament set to take place in Pakistan in August. The PCB said it was a breach of “international norms and the spirit of the gentleman’s game by interfering in internal affairs of cricket boards.”

The PCB was reacting to a tweet from Herschelle Gibbs – who is expected to play in the league – who said: “Completely unnecessary of the BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me playing in the KPL20. Also threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket related work. Ludicrous.”
The KPL is a six-team franchise model league, run by private businessmen, but with clearances from the Pakistan government and crucially, approved by the PCB. The tournament will be played at the Muzaffarabad cricket stadium in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, scheduled to start on August 6 with the final on August 17. Each team is named after the cities in the region – Kotli, Bagh, Mirpur, Rawalakot, Muzaffarabad and one team of overseas players – and the squads were selected through a draft process last month. According to a release by the organisers, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan will be captains of the sides.
A raft of retired foreign players had been signed up to play according to organisers, including Monty Panesar, Matt Prior, Phil Mustard, Tino Best, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Gibbs. But a player agent in England informed the KPL management that the BCCI had called up the ECB and Cricket South Africa and told them to withdraw their players from the league, otherwise those players would not be able to work in India.
Kashmir has been the central focus of the dispute – as well as the cause of several wars – between India and Pakistan from the moment India gained independence and Pakistan was created in 1947. Both countries control part of the region but govern it separately. Political and diplomatic ties between the two countries have fluctuated over the years, though they are currently strained. Relations between the two boards generally follow on from the political atmosphere at the time. Several years ago the PCB had mooted the idea of allotting a PSL franchise to Kashmir, though that never materialised.

“The PCB considers that the BCCI has brought the game into disrepute by issuing warnings to multiple ICC Members to stop their retired cricketers from featuring in the Kashmir Premier League, further threatening they will not be allowed entry into India for cricket-related work,” the PCB said in a statement. “Such conduct from the BCCI is completely unacceptable, against the preamble of the Spirit of Cricket and sets a dangerous precedence, which can neither be tolerated nor ignored. The PCB will raise this matter at the appropriate ICC forum and also reserves the right to take any further action that is available to us within the ICC charter.”

The KPL has caused some internal friction as well, with franchises of the Pakistan Super League at one point unhappy that a new PCB-approved T20 league was going ahead and potentially cannibalising the PSL’s commercial space. The PSL has become the PCB’s showpiece product and the feeling among franchises was that another league, with big domestic names in it, would impact their own commercial rights and sponsor spending. The KPL will be broadcast and have a digital presence, and is attracting considerable local commercial interest.

These apprehensions were expressed to the PCB last month, leading the board’s CEO to respond with assurances that they will safeguard the profile and importance of the PSL. Wasim Khan told franchise owners that the PSL remains the premier T20 tournament in the country. The PCB has not allowed the KPL to run at a time of its own choosing – it was postponed earlier this year to prevent a clash with the PSL. And according to Khan, the PCB will not allow its centrally contracted players to be involved in the KPL, effectively throwing doubts on the participation of Shadab, Usman Qadir and Zaman. A big chunk of contracted players will anyway be in the West Indies for a two-match Test series.

As well as the country’s most prominent players – all of whom play in the PSL as well as the National T20 Cup, Pakistan’s other T20 event – the league will be using PCB match officials as well as the services of its anti-corruption unit.

India and Pakistan are set to face off again, this time on the field, at the T20 World Cup in October.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent





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