Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to expand from eight teams to 10.
The increase in the number of teams will not be a first time as 10 sides already competed in 2011 with the addition of the Kochi and Pune franchises.
"We discussed increasing the number of teams but it was an informal discussion. Anyway, the teams don't have the authority to decide on the matter, the BCCI will have to take a call but we are open to the idea," a team official, who attended the meeting in London, told PTI.
"There was a discussion but it was done at an informal level. There is no concrete plan as of now on how to go about it. More teams will lead to more games which could mean a bigger scheduling window. So, all of that needs to be worked out," said the official.
Former England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar expressed his desire to return to cricket having been cured of the “paranoia/schizophrenia” which sidelined him over the past few years.
Panesar, 37, who was an England regular at his peak taking 167 wickets in 50 Tests — told The Daily Mail he can earn a return to first-class cricket despite being without a club since 2016.
His career has jolted since being released by Sussex in 2013 after the spinner urinated on a nightclub bouncer outside a club.
“My parents became worried. They wanted me to see someone,” Panesar said.
“I had always thought strong people couldn’t have a problem. My cricket had always gone the way I had planned it, but suddenly things started going in a direction I hadn’t experienced since childhood.
“It was a guy called Peter Gilmore who said I was suffering from paranoia/schizophrenia and that shocked me massively. Mike Brearley told me to be careful about the things I was saying to myself. Some experts thought I'd never get better but I knew I could fight it, come through it.”
Panesar now believes he has overcome his problems and remains hopeful for a return to first-class cricket.
The left armer has claimed 167 and 24 wickets in 50 Tests and 26 ODIs respectively.
We are now just a few weeks away from the World Cup and excitement is mounting among cricket fans across the globe. It will be held in England and Eoin Morgan’s men are the favourites to lift the trophy after spending the past year atop the world rankings. The teams given the greatest chance of usurping them are India and Australia, as both have strong squads packed full of supremely talented ODI stars. Yet there will also be a few intriguing dark horses vying for glory at this summer’s competition and we have profiled a few that could spring a huge upset.
The West Indies went into their recent ODI series against England on the back of a long losing streak and they were given little chance of toppling the world’s top-ranked team. However, they played with vigour and panache throughout and emerged with an extremely creditable 2-2 series draw when they won the final match by seven wickets. There is now renewed optimism among fans and the Windies have some magnificently talented individuals in their World Cup squad.
They have not won an ODI series since they beat Bangladesh back in 2014, so they are massive underdogs heading into the tournament. However, they will be sure to draw large crowds thanks to the swaggering presence of Chris Gayle at the top of the order. The seasoned opener will be one of the biggest draws at the World Cup thanks to his status as one of the most clinical and destructive batsman in the history of the game and his penchant for hitting sixes. He will retire from ODIs after this tournament and the Universe Boss will be desperate to go out on a high by firing his side to glory.
Yet the West Indies are not a one-man team by any stretch of the imagination. All-rounder Andre Russell has been lighting up the IPL this season with an enviable batting average, while the fast-bowling duo of Sheldon Cottrell and Shannon Gabriel will cause all manner of problems for opposition batsmen. Jason Holder is one of the world’s best all-rounders, and there is a strong blend of youth and experience in this squad. The World Cup odds at https://www.sportingindex.com/spread-betting/cricket/international-world-cup-2019 - show that the Windies are total outsiders for glory, well behind England, India, Australia, New Zealand South Africa and Pakistan in the betting, but they have the potential to light up this tournament and win it for the third time.
Pakistan will have the youngest squad at this summer’s World Cup and exciting teenage quicks Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain could really flourish at the tournament. Hasnain has developed a fearsome reputation by sending down balls at 93mph and that should make him the fastest bowler at the World Cup, as Australia did not select Billy Stanlake and Jofra Archer is yet to break into England’s 15-man squad. The 19-year-old recently inspired the Quetta Gladiators to the Pakistan Super League title and he is playing fearless cricket right now.
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has tipped Afridi to be the number one fast bowler in the world within three years, and no batsman will relish facing him. Batsman Babar Azam and left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman will also be dangerous. Pakistan also have experience in the form of Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, and Shoaib Malik, and you can never write them off. They are one of just five teams to ever win the World Cup, along with the West Indies, India, Australia, and Sri Lanka, and they could well do so again this year.
Of the real long shots, Sri Lanka look better equipped than Bangladesh and Afghanistan to mount a serious challenge for the World Cup. They are ranked sixth in the world, above Pakistan and the West Indies, and they will have the most experienced squad at the competition. Sri Lanka will have an average age of 29.9 and an attack led by veteran pacers Lasith Malinga, 35, and Suranga Lakmal, 32. Dimuth Karunaratne, aged 31, is now the captain, but 31-year-old former captain Angelo Matthews is still in the team and 36-year-old Jeevan Mendis has also been recalled.
Nine of the 15 men selected for the squad are over 30, with Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis the only spring chickens in the bunch. That experience could be crucial as these wise heads plot a route out of the group stage and into the semi-finals. Sri Lanka are in dismal form, having been whitewashed by South Africa and New Zealand in their last two ODI series, but they always seem to come alive at the World Cup. They were quarter-finalists in 2015, and finished runners-up at the previous two tournaments, and they have an outside chance of success this year.
South African left-handed batsman JP Duminy has decided to retire from first-class and List A cricket.
The all-rounder represented the Cobras in South Africa’s domestic cricket league and the news was confirmed by the team head-coach, Ashwell Prince on Friday.
In his List A career, Duminy has scored 7,408 runs with an average of 38.78. Whereas in T20 cricket he scored 6,106 runs in 252 matches, which makes him the highest run-scorer for the Proteas of the game.
Duminy, however, will continue to ply his trade in the shortest format of the game across the globe.
The 35-year-old has represented the Proteas in 46 Tests, 194 ODIs and 81 T20Is. South Africa to begin their 2019 World Cup campaign against India on June 5.
New Zealand all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn will join Indian Premier League outfit Chennai Super Kings, replacing injured South African seamer Lungi Ngidi, who has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament.
Kuggeleijn, 27, made his T20 debut for Black Caps this year, having first played One-Day International two years ago.
The controversial kiwi has faced two trials over charges of raping a woman in 2015.
But his selection in the national team this year was highly shocking as a result, and he faced a hostile welcome from fans and commentators.
Kuggeleijn is expected to join the defending champions next week. Super Kings are currently 2nd in the league table, behind Kolkata Knight Riders.
Former Australian captain Steve Smith and former vice-captain David Warner re-joined the national cricket team for the first time since they were suspended for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last March.
The 12-month ban is set to come to an end on March 28. The pair will join the Aussies in Dubai ahead of their five-match ODI series against Pakistan.
The veteran Australian cricketer Michael Klinger will retire from the Big Bash League (BBL) at the end of the season.
The 38-year-old, who is currently the second highest run-scorer in the history of BBL, will officially finish up with the Perth Scorchers at the end of the ongoing season.
Klinger has been an integral part of the Scorchers for a long time now. But the right-handed batsman endured his worst season this term, scoring just 115 runs in nine innings at a strike-rate of 83.33.
However, he will be playing for Gloucestershire in the T20 Blast this year. It will be his seventh season with the county and has also been appointed the captain of the team.
Klinger will be playing his last BBL game against the Melbourne Stars on Sunday night in front of a home crowd at Perth.