If the IPL auction had taken place at the start of April last year, it would have been doubtful whether Ben Stokes would have achieved the huge price tag that was eventually paid by Rising Pune Supergiants. With England losing the World T20 Final and the Durham all rounder cited as the lone culprit, Stokes is unlikely to have attracted the same interest.
Yorkshire pacer Ryan Sidebottom has confirmed he will retire from professional cricket after the conclusion of the 2017 County Championship.
Sidebottom, 39, who helped England wining the ICC World T20 in 2010, will call time on his 20-year career at the end of the current Specsavers County Championship.
New Zealand have announced their 14-man squad for both the T20 and ODI series’ with South Africa.
Legspinner Ish Sodhi and Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi both have been recalled. While Ross Taylor missed the T20 squad, although the 32-year-old veteran batsman has been named in the ODI squad.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has expressed his crave to experience in the lucrative Indian Premier League this year, putting himself forward for the auctions, which is going to be held on February 4.
The Twenty20 tournament gets underway from 5 April to 21 May, but the left-handed batsman is likely to be involved in country’s ODI against Ireland on 5 May.
Uncapped Billy Stanlake and Chris Lynn have been added in Australia’s ODI squad for the five match series against Pakistan.
While the veteran batsmen George Bailey and Aaron Finch have been excluded from the squad.