Month: April 2019

5:52 PM ET ESPNcricinfo staff England batsman Alex Hales missed Nottinghamshire’s opening Royal London Cup fixture for personal reasons, with the club saying “no timetable has been set for his return”. Hales was named in England’s preliminary World Cup squad earlier this week and has been a consistently destructive force over the last four years
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10:39 AM ET After not being considered for the World Cup, India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is likely to play first-class cricket for English county Hampshire. It is understood that Rahane, who is a Grade A contracted player, sought permission from the BCCI this week to play for Hampshire. ESPNcricinfo understands the BCCI is open
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4:49 AM ET Andrew Fidel Fernando Batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, spin-bowling allrounders Milinda Siriwardana and Jeevan Mendis, and legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay have all been picked in Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad, despite not having played an ODI since at least 2017. Not selected, meanwhile, are wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, offspinner Akila Dananjaya, openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul
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