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Did the cricket schedule force Ben Stokes to leave ODI format at the age of 31?

England’s Test captain Ben Stokes has announced his retirement from ODI format at the age of 31.

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England’s Test captain Ben Stokes dropped a big bombshell on Monday when he announced said that he would be retiring from the 50-overs format. Stokes is playing his last ODI match today against South Africa in Durham.

While announcing his retirement from One Day Internationals, Ben Stokes said that playing all the three formats of the game seems unsustainable for him right now and precisely that’s why he decided to call time on his ODI career.

But this was one of those rare times when a 31 years old International cricketer took retirement from ODIs and hence the debate over cricket schedules has also begun on internet. For many the new of Stokes’ retirement came as a disappointment as it is a reflection of cricketing schedule at this moment.

It seems nothing less than a madness for players, especially for the ones who play all the three formats, the fatigue, the chase, the pressure to perform well after living in bio bubble and handling continuous criticism was already something that the world wasn’t interested in understanding but now the cricket schedule is something that the ICC should focus on.

The ICC can’t just keep putting on ICC events and then individual boards can’t just keep filling the gaps with bilateral series and their own leagues. With so much of non-stop play the cricketers will be forced to say I’m done. The case of Ben Stokes is evident enough of this fact.

It also seems like ODIs is something that everyone is tired off. As most of the players like Test cricket as it gives them a chance to challenged their skill at every innings. Moreover, 20-20 being the shortest format is an easy access, hence the 50 overs cricket is getting left out. In addition to that several countries have also pulled out of bilateral series in white-ball cricket, which has coasted them in World Cup qualification.

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IND vs PAK: Is Mohammed Shami the replacement for Jasprit Bumrah in T20 World Cup 2022?

ICC T20 World Cup 2022 will begin from October 16 but India will kickstart their campaign on October 23 against their arch rivals Pakistan in Melbourne.

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India’s worst fear regarding Jasprit Bumrah has finally come true. The ace fast bowler has been ruled out of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 due to injury. Bumrah made a comeback in international cricket after six months in the India vs Australia T20 series.

And later due to the complaints of back niggle, he was ruled out of the bilateral series. But finally after much anticipation, BCCI made the official confirmation last night that pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the mega tournament due to a back injury.

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And now reports have been making rounds on the internet that India’s most experienced pacer Mohammed Shami is most likely to replace Bumrah in the 15-member squad for the World Cup while Mohammed Siraj will travel to Australia as a standby. It seems like BCCI had to choose between Deepak Chahar and Shami, when Bumrah eventually failed to make the cut.

But now that Harshal Patel is not having his mojo back with Bumrah struggling with his placement of ball, Harshdeep and Deepak Chahar along with Mohammed Shami will be India’s only hopes.

When it comes to spinner, Ravindra Jadeja is out of the tournament due to his injury and Yuzi Chahal is also out of form. It will be interesting to see if skipper Rohit Sharma will include Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI or not. Hardik Pandya’s performance with the bat and ball, both will be crucial for India.

ICC T20 World Cup 2022 will begin on October 16 but India will kickstart their campaign on October 23 against their arch rivals Pakistan in Melbourne.

Team India squad for T20 WC 2022

Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (WK), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.

Standby: Mohammad Shami, Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer and Ravi Bishnoi

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West Indies drops Shimron Hetmyer from T20 World Cup squad after missing second flight to Australia, Tweeple ask when they buy third ticket to Australia for IPL star

Upon reading the news, a section of social media users started poking fun at Shimron Hetmyer for missing out the marquee tournament in Australia

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West Indies explosive middle-order batter Shimron Hetmyer will not pose any threat to the opponents in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup after he missed his rescheduled flight to Australia.

Cricket West Indies have dropped Shimron Hetmyer from their men’s T20 World Cup squad and announced Shamarh Brooks as his replacement for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.

This morning, Hetmyer, informed the CWI Director Jimmy Adams that he would not be able to get to the airport in time for his flight this afternoon to New York.

Upon reading the news, a section of social media users started poking fun at the West Indian cricketer for missing out on the marquee tournament in Australia. Others imagined Hetmyer desperately hopping on the third plane to reach the venue to secure a spot in the team.

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In a statement, CWI said the selection panel had taken the decision unanimously, which also decided to name Shamarh Brooks as Hetmyer’s replacement.

The CWI on Tuesday informed the ICC that Shamarh Brooks replaced Shimron Hetmyer in the West Indies Squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in Australia after the latter missed his re-scheduled flight to Australia.

Hetmyer was scheduled to travel on October 1 but, upon his request, due to family reasons, to the board, his travelling dates were changed. He missed the second flight as well.

With flight availability a real challenge, a seat was found for him to leave Guyana on Monday, meaning he would, unfortunately, miss the 1st T20I against Australia on Wednesday, October 5 at the Metricon Stadium.

Nicholas Pooran-led West Indies will kick off its T20 World Cup campaign against Scotland in the qualifiers. The team is in Group B, alongside Ireland, Scotland and Zimbabwe with the top two teams progressing to the Super 12s.

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Virat Kohli, batting on 49 off 28, asks Dinesh Karthik to keep strike for last 2 balls, Tweeple praise former skipper’s selfless act | WATCH

Despite David Miller’s thrilling century and Quinton De Kock’s half-century, South Africa fell short of 16 runs and was left behind to level the three-match T20I series.

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There was a standout moment during the second T20I between India and South Africa on Sunday at the Barsapara Stadium when former team India skipper Virat Kohli decided to keep the team interest above his personal milestone.

With this, Kohli once again proved that he is a team man and keeps the national interest above his personal milestones.

During the last over of India’s innings, Kohli was just one-run short of his half-century and fans were eagerly awaiting to celebrate the moment but he put the team first and told Dinesh Karthik to finish the job.

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After 16-runs win over South Africa in a high-scoring game, the BCCI shared the video of the moment on Twitter, leaving fans in awe. Kohli’s gesture earned him a lot of praise as he missed a record-extending half-century.

In the video tweeted by BCCI, Dinesh Karthik, team India’s designated finisher, can be seen asking Virat Kohli if he wanted to strike to complete another half-century but the former skipper was quick to turn him away, asking him to perform the designated finisher’s role.

Karthik was on strike in the final of the first inning while Kohli was at the non-striker’s end with 49 off 28.

Taking strike, Karthik missed the first ball of the final over but found the boundary off the next delivery. Followed by a dot and a wide, he hit a six.

After hitting six on the 4th ball of the final over, he walked over to Kohli and asked him to play the last two deliveries as he needed just one run for his century.

Karthik went on to hit a stylish six over extra cover and then the two ran one bye as India made 237/3.

Despite some poor bowling effort from the bowlers, Team India was able to register 16 run win over South Africa in a run-fest T20I in Guwahati. Apart from Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul, skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli also contributed with the bat.

Despite David Miller’s thrilling century and Quinton De Kock’s half-century, South Africa fell short of 16 runs and was left behind to level the three-match T20I series.

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