Gazi grabs hat-trick as first Test ends in a draw

Bangladesh’s Sohag Gazi followed a maiden Test century with a hat-trick to light up the final stages of the first Test against New Zealand, which ended in a draw in Chittagong on Sunday. The 22-year-old off-spinner had Corey Anderson, Bradley-John Watling and Doug Bracewell off successive balls.

The tourists declared the innings closed at 287-7, leaving Bangladesh a target of 256 runs in a minimum of 45 overs. The hosts showed no appetite to chase the stiff target and ended play on 173-3 in the 49th over.AFP

Yuvraj leads India to big win

Yuvraj Singh made a fantastic comeback to the national side as he blasted his way to a 35-ball 77 to power India to a comfortable four-wicket win over Australia in the high-scoring one-off Twenty20 International, here on Thursday. Yuvraj forged an unbeaten 102-run stand with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who played a second-fiddle, as India chased down a huge 202-run target with two balls to spare.PTI

Australia surprise India in ODI series opener

Australia rode on a dominating all-round display to thrash a lacklustre India by 72 runs in the first cricket one-dayer here on Sunday.

Electing to bat, the visitors piled up a mammoth 304 for eight relying on captain George Bailey’s 85 and Aaron Finch’s 72 and then shot India out for 232 in 49.4 overs to take 1-0 lead in the seven-match ODI series.PTI

South African teams to include at least one black player

All South African first class teams must include at least one black African player from Oct. 16, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Sunday, as part of a drive to make cricket more representative of South Africa’s population.Reuters

ICC launches world championship for Tests

Cricket’s governing body launched the World Test Championship 2017 on Saturday aimed at preserving the primacy of the longer format of the game.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said the inaugural championship will be hosted by England and will feature the top four teams in the ICC Test rankings, with a total prize money of $10 million at stake.AFP

We don’t censor commentators: Srinivasan

BCCI President N Srinivasan has rejected accusations that the Indian Cricket Board censors commentators employed by it, insisting that it does not “interfere with the freedom of the press”. “We don’t censor commentators. This word censorship is incorrect. BCCI doesn’t tell the commentator you say this, you cannot say this and things like that,” Srinivasan told ‘ESPN Cricinfo’.PTI

Australia must stick with

top six: Ponting

Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting says selectors need to “pick and stick” with young batsmen in next month’s Ashes series, while claiming Michael Clarke’s captaincy remains “a work in progress”.

In an interview with The Australian published on Monday Ponting called on selectors to stop their search for a quick fix and realise that players must be nurtured and developed.Reuters

Zaheer’s four-wicket haul help India A level series against WI

Out-of-favour Zaheer Khan (below) sparked a sensational West Indies A collapse with a three-wicket burst as India A notched up an innings and 54 runs victory over the visitors in the third and final Test to level the three-match series here on Saturday.

The left-arm seamer bagged four for 59 as West Indies A conceded the match at 242 for nine in their second innings in the 13th over after lunch on the final day at KSCA Stadium.PTI