If you follow cricket on Twitter, you probably know that the sport is booming all over the world. The World Cup is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. It’s a major event with big personalities, exciting matches, and a dramatic final. But what about the T20I format? Are you looking for the latest news and updates on cricket?
Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie says there is no 20-game series against the world
Andy Balbirnie, the Ireland captain, has demanded more international cricket fixtures from the International Cricket Council. Ireland have recently played two T20Is against India and three ODIs against New Zealand. In the latter, Ireland came from behind to win the third ODI by one run, but fell short of their 360-run target. The captain believes that Ireland should not be rushing to schedule 20-game series against world-class opposition, but that they should learn from the experience against quality opposition.
Balbirnie also believes that any Indian team is strong and a challenge. He feels the IPL gives Indian players experience that is unmatched and will help them in international cricket. This is an interesting observation. The captain’s comments come at a time when Ireland are struggling to find a winning formula in their cricket.
Ireland will be hoping to improve their T20 World Cup record in the tournament. A top two finish would allow them to proceed to the final phase. However, their progress will depend on the batting of Paul Stirling. Stirling has been the leading run scorer for Ireland in both white-ball formats. He recently hit a maiden T20 century against Zimbabwe. He also helped the Southern Brave to win The Hundred in August. He will make his eighth World Cup appearance.
Smriti Mandhana scores a century in T20I series against England
India won the second T20I against England by eight wickets, while the tourists were bowled out for 143 in Derby. Smriti Mandhana scored an unbeaten 79 off 37 balls and helped India post a competitive total of 143. Her knock was aided by 13 fours off 37 balls from left-armer Shafali Verma. Freya Kemp made her maiden half-century with an unbeaten 51 off 37 balls, while Radha Yada took 3-24.
In the first ODI, India won by seven wickets. Earlier, the T20I series between India and England ended in a draw. Mandhana scored 91 in the first ODI, and her innings sparked a lot of excitement among the cricketing community. Mandhana hit 10 fours and a six, and India went on to win by seven wickets. England finished the game with a score of 227/7.
With Smriti Mandhana on 79, India had an ideal start to the match. The opener Shafali Verma lost her wicket early on in the powerplay, but Mandhana continued to notch up the runs and added to her partnership with Harmanpreet Kaur to put an end to England’s innings. Harmanpreet Kaur remained unbeaten on 29.
England’s T20I series against India
India have won their opening two T20I matches against England in a row, but England have since recovered to level the three-match series. India have won 10 T20Is, while England have won nine. The series is evenly matched between the two nations, and England will need to win the final game in Birmingham to win the series.
England have named a squad for the limited-overs series against India, with Dawid Malan drafted in as cover for Tom Curran. Malan is a left-handed batsman, and his impressive T20I record has helped him gain an unexpected call-up for the opening match. Curran is expected to be fit for the second and third games.
India’s T20I series against England is a crucial opportunity for both teams, as both sides have a large number of young players to prove their ability. The series will also give both teams a chance to improve their XI. The T20I series will be an important preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
England’s Olympic bid
The International Cricket Council has announced on 8Xbet that they will push for cricket to be included in the Olympic Games. In a statement, the ICC said: “The inclusion of cricket would be a great opportunity for the sport and would boost the Olympic Games as a whole.” The ICC is one of the world governing bodies for cricket.
The ICC believes that Los Angeles 2028 would be the perfect venue for cricket to return to the Olympics. There are already 30 million fans of cricket in the US. A cricket game at the Olympics in LA would be a win-win situation for everyone. Cricket has not been included in the Olympics since 1900, when only two teams competed. If cricket is included at the Olympic Games in 2028, it would mark a dramatic change in the sport’s history.
The ICC has pledged to lobby for cricket at the 2028 Games. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has also confirmed its support for the bid. In addition, the ECB, a member of the “Big Three” in cricket, has offered public support for the bid.