Paddy Upton appointed India’s mental conditioning coach
Paddy Upton will serve as the mental conditioning coach of the Indian team till the T20 World Cup, scheduled for later this year in Australia. This will be Upton’s second stint with the team, having been part of the Indian support staff under then head coach Gary Kirsten from 2008 to 2011.
L. R. Shukla to be Bengal head coach
Former all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla will be Bengal’s head coach for the 2022-23 domestic season. Shukla played for Bengal from 1997-98 to 2015, before dabbling in politics, serving as Minister of State (Youth Affairs & Sports) for his home State of West Bengal.
He will be replacing Arun Lal, who stepped down after a three-year stint citing fatigue.
Former India batter W. V. Raman will serve as the batting consultant of the team.
Karuna Jain calls it a day
Former India wicketkeeper Karuna Jain has announced her retirement from all forms of cricket. She played five Tests, 44 ODIs and nine T20Is for India.
Karuna last played for India in 2014 but continued playing domestic cricket until the 2021-22 season when she represented Puducherry. She scored one century and nine half-centuries for India in women’s ODIs, and her tally of 58 dismissals is the third-best for an Indian wicketkeeper in the format, after Anju Jain (81) and Sulakshna Naik (60).
England, Sri Lanka bounce back to level series
England consigned South Africa to an 118-run defeat in Manchester to level the ODI series after losing the first match at Chester-le-Street. In a rain-shortened encounter, England was bowled out for 201, Liam Livingstone top-scoring with 38, before the bowlers — first the fast bowlers and then the spinners — chipped away at the opposition batting line-up.
The third and final match of the series was washed out after 27.4 overs of play.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka continued to impress at home as it beat Pakistan by 246 runs in the second Test in Galle to secure a 1-1 draw in the two-match series. Ramesh Mendis (nine wickets), Prabath Jayasuriya (eight wickets), and Dhananjaya de Silva (century in the second innings) were the standout performers.
Asia Cup shifted to UAE
Owing to the political upheaval in Sri Lanka, the Asia Cup T20 tournament has been shifted out of there to the UAE. “The UAE will be the new venue while Sri Lanka will continue to retain hosting rights,” Asian Cricket Council president Jay Shah said.
The Asia Cup was last held in 2018 as a 50-over competition. India emerged as the winner, beating Bangladesh in the final.
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