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CRICKET LGS - LPL 04 Jun, 2023

LPL with the Colombo Strikers will be a great experience: Says Babar Azam
Sports Bulletin ReportColombo (Sri Lanka):-World No.1 batter on One Day International, skipper of Pakistan team right-handed Babar Azam will turn out for the Colombo Strikers in the Lanka Premier League (LPL), which will be held in July and August this year 2023.Green Shirts leader, Babar Azam has scored 9201 runs in 260 T20s at an average of 44.02. Babar, who is also one of the first cricketers to join the Harvard Business School's executive education program, along with Pakistan teammate Mohammad Rizwan, recently met up with Colombo Strikers’ owner Sagar Khanna for a candid conversation ahead of the LPL.The player auction for the Lanka Premier League is on 14 June and the Colombo Strikers will hope to sign on some of the most talented players up for grabs. Along with Babar, Matheesha Pathirana, Naseem Shah and Chamika Karunarathne are already included in the squad for the Colombo Strikers. Babar Azam said:“It was great to catch up with Sagar and talk cricket. Sagar is a fantastic person to work with and is quite keen and knowledgeable when it comes to the game of cricket. I hope to have more such conversations and chats with him in the future. The Lanka Premier League with the Colombo Strikers will be a great experience for me and the others I feel with this kind of a management who is always backing the players,.”Sagar Khanna said:“Babar is a superb player and an inspiration to all the youngsters. His batting abilities and captaincy is fantastic and I am very happy that we are working together at the Colombo Strikers. It is always nice to talk cricket with him, and even better when it happens in person,”. 

CRICKET LGS - LPL 23 May, 2023

Cricket News: Babar, Pathirana to join Colombo Strikers in LPL
Sports Bulletin ReportColombo (Sri Lanka):-Including, top star cricket Babar Azam, Colombo Strikers credited four cricketers, Pakistani pacer Naseem Shah, Sri Lankan T20 stars Matheesha Pathirana, and Chamika Karunaratne, for the 3rd Season of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) this year 2023.According to an official of Colombo Strikers, the 20-year-old Matheesha Pathirana has caught the cricketing world by storm with his performances in T20s in the recent past. The fast bowler has picked up 22 wickets in 20 matches at a spectacular average of 22.36.Meanwhile, the bowling all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne will play a vital role in the Colombo Strikers team. The experienced campaigner has taken 60 wickets and scored 726 runs in 93 T20 matches.The Colombo franchise will certainly receive a lot of attention from cricket fans around the world with Pakistan superstar Babar Azam in their set-up. The top-order batter has amassed a whopping 9201 runs in 260 T20s at a brilliant average of 44.02.Fast bowler Naseem Shah will be looking to lead the bowling attack with Pathirana. The youngster has taken 73 wickets in 76 matches at a magnificent average of 29.75.Sagar Khanna said:"We are absolutely thrilled to have four of the biggest T20 stars as a part of our line-up. Now, we have a strengthened group of players, which will help to form an undefeatable XI for the season. Our bowling pace attack will be perilous for the opponents’ batters. Strikers will be in action in their first season of the Lanka Premier League in July-August 2023.”

CRICKET LGS - IPL 21 May, 2023

IPL News: Jurel 19th overs 6 sails Rajasthan Royals to a win against PK
Sports Bulletin ReportDharamshala (India):-Wicketkeeper batter, Dhruv Jurel’s a massive six in the 4th ball of the penultimate over said his team Rajasthan Royals (RR) to a victory against Punjab Kings (PK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match, as IPL contests have become well known for entertaining and thrilling finishes.Last night’s clash between Punjab Kings XI and Rajasthan Royals in Dharamshala witnessed a thrilling end to the game also as the prodigious batter Dhruv Jurel hit a phenomenal six on the fourth ball of the 19th over to make sure Rajasthan come away with victory in the high-scoring IPL match.Jurel’s match-winning six was reminiscent of Mahender Singh Dhoni’s tremendous six against Punjab Kings XI at the same venue back in 2010, when the former India Captain’s hit helped Chennai Super Kings emerge victorious in a high-scoring tie.Jurel who has been a JSW athlete since 2022 spoke about what was going through his mind during the last few overs and balls of the game, he said, “I was just concentrating on securing the victory for the team in the final overs. I wanted to be on strike in the 19th over because I was confident in my ability to finish the game. In the last few balls, I was visualizing myself hitting a six and finishing the game which helped me execute that shot at the moment and secure the victory for my team.” A wicket-keeper batter much like Dhoni, Jurel hit the six with a Reebok bat exactly like Dhoni back in 2010. The Agra-born Rajasthan Royals player concluded by saying, “Dhoni in my opinion is the greatest finisher the game of cricket has ever seen, he is a constant source of inspiration for me. Much like me he is a wicketkeeper-batter and to be compared to such a legend of the game fills me with pride. I was also elated about the fact that I was able to replicate him in that moment and finish the game in style with a six.” 

CRICKET LGS - Int 18 May, 2023

Canadian Men’s Tournament Global T20 to start on July 20, 2023
Sports Bulletin ReportBrampton (Canada):- Canadian Men’s T20 Tournament is going to resume after the break of a 3-year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the tournament will be hosted at the Brampton Sports Park from July 20 to August 6, 2023.According to an official, with six franchises participating in the tournament, each team will comprise a total of 16 players from full and associate nations, including two world-renowned players, three Canadian National team players, and three emerging Canadian Cricketers, who will play 25 matches over 18 days cricket showpiece.The first two editions of the Global T20 saw some of the most renowned names from around the world, including Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, David Warner, Steve Smith, Brendon McCullum, and Thisara Perera. Wasim Akram, Brian Lara and Mahela Jayawardene performed the duties of mentors.President Cricket Canada Rashpal Bajwa said:‘We are excited about the return of GT20 Canada. In season 3, we will aim to improve the playing experience for our players, produce a world-class event for thousands of fans, and inspire a new generation of cricket lovers to participate in the sport. We believe it is an exciting time for the growth of Cricket in North America and Season 3 will be an influential factor in contributing to this growth.”

CRICKET LGS - CPL Hero 17 May, 2023

Cricket News: Dwayne Bravo rejoins Knight Riders in CPL
Sports Bulletin ReportPort of Spain (Trinidad):-West Indies all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo has rejoined Trinbago Knight Riders ahead of the 2023 Republic Bank Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Bravo returned to the Knight Riders after two seasons with the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, having won the title with them in 2021. Bravo is the leading wicket-taker bowler in T20 history and has more wickets than any other player at the CPL with 124 victims in his 97 matches. Bravo is also the leading wicket-taker man for the Knight Riders with more than 100 wickets for his home franchise.The complete squads for the Republic Bank CPL will be announced during the draft show which will be broadcast at the end June 2023. The CPL tournament will run from 16 August to 24 September this year 2023.

CRICKET LGS - LPL 17 May, 2023

Cricket News: New York Strikers owns Colombo Strikers in LPL
Sports Bulletin ReportColombo (Sri Lanka):-The New York Strikers revealed on Wednesday (today) that they would own the Colombo Strikers in the next Season of the Lanka Premier League, which will be named Colombo Strikers. The franchise, owned by Sagar Khanna, has joined Kandy Falcons, Jaffna Kings, Galle Gladiators and Dambulla Aura in the five-team competition. Sagar Khanna said:"We have formed a strong connection with our fans in the US and Abu Dhabi and we cannot wait to do the same with the cricket-crazy people of Colombo. The cricket culture in the city and our brand of cricket will certainly make for a very exciting combination. We are eager to bring the indomitable spirit of the Strikers to the cricket fans in Colombo." 

CRICKET LGS - IPL 11 May, 2023

IPL News: Rajasthan Royals stun Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets
Sports Bulletin ReportKolkata (India): Yashasvi Jaiswal (98 runs not out off 47 balls), Sanju Samon (48 runs not out off 29 balls) helped Rajasthan Royals RR) to post a massive victory against hosts city team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 9 wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 fixture at Eden Gardens Kolkata Cricket Stadium on Thursday night.Rajasthan Royals achieved their 149 runs target in just 13.1 overs, as the KKR bowlers could not show an impressive performance with the ball against Yashasvi Jaiswal, who hammered 98 in just 47 balls while his partner Sanju Samon made 48 runs off 29 balls), as the both batters were unbeaten till the end of match.Summarized Scorecard:Kolkata Knight Riders (Batting) 148 for 8 runs in 20 0versVenkatesh Iyer (57 runs, 42 balls, 4x2, 6x4), Nitish Rana (22 runs, 17 balls, 4x2, 6x0), Rehmanullah Gurbaz (18 runs, 12 balls, 4x1, 6x2), Rinku Singh (16 runs, 18 balls, 4x0, 6x1)Rajasthan Royals (Bowling):Yuzvendra Chahal (4 for 25), Tent Boult (2 for 15), KM Asif (1 for 27), Sandeep Sharma (1 for 34)Rajasthan Royals (Batting) Target 149 runs in 20 oversYashasvi Jaiswal (98 runs not out, 47 balls, 4x12, 6x5), Sanju Samon (48 runs not out, 29 balls, 4x2, 6x5) 

CRICKET LGS - T10 11 May, 2023

US-based Samp Army becomes the World's Biggest Cricket Franchise
Sports Bulletin ReportRaleigh (USA):-The cricket franchise Samp Army has become the top team in the United States of America (USA) for a few years by having ownership of the top cricket franchises in the world, as Samp Army has witnessed international stars such as Moeen Ali and Anrich Nortje to play for the team, has entered cricket competitions in the US, Europe, Africa, UAE, India and Sri Lanka.The Samp Army takes part in as many as eleven tournaments in the US. The competitions include USA T10 League, US Open, Atlanta Open, Diversity Cup, Big Three Tournament, Houston Open, Unity Cup, Adison Cup, UDDA Cricket League, USA Masters T10 and USA Legends World Cup.Meanwhile, the team has also cemented its presence in India and UAE by entering competitions including Indian Masters T10, Indian Dominators Cup, APL Tournament and Abu Dhabi T10. Speaking about their dominance as a cricket franchise, Ritesh Patel, the owner of Samp Army Cricket Franchise and one of the main organisers of the US Masters T10 League said, "It's a huge honour for Samp Army to become one of the biggest cricket franchises in the world. We have a strong presence in the all continents and we are thrilled to take part in competitions across four continents. We'll only look to get bigger from here."With a stern focus on building its global brand, the Samp Army will also be in action in the Zim Afro T10, Euro T10 and Lanka T10 this year.

CRICKET LGS - Int 09 May, 2023

Cory Anderson terms MLC a biggest step in the history of US cricket
Sports Bulletin ReportSan Francisco (USA):-New Zealand’s prominent cricketer Cory Anderson termed Minor League Cricket (MLC) T20 Championship a biggest step in the history of United States of America (USA) cricket.He said, “Sunoco Minor League Cricket T20 Championship is important for the future of American cricket. This summer will be the biggest step forward in the history of American cricket. I can’t wait to play in Major League Cricket in July. It’s really important for the future of American cricket that we keep on developing talent with the Sunoco Minor League Cricket championship to follow MLC in August and September.”The Minor League Cricket (MiLC) also announced that Sunoco will be the title sponsor for the third season of the most extensive nationwide T20 championship in American cricket. Furthermore, Laxmi – one of America’s leading South Asian food brands – joins the 2023 Minor League Cricket Championship as Official Partner.Kiwi all-rounder Anderson further said, “The support of the MLC team owners and partners including Sunoco and Laxmi is what makes this pipeline possible. A year out from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup coming here, the type of competition we now have in the United States is building a platform of talent we think will surprise the world of cricket in the future.”

CRICKET LGS - T10 08 May, 2023

US Master T10 Cricket League: Dallas to host firts edition
Sports Bulletin ReportDallas, Texas (USA):-Players of the 8 cities will show their game skills in the first US Masters T10 cricket league, as SAMP Army Cricket Franchise announced the inaugural season of the US Masters T10 league in the in Dallas, Texas United States of America (USA).The most entertaining and exciting cricket format T10 will have legendary former international players and young starts of local franchise teams from Morrisville, Atlanta, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia. The member of organizing committee, Ritesh Patel said:“It is great occasion of pleasure for me to introduce an exciting format of cricket T10 in United States, as a large number of cricket lovers will enjoy the great cricket competitions among the 8 teams. Local and international lads will have a great opportunity to excel at international level, as the American fans will witness Master T10 league at their soil to enjoy the game of cricket.”“The first T10 cricket league was held Dubai 2017 aiming to introduce quick and short period game like football. We are working here for six years on the game of cricket. Since this is a fast, energetic and action-based sport we thought US would be great destination for a format like this. “