Cricket Current Affairs - 2020

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson retires from International Cricket

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson (34) has declared his retirement from all forms of International Cricket after the end of his team’s campaign in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20.

He made this announcement at I S Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Punjab. Earlier in 2015, he had announced his retirement from Test cricket at the end of 2015 Ashes tour of England.

About Shane Watson

  • Born on 17 June 1981 at Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
  • His cricket career spanned 14-years and his debut was in 2002 after he had played his first One Day International (ODI) against South Africa.
  • Test Career: He had played total 59 test matches and had scored 3731 runs at an average of 35.19. His highest test score was 176 and total test score comprises of 4 centuries.
  • In the test bowling, he had taken 75 wickets at an average of 33.68 and the best bowling is 6-33.
  • ODI career: He had played total 190 ODI matches and had scored 5757 runs at an average of 40.54. His highest ODI score was 185 (not out) and the total score comprises of 9 centuries.
  • In the ODI bowling, he had taken 168 wickets at an average of 31.79 and the best bowling is 4-36. His last ODI appearance was in September 2015 against England at the Lord’s.
  • He is a World Cup wining member of Australian team which had triumphed in 2007 and 2015.
  • T20I’s career: He had played total 56 T20I matches and had scored 1400 runs at an average of 28.00. His highest ODI score was 124 (not out) and the total score comprises of 1 century.
  • In the T20Is bowling, he had taken 46 wickets at an average of 24.71 and the best bowling is 4-1. He was named the player of the tournament in the 2012 edition.
  • IPL: In 2016 auction, he was bought for a whopping Rs 9.5 crore by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

ICC suspends Bangladesh bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny for illegal bowling action

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Bangladesh bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny for bowling with an illegal action with an immediate effect.

They were suspended after independent assessments have found that their bowling actions of is illegal. Their international suspensions will also be recognized and enforced by all the members for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction.

The assessments were performed at the ICC-accredited testing centre at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai.

In the assessment it was found that Sunny’s (left-arm spinner) elbow extension for a majority of his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the ICC Regulations. Taskin’s (pace spearhead) most of the deliveries were also found illegal.

Other Bangladeshi bowlers who were suspended: Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak (November 2008 to March 2009, Spinner Sohag Gazi (2014 to February 2015).