NZ Coach Mike Hesson extends contract until 2019 World Cup

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, whose contract was due to expire in April 2017 - has extended his contract until after 2019 World Cup, to be played in England and Wales from May-July 2019.

The 41-year-old will now be with the Black Caps after the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

He was appointed as head coach after replacing John Wright on 20 July, 2012 and has shown an outstanding success, guided New Zealand to finish runners-up in the 2015 World Cup that was held in Australia-New Zealand and as semi-finalists in the World T20.

"Mike's the most successful coach in New Zealand cricket history and, in my opinion, the best selector we've ever had," NZC chief executive David White said.

"To have him committed to the Black Caps until after the next World Cup is great news for all concerned."

Black Caps are currently ranked number one in T20s, ranked number two in ODIs and fifth in Test cricket.

New Zealand's next assignment will be in July-August when they travel to Africa to play two Tests each against South Africa and Zimbabwe.

England squad to face Sri Lanka

England have announced their 12-man squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley, starting May 19.

Hampshire batsman James Vince and Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball both earned maiden call-ups to the squad.

National selector James Whitaker told the ECB's website: "Both Jake Ball and James Vince thoroughly deserve their opportunity having performed well with the England Lions and starting the season in good form with their respective counties.”

The first of three test against Sri Lanka, gets underway in Leeds on May 19, with the second will be held at Chester-le-Street on 27 May and the third from 3 June at Lord's.

England squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Nick Compton, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Vince.
12 May, 2016

Twitter reacts as Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils

The Kings XI Punjab secured a crucial nine-run win over Delhi Daredevils at their home ground on Saturday night.

Marcus Stoinis and Wriddhiman Saha both scored 52 runs for the Punjab as the hosts posted a competitive 181-5.

The Kings’ bowlers bowled superbly in the second half and defeat Delhi Daredevils by nine runs in at the PCA stadium in Mohali.

With their third win in nine games this season, Punjab kept their hopes alive for the top-four finish in the IPL 2016.

08 May, 2016

Pakistan-West indies to play day-night Test in UAE

The West Indies Cricket board and Pakistan Cricket Board both have agreed to play one of the two scheduled Tests under the flood lights (Day and Night Test).

The two-match test series will be held in the mid of September this year at United Arab Of Emirates, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan confirmed.

It would be the first day and night Test for both nations Pakistan and West Indies. Besides the Tests series, The current T20 champions are set to play five One Day Internationals and two T20I in October.

01 May, 2016

Usman Khawaja called up for IPL 2016

Australian left-hander batsman will join Rising Pune Supergiants for the remainder of the Indian Premier League season following injuries to Kevin Pietersen and Faf du Plessis.

The new franchise turn to the 29-year-old batsman, who will be a part of the IPL for the first time.

Khawaja has scored 1006 runs in 15 international matches at an average of 62.87.

Supergiants coach Stephen Fleming said, "We are glad to have roped in Usman Khawaja in the team. His presence will definitely be an advantage to the team and could be pivotal in bolstering the position of the side in the tournament.”

Supergiants are currently find themselves third from bottom in their debut IPL season, winning just two games of their first six matches.

Stephen Fleming’s side ready to host league leaders Gujarat Lions in their next encounter on Friday (April 29).

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