Kings XI Punjab appoints Brad Hodge as new coach

Former Australian Batsman Bard Hodge has been appointed as the new head coach of the Indian Premier League outfit Kings XI Punjab on a three-year contract.


The 42-year-old held a similar role with Gujarat Lions for the last two campaigns and will now report to KXIP's mentor-cum director, Virender Sehwag.

"We have signed a three-year agreement with Brad, who will be our head coach," Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Hodge continues to play for Melbourne Renegades in the forthcoming season of the Big Bash League before joining KXIP as the head coach.

Ben Stokes signs for NZ side Canterbury

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be playing for the Canterbury one-day team after signing with New Zealand province Canterbury.

The 26-year-old, who is set to return to competitive cricket, has been cleared to play for Canterbury on Sunday.

He was omitted from the England Ashes squad to Australia and remains suspended from the cricket subject to a police investigation into an incident outside a Bristol nightclub back in September.



However, Canterbury Cricket Association have confirmed the Englishman had signed as an overseas player and would be available for a limited over match to be played against Otago on this Sunday.

“After the approach from Ben’s representatives everything has happened very quickly for us to the extent that we are now delighted to welcome Ben into the team,” Canterbury Cricket Association (CCA) Director of Cricket Gary Stead said in a statement on Thursday.

“While Ben awaits the outcome of an investigation underway in the UK, he wants to maintain his fitness and his connection with the game.”

Stokes, who was suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board, has not played the competitive cricket since the NZ-born cricketer broke a man’s eye socket during an alleged incident outside a Bristol nightclub two months ago on September 25.
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Wellington Firebirds sign Samit Patel for Twenty20 season

The Wellington Firebirds have announced the signing of former England international Samit Patel for the upcoming Twenty20 season.

The 32-year-old, who was in impressive form for Nottinghamshire earlier this season, and named the Professional Cricketers' Association's player of the year after leading the Notts to success in all formats.


Wellington head-coach Bruce Edgar pleased to Patel's quality. He said, "Our aim is simple: we're looking to play entertaining, positive cricket. As we saw last year, that recipe leads to success when it's well-executed."

"For the upcoming campaign, we identified a need to complement our squad with a quality all-rounder. With a career featuring more than 200 T20 matches, including 18 internationals, and impressive strike rates with both bat and ball, we're excited to have Samit joining the team to fill that role."

Patel will join the Wellington Firebirds once the Bangladesh Premier League gets over where he will be playing for Rajshahi Kings.

Wellington to play their first match against Northern Districts on December 15 at Seddon Park.

Yasir Shah signs for Brisbane Heat

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been signed up as a replacement player by Brisbane Heat for the upcoming season of the Big Bash League.

It will be Yasir's first involvement with the BBL, having previously played T20 in Pakistan and West Indies.

The 31-year-old is the 2nd Pakistan leg-spinner the Heat have secured this year, having also signed the teenager Shadab Khan.

However, Pakistan's tour of New Zealand later this year, which means Shadab may not be available for the Big Bash League for a significant chunk of the season.

Brisbane Heat will play their first match of the season against Melbourne Stars at the Gabba on Wednesday 20 December .

Ashes 2017: Tom Curran to replace injured Steven Finn

The uncapped seamer Tom Curran has been called up to England's Ashes 2017-18 squad.

Surrey all-rounder will travel to Australia in the next 24 hours as a replacement for injured Steven Finn, after the 28-year-old has been ruled out of the Ashes tour due to a torn left knee cartilage.

The Middlesex seamer was ruled out of the entirety of the Ashes tour in Australia on Tuesday morning due to a knee injury.



England have quickly called up another option, with Curran is yet to earn his first Test cap but his ODI form has impressed enough for the management to fly him out to Down Under.

The 22-year-old has earned plenty of praise from coach Trevor Bayliss in the recent, following impressive showings in Twenty20 and one-day international games earlier this year.

Curran is expected to terminate his deal with the Big Bash League outfit Hobart Hurricanes, who he was due to play for in this year tournament.

England's first Test gets underway in Brisbane on November 23.

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