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KARACHI: Pakistan’s bowling coach and former captain Waqar Younis is concerned about the mental health of players as they endure isolating bio-secure bubbles to play cricket internationally or domestically in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Waqar said that he is worried that players in Pakistan might face mental health issues if cricket continues to be played for more time in the COVID-19 situation.
“It is not easy for players or officials to spend so much time in the bio-secure conditions and it could eventually affect their mental health,” he warned.
Players, while competing, are being completely isolated from their surroundings in bio-bubbles to negate the risk of infection.
The former fast bowling great said that he could understand the changed situation due to the pandemic but insisted that cricket boards need to seriously look at the mental health aspect as well while organising matches.
“This is an issue that is not just about Pakistan cricket but concerns the entire cricket world.”
He pointed out that recently some bilateral tours had not come off because of disagreements between boards over the quarantine and isolation periods for players and support staff.
“It is difficult for players and support staff to spend days and weeks at end in a restricted environment. The tour to England was a learning curve for us in this regard and that is why I am concerned about the future,” he said.
“I just hope that the COVID-19 situation does not continue for a long time,” he added.
Waqar also felt that any player opting out of matches or tours because of COVID-19 restrictions should not be disrespected.
He cited the example of Pakistani batsman, Haris Sohail who had opted out of the tour to England for the same reason.
“If it was his decision and one we have to respect because he is an established Test player for us,” he said.


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IPL 2020: Here are each IPL team’s chances of making it to the last four | Cricket News

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With Chennai Super Kings clearly out of the race, what exactly are the chances of the remaining seven teams to make it to the playoffs? TOI’s Shankar Raghuraman does the number crunching to arrive at these 12 points.
1. Delhi can now only get a maximum of 18 points and Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab can manage 16 at best
2. The maximum any team can reach is 20 points
3. Now only two teams can reach the figure of 20 points – Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore
4. If one of these teams gets to 20 points, the other can’t
5. Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi are the only teams that can be clear No.1 at the end of the league stage
6. Kolkata and Kings XI can at best tie for top spot on points. The best Hyderabad or Rajasthan can hope for is tied 3rd spot
7. With 9 games left, there are 512 possible combinations of match outcomes (not counting washouts). Before the last weekend’s (Oct 24) matches started there were 32,764 possible combinations of outcomes.
8. A tie for at least one of the positions from 1 to 4 is a near certainty with only 5 of the 512 possible outcomes (less than 1%) yielding clear numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 teams
9. Mumbai and Bangalore have a better than even chance of either being clear No.1 or tying for the top spot (272 out of 512 possible outcomes)
10. Despite their crushing loss on Tuesday, Delhi still have a one in three chance of being clear No.1 or tying for first place
11. Chennai remains the only team that is out of contention for the playoffs
12. After their big win on Tuesday, Hyderabad have a one in five chance of finishing tied for third or fourth spot. But for that they need to win their remaining two games and hope other results go their way

The IPL 2020 season has been a very competitive one. With a team like Kings XI Punjab rising from the ashes after languishing at the bottom of the points table, thanks to five wins on the trot, things have become more interesting. The three break away teams this season have been Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Mumbai and Bangalore though both lost over the last weekend and Delhi were thrashed by Hyderabad on Tuesday. With seven teams in the running for the four play-offs berths and three teams (Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore) more than likely to seal a spot, the fight for the remaining fourth place (for which KXIP and KKR are the prime contenders as of now) could make the remaining league matches of IPL 2020 very interesting. Expect the teams to throw everything, including the kitchen sink to try and grab a play-off berth in the matches coming up.


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India’s tour of Australia: IPL 2020: Wriddhiman Saha celebrates his Test recall with a match-winning knock for SRH | Cricket News

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DUBAI: After registering a comprehensive 88-run victory over Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha said that he is happy to return to India’s Test squad for the tour of Australia.
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“I’m happy I got selected for the Tests in Australia,” said Saha after leading SRH to a much-needed win.
Delhi failed to chase down the massive target of 220 as they were bundled out for 131, stumbling to a heavy defeat. For SRH, Rashid Khan scalped three wickets while Sandeep Sharma and T Natarajan took two wickets each.

With this win, Sunrisers Hyderabad have now moved to sixth place in the points table with 10 points from 12 matches. On the other hand, Delhi slipped to the third spot with 14 points from 12 matches.
“I got the opportunity for the second time this year and took my chances in the powerplay. Initially, the ball was holding a bit but I took my chances and went after it after the pitch eased out…We are looking forward to winning the last two matches…that’s our target now,” Saha told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
Saha top-scored with 87 runs for Hyderabad, enabling his team to put up the big total of 219/2 on the board. The wicketkeeper-batsman was earlier named in India’s 18-member squad for the upcoming Test series against Australia.

Saha and SRH skipper David Warner (66) led Sunrisers’ charge to set Delhi a big target.
Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson remained unbeaten on 44 and 11 respectively, while Anrich Nortje returned with figures of 1-37 in his four overs for Delhi.
Hyderabad will next lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.



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