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Schutt and Coyte replaced by Nielsen and Satterthwaite in Kia Super League

Experienced New Zealand internationals Morna Nielsen and Amy Satterthwaite have signed to play for Southern Vipers and Lancashire Thunder respectively in the inaugural Kia Super League, following the withdrawal of Australian pair Megan Schutt and Sarah Coyte.  Schutt has been ruled out from taking part in the competition due to injury, while Coyte has decided not to travel to England this summer for personal reasons.

Left-arm spinner Nielsen will now complete an all-Kiwi overseas line-up for the Southern Vipers this summer, when she plays alongside White Fern team-mates Suzie Bates and Sara McGlashan for the Hampshire based side.  With 84 international caps already to her name, 24-year-old Nielsen is currently ranked number two in the world in the ICC T20 player rankings, behind England’s Anya Shrubsole.


Morne Morkel to feature in Caribbean Premier League

St. Lucia Zouks fast bowler Morne Morkel is relishing the prospect of being a part of the fourth edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and is excited about lining up with and against some of the biggest stars in world cricket.

Experienced pace-man Morkel, who has claimed 45 wickets in 39 T20 internationals to date for South Africa, believes that this could be the Zouks’ year to progress as Darren Sammy’s men bid to win the coveted title for the first time. The 31-year-old is one of the most respected fast bowlers on the international scene and to date has played 71 Test matches and 106 One-Day Internationals for the Proteas.


Shahid Afridi keen on playing in Big Bash

Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Monday expressed an interest in playing in Australia's Big Bash League. The 36-year-old, who has been dumped by the national selectors, is currently plying his trade for Hampshire in England's domestic T20 competition.

"I was offered to play Big Bash League in Australia almost every season in the last two or three years but I wasn't able to take the offer due to my international commitments," Afridi was quoted as saying by


Mustafizur's England county debut delayed by injury

Young Bangladesh seamer Mustafizur Rahman faces a couple of weeks of rehabilitation which will delay his English county stint with Sussex even further. Having spent a few days off after helping Sunrisers Hyderabad to win the Indian Premier League crown, the 20-year-old sensation has returned to Dhaka.

His rehabilitation began from Thursday morning and he spent a long time with the physiotherapists and trainers in the Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy gymnasium.


England's T20 Competition comes in for more criticism

The West Indies T20 skipper Darren Sammy has echoed concerns by players and officials about the elongated format of England’s NatWest T20 Blast.

Sammy has lamented the duration of the tournament, which runs for nearly three months, saying the wait between matches can be "frustrating," reports CMC. His comments reflect the sentiments of his Hampshire teammate Shahid Afridi and come on the heels of similar criticisms from England cricketer Jos Buttler and remarks of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Colin Graves, who denounced the NatWest T20 Blast as "mediocre".


IPL Season 9: Sunrisers Hyderabad edge Royal Challengers Bangalore in thrilling Final

The Sunrisers Hyderabad edged home favourites Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 runs in a thrilling final to be crowned the 2016 Indian Premier League Champions. In what was a terrific advertisement for the game, more than 400 runs were scored and 14 wickets fell as an entertaining contest went down to the final over with Bhuvneshwar Kumar holding his nerve, not for the first time this season, to defend the 18 runs his teammates had left him with to bowl his side to a deserving win.

Hyderabad won the toss and surprised everyone by opting to bat first. The visitors got off to a solid start with David Warner in excellent form, smashing 69 off 38 balls. The Sunrisers' skipper shared a 69 run stand for the opening wicket with Shikhar Dhawan, who chipped in with 28.


IPL Season 9: Warner powers his Sunrisers into IPL Final

An exceptional innings of 93 from Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner helped his side advance to the Final of the IPL, where they will take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.

Warner waged a lone war for the Sunrisers for large periods as the Hyderabad batting collapsed terribly around him, till Bipul Sharma, batting all the way down at no.8 joined his skipper and chipped in with a crucial 27 off just 11 balls, including three impressive sixes to take Hyderabad to victory.


IPL Season 9: Super Solid Sunrisers knock out Kolkata Knight Riders

A fantastic all round display by the Sunrisers Hyderabad, playing as a unit, helped them beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by 22 runs in the Eliminator at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday night.

Having been put in to bat, the Sunrisers Hyderabad stuttered to 162-8 in their 20 overs with Yuvraj Singh top scoring with 44. Each of the Sunrisers' top 5 got into double figures, but no one went on to make a big score. David Warner made a run a ball 28, while his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan struck a couple of boundaries before Morne Morkel made a mess of his furniture.


IPL Season 9: De Villiers super show powers RCB into Final

The Royal Challengers Bangalore made it 6 wins on the trot, stunning the table topping Gujarat Lions by 4 wickets in a nerve wracking Qualifier to advance to their third ever IPL Final.

RCB looked dead and buried at 29-5 in the powerplay as they attempted to score the 159 runs necessary to advance to the IPL Final, but a classy unbeaten 79 off just 47 balls from AB de Villiers, and his 91 run partnership for the 7th wicket with Iqbal Abdulla (33* off 25 balls) took the Royal Challengers to victory with 10 balls to spare.


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