T20WC 2021 diary: Don't tamper with the Indian team selected for T20 World Cup: Ajit Agarkar

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T20 world cup 2021: Ajit Agarkar said that I think once you have announced the squad for the World Cup, there is no need to change it provided no player is injured.

Former Indian team bowler Ajit Agarkar feels that BCCI does not need to make changes in the ICC T20 World Cup squad. Agarkar said, 'I think once you have announced the squad for the World Cup, there is no need to change it, provided that no player is injured. Many players are not in the rhythm but they need an innings to come back, be it, batsman or bowler. If BCCI feels that they have picked the best 15 players for the World Cup, then they should not change. You need to have faith in your players as things can change at any time.

India and England most balanced for T20 World Cup: Latif

KARACHI, PRETR: Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes that India and England are the most balanced teams for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Latif said, “India and England seem to be the most balanced teams in the tournament. West Indies though are always a dangerous team. I wouldn't consider Pakistan any less, they can surprise anyone with their momentum. Asked about Pakistan, Latif demanded the resignation of chief selector Muhammad Wasim over the changes in the World Cup squad announced last month. "Now if they make changes in the 15-member squad they have been selected, the chief selector and other selectors should also resign morally," Latif said.

England not weak due to absence of Stokes and Archer: Butler

London, IAS. England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler believes that the absence of all-rounder Ben Stokes and pacer Jofra Archer has not weakened the England team and is one of the contenders to win the ICC T20 World Cup. All-rounder Stokes had kept himself out of the 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup to focus on his mental health, while Archer will be ruled out of the tournament due to injury.

Butler said, 'We are one of the strong contenders for the tournament. I know we will miss Stokes and Archer, but if you look at the team, we have many match-winners in our team. Liam Livingstone, who did well in the T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Apart from them, there are also timal mills. Stokes and Archer played a key role in England's one-day World Cup win in 2019 and experts believe that their absence could hurt England in the T20 World Cup.

Umar Akmal will leave Pakistan and play cricket in America

Karachi, Pretr. Controversial Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal has left the country to play league cricket in the US. Akmal was banned under the Anti-Corruption Code of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which expired recently. According to ESPNcricinfo, the 31-year-old cricketer has signed a short-term contract with the Northern Cricket California Association, but he has kept the option of pursuing it in the future, which will end his relationship with Pakistan Cricket.