England's Cricket World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan will play for the Dublin Chiefs in the inaugural Euro T20 Slam.

Ireland-born Morgan was on Friday drafted as Dublin's 'icon player' and will lead the side in the first continent-based T20 league.

The Chiefs also pulled off the big signing of Babar Azam, the top-ranked batsman in the world in the shortest format, and his Pakistan team-mate Mohammad Amir.

Afghanistan's new captain Rashid Khan was picked up by the Rotterdam Rhinos at the draft in London.

Vastly experienced duo Imran Tahir and Shane Watson will be team-mates for the Amsterdam Knights.

All-rounders Shahid Afridi and JP Duminy will represent Belfast Titans, while Glasgow Giants snared Brendon McCullum and Dale Steyn.

The six-team competition runs from August 30 until September 22.

Mali broke a host of unwanted women's Twenty20 international records on Tuesday in a farcically swift defeat to Rwanda.

Making their bow in a tournament in Kigali, Mali were sensationally all out for six after nine overs, mustering just one run off the bat along with five extras.

Only opener Mariam Samake got on the scoreboard as nine ducks followed for a team of debutants, while Rwanda's teenage bowler Josiane Nyirankundineza took three wickets for no runs from her two overs.

Mali's total was the lowest in women's T20i history - falling short of China's 14 against the United Arab Emirates earlier this year - and Rwanda's reply was short and sweet.

Antoinette Uwimbabazi and Nyirankundineza scored eight runs from four deliveries to complete the chase, breaking another record by winning with 116 balls remaining.

Mali might reasonably fear the sides' rematch later this week in the seventh game of the tournament.

Yuvraj Singh will focus his attention on his cancer foundation, YouWeCan, after announcing his retirement from international cricket and the IPL.

The India all-rounder called time on his career on Monday, two years on from his last appearance for his country.

Yuvraj starred at the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 and then the Cricket World Cup four years later, before incredibly returning after being diagnosed with cancer and completing three cycles of chemotherapy.

The 37-year-old, announced his decision to the media and described the "rollercoaster" of celebrating huge victories before facing the illness.

And now he plans to dedicate more time to helping others, having already settled on his "next focus in life".

"I gave my blood and sweat to the game once I got on to it, especially when it came to representing my country," Yuvraj said.

"Since my childhood, I always tried to fulfil my father's dream to play for India and win the World Cup and I can say I was lucky to have achieved it.

"My life has been like a rollercoaster ride. Winning the 2011 World Cup, being man of the series, four man of the match awards, it was all like a dream, which was followed by a harsh reality, getting diagnosed with cancer.

"It was like touching the sky then falling down at light speed and hitting the ground hard. All this happened so quickly and when I was at the peak of my career.

"But in that moment, everyone I knew to whom I mattered stood together for me, my fans, my friends, my family. Thank you to both my doctors.

"This brings me to my next focus in life, which is to help cancer patients through my foundation, YouWeCan.

"At YouWeCan, we spread awareness about cancer and help the under-privileged by conducting screening camps, funding their treatments and sponsoring education to the under-privileged cancer kids.

"We have also started our own merchandising arm, YWC, for the foundation, to help generate funds for the cause. I really want to make a difference to society by setting examples through my inspiring story.

"On a lighter note, I would say I am extremely lucky to play 400 plus games for India. I would not have imagined doing this when I started my career as a cricketer.

"The adrenaline rush playing for India, singing the national anthem before each game, touching the Indian flag, stopping every run for the team, or scoring every run for the team, was a completely different high.

"To be a part of history that was made after 28 years, I mean, honestly, what more could I ask for?"

Yuvraj Singh's esteemed international career has come to an end after the India all-rounder announced his retirement on Monday.

The 37-year-old was best known for his tournament-winning turn at the 2011 Cricket World Cup, but bows out with a record rounded across all formats.

A star both with bat and with ball, Yuvraj made history in India colours.

Following news of his decision, with the help of Opta, we take a look at the key numbers behind his India career.

301 - Playing 304 ODIs in total, Yuvraj appeared 301 times for India in the format. He is sixth on the all-time appearance list for his country.

8609 - Only six India players have scored more ODI runs for their country than Yuvraj's 8609.

40 - Yuvraj also played 40 Tests, scoring 1900 runs.

58 - He made 58 T20I appearances, making 1177 runs in the shortest format.

169 - The biggest knock of Yuvraj's international career came in a drawn 2007 Test against Pakistan

12 - Yuvraj hit the fastest T20 half-century against England in 2007, needing just 12 balls. That effort has since been matched by Chris Gayle and Hazratullah Zazai, but those knocks were not at international level.

- That stunning innings against England included six sixes from a Stuart Broad over, becoming the first player to achieve that feat in a T20 International.

India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has announced his retirement from international cricket and the IPL at the age of 37.

Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is in all, playing starring roles at the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 and then the Cricket World Cup four years later.

India triumphed on both occasions, with Yuvraj making decisive contributions with both bat and ball, but he is best known for his efforts in 2011, which saw him named the tournament's best player.

He had not played for his country since June 2017, though, and has decided to call time on his career on the international and IPL stages.

"I have decided to move on," he told reporters in Mumbai on Monday.

Alex Hales has not given up hope of representing England again and wants to feature at next year's Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

The 30-year-old was axed from his country's preliminary Cricket World Cup squad last month due to a suspension imposed for what his spokesperson described as an "off-field incident".

A day after England's 15-man squad for the tournament was confirmed, Hales was selected with the first pick in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft by the Barbados Tridents.

Director of England Cricket Ashley Giles stressed the door was not closed for Hales to return to the international set-up and the opening batsman hopes he can use the CPL, and other limited-overs tournaments, to stake his claim for the T20 World Cup in 2020.

"I hope so, I think it's a good opportunity," he told reporters at the CPL draft.

"These tournaments now are well respected all around the world, particularly by the selectors at the ECB.

"I'd love to use these tournaments to hopefully get back into the frame for next year.

"I hope [the door] is not [closed]. One of my aims is that T20 World Cup.

"I'm going to go through the process and hopefully score some runs in these tournaments and see how we go."

England, the ICC's number-one ranked one-day international team, are favourites to win the 50-over World Cup on home soil and, despite his omission from the squad, Hales is rooting for his compatriots.

"I'm still a fan and I wish the boys all the best," he added.

"What we've done over the last few years has been unbelievable and the guys deserve to win it and I'll be sat there and cheering."

The Guyana Amazon Warriors have signed Trinidadian batsman Nicholas Pooran as their Marquee Player for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League set for September 4 to October 12.

Shubman Gill's classy unbeaten 65 guided the Kolkata Knight Riders to a crucial seven-wicket win in their top-four bid in the Indian Premier League, while simultaneously all but ending Kings XI Punjab's chances. 

A stunning finish from Sam Curran – who made an unbeaten 55 off 24 – guided Kings XI to an excellent score of 183-6 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium. 

But the Knight Riders coasted in reply, Gill carrying his bat in partnerships of 62, 38, 50 and 35 with Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik to see them home with 12 balls remaining. 

It means the Knight Riders are fifth and level on points with fourth-place Sunrisers Hyderabad, with all teams having one regular-season fixture remaining, while Kings XI need results to go their way and overturn a vastly inferior net run-rate to the teams above them. 


KARTHIK LOSES HIS COOL

Kings XI rebounded from the early losses of Chris Gayle (14) and KL Rahul (2), with Sandeep Warrier (2-31) accounting for both wickets, as Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran put on 69 for the third wicket. 

A lackadaisical effort in the field saw captain Karthik lose his cool and give his team a public dressing down during a time-out after the 10th over. 

It seemingly had the desired effect as Pooran lamely picked out Warrier off Nitish Rana at midwicket and Agarwal was agonisingly run-out. 

The sight of Rinku Singh putting down a sitter off Curran at long on when on 17 did little to improve Karthik's mood, though, and the England all-rounder took full advantage with seven fours and two sixes in an electric 24-ball knock. 


GILL BREATHES FRESH HOPE INTO KKR'S PLAY-OFF CHANCES

Curran's heroics put Kings XI in a great position but Gill's neat effort made the chase look easy. 

Chris Lynn found his big-hitting form with a dazzling 22-ball 46, including five fours and three sixes, before knocking one back to Andrew Tye. 

Uthappa (22 off 14) and the in-form Russell (24 off 14) also contributed, but it was Gill's poise that really told when needed. 

He played through to the end, although it was captain Karthik who sealed the win – smashing Curran over square leg for six before whipping one to the fine boundary for a four and the victory. 

 The Social Development Commission (SDC), Wray & Nephew National Community T20 Cricket Competition, endorsed by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), bowls off on Saturday, May 4, promising to bring communities closer together while sharing the spirit of Cricket.

England have added James Vince to their squad for the upcoming one-dayers against Pakistan.

The Hampshire batsman was already selected for the one-off 50-over international against Ireland on Friday but will now also remain with the squad for the five-match series with Pakistan that follows.

Vince has been in fine form for his county in the Royal London One-Day Cup this season, scoring 402 runs at an average of 80.40 in the competition.

His call-up comes after Alex Hales was withdrawn from all of England's squads - including their preliminary list for the Cricket World Cup - after reportedly serving a 21-day suspension for what his spokesman described as an "off-field incident".

Meanwhile, Ben Duckett and Dawid Malan have been drafted in for the ODI with Ireland in Malahide, as well as the solitary Twenty20 fixture against Pakistan, which takes place in Cardiff on Sunday.

However, batsman Jason Roy will not feature in either game due to a back spasm, while seamer Mark Wood has been withdrawn to allow him to play for Durham instead.

On Roy, the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement that the Surrey opener will "continue to receive treatment" before joining up with his team-mates ahead of the Pakistan series.

Chennai Super Kings slipped to a rare home IPL defeat as they missed the chance to book a play-off place against Mumbai Indians.

The Super Kings lead the standings this season but struggled badly with the bat on Friday, coming up 46 runs short in a chase that never truly fired.

Rohit Sharma's 67 had helped the Indians to 155-4 and it quickly became apparent that it would be enough to see off the hosts, who lost in front of their own fans for the first time in 2019.

Murali Vijay top-scored for Chennai with 38, while Mitchell Santner built on an impressive bowling show with a late 22, but they reached a measly 109 before being bowled out in 17.4 overs.

 

SPINNERS STAR FOR SUPER KINGS

The Super Kings were well on top for much of the Indians' innings, with their spin bowlers enjoying economical days.

Harbhajan Singh allowed just 23 runs from his four overs, while New Zealand international Santner produced the most eye-catching figures for Chennai, taking the wickets of Rohit and Evin Lewis (32) for just 13 runs.

Santner's intervention was particularly crucial with Rohit and Lewis having threatened to take control, combining for 75 runs as the former hit a trio of sixes and six fours.

INDIANS START TO TURN TIDE

Mumbai were in a tricky spot after 19 overs, on just 138-4, but 17 runs from the final six balls saw Hardik Pandya (23 not out) and Kieron Pollard (13no) end on a crucial unbroken partnership worth 33.

Vijay dug in as the Super Kings began their reply, yet his team-mates were not so stubborn as wickets tumbled early and often.

Lasith Malinga, Hardik and Krunal Pandya took a wicket apiece as Shane Watson, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu departed, leaving Chennai 34-3 early on.

MISSING KEY MEN AT CRUCIAL TIME

Without captain MS Dhoni and Faf du Plessis, the Super Kings lacked a leader to rescue them from a tricky situation and Mumbai instead continued to make inroads.

Opener Vijay offered some resistance but finally went, while Malinga claimed a return catch to dismiss Dwayne Bravo for 20 as Chennai struggled to strike a balance between chasing their target and keeping wickets in hand.

The hosts still needed 53 runs from the final three overs but did not even make it to the end of the innings as Santner, hunting boundaries, picked out Pollard to see Malinga finish with 4-37.

Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan will visit a specialist in London on Thursday and Friday after a virus ruled him out of next month's limited-overs series against England. 

The Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Sunday that Shadab would require treatment and rest for a minimum of four weeks after tests revealed an unspecified medical condition. 

Shadab, 20, will travel to England on Tuesday, with the aim of completing a full recovery before Pakistan's Cricket World Cup opener against West Indies on May 31 at Trent Bridge. 

His team-mates will undertake their preparations on the field over the course of a T20 international and five one-day internationals against England between May 5 and May 19. 

Yasir Shah has been named as Shadab's replacement for the tour of England, although the latter is the only specialist spinner in Pakistan's provisional World Cup squad, which can be altered without seeking ICC permission up until May 23. 

"Our strategy will be to attack, we're going to look to take wickets and bowl sides out," head coach Micky Arthur told a news conference at the Gaddafi Stadium on Monday. 

"We've got it covered in all departments, we've got all the bases covered." 

Imran Tahir's four-wicket haul preceded a classy fifty from Suresh Raina as the Chennai Super Kings defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders in a top-of-the-table Indian Premier League clash.

Veteran spinner Tahir returned his best IPL figures of 4-27 as the Knight Riders were limited to 161-8 at Eden Gardens.

The recalled Chris Lynn made 82 of those for KKR but the supporting cast failed to supplement his efforts as the home side left an attainable target.

Sunil Narine (2-19) and Piyush Chawla (2-32) did their bit to restrict high-flying Chennai and the loss of MS Dhoni in the 15th over left the visitors 121-5 with 26 balls remaining.

Raina - who was unbeaten on 58 - remained a composed figure, though, and his sixth-wicket partnership with Ravindra Jadeja proved crucial for table-topping CSK, who have lost just once in eight matches.


'Lynnsanity' in full swing 

Lynn played like a man with a point to prove after being dropped for the defeat to the Delhi Capitals last time out.

The big-hitting Australian smacked six sixes and seven fours in an electric 51-ball knock, which looked like it would take KKR towards the 180 mark.

Unfortunately, no one was really in the mood to stick around with him and Tahir had plenty of reason to celebrate…


Terrific Tahir tears through KKR

Tahir had already made Nitish Rana (21) hole out to Faf du Plessis by the time the same combination sent Robin Uthappa packing for a duck, with the South African pouching a rip-roaring catch on the run from long-off.

But it was Tahir's dismissal of the dangerous Lynn – ending a 42-run stand with Dinesh Karthik – in the 15th over that was pivotal, the opener swinging one to Shardul Thakur in the deep.

Andre Russell smacked Tahir over long-on in the same over. But from the next ball the West Indian dangerman put a shorter one into the hands of substitute fielder Dhruv Shorey, much to the delight of the bowler.


Raina steers CSK home

It was not always a textbook chase for Chennai as a steady flow of wickets kept KKR in the hunt.

Raina and Dhoni put on 40 for the fifth wicket until the latter, fined for entering the field after a no-ball controversy against Rajasthan Royals last time out, was trapped leg before by Narine.

But Raina, whose 42-ball knock included seven fours and a maximum, was kept company by Jadeja (31) as the duo put on 41 to seal victory with two balls to spare.

Shikhar Dhawan made a sublime 97 not out as he combined with Rishabh Pant to steer the Delhi Capitals to a seven-wicket win over the Kolkata Knight Riders.

India star Dhawan brilliantly carried his bat, though he fell agonisingly short of three figures at Eden Gardens, as the Capitals chased down a target of 179 with seven balls remaining.

International team-mate Pant provided able assistance in a swashbuckling partnership before holing out to the long-on boundary in the 18th over, but the Capitals earned back-to-back wins to move into fourth position in the Indian Premier League standings.

Earlier, Shubman Gill made 65 off 39 and the electric Andre Russell 45 off 21, but the Knight Riders will be disappointed by a total of 178-7 when at one stage it looked as though a score closer to 200 was achievable.


RUSSELL DISMISSAL HALTS KNIGHT RIDERS' MOMENTUM

On a track suited to high scoring, the Knight Riders were ticking along nicely.

Gill made a fluent half-century with seven fours and two sixes after England's Ashes hopeful Joe Denly, playing in the IPL rather than in the County Championship for Kent, was bowled first ball on debut by Ishant Sharma.

Gill was unfortunate that a clean-looking strike off Keemo Paul went straight to the hands of Axar Patel, who took a sharp catch at short fine leg.

The big-hitting Russell was typically aggressive in his approach, with four sixes and three fours smashed in 21 deliveries. However, he slashed a Chris Morris full toss straight to third man in the penultimate over.


DHAWAN, PANT SHOW CAPITALS ARE UP FOR THE CHASE

The Capitals have seen a couple of disappointing chases slip through their fingers, but it was a textbook effort on this occasion.

Dhawan may have missed out on a maiden IPL century but it was an assured 63-ball knock from the left-hander that included 11 fours and a pair of sixes.

Pant will hope for a spot in India’s squad for the Cricket World Cup later this year and this knock will only have enhanced his chances.

His 46 runs came off 31 balls as he proved the able foil for Dhawan in a 105-run partnership that was crucial to the Capitals' success.

Virat Kohli has become the first player to be crowned the world's leading cricketer for a third successive year by Wisden.

The cricketing almanack annually recognises the top players across all formats of the game, and once again Kohli has been named as the world's best.

During 2018, India captain Kohli scored five Test hundreds and amassed an impressive 1,322 runs – 299 more than any other player.

Across all three formats Kohli scored 2,735 runs, with 1,202 of them coming in ODIs – the 30-year-old averaging 133.55 in the 50-over format.

Smriti Mandhana claimed the women's leading player award, completing a clean sweep for India, while Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan is the top Twenty20 player for a second year in a row.

Meanwhile, Kohli has also been named as one of Wisden's five cricketers of the year, where he is joined by England quartet Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Tammy Beaumont – who scored a 47-ball T20 hundred against South Africa at Taunton in June.

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