"Nothing has changed" for Kevin Pietersen`s hopes of playing international cricket again, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Sunday, despite incoming chairman Colin Graves appearing to leave the door open for the exiled batsman`s return.
The one-day matches in the next edition of the cricket World Cup could be 40-overs-a-side affairs and Test matches reduced to four days if the discussions between the chairmen of English counties and the ECB are proposed and ultimately accepted by the the ICC.
Former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent, who was banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) from any kind of cricket after admitting to a range of match fixing offences, was used by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Saturday to bring out an emotional video message to players ahead of the World Cup starting Saturday.
Former England captain Paul Collingwood criticised the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Tuesday, saying dropping Ben Stokes for the World Cup was a big mistake and claiming the young all-rounder could have won England the elusive trophy.
Pacer James Anderson on Friday reached another career milestone becoming England's most-capped cricketer in all formats. By making his 304th appearance for England in the ODI tri-series against Australia, the 32-year-old went passed former wicketkeeper-batsman Alec Stewart who represented England on 303 occasions.
England batsman Gary Ballance could miss the rest of the Tri-Series against Australia and India after fracturing a finger but will be fit for next month`s World Cup, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Saturday.
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said he wants England "to do well" in the impending World Cup despite being acrimoniously sacked by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), leading to a long-enduring verbal fight between the two warring parties.
Australians are busy with a Test series at home with India, but their Ashes rivals have already started selling tickets for the upcoming tour in England. According to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), tickets for three days of the scheduled third Ashes match at Edgbaston in July have already been sold out.