What have we in the coming 31 days of August 2018? Well, apart from India going for the kill against a ‘work-in-progress’ English Test side, SA trying to salvage a disastrous Lankan tour & Windies finding form in their favourite format against Bangladesh, prepare for a proper return of Steve Smith and David Warner to T20 cricket in the Caribbean Premier League before bracing for the English Premier League season 2018 – 19 mid-month.
01st – 05th: Cricket – England v India, 1st Test, Edgbaston
01st: Cricket – Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd ODI, Dambulla
01st: Cricket – Windies vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I, St Kitts
05th: Cricket – Windies vs Bangladesh, 2nd T20I, Florida
05th: Cricket – Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 3rd ODI, Pallekele
06th: Cricket – Windies vs Bangladesh, 3rd T20I, Florida
08th: Cricket – Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 4th ODI, Pallekele
09th: Cricket – Caribbean Premier League begins
09th: Football – Premier League transfer window closes
09th – 13th: Cricket – England v India second Test, Lord’s
11th/12th: Football – 2018-2019 English Premier League season starts
12th: Cricket – Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 5th ODI, Colombo
14th: Cricket – Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Only T20I, Colombo
18th – 22nd: Cricket – England v India, third Test, Trent Bridge
30th August – 3rd September: Cricket – England v India, fourth Test, Southampton
It barely seems like too long ago since France lifted the World Cup in the pouring Moscow rain, but the European domestic seasons loom large. In a World Cup summer, the world’s biggest clubs have a limited amount of time in which to conduct their transfer business. And it’s a particularly small window for the Premier League, who have agreed to close the window the day before the season starts in 2018-19. Whether it be seeing a new star signing in the flesh or cheering their side onto a historic opening-day upset against a Premier League giant, fans from all twenty teams have reason to be optimistic in the EPL.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side will be eager to defend their crown while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have emerged among the front-runners to win their first Premier League-era honour with a keen build upon last year’s campaign to push for a genuine shot at winning the league. Tottenham are underdogs to lift the prize while Chelsea are a club in transition following the appointment of ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri. But who else are favourites and underdogs to win this year’s Premier League title – and who are the outsiders? Watch out for the Super 8 blog before the start of the season as we bring you all the information, including key start dates, standings and fixtures.
In top cricketing news, five Tests against India are crammed into a ridiculous six weeks for England, a work in progress in Test cricket that is more than obvious. They have just one victory from their last nine matches and the drawn series against Pakistan at the start of the summer was another disappointing effort after the horrors of the winter’s Ashes defeat and a lost series in New Zealand which included being bowled out for 58 in the first Test in Auckland. It’s not, then, the best time for the world number one ranked team to show up for a five-Test series.
This is not only an important series for Virat Kohli, but also for England’s stock of fast-bowlers, they too have a lot to prove. Curran and Porter have an early chance to show they can succeed at Test level while Woakes and Wood, once he has recovered from injury, may get opportunities later in the series to do the same. For England’s long-term prospects, it would be very handy indeed if one of these bowlers had the series of their lives. It’s over to them.
The Caribbean Premier League: If any league around the world could rival the IPL, it would have to be the CPL. And, going by the final squads for the 2018 season, expect some fireworks on par with the IPL and Big Bash.
Watch out for: Chris Gayle, Martin Guptill, Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Sohail Tanvir, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Shahid Afridi, Chris Lynn, Shoaib Malik, Shakib al Hasan, D’Arcy Short, Sandeep Lamichhane (who was picked up by Delhi Daredevils, to become the first Nepalese player to feature in the IPL), just to name a few.
There were no deals for the England trio of Alex Hales, Tymal Mills and Adil Rashid. All three players were draft eligible but the clash with this year’s T20 Blast meant that the earliest they could have been available to feature was August 17. Furthermore if their respective counties go beyond the Blast group stages, they would not be available for the majority of the CPL.
2018 Caribbean Premier League squads
Barbados Tridents: Martin Guptill, Shakib Al Hasan, Hashim Amla, Dwayne Smith, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Tion Webster, Imran Khan, Dominic Drakes, Shamar Springer, Sunny Sohal, Chemar Holder
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Sohail Tanvir, Shoaib Malik, Chadwick Walton, Cameron Delport, Rayad Emrit, Imran Tahir, Jason Mohammed, Luke Ronchi, Veerasammy Permaul, Roshon Primus, Shimron Hetmyer, Devendra Bishoo, Gajanand Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Keemo Paul, Saurabh Netravalkar, Akshaya Persaud
Jamaica Tallawahs: Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Imad Wasim, David Miller, Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell, Samuel Badree, Kemar Roach, Glenn Phillips, Andre McCarthy, Krishmar Santokie, Johnson Charles, Steven Taylor, Kennar Lewis, Steven Jacobs, Oshane Thomas, Elmore Hutchinson, Kirstan Kallicharan
St Lucia Stars: Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, D’Arcy Short, Darren Sammy, Rumman Raees, Andre Fletcher, Mitch McClenaghan, Kesrick Williams, Niroshan Dickwella, Rakheem Cornwall, Qais Ahmad, Kavem Hodge, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Dasun Shanaka, Chris Lamont, Obed McCoy, Jaskaran Malhotra, Odean Smith
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Mahmudullah, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tom Cooper, Sheldon Cottrell, Brandon King, Devon Thomas, Graeme Cremer, Fabian Allen, Sandeep Lamichanne, Shamarh Brooks, Jeremiah Louis, Alzarri Joseph, Ibrahim Khaleel, Glen Javelle
Trinbago Knight Riders: Dwayne Bravo, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan, Khary Pierre, Ronsford Beaton, Junior Dala, Javon Searles, Terrance Hinds, Kevon Cooper, Nikita Miller, Anderson Philip, Hamza Tariq, Amir Jangoo
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