IPL 2020: Sanjay Manjrekar names two players for whom the upcoming edition is going to be huge

For both fans and players alike, the excitement over the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is at its zenith. And why not it should be? After months of uncertainty hovering over the T20 extravaganza, just like any other aspects of life in the time of coronavirus, it is now certain that good…

IPL 2020: Sanjay Manjrekar names two players for whom the upcoming edition is going to be huge

For both fans and players alike, the excitement over the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is at its zenith.

And why not it should be? After months of uncertainty hovering over the T20 extravaganza, just like any other aspects of life in the time of coronavirus, it is now certain that good days are going to come back, for fans, players and people who owe their living to cricket.
The expectation from stalwarts like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and MS Dhoni amongst others, is on cloud nine, as it always has been over the years.

However, there are young guns like Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson, for whom the performance in the tournament will be crucial in determining their future in the international arena, feels Sanjay Manjrekar.

With India hosting the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup, there will be intense competition between Pant and Samson for securing the wicketkeeper spot.

“People like Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson, for me as an analyst watching the players and trying to make an assessment, sometimes predictions go right or wrong, they are both slightly enigmatic for me,” Manjrekar said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.

“Rishabh Pant, definitely there is something there. There is an X-factor and he will suddenly win you games in 10 minutes, that you thought you were losing. Sanju Samson as well, the kind of batting that he has got when he is on song, he just takes your breath away,” he added.

Pant has been struggling to cement his place in the Indian set-up while Samson failed to capitalize on whatever little opportunities he got for Team India.

Manjrekar reckons that both these youngsters have a lot of untapped potential but they still need to work on their consistency.

“But finally, consistency and generally winning performances is important, there is so much cricket happening and people clamouring for a batting position. Talent is there, class is there, potential is there but finally I am going to look at Sanju Samson’s performances and Rishabh Pant’s numbers as well to make a judgement on them,” the cricketer-turned commentator asserted.

“So, it is another big IPL and all everyone wants from them is consistency. It can’t be one good innings and then 3-4 failures where it seems that you have just thrown it away,” Manjrekar concluded.

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Kamran Akmal slams PCB for its decision to challenge brother Umar’s ban reduction

Pakistan cricketer Kamran Akmal has slammed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for its decision to challenge the reduction of the ban imposed on his younger brother Umar Akmal from three years to 18 months. The apex cricketing body banned Umar for not reporting the spot-fixing advances made by bookies ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).…

Kamran Akmal slams PCB for its decision to challenge brother Umar’s ban reduction

Pakistan cricketer Kamran Akmal has slammed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for its decision to challenge the reduction of the ban imposed on his younger brother Umar Akmal from three years to 18 months. The apex cricketing body banned Umar for not reporting the spot-fixing advances made by bookies ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Justice (retd) Faqir Muhammad Khokar, an independent adjudicator of PCB, has reduced Umar’s ban-period on the ground of compassion.
PCB challenged this decision in the Court of Arbitration for International Sports (CAS) on Monday, August 10.

Kamran expressed his displeasure over the latest development and lashed out on the board, remarking that his younger brother is being mistreated.

“Umar is being treated unjustly because in the past he has always cooperated with the authorities in such cases and this time also he admitted the mistake of not reporting the matter to the authorities. Even the reduced 18 months ban is hard on him,” Kamran said.

The PCB reiterated that it has a zero-tolerance policy for any corruption charges and a reduced ban of senior players like Umar will set a wrong example for the posterity.

“The PCB takes matters relating to anti-corruption very seriously and firmly maintains a zero-tolerance approach. The PCB believes a senior cricketer like Umar Akmal was aware of the consequences when, after having attended a number of anti-corruption lectures at the domestic and international level, having witnessed the consequences of indulging in corrupt conduct, still failed to report the approaches to the relevant authorities,” the PCB said in a press release.

“The PCB doesn’t take any pride in seeing a cricketer of Umar’s stature being banned for corruption, but as a credible and respectable institution, we need to send out a loud and clear message to all our stakeholders that there will be no sympathy whatsoever for anyone who breaches the regulations,” it added.

So far Umar has featured in 58 T20s, 157 ODIs, and 53 Tests for the national team. His last appearance for Pakistan came in a T20I match against Sri Lanka in October last year.

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