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Round-up: Smith out of PSL, Morkel retires, IPL to stay in India
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Round-up: Smith out of PSL, Morkel retires, IPL to stay in India

South Africa clinch Test series

South Africa beat Pakistan by nine wickets on the fourth day of the second Test to clinch the series at Newlands on Sunday.

It was the hosts’ seventh straight Test series win at home. This record dates back to 2015/16 when Hashim Amla stepped down from the captaincy during the home series against England which the Proteas lost.

Details: South Africa defeat Pakistan by nine wickets to claim series

India’s first-ever Test series win in Australia

Virat Kohli's dominant India reinforced their status as the world's number one team by winning a historic first-ever series in Australia after play in the final Sydney Test was abandoned due to rain.

It is the first time they have managed the feat since they began touring Australia in 1947-48.

Read more: Dominant India clinch first-ever Test series in Australia

New Zealand sweep ODI series

Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls both smashed centuries as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 115 runs in the third ODI in Nelson to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

Details: Taylor, Nicholls smash centuries as New Zealand sweep ODI series

IPL 2019 to be played in India despite election clash

The Indian Premier League will be held in India, the BCCI said Tuesday, quelling speculation that the T20 extravaganza could be held elsewhere owing to a clash with a general election.

The competition would be held from March 23 with a detailed schedule to be announced later.

Read more: IPL 2019 to be played in India despite election clash

Gamblers removed from BPL games

A special temporary courthouse at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium expelled 20 gamblers for placing illegal bets during the first three days of the Bangladesh Premier League.

Betting is illegal in Bangladesh but rampant during cricket matches, where gamblers exploit a brief delay between live play and the official broadcast of results to place frantic bets.

Details: Bangladesh court expels 20 punters from stadium during BPL matches

Hardik Pandya in trouble over 'misogynist' comments

The BCCI Wednesday ordered all-rounder Hardik Pandya to explain sexist comments made on a TV show after the remarks sparked social media outrage and prompted the player to apologise. He has been suspended and called back from Australia along with Rahul.

In an Instagram post, Pandya said he "got a bit carried away" as he explained his bragging about his prowess with women.

Pandya and KL Rahul, who also took part in the interview, have both been ordered to explain their comments.

Full story: BCCI suspends Pandya, Rahul; orders the duo to leave tour of Australia

USA Cricket reinstated

The International Cricket Council approved USA Cricket as its 105th member, restoring the sport in the United States after the expulsion of a previous national governing body.

The move making USA Cricket the ICC's 93rd associate member allows the group to obtain ICC development funding and sanction international and domestic cricket in the United States.

Details: ICC approves USA Cricket as its 105th member

Elbow injury rules Smith out of BPL, PSL

Steve Smith has dropped out of Bangladesh Premier League due to an elbow injury after playing just two matches.

Full story: Steve Smith ruled out of PSL with elbow injury

Albie Morkel retires from all forms of cricket

Veteran South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday, ending a professional career that has spanned nearly 20 years.

Morkel played one Test, 58 ODIs and 50 T20Is for his country, scoring 1412 runs and picking up 77 wickets across formats.

Amir, Masood included in squad for South Africa ODIs

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir and opening batsman Shan Masood have been included in 16-man ODI squad to face South Africa in five ODIs starting January 19.

Amir was left out for the ODIs against New Zealand after struggling to pick up wickets but showed decent form in the recent series against South Africa, grabbing eight wickets at an average of 23.87.

Full squad: Amir, Masood included in 16-man squad for South Africa ODIs