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Round-up: Glory for Comilla Victorians, Jaffer's tenth crown and redemption for Sarfraz
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Round-up: Glory for Comilla Victorians, Jaffer's tenth crown and redemption for Sarfraz

Ultimate glory

Comilla Victorians defeated Dhaka Dynamites by 17 runs to lift the Bangladesh Premier League title for the second time in tournament's history.

Tamim Iqbal, who was playing his first BPL final, remained unbeaten on 141 off 61 balls with the help of 10 fours and 11 maximums.

Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz returned figures of 3/28 to take Comilla Victorians over the line. 

Top of the pile

Opening batsman Rohit Sharma became the highest run-scorer in T20 international history. He achieved this feat against New Zealand in the second T20I in Auckland.

His innings of 50 took his tally to 2,288 runs, surpassing New Zealand opener Martin Guptill on 2,272.

Details: Rohit Sharma becomes highest run-scorer in T20I history

Old friends reunite

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting will be Justin Langer's assistant at the World Cup in England and Wales this year.

Australia's regular batting coach Graeme Hick will focus on preparations for the following Ashes Test series in England.

Details: Ponting recruited as Australia's assistant coach for World Cup 2019

Charles roped in

West Indies opening batsman Johnson Charles has replaced compatriot Nicholas Pooran at Multan Sultans for fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League after the latter was included in West Indies’ ODI squad to face England.

Charles joins Multan as a Silver category player. The 30-year-old also featured in Windies' 2012 and 2016 T20 World Cup winning campaigns.  

Details: Johnson Charles to join Multan Sultans as Nicholas Pooran's replacement

Back-to-back Ranji Trophy titles

Vidarbha defeated Saurashtra by 78 runs and successfully defended their Ranji Trophy title. Veteran opening batsman Wasim Jaffer won his tenth crown and became the first player in the history of Ranji Trophy to accumulate 1000-plus runs in two seasons.

Consolation victory

Pakistan defeated South Africa by 27 runs in the third T20I in Centurion to avoid the series whitewash.

South Africa won the T20I series 2-1. They had previously won the Test series comprehensively 3-0, while the ODI series was tightly contested with the hosts delivering a 3-2 series win.

Details: Shadab, Amir deliver consolation win for Pakistan

Time for redemption

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani confirmed that Sarfraz Ahmed will lead Pakistan at the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales this summer.

Sarfraz was handed a four-match suspension by the International Cricket Council following his racist comments directed towards South Africa all-rounder Andile Phelukwayo.

Details: Sarfraz to captain Pakistan at ICC World Cup, confirms Ehsan Mani

Change of guard

Two-time Pakistan Super League champions Islamabad United have opted for veteran fast bowler Mohammad Sami as their captain for the fourth edition of the competition, which starts on February 14.

Mohammad Sami has been part of the franchise from the very start and has 37 scalps in 27 matches to his name.

Leg-spinner Shadab Khan was announced as vice-captain of the current champions.

Details: Mohammad Sami to succeed Misbah-ul-Haq as Islamabad United skipper

Holder penalized

West Indies skipper Jason Holder has been suspended for the third and final Test against England after his team was found guilty of slow over-rate in Antigua last week.

Holder had previously been found guilty of a minor over-rate offence during the Barbados Test against Sri Lanka last year.

Details: Jason Holder suspended for final Test due to slow over-rate

Gayle back in the reckoning

West Indies have recalled stalwart batsman Chris Gayle and hard-hitting opening batsman Evin Lewis for the first two ODIs against England.

39-year-old Gayle last played for West Indies during their home series against Bangladesh in July last year.

Details: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis return for England ODIs

Mujeeb left out

Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been omitted from Afghanistan's 14-man Test squad against Ireland. The other significant omission was opener Mohammad Shahzad, who was not considered in their T20I squad. He was included to play the ODIs and the one-off Test match.

The two teams will lock horns in all three formats from February 21.