They talk about seasons in the cricketing world but I’m yet to come across a week without cricket being played on the globe. February too promises to serve some exciting encounters on the platter.
ICC Women’s World Cup: The 8 top women’s team have warmed up and the 24 match tournament for the highest title is being staged for the 1st time in India. Mumbai and Cuttack will witness the matches for the teams divided into 2 groups. Group A would see host India,England,West Indies and Sri Lanka battling out whereas teams from Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa are placed in Group B.
Australia vs. West Indies: After 2 back-to-back T20 defeats the Aussies would be up against the visiting T20 Champs West Indies for 5 ODI’s and a lone T20. The stable test unit but an uncertain color squad Australia will have their task cut-out before a busy season up their sleeve. Vising Windies will be hoping for a Gayle storm and a good Samuel’s say for the following 2 weeks. The 1st ODI stages at Perth on 1st February.
Passionate Pakistan vs. South African skipper Smith who turns 32 on Friday will become first person to captain the team in 100 test matches as the hosts take on Pakistan in the 1st test at Jo’berg. Prolific Proteas’ cricket will name the test match’s first day as ‘Biff Day’, that is Smith’s nickname. Pakistan are all charged up with promising additions in the pace attack. The 2 month long tour will see the two Green’s of cricket play 3 tests, 2 T20s and 5 ODI’s with the first of the 3 tests starting from 1st February at the Wanderers. The better pace attack should be the favorite 11.
New Zealand clash with England: England are already in New Zealand and after a daunting task in tests against India the visitors will look to dominate the Black Caps, already disturbed with selection fumes. 3 T20s as many ODI’s and same number of Tests are on cards, with the 1st T20 scheduled on 9th Feb at Auckland. The kiwis will miss Vettori as the specky laft arm spinner is recovering from Achilles tendon strain. Chris Woakes and Joe Roots, the two impressive Englishmen will be eyed closely as England will look to continue impressing the cricketing fans.
Apart from the 6 teams in action, Bangladesh Premier League continues for 3 weeks in the month of february whereas the auctions for the IPL players will be schedule i.e. 3rd Feb.