England to go ahead with Bangladesh tour despite July attack

LONDON (AP) England will go ahead with its tour of Bangladesh as scheduled later this year, despite an attack in the capital Dhaka last month by radical Islamists that left 20 people dead.

The England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement on Thursday saying that "England's tour of Bangladesh will continue as planned" after "a full assessment of facilities and operations in both Bangladesh and India was made this month."

England is due to play two test matches and three one-day internationals, in Dhaka and Chittagong, from Oct. 7 to Nov. 1.


Dilshan retiring from ODIs after 3rd match vs Australia

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka allrounder Tillakaratne Dilshan will retire from one-day international cricket on Sunday, after the third match of the current series against Australia.

Sri Lanka Cricket announced the decision Thursday. (MORE)

England beats Pakistan in rain-hit 1st ODI

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) Jason Roy overcame a bout of dizziness to inspire England to a 44-run win over Pakistan using the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-affected one-day international on Wednesday, putting the hosts 1-0 ahead in the five-match series.

Chasing 261 to win in Southampton, England was 194-3 after 34.3 overs and well ahead of Pakistan on run rate when rain forced an end to play. Roy scored a 56-ball 65 to get England off to a flying start, while Joe Root hit 61 in England's latest impressive display in the 50-over format. (MORE)

Sri Lanka beats Australia by 82 runs in 2nd ODI

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Spin bowler Amila Aponso and seamer Thisara Perera shared seven wickets to help Sri Lanka to a crushing 82-run win over Australia in their second one-day international on Wednesday.

The five-match series is now level at 1-1, with three more matches to be played. (MORE)

Pakistan wins toss, elects to bat in 1st ODI

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and opted to bat against England in the first one-day international on Wednesday.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes returns after sustaining a calf injury during the test series against Pakistan, but will play only as a batsman for the first two ODIs of the series. (MORE)

Sri Lanka wins toss and bats in 2nd ODI vs. Australia

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has won the toss and chosen to bat first in the second one-day international against Australia at R. Premadasa Stadium.

The hosts made two changes to the side that lost the first game of the five-match series by three wickets last Sunday, leaving out spinner Lakshan Sandakan and all-rounder Milinda Siriwardana. They have been replaced by Seekkuge Prasanna and Danushka Gunathilaka. (MORE)

Injured seamer Nuwan Pradeep out of Australia series

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka seam bowler Nuwan Pradeep will miss the remaining one-day internationals against Australia after aggravating a hamstring injury.

Instead of bringing in another seamer, selectors opted Tuesday for batsman Angelo Perera - who also bowls left-arm spin - after impressing for Sri Lanka "A" on the recent tour to England. (MORE)

Players frustrated as SA-NZ test abandoned due to wet field

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) The first cricket test between South Africa and New Zealand was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Tuesday, leaving the two sets of players frustrated as they were forced to settle for a draw.

Although both teams said that they wanted to play, the umpires have the final say on whether conditions are safe enough. (MORE)

No rain but no play in SA-NZ 1st test for 2nd straight day

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) The first test between South Africa and New Zealand saw a second successive day pass without any play on Monday - despite an absence of rain.

Although Durban enjoyed a sunny day on Sunday and a strong wind on Monday, wet patches on the Kingsmead outfield failed to dry sufficiently following a heavy thunderstorm on Saturday night and so no play was possible on the fourth day. (MORE)

India loses top test rank despite series win vs West Indies

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) India has lost its top test ranking despite a 2-0 series victory over West Indies.

India had to win the last game of the four-match series to retain its No. 1 position, but four days without play led to the match being declared a draw Monday. (MORE)

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