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Karn Sharma    Batsman   
Sharma was man of the match in Friday's qualifier win over Kolkata as he picked up four wickets.

Fantasy Analysis

The leg spinner was essentially the match winner as he tore through Kolkata's middle order with four wickets from his four overs including two in two balls in the seventh over. The four wicket bag propelled Sharma's campaign total to double figures of 13 from just eight matches. The consecutive wickets included Kolkata captain and tournament top run scorer Gautuam Gambhir and New Zealand allrounder Colin de Grandhomme for a first ball duck.
Karn Sharma    Batsman   
Sharma took three for 11 from his 3.4 overs in Mumbai's win over Delhi Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Sharma's first wicket came from an outstanding one-handed full-strech grab from his captain Rohit Sharma at first slip to dismiss West Indies international Marlon Samuels for just one. The legspinners next two wickets were tailenders but he did claim the wicket of South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada who can me a force down the order. 3/11 is the 29-year-old's best figures for Mumbai this season, in his two other matches he took figures of 2/39 and 1/23. In the field Sharma held onto one catch to dismiss New Zealand international Corey Anderson.
Grant Elliott    (Shunt)    All Rounder   
Elliot is set to call time on his international cricket career following signing for Birmingham Bears to play in the NatWest Blast, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Having already retired from the ODI format, the experienced allrounder has not played at the international level for New Zealand since the semi-final loss in the World T20 to England in 2016. At 38 years old, the now T20 specialist brings a wealth of experience and batting firepower to the Birmingham side. Elliot played 83 ODIs for New Zealand with the highlight being the unforgettable 2015 World Cup semifinal where he produced the moment of New Zealand's limited overs cricket history to take the side to their first final.
Mohammad Irfan    Bowler   
Irfan has been suspended from all forms of cricket having pleaded guilty to failing to report details of two counts of approaches to corrupt the game, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The year-long ban is effective from the moment he was provisionally suspended from the game, which was earlier in the month on March 14. "I was approached twice and it was my mistake that I did not report it to PCB's anti-corruption unit," said Irfan. The pace bowler can, however, have the suspension shortened to six months if he assists the Pakistan Cricket Board with their ongoing investigation into the corruption scandal now surrounding the PSL.
Morne Morkel    Bowler   
Morkel snatched four for 100 off 36.1 overs in the first innings of South Africa's third Test against New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

While the New Zealand top-order batsmen were giving the South African attack fits, the recently-returned Morkel was there to knock out danger-man after danger-man. His first Test four-for since Christmas 2015 as the big-bodied pace bowler provides yet another seamer in the South African attack. Bowling in his 74th Test, this was his 14th career four-for with six five-fors; however, he's never notched a 10-wicket haul.
Jeet Raval    Batsman   
Raval totaled 88 off 254 in the first innings of New Zealand's third Test against South Africa.

Fantasy Analysis

Though the 28-year-old cracked the Test squad for the first time in November of 2016 against Pakistan, he's quickly turned into a consistent opener for the Black Caps. Raval's first-innings half-century was his third in the past four innings with no scores below 36 in that time. While he's yet to score a Test ton, with his patience and form of late, it seems only a matter of time, having set his high score in back-to-back innings.
Shakib Al Hasan    All Rounder   
Al Hasan took three wickets against Sri Lanka on day 4 of the second Test Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

If Bangladesh win this Test it’ll be on the back of Al Hasan. After scoring a hundred in the first innings the allrounder took three key wickets to keep Bangladesh in the match. His first wicket was Asela Gunaratne who was rapped on the front pad without offering a shot and fired by umpire Aleem Dar. Next came Niroshan Dickwella on five, who’s attempted paddle sweep ended up in the hands of wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim. Al Hasan’s last victim was century-maker Dimuth Karunaratne who edged the second new ball to Soumya Sarkar at first slip. The world’s number two allrounder ended day 4 with figures of three for 61.
Shakib Al Hasan    All Rounder   
Al Hasan hit his fifth test century to help his side toward a 129 run lead against Sri Lanka in the second test Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Following his scores of 23 and eight in the first test, Al Hasan built on these starts to produce an innings of 116 from 159 balls and including 10 fours. With the ball in Sri Lanka's first innings, Al Hasan picked up two wickets while conceding 80 runs from his 33 overs bowled.
Mohammad Irfan    Bowler   
Irfan was provisionally suspended from all formats of cricket on Tuesday for failing to report an approach, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The 34-year-old bowler has two weeks to respond to the charges of failing to disclose "any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code," Code Article 2.4.4 states under the PCB Anti-Corruption Code. Irfan last bowled for the Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League and has 60 ODI caps and 20 T20I appearances for Pakistan internationally.
Mohammad Mahmudullah    (Riyad)    All Rounder   
Mahmudullah was dropped from Bangladesh's squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka at Colombo, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

With 33 Test caps to his name, this recent run of poor form including a second innings duck in the first Test of the series led to Mahmudullah's demise on the Test squad. With an average over 30 and 13 career half-centuries in Test cricket, he's one of the most experienced batsmen in the side, but his recent run led to his removal. Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan backed Mahmudullah's return for the following ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka in March and early April.
Morne Morkel    Bowler   
Morkel played his first Test in over a year, taking two for 62 in South Africa's only bowling innings in the first Test against New Zealand.

Fantasy Analysis

Two for 62 might not sound like much but after 14 months out of the international side thanks to a back injury the 32-year-old fast bowler was quite happy. "For me to break that mental barrier was quite pleasing.and now I can put those things to rest and just focus on cricket," Morkel said. "All those demons that were on my mind, I managed to control it and get through it. I have that peace of mind that I can play Test matches again."
Mohammad Mahmudullah    (Riyad)    All Rounder   
Mahmudullah was out for a second-ball duck on day 5 against Sri Lanka in the first Test Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Mahmuduallah was one of Herath's six victims when he was struck flush on the back pad and given lbw by umpire Marais Erasmus. It was Mahmuduallah's second failure in the match, he only managed eight in first innings before being bowled by Lahiru Kumara. The 31-year-old batsman has seven ducks in Test cricket, this is the first in 2017.
Jeet Raval    Batsman   
Raval has continued his good start to international cricket for New Zealand with his third half century in nine innings against South Africa on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Having made a bright start to international cricket against Pakistan, Raval made a series of starts without pushing on against Bangladesh. Now with the three test series against the stronger opposition of South Africa, Raval showed positive signs with a score of 52 coming from 102 balls in the first innings. Together with captain Kane Williamson, the pair put on a century stand, the highest for the second wicket against South Africa.
Morne Morkel    Bowler   
Morkel (back) bowled none for 53 off eight overs for the Titans in the Momentum One Day Cup against the Dolphins on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

After a three-month absence from playing thanks to recurring back issues, Morkel made his return in the domestic 50-overs cup. While his bowling figures were nothing to write home about, his return to competitive cricket is a positive sign for the South African attack as he looks to return for the upcoming three-match Test series at New Zealand, beginning in March. Morkel hasn't played in a Test since January 2016 at Centurion against England.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn (shoulder) is progressing ahead of schedule and is on track for South Africa's tour of England in July, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Steyn broke a bone in his shoulder back in November and has already begun swimming, putting him ahead of his schedule. The 33-year-old has 26 five-fors in his Test career to go along with 25 four-fors, and his return to the South Africa attack, along with Morne Morkel, would provide a breath of fresh air in the middle of a lengthy tour that will include ODIs, the Champions Trophy, and T20Is along with the four Tests that Steyn aims to return for.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell was suspended for one year for a whereabouts clause violation, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Russell recently played in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunder, but took part in his last internationals for the West Indies in August and had been widely assumed to be in violation of the doping code. If he does not appeal (and then win his appeal), he'll miss the Pakistan Super League (for which a replacement has already been named), the India Premier League, the NatWest T20 Blast (for which he plays for Nottinghamshire), and the Caribbean Premier League in addition to his international commitments for the Windies.
Kevin Pietersen    Batsman   
Pietersen scored 73 off 46 balls against Renegades in the second Melbourne derby Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

It didn't take long for Pietersen to get going in Renegades' cross-town rematch, stroking Stars' fast bowler Tom Cooper for six from the first ball he faced. The 36-year-old superstar hit two more and seven boundaries on his way to 73, his highest score so far in this edition of BBL.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn (shoulder) targets a June return to the South African national team after recovering from a broken shoulder, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Steyn was injured in November and with a six-month timetable, will miss the IPL as well as the team's fixtures prior to the Protean's tour of England, which he hopes to be fully fit for. His return would be a boon to the attack, having taken 417 wickets in his Test career including a whopping 26 five-fors and five 10 wicket hauls.
Jeet Raval    Batsman   
Raval has been promoted to the top of New Zealand's batting order ahead of this month's two-Test series against Pakistan.

Fantasy Analysis

Raval is stepping into the shoes of his “inspiration”, Martin Guptill, who finally lost the patience of NZ selectors for his inability to put up big runs. Raval has impressed in New Zealand's domestic competition, averaging 59.8 last season. A question mark remains over Raval's ability to handle spin, so visiting side Pakistan can be expected to test the left-hander when they arrive next week.
Dimuth Karunaratne    Batsman   
Karunaratne top scored for Sri Lanka in the second innings of the second test match against Zimbabwe on Wednesday

Fantasy Analysis

Sri Lanka's opener amassed a large innings in terms of balls faced, scoring 88 from 203 deliveries as others fell around him. He was eventually dismissed in the 73rd over with the score on 198 when he was trapped LBW by Chris Mpofu.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn (shoulder) will play no further apart in the remaining days of the first test and the remainder of the test series against Australia having injured his shoulder while bowling on Friday. ESPN Cricinfo reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Taking the extremely important wicket of in-form batsman David Warner for 97 in his previous overs, fortunes were looking up for Steyn and the South African side. However, the fast bowler was unable to complete his next over and left the field, not to be seen again for the rest of the day. It was later confirmed that Steyn had fractured his right shoulder and that he would miss the entire tour. His replacement is likely to be Morne Morkel if he can be cleared from his own injury problems or Kyle Abbott.
Dimuth Karunaratne    Batsman   
Karunaratne raced out to 110 off 173 in the second innings of Sri Lanka's first Test against Zimbabwe.

Fantasy Analysis

After opening with a half-century in the first innings and partnering with Kaushal Silva for 123 runs before the first wicket was taken, he then helped set the table in the second innings, hitting for his fourth Test century in 32 matches. With Sri Lanka up 411 going into the final day, Karunaratne's 166 run match should certainly help as they gun for a victory.
Tabraiz Shamsi    Batsman   
Shamsi snagged three for 36 off 10 overs in Sunday's ODI victory over Australia.

Fantasy Analysis

Between Shamsi and Kyle Abbott, South Africa was able to make quick work of Australia as those two bowlers accounted for seven wickets in just 18 overs of work between the two, holding Australia to just 36.4 overs in total. Bowling in just his third ODI and his first of the series, the 26-year-old looks to be in strong form. Furthermore, he was named to the team's Test squad and looks comfortable as either a holding bowler or playing a larger role in the attack as a debutant.
Ramnaresh Sarwan    Batsman   
Sarwan has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket at a ceremony at his former school in Guyana on Thursday. ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The former West Indian captain last made an appearance for the international side at the 2013 Champions Trophy against India, 13 years after his debut for the West Indies in 2000. Sarwan leaves the international side with 20 international centuries (15 in tests and five in ODI's), as well as 41 wickets across the three international formats.
Andre Russell    All Rounder   
Russell has been replaced in the West Indian T20 squad to face Pakistan beginning on the 23rd of September, having asked to withdraw from the series due to personal matters. ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

A leading player for the Caribbean side in recent times, Russell's reasons for withdrawal from the upcoming games are unknown. However, it is speculated that the allrounder is set to face the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission in the forthcoming days for allegedly missing tests. As a result, Kesrick Williams has been called into the squad as Russell's replacement.
Jeet Raval    Batsman   
Raval has been dropped from the New Zealand Test squad ahead of their tour of India later this month.

Fantasy Analysis

Raval earned his promotion to the NZ Test squad that toured Africa with an impressive performance in the country's domestic first-class competition that produced a 55.71 average, but the Indian-born batsman hasn't been so fortunate this time. The 27-year-old left-hander will miss out on the upcoming Indian tour despite earning praise from NZ selectors. "Jeet Raval misses out on this tour, but we were really pleased with what we saw of him in Africa. He did everything asked of him and we'll continue to monitor him closely,” said Gavin Larsen.
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn picked up four wickets in Wednesday's rain-delayed win for the Tallawahs against the Tridents.

Fantasy Analysis

Chasing 195 in 18 overs was a big ask for the Tridents, and the victory for the top-of-the-table Tallawahs was confirmed thanks largely to the bowling performance of Steyn. Wickets included the Tridents' captain Kieron Pollard on 16 and fellow countryman David Wiese for a golden duck. The four-for now takes Steyn's tournament total to 12 as he leaves the CPL having been recalled by Cricket South Africa.
Kevin Pietersen    Batsman   
Pietersen (calf) has signed a five-match contract with the Dolphins for the upcoming Ram Slam season, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Out of commission since sustaining a torn right calf on Apr. 22 for the Supergiants in the IPL, Pietersen is expected to be healthy at some point in November, which coincides with the initial games of the Ram Slam slate. Last year, he recorded the second-most runs (401) in the tournament, finishing with an 80.20 average and 172.84 strike rate. The performances helped the Dolphins reach the final, but his side will be without David Miller and Kyle Abbott this time around, thereby hindering their chances. Nevertheless, Pietersen is expected to be available for the latter portion of the round-robin phase as well as the knockout stage (if applicable).
Dale Steyn    Bowler   
Steyn has been recalled from the CPL by Cricket South Africa, the International Business Times reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Steyn ended the tournament with a flourish, nabbing a pair of wickets in each of his last three matches. Overall, his eight dropped every 16.3 balls, which was accompanied by a 6.82 economy rate. When he returns to South Africa, he'll merely be upholding a contractual obligation at an annual awards ceremony.
Virender Sehwag    Batsman   
Sehwag officially retired from international cricket and the IPL on Tuesday.

Fantasy Analysis

Sehwag leaves the game as one of India's greatest opening batsmen, playing in 104 Tests, 251 ODIs and 19 T20Is between 1999 and 2013. While he was key to Indian victories at the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup, his prowess in Test cricket (23 centuries, including two 300s) is of particular note, as he recorded an 82.23 strike rate in the long format. The 37-year-old will now turn his attention to the Masters Champions League, which a T20 tournament based in the UAE.
Karn Sharma    Batsman   
Sharma (finger) will take part in the preparatory camp in advance of India's upcoming series against South Africa, The Times of India reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Absent from July's tour of Zimbabwe due to a fractured finger on his left hand, Sharma has instead played in five List A games and one First-class match against Australia A and South Africa A squads. Emerging unscathed, the spinner will be among 30 players in consideration for the 72-day series versus the Proteas, which starts on Oct. 2 with a T20.
Dimuth Karunaratne    Batsman   
Karunaratne (finger) wasn't chosen for the ODI portion of Sri Lanka's series against Pakistan, the International Business Times reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Karunaratne suffered a fractured little finger on his left hand at the midpoint of the World Cup, which required more than three months to achieve full health. However, he was picked for the trio of Tests in the current series, averaging 53.00 at a strike rate of 53.44 on the backs of one century and two 50s. His lack of selection for the five ODIs to come this month likely pushes back his next international fixture to the two T20Is to conclude the series.
Tabraiz Shamsi    Batsman   
Shamsi concocted the best T20 figures of his career -- four for 10 off four overs -- during Monday's win against the Tridents.

Fantasy Analysis

Shamsi locked up the meat of Barbados' order in the middle overs, including the scalps of Dwayne Smith, Jason Holder, and Jonathan Carter. The outing marked Shamsi's second consecutive four-for, with his 10 wickets cascading to the pitch every 10.2 balls. Furthermore, his four tidy overs Monday lowered his economy rate more than a run to 6.82 in his first CPL season.
Karn Sharma    Batsman   
Sharma won't take part in the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe due to a fractured finger on his left hand, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Sharma's absence leaves Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane with only two spinners, Harbhajan Singh and Axar Patel, to chose from for the three ODIs and two T20s of the tour. In the meantime, there's no telling when Sharma will be cleared for action, but the nature of his injury like equates to a lengthy recovery effort.
Mohammad Irfan    Bowler   
Irfan (pelvis) isn't a part of Pakistan's squad for the current series against Zimbabwe, the AFP reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Irfan missed the first ODI on Tuesday, with two absences to follow Friday and Sunday, as a result of a stress fracture in his pelvis. He initially came down with the injury leading up to the World Cup quarterfinal versus Pakistan, but not before taking eight wickets in five games, which were accompanied by a 4.53 economy rate and 30.7 strike rate. His next chance to return arrives at the start of the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka on June 17, which includes three Tests, five ODIs, and two T20Is.
Junaid Khan    (Junaid Kahn)    Bowler   
Khan (thigh) is a part of Pakistan's Test and T20 squads for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The tour kicks off with the first of three ODIs on Apr. 17, but Khan won't make a possible appearance until a T20I on Apr. 24, with two Tests to follow starting on Apr. 28 and May 6. Any selection would mark his first since Jan. 11 due to a "traction injury of the nerve in the posterior right thigh," which kept him out of the World Cup. In nine T20I matches, he's toppled eight wickets for 29.50 while allowing 8.74 runs per over. However, his Test career is far more renowned, with 65 wickets taken for 28.83 and a 2.84 economy rate in 33 innings across 18 fixtures.
Junaid Khan    (Junaid Kahn)    Bowler   
Khan (hamstring) won't play in the upcoming World Cup after failing a fitness test, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Khan missed the recent two-match ODI series against host New Zealand due to a "traction injury of the nerve in the posterior right thigh" suffered while training for the Cup. Instead, he was in the middle of a rigorous rehab program at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, Pakistan, which didn't bring about the intended results. Pakistan will thus be without its premier pace bowler, hindering its chances of advancement through the knockout stages, assuming the Misbah-ul-Haq-helmed squad emerges from Group B.