The remainder of the PSL is set to kick off in Abu Dhabi soon, and the IPL will be watching and hoping for a slot later in the year in the UAE to finish their abruptly suspended 2021 season as well. Bangaldesh have won the series against Sri Lanka 2-1, but the loss in the last game means they miss out on the full 30 points in the ODI Super League. England's international cricket summer is about to kick off with the New Zealand series - just as long as they don't lose more players to freak injuries. It's been a week of build-ups and here's everything you may have missed.
India women players finally set to receive T20 World Cup prize money
Nearly 15 months after they finished runners-up in the T20 World Cup, the India Women squad will finally receive its share of the prize money amounting to USD 500,000. The development came a day after the the UK-based Telegraph newspaper revealed that the squad had not yet been paid its prize money even as other teams received theirs soon after the tournament was over.
Kusal Perera, Dushmantha Chameera prevent Bangladesh sweep
A consolation win for Sri Lanka also got them their first ODI Super League points, but Bangladesh won the series 2-1. Earlier, a Covid scare in the Sri Lanka camp had almost derailed the ODI series.
England's freak injury list: From Stokes' locker punch to Roy's bat rebound
With just a few days to go for the series against New Zealand, Ben Foakes has found himself out of the reckoning after slipping in socks in the dressing room and tearing his hamstring. Andrew Miller says he will find sympathy from England's WhatsApp chat - he's the latest in a long line of players to injure themselves in most unfortunate ways.
Coconut water, ice collars, lighter kits: How the PSL plans to beat the Abu Dhabi heat
The PSL has got the green light from the Abu Dhabi authorities, but it's also peak summer in the emirate. Teams are bracing for a "difficult but not impossible" time as temperatures are expected to rise to 40 degrees Celsius during the day.
Ian Bell: 'When I look in the mirror, I know I tried everything I had'
The retired batter opens up to George Dobell on his decision to call time and the "mental burnout" he suffered after 2013.
Smriti Mandhana: 'Never felt I would experience a day-night Test'
As India women prepare to play their first ever day-night Test, on September 30 at the WACA in Perth, the India opener says her immediate focus is on tackling the Dukes ball in England in the one-off Test in June, before the ODI and T20I series there.
R Ashwin: 'The 2010 IPL win started a miraculous 18-month run for me'
The offspinner looks back at the Chennai Super Kings' first IPL title victory, a turning point in his career.
BCCI's hurdles in delivering remainder of IPL 2021 in UAE
The board is hopeful of conducting the remainder of the truncated IPL in the UAE, but a number of challenges remain, including the CPL rejig, India's home season, the impact on T20 World Cup venues, and more. Nagraj Gollapudi has a list.
'If I didn't ask for help it would've been a different story' - Net bowler hit by David Warner on mental health battle
During the 2019 World Cup, Jaykishan Plaha copped a shot driven by Warner in the head, while bowling to him in the nets. Plaha tells of his physical and mental struggles after the training accident left him debilitated for six months.
Avesh Khan is ready for the next level
The young fast bowler was among the finds of the IPL. Vishal Dikshit follows his story from club cricket in Indore to now possibly a Test debut in England.
How many players have started their careers with three successive fifties in ODIs?
And who were the two uncapped players who played in the World XI in 1971-72? Steven Lynch has all the answers.
Would the modern player switch places with a counterpart from the past?
Packed schedules, bio-bubbles, pandemic uncertainty, but a lot more cricket and substantially better rewards…Ian Chappell wonders if current players have it better or worse than former players.
'Too much quarantine tipped me over the edge' - Tom Banton focused on having fun again
The England batter was the breakout star of county cricket in 2019, but he's hit a rough patch since. He contracted Covid at the PSL and suspects he's still suffering from long Covid after a gruelling winter away, but is hoping a purple patch is ahead.
Quiz: Which cricketer became a commercial airline pilot after his retirement?
And which one became a medical representative? Take our fun quiz on cricketers who have gone on to have alternate careers.
Mitchell Santner: 'If you have a big day in the field, you can have an ice-cream'
In this month's Crunch Time, the New Zealand spinner talks burgers, breakfast and the braai skills of Neil Wagner.
Who has the best yorker in the game today?
It's the most stunning ball in white-ball cricket. Four ESPNcricinfo staffers weigh in on who sends it down the best.
'There's an awful lot of fight left in me' - Lauren Winfield-Hill rediscovers her England ambition
Valkerie Baynes speaks to the England women batter who considered giving up on her World Cup dream because of Crohn's disease but she now has the illness under control.