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Hello all, the Sport360 Team is in place, bringing you the latest news from the world of cricket on Friday.

It’s a big day in the Asia Cup with India and Bangladesh set to lock horns in the final in Dubai.

We will be bringing you all the build up to that match as well as all the other news from the world of cricket

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8:30pm – England all-rounder Sam Curran awarded Test contract 

The ECB have awarded Sam Curran a Test contract although there was no space for Keaton Jennings or any other opening batsman. Read more on that story here.

7:00pm – Bangladesh set India a target of 223 runs in Asia Cup final

Bangladesh’s innings in the Asia Cup final against India at Dubai has drawn to a close. The Tigers have been bowled out for 222 runs in 48-3 overs with Kuldeep Yadav picking up three scalps for India.

Liton Das was the star of Bangladesh’s innings with the opener slamming his maiden ODI ton.

Read more on Bangladesh’s innings in our live match report here.

India bounced back excellently in the middle overs.

India bounced back excellently in the middle overs.

5:00pm – Shakib Al Hasan undergoes surgery on injured finger

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has confirmed he underwent surgery on his injured finger after returning home early from the Asia Cup.

He missed the 37-run victory against Pakistan on Wednesday as well as Friday’s final against India after pain of his left little finger, which occurred during the Sri Lanka series, resurfaced.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Shakib Al Hasan has returned home to Bangladesh from UAE.

Shakib Al Hasan has returned home to Bangladesh from UAE.

3:00pm – India bowl first in Asia Cup final against Bangladesh

The final of the Asia Cup is upon us with Bangladesh and India set to tussle in a mouthwatering clash at the Dubai International Cricket stadium.

India skipper Rohit Sharma has won the toss and elected to bowl first. How many runs can the Tigers put up on the board in pursuit of their maiden Asia Cup crown?

Find out by following our live ball-by-ball updates here.

The stage is set for the 2018 Asia Cup final at Dubai.

The stage is set for the 2018 Asia Cup final at Dubai.

2:00pm – PCB refute former Pakistan fielding coach’s allegations

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has come out to refute allegations made by former fielding coach Steve Rixon.

In a recent interview with Fairfax Media, Rixon had criticised the PCB for a ‘lack of professionalism’ and delay in payments of his salary.

Read what the PCB had to say in its official press release here.

Pakistan's former fielding coach: Steve Rixon (l).

Pakistan’s former fielding coach: Steve Rixon (l).

1:30pm – D’Arcy Short slams third highest List A score in history

D’Arcy Short wrote himself into the record books with a 148-ball 257 for Western Australia in their JLT One-Day Cup match against Queensland on Friday.

The left-handed opener struck a record 23 sixes in his innings to lead Western Australia to a 116-run win in Sydney.

Read more on Short’s incredible feat here.

Short plundered a 148-ball 237 for Western Australia.

Short plundered a 148-ball 237 for Western Australia.

1:00pm – Mohammad Abbas retained by Leicestershire for 2019 season

Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas will return as Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s overseas player in the 2019 season, the club announced on Friday.

The 28-year-old has had an impressive maiden stint in the County Championship Division Two this year with a total of 50 wickets at an outstanding average of 17.72.

Read more on this story here.

Abbas has impressed in his maiden stint with Leicestershire.

Abbas has impressed in his maiden stint with Leicestershire.

11:20am – Mohammad Amir dropped from Pakistan Test squad

Pacer Mohammad Amir was dropped as Pakistan announced its 17-man squad for the two-Test series against Australia to be held in the UAE.

Amir’s exclusion comes after the pacer was unable to pick a single wicket in the Asia Cup where Pakistan crashed out of the Super Four stage with defeat to Bangladesh.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Mohammad Amir is the most notable exclusion in the 17-man squad.

Mohammad Amir is the most notable exclusion in the 17-man squad.

11:00am – Why India should bat first against Bangladesh

It’s the final day in the Asia Cup with India set to take on Bangladesh for the crown of the continent’s best. The Rohit Sharma-led Indian side have won three matches in the tournament batting first but, for the final, they should look to bat first if they win the toss.

Ajit Vijaykumar explains why here.

Can India retain their trophy?

Can India retain their trophy?

10:00am – Sunil Gavaskar advises MS Dhoni to return to domestic cricket

Former India opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes MS Dhoni should return to domestic cricket to reinvigorate his career.

The star India wicketkeeper batsman has been off colour with the bat of late with just 189 runs in nine ODI innings so far in 2018.

Read what Gavaskar had to say on Dhoni here.

MS Dhoni has been urged to return to domestic cricket.

MS Dhoni has been urged to return to domestic cricket.

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