Top Stories: Things that made news in the cricket world today

Top Stories: Things that made news in the cricket world today

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Mustafizur Rahman (Photo Source: BCCI)

BCB plans to preserve premier pacer Mustafizur Rahman from injuries

  • Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has said keeping bowling sensation Mustafizur Rahman fit and healthy is their top priority.
  • The upcoming domestic and international cricket schedule is also packed which means that Mustafizur is set for a long spell on the field without much time off.
  • “We don’t want him to play longer formats anywhere. One-Dayers and T20s are fine but he must be allowed to take enough rest,” Hassan said on Monday.
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ICC to elect independent chairman through secret ballot in May

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has made the decision to hold a ballot in order to elect a new chairman of the board of the council.
  • The election process will be overseen by the ICC’s independent Audit Committee chairman and all present and past ICC directors will be eligible to contest the election. Currently, Shashank Manohar is the council chairman as well as the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
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West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards to undergo surgery

  • Former West Indies speedster Fidel Edwards, who sustained an ankle injury while playing football, will undergo surgery to repair his broken ankle.
  • He sustained the injury last week in a freak accident during the warm-up session ahead of the final day’s play against Yorkshire last Wednesday, reports CMC. Edwards is expected to undergo the surgery late on Tuesday.
  • The 34-year-old is currently with English county side Hampshire and was expected to spearhead Hampshire’s attack in the English County Championship which began earlier this month.
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Cricket Australia slashes ticket prices for next Australian summer

  • In an attempt to attract spectators to the stadium, the Cricket Australia has decided to slash the ticket prices for the next Australian summer fixtures.
  • The move comes after disappointing attendances blighted last summer’s Tests against New Zealand and the West Indies, which was somewhat attributed to steep entry fees for spectators.
  • As per the announcement made by Cricket Australia, more than three-quarters of all seats will be sold at lower prices than last year.
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Allan Donald likely to be roped in as bowling coach for Australia

  • Former South African fast bowler Allan Donald is most likely to join the Australian team as their bowling coach for Australia’s tour to Sri Lanka starting in July.
  • Reports in News Limited also suggest that Donald might even continue with the team after the Sri Lankan tour, and stay with them for a one-day series in South Africa in September and potentially even the crucial three-Test series against the Proteas which begins in Perth in November.
  • However, there has been no confirmation from the Cricket Australia yet.
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Had no money for cab ride then, walked with two big bags: Sachin Tendulkar

  • Sachin Tendulkar took a trip down memory lane, enumerating stories from his time at the Mumbai maidans and especially at the Shivaji Park.
  • He began with a story from the U15s, where he had gone to Pune to play a match. However, things went from bad to worse as the youngster had no money for cab fare in the sweltering and unforgiving Pune rain.
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New Zealand Cricket considering day-night Test in India

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur made a historic announcement last week when he said that the Indian team will play its first pink ball day-night Test later this year against New Zealand.
  • Now, New Zealand Cricket, after discussions, has also shown its interest in participating in the day-night game against India. NZC seems to be embracing the idea, provided the two boards go ahead with the plan.
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Younis Khan apologizes for abandoning Pakistan Cup

  • Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has apologized for his actions to the Pakistan Cricket Board. Younis Khan, who was leading the Khyber Pakhtunwala side in the Pakistan Cup, had left the tournament after he had an altercation with the umpire and was summoned for a disciplinary hearing.
  • The skipper did not turn up for the hearing and the reports said that it was likely that the batsman might be banned for 3 to 5 matches.
  • “Younis Khan made telephonic contact with chairman PCB Shaharyar Khan today,” the PCB said in a statement.
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I have always tried to give my best: Mustafizur Rahman

  • In a recent interview, the shy and unassuming individual opened up about his philosophy on fast bowling. Strange characteristics for someone who terrorizes batsmen with his raw pace one might get the feeling.
  • In an exclusive interview with xtratime, Mustafizur said, “I have tried to give my best. My philosophy is that a batsman has to start from zero whatever the format is. So I have always kept that in mind and try to get through their defense early on in their innings.”
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Gautam Gambhir praises Virat Kohli’s consistency

  • The Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir was all praise for his Delhi team-mate and the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli at a recent promotional event in Mumbai.
  • Gambhir was speaking at the Sansui promotional event at Mumbai. Gambhir admitted that Kohli is going through a tremendous batting form and every cricketer should try and replicate his efforts on the field.
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Pakistan offers honorary citizenship to Darren Sammy

  • Darren Sammy, the West Indies T20 skipper was offered an honorary citizenship by Pakistan which Sammy gratefully accepted. Sammy plays for Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League.
  • And, it was his franchise owner, Javed Afridi, who tweeted a request to Pakistan government to offer Sammy an Honorary Citizenship.
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David Miller skips post-match presentation after Kings XI Punjab loss

  • Skipper David Miller skipped the post-match chat after his team’s 25 runs defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians yesterday. Team coach Sanjay Bangar came to answer the questions.
  • It is still unknown whether why Miller chose to skip the chat as there has been no official statement from the Kings XI franchise.
  • Miller, who has also struggled to get going with the bat, played a confidence boosting innings of 30 from 17 balls.
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I encourage the younger players to ask questions: James Faulkner

  • In a recent interview with ESPNCricinfo, Faulkner opened about his time with his new franchise Gujarat Lions, bowling variations and various other things.
  • He spent three years with Rajasthan Royals, then move to Pune Warriors and played for Kings XI Punjab last season. This year, Faulkner is playing of the IPL debutants Gujarat Lions.
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Embarrassed to call myself South African: Jacques Kallis

  • Former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis took to twitter to show his disappointment over the recent ban imposed on the Cricket South Africa from hosting major tournaments.
  • On April 25, the South African sports minister, Fikile Mbalula, banned the Cricket South Africa (CSA) from hosting any major international tournaments after the cricket board failed to meet several transformational targets.
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Cricket Australia flirts with day-night Test idea for Ashes series

  • Cricket Australia’s CEO James Sutherland is toying with the idea of hosting an Ashes Test match under lights. He added that it was a distinct possibility that the board was toying with when the Poms come visiting in 2017-18 to hold onto the Ashes.
  • Speaking to cricket.com.au, Sutherland said it might happen in 2017-18. “I think that’s a distinct possibility,” he said. “In the next 12 months, we are going to see Test cricket being played in other countries other than Australia.
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Court reserves order on IPL matches in Kanpur

  • The court, on Monday (April 25), reserved order on the point of mandatory provision of notice to the government in the proposed Indian Premier League match case in which the petitioner had urged the IPL authorities to shift the matches out of the water crisis hit the city of Kanpur.
  • Anita Dua of NGO Lakshya had filed a petition before the Civil Judge (Junior Division) through a lawyer stating the city witnesses confrontation between people over water every day.
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Pakistan keen on playing day-night Test against West Indies

  • The Pakistan team is keen on playing a day-night Test against the West Indies in the UAE before playing their maiden away day-night Test against Australia in Brisbane.
  • Pakistan skipper confirmed the same has been discussed in the meetings with the board. Pakistan is keen on playing day-night Tests in order to prepare for their tour down-under.
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Yuvraj Singh lashes out at cricketers prioritizing IPL over domestic cricket

  • 34-year old Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh has lashed out at the younger generation of cricketers for prioritizing the cash-rich IPL over domestic cricket.
  • Yuvraj said, “This generation is a bit outspoken, at times the things they do look inappropriate in public. But, that’s the way the younger generation is going. I think they need to calm themselves.”
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Usman Khawaja likely to replace injured KP in RPS

  • As per the reports, the Australian opener Usman Khawaja might be the roped in as the replacement for Kevin Pietersen by the Rising Pune Supergiants.
  • Now the Aussie opener Usman Khawaja is being reported as the top priority for the replacement by the struggling Rising Pune Supergiants, who have won just one game so far.
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Mohit Sharma reveals reason for his success in slog overs

  • With figures of 3/38 against the Mumbai Indians, pacer Mohit Sharma broke into the top 10 leading wicket takers in the season so far.
  • Mohit has been the most consistent bowler for Punjab when it comes to taking wickets, Speaking to the iplt20.com, Mohit revealed the secret for his success in the death overs. He said the key has been mixing the slower deliveries and yorkers well.
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ICC suspends Cricket Association of Nepal

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially suspended the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) due the government influence in the cricket body. The decision was taken during the ICC meeting on Tuesday.
  • The ICC board added that the suspension would stay in place “until such time as the CAN becomes free of government interference and is properly structured to begin exploiting the tremendous cricket talent and opportunities that exist in Nepal.”
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SRH have depth in the batting order: VVS Laxman

  • Addressing the presser on the day of his team’s match against the Rising Pune Supergiants, the irresistible Laxman stated that the depth in batting was something the Sunrisers boasted of.
  • Laxman said, “We have got enough depth in our batting order. All of them are practicing hard. Everyone is preparing well to make use of the opportunities whenever it arises.”
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Gautam Gambhir upset over Salman Khan’ appointment for Olympics ambassador

  • Gautam Gambhir, the skipper of the Kolkata Knight Riders expressed hurt following the naming of Bollywood actor Salman Khan as the goodwill ambassador for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • Gambhir also stated that he strongly believed that he would have been happier if another sportsperson had been offered the honor ahead of the actor.
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We are giving the opposition a lot of chances: Glenn Maxwell

  • Glenn Maxwell may have found some form with the bat following a whirlwind 56, but the fact that the Kings XI Punjab are unable to launch themselves in the IPL has left him a tad bit disappointed. Maxwell starred with the bat for the Kings XI Punjab with a masterful 56.
  • However, his impressive knock went in vain as the Mumbai Indians snatched a 27-run win. Speaking to the press shortly after the match, he stated that the Kings XI were not good enough in all three departments of the match. “Honestly, I think anything can happen in this game.”
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