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Harmanpreet Kaur set to become first Indian woman in WBBL

  • India Women’s premier all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur is on the radar of many Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) sides according to reports. Should Harmanpreet be awarded a contract, she would become the first Indian woman player to feature in the WBBL.
  • The BCCI had previously cleared the Indian women to play in international T20 tournaments. Although the women had missed out on the deadline for the Women’s Super League which is held England, they will be available for the second edition of the Australian WBBL.
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Chris Gayle hopes to sign for Manchester United

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  • Chris Gayle is perhaps one of the most loved cricketers in the context of modern day cricket. However, whilst reaching the latter stages of his illustrious cricketing career, Chris Gayle has a rather unusual request.
  • It is no secret that Chris Gayle is an ardent fan of English Premier League club Manchester United. In spite of the Red Devils not doing too well in the season gone by, the Jamaican’s support for the club is undying.
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Players deserve better from the ICC: Brendon McCullum

  • In the wake of the Chris Cairns match-fixing scandal, Brendon McCullum has stated that the ICC should stand by the players when it comes to allegations of match-fixing.
  • McCullum included this particular aspect of the game during his speech at the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s. His speech included the questioning of lifetime bans to his former teammate Lou Vincent. The latter admitted to his wrongdoing and was subsequently handed a lifetime ban.
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Aaqib Javed declines Bangladesh coaching role

  • Former Pakistani pacer Aaqib Javed has declined the coaching role offered to him by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). The reports come following speculation regarding the availability of Javed after the latter stepped down from his position as head coach of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following the conclusion of the World T20.
  • The BCB had reportedly made Aaqib Javed an offer with a ‘Plan B’ in place should he decline the offer. Javed stated that he didn’t want a conflict of interest as he joined the PSL side, Lahore Qalandars and that it wasn’t possible for him to take any other job at the moment.
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Ravi Shastri applies for India coach job

  • Former India team director Ravi Shastri has thrown his hat into the ring for the vacant position of head coach for the Indian cricket team. In spite of the BCCI not renewing his contract, Shastri has been the popular choice among many to become the next Indian coach. Reports have also suggested that the current Indian squad enjoys the management skills of Shastri.
  • However, this would mean that Shastri would have to give up his position as a commentator. “Yes, I have applied for the chief coach’s post today morning. I have e-mailed all the requisite documents that were asked for in the advertisement,” the former Indian all-rounder, who played 80 Tests and 150 One-Day Internationals during his 11-year international career, confirmed to PTI.
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Neil McKenzie calls for Proteas batsmen to hit with the spin

  • South African batting coach Neil McKenzie has reiterated the importance of facing spin on turning tracks such as the one in Providence, Guyana. The Proteas were thrashed by the West Indies in the first ODI of the Tri-series with Sunil Narine picking up six South African wickets. On the other end of the yardstick, Kieron Pollard looked almost at ease as he smashed South Africa’s under par spinners to all parts of Providence.
  • “We have to try and hit with the spin and try to utilize the space. Boundaries aren’t that easy to come by so it’s probably easier to build a platform patiently and to go for the big shots later on rather than upfront. The skilled shots over cover and mid-wicket are not that easy on a slow deck where the ball tends to stop in the wicket, running between the wickets will be important,” he added.
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Decision about captaincy is something that the BCCI will take: MS Dhoni

  • Indian skipper MS Dhoni has stated that the coach who can understand the culture of Indian players in the team will achieve better success than the rest others. When asked if communication would be a barrier for the new coach, Dhoni said, “I don’t there is much problem as far as communication is concerned. It’s not a big barrier.
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) advertised for the post of head coach last week and set June 10 as the deadline for receiving applications.
  • The nine-point circular in the advertisement also included a clause which stated a ‘desire’ to have a Hindi speaking coach. However, the BCCI later clarified its stance on the disputed section.
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MS Dhoni to donate gloves and pads for Kolkata cancer patient

  • India’s limited overs captain MS Dhoni has decided to come forward and help Kolkata-based cancer patient Bapi Majhi and the family of deceased Alip Chakraborty. He will take part in a charity fund-raising auction which will take place at a Central Kolkata hotel on June 11.
  • It is being organised by Kolkata based media group Greymind Communication. MS Dhoni will not be present himself in the fundraiser due to the Zimbabwe tour but he has donated his wicket-keeping gloves and pads used in limited overs. Newly appointed Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has also donated his autographed India jersey for the fund raiser.
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Adam Gilchrist wants to see Indian players in BBL in the future

  • Former Australian wicket-keeping batsman Adam Gilchrist has stated that he would like to see Indian players ply their trade in the Big Bash League. However, the complexity of the structure in Indian cricket has seen very few players play in domestic tournaments overseas. Gilchrist however, believes that on-boarding Indian players could perhaps propel the tournament to even grander heights.
  • No Indian player has ever taken part in domestic T20 tournaments overseas with the BCCI wanting its players to perform in their robust domestic structure that runs for a majority of months in the year.
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Darren Sammy and Shahid Afridi critical of NatWest T20 Blast

  • Darren Sammy and Shahid Afridi are teammates of the Hampshire side in the NatWest T20 Blast. England limited-overs wicketkeeper Jos Buttler also echoed the same, admitting that the tournament’s once-a-week “appointment to view” format makes it hard for specialist players to maintain their form and focus over the course of an elongated tournament.
  • “It’s frustrating for the players and the fans that we don’t have a competition like the IPL,” Buttler said. “It feels as if our domestic players are missing out. After all, we did create Twenty20, but we’ve not taken it on.
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Mystery spinner Shivil Kaushik signs to play with English club Hull CCC

  • Gujarat Lions mystery spinner Shivil Kaushik is set to gain some international exposure post his IPL stint after he signed a contract with Hull CCC in the Yorkshire Premier League. Shivil will be leaving for his English stint within a week, reports Sportskeeda.
  • “Shivil will be with us shortly. We are very much looking forward to having him join us for the rest of the season. We’ve obviously seen him in the IPL and we’re sure he’ll be a great success over here in the Yorkshire Premier League. We won our first 4 games in the League but we have slipped up in recent weeks. With the addition of Shivil, we’re hoping to get back to winning ways,” The 141-year-old English club told Sportskeeda.
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“I am confident and positive going into the series: KL Rahul

  • In an interview with Deccan Chronicle, Rahul says he was ‘sad’ about Dhoni’s retirement from the longest format as he wanted to learn from the Ranchi cricketer’s vast experience.
  • “I was sad when he (Dhoni) retired from Tests. I was hoping to play more Test cricket with him so that I could get to learn more about the game. He comes with so much experience, so many pressure games, ups and downs – learning from him would have been great. I am happy it is finally happening. I have the opportunity to spend some more time with him,” said Rahul.
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I urge Pakistan media to support Pakistan: Umar Akmal

  • Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has lashed out at the Pakistan media for highlighting the frailties of the Pakistani batsmen in the recent past. For some time now, Akmal has been on the receiving end of criticism from the Pakistan media after having failed to perform consistently with the bat.
  • “I would urge the Pakistani media to support Pakistani cricketers and help us in taking Pakistan cricket forward. The media needs to stop highlighting every little situation and making a big deal out of it,” he was quoted as saying bu pakpassion.net.
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Chris Gayle’s special gift for Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh

  • Chris Gayle, who released his autobiography recently, named ‘Six Machine: I Don’t Like Cricket… I Love it’, gifted copies of his book to his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammates Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers and to Yuvraj Singh of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The Jamaican posted pictures of him presenting books to three of them in his Instagram account.
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No ill feeling towards Mohammad Amir: Stuart Broad

  • England fast bowler Stuart Broad says that he won’t have any issues playing against Mohammad Amir if he makes his Test return at Lord’s next month. Amir was named in the Pakistan squad for the England series.
  • Broad, speaking at an event organised by England sponsor Hardy’s wine on Monday, said, “I think he’s served his time. For quality of bowler, I don’t think there is much doubt that he is up there with anyone. I’ve not played him for six years, but in 2010 he was a constant threat and man of the series. It swung round corners for him.”
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Yuvraj Singh hits back at media on Twitter over his ‘angry gesture’ incident

  • Yuvraj Singh took to micro-blogging site Twitter to clarify the speculation about him getting angry at the media persons. The incident happened during the charity dinner for underprivileged kids hosted by Virat Kohli Foundation in Mumbai.
  • Yuvi was asked for his opinion on whether Virat Kohli should take over Limited overs captaincy from current captain MS Dhoni. Yuvraj didn’t seem to be interested in answering the question and avoided it by saying that he was there to talk about the event, not about cricket.
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Nobody can stop Kohli at the moment: Muttiah Muralitharan

  • Spin bowling coach for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Muttiah Muralitharan has stated that this was a memorable IPL season for the Hyderabad-based franchise. However, the former Sri Lankan spinner has also added that they were lucky on a few occasions as well. The spin legend also added that Mustafizur Rahman was one of the biggest talents in world cricket at the moment.
  • “This year’s IPL was really a memorable one. We clicked well as a unit. David Warner was fantastic as a captain as well as a batsman. Luck also favoured us on certain occasions.”
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Bangladesh Cricket Board to adopt new selection process

  • The Bangladesh Cricket board is set to adopt a new selection process for the future. The reports come in only days after Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha was inducted into the Bangladesh selection panel. The decision to divide the responsibilities among different selection units initiated by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) working committee was okayed by the technical committee.
  • The proposal put forth by Hathurusingha explains that team selections will be overseen by a three-man selection panel. This panel will then hand-pick a squad of players which will then be screened by a selection committee before handing the list to the president of the board for a final approval. Nazmul Hassan Papon, the president of the BCB confirmed the same on Sunday.
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I want to up my fitness to the level of Virat Kohli: Mandeep Singh

  • Mandeep Singh is one of the five uncapped players in India’s squad for the tour of Zimbabwe. He said that playing alongside Virat Kohli had really helped him and he wants his fitness to the level of the Indian run-machine Virat Kohli.
  • “Virat told me how I can better my front foot play. I used to be with him so I learnt how to better my fielding and fitness. How Virat has improved his batting has really inspired me. I also want to up my fitness to the level of Virat’s because when I play T20 I too want to bring to the table such kind of fitness levels and batting skills,” said Mandeep, who joined RCB last year.
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Rohit Sharma calls for teammates to support Virat Kohli

  • Rohit Sharma has called on his Indian teammates to support their Test skipper Virat Kohli ahead of the grueling Test series that beckon for the Men in Blue.
  • Sharma began by heaping praise on Kohli, stating that he is a great player for doing a lot of things right. Sharma also lauded the skipper’s instinct and stated that he had a lot of belief in his abilities.
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Big Bash League 2016-17 schedule released

  • The schedule for the sixth season of the Australian T20 blockbuster Big Bash League has been released. The season will get underway from 20th December with reigning champions Sydney Thunder clashing with the Sydney Sixers at Spotless Stadium in the ‘Sydney Smash’.
  • The schedule features 4 doubleheaders. The traditional New Year’s Day blockbusters between the Melbourne Stars v Renegades and Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers which was played at the MCG last year returns to the Adelaide Oval. The Boxing Day (December 26, 2016) will see the Hobart Hurricanes take on the Melbourne Stars take in Hobart. The New Year’s Day (1 January 2017) doubleheader will have Perth Scorchers host the Sydney Thunder.
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Eden Gardens to host India’s first pink ball day-night match

  • The iconic cricket ground in India, the Eden Gardens at Kolkata, will host India’s first-ever pink ball cricket match, which will be the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Super League final from June 17 to 20. The Super League is played among 8 top teams in local cricket to streamline Ranji Trophy team selection for Bengal.
  • The match will be played under lights with the pink kookaburra ball and will be telecasted all across India by Star Sports. This day-night final was the idea of the CAB president Sourav Ganguly, as he believes that the pink ball cricket is the “way forward” to increase the popularity of the longer version of the game.
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