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MUMBAI, INDIA JULY 19: A council member Sourav Ganguly at the IPL governing council meeting on July 19, 2015 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Aniruddha Chowhdury/Mint via Getty Images)

Everything needs a bit of innovation, even cricket: Sourav Ganguly

  • Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly believes that cricket needs to have a bit of innovation and so day-night Tests should be played more often.
  • “It is about enjoying a day out. You are coming in for entertainment. You have to market this game well and crowds will come in plenty. Everything needs a bit of innovation, even cricket,” Ganguly said in a panel discussion with former India batsman VVS Laxman and former Australia all-rounder Dean Jones.
  • “The Test series between Sri Lanka and England witnessed great crowds. In the Lords’ game, the stadium was packed to capacity. I don’t believe when Virat Kohli stands to face Jimmy (James) Anderson people won’t come in,” Ganguly said.
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Zimbabwe used to inconsistency: Alistair Campbell

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  • Former Zimbabwe skipper Alistair Campbell has lashed out at the Zimbabwe side following their 3-0 drubbing at the hands of India in the recently concluded ODI series. “It’s at the crossroads,” Campbell told Cricbuzz.
  • “It has been for a while now, jostling with getting more cricket and internal issues. The ICC ruling of having to qualify for the next World Cup if you’re not a side in the top eight and having a side good enough to be able to do that. There are a lot of sides catching up now.”
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International cricket is international cricket: Jasprit Bumrah

  • Jasprit Bumrah rise in the international cricket continues. The right arm fast bowler had yet another fantastic series after he finished as the highest wicket-taker of the just concluded ODI series. When asked about the series win, he said that “International cricket is international cricket”, regardless whether it is Zimbabwe or any other team. “The days are going good for us, we are getting the results. We are looking to keep on improving,” said Bumrah.
  • He also added that he is not much worried about the mindset of the batsmen and is focusing on getting his plans right. “What I try to do, sometimes it doesn’t come off. But I try it again rather than thinking about the batsman’s mindset. If I am not able to execute my plans, then I feel I am not up to the mark and there has been a mistake on my part. Then I try to keep a cool head and try to do it all over again,” he explained.
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Captaincy is an unrewarding job: Ross Taylor

  • Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has admitted the national team leadership came to him a couple of years too early. Ross was made the skipper in all formats in 2011. But, his captaincy stint last for just 18 months.
  • “I enjoyed captaincy, it brought the best out of my game, but it’s an unrewarding job. Heath Mills, from the New Zealand Players Association, always said it was unrewarding. He was right,” Ross Taylor says.
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I had a big opportunity to bowl with freedom: Imran Tahir

  • Imran Tahir’s record-breaking bowling performance helped South Africa come back hard from the defeat at the hands of Australia and dismantle hosts, “I am feeling very proud, to be honest.
  • I didn’t know that (about becoming the first South African bowler to take a seven-wicket haul), but I will take them any day. Thanks a lot to Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the beautiful people back home for their support and my family as well,” the leg-spinner said.
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MS Dhoni and his boys in the Euro 2016 mood

  • The players are enjoying themselves off the field as well as the Indian skipper posted a photo on Instagram, where he and the other boys are playing some video games.
  • The skipper’s love for football is not a secret and the Indian team warms up by playing football and it seems like the Euro 2016 and Copa America has caught up with them. MS Dhoni along with Mandeep Singh, Jaydev Unadkat, Axar Patel and Karun Nair played the video game and as per the caption of Dhoni’s post, they were playing football.
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I knew I was blessed with certain skills: KL Rahul

  • Exultant after doing well in his debut ODI series, Indian opener KL Rahul has hit back at all those who branded him a player for the longer version, saying that he has proved them wrong.
  • “To all those guys who have been branded as Test players before. I want to tell that there will be coaches and players in the dressing room who can tell you that you are not good enough for a certain format. I never thought that they were right. I knew I was blessed with certain skills,” Rahul, who scored 196 runs in 3 ODIs with a century and half-century told bcci.tv.
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Mohammad Amir asked to give explanation for appearing on TV show

  • Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is not happy with the left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir appearing on a TV show just prior to the departure to the national squad to England. Amir has been told to give his explanation to the board.
  • According to media reports the matter had been taken seriously since Amir didn’t inform the board prior to accepting the invitation to appear on the show.
  • “This has happened just few days after the top PCB officials including Chairman, Shaharyar Khan and Najam Sethi had met with Amir in Lahore and briefed him clearly on what was expected of him in England,” the source was quoted by PTI.
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Billy Bowden dropped from NZ international panel

  • Veteran New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden has been relegated into the NZC national umpires Panel, sparking reports suggesting that the charismatic umpire may have stood in his final international match. Bowden’s demotion means that he now finds himself in the company of Tony Giles, Phil Jones, and Tim Parlane. Chris Brown, Phil Jones, and Shaun Haig are the only ones from the national panel moved into the international panel.
  • Having debuted all those years ago in 1995 during the Sri Lanka series at Hamilton, Bowden’s last appearance was during the Chappell-Hadlee series in Wellington in February earlier in the year. Although his Test debut came only five years later in 1999, Bowden has become a fan favorite for his on-field antics.
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21 applications short-listed for India head coach job

  • BCCI had announced on Sunday that they have received 57 applications from both Indian and overseas candidates for the India head coach job. On Wednesday, they have shortlisted the list of 57 applications to 21 and has been sent to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman.
  • “The cricket advisory committee which consists of three eminent cricketers, namely Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, Mr. Sourav Ganguly and Mr. VVS Laxman in association with Mr. Sanjay Jagdale, who will act as Chief Co-ordinator of this committee for the purpose of the selection of the Head Coach will be handed over the 21 eligible applications. Should the committee desire to look at all the 57 applications as well, the said will be made available to them.” – the BCCI media release.
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I would tell Steve if you have the skill level you’re still going to win: Steve Waugh

  • Former Australian Test captain Steve Waugh had a very strong message for advised current Australian skipper Steve Smith. Waugh feels that the Aussies must not get bogged down by the day-night Test debate.
  • “I would tell Steve to just back yourself whatever you confront whether it is the pink ball or a day-night Test if you have the skill level you’re still going to win. I think sometimes we make too much of a mistake [in worrying] that the conditions aren’t perfect but you realise ‘we just have to get on with it’.”
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Three top Goa cricket officials arrested for alleged misappropriation of funds

  • A major cover was blown off the Goa Cricket Association’s president Chetan Desai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla today after the trio were arrested by police for alleged misappropriation of over Rs 3 crore belonging to the cricket organisation, as reported by PTI. Desai is also the chairman of the BCCI’s marketing committee.
  • Inspector Shivram Vaingankar of the Economic Offences Wing of Goa Police told PTI that all three were called for questioning this evening and were subsequently arrested. The EOW filed an FIR against the trio in connection with the alleged fraud of Rs 3.13 crore on June 3.
  • The incident came to light after GCA’s life member Vilas Desai had filed a complaint accusing Desai and the other two of forging signatures and opening bank accounts to siphon off the association’s money.
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