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England captain Alastair Cook. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Amir served his time and is absolutely right to come back: Alastair Cook

  • England Test skipper Alastair Cook has said that Pakistani pacer, Mohammad Amir may well face a harsh reaction from the English fans.
  • The Test series starts with the Lord’s. It happens to be the same venue where Amir was found guilty of spot-fixing and was handed over a five-year ban back in 2010.
  • Speaking at a sponsor’s event Cook said, “I’m sure there will be a reaction and that is right. That is part and parcel, that when you do something like that there are more consequences than just the punishment — that is something for him to cope with, whatever comes his way,”
  • “It won’t affect us as a side, we will concentrate on what we can concentrate on. The media will ask questions about it but it will not affect us.” He added.
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BCB assures highest level of security for the England team

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  • BCB President Nazmul Hassan has assured the highest level of security for the England team that is scheduled to visit Bangladesh later in the year on 30th September. Bangladesh capital Dhaka was attacked by the terror outfit ISIS on last Friday. The attack left at least 22 people dead and this pushed England’s visit to Bangladesh in the balance.
  • “This is an extremely unfortunate event for Bangladesh. There is no way cricket can escape its consequences,” Hassan was quoted as saying by bdnews24.com on Monday.
  • “I don’t have the words to express condolences on behalf of the board. It’s unimaginable that something like this can happen in Bangladesh. I still can’t believe it,” he added.
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Imad Wasim refuses to use beer logo on CPL shirt

  • Pakistan cricketer Imad Wasim is currently a part of the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Imad is in news since the left-arm spinner refused to wear the main alcohol sponsor’s logo on his jersey.
  • In the first match for his franchise the Tallawahs, he seemed to have hidden the logo with a black patch covering. On Sunday, his manager tweeted the reason behind it. “Imad playing CPL from Jamaica and not using the main sponsor logo on the shirt due to Alcohol Brand”, the tweet read.
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ICC postponed decision on 2-year World T20 cycle

  • The ICC Board has postponed taking a decision on whether to hold a World T20 in 2018 until October. The decision on this is yet to be taken. South Africa has emerged as the favourites to host the 2018 tournament. A decision on this was meant to be taken at the ICC annual conference which concluded on Sunday.
  • ICC chief executive, David Richardson said that the issue was raised during the Board meetings, but a final decision will only be taken after seeking the views of Star, which holds the broadcast rights for ICC world events.
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Harbhajan Singh reveals why he slapped Sreesanth

  • One of the biggest ever controversies in the Indian Premier League (IPL) history is when the Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh slapped S Sreesanth after the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians.
  • Speaking to India TV in the Aap Ki Adalat show, Harbhajan said that he was sorry for what had happened and he is embarrassed about it as well. He feels that he shouldn’t have done it.
  • “Usne nautanki bahot kar di actually. Wo meri galti thi jo harkat ki maine ground pe, I have said in many interviews that there are many things which I have done wrong in my life and I have learnt from them. That incident with Sreesanth is one where I was wrong. I am embarrassed about it as well.”
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Rankings are just an incentive, our priority is to win: Virat Kohli

  • ndian Test skipper Virat Kohli has suggested that the team’s focus is on playing a good brand of cricket and not on player or team rankings.
  • Kohli along with the new head coach Anil Kumble were at the pre-departure press conference ahead of the Test series against West Indies at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday. “Rankings are just an incentive. If we win the series, we climb to No. 1 spot which is obviously good for us. We want to play good cricket. Home or away, our priority is to win,” Kohli said.
  • “Rankings are just an incentive. If we win the series, we climb to No. 1 spot which is obviously good for us. We want to play good cricket. Home or away, our priority is to win,” Kohli said.
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Depth of England batting line-up allows Jos Buttler to gamble

  • Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler feels that the depth in the English batting line-up gives the team the license to gamble a bit earlier.
  • “Knowing that Adil is at number 11, a fantastic batsman as well, it gives you that licence to push your gamble button and try to kick on a bit earlier,” said Buttler.
  • He pointed out that, this doesn’t mean that he is passing on the responsibility, but it tells only about the confidence in the batting line-up. “It doesn’t mean you’re trying to pass your responsibility, but it’s good to know that there are guys behind you who can pick up the baton as well.”
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BCCI and PCB discuss resumption of bilateral ties

  • Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan had a discussion with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president about the possibility of resuming the bilateral series ties at neutral venues.
  • According to reports, Khan met with BCCI president Anurag Thakur on the sidelines of the ICC meetings in Edinburgh this week and raised the issue of resuming bilateral ties.
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Ravichandran Ashwin leaves training session with forearm injury

  • India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was hit by a cricket ball and injured his forearm during the morning training session on the final day of Team India’s preparatory camp in Bengaluru.
  • India’s newly appointed head coach Anil Kumble, while addressing the pre-departure press conference earlier today, ruled out a bigger scare and said Ashwin just had a bruise.
  • When asked about Ashwin’s injury, Kumble said, “It’s a bruise, we’ll assess him. It’s been just an hour since it happened.” This will be the first assignment for Anil Kumble as head coach of the Indian team after he was appointed recently by the BCCI.
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Only 1 player survived Anil Kumble’s one hour test

  • Anil Kumble, the new Indian head coach, has impressed everyone with his coaching techniques from the day he took up the prestigious job. He conducted a unique ‘One Hour Challenge’ test for every cricketer and only one player survived it.
  • Incidentally, only one player from the entire India squad was able to survive the challenge. If you guess it as Virat Kohli then you are wrong. The player who survived the challenge and batted for one full hour was newly appointed vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.
  • Every batter was required to bat against pace bowling trio of Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the first 30 minutes and against Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ravichandran Ashwin in the next 30 minutes.
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Marlon Samuels files lawsuit against former Aussie pacer Geoff Lawson

  • West Indies middle order batsman Marlon Samuels dragged former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson and the Australian publication News.com.au into a legal tussle after he filed a defamation lawsuit against them. Lawson had alleged that West Indies all-rounder Samuels was involved with gangs in Jamaica.
  • The suit indicates during the radio podcast Lawson made malicious unjustifiable comments. Lawson made the comments on the Big Sports Breakfast radio programme after the World Twenty20 final in April, commenting on Samuels’ argument with England’s Ben Stokes on the field.
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Controversy surrounds PCB chief Shaharyar Khan over daily allowance in UK

  • Controversy has surrounded Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan due to the expenses the PCB is incurring on his ongoing visit to the United Kingdom. Khan is getting 1300 pounds as daily allowance for his visit to the UK.
  • The issue first arose when Khan had visited UK for a vacation. Later it was revealed that he was also conducting official business.
  • A report in the daily Jang said that Shaharyar as Chairman was entitled to a daily allowance of 1300 pounds approximately during his stay in UK.
  • But the board clarified: “Contrary to what the news report has claimed, Chairman Shaharyar Khan is not receiving PKR 200,000 (1300 pounds) as daily allowance.
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We are keen to see cricket grow in both interest and popularity: Cricket Australia

  • Cricket Australia (CA) on Sunday has supported the idea of International Cricket Council (ICC) to change in the governance structure of the game. CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland confirmed the governing body’s support for changes and the belief in the positive impact they will have in growing global interest in cricket.
  • “This week’s discussions have been very positive and we will continue to work with ICC and other member countries on the review into the structure of bilateral cricket to ensure that each of the three international formats continues to be strongly supported by fans,” Sutherland said in a release.
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Irfan Pathan expresses his grief over the Dhaka attack

  • India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has expressed his grief for the victims of Holey Artisan Bakery café terrorist attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was absolutely dismayed by the attacks carried out in the name of religion. Pathan is currently spending time off cricket with his family after the conclusion of IPL.
  • “My heart goes out for the victims of Dhaka attack. Stop killing ppl in the name of religion, stop this utter nonsense, he tweeted.”
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S Sreesanth promises a comeback to top level cricket

  • Former India speedster S Sreesanth looks determined to make a comeback in cricket at the top level. The former cricketer displayed his emotion in a series of tweets he posted on social media site Twitter.
  • “This is my promise to all. I will play again no matter how small my chances are. I am gonna keep at it,” he added.
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Team India bonds over Drum Jam session

  • Anil Kumble surely has an interesting scheme of things planned for the Indian team. The preparatory camp which is currently underway at the National Cricket Stadium, Bangalore has seen a couple of refreshing change in the preparations.
  • The Indian cricket team members had a unique team bonding session with acclaimed actor-musician Vasundhara Das’s group ‘Drumjam’. In what can be termed as a first in Indian cricket team’s team bonding exercise, the senior players along with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the ‘A’ team players like Varun Aaron enjoying a jam session, where they were all seen playing drums with Vasundhara and his musical group.
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No major changes in the latest ICC ODI rankings

  • There were no major changes in the latest ICC ODI rankings released on Sunday. India remained third while star batsman Virat Kohli maintained his second spot in the standings. World champion Australia, New Zealand and India retained their respective positions in the top three.
  • The Aussies comfortably sit at the top, maintain a clear 10 points lead over New Zealand.  However, South Africa’s three loses and one no-result has meant it has dropped two points fall behind India in fourth place after it failed to reach the final. Both India and South Africa are on 110 points, but India lead them when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point.
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