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Bruce Oxenford’s ‘Ox Block’ for safety of umpires:

  • Australian umpire Bruce Oxenford introduced the unique protection shield named “Ox Block”.
  • He believes that all umpires will be equipped with this protection in the near future.
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It’s great to be a part of the CPL for the first time: Faf du Plessis:


  • Faf du Plessis believes that his side will take confidence from their victory on Sunday as they bid to finish the home leg of Caribbean Premier League.
  • “there is more to come as the Patriots bid to win their second victory of the competition,” he said.
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Bhajji and Yuvi are my younger brothers: Shoaib Akhtar:

  • Shoaib Akhtar laughed off the comments made by the Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh that Akhtar bashed Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh in a hotel room.
  • Akhtar clarified that it was all meant for fun.
  • Harbhajan explained the incident during a show on an Indian television channel, and his comments about Akhtar were highlighted in the Pakistani media.
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I love Virat’s aggression: Anil Kumble:

  • “As a coach, all you want is to prepare them to the best of your ability and make sure all areas are covered,” he said.
  • Virat is looked at as a very aggressive individual since he wears it on his sleeves and doesn’t just believe in replying with his bat but does that on the face as well.
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Mohammad Amir’s late swing was hard to negotiate: Marcus Trescothick:

  • Marcus Trescothick had seen it all when he faced Mohammad Amir in the warm-up match between the touring Pakistan side and Somerset.
  • Trescothick started off with two boundaries off his first over. But the left-arm pacer struck with his 14th delivery.
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Do ‘tit for tat’ in all departments to beat England: Wasim Akram:

  • Wasim Akram feels that the best way to counter the England side, that is really strong at home, is to adopt the ‘tit for tat’ approach.
  • He also added that the batting department is the huge concern for Pakistan as they are over dependent on the veteran batsmen Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.
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Anil Kumble will take his fighting spirit into his coaching: Glenn McGrath:

  • Glenn McGrath feels that choosing Anil Kumble as the India’s head coach was a great move.
  • McGrath feels that the slow pitches the slow pitches in Windies will make the Indian pacers feel like home.
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I see this as the start of a campaign to start pressurising Amir: Inzamam-ul-Haq:

  • Inzamam-ul-Haq has expressed his disappointment over with the statement of England captain Alastair Cook.
  • Mohammad Amir may well face a harsh reaction from the English fans. Speaking at a sponsor’s event Cook said.
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Security in Bangladesh is quite a big concern: Eoin Morgan:

  • Eoin Morgan on Monday said that security in Bangladesh is a huge concern as the team is set to tour Bangladesh later this year.
  • This was after a terrorist attack in the capital city of Dhaka in Bangladesh which saw 18 foreigners.
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Sri Lanka include Ramith Rambukwella in place of Upul Tharanga for the lone T20I:

  • The Sri Lanka team management has called in all-rounder Ramith Rambukwella to the T20 squad which will play against England on Tuesday.
  • He will replace Upul Tharanga in the team for a one-off T20 match.
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WICB announce Board President’s XI for the game against India:

  • West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced the Board President’s XI team for the first two-day tour match against visiting team India.
  • Guyana wicketkeeper-batsman Leon Johnson will lead the 12-member side which comprises of as many as six players who have played Test cricket in the last two years.
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Bigger yet lighter bats worry me: Ricky Ponting:

  • Ricky Ponting believes that there should be regulations on bat sizes used in the Test format.
  • Australian Cricket Society function, has called for a guideline for the size-to-weight ratio, has reported.
  • He says he doesn’t mind big bats for limited overs cricket but a certain type of norm should be there for the bats used in the Test format.
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Mohammad Shami has a great sense of how to dismiss a batsman: Virat Kohli:

  • Virat Kohli has backed Mohammad Shami ahead of the beginning of the West Indies tour.
  • Kohli states that Shami is a versatile fast bowler who knows how to adjust to various situations and feels that he is ‘more than perfect’ to play the longest format.
  • Shami will be finally making his comeback after being pushed in the sidelines due to an injury.
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Rohit Sharma was surprised with the team bonding session:

  • Anil Kumble introduced team building techniques like the ‘buddy project’.
  • Rohit Sharma said that he was surprised and ecstatic with the session which had Indian limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni playing the drums.
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Tom Fell hits half-century in his comeback match after cancer battle:

  • Tom Fell had a spectacular return to cricket on Monday, scoring a half-century in his comeback match.
  • The right-hander made his way back to the cricket field after recovering from two different forms of cancer in his side’s county championship game with Leicestershire.
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Effect of ban on cow slaughter on cricket balls:

  • Cricket ball manufacturing companies that made use of illegal leather are facing the shortage of leather, which has led to a rapid rise in the cost of the cricket balls.
  • There has been some worries among traders due the recent incidents against slaughter and this has led to increasing the price of cowhide.
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BCCI plans to change Advisory Committee into a High-Performance Committee:

  • Legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman were appointed as the members.
  • The committee was expected to advise the board on cricketing matters related to international as well as domestic cricket.
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Bangladesh is the only country against two-tier Test structure:

  • According to the reports Bangladesh Cricket Board president, Nazmul Hassan is not in favor of the decision.
  • The main reason why Bangladesh is against this is because they are ranked 9th in the ICC rankings.
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