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Andre Russell ties knot with Jassym Lora

  • Colourful West Indian Andre Russell has got hitched to his long time long time girlfriend, Jassym Lora, a model from the Dominican Republic. The couple had got engaged in November 2014.
  • The news was revealed by the man himself after he posted a picture with his newly wedded wife on Instagram.
  • “Put God first and he will show you the way!!” was the caption that accompanied West Indies cricketer, Russell’s wedding photo.
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Aaqib Javed to coach Bangladesh for seven to ten days

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  • 43-year old former Pakistani fast bowler Aaqib Javed has reportedly agreed to coach the Bangladesh cricket team on a short-term basis. Javed was earlier linked with the position of Bangladesh bowling coach following the resignation of Zimbabwean Heath Streak.
  • However, the 43-year old turned down the offer from the Bangladesh Cricket Board to take up the role of the director of Cricket Operations for the PSL side Lahore Qalandars.
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Steve O’Keefe ruled out of series; Jon Holland named as replacement

  • 31-year old Australian left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe has been ruled out of the ongoing Sri Lanka v Australia series courtesy of a hamstring injury.
  • “Initial assessment indicates a moderate grade hamstring injury which means it is highly unlikely that he will be available for the remainder of the Test series,” Australia’s Bupa Support Team physiotherapist David Beakley said in Kandy today.
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David Hussey prolongs captaincy role for Melbourne Stars

  • 39-year old David Hussey confirmed that he would be returning as skipper of the Melbourne Stars for the upcoming edition of the KFC Big Bash League.
  • This move has also gone on to quash rumors about Hussey replacing David Saker as the coach of the Victoria Bushrangers in the domestic scenario. Hussey currently serves as the batting mentor for the Victorian outfit.
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Nathan Lyon confident of victory in First Test against Lankans

  • In spite of Nathan Lyon reaching his 200th Test wicket, against the Sri Lankans, the Aussies have somewhat lost control over proceedings against the Sri Lankans in the first Test at Pallekele. However, Lyon has stated that he was optimistic about chasing the lofty target set by the Lankans, stating that Test cricket was all about being able to bounce back into the scheme of things and gain control of the match once more.
  • “We will look to chase down whatever they set us,” he said in the press conference on Thursday (July 28). “It has been proven today (Thursday), if you have the game, a simple batting plan, there are no demons out there. You can score runs out there. That’s one big positive – it’s been proven we can score runs.”
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Kumble is very happy with the way I have batted: Cheteshwar Pujara

  • In spite of his failure with the bat in the first Test, Cheteshwar Pujara remains to be one of India’s frontline batsmen in Test cricket. Viewed as a replacement to Indian legend Rahul Dravid, Pujara’s Test career kicked-off in perhaps the best possible fashions. However, of late, the Saurashtra batsman has been on a bit of a rough patch with many questioning his place in the side.
  • Speaking in an interview to Cricbuzz, “Things remain very simple. I always have to contribute and play with responsibility. And I have been doing that and keep working hard on my game as I have been. And I don’t think I need to really worry much about the kind of performances I have put on or what everyone is saying.”
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NatWest inks four-year deal with England and Wales Cricket Board

  • NatWest has inked a four-year deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), signing a contract to carry out the branding services for various teams in the domestic scene. They will be taking over from the current shirt sponsor of the England team – Waitrose, whose stint with the England side will conclude in the early half of 2017.
  • “Ever since we first established the NatWest Trophy in conjunction with the ECB in 1980, cricket has been ingrained in the DNA of NatWest and I am delighted that we will be re-invigorating this partnership by becoming the ECB’s first ever Principal Partner,” David Wheldon, the chief marketing officer at NatWest, said on Thursday (July 28).
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Marlon Samuels wants the Windies win in front of home crowd

  • Although there is a massive clout of his potential retirement, the focus of Marlon Samuels is well and truly in the ongoing Test series against the Indians. Speaking in an interview with Cricbuzz, the 35-year old stated that he was focused on securing a win against a strong Indian unit in front of his home crowd in Jamaica.
  • With the second Test at Jamaica looming over the horizon, Samuels stated that he is hoping for a decent showing. The last time the Indians won at Jamaica, Anil Kumble was a part of the side all those years ago in 2006.
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Ishant Sharma calls for positivity ahead of the second Test

  • India’s premier pacer Ishant Sharma has called on his fellow pacers to be “positive and ruthless” ahead of their encounter against the West Indies in the second Test scheduled to take place in Jamaica.
  • Asked about the mantra, Ishant told bcci.tv, “We have to be ruthless and play positive cricket. The rest we have to assess as to how the game progresses and plan according to the situation.”
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Mustafizur Rahman likely to undergo surgery for troublesome injuries

  • In spite of shielding him and protecting him to great lengths, it seems as though the injury troubles of Mustafizur Rahman have certainly caught up with the 20-year old Bangladeshi pace sensation.
  • Reports suggest that Mustafizur underwent a specialised MRI examination in England the previous day with the subsequent medical reports revealing that he may well have to undergo a shoulder surgery to correct his troublesome shoulder.
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BCCI’s plans to play T20 matches in USA hits roadblock

  • BCCI’s American dream has a hit a roadblock. The apex board, which is currently exploring the possibility of playing three T20 matches in the US, has realised the logistical, diplomatic and operational challenges which lies ahead if the plans have to get materialised.
  • The marketing committee meeting in New Delhi on August 5 will most probably address these issues. If all things fall in line, the matches will be played at Central Broward Regional Park in Florida late August.
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Neil Wagner pleased with career best performance

  • Day one of the Zimbabwe v New Zealand Test match at Bulawayo will always be remembered for the splendid performance of Kiwi pacer Neil Wagner.
  • The left-arm New Zealand seamer, however, has stated that the bowling stocks of the Kiwi national team were perhaps the main reason why he was able to perform as well as he did. Wagner concluded with figures of 6/19, thus becoming his career-best figures after a short hiatus from Test cricket.
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Familiar faces make comebacks to Ireland side for Pakistan series

  • Wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien, lanky pacer Boyd Rankin, and Craig Young have been recalled in the Ireland side for the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan. These players missed the recently concluded series against Afghanistan which ended in a 2-2 draw.
  • However, the Ireland board has decided to go in with a much stronger side that will face up to the might of Pakistan when the Asian giants make their way after the end of the Test series in England to Malahide to play the series.
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We can’t make any excuse about youthful team: Phil Simmons

  • A demoralising loss at the hands of India in the first Test at Antigua has seen West Indies coach Phil Simmons come out all guns blazing in a bid to defend the team. Speaking at the press conference a day prior to the start of the second Test at Sabina Park, Simmons sounded blunt when he accepted that the Windies had played rather poorly in the opening Test at Antigua.
  • “We know we didn’t play well and I think that is the good thing about it. If we had played well and we got beaten like that, then something would be wrong. So, we didn’t play well and we just have to make sure that we hit our straps when we are here,” Simmons was quoted as saying by the West Indian daily Jamaica Observer.
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Nic Pothas named as Sri Lankan fielding coach

  • Former South African wicketkeeper-batsman Nic Pothas has been named as the new fielding coach of the Sri Lankan national cricket team. Reports from the Sri Lankan cricket board suggest that Pothas will begin his new role on the 8th of August.
  • The 41-year old former custodian has been involved in coaching since his retirement and has served as the academy director for Leicestershire and the cricket director at Guernsey in the past.
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Virat Kohli and Indian team wish Sir Garfield Sobers on his birthday

  • Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli took some time out of his busy schedule to wish one of the greatest legends of cricket – Sir Garfield Sobers on his birthday. Kohli recorded a video message for the former West Indies skipper and also expressed his desire to meet the former West Indies legend. The video was released by the West Indies cricket board (WICB).
  • “Your (Sobers) performance on the field will always remain iconic and you were the very few who have changed the way the game is being played. Congratulations on a wonderful career and a life. It’s my pleasure to wish you on your 80th birthday,” Kohli said in a video message posted by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
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KSCA launches KPL 2016 schedule

  • The Karbonn Karnataka Premier League (KPL 2016) powered by Cycle Pure Agarbathies is the most awaited cricketing event of the year in Karnataka leading to spotting, nurturing and showcasing of young talent. Pioneered by the Karnataka State Cricket Association in 2009 as a launch pad for the state’s talented youngsters, the success of KPL has exceeded expectations.
  • “The best aspect of KPL is the increasing number of cricketers it has helped unearth and develop. This, in turn, has impacted positively on the fortunes of players and the state,” said Brijesh Patel, Hony. Secretary, KSCA.
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TNPL player drafts to be held tomorrow

  • The Player Draft of the inaugural edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) will be held at Crowne Plaza, Chennai, on Saturday, July 30, 2016.
  • The proceedings will kick-start with a press conference, to be addressed by senior officials of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and TNPL, at 10.30 am. There will be multiple press conferences through the day.
  • The eight franchises will get to choose from as many as 888 players. A team can pick a minimum of 17 and maximum of 19 players. The players have been divided into three main price bands.
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