Top Stories: Things that made news in the cricket world today

Top Stories: Things that made news in the cricket world today

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Jacob Martin appointed as Baroda coach despite criminal record

  • With the Mudgal committee tracking the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) steps when it comes to the implementation of the committee’s report. However, the Baroda Cricket Association has taken it one step further and well away from the recommendations by appointing former player and ex-Indian batsman Jacob Martin to the post of head coach.
  • “How can someone who has spent time in Tihar Jail and whose case for which he was convicted, still pending be appointed as the Ranji Trophy coach? BCCI’s ‘no criminal record’ rule should also hold true for coaches and other office bearers,” said a senior player in the Baroda team.
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R Sridhar to be brought back as India fielding coach

  • Ramakrishnan Sridhar, the former Indian fielding coach who was a part of Ravi Shastri’s team is all set to make a take back the position ahead of the 3-match Test series against New Zealand starting later this month.
  • Abhay Sharma was appointed as the fielding coach for the tour of West Indies but if reports are believed R Sridhar will soon replace him and will fly home from Australia where he is with the India A team and be with the Test team as they prepare for the first match in Kanpur.
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A little bit surprised but they’ve got their personal reasons: Courtney Walsh

  • Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh says he was surprised that England ODI captain Eoin Morgan and batsman Alex Hales have refused to tour Bangladesh.
  • Morgan and opener Alex Hales’ decision to skip the tour a couple of days ago wasn’t received well and both faced sharp criticism for not trusting the ECB over this matter.
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Ramnaresh Sarwan to announce international retirement tomorrow

  • He has done more than most players for the country but issues with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has seen Ramnaresh Sarwan be out of favors for national consideration for a lot of years now and Kaieteur News today reported that Sarwan will announce international retirement tomorrow at the Stella Maris Primary school. The place where he started his career with two hundreds in the Under-12 tournament.
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Starc’s going to keep breaking records: Mitchell Johnson

  • Former Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson believes that Mitchell Starc will only get better and better in the near future.
  • “He can dominate again. On wickets that will provide bounce with his height, it’s going to be very difficult (to face him). He’s still pretty fresh in Test cricket and he’s only going to get better. He’s going to keep breaking records I think as well. It’s really exciting,” he added.
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Former South Africa cricketer Thami Tsolekile arrested for assaulting a minor

  • Thami Tsolekile the former South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman continues to bring a bad name to the sport in the country. After having been banned from the game for 12 years on being booked for attempting to fix a RamSlam T20 2015 match Tsolekile has now been arrested on the charges of assaulting a 14-year-old minor boy at Cape Town, near Pinelands High School.
  • The cricketer has denied all the charges and in fact alleged that the boy had pelted stones at his car. According to the report published by he was charged with common assault and was presented in a local Court while he was arrested on September 8.
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Virat Kohli takes a nostalgic dive with a candid picture on Instagram

  • Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli looked in a nostalgic mood today and shared an old photo of him with his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate AB de Villiers. Kohli and AB de Villiers share a great connection and respect each other immensely. The caption given to the picture was very touching.
  • ”Throwback to a very very special picture. Very few people in my life have connected with me like my dear friend AB and i share the most wonderful bond with this great man. So much to learn from him all the time. If you ever want a role model for any walk of life, he is IT.”
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Will give first copy of ‘Six Machine’ to Ronaldo: Chris Gayle

  • Chris Gayle and his book – ‘Six Machine’ have become the talk of the town. The 36-year old has been in India for late marketing of his book. With the likes of Virender Sehwag and BCCI president Anurag Thakur present in the event, it seems clear that the marketing of the Jamaican’s book is going pretty well at the moment.
  • However, speaking in a similar promotional event, Gayle went on to state that he would give the first copy of the book to current Real Madrid and Portugal footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. When asked why he was choosing the 31-year old footballer, Gayle said that he was inspired by the book released by Ronaldo earlier and also went on to add that both of them traversed similar paths to success.
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WICB sacks head coach Phil Simmons

  • The West Indies Cricket Boards (WICB) has fired head coach Phil Simmons just two days before the tour of UAE where West Indies will play against Pakistan. The WICB announced on Tuesday that the decision to remove Simmons was taken after a meeting of the body’s board of directors on Saturday.
  • “Effectively immediately, the WICB today announced it has separated from the Head Coach Phil Simmons,” the WICB said in a statement.
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Heights frighten me the most: Brett Lee

  • Brett Lee is a man possessing various talents. Lee offers so many reasons for his fans to live him more and more every day. His cricket prowess needs no explanation while his love for music is very well-known.
  • Lee, who created a phobia of his name in the minds of many batsmen, also has fears that lurk in his mind all the time. In a recent interview with Deccan Chronicle, Lee reveals many interesting facts about him including his fear of heights. “Heights. I have been trying hard to overcome that fear, but I don’t know why I am not able to.”
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Misbah ul Haq is a general, a man of few words: Mickey Arthur

  • Mickey Arthur, Pakistan‘s coach, looks firmly determined to change the Pakistan team. He says his time with Pakistan has been fantastic yet frustrating at times. Apart from cracking the whip on the unfit ones, he also seems to be firmly determined to bring the culture of excellence in the Pakistan cricket.
  • Asked if he agrees that the Test side is a well-settled one he said, “I do agree. There has been a little movement in that Sami Aslam has come in and done really well. Asad Shafiq batted at No. 4 (at The Oval), really took his chance and scored a hundred. There will be another batting position that becomes vacant at some stage. How we fill that I am not sure. That will probably be No. 6.
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Darren Sammy lashes out at WICB after Simmons sack

  • Just a few hours after West Indies coach Phil Simmons was sacked, former skipper Darren Sammy took to social media to lash out yet again at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The WICB has been on the receiving end of a considerable amount of flak following some of the difficult decisions they have had to make following the conclusion of the World T20, a tournament that saw the Windies victorious.
  • Darren Sammy was the causality before Simmons when he was allegedly sacked by the WICB as T20I skipper by a 30-second phone call. His tweet read: “Just prove to me what I already knew. If the blind leads the blind they are bound to fall in a pit.” (Read more about the story)