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RP Singh. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

WBBL players Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana recalled by BCCI

  • After making a significant impact in the WBBL this season, Indian women players have been withdrawn by the BCCI.
  • Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, the two Indian players involved in the league this year, have been recalled by the board citing national duties.
  • Smriti Mandhana has been a key member of Indian women T20I team and Harmanpreet Kaur is the captain of the Indian T20I side at the moment.
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Mohammad Kaif super impressed with Shakib Al Hasan


  • Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif was left super impressed with Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Soon after Shakib struck a double century against New Zealand, the former Indian cricketer took to social media to shower praise on him.
  • Kaif congratulated Shakib for his marathon knock and called him as one of the most useful players in modern day cricket.
  • During the first Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, the two veterans of Bangladesh team Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim shared a mammoth 359 run partnership for the 5th wicket. The team managed to post a gigantic total of 542/7 on the day 2.
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Former India pacer RP Singh loses his cool in the middle of Ranji final

  • Former India left-arm seamer and currently the spearhead of the Gujarat bowling line-up Rudra Pratap Singh lost his cool during the 3rd day of the Ranji Trophy Final against Mumbai at Indore after being continuously booed by the fans.
  • RP Singh who was bowling from the CK Nayudu Pavilion was about to deliver the 48th over of the innings when fans from the crowd yelled at him to take a wicket.
  • Just before bowling the last delivery of the over RP had a brief discussion with the mid-off fielder. Seeing this a fan from the crowd shouted: “Bate kam karo aur bowling dalo” (talk less and bowl).
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Pakistani Paratha maker Hanan Khan set to play for Pakistan NCA XI

  • Pakistan is never devoid of talents and one such Paratha maker from the land of fast bowlers Hanan Khan is all set to play cricket for the Pakistan side.
  • The rise of this 19-year-old sensation comes only a few months after another Pakistani, Arshad Khan who is apparently a chaiwala in Pakistan became an instant sensation in the internet bagging modelling contracts with his killer looks.
  • Hanan Khan, the man in the picture is picked to play for Pakistan’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) XI which is scheduled to play two T20 games against a Malaysian side come January 14 and 15 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
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Want to see Dhoni bat in his old style: Ajinkya Rahane

  • Rahane accepted that Team India will miss their experienced skipper but none the less he has a bigger role to play with this young team.
  • “We will miss Dhoni bhai as a captain as he is so experienced,” Rahane was said in a video interview with BCCI.TV. “Dhoni bhai will have less responsibility and we all want to see him bat as he uses to bat in his earlier days.”
  • The Mumbaikar is a more established Test player and still needs to cement himself in the limited-overs format for that he should focus on providing stability and consistency to the middle-order that relies heavily on Kohli and Dhoni towards the lower half.
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Kiran More backs MS Dhoni’s decision to step down as India’s limited overs skipper

  • Former India wicketkeeper and chief selector Kiran More has backed MS Dhoni’s decision to step down from India’s limited overs captaincy as he is also of the same views with MS Dhoni that it is very important to have a single captain across all three formats.
  • “Terrific decision by (MS Dhoni). And that’s what Dhoni is, he gives surprises and he knows what is good for Indian cricket. He is a man who takes his call and takes a right call. This is a fantastic decision,” More was quoted as saying by the Mumbai Mirror in an exclusive interaction.
  • “He looks at a situation where the team should be looking forward and he reads the situation so well and thinks about the way forward and that is what he has done as a captain. Under his leadership, so many players were created,” he added.
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Ashish Shelar replaces Sharad Pawar as interim president of MCA

  • Mumbai Cricket Association nominated its vice president Ashish Shelar to fill up the president’s post left vacant by Sharad Pawar after he stepped down from the post almost a month ago.
  • “We have today filled up the posts which have become vacant. Mr Ashish Shelar has been made the interim president of the Mumbai Cricket Association as Mr Sharad Pawar has resigned,” MCA’s joint secretary Umesh Khanvilkar was quoted as saying by the Indian Express after a meeting of the association’s managing committee.
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Billy Stanlake becomes the tallest Australian international cricketer

  • Usually, when one receives his cap, the legend handing it out to the debutant, (which in this case was Billy Stanlake) is generally obliged to put the cap over his head.
  • However, with Billy Stanlake standing at a massive 204 inches from the ground, it took a handshake and a handing over of the cap as Stanlake had to do the honours himself.
  • Boyd Rankin, the current Ireland, and former England bowler stands face to face with Billy Stanlake at 204 cm with the former having had his share of injuries as well.
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Touring India tests you physically and mentally: Nathan Lyon

  • Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has been one of the most important aspects of the Australian cricket team in recent times.
  • While Lyon’s form has been a subject of the question, the 29-year old will once again find himself reprising his role as the premier off-spinner for Australia in their tour of India.
  • This will come at a time when the Aussies will have to pull every string they have to churn out results against a formidable Indian side in the subcontinent.
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State Boards remain sceptical about hosting the India-England series

  • While the India v England series is set to commence on the 15th of January in Pune, it seems quite clear that the various State Associations in India are sceptical on hosting the series given the fact that they have not been given grants or their dues have not been paid as of yet.
  • In recent times, some of the local state boards have also gone on to complain about the lack of funds available to host the matches. Reports suggest that the likes of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) and other such boards have run out of money and will be unable to host international matches.
  • The Lodha crackdown has also seen several in the state committees as well as selectors also either lose their jobs or resign from their respective positions following the judgment by the Supreme Court.
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MS Dhoni feels Virat is ready for limited-overs captaincy

  • Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who usually skipped the pre-match press meets while leading the Indian team was out to talk to the media ahead of the 1st ODI against England at Pune.
  • This was his first interaction with the journos after stepping down from the captain’s role. MS Dhoni said that he always believed in one captain leading the team in all the formats and thus was the right call for him to hand over the reins to Virat Kohli.
  • According to Dhoni, he was preparing for the change for some time now and gradually brought things in a shape where he could smoothly induce the change.
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Dealing with Ashwin and Jadeja will be a great challenge: Jonny Bairstow

  • Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are both in splendid bowling form and Bairstow agreed that facing them will test their skills.
  • I have faced Ashwin and Jadeja in Test matches (that preceded the limited over part of the visit). We know they have got skills which are well documented. It’s a great challenge,” he said after the conclusion of the last warm-up match against India A, that they lost by 6 wickets.
  • The England No.6 has been in great form since 2016 and would want to carry on from there in the New Year as well.
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Sourav Ganguly remains silent over linkage to BCCI role

  • Former India skipper and incumbent CAB President Sourav Ganguly has been linked to the role of the President of the Board of Control following the ousting of the top-brass of the Board.
  • While Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke cool their heels with almost a week’s elapsing of their sacking, it seems quite clear that Ganguly is the favourite for the role.
  • However, despite all of the speculation, Ganguly has chosen to remain silent on the ordeal stating that he has not given much thought to the speculations.
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Ranji Trophy 2016-17 final, Day 4 Review: Mumbai sets lofty target for Gujarat

  • Brief Scores: Mumbai, 1st innings: 228 all out Gujarat, 2nd innings: 328 all out
  • Mumbai, 2nd innings: 411 all out (A Nayar 91; 6/121) Gujarat, 2nd innings: 47/0 (P Panchal 34*) Mumbai leads by 265 runs.
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Australia vs Pakistan 1st ODI Review: Wade, Faulkner powers Australia to comprehensive win

  • Brief Scores- Australia 268/9 in 50 overs (Matthew Wade 100*, Hasan Ali 3/65)
  • Pakistan 176 all-out in 42.4 overs (Babar Azam 33, James Faulkner 4/32)
  • Australia won by 92 runs
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NZ v BAN, 1st Test Day 2 Review: Shakib and Mushfiqur add 359 as Bangladesh consolidate lead