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Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur of the Thunder. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

India vs England 2nd ODI- Run fest expected at Cuttack but dew likely to play a major part

  • Despite putting up a mammoth 350 on the board, the visiting England side couldn’t stem the run flow of their Indian counterparts in the 1st ODI at Pune after reducing them to 63/4 at one stage.
  • Barabati has traditionally been a pitch on the slower side and teams have found it hard to go hammers and tongs from the word go.
  • If the dew does persist, it will surely give the team batting 2nd an added advantage.
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BCCI sack junior selector Ashish Kapoor despite meeting Lodha panel prescribed eligibility


  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently decided to sack former India Test cricketer Ashish Kapoor from the junior team selection committee while retaining former first-class cricketer Rakesh Parikh.
  • The move has raised several eyebrows as Parikh who has served various positions in the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) including- treasurer, joint Secretary, and vice president for the last 11 years and is disqualified as per the Lodha Committee’s recommendations.
  • Indian senior team selectors Jatin Paranjpe and Gagan Khoda were removed from their positions since they didn’t qualify the basic criteria prescribed by the Lodha panel.
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Adam Voges set to retire after captaining Prime Minister’s XI next month

  • Western Australia captain Adam Voges has resigned to the fact that his international career is all but over as Australian team management has been focussing on rebuilding the Test team with youth.
  • The 37-year-old last played for Australia in the opening two Tests of the Australian summer against the Proteas before a concussion on the field ruled him out of the final Test in Adelaide.
  • He was struck on the head by a lethal bouncer in a Sheffield Shield game which left him dizzy for a few days.
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CA charges Harmanpreet Kaur for breaching Code of Conduct during WBBL match

  • One of India’s two women players in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) Indian Twenty20 Internationals skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has been charged for breaching the Cricket Australia (CA) Code of Conduct during the WBBL match between Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunders at Hobart.
  • Harmanpreet breached Article 2.1.2 of the Code of Conduct – abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a match, which is a Level 1 offence.
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Kedar Jadhav forced to keep mobile on silent mode after century in 1st ODI

  • Kedar Jadhav who has been around in Indian cricket circles for over a decade became an overnight sensation after he scored a century in the first ODI against England.
  • He played the perfect partner to skipper Virat Kohli as the duo pulled the team out of trouble and navigated them to one of the best wins we have seen in recent times.
  • Following the win, the star batsman from Maharashtra’s phone has been ringing continuously and that is too much for him to handle.
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Joe Root won’t be available for IPL 2017

  • The mainstay of the English batting line-up and arguably the greatest batsman of the modern generation Joe Root confirmed on Tuesday that he won’t be available to play in the cash-rich Indian Premier League in 2017 because he is eager to spend some quality time with his newborn son.
  • Root who has scored heaps runs irrespective of formats was supposedly approached by several franchises of the T20 league which is scheduled to start on April 5.
  • “It is a shame because there is a really good window in the international calendar to play. But looking at the schedule, especially next winter, I am going to be away for long periods,”
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Joe Root: England need to work on their bowling plans for Virat Kohli

  • The mainstay of the English middle order, Joe Root said that England needs to work on their bowling plans to have any chances of countering Virat Kohli in the 2nd ODI.
  • Kohli struck a magnificent century in the opening encounter to guide India to a sensational come from behind victory.
  • Chasing a mammoth 351 to win, the Indians were reeling at 63/4 at one stage but from there on Kohli and Kedar Jadhav took the matter into their own hands and struck magnificent centuries to help India to a historic victory.
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Wasim Akram withdraws firing case, says case was filed because of ‘misunderstanding’

  • Former legendary fast bowler and captain of the Pakistan national team, Wasim Akram withdrew his charges from the case he had filed two years ago regarding an alleged firing on his car in Karachi on Tuesday.
  • During a court session, the World-Cup winning member in 1992 said that the case was filed due to a misunderstanding between both parties and he didn’t wish to continue the matter legally anymore.
  • “The case was filed on the basis of a misunderstanding. However, both parties have reached an amicable agreement and I don’t want to pursue the matter in court,” Akram was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune.
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I am certainly not retiring from Test cricket: AB de Villiers

  • There were speculations he might quit Test cricket in a bid to elongate his limited-overs career since he has the unfulfilled desire of winning a 50 overs World Cup with the South African team.
  • De Villiers during his chat on a radio show said he was fully fit after completely recovering from the elbow injury and will be available for selection from the 3rd T20I on January 25 at Cape Town.
  • “I have had this elbow injury for a while now, but I am fully fit and I will be playing the last T20I in Cape Town on the 25 and then starting with the ODI series so I am very excited.”
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Sarfaraz Ashraf takes 6/0 in a KSCA organised T20 match

  • Left-arm spinner Sarfaraz Ashraf achieved a rarest of rare feat while playing for the Young Pioneer Cricket Club against Mercara Youth Cricket Club in the Karnataka State Cricket Association’s (KSCA) T20 tournament in Bangalore on Thursday.
  • He took 6 wickets without conceding a single run and also bagged a hat-trick to guide his team to a comprehensive victory by 107 runs against the Madikeri team. Sarfaraz took 6 wickets, 5 of which came in five consecutive deliveries.
  • “I look to bowl aggressively to contain runs and I believe this gets me wickets. I bowl side-on like Malinga just to confuse the batsman.
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Kedar Jadhav sister pleased with performance in Pune

  • Kedar Jadhav was the toast of the town when it came to his phenomenal batsmanship in the first ODI in Pune.
  • This came at a time when the 31-year old had to call on his character to ensure that there Indians did not capitulate to the bowling of England.
  • Jadhav’s sister Suchita Jadhav, who was preinion sent in the stadium to watch her brother bat gave her opinions on the way her brother batted on the day.
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Cricket Australia gives special roles to Monty Panesar and former Indian bowler

  • It’s a widely accepted fact that Team India is undisputed at home. As Australia are expected to tour the No.1 team next month for a four-Test series they’re leaving no stone unturned in their preparations. In the latest development, Cricket Australia has appointed former Indian left-arm orthodox Sriram Sridharan as the spin consultant for the Indian tour.
  • Sriram represented India in 8 One Day Internationals and toured with the Australian squad to Sri Lanka and India last year. He was optimistic about his role and the Test series slated to kick off from 23rd February in Pune.
  • “I consider it a great honour to be given the opportunity to work with the Australian Men’s Team once again.
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The largest cricket stadium’s foundation stone laid in Ahmedabad

  • Ahmedabad is all set to create history as the city has laid the foundation stone for the “World’s largest cricket stadium”.
  • The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) President Parimal Nathwani disseminated the seeds for the project along with other office bearers.
  • “The total cost of the project is estimated at 700 crores. The stadium will have 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a clubhouse, an Olympic-size swimming pool,” Nathwani was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.
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AB de Villiers set to return to International cricket during Sri Lanka series

  • The South African team though hasn’t been missing him if their performance is a parameter to make that statement worth but Mr. 360, AB de Villiers is certainly an integral part of the South African team and they have been eagerly waiting for his comeback for over 6 months now.
  • Ahead of the limited-overs series at home against Sri Lanka it is reported that AB has fully recovered from the elbow injury and will be available for selection from the 3rd T20I against Sri Lanka and also the subsequent ODI series.
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Stuart broad picks Alastair Cook as the skipper in his All-Time XI

  • England pacer Stuart Broad has picked his All-Time XI for the Lord’s Cricket Ground.
  • As a part of its latest series the Home of Cricket has been asking some of the best servants of the game among those who have retired and those still actively a part to name an XI they believe can be termed the all-time greatest team.
  • The criteria players have set is they either go for the players they have played against or observed their game from close quarters. Stuart Broad named his England Test skipper Alastair Cook as the captain of the team.
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PSL final in Lahore expected to open doors for cricket in Pakistan: Shahryar Khan

  • With the West Indies choosing to snub the tour of Pakistan, the board’s chairman Shahryar Khan is certainly in a spot of bother.
  • The Pakistan Cricket Board has not seen much of international cricket in recent times with just the three or four matches against Zimbabwe.
  • While there were no qualms regarding the security on the day, it was quite clear that man of the other sides did indeed have security issues on the day, something that ideally the PCB does not like to hear.
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