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KP refused to play PSL finals because of Imran’s remarks

  • As per reports, Imran Khan’s latest comments on the final of the PSL having been scheduled at Lahore, scared batsman Kevin Pietersen, who thereafter opted out of the PSL finals to be scheduled at Lahore.
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New Zealand v South Africa 2017

  • New Zealand drew level in the 5 match series with a win in the 4th ODI. South Africa posted 279/8 in their 50 overs riding on fifties of AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis.
  • Martin Guptill powered Kiwis to win with 7 wickets with his powerpacked 180* off 138 balls.
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Sourav Ganguly defends Kohli’s twin failure

  • Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has defended the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli after the latter had twin batting failures in the Pune Test against Australia.
  • He said that it is perfectly human for any player to have a rare failure.
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Starc expecting slow track at Bengaluru

  • Mitchell Starc and his role in the first Test in Pune was largely subdued given the fact that it was a wicket meant for spinners.
  • Now, he has said that Bengaluru track will also be the same. He said that he does not see pace and bounce at the Bengaluru wicket.
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Majority of Quetta Gladiators overseas players opt out of PSL final

  • A majority of the Quetta Gladiators overseas contingent has opted out of the Pakistan Super League final to be played in Lahore.
  • Big players like Kevin Pietersen has also opted out of the the finals of the tournament citing security reasons.
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Umar Khalid takes a dig at Virender Sehwag

  • Virender Sehwag has been on the receiving end of the youth’s frustrations after he made a futile attempt to calm things down in the recent Gurmehar Kaur case.
  • Now, student leader Umar Khalid has taken a dig at Sehwag by calling him a player of the BCCI.
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Rahul Johri happy with BCCI machinery

  • Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) already has so many issues on its hand to resolve in the recent past.
  • However, CEO Rahul Johri feels that the BCCI machinery is working as swiftly and efficiently as ever.
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Murali Vijay hopes for improved performance at Bengaluru

  • Indian opening batsman Murali Vijay had a highly unsuccessful outing in the first Test match in Pune wherein he dropped a few catches.
  • Now, he expects that the Indian players come up with better fielding performances in the Bengaluru Test.
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McCullum rejoins Middlesex for Natwest T20 Blast

  • Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has rejoined Middlesex on a deal that would see him play the first few matches in the NatWest T20 Blast in the upcoming season.
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Australia media trolls Indian pundits predicting whitewash

  • Prior to the start of the India vs Australia series, there was a widespread prediction among most who expected the Indians thrashing the Aussies 4-0.
  • Now that they have lost the first Test, the Australian media has taken a dig at all such prediction makers.
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Bishan Singh Bedi calls Pune pitch a disgrace

  • In spite of being one of India’s most prolific skippers in recent times, Bishan Singh Bedi has been quite outspoken in his views on Indian cricket.
  • He has lashed out at the Pune surface used for the first Test and called it an utter disgrace.
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Kieron Powell reckons Baseball helped his game

  • Kieran Powell has had a rather interesting time in his short career given the fact that he has made the switch to baseball and then to cricket.
  • Both games have similar style of play and baseball offers more powerful hitting.
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Fans rejoice taking PSL finals

  • Cricket is finally all set to resume in Pakistan, irrespective of some of the star players from the Quetta Gladiators having opted to not attend the PSL finals.
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Hardik Pandya wants to be in the middle of the action

  • With the Vijay Hazare Trophy, probably the last bit of 50 overs action for Indian cricketers before they play the Champions Trophy in June, Hardik Pandya is looking forward for the tournament.
  • He recently said that he always wishes to be in the action and reckons there is no fun sitting out of the team.
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258 players sign up for CPL 2017 draft

  • A record number of local and international stars have been officially registered for the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Player Draft.
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Pakistan keen on hosting Bangladesh

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has requested the Bangladesh team to tour Pakistan for a full tour in December this year.
  • PCB has requested BCB security officials to watch and inspect the security at the PSL finals.
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Australia move to top spot in ICC Rankings

  • It was a stupendous knock from Martin Guptill that helped New Zealand beat South Africa in the fourth ODI at home.
  • The Proteas not only lost the match but also slipped to the number 2 spot in the ICC ODI rankings after the defeat.
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