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Trent Boult
Trent Boult of New Zealand. (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

Trent Boult may have to be replaced in the Wellington Test due to injury

  • It is highly doubtful if New Zealand quick Trent Boult will feature in the second Test of the three-match series against South Africa.
  • Boult suffered an injury recently that might see him miss out on the action and Tim Southee is most likely to replace him in the playing eleven.
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Mohammad Irfan provisionally suspended by PCB 


  • It was confirmed by on Tuesday, that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended tall left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan from all cricketing activities.
  • Irfan had admitted to have been contacted by the bookies during the PSL and his involvement in the spot fixing has cost him dearly.
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BCCI votes against World Test Championship

  • In 2009, World Test Championship was proposed when ICC met the Marylebone Cricket Club to discuss the matter.
  • It has been close to a decade but the tournament is yet to get underway. In recent proceedings, the most powerful cricket board, the BCCI, has opposed any such tournament.
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Harsha Bhogle likely to feature in this year’s IPL

  • After making a comeback in the Border-Gavaskar trophy, Indian fans have more things to cheer.
  • Their favourite commentator Harsha Bhogle is set to return to the commentary box this year in the IPL, as per the most recent reports.
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Bangladesh cricketer Syed Rasel lost two years of career due to false medical reports

  • Syed Rasel, the left arm Bangladeshi pacer, had injured his shoulder in the year 2015.
  • The reports at the Apollo Hospitals suggested that he had 4 tendons tear and hence did not play for the next two years. Now he found out that the report was not correct and the healing time was just 3 weeks.
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Ian Chappell feels Kohli is too emotional

  • The legendary Ian Chappell has come out to express his views on on-field verbal tussles between India and Australia.
  • Among the most notable mentions was about Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Chappell believes that Kohli is too emotional on the field.
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Kohli wants to win: Shane Watson

  • Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson feels that there is no space for individual ideologies in Virat Kohli’s team.
  • Watson, who has played alongside Kohli for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, said that Kohli hates losing and always wants to win.
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Pat Cummins confident for India Test

  • Pat Cummins is all set to prove his worth and seems to be oozing with confidence as he declares himself ready to face India in the third Test of the four match Test series.
  • The third Test begins on March 15 at the JSCA Stadium at Ranchi.
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Dane Piedt added to South Africa squad

  • The Proteas have called up off-spinner Dane Piedt for the third and last Test of the series against New Zealand which gives them the added spinning option in the series.
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Losing Starc is definitely a big blow for Australia: Craig McDermott

  • Craig McDermott held the position of the Australian bowling coach for some time before calling it a quits after the World T20, 2016.
  • He believes that the void left by departure of Mitchell Starc will definitely hurt Australia in the remaining Tests.
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Unfit players must not be selected: PCB Chairman

  • Over the years Pakistan cricket has suffered a lot due to the indiscipline of some of their players.
  • Now the PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has made it clear that the selectors must not select the players who are not fit.
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James Pattinson feels he was not ready for India

  • Australian fast bowler James Pattinson was not confident of making a return to Test cricket for the India tour and that is the exactly the reason why he did not make it to the squad for the Test match series.
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Ranchi pitch to favor Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin

  • After the Pune pitch fiasco, Bengaluru wicket was rated as ‘below average’ by the ICC match referee Chris Broad.
  • Leading into the 3rd Test, the Ranchi track promises to be a rank turner right from the day one of the Test.
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Playing at Ranchi without Dhoni will be different: Anil Kumble

  • Anil Kumble is hopeful that Dhoni will turn up to watch his team play. Kumble noted that the first ever Test match at the venue will be a big moment for the Jharkhand cricket.
  • Jharkhand has been one of the most improving cricketing states in India. “This is going to be the first Test in Ranchi and it’s a historic moment for Jharkhand cricket,” Kumble quoted.
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Kumble praises Umesh Yadav’s attitude of taking 5-wicket hauls

  • Indian Head Coach, Anil Kumble hailed pace bowler Umesh Yadav saying that the later always seems to be in the mood to take five-wicket hauls.
  • Albeit the Indian tracks do not offer much assistance to the pacers, Umesh has been consistently bowling well for India.
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Anil Kumble quashes all rumors of being the Team India Director

  • Team India head coach and former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble has brought an end to all the speculations of him becoming the first ever team India director.
  • There were rumors of Rahul Dravid replacing him as the head coach of the Indian team and Kumble taking over as the team director.
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Bengaluru pitch has been rated ‘below average’ by the ICC

  • The ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy has come under the scanner once again.
  • For the second time, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has given a negative grade to the pitch used in the Test series with Bengaluru pitch being rated below average.
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India U23 side will not be coached by Rahul Dravid at ACC Emerging Trophy

  • The coach of India A and U19 Rahul Dravid will not be in charge of the India U23 squad that will participate in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Emerging Trophy.
  • The tournament is the premier U23 tournament and will have 8 teams participating with the tournament scheduled to be played in Bangladesh.
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Jason Gillespie feels that Pat Cummins can best fill Mitchell Starc’s void

  • Following Mitchell Starc’s injury, which forced the Australian pace spearhead to return home for rehabilitation, Cricket Australia announced right-arm pacer Pat Cummins as his replacement.
  • Former Australian speedster Jason Gillespie reckons that Cummins in the best possible replacement for Starc in the line up.
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Sri Lanka v Bangladesh: Liton Das ruled out of 2nd Test

  • Bangladesh have received a major blow ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka. Wicket-keeper batsman Liton Das has been ruled out of the fixture after having injured himself during the practice sessions.
  • Liton was a key member of the squad as he was drafted in as a specialist wicket keeper for the series.
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