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

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Federal Investigation Agency to question Pakistan players

  • In the recent developments of the PSL spot-fixing case, the country’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has issued official notices to the four tainted players
  • The notice demands the four players to be present for the questioning by the NIA on March 20 and March 21.
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Ranchi wicket has played better than I thought: Steve Smith

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  • Australia started and ended the day on a high. It went off with Steve Smith winning the toss and by the time the umpire dropped off the bails he was batting well over his hundred and unbeaten on 117 along with Glenn Maxwell who is batting on 82, his highest Test score.
  • After the end of the day’s play, Smith interacted with Michael Clarke and was pleased with the effort they put up. “Obviously, 4 for 300, we will take it. Had to form a couple of partnerships. The wicket is a good one. We would need every run possible. Maxi played beautifully. Played nice and straight,” Smith said.
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Virat Kohli to head to the hospital for scans tonight

  • Day 1 of the third Test match didn’t quite go India’s way. They lost the toss and Steve Smith quite gleefully decided to bat first. The Indian team was up for the challenge and struck thrice in the first session to ensure the momentum was with them at lunch.
  • Skipper Virat Kohli who is the spine of the team hurt his shoulder while fielding and was off the ground for the maximum part of the day. He will head to the hospital for scans to confirm the intensity of the injury.
  • Virat who is always acrobatic on the field was chasing a stroke from Peter Handscomb that he had planted against Ravindra Jadeja.
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Rashid Khan named the Vice captain of the Afghanistan Cricket team

  • Rashid Khan, the 18-year-old leg spinner’s past two months has been a blessing in disguise for him. He was first picked up in the Indian Premier League (IPL) by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for a sum of 4 crores thanks to his performances in India.
  • Rashid Khan, the 18-year-old leg spinner’s past two months has been a blessing in disguise for him. He was first picked up in the Indian Premier League (IPL) by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for a sum of 4 crores thanks to his performances in India.
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Blindly following Mahi isn’t the way to go, says Chanchal Bhattacharya, Dhoni’s first coach

  • There are a few things which differentiate Keshav Banerjee and Chanchal Bhattacharya. But then, there is also something that binds the duo – MS Dhoni.
  • The two senior coaches from Ranchi need to be credited to help Jharkhand produce its first international icon. Banerjee was the one to inspire Dhoni to take up cricket during his days at the Jawahar Vidya Mandir. Bhattacharya, on the other hand, honed his skills at the club and State level.
  • “One M.S. Dhoni has helped Jharkhand find a place on the cricket map. It’s time we bring out more youngsters to keep the momentum going,” Banerjee told The Hindu.
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Jharkhand Cricket Association has run into an unusual ‘Date of Birth’ controversy

  • Hours before hosting a Test match for the first time ever, the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) has run into a ‘date of birth’ controversy. The Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma has accused the JSCA of writing in the logo the false date of ‘1935’ as foundation year.
  • The JSCA denies any wrongdoing because 1935 when the erstwhile Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) was formed. Officials, on the other hand, say that they do this because JSCA became a BCCI affiliate in 2003, replacing the BCA. India-Australia Test tickets have a logo on it with 1935 written under it.
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Steve Smith is considering French Cricket Approach

  • A lot has been speculated over the nature of the pitch in Ranchi in the past few days. The Australian captain Steve Smith followed suit and went on to say that if the pitch in Ranchi demands, he won’t be afraid of going and opting for a ‘French Cricket approach’ to survive on the field.
  • Smith, who wasn’t successful in the second Test said, “It was just so difficult to score (in Bangalore), against the quicks in particular. I was always afraid of the one shooting low like in the second innings (when Smith was trapped lbw by an unplayable delivery that hardly bounced. It was about trying to almost play French cricket. If the ball was on my stumps, try and cover that as well as I could.”
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Any differences with BCCI did not incur the resignation from the ICC Chairman’s duties: Shashank Manohar

  • On 15th March 2017, a shocking decision came in the cricketing world the president of International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to step down from the job. He cited personal reasons for his actions but there were speculations that his issues with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were the major influence.
  • But he has cleared the air saying that any dispute with BCCI had nothing to do with resignation. He had announced to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), which is presently running the BCCI that he had made up his mind about the decision, the day before he left the job.
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Sourav Ganguly will fly to Delhi to guide the Bengal which has entered the Vijay Hazare semis

  • Manoj Tiwary’s Bengal beat Kedar Jadhav’s Maharashtra in a thriller by 4 wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Wednesday. Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly was happy with Bengal’s performance. It was Bengal’s biggest run chase ever when they surpassed Maharashtra’s score of 318 runs with one ball to spare.
  • “You give just two more years to this side. Everyone will see what they are capable of. If we can find out a few more talented players you will see a transformed Bengal side, who are more aggressive and more positive on the field,” said Sourav.
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Shashank Manohar’s resignation might affect New Zealand Cricket

  • International Cricket Council is in the middle of drafting a new constitution which will help the members as well as associate nations. However, ICC was struck with a blow last night when Shashank Manohar who was believed to take this constitution through, resigned.
  • Manohar was supposed to bring eastern and the western countries together and seal the difference between the big and the small nations. Out of the ten votes if four go against the draft constitution then it will be discarded. India is going to vote against it and the Sri Lankans might follow India as well.
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Chris Morris excluded from the squad for 3rd Test

  • Pace bowling all-rounder Chris Morris will fly back home from South Africa’s touring team in New Zealand on Friday, reducing their sides total number of pacers to five. With off-spinner Dane Piedt set to join the team to bolster the spin options for the important Hamilton Test, Morris probably was a surplus to the team.
  • Pace bowling all-rounder Chris Morris will fly back home from South Africa’s touring team in New Zealand on Friday, reducing their sides total number of pacers to five. With off-spinner Dane Piedt set to join the team to bolster the spin options for the important Hamilton Test, Morris probably was a surplus to the team.
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CSK keen to own a team in the new South African T20 league

  • Falling in line with other major cricketing nations South Africa has also planned their own domestic Twenty20 league. The T20 Global Destination League is slated for November-December 2017.
  • Cricket South Africa (CSA) has received an overwhelming response for ownership and more than 150 parties have expressed their desire to own a team. The move has been prompted by the fan base the CSK team has in South Africa that emerged when the team played there in 2009.
  • “We have informed them about our interest. It’s the first step to take. However, we haven’t yet got the bidding documents. We had a very good fan following when the IPL happened in South Africa in 2009. But nothing has been finalised as of now and we will have a clear picture closer to the deadline (April 18) for submission of bids,”
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Queensland Bulls great Chris Hartley announces retirement

  • Chris Hartley, the Queensland great has decided to retire from cricket. Hartley was one of the most successful wicket-keeper batsmen of the modern era but his career was shadowed by the likes of Adam Gilchrist and Brad Haddin.
  • Recently his status as a legend of Bulls was secured as he went on to carve his name into the history books for most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in first-class cricket. He has 562 scalps to his name. The 34-year-old surpassed an ex-Victorian Darren Berry.
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Brendon McCullum taught me to back myself: Trent Boult

  • The International cricket circuit is getting tighter in terms of schedule and the job is becoming tougher for the players. They are not just required to stay at the top of their game but also keep up with the demands of the highest level and maintain fitness.
  • New Zealand’s premier pacer Trent Boult who opted out of a few matches in the recently concluded ODI series against the South Africans at home feels that has helped him stay fit for the Test series.
  • He almost bowled 48 overs in the 1st Test and that resulted in a groin injury that prevented him from bowling on the fourth day of the match and has been ruled out of the second Test.
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India Women and junior teams will travel by business class here on

  • In what can be called a massive boost for women and junior cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to allow all the teams to fly business class. At present, only the senior men’s team, BCCI bosses and high-profile employees fly business class.
  • The COA feels there should be no hierarchy, and the junior, fringe and women cricket must enjoy the same benefits as the Indian men’s cricket team. “If office staff and office-bearers can fly business class, and if the board could afford to take a member each from all state associations (over 40 people) to the United States last year to watch the India vs West Indies game in Florida, why should these players be discriminated against? After all, they too represent India and should get the same benefits as others,” Indian Express quoted a source.
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MS Dhoni fans travel to Delhi from Chennai to watch him bat

  • The Vijay Hazare Trophy 2017 quarter-final between Jharkhand and Vidarbha was all about one man. And there are no prizes for guessing who the man is.
  • Rarely has a domestic match at a relatively unknown venue grabbed such a massive attendance, but when the former Indian captain MS Dhoni takes centre stage, the commotion was not a surprise.
  • With Vidarbha managing to score only 159, the crowd at the Air Force Sports Complex in Palam waited for their superstar to come out to bat. Each time a batsman got out, the chanting of ‘Dhoni Dhoni’ only increased by decibels, but the Jharkhand skipper seemed to not oblige.
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