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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

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BCB stunned by Pakistan Board’s decision to call off the tour

  • Pakistan has stunned and shocked the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) by calling off the tour, which was scheduled in the month of July and August.
  • Although there has been no official confirmation of the same yet, the news came in as a shocker to the BCB who were hopeful of a great encounter against the Asian rivals.
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IPL 10: KKR crush DD at Eden Gardens


  • Kolkata Knight Riders continued their golden run in this year’s IPL season as they achieved their third consecutive victory. At the top of the points table with 14 points and an outstanding NRR, KKR seems to be knocking the door for the playoffs. On the other hand, Delhi Daredevils continue to languish at the bottom.
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IPL 10: SRH outclass KXIP at Mohali

  • A fighting 84 from Shaun Marsh went in vain as Kings XI Punjab could only manage 181 in the runc chase 207/3.
  • Earlier in the game, David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson hit fifties to help SRH post the mammoth score on the board.
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Gautam Gambhir to bear education expenses of CRPF martyr’s children

  • Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir has pledged to bear the full costs of the children of 25 CRPF personnel killed in an ambush by the Maoists in Chattisgarh’s south Sukuma area this Monday.
  •  The left-handed opening batsman announced that he would extend his complete support for the children through his foundation.
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KP was right in saying England players should play IPL: Michael Vaughan

  • Former England skipper Michael Vaughan believes that England have the best chance to win their first ever 50 overs ICC major this year.
  • They will be hosting the ICC Champions Trophy commencing on June 1. He feels that the current English team is perhaps the most balanced English side of the recent times in limited-overs cricket.
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Ricky Ponting picks his team of IPL 10 thus far

  • Former Mumbai Indians head coach and Australia’s legendary batsman Ricky Ponting has put together his IPL 2017’s best XI thus far. However, unlike the IPL rules and the fantasy rules, Cricket Australia has allowed the Australian to be flexible about picking the foreign players.
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Team India yet to receive match fees for the last 6 months

  • The Indian cricket team also known as Team India is yet to receive their match fees for the last 6 months and Rs. 1crore incentive promised to them by BCCI for an exceptional home season in the longest format of the game.
  • India began their campaign by inflicting a 3-0 whitewash on New Zealand and then followed it up with a 4-0 win against England.
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It was a conscious effort to attack, says Gujarat Lions opener Aaron Finch

  • Australia’s Aaron Finch architected a clinical finish for the Gujarat Lions, who thumped an indefensible Royal Challengers Bangalore side by 7 wickets with 37 balls to spare in Bangalore.
  • Following a professional performance with the ball, which restricted a batting-heavy RCB side to a mere 134, the Lions were powered by Finch to a comfortable victory.
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After gaining the Orange Cap Suresh Raina dedicates it to daughter Gracia

  • Suresh Raina, with his unbeaten knock of 34 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore last night, became the highest run scorer in the IPL presently, thereby, receiving the Orange Cap. On being handed over the cap Raina the loving father he is dedicated the honour to his daughter Gracia who attended her first cricket match.
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PCB appoints two foreign security personnel for World XI tour in September

  • In an attempt bring back cricket to Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed two foreign security personnel as a consultant prior to the proposed World XI tour to be held in the nation in September.
  • PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan confirmed the news saying that Reg Dickanson and ICC Security consultant Bob Nichols will help them with the security for the coming international matches in the nation.
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RCB needs to get their mindset right in the next game: Kedar Jadhav

  • The Royal Challengers Bangalore batting line-up failed to click for the second time in a row after being dismissed for a disappointing 49-run total against the Kolkata Knight Riders. This time against the Gujarat Lions, the team had the chance to put up a respectable total on the board batting first.
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Joe Root believes England are well prepared for the Aussie pace attack

  • Joe Root does not have good memories of the Ashes as he had a very poor time with the willow during his first Ashes tour in 2013-14. He witnessed the damage done to the England batsmen by Aussie pacers Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris that time at a very early stage in his career.
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A batsman has to build his own identity to be successful: Virender Sehwag

  • When the Nawab of Najafgarh, Virender Sehwag broke onto the scene way back in 2001 people were shocked to see the uncanny resemblance he had with the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar.
  • Making his test debut against South Africa at Bloemfontein, Sehwag scored a majestic century in his debut innings and along with his idol Sachin, the duo shared a superb partnership after India was reduced to 60 odd for 4 wickets.
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Mohammad Kaif is my idol: Suresh Raina

  • Mohammad Kaif and Suresh Raina have a lot in common. The two of them have been together since their Uttar Pradesh days and also have played a lot of cricket together for the Indian cricket team. Both the players have been excellent fielders for India which has helped the team grow as a fielding side over the years.
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Atif Mashal desires to witness Afghanistan among the top five teams

The people in India are a lot happier: Kagiso Rabada

  • Kagiso Rabada might not be the only cricketer to suggest that India is a highly happy country, despite the World Happiness reports suggesting else wise. He was terribly surprised when the reporters told that his home country ‘South Africa’ was ranked higher than India on the World Happiness Report.
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Ireland optimistic about achieving Test status by June this year

  • The Ireland cricket team could be looking at themselves playing Test cricket by June later this year after a recent announcement made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) put in place a new process for all associate nations that will allow them to become full members.
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Four stands at the Eden Gardens to bear the names of slain war heroes

  • The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is one of the most iconic grounds in the world to play the game of cricket. The aura and the electrifying atmosphere at the stadium during a match will surely give one goose bumps.
  • Though the capacity of the ground has been cut down in recent years the ambience inside the stadium still continues to be the same.
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Mandeep Singh says criticism motivates him to perform better

  • Taking to his twitter handle, Mandeep said that the criticism thrown at him after a string of poor performances only motivates him to perform better and he will be looking to turn his fortunes tomorrow in the clash against the Rising Pune Supergiant.
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Kerala look to rope in Robin Uthappa after coach Dav Whatmore

  • The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) had to pull a lot of strings to have netted in one of the most cosmopolitan coaches ever in Dav Whatmore. By the looks of it, Kerala is stopping at nothing to rope in several high profile players in their ranks.
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Mitchell Starc resumes bowling after suffering injury during India tour

  • Australian spearhead Mitchell Starc returned to bowling after his tour of India was cut short by an injury. The left-arm pacer picked up the injury during the second Test match of the tour at Bengaluru and Pat Cummins was named as his replacement.
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Shahid Afridi rejects PCB’s offer for a ‘befitting’ farewell

  • Retired legendary Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi politely refused Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Executive Committee Chairman’s proposal for a ‘befitting’ farewell offer along with the likes of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan after the conclusion of Pakistan’s Test series against West Indies.
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Absence of India won’t have a bearing on Champions Trophy says PCB chairman

  • PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan conceded that the possible absence of India in the ICC Champions Trophy scheduled to be played in England from June won’t affect the majority of the member countries as they are ready to face the likely possibility of India boycotting from the tournament.
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Police detains 11 members of cricket betting gang involved with IPL

  • 11 members of a cricketing betting gang concerned with the Indian Premier League (IPL) was detained by police yesterday after they managed to seize Rs.9.4 lakh during the raid.
  • They were hiding at Rammurthinagar in the Nellore city when they were arrested yesterday. As per reports from Hindu, the bookmakers started their operations during the last 15 days taking full advantage of the ongoing league.
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Tabraiz Shamsi confirms his decision to return to South Africa

  • South African chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi who was a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Vivo IPL 10 is set to leave for South Africa midway through the season. Shamsi hasn’t featured in any of RCB’s matches in this edition so far and has been benched for all the 9 matches the franchise has played in the tournament.
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6 teams to participate in the third edition of PSL

  • The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been quite successful in the first two editions. The inaugural edition of the tournament was an instant hit back in the year 2016. A league that was played on the lines of Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League, PSL had its own uniqueness to boast about.
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Dropped chance cost us the match, says Sanju Samson

  • Delhi Daredevils opener for the match, Sanju Samson claimed that the dropped catch of Robin Uthappa when he was on 9 cost them the match. Samson cited it as the prime reason for Delhi’s defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders. This is their fourth consecutive defeat on the trot as they languish at the bottom of the table.
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BCCI to consult Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble before taking a call on Champions Trophy

  • In the recent times, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has had a stiff stance against the International Cricket Council (ICC).
  • The board was upset with the proposal to change the existing revenue model of the ICC. They wanted that current model must continue where the ‘big three’ dominate the major share of revenues of the international body.
  • However, the recent ICC meeting saw the BCCI get upset as the majority members opted for the new proposed system of revenue sharing.
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