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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

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T. Natarajan. (Photo Source: Sportstarlive)

Loving every moment of the IPL experience: T Natarajan

  • T Natarajan, who is currently playing for the Kings XI Punjab, expressed that he is relishing every bit of the Indian Premier League this season. The Tamil Nadu-based left-arm seamer gained the majority of the headlines after the King’s XI side purchased him at 3 crores in the IPL auction.
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Yusuf Pathan’s humble response after making 100 appearances for KKR in the IPL

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  • Veteran Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan came up with a humble and heartfelt message for his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders. He had a sweet message to share with his fans and the members who have been associated with the franchise during his stay with the KKR.
  • Yusuf recently played his 100th IPL match in the KKR outfit when he took the field against the Delhi Daredevils on April 28.
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India within rights to withdraw from Champions Trophy: Sunil Gavaskar

  • Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar has opined that if India decides to pull out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, then they have every right to do it.
  • In the recent times, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been in a tussle with the International Cricket Council (ICC). The point of discussion has been the revenue models of the ICC.
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A man goes away free in IPL fixing wants to deposit Rs. 5.5 lakh in the old banned notes

  • Abhishek Shukla, who was earlier booked by the police as an alleged bookie was later set free along with former cricketer from Kerala cricketer S. Sreesanth in the 2013 IPL fixing scandal.
  • Abhishek has moved to the apex court- Supreme Court of India requesting to allow him to exchange Rs. 5.5 lakh in the demonetised notes of 500’s and 1000’s that were seized from him during the investigation.
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Bangladesh generates more revenue than many other nations: BCB President

  • The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is at a happy place at the moment. They are very content with the outcomes of the recent ICC meeting.
  • All the major cricket boards met recently under one roof to discuss the revenue models of the ICC. After the meeting, the BCB finds itself in a position of getting more share of revenues because of improved performances and improved markets.
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Shakib Al Hasan finally reveals why KKR have underused him in the tournament

  • Shakib Al Hasan has disclosed the reason why he is being left out in the playing XI of the Kolkata Knight Riders.
  • The star all-rounder from Bangladesh seemed disappointed on being left out in almost all the matches so far in the tournament. The KKR think-tank went ahead with the likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, and Trent Boult instead of Shakib.
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Would be a huge blow if India pulls out: Champions Trophy Director

  • Over the last few days, the only international team that has been making the headlines is the Indian team. It is not because of a superlative performance or a dismal outing. It is rather because of the dark cloud that is hovering over India’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
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Rishabh Pant would only get a nod ahead if MS Dhoni gets injured, claims Saba Karim

  • Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Saba Karim claimed that the young sensation of Indian cricket, Rishabh Pant, would only be able to break into the national side only if Mahendra Singh Dhoni gets injured.
  • Former selector, Kiran More, also backed Saba’s comment by saying that berth in the Champions Trophy squad should not be considered on the basis of performance in a domestic T20 league.
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Australia tour of Bangladesh very much on, hints BCB Chief

  • The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief Nazmul Hassan has hinted that the Australian team is almost certain to tour Bangladesh later this year.
  • He spoke about the same after the conclusion of the recent ICC meeting. He noted that the series has been finalized. If the tour indeed goes underway this year, this would be the first tour of the Australian side to Bangladesh since 2006.
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Kerala High Court gives green signal to Sreesanth’s plea to lift the life ban imposed on him

  • The Kerala High Court on Friday gave a green signal to former Indian pacer Sreesanth’s application which he pleads to chairman Vinod Rai and 3 members of the cricketing body seeking to lift the ban imposed on him in the petition. The court has declared 22nd May as the date for the final hearing.
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Indian government plan to make a documentary film on Rashid and Mohammad Nabi

  • In an attempt to showcase the popularity of cricket in a war-hit country like Afghanistan, the Ministry of External Affairs has decided to propose film producers to make a short documentary film on the two most popular cricketers of the country, teenage leg-spinner Rashid Khan and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi who are currently busy with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
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It was a conscious effort to go all out against RCB: Aaron Finch

  • Coming into this IPL, swashbuckling batsman Aaron Finch wasn’t in the best of forms and struggled big time in the initial few matches until he finally found his rhythm against Royal Challengers on Thursday. Playing for the Gujarat Lions, the solid built Finch smashed the listless RCB bowlers all around the stadium and remained unbeaten in 72 of a mere 39 deliveries, an innings constructed with 5 fours and a half of dozen maximums.
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Shaun Marsh confident of coming back into the title race

  • Australian batsman Shaun Marsh feels that the Kings XI Punjab can still make it to the top four despite losing their game yesterday against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The defending champions went out to bat first in the match and put up a mammoth score of 207 on the board.
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West Indies announce squad for second Test against Pakistan

  • The West Indies cricket team had a dismal start to the 3-match Test series against Pakistan. They were thoroughly beaten and outplayed by the visitors at the Sabina Park. The hosts had an early jitter in the Test when they were restricted to 71/5 at one stage on the day 1 of the first game.
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I derive energy from my countrymen’s support: Rashid Khan

  • Afghanistan bowler Rashid Khan returned to form in the game against the Kings XI Punjab yesterday. He bowled wonderfully in his four overs spell as he gave away only 16 runs in the middle part of the innings.
  • The leg-spinner also picked up an important wicket that of Eoin Morgan and helped the Sunrisers restrict the Kings XI Punjab 26 runs short of their total.
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IPL 10: Gautam Gambhir hopes selectors take notice of Uthappa’s consistent performances

  • The Kolkata Knight Riders have been on a merry roll this season. They are currently the table toppers in the points table and are a win away from the playoffs. A lot of credit goes to the KKR top order for helping them dominate the proceedings on most occasions.
  • Skipper Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa have been the two key players in making the top order a formidable one in the tournament.
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Kolkata beats the heat to witness IPL, Baahubali 2

  • Kolkata has been burning with heat for the past few days but the craze for cricket and entertainment has not gone down a bit. On Friday, the maximum temperature was as high as 37.2 degrees Celcius but the day also saw the encounter between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Delhi Daredevils.
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PCB shortlists 5 regions for Sixth franchise in PSL 2018

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited the interested parties to send their bids for acquiring the sixth franchise in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
  • Currently, the T20 league is being played by five teams. As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the franchise owners of the five teams, there was no provision to add the sixth team to the roster for the first two seasons.
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Champions Trophy 2017: Virender Sehwag picks his 15-man India squad

  • There is a dark cloud hovering over India’s participation in the coveted Champions Trophy 2017. The Indian board has already missed the deadline to select the squad for the ICC mega event.
  • While the clouds continue to play hide and seek over India’s participation, the cricket pundits are picking their squads for the mega event.
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Shikhar Dhawan’s dominance made it easier for Kane Williamson to score

  • Williamson was all praises for the openers, who provided the Sunrisers with a blistering start. “The openers got off to a great start; that partnership set a platform to get a good first innings total, which we were fortunate to be able to get,” he told iplt20.com.
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BCCI to take a call on Champions Trophy on May 7

  • The recent tussle between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) has seen the former at the verge of boycotting the ICC Champions Trophy this year.
  • At a recent ICC meeting, the BCCI found support only from the Sri Lankan board in their pursuit of maintaining with the ‘big three’ revenue model.
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BCCI all set to launch a search for new title sponsor for the IPL

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will officially launch a search for a new title sponsor and an event manager for the Indian Premier League. The IPL Governing Council is all set to meet in Delhi on May 5 to get the process under way. The council will also take a decision on the media rights during the meeting.
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One can never write off champions players like MS Dhoni, remarks Ricky Ponting

  • Former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting has come in support of the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni. Dhoni has been under the scrutiny for many reasons in the recent times.
  • Many pundits have questioned in inconsistency in the shortest format of the game. Some have even gone on to point that he is perhaps not fit for the T20s. But truth be told, Dhoni is a champion player and that needs no testimony.
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