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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

Cheteshwar Pujara Nottinghamshire
Cheteshwar Pujara Nottinghamshire. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Makhaya Ntini junior picked to play for South Africa U19s

  • Thando Ntini earned a maiden call-up to the South Africa U-19 squad at a tender age of 16.
  • The Ntini legacy, though, has carried on in cricket as his son – Thando Ntini – is taking giant strides towards earning a national call-up for his country.
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Opener Rohit Sharma will struggle in England, opines Mohammad Azharuddin

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  • Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin has come out with his own opinion on Rohit Sharma’s luck in the upcoming Champions Trophy. Azharuddin thinks that it will be difficult for Rohit to get used to opening again for India in the prestigious tournament.
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Shahid Afridi to once again play for Hampshire in 2017 NatWest T20 Blast

  • Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi will once again feature in Hampshire’s squad in the 2017 edition of the NatWest T20 Blast.
  • Afridi has confirmed that he will join his Hampshire teammates ahead of the start of England’s domestic T20 league. He has also said that he will be available for the entirety of the tournament.
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SRH coach Muttiah Muralitharan feels that rain-curtailed match cost them the defeat

  • The Eliminator of IPL 10 between KKR and SRH was full of uncertainties. For most of the time it looked that the match would be called off due to constant rains, but when the play finally resumed, it was KKR who had an advantage in the game.
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Manoj Tiwary desires to hit the winning runs yet again in IPL Finals on Sunday

  • Rising Pune Supergiant middle-order batsman Manoj Tiwary stated that he would love to repeat his feat from IPL 2012, again, this Sunday, for the Rising Pune Supergiants against the winners of Qualifier 2 tomorrow at Bengaluru. The batsman from Bengal also expressed that it is moments like these players cherish the most in their careers.
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Englishman Jonny Bairstow says Alastair Cook was undervalued as a Test skipper

  • English Test star and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow has backed Joe Root to be an exciting skipper but says that former captain Alastair Cook’s job has been undervalued. Cook stepped down as the captain of the English side after five years and 59 record tests as the skipper of the English side.
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India and Australia are favourites to win CT, says AB de Villiers

  • South Africa have always had the best team on paper in almost every ICC event in the last decade or so. But they never quite managed to perform at par with the expectations at the big stage. Despite being a great team, they have not won a single World Cup or World T20 title.
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Usman Khawaja to lead Australia A in South Africa, Maxwell named deputy

  • Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has been named as the captain of the Australia A side that will tour South Africa for 4-day fixtures.
  • The tour will comprise of two four-day games and will be followed by a one-day tri-series that involves India A as the third team. Middle-order batsman Travis Head will be taking the captaincy duties in the limited overs tri-series.
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Would be a shame if Ashes comes under threat due to pay scuffle, says Chris Woakes

  • English all-rounder Chris Woakes has become the latest to join the discussions on the current pay scuffle going in the Australian cricket.
  • The players of the Australian team have been at the loggerheads with the Cricket Australia over payment issues. Things have not been very fruitful and CA has even threatened the players to terminate their contracts if they do not comply with the proposed changes.
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It will be tough to beat India at Champions Trophy, feels John Wright

  • Former India coach John Wright feels that the Indian team could be the team to beat at the upcoming edition of the ICC Champions Trophy. The tournament kick starts on June 1 with the hosts England taking on Bangladesh. Team India will play their first game against the arch-rival Pakistan on June 4.
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Dean Jones and Mohammad Yousuf to act as witness for Sharjeel Khan in spot-fixing scandal

  • Sharjeel Khan has been suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for his alleged participation in a spot-fixing scandal in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL).
  • Ever since the tournament has concluded, as many as seven cricketers who took part in the league have been under questioning with Mohammad Irfan being already banned for playing any cricket for a year.
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Curators salary still remains the same after ten years

  • It is often glaring to see the curators, who toil hard over the years on the grounds getting the same salary despite the increase in workload.
  • The entire outcome of a game of cricket depends on how good the 22-yard strip is. They are often the first ones to enter the pitch and the last ones to exit and what they get as a return is a pity sum.
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AB de Villiers hails Ben Stokes as a fantastic cricketer, says IPL lifted his game

  • South African cricketer AB de Villiers has been one of the most dominating cricketers in the modern day cricket.
  • The South African batting mainstay is hitting the straps hard to help his side win the ICC Champions Trophy this year. South Africa have not tasted much success in the ICC events in the recent times and that is something that AB wants to improve on.
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Stephen Fleming asks to introduce “wicket pressure” in a rain curtailed T20 game

  • The eliminator match between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Sunrisers Hyderabad went into the wee hours of Thursday morning as Ishank Jaggi struck the winning runs at 1:30 am in the morning.
  • The Chinnaswamy crowd was more or less empty when the match ended with some of the younger generation remaining till the last ball was bowled.
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BCCI to look at reserve day in IPL after six-over debacle at Eliminator, says Rajeev Shukla

  • The IPL governing council is all set to revisit the IPL’s reserve day rule on Saturday at Hyderabad after the prolonged rain curtailed 6-over Eliminator affair at Bangalore this Wednesday. IPL chief Rajeev Shukla is supposed to undertake the whole issue at the meeting along with the possibility of including a reserve day for the playoffs.
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Aamir helped me with his inputs during the making of the film: Sachin Tendulkar

  • The upcoming biopic on the great Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is all set to hit the theatres on 26th May and there is a sense of buzz and anticipation about the move among all his fans and supporters.
  • We all know that Sachin Tendulkar ad Mr Perfectionist of Bollywood Amir Khan are good friends and Sachin recently mentioned that if not for him, Amir would have been the best option to play his role.
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Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene will be felicitated by the MCC

  • Contributions of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene to Sri Lanka and world cricket, on the whole, are unparalleled. For this reason, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has decided to pay them a tribute. Very few cricketers are lucky enough to see their portraits hanging on the walls of the Lord’s Cricket Ground.
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We can beat India again, says Inzamam-ul-Haq

  • It was in the year 2004 and Team India was up against Pakistan at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Inzamam-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to field first. Indian batting collapsed in front of Pakistan’s bowling attack. Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Shoaib Akhtar picked up 4 wickets each as India were bowled out for just 200 runs.
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Ricky Ponting picks David Warner as the best batsman of IPL 10

  • Former Australia world cup winning captain Ricky Ponting has singled out David Warner as the Best batsman of IPL 10 after the Sunrisers Hyderabad was eliminated from the tournament after losing the rain-curtailed eliminator clash against the Knight Riders by 7 wickets.
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MS Dhoni is materclass, feels Wriddhiman Saha

  • India’s Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha’s Indian Premier League (IPL) journey this year has ended. His side Kings XI Punjab was knocked out of the tenth edition of the league by Rising Pune Supergiant in the last league game.
  • But Saha has no rest as he will be keeping wickets for Mohun Baga when his team takes on rivals East Bengal at the Bengal derby.
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IPL over South Africa’s Test series, says AB de Villiers

  • South Africa’s star batsman AB de Villiers has been one of the most successful batsmen in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He had a poor run of form this season, but his overall record is the testament to the previous statement.
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James Anderson sustains an injury while playing Roses clash against Yorkshire

  • Leading wicket taker in the longest format of the game for England, James Anderson had to leave the field during the first morning of the Roses match between Lancashire and Yorkshire at the Old Trafford due to a suspected groin injury. The 34-year-old fast bowler pulled up in his run up in the mid of the 6th over.
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Cheteshwar Pujara makes his debut for Nottinghamshire in County Championship 2017

  • India’s Test No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara made his Nottinghamshire debut on Friday (May 19) in Glamorgan. He makes his way into the side as a replacement for Australia’s James Pattinson, who has been called up for national duties ahead of the Champions Trophy.
  • The right-handed batsman has previously been a part of county cricket with Derbyshire (2014) and Yorkshire (2015).
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Delhi Daredevils’ performance this season surprised Ricky Ponting

  • Ricky Ponting in a recent no holds barred interview disclosed that the Delhi Daredevils’ performance this season of the IPL has surprised him the most. Ponting nitpicked about the constant chopping and changing in the side, which eventually hindered their progression towards the top half of the table.
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New jersey for team Pakistan in Champions Trophy 2017 unveiled

  • Team Pakistan recently arrived in England for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. They will be riding high on confidence levels after having won their most recent ODI assignment. Unlike most other teams in the tournament, they do not have any preparatory ODI fixture for the mega event.
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IPL 10: Broadcasters made life tougher for Gautam Gambhir during Eliminator

  • The Kolkata Knight Riders camp had a sigh of relief when the rain had finally subsided in the game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator a couple of days ago.
  • Skipper Gautam Gambhir led his team to a thrilling win in the compact 6 over run chase. He looked absolutely pleased after the game as his team had survived another day to make it to the next level.
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Pune-born surgeon Chinmay Gupte will lead MCC’s bat design research team

  • Gone are those days when bowlers ruled cricket. 250 runs target, which once looked like a mountain to climb in an ODI, are being chased down easily now. The size of the bats is getting thicker, even edges fly over the boundary which is a concern. With the inclusion of T20 cricket, the game is becoming a bowler’s nightmare now.
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Bengal Premier League to start from December confirms Sourav Ganguly

  • Former legendary captain and the President of Cricket Association of Bengal, Sourav Ganguly confirmed that a franchise based regional T20 tournament Bengal Premier League will be held from December and will be played among 6 teams.
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Both Smith and Dhoni are great leaders, says Jaydev Unadkat

  • Rising Pune Supergiant’s (RPS) start to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 10 campaign was not impressive. They failed to find their perfect team combination. After four matches, they decided to bench Ashok Dinda who was proving costly.
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Pakistan legend Younis Khan honored at Lords

  • Legendary Pakistani cricketer Younis Khan was recently honored at the Lords’ for a remarkable career in cricket. Younis Khan recently retired from all forms of the game when he announced his retirement from Test cricket. The away series in West Indies was his final Test assignment along with Misbah-ul-Haq.
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