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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

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Pakistan and Afghanistan to play T20Is at Kabul, Lahore

  • In a very historic agreement, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) have agreed to play T20Is and a bilateral series soon.
  • The PCB chairman Shahryar Khan announced that there will two T20 matches played between the two sides in addition to a bilateral series as well. The details of the bilateral series are yet to be disclosed.
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Sachin: A Billion Dreams gets super start on opening day


  • The much-awaited biopic of the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar finally released amidst all the hype that was built around it.
  • The movie seemed to have lived up to the expectations as it covered the 24 years of Sachin’s career in a couple of hours. There were a few critics who believed that the movie did not provide the kind of insight that it had the potential of putting forth.
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Adam Zampa confident to play a role in Australia’s Champions Trophy campaign

  • Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa is high on confidence and feels that he will be instrumental to his team’s outing in the Champions Trophy.
  • Captain Steve Smith may feel tempted to commence the tournament with an all-out pace attack but the Zampa is of the opinion that the pitches will slow up towards the back end and favor spinners.
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Mashrafe Mortaza feels his team has got a hard group in the Champions Trophy

  • Bangladesh are currently ranked 6th in the ICC ODI Team Rankings, which is ahead of West Indies, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. After the meteoric rise that they triggered in international cricket since the 2015 World Cup, nobody considers Bangladesh as underdogs anymore.
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India has a chance of winning Champions Trophy, feels Monty Panesar

  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli isn’t coming into the Champions Trophy riding on his usual purple form. In the recently concluded Indian Premier League, he scored just 308 runs in 10 matches.
  • Averaging around 31 runs per match is not below par in the shortest format of the game. But for Kohli, it certainly is not up to the mark as he has set high standards for himself.
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Sarfraz Ahmed is not taking Bangladesh lightly

  • On Sunday (May 27), Pakistan will take on Bangladesh in a warm-up match ahead of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. In the ICC ODI Team Rankings, Bangladesh are placed over Pakistan.
  • They defeated New Zealand to grab the 6th position on the points table. After their surprising victory against the Kiwis, teams have decided to take Bangladesh into account.
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CT 2017: Yuvraj Singh misses India’s training session

  • Team India have started their preparations for the upcoming edition of the Champions Trophy. The defending champions would want to stamp their authority on the tournament yet again in the same way like they did back in 2013.
  • Needless to say, the players were seen hitting the hard straps in the net sessions during the recent team training in London.
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My gut feeling says Pakistan can destroy any team: Mashrafe Mortaza

  • Team Bangladesh is roaring at the peak of their form at the moment. After their series leveling efforts in Sri Lanka, they managed to beat Ireland and New Zealand in one game each in the recently concluded tri-series.
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Shoaib Malik picks his favorite bowler from the Indian team

  • Veteran Pakistani batsman Shoaib Malik was recently asked to pick the best bowler in the Indian team. The star batsman took very little time to pick his choice and came up with an answer with which most people would agree with.
  • The Indian team boasts of some of the most exciting young bowling talent in the world of modern day cricket.
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Kohli is a brilliant batsman but he has failed against me: Junaid Khan

  • The build up to the India-Pakistan clash is rising with each passing day. The arch rivals are set to lock horns at Birmingham in their opening game of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
  • Certainly, the players are all pumped up for the big game and the war of words has begun. Pakistani pacer Junaid Khan has initiated a very subtle indirect dig at the Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
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Cheteshwar Pujara smashes maiden ton for Nottinghamshire

  • Cheteshwar Pujara is a big name in the Indian cricket circuit. He has been the batting mainstay of the Indian cricket Test team in the last couple of years.
  • He has emerged as a phenomenal player in the longest format of the game. In the most recent grand home Test season of the Indian cricket, Pujara was instrumental in seeing India register comprehensive wins against multiple oppositions.
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CT 2017: Team Bangladesh unveil new jersey for the tournament

  • Team Bangladesh has been on a very confident ground in the recent times. They have successfully managed to enter the Champions Trophy 2017 with the winning momentum. The team managed to beat the New Zealand team in the final game of the recently concluded tri-series in Ireland.
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Looking to make my yorkers more effective, says Mustafizur Rahman

  • Mustafizur Rahman has been peaking at the right time as far the Bangladeshi supporters are concerned. The Bangladeshi prodigy has been lacking his sting in the recent past but showed glimpses of his return to form when he scalped seven wickets in three matches in the tri-series involving New Zealand and Ireland.
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Zimbabwe announces their squad: Masakadza, Chibhabha in, Chigumbara out

  • Zimbabwe announced their team for the upcoming series against Scotland, Netherlands and Sri Lanka. Veteran all-rounder Elton Chigumbura has been dropped from the team owing to a string of poor performances in the recent past which has seen him make just 41 runs in the last nine ODIs he played.
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CT 2017: Azhar Ali geared up for the big challenge

  • Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali is confident of putting up a good show in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.
  • The stylish batsman has had a good run in the recent times and believes that his team is going into the tournament with great expectations. Recently, he noted that the competition will have the best teams competing against one another.
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Team Pakistan new kit for Champions Trophy unveiled

  • Pakistan Cricket Team recently unveiled their new One day International (ODI) kit for the ICC Champions Trophy yesterday at Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • The team is freshly coming off their victorious tour to West Indies after bidding farewell to two of the greatest player to ever play for the country by the names of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.
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Sri Lankan cricketers to feature in second edition of 10PL

  • After garnering a successful inaugural Ten Premier League (10PL) gully cricket tournament last year, the organizers are gearing up for a second season with wider participation. Held under the auspices of the Sharjah Cricket Council, the last edition saw 16 teams battling for a prize money of Dh 250,000 and the coveted title.
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‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ latest victim of piracy

  • Hardly 24 hours post the release of the most awaited biopic of Indian Cinema, i.e. ‘Sachin: A billion dreams’, reports of leaked copy of the movie has surfaced.
  • The movie is readily available online with a good quality version of it. Crediting to the work of some of the illegal websites, the movie is also available for online streaming.
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Crocodiles and mosquitoes haunt England ahead of ‘killer’ series

  • Ashes is considered as one of the most fearsome rivalries of cricket. Two formidable teams, namely England and Australia take on each other.
  • The sternness shown by both the teams makes it a ‘killer’ series to watch. But before it begins in November this year, England is worried about some ‘killer’ friends who stays not very far away from one of the venues selected.
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Kohli too good a player to have problems in CT: Hemang Badani

  • The Indian captain Virat Kohli has been in an indifferent form for quite some time. He couldn’t contribute a lot in the Test series against Australia and the poor run of form continued in the Indian Premier League as well.
  • But the former Indian cricketer Hemang Badani reckoned that his form wasn’t a worry going into the Champions Trophy.
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I am 100 percent ready to play for India: Krunal Pandya

  • Mumbai Indians won their third IPL title in the 10th edition and the person who played a key role in that was Krunal Pandya.
  • He played two vital innings at the final stages of the league that handed the Trophy to his team. In the second Qualifier against Kolkata Knight Riders, his knock of 45 off 30 balls saw his side past the target of 108 safely after the early hiccups.
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Sachin Tendulkar reveals he never expected to lose from Bangladesh

  • Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar in his recent biopic revealed he never expected that one day India would face defeat at the hands of Bangladesh. He also accused the then Indian coach Greg Chappell for deliberately sabotaging India’s campaign in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in West Indies.
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Sara Tendulkar reveals her favorite scene from her father’s biopic

  • More than the current team India players, who are currently in London for the Champions Trophy, it is veteran Sachin Tendulkar who is grabbing all headlines for his just-released biopic “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”. The movie has received great response from fans and is doing exceptionally well at the box-office.
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IPL 10 was the most popular edition on social media

  • According to reports by media agency Maxus, the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League was the most popular among all the ten editions, in terms of social media communications.
  • Across some of the famous social media websites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram digital news websites and online forums, over 6 million mentions were recorded.
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Want Bangladesh to become competitive in ODIs both home and away: Mushfiqur Rahim

  • Veteran Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim will be a key member for his team in the upcoming edition of the Champions Trophy. The Bangladeshi side has made giant strides in the world cricket in the recent times.
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England pacer Liam Plunkett says he is a completely different bowler now

  • When Liam Plunkett made his debut for England way back in the year 2005 against Pakistan, a lot of things were expected of him, putting him under some dire expectations before eventually being frozen out from the English squad.
  • His survival in the first six years in international cricket was one of struggle and pain, with chances coming in through the revolving door.
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Tamim Iqbal itching to see Ronaldo live for the first time in his life

  • Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has been a force to reckon for the Tigers going into International Cricket Council’s Premier Tournament- Champions Trophy. The southpaw has been in scintillating form for the Tigers before the tournament begins on the 1st of June this year.
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We are not keen on playing against Pakistan at the moment, says BCB Chief

  • The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief Nazmul Hassan recently quoted that the national side is not very keen on playing against Pakistan after the conclusion of the Champions Trophy.
  • His remarks have come at a time when their Pakistan counterparts had postponed their tour to Bangladesh team expected to roll out in the month of July for a short international assignment.
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Sushant Singh Rajput reveals about the inspiration drawn from Sachin Tendulkar

  • Sushant Singh Rajput recently came out and revealed about the inspiration he had drawn from Sachin Tendulkar during the practice sessions while shooting for his movie ‘M.S. Dhoni- the Untold Story’. He later stated that few words from the Master Blaster meant the world for the Bollywood heartthrob.
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Pakistani batsman Fakhar Zaman warns India ahead of the mouth-watering encounter

  • The Champions Trophy has eluded the hands of Pakistani skippers over a decade after they have failed to finish off the close matches only to be left to rue their poor decisions. The team is now settled in Birmingham and are focusing on the jewel crown that has evaded their trophy cabinet.
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CT 2017: Yuvraj Singh set to miss warm-up match against New Zealand

  • Team India has suffered a major blow ahead of their first warm-up game against New Zealand. Veteran Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of the fixture. Yuvraj was reportedly down with fever which will see him miss out on the key game.
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Former Mumbai cricketer Kiran Asher passes away

  • Former Mumbai cricketer Kiran Asher, who played for the then Bombay side, passed away on Saturday, May 27 in Mumbai. Kiran Pratapsinh Asher was born on June 19, 1947, shortly before India got its independence from the British.
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