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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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CT 2017: Ramiz Raja feels Pakistan fall short in power hitting department

  • Team Pakistan managed to eke out a narrow win against Bangladesh in their first warm-up game before the Champions Trophy. They were 8 wickets down and some considerable amount of runs were still needed to be chased. It was Fahim Ashraf’s heroics that helped them register a two-wicket on the day.
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Grandfather of Ravichandran Ashwin passes away

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  • Ace India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin received the unfortunate news of the passing away of his grandfather S Narayanasamy. The cause of the death was ascertained to be the old age and health related issues. It was the illness that eventually turned out to be the key reason for his demise.
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Wriddhiman Saha backs India to defend the Champions Trophy title

  • India’s Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha may not be part of India’s squad for the Champions Trophy come this June, but he has come out to show his support for the country, strongly backing the talented Indian side led by Virat Kohli.
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People were surprised at my selection: Fahim Ashraf

  • It was a gripping contest between the Asian rivals Bangladesh and Pakistan playing at the neutral venue in England. The match was too good to be not considered as an official match, with the amount of hard work put in by both the teams.
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Virender Sehwag asked to apply for post of Team India Head Coach

  • Former India opener Virender Sehwag has been asked by the BCCI to apply for the position of Head Coach following the board’s invitation for new candidates. As a result, Sehwag could potentially be a challenge to Anil Kumble, who is currently in charge of the Indian Cricket Team.
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I feel a pain outside my knee when bowling, reveals Ben Stokes

  • South Africa and England played a thriller of a cricket match on Saturday. Before heading on the eight edition of ICC Champions Trophy, this short series is seen as the warm-up series.
  • England won the first match of the series and was looking to wrap it up on Saturday. Winning the toss, South African captain AB de Villiers decided to let the home team bat first.
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AB de Villiers upset about query from umpires regarding ball condition during 2nd ODI

  • South Africa skipper AB de Villiers said he was pretty upset when the umpires asked him to explain the ball’s condition during their clash against England.
  • The two umpires standing during the 2nd ODI approached de Villiers before the start of the 34th over. While speaking to Rob Bailey and Chris Gaffaney, AB de Villiers seemed animated.
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Happy for the likes of Rashid Khan and Imran Tahir says Adam Zampa

  • Adam Zampa was picked up by the Rising Pune Supergiant in the last auction but was underused by MS Dhoni in his tenure. The young wrist spinner from Australia, however, got his chance this year but was overshadowed by the veteran South African Imran Tahir.
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Cheteshwar Pujara finding life easy at Trent Bridge

  • Cheteshwar Pujara had an amazing season with the Indian team. He was at his extreme best and played some unbelievable knocks. Just behind his captain when it comes to runs scored this season, Pujara has been tremendous for the World’s number one Test team.
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CT 2017: It is about doing less mistakes and being positive, says Angelo Mathews

  • Team Sri Lanka have had a very shaky start to their preparations for the upcoming edition of the ICC Champions Trophy. In their first warm-up game against Australia, they were beaten by the Aussies in a closely fought game.
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Sachin: A Billion Dreams making giant strides towards becoming a blockbuster

  • The much-hyped biopic of Sachin Tendulkar – ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’, after making a good start on Friday, continued on its way to breaking records even on Saturday. The biopic is a docudrama about the various experiences of the Master Blaster’s life and cricketing career.
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Don’t mix management and governance says Justice Lodha

  • Committee of Administrators (CoA) was appointed by the Supreme Court to ensure that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) implement the suggestions of the Supreme Court. However, the highest authority in India is not happy with the way the CoA has been functioning.
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Short boundaries at Edgbaston give Bangladesh-Pakistan warm-up game a feel of school cricket

  • Pakistan warmed them up well before the ICC Champions Trophy when they defeated Bangladesh in their first warm-up clash played at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
  • Chasing a stiff target of 342, Pakistan completed the win with 2 wickets in hand and 3 balls to spare. It was an unbeaten 9th wicket stand of 93 which came off just 43 balls which helped Pakistan overhaul the target.
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BCCI’s Ratnakar Shetty responds to NADA’s doping accusations

  • Indian cricket is seldom in controversies when it comes to the use of banned substance and doping. This cricket crazy country worships the national players and the players know it as well.
  • All the players have a status equivalent to national heroes and always look to set an example for the younger generations with their game and conduct.
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Gautam Gambhir shares the emotions in the dressing room during 2011 World Cup Final

  • Although Gautam Gambhir played an anchoring inning to set India on the path towards victory, his knock was overshadowed by MS Dhoni’s demolition in the final.
  • The 2011 World Cup was India’s all the way – playing in home condition, they started off as favourites. On the night of the final, however, India stuttered while chasing 275.
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Ian Chappell’s prediction for the top 4 teams in the Champions Trophy 2017

  • Before the start of the eight edition of the ICC Champions Trophy, many former cricketers are selecting their favourites to win the ‘mini World Cup’.
  • For Ian Chappell, it is a bit tough to select any one winner among the eight formidable lineups. Hence, he decided not to take the major responsibility on himself, and rather predict the four semi-finalists which seemed an easier task.
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Travis Head willing to bat at any position for Australia during Champions Trophy

  • Australian batsman Travis Head said he was confident of fulfilling any role for his side during the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.
  • Head showed glimpses of brilliance en route his unbeaten 85 against Sri Lanka in the first warm-up game. His knock came at an impressive strike rate of 116.43 and helped the current world champions gun down a target of 319 with 2 balls to spare.
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Mahela Jayawardene will not be a full-time coach

  • Mahela Jayawardene had a great debut Indian Premier League as the head of coach of the Mumbai Indians. The team became the first team to win three IPL titles under the supervision of the former Sri Lankan legend. They defeated their Maharashtrian rivals Rising Pune Supergiant in a thrilling low-scoring final.
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Ian Botham feels Ben Stokes has returned from India as a better cricketer

  • Former England captain Ian Botham feels England all-rounder Ben Stokes has returned from his stint at the IPL as a better cricketer. Stokes, who fetched a whopping Rs. 14.5 crore for his maiden appearance in the IPL, became the costliest foreign player in the league’s history.
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‘Mauka-mauka’ resurfaces ahead of the India-Pakistan clash on June 4

  • Pakistan played India in a bilateral series for the last time when they toured India to play 2 T20s and a 3-match ODI series in 2012. Since then both teams have gone head to head only in the major ICC events apart from Asia Cup. There is a sense of excitement already ahead of both sides game in the ICC Champions Trophy on June 4.
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New cricket ball named in the honour of Jhulan Goswami

  • Indian women’s pace bowler Jhulan Goswami received an honour of having a cricket ball to her name after achieving a major milestone by becoming the numero uno wicket-taker in Women’s ODIs. The ball has been named “Bengal Tigress” and was manufactured by B. Dasgupta in accordance with SS Sports.
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Johanthan Trott banks on England to lift the Champions Trophy

  • England’s Jonathan Trott has all his hopes cut out for England to lift the 2017 Champions Trophy. The former top order batsman who was a part of the losing England side in the 2013 Champions Trophy final against India said that England have a bright opportunity to prove their mettle and win their second ICC title.
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Aleem Dar sports a beard, reveals the reason too

  • Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar is a member of the ICC Elite Umpire Panel and has been umpiring since 2000. He is one of the best umpires in international cricket and has officiated in 111 Test matches, 183 ODIs and 41 T20s. Dar has been an accurate umpire as he has won three ICC Umpire of the Year Awards from 2009 to 2011.
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Amitabh Bachchan’s prediction for Hardik Pandya turns true

  • Hardik Pandya is coming into the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after a great Indian Premier League. His team Mumbai Indians (MI) became the first to win three IPL titles. Hardik was good both with the bat and the ball. In 17 matches, he scored 250 runs and picked up six wickets.
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PCB to take legal action against BCCI if three meetings go unfulfilled

  • India and Pakistan might be facing each other on June 4 in the ICC Champions Trophy; there is palpable tension between both boards. Both countries had signed a MoU in which India and Pakistan would play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. Four of these series were to be hosted by Pakistan.
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Sachin: A Billion Dreams – 5 unknown facts about Tendulkar revealed

  • Last Friday, one of the most anticipated films of the year, “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” hit the screens. The docu-drama, directed by James Erskine revolves around the life of India’s greatest cricketing legend, Sachin Tendulkar.
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England all-rounder Dougie Brown named UAE coach

  • Earlier today, the Emirates Cricket Board confirmed the signing of former England and Scotland all-rounder, Dougie Brown as the head coach of the UAE team. The 47-year-old will begin his stint with the team full-time on June 1.
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Gujarat Lions asked to pay Rs 3 crore as Entertainment Tax

  • Rajkot-based franchise Gujarat Lions have been issued a notice to pay Entertainment tax of Rs 3 crores for playing two games at the Green Park in Kanpur. The UP government lately had announced to levy entertainment taxes on international and IPL games that will take place in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
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CT 2017: Bangladesh the only team to play with two different jerseys

  • Team Bangladesh has been in a stunning form in the recent times. They have managed to escalate to the sixth spot in the ICC ODI rankings owing to their impressive run. It was a brilliant series-leveling effort from them in all the three formats of the game.
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Moeen Ali or Adil Rashid will end up being among the players of the tournament says Stuart Broad

  • The English pacer Stuart Broad ahead of the Champions Trophy has said that the English team are no way dependent on any one particular player to take the side to a win on their own soil.
  •  Broad is not amongst the pace bowlers picked by the selectors for the tournament, with the right-arm pacer’s form/health concern for the management.
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Jonty Rhodes affirms Mumbai Indians victory was a team effort

  • Former Protean middle-order batsman and Mumbai Indians fielding coach, Jonty Rhodes, expressed that it was due to fantastic teamwork displayed during the tournament that the team was able to lift the IPL trophy.
  • The electric fielder made this revelation in a recent event at Mangaluru for the promotion of Indian Open of Surfing.
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