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

Top headlines and news stories of the day.

Ranchi stadium
Ranchi stadium. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Heavy downpour forces India to cancel practice session

  • Heavy downpour in Ranchi has forced Team India to cancel their practice session on Thursday evening ahead of the first T20I against Australia on Saturday.
  • Virat Kohli and his men were to train at the JSCA International Stadium Complex but the rain gods didn’t allow them the luxury. India will play a series of three T20 Internationals against the team from down under.
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Inzamam-ul-Haq justifies the selection of his nephew in Pakistan team

  • Pakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has justified the recent selection of his nephew, Imam, in the Pakistani team for the upcoming limited overs series against Sri Lanka. There were many who questioned the selection of Imam in the team ahead of many other players in the domestic circuit.
  • Inzamam-ul-Haq clarified that there was no favouritism while picking up the squad. Selection of Imam has only been because of his consistent performances.
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I think India will win 3-0 in the T20 series: Virender Sehwag

  • Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag feels the Indian team will emerge  victorious in the upcoming T20I series against Australia. In a recent interview with the India TV, the former cricketer went on to predict a whitewash win for Indian team.
  •  He cited that the Indian team had whitewashed the Australians in the Australian backyard last season.
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Ben Stokes likely to be out for the entire winter

  • Ben Stokes, the England all-rounder, is set to be kept out in cold by England for the whole winter as a penalty for his involvement in the street brawl.
  • He was arrested at the scene on suspicion of actual bodily harm. However, the video footage which was released by The Sun later revealed the cricketer had punched the victim 15 times in a minute which created a massive controversy.
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Kane Richardson join Melbourne Renegades for next 5 seasons of BBL

  • Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson has signed a 5-year contract with Melbourne Renegades franchise in the Big Bash League. He is currently in India and is preparing for the three-match T20I series starting on Saturday in Ranchi.
  • Renegades have boosted their bowling attack by signing the 26-year-old who is in the prime of his career.
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Karachi Kings release big names as the teams announce player retention and swaps for PSL 3

  • The preparations for the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) are in full swing with franchises swapping players to strengthen their combinations.
  • Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released the final list of players on Thursday and revealed the retentions and swaps of all the 5 teams.
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Ben Stokes withdrawn from England squad for the Ashes

  • England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ has been withdrawn from the team that will travel to Australia for the Ashes this November.
  • England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) made the decision in its response to the ongoing investigation against Stokes for his involvement in a street brawl. The board is yet to make the final call and this is a temporary move.
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Bloem City Blazers appoint Kieron Pollard as the skipper for the inaugural T20GL

  • Windies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been chosen to lead Bloem City Blazers in the inaugural edition of T20 Global League. The glamorous league has been organized by Cricket South Africa (CSA) which will commence from November 3.
  • Pollard is one of the best T20 cricketers going around in the world and plays in almost all the major leagues. Recently, he was the leader of Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League.
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PCB v BCCI battle is not ending anytime soon

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) battle against their Indian counterparts, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not coming to a climax anytime soon. Hence, those who have their eyes fixed on the mouth-watering tussle can relax for the time being.
  • A PCB official has confirmed that the matter is not on the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) agenda for the next executive board meeting, which is scheduled to be held in Auckland next week.
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ODI Squad of Pakistan for Sri Lanka series announced

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the squad for the ODI leg of the Sri Lankan tour to the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. The board more or less presented the same squad which featured in their successful ICC Champions Trophy campaign in June.
  • Veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez retained his spot in the ODI squad. The only newcomer in the squad is the nephew of Pakistani legend and Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imam-ul-Haq, who comes in place of injured Azhar Ali.
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Ishant Sharma enjoying his responsibilities as a captain

  •  Once a vital cogs of the Indian XI, Ishant Sharma had to sit out of the team for a long time and see the youngsters slowly consolidate their position in the team.
  • However, the lad from Delhi has got another opportunity to get his name enlisted in the selectors’ notebooks again, as he has been appointed as the skipper of the Delhi team.
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Sadeera Samarawickrama likely to make his debut for Sri Lanka in the 2nd Test

  • Sadeera Samarawickrama, the young Sri Lankan cricketer, is in line to make his debut against Pakistan on Friday in the second Test of the series.
  • Thirimanne didn’t take the field on the final day’s play in Abu Dhabi and although he trained on Wednesday, wasn’t moving around comfortably. Sadeera is a wicketkeeper-batsman but will most likely play as a batsman with Niroshan Dickwella successfully handling the job behind the wickets.
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John Hastings calls time on his ODI and Test career

  • John Hastings has decided to retire from first-class and one-day cricket, both at the international and domestic level, with an immediate effect. He will continue to play T20 cricket though and will be available for national selection as well.
  • Hastings last played for Australia in June during the ICC Champions Trophy in England.
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Steve Smith suffers an injury scare ahead of the first T20I

  • Steve Smith, the skipper of Australia, suffered a massive injury scare on Thursday during their practice in Ranchi ahead of the first game.
  • Steve Smith sustained a minor shoulder injury during practice at JSCA International Stadium Complex. The right-hander was then taken to a local private hospital for the check-up, where he also underwent an MRI scan.
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India vs Australia T20I series: The hosts eye no.2 spot in the ICC T20I rankings

  • India has a great chance to climb to the no. 2 spot in the ICC T20I by whitewashing Australia in the 3-match T20I series starting on October 7.
  • The ODI leg of the tour was also won by Men in Blue by 4-1 as the visitors looked hapless in front of the wrist spinners. Also, Virat Kohli can strengthen his top spot as the batsman in the shortest format with Aaron Finch (currently no. 2) and Glenn Maxwell (no. 5) closing in on him.
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There can be only one Sachin Tendulkar: Michael Kasprowicz

  • When a former member of the dominating Australian team watches Steve Smith and his men go down against India in almost every single match without giving a fight, they find it tough to deal with and remember the old days when every team feared to face them.
  • Owing to his unimaginable consistency and unmatched performances, current Indian skipper Virat Kohli has given an opportunity to cricket experts to compare him with Sachin. However, Kasprowicz feels there cannot be another Kohli when he remembers what Sachin did in Sharjah almost two decades ago.
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PCB extends the contract of Mickey Arthur until 2019 World Cup

  • Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has extended the contract of Mickey Arthur as the coach of the national team until 2019 Cricket World Cup.
  • The support staff has also been given the extensions along with the coach following the decent performance of the team in the recent past. The team has fared excellently under Arthur and had also reached the top of the ICC Test rankings albeit for a brief period.
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