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

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

Here are top stories of the day.

Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali of Pakistan celebrates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Chris Lynn bags biggest million dollar pay deal in BBL history

  • Explosive Queensland batsman, Chris Lynn, has penned a five-year million-dollar deal with the BBL franchise Brisbane Heat. Lynn’s contract is said to be the biggest pay deal ever signed in the tournament’s history.
  • The big hitter is currently recovering from a shoulder surgery but hopes to return for BBL 2017-18 and also Australia’s post Ashes one-day and T20is in the summer. Lynn bags $1 million deal and it’s termed as ‘The biggest deal in BBL history’
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PAK v SL: Pakistan cricketer approached by bookie in the UAE

  • Pakistan cricket has been plagued by instances of corruption over the last few years. Ever since the infamous 2010 spot fixing scandal in England, the unscrupulous element does not seem to be leaving the Pakistani cricket circle.
  • In a most recent incident, a Pakistani cricketer was approached by a bookie in the UAE ahead of the third ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
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What took Akanksha too long to report the case, Asks Yuvraj Singh’s mother

  • India’s stylish and charismatic left-hand batsman Yuvraj Singh has been out of the Indian team for a while now and he has been training hard for a comeback into the national side. However, leaving the cricket aside, this time Yuvraj is in news for some legal matters.
  • Recently, his estranged sister-in-law Akanksha Sharma had filed case of domestic violence against him and his family members, brother Zorawar Singh (husband of Akanksha) and mother Shabnam Singh. However, the Indian cricketer’s lawyer revealed that no case was filed against Yuvraj and his mother.
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ICC Intercontinental Cup, Hong Kong vs Afghanistan, Day 1: Round Up

  • In the ongoing ICC Intercontinental Cup at Mong Kok, Hong Kong, Afghanistan hammered Hong Kong on Day 1 of Match 24. Responding to Hong Kong’s first innings total of 142, Afghanistan took a 128-run-lead.
  • Hong Kong won the toss and elected to bat first. The batsmen found it too hard to face the bowling of Afganistan. As a result, the wicket-keeping opener batsman Christopher Carter was sent packing after he scored 21 runs and 6 batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores while the rest barely managed to cross 23 runs.
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Ottis Gibson’s eyes lit up while talking to Rabada and Morkel, claims Dale Steyn

  • South Africa’s premier fast bowler Dale Steyn recently stated that having a bowler as the Head Coach of the Protean team, i.e., Ottis Gibson, would be exciting for the current crop of bowlers in the team.
  • Steyn also seemed glad about the fact that a bowler was chosen as a Head Coach as opposed to previously elected batsmen. Therefore, the coach would be viewing the game from a differently unlike a batsman.
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I have no idea where Rahane will be batting: Rohit Sharma

  • Ace Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma recently dead batted a question that was asked about his teammate Ajinkya Rahane. Team India has been in a rollicking form in the recent times.
  • Despite a few injury concerns here and there, the team has managed to win all of it’s recent series. This shows how strong the bench strength is. Also, what this has done is that it has brought selection conundrums to the fore.
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Allan Donald slams Bangladesh bowlers for lack of smartness, defends bowling coach Walsh

  • The Bangladesh cricket team has suffered a lot of humiliation at the hands of the South African team. They’ve been outplayed in every format and in every department especially their bowling, which has seemed clawless ever since they landed here.
  • He listed out the parameters which the Bangladesh bowlers failed to meet while bowling in South Africa and how they lacked plans to execute.
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I am bowling quite well and want to concentrate on it feels Axar Patel

  • The Indian team is getting ready to take the field against the visiting Kiwi side in a limited overs series, consisting of 3 ODIs and 3 T20s. It is also an opportunity for the hosts to get back the No 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings, which is currently reclaimed by the Proteas.
  • It is a major opportunity for young left-arm spinner Axar Patel as well to cement his spot in the national side in absence of Ravindra Jadeja in the limited overs format.
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Mitchell Marsh signs County deal with Surrey, likely to miss IPL 2018

  • Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has signed a full season contract with County side Surrey for the 2018 season. With his County signing, the all-rounder, in all likelihood, will miss the chance to be a part of the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League.
  • Marsh was a part of the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise in the previous two editions of the IPL. In the limited matches that he has played in the IPL, Mitchell Marsh has found little success.
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We want to continue winning momentum from Australia series: Rohit Sharma

  • Ahead of the 1st ODI against New Zealand, Indian team’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma said that India are looking to continue the winning momentum from the Australia series.
  • India tasted unbeaten success in their long home season and have upset every visitor that came to this part of the subcontinent. Their winning streak extended to West Indies and Sri Lanka too where their record as a team only got better.
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Bangladesh rope in Mithun Manhas as U-19 batting consultant

  • Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has roped in the services of Delhi veteran Mithun Manhas as a batting consultant for their U- 19 team. The motive behind the appointment of the Indian domestic stalwart is to ensure the pipeline of the national team.
  • Also, the fact that Manhas has had previous stints with Mohammaden and Abahani would help him get accustomed to the culture with ease.
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AB de Villiers happy to be back in the mix, looks forward to playing Tests

  • The Proteas fans have been delighted not only because of the hammering their team has provided to the visiting Bangladesh team but also on the return of their prolific star AB de Villiers.
  • He didn’t waste time as he announced his comeback to international cricket in style with a magnificent knock.
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Sri Lankan players who refuse Lahore visit will not be considered for whole T20I series

  • The Sri Lankan selectors are expected to select the same squad for the entire T20 international series. This announcement comes at the backdrop of several Sri Lankan players refusing to travel to Pakistan citing security issues. Hence, these players wouldn’t be considered for the three-match T20I series.
  • Pakistan has been isolated as a host country by the full-time ICC members ever since the attack on Sri Lankan team’s bus in 2009.
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Irfan Pathan feels that he was not given many opportunities after injuries

  • For many years, the Indian team has thrived for a fast bowling all-rounder in the side after the retirement of the legendary cricketer Kapil Dev.
  • Though Irfan Pathan showed some glimpses of his all-around skills in his starting career but his injuries has kept him out of the Indian team for a while now.
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‘Under-observation’ Chamara Kapugedera misses fourth ODI

  • Sri Lanka’s middle-order batsman Chamara Kapugedera is under observation after being accidentally struck by a ball during the 3rd ODI against Pakistan in UAE on Wednesday. It was during the tenth over of the Pakistani innings that the incident took place.
  • Wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella threw the ball towards Kapugedera, but he had no idea that the ball was coming towards him.
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S Sreesanth hints at representing a different country, miffed at BCCI

  • After posting a barrage of Tweets, disappointed at the verdict from the Kerala HC regarding his life ban, former Indian international S Sreesanth hinted at leaving the country to play for a different country.
  • The Kerala pacer claims he is open to migrating outside India if the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) does not lift his life ban.
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Jaydev Unadkat’s good show in IPL gave him the confidence

  • Jaydev Unadkat was thrown into the bullring at the age of 19, and the left-arm pacer was visibly struggling in his first outing against South Africa.
  • Indian skipper at that time, MS Dhoni had the confidence that the left-arm pacer would showcase his talent which was not quite the same that happened in Centurion.
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Chinese cricketers to turn up for Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 2018

  • The owner of the Peshawar Zalmi franchise, Javed Afridi, is keen on striking bonds with the Chinese cricketers. He mentioned that there is a need to strengthen ties between the two countries on the cultural and the sports front.
  • The Chinese cricketers are all set to be a part of the Peshawar Zalmi franchise for the upcoming edition of the popular T20 league. The recent reports in Geo.tv suggest that the move is to strengthen the sporting ties between the two nations.
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Chahal and Kuldeep will be our main focus, Kiwi opener Tom Latham

  • New Zealand opener Tom Latham suggested tackling Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will remain their primary focus in the upcoming series.
  • The Blackcaps will be locking horns with India in a limited overs tour and it’ll be interesting to see how will Williamson’s troops fare against the high flying Indians.
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