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

Here are top stories of the day.

India captain Virat Kohli
India captain Virat Kohli. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Virat Kohli reveals why Ashwin, Jadeja and Rahul were omitted against New Zealand

  • Ahead of the India-New Zealand series set to begin on Sunday, in Mumbai, India captain Virat Kohli defended the team’s decision to ‘rest’ off-spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
  • Kohli cited it as a decision made in order to relieve the workload of the bowlers and also create a stronger pool to choose from for the team management.
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Tamim Iqbal ruled out of South Africa tour

  • Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the rest of Bangladesh tour of South Africa after he suffered a thigh injury.
  • The Bangladesh opener had first injured his left thigh during a practice session. According to the Bangladesh camp, he played the first Test in Potchefstroom with pain and carried the injury into the ODI series, where he worsened it.
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Sakshi contacted Suresh Raina for sharing the message of Ziva’s birth to MS Dhoni

  • Dhoni and Raina made their debut almost during the same period between 2004-2005 season. During their early days, they formed the young brigade of the Indian team and helped India win a number of matches together.
  • The two had been the backbone of the Indian team lower down for almost a decade. In the interim, came the Indian Premier League which saw the two don the yellows of the Chennai Super Kings
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Reports: An employee of the Sharjah Stadium approached Sarfraz Ahmed for spot fixing

  • Pakistan cricket team skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has been winning fans all over the internet this Saturday (October 21) after turning down a spot-fixing offer from a bookie in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where Pakistan is currently taking on Sri Lanka in a 5-match ODI series.
  • According to Pakistan-based Geo News sources, the approach was made at a Dubai mall, just before Pakistan were due to play their 2nd ODI against the Sri Lanka on October 16.
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All you need to know about Women’s Ashes 2017

  • The Commonwealth Women’s Ashes is set to begin from October 22, Sunday, in Australia. The contest will be played across all three formats.
  • The team that gains the most points will be awarded the Trophy.
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BCCI issues legal notice to Raj Kundra for the use of “IPL” in his Poker League

  • The BCCI has issued a legal notice to Raj Kundra over the use of ‘IPL’ in the promotions of his Match Indian Poker League. BCCI claimed that it is illegal to use ‘IPL’ proprietary name without proper licensing.
  • The notice also stated that the ‘IPL’ is a name which is a legal property of the BCCI and therefore the board has all the rights to report the matter.
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It’s all about winning, ratings don’t matter: Virat Kohli

  • Ahead of the India-New Zealand series, Indian skipper Virat Kohli mentioned how the team will be going forward considering they are about to play with the new ICC rules that came into effect for all series starting post-September 28.
  • This will be the first series for India in which the new ICC rules will come into play, and the Indian captain said that the team has had a discussion about it.
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Head Coach Nic Pothas joins the list of Sri Lankan contingent pulling out of Lahore T20I

  • Shortly after the news of seven Sri Lankan players pulling out of the third T20I scheduled to be held in Lahore, their Head coach Nic Pothas became the recent addition to the list of players making themselves unavailable for the tour.
  • Captain Upul Tharanga, Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardene and Akila Dananjaya have already made it clear about their non-availability in Pakistan leg of the tour.
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Chennai Super Kings refuses to pay 5% entitlement fee to the BCCI

  • As per the agreement in the contract, if there is a change in ownership or control of a franchise, 5% of the transacted money should be paid to the BCCI.
  • Recently, Chennai Super Kings which is owned by India Cements transferred 29% of its share to former cricketers of Tamil Nadu.
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Neil McKenzie reckons Bangladesh need more overseas tours

  • South African batting consultant Neil McKenzie reckons that Bangladesh FTP should include more overseas tour to places such as Australia, South Africa and England where conditions would be more challenging for the players.
  • Bangladesh is yet to open their account in the ongoing tour to South Africa where they lost both Tests and ODIs by massive margins.
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It is very much possible to whitewash New Zealand, says Kuldeep Yadav

  • Kuldeep Yadav, who is riding high on confidence after his terrific hat-trick against Australia, said that his team will look to whitewash New Zealand in the three-match one-day international series, starting on Sunday.
  • The 22-year-old from Kanpur made rapid strides in limited-overs cricket over the past couple of months and has developed a partnership with leggie Yuzvendra Chahal in order to shoulder the Indian spin attack in back-to-back series victories as they assumed the responsibility that Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were handling till now.
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Hardik Pandya asserts that playing against big teams gets him excited

  • Latest sensation of Indian cricket, Hardik Pandya, in a recent exchange with media asserted that it is the challenges against formidable opponents which gets him enthusiastic.
  • Pandya is currently looking forward to the challenges against South Africa and New Zealand.
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Sachin Tendulkar gives the best Diwali gift to his super-fan

  • As an avid follower of the game, we all have dreamt of meeting our idols and spending some quality time with them. While most of our dreams remain dreams forever, some are actually lucky to meet their icons.
  • But not many are as lucky as Rajudas Rathod, the man from Beed, Maharashtra enjoyed the best day of his life on October 18, when he met his idol, Sachin Tendulkar.
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India is the strongest team at home, but we are prepared for it: Kane Williamson

  • New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is hoping that his team would put up a string of better performance and turn around the tide from last time when they face the test of Kohli and away from their home.
  • The side, led by Williamson lost narrowly to the Indian side after tieing the series at two apiece.
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MS Dhoni is a different player now: Sourav Ganguly

  • Virat Kohli has had a spectacular start as a skipper for team India, with wins in the last eight series that he has skippered the side. Kohli is very often seen taking advice from the man behind-stumps MS Dhoni, with great effect.
  • Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has urged that MS Dhoni must go on till the end of the 2019 World Cup before calling it a day in the International arena.
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Sri Lanka announce squad for T20I series against Pakistan

  • It has been more than 8 years since Sri Lankan team has toured the cricket crazy nation of Pakistan.
  • One unfortunate incident, which happened way back in 2009, changed the scheme of things quite drastically for Pakistan, keeping the country a cricket-starved one.
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Imam-ul-Haq wants to follow the footsteps of his uncle, Inzamam

  • Inzamam-ul-Haq was arguably one of Pakistan’s modern-day great with some incredible knocks in his career. Pakistan’s latest talent Imam-ul-Haq wants to follow the very large footsteps of his uncle, who he has admired.
  • Unlike his uncle, Imam did not waste any match to get started to live up to his reputation with a ton on his One-day International debut against the depleted Sri Lankan bowling attack.
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Sarfraz Nawaz registers complaint after receiving death threats from bookies

  • Earlier, the former Pakistani fast bowler went on the record on numerous instances to voice his allegation on Pakistan cricketers and officials links with top bookmakers and gamblers.
  • Nawaz also filed several cases in courts regarding match and spot-fixing. Moreover, Nawaz has not been able to substantiate his claims.
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It was a childhood dream to become the No 1 bowler says Hasan Ali

  • It is always a dream of a fast bowler to be No 1 on the charts and the same was with Pakistan’s young speedster Hasan Ali, who is currently at the top in the ICC ODI bowlers rankings.
  • He had put up a great show in Pakistan’s winning campaign in Champions Trophy 2017 and was also the Player of the Tournament. He is also the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing home series against Sri Lanka.
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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed turns down lucrative deal from bookies

  • In recent developments from UAE, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed revealed that he turned down a lucrative offer from a bookmaker in Dubai during the ongoing series against Sri Lanka.
  • Furthermore, the Champions Trophy winning captain also went on to report the matter to the anti-corruption and security unit officials.
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