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

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

All the news that hogged the headlines today.

Steve Smith, Captain of Australia and Joe Root News
Steve Smith, Captain of Australia and Joe Root, Captain of England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Shaun Marsh joins David Warner in the injury list

  • In what has come as major blow to Australia, Shaun Marsh pulled out of the training due to stiff back on Wednesday. The left-hander was set to take up the number 6 slot for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane at the Gabba.
  • But with less than 24 hours remaining for the match to begin, it remains to be seen if he recovers in time for the game. David Warner is also carrying a sore neck as things are not going well for the hosts as they aim to regain the urn.
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Kohli went to the Pakistan dressing room to congratulate them after CT finals: Akhtar

  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been a class act both on the field and off it. He found an admirer in Pakistan’s pacer Mohammad Amir, who had said that it is a challenge to bowl to Kohli. The duo shares an amazing rapport.
  • During last years Asia Cup, Kohli gifted a bat to Amir, the gesture was appreciated and applauded by cricket lovers from around the world.
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Mohammad Abbas bowls like Asif: Mohammad Amir

  • 25-year-old Mohammad Amir rattled the Indian line-up in the Champions Trophy finals in England this year. He has been in good form and has been an asset to Pakistan cricket.
  • He is just 5 short of 100 Test wickets and has already scalped 50-plus wickets in just 36 ODIs. His 38 wickets from 32 T20I games at an average of 21.63 is outstanding, considering the fact that he bowls with the new ball when the field is up.
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Niroshan Dickwella reveals the banter exchange at the Eden Gardens

  • Dickwella admitted that he was resorting to time-wasting techniques. His intention was to mess up with the Indian players and annoy them.
  • Eventually, India fell short of a victory as bad light stopped play early. They needed just three wickets to win as the match ended in a draw.
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Shaun Marsh acquires two year county contract with Glamorgan

  • Shaun Marsh has been in the middle of a good patch recently. He was recently recalled to the Aussie Test squad ahead of the Ashes.
  • The left-handed batsman has now acquired a contract with English County Club Glamorgan. He is expected to represent them in all the three formats from the coming season.
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Need more nations to play cricket, then it can be part of Olympics: Virender Sehwag

  • Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world. However, it still isn’t considered an Olympic sport. Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag stated that more countries need to embrace the game.
  • He feels that global acceptance and wider reach across the world is the only way cricket would earn the status of an Olympic sport.
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Ahmed Shehzad is still playing good cricket: Wasim Akram

  • 25-year-old Ahmed Shehzad is a character in world cricket. He is an aggressive batsman, and has played 13 Test matches, 81 ODIs and 53 T20Is for Pakistan so far. He has close to 1000 runs in Tests and averages of 40-plus.
  • In limited overs cricket, it dips a little to the 30’s and 25’s. He has failed to reach the 30-mark in his last 4 ODIs and is currently struggling to hold his place in the team.
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Former Australian pacer Brett Geeves thinks Tim Paine can bowl a few overs

  • Geeves went on to prove his point stating that Paine has a good control of his delivery. He even pointed out that someone like Cameron Bancroft or Peter Handscomb can showcase their wicketkeeping skills while Paine is marking his run-up.
  • However, he concluded saying that there is a rare possibility of that happening.
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Questions being raised over Yuvraj Singh’s absence from Ranji Trophy

  • The Indian veteran Yuvraj Singh has been training hard in National Cricket Academy (NCA) from last few weeks to clear the yoyo fitness test. In the process, he hasn’t featured for Punjab in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season.
  • The left-hander has only played one game scoring 62 runs across both the innings. However, questions are being raised within the Indian board over him for taking the domestic season for granted.
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Scientific Astrologer predicts the outcome of the Ashes

  • The scientific astrologer Greenstone Lobo feels that the hosts Australia will win the closely fought Ashes series. The first Ashes Test match between Australia and England is all set to commence on Thursday.
  • England is missing their premier all-rounder Ben Stokes and the possibility of them being whitewashed is already the talk of the town. However, Lobo feels that the series will be closely fought and it would not be easy for Australia.
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IPL franchisees in agreement with the mid-season transfer proposal

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently held a meeting with the franchisees. This was to initiate a consensus on the total salary purse alotted to the franchises for the auction, the number of player retentions and right to match cards for the IPL 2018 auction.
  • Eventually, the meeting failed to reach any conclusion as all the franchises presented varied opinions.
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Callum Ferguson joins Sydney Thunder with a three-year deal

  • The ousted Australia batsman Callum Ferguson has signed a three-year deal with Sydney Thunders in Big Bash League (BBL). The seventh edition of BBL is all set to commence in the next month with the number of international cricketers participating in the competition.
  • However, the 33-year-old cricketer was excited after signing the deal and was looking forward to his stint with the franchise.
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Wriddhiman Saha is comfortable batting at any position for the team

  • Wriddhiman Saha, the wicketkeeper of the Test side, has revealed that he is happy to bat at any position for the team’s cause. He batted at 7 in the first innings and at 8 in the second innings in the recently concluded first Test match against Sri Lanka.
  • However, the Bengal cricketer feels that he along with Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin, are being rotated in the batting order and he has no issue with that.
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IPL teams suggest number of player retention and RTMs to be allowed for the auction

  • The meeting was held with the idea to initiate a confirmation citing the total salary purse, number of player retentions and right to match cards for the IPL auction.
  • However, the meeting failed to reach any conclusion as all the franchises had varied opinions on the matter.
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I am sure Virat can play until he is 44: Shoaib Akhtar

  • The former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar believes that only Virat Kohli can break the record of 100 international centuries of Sachin Tendulkar.
  • The Indian skipper recently completed 50 tons at the highest level after scoring an unbeaten 104 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in the recently concluded first Test. However, the speedster of Pakistan feels that the Superman of the Indian will be able to play until the age of 44.
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IPL franchises still undecided over retention policy

  • The various franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL) seem to be poles apart when it comes to deciding on the retention policy for the upcoming season.
  • While Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are keen for the retention policy to be exercised, heavy-weight franchises like the Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals are dead against it. No consensus has been reached as of yet.
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Eden Gardens pitch aids Indian bowlers ahead of long away season

  • The first test between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens had on offer some exciting cricketing action. What stood out was the grass-covered pitch that offered quality bounce- a stark contrast to the usual rank turners that India host.
  • Many have opined that preparing such pitches may be the right step towards preparing India for the long away season over the next two years.
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BCCI to meet Sports Minister today and discuss on playing Pakistan

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials will sit down for a meeting with Union sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Wednesday to decide on playing rivals Pakistan in the upcoming ICC Test Championship.
  • BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhury had earlier said that the Indian board is trying its best to avoid Pakistan from the Future Tours Programme (FTP).
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PCB backs Mohammad Hafeez to rectify his action

  • Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday in a press release rejected claims that it is not backing the all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez following the bowling imposed by the ICC.
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC), announced that the all-rounder’s action for all the tested deliveries was deemed illegal, following which the bowler was banned until he remodels his action to follow the guidelines and clears a test.
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Joe Root declares the England XI for the 1st Test

  • England, following their arch-rivals, have also announced their playing XI for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane at the Gabba. They have made a couple of changes to the team that played their final warm-up game in Townsville last week.
  • Jake Ball has been included in place of Craig Overton and James Anderson had to come in to replace Mason Crane. However, Overton’s exclusion is a little bit surprising given the way he performed in the build-up to the series.
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The envelop containing 13 names of the cricketers was never opened by the court: Thakur

  • Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur said that the names of all the 13 players alleged to have been involved in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal should be out in the open.
  • The names of the individuals were submitted to the Supreme Court in a sealed envelope by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee in Feb 2014.
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