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

The news stories that hogged the limelight during the day.

Virat Kohli & Narendra Modi
Virat Kohli invites PM Narendra Modi for his wedding reception. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Andrew McDonald set to receive a full-time contract from RCB for IPL 11

  • As per the new rules of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), no coach associated with the Indian team at any level is allowed to coach any other state or franchise and is bound to adhere to the rules.
  • Hence, Arun had to leave his job at RCB. His exit has now seen McDonald getting a promotion and will be offered a full-time contract by the franchise.
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I don’t need to speak to the selectors: Gautam Gambhir

  • Needless to say, the achievement has been great thus far and the role of Gautam Gambhir has been immense. As per the quotes in India TV news, Gambhir spoke at length about the season he has had thus far.
  • He has amassed 632 runs with three centuries and two fifties. It is unlikely that he might get a call up to the national side again at the age of 36. However, that does not bother the southpaw.
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Jackson Bird top contender to replace Mitchell Starc for the Boxing Day Test

  • Mitchell Starc sustained a foot injury during the third Test against England which the Aussies won by an innings and 41 runs to regain the Ashes series 3–0.
  • During the fourth and the fifth day of Perth Test, the left-arm pacer bowled with a bruised heel and spent the last day with his foot in an ice bucket. Later he was scanned at the Sydney hospital which confirmed his injury.
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Gautam Gambhir reckons team India will succeed in South Africa

  • Veteran Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has put his weight in team India’s corner ahead of the upcoming tour of South Africa. Gambhir, who has been ignored for the tour, believes that the Indian team will give a stiff competition to the Proteas in their own backyard.
  • He admitted that the tour will be tough considering the top class bowling that the South African side has.
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BCB mulls roping in Gary Kirsten in support staff

  • The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) are reportedly planning to rope in the services of former South African cricketer Gary Kirsten in their team’s support staff. Kirsten has been a very successful coach in international cricket.
  • It was under his coaching stint that team India had lifted the ICC World Cup 2011. As per the recent reports in ESPNcricinfo, BCB is in talks with Gary Kirsten for a wide-ranging consultancy role.
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Michael Klinger to miss the BBL to support wife diagnosed with cancer

  • 37-year-old Perth Scorchers’ cricketer Michael Klinger has decided to opt out of the 7th edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) after he got to know that his wife is suffering from breast cancer during a routine checkup.
  • The family came to know about the news when the couple went for a diagnosis of a back pain that Cindy Klinger was suffering with for some time. The couple has three children.
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Ben Duckett not included in the England Lions side for West Indies tour

  • The Lions are involved in a training camp in Australia which started in the month of November.
  • After this, the side will travel to West Indies where they will play 4-day games as well as one-day series. The national selector James Whitaker announced the 22-man squad which will travel to the Caribbean.
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Bookie links traced in IPL ‘Talent Hunt’ scam

  • Following intense investigations, the Mumbai Police Crime Branch, earlier this year busted the IPL ‘Talent Hunt’ racket.
  • It has now been revealed that the main culprit in the case was in touch with Priyank Saxena, an infamous bookie who had allegedly offered to fix matches in international cricket tournaments.
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Venkatesh Prasad urges Indian batsmen to score 300 plus in South Africa

  • The Virat Kohli-led India looked rejuvenated under the tutelage of their new skipper, as they beat every single opponent at home.
  • Currently, the Men in Blue is playing Sri Lanka in a bilateral series. Having comprehensively won the Test and the ODI legs, India will take on the Islanders today in the 1st of the three T20Is at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.
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Uncertainty over India hosting Asia Cup next year owing to political tension with Pakistan

  • There were reports that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could lose hosting rights for next year’s Asia Cup if it refuses to host Pakistan.
  • Contradictorily some reports claim that they could withdraw from hosting the tournament. However, sources privy to the matter informed Geo.tv that there is no change in the tournament’s host.

Abhishek Nayar’s tweet an indirect dig at coach Sameer Dighe after Mumbai’s poor show?

  • The all-rounder who has been a rescuer for the team over the years with the bat, as well as the ball, was earlier dropped from the side ahead of their last and important league game against Tripura.
  • Chief selector of Mumbai Ajit Agarkar had clarified on their decision of axing the all-rounder and had cited his poor form as the reason for the same.
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Delhi team lifts the U23 CK Nayudu Trophy

  • Delhi finished day 3 at 123/2 with Rawat still at the crease on 68. However, his innings was short-lived as he was trapped plumb in-front after adding a meagre seven runs to his overnight score.
  • His knock contained nine boundaries and a lone six off 87 balls before he fell to Sairaj Patil.
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SA v ZIM: Proteas not rushing to conclusion over availability of Faf du Plessis

  • Team South Africa is all set to lock horns with neighbors Zimbabwe in the Boxing Day Test this year. However, there are dark clouds over the participation of their Test skipper, Faf du Plessis, in the historic game.
  • The match is set to be a historic one for many reasons. It will be the first ever four-day Test match in the history of the international cricket.
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Bangladeshi pacer Al-Amin Hossain accused of illegal bowling action

  • He was subsequently reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during the 5th edition of BPL against Khulna Titans match on November 28.
  • The on-field umpires of that match accused Al-Amin of bowling with an illegal action in the 15th over during the match against the Titans. Although he was allowed to bowl for the remainder of the BPL, he had to undergo a bowling test.
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Chris Lynn reveals the secret behind his monstrous sixes

  • Australian cricketer Chris Lynn has revealed the secret behind his monstrous sixes which he hits while batting on 22 yards. He is the serious hitter of the ball when it comes to the shortest format of the game and has also played for his country at the highest level.
  • Though his international stint was cut short due to the several injuries and is now set to return to cricket after being fully fit.
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Star wants to re-imagine IPL to give viewers a never before sporting experience

  • For IPL 11, the official broadcaster Star India have already planned some big policies to initiate their plans of making the tournament a successful one.
  • Star has revealed a system to globalize the event in six regional languages over ten channels with an aim to gain huge viewership. The currently planned blueprint targets nearly 700 million viewers during the entire league which is a huge number already.
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Manoj Tiwary’s comments before the semi-final gave Delhi the motivation to perform

  • The Delhi team stormed into the finals of the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 after securing a massive win over Bengal in the semi-final encounter. A victory by the margin of an innings and 26 runs depicts the dominance of the Delhi team throughout the game.
  • However, their coach KP Bhaskar blames Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary whose unnecessary pre-match comments cost them the crucial game.
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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are back in India as they prepare to host a reception in Delhi

  • The couple, after going to his house, were photographed together. The photos have come out on the internet and have started doing rounds. The couple will host a grand reception for their relatives in Delhi on the 21st of December.
  • It will be followed by a reception for their industry friends in Mumbai. The Indian team is most likely to attend the reception in Mumbai on December 26.
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“People are clapping just because he is a man” says Rohit Sharma’s ex-girlfriend

  • Rohit Sharma’s captaincy career did not start well. India incurred an embarrassing loss at the hands of Sri Lanka in Dharamshala.
  • They were bowled out for 112 and then Sri Lanka chased it down within 20 overs was not the start India’s Hitman wanted. However, like always, Rohit bounced back.
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Junaid Khan ruled of New Zealand tour due to injury

  • Junaid was part of the Khulna Titans in BPL and reportedly hit the ball onto his foot which made him leave the field in pain. The latest assessment has confirmed an unhealed stress fracture which is bound to keep him away from cricket.
  • The five-match ODI series against New Zealand will commence on January 6 and the three T20Is will be played between 22 and 28 of the same month.
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