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Ashish Nehra to undergo knee surgery

  • Veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra, who was ruled out of the IPL due to an injury a week ago, will be undergoing knee surgery. The left arm speedster is consulting orthopaedic specialist Dr. Andrew Williams.
  • The BCCI informed in a press release, “Assessment and investigation by BCCI medical staff revealed Nehra sustained a high-grade tendon injury and was recommended to consult Dr. Andrew Williams, an orthopaedic specialist in London. Post consultation, Dr. Williams has advised surgery on his right knee, which will take place shortly.”
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Barabati Stadium set to regain Test status

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  • Fans in Orissa received a good news today after Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Asirbad Behera revealed that that the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack will soon regain its Test status which it has lost in 21 long years in 1995.
  • “We are almost through with the formalities and BCCI president Anurag Thakur has assured us that Barabati Stadium will regain its Test status. We have ticked all the boxes required for attaining Test status,” Behera told PTI on Monday.
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Mohammad Hafeez believes that cricket itself is a complete education

  • Hafeez believes that cricket itself is a complete education. “I am proud to be a Test cricketer and for me this is my degree,” Hafeez said on the social media.
  • In a recent interview, PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan pointed that only Misbah-ul-Haq is a proper graduate in the side and the poor education among the players is the key reason for all the problems. “There is no graduate player in the team right now except for Misbah and the absence of educated players in the team is a primary reason for its recent downfall.”
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PCB unveils its own biomechanics lab in partnership with Lahore University of Management Sciences

  • Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally launched its own biomechanics lab after a long delay of close to eight years. The facility has been formed in partnership with Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Lack of consistent policies and complete indifference in the board has delayed the launch of the lab which will now be vital in avoiding illegal bowling actions in future.
  • “The laboratory contains all the equipment and facilities required to meet international standards and to get ICC’s accreditation,” Shaharyar said at a media briefing after inaugurating the lab at LUMS here on Monday. PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed and vice-chancellor of the university accompanied Shaharyar at the briefing.
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Chess helps me plot the opposition batsman’s dismissal: Yuzvendra Chahal

  • Speaking to Times of India, Chahal revealed how chess helps him think ahead of the batsmen. “Chess helps me plot the opposition batsman’s dismissal. I try to be one step ahead of the batsman, especially in T20 cricket where the bowler has to think on his feet.
  • Then when the batsman is going hard, I try to remain calm. My chess training helps me in staying focused on the job in hand,” said Chahal, who was the part of Indian Under-16 chess team.
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Ridiculous to fine Dwayne Bravo: Kieron Pollard

  • Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard expressed shock over his compatriot Dwayne Bravo being fined for breaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) Code of Conduct.
  • Bravo was fined as much as 50 percent of his match fees for getting close to Pollard and pushing him during Gujarat Lions’ match against Mumbai Indians at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.
  • Pollard expressed his disbelief on Twitter and backed Bravo, saying he had seen even worse incidents on the field and termed the fine as ridiculous.
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Melbourne Renegades not willing to re-sign Chris Gayle

  • Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Melbourne Renegades’ chief executive Stuart Coventry has confirmed they will not re-sign flamboyant West Indian opener Chris Gayle for next summer’s tournament. The news comes just a couple of days after Gayle fired at his criticisers.
  • The Jamaican, who is currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, recently invited controversy during an interview. Gayle told the female journalist he has “a very, very big bat, the biggest in the wooooorld,” adding: “You think you could lift it? You’d need two hands.”
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I want to play every format: Jonny Bairstow

  • Jonny Bairstow, who made his comeback to Test cricket with a masterful 140 against the visiting Sri Lankans in the first Test at Headingley, says that he want to play in every format for his country.
  • “I want to play every format I can. Absolutely,” Bairstow said. “I want to play all forms of cricket for England, that’s an ambition I have. I want to succeed in that. If that opportunity does arise, I don’t see any reason why Jos and I can’t play on the same side. I think that would be an exciting prospect with the likes of Stokesy, Jos and myself in that middle-order.”
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If a cricketer survives Mumbai cricket, he is certainly destined for bigger things: Shardul Thakur

  • Shardul Thakur, the Mumbai seamer, states that it’s the rigours of Mumbai cricket that has helped him get his maiden India call-up. According to him, the standards of Mumbai cricket are very high and being good is not the only quality you require to play for Mumbai at any level.
  • “I strongly believe that the cricket culture in Mumbai is such that if a young cricketer can survive its rigours, he is certainly destined for bigger things. It is Mumbai cricket and the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team that has helped me get a national call-up,” 24-year-old Shardul told PTI during an interaction.
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Dushmantha Chameera ruled out of England tour with stress fracture

  • Sri Lankan received a setback to their team plans after promising pacer Dushmantha Chameera was ruled out of the England tour courtesy of a stress fracture to the lower part of his back.
  • Chameera has also been advised to rest for the next four months and is heading back to Sri Lanka for further treatment and subsequent rest. The injury will also see Chameera miss out on the upcoming tour of Australia at home. The three-match Test series begins on the 26th of July.
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Moises Henriques named in Australia squad for Sri Lanka tour

  • 29-year old all-rounder Moises Henriques looks set for a return to the Australian Test team as he has been named in the Australian Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka. Henriques is making his much-anticipated return to the Test side after three years of absence.
  • “This squad has proven experience in subcontinental conditions,” Marsh said on Tuesday (May 24). “Henriques comes into the squad to give the flexibility of an additional all-rounder option, having already shown he plays and adapts well to spin-friendly conditions. He has been working hard on his fitness and we believe he is in prime condition to serve us well should he be selected to play.
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This is a massive surprise for me: Faiz Fazal

  • Faiz Fazal, was left awestruck when he received the news of India selection. The Vidarbha batsman in a recent interview with ESPNcricinfo said that the news was a massive surprise.
  • “This is a massive surprise for me,” Fazal told ESPNcricinfo. “For two years before this, I kept looking up to see if I was picked every time a squad was announced. But I was disappointed each time.
  • I’ve tried to consciously steer away from thoughts about selection, so to receive this news early morning from India is a big surprise, but I’m happy. It’s funny how when you stop expecting something you have always chased, things start to happen.”
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Virat Kohli rested, Murali Vijay not fit: Sandeep Patil

  • Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)  chief selector Sandeep Patil has stated that the team squads for the national tours to Zimbabwe and West Indies was chosen with an aim of giving the seniors some rest.
  • The chief selector Sandeep Patil also confirmed that Kohli was rested after Indian team’s physiotherapist Patrick Farhart advised the Test skipper to rest after the IPL. Patil also mentioned that Murali Vijay couldn’t make it to the squad since he was not fit.
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    BCCI plan to host mini-IPL abroad in September

  • Reports close to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suggest that they plan on hosting a ‘mini-IPL’ series around the month of September. The move comes a few years after scrapping the Champions League T20, a tournament that was co-owned by Australia and South Africa.
  • The mini-IPL is expected to be held in a short window where none of the Test playing nations will be playing any cricket. However, the BCCI would first have to obtain the permission of the International Cricket Council (ICC) before hosting any of these IPL matches.

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