Top Stories: Things that made news in cricket world today

Top Stories: Things that made news in cricket world today

Abhinav Mukund
Abhinav Mukund. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Abhinav Mukund included in India squad for Bangladesh Test

  • Indian selectors met at the headquarters of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) office in Mumbai to pick the 16-man squad for the one-off Test match against Bangladesh at Hyderabad starting February 9.
  • Tamil Nadu skipper Abhinav Mukund who had a successful domestic season has made it to the team for the first time since 2011.
  • BCCI CEO Rahul Johri then got in touch with the selectors via video conferencing. One of the selectors Sarandeep Singh reported 4 hours after MSK Prasad & Co. assembled.
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Moin Khan lashes out at underperforming captain Azhar Ali

  • Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Moin Khan has criticised current Pakistan captain Azhar Ali following a disastrous drubbing in Australia, capitulating 1-4, with the lone win coming under Mohammad Hafeez.
  • The 45-year-old was of the strong opinion that Azhar should’ve established his place in the ODI team instead of directly being inserted as captain.
  • “Azhar was inducted in the team directly as captain and I have always opposed this decision. He should have first secured his place in the team and then he should have been made captain. He didn’t deserve to be captain,” the Express Tribune quoted Moin as saying.
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Jasprit Bumrah pleased that he could stick to his plans in the death

  • Jasprit Bumrah very soon became the talk of the town when he went ahead and conceded just the three runs in the final over wherein he impressed one and all with his amazing brand of death bowling.
  • While many believe that it is an art, the 23-year old quashed rumours stating that he was indeed one of those occasions wherein he stuck to his plans on the day.
  • Speaking at the close of the match, Bumrah went on to state that he was indeed pleased by the fact that he was able to stick to his plans and back his strengths when it came to bowling the final over under pressure as well.
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Rai bars Amitabh Chaudhary from convening selection meeting

  • Another selection meeting, another delay, and more confusion. The Indian selection panel headed by MSK Prasad was set to meet in Mumbai today to select the squad for the one-off Test match against Bangladesh at home.
  • While the meeting was scheduled to get underway at 12 noon there were no signs of things proceeding even until as late as 4 pm. It was then revealed that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary was barred from convening the meeting.
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The Delhi police treated me like a terrorist: S Sreesanth

  • Despite being acquitted of the charges against him, S Sreesanth has been in the news lately after revealing all of the things he went through to Dennis Freedman on his podcast.
  • However, while the media has indeed created a terrible image of him, the fact remains that he has not gotten to tell his side of the story. Till now at least.
  • Speaking about his arrest, S Sreesanth began by stating, “I was never drunk on that day. I was just coming back from an injury. It was just a made up story by the police. They did not even have an arrest warrant
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Curator promises run-fest in final T20I between India and England in Bangalore

  • K Sriram, the Curator of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium wicket has promised a belter for the deciding T20 international between India and England to be played in Bangalore.
  • At the moment, both the teams led by Virat Kohli and Eoin Morgan are locked horns at the moment having won a match apiece. The belter in Bangalore will certainly go a long way in bringing an end to what has been an amazing series thus far.
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Playing under McCullum for the Heat was amazing: Ben Heazlett

  • Ben Heazlett, the Australian batsman who made his debut for his country in the first match of the 2017 Chappell-Hadlee series impressed most with his batting.
  • While the match was indeed centered around all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and his heroics, it was quite clear that the selection of somewhat of an unknown name in the form of  Heazlett is intriguing.
  • He made his debut in the grand scheme of things, it was his experience playing under Brendon McCullum in the Big Bash League that ensured that he did indeed have the confidence to make it to the top as well.
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Shahid Afridi to finance release of 25 prisoners

  • Shahid Afridi may call it a day in international cricket but has started to engage his time in humanitarian activities.
  • 5 Pakistani nationals who are prisoners in Dubai jailed for small financial crimes were helped by the former captain. Afridi agreed to pay the fine for all of these 25 people and make sure they are released.
  • The fine is as huge as $21000 and Afridi did not hesitate one bit in paying them for the soon to be released prisoners.
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Kamrul Islam Rabbi dreams of getting Virat Kohli’s wicket in the upcoming Test against India

  • Bangladesh pacer Kamrul Islam Rabbi who recently made his Test debut against England in October last year is gearing up for the one-off Test against the No.1 team in the world India.
  • Before the series against New Zealand, he had the dream of dismissing Kiwis captain Kane Williamson and he fulfilled his dream by luring him into a drive of a terrific outswinger.
  • Now with the Test match against India just 8 days away, Rabbi has a dream to get the prized wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli once they meet at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad.
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Sourav Ganguly wants Virat Kohli to send MS Dhoni up the order

  • Team India pulled off a miraculous victory at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur on Sunday and the credit should largely go to pacers Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah.
  • The 23-year-old Bumrah bowled an exceptional final over where he conceded only 2 runs to hand India a thrilling 5 runs victory to keep the 3 match series alive going into Bangalore tomorrow.
  • “I think India needs a change in the batting order, to be honest in the final game going into Bangalore. I think Manish Pandey should bat at No.3 and Raina can probably come down at No.6 and depending on a number of overs played.
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Shahid Afridi wants to enjoy playing league cricket now

  • Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi hasn’t officially retired from international cricket and has continued to keep himself available for the shortest format.
  • But he hasn’t been considered for a spot since in the World T20 2016 in India. The all-rounder thinks he has given all he could to Pakistan cricket and now wishes to enjoy the game as a freelance professional cricketer.
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Sourav Ganguly is tired of the ongoing saga with the BCCI

  • Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was all praises for the Indian pacers as they bowled beautifully and won the 2nd T20I for Team India. Jasprit Bumrah bowled exceptionally well to defend just eight runs in the last over.
  • He finished with the figures 2 for 20 in his four overs. Ashish Nehra complemented him beautifully as he also bowled tight to scalp three wickets.
  • Ganguly was hopeful of the Indian team will win the final match at Bengaluru.
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Selectors in dilemma ahead of India team selection for Bangladesh Test

  • Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha injured himself during the second India v England Test as he hurt one of his tendons.
  • However, he is expected to return to the team against Bangladesh as BCCI is poised to announce a 15-man squad for the match to be played in Hyderabad from February 9.
  • Saha looks in fine nick after scoring an unbeaten double century for the Rest of India against Gujarat in the Irani Cup.
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Ben Stokes ready to take a pay-cut to play in the IPL

  • Most of the franchises of the Indian Premier League will be eyeing the addition of England all-rounder Ben Stokes to their roster given the massively incredible outing he has had this year so far.
  • The 25-year old’s impressive outing after a terrible 2016 clouded in injuries has been one of the features of his impressive years so far.
  • However, while the Indian Premier League would see Stokes on the receiving end of a massive pay cut.
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Tight hamstring forces Martin Guptill out of second ODI in Napier

  • After an impressive 61 in the first ODI at Auckland, Martin Guptill would perhaps be the most disappointed cricketer in the world after being on the receiving end of a tight hamstring.
  • After an impressive 61 in the first ODI at Auckland, Martin Guptill would perhaps be the most disappointed cricketer in the world after being on the receiving end of a tight hamstring.
  • Guptill hurt his hamstring during the first game in Auckland. “Martin felt tightness in his left hamstring while fielding yesterday and after being monitored over the last 24 hours it’s become apparent he won’t quite be ready for Napier,”
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Aaron Finch to lead Australia in T20 series against Kiwis

  • After being dropped from the ODI side following a bevy of terrible performances, Aaron Finch has been reinforced back into the grand scheme of things for Australia, this time as T20I skipper for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka.
  • However, speaking about his appointment in the grand scheme of things, Finch went on to add that the experience in T20I cricket is there for one and all, but the fact remains that there is only a handful of players at the moment.
  • “There’s not many bigger names in world cricket than that handful, especially in T20 cricket, there’s so much experience there,” Finch said upon his appointment.
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