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 stories that hogged the headlines today.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina. (Photo Source: Twitter)

IPL 2020: CSK to terminate all contractual relations with Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina, reports

  • Prior to the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL), the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were dealt with a couple of body blows after Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh backed out of the tournament, citing ‘personal reasons’.
  • Even as the Super Kings didn’t go for their replacements, they have decided to terminate all contractual relationships with them if reports are to be believed.
  • It’s been learned that CSK have not only removed the duo from their official website, but have also started the process of termination.
  • (Read more about the story) 

IPL 2020: CSK CEO clears how KM Asif didn’t break the bio-secure bubble in UAE

  • Chennai Super Kings (CSK) pacer KM Asif reportedly became the first player in the UAE to broke the IPL 2020 bio-secure bubble.
  • The Kerala pacer misplaced his hotel room key and apparently went to the reception to get a replacement. But the reception area, as per the rules, doesn’t fall under the secure zone and the pacer was deemed to have broken the bubble.
  • He allegedly was also slapped with a six-day quarantine in the wake of the breach.
  • (Read more about the story) 

Two Bengal Ranji Trophy cricketers test positive for coronavirus

  • Meanwhile, two Ranji Trophy cricketers– Mukesh Kumar and Shreyan Chakraborty– tested positive for coronavirus after the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) conducted a Covid-19 camp on Wednesday.
  • During the camp, as many as 63 people, including 21 senior men’s team cricketers and 16 women cricketers, were tested for the novel virus.
  • According to the CAB, the camp was hosted after obtaining the NOC from all relevant departments.
  • (Read more about the story)

IPL 2020: Record-breaking 269 million people watched the tournament in its opening week

  • The T20 extravaganza, as expected, has garnered millions of views since its start.
  • The IPL 2020 has lived up to its potential and while attracting fans from all across the globe, the league was watched by 269 million viewers in the opening week.
  • As compared to 2019, the IPL has observed a rise of 11 million viewers per match and a 15 per cent hike in advertising volume than the previous edition.
  • (Read more about the story)

IPL 2020: Irfan Pathan feels MS Dhoni should bat at least 10 overs in the middle

  • Former India all-rounder, reacting to CSK’s unimpressive journey so far, has opined that skipper Dhoni should bat for at least 10 overs in upcoming matches of the franchise.
  • According to Irfan, the Chennai side also needs to include an additional bowler in their Playing XI.
  • Irfan and Sanjay Bangar were involved in a discussion on CSK’s problems this season.
  • (Read more about the story)

IPL 2020: Jofra Archer has bowled 16 of the 20 fastest deliveries so far; Navdeep Saini fastest among Indians

  • The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is up and running in style. The competition is fierce this time around as after only 12 matches, all the teams have won and lost at least one game.
  • Apart from injuries, almost all the top foreign players are available this season to feature in the league and for the same reason, the quality of cricket has been top-class.
  • Along with it, the pace bowlers are leaving their own impress with their fierce pace too.
  • (Read more about the story)

IPL 2020: Shane Warne backs Ben Stokes to play a role for RR in the upcoming matches

  • Ben Stokes has been an integral part of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) since 2018 ever since he moved from the now defunct Rising Pune Supergiant.
  • However, the England all-rounder hasn’t played  a single game in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • In fact, he hasn’t played any form cricket after England’s opening Test against Pakistan in Manchester back in August.
  • (Read more about the story)

Mustafizur Rahman won’t get compensation from BCB after missing out on IPL 2020

  • Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman was all set to ply his trade in the on-going edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • He, however, was denied from taking part in the tournament after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) didn’t give him a No-Objection Certificate (NOC).
  • Despite receiving offers from a couple of franchises, the Bangladesh international failed to take part in the cash-rich league.
  • (Read more about the story)

IPL 2020: Smriti Mandhana names the cricketers she’s cheering for in the tournament

  • Indian women’s cricketer Smriti Mandhana has been ardently following the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • Though the southpaw isn’t supporting a specific team, she named a few players, whom she is cheering for in the tournament.
  • The left-handed batswoman named Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers as the ones she’s rooting for in the cash-rich tournament.
  • (Read more about the story)

IPL 2020: Virat Kohli on why he refers to AB de Villiers as ‘biscuit’

  • It goes without saying that Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are two of the integral members of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • Though RCB are yet to win an IPL trophy, the duo has scored tons of runs for them over the years.
  • They also share a healthy camaraderie, having played together for the franchise since the 2011 edition of the tournament.
  • (Read more about the story)