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

All the news stories that hogged the headlines today.

Sanjay Bangar
Sanjay Bangar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

PCB confirms all 128 COVID-19 tests as negative

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that the coronavirus tests conducted on 128 persons, including players, match officials, team owners, broadcasters and support staff, have turned out to be negative.
  • The important tests took place on Tuesday, March 17 as a part of the PCB’s care initiative after a suspect COVID-19 case came to the fore.
  • (Read more about the story)

Sanjay Bangar turns down BCB’s offer to become Bangladesh’s Test batting consultant

  • Former India allrounder and batting coach Sanjay Bangar has turned down Bangladesh Cricket Board’s offer to become its Test team’s consultant.
  • Bangar, whose tenure as India’s batting coach came to an end last year, cited professional commitments as the reason behind not taking the job offered by Bangladesh Cricket Board.
  • (Read more about the story)

I would love to be in quarantine with Quinton de Kock: Dale Steyn

  • With the outbreak of COVID-19, the world has come to an indefinite pause. The spreading of the virus has forced many cricketing bodies to cancel their matches.
  • The players are getting affected by the sudden stoppage of the sport. But, some cricketers are actually enjoying their time off the field.
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It’s common in India for someone to fake room service to ask for selfies, says Australia head coach Justin Langer

  • Cricket unites India like nothing else and if you ask someone, chances are you will get a response on the state of play and players that are doing good or those who are out of form and should be dropped from the squad.
  • Such frenzy notches up when there’s a side on tour for a series and more so if Australians land in the town.
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‘Team management understands my style of play’ – Cheteshwar Pujara opens up on the fuss created around his low strike-rate

  • Cheteshwar Pujara is a traditional Test specialist and has emerged as one of the most important parts of Team India in the last five years. He has been mulling runs with the bat in overseas as well as home conditions.
  • But one thing due to which he has to face the criticism is his strike rate while batting.
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A biopic on Muttiah Muralitharan titled ‘800’ in development, famous South Indian actor Vijay Sethupathi to play the role

  • Muttiah Muralitharan is probably the best spinner to have ever played the game. The Sri Lankan holds the record of most wickets in both ODIs and Tests format.
  • The legendary off-spinner has been an absolute legend of the game and a true ambassador as well.
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‘We are fighting a common enemy’ – Ravichandran Ashwin urges everyone to take care of each other amid Covid-19 scare

  • Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the best spinners in the world. Even though he hasn’t played much of international cricket in recent times, he continues to train hard and get ready for the IPL 2020.
  • Ashwin had represented Kings XI Punjab in the previous two seasons and also captained them.
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‘It is not about sport but about the safety of citizens’ – Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on the possibility of IPL 2020

  • The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) is yet to take a final call on the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League 2020, which has been deferred to April 15, from its original date of March 29.
  • This has been done due to the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped not only the country but the entire world.
  • (Read more about the story)

New Zealand all-rounder Andrew Ellis calls time on 18-year cricketing career

  • New Zealand and Canterbury all-rounder Andrew Ellis has decided to call time on his 18-year cricketing career.
  • The 37-year-old finished his legendary career as only the second New Zealander to play at least 100 matches in all three forms of domestic cricket, behind leg-spinner Todd Astle.
  • (Read more about the story)

‘We were under hotel arrest’ – Dale Steyn shares his experience amid Coronavirus scare after the suspension of PSL 2020

  • South African pacer Dale Steyn was getting in the groove of making regular appearances for his national team.
  • But, with the outbreak of coronavirus, the pacer has again become out of action.
  • (Read more about the story)

‘He isn’t against anybody’ – Chandrakant Pant asks BCCI to reconsider decision of axing Sanjay Manjrekar from commentary panel

  • Chandrakant Pandit, the former Indian cricketer, has come out in support of Sanjay Manjrekar, who was recently removed from the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) commentary panel.
  • Pandit, who played five Tests and 36 ODIs, said that Manjrekar is straightforward, a quality he has adored since his formative days. The 58-year-old Pandit also called his mate a harmless character.
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India players not playing are way more talented than me: Marcus Stoinis

  • Marcus Stoinis, the Australia all-rounder, has recently said that the Indian players, who are not part of the current international setup, are way more talented than him.
  • The 30-year-old stated the same in the recently-released documentary ‘The Test’ in the episode that showed how India won the 2018-19 ODI series in Australia 2-1 after levelling the T20I series 1-1.
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Indian broadcasting team left stranded in Pakistan after the suspension of PSL 2020 due to Coronavirus

  • The spread of novel Coronavirus over the past fortnight across the world has ravaged the sporting events and one such has been the Pakistan Super League, which was going on when the cases related to the virus started surging.
  • In response, the Pakistan Cricket Board first curtailed the tournament matches but was forced to cancel the knockout phase after the threat had become too large to brush aside.
  • (Read more about the story)

New Zealand cricketers undergo self-isolation for 14 days after returning from Australia

  • New Zealand Cricket team that recently returned from the tour of Australia have been asked to undergo self-isolation for 14 days due to Coronavirus pandemic.
  • The BlackCaps had to leave the three-match ODI series mid-way after the authorities postponed the series until further notice.
  • (Read more about the story)

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