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.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Ricky Ponting picks his favourites for World Cup 2019

  • It’s another 10 days for the ICC World Cup to kick off and all the 10 participating teams are busy giving the final touches to their preparations.
  • The experts are busy predicting the semi-finalists and the probable champions even though it is one of the most difficult tasks under the sun.
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World Cup 2019: Mohammad Amir recovers from chicken pox; available for tournament opener vs West Indies

  • The ICC World Cup 2019 is going to begin in 10 days and Pakistan released their final 15-man squad for the tournament on May 20, 2019.
  • They’ve included fast bowler Mohammad Amir in the squad after keeping him on the sidelines initially.
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World Cup 2019: Anil Kumble feels Chris Gayle and Andre Russell will guide Windies to last 4

  • The West Indies team has had a resurgence of sorts across formats ever since their glory days ended.
  • Under the captaincy of Jason Holder, the team made it to the quarter-finals of the ICC World Cup 2015.
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Ben Stokes calls himself a fan of both Steve Smith and Virat Kohli’s batting styles

  • Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson are the batting maseehas in the current generation of cricket.
  • This new fab-four is ruling the world in all the three formats at the moment and will be taking up major responsibilities for their respective teams in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
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MS Dhoni puts opposition under pressure when at the crease, says Brendon McCullum

  • One of the top draws of the ICC World Cup 2019 will be MS Dhoni, the veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batsman.
  • The 37-year-old former World Cup-winning captain will be playing in the showpiece event for one final time but his significance for Team India’s prospects will be crucial.
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Asif Ali to return Pakistan following his daughter’s demise

  • Only hours after the fifth ODI between England and Pakistan, Asif Ali’s daughter who was battling with cancer passed away.
  • The cricketer had urged the fans and followers to pray for her before leaving for England and she was in the United States of America (USA) for treatment.
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World Cup 2019: PCB announce Pakistan’s final 15-man squad for the tournament

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken some big decisions after the team’s 4-0 series loss to England.
  • The selection panel led by Inzamam-ul-Haq has made as many as three changes to the preliminary World Cup squad announced last month.
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Coaching staff had a long meeting with Pak players after a humiliating 0-4 drub against England

  • Pakistan is among the few teams who travelled to the United Kingdom to play in an international series just ahead of the upcoming World Cup as a serious preparation.
  • Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side started off well by winning three warm-up matches in England before taking on Eoin Morgan’s team for a one-off T20I and five-ODI series.
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England’s tail-enders record best batting performances since World Cup 2015

  • Gone are those days when bowlers were just expected to do their task with the ball. In the yesteryears, bowlers’ skill with the bat was not given much priority.
  • The likes of Courtney Walsh, Glenn McGrath, Javagal Srinath and other legendary bowlers had terrible records in batting.
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Phil Simmons to step down as Afghanistan coach after World Cup 2019

  • Former West Indies cricketer Phil Simmons who is currently the coach of the Afghanistan cricket side is set to step down after the ICC World Cup.
  • The 56-year-old former batting all-rounder said he has informed the Afghanistan Cricket Board about his decision as he has decided to explore something different after this stint.
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Pakistan batsman Asif Ali’s daughter passes away after battling with cancer

  • Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Asif Ali suffered an irreparable and heartbreaking loss when his 2-year-old daughter passed away fighting against cancer on Sunday.
  • The toddler, Noor Fatima, was shifted to the United States of America (USA) for treatment but it did not make much of a difference as she lost the battle.
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Vrinda Rathi: the first Indian female umpire to officiate in T20 Mumbai League

  • India’s GS Lakshmi became the first Indian female match referee to be appointed to the ICC International Panel of Match Referees earlier this week.
  • Now, the T20 Mumbai League witnessed history as Vrinda Rathi became the first female national umpire to officiate in the T20 contest.
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Ravichandran Ashwin signs up with Nottinghamshire for six County matches

  • Indian Test off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has not been in contention for the white-ball cricket for Indian team since 2017 and is not part of the squad for ICC World Cup 2019, has decided to move forward and start to prepare for national team’s inaugural World Test Championship challenge against the West Indies.
  • Ashwin, a veteran who featured in 65 Tests, 111 ODIs and 46 T20Is for India, is no longer in Indian team management’s plans for limited overs international cricket anymore, participated in the recently concluded Indian Premier League 2019 and captained Kings XI Punjab and performed admirably.
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