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.

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma. (Photo: IANS)

BCCI to seek government clearance in the next two weeks for shifting IPL 2020 to UAE

  • The thirteenth edition of the tournament was going to start from March 29 this year.
  • However, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian board was left with no choice but to postpone the cash-rich league.
  • But according to reports, the BCCI is now on an overdrive to stage the T20 extravaganza in the UAE, starting from the last week of September.
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Moeen Ali named England’s vice-captain for Ireland ODI series

  • England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has named the all-rounder Moeen Ali the vice-captain of the ODI team for the upcoming Ireland series.
  • The three-match series is set to commence on July 30 behind closed doors.
  • The squad for the contest is yet to be announced with the 24-man group already training since July 16.
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Ben Stokes ends Jason Holder’s 18-month reign to clinch the top spot in ICC Test all-rounder rankings

  • Stokes came out as opener in the second innings to provide England with a flurry of quick runs and scored an unbeaten knock of 78 runs in just 56 balls to put West Indies on the back foot.
  • He even scalped three wickets in the Test.
  • Stokes’ impressive display earned him many accolades as well as the Man of the Match award.
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Reports: Indian women’s team likely to opt out of England tour

  • Indian women’s cricket team is expected to withdraw from their scheduled tour of England in September, according to media reports.
  • Team India was supposed to travel to England in August and follow a 14-day quarantine period.
  • The series was pushed back to later this year due to the coronavirus pandemic with initially slated to be played in June.
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It will be a full-fledged IPL 2020 comprising 60 games, most likely in UAE: Brijesh Patel

  • With T20 World Cup’s postponement on Monday, the Indian board is all set to utilize the September-November window and shift the IPL to UAE this year.
  • Post ICC’s announcement regarding the postponement of this year’s T20 World Cup, the IPL Governing Council is planning to meet in a week or 10 days’ time and prepare the IPL 2020 roadmap.
  • The Indian board will also have to seek permission from the government to go ahead with their plans.
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India-Australia Test rivalry is at par with the Ashes: Brett Lee

  • Former Australian speedster, a nightmare to the batsmen with his pace, Brett Lee has opined that the people and the players both look forward to Australia facing up against the sub-continent giants, India and this rivalry is now at par with the prestigious Ashes series, the Australia-England‘s bickering contest.
  • The Indian cricket team is scheduled to play an ICC World Test Championship series against Australia later this year, where the Men in Blue look forward to defending the esteemed Border-Gavaskar trophy.
  • In 2018/19, Virat Kohli-led Team India won the Test series making them the first Indian side in over 70 years to beat the Kangaroos at their own den.
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‘I’ll talk to the right people before making a decision’ – Trent Boult unsure of participating in IPL 2020

  • According to recent reports, the Indian board is looking for a September-November window to host the much-awaited thirteenth edition of the IPL.
  • The tournament was set to start from March 29 this year but it had to be postponed due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.
  • However, the BCCI is keen on shifting the T20 extravaganza to the UAE and stage the suspended IPL in the September-November window.
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AB de Villiers was in line to play the T20 World Cup: Quinton de Kock

  • The speculations surrounding Mr. 360, AB de Villiers’ possibility of coming out of retirement for next year’s T20 World Cup have been increasingly ascending.
  • Faf du Plessis confirmed that AB is already talking to key figures in South African cricket to explore the probability of coming out of retirement.
  • The new head coach of South Africa Mark Boucher saying he would be open to asking De Villiers to play in the event, it is South Africa’s limited-overs captain Quinton de Kock now conjecturing the likeliness of AB’s return.
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‘It is pretty well-defined’ – Cricket Australia denies Sourav Ganguly’s request of a shortened quarantine period for India

  • Ahead of the tour, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had asked for a shortened quarantine period for the Indian players as it gets ‘depressing’ according to the former India skipper.
  • The sport has witnessed significant changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the players following ‘two-week’ quarantine has now become inevitable.
  • West Indies, ahead of their Test series against England, also had to spend 14 days in quarantine after landing in the UK.
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IPL is a huge part of the year and probably the strongest T20 competition in the world: Josh Hazlewood

  • The current pandemic situation has also affected the cricket calendar.
  • But chances of the IPL happening this year have increased after ICC postponed the T20 World Cup on Monday.
  • Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood, who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, recently labelled the IPL as the strongest T20 competition in the world.
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