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.

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Mohammad Amir cleared to join Pakistan squad in England after testing negative twice for COVID-19

  • Ahead of Pakistan’s tour of England, pacer Mohammad Amir had withdrawn from the series to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.
  • However, after the birth of his daughter just four days ago, he announced his decision to re-join the side.
  • Pakistan are slated to play three Tests and as many T20Is on the English soil, starting from August 5. Amir, who only plays for Pakistan in the shorter formats, was cleared on Thursday to join the national squad after his second COVID-19 test also came negative.
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‘It’s disappointing and also a bit amusing’ – Kumar Sangakkara opens up on 2011 World Cup match-fixing allegation

  • Aluthgamage’s fixing allegations led to a criminal probe being launched by the Sri Lanka police.
  • Kumar Sangakkara, captain of the Sri Lanka team that lost the 2011 World Cup final, and Aravinda de Silva, the chief selector at that time, were also questioned.
  • However, the case was dropped by the police in July citing lack of evidence to back the match-fixing claims.
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Pakistan are always there to play bilateral cricket, but we won’t run after BCCI to make things happen: Ehsan Mani

  • Due to the competitiveness and pressure in an India-Pakistan encounter, the arch-rivals have always produced enthralling games for the spectators.
  • However, due to the absence of bilateral cricket between the neighbours, cricket fans have been deprived of witnessing one of the greatest rivalries in the sport.
  • Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani, over the absence of bilateral cricket between the arch-rivals, has said that ‘we always there to play’ bilateral cricket.
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Picking Sourav Ganguly as vice-captain was a tougher job, coach said he drank too much coke: Former selector Ashok Malhotra

  • It was not an easy road for the Bengal Tiger to become the captain of Team India, even becoming vice-captain to Sachin Tendulkar was not easy as a former Indian coach was apprehensive of bringing him into a leadership role.
  • Ashok Malhotra, Indian Cricketers’ Association chief and former selector revealed that there was a resistance in the management of making him vice-captain.
  • There were a lot of players who were senior to Ganguly in the dressing room.
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‘Let the World Cup go to hell’ – Shoaib Akhtar takes a dig at the IPL

  • Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar isn’t happy at all with the postponement of the T20 World Cup.
  • The mega event was supposed to take place in October in Australia. But the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) to postpone the tournament.
  • It has also opened up a window for the BCCI to organise the Indian Premier League (IPL) now.
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‘Educate yourself, open your mind’ – Kumar Sangakkara on racism debate

  • The Black Lives Matter campaign has started in sports with even the England and West Indies cricketers sporting the logo on their collar of their shirts. 
  • The players also took a knee in support of the movement and the same was followed in the 3TC game in South Africa last week.
  • Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara has given his views on the racism debate now and reckons people need to be educated more about it. 
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MS Dhoni saw that streak in me early on, for both CSK and India: Ravi Ashwin

  • Ravichandran Ashwin, the veteran Indian spinner, has heaped praises on MS Dhoni, saying that the latter motivated him to try out new things.
  • Ashwin started taking strides at the big stage while playing under Dhoni for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • In 2009, the Tamil Nadu cricketer played his first IPL match and from there he has own grown in stature.
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New Zealand Cricket to issue NOCs to IPL-bound players

  • New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has mentioned that it would be giving No Objection Certificates (NOC) to all the six players, who are set to take part in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League.
  • Though nothing official has come to the fore, reports suggest that the event could start in the last week of September.
  • Lately, it was learned that the IPL could take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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‘He was neither able to bat nor bowl’ – Aamer Sohail questions Shahid Afridi’s selection in 1999 World Cup

  • Pakistan won the ODI World Cup for the first time in 1992. They even had a chance to become the champions in 1999 after making it to the final of the mega event.
  • But the Wasim Akram-led side lost to Australia thanks to their batting collapse.
  • Almost 21 years after the game, former Pakistan cricketer Aamer Sohail has raised questions over the team selection during the tournament and in the final.
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‘My body was broken, I’m not a machine’ – Mohammad Amir on his premature Test retirement

  • Back in July 2019, Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket and his decision raised a lot of eyebrows.
  • Former cricketers from the country expressed their disappointment. Thereafter in August, he was relegated to Category C in the PCB’s central contracts.
  • Earlier this year, adding insult to injury, he was left out of the central contracts as well.
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