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Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli
Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

ZIM vs PAK: Pakistan announces ODI squad for Zimbabwe tour

  • After the conclusion of T20I tri-series, Zimbabwe will host Pakistan for a 5-match ODI series at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo. Pakistan national selection committee announced the 16-man One Day International squad for the series. The selectors made a point by strengthening the team’s middle-order.
  • Leggie Yasir Shah and pacer Junaid Khan passed the fitness test and are all set to represent the men in green in the ODI series. Yasir Shah last played in August 2016. He wasn’t part of the recently concluded Test series against England due to the hip injury, that led to a 10-week rest. Junaid Khan last played an ODI against Sri Lanka in October 2016.
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IRE vs IND: Indian-born cricketer all set to play against India

  • Indian selectors picked a strong squad for the upcoming Ireland T20I series keeping England tour in mind. The Indian side will play two T20Is in the series on 27th and 29th June. MSK Prasad-led Indian selection committee appointed Virat Kohli as the skipper after he was deemed fit following his neck injury, that led him to skip the county stint for Surrey.
  • Ireland also selected the squad and appointed Gary Wilson as the captain after Willaim Porterfield announced captaincy resignation recently. The latter wants to focus on leading Test and ODI sides after leading the T20I side for a decade. However, he will play for the side as a batsman in the shortest format of the game.
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England set to get a short-term leader for the upcoming T20I series against Australia and India

  • England will play the only T20I against Australia at the Edgbaston, Birmingham on 27th June. They will take on Indian team starting from July 3 in the three-match T20I series in Manchester, Cardiff and Bristol. England is currently playing their arch-rivals Australia in the five-match ODI series. They have an unassailable lead of 4-0 and are aiming to whitewash the visitors.
  • The unstoppable British side is all set to get a short-term leader in Paul Fabrace, who will take charge of the T20I squad in the absence of their head coach Trevor Bayliss. Fabrace is currently working as the assistant coach the World No. 1 ODI side. He’s expected to be the head coach for England in the T20I series against Australia and India.
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Australia in search of long-term wicket-keeper ahead of 2019 World Cup

  • With less than a year to go for the World Cup, the World Champions Australia are still unsure about their captain for the mega event. With Steve Smith and David Warner facing bans till March 2019, it will be interesting to see how Cricket Australia will take steps ahead of the upcoming big ICC event.
  • Currently, the Aussie side is having Tim Paine as a temporary captain in Tests and ODIs. Though his leadership and keeping have been brilliant during the tough times, he is yet to make a mark with his willow. In the ongoing ODI series against England, Paine has scored 12, 15, 5 and 3, with reserve wicket-keeper Alex Carey is waiting on the bench.
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ENG vs IND: Virat Kohli warns Eoin Morgan’s men ahead of ODI series

  • Australia is currently playing England in the five-match ODI series in England and the hosts were crushed in the first four ODIs with one more game to go. The World No 1 side England were dominant throughout the series as Aussies failed to match the opposition in the series. England will next take on India starting from July 3.
  • The Indian skipper Virat Kohli seems to be not bothered about England’s dominance in ODI format. The 29-year-old Indian captain feels India has an upper hand in the form of wrist-spinners, which Aussies lacked in the ongoing series. Chahal and Kuldeep are going to make a huge difference in the upcoming exciting series.
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WI vs SL: Sri Lanka Cricket name captain for the 3rd Test against Windies

  • Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal was handed over a two-match ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for ball-tampering in the 2nd Test of the series. Though Chandimal pleaded not guilty and there was a whole lot of drama on and off the field, match referee Javagal Srinath found him guilty and thus imposed the sanction.
  • Thus, the Sri Lankan team that is desperate to secure a win on the tour will now have to play under a new captain. The third and final match of the series is scheduled to get underway later today at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. Sri Lanka Cricket thus announced the captain of the team in Chandimal’s absence.
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ICC contemplating over limiting players to one overseas T20 league

  • Over the years, the T20 format has grown in stature and several players ply their trade in domestic tournaments across the globe. The likes of Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum and a number of cricketers have been seen wielding their magic around the world. However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is pondering over limiting them to playing one overseas event apart from their home event.
  • The policy is expected to be formulated in ICC’s annual conference in Dublin next week. The decision came in light of the complaints by major boards that their players are preferring overseas events like the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pakistan Super League (PSL) and the Big Bash League (BBL) etc to international matches as per reports in Mumbai Mirror.
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Rahul Dravid had an option to pick between IPL and U19: Vinod Rai

  • Now, the COA has taken a softer stance to ensure former cricketers and those who are a part of the support staff of the Indian senior and junior teams can still be associated with the Indian Premier League (IPL). After the conflict of interest rule got into force, Ravi Shastri who is the head coach of the national team could no longer appear in the commentary box during the IPL.
  • Rahul Dravid the coach of the India U19 and A teams had to quit as the head coach of the Delhi Daredevils franchise. Other members of the Indian support staff like Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar also had to give up on IPL jobs.
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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma slapped with legal notice by Arhhan Singh

  • The garbage throwing saga between Virushka (Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma) and Arhhan Singh doesn’t seem to cease. It started a few days ago when Anushka bashed him for littering around. She also asked him to dump the trash in the dustbin and warned him from committing such mistakes. Virat Kohli recorded the video and posted the same in his social media profile.
  • The situation didn’t go down well with Arhhan and his mother. They criticized the couple for their hostile behavior. While Arhhan took to Facebook to express his agitation, his mother slammed them for leaving Arrhan and his family to public hostility. In the meantime, another development surrounding the matter has come to the fore and the situation keeps taking an ugly turn.
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The man who created yo-yo test clarifies if it can be a parameter for team selection

  • Most former cricketers in India and even selectors from the past do not agree with this parameter. They don’t think one fitness test should be a determinant as far as selection in the team is concerned. While the Indian team management doesn’t seem to care about what ex-cricketers think the man who invented the yo-yo test has a similar opinion.
  • Dr Jens Bangsbo a Danish soccer physiologist is the man behind the rather infamous yo-yo test. He introduced it in football in 1991 but the objective was to be able to test the fitness standards for all sports that follow intermittent exercise pattern.
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Pakistan names an uncapped player in the T20I squad for tri-series

  • Zimbabwe is all set to host a tri-series against Pakistan and Australia starting from July 1 to July 8. Pakistan’s national selection committee led by Inzamam-ul-Haq on Friday announced 15-member T20I squad for the tri-nation series. There are a few interesting inclusions and exclusions in the squad.
  • The 37-year-old Mohammad Hafeez was recently cleared by the International Cricket Council to resume his bowling duties. The Inzamam-led selection panel has picked him as an all-rounder in the squad. The selection committee had a word with the Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed before picking Hafeez in the squad. His inclusion will help Pakistan in the upcoming Asia Cup this year and World Cup next year.
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