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.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Not BCCI but Indian government will decide the fate of IPL 2020 amid COVID-19 outbreak: Kiren Rijiju

  • Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, while highlighting the current situation, said that the IPL would go ahead only if there was no risk to public health.
  • Rijiju asserted that any decision to allow the IPL 2020 to commence this year would be taken by the government, not the Indian cricket board.
  • Rijiju also said that the main focus at the moment is to fight against COVID-19 outbreak.
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IPL 2020: BCCI to prioritise fans’ safety; ready to organise the tournament behind closed doors

  • The Indian Premier League (IPL) is without a doubt the most popular T20 tournament in the world.
  • So, when it had to be postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was disappointing for everyone.
  • However, with the country going into the fourth phase of lockdown, the Sports Ministry allowed sporting events, but only behind the closed doors.
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I have to pass the fitness test before playing for India again: Rohit Sharma

  • For the past two years, Rohit Sharma has probably been one of the busiest cricketers in India.
  • Apart from Virat Kohli, he is the only person who has been with the Indian squad in all three formats regularly.
  • During an interaction with La Liga’s Facebook page on Saturday, the opening batsman revealed that he will have to clear a fitness test before playing for India again.
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Saliva-ban will be lifted once the situation is back to normal: Anil Kumble

  • ICC Cricket Committee led by Anil Kumble recently recommended a ban on the usage of saliva to shine the ball amid COVID-19 threat.
  • In the post Coronavirus era, only sweat can be applied on the ball even as there were calls for the ICC to allow any artificial substance in order to keep the bowlers in the game.
  • However, Kumble has made it clear that the ban will be lifted once the virus subsides and the situation is back to normal.
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Suresh Raina picks Ajinkya Rahane as the best fielder in the current Indian team

  • Suresh Raina has been one of the best fielders India has ever produced.
  • He has saved a lot of runs for team India before and has plucked wonderful catches while fielding at crucial positions as well.
  • Unfortunately, he is no more a preferred player now and is striving hard to make a comeback.
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Cricket Australia will want to keep India happy: Mark Taylor

  • The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the whole international calendar.
  • The T20 World Cup scheduled to be played in Australia in October-November is likely to be postponed next week during the ICC’s board meeting.
  •  And most probably, the BCCI will organise the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the window and Mark Taylor has opined on the situation.
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‘It was physio’s mistake’ – Mashrafe Mortaza recalls being left out of 2011 World Cup squad

  • Mashrafe Mortaza’s international career has come to a halt a lot of times due to his injuries.
  • But he has comeback strongly every time and has led his country in two World Cups as well.
  • But he couldn’t play for Bangladesh in a World Cup at home in 2011 when the mega event was co-hosted by the major Asian countries bar Pakistan. Recalling the missed chance nine years ago, Mortaza has blamed the then team physio for the same.
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Cricketers have done this whole life: Brett Lee feels ban on usage of saliva will be hard to implement

  • The cricket scenario is expected to witness a complete turnaround in the post-coronavirus world. ICC, in its attempt to curb the outbreak of COVID-19 on the field, has instructed against the usage of saliva to shine the ball during matches.
  • ICC’s decision has left the cricket world divided into two halves.
  • In its guidelines issued on Friday, the ICC said saliva should not be applied to shine the ball.
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‘It’s not acceptable’ – Babar Azam expresses his disappointment over Pakistan’s ICC rankings across all formats

  • A few days back, Babar Azam was appointed as the ODI skipper of the Pakistan cricket team.
  • It is not something which people didn’t anticipate, but the role could be overwhelming for the 25-year-old.
  • However, up until now, the batsman has shown some great confidence upon his appointment. A few months ago, he was appointed as the T20 skipper as well.
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Both IPL 2020 and the T20 World Cup could be played by moving the dates: Faf du Plessis

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt at the sporting scenario across the globe.
  • The much-awaited IPL 2020, which was scheduled to get underway on March 29, has been suspended until further notice by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
  • However, to curb the anticipated losses, the board is trying its best to search for an alternate window to host the tournament this year.
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