Top Stories: Things that made news in the cricket world today

Top Stories: Things that made news in the cricket world today

Darren Sammy-Chris Gayle News
West Indies captain Darren Sammy and West Indies player Chris Gayle during the practice session.
(Photo by Pankaj Nangia/India Today Group/Getty Images)

Abdul Qadir lashes out at PCB:

  • Over the past few years, former Pakistani spinner has been a fierce critic of Pakistan’s decision-making strategies. Abdul Qadir has once again lashed out against PCB for holding the boot camp, whilst he feels that the real concern for the team should be to improve their batting technique.
  • “What is the purpose of this boot camp? It has been organized to improve fitness of the players but to me the most important area in which our players need to work on and improve for the England tour is in the batting or skills department,” Qadir said, lashing out at the PCB.
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Heath Streak resigns as Bangladesh bowling coach:

  • Heath Streak resigns as the Bangladesh bowling coach after completing his terms of contract. The former Zimbabwean pacer was appointed for the post in May 2014. He was instrumental in Bangladesh’s recent surge in international cricket, in addition to earthing out talents like Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman.
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Virat Kohli third most marketable sportsman in the world:

  • Virat Kohli, in a list released by sportspro, has been named as the third most marketable sportsperson in the world, just behind Paul Pogba and Stephen Curry. He has finished ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Novak Djokovic in the list.
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James Taylor lauds English bowling pair:

  • Recently retired England cricketer James Taylor has continued to keep in touch with cricket with his columns. And in his latest article, he has lauded the James Anderson – Stuart Broad bowling pair for their remarkable efforts with the new ball.
  • “I believe Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad are the best new-ball pair England have ever had. The 781 Test wickets they have taken supports that opinion and they are a nightmare for batsmen to face, especially if conditions are in their favour.” wrote Taylor.
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Sometimes I feel Chris is a target for newspaper headlines: Darren Sammy:

  • Darren Sammy, who has taken behind the scenes role during the ongoing IPL, feels that Chris Gayle is a target for Newspaper headlines.
  • “Chris Gayle is the universe boss, a teammate of mine who I admire and respect. I just think people target Chris for no reason. To me, Chris is one of our cricketing heroes. He’s an entertainer, first, but a lot of people have jumped on his back,” Sammy was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNcricinfo’.

The picture has become popular because of Virat Kohli: Ashish Nehra:

  • Internet is an abyss of popular and vintage pictures, and a picture involving Ashish Nehra felicitating a young Virat Kohli for his achievements has been doing rounds in the social media over the past year. Nehra, who isn’t active in the social media, talked about the particular picture, and more importantly why is it famous now.
  • “I’m not on social media but that picture has become popular now because where Virat Kohli is today. Otherwise, it was just a picture on the wall and nobody would have admired it. Now that picture belongs to Virat Kohli,” Nehra told Hindustan Times.
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My body hasn’t felt this good in 15 years: Michael Clarke:

  • Michael Clarke, who has been living a retired life over the past one year, has found himself happy with his fitness levels currently and looks poised to make a comeback to cricket, specifically T20 cricket.
  • “My body’s going really well. My body hasn’t felt this good in 15 years. Let’s hope I’m saying that on Sunday night after four games of cricket!” said Clarke, looking positive ahead of Hong Kong T20s.
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If I had to bowl to Kohli, I would be worried: Wasim Akram:

  • Wasim Akram has had a fare share of history with the batting greats during his playing days. Talking about Virat Kohli, Wasim probably gave him the best possible compliment a bowler could give.
  • “Belief, his ability and on top of that his technique. We haven’t seen him play the reverse shot or the lap shot, he always plays proper cricketing shots with the full face of the bat. That’s why he has been very consistent and as a bowler if I had to bowl at him, I will be worried. It’s like in ODI cricket when Sachin Tendulkar opened the innings, it was very difficult to bowl at him because Sachin as a batsman and Kohli as a batsman will hardly give you a chance to get them out,” quoted the legendary Pakistan bowler.
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New Zealand announce Summer schedule for 2016-17, 2017-18:

  • New Zealand have announced their itinerary for the upcoming summer and the summer next to it, with major Test playing nations including Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and Australia set to tour the island nation. New Zealand is set to host 7 Tests, 11 ODIs and 4 T20Is in the next two summers, with a scheduled day-night Test against England next summer.
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Virat Kohli is a special talent: Sachin Tendulkar:

  • Sachin had once called Kohli as his apparent heir during Kohli’s early days, considering the form the latter is in, he has already craved himself a place amongst the Indian greats. Talking about Kohli’s spectacular run this season, Sachin lauded Kohli’s talent.
  • “Virat (Kohli) presents the straight bat and scores with good cricketing shots. He is a special talent and he works hard on his game. His discipline and commitment has to be emulated.” Said Sachin, talking to Gulf news.
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