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

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

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England captain Alastair Cook. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

If you get caught match-fixing you should be banned for life: Alastair Cook

  • England Test captain Alastair Cook believes that players found guilty of match-fixing in the future should be banned for life. However, Cook says that he has no issue playing alongside Mohammad Amir since he got ‘punished for what he did’.
  • “The punishment should be that hard because we have to protect the integrity of the game. That is not to say Mohammad Amir should not be playing because the rules were probably different then but from my point of view I just think we should just try and deter people from doing it.”
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Venkatesh Prasad applies for India head coach’s post

  • Venkatesh Prasad has jumped into the ring with former team director Ravi Shastri and chief selector Sandeep Patil by applying for the high profile head coach’s job with the Indian cricket team.
  • “I have applied this morning,” Prasad confirmed to PTI today.
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Jason Gillespie wants dairy industry to shut down

  • Jason Gillespie, the Yorkshire coach, may draw some ire from his English county Yorkshire by claiming the “disgusting” dairy industry should be shut down. Apparently, Yorkshire is currently sponsor sponsored by Wensleydale Creamery, a leading name in the dairy industry
  • Asked about any possible conflict with the company whose logo appears on Yorkshire’s shirts, he said, “Yes, they are a sponsor. But it doesn’t mean I agree with what they do.
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Farveez Maharoof makes his comeback into ODI squad

  • Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the one-day international (ODI) squad for the series against England and Ireland. Five more players will join the squad – Danushka Gunathilaka, Farveez Maharoof, Seekuge Prasanna, Suraj Randiv and Upul Tharanga. Allrounder Farveez Maharoof is making his comeback after 4 years, after playing his last match in March 2012.
  • The 31-year old Maharoof was the leading wicket-taker in Sri Lanka’s List A competition, the Premier limited over tournament in 2015-16. He claimed 16 wickets from five matches at an average of 6.31. He was handy with the bat as well for the Nondescripts Cricket Club, scoring 77 runs.
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We considered ourselves as husband and wife: Robin Uthappa

  • Former Indian teammates Robin Uthappa and Irfan Pathan are very close pals. Both share a great camaraderie since 2008 when both first met during the Asia Cup. Irfan and Uthappa, both of whom got married recently, are so close that did not finalize their marriage dates before discussing mutually.
  • Uthappa, who recently appeared in Vikram Sathaye’s candid chat show — What the Duck, revealed that how both best buddies planned each other’s wedding and made sure that the dates don’t clash.
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Virat Kohli scared about bankruptcy

  • Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli is one of leading cricketers based on their brand value and is on a roll, topping all the charts and is making sure that there are no stones kept unturned on his way ahead. Despite being one of the highest earned cricketers in the nation, he is somehow worried about getting ‘Bankrupt’ in future.
  • As reported by GQ magazine, Virat said about his financial status, “I’ve begun to think about my future. About how to secure it. Money doesn’t motivate me, but it’s important. I’ve gotten accustomed to a certain financial environment. It’s important to sustain that. I’ve seen so many athletes go bankrupt at the end of their career. It’s scary.”
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South Africa confirm participation in day-night Test at Adelaide Oval

  • After much controversy and dialogue, the touring South Africa party has agreed to play a day-night Test in Adelaide from November 24, the third Test match of the series when they tour Australia. Cricket South Africa Chief and former ICC Chief Haroon Longart confirmed that an agreement had been that a decision was reached after discussion with the players.
  • Earlier, a few South African players had stated reservations about playing with the pink ball and under the lights. However, with the Test match confirmed, a mouthwatering encounter is certainly on the cards as these two face off at Adelaide.
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Brendon McCullum apologises to Kumar Sangakkara

  • Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum had delivered the lecture at MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey on Monday. He spoke about numerous things and one of the biggest points was that he apologized to the former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara and spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan for a controversial run out incident happened back in December 2006.
  • It was during the second innings of the first Test match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Christchurch, where McCullum was involved in a very controversial run out of Muralitharan. Because of this dismissal, Sri Lanka lost the match by 5 wickets.
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I want to emulate guys like Kohli, De Villiers and Warner: Jos Buttler

  • English wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler has been one of the impactful T20 batsmen England possesses. He has been a consistent performer for England and his impact on English cricket is extraordinary. The 25 year old has played an important part in changing the way the English team played limited overs cricket.
  • The right hander, who usually handles the middle order responsibility, now want to bat higher in the order so that he can have a similar impact for his side like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and David Warner had for their respective sides in the IPL.
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There’s a chance for us to dominate England: Kusal Perera

  • Attacking Sri Lankan opener Kusal Perera ’s Test career was just 3 tests old when he experienced a potentially career ending trouble. The 25 year old was provisionally suspended from all cricket during Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand last December, after a laboratory in Qatar, accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), stated he was tested positive for 9-Norandrostenedione, an anabolic steroid, that is classified as a Schedule III drug.
  • They haven’t told me if I’m playing yet,” Perera told reporters at Lord’s after a training session. “If I do get to play, it’s a great opportunity to play at Lord’s. I was thrown into trouble and to come back from that [and play] at Lord’s would be great.”
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Joe Root backs Nick Compton to come good at his homeground

  • England vice-captain, Joe Root backed his teammate Nick Compton to perform better in the third and final Test of the series against Sri Lanka at his home venue, Lords.
  • Compton has been underperformed throughout this series with scores of 0, 9 and 22 from the three innings so far. He hasn’t proved himself in the Test cricket so far with averaging just above 30 after 15 Test matches, and in the Test at Lords, he will be fighting for his spot in the squad.
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Brad Haddin, Hussey brothers appointed as Australia A coaches

  • Former Australian wicket-keeper batsman, Brad Haddin, will be coaching Australia A from next month alongside Mike Hussey, David Hussey and Ryan Harris, who is the current assistant coach of Australia A. From August 13, Australia A, India A, South Africa A and the National Performance squad will be competing in a quadrangular One-Day series that will be played at venues Townsville and Mackay.
  • Haddin will work with Troy Cooley in the two four-day matches against South Africa A whereas David Hussey will then take over as assistant to Cooley in the quadrangular One-Day series. Michael Hussey meanwhile, will take over as the assistant coach with Australia A against India A in the two four-day matches.
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