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Makhaya Ntini
South African Makhaya Ntini. (Photo by ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

Makhaya Ntini brought energy to the team: Graeme Cremer

  • Zimbabwe Cricket has made several structural changes, including naming him as captain. How did you find out and what do you make of it.
  • The Zimbabwean administration went for a change in the coaching department as well, bringing in former South African fast bowler South African Makhaya Ntini in place of sacked Dav Whatmore.
  • “He’s very, very loud (laughs)! But he’s brought energy to the team. He says what he thinks. He’s big when it comes to fitness and getting the guys ready to go onto the field. He sets discipline standards, which is something we’ve lacked in the past.”
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Brrrrm! I feel like the Terminator: Chris Gayle


  • Flamboyant West Indian batsman Chris Gayle has revealed many fascinating details about his life in his autobiography Six Machine: I Don’t Like Cricket…I Love It”. He talks about his time with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and his experience of flying down to owner Vijay Mallya’s beachfront mansion in Goa where he spent five days as “the king of the villa” and also rode the latter’s three-wheeler Harley-Davidson.
  • Gayle mentions that he heard of Mallya’s villa from team manager George Avinash. Incidentally, there was a five-day break between two matches and Gayle was quite keen to go there though his teammates weren’t.
  • “What to do? George pipes up again. ‘Believe me, big man, you should definitely check it out.’ Oh-kay. What could possibly go wrong? So I decide to go by myself. Fly down there, picked up in a sweet car and driven to Candolim, come down the driveway and whaaat?
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MS Dhoni pads and gloves auctioned for big bucks

  • Indian limited overs skipper MS Dhoni had his pair of wicketkeeping gloves and his pads sold at an auction organized by While the Indian skipper’s pads fetched Rs. 1 Lakh, his gloves fared a lot better as it fetched Rs. 1.5 Lakh. One-time India batsman Manoj Tiwary was also a part of the auction as he picked up some of Leander Paes’ old tennis racquets.
  • The Bengal skipper also added that the tennis player going for his seventh successive Olympics as an “inspiration for all sportspersons.” The purpose of the auction was to raise money for the treatment of Mohun Bagan fan Bapi Majhi, who is suffering from liver cancer and the family of deceased East Bengal supporter Alip Chakraborty.
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Visualisation is the key for batting: Ambati Rayudu

  • Indian batsman Ambati Rayudu, who has been unbeaten in both the matches against Zimbabwe in the ongoing series, feels that visualisation is the key to success for him as far as batting is considered.
  • “For me, generally, it’s just about getting my batting in shape. Visualisation is the key I think. I try to keep myself motivated and focused. I prepare myself before a game as though I am going to play it. It doesn’t really matter what series it is, preparation is the same. I just prepared the way I would for any series. I don’t set myself any goals,” he said at the post-match press conference.
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Lack of opportunities for batsmen worries MS Dhoni

  • Indian skipper MS Dhoni has voiced his concerns over some of the batsmen not getting an opportunity to bat in the ongoing series against Zimbabwe. An 8-wicket win in the second ODI saw the Indians take an unassailable lead in the ODI series.
  • However, only four Indian batsmen have had the opportunity to bat on the tour thus far. While the bowlers have had their chance to shine, only KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Ambati Rayudu, and Manish Pandey have batted. Even in that, Pandey has faced just the one delivery.
  • “So far, only three of our top batsmen have got the chance to play. In the batting department we would like to make changes, Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”
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New Zealand rejects reports of pulling out from day-night Test in India

  • BCCI’s plans to host New Zealand for the Day-Night Test remain intact as New Zealand Cricket says its stance is unchanged after it was previously reported that the Island nation has concerns over the dew factor and ground conditions.
  • The latest reports out of India on Monday (Tuesday NZ time) claimed the BCCI had approached England about playing the first pink ball Test in India after the New Zealand national body were not comfortable doing so in Indian conditions.
  • An article published by the Indian Express said NZC had informed their Indian counterparts of the decision “a few weeks ago” and quoted “a top BCCI official” as confirming the news.
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Sri Lanka makes wholesale changes to ODI squad

  • Following their 2-0 loss at the hands of England in the recently concluded three-match Test series, the Sri Lanka management has decided on making wholesale changes to the squad.
  • The Lankan side is expected to stay on the island of the United Kingdom as they will play Ireland and England in a series of ODIs and T20 internationals over the next month. The Lankans will first make the trip to Dublin to take on Ireland in a mini-series before making the short trip back to England to play a bevy of ODIs and T20Is.
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Shahid Afridi expresses interest to feature in BBL

  • Veteran Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has expressed his desire to feature in the Big Bash League (BBL) on Monday. Afridi said that he had offers from BBL for the last few years, but he wasn’t able to accept the offer due to international commitments.
  • “I was offered to play Big Bash League in Australia almost every season in the last two or three years but I wasn’t able to take the offer due to my international commitments,” Afridi was quoted as saying by “But if I am offered it this year I’ll surely give it a go.”
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New Zealand Cricket releases list of contracted players

  • New Zealand cricket board has announced its list of centrally contracted player for the upcoming season. The contracts run from August 1, 2016 through to July 31, 2017, increasing from 20 to 21 players as set out in the latest variation to the Master Agreement between NZC and the New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association.
  • Batsmen Henry Nicholls and George Worker have been included for the first time on New Zealand Cricket’s list of 21 contracted players. Nicholls has played two tests and 10 limited-overs internationals for New Zealand since his debut in February, and the 26-year-old Worker played two ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals last year.
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England includes in-form Jonny Bairstow for Sri Lanka series

  • England has retained the services of wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow for the upcoming ODIs and T20Is against Sri Lanka. Bairstow was one of the standout players for England and also concluded the Test series as the top run-getter having amassed 387 runs in the series including two massive tons.
  • This also included a wonderfully compiled 167 at Lords, a performance that saw him go up on the Lords honors board. “I’m delighted to be back in the limited-overs squads. I feel like I’m striking the ball well,” Bairstow told reporters.
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Sachin Tendulkar donates 76 lakhs to Bengal school for new facilities

  • Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has donated around 76 lakhs to a high school in West Midnapore district, West Bengal, to boost its infrastructure.
  • A school in rural West Bengal had written a letter to the Rajya Sabha MP asking help to build and renovate the buildings of the institution. He donated the money he is issued for Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund, which totals to Rs 76 lakhs.
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I almost hung myself: Makhaya Ntini

  • Just days after lashing out at the Indian team selectors for sending a second string squad for the tour of Zimbabwe, Makhaya Ntini has lashed out at his own players stating that their performance made him want to ‘hang himself’ to death. The Indians crushed Zimbabwe once again in the second ODI by eight wickets and went on to claim an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
  • Ntini, who serves as the bowling coach for the Zimbabwe side had earlier stated that the Zimbabwe bowling attack would roll the Indian batting lineup ‘under the carpet’. However, he was left to eat his words as the Indians crushed the Zimbabweans in the first two ODIs by a country mile.
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Anil Kumble applies for Indian head coach position

  • Former Indian Test skipper Anil Kumble has reportedly applied for the position of head coach of the Indian cricket team. Kumble, one of the best spinners to be produced by India beyond the shout of a doubt is one of 57 candidates who have responded to the advertisement posted by the BCCI. The deadline for the applications closed on June 10 and on Sunday the BCCI announced that 57 applications had been received from both Indian and overseas candidates.
  • Kumble had an illustrious career that began in 1994 and concluded in 2008. During this time, he also went on to become India’s leading wicket taker in Test matches with 618 wickets to his name. He also boasts of runs with the bat courtesy of a Test century in England.
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