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ICC planning to make changes in the sale of TV rights

  • The International Cricket Council, in a bid to add more relevance to bilateral cricket in terms of grabbing more eyeballs, is planning for a revised television rights system. According to ESPNCricinfo, the ICC is slated to discuss giving member board better value over TV rights in overseas markets.
  • This news comes a day after news about revamping ODI cricket by introducing a league style format featuring 13 international teams.
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I’m as hungry as ever to keep on learning: Shane Watson

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  • Australian veteran batsman Shane Watson admitted that he in inching to feature in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). This will be the Australian all-rounder’s maiden CPL appearance as he hungrier than ever to make a mark.
  • Watson featured for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has been highly successful with the bat and ball. Despite not being able to perform in the final of the tournament against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), he is high on confidence with the number of wickets and the kind of bowling spells he delivered for RCB.
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It’s game on for us: Justin Langer

  • Interim batting coach for the Australian side on the tour Justin Langer has stated that it is certainly game on for the Australians after the washout in the previous ODI against South Africa at Barbados. The result saw the Aussies and Proteas share the points after jus the one over was bowled in the match. The rain failed to reduce as the match was eventually called off and subsequently abandoned.
  • “It’s game on. We haven’t done ourselves any favours in a sense that we haven’t got ourselves automatically into the final like we would have liked, so it’s good to see guys under pressure. And this will be a little bit more pressure than a normal one-day international on Tuesday,” he added.
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Mitchell Johnson eager to tick off in BBL

  • Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has retired from international cricket and is free from national commitments. The additional time that he has in hand now gives Johnson the luxury to reinvent himself and he aims to develop into a better batting all-rounder. The left-arm pacer is looking forward to exploring the different T20 leagues all around the world.
  • Speaking about his future commitments, Johnson said: “I’ll look at the Big Bash, I haven’t played in the Big Bash yet so it would be something to tick off. A lot of the (Australian) guys talk about how big it’s become and it’s a really exciting tournament now, the crowds are definitely turning up for it and really enjoying it.”
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Trust me, you will miss Dhoni a lot more in India when he retires: Dean Jones

  • Former Australian batsman Dean Jones feels that Indian ODI skipper MS Dhoni will be “missed more in sub-continental conditions” once he decides to call it quits from the limited overs format. Jones, also felt that pushing great players into retirement is not a great idea. The former Australian dasher thinks rather contrastingly to a couple of former Indian cricketers who feel that Virat Kohli should take over the reins from MS Dhoni.
  • “We are pretty quick to push our great players out. What’s Dhoni has done for Indian cricket, let him find his own time. I don’t think Virat is in a huge rush to captain everything (format) at the moment. Time will come. Trust me, you will miss Dhoni a lot more in India, when he retires,” Jones said in an interview to PTI.
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Mohammad Asif dreams to make a comeback

  • Tainted Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif has set his eyes on a comeback to international cricket. Asif, who was part of the tainted trio that was involved in the spot-fixing scandal in 2010 has stated that his plan is to make a comeback to the scheme of things and play international cricket for at least three years. At the age of 33, Asif’s hope is somewhat of a bleak possibility.
  • “One of my friends called me to ask me to come and play some cricket,” Asif says. “There’s good weather for training – that’s why I came here.
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I don’t think Mohammad Amir will get a hostile reception: Imran Khan

  • Pakistan’s former cricket captain Imran Khan feels that tainted left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir will not get any hostile reception from the media when the young fast bowler travels to England for the upcoming series.
  • “I don’t think he will get a hostile press or reception because from what I have seen having been to England there is lot of sympathy for him because when the spot-fixing scandal took place he was just 18 or 19 and he later on also quickly admitted his guilt and apologised to everyone,” Imran said in a talk show on Ary Channel.
  • “There is a general wave of sympathy for Amir and my experience says he will get positive press and response in England and this should help him perform well in the coming series,” Imran said.
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If you can play Test cricket, you can adapt to the shorter formats easily: Narendra Hirwani

  • Former India international Narendra Hirwani, who is in charge of BCCI’s spin bowling camp, which commenced last week. feels that  learning how to bowl in the longer version of the game is the most important thing.
  • “If you can play Test cricket, you can adapt to the shorter formats easily. It is like a singer who is classically trained — he can render a brilliant version of any bhajan,” Hirwani says.
  • He looks very keen to pass on the knowledge and experience to his younger protégés who currently enhancing their skills in the spin bowling camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
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Pink ball glows like radium: Mohammed Shami

  • Indian pacer Mohammed Shami had a good start in the first pink-ball cricket match in India. He had claimed a five-for for Mohun Bagan in the Super League final at Eden Gardens between club teams Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore.
  • Following day 2 of the Shami said that the ball was very bright and was excited about the amount of swing it is having, even when the ball is old. “It’s very bright and glows like radium. With red or white balls, there was some visibility problem as it took [on] the colour of grass. Definitely, I will prefer this ball, this is much better. The biggest plus point is the swing under lights, what else does a bowler want?”
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BCB to investigate on the abandoned DPL match

  • Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had formed a four-member committee to investigate on the DPL match, where the umpires walked off the field in the clash between Abahani Limited and Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club which was then called off.
  • The incident happened when an appeal against Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club was turned down by Tanvir Ahmed, the players and fans protested, which led the umpires to consult with match referee Monu Datta and take their leave citing “illness.” If the match is replayed, it could be held on June 24.
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Faruque Ahmed steps down as BCB chief selector

  • Bangladesh chief selector Faruque Ahmed has stepped down from his position effective immediately. The move comes shortly after the BCB announced their new three-step procedure for the selection of players into the national side.
  • “It will be difficult to work in this system. We have to have scope to work without interference. The independence of the selectors will be greatly compromised. The new system isn’t going to help Bangladesh cricket, as it won’t be able to deliver. There will be shared accountability where no one would really know who took the decision,” Faruque said.
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Suharawadi Shuvo discharged from the hospital

  • Bangladesh’s international cricketer Suhrawadi Shuvo, who suffered a serious hit on the side of his neck yesterday, was released from the hospital on Sunday (June 19) after CT and MRI scans revealed no damage to his brain as a result of a bouncer striking the side of his neck.
  • The 27-year-old, who as playing for Victoria Sporting Club, was hit on the head while he was trying to duck under a rising delivery from his countrymen Taskin Ahmed. The incident happened during his club’s Dhaka Premier League match against Abahani Limited at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
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Bangladesh extended Chandika Hathurusingha’s contract till 2019

  • Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had extended the contract of their head coach Chandika Hathurusingha until 2019. The decision was made at a meeting of the board members on Sunday.
  • The 47-year old had been coaching the side since July 2014 and Bangladesh had a great time, especially in the limited overs format. The young team progressed into the quarter-finals for the first time in World Cup history in 2015.
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CPL announces match officials for CPL 2016

  • The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) are delighted to announce the Match Officials appointments for the forthcoming campaign, which starts on 29 June when reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders face St. Lucia Zouks at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.
  • The CPL are pleased to welcome Johan Cloete and John Ward, from the International Cricket Council (ICC) Panel of Umpires, who will stand in the tournament alongside a host of Match Officials who have also been appointed from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
  • The experienced will supplement a strong group of West Indies umpires and officials who include Zahid Bassarath (Trinidad), Patrick Gustard (Jamaica), Peter Nero (Trinidad) and Leslie Reifer, Jnr. (Barbados).
  • The remainder of the selections are as follows: Jonathan Blades, Shane Crawford, Harry Grewal, Mervin James, Kellman Kowlessar, Jermaine Lindo, Wycliffe Mitcham, Imran Moakan, Danesh Ramdhanie, Verdayne Smith, Carl Tuckett and Christopher Wright.
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