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Kane Williamson & MS Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni and Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

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Reports: IPL 2020 final likely to be played on November 10

  • The Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this year due to the worsening condition of the pandemic in India.
  • The IPL chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed last week the same while stating that the tournament will commence from September 19.
  • A full 51-day window is available for the T20 extravaganza to take place thanks to the T20 World Cup getting cancelled.
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Social media accounts must mandatorily have names and faces: Moeen Ali on tackling racism

  • Moeen Ali, England’s newly appointed ODI vice-captain mentioned that he feels terrible about his teammate and good friend Jofra Archer for the racism he has faced in recent times.
  • The fast bowler recently breached the bio-secure regulations after the first Test against the West Indies.
  • This led to major criticism by fans and media. Moeen also mentioned the messages the pacer received were distasteful and no one should tolerate such racism.
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‘I was a better athlete than all three put together’ – Kapil Dev on comparison with Hadlee, Imran Khan and Ian Botham

  • India was fortunate to have Kapil Dev in the side in the 20th century.
  • He was one of the best all-rounders during his time, and the country is yet to find a player like him in the Indian team. India also won the 1983 World Cup under his inspired leadership, beating the defending champions West Indies in the final.
  • There is no doubt that he is one of the greatest all-rounders the sport has ever witnessed.
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Indian bowlers can’t be as effective as Neil Wagner: Matthew Wade

  • Matthew Wade, the Australian wicketkeeper, reckons that the Indian fast bowlers would be peppering them with short-pitched deliveries in the upcoming tour.
  • However, the southpaw believes that they won’t be as effective as New Zealand’s Neil Wagner.
  • Back in December-January, Australia hammered the Black Caps by 3-0 in the three-match Test series, but facing Wagner was tough for them.
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Pakistan could shock England in the Test series: Michael Vaughan

  • Michael Vaughan, the former England skipper, reckons that Pakistan have all the ingredients to shock the Three Lions in their upcoming bilateral series.
  • The tour is scheduled to get underway on Wednesday, August 5 with the opening Test at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
  • The 45-year-old Vaughan didn’t mince any words in saying that Pakistan are a better side than the West Indies, who lost the three-match series against the Brits after going 1-0 up.
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‘Kabhi Mahi bhai se puchiyo’ – Virat Kohli reveals why he took up keeping duties in an ODI against Bangladesh

  • Virat Kohli has been one of the finest cricketers Indian cricket has witnessed till date. He has been top-notch in any responsibility that has been trusted upon him.
  • Kohli has proven to be an able successor to MS Dhoni. Kohli, who took charge of the Indian cricket team a few years ago has enjoyed a great rapport with Dhoni.
  • The mutual trust between the two greats has always benefitted in the team’s winning cause.
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Mohammad Amir clears COVID-19 tests, joins Pakistan squad in England

  • Left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir has joined the Pakistan squad in England after getting negative results in two successive COVID-19 tests following his arrival in the United Kingdom.
  • Pakistan’s tour of England commences with three Test matches starting August 5 at Manchester followed by a short T20I series.
  • The England Cricket Board (ECB) has laid out specific protocols for the safety of the cricketers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow on verge of entering Top 10 in ICC ODI rankings

  • As the reigning World Cup champions kick off the Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League with their three-match series against Ireland, England’s Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow will be looking to enter the Top 10 in the ICC ODI rankings.
  • All three matches will grab absolute attention as these will count towards the entry in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 to be held in India.
  • Opener Roy and wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow are currently ranked 11th and 14th respectively.
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‘I was struggling badly for form’ – Mohammad Azharuddin reveals how Zaheer Abbas helped him gain rhythm

  • Mohammad Azharuddin, the former Indian captain, has revealed how the legendary Zaheer Abbas once helped him when he was going though a rough patch in his career.
  • The now 57-year-old Azharuddin, who ended up playing 99 Tests, was battling for form a wee bit in the early part of 1989.
  • Azharuddin was still new to international cricket since he had only five years of experience up his sleeves.
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