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Harmanpreet Kaur all set to feature in WBBL

  • Harmanpreet Kaur is the biggest name in Indian women’s cricket after being awarded a contract to play in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). However, the dreams of the 27-year old have stated her dreams of having better Indian coaches in the future. At the moment, Purnima Rau, the former Indian player is occupying the position of the head coach for the Women’s team.
  • “We just have one coach (Purnima Rau) who has to do everything. In the last World T20, she was the only one running around, but she still managed everything efficiently. If we can get more support staff and some men in the setup, we will definitely improve.
  • I hope we get some men’s coaches. I have discussed this with BCCI officials and they have assured as that they will appoint someone very soon. “Personally, I would like to have R Sridhar sir. We worked with him at the National Cricket Academy camp. If we get him as the head coach, it will be great,” Kaur told mid-day on the sidelines of a Nike event in the city yesterday.
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Ravi Shastri is miffed with the rejection: Sanjay Manjrekar

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  • Former Test batsman and well-known TV commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has jumped in into the Ravi Shastri – Sourav Ganguly fracas saying that Anil Kumble “was a better choice” than Ravi Shastri as head coach of Indian cricket team. Manjrekar reacted to Shastri’s disappointment on Twitter saying that the latter is miffed with the rejection.
  • Manjrekar, Shastri’s former teammate and a co-commentator in recent times, has mocked at Shastri’s angst at Ganguly. “More than Ganguly, Ravi is miffed with the rejection. It’s a new experience for him,” Manjrekar tweeted. Manjrekar’s opinion comes just around the same time Ganguly reacted to Shastri’s attack.
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Shastri is living in fool’s world: Sourav Ganguly

  • Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly hit back to the comments made by former Team India director Ravi Shastri, who criticised Ganguly for not being present at the interview to select India’s head coach. Ganguly said that Shastri was living in a “fool’s world” if he thought that he is the reason that he missed out on being appointed as the Indian head coach.
  • “If Ravi thinks because of me that he is not the coach of Team India, then he is living in a fool’s world. Ravi has made a personal attack which was not expected and is very saddening,” he said.
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Yuvraj Singh holidaying in London with Hazel Keech

  • Indian middle-order batsman, Yuvraj Singh shared some fantastic pictures from his holiday on Instagram. Yuvraj along with his with lady love Hazel Keech is enjoying a vacation in London. The love birds have grabbed millions of eyeballs from the time they got engaged. The couple got engaged in 2015. The engagement was kept secret till the rituals were done.
  • And here, once again through Instagram, the 34-year old dashing middle-order batsman has given his fans a glimpse of his holiday with his fiancée Hazel. Yuvi shared a click of standing at one of the largest parks in London – Hyde Park.
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The IPL was a great experience: Parvez Rasool

  • Parvez Rasool has been the man who has been turning heads for quite some time. The all-rounder from Kashmir has made it past the difficult times in Kashmir to finally feature in the IPL with his current team, the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
  • However, it hasn’t been all that easy for Rasool, especially following his tough road to success. Speaking in an exclusive interview to Sportskeeda, Rasool stated that Daniel Vettori is one of the friendliest coaches that he had ever come across.
  • “It was a great experience, especially because we reached the finals. We had a great team, this time, consisting of lots of star players. I got to learn a lot under Daniel Vettori. Although I didn’t get to play much, the training sessions used to very nice and helpful.”
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Harbhajan Singh comes forward to sponsor clothing for disabled team

  • Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has come forward to sponsor clothing of the Indian disabled cricket team, who will tour Afghanistan next month for a tri-series. Apart from India and Afghanistan, Pakistan is the 3rd team to take part in the series. The tournament will start from 20th of July and will end on July 30.
  • Ravi Chauhan, secretary of the Physically Challenged Cricket Association of India (PCCAI) approached Harbhajan, after getting an invitation to participate in the tournament by the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
  • “We regularly update Harbhajan about the matches our boys play. I asked him if he could sponsor kits and he immediately agreed. Everyone will get a pair each of the practice kit, travelling clothes and match colours. We are grateful to Harbhajan for his help. It would have cost us around Rs. 3 lakh had we made kits for the tour,” Chauhan was quoted by mid-day saying.
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My seniors told me to choose Sydney Thunder: Harmanpreet Kaur

  • Harmanpreet Kaur, the vice-captain of India women’s cricket team, who became the first Indian to sign up for Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) said the Australia counterparts discussed the prospects of the glamorous league with her during the limited-overs series Down Under earlier this year. Kaur will represent defending champions Sydney Thunder in the upcoming season.
  • “I have been waiting for this kind of a league from a long time. I am glad BCCI president Anurag Thakur is making such changes. Earlier, we didn’t have permission,” added Kaur, who has 992 runs in 61 T20I appearances, which includes two half-centuries and 13 wickets.
  • “My seniors told me to choose Sydney Thunder because if I play with a winning team, my morale will be high. There will be areas where I will be blank as it will be my first season, a champion team can help me overcome that. I am primarily working on my fitness with Harshal Pathak in Pune.”
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IND v NZ series fixtures tweeted by India players

  • In what is perceived to be a first, the India players have tweeted the venues for the IND v NZ series scheduled to take place in October. Apart from the fact that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also went on to tweet the same for press purposes, the players, joined by their new coach Anil Kumble tweeted the venues the Indians would be playing in.
  • New Zealand will tour India in the end of September and all through October to play a full-fledged three-match Test series followed by a five-match ODI series. The tour will kick off with the opening Test in Indore, which will be the first for the venue in Kanpur, Madhya Pradesh. The tour is set to begin on the 22nd of September.
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It’s not about Ravi or Anil, it’s about the team doing well: Anil Kumble

  • Newly appointed Indian coach, Anil Kumble said that it doesn’t matter whether he is the coach or Ravi Shastri. What matters is how the team performs. He also said that it is a “special feeling” to be back in the dressing room.
  • “I was the first to call Ravi when I was appointed as the head coach. He did a fantastic job as team director. It’s not about Ravi or Anil, whoever may be the coach, it’s about the team doing well, performing to its best,” said Kumble.
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ICC plans to make the World T20 a 12-team event

  • The annual meet of the International Cricket Council (ICC) passed over an agenda stating that the subsequent edition of the World T20 would be expanded to 12 teams as opposed to the 10 team tournament that took part in the recently concluded World T20 2016 in India.
  • Dave Richardson, the CEO of the ICC stated that there was a sense of ‘optimism’ over whether the major change would be ratified at the conference and kick-start a more inclusive and equitable era in international cricket.
  • According to reports on ESPNCricinfo, two teams are likely to be added to the main draw of the reinstated World Twenty20 in 2018 which would create a Super 12 style tournament. This also comes as a move to satisfy the associate nations who took part in the recently concluded World T20.
  • Moreover, with the likes of the Netherlands and Scotland complaining about the lack of international cricket, this will certainly be a move that will be welcomed.
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BCCI plans to build its own cricket stadiums

  • Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) plans to buy land and build their own cricket stadium, which will be owned and administrated by the board. This initiative is mainly because of the bitter experiences the board has faced in the recent past, with the crunch matches being shifted to other venues. The cricket board hopes to their crucial games like the finals of IPL and World Cups at their own venues.
  • The idea was proposed by BCCI president Anurag Thakur, during the working committee meeting held in Dharamshala and the committee also agreed with that saying it is time for them to look beyond the states for a stadium.
  • “Yes, we discussed this in the working committee with the members. Members agreed that time has come when BCCI should have its own state-of-the- art stadium where some of the marquee matches could be played, be it IPL finals or World Cup finals,” Thakur stated.
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Warner Park in St. Kitts & Nevis to host CPL 2016 Finals

  • The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) are delighted to announce that the staging of this year’s finals have been awarded to Warner Park in St. Kitts & Nevis. All four games of the knock-out stages of the biggest party in sport will be played at Warner Park, starting on Wednesday, 3 August and culminating in the 34th and final game on Sunday, 7 August. There will be a reserve day on Monday, 8 August.
  • Commenting on the announcement, CPL CEO Damien O’Donohoe said: “After a lengthy process over the last number of months, we are delighted to announce that the finals will be held once more in St. Kitts & Nevis. Warner Park is an iconic and intimate venue and will be a fitting arena for the staging of the Play offs and Final, in what is shaping up to be a hugely exciting tournament.
  • Having hosted the 2014 finals, we know that there will be a strong appetite across St. Kitts & Nevis who will no doubt welcome thousands of supporters from across the Caribbean and beyond during finals week.
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David Willey includes a plethora of modern-day greats in best XI

  • England’s newly found left-arm pacer David Willey has become the latest player to name his best XI. The youngster is currently featuring as the leader of the England pace attack against Sri Lanka in the ongoing ENG v SL ODI series.
  • With the fourth ODI set to commence on the 29th of June at the iconic Oval cricket ground, Willey took some time off to name his set of best players who he felt would comprise of the best XI possible.
  • David Willey all-time best XI: Chris Gayle, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Kumar Sangakkara, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist (WK), Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Muttiah Muralitharan.
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Indian team will miss Ravi Shastri: Rohit Sharma

  • Rohit Sharma has stated that the impact of Ravi Shastri was something the Indian team will certainly miss. Shastri was roped in as the Team Director of the Indian team following India’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of England in 2014. Since then, Shastri worked wonders as the Indian team began to raise its game with strong performances.
  • Sharma added that the 53-year old made a decent transformation of a team that was in a shambolic state. He also added that Shastri was a big influence on the team.
  • “He (Shastri) took up the responsibility when we were in (a) shambles,” Sharma said. Kumble’s “thinking about the game is so different from the rest… It just amazes you… the kind of stuff he talks about and what he brings to the table is absolutely brilliant”, Sharma added.
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No day-night Test matches in New Zealand tour of India

  • New Zealand will be touring India in September – October this year, but the BCCI president Anurag Thakur said that India won’t be playing a day/night Test match in the series. It comprises of 3 Test matches, and 5 One Day Internationals. As per the BCCI itinerary, all three Tests – in Kanpur, Kolkata, and Indore – will start at 9:30am.
  • BCCI president Anurag Thakur had said in April that India would play one against New Zealand. “We have decided that we will play one day/night Test match with the pink ball against New Zealand later this year.” He, however, said last week that the BCCI is in “no hurry” to go ahead with the day-night Test. Duleep Trophy will be played under lights this term as a “dress rehearsal” for a day/night Test in the near future.
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India holding back progress on bilateral series: Shahryar Khan

  • Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan has blamed the Indian government for not doing enough to resume the cricketing ties between the arch-rivals.
  • In an interview to PakPassion.net, the PCB chief said that they had signed the agreement in which the board had agreed to the idea of the Big Three’s influence on world cricket in 2014 with the clear understanding that India would play six series with them over a period of eight years.
  • “The BCCI told us that they needed permission from the Indian government for these series and we agreed to wait for that but that permission never came through.
  • As a result, this series went down the drain with huge financial implications for us. It also showed that India had not met our conditions for accepting the Big Three formula. The current situation is as I just described, as in we are awaiting permission from the Indian government to play this series,” he added.
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I’ve learned from the lows: James Muirhead

  • James Muirhead made it into the Australia T20 side after having played only two first-class matches and four T20 games. And, by the end of 2013/14 season, he had sort of become Australia’s first choice leg spinner. James Muirhead, Australia’s young leg-spinner, has had a roller-coaster ride so far. The 22-year-old, who is hopeful of making a comeback to the national side, insists that he is “not in a rush” to press his case.
  • “I’ve had a taste of the highest level, I know what it feels like now. Right now I’m playing club cricket in England but slowly I’m working my way back. I’m not in a rush – it might take me another three or four years, maybe even longer,” Muirhead told cricket.com.au on Tuesday (June 28).
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Anil Kumble to begin coaching stint at NCA with Indian team

  • The much-anticipated stint of Anil Kumble will begin with the Indian preparatory camp at the NCA in Bangalore. On the 29th of June, Kumble will return to the familiar surroundings of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore where he is expected to familiarise himself with the Indian cricketers.
  • Nearly eight years after calling time on his international career, the legendary spinner hits the road again, kicking off his stint with a week-long camp for the West Indies-bound team at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
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Upul Tharanga keen on making an impact

  • 31-year old Upul Tharanga hasn’t really seen much of international cricket in the last few years. A successful opener in his early days as an international cricketer, Tharanga has been an important addition to the squad for most of the current setup. He is currently playing in a new role for Sri Lanka, especially in the absence of players such as Thisara Perera.
  • “I have played 14 matches against England and I are lucky against them. I’ve done well here, and in Sri Lanka,” Tharanga said on the eve of the match. “Playing at number seven is not new to me. Yes, most of the time I have played as a top-order batsman, but I am enjoying it (the new role).”
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Pat Cummins ruled out of quadrangular series

  • 23-year old Australian pacer Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the upcoming Quadrangular series featuring Australia ‘A’ later this year. The Australia ‘A’ assignment sees the Australians play host to the touring India ‘A’ team as well as the South Africa ‘A’ side.
  • The 23-year old was ruled out of action after sustaining an injury against England in the fall of 2015 in an ODI. Although having impressed the medical staff with his rehabilitation and recovery, Cummins has been ‘cautiously’ ruled out.
  • It is said that the selectors and the Cricket Australia management are adopting a cautious approach with Cummins’ return to cricket. Courtesy of this, Cricket Australia has pushed the recovery by a few months, prolonging his international cricketing action.
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South Africa players involved in match-fixing scandal might face lengthy bans

  • The latest reports from the ongoing investigation into the match-fixing scandal. According to this weekend’s Sunday Times, at least one former Proteas player faces a lifetime ban.
  • The reports have not included the names yet but it does mention that those involved will be facing a lengthy ban of 20 years. At least one former Proteas player faces a lifetime ban.
  • In January this year, the news broke out on South Africa cricketers being involved in match-fixing during the Ram Slam T20. There were huge names involved including former Lions, Titans, Dolphins batsman Gulam Bodi who confessed his involvement in match-fixing and was slapped with a 20-year ban, five of which were suspended. CSA had stated that Bodi was caught “at a planning phase” and that no fixes took place.
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