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

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

Mohammad Amir news
Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir.
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I don’t have a magic wand: Mohammad Amir

  • Pakistan Mohammad Amir has justified his under-par performance saying that he has no magic wand to perform up to the expectations every time and it will take time for him to return to his best in the Test format.
  • “Whenever I play, there are a lot of expectations. But the thing is I don’t have a magic wand. This is international cricket and you cannot deliver in a day,” Amir told ‘The News‘ newspaper in an interview in England.
  • “I have come back to this level of cricket after six years. I know I have to work hard. It will take time. Even when I first started playing international cricket it took me a year before everyone started noticing me,” he added.
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Mickey Arthur cracks the whip on unfit players

  • In spite of being the coach of the Pakistan team for slightly over a couple of months, Mickey Arthur has already begun to crack the whip.
  • These camps have also seen many a player dropped from the side with either strain, injuries, or perhaps even fitness related issues. Umar Akmal, Mohammad Sami, and Yasir Arafat are among those who have been ruled out due to the same. A source close to the Pakistan team has shed some light on the Mohammad Irfan’s situation.
  •  PTI quoted a source saying that Irfan and Arthur were both frustrated by the ordeal. “Irfan is not happy at all with the way the head coach insisted that he return to Pakistan after he limped off the field during the fourth ODI in England with a hamstring strain.”
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From the skill point of view, Virat is in the bracket with Sachin, Lara and Ponting: Stephen Fleming

  • Fleming went on to place the current Indian batting mainstay in the league of Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting as far as cricketing skills are concerned.
  • “He is getting there. He hasn’t yet reached the level of Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara, but that is only because they had such long careers. From a skill point of view, yes, Kohli is in that bracket. There are also batsmen like Williamson, Steve Smith, Joe Root and A.B. de Villiers who play a great brand of exciting cricket,” Fleming said.
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Two-tier Test proposal, not the way to develop cricket: Vivian Richards

  • West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards feels that experimentation with the Pink ball will bring positive outcomes and help the Test format attract more spectators. However, at the same time,  he states that certain factors like weather conditions and venues may become a problem and a solution to it must be found.
  • When asked about the prospect of the Pink ball and day-night format, Richards says “I think weather conditions are an important factor with the pink ball. In England, for example, you can get four seasons in one day. So it will be interesting to see how they will counter it.”
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Sushant Singh Rajput compares MS Dhoni with popular animated characters ‘Motu Patlu’

  • Actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who will be seen portraying MS Dhoni in the upcoming biopic MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, recently compared Dhoni with cartoon characters Motu Patlu during the trailer launch of their animated movie.
  • Talking about the similarity between MS Dhoni- The Untold Story and the animated film, Sushant Singh Rajput said, “The enigmatic MS Dhoni is an icon for the youth and has a huge fan following and I hear the awesome twosome Motu Patlu have an equally large fan following among the kids of the country.
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Ricky Ponting yet to watch Brett Lee’s film

  • Ricky Ponting has finally admitted that he has not yet watched Brett Lee’s film UnIndian. The former Australian was the skipper for most of Lee’s career and seems to be one of the few who has missed the premier to the event. Brett Lee has captured many hearts, especially those of many Indians following a good performance on the silver screen in the movie.
  • “I haven’t seen his movie, but my friend Adam Gilchrist and a few others had seen it during the premiere in Australia and they told me it’s an interesting film,” he said.
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Virat Kohli looks inspirational as a leader: Gary Kirsten

  • Former India coach and South African batsman Gary Kirsten recently quoted Virat Kohli as an inspirational captain during a press meet. In a conversation with the PTI, Kirsten spoke on various issues ranging from Kohli’s captaincy to the newly incorporated racial quota in the South African national team.
  • “It is wonderful to work with the Rajasthan Cricket Academy. I am here on a business venture. My high-performance academy will be helping the talented Gen-Next cricketers of Rajasthan get a taste of quality modern day coaching which looks at the technical as well as the mental aspect of their game. They will learn qualities of strategic planning, reacting to match situations,” Kirsten quoted.
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AB de Villiers humbled by love from Indian spectators

  • In a chapter in his book, de Villiers writes about the love and the humbleness he felt when the fans around the stadiums in India were chanting his name. “Above all, the chanting makes me feel humble and privileged and, of course, obliged to score some runs,”
  • “It is difficult for me to understand how someone from a relatively small town in rural South Africa can be so fortunate and so favoured that when he walks out to bat, or simply takes guard, in almost any cricket ground in India, he can be greeted by tens of thousands of happy people chanting his initials.
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Rory Burns picks his all time XI without any Indian

  • County cricketer Rory Burns recently picked up his eleven players which he deems perfect to fit into the list of all-time XI. Surprisingly, though, no Indian players feature in the list of the left-handed batsman – not even Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli.
  • Burns is a regular face in the England domestic county series and has a decent record with the bat and has been an influential wicketkeeper too. Needless to say, he is in the reckoning for the national side call up as well. Burns picked up his all time XI and his selection was made public in a video posted by the official YouTube handle of the Lord’s Ground.
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Eoin Morgan shares worries ahead of Bangladesh tour

  • With most of the England team ready to make the trip to Bangladesh for the upcoming tour, limited-overs’ skipper Eoin Morgan remains to have some reservations about touring the country at a time such as this. Morgan, who is a supremely important member of the ODI and the T20I outfit implied that he would not tour if his life was in any sort of danger.
  • “In 2010 we played an IPL game in Bangalore and a bomb went off in the ground. We immediately left for the airport. So that was an instance. Another one was (in) Bangladesh playing domestic cricket during political elections when things were incredibly violent.”
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I couldn’t sleep for four to five days: Wahab Riaz

  • The 3rd ODI between Pakistan and England saw the hosts slam a world record 444 runs. Among all the Pakistani bowlers, Wahab Riaz was one who had borne the harshest treatment from the Englishmen, giving away a whopping 110 runs during his ten overs spell. Such games where you get treated like an amateur has a rippling effect on your self-confidence.
  • According to Tribune Express, “I couldn’t sleep for four to five days and kept reflecting on the reasons for my disastrous performance. I am never afraid of conceding runs, but that game was perhaps a turning point and made me reflect on things.”
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Pakistan announces squad for the T20Is against West Indies

  • Scintillating performance in the National T20 Cup has earned Umar Akmal his international comeback after he was named in the 15 man squad for the upcoming series against West Indies in the UAE. The rest of the team is the same unit which played against England in the T20Is at Cardiff a few days ago.
  • Sarfraz Ahmed will be leading the team. The attacking duo of Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, who smothered the Englishmen in the only T20I at Cardiff, also retain their place. Babar Azam, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan and veteran Shoaib Malik are the all-rounders in the team. The fast bowling attack also remains the same.
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Misbah-ul-Haq to be presented with ICC Test mace in Lahore

  • The Gaddafi Stadium will witness perhaps one of the greatest feats in Pakistan cricket in modern-day history. Misbah-ul-Haq, the evergreen captain of the Pakistan cricket team will be presented with the coveted ICC Test mace after claiming the world number one ranking in Test matches.
  • The CEO of the ICC Dave Richardson will be present to make the presentation.
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Michael Clarke reveals the cover for his Autobiography

  • Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke has become the latest cricketer to unveil his autobiography. The book, titled ‘My Story’ takes a fan reading the book through the good and bad times in the illustrious and fantastic career of Michael Clarke.
  • Earlier this month, South African skipper AB de Villiers also released his autobiography.
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ICC turn to Test Championship with Two-Tier Test proposal dropped

  • With the Two-tier Test match proposal firmly out of the window at the moment, it is clear that the International Cricket Council (ICC) will have to do something to salvage Test cricket as far as the associate nations are concerned. However, now, the council is attempting to salvage the same by organizing an ODI league and a Test championship.
  • Haroon Logart, the CEO of the South African Cricket Board and a former CEO of the ICC went on to state  “That was the belief of many bearing in mind that everyone supports the primacy of international cricket,” Lorgat told ESPNcricinfo.
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Chris Gayle hails MS Dhoni as the ‘King’ of India

  • Swashbuckling West Indies opener Chris Gayle heaped praise on Indian limited overs captain MS Dhoni. The big Jamaican was in Chennai for a promotional event of the ongoing inaugural edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League.
  • “MS (Dhoni) is king in both Chennai as well as India! It won’t be long before he comes back to action (with the Chennai Superkings in the IPL). We have been missing him since the last two years,” quoted Gayle.
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Mohammad Amir to tie the knot in Lahore

  • Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has become the latest cricket to get hitched as his wedding ceremony is expected to take place later this month in Lahore. The ceremony will be on the 20th of September.
  • I felt it was the right time for me to get into a relationship. One has to get a life partner at some stage of life, so I decided to do it now. I didn’t feel the need to wait any longer.”
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I’m there to protect the ICC’s interests, and not the BCCI’s: Shashank Manohar

  • Shashank Manohar popularity among BCCI office-holders has gone down drastically ever since he became the ICC president. The reason it is said that under his charge, the ICC has been working against the interests of the BCCI. The BCCI’s relationship with the world cricket body has deteriorated in the past one year.
  • Speaking exclusively from Nagpur, the 58-year-old clarified his stance saying that his responsibility is that of an ICC president at the moment and he is there to look after ICC’s interests.
  • “I don’t know about what anyone in the BCCI is saying. As an independent chairman of the world body, I’m there to protect the ICC’s interests, and not the BCCI’s. I have been elected by all the directors of various countries.”
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India can form a line-up which would be similar to the Fab-four: Sanjay Bangar

  • India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar feels that he emergence of the KL Rahul has spiced up the competition for places in the India Test team.
  • “He (Rahul) has created a lot of competition among the boys. Rahul has made it count each time he has gone in to bat. Be it the Test centuries he scored in Sydney, Colombo, Jamaica or the hundreds in ODIs and T20s – Rahul has been fantastic,” Bangar told TOI.
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