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

All the latest news from the fraternity that hogged the limelight.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Babar Azam reaches the top of T20I batsman ranking, Shadab No.2 bowler

  • Babar, who captained Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012, was in stellar form when he scored 17, 97 not out and 51 as Pakistan consolidated their position at the top of the team rankings following a 3-0 series win.
  • For this consistency, Babar was adjudged player of the series and was also rewarded with a jump of two places, which has made him the highest-ranked batsman in the shortest format of the game for the second time in less than 10 weeks.
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Restaurants plan to bind food items with cricket

  •  As the tournament comes closer, teams are intensifying their preparations in order to get their combinations right.
  • Moreover, the event is also a massive platform for private companies, restaurants and several other businesses to garner a significant amount of money.
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IPL 2018: Jofra Archer braces for stint with the Rajasthan Royals

  • Jofra Archer has had an eventful career thus far in the domestic circuit. He plays for Sussex in the English county where he emerged as the leading wicket-taker in Division two of the 2017 Specsavers County Championship.
  • Thereafter, he was bagged by the Hobart Hurricanes in the 2017/18 Big Bash League in Australia where he nipped out 16 wickets in 12 matches.
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Kapil Dev comes up with a bold response on Shahid Afridi’s comment on Indian Kashmir

  • When it comes to political tension between the two countries, there have been instances when cricketers have shared divided opinions on social media, which caused controversies.
  • One such instance is Shahid Afridi’s latest tweet on Indian Occupied Kashmir, in which shows sympathy to the sufferers of bloodshed in the valley.
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Rajiv Shukla criticizes Shahid Afridi for Kashmir tweet

  • Shahid Afridi has been at the receiving end of severe criticism ever since he shared a message on Twitter pertaining to the tense scenario in Kashmir over the past few days.
  • The former Pakistani cricketer blamed the United Nations (UN) and the other concerned authorities for not taking any actions to stop the ‘bloodshed’ in the Indian occupied part of Kashmir.
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IPL 2018: Prithvi Shaw not concerned about featuring in playing XI

  • Prithvi Shaw has taken giant strides ever since he forayed into the game of cricket. He was outstanding during his maiden stint for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy.
  • Thereafter, he was appointed the skipper of the Indian Under-19 team during the World Cup in New Zealand. There he churned out some superlative performances with the willow and captained the side to glory under the tutelage of Rahul Dravid.
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IPL 2018: Here is the complete list of broadcasters for the season

  • The 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to get underway. The season is tipped to be a bigger and a better affair than all the previous editions.
  • Needless to concede why the media rights have come at a whopping deals this summer. The IPL is the largest television event in India
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Lack of sympathy for David Warner signifies the lack of friends in the game: Michael Vaughan

  • His low-standing in world cricket should be of no surprise to anyone because of his on-field behaviour, claims Vaughan. Warner has had little sympathy for his one-year ban from cricket.
  • The former English skipper also believes on-field behaviour has left Warner with few friends in the game.
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IPL 2018: BCCI gets legal notice from Madras High Court over betting issues

  • The 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League is all set to get underway. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is leaving no stone unturned in their attempt to make this tournament a big hit.
  • However, prior to the commencement of the series, the board has received a legal notice about the tournament. The Madras High Court has issued the notice to the board.
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West Indies head coach Stuart Law impressed with the security in Pakistan

  • the Sri Lankan team also toured the country for the last match of their T20I series. Furthermore, the last three games of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was also hosted in Karachi this year.
  • The board is aiming to conduct half of the league in the country next year. Given the targets that they have, it would have been very heartening to host the West Indies.
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Virat Kohli weighs his opinion on Shahid Afridi’s comment on Kashmir violence

  • India and Pakistan have been fighting for Kashmir for a long time now and they are yet to find a solution for the same resulting in frequent war-like situations between the army of both the countries.
  • While the current situation is not so good in the State, the former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi urged United Nations to intervene only to spark a huge debate among the cricketers.
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IPL 2018: Workload concerns for Kagiso Rabada

  • Rabada’s international season only finished on Tuesday morning. He bowled just three overs on the final day of the fourth Test against Australia because of fatigue and a stiff lower back.
  • Afterwards, he admitted to feeling relieved that Vernon Philander ran through the Australian line-up so that he did not have to bowl.
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IPL 2018: Mohammed Shami gets a major boost from one Indian player

  • Shami was involved in many controversies right after the South Africa tour. However, things seem to be getting back to normal.
  • The Delhi Daredevils confirmed that he was cleared to play. He also joined their training camp a few days back. To the fan’s delight, Shami was also bowling well according to sources.
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Hrithik Roshan’s schedule in the opening ceremony

  • The Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to begin in a couple of day’s time and the buzz surrounding the mega event is already into its peak.
  • The opening ceremony will take place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai after which the opening game between the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings will be played at the same venue.
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Mitchell Marsh set to miss county stint with Surrey

  • Mitchell Marsh hasn’t been going through an impressive run of form in international cricket. The Australian all-rounder recently played in the recently concluded Test series against South Africa.
  • He could neither create an impact with the willow, nor could he shine with the cherry in hand. He scored 176 runs at a mediocre average of 22 while he could only pick four wickets in as many games.
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Michael Vaughan calls Cricket Australia ‘self-righteous’ and ‘abusive’

  • The Australian cricket team plays the game with a lot of pride. They play hard and are known to go beyond the line to win.
  • While that is acceptable to an extent as far as sledging and player banters are considered what unfolded in the South Africa vs Australia 3rd Test has shaken up their cricket.
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Cameron Bancroft accepts the sanctions imposed by Cricket Australia

  • The storm hit the Australian cricket when Bancroft was caught on cameras rubbing the ball with a sandpaper during the third day’s play of the third Test in Cape Town.
  • Soon after it was shown on the big screen, the youngster panicked and tried to hide it in his pants which was again caught in the cameras which led to widespread speculations.
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Irfan Pathan confirms his new association with Jammu and Kashmir state team

  • Irfan will be working with a new team this year as he decided to part ways with Baroda Cricket Association after 17 long years.
  • After being constantly ignored by the selectors and other things that went along, he also sought a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play for another team.
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Australia surely needs some new people who are passionate about the game: Shane Warne

  • Australian cricket will be facing one of its most challenging and confronting phases in the next few months.
  • Two of their most important players, former skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner have been stricken away from international cricket for a 12-month period due to their involvement in the recent ball-tampering scandal.
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Mohammad Kaif announced the launch of Gujarat Premier League 2018

  • The inaugural edition of an unprecedented state and franchise-based T20 tournament, Gujarat Premier League (GPL) 2018 was announced today by the cricket legend of world cricket- Mohammad Kaif.
  • The ex-cricketer shared that he will be featuring in the inaugural edition, which will be played in Surat, Ahmadabad & Rajkot from 28th May to 10th June 2018.
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