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Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian pacer Mohammed Shami to travel with Test team to Ranchi

  • Mohammed Shami might not have been picked for the last two Test matches against Australia but will stay with the Indian cricket team for the final two Tests.
  • He has been advised to give Bengal’s quarterfinal match against Maharashtra a miss on March 15, keeping in mind his knee injury.
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South Africa in New Zealand 2017

  • Half-centuries from Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis give South Africa a lead of 191 runs at the end of day 4.
  • The skipper du Plessis is unbeaten on 56 with the team having 4 wickets in hand to set up a thrilling last day.
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Pat Cummins replaces injured Mitchell Starc for the remaining two Tests

  • The right-handed fast bowler Pat Cummins has been called in India to fill in for Mitchell Starc for the Tests at Ranchi and Dharamsala.
  • Starc was ruled out of the remainder of the series due to a fractured foot.
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BCCI to award blind Indian cricket team Rs 1 crore

  • Indian cricket board will honour the blind cricket team for winning the T20 World Cup.
  • The Indian blind team had defeated their arch rivals Pakistan in Bengaluru in the final to become the champions two times in a row.
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Virat Kohli won’t have his say on the pitch: JSCA curator

  • The curator at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association stadium, SB Singh, has rubbished reports of Indian captain Virat Kohli having the choice to pick up the surface for the third Test against Australia starting on the 16th of March.
  • Recently, a report in Daily Telegraph quoted that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli would be given an option to make his choice from the three wickets prepared for the 3rd Test at Ranchi.
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MS Dhoni set to miss India v Australia battle in Ranchi

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni would not feature in the stands for the 3rd India vs Australia Test that is scheduled to take place in Ranchi from March 16th.
  • He will be busy in preparing for the knockout match against Vidarbha on 15th for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
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BCCI right over the decision to end DRS controversy: Diana Edulji

  • Diana Edulji, a member of the BCCI appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) completely supports BCCI’s act of ending the DRS controversy as he thinks it would have shifted the spotlight from India’s impressive win in the Bangalore Test.
  • He believes that it would be extremely wrong if someone thinks that BCCI did not back their captain Virat Kohli.
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It is wrong to call Pune pitch ‘poor’: BCCI to ICC

  • BCCI has cleared things out to the ICC in its reply that the board begs to differ from match referee Chris Broad’s report that the pitch in Pune for the first Test between India and Australia was poor.
  • Chris Broad had submitted his match report to the ICC which stated the quality of the pitch to be poor. The ICC forwarded the report to the BCCI giving them two weeks time to answer back.
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PCB awaits ICC’s decision on World XI’s tour to Pakistan

  • PCB is awaiting a decision of touring the World XI side to Pakistan from the ICC. There will be a board meeting in April that will discuss this topic. The meeting is to be held from 23rd April to the 27th of the same month.
  • is hoping for a positive result from the international council as the feedbacks from the security experts have been nothing but positive after the PSL final held in Lahore.
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I respect Indian skipper Virat Kohli says, Matthew Hayden

  • The Australian reckons Kohli always walks the fine line like he used to do himself. He said the only he thing he played for was to earn respect.
  • Hayden’s response came when asked about Ian Healy’s comments of him losing respect for Kohli for his attitude on the field.
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Indian head coach Anil Kumble might get a new role

  • The India head coach Anil Kumble might get a new role of a Team director soon. The former leg-spinner who has done a terrific job with the senior National team so far is expected to get the new contract by April 14.
  • Board of Control for Cricket in India is planning to have a structure like the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). They have given Kumble time to decide on the same as it would require him to devote more time than what he is doing now, with the team.
  • If Kumble takes up the job, one from the committee of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly is likely to be entrusted with the responsibility of handling cricket operations of all BCCI teams.
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Pakistan Interior Minister orders probe into PSL alleged spot-fixing

  • Pakistan Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to conduct an impartial probe into PSL spot-fixing scandal without having influence from any side.
  • Looking into the matter Nisar has ordered the Federal Investigation Agency to complete the investigation as soon as possible.
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Mitchell Starc’s absence a huge setback – Sourav Ganguly

  • The Bengal Tiger thinks that the absence of Mitchell Starc will affect the Aussies more than that of fellow teammate Mitchell Marsh.
  • Starc was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot which will now see him miss the rest of the series. Mitchell Marsh is the other cricketer who has also been sent back home due to injury concerns.
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David Warner plans to play switch hits to tackle Ravichandran Ashwin

  • Warner now is planning to bring his T20 aspects in the longest format of the game. He will be looking to play switch hits against Ashwin by switching his stances to that of a right-hander.
  • Ashwin has literally got Warner’s number as he has got him out 9 times in 23 Test innings which is the most by any bowler against Warner.
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Peter Siddle rubbishes suggestions of Kohli and Smith getting along off the field

  • Cricket Australia and BCCI had asked the two skippers to sit down together and waive off any issues between the two before the third Test at Ranchi.
  • The Aussie fast bowler Peter Siddle reckons the move wasn’t going to be of any help as the two two of them won’t be willing to have a chat on that.
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Alex Hales eyes Test redemption but in middle order

  • Alex Hales paid credits to the England management and selectors after his comeback century in Barbados against the Windies. He was also named as the Man of the Match in the final ODI of the series, which England won 3-0 after being an integral figure at the end of the English season.
  • He is now hopeful of making it to the Test squad and eyes to bat in the middle order.
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Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur is keen to do well in the IPL

  • Shardul Thakur, the fast bowler from Mumbai was recently acquired by the Rising Pune Supergiant ahead of the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League.
  • After being acclaimed in the Test format, he is eager to prove his worth in the shortest format of the game too.
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A special draft will be used to pick England Test players in the proposed T20 competition

  • England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had proposed a new T20 league in the country and latest details about it have been published to the counties through a nine-page document.
  • The contracted Test players of England national side are not expected to play in the league, however, they would still be picked in the teams via a separate draft to be engaged in marketing and commercial activities for the tournament.
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Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2017

  • Sri Lanka won the first Test after dismissing Bangladesh for 197 who were chasing 458 for victory in the final innings on day 5.
  • The left-arm spinner Rangana Herath picked up 6 wickets for 59 runs to enable a victory by 259 runs for his team, Soumya Sarkar was the highest scorer for Bangladesh with 53 runs.