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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

Tom Moody and VVS Laxman
Tom Moody and VVS Laxman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Lahore Camel predicts Pakistan to win in the Champions Trophy game

  • As seen in a Youtube video from the channel named ‘Cricedge’ a camel in Lahore is seen to be brought on to the place where it will choose from the two boxes of grass, which has India’s name and Pakistan’s name affixed to it. The camel picks up and eats the grass in the box where Pakistan’s name is written, which signifies that Pakistan would go on to win the match.
  • It would, however, be interesting to see if the predictions made by the camel from Lahore turns out to be true, or is it all just plucked out from thin air?
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Mohammad Kaif trolls Pakistan after their dismal fielding performance

  • Mohammad Kaif, who himself was responsible for creating a revolution in the fielding regime of the Indians, came out all guns blazing against the Pakistanis for their dismal performance in the field. Kaif expressed his thought by tweeting, “Somethings never change. Pakistan and their fielding woes. ”
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Proxy voting not applicable anymore at DDCA according to Justice Sen after EGM

  • The Proxy Voting system which was applicable earlier will end at Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) as per the state unit’s High-Court appointed administrator Justice (Retd) Vikramajit Sen on Saturday during his introductory remarks at the Extra-Ordinary General Meeting (EGM).
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Pujas and havans go on in India as they take on Pakistan in Birmingham

  • “We are performing this havan because we want India to defeat Pakistan in today’s match,” said the fans. Normally cricket is the No. 1 sport in India but it adds a different dimension when India plays Pakistan. We have seen the intensity reaching a fierce level and emotions get frayed when the matches go on.
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Australia are ‘comfortable’ with security arrangement after London attacks

  • CA said that their security team is working closely with the ICC to ensure utmost security for the players and support staff after the horrific attack in London on Saturday night. At this stage, they are comfortable with the level of security being provided to them but will continue monitoring the situation.
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Brendon McCullum emphasises on picking spin to win

  • Following Imran Tahir’s match-winning spell of 4-27, Brendon McCullum came out to explain why Australia and England might have missed a trick in their selections.
  • “So far we’ve seen two teams leave out wicket-taking spinners. I’d like to see the introduction of those wicket-taking spinners, maybe look to drop a batsman or a fast bowling allrounder and try and bring that wicket-taking option into play,” he added.
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West Indies beat minnows Afghanistan to seal T20 series

  • West Indies sealed the T20 series with a game in hand, brushing aside minnows Afghanistan for the second night in a row. The Caribbean team thus won the 3-match series, kudos to their brutal pace barrage.
  • In the ongoing series, Afghanistan scored 110 in the first match could muster only 93 in a chase of 123 from 15 overs in the second encounter, thereby conceding the three-match series.
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Justice Lodha not happy with the turn of events within the dressing room and Board

  • Justice Lodha has been closely tracking the developments of the ongoing spat between captain and coach which rather fuelled the sacking of Kumble as coach.
  • “Given the kind of work he has done with the team over the past one year, Kumble is a very good coach. His achievements speak for themselves. He was given a one-year contract but deserves an extension. Even if the selection process for the coach would have been initiated, nothing adverse should have been said about the coach,” the former Cheif Justice of India said.
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Anil Kumble reapplies for his current designation

  • Current head coach of Team India, Anil Kumble, has reapplied for the same post since his one-year tenure ends soon. In the past one year, the team has won many laurels under Kumble’s coaching, which is why it becomes imperative for the selectors to give him the first preference.
  • The BCCI’s three-member CAC comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and  VVS Laxman will conduct interviews and seek presentations to select the best possible candidate.
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ICC releases press statement after the London attacks

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed deep grief at the recent London attacks. They released a press release on their official website on Sunday morning.

  • “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by what has happened in London overnight. The ICC and ECB continue to place safety and security at the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup this summer as the highest priority,” the release stated.
  • “The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe,” it added
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VVS Laxman might have to sit out Tom Moody’s interview

  • VVS Laxman who is a part of the committee will also be the part of the interviewing committee but CoA doesn’t want VVS to be there when the CAC interviews Tom Moody. VVS who is also a part of the SRH setup in the IPL mostly likely will have to sit out the Moody interview. This is because the Chairman of CoA Vinod Rai seems to have informed the BCCI officials that VVS Laxman has to stay away from the Moody interview as they do not want a conflict of interest kind of thing to happen.
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Navjot Singh Sidhu compares beating Pakistan to washing off sins in the Ganges

  • Former Indian cricketer and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has recently expressed his excitement for the marquee clash between team India and Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy.
  • “Jahan desh ki saakh ka sawaal hota hai, wahan agar Pakistan se match jeet jaao toh aisa samjho Ganga naha liye,sare paap dhul jate hai (When the question is about nation’s prestige, then beating Pakistan would be like taking a bath in the holy Ganga and washing off your sins),” conceded the former Indian cricketer.
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Sunil Gavaskar furious over the claims of Ramchandra Guha

  • Gavaskar was absolutely furious over the claims made by Guha. He was confused and disappointed by comments of the historian. He said that he has tried to serve the Indian cricket in all the ways possible.
  • “I’m very, very disappointed if anyone is doubting my integrity. I do not have a conflict of interest. It’s baffling to find my integrity has been questioned. Show me one instance where I have tried to influence the selection committee” the 67-year-old said while talking to NDTV.
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CT 2017: Trent Boult believes England are competent enough to replace Woakes

  • Boult believes the English team have enough depth and talent to replace Woakes in the lineup.
  • “Woakes is a massive player for them, he’s played extremely well for them over the past few seasons, but I’m sure they have the depth to replace him.
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Glenn Maxwell believes Australia should dominate against Bangladesh bowling

  • Australian middle order batsman Glenn Maxwell went and ahead and stated that Australians will go all-out against the weak bowling attack of Bangladesh. Australians would look to win their next fixture against Bangladesh handsomely to be in contention for the semi-final spot in the Champions Trophy.
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Shoaib Malik is an asset for Pakistan in the Champions Trophy: Irfan Pathan

  • Indian allrounder Irfan Pathan praised Malik and spoke why a person of his calibre is necessary for the Pakistani team.” The role of someone as important as Shoaib Malik is extremely important in such matches. As a senior he needs to not only perform well but also help youngsters cope with the pressure as well,” he said to The Express Tribune.
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Steven Finn named as replacement for injured Chris Woakes

  • Steven Finn has been drafted into England’s squad for the remainder of their Champions Trophy to replace an injured Chris Woakes. The Middlesex fast bowler is predicted to directly enter the starting lineup ahead of their first match against the Black Caps on Tuesday.
  • Chris Woakes was ruled out owing to a side strain during England’s win over Bangladesh. The pacer bowled only two overs at The Oval before leaving England with an injury scare.
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Mutilated BSF Jawan’s family want India-Pakistan game to be stopped

  • While most Indians await the India-Pakistan clash in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, family members of BSF Head Constable Prem Sagar want to put a stop to it. The BSF Head Constable was killed and his body was mutilated by Pakistani forces.
  • “We appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BCCI to ensure that India does not play Pakistan. We are opposing the cricket match between India and Pakistan in the Champions Trophy. The government must understand the pain of the aggrieved family of the martyr. India should not play the match with Pakistan in the Champions Trophy and should not have any relationship with that country,” Ishwar Chandra, son of the BSF jawan was quoted as saying by PTI.
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MS Dhoni is a master at identifying perfect man for a job says, Virat Kohli

  • Virat said that Dhoni has great observation skill and he picks up small details that affect the game. “It’s priceless to have his thoughts and views on different situations and things that he picks up are really minor. But they make a massive difference in the course of the game or tournament,” Kohli told the reporters.
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BCCI’s Committee of Administrators chalk up a plan on the issue of conflict of interest

  • The BCCI is in the process of clearing up the air regarding the issue of conflict of interest within the squad. This issue emerged right after Historian Ramachandra Guha wrote a long letter with his resignation from the Committee of Administrators (CoA). The dos and don’ts will be issued sooner rather than later for a good governance of the BCCI.
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India’s team hotel in a lock down mode after the London incident

  • Birmingham is about 210 km away from London but that act of terrorism has shocked all of England. The security has been doubled everywhere. It is understood that the hotel where Team India is staying is in a lock down mode.
  • No one can pass in or out of the hotel as of now. The security, in general, has been increased but the security around all the teams is immensely tight.
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India-Pakistan match security tightened post the terror attack

  • BCCI had serious security issues post the attack in Manchester, even suggesting that they were ready to withdraw from the tournament due to the security lapses just before a major International trophy.
  • ICC then issued a statement which stated that the security has been beefed up following the attacks and would ensure none of this would happen during the course of the Champions Trophy and the Women’s World Cup.
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Shahid Afridi’s All-Time XI

  • Shahid Afridi, former Pakistan all-rounder, one of the greatest of all time has been known for his power hitting with the bat and leg-break bowling skills. In his All-time XI, Afridi has picked four Australian players, two Pakistanis, two West Indians and one each from India, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
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Bangladesh players harassed at UK’s Iftar party

  • On Saturday, the Bangladeshi players were seen at an Iftar party. The holy month of Ramadan is underway and following the usual tradition, many Iftar parties are being organised. Bangladeshi players were invited to one such Iftar party in the United Kingdom. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials were also invited alongside the cricketers.
  • Bangladeshi players were reportedly harassed by the authority. The security guards present at the event misbehaved with the cricketers even the officials of higher standings were not spared. reported that BCB’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nizamuddin Chowdhury was disgusted with the proceedings.
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ISI is all set to send its agent for India v Pakistan clash to display banners on Kashmir

  • The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as per an India Today report is planning to send as many as 14 operatives for the match between neighbours with the aim of displaying banners related to Kashmir. If the sources are to be believed, they (agents) have been asked to display A3 placards bearing pro-Kashmir messages during the match.
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A new applicant for the job of Indian team’s Head Coach

  • Two fore-runners in the sprint to become the head coach are the Australian coach of Indian Premier League winning team Sunrisers Hyderabad, Tom Moody and former Indian opener Virender Sehwag. But now, a new name is thrown into the mix. Craig McDermott, the former Australian pacer, has also submitted his application.
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Sri Lankan skipper Upul Tharanga suspended for two ODIs

  • Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Upul Tharanga has been suspended from the next two ICC Champions Trophy 2017 matches after his side was found guilty of a serious over-rate offence in its Group B fixture against South Africa at The Oval on Saturday. David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension after the Sri Lanka side was ruled to be four overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.
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Ahead of India-Pakistan clash, MS Dhoni defeats Kohli

  • Indian team often plays a football match to reduce the stress and get a good exercise. Seeing the sun out here in Birmingham today, they decided to have one such match before the much-awaited mega-match.
  • Lines were drawn, teams were made. One team will play with the blue practice jerseys, while the other will pull over the orange sweatshirt. Former Indian captain MS Dhoni was named as the captain of the ‘Blue’ team. Consequently, the team was named Dhoni’s Blues and won the game 3-0.
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HPCA names pavilion in the new stadium after Sushma Verma

  • The recently unveiled stadium of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) has named a pavilion after India’s wicketkeeper-batswoman Sushma Verma. Shimla-born Sushma is the first female cricketer from the state to represent India in international cricket.
  • Right-handed batswoman and wicket-keeper, Sushma made her debut in the Indian cricket team on the 2014 England tour. The news to name the pavilion after the 25-year-old has brought a new vibe of encouragement on the faces of the state’s women cricketers.
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Lance Klusener excited for the new season of Tamil Nadu Premier League

  • Klusener absolutely enjoyed his time with the Kovai Kings last time around. He coached the likes of Washington Sunder, Vijay Shankar who have already shown how big talents they are. Klusener loved the quality of the cricket and said this year more young talent will get the opportunity on the big stage.
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience last year. I thought the quality of the tournament was top class. If we can build on that in the coming seasons, then we will be giving opportunities to many players to make a mark on the big stage,” Klusener said while talking to TOI on Friday.
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