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

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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. (Photo by RANDY BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images)

After sustaining hamstring injury, AB de Villiers declared fit for match with India

  • In the latest development of the Champions Trophy 2017, South African batting legend and captain AB de Villiers has been confirmed fit by Cricket South Africa officials for the virtual qualifier against India tomorrow at The Oval.
  • De Villiers had sustained a hamstring injury against Pakistan at the Edgbaston during the fielding before the sky opened up to erase hopes South Africa’s in their second game.
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Virat Kohli discloses team’s plans against the Proteans tomorrow

  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli, after facing defeat against the Sri Lankans, came up with his strategies against the South African side for their fixture tomorrow at Kennington Oval, London.
  • Both sides face a virtual semi-finals scenario as both the sides have won one and lost one. India and South Africa currently have two points in the bank. India holds the top position in the group by the virtue of their good run-rate.
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“Lakshmana Rekha” between India and Pakistan could prevent the bilateral series

  • Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel has reaffirmed that the bilateral series between the two nations would not happen in the near future.
  • The minister compared the distance between the two nations as “Lakshmana Rekha” and Pakistan has crossed the line by sponsoring terrorism in India. “For everything, there is a Lakshmana Rekha. But when the line is crossed then a message has to be given. This (boycott) is a message. We have clearly stated terrorism and sports cannot go side-by-side. As long as Pakistan doesn’t stop cross-border terror and (instigating) trouble in Kashmir..then there is no chance for bilateral series and also the national mood doesn’t support it,” Goel said while addressing media at the sidelines of a youth delegation meet in China.
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Dhananjaya de Silva returns after Kusal Perera ruled out of Champions Trophy

  • Sri Lankan middle order batsman, Kusal Perera, has been ruled out of the ongoing Champions Trophy at England and Wales due to the injury he sustained during his knock against India at Kennington Oval, London on 8th June. Dhananjaya de Silva has been recalled in the Sri Lankan squad to replace the explosive southpaw.
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Afghanistan and West Indies forced to play without bails due to strong wind force

Ravichandran Ashwin may play against South Africa

  • India’s ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was seen practicing with the rest of the team in the nets, which means he may feature in the playing XI for the virtual quarter-final against South Africa to be played tomorrow.
  • India’s poor bowling performance against Sri Lanka have raised the demand for Ashwin’s inclusion in the side.
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Virat Kohli trains with red ball to counter swing challenge

  • In an attempt to counter swing challenge, Kohli was seen practicing with a red ball instead of a white Kookaburra ahead of their must-win clash against South Africa.
  • In an out of the box training session for Kohli, who walked first into the nets, he opted for throwdowns against red Duke ball, an effort to counter swing.
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After Guha’s ouster from CoA, Vikram Limaye to quit from committee

  • After the resignation of famous cricket historian and the member of CoA, Ramachandra Guha, it is now the turn of Vikram Limaye to resign from his position. The Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has appointed Limaye as the CEO and MD of the National Stock Exchange (NSE).
  • Limaye has to give away his post in the Supreme Court appointed Committee for the proper functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
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The guest that wasn’t with Vijay Mallya

  • TOI was let known of the fact that the task of organizing Virat Kohli’s charity ball was let out to a London-based firm and they did not go through the guest list thereafter to verify it. The guest list which was procured by TOI shows that Mallya’s company Kingfisher Beer Europe had indeed bought two tables(No. 6 and No. 33). It was found that the No. 6 table was right next to the Indian team who had No. 2 and No. 3 while Kohli had No. 4. The event was wholly organized by the Essentially Group in London.
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Priyanka Chopra would love to go on a date with this legendary cricketer

  •  Bollywood diva Priyanka Chopra chose the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar over Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh.
  • She chose Sachin Tendulkar over Virat Kohli as she wishes to know how he (Sachin) managed to stay at the top of the game for so long.
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Four bookies arrested for gambling in India vs Sri Lanka match

  •  Delhi police arrested four bookies after India and Sri Lanka’s encounter. The police claimed that it shattered a racket of digital gambling and recovered a total of 39 mobile phones, 40,000 rupees cash, 4 laptops, and 10 registers with details of the stake money yesterday.
  • Police said that the racket was operated from a rented accommodation in Keshav Puram area of northwest Delhi. As gambling isn’t legal in India, an FIR has been lodged against four bookies involved in it under Gambling Act. All four bookies are supposed to be the resident of Delhi and were identified as Kumar Gupta (39), Vijay Kumar (47), Durga Prasad Goyal (47) and Raju Gupta (36).
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Shah Rukh Khan all set to purchase a team in the South African T20 league

  • After a successful stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Carribean Premier League (CPL), Shah Rukh Khan is all set to buy a team in the South African League, which is set to kick off later this year. The name of the South African League is called as T20 Global League South Africa, where the Bollywood superstar has placed a bid to buy a franchise.
  • As per the reports on Mirror, it is learned that SRK’s sports management has been in talks with Cricket South Africa (CSA), with the actor showing interest in either of Cape Town or Johannesburg. CSA have put Johannesburg (two teams), Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town (two teams) for sale.
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Virat Kohli asked to adjust with head coach Anil Kumble

  • Captain of the Indian Cricket Team Virat Kohli has been asked to ‘adjust’ with the head coach Anil Kumble after the CAC decided to extend his tenure.
  • The Cricket Advisory Committee consisting of the elite trio of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, met on Thursday and unanimously decided to keep Kumble as coach till the end of the West Indies tour.
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BCCI appoints new team manager for WI tour but CoA questions it

  • Sources have revealed that the board officials have appointed Milind Kanmadikar (from Madhya Pradesh CA) as the team manager for the series in the West Indies to be played right after the Champions Trophy. But the CoA is against this as it does not understand the need to rotate team managers for different series. This issue is likely to be brought up at its next meeting on Monday.
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Virender Sehwag reveals Virat Kohli’s naughty side as a youngster

  • Sehwag narrated a story about young Kohli which brought out the Indian captain’s naughty side. He revealed that Virat used to behave like a shy youngster in front of the seniors but was the complete opposite during his U-19 days.
  • “He was a shy and quiet youngster in front of us senior players but when he was in the U-19 team he used to be very very naughty. I’ve heard a lot of stories about how naughty he was from his U-19 coach Ajit Chaudhary,” Sehwag said.
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 Eoin Morgan credits Brendon McCullum for England’s revival in 50-over cricket

  • “He (McCullum) has certainly been an inspiration for me. Three years at Kolkata (Knight Riders) with him, in which we sort of grew pretty close together, and I learned a lot from him. Watching him lead within a group and his sort of tactical cricket brain and how he goes about things,” Morgan told
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At the MCC academy inside Lords, Anil Kumble is mistaken for Narendra Hirwani

  • Inside the Lord’s cricket stadium, lies a howler which just cannot be missed by a fan of Indian cricket who happens to visit the iconic and historical venue.  The caption at Photo No. 21: a portrait of Narendra Hirwani says, “Anil Kumble. A quick leg-spinner. Note the grip for the leg break,” as pointed out by TOI. And to further add to the insult, one can find no other picture of Kumble there.
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Rashid Khan rips apart the West Indian batting line-up to hand a massive victory to Afghanistan

Zimbabwe cricketers may or may not play in Afghan T20 league

  • After a huge truck bomb explosion on May 31 in Kabul, the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) are still unsure about the participation of Zimbabwe cricketers in Afghanistan’s Shpageeza Cricket League, which will begin in July.
  • As per reports, the sports and recreation commission in Zimbabwe has not yet taken a final call on whether to send their players for the T20 league amidst the security situation the Afghanistan capital.
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Zonal camp players and support staff not given timely allowances as promised

  • All the players, coaches and support staff who are at Bangalore’s National Cricket Academy(NCA) for the ongoing zonal cricket camp for under-16 cricketers, are yet to receive their daily allowances— Rs 1500.
  • Each individual is supposed to get Rs 1500 as daily allowance but they claim they haven’t got what they were promised. When they asked the authorities about it, they were told that the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) are yet to give their approval, which is not factually correct, since the CoA doesn’t even know the predicament of the coaches and players in these camps.
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Kumar Sangakkara feels Ashwin should play in place of Hardik Pandya or Kedar Jadhav

  • “For their next match, India might be looking to change their line-up and may bring in Ravichandran Ashwin, leaving out Hardik Pandya, or possibly Kedar Jadhav. But, whatever they decide to do, they need to do it decisively, because for them the South Africans now await in another effective quarter-final,” Sanga wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
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