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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

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ICC reveals latest ODI team, Batsmen and Bowlers’ Rankings

  • India captain Virat Kohli has reclaimed the top batting spot, while Australia’s pace ace Josh Hazlewood has achieved the number-one position in the bowlers’ rankings for the first time in his career in the latest ICC ODI Player Rankings, which were released on Tuesday morning following the conclusion of the last round of league matches in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
  • Ben Stokes has rocketed nine places to a career-high 20th place B
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Yuvraj Singh is India’s weakest link, concludes Bangladeshi team

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  • Yuvraj Singh, the star all-rounder is apparently India’s weakest link, according to the Tigers. The experienced all-rounder was a bit sloppy in the field in the game against South Africa.
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While we debate over the knockouts, Virat Kohli wants Champions Trophy winners’ jackets to fit better

  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli seems to be more concerned about the fitting of the prestigious white jackets which are presented to the winners of the ICC Champions Trophy.
  • Yes, if they (the white jackets) fit better this time, I would definitely be in for that. The last time, we looked like jokers because they were too loose,” tongue-in-cheek, the Indian captain said at a charity event in England.
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I wanted to finish with a boundary, and I did it, says Bangladesh’s Mosaddek Hossain

  • Speaking to Dhaka Tribune in Birmingham, the 21-year-old was quoted as saying, “Honestly, when we were 33/4, I was ready and padded up in the dressing room. I can’t explain what actually went through all of our minds at that moment as we were struggling badly. I was mentally prepared that I have to go out anytime and look to bat as long as I could.”
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Cricket Australia release the Team of the league matches of Champions Trophy 2017

  • Cricket Australia has released their Team of the Champions Trophy for the group stages of the tournament, with only one player from the eight teams, except England who have four players mentioned on the list. It is very often difficult for an opener to be consistent from one Champions Trophy to another, but not for the Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan.
  • However, it remains as a surprise that India’s skipper and world’s No.1 ODI batsman Virat Kohli does not muster himself a place in the squad, having only scored 157 runs in the tournament in the three games. The right-hander’s average, however, is staggering 157, with two not-outs in the three games that he has batted.
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Strict orders given to senior players of Pakistan, not to give inputs to captain

  • Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez in the recent press conference stated that according to guidelines and policy by their coach Mickey Arthur, none of the senior players has the right to advise or give inputs to the captain. Only if the captain takes the initiation of consulting them, only then are they allowed to dispense their advice to the captain.
  • The senior players of the team were advised not to intervene in the decisions made by the captain unless asked by captain Sarfraz Ahmed. It was also said the captain would take full responsibility and strategies of Mickey Arthur and Sarfraz would be supreme. The move was made apparently to give mental space to the captain.
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Virat Kohli’s painting worth 2.9 million pounds bought by a British Indian

  • A painting of Virat Kohli, which depicts his journey in the ten years of his IPL career, was sold at a whopping price of 2.9 million pounds and it was a British Indian who bagged the painting in the Virat Kohli charity function. The painting was made by the famous artist Sasha Jaffrey in the recent charity dinner organised by Virat Kohli Foundation.
  • Sasha Jaffer is a renowned artist who has earlier collaborated with other greats in sports such as David Beckham, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni, for their respective charity causes. The CEO of Scotland-based company PG Papers, Poonam Gupta was all praises for Virat Kohli’s generosity and claimed the VK is a part of a generation which is responsible and strived to make a change in the society.
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Pakistan quick Wahab Riaz on sale on eBay

  • In a first of its kind, an eBay user in Australia has now put Wahab on sale. He has described the item conditions as “used” and further wrote that the item has “some wear and tear” and is “hairy”.  The reason for ‘selling’ him is mentioned as “I don’t need him anymore”.
  • As ludicrous as it may sound, people have placed 54 bids so far with the highest being AU $610. In the detailed description, the seller – mrdenn1s – has said that he “bought Wahab in 2008 hoping he could win matches for Pakistan”. This is in reference to the year Wahab made his international debut for Pakistan. The user further stated that “he can intimidate Shane Watson but can’t get them out”.
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Russel Domingo says that India are not the favourites to win the Champions Trophy

  • South African coach Russel Domingo does not think that India is the favourites to win the tournament, despite them being the title holders. Domingo was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times, “India are not the favourites. Having seen the way the matches are panning out, there are no favourites.”
  • He further added that it was the worst performance he has seen from the Proteas team in the past one year that he has been at the helm of affairs.
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 CAB website, a victim of cyber attack
  • The Bengal cricket board’s official website www.cricketassociationofbengal.com was hacked by cyber criminals late on Friday night.
  • Officials trying to access the website were greeted with a deactivation message. It read, “Due to some technical reasons this site is temporarily deactivated. It will be activated soon.” CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya was shocked after getting the news of the breach. He said, “We have filed a written complaint on Saturday with the cyber cell at Lalbazar.”
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Virat Kohli renews deal with MRF worth more than Rs. 100 crores

  • Kohli has reportedly renewed bat branding deal with tyre manufacturing company MRF. The world’s most popular cricketer is set to receive a whopping amount to flash MRF’s logo in his bat and endorse their product, for which he will be receiving more than Rs. 100 crores per year.
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Sunil Narine joins BPL franchise Dhaka Dynamites

  • A star-studded roster of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise Dhaka Dynamites has added another star to their prestigious lineup. They have secured the services of the Trinidad & Tobago-born cricketer.
  • Their official Facebook page uploaded a feature of the player in blue colour but didn’t reveal the name. The challenge was given to the fans to make the guess. But with the spiky hairstyle, it is not very tough for any cricket enthusiast to identify Sunil Narine.
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Shahid Afridi dissapointed with the efforts of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik

  • Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi in his recent column remained critical of the approach of the two senior batsmen in the team by the names of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik who still haven’t contributed with the bat.
  • Afridi also advised the board to take care of young Fakhar Zaman who scored his maiden half-century in yesterday’s thriller.
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Faf du Plessis predicts his finalists for the Champions Trophy

  • Faf, who has scored over 4000 ODI runs, said that the roster of the all-important final match will be a repetition of ICC Champions Trophy 2013’s final. India will take on hosts England. As of the winner, he was not ready to wear the predictor’s hat after carrying all the guilt. He, however, handed a slight edge to India. “That will be my final. England are the form team but India know how to win big games,” said the batsman as reported by bdcrictime.com.
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Mustafizur Rahman hoping his off-cutters come good in the semi-finals

  • Mustafizur is hoping to brush off the woeful period that he had during the 2-month stint with both the Bangladesh team and the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The left-armer’s off-cutter has been rather very ineffective in England during the Champions Trophy 2017. He is hoping for them to work when the Tigers’ take on the defending champions in the second semi-final.
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MS Dhoni looking to make amends in batting technique

  • The former skipper is making a conscious effort to alter his technique. During the recently concluded IPL, Dhoni analysed footage of his batting with performance analyst Prasanna Agoram. He then marched out to the middle of the MCA Stadium in Pune as Prasanna followed with camera and tripod in hand.
  • For the first half hour of Dhoni’s nets session, the camera was placed right behind the stump at the bowler’s end. Prasanna then shifted the apparatus behind the net, while the camera recorded MSD’s movements with the bat.
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National coaches can’t have IPL stints anymore: CoA

  • In a bid to end the conflict of interest issue raised by historian and ex-member of the CoA Ramachandra Guha, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) decided that all National Coaches will have two years contract in which they can’t associate themselves with an IPL side.
  • The meeting was held in New Delhi and was also joined by acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and CEO Rahul Johri via video conference from London. Earlier, national coaches used to be given a 2-month window to participate in the IPL in the capacity of a mentor or a coach. Now, this practice has been stopped by the CoA.
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Match officials for the Champions Trophy 2017 semi-finals announced

  • 14 June – England v Pakistan (10h30), Cardiff Wales Stadium – Marais Erasmus and Rod Tucker (on-field), Chris Gaffaney (third umpire), Bruce Oxenford (fourth umpire), Andy Pycroft (match referee)
  • 15 June – India v Bangladesh (10h30), Edgbaston – Richard Kettleborough and Kumar Dharmasena (on-field), Nigel Llong (third umpire), Richard Illingworth (fourth umpire), Chris Broad (match referee).
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AB de Villiers to lead the T20 side in 3-match series against England

  • After a humiliating exit from the ICC Champions Trophy and recent ODI series loss against England, South Africa are all set to take on the English side in a three-match T20I series in England. AB de Villiers is set to lead the side in place of Faf Du Plessis who would remain unavailable for the birth of his child.
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People might get to see an India-England final, says Virat Kohli

  • “It would not have mattered who we were playing in the semis. The league phase is the toughest. We have an opportunity to win one game and enter the finals. Everyone wants to see an India-England final. If both teams play well, people might get what they want to see,” said the 28-year old cricketer at an event at the Lord’s Cricket Ground last evening.
  • Virat also came to the conclusion that no place in the world is as good a cricketing venue as England, provided the day is sunny.
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Strip Lalit Modi of his post and the ban will be lifted says BCCI

  • BCCI is standing firm and will not lift the ban until a certain Lalit Modi does not step down from his post. They are extremely critical of it and state that Modi should not hold any of the positions in the house and the moment that happens RCA will be back in the BCCI’s plans.
  • “Our notice, which we had sent to RCA in 2013 was clear that Modi can’t hold any position anywhere in the association or any of its districts. He (Modi) is still president of Nagaur until he is removed from Nagaur district, BCCI will not lift the ban from RCA,” one of the officials told the Indian Express.
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Win against New Zealand, best in ODIs by Bangladesh, says Harsha Bhogle

  • One of the most renowned cricket commentator and analyst, Harsha Bhogle, rates the win against Bangladesh as one of the best ever in the history of Bangladesh, overhauling their wins against the world-beating Australian team and England in 2015. Bhogle also believes that BCB should take care of Mahmudullah and utilise him to his potential.
  • “I know people will say the Adelaide match is Bangladesh’s best ever. And also we know Bangladesh beat Australia in Cardiff back in 2005. Mohammad Ashraful got runs that day, and it was also quite a memorable one. But still, I believe this victory over New Zealand will also go down as one of the greatest ever,” said Harsha Bhogle according to bdcrictime.
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