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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

India head coach Anil Kumble
India head coach Anil Kumble. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Anil Kumble steps down as the head coach of the Indian team

  • Team India head coach Anil Kumble has reportedly stepped down from his position. Kumble had a decent time with the Indian team during his stint as the national coach. However, in the recent times, there were news in the media about the tussle and internal rifts between him and the players of the team India. Some reports also suggested that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble are finding it tough to maintain a rapport though.
  • However, the same never really showed down in the results of the Indian team. The recently concluded Champions Trophy 2017 in England was the last assignment for Kumble as the head coach of the side. The tenure was anyway going to end after the tournament. Earlier, prior to the commencement of the Champions Trophy, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had invited applications for the post of the new head coach of the Indian team.
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Two-year U19, India A coaching contract offered to Rahul Dravid

  • Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid has been offered a two-year extension in his contract for the coach of the India A team and the India U19 team. The recent reports in the Indian Express suggest that the other details regarding the same have not been finalised yet. The decision to offer an extension to Rahul Dravid was taken by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) whose members are Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman.
  • There were no interviews and applications invited for this post. On the contrary, in case of the position of the head coach of Team India, the BCCI had invited applications for the new coach recently. Elaborating the reason for this disparity, a BCCI official noted that in case of Rahul Dravid, the contract had an extension clause whereas the contract of Anil Kumble did not have any such clause.
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Virat Kohli will have a say in head coach selection, confirms the CoA

  • The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has made it clear that the opinion of the captain of the team will have a major part to play in the selection of the head coach for the Indian team.
  • The CoA believes that taking a decision against the will of the skipper can turn out to be a costly risk as it might destroy the atmosphere in the dressing room. The equation of the team cannot be hampered at any cost.
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Kevin Pietersen puts an end to his IPL career as a player

  • Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has made it clear that he would not take part in the lucrative Indian Premier League as a player anymore. However, the 36-year-old will continue as a commentator in the tournament as he did in its iconic 10th edition. The big guy also admitted to the fact that his career for the Three Lions has come to an end.
  • “The IPL comes at the end of my schedule. So I’m playing for Surrey now, in August-September. Then I play in South Africa in November, into December. I play in Australia all of December and all of January. Then I play the Pakistan Super League in February-March. So can’t play in India, it’s too long,” said Pietersen.
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Players association to be formed in India

  • The BCCI was lingering over the idea of a Players Association for quite some time now but since the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has taken the matters into its hands the process has taken some pace. It can be said that the players are finally going to get their association and can have a say in the decision-making in the BCCI that affects them.
  • The Lodha Committee had formed a four-member standing committee to work on the players association. The four members were Anil Kumble, Diana Edulji, Mohinder Amarnath and GK Pillai. Out of these four members, Kumble is currently coaching the Indian team and Diana Edulji is with the CoA hence former player Mohinder Amarnath and ex-union home secretary GK Pillai are left to do the work.
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Indian cricketers pose for the shutterbugs with Azhar Ali’s kids

  • Pakistani opener Azhar Ali tweeted some pictures that are sure to melt the hearts of the fans of both countries. In his latest tweet, the 32-year-old revealed pictures of Indian cricketer MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh posing with his two sons. The pictures are cute as ever and are certainly the best things on social media today.
  • Ali also thanked the three Indian players for taking out time and spending it with his kids. He even hailed the trio as absolute legends of the game. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also spotted with Pakistani captain Sarfraz Khan’s baby before the final battle which flourished all over the internet.
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Geoffrey Boycott blames Virat Kohli for India’s defeat in Champions Trophy final

  • Former English cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has slammed captain Virat Kohli for India’s disastrous defeat against arch-rivals Pakistan in the CT 2017 final. Boycott criticised Kohli’s decision to field first on a batting pitch causing India to lose out the opportunity to retain the crown they won in 2013. He stated Kohli’s decision “dug the grave” for the Indian loss.
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 Clive Lloyd surprised with Virat Kohli’s decision to bowl first in the final

  • “Look, I am not being smart after the event, but here, the conditions suited the batsmen and the Indian side have quality batsmen,” Lloyd was quoted as saying. But the Indian contingent have been chasing well over the course of the tournament, which prompted Kohli to put them into bat.
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Richa Chadda calls Virat Kohli a gentleman

  • The Gangs of Wasseypur actor took to Facebook to appreciate how Virat stood by his girlfriend also a Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma when fans were lashing out at her with trolls and jokes.
  • “Look at Virat Kohli, Captain of Indian Cricket Team. Cricket, is essentially, a gentleman’s game. And Virat Kohli, in true sense, is living upto it. When world was spewing venom against his woman, blaming her for his poor performance on field, this man, without caring about anything, jumped to her defence. That’s a mark of a true gentleman!” Richa wrote on Facebook.
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James Taylor, who retired from cricket at 26 takes to the nets after 15 months

  • Former English cricketer James Taylor, who retired from the game at the age of 26 owing to a rare heart condition, posted a video on Twitter hitting some balls in the nets after 15 months. Taylor had to announce retirement after he was diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). The disease implied vigorous exercise can exacerbate the condition and may cause sudden death.
  • Following his diagnosis, Taylor was quoted as saying by Telegraph, “It is like being hit by a 100mph cricket ball and then putting your hand in an electrical socket. The exact feeling is like your inside’s blowing up because that is really what it is doing. It is electrocuting the middle of your heart.”
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Kerala cricket willing to welcome Robin Uthappa

  • Veteran Karnataka batsman Robin Uthappa is all set to leave the domestic side that he has been playing for the last 15 years. Uthappa recently received the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) for playing for the other state teams in the Indian domestic circuit. In the recent times, there have been reports of Uthappa having an inclination towards playing for Kerala in the domestic circuit.
  • The Kerala side would definitely benefit from the inclusion of Robin in their side. He would aid experience to the lineup. KCA secretary Jayesh Georger recently expressed his desire to rope the services of the veteran batsman.
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Kohli can’t score a century every single time, defends Sunil Gavaskar

  • “More than Virat Kohli, the rest of the Indian cricket clubbing population must understand that Kohli is human. That he is going to falter once in a while and so the expectation must scale down just a little bit and not that he is going to go out and score a hundred every single time or he will be winning every single match. I think if those expectations are scaled down then, I think, Virat would be able to perform more consistently than he is doing. He is doing brilliantly and also win more trophies,” said Sunil Gavaskar.
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Sachin Tendulkar had foreseen the rise of Hardik Pandya

  • Recently, as per the quotes in the Deccan Chronicle, Hardik Pandya recalled that the mentor of the Mumbai Indians, Sachin Tendulkar, always had faith in him. He recalled the moment when he first met the batting legend. In a very funny incident, Pandya had apparently dropped his food plate when Sachin had said ‘hi’ to him at a team event.
  • “My moment in seventh heaven was when everyone from the Mumbai Indians met for a get together and it was my first time, back then. So I was busy eating when suddenly someone taps on my shoulder and turn around to see Sachin standing there saying ‘hi’ to me,” Hardik Pandya quoted.
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Teenager killed in celebratory gun firing in Pakistan

  • The Pakistan army honored the cricket team with 21 guns firing. Similarly, there were rounds of firing in other parts of Pakistani soil as well. In a very unfortunate event, the celebrations turned into a day of mourning for the family of a 15-year old teenager.
  • The incident took place in Karachi where Syed Hussain Raza breathed his last in the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JNPC) after being shot by a gun firing. The family of Syed Qazim Raza Zaidi will definitely not be able to forget the dark day for their family.
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Selectors should take a call on the futures of Dhoni and Yuvraj, claims Rahul Dravid

  • Legendary Indian batsman Rahul Dravid feels it is high time for the Indian selectors to sort out the futures of senior cricketers MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in the national team. Dravid, who is hailed as one of best Test batsmen to take the willow in hand, stated that the management should gear up for the 2019 World Cup accordingly.
  • “It is a call that is got to be taken by the selectors and the management,” Dravid told ‘ESPNCricinfo’ when asked about future of Yuvraj and Dhoni, who were the team’s number four and five in the Champions Trophy. The right-handed batsmen do not want the team to fall short of options in the future.
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No prospect for big names to represent West Indies again: Darren Sammy

  • The last time former Windies captain Darren Sammy played for the national team was when he led the side to victory in the 2016 World Twenty20 in India. The absence of star players like Chris Gayle and all-rounder Marlon Samuels in the Test and one-day squads is because Cricket West Indies picks players for the international sides only if they feature in that format domestically.
  • Sammy warned that these leading players will continue to favour playing in Twenty20 tournaments around the world ahead of representing the West Indies. The region’s top players appear in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament but their first-class and one-day competitions often clash with far more lucrative Twenty20 events elsewhere in the world, hence they choose to opt for the leagues instead.
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Kumar Sangakkara believes Jason Roy is ready to bounce back

  • Former Sri Lanka captain, Kumar Sangakkara, believes that Jason Roy is ready to bounce back after his disappointing run in the Champions Trophy 2017, he predicts that Roy’s attitude and all-round attributes will make him a valuable asset to England’s one-day team for many years to come. Sangakkara has been in top form himself, batting alongside Roy who put his recent England struggles behind him with 92 from 81 balls in Surrey’s Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final victory over Worcestershire at New Road last week.
  • Eoin Morgan, England’s captain, was adamant on giving Roy a chance in the group stages over and over again because he brings a different kind of confidence and power at the top of the order. This knock was a sign that Roy was back to his usual destructive self which was missing in the Champions Trophy and a tally of just 52 runs in his previous eight innings.
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Anil Kumble issues his statement after stepping down as Indian coach

  • Former India captain Anil Kumble today stepped down as the head coach of the team on the same day as he was supposed to fly with the squad to the West Indies where they play the next series. The Indian team reached the Caribbean but the coach stayed back since he had to attend an ICC meeting. Soon after, the news emerged that Kumble who was earlier seeking an extended term had stepped down.
  • Mr. Amitabh Choudhary, Acting Secretary of the BCCI, said: “We wish to place on record our sincere appreciation for the immense contribution by Anil Kumble to the team which enabled India to attain the No.1 Test position. Indian cricket needs his continued contribution in various capacities and wishes him all the best in his future endeavour.”
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Faf du Plessis likely to miss first Test against England

  • South African Test skipper Faf du Plessis is likely to miss the first Test against England during the upcoming 4-match Test series. The first Test between the two big nations will kick off on July 6 at the iconic venue of Lord’s. Reportedly, Faf is expecting the delivery of his first child and hence would want to be with his wife during the delivery. The jump to the isle of fatherhood might see Faf du Plessis miss the Test series opener.
  • As per the recent quotes in ESPNcricinfo, Faf noted that he is in a ‘race against time’ to play the first Test. He is already set to miss the T20I series that will take place from June 21. It is the anticipation of his first child that will keep Du Plessis out of action from the T20 series. He noted that if it takes more time than he is willing to miss the match. His wife is keen on going for the normal route and hence will not push down for an early delivery.
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Kevin Pietersen will quit English domestic cricket after the following season

  • 36-year-old, Kevin Pietersen will call it a day from English county cricket when his stint in the NatWest Blast with Surrey comes to an end. The former Englishman has revealed that the current season would be his last, as he is seeking a different direction in life.
  • KP also confirmed that he still intends to play cricket in the other countries, given his status in Australia and South Africa. The former cricketer wants to spend time building a new house throughout the next summer, which is based near the Kruger National Park also involving himself in the wildlife programmes.
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