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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

Asela Gunaratne Sri Lanka
Asela Gunaratne Sri Lanka. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Asela Gunaratne joins Dhaka Dynamites for BPL 2017

  • The Dhaka Dynamites franchise of the Bangladesh Premier League has roped in the services of Sri Lankan all-rounder Asela Gunaratne. The all-rounder has been one of the hot properties in the shortest format of the game in the recent times. Ever since he made his debut at the international level, he has made giant strides in the world of cricket. He rose to prominence during the limited overs series in the Sri Lanka tour to South Africa in 2016-17 season.
  • The Dhaka Dynamites posted a picture with rearranged letters of his name and asked the fans who the new member is. They posted, “LAEES ANGURATEN”. They also had a caption going along with it. “Once into the national side, this all-rounder made an instant impact in the longer format with a fifty on debut and followed it up with a century in the next game. In the T20 series in Australia, he notched up back to back half-centuries to seal the series,” they added as the caption.
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni will take care of the youngsters in Kumble’s absence, says Rajkumar Sharma

  • Rajkumar Sharma, who is the childhood coach of Indian skipper Virat Kohli claimed that Anil Kumble’s absence will not affect the Indian team when they lock horns against the West Indies. According to the veteran, the team has players who have been in the circuit for long to help out the freshers.
  • Speaking to the ANI, Sharma said “A coach is always missed to chalk out strategies, but this group has tremendous experience. In the past as well, we did not have a coach, rather a director was appointed to watch over the team. Now, we have some mature players and Dhoni is also there to help them, even Virat is also there,”
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ICC backs World XI tour to Pakistan later this year

  • The ICC has extended its support towards the proposed World XI tour of Pakistan in an effort to bring back international cricket to the country. A World XI team is likely to play 3 T20Is in Pakistan against the national team, and these games will be accorded international status.
  • The announcement will certainly lift the spirits of Pakistani fans who have been longing to watch their national team play at home. If the proposed series does take place, it could be the first step towards bringing back mainstream international cricket back to Pakistan.
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Former Indian cricketer MV Narasimha Rao responsible for Ireland’s Test status

  • In recent developments, Ireland received its Test status and there is an Indian connection responsible for ICC presenting Ireland its full membership. Its former Indian Test cricketer MV Narasimha Rao who has been closely associated with the development of Ireland cricket for a greater part of past three decades.
  • Rao has trained almost all the core players in the Ireland cricket team such as skipper William Porterfield, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Ed Joyce, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, and Andrew McBrine. “It’s a dream come true, Almost all the current players have taken coaching from me,” said MV Narasimha Rao according to Mirror. “He is one of the unsung heroes of Ireland cricket,” said a senior official of Ireland cricket.
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Anil Kumble was the alpha male in the dressing room

  • An individual in the know of every meeting held between the CAC and Kumble and the CAC and Kohli, said, “It’s sad that Virat and members of the team are being made to look like they’re undisciplined brats who didn’t want a coach who is now being made to look like he was perfect. That’s a very wrong perception. It’s understandable if BCCI is being seen in poor light given the way this entire matter was handled.”
  • “He (Anil) wants to be the alpha-male in the dressing room. He wants a say in the playing XI, the reason why he wanted the coach to be a selector too. It doesn’t work like that. It’s always the captain’s team – whether it was Sourav or Rahul or MS. And now, it’s Virat’s,” the source told TOI.
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Trinidad spectators peeved at early start during the first ODI between India and the Windies

  • The handful of fans on the island of Trinidad who attended the washed out first ODI between the Windies and India were miffed with the early start. One Day Internationals, if it’s a day match, always commence at 9:30 am, but the first ODI of the Royal Stag Mega Cricket Cup began half an hour earlier, thus putting off spectators who arrived at the stadium.
  • The match began 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time so that Indian viewers didn’t have to stay up too late to watch the entire game.
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Pakistan Media directed to apologise skipper Sarfraz Ahmed

  • Pakistan’s Electronic Media regulator (PEMRA), recently ordered a news channel to apologize to Pakistan cricket team skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for their irresponsible comments on the Champions Trophy winning captain. The popular channel Samaa TV is under scrutiny for former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail’s comments after Pakistan’s win over Sri Lanka.
  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had filed a complaint with PEMRA seeking action. The regulator issued a show-cause notice to Samaa on June 20. During a hearing on Friday, PEMRA found that the language/words used by Sohail against Ahmed violated several clauses of the Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.The Samaa management will have to air the apology on June 25 in its prime time news bulletin and also run tickers.
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CoA to bring back 5 member selection panel

  • The Committee of Administrators is set to bring in the previous formula of selecting the Indian cricket teams through a five-member selection panel. However, the CoA, who are appointed by the Supreme Court will not select the five selectors according to the zones like before.
  • This time, the selectors will be chosen according to their merit as directed by the Justice Lodha Panel. The selection panel in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) comprises of 3 members at present. If the CoA is to be believed, the decision of bringing back the 5 member selection panel was taken after the majority of State Associations demanded the same. According to the State Associations, “a big country like India cannot be handled by merely three selectors”.
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Another former Indian coach feels Anil Kumble did nothing wrong

  • Former cricketer Anshuman Gaekwad, who coached India from 1997 to 1999, saw nothing wrong in what Kumble did. He said that he didn’t know what happened there, but if he has to make an opinion based on what has been reported in the media, he thinks Kumble has done nothing wrong.
  • Anshuman further added that as coach of the team he was bound to feel disappointed with the way they lost. He said that wins and losses are part of the game but Kumble must have been disappointed with the manner of the defeat against Pakistan.
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Sourav Ganguly doesn’t want to talk about Kumble’s ‘untenable’ remark

  • Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President and a member of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), Sourav Ganguly refused to comment on Anil Kumble’s ‘untenable’ remark in his resignation letter. He later affirmed that the decision to resign from the post solely lies on Anil Kumble and didn’t want to get involved in the matter.
  • “They are senior people, both of them have played enough cricket. We don’t deal with all that. It’s between them, I don’t know what happened. I am not part of the dressing room. All I know is that he didn’t want to continue and we will have to see what’s the way forward,” claimed Sourav Ganguly according to Indian Express.
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Varun Soragamvi takes all 10 wickets in 3rd division match

  • Only two bowlers have taken 10 wickets in an innings in Test history. Anil Kumble is the only Indian bowler to take all 10 wickets in one inning. In a Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) 3rd division match played on Friday medium pacer Varun Soragamvi took all 10 wickets of Guledagudda cricket team. Varun was playing for the Loyd foundation when he bowled this dream spell to bundle out Guledagudda.
  • Varun ended with the figures of 10 for 36. The opposition failed to show any resistance against him and folded up for a paltry score of 70. This score was never going to challenge them and Loyd foundation knocked off this total easily.
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Implementation of Lodha committee’s recommendations to be discussed in the BCCI SGM

  • The Committee of Administrators (CoA) appointed by the Supreme Court, which currently is at the helm of BCCI, are set to meet in a Special General Meeting (SGM) on Saturday. Reportedly, they’ll be discussing the implementation of the Lodha Committee’s recommendations. They’ll also discuss the aspects like “One-state, One-vote policy”, three-member selection committee as opposed to five and the age cap of 70 years.
  • A CoA member said that the BCCI is looking to implement the Lodha committee’s recommendations and this requires a model constitution to be adopted. He said that all the state associations should be aligned to get this done and they shouldn’t be heading to the court with multiple petitions.
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United States of America to have a new board, ICC outlines process for formation

  • International Cricket Council (ICC) has recently drafted a new board which would overlook at the cricketing functions in the country till the time the new board is actually formed. The decision was taken at the meeting held yesterday. The previous cricketing board of the United States of America was expelled.
  • Earlier on Thursday, the Council decided to dissolve the United States of America Cricket Association. The move to expel the association came in the aftermath of Dispute Resolution Committee hearing which concluded last week. Further, a USA Roadshow will be held in the country which would ensure the entire cricketing community in the USA gets to know about the plans in place for the smooth running of the game in the country.
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Kohli-Kumble saga a case of like poles repelling each other: Dav Whatmore

  • “Virat was always very direct. He also led by example and that earned him respect from his team members. But there is a vast difference between a player leading an under-19 team and a senior international side,” Dav Whatmore said as per the quotes in Sportswallah.
  • “From what I know, Kumble is very a strong individual with a very good work ethic, so is Virat. Kumble is single-minded and Virat was single-minded even when he was captaining the Indian team during his U-19 days. So I guess, it’s a case of like poles repelling each other,” he added further.
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