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.

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Sana Mir, Captain of Pakistan talks to her team. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Sachin Tendulkar backs Ravi Shastri to become the Indian head coach for the second time

  • According to reports Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar had opted for Shastri’s contract extension after the latter’s first stint, but Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman stood against the decision. It is believed that this time too, it is only Sachin Tendulkar who prompted the active broadcaster to shoot his application after Kumble’s resignation.
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BCCI ponders rolling out mini IPL in Dubai

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is keen on starting a mini edition of the popular Indian Premier League. The talks about the same have been going around for quite some time. The Indian cricket board knows the popularity of the tournament is immense overseas and hence is keen on hosting the mini IPL in UAE. As per the reports in the Gulf News, the IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla spoke at length about the same recently.
  • He noted that the slot that was earlier used for the now-defunct Champions League T20 is still vacant. Hence, the board is keen on having a mini edition of the popular league. Commenting on the preferred venue for the same, he conceded, “Dubai will be most favoured destination for the mini IPL.”
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Indian coaches, support staff likely to face conflict of interest dilemma like Rahul Dravid

  • Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid is facing a big dilemma at the moment. The recent rules regarding the Conflict of Interest imposed by the CoA sees Dravid in a tricky position. He has been offered a two year extension as the coach of the India A and the U19 teams. However, if he takes up the job, he will have to quit his role in the IPL and his media engagements as they would violate the conflict of interests.
  • Dravid is currently the team mentor of the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL. Rahul Dravid is likely to take a call on the same in the days to come. However, a bigger tension awaits the BCCI. It is not just Dravid who would be facing this dilemma. Most other coaches and the support staff are likely to face similar situation in the days to come. The current team management of the Indian cricket team has members who serve in multiple roles in the IPL. All of them will have to quit either their post with the IPL or their role with the Indian team.
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BCCI offers to settle with Kochi Tuskers at a shockingly low amount

  • The Board of Cricket Control in Indian (BCCI) has put forth a below-standard settlement offer of INR 440 crore, towards the Kochi Tuskers. The franchise had been a participating team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the 2011 edition of the tournament. This offer came as an effort to bring a stop to a longstanding legal battle between the two parties, that’s been on for six years now.
  • Ironically, the miserly move came at a point when Indian Cricket has achieved a steady influx of cash. The offer was made by the BCCI at a meeting held between Kochi’s co-owners and BCCI on the 26th of June (Monday). The financially flush BCCI initially offered Tuskers a below-par sum of INR 440 crore as ‘settlement’ and then raised it to INR 460 crore. No truce was reached as the shaken franchise owners decided to walk away from the ‘for pennies on the dollar’ offer.
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CAB might conduct Super League in September from next year

  • Cricket Association of Bengal is contemplating on holding the Super League in September from the next season. Incessant rains during the monsoon months July and August have marred the games of the most prestigious league in club cricket of Bengal. The league is played in a 3-day format.
  • Super League was a tournament initiated by the CAB last year. Initially, they had two divisions: first division and second. The board wanted to improve the state’s performance in the Ranji Trophy hence started the Super League with identical rules of the Ranji Trophy. If a team takes a first-innings lead, it will gain three points and an outright win will fetch six points like in the Ranji Trophy.
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Bangladesh cricketer Abdur Razzak suffers injuries in road accident

  • Bangladesh left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak and his family members suffered injuries during a road accident in Gopalganj on June 27. Thankfully, they are in stable condition after initial treatment and are recovering in the hospital. According to reports, Razzak was travelling with his family from Khulna when their vehicle met with an accident. However, the injuries are said to be ‘not serious’, and the Bangladeshi cricketer seems to be out of danger.
  • Bangladesh Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim shared a message of concern and requested Bangladesh fans to send in their good wishes for the cricketer. He took to Facebook on Tuesday night and wrote, “Our very own Razzak Raz bhai had a severe accident on his way from Khulna. I request you all to pray for him please!!!”
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Former India batsman says Ravi Shastri will be backdoor entry as India coach

  • Former India batsman Sudhir Naik, who was involved in a verbal rift with Ravi Shastri in 2015, has voiced his opinion on the latter’s application for the role of Indian coach without mincing words. Naik has boldly said that if Shastri ends up being Kumble’s successor, one can look at his entry as a backdoor entry. And this sentiment has also been shared by many other, because Kohli was always in favour of the former India team director to take up the post of the head coach.
  • Naik expressed his concern over Shastri’s candidature. “To appoint Shastri at this point is just like a backdoor entry… it is certainly a backdoor entry! It’s a pity that good coaches like Anil Kumble don’t seem to be wanted,” Naik told Mid-day.”If these players are not listening to Kumble, who played such a high level of cricket, is intelligent and dished out a stupendous performance, how can they pay attention to another coach,” the 72-year old continued.
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Restrictions on diet for the Pakistan team ahead of Eid celebrations

  • According to Sarfraz Ahmed. The Pakistani players will now have to be careful about their Eid celebrations keeping in mind their diet chart. Sarfraz Ahmed was quoted speaking to PakPassion “The coach has given us strict instructions about maintain our weight so we will be watching what we eat during Eid”.
  • The team has been poor in their efforts on the field in recent times and the board will not tolerate lack of efficiency in fielding anymore. Hence coach Mickey Arthur has chalked out serious restrictions in the diet of the players to keep them fit enough to perform at the highest level. In the high-performance camp that has already started at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore and will stretch till September, the players will have to go through robust fielding drills and sessions as the PCB has decided to concentrate on the fielding department from now on
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After 5 years, Hong Kong Sixes to return to the calendar

  • Cricket Hong Kong has announced that the Hong Kong Sixes will make a comeback in 2017, with the event being scheduled for October 28 and 29 at Kowloon Cricket Club. Eight international teams will take part in what is the fastest cricket format in the world. Each match will take not more than 45 minutes to finish. The last edition was played 5 years ago, and the league is returning to the fore this year.
  • Since the tournament does not follow most of the traditional rules of cricket, it enjoys the benefit of making the league more interesting and entertaining with its own ideas. They are also aiming to overshadow the total number of online views received by Hong Kong T20 Blitz in March this year.
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As per analysis, this is how much Vivo will spend per ball in the coming IPL editions

  • Chinese mobile manufacturing company Vivo retained their title sponsorship rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL) for another five years on Tuesday, by agreeing to pay a massive sum of Rs 2,199 crore. The company made an increase of nearly 554% from their previous contract. The second highest bidder for the sponsorship title was Oppo at Rs 1,430 crore, that also holds the rights for Indian team’s jersey and kit sponsorship.
  • Mumbai Mirror points out a shocking analysis made by Navroze Dhondy, a Delhi-based marketing expert, who has analysed how much Vivo would be spending per ball bowled in the IPL for the next five years. “Dhondy says the basis for valuation is something only Vivo can explain but a micro analysis would reveal that Vivo would be spending close to Rs 3.2 lakh per every ball bowled in the tournament for the next five years,” the report stated.
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Petitioner Aditya Verma discredits BCCI’s seven-member panel as illegal

  • The seven-member advisory group which was constituted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday to manage and execute Lodha panel’s proposals has been named as unlawful by Aditya Verma. Verma, who was the petitioner in the 2013 IPL fixing case claimed that the BCCI authorities are rehashing botches by dissecting the Lodha Committee’s recommendations, along these lines neglecting to acknowledge the changes in all.
  • As indicated by Mid Day, Verma was cited as saying, “This is only a joke and is the scorn of court. With no plan in what capacity can BCCI frame an advisory group? They have to take the CoA’s authorization. At the point when the Supreme Court has effectively framed a council, how might they shape another board? This is only an eyewash and another system of BCCI to defer their choice.
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With Vivo’s upgraded investment, IPL is now the world’s richest sports league

  • In the wake of the investment surge, HT Mint analyzed how IPL is now the richest sports league in the world. Vivo’s IPL title sponsorship of Rs 2,199 crore comes up to to Rs 440 crore a year, which is way higher than the Rs 330 crore English Premier League’s sponsor Barclays paid between 2013-16. The report also stated that EPL is now sponsored by Mondelez International Inc., but how much has it agreed to pay is not told to the media yet.
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Young cricketer killed by teammates in Bangalore over impressive performance

  • Jealousy can make human beings stoop to the lowest levels, but this incident in Bangalore seems to have hit rock bottom. A young cricketer was killed by his jealous teammates simply because he was a better player. 21-year-old Shubham Gouthaman from Tamil Nadu was a promising fast bowler. He pursued his studies in Hubli, a town on the outskirts of Karnataka.
  • According to reports by the Indian Express, Shubham was killed while he was having his meal. In spite of having murdered Shubham Gouthamam, his teammates admitted him to Davangiri hospital. They were assisted by the MLA (the father of one of the two boys), and they made sure the autopsy was completed before Shubham’s parents arrived. The politician then pulled strings in order to get the post-mortem report tampered, and save his son from any possible trouble.
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Australia cricketers could face six-month ban for playing unsanctioned matches

  • The pay scuffle between CA and the Australian Cricketers took an ugly turn as CA’s team performance manager Pat Howard issued a warning to the players. Howard, in an email, made things clear that if the pay dispute carries on post July 1 and if any of the non-contracted players are found playing any unsanctioned games, they will be banned for six months.
  • “Players (including uncontracted players) cannot play in ICC approved cricket (e.g. domestic T20 competitions operated by overseas cricket boards) without approval from Cricket Australia. Players who participate in disapproved cricket (e.g. exhibition matches) are not permitted to participate in ICC approved cricket for a minimum of six months thereafter.” Howard wrote in an email to state associations and the ACA which was seen by ESPNcricinfo.
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Ravi Shastri to be a no-show at his head coach interview?

  • hastri might be a no-show at the interview for the job, scheduled to be held on the 10th of July. The interview will be conducted by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising the three stalwarts, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. The CAC has asked all the applicants to be available for interview in person or via video conferencing in the week after the last date of application (9th July).
  • It is extremely possible that Shastri might not make it to his interview. He is currently in London and is expected to be back in India by the third week of July. This means that he might have to appear for the interview via video conferencing if he’s unable to attend it in person. However, the looming question is if the CAC, and especially Sourav Ganguly will be willing to conduct the interview in such a manner.
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Russell Domingo set to exit as Proteas coach, hunt for new coach begins

  • Team South Africa coach Russell Domingo is set to make an exit from his position after the conclusion of the Test series against England. He has opted not to reapply for the post and that has left a big void to fill for the Cricket South Africa. As per the reports in Cricbuzz, there are five individuals who are emerging out to be the top contenders for the post of the new coach.
  • These candidates include, franchise coaches Geoffrey Toyana and Malibongwe Maketa, former Titans coaches Rob Walter and Richard Pybus, as well as current South Africa A coach Shukri Conrad, and former Ireland and West Indies coach Phil Simmons. The CSA has appointed a team of five members for electing the new head coach. This includes three board members and two former South African coach.
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WWC 2017: Bismah Maroof ruled out of the tournament

  • Pakistan suffered an enormous loss against the home team England at the Leicester after conceding a huge total of 377 after electing to bowl first. All-rounder Bismah Maroof got her little finger injured while fielding in the England innings which turned out to be a fracture. She couldn’t bowl while the England batswomen were going berserk against their bowlers and couldn’t bat at her usual position in the top order before the rain stopped the Pakistan innings at 29.2 overs.
  • According to SAMAA TV, Bismah will now be replaced by the Iram Javed in the Pakistan squad for the remained of the tournament. Iram has featured in 7 ODIs and 19 T20Is for Pakistan so far. The seam bowling all-rounder last appeared for Pakistan in the Women’s Asia Cup T20 played in last December.
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