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.

Ravi Shastri News
Ravi Shastri. (Photo by MARK GRAHAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Not here to accept whatever Virat Kohli says, clarifies Ravi Shastri

  • Ravi Shastri has made it clear that he will not be obeying Virat Kohli and his teammates blindly and will make the team work according to his style. The 55-year-old stated that he would not be a ‘yes man’ guy to the skipper. Ravi Shastri has been given the duties following the stepping down of previous head coach Anil Kumble. Shastri edged past the likes of Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody to grab the role and stated that he had a nice time answering the questions thrown at him by Sachin, Sourav and Laxman.
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Australian legends have their say after Kagiso Rabada received a match ban

  • Kagiso Rabada is a prolific young talent from South Africa and has been able to prove his stature at the International level by being one of best young cricketers South Africa has ever produced. Interestingly, the 22-year-old lad received a match ban after ‘celebrating the dismissal of allrounder Ben Stokes in first innings. However, a few Australian players have raised their voice for Rabada and have joined the chorus of support for him in the wake of his one-Test ban and condemned the use of stump mics in international cricket broadcasts.
  • Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle was the first one to raise the voice against Code of Conduct and showed his disappointment by saying, said the indiscriminate use of stump mics had effectively robbed a Test of one of its star players.
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Sandeep Patil named brand ambassador for Indian Indoor Cricket Team

  • Former Indian captain Sandeep Patil was named the brand ambassador of the Indian indoor cricket team. The announcement was made ahead of the 10th edition of the World Indoor Cricket Federation (WICF) World Cup. The tournament is scheduled to kick off on 16th September and will conclude on 23rd September.
  • The unique event will be held in partnership with Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA) at the Insportz Club in Dubai. It will bring together the finest indoor cricketing talent from nations including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, Malaysia and the UAE.
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Mithali Raj’s parents ecstatic of their daughter’s achievements

  • In the ICC Women’s World Cup group stage match against Australia, Mithali went past the legendary Charlotte Edwards to become the all-time highest run-scorer in Women’s ODI cricket history. She also became the first women batter in the history to breach the 6000-run mark in ODIs.
  • Her stellar 18-year-old career is really worth a standing ovation and her parents Leela Raj and Dorai Raj were over the moon out of happiness. From the legends of the game like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli to all the Indian cricket admirers had tweeted their elation, and watching which her parents just couldn’t hold on to their emotions.
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Sri Lanka Cricket offers monetary remuneration to stripped groundsmen

  • Sri Lanka Cricket was forced to issue an apology to stripped groundsmen after the conclusion of their home series against Zimbabwe at Hambantota. Soon after, on Wednesday, the board has offered cash and new clothes to temporary groundsmen. The workers had complained of being ordered to give up their uniforms before they would be paid.
  • It was a shameful day for the Sri Lankan authorities, as the temporary ground staff was told that they would not be paid until they returned the uniforms provided by the board. Most of them were clothed in the uniforms that they were asked to return.
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COA wants Kapil Dev to join the steering committee

  • The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suggested former Indian skipper Kapil Dev’s name for the four-member steering committee. The other three names that are recommended are GK Pillai, former Test opener Anshuman Gaekwad and former wicketkeeper Bharath Reddy.
  • On the other hand, the former cricketer has been involved as a commentator and also writes columns for print media. The other recommendation for the committee, Anshuman Gaekwad, is a former India coach and was also an administrator at the Baroda Cricket Association. Former Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper Bharath Reddy has also been in cricket administration.
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Younis Khan decides to put his iconic 10,000 run bat on auction

  • Former Pakistani international Younis Khan has decided to put up one of his beloved possessions on auction. The retired cricketer will make his iconic 10,000 run bat available for bidding and has handed it over to an NGO for the same. Khan also confirmed that he will be engaged in a lot of welfare work in the future as he will continue to work with various organisations and brands for education health and promoting the game of cricket in the country.
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Ravi Shastri calls Kohli a ‘Champion’, says every player has the right to fail

  • All the assumptions and speculations were finally put to rest by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) when they officially appointed Ravi Shastri as the head coach of Team India until the 2019 World Cup, and along with him, also chose Zaheer Khan as the bowling coaching and Rahul Dravid as the batting consultant of the team for all the overseas Tests, including the upcoming Sri Lanka tour.
  • When asked to comment on captain Kohli’s batting in the last few series, which has not been as consistent as expected of a player like him, Shastri had only one thing to say. “He is a champion. Everyone has the right to fail,” he said.
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Jason Gillespie takes up interim coach role of Papua New Guinea

  • Former Australian pacer, Jason Gillespie is set to serve an International team after acting as head coach for various domestic teams around the globe. The 42-year-old will now be seen taking up the interim role as the coach of Papua New Guinea after the departure of the former New Zealand player Dipak Patel.
  • Under him, PNG achieved ODI status and T20I status after they finished 4th in ICC World Cup 2015 qualifier and gained a spot in the ICC ODI and T20I rankings. Patel represented New Zealand between 1987 and 1997 in 37 Tests and 75 ODIs. The off-spinner was well known for opening the bowling in all their games in 1992 World Cup which was a new strategy in ODIs at that time as spinners opening the bowling wasn’t a usual case.
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Zaheer Khan’s coach ecstatic after being announced as the bowling Coach of India

  • Soon after Zaheer Khan was appointed as the Head Coach of Indian Team, his coach, Vidyadhar Paradkar could not hide his emotions. Even in his wildest of imaginations, Khan’s coach could not have expected that his ward would be one day coaching the Indian team. The nostalgic coach also talked about his fears as a young budding cricketer back in the days.
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Shane Watson says he wants to continue playing in domestic T20 leagues

  • Shane Watson has given out hints about extending his T20 playing career beyond his last season with the Sydney Thunder this summer. There is no doubt about the fact that Watson is one of the best cricketers when it comes to the Twenty20 format. His three-year contract with the Sydney Thunder is set to expire with the coming season, after which the destructive batsman will look at more T20 leagues. Watson has made it clear that he will continue to play T20 beyond the deal with Thunders.
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The scenario for Sri Lanka and West Indies to directly qualify for the 2019 World Cup

  • The ICC ODI rankings were updated after India defeated the West Indies 3-1 in the five-match series and Zimbabwe outplayed Sri Lanka by 3-2. Zimbabwe’s win over Sri Lanka means the West Indies now have a chance to directly qualify for the World Cup 2019 since the points gap between West Indies and Sri Lanka has been narrowed to 10 points in the ODI rankings. 30 September 2017 is the last date for direct qualification for the World Cup 2019.
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Alastair Cook relishing his non-captaincy period, says Trevor Bayliss

  • Former England captain Alastair Cook is thoroughly relishing his time after stepping down from captaincy, says England coach Trevor Bayliss. Bayliss made this statement after England’s 211 run victory over South Africa in the first Test at Lords.
  • Cook stepped down from captaincy in the month of February this year after a horrific defeat in India. The left-handed genius has led the Three Lions in 59 Test which includes two Ashes series. In the second innings against South Africa Cook gained a bit of form and scored 69 runs.
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Inzamam-ul-Haq lavishes praise for Babar Azam on Twitter

  • Former Pakistan captain and the present chief selector in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Inzamam-ul-Haq has heaped praises on middle order batsman, Babar Azam. Azam has cemented his place in Pakistan’s one-day international team after registering three consecutive centuries against the West Indies in 2016. Inzamam expressed his desire to see Azam become one of the best batsmen in the world and also said that kids like him are a proof that Pakistan’s cricketing future is bright.
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Pakistan Cricket Board releases player contracts for 2017-18

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has released the complete list of player contracts for 2017-18 and a total of 10% increment has been given to them in the salary. Limited-overs captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who also became the Test captain after his brilliant captaincy in the Champions Trophy, has received a Grade A contract. Former captain Azhar Ali and Shoaib Malik also come under the category of A contracts. Others on this list include Yasir Shah, Mohammed Hafeez and Mohammed Amir.
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Mashrafe Mortaza to retain captaincy, says BCB chief Nazmul Hasan

  • President of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (PCB), Nazmul Hasan has snubbed all rumours encompassing Mashrafe Mortaza’s early exit from the team. The announcement came days after the local press picked up some early statements of the board chief. It was that speculated that BCB was contemplating a new One-Day International captain as it might be difficult for Mortaza to continue when they head into World Cup, in 2019.
  • Nazmul Hasan has now stated that they are not thinking of replacing Mashrafe and he can continue as long as he deems fit.
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Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri were once again involved in a heated argument

  • Former India captain Sourav Ganguly and the new head coach Ravi Shastri’s heated relationship, which came to the forefront last year during the selection of the head coach, was apparently still as heated and was noticeable during the selection process for Anil Kumble’s successor.
  • If reports are to be believed, there were quite a few arguments with regards to the selection of the bowling coach. Both Shastri and Ganguly had different opinions of who should be appointed as the bowling coach. While the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member was in favour of Zaheer Khan, who eventually was chosen for the post, Shastri wanted Bharat Arun to be appointed as the bowling coach till the 2019 World Cup.
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Tamim Iqbal quits county after just one game

  • Bangladeshi opener Tamim Iqbal has terminated his contract with English county side Essex with immediate effect due to personal reasons. It was later learnt that the prolific run scorer’s wife was reportedly the subject of an attempted acid-attack earlier on Tuesday night.
  • Following his superb performances at the ICC Champions Trophy, Tamim had signed with Essex for eight matches at the ongoing Natwest T20 blast. He featured for the Eagles on Sunday against the Kent Spitfires and scored seven runs. The Eagles would eventually succumb to a seven-wicket defeat.
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ICC announce latest ODI player rankings

  • Virat Kohli continued to ascertain his world dominance when it comes to limited over format as he tops the chart in the ICC ODI Rankings as well. In the recent release of T20I rankings, it was Kohli again who retained his Numero Uno status. Virat is followed by Australia’s David Warner who is placed at number 2 and his RCB teammate AB de Villiers at number 3. Joe Root of England and Pakistan’s Babar Azam are placed at four and five respectively.
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Sri Lanka announce two new captains

  • Middle-order batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been named as the new Test captain of Sri Lanka while Upul Tharanga will lead the side in the ODI and T20I formats. They replace former skipper Angelo Matthews, who had resigned from the position following Sri Lanka’s humiliating series loss to Zimbabwe.
  • Previously, Matthews had termed the series loss to Zimbabwe as “one of the lowest points of my career” and stepped down as the captain of the Lanka team. In what came as a surprise to cricket fans over the world, Zimbabwe fought in an inspiring manner against Sri Lanka and won the five-match ODI series 3-2.
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