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.

Jhulan Goswami India
Jhulan Goswami of India. (Photo by Darrian Traynor – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Mohammed Shami’s house in Kolkata attacked by locals

  • Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami had to confront an unexpected altercation in Kolkata on Saturday night. He alongside his wife were returning home and his driver, who apparently was speeding up the car in a narrow lane, almost collided with a motorbike of a local youngster.
  • This led to a feud between the driver and the local. Before this turned into an ugly brawl, Shami got down from his car and tried to calm things down by turning a peacemaker. After realising it was the  Indian fast bowler’s car, the locals had consented to settle the matter and left the place. Shami and his driver too got in the car and reached their residence.
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Tamim, Mushfiqur and Mashrafe to change teams in the BPL

  • The fifth season of the much-awaited Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is still five months away which gives all the franchises a lot of time to get their combinations in the desired shape for the big challenge ahead. All the teams prefer to reconsider the plans and strategies before the start of the season.
  • The three big names of Bangladesh cricket – Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe Mortaza are all set to switch loyalties this time around. The opener Tamim represented Chittagong Vikings in the previous season, while wicketkeeper-batsman and Test captain Mushfiqur played for the Barisal Bulls and the ODI skipper Mashrafe was the captain of the Comilla Victorians. Only all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (Dhaka Dynamites) and right-handed batsman Mahmudullah Riyad (Khulna Titans) will continue their association with their existing teams.
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Umesh Yadav appointed as the Assistant Manager at RBI Bank

  • Indian pacer Umesh Yadav landed himself a new job before heading towards Sri Lanka to engage himself in full fledged series. The 29-year-old has been roped in as the Assistant manager at the Reserve Bank of India, Nagpur branch on Monday.
  • Bagging a government job is a huge benefit for the Vidarbha bowler and he wasted no time in finishing his formalities before boarding the flight to the Island nation along with the Indian team. He applied for the job and had met the RBI officials before the recently concluded Champions Trophy in order to get the job under sports quota.
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The Sports Ministry of India looks forward to legalising online sports betting in the country

  • The Sports Ministry of India is planning to make online sports betting legal in the country in the next 2 years. The committee has already begun the process of chalking out a few rules in order to legalise the process. The Indian government might stretch out the United Kingdom in order to seek some help as the UK has the most effective laws when it comes to gambling. Stakeholders in the government are already being consulted by the ministry.
  • “The UK has one of the most effective gambling laws. We hope to understand their system and see if it is possible to introduce it in India,” said a ministry official.
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BCCI appoints support staff for the Indian team

  • After another round of drama and speculations, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the support staff of the Indian cricket team. Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vindo Rai made the appointments considering the recommendations made by the committee. The coaching unit led by Ravi Shastri will have Sanjay Bangar in the capacity of the assistant coach while Bharat Arun has been named, the full-time bowling coach. Their appointments similar to Shastri are until the World Cup 2019.
  • “The BCCI has appointed Ravi Shastri as the head coach the board has also appointed Sanjay Bangar as the assistant coach, Bharat Arun as bowling coach, Patrick Farhat physio, Shankar Basu trainer, R Sridhar will continue to be the fielding coach. All contracts will be in effect starting today and until the closure of the World Cup 2019,” Chaudhary said.
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    Umesh Yadav’s residence in Nagpur robbed, burglars steal 45k along with two phones

  • Indian express fast bowler, Umesh Yadav’s Nagpur residence was robbed on Monday and reports suggests that approximately Rs 45000 was stolen from his apartments. At the time of the incident, his family was not present inside the residence. Although Yadav’s family hasn’t lodged any FIR yet, the police were swift enough to arrest two suspects.
  • The phone belonged to Yadav’s mother while the cash was reportedly stolen from Tanya Wadhwa’s purse, according to reports from ANI. Yadav’s family had gone out at around 7 pm and returned around 3 am, only to be left shell-shocked by the incident. Police believe that there are others members involved with the suspects and have assigned a team of Ambazari police which has left for Madhya Pradesh.
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Rangana Herath overtakes Malcolm Marshall and Ian Botham

  • Veteran Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath was adjudged as the player of the series for picking up 11 wickets in the only game. With this match winning spell, Herath now has picked up more Test wickets than Malcolm Marshall and Ian Botham. “I know I have bowled a lot of overs, but when you still enjoy playing cricket, I wouldn’t mind bowling more in future. Good to hear that I went past those guys. Overall, this Test match was very good. They were playing sweeps and reverse sweeps, which made it hard for us. But we played better than Zimbabwe, that is why we are here,” said the jubilant spinner.
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Sylhet Superstars to change team name ahead of the BPL season 5

  • The fifth season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is all set to begin from the 4th of November and will be played until the end of December where eight teams will battle it out for the prestigious trophy around the period of 60 days. Dhaka Dynamites will kick off BPL with a home again at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium with the final game being played at Mirpur in Dhaka on the 23rd of December.
  • This season will also see the reintroduction of the team based from Sylhet, named as the Surma Sixers. The team will make its first appearance after the second season with a new ownership and management. Reports confirmed through the franchise sources that the team is going to shape in a new name; it is highly likely the team would appear in the name ‘Sylhet Shurma Sixes’. The reason for the name being Shurma is the name ‘Shurma’ commemorates the famous river Shurma flowing across Sylhet adding the rich value of history to the team.
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Jhulan Goswami humbled by Sachin Tendulkar’s inspiring words

  • Former India Women skipper Jhulan Goswami was left absolutely humbled after Sachin Tendulkar showered praise on her. The India women team have been playing exceptional cricket in the ongoing edition of the ICC Women’s World Cup. They have made it to the semi-finals of the coveted event and are now set to take on Australia Women in the penultimate game of the tournament.
  • The semi-final will be played on July 20. Ahead of the big game, former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has taken to the social media to inspire the women in blue. Tendulkar posted updates on his official Facebook handle. In his post for Jhulan Goswami, the leading wicket takers in ODIs in Women cricket, Tendulkar praised her commitment and zeal. He noted how Goswami overcame all odds to stand at the position where she is at the moment.
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Comilla Victorians sign up four Pakistan players for BPL 5

  • Comilla Victorians, one of the most popular teams in Bangladesh’s domestic Twenty20 league, the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), have announced that the team composition for this year includes three Bangladesh national players and seven overseas players. Among the Bangladeshi players, opener Tamim Iqbal has been roped in as a replacement for ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza who was the captain of Comilla for two years.
  • Among the other two Bangladeshi players in the team are two domestic players – Imrul Kayes and Litton Das, both of whom played for the franchise last year too and have been retained. Among seven overseas players, four are Pakistani. Those include Shoaib Malik, who left the Chittagong Vikings to join the Victorians, and Hassan Ali, who emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded Champions Trophy 2017. Among other two Pakistani players are Fahim Ashraf and Imran Khan Junior. Afghanistan’s Mohammed Nabi, who featured in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), too has been roped in by the Victorians.
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Virender Sehwag dodges questions on the Indian coach selection

  • Virender Sehwag was one part of the collateral damage that followed after the selection of the Indian head coach. He was one of the initial five candidates who threw their hat in the ring for the position. In fact, he was a front runner until the time Ravi Shastri decided to turn the tables and punching in his application.
  • Sehwag today (July 18) evaded questions on the controversial selection of the Indian team’s head coach after being pipped by former Team India director for the high- profile job. Though the opinion of what the future of the Indian team management remained divided, Sehwag had a chance to assume the role as he was among the shortlisted candidates who were interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.
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Amazon India to spend a staggering 40 crore on ‘Inside Edge’

  • The upcoming Bollywood-Cricket web series, named ‘Inside Edge,’ promoted and co-launched by Amazon has already garnered a tremendous buzz all across the nation. Now reports suggest that Amazon India will spend a staggering 40 crore for the feature show. 20 crore has been pledged as the marketing budget. The other half will be spent on production expenditures.
  • Each episode has been earmarked a budget of 2 crores for its production. And it is very evident that the world’s biggest e-commerce platform will leave no stone unturned to promote their first India Original web-series. Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, the story revolves around the ups and downs of a T20team called the ‘Mumbai Mavericks.’
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Glenn McGrath picks top fast bowler in the world

  • Glenn McGrath is in India for his role with the MRF Pace Foundation, overseeing the country’s next generation of talented fast bowlers, and he picked the top quicks in the world. He nominated fellow Aussie left-armer Mitchell Starc as the planet’s number one quick at present.
  • “(Starc’s) ability to bowl attacking lengths with the new ball and reverse the older ball at over 150kph makes him a difficult proposition for batsmen,” McGrath said at a function to mark a 25-year relationship between the MRF Pace Foundation and Cricket Australia.
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Lord’s cricket ground enter the Guinness World Records

  • The year 2017 has been exciting for England, hosting one cricketing extravaganza after the other. After the successful culmination of the ICC Champions Trophy, the Three Lions are currently hosting the ICC Women’s World Cup. Now, the game’s most honourable venue and the home of cricket, Lord’s has entered the Guinness World Record. Lord’s cricket ground entered the records for conducting the largest cricket lesson at a single venue, beating the previous mark set by the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
  • Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), in collaboration with children’s charity Chance to Shine, broke the Guinness Records for the ‘largest cricket lesson (in a single venue)’ on Monday 17 July. The session was pre-approved by Guinness World Records and was led by former England captain Charlotte Edwards with assistance from a team of qualified cricket coaches. The event also featured former England bowler Isa Guha. Almost 580 children attended, mostly from the Chance to Shine schools, for a 30-minute cricket lesson. The children were made to practice bowling and fielding drills.
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New payment details for Anil Kumble and cricketers revealed

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on July 18 revealed the details of the payments made to cricketers for the month of June 2017. The BCCI website listed all the details, and the names of cricketers who received a payment of above Rs. 25 lacs have been listed. As per the list, former India head coach Anil Kumble received a sum of Rs. 4,875,000 as a fee for the month of April 2017. For his one year contract as the head coach, the former spinner was paid close to Rs. 6.25 crore.
  • On the other hand, opener Rohit Sharma has been paid an amount of Rs. 1.12 crore as “share of gross revenue 2015-16 international tournament played in and outside India”. Ajinkya Rahane, who is the vice captain in Tests and also was the highest run-getter in the recently concluded West Indies ODI series has been paid Rs 1.10 crore as share of gross revenue for the same period. As for premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, he was paid Rs. 2.01 crore. Also listed is the payment details for Umpires and match referees who worked in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
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Chris Gayle picks Virender Sehwag as his opening partner in dream XI

  • Gayle was asked to choose his opening partner in his dream XI for the shortest format, and he named former India opener Virender Sehwag who also was a big hitter of the ball, which is why the Jamaican and Indian could form a destructive opening partnership in the World XI. “Virender Sehwag, I think,” Gayle told Sportskeeda. He also said that he would want himself to be the captain of a World XI team. Gayle has previously captained his national side as well.
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