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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Reports: Ravi Shastri wants Sachin Tendulkar as Team India consultant

  • Adding to the latest controversy in Indian cricket, reports claim that head coach Ravi Shastri has asked the BCCI to sign Sachin Tendulkar as a consultant for overseas tours. After a lot of controversy and debate, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) finally appointed Ravi Shastri as the new coach of the Indian team till the 2019 World Cup.
  • According to Cricket Next, Ravi Shastri said, “The BCCI can certainly bring in guys like Zaheer and Dravid as consultants from time to time. Their experience is invaluable. But as far as a full-time support is concerned, I will need to decide on it because it is me who will be working with them for next two years.”
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Ravi Shastri to earn big as the Indian head coach

  • Recently BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee named former all-rounder Ravi Shastri as the new head coach of India. As per the latest reports, BCCI has decided to pay a lavishing amount of salary to the former team director. The BCCI has decided to pay Shastri Rs 8 crores per annum.
  • Yesterday, the Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai announced the appointment of the supporting staff of the team. The committee named Bharat Arun as the full-time bowling coach, Sanjay Bangar as the assistant coach and R Sridhar as the fielding coach. It is reported that trio will receive Rs 2.3 crores per annum each for their invaluable services. This amount was, however, after foregoing their IPL contracts.
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BCCI CEO Rahul Johri slaps notice on general manager MV Sridhar

  • Rahul Johri, CEO of the BCCI has sent a notice to the board’s General Manager Sridhar for not submitting the full details of the graft case in his disclosure. The former Indian first-class cricketer has confirmed that he did receive an email from Johiri but said that it’s not a show cause notice.
  • “It is not a show cause notice because earlier a declaration was sought from all employees about their educational qualifications. The point of not disclosure is not correct. I have received a mail asking me to share the details regarding the old ACB case filed in 2011 in Hyderabad,” Sridhar told The Indian Express.
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India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun looking forward to the Sri Lanka tour

  • After much confusion on who will travel to Sri Lanka as a part of Ravi Shastri’s extended coaching staff, the names were finally revealed. Bharat Arun, who was India’s bowling coach from 2014 to 2016 has been re-elected for the post. Initially, it was reported that Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan were appointed as the batting and bowling consultants to the team.
  • Speaking to Times of India, Arun expressed his happiness on being back to the team as the bowling coach. “It feels great to be back in the Indian scheme of things and work again with the likes of (Ravi) Shastri, (Sanjay) Bangar and (R) Sridhar. I’m looking forward to the Lanka series,” the former India international said.
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Sachin Tendulkar becomes the brand ambassador for Sony Ten

  • Indian cricket may witness many heroes and legends, but the aura of Sachin Tendulkar conquers them all. Even after his retirement from the game, most sponsors keep running to him for deals. Hence it does not come as a surprise that Sony Pictures Network, that has launched a new group of sports channels, has made Sachin Tendulkar the brand ambassador for the same.
  • As the ambassador of Sony, the God of Cricket, as he is fondly called, will be seen in a number of television commercials. During the launch event, hosted by Harsha Bhogle, a promotional video by Sachin was seen, in which he talks about sports, its values, while also highlighting Sony’s latest tagline – “Go Beyond.”
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MS Dhoni wants to get his bat altered

  • Former Indian captain MS Dhoni feels the need to change his technique for the future challenges. He wants his bats to be resized as per the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) rules. As per the recent guidelines set by the MCC, the thick edges of bats will have to be limited to within 40mm. Whereas it is understood that Dhoni’s bat has an edge of 45mm at present.
  • Apart from Dhoni, many other big hitters also need to get their willows resized which include the likes of Australian opener David Warner, West Indian big hitters Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard. However, a lot of modern day masters have bats within the set of rules as per the MCC. India skipper Virat Kohli, England Test skipper Joe Root and Australia skipper Steve Smith also have bats with less than 45mm thick edges. Even South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has his bats well in the guideline of MCC.
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Defending Champions, Tuti Patriots, blocked from taking part in TNPL 2017

  • Tuti Patriots, the defending Champions of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) might not feature in this year’s tournament if things do not get resolved. Their participation is under serious threat after a principal district court blocked their involvement in the tournament after a case was filed by the Indian Bank authorities over the failure to pay back a loan.
  • The team was bought for 5.21 crores by Albert Muralitharan who owns the Albert Theatre. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) under whom the TNPL comes under will go to higher court in order to get an interim stay on the judgement.
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Darren Sammy chooses T20 Global League over BPL

  • Sammy didn’t feature in any IPL game this year for the Kings XI Punjab, but he is a vital cog in the Rajshahi Kings team which competes in the BPL. The Caribbean maestro captained the side last year and was roped in by the Kings for this year’s BPL as well. But he has decided to skip the fifth edition of Bangladesh’s cricket extravaganza.
  • South Africa is launching their own franchise league called the T20 Global League. Sammy has his preference sorted and is all set to play in that league. The 33-year old experienced all-rounder is the captain of Pakistan Super League (PSL) winners Peshawar Zalmi. The Zalmi franchise has bought a team in the T20 Global League and handed the player from St Lucia a request to feature for their team. Sammy has agreed to strike a deal with Zalmi and hence will skip BPL 5.
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A new cricket stadium to be built near Padma River in Bangladesh

  • The government of Bangladesh is planning to construct a new international cricket stadium near the famous Padma River. As the fever of the game is increasing by the day, the need for more facilities and lavishing international stadiums is also increasing. As per the recent plans, a team of experts from the National Sports Council (NSC) and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) visited the site Dhutrabari near Paturia Ferry Ghat on July 18.
  • Dhutrabari is located in the Shibalaya Upazila of Manikganj district, and it is very near to the river Padma. Bangladeshi fans are considered among the most passionate followers of the sport and backed the national team all these years while they were too naive to beat the bigger teams. The support has grown to another level ever since they have started to beat the top teams across the formats of the game.
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What happened to Federer’s cow was not what Sehwag had assumed in his tweet

  • The former Indian swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag had tweeted in the late hours on Tuesday, about the tennis star Roger Federer’s love for cows. In the tweet, Indian opener praised the eight-time Wimbledon champion with photos of him with the cows as a cow lover. The photo posted by the former Indian opener was captioned as “Cow love of the legend Roger Federer. So wonderful to see.” However, least does the opener know the history behind the cows in the photo. The first picture in the tweet is a young Federer milking Juliette, a milch cow gifted to him by the organisers of the Swiss Open in 2003 (the second picture).
  • Roy Emerson, the legendary Australian tennis player who has a home in Gstaad, was quoted by the Telegraph saying, “Juliette gave birth to a calf, and then she wasn’t producing enough milk, so she was slaughtered.” The third picture likewise too is from the Swiss Open, where the Daily Mail reported that the cow which was named Desiree was handed over as a part of the homecoming ceremony.
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Mashrafe Mortaza rubbishes rumours of his ODI retirement

  • Bangladeshi international cricketer Mashrafe Mortaza decided to hang his boots from the shortest format of the game after the T20 series against the Sri Lankans in April this year. Following his retirement, there were rumours about the pacer deciding the same for his One Day international career as well. But the reports were denied by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan.
  • When asked about the spreading rumours regarding his One Day international retirement, Mortaza said “First of all, you must analyse who is trying to speculate all these things and what is their purpose. It is clear to me, their motives, and it really does not matter as I am clear to my conscience. Secondly, I am sure that if I don’t enjoy the game that drives me to play international cricket, I will get some kind of a signal and I won’t be playing. Like say… if I am not enjoying the fitness camp [in Dhaka] or had felt that the load is a bit too much for me, it can be considered as a sign that my time is getting short.”
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Sourav Ganguly’s statue becomes scapegoat of political rivalry

  • Ganguly was ecstatic after reaching Balurghat to see his giant 8-feet statue made up of bronze. He clicked a selfie with the statue and captioned the image humorously “Looks like me”. But as it seems, there is some bad news awaiting him. The statue, which was supposed to stay at the main entrance of the local stadium, has been removed owing to a political dispute.
  • According to the reports, President of District Sports Association and Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) leader, Mr Goutam Goswami didn’t invite the MPs or MLAs of the ruling party Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the event. Prodipto Roychowdury, who is a local resident, reported that the TMC leaders were agitated to hear this and it led to a clash of ego between the two political parties.
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Mohammad Amir names the toughest batsman he’s bowled to

  • Amir acknowledged to holding Virat Kohli in high regard as he said, “Kohli and De Villiers are both very dangerous batsmen but I believe that Kohli is the best.” He also commented that it “felt good to dismiss Virat Kohli twice in two balls as he’s a very good batsman.”
  • When asked about the toughest batsman he’s had to bowl to, he named two batsmen from the Aussie camp. “When I made my debut, Shane Watson was the toughest batsman to bowl to. Now Steve Smith is the toughest batsman to bowl to, he has an awkward technique and you can’t tell what he will do next,” he was quoted by PakPassion as saying.
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Sri Lanka sports minister wants the 2011 World Cup final to be investigated

  • April 2, 2011, is a date which will be etched in the memory of Indian cricket fans forever. Team India won their second World Cup title, after 28 years, by beating Sri Lanka in the finals at the Wankhede Stadium. Dhoni’s title winning six is a sight that does not fade away. However, that same night has come under the scanner once again, but for wrong reasons. After allegations made by former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga, that the final was scripted, Sri Lanka’s sports minister has doubled the calls for an investigation into Sri Lanka’s loss against India.
  • Pressure has since been mounting for an inquiry into the shock defeat, with a former cricket captain and a minister going public with their suspicions that Sri Lanka deliberately lost the match. “The allegations merit an investigation,” Dayasiri Jayasekera,” the sports minister of Sri Lanka, told reporters in Colombo. “As soon as I get a written complaint, I will start a probe.”
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Chris Gayle says he will feel privileged with any IPL team, if not RCB

  • Gayle scored just 77 runs in 9 matches at a low average of 22.22 in the IPL. Next year, there will be fresh auctions, and when Gayle was asked which other IPL franchise would he prefer if not RCB, he gave a diplomatic response. “To be honest with you, whatever team it is, wherever I wind up, I’ll be most privileged to produce the goods for the team I end up representing. So, I’ll just wait and see what happens next year,” he told Sportskeeda.
  • “Once I’m associated with the IPL, I’m good to go. Same entertainment, the same passion for whichever team I play for,” he added.
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