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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

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India’s newly appointed cricket team coach Ravi Shastri speaks during a news conference. (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

Dinesh Chandimal ruled out of the first Test; Herath to lead

  • Following Angelo Mathews’ decision to step down as the captain of the Sri Lankan national team, Dinesh Chandimal was elected as the stand-in captain. However, the newly appointed skipper will not be able to lead his country in the upcoming first Test against India after being diagnosed with pneumonia. The 27-year-old wicketkeeper has been ruled out of the first Test against the Men in Blue.
  • Chandimal started his innings as a captain with flying colours. The flamboyant batsman kicked of his captaincy on a winning note, registering a memorable record win over Zimbabwe in the one-off Test. According to recent reports, in Chandimal’s absence, Rangana Herath is most likely to be appointed the as the interim captain to lead the side.
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Ravi Shastri makes his intentions clear ahead of Sri Lanka series

  • Indian team is all set to face Sri Lanka in a week’s time and the preparation before the start of the long tour is going in full swing. With Ravi Shastri taking over as head coach of Indian team, the intent and aggression are expected to reach a higher stratum as the young Indian team takes the field against the subdued opponents.
  • “They know their job, they are professional cricketers. Once they step on the field they take over. That is how it should be,” said Shastri after landing in Sri Lanka.
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Members tickets forced to go up for general sale at Lords due to crazy demand for WWC final

  • The final of the Women’s World Cup will surely be a cracker and the high demand for the tickets have forced the committee to put the member’s tickets for general sale. The final will be played at Lords between England and India and the crowd cannot wait for the action to begin.
  • The number of members those who have received badges for the final counts to an approximate 1050 with a further 1,700 Rover tickets, for members family and friends, being sold.
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Wikipedia declares India winners of WWC 2017 a couple of days ahead of the final

  • If you rely on Wikipedia to source all your information there is a serious need to rethink. As the pages are open for edits, it is often that we see unverified and a lot of times incorrect information posted on the free encyclopaedia. Something similar happened today as the Wiki page for Women’s World Cup already listed Team India as the winner and England as the runners-up of the 2017 edition of the tournament whereas the final is yet to be played.
  • The Indian Women’s team beat defending champions Australia in the second semi-final of the Women’s World Cup 2017 to barge into the final where hosts England await them for the summit clash at the Lord’s on Sunday, July 23. They weren’t expected to come thus far in the tournament given that Mithali Raj & Co. had to make their way through the qualifiers to seal a spot in the World Cup in the first place.
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Stuart MacGill settles disputes with Cricket Australia

  • Shortly after Justice Michael McDonald advised former Victorian and New South Welsh leg-spinner to hire a legal representative for his battle against Cricket Australia regarding compensation for his financial blow due to injury, CA has made a settlement with Stuart MacGill. Earlier in 2008, MacGill was forced to retire from cricket due to the injuries he sustained in his career. As a result, the leggie claimed USD 2.6 million in salary and match payments after injury.
  • MacGill sued Cricket Australia for a whopping sum of 1.6 million dollars for financial payments owed to him due to various injuries after he hung up his boots in May 2008 due to various injuries. MacGill also appealed for an additional amount of 1 million dollars in interest due to the costs accrued.
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Virender Sehwag inspires power hitter Harmanpreet Kaur

  • Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian batter who rattled the Australian Women’s bowling attack last night is a big fan of former Indian Men’s team opener Virender Sehwag. Harmanpreet played a match-winning unbeaten knock of 171 runs off a mere 115 balls. She started her innings slowly, but accelerated it soon with an unbelievable strike rate and led her team to a victory against the defending champions Australia in the second semi-final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
  • Now the vice-captain of the team is getting ready to play a big role in the final on Sunday. The middle-order batter is a big fan of former Indian opener Virender Sehwag and that inspires her a lot. “I love his style and his attitude on the field. He has often given me tips to improve my batting,” she said.
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Ravi Shastri expresses his desire to talk to Anil Kumble when he meets him

  • Newly appointed head coach Ravi Shastri said that he will have a talk with former coach Anil Kumble when he gets a chance. Ravi Shastri had done the same when Kumble succeeded the 55-year-old as the head coach of the Indian team in 2016. According to Shastri, he is willing to hold a discussion with the legendary leg spinner when he meets him. He also mentioned that he did not get the opportunity to share a few words with Kumble this time after being selected as the coach.
  • “When I meet him (Kumble) I will have a chat. Yes, when I bump into him, I will have a discussion,” Ravi Shastri told Mirror. He added that he did not get the “chance to interact with anybody this time so far.”
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Players not eligible for share from BCCI’s IPL revenues

  • The BCCI-appointed audit firm Deloitte has revealed that the total gross earning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) doesn’t include the revenue generated from the IPL. The assessment undercut former coach Anil Kumble’s suggestion earlier this year, that players’ share of the pie should be 26 percent of all board income including the league revenues.
  • The revenue shares as defined by the prescribed Deloitte manual allot 13 per cent for international cricketers, 10.40 per cent for senior domestic cricketers, 1.60 per cent for junior domestic cricketers and 1 per cent for women cricketers. Also, in addition, a 1 per cent share has been reserved for Players’ Association that will be formed via a steering committee as per the Lodha Committee’s recommendations accepted by the Supreme Court of India.
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BCCI to reward Indian Women’s team for their spectacular performance in WWC 2017

  • Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) acting president CK Khanna confirmed that the female cricketers will be rewarded for their spectacular performance. “BCCI will give a reward to Women’s Cricket Team on their tremendous performance in World Cup. Match by match Indian team is performing so well now, we are proud of them particularly the knock played by Harmanpreet Kaur,” said Khanna while speaking to the news agency ANI.
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Harmanpreet Kaur’s family overjoyed with her success

  • Yesterday, Indian women beat Australia by 36 runs to progress into the final of the Women’s World Cup for only the 2nd time in the history. Harmanpreet Kaur was the top scorer with her unbeaten knock of 171 runs. This is the highest knock by an Indian Woman in a World Cup match. The inning has earned Harmanpreet plaudits from many quarters, including her hometown Moga in Punjab. Celebrations started early there, with youngsters in the area dancing on the roads.
  • Harmanpreet’s sister Hemjit compared her with the legends of the game like Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli stating that her batting style is pretty similar to Viru and the aggressive intent in her batting has glimpses of Indian captain Virat. “She bats like Virender Sehwag and is aggressive like Virat Kohli,” Hemjit Kaur as quoted by the Indian Express.
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MS Dhoni and Matthew Hayden to feature in six hitting contest in TNPL

  • The India Cements Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2017 will commence on Saturday, July 22, with the defending champions Albert TuTi Patriots taking on the Dindigul Dragons at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. A star-studded six-hitting contest ahead of the game will kick off the second edition of the tournament.
  • India cricketers MS Dhoni, Mohit Sharma, S Badrinath, Pawan Negi, former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden and Tamil Nadu batsman Anirudha Srikkanth will face a bowling machine and attempt to clear the ropes. India Internationals L Balaji, M Vijay and Tamil Nadu all-rounder C Ganapathy will also be present at the event, which is sponsored by Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited.
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Chaminda Vaas joins Sri Lanka cricket team as the pace bowling coach

  • Earlier today, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced that they have drafted former pacer Chaminda Vaas into the national side to act as the fast bowling coach for the upcoming series against India. Vaas, who served the national side for over a decade, has been helming the national programme and working with the feeder squad for some time.
  • He is now set to join the senior team as a specialist fast bowling coach after former bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake stepped down. Previously, Vaas enjoyed a stint with the senior side from May 2013 to April 2015. Since then, he has worked with national teams of Ireland and New Zealand.
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Indian fast-bowler beaten up by five anonymous people in Noida

  • Days after the horrific attack on Mohammed Shami‘s house in Kolkata, another Indian fast bowler has been attacked by some unknown bunch of people. Kings XI Punjab’s Parvinder Awana, who made his International debut in 2012, was beaten up by five anonymous people in Greater Noida and investigation has been initiated to look into this matter.
  • ANI News UP claimed through their official Twitter account that the 31-year-old fast bowler was beaten up and the local police have started the investigation. Though there is no information as yet as to who was behind the attack and why was he attacked, the Delhi man is safe currently.
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BCCI thinking over IPL for Women after recent performances

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is thinking over an IPL themed tournament for the Women in India. Mithali Raj’s Indian Women’s Team are finalists of ICC Women World Cup going on in England and Wales. The finals will be held at Lord’s on Sunday against the home side England who have unstoppable since their defeat against the Indian team in their very first match in the tournament.
  • “It will be a momentous occasion if the girls can lift the cup on Sunday at Lords. It will definitely generate interest among the women cricketers just like Kapil’s Devils has inspired the entire nation into cricket in 1983,” commented Diana Edulji, the former Women’s Team captain and a primary member of the Supreme Court appointed CoA, which sanctions decisions made by BCCI. There are growing similarities between Kapil Dev’s 1983 World Cup campaign and present Indian campaign in England. Both featured Lord’s as the venue for finals as well. Only time will tell if Mithali Raj would lift it as well this time.
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Rajasthan Royals looking to start afresh

  • The Rajasthan Royals are aiming at a new beginning following the completion of their 2-year ban from the Indian Premier League (IPL) imposed by the Supreme Court. As the team gears up for the 2018 IPL season, they have a few things to sort out before the new campaign.
  • Rajasthan Royals co-owner Manoj Badale confirmed the news of talking to potential investors to TOI this week. “Yes, quite a few corporates have reached out to us with communicating expression of interest to buy stake in RR.” said Badale speaking to the paper from London.
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