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 headlines of the day.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Brett Lee’s son a fan of Indian skipper Virat Kohli

  • Brett Lee revealed the fact that his 10-year-old son is a fan of the Indian skipper. The 40-year-old then went on to narrate an incident where he mentioned that how Virat Kohli gifted his son a signed Test shirt of his. Lee said that when the bowler told Kohli about his son being a fan, Virat Kohli signed one of Test shirts and handed it over to the Aussie as a gift for his son.
  • “My 10-year-old son’s favorite batsman is Virat Kohli. Once, when Kohli walked past me and we shook hands, I told him that you are my son’s favorite batsman. Kohli showed a great gesture when he gave my son one of his Test shirts signed – with best wishes Kohli,” Lee narrated.
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MCC permits Indian fans to use drums in the WWC final

  • Bharat Army, the Indian fan group which travels worldwide to follow India’s cricketing itinerary has been given permission by the Lord’s management to carry drummers all the way to the stadium. While previously the Barmy Army, the English fan group wasn’t allowed to carry instruments such as the trumpet, the MCC has discussed with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and decided to make an exception for the final.
  • Though the Bharat Army has been allowed to bring one dhol, while instruments such as the horns and vuvuzelas will not be permitted.
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After scintillating performance, Harmanpreet Kaur all set to be felicitated by Railways

  • India now takes on home side England in the finals which is scheduled to be held at Lord’s in front of a sellout crowd. Indian women defeated the home side in Derby in their very first match of the tournament. “Certainly, we would recommend her name to the Railway Ministry for promotion. We will also felicitate her when she comes back home. Whenever our players show excellence or perform outstandingly in international events, we recommend their names for promotion” said the Chief PRO of Western Railways, Ravinder Bhakar, according to The Hindu.
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It is unfair to compare Harmanpreet Kaur’s knock with mine, says Kapil Dev

  • Speaking to The Times of India, Kapil Dev claimed that people should rejoice India’s entry into the finals rather than comparing the two knocks. Kapil also warned the Indians that the final is yet to be played and wished them best of luck ahead of the real deal.
  • “It’s an unfair comparison. You can’t compare those two knocks. Right now, you shouldn’t bring what happened in the past. Right now, we should celebrate Harman’s innings,” he told The Times of India. “The feeling is as if India has already won the World Cup. The final match is yet to be played against England on Sunday and I wish them all the luck,” he added.
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Bangladesh Cricket Board positive about Australia tour, despite payment disputes

  • Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), despite the longstanding payment disputes plaguing Cricket in Australia, remain positive about the upcoming series against Australia, hoping things would materialize in future. All Australian series have come under serious jeopardy including Australia’s tour to Bangladesh. There are still question marks regarding the possibility of India series scheduled on October and Ashes later this year.
  • The Cheif Executive Officer of BCB, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, however, confirmed that the Australian board will send a team to evaluate the security measures taken by the BCB on July 25. A team of five officials is scheduled to visit for inspection and arrangements made by the Board.
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Sachin Tendulkar wants MS Dhoni as a defender in his Kabaddi team

  • Co-owner of the new entrants Tamil Thalaivas, Sachin Tendulkar recently revealed in a press conference that he wants former Indian captain MS Dhoni as a defender in his team. Dhoni has been a priority choice for many legends in their dream teams. However, when asked, who would he pick in his dream Kabaddi team, Sachin’s answer was Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Sachin also adjudged singer and music producer Shankar Mahadevan as the ideal choice for his dream team’s raider.
  • Speaking to the reporters at the event, the Master Blaster said, “If I have to get a defender – it will have to be MS Dhoni. He doesn’t miss much and would be great in that position. A raider is someone who has to hold his breath. When it comes to holding your breath, I don’t think anyone can match (singer) Shankar Mahadevan,” Sachin said.
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The Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri saga is a proof of the captain’s importance in modern day cricket, says Ian Chappell

  • Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has his say on the captain-coach saga that has been making circles around Indian cricket for quite a while now. According to the retired player, the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble chapter was a really engaging one and it portrays the power the skipper enjoys in the team. Or it might be stated as there has been a significant rise in the importance of a captain in modern day cricket.
  • In his column for Hindustan Times, Chappell wrote “Commencing with the role Virat Kohli played in changing the Indian coach, it’s been fascinating to watch the influence of current international captains on their respective teams.”
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Michael Clarke, Hashim Amla to feature in World XI which will tour Pakistan?

  • Some big names, including former Australia captain Michael Clarke and South African batsman Hashim Amla, will feature in a World XI side that will visit Pakistan for a Twenty20 International tour, which would be recognized as full internationals by the ICC, in September, this year.
  • The proposal for the tour involves a three-match T20 series between the Pakistan national team and a World XI side. However, for the tour to go ahead,  the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will have to wait for the official security clearance from the Punjab government.
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Chennai Super Kings still very popular says MS Dhoni

  • The Chennai based team was one of the two franchises including Rajasthan Royals (RR) that was banned from participation in the tournament by the Supreme Court of India in 2015 after the involvement of key members of their team management in the spot-fixing scandal was proved. It was a very sad moment for the franchise and its fans as CSK has been the most successful teams in the IPL and probably around the world as well in the format.
  • The 2-year ban has made the franchise stronger and more popular. The ban ended earlier this month and now the CSK is eligible to make a comeback in the IPL.
  • “We were not here for two years, but our fan following has grown in the last two years. They have stayed with us and the love and affection was always there. It will get amplified when CSK return to play their first game over here,” said Dhoni, who represented Rising Pune Supergiant in the last two IPL seasons.
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Heather Knight, Mithali Raj back the idea of Women’s IPL

  • English skipper Heather Knight showed keen interest on seeing more opportunities come in the way for the women cricketers. Mithali Raj, the Indian captain, also hoped for a women’s IPL to get underway sometime soon. Raj noted that the entire nation is backing the women in blue. She believes that things will change the fortunes of women’s cricket if India lifts the trophy. She added that the BCCI might well consider a women’s IPL as well.
  • “The whole country is rooting for India. This can change the fortunes for women’s cricket. The BCCI now is definitely looking up to it. There might be a lot of changes back home, if we go on to win the World Cup, and they will benefit future generations to come. Maybe a women’s IPL might be in the pipeline,” quoted Mithali Raj.
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Mithali Raj tops the Twitter Emoji charts in ICC WWC 2017

  • Mithali’s popularity has been confirmed from the fact that she has dominated the social media engagements. Prior to the commencement of the tournament, social media platform, Twitter had launched the emojis for the cricketers. As per the recent reports, the emoji of Mithali Raj has surfaced to be the most used one. She is followed by South Africa skipper Dane Van Niekerk and Pakistan skipper Sana Mir.
  • Aneesh Madani, Head of Sports Partnerships, Asia Pacific, Twitter revealed the same as per the quotes in Zee News. He conceded that the 2017 edition of the tournament has seen more tweets and engagements than any other edition in the history of the game. Talking about Mithali’s popularity on the social media, Aneesh noted that the #MithaliRaj has been trending big time. She tops the list of the emojis by a big margin.
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Mahmudullah Riyad taken to hospital after experiencing back pain

  • Bangladesh quintessential middle order batsman, Mahmudullah Riyad, has been admitted to a hospital after suffering from excessive back pain. He sustained the injury while training in the gym at Sher-E-Bangla Stadium National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, on Sunday.
  • While doing the weight training in the gym, he faced a strain in his back muscles. Immediately he was attacked by severe pain and team management sent him to the hospital. The middle order batsman was recently part of the Champions Trophy where Bangladesh reached the semi finals of the tournament.
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Sri Lanka Cricket announces squad for first Test against India

  • Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced the 15 man squad for the upcoming first Test against India. The first Test of the three-match Test series will be played in Galle commencing from July 26. SLC released the statement regarding the squad details in the media on Sunday. The Minister of Sport in Sri Lanka, Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara MP, ratified the squad. The squad is pretty much the same that had recently played in the one off Test against Zimbabwe.
  • Sri Lanka Squad: Rangana Herath (c), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep.
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Aaron Finch believes the Aussies won’t back down in the pay dispute

  • Amidst the ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia (CA) and Australian Cricketers Association (ACA), former Twenty20 International and ODI captain Aaron Finch says player resolve is as strong as ever as negotiations over the ugly pay dispute rocking Australian cricket having taken a backseat yet again.
  • It’s an issue on which Finch says the players simply “will not budge” and praised the courage of the male and female cricketers who held their ground despite the fact that more than 200 of them have been unemployed following the expiration of the last MoU. After the end of Australian women team’s campaign in the Women’s World Cup, 15 more players have been added to the list.
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Akshay Kumar cheers the Indian eves at the Lord’s

  • Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar appeared in the stands at the Lord’s Cricket Ground cheering the Indian Women’s team led by Mithali Raj. India and England are combating for the coveted trophy at the home of cricket and they are in full control at the half way mark.
  • The 49-year-old actor has requested the Director and Producer of his next film to cancel the shooting on Sunday so that he can travel to England and watch Mithali & Co battle it out for the championship. This indeed is a great gesture from such a legendary person who always strives hard to help this country grow.
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Chris Lynn to undergo surgery; hopeful of returning in time for BBL

  • Swashbuckling Australian batsman Chris Lynn will miss the start of the Australian summer following his decision to go under the knife to fix his troublesome shoulder. He has been troubled with the injury for quite some time and will miss the start of the home summer for the fourth season in a row.
  • Lynn, who has a history of shoulder problems, got injured while playing for IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders earlier in 2017. In a game against Mumbai Indians, he landed awkwardly on his shoulder while attempting a catch off Jos Buttler and went off the field. Following the injury, Lynn was sidelined for nine consecutive games before making his comeback against RCB.
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KL Rahul unsure for first Test against Sri Lanka

  • KL Rahul who is on his way to make a comeback to the Indian squad has now suffered a temporary setback. The 25-year-old batsman suffered a shoulder injury earlier in April which forced him to the sidelines for three-and-a-half months. The wicketkeeper-batsman has now been diagnosed with high fever and did not travel with the team today from Colombo to Galle for the first Test of the series. Rahul stayed back in the Sri Lankan capital to undergo tests, all of which, fortunately from his and India’s point of view, came out negative.
  • However, it is expected that Rahul will make a two-hour drive from Colombo either later on Sunday night or on Monday morning to join his team-mates. His inclusion in the squad depends on how quickly he recovers from the fever and regains fitness.
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Competition in the team a positive for the players, says Rohit Sharma

  • Classy Indian batsman Rohit Sharma is all set to restart his Test career after a long break from the longer version of the game. The batsman who is filled with cricketing talent says there is a lot of competition in the Indian middle order but it is a positive for the team. According to Rohit, its all healthy competition and encourages everyone to give their 100 percent on the field.
  • When asked about his way of dealing with competitions in the team, Rohit said that one should always have confidence in his own ability and the effort he puts in. That is the one and only way to challenge for a favored sport, according to the right-hander.
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CA and ACA may fail to get on the new deal before the Ashes

  • Australia’s Cricketers’ Association (ACA) told the players that the new pay deal might not come into play before the commencement of the Ashes 2017, leaving the future of the coveted tournament under clouds. The entire summer of cricket might get washed out due to this pay disputes, much to the disappointments of the fans.
  • The Australian cricketers and the Cricket Australia (CA) have had an altercation regarding the payment issues and this led to the players not signing the Memorandum of Agreement (MoU). Alistair Nicholson has assured that If there is an agreement, the next step would be the more intensive MoU and contract drafting period.
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