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.

Asela Gunaratne News
Sri Lankan cricketer Asela Gunaratne reacts after injuring his hand. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Akshay Kumar puts forward the idea of a mixed cricket team consisting of both men and women

  • Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar was present at the iconic Lords Stadium when India took on hosts England in the ICC Women’s World Cup final. Although July 23rd did not see India lift the prestigious World Cup Trophy, the team’s fairytale journey in the tournament was hailed by celebrities all over the country. After watching the girls perform so brilliantly ‘the Khiladi’ Akshay Kumar has shared an exciting idea of his.
  • “Like there are mixed doubles in tennis, why can’t there be a men and women cricket match against another country? Why can’t they have mixed cricket teams where six Indian men and six Indian women play against Australia’s six men and six women? If this kind of a set-up happens, it will be the biggest set-up ever,” said Akshay.
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BCCI shortlists five candidates for the post of Team India manager

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), reportedly conducted interviews for the post of Team India manager on Tuesday. Interviews were held for the 12 prospective candidates, out of which the BCCI is said to have shortlisted five individuals. This appointment is being regarded as an attempt by the Indian cricketing body to inculcate professionalism and efficiency within the team management. As per BCCI sources, the board will make the name of the new team manager public on Wednesday.
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BCCI is all set to rethink the reward for India Women’s team

  • Considering Team India’s performance in recently concluded World Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that it will honour the members of the team in a grand function, the players will be paid 50 lakhs each, whereas, the support staff will get 25 lakhs each.
  • The Committee of Administration (CoA) confirmed the news after India’s thumping victory over Australia in semi-finals. However, if the reports are to believed, the members present in Special General Meeting (SGM) are all set to rethink on the cash reward and may propose an increase in rewards for their brilliant efforts.
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Sania Mirza hails Mithali Raj as an ‘incredible ambassador’ for the sport

  • Indian tennis star Sania Mirza showered praise on the Indian women’s team and skipper Mithali Raj for their fairytale journey in the recently concluded ICC Women’s World Cup. Mirza labelled Mithali as a perfect icon for the sport and appreciated the fact that she has been performing at her best for a long period of time.
  • “Mithali (Raj) has been performing amazingly for many years; she is an incredible ambassador for the game of cricket,” said Sania Mirza. “I really hope this appreciation that all the girls are getting continues because they deserve it,” she added.
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Pakistan’s U19 fast bowler making headlines for his raw pace

  • Recently, a U19 bowler has been creating waves in domestic cricket. Khyber-born Shaheen Afradi Shah has impressed a lot of people with his raw pace and decent control. Only just 17, Shah can crank it up at 145 kmph and possesses a bit of both Wasim and Amir according to his coach.
  • Surprisingly, the teenager hasn’t made a debut in men’s professional cricket yet. He has represented Pakistan at the U19 level and it won’t be long before a first class debut beckons for Shah.
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Asanka Gurusinha labels Virat Kohli as the greatest batsman in the world

  • Speaking to Hindustan Times, Gurusinha said “It (India) is a very strong and experienced batting line-up. It is not going to be easy for any side, not just Sri Lanka, so you have to come with really good plans and then execute in the middle, which is the most important thing. If you come up with plans but don’t execute it, then it is not going to help. My team (Sri Lanka) is ready now,”.
  • “Virat is one of the greatest players in the world and has proven it by consistently scoring. “But to be honest, my personal favourite is Kusal Mendis. He is lot like Virat, in terms of preparations and all that. I am hoping one day he will get to that level.” concluded Asanka Gurusinha.
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Sharjeel Khan will not face a lifetime ban feels lawyer Shegan Ejaz

  • Pakistan opener Sharjeel Khan’s lawyer Shegan Ejaz believes that his client will be discharged by the three-man anti-corruption tribunal who will make their verdict public next month. Sharjeel Khan landed himself in huge trouble after he was arrested for a spot fixing case in Pakistan’s high-intensity T20 league named as the Pakistan Super League.
  • Former Pakistani legends in the form of Javed Miandad and Mohsin Hasan Khan had said that any player found guilty of match fixing should be banned for life. But lawyer Shegan Ejaz is confident that his client will not be treated that harshly and will face a six-month ban on the maximum.
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Asela Gunaratne ruled out of the Test series against India

  • According to Cricbuzz, Gunaratne has now been ruled out of the Test series as well as ODI series. This comes as a big blow to the home side as the all-rounder is a utility cricketer who could perform the dual role of batting and bowling. Sri Lanka are further depleted after Chandimal was ruled out of the first Test due to an injury.
  • “Asela will be taken for surgery soon. After this kind of injury, a player requires about six weeks to recover and play again. He is definitely out of the Test and ODIs. Maybe he stands a chance for the T20 International,” de Silva revealed to Cricbuzz.
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Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman joins CPL

  • The Pakistan Navy man has now agreed to feature in the West Indian franchise based T20 competition the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has handed Fakhar the No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play in the tournament.
  • The fifth edition of the tournament will commence from the 4th of August. Till date, 11 Pakistani cricketers have been drafted to play in the tournament. Veteran Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik will don the jersey of Barbados Tridents alongside national teammate Wahab Riaz. Another veteran Sohail Tanvir will play for Guyana Amazon Warriors. Imad Wasim and Mohammad Sami will play for Jamaica Tallawahs.
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Yuvraj Singh roped in as brand ambassador by Delhi-based brand

  • Active Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has made a mark in his life by associating himself with the world of business and other off the field campaigns. His latest step in the field came when he tied himself up with Delhi based Creator’s Gurukul.
  • Yuvraj Singh has agreed to terms with the brand as a partner and brand ambassador for the next 4 years. Gurukul has a lot of expectations in the coming years as it has been termed as the `next big thing to watch out for in the arena of co-working spaces’. The involvement of a well-known celebrity like Yuvraj Singh will definitely do them a lot of good.
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BCCI wants Virat Kohli to part ways with his job

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) intends to strip Virat Kohli from one of his duties. According to the Indian cricket board, Virat Kohli should not continue as a manager In ONGC, a post that Kohli currently holds.
  • The Conflict of interest issue will be dealt with at the SGM in Delhi on Wednesday. “Yes it will be tabled and we will talk about it in detail. Not just players but there are whole lot of other things as well when we deal with conflict of interest,” a BCCI official told Wah cricket.
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Grant Flower likely to be retained as Pakistan batting coach

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to retain the services of their batting coach Grant Flower. The former Zimbabwean batsman has been associated with the Pakistani national side for a long time now. He has been instrumental in shaping the young Pakistani team that recently won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. The young batsmen have flourished under his watchful eyes.
  • As per the reports in OutlookIndia, some sources close to the PCB have confirmed this news of Grant Flower getting an extension in his contract. It is the recent Champions Trophy win that has strengthened the propositions of retaining the same support staff for the national side. Reportedly, it is not only Grant Flower who is retaining the post.
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Afghanistan qualify for 2018 Under-19 World cup with a thumping victory

  • The 2018 Under-19 World Cup will be contested between sixteen teams, eleven of which qualified automatically. The other five spots were to be determined by a qualifier round which was hosted by Singapore. Tournament’s last encounter was played between two Asian countries, Afghanistan and Nepal which turned out to be a low scoring game but one would have to say, Afghanistan had too much fire power and managed to upstage Nepal by 96 runs.
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Cricket may have to wait till Mumbai Olympics 2032 for its debut

  • 2024 and 2028 Olympics will be hosted by Paris and Los Angeles respectively. Neither France nor the United States is interested in cricket and hence Sir Reedie said while speaking to Sky Sports, “I don’t think cricket has any chance in 2024 or 2028 because neither of the hosts, Paris and Los Angeles, will be very interested and the sport isn’t top of the list of those waiting for a chance.
  • Sir Reedie further said that cricket can announce its arrival in Olympics in 2032. This is because the 2032 edition of Olympics will be hosted by India, and as it known to everyone, India is a cricket-crazy nation. “India is the biggest reason for bringing cricket in and the Games are driven by television, so it is not beyond the realms of possibility but I would suggest 2032 is a more realistic timescale,” said Reedie.
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India needs to win Sri Lanka series to remain at the top of the pile

  • Team India perched at the top of the Test rankings during their remarkable home Test season earlier in the year. The tougher task is to maintain the No. 1 ranking as the competition for the same is colossal. Currently, on the tour of Sri Lanka, India needs to win the series in order to maintain their top spot in the rankings.
  • South Africa, who are also playing a Test series in England, are trailing behind India at the No. 2 spot. If Sri Lanka upset India in this series, South Africa has every chance of climbing ahead of India. For Kohli’s men, the equation is simple: win the series and regain the No. 1 ranking.
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