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

Here are the top headlines of the day.

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Vijay Goel felicitates the Indian women’s team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

PCB has received the winner’s prize money for the Champions Trophy from the ICC

  • Pakistan Cricket Board has received the winner’s prize money of 230 million rupees from the International Cricket Council (ICC). After their return to Pakistan with the trophy, numerous felicitations have been held already. From prize money to cars as prizes, they Men in Green received all the appreciation they deserved. It has been learnt that the board has conveyed to the team that out of the total prize money, 16 shares will be made for the players and one share will be singled out for the management.
  • The Pakistan team won USD 2,200,000 and the ICC has sent them the full amount without deduction in taxes. Earlier, each player was awarded Rs. 10 million by the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 5 and 2.5 million each was awarded to the management and coaches. Inzamam-ul-Haq, the chief selector, was also given an amount of 10 million rupees.
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Peshawar Zalmi’s owner Javed Afridi announces Global League in 15 countries

  • Peshawar Zalmi have announced to expand its Zalmi Global League in over 15 countries. They as a unit believe that it will provide overseas Pakistani cricketers to play aside some big guns and be a part of Pakistan Super League (PSL).
  • With the expansion, top players will be getting an opportunity to train alongside Zalmi. “PSL champions proudly announce Global Zalmi League, to be held before PSL 3 next year,” said a spokesman of Peshawar Zalmi franchise as quoted by Geo.tv.
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Kamran Akmal terms Waqar Younis as a ‘failure’

  • Pakistani cricketer Kamran Akmal has taken a massive dig at one of Pakistan’s greatest bowler of all time, Waqar Younis. Akmal blamed Waqar of causing a lot of harm to Pakistan cricket in his two separate spells as the coach. According to Akmal, the legendary bowler was a failure as the head coach of the Pakistan cricket team.
  • “Waqar bhai was a failure as coach and he caused lot of damage to Pakistan cricket. In his enthusiasm to experiment and sideline established players he put the national team back by two to three years,” Kamran said on Geo Supper Channel.
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The iconic Lord’s to have a One Day International honours board

  • The Marylebone Cricket Club who owns the iconic Lord’s stadium has announced that a One Day International honours Board is all set to be put up at the stadium. The board will feature remarkable achievements on the ground by both men and women in the 50-over format of the game.
  • “We are looking into an honours board in one-day cricket for everybody,” MCC chief executive Derek Brewer told the UK Telegraph.  “There are some practical issues we have to address first, such as where it will be situated and how long back in time we go but it is certainly on our minds and an ODI honours board for both men and women would be the way forward.” He concluded.
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World XI tour will help in bringing back cricket to Pakistan feels Mickey Arthur

  • Pakistan cricket team head coach Mickey Arthur believes that the tour of the ICC world XI to the country will boost the motive of returning international cricket to the country. The cricket scenario in the country vanished after the horrific terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in the year of 2009. Since then, Pakistan has seen only a limited over series against Zimbabwe in 2015.
  • Mickey Arthur says that the ban on cricket in Pakistan is very severe. “The isolation is being very hard on Pakistan cricket,” Arthur told AFP.
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Vijay Goel felicitates Indian Women’s cricket team for their recent success in the WWC

  • Lauding the Indian Women’s team on their recent success, Sports Minister of India, Vijay Goel on Thursday felicitated the team for their impressive campaign at the recently concluded WWC 2017. India finished the tournament as the runners-up after narrowly losing out to hosts England by 9 runs in a scintillating finale. With the win at Lord’s, England lifted their fourth World Cup trophy, and in the process, destroyed India’s best chance to win their maiden World Cup silverware.
  • The Indian team received a stirring reception in the national capital. At the event, Goel said that the Indian team’s performance has been era defining and will act as a catalyst to inspire the younger generation of female cricketers. He also stated that this performance will provide a major morale boost to India’s football team for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup. He further ensured that the ministry will provide top-notch facilities to players from every field.
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Corruption charges on him taken back by the PCB, says Umar Akmal

  • Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has stated that he is now free of any corruption charges or spot fixing allegations. The 27-year-old said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has removed the charges imposed on him. Akmal also admitted to the fact that he did not work on his fitness. He has held himself responsible for not achieving a central contract from the board.
  • “I don’t blame anyone, I am to blame for not getting the contract. I am now taking my fitness and training very seriously as I want to get back into the national team stronger and fitter,” Akmal said in an interview from London.
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Mithali Raj and team reveal their dressing room stories during the ICC WWC

  • Apart from the good cricket played by the Indians, there were other issues that caught media attention during the tournament. One of them was the picture of Mithali Raj reading a book before coming on to bat in the very first match against England. As the picture went viral on the internet people became a fan of her coolness. The Indian skipper has finally opened up on the incident.
  • “I don’t like to prepare myself ahead of the match as I like to play according to the situation. I feel that if I am calm and composed while going to bat, I will be able to play much better cricket. That is why I carry a book along with me. I read a lot during the course of the tournament as it was a long one, but in that particular match, I was reading the biography of Nasser Hussain,” said Raj.
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Asela Gunaratne ruled out of action for a minimum of 6-8 weeks

  • Hosts Sri Lanka has been hit with a huge blow as star player Asela Gunaratne will take no further part in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka. The right handed batsman is reported to be out of action for at least 6-8 weeks which is a major matter of concern for the Sri Lankans.
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It might be curtains for JP Duminy as far as Tests are concerned

  • South Africa batsman JP Duminy’s Test future looks hugely uncertain after he was sent back home after South Africa’s 340 run win in the second Test against England at Trent Bridge. Duminy had an utterly disappointing campaign in the first two Tests and skipper Faf du Plessis believes the same. According to the skipper, Duminy has to work extremely hard and come a long way to earn his spot back.
  • With Theunis de Bruyn and Aiden Markram in contention, it can well be curtains on JP Duminy’s Test career. Skipper Faf du Plessis stated that both the young stars being exciting talents now deserves the opportunity to prove themselves at the highest level.
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BCCI and Jaipur police unearth fixing scandal in Rajasthan’s RCL

  • The Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) that is already struggling for its membership status with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has more troubles as a Twenty20 league played under its purview has come under the scanner for corruption. The Jaipur police in a joint operation with the Anti-Corruption Unit of the (ACU) of the BCCI have made several arrests for fixing matches in the Rajputana Cricket League (RCL).
  • The tournament features six teams- Jaipur Tigers, Udai Bhilwara Wolves, Sikar Bulls, Jodhpur Lions, Udaipur Eagles and Ajmer Panthers and is telecast live. After unearthing the scandal Jaipur police also lined up some of the biggest names in Rajasthan cricket along with other suspects some of who also are a part of the broadcasters for interrogation. They have already made 20 arrests in the case which includes bookies and players.
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Virender Sehwag picked in the Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award Committee

  • Virender Sehwag one of India’s most successful openers has been picked in a 12-member committee appointed by the central government with the responsibility of selecting the athletes for the Khel Ratna as well as Arjuna award for the year. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award is the highest sporting honour in India whereas the Arjuna award is the Sports Ministry’s recognition for exceptional contribution in sports every year.
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Indian Women’s team won the hearts of 1.25 crore Indians: Anurag Thakur

  • Anurag Thakur has hailed Mithali & Co. for their “exemplary” performance in the tournament. He said that despite the fact that they were unable to win the top prize, they won the hearts of every Indian. He also mentioned how everyone was proud of their achievements.
  • Thakur was present at a felicitation ceremony in New Delhi to felicitate wicketkeeper batswoman, Sushma Verma. “Every Indian is feeling proud of the performance of the women’s cricket team. Their performance was exemplary. Even though they were unable to win the World Cup, they won the hearts of 1.25 crore Indians,” Thakur told ANI.
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CoA issues notice to BCCI officials for not inviting Rahul Johri to SGM

  • The Committee of Administrators (CoA) were left absolutely unimpressed by the actions of the office bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently. The reason behind this being the ignorance of the office bearers during the recent board SGM. The CoA have issued a notice to the office bearers for not having invited the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri at the SGM.
  • As per the reports in the Indian Express, the notice has been issued to the top officials as well, which includes the acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and the treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary. The CoA often issues the Status Reports. According to the third Status Report, which was released on April 6 this year, the CEO Rahul Johri is ought to be considered as a representative at all the Special General Meetings (SGM).
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