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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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KL Rahul and Virat Kohli (Photo Source: Twitter)

Virat hasn’t been tested yet as Test skipper: Sourav Ganguly

  • Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly sounded quite confident about India’s thorough dominance in the series. He felt that the Sri Lankan team doesn’t seem likely to pose much challenges to India. “India are perfectly balanced with so much firepower in their batting, bowling and fielding. Sri Lanka on the other hand, have a lot to worry about,” Ganguly told India Today.
  • He also maintained the notion that in spite of all the victories under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, his real test would be doing well outside the subcontinent. “Virat hasn’t been tested yet. Sri Lanka is probably not the strongest Test side at the moment. For me, the fans as well as for Virat Kohli himself, the yardstick will be how well his side performs in South Africa, Australia and England.”
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TNPL franchise Trichy Warriors appoint Jonty Rhodes as their mentor

  • Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes is all set to be a part of the Indian cricketing extravaganza yet again. After donning the blue jersey for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, Rhodes is set to be part of the Trichy Warriors franchise in the ongoing Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). The 48-year-old Protea will act as a mentor and brand ambassador for the side and travel with the team during the course of the tournament.
  • The CEO of the franchise, Shyam Kangayan, had told TOI, “We are looking to have either Hussey or Rhodes as a mentor travelling with the team throughout the tournament. It is in the initial stage but we are definitely looking at roping in one of them. We will be contacting them next week and we hope they are available.”
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PCB demands public apology from ACB to revive cricketing ties with Afghanistan

  • PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has now come to the decision that Pakistan will not revive cricketing ties with Afghanistan unless ACB issues a public apology for their controversial remark.
  • “One day, their chairman [Atif Mashal] met me and was very positive about having good relations. But next day he gave an extremely political statement about Pakistan, so then we told them that we don’t have anything to do with you. He later did express his regret on making the statement and had also apologised privately. But we, the board, have taken a position that until they apologise in public, we should not be reviving any cricketing ties with them,” said the fuming 83-year old.
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Virat Kohli presents ‘superfan’ Uncle Percy with the best birthday gift

  • The extraordinary cricket enthusiast grew a year older today as he stepped into his 81styear. His birthday was made even more special as he received the best gift of his life from Virat Kohli a day before. The Indian captain took out time before the presentation ceremony and went to meet Percy along with Shikhar Dhawan. Kohli kissed Percy on the cheek wishing him ‘Happy Birthday’ to which Percy responded by kissing the captain on both cheeks.
  • Speaking to mid-day on Saturday, Percy said “Before the presentation Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan came to me and wished me happy birthday. Then Kohli kissed me on my left cheek. I kissed him on both his cheeks”.
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PCB will take legal action against BCCI for not playing bilateral series

  • The PCB is now going to opt for the last available option, that is taking legal action against BCCI for dishonouring the terms and conditions of the MoU.
  • PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan on Saturday revealed that his board has reserved Rs. 1 Billion to sue their Indian counterparts. Khan & Co. is moving to the ICC dispute resolution committee. According to Khan, the Board of Governors (BoG) has decided to bear the expenses of the lawsuit. They will take the help of highly qualified British lawyers in this regard.
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PCB introduces T20 league for U19 players

  • Among the many decisions taken by PCB, it was also announced that a T20 league for the young and budding cricketers of the nation. “We have also agreed to introduce a T20 league for the U-19 players to help them gain experience. The performers will eventually participate in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) from where finished product can be inducted into the national team,” said Shaikh.
  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is now looking forward to the betterment of the domestic circuit. In a vow to improve the condition of Pakistani domestic circuit, the PCB has agreed to increase the salary of domestic cricketers by 100%.
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Ranji Trophy to revert back to its original home and away format

  • After a change in the format last season, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to go back to the older format of Ranji Trophy i.e. the home and away fixtures. The decision will be finalized when it’s technical committee under the chairmanship of Sourav Ganguly meet in Kolkata on August 2. A majority of the state associations have demanded to revive the old format of at least four home matches for the upcoming season.
  • Until the 2015-16 season, Ranji Trophy was played with the home and away format. However, the officials decided to bring a change in the way the tournament was conducted and hence decided to try out something new. It had a lot to do with the home team dishing out pitches that assisted them which left the visitors with a diminished chance of scripting a win.
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Cricket Hong Kong suspends Haseeb Amjad for one year

  • Hong Kong pacer, Haseeb Amjad has been suspended for one year by the Cricket Hong Kong after he violated the rules and participated in a disapproved cricket tournament. Amjad represented the Nepal Storms in the Asia Premier League T20 tournament held in June and July this year.
  • Despite being warned by the Cricket Hong Kong for not participating in the tournament which wasn’t approved by the ICC, Amjad featured in the league and thus will now be suspended from all cricket related activities until 19 June 2018; the same day he first featured in the disapproved cricket tournament.
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New ‘Toiletgate’ story creates a stir in Sri Lankan cricket

  • A new story has rocked the roots of Sri Lankan cricket. The story, termed as ‘Toiletgate’, reveals that during Sri Lanka’s ODI series against Zimbabwe, two senior players of the team complained ICC’s anti-corruption panel about the mysterious behaviour of a fellow teammate. The two seniors said ICC that they are suspicious regarding the behaviour of the player.
  • Hearing this, ICC employed its anti-corruption panel to work on it. It has got its name as ‘Toiletgate’ since, during the ODI series, detectives from anti-corruption panel rushed into the players’ dressing room and then into the bathrooms. Interestingly, they were looking for some sort of a device. The Sunday Times mentioned that ICC is investigating the case now.
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Jhulan Goswami in no mood for a love angle in life right now

  • Jhulan still has the hunger to see the Indian team rise to the new heights. This is evident from the fact that she is the leading wicket taker in Women’s ODIs. Amidst all this, in a recent media interaction, Jhulan was asked about her personal life.
  • The question basically worked around the love life. In a reply that is bound to win a lot of hearts, the veteran cricketer conceded that her focus is on the game at the moment. She has no time for a relationship or a love angle for now. She feels one must have the time to justify a relationship. For now, she feels cricket is the priority.
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L Balaji indicates that his playing days are past him, not feature in TNPL

  • Former India pacer L Balaji has ruled himself out of the ongoing TNPL. The 35-year old announced his retirement from cricket last September and is not keen on reversing his decision. He was picked to be the bowling coach for Kolkata Knight Riders this year when Wasim Akram made himself unavailable for the season.
  • The medium-pacer was a part of the Albert Tuti Patriots franchise last year and did a reasonable job for them, picking 11 sticks from 8 games at an economy rate of 5.92 including a memorable spell of 5/18. Tuti Patriots have named S Aravind as a replacement for Balaji, a left-handed opening batsman who could bowl left-arm spin as well. Balaji, however, would remain a part of the franchise as a support staff.
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Dinesh Chandimal joins Sri Lanka squad ahead of second Test

  • Team Sri Lanka have received a big boost ahead of the second Test against England. Their regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal has reportedly joined the national squad in Colombo. Chandimal had to miss out on the first Test at Galle after having been ruled out due to pneumonia. He was diagnosed with the illness that forced him to spend close to four days at the hospital.
  • The Sri Lanka team Cricket Manager Asanka Gurusingha talked about the same and revealed that Chandimal looks good to participate in the second Test. He has already joined the team at the team hotel. He further added that the veteran batsman is feeling alright and is raring to go. At the same time, the team management and the doctors are keen on monitoring his progress in the next couple of days before they make the eventual call.
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