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

Here are the top headlines of the day.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina. (Photo by Christopher Lee-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Suresh Raina might be recalled for ODI series against Sri Lanka

  • Raina, who was once a vital cog in the well oiled blue machine, is now considered as an outcast and out of favour player. He is working hard on his fitness and batting. To stage a grand comeback, Raina trained hard in Amsterdam for two months, where he was accompanied by his wife Priyanka and daughter Garcia. He is not resting after returning from Amsterdam and has started training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.
  • An insider has revealed that the board has Raina in their plans for the ICC World Cup 2019. He also said that the cricketer might be given a chance now owing to the heavy schedule of India. “Raina’s an impact player, who can help us win games with his big-hitting down the order. Since we have a heavy limited overs schedule later this season, we need to play him now. He could be a key player for us in the 2019 World Cup,” said the source as quoted by The Times of India.
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Pakistan players asked to return from CPL and English County

  • The Pakistan cricketers who are currently participating in the CPL and English domestic season have been asked to come back to the country following a change in schedule. The ICC World XI series is to be played in mid-September, as it has been finalised lately, the players were asked to make a return.
  • During the annual meeting in June this year, the International Cricket Council had confirmed sending a World XI side for a three-match Twenty20 series to be held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, as a move to resume top flight cricket in Pakistan. The contracted players were given permission to play in the CPL and the English county subject to recall if the World series schedule gets reshuffled.
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Dinesh Mongia demands justice from the BCCI

  • Former Indian international Dinesh Mongia saw his cricketing career break down like a pack of cards when he was suspected of match fixing in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) which was brought up to challenge the Indian Premier League. Though the tournament has been called off and is now defunct, Dinesh Mongia has not been set free by the BCCI. The cricketer now desperately hopes for the BCCI to hear his plea and give him an amnesty.
  • New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent who admitted to being involved in match fixing during the tournament, took Dinesh Mongia’s name in a London court in 2015. Vincent stated that Mongia was one of those cricketers who was associated with the illegal activities at the time of the ICL. However, Mongia was set free by the courts due to lack of evidence, the BCCI did not forgive him. But Mongia has not been denied the permission to play first-class cricket and he also was not imposed with charges.
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English teenager creates record by picking up six wickets in six balls

  • This time, the creator of the record is Luke Robinson, a 13-year old teenager who plays for Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Under-13s, based near Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear in north-east England. “It was surreal.  I have been playing for 30 years and have taken hat-tricks but never anything like this. Time stood still and I thought, ‘is this really happening?” said the proud father Stephen Robinson who plays for the senior team of Philadelphia as per the quotes on AFP.
  • Another unique incident in this unique tale is the whereabouts of Luke’s family. His father Stephen, who is a senior cricketer, was witnessing the incident from the umpire’s position as he was chosen to be the man with the hat for the match. His mother, Helen Robinson, had a tough time managing the scoreboard as she was the scorer for the day.
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Worcestershire trying to rope in Ashwin and Jadeja

  • Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja might be seen in the competition this time around, donning the Worcestershire jersey.
  • “R Ashwin is one of those who have been identified as an ideal candidate by Worcestershire with a view to playing the last few weeks of the English season. The club’s director of cricket, Steve Rhodes, confirmed that Ravindra Jadeja is also of interest. Other first-class counties are understood to be exploring their options, too,” stated an ESPNcricinfo report.
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Irfan Pathan replies his trollers in the perfect style

  • Recently, many cricketers have been the victims to the social media trolls. The latest target was the Baroda’s left-arm fast bowler Irfan Pathan. Earlier, Irfan had posted a picture of himself celebrating the traditional Indian festival, “Rakshabandhan” wearing a Rakhi. Many people on the social media were not happy with the pacer’s actions as it is against the traditions of his religion Islam.
  • However, the fast bowler was not worried about what everyone else said. He rather thanked the people who support and cheer for him. It is not the first time that the all-rounder has been criticized on the social media. Earlier, the cricketer fell prey to social media trolls after posting a photo with his wife Safa Baig. He replied all the people gracefully and with love on the social media. “I always believe there are lots of friends and fans who love and respect me and that are the most important thing for me,” Pathan remarked, as quoted by ANI.
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PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars launch Durban’s team in South Africa’s T20 Global League

  • The Pakistan Premier League’s franchise Lahore Qalandars’ owner has launched the Durban Qalandars in the South Africa’s T20 Global League team. During the ceremony, Lahore Qalandars’ owner Fawad Rana said that he was delighted to be representing the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa’s new T20 competition, the first edition is set to take place later this year.
  • Rana also said that there is better opportunity to come and invest in this great country (South Africa). Apart from the franchise owner, Cricket South Africa CEP Haroon Lorgat and Durban Qalandars’ marquee player and star batsman Hashim Amla was present at the launching ceremony. Lorgat said that it is a proud moment to have Qalandars represent in the tournament.
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Sri Lanka set to host World XI in a charity match

  • Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is set to host a charity match between World XI and Sri Lanka XI on September 8 in a Twenty20 match planned to be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium.

  • The match that will be played two days after the one off T20I between Sri Lanka and India, will feature a host of present and retired overseas stars. We might well get to see some big names in the game. But nothing has been confirmed as yet. The charity match is expected to cover a huge number of global audience.

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Mohammad Amir wins the Player of the Month award for his performances in July

  • Mohammad Amir continues to gain rich rewards during his stay in England as the Pakistan left-arm pacer, who was the crucial part in their win in the final of Champions Trophy, carried on his efforts for the Essex County side and has performed consistently in the NatWest T20 Blast and County Championship. In this process, the 25-year old received the Player of the Month award for his performances in the July Month.
  • Essex has a tradition of awarding their best performer in a given month through voting system accessed by their fans. Four best players in a given month contest for the award sponsored by the DeVines. South African off-spinner Simon Harmer on a Kolpak deal with the Essex, won the Player of the month award for the June month for his consistent show with the ball in the County Championship.
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Shreyas Iyer may get a call-up for the ODI series against Sri Lanka

  • Shreyas Iyer recently scored an unbeaten 140 in the final of the three nation ‘A’ series in South Africa and he might well get a look in. If sources are to be believed then the selectors are thinking of rewarding the performers from the ‘A tours’.
  • Manish Pandey (307 runs in five games) and Shardul Thakur (nine wickets in four matches) are also in the contention for a berth in the upcoming series against the Lankans. Wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant too might get an opportunity, but he hasn’t done extremely well in the recently concluded triangular series.
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MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh almost certain to be selected ahead of the youngsters for the ODIs against Sri Lanka

  • It is expected that the selectors will go with almost the same squad that they played in West Indies, for the ODIs against Sri Lanka. However, a few changes might be seen in the form of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin being rested. This gives us a hint that Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are most likely to get picked despite facing a lot of criticism recently.
  • Both these seniors were heavily criticized for performance with the bat during the West Indies tour. Dhoni had a much better outing than Yuvraj but was slammed for his slow scoring rate. On the other hand, Yuvraj was significantly poor with his form struggling to get runs.
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Delhi Police raids gambling den involved in betting during TNPL

  • Delhi Police recently busted an online betting racket and arrested three bookies involved in gambling during TNPL 2017 on Saturday, according to the statement by police. The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Madhur Varma, stated the gang operated from a rented house in North Delhi’s Anand Vihar area. According to Mathur, the accused go by the name of Vinod Sharma, Vikas Choudhary and Mukesh Aggarwal. The police confirmed the trio as residents of Delhi.
  • In the raid, Delhi Police recovered as many as 13 mobile phones, two laptops and three televisions from the accused apart from other miscellaneous things. The trio placed a bet for a whopping sum of 4 crores in a cricket match in the ongoing TNPL (Tamil Nadu Premier League) on Friday, according to the statement by the Deputy Commissioner.
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ACC accepts Pakistan’s request to shift U-19 Asia Cup 2017 out of India

  • The 2017 U-19 Asia Cup, which was expected to be hosted in India in November, has now been shifted to Malaysia owing to Pakistan’s complaints.
  • On Saturday (August 12), the ACC met in Colombo to discuss the issue. The men in green have previously stated that they are not going to send their team to India because of security threats to their players, Interestingly, the issue of lack of security was used by India to avoid the senior team’s bilateral series. ACC has decided to move the tournament out of India. Malaysia will be hosting the important junior team competition.
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Lalit Modi bids goodbye to cricket administration for now

  • Former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi has quit cricket administration. The controversial administrator resigned from the post of the president of the Nagaur District Cricket Association on Saturday and said that he was taking a break on Twitter. In Modi’s three-page resignation, he’s called for the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) to be the best again.
  • He has said that he had a great experience being the administrator but also realizes that it is time to pass on the hot seat. He also added that he is bidding good bye ‘for now’. It will be interesting to see if this decision takes another turn in the time to come. He also thanked fans and said that they are the lifeline of the IPL.
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Adam Zampa set to feature for the Sylhet Surma Sixers in the 5th edition of the BPL

  • Sylhet Surma Sixers have bolstered their squad by roping in Aussie leg spinner Adam Zampa into their ranks. The services of the young cricketer are sure to boost the team’s morale in the upcoming edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. The news was announced on the team’s official Facebook page. They welcomed the 25-year old into their family as they announced the signing.
  • Speaking about the foreign firepower in the squad, the Sixers already have three Englishmen in the name of Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan and Liam Dawson. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson will also be a part of the team and will be a key factor in their campaign. Batting all-rounder Sabbir Rahman who is known for his destructive approach is the icon of the side for this year’s BPL which is set to commence from the month of November.
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