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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

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Sri Lanka. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka all set to visit Pakistan for T20I clash in September

  • Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala wants his team to tour Pakistan and play a one-off T20I game.
  • This comes in as a huge boost for the cricket loving nation of Pakistan, as they have been waiting for competitive mouth-watering contests since a long time.
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Ravichandran Ashwin to take part in county cricket

  • Indian spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin, who had been rested from the ODI series as well as the T20Is against Sri Lanka, will take part in county cricket this season.
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BCCI tells CoA, 15-day window post-IPL not possible until 2023

  • The Board of control for cricket in India (BCCI) have expressed their helplessness over not being able to accommodate a 15-day window post the Indian Premier League and the domestic international calendar.
  • The BCCI office-bearers have told the Committee of Administrators (CoA), in a recently-held meeting in the capital, that Justice (retired) RM Lodha panel’s recommendation can’t be honoured till 2023.
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MSK Prasad flatters Hardik Pandya by comparing him with Kapil Dev

  • Hardik Pandya’s devastating knock against the Sri Lankans on the second day’s play will be remembered by every Indian cricket fan.
  • “Pandya’s knock was breathtaking. I was fortunate to see it live. Our team was not in a comfortable position when he arrived at the crease yesterday, but the way he paced his innings was unbelievable,” said Prasad.
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Under-19 Asia Cup schedule postponed to September 2018, venue yet to be confirmed

  • The Under-19 Asia Cup which was scheduled to be held in June 2018 has been moved to Malaysia from India. Bangalore was the decided venue, but the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) came up with a decision that it will now take place in Kuala Lumpur.
  • While the Council made this announcement, they did not reveal the expected postponement of the tournament.
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MSK Prasad reveals the reason behind Yuvraj Singh’s omission

  • The chairman of selectors MSK Prasad has revealed that veteran Team India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been given rest and not dropped from the limited overs series against Sri Lanka, starting from August 20 onwards.
  • He has also said that the selectors have considered a rotation policy, where a set of players will be given opportunity in the coming 4-5 months.
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Yuvraj Singh has his fitness to blame rather than his form, says Saba Karim

  • The Indians will take on the hosts Sri Lanka in a 5 match ODI series after their triumph in the Test series at the island nation.
  • According to Saba Karim, the main reason behind not including Yuvraj in the squad is the cricketer’s deteriorating fitness.
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Karnataka Premier League 2017 schedule announced

  • The sixth edition of the Karnataka Premier League will begin with the clash between Hubli Tigers and Belagavi Panthers at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on 1 September.
  • The tournament will be played over 19 days and comprise 24 matches over three venues at Mysuru and Huballi, apart from Bengaluru.
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David Warner finds backing from coach Darren Lehmann ahead of Bangladesh series

  • Australian coach Darren Lehmann intended opener, David Warner, to improve on his number in Asia and outside home, looking at the Two-match Test series against Bangladesh starting 27th of August at Sher-e-Bangla national stadium in Dhaka.
  • The Sunrisers Hyderabad captain has a moderate average outside home (36.61) in comparison to his average at home (59.21). Furthermore, his average drops down to 30.38 when playing in Asia.
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MS Dhoni must perform to maintain his position in the team, says MSK Prasad

  • After a sensational Test series victory over the Sri Lankans, India will lock horns against the Lions in 5 match One Day International Series.
  • Senior cricketer Yuvraj Singh faced the axe for his recent struggle but Mahendra Singh Dhoni successfully earned his spot in the team.
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India prepare a list of 22-24 bright prospects for the 2019 ICC World Cup

  • After a sensational series victory against the Sri Lankans in the longest format of the game, the Indians will lock horns with the Lions in a 5-match ODI series. The squad for the same was declared by the Indian selection panel on Sunday.
  • The team saw quite a few surprises as some of the first team members were given a break after the hectic international schedule they have been going through.
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Ishant Sharma denies reports of his association with Warwickshire

  • Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma denied reports of him taking part in the county championship. It was earlier reported that the lanky fast bowler will play for Warwickshire.
  • Sharma is a part of Indian Test squad but he hasn’t played a game.
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Yuvraj Singh’s career to hit oblivion, hints a BCCI source

  • Yuvraj Singh, who had a topsy-turvy career for almost a decade-and-half, won’t be a part of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. India’s hero in the 2007 World T20 triumph and later in the 2011 World Cup is no longer in contention for the upcoming world cup, PTI has revealed.
  • The 35-year-old left hander thumped his way to the limited-overs side earlier this year, by registering a century.
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MSK Prasad assigns KL Rahul the number 4th spot in the order, opens up on Rishabh Pant

  • India Chief selector, MSK Prasad mentioned that the team has chalked out 22-24 players who will be given an opportunity to prove their worth in the upcoming 4-5 months.
  • According to their performance, the board plans to filter out the best players who will be trained and groomed for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
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Darren Sammy is likely to lead World XI against Pakistan

  • Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy is likely to lead the World XI side. The ICC World XI unit will play against Pakistan in Pakistan next month.
  • According to the highly placed sources in Pakistan, the ICC has “almost cleared” the three T-20 matches either in Lahore or both in Lahore and Karachi. Now only the security clearance from the FICA (world body overseeing the players’ interest) is awaited.
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MS Dhoni all set to launch cricket academy in Dubai

  • Former Indian captain and the current wicket-keeper of the national side in limited overs cricket, MS Dhoni, is all set to launch his cricket academy in Dubai. Dhoni recently signed up with Pacific Sports Club (PSC), a Dubai based company.
  • Dhoni’s academy will be set up in the UAE in collaboration with PSC. As per the quotes in Gulf News, MS Dhoni has expressed his eagerness on ensuring that the game reaches the worldwide audiences.
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Mohammed Shami ranks amongst the top three bowlers in the world, opines Kohli

  • Virat Kohli lauded the work rate of Shami and also rated his as one of the top three fast bowlers in the world currently. Kohli added that his wicket taking ability and the impact he can create on a game throws light on his ingenuity in pressure situations.
  • “I certainly rate Shami among the world’s top three fast bowlers for sure. Because of his wicket-taking ability and the kind of impact he has on games,” said Kohli.
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We have 120% faith in Hardik Pandya, states skipper Virat Kohli

  • What can be said about that knock from Hardik Pandya, which flabbergasted even the Indian camp and batted the Lankans out of the game.
  • It was perfect blend of caution, class and aggression and the fans were absolutely delighted watching his exploits. Indian skipper Virat Kohli said to the media that the management has full faith in the all-rounder and rated him as a crucial part of the unit.
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Harbhajan Singh speaks out in favor of Yuvraj Singh

  • Veteran Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh recently spoke in the favor of his Indian teammate and close friend Yuvraj Singh. The topic of discussion came to the fore after Yuvraj was ignored during the selection of the Indian team for the upcoming limited overs series against Sri Lanka.
  • Team India is scheduled to play 5 ODIs and a T20I during the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka. They have already won the Test series with a handsome 3-0 whitewash.
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Hardik Pandya is the biggest positive from the series: Virat Kohli

  • The Indian cricket team created history after sealing the 3rd Test match by an innings and 171 runs. This is India’s first clean sweep at the foreign soil. The openers performed in an outstanding manner, the middle-order responded to the challenge and bowling looked fearsome.
  • But the standout performer in the series was the all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who made a swashbuckling hundred in the final Test match and picked two wickets with the ball.
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India strengthens the No. 1 Test spot after the clean sweep against Sri Lanka

  • India are now 15 rating points ahead of South Africa at the top of the ICC Test rankings. India benefitted from South Africa’s horrific defeat from home to England in the recently concluded Test series. The Proteas lost to Joe Roots men by a 3-1 margin.
  • It was shortly followed by Virat Kohli’s India clinching an impressive 3-0 series whitewash over hosts Sri Lanka. The hosts were totally outplayed by the visitors. India have thus consolidated their top position. They have been the no.1 Test team in the world since October 2016.
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Hardik Pandya is a bit like David Warner: Sunil Gavaskar

  • Following Team India’s clinical whitewash against Sri Lanka in their own backyard, the experts are not holding back from appreciating the outstanding effort of Virat Kohli’s men.
  • Former Indian great Sunil Gavaskar believes that all-rounder Hardik Pandya can follow in the footsteps of David Warner when it comes to transforming himself from a Twenty20 specialist to a man for all formats.
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A domestic player’s pay should be at par with IPL: Parthiv Patel

  • Regarding the subject of the pay hike for the domestic players, Patel said that it should be at par with the IPL. It will motivate the boys to do well in the domestic circuit and gradually move up the ladder.
  • Patel has been one of the most reliable figures in the Gujarat unit, he has so far scored 9995 runs from 169 matches at an average of 44.22. He has 25 centuries and 56 fifties under his kitty.
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Marcus Stoinis heads home to Western Australia, full squad revealed

  • Marcus Stoinis, one of the key cogs in the Victoria Bushrangers side is now set to make a comeback to his home state of Western Australia for the 2017-18 season.
  • The all-rounder who spent the past five summers playing with the side has been Victoria’s second-leading run scorer in the Sheffield Shield for the past three years, behind only Test batsman Peter Handscomb.
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MSK Prasad credits Rahul Dravid for shaping up India A dominance

  • Team India recently completed a thumping whitewash over Sri Lanka in the 3-match Test series. The entire team and the members associated with it have been reveling in the success. However, if the chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, is to be believed, then the victories of the India A side gives him more pleasure than the wins of the Indian team.
  • In a recent interaction, he spoke at length about the India A team and how it has been the breeding ground for the national cricketers.
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Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul speak out about the ‘V Sign’ celebration

  • Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya was the star of the show in the final Test against Sri Lanka. He hit a brilliant ton to ensure that the Indian side posted a mammoth total in their first innings.
  • It was his first Test ton and it comes as no surprise why it will remain special for me in his career. Hardik was named the Player of the Match for his efforts and the Baroda all-rounder was all smiles after the game.
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54-year old smashes 40 runs off 1 over to seal victory for his village team

  • There is a very famous saying in cricket which says that the game is not over until the last ball is bowled. Something similar happened when an English village side had an out of the world victory after a 54-year old batsman Steve McComb smashed 40 runs in the final over of a match to secure a win.
  • Dorchester-on-Thames did the unbelievable in a Division Four Oxfordshire Cricket Association clash with Swinbrook.
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