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 cricket headlines of the day.

Star India CEO Uday Shankar News
Star India CEO Uday Shankar speaks to the media at an event. (Photo Source: Twitter)

ECB confirms 2018 schedule, England to face India, Australia, and Pakistan

  • England’s fixture for the 2018 season has been announced, with Australia and India set to be a part of the exciting encounters.
  •  The Three Lions will compete with Steve Smith’s men down under during the start of the new year, and after that, the scores will settle down back in England in the month of June. The 2018 season will be a challenging one for England, as they will be facing Pakistan too, apart from Australia and India.
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T20 Global League to halt SA first-class cricket for 2 months

  • South Africa’s scheduling of the inaugural T20 Global League had already raised problems because of their clash with the Bangladesh Premier League. The Proteas domestic schedule, too, has been interrupted within the 2o17-18 season.
  • To accommodate for the privately-owned glamour tournament, there will be no domestic cricket for almost two months, between October 26 and December 20, while the T20 Global League is played.
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Rabada’s excitement reaches a new stratum as Dale Steyn is all set to make a comeback

  • South African speedster, Dale Steyn has been out of action for close to ten months now but through a social media post, the paceman hinted that he could soon return to international cricket.
  • Steyn had broken a bone in his shoulder during the away Test series against Australia and hasn’t played any cricket since then.
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Cricket will be the sole focus even in the IPL: STAR India

  • STAR India’s top boss Uday Shankar has vowed to keep the spotlight only on cricket during their five-year global media rights deal with the BCCI for the cash rich IPL. The outgoing Sony pictures brought a new hemisphere to T20 cricket when they introduced the concept of cheer leaders in the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008.
  • But the dancing girls in the studios or at the ground won’t be highlighted too much during STAR’s tenure. They have always strictly focused on the cricket and after winning the media rights for a whopping amount of 16,347.5 crores today, Uday Shankar promised to keep the focus away from anything other than cricket.
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Stone “believed” to be thrown at the Australian team bus

  • The Australian team bus on Monday was spotted with a broken window, which many believe was caused by a stone thrown by an anonymous person.
  • The Aussie side is currently in Chittagong to feature in the second Test, which began on Monday. Whilst the team was travelling back to the hotel after first day’s play, a small rock or stone was believed to be thrown at the bus.
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Mohammad Amir expecting to be a father in the near future

  • Pakistani speedster Mohammad Amir has been enjoying a fruitful time on the 22 yards after making his return to the Pakistan cricket team. The lethal pace bowler seems to be at his peak and has been a nightmare for every batsman he has bowled to.
  • However, Amir is expecting another massive news in the recent future but this time it is off the field.
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Sri Lanka to lock horns against Pakistan in the UAE before travelling to Lahore

  • The Sri Lankan team is scheduled to play a T20 match in the country of Pakistan as a part of their series against the men in green.
  • However, before travelling to Lahore for the final T20 match, the Lions will lock horns with Pakistan in two Test matches, 5 One Day Internationals and 2 T20 internationals in the UAE.
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Virat Kohli plays a new format of the game in Sri Lanka

  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli has ticked all the boxes during the tour to Sri Lanka. Under his captaincy, India handed a whitewash to the Lankans in the Test series and repeated the same feat in the ODI competition, by clinching a 5-0 victory over the hosts.
  • Kohli scored hundreds in two successive encounters, and also ended up scoring the winning runs for the team in the final game.
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Pakistan and Sri Lanka ready to battle out in the first day-night Test

  • After the successful advent of day-night Test matches, all the Test playing nations are now keen on featuring in one. West Indies played the first day-night fixture in England against the hosts a couple of weeks ago. Reports suggest that Sri Lanka and Pakistan are getting ready and warmed up to face each other for the first time in a day-night Test match.
  • The United Arab Emirates ground will host the first Test match of the two-match Test series between the two rival nations.
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Security raised after Australian team bus incident

  • The security arrangements were increased by Bangladesh after a stone was hit at the Australian team bus. The incident occurred after the team was departing for their hotel from the stadium after the first day’s play of the final Test in Chittagong.
  • Though nobody was injured in the incident, Bangladesh is leaving no stone unturned in providing the best possible security to the touring party.
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England announce squads for the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Windies

  • England have announced their squad for the NatWest T20 series and the Royal London ODI series that will take place after the completion of the ongoing Test series against the West Indies.
  • Both the teams will be led by left handed batsman Eoin Morgan who has been the captain of England for a long time as far as the limited over formats are concerned.
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ICC sends two-member team to review security arrangements in Pakistan for World XI series

  • With the Independence Cup confirmed to take place in Lahore, a two-member special security team of the International Cricket Council (ICC) arrived in the city on Monday to review security arrangements for the upcoming mega event.
  • ‘Presidential level security’ arrangement has been proposed for the week-long tour that will comprise of three T20Is between the Pakistan cricket team and a World XI comprising of international cricketers.
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Confusion over the team name will be cleared in Sunday’s conference, says Sylhet CEO

  • The newest franchise in the Bangladesh Premier League, the Sylhet Sixers, decided to change their previous name due to the guidelines mentioned by the BPL GC. After the name change, a lot of confusions arose among the people who often referred to it as the ‘Sylhet Super Sixers’.
  • However, Yasir Obaid, the CEO of the Sylhet franchise clarified that they initially named the team as the ‘Sylhet Surma Sixers’. But after abiding by the rules mentioned by the Bangladesh Premier League GC about naming a team, the franchise decided to shorten the name to just ‘Sylhet Sixers’.
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Brian Lara was embarrassed to be a part of the dominating West Indies team

  • By hook or by crook, the Windian cricketers have seldom failed to hit the headlines. The big guys of cricket are no longer the world dominators now but during the era of the legends like Brain Lara, Michael Holding, and Colin Croft, Windies used to dominate world cricket.
  • But Lara has come up with a shocking revelation. The legendary player has revealed that as a youngster, he was embarrassed with a certain behaviour of his ‘the then’ icons like Holding and Croft.
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Fixtures for Australia’s tour of India revealed

  • The Australian team is scheduled to tour India for a limited-overs tour. They will be flying into Chennai soon after the conclusion of the Test series in Bangladesh for the first ODI slated for September 17.
  • But the tour itinerary for the 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is hasn’t yet been revealed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as they seek a clearance from the ICC for the two new venues – Guwahati (Barsapara Cricket Stadium) and Thiruvananthapuram (Dr Bhupen Hazarika Stadium).
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Sylhet confirm signing of three local players for BPL season 5

  • After suffering a one year ban, the Sylhet franchise is all set to make their return to the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Formerly known as the Sylhet Super Stars, the franchise has decided to appear under a new name in the upcoming edition of the BPL, Surma Sixers Sylhet.
  • The newest franchise of BPL season 5, Sylhet have now secured the services of three local players, all-rounder Nasir Hossain, wicket-keeper batsman Nurul Hasan Sohan and spinner Taijul Islam.
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Sony congratulates Star on winning the IPL media rights bid

  • Sony Pictures Network closely lost out to Star India in the bid to gain the IPL rights. Star India acquired the worldwide broadcasting rights for TV and digital media for a whopping ₹16,347.50 crores that too with a single bid. On the other hand, the second highest bid was made by Sony, who were willing to pay ₹ 11,050 crores, for the rights.
  • However, Sony’s bid was only for broadcasting in India while Star’s bid was for global broadcast.
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CSA describes finalizing India tour as ‘very frustrating’

  • India is set to tour South Africa early next year but the tour dates haven’t been finalized yet. The CSA president, Chris Nenzani, described the experience as “very frustrating” as they still await confirmation of dates from the BCCI.
  • He opined that ICC must adopt a stringent policy for the same.
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Nathan Lyon achieves a unique record in the history of Test cricket

  • Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has achieved a unique record of dismissing the top four batsmen by leg before wicket in an innings of a Test match.
  • After losing the 1st Test match by 20 runs, Australia went into the 2nd Test match with three spinners- Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar and Steve O’Keefe. Australia opened the bowling with a spinner, which happened for the first time in 70 years.
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Sabbir Rahman wrongfully trolled for a statement he never made

  • After the end of play on the First Day of Chittagong Test match, Bangladesh middle order batsman, Sabbir Rahman was trolled across media for a statement he never made. It was reported that Rahman stated he can become like Indian ace batsman Virat Kohli.
  • However, as it turned out, his statement in Bengali was misinterpreted and the young batsman was at the receiving end of uncalled for trolls.
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Chepauk to host the Australia’s practice match ahead of the ODI series

  • The Australian team is scheduled to play a warm-up game ahead of their 5-match ODI series starting on September 17 which will be followed by the 3-match T20I series. The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, the venue for the 1st ODI, will also host a practice match for the visitors on September 12.
  • The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) is rather forced to host this warm-up game at the ODI venue as the All India Buchi Babu Invitational Cricket tournament will be underway in the city across other major venues.
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IPL games set to cost more than India’s international matches

  • After Star bagged the IPL broadcast right for a staggering, INR 16347.5 crores for the next 5 years, current tabulations have now estimated that IPL matches will cost more compared to the Indian team’s home matches. Star will be paying INR 55 crore for an IPL game, a whopping Rs 12 crore more than what it currently pays for an international fixture in India.
  • The domestic T20 league will thus earn USD 508 million each year as part of the media rights deal, eclipsing Australia’s Big Bash League by USD 20 million per year.
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Star India plans to make Hotstar global to monetize the 5-year deal

  • After Star India bagged the broadcast rights of BCCI’s cash rich Indian Premier League (IPL) for a whopping sum of Rs 16,345.50 crores for a period of 5 years, they plan to plan to launch their live streaming app/ website Hotstar on the International market to monetize the deal.
  • According to data from App Annie Inc., an app analytics firm, Hotstar is rated at the numero uno position on the basis of monthly consumption and active users for the past 12 months in India. With the app going global, it would potentially lucrative property for the company.
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Rain might wash away the solitary T20 game between India and Sri Lanka

  • India and Sri Lanka are set to lock horns in the first and solitary T20 match of the series tomorrow on the 6th of September in Colombo. With the Tests and the One Day Internationals going completely in favor of the visitors, hosts Sri Lanka will look for redemption in the 20 over format.
  • However, rain could play spoilsport during the high-intensity encounter leaving the fans disappointed.
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Rahul Johri believes that IPL media rights numbers are great compliment to the game

  • The auction for the broadcasting rights of the prestigious Indian Premier League (IPL) was conducted yesterday.
  • As many as 14 companies turned up with their bids, but it was Star India, who eventually bagged the media rights India, overseas as well as the digital rights for the T20 extravaganza shelling out a whopping INR 16,347.50 crores for a period of five years.
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