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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

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Steve Smith attends the press conference. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sourav Ganguly optimistic about chances of the game tomorrow despite persistent rain

  • CAB President Sourav Ganguly, however, remained optimistic about the chances of the match to be held on Thursday. Kolkata finally saw the sun coming out after two days of overcast conditions.
  • The covers, which was all over the ground from end to end, finally came out partially at the Eden Gardens. The stadium will host the 2nd match of the 5-match series.
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Practice session canceled for two consecutive days due to rain in Kolkata

  • The city weather of Kolkata is a bit dicey and the match also looks doubtful as India‘s outdoor practice session had to be canceled for the second successive day before rain made way for bright sunshine.
  • In fact, the visitors too had to cancel its outdoor training session even though the covers were removed for the first time in 48 hours. Just after India left for team hotel, the sun shone over the stadium.
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Pakistan XI to play UK Media XI in Miranshah

  •  Following the success of the World XI series, the subcontinent country is set to host a cricket match between Pakistan XI and UK Media XI in Miranshah, a town in the North Waziristan Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, on September 21. The event has been named as the ‘Peace Cup 2017.’
  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is trying everything within their possibility to make amends and revive cricket in the country.
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Steve Smith reminisces his transformation ahead of the 100th ODI match

  • Australian skipper Steve Smith, who started out as a leg-break bowler reflects on his past as the flamboyant batsman gears up to play his landmark 100th ODI in Kolkata tomorrow.
  • Smith’s incredible transformation has gifted the sport one of its finest players. However, the 28-year-old batsman is still modest and says his evolution as a 50-over cricketer is still far from complete.
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Yasir Shah faces fitness issues ahead of Sri Lanka Test series

  • Pakistan team will be part of the 5-day camp that started on Tuesday at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore which ends on September 23. The team management is currently concerned about the fitness of Yasir Shah and Azhar Ali who are the important members of the Test team.
  • They started their training camp ahead of the upcoming Test series in UAE against Sri Lanka which gets underway on September 28.
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I would love to have MS Dhoni by my side: Adam Zampa

  • Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa has expressed that he would have loved to have Indian wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his side.
  • They have played a couple of seasons in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the same team for the franchise Rising Pune Supergiant. Zampa had an ordinary game in Chennai by his standards as his skipper Steve Smith had termed him the trump card for the series.
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Darren Sammy accused of faking toilet emergency

  • Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi claimed that they did not use any special coin during the toss in any of the matches of recently concluded Independence Cup. Safraz Khan’s Pakistan team won against Faf du Plessis’ side in the 3-match T20I series by 2-1.
  • During one of the matches in the Pakistan Super League also, he went for a toilet break at the presentation. However, this time it was not a genuine toilet break by him, accused one of the sources at CWI.
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Afghanistan fans want to watch cricket despite terrorist strike

  • On 13 September, there was a blast outside the stadium in Kabul the national capital of Afghanistan which caused a lot of panic and chaos. The match between Boost Defenders and Mis Ainak Knights was immediately stopped and was resumed after security clearance.
  • The Afghan domestic T20 league has seen all the madness and support from the home crowds who have come out in big numbers to watch their favourite stars perform. However, in the last few days, the prime focus has taken a turn and shifted away from cricket.
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Dhoni’s experience and Virat’s aggression add strength to India: Michael Clarke

  • Michael Clarke, who is in India as a part of the commentary team for the ongoing ODI series, pointed out the quality of players available at India’s disposal. The World Cup winning skipper said that the combination of former skipper MS Dhoni and current captain Virat Kohli augurs well for the side.
  • Clarke did not rule out Yuvraj Singh’s comeback in the near future and was impressed with Raina’s fitness levels these days.
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Sri Lanka announce squad for the Pakistan Test series

  • Sri Lanka announced their 15-man squad for the upcoming 2-match Test series in the UAE against Pakistan starting September 28.
  • The selectors named uncapped players Sadeera Samarawickrama and Roshen Silva in the squad who have had good returns in the domestic circuit recently. It also marks the return of opener Kaushal Silva, who wasn’t a part of the home Test series against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and India.
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Yuvraj Singh recalls his six sixes off Stuart Broad on the 10th anniversary

  • Indian sensation Yuvraj Singh became the heartthrob of the nation after hitting six sixes in a single over against Stuart Broad in 2007. He achieved the rare feat against England during the inaugural edition of World T20 in South Africa.
  • Ten years down the line the memories of those gigantic hits are still fresh not only in the minds of fans but also of the man himself. The match was a must-win game for India in the super sixes and they won it courtesy his superhuman effort.
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Panadura Sports Club likely to appeal against SLC ban

  • Panadura Sports Club is likely to appeal against the ban imposed by the SLC for playing against the spirit of the game.
  • The inquiry panel found the club guilty of manipulating the result of a game and fined the club with Rs 5,00,000 besides banning their players and club officials for a  year.
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Jasprit Bumrah is the best bowler in India right now: Shane Bond

  • Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond feels that Jasprit Bumrah is the best bowler in India right now to bowl the pressure overs.
  • The 23-year-old has taken such a gigantic leap in the international cricket in the short span of 18 months and is now one of the top 5 bowlers in world cricket in the limited-overs format.
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Herschelle Gibbs leaves Afghanistan after suicide bombing incident

  • Just days after international cricket marked its return to Pakistan, a suicide bombing incident shook neighbouring country Afghanistan.
  • Former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs has returned back home from the tournament after the incident. He was the coach of team Speenghar Tigers. While the rest of the foreign cricketers and coach stayed back, he decided to leave.
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David Warner is under pressure while facing me: Kuldeep Yadav

  • India’s first chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav believes that the Australian opener David Warner is always under pressure while facing him.
  • The left-handed batsman is known for bullying world-class bowlers but has become the bunny of the Indian youngster four out of six times so far. The visitors’ batsmen were all at sea while facing him during the first ODI in Chennai.
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Shoaib Akhtar optimistic about Test cricket returning to Pakistan

  • Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistan fast bowler is optimistic about Test cricket’s return to his country. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) successfully hosted Independence Cup last week during which the team played against the World XI side which included renowned international players.
  • The home team won the series while attempting to revive the game of cricket in the country which was extremely successful.
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Angelo Mathews to miss the opening Test against Pakistan

  • Former Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the opening Test against Pakistan to be played in UAE owing to a grade one tear in his calf muscle, that he sustained during a training session.
  • The all-rounder hasn’t been at his best when it comes to fitness in recent times. He missed the entire Bangladesh series which included Tests due to the same injury.
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Happy with the way I handled the challenges: Parthiv Patel

  • Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel has expressed his happiness the way he has handled all the challenges in his career so far. He led Gujarat to their first ever Ranji Trophy title last year with a match-winning century.
  • The wicketkeeper-batsman also earned a national call-up during India’s home season albeit to replace the injured Wriddhiman Saha. Unfortunately, he was dropped again after the regular wicketkeeper was fit.
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Steve Smith defends his captaincy

  • Steve Smith has defended his captaincy traits on the eve of his 100th match in ODIs after Michael Clarke criticised him.
  • Michael Clarke, his predecessor had criticised Smith’s captaincy not going for the kill after having India on the mat. He also heaped praises on him as a batsman and opined that he will finish as the highest scorer for Australia along with David Warner
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Muttiah Muralitharan made me feel like a kid, says Adam Gilchrist

  • Former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist has rated Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan as the most difficult bowler he had faced during his international career.
  • The aggressive batsman said that he struggled the most against Muralitharan. Gilchrist is one of the most celebrated wicket-keeper batsmen in the history of cricket.
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