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Yuvraj Singh appointed as Laureus ambassador. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Yuvraj Singh fails the yo-yo fitness test ahead of NZ ODI series

  • Yuvraj Singh who is currently ousted from the national side has failed the all-important Yo-Yo fitness test on Wednesday. The hopes of his international comeback have been dealt a setback now ahead of the limited overs series against New Zealand. The 35-year-old was hopeful of clearing the test as he had trained hard for the day but could not meet the benchmark set to be part of the Indian team.
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New Balance terminates contract with Ben Stokes

  • New Balance, the sportswear company and also the kit sponsors of England team, has decided to end its association with England all-rounder Ben Stokes which is of 200,000 Euros deal.
  • New Balance released a statement on Wednesday which read, “”New Balance does not condone behaviour by our global athletes that does not match our brand culture and values, and therefore we have ended our relationship with Ben Stokes, effective October 11, 2017. We will not provide further comment.”
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Moises Henriques happy with the kind response from Assamese

  • Australia all-rounder Moises Henriques has expressed his delight over the kind response from Assam people after the unfortunate incident on Tuesday. The team bus of the visitors was attacked by throwing a rock following their dominating win over the Men in Blue in the second T20I. Both the teams now will lock horns for one final time on this tour in the decider in Hyderabad on Friday (October 13).
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Seven people arrested while black marketing the match tickets in Hyderabad

  • Police have arrested a gang of seven persons in Hyderabad during black marketing the tickets of the third T20I on Friday. India and Australia are set to lock horns for one final time in the decider of the T20 International series. The game will also mark an end to the tour of Australians on which they have found very little success. Though they played their best game on Tuesday which saw them beating the hosts in Guwahati in front of more than 38000 people.
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Celebrity Clasico 2017: Squads and captains announced

  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli will lead the All Heart FC against All Stars FC in the Celebrity Clasico friendly football match at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai on October 15. Last year too, Virat Kohli’s Foundation collaborated with actor Abhishek Bachchan’s ‘Playing for Humanity’ to stage a charity match which will also feature the likes of former captain MS Dhoni and the rest of the team. Ranbir Kapoor will also take the field among other starry presence.
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South Africa can regain the top ODI team spot from India

  • An interesting battle for the top spot in the ICC ODI Team Rankings could be in the offing as South Africa can displace India if they win the upcoming series against Bangladesh by a 3-0 margin. India overtook South Africa earlier this month with a 4-1 win in a home series against Australia and are one point ahead at 120 points. But South Africa will go ahead of India on decimal points with a 2-0 lead in the series and could reach 121 points with a 3-0 series win.
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If I have a good season, I might get to play for CSK: Shadab Jakati

  • When asked if he wants to represent Chennai Super Kings in the coming IPL next year, he said “I hope so, but it depends. They will obviously look at the current crop of players but if I have a good season like last year, why not?”
  • He has 268 wickets from 90 First-class matches and has a fair amount of experience in T20 format too. He was very much in line to represent India at one point in his career. Now 36, the spinner still hopes to continue the good work.
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Ravindra Jadeja set to return for Saurashtra in Ranji Trophy

  • Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is all set to feature for Saurashtra in their next game against Jammu Kashmir in Rajkot on Saturday. He missed out on the opener for his state side as he had to attend a family wedding. However, the inclusion of the experienced all-rounder will boost the batting and bowling both for Saurashtra. The team won their opening game of the season against Haryana with a bonus point and started their tournament on a good note.
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Throwing stone is not in good taste, says Mithali Raj on the Australian team bus attack

  • Indian women cricket captain Mithali Raj condemned the incident and said that sports should not be taken in any other means and fans should not get carried away with it. Many cricketers tweeted their opinion on the incident which Finch and co termed as ‘scary’. “Throwing rock stone is not in a good taste because it is a sport and people should be able to strictly see it likewise and not beyond that,” Raj told ANI.
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Adapting the Indian conditions would be very important for us: Mike Hesson

  • He said that the visitors would have to perform really well in order to compete with the hosts and immediate adaptation to the Indian conditions would play an important role. “You know going over there that you have to perform, otherwise you get taught a pretty harsh lesson. It’s important for us to adapt really quickly,” said Hesson.
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Yuvraj Singh is Laureus’ first India ambassador

  • Laureus an organization that aims at changing lives of disadvantaged children through sports has signed up Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh as the Laureus Ambassador. He is now a member of the Laureus Family that includes the Indian cricketing greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Kapil Dev. He made it to the event in Mumbai and witnessed the work that is done to give the children better lives.
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I wanted to retire in front of my home crowd: Ashish Nehra

  • The veteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket officially on Thursday (October 12). The news of him hanging his boots was doing the rounds after not being picked for the first two T20Is. But he cleared the air by informing that the decision was his own and no one has influenced him in coming to the conclusion. However, he had informed the skipper Virat Kohli and the coach Ravi Shastri of his decision to quit.
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Ben Stokes apologises to Katie Price for mimicking her disabled son

  • The under-fire England all-rounder Ben Stokes has issued an apology to Katie Price for mocking her son Harvey last month.
  • Ben Stokes took to social media website Twitter to break his silence and straightaway apologised Katie Price, the British glamour model, and her son Harvey. In a statement released on Twitter, he said, “”Earlier this year I was shown a clip of Harvey being asked on “Loose Women” how he responds to internet trolls. I loved Harvey’s directness with his response – he said what most of us think but perhaps aren’t brave enough to say, let alone on live TV.”
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Rain threat looming large on the final T20I in Hyderabad

  • The third and final T20 International between India and Australia is under the serious threat of rain as it is pelting down in Hyderabad. The series is deadlocked at 1-1 after the visitors won the second match in Guwahati by 8 wickets. Earlier, the hosts had pocketed the rain-marred first game by 9 wickets when they had to chase 48 in just six overs. However, the match needs to take place in order to claim the winner of the intriguing series so far. It will mark an end of the tour for Australia who would love to take the trophy with them.
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Kuldeep Yadav is the product of Anil Kumble: Suresh Raina

  • Suresh Raina has heaped praises on the youngster Kuldeep for making an impact at the highest level so quickly. He also credited his success to Anil Kumble and the former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg. “Kuldeep Yadav is doing very well and the credit goes to Anil Bhai [Anil Kumble]. He worked really hard with him. I was talking to him [Kuldeep] in the IPL and he always use to message Anil Bhai. He is the product of Anil Kumble. He [Kuldeep] has done well with [former Australian chinaman] Brad Hogg. He is the guy who will change everything in bowling department,” said Raina according to PTI.
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Tiger Shroff and Sooraj Pancholi will play cricket to spread cancer awareness

  • The extremely talented and stylish Bollywood stars, Tiger Shroff and Sooraj Pancholi will soon take up the cricket field in order to spread awareness about cancer. Both the actors will participate in a friendly cricket encounter against each other at the INK Cricket Blast, which is conducted by VVIP Universal Entertainment. Apart from Sooraj and Tiger, other popular celebrities like Sohail Khan, Athiya Shetty, Guru Randhawa, Armaan Malik will also be seen supporting the noble in the charity game on October 22.
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Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars have new key signings

  • Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars have a new signing each. Both the signings are off-field and a boost to the respective management. For the Zalmis, interestingly, the star name joining their ranks, is not a player or a coach but a well-known medical consultant. They have got on board Dr Zaf Iqbal, a recognized name in Britain’s sporting circles and counts top English Premier League clubs Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur among his former employers.
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