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

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

Here are the top headlines of the day.

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Josh Hazlewood. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Josh Hazlewood ruled out of the Bangladesh Test series and India tour

  • Team Australia is in for some bad news, as their premier pacer, Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the ongoing Bangladesh tour with a side injury.
  • He will be missing out on not only the 2-match Test series against Bangladesh, but will also have to sit out the upcoming limited-overs tour to India in October-November. The right-armer suffered a side injury on the third morning of the 1st Test match against Bangladesh, at Mirpur.
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Shahid Afridi to be felicitated by PCB along with two other legends

  • Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi will take part in an event organized by the Pakistan Cricket Board to acknowledge the all-rounder for his contribution to Pakistan cricket.
  • He, along with Younis Khan and Misbah Ul Haq who both recently retired in May, will be present at the ceremony to be held on September 14 in Lahore.
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Chamara Kapugedera has been dropped, not rested for the 4th ODI

  • Sri Lanka’s stand-in skipper Chamara Kapugedera was earlier reported to have been ruled out of the next ODI due to a back injury, but putting more light on the issue; it has been reported that the captain has been forcefully rested for the next match
  • It has been learned that the team management was not happy with the skipper’s decision to bat first.
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I feel a special connection with Virat Kohli: AB de Villiers

  • Now, as per the quotes in Sportstarlive, he mentioned that he aspires to play 3 to 5 years more for the national colors. He revealed that the cricket board in South Africa has been very kind and understanding to him.
  • When asked about he same, he maintained that he has a special connection with Virat. Also, he hailed him as a top class player. Speaking on the technicalities, AB noted that he is not a firm believer of changing grips whilst playing. Also, he feels a strong defense is what defines a good batsman.
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Sanath Jayasuriya and co. resign after poor run against India

  • Former Sri Lankan batsman and Chief Selector, Sanath Jayasuriya, has decided to resign along with his fellow members of the selection committee, looking at the dismal performances of the Sri Lankan side in the recent past.
  • They would remain in charge until the T20I against India if and when their services are required, in case any addition is needed to be made.
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World XI tour will give new identity to Pakistan: Zaheer Abbas

  • Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas is happy that the cricket is coming back to his country. On Monday he said that the tour of World XI will give Pakistan cricket a new identity.
  • He is also confident that International cricket will resume in the country after they successful host this series.
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Sir Richie Richardson appointed as the match referee by ICC for Independence Cup

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed former West Indian cricketer and a member of Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, Sir Richie Richardson, as the match referee for the upcoming Independence Cup at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore between World XI and Pakistan.
  • In his glorious career for West Indies, he has represented the Maroon Caps in 86 Tests and 224 One-Day Internationals between 1983 and 1996. He has amassed 5,949 in Tests and 6,248 runs in ODIs.
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If there’s no sledging, there won’t be any enjoyment left in cricket: Virender Sehwag

  • Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag recently said that sledging is a very important part of the game. Shewag was always known for his aggressive approach towards the game and especially his brand of batting.
  • “Sledging is an important part of the game but you should never cross the line. However, if there’s no sledging, there won’t be any enjoyment left in the game,” Sehwag told India TV during an exclusive chat.
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Jasprit Bumrah credits Lasith Malinga for his success after picking up his first 5 wicket haul

  • Bumrah was present at the press conference after the match-winning performance where he mentioned that his success has a lot to do with the iconic Lasith Malinga.
  • Bumrah also highlighted the fact that head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun have contributed a lot to his success.
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Suresh Raina and Yusuf Pathan confirm their participation against Sri Lanka XI

  • To raise funds for disaster affected children, Sri Lanka XI decided to take on World XI in a T20 match on 8th of September for a fund raising campaign.
  • Because of the gruelling schedule of the Sri Lankan cricketers and unavailability of their star batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena, Sri Lanka Cricket’s Technical Committee decided to post pone the event. Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa have agreed to represent the World XI.
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Cape Town Knight Riders are the side to watch out for: Jacques Kallis

  • The Cape Town Knight Rider’s head coach Jacques Kallis spoke to the media during their launch at Newlands on Monday. Knight Riders had earlier named JP Duminy as their skipper.
  • “It’s exciting… the bunch of guys we have,” he continued. “We were lucky to get most of the players we wanted. Along with the staff and JP [Duminy] as captain, we have the recipe for a good side. Hopefully, we can gel together and play some good cricket.”
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Sri Lanka might have to find another captain as Chamara Kapugedera doubtful for next ODI

  • Injuries don’t seem to leave the Sri Lankan cricket any time soon as yet another player has got injured. Chamara Kapugedera, who led Sri Lanka in the third ODI, has got injured and is doubtful for the fourth ODI.
  • Kapugedera was injured just before the third ODI as well and was rushed to the hospital but was later declared he was fit to play. But now it is being reported that he had been nursing a stiff back before the last game and now has not trained since the conclusion of that match.
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Virat Kohli wanted by Lahore Qalandars owner Fawad Rana

  • While there is no doubt over the fact that Virat Kohli will be an asset for any team he plays for, it is known that the BCCI does not allow Indian players to play in other T20 leagues barring the board’s own IPL.
  • Despite the fact, Fawad Rana, owner of the Lahore Qalandars in the PSL and the Durban Qalandars in the upcoming T20 Global League wishes to bag Virat Kohli in his team. Rana expressed his desire to secure the services of the heavyweight if the Indian Cricket board allows doing so.
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Kumar Sangakkara explains the reason behind Sri Lanka’s decline

  • Former skipper Kumar Sangakkara blamed a weakened first-class system for the current struggles of the national side. Sri Lanka looks a pale shadow of its former self these days, struggling to win games in international cricket.
  • Sangakkara, currently playing in the CPL in the West Indies, spoke to The Sunday Times from Jamaica. “Many people think that our success has been due to the prevailing method of doing so. I think our success was due to the weakness of the method,” he said.
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Upul Tharanga could face an 8-month ban

  • The Sri Lankan limited-overs captain Upul Tharanga has been on the receiving end this month. Under his leadership, the Lankans lost the first 2 ODIs, and the skipper was banned for 2 games due to slow over rate. Tharanga was banned earlier too, during the Champions Trophy because of the same reason.
  • If Tharanga once again commits the slow over rate mistake in a year’s time, then he might as well have to serve a minimum 8-month ban from international cricket.
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BCCI’s statement puts mini-IPL in doubt

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) got a huge relief from the Supreme Court of India that hasn’t been on their side often to proceed with the bidding for the media rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL) that was postponed to September 4.
  • The BCCI until very recently was planning a mini-IPL overseas and this statement puts things up for speculation.
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Shahid Afridi pulls himself out from PCB meeting

  • Legendary Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has pulled out from a meeting scheduled by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for 14th September in the capital city of Lahore.
  • According to reports, the power hitter refused to attend the meeting during a phone call with PCB Chairman Najam Sethi.
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Injury scare for Australia as Josh Hazlewood leaves the field gingerly

  • Troubles for Australia only seems to aggravate as their strike bowler Josh Hazlewood left the field gingerly due to soreness in the left side.
  • On the Third Day of the Mirpur Test, Hazlewood bowled just one ball in his second over of the day as he left the field clutching his left side.
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Arjuna Ranatunga requested Sri Lankan fans to not emulate Indian spectators

  • However, towards the end, there was a lot of drama as one segment of the crowd was absolutely furious with the kind of performance the home team put up and resorted to a violent display. This forced the match to be halted until the situation defused.
  • “Such incidents should not be repeated. Sri Lankans love cricket and they feel sad when we lose a match. We have made lots of sacrifices for cricket and those sacrifices had been made while losing lots of things. Every cricketer in our team is mentally depressed,” Ranatunga said.
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PCB to spend huge for the World XI series

  • Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to spend USD 3 million approximately for hosting the World XI side in Lahore next month.
  •  Cricket is finally returning to Pakistan as 3 T20Is are scheduled to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium from September 12 to 15. The World XI side boasts of some big names which make up for a competitive series.
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Mitchell McClenaghan prefers T20 over country, requests NZC to terminate the contract

  • New Zealand left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan has decided to discontinue his contract with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) in order to play in overseas T20 leagues.
  • The news was confirmed by NZC on Tuesday. McClenaghan’s contract with NZC had a retainer of 100000 dollars.
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The inclusion of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina in the middle order will make the team unbeatable, says Virender Sehwag

  • Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has come up with a suggestion for the Indian cricket team. The destructive batsman believes that adding the likes of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh in the Indian middle order will not only bolster it but make them unbeatable.
  • Sehwag supported the selection of his once teammates while speaking to AajTak and the news was revealed on Twitter.
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