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 cricket headlines of the day.

Smriti Mandhana News
Smriti Mandhana celebrates her century with Mona Meshram. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ravi Shastri has backing from Virat Kohli, while BCCI back Virender Sehwag

  • If sources are to be believed, the whole Indian Head Coach hoopla has taken an interesting turn as reports suggests that Indian skipper Virat Kohli still wants former Indian Team Director Ravi Shastri to be instated as the Head Coach while the key officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are backing Virender Sehwag for the coveted post in the Indian ranks.
  • It is learned that the Sultan of Multan has the backing of BCCI Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary who has had a cordial relation with Virender Sehwag. Earlier in 2015, Chaudhary wholeheartedly supported the decision of Viru to play for Haryana after his fallout with Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and provided the latter with the NOC.
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GST will make visit to sports stadiums expensive, IPL to be severely hit

  • The induction of GST from July 1 will make tickets to sporting events very expensive. A visit to an IPL game next year could cost you a few extra bucks as 28% tax will be levied on the tickets, which is the highest tax slab. Other events, which are organised by recognised sports bodies like the BCCI, will attract a tax of 18%.
  • Since the IPL is a combination of entertainment and huge prize money, it will be slightly more expensive to watch. Tickets below Rs 250 are exempted from GST but tickets in that price category are very few. The Test matches, ODIs and national T20s were to be levied with 28% tax as well but a meeting on Thursday concluded that since they are recognised sporting meets, they will be charged 18% instead of 28. Such heavy taxes will restrict spectators to go watch the game, especially Test cricket.
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Bishan Singh Bedi slams BCCI over Anil Kumble fiasco

  • Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi was his usual vocal self as he lashed out against the BCCI regarding Anil Kumble’s resignation as the head coach. According to the spin wizard, the situation between Kumble and captain Virat Kohli could have been very well avoided.
  • “I feel it was most avoidable situation. It is not between who is boss on the field and who is boss off the field. They both serve in the game in their own capacity. The need to agree to disagree is seldom followed. We are all grown up adults and we can have a difference of opinion. But we cannot have different path,” Bedi said.
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Smriti Mandhana has made us and the whole country proud, says her mother

  • In a conversation with the Kashmir Times, Smita Mandhana, the mother of Smriti Mandhana, expressed her happiness over the way Smriti has been playing. It is worth noting that the Mandhana had injured herself during the WBBL this year.
  • “We are not disappointed on her being out in nineties but she has made us and the whole country proud by playing so well in the match. The credit goes to her dedication and support from all of us,” she quoted.
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Rovman Powell signs up for Dhaka Dynamite for BPL-5

  • The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is on the verge now and the franchises are hard at work. They are roping in various players from all over the world for the upcoming season. And in the same bid the defending champions, Dhaka Dynamites have secured the signing of Rovman Powell.
  • Rovman Powell has been a part of various Twenty20 franchises in different countries. He has been around international cricket for not long but has made a name for himself as a power hitter and a handy bowler. Powell is currently employed with his national team playing against the mighty Indians.
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TNPL releases its schedule for this season starting July 22

  • The Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), after a successful inaugural season in 2016, is all set to host its second edition and the schedule has recently been announced by the TNCA (Tamil Nadu Cricket Association). The league is scheduled to commence from July 22 as head teams collide against each other in T20 fixtures.
  • Overall, as many as many as 32 matches would be played, which would include 28 round robin matches, in three venues. TNPL will now include Playoffs, much like in the IPL, where two qualifiers and an eliminator would take place instead of the semi-finals. The three venues of the tournament are MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, ICL Ground, Tirunelveli, and NPR College Ground, Dindigul.
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Rahul Dravid handed over a two-year extension as junior coach

  • Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid who has enjoyed a fruitful and successful stint with the two Indian junior teams India U19 and India A has been awarded a two-year extension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He was appointed as the coach by the Indian board for the first time in 2015 and will now continue to helm the affairs until 2019.
  • The BCCI was pleased with the way the young players have shaped up under Dravid and acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary praised Dravid and also wished him good luck for the upcoming challenges.
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Virat Kohli talks about his international journey at the eve of the 3rd ODI

  • “I don’t think I have worked on anything specifically, I have just let things pan out the way they have to. I have never forced myself to be someone that I’m not. It’s a natural process, you evolve over a period of time. I have never made an effort to be someone that I’m not.” he told reporters speaking ahead of the third ODI at Antigua.
  • Kohli over the years has transformed his innings, perhaps he isn’t as aggressive as he was with the bat, especially when the openers give him a good start so he doesn’t have to hurry in the middle. When asked if he was enjoying his role as a batter, he said that adapting to different situations is something he had learnt over the years.
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Andrew Mathieson retires from cricket

  • Central Stags bowler Andrew Mathieson has put curtains on his career from all forms of cricket after having one of the shortest careers in New Zealand cricket. His short stint was equally memorable though. Born and brought up in Hamilton, the 27-year-old featured in 23 first-class games and also played a single one-day international for the Black Caps against England in 2015.
  • He is most famously remembered for his delivery to England batsman Jason Roy, as he bamboozled the opener with a short, wide offering and the batsman handed a simple catch to Martin Guptill at point. Mathieson is one of the 24 cricketers who scalped a wicket with their first ODI delivery. His transition from domestic to international cricket came on the back memorable 2014-15 domestic season, in which he collected 31 wickets.
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Sarfraz Ahmed all set to take over captaincy from Misbah ul Haq

  • According to recent reports, Pakistan limited-over captain Sarfraz Ahmed is all set over to take Test captaincy from Misbah ul Haq, who recently retired from the game of cricket post-Pakistan’s tour West Indies along with the other batting stalwart Younis Khan.
  • Ahmed is scheduled to receive Test leadership in a meeting of the PCB Board of Governors on July 19. The board’s governing members are expected to meet on July 19, in what would be the last major meeting under the chairmanship of the outgoing Shahryar Khan. The move was mind keeping in sight the end of the tenure of PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan, which expires in August. Sarfraz Ahmed played the role of the deputy in the last Test series against West Indies.
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Rahul Dravid was the only man who could handle Anil Kumble

  • With that passionate Kumble also came a difficult person to handle. He has a temper which corresponds to his nickname; Jumbo. When he was upset not even senior players like Sachin Tendulkar or Sourav Ganguly could handle him. There was only one guy who could calm him down and that was his Karnataka teammate Rahul Dravid.
  • Dravid is known for his patience and calmness with the bat in his hand and it turns out he was equally good with other people as well. Anil Kumble was his domestic teammate as well and Rahul knew him inside out. The Economic Times pointed out that the seniors in the team wouldn’t attempt to get in way once Kumble lost his temper but Dravid had a trick or two up his sleeves that could get things back to normal.
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Hardik Pandya stunned by the serenity of ‘private pool’ of Dipika Pallikal

  • Along with other Indian players like Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya explored the beaches of Antigua. They even tried their hands at jet ski, had a bit of a dive in the blue waters, and a game of volleyball to relax. Despite all this, it seems that Hardik missed out on the serenity that ace Indian squash player Dipika Pallikal had around her. Dipika, wife of Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik, is with her husband on the tour. Karthik did not feature in the first couple of games against Windies but has pretty much been with the Indian squad for quite some time.
  • Dipika took to her Instragram handle to post a picture of herself relaxing in a pool. She added a caption to go with the picture. She wrote, “Travelling with the husband can be a tough job.” Hardik was stunned by the beauty and the serenity of the backdrop. He was quick to ask her about the location.
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Rahul Dravid steps down as mentor of Delhi Daredevils

  • Soon after his appointment as the coach of the India A and the India U19 side, former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid has stepped down as the mentor of the Delhi Daredevils franchise in the IPL. Dravid had been associated with the Delhi franchise in the capacity of the team mentor since the 2016 edition of the tournament. Prior to that, he was with the Rajasthan Royals serving in the same role.
  • Apparently, Rahul Dravid had to pick either of the two jobs – being the coach of the Indian youth sides or work with the IPL team. As per the recommendations made by the CoA, any individual contracted with the BCCI to be associated with the national side has to relinquish all other posts he is associated with. If they fail to do so, they will fall in the conflict of interests issue.
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Sourav Ganguly lists out the qualities required to be an Indian Team Coach

  • One-third of the Cricket Advisory Committee, Sourav Ganguly, in a recent interview, listed out the essential qualities required to gain the coveted post of the Head Coach of India. Currently, stalwarts of the game such as Ravi Shastri, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput, and Dodda Ganesh are lined up for the post. Ganguly enlisted man-management and situation understanding skills as the criteria for selection of the post.
  • “Coach should be someone who can help and get the team going. An impressive presentation does not make you a good coach. Various things are needed to make a good coach — like man-management skill, situation-understanding skill.” said Sourav Ganguly according to ANM News.
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Shoaib Malik desires to play till the T20 World Cup of 2020

  • Shoaib Malik, who has been the mainstay of Pakistan batting for a number of years now, has dismissed any claims of him retiring from the sport anytime soon as he is currently targeting to take part in the next ICC T20World Cup scheduled to be played in the year 2020 in Australia.
  • Malik further mentioned that form and fitness are two crucial factors which would be necessary to sustain his place in the Pakistan side. A lot of questions were raised for his place in Pakistan batting line up along with that of Mohammad Hafeez in the recently concluded Champions Trophy. The two stalwarts are the most experienced players in Pakistan batting lineup as of now.
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Captains can’t change decision once declared at the toss: MCC

  • During West Indies’ fixture against defending champions Australia in their opening game of the ICC Women’s World Cup, controversy arose even before the game started. On winning the toss, Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor elected to bat first before changing it to ‘bowl’. Taylor had told Australian skipper Meg Lanning that she would like to bat first. However, when it came to the interview of the official live stream, Taylor changed her decision saying that she wanted to bowl. Lanning, however, stood firmly with a rock-solid determination demanding a clarification of the rules.
  • The switch was rightly denied the permission by the match official and the opposing captain. The law 4 on the toss insists the presence of umpire/umpires at the toss. However, the ICC is overriding it for the ICC competitions as per their playing conditions. Following the decision, Carribean batwoman Chedean Nation said the team was not affected by the mix-up.
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