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.

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India’s Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Karun Nair and Abhinav Mukund are by no means ruled out of Sri Lankan tour: MSK Prasad

  • Chief selector MSK Prasad has revealed that Abhinav Mukund and Karun Nair were still in the running to make it to the squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka. Both Nair and Mukund were in the India ‘A’ squad that will tour South Africa later this month.
  • Speaking to Sportstar on Friday, Prasad said, “Karun and Abhinav were chosen in the India ‘A’ sides keeping in mind the needs of that team. “But they are by no means ruled out of the Indian team’s tour of Sri Lanka. We will be picking the squad only on July 11 and in case any of them is picked, he will be replaced in the India ‘A’ team. It’s simple.”
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It’s like wine, says MS Dhoni when asked if he is getting better with age

  • Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was the star in India’s victory over West Indies drew an analogy of himself to wine when asked about his fine performance that night.  “It’s like wine,” said Dhoni at the post-match presentation ceremony when asked if he is getting better with age. Declared the man of the match in India’s 93-run win, Dhoni played a crucial knock of 78 to poise India to a decent score of 251 at the end of the innings.
  • According to the Indian Express, Dhoni said at the post-match conference, “It was important to have a partnership at that stage. In my mind, I had 250, and we got there, with Kedar batting with me at the end.”
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England name squad for the 1st Test against South Africa

  • England selectors named the squad for the first Test of the four-match series against South Africa. Newly appointed skipper Joe Root will be leading England for the first time in the longest format of the game. Two of their most prominent pacers Chris Woakes and Jake Ball miss out from the game due to their respective injuries while the selection panel decided to include Toby Roland-Jones who had an impressive ODI debut in the team.
  • Chairman of Selectors James Whitaker thinks under skipper Root there are exciting times ahead for the English team in the whites. He said: “There is great excitement around the first Test of the summer and with the start of a new era under the captaincy of Joe Root this is an exciting time for English cricket.
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Team India’s manager sends his report to the CoA on the Kohli-Kumble feud

  • Indian cricket team’s manager Kapil Malhotra has apparently sent a report to the Committee of Administrators (CoA), that is currently taking charge of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The one’s who’ve seen this report say that it was about the spat between Anil Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli, which eventually led to the former quitting his job.
  • Kapil has stayed quite during the entire inquiry saga about the conflict between the captain and the coach, if the report which he submitted is to be believed. The CoA is about to discuss Mr. Malhotra’s report today when they meet in Mumbai.
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Australian cricketers may blacklist South Africa tour

  • The Australian cricketers are planning to boycott Australia A’s tour to South Africa later this month following the failure to come to terms with a new deal with Cricket Australia (CA). The Australian cricketer’s Association executive has scheduled a meeting tomorrow (July 2) to take a call on the issue.
  • According to fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, the breakdown in pay negotiations has not gone down with the players. He added, “we are, obviously, willing to do what we need to.”
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Rahul Dravid set to receive a 100% salary hike from the BCCI

  • After quitting his job as the mentor of the Delhi Daredevils side to concentrate completely on the IndiavA and Under-19 India side, Rahul Dravid received a 100% salary hike from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). This hike means the former Indian captain will be receiving a whopping Rs. 5 crore per year.
  • Earlier, the coaching staff was given a 10-month contract and they were allowed to take part in the IPL as well. But with the latest amendments, the Indian coaching staff will have to concentrate solely on the national team. The CoA too is about to offer a 12-month contract to all the members of the coaching staff.
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Virat Kohli bows down in appreciation of MS Dhoni

  • Skipper Virat Kohli applauded the efforts of Mahendra Singh Dhoni with the bat in the third One Day International of the 5 match series against the West Indies. India won the match comprehensively to pick up a 2-0 lead in the series.
  • Virat Kohli flattered the senior cricketer with his words as the captain seemed highly satisfied. “When we needed the runs, MS again finished the innings along with Kedar,” said Kohli.
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“India-Pakistan CT Final was fixed”, claims Union Minister Ramdas Athawale

  • Union minister Ramdas Athawale in an event at Ravi Bhavan, Nagpur, said to the media that the India-Pakistan final was fixed and raised doubts as to how did the players’ form dip so badly after they had played so well throughout the tournament. He also demanded an inquiry on this issue.
  • “How could the cricketers, who played so well in the entire tournament, did not perform in the final match (in London on June 18)? It appears that the match was fixed and we demand an inquiry into it,” the RPI (A) leader said.
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Lasith Malinga set to miss second ODI vs Zimbabwe

  • Sri Lanka was given a reality check by underdogs Zimbabwe when the latter rode on some gutsy batting performances to pick up the victory in the first ODI. Sri Lanka found themselves toiling at the bottom of the ICC ODI rankings before the start of the tournament and had the opportunity to revive the same against a comparatively weaker side.
  • But Angelo Mathews and his men failed to capitalise on the chance and were beaten comprehensively. To pile upon the miseries, ace speedster Lasith Malinga has been ruled out of the second One Day International. The slinger fell victim to viral influenza and Angelo Mathews will have to find a way to deal without his primary bowler in the second match.
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MS Dhoni will not cling to his position if he feels he is not doing justice: Kiran More

  • Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni showed his class with the bat yet again during the 3rd ODI against Windies at Antigua recently. The wicket-keeper batsman did what he is best renowned to do. He finished off the innings for India with a high. A score of unbeaten 78 off 79 deliveries with 4 fours and a couple of sixes help India cross the 250-run mark on a sluggish track.
  • As per the quotes in Xtratime, former Indian cricketer and selector Kiran More noted that Dhoni’s contribution to Indian cricket is unmatched. He still has a very good cricketing brain going. Also, with the recent show, he proved that his fitness levels are top notch. “Everyone is aware of Dhoni’ s contribution in Indian cricket. Recently I had noticed that there is a lot of debate with him passing his prime but I can guarantee there is yet any substitute for the great man (Dhoni). He still has a sharp brain and clear mind and recently is seen actively helping Virat with his inputs on the field. The biggest advantage for him is he can read the game from behind the stumps,” quoted Kiran More.
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Sri Lanka’s Wonder woman Chamari Athapaththu aspires to play WBBL

  • Sri Lanka women have had a disappointing run in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup till now. However, on the personal front, one of their players has had a dream knock coming her way. Chamari Athapaththu slammed a brilliant 178 off just 143 balls during the group encounter against Australia Women recently. Needless to say, the way she thrashed the opposition bowlers spoke volumes about her prowess with her bat.
  • Apart from the international commitments, the other big tournament that lies in the women’s cricket calendar is the Women’s Big Bash League. When asked if she would like to be a part of it, she expressed in affirmation. She noted that she would love to play for Sydney Thunder, if given an opportunity.
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