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

Here are the top headlines of the day.

Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan  News
Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Rajasthan Royals demands a change in name, Kings XI Punjab not happy with Mohali

  • According to reports, the franchise wishes to change the name of its parent company before the upcoming season. At present, the franchise is officially owned by Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Limited.
  • The BCCI believes that this is just the first of the many requests that the Royals will come up with as they intend to renovate the team in order to start afresh in the next season.
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Windies’ Kraigg Brathwaite reported for suspect bowling action

  • The Windies’ off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the first Test against England, which the hosts won at Edgbaston on Saturday.
  • The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Windies’ team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 24-year-old’s bowling action.
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Indian women fans face the music as Virat Kohli and his men outclass the Sri Lankans in the first ODI

  • As the Indians took on the Sri Lankans at Dambulla for the 1st ODI of the 5-match series, the action outside the field was as intensifying as the proceedings on the field. Four Indian women fans were ill-treated by a group of unruly Sri Lankan supporters.
  • The Sri Lankan fans had very less to be happy about as their team was dominated by Virat Kohli and his men throughout the match. The chants of the Indian fans left them frustrated as there was no stopping the Indian team.
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Sunil Joshi appointed Bangladesh spin bowling coach for Australia series

  • Former Indian left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi has been appointed as spin bowling coach of the Bangladesh team for two Test matches against Australia.
  • This development has come after Aussies leg-spinner Stuart MacGill refused to take up the job.
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Failure teaches you a lot and I am lucky I have learnt so much out of that: Shikhar Dhawan

  • It’s no secret that Shikhar Dhawan is a whole new entity when it comes to ICC events. To put things into perspective, in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, he amassed two centuries and a fifty.
  • He did an encore of the same feat at the 2015 World Cup, and also came up with significant contributions in the 2017 edition of the Champions Trophy that concluded in June. However, between the said events, he has had a few slips that have resulted in him being out of the reckoning on a few occasions.
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Sri Lanka fans hold up team bus to express displeasure over the loss

  • The section of Sri Lanka spectators held up the team bus and voiced strident displeasure over the team’s performance in the first ODI against India in Dambulla. Sri Lanka, yet again lost to India on the tour in another one-sided encounter conceding the opening ODI game by 9 wickets. The visitors made a mockery of the hosts’ target of 216 by chasing it down with more than 21 overs to spare.
  • A group of about 50 fans had stood in the vicinity of Sri Lanka’s parked bus, shouting slogans and hooting, until police stepped in and cleared the gathering.
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India Under-19 team moving in the right direction feels WV Raman

  • The India Under-19 team had a dream run in England after a convincing series win both in the limited-overs and longer formats of the game.
  • The visiting Indian team ended undefeated on their tour by defeating the hosts 2-0 in the 2-match Youth Test series and 5-0 in the 5-match ODI series. It was also the first time when an Indian team managed to whitewash the English side at home.
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Jamaica Tallawahs announces Mahmudullah as Imad Wasim’s replacement

  • After not getting a chance to feature for the Tigers in the crucial two-match Test series against the Aussies, Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah Riyad has found a new lifeline.
  • He has been signed up by the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Jamaica Tallawahs and is all set to leave his mark in the Windian annual cricketing fiesta.
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Gabba curator Kevin Mitchell Jr to retire

  • One of the most familiar cricket curators in Australia Kevin Mitchell Jr will retire this year after the Ashes Test in November.
  • Mitchell has been the curator of the Gabba in Brisbane which has produced some breathtaking matches in the history of cricket.
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ACB wanted me to live in Kabul and my denial for it was the reason for non-extension of contract: Lalchand Rajput

  • The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has decided against extending head coach Lalchand Rajput’s contract and therefore he won’t hold the designation of ‘national coach’ after August. Rajput was serving as the coach since June last year.
  • The former Indian batsman had a successful tenure with the Afghan team, as they secured Full Membership at ICC and won 6 out of 10 series across formats. They made their debut at Lord’s against the MCC. And apart from that, the team have registered victories against West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
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Harbhajan Singh unsure if Ravichandran Ashwin has been dropped or rested

  • Former Indian legendary spinner Harbhajan Singh recently stated that he is not definitive about the fact whether India’s ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been rested or dropped in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka.
  • Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have not been included in the current Indian squad as they have given way to Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel in the ODI and T20 squad.
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Rob Quiney retires from first-class cricket

  • Australian cricketer Rob Quiney has announced his retirement from the first-class cricket following his ouster from the list of contracted players from the domestic team Victoria ahead of the 2017/18 season.
  • Quiney, however, will continue to represent the Melbourne Stars team in the Big Bash League. The Bushrangers have announced the contract list on Monday with Peter Handscomb as their new captain.
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Virat Kohli prompts at a lot of experimentation ahead of the 2019 World Cup

  • Following the Champion’s Trophy loss and the brief period of turmoil regarding the signing of a new coach, the Men in Blue has got the momentum back. First the Caribbean tour and now in the island nation of Sri Lanka, the Indian team has established why they are one of the most dominant forces to reckon.
  • However, with the 2019 World Cup closing in, skipper Virat Kohli stated the to expect “a lot of changes” in the upcoming days as the team starts preparing on a roadmap for the mega event.
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Geoffrey Boycott believes this West Indian Test team is the worst in last 50 years

  • Former England opener and renowned commentator Geoffrey Boycott lashed out at the current West Indian squad, which is presently locking horns with the English side, and tagged them as worst Test side he has seen in the last 50 years.
  • West Indies lost the 1st Test match at Edgbaston comprehensively as they were dismissed twice within a day to hand an innings victory to the home side.
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Nic Pothas blames ‘too many cooks’ policy for Sri Lanka’s decline

  • After a horrendous and forgetful Test series, the first match of the ODI series also was again forgetful for the Sri Lankan fans. The Men in Blue, led by their skipper charismatic Virat Kohli, once again bulldozed the Lions in their own backyard.
  • Frustrated Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas has blamed the selection policy of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for the tragic decline of the standard of their cricket, using reference of the famous proverb- ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’.
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Nathan Coulter-Nile almost gave up before getting a call for the India tour

  • A string of injuries made Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile consider a career in just the shortest format of the game.
  • But with the recent call-up for the limited-overs series against India, Coulter-Nile isn’t ready to give up yet. Australia will play 5 ODIs in India starting September 19.
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Mithali Raj sets her sights and focus on the World T20 2018

  • After a great outing and an incredible display in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, the Indian skipper Mithali Raj has shifted her focus towards the T20 World Cup in 2018 in West Indies.
  • The women’s team made the whole nation proud, even as they lost the final match against champions England. They have surely won the hearts of millions of cricket fans and the people who were cheering for them.
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Sri Lanka finding difficult to match India’s level: Sourav Ganguly

  • Team India won the first ODI with utmost ease by a margin of 9 wickets on Sunday as the visitors outplayed the hosts in each and every aspect of the game.
  • Former India captain Sourav Ganguly also expressed that Sri Lanka is finding difficult to match India’s level and it is evident the way the visitors are playing and the hosts are just being humiliated in front of their home crowd.
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Pakistan to host World XI in September

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that a World XI series be played in Lahore after the Punjab Government approved ‘Presidential level security’ for the tour. The World XI comprising of 15 International players is set to travel to Pakistan in September.
  • Following the approval it has been confirmed Pakistan will host the international players for a T20I series in Lahore.
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Kerala ready to challenge for Ranji title, says Dav Whatmore

  • Dav Whatmore has a bag full of experience when it comes to coaching and facing the toughest of challenges. Whatmore has previously coached Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Zimbabwe which saw him witness the rise and fall of all these teams.
  • The Sri Lankan is currently serving as the head coach of the Kerala cricket team, after making it clear that he would not engage himself in any international ventures from now on.
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West Indies will play a T20I series in Pakistan

  • The West Indies team will travel to Pakistan for a series of 3 T20I games later this year.
  •  According to reports, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reached an agreement with Cricket West Indies over the T20I series on Monday. That after the government accepted to provide president level security to the players who will travel with the World XI side.
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English cricketer from Surrey dies after collapsing on the field

  • After Pakistani cricketer, Zubair Ahmed’s untimely death, another very unfortunate incident has happened on a cricket field, this time in England.
  • An English cricketer from Surrey died on Saturday after collapsing on the field. He was playing for the Effingham Cricket Club team in their match against the Newdigate Cricket Club that was played at The Brocus in Newdigate.
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Aamer Sohail feels Umar Akmal’s chances of making a comeback are almost nil

  • Former Pakistani all-rounder Aamer Sohail stated that the chances of staging a grand comeback for Umar Akmal are almost nil after the batter’s latest outburst against the national team head coach Mickey Arthur. He also feels that what he has said recently is purely out of frustration.
  • Akmal was initially selected for the ICC Champions Trophy by the national team selectors. But he was sent back home by Arthur after the cricketer failed in two consecutive fitness tests.
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Kieron Pollard stops short of pulling off a Mankad in a CPL 2017 game

  • Cricket is called a ‘Gentleman’s Game’ as it is expected for the players to play with sportsmanship and in good spirit. The game witnessed such an incident in
  • The game witnessed such an incident in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) today as Kieron Pollard stopped from mankading the opposition batsman who was out of the crease well before the ball was delivered.
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Sharjah picked over greater Noida to host Afghanistan’s first Test

  • The iconic venue of Sharjah is all set to enter the record books yet again. The Sharjah Cricket Stadium is being seen as the frontrunner in the race to host Afghanistan’s first ever Test match. The
  • The ICC had granted the Test status to Afghanistan and Ireland earlier this year. The cricket board of Afghanistan is all set to host the Zimbabwe team in their first ever Test at Sharjah later this year.
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PCB takes a u-turn, players allowed to return to CPL and counties

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has now had a change of heart once again and in what is being seen as a U-turn from their original plan, the board has once again allowed players recalled from the Caribbean Premier League and the English county circuit to return to their respective franchises, a few days after first revoking the No-Objection Certificates.
  • The original plan was that the players will have to undergo fitness tests from August 22-24 as part of the PCB’s training camp that begins on August 22, however, the fact that the players will be allowed to return is a positive move on their part.
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Players from 7 top nations have agreed to feature in World XI tour of Pakistan

  • Najam Sethi, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, has put an end to all speculation about the World XI tour to Pakistan, confirming on Monday (August 21), a three-match Twenty20 International series against Pakistan in Lahore, starting September 10. Sethi also stated that the three games against World XI will be played across four days, but refused to divulge the dates citing security reasons.
  • Sethi, addressing a press conference and said, “Players from England, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe have agreed to play the World XI tournament in Pakistan. India, however, has declined to send its players.”
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Chris Gayle and Samuels return to ODI squad against England

  • Windies cricket is coming back to its normalcy slowly as the selectors have recalled their most experienced duo for the upcoming series.
  • Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels have returned to the ODI set up for the series in England. Both the players have not been a part of the side for three and two years respectively.
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