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

Here are the top headlines of the day.

Alex Hales
Alex Hales of Nottinghamshire celebrates his century. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Alex Hales, Shahid Afridi included in T20 Global League player draft

  • Alex Hales, the dashing England opener, and Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistan all-rounder, have been included in T20 Global League player draft. These are the two latest players among the 90 overseas stars who have made the cut for the inaugural T20 GL draft process to be held in Cape Town this weekend.
  • Hales has maintained amazing form in the ongoing T20 Blast in England and Afridi is fresh off a 43-ball 101 runs innings in the quarter-final of the same competition. Adam Lyth, who recently scored the third highest T20 score ever, 161 off 73 deliveries has also been added to the drafts players list.
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BCCI is a male chauvinist organisation: Diana Edulji

  • Former Indian Women’s skipper, Diana Edulji slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for being a “male chauvinist organisation”. She further alleged that some members of the top governing body in the country weren’t too pleased with the spectacular performances that the Women’s team that they put up in the ICC Women’s World Cup, 2017.
  • Edulji made these statements at the Express Adda event in Mumbai on Tuesday, where she was present as a guest, along with India’s World Cup stars Harmanpreet Kaur and Punam Raut.
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India U19 cricket star Shubman Gill expresses desire to play FC cricket

  • With the extremely fruitful England tour coming to an end, the youngster has now set his sights on the upcoming Ranji Trophy. The 17-year-old played in the List A matches last year, and revealed, “Playing the Ranji Trophy for Punjab is my dream.”
  • The Ferozepur born cricketer, however, will not be able to render his full services to the state team owing to national duties. The U19 squad will need him back at the top of the order when the Asia Cup begins in Kuala Lumpur in November. The tournament will be an ideal preparatory ground for the U19 World Cup in New Zealand.
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BPL 5 set to shift to Sylhet from Dhaka

  • The fifth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League is ten weeks away. The BPL Governing Council is contemplating to move the high-profile tournament out of Dhaka due to the occurrence of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Union Seminar, which is scheduled to take place in Dhaka in the first week of November.
  • The Seminar is a big event and is coinciding with the BPL, which is scheduled to begin on November 2. No other major event can take place at the same time in the capital city of Dhaka which is why the governing body of the cash-rich T20 league has decided to shift the event to Sylhet which is around 250 kilometres north of Dhaka.
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Virat Kohli keen to help Sri Lanka after the tour

  • The Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is in the middle of a golden run in Sri Lanka, is keen to address the issues of the hosts after the conclusion of their tour.
  • The man himself has come forward and proposed to discuss the things with their coach Nic Pothas. Virat is known to be a wholehearted person and he is once again proving it with this lovely gesture.
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Will Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati host India-Australia ODIs?

  • Australia is scheduled to visit India for a limited-overs series which comprises of 5 One-Day Internationals and 3 T20Is. The official broadcasters have started to air the promotions of the series starting from September 17.
  • But there is a speculation over the new venues Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati being able to host the ODIs which are allotted to them.
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Mark Boucher to coach the Port Elizabeth franchise

  • The former South African wicketkeeper, Mark Boucher, has been selected as the coach of the Port Elizabeth franchise for the inaugural T20 Global league.
  • The lucrative competition has already attracted many big names and is set to get underway in November this year. The league is a step taken by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to prevent talented cricketers from going the ‘Kolpak’ way.
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This is not the best phase of my life, best yet to come: Cheteshwar Pujara

  • The incumbent one drop in Tests, Chetashwar Pujara, is going through a purple patch. After having a tough 2015, the Saurashtra cricketer made a resounding comeback in 2016 and has topped the batting charts ever since.
  • Despite his red-hot form, Pujara feels that he still have areas on which he can improve upon.
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Thilan Samaraweera still haunted by the 2009 attack of the Sri Lankan team bus

  • Former Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera still gets goosebumps when he recalls the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009.
  • The batsman claimed that the horrific incident still haunts him and it will be extremely hard to get over it. Samaraweera was the most severely injured cricketer when the visitors’ team bus was fired upon by the terrorists. The 40-year-old batsman had to undergo surgery in order to pluck out a bullet from his thigh and had to spend two weeks at the hospital.
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Paul Collingwood offered £75k to represent ICC World XI

  • Former England Coach and Zimbabwe International Andy Flower who is supposed to be picking the World XI T20I team and also coaching them for the tour of Pakistan has approached Paul Collingwood, to feature in the three-match T20I series.
  • If reports are to be believed, Collingwood would earn as much as £75,000 for the week-long commitment.
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Reports: Faf du Plessis will captain the World XI side on the tour of Pakistan

  • With every passing day, a new name expected to feature in the World XI side against Pakistan is emerging. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had issued a 72-hour ultimatum to announce the squad but Andy Flower is yet to do so.
  • Now, amidst the speculations for the players, it has emerged that South African captain Faf du Plessis will be leading the team on the tour.
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Broadcasting Rights to Star India will create an anticompetitive environment: Dish TV Chairman

  • DTH operator Dish TV has made an appeal to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to not keep Star India in contention for IPL broadcasting rights.
  • The DTH operator believes that if Star India wins the bid, almost 70% for cricket content in India will go in hands of one institution which eventually will make an anti-competitive environment.
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West Indies coach, Stuart Law wants his team to ignore Curtly Ambrose’s scathing comment

  • Current West Indies coach, Stuart Law has urged his boys to ignore the scathing comments made by former great, Curtly Ambrose.
  • The Windies side is nursing fresh wounds as they crumbled to an unceremonious inning and 209-run defeat in the series opener at Edgbaston against England. The historic inaugural day/night Test ended inside three days, leaving the visitors with nothing but a silver lining in the form of Jermaine Blackwood.
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Arjuna Ranatunga wins the battle against Thilanga Sumathipala

  • Legendary Sri Lankan captain, Arjuna Ranatunga, has won the defamatory case against the Sri Lanka Cricket Board President Thilanga Sumathipala.
  • Sumathipala has been victimised to immense criticism recently due to the dismal state of Sri Lankan Cricket. Fans seemed to have lost their cool and have been raising their voices against the board due to the horrific form of the national team.
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IPL brand value marked 26 percent increase from last year

  • Indian Premier League (IPL), a tournament which creates a buzz around the park, with streets blaring horns, getting players from around the world to unite, the numerous controversies and the juggernaut rolls on.
  • In its tenth year, the IPL is an enterprise worth Rs 34,000 crore ($5.3 billion) and has posted a 26 per cent increase in its overall business from Rs 27,000 crore ($4.2 billion) last year.
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Shahriar Nafees points out Steve Smith as the biggest challenge for Bangladesh

  • Bangladeshi opener Shahriar Nafees has made it clear that Aussie skipper Steve Smith will be the toughest obstacle for the Tigers in the upcoming two match test series.
  • Bangladesh will play Australia at Mirpur on Sunday which will mark the beginning of the first test of the series between the two nations.
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Two key Proteas missing from T20 Global League draft

  • Cricket South Africa (CSA) has released a list of 90 internationally-based players who have been shortlisted for the upcoming T20 Global League player draft will take place in Cape Town, later this weekend. The rules dictate that each of the eight franchises can have a maximum five international players in their 18-man squads, while eight marquee international players have already been determined.
  • South African players who are currently on Kolpak deals are considered international players, and 10 of them were included on the shortlist of players on Wednesday. The Proteas who appear to make the shortlist are- Cameron Delport, Richard LeviColin Ingram, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas, Colin Ackermann, Simon Harmer, David Wiese, Marchant de Lange and Hardus Viljoen.
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World XI squad announced for the tour of Pakistan

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today announced the 14-member World XI side that will tour Pakistan to play historic three-Twenty20 International match series in September. South African captain Faf du Plessis has been handed over the responsibility of leading the side that boasts of a lot of heavyweights from T20 cricket.
  • The first T20I will be played on September 12, the second on September 13 and the last match of the tour is scheduled on September 15; all the games will be hosted by the Gaddafi Stadium.
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Playing in Pakistan will be an experience of a lifetime, says Faf du Plessis

  • An ICC World XI is set to tour Pakistan in the month of September in a bid to resume international cricket in the country.
  • Pakistan Cricket Board chief Najam Sethi confirmed that South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis will lead the World XI on their visit to Pakistan. Sethi made the announcement in a press conference on Thursday, August 24.
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Sarfraz Ahmed believes bringing cricket back to Pakistan will help youngsters

  • With preparation for International cricket’s return to Pakistan is going on in full swing, the country’s newest hero Sarfraz Ahmed has welcomed the initiative warmly as it will serve well for the country’s cricket as well as the fans who have faced the drought for close to a decade.
  • The World XI squad will tour Pakistan for the three-match T20I series in September this year before Sri Lanka and West Indies are also more or less confirmed to visit the country for bilateral series. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also named the team today and South African skipper Faf du Plessis will be leading the tour party.
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Heavy rainfall predicted for the first Test between Bangladesh and Australia

  • Australia and Bangladesh are scheduled to lock horns in a Test match after a gap of 11 years. Bangladesh are preparing to host the Steven Smith-led side for a 2 Test series where spin is said to be the major obstacle ahead of the visitors.
  • But the home team’s fans would be disappointed to know about the weather forecast in Dhaka, the venue for the first game which starts on Friday.
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India vs Australia, 2017 tickets to get costlier at Chepauk

  • Ever since the Goods and Service Tax (GST) was rolled out by the Government of India on 1st July 2017, there has been a turmoil in prices of various commodities, with some shooting up while others falling substantially.
  • However, Indian cricket fans might not be the happiest as ticket prices at Chepauk are set to undergo a huge inflation. The first One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia, to be played in September, will be the first match under this new system of taxation.
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Hardik Pandya suffered cramps walks off the field

  • Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya triggered fear among his camp, fans and viewers, as he had to walk off the field after suffering cramps on his calf. Pandya could not complete his 6th over and had to walk off. He was seen pulling up, clutching his left knee.
  • He looked uncomfortable while putting weight on his left knee. It has heavily strapped later and he still looked in pain.
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Sports Minister of Sri Lanka calls for administrative overhaul after string of losses

  • The last one year has seen the state of cricket reach its lowest ebb in the last two decades. It was understandable that the national team will struggle after the retirements of Dilshan, Jayawardene and Sangakkara, three stalwarts of Sri Lanka cricket. But not to put up a fight at all has been heart breaking to see for many viewers around the world. India thrashed them 3-0 in the Test series, where the hosts never looked like being in the game.
  • The sports minister of the Island has called for an administrative overhaul. Dayasiri Jayasekera is inviting former players, experts, administrators and the likes together to speak on the imminent challenges. ”I am hoping to get all these experts at a single forum and thrash out issues,” Jayasekera told AFP.
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ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath to inspect the new venues in India

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has nominated Javagal Srinath, India’s ICC Elite Panel Match Referee, to inspect the new cricket venues Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Srinath will visit both the venues for the inspection. The stadiums have been allotted the matches by BCCI for T20 Internationals against Australia and Sri Lanka.
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MS Dhoni to invest INR 300 cr in five-star hotel: Reports

  • The former Indian captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is in the twilight of his career and he might hang up his boots in the next couple of years.
  • If the reports are to be believed, the wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni has already started his post retirement planning and is investing INR 300 cr in a five-star hotel.
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Shah Rukh Khan apologised to Indian captain Mithali Raj for coming late to a shoot

  • Bollywood actor and the owner of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh Khan has apologized to the captain of the Indian Women’s team Mithali Raj.
  • It was earlier reported that Shah Rukh will make a comeback in television with his talk show- Ted Talks India. The actor yesterday shot for an episode of the show which featured director Karan Johar and Indian cricketer Mithali Raj.
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