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.

Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh of India. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Steve Smith rules out Peter Handscomb’s chances of taking wicketkeeping duties

  • With the experienced Matthew Wade available in the squad, Steve Smith has ruled out the possibility of playing Peter Handscomb in his place.
  • After replacing Peter Neville in the Test squad around a year ago, Wade has failed to perform up to the expectations, especially with the bat.
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There is a basic difference between the coaching of Shastri and Kumble: Wriddhiman Saha

  • Wriddhiman Saha, India’s Test wicketkeeper-batsman, has returned to Kolkata after a successful tour of Sri Lanka. The Indian team whitewashed Sri Lanka in their own backyard in a 3-match Test series and he was an important member of that side.
  • Saha stated that there is a basic difference between the coaching of Ravi Shastri and Anil Kumble.
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Dale Steyn returns to Multiply Titans ahead of the 2017/18 season

  • Dale Steyn, who recently announced his return to cricket after being out of action since the last November, is now set to feature for a new team in the upcoming South African domestic season.
  • Steyn has decided to return to his old team, Multiply Titans after a stint with the Cape Cobras which began in 2010.
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The Aussies will have a tough time dealing with the Indians, says Michael Clarke

  • The Kangaroos will lock horns against the Indians in a five-match ODI series which will be followed by a three-match T20 series in September.
  • Former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke believes that the mixture of the losses and the wins will help India get stronger as a team and will work for them in the future.
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Shah Rukh Khan has a new visitor in Yuvraj Singh

  • Yuvraj Singh found himself at the end of a harsh decision as chief selector MSK Prasad announced the Indian squad for the upcoming limited over series against Sri Lanka.
  • The destructive cricketer who shattered Englishman Stuart Broad in the World T20 in 2007, was spotted in Bandra. To be exact, Singh was seen entering Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan‘s house.
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Virat Kohli maintains the No.1 Ranking in ODIs

  • As for the ICC ODI Player Rankings, India captain Virat Kohli goes into the series as the world’s top-ranked ODI batsman with 873 points and a chance to increase his 12-point lead over Australia’s David Warner.
  • As for India, which is in the third position with 114 points, only a 4-1 series win will ensure it stays ahead of England.
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Anushka Sharma returns home from Sri Lanka after spending time with Virat Kohli

  • Recently, Indian skipper Virat Kohli was seen spending quality time with his girlfriend Anushka Sharma, who joined the team for the celebrations in Sri Lanka.
  • A source revealed that some of the friends had made special arrangements for the couple to enjoy some quality time with each other in the Lankan island.
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Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina still fit for comeback

  • The Indian squad announced for Sri Lanka series is missing the names of two southpaws Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. Hence, the familiar question has once again popped up. Will they be able to make a comeback into this side?
  • According to Saba Karim, former national selector, both Yuvraj and Raina can come back into the contention if they stay fit.
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Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir set to tour Pakistan as a part of the World XI, reveals PCB sources

  • South African batting master class Hashim Amla and spin wizard Imran Tahir are all set to be a part of the tour.
  • West Indian all-rounder Darren Sammy is expected to lead the World XI team and Andy Flower is all set to be present as the head coach of the team.
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Usman Khawaja could find a spot in the Playing XI against Bangladesh

  • The upcoming Bangladesh Test series certainly is a big challenge and an opportunity for the Steve Smith led Australian side to improve its record in the Asian subcontinent. Most of the players in the current Aussie line-up find it hard to tackle the spinning sub-continent pitches.
  • Aussie skipper Smith is still confident and feels that his team will put a good show against the Tigers. He also backed left-hand batsman Usman Khawaja to play a major role for them.
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T20 Global league team Benoni Zalmi launched

  • Benoni Zalmi had an official team launch for the T20 Global League earlier in the day. Cricket South Africa (CSA) had announced at a function that Benoni will be one of the eight teams, that will take part in the T20 league.
  • South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock will represent the “Benoni Zalmi” franchise as the marquee Proteas player.
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Australia set to travel to Bangladesh with 3 security officials and a chef

  • The Australians are all set to travel to the country of Bangladesh after 11 long years to play a two-match Test series against the Tigers. The team has been practicing in Darwin in the form of an intrasquad match as they look forward to the Bangladesh challenge.
  • The Australian team will be accompanied by at least 3 security professionals and a chef during their tour of Bangladesh.
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Sri Lanka bans biscuits from the dressing room

  • According to SriLanka’s team manager Asanka Gurusinha, the cricketers are not allowed to have biscuits in the dressing room.
  • The team manager also denied any reports of him resigning or being sacked from his position.
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BCB declares ‘Rocket’ as title sponsor of BAN v AUS series

  • The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Thursday announced the title sponsor for the upcoming Bangladesh v Australia Test series.
  • They have announced that ‘Rocket’ will be the title sponsor of the home series for the third consecutive time.
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Venugopal Rao shares his extraordinary ‘rags to riches’ cricketing journey

  • Many of the Indian cricket followers may not remember Venugopal Rao’s contributions to the national team, as the cricketer from Visakhapatnam played only 16 ODIs for the national team.
  • But hailing from a very humble background and a village 30 kilometres away from Vizag, the 35-year-old is very proud of what he has achieved.
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Joe Root is the best England batsman I’ve played with, says Alastair Cook

  • Joe Root has made ripples in world cricket in a very short span and achieved success in every way possible. Having made his Test debut in 2012, he’s quickly climbed up the rungs of the ladder and is currently the skipper of the England Test team.
  • Cook lauded the 26-year-old batsman for his abundant talent. Speaking to the reporters, he said, “He kind of makes it look quite easy. Frustratingly easy. It’s incredible he manages to score like he does. If he’s not the best England player I’ve played with he’s right up there. His game is phenomenal…He’s just phenomenally consistent against world-class bowlers around the world.”
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Suresh Raina signs for GP Lubricants as the brand ambassador of the company

  • Suresh Raina’s career on the field might not be going in favour of the cricketer, but he has taken a major step towards boosting his off the field career.
  • The left handed batsman has been roped in as the brand ambassador for IPOL Lubricants, by GP Petroleums, a leading lubricant maker and part of UAE-based Gulf Petrochem Group, on Thursday.
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Faisal Iqbal feels he is capable of replacing Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan

  • Those are big boots to fill and Pakistani cricket fraternity is in the search for the next Misbah and Younis, and middle-order batsman Faisal Iqbal feels he is the right man to succeed the two retired legends.
  • Though Iqbal’s performance in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy, scoring 493 runs in 7 games with an average of just under 38, is noteworthy, another key figure is his age- 35.
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Performance should be the main criteria for the selection of any player, not only MS Dhoni says Kiran More

  • While former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni successfully made it to the squad, let handed power hitter Yuvraj Singh faced the axe.
  • “I don’t blame the fans but Prasad is doing his job. Such decisions are not taken by Prasad alone. Big decisions are taken collectively,” said Kiran More told Mid-Day
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Darren Sammy sacked as St. Lucia Stars skipper

  • After the string of losses in the ongoing edition of Caribbean Premier League, St Lucia Stars have sacked Darren Sammy as their skipper.
  • Shane Watson has been named the new captain for the remainder of the season and Marlon Samuels would be his deputy.
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Australia announce ODI and T20I squads for India tour

  • Cricket Australia have picked both the ODI and T20 squads for the tour of India which will be played in September-October.
  • Australia are scheduled to play 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is on this tour. Earlier this year the team from down under had visited the country for a four match Test series which was keenly contested.
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Champaka Ramanayake returns as Bangladesh bowling consultant

  • The former Sri Lankan pacer from Galle is back with the Tigers again as he has joined the team as a bowling consultant. He will work as a consultant with the High-Performance squad and other squads at the national level.
  • Sunil Joshi and Venkatapathy Raju are shortlisted for spin bowling coach’s position.
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Sir Viv Richards feels England can be beaten at home

  • Richards had some words of encouragement to offer to the Jason Holder-led side ahead of the Test series against England.
  • The West Indies cricket team has had to face a sad demotion in terms of stature in the sporting world. They have looked hapless in the recent past and hit rock bottom when they couldn’t qualify for the Champions Trophy earlier this year.
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