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

Here are the top headlines of the day.

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Indian cricketer Shardul Thakur. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Chris Gayle likely to feature against England in ODIs

  • The Universe Boss Chris Gayle is likely to feature in the West Indies squad when they take on England in the limited-overs series. Gayle has been named in the squad for the ODI series against the ‘Three Lions’.
  • Apart from him, all-rounder, Marlon Samuels has also been included in the team. Samuels was one of the chief architects in both the World T20 finals for the Windies team.
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Arjuna Award is a major boost to the confidence, says Harmanpreet Kaur

  • Indian women’s team cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur was felicitated with the prestigious Arjuna Award on Tuesday. The right handed batsman had a major role to play in India’s tremendously successful Women’s World Cup campaign earlier this year.
  • Harmanpreet’s miraculous innings of 171 against the Australians in the semi final of the tournament will be remembered by Indian fans for years to come.
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Criticism will make West Indies unstoppable, says Stuart law

  • West Indies head coach Stuart Law has hit back harsh on the critics who had ruled out West Indies out of the equation after the horrific defeat against England in the first Test.
  • The West Indies team showed incredible character and a dominant display of batting as they killed the Englishmen in the second Test to level the series 1-1.
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Brisbane Heat recruit Pakistan leggie Shadab Khan for BBL 2017

  • After a dazzling stint in Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the Pakistani teenager, Shadab Khan is all set to play for Brisbane Heat in the upcoming Big Bash League (BBL).
  • The leg-spinner has been signed as their second overseas player, the franchise confirmed on Thursday (31 August).
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England have learnt their lessons: Trevor Bayliss

  • The England coach Trevor Bayliss has admitted that he has kept his fingers crossed when it comes to the top five bat batsmen.
  • He hopes that the likes of  Tom Westley, Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan will be able to cement their place with some solid performance in the coming time so that England can go to the Ashes with a stable line-up.
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It is really good of Dhoni that he has helped me: Shardul Thakur

  • 25-year old Shardul Thakur is currently watching the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah make a mockery of the Sri Lankan outfit.
  • Sitting on the bench, the Maharashtra-born medium fast bowler relishes a scenario where he will get to bowl those lethal lines to the likes of Angelo Matthews and co. Something he has been doing consistently for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy.
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Lasith Malinga to seek Zaheer Khan’s advice in a bid to regain form

  • For many years, Lasith Malinga was the name that gave nightmares to the batsmen. With his fiery pace, toe-crushing yorkers and above all the uncanny action, Malinga has been synonymous with terror for a long, long time. But age has finally taken a toll on the man as he has lost his venom now.
  • In a bid to regain his pace and composure, Malinga will be seeking the advice of a retired legend who served his national team for a long time, Zaheer Khan.
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Sachin Tendulkar urges fellow Mumbaikars to help residents of Shivaji Nagar

  • Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar urged Mumbaikars to step out of their houses and play a part through cash or kind to the residents of Shivaji Nagar, a massive slum that spills onto the Deonar dumping ground. The city was almost submerged, as flood waters did not recede even after the shower stopped.
  • Tuesday’s rainfall was about one-third of the rainfall that triggered deluge in the year of 2005. Three people, including two children, were killed when a house collapsed in Mumbai, news agency PTI said. In near by Thane, a 32-year-old woman and a teenage girl died and two others were injured in rain-related incidents.
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Ban on Sharjeel Khan defies our zero corruption stand: PCB

  • On 30th August 2017, a three-member Anti-Corruption Tribunal, formed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took a defiant step to show the world and all the players that they observe a zero tolerance policy against corrupt activities at any level.
  • Former Pakistani opener Sharjeel Khan was banned for 5 years by the three-member Anti-Corruption Tribunal to probe into the spot-fixing scandal in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
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Virender Sehwag disgusted at the omission of Yuvraj and Raina from Indian team

  • The greatest debate running in the Indian cricketing fraternity at the moment is whether to opt for youth and exuberance or to go with the safe and secure formula of experience and sacrifice raw talent in doing so.
  • In the modern era of cricket, the teams are paying enough attention to the fitness levels of cricketers, as a result of which we have seen vastly experienced players like Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh miss out on opportunities. Former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag, however, wants former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to play till the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
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I never lost belief in my side, says West Indies skipper Jason Holder

  • Jason Holder, West Indies skipper said he never lost belief in his side and always knew that one good game can turn things around for West Indies cricket.
  • “It feels really good, especially after the game in Edgbaston, it was a tough loss. A lot of teams would have crumbled coming back into the second Test match and probably would not have given England the fight that we gave them,” Holder said yesterday.
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T20 Global League provides life-changing opportunity to Akhona Mnyaka

  • In the recent draft, the shock call-up for the Bloem City Blazers for the T20 Global League was 18-year-old Akhona Mnyaka and he, therefore, featured as a future star in the latest edition of SA Cricket magazine.
  • With this contract, Mnyaka would be provided with an opportunity to share the dressing room of Bloemfontein based franchise team in the upcoming tournament.
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Australian media slams Steve Smith and Co. after loss against Bangladesh

  • The Steve Smith-led Australian side was at the receiving end when the Bangladeshi Test team achieved a landmark win against the Aussies in the 1st Test match at Dhaka. It was the first time when the Tigers had defeated the Australian team in their history of the longest format of the game.
  • On the other hand, the Aussies once again failed to put a complete performance in the sub-continental part of the world. The Australian media also slammed the players for the dismal performance in the 1st Test of the two-match Test series.
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Duleep Trophy gets a brand new stadium for its opening and final matches

  • After making a stunning comeback in BCCI’s schedule, the Duleep Trophy is all set to get a new host. The brand new Ekana International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow will host the Duleep Trophy matches will kick off in the month of September.
  • According to the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) the Duleep Trophy matches will be Day/Night matches and will be played with the pink ball.
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Paul Stirling recalled to Ireland ODI squad for West Indies series

  • Ireland opening batsman Paul Stirling has been recalled to the ODI squad for the one-off ODI against West Indies. The men from the Caribbean are scheduled to play an ODI against Ireland on September 13 at Stormont. Stirling was out of the team due to an injury but has recovered now.
  • The team will be led by William Porterfield and is bolstered by the return of Stirling and Niall O’Brien. Dockrell’s prolific domestic season has earned him the place in the side. The squad is brimming with the mixture of experience and youth. The notable names missing are Barry McCarthy and Craig Young who are nursing injuries right now.
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We can compete with any team now: Chandika Hathurusingha

  • After defeating Australia in the first Test match of the two-match series, Bangladeshi fans are on cloud nine now. In the past few years, they have seen their team rise meteorically to achieve new highs.
  • The Tigers are now capable of causing an upset anytime they play up to their potential and the big guys of international cricket are well aware of that.
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Venkatesh Prasad in conflict of Interest circle for his involvement with the KPL

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been left bamboozled after Venkatesh Prasad has been selected on the commentary panel for the Karnataka Premier League (KPL).
  • The reason for that is the former India cricketer is also the chairman of BCCI‘s junior selection committee and he has done that without taking the board’s permission. This is a clear conflict of interest issue and this might get the bowler in trouble.
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David Warner believes payment dispute has nothing to do with upset at Dhaka

  • Continuing the general theme of the week of upsets with England facing defeat at the hands of underdogs West Indies, Bangladesh overhauled Australia at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka by 20 runs.
  • Centurion in the second innings, David Warner claimed that the recent longstanding dispute between ACA and CA should not be blamed for the upset.
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Monty Panesar to play for Lashtings All Stars at the Dalton CC

  • English left arm spinner Monty Panesar will take part in the match between the Lashings All Stars XI and the host club at the Dalton CC.
  • Panesar will play for the Lashings All Stars alongside a number of retired Englishmen going by the name of Jake Dernbach, Ajmal Shahzad, Chris Schofield, Martin Bicknell and Warren Hegg.
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Michael Hussey urges Usman Khawaja to repay selector’s trust in spades

  • Australian cricket legend Michael Hussey has urged batsman Usman Khawaja to repay the selectors faith in ‘in spades’.
  • The no.3 batsman has made just one run in each innings of the 1st Test match. Bangladesh won a historic encounter by 20 runs after the visitors failed to chase down 265. Apart from opener David Warner, not many batsmen fired with the bat.
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David Warner rates his Dhaka century the finest innings

  • The first Test in Australia’s tour of Bangladesh will go down as a historic one, not for Australia, but for the hosts, as it marked their first win against the Aussies in the longest format.
  • However, David Warner too had something to remember in the match- a century at Dhaka. He rates it his best innings, ever. Scoring 112 runs, the highest individual score in the match, Warner admits that he owes his success to his ‘mind first, technique second’ philosophy.
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Why did David Warner wear a new baggy green?

  • Australia is currently in Bangladesh playing in two match Test series. During the course of the first Test match, everyone was taken by surprise when David Warner walked in with the new baggy green.
  • He played the whole match with the same cap. Many were left wondering for the reason of the left hander using the new one.
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Jason Gillespie is not going to be the next coach of England

  • The English cricket team is currently recovering from a shocking defeat against Windies at the second Test match that was played at Headingley.
  • Amidst all the tasks the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has to complete, the biggest job they have at their disposal is to find a perfect successor of departing head coach Ottis Gibson. Gibson has been appointed by the Cricket South Africa (CSA) as the Protean head coach.
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Meeting Amitabh Bachchan was an astounding experience: Mithali Raj

  • Indian women’s captain Mithali Raj is in the news for all the right reasons. From shutting up a journalist, on being asked a sexist question, to trolling back a Twitterati recently.
  • A few weeks back, she shared the screen with Bollywood director Karan Johar and was praised by Shah Rukh Khan too. Therefore, it was not a surprise to see the Indian skipper getting quizzed by none other than  ‘Big B’ Amitabh Bachchan in the latest installment of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati 9’.
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Sharjeel Khan might appeal against his 5-year ban

  • While the franchise based T2o leagues are talent attraction magnets all over the world, there have been many infamous incidents surrounding it. While the well-known incident of Indian bowler S Sreesanth forced the fans to question the sanctity of Indian Premier League, Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan tried to hamper the reputation of Pakistan’s T20 league, known as the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
  • But the latter faced a big blow when the three-member Anti-Corruption Tribunal formed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) handed him a five-year ban. For obvious reasons, the batsman was furious after this decision. His lawyer, Shaighan Ejaz stated that Sharjeel will be contemplating the option to appeal against their decision. He met the media few hours after Tribunal’s verdict came out.
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Ajit Agarkar lauds MS Dhoni’s unique feat in ODIs

  • Former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar has praised MS Dhoni, as the ex-skipper appears in his 300th ODI match against Sri Lanka today. Agarkar, who has played 26 Test matches and 191 ODIs for India, lauded the calmness and composure of the wicket-keeper batsman.
  • Dhoni became the second wicketkeeper after Kumar Sangakkara, to play 300 ODI games.  Agarkar spoke about Dhoni’s remarkable longevity in the game, since he is not only a batsman but also a wicket-keeper. He also mentioned the fact that the former Indian skipper hasn’t missed too many games since making his debut in 2004.
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