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

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

Here are the top headlines of the day.

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Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli (L), Rohit Sharma (R) and coach Ravi Shastri take part in a practice session. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan’s Shahid Afridi, promoting cricket as a weapon of peace in the US

  • Mohebullah Archiwal, popularly known as Afghanistan’s Shahid Afridi, is promoting cricket as a weapon of peace. Mohebullah Archiwal worked as a translator in the US Army and is currently working in the International Rescue Committee.
  • Archi is working hard to spread the game of cricket in a country that is still recovering from the scars of war. However, he is battling many odds, including the presence of the Taliban and the dangers of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)
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Uncertainty over Imad Wasim and Alex Hales’ participation in the T20GL

  • Just when the ownership of the newly-named Stellenbosch Kings sorted out before the start of the T20 Global League, the franchise now faces an issue about player availability.
  • Former Proteas coach, Eric Simons, who is the head coach Stephen Fleming’s assistant, has been actively involved in the formulation of the franchise during its baby steps.
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Indian men, women’s team set to lock horns with South Africa in double header T20 games, confirms the BCCI

  • The Indian men’s team and the women’s team are all set to play three doubleheader T20 internationals in South Africa in the beginning of 2018.
  • The news was confirmed when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) accepted Cricket South Africa’s proposal on the same.
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Rain threatening the first ODI between India and Australia

  • India and Australia are set to lock horns on Sunday at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in the first ODI of the five-match series. However, rain threat is looming over the match as per the Indian Meteorological Department.
  • They have predicted thunderstorms in the afternoon or in the evening during the game. If rains gods have the final call in Chennai, there would be no result in the first One-Dayer as there is no reserve day for the matches.
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Peter Handscomb come in as cover for injured Aaron Finch

  • Peter Handscomb will be flying to India as cover for his injured fellow Victorian Aaron Finch. Finch has already been ruled out of the first ODI of the 5-match series due to the calf problem. But the batsman will remain with the squad to play later in the series in case he is fit again.
  • Handscomb will depart for Australia on Saturday and will be available for the selection for the series opener on Sunday.
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ICC cannot force India to play bilateral series with Pakistan: ICC CEO

  • International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dave Richardson has cleared the hub bub that the ICC cannot force India to play a bilateral series with Pakistan.
  • Talking to media on Thursday in Lahore, Richardson also banishes the impression that ICC backs India’s decision and has a bigger leaning towards Indian Cricket as compared to Pakistan Cricket.
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Virat Kohli detaches himself from the Premier Futsal League

  • Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli was the face of the Premier Futsal league and everybody is familiar with the sight of him promoting the event.
  • However, reports by the Mumbai Mirror confirm that the cricketer is no longer the brand ambassador for the high-intensity football event.
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No tour to Pakistan in near future: James Sutherland

  • Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland has cleared that there are no plans for Australia’s to tour Pakistan in the near future. Currently, Pakistan is hosting World XI for a 3-match T20I series and the first two games were a huge success.
  • Ben Cutting, Tim Paine and George Bailey are the players from down under who are a part of the World XI playing in Pakistan. International Cricket Council (ICC) has also urged other teams to visit the country after the series.
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Eden Gardens witness a rare sight of lack of enthusiasm for tickets ahead of India-Australia clash

  • The Eden Gardens, Kolkata is not only the most electrifying stadium in India but the whole world. The craze surrounding the game of cricket among the people in the city is unmatchable and the stadium boasts of a very high number of seats to fit in all the crowd.
  • Every game at the Eden Gardens lives up to its hype and cricketers all over the world have expressed their mind boggling experience of playing at the iconic stadium.
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Virender Sehwag reveals how Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli ditched him in the Indian head coach saga

  • It was not long ago that former Indian opener Virender Sehwag lost the battle for the Indian head coach position to Ravi Shastri. The Delhi-born cricketer has come up with an inside story that stated that he was not keen on taking up the job.
  • Sehwag mentioned that he agreed to send in his application after being insisted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members.
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BCB announces number of foreign cricketers available for BPL 2017 Players’ draft

  • The fifth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is scheduled to start on November 2, 2017, with the defending champions, Dhaka Dynamites locking horns with Sylhet Surma Sixers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
  • A total of 7 teams will participate in the high-profile tournament that will be played at three different venues, including the latest inclusion, the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced that the players’ draft for BPL 2017 is going to be held on September 16.
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Grant Elliot calls Pakistan as safe as any other country

  • Security was the major hurdle ahead of the Independence Cup but the authorities have lived up to the promise of providing ‘Presidential level security’ to all cricketers. This series has marked a return of international cricket to Pakistan after a long wait.
  • Barring Zimbabwe, who played an unapproved series in Pakistan, no other country has visited the nation since the brutal terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.
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Sanath Jayasuriya, Farveez Maharoof, Ashan Priyanjan dodge the suicide blast unharmed

  • Tragedy hit the world of cricket once again in the form of a horrific bomb blast that took place outside the Kabul International Cricket Stadium, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • Renowned cricketers in the name of Sanath Jayasuriya, Farveez Maharoof, Ashan Priyanjan and match referee Graeme Labrooy managed to escape unharmed from the stadium.
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Cricket South Africa deeply shocked by the recent murders of two coaches

  • Cricket South Africa (CSA) has expressed their sorrows regarding the recent murders of their two coaches and critical injuries to two others in what is suspected as a case of murder in Laudium on Wednesday night.
  • The two coaches were shot dead while the other two remain critically injured.
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Unhappy Shahid Afridi refuses to accept PCB’s ‘offer’

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have successfully brought in the World XI to Pakistan, and so far the games have been conducted in the best possible manner.
  • Cricket fans from world wide have showered their praise on the cricket board. Barring Zimbabwe’s limited overs tour, it was the first time in nearly nine years, that Pakistan have hosted a competitive series.
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Rohit Sharma feels that cricketers shouldn’t complain about tight schedules

  • Ahead of an action-packed series against the Aussies, Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma stated that the cricketers shouldn’t complain about burnouts because they have short career spans.
  • Team India are slated to play a prolonged limited-overs home season which begins with the Australian series this weekend.
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Misbah, Afridi to do lap of honor ahead of the final World XI T20

  • Two of Pakistan’s finest cricketers – Misbah Ul Haq and Shahid Afridi – will do a lap of honor before the start of the final T20 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore later this evening.
  • The 3-match series is leveled at 1-1 and the home side is under pressure to finish the series against World XI on a high.
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Abdul Razzaq quits Afghan cricket league after Kabul blast

  • Former Pakistan cricketer Abdul Razzaq who was in Afghanistan as a part of the Shpageeza Cricket League has quit the tournament following a suicide blast near a cricket stadium.
  • Afghanistan’s premier domestic Twenty20 tournament, the Shpageeza League comprises of six teams and features over two dozen overseas players from all across the globe.
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Team India trainer Shankar Basu under Conflict of Interest scanner

  • Indian cricket team’s strength and conditioning coach Shankar Basu has come under the scanner for a Conflict of Interest issue after the appointment of his protege Soham Desai as one of the new trainers of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) has come to the fore with allegations of ‘conflict of interest’ against the former.
  • These allegations arise because Desai was apparently earlier associated with Basu’s commercial venture. He has earlier worked with Gujarat Ranji team, recently passed an NCA trainers’ examination, the question paper for which was apparently set by Basu.
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Rohit Sharma reveals who will replace Dhawan as opener

  • Ahead of the first ODI match against Australia in Chennai, Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma addressed the media and threw light on the many connotations around the Indian team leading into the series.
  • The Men in Blue will go into the series with intentions to secure a win, which will also take them to the top of the ICC ODI team rankings, that coupled with their supremacy in the Test rankings will mark the Indian team’s dominance across formats.
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Harbhajan Singh lashes out at the Australian journalist for terming Virat Kohli as a ‘sweeper’

  • Australian journalist Dennis Freedman gave us an example of the absolutely disrespectful Aussie media when he used a derogatory term to describe Virat Kohli on September 12th. In his tweet, the ill-mannered individual termed the Indian captain as a ‘sweeper’ which grabbed a lot of attention on Twitter.
  • Fans all over India and even Pakistan ganged up together to slam the journalist on the micro-blogging site for his shameful take on one of greatest cricketers of the generation.
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