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"Why Indians always get wickets which are good for batting?" complains Sarfraz Ahmed

Harshit Anand Updated: 12 June, 2019, 3:39 PM IST

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India and Pakistan will take on each other on June 16 in the World Cup. It is going to be one hell of an encounter. Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed has attacked Indians even before the match has begun. As per reports, he is unhappy with the green top at Taunton. Pakistan will be taking on Australia today at Taunton.

According to a report in the widely circulated “Jang” newspaper from Taunton, Sarfraz also targeted the pitches that Indians are getting. “The captain has been wondering as to why the Indians always get wickets which are good for batting and also suitable for spinners. Such wickets suit Asian teams. However, the Pakistan team is almost always made to play on more challenging surfaces in ICC events like the one at Taunton,” said a source close to Sarfraz as reported by Geo News.

India have won their first two games in the World Cup so far. They will take on New Zealand in their next game at Trent Bridge. Pakistan have won and lost one game in the mega event so far.

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Drunk David Warner admitted to ball tampering during a first class match - Alastair Cook

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 10:44 PM IST

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Former England opener Alastair Cook has disclosed that David Warner told him he once "used substances attached to the strapping on his hand to accelerate the deterioration of the ball during a first-class match". Cook has mentioned about this incident in his new book "The Autobiography”.

"David Warner, a couple of beers into his celebration, mentioned that he used substances attached to the strapping on his hand to accelerate the deterioration of the ball during a first-class match. I looked at Steve Smith who shot a glance that said: 'Ooh, you shouldn't have said that," Cook wrote in his new autobiography.

Ever since his return to international cricket, David Warner is facing flak at the hands of fans. He, however, scored 647 runs in the World Cup. The left hand batsman finished as second highest run scorer in the tournament, only one run behind Rohit Sharma.

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I don't like to judge myself – Ravi Shastri

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 10:42 PM IST

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Team India head coach Ravi Shastri is satisfied after reappointment of Bharat Arun and R Sridhar. He share good rapport with these two and feels that having them will help him to continuity towards achieving goals. He also said that he has gained a lot of experience over the years.

“I don’t like to be judging myself, but the fact is that I have been around for that long. I have been in the game four decades now. I was 17 when I played for Mumbai and played for India when I was 18 and I have not missed a single season either as a player because after that I became a broadcaster, then a coach and director of the team,” Shastri told Gulf News.

“So obviously having travelled and watched the game closely and having the exposure it does help. When you have that kind of experience it does help when it comes to man-management and communication skills. Experience is not bought or sold in the market. You got to put in the yards to go the distance,” he further added.

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Steve Smith was not mocking Jack Leach during victory celebration – Justin Langer

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 10:39 PM IST

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Australian head coach Justin Langer has defended Steve Smith stating that he was not mocking English player Jack Leach after victory in the fourth Ashes Test.

Following Australia's win, Smith was seen wiping a pair of glasses before showing stance of left-hand batsman just as the English spinner does.

"Experience tells me that when you're doing well, people will try and pick holes in you," Langer said. "I know the truth, Chris Rogers is a great mate of the squad, that's all it's about.

"People can make up what they like about it, but that's the truth. Everyone around the world has seen the great spirit the World Cup and this series has been played in."

He further added the celebrations by Aussie players at Old Trafford were in control keeping in mind the fifth Ashes Test at the oval.

"That celebration was two out of 10 to some of the ones I have seen because we knew we had to play three days later," he added.

"When you have a good day you have to celebrate it as long as you move on and get ready for the next one. We've said the whole time, I've said it since day one, we're here to win the Ashes, so whilst the other day was a great experience, we have still go some business to do.

"There is a good feeling in the group, they know there is still unfinished business and we are looking forward to this last Test match."

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‘You should start belly Dance program to lure international cricketers’: Fans troll Fawad Chaudhry

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 6:03 PM IST

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Ten top Sri Lanka cricketers opted out of a tour to Pakistan this month citing security concerns.

Roshan Gunathilaka, the Sri Lanka Cricket security adviser and former air force chief, briefed the players on the security situation in Pakistan, and the security arrangements made by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

The players who opted out were one-day international captain Dimuth Karunaratne, Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, and Thisara Perera.

Kusal Mendis was not considered for selection after he was injured in a collision with teammate Shehan Jayasuriya during a recent T20 match against New Zealand.

New ODI and T20 squads were selected, and were pending approval from the sports minister, SLC said on Monday.

The limited-overs tour begins on Sept. 27.

Over the past three years, Pakistan has successfully hosted Zimbabwe, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and a World XI for limited-overs matches amid intense security.

Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry has stated that India has forced the Sri Lanka players to pull out of the Pakistan tour.

“Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they'll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities,” Hussain tweeted.

He was brutally trolled by cricket fanatics.

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Good news for Rohit Sharma as selectors are considering him for opening role in Tests

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 4:57 PM IST

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Rohit Sharma was kept out of playing XI during the Test series against West Indies. Hanuma Vihari was preferred over him and this didn't go down well with former cricketers. However, with KL Rahul's failure in the last two matches, selectors are thinking of opening with Rohit Sharma against South Africa.

In an interview with India Today, chief selector MSK Prasad spoke about Rohit Sharma's chances in Whites.

"As selection committee, we haven't met after the conclusion of the West Indies tour. We will definitely take this (Rohit as opener) point into consideration when we all meet and discuss about it," he said.

He expressed concern over Rahul's poor form in Test cricket.

"KL (Rahul) is definitely a great talent. Of course, he is going through a bit tough time in Test cricket. We are definitely concerned about his form. He needs to spend more time on the wicket and regain his touch and form," he added.

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Watch: SRK, Dwayne Bravo nail Lungi Dance during Trinbago Knight Riders Party

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 4:55 PM IST

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Shah Rukh Khan owned Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) have performed exceptionally well in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League. The team led by Kieron Pollard has won all three matches so far. His team's display had made Shah Rukh Khan proud and he recently partied with players on a private boat.

In one of the videos uploaded by Dwayne Bravo, he can be seen dancing with King Khan on the tunes of Lungi Dance. In his post, Bravo also spoke about the way they celebrate their wins.

"This is how we do things in after we beat ppl..we rent a boat and have a nice time Lickssss when they come Trinidad @tkriders Champion squad always fun to have our boss around @iamsrk @realorlandooctave u have the biggest song in the country bro #Champion #LandOfChampions," Bravo captioned his post.

Despite winning three matches, they are second in the points table on the basis of net-run rate. Guyana Amazon Warriors are the leaders at the moment.

Earlier, Dwayne Bravo was ruled out of the tournament due to finger injury.

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Shami doesn't need to surrender anymore – Lawyer

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 4:53 PM IST

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Mohammed Shami, who was told to surrender within 15 days from September 2 by the Alipore Court in Kolkata, has managed to get a stay from a higher court. According to his lawyer Salim Rahaman, the order of the court was wrong as Shami or his representative had to be summoned first before issuing any order.

"The order didn't hold much ground because while you can summon a person, you cannot issue a surrender notice. We have got a stay on the matter from a higher court and the rest of the plan of action you will get to know tomorrow," he said. Shami left for the US after completing his professional commitment against the West Indies.

Speaking to IANS, a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) functionary had said he would return to India on September 12.

"Shami has gone to the US after the tour of the West Indies got over and he will be back in the country on the 12th. He has been in constant touch with his lawyer on the court matter and has also spoken to the relevant people within the board on the matter," the functionary had said.

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Reports of a rift between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are absolute nonsense - Ravi Shastri

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 4:51 PM IST

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Team India's head coach Ravi Shastri has once again clarified that reports of a rift between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are not true.

Following India's exit from the World Cup, it was reported that all was not well in the Indian dressing room.

Shastri, who shares a close chemistry with Indian players, further added that such reports were absolute nonsense and if they were true, how would the two players perform well for the Men in Blue in the World Cup.

“Listen, I have been around the dressing room for the last five years. I have seen how the boys have played and how they have complemented the team and know their work ethics. I feel it is absolute nonsense. I have been there with them and I know the way they play. If that was the case why would Rohit get five hundreds in the World Cup? Why would Virat do what he is doing? How would they have partnerships together,” Shastri said in an interview.

According to him, there would always be a difference in opinions when there are 15 members in a squad. “In a side when you have 15 players there will always be times when there will be opinions that will be different. That is what is needed. I don’t want everyone toeing the same line. You have got to have discussions and someone might then think of a fresh strategy which has to be encouraged. So you have to give the guys the opportunity to express themselves and then decide what is best."

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Steve Smith increases lead to 34 points over Virat Kohli in ICC Test Rankings for Batsmen

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 4:48 PM IST

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Steve Smith, the former Aussie skipper, has consolidated his position at the top of the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen. He scored 211 and 82 in the two innings of the fourth Ashes Test match. Smith is now 34 points ahead of Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Smith has scored 144, 142, 92, 211 and 82 in his five innings in the series so far. He missed one innings in the second test and the entire third test — which England won by one wicket — because of a concussion.

The 30-year-old Smith has been the single biggest difference between the two teams throughout the series.

Returning to test action following a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March, 2018, Smith has — so far — scored 671 runs in this Ashes series at an average of 134.20. It has lifted his career test average to 64.81 and has been the kind of performance that has drawn comparisons with Don Bradman, who was widely regarded as cricket's greatest batsman.

Smith was the No. 1-ranked batter in test cricket before he was suspended last year by Cricket Australia.

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India threatened to ban Sri Lankan players from IPL if they didn’t pull out of Pak tour – Pakistan Minister

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 2:48 PM IST

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Ten top Sri Lanka cricketers opted out of a tour to Pakistan this month citing security concerns.

Players picked in a preliminary squad were summoned for a discussion before the final squad was picked. They were given a choice about whether or not to go Pakistan, which major teams have generally avoided touring since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus which killed eight people and injured several players.

Roshan Gunathilaka, the Sri Lanka Cricket security adviser and former air force chief, briefed the players on the security situation in Pakistan, and the security arrangements made by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

The players who opted out were one-day international captain Dimuth Karunaratne, Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, and Thisara Perera.

Meanwhile, Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry has stated that India has forced the Sri Lanka players to pull out of the Pakistan tour.

“Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they'll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities,” Hussain tweeted.

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Head coach Shastri to raise India’s Yo-Yo test passing score to 17 ahead of South Africa series

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 12:56 PM IST

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Fitness levels are taken seriously in Team India at the moment. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri have clearly stated the need of having fit players in the squad.

Ravi Shastri, who was recently reappointed as India's head coach, has decided to raise the fitness bar. Earlier, the score of 16.1 in the yo-yo test was enough to be eligible to play for the country.

However, Shastri has decided to increase it up to 17. According to a report in Bangalore Times, Shastri will speak to Virat Kohli and other players to discuss the same.

A source was quoted as saying by Bangalore Mirror: “Fitness is integral to participation at the international level and the minimum qualification will be 17.”

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Ex-England captains Strauss, Boycott receive knighthoods

AP Updated: 10 September, 2019, 10:12 AM IST

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Former England cricket captains Andrew Strauss and Geoffrey Boycott have been given knighthoods in former Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation honors list.

The two opening batsmen were the only sporting names in a list largely consisting of political figures, a nod to May's lifelong love of cricket and her admiration for Boycott in particular.

Strauss played 100 tests for England from 2004-12, scoring more than 7,000 runs at an average of 40.91, and captaining the team to two Ashes series wins. Less than three years after retiring, he became the most powerful official in the English game as managing director. He was the unseen administrative architect behind England's first World Cup triumph in July.

Boycott's 108 tests from 1964-82 brought him 8,114 runs at 47.72 — the first man to reach 8,000 in tests for England. He captained England in four tests in 1978, deputizing for the injured Mike Brearley.

At a news conference last November, May was asked in the form of a cricketing analogy about the number of ministerial resignations, or "wickets," over her handling of Brexit.

"One of my cricket heroes was always Geoffrey Boycott, and what do you know about Geoffrey Boycott?" she asked. "He stuck to it, and he got the runs in the end."

Boycott was forced to apologize in 2017 after joking that would have to "black up" to be considered for a knighthood, pointing out the honor had been bestowed on West Indies cricketers including Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garfield Sobers, and Sir Curtly Ambrose.

He was also given a three-month suspended prison sentence in 1998 after being convicted of assault against former girlfriend Margaret Moore. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002 but made a full recovery and returned to TV commentating.

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Michael Clarke undergoes third surgery to remove skin cancer, makes heartfelt appeal to youngsters

Staff Writer Updated: 9 September, 2019, 10:41 PM IST

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Former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke recently went under the knife to remove skin cancer from his forehead. It was third such operation since the problem was diagnosed in 2006.

He shared a picture with a heartfelt message for youngsters.

"Another day, another skin cancer cut out of my face... youngsters out there make sure you are doing all the right things to protect yourself from the sun.”

According to a report in 7news.com.au, he has been an ambassador for the Cancer Council since 2010.

He played 115 Tests, 245 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 34 Twenty20 International (T20I) for Australia in his international career.

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Malinga, Mathews among ten players to opt out of Pakistan tour over security concerns

Staff Writer Updated: 9 September, 2019, 10:37 PM IST

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Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and eight other players have decided to pull out of an upcoming tour of Pakistan over security concerns.

The travelling team is scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Pakistan.

Thisara Perera, who led the Sri Lanka team which toured Pakistan in 2017, has decided against going to the sub-continent country.

The Sri Lanka Cricket board briefed players about security arrangements and gave them the choice to decide about their course of action.

Following this, ten players decided to opt out of the tour.

Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne are the other seven players, who will not travel to Pakistan.

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Kieron Pollard named as new West Indies' limited-overs skipper

Staff Writer Updated: 9 September, 2019, 10:34 PM IST

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The governing body of West Indies cricket has decided to name Kieron Pollard as their new skipper of the national team in ODIs and T20 internationals. He has replaced Jason Holder in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Carlos Brathwaite in the Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).

CWI President Ricky Skerritt made the announcement in a press conference.

"We believe Kieron Pollard is the right person at the right time now to lead the West Indies team in white ball cricket".

Pollard stated that his priority will be to defend the T20 World Cup title.

"In the short term as Captain, the immediate aim is to defend the T20 World Cup. One of the discussions I hope to have is to bring back the idea of specialists playing in their best positions.

"I've played franchise all over the world and I hope to use this experience to help the West Indies in my role as captain.”