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Saturday, July 04, 2015

BCCI says there is no fight between Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Indian cricket team has been making media coverage for wrong news for the past few days. The rumour that is getting more media attention is the conflict between Test skipper Virat Kohli and ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. However, the Indian cricket board has denied it saying there is no rift between them.
This rumour of rift between two captains came after Kohli questioned some of Dhoni’s on-field decisions during the Bangladesh tour. After India’s 1-2 ODI series loss to Bangladesh earlier this month, Dhoni, in response to the question about his captaincy, said that he will be happy to step down from captaincy if that will improve things for the team.
However, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur has changed the topic and said that the new advisory panel, which comprised of former Indian cricketers- Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman, is about to select the new head coach. Now they are short listing names for a future coach. It is expected that they will very soon announce the name of a new head coach.

When asked about the much speculated series between India and Pakistan at the end of the year, Thakur said that the discussion about the series will take place at a BCCI meet in July. 

Friday, July 03, 2015

BCB announces a 14-man T20 squad against South Africa

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday announced a 14-man squad for the two-match T20 series against South Africa. The most noticeable inclusion of this squad is Sohag Gazi.
The right-arm off-spinner, Sohag Gazi, was suspended from bowling on 8 October last year during Bangladesh’s tour of West Indies because of his illegal bowling action. However, he has been cleared and allowed to play domestic ODI competitions by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after correcting his bowling action. He tested his remodelled bowling action in Chennai earlier this year.
Gazi has been recalled in the squad as a replacement for Mahmudullah Riyad who is yet to recover from finger injury. Due to his injury, he could not play against India in the recently concluded series.
The injury of Taskin Ahmed has come as a big blow for the team. The young speed star sustained a rib injury during training session last week. He will be out of the game for three weeks. He has been replaced by young leg-spinner Jubair Hossain who is waiting to make his debut in the shortest format of the game.
Mustafizur Rahman, who caught media attention showing his superb performance against India in the recently concluded ODI series, has also got a place in the squad.

Bangladesh T20 squad against South Africa: Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim lqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das (wk), Mushfiqur Rahim, Rony Talukdar, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Arafat Sunny, Jubair Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman. 

Thursday, July 02, 2015

BCCI announces the second-string squad against Zimbabwe

Indian cricket board has announced a second-string squad for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe which is scheduled to kick off on July 10. Ajinkya Rahane will lead this squad in three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is perhaps the surprise inclusion of this squad. Harbhajan, who will turn 35 in July 3 this year, played his last ODI for his country in June 2011. Two new players in ODI side are Manish Pandey and Sandeep Sharma.
Another surprise inclusion in this squad may be Robin Uthappa. Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu have also made their places in the squad. As the team does not include any specialist wicketkeeper, anyone of them can be seen behind the wicket.
Players who have been rested from the tour series are ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Ravichandran Ashwin. India’s tour of Bangladesh was very disappointing as they lost the three-match ODI series 2-1 to Bangladesh.
Both Zimbabwe and India will play three ODIs on July 10, 12 and 14 in Harare Sports Club. After the ODI series, they will play two Twenty20 matches on July 17 and 19 at the same venue.
Indian cricket board has not yet appointed any new head coach to succeed Duncan Fletcher. It is expected that the board would meet this month to select the new head coach.

Squad: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Robin Uthappa, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Harbhajan Singh, Axar Patel, Karn Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma and Sandeep Sharma

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Kumar Sangakkara will take retirement from Test

Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday announced that the second Test match against India would be his last international match. After this match, he will take retirement from Test cricket.
The 37-year-old Sangakkara has already taken retirement from ODI and Twenty20 cricket. He bade farewell to T20 cricket after Sri Lanka won the Twenty20 World Cup in 2014 and announced his retirement from ODI cricket format during the ICC World Cup 2015.

At present, he is the fifth highest run scorer in Test cricket. Playing 131 Tests, he has so far scored 12271 runs at an average of 58.66. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Shakib Al Hassan regains top position in all three formats

Bangladeshi cricketer Shakib Al Hassan has regained top position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders. With this achievement, he has once again become number one all-rounder in all three formats- Test, ODI and Twenty20, of the game.
Shakib Al Hassan first topped in all three formats as an all-rounder  just ahead of the World Cup earlier this year. However, due to his poor form in the World Cup, he lost his position. According to the latest ICC rankings, Shakib  has put down Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan in the second position with 408 points. Dilshan has 404 points and is followed by his compatriot Angelo Mathews with 308.

His performance with both the bat and ball has helped him to claim this position again. In the recently concluded three-match ODI series against India, he scored 123 runs at an average of 61.50 runs including two half-centuries. He also took three wickets giving 99 runs in the series which Bangladesh won 2-1. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

India calls off the tour of Zimbabwe

Citing ‘fatigue’ as the reason, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has canceled India’s tour of Zimbabwe which was supposed to take place next month.
According to reports published on Sunday, the tour has the possibility to be postponed till next year as the board has not resolved issues with Ten Sports, which holds the broadcasting rights for international cricket in Zimbabwe.
India’s tour of Zimbabwe was scheduled to kick off from July 10. In this bilateral series, they were supposed to play three ODIs and two Twenty20 (T20) matches. It would be better if India would send an alternative team to test their bench strength. However, it looks like that the BCCI is not interested in sending their team for any away series but giving them rest ahead of a busy cricketing season.
It is thought that the BCCI has called off the Zimbabwe tour because of an issue over Zimbabwe Cricket’s broadcasting partner. Their ODI series defeat against Bangladesh is thought to be another reason behind the board’s decision to call off the next series.

Star-studded Indian cricket team was seen struggling with the bat in the first two ODI matches. Most of the Indian players did not have the confidence that they had during the ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia. After the end of second ODI, Indian skipper MS Dhoni said in a press briefing that if needed he would step down from captaincy. Indian bowlers were not up to the mark. If they cannot get rid of their weaknesses, they will be handed a whitewash in the ongoing ODI series. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

MS Dhoni fines for elbowing Mustafizur Rahman

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s collision with Bangladeshi fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has got more importance than Bangladesh’s 79-run win over India. This incident took place in the first ODI of the three-match ODI series during the 25th over of India’s run chase. While Dhoni was running for a single, Mustafizur came in his way. Then the rest is known to all cricket lovers. He shoved the bowler with his elbow while trying to reach the crease.
Because of his unsporting act, he was charged with Level 2 offence under ICC Code of Conduct. He was fined 75% of his match fees while Rahman was fined 50% of his match fees.
However, Dhoni claimed him innocent. He said he did not hit the player intentionally. But the TV replay showed that he not only made no attempt to change his course but also shoved him with a shoulder charge which forced the player to leave the field injured.

As per rules, player charged with Level 2 offense is fined 50 to 100 percent of his match fees or two-match ban.