Sunday, August 14

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

Steve Smith and Shoaib Akhtar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

ICC trolls Shoaib Akhtar after he says he can dismiss Steve Smith on the fourth ball

  • Over the years, Steve Smith has evolved himself as one of the modern-day greats
  • After serving his suspension, the right-hander retaliated back on the international stage and proved his mettle in ‘The Ashes’, which was his first Test series after returning back to the sport.
  • Recently, Akhtar opined that he can dismiss Smith on the fourth ball after hurling three bouncers at him.
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Shahid Afridi uses Yuvraj Singh’s foundation money to distribute ration in a Hindu Temple

  • Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistan cricketer, has been a busy man over the last few days.
  • Through his foundation, Afridi has tried to lend support to the needy in Pakistan where 706 people have lost their lives due to the ungodly virus.
  • In the meantime, Afridi has been distributing ration for the underprivileged. It’s now been learned that he used Yuvraj Singh’s money for the noble cause.
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It will be another Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: CSK not keen on playing IPL 2020 without overseas players

  • Amid COVID-19 outbreak, BCCI had to postpone the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League for an indefinite period
  • Meanwhile, there are some voices that have opined that the tournament might take place in September-October window if the T20 World Cup in Australia gets postponed.
  • Rajasthan Royals, one of the franchises suggested an idea that the board can go ahead with only Indian players at least for this season.
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Afghanistan Cricket Board to cut salaries of coaching staff by 25%

  • Cricket boards of different countries have suffered huge losses after international tours came down to a tragic halt amid COVID-19 pandemic.
  • It is becoming quite difficult for the associations to maintain their pace on financial grounds.
  • Meanwhile, there is a news that the Afghanistan Cricket Board has decided to cut down salaries of their support staff including their head coach Lance Klausner by 25%.
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Ramiz Raja calls for using lie detectors to identify match-fixers

  • Ramiz Raja, the former Pakistan cricketer, reckons that lie-detectors should be used to weed out the players, who are involved in match-fixing and other unwanted scandals.
  • His comments came after Afghanistan’s Shafiqullah Shafiq was handed a six-year ban for corruption charges.
  • The wicketkeeper was involved in an indifferent act in the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League in 2018.
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Sharjeel Khan is one of Pakistan’s best openers after Saeed Anwar: Mohammad Yousuf

  • Mohammad Yousuf, the former Pakistan cricketer, reckons that Sharjeel Khan is amongst the best openers in the country after Saeed Anwar.
  • The 30-year-old Khan’s career has been a controversial one thus far after he was found guilty of match-fixing in the 2017 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
  • It was in 2013 when he first donned the national colours against Afghanistan.
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‘He threw his bat’ – Irfan Pathan recalls a rare instance when MS Dhoni lost his cool

  • MS Dhoni, the former Indian skipper has earned the reputation as one of the coolest players on the field in international cricket.
  • It is a very rare sight to watch him getting angry on the field.
  • In a recent show, Irfan Pathan, the former Indian all-rounder revealed an instance when the 38-year-old got angry during a practice session back in 2006.
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I am making sure that I don’t get depressed during the lockdown: Shakib Al Hasan

  • Shakib Al Hasan, the prolific all-rounder from Bangladesh was handed with a two-year ban by ICC back in 2019 for breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
  • Afterwards, the apex cricket council suspended one year of that sentence after he accepted the charges.
  • In an interaction, he has revealed that at the moment, he is trying his level best not to get depressed in these alarming conditions.
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BCCI staring at losses worth INR 40 billion if IPL 2020 gets cancelled

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may incur a colossal loss of Rs 40 billion, which is more than half-a-billion dollars, if the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) doesn’t take place.
  • The tournament was earlier scheduled to start on March 29, but was postponed to April 15.
  • However, after the lockdown in India was announced until May 3, the IPL had to be postponed indefinitely.
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BCCI to recommend Shikha Pandey and Deepti Sharma’s name for Arjuna Awards

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to recommend Deepti Sharma and Shikha Pandey’s name for the Arjuna Awards.
  • The duo has been key members of the Indian Women’s team for the last couple of years and also played in the 2020 edition of the T20 World Cup in Australia.
  • Due to their performance, the Women in Blue made their way to the final.
  • (Read more about the story)

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