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If Asia Cup 2023 gets taken away from us, we may pull out: Ramiz Raja | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After India's tough stance on not travelling to Pakistan for Asia Cup next year and rather insisting that the tournament would be held at the neutral venue, PCB chief Ramiz Raja seems to be in no mood in relenting to the neighbour's demand. Raja has given a whole new twist to the issue saying Pakistan may consider pulling out of Asia Cup 2023 if their tournament hosting rights are withdrawn due to the Indian team not travelling to their country. "It is not as if we do not have hosting rights and we are pleading to host it," Ramiz was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo on the sidelines of the Pakistan-England Test in Rawalpindi. "We won the rights fair and square. If India does not come, they would not come. If the Asia Cup gets taken away from Pakistan, maybe we are the ones th...
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We will adopt aggressive approach: Ramiz Raja on India boycotting Asia Cup in Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket series since 2012 due to ever present political tensions between the south Asian neighbours. The arch-rivals have played each other only in the World Cups and Asia Cups and India have not toured Pakistan since 2008. The issue now has taken a new turn with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja threatening to adopt a tit for tat approach saying if India choose to opt out of the Asia Cup which will be held in Pakistan next year, then Pakistan will also not travel to India to take part in 2023 50-over World Cup. Earlier in October, BCCI secretary Jay Shah made it clear that Team India will not travel to Pakistan for the 2023 Asia Cup and said that the tournament would be held at a neutral venue. Raja pointed out that...
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Kohli, Rodrigues, Sharma nominated for ICC ‘Player of the Month’

Virat Kohli, Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma have been nominated as ICC ‘Player of the Month’ in the male and female categories for the month of October Virat Kohli, Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma have been nominated as ICC ‘Player of the Month’ in the male and female categories for the month of October Batting maestro Virat Kohli, along with the Asia Cup winning duo of Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma, were on Thursday nominated for the ICC ‘Player of the Month’ award in the men’s and women categories, respectively.The nominations are for the month of October. While Kohli has been nominated for the first time, following his heroics with the bat in the T20 World Cup wins against arch-rivals Pakistan and the Netherlands, Rodrigues, and Sharma were shortlisted after they...
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Virat Kohli, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma nominated for ICC ‘Player of the Month’ | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Batting maestro Virat Kohli, along with the Asia Cup winning duo of Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma, were on Thursday nominated for the ICC 'Player of the Month' award in the men's and women categories, respectively. The nominations are for the month of October. While Kohli has been nominated for the first time, following his heroics with the bat in the T20 World Cup wins against arch-rivals Pakistan and the Netherlands, Rodrigues and Sharma were shortlisted after they played pivotal roles in the Indian women's team's Asia Cup triumph. Rodrigues ended the tournament as the leading run-scorer, while teammate Sharma was named Player of the Tournament and joint leading wicket-taker. Kohli registered 205 runs in October, showing glimpses of his very best form. He looked at ease i...
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T20 World Cup India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli’s best knock definitely, one of India’s best, says Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India

'Kohli used experience to engineer improbable win'MELBOURNE: Rohit Sharma simply shook his head and smiled when asked to put Virat Kohli's incredible knock in perspective. "He used his experience today more than anything else, staying calm under pressure. We know how good he is when there is a score in front of him. He's one of the best chasers in the world," said Rohit. Asked if this was the best he had seen in a T20 game, Rohit nodded. "His best definitely for sure, but I think from the situation we were in, to come out with a victory, I think it has to be one of India's best knocks. Up until the 13th over we were so behind the game, and the required rate was just climbing up and up. "To come out and chase that score was an extremely brilliant effort from Virat and obviously Hardik Pa...
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T20 World Cup: We have not won ICC trophy for 9 years and players have that in mind, says Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Pressure is constant in anyone's life and Rohit Sharma would prefer calling it a challenge when India face Pakistan in a World Cup game or try to exorcise the ghost of not winning an ICC silverware for nine years. The last ICC tournament that India had won was the 2013 Champions Trophy and it was at a nascent stage as far as Rohit's opening stint in international cricket was concerned. "Yeah, look, I don't want to use the word pressure because pressure is constant. It's not going to change ever. I would like to take this as a challenge. I want to use that word challenge a little more. This Pakistani team is a very challenging team. All the Pakistani teams that I've played from 2007 until 2022, they've been a good team," said the India skipper, now wanting to engage in unneces...
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Rohit Sharma: Let’s focus on this World Cup, Asia Cup is later: Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: India captain Rohit Sharma doesn't want to lose his sleep thinking about uncontrollable and would rather let BCCI take a call on his team's travel to Pakistan for Asia Cup next year. Rohit's comment was sought on the controversy on the eve of his team's T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan and he predictably side-stepped the issue. "My take is let's focus on this World Cup because this is important for us. We are not worried about what is going to happen later. There's no point in thinking about it," Rohit replied in a matter of fact manner. "The BCCI will make the decisions on that. We are focused on how we need to be very well-prepared for tomorrow's game," Rohit added. A war of words broke out between Indian and Pakistani cricket boards after BCCI secretary Jay Shah told ...
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‘India can’t dictate how Pakistan will play cricket’- Former Pak players react to BCCI-PCB controversy

After ACC president and BCCI secretary, Jay Shah said that India will not travel to Pakistan for the upcoming edition of Asia Cup 2023 while adding that the tournament would be held in a neutral venue, it brought about sharp reactions from quite a few former Pakistan cricketers. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also issued a strongly-worded statement on the same and threatened to boycott the 2023 ODI  World Cup and wrote: “The PCB has noted with surprise and disappointment of yesterday’s comments made by the ACC President Mr Jay Shah with regards to shifting of next year’s Asia Cup to a neutral venue. The comments were made without any discussion or consultation with the Board of the Asian Cricket Council or the Pakistan Cricket Board (event host) and without any thoughts towards their ...
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‘India is not in a position to be dictated’: Anurag Thakur hits back at PCB over Asia Cup issue

Union Minister of I&B and Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Thakur, on Thursday, said that the Home Ministery will take a call on India touring Pakistan for the Asia cup next year. His response comes a day after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), requested the Asian Cricket Council to convene an emergency meeting in the wake of BCCI secretary Jay Shah’s statement that India won’t travel to Pakistan for next year’s Asia Cup. The PCB had also mentioned that if India did not travel across the border for the tournament then such a move could jeopardise Pakistan’s participation in the ODI World Cup. However, Thakur has said that all big teams, including Pakistan, will take part in the ODI World Cup, which is set to be held in India in 2023. “All teams who qualify for (World Cup) are invite...
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Jay Shah’s statement disappointing, unilateral, can impact Pakistan’s visit to India for 2023 World Cup: Pakistan Cricket Board

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday responded officially to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), after BCCI secretary Jay Shah had said that the Asia Cup 2023 which is to be hosted by Pakistan will be shifted to a neutral venue. Bilateral series against Pakistan or touring the neighbouring country have been prickly issues and the BCCI needs government approval before going ahead. Expressing concerns about Shah’s statement, the PCB wrote: “The PCB has noted with surprise and disappointment of yesterday’s comments made by the ACC President Mr Jay Shah with regards to shifting of next year’s Asia Cup to a neutral venue. The comments were made without any discussion or consultation with the Board of the Asian Cricket Council or the Pakistan Cricket Board (event host) and without any t...
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Harmanpreet Kaur withdraws from WBBL due to back injury | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: India captain Harmanpreet Kaur was on Wednesday ruled out of the ongoing Women's Big Bash League due to a back injury according to her side Melbourne Renegades. Harmanpreet, the reigning WBBL player of the tournament had missed her side's opening two matches due to international commitments as she led India at the Asia Cup, winning the title. English batter Eve Jones may play in place of Harmanpreet in the squad. "Harmanpreet was fantastic for us last season and we were looking forward to having her as part of our squad again this year, but unfortunately she has been ruled out through injury," Melbourne Renegades General Manager, James Rosengarten said in a statement. "Eve will stay on with our squad for at least the next couple of matches, as we work through the best strateg...
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Asia Cup title is history, need to get into Super 12s of T20 World Cup, says Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka | Cricket News – Times of India

GEELONG (Australia): The Asia Cup title is a thing of the past now, insists Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka, saying their only focus right now is to produce a perfect performance in their must-win match against the Netherlands to qualify for the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup. Stunned by Namibia in their tournament opener, Sri Lanka bounced back strongly to beat UAE by 79 runs in a first round Group A game. But occupying the third spot in Group A, Shanaka's men will now have to win their last match against table toppers Netherlands on Thursday to ensure their place in the Super 12 stage. "...I think Asia Cup champions is history, so it's just a title for us. There is no pressure at all. We just need to concentrate on our own performances and what we need to do to make sure that we ...
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Pakistan likely to pull out of ODI World Cup if India do not travel for Asia Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan, on Tuesday, threatened to pull out of next year's World Cup in India, reacting strongly to BCCI secretary Jay Shah's statement that they would prefer to play the Asia Cup at a neutral venue. Pakistan is scheduled to host the next edition of Asia Cup next year as per Asian Cricket Council's executive board's decision. Incidentally Shah is the president of Asian Cricket Council. After the BCCI AGM in Mumbai on Tuesday, Shah in an informal gathering of reporters stated that "India will play the Asia Cup at a neutral venue." Sources close to PCB chairman Ramiz Raja indicated that one of the options that they are mulling after Shah's statement is to pull out of the 50-over ICC World Cup in India. "The PCB is now prepared to take hard decisions and play hard ball because it...
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Jay Shah confirms Team India won’t travel to Pakistan for Asia Cup 2023 | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Tuesday made it clear that India will play the Asia Cup next year at a neutral venue. The 2023 edition, which will be played in the 50 over format ahead of the ODI World Cup in India, has been allotted to Pakistan. "We have decided to play at a neutral venue," Shah was quoted as saying by multiple cricket websites after the conclusion of the BCCI AGM. The Asia Cup being held at neutral venues is not unprecedented. Shah also happens to be the Asian Cricket Council president, after the BCCI's Annual General Meeting (AGM) here. He was re-elected as secretary for a second term. The 2022 Asia Cup was held in the UAE last month after hosts Sri Lanka expressed their inability to host the event amid the economic crisis back home. India and Pakistan only play e...
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Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma attain career-best T20 rankings | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India opener Smriti Mandhana and off-spinning all-rounder Deepti Sharma have moved up a place each to attain career-best second spot in the batters and bowlers' charts of the latest ICC women's T20I player rankings. Both Mandhana and Deepti have moved to within striking distance of the top spot for batters and bowlers, respectively, after the latest weekly update. Mandhana, who has been a top-ranked batter in ODIs, moved up after scoring an unbeaten 51 off 25 balls, which guided her team to an eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the final of the Asia Cup in Sylhet, Bangladesh recently. Mandhana is on 730 rating points, 13 points separating her from top-ranked Beth Mooney of Australia. Deepti rose after conceding only seven runs off four overs in the final, following a haul of thre...
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World Cup win is also not very far now, says Deepti Sharma after Asia Cup triumph | Cricket News – Times of India

SYLHET: A World Cup win is not very far now, India's star all-rounder Deepti Sharma declared after the team's record-extending seventh Women's Asia Cup title triumph on Saturday. Barring an aberration against Pakistan that came courtesy some bizarre planning and experiments, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side ruled the roost in the continental T20 tournament. The final against Sri Lanka turned out to be a one-sided affair as they restricted the islanders to a below-par 65/9 en route to an eight-wicket victory. "As a team we did well right from the first match till the final. Obviously, it gives you confidence when you win the final," Deepti, who was adjudged Player of the Tournament, said at the post-match media interaction. The 25-year-old off-spinning all-rounder topped the tally with 13 w...
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India beat Thailand by 74 runs to enter women’s Asia Cup final

India beat Thailand by 74 runs to enter women’s Asia Cup final on Thursday. Chasing 149 for a win, Thailand could only score 74 for 9 in their allotted 20 overs. Skipper Naruemol Chaiwai and Nattaya Boochatham scored 21 each for Thailand, while Deepti Sharma was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 3 for 7. Earlier, sent in to bat, India made 148 for six. Shafali Verma made 42, while skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues contributed 36 and 27 respectively. Sornnarin Tippoch was the best bowler for Thailand with figures of 3/24. Brief Scores:India: 148 for 6 in 20 overs (Shafali Verma 42, Harmanpreet Kaur 36; Sornnarin Tippoch 3/24). Thailand: 74 for 9 in 20 overs (Naruemol Chaiwai 21, Nattaya Boochatham 21; Deepti Sharma 3/7). !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)retur...
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Asia champions Sri Lanka have ‘everybody behind us’ for T20 World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Dasun Shanaka's Sri Lanka are buoyant after their surprise Asia Cup title and confident of their Twenty20 World Cup prospects in Australia despite missing out on direct entry into the main draw. The island nation emerged Asian champions in the regional T20 tournament last month after getting past cricket giants India and then Pakistan in the final in the United Arab Emirates. The unlikely victory brought a much-needed joy to cricket-mad Sri Lanka after an economic crisis caused months of food and fuel shortages. The players received a heroes' welcome after returning from the Asia Cup and their triumph brought the country together after months of economic misery. "The fact that everybody's behind us, the nation is behind us, and we're out there trying to bring a smile back to ev...
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Women’s Asia Cup: Proud of the way girls came back after loss to Pakistan, says Smriti Mandhana | Cricket News – Times of India

SYLHET: India's stand-in captain Smriti Mandhana lauded her team's comprehensive 59-run victory over Bangladesh in the Women's Asia Cup, terming it as a "good comeback" within 24 hours of losing to Pakistan in a low-scoring contest. India, now with four wins out of five games, are through to the semi-finals of the continental event. "It was disappointing in the last match (versus Pakistan). It's good to comeback after that loss, really proud of the girls. Today it was a total team performance," Mandhana said after the match. While she herself contributed 47 off 38 balls, the regular vice-captain was all praise for young Shafali Verma and the talented Jemimah Rodrigues. "Shafali batted well, and also Jemimah played well. We could have scored 10 runs runs more while batting. We had to kee...
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India beat Bangladesh by 59 runs in Women’s Asia Cup

India defeated Bangladesh by 59 runs in a Women’s Asia Cup match here on Saturday. Opting to bat, Shafali Verma smashed a quickfire 55 off only 44 balls while in-form Jemimah Rodrigues used the long handle to good effect with an unbeaten 35 as India managed a par 159 or 5. Shafali and stand-in skipper Smriti Mandhana (47 off 38 balls) added 96 for the opening stand while Jemimah and Deepti Sharma (10) added 29 runs in just 2.3 overs. The Indian bowlers then defended the target easily, restricting the hosts to 100 for 7. Captain Nigar Sultana top-scored with 36 while Fargana Hoque made 30. For India, Shafali Verma and Deepti Sharma picked up two wickets apiece. Brief Scores: India 159 for 5 in 20 overs (Shafali Verma 55, Jemimah Rodriguees 35 not out; Rumana Ahmed 3/27) vs Bangladesh 100...