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India Women cricketers fined for slow over rate in second T20I against England
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India Women cricketers fined for slow over rate in second T20I against England

The Indian women’s cricket team was on Monday fined 20 per cent of its match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against England in the second Twenty20 International, here. India levelled the series with a narrow eight-run win. According to an ICC release, match referee Phil Whitticase imposed the sanction after Harmanpreet Kaur’s side was ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration. “In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” the ICC release said. Kaur pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanc...
Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma help India level series as England self destruct
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Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma help India level series as England self destruct

The spin duo of Poonam Yadav and Deepti Sharma scripted India’s dramatic comeback with tidy death over spells that helped the visitors level the series with an eight-run win over England in the second women’s T20 here on Sunday. England, who needed 33 runs off 30 balls with six wickets in hand, crumbled under the pressure generated by Indian spinners who were complemented well by their fielders. Shafali Verma’s 48 off 38 balls had allowed India to post 148 for four after being put in to bat. Offie Sneh Rana defended 14 runs in the final over to cap off an impressive bowling effort from the spinners. Leggie Poonam ended with figures of two for 17 in four overs and Deepti one for 18 in four overs. The England innings saw India effecting four run outs. The series decider will ...
R Ashwin to play county cricket with Surrey before England series
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R Ashwin to play county cricket with Surrey before England series

Ravichandran Ashwin is all set to play his maiden first-class match for Surrey against Somerset in their County Championship fixture at the Oval on Sunday. Ashwin, who is on a break in the UK like the rest of his India teammates after the World Test Championship final, has played for Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire in the past. He will join Hashim Amla as the second overseas player for Surrey in their final Group 2 match after being included in the 13-man squad for the fixture. Ahead of the highly-anticipated five-match Test series against England, this game will serve as valuable match practice for the off-spinner. The Oval will host the fourth game of the India-England series. “I am so privileged to be having the badge on. I have heard and wondered what the London coun...
West Indies beat Australia by 56 runs; lead series 2-0
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West Indies beat Australia by 56 runs; lead series 2-0

By: AP | Gros Islet (st Lucia) | July 11, 2021 11:35:48 am Shimron Hetmyer made 61 in a 103-run partnership with Dwayne Bravo which set the West Indies on course to a comprehensive 56-run win over Australia in the second Twenty20 international. Bravo went on to make an unbeaten 47 on Saturday as the West Indies made 196/4, plundering 123 runs from their last 10 overs against a limp Australian attack. Australia matched the West Indies’ tempo at first as Mitchell Marsh made a second consecutive half century, following his 51 in the first match of the series with 54 from 42. But for the second time the rest of Australia’s batsmen provided little resistance and the tourists were bowled out for 140 with four balls remaining. For the second...
Watch: England temps thrash Pakistan and clinch ODI series
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Watch: England temps thrash Pakistan and clinch ODI series

England’s makeshift team turned in another A-list performance against Pakistan and sealed the one-day international series at Lord’s in front of English cricket’s biggest crowd in almost two years on Saturday. With no attendance limits in place for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, just under 23,000 fans roared the fresh-faced home side to a 52-run victory and an unassailable 2-0 lead. The result was in the balance when England was bowled out for 247 but Pakistan finished well short on 195 all out against disciplined opponents. With the first-choice squad still in quarantine after a COVID-19 outbreak, the second string stepped up for the second time in three days. Phil Salt top-scored with 60, Saqib Mahmood was excellent again with the new ball, allrounder Lew...
VVS Laxman to remain Bengal batting consultant; Shukla returns as U23 coach
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VVS Laxman to remain Bengal batting consultant; Shukla returns as U23 coach

Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman was retained as the batting consultant of Bengal, while Laxmi Ratan Shukla was appointed as Under-23 coach, marking his return to cricket six years after he joined politics. It will be a second innings of sorts for the former Bengal skipper and allrounder Shukla, who had retired from all forms of cricket to join Trinamool Congress in 2016. Shukla had become an MLA from Howrah (North) and later he served as the sports minister under Aroop Biswas. Shukla was later made the Howrah district president of TMC but just before the last Assembly Polls he stepped down from the post and quit politics to “concentrate more on cricket”. “Let’s work together. Looking forward,” the 40-year-old said about his return to cricket. Making a series of announcemen...
Harmanpreet credits coach Abhay Sharma after Harleen’s stunning catch
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Harmanpreet credits coach Abhay Sharma after Harleen’s stunning catch

Indian women’s T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur on Saturday credited coach Abhay Sharma for the team’s considerable improvement in fielding, saying his “little adjustments” and “individual sessions” with the players are paying rich dividends. Harmanpreet and Harleen Deol pulled off splendid catches in the rain-hit first T20I which England won by 18 runs here on Friday night. “When you play a team game, you need a momentum and it can come from any member of the team. When I took the catch, it created a sort of energy in the team and then Harleen also took a brilliant catch. So to create that energy, you need to take some extra effort,” Harmanpreet said during the virtual press conference. “Throughout the game, our ground fielding was good, we saved a lot of runs, and we also too...
Sunil Gavaskar’s birthday wish: Save children suffering from congenital heart disease
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Sunil Gavaskar’s birthday wish: Save children suffering from congenital heart disease

There cannot be a bigger blessing than a second shot at a healthy life for children born with congenital heart disease, feels the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, whose biggest pledge on his 72nd birthday is to bring smiles on those cute little faces. Gavaskar’s ‘Heart to Heart’ foundation has been working with Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals for the past few years, and almost 16,000 surgeries have been performed “free of cost”, with a “success rate of 99 percent”. “The Heart to Heart foundation was set up a few years back to create awareness about the issue of children born with congenital heart defects and to raise funds which help in the children getting treated without having to pay anything,” Gavaskar told PTI on his birthday. Asked what led him to form a foundation to he...
PCB stops monthly pension of Sarfaraz Nawaz for violating ‘players welfare policy’
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PCB stops monthly pension of Sarfaraz Nawaz for violating ‘players welfare policy’

The Pakistan Cricket Board has stopped the monthly pension of former fast bowler Sarfaraz Nawaz for violating the board’s “players welfare policy”. Sarfaraz, who is now settled in the UK, has also filed a petition in a local court against the Pakistan board for restoration of his pension and clearance of arrears. “Going to court against the board is a breach of the players welfare policy as is constantly criticizing and insulting board officials and players,” a reliable source in the board said. He made it clear that Sarfaraz’s pension was also stopped in the past by previous set-ups because of his habit of appearing on electronic and print media and making unsubstantiated claims against the board and national team players. “He has also been cautioned in the past not to tar...
Ellyse Perry pulls out of The Hundred citing personal reasons
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Ellyse Perry pulls out of The Hundred citing personal reasons

Star Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry has pulled out of the inaugural season of the Hundred citing personal reasons. The 30-year old was set to turn up for Birmingham Phoenix in the 100-ball tournament scheduled to get underway on July 21. “We are obviously very disappointed that Ellyse Perry has had to withdraw from the Hundred due to personal circumstances, but we completely understand her decision and wish her all the best,” Beth Barrett-Wild, head of the women’s competition, was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNcricinfo’. Her withdrawal came as a blow for Phoenix who are already without the services of New Zealand’s Sophie Devine, who had pulled out of the tournament last month. Perry’s compatriots Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes have also pulled out from the Hu...
Wahab Riaz to know about England visit for The Hundred next week
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Wahab Riaz to know about England visit for The Hundred next week

Pakistan’s experienced fast bowler, Wahab Riaz, will know next week when he can go to England again to participate in the inaugural tournament, The Hundred, a brainchild of the English cricket board. Wahab was denied entry into the United Kingdom after reaching there without a valid work permit. “My work permit number has been issued but I will know by next week when I can leave again when I get my proper work permit visa,” Wahab said. The pacer, currently out of the Pakistan team, said a misunderstanding over the visa had caused the problem for him and he was sent back from the airport. Wahab was signed on as a replacement for Shaheen Shah Afridi by the Birmingham Phoenix franchise. Shaheen, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Amir were the Pakistani players signed up for the tournam...
Injured Ollie Pope doubtful for England’s first Test against India
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Injured Ollie Pope doubtful for England’s first Test against India

England batsman Ollie Pope was on Saturday rendered a doubtful starter for the opening Test against India after suffering a thigh injury during his stint for Surrey in the Vitality Blast. The 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman sustained a thigh muscle injury on July 2 during Surrey’s match against Kent in the domestic T20 tournament. “Pope has been ruled out until England’s LV= Insurance Test Series against India after suffering a left thigh muscle injury,” England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement. “The ECB and Surrey fitness teams will work together to deliver Pope’s rehabilitation with a focus for him to be available to return for the first Test against India.” That first Test starts at Trent Bridge on August 4. Pope has scored 882 runs in 19 Tests with a h...
Harbhajan Singh, Geeta Basra welcome baby boy
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Harbhajan Singh, Geeta Basra welcome baby boy

Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Saturday announced the arrival of his second child with wife, actor Geeta Basra. The 41-year-old sports star shared the news on his official Instagram page. “Blessed with a baby boy #grateful #babyboy,” Singh wrote. He said both mother and child are “doing well”. Blessed with a Baby boy 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙 shukar aa Tera maalka 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/dqXOUmuRID — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 10, 2021 The cricketer went on to express gratitude to their well-wishers for their constant love and support. Basra and Singh, who got married in the 2015, are also parents to four-year-old daughter, Hinaya Heer Plaha. Source link
Kuldeep, Chahal’s confidence will be boosted during Sri Lanka tour: VVS Laxman
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Kuldeep, Chahal’s confidence will be boosted during Sri Lanka tour: VVS Laxman

Former India batsman VVS Laxman feels Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal must feature in the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka as bowling in the three matches will help the spin duo regain confidence. A vital cog of the Indian bowling attack in limited-overs cricket in the lead-up to the 50-over World Cup in 2019, the two wrist spinners have seen their stocks decline recently. “I would like to see them play in three ODIs, because there are six spinners as you rightly mentioned. I think in ODIs, each bowler will get to play 10 overs,” Laxman said during Star Sports’ show ‘Game Plan’. “So, the more overs they bowl, the more success they have, they will get back the confidence — especially Kuldeep Yadav. “Chahal is a successful and experienced bowler, he is high on confide...
England 2nds crush Pakistan in 1st ODI by 9 wickets
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England 2nds crush Pakistan in 1st ODI by 9 wickets

Less than 24 hours after training together for the first time, an emergency England side made light of chaotic circumstances to thrash Pakistan in the first one-day international by nine wickets on Thursday. With 16 first-choice players in isolation following a COVID-19 outbreak, and a handful of others out injured, a shadow squad was scrambled to contest the three-match series and responded with a magnificent effort. Seamer Saqib Mahmood seized the unexpected opportunity 10 months since his last international appearance, taking two wickets in the first over of the day and finishing with career-best figures of 4-42 as Pakistan crumbled to 141 all out in 36 overs. A slender chase was devoured with unerring ease, test regular Zak Crawley posting 58 not out in his first white-...
ICC CEO Manu Sawhney resigns amid inquiry over conduct
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ICC CEO Manu Sawhney resigns amid inquiry over conduct

International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Manu Sawhney on Thursday resigned from his position, four months after his allegedly “abrasive conduct” came under the scanner during an internal investigation, prompting the world body to send him on leave. “…Chief Executive Manu Sawhney will leave the organisation with immediate effect. Geoff Allardice will continue as Acting CEO supported by the Leadership Team working closely with the ICC Board,” the world body said in a statement. Sawhney was sent on “leave” in March pending an inquiry after he came under scrutiny for his “abrasive behaviour” with colleagues. Sawhney has termed the governing body’s probe against him as a “premeditated witch-hunt”. It is understood that Sawhney, who replaced Dave Richardson after the ICC World Cup...
‘You will see a more confident Yuzi in this series’: Yuzvendra Chahal upbeat for Sri Lanka tour
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‘You will see a more confident Yuzi in this series’: Yuzvendra Chahal upbeat for Sri Lanka tour

Yuzvendra Chahal is sharpening his skills before the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka and says that this time it will be ‘a more confident Yuzi” who will be bowling in Colombo. His focus is completely on the series at hand. Despite playing his last ODI in November 2020, he will be the senior statesman in the squad, a role he has been apprised of by head coach Rahul Dravid. “I’m playing an ODI series after so long, but we’ve already played here – two practice matches. [We’ve been practicing] early in the morning so that we get used to the heat. It’ll be totally different compared to 20 overs below here we’re on the ground for three, three-and-a-half hours,” Chahal said during a virtual press conference on the announcement of the title sponsors for India’s tour of Sri L...
‘That’s selectors’ call’: Ganguly on no replacement for injured Gill in England
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‘That’s selectors’ call’: Ganguly on no replacement for injured Gill in England

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Thursday tried to steer clear of the controversy surrounding the national selectors’ decision to not send a replacement for injured opener Shubman Gill in England, saying it was a matter for the selection committee to consider. The Indian team management on June 28, through administrative manager Girish Dongre, had requested for two openers as replacement, preferably Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal. But chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma, till a couple of days back, hadn’t sent any formal reply to that mail as four openers are already in the UK. When asked about the contentious issue, Ganguly, while addressing reporters on his 49th birthday on Thursday, said: “That’s selectors’ call.” Both Shaw and Padikkal are currently in Sri Lanka with...
No thought of Pakistan quitting tour of England: Babar Azam
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No thought of Pakistan quitting tour of England: Babar Azam

Pakistan captain Babar Azam said that his side is not thinking of abandoning its’ white-ball tour of England despite the major coronavirus outbreak within the home squad. Azam’s comments come in the wake of seven members of the England squad testing positive for coronavirus. With the rest of the squad isolated, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had to announce a new 18-member squad. When asked during a press conference whether there was any temptation to call off the trip, Babar said: “No, we didn’t think about it, it didn’t come into our minds at any time. “The PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) and ECB have assured us that they will take care of the safety and health of all the squad members. Of course it was disappointing news. We must understand that these are unprece...
History of controversial selections: Easwaran again pits alpha male captain against selectors
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History of controversial selections: Easwaran again pits alpha male captain against selectors

The breakdown in communication between national selectors, led by chairman Chetan Sharma, and the team management comprising skipper Virat Kohli over Bengal opener Abhimanyu Easwaran’s contentious selection, is not the first such instance. And it is certainly not going to be the last in Indian cricket which is replete with incidents when alpha male captains have locked horns with the wise men of “authoritarian reputation”. It’s not a bad time to revisit a few selection conundrums that had gained legendary status over the years. In the late 1960s till early 70s, Bengal had a wicketkeeper of Parsi origin named Rusi Jeejebhoy, a handsome man born and brought up in Kolkata. He played 46 first-class games and ended with a “horrifying” batting average of 10.46. Even if one consid...