New Zealand approves Pakistan, West Indies cricket tours

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 1,546 total views,  262 views today “The New Zealand government has approved quarantine arrangements that would allow the Pakistan and West Indies cricket teams to tour in the coming months. ©AFP” /> Wellington (AFP) – New Zealand’s government has approved quarantine arrangements that would allow the Pakistan and West Indies teams to tour in coming months, the country’s cricket board said on Friday. New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the tours would help the sport through the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s a huge boost for us, it’s our financial lifeline,” he…

Australia cricket great Dean Jones passes away at 59

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 1,794 total views,  228 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.cricingif.com/ Former Australia batsman and renowned commentator Dean Jones has tragically passed away at the age of 59 after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest in Mumbai. Jones was working in India as one of the panelists for Star Sports’ coverage of the ongoing Indian Premier League. Jones, who was affectionately referred to as ‘Deano’ in the cricket world, is regarded as one of the pioneers of aggressive batting in the limited-overs format. His nifty strokeplay and active running between the wickets set him apart from…

IPL 2020: ‘Surprised’ AB de Villiers pleased to find form in RCB’s opening match

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 2,355 total views,  228 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.cricingif.com/ AB de Villiers has expressed surprise at his spellbinding innings that lifted Royal Challengers Bangalore to a match-winning total against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Monday. RCB’s innings seemed to be losing steam on the cusp of the death overs with skipper Virat Kohli departing for a struggling 13-ball 14. De Villiers then unleashed a breathtaking charge, providing his team with the much-needed flourish as Bangalore posted 163-5 in their 20 overs. The Proteas star smashed two sixes and four boundaries in his 30-ball 51…

IPL bubble ‘tough’, but skipper says champions Mumbai in good spirits

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 2,611 total views,  38 views today “The Mumbai Indians celebrating their IPL crown in 2019. Skipper Rohit Sharma said the team was finding it hard to adjust to the “bubble” they were in for the 2020 coronavirus-hit version of the tournament. ©AFP” /> New Delhi (AFP) – Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said Thursday that the IPL’s coronavirus bio-security bubble was “mentally tough”, but the team was finding ways to stimulate players and keep in good spirits. The virus-delayed Twenty20 tournament begins Saturday in the United Arab Emirates, with holders Mumbai playing…

IPL Governing Council Member Talks About Including Pakistan Players

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 2,599 total views,  37 views today COURTESY BY: https://cricflare.com/ Former Indian cricketer Surinder Khanna believes that the inclusion of Pakistan players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) would be welcomed by fans from both sides of the border. Khanna, who is also one of the members of the IPL governing council, added however that without the consent of Indian government, it would be near impossible to rope in Pakistan players for the event. Khanna also lauded Pakistan’s young stars including Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi. “As far as Pakistan cricketers’ participation in…

‘He leads by example’ – De Villiers credits Kohli for RCB’s disciplined work ethic

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 2,988 total views,  35 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.cricingif.com/ South African veteran AB de Villiers said captain Virat Kohli is “leading from the front” as Royal Challengers Bangalore look to shed their wooden-spooners tag in the Indian Premier League. De Villiers said India skipper Kohli was inspiring much hard work in the build-up to the IPL’s start in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday. “I think everyone has bought into this hard-working environment and a lot of credit should go to Virat for that,” De Villiers said in an interview posted on…

Ali Khan set to join Kolkata Knight Riders as Harry Gurney replacement

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 2,537 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.espncricinfo.com/ It is understood that Kolkata Knight Riders will rope in USA’s 29-year-old fast bowler Ali Khan – pending IPL approval – as a replacement for the English seamer Harry Gurney. Gurney is scheduled to have surgery related to a shoulder injury, and has pulled out of both the IPL and England’s Vitality Blast last month. Khan’s signing will make him the first USA player to feature in the IPL. He will come in on the back of a season with the Trinbago Knight Riders – the CPL franchise with the…

‘Sarfaraz Ahmed had reservations when asked to play third T20I’ – Misbah-ul-Haq

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 2,448 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.cricingif.com/ Misbah-ul-Haq has revealed former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was hesitant to take part in the team’s last T20I against England but eventually gave in after being persuaded by the management. Sarfaraz, who was not picked for a single match throughout the England tour, was named in the Pakistan line-up ahead of first-choice wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan for the third T20I. Rizwan was splendid with the bat and behind the stumps during the Tests as he was adjudged Pakistan’s player of the series. His fighting half-centuries and skillful grabs drew a lot…

Cricket Australia takes strict action against racist abuse directed at Dan Christian

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 1,566 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.cricingif.com/ Cricket Australia has vehemently slammed internet trolls as “uneducated” after senior all-rounder Dan Christian was subjected to online attacks for speaking up about “casual racism”. Christian, who plays for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, is one of the only six indigenous people to don the Australian jersey at international level. He recently was part of a panel discussion where he recounted first-hand experiences of racist remarks as an Aboriginal cricketer. “I don’t think it’s as in-your-face as you might see elsewhere around the world…

Sammy urges cricket world to treat issue of racism more seriously

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 1,398 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.cricingif.com/ Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy has urged cricket’s governing bodies to treat racism more seriously and pay it the same attention they give to upholding the integrity of the game. Athletes across the world have spoken out about racism in sport as part of the Black Lives Matter protests after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. Sammy, who led West Indies to two Twenty20 World Cup titles, has been at the forefront…