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BCCI does not have a women’s selection panel to pick T20 Challenge team
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BCCI does not have a women’s selection panel to pick T20 Challenge team

Written by Nihal Koshie | Published: August 5, 2020 8:11:06 am Women T20 Challenge will see teams captained by  Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Smriti Mandhana (L-R). (PTI) Who will select the three women’s team for the T20 Challenge, a series of exhibition games to be held in November during the IPL Playoff week? By announcing the tournament, the Indian cricket board might have answered the criticism of ignoring women’s cricket but they don’t have a selection committee in place. The previous five-member panel’s tenure ended in January this year and the board had sought applications soon after that but the posts are yet to be filled. The BCCI had asked for candidates...
After backlash, Vivo all  set to pull out of 2020 IPL
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After backlash, Vivo all set to pull out of 2020 IPL

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty | Kolkata | Updated: August 5, 2020 6:41:33 am The IPL will be held in the UAE from September 19 to November 10 this year. (Source: File) TWO DAYS after the IPL governing council decided to continue with Vivo as the T20 tournament’s title sponsor, the Chinese smartphone maker is all set to pull out — at least for the 2020 edition starting next month in the UAE. Confirming the development, a BCCI official told The Indian Express that an official statement on the withdrawal will be issued in “a couple of days”. The parting of ways, temporary and by mutual consent, follows a public backlash after the council decided Sunday to hold the IPL from...
In England, Babar Azam resumes quest to enter pantheon of greats 
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In England, Babar Azam resumes quest to enter pantheon of greats 

Written by Sandip G | Published: August 5, 2020 2:46:11 am Babar Azam has scored 1850 runs at an average of 45.12 in 26 Tests, hitting five hundreds. (Source: Reuters) Late last year, Babar Azam conquered Australia. In Brisbane, he reeled off a hundred so finely constructed that it made you feel intoxicated just watching it, amidst a violent onslaught of Australian quicks on a lively surface. Pakistan slumped to an innings defeat, but Azam wowed them all. The hundred, and the 97 in Adelaide for an equally heart-breaking defeat, had  Australians rushing for adjectives. Tom Moody raved: “If you think Kohli is good to watch, have a look at Azam bat. My gosh, he’s something...
Is India’s Fast Bowling Renaissance Real This Time?
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Is India’s Fast Bowling Renaissance Real This Time?

Cricket Web Team | 12:01am BST 12 July 2020 Under the stewardship of skipper Virat Kohli, India’s men national team have established several records. This has happened in both formats with the team at one point sealing the number one position of the ICC World Test Rankings for Teams in 2019. Today, the team stands behind Australia and New Zealand in Men’s Test Team Rankings. The team might have floundered at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England, but it has continued performing excellently in ODI and t20. While the team boasts of talent all-round, the batting skills of the team have been instrumental in driving this success. As the cricket world enjoys a renaissance, India is at the forefront of this revolution. Could this be the motivation the Men in Blue need to rec...
Jim Laker in Print
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Jim Laker in Print

Martin Chandler | 8:32am BST 12 July 2020 Jim Laker was a great bowler. He may or may not be the finest off spinner to have played the game, but a return of 193 Test wickets at 21.24 certainly makes him a candidate. Whatever the outcome of that discussion is Laker will always be a cricketing legend given that his achievement of taking 19 for 90 against Australia at Old Trafford in 1956 remains unchallenged and, almost certainly, will remain so in perpetuity. It was hardly surprising when, following that remarkable performance, publishers rushed to sign up the man who had enthralled the nation, and it was Frederick Muller Limited who secured the rights to publish Laker’s autobiography. In the 1950s Mullers was one of the leading publishers in that field also, at various ti...
A Look at the Alderman
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A Look at the Alderman

Martin Chandler | 7:48am BST 26 July 2020 As a race, we Yorkshiremen are rude, boorish, stubborn, aggressive, argumentative, disruptive, intolerant and and just plain downright bloody-minded. We harbour a series of complexes ranging from inferiority to persecution, and we are violently resentful of authority in any guise. A man with the clarity of thought to come up with those words, and the honesty to express them, has to be someone worth listening to and Don Mosey aka ‘The Alderman’ was most certainly that.  For all of us of a certain age Mosey first came to our attention for his work as a commentator on Test Match Special back in the mid 1970s. He was the one with the commanding presence and slightly fearsome voice, tempered by an occasionally impish sense of humour an...
Frederick Ashley-Cooper: The Bibliophile’s Historian
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Frederick Ashley-Cooper: The Bibliophile’s Historian

Martin Chandler | 7:05am BST 02 August 2020 Rowland Bowen described Frederick Samuel Ashley-Cooper as the greatest cricket polymath – excluding always the actual practise and playing of the game – who has ever lived. Statisticians have Ashley-Cooper to thank for the groundwork that he did in that field, and similarly historians have cause to be grateful for the many discoveries that his diligent research made possible. His being an accomplished writer who was well able to document his work accurately was a great bonus. In addition over his lifetime Ashley-Cooper amassed a cricket library of upwards of 4,000 books and pamphlets. That would be an impressive number today. Back in the early 1930s, when only a handful of mainstream titles appeared each year, it must have been ...
Very Excited To Play In Women’s T20 Challenge, Says Shafali Verma
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Very Excited To Play In Women’s T20 Challenge, Says Shafali Verma

Shafali Verma and several other players will be taking part in the Women's T20 Challenge.© Twitter Indian batter Shafali Verma on Tuesday expressed excitement for playing in the upcoming Women's T20 Challenge. Her remark comes as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that the Women's T20 Challe...
Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar congratulate Stuart Broad as England hero reaches 500 Test wickets
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Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar congratulate Stuart Broad as England hero reaches 500 Test wickets

Stuart Broad became the fourth pace bowler to reach 500 Test wickets (Picture: Getty)Cricket legends Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar have congratulated Stuart Broad after the England bowler reached 500 Test wickets. Broad, 34, claimed his third ten-wicket haul to help England win the series decider against West Indies at Old Trafford by 269 runs and reclaim the Wisden Trophy. His heroics in Manchester also saw him become just the seventh player – and second Englishman following James Anderson – to reach 500 scalps in Test cricket. Only four pace bowlers – Glenn McGrath, Courtney Walsh, Anderson and now Broad – have reached the milestone. Australia legend Warne, who is second on the all-time list with 708 wickets, said on Twitter: ‘Congrats on the win & on the 500th wicket to...
Alec Stewart hails Chris Woakes as England’s ‘unsung hero’ after West Indies series win
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Alec Stewart hails Chris Woakes as England’s ‘unsung hero’ after West Indies series win

Chris Woakes took six wickets in England’s series-clinching win over West Indies (Picture: Getty)Alec Stewart has hailed Chris Woakes as England’s ‘unsung hero’ after the series win over West Indies and says he goes under the radar due to the brilliance of James Anderson and Stuart Broad and emergence of Jofra Archer. Much of the spotlight after England’s 2-1 victory over Windies was on Broad, who took ten wickets in the match to become just the fourth pace bowler in history to reach 500 Test wickets. But Woakes also played a huge role in the win, taking six wickets – including 5/50 in the second innings – as England won by 269 runs to edge the series and reclaim the Wisden Trophy. Woakes boasts a brilliant Test record in English conditions and Stewart says he is the team’s ‘unsu...