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ICC World Cup 2019: “Afghanistan has the best spin-bowling attack,” says former coach Lalchand Rajput

[ad_1] Former Afghanistan coach, Lalchand Rajput, believes that the team can cause a few upsets when it starts its campaign in the World Cup, beginning in England from May 30.“Afghanistan has got the best bowling attack, especially spinners. In England, if it is their good day when the ball grips and spin, they will upset some of the top teams,” Rajput told a select group of media on Monday.Having worked
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Pakistan captain Sarfraz: Good to be World Cup underdogs

[ad_1] Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said on Monday that being underdogs in next month's World Cup eases the pressure on his young team, which leaves for the tournament this week.Pakistan will play three warm-up matches before taking on joint-host England in a five-match one-day series and a Twenty20.The 1992 World Cup winner starts its campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.Sarfraz said he would prefer his side
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Cheteshwar Pujara gets his discipline from his mother, says father Arvind Pujara

[ad_1] Cheteshwar Pujara’s parents played a major role in his upbringing as a cricketer, and his father Arvind continues to keep a keen eye on his son’s progress. “My wife used to switch off all the lights at home at 9 p.m. so that he could sleep properly," the senior Pujara says.“Once he fell asleep, she would take care of the daily chores. As Gujaratis, we enjoy watching Dandiya Raas
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Cheteshwar Pujara interview: You become even more determined once you are benched

[ad_1] In a quiet suburban neighbourhood in Rajkot, amidst the din of everyday life, live the Pujaras. Cheteshwar Pujara’s glory remains untouched by fame. He’s not a guy who prances around and has flashy cars or brawny guards shadowing his every step, much like his batting, where extravagant strokes and exaggerated celebrations are but an aberration.Pujara realised early in life that success doesn’t come easy; the virtues of hard work,
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State government to MCA: Pay Rs. 120 crore or vacate Wankhede stadium premises

[ad_1] The Maharashtra government has asked the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to pay Rs 120 crore as lease renewal and unpaid dues, failing which the association might have to vacate the Wankhede Stadium premises.A notice issued on April 16 by Mumbai City collector Shivaji Jondhale — a copy of which is with Sportstar — states that the association needs to pay the amount or face action.The Wankhede Stadium was built in 1975 after
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Sanjay Manjrekar decodes batsman Cheteshwar Pujara

[ad_1] When I think of Cheteshwar Pujara, an image of an earnest person with a polite smile comes to mind.This demeanour of Pujara has not changed in the last eight years that he has been playing for India and this is commendable, for he has not had an easy ride in Indian cricket. In fact, nothing in cricket has come easy for Pujara.Like a Sachin Tendulkar or a Virat Kohli,
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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Asghar Afghan included in Afghanistan squad led by Gulbadin Naib

[ad_1] Former Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan was included in his country's 15-man squad for the ICC World Cup 2019. Fast bowler Hamid Hassan was also included. The 31-year-old Hassan, who last played in 2017, was out of action with fitness issues. He has, however, made a comeback to the squad, although his fitness remains under scrutiny.Read: Afghanistan removes Asghar from captaincy“Luckily for us, the comeback of senior fast bowler Hamid
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How Dilip Vengsarkar spotted Virat Kohli

[ad_1] Former India skipper, Dilip Vengsarkar, considers himself as a ‘talent spotter’. But the erstwhile chairman of national selection committee, still remembers how tough it was for him to pick a young Virat Kohli in the Indian team.In 2008, a few months after Kohli led India under-19 team to to the World Cup, he was drafted into the India A team for the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia.“At that time
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BCCI ombudsman fines Hardik Pandya, K.L. Rahul Rs. 20 lakh each for comments on Koffee with Karan show

[ad_1] India cricketers Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul were on Saturday fined Rs 20 lakh each by the BCCI Ombudsman D.K. Jain for their sexist comments on a popular TV show.In the order published on the official BCCI website, Jain wrote that no further action will be taken against Pandya and Rahul, who have already served a provisional suspension and tendered an unconditional apology for their loose comments on women.Related:
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Pakistan World Cup-bound players meet Imran Khan

[ad_1] Pakistan's World Cup-bound players met Prime Minister, Imran Khan, at his residence in Islamabad on Friday for an interaction. Imran, who led Pakistan to its only World Cup win in 1992, shared his past experiences with the players and encouraged them to play well in the tournament. The entire 17-member contingent along with the national selection committee, headed by Inzamam-ul- Haq, head coach Mickey Arthur and rest of the