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Rajput starts planning for Zimbabwe coaching stint

[ad_1] Lalchand Rajput’s appointment as interim coach of Zimbabwe comes at a time when the team’s contracted players are in a contractual dispute with the nation’s cricket governing body.But keeping off-the-field turmoil aside, the 56-year-old Rajput hopes to make his presence felt in the short stint. Though he is yet to sign on the dotted line, the Mumbai-based coach has already started planning for the tri-nation series scheduled to take
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Vinod Rai: ‘No Day/Night Tests till our players are ready’

[ad_1] The Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai on Thursday firmly backed the Indian cricket team’s decision of not playing Day/Night pink ball Test against Australia during the upcoming tour Down Under at the end of 2018.“What’s wrong with us wanting to win all the matches? Any team that steps out on a pitch wants to win. 30 years back they said that India plays Test matches only to
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Sri Lanka’s Mathews, Lakmal cleared for WI tour

[ad_1] Sri Lanka's former skipper Angelo Mathews and medium pacer Suranga Lakmal have been declared fit for the three-match Test series against the West Indies beginning June 06, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Thursday.'Clearance to go ahead'The 30-year-old all-rounder and Lakmal were doubtful after a spate of injuries. They were, however, included in a 17-man squad for the tournament which begins on May 30 with a three-day warm-up match.
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BCCI, ICC officials discuss cricket’s challenges

[ad_1] Officials from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met here on Thursday to discuss various issues confronting the game globally.The ICC Board had recently set up a working group to develop a global strategy for cricket with BCCI represented on this group by chief executive Rahul Johri. The ICC had raised concerns at a rebel global body being proposed, the
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Shahid Afridi to miss charity match featuring World XI

[ad_1] Shahid Afridi will miss the charity match featuring the World XI and the West Indies on May 31 as the former Pakistan captain is yet to recover fully from a knee injury.The 38-year-old, who was expected to make a comeback to international cricket in the T20 charity game, claimed that he will be needing another three-four weeks to recover completely. Went to see my doctor in Dubai, the knee
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Sunil Narine, KKR’s all-rounder of value

[ad_1] Known for befuddling batsmen with his mysterious spin bowling, Sunil Narine has established himself as a proficient T20 batsman as well in the 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).The Trinidadian, who played crucial roles in Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) title wins in 2012 and 2014, rose to the occasion when captain Gautam Gambhir promoted him in the batting order and made the most of his pinch-hitting skills
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Harbhajan asks India to shed apprehensions about pink ball Tests

[ad_1] India must embrace day-night Tests and shed its apprehensions about the pink ball matches, seasoned spinner Harbhajan Singh suggested on Thursday.India has refused to play the Adelaide Test against Australia, later, in 2018 under lights, inviting criticism from a number of players, including Mark Waugh and Ian Chappell.“I don’t know why they don’t want to play day-night Test matches. It’s an interesting format and we should try it. I
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Rajput named interim coach of Zimbabwe

[ad_1] Lalchand Rajput has been named the interim head coach of Zimbabwe. The 56-year-old, who until last year was the coach of Afghanistan, will replace Heath Streak, who lost his job following the team’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup.Confirming the development, Givemore Makoni, the head of cricket operations at Zimbabwe Cricket, told Sportstar that the seasoned coach will reach Harare in the next few days. “He is an experienced coach. He has
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Rohit Sharma: ‘We played the perfect game against KXIP’

[ad_1] Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma has termed the IPL game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), which it won by three runs, as “perfect”.After a brilliant batting display on Wednesday, Mumbai bowlers managed to restrict Punjab to 183/5 to bag two crucial points and stay alive in the league.“I thought we played a perfect game. Whatever we asked from the boys, they came and delivered in the middle,” Rohit
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Full-strength Bangladesh to face Afghanistan in Dehradun

[ad_1] Bangladesh is set to field its full-strength side for the three-match T20 series against Afghanistan in Dehradun in June. With the team set to tour West Indies later in June, there were speculations that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) may rest the senior players for the series against Afghanistan — which is only a week-long affair.However, on Thursday, BCB’s cricket operations chairman, Akram Khan, confirmed to Sportstar that the