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England’s Willey glad he made IPL ‘no-brainer’ move

[ad_1] England all-rounder David Willey has insisted playing in this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League was a “no-brainer” even if it put his county contract with Yorkshire at risk.The 28-year-old is adamant he’s a better player for the experience of working under Chennai Super Kings coach and former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming, even though his stint with the IPL champions amounted to just three games.Now Willey, the
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Dawlat Ahmadzai: The man who spotted Rashid Khan

[ad_1] It was a strange feeling for Dawlat Ahmadzai as he walked into the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday morning. The venue looked all decked up for Afghanistan’s debut Test match against India, and suddenly it brought back so many memories for Ahmadzai.When he fell in love with the sport, years ago, Ahmadzai never even thought that someday he would play at the highest level. But when Afghanistan secured a
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Rajpoot on the road to recovery from typhoid

[ad_1] Ahead of the historic Test against Afghanistan, Uttar Pradesh pacer Ankit Rajpoot had turned down the offer to bowl to the Indian batsmen at nets citing illness. The 24-year-old Rajpoot was battling typhoid. He has recovered but he is yet to hit the ground running.Having earned a call-up in the India A squad for the four-day games in England in July, Rajpoot is now trying his best get back
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Langer says Smith-led Aussies were ‘spoilt brats’

[ad_1] New coach Justin Langer says that the Australian side was behaving like “spoilt brats” ahead of the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal and Steve Smith wasn't a strong enough leader to handle the situation.Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were all suspended for their roles in the incident when sandpaper was used to rough up the ball during the third Test in South Africa in March.“The whispers were there,” Langer
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Srinath, Ravi retained in ICC elite panel of match officials

[ad_1] Javagal Srinath was the lone Indian to feature in the match referees’ list, while Sundaram Ravi continued to be the country’s representative among the top umpires as the ICC on Thursday announced an unchanged list of elite match officials, here.The retention of the panel, for the period July 1 to June 30, 2019, was done following the annual review and selection process, the ICC said in a statement.The ICC
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Afghanistan fights back to reduce India to 347/6 after Dhawan, Vijay tons

[ad_1] Cometh the hour, cometh the man!This is one phrase that could perfectly define Shikhar Dhawan. Every time the swashbuckling Indian opening batsman is put to the test, he makes it a point to fight back in his own way.And on Thursday, the 32-year-old stole Afghanistan’s thunder in it’s first-ever Test, playing a gritty knock of 107 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Joining him in the party was the seasoned Murali
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Bengaluru Test: Empty stands greet Afghanistan debut

[ad_1] As Afghanistan made its Test debut against India at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday, most of the stands were empty.While the union sports and youth affairs minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, attended the game along with Afghanistan’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, fans were not seen in great numbers.Hardly some 600-700 spectators could be seen in the first half an hour. At a time when the International Cricket Council (ICC)
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Slick Pakistan too strong for Scotland in T20I rout

[ad_1] Shoaib Malik blasted a quick-fire 49 as Pakistan powered to an 84-run rout of Scotland in the second Twenty20 International on Wednesday.Malik's unbeaten innings took just 22 balls and containing five sixes and one four, setting the stage for Pakistan to seal a 2-0 series win.Fakhar Zaman (33) and Ahmed Shehzad (24) rattled up a 60-run partnership for the first wicket in Edinburgh before Scotland hit back to reduce
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Prasanna: ‘In Test cricket, a spinner has to be consistent’

[ad_1] Cricketing wisdom flows through Erapalli Prasanna, an off-spinning genius in his time. The man who could get the ball to hang in the air, drift, dip and turn, is impressed with the young Afghanistan spin attack, but believes Rashid Khan & Co. will need to adapt to the longest format.He said to Sportstar on Wednesday, “In the one-dayers and Twenty20 matches, the batsmen attack you and it becomes easier