Weekly Cricket Buzz, November 18-24

Cricket Buzz, November 24

Lucky Warner, Fabulous Labuschagne, quality bowling seals the deal for Aussies vS pathetic Pakistan

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Labuschagne hits his first ton

Paine’s Australia have started the Test summer with a bang as they mercilessly bulldozed Pakistan by an innings defeat.

Everything went right for Aussies, as in the start they restricted Pakistan in a score of 240. Then the partnership between Warner and Burns set up the innings beautifully. Warner who had a horror season during the Ashes in England returned to form with the Goddess of Luck watching his back, as he scored a scintillating 154 and put Pakistan in the backfoot. But the real hero of the match was Marnus Labuschangne, whose fabulous 185 put Pakistan out of contest. 

In the 2nd innings, however, Australia were made to sweat for that victory by the pair of Babar and Rizwan. After 3 down for 25, Babar and Rizwan along with the other batsmen showed more applications than the first innings to drag the game into the final session. The duo added 132 for the sixth wicket and got to their respective milestones – second Test hundred and maiden Test fifty.

The Aussie bowling attack compared to that of Pakistan’s were superb as the pace trio didn’t give an inch to any Paki batsmen. Considering the next match which is to be a Pink ball test, Pakistan should up their both selection and on field game to match the calibre of in-form Australia that too in their own turf.

Too Hot to Handle: Indian pace trio threatened, bruised, demoralised and vanquished Bangladesh

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Indian pace Trio at their best

The historic Pink ball test is done, as expected India have beaten Bangladesh by an Innings. The Indian pace trio has absolutely demolished the Bangla batsmen where some of them got out running away from the ball. The wrath of Indian fast bowlers had exposed the guts of a few Bangla cricketers who needs a lot to be fit for the International circuit. 

Winning the toss Bangladesh elected to bat first and we’re bundled out at mere 106 runs. India came to bat and struggled a bit in the start as both the openers fell cheaply. Then, the King Virat Kohli along with Che Pujara and Rahane took India to a formidable position, with the 2nd innings becoming only a formality before India’s official Victory. 

The pink ball test as it happened in twitter. 

Cricket Buzz, November 23

Cricket Buzz, November 22

Extravaganza guaranteed as Eden Gardens and the city of joy turns Pink

As promised things have changed in the India Cricket, but rather too fast than expected, behold, the Dada of indian Cricket, presently the Boss of BCCI, Sourav Ganguly. Firstly after Dada’s take-over even the series with Bangladesh was in dark clouds as  the Bangla Cricketers were on a strike. Then after the strike got resolved another storm hit Bangladesh cricket as their Ace player Shakib al Hasan was banned by the ICC. But all was resolved soon and the BCB agreed to tour with new Captains and with an inexperienced team. Things weren’t done as of yet, as the BCCI… [Read More]

KPL drama continues as all activities are halted till final investigation

After the unfolding of the KPL dirty deeds saga, a new twist in the tale appears as Vinay Mruthyunjaya, KSCA treasurer, said on Friday to IANS “All activities related to KPL will resume only after the investigation is completed and we get the final report from the police.”

Bhaskar Rao, the Bengaluru Police commissioner, told IANS “Today there are many non-playing cricketers involved other than those playing on the field, and it has become a business for them as they travel to Dubai, West Indies and other foreign countries and stay at five-star hotels. They have also indulged in blackmailing of players through honey traps. The game has become insignificant and the activities of these betters have only increased.”

Mruthyunjaya, however, said that KSCA was unaware of the recruitment procedure of the cheerleaders — who are suspected of being used as honey traps — as they were hired by the franchises.

Cricket Buzz, November 21

Hard-work pays off for Md. Shami gets T-20 ODI call-up

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Md. Shami is back in coloured clothing

Blazing in red-hot form, Ace Indian fastie Mohammed Shami have been recalled for the upcoming three-match T20I series against West Indies, starting December 6 and as many ODIs from December 15. Md. Shami’s hard-work with the red ball in both home and away matches have earned him the white ball spot, as a few fitness concerns during his World Cup heroics were raised, he was dropped. Along with Md. Shami another spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Chinaman  Kuldeep Yadav and the Ferocious all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also returned to the 15-man squad announced on Thursday.

T20I Squad:Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

ODI Squad:Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Virat Kohli returns to lead the side after a vacation. Rahul Chahar and Sanju Samson, and Pacers Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur have been left out. While Jadeja returns as a like-for-like replacement for fellow left-arm spin all rounder Krunal Pandya.

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni, who hasn’t featured in any of India’s limited-over series since India’s 2019 World Cup semi-final exit, has not been included in the squad.

Cricket Buzz, November 19

Another Bangla Tiger bites the Ban-dust: 5 years ban for S.Hossain

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Shahadat Hossain banned for 5 years

Bangladeshi fans are having tough times as first their favourite Shakib Al Hasan was banned by ICC for 2 years and now Shahadat Hossain, the former Bangladesh Test pacer, who played 38 Tests, 51 ODIs for Bangladesh and  6 T20Is with 123 wickets under his belt, has been handed a 5 year ban (with two years suspended) and a fine of Taka 3 lakh for assaulting his teammate Arafat Sunny during the ongoing National Cricket League. The incident took place during the second day’s play between Dhaka Division and Khulna Division at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna. 

Arafat had reportedly said that Shahadat was not competent to shine one side of the ball, which angered the pacer who then attacked Sunny. Shahadat accepted the verdict of the match referee, which was then passed on to the technical committee of BCB, who eventually came up with the decision of penalising and suspending the player. Shahadat had been previously suspended as well after he allegedly tortured his house help. 

Cricket Buzz, November 18

Smith handed 1 year ban by Cricket Australia

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Emily Smith banned for a Year

After recent fine and suspension by Cricket Australia to its primary Men team cricketers Steve Smith and Pattinson respectively, Emily Smith a Hobart Hurricanes player has been handed a 1 year ban by Cricket Australia, nine months being fully suspended for violating the board’s Anti-Corruption Code. Smith, who accepted the sanction, had posted the Hurricanes’ team line-up on her personal Instagram account around an hour before the scheduled release time for the match against Sydney Thunder in the WBBL on November 2.

Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security, said “Whilst Cricket Australia acknowledges that at the time of posting the team line-up there was no intent to breach the Anti-Corruption Code, CA’s rigorous anti-corruption player education program means that players are well aware of their obligations under the Anti-Corruption Code and there is no excuse for breaches regardless of the reasons for information being disclosed. Since the commencement of the WBBL, Cricket Australia has had in place a robust anti-corruption program. We have been working with Emily throughout the process and Emily now understands the mistake she made. Unfortunately, in this instance, Emily’s actions breached the Anti-Corruption Code. We hope this serves as a reminder to all that the Anti-Corruption Code is critical to protecting the integrity of the game.” 

Smith was found to be in breach of Article 2.3.2 which prohibits: “Disclosing Inside Information to any person with or without Reward, where the Participant knew or might reasonably have known that such disclosure might lead to the information being used in relation to Betting, in relation to any Match or Event.”

The sanction imposed effectively rules her out for a period of three months, which will bar her participation from the remainder of WBBL as well as the WNCL.

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