In the latest ICC T20I Rankings for bowlers, India's death overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah has risen to the second spot. Notably, Pakistan’s Imad Wasim has taken the top spot, which South Africa’s Imran Tahir held earlier. Bumrah was instrumental in India reaching the finals of the Champions Trophy 2017 which they lost to Pakistan. Imad Wasim took 13 wickets in the five matches he played in the tournament.
Indian cricketer and former CSK player Pawan Negi has reportedly submitted incorrect documents to the Delhi University. According to reports, Negi was one among the ten students who had received direct admissions in Delhi University colleges with representation in International sports. However, Negi had uploaded a certificate of participation in Vijay Hazare Trophy, which is a national level tournament. Notably, the 24-year-old cricketer is set to go through trials.
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has reportedly been included in BCCI’s seven-member committee for the implementation of the reforms proposed by Lodha Panel. According to reports, the committee is headed by IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and also comprises of BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and the cricket body’s treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry.
Over 200 top Australian cricketers will be unemployed from July 1, if the ongoing dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketer’s Association does not get resolved. ACA has repeatedly rejected new MoUs being offered by the Board, calling the revenue sharing model "inadequate". The union is prepared for a lockout, setting up a business to market players' intellectual property.
Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has reportedly retained Indian Premier League title sponsorship for a period of five years. According to reports, the company had bid Rs.2,199 Crores, which around 554 percent higher than the previous year contract. Notably, Vivo was the title sponsor for both ninth and tenth edition of the tournament.
South African limited-overs skipper AB de Villiers is reportedly planning to retire from Test cricket in order to extend his career until 2019 World Cup. According to reports, the 33-year-old cricketer is said to have informed Cricket South Africa about his plan last year. Notably, de Villiers had earlier sustained elbow injury and missed New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka Test series.
Former Indian all-rounder and batting coach of the national side, Sanjay Bangar, has revealed that there is a void in the team after coach Anil Kumble's resignation but also added that the team was coping well. "We are professionals, and such things are part and parcel of any organisation where changes happen. The support staff and the players have shown a lot of professionalism in compartmentalising the issues," said Bangar.
In the latest MRF tyres, ICC T20I rankings for bowlers Pakistan’s ICC Champions Trophy-winning side’s member Imad Wasim took the first spot, while India’s Jasprit Bumrah jumped to second. This comes after South Africa’s number one ranked spinner Imran Tahir dropped to third after his poor series against England. Meanwhile, India’s Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch of Australia and Kane Williamson of New Zealand have retained the top three spots for batsmen respectively.
The Twitterati on Monday termed MS Dhoni’s glove-work to dismiss Windies skipper Jason Holder in the second ODI at Port of Spain on Sunday as the former Indian skipper’s slowest stumping ever. Kuldeep Yadav bowled a googly while Dhoni collected the ball from the offside. He waited for Holder to make his ground, and then knocked off the bails in slow motion. Notably, MS Dhoni is well regarded by many for his super fast glovework behind the stumps.
Retired Indian captain and CAC member Sourav Ganguly has asserted that the committee will find the next Indian coach by their ability to propagate a winning mentality. Speaking to the press, Ganguly said, “One who can win Indian games is the top priority. That is the type we are looking for.” Notably, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag and Dodda Ganesh were the candidates, excluding Anil Kumble, who had recently resigned from his position of India’s coach.
Cricket South Africa has reportedly named the 15-man squad for the upcoming Test series against England, starting on July 6. According to reports, Faf du Plessis will captain the team, which also comprises of Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Morne Morkel, Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock, Heino Kuhn, Keshav Maharaj, Andile Phehlukwayo, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Theunis de Bruyn, Duanne Olivier, Temba Bavuma, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli on Sunday, praised batsman Ajinkya Rahane over his match-winning ton against West Indies in the second ODI and added that the latter could be used as a floater if required by the team in shorter formats of the game. “If he keeps performing like this, he is someone who has done the middle order job as well in the past, so he can very well be the floater for you in the middle order and he is someone that might allow you to take an extra bowler, in a big tournament like the 2019 World Cup,” Kohli added.
Following a thumping 105-run victory against West Indies on Sunday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has hinted that it was time to give opportunities to the newer members of the squad. Speaking at the post-match press conference, Kohli said, “We’ll sit down and decide as a team about changes that can be made. We’ll go to Antigua and regroup, and that’s a possibility as well, give a few guys an opportunity.”
Roger Federer reportedly registered his career's 100th title by winning the Halle Open in Germany on Sunday. The victory was Federer's 16th grass court and 92nd singles title, his fourth this year, after wins at the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami Open. The 18-time Grand Slam champion is the 10th to reach the landmark of 100 career titles.
According to reports, the ICC's Chief Executives' Committee on Monday approved the cricketing committee’s recommendations on DRS reviews, which will now result in teams not losing their DRS reviews on an 'umpire's call' verdict in LBWs. Further, the 80-over top-up of reviews in Test cricket will be removed, and DRS will now be made available for T20Is. Notably, the new regulations will be effective October 1.
Indian women cricket team captain Mithali Raj and men's team skipper Virat Kohli exchanged wishes on Twitter. After Virat Kohli wished the women's team for the ongoing World Cup, Mithali Raj tweeted, “Thanks @imVkohli!! All the best for the match tomorrow”, referring to the Kohli side’s second match in the ongoing series against Windies. Kohli, along with other men's team members, had shared videos to wish the women's team luck.
Trinidad and Tobago cricket board have reportedly rejected former West Indies batting legend Brian Lara’s suggestion of having a stand named after Sachin Tendulkar in the almost complete Brian Lara Cricket Academy stadium in Port of Spain. The president of Trinidad and Tobago board, Azim Bassarath, reportedly said, “India have so many stadia and I don’t know any of them have stands named after any of our West Indian greats so why must we name a stand after Tendulkar. I thought there would be stands named after Ian Bishop, or Larry Gomes or Gus Logie. Not Tendulkar.”
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators on Saturday reportedly told the BCCI to Implement the Lodha reforms as a whole even if the board has reservations against some of them. While the process of implementing most of the Lodha reforms has already begun, a large number of the BCCI members have expressed their reservations against some clauses.
Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman has reportedly said that his heart sank when he was caught behind off Bumrah during the Champions Trophy finals against India. According to reports, Zaman also added that he was stunned and started making his way back to the dressing room with all hopes and dreams crushed. Notably, Zaman scored 114 runs after Bumrah's delivery turned out to be a no-ball
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has reportedly praised the team opener Ajinkya Rahane after the latter’s century in the second ODI match against Windies. According to reports, Kohli said that Rahane has always been there as a third opener and so far he has batted well in both the games. Notably, Kohli also added that if Rahane keeps performing like this, the team could pick an extra bowler in the playing XI.