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BCCI keen to get fans back to stands for T20Is against England
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BCCI keen to get fans back to stands for T20Is against England

In what comes as a huge positive for cricket fanatics in the country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is keen to get fans back to the stadium for the T20I series between India and England which gets underway at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad from March 12. Speaking to ANI, a BCCI official in the know of developments said while the board is looking to open the stadium in Ahmedabad to fans, the final decision still lies with the government. "We are trying to open the stadium for fans to witness what awaits to be a thrilling T20I series between India and England. While we are yet to decide on the numbers, the idea is to get close to 50 per cent of the seats filled. But the final decision lies with the government. Safety is a priority even as we adapt to the new norma...
India win Gabba thriller, claim series 2-1
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India win Gabba thriller, claim series 2-1

Rishabh Pant unleashed a Twenty20-style batting assault to fire India to an incredible three-wicket win in the fourth test decider on Tuesday as Ajinkya Rahane’s injury-ravaged tourists humbled Australia with a 2-1 series triumph. The wicketkeeper-batsman swung for the fences in an extraordinary 89 in 138 balls as India galloped to a record 328-run chase at the Gabba, becoming the first team since the West Indies in 1988 to beat Australia at their Brisbane stronghold. With regular captain Virat Kohli back home, and deploying an attack of raw recruits in Queensland, India mowed down 145 runs after tea to claim the win when Pant smashed Josh Hazlewood to the fence for four with 18 balls to spare. Pant’s stellar innings was only one of a slew of heroic efforts by the Indian side, with a ba...
Australia push lead to 276 in fourth test decider
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Australia push lead to 276 in fourth test decider

Australia stretched their lead to 276 runs in the fourth test decider against India in Brisbane on Monday before rain brought tea early with the hosts having reached 243 for seven. Tailender Pat Cummins was two not out, with Mitchell Starc on one run at the Gabba, in a contest shaping up to be a cliffhanger if conditions allow. With the series level at 1-1, the hosts must win the match to claim the Border-Gavaskar trophy while India need only a draw to retain the silverware after their breakthrough 2-1 win in the 2018/19 series in Australia. The home side face a tricky decision as to when to declare with rain also forecast on the final day. Australia resumed on 149 for four after lunch, with Steve Smith and Cameron Green looking to build the lead after India tore through the top order ...
India need 324 to win after Siraj claims maiden Test five
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India need 324 to win after Siraj claims maiden Test five

Playing only this third Test match, fast bowler Mohammed Siraj picked up his maiden five-wicket haul to give India a sniff in the fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane. Siraj’s 5/73 coupled with another fine piece of fast bowling from Shardul Thakur (4/61), helped India bowl Australia out for 294 in their second innings, which set the visitors 328 to win. Opening batsman Rohit Sharma cracked a boundary first over of the innings off Mitchell Starc before rain forced early stumps with 23 overs left to be bowled. Play will once again star half an hour early on Day 5 and hopefully produce a fitting end to what has been an enthralling series. Australia resumed their innings on 21/0 with David Warner and Marcus Harris extending their promising start from Day 3, but their dismissals in ...
Sundar and Thakur lead India’s resistance in Brisbane test
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Sundar and Thakur lead India’s resistance in Brisbane test

Australia claimed two more wickets in Sunday’s second session but debutant Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur offered lower-order resistance to take India to 253-6 at tea on day three of the fourth and final test in Brisbane. Sundar was batting on 38 at the break having raised 67 runs with Thakur, who was on 33, as India still remain 116 behind Australia’s first innings total of 369. India resumed on 62 for two, with Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Ajinkya Rahane looking to build a score after a heavy downpour wiped out the last session on day two. The pair added 43 runs before a menacing delivery from Josh Hazlewood pitched on off-stump then straightened to catch an edge from Pujara, who made 25. Rahane’s wicket was more self-inflicted as he drove away from his body at a wider Mitchel...
India vs Australia: Bruised and broken India’s Brisbane dilemma
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India vs Australia: Bruised and broken India’s Brisbane dilemma

Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah is “a very doubtful starter” for the Brisbane Test starting Friday according to the team management, after he suffered an abdominal strain. On Tuesday, the bowler was taken for scans and a decision on his fitness is expected on Wednesday. With this, a “bruised” and “broken” Indian team, as captain Ajinkya Rahane put it, added yet another casualty to a list so lengthy that it may leave Rahane with no choice but to simply play the only eleven players who are fit. Ravichander Ashwin, India’s match-saving hero from the third Test in Sydney, spoke only half in jest when he told broadcasters after that Test: “I think what Ajinkya is going to do is hop out of the dressing room and call eleven of us and whoever is ready to go will go (in Brisbane). We are losing...
India vs Australia: Tough quarantine rules hit India on tour’s final leg
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India vs Australia: Tough quarantine rules hit India on tour’s final leg

After raising concerns about the hard quarantine rules in Brisbane, the Indian team arrived in the city in Queensland on Tuesday and found themselves in a difficult situation at the team hotel. On arrival, the team was told that there would be “no room service and housekeeping, and no access to gym or swimming pool facilities because of the local Covid guidelines”, according to a source in the team who did not wish to be named. The team yet again raised the issue with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), who in turn spoke to Cricket Australia (CA) to allow for some relaxation of the rules. It is learnt that CA has assured the team that more facilities, including room service and access to gyms, will be made available to the team from Wednesday. “We weren’t locked in o...
Vernon Philander’s Somerset contract cancelled
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Vernon Philander’s Somerset contract cancelled

Somerset County crickey club have announced the cancellation of former South Africa pacer Vernon Philander’s contract by mutual agreement. Philander, who had signed a Kolpak deal with the county club after calling time on his South Africa career earlier in the year, was due to join the club in early April, but will all professional cricket in England and Wales suspended until July 1, both parties “reluctantly” agreed to cancel the contract with immediate effect. “These are clearly very uncertain and challenging times for all Counties with no cricket until at least the 1st July and the likelihood of a condensed and truncated season,” Director of Cricket at Summerset Andy Hurry said in a statement. “It was such an exciting prospect to visualise Vernon returning to the Cooper Associa...
Uttarakhand announces contracts to first-class players
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Uttarakhand announces contracts to first-class players

New Indian cricket board president Sourav Ganguly has said bringing all first-class players in the country under contracts to ensure their financial security was his priority and BCCI’s latest unit Uttarakhand has taken the lead, announcing it will offer contracts and scholarships to players at all levels. The final decision will be taken once BCCI releases its guidelines and will come into effect after March, when the domestic season ends and the performers among senior men and women are picked. Even if the BCCI decides not to introduce contracts, the state will go ahead with its own formula, a top official of Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) said.   Uttarakhand, inducted into the BCCI fold in August, also announced scholarships for performing U-16 and U-19 players. ...
Cricket is recession proof, revels even in controversy
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Cricket is recession proof, revels even in controversy

If evidence was needed about cricket’s growing influence, there was plenty available recently. Sourav Ganguly assumed office like a rockstar political leader in full media glare, chased for sound bytes and on-the-go quotes. His taking fresh guard was a grand coronation befitting a new king. Then, away in Australia, the ICC Women’s World Cup was launched by Kareena Kapoor Khan, another sign of Indian cricket capturing new territory and pushing the boundary. That global cricket events need India’s support was known, what is new is a top film star readily agreeing to play second fiddle. India’s abiding love affair with cricket defies comprehension. Pundits and social observers offer many reasons: there was, in the past, the British legacy, princely patronage and participation of the soc...