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SK News Point-Live Cricket News-13th October 2016

How can India rise in the ODI rankings; Bahrain seeks cricket ban; Anurag Thakur set for a new role - this and a lot more on SK News Point.
Updated: 13 October 2016 21:18 IST - Published: 13 October 2016 10:19 IST
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A 4-1 series win will see India rise in the ICC Rankings
Going into the five-match ODI series against New Zealand, India is ranked fourth in the ICC team rankings. With 110 points, the hosts currently trail New Zealand (113 points) by three points. That said, should India beat the tourists by a margin of 4-1 or better, they will climb above New Zealand in the rankings.

Also read: Latest ICC ODI rankings

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Bahrain asks for ban on cricket

Expats could be banned from playing cricket in Bahrain after the country's Northern Municipal Council has voted to outlaw the game in its constituencies. The ridiculous decision came in after the local residents complained about the issues of illegal gathering and child molestation.The council also cited that there was no safety to the players as they hardly wore any safety equipment. 

Cricket has been popular among the Asian communities in the country and hence its common to see amateur games being played during weekends.

The proposal will now be referred to the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry for review.

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Anurag Thakur set to take up new role

BCCI president Anurag Thakur is set to be announced as the chairman of the development committee of ICC  following the conclusion of executive meeting this week.

The Times of India reported on Thursday that Anurag's inclusion would make him eligible to represent India in three powerful ICC committees. The position was previously held by ICC chairman Shashank Manohar. 

Thakur doesn't have to compromise on the position of  BCCI president in order to accept the new post by ICC. 

"There is no conflict of interest issue here. The ICC is also not pre-empting anything right now. The next course of action will be taken after the Supreme Court order," the source was quoted as saying by Times of India.

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Imran Tahir fined 

South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir has been fined 30% of his match fee and has been handed two demerit points by the ICC following a heated exchange with the Australian batsman David Warner during the final ODI on Wednesday.

An ICC release said that Tahir had shown "a lack of respect" by ignoring the instructions of the on-field umpires and continuing to indulge in a verbal spat with Warner.

On the other hand, South African captain Faf du Plessis has been fined 20% of his match fee with the team being fined 10% of their match fee after they were found guilty of slow over rate in the very ODI. 

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Yuvraj scored a ton and resurrected Punjab's innings against Madhya Pradesh in Ranji Trophy

Yuvraj scored a ton and resurrected Punjab's innings against Madhya Pradesh in Ranji Trophy

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Yuvraj smashes a ton for Punjab in Ranji Trophy

Flamboyant Indian batsman, Yuvraj Singh, has smashed a ton against Madhya Pradesh in a Group A game of the Ranji Trophy played at Lahli, Rohtak. Punjab was in a spot of bother at 15 for two when Yuvraj came in to bat. He, along with opener Jiwanjot Singh, began to resurrect Punjab's innings, taking them to 85 for two at lunch. In the post lunch session, the southpaw continued the fine display of batting and reached a superb ton. 

This is a much-needed ton for the 34-year, who has been out of contention in India's Test squad, and would be hoping to continue the momentum from this hundred to upcoming Ranji games too.

Currently, Yuvraj is batting on 115 off 167 deliveries, and has hit 17 boundaries.


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England can be world number one, claims Ben Stokes

The England cricket team won the third and final ODI against Bangladesh on Wednesday. The visitors defeated the Bangladeshis by four wickets handing them their first series defeat at home in two years.

Ben Stokes was the man of the series for his overall performances in the series. Speaking to the media, Stokes said that he was hopeful of his team continuing the good run.

“It’s really exciting. If we carry on like this we'll achieve our target of being world number one,” he said.

England will face Bangladesh in a two-match Test series starting from the 20th of October 2016.

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West Indies announce 15-member squad for the ODI tri-series

West Indies cricket board have dropped Kieron Pollard from the ODI squad for next month's tri-series in Zimbabwe. The head of West Indies selection committee, Courtney Browne personally informed Pollard and Denesh Ramdin about their axing.

Batsman Shai Hope and allrounder Rovman Powell have been called in as replacements. Hope is a part of the West Indian Test team while Powell is an uncapped player, who was named in the T20 squad for the UAE tour following a promising performance in CPL 2016. West Indies will be playing Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in a tri-series in November.

Squad: Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder (capt), Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels

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Irfan Pathan relishing the prospect of leading his side

Indian all-rounder, Irfan Pathan is currently captaining the Baroda cricket team in the Ranji Trophy. The left-hander took over the captaincy from Ambati Rayudu, who moved to Vidarbha this season. 

Talking to a reporter on Tuesday, Irfan said that he was very happy in leading his side in the Ranji Trophy. 

"This is a challenge I am looking forward to. There is fun in leading this team. I have an aim, and I want my team to achieve that at the end of the Ranji season. There is an added responsibility that keeps me going," he was quoted as saying in The Indian Express.

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South Africa whitewash Australia 5-0

Australia suffered its first whitewash in a five-match ODI series on 12th October 2016. South Africa defeated the Australians in the fifth and final ODI in Newlands by 31 runs.Batting first, the Proteas posted a huge total of 327 for the loss of eight wickets in their 50 overs. However, Australia couldn't chase it down as they were bowled out for 296 runs in 48.2 overs.

South African captain, Faf du Plessis was delighted with the 5-0 whitewash. "We wanted to make history. We were a team throughout this series and it is amazing to be a part of this team after the goals we set ourselves," he said.