India U-19 side beat Sri Lanka, retain their Asia Cup titleIndia beat Sri Lanka by 34 runs and defended their U-19 title. With this win, they have now won the title for the third time in a row. Chasing a target of 274 runs, Sri Lanka collapsed and lost their last 7 wickets for 43 runs. Captain Abhishek Sharma was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 4 wickets. Brief scores: India U19 273/8 (Himanshu Rana 71, Shubman Gill 70; Nipun Ransika 3-50, Praveen Jayawickrama 3-53) beat Sri Lanka U19 239 (Reven Kelly 62, Kamindu Mendis 53; Abhishek Sharma 4-37, Rahul Chahar 3-22) by 34 run.
ICC clears Greater Noida stadium for staging International matchesThe International Cricket Council has cleared the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Stadium in Greater Noida for staging International matches, according to a BCCI statement. The venue which played hosts to Afghanistan was inspected by the ICC last December and gave it a go-ahead to stage associate member matches.
The stadium can seat around 8,000 people, and the capacity will now be beefed to 14,000. Earlier this year, Duleep Trophy was played at the venue, which was a day-night affair and was contested by India Red, India Green and India Blue.
Daniel Vettori appointed coach of Middlesex T20 teamFormer New Zealand captain, Daniel Vettori has been roped in as head coach of English County Middlesex as their Twenty20 head coach for the NatWest T20 Blast.Vettori has had coaching experience with Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore and Big Bash League side Brisbane Heat. "I am very excited about the opportunity to be involved with Middlesex in their pursuit of a T20 title," Vettori said, after signing the dotted lines of a three-year deal with Middlesex.
Sanju Samson tenders apology for indecent behaviourKerala Cricket Association has finally reached an amicable solution with Sanju Samson over a breach of discipline issue. Also, reports suggest that the association is not mulling any further action against Samson, after he tendered an apology for improper conduct during the Ranji season. Sanju was accompanied by his father, Kerala captain Rohan Prem, manager U Manoj and KCA's media manager Krishna Prasad.
Security increased for Boxing Day Test at MCGEver since the foiled terror attack in Melboure, Cricket Australia has been working with Victoria Police and Federal Security agencies to tighten up the security at the Melbourne Cricket Ground before the commencement of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and Pakistan. Over the last fortnight, a terror attack by the "Islamic State" targeting central Melbourne was foiled after a numerous arrests in the city by the Australian police."Our security team is in contact with the relevant authorities to ensure we have the appropriate level of security at the Boxing Day Test and other cricket matches being held around the country,” CA chief executive officer James Sutherland said after the news broke.“The safety and security of our fans, players and officials attending any cricket match is our number one priority.“We applaud Victoria Police for their efforts this morning in neutralising the threat and we will continue to work with the relevant authorities to ensure the highest security standards and protocols are maintained,” he continued