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SK News Point-Live Cricket News-10th October 2016

Updated: 10 October 2016 21:22 IST - Published: 10 October 2016 10:31 IST

Harbhajan claims he and Kumble could have taken a lot more wickets on current pitches

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has more than 400 Test wickets under his name, recently claimed on Twitter that he and spin legend Anil Kumble could have taken a lot more wickets had they played in recent times. The Turbanator posted on Twitter that only two outof  his 103 Tests were played on spin friendly wickets (Mumbai 2004 and Kanpur 2008), and had he played on current pitches, his wickets count would have been a lot more.

In another tweet, Harbhajan mentioned that the Indore wicket was already turning from day two, and that New Zealand will not be able to survive for too long on the surface tailor-made for spinners.


Bangladesh detains Indian over alleged gambling 
The ongoing series between England and hosts Bangladesh has unearthed the murky operations of cricket gambling. And it's not a local that's been hauled up. Instead, it's an Indian national.

Bangladesh cricket officials stated that an Indian was detained and interrogated in connection with illegal gambling during the first one-day international of the series. 

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) spokesman Jalal Yunus said, "Our anti-corruption officials found his movements suspicious so they detained him and handed him over to local police.”

Accordingly to Bhuiyan Mahboob Hossain, a local police official, the Indian in question has not been charged yet and has been handed over to the Indian High Commission after interrogations.

Gambling is illegal in Bangladesh and local authorities keep close vigil. Interestingly, this isn't the first time that an Indian has been hauled up in Bangladesh. Last year, authorities sent back four Indian nationals for dubious activities during a Twenty20 tournament.

England's tour to the country seemed to be in jeopardy in view of the deadly terror attacks on a Dhaka cafe in July this year. And despite a couple of top English cricketers pulling out, the tour got underway after the hosts promised the highest level of security to the tourists.

With Bangladesh winning the second game, the series is locked at 1-1. Chittagong with host the all-important final match of the series.


Tajjul Islam replaces Mosharraf Hossain for final ODI against England

Tajjul Islam, the 24-year-old leg-spinner has been announced as the replacement for Mosharraf Hossain for the final ODI against England which is to be held tomorrow. 

Islam featured in the two ODIs in the series against Afghanistan last month managed to pick up only one wicket, which is why he was not selected for the first two ODIs against England.

Hossain, on the other hand who picked up a 3 wicket haul against Afghanistan has gone wicketless in the first two ODIs against England, hence, has been dropped. 


Mastermind of terror attack on Sri Lankan cricket team killed

Qari Ajmal, a Pakistani terrorist linked to the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore was killed in a joint operation by Afghan-US special forces along the borders of Afghanistan on Sunday.

He was a member of the banned Lashar-e-Jhangi group and was killed in eastern Afghanistan's Aurgon area of Paktika province, The Express Tribune quoted.

In an incident that rocked the cricketing world, The Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by a group of terrorists on 4th March 2009 while on tour in Pakistan. The attack on the team left seven policemen dead and seven players including Mahela Jayawaredene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana and Chaminda Vaas were injured.

Earlier in August of this year, three suspected terrorists involved in the same attack were killed in a police encounter in Lahore.


Loan acquired in 2011 drives Zimbabwe Cricket to debt

The Zimbabwe cricket saw a new low this week as the board's audit for 2015 is yet to be submitted to the ICC.

Under the new ICC rules, the full members need to submit an unqualified audit within six months of their financial year-end. However, the board has been unable to submit the audit due to the suspicious bank loan of over $3 million that it took in 2011. Due to its poor financial situation, the loan now stands at  $7 million.

Apart from the loan, one of the area of concern in the fraudulent audit report is an expense of $5.2 million listed as "tours expense", but majority of Zimbabwe's tours in 2015 were bankrolled by other parties.

The board's financial condition lately has made life tough for the players and the management.








Mashrafe Mortaza, Sabbir Rahman fined 20% of their match fees: Jos Buttler given an official reprimand

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and batsman Sabbir Rahman have been fined 20% of their match fees for their involvement in the extravagant celebrations following Jos Buttler's dismissal during the second ODI on Sunday.

Buttler was given out lbw courtesy a referral and that led to the Bangladeshis jubilant and their celebrations certainly didn't impress Buttler and as it turns out now the officials either. Buttler has been given an official reprimand for his reaction as well.


Shahid Afridi to send a legal notice to Javed Miandad

Pakistan cricket team has always been known for its controversies, both on and off the field. The latest one being the verbal spat between two former captains, Shahid Afridi and Javed Miandad.

The issue started off when Miandad accused Afridi of fixing matches. While talking to a local TV channel in Pakistan, he said that Afridi fixed matches and sold Pakistan team. 

"I tell Afridi to swear upon his children and say he has not thrown away Pakistan's matches. I am a witness, I caught him myself. If there was money, I would not have left the team. I caught match-fixers in the whole team. Right? These people are fixers," he said.

Afridi hit back at Miandad later by saying that Miandad has always had issues with money.

"He has always faced money issues in the past, and continues to do so. I think cricketers of such high calibre should not stoop this low. That's the difference between Imran Khan and Miandad", said Afridi .

Following the allegations made on him, Afridi is all set to send a legal notice to Miandad.


South Africa announce 16-man squad for Test series against Australia

South Africa Cricket Board announced a 16-man squad for the Test series against Australia. The Proteas will be visiting the Australians for a 3-match Test series in November this year. AB de Villiers has missed out on a spot due to his injury. 

The squad announcement had two surprise names- Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj. While Shamzi has already made his debut in the shorter format of the game, Maharaj is yet to represent his nation. Both will be looking to make their Test debut in the tour.

Maharaj caught the eyes of the selectors when he captured career-best match figures of 13/157 in a domestic match which included 12 wickets in a single day.

South Africa Test squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, JP Duminy, Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock, Keshav Maharaj, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Dane Vilas.


Joel Paris out of action until December

Australian fast bowler Joel Paris will miss a large part of the Australian summer after suffering an injury to his tendon in his left quadricep.The Western Warriors, the team for which he plays in domestic cricket, announced on Monday that the left-arm pacer's injury layoff had been extended until the end of the year after he suffered the injury last year.


Dinesh Karthik's only regret 

Dinesh Karthik is currently with the Tamil Nadu Ranji team that kick-started its season by playing against Mumbai in Rohtak. The wicketkeeper-batsman didn't have a great outing as he managed to score 15 runs in the first innings and 11 runs in the next.

Speaking to Times of India, the right-hander talked about various issues surrounding his team and career.

Asked if he had any regrets with regards to him not having played enough for India, the 31-year old said that, "The only regret is that I had put too much pressure on myself when I played for India. The expectations I had put on myself were too high. And I'm not a stats person. Even if I get out at 90, I would feel happy to have scored a 90 and not rue missing a 100."

Karthik last played for India in an ODI in 2014.


Mumbai Cricket Association accepts Sachin Tendulkar's 14-a-side cricket proposal

The Mumbai Cricket Association has decided to implement Sachin Tendulkar's proposal of 14-a-side cricket tournament at school level. The MCA approved the proposal on 10th October 2016. The association passed the proposal on Monday, allowing 14 players to play on a team at school level cricket instead of the traditional system of 11 players. The decision was made in order to popularise the game among children.


Inquest into death of batsman Hughes opens in Sydney

A coroner's inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes opened on Monday, almost two years after the Australian cricketer died when he was struck by a ball during a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Over the next week, the New South Wales Coroner's Court will review the circumstances surrounding the incident to determine whether the 25-year-old's death could have been avoided.

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