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SK News Point-Live Cricket News-11th October 2016

Bhajji expects Kohli to takeover from Dhoni in ODIs, Heath Streak appointed as Zimbabwe coach, Javed Miandad accuses Shahid Afridi of match-fixing, Simon Doull picks his 3 greatest batsmen... That and much more. Scroll down for all the news from the cricket world.
Updated: 11 October 2016 16:12 IST - Published: 11 October 2016 09:27 IST
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Wont apologise to Jos Buttler, says Mashrafe Mortaza

Following the heated exchanges that took place between Bangladesh and the England cricket team during second ODI, Mashrafe Mortaza came out to defend his side. 

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Mortaza said that his team does not need to apologise to Jos Buttler. When a journalist from Sky Sports asked Mashrafe if he would apologise to Buttler, Mashrafe said, "Actually we didn’t do anything wrong and so we shouldn’t be apologising. We feel that we just celebrated. We don’t have to be sorry for that. The match referee was there and he observed everything.”

Sabbir Rahman and Mortaza were fined 20 percent of their match fees by the ICC while Buttler received an official reprimand.

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Commentators spend time with differently abled kids

While the Indian cricket team is currently playing against New Zealand in the third and final Test at Indore, the commentators took time off to bring some smile on the faces of differently abled kids at the venue. 

BCCI's special initiative witnessed Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan posing for photographs with the children in the Holkar stadium. The gesture was well received by the fans and cricketers. 

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Harbhajan Singh picks Virat Kohli to lead India in ODIs in the future

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that he expects present batting mainstay Virat Kohli to take over from MS Dhoni as India's captain in ODIs in the future.

"Virat is a fantastic player for India.He is like my brother. I think he will take India to the next level. He is doing so well in Test cricket as captain, but I think he is also going to lead India in ODIs in future," he said.

He further revealed that Kohli was at present was one of his most favourite players.

"In fact, I have always said that Sachin Tendulkar is my all-time favourite cricketer. And now my current favourite is Kohli. He is a really fantastic player,"  he said.

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Tabraiz Shamzi and Mathew Wade fined

South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi and Matthew Wade of Australia have both been fined 25 per cent of their match fees for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during their sides’ ODI in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

Shamsi and Wade were fined following their unacceptable behaviour on the field.

The incidents happened during the 17th over of Australia’s innings. Shamsi and Wade twice ignored the umpires’ instructions by continuing to verbally and aggressively engage with each other for a prolonged period. 

The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Adrian Holdstock and Nigel Llong, third umpire Joel Wilson and fourth umpire Shaun George.

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Heath Streak appointed as the new head coach of Zimbabwe

Former Zimbabwe cricketer and bowling coach, Heath Streak was appointed as the new head coach of the Zimbabwe cricket team on Tuesday morning. Streak turned out to be the ideal choice for the position, given his superiority over the other candidates in terms of experience.

Heath Streak will be officially unveiled as the national team head coach in a press conference later today.

Streak has promised to use the experience that he gained as a bowling coach of Bangladesh to get the best out of the players and bring the national team its competitive best.

The 42-year old has represented Zimbabwe in 65 Tests and 189 ODIs.

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Javed Miandad claims to have caught Shahid Afridi fixing matches

Pakistan cricket has always been in a strong affair with controversies. The players and  the board never seem to get tired dealing with it. The latest one is the verbal spat between Javed Miandad and Shahid Afridi. The two former captains have been taking a dig at each other whenever they make a public appearance.

While talking to a local news channel in Karachi on Sunday, Miandad claimed to have caught Afridi fixing matches.

"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," he said.
Miandad further went on to say that the entire team had fixers.

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Simon Doull reveals his favourite batsmen

Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull, when asked about the best batsmen of his era, came up with Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid and Martin Crowe.

The former Kiwi bowler, rated Lara as the best batsman, followed by Dravid and Crowe. When asked about his views on Sachin Tendulkar, he said that the little master was one of the best, however he didn't get to watch him closely as much as he would have liked to.

When it comes to Test matches, Lara has scored 11953 runs at an impressive average of 52.89. Dravid has 13288 runs with an average of 52.31 while Crowe has 5444 runs at an average of 45.37.

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South Africa ODI series raises doubts over Steven Smith's captaincy, says Kepler Wessels

Former South African and Australian cricketer Kepler Wessels termed Australia's performance in the ODI series against South Africa as disastrous. South Africa hold a 4-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. 

The left-handed batsman also raised questions over Steven Smith's captaincy. Smith has now lost 8 of his last 10 games. "This loss to South Africa brings into question the leadership of Steve Smith," Wessels was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald. 

"They lost on his watch to Sri Lanka. After that loss he was given some time off to rest before this tour," he said.

Wessels also said that Australia's performances had made their on-field behaviour "embarrassing".

 

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Ashok Sandhu becomes the youngest cricketer to play for Haryana in Ranji Trophy

Born on 11th October 2000, Ashok Sandhu became the youngest cricketer to have played for Haryana in their Ranji Trophy clash against the Services on 6th October 2016.

The young left-arm spinner took a total of three wickets in the match but what impressed everyone was his controlled line and length. Sandhu hails from Devigarh village in Chandigarh.

Speaking to Times of India, Sandhu expressed his happiness over making his debut.

"This is just the beginning. I owe it to my coach, sisters and seniors. I will do my best now," Sandhu was quoted as saying by Times of India.

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BCCI calls for Special General Meeting on 15th October

The BCCI has called for a Special General Meeting on 15th of October to discuss the interim order passed by the Supreme Court regarding the Lodha Panel recommendations. It will be the second SGM called by the BCCI in the last two weeks.

The Supreme Court on 7th October had ordered the board not to disburse any funds to the state associations until they decided to implement all the Lodha committee reforms.   

With the Supreme Court expected to pass a final order on 17th of October, the meeting may well prove to be a vital one for the board members.