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SK News Point-Live Cricket News-17th October 2016

Suresh Raina is back to the training grounds. Changes expected to India's line-up for the 2nd ODI.
Updated: 17 October 2016 20:15 IST - Published: 17 October 2016 11:25 IST

Ben Stokes strikes a fresh salvo at Bangladesh
England's tour to Bangladesh has been quite eventful thus far. The second ODI witnessed rather dramatic scenes with the hosts employing an in-your-face send off to mark Jos Butler's dismissal. Thereafter, Stokes and Tamim had an argument during the player handshake routine after Bangladesh won.

Now Stokes has picked up from he'd left off. During Day 1 of England's warm-up match against BCB XI at Chittagong, Stokes refused to shake the hand of Abdul Mazid. The BCB XI opener had scored a hundred and as the players walked off the field, Mazid extended proceeded to shake hands with Stokes. The English all-rounder however, had other ideas and sold Mazid a dummy while refusing to return the gesture.

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India-Pakistan women series in doubt 

The series between India and Pakistan's women's teams seems to be in a major doubt. The series, which counts towards ICC Women's Championship points, is yet to be approved by the BCCI after the PCB had sent a series of queries. The two boards have till the end of October to play the series. "If the series is not played then that the matter of how the points will be awarded will be referred to the event's technical committee," an ICC spokesperson was quoted as saying by ESPNCrincinfo

However, the PCB wants India to forfeit the six points available for the series if they do not agree to play. Pakistan is due to host India for this series, which is supposed to consist of three ODIs, and the PCB wants to hold the in UAE.


Pakistan announce squad for the second Test against West Indies

Pakistan cricket board announced a 15-man squad for the second Test against the West Indies on Monday ahead of the final day's play of the first Test match. Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said that the team had been finalised after consulting the head coach and the captain.

Pakistan have added batsman Younis Khan to their squad for the second Test against West Indies in Abu Dhabi, which starts from October 21. Younis' inclusion is the only change to the squad for the ongoing first Test. He had missed the first Test after he was advised for an extended rest as he recovered from dengue.

Squad: Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Baber Azam, Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain), Sarfraz Ahmad (Wicket-keeper), Mohammad Nawaz, Yasir Shah, Zulifiqar Baber, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Imran Khan Sr, Rahat Ali


Faf du Plessis says South Africa plays similar brand of cricket as Australia 

South Africa whitewashed the Australians 5-0 in the recently concluded ODI series, which turned out to be the first ever for Aussies in a 5-match ODI bilateral series. The South Africans will now be touring Steven Smith's men for a three-match Test series starting from 3rd November.

Speaking ahead of their encounter, the Proteas skipper said that the present Australian cricketers are a lot different from the ones whom he faced in his early days. "When I first started playing against Australia, the guys were the toughest team to play against because of their personalities. They were guys that competed by being verbal," du Plessis said.

 "If you look at the Australian team now, their personalities have changed. They don't have those aggressive guys that are at you the whole day, swearing the whole day. We play a similar brand of cricket now. We are very competitive but we respect each other's personal space," he was quoted as saying in ESPNCricinfo.


BCCI secretary says members from Rajasthan cricket association were not invited

BCCI secretary, Ajay Shirke told on Monday that the members from the Rajasthan cricket association were not invited for the special meeting on Saturday. Shirke accused Rajashtan cricket association vice-president, Mehmood Abdi of giving false information to the media.

 Abdi had claimed that Shirke had invited the members of RCA personally over phone.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Shirke said, "Abdi had been sending text messages, to which I did not respond. Later, he telephoned to say he'd be attending the full members' meeting as the authorised representative of the RCA. I explained what the position was and, out of courtesy, offered to meet him before the meeting began."

"At the venue, I spent at least 20 minutes spelling out the Board's position and the status that the RCA currently enjoys, making it clear that he should not try to force his way in leading to an unpleasant situation," he was quoted as saying in The Telegraph.


Twitter joins race for IPL digital rights

Micro-blogging social network Twitter is bidding for the digital rights for the biggest domestic T20 tournament in the world, Indian Premier League. 

"We are constantly evaluating opportunities around the world to transform the live sports experiences for fans in partnership with our most valued global sports partners and this IPL tender purchase is representative of that,” Aneesh Madani, Head of Sports Partnerships at Twitter India, was quoted as saying in the Economic Times.

The Economic Times had earlier reported that 16 companies including, Star India, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE), Amazon India, Reliance Jio, ESPN, and a clutch of international broadcasters have already picked up the rights. 


ICC to present DRS before the BCCI on the 20th of October

The decision on whether the Decision Review System(DRS)'s use for the upcoming India-England Test series in November could get a lot clearer later this week, as the governing body is set to make a presentation before the Indian cricket board this upcoming Thursday.

Head coach Anil Kumble and Test skipper Virat Kohli are likely to be there, when it is been presented.

“We have never said no to DRS. We are open to DRS if it is near perfection. During the last tour of Sri Lanka, we had said that we have no objection to DRS if the system is improved. Kumble, who is also the ICC Cricket Committee head has studied the report of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) report on DRS. The ICC General Manager will be here and make a presentation before Kumble and others in New Delhi before October 20. After that only we can say whether the improved version of DRS is acceptable to us or not," Thakur told reporters on Sunday.


Australian teenager Arjun Nair named in CA XI squad for tour game

Teenager Arjun Nair has been named in a 12-player Cricket Australia XI side that will take on South Africa in the first of the two two-day tour match at the Adelaide Oval, starting on October 22. All players have been picked after impressive outings in the ongoing Matador One-Day Cup. Nair, 18, has been impressive in the domestic competition so far for CA XI, having scored 72 runs and picking up eight wickets in four matches. 

"This is a really exciting opportunity for these players to test their abilities against quite a formidable South African side," Greg Chappell, the National Talent Manager, was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz

Squad: Arjun Nair, Josh Inglis, Ryan Gibson, Sam Harper, Ben McDermott, Matthew Short (C), James Bazley, Brendan Doggett, Ryan Lees,Xavier Bartlett, Thomas O'Donnell, Kyle Gardiner


Michael Clarke says Shane Watson was like a tumour in the Australian team

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has made some startling revelations regarding the series of events in his injury-hit career. The World Cup winning captain spoke about some of the controversial moments in his career in an interview with Australian current affairs show, 60 minutes.

While talking about some of the players, Clarke mentioned that former Australian vice-captain, Shane Watson, was like a "tumour" in the team.

 He said,"I said that there is a number of players, a group in this team at the moment, that are like a tumour and if we don't fix it, it's going to turn into a cancer," he said of the team in 2013. "Shane was one of those players, yes."

Clarke had earlier mentioned how tough it was for him to get on with the game after the death of his teammate, Phil Hughes.

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