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SK News Point-Live Cricket News, 18th December 2016

Ian Chappel slams Younis Khan; Indore to host the Ranji Trophy final; Gambhir withdraws from 'unofficial' league; short and crisp - all the latest from the cricketing world.
Updated: 18 December 2016 22:42 IST - Published: 18 December 2016 09:28 IST
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Ian Chappel lashes out at Younis Khan

Pakistan put up a fight on the fourth day and have lived to see another day in the first Test match against Australia. 

Chasing an improbable target of 490, the Pakistani batsmen put up a resilient show and this effort was led by Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq. Younis played a very defiant innings and scored a resilient 65 before perishing to Nathan Lyon. 

However, former Australian captain Ian Chappel was not amused by the time delaying tactics employed by the veteran. 

“Gee he wastes some time at the crease, Younis. The umpires have really got to tell him, ‘Mate, the bowler’s ready, you’ve got to be ready to face up’,” Chappell said. 

"If I was the fielding captain I’d be telling him to hurry up because you’re the one who’s going to get fined.

“I might get him tossed out of the game for a game or two for holding up the over rate.”

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Marsh unlikely to play Boxing Day Test against Pakistan

Australian batsman Shaun Marsh, who broke his finger during the opening Test against South Africa at Perth, is likely to miss the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan that starts on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This means the 24-year old left-hander Nic Maddinson could get another opportunity when Australia takes on Pakistan in the second Test. 

The Cricket Australia (CA) team performance chief, Pat Howard said that Marsh will have his scans scheduled in a couple of days time and it is likely that he would make his comeback in the second Big Bash League (BBL) match between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers on December 27. But that rules in out for the selection for the Boxing Day Test.

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Indian players could be rested for Ranji Trophy, hints MSK Prasad

The Indian cricket team has been marred with injuries with as many as six players including openers M Vijay and KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammad Shami, Hardik Pandya and Jayant Yadav having suffered various injuries over the course of the five-Test England series.

With the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals scheduled to start, and also with the involvement of many national players with the Ranji sides, India's chief selector MSK Prasad has hinted that the Indian players could be rested for the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals. "I'm not sure, we haven't still decided about it.The players have been playing for quite some time now. So I think it will be unfair on our part to expect them to play in the quarterfinal. But we will think about it," he said.

Prasad, however, was not really concerned with the high number of players suffering from injuries. "They have been playing for quite some time. It's part of the game. There is nothing much to worry about it," he told Times of India.


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Indore to host the Ranji Trophy final

Indore's Holkar stadium will be hosting the final of the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy from January 10. Earlier, the Ranji final was scheduled to be played on January 12, but the Board the Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) were forced to reschedule a number of matches. The two semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy have also been preponed by two days, and will now be played at Rajkot and Nagpur on January 1 instead of January 3.

Indore recently became India's newest Test venue when it hosted the third Test between India and New Zealand in October earlier this year. The schedule for the quarter-finals are as follows: (December 23-27): Mumbai vs Hyderbad (Raipur), Tamil Nadu vs Karnataka (Visakhapatnam), Gujarat vs Odisha (Jaipur) and Haryana vs Jharkhand (Baroda).

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Gambhir withdraws from 'unofficial' league

Gautam Gambhir, who had been appointed the brand ambassador of the recently launched Indian Junior Premier League (IJPL), has now withdrawn his name from the league after the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) shot off a notice to the Indian cricketer for the same. No cricketer contracted with the BCCI can take part in any cricketing league that is not recognised by the BCCI.  

However, there are those who are now pointing fingers at the BCCI, accusing the board of double standards since India's ODI skipper MS Dhoni was seen promoting the UAE-based Masters Champions League (MCL). "Gambhir decided to promote a league knowing that he wasn't contracted with the BCCI at the time but was sent a notice immediately. MS Dhoni had promoted the UAE-based Masters Champions League (MCL) and had sent out a video message supporting the league despite being the India captain. But the BCCI had no objection to that," a source said.

The IJPL T20 has been announced as a talent hunt for boys aged 14 to 18 years, and will be played with the pink ball across 22 cities was unveiled in Gambhir's presence on September 15 in New Delhi.

An executive involved with the league mentioned, "Why have one policy for Dhoni and another for Gambhir?"