SK News Point - Live Cricket News - 23rd November 2016

Local cricketer assaulted by two youths;The same umpire officiates from both ends in a Ranji Trophy match; Australia squad for the ODI series against New Zealand announced; Hyderabad cricketer hospitalised after being hit on the head; Beer to cost lesser during Adelaide Test; Faf du Plessis says he hasn't done anything wrong
Updated: 24 November 2016 00:17 IST - Published: November, 23 2016 01:57 PM IST

Local cricketer assaulted by two youths  

A Goan cricketer was allegedly assaulted by two men who recorded a video of the crime and posted it on social media. The video has gone viral, police said on Wednesday. 

"Teenage cricketer Gajanan Azgaonkar was assaulted by two youths in Taleigao locality about a fortnight back and the assault was shot on a video camera. The clip was later circulated on the social media," Panaji police inspector Siddhanth Shirodkar was quoted by PTI.

The suspects, Rakesh Rajesh and Saresh Haldankar have been arrested for hitting the cricketer, said Shirodkar. 

The police have also forwarded the complaint to Deputy Collector so that he can file a chapter case against both accused who also live around the Taleigao area.

Another case has been filed with the Cyber Crime department of the police station as the video clip of the incident is still viral on social media, police added. 

Azgaonkar is affiliated to Goa Cricket Association.




The same umpire officiates from both ends in a Ranji Trophy match
Umpire Tapan Sharma had to officiate from both ends for the first session on day 3 of the Ranji Trophy match between Karnataka and Odisha in Delhi today.

English umpire David Millns was unable to stand in the morning session and required a medical check-up. Millns was said to have high-fever and was suspected to have suffered a bout of food poisoning. Dharmesh Bhardwaj joined Sharma in subsequent sessions when Karnataka came out to bat. 

A similar incident took place in the previous round at Mysuru in the match between Mumbai and UP when Australian umpire Sam Nogajski suffered from food poisoning and had to be hospitalised. The non-availability of a BCCI accredited umpire meant that Virender Sharma had to officiate from both ends for the entire duration of the day's play until such time another umpire was called up. 


Australian squad for the Chappell-Hadlee ODI series announced 

Cricket Australia's section committee announced a 14-man squad for the Chappell-Hadlee ODI series against  New Zealand which is scheduled to start next month. The three-match series against New Zealand will take place in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne on December 4th, 6th and 9th. 

While the board has decided to play it safe with the strongest possible squad, the inclusion of uncapped Western Australia all-rounder Hilton Cartwright came in as a surprise for many.

Chairman of selectors Trevor Johns said to the media that 24-year old was brought into the team following some impressive performances in the domestic matches. He said, "Hilton bowls useful aggressive medium-pace and is a very good striker of the ball. He is an exciting young prospect for Australian cricket and we have been watching him at the pathway level for some time now." 

The team: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith (capt), George Bailey, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Hilton Cartwright, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa. *


Beer to cost lesser during the Adelaide Test 

In an attempt to make the iconic Adelaide Oval more appealing to the international crowd, the authorities of Adelaide Oval stadium management has decided to cut of drinks for the third Test between Australia and South Africa which is scheduled to start on the 24th of November. 

The authorities said that the beer prices will be reduced from  $9.20 to $8.90 and the cost of a bottle of water from $5 to $4.80 at the Test starting on Thursday.

"We all want the same thing. We want the Adelaide Oval experience to be as outstanding and accessible as possible while balancing that with our need to run and maintain the Adelaide Oval to the international standard expected by all South Australians," the Cricket Australia website quoted the authority chief executive Andrew Daniels as saying.


Faf du Plessis says he hasn't done anything wrong 

South African skipper was fined 100 percent of match fee by the ICC on Tuesday for an alleged ball tampering incident during the second Test against Australia in Hobart. du Plessis, who has constantly denied his intentions of the same, said on Wednesday that he still believed that he hasn't done anything wrong. 

"I still completely disagree with that decision. I feel like I've done nothing wrong... it's not like I was trying to cheat or anything," Du Plessis was quoted as saying by Sports24 website.

"For me ball-tampering is picking the ball, scratching the ball. Shining the ball, I think all cricketers would say, is not in the same place," he added. 

The stand-in skipper was expected to be banned for the third Test, however, he walked off with just a fine. 


Hyderabad cricketer hospitalised after being hit on head

21-year old Tanmay Agarwal, who plays for Hyderabad, was struck on the head while fielding at forward short leg during a Ranji Trophy Group C match at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium in Valsad. He was stretchered off the ground after being hit on the head by a pull shot from Chattisgarh batsman Manoj Singh, off the bowling of Mehdi Hasan. He was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

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