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SK News Point-Live Cricket News-29th December 2016

Live Cricket News from around the world.
Updated: 29 December 2016 15:43 IST - Published: 29 December 2016 09:00 IST
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Jeetan Patel included in squad for 3rd ODI

New Zealand's veteran off-spinner Jeetan Patel was included in the squad for the 3rd and final One Day International against Bangladesh which is to be held on Saturday in Nelson. Currently leading the 3 match series 2-0, the Kiwis will be looking to inflict another defeat on The Tigers in the final ODI. 

Patel who last played an ODI back in 2009 in the Champions Trophy final will be itching to make a successful comeback to the side. He was included in the Test series against India earlier this year where he picked up 6 wickets in two matches and provided a few worthy contributions with the bat as well. 

Currently playing in the Super Smash, he has taken six wickets in eight games at an economy rate of 7.51

"He has been bowling very well for the Wellington Firebirds in the McDonald's Super Smash and will be a welcome addition to the squad," New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said.


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Sachin Tendulkar's biopic release date revealed

Former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar's biopic is set to hit theatres four months from now, on April 14, 2017. After the overwhelming success of MS Dhoni's biopic, Sachin's biopic is predicted to as good at the box office, if not better. 

Sachin Tendulkar, who plays himself in the film will be joined by his son Arjun Tendulkar who is in the lead cast. 

The film captures Tendulkar's cricket and personal life in substantial detail, as well as reveals few aspects of his life which have never been heard of or seen before.


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Jason Gillespie set to become assistant coach for Australia's T20 team

Former Australian pacer Jason Gillespie is all set to join his former teammate Justin Langer in the coaching ranks for the T20 series agaisnt Sri Lanka in February. 

Langer and Gillespie will be coaching a team which will be without the services of Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood. 

"I’m just buzzing to get this role – it really is an exciting opportunity – and I’m humbled to be thought of by Cricket Australia in this regard," Gillespie said in a statement to Cricket Australia. 

"For me, the chance to be working with Justin Langer is terrific. Of course he’s a friend and a former team-mate, but he’s also someone who’s had success in this form of the game (with two KFC BBL titles with the Perth Scorchers) and if I can learn anything from him and his approach then that would be great," he continued.


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Mushfiqur Rahim ruled out for two weeks due to injury

The Bangladesh cricket team were dealt a severe blow after learning that their Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim would be ruled out for two weeks after suffering a hamstring injury during the first ODI against New Zealand. 

“We have received the radiologist’s report and it shows a minor tear of the left hamstring. This is a moderate damage in nature but means that it could take him around two weeks starting from the day of the injury to recover. However, we may ease him into training at some stage over the next few days.

“At the moment our priority is to get him fit for the Test series. We will continue to assess and monitor him to see how he is responding to the rehab,” said the team physio.

The Tigers are currently 1-0 down in the 3 match ODI series against the Kiwis. 


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Tickets for opening India-England ODI sold out

The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has announced that tickets for the first ODI match between India and England at the MCA Stadium in Pune, scheduled on January 15, have been sold out. The ticket sales for the ODI commenced on December 15 and were sold out in 12 days, MCA said in a press release. Indian team will reach Pune on January 10 and will undergo an extended net session ahead of the ODIs.