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SK News Point-Live Cricket News-2ndNovember 2016

Mehedi Hasan Miraz to get a new house; Sri Lanka win the first Test against Zimbabwe; Ajmal eyes a comeback; Australia announce squad for first Test; this and a lot more on SK Newspoint!
Updated: 03 November 2016 16:32 IST - Published: 02 November 2016 09:19 IST

Ishant Sharma to tie the knot on December 9

Ishant Sharma is set to get married to former Indian women's basketball captain Pratima Singh on December 9. Their engagement was held in June this year. Ishant Sharma was named in the Test squad for the 5 match series against England which begins on November 9 after a long lay-off due to sickness.

Pratima Singh, the youngest out of 5 sisters hails from a family of basketball players. All her other sisters have played basketball at the national and international level.


Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo and Kraigg Brathwaite turn down West Indies central contracts 

West Indian cricketers Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo and Kraigg Brathwaite have refused to sign the new central contract provided by the West Indies cricket board. The national board had released a list of 12 players who accepted the central contracts on Wednesday.

The board stated that the three players are yet to give their reasons for not accepting the contracts. The central contracts for the men's team ranges from USD 100,000 to 150,000 and includes 12 players on the list while the women's team contracts, with a range of USD 12,000 to 30,000, has 15 players.

WICB's men's list of contracted players for 2016-17: Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Leon Johnson, Alzarri Joseph, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Jomel Warrican


West Indies win the third Test against Pakistan 

West Indies cricket team won the third and final Test match against the Pakistanis in Sharjah on Thursday. Chasing 153 to win, the West Indies didn't get the type of start they wanted as they lost five wickets in the span of 15 overs. However, the centurion from the first innings, Kraigg Brathwaite held the innings together along with Shane Dowrich and took the West Indies past the finishing line. 

Earlier Pakistan had scored 281 in the first innings, thanks to a gritty 74 by Sami Aslam. The West Indies batsmen came out strong and went on to post 337 runs in their first innings. The Pakistani batsmen failed to tackle West Indian duo of Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo and were bundled out for 208 runs in their second innings, setting a target of 153 runs for the West Indies.

The Pakistan cricket team won the Test series by the margin 2-1.


A new house of Bangladesh's latest spinning sensation
Mehedi Hasan Miraz has taken the cricket-mad nation by storm. The 19-year old became the first Bangladeshi to take two five-wicket hauls in the two-test series against England and ended the series on a high. 

Such has been the impact of the teenager's performances that the country's Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, feels that he should be rewarded with a house. According to the PM's Deputy Press Secretary Ashraful Alam Khokan, the Prime Minister has informed the authorities for construction of the house. 

"Accordingly her Principal Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad conveyed the directives to the deputy commissioner of Khulna," said the Press Secretary while adding that an appropriate location will be finalised and construction will begin thereafter. 

Miraz - the son of a poor taxi driver - finished the series with 19 wickets and his efforts included three five-fors.


Zimbabwe's resistance ends as Sri Lanka win the first Test by 225 runs

Riding on a strong bowling display, Sri Lanka won the first Test against Zimbabwe played at Harare by a margin of 225 runs. 

Zimbabwe's skipper Graeme Cremer and Sean Williams tried to put up a stoic partnership on the fifth day, but once Williams got out to Rangana Herath, the tailenders capitulated, getting bundled out for 186. Although Zimbabwe lost, Cremer was chosen as the man of the match for his all-round display, where he scored a century and took four-wickets. 

This is Sri Lanka's first Test win in a span of two years. Their last win came against England in 2014.


Saeed Ajmal needs chance to prove self

Out of favour cricketer Saeed Ajmal is hoping to get a chance to prove his worth for Pakistan despite being dropped out of the central contracts of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

The off-spinner, who was suspended by the ICC for due to a reported illegal action back in 2014, made his comeback to international cricket in April 2015, against Bangladesh in a Twenty20 International.

But the 39-year old has failed to make an appearance for the Pakistan National Team ever since. He has shown good form in the recently-held National T20 Cup where playing for the Karachi Blues he finished as the tournament’s highest wicket-taker with 20 wickets. 

"I don't think there will be any problems with my bowling action if I stage an international comeback. I have regained the lost touch and I think I can still prove myself as a champion off-spinner," he said speaking to the Express Tribune. 

"All I need is just one last chance to prove myself. I think I deserve a comeback," he added.


Australia announce their team for the first Test against the South Africans

The Australian cricket team announced their playing XI for the first Test against the South Africans on Wednesday. The Aussies opted to go for an experienced by leaving out the 26-year old Joe Mennie. The first Test is scheduled to start from the 3rd of November in Perth.

Australia's XI for the WACA Test: David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (c), Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.


India team for England series to be picked on Wednesday

The Indian Test team for the five-match Test series against England, starting in Rajkot next week will be picked in Mumbai later today. With KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan yet to recover from the injuries they sustained during the New Zealand series, Gautam Gambhir might retain his place in the Indian XI.

"The Indian team is to be picked in Mumbai today," BCCI Sources said. India are currently on a nine-match unbeaten run in Test cricket with their last defeat coming in August 2015 against Sri Lanka and it will be interesting to see the kind of side they pick for the series, that will stretch until mid-December.

The teams will play in Rajkot, Vizag, Mohali, Mumbai and Chennai.

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