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SK News Point: Live Cricket News-4th October 2016

MPCA begin preparation for Indore Test
Updated: 05 October 2016 00:14 IST - Published: 04 October 2016 09:41 IST
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Indore's Holkar stadium is all set to host the third Test.

Indore's Holkar stadium is all set to host the third Test.

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MPCA begin preparation for Indore Test

A top official from Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) mentioned that they are going ahead with preparations for conducting the third and final India-New Zealand Test at the Holkar Stadium in Indore from October 8-12.

"We have not received any intimation from the BCCI till now and are going ahead with our preparations,"  Milind Kanmadikar, MPCA's honorary secretary, told PTI from Indore.

Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha committee had stopped disbursement of money to the various state units run by the Indian cricket board, leading to doubts about the conduct of the match.

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Anurag Thakur hits back at Javed Miandad

Following the disturbing comments of Javed Miandad against India, BCCI President Anurag Thakur took a dig at the former Pakistan captain. Thakur said that Miandad was still in a state of shock over Pakistan's inability to overcome India in both the battlefield and cricket field.

He hinted at Pakistan's poor record against India in the World Cup matches.

“Pakistan is still not over the trauma inflicted by India in the wars of 1965, 1971 and Kargil. Same with Miandad who also remains to be in shock for not being able to beat India even once in World Cup history. If needed, India will make Pakistan bite the dust again, whether it is on the battlefield or cricket field,” he said.

Thakur sent a strong message to Miandad as he said, "We have always defeated Pakistan and will do so again in the future".

The BCCI chief has already ruled out the possibility of resuming cricketing ties with Pakistan in the current scenario.


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Anurag Thakur says Supreme Court has destroyed BCCI's reputation

BCCI president Anurag Thakur expressed his displeasure after Supreme Court ordered the banks to halt the disbursements on Monday. The decision as made after the Lodha Panel had claimed that BCCI had violated the recommendations of the committee.

Speaking to the media Thakur said, "Without the funds how do we play? How can we function, how can we make payments to the players and the various stakeholders?"

Bank of Maharashtra and Yes Bank, who operate BCCI accounts, confirmed that the accounts were frozen on Monday night.

Thakur went on to question the Supreme Court's decision. He said, "Is this how you treat the world's richest cricket body which has run the sport so efficiently? It has completely destroyed our hard-earned reputation."


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Javed Miandad challenges India to go to war 

One of Pakistan's most iconic and celebrated cricketers recently went on a rant to a Pakistani news channel, where has shockingly challenged India to go to war with Pakistan. Never one to steer clear of controversy, the 59-year-old might have taken it one step too far this time. 

Watch the full shocking video by clicking here.

The tension between India and Pakistan is palpable and instead of urging for caution, he has gone all out to provoke a reaction from India. 

On the cricket field, he has engaged in heated battles with India's Kiran More and perhaps, more famously, with Dennis Lillee of Australia, against whom he swung his bat violently at . 

Quotes from the video:
"We are ready for martyrdom. Our nation cannot be cowed down by hollow threats."
"They (Indians) are cowards. Action is the best reaction."

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Virat Kohli felicitates Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag


Indian skipper Virat Kohli presented a silver coin each to former India cricketers Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag. This incident took place after the end of the second Test between India and New Zealand at Eden Gardens when both Sehwag and Zaheer were undergoing their post-match programming.

Watch the video here

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Jason Roy set to get a new opening partner


Ahead of the series against Bangladesh, England opener Jason Roy is set to have a new opener after his regular opening partner Alex Hales pulled out of the tour over fears about security. The hugely impressive but uncapped Ben Duckett is the favourite to replace Hales, although England appear to be considering a return to the top of the order for Moeen Ali.

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New Zealand says business as usual despite tour cancellation report


New Zealand are preparing for the third test against India as scheduled despite a local media report that the remainder of the tour has been cancelled by the Indian cricket board due to financial problems.

For more on this, read here

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India-NZ series to be scrapped?

India's on-field success was met with off-field gloom for the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) today, with the Lodha Panel officially sealing their bank accounts for failing to meet the committee's recommendations. In an alleged knee-jerk reaction, Indian cricket's governing body is currently contemplating on scrapping the on-going New Zealand series, describing it as an 'insult to the sport in India'.

For more on this, read here