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SK News Point-Live Cricket News-6th October 2016

Updated: 06 October 2016 18:26 IST - Published: 06 October 2016 09:21 IST

Heath Streak favourite to be the next Zimbabwe head coach

Zimbabwe are without a head coach since the sacking of Dav Whatmore in June this year. The Zimbabwe cricket board has been busy off late in its pursuit for a new coach.

Heath Streak, Andy Blignaut, Peter Kirsten and Justin Summons were shortlisted for the vacant head coach position. The four candidates were interviewed on Wednesday by five Zimbabwe cricket board members. 

Heath Streak seems to be the front runner for the job while Justin Summons is considered as the dark horse.

Zimbabwe are scheduled to play Sri Lanka later this month and hence an appointment will be made before that. The Zimbabwe cricket board is likely to offer a two-year contract to the new coach along with the mandate to ensure Zimbabwe qualifies for the 2019 World Cup.


Younis Khan ruled out of first Test

Pakistan's ace middle-order batsman Younis Khan has been ruled out of the first Test against West Indies starting on the 13th of October at the Dubai International Stadium. The 38-year-old is yet to completely recover from a bout of dengue he contracted in September. Doctors have advised him to rest for a further 10 days to recover completely. Younis Khan last missed a Test match in May 2011 - against the same opposition. The Test match will be played with a pink ball under lights and will make for fantastic viewing. 


Gautam Gambhir bats in the nets ahead of Indore Test

Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir is sweating it out in the nets ahead of the third Test against New Zealand. Gautam was called into the squad as a replacement for KL Rahul before the second Test but didn't get a chance to feature in the playing XI. Injury to opener Shikhar Dhawan gave him a lifeline as he is in line to play the third test. 


Steve Waugh's son scores ton in U-17 final

Austin Waugh caught everyone's eyes by scoring a ton in the final of the national under-17 cricket championships leading Metro New South Wales to victory. 

The son of former Australian captain Steve Waugh scored 122 runs from 136 balls in the one-day final against Queensland. His knock included four fours and four sixes.

NSW scored 274 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs before restricting Queensland for 122 runs in 34.1 overs at Brisbane's Allan Border field.

He said his father had been a good influence on his cricket. 

"My dad has always been around for me, so it's good to talk to him - he knows a bit about the game," Waugh said. He went on to add, "I haven't really copied him, just tried to make my own technique and play the way I want to play."

Waugh has proved to be vital in his team's performance in the tournament scoring 372 runs at an average of 74.40.




Supreme Court raps BCCI

The Supreme Court today threatened to shunt out the BCCI following allegations of defiance and non-compliance of the number of sweeping reforms as suggested by the panel.

The Apex court told the Board of Control for Cricket in India that it should have ideally waited for the Lodha panel to form guidelines before they disburse Rs 400 crore to state associations at a meeting in September.

“I think we are forced to come to a situation where the BCCI is asking for their suspension by this court,” said Chief Justice of India TS Thakur.

One of the many guidelines issued by the Lodha committee states that the board can only clear past dues but cannot make any plans for the future. 

The board defended its decision by saying that the amount released was meant to clear the dues for the 2015-16 financial year and that no funds were allocated for the future. ,


New South Wales Breakers become the first fully professional women's team in Australia

In a major breakthrough, all the members of the New South Wales Breakers squad will be on a full time contract. The team has gone on to become the first fully professional female team in Australian domestic sport. 

Cricket NSW unveiled a two-season deal with the sponsor LendLease that will ensure all members of the Breakers squad earn at least a minimum wage of $35,000 a year. This may well be a step towards gender equality in Australian sports.

"This truly is a landmark moment," NSW chief executive Andrew Jones said. He went to add that, "Cricket NSW has always been a leader in women's sport and today we are proud to announce another first. Every member of the LendLease Breakers squad now has the opportunity to pursue a professional sporting career."


Azhar Ali believes Pakistan is ready for World Cup push

Pakistan's ODI skipper Azhar Ali insisted on Thursday that his fast developing team is well set to qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup.

Pakistan whitewashed the West Indies 3-0 with a convincing 136-run win in the third and final ODI in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The series saw Pakistan rising up one place to eighth in the current rankings and relegating the West Indies to ninth in the fight for a direct berth at the World Cup finals in three years' time.

"It was an important series and it's just the start of more challenges," said Azhar. He further went on to say that,"We have to keep this improvement with one year to go for the deadline to gain automatic berth at the 2019 World Cup in England."

Pakistan's next ODI series is in Australia early next year and Ali feels his team has the potential to do well against the Aussies.


Indian ODI squad for New Zealand series to be picked today

Having won the Test series against New Zealand, the Indian cricket team would love to wrap up the ODI series as well. The ODI squad will be picked today amidst a huge dilemma. The newly-formed selection committee led by MSK Prasad will be challenged to put up a team that can address the plague of injuries that the team is suffering from.

The committee's biggest problem will still be the opening combination. With Shikhar Dhawan certain to miss the series and Lokesh Rahul struggling to regain fitness, the selectors will have to find the perfect player to partner Rohit Sharma. On the bowling front, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's latest injury update will surely come as a blow.


Faf du Plessis ecstatic after winning the third ODI against Australia

Much has been written and spoken of Australia's underperformance in the tour against South Africa, which again failed to get past the finishing line on Wednesday.

The  Proteas once again proved to be the better side by chasing Australia's total of 371 for 6 in 49.2 overs for the loss of 6 wickets.

South African captain Faf du Plessis seemed to be over the moon after the victory as he said, "I am just out of words, I'm so happy at the moment because I never thought 3-0 would have been possible against this Australian side."

He further said, "To win a game like that when you're supposed to lose, when you're down and out then you have someone put their hand up and take you across the line, it's as good as it gets."

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