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SK News point- Live News-27th September 2016

Updated: 27 September 2016 20:25 IST - Published: 27 September 2016 09:32 IST
Ish Sodhi has more to look forward to than just playing a cricket match during the Mohali ODI.

Ish Sodhi has more to look forward to than just playing a cricket match during the Mohali ODI.


Ish Sodhi's 80-year old grandmother is eagerly waiting to meet her grandson in Mohali

Come October 23, the city of Mohali will witness more than just a ODI match between India and New Zealand. It will also see an eighty-year-old grandmother meet her grandson, Ish Sodhi, after a year. Gurdeep Kaur, the grandmother of Ish Sodhi, who hails from the city of Khanna is excited about Ish coming to her state, Punjab.

Kaur told TOI, "It is great that Ishu is part of the New Zealand team. He called me up on September 14 after landing in India and asked me to pray for him. For the past four days I have been glued to the television and so are other members of our family. I start my day at 6am and watch 'katha' on television after which I pray for him. I have also been holding special prayers for his performance," said the octogenarian, who is a retired teacher.

Ish's parents migrated to New Zealand along with their son and daughter about 19 years ago, but their relatives say that they have maintained close ties with their roots.

No pink ball Tests at home this summer, says Anurag Thakur

No pink ball Tests at home this summer, says Anurag Thakur


No home pink balls Tests this season, says Anurag Thakur

The incumbent BCCI president, Anurag Thakur, has put an end to speculations regarding the pink ball Test at home in the 2016-2017 season. Thakur has said that the board is still assessing the viability of hosting a Test match under lights. 

"It is too early to say anything. As far as trying it in Duleep Trophy under lights is concerned, it was a big success. But you need to look at overall picture before you take the final call," Thakur told PTI.


Viv Richards bats for expansion of cricket to 'non-traditional' markets

West Indies legend Viv Richards has shown his support for the expansion of game of cricket to traditionally non-cricketing nations. The 64-year old feels that given a huge number of Asians and West Indians reside in countries like the United States, the game of cricket game be pushed into such markets.

β€œThe influence of Asians like Indians and Pakistanis is huge in cricket. Despite leaving their country, they want to be part of cricket,” said Richards. β€œSo folks from these countries who live in this part of the world have brought cricket culture here and in the process cricket has spread its wings.”

He added: β€œIf it can be brought to America in a big way, there is going to be a wide clientele especially as far as Twenty20 is concerned.”


Tidy Beams leads Southern Stars to emphatic win

Australia's women's cricket team rode on a tidy bowling spell by Kristen Beams to register a resounding 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka women in a one-off T20 played at Colombo (SSC) on Tuesday.

The Australia women restricted the home side at 59 for 8, after putting up some fine display of bowling and fielding. Southern Stars chased the targeting in 8.1 overs without losing a single wicket.


Winning the last T20 will boost our morale, says Brathwaite

After losing the T20 series to Pakistan, West Indies T20 skipper believes that a win in the last T20 will boost the moral of his side. The incumbent skipper for the shortest format, Brathwaite said he hasn't lost trust in anyone in the side, and is confident of his side winning the final T20 against Pakistan.

He told to Gulf News,"I haven't lost confidence in anyone as a team. We haven't been as good as we wanted to be and as players. We have to go about and find ways to correct the mistakes."

The skipper has pinned hopes on his batsmen to come good in the final T20, since it's been an Achilles Heel for their side. "One glaring problem was our top order batting. We have not been making most of the first six overs and then it became harder and harder. In the very first game, we were five wickets down for 22 runs. 

Then in the second, chasing 160 runs, we could score only 20-odd runs after the first six overs which became lot more difficult, especially with such huge boundaries. So, our batting and the misuse of the first six overs were our downfall in the first two games," said Brathwaite.


Javed Miandad hits back at Anurag Thakur's statement

After BCCI's Anurag Thakur had crossed out all possibilities of playing with Pakistan owing to the current threat of political conflict, former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad has hit back at him.

Miandad pointed to how the Pakistan team had sportingly travelled to India during the recent World T20 despite persistent threats hanging around their security.

He said, "The BCCI is full of such type of people, who for their own benefit can get down to your feet but when their interests are fulfilled they pretend like they don't know you."


Sanath Jayasuriya returns to school

It is a modern trend in many schools to have their past pupils dress up in school uniforms for a day ceremonially called 'Back to School' Day. Cricket great Sanath Jayasuriya, an alumni of St. Servatius College, followed this tradition recently, in what was a heartwarming occasion.

The destructive opening batsman was seen wearing a school bag and a school uniform and entering the school. He is seen sitting among other past pupils in a classroom, and interacting with past teachers. He is also seen taking a walk around the basketball court.


Vital fitness test for AB de Villiers to determine if he will tour Australia

An aching left elbow is seeing South Africa losing sleep over talisman AB de Villiers' availability for the upcoming series Down Under. He will undergo a fitness test on Tuesday evening, in what will be crucial to his participation.

South Africa team manager Mohammad Moosajee said: "AB has an impingement syndrome, so when he plays certain cricket shots, he gets excruciating pain in the left elbow. Sometimes, it does settle with a conservative approach but, unfortunately, in AB's case it hasn't been so.

India great Sachin Tendulkar had required 5 months to recover from surgery on his elbow. ABD has been on the sidelines for 2 months now, and faces an even lengthier lay-off if surgery is found to be required.


Controversial cricketer Rameez Khan named in MP squad

Rameez Khan, who had been dropped from the Madhya Pradesh Ranji side last season, after it had emerged that he had killed a black buck, has been named in the squad this season as well. Having been jailed last year for killing the endangered species, Rameez was later released on bail.

Rameez has so far played 26 first class matches for MP, scoring 1,169 runs and taking eight wickets. He has been named in the 16-man squad named for the Ranji Trophy this year.

"The court has not yet convicted Rameez. He was selected in the team on the basis of his competence and performance," Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association CEO Rohit Pandit said. 


Gautam Gambhir likely to be called up as KL Rahul's replacement

Indian batsman K.L. Rahul may miss out the second Test scheduled to begin on September 30 in Kolkata, and veteran Gautam Gambhir is the probable replacement for the right-hander. Gambhir last played a Test in 2014 but has been in great form recently, as seen in the Duleep Trophy.

It is expected that the Delhi-based player will undergo a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru today.

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Patel's callup unexpected: Williamson

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has said that the recall of Jeetan Patel, to the Kiwis squad was a bit unexpected, but added that now that he has been chosen, the others in the squad were excited to see him in the team.

"It was perhaps unexpected. He has played a lot in England lately and almost considers himself a local in that part of the world but we know he's not and we are looking forward to having him back."

"For Jeetan to come into the squad after a period of time away from the team is a great opportunity for him, and one the guys are all looking forward to having him and his experience in this side," Williamson said.

"He's been a quality performer for a long period of time and it is that like-for-like swap [with Craig] as well."


Smriti Mandhana to play in the Women's Big Bash League.

Smriti Mandhana has become the second Indian Women's cricketer to play in the 2016 WBBL after being picked by the Brisbane Heat on Tuesday.

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Bowling with old ball from younger days key to Mohammad Shami's reverse swing mastery

Mohammed Shami's childhood coach Barauddin has revealed that his exceptional control over reverse swing was a result of him bowling with the old ball right from hi younger days.

β€œHe (Shami) used to bowl with the old ball in tournaments and even after a match used to rub it for further practice against young kids. He always wanted to be called a fast bowler. That’s why he used to get the old ball. It was disappointing initially, but he made the most of it.

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BCCI to appoint 17 new curators

In order to ensure that the experiment of playing Ranji Trophy matches at neutral venues proves to be a success, the BCCI have decided to strengthen their number of pitch curators by a whopping 17.

Currently, 10 curators are part of the roster and it will be expanded to 27 in due course.

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