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India can manage in the World Cup 2021 without MS Dhoni: Aakash Chopra

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India can manage in the World Cup without MS Dhoni: Aakash Chopra
India can manage in the World Cup without MS Dhoni: Aakash Chopra

The former Indian cricketer, Aakash Chopra, believes, MS Dhoni is not the necessary element for India in the World Cup 2021.

It has been a long ago since Dhoni featured in international cricket. He was last seeing play in the semifinals of the World Cup 2019. He took a year gap from the game and wanted to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) that got postponed; is set to initiate by 19th September. He, who leads Chennai Super Kings (CSK), is involved in net and training sessions to feature in IPL and plans to make a comeback on the international level.

New Zealand’s Ross Taylor not sure of being a participant in the World Cup 2021

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New Zealand's Ross Taylor not sure of being a participant in the World Cup 2021
New Zealand’s Ross Taylor not sure of being a participant in the World Cup 2021

New Zealand’s batsman, Ross Taylor, is not sure whether he will be taking part in the World Cup 2021 in India.

He says, as one gets old, things get to slow down with the rising figure of age and health of the mind, along with experience become important.

It has been a long ago since Taylor featured in any match. He says it has been long since I played a match. Also, isolation amidst the Coronavirus interrupted the schedules.

ICC announces back up venues for World Cup 2021

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ICC announces back up venues for World Cup 2021
ICC announces back up venues for World Cup 2021

The International Cricket Council (ICC) have revealed the backup venues for World Cup 2021. UAE and Sri Lanka will be considered for hosting the World Cup 2021 as India, being the real hosts, are still suffering from the COVID-19 cases.

As per the last announcement, it had been decided that the T20 World Cup 2020 that has been shifted to 2022, will be hosted by Australia. Cricket Australia does not want to host it but now would have to do as the global cricket council has considered it as their utmost duty. However, the T20 World Cup 2021 was finalized to get hosted by India as there was a debate over the hosting rights.

It is to be noted that India also have the right to host the ICC World Cup 2023 that is to be played between October and November.

All five franchises of Lanka Premier League got their inspiration from IPL for their names

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All five franchises of Lanka Premier League got their inspiration from IPL for their names
All five franchises of Lanka Premier League got their inspiration from IPL for their names

Sri Lanka (SLC) is to kick off its very own T20 league, Lanka Premier League (LPL) to be initiated by August 20th. The league is all set to open its wings representing five different cities of the Island countries. It seems like the franchises have got their inspiration for naming from the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Colombo Super Kings, Jaffna Sunrisers, Galle Lions, Kandy Royals, and Dambulla Capitals have got the ideas from Chennai Super Kings, Sun Risers Hyderabad, Gujrat Lions, Rajhastan Royals, and Delhi Capitals respectively.

RCB should take the pressure of Virat Kholi:

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RCB should take the pressure of Virat Kholi: Brett Lee
RCB should take the pressure of Virat Kholi: Brett Lee

RCB, despite reaching the final stages several times, has failed miserably as the last stages and never has grabbed a single winning trophy. Virat Kholi’s aggression is notable on the field when he captains Men in Blue, however, India is struggling under his captaincy as being best throughout a tournament, the team fails at the last stages, e.g, Champions Trophy 2017 and the World Cup 2019.

Brett Lee, the former Australian cricketer, believes Virat takes all pressure on himself and his buddies from RCB shall share to ease their skipper.

He says if he was in their place, he would have loved to enjoy watch and taking Kholi’s burden on his shoulders.

BCCI likely to call off IPL 2021 auction

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BCCI likely to call off IPL 2021 auction
BCCI likely to call off IPL 2021 auction

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is ready to open its wings by 19th September and will last till November 8th.

Earlier, the league was all set to be kicked off by 29th March but the several delays amidst the Coronavirus delayed the league shortly. BCCI was looking for every possible window to organize the cash-rich T20 league. After the ACC and the ICC have canceled the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup, BCCI has got a vacant window of September-November to hold it and have decided 19th September as the initiative date.

BCCI ready to host Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Ranji Trophy straight after IPL 2020

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BCCI ready to host Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Ranji Trophy straight after IPL 2020. Image courtesy: Scroll.in
BCCI ready to host Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Ranji Trophy straight after IPL 2020. Image courtesy: Scroll.in

As the Board of Control Of Cricket in India (BCCI) are almost on their way to initiate the cricketing season dragging the Indian Premier League (IPL) out of the country (UAE), they are planning at the time to initiate the domestic cricket at the country as well.

However, there are barely any signs of international cricket initiations as in recent times, England tour to India for limited over cricket has been postponed.

The BCCI are looking forward to organizing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Ranji trophy at their own national venues straight after the IPL 2020. The planned scenario would be able to implement once the COVID-19 cases will start decreasing in the country.

BCCI ready to host Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Ranji Trophy straight after IPL 2020

“According to a tentative plan made by Rahul Dravid and Hemang Amin, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will be played from November 19 to December 7 and the Ranji Trophy will start from December 13.” Source: CricTracker.

Notably, Ranji Trophy is to go through with the two massive changes this year as the matches of every group will be played in two different cities and two different grounds.

The teams have been divided into five groups; A, B, C, D, and E. The groups, A, B, and C will have eight teams whereas, group D will either have six, seven, or eight teams.

Rules:

The professional rules have also changed as now in a new rule, the board has introduced a new round. The winner of Group D will face the first-placed team of Group E for a pre-quarterfinal, the winner of which will move into the quarterfinals.

The bottom-placed teams of groups A, B, and C get relegated to Group D, while the top three teams from Group D get promoted to groups A, B and C. The bottom-placed team in Group D will be demoted to Group E, while the top-placed team from Group E will be promoted to Group D. (Source: CricTracker)

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Babar Azam and Virat Kholi remind me of Sachin Tendulkar: says Ian Bishop

Babar Azam and Virat Kholi remind me of Sachin Tendulkar: says Ian Bishop

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Babar Azam and Virat Kholi remind me of Sachin Tendulkar: Ian Bishop
Babar Azam and Virat Kholi remind me of Sachin Tendulkar: Ian Bishop

The well-known commentator, Ian Bishop believes the currently most discussed batsmen of the cricketing era, Virat Kholi, and Babar Azam reminds him of the great Sachin Tendulkar.

Praising straight lines hit of the three batsmen, Bishop says he used to bowl against Tendulkar and watch Babar and Kholi batting in a similar way reminds him of retired Indian cricketer.

When it comes to cricket, no one can forget the services of Tendulkar as indeed, he was the perfect all-rounder to his country. The legendary batsman surpassed 15921, 18426, and 10 runs respectively in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is. Mostly known as the greatest batsman, the occasional bowler has grabbed 154, 46, and 1 ODIs, Tests, and T20Is wickets respectively.

Brett Lee names CSK as favorites for IPL 2020

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Brett Lee names CSK as favorites for IPL 2020
Brett Lee names CSK as favorites for IPL 2020

Brett Lee, the well-known formal Australian bowler, sees some potential in Dhoni’s leading side, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as he says the side is among favorites to lift the IPL 2020 trophy.

CSK is counted amongst the side with most mature players having experience in all three departments. He believes the wicket conditions in UAE will suit the side’s spinners and reckons they can equal the number of winning titles to that of Mumbai Indians (4 titles).

MS Dhoni gears up for IPL 2020

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MS Dhoni gears up for IPL 2020
MS Dhoni gears up for IPL 2020

MS Dhoni is all set to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he has been spotted practicing eagerly to take part in the cash-rich league.

The player’s desires are to mark a comeback in international cricket after giving an excellent performance as a captain, wicket-keeper, and a player for his franchise, Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

The official of the Indian cricket team has praised his abilities and revealed the veteran has been spotted playing that shows his craze to participate in cricket.

MS Dhoni gears up for IPL 2020

 “He visited the JSCA International Stadium Complex last week. He practiced at the indoor facility using bowling machine,” the official told.

“He did batting practice for two days over the weekend but has not returned since. I honestly don’t know what are his plans or whether he will come back for training. We only know he has visited the facility for practice,” the official added.

The IPL is ready to open its wings by 19th September and will last till November 8th.

According to the chairman of IPL, Birjesh Patel, the dates are now confirmed by the council after the government’s approval and the revealed dates are formal.

The rest of the details will be discussed in the meeting scheduled for next week.

The league will go ahead in full fledge. The broadcasters’ contracts were to cost the board and IPL negatively hence, they looked forward to the financial blows that could scare them and decided to hold IPL. if the IPL would have canceled, BCCI could have suffered a mega-loss of INR 4000 crore.

Dhoni’s leading side (CSK) has won three titles since 2008 and ranks second after Mumbai Indians. The side seems super-excited as they earlier started practicing sessions in March. Unfortunately, the practicing was stopped in the midst of the wake of globally spreading Coronavirus.

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