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MS Dhoni can play T20 World Cup even if it doesn’t happen: Keshav Banerjee

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MS Dhoni can play T20 World Cup even if it doesn't happen: Keshav Banerjee
MS Dhoni can play T20 World Cup even if it doesn’t happen: Keshav Banerjee

Keshav Banerjee, MS Dhoni’s childhood coach, has revealed that Dhoni is not such a personality who will call up people to tell about his retirement. He thinks that MS Dhoni knows better the time whenever to get retired.

MS Dhoni can play T20 World Cup even if it doesn’t happen: Keshav Banerjee

“Dhoni is not the kind of person who will call up people and tell them ‘I am retiring’. He knows how to do it. When he will feel it is time, he will inform BCCI and call a proper press conference and do all the things that need to be done. Like he did when he called time on his Test career,” Banerjee was quoted as saying on Latestly on Thursday, May 28.

Recently, a hashtag on twitter “#Dhoniretires” got viral. Consequently, Dhoni’s coach said that the public shall not keep an eye on everything social media is claiming. He maintained that Dhoni whenever will feel like retiring, will pass notice to BCCI and will retire with dignity.

“You don’t go by social media. There are many things that become ‘trends’ but end up as fake news. I don’t know why people are after Dhoni. I know him well and I can tell you, he will let all of us know when he thinks he has to retire,” he said.

The coach said that Dhoni is fit to an extent that even if the mega-event gets postponed this year, he can be eligible for next season as well.

“You will get to see in the IPL how fit Dhoni still is. He can play the T20 World Cup even if it is postponed. Even if it happens next year,” Banerjee added.

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PCB: Pakistan will never support IPL upon T20 World Cup

PCB: Pakistan will never support IPL upon T20 World Cup

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PCB: Pakistan will never support IPL upon T20 World Cup
PCB: Pakistan will never support IPL upon T20 World Cup

The T20 World Cup, until yet, was all set to be commenced by 18th October, but there are several improbabilities amidst the Coronavirus outbreak. However, the ICC is to hold a meeting on 28th May to decide the future of the World Cup. In case, if the mega-event gets canceled, the Indian authorities are likely to organize their cash-rich league.

IPL was all set to go ahead by 29th March but the inconveniences caused by the Coronavirus within the country and across the globe have delayed the league until further notice with an eye on October-November window.

BCCI: No risk over tax exemption for World Cup 2021

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BCCI: No risk over tax exemption for World Cup 2021
BCCI: No risk over tax exemption for World Cup 2021

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) have been exchanging heat with each other and showering fumes via email on the case of tax exemption.

The combat over tax exemption is going on since the ICC T20 world cup in India. Now, the two bodies have been involved in exchanging emails over the issue regarding World Cup 2021 and 2023 that is to be held in India.

Ben Stokes slammed India’s run-chase against England in World Cup 2019

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Ben Stokes slammed India's run-chase against England in World Cup 2019
Ben Stokes slammed India’s run-chase against England in World Cup 2019

Ben Stokes, England’s cricket player has defined some experiences he felt against India in the semifinals of ICC T20 World Cup back in 2019.

Ben Stokes slammed India’s run-chase against England in World Cup 2019

Ben Stokes has opened up on MS Dhoni’s no intention to win the game as when they needed 112 runs off 11 overs, instead of going for big hits, Dhoni focused on singles. Appreciating India’s strength, he said that they could have made it even with a dozen balls remaining.

Mushfiqur Rahim doesn’t regret upon never playing IPL, prefers to play for Bangladesh

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Mushfiqur Rahim doesn't regret upon never playing IPL, prefers to play for Bangladesh
Mushfiqur Rahim doesn’t regret upon never playing IPL, prefers to play for Bangladesh

The batsman from Bangladesh, Mushfiqur Rahim, says that he does not regret never playing the Indian Premier League and would like to play for his country instead.

He says that the cash-rich league has got its class but he does not have any regrets for never being selected or being a part of any IPL franchise.

Mushfiqur Rahim got selected in IPL auction more than once but no franchise picked him in playing XI or expected squad. The thing has not upset the players and he would love to play for Bangladesh, his loving home side instead.

Mushfiqur Rahim has no regrets for never being selected in IPL

“No, I don’t have any regrets. I don’t think that playing the IPL can be bigger than representing my country. I think IPL is definitely one of the biggest T20 leagues in the world and all the top-class players of the world play there. So I would’ve considered myself fortunate enough to play in such a tournament.

He maintained that it would be an honor to live with the legendary personalities and share the dressing room as IPL has got some big names soaked in cricket.

I could definitely take my game to a higher level, sharing the dressing room with legends. If I get an opportunity then, of course, I’ll play. And if I don’t get then honestly, I will never regret it,” he said.

On being asked for other regrets in life, he said that nothing would have been better if they would have managed to win the game against India in T20 World Cup back in 2016 along with an ODI against West Indies.

“The other disappointments have been the World T20 match against India and the second ODI against the West Indies. If we had won that ODI we would have won the series – although we won the next match if we could have won that it would have been a white-wash,” Rahim said.

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Shahid Afridi: I will remain thankful to Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh

Shahid Afridi: I will remain thankful to Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh

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Shahid Afridi: I will remain thankful to Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh
Shahid Afridi: I will remain thankful to Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh

Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistani all-rounder, in an interview with Pakistani news channel revealed that he will stay thankful towards Indian cricketers, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh.

Recently, on a humble appeal of Afridi, Indian cricketers donated for his foundation known as Shahid Afridi Foundation. A few days after, Afridi visited Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and said some words that Indians found disrespectful towards their country and prime minister. However, Afridi added a bitter truth when he mentioned Modi more dangerous than the Coronavirus after the brutal behavior of the Indian Army in Kashmir.

As a consequence, the Indian officials and cricket players slammed Afridi and advised him to stay beyond his limits and not to concern their country. Harbhajan Singh cut off all the relations with him whereas Yuvraj Singh said that he won’t be helping Afridi anymore after what he said about their Prime Minister, Modi.

“This is very upsetting what Shahid Afridi has come up with, talking ill about our country and our Prime Minister. This is just not acceptable,” Harbhajan told to Sports Tak

“Really disappointed by @SAfridiOfficial’s comments on our Hon’ble PM @narendramodi Ji. As a responsible Indian who has played for the country, I will never accept such words. I made an appeal on your behest for the sake of humanity. But never again,” Yuvraj said.

Afridi, later on, has gone for thanking the player’s services and said that they are helpless and speaking in favor of their country because they have to live there by obsession.

Shahid Afridi: I will remain thankful to Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh

“I’ll remain thankful towards Harbhajan & Yuvraj for supporting my foundation. The real problem is that this is their compulsion. They live in that country. ‘Wo majboor hain’ (They are helpless). They know that people are being oppressed in their country. I won’t say anything further,” Afridi was quoted as saying on Pakistan channel Hum News.

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Pat Cummins: IPL could have served as practicing platform for T20 World Cup

Pat Cummins: IPL could have served as practicing platform for T20 World Cup

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Pat Cummins: IPL could have served as practicing platform for T20 World Cup
Pat Cummins: IPL could have served as practicing platform for T20 World Cup

The Australian cricketer, Pat Cummins, thinks that the Indian Premier (IPL) could have served as a practicing platform for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.

Many Australian cricketers are the part of the cash-rich league. Almost half of the ratio of the players in IPL is of Australians. The players are equally disappointed as Indians as the league matters to alike.

There have been a lot of talks about kicking off IPL as cricket season is paused till yet amidst the Coronavirus outbreak. The globally deadly disease has deprived the players of cricket across the world, and cricket in India and Australia is equally affected. As the cash-rich league comprises of half of its ratio of Australian players, both the boards are waiting for the situation to get fine so they can continue playing IPL.

Brett Lee picks Steve Smith over Virat Kohli

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Brett Lee picks Steve Smith over Virat Kohli
Brett Lee picks Steve Smith over Virat Kohli

Brett Lee, the Australian pacer, has picked his team fellow, Steve Smith over India’s skipper, Virat Kohli.

Lee thinks that Virat Kohli has suffered a lot and is going through tough times for more than a year and hence, picked Smith considering both players consistency and potential. Also, he termed Kohli as a great leader for his team.

Mitchell Starc doesn’t mind if Australians play IPL 2020 despite seasonal cricket

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Mitchell Starc doesn't mind if Australians play IPL 2020 despite seasonal cricket
Mitchell Starc doesn’t mind if Australians play IPL 2020 despite seasonal cricket

Mitchell Starc, the left-arm Australia’s pacer, says that no problem seems to him if Australia’s cricket players will go for the Indian Premier League (IPL) instead of seasonal home cricket.

There have been a lot of talks about kicking off IPL as cricket season is paused till yet amidst the Coronavirus outbreak. The globally deadly disease has deprived the players of cricket across the world and cricket in India and Australia is equally affected. As the cash-rich league comprises of half of its ratio of Australian players, both the boards are waiting for the situation to get fine so they can continue playing IPL.

Initially, the league was all set to be commenced by 29th March, but the organisers rescheduled it thrice due to the changing and extending dates of the lockdown. Finally, the league has been postponed till further notice and it can be settle in a window of World Cup as the mega-event is most likely to be shifted to the next year.

Mitchell Starc finds himself as a fan of IPL and won’t mind if the players will choose to play the cash-rich league in place of seasonal cricket.

Mitchell Starc doesn’t mind if Australians play IPL 2020 despite seasonal cricket

“Do I have an issue with it? I don’t think so. They’re pre-existing contracts. There’s a lot of things that would have to go into that I assume. Cricket Australia would have to clear those guys so if they’re clear to go, I don’t see a problem with it,” cricket.com.au quoted Mitchell Starc as saying.

“They’re pre-existing contracts and they would have been playing anyway. There’s obviously a different hurdle of domestic cricket there. It’d be an interesting decision, not one I’d have to make, so I’ll let them make their decisions” he added.

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BCCI and ICC exchanging fumes over tax exemption

BCCI and ICC exchanging fumes over tax exemption

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BCCI and ICC exchanging heat over tax exemption
BCCI and ICC exchanging heat over tax exemption

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) have been exchanging heat with each other and showering fumes via email on the case of tax exemption.

The combat over tax exemption is going on since ICC T20 world cup in India. Now, the two bodies have been involved in exchanging emails over the issue regarding World Cup 2021 and 2023 that is to be held in India.

One of the officials from ICC asked Board of Control of Crickey in Inida to mention the efforts they are putting for World Cup’s tax exemption.

“The ICC and BCCI have been working in partnership to address the issue of tax exemptions for ICC events that is a requirement of the host agreement signed by all parties at the beginning of the cycle in 2015 and this work is ongoing,” an ICC spokesperson as quoted by Times Now.

“There are certain timelines within the agreements that we collectively work towards to ensure we can deliver successful world-class events and continue to invest in the sport of cricket. In addition to this, the ICC Board agreed on clear timelines for the resolution of the tax issues which we are guided by,” the spokesperson added.

The India’s cricket board did not like the tone in which ICC’s official sent them an email. However, the two boards are working to get their relation in a better flow. ICC revealed that it is India’s governing body that will decide the tax structure, not India’s cricket board.

BCCI and ICC exchanging heat over tax exemption

“The tax structure is not decided by the BCCI but by the Indian government. It is our government that decides whether the exemption will be possible or not. For the record, Formula One also wasn’t given tax exemption,” a senior official said.

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