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Afghanistan, Ireland get Test status

Afghanistan and Ireland have been approved as Full Members by the ICC, meaning they have become cricket’s 11th and 12th Test-playing nations. This was signed off on by the ICC Board in London on Thursday, during the ICC’s AGM. Afghanistan and Ireland’s boards had applied to the ICC to have their status upgraded from Associates, and this was put to vote at the meeting on Thursday and unanimously supported. Ireland first gained ODI status in 2005 after finishing runners-up in the ICC Trophy tournament, which they hosted, to gain their…

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Meira Kumar, Opposition presidential nominee, a diplomat-turned-politician

A diplomat-turned-politician and Congress’ Dalit face, Opposition’s Presidential candidate Meira Kumar had a steady rise in echelons of power since she made her electoral debut in the mid-eighties. Daughter of former deputy prime minister late Jagjivan Ram, Kumar, 72, was also the first woman to occupy the high office of the Lok Sabha Speaker between 2009 and 2014 during the UPA-II rule. The career of Kumar, who is soft-spoken, in the rough and tumble of politics began when she quit her cushy Indian Foreign Service(IFS) job and decided to fight…

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Anil Kumble’s statement on Resignation as Indian Coach

Past few days were very much “happening” for Indian Cricket. They lost champions trophy to their arch rival and then Coach Kumble. The “Thank you” tweet from Kumble shake the nation and stopped all the rumors around Coach and captain dispute. Here is the complete text of kumble’s statement: I am honoured by the confidence reposed in my by the CAC, in asking me to continue as Head Coach. The credit for the achievements of the last one year goes to the captain, the entire team, coaching and support staff….

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India Thrash Pakistan 7-1 in Hockey World League Semi-final

A clinical India demolished a hapless Pakistan 7-1 to register their third consecutive victory and seal a place in the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League Semi-Final, here on Sunday. It was a complete performance by the Indians who dominated their arch-rivals throughout the match to post a facile win and zoom to the top of Pool B ahead of The¬†Netherlands. Drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh (13th minute, 33rd), Talwinder Singh (21st, 24th), Akashdeep Singh (47th, 59th) and Pradeep Mor (49th) scored for India at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre,…

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CT17 Final: Zaman, Amir and Pakistan raze India for title

Pakistan 338 for 4 (Zaman 114, Azhar 59, Hafeez 57*) beat India 158 (Pandya 76, Amir 3-16, Hasan 3-19) by 180 runs Scorecard and ball-by-ball details If the 2017 Champions Trophy were to have had another two games, Pakistan might be scoring 750 and bowling teams out for negative 12 by the end of it. Even for a side that is routinely unpredictable, even for a team with a long history of starting slowly then making a white-hot charge through a tournament, what Pakistan have pulled off at the 2017…

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Team India for WestIndies Tour has been announced

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav have been picked for India’s limited-overs tour of West Indies, which comprises five ODIs and a T20 international soon after the Champions Trophy ends in England. Opener Rohit Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah are the only members from the Champions Trophy squad who won’t be making the trip to the Caribbean. It is understood that Anil Kumble will remain India’s coach for the West Indies tour. Kumble’s one-year contract ends with the Champions Trophy but he has accepted the BCCI’s offer…

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CT17: Semifinal No 2: India sealed the berth for finals with a thumping victory over Bangladesh

India 265 for 1 (Rohit 123*, Kohli 96*) beat Bangladesh 264 for 7 (Tamim 70, Mushfiqur 61, Jadhav 2-22, Bumrah 2-40) by 9 wickets Scorecard and ball-by-ball details The best team at ICC events since 2010 marched into its fourth final in seven tournaments to set up a summit clash against Pakistan, pitting the tournament’s best bowling sides against each other. Like they did in the 2015 World Cup quarter-final, first-time semi-finalists Bangladesh went toe to toe with India for about 30 overs – even inched ahead perhaps – but…

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CT17: 1st Semifinal: Pakistan Thrashed England in some style to enter into the Finals

Pakistan 215 for 2 (Azhar 76, Fakhar 57) beat England 211 (Root 46, Bairstow 43, Hasan 3-35, Junaid 2-42) by eight wickets Scorecard and ball-by-ball details England’s quest to secure their first trophy in a 50-over global tournament came to grief in emphatic fashion in Cardiff as Pakistan surged into the final of the Champions Trophy with masterful unpredictability, completing a thumping win by eight wickets with nearly 13 overs to spare. Central to Pakistan’s victory was their commendable vigour and skill with the ball on a dry, abrasive surface…

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CT17: Sarfraz sees shaky Pakistan into semi-finals

Pakistan 237 for 7 (Sarfraz 61*, Zaman 50, Pradeep 3-60) beat Sri Lanka 236 (Dickwella 73, Junaid 3-40, Hasan 3-43, Amir 2-53) by three wickets Scorecard and ball-by-ball details The Champions Trophy might have been damp and lifeless on the English shores this year, but it was on a Welsh detour that it finally roared to life. In the game which had the most riding on it all tournament, Pakistan and Sri Lanka provided a spectacle befitting the magnitude of the occasion, and Pakistan sneaked across the line with a…

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Nadal – The unmatched hero of Rolland Garros

Spain’s Rafael Nadal defeated Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday to win the French Open for a record 10th time. Here are some of the key numbers from the Spaniard’s first Grand Slam title since winning at Roland Garros three years ago: 10 With the win, Nadal is now the first player ever to win the same Grand Slam 10 times, a feat that has been dubbed La Decima. The Spaniard has completed the Decima in two other tournaments, winning his 10th title in both Monte Carlo…

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