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England vs West Indies 2020, 1st Test: New Rules Enforced Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

The much-awaited Test series between England and Australia will begin at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday(8th July). This will be the first bilateral series being played since the lockdown announcement in March which means after three months of halt the cricket is finally going to resume in England. The fans will be accepting to witness high-intense between the two sides during the three-match Test series. 

As the series is being played amid the coronavirus pandemic, the two teams are following safety precautions to curb the spread of the virus. West Indies team had arrived in England on June 9 to follow the 14 days quarantine period during which they were kept under a bio-secure environment. England followed the quarantine period at Ageas Bowl while the visitors isolated themselves at Old Trafford

Meanwhile, some new rules have been introduced ahead of the series for the smooth running of the game amid the pandemic.

Here, we have mentioned five rules that have been included in the Test series for England vs West Indies: 

COVID-19 Replacements:

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England cricket team (Image Credit: Google)

After England’s request, the International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced a COVID-19 replacement option. Like the concussion substitute, the replacement will be allowed to bat and bowl in place of the infected player. Normally, the substitute is not allowed to bowl or bat as they are just used as the fielder.

However, now the situation is different, so there will be like for like replacement in the Test series. For that, the two teams have named their reserved players. 

Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Cricketers Banned For Corruption
Shakib Al Hasan. Image Credits: Getty Image.

5 Cricketers Banned For Corruption

Cricket, which is called the gentleman’s game, has never been untouched with corruption news. Although International Cricket Council (ICC) and cricket boards have introduced strict laws against it, cricketers get involved in such controversies which eventually broke the trust of fans.

Subsequently, the players involved in this heinous act had to face severe punishments. They are either banned for life or for some period which surely affects their career and image. We’ve already seen how Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif had faced the heat following the spot-fixing saga back in 2010.

Here, we have mentioned five cricketers who have been banned for corruption:

Shanthakumaran Sreesanth:

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S Sreesanth. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The Kerela player Sreesanth cemented his place with early success after making a debut in 2005. He was the key member in India’s World Cup 2011 and T20 World Cup 2007 triumphs. But all his notable contribution got erased from everyone’s memory when his name was involved in the match-fixing in Indian Premier League in 2013.

The 37-year old cricketer was, initially, banned for life but then in August 2019, the ban was reduced to seven years. His ban would end in September this year but Sreesanth’s age might create hurdles for his comeback.


Shakib Al Hasan:

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Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Google)

The former captain Shakib Al Hasan was like a heroic figure for Bangladesh people so when his name got linked to such shameful crime, fans were in a state of shock. He was banned for two years, with one year suspended, for failing to report multiple approaches made to him by bookies. 

He admitted to all the charges under the ICC Provisions. He also accepted the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing. The no 1 all-rounder will be free to resume cricket from October 29, 2020.


Mohammad Amir:

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Mohammad Amir. Credits: ICC

In 2010, Pakistan’s cricketer Mohammad Amir was arrested for spot-fixing and was given a five-year ban for allegedly bowling two deliberate no-balls. He pleaded guilty on the verdict handed out by his prosecutor the ICC and publicly asked for forgiveness.

In November 2011, Amir was convicted, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, of conspiracy charges relating to spot-fixing. However, his ban was reduced and he made the comeback in the international cricket in 2015.

The pacer went on to play a crucial role in Pakistan’s victory in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 where he picked three crucial wickets in the grand-finale against India. Currently, he features in white-ball cricket while he has announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2019. 


Danish Kaneria:

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Danish Kaneria, who was recently involved in controversy over discrimination in the Pakistan team, was banned by England and Wales Cricket Board(ECB) after he encouraged former Essex team-mate, Mervyn Westfield, for spot-fixing in 2009. The ECB found the charges proved and imposed a lifetime ban on him in 2012 while Westfield was given a five-year ban from professional cricket. 

Kaneria appealed against ECB’s decision in High Court but it was dismissed. The ban affected his career and he last played for Pakistan in 2010. He took 261 Test wickets between 2000 and 2010 to become the most successful Pakistan spinner in history.

After six years of his denial, he admitted his involvement in corrupt practice in 2019, citing the reason that he was under financial crises because his father was ill around the spot-fixing episode.


Umar Akmal:

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Umar Akmal. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Pakistan’s batsman Umar Akmal is recent on to join the list. He has been handed three-year ban, which will run concurrently because he failed to report a corrupt approach by bookies ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) disciplinary panel had observed in their report that Umar was not guilty of his crime and didn’t seek an apology.

Akmal was found guilty of two charges under the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, rendering him ineligible for cricket activities till February 19, 2023. As of now, he has appealed against PCB’s decision. 


Seven Bowlers Who Never Bowled A No-Ball In Their Career

A no-ball is not a legitimate delivery. The bowler and the fielding team can have to face heavy consequences of it. For instance, everyone would remember the T20 World Cup 2016 semi-final between India and West Indies where Hardik Pandya and Ravichandran Ashwin’s no ball delivery costed defeat to India.

Do you know the highest number of no-ball bowled in a Test match? It’s 103. During the match between West Indies and Pakistan in 1977, 103 no balls were registered and it’s a world record. But here, we have named the seven rarest bowlers who have never bowled a no-ball in their career.

Seven Bowlers Who Never Bowled A No-Ball In Their Career

Ian Botham:

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Sir Ian Botham. Image Credit: Twitter.

Former England cricketer Ian Both is one of the greatest allrounders of cricket history. He was an aggressive right-handed batsman and, as a right-arm fast-medium bowler, was noted for his swing bowling.

In his affluent career, he played 102 Tests and 116 ODIs and picked 383 and 145 wickets respectively. Notably, he recorded the rarest record of never bowling no-ball in his career.

The former England captain led his team to several astonishing victories, including Ashes Test series win. Sometimes he single-handedly took off the pressure from the team with his dominating batting and bowling. Ian retired from the game in the summer of 1992.

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Ravindra Jadeja of India celebrates taking the wicket of Ravi Rampaul of West Indies and his fifth wicket of the innings during the ICC Champions Trophy Group B match between India and West Indies at The Oval on June 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Top Five Best Bowling Figures Registered In ICC Champions Trophy 2013

Under the captaincy of former Indian captain MS Dhoni, India got their hands on the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. They attained victory after defeating the host England in the thrilling grand-finale by five runs.

India had earlier won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. They were declared as the joint winners with Sri Lanka as the final of the match was interrupted by rain.

Here, we have discussed the bowlers who picked the most number of wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

1. Ravindra Jadeja: 

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The bowling allrounder Ravindra Jadeja shined in the international cricket after his terrific performance in the Champions Trophy 2013. He announced his arrival through his performance in the tournament and never looked back after that. He is now the pivotal player for India across all the formats.

In India’s winning campaign in Champions Trophy 2013, he was the highest wicket-taker, picking 12 wickets in five matches at a startling economy rate of 3.37 and an average of 12.83. He registered his best bowling figures against West Indies at The Oval. He dismissed five batsmen at the economy rate of 3.60. He even bowled two maiden overs in his ten over quota

Since his record-breaking performance, Jadeja is a regular member of Team India in all the formats. He has so far played 49 Tests, 165 ODIs and 49 T20Is.

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On This Day In 1983: Team India Lifted Its First-Ever World Cup Trophy

There have been quite a few historic pictures in the Indian cricket fraternity that narrate the story of India’s uprise in world cricket. The first of which will always be Kapil Dev lifting the world cup trophy at the Lord’s Cricket Ground and the pillars of Indian cricket cherishing team India’s arrival in the cricketing circuit as the world watched in amazement.

It was in 1983  that the Indian team announced that they will be the future of world cricket in the years to follow. Going into the tournament, nobody expected the Men in Blue to lift the trophy on the final day. West Indies were a force to reckon with as they were the favourites when the tournament began and also throughout its course.

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Indian Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

Interestingly, the underdogs and the favourites collided in the final and when the teams headed into the dressing room at half-time, the West Indian giants still looked the favourites to clear the finishing line. But what unfolded in the second half was nothing short of a miracle from team India.

Indian Batsmen Could Not Face The Heat Of The West Indian Bowlers

To the dismay of the Men in Blue, West Indies won the toss in the final. They elected to field first and back then it was a 60-over game. Windies knew that their strength lay in their fast bowling attack and their tall and robust pacers could easily dominate the comparatively short and frightened Indian batsmen.

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Cricket World Cup 1983 Final at Lord’s Mohinder Amarnath. Photograph by Patrick Eagar.

What actually took place was what the Indian team feared the most. Their experienced opener, Sunil Gavaskar, departed only when the team’s score was 2 runs. The other incoming batsmen followed Gavaskar’s path as wickets kept on falling at regular intervals for the Indian team and they were bowled out only for 183 runs in the first innings.

Sir Andy Roberts was the pick of the bowlers for West Indies as he scalped 3 crucial wickets in the final. For the Men in Blue, Kris Srikkanth was the lone wolf as he scored 38 runs with the bat and saw the team struggle in front of the West Indians. All hopes seemed to fade away for the Indian players and fans due to dismal batting performance.

The West Indies Strength Surrendered In Front Of The Indian Spirit

Heading out for the second innings, the underdogs looked determined to take it to wire and leave no room for error as they faced the mighty Windies. They were first elated when the West Indies lost a couple of wickets in the first 50 runs and the Indian team could visualize a ray of hope when Desmond Heynes returned to the pavilion and West Indies were 50-2.

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The Indian Team. Image Credits: Twitter

However, the biggest threat for the Men in Blue was Sir Vivian Richards, the greatest batsman of his generation and one of the greatest-ever to grace the field of cricket. He was flamboyant in his approach ever since West Indies resumed action in the second half and had smashed 33 runs off 28 balls. The underdogs knew that it will take a special effort for them to get rid of Sir Viv Richards.

Then stepped up the skipper, Kapil Dev, and portrayed what leading from the front actually means. Sir Viv Richards pulled a ball over to the deep mid-wicket off Madan Lal and Kapil Dev saw it as an opportunity to catch not only the ball but the trophy as well. Running backwards, Kapil Dev pulled off a blinder as the Men in Blue sprung to rejoice and could see them winning their first-ever world cup title. The Windies batsmen succumbed to the pressure and were eventually bowled out for 140 runs.

The miracle had happened. The underdogs had become champions. The world was witnessing something that they never imagined would happen in a lifetime.

The Men in Blue had won the world cup and Mohinder Amarnath was awarded as the Man of the Match for his all-round contribution. Then came the iconic picture of Kapil Dev lifting the World Cup trophy at Lord’s and telling the world that a new team is coming to dominate world cricket in the years to follow. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Playing XI Of Batsmen Who Got Run Out For Most Times In International Cricket

There are over ten ways a player can get out. You might not have seen all the ways, but some are very common like caught, bowled, given leg before wicket (lbw), run out or stumped. A batsman can be run-out because of his own mistake, or it can be said sometimes because of its laziness.

When the player has a slow running between the wicket, he can easily get run-out. But sometimes the batsman can be run-out because of his partner’s mistake. Here, in this article, we have built a team with the players who have most time run out in their careers.

Sanath Jayasuriya:

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The former Sri Lankan captain and opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya was one of the greatest batsmen of his era. He is credited to bring revolution in white-ball format with his explosive batting. The allrounder has over 20,000 runs and scalped over 400 wickets in international cricket. He also holds the record of getting 32 times run out.

Marvan Atapattu:

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Marvan Atapattu. Image Source: Twitter

Marvan Atapattu is the former opening batsman of Sri Lanka. He is the most stylish opener, having six double centuries in Test format. He was the leading scorer for Islanders during his illustrious career. Having represented Sri Lanka for over 17 years, he has scored over 14,000 runs in international cricket. However, he has gained fame because of his batting, but he was also famous for the wrong thing, getting run out. Atapattu has been run out for 48 times.

Rahul Dravid:

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Rahul Dravid. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Cricket Pundits said that if a bowler could not pick the wicket of Rahul Dravid in the first hour, it becomes hard to get his wicket. Therefore, he is famously called as ‘The Wall’, playing with complete dedication for the team cause. However, his career is regarded to be shadowed because of Sachin Tendulkar’s popularity. In his meritorious career, he has scored over 25,000 runs across all the formats. He was run out a total of 53 times in his career.

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Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist

Five Bowlers Who Took Wickets On The Last Ball Of Their Careers

In any form of cricket matches, bowlers’ main duty is taking the wicket of the batsman. In the cricket career, most of the bowlers claim some special wickets which they can’t forget in their lifetime.

While one of their unforgettable wickets is their first wickets, similarly their last wickets are also special, especially when it comes on their last ball of the career. Let’s take a look at the Five Bowlers Who Took Wickets On The Last Ball Of Their Careers.

Here we are talking about the top five bowlers who took a wicket on their last ball in one format.

Sir Richard Hadlee

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Legendary New Zealand all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee was one of the greatest fast bowlers at his time. Batsmen always struggled to handle his impressive swing bowling.

While he was the first bowler to claim 400 Test wickets, he finished his career as the most Test wicket-taker after finishing with 431 Test wickets. Hadlee was also the first all-rounder to score 1,000 runs as well as to take 100 wickets in ODI career.

He played his final international match in July 1990 during the Birmingham Test against the hosts England where Hadlee finished England’s second innings after dismissing Devon Malcolm (0) through the lbw. It was his last delivery in the international career.


Five Unsold Players Who Can Still Play In The IPL 2020

Every year the IPL auctions arrive with many surprises and create a hype which isn’t short of any excitement. The latest IPL auctions too generated a lot of excitement and drama, but it threw a lot more surprises in terms of players who were sold and who went unsold.

The latest auction reflected the changing scenario of T20 cricket where a player’s current form is also analysed very closely and the kind of impact he can have on the team. Franchisees and the team management also assess the team combinations they need and the kind of bench strength they need to have in order to be on par with the other teams.

There were a few surprises when it comes to the players who were in the limelight but couldn’t make the cut by any Franchisees. In the 2019 auction, there were some well-established player’s who might consider themselves unlucky but still, they can hope to impress the franchisees and the team management.

In this article, we have picked up a list of 5 players who might still feature in the event or it could be said that they might be considered as a backup for the tournament.

# 1 Carlos Braithwaite

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The burly West Indian, Carlos Brathwaite caught everyone’s eye when he smoked Ben Stokes for four sixes in the final over of the final of the World T20 in Kolkata in 2016. The 31-year-old can hit the ball a long way with his power and timing. Braithwaite can change the outcome of a game with his destructive batting. The Barbados player is known for his unpredictability and can dominate any bowling attack if he gets going.

The all-rounder has got the skills to pick wickets during crunch situations with his medium pace. Braithwaite can restrict the batsmen with his ability to bowl in the right areas. Braithwaite can outsmart the batsmen with his clever variations.

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Pakistan and Indian fans cheering for their team. Image credits: Twitter

10 Cricketers Who Have Fans in Their Rival Nations

10 Cricketers Who Have Their Fans in the Rival Nation

Evidently, sport in itself has been a powerful narrative. It has the power to bring distinct countries together. Considerably, sports had in itself played a quintessential role to put lesser-known countries at the top. Without concerning to which country a player belongs to, the fans constantly shower love to make this bound stronger than before. The unconditional support from fans had also motivated the players to touch greater heights in their respective domain.

In the game of cricket, the players enjoy massive fan-base outside their country. Particularly, the avid fans keenly follow the game of cricket across the globe.

Here are the players who have the fans in their rival nations.

MS Dhoni:

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Every cricket lover has praised the game of former Indian captain – MS Dhoni. Not only in India, but he is also followed worldwide. Notably, he has more fans in the rival nation, Pakistan.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has been one of the successful captains for Team India. Shoaib Malik once said that his ‘countrymen want captain like MS Dhoni’. And, this statement is enough on how Dhoni has dominated the cricketing landscape.

The Karachi-born Mohammad Bashir aka ‘Chacha Chicago’ is the superfan of Dhoni. So much so, Dhoni arranges the tickets of his Pakistani fan whenever there is a match between the two arch-rivals.

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T20 World Cup 2020: 5 All-Rounders Who Are Prime Contenders for Team India

Predominantly, India’s Playing XI selection by Virat Kohli reflects that he wants a deep batting line-up in the Twenty20s. The charismatic leader wants a player who can take the game forward when the top order fails to deliver. Well, keeping the T20 World Cup 2020 trophy in mind, the team is finding the right combinations which can subsequently succeed in Australia.

The Team India management and selectors are more focusing on the players who can contribute with the bat as well as the ball. Some players are eagerly waiting which we eventually think will suit the requirement of skipper in itself.

Thus, here we are talking about the five all-rounders who could get the place in the T20 World Cup 2020 squad.

Harshal Patel:

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Harshal Patel plays for Delhi Capitals in IPL(Image Credit: Google)

Harshal Patel is a 29-year old right-arm pacer who plays for Haryana. Unfortunately, he couldn’t earn a place for his state-side Gujarat. Currently, he is leading Haryana team in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2019-20.

The exciting prospect is famously known for bowling outswingers. Besides, Patel is also a trusted batsman who can score runs for his team. In the wider spectrum, he has been effective in the shorter formats. In 91 T20s, Patel has picked 95 wickets and scored 766 runs respectively.

Patel is yet to earn the call-up in the senior team. He might be lucky to get the chance in the T20 World Cup squad for India.

Axar Patel:

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Axar Patel plays as an all-rounder for the Gujarat cricket team. He is a left-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler.

In 2014, he came to limelight after an impressive performance in the IPL. He was labelled as the Emerging Player of the Year in that particular season.

Moreover, Patel was also the part of the 2015 World Cup squad, and also a stand-by player for India’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

In 11 T20 international matches, he has scored 68 runs and picked nine wickets. He has also appeared in 131 T20 where he has scored 1511 runs and picked 114 wickets.

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