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BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
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BCCI Writes To ICC Urging It Not To Recognize KPL

BCCI has written to the ICC urging it to not recognize the Kashmir Premier League (KPL), the Pakistan domestic T20 tournament which is due to begin on August 6.
The PCB expressed its unhappiness over what it considered the BCCI’s attempts to interfere in the PCB’s internal affairs. That was based on reports that the BCCI had been in touch with a number of other Full Members to try and prevent players from those countries from appearing in the league.
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BCCI, ICC, PCB

BCCI Writes To The ICC Urging Not To Recognize The Kashmir Premier League

Herschelle Gibbs, the former South Africa opener, who is expected to play in the league, said on Twitter that he had been threatened that he wouldn’t be allowed entry “into India for any cricket-related work. Ludicrous.”
But it has emerged now that the BCCI had also reached out to the ICC. The basis of the BCCI’s complaint seems to center around the status of Kashmir as a disputed territory – and whether matches can be played in such territories – and its central place in the long-running dispute between the two countries.
The status of Kashmir has been the cause of several wars between India and Pakistan from the moment India gained independence and Pakistan was created in 1947. Both countries control parts of the region but govern it separately. Political and diplomatic ties between the two countries have fluctuated over the years, and are currently going through a prolonged low.
Former South Africa opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs. (Getty Images)
Former South Africa opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs. (Getty Images)
Relations between the two boards generally follow on from the political atmosphere of the day, and this latest spat will merely exacerbate an already strained relationship. But there would appear to be little the ICC can do about this. Approval for such domestic leagues is given by the Full Member country in which the tournament is being played, and not the ICC, and the KPL has the PCB’s approval. There is also nothing in any ICC regulations about matches in disputed territories.
The KPL is a six-team franchise-model league, PCB-approved, and to be played at the Muzaffarabad cricket stadium in Pakistan-administered Kashmir from August 6. Squads were selected in a draft last month and, according to the organizers, would be captained by Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, and Shadab Khan.
The BCCI’s concern centers, however, on the foreign players signed up with the league, on the basis that international players turn the tournament into something more than just a domestic event and give it international legitimacy of sorts.

Monty Panesar Pulls Out Of KPL

Foreign players on the roster are mostly retired and include Monty Panesar, Matt Prior, Phil Mustard, Tino Best, Tillakaratne Dilshan, and Herschelle Gibbs. Through conversations with several boards, the BCCI has made it clear that these players would be considered rebels and would be treated by them as would the participants of any unrecognized league.
Monty Panesar declared that he will not be participating in Pakistan’s ‘Kashmir Premier League’ and also warned the other participating players to think about the consequences first before taking part in the Pakistan Occupied ‘Kashmir Premier League’.
Monty Panesar pulls out of Kashmir Premier League after BCCI threat following Herschelle Gibbs statement
Monty Panesar pulls out of Kashmir Premier League after BCCI threat following Herschelle Gibbs statement (Source: Twitter)

The two sides have not played each other in a bilateral series since 2012-13 or a Test match since 2007-08, though they do face off regularly in ICC events. PCB has accused the BCCI of not honoring their agreement, signed in 2014, to play bilateral series between the two nations. PCB claims that this has caused large commercial losses to them.

According to the agreement signed in 2014, India and Pakistan were scheduled to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 with four of those to be hosted by the PCB. However, BCCI has claimed that they have no authority on the same and have to follow the Indian government orders, that have prohibited any bilateral cricket between the neighbors, following which PCB claimed losses.

Upul Tharanga Matthew Childs/Reuters
Upul Tharanga Matthew Childs/Reuters
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Upul Tharanga Retires From International Cricket; Represented Sri Lanka For 15 Years

Upul Tharanga, Sri Lanka’s veteran opening batsman has drawn curtains on his 15-year old international career. Upul Tharanga has not played for the national team since March 2019.

The left-handed batsman, who was part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad in 2007 and 2011 that reached the finals, posted an emotional message, thanking the cricket board for all the opportunities provided to him.

Upul Tharanga. (Credits: Twitter)
Upul Tharanga. (Credits: Twitter)

Upul Tharanga Featured In 235 ODIs, 31 Tests, and 26 T20Is

Upul Tharanga’s strongest format was One-day international cricket as he featured in 235 ODIs and scored 6951 runs at 33.74 along with 15 centuries and 37 fifties. The 36-year old batsman shone in the 2011 World Cup won by India. It was hosted by India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka where he forged a prolific opening stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan. Upul Tharanga managed 395 runs in nine matches at 56.43 with two centuries and a half-century

Tillakaratne Dilshan retired at the age of 38 from ODI cricket © Getty Images
Tillakaratne Dilshan retired at the age of 38 from ODI cricket © Getty Images

Out of the 223 innings in ODIs, Upul Tharanga opened the innings in 189 of them, mustering 6077 runs at that position, averaging 33.95 with 15 tons and 30 fifties.

Upul Tharanga Also featured In 31 Tests And 26 T20Is

The southpaw also featured in 31 Tests and 26 Tests; however, he could not make an impact that strongly. In the longest format of the game, he managed three centuries and eight fifties while in the shortest version, Upul Tharanga’s highest score was 47.

Upul Tharanga top-scored for Sri Lanka in their last Test, against Pakistan AFP
Upul Tharanga top-scored for Sri Lanka in their last Test, against Pakistan AFP

Below is the statement from Upul Tharanga:

“My Dear Friends, As the good old saying goes “All good things must come to an end”, I believe it is time for me to bid farewell to my International Cricket Career after over 15 years of giving the game my all.

“I leave behind a road traveled with fond memories and great friendships. I am thankful to Sri Lanka Cricket for always having faith and the trust vested in me. I am grateful to the many Cricket Loving Fans, friends And my family for standing by me during my highest of highs and even at my lowest points in my career. Your well-wishes and messages of encouragement was easily the drive behind my ambition. For that I thank you all, and I wish you well.”

“I would like to wish Sri Lanka Cricket all the very best for the future and I am hopeful that the team will bounce back strong soon,” he concluded.

Upul Tharanga scored 1754, 6951, and 407 runs in 31 Tests, 235 ODIs, and 26 T20Is respectively. His last ODI was in 2019, his last Test in 2017, and his last T20I in 2018. He is a left-handed opening batsman and occasional wicket-keeper. On the 2006 tour of England, he really began to develop, particularly in the one-day game, scoring over 300 runs in Sri Lanka’s 5–0 whitewash of the hosts.

Upul Tharanga lost his form in the 2007 World Cup scoring one fifty(against New Zealand) only and then continued his poor run of form in the home series against England in 2007 where he failed to contribute. However, in the 2011 World Cup, he performed well. The left-handed batsman had also led the Lankan team several times as a stand-in captain before being appointed as the permanent captain in 2017.

Under Upul Tharanga, the Islanders have suffered three 5-0 whitewashes this year against South Africa, India, and Pakistan. The annihilation faced at the hands of India and South Africa has jeopardized their direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

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5 Cricketers Who Haven’t Done Justice To Their Potential In The IPL

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is highly popular among global international cricketers. Many players now wish to experience the IPL, but not everyone manages to fulfill this dream.

Many recent great international cricketers have experienced the IPL. However, some of them have been underrated in this tournament, majorly due to their failure to perform according to their potential.

5 Cricketers Who Haven’t Done Justice To Their Potential In The IPL

Mohammad Nabi

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The Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi is one of the great all-rounders. Both as an off-spinner and as a right-handed batsman, Nabi is a very consistent performer in T20 cricket. If he gets the regular opportunity, he hardly disappoints the cricket fans.

After playing 268 T20s, Nabi has scored 4105 runs (average 22.67; strike-rate 141.40), including 11 fifties, and he has also taken 266 wickets.

Since 2017, Nabi is playing the IPL as he is serving for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). However, he hasn’t got many opportunities for the SRH. After playing 13 IPL matches, while he has taken 11 wickets, he has also scored 135 runs (average 15.00; strike-rate 148.35). While he played only 3 and 2 matches in the 2017 and 2018 editions respectively, he experienced 8 matches in the IPL 2019.

While the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the entire IPL 2020, Nabi can play a big role in his IPL side as he is very familiar with this condition.

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5 Cricketers Who Changed Their Religion

Cricket itself is a religion to the cricket fans, and the top Asian cricket countries can be the best example of this. In India, some of the legendary cricketers have the huge fans following, who even worship them.

There are some international cricketers who have changed their religions due to various reasons.

Here we are talking about the top five cricketers who converted their religions.

Mahmudur Rahman Rana

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Former Bangladesh left-arm pacer Bikash Ranjan Das is now known as Mahmudur Rahman Rana. He was one of the players who featured in the playing XI during Bangladesh’s first-ever Test match (against India at Dhaka in November 2000). It was his only international cricket match while he last time played a recognised cricket match in January 2004.

Rana changed his name after converting from Hinduism to Islam religion. He featured as Bikash Ranjan Das during his only Test where he managed to pick up the only wicket of the Indian opener Sadagoppan Ramesh in the second innings of that game.

According to ESPNcricinfo, in his late professional career, Rana played as a left-arm spinner but it didn’t work for him anyway.

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5 Cricket Terms Which Have Been Named After People

While international cricket is almost 150-year-old, the game has many terms, most of which have been named according to their characters. There are some cricket terms, which have been named in the relation of people’s names, who generally played vital roles to promote it successfully.

Here we are talking about the top five cricket terms which have been named after people

Natmeg

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Natalie Sciver’s Natmeg (Image Credit: Getty Images)

“Natmeg” is a cricket shot where the batsman can hit a delivery, generally yorker, between his leg. England Women’s cricketer Natalie Sciver has introduced this shot in international cricket. The “Natmeg” name has come from Sciver’s first name and the football term nutmeg.

Natmeg has been proved as a useful shot. However, Sciver has also admitted that it requires some luck to hit properly.

After making her international debut in 2013, Natalie Sciver has already played five Tests, 67 ODIs and 75 T20Is. While she has scored 3500+ international runs, she has also taken 104 international wickets. She was also England’s first cricketer to claim a hat-trick in the Women’s T20I cricket.

Top Five Highest Partnerships In The ICC T20 World Cup 2009
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Top Five Highest Partnerships In The ICC T20 World Cup 2009

Under the captaincy of Younis Khan, Pakistan lifted the T20 World Cup 2009 trophy after defeating Sri Lanka in the grand-finale. The Green Army was dominant in all the departments. In the final of that tournament, they halted Sri Lanka to set up huge targets as the Islanders were restricted to 138/6 in 20 overs. In reply, the all-rounder Shahid Afridi scored match-winning runs and guided the team to lift the ICC trophy.

India were the defending champions but they even failed to get qualify for the knock-out rounds in the second edition of the T20 World Cup. 

During the tournament, batsmen and bowlers build several records. And on that note, in this article, we have mentioned the players who were the highest scorer in the T20 World Cup 2009.

Chris Gayle and Andre Fletcher: 133 runs against Australia:

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West Indies started their ICC T20 World Cup 2009 campaign by winning against Australia. Ricky Ponting-led Australia had set a fighting target of 170 runs but it felt short in front of the explosive batsman Chris Gayle.

The Windies opening batsmen Chris Gayle and Andre Fletcher led the team to chase down the target. The duo set up 133 runs partnership which became the highest partnership of this particular tournament. Gayle smashed Australia’s bowling line up with the likes of Mitchell Jonson, Shane Watson, Nathan Bracken and Bret Lee. He amassed 88 runs off 50 balls, striking six gigantic sixes and six boundaries, before losing the wicket to Bret Lee. His opening partner Fletcher scored 53 runs off 32 balls and hit seven fours and one six. 

In the end, Ramnaresh Sarwan scored match-winning runs to guide the team to victory by seven wickets.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya: 124 runs against West Indies

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Sri Lankan cricketers Tillakaratne Dilshan (L) and Sanath Jayasuriya ( Image Credit: Getty Images)

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya played the quick-firing innings against West Indies which led Sri Lanka to register the third-highest total by a team in the ICC T20 World Cup 2019.

Sri Lanka was asked to bat first as they lost the toss. The openers Dilshan and Jayasuriya thrashed the Caribbean bowlers and registered 124 runs partnership before the end of that partnership. Dilshan scored 74 off 47 balls, striking 11 fours and a six while Jayasuriya scored 81 off 47 balls, striking 10 boundaries and three sixes. Sri Lanka set up the target of 193 runs with the help of their partnership.

Finally, the West Indies faced defeat as they lost the game by 15 runs. 

Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright: 102 runs against the Netherlands

Top Five Highest Partnerships In The ICC T20 World Cup 2009
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This was the opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 where the host England faced a shocking defeat against the Netherlands though Ravi Bopara and John Wright set the third-highest partnership of the tournament. 

Put in to bat, England got off to a great start with Ravi Bopara (46) and Luke Wright (71 off 49) adding 102 for the opening wicket in 11.2 overs. Once Netherlands’ pacer Ryan ten Doeschate got Bopara, things went downhill for England. Wright kept them going at one end but the others collapsed as England settled for only 162/5 in 20 overs. 

In reply, the underdog Netherlands chased down the target on the last ball of the match as they won the match by four wickets.

Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis: 87 runs against Scotland

Top Five Highest Partnerships In The ICC T20 World Cup 2009
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Scotland played the second match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 tournament against South Africa. It was important for them to win the match to be alive in the competition as they had already lost the first match against New Zealand. However, the Proteas skipper Graeme Smith ended Scotland’s hope after setting up a partnership with the all-rounder Jacques Kallis. 

Asked to bat first, Kallis made a 31-ball 48 and added 87 runs in 9.3 overs for the first wicket with Smith who scored 38 runs. AB de Villiers’s blistering knock of unbeaten 79 runs led South Africa to set the highest total of the tournament, 211 runs (211/5).

In reply, Scotland were folded up for just 81 runs at the Oval as Proteas crushed them by 130 runs.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya: 81 runs against Pakistan

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Sri Lankan cricketers Tillakaratne Dilshan (L) and Sanath Jayasuriya ( Image Credit: Getty Images)

Sri Lanka opening pair Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya once again set up the match-winning partnership for the first wicket. Dilshan smacked the likes of Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul and went on to score 46 runs off 39 balls, striking eight boundaries. Jayasuriya who made 26 off 24 balls, stitched up 81 runs partnership with Dilshan before losing his wicket. Their partnership became the fifth highest partnership in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009.

Sri Lanka put up 150 at the loss of seven wickets on the board. In reply, Pakistan could not chase down the target and were restricted to 131/9.

 

 

 

 

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Top Five Highest Run-Scorers In T20 World Cup 2009

Under the captaincy of Younis Khan, Pakistan lifted the T20 World Cup 2009 trophy after defeating Sri Lanka in the grand-finale. The Green Army was dominant in all the departments. They halted Sri Lanka to set up huge targets as Islanders were all out for 138 runs. In reply, the allrounder Shahid Afridi scored match-winning runs and guide the team to lift the ICC trophy.

India were the defending champions but they even failed to get qualify for the knock-out rounds in the second edition of the T20 World Cup. 

During the tournament, batsmen and bowlers build several records. And on that note, in this article, we have mentioned the players who were the highest scorer in the T20 World Cup 2009.

Tillakaratne Dilshan:

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Sri Lankan former cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan was the rampaging opener. He had a lean patch in 2008 but made a strong comeback in 2009. cementing his place once again in all the formats. The explosive batsman helped his team to the finals of ICC World Twenty20 in June 2009, picking up the man of the series award for finishing as the leading-run scorer of the tournament.

During the tournament, he amassed 317 runs in seven matches at the striking rate of 144.74 and an average of 52.83. Although he enjoyed immense success in the tournament, he failed to lead them to victory in the grand-finale against Pakistan.

Jacques Kallis:

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Former South African cricketer Jacques Kallis is the best allrounder of all the times. He maintained his impeccable fitness and remained the leading scorer and wicket-taker for his side throughout his career. He is the only cricketer who has over 10,000 international runs and 250 wickets. He is counted among one of the best fielders because he had a safe pair of hands.

The allrounder was also the mainstay for his team in the T20 World Cup 2020 campaign as he was the second-highest scorer in the tournament. He scored 238 runs in six matches at the striking rate of 126.59 and an average of 59.50. Even though his best came in the semi-final against Pakistan, he could not lead the team to finish line and had a disheartening end of the T20 World Cup 2009.

Chris Gayle:

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The West Indies legend Chris Gayle is unarguably the best T20 batsman in the cricket world. He likes to hit the ball out of the park and shows no mercy to bowlers. His blistering knocks, comprising of boundaries and maximums, are entertainers for the fans. Currently, he is the only batsman to score over 10,000 runs in the T20 format. 

In the ICC T20 World Cup 2009, he was the highest scorer for West Indies and overall third-highest. He garnered 193 runs in five matches at the striking rate of 134.02. However, his team failed to qualify for final as they were defeated by Sri Lanka in the semi-final. 

Kamran Akmal: 

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Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal was successful in cementing his place with his batting and improving keeping skills. He had a successful start of his career but soon he lost his form and was dropped from the team. He made several comebacks but lacked inconsistency. He also made the comeback in the T20 World Cup 2009 where he was impressed with the bat. 

The attacking opening batsman amassed 188 runs in seven matches at the striking rate 125.33 but had a low average of 26.85. He was the leading scorer for his team and the fourth-highest scorer in the tournament. 

AB de Villiers:

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The former South Africa batsman and captain AB de Villiers is best suited for the shortest batsman. He amazes the bowlers with his trailblazing shots, which is why he is called Mr. 360. He can gather runs from every knock and corner of the ground. He got the attention worldwide during 2008-2009 as he became the leading scorer for the Proteas. 

The attacking batsman was the second-highest run gatherer for his team after Jacques Kallis and fifth highest overall in T20 World Cup 2009. He scored 186 runs in six matches at the amazing strike rate of 155.00 during the tournament. Although he performed decently throughout the tour, he failed to deliver in the semi-finals against Pakistan though it was a low scoring match.



                    
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2011 World Cup: Top 5 Most Run-Scorers

The Indian fans will never forget the 2011 World Cup (officially known as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011). MS Dhoni-led Indian team finally ended their 28-year-long wait to secure India’s second Cricket World Cup trophy (Kapil Dev-led India won their first Cricket World Cup trophy in 1983 edition).

During the 2011 World Cup, many Asian batsmen played powerful roles for their respective teams.

Here we are talking about the top five most run-scorers in the 2011 World Cup

Upul Tharanga (Sri Lanka) – 395 runs

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Sri Lankan opener Upul Tharanga provided some crucial great starts during the 2011 World Cup. In that tournament, the left-handed batsman scored 395 runs in nine innings with an average of 56.42.

During that tournament, Tharanga scored two centuries and one half-century. His best knock in that tournament was against Zimbabwe during the Group Stage (at Pallekele on 10th March 2011) where he scored 133 runs off 141 balls (17 fours).

Later, in the quarter-final of that tournament against England (at Colombo, RPS on 26th March 2011), Tharanga scored 102 not out off 122 balls (12 fours and only six) during their successful ten-wicket victory. 

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Top Five Batsmen To Score Maximum Runs In First Ten Overs Of ODI Format Since 2002

The openers play a crucial role in the success of a particular team in ODI format as they are instrumental in providing a foundation on which the rest of the innings stands. It is generally noticed that if a team gets off to a good start, it goes on to post a gargantuan total whereas if a team loses early wickets, then they are not even able to get a par score on the board.

Furthermore, there are only two fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle in the first ten overs and it is the job of the ODI openers to make the most of the Powerplay conditions. In fact, both the batsmen must find the balance in scoring runs at the healthy strike rate and also making sure that they don’t lose wickets at the top of the order.

We, at Sportzwiki, take a look at five batsmen who have scored maximum runs in the first ten overs of the ODI format since 2002.

5. Hashim Amla

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South Africa’s former talisman batsman Hashim Amla did a fine job for his team at the top of the order. In fact, Amla was thought of as a Test batsman in his formative years but he was able to prove his mettle as an ODI batsman. The right-hander played 181 ODI matches in his career in which he scored 8113 runs at an impressive average of 49.46. Out of these, Amla opened the innings in 176 innings in which he scored 8083 runs at an average of 49.89.

In the first ten overs, Amla scored 3427 runs in his illustrious career as an opener. The stylish batsman scored 27 ODI centuries and he was a consistent performer for the Rainbow Nation.

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Top 5 Specialised Batsmen And Their Special Shots

To properly play any kind of shots, many things require happening, including the proper timing from the batsman. If a batsman wants to perform consistently, he needs a lot of practice. Similarly, a batsman achieves mastery in any particular shot, when he properly practices it for many times.

Some batsmen are very famous for one of their particular shots.

Here we are talking about the top five special shots and their specialised batsmen

Tillakaratne Dilshan – Scoop

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Former Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan was famous for his scoop shots. The right-handed batsman was fearless and confident during playing these shots as he utilised those shots even against the fastest bowlers too. Most of the times, he had excellent timing when he went for that kind of shot.

Dilshan served for the Sri Lankan team between 1999 and 2016. He played 87 Tests, 330 ODIs and 80 T20Is where he scored 5492 runs (average 40.98), 10290 runs (average 39.27) and 1889 runs (average 28.19) respectively.

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