Author: Sandip Pawar

Sandip Pawar is someone who lives and breathes sports, cricket in particular. He is a regular viewer of the sport, a keen observer, and loves learning its nuances.

India’s spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who missed out on international debut due to the failed fitness tests, is confident of clearing it ahead of the Sri Lanka series. The Kolkata Knight Riders’ spinner was included in the 20-member squad that is set to travel to Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series, comprising three ODIs and as many T20Is from July 13. The BCCI announced the squad earlier this week, headed by Shikhar Dhawan and with plenty of new names. Chakravarthy was first included in the squad for India’s Australia tour last year after a terrific performance in IPL 2020. A late injury ruled him out…

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Delhi Police special cell arrested Virender Singh Shah and Balam Singh for being involved in betting and providing bookies information during an IPL match. Virender Singh Shah and Balam Singh were arrested by the Delhi police for leaking match details to bookies from inside the stadium during the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 2. According to a report in Indian Express, Shah was a liaison officer assistant in a company outsourced by the Delhi and District Cricket Association for accreditation related work for IPL. Singh worked as a peon with the DDCA. A senior police officer has confirmed…

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Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI has backtracked on their stance on ICC adding two more events for the cycle of 2024-31, possibly allowing a bigger window for the expanded IPL. The BCCI has been looking to expand the IPL to a 10-team tournament for a while. Originally planned for 2021, they had to scrap the plan because of the lack of time for planning after IPL 2020. The BCCI will likely expand the league in 2022, which would mean the IPL Governing Council will need extra days to accommodate the matches. Previously, the BCCI, along with England and Wales Cricket Board and…

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The BCCI are in talks with the CWI to change the schedule of the Caribbean Premier League to allow West Indian players to feature in the UAE phase of IPL 2021. On May 29, the Board of Control for Cricket in India held a special meeting, where it was decided that the 14th edition of the IPL will be moved to the UAE. The remaining 31 matches will be hosted in the UAE from the third week of September. However, due to the packed International and domestic schedule, there are serious question marks over the availability of top Overseas players. …

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Trent Boult could play for New Zealand in their second Testagainst England at Edgbaston thanks to relaxed quarantine in the United Kingdom. Boult had opted to return home instead of travelling straight to the UK after the Indian Premier League was suspended midway in early May. The 31-year-old joined the NZ squad last week. Before the first Test, coach Gary Stead had mentioned that the turnaround for the second Test would be too tight for Boult. However, the updated quarantine protocols meant Boult could start training earlier than originally planned. The final decision on whether he plays at Edgbaston will be taken…

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Former India batter and current cricket commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has landed in hot water for his bold opinion once again. Manjrekar opined that Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is not yet an all-time great player. Ashwin has been India’s premier spinner in the last decade, picking up 409 wickets in 78 Tests, including 30 five-wicket hauls. But his overseas record has always been under criticism. Manjrekar has a problem with people rating Ashwin as an all-time great because none of those 30 five-wicket hauls came outside of the subcontinent. “When people start talking about him as being one of the all-time…

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The Pakistan Super League is set to resume with a match between Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.  The PSL 2021 was suspended after just 14 games due to the breach in the bio-secure bubble in Pakistan. Multiple Covid-19 cases were found among different franchise staffs and players. The Pakistan Cricket Board has since made all the efforts to conduct the remainder of the season safely and shifted the tournament to the UAE. After a long wait and multiple tweaks in the schedule, the sixth edition of the PSL is set…

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IPL 2021 phase 2, which the BCCI were earlier planning to finish on October 10, is likely to be held till October 18. The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League is set to resume in a short window in September and October. The tournament, which was postponed indefinitely after 29 matches due to the Covid-19 outbreak inside the bio bubble, has been moved to the UAE. The board is yet to finalise the schedule for the remaining 31 matches.  There were multiple reports of the BCCI planning to organise the second phase in England. On May 29, in the…

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West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has admitted that the ‘bubble to bubble’ lifestyle is extremely hard, and it takes a toll on mental health. “I think it’s taking a toll on myself. I can’t talk for any other player or coaches or anyone but it’s definitely taken a toll on me mentally because from bubble to bubble, in a room locked in, you can’t go out for a walk, you can’t go to certain places, you can’t socialize, it’s different,”  Russell said. The 33-year-old further revealed how he deals with mental fatigue and tries to keep himself busy in the room…

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England pacer Ollie Robinson’s Test debut has ended up making headlines for all wrong reasons, after a bunch of his old tweets between 2012 and 2014 that contained racist and sexist remarks resurfaced on the internet. Robinson, a late teenager at that time, has “unreservedly apologised” for his derogatory comments on women, races, and religion, including usage of the N-word, racial slurs against the Asians, Islamophobic prejudices and a number of misogynistic remarks. Credit: Twitter/ @ollierobinson25 After his tweets started going viral on the internet, Robinson issued a statement to address the situation. “I deeply regret my actions, and I…

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