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August 21, 2018

EXTRACTS OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL AFGHANISTAN PREMIER LEAGUE, HELD ON AUGUST 16,2018 AT 4:30 PM AT THE REGISTERED OFFICE OF APL SPORTS TOURNAMENT ORGANIZING SERVICES L.L.C

RESOLVE THAT the governing council, being the supreme decision making body of the Afghanistan Premier League, do review the Tender Bid Document issued on July 18th 2018 and consent and approval of this governing council be and is hereby accorded on the amendments to be made to the Franchise Fee, (due the unfortunate event of not having received any substantial bids and of the basis of the market feedback), as mentioned in the draft of the Franchise Agreement uploaded on the official website of the Afghanistan Premier league and tabled before the Governing Council.

RESOLVE FURTHER THAT that members of the governing council hereby jointly and severally approve the franchise fee securing a franchise in the Afghanistan Premier League shall be minimum of USD 700,000 (US Dollar Seven Hundred Thousand) for season 1 commencing on October 5th, 2018.

RESOLVE FURTHER THAT any interested third party may communicate their interest to secure Franchise ownership rights to the governing council by emailing on sayfranchisee@aplt20.tv and the governing council shall perform any and all such acts, including execution of any and all documents and certificates for the purpose and intent of this resolution.

//CERTTIFIED TRUE COPY// For the GOVERNING COUNCIL, AFGHANISTAN PREMIER LEAGUE

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July 14, 2018

Excitement for the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) is growing throughout the nation, and in the international cricket circuit with the bidding process for the franchise owners set to begin this Sunday, 15th July 2018.

ACB has already invited proposals for the rights to own the franchise of the five marquee Afghan cities, namely Kabul, Kandahar, Balkh, Paktia & Nangarhar. The pitch for the bidding was extended out to interested corporate houses including the enterprises, consortiums, LLPs, firms and so.

The interested parties can access the tender bid forms on the official website of the premier league: www.aplt20.tv starting this Sunday. The parties have to submit the bids up to 26 July 2018 by 5 pm. The bids need to be submitted to the office of the – APL Sports Tournament Organising Services on the 19th floor, Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, PO Box 5y610, Dubai, UAE. The bids will be opened on 27 July 2018 and the franchise owners will be declared the very next day.

The willing parties can share their expression of interest on the company letterhead by writing an e-mail to sayfranchise@afghancricket.af and sayfranchise@aplt20.tv

While the name of the cities with the franchise seems associated on the front, but the commercial gains will not be related to these cities, as the league matches are slated to be held in UAE. The league will take place between October 5 to 21, 2018 with a total of 23 matches. The Emirates Cricket Board is excited to become part of Afghanistan’s glory in the shortest format of cricket after bringing Pakistan’s own T20 league to the stage.

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February 10, 2018

Men in blue have won three ODI in the 6 match series which means that are just one win away to seal the series and they have matches to do it. Going into the fourth ODI their intention would be to try and seal the series in Johannesburg which will put them in a place where they would be able to experiment in the final two games.
4th ODI will be a pink ODI and in the last five ODIs in pink they are undefeated. The stats include the match against India in December 2013, which they won by 141 runs. But at the same time, the performance of in the last nine days says that the odds are about to change as they can’t win against wristspiners. In the last 3 matches Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, have taken 21 out of the 28 wickets that have fallen in this series at an average of 9.05.

It’s almost as though there’s no talking point other than what will happen when Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav come on. What new ways will South Africa’s batsmen find to get out to them? Or is there a chance they may eke out a few more runs?

The good news for the Africans is that AB de Villiers has recovered from a finger injury and is a part of the playing XI in today at the Wanderers. The last time he was in Pink he smashed the ball all over the park at a strike rate of 300+ ().

What to expect: While rain is expected in the 2nd half in Johannesburg. The cricket might escape both. As far as the pitch is concerned, the Wanderers is usually excellent for batting in one-day cricket. but if it rains a bit, then there could be more on offer for the seam bowlers.

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February 5, 2018

He was left stranded when being just close in 2003, tears rolled from his eyes when India was surprisingly and unexpectedly outclassed and ousted in 2007. He couldn’t do it as a player; he couldn’t do it as a captain. But the coveted world cup triumph was destined to be added to his name. When Prithvi Shaw and co. lifted the world cup, the under-19 team coach, Rahul Dravid, the ‘Gentleman’, would have felt so ecstatic and overjoyed. It was a well-deserved credential to his outstanding career in cricket, continuing tremendously in one form or another.

Deserving Winner
By all the distance India were definitely the best team, thumping resounding wins over their competitors throughout the tournament. From Shaw’s commanding performance upfront, symbolized by his sublime show of timing and class, to Gill’s Kohli-esque reliability performance with a century and three fifty-plus knocks, Manjot Kalra’s dazzling knock in the final, Nagarkoti’s fiery spells, minor would have been the flaws anyone could have pointed out. The team as a whole was way much better in terms of intensity and stood up to any challenges. With performers, rather than stars, as these, we can safely assume that India’s future certainly lies in better hands. And when you have Mr. Dependable Rahul Dravid bringing out the best from his players, the whole structure from the management staff to the show on the field, it was an achievement in complete.

Record 4th U-19 Conquest
When Shaw and Sangha went for the toss, it was a battle to attain the supremacy in this format for these two nations, for both were tied at 3-3 world cup wins and vying for the coveted 4th title. With the performances, they had been putting in the last few years and the current enactment unquestionably put India as firm favorites. And boy they did stood up to the task so emphatically. With this win, Shaw has joined the ranks of Mohammad Kaif in 2000, Virat Kohli in 2008, and Unmukt Chand in 2012.

When you have star power so cogent at this young level, you could don the future of the Indian cricket. It is certainly going in the right direction. Hope that the lucrative these players have been offered by IPL contracts, it did not sway them away from the basics, from what Dravid would have instilled in them, from what is the utmost glory in the game. We hope to see this as just a beginning for these young talents.

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February 2, 2018

What started off as a stern battle for supremacy between two ferocious cricketing sides in the world, concluded with the central strip of the Wanderers taking the honors of menace, intimidating and domination over skills and expertise. What we witnessed in the Wanderers was lesser of a combat between India’s stupendous batting line-up & Proteas’ decorated bowling strength, but more of a fight to survive the demons of the pitch.

Review – SA: Striking but not Impassable India: Smudged but not Overpowered
Overall it can be settled that the series between the top two ICC-ranked test sides was far more enthralling, crafty and edge-of-the-seat than the recently held festooned Ashes. There were some fine knocks, especially AB’s counterattack, Kohli’s special, Amla’a gritty back-to-back half centuries, Elgar’s poised and courageous knock in the chase, and many more. And as the test battle is all about rattling up the oppositions, we saw some vicious and deft spells of beauties from Philander, Rabada, Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar, and the new sensation Ngidi; a class of bowling that we have been left to ramble about only of the past and in patches nowadays. Although the catching was a bit low, especially with the kind of standards expected today, there were some fine moments of outfield brilliance shown by both the teams.

It is safe to establish that SA, at their home, commanded their troops better at the crucial junctions, and India faltered when it mattered the most, especially their controversial selections. There were close competitions, sessions won and lost, and it was a cricketing battle that was far closer than the 2-1 scoreline.

What Both Teams Took Away?
This titanic clash, in spite of the result, proves to be a positive takeaway for the sides. The Proteas were tested unlike no other team has done in their home conditions for a long time. The closing point can be safely assumed the injury to Dale Stein, who was formidable in his short stint, but now looks like a legend who is just nearing the fag end of his career. While it didn’t result in a catastrophe for them, the young prospect replacing him, Lungi Ngidi, was the biggest gain of this tournament. The return of AB in whites, with same class and excellence as ever, the form of Faf, the grittiness of Amla, the aggressiveness of Philander and ever-consistent performance of Rabada will boost their morale a lot when Aussie come visiting later. The only major chink in their armor, the form of De Cock with the bat, is an issue that the management, coach and captain need to look up to that time.

With a fruitful 2017 season at home, this was the ultimate test for Kohli to prove his side’s mettle outside the subcontinent as well. The lack of practice games was a big issue the BCCI needs to consider, especially when even the captain is vocal about that. And this was a major reason they were not able to find a truly settling batting unit and were found lacking in the vital stages of the match. Rahane is a world-class player, and why he was overlooked for the first two games is an argument that we home to hear less about during India’s visit to England later this year. Although there were some fine performances with the bat, the overall batting unit can be pardoned a bit seemingly because they had no time to settle down, and the pitch behaving way too friendly with the bowlers. There were failures in the run, but it cannot be termed as a total letdown. What India will be proud of after the series is the way their bowlers responded, especially the new established pair of Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar. There are a few qualms to address, but overall they showed a lot of character, which would be vital for their preparation for tours to England and Australia.

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January 19, 2018

After announcing the launch of the Afghanistan Premier League by Afghanistan cricket board, Afghanistan is set to join the list of countries that have a T20 competition of their own. The first edition of APL is set to be fired in October 2018 after the signing of tournament’s MOU with Snixer Sports.

As confirmed by ACB chief executive Shafiq Stanikzai “The league will take place in the UAE, but we haven’t yet decided on which cities will play host to the league. But now we have got official approval from the Emirates Cricket Board, and we’d like to thank them for that.”

He also confirmed that the Auction for the series players would be held in March. After seeing the interest expressed by the cricketers to be a part of series it could be forecasted that this league would attract huge international presence that other T20 competition held so far.
The vision for Stanikazai is to get the APL T20 listed in top three T20 leagues in the world. Keeping this in mind strategies are prepared on a broader parameter.

The APL T20 league is scheduled in October 2018, considering the last year T20 calendar as there was no T20 series held in the month of June and October. Crossing fingers for the non-clashing of date with the Caribbean Premier League and the Bangladesh Premier League which last year happened in September and November.
Stanikzai also confirmed that Shpageeza Cricket League is tentatively scheduled in June and the APL T20 would be played on top of it.

ACB Chairman Atif Mashal says that there is an enormous potential involved in T20 competitions. The Afghanistan T20 Premiere league with provide a platform for Afghan players to play with some big names of international cricket.
After Pakistan Super League this will be the 2nd major T20 competition which will be hosted UAE.

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January 14, 2018

After the seemingly unexpected first test drubbing by 10 wickets; James Anderson and Chris Woakes rallied together and ran through the formidable Aussie line-up to dismantle them for a paltry 138 in the second innings of the second test. And the Ashes was breathing again.

But, as a stern and ardent fan of this age-old rivalry, we witnessed this as the only moment when there was nearness, off-the-seat thrill, and set-up of a fightback. 354 looked like a tough trek to climb, but given the liveliness of the English with the ball, and charging Barmy Army urging them through, we knew anything could happen. Joe Root and Dawid Malan combined together to forge a rock-solid partnership after a few opening jitters. But, that was that. Once this partnership broke-up, there was nothing of substance left. And England bundled out for 233, handing the hosts a comfortable 120-run victory. And the hopes of a triumph in the series were all but gone.
Next 3 tests were all about how England could avoid further humiliation. They did manage to put a strong performance in the 4th test to pull out a draw, which they would look pleasingly as the whitewash-savior. But in all, an unwavering Aussie side, and under-watch Smith wrapped up the decisive test in SCG and complete a 4-0 rout. This was the moment of celebration for Australia, but more than that, it was England who was relieved that it ended at last. Of course, the talk through the last test was the illness to stricken English captain, Joe Root, and how we came out to bat to put a single-handed fight, the result was inevitable.
Performances – Dismay for England, Rejuvenation for Aussies

With Ben Stokes out from the series, England were already depleted of a star performer. And the onus on Moeen Ali to fill-in his spot vigorously resulted in a debacle, even so bad, that Moeen was at the worst performance level not only from his outstanding career point of view but also of the entire team. Joe Root could be termed as the only shining grace (only from batting perspective). James Anderson was the leading wicket-taker for the English, but even then he seemed non-threatening entirely. And for other players, they were just filling in the spots with occasional bursts.

Aussies, on the other hand, culminated a string of performances worthy of Cricket-Oscars, most notably the marathon-esque class and run-show from their leader at front. Smith notched up 687 runs and was unarguably the Man of the Series. With over 300 runs more than the highest scorer of England, you could assess how dominant and fluent he was throughout. The Marsh brothers – ever-evolving Mitchell, and not-so-consistent Shaun also put their hands up and add to the hammering of the English attack. The fact that Cummins played throughout the series without sustaining any injury underlines how strategic and meticulous the Aussies were in their plan and implementation. Combined with Hazlewood and the dangerous Starc, along with cunning Lyon, there were never immense moments when England batting line-up threatened them at all.

A Disappointment, Let-Down, Agony for Test Cricket
The Ashes was coming at a time, when there was a heated discussion about the future of test cricket and how new implementations like 4-day matches and day-night affairs could be the only savior for the zenith of cricket formats. Many had pinned their hopes on this series to revive the story, bring alive the class that had been witnessed only at a few occasion, most famously in the 2005 Ashes series.

After the series had been concluded, all a cricket-lover and diplomat could mutter was – Disappointment. This was a series where every test went on the fifth day, first time after the 1994-95 Ashes, yet was a big let-down in the face of Cricket. It was a lopsided series.

Although the English squad was inexperienced and were coming to a fiery Aussie summer, this was not the gentle, often-passive English squad of earlier times. The transformation of England in the past few years have seen emerging belligerence, players who knew how to take back the fight, who knew how to match wits with wits, charge with charge, intent with intent, doggedness with doggedness. This was reason enough for many to put their money on Joe and party.

Not a majority expected England to win, yet they wanted, or I would say, believed, that there will be resistance, there will be determined, and a series which would be closely fought. There were some encouraging performances, but none in the combined manner. And it all summed up what has been a real disappointment.

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January 11, 2018

After announcing the launch of the Afghanistan Premier League by Afghanistan cricket board, Afghanistan is set to join the list of countries that have a T20 competition of their own. The first edition of APL is set to be fired in October 2018 after the signing of tournament’s MOU with Snixerspots.

As confirmed by ACB chief executive Shafiq Stanikzai “The league will take place in the UAE, but we haven’t yet decided on which cities will play host to the league. But now we have got official approval from the Emirates Cricket Board, and we’d like to thank them for that.”

He also confirmed that the Auction for the series players would be held in March. After seeing the interest expressed by the cricketers to be a part of series it could be forecasted that this league would attract huge international presence that other T20 competition held so far.

The vision for Stanikazai is to get the APL T20 listed in top three T20 leagues in the world. Keeping this in mind strategies are prepared on a broader parameter.

The APL T20 league is scheduled in October 2018, considering the last year T20 calendar as there was no T20 series held in month of June and October. Crossing fingers for the non-clashing of date with the Caribbean Premier League and the Bangladesh Premier League which last year happened in September and November.
Stanikzai also confirmed that Shpageeza Cricket League is tentatively scheduled in June and the APL T20 would be played on top of it.

ACB Chairman Atif Mashal says that there is an enormous potential involved in T20 competitions. The Afghanistan T20 Premiere league with provide a platform for Afghan players to play with some big names of international cricket.
After Pakistan Super League this will be the 2nd major T20 competition which will be hosted UAE.

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January 3, 2018

First test match out of 3 test match series will start from 5th January, and team India has dealt a blow ahead of the start, as the left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was rushed to the hospital with a viral illness. as per the BCCI release, Ravindra Jadeja is ill from past two days due to which questions are raised on his selection ahead of the first test. on the day of the beginning of the first test which is to be played in Cape Town, team management will take a call on his availability. Management and the BCCI Medical team are keeping a close check on his health and are also in touch with the local medical team from cape town. Management will only confirm his availability on the morning of the first test match.

After consulting with the local medical team has Ravindra Jadeja has been sent to the hospital for treatment and expects him to fully recover in the next 48 hours. In a situation where Ravindra Jadeja will be unable to play in Cape Town, R Ashwin will be the only specialist spinner. As South Africa is likely to have only two left-handers in their top seven Jadeja may have been the frontrunner.

after R Ashwin is left alone in the spin department due to Ravindra Jadeja illness, a positive news on Shikhar Dhawan recovery and his being available for selection for the first test after his ankle injury has given some positives for the team, Dhawan was seen batting for over 20 minutes during the practice session on Wednesday and was looking comfortable.

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December 23, 2017

In the list of 11 great batsman, Shane Warne rated Australian captain Steve Smith better batsman than Virat Kohli, when it comes to five-day cricket. in the list of his top 11 batsman he has including the players who he has seen or have played with or played against them.

Though on his list both Virat and Smith are ranked at the bottom, the legendary bowler believes that Smith just betters Virat Kohli.

in his news cup column, he wrote “Virat is the best across all the formats of the game but when it comes to the test Smith is the man for me”

He mentioned that the only reason why Kohli is falling short is that of his performance during his England’s tour in 2014, on the contrary smith with an average of 43.31 in the UK has made three Ashes hundreds.

he has a different way accessing a batsman, according to him a batsman has to score a hundred in three key countries which are India, Australia, and England. Indin because of the spin and spit in the pitch there, Australia because of pace and bouncy tracks and England for its swinging and seaming conditions. he mentioned that I don’t assess the batsman stats but how he has played the games in these conditions.

Warne list also includes Sir Viv Richards and Brian Lara at the first and second positions respectively with the little master Sachin on the 3rd position followed by Greg Chappell, Ricky Ponting, Allan Border, jacques kallis, graham Gooch and AB de villiers and with steve smith and virat kohli at 10th and 11th.

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December 21, 2017

Karun Nair very well knows the value of time in sports. In 2016 on December 19, he scored a triple hundred in test cricket and became the only second Indian after Virender Sehwag to achieving this mark. Three months later in home series against Australia, he played in three test matches and in four innings he made figures of 26, 0, 23 and 5. He hasn’t made the Indian team since, but the passage of time has taught him invaluable lessons.

Karun admits that even after a year form achieving the milestone of being 2nd Indian to score 300 the feat was on his mind. But it wasn’t all he was thinking about, he was more focused on the current Ranji trophy semifinals against Vidarbha, Karun celebrated his epic India effort with a defining 153 in the Ranji Trophy clash, in the seven Ranji Trophy matches Karun has scored three centuries and a half-century under his name.

Nair said: I said that I have started playing like I use to do in my school days and now I am enjoying middling the ball. I am not thinking about the numbers or even if I don’t do well I know that there is another game coming up. In the past, I have experienced many ups and down at an earlier age letting to learn unforgettable lessons. The highs and lows journey gives you many tastes and makes stronger. Only matters now are you balance your state of mind in this race of performing and non-performing. Karun says initially I used to start doubt myself if I scoreless but now I have learned to deal with my mindset and situations better. Happy and focused is the Game mantra for all.

Playing in 2014-15 Ranji Trophy final he scored 328 against Tamil Nadu for which he credits his new-found balance. He also mentioned that his coach Shree Advani. ” has been helping me stay in a good state of mind,”.
Last year in June Karun also played in two ODIs, both against Zimbabwe and hasn’t been in the reckoning since. Karun has done well in the IPL and he believes that if he has done well here then he will also do well in the 50 overs cricket. Its all about getting the opportunity and grabbing it with both hands. The selectors’ eyes should see the performance provide the opportunity says Karun.

“I hardly got a few chances after the triple hundred. I’m waiting for another opportunity and I know when I get that, I will be better than what I was a year ago. This year, I have worked harder than I have worked ever before.” In the end, Karun also mentioned that Ranji Trophy season is unforgettable and mean a lot to me with the young team which gives all the spirit to lead the show.

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December 20, 2017

When India will be playing their final test match during their tour to South Africa in Johannesburg starting 24-28th January 2018 IPL auction will be held in Bangalore during the 4th and the 5th day of the final test match.

latest by January 4, 2018, all the eight franchises of the IPL have been asked to submit their final list of players they are willing to retain. so that by 18th they can finalize the players who will be available for bidding.

during the GC meeting of IPL on December 6th, some of the franchise owners and other members expressed that they are very much keen to observe the domestic players fared in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (India’s domestic Twenty20 competition), which ends on January 28, and at the same time
auction clashing with the Johannesburg Test.

In the same meeting, GC also approved the discussed retention rules, according to which Franchises have been allowed to retain a maximum of five of their existing players through a combination of player retention before the auction and the use of right-to-match cards during the auction.

Revised salary Cap:
during the 11th edition of the IPL GC has also set a salary cap for every team which is up-to INR 80 crore (US$12.4 million approx), and made it clear that franchises will need to spend a minimum 75% of the purse. Retained players will have a more dynamic effect on the team’s salary purse depending on the number of players retained by the franchise

Restrictions:
Now franchise can only retain a maximum of three through retention and a maximum of three through right-to-match cards during the auction. and if a franchise decided not to retain any player before the auction, then also they have the right to retain a maximum of 3 players using the right-to-match cards.
Other restrictions on retention are: a maximum of three capped Indian players, two overseas players and two uncapped Indian players can be retained.

Benefits of Card:
A right-to-match card gives the franchise the ability to buy back its player during the auction by matching the highest bid made for the player by another franchise, once the bidding is over.

Unlike the European football, franchises will be offered mid-tournament transfer window which will allow players to switch to a different franchise only if the player has played two games out of seven. this new change was welcomed by everyone but is yet to be implemented.

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December 19, 2017

Last month T20 Format decided to introduce fresh talent in the national squad against New Zealand and the result was Shreyas Iyer. The thought behind it was to have a challenging bench to fight forward. Iyer has never thought that he would see himself in India’s ODI XI with a limited opportunity to impress board with his talent. By the end of three-match ODI series against SriLanka, he won the hearts.

All the possibilities aroused with Dinesh Karthik appearing to be a prime candidate for a No.4 slot against SriLanka. As Virat Kohli was not available so there is a scope of Slot No.3 and this is where Iyer took the charge and management decided to appoint Iyer at Slot No.3.Iyer struggled from head to toe in his debut match in Dharamshala and ended up touching only 9. He proved as he is highly rated on his back to back commendable performances.
Coming in at the fall of the first wicket in the 21st over of the innings in Mohali, Iyer stitched up a mammoth double-century stand with his skipper Rohit Sharma to put the game beyond Sri Lanka’s reach. Despite getting out for a paltry score in the first game, Iyer didn’t flinch, and he didn’t bat to save his spot. Instead, he stuck to his instincts and showed plenty of intent. Reaching his maiden half-century off just 50 balls, Iyer soon shifted gears effortlessly while allowing his captain to ease into his 3rd double century.

Iyer in his next 20 balls added 38 runs before getting caught out on the boundary. The maximum opinion was that he deserved a century, and although his catch got followed by captain’s achievement of double. There was a situation of Iyer chase after Rohit which again out Iyer in Limelight.

Everyone is aware that not many players have taken the challenge to outscore Shikhar Dhawan. He is unmatchable at the start of innings. Initially, it took 18 balls to Iyer to chase his first boundary but once done it followed with 3 in next six balls. With his feet perfect positioned the spinners had a hard time with his strike rate gone past 100.

Lot of commitments remarks by Rohit after the series win on Sheryas. Not even the selectors even thought that after playing a couple of games only Iyer can bat brilliantly without any fear and giving hats off results.
His brilliant performance During IPL standing hand in hand with veteran players had perhaps a long journey to do. Sri Lanka’s interim coach remarked the commendable confidence the young player is carrying. Iyer effortlessly filled in Kohli’s shoes. – Pothas words.

Dinesh Karthik has shown good performance but that outstanding magic is missing. Manish Pandey has a great going in domestic cricket but the ranking in India’s top order is still not at par. For more worsen the situation for them the Dharamshala series acts as a vital role in determining the failure. Jadhav absence cannot be ignored as the balancing is affected as it could have done in the final ODI in Vishakhapatnam.

The Vishakhapatnam series emerged to be very promising and good luck for me, Iyer said and would continue the same magic in T20I series. Dharamshala experience was a learning chapter. I would stay positive and keep backing myself.
The positive commitment is what Captain India is looking for his players. In Mumbai dasher, if Karthik and Pandey even consider that they are extremely tragic Iyer still be there to bring out that magic and win the batting puzzle. The selectors cheer to them for getting the most responsible task of getting the fresh faces.

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December 16, 2017

Today playing in the 3rd ashes in WACA Steve Smith reached 1000 runs in a calendar year moment after reaching 112 with a boundary, this is not the first time he has crossed 1000+ runs in a year but this is the fourth successive year (starting from 2014 – 2017), only Matthew Hayden has managed to past 1000+ runs in 5 consecutive years from 2001 to 2005.

During the span of 4 years Smith has also scored 20 centuries and with the average of 73.42 he has scored 4699 runs so far, with still 3 possible innings left in 2017, he can fancy his chances to pace himself at the top of the list of most runs scored in a 4 consecutive year which is occupied by Ricky Ponting who scored 5077 runs during a period of 2003 – 2006.

In terms of average, no one has better steve smith, Smith average 73.42 ahead of Picky Ponting’s 72.52, Kumar Sangakkara’s 72.27 Steve Waugh’s 71.25 and Jacques Kallis 71.18.

and if we talk count the number of Test centuries in A 4-Year Period, Smith is again on tops of the list with 20 centuries; Hayden and Ponting have 19 in four-year periods. Smith took just 108 innings to bag 22 Test centuries in his career, which is third-fastest of all time, Sir Don Bradman (58 innings), and Sunil Gavaskar (101) are ahead of him. Sachin Tendulkar got there in 114.

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December 15, 2017

During the opening game at Saurashtra Cricket Association ‘B’ ground in Rajkot Jadeja smashed a 69-ball 154 helped beat Amreli by 121 runs. The win gave last year’s semi-finalists Jamnagar four points.

Jadeja opened the innings along with Divyaraj Chauhan, and shifter his gare against offspinner Nilam Vamja who was bowling the 15th over of the inning and ended up conceding 48 in two overs.

Out of 154 runs Jadeja scored 120 runs came only in boundaries – 15 fours and 10 sixes and 6 off them came in one over. Jadeja got a good support from the other end in a form of Vishwaraj who struck 39 off 23 balls and helped the team to score 239 for the loss of 6 wickets.

Jadeja proves again:
earlier this year when Ravindra Jadeja was left out of the ODI squad, he bagged a double-century in his first Ranji Trophy innings of the season. Now, after not getting a call in the ongoing Sri Lanka limited-overs series, Jadeja – who has struck three first-class triple-centuries, the most by an Indian – stuck to the destructive pattern and hit six sixes in an over en route to a blistering century on the opening day of the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) inter-district T20 tournament.

The SCA inter-district T20 tournament features 16 teams divided into four groups. Jamnagar plays their next game against Botad on Saturday.

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