Green Team Home Tue, 25 Sep 2018 21:26:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Green Team 32 32 120283898 WATCH: MS Dhoni’s hilarious warning to Kuldeep Yadav on field Tue, 25 Sep 2018 21:25:52 +0000 When it comes to conducting oneself on the field, there are very individuals in the game better than MS Dhoni. Apart from his scarcely-believable exploits on the field, the legendary skipper has made a name for himself for the way he conducts himself.

Whether his team wins the World Cup or suffer a humiliating loss, Dhoni is rarely seen letting his emotions get the better of him.

But then again, the veteran keeper-batsman never shies away from delivering cheeky remarks from behind the wickets. From guiding bowlers to giving them an earful, Dhoni always remains in action.

Well, something similar was seen on Tuesday when India were playing against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup. With regular skipper Rohit Sharma rested, Dhoni led the team, much to everyone’s delight. And he did not take long to turn back the clock.

Kuldeep pressed for a change on the field but Dhoni was adamant not to give the spinner his choice of field against Afghanistan during the last Super Four match of the Asia Cup in Dubai. Kuldeep persisted for a change but Dhoni not only turned a blind eye to his request but also gave him a cheeky reply; “Bowling karega ya bowler change karein”.

Here’s the Video:

Kuldeep recently recalled an incident during a chat show that Dhoni asked him to make some change on the field but the spinner was okay with it. Dhoni lost his cool and screamed at him, “Am I mad who has played 300 matches?” Kuldeep immediately made the desired change and soon got a wicket. Dhoni then told him, “That’s what I was talking about”.

Meanwhile, the game was Dhoni’s 200th ODI as India captain. He had last captained India in the ODI series against New Zealand. He thus became only the third player to lead a side in 200 ODIs. Ricky Ponting led Australia (ICC) in 230 ODIs from 2002-2012 while New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming led in 218 ODIs from 1997-2007.

Coming to the game, Afghanistan rode on century from Mohammad Shahzad to post a challenging 252 for 8.

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Twitterati trolled Indian Cricket Team as India-Afghanistan tie Asia Cup match Tue, 25 Sep 2018 20:34:00 +0000 DUBAI: Afghanistan pulled off a sensational tie off the penultimate ball against India in the Super Four stage match of the Asia Cup in Dubai on Tuesday.

Mohammad Shahzad’s 124 lifted Afghanistan to 252-8 in 50 overs while India were all out in 49.5 overs with the scores level.

Title holders India have already qualified for Friday’s final where they meet the winners of Pakistan and Bangladesh match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Earlier, Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan won the toss and opted to bat in the Super Four Asia Cup match against India in Dubai on Tuesday.

The match is inconsequential as title holders India have already qualified for the final to be played in Dubai on Friday while Afghanistan are out of contention.

The second finalist will be decided in the last Super Four game between Pakistan and Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

India have rested skipper Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal with Mahendra Singh Dhoni taking over as captain and leading he team for the 200th time in a one-day international.

Here’s how Twitterati reacts:


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Investigations under way in Umar Akmal fixing scandal, said ICC Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:23:07 +0000 The head of International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit Alex Marshall said investigations are underway against Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal.

Earlier, this year, Akmal during an interview said, he was offered $200,000 by fixers to leave two deliveries in one of the matches. He also claimed that he was offered money to skip matches against India.

“I was once offered $200,000 for leaving two deliveries. I was also offered to skip matches against India,” he said in the interview.

The batsman also said that he was approached during ICC World Cup, including the 2015 edition played in Australia and New Zealand.

However, Akmal had failed to mention if he had reported this to the anti-corruption unit or not.

According to ICC anti-corruption code 2.4.4 and 2.4.5, players are bound to report all the corrupt approaches made to them during any event and failure of doing so carry a minimum punishment of five years.

Moreover, the ICC had conducted Akmal’s interview two months ago regarding the allegations.

The out-of-favour batsman was sent back from last year’s Champions Trophy after being declared unfit and was also dropped from the Lahore Qalandars side after failing to perform with the bat.

Earlier, Umar Akmal has been accused of inciting his teammates to throw cricket balls at the batsman during a first-class game.

Test cricketer Usman Salahuddin claimed that Akmal used inappropriate language and encouraged his teammates to throw the ball at him.

Salahuddin tried to hit Khurram Shehzad with his bat when the ball came towards him.

The match referee fined Salahuddin and Shehzad 50% of their match fees. No action has been taken against Akmal yet.

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WATCH: Shoaib Akhtar got angry on Indian Journalist in Live show Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:10:44 +0000 What happened to India cricketer Gautam Gambhir while he was on a Pakistani news channel, the same happened to former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar during a chat show on an Indian news channel.

The anchor goes on to link Swacch Bharat with the India Pakistan tie which confuses the fast bowler and Akhtar says please keep the questions straight.

It seems Akhtar is disturbed by the line of questioning from the anchor. Just to keep a control on things, the anchor sarcastically asks the fast bowler what will now be the strategy of Pakistan after the humiliating defeat.

Not long ago, Gambhir was mocked at in a Pakistani channel, where he was asked nonsensical questions, but Gambhir did not get perturbed as he came up with brilliant counter-replies. Gambhir was also in the panel of ABP news.

Here is the video:

Meanwhile, India has made it to the finals in style, without losing a single game. Rohit Sharma’s men now lock horns with Afghanistan in a dead rubber, where there is nothing at stake for either of the two teams.

Bangladesh plays Pakistan in the Asia Cup Super Four Match 6, the winner takes on India in the summit clash on September 27.

Pakistan cricket coach Mickey Arthur said on Tuesday, Pakistan still has a chance to win Asia Cup.

Speaking to Geo News, Arthur said, “Pakistan will win their last Super Four game against Bangladesh on Wednesday.”

“They will then take revenge for the two losses against India by beating them in the final,” he added.


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Dhawan’s Twitter account got hacked and hacker sends message to Rashid Khan Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:43:16 +0000 A few days ago veteran Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir’s Twitter account was compromised and now it’s Shikhar Dhawan whose account was compromised.

Team India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who is quite active on micro-blogging site Twitter, tweeted on Sunday that his account has been hacked.

Dhawan is presently in the Dubai participating in the 2018 Asia Cup where India play Pakistan in the Super Four stage. Other than the on-field commitments, Dhawan found himself occupied by an off-field activity where he had to secure back his account.

On successfully doing so, he posted a tweet telling everyone about what had happened and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan was one of those people who had received a message from Shikhar’s compromised account.

“Hi friends, please ignore any messages you may have received from my handle recently. My account was compromised but it has been restored,” Dhawan had tweeted on Sunday afternoon, a few hours before taking on Pakistan in the Super Four clash of the Asia Cup.

Here’s what Dhawan tweeted:

Although it isn’t quite known as to what message the hacker had sent to people, but Rashid Khan was glad that the same was clarified by the Indian cricket team opener. “I received it  bach Gaya,” Rashid tweeted in response to Dhawan’s message.

Here’s what Rashid Khan replied;

Dhawan and Rashid have been two of the most productive players in the Asia Cup. While Dhawan is the highest run-scorer with 213 runs under his belt, Rashid leads the bowlers’ chart with 7 scalps to his name. Both players play for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League and hence the camaraderie between the two can be understood.

Earlier, veteran Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir’s Twitter account was also hacked by anonymous hackers on Saturday.

After hacking Gambhir’s account, the hackers sent out messages to a few popular personalities including the likes of former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist, Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh, and former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara.

After Gambhir’s account was restored, he also posted a tweet and tagged all of them with a warning that hackers might have got some personal information out of them.


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Five international cricket captains approached by bookies last year, reveals ICC Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:09:32 +0000 The International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed on Monday, that five international cricket captains have been approached by bookies in the last year.

Speaking at an event in Dubai, Alex Marshall the head of ICC’s anti-corruption unit confirmed that, as many as five international captains have been approached for spot-fixing over the last 12 months; four of them from Full Member countries, ESPNcricinfo reported.

Out of all captains that have been approached, Pakistan cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmed is the only one to have publicly stated that he was approached by a bookie during the series against Sri Lanka last year.

According to sources Sarfraz, who was shopping with his family at a mall in Dubai when he was approached by a bookie ahead of the second ODI against Sri Lanka.

The bookie came up to the captain, who first thought he was a fan requesting for a selfie. The man, however, made a spot-fixing bid to Sarfraz who turned it down on the spot and reported the approach to PCB’s security officials staying with the team.

“There have been 32 investigations in the last 12 months, eight involve players as suspects,” Marshall said.

He further added, “Five of them involve administrators or non-playing personnel. Three of these individuals have been charged. Five internationals captains have also reported receiving approaches to spot-fix.”

Moreover, Marshall said, “Corruptors love captains. They look for intermediaries. They look for weak links.”

Speaking about where the bookies are most likely to be from, he said, most, if not all, bookies were Indians.

“That does not mean they operate out of India. They are all over the world. And they love T20 cricket since it is easiest for them to spot-fix little periods of the game.”

Earlier, ICC chief executive Dave Ricardson had said, “T20 matches have increased the number of fans, has attracted new fans and with more people following the game there is a bigger risk that there could be efforts to corrupt those matches.”

“There is an indirect relationship between the T20 matches and the increased risk. Our priority is to increase the fans so if we have to work harder then we are ready for that,” he added.

Earlier, while still trying to figure out the “true identity” of alleged match-fixer Aneel Munawar, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has hired a betting analysis company to investigate his claims of having fixed Test sessions in a recent TV sting operation.

“Based on what we already know, we have engaged the services of an independent betting analysis company to examine the claims made about particular matches,” the ICC said in a statement.

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PCB made a big decision regarding Afghanistan Premier League Tue, 25 Sep 2018 07:05:52 +0000 The first season of the Afghanistan Premier League will be held in 2018 as the top sides in the country come together along with some of the top players from around the world for this tournament.

The fans will now get to watch some of their best cricketers feature in a home-grown Afghanistan Premier League T20 starting from 5th to 21st October 2018.

The Afghanistan Premier League will be played in the UAE in the first season with Sharjah expected to be hosts for majority of the matches. In the first season, there will be five teams based out of the following provinces in Afghanistan – Kabul, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Balkh and Paktia.

The league will be played over 17 days with 23 matches in total. Each of these teams will face off against the other four twice. At the end of the league stage of the competition, each side would have played eight times and the top three or four teams will make it to the knock-out stage of the tournament.

While Afghanistan Premier League is about to start, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided that only retired cricketers can participate in the upcoming season of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL).

According to sources, the PCB has informed in-action players with its decision, which allows only retired players to play in the APL whereas players currently playing domestic or international cricket will not be provided with a No Objection Certificate (NOC).

Former captain of the Pakistan cricket team Shahid Afridi is the only player who will be participating in this year’s APL after the decision by the cricketing board, sources added.

The decision means Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal and Iftikhar Ahmed will not be allowed be able to play.

In response to a question from media personnel present at the event, Mani said he was concerned about the T-10 league.

“No one knows about its administration or how it would be funded,” he stated. Nevertheless, he informed journalists that he would soon provide an update on the T-10 league.

Due to previous instances of match-fixing, the PCB chair said the Pakistani cricket players have to be “covered” ahead of such a league.

Mani also mentioned that in his upcoming meeting with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on October 20, he would extend an invitation to foreign teams to visit Pakistan.

The APL will start from October 5 till October 21.

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T10 League 2018 All Teams Complete Squad Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:01:45 +0000 Dubai: The second edition of the T10 League, to be held over November and December in the UAE, received a thumbs up from some of the past greats of the game like Wasim Akram, Daniel Vettori, Darren Sammy, Dean Jones and Robin Singh — who are associated in different capacities with the teams. The Players’ Draft was conducted at the V Hotel in Al Habtoor City till late evening on Monday.

Asked about the future of T10, Akram said: “I was there last time in Sharjah and the stadium was full for four days. It was a different ballgame, it was so quick there was no time to even breath as a batsman or even think. This is one of those formats where bowlers can get paid to get hit. It is fun.”

Akram, who played the role of mentor and coach of the Maratha Arabians and is also now the director of the T10 Leagues Talent Hunt programme in Pakistan, feel T10 is the future. “I feel shorter format in cricket is the future and T10 is the answer for it.”

Former Australian great Jones, who is the coach of the Pakthoons team, was asked whether five-over tournaments will be the next in-thing. “I don’t think it will get any lower.

In a way, I am starting to think that bowlers are going to get smarter in cricket. So far batsmen only used to get ahead of the bowlers. The best offensive teams in T20 teams win in also 50-over cricket, so I think the same will be in T10 cricket.

You need to field and take the right catches. This might be the format that will do well in the United States and Canada. I am hoping T10 could be the right format for even the Olympics, ” he said.

Sammy, the icon player of Northern Warriors team, loves the T10 format.

“It is entertaining and cricket should be entertaining. Earlier it was T20 that brought in entertainment. This format is another opportunity to bring more fans into the game. It is hard on the bowlers but it brings a lot of excitement to the fans. Fans come to watch and get entertained and hopefully it will bring more new fans into the game.”

So here are the squads of the six teams:

1. Maratha Arabians

Rashid Khan (icon), James Faulkner, Alex Hales, Dwayne Bravo, Kamran Akmal, Lasith Malinga, James Vince, Liam Livingstone, Brendan Taylor, Adam Lyth, Roelof can der Merwe, Najibullah Zadran, Richard Gleeson

2. Pakhtoons

Shahid Afridi (icon), Colin Ingram, David Willey, Mohammad Irfan, Liam Dawson, Colin Munro, Andre Fletcher, Sohail Khan, Shatrafuddin Ashraf, Chadwick Walton, Shapoor Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Cameron Delport

3. Bengal Tigers

Sunil Narine (icon), Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Asif Ali, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Morne Morkel, Aamir Yamin, Mohammad Nabi, Kusal Perera, Sherfane Rutherford, Kevon Cooper, Rayad Emrit, Ali Khan

4. Punjabi Legends

Shoaib Malik (icon), Evin Lewis, Chris Jordan, Luke Ronchi, Liam Plunkett, Mohammad Sami, Zahir Khan, Umar Akmal, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tom Moores, Anwar Ali, Jade Dernbach, Hassan Khan

5. Kerala Kings

Eoin Morgan (icon), Kieron Pollard, Sohail Tanvir, Paul Stirling, Dasun Shanaka, Chris Gayle, Junaid Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tom Curran, Fabian Allen, Niroshan Dickwella, Imran Nazir, Benny Howell

6. Rajputs

Brendon McCullum (icon), Mohammad Hafeez, Rilee Rossouw, Chris Lynn, Mohammad Shahzad, Tymal Mills, Carlos Brathwaite, Rahat Ali, Samit Patel, Qais Ahmed, Ben Dunk, Shan Masood, Peter Trego

7. Northern Warriors

Darren Sammy (icon), Andre Russell, Dwayne Smith, Wahab Riaz, Nicholas Pooran, Ravi Bopara, Rovman Powell, Harry Gurney, Chris Green, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Khary Pierre, Kennar Lewis

8. Karachians

Shane Watson (icon), Jofra Archer, Anton Devcich, Colin de Grandhomme, Ben Laughlin, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Dawid Malan, Fawad Ahmed, Isuru Adana, Joe Clarke, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Irfan Jnr

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Indo-Pak tensions unlikely to impact cricket scene, said Ehsan Mani Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:32:32 +0000 The ongoing tense relations between Pakistan and India are not likely to impact the cricket scene, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairperson said Sunday night.

In a press conference here, Ehsan Mani, the PCB chair, said he was in touch with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has shown optimism for the India-Pakistan bilateral series in the near future. The arch-rivals have not played a bilateral series in any format since 2012-13 due to continues political tensions.

The tensions increased further in the recent days after cancellation of talks between foreign ministers of both countries on the sidelines of the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) conference in New York, which ignited a strong response from Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who on his official Twitter account, lambasted the Indian counterparts for showing ‘lack of vision’.

The PCB chairperson said he was never in favour of the BCCI nor against it.

Mani, who recently became the head of PCB following former chairman Najam Sethi’s resignation, while talking to The Indian Express in Dubai on Sunday, expressed his views that politics should not influence cricket.

“Politics has no role to play in cricket,” said Mani. “If politics enters, then cricket will be used as a tool. I strongly believe politics and politicians shouldn’t influence cricket. As far as Imran Khan’s tweet is concerned, India had also given a statement, it was a reaction to that. His statement shouldn’t be looked at in isolation. When politicians talk, we shouldn’t get it into it.”

He added: “Cricket boards have to work towards playing cricket, they shouldn’t get into politics, that’s what we’re talking with our Indian counterparts. There’s some bridge building to do, hopefully we will be able to make some ground because the relations haven’t been great. We should focus on matters concerning the cricket boards.

Even when the Kargil incident happened, we didn’t stop dialogues. We knew cricket was tough, but every effort was made to renew bilateral ties.”

Mani also revealed that he had constructive discussions with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s officials for potential bilateral series on the sidelines of ongoing Asia Cricket Council’s meeting on September 20.

“I met the Indian board officials on the sidelines of the ACC meetings and we had a productive discussion,” said Mani. “The Test Championship is apparently in two cycles. For the 2019-21 cycle, they have already made their calendar. But I’m assured by the ICC that in the second cycle from 2021-2023, Pakistan and India are scheduled to play each other.”

The PCB are involved in a legal battle for $70 million compensation against the BCCI for not honouring a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2014 at the time of the formation of Big Four, and Mani believes it will be tough to comment on what will be the outcome of the hearing which will take place on October 1.

“There’s a process that has started is in its last stages,” said Mani. “All the processes have taken due course, the final statements are due from October 1-3 through the ICC arbitration panel. At this stage, it will be tough to comment. I’ve said this earlier, had I been involved when the dispute happened, every effort would have been made to sort it bilaterally. Unfortunately, we are where we are. We have to still progress, but my doors are always open.”

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ICC decided to hear PCB’s case against BCCI Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:24:18 +0000 The International Cricket Council (ICC) will hear Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) case against Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for claiming damages on India’s refusal to play a bilateral cricket series from October 1-3 at its headquarters in Dubai.

The case filed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be heard at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Headquarters in Dubai.

The PCB is being represented by Khwaja Ahmad Hosain, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan, Alexandros Panayides of Clifford Chance, London, Lawyers from Clifford Chance, London.

Lawyers from LMA Ebrahim Hosain, Pakistan, Salman Naseer, PCB GM Legal Affairs, said a spokesman of the PCB here on Monday.

On the other hand the Dispute Panel hearing the matter will consist of Michael Beloff QC, Chairperson, Jan Paulsson and Annabelle Bennett.

Earlier PCB had filed the $70 million compensation case against BCCI for not fulfilling the Memorandum of Understand (MoU), which was signed at the time of the formation of ‘Big Three’.

According to that MoU, arch-rivals were set to face each other in six bilateral series from 2015-2023, four of which were supposed to be hosted by Pakistan.

However, not a single series was materialised after BCCI claimed that it has not received permission from the federal government to play the Men in Green due to political tensions between both countries.

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