India’s complete dominance over Sri Lanka, which ended with a comfortable win in the one-off Twenty20 International, dominated headlines on Thursday (September 7), with Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey’s heroics with the bat getting special mention.
Elsewhere, after a dramatic turn of events that compelled the Board of Control for Cricket in India to restore the Duleep Trophy in the 2017-18 domestic calendar soon after having scrapped it, the tournament was hit by last-minute withdrawals on the part of some players.
Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar is in a spot because of the BCCI’s conflict of interest rule.
Conflict of interest rule puts Sunil Gavaskar in tricky situation (The Times of India)
The BCCI’s conflict of interest rule has put former Indian captain and commentator Sunil Gavaskar in a difficult situation. According to the rule, Gavaskar has been asked to choose between his commentary role and his stake in his sports management company – Professional Management Group (PMG).
Sources told TOI that the former opener does not want to give up his commentary commitments and is willing to sell his stake in PMG to his immediate family members. However, he has been told by BCCI that selling the stake to close family members would not end conflict of interest between his two roles.
Why Indian captain is a role model for world cricket (Hindustan Times)
Soon after another Virat Kohli special killed the final Twenty20 game as a contest on Wednesday, vanquished Sri Lanka were not heaving a sigh of relief that the Indian cricket team skipper will finally board a flight for home.
Instead, Sri Lanka cricket team’s interim coach, Nic Pothas, urged his players to learn from what they had seen of Virat Kohli. He hit three centuries, two of them back-to-back in the ODIs, and three fifties in all since India landed in the third week of July.
A win-win-win for India (The Indian Express)
In the end, victory was easily achieved, thanks to a 119-run third wicket partnership (78 balls) between Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey. At 42 for two in the sixth over, India looked in a little spot of bother. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, after a lovely start, had departed. Kohli was batting on a run-a-ball eight then. It was time for him to wrest the initiative. A delightful innings followed, strewn with seven fours and a six. A boundary off Angelo Mathews, a peach of an on-drive that didn’t allow the long-on to move, was his best. By then, even the Sri Lankan fans had started to applaud the rival captain.
Players abroad, ill: Chaos reigns as domestic season begins (The Indian Express)
The 2017-18 Indian domestic season is off to an inauspicious start with the build-up to the first day’s play of the Duleep Trophy mired in colossal confusion. Not only are the teams and coaches making SOS calls to physios and trainers; they are also faced with some players being ruled out on the eve of the match due to injury and a couple who aren’t even in the country.
The pink ball challenge (The Hindu)
Indian cricket may be bristling with life against Sri Lanka, but, for the rest it will be a fresh beginning in the Duleep Trophy flood-light cricket with pink ball at the Ekana Stadium here from Thursday.
Even though it sprang suddenly as the season-opener, any First Class cricket is welcome for the aspirants who are keen to be ready when called for national duty.
Duleep Trophy: Time for young hopefuls to impress the selectors (The Times of India)
The experiment with pink ball under lights will continue as the domestic cricket season kicks off with the Duleep Trophy match between India Red and India Green at Ekana International Cricket Stadium here on Thursday . With India playing a lot of cricket at home, it will be a chance for the `young turks’ to impress the selectors. The likes of Shreyas Iyer, Basil Thampi, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Sidharth Kaul, Ankit Bawne, Sudip Chatterjee, Shahbaz Nadeem, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj and Aniket Choudhary , who were part of the India `A’ teams to South Africa recently , will look to carry their game forward.
A special women’s committee formed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, after the Indian team’s fine display in the recent ICC Women’s World Cup in England, held a brainstorming session at the Cricket Centre here on Wednesday.
The idea of forming the committee was essentially meant to give an impetus to domestic tournaments by creating opportunities in the under-16, under-19, under-23 and in the senior categories.
CAB to form a task force to strengthen women’s cricket at grassroots level (The Indian Express)
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) will reportedly form a task force in order to develop women’s cricket at grassroots level in India. Not only this but the CAB is also set to bring in all the state women cricketers under medical insurance scheme and kickstart a local tournament.
Nasir Hossain send off to Pat Cummins gets tongues wagging (Sydney Morning Herald)
The line between what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour on a cricket field is again in question after Bangladesh’s Nasir Hossain gave a cheeky send-off to Australia’s Pat Cummins on day three at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
You can be a cricketer for the West Indies, but that is rarely all you can be. When you don the maroon cap, whether you like it or not, you are not simply a batsman or a bowler. You become a code and a cipher, an ambassador and a messenger, a custodian of tradition and a vessel for hope.
Test cricket faces a bleak future with the sport’s administrators failing to control the “runaway weed” of the hugely popular Twenty20 format, former West Indies pace bowler Michael Holding has said.
Holding said it was an example of the five-day format playing second fiddle despite a thrilling second Test between England and the West Indies at Headingley providing five captivating days for large crowds.
Stump kicker Michael Holding gives team mate Brian Lara a sendoff (New Zealand Herald)
So Michael Holding has marked out his long, flowing runup and given former West Indies team mate Brian Lara a bouncer squarely between the eyes, and New Zealand are in the heart of the dispute. Problem is, while the champion batsman Lara may not be the right guy to be throwing stones at Holding, he has a point. The spat between the two came out of Lara’s MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture at Lord’s on Wednesday.