The Indian Premier League 2017 is in its third week, the stage where the number of experiments go down and teams begin to get very, very serious about where they stand and where they need to be.

Indian dailies on Friday (April 21) did a large part of the job for the teams – in case they want a bit of help – while Suresh Raina was not impressed at all with the way MS Dhoni was removed as the skipper of Rising Pune Supergiant, saying that a player of Dhoni’s stature demanded more respect.

Why MS Dhoni should’ve been shown more respect – Suresh Raina explains (Hindustan Times)

Suresh Raina was one of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s trusted lieutenants during the best days of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and not only does Suresh Raina “miss” his captain but also feels disappointed in the manner he was removed from Rising Pune Supergiant’s captaincy.

Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach tells why they changed opening pair in IPL 2017 (Hindustan Times)

On a quiet day in the middle of an unusually hectic season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach and former Australia cricket team opener Simon Katich spoke to HT about what’s right and what’s not with the two-time champions this season.

Gujarat Lions’ Aaron Finch wishes Kolkata Knight Riders’ Chris Lynn was playing (Hindustan Times)

In the way Gujarat Lions’ Aaron Finch wished Chris Lynn was present and playing at Eden Gardens on Friday and in Indian Premier League (IPL) 10 was reminiscent of how Alejandro Sabella sought Neymar’s presence in the 2014 World Cup after the Brazilian superstar got injured.

No concession for Sachin Tendulkar: BCCI refuses footage at a discount (The Indian Express)

The BCCI has turned down a request from 200 Not Out, the production company behind the film “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” who are seeking a discount for procuring video footage of Sachin Tendulkar’s batting and other significant visuals from the former great’s career for his upcoming biopic. The board have, however, agreed to provide Tendulkar’s famous three minutes and 50 seconds retirement speech at Wankhede Stadium on the last day of his lengthy career free of charge to the production company.

No response to Status Reports makes CoA helpless (The Hindu)

The Supreme Court has not responded to the three Status Reports submitted to it by the Committee of Administrators (CoA), much of it on a number of items related to Justice Lodha Committee’s reforms in cricket report; and this has largely impeded the CoA from making any significant headway in the matter of implementing the Lodha panel’s recommendations that were accepted by the Supreme Court on July 18, 2016.

And the options are… (Amedabad Mirror)

It has been three months since India played their last ODI. There still are 45 days for the next ODI, against Pakistan on June 4at Birmingham, where India kick start their Champions Trophy defence. In between, there were Tests against Australia and Bangladesh and then the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). In a couple of days or so, the MSK Prasadled national selection panel will sit to pick the 15 men who will represent the country.

Jonny Bairstow had the year of his life in 2016 but is determined to improve in all forms: ‘I’ve got that hunger and desire to keep pushing myself’ (Daily Mail)

Jonny Bairstow is in no doubts. ‘A break makes you fresh and excited about playing again,’ said England’s player of last year. ‘The last thing you want to do is stagnate and think “here we go again, the season’s starting”.

Kevin Pietersen rules out return to England ‘nonsense’ (Independent)

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has said he never wants to play for the national side again, stating he could do without the “nonsense”. The South African born cricketer, who currently plays for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League, established himself as one of England’s finest batsman in the modern era but endured a difficult relationship with the ECB.

Liam Livingstone is the face of England’s belligerent next generation and a glimpse of what is waiting in the wings (Independent)

It is June 2012. England need 173, their highest ever successful chase in Twenty20 international cricket, to beat the West Indies. They chase down the target with ease, powered to victory by the belligerence of Alex Hales: he blitzes 99, England’s highest ever individual score in a T20. Still, he cannot get near England’s ODI squad.

Usman Khawaja talks about being on the outer in India, his future in ODIs and this summer’s Ashes (FOX Sports)

Usman Khawaja has every right to be disillusioned with his current standing point in Australian cricket. Snubbed throughout the Border-Gavaskar series and dumped from the one-day team, Khawaja has copped a bit of a raw deal. But he’s handled it with grace and class at every turn.

Broad’s helping hand to Aussie speedster (cricket.com.au)

He never though he’d share the new ball with one of his country’s greatest recent Ashes nemeses, but James Pattinson says Stuart Broad is helping him to become an even more fearsome pace prospect ahead of a potential showdown next summer.

Proteas can lift ICC Champions Trophy (Supersport, SA)

This South African team possesses the balance, the X-factors, the allrounders and the pedigrees to go all the way at the ICC Champions Trophy tournament in England from 1st to 19th June, said four former SA players asked about the recently-released squad.

Law hoping last Test success provides momentum for Windies (T&T Guardian)

Head coach Stuart Law hopes West Indies can build on their strong finish to their last Test series against Pakistan, as they prepare to take on the Asian side in a three-Test rubber starting in Jamaica, tomorrow.

Afridi backs Misbah, Younus retirement decisions; says PCB should respect players (Express Tribune)

Former Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi has once again criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over its mistreatment of players.

Afridi, while talking to the media at that National Stadium in Karachi, praised retirement decisions of Test captain Misbahul Haq and veteran Younus Khan.

Misbah to receive Spirit of Cricket Trophy (Express Tribune)
Retiring Test cricketer Misbahul Haq has won the hearts of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) with his good behaviour and will soon become the first-ever recipient of the Imtiaz Ahmed Spirit of Cricket Trophy, which will also earn him a cash prize of Rs 500,000.