With less than a year left for the 2019 World Cup, excitement has hit the shores of England and Wales, with exciting response to the first round of ticket ballots.

While their fortunes on the field haven’t turned yet, Cricket Australia are slowly earning back the trust of sponsors, acquiring a new naming rights partner on Monday (June 25).

Meanwhile, there is also a chronicle of the Indian captain’s journey from Kohli to Virat.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ticket demand sees new high (The New Indian Express)

The Old Trafford fixture between India and Pakistan proved to be the most popular, receiving enough applications to fill Wembley Stadium twice over, closely followed by the final at Lord’s on July 14.

Long Shield prep suits batters: Hazlewood (Cricket Australia)

Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood hopes his country’s aspiring Test batsmen can relax knowing they’ve got five full rounds of the JLT Sheffield Shield to push their case for national selection next summer.

Cricket Australia signs naming rights deal (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Real estate classifieds and services company Domain has struck a four-year naming rights deal with Cricket Australia. Domain joins Alinta Energy and Woolworths as the sport’s major domestic partners, with the agreement involving use of the company’s branding and content across mobile, web and social media platforms as well as on TV and at cricket grounds.

Butcher was flying the flag for black cricket everywhere (The Voice)

One of the most regular cricket posers of modern times is: ‘Just why are there no black men in the England Test team?’ There has been a dearth of black Britons representing the England side since Alex Tudor, below, played his last Test in November 2002.

Flashback: When Virat Kohli appeared for Mohun Bagan 9 years ago (DNA) 

Did you know Virat Kohli batted for Mohun Bagan AC?

Qualification system proposed for Ranji Trophy (The Hindu) 

At an event claimed by them to be a Special General Meeting (SGM), members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have proposed a qualification system for the new entrants in the Ranji Trophy, India’s premier First Class tournament, for the forthcoming domestic season.

Making most of Indian summer (The Independent) 

There’s something other-worldly about the cricket ground at Arundel, 50 miles south of London. Like Malahide, it is built on the estate of a Norman castle, but with respect to the picturesque Dublin village, Arundel is in a different league.

Kedar Jadhav undergoes surgery, vows to return stronger (The Times of India) 

Out of action for more than two months due to a hamstring injury, India cricketer Kedar Jadhav has undergone a surgery, and said he will work hard on his fitness to make a comeback into the team.

Will the Test Championship add context to cricket? (The Week) 

The ceremony of handing over the Test Mace that is awarded to the top-ranked Test team after a year is usually held sans any pomp and the criteria to award a team with the sole position remains debatable. The Indian cricket team retained the Test Mace earlier this year, but with Virat Kohli’s boys playing England, Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka at home last season, the award lost its significance. As soon as the team toured South Africa, their woes returned to haunt them and with tours to England and Australia coming up, it remains no secret that the prize is most likely to elude them in 2019.