While the opening day of Afghanistan’s maiden Test venture against India in Bengaluru dominated headlines all over the world on Friday (June 15), there was a variety of news making the rounds especially in women’s cricket.

The Afghanistan Test also saw a beloved statistician reach the century mark while attention was also on the ongoing One-Day International series between England and Australia where David Willey revealed the tussle between Yorkshire and his eventual IPL team, Chennai Super Kings, the latter obviously winning out in the end.

Mint presents an interesting suggestion about cricket being the tool for South Asian diplomacy while The Telegraph features cricket in Corfu.

India Women’s Cricket Team up in arms against coach Tushar Arothe, allege ‘excessive interference’ (Indian Express)
Last week, the Indian women’s team lost to Bangladesh, who clinched their maiden Women’s Asia Cup T20 title.

Sources in BCCI told The Indian Express that players are unhappy that the coach had been rigid and captain Harmanpreet Kaur had no say in selecting the final team. The situation got dire soon after bowlers were instructed to bowl according to directions from Arothe, which players said was adding to the confusion. During an Asia Cup game, bowlers were forced to adopt negative lines even while the Bangladesh batters kept sweeping. While back in the nets, there was no proper planning for daily practice schedules, according to the list of grievances communicated to the BCCI. Players alleged that there was no one to monitor how much time one batter got in the nets and very little communication from the support staff.

Statistician Gopala Krishna officiates 100th international match (The Times of India)
Born on August 12, 1946 at Channarayapatna in Hassan district of Karnataka, Krishna was selected to assist a radio commentary team of the All India Radio in the capacity of a scorer-cum-statistician for the India-Sri Lanka Test at Kandy and two subsequent ODIs at Colombo in 1985.

He was also one of the statisticians on Doordarshan’s panel for Reliance World Cup matches held in India during October-November in 1987.

Asked which was the world record that he cherishes the most, Krishna said it was the 2007 Australia-India series when for the first time a team had posted three figure stands for the seventh and eighth wickets in the same innings.

No Eid bonus for Tigresses (The Daily Star)
According to a member of the champion team requesting anonymity, they did not even receive match fees which would have helped them to at least buy gifts for their families.

“We did not receive any cash bonus yet. We were told that we will get that from the Prime Minister after Eid but it would have been great if we had received some amount to celebrate,” the cricketer told The Daily Star yesterday under condition of anonymity. Most of the cricketers are not well off.

The BCB’s working committee has also proposed a revised salary structure for the members of the women’s team, according to which the cricketers will receive between Tk 20,000 and Tk 50,000 per month, whereas previously it was between Tk 10,000 and Tk 30,000.

David Willey reveals Yorkshire had threatened to ‘rip contract up’ in displeasure at IPL deal (The Telegraph)
Yorkshire did not carry through with their threat, according to Willey, who was not sold in the original IPL auction but was signed by Chennai Super Kings as a late replacement just as Yorkshire’s season started, hence their ire.

Now harmony has returned, Willey said: “I’ve signed another year at Yorkshire which is going through today and I still want to play all formats.”

We have come to expect players to champion the IPL when their franchises pay so much: Willey was reported to have signed for CSK for £225,000. Yet Willey, and the others, speak with vehemence about the non-financial benefits of the IPL – which will even extend to Yorkshire, he believes.

From ashes, the record-smashing White Ferns rise (Stuff.co.nz)
While New Zealanders were hearing the news over breakfast yesterday of 17-year-old Kerr’s incredible double century knock, the White Ferns were in a bar in their Dublin hotel having a quiet celebration of a “pretty special” week.

“Amelia was an absolute superstar today, but all of the team have performed really well all through the series. Centuries from Leigh Kasperek, Maddy Green and Sophie Devine, and that world record 494 – so many things to look back on and be proud,” says Bates, who left out her own record-breaking ton. (See the impressive list of records below).

“But the team also realise we have a massive challenge ahead of us on the rest of this tour, so we know not to get too far ahead of ourselves.”

What lies ahead is a T20 tri-series against England and South Africa starting next week, followed by an ODI series against the world champion English.

‘The less I know the better’: Ball tampering scandal left Ponting shocked (Sydney Morning Herald)
Ponting, who captained Australia in 77 Tests and 221 one-day internationals, is working as an advisor to coach Justin Langer in England for the five-match one-day series.

He maintains he’s never seen or heard anything suggesting a cultural problem within the camp during a similar role with the team earlier this year.

“If you’d have asked me [then] what the culture of the Australian cricket team was I would have told you it was outstanding,” Ponting said.

However he acknowledged there were evidently underlying issues he was unaware of that led to the third Test debacle during a spiteful series against the Proteas.

Stuart Broad interview: England seamer explains how punditry has given him a greater insight (Sky Sports)
“I wish I’d done more younger as you understand how it all works and that if you are getting criticised, a lot of the time it is not personal, it is just an angle to talk about your technique.

“If I’d have known how it all operated before then I would have been a lot more relaxed over the last couple of years. The media are just looking for something to talk about to give interest to the viewers.

“It was slightly nerve-racking before I went on air. Different nerves to playing, as I was stepping into the unknown somewhat. Credit where credit is due to the pundits because there is a lot going on.

Scotland won’t stop Grant Bradburn from applying for Black Caps job (New Zealand Herald)
New Zealand Cricket are likely to have a solid pile of candidates for the job when it’s advertised soon. There are no guarantees for Bradburn, who took ND to limited overs and first-class titles before heading overseas.

“I suspect there aren’t many jobs in the world he would leave Scotland for, but that would be one and we would absolutely recognise that. We wouldn’t stop him going for that job,” Cannon said.

Scotland have beaten four full member nations and Bradburn, who played seven tests and 11 ODIs in the 1990s and early 2000s, has been a significant figure in their growing professionalism, Cannon added.

Ponting asks more of mercurial Maxwell (Cricket.com.au)
Ponting has been brought in by coach Justin Langer to help out with a largely inexperienced side and has been impressed with what he’s seen from the big-hitting 29-year-old.

The former Test captain, having coached Maxwell in Delhi, believes once he finds some consistency, he can become the most dangerous white-ball batsman in the world game.

“I think I understand Glenn very well,” Ponting said.

“He doesn’t have to prove it to anybody. He’s just got to work out the best way for him to play.

Take your pick: cricket, burgers, armageddon? (Mint)
The biggest unifier in this stressful scenario involving over a billion-and-a-half people is the game of cricket. And India is the biggest home of cricket in the world. Its cricket board is the richest, and more people watch cricket here (but only when it involves Indian players) than in any other part of the world. Which is why, when a teenage Nepali cricketer burst into the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament this summer, it made news.

Sandeep Lamichhane, a 17-year-old leg spinner, didn’t get to play much for his team, Delhi Daredevils, but on the few occasions that he did—toward the tail end of the tourney—he was superb. He picked up five wickets at an economy rate of 6.83, helping Daredevils beat Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the eventual champion. In the match against CSK, he was named man of the match. The first Nepali to have made it to IPL, he was strongly backed by Australian legends Ricky Ponting and Michael Clark.

Cricket in Corfu: How passionate Greeks (and determined Englishmen) are keeping the sport alive (The Telegraph)
The game’s continued presence on the island is a story of sporting endeavour winning out over climate, politics, war and the indifference of most other Greeks. It is the legacy of, and a tribute to, the warmth of Anglo-Corfiot relations: Corfu was a British protectorate from 1815 to 1864, and the first game of cricket on the island was played in 1823, between the officers of a Royal Navy ship moored in the harbour and the British soldiers who manned the local garrison.

It wasn’t long, though, before the game began to establish a place in the hearts of the locals. The first Corfiot cricket team was set up in 1893, and soon the island established itself at the centre of the game in Greece, with five pitches and (eventually) 11 teams.