Snake Invades England Cricket Team’s Practice Session. Watch

Watch: Snake Invades England Cricket Team

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The England cricket team had a surprise visitor at their training ground in form a snake on Monday. The official Twitter account England Cricket posted the video on their account. “A surprise visitor to training this morning…,” they captioned the video. In the short 12-second video, two caretakers are trying to separate the snake from a pipe that it was entangled with. Onlookers and staff are trying to click photographs and making videos of the same. The England cricket team are in Sri Lanka for a long series where they will play 5 ODIs, 3 Tests and 1 T20I.

The first ODI of the series at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla, produced no result after rains forced the umpires to call off the match.

The second ODI was also curtailed by rain but England went on to win the match by 31 runs (DLS method). Captain Eoin Morgan hit 92 decisive runs to guide England to a damp squib win with rain halting play for the second straight match in their one-day series.

England were awarded a 31-run victory on a faster run-rate after a torrential downpour at the Dambulla ground.

The tourists scored 278 for nine from 50 overs, with Morgan hitting 11 fours and two sixes in his innings, while Test captain Joe Root made 71. The umpires stopped play with Sri Lanka on 140 for five after 29 of their overs.

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South Africa’s 2019 Cricket World Cup Plans Take Shape

South Africa’s time for experimentation ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup is coming to an end, according to coach Ottis Gibson. Speaking after rain washed out his team’s final Twenty20 international against Zimbabwe in Benoni on Sunday, Gibson said a short limited overs tour of Australia, starting later this month, would be a crucial part of the build-up to next year’s World Cup in England. “We want to go there with an attitude of trying to win,” said Gibson. “The squad that we pick will reflect that and reflect our feeling on the formula and the way we want to play cricket.”

South Africa were seldom under pressure in three limited overs and two Twenty20 internationals against Zimbabwe but tried to play the kind of positive cricket that will be needed for more demanding encounters.

“There is a lot being said about being positive. The key is having the will to stick with it even when things get tough,” said Gibson.

The Barbados-born coach said leading batsman Hashim Amla would miss the tour of Australia because of a finger injury but indicated that veteran bowlers Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir would make the trip, adding to the strike power of fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.

“I know what Rabada and Ngidi can do but for me the real excitement was watching Dale Steyn bowling in the second game in Bloemfontein,” he said. “It was fantastic to see him back to that level again, bowling quickly with that skill and accuracy.”

“There are a lot of guys we have in our thoughts who will be in the squad to Australia,” said Gibson. “For the last 12 months we have been looking at players. In the next couple of months, the players have been told that the window is closing all the time.”

After three one-day internationals in Australia, South Africa will have five-match home series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

“In those series we want to be focusing on a core of 17 to 18 players we will be looking at,” he said.

South Africa’s squad for Australia will be announced on Thursday.

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Mushtaq Ahmed Visits Cancer Patients In Pakistan With ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy

Former Pakistan cricketer Mushtaq Ahmed led the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour in Lahore, paying a visit to cancer patients at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. The official Twitter handle of Cricket World Cup posted the video of the visit in which Mushtaq can be seen talking with one of the patients, named Sabiha, who revealed Shoaib Malik was her favourite cricketer. She also spoke to Malik over phone during the trophy tour.

The ICC Cricket World Cup is slated to be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14, 2019.

The trophy tour began from the International Cricket Council (ICC) headquarters in Dubai on August 27. It will travel across five continents, 21 countries and over 60 cities for a period of nine months.

ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson according to a press release said: “The Trophy Tour is a unique opportunity for fans around the world to be part of the ICC Cricket World Cup and by going to more countries and more cities than ever before we’re giving people more opportunities to be part of this fantastic sporting event.”

According to ICC, the trophy will travel not only to countries taking part in the tournament, but for the first time ever will go beyond traditional cricket heartlands and connect with fans in a further 11 countries where cricket is growing including Nepal, USA and Germany.

After covering Pakistan, the trophy will move to Bangladesh followed by Nepal, India, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany before arriving in England and Wales on 19 February, 2019.

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After #MeToo Allegations, Cricket Board CEO Rahul Johri Not To Attend ICC Meeting

After getting dragged into the #MeToo storm, Board for Control of Cricket in India’s (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri will not represent the Indian cricket board at the upcoming two-day International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives’ meeting in Singapore from October 16 to 19. News agency ANI quoted a BCCI source as saying that Amitabh Chaudhary, the acting secretary of the board, will attend the meeting in place of Rahul Johri, who was reportedly accused of sexual misconduct via a social media post by a former colleague at a satellite TV channel.

Rahul Johri is yet to speak up on the issue, but the road is getting tougher for the BCCI main man. ANI has learnt from a BCCI source that all cricket associations are very concerned with the recent turn of events. They also feel that the continuance of Johri has become “untenable”, especially keeping in mind the presence of women employees in office.

In another development reported by ANI, associations are likely to hold a meeting to discuss on action over this issue.

Johri was also asked to give an explanation on the allegation within a week. However, he has not made any statement on the matter yet.

The ICC meeting, scheduled to be held from October 16 to 19, will discuss the possibility of including cricket at the summer Olympic Games and how to tighten various T20 and T10 cricket leagues in the future.

(With ANI inputs)

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Cricket Board CEO Rahul Johri Asked By CoA To Explain After #MeToo Allegations

Rahul Johri, the CEO of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, has been asked to submit his explanation by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) over the allegations of sexual harassment made against him, according to news agency ANI. The Committee of Administrators has asked Johri, who joined the BCCI in 2016, to submit his explanation within a week.

In the latest case of the #MeToo movement, author Harnidh Kaur has shared screenshots of a detailed account of a victim on her Twitter handle @PedestianPoet. In the post, Rahul Johri is alleged to have sexually harassed a woman on the pretext of a job when he was the head of Sales of a “niche satellite channel”. 

The woman alleges that Johri took her to his place where he said “the final part” of an interview would take place.

“Rahul Johri: Currently the CEO of BCCI – Ex Discovery Channel. Rahul was an ex-colleague. Through the times of partying at Raj’s house, then building a successful media business, and then wading through other channels — Rahul kept in touch with me,” read the screenshot shared on Twitter.

During a discussion on a possible job over coffee at a hotel, Johri is alleged to have suddenly got up and asked her to accompany him to his home. The woman says she knew his wife, having socially met and invited the couple to her home earlier for dinner. When they reached his house, the woman said that Johri took out the key to unlock the door to which she asked why did he not inform her that his wife was not home, only to be told what was there to inform.

In the house, after she asked for water, he came to her with his pants down and assaulted her, according to the allegations made against the BCCI CEO.

“Till date I have borne the burden of this sordid incident, blaming myself for this — I have wondered if I had showed I was needy, I don’t think so — but it’s all hazy and confused in my head,” she alleged.

“For years, I have told myself — that was so cheap of me — but the truth is, it was so sudden and so manipulated that I had no chance at even knowing what the hell this was,” read the post.

This is the third such instance in cricket after Sri Lankan cricketers Arjuna Ranatunga and Lasith Malinga were named earlier for sexual harassment.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Ireland’s Niall O’Brien Retires From International Cricket

Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien announced on Friday that he is retiring from international and first-class cricket after a 16-year career. The 36-year-old, who made his international debut against Denmark in 2002, played 216 times for Ireland and appeared in his nation’s first-ever Test, against Pakistan, in May this year. O’Brien opted for the number 72 shirt to mark his match-winning score in Ireland’s famous win against Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup.

His county career included spells with Kent, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.

“It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my retirement from international and professional cricket,” said O’Brien, who has played much of his career alongside his younger brother Kevin.

“I have been blessed to have been lucky enough to have represented my country for 16 years with plenty more ups than downs and for this I look back with nothing but smiles and laughter.”

Cricket Ireland performance director Richard Holdsworth said O’Brien had been symbolic of the rise of Irish cricket.

“He has the distinction of being central to one of those truly iconic Irish sporting moments — the World Cup win over Pakistan in 2007,” he said.

“While he had many more achievements throughout his career subsequent to this, it is the part he played in that win that etched him into the Irish sporting psyche and something he should be justifiably proud of.”

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India vs West Indies Fourth ODI Shifted To Cricket Club of India From Wankhede Stadium

The fourth India vs Windies ODI has been shifted to the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai from the Wankhede Stadium, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Friday. “Under the instructions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators, the fourth One-day International match between India and Windies scheduled on 29th October at Wankhede Stadium has been shifted to Cricket Club of India, Mumbai,” a BCCI press release read.

The Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium has a capacity of  20,000. The last ODI played at the stadium was between Australia and the Windies back in 2006, while the only T20I match was played between India and Australia in 2007.

The Windies are currently playing a two-match Test series against India. After the completion of the Test series, India will host the tourists for five-match ODI series, followed by a three-match T20I series.

The Windies had lost the first Test by an innings and 272 runs as India’s Prithvi Shaw scored a brilliant century on his Test debut. India’s win against the Windies in the first Test was their biggest innings wins ever.

Here is the revised schedule of the five-match ODI series.

India vs Windies 1st ODI, October 21 at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati

India vs Windies 2nd ODI, October 24 at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam

India vs Windies 3rd ODI, October 29 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

India vs Windies 4th ODI, October 29 at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

India vs Windies 5th ODI, November 01 at the Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram

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India vs West Indies 2nd Test Live Cricket Match When And Where To Watch IND vs WI Telecast, Live Streaming, Coverage Online

After outplaying the Windies in the first Test, confident team India will aim for a clean sweep when they take on the visitors in the second and final Test starting from Friday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, in Hyderabad. India thrashed the inexperienced Windies team, winning the first Test by an innings and 272 runs inside three days. Skipper Virat Kohli and his team will once again look to overpower the visitors, which is unlikely to put up a challenge against the No 1 Test side in their own backyard. India are likely to stick to the same playing eleven as India announced the same 12-member team for the second Test. The only cause of concern for the Indian team management will be the form of vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who failed to fire in the first Test. On the other hand, the West Indies will have to come out with something special to challenge the confident Indian team. Batsmen for the visitors succumbed to the Indian bowlers in Rajkot as the team failed to touch the 200-run mark in both the innings. The Caribbean batsmen will have to show patience in Hyderabad, unlike the last Test where they seemed to be in a hurry to leave the pitch with unwanted shots. A major relief for the visitors will be the return of pacer Kemar Roach and all rounder Jason Holder, who were not in the playing XI for the first Test.

When will the India vs West Indies, 2nd Test match be played?

The India vs West Indies, 2nd Test match will be played on October 12, 2018.

Where will the India vs West Indies, 2nd Test match be played?

The India vs West Indies, 2nd Test match will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

What time does India vs West Indies, 2nd Test match begin?

The day’s play will begin at 9.30 AM IST. Toss to take place at 9 AM IST.

Which TV channels will telecast India vs West Indies, 2nd Test match?

The India vs West Indies, 2nd Test match will be telecast on the Star Sports Network.

How do I watch online live streaming of the India vs West Indies, 2nd Test match?

The India vs West Indies, 2nd Test match live streaming will be available on Hotstar. You can also catch the live updates on

(All telecast and streaming timings are as per information received from the host broadcasters)

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New Zealand Cricket Association Adds Sexual Consent Guidelines In Players’ Handbook

New Zealand Cricket Association Adds Sexual Consent Guidelines In Players

The guidelines related to consent in sexual relationships has been included for the first time. © Facebook

New Zealand Cricket Players Association (NZCPA) has included guidelines related to the importance of consent in sexual relationships in the players’ handbook for the first time. The move came in the light of increasing cases of sexual harassment of women at workplaces, reported. “Making good decisions is important in all aspects of life. This is particularly important when relating to sexual relationships, and especially around matters of consent. No matter the situation, sexual consent is crucial,” read the new guideline.

“Remember, good consent is about good communication. If you want to have relationships with someone, you are required by law to get consent from them each time,” it added.

The step also holds significance in the backdrop of campaigns like #Metoo which gave women a platform to speak up about the sexual abuse inflicted upon them.

Earlier on Tuesday, former badminton player Jwala Gutta shared her story of ‘mental harassment’ on Twitter. She revealed that she was “thrown out” of the national team despite being a top performer. The 35-year-old, however, did not reveal the identity of the person behind her ouster, adding that her parents were also threatened and harassed.

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Daren Ganga Reveals Reason Behind Windies Cricket Downfall

India vs West Indies: Former Captain Daren Ganga Reveals Reason Behind Windies Cricket Downfall

Daren Ganga is a former West Indies opening batsman and captain © AFP

Former West Indies opening batsman and captain Daren Ganga revealed the reason why the Windies cricket team are not performing to the expected levels. West Indies were once a formidable force in world cricket but the last decade has seen them pummel to an extremely low level in terms of performances and results alike. West Indies succumbed to a disappointing and humiliating innings and 272-run loss against India last week. After India’s humbling, Daren Ganga shed light on the causes of the Windies cricket downfall. “When I played my first Test in South Africa in 1998 I played with Ambrose, Walsh, Lara and Hooper, and there was still a lot of pride. Now the young players in this team do not have anyone like that in a position of having been there and done that”, he told Indian Express.

He added the current crop of players didn’t have anyone to look up to. “It’s very hard to mature in an environment where you’re not winning. That’s the kind of depreciation that took place from the 1990s to now. Who does a Shai Hope look to for guidance? Who does Shannon Gabriel turn to when his back is against the wall when his fellow pacers have played 2 Tests between them? It’s like the blind leading the blind in a case of trial and error”, he said.

West Indies will hope to make amends to their dismal showing in the first Test against India at Rajkot. Their meek surrender at the hands of the strong team exposed their side’s frailties.

The Windies will have a chance to reclaim some of their lost pride when they face India in the second Test at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, starting October 12.

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