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  1. Virat Kohli behaved like a clown in South Africa: Paul Harris

    There was no need to bring Virat in this case. Rabada did know that he'd earn demerit points for his questionable actions, so why do it then when it means missing test matches? 2 test matches suspension might be a tad harsh, but he is not learning & I've been watching him give send offs, using foul words since 2015 when he was relatively new to his team.
  2. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/australia-in-south-africa/paul-harris-drags-virat-kohlis-name-into-kagiso-rabada-steve-smith-controversy/articleshow/63312247.cms NEW DELHI: Reacting to the Kagiso Rabada-Steve Smith controversy, South African left-arm spinner Paul Harris dragged Indian captain Virat Kohli’s name in to the mix claiming that during India’s tour of SA, Kohli behaved 'like a clown’ and yet no action was taken against him by the International Cricket Council (ICC).Harris, who played 37 Tests for South Africa, went on to say on Twitter on Monday that the two-match suspension on Rabada, after being found guilty of a Level 2 ICC Code of Conduct offence of 'inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player', shows that ICC has a problem with Rabada or the South African team. Incidentally, the ICC had sanctioned Kohli for repeatedly complaining to the umpires about a damp ball and then aggressively throwing it to the floor during the second test against South Africa in Pretoria. He was fined 25 percent of his match fee and received one demerit point. Rabada received a fine of 50 per cent of his match fee and three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge. Rabada has accumulated eight demerit points within a 24-month period, automatically leading to a two-match suspension. The incident happened in the 52nd over of Australia's first innings of the second Test, when moving towards the slips, Rabada made contact with Steve Smith with his shoulder. Earlier in the day, South Africa spearhead Vernon Philander took to Twitter to accuse Smith of initiating the shoulder contact with Rabada. Philander went on to say that Smith gave the shoulder to Rabada and is ‘just as guilty’ as the fast bowler. However, Philander was quick to backtrack and deleted the tweet, claiming his account was hacked.Philander, who played the match in question, had also took a dig at the Australian skipper in the tweet stating that Smith could have avoided contact and it seemed that Smith could have tried ‘some football skills to get a penalty’.
  3. https://circleofcricket.com/category/Nidahas_Tri-Series_2018/18251/nidahas-tri-series-2018-slc-chief-bats-for-more-india-sl-matches Nidahas Tri Series 2018: SLC Chief bats for more India - SL matches India and Sri Lanka have played six Tests, eight ODIs, and four T20s in the last nine months. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) doesn't seem satisfied with the latest International cricketing affair with India, as its president Thilanga Sumathipala wants to play more cricket with them even though they have contested each other in 12 Tests, 15 T20s, and an astounding 62 ODIs in the last decade. Citing an example of Australia-England, who have been playing each other many times as compared to other nations, Sumathipala said'they should play more with India'. As per Hindustan Times, Sumathipala said at the inauguration of Sri Lanka’s new Brain Centre, for player development, “Australia is playing England in the Ashes many times. They play five Tests. So, we feel we should play more with India. They are the No 1 side. Except this tournament, all were bilateral series agreed by the FTP (Future Tours Programme). It sometimes happens that teams play each other frequently while some don’t play for 6-7 years due to FTP pressures.” Meanwhile, India and Sri Lanka have played six Tests, eight ODIs, and four T20s in the last nine months, and currently playing in the Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series, also involving Bangladesh. Sumathipala also said that SLC’ main aim is to revive the Sri Lanka Premier League. He signed off by saying, “We want to launch this year and are looking at a window for the next few years. SLPL was stopped half-way through the last time and we want to make it commercially viable this time. The dates are August 18 to September 10, which will be followed by the Asia Cup.”
  4. F1 Any1?

    I was following F1 a few years back, when Vettel was dominating with Red bull. Now it is all Lewis Hamilton's show with Mercedes.
  5. http://www.espncricinfo.com/thestands/content/story/1139998.html Kagiso Rabada has been suspended for two Test matches, after he was found guilty of a level 2 code of conduct offence in Port Elizabeth. The incident took place on Friday when the Soutn African fast bowler made physical contact with outgoing batsman Steven Smith. Rabada received three demerit points, taking his total eight within the last 24 months. According to the ICC's rules, that activates a two-Test ban, meaning the Man of the Match from St George's Park will not be in action at Newlands in a week's time, or in Johannesburg on March 30. South Africa have 48 hours to appeal the decision. "I found that there was contact between Rabada and Smith," the match referee Jeff Crowe said. "And in my judgement the contact by Rabada was inappropriate, and deliberate. He had the opportunity to avoid the contact, and I could not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental. "It is also disappointing that this has happened the day after the pre-match meeting I had with both teams, where the importance of respect for opponents was highlighted. "I take no pleasure in seeing a player suspended, particularly a young player of Kagiso's talent, but he has now breached the ICC Code of Conduct on a number of occasions." There had been another disciplinary charge hanging over Rabada on Monday: after bowling a peach to dismiss David Warner on Sunday, he indulged in a send-off. The ICC handed him another demerit point for that, which means he is be on the threshold of 12 points. Twelve demerit points equate to six suspension points, meaning he might miss at least three Test matches.
  6. Another 5fer for Rabada & has taken 10fer in this game. He is truly class. A shame that he'll miss tests in this series.
  7. This is the rhythm of AB de Villiers

    ABD is a top performer, one of the best batsman of our generation. Leave aside the comparison with other batters, just marvel at his immense talent. From 227/7 to 382 a.o, wonderful performance along with the tail. Hope ABD continues to entertain us in tests for a few more years & put all these rumours of his retirement from longer format to rest.
  8. Yes he doesn't look that much. But quite a busy player on crease.
  9. Yes I saw it, it was in the last over. Its not like the stadium was completely full & fans were falling over each other, the Bangladeshi fellow pushed away the middle aged SL fan. Had it been my experience, I could've kicked his *****.
  10. Many in their team have. Compare that to SL of the mid 90s where they were destroying teams & without any constant need of validation from others.
  11. When he made his test debut, he was below 5 feet. But he eventually grew to cross 5 feet & currently at 5'3".
  12. Murky business of all those involved will come out in the open, so why take pre emptive action. Just let them wander anywhere they want & play the blame game rather than taking responsibility. Before Mallya & Nirav Modi, a certain Lalit Modi too vanished away conducting IPL 3 & since then has never come back. More than 20+ charges pressed against him including FEMA act. Were the authorities not aware that when serious questions were asked during the ongoing IPL itself, Modi would slip away at some point of time having all powerful connections? Extradition is simply a pain, Portugal enquires(even on humanitarian grounds) so many times about Abu Salem as if he is their loving son-in-law.
  13. Very sad but true: Shami may never play for India again

    What's her current age btw? Her ex-husband said that she was studying in Class 10th when they got married. Is it true that she was a cheerleader for KKR in 2010-11?

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