With the ODI World Cup 2023 nearing, in a big update, the International Cricket Council has asked BCCI to prepare batting friendly pitches. As reported, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have been asked to provide a 60-40 pitch conducive to batting. Also, just ahead of the Asia Cup, a good news surfaces as KL Rahul resumed wicketkeeping on Saturday.
Here in this article, we’ll see all the news from August 26.
As the preparatory camp of Team India for the Asia Cup 2023 moved to its second day at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, great news has come out for cricket fans with regard to the fitness of KL Rahul. On August 26, Saturday, Star Sports, the broadcaster of the Asia Cup, revealed that the 31-year-old started wicket-keeping practice after he had suffered a niggle while recovering from a thigh surgery.
India is set to host the forthcoming ICC ODI World Cup 2023 from October 5, where the season opener will be a rematch of the 2019 WC final. However, before the tournament, the hosts have reportedly been directed to prepare more batting-friendly pitches.
According to reports by the Hindustan Times, the international regulating body has passed clear instructions to the hosts for pitch curation. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have been asked to provide a 60-40 pitch conducive to batting.
Player comparisons among fans and experts have been a common theme over the years. The most recent and heated debate is Virat Kohli vs. Babar Azam, and this gets spicier as the two players are from rival countries. Lately, Sanjay Manjrekar has weighed in on the topic, saying that it's ‘unfair to compare a young Babar to a well-established legend like Kohli.
WATCH: Babar Azam gifts his gloves to young kid during ODI series against Afghanistan
Pakistan cricket captain Babar Azam, who has been in red-hot form ahead of the Asia Cup 2023 won the hearts of his fans yet again. The Pak cricketer, who is regarded as one of the finest batters of all time, kept the promise he made to his young fans in the recently concluded Lanka Premier League 2023. Azam gifted his fan a pair of gloves and even posed for a picture.
The former Pakistan leg spinner, Danish Kaneria, has concurred with the decision of the Indian selectors to not pick Yuzvendra Chahal, 33, in the Asia Cup 2023 squad. The 42-year-old talked about how the leg spinner isn’t deserving to play for Team India, due to his inconsistent performances at the international level in both ODI and T20I formats recently.
IBSA World Games: Indian Women's Blind Cricket Team wins Gold, defeat Australia by 9 wickets
The Indian women's blind cricket team made history on Saturday, August 26, by winning the gold medal in the rain-curtailed final of the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games 2023 in Birmingham. India beat Australia in the finals by a margin of nine wickets as they comfortably chased the revised target of 43 in 3.3 overs.
Henry Olonga, one of the best fast bowlers in the history of Zimbabwe cricket, issued a public apology over the false news of Heath Streak’s death on August 27, Saturday. The 47-year-old, who currently resides in Australia, had taken to his official Twitter account to reveal to the world that his former teammate passed away a few days ago before the details emerged that the player is still well and truly alive.
WATCH: Wanindu Hasaranga gets emotional during his younger sister’s wedding
Wanindu Hasaranga was spotted getting emotional during his younger sister’s wedding, in a viral video circulated on social media. The 26-year-old could not hold back his tears when she went towards him to give a big hug.
Former South African batter-wicketkeeper AB de Villiers has picked his ex-Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Virat Kohli to play at the number 4 position for the upcoming Asia Cup and ODI World Cup. ABD made this claim on his ‘360 Show’ on his YouTube channel and also discussed the teams for the Asia Cup.
Sourav Ganguly picks India’s 15-member ODI World Cup squad
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has named his India squad for the ODI World Cup 2023. Sourav Ganguly, who was in a chat with Star Sports has decided to exclude the trio of Sanju Samson, Tilak Varma and Prasidh Krishna from the squad, whereas he has included both KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer in his 15-man squad. However, he has kept Tilak Varma, Prasidh Krishna and Yuzvendra Chahal as back-ups.
With the Asia Cup 2023 just four days away from the start, the reigning champions of the tournament have been hit with a major blow. The Dasun Shanaka-led side, who will aim to defend their title at home this year, will reportedly be without star bowler Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga.