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With the IPL emerging as the key topic of discussion, England batter  Harry Brook released the statement confirming his decision to withdraw from England's tour to India and then the Indian Premier League, where he was picked up by the Delhi Capitals. From the national capitals to Kolkata, Indian middle-order batter and KKR captain Shreyas Iyer is deemed doubtful for the Indian Premier League after re-aggravating his back injury.

Here in this article, we’ll look at all the big news that took place on March 14, but before that, let’s check the matches scheduled for the day.

Major cricket events that happened on March 14

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI - Chattogram

South Asian giants Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are all set to go head-to-head in the 2nd ODI of the three-match series. The hosts, Bangladesh, sealed the win in the first 50-over clash as Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed and Tanzim Hasan Sakib picked up three wickets each. Then with the bat, Najmul Hossain Shanto played a captain's knock of 122 and steered the Tigers to a six-wicket win.

Afghanistan vs Ireland, 1st T20I - Sharjah

After a one-off Test and a three-game ODI series,  Afghanistan and Ireland will battle it out in the shortest format with 1st T20I slated to take place in Sharjah. The Irish clinched the Test match but the Atalan Lions retaliated with a dominant 2-0 win in the 50-over leg of the tour. This match also holds significance as it marks the return of Afghanistan's premier leg spinner Rashid Khan after a long injury layoff.

WPL 2024 Eliminator: Mumbai Indians W vs Royal Challengers Bangalore W

The Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns in the eliminator clash of the WPL 2024 in Delhi. Both teams have performed well in the 2024 season and will hope to qualify for the final. Defending champions MI defeated the Bengaluru-based franchise once in 2024. But in their most recent clash, RCB registered a dominant victory in both teams' last game of the league stage. 

Harry Brook breaks silence on withdrawing from IPL 2024 and India tour

England batter  Harry Brook released the statement confirming his decision to withdraw from England's tour to India and then the Indian Premier League, where he was picked up by the Delhi Capitals for a price of INR 4 crore at the auction in December. Brook revealed that he lost his grandmother in February and wanted to be around his family while they are grieving.

Gautam Gambhir receives warm reception at Kolkata airport

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has joined his former IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders for the IPL 2024. On Thursday, the 2011 World Cup winner was spotted arriving in Kolkata and the fans emerged in huge numbers to have a glimpse of Gambhir. The fans at the Kolkata airport chanted, "GG, GG", Gautam Gambhir's nickname.

KKR batter Rinku Singh sets eyes on IPL 2024 trophy

 Kolkata Knight Riders star batter Rinku Singh recently joined his IPL franchise and a video of him travelling with former Indian cricketer Abhishek Nayar and KKR head coach Chandrakant Pandit has gone viral, where he claimed to lift the IPL trophy this season.  In a viral video on social media, Rinku Singh introduced himself, Abhishek Nayar, and Chandrakant Pandit, and made a bold claim.

Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne  hospitalized after meeting with major road accident

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Lahiru Thirimanne has been hospitalized after being involved in a road accident in Thrippane, Anuradhapura.   The Sri Lankan star has been admitted to the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital with minor injuries sustained in the accident as per local police. The authorities, further,  mentioned that the car in which Thirimanne was travelling got into a collision with a lorry, on the morning of March 14.

Shreyas Iyer doubtful for IPL 2024 after re-aggravated back injury: Reports

Indian middle-order batter and Kolkata Knight Riders' captain  Shreyas Iyer is deemed doubtful for the Indian Premier League after re-aggravating his back injury.  In the Ranji summit clash against Vidharbha, Iyer scored a valiant 111-ball 95 and then, as reported by TOI, reinjured his back. "It's not looking good. It's the same back injury which has got aggravated. It's unlikely that he will take the field on Day 5 of the Ranji Trophy final. He is in danger of missing the initial matches of the IPL," a source told TOI.

PSL 2024 Q1: Multan Sultans clinch consecutive final after beating Peshawar Zalmi

The Mohammed Rizwan-led Multan Sultans reached the final of the PSL for the second time in a row after taking down Babar Azam's  Peshawar Zalmi in 1st Qualifier.  For the Sultans, star spinner  Usama Mir emerged as the Player of the Match for his stunning spell of 2-16 in four overs which helped restrict Zalmi to  146. Then with the bat, the Pakistani trio of  Yasir Khan,  Usman Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed scored crucial runs to help Multan register a seven-wicket win.

Ranji Trophy 2024: Mumbai beats Vidharba by 169 runs to win 42nd title

Mumbai, under Ajinkya Rahane's captaincy, sealed its 42nd Ranji Trophy by defeating Vidharba by 169 runs in the final. In the first Mumbai had a decent outing with the bat and posted 224 which was followed up by a great bowling effort.  As Vidharba was bundled out for 105, Mumbai dug deep and posted a massive 528-run target in the fourth innings. Vidharba did fight back but another stunning bowling effort clinched the win for Mumbai.