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SL Vs SA Test: Danushka Gunathilaka Suspended From All International Cricket by SLC

Sri Lanka batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been suspended from all forms of international cricket by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) pending an inquiry. The development came at the end of the third day’s play in the second and final Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Colombo.

Gunathilaka’s fee for the match would also be withheld pending the outcome of the inquiry. Details about the exact nature of Gunathilaka’s offence have not been revealed yet.

Gunathilaka has been no stranger to controversy. In January he was officially reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the Twenty20 International tri-series against Bangladesh when he gave Tamim Iqbal a send-off, which earned him one demerit point.

Gunathilaka was also officially reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the ODI tri-series final in Mirpur, in January earlier this year, and consequently had one demerit point added to his disciplinary record.

In the ongoing Test match, which Sri Lanka are in a superb position to win and seal the series 2-0, Gunathilaka has played a big part, scoring 57 and 61.

Earlier, Gunathilaka was suspended for three matches by SLC last October for misconduct during the home series against India.

ICC Crackdown On Ball Tampering: Increases Ban For Players Found Guilty

Players found guilty of ball-tampering can now be banned for up to six Test matches or 12 one-day internationals after the International Cricket Council (ICC) toughened its code of conduct.

The ICC has also introduced sanctions for ‘new offences’ including personal abuse and audible obscenities. Chief executive David Richardson said the new sanctions represented a “clear desire” to restore trust in cricket.

“With regard to building a culture of respect, the board agreed that members should treat each other with respect as well as ensuring that their teams respect each other, the game and the match officials,” he said.

Changing the condition of the ball is now listed as a level three offence, with a maximum sanction of 12 suspension points.

It follows the Australia ball tampering scandal against South Africa in March.


Virat Kohli Embarrassed by Waiter Is Going Viral On Internet

Virat Kohli is one of the finest players in cricket history of India. His leadership skills are beyond perfection.  He has got extraordinary sportsmanship quality that no other captain has so far. He gets accolades for his game from all the cricket fans. He has been so very consistent with his play till date. His talent is not only appreciated in India or abroad but also in Pakistan.

In a bizzare incident, it appears that Kohli was left absolutely shell-shocked and embarrassed by a waiter during India’s tour of South Africa earlier this year.

Kohli went out for lunch with his teammates in the Capetown and that is when he got stuck in an embarrassing situation. While the entire team was enjoying the local cuisine, the captain of the team was soon recognized by a waiter over there and he immediately asked for Kohli’s handshake while telling him how much he enjoys his game. Soon another waiter came near Kohli and grabbed his hand out for a handshake.

Meanwhile, Kohli noticed another waiter reaching his hand out towards him and immediately gave his hand to the waiter. But for the utter embarrassment of Kohli, the waiter actually stretched his hand to pick a dirty plate from the table Kohli was sitting in. Kohli was left embarrassed before all his team mates who have joined him for lunch.’

He said “these guys went mad. I felt so embarrassed. He didn’t even look at my hand.” Kohli narrated this incident in an interview.

AB de Villiers Retirement: Mr. 360 Says he’s ‘tired’ and ‘running out of gas’

South Africa batting star AB de Villiers announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. AB de Villiers announced the decision via a video message on his Twitter handle.

“I’ve made a big decision today,” De Villiers’ tweet message said. “Hi, this is the Tux Cricket Club, the high-performance centre in Pretoria where 14 seasons ago I arrived as a nervous youngster when I was first called into the Proteas squad. Today, at the same place, I want to let you know that I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect,” De Villiers said in the attached video message.

“After 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, 78 T20Is. It is time for others to take over. I have had my turn and to be honest I am tired. This is a tough decision. I have thought long and hard about it. I would like to retire still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series win against India and Australia, now feels the right time to step aside.

It would not be right for me to pick and choose where and when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me in green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful to my teammates, coaches and the staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years,” De Villiers said.


He announced his decision on Twitter on Wednesday bringing to a close an International career that spanned 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 Twenty20 internationals from which de Villiers scored over 20,014 runs. The 34-year-old bows out as South Africa’s fourth most successful Test batsman with 8765 runs at 50.66, second-highest run-getter in ODIs with 9577 at 53.50 and second in T20Is with 1672 at 26.12. He scored 22 Test centuries and 25 in ODIs, with a best of 79* in T20Is.

AB de Villiers, who made his international debut in 2004 against England at Port Elizabeth, represented South Africa in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is.

The right-hander has 8765 Tests, 9577 ODIs and 1672 T20Is runs to his name.

In his 114-Test career, the South Africa veteran batsman has scored 22 centuries and 46 half-centuries at an average of 50.66.

So guys, Will miss AB di or not? If yes, comment below the best innings of AB in below section.

IPL 2018: ‘Chennai Super Kings’ Lungi Ngidi to Fly Back Home

Chennai Super Kings’ South African bowler Lungi Ngidi will head home from the Indian Premier League (IPL) after the sudden death of his father.

Ngidi was all set to play for Chennai Super Kings after being brought by them on the back of his promising performance during the bilateral Test series against India, where he took six wickets in his debut match, showing glimpses of his talent. The promising speedster was waiting on the wings to get his chances for the first time in the Indian Premier League after sitting out from first two matches. However, for the time being, there is a concern over his availability for upcoming matches as Cricket South Africa on Saturday (April 14) announced that the pacer is returning home following the death of his father.

“Cricket South Africa is shocked and deeply saddened by the passing away of Mr Ngidi. We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to Lungi and his family. May the Lord be with him and comfort the rest of the Ngidi Family during this difficult time,” said CSA President, Chris Nenzani in the statement.

“I am taking this moment to pass my condolences to the Ngidi family. It has to be even more difficult to lose a father figure at such a young age for Lungi. May the soul of Mr Ngidi rest peacefully,” added CSA Acting Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe.

So far, the rookie pacer has played three Tests, four ODIs and three T20Is for South Africa and claimed to be an able replacement to fill the void of Morne Morkel, who retired after the conclusion of the Australia series.

Virat Kohli Praises Aiden Markram After Opener Hits Ton Against Australia

Aiden Markram has stated that it is a special feeling to hear praise from one of the guys he looks forward to in cricket – Virat Kohli. Earlier, Virat Kohli, who is enjoying a break from cricket, had posted words of praise for the South African opener, who played two splendid innings in this series.

Impressed by the 23-year-old’s brilliant knock at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, India skipper Virat Kohli took to Twitter and lavished praised on the South African batsman. Following his knock of 152 off 216 balls, Markram made it clear that the appreciation is mutual.


Markram confirmed that the appreciation is mutual. “It’s quite a special feeling. There are a lot of players that I look up to who are a bit older than me and he is one of them,” Markram said after his century. “His competitiveness is something to admire and his motivation to keep scoring runs is something I’ve tried to take on board.”

Virat Kohli (captain) of India and Aiden Markram of South Africa at the toss during the 2nd One Day International match between South Africa and India held at Supersport Park Cricket Ground in Centurion on the 4th Feb 2018
Photo by Ron Gaunt / BCCI / SPORTZPICS

Markram also thanked the Indian skipper. “He came across and said, ‘Well played, you were unlucky to get out.’ It was a great touch from him. He is a massive competitor as everyone sees on the TV, but it’s great to see that he has got good values that people off the field might not see. It was a great gesture and it meant a lot.”

Currently, South Africa are leading the series 2-1 and if the team will be able to win the fourth Test, it will be their first home Test series win post-apartheid.

Candice Warner Involved In War Of Words With Ex-England Captain Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan made light of the Australia’s wish to complain about the abuse they were getting from the crowd and Candice Warner reacted angrily to that.

“It’s making me chuckle the Aussies are making an official complaint about the personal abuse they are receiving,” Vaughan tweeted.

Candice Warner then furiously replied, “I’m glad it’s making you laugh” before adding, “so you would approve of the same treatment to your wife and three kids.”

Vaughan soon then hit back by saying the behaviour of Australian cricketers on the field had something to do with the outrage off the field.

“Absolutely not,” Vaughan said, “but off field anger in my experience starts with on field behaviour by players, so maybe you need to look closer to home as to why.”

Following a bust up between David Warner and Quinton de Kock where the Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman reportedly made comments about Candice Warner’s tryst with New Zealand rugby star Sonny Bill Williams in a Sydney hotel in 2007, South Africans also started chanting about the 2007 tryst.

Some South African supporters even reached the stadium donning Sonny Bill masks that only served to further infuriate the Australian camp.

David Warner’s tour of South Africa has been marred by various untoward incidents.

Captain Steve Smith and his vice-captain Warner stepped down from their “leadership” roles in the Australian team after admitting to being orchestrators of a plot to tamper with the ball during the third Test in Newlands, Cape Town.

Australian opener Cameron Bancroft was caught red-handed by television cameras appearing to rub a yellow object on the ball during the third Test.

The ICC suspended Smith for one Test and docked his entire match fee while Bancroft got a 75 percent fine and three demerit points.

Reports suggest Cricket Australia is set to hand Smith and Warner far graver punishments. Smith is set to lose his captaincy permanently while the duo also face one-year bans.


Steve Smith, David Warner could face Life Bans After Ball-Tampering Scandal

The International Cricket Council may have suspended Australia skipper Steve Smith for just one Test over the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test, it appears Cricket Australia (CA) may take a much stronger view of it.

Steve Smith, David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft were booed off the field as Australia were hammered by South Africa on Day 4 of the third Test.

The report said CA’s head of integrity unit, Iain Roy, and team performance manager Pat Howard have travelled to Cape Town to begin an investigation after CA Board were asked by the Australian Sports Commission to strip Smith and Warner of captaincy and vice-captaincy for the remainder of the third Test that ended in Australia’s 322-run defeat on Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, while Smith was banned for a match, opener Bancroft was fined 75 percent of his match fee and handed three demerit points for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

Bancroft admitted that he breached Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3.” and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, and as such there was no need for a formal hearing.

As soon as the incident was shown on the giant screen, the player was questioned in the presence of his Smith by the two on-field umpires, Richard Illingworth and Nigel Llong, who, along with third umpire Ian Gould and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar, later charged Bancroft.

The umpires inspected the ball at that time and elected not to replace the ball and award a 5-run penalty as they could not see any marks on the ball that suggested that its condition had been changed as a direct result of Bancroft’s actions. The umpires though agreed that Bancroft’s actions were likely to alter the condition of the ball and he was therefore charged under Article 2.2.9

While Smith admitted on Saturday that the team’s ‘leadership group’ was behind the decision to indulge in ball-tampering, it was later learnt the entire leadership, which also included Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, was not involved. This has put the focus purely on Smith and Warner.

‘Rabada bumped me harder than it actually looked’ says Steve Smith

Kagiso Rabada was allowed to continue for the rest of the series vs Australia after his two-match suspension was reversed.

Steve Smith was involved in the infamous incident in the second Test against South Africa which resulted in Kagiso Rabada getting a two-Test suspension. That decision, however, was later overturned following an appeal. This, Smith believes, has set a troubling standard and precedent for the game. He also suggested that Cricket Australia will reconsider their policy of not challenging charges handed out by ICC match referees in the aftermath of the incident.

Australia captain Steve Smith, speaking at Cape Town ahead of the third Test, was quoted as saying that there was now a ‘line in the sand’ with regard to on-field physical contact.

“I certainly think he (Rabada) bumped me a little bit harder than it actually looked on the footage,” Smith was quoted by as telling told reporters at Newlands.

“It didn’t bother me too much. I guess the emotion after you get out you don’t really …. He’s won the battle.

“What’s the point of over-celebrating? And getting in the face of a batter, you’ve already won the battle.

“But they’ve obviously decided what’s deliberate contact and what’s not and apparently it wasn’t.”

“The ICC has set the standard, haven’t they?” Smith added. “There was clearly contact out in the middle. I certainly won’t be telling my bowlers to go out there and after you take a wicket go and get in their space.

“I don’t think that is on and part of the game. But the standard has been set,” Smith was quoted as saying.

The third Test in the series begins on Thursday at Newlands where incoming match referee Andy Pycroft could have his hands full.

India vs South Africa: India Eyes on clinching the series by winning 2nd T20I

India dominates South Africa as the visitors lead 3 matches T20I series by 1-0. Virat and Team eyes on winning the series as the Team looks in perfect form.

The Men in Blue won the first T20I at Johannesburg by 28 runs and a victory in the second match will see them wrap up another series win on this tour.

 A highly competitive 1-2 loss in the Tests, followed by a comprehensive 5-1 ODI triumph has made for quite a roller-coaster tour so far and the Indians would be aiming for a happy end to the long sojourn with a T20 victory.

A prospective 3-0 series win would also help India climb up the ICC T20I Rankings and take up the second spot behind Pakistan. However, if Australia beat New Zealand in the T20 tri-series’ final (on Wednesday as well), India would stay on in their current third position.

A word from the Indian camp is that Virat Kohli will be fit in time for the game. The skipper had hobbled off in latter stages of the previous game on Sunday with a left hip problem. The team management had deemed the issue as “nothing serious”, and as such, he is expected to walk out at toss time.

Kohli had suffered a slight knee issue while fielding in the first ODI at Durban as well, but he brushed it off to score a fine hundred thereafter. Even so, another injury scare only underlines his exhaustive workload.

Wrapping up the series here might also enable Kohli to take time off and sit out the final T20I in Cape Town, keeping in mind his hectic schedule over the next three months. If at all, India do need to consider his absence from this second match, then K L Rahul would come in as a replacement.

The pitch at Supersport Park has played slow throughout this tour and the same is to be expected once more. In that light, India could once again opt for two spinners in the eleven, and ‘chinaman’ Kuldeep Yadav comes back into the reckoning.

Even left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who hasn’t got a game on tour yet, could be considered given his ability to keep things tight. The one surprising element for India was Suresh Raina’s elevation to number three. If Kohli does play, will he repeat this ploy once again?

Kohli’s ‘demotion’ to number four, despite staggering average at his favoured spot, helps stabilise the lower middle order at least in the short term. Meanwhile, only last Tuesday, South Africa had faced a do-or-die moment in Port Elizabeth and now have their backs up against the wall for the second time in eight days.

The hosts had put their hopes in a basket full of new eggs. Yet, despite hitting the refresh button, they weren’t able to muster the required challenge for a high-flying Indian team at the moment. AB de Villiers is now ruled out of this T20I series (with a left knee problem) as well but Cricket South Africa has not named a replacement. So, JP Duminy must find solutions from within the available squad.

The stand-in skipper was adamant that their plans at Wanderers – including the decision to bowl short to India’s top-order in the powerplay overs – were sound enough, and just needed proper execution.

In that light, it is easy to assume the same playing eleven could take the field yet again. It remains to be seen if the Centurion pitch will provide them enough bounce to try out the short-ball ploy once again, or indeed if the Proteas have thought of a plan B this time around.

Teams (from):
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur.

South Africa: JP Duminy (capt), Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala, Reeza Hendricks, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.