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10:14 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff In a surprise development, Oppo, the Chinese mobile manufacturing company that paid a record sum in 2017 to secure the sponsorship rights of the Indian cricket team, has bailed out of their contract three years before it ends. On Thursday, the BCCI said Oppo was being replaced by Byju’s, a
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10:44 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff MS Dhoni‘s version of down time after a World Cup campaign that took him and his team very nearly to the final itself is to spend a fortnight with the Indian army. The 38-year old wicketkeeper had expressed his unavailability for the tour of West Indies next month and will
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12:13 PM ET In a significant first, the BCCI has approved and recognised the Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA), the official players’ body for former cricketers. Currently, the ICA is not affiliated to Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA), and will be restricted to only former players – both men and women – unlike player associations
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7:44 AM ET To reduce umpiring errors, the BCCI has decided to utilise what it calls “limited DRS” during the Ranji Trophy knockout matches from this season. This restricted version of DRS will not comprise the Hawk-Eye and the UltraEdge, the two key elements of the DRS used in international cricket. Saba Karim, BCCI’s general
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8:43 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff The BCCI’s secretary will no longer convene selection meetings. Following a directive from the Committee of Administrators (CoA), the chairpersons of the respective selection committees will now convene the meetings except on overseas tours, where the team’s administrative manager will take over the convener’s role. It has been a long-standing
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2:55 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL campaign next year will have a new think-tank after the management announced changes to the franchise’s coaching set-up. The two-time IPL champions parted ways with head coach Jacques Kallis and assistant coach Simon Katich on Sunday, the former ending a nine-year relationship – as player and
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11:06 AM ET “Baffling.” That was the word former India captain Sunil Gavaskar used to express his disappointment with the Indian team management’s decisions ahead of, and during, their World Cup 2019 campaign. India had topped the league stage of the tournament, but lost by 18 runs against fourth-placed New Zealand in a thrilling semi-final.
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5:03 AM ET Middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu has communicated his decision to retire from all forms of cricket, two months after being controversially left out of India’s World Cup squad. “I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to decision to step away from the sport and retire from all
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12:12 PM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Smriti Mandhana, the star performer in Western Storm’s ride to the Kia Super League semi-final in 2018, will rejoin the team for the upcoming 2019 season, alongside India team-mate Deepti Sharma. Mandhana, the 22-year-old opener, topped the KSL batting charts last year with 421 runs at an average of 60.14
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