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Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi said that captain Virat Kohli leading batting line-up will make them favourite for the high-octane tournament between India and Pakistan. The match will take place on June 4 in Birmingham.

Afridi wrote in his ICC column that “As a passionate Pakistan supporter, it’s natural that I would want my team to finish on the winning side against any team, and especially against India. However, recent history and the depth of the India squad give it a slight edge heading into the game.”

“Led by Virat Kohli, the Indians possess a formidable batting line-up that can flay any bowling attack on its day. Kohli’s credentials as a top-order batsman are known to all and he has played some memorable innings in the ODI format.”

Shahid Afridi

“I have vivid memories of his sublime century against us in the 2012 Asia Cup, while he was at his absolute best in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 clash at Adelaide, laying the foundation of an Indian win with a masterful hundred.”

Afridi added that bowling to skipper Kohli will be a challenge for their Team bowlers, “For me, bowling to Kohli was always a challenge and Pakistan bowlers would have to be on top of their game against him. They must try and attack, especially when he is new at the crease. If Pakistan dismisses Kohli cheaply, it will significantly increase its chances of restricting India to a low score.”

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“While Kohli is the backbone, India possesses considerable firepower around him. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni are all match-winners and capable of churning out exceptional performances.”

Shahid Afridi

Afridi, who hold record taking most wickets in T20 International cricket, said that he was happy to see Yuvraj (his old friend) in the field. “I am really pleased to see my old friend Yuvraj return to the international fold with renewed hunger and passion for the game.”

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“I wish him the very best and hope to see him play in his usual belligerent way. Yuvi is a treat to watch when in full flow and some of his shots leave you awestruck. I do hope though that he reserves his best for the game following the opener against Pakistan.”

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Steve Smith

Australia skipper Steve Smith expecting better attack performance from his team in the remainder of the Champions Trophy after an “ordinary” present in their no result match against New Zealand.

On Friday, the rain came when Australia’s rescue match was finally deserted. With Smith’s men 53 for 3 off nine overs in chase of revised win target of 235 in 33. Smith’s pace bowlers allowed New Zealand to get off to a flyer.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson led his team with exactly 100. Williamson’s team were 254 for three in the 40th over and on course for a total well in excess of 300 following a dashing 65 from opener Luke Ronchi.

Steve Smith

Josh Hazlewood damage with six for 52 but his figures could not disguise and also returns from Mitchell Starc without any wicket of 52 and Pat Cummins one for 67.

The 28-year-old Aussie skipper Smith said “I thought it was probably one of the worst bowling displays that we’ve put on for a very long time. We bowled both sides of wicket. We gave them a lot of freebies. And it was pretty ordinary, to be honest with you.”

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Starc’s, left-arm pacer who’s the first match after the second Test against India in March. Smith said that Starc spearhead will come good in their second match of the Champions Trophy tournament against Bangladesh.

Steve Smith

“Let’s hope it’s rust and let’s hope it’s gone. Because that was pretty ordinary. Credit to them they came out quite hard and played quite well up top and got their innings going. Kane timed his innings beautifully, played really well throughout the middle but we did not bowl well at all.”

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Smith said the weather has safe his side a damaging defeat, “We still had a lot of work to do and they’ve got a quality bowling attack as well, so we perhaps got away with one there. We certainly would have preferred to be in New Zealand’s position when we came off at the end.”

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Mathews

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews is likely to miss the match against South Africa of the Champions Trophy 2017 due to a calf injury. The Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Wednesday, May 31st that Mathews complained of his calf pain and the management wouldn’t want to take a risk on Saturday match against South Africa.

Sri Lanka Cricket said in a release, “Mathews had complained of stiffness and pain, prompting the team management to conduct radiographic investigations, which revealed a strain on the muscle. He will engage in supervised recovery over the next few days but will most likely sit out the first group stage match.”

Mathews

If Mathews certainly does miss out that match over South Africa, it will be displayed with a huge blow for the island nation, who usually heavily dependent on the hardness he brings to the batting crease.

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After he sidelined from the international cricket since January due to a hamstring injury, Mathews marked in the Indian Premier League for Delhi Daredevils recently before joining his team for the mega event.

Mathews

Mathews immediately shot back to form with a trademark 95 against Australia but skipped his side’s next practice game against New Zealand.

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Opener Upul Tharanga, who will lead in Mathews’s absence in limited-overs cricket, is likely to take over the covering yet again on Saturday against South Africa in the Champions Trophy 2017.

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Vinod Rai

On Thursday, the members of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Committee of Administration (COA) Ramachandra Guha resigned and trapped the rest of his colleagues in the committee by surprise.

In January, Guha is one of the four members selected by the Supreme Court along with Vikram Limaye, Managing Director, and CEO of IDFC, Diana Edulji, former Indian women’s Test player.

The committee is started by Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

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Talking about the resigning of Guha, Rai said to India Today that “We don’t have any email from Ramachandra Guha on it. Nor does the BCCI CEO (Rahul Johri). Other members of the committee are also unaware. I am hearing from the media. If he has resigned, who has he sent the resignation to? We are also trying to find out from him.”

Vinod Rai

The bench of Justices M Shantanagoudar and Deepak Gupta was informed by Guha’s advice that he will accept his resignation on May 28 to Vinod Rai, who was the Chairman of the COA of the BCCI.

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The Committee of Administration was selected to certify that the Lodha Panel advice was applied by the BCCI. The top court bench, headed by the Justice Dipak Mishra, also directed the CEO of Board of Control for Cricket in India, Rahul Johri, to report to the panel of administrations.

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Virat Kohli

India skipper Virat Kohli was strongly satisfied after winning their second warm-up game against Bangladesh of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. On Tuesday, a supremely confident defeating Bangladesh by 240 runs and setup for the mega tournament in a forceful style and warning for arch-rivals Pakistan.

India creates short work against their sub-continental neighbour where they bowl them out for 84 in 23.5 overs at the Oval after piling up a commanding 324/7.

The 28-year-old India’s skipper Kohli said that all-win record in warm-up games was the perfect preparation ahead of the marquee clash against Pakistan on June 4. Later, India defeated New Zealand by 45 runs (D/L method) in the first warm-up game.

Virat Kohli

After the match, skipper Kohli said “Very pleased. We got what we wanted in both the games. Last game as well; the bowlers did a fantastic job. As soon as the cloud cover comes in, it becomes increasingly difficult for the batsman. Not taking anything from out bowlers. But it gets very difficult.”

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It was an all-rounder performance where they beat Bangladesh with solid batting by the opening batsman from Umesh Yadav (3/16 in 5 overs) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/13 in 5 overs).

Virat Kohli

Others batsman like Dinesh Karthik had made a strong case for a middle-order slot with a classy 94 off 77 balls.

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Shikhar Dhawan (60) got runs under his belt against a quality Bangladesh attack including Mustafizur Rahaman (1/53), Rubel Hossain (3/50) and Taskin Ahmed (0/45).

Hardik Pandya showed his value as an all-rounder with an equally impactful unbeaten 80 off 54 balls, which was tie with six boundaries and four huge sixes in the arc between midwicket and long on.

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Manchester United

Manchester United ranked as a Europa League most valuable club by a recent report into the financial strength of the mainland top clubs.

According to the report by professional services firm KPMG seems at the financial of 39 clubs based on their status on social media channels, revenues for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, and success in UEFA European competitions.”

United was ranked by project value, an accounting measure used to weigh up how much it cost to buy any company or club as it added a business’s total money owing.

Manchester United

Although, two moderately disappointing seasons on the pitch between 2014 and 2016, earlier United’s value rushed clear of Real Madrid and Barcelona, flattering the first to break the three billion euros (2.7 billion, $3.4 billion) mark as enterprise value.

Bayern Munich stays in fourth place, while Manchester City edge past Arsenal to take the fifth spot, both under the enterprise value of Euro 1.7 billion. Liverpool, Juventus, Spurs and Chelsea fill the next four positions, which mean six of 10 from the Premier League.

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KPMG global head of sports Andrea Sartori said in a statement that “The aggregate value of Europe’s leading football clubs suggests that the overall value of football, as an industry, has grown.”

Manchester United

“While this is partially explained by football’s broadcasting boom, the internationalisation of the clubs’ commercial operations, their investment into privately owned and modern facilities, and overall more sustainable management practices are also key reasons for this growth.”

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KPMG’s head Sartori added, “In terms of media rights value, the English Premier League sits comfortably at the top of European leagues, although other major leagues have outlined well-defined strategies to compete for the attention of global fans.”

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Vijay Goel

On Monday, the Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that the government stands on India-Pakistan bilateral cricket. He said that a series was not possible until cross-border terrorism stops.

India did not play any bilateral cricket against Pakistan in 2007, however, in the winter of 2012-13, Pakistan creates a short goodwill tour to India that included two Twenty20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals.

The minister’s comments were in reply to BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary stating that India was not unwilling to play a bilateral cricket series against Pakistan.

Sports Minister Goel said that BCCI should talk to the Indian Government before taking place with any proposal for the series.

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“BCCI must talk to the government first. Bilateral series with Pakistan will be difficult because terror and cricket can’t go hand in hand.”

Vijay Goel

Goel added, “Pakistan is spreading terrorism in Kashmir, indulging in cross-border terrorism. In these cases, we can’t have a bilateral series with them. As far as multilateral events are concerned, we have no control over those. So the two countries will continue to play each other in such tournament.”

Later this month, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sent a legal notice to BCCI claiming US dollars 60 million (Rs 387 crore approx) in damages. It blames the Indian board for not honouring an agreement to play five cycles of bilateral series within 2015 to 2023.

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 Mr. Chaudhary will talk with Pakistan Cricket Board this week in Dubai and will explain to them that the series can’t play without taking government permission. They will also request them to withdraw the case.

On Monday, Chaudhary said “We are not averse to a bilateral series with Pakistan. But everything depends on whether the government gives clearance. The series will not be possible without approval from the government.”

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Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that FA Cup final match win against Chelsea display for a new contract. He has come in for disapproval from a number of Arsenal fans this season after the club unsuccessful to step the Champions League for the first time in 19 years.

Wenger will currently expire in next month. However, the Gunners ended their season with a high 2-1 win in the Premier League Champions at Wembley. After the match, Arsene said that the board will hold a meeting on Tuesday.

When asked about the presentation ahead of the meeting, the 67-year-old former French footballer Wenger said “The best presentation is to watch the game (against Chelsea). I’ve played until the end of my contract, which is today basically. I think I have shown you that I have exactly the same commitment.”

Arsene Wenger

“For me, the contract does not have special meaning but, because of the debate, maybe I should have sorted that out earlier.”

Talking about he drilled into the players that succeeding against Chelsea, Wenger said “I just told them to focus on what is important, our future, the future of the club, whether I stay or not. The players play for their future, for the next season.”

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He added, “I love my job and I love to win. I love to build, I love to get people going and I love what I do. I invite you to live with me one day and one thing you cannot question is my commitment.”

Arsene Wenger

Wenger said about the fans who want his exit during the matches in the latter part of the season.” I am a forgiving man. You cannot be in this job (if you are not forgiving). The job is basically trusting human beings. If you cannot forgive, you cannot trust.”

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“The only bit of advice I have for young coaches – if you have a tendency to be paranoid, don’t do this job. I meet many Arsenal fans who are absolutely fantastic. It was maybe one per cent. Ninety-nine percent of our fans are absolutely fantastic. We play for the 99.9 percent.”

“That’s why I said it’s not about popularity, it’s about consequence. It’s the board who has to decide who will lead the club in the future. It’s for me afterward to decide, if they want me, whether it’s yes or no.”

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