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Ben Stokes is all set to become next Test captain of England

Joe Root has agreed to take up the role of England’s Test Captain with Gary Kirsten being the head coach. Also England is set to return to a split-coaching structure after series of losses.

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Ever since the most successful test captain of England, Joe Root had resigned from captaincy, there were speculations about who would become the next test captain. But now it seems like the England Cricket has finally found the successor of Joe Root. Reportedly, Ben Stokes was approached for the Test captaincy and the cricketer has agreed to take up the responsibility.

If reports are to be believed, then and official confirmation by England Cricket will be made in the next 48 hours. And not just the new captain, an official announcement for the head coach will also be made, with Gary Kirsten confirming that he is available and interested to take up the role.

Hence by the end of this week England Cricket will have a new Test Captain Joe Root and a new head coach as Gary Kirsten, who is currently busy with IPL as he is the coach of Gujarat Titans. But the former coach of India has confirmed to end his association with the team and go back in coaching his country test team.

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With England team all set to play Test series against New Zealand from June 2, followed by another one against South Africa, Ben Stokes decided that he will not take part in IPL 2022 and will play the Country Championship instead.

Not just Ben Stokes but also the former skipper Joe Root decided not to put his name for grabs at the IPL mega auction 2022. After the epic failure at The Ashes, the players decided to prioritize their country cricket over some league. With the disappointments after Ashes cricket experts and England fans blamed the T20 leagues like the IPL for the England’s downfall in the Test format.

Former captain Joe Root resigned from the test team captaincy on April 15 following England’s series of losses like The Ashes (4-0) against Australia and defeat against West Indies with 1-0. Joe Root was England’s Test captain for more than five years in 64 matches and ended his stint with the most wins (27) and most losses (26).

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Asia Cup 2023: India will not travel to Pakistan for Asia Cup, confirms BCCI secretary Jai Shah

The Asia Cup will be held in September. Although its full schedule has not been announced yet.

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Asia Cup 2023: India will not travel to Pakistan for Asia Cup, confirms BCCI secretary Jai Shah

The Asian Cricket Council meeting has ended in Bahrain. During this meeting, BCCI and PCB came face-to-face for the right to host Asia Cup 2023. While Pakistan is adamant on hosting the tournament, Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and president of the Asian Cricket Council, has refused on Team India travelling to Pakistan for the Asia Cup.

A BCCI official said that the ACC is in Bahrain for the meeting. And BCCI’s stand will not change. Team India will not travel to Pakistan as the board has not received permission from the government to proceed. And if this happens, the tournament will either be shifted to the UAE, with the PCB retaining the hosting rights, or Sri Lanka could be another option. The recent Peshawar bombings have again raised security concerns about holding cricket tournaments in Pakistan.

In December last year, ACC President Shah had revealed the Asia Cup schedule but did not mention the venue of this 6-team tournament. This led Sethi to accuse Shah of taking a unilateral decision, a charge which the ACC officially rejected, saying that repeated emails to the PCB seeking recommendations on the travel schedule went unanswered .

In October last year, Jay Shah officially told the media that India would not travel to Pakistan. The then PCB chief Rameez Raja had then threatened that if this happened, Pakistan would not travel to India for the 50-over World Cup later this year.

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The Asia Cup will be held in September. Although its full schedule has not been announced yet. The Asia Cup was to be held in Pakistan, but Asian Cricket Council President Jay Shah confirmed that the Asia Cup would be shifted out of Pakistan. Hence, the venue and schedule are yet to be announced.

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IND vs AUS: Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik’s refusal to tilak sparks controversies ahead of Test series

However, Siraj and Umran are focusing on their game away from these futile arguments. In the absence of Bumrah, it will be their responsibility to win India against Australia.

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The Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia is starting on February 9. Both the teams will play a four test match series. After this, three ODI series will also be played between both the teams, but even before the series could begin, 2 important players of Team India seem to be embroiled in controversy.

Indian fast bowlers Mohammad Siraj and Umran Malik had refused to get Tilak applied in Nagpur hotel. For this reason both of them are being trolled on social media. However, many fans were also supporting both the pacers.

Apart from Siraj, the Indian team’s batting coach Vikram Rathore and sports staff member Hari Prasad Mohan also did not apply Tilak, but as both are Hindu, the critics are deliberately targeting Siraj and Umran and trying to give a religious angle to the matter. If fans are well aware even the South African and English cricketers ask Muslim players to leave before they open an alcohol bottle for celebrations as they avoid it. But seems like a simple matter of religious choice that is very well understood by foreign players is still a matter of debate for some small Indian minds.

What is the whole matter?

A video of the Indian team is going viral on social media, in which all the team members are seen checking in the hotel. During this, the hotel staff can be seen welcoming all the team members by applying Tilak, but some members of Team India refuse to apply Tilak. It can be seen in the video that Umran Malik, Mohammad Siraj, Vikram Rathore and Hari Prasad Mohan refuse to apply Tilak.

Many self proclaimed critics have tried to create controversy by sharing this video on social media and saying that Siraj and Umran Malik are very fanatic about their religion. That is why both of them are not getting Tilak applied. However, the fans of both the pacers came in support and wrote that even Vikram Routhar and Hari Prasad did not apply Tilak, but no one is making statements on them.

However, Siraj and Umran are focusing on their game away from these futile arguments. In the absence of Bumrah, it will be their responsibility to win India against Australia.

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Shaheen Shah Afridi marries former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi’s daughter | See Photos

Shaheen’s marriage with Afridi’s daughter was fixed in 2020 itself, which was completed today with all Islamic rituals.

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Shaheen Shah Afridi marries former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi's daughter | See Photos

It’s not just the Indian cricket team that is in a wedding mood, even Pakistani cricket players are also becoming bridegrooms. Indian Test team vice-captain KL Rahul tied the knot with Athiya Shetty on January 23, while Indian spinner Axar Patel tied the knot with girlfriend Meha Patel three days later. And now it is Pakistan’s star fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi’s turn to mount the mare.

Shaheen Afridi got married on Friday, February 3 and became the son-in-law of former Pakistan captain and dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi. Shaheen’s marriage with Afridi’s daughter was fixed in 2020 itself, which was completed today with all Islamic rituals.

Star pacer Shaheen Afridi is married to Shahid Afridi’s daughter Ansha. All the rituals of Shaheen’s marriage took place in Karachi. It was here that the bride and groom read the Nikah-nama and the entire wedding ceremony took place in this city. Photos and videos of Shaheen’s Nikah are being shared on social media now.

For the unversed, Shaheen Afridi’s engagement took place two years ago but due to the corona virus epidemic and other reasons, his marriage kept getting postponed till now. All the players including Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam and former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed attended Shaheen’s wedding.

The date and venue of Shaheen’s wedding, one of the best fast bowlers in world cricket, were fixed last month in December itself. Shahid Afridi, while talking to Pakistani News channel has revealed that Shaheen and Ansha’s wedding will take place in Karachi. He told that this marriage will be according to Islamic tradition. Shaheen and Ansha got married exactly as their father-in-law and former Pakistan team star all-rounder Shahid Afridi had asked them.

As revealed by Shahid Afridi, post this nikah, Shaheen can be seen returning to the field to play for Lahore Qalandars in the PSL.

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