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BCCI to introduce women’s Test match tournament in Pune from March 28

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After four years, women’s red-ball cricket will be contested domestically in India again as the BCCI holds the senior inter zonal multi-day Trophy in Pune starting on March 28, the board said on Friday.

Following the Indian women’s team’s return to Test cricket, the decision was taken. In recent years, the team has faced Australia and England in Test matches. The last time women’s domestic red ball cricket was played was in 2018.

Former India bowler Amita Sharma said this is a positive move made by BCCI.  Sharma said, they need the next generation of cricketers to play red ball cricket at the domestic level. The national team has started playing Test cricket again.

Red ball should be played at the state level as well, not simply the zonal level, in her opinion. They had both of those incidents back then, she continued.

Six teams representing the East, West, North, South, Central, and North-East zones will compete in the tournament, which is being hosted by the Maharashtra Cricket Association.

Taking place over three days each, the five matches they will compete in will be one day longer than the two-day games of the 2018 season.

The tournament will start immediately following the Women’s Premier League, which concludes on March 17.

On March 28, the quarterfinals between the East and North East Zones and the West and Central Zones will take place. On April 3, the semifinals are scheduled. The final match is scheduled to be held on April 9, 10 and 11.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Premier League (WPL) is off to a great start in its second edition. There have already been a few nail-biting dramas in the six-team competition, and it looks like more to come. Delhi Capitals (DC) have won two of their last three games and are now top of the rankings with four points. Both the Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have four points overall, although they lag behind DC on the net run rate (NRR).

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Rohit Sharma criticises impact player rule, BCCI reacts

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India captian and Mumbai Indians star cricketer Rohit sharma criticised the impact player rule and sad that he is not a big fan of it. Now, BCCI has responded to Sharma’s comment and said that they will reevaluate the rule.

Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Arun Dhumal also acknowledged this and said  that every decision has advantages and disadvantages, he also mentioned  BCCI is prepared to review the regulation when the current IPL season concludes.

Ahead to being established in the IPL, the impact player rule was initially put into effect in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in 2022–2023. There have been many expert comments regarding the rule that has been in place for almost two editions of the prestigious T20 tournament, with the many of players being against it.

Since this remark has been made, they will certainly analyze it and talk to everyone concerned and then the board will take calls, Dhumal said.

Every rule that is in place has a number of advantages and disadvantages. Nothing about its execution is set in stone, so after the season ends, they are open to any discussion, he continued.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma also discussed how the impact player rule is reducing the role of all-rounders in the sport.

Sharma said, he is not a big fan of Impact sub rule. All rounders will eventually be held back because cricket is ultimately played by 11 players, not 12. To make the game exciting for everyone around you, you are taking a great deal from it. During an interew the hitman said, if the audience look just at the cricketing side of things, he feels guys like Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar aren’t getting to bowl, which is not a good thing for them as a team.

He continued saying that there are 12 players, it’s interesting, and after the team or the captain sees how the game and the pitch are playing, they might turn on the impact player. You can add another bowler, giving you a total of six or seven bowlers, if the team bats effectively and don’t lose wickets. Many teams are hitting well up front, and he hardly ever sees a No 7 or No 8 coming to bat, so the team doesn’t need that additional batter, Rohit Sharma said.

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Rinku Singh breaks Virat Kohli’s gifted bat, asks for another one ahead of KKR vs RCB

Rinku Singh asked Virat Kohli for another bat after breaking the one he received after the last KKR vs RCB match

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Kolkata Knight Riders batter Rinku Singh had a hilarious yet strange conversation with Virat Kohli ahead of the KKR vs RCB match at Eden Gardens. The clash, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 21, in Kolkata, is the rivalry’s inverse.

KKR destroyed RCB at their home ground, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, in the first leg of the match. The players on both teams’ mutual admiration for one another was one of the rivalry’s highlights.

In that particular game, Virat Kohli had gifted one of his bats to Rinku Singh. Rinku, however, broke the bat when playing a spinner in the Indian Premier League, and he then wisely asked Kohli for a replacement bat before the KKR vs. RCB match.

KKR cameramen captured the event, whether it was scripted or not, as Rinku was seen telling Kohli that he had already broken his bat. A little angry Kohli asked for specifics of the whereabouts and questioned if Rinku was asking for a second bat as Rinku was examining two of his other bats. Before Rinku could respond, Kohli warned the KKR batsman that he would run into problems later in the tournament if he gave Rinku 2 bats in two matches.

In the video, Rinku was seen talking to Kohli, and was heard saying in Hindi that Bhaiya apki bat toot gayi, aapki kasam, dobara nahi todunga bat, to which Kohli replied 2 match mein tujhe 2 bat dun?

Meanwhile, the bat served as a token of appreciation for Rinku’s contributions to KKR and the Indian squad, as well as his rise to the position of finisher. In addition, the video showed the players from RCB and KKR conversing with one another following the game, demonstrating excellent sportsmanship and respect.

RCB has come to Kolkata in an attempt to restart their campaign. The team needs to win its final five games to have any chance of making it through the tournament.

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IPL 2024: Lucknow Super Giants beat Chennai Super Kings by 8 wickets

KL Rahul who had not converted his starts into big innings during the tournament finally lived up to the expectations as he smashed nine 4s and three 6s in 53 balls. Quinton De Kock overcame a scratchy start to hit 5 fours and a six in his 43-ball innings.

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Lucknow Super Giants beat Chennai Super Kings by 8 wickets at the Ekana Sports Stadium on Friday in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul led from the front as he played a match winning innings of 82 runs and was ably supported by his partner Quinton De Kock, who added 54 runs before Marcus Stoinis and Nicholas Pooran put the finishing touches on the game with their unbeaten 23 and 8 runs as LSG chased down the target of 177 with 1 over to spare.

Ravindra Jadeja hit a steady half century (57*) and a late cameo from MS Dhoni (28* off 9) took Chennai Super Kings to 176/6 in 20 overs against Lucknow Super Giants on Friday. Earlier Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul decided to bowl first against Chennai Super Kings.

CSK who came into the match with 2 victories slumped to their third loss in this season of IPL. KL Rahul who had not converted his starts into big innings during the tournament finally lived up to the expectations as he smashed nine 4s and three 6s in 53 balls. Quinton De Kock overcame a scratchy start to hit 5 fours and a six in his 43-ball innings.

The LSG captain looked in fine touch as he played some magnificent strokes all round the park to give his team a solid start. The captain was harsh on Deepak Chahar as he hit the pace bowler for a 6, before slapping him for another maximum over cover. He also hit the pacer for a four off a slower ball. Rahul also produced a punch off the backfoot for a 4 off pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman as runs came easily. De Kock too smashed Tushar Deshpande for a 6 over deep midwicket as the powerplay yielded 54 runs without the loss of any wicket.

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