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India Tour Of South Africa 2013-14

India Tour Of South Africa 2013-14 will begin on Thursday, December 5, 2013 in South Africa as per cricket schedule announced.

South Africa vs India 2013 is an international Bilateral Series to be organized by South Africa. India tour of South Africa 2013-14 will consist of 3 ODI and 2 Test to be hosted by South Africa in December 2013.

The South Africa vs India 2013 Bilateral Series will comes to end on Dec 30, 2013.

India Test and ODI squad for South Africa tour announced

India squad for the three-match One-Day International series and two tests against South Africa has been announced. There are no big surprises in store unlike in the Test squad, where Ambati Rayudu has been included. Rayudu features in the ODI squad as well.

The MS Dhoni led the team which will start with the ODI series in Johannesburg on December 5. They then play the next two ODIs in Durban on December 8 and in Centurion on December 11.

The first Test will also be played in Johannesburg starting from December 18. The second and final Test will be played at Kingsmead in Durban and that will start on December 26.

Zaheer Khan has been recalled to the India Test squad for the forthcoming tour of South Africa. Zaheer is one of five fast bowlers for the two-Test series, and the only newcomer to the 17-member squad is the batsman Ambati Rayudu. However, there was no place for the opener Gautam Gambhir, who scored a century for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy days before the selection meeting.

Zaheer, who last played for India during the home Tests against England last December, was recently omitted from the list of centrally contracted players for the current season. The injury-prone left-arm seamer made a return to the longer format this season with 13 wickets in three Ranji games for Mumbai, including a five-wicket haul. However, he was not considered for the one-day squad. Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh – two other players who were not handed central contracts – have been left out of both squads.

The Test squad also has Wriddhiman Saha as the backup wicketkeeper for MS Dhoni, the captain. Saha last played for India during the Adelaide Test of 2012. Ravindra Jadeja, the allrounder, returns after sitting out the West Indies Tests to rest his injured shoulder. He is the third spinner in the squad after R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha.

Rayudu, 28, made his international debut during the one-day tour of Zimbabwe in August, where he scored one fifty. Amit Mishra, the legspinner, remains in the one-day team but was not included for the Tests.

The surprise inclusion in the one-day squad is the fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who was expensive during the seven-match ODI series against Australia recently. Ishant leaked 189 runs in three matches and was dropped after he conceded a whopping 30 runs in one over, which cost India the Mohali ODI. Ishant was part of the Test squad against West Indies but lost his place to the impressive Mohammed Shami, playing his first Test series.

Ishant and fast bowler Umesh Yadav were included in the one-day squad in place of seamers Jaydev Unadkat and Vinay Kumar. Batsman Ajinkya Rahane has been included in both squads.

The tour gets underway with the first of three ODIs starting December 5, followed by the two Tests.

The All-India Senior Selection Committee met in Vadodara earlier today, to pick the Indian teams for the ODI series and Test series against South Africa, respectively.


Champions League Twenty20 2013

Champions League Twenty20 2013

Champions League Twenty20 2013 (CLT20) is the 5th edition, world’s premier domestic T20 competition. It will be held in India from 17 September to 6 October 2013. The fixtures were announced on 23 July 2013.

Champions League Twenty20 will return to India for the third time in five years in 2013 after the dates and format for this year’s tournament were confirmed by the CLT20 Governing Council.

CLT20 2013 tournament will follow a similar format to the two previous editions with a Group Stage preceded by a Qualifier. A total of 29 matches will be played in the tournament by the best domestic T20 teams from around the world.

As well as finalising the timing and format, the CLT20 Governing Council has also confirmed the teams that will compete for a total prize money of US$6million.

Trinidad & Tobago, who were the runners-up in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2009, have earned direct entry into the Group Stage this year after playing in the Qualifier in 2011 and 2012. With some of the world’s best T20 players, they are a deserving entrant in the main draw after winning the Caribbean T20 championship for a third straight time earlier this year.

The CLT20 Governing Council has been advised by the England and Wales Cricket Board that its teams are not available to participate in this year’s tournament.

Pakistan tour of West Indies 2013

Pakistan tour of West Indies 2013 will scheduled from 14 July to 28 July 2013. The tour consists of five One Day International and two Twenty20 International matches.

The tour was initially to have included two Test matches, but the scheduling of a triangular series by the West Indies with India and Sri Lanka shortened the available window for the tour.

The West Indies Cricket Board had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to postpone the tour to August, but that interfered with Pakistan’s plans to host India and complete a series against Zimbabwe that had been postponed from 2012.

Check here for Schedule: Pakistan tour of West Indies 2013 Fixtures

Official sources in the PCB said that it had been decided to accept the offer by the WICB to play only the limited-over series on the tour. “The WICB has said they will schedule the Test matches at a later date,” a source said.

Last week, it was reported that the PCB and WICB (West Indies Cricket Board) were contemplating over dividing the scheduled itinerary into two legs in a bid to allow the former to create a window for a home series against the archrivals India in August.

Check here for Squads: Pakistan tour of West Indies 2013 Squads

Pakistan tour of West Indies 2013 schedule announced. Pakistan will play the first two ODIs in Guyana on July 14 and 16, and the remaining ODIs will be played in St Lucia on July 19, 21 and 24. The two T20s will be played at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground in St Vincent on July 27 and 28. The visitors will also play a 50-over warm-up game in Guyana before the start of the series.


IPL Spot-Fixing 2013: Delhi Police arrests Jitendra Singh alias Jeetu, alleged main bookie in IPL spot fixing scam. He was arrested from Ahmedabad and will be produced in Saket Court shortly.

Chandresh Patel who was arrested earlier by the Delhi Police was working with Jitendra. Earlier on Wednesday, hearing on the bail pleas of suspended Rajasthan Royals’ player Ajit Chandila and two others in the IPL spot-fixing scandal case was deferred by a Delhi court today till July 1.

Besides Chandila, Additional Sessions Judge Raj Rani Mitra also adjourned the hearing on the bail applications of accused bookies Ramesh Vyas and Deepak Kumar.

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The high-profile football teams like Manchester United, Barcelona across the globe have had their own media platform to promote the brand like ‘Barca TV’ or MUTV’ and on similar lines Rajasthan Royals will launch the ‘RR TV’.

Launched in partnership with “Engage Sports Media” in order to provide fans access to exclusive original content, RR TV fired up a week before the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 started,and goes behind-the-scenes with Captain Rahul Dravid and Royals team.

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The Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan played a magnificent innings and smashed his maiden ODI century in international cricket. Shikhar Dhawan’s 114 out off just 94 balls with the help 13 boundaries with a 1 huge Six.

Rohit Sharma too played a calm innings and scored his 14th ODI fifty in 63 balls. Sharma smashed seven boundaries including a massive six.

Shikhar Dhawan 114 against South Africa

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bowl against India. South Africa are without pacer Dale Steyn, who misses out because of an injury.

Drawn in what is being dubbed as the Group of Death, India look to carry forward the form they exhibited in the tournament’s warm-up games.

With every game a virtual shootout, both the former winners will be eager to make a head start in the tournament which is being held for the last time.

As World Cup champions, India will have more than reputation to defend in the 50-over format contest. They have not played a limited over international outside the sub-continent in the last 15 months but the two big wins in their practice matches against Sri Lanka in Birmingham and Australia in Cardiff will give the Indian team management a fair idea of the conditions to confront.


Rjasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandilia, have been arrested by the Delhi Police on charges of spot-fixing in the IPL.

spot fixingAccording to PTI, the Delhi police have arrested seven bookies and are looking out for more. Bookies from Maharashtra have also been arrested on charges of spot-fixing.

TV reports further added that the players were even involved in spot fixing in Rajasthan Royals match on Wednesday with Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.

Evidence has been found by Delhi police from tapping phones of several cricketers and bookies and the process of tapping has been going on for some time now as suspicion of spot-fixing has always been there. More player are also under the radar, say police sources.

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Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of the Champions Trophy but should be fully fit for the start of the Ashes. Pietersen’s bruised knee will keep him out of the tournament in June but England remain confident he will be able to play two four-day matches before the first Test against Australia at Trent Bridge on July 10.


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