Cricket Australia's tweet causes uproar on Sachin Tendulkar's birthday

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CA's tweet has not gone down too well with Tendulkar fans.

Fans of Sachin Tendulkar were left fuming on Tuesday after Cricket Australia poked fun at the “little master” – revered as a quasi-god in India – on his 45th birthday.

The board posted a video of retired Australian paceman Damien Fleming – who shares a birthday with Tendulkar – bowling the Indian great with a quick delivery.

“Some @bowlologist gold from the man himself – happy birthday, Damien Fleming!” Cricket Australia quipped in its tongue-in-cheek message.

But the humour was lost on Tendulkar’s millions of fans on the subcontinent, who seemed to either miss the joke or balk at the perceived slight on such a hallowed day.

“No matter how many bans, Australians will never change,” wrote Shashank, a Tendulkar fan, dredging up the recent bans handed to top Australian players over a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

“Hi, could you please check the full footage of that match to know that @bowlologist got swing because of any sandpaper or sugar ?????” wrote Arjun, another fan, also alluding to the affair that saw Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft suspended.

Tendulkar – who is followed by almost 26 million fans on Twitter and worshipped by many more in India – has not commented on the video.

His birthday was celebrated across the country, with many of his ardent followers cutting cakes in rituals given airtime on Indian television.

Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer of all time in both Test matches and one-day internationals, retired after playing in 200 Tests in which he scored 15,921 runs.

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Nottinghamshire wicket-keeper Tom Moores has a fan in Man United's David de Gea

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Moore's reflexes have caught the idea of David de Gea.

Nottinghamshire wicket-keeper Tom Moores is developing quite the reputation in the English County Division One Championship.

The 21-year-old’s stunning catching behind the stumps in Nottinghamshire’s clash with Yorkshire has found himself a fan in Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Although Yorkshire won the match ultimately by a margin of 164 runs, Moore’s acrobatics behind the stumps managed to grab eyeballs.

The official Twitter account of the County Championship had posted a video on Sunday showing two exceptional reflex catches by the young wicket-keeper.

The post had compared Moore’s reflexes to that of the Manchester United shot-stopper.

The post caught the attention of the Spanish No.1 who applauded Moore’s heroics on Tuesday.

The Sussex-born youngster has represented England at the U-19 level before signing a two-year professional deal with Nottinghamshire in 2016. He has played nine first-class matches so far in his young and fledging career.

Judging by the video, Moore’s could very well go on to become a future England international.

Within minutes of De Gea commenting on the video, the Spaniard’s social media had been inundated with queries about whether he would consider a career in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after he hangs up his football boots.

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Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir to join up with squad in England after being granted visa

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Amir rattled India in the Champions Trophy final.

The Pakistan squad arrived in London on Tuesday for their tours of Ireland and England minus pacer Mohammad Amir.

The fast bowling spearhead was not able to depart with the rest of the team due to troubles in obtaining a visa.

“Amir could not travel with the team. There’s some procedural issue which I hope will be resolved by Wednesday,” Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman Amjad Bhatti told reporters on Monday as the team departed for London.

It was however confirmed by the PCB on Tuesday that the pacer had been granted a UK visa. Amir will now be travelling to London on Wednesday to join up with the rest of his team-mates.

Amir has previously had troubles in obtaining a UK visa during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2016. That time, the PCB sought the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) help in resolving the matter.

The Pakistan star served a five-year ban from cricket after his involvement in the spot-fixing saga of 2010 during the tour of England.

The Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan team are set to become Ireland’s first-ever Test opponents when the two sides meet for a one-off Test in Dublin on May 11. The squad will then return to England for a two-Test series before finishing the tour of the UK with two T20Is against Scotland.

The subcontinent side will be playing two warm-up matches against Kent and Northampton before they jet-off to Ireland for the sole Test. The match against Kent at Canterbury will get underway on Saturday with Amir expected to be a part of the squad.

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