BCCI asks Dinesh Karthik to explain presence in Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room

Sudhir Gupta 7/09/2019
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Dinesh Karthik in trouble for his CPL appearance.

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik has been asked by the BCCI to explain his presence in the Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room during the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019 clash on Thursday.

Karthik’s presence in the Trinbago dressing room was spotted by broadcasters during the CPL clash against St. Kitts and Nevis at Port of Spain. The Trinbago and Kolkata franchises are both owned by the same group (Knight Riders) with Brendon McCullum currently serving as the head coach for both teams.

The BCCI has taken cognizance to Karthik’s appearance in the CPL with the wicketkeeper batsman supposedly violating the terms of his central contract. BCCI’s central contracts currently prohibit players from participating or appearing in overseas tournaments and sporting events without obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the governing body first.

According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, Karthik has been issued a notice to that regard by the BCCI chief executive Rahul Johri with the player asked to explain his presence in the Trinbago dugout.

Karthik has a week to respond to the notice following which the three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) will adjudicate on the matter.

34-year-old Karthik was recently axed from the India limited-overs squads following the team’s semi-final exit in the 2019 World Cup in England. The wicketkeeper batsman failed to find a place in either the ODI or T20 squads for India’s recently concluded tour of the West Indies.

The Tamil Nadu has been with Kolkata Knight Riders since 2018 when he was roped in to replace Gautam Gambhir as skipper. He led KKR to a third-place finish in the 2018 edition of the IPL but the franchise failed to make the play-offs in the most recent edition earlier this year.

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South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada.

Kagiso Rabada’s introduction to international cricket has been as meteoric as they come with the South Africa pacer racing away to 176 Test wickets in just 37 appearances at a sensational average of 21.77.

The Proteas pacer created history at the start of 2018 when he became the youngest bowler (then 22) ever to ascend to the top of the ICC Test rankings. In the same year in July, he became the youngest Test bowler to complete 150 dismissals in the format.

Rabada’s displays have seen him earn the tag of the best young pacer in the business but the South Africa’s limelight has been stolen by the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins and Jofra Archer in recent times.

The three pacers had excellent campaigns in the 2019 World Cup where Rabada was slightly off-colour and they have followed up those displays in the Test format in recent weeks for their respective sides.

Rabada has expressed his own admiration for the trio of pacers but has warned them of the difficulties of maintaining their performances over a substantial length of time.

“I admire those bowlers, they are good bowlers,” Rabada told iol.co.za.

Jasprit Bumrah's sensational rise in Test cricket continues.

Jasprit Bumrah’s sensational rise in Test cricket continues.

“However, the media hypes certain players, and that’s Ok, I know I have been playing very well. Archer is such a natural talent, Bumrah is doing wonders and that can force you to lift your game.

“You are not always at the top, that’s one thing I can tell you.”

Bumrah was sensational on his maiden tour of the Caribbean while Archer and Cummins have impressed with the red-ball in the ongoing Ashes in England. Rabada, though, is up for the challenge of proving himself as the very best despite the growing competition.

“It’s never easy maintaining a career, I’ve learned that there are a lot of ups and downs. I want to be the best in the world, everybody does,” he said.

“You are naturally going to compete in that fashion, I’m not too worried, I’m feeling nice and easy,” the South African added.

Rabada will now home to steal back the thunder from other pacers when South Africa’s tour of India gets underway this month. The Proteas are slated to take on India in three T20s followed by as many Tests on their tour which starts on September 15.

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Ibrahim Zadran, Asghar Afghan put Afghanistan in the driving seat against Bangladesh

Waseem Ahmed 7/09/2019
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A fine 87 by Ibrahim Zadran. Image - @ACB/Twitter.

Afghanistan’s grip on the one-off Test against Bangladesh was further strengthened on Day Three at Chattogram with the visitors extending their second-innings lead to a mammoth 374 runs.

A chancy 87 from opener Ibrahim Zadran and the second half-century of the match for Asghar Afghan helped Afghanistan reach 237-8 in their second innings before stumps were drawn at Chattogram.

Earlier, a five-wicket haul for skipper Rashid Khan had seen Bangladesh bundled out for 205 runs in the morning session with Afghanistan seizing a sizeable 137-run first-innings lead. Their position was then further consolidated by Zadran and Afghan who shared a 108-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Afghanistan’s second innings with the bat got off to a horror start with Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan removing both openers in the very first over. Shakib removed Insanullah and first-innings centurion Rahmat Shah off consecutive deliveries to give the hosts an opening and their spirit were further buoyed when Nayeem Hasan sent back Hashmatullah Shahidi.

At 28-3, Afghanistan were in a precarious spot despite their first-innings advantage with Bangladesh’s spinners sniffing blood. However, Zadran and Afghan calmed the nerves for the visitors with a pivotal stand that put all the pressure back on Bangladesh.

A five-wicket haul for Rashid in the first-innings.

A five-wicket haul for Rashid in the first-innings.

18-year-old Zadran was looking good for a maiden ton but he perished on 87 ultimately after holing out to long-on off the bowling of Hasan. The youngster struck four sixes and six boundaries in his 208-ball stay at the crease.

A quick-fire cameo off 22 from skipper Rashid and an unbeaten 34 from wicketkeeper Afsar Zazai saw Afghanistan extend their second-innings tally late in the day before stumps were drawn.

Rashid and his men are now in the driving seat to notch up Afghanistan’s second Test victory in what is their third appearance in the format. They were beaten comprehensively by India in their maiden Test last year at Bengaluru before registering their first win against Ireland at Dehradun earlier this year.

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Afghanistan: 342 and 237-8 (Second innings)

Ibrahim Zadran: 87

Asghar Afghan: 50

Shakib Al Hasan: 3-53

Bangladesh: 205 all out (First innings)

Mominul Haque: 52

Rashid Khan: 5-55

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