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Virat Kohli sacked: Kohli refuses to step down, BCCI cracks whip

BCCI waited for the last 48 hours for the former white-ball skipper Virat Kohli, who already relinquished T20 captaincy, to voluntarily step down from ODI leadership as well but Virat Kohli didn’t. By the 49th hour, losing the position to Rohit Sharma was simply ‘fait accompli’.

Virat Kohli was not informed about his “sacking” as a white-ball captain beforehand as per the sources.

The Indian team went to the 2021 T20 World Cup as one of the favorites to win the competition but unfortunately got crashed out from the group stage after being thrashed first by arch-rivals Pakistan and then by the runner-ups, New Zealand. India’s top-order failures, which is one of the main reasons for their first-ever loss to Pakistan in a World Cup which lead to criticism and also raised questions about India’s preparation and Kohli’s leadership.

Daily Cricket News – 8 December : Rohit Sharma named ODI Captain, India announced Squad for South Africa Test, Pakistan wins against Bangladesh, and more

Virat Kohli has the best winning percentage as an Indian ODI skipper but due to bad performance in the big games like the knockouts in ICC tournament, Kohli faced a lot of criticism as a leader. He was under scrutiny due to the dip in his form over the last two years as well.

Virat Kohli will still be leading India in the three-match Test series in South Africa starting on 26 December.

“It’s a call that the BCCI and the selectors took together. Actually, the BCCI had requested Virat to not step down as the T20I skipper but obviously, he did not agree. And the selectors then did not feel it right to have two different captains for two white-ball formats,” Sourav Ganguly told ANI.

Afghanistan to host the Netherlands for three ODIs in Qatar

Afghanistan decided to host a three-match ODI series against the Netherlands in Doha, Qatar in the month of January next year, ACB said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The three-match ODI series will begin on January 21st, with the second and third game set to be played on January 23rd and 25th respectively. All three games will be staged at Asian Town Cricket Stadium, Doha, Qatar,”.
Daily Cricket News – 1 December : Afghanistan fast-bowling consultant Shaun Tait quits, Sri Lanka vs West Indies, T10 League updates, and more

Afghanistan packed 30 points in their bag after clean sweeping Ireland by 3-0 under the ODI Super League, which counts towards qualification for the 2023 World Cup. This series against the Netherlands will be a challenge for Afghanistan, and then their next challenge will be against Zimbabwe between January and February. The Netherlands has got 25 points in 4 games, so far in the Super League.

Travis Head century and fifties from Warner-Labuschagne pile-up runs on England

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Virat Kohli - Travis Head celebrates reaching his century, Australia vs England, The Ashes, 1st Test, 2nd day, Brisbane, December 9, 2021
Travis Head celebrates reaching his century, Australia vs England, The Ashes, 1st Test, 2nd day, Brisbane, December 9, 2021

The Australian batter Travis Head’s brilliant century in the final session of Day 2 puts the hosts on the driving seat along with the 94-run knock by opener David Warner. Travis Head earlier faced a bit of criticism for his selection in the Australian playing 11 for the first test, smashed an 85-ball hundred on to put Australia in a well-commanding position.

England took a breath of relief when Warner fell six short of his 25th Test century. On the very next delivery, Cameron Green was dismissed for a first-ball duck which ignited the hopes for England to make a comeback in the game but then came Travis Head with a game-changer inning, even though England took out Alex Carey and the skipper Pat Cummins but Head gave no scope to England for doing any further damage. Ollie Robinson grabbed 3 wickets from the visitor’s side to stop Australia at 343/7 by stumps

Australia: First Innings: 343/7 (Head 112*, Warner 94, Labuschagne 74, Robinson 3-48) lead England: First Innings: 147 /10 (Jos Buttler 39; Pat Cummins 5/38) by 196 runs.

By Abhishek Pandey

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