Those part of Kashmir Premier League will be banned from all cricketing activities in India: BCCI

Pakistan’s Kashmir Premier League (KPL), the first edition of which will be played between five teams representing cities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and one team representing ‘overseas’ Kashmiris, was announced in December last year. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has now drawn the line for those expected to be associated with…

Those part of Kashmir Premier League will be banned from all cricketing activities in India: BCCI

Pakistan’s Kashmir Premier League (KPL), the first edition of which will be played between five teams representing cities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and one team representing ‘overseas’ Kashmiris, was announced in December last year.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has now drawn the line for those expected to be associated with KPL 2021. The Indian board has told all cricket boards around the world that if their players are seen participating in KPL, they would be banned from playing in leagues in India or having any commercial connection with the BCCI.

“While asking the boards not to allow their players to take part in the Kashmir league, we have informed them that in case they do, they can’t be part of any cricketing activity in India. We have done this keeping national interest in mind,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying to The Indian Express.

“We have no problems with those playing the Pakistan Super League (PSL) but this is a league in PoK. We are toeing our government’s line,” the official added.

BCCI’s response has come after former South Africa cricketer Herschelle Gibbs accused them of trying to prevent him from playing in the KPL. In his tweet, Gibbs criticised the BCCI for ‘threatening him’ and bringing a ‘political agenda with Pakistan into the equation’.

“Completely unnecessary of the @BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me playing in the @kpl_20. Also threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket related work. Ludicrous,” Gibbs tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed its displeasure on the issue.

“The PCB considers that the BCCI has brought the game into disrepute by issuing warnings to multiple ICC Members to stop their retired cricketers from featuring in the Kashmir Premier League, further threatening they will not be allowed entry into India for cricket-related work,” the PCB said in its statement.

“Such conduct from the BCCI is completely unacceptable, against the preamble of the Spirit of Cricket and sets a dangerous precedent, which can neither be tolerated nor ignored.”

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Top 5 bowlers with most wickets in England-India Test series

Fans are eagerly waiting for the upcoming red-ball battle between England and India. Both teams will face each other in the five-match Test series, starting on Wednesday (August 4) at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Moreover, the second cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 is also beginning with the England-India series. Notably, in the…

Top 5 bowlers with most wickets in England-India Test series

Fans are eagerly waiting for the upcoming red-ball battle between England and India. Both teams will face each other in the five-match Test series, starting on Wednesday (August 4) at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

Moreover, the second cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 is also beginning with the England-India series. Notably, in the inaugural WTC, India met New Zealand in the final in Southampton and faced a defeat by eight wickets.

England and India have one of the finest bowling attacks in the world at present, and one may expect some top-quality bowling display in the forthcoming fixtures. From James Anderson to Ravichandran Ashwin, both the nations consist of superstar bowlers, who have the capability to turn the game on their heads. On that note, today, let’s have a look at the top five wicket-takers in England-India Tests:

5.) Bishan Singh Bedi – 85 wickets

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Former India spinner Bishan Singh Bedi enjoyed a tremendous battle against some of the most high-quality batters during his time. The left-armer used to bamboozle his opponents with classical spin bowling. The variations in flight, loop, and pace without any change in action was his biggest USP.

Bedi played 67 Tests and picked up 266 wickets with 14 four-wicket hauls and one 10-fer. The Amritsar-lad was quite successful against England in his glorious career. He appeared in as many as 22 red-ball fixtures against the English cricket team, taking 85 wickets with 12/167 being his best performance.

4.) Ravichandran Ashwin – 88 wickets

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Ravichandran Ashwin is considered as one of the most highly skilled bowlers in modern-day cricket. His art of trapping batters with incredible variations like carrom ball make him stand in an elite list of spinners.

The Tamil Nadu cricketer has a terrific record against England as well. He has taken 88 wickets in 19 matches with 12/167 as his best figures. Ashwin has overall bagged 413 scalps in 79 games, and he is just five wickets away to surpass legendary Harbhajan Singh (417) in the longest format.

3.) Anil Kumble – 92 wickets

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Another spinner in this list is none other than India’s all-time great Anil Kumble. The lanky leg-spinner completely dominated world cricket with his unique spin bowling mixed with pace and bounce. Kumble has 619 wickets to his name in 132 matches, and  is the third-highest wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket.

Even against England, the Karanataka legend has a stunning record. He appeared in 19 matches against England, in which he has taken 92 wickets, with 10/233 being his best performance.

2.) Bhagwath Chandrasekhar – 95 wickets

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One of India’s biggest match-winner, especially in overseas conditions, Bhagwath Subramanya Chandrasekhar was an absolute maestro with the ball. Chandrasekhar played cricket in the 1960-70s when fast bowlers used to dominate.

During such times, the pitches were completely against spinners, and Chandrasekhar proved his mettle in the toughest phase. The leggie picked up 242 wickets in 58 Test matches with 16 five-wicket hauls and two 10-fers.

Against England, Chandrasekhar bagged as many as 95 wickets in 23 matches at an average of 27.27, with 9/107 being his best figures.

1.) James Anderson – 118 wickets

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The only Englishman on this list is swing bowler James Anderson. The ‘Burnley Express’ needs no introduction as to what kind of a bowler he has been in the oldest format of the game. Anderson is currently the highest wicket-taker among seamers.

Anderson has 617 wickets to his credit in 162 matches. He is only three wickets away to leapfrog India legend Kumble to become the third-highest wicket-taker in the red-ball format. The right-handed bowler has played 30 Tests against India, in which he has taken 118 scalps, with 9/43 being his best performance.

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