Asia in action: Top Cricket news this week from Asia

From Shoaib Malik’s fixing controversy to England’s Historic test win against India, let’s check out the top seven cricket news from Asia.

Last week was very exciting for cricket in the Asian continent, one of the biggest historic games took place in the last week. Along with international cricket, we’ve seen some of the best moments in domestic cricket also, from Shoeb Malik’s BPL controversy to Tanmay Agrawal’s historic inning in the Ranji Trophy let’s check out the top seven news of Asia which grabbed the headlines from the last week. 

England’s historic win on Indian Soil  

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England has taken a long holiday from their home to play five test matches series in India. This tour will go from 25 January to 11 March. 29th January has to be the last day of the first test but unfortunately, the game ended one day earlier and as soon as the results came out it became a historical game for England and World Cricket.  

India gets the first blow even before the toss when Virat Kohli pulls out from the first two games due to personal reasons and there is no exact confirmation about those personal reasons. India is a strong side when it comes to playing in home conditions and it become nearly unbeatable for any team. India has lost just three test matches in the last 10 years before the first test match this shows how powerful a team India has become. 

England came to bat in the first inning after winning the toss and as expected Indian spinners ended English innings on the first day at just 246 and started batting. India took the lead of 190 runs after they got summed up at 436 and then everyone believed that India was going to win this game but in the third inning England players especially Ollie Pope(196) turned the tables and set the target of 231 runs for the final inning. The target was achievable as India had two sessions and one full day left of the game but English spinner Tom Hartley had some other plans on Sunday when he grabbed the ball. Hartley gives every possible damage to the Indian team and he makes sure that the game won’t be on the fifth day. With the help of Hartkey’s 7-62 England has won a historic test match by 28 runs and lead the series by 1-0. The second test match will start on 2nd February at Visakhapatnam. 

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Fastest Tripple century in first-class cricket 

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Ranji Trophy is on the run and many players are scoring record-breaking runs and taking dozens of wickets. In this awesome season of domestic cricket, a 28-year-old left-handed opener of Hyderabad has smashed the fastest triple century of first-class cricket. Breaking the record for South African Marco Marais(191) Tanmay reached the milestone in just 147 deliveries. Along with this record, he also broke the record for the fastest double-century(119) by an Indian in domestic cricket which was held by Ravi Shastri(123). Tanmay Scored 366 runs in 188 balls in which he thrashed 34 boundaries and 26 sixes. Along with Tanmay’s individual record, another record has been made which was the second most runs made in a single day of a first-class game which was 701 runs. Arunanchal scored 172 runs in 39.4 overs and then Hyderabad scored 615 runs in 59.3 overs which concluded a total of 701 runs in a single day. 

ICC ODI Player of the 2023 

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ICC awards took place last week where Pat Cummins became the ICC Player of the Year because of his all-round performance in all three formats but when it comes to ODI Virat Kohli has performed standout and scored second most runs(1377) with the most centuries(6) in 27 games. His performance in the ODI World Cup 2023 made him a strong contender for this award. He was the player of the tournament by scoring over 700 runs in 11 games with three centuries. Virat has also broken the record of Sachin Tendulkar’s most centuries in the ODI format and scored 50 centuries in this format. Virat(4) has become the player with the most ICC ODI Player of the Year award. Along with Virat Kohli Suryakumar Yadav has also won the ICC T20I Player of 2023. Surya is the highest T20 scorer across the full member’s team and also becomes the second most T20I centurion by adding two more centuries to his bucket. Suryakumar Yadav has become the ICC T20I Player of the Year for the second consecutive time, he was also awarded the same in the 2022 ICC awards. 

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Shoaib Malik Accused of Match Fixing 

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On 22nd January a match was being played between Fortune Barishal and Khulna Tigers in Bangladesh Premier League where veteran Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik was accused of match-fixing after he delivered three no-balls in a row. Fortune was defending 188 runs in 20 overs when Shoaib gave 18 runs in an over with three no-balls. After this incident, rumors spread which says that he took approximately 20 crore rupees from the bookies to get the job done. After this incident, his contract was canceled by the owner but due to some reports owner Mizanur Rahman confirmed that Malik’s contract was till 14 February but he decided to leave for personal reasons and will come back on February 6. He left the team just after three games, his performance in BPL is not that impressive as he scored just 29 runs in three games and picked just one wicket. 

BCCI awards 

After five years BCCI awards were held on 22 January and many men and women Indian cricketers have received awards. BCCI has presented these awards not only for 2023 but from 2020 to 2023. Here are some big and important awards.  

Men  Awards  Women  Awards
Mohammad Shami  Best International Cricketer Men 2019-2020 Deepti Sharma  Best International Cricketer Women 2019-2020, 2022-2023
Ravichandran Aswin  Best International Cricketer Men 2020-2021 Smriti Mandhana  Best International Cricketer Women 2020-2021, 2021-2022
Jaspreet Bumrah  Best International Cricketer Men 2021-2022
Shubman Gill Best International Cricketer Men 2022-2023

Rashid Khan won’t be available in PSL due to his injury 

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Rashid Khan has been away from the action for so long and now it has been confirmed that he won’t be playing in PSL also as he continues with his rehabilitation. PSL’s Lahore Qalandars retained him this season even after the chances of him not playing this season but for future seasons. Rashid Khan is going through a serious injury and he will go through surgery. He was with the team in the India vs Afghanistan T20 series but he wasn’t fit enough to join the playing XI. Rashid will be replaced in PSL with other players that PCB will confirm. He also withdrew from BBL and SA20 and all these leagues are missing him so much. 

WPL will start from 23 February with DC vs MI

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The second season of WPL will be launched on 23rd February with Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians. The tournament will be held in two states which are Bnegluru and Delhi including knockouts. Defending Champions MI  and runners-up DC will start the tournament from M Chinnaswamy and the first half of the tournament will be held in Bengaluru the other half including the knockout teams will fly to Delhi, and the final will be held on March 17 in Delhi.

In the last season, MI led by Indian Captain Harmanpreet Kaur became the champions of the first season by beating Delhi Capitals in the finals.