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ICC names unchanged Elite Panel for 2017-18 season

ICC Emirates Elite Panel, 2017-18

Question: Who is the only Indian included in the umpire panel of International Cricket Council for season 2017-18?
(a) Anil Chaudhary
(b) Suresh Dev
(c) Kasturi Ramaswamy
(d) Sundaram Ravi
Ans: (d)
Related facts:-

  • On July 2, 2017, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named an unchanged Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires for the 2017-18 season.
  • ICC has not made any change in the Elite Panel of Match Referees for season2017-18.
  • Sundaram Ravi is the only Indian umpire included in the ICC Elite Panel.
  • ICC umpires Emirates Elite Panel (2017-18) will be – Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Sundaram Ravi, Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker.
  • The seven match referees, who will be refereeing in the upcoming season, are: David Boon, Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Andy Pycroft, Javagal Srinath and Richie Richardson.

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A record first for Dane van Niekerk

Dane van Niekerk

Question: In the Women’s Cricket World Cup- 2017, against which team did the South African Captain Dane Van Niekerk set a new world record of taking four wickets without conceding any run?
(a) India
(b) Zimbabwe
(c) West Indies
(d) Pakistan
Ans: (c)
Related facts:-

  • Captain of South African Women’s Cricket team and leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk created a new world record by taking 4 wickets without giving any run in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match played against West Indies. (July 2, 2017)
  • Niekerk achieved this feat against West Indies in the 12th match of ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 . (3.2 overs, 3 Maidens, 4 wickets)
  • This is the first time when a bowler (male or female cricketer) took 4 wickets without conceding any run.
  • Prior to this, in the Women’s ODI cricket two times and once in the Women’s T20, three wickets have been taken without giving any run.
  • Australian Olivia Magno in 1997 against Pakistan and Arran Brindle of England, in the year 2013 against the West Indies, have taken 3 wickets for the 0 runs in ODIs.
  • Sri Lanka’s Sandamali Dolavte took 3 wickets in the T20 match against Bangladesh in 2012.
  • The world record for highest 3 wickets in men’s cricket is with Richie Benaud of Australia.
  • Richie had taken 3 wickets in 3.4 overs without a run in the Test match against India in 1959 (Delhi).

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Ronchi retires from international cricket

Luke Ronchi

Question- Which New Zealand player announced his retirement from international cricket on June 21, 2017?
(a) Ken Williamson
(b) Luke Ronchi
(c) Corey Anderson
(d) Martin Guptill
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • On 21 June 2017, New Zealand wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi announced his retirement from international cricket.
  • Ronchi has played 4 Tests, 85 ODIs and 32 T20 matches for New Zealand.
  • Ronchi also played in four ODIs and three T20 for Australia in 2008 and 2009, but came back to his native New Zealand in 2013.
  • Ronchi will continue to play in domestic tournaments after retirement.

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