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IPL auction: Pune sign Ben Stokes for a whopping Rs 14.5 cr

England all-rounder Ben Stokes was on Monday bought by Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in Bangalore.

In demand after his scintillating performance with both the bat and ball during England's recent tour earlier this year, Stokes was purchased by the RPSG after close bidding.

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Excitement grows ahead of Monday's IPL Auction

A total of 357 cricketers, including 130 from abroad, will go under the hammer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) players' auction to be held here on Monday. The pool comprises 62 batsmen, 117 bowlers, 148 all-rounders and 30 wicket-keepers.

As many as 227 uncapped players are waiting to make their debut this edition inclusive of five players from Afghanistan -- Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, Dawlat Zadran and Rashid Khan.

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Mitchell Starc not to play Indian Premier League this season

Cricket Australia has today advised that Mitchell Starc will not play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and will instead undertake a period of rehabilitation and strength leading into the ICC Champions Trophy in June.

Subsequently, Starc and the Royal Challengers Bangalore have come to a mutual decision to discontinue their association this season.

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Steve Smith replaces sacked MS Dhoni as Rising Pune Supergiants skipper

Australian Steve Smith has replaced Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the captain of Rising Pune Supergiants for the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the franchise announced on Sunday. The move comes after Dhoni stepped down as the Indian captain in the limited-overs format before the start of the England cricket series.

"I have the highest regard for M.S. Dhoni as a leader and a person. Dhoni will continue to be an important part of our team. He is supportive of the decision keeping the franchisee's best interests in mind," Rising Pune Supergiants owner Sanjiv Goenka said in a statement.

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East Zone win Syed Mushtaq Ali Inter-Zonal T20 Trophy

Retaining their unbeaten streak, East Zone clinched the inaugural edition of the revamped Syed Mushtaq Ali Inter-Zonal T20 Trophy after beating West Zone by eight wickets here on Saturday. Central Zone finished runners-up in the tournament after edging past South Zone in a last-ball thriller at the Wankhede Stadium.

In the first match of the day, East zone rode on opener Virat Singh and Ishank Jaggi's half centuries to overhaul West's target of 150 runs with 38 balls to spare.

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Pakistani duo given 2 weeks to respond to spot-fixing allegations

A week after being sent back from the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday issued charge-sheets to the suspended duo of Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the tournament.

According to a report by geo.tv, the players were given two weeks to reply to the charge-sheets, which were handed to them after separately recording their statements.

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Manoj Tiwary, Virat Singh power East Zone to victory in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20

Skipper Manoj Tiwary and young opener Virat Singh's unbeaten century stand helped East Zone thrash a star-studded North by eight wickets in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 cricket tie at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.

Chasing a modest 160, Tiwary (75 not out) and Virat (74 not out) overcame the early loss of opener Shreevats Goswami (0) and Ishank Jaggi (7) to guide East to a comfortable win with an undefeated 149-run third wicket stand.

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Marlon Samuels cleared to bowl in time for IPL Auction

West Indian all-rounder Marlon Samuels was on Thursday cleared to bowl in international cricket after his action was found to be legal, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced. The timing of the announcement could not have been better for Samuels as he is one of the many star allrounders up for grabs in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.

The 36-year-old was last reported for his bowling action during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka in October 2015 and was subsequently suspended for 12 months in December 2015 after an independent assessment revealed he had employed an illegal bowling action for the second time in 24 months.

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Mayank Agarwal powers South Zone to victory in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Inter-Zonal Twenty20

The South Zone defeated The West Zone by five wickets in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Inter-Zonal Twenty20 cricket tournament at Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. Mayank Agarwal (70) and Vishnu Vinod (36) were the top scorers for the South Zone.

Chasing 141, openers Agarwal and Vinod started the innings on a positive note as they scored 48 runs in five overs before Vinod was adjudged leg before wicket. Leg-spinner Praveen Tambe dismissed Vinod, who slammed four boundaries and two sixes in his 20-ball knock. Incoming batsman Vijay Shankar (2) could not add much to the score before he retired hurt.

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