Hello, we’re here with the daily news roundup for Friday (July 26). Here’re some of the top news stories that subsequently grabbed eyeballs around the world.

Let’s have a look at what is taking place in the cricketing world:

I Know Those Are Big Shoes to Fill – Rishabh Pant:

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Credits: Twitter.

Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who is a part of the Team India’s limited-overs squad for the Windies tour, believes it will be hard for him to fill in ‘big shoes’ of MS Dhoni.

However, the 21-year-old Pant maintained he is undoubtedly focused on his game and is keen to improve by learning from his seniors.

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The southpaw lauded Dhoni for his support and expressed that his aims to do well for Team India.

Virat Kohli to sing National Anthem in Pro Kabaddi League:

Daily News Roundup, Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Credits: Getty)

Team India skipper MS Dhoni will sing the National Anthem of the ongoing seventh season of the Pro Kabbadi League in Mumbai.

On July 27 (Saturday) Kohli will mark the beginning of U Mumba clash against Puneri Paltan by singing country’s anthem.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai Leg will run between July 26 and August 2 respectively.

Mohammad Amir Announces Retirement from Test Cricket:

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir. Credit: Getty Images

Mohammad Amir, 27, had announced retirement from the Test set-up on Friday with an immediate effect. The left-arm paced had featured in 36 Tests for Pakistan to snare 119 scalps since playing Galle Test against Sri Lanka.

The paceman had reaffirmed that he will focus on the white-ball cricket with 2020 T20 World Cup scheduled in Australia in November.

Australia Reveals 17-man Squad for the Ashes 2019:

Steven Smith, Tim Paine, David Warner, 2019 Ashes
Paine says Smith and Warner will be crucial for Australia in 2019 Ashes. Image Courtesy: Getty

Cricket Australia had announced 17-man Ashes squad on Friday (July 26) with James Pattinson making an entry. The paceman had last appeared for Australia in 2016 during a Test outing.

Also, wicketkeeper-batsman from Tasmania Matthew Wade had made it to the squad alongside Cameron Bancroft, who returns to the field since March 2018.

The medium-pacer Michael Neser had also earned his spot alongside experienced Peter Siddle.

Australia will take on England in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston on August 1.

Here’s the squad:

Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Patrick Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner

Mohammad Hafeez to Play for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the CPL 2019:

Mohammad Hafeez, Dale Steyn
Hafeez says he doesn’t fear Steyn. Image Courtesy: Getty

Pakistan batsman, Mohammad Hafeez has signed with Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise St Kitts and Nevis Patriots for the seventh edition of the CPL 2019.

The six-team tournament will run between September 4 and October 12 on the Caribbean shores.

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The all-rounder will face Proteas Rassie van der Dussen, who will be on the national duty for

In 2017, Patriots had finished second-best. They will face Trinbago Knight Riders on September 3.

Zaheer Abbas Urges Sarfaraz Ahmed to Focus on his Batting:

Zaheer Abbas, Virat Kohli, Pakistan
Zaheer Abbas. (Credits – Geo Tv)

Pakistan batting Zaheer Abbas, who had urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to streamline the domestic cricket, had further urged Men in Green skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to set focus on his batting form.

The wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz couldn’t do much with the bat during his captaincy reign.

The veteran cricketer also suggested that Sarfaraz should give up Test captaincy or relinquish from the post of limited-overs set-up. Abbas reiterated that it will ease things up for the gloveman.

Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor