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Wednesday, February 17 2021


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Moeen has chosen to go home. He obviously feels he wants to be home with his family and we have to respect that.

That’s England captain Joe Root barely disguising his frustration with spinner Moeen Ali—who will head back to England after five months inside the team bubble, and a 20-day spell of isolation while he was recovering from Covid-19. The truth is Ali was due for the same break claimed by his peers, Jofra Archer, Johnny Bairstow et al. Maybe Root is upset at losing an all-rounder who scored 49 off  48 balls—coming in at #8 while his teammates struggled on a so-called ‘bad’ pitch—and took 8 wickets. If so, it may have been England that made the choice.

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Judgement day in the MJ Akbar case

The TLDR: After more than two years, the courts today will issue a ruling in the defamation suit filed by former BJP minister MJ Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani. We lay out the details of the case to refresh your memory, and explain the significance of the verdict.

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