ICC has successfully finished cricket in last 10 years: Shoaib Akhtar

NEW DELHI: The ICC has “successfully finished” cricket in the last 10 years and brought it down to its knees, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has insisted in a scathing criticism of the sport’s global body. During a conversation with Sanjay Manjrekar for ESPNcricinfo’s podcast, Akhtar expressed his anguish at some of the playing conditions […]

Playing in bio-secure environment is unrealistic, feels Rahul Dravid

New Delhi: Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels the ambition to resume cricket in a bio-secure environment is “unrealistic”, giving a thumbs down to the concept primarily floated by the England and Wales Cricket Board. Seeking to restart its cricket season after weeks of inactivity owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ECB recently announced that […]

Lost a big name: Pakistan’s hockey fraternity mourns death of Balbir Singh Sr

Karachi: Balbir Singh Sr’s death evoked emotional tributes from Pakistan’s hockey community, which described the legendary centre-forward’s demise as a big loss to the sport in general and the subcontinent in particular. The 96-year-old three-time Olympic gold-medallist, considered one of the best centre-forwards of all time, died on Monday in Mohali. “He had amazing flexibility, […]

Afghan gov’t to free 900 prisoners; Taliban may extend truce

Kabul (Afghanistan):The Afghan government announced it would free 900 prisoners on Tuesday, its single largest prisoner release since the US and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of detainees between the warring sides. The announcement came as a three-day cease-fire with the insurgents draws to an end. […]

JK panel submits report to end decades-long seniority dispute of KAS officers

Jammu:  A high-level official panel has submitted its report to the Jammu and Kashmir administration for mitigating the seniority dispute of a large number of Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) officers as there have been allegations of favouritism, illegal promotions and backdoor appointments, official sources said on Tuesday. The administration had on March 2 constituted a […]

Omar denies political reasons for his Delhi visit, dismisses speculation that NC divided on issues

New Delhi/Srinagar:  National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah Tuesday denied there were political reasons for his current visit to Delhi and dismissed as “time pass for bored minds” speculation that the party was divided on key issues. The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister took to Twitter to refute suggestions that his visit was linked to […]

J&K advocate general chairs high-level meeting of lawyers for speedy disposal of pending court cases

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Advocate General D C Raina on Tuesday directed advocates to fasten the process of mitigation of cases in various courts in the union territory. He held a high-level meeting of advocates following directions from Lieutenant Governor Girish Chander Murmu, who had recently expressed concern over huge pendency of cases in the […]

Military helicopter crash-lands in Russia, kills 4 on board

Moscow: A Russian military helicopter crash-landed on an airfield Tuesday in the far eastern region of Chukotka, killing four people, the military said. The crash involving a Mi-8 helicopter may have been caused by a technical malfunction, the Defense Ministry said. Three crew members and a technician on board died in the crash, according to the […]