Winning Ashes in England and Test series in India are two big mountains to climb: Smith

MELBOURNE: Beating arch-rivals England in own their den and achieving Test success in India are the “two big mountains” which Australian batting mainstay Steve Smith wants to climb before calling time on his career. Australia had retained the Ashes in England last year with a 2-2 draw but the defeat in the last Test at […]

ICC ODI rankings Kohli, Rohit hold on to top two batting spots

DUBAI: India captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma retained the top two positions in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen, while pacer Jasprit Bumrah held on to the No.2 spot among bowlers in the latest list issued on Wednesday. Kohli holds the numero uno status with 871 points, followed by Rohit (855) and […]

TV umpire to call front foot no balls in England-Pakistan Test series: ICC

DUBAI: Front foot no balls will be decided by the TV umpire and not the on-field officials for the first time in Test cricket with the series between England and Pakistan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday. The ICC added that the front foot no-ball technology will be assessed before any decisions are […]

Hosting U-17 World Cup can transform women’s game in India: FIFA official

NEW DELHI: India staging the U-17 women’s World Cup in 2021 will play a significant role in boosting the image of the sport among girls in the country, says head of FIFA’s women’s competitions, Sara Booth. Speaking at an e-summit organised by Football Delhi on Monday, Booth said Delhi will feel the “positive impact” of […]

Players to be tested every 5th day during IPL

NEW DELHI: Indian players and support staff will have to return negative for COVID-19 at least five times before they start training in the UAE andsubsequently will be tested every fifth day during the IPL, according to a draft prepared by the BCCI. A BCCI official told PTI that all Indian players and support staff […]

Cameron’s ICC vision: T20 leagues running concurrently like football, less international cricket

NEW DELHI: Former West Indies cricket boss Dave Cameron, who is harbouring ambitions of being the next ICC chairman, envisions a cricket universe where there is more emphasis on private T20 leagues running concurrently and lesser focus on international cricket calendar. While Cameron has thrown his hat in the ring, Cricket West Indies (CWI) doesn’t […]

Amir clears COVID tests, joins Pakistan squad in England

DERBY: Left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir has joined the Pakistan squad here after clearing two consecutive COVID-19 tests following his arrival in the United Kingdom. The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday confirmed that Amir has integrated with rest of the squad after serving his mandatory quarantine period, during which he tested negative twice. “Amir left […]

I really don’t know the reasons for banning me: Azharuddin

KARACHI: Mohammad Azharuddin’s rehabilitation from life ban is more than complete in many ways but the former India captain says he “doesn’t really know the reasons” for banning him in the first place. In December 2000, Azharuddin was handed a life ban by the BCCI for his involvement in match-fixing. However, after a long drawn […]

Anti-Doping measures at IPL: NADA might outsource sample collection

NEW DELHI: In charge of dope control at the IPL for the very first time, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) might have to outsource the task of sample collection given the high cost of handling the exercise when the event is held in the UAE. The next best option for NADA will be using the […]

India have the bowling to rattle Australia, including Steve Smith and Warner: Gambhir

MUMBAI: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes that the Virat Kohli-led side has the bowling attack to rattle the Australian batting lineup, including Steve Smith and David Warner, who were serving balltampering bans during India’s last tour Down Under. India are slated to tour Australia in November for a four-Test series. “India has got the […]

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