With lockdown extension on the cards, IPL all set to be postponed indefinitely

NEW DELHI: The cash-rich Indian Premier League’s 13th edition on Saturday headed towards an indefinite postponement as the country braced for a lockdown extension to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The BCCI has been waiting for an official announcement from the centre, but with the chief ministers of various states making it clear that another extension […]

IPL can be held without crowd, T20 World Cup can’t: Maxwell

MELBOURNE: Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell believes a rescheduled IPL can be held behind closed doors but it will be difficult to justify conducting the upcoming T20 World Cup without fans cheering from the stands. Both the 13th IPL and T20 World Cup are uncertain at the moment with the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed […]

Kohli can be compared with Kapil Dev, says Srikkanth

NEW DELHI: Former India captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth said that current skipper Virat Kohli can be compared to Kapil Dev. Srikkanth was part of the squad that Kapil led to victory in the 1983 World Cup and feels that Kohli’s self-believe is reminiscent of the former all-rounder. “I played with Kapil Dev and played under him. […]

Believe FTP for next two years should be reworked: Azharuddin

NEW DELHI: Former India captain-turned-administrator Mohammad Azharuddin feels that all cricket boards should come together to redraw the international calendar as the COVID-19 pandemic has ensured that the current schedule is irredeemable. Azharuddin, who is the president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), feels that tweaking of the Futures Tours and Programmes (FTP) is also […]

I will definitely consider becoming AIFF president in future: Bhaichung Bhutia

NEW DELHI: Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has said that he will consider contesting for the post of All India Football Federation (AIFF) president in future. Bhutia retired in 2011, after being Indian football’s posterboy for more than a decade. “That is definitely something to be considered in future,” he said when asked if he […]

Home series loss to India defining moment of my coaching career: Australia coach Langer

SYDNEY: Australia’s unprecedented home Test series defeat to India in 2018-19 served as a “wake-up call” for Justin Langer, who reckons the series will prove as the defining moment of his coaching career. Langer was appointed as the Australian coach in May 2018, following the infamous ball tampering scandal that saw skipper Steve Smith and […]

Tendulkar best I ever saw, Kohli best among current lot: Clarke

MELBOURNE: Former Australian captain Michael Clarke feels Virat Kohli’s fetish for big hundreds is similar to the iconic Sachin Tendulkar, who was the “hardest to get out” with a technique which “didn’t have a weakness”. Clarke said he can’t recall a batsman as complete as Tendulkar during his playing days. “Probably technically the best batsman […]

Kapil Dev replies to Shoaib Akhtar: India doesn’t need money

NEW DELHI: The legendary Kapil Dev on Thursday slammed Shoaib Akhtar’s idea of a made-for-television three-match ODI series between India and Pakistan to raise funds for the COVID-19 pandemic, saying “India doesn’t need the money” and it is not worth risking lives for a cricket match. Speaking to PTI, Akhtar on Wednesday proposed a closed-door […]

PCB to conduct online fitness tests of Pakistan players, drills include ‘Yo-Yo’

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board will conduct fitness tests for over 200 of its locked-down players via video link and the drills, among others, include push-ups, sprints, burpees and the ‘Yo-Yo’ test. The tests, a bid to keep the contracted players in peak physical condition in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be conducted […]

Not sure who was going easy on Kohli to protect IPL contracts: Paine on Clarke’s comments

HOBART: Australian cricket team didn’t want to unnecessarily provoke Virat Kohli but his predecessor Michael Clarke’s claims of players being scared to sledge the Indian captain in order to protect their IPL deals is far from truth, said current Test skipper Tim Paine. Paine rubbished Clarke’s claims that his team had “sucked up” to Kohli […]