Danish Kaneria requests PCB to lift life ban, wants to play domestic cricket

KARACHI: Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has appealed to the cricket board to lift the life ban imposed on him in 2013 after he was found guilty of spot-fixing. Kaneria is desperate to return to the cricketing fold and is even keen on playing domestic cricket. In a letter to Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ehsan […]

Chhetri was one of those who glorified Indian football: Stimac

NEW DELHI: National team head coach Igor Stimac on Sunday hailed Sunil Chhetri, saying the talismanic captain was one of those who “glorified” Indian football with his dedication in the 15 years of his illustrious career. The 35-year-old Chhetri on Friday became only the second Indian after legendary Bhaichung Bhutia to complete 15 years in […]

Ban on saliva may upset balance between bat and ball in Test cricket, warns Mark Taylor

MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Mark Taylor on Sunday warned that ban on the usage of saliva, to combat the COVID-19 threat, runs the the risk of upsetting balance between bat and ball in Test cricket. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned the use of saliva on ball as an interim health safety measure in […]

Better planning needed for ICC events: Irfan Pathan

MUMBAI: India have all the resources but need to plan better going into the big-ticket ICC events, says former all-rounder Irfan Pathan who blamed an unsettled middle order for country’s exit from last year’s World Cup. India last won an ICC tournament in 2013, when they lifted the Champions Trophy under the leadership of iconic […]

IPL in October looks difficult, can be held in Sri Lanka in September: Gavaskar

NEW DELHI: The iconic Sunil Gavaskar feels realistic chances of conducting a shortened Indian Premier League this year is in Sri Lanka from early September as Australia might end up hosting the T20 World Cup in October having successfully flattened the COVID-19 curve. The former India captain feels that once the Australian government has now […]

Afridi tests positive for Covid-19

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Saturday said he has tested positive for Covid-19, becoming the first high-profile cricketer to be infected with the deadly virus. “I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah,” Afridi […]

Old habits like licking fingers subconsciously will be biggest challenge for pacers: Gillespie

CHENNAI: Former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie feels the biggest challenge that fast bowlers will face due to the saliva ban is to get rid of the old habit of subconsciously licking their fingers while walking back to the bowling mark. The ICC on Tuesday said that it has decided to ban the use of saliva […]

Coaches and support staff hit hard during lockdown: Gopichand

MUMBAI: Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Friday admitted that coaches and support staff have been among the worse-hit professionals during the COVID-19 forced lockdown with “virtually no income” for the past three months. In his bid to help raise funds for academies and sports foundations, Gopichand along with Arjuna award-winning athletes Ashwini Nachappa […]

FIH rejects Mittal’s complaint, says its president Batra committed no breach

NEW DELHI: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Friday refused to take any action against its President Narinder Batra on a complaint of irregularity filed by IOA vice-president Sudhanshu Mittal, stating that the incumbent did not breach the world body’s statutes during his election in 2016. In a complaint, Mittal accused Batra of violating the […]