NIS Diploma Course: 46 seats for eminent athletes, test to focus more on sporting aptitude

NEW DELHI: The National Institute of Sports (NIS) has decided to revamp its admission policy for its sought-after diploma coaching course where 46 athletes (men and women) of eminence will be given direct entry, with seats increased from 566 to 725. The criteria for application has also been revamped completely with minimum academic qualification now […]

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, […]

Cricket South Africa refuses to back Graeme Smith’s support of Sourav Ganguly

JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa officials were pulling in different directions on backing Sourav Ganguly for the ICC chairman’s post with its president Chris Nenzani on Friday refusing to endorse director Graeme Smith’s open support to the BCCI president. Former skipper Smith, who is now CSA’s director of cricket, on Thursday supported Ganguly for the ICC […]

We’ve made no commitment on South Africa tour: BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal

NEW DELHI: The BCCI has not made “any commitment” to tour South Africa in August and there have only been discussions about such a possibility, Board treasurer Arun Dhumal said on Friday, denying Cricket South Africa’s claims of a confirmation. CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith and chief executive Jacques Faul on Thursday said that […]

India Open to be held in December, BWF announces revamped calendar for remainder of 2020

NEW DELHI: The Olympic-qualifying India Open badminton tournament, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will now be held here from December 8 to 13 after the BWF unveiled a revised calendar to salvage the disruption-hit season. The World Tour Super 500 tournament, originally scheduled to be held in New Delhi from March 24-29, […]

Considering longevity, I will go with Tendulkar over Kohli: Gambhir

MUMBAI: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has chosen legendary Sachin Tendulkar over current skipper Virat Kohli as a better batsman in the ODI format, considering the changed rules of the game and the Mumbaikar’s longevity of career. Tendulkar, who retired in 2013, played 463 ODIs and amassed 18,426 runs with 49 hundreds at an average […]

Why not wax if no saliva: World no 1 Pat Cummins desperate for replacement

MELBOURNE: Australia’s premier fast bowler Pat Cummins while accepting the health risk associated with the usage of saliva urged game’s custodians will have to come out with an alternate option to strike a balance between bat and ball. Cummins said applying sweat or any external substance like wax on the ball could be an alternate […]

ICC Cricket Committee’s call on using only local umpires poses huge challenge for Indian officials

NEW DELHI: Lack of experience, especially in Tests, will pose a “huge challenge” for Indian umpires when they get down to officiate in the post COVID-19 pandemic scenario, feel current and former officials. The ICC Cricket Committee on Monday recommended the appointment of local match officials (umpires and match referees) in the short-term to avoid […]