Would be devastating if India don’t tour Australia: Labuschagne

SYDNEY: Top Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne on Monday said he and his team would be “pretty devastated” if India don’t tour Down Under later this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. India’s tour of Australia will begin with a T20I tri-series in October and is scheduled to end with a four-match Test series in December. […]

Players fixed before and after me, I deserved another chance: Mohammad Asif

NEW DELHI: Tainted former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif says neither he was the first nor would be the last to have indulged in spot-fixing and should have been treated better by his country’s cricket board, which gave “everyone a second chance” except for him. Asif was banned for seven years for his role in […]

Mushtaq Ahmed advises Yuzvendra Chahal to use the crease more

NEW DELHI: Yuzvendra Chahal is among the leading leg spinners in world cricket but he can be more effective with better use of the crease, says former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed. Ahmed, who has coached all around the world and is currently a consultant for his native team, said India’s ability to take wickets in […]

Makes sense to postpone World T20 if there isn’t enough preparation time: Jason Roy

LONDON: Feeling like a kid again, England batsman Jason Roy can’t wait to get back on the cricket field but says it would make sense to postpone the T20 World Cup in October-November if teams don’t get enough time to prepare for the mega event. All cricketing activities have come to a halt due to […]

Plan to resume national camps shut due to COVID-19 from May end: Rijiju

NEW DELHI: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said his ministry is devising a plan to ensure a phased resumption of national camps for Olympic-bound athletes by the end of this month but others might have to wait till at least September. Rijiju said the coronavirus-forced nationwide lockdown, which has been extended till May 17, […]

Had to flee after being constantly threatened by Umar Akmal: Zulqarnain Haider

KARACHI: Pakistan’s former wicketkeeper-batsman Zulqarnain Haider has blamed Umar Akmal for his disappearing act during an ODI series against South Africa in 2010, saying he was threatened by the tainted player for not conniving with him to lose a match. Zulqarnain claimed that he was forced to leave his team hotel in Dubai and fly […]

Andre Russell says his IPL retirement will be in KKR jersey

New Delhi: Big-hitting West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell says playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL gives him the “most goosebumps” and wants to remain in that side till his very last game in the league. The 32-year old was speaking to KKR’s official ‘Knights Unplugged’ online show. The Jamaican is currently at home […]

Pant calls Dhoni his mentor, but says he never offers complete solutions

New Dehi: Calling M S Dhoni his mentor, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant says the World Cup-winning skipper has his own way of helping the younger crop as he never provides a full solution to a problem, encouraging them to look for answers. Pant was heir apparent to Dhoni until K L Rahul emerged as a […]

Big egos not harmful if there is team culture, environment, says Jayawardene

NEW DELHI: Sri Lankan batting great Mahela Jayawardene says there is “nothing harmful” in having players with big egos in a team as long as he is able to get the best out of them within an ideal environment. Jayawardene has achieved considerable success in leadership roles in recent years, first as a captain and […]

Australia restricts use of saliva, sweat to shine ball under COVID-19 guidelines

NEW DELHI: Australia will not allow the use of saliva or sweat to shine the ball once cricket training resumes in the post-COVID-19 world, says a framework released by the federal government regarding the staged return of sports amid the pandemic. There is speculation that use of saliva to shine the ball will be stopped […]

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