Younis Khan appointed Pakistan batting coach for England tour

KARACHI: Pakistan on Tuesday appointed former captain Younis Khan as national team’s batting coach and also roped in Mushtaq Ahmed as spin bowling coach for the upcoming tour of England. The 42-year-old Younis had scored 10,099 runs in 118 Tests, including a career-best 313 in a successful career during which he also became world number […]

ODI cricket earns money for ICC, not going anywhere: Holding

New Delhi: Fast bowling great Michael Holding feels that ODI cricket is here to stay despite the many concerns being raised about its loss of relevance as the format remains financially lucrative for the ICC. In the past, stalwarts of the game like Ricky Ponting and Rahul Dravid have feared ODIs losing context with the […]

Former Bagan coach thought ‘diminutive’ Chhetri will not be able to score

NEW DELHI: Sunil Chhetri is already one of the greats of Indian football but when he first appeared for a trial at the iconic Mohun Bagan, its coach Subrata Bhattacharya saw only “hints of promise” in the diminutive striker who “would not be able to score goals”. Just after clearing his class 12 examination, Chhetri […]

Fortunate to have played cricket alongside Virat Kohli: Kane Williamson

MUMBAI: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson considers himself “fortunate” to have played the game alongside Virat Kohli, and said he has been closely following his Indian counterpart’s journey from a young age. Both Williamson and Kohli featured in the 2008 ICC U19 World Cup in Malaysia, which was lifted by India and since then went […]

Darren Sammy says he faced racism while playing in IPL

KINGSTON: Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has alleged that he was subjected to racist comments during his stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. Sammy’s allegation came after his vociferous support to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign around the world after the killing of African-American George Floyd in the US. “I just […]

India’s 2022 WC qualifying round match against Qatar rescheduled to October 8

NEW DELHI: The Indian football team’s postponed 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying round game against Asian champions Qatar at home was on Friday rescheduled to October 8 as the continental body proposed new dates for the matches. India then take on Bangladesh away on November 12 and host Afghanistan on November 17. The Asian Football […]

No fast bowler is going to be nice to batsmen: Rabada

KOLKATA: He might have landed in trouble for his on-field aggressive behaviour but South African speedster Kagiso Rabada says the perception that he is short-tempered is not true and it is just passion which drives him as a bowler. The 25-year-old was suspended for the series-deciding final Test against England earlier this year after collecting […]

AFC Asian Cup great chance to develop interest in women’s football in country, says Indian team

NEW DELHI: The Indian women’s football team members are delighted at the prospect of playing the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 finals in front of home fans and feel the event can do wonders for the development of the game in the country. India will host the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 finals, the continent’s […]

Cricket is nothing without diversity, says ICC in wake of George Floyd’s death

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council on Friday said “cricket is nothing without diversity” as racism remained a topic of global debate following the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis.Floyd died last week gasping for breath while a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee on the handcuffed man’s neck, leading to violent protests […]

ICC should wait for a suitable time to host T20 World Cup: Akram

Karachi: Pakistan pace legend Wasim Akram cannot visualise a T20 World Cup happening behind closed doors and believes the ICC should wait for a “suitable time” to host the big-ticket event after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. There is speculation that the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November will be postponed […]