Dhoni has always been emotionally detached from results: Laxman

NEW DELHI: Being emotionally detached from results contributed significantly to the stellar success of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who retired after creating an enviable legacy, Dhoni’s former India teammate and batsman VVS Laxman has said. From his calm demeanour to becoming the only captain to have won all the ICC trophies, Dhoni stunned the cricketing world […]

PCB challenges reduction of Umar Akmal’s ban in CAS

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board has filed an appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne against the reduction of a three-year ban on batsman Umar Akmal by an independent adjudicator. Salman Naseer, the PCB chief operating officer, confirmed on Tuesday that the appeal has been filed. “It was a difficult decision for […]

Saw Dhoni’s acumen standing in slips and told BCCI that he is the next captain: Tendulkar

NEW DELHI: Standing in the first slip and observing Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s match-reading skills convinced Sachin Tendulkar that he was ready for India captaincy, something he told the BCCI when he was asked for his suggestion back in 2007. Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid had decided to give juniors a chance in the inaugural […]

IPL in UAE is much-needed ‘chaos’ we need in our lives: Shastri

MUMBAI: India’s head coach Ravi Shastri feels that IPL in the United Arab Emirates is the “much needed chaos” that everyone needs in these times when COVID-19 has literally brought the world to a grinding halt during the first half of the year. The BCCI has shifted the IPL to UAE where 60 games will […]

Hockey India to provide financial aid to 61 unemployed players

NEW DELHI: Hockey India (HI) on Tuesday announced it will provide 61 unemployed players, including 34 women, with financial assistance amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to help them return to sporting activities. Athletes not holding employment are facing constraints due to the pandemic, impacting them adversely. Under the initiative, each player will be provided a […]

Dhoni has retired, so have I, says his Pakistan-born fan Chacha Chicago’

NEW DELHI: In Karachi-born Mohammad Bashir Bozai’s vow to give up watching India-Pakistan play at ICC events, obsessive fandom follows Mahendra Singh Dhoni into retirement, adding to things like jersey number and disciples such as Suresh Raina. Travelling the world to watch the arch-rivals in action doesn’t make sense anymore to Bashir, aka ‘Chacha Chicago’, […]

Dhoni has inspired a whole generation and will be sorely missed: ICC

DUBAI: Tributes continue to pour in for Mahendra Singh Dhoni with the game’s governing body ICC saying that the former India skipper “inspired a whole generation and will be sorely missed”. Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday evening. A terse post on his Instagram page read, ‘consider me retired’. The 39-year-old is […]

You will always be my captain: Kohli to Dhoni one more time

NEW DELHI: “You will always be my captain,” said India skipper Virat Kohli to Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday, expressing gratitude for the “friendship and belief” that he got from the talismanic senior. In a nearly minute-long video posted on the BCCI’s official Twitter handle, Kohli said Dhoni’s retirement is that rare moment in his […]

ISL to be held in three venues in Goa: Organisers

NEW DELHI: All matches of the seventh edition of Indian Super League will be held in three venues in Goa, likely in November, amid strict health and safety measures to deal with the COVID-19 threat, the organisers said on Sunday. In order to minimise travelling by players and officials amid the pandemic, the ISL organisers […]

Sports awards selection panel to meet on August 17 and 18 to pick winners

NEW DELHI: The 12-member committee constituted by the Sports Ministry to select this year’s National Sports Awards will meet here on August 17and 18 to handpick the winners. The meeting will be held in person at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) headquarters here. Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag, hockey stalwart Sardar Singh, Paralympic silver-medallist […]