Shoaib accuses ICC of bias after being trolled by apex body

KARACHI: The flamboyant Shoaib Akhtar has accused the ICC of “throwing neutrality out of window” after being trolled by the apex body for claiming that he can even now dismiss Australian run-machine Steve Smith in a jiffy. The International Cricket Council used a series of images featuring basketball star Michael Jordan to troll Akhtar after […]

Long-term goals put you under stress, I prefer short-term targets: Rohit Sharma

MUMBAI: Emphasising that long term goals can put stress and pressure on a player, star India opener Rohit Sharma says he prefers short term goals and would continue with the same strategy in future. Sharma, who has played 224 ODIs and 32 Tests, said he likes setting a target for himself before the start of […]

Dhoni’s incredible gut feeling is his biggest strength: Du Plessis

NEW DELHI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an unconventional and unique leader, whose biggest strength is his incredible gut feeling, says his Chennai Super Kings teammate Faf du Plessis. The former South Africa skipper has spent considerable time with Dhoni after joining the Indian Premier league (IPL) side in 2011 and has been an integral part […]

Imposing Kohli can’t share power, split captaincy won’t work for India: Nasser Hussain

NEW DELHI: An “imposing character” like Virat Kohli will not be comfortable sharing power and hence split captaincy is not something that will work in Indian cricket, feels former England skipper Nasser Hussain. However, he does feel that the Indian team management often messes up selections as they did in that World Cup semi-final against […]

Not ideal to play without fans but have to get used to it: Ian Bell

LONDON: Former England batsman Ian Bell says playing cricket behind closed doors is “hard to imagine” and “not ideal” but players will have to get used to it for the foreseeable future. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had to suspend all cricket activities till July 1 due to the coronavirus outbreak and the governing […]

Kohli is like Federer while Smith is more of Nadal: De Villiers

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli’s natural talent makes him a cricketing equivalent of Roger Federer while Steve Smith’s mental fortitude matches that of Rafael Nadal, said South African swashbuckler AB de Villiers comparing the two contemporary greats. In an instagram chat with former Zimbabwe seamer Pommie Mbangwa, de Villiers spoke about the two batsmen, who are […]

Women’s ODI and men’s U-19 World Cup qualifiers postponed due to COVID-19

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday postponed the qualifying events for the 2021 Women’s World Cup and the 2022 men’s Under-19 showpiece in July owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The women’s event, from July 3-19 in Sri Lanka, was to feature 10 teams — the hosts, Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, […]

CSK says no point in Indians only IPL, it will be like playing Mushtaq Ali

NEW DELHI: Chennai Super Kings have rejected the idea of an IPL with only Indian players in the near future, differing with Rajasthan Royals, the franchise which is keen on the option given the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The IPL, which is indefinitely postponed, can be held in the September-October window if the […]

Training of elite athletes will resume once lockdown ends: Rijiju

New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said training of elite athletes will resume after the lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted, urging sportspersons and stakeholders to be patient. Reiterating a position he first took on May 3, Rijiju said health of the athletes is his top priority. The lockdown is set […]

Pak could play more Tests in tour of England if it goes ahead

Karachi: Pakistan might play more Test matches during their tour of England if it goes ahead as scheduled in July after the West Indies pulled out of an assignment there in June owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pakistan Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board officials are due to have a video […]