Players to be tested every 5th day during IPL

NEW DELHI: Indian players and support staff will have to return negative for COVID-19 at least five times before they start training in the UAE andsubsequently will be tested every fifth day during the IPL, according to a draft prepared by the BCCI. A BCCI official told PTI that all Indian players and support staff […]

Cameron’s ICC vision: T20 leagues running concurrently like football, less international cricket

NEW DELHI: Former West Indies cricket boss Dave Cameron, who is harbouring ambitions of being the next ICC chairman, envisions a cricket universe where there is more emphasis on private T20 leagues running concurrently and lesser focus on international cricket calendar. While Cameron has thrown his hat in the ring, Cricket West Indies (CWI) doesn’t […]

Amir clears COVID tests, joins Pakistan squad in England

DERBY: Left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir has joined the Pakistan squad here after clearing two consecutive COVID-19 tests following his arrival in the United Kingdom. The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday confirmed that Amir has integrated with rest of the squad after serving his mandatory quarantine period, during which he tested negative twice. “Amir left […]

I really don’t know the reasons for banning me: Azharuddin

KARACHI: Mohammad Azharuddin’s rehabilitation from life ban is more than complete in many ways but the former India captain says he “doesn’t really know the reasons” for banning him in the first place. In December 2000, Azharuddin was handed a life ban by the BCCI for his involvement in match-fixing. However, after a long drawn […]

Anti-Doping measures at IPL: NADA might outsource sample collection

NEW DELHI: In charge of dope control at the IPL for the very first time, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) might have to outsource the task of sample collection given the high cost of handling the exercise when the event is held in the UAE. The next best option for NADA will be using the […]

India have the bowling to rattle Australia, including Steve Smith and Warner: Gambhir

MUMBAI: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes that the Virat Kohli-led side has the bowling attack to rattle the Australian batting lineup, including Steve Smith and David Warner, who were serving balltampering bans during India’s last tour Down Under. India are slated to tour Australia in November for a four-Test series. “India has got the […]

ATK proposes removal of salary cap on ISL teams

NEW DELHI: Taking the road less travelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, three-time champions ATK have approached the Indian Super League (ISL) with a bold proposal to remove the salary cap of Rs 16.5 crore per team/per season. Football Sports Development Ltd., which organises the country’s top football league, received the suggestion during a meeting with […]

Broad still has fire in the belly, can claim 600 Test wickets: Atherton

MANCHESTER: Seasoned pacer Stuart Broad has shown that he still has “fire in the belly” to achieve a lot more for England, said former skipper Michael Atherton, asserting that the “champion sportsman” has the potential to claim 600 Test wickets. After being ignored for the series opener against the West Indies in Southampton, the 34-year-old […]

World Test Championship final in 2021 depends on how many series can be rescheduled: ICC GM

NEW DELHI: The World Test Championship schedule has been thrown haywire by the COVID-19 pandemic and its much-awaited final next year will depend on the number of rescheduled bilateral series after the disruption, ICC GM (Cricket Operations) Geoff Allardice said on Monday. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the Futures Tours and Programme (FTP) into disarray […]

Indian football on cusp of next level of development: Kushal Das

NEW DELHI: The All Indian Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das on Monday said the country is on the cusp of reaching the next level of football development and the role of coaches is important in achieving that. Speaking at an online opening session of a coach education course jointly organised by the AIFF and […]