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 […]

Interesting to see how players deal with new ICC guidelines: Sangakkara

Mumbai: Sri Lankan batting great Kumara Sangakkara said cricket is a social game and it will be interesting to see how players cope with the new ICC guidelines when cricket resumes after the COVID-19 hiatus. With government restrictions owing to the health crisis easing, the ICC has come out with guidelines for the safe resumption […]

Postponed Tokyo Olympics could be downsized and simplified

Tokyo: The Japanese public is being prepared for the reality of next year’s postponed Olympics, where athletes are likely to face quarantines, spectators will be fewer, and the delay will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. In the last several weeks, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has given selected interviews outside Japan and hinted at […]

Hyderabad Open badminton cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

NEW DELHI: The Hyderabad Open badminton tournament, scheduled to be held in August, was on Thursday cancelled by the sport’s world governing body in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, days after the unveiling of a revised calendar. The tournament, set from August 11 to 16, was one of the three to be held in India […]

‘This country is a joke: HS Prannoy fumes after Arjuna Award snub

NEW DELHI: Livid at not being nominated for the Arjuna Award for the second consecutive year, Indian shuttler HS Prannoy said players less accomplished than him have been recommended by the Badminton Association of India. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Tuesday recommended top doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and men’s […]

Cricket not free of racism, I faced it too: Gayle

New Delhi: Expressing solidarity with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign, star West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has alleged that he faced racist remarks during his career and cricket is not free of the menace. Gayle did not elaborate when he faced racial remarks but hinted it might have been during his stints at global T20 […]

TTFI recommends Manika Batra for Khel Ratna, three others for Arjuna Awards

Parents and teachers, of course need to play a bigger role

NEW DELHI: India’s table tennis star Manika Batra was on Tuesday recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by the national federation TTFI. Manika, who missed out on India’s highest sporting honour last year, is the first woman paddler from her country to win a singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. She […]