Not sure who was going easy on Kohli to protect IPL contracts: Paine on Clarke’s comments

HOBART: Australian cricket team didn’t want to unnecessarily provoke Virat Kohli but his predecessor Michael Clarke’s claims of players being scared to sledge the Indian captain in order to protect their IPL deals is far from truth, said current Test skipper Tim Paine. Paine rubbished Clarke’s claims that his team had “sucked up” to Kohli […]

Akhtar proposes Indo-Pak series to raise funds for fight against COVID-19 pandemic

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday proposed a three-match ODI series against arch-rivals India to raise funds for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in both the countries. The two nations have not played a full-series since 2007 due to the terrorist attacks on India by Pakistanbased outfits and the resultant diplomatic […]

Eight-month suspension of Olympic qualification period big blow for Indian athletes: Coach Nair

NEW DELHI: World Athletics’ decision to suspend the Olympic qualification period till end of November has dealt a huge blow to Indian track-and-field competitors aiming for Tokyo, who were hoping to make the cut through domestic meets tentatively scheduled later this year. The events are not yet confirmed given the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, which has […]

Aussie cricketers ‘sucked up’ to Kohli & Co to protect IPL deals: Clarke

MELBOURNE: Australian cricketers were so keen on protecting their lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) deals that they felt “scared” of sledging India captain Virat Kohli and his teammates during a particular period and instead “sucked up” to them, former skipper Michael Clarke has claimed. India and Australia have had some memorable bilateral duels but Clarke […]

At times, cricketers hurt national interest due to easy T20 money: Waqar Younis

Karachi: Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis feels the “easy money” on offer at mushrooming T20 leagues is, at times, making cricketers inconsiderate towards national interest. Waqar said Mohammed Aamir and Wahab Riaz’s decision to quit red-ball cricket last year was one such instance in which their personal goals ended up adversely affecting the national team. […]

Pat Cummins, IPL’s costliest overseas player, says World T20 is priority not IPL

MELBOURNE”: With cricket facing an uncertain future due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Australian pace spearhead Pat Cummins would like to see the T20 World Cup at home being held over the lucrative IPL in which he would enter as the costliest foreign buy. Cummins became the most expensive foreign buy in the IPL at the […]

Hafeez, Shoaib Malik should retire gracefully: Ramiz Raja

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain and well-known commentator Ramiz Raja has advised senior players Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik to take retirement from international cricket. “They should leave international cricket with respect and gracefully,” he said on Monday about the two former captains. Talking to the media in a video conference, Raja said he avoids making […]

CSK vs Mumbai Indians: Dhoni ‘owns’ Malinga in IPL: Styris

NEW DELHI: Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris believes the IPL rivalry between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians pits the game’s best finisher, MS Dhoni, against the best death bowler, Lasith Malinga, in which the former India captain owns the veteran Sri Lankan. Super Kings have made 8 finals in 10 editions they have […]

Longer than expected breaks bigger challenge for fast bowlers: Nehra

NEW DELHI: A batsman can do with yoga and weight training during breaks merchants of speed, former India pacer Ashish Nehra feels, the absence of running for more than three months at a stretch could come in their way of fitness. According to him, fast bowlers will have to start running sooner or later. India […]

India submits its bid to host AFC Asian Cup

NEW DELHI: India has submitted its bid documents for hosting the AFC Asian Cup in 2027, a top official of the national federation confirmed on Sunday. If India wins the bid, it will be the first time the country will host the continental showpiece event. Recently, the AFC had extended the deadline to lodge expression […]

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