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CSA fully confident of hosting series in secure bio-environment

Cape Town [South Africa] : The Proteas men’s team has been part of no less than eight international cricket bio-secure environments (BSEs) in total – these have ranged from home tours against England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and most recently the Netherlands, to away tours to Pakistan, West Indies, Ireland, Sri Lanka and the ICC T20 World Cup in the United Arad Emirates (UAE) and Oman.South Africa is slated to host India in three Tests, three ODIs and four T20Is with the tour to commence on December 17. According to the CSA’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shuaib Manjra: “CSA has instituted world-class standards and measures to ensure that all players, staff and officials are protected within this environment. Our main focus was to safeguard the cricket biosphere by managing strict entry standards and limited movement outside of its cordon.”Dr Manjra has emphasized that the BSE…

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To survive 52 balls on Day 5 was commendable: Tendulkar

New Delhi [India] : Former India skipper Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday lauded New Zealand for managing to survive on Day 5 of the first Test against India to walk away with a draw.“Both #TeamIndia and #NewZealand had their backs against the wall at various stages of this game and both teams fought hard to come back into the game. To survive 52 balls on the last day of the Test was commendable. This is what makes Test match cricket fascinating. #INDvNZ,” tweeted Tendulkar. New Zealand managed to survive by the barest of margins on the last day of the first Test against India after a gritty performance from their lower-order batters insured that visitors walked away with a draw here at Green Park, Kanpur on Monday.Team India managed to take eight wickets on Day 5 of the ongoing first Test but some late drama…

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Ind vs NZ, 1st Test: Wasn’t thinking too far ahead, was just focusing on present, says Shreyas Iyer

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: India batter Shreyas Iyer said that his strategy while playing against New Zealand was to focus on the ‘present’ and play as many balls as possible. Team India found themselves on top after Shreyas Iyer and Wriddhiman Saha showed grit and determination with the bat to help hosts fight back against New Zealand on Day 4 of the ongoing first Test here at Green Park, Kanpur on Sunday.“I had been in this situation before as well, not with the Indian team but with my Ranji team. The mindset was to play the session and play as many balls as possible. I wasn’t thinking too far ahead, was just focusing on the present. (On being the first Indian to score a ton and a fifty in debut Test) Yeah, I knew about it. When I came back, one of my teammates…

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Great for sport if India-Pak play bilateral cricket series, says Amir

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Bangla Tigers fast bowler Mohammad Amir on Thursday opened up on his battle with COVID-19 amid the ongoing Season 5 of Abu Dhabi T10 and revealed that he has returned to bowl at the nets sessions.“I practised for two days. When I run for long or if I speak for too long, I start coughing. It is difficult because you feel fatigued. But as a professional, you need to have the mindset to get yourself out of that zone or it will keep troubling you. You know your responsibilities to your body. I am improving day by day,” Amir said. Amir also went on to speak about the possibility of bilateral series between India and Pakistan being held in Dubai after Chairman of the Dubai Cricket Council Abdul Rahman Falaknaz offered to host the same in the city over the past…

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Ind vs NZ, 1st Test: Southee takes field, Shreyas Iyer shows grit

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: New Zealand pacer Tim Southee took the field for his side in the third session of ongoing Day 1 of the first Test against India after walking off for treatment on his right groin. “Southee was off the field having some treatment on his right groin. Back on the field now,” read an official statement from BlackCaps management.New Zealand made slow yet steady progress in the second session of the first Test as India lost the crucial wickets of Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill at the Green Park Stadium on Thursday. At Tea on Day 1, India’s score read 154/4 with Shreyas Iyer (17) and Ravindra Jadeja (6) unbeaten at the crease. Earlier, Gill scored a gutsy fifty while Cheteshwar Pujara stood tall as India held the fort after Mayank Agarwal’s early dismissal in the opening session. (ANI)

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Bangladesh needs to do soul searching

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi feels the Bangladesh team need better wickets to showcase their talent rather than competing on poor pitches and giving “ordinary” performances in World Cups. Mohammad Rizwan (40) and Haider Ali (45) starred with the bat as Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by five wickets in the third and final T20I here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Monday.Afridi congratulated Pakistan on the victory and said the side needs to carry the winning momentum. “Congratulations Pakistan!! A bit too close for comfort at the end. Great to see the team maintain winning ways, so important for a team to carry on the winning momentum,” Afridi tweeted. The former Pakistan skipper also pointed out that Bangladesh “desperately” need better pitches if they want to improve as a team. “Bangladesh really need to do some soul searching, do they want to…

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Tim Paine steps down as Australia’s Test captain

Melbourne [Australia]: Australia Test skipper Tim Paine has stepped down as the captain of the side ahead of the much-awaited Ashes opener.England and Australia will lock horns in the five-match Ashes, beginning December 8 at the Gabba, Brisbane. Cricket Australia on Friday informed about Paine’s decision to leave captaincy “immediately”.“Tim Paine has advised the Board of Cricket Australia of his decision to stand down as captain of the Australian men’s Test team, effective immediately,” Cricket Australia (CA) said in a statement.Cricket Australia said the Board has accepted Paine’s resignation and will now accelerate the process of identifying and appointing a new Test captain.“Tim felt it was in the best interests of his family and Australian cricket to take this decision to step down as captain,” CA Chair Richard Freudenstein said in a statement.“The Board has accepted Tim’s resignation and will now work through a…

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Surprised Dravid took up India head coach’s job, says Ricky Ponting

New Delhi [India]: Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has said he is surprised that Rahul Dravid took the head coach’s position of the Indian team looking at how he has a young family at home.Dravid’s coaching stint got off to a good start on Wednesday as Team India defeated New Zealand by five wickets in the first T20I of the three-match series. “Actually, I’m surprised that Dravid has taken it up as well. There was a lot of chat about how happy he was in the Under-19 role he had. I’m not sure about his family life but I’m sure he has got young kids. So I’m surprised that he took it but as I said, the people I spoke to were sure they got the right person so they were probably able to get Dravid to do it,” Ponting said on the Grade…

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Sky is not the limit, it’s benchmark: Suryakumar

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: After playing a match-winning knock against New Zealand, India batter Suryakumar Yadav said that he loved how things went in his favour and it was good to play a match-winning knock. Suryakumar Yadav (62) and Rohit (48) starred with the bat as India chased down 165 to defeat New Zealand by five wickets in the first T20I of the three-match series here at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.“I think the sky is not the limit, going forward it should be a benchmark. Really loved the way things went for me on the ground, just wanted to bat in the same way like I was doing in the nets. I think New Zealand’s preparation was really good, they did not let me explore the cover drive option so I had to play other shots,” Suryakumar told Ravichandran Ashwin in a video posted on…

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Babar named skipper as Indian players miss cut in ICC Most Valuable Team of T20 WC

Dubai [UAE]: No Indian cricketer featured in the ICC men’s T20 World Cup Most Valuable Team of the Tournament as players from six teams were named on Monday following the conclusion of the showpiece event. Stars from champions Australia, runners-up New Zealand, semi-finalists England and Pakistan as well as Sri Lanka and South Africa feature in the star-studded line-up.Opening batter David Warner, leg-spinner Adam Zampa and seamer Josh Hazlewood all made the cut for Australia after helping steer their side to their first-ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title. There are also spots for England ace Jos Buttler as wicket-keeper, Pakistan’s Babar Azam as captain, New Zealand left-armer Trent Boult and Sri Lanka star Wanindu Hasaranga — the tournament’s leading wicket-taker — in the line-up. According to ICC, the side was pulled together by a selection panel featuring commentators, former international players and journalists.…

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Finch reckons toss won’t be big factor

Dubai [UAE] : Australia skipper Aaron Finch on Saturday reckoned that toss would not be a big factor in the T20 World Cup final against New Zealand. Australia and New Zealand will square off in the finals of the World Cup on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.“Absolutely it can be overcome. At some point, to win this tournament you’re going to have to win batting first. I was actually hoping to lose the toss against Pakistan because I would have loved to put a score on the board in that semi-final. It was one of those ones where you’re probably never going to bat first but you don’t mind if you have to. It’s the same going into the final,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted Finch as saying. “We saw it in the IPL final. Chennai were able to put a big score…

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T20 WC: Unbeaten Pakistan look to shed ‘unpredictable’ tag, Aussies eye second final

Dubai [UAE]: Pakistan and Australia will lock horns on Thursday at the Dubai International Stadium in the second semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. While Aaron Finch’s men are now just two wins away from tasting T20 World Cup glory for the very first time, Pakistan will look to continue the momentum from the Super 12 stage.The Men in Green will clearly enter the semi-final as hot favourites as they remain the only unbeaten side so far in the showpiece event, having won all five games in Group 2. Meanwhile, Australia, who advance in top-4 clash from ‘group of death’, have lost just one match till now. This will be Pakistan fifth appearance in the T20 WC semi-finals. The 2009 champions have reached this stage in the first four editions (2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012). On the other hand, Australia who…

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T20 WC: New Zealand eliminate India with 8 wicket win

New Zealand reach semis with eight-wicket win. All hopes for the Indian cricket team were dashed thanks to a classy and controlled performance from New Zealand. Led by Williamson and supported by Conway, the black caps strolled to victory and to the semis as a fighting but poor Afghanistan team succumbed to a dismal defeat. New Zealand beat Afghanistan by eight wickets in their last Super 12 stage match of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Chasing a total of 125 runs, New Zealand lost both the openers in the first 10 overs but an unbeaten 68-run partnership between skipper Kane Williamson (40*) and Devon Conway (38*) guided New Zealand to victory and semi-final qualification. With this result, India and Afghanistan are both out of the race for the final four. However, the Virat Kohli-led side has…

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T20: NZ spinner Sodhi ready

Abu Dhabi [UAE], November 6 (ANI): New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi is available for the clash against Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup on Sunday. New Zealand and Afghanistan will lock horns with each other on Sunday in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage.“Sodhi is available for tomorrow’s final pool game against Afghanistan. Since being struck on the head by the ball while bowling in yesterday’s game, he has passed all of his concussion Tests and continues to be monitored in line with health protocols,” a statement from New Zealand Cricket (NZC). Meanwhile, Ish Sodhi said the New Zealand batters have taken it into consideration ahead of Afghanistan. “Absolutely. Spearheaded by Rashid Khan obviously Mujeeb Ur Rahman is phenomenal as well. But Mohammad Nabi is a very cagey offspinner and bowls well through the powerplay too. That’s definitely where their threat lies with…

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T20 WC: End of a generation, says Pollard

Abu Dhabi [UAE] : West Undies captain Kieron Pollard said it’s the end of a generation after the Caribbean team was defeated by Australia in their final Super 12 match of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday.Half-centuries for David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, and four wickets for Josh Hazlewood made it four wins in five matches for Australia in Group 1. Warner made 89* off 54 while Marsh supported him with 53 off 32 as they chased down the target of 158 with eight wickets and 22 balls to spare. For West Indies, it was an emotional end to their title defence. The two-time champions showed glimpses of their era-defining T20 batting as they bid farewell to Dwayne Bravo and potentially Chris Gayle. However, they finished their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 campaign with…

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India openers register fastest team fifty of T20 WC 2021

Dubai [UAE] : Team India on Friday registered the fastest team fifty of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup.The Men in Blue achieved the feat against Scotland in the Group 2 match of Super 12 stage of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Chasing 86, India reached the 50 run mark in just four overs and registered an eight wickets win.India needed to chase the target in 7.1 overs to better their net-run rate from Afghanistan but the Virat Kohli-led side did the needful in 6.3 overs. Rahul and Rohit kept smashing boundaries as India raced to 70 in the five overs.However, Bradley Wheal removed Rohit on 30 but India kept inching closer to a thumping win.In the end, India chased down the target in just 6.3 overs, minutes after losing the wicket of Rahul.Earlier, put…

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ICC Player of the Month: Shakib Al Hasan shortlisted for October

Dubai [UAE]: Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been nominated as the player of the month for October by the International Cricket Council (ICC). ICC on Thursday announced the October nominees for the ICC Player of the Month awards, instituted in January this year to recognise the best international performances across formats for male and female cricketers.The nominees for October in the men’s category are Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, Pakistan’s power hitter and finisher Asif Ali and Namibia’s prolific batter David Weise. Whilst in the women’s category Ireland’s all-rounder Laura Delany and right-handed batter Gaby Lewis make the list along with Zimbabwe’s captain and all-rounder Mary-Anne Musonda. ICC Men’s Player of the Month for October: Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) Shakib Al Hasan played six T20Is last month as part of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE and Oman. He…

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Rahul Dravid is new Head Coach

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sulakshana Naik and RP Singh on Wednesday unanimously appointed Rahul Dravid as the head coach of Team India (Senior Men).The former India captain will take charge from the upcoming home series against New Zealand. The BCCI had invited applications for the said position on October 26 to appoint Mr Ravi Shastri’s successor, whose term gets over after the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.The Board congratulates Shastri (former Team Director & Head Coach), B. Arun (Bowling Coach), R. Sridhar (Fielding Coach) and Vikram Rathour (Batting Coach) on a successful tenure. Under Shastri, the Indian Cricket Team adopted a bold and fearless approach and performed creditably both in-home and away conditions. India climbed to the top position in the Test format and made it to the final of the inaugural World Test Championship in England.India became the first…

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T20I Rankings: Babar Azam becomes top-ranked batter

Dubai [UAE]: Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s two successive half-centuries in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 have helped him overtake England’s Dawid Malan and grab the top position for batters in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings. Babar, who scored 51 against Afghanistan and 70 against Namibia to lead the 2009 champions into the semifinals, is at the top for the sixth time in his career. The 27-year-old had first attained top position on January 28, 2018. He is presently also ranked No. 1 in ODIs.Babar’s tally of 834 rating points keeps him 36 points ahead of Dawid Malan but Babar’s career-best remains 896 rating points that he achieved after scoring 65 against England at Cardiff on 5 May 2019. Malan had been at the top since 29 November last year. England’s performances in the tournament too reflect in the rankings, with both…

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Will Pucovski unlikely for first Ashes Test

Melbourne [Australia] : Australia opening batter Will Pucovski is unlikely to be available for the first Ashes Test against England, beginning December 8 at the Gabba, Brisbane.Victoria coach Chris Rogers on Wednesday confirmed that the opening batter will miss Victoria’s upcoming Sheffield Shield clash due to concussion. “He hasn’t quite recovered as well as hoped for this game from the concussion. In discussions with the medical team and national selectors, it was felt that we’d give him a bit more time before he’s selected to play for Australia,” cricket.com.au quoted Pucovski as saying.“All the people in these conversations understand we’ve got an immense talent on our hands and we want him to be playing in three to five to 10 years. These are the decisions we’re going to make in his best interests and hopefully, we can set him up to play for a…

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T20 WC: Dhoni, Kohli and Shastri discuss strategy ahead of must-win game against Afghanistan

Dubai [UAE] : Team India skipper Virat Kohli, chief coach Ravi Shastri and mentor MS Dhoni were seen discussing strategies at the end of Tuesday’s optional training session at the ICC Academy in Dubai. This was followed by another round of discussion between Kohli and Dhoni before the team wrapped up the session.Interestingly, it was Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav who were earlier engaged in a long chat after their training session while Dhoni was busy chatting with Shastri as they watched the batsmen fine-tune their skills at the nets. Skipper Virat Kohli and deputy Rohit Sharma were the first to hit the nets as the frontline pacers like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami gave the session a miss to recover for the game on Wednesday. Another good news was the presence of batsman Suryakumar Yadav.Having missed the crucial game against New Zealand on Sunday…

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‘God decides your destiny’: Yuvraj Singh hints at comeback from retirement in February

New Delhi [India]: Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on Tuesday said that “on public demand” he will be back in February to play cricket.Yuvraj, who had retired from international cricket in June 2019, played this year’s Road Safety World Series for India Legends. The former all-rounder shared a special message for his fans on Instagram with a video of him whacking boundaries.“God decides your destiny !!On public demand il be back on the pitch hopefully in February ! Ain’t nothing like this feeling ! Thank you for your love and wishes mean a lot to me ! Keep supporting it’s our team and a true fan will show his or her support in tough times,” Yuvraj said on Instagram.The 2011 World Cup was memorable for Yuvraj as he was named the Player of the Tournament and he played an important role in India winning…

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West Indies Women arrive in Karachi for 3 ODIs ahead of World Cup qualifier

Karachi [Pakistan]: West Indies women’s cricket team on Monday arrived in Karachi to take on Pakistan in the upcoming three-match ODI series which gets underway from November 8.Karachi’s National Stadium will host West Indies women in the matches on November 8, 11 and 14 following which both sides will travel to Zimbabwe for the ICC women’s Cricket World Cup qualifier to be held from November 21 to December 5. “Our #MaroonWarriors arrived in Karachi earlier today to take on @TheRealPCB Women in 3 ODIs. November 8,11,14 at the National Stadium,” WIndies Cricket tweeted.This will be Pakistan women’s third bilateral series in 2021 after they toured South Africa in January-February and West Indies in June-July.The top three of the 10 teams will qualify for the ICC women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, which will be played in New Zealand.West Indies squad: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Anisa Mohammed…

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Time is running out, Team India needs to perform miracles: Irfan Pathan

New Delhi [India] : Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan said that the time is running out for the Virat Kohli-led side in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and the team now needs to perform miracles in order to reach the semi-finals.Pathan’s comment came after India suffered an eight-wicket loss against New Zealand on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Super 12 stage. “Well done NZ you were too good. And for team India, they need to get together and perform miracles. Time is running out. #indvsnz,” tweeted Pathan.Trent Boult and Ish Sodhi starred with the ball before Daryl Mitchell smashed 49 off 35 to help New Zealand defeat India by eight wickets in the ongoing T20 World Cup.India was restricted to 110/7 in the allotted twenty overs against New Zealand. No batter was able to stay at the crease…

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T20 WC: Final will be either between India-Pakistan or Australia-England

New Delhi [India]: Former Australia spinner Shane Warne has predicted that either India-Pakistan or England-Australia will square off in the finals of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Warne’s prediction came after England hammered Australia by eight wickets on Saturday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Super 12 stage.“I still believe the teams that will top each group & make it through will look like this, plus semi’s & final…England, Australia, Pakistan and India. Semi’s — Eng V India, Aust V Pak So final will be either India V Pak or Aust V England,” tweeted Warne. Jos Buttler played an unbeaten knock of 71 and his side beat Australia by eight wickets on Saturday at the Dubai International Stadium. The innings was highlighted by 23 runs scored over long-on, including three towering sixes through that region that all travelled more than…

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T20 WC: Team India ‘unwinds’ day off with beach volleyball

Dubai [UAE]: Team India on Friday played beach volleyball to spend some time on their day off ahead of the New Zealand clash in the ongoing T20 World Cup. The Virat Kohli-led side is gearing for the match against New Zealand and has been training hard for the game following their defeat against Pakistan.“A game of beach volleyball as #TeamIndia unwinds in their day off,” BCCI tweeted a video where players can be seen playing volleyball. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s interim head coach, Saqlain Mushtaq has said he would love it if his team got the opportunity to face India again in the final of the tournament. “When you come with a mindset to become a world champion then you don’t think about the opponent. You rather think whoever comes in, you do what you have to do and want to do. So we are thinking…

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T20 WC: South Africa thrash West Indies by 8 wickets

Dubai [UAE] : Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen starred as South Africa thrash West Indies by eight wickets in the Group 1 encounter of Super 12s in the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.South Africa chased the target of 144 with eight balls to spare as Markram and Van der Dussen played the innings of 51* and 43* respectively. Chasing 144, excellent work in the field by Russell provided exactly the start West Indies had hoped for as Temba Bavuma walked back in the first over. Hendricks and Van der Dussen then forged a 50-run stand for the second wicket as South Africa consolidate their position in the chase.Hosein then dismissed Hendricks to give a vital breakthrough to WI but the duo of Van der Dussen and Markram stitched another 50-run partnership and held…

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T20 WC: India and Pakistan players walk in together for training

Dubai [UAE] : In what came as a pleasant surprise, the Indian and Pakistani players walked in together to train at the ICC Academy on the eve of their high-voltage clash in the ICC T20 World Cup.It might be billed as the mother of all battles, but the mood among the players revealed a sense of calmness as both teams trained under lights on Saturday. The Indian boys started with a game of football as Virat Kohli, Mohammad Shami and Rishabh Pant seemed to have fun warming up. Jasprit Bumrah and MS Dhoni though didn’t waste any time in reaching the training nets. While Bumrah and Dhoni chatted with Bharat Arun, R Ashwin was seen training in the adjacent net. Bumrah soon changed nets and headed in to join Ashwin. The overall atmosphere clearly showed a sense of calmness that Dhoni has brought into…

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Nothing will impact Team India’s performance: Gautam Gambhir on political pressure over India-Pakistan T20 match

New Delhi [India]: Amidst political statements around the high-octane India-Pakistan T20 match slated for tomorrow, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir on Saturday exuded confidence over Team India’s victory while adding that nothing will impact its performance. India-Pakistan T20 match is slated for October 24. The last time the two teams had taken on each other was during the 2019 ODI World Cup.Speaking to ANI, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP said, “My best wishes are with the team. They have performed well till now. They will surely win. I have full confidence in them.” Asked about the impact of political pressure on the match, Gambhir said, “The team is doing great. Nothing will impact their performance. The team will play well and will win.” There is a call for cancelling the match between India and Pakistan from several political leaders following the killings of civilians by…

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Australia batsman Pucovski ‘pretty positive’ about his return

Melbourne [Australia] : Victoria coach Chris Rogers on Thursday said Australia opening batter Will Pucovski is “pretty positive” about his return on the field following his latest concussion.Last week, Pucovski received a knock to his head and is recovering from concussion symptoms. The 23-year-old has suffered from nine concussions and was currently managing his recovery in consultation with Cricket Victoria’s medical staff. Rogers remained optimistic about Pucovski’s recovery and the batter is doing “alright”.“He sees specialists so they’ll be talking to him about that and obviously, that’s got to play a role at some stage but at the moment, he’s still keen to continue on,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Rogers as saying.“He’s been through this before, he knows what it’s like. He’s a pretty resilient guy now. If you go through this many setbacks you’ve got to have something about you. He’s going alright. Yesterday when…

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ICC T20 WC, Rd 1: Scotland stun B’desh in Group B

Chris Greaves’ 45-run knock and two-wicket haul helped Scotland stun Bangladesh by six runs in Group B encounter of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1) on Sunday. Muscat [Oman] : Chasing 141, Bangladesh did not get off to an ideal start as Josh Davey dismissed Soumya Sarkar (5) in the second over of the innings. Two overs later, Bradley Wheal removed Liton Das (5) and Bangladesh was reduced to 18/2 in the fourth over. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim then got together at the crease and the duo put on 47 runs for the third wicket, but Scotland got the crucial breakthrough of Shakib (20) with Bangladesh still needing 76 more runs for the win. Chris Greaves then dismissed Mushfiqur (38) and Scotland gained complete control over the match.Afif Hossain and skipper Mahmudullah…

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Shakib overhauls Malinga to become leading wicket-taker in men’s T20Is

Muscat [Oman] : Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Sunday became the leading wicket-taker in men’s T20Is.Shakib achieved the feat in Bangladesh’s ongoing Group B encounter of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup against Scotland here at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1). The all-rounder returned with figures of 2-17 against Scotland and hence he went past the record of Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga.Shakib now has 108 wickets from 89 matches in the shortest format.Malinga had taken 107 wickets from 84 matches while New Zealand’s Tim Southee is at the third number in the list, after taking 99 wickets from 83 matches.Earlier in the ongoing match against Scotland, Mahmudullah-led Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bowl. 

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Have no idea regarding coach front, our goal is to win T20 World Cup: Kohli

Dubai [UAE] : India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday said that he along with head coach Ravi Shastri are proud of creating a culture where everyone in the side wants to be the best version of themselves day in and day out.Former India skipper Rahul Dravid has agreed to take over as the head coach of the national team from Ravi Shastri. The development took place on the sidelines of the final of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League on Friday night. Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments confirmed that the NCA head is ready to take over as the national team coach. “Look, I mean our goal is to win the World Cup. I have no idea regarding what is happening on the coach front, we have not had any detailed discussions with anyone. But winning the T20…

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Young Saurashtra player Avi Barot dies after suffering cardiac arrest

29-year-old Barot was former India Under-19 captain and a member of the Saurashtra’s Ranji Trophy-winning team in the 2019-20 season. Saurashtra : Batter Avi Barot, a former India Under-19 captain and a member of the Ranji Trophy winning team in the 2019-20 season, has died after suffering a cardiac arrest at a shockingly young age of 29, the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) said. The player, who also represented Haryana and Gujarat in his career, died on Friday. “Everyone at Saurashtra Cricket Association (is) deeply shocked and saddened on (the) very shocking, untimely and extremely sad demise of Avi Barot, remarkable and notable cricketer of Saurashtra. “He left for heavenly abode in the evening of 15th October 2021 due to severe cardiac arrest,” the SCA stated in a media release issued here. He was a right-handed batter, who could also bowl off-breaks. Barot played 38…

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KKR to lock horns against CSK in IPL 2021 final

Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill played knocks of 55 and 46 respectively to follow up Varun Chakravarthy’s two-wicket haul as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Delhi Capitals by three wickets in Qualifier 2 of their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 encounter here at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. Sharjah [UAE], October 13 : As a result, KKR will now lock horns against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2021 final on Friday at the Dubai International Stadium. Chasing 136, KKR got off to a solid start as openers Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill put on 51 runs inside the first six overs. Both batters kept on scoring runs steadily and at the halfway mark, KKR’s score read 76/0, still needing 60 more runs for the win.Iyer continued with his brilliant form and he brought up his half-century in the 12th over of…

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Team India’s new jersey best way to celebrate fans’ excitement for T20 World Cup : Ganguly

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said the best way to celebrate fans’ excitement and energy is through the jersey for the Indian men’s team launched ahead of the T20 World Cup. New Delhi [India], October 13 : BCCI along with MPL Sports, the official kit sponsor of the Indian Men’s, Women’s, and Under-19 Cricket Team unveiled the official jersey of the Indian team for 2021 on Wednesday. The cheers of the billion-plus fans of the team at home and abroad have provided inspiration for the jersey that the players will don at the upcoming T20 World Cup.This is the first time in the history of Indian cricket that fans have been memorialised on a jersey. It carries their chants and cheers from iconic past matches, transformed into unique soundwave patterns. As much as the shirt,…

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Lanka Premier League to commence on December 5

Colombo [Sri Lanka], October 13 : The Lanka Premier League 2021 will commence on December 5 at the RPICS, Colombo, with the inaugural game scheduled to be played between Galle and Jaffna.The first round of the tournament, which will consist of 20 games will be played at the RPICS, Colombo before it moves into MRICS, Hambantota to proceed with the final round games. The finals of the League will be played on the December 23, 2021 at the MRICS, Hambantota, whilst this year’s tournament has December 24, as a ‘Reserve Day’ dedicated for the finals.The Lanka Premier League 2021, which is Sri Lanka’s topmost domestic tournament, with an international flavor, will consist of 24 games and will see the participation of topmost domestic and international cricketers.The Final Round Games will see the top two teams in the points table playing the qualifier 1, whilst…

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Russell has Grade 2 hamstring tear, reveals Eoin Morgan : IPL 2021

Sharjah [UAE] : Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Eoin Morgan revealed that Andre Russell has a Grade 2 hamstring tear and the all-rounder is working hard with the medical team to be fully fit for Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday.Sunil Narine stole the show as KKR beat RCB in Eliminator in Sharjah on Monday. After the match, Morgan said KKR will take a decision on Russell’s availability on how the all-rounder presents himself on Tuesday. “Andre has a Grade 2 hamstring tear, and it’s only been a couple of weeks since that injury. He has worked incredibly hard along with our medical team with intensive rehabilitation to try and get himself back on the park,” Morgan said in the post-match press conference.“We only have 48 hours before the next game. So we’ll have to take that decision (on whether he is fit…

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T20 WC: Hardik and boys to enter Team India hotel today

New Delhi [India]: The Mumbai Indians boys led by Rohit Sharma will enter the Indian team hotel in Dubai on Tuesday. And as expected, all eyes will be on all-rounder Hardik Pandya as the team management would look to assess his progress with the team’s opening T20 World Cup game against arch-rivals Pakistan two weeks away. Speaking to ANI, sources in the team management confirmed the MI boys will be moving into Th8 Palm on Tuesday. “Rohit and boys are coming in today. It would obviously be in focus how Hardik is progressing and that is no rocket science. But he should be good to go for the showpiece event,” the source said.Asked if Hardik could actually go in as a finisher, the source said: “Well, that call obviously needs to be taken by the team management and with MS Dhoni coming in as…

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No one would ‘dare do that to India’, says Pakistan PM over cancellation of NZ, England cricket tours

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Stating over the cancellation of New Zealand and England cricket tours to Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that no one would “dare do that to India” due to the power and financial resources” of their cricket board, reported local media. In an interview with Middle East Eye on Monday, Khan said: “No one would dare do that to India due to the power and financial resources of the Indian cricket board”, according to Dawn.He also emphasised that the England and New Zealand cricket teams had let themselves down by canceling the tours. Underlining that he has observed Pakistan-England cricket ties for years, Khan said: “I think there is still this feeling in England that they do a great favour by playing for countries like Pakistan.” New Zealand cricket team in September abandoned its tour of Pakistan following its government’s security alert…

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IPL 2021: Shubman Gill hits fifty as KKR post 171/4 against Rajasthan Royals

Sharjah [UAE] : Shubman Gill smashed his second successive half-century as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) scored 171/4 against Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday.This is also the highest score at Sharjah in the IPL 2021. It was a combined batting effort by KKR batsmen after Gill and Venkatesh Iyer gave the side a decent start. Put into bat, KKR got off to a decent start as both openers Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer carefully carried the team’s innings. KKR didn’t lose a wicket but managed only 34 runs in the powerplayAt the halfway stage KKR were on 69 without losing a wicket. Rajasthan Royals got the first breakthrough went Rahul Tewatia removed Venkatesh in the 11th over.KKR also lost Nitish Rana but Gill kept his side moving along as they went past the…

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Faf du Plessis, Andre Russell confirmed as icon players for Abu Dhabi T10 League

Abu Dhabi [UAE] : The fastest and the most entertaining format of cricket – the Abu Dhabi T10 League is in readiness to enthral the world in yet another season in November-December this year.The biggest cricket stars from around the globe, including but notwithstanding Faf du Plessis, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Chris Gayle will feature in the fifth season of the one-of-a-kind cricket extravaganza, which will be held from November 19 – December 4 2021. With the Abu Dhabi T10 League players draft set to be held, a whopping 1186 players from 26 cricketing nations have put their hands up to have an opportunity to play in one of the most exciting cricket leagues in the world.With a monument of runs and experience in his career, former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will take centre stage as the icon…

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Gavaskar questions Suryakumar and Ishan’s shot selection

Mumbai Indians batsmen Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have failed to rise to the challenge in the second leg of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League in the UAE. Not only has their form hurt MI, but also questions have been raised on whether they deserve to be a part of India’s T20 World Cup squad for the showpiece event. New Delhi [India], October 5 : Speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected, legend Sunil Gavaskar said: “I think it looks to me like, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have just relaxed a little bit after getting the India cap. They might not have, but some of the shots they are playing — it looks like they are trying to play these big shots just because they are India players. “Sometimes what happens is, you gotta give yourself a little bit of…

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My best in Test cricket is still to come; in my eyes we won Eng series 2-1: Rohit Sharma

New Delhi [India] : Indian men’s cricket team opener Rohit Sharma stated that his best is yet to come in Test format after having a phenomenal tour of England.Rohit was the highest-scoring Indian as he ended up with 368 runs in four Tests at an average of 52.57 with one hundred and two fifties. The century in the fourth Test at Kennington Oval was also Rohit’s maiden overseas triple-figure mark. “England tour was a good one for me. I won’t call it my best, because my best in Test cricket is still to come,” Rohit said in a virtual press conference organised by Adidas. Leading sportswear giant Adidas launched its ‘Impossible is Nothing’ campaign through the voice of athletes such as Rohit, Manpreet Singh, Mirabai Chanu, Simranjeet Kaur and Lovlina Borgohain.Notably, opener Rohit was only behind England captain Joe Root in runs, who scored…

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IPL 2021: Will bowl soon, efforts are on, says Hardik Pandya

Ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya gave a positive update on his return to the bowling crease, saying he would do it soon. Sharjah [UAE], October 2 : “Runs are important and especially when your team wins. It was important for my personal confidence but to score for the team was important. We have to assess the wicket and adapt on the given time. The plans have to be simple and win over obstacles ball-by-ball. There’s no option, but one thing is that these situations bring out the best in you. We realise it is a do-or-die game, but we are just focusing on the controllabes,” Hardik told host broadcaster Star Sports before the game against DC. Commenting on hitting the bowling crease, he said: “Aayega jaldi. Koshish poori hai (I will bowl soon.…

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IPL 2021: Punjab Kings win toss, opt to bowl first against KKR

Dubai [UAE] : Punjab Kings won the toss and opted to bowl first against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday.Speaking at the toss, Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul said, “Tricky to bat first here maybe. You don’t know if 150 will be good or 180. So better to ask the opposition to set that up. Our bowlers have done well in all three games. Batting hasn’t fired as well, but opportunity to score big runs today. Hopefully, we don’t have to score big runs by restricting them. Gayle has left, so Fabian Allen comes in. Mayank Agarwal replaces Mandeep. Shahrukh Khan in for Harpreet Brar.” Meanwhile, KKR skipper Eoin Morgan said, “Results on this ground haven’t been dictated by the toss. In the second phase teams that have played well have…

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“Rohit as captain and Rahul, Pant as Team India future vice-captains”

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes that KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant can be groomed as vice-captains in the shortest format of the game by the Team India management. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 29 : Gavaskar also said that since Kohli has announced to step down as the T20I skipper after the upcoming World Cup, Rohit Sharma would be an ideal candidate to lead the team in the next World Cup. “I think Rohit Sharma for the next two World Cups because they are back-to-back, one starting in a month and another exactly a year from now. So clearly, yes, you don’t want to change too many captains at this particular stage. Rohit Sharma would definitely be my choice for the captaincy of the Indian team for both these T20 World Cups. And then, I’m looking at KL Rahul as the vice-captain,” said Gavaskar…

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Moeen Ali has done some wonderful things in Test cricket, says Joe Root

London [UK] : England men’s Test cricket team captain Joe Root lavished praise on Moeen Ali after the all-rounder announced his retirement from the longest format of the game on Monday.England men’s all-rounder decided to call time on his Test match career. Ali, 34, made his Test debut back in 2014 and went on to represent England in 64 Test matches. He took 195 Test wickets including 5 five-wicket hauls and scored five-Test match centuries during his career. Root captained Moeen in 27 of his 64 Tests. “First and foremost, it goes without saying that Mo’s career speaks for itself and what he has achieved,” Root said during the virtual press conference organised by the PCA, as per ESPN Cricinfo.“He’s done some wonderful things in Test cricket. He’s been one of the great guys to play alongside. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing that dressing room…

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Aus W vs Ind W, 2nd ODI: Smriti Mandhana hits fluent 86 as visitors post 274/7

Mackay [Australia]: Buoyed by Smriti Mandhana’s 94-ball 86 and a quickfire 28 by Jhulan Goswami, India managed to score a challenging 274/7 in their 50 overs against Australia in the second ODI of the three-match series at the Ray Mitchell Oval, Harrup Park, on Friday.Mandhana showed class at the top as she looked all set to reach the three-figure mark. While the opener fell short by 14 runs, a 50-ball 44 by Richa Ghosh and a late flourish from Jhulan and Pooja Vastrakar (29 off 37 balls) helped India reach a total they will look to defend with confidence. Earlier, Australia skipper Meg Lanning won the toss and elected to field. India openers Mandhana and Shafali Verma got off to a quality start as they put on 68/0 in the first 10 overs. While Shafali is known to be the aggressor, it was Mandhana…

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Shahid Afridi arrives in Kathmandu to play EPL

Kathmandu : Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi on Thursday arrived in Nepal capital Kathmandu to play in the Everest Premier League (EPL) starting from Saturday. Upon his arrival, Afridi was welcomed by Pakistan Embassy Officials at the airport despite his visit being a professional and commercial one. The former team captain isplaying for Kathmandu Kings XI in the fourth edition of the EPL starting on Saturday at the Tribhuvan Cricket Ground. “I am gonna play two matches because I am going back after that. I have some work as well as I am running a foundation and have some initiatives,” Shahid Afridi told reporters upon his arrival. Kings XI will compete with Lalitpur Patriots in the inaugural match. The Kings XI under the captaincy of Sandeep Lamichhane has Amit Shrestha, Subash Khakurel, Raju Rijal, Sher Malla, Siddhant Lohani, Mohammad Samsad Sheikh, Dipendra Rawat, Jitendra…

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IPL 2021: De Kock’s 55-run knock help MI post 155/6 against KKR

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Quinton de Kock’s 55-run knock helped Mumbai Indians post 155/6 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Thursday. Sent into bat, Mumbai Indians got off to a good start as opening batters Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock put on 56 runs inside the first six overs. Rohit and de Kock eventually put on 78 runs for the opening wicket, and this stand was finally broken by Sunil Narine in the 10th over as he dismissed Rohit (33).Suryakumar Yadav who came out to bat at number three failed to leave a mark as he scored just five runs. He was sent back to the pavilion by Prasidh Krishna. Two overs later, de Kock (55) was also dismissed and Mumbai Indians was reduced to 106/3 in the 15th over. Ishan…

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Amitabh Bachchan On Cricket Practice During ‘Mr. Natwarlal’ Shoot: ‘Bat Felt Small’

With the start of the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, cricket fever is rising, and many, including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, have been affected. On Thursday, Big B took a stroll down memory lane and recalled playing cricket during the shoot of his film ‘Mr. Natwarlal’ in Kashmir years ago. He also shared a black and white picture in which he can be seen holding a cricket bat and stated how the bat felt way too small. “Cricket on location .. while the shot is getting ready… Mr Natwarlal shoot in Kashmir ??? I think .. Balla zara chota padh gaya (the bat was a little small),” he captioned the post. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Amitabh Bachchan (@amitabhbachchan) The image has left netizens in splits.“Hahahha that balla,” a fan commented.“Nice shot sir,” another user wrote adding…

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MCC announces amendment to Laws of the Game, to use gender-neutral term “batters” instead of batsmen

London [UK]: The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on Wednesday announced amendments to the laws of the game to use the gender-neutral term ‘batter’ and ‘batters’ rather than ‘batsman’ or ‘batsmen’.These changes have been approved by the MCC Committee, following initial discussion by the club’s specialist Laws sub-committee. “MCC believes that the use of gender-neutral terminology helps reinforce cricket’s status as an inclusive game for all. The amendments are a natural evolution from work already undertaken in this area as well as an essential part of MCC’s global responsibility to the sport,” read an official statement.The changes are effective immediately and updates have been made to the Laws of Cricket published at lords.org/laws. A number of Governing Bodies and media organisations are already using the term “batter” in their Playing Conditions and reporting. The MCC expects and encourages others to adopt the updated terminology following…

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Cricketers who participated in 2019-20 domestic season will get 50 per cent additional match fee

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Apex Council met on Monday and one of the major points to be discussed was the compensation package that will be handed to domestic cricketers after the Indian domestic calendar was impacted in the 2020-2021 seasons due to COVID-19. Secretary Jay Shah announced that cricketers who participated in 2019-20 domestic season will get 50 per cent additional match fee as compensation. New Delhi [India], September 20 : Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “Cricketers who participated in 2019-20 Domestic Season will get 50 per cent additional match fee as compensation for season 2020-21 lost due to COVID-19 situation #BCCIApexCouncil.” In another major decision, it was decided that there will be a hike in match fee of domestic cricketers. “I am pleased to announce the hike in match fee for domestic cricketers. Seniors – INR 60,000 (above…

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IPL 2021: Tournament only getting better, learning never stops for me, says Kohli

Dubai [UAE]: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli has said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is only getting better with each passion season and as a result, it is a big motivation for him to keep improving his game. RCB will resume their IPL 2021 campaign later today against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.“The IPL is only getting better so what drives me is to keep getting better as a cricketer and individual. Getting a chance to play with world-class cricketers every year is a great learning curve for me. Sport finishes at some stage, but learning never stops and I totally look to keep stepping up and improving my game every year because the IPL is only getting better,” said Kohli in a video posted on the official YouTube channel of RCB. The match…

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Pak minster claims ‘conspiracy’ behind the cancellation of NZ cricket tour

Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has claimed that there is a “conspiracy” behind the cancellation of New Zealand’s cricket tour to Pakistan. Islamabad [Pakistan], September 18 : New Zealand, who were set to play their first match on Pakistan soil since 2003, on Friday informed that they are abandoning their tour following a government security alert. The side was to play Pakistan on Friday in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi, before moving to Lahore for a five-match T20 series.“However, following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground, it has been decided the BLACKCAPS will not continue with the tour,” NZC said in a statement.During a presser in Islamabad on Friday, Rashid Ahmed refused to name the country responsible for the conspiracy, Dawn newspaper reported. However, he termed the…

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New Zealand just killed Pakistan cricket: Shoaib Akhtar

Rawalpindi [Pakistan], September 17 : Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Friday came down heavily on New Zealand for abandoning their tour of Pakistan and said the team just killed Pakistan cricket.Taking to Twitter, Akhtar wrote: “NZ just killed Pakistan cricket.” He went on to add: “Following points for New Zealand to remember: 9 Pakistanis were killed in the Christchurch attack. Pakistan stood strong with New Zealand. Pakistan toured New Zealand in the worst of Covid circumstances regardless of the crude treatment by NZ authorities on that tour.“This was just an unverified threat, it could have been discussed. Prime Minister Imran Khan personally spoke to his NZ counterpart and assured but it was still refused. Pakistan has safely hosted South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe & PSL.”Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern on Friday before Blackcaps…

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You have been champion cricketer: Rohit as Malinga retires

India vice-captain Rohit Sharma labelled Lasith Malinga as a ‘champion cricketer’ as the Sri Lankan pacer announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. “Mali, you have been a champion cricketer. Well done on your wonderful career. Best wishes ahead,” tweeted Rohit. Rohit and Malinga had shared the dressing room for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians. Suryakumar Yadav also wished Malinga luck for future endeavours.“Congratulations on such an outstanding career, filled with glory @ninety9sl. Wish you all the happiness and success as you enter this new chapter. #Malingaaaa,” tweeted Suryakumar.Sri Lanka’s 2014 T20 World Cup-winning captain Lasith Malinga had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday.“Today is a very special day for me, I want to thank each and everyone who has supported me and blessed me throughout my T20 career,” said Malinga on his official YouTube channel.Malinga also…

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IPL 2021: Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha head to Dubai from Manchester

Abu Dhabi [UAE], September 11 : Indian pacer Mohammed Shami and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha left for Dubai from Manchester on Saturday to join their respective Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings.They will now undergo six days of quarantine and then will link up with the players in their respective bubbles. Saha and Shami tested negative for COVID-19 before departure from Manchester. “Here I come, Dubai! @SunRisers #UAE #Dubai,” Saha tweeted on Saturday.“Finally wait is over super excited for IPL Off to Dubai #teamindia #mshami11 #dubai #india #ipl #instagram,” Shami tweeted.Earlier, Mumbai Indians flew in skipper Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Suryakumar Yadav along with their families on a charter flight from Manchester to Abu Dhabi on Saturday morning.Chennai Super Kings players are also expected to land in Dubai on Saturday. “Now that the Test match is off, we are looking…

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ENG vs IND: All Indian players test negative for COVID-19

Manchester [UK]: Team India has returned negative results for COVID-19 hours after physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for coronavirus in Manchester. Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments confirmed the results. “The players have all returned negative results,” the source said.Ahead of the fifth and final Test against England, Parmar tested positive for COVID-19 in Manchester. This had led to Team India’s training session for Thursday afternoon being cancelled.However, there are no COVID-19 related worries in the England camp and Jos Buttler said everything is fine and the hosts are looking forward to the game.“We don’t know too much about it at the moment. It would be naive to speculate on what’s going on. At the moment we’re fully expecting the game to go ahead and we’re preparing that way so fingers crossed the game will go ahead. Things are fine in…

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ICC concerned to note recent reports that women will no longer be allowed to play cricket in Afghanistan

New Delhi [India]: While all eyes are on recent developments in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country, recent media reports that women’s cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan has not gone down well with the cricket community. In fact, Cricket Australia has said it will have to rethink playing a Test match against the men’s team if the women’s team is not allowed to play.The International Cricket Council (ICC) is monitoring the changing situation in Afghanistan and the board will discuss the impact this might have on the continued development of the game in the country. “The ICC is committed to the long-term growth of women’s cricket and despite the cultural and religious challenges in Afghanistan, steady progress had been made in this area since Afghanistan’s admission as a Full Member in 2017. The ICC has been monitoring the changing situation…

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Eng vs Ind, 4th Test: Burns, Hameed hold fort as hosts need 291 more runs to win

London [UK]: England might be chasing 368 to win, but openers Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns provided the hosts a solid start in the final session of Day Four on the ongoing fourth Test here at the Kennington Oval on Sunday.At stumps, England’s score read 77/0– still needing 291 runs for the win with all ten wickets in hand. For the hosts, Burns (31) and Hameed (43) are at the crease. Chasing 368, England openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed saw out the first ten overs, managing to score 20 runs. In the end, both these openers saw out 32 overs and ensured that the hosts enter the final day with all wickets intact.Earlier, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, and Shardul Thakur all registered scores of more than 50 as India set a target of 368 for England on Day 4 of the…

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Eng vs Ind, 4th Test: Rahul falls but Rohit, Pujara help visitors take lead

London [UK]: KL Rahul might have lost his wicket to James Anderson, but Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara ensured India did not fall behind in the opening session of the third day of the ongoing fourth Test against England here at the Kennington Oval on Saturday.At lunch, India’s score read 108/1 — a lead of 9 runs with nine wickets in the bag in the second essay. For the visitors, Rohit (47) and Pujara (14) are at the crease. Resuming at 43/0, Rahul and Rohit were looking rock solid and the duo saw out the first hour with both of them looking set for a big one. However, against the run of play, Rahul (46) lost his wicket to Anderson in the 34th over and the 83-run opening stand came to an end.Anderson thought that Rahul was caught behind, but the on-field umpire did…

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Dale Steyn announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Durban [South Africa]: One of the greatest pacers to have played the game of cricket, Dale Steyn, on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.Proteas pacer Steyn had bid adieu to the longest format in 2019 but continued to play in the 50-over format and 20-over format. On Tuesday Steyn announced that he is now retiring from all forms of cricket. “And it’s been a long December and there is reason to believe, maybe this year will be better than the last. I cannot remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass,” said Steyn in an official statement.“It has been 20 years of training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feet, jet lag, joy, and brotherhood. There are too many memories to tell. Too many faces to thank. So I left it to…

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Sunil Gavaskar’s mentor Vasu Paranjape, dies at 82

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 30 : Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar’s mentor Vasu Paranjape passed away on Monday at his residence in Mumbai.Paranjape passed away after a prolonged illness. He is survived by his son Jatin, a former Mumbai batter, who also played four ODIs, reported ESPNcricinfo. Paranjape mentored the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar and Rohit Sharma. The coach played a big role in all these cricketers reaching great heights in cricket.Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar took to Twitter to express his condolences.“A truly exceptional and invaluable member of the cricket community passes away. RIP Vasu Sir,” tweeted Manjrekar.Former India batsman Wasim Jaffer tweeted: “Saddened to know that Vasu sir is no more. Heartfelt condolences to @jats72 and family. Vasu sir always found a way to make those around him laugh. He will live on through his teachings and stories.…

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Stuart Binny’s contribution to Karnataka Cricket would be written in golden letters: Sourav Ganguly

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly on Monday said Stuart Binny’s contribution for Karnataka cricket would be written in golden letters. Stuart announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday.“I would like to wish Stuart Binny all the very best for his future endeavours. He has had a long career. First-Class cricket is the base for a good international set up and Stuart has had an immense contribution in that. His contribution for Karnataka State Cricket Association, which has produced so many players of repute, will be written in golden letters. I wish him all the success in his life,” Ganguly stated in an official BCCI release. Talking about Stuart, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said: “Stuart Binny has been a true servant of Indian cricket and the all-rounder has contributed heavily in the…

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Can’t wait to work hard, help Sussex realise its full potential, says Steven Finn

Sussex [UK]: Sussex Cricket has announced the signing of Steven Finn on a multi-year, all-format deal. The 32-year-old right-arm seamer will join the club from Middlesex at the conclusion of the current season.After signing his contract with Sussex, Finn said the squad is full of exciting talent and he can’t wait to work hard and help the team realise its full potential. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to play for Sussex from the 2022 season onwards. It is a club that I have always admired and found to be challenging opponents,” said Finn in a statement.“The squad is full of exciting talent, and I can’t wait to work hard and help the team realise its full potential,” he added.With 254 wickets in 126 appearances for England across all three formats, Steve needs little introduction. He has featured in three Ashes-winning teams, including…

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Joe Root becomes England’s most successful Test captain as England beat India in the third test

Headingly [UK], August 28 : After registering a crucial victory at Headingly in the third Test against India by an innings and 76 runs, Joe Root became the English captain with most Test wins.Root has led the English side a total of 55 times and won a record 27 Test matches pushing Vaughan to second on the list with 26 victories. Alastair Cook is on third with 24 victories in 59 matches. The England bowlers came out all guns blazing on Saturday morning and wrapped the third Test up against India in the opening session itself. The hosts registered an innings victory to level the five-match series 1-1 with two games to go.Robinson (2-16 and 5-65) who took his second five-wicket haul in just his fourth Test was adjudged as the Man of the Match for wrapping up India’s second innings for 278.“It was…

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Eng vs Ind, 3rd Test: Burns, Hameed fall but hosts still miles ahead (Lunch, Day 2)

Headingley [UK], August 26 : India might have picked the wickets of England openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed on the second morning of the ongoing third Test at Headingley, Leeds, on Thursday, but the hosts are still miles ahead in the game thanks to a splendid bowling effort from James Anderson and boys on the first day.At the lunch break, England’s score read 182/2 – a lead of 104 runs with 8 wickets in the bag. For the Three Lions, Dawid Malan (27*) and Joe Root (14*) are at the crease. Resuming at 120/0, Burns and Hameed added 15 more runs to the total before Mohammed Shami sent Burns (61) back to the pavilion, bringing Dawid Malan to the crease.While Malan did hit boundaries, Hameed found it tough in the middle and the Indians were able to dry the runs up considerably. Both…

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3rd Test | James Anderson and Co demolish India for 78, England 120 for no loss

Anderson (8-5-6-3) then did what he does best — messed with the minds of the top-order batsmen in a sharp eight-over morning spell getting three wickets and then passing on the baton to the younger lot which didn’t disappoint him. After bundling out India for 78, openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed ensured that England took the honours on the opening day of the ongoing third Test here at Headingley, Leeds on Wednesday.At stumps, England’s score reads 120/0 and the hosts have extended their lead to 42 runs. For the Three Lions, Burns (52*) and Hameed (58*) are currently unbeaten at the crease. After bundling out India for 78, England openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed ensured that their side gets off to a solid start. The duo saw out the first 20 overs and managed to score 48 runs.Both the batsmen managed to see…

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Eng vs Ind, 3rd Test: Visitors bundled out for 78 after dismal batting display, Anderson scalps three wickets

Headingley [UK]: England pacers James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, Sam Curran and Craig Overton hunted in a pack as India was bundled out for 78 in the first innings in the second session of the opening day of the ongoing third Test here at Headingley, Leeds on Wednesday.Anderson and Overton scalped three wickets each while Ollie Robinson and Sam Curran took two wickets each. Resuming at 56/4 after lunch, India once again got off to a bad start as Rishabh Pant (2) failed to get going and he was sent back to the pavilion by Ollie Robinson. This brought Ravindra Jadeja to the middle. The short ball once again led to the downfall of Rohit Sharma (19) and India were left staring down the barrel at 67/6.Mohammed Shami (0), Ravindra Jadeja (4), Jasprit Bumrah (0), and Mohammed Siraj (3) failed to get going and India…

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Afghanistan-Pakistan ODI series shifted from Sri Lanka to Pakistan

Lahore [Pakistan]: Afghanistan’s three-match ODI series against Pakistan has been moved from Sri Lanka’s Hambantota to Pakistan because of logistical challenges in the Afghanistan team’s travel.The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) CEO Hamid Shinwari confirmed the shift of the ODI series. No commercial flights are taking off from Kabul following the Taliban takeover of the country and Sri Lanka announced a 10-day lockdown on Friday, two days after the country reported 3,793 new cases and a highest-ever single-day death toll of 187. All three matches in the series between Afghanistan and Pakistan were to be played in Hambantota and involved a three-day quarantine period on arrival for both sides. Afghanistan team will now travel to Pakistan later this week and the ACB is yet to announce the venue(s) for the ODIs starting September 3.On Sunday, Azizullah Fazli was reappointed as the new chairman of the…

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Eng vs Ind: Ashwin reveals he was in contention to play Lord’s Test

London [UK], August 20 : Seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed he was in contention to play in the second Test between India and England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground till a sudden spell of rain before the toss changed the team composition.Having missed the opening Test, many anticipated that Ashwin might get a chance in the second game after Shardul Thakur was ruled out due to injury. “The funny thing was, before the match, they were like, ‘There’s a heatwave. You please be ready mate. You might play.’ Upon coming to breakfast in the morning, rains started lashing out,” said Ashwin in his YouTube show, ‘Kutti Story’.“I asked, ‘Won’t you tell about heatwave after it came? Why gave me hope only for it to end in disappointment,” he added in a jovial manner.The first Test had ended in a draw but India staged…

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We are good to go with 5-6 teams, says Smriti Mandhana on women’s IPL

London [England]: Indian women’s team opener Smriti Mandhana feels the country has enough depth to start a six-team women’s IPL. The 25-year-old also stated the example of the men’s team about how the quality of cricket went higher for them after the introduction of IPL.“When the men’s IPL started, there was the same number of states and the quality went higher as they played. IPL today isn’t the same as the one 10 or 11 years ago. For women’s cricket, I think we have enough girls and enough states. In fact, we will have around 5-6 good teams to start with. Till we start, we don’t know,” Smriti Mandhana said on Ravichandran Ashwin’s YouTube channel. “5-6 teams, we are good to go with. But I am not sure how 8 teams are going to look like. I think we need to start with 5…

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Skipper Dane Van Niekerk returns as South Africa name squad for West Indies series

Johannesburg [South Africa]: Skipper Dane Van Niekerk returned to the side as Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday announced an 18-player squad for the Proteas women’s tour of the West Indies starting later this month. Van Niekerk returns after recovering from the injury that kept her out of the series wins against Pakistan and India earlier this year. Van Niekerk, who has also honed her captaincy skills at the helm of the Oval Invincibles, has scored 200 runs at an average of 66.66 with a strike rate of almost 113. She and fellow senior Protea Lizelle Lee are two of the five players to have scored 200 or more runs in the tournament to date. Following the squad announcement head coach Hilton Moreeng in a statement said: “Following the conclusion of our recent camps in Pretoria the players have continued with their training programme,…

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2nd Test, Day 5: Eng 67/4 at Tea, need 205 runs for victory

Lord’s, Aug 16: England were 67/4 at Tea against India on the final day of the second Test here on Monday.England still 205 runs to win.Earlier, India declared their second innings at 298/8 with Shami scoring his second Test half century (56) and Bumrah (34) remaining not out putting a target of 272 runs before England from 60 overs.Shami and Bumrah showed that they too can bat as a tailender and put up 89 run stand for the ninth wicket.While England chasing a target of 272 runs to win lost both openers Burns and Sibley early for a duck bowled by Bumrah and Shami in 0.3 and 1.4 over.Sharma took wickets of Hameed (9) and Bairstow (2) in 15.3 and 21.6 over both for lbw.India are six wickets away from winning the second Test.

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2nd Test, Day 4: India 56/3 at Lunch, lead by 29 runs

Lord’s, Aug 15: India were 56/3 at Lunch against England in the second innings of day four of the second Test in the five-match series here on Sunday. India lead by 29 runs. Pujara (3) and Rahane (1) not out were at the crease when the Lunch was declared. Skipper Joe Root’s hard-fought century (180) helped England take a 27-run lead against India as hosts were bowled out for 391 at stumps on the third day here on Saturday. On Day four, Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma started on slow note as duo put up just 18 runs for first wicket before Rahul was bowled by Wood caught behind by wicketkeeper Buttler at (5) in 9.2 over. After Rahul’s exit, Pujara came in and along with Sharma added 9 runs for the second wicket, but Sharma was the next to go when…

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Depth in Australian cricket not where it needs to be, says Ponting

Melbourne [Australia], August 14 : Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said that the depth of cricket talent in the country is not where it needs to be right now.Ponting’s remarks came as Australia suffered a 1-4 defeat in the five-match T20I series against Bangladesh. Earlier, the side had stumbled to a series loss by the same margin against West Indies. “The lack of knowhow and skill in those conditions brought us undone again. It’s been the achilles heel for Australian cricket for as long as I can remember – more so in Test cricket, but we’ve always found a way to be very competitive in Sri Lanka and India in white-ball cricket. Just goes to show the depth around Australia cricket is not where it needs to be so there’s some work to do there,” Ponting told Tim Paine on the Test captain’s…

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2nd Test, Day 2: India at 346/7 against England at lunch

Lord’s, London (UK): India scored a 346/7 till Lunch on day two of the second Test against England in the five-match series here on Friday. Ravindra Jadeja (31) and Ishant Sharma not out were at the crease when Lunch was declared. Resuming with overnight score of 276/3, KL Rahul (127) and Rahane (1) fell early on day two of the morning session, first it was Rahul who put on just two runs on board before going down to Robinson in 90.2 over and then in 91.1 over Rahane was sent back to the pavillion by Anderson. Rahul contributed 129 off 250 balls which included 12 fours and a six, while Rahane scored just 1 off 23 balls. After Rahul and Rahane’s exit, Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant put up 49 runs for the 6th wicket. Pant who was going strong was bowled by Wood…

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2nd Test, Day 1: Rohit, Rahul fifties take India to 157/2

London, England: Fine fifties by Rohit Sharma (83) and KL Rahul (55*) took India to 157/2 at tea on the first day of the second Test of the five-match series against England, here on Thursday.India scored 111 runs in the second session and lost two wickets.Earlier, put in to bat, Rohit and Rahul gave India another strong start by brining up a century partnership.Indian openers had a 126-run stand during which Rohit brought up a half-century off 83 balls which is his 13th in Tests.However, James Anderson struck twice to give England breakthroughs, clean bowling Rohit Sharma for 83 and getting Cheteshwar Pujara (9) out caught in the slips.Only 18.4 overs were bowled in the first session. India were 46/0 before rain interrupted play at Lord’s, prompting an early lunch break.Brief scores:India 1st innings: 157/2 in 52 overs (Rohit Sharma 83, K L Rahul…

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Stuart Broad ruled out of Test series against India with calf injury

London, Aug 11: Veteran England fast bowler Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the Test series against India after suffering a tear in his right calf, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday. The pacer suffered the injury during training on Tuesday at Lord’s ahead of the second Test. “Broad underwent an MRI scan in London on Wednesday lunchtime, which revealed a tear,” the ECB said in a statement. Saqib Mahmood,24, has been added to the squad as cover. He is uncapped at Test level but he was named man of the series during the recent white-ball series against Pakistan, for picking nine wickets in three ODI games at an average of 13.66. The pacer has played 22 first-class games and has picked up 65 wickets at an average of 26.30 with one five-wicket to his name.

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Stafanie Taylor, Shakib voted as ICC Players of the Month for July

Dubai [UAE], August 11 : West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan have been voted as the winners of the ICC Player of the Month Awards for July 2021.All-rounder and captain of the West Indies women squad Stafanie Taylor was deservingly voted the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for July 2021. Taylor contributed with both bat and ball as she led her team to win the ODI and T20I series against Pakistan in July. In the four ODIs against Pakistan, Stafanie scored 175 runs with a strike rate of 79.18 and took three wickets with an economy rate of 3.72. Stafanie was also on top of the rankings for batters and all-rounders in the ICC Women’s ODI Rankings earlier in July.Commenting on her recognition, Stafanie said: “This is a bit surprising to me, winning ICC Player of the Month…

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Difficult subject to talk about: Brendon McCullum on Chris Cairns illness

Auckland [New Zealand], August 11 : Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has said that it is difficult to talk about Chris Cairns illness and understands how much pain the all-rounder’s family must be going through.The 51-year-old Cairns had experienced an aortic dissection in his heart last week and this is a serious condition in which a tear occurs in the inner layer of the body’s main artery. Ever since then, the former all-rounder has undergone several operations but hasn’t responded to treatment. Cairns was transferred to St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney on Tuesday. “It is a difficult subject to obviously talk about. We have not seen each other for quite a long time. We have been reflecting on just how fine a cricketer he was when the news came through and what he did for the game and New Zealand cricket throughout his…

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BCCI invites applications for NCA head

Mumbai, Aug 10: The BCCI has advertised for the role of head of cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.The position was till now held by former India captain Rahul Dravid, whose two-year term has come to an end.According to Cricbuzz report, the position will again be for two years and the appointed individual will have to report to the BCCI secretary.Dravid can apply again should he be interested in getting an extension.The notification is a routine advertisement for the role but it adds to the noise around Dravid’s future and his potential elevation to the Indian team after good tour of Sri Lanka as head coach.Notably, the current coach, Ravi Shastri, and his team of B Arun, R Sridhar and Vikram Rahour, end their term with the T20 World Cup later this year.The head of cricket at the NCA is responsible…

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ICC to push for cricket’s inclusion in Olympics, Los Angeles 2028 ‘primary target’

Dubai [UAE], August 10 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday confirmed its intention to push for cricket’s inclusion in the Olympic Games going forward, starting preparations for a bid on behalf of the sport with the primary target being its addition to the Los Angeles 2028 itinerary.According to the apex body, a working group to lead the bid has been assembled by the ICC. ICC said thirty-million cricket fans live in the USA, making LA 2028 the ideal Games for cricket to make its return to the Olympic competition.Cricket, till now, has made just one appearance in the Olympics, way back in 1900 in Paris when only two teams competed at the event – Great Britain and hosts France – meaning the sport’s inclusion in 2028 would mark the end of a 128-year absence.ICC Chair Greg Barclay said the addition of cricket…

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Eng vs Ind: First Test ends in draw

Nottingham [UK]: The first Test between England and India ended in a draw after Day five of the match was abandoned due to rain on Sunday. It was the first match of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 cycle. The start of day five got delayed twice after an early Lunch and Test was taken as rain played a spoilt sport. India needed just 157 runs to win the first Test on day five but no play was possible due to rain. The visitors scored 52 runs after bundling out England in the third session on Saturday. India got off to a cautious start but eventually lost KL Rahul as Stuart Broad bowled an absolute peach of a delivery to dismiss the Indian batsman. India bundled out England on 303 in the third session after Joe Root’s classy ton in the second innings.Root played…

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Always let legends decide when to retire: Kaif congratulates Anderson

New Delhi [India], August 7 : Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif on Saturday congratulated England pacer James Anderson on becoming the third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.Anderson dismissed India batsman KL Rahul on Friday, and as a result, he surpassed Anil Kumble to become the third-highest wicket-taker in the longest format. “As a rule, always let legends decide when to retire… especially someone with a deadly late swing. #JimmyAnderson approaching 40 but has reached 621 & counting. Congrats on becoming the 3rd highest wicket-taker in test cricket,” tweeted Kaif.Former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and spin legend Shane Warne are the top two wicket-takers in Tests with 800 and 708 scalps respectively.Anderson has played the most number of Test matches for a pace bowler and he is England’s most-capped Test player as well. In the first innings against India, the pacer went on to take…

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1st Test, Day 2: India 97/1 at Lunch against England, trail by 86 runs

Trent Bridge, Aug 5: India were 97/1 at Lunch against England on day two of the first Test of the five-match series here on Thursday.Earlier, on day one England were all out for 183 in the first innings.India, still trail by 86 against hosts.KL Rahul (48) not out was at the crease when lunch was called off.Resuming with overnight score of 21/0, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul added 76 runs on the board in session 1.The duo built a partnership of 97 runs for the first wicket, but moments before Lunch, Robinson took wicket of Rohit caught at backward square leg by Curran in 37.3 over.Rohit 36 off 107 balls included 6 fours.While Rahul is 2 runs away from his half-century.Brief score:India 1st innings: 97/1 in 37.3 overs

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New Zealand to tour Pakistan in Sept-Oct for three ODIs, five T20Is

Lahore [Pakistan], August 5 : The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced that New Zealand will play three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs and five T20Is on their first tour to Pakistan in 18 years.Rawalpindi’s Pindi Cricket Stadium will be the venue of the ODIs slated to take place on September 17, 19 and 21, while the iconic Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will stage the five T20Is from September 25 to October 3. While the Rawalpindi ODIs will count towards the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification, third position on the ICC T20I Team Rankings will be up for grabs in Lahore.The ICC World Test Championship winners will return to Pakistan next year to play Test matches. New Zealand will be the first side to visit Pakistan in what will be a bumper 2021-22 season for the local cricket…

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1st Test: England 138/4 at Tea against India

Trent Bridge, Aug 4: England were 138/4 at Tea against India on day one of the first Test of the five-match series, here on Wednesday.In session 1, England, lost opener Rory Burns without scoring a run in the very first over bowled by Jasprit Bumrah.However, Crawley was the next to go in 20.6 over after being caught behind by wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant in Mohammed Siraj’s over. Crawley scored 27 off 68 balls, hitting 4 fours.The departure of Burns brought Zak Crawley to the crease. Both Crawley and Dominic Sibley built a partnership of 42 runs for the second wicket.After Lunch, England lost another two wickets in form of Sibley and Bairstow contributing (18) and 29 runs.Skipper Joe Root and Sibley added 24 runs for third wicket partnership, but Sibley was caught by Rahul in Shami’s spell in 27.3 over while Bairstow scored 29 after…

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West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo plays his final T20I match in the Caribbean

Georgetown [Guyana]: Dwayne Bravo, the two-time T20I World Champion, on Tuesday announced that today’s match against Pakistan in Guyana will be his last international match on home soil.Bravo made the disclosure to his teammates in the team huddle and via Cricket West Indies (CWI) social media ahead of the start of the fourth and final T20I at the Guyana National Stadium. “I just want to take this opportunity to wish one of our stalwarts. In all three formats, he has played though he retired from the other two a long time back. But Bravo is playing his final game in Maroon on the Caribbean soil. We look forward to that,” Kieron Pollard said in a video posted on Windies Cricket.According to CWI, Bravo has been a lion-hearted competitor for West Indies from the very start of his career. The highlights of his T20I career…

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Honestly feel there is not enough motivation for people towards Test cricket, says Kohli

Nottingham [UK], August 3 (ANI): India skipper Virat Kohli feels there is not enough motivation for all the players in Test cricket, and this is the big reason why every team is not able to compete in the longest format these days. India and England will be locking horns in five Tests, with the first starting on Wednesday. This series marks the start of the second World Test Championship (WTC) cycle.“Test cricket would have been in trouble three years back as well, but I think it’s the players that keep Test cricket alive. To be honest, if we did not have the mindset to play Test cricket and be so passionate for it, then it would have taken a huge hit or that would have given a huge blow to Test cricket all over the world. I can assure you that,” said Kohli in…

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T20 format enough to take cricket into Olympics, didn’t need ‘The Hundred’: Ian Chappell

Melbourne [Australia]: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell reckons that the T20 format is enough to take the sport into the Olympics and the newest addition ‘The Hundred’ was not really needed.The Hundred is an England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) brainchild, and it is featuring eight teams taking on each other. The first match in the competition was played between the women’s teams of Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals on July 21. The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket competition that is seeing (both men and women) featuring in the tournament.“Apart from reducing the number of balls to obtain a terrestrial television deal, the reasoning behind the Hundred could well be that it improves the chances of cricket fulfilling the Olympic dream. This is often cited as a way to spread the game’s popularity to a wider audience. Surely the T20 format could achieve that…

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Ben Stokes takes indefinite break from all forms of cricket

London [UK]: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that England men’s all-rounder Ben Stokes will take an indefinite break from all cricket with immediate effect.India and England will lock horns in the Test series from August 4 in Nottingham. ECB said Stokes has withdrawn from England’s Test squad Test series against India to prioritise his mental well-being and to rest his left index finger, which has not fully healed since his return to competitive cricket earlier this month.“The ECB fully supports Ben’s decision, and we will continue to help him during this period away from the game,” ECB said in a statement.Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles, said: “Ben has shown tremendous courage to open up about his feelings and wellbeing. “Our primary focus has always been and will continue to be the mental health and welfare of…

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Rajasthan Royals acquire CPL franchise Barbados Tridents

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: Royals Sports Group (EM Sporting Holdings Ltd), the owners of IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals on Friday announced that they have acquired a majority stake in the Barbados Tridents, Caribbean Premier League (CPL) side.The two-time CPL champions will be rebranded as the Barbados Royals, a partner franchise of the Rajasthan Royals, as the Royals Sports Group seeks to expand its global presence. Royals Sports Group Chairperson, and the Lead Owner of Rajasthan Royals, Manoj Badale, commented “We are delighted to have signed this deal with Manish Patel, to acquire a majority stake in the Barbados CPL franchise.“We are extremely grateful to the Barbados government for their continued support, and we look forward to making a positive impact on both cricket and tourism for the country. We have ambitious plans for the Royals brand globally, and this is an important strategic step,” he…

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Sri Lanka defeat India in third T20I to seal series 2-1

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: Wanindu Hasaranga picked four wickets before Sri Lankan batsmen wrapped an easy win in the third and final T20I against India to clinch the three-match series 2-1 on Thursday.Sri Lanka needed 82 runs to win against the depleted Indian side in the series decider and the hosts chase down the target comfortably inside 15 overs. Chasing 82, Sri Lanka got off to a decent start as Rahul Chahar removed opening batsman Avishka Fernando in the sixth over. It was a slow start from Sri Lanka but the hosts were far from any trouble as they only needed 82 runs to win.Chahar did pick two more wickets as he dismissed Minod Bhanuka and Sadeera Samarawickrama but wasn’t able to stop Sri Lanka from chasing the target.Earlier, Hasaranga celebrated his 24th birthday in style as he picked four wickets to restrict India to…

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Navdeep Saini to undergo scans for his injury

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday informed that fast bowler Navdeep Saini might have to undergo scans to ” ascertain the extent of his injury”. Saini suffered a left shoulder injury while fielding during the second T20I against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. The BCCI said Saini’s progress is being monitored by the medical staff. BCCI tweeted: ” Navdeep Saini suffered a left shoulder injury while fielding during the second T20I vs Sri Lanka on 28th July. He might have to undergo scans to ascertain the extent of the injury. His progress is being monitored by the medical staff,” Commenting on Saini’s injury status, India bowling coach — for the series in Sri Lanka — Paras Mhambrey after the conclusion of 2nd T20I had said: “In Navdeep’s case, the medical team is handling him, we will assess…

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ICC T20I Rankings: Hasaranga now World’s No. 2

Dubai [UAE]: Sri Lanka leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has moved up one slot to a career-best second place in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after grabbing two wickets in the first match of their series against India being played in Colombo.India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Player of the Match in that match for his haul of four for 22, has moved up four slots to 16th in the latest weekly update to the men’s rankings, which also includes performances in the three-match T20I series between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and the last two matches of the Ireland versus South Africa T20I series. India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (up 10 places to 21st), Zimbabwe fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani (up 37 places to 31st), and Sri Lanka fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera (up to five places to 37th) are among the others to move up the rankings for bowlers.India captain…

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Sri Lanka beat India by 4 wickets to keep T20 series alive

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: Dhananjaya de Silva’s unbeaten knock of 40 runs followed by Chamika Karunaratne’s cameo of 12 runs helped Sri Lanka defeat India by four wickets in the second T20I of the three-match series here at the R Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday.With this win, Sri Lanka has levelled the three-match series at 1-1. The final game will be played on Thursday. Chasing 133, Sri Lanka got off to a bad start as Avishka Fernando (11) was sent back to the pavilion by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the second over of the innings. Sadeera Samarawickrama scored 8 runs from 12 balls and his struggle finally ended in the 7th over as Varun Chakravarthy clean bowled him, reducing Sri Lanka to 39/2.Skipper Dasun Shanaka (3) failed to leave a mark as he was stumped by Sanju Samson of the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav and Sri Lanka…

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