Cricket News

August 31, 2011
Jadeja to replace Gambhir for England ODIs
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who has not played a one-dayer for more than six months, was, on Wednesday, surprisingly roped in to replace opener Gautam Gambhir in India's injury-ravaged cricket squad for the upcoming ODI series against England starting September 2. Hussey holds fort after Lanka spinners dominate
Michael Hussey's defiant 95 provided the only real resistance as Australia were bowled out for 273 by Sri Lanka on the opening day of the first Test on Wednesday.
August 30, 2011
Blow for India as Gambhir set to return home
An injury-plagued Indian team was dealt another blow on Tuesday as Gautam Gambhir has been ruled out of the remainder of the England tour after he failed to recover from concussion. 'BCCI should follow government guidelines'
Former Indian cricket captains Kapil Dev and Mohammed Azharuddin on Tuesday favoured the BCCI becoming a National Sports Federation and falling under the purview of the RTI Act, as proposed in the National Sports (Development) Bill.
August 29, 2011
PCB chief hopeful of Indo-Pak series soon
Indo-Pak bilateral cricket could be in for an early revival with PCB chief Ejaz Butt saying that the modalities of a possible series are being worked out with BCCI officials. 'Sore hands might be affecting Dhoni's keeping'
Former England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon reckons that looking at Indian skipper MS Dhoni's current form behind the stumps, it can be said that he could be suffering from 'sore hands'. Cricket SA chief gets to keep IPL bonuses
Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola has reportedly been allowed to keep his IPL bonus, amounting to about a million rands despite reports that he had handed it back after it led to an inquiry against him. Gambhir likely to return home
With little improvement in his health over the last 10 days, India's opener Gautam Gambhir, who suffered a concussion after a fall, could be packing his bags to return home. MS Dhoni gets honorary doctorate
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Monday awarded an honorary doctorate by De Montfort University after the conclusion of a Twenty20 practice match against Leicestershire. Vinay Kumar helps India edge past Leicester
Seamer R Vinay Kumar returned with a three-wicket haul as India recorded yet another victory in a practice match, inflicting a narrow 15-run defeat on Leicestershire in a Twenty20 fixture at Grace Road in Leicester on Monday.
August 28, 2011
Indians bar media from practice session
The bomb scare was in Kent but the Indian cricket team, preparing for the practice Twenty20 match against Leicestershire, took precautions here and barred the media from its training session. Leicestershire, Somerset qualify for CL T20
Leicestershire and Somerset have qualified for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament after winning their respective England domestic T20 semi-finals via one-over eliminators at Edgbaston.
August 27, 2011
Indians sneak past Kent in rain-hit match
Virat Kohli scored a stroke-filled 78 as a scratchy the Indians registered a thrilling five-run victory over Kent in a rain-curtailed 20-overs-a-side practice match at the St Lawrence ground in Canterbury on Friday night.
August 26, 2011
Tendulkar lone Indian in ICC Test XI
Senior Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan found places in the ICC's Test squad of the Year, chosen by a specially-appointed selection panel, headed by West Indies legend Clive Lloyd, on Friday. However, Khan made it to the squad only as 12th man. Four countries are represented in the 12-man line-up and Tendulkar made the side for the third year in a row, having appeared in the ICC World Test Team of the Year 2009 and 2010. Pietersen rested for India ODIs
Star batsman Kevin Pietersen has been rested, while Ben Stokes is the lone new face in England's 14-member squad for the five-match ODI series against India, starting September 3. Pietersen, however, was named in the 13-member squad for the one-off Twenty20 International, at Manchester on August 31, with two uncapped players Jos Buttler and Alex Hales figuring in it. Khawaja century boosts Australia
Usman Khawaja hit an impressive century ahead of the three-Test series against Sri Lanka, as Australia took the upper hand in their warm-up match against Sri Lanka Board XI's in Colombo on Friday. The Pakistan-born batsman scored 101 before retiring, as the tourists amassed 311-5 in their first innings in reply to a the Sri Lanka Board XI's 258 at stumps on the penultimate day of the three-day game. Nominees for LG ICC Awards 2011
England batsmen Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, Hashim Amla of South Africa and last year's ICC Cricketer of the Year Sachin Tendulkar have all been short-listed for the top honour at the LG ICC Awards 2011 Morgan leads England to victory over Ireland
Eoin Morgan led England to victory over his native Ireland in his first match as captain of his adopted country on Thursday, in a rain-affected 50 overs match. Man-of-the-match Morgan scored 59 in England's 201 for eight while Jonathan Trott collected 69. Ireland, who defeated England in their last one-day match at the World Cup this year, replied with 117 for eight, and lost by 11 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method. Sussex musuem honours Ranjit Singhji
A part of the Sussex Cricket Museum, in the English city of Hove, was dedicated in the memory of late cricketer, K S Ranjit Singhji. BCCI should focus on Academy players: Ghavri
Former India pacer Karsan Ghavri, who heads the Cricket Board-run fast bowlers' academy in Mohali, has suggested that BCCI pay more attention to the products from its player-specific institutions. Holding fears for future of Test cricket
Former West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding has said that Twenty20 format is causing irreparable damage to Test cricket, and reckons that his nickname 'Whispering Death' fits the future of the longest version the game. Gambhir suffering from blurred vision
The mystery over Gautam Gambhir's health isn't ending in a hurry, for the latest indications emerging from the Indian dressing room is that all is not well with the left-handed opener. Gambhir is reportedly still suffering from blurred vision and is almost certain to miss out the day-night fixture against Kent on Friday.
August 25, 2011
Amir warned but escapes further punishment
Pakistan's banned pacer Mohammad Amir has escaped with a "stern warning and a caution" from the ICC for breaching the terms of his five-year suspension by playing in a local match in England. National Cricket Academy has become a joke: More
Former national selector and wicketkeeper Kiran More lashed out at the Indian cricket board stating that National Cricket Academy has become a "joke". Indians beat Sussex for first tour win
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma cracked half-centuries as India recorded their maiden win of the England tour with a six-wicket thumping of Sussex in a rain-affected practice game at Hove on Thursday. T&T to play Ruhunu in CL T20 qualifying opener
The qualifying matches for this year's Champions League Twenty20 will start with West Indian team Trinidad & Tobago taking on Sri Lanka's Ruhunu on September 19 in Hyderabad. 'BCCI has enough clout to change India's schedule'
Former captain Ajit Wadekar feels the Indian cricket team's humiliating 0-4 loss to England in the recently-concluded Test series was a result of fatigue and lack of preparation. BCCI, IPL harming Indian cricket: Ranatunga
Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has blamed the BCCI and the IPL for India's debacle in England, saying the Board did not let the players prepare well for the tough English conditions.
August 24, 2011
Botham believes England will sweep ODIs too
Legendary all-rounder Ian Botham predicts that after outplaying India 4-0 in the just-concluded Tests, England will also go on to win the limited-o'ers series starting with a one-off Twenty20 match on August 31. Gambhir undergoes MRI scan, reports awaited
Indian opener Gautam Gambhir underwent an MRI scan in London and word is still awaited on his fitness ahead of the limited overs series against England commencing with a one-off Twenty20 match on August 31. 'The England team is now genuinely confident'
England coach Andy Flower feels India's poor performance in the just-concluded Test series should in no way diminish his team's achievement of humbling a side which features some of the most experienced players in international cricket.
August 23, 2011
Test rankings: Dravid soars, Tendulkar slips
Almost all leading Indian batsmen, save Rahul Dravid, slipped in the latest Reliance ICC Test rankings for batsman, released on Tuesday. ODI rankings: Bollinger, Malinga surge
Australia's fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson, Doug Bollinger and Brett Lee, as well as Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka, are the biggest movers in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers after stellar performances in the series which Australia won by 3-2 while Bangladesh's fast bowler Rubel Hossain has a achieved personal best in the series which his side lost 3-2 to Zimbabwe. Gavaskar, Shastri surprised at India's surrender
Former India captains Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shahstri have expressed their astonishment at the manner in which India capitulated in the just-concluded four-match Test series against England. BCCI blasted for India's poor show in England
Infuriated by India's humiliating 4-0 series defeat in England, the local media lashed out at the cricket board on Tuesday, accusing the governing body of pursuing riches instead of developing the Test team. Aaqib tipped to replace Waqar as Pakistan coach
Former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed, who was removed as assistant coach of the national team for the tour of Zimbabwe, is being tipped as a strong candidate to fill in the head coach's post left vacant by the sudden resignation of Waqar Younis. Malinga's third hat-trick floors Australia
Lasith Malinga became the first bowler to take three One-day international hat-tricks as Sri Lanka beat Australia by four wickets in the fifth and final match of their series on Monday.
August 22, 2011
Tendulkar misses his 100th ton yet again
Sachin Tendulkar came agonisingly close to notching up a historic 100th international century before a debatable decision brought an an end to his knock of 91, breaking the hearts of millions of Indian cricket fans at home and abroad. Swann scalps 6 as England win by an innings
Chasing 291 just to make England bat again, India were dismissed for 283 in their second innings, and lost the fourth Test by an innings an eight runs. Amla is SA 'Sports Star of the Year'
South Africa's top-order batsman Hashim Amla was named the country's 'Sports Star of the Year' at an awards function at Sun City on Sunday. The 28-year-old batsman, who was recently appointed vice-captain of the Proteas ODI and T20 teams, pipped four other nominees -- Masters golf champion Charl Schwartzel, swimming world record holder Cameron van der Burgh, Springbok sevens flyhalf Cecil Afrika and leading Banyana Banyana goal-scorer Noko Matlou -- for the top accolade. England ODIs: Rahane, Aaron replace Sehwag, Ishant
With India's injury list on the ongoing tour of England continuing to grow, Virender Sehwag and Ishant Sharma were ruled out of the upcoming One-Day International series. The Board of Control for Cricket in India, on Monday, named Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane and Jharkhand pacer Varun Aaron as replacements for the Delhi duo. CLT20: Eight top players to represent 'away' teams
This edition of the tournament will also witness a qualifying event in Hyderabad from September 19 to 21 followed by the main event from September 23 to October 9. 'Dravid has shown exceptional mental strength'
Former England captain Nasser Hussain said the senior batsman has
August 21, 2011
Dravid controversially 'given out' again
For the second match in a row, Rahul Dravid found himself at the receiving end of controversial umpiring decisions as he was given out for caught behind in India's second innings in the final Test against England at the Oval. Dravid surpasses Gavaskar, congratulate him!
Rahul Dravid struck his 35th Test century to surpass Sunil Gavaskar and become the second highest century maker from India on the fourth day of the final Test against England. 'No rocket-science behind Sachin's grip'
England might claim they have sorted out Sachin Tendulkar as the iconic batsman initially prefers onside run-making but former Indian great Sunil Gavaskar sees no great science behind such a discovery. Pakistan recall former captain Shoaib Malik
Pakistan have recalled former captain and all-rounder Shoaib Malik to the squad for next month's tour of Zimbabwe, the PCB said on Sunday. India looking to Tendulkar to save Test
Rahul Dravid batted through with a heroic unbeaten 146 but India failed to avoid follow on and were left with a daunting task of batting out the entire fifth day to save the final Test against England at the Oval on Sunday.
August 20, 2011
Pakistan coach Waqar quitting for medical reasons
Waqar Younis will quit as Pakistan coach for medical reasons after next month's tour of Zimbabwe, he said on Saturday. Australia beats Sri Lanka to win ODI series
Xavier Doherty and Brett Lee shared eight wickets as Australia beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the fourth One-day International to secure an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. Gambhir rushed to hospital for medical examination
Indian opener Gautam Gambhir was rushed to a local hospital for a pre-cautionary medical check-up for mild concussion after he hurt himself on the second day of the fourth and final Test against England. Bell, Swann leave India in tatters
England were 591 for six in their first innings at lunch on day three of the fourth and final Test against India at the Oval. Indian team's security increased in England
The Indian team's security has been increased by the England Cricket Board after the touring players expressed apprehension about their safety in the wake of the recent riots. 'We'll bat first two sessions and take 20 wkts'
The end result of the high-profile series, says Kevin Pietersen, might surprise many, but, for England, it was the fruit of all the effort put in over the years.
August 19, 2011
India reel under Bell, Pietersen onslaught
Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen slammed fluent centuries as England put themselves on course for a clean sweep, taking complete command of the fourth and final Test against a hapless India at the Oval on Friday. Cricket Australia sacks Chappell, Hilditch
In a major revamp of Australian cricket following a year of debacles, chief selector Andrew Hilditch, selection panel member Greg Chappell, who reportedly drove everyone 'mad' in the national team, and coach Tim Nielsen were sacked on Friday. The overhaul came about after Cricket Australia's board accepted recommendations from the Don Argus review into the team's performance following their Ashes debacle last summer. Sri Lanka retain Dilshan as captain
Sri Lanka's selectors have appointed Tillakaratne Dilshan as captain of the national side for all formats until the end of 2011. ECB threatens CLT20 ban over unpaid dues
The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has reportedly threatened to stop its county teams from competing in this year's Champions League Twenty20 in India unless the organisers of the event -- the BCCI -- pay them the participation fees in advance. Cricket likely to return to Pakistan
After more than two years, Pakistan is likely to witness international cricket action in its backyard with the ICC mulling to send a World XI, comprising star players from round the world. CA overhaul selection, coaching after Ashes review
Australia's coach and captain are to be brought into an expanded national selection panel on the recommendation of a report into the humiliating Ashes defeat, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Friday. Australia players ban Chappell from dressing room
Australian cricketers' ationship with national talent manager and full time selector Greg Chappell has broken down to such an extent that he has been banned from their dressing room, especially when the team goes out to bat. India finally decides to implement DRS
India will be using the Decision Review System (DRS), comprising the audio tracker and Hot Spot infra-red cameras, for the first time in all the 13 home international games later this year. PCB integrity committee clears Shoaib Malik
The integrity committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board has exonerated former captain Shoaib Malik of "any questionable source or activity" vis-a-vis his earnings, paving the way for his inclusion in the national team. Bangladesh finally beat Zimbabwe
Bangladesh made a long-awaited breakthrough in their ODI series against Zimbabwe by winning the fourth of five One-day Internationals at Queens Sports Club.
August 18, 2011
Zaheer 'recovering well' after ankle surgery
Pacer Zaheer Khan, who was ruled out of the England series due to an ankle injury, underwent surgery last Monday and is believed to be recovering well. Same old story as India struggle at The Oval
An insipid Indian bowling lineup had yet another torrid day as England reached 75 for no loss on the opening day of the fourth and final Test before persistent rain brought a premature end to the proceedings at the Oval on Thursday. England to celebrate top rank with former players
The England Cricket Board will invite former players, including Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff, on the final day of the fourth Test against India to celebrate the team's rise to the top of ICC rankings. Sri Lanka make three changes to one-day squad
Sri Lanka have called up leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna as one of three changes to their one-day squad to meet Australia in the final two matches of the five-match series in Colombo on August 20 and 22.
August 17, 2011
'English cricket no longer the laughing stock'
Captain Andrew Strauss says English cricket has been through an evolutionary cycle. 'Since the introduction of central contracts, things have gone up.' Thumb injury may keep Praveen out of 4th Test
Praveen Kumar, who has claimed 15 wickets (@ 29.53) in the ongoing series, is a doubtful starter for the fourth and final Test against England, starting at The Oval, on Thursday, having not full recovered from the injury he sustained in the Edgbaston Test. 'India haven't just lost, they've been outplayed'
'There is something wrong somewhere, because India haven't just lost, they have been outplayed in every department of the game. England have been in charge with the bat, the ball, in the field and in the captaincy,' said the former India wicketkeeper.
August 16, 2011
Tharanga leads SL to big win over Aus
A brilliant 13th one-day international century from opener Upul Tharanga guided Sri Lanka to a 78-run win over Australia in the third one-day international at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium on Tuesday. Zimbabwe win 3rd ODI despite Mushfiqur Rahim ton
Zimbabwe scored a nail-biting victory over Bangladesh to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series, at the Harare Sports Club, on Tuesday. Put in to bat, they put up 250 for seven, and then dismissed Bangladesh 245. CL T20 matches shifted from Kolkata to Bangalore
The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) on Wednesday shifted the venue of two matches of the forthcoming Champions League T20 tournament that were scheduled to be held in Kolkata, following a request from the city police.
August 15, 2011
Tremlett out of England squad, call-up for Onions
Durham paceman Graham Onions has been called into the England squad as bowling cover ahead of the fourth and final test against India starting at The Oval on Thursday. 'Strauss, Flower owe success to Fletcher'
Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower have become the toast of the nation following England's ascendancy to the top in Test cricket but a media report said it was now-India coach Duncan Fletcher, who actually kick started their journey to the pinnacle.
August 14, 2011
Ponting powers Australia to victory
Ricky Ponting cracked an impressive 90 not out to steer Australia to an easy eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the second One-day International. Rampant Zimbabwe crush struggling Bangladesh
Rampant Zimbabwe defeated hapless Bangladesh by seven wickets to win the second One-day International with Brian Vitori taking five wickets and Vusi Sibanda and Tatenda Taibu both hitting half-centuries. England name unchanged squad for final Test
England named an unchanged squad on Sunday for the fourth Test against India starting on Thursday at The Oval. Dravid should have taken the review: Dhoni
In no way it could have changed the course of the match. However, it could very much have prolonged it, taking it into a fifth day.
August 13, 2011
England displace India from the top of table
England claimed the number one rank in the ICC Test championship table for the first time in 32 years following a crushing win by an innings and 242 runs over India in the third match at Edgbaston. England rout India to claim No. 1 ranking
A spineless India tamely surrendered their number one status to a ruthless England as they slumped to an innings and 242-runs defeat to allow the hosts clinch the completely lop-sided four-match series by taking a 3-0 lead at Edgbaston. Mishra blames no-balls on 'trying too hard'
India leg spinner Amit Mishra bowled a whopping eight no-balls on the second day of the third Test, eventually ending up with nine from England's first innings.
August 12, 2011
Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by four wickets
Brian Vitori became the first Zimbabwean to take five wickets on his One-day International debut as the home side beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the first of five ODIs at Harare Sports Club. India wilt under Cook's run-feast
Alastair Cook hit a career-best 294 as a ruthless England buried India under a massive 486-run Tiwary, Rahane, Menaria hit tons vs AIS
Saurabh Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane and Ashok Menaria scored centuries as India got into a good position to register an innings victory over Australian Institute of Sports in the concluding three-day encounter of the Emerging Players Meet, at Endeavour Park, Townsville. Conflict of interest in cricket: Maken
Sports minister Ajay Maken says he is "deeply concerned" about the conflict of interest in the Board of Control for Cricket in India, and even though the government cannot interfere, he feels sports federations should be accountable for their actions. ICC award nomination is reply to critics: Misbah
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq feels his nomination for the ICC cricketer of the year award is an answer to his critics. Kirsten starts catching up after SA coach job
Out of picture for three years in South Africa, former India coach Gary Kirsten says he has a lot of catching up to do as he gears up to mentor the Proteas after guiding Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men to the World Cup earlier this year. Cook, Strauss have recorded 13 century stands
Alastair Cook (182 not out off 339 balls) posted his best knock against India, surpassing the 104 not out at Nagpur in 2005-06.
August 11, 2011
England rule as Cook feasts on India's bowling
Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 182, as England, replying to India's first innings of 224, ended Day 2 in the third Test on 456-3. Menaria, Rahane flay AIS bowlers
Former India Under-19 captain Ashok Menaria smashed an unbeaten 94 and added 174 runs for the undefeated second-wicket stand with in-from Ajinkya Rahane, as India amassed 191 for 1 at stumps against Australian Institute of Sports, after dismissing them for 205 in the final three-day match of Emerging Players tournament, in Townsville. India grouped alongside Windies for U-19 World Cup
Former champions India have been grouped with West Indies, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea (PNG) for the preliminary stage of the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held next year in Australia.
August 10, 2011
Johnson, Watson fire Australia to victory
Mitchell Johnson grabbed a career-best 6-31 and Shane Watson smashed a brisk 69 to guide Australia to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first One-dayer in Pallekele. Pacers, Strauss put England on top
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni marked his return to form with a blistering counterattack before India were bundled out for 224 in their first innings to give England early control in the third Test. In reply, England were 84 for no loss at close. Tharanga seeks fresh start after drugs ban
Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga says his return to the side after a three-month drugs ban is a chance to rebuild his career and reputation. Mesmerising Mendis working on new delivery
Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis is developing a new delivery that could emerge in the One-day series against Australia. Snehal's bowling action found to be illegal
Indian women's cricket team medium-pacer Snehal Pradhan, who was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action, has been suspended from bowling in international cricket after the ICC confirmed that an independent test had found her action illegitimate. 'Team India continue England tour despite riots'
Expressing concern over the riots that have rocked United Kingdom over the last few days, Indian cricket team manager, Anirudh Chaudhary said that the squad will continue its tour in Birmingham despite the violence. Gavaskar takes a dig at England team
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar believes England's cricketers would have 'hit the panic button' and talked of leaving the series midway if similar riots had happened in India. Australia's Khawaja gets Indian visa for CL T20
A day after he was denied an Indian visa, Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja was issued one to compete in the Champions League Twenty20 next month with the Indian Consulate in Melbourne insisting that the initial rejection had nothing to do with him being born in Pakistan.
August 09, 2011
Team India was out shopping before riots broke out
Minutes before miscreants got into action at the Birmingham City Centre, breaking into shops and looking property, the Indian cricket team was in the area. Tough test for Sehwag first up: Strauss
The India opener is returning from a shoulder surgery with very little preparation besides the two-day tour match against Northamptonshire last week. Strauss confident Test will go on despite riots
England captain Andrew Strauss says the third Test, beginning Wednesday, is an opportunity for cricket to provide a feel-good factor amid the escalating riots in London. Third Test to go ahead despite riots: officials
Despite the escallating riots in London and its neighbouring areas, the third Test between India and England, beginning Wednesday, will go ahead. Confirming the same, the Warwickshire County Cricket Club issued a statement to this effect on Tuesday morning. Malinga, Tharanga return to Sri Lanka squad
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga and opening batsman Upul Tharanga have been included in Sri Lanka's 16-man squad for the first three one-day internationals against Australia. Tremlett to miss 3rd Test against India
England pacer Chris Tremlett was ruled out of the third Test against India, starting Wednesday, having failed to recover from a back injury. Pakistan-born Khawaja claims Indian visa held up
Pakistan-born Australian batsman Usman Khawaja on Tuesday claimed that his visa for travelling to India to participate in next month's Champions League T20 was held up because of his country of birth. Bell bereaved by death of mentor
England batsman Ian Bell has been left 'gutted' ahead of the third Test against India due to the death of his mentor, Neal Abberley, in whose honour the flags will be lowered to half mast during the match starting in Birmingham on Wednesday. Ponting hails Dhoni for recalling Bell
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been drawing flak for his captaincy after the back-to-back Test defeats to England but his admirers for calling Ian Bell back from being ruled run-out has only been swelling, with veteran Australian batsman Ricky Ponting joining the list. Riots force India, England players to stay indoors
With the fast-spreading London riots raising massive security concerns, Indian and English cricketers have been asked to confine themselves to their hotel rooms ahead of the third Test starting in Edbaston on Wednesday.
August 08, 2011
T20 best by Mendis floors Aussies
Spinner Ajantha Mendis produced the best figures in Twenty20 internationals on Monday to bowl Sri Lanka to an eight-run win over Australia at the Pallakele Stadium and a 2-0 series win. Mendis bemused the Australian batsman to finish with six for 16 off four overs, including a maiden. Kamran Akmal replaced by brother Adnan
Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal was a surprise omission when Pakistan announced their latest batch of central contracts on Monday. The 29-year-old Kamran, a veteran of 53 Tests, 137 one-day internationals and 38 Twenty20s, has been replaced by his younger brother Adnan Akmal, 26, who toured New Zealand last year. Zimbabwe sink Bangladesh on Test return
Zimbabwe registered their first victory since returning to Test cricket after a six-year absence, beating Bangladesh by 130 runs in the one-off Test at the Harare Sports club on Monday. Set a victory target of 375 runs in their second innings, Bangladesh were dismissed for 244. India trounce NZ at Emerging Players' Meet
Pacer R Vinay Kumar ran through the New Zealand 'A' middle-order, grabbing four wickets, as India scored an emphatic nine-wicket victory in the Emerging Players' Meet, at the Endeavour Ground, in Townsville, Queensland, on Monday. 'Flower, Strauss key to England success'
England Cricket Board's Managing Director Hugh Morris believes the team's brilliant performance against world number one India in the ongoing Test series is a result of coach Andy Flower and captain Andrew Strauss' "outstanding leadership". Bresnan likely to be retained for 3rd Test
With Chris Tremlett still recovering from a back injury, pacer Tim Bresnan is set to retain his place in the England cricket team for the third Test against India starting August 10 in Edgbaston. Zaheer ruling out big blow: Ganguly
The ruling out of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan from the remaining two Tests against England due to injury is a huge blow but India can still bounce back and the draw the series, feels former captain Sourav Ganguly. India tighten grip over NZ in Emerging Players
Indian bowlers, led by spin duo of Iqbal Abdulla and Bhargav Bhatt, put up a dominating performance as they closed in on a victory after forcing New Zealand to follow-on on second day of three-day match in Emerging Players Tournament in Tounsville.
August 07, 2011
Zimbabwe set Bangladesh 375 to win
Bangladesh closed to within 263 runs of victory at stumps on day four of the one-off test match against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club Praveen Kumar involved in altercation with fans
If injuries and back-to-back Test defeats were not enough, the Indian cricket team's tour of England has taken another disastrous turn as pacer Praveen Kumar reportedly got into a spat with fans after the practice match against Nothamptonshire. Injured Zaheer ruled out of England tour
India's floundering campaign in the ongoing series against England suffered another massive blow today as pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was ruled out of the remainder of the tour after failing to recover from a hamstring strain and an ankle injury.
August 06, 2011
Dilshan hits ton in Sri Lanka victory
Tillakaratne Dilshan hammered a maiden Twenty20 century to set up Sri Lanka's 35-run victory over Australia in the opening match. Rahul Dravid retires from ODIs, T20s
In a shocking announcement Rahul Dravid has announced his retirement from One Day Internationals and T20s following the England series. Zimbabwe victory charge hit by late collapse
Zimbabwe opened up a 175-run lead over Bangladesh with six second wickets remaining, but they were left to rue a late collapse in the final overs at the Harare Sports Club. Zaheer Khan ruled out of Edgbaston Test?
In what might be a vital blow to India's chances, Zaheer Khan is doubtful for the third Test against England at Edgbaston. Indians chase leather against Northants
Frontline Indian bowlers suffered a humiliating hammering at the hands of Northamptonshire openers as the home side racked up 198 for no loss by tea on the final day of the two-day warm-up game on Saturday. Bopara replaces injured Trott for 3rd Test
Middle-order batsman Ravi Bopara has been recalled to the England squad in place of an injured Jonathan Trott for the third Test against India starting from August 10 at Edgbaston. Dravid back, Harbhajan dropped for England ODIs
The experienced Rahul Dravid was on Saturday recalled after almost two years while off-colour Harbhajan Singh was dropped from India's Twenty20 and one-day squad for the upcoming series against England, beginning August 31.
August 05, 2011
Mukund makes merry against Northants
A well-made hundred by Abhinav Mukund highlighted the opening day of India's tour match against Northamptonshire at the County Ground on Friday. Yuvraj, Pietersen exchange online banter
Fierce on-field rivals, India's Yuvraj Singh and England batsman Kevin Pietersen have taken their battle to the virtual world with the duo engaging in an online banter in a social networking site. Kohli ready for England challenge, says coach
Drafted into the side to infuse stability to the vulnerable lower middle-order for the remaining two Tests against England, Virat Kohli is keen to make optimum use of the opportunity to cement his place in India's Test team. Warne's new look is the talk of the town
"Ever-shrinking" former Australian spin wizard Shane Warne continues to draw the attention of frenzy public with blogs and news sites flooded with chatter about his new look. Gambhir, Sehwag fail in comeback game
Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir fell cheaply, as India went to lunch on 87 for 2 against Northamptonshire, on Friday. All eyes on Sehwag, Zaheer in Northants game
Stand-in captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to bat against Northamptonshire in their practice game at the county's ground on Friday. Opener Gambhir is leading the side even though skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is part of the team. He may not keep wickets for entire duration, as reserve 'keeper Wriddhiman Saha is also in the team. Zimbabwe rule on Day 1 of Test return
Solid fifties by Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda enabled Zimbabwe dominate the opening day of its return to Test cricket, against Bangladesh, in Harare, on Thursday. Masakadza was unbeaten on 88 as Zimbabwe ended the day on 264-2, at the Harare Sports Club. Squads for T20, ODIs to be picked on Saturday
India's squad for the one-off Twenty20 international and five-match ODI series against England will be announced on Saturday. Board of Control for Cricket in India sources said the selectors will meet in Chennai to pick the squad. England need not be No 1 to earn respect: Steyn
South African pacer Dale Steyn says England do not require the number one Test team tag to earn the cricket world's respect because they have already acquired it with their stupendous show against India in the ongoing series.
August 04, 2011
Sehwag, Zaheer slog it out in wet Northamptonshire
The Indian team woke up on Thursday morning to what was not a very pleasant sight. After days of bright sunshine, it was pouring in Northamptonshire, putting paid to hopes of having some practice ahead of Friday's tour match. Aaqib Javed relieved of assistant coach's job
After getting rid of Intikhab Alam, manager of the national team, the Pakistan Cricket Board sacked assistant coach Aaqib Javed and assistant manager Shahid Aslam for tour of Zimbabwe. Lord Woolf to head ICC's Governance Review
Lord Harry Woolf, a former Chief Justice of England and Wales, has been named chairman of the ICC's Independent Governance Review Committee that will draw up a new strategic plan for 2011-2015, which includes looking into the controversial election process of its president. India's No 1 Test ranking is on line: Lorgat
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat feels that India's No 1 ranking in Test cricket is certainly on line after back-to-back defeats against England at Lord's and Trent Bridge, but the quality of the contest is pretty enthralling. Oz will take time to get back to the top: Clarke
Australia's journey back up the Test world rankings is not going to happen overnight but the upcoming series in Sri Lanka will be an indication of their current status, captain Michael Clarke said on Thursday. Injured Trott doubtful for Edgbaston Test
England batsman Jonathan Trott's participation in the third Test against India at Edgbaston is doubtful after he suffered a shoulder injury in the second Test. PCB to get $16m as WC non-hosting compensation
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will receive around $16 million as compensation from the 2011 World Cup earnings in the wake of it not being allowed to host a single match of the tournament. 'We want to remembered as the best England team'
Off-spinner Graeme Swann says that getting the number one spot won't be enough for England, at least for the current group of players.
August 03, 2011
Kohli, Ojha to replace injured Yuvraj, Harbhajan
Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh have been ruled out of the remainder of the England Test series because of injuries. Virat Kohli and Pragyan Ojha have been named replacements. Emerging Meet: Rahane hits 109 in draw vs SA
Talented Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane's century was in vain, as India fell just four runs short of the target when the umpires called off play in the three-day match against South Africa at the Emerging Players' Meet. The teams got three points each from the match. Injured Harbhajan ruled out of third Test
Down 0-2 in the series, India's injury woes increased on Wednesday with off-spinner Harbhajan Singh being ruled out of the third Test against England due to an abdominal strain. Govt gets requests to give Bharat Ratna for Sachin
The government on Wednesday said it has received requests from various quarters to confer the Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendulkar, adding that a proposal to confer the country's highest civilian award to sportspersons was under consideration. Bradman cookie controversy settled out of court
The legal wrangling over what was claimed to be 'exploitation' of cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman's name for selling cookies is finally over with the dispute settled out of court.
August 02, 2011
Dhawan scores 146 against SA Emerging side
Skipper Shikhar Dhawan struck a fantastic 146 but most of the other Indian batsmen failed to get going against South Africa on the second day of three-day match of the Emerging Meet being played at the Allan Border field. England players rise in ICC rankings
England's continuing dominance of world number one India in the ongoing Test series is beginning to reflect in the ICC rankings as well with several of their players rising to career-best positions in the list released on Tuesday. A step forward to the No.1 Test ranking: Strauss
Andrew Strauss is aware his team need to win by a two-Test margin to usurp the top spot from their opponents -- India.
August 01, 2011
Sehwag to arrive in England on August 2
Virender Sehwag, who missed the first two Test of the England tour due to an injury, is all set to return to Test cricket as he is scheduled to arrive in England on Tuesday. Bresnan stars as England rout India
Chasing 478 for victory, India were dismissed for 158, and lost the second Test by 319 runs, on Day 4, at Trent Bridge, on Monday. Kumble lauds Dhoni for gesture to reinstate Bell
Former India captain Anil Kumble has hailed Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his decision to withdraw the run-out appeal against England's Ian Bell and said he was proud of the team for playing the game in the right spirit. India slip one spot to 3rd in ICC ODI rankings
World champions India have slipped to third place in the ICC ODI team rankings after an annual update of the list in which Australia have extended their lead at the top to 12 points. Harbhajan is India's latest injury worry
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is the latest to join India's long list of injured players with the 31-year-old pulling a stomach muscle during the third day's play on Sunday. Majola not yet off hook over IPL bonuses: report
Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola may still have to face charges over alleged irregularities in IPL bonuses paid to him and other CSA staff two years ago, according to reports.
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