December 31, 2010No complaint against umpire Davis: ICC
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday made it clear that it has not received any complaint from Cricket South Africa against umpire Steve Davis, reportedly spotted drunk by South African players on the eve of the second Test against India in Durban.
Newlands track would favour batsmen, says curator
The pitch for the series-deciding third Test between India and South Africa starting in Cape Town on Sunday would favour batsmen and last all five days, according to the curator of the Newlands ground.
World Cup ticket prices will be nominal: Shetty
To ensure spectators at matches that do not feature the host nations, Tournament Director of next year's cricket World Cup in the sub-continent, Ratnakar Shetty, said the ticket prices would be kept nominal.
December 30, 2010England can beat India every day of week: Gough
In what could raise the hackles of the Indians, former England fast bowler Darren Gough on Thursday said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men are champions only at home and England can beat them "every day of the week".
Razzaq obliterates New Zealand in final T20
Abdul Razzaq produced a man-of-the-match performance with bat and ball to ensure Pakistan salvaged some credibility and embarrassed New Zealand by 103 runs in their third and final Twenty20 international in Christchurch on Thursday.
Ponting "devastated" to miss final Ashes Test
Ricky Ponting was "devastated" to be ruled out of the fifth and final Ashes Test against England in Sydney next week due to complications with his broken finger, the Australian captain said on Thursday.
Big job for Khawaja to fill Ponting's boots
Usman Khawaja will have some very big boots to fill when he makes his debut for Australia in the fifth Ashes Test next week but the 24-year-old is more concerned about making the most of his call up to the national side.
Umpire Davis was drunk on eve of Durban Test: SA
South African cricketers have alleged that they spotted umpire Steve Davis drunk on the eve of India's series-levelling second Test in Durban and are now mulling lodging a complaint against the Australian who controversially ruled AB de Villiers out in the second innings.
350 cricketers to go under the hammer for IPL-4
As many as 350 top cricketers from India and abroad would go under the auctioneer's hammer in Bangalore on January 8 and 9 with the 10 Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises bidding for their services for the fourth season of the lucrative Twenty20 League.
Australia call up Khawaja for injured Ponting
Australia called up uncapped batsman Usman Khawaja to replace injured skipper Ricky Ponting on Thursday and confirmed Michael Clarke will stand in as captain for next week's fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney.
Sehwag ruled out of ODI series against SA
The dashing opener, who had nursed a shoulder injury a few months ago as well, will be replaced by Rohit Sharma in the squad for the five-match series, starting in Durban on January 12.
Injury puts Ponting out of fifth Test
Australia captain Ricky Ponting will not play in the fifth and final Ashes Test against England in Sydney next week due to complications over his broken finger.
Ponting has reached use-by-date: Chappell
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell is of the view that Ricky Ponting has crossed his "use-by-date" as a leader and should step down as skipper after the World Cup, in February in the subcontinent.
December 29, 2010'Zaheer's experience helped the other bowlers too'
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded his bowlers for making a splendid comeback in their 87-run win at Durban after being sent for a leatherhunt during the first Test match at the Centurion. The skipper had special words of praise for pace spearhead Zaheer Khan.
Harbhajan served notice for evading service tax
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was on Wednesday served a notice by the Commissionerate of Central Excise and Customs here for evading service tax on his income from the second and third season of the Indian Premier League.
Amla included in SA T20 squad
Hashim Amla was on Wednesday included in the South African squad for the one-off Twenty20 international against India to be played at Moses Mabhida Stadium on January 9 next year.
India outclass SA to win Durban Test
India outclassed South Africa by 87 runs to win the second Test and level the three-match series at 1-1, on Day 4 at Kingsmead, Durban, on Wednesday.
McCullum rested from last T20 against Pakistan
New Zealand's Brendon McCullum will miss Thursday's third and final Twenty20 international against Pakistan, having missed the first two with a back injury, New Zealand Cricket said on Wednesday.
Injury rules Ryan Harris out for four months
Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris is to undergo surgery on a fractured ankle and could be out of action for four months, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday, effectively ruling him out of next year's limited overs World Cup.
Ponting looks to Sydney for redemption
Australia's Ricky Ponting is determined to prove his worth as a batsman and as a captain in the final Ashes Test in Sydney after their hopes of reclaiming the famous urn disappeared in defeat on Wednesday.
Strauss eyes series win after England retain Ashes
Andrew Strauss hailed England's effort, strength in depth, resilience and supporters after they retained the Ashes with an innings and 157-run victory over Australia in the fourth Test on Wednesday.
England win fourth Test to retain Ashes
England won the fourth Test in Melbourne by an innings and 157 runs on Wednesday to retain the Ashes on Australian soil for the first time in 24 years.
December 28, 2010Sreesanth crossed the line: Harris
Bad blood marred an otherwise absorbing day of cricket with South African left-arm spinner Paul Harris accusing Indian pacer S Sreesanth of making personal remarks on home side captain Graeme Smith during an altercation
Modi, 6 others summoned by Chennai police
The Chennai police on Tuesday summoned suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi and six others for questioning in the first week of January in connection with a case of alleged misappropriation of funds, filed by Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary N Srinivasan. Besides Modi, others summoned by the Central Crime Branch Police are Kunal Dasgupta, Venu Nair, Andrew Georgio, Seamus O'brien, Harish Krishnamachar and Ajay Verma, a senior police official said.
McCullum scripts NZ T20 series win over Pak
Nathan McCullum took four wickets, including two in two balls, as New Zealand wrapped up a Twenty20 series victory over Pakistan with a 39-run win in their second match at Seddon Park on Tuesday.
Watson concedes Ashes belong to England
All-rounder Shane Watson conceded Australia have all but lost the Ashes on Tuesday and admitted the side's abysmal performance in the fourth Test was enough to turn fans away from the game.
Ponting should have been suspended: Chappell
Former captain Ian Chappell is of the view that current Australia skipper Ricky Ponting should have been suspended instead of just being docked 40 per cent of his match fee for the ugly confrontation he had with the umpires in the fourth Ashes Test against England at the MCG on Monday.
Laxman's 96 gives India the edge
Chasing a stiff 303 for victory, South Africa were 111 for three in 27 overs with AB de Villiers on 17 and Jacques Kallis on 12 before bad light closed play early on the third day.
Pakistan add Tanvir to New Zealand tour squad
Pakistan added injury-blighted paceman Sohail Tanvir to their squad in New Zealand on Monday, just two weeks after he was ruled out of the trip with a knee problem. Left-armer Tanvir last played a Test over three years ago. He underwent knee surgery last year but has been given the all clear following another fitness test.
England on brink of Ashes glory
Needing 415 runs just to make England bat again, Australia's brittle top order disintegrated under pressure once again, limping to 169-6 at stumps in front of a despondent crowd of more than 68,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Ponting apologises for umpire row
Australia captain Ricky Ponting apologised on Tuesday for "overstepping the mark" in his confrontation with umpire Aleem Dar in the fourth Ashes Test against England. 'Yesterday was me overstepping the mark and obviously I apologise for the way that looked,' he said.
'Indian fightback caught us off-guard'
South African batsman A B de Villiers admitted that his team was caught off-guard by the strong Indian fightback on Monday, but felt the second Test is still evenly poised.
December 27, 2010Aussies crossed line in Perth Test: Flintoff
Hitting out at the Australian players for their mindless sledging during the Perth Test, former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff described it as "outright abuse".
Smith's lucky Test cap found
South Africa captain Graeme Smith has found his 'lucky Test cap', which he wore for 89 matches, within days of it being allegedly stolen while he was on his way to Durban from Cape town.
Rajasthan knock Mumbai out of Ranji Trophy
Round up of the Ranji Trophy quater-final matches played on Monday.
Dravid registers 200th Test catch
Indian middle-order batsman Rahul Dravid on Monday achieved a rare milestone in his career when he took his 200th catch in Test matches to stay on top of the list in the five-day format of the game.
Lawson is Kochi franchise's coach, says source
Contrary to news reports, former Australian fast bowler and ex-Pakistan team coach Geoff Lawson has already been named as the coach the new Kochi IPL franchise in the T20 League's 2011 edition.
Skipper Ponting fined after on-field row
Australia captain Ricky Ponting was fined 40 per cent of his match fee after his frustration over a TV referral decision boiled over into an ugly row with umpire Aleem Dar on the second day of the fourth Ashes Test on Monday.
Ashes referrals infuriate Ponting, save Prior
Australia captain Ricky Ponting's frustration over a TV referral decision boiled over into an ugly row with umpire Aleem Dar on the second day of the fourth Ashes Test on Monday.
Anything above 250 will be competitive: Laxman
Batting mainstay VVS Laxman believes a 250 plus score in the first innings at Kingsmead will prove competitive and give India enough cushion to bowl out South Africa in the second Test.
Each extra over from Graeme yielded results: Steyn
South African pacer Dale Steyn said his urge to bowl an additional over after each dry spell paid rich dividends as he returned with a four-wicket haul on the opening day of the second Test in Durban.
Trott's ton puts England in command
England's Jonathan Trott overcame a painful blow to the knee to strike a brave century, as he and Matt Prior savaged Australia's attack to build a 346-run lead at stumps on the second day of the fourth Test on Monday.
December 26, 2010Ranji: Rajasthan set to knock Mumbai out
Round-up of the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals match played on Sunday.
Anderson celebrates banner day for England
James Anderson hailed England's stunning dismissal of Australia and their batsmen's unbeaten march to stumps on the opening day of the fourth test in Melbourne on Sunday, a day in which all of the chips fell in the tourists' favour.
Clarke laments Australia's brittle bats
Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke lamented another top order batting collapse that sent the hosts crashing to a record low first innings on day one of the fourth Ashes Test against England in Melbourne on Sunday.
Steyn destroys India on rain-hit Day 1
Dale Steyn claimed four wickets to put South Africa in control against India before bad light stopped play, on a rain-hit opening day of the second Test at Kingsmead in Durban, on Sunday.
England tighten noose around Australia at MCG
Australia were dismissed for 98 in their first innings just before tea on the opening day of the fourth Ashes test against England at the MCG on Sunday.
Southee demolishes Pakistan with hat-trick
New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee ripped through Pakistan's order, taking five wickets in nine balls, including a hat-trick, as the Kiwis won the first Twenty20 international at Eden Park on Sunday by five wickets.
December 25, 2010Ranji: Kanitkar, Saxena put Rajasthan on top
Round up of the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals matches played on Saturday.
PCB keen to send players to India for IPL IV
The Pakistan Cricket Board is willing to provide all documents and clearance of its players if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decides to allow its cricketers to take part in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League.
Gambhir doubtful for second Test against SA
Opener Gautam Gambhir's injury will certainly keep the Indian team management worried ahead of the second Test match against South Africa which will start at the Kingsmead from Sunday.
PCB dismisses speculation of Butt facing ban
The Pakistan Cricket Board has rejected reports that suspended Test captain Salman Butt is set to be banned for seven years on charges of spot-fixing, saying that ICC will reach a decision only after a hearing to be held in Doha next month.
December 24, 2010South Africa captain Smith loses his Test cap
South Africa captain Graeme Smith has lost his valuable Test cap which he wore in every match since his debut against Australia way back in 2002 in Cape Town.
6 militants convicted for plot to kidnap Tendulkar
A Delhi Court on Friday convicted six Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HuJI) militants, including three Pakistanis, for plotting to kidnap cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in 2002.
Pankaj grabs six as Mumbai bowled out for 252
Round up of Ranji Trophy quarter-final matches played on Friday.
Tendulkar better than Bradman, says Dhoni
Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar's ability to adapt to the pressures of modern day cricket makes him better than Australian cricket legend Don Bradman, feels India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Tame Amla or go down 2-0: Smith
South African captain Graeme Smith warned the visiting Indian team to find a way to tame Hashim Amla or forget the chance of levelling the three-Test series in the second game starting in Durban on Sunday.
Kirsten's return to SA just a rumour: Majola
Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola has dismissed speculation that India coach Gary Kirsten will join the Proteas when his contract ends after the World Cup.
'Butt faces seven-year ban in spot-fixing case'
Pakistan's suspended Test captain Salman Butt is facing a seven-year ban while his team-mates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir could escape with two-year bans after next month's hearing of the ICC anti-corruption tribunal in Doha.
Sami fined and banned in Pak tourney
Pakistan's discarded Test fast bowler Mohammad Sami's disciplinary woes continued as he was slapped another fine and ban in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament for excessive appealing.
Ponting bats in nets, untroubled by finger injury
Australia's captain Ricky Ponting, who injured the little finger on his left hand when attempting a catch in the third Test in Perth, practised against a bowling machine indoors then went outside to face a raft of different bowlers on a sunny morning in Melbourne on Friday.
December 23, 2010South Africa begin search for new coach
With incumbent Corrie van Zyl all set to step down after the 2011 World Cup, Cricket South Africa on Thursday said it has started searching "far and wide" and was also open to the idea of a foreign coach for the Proteas.
Curator promises fair pitch for 2nd India-SA Test
Promising a fair pitch for the second India-South Africa Test, Wilson Ngobese, the chief groundsman of the Kingsmead stadium in Durban, said the track prepared by him will not excessively help bowlers.
Tendulkar should get Bharat Ratna, says Anand
World chess champion Viswanathan Anand on Thursday joined the growing list of top athletes supporting the demand that iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar be conferred the Bharat Ratna -- the highest civilian honour in India.
Pak trounced by Auckland in T20 tour opener
Pakistan's tour of New Zealand started in the worst possible fashion, as they were humiliated by Auckland in the opening Twenty20 tour match on Thursday. Put into bat first, Pakistan were bundled out for 90 runs in 17.4 overs as Auckland's left-arm pacer Michael Bates ripped through the top order at Colin Maiden Park. Auckland overhauled the target off 13.2 overs winning the match by five wickets.
Rush for Durban Test tickets despite rain forecast
Spectators are flocking to the second cricket Test of the high-profile India-South Africa series with organisers facing huge demand of tickets even as the weather forecast predicted rain in the lead-up, raising concerns of a Centurion-like pitch.
Ponting tests broken finger in training
Australia captain Ricky Ponting tested out his broken finger during fielding and throwing drills on Thursday and said he was hopeful of playing the fourth Ashes Test against England 'pain-free'.
MCG groundsman dismisses pitch conspiracy claims
Allegations of pitch doctoring to favour Australia's attack for the fourth Ashes Test against England have been 'funny to read', the Melbourne Cricket Ground's head groundsman said on Thursday. Head groundsman Cameron Hodgkins implied the track for the Test, starting on December 26, would prove far less unpredictable than that at Perth's WACA ground, where England's batsmen were skittled for 187 and 123.
Play a spinner at the MCG, Warne urges Australia
Australia need to play a spinner in this week's fourth Ashes Test and should consider utilising all rounder Shane Watson's ability with the ball to bolster the pace attack, according to former spin-bowling great Shane Warne.
Spot-fixing hearing to go ahead in January
Pakistan's suspended Test captain Salman Butt will attend a hearing into spot-fixing charges in Doha in January after the International Cricket Council rejected his application to adjourn proceedings.
December 22, 2010Wasim Jaffer's nephew sets new school record
Mumbai, a city which has produced several record-breaking batsmen, found yet another child prodigy when Armaan Jaffer, nephew of Mumbai Ranji captain and former India opener Wasim, compiled the highest-ever score of 498 in school cricket history.
Yuvraj believes India will bounce back
India made a disastrous start to the Test series against South Africa but middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh is confident that the number one side will bounce back in the remaining two matches.
Hopkins makes way for Young in NZ Test squad
New Zealand named uncapped wicketkeeper Reece Young in their 13-man squad for the home Test series against Pakistan. Gareth Hopkins makes way for Young after failing to impress on the Black Caps' recent tour of India.
Sledging check blamed for Australia's poor showing
Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) chief Paul Marsh believes a crackdown on sledging and on-field aggression has resulted in the team's poor performances of late in Test matches.
Seven new faces in Kiwis World Cup squad
New Zealand named seven uncapped players in their 30-man squad for next year's World Cup, as the Black Caps struggle to end a run of 11 straight defeats in one-day internationals. The new faces in the squad are Brent Arnel, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Adam Milne, Rob Nicol, Luke Woodcock and Reece Young.
We won't be fooled by Johnson again: Pietersen
England were blindsided by the intensity of paceman Mitchell Johnson's swing during their third Test defeat to Australia in Perth, but would not be caught out again in Melbourne, batsman Kevin Pietersen warned on Wednesday.
Burn-out fear keeps Mitchell Johnson out of IPL
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has opted out of the Indian Premier League and a possible US $1.5 million income as he fears playing in the Twenty20 event may lead to injury and burn-out, his manager said. The names of Johnson and Australia captain Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke were not among the 416 released for next month's player auction in Bangalore.
West Indies back banned Shillingford to return
The West Indies Cricket Board has given its backing to suspended off-spinner Shane Shillingford and said it expects him to bounce back. The International Cricket Council ruled on Tuesday that Shillingford's bowling action was 'illegal' and suspended him from the game until his action was modified.
December 21, 2010Sachin closes gap with Sangakkara in ICC rankings
Sachin Tendulkar has closed the gap on Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara to just two ratings points at the top of the ICC Test Rankings following his 50th Test century in the Centurion Test, which finished on Monday.
Kallis involved in car accident
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis had a close shave this morning when he banged his car against the gate of a house in Wynberg, a suburb in the south of Cape Town.
Bowling is an area of concern: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that bowling was an area of concern as the team were shot out for a paltry 136 in the first innings of the first Test which concluded at the Supersport park in Centurion on Monday.
Tendulkar for SA ODIs; Chawla surprise inclusion
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla is back in the 16-man squad, having last played an ODI in 2008. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was left out while Yusuf Pathan, who impressed in the 5-0 home series triumph against New Zealand, retained his place.
WI offie Shillingford barred due to suspect action
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday confirmed that an independent test had found the bowling action of the West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford to be illegal.
Ponting will tough it out for fourth Test: Langer
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting will 'definitely' tough it out and play in the fourth Ashes Test despite fracturing a finger in the third Test victory, according to batting coach Justin Langer.
Lara to return to cricket with IPL
Legendary West Indian batsman Brian Lara and dashing Australian wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist are among overseas players who have been put in the top bracket base price for the upcoming auctions of the fourth edition of Indian Premier League.
Gavaskar likens Sachin's feat to Beamon's record
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that Sachin Tendulkar's world record of 50 Test centuries can only be compared to legendary American long-jumper Bob Beamon's record-setting leap at the 1968 Mexico Olympics which stayed put for 23 years.
December 20, 2010'Double century is something I'm really proud of'
He has been one of the greatest all-rounder ever to have played the game but for Jacques Kallis reaching his maiden double century is an emotional moment that he will remember all his life.
IPL players' auction to be held in Bangalore
The much-awaited Indian Premier League players' auction will be held at Bangalore on January 8 and 9 and will see over 400 players going under the hammer, it was learnt on Monday.
'Tendulkar's passion is same even after 21 years'
For Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it's the passion that Sachin Tendulkar has for the game even after 21 long years is something "amazing."
Skittling England not enough for Harris
Perfectionist Ryan Harris was still not happy with his bowling despite ending England's resistance to give Australia a comprehensive victory in the third Ashes Test at the weekend.
England not pushing panic buttons yet
Stability has been one of the pillars on which England have built their success over the last 18 months and it looks unlikely they will be panicked into major changes despite the crushing third Ashes Test defeat.
New Zealand name Wright as new national coach
New Zealand have responded to the recent poor showing on the tour to India and Bangladesh by naming John Wright as head coach in place of Mark Greatbatch, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on Monday.
Dominant South Africa complete easy win
India were dismissed for 459 in 128.1 overs in their second innings on day five after lastman Jaidev Unadkat was caught at gully off Dale Steyn for one. The Indian innings lasted just 30 minutes and 35 deliveries on the final day, for the addition of just five runs, and the loss of two wickets.
'Super human' Tendulkar looks good for more: Bedi
Lavishing rich praise on Sachin Tendulkar on completing his 50th Test century, former India captain and legendary left arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi said the milestone was a super human effort.
'Sachin is jewel in the crown of Indian cricket'
Former Test cricketer Chetan Chauhan paid rich tribute to Sachin Tendulkar on scoring his 50th hundred in Test hundred on Sunday, terming him a jewel and a genius.
CSA CEO Majola congratulates Tendulkar
Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola congratulated Sachin Tendulkar on his 50th century in Test cricket.
Sachin's 50th ton a lesson in cricket: ICC chief
ICC president Sharad Pawar on Sunday congratulated Sachin Tendulkar for becoming the first cricketer to score 50 Test tons and said the iconic batsman's innings is a lesson for youngsters around the world.
Lata, Bhupathi pay tribute to Tendulkar
Accolades continued to pour in for Sachin Tendulkar with the Indian iconic batsman becoming the first cricketer to score 50th Test centuries in the history of the game.
December 19, 2010Sachin makes all of us so very proud: PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi congratulated Sachin Tendulkar for his "amazing achievement" of scoring 50 Test hundreds in the ongoing first Test against South Africa in Centurion.
Check out Tendulkar's 50 Test centuries
A look at Sachin Tendulkar's 50 centuries in Test cricket.
Dravid touches 12,000 milestone
Senior Indian batsman Rahul Dravid on Sunday became only the third player in history to score 12,000 Test runs when he reach 43 during the first match against South Africa in Centurion on Sunday.
Ashes: Aus name unchanged squad for fourth Test
Australia named an unchanged 12-man squad for the fourth Test in Melbourne following the team's dominant 267-run win over England in Perth on Sunday.
Confident of making World Cup final squad: Vinay
Elated at being named in India's 30-strong list of probables for next year's One-day World Cup, Karnataka pacer R Vinay Kumar has now set his sights on securing a place in the final squad by impressing the selectors with fine Ranji performances.
SA in command despite Tendulkar's 50th century
Bad light thwarted South Africa's victory charge after Sachin Tendulkar had created history by hitting his 50th Test century on day four of the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion, on Sunday.
Congratulate Tendulkar on his 50th Test ton
India's master batsman Sachin Tendulkar became the first player ever in the history of Test cricket to hit 50 centuries during day four of the first Test match against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday.
Harris bags 6 as Australia win 3rd Ashes Test
Ryan Harris claimed six wickets for 47 runs as Australia beat England by 267 runs in the third Ashes Test at the WACA on Sunday to level the series at 1-1 with two matches remaining.
Gambhir confident of India saving Centurion Test
The opener says in the second innings things have changed drastically and the wicket is good for batting.
December 18, 2010Ind should have played practice match: Sourav
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team should have at least played a practice match ahead of the first Test that's underway at the Centurion.
Injured Broad makes provisional England WC squad
Injured pace bowler Stuart Broad has been named in England's preliminary 30-man squad for next year's World Cup in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.
Eden Gardens, Wankhede to be ready for WC by Jan
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Saturday expressed confidence that the two World Cup venues -- Eden Gardens and Wankhede Stadium –- will be ready by the middle of January next year.
BCCI to mull on countering expelled IPL teams stay
The BCCI on Saturday authorised its president Shashank Manohar to take a decision on whether to challenge the Bombay High Court's decision to uphold the stay on the termination of contracts of IPL franchisees Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in the Apex Court.
Ranji: Mumbai face Rajasthan in quarters
Mumbai will face Rajasthan in the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy after Delhi finished the last day's play at 242 for six, needing an improbable 560 to win in less than a day.
Compliments flow for Kallis's 'mane magic'
Jacques Kallis's new look makes him look 20 years younger, feels teammate Morne Morkel. And, what is this new change that is getting Kallis so much attention?
Dravid, Irfan out of India's World Cup squad
Veteran batsman Rahul Dravid and off-colour pacer Irfan Pathan failed to find a place in India's 30-strong list of probables announced on Saturday for next year's ODI cricket World Cup in the sub-continent.
Ashes: Australia close in on victory at WACA
Mike Hussey produced a sparkling century before Australia' pace bowlers destroyed England' top order to push the hosts to the brink of a series-levelling victory on day three of third Ashes Test in Perth.
Spectator ejected after verbally abusing Sreesanth
A spectator was ejected from the ground on Friday after India pace bowler S Sreesanth complained to the umpires about verbal abuse on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Kallis, de Villiers put SA in control on Day 3
Jacques Kallis completed his maiden Test double century and AB de Villiers blasted the fastest ever century by a South African, to leave India with an uphill task to save the first Test on day three at SuperSport Park, in Centurion, on Saturday.
'South Africa will grind the Indian bowlers'
South Africa will look to grind the Indian bowlers and bat them out of the first Test in Centurion on Saturday, says opener Alviro Petersen, who hit a classy 114-ball 77.
Zaheer's absence was crucial, concedes Dravid
Admitting that India find itself in a difficult position in the ongoing first Test against South Africa, batting mainstay Rahul Dravid said the visitor's inexperienced pace attack missed injured Zaheer Khan's services badly.
I can play as per situation demands: Yusuf Pathan
Dashing Baroda batsman Yusuf Pathan doesn't believe with the popular perception about him being a pinch-hitter; he believes he can change his game according as per the situation demands.
I was surprised at India's collapse: Smith
India's dramatic collapse in the first innings notwithstanding, South Africa captain Graeme Smith said there was no demon in the wicket and he was surprised to see the visitors surrendering for a paltry 136.
December 17, 2010Spectator ejected after verbally abusing Sreesanth
A spectator was ejected from the ground on Friday after India's Shanthakumaran Sreesanth complained to the umpires about verbal abuse on the second day of the first Test against South Africa.
Yusuf, Ashwin to be in World Cup probables
Hard-hitting batsman Yusuf Pathan and off-spinner R Ashwin are expected to be included in India's 30-member strong World Cup probables list by the selectors, on Saturday.
Rohit Sharma's ton floors Delhi
A summary of the day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches.
Butt told to file fresh reply on fixing charges
The International Cricket Council has rejected Salman Butt's reply on charges of spot-fixing against him and has asked the suspended Pakistan captain to file a fresh response by Friday.
Kallis, Amla tons light up Centurion
Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla hit unbeaten centuries to put South Africa in complete command against India on day two of the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion, on Friday.
Lee finds place in initial Aus World Cup squad
Former Test fast bowler Brett Lee was included in Australia's initial 30-man squad for next year's World Cup, which was announced by Cricket Australia on Friday.
Johnson puts Australia in control
Mercurial paceman Mitchell Johnson found his inswinging form to help Australia skittle England for 187 and wrest back the initiative on a topsy-turvy second day in the third Ashes Test in Perth on Friday.
ICC extends deadline for Pakistan to name WC squad
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has extended its deadline for Pakistan to name their preliminary squad for next year's 50 overs World Cup until January 5.
Harbhajan claims India ready to strike back
India might have been reeling at 136 for nine on the first day of the opening Test but spinner Harbhajan Singh said the match is still not over and they had enough ammunition to strike back.
December 16, 2010Dravid becomes third highest Test run-getter
Rahul Dravid on Wednesday overtook former West Indian captain Brain Lara as the third highest run-getter in the history of Test cricket when he reached 11 in the first of the three-match series against South Africa in Centurion.
Ranji: Abdulla puts Mumbai in command
Round up of the Ranji trophy matches played on Thursday.
England fired up by "gentle giant" Tremlett
Towering England seamer Chris Tremlett was pleased to belie his 'gentle giant' reputation with a fiery three-wicket haul that took the wind out of Australian sails on day one of the third Ashes Test on Thursday.
'Pakistan's WC preparation not up to the mark'
Pakistan's preparation for 2011 World Cup is not going on the right track and it's high time the selectors should handpick the preliminary squad to give enough time to the players to gel as a unit, feels former captain Wasim Akram.
Modi asks for SGM details from BCCI
Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi has asked for details of the recently held Special General Body meeting of the Cricket Board and the decisions it took in order to prepare his defence in front of the BCCI's disciplinary committee.
SA destroy India on rain-hit opening day
Pacers Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn caused havoc, claiming seven wickets among them, to put South Africa in command against India on a rain-hit opening day of the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Thursday. At stumps on day one, India were reeling at 136 for nine from 38.1 overs after play was called off early due to bad light.
England continue Ashes domination in Perth
England tightened their grip on the Ashes in Perth on Thursday, restricting Australia to a first innings total of 268 after a feisty rearguard fightback on day one of the third Test.
'Flattered' Warne kills off Ashes comeback talk
Australian spin bowling great Shane Warne finally killed off talk of a comeback to Test cricket on the morning of the third Ashes encounter on Thursday saying he had been tempted but is not fit enough.
Three more Pakistan cricketers in spot-fix probe
Three more Pakistan players are under scrutiny for spot-fixing, a Pakistan Cricket Board source said. 'The PCB today had discussions with these players and has told them to submit details of their assets and accounts,' he added, after attending a PCB integrity committee meeting.
Cricket may use lie detectors to fight corruption
The Marylebone Cricket Club is contemplating proposing to the International Cricket Council the use of lie detectors on players in order to clean the sport of corruption, especially spot and match-fixing.
December 15, 2010Injured Zaheer may miss first Test
Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan is struggling with a hamstring injury and unlikely to play in the first Test of the three-match series against South Africa, starting in Centurion on Thursday.
Agarkar strikes after Mumbai shot out for 267
A summary of the opening day's play in the final round of the Ranji Trophy league matches.
Tanvir ruled out of New Zealand tour
Pakistani left arm bowler Sohail Tanvir has been ruled out of the tour to New Zealand with a knee injury, team manager Intikhab Alam said on Wednesday.
Proteas recall Rudolph for preliminary WC squad
Jacques Rudolph was surprisingly recalled by South Africa when he was included in its preliminary squad for next year's World Cup.
Option of moving SC is always open: Manohar
The Board of Control for Cricket in India said it has the option of moving the Supreme Court but will first study the Bombay High Court ruling which upheld the order passed by an independent arbitrator staying the termination of IPL team Rajasthan Royals' contract.
Swann's success could spur Harbhajan: Prince
English spinner Graeme Swann's success in South Africa last season could inspire Harbhajan Singh to achieve greater deeds during India's three-match Test series against the Proteas, feels batsman Ashwell Prince.
FIR lodged against RCA secretary Sanjay Dixit
An FIR has been lodged against Rajasthan Cricket Academy (RCA) secretary Sanjay Dixit and contractor Kani Lal over dismantling of a makeshift VIP stand during the second One-day International against New Zealand on December 1 at the Sawai Man Singh stadium.
Butt believes he will play for Pak again
Pakistan's suspended test captain Salman Butt said his love of cricket put him beyond thoughts of corruption and he believed he would play for his country again.
December 14, 2010Hughes promises Poms some Sehwag swagger
Recalled opener Phil Hughes has promised Australia the kind of brisk starts which Virender Sehwag so frequently provides for India. Replacing the injured Simon Katich for the third Ashes Test starting on Thursday, Hughes insisted he would not be curbing his attacking instincts against the dangerous English bowlers.
South Africa not foreign to us: Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is confident that the experience of playing in the Indian Premier League and Champions League in South African conditions will hold the team in good stead during the three-match Test series against the Proteas.
Bombay HC reprieve for Rajasthan Royals
Justice S J Vazaifdar dismissed an appeal filed by the BCCI challenging the stay granted by the arbitrator and permitted Rajasthan Royals to participate in the IPL-4 auction that is to be held on January 8 and 9.
Rank turner as Railways take on Bengal
A treacherous 22-yard strip at the Karnail Singh Stadium and the presence of Sourav Ganguly are the primary reasons of attraction as hosts Railways take on Bengal in a do-or-die final Super League encounter in the Ranji Trophy. With both teams aiming for an outright victory, there is a huge possibility that the match may not go into the fourth day unless couple of batsmen from either side show enough technical acumen to last on a strip that promises to be a rank turner.
Delhi banking on Kohli in do-or-die against Mumbai
Hosts Delhi will bank heavily on their premier batsman Virat Kohli as they take on defending champions Mumbai in a do-or-die final Ranji Trophy group encounter at the Roshanara ground from Wednesday.
NZ players told to perform or get pay cut
New Zealand cricketers are bearing the burnt of their disastrous tour of India. They have been issued a warning by their Players' Association -- perform or get ready for a smaller pay package.
Cricket Australia rules out Warne comeback
Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive James Sutherland has ruled out the possibility of former leg-spinner Shane Warne coming out of retirement to play in the Boxing Day and Sydney Tests of the Ashes series.
Team India get memorable reception in South Africa
With the Rainbow Nation celebrating 150 glorious years of Indian settlement in South Africa, Cricket South Africa (CSA) hosted the biggest ever official reception for the visiting Indian cricket team in Johannesburg.
December 13, 2010SA omit Botha, Duminy for first India Test
South Africa left out off-spinner Johan Botha, left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell and middle-order batsman JP Duminy from their Test line-up for the first match of the high-profile series against India, starting at Centurion on December 16. Captain Graeme Smith and key batsman Hashim Amla, who are both recovering from injuries, were expectedly named in the 12-man line-up.
Smith, Amla cleared to take on India in first Test
In what should please South Africa no end, skipper Graeme Smith and in-form batsman Hashim Amla have been cleared to play in the first Test of the three-match series against India, starting Thursday in Centurion.
Close race for Ranji knock-out slots
With Mumbai and Karnataka having already qualified for the last eight stage from Group A and B respectively, one can expect keen contests for the remaining four slots that are up for grabs. The last two slots will be taken by Plate Group semi-final winners.
'Short stuff is part of a plan against India'
India may possess two of the best batsmen in world cricket at the moment in Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag but the Proteas will not be targeting them specifically when the Test series starts at SuperSport Park on Thursday.
Record books don't lie, van Zyl reminds India
"Record books don't lie", said South Africa coach Corrie van Zyl while reminding India of their rather unimpressive past performances here as the battle of wits continued between the two sides ahead of the Test series starting on Thursday.
December 12, 2010SA coach hopes Centurion pitch will assist pacers
South African coach Corrie van Zyl rues that the SuperSport Park pitch at Centurion has slowed down but feels that there should be enough mongrel in the strip to bother the Indian top-order in the first Test starting December 16.
IPL CEO to visit Kochi on Dec 16
IPL CEO Sundar Raman and Kochi franchisee members are expected to visit the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on December 16.
Butt's lawyers to file protest against Lorgat
Lawyers representing Pakistan's suspended Test captain Salman Butt in the spot-fixing scandal have decided to file a protest letter against Haroon Lorgat to the three-man independent tribunal of the International Cricket Council, which will hear the case in Doha next month.
Pak domestic cricket hit by ball tampering
Despite the introduction of stronger anti-corruption codes by the PCB, incidents of indiscipline, bad behavior and ball tampering are still in vogue in the ongoing domestic cricket season in Pakistan.
Saheba, Tarapore to officiate in 2011 World Cup
Indian umpires Amiesh Saheba and Shavir Tarapore were on Sunday named among the umpires who would officiate in the upcoming cricket World Cup scheduled to begin in Dhaka on February 19.
SL board uncertain over touring Pakistan in 2011
Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) will certainly face the dilemma of whether to tour Pakistan as mentioned in the ICC's Futures Tours Programmes (FTP) or request the series to be held at a neutral venue.
Brilliant Tamim leads Bangladesh to series win
Opener Tamim Iqbal hit a brilliant 95 to power Bangladesh to a six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in fifth One-Day International on Sunday and a 3-1 victory in their five-match series.
India's No 1 ranking at stake: De Villiers
The mind games have started ahead of the India-South Africa Test series with Proteas star batsman A B de Villiers saying that there would be a question mark on the visitors' number one ranking if they falter in the three-match series starting December 16.
'IPL players to earn less under new contract'
The new IPL players' contract has several clauses disadvantageous to the cricketers and the take-home pay of those who sign it could be reduced to as little as 50 per cent of the signing amount, a report said on Sunday.
Is Warne dating British actress Liz Hurley?
Australian spin legend Shane Warne has reportedly been dating married British actress Liz Hurley and the two were spotted cosying up at various hotels in London.
DRS could undergo changes: ICC
Changes could be made to the controversial Decision Review System for a 'near to ideal' final model which would be acceptable to all, International Cricket Council CEO Haroon Lorgat said on Sunday.
India playing too much cricket: Akram
India are playing too much cricket resulting in injuries to their pacers and that could hurt the team's chances in next year's World Cup on the subcontinent, feels former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.
BCCI's Disciplinary Committee may summon Modi
The BCCI's Disciplinary Committee is considering summoning suspended Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi to question alleged financial irregularities in the conduct of the Twenty20 League.
December 11, 2010Beer unqualified for Ashes job, says MacGill
Shock call-up Michael Beer is simply unqualified to play for Australia in the third Ashes Test this week, according to former Test spinner Stuart MacGill.
IPL players' auction may be put off
With the Board of Control for Cricket in India entangled in legal battles against Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisees Rajasthan Royals and King's XI Punjab, the players' auction scheduled for January 8-9 may be postponed, a BCCI source said on Saturday.
Centurion pitch will have a bit of bounce: curator
South Africa have told the groundsman at Supersport Park at Centurion to leave some grass on the pitch to have a bit of bounce for the first Test against India starting on December 16, a report said.
Pakistan Board unhappy with BCCI over new FTP
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are at loggerheads over the ICC's new Future Tours Program as the PCB claims that the Indian board is reluctant to give definite time frames for the upcoming series.
No thought of quitting despite Ashes pain: Ponting
Ricky Ponting may be just one Test defeat away from becoming the first Australian captain in 120 years to lose three Ashes series but he is not entertaining any retirement thoughts.
Railways shock Delhi, Haryana survive
A distinct lack of application by the Delhi batsmen helped Sanjay Bangar-led Railways win an exciting sixth round Ranji Trophy Super League (Group A) encounter by 22 runs, at the Roshanara Club ground in New Delhi.
BCCI retains panel hearing charges against Modi
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday retained the three-member disciplinary committee probing charges of financial irregularities against Lalit Modi, rejecting the former Indian Premier League chairman's demand for a reconstitution of the panel.
December 10, 2010We were inconsistent: Vettori
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori on Friday admitted that India were the superior team in the ODI series and his side lacked consistency to challenge a strong and balanced opposition.
Tendulkar unhurt after hit on head in nets
The Indian cricket team suffered an injury scare as Sachin Tendulkar escaped unhurt after being hit on the helmet by a rising delivery from fast bowler Umesh Yadav during pre-series training at coach Gary Kirsten's academy in Cape Town.
Ranji: Tiwary ton lifts Bengal
Captain Manoj Tiwary led from the front with an unbeaten century to guide Bengal to 295 for five in reply to Saurashtra's first innings score of 423 in their Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match in Rajkot on Friday.
Virtual Eye not totally accurate: Hawk-Eye founder
Virtual Eye, the ball-tracking technology, currently being used in the Ashes series, is not reliable and can have an impending impact on the outcome of the much hyped tournament, feels Paul Hawkins who is the founder of Hawk-Eye.
'It won't be easy for Warnie to make a comeback'
The clamour for Shane Warne's return to international cricket notwithstanding, Australia coach Tim Nielsen feels it would be difficult for the former leg-spinner to make a comeback.
India crush NZ to complete whitewash
India crushed New Zealand by eight wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International, to complete a 5-0 series whitewash, at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai, on Friday.
Ponting should step down: Gatting
Australian cricket is in a "mess", says former England captain Mike Gatting, who feels an out-of-form Ricky Ponting should step down as captain to ensure that his batting does not suffer.
Australia turn to Beer for third Ashes Test
Australia have sprung a surprise by picking untried spinner Michael Beer in a revamped 12-man squad for the third Ashes Test starting in Perth next week.
Warne would come back if made captain: Jones
More than the million dollars, it is Australia's captaincy which can pull spin legend Shane Warne out of retirement to rescue the team's floundering Ashes campaign, claims cricketer-turned-commentator Dean Jones.
Resting Johnson before Ashes recall insane: Hughes
Former Australia skipper Kim Hughes has slammed selectors for being 'too precious' with Australia's bowlers and said resting dropped paceman Mitchell Johnson before a likely recall for the third Ashes Test would be lunacy.
December 09, 2010Second-string India look to whitewash Kiwis
India's bowling consultant and current stand-in coach Eric Simons ruled out any injury concerns but said the hosts might rest some key players in the fifth and final One-Day International against New Zealand in Chennai, on Friday keeping in mind the upcoming South Africa tour.
'England could dethrone India as top Test team'
Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that Andrew Strauss-led side's crushing win over Australia in the second Ashes Test is the testimony of the fact that the team could well go on to replace India as the number one Test side in the world.
Ranji round-up: Karnataka in control
A round-up of the Ranji Trophy Super League matches played on Thursday.
Eden Gardens will be ready in time for WC: CAB
Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya on Thursday assured cricket enthusiasts that the Eden Gardens, which is scheduled to host four World Cup matches, would be ready by February 27 when the first match of the quadrennial event would be staged.
Richards, Kapil relive 1983 World Cup final
Arjuna Ranatunga recollected having started mind games even before the start of the 1996 World Cup.
Imran not sure if Afridi can lift Pakistan
Pakistan's iconic former captain Imran Khan is not sure whether Shahid Afridi has the ability to pull through a team in shambles but conceded that if there is anyone capable of achieving something extraordinary, it is the swashbuckling current skipper.
Hard to bet against India at World Cup: Taylor
The threat of a second successive ODI series whitewash looming large, New Zealand's star batsman Ross Taylor on Thursday said his side is in a "tough situation" against India and if the hosts continue with their dominant show, they are firm favourites to lift next year's World Cup.
Hawkeye based DRS for all World Cup matches: ICC
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday said it will use the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) based on technology popularly known as "hawkeye" for all the matches of the World Cup to be held next year.
Sehwag is most destructive batsman now: Richards
He was regarded as the world's most destructive batsman in his heydays but legendary West Indian Sir Vivian Richards feels Virender Sehwag holds that reputation in modern cricket and India's chances in the 2011 World Cup will largely depend on the right-hander's form.
Tendulkar won't retire until he wins WC : Kapil
At 37, Sachin Tendulkar is definitely at the twilight of his career but former India captain Kapil Dev thinks otherwise. The 1983 World Cup-winning captain feels the champion batsman will go on to play another World Cup unless India lays its hands on next year's quadrennial event.
Indian bowling attack better than SA: Rice
Former South Africa captain Clive Rice rates the India bowling attack higher than South Africa's and said the home bowlers would struggle to take 20 wickets against a batting line-up, which boasts of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag, in the Test series starting next week.
West Indies cut short Sri Lanka tour
West Indies have decided to cut short their current tour of Sri Lanka tour due to adverse weather conditions prevailing in the country.
Boy racer Pietersen fined for speeding
England batsman Kevin Pietersen was booked for speeding in a Lamborghini arranged by his friend Shane Warne while driving back from a beach resort near Melbourne on Thursday, local police said.
'Preparing green-top pitches will backfire on SA'
Senior India batsman Rahul Dravid has warned South Africa that they could be making a big mistake if they prepare green-top pitches for the Test series starting next week as his side also possess no less a potent pace battery than the home side.
Farhat sends legal notice to bookmaker Mazhar
Pakistani Test opener Imran Farhat has become the first player to send a legal notice to Pakistani bookmaker Mazhar Majeed for naming him among a group of seven players allegedly involved in spot-fixing.
Harris looks forward to bowl to Tendulkar
South African spinner Paul Harris is looking forward to bowl to Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar during the three-match Test series starting December 16 at Centurion.
Ranji: Baroda in command against Karnataka
A round-up of the Ranji Trophy matches played on Wednesday.
December 08, 2010Gambhir, Zaheer in IPL auction pool
Stalwarts Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, as well as in-form opener Gautam Gambhir, were not retained by their franchises for 2011 and 2012 Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons and will go into the players' auction pool to be bought by interested teams.
Miandad accepts coaching role with Pakistan
Former Pakistan captain and top batsman Javed Miandad has accepted an offer from the Pakistan Cricket Board to work as a batting and fielding consultant with the national team before the 2011 World Cup.
RCB retain Kohli; Pietersen and Kumble released
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Wednesday announced that they would retain only India's middle-order batsman Virat Kohli for another two years, in the Indian Premier League.
Farhat shoots legal notice to bookmaker Majeed
Pakistani Test opener Imran Farhat has become the first player to send a legal notice to Pakistani bookmaker Mazhar Majeed for naming him among a group of seven players allegedly involved in spot-fixing.
Kings XI Punjab's IPL termination stayed
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) received another setback on Wednesday when the Bombay High Court granted Kings XI Punjab an injunction against their termination from the Indian Premier League.
DRS to make debut at 2011 Cricket World Cup
The International Cricket Council has decided to introduce the highly debated Decision Review System (DRS) from the quarter-final stage of the World Cup, scheduled to be held in the Indian sub-continent in from Feb-April 2011.
IPL: Mumbai retain Tendulkar, Rajasthan keep Warne
Mumbai Indians (MI) informed the Indian Premier League (IPL) that they are retaining four players Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, West Indian Kieron Pollard and Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga for the next two seasons.
No green top for first Test: Centurion curator
In what should please the Indians, South African fast bowlers will be denied a green top in the first Test at Centurion as the curator fears that he could be in the line of fire if the visiting bowlers get to exploit it first.
Kirsten's '3000-ball' mantra for success
Indians have traditionally struggled to adapt to hard, bouncy wickets of South Africa and coach Gary Kirsten wants his top batsmen at least 3,000 hits at the nets to be battle-ready before the Test series starting at Centurion on December 16.
ICC record statements of Waqar, Afridi
The ICC anti-corruption and security unit has recorded the statements of Pakistan coach Waqar Younis, One-day captain Shahid Afridi and team security manager Colonel Khawaja Najam as part of its evidence building process in the spot-fixing case.
Innings could be turning point for my life: Pathan
After single-handedly engineering India's five-wicket win over New Zealand in the fourth One-Day International, all-rounder Yusuf Pathan said his blistering innings could be the turning point of his career.
December 07, 2010Ponting slips to 25th in ICC rankings
England's James Anderson has displaced India's Zaheer Khan to claim third place in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers.
Dhoni, Tendulkar and seven others to leave for SA
Dashing opener Virender Sehwag changed his original plan to leave for South Africa with four other Indian cricketers on Monday due to a viral infection and he will depart on Wednesday, a BCCI source said on Tuesday.
Pathan's blitzkrieg ensures India an empathic win
Yusuf Pathan's spectacular ton (123 not out) helped India register a comprehensive five-wicket win against New Zealand in the fourth One Day International at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday.
'Chappell, Botham came to blows in Adelaide'
Feuding for the past 30 years, former Australia captain Ian Chappell and legendary England all-rounder Ian Botham reportedly came to blows during an angry showdown on the fourth day of the just-concluded second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
'No decision on Pak players for IPL auction'
The IPL Governing Council has not taken any decision on whether to include or exclude players from Pakistan for the Indian Premier League's players' auction scheduled for January 8-9 next year, a member of the Twenty20 League's ruling body said.
Katich "unlikely" for rest of Ashes
Australia's bid to win back the Ashes after crashing to an innings and 71-run defeat in the second test on Tuesday has been dealt a further blow with opening batsman Simon Katich likely to miss the rest of the series with an achilles injury.
Swann on song after skittling Aussies
Spinner Graeme Swann enjoyed befuddling Australia's batsmen on Tuesday to help England post their first away Ashes victory in seven years, but found his captain proved far more difficult to penetrate.
Injured Broad ruled out of Ashes
England fast bowler Stuart Broad was "devastated" after being ruled out on Tuesday of the rest of the Ashes series against Australia with a torn abdominal muscle.
'Lorgat's comments on spot-fixing inappropriate'
ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat's statement that he would be disappointed if Pakistani cricketers implicated in the spot-fixing scandal are found not guilty has miffed the governing body's former president Ehsan Mani, who feels the remark was inappropriate.
Dominant England seize Ashes initiative
England completed a ruthless humiliation of Australia with their biggest Ashes victory in 24 years on Tuesday, routing their hosts by an innings and 71 runs to take a firm grip on the five-Test series.
December 06, 2010We got to find a way to stop Gambhir: Vettori
Facing the challenge of avoiding a series whitewash, New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has asked the top-order batsmen to respond to the tough situation as they face a rampaging India in the fourth ODI on Tuesday.
Razzak and Shafiul bowl Bangladesh to easy win
Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak and paceman Shafiul Islam grabbed four wickets each on Monday to give Bangladesh a 65-run win over Zimbabwe in the third one-day international and a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Pietersen destined to follow Botham: Roebuck
England batsman Kevin Pietersen's true destiny is to become his adopted country's first great cricketer since Ian Botham, according to noted cricket commentator Peter Roebuck.
Ashes: Pietersen strikes to put Aus on the ropes
England's Kevin Pietersen took the key wicket of Michael Clarke with the last ball of the fourth day of the second Ashes Test on Monday to reduce Australia to 238-4, still trailing the tourists by 137 runs.
Kirsten, four players fly in advance for SA tour
Five members of the Indian cricket team for South Africa, including dashing opener Virender Sehwag, left in advance for the tour, in Mumbai on Monday.
What the Aussie media are saying about the Ashes
Australian media on Monday were praying for more rain after day three of the Ashes, as England moved to 551-4 on day three to amass a 306-run lead before showers saw play abandoned after the tea break.
'Disappointing Taylor needs to pull up his socks'
Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull reckons that Ross Taylor needs a 'wake-up call' following his disappointing outing in the ongoing One-day series against India.
World Cup will be a different ball game: Ganguly
The new look Team India under Gautam Gambhir might be on a roll at the moment but it would be a different experience at the World Cup and a series in South Africa would be an ideal preparation, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said.
December 05, 2010SL-WI Test series drawn
Sri Lanka and West Indies drew their three-match Test series 0-0 after the final match had to be abandoned because of rain.
KKR likely to retain Chris Gayle for IPL IV
The Kolkata Knight Riders in all likelihood will be retaining explosive West Indies opener Chris Gayle for the upcoming fourth edition of Indian Premier League.
ICC eyes June 2013 for first Test World C'ship
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is eyeing June 2013 for the inaugural Test World Championship and will use current rankings to decide the four playoff spots, CEO Haroon Lorgat told Australian radio on Sunday.
We will get down to team building: Gaekwa
Relieved that the Kochi team has got the Board of Control for Cricket in India's nod to play in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League, Satyajit Singh Gaekwad on Sunday said the franchisee will get down to business to build the side for the Twenty20 event.
Tharoor happy with Kochi IPL getting the nod
Kerala government and other sport lovers of the state on Sunday welcomed the Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision to give approval to Kochi IPL team.
Ashes: Pietersen double ton keeps England on top
Kevin Pietersen replaced Alastair Cook as Australia's tormentor with a majestic double century as England took a commanding first innings lead before rain curtailed the third day of the second Ashes Test on Sunday.
BCCI allows Kochi to participate in IPL 4
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Sunday allowed the squabbling Kochi franchisee to participate in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League, ending the suspense over the fate of team.
December 04, 2010Punjab vs Orissa Ranji match ends in draw
Natraj and Niranjan Behera struck half centuries as Orissa scored 177 for three after following-on in their Ranji Trophy Super League Group B against Punjab which ended in a draw on the fourth and final day in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
Ranji Trophy: Karnataka beat Himachal by 67 runs
Abhimanyu Mithun (5/82) and Sreenath Arvind (3/43) rose to the occasion as Karnataka defeated Himachal Pradesh by 67 runs in their Ranji Trophy Super League Group B match in Dharmasala on Saturday.
Third Windies-SL Test set for rainy stalemate
The persistent rain which has dogged the third and final Test continued to thwart Sri Lanka's attempts to bowl West Indies out in their first innings on Saturday as the match drifted towards a tame draw.
Immovable Cook drives England into lead
Alastair Cook continued to defy Australia's bowlers with a clinical unbeaten 136 to help drive England to a first-innings lead of 72 with eight wickets in hand after second day of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide on Saturday.
SA name squad for Test series against India
South Africa included all-rounder Ryan McLaren in their Test squad for the upcoming Test series against India, starting on December 16.
Gambhir leads India to series-clinching win
Live updates from the third One-Day International between India and New Zealand, in Vadodara, on Saturday.
December 03, 2010South Africa career could be over for Gibbs
Herschelle Gibbs's international career could be over after Cricket South Africa (CSA) said the 36-year-old batsman's contract had been cancelled by mutual consent.
Ranji Trophy round-up: Mumbai crush Gujarat
A round-up of day three action from the Ranji Trophy Super League games across the country on Friday.
Biswal to manage Team India in South Africa
Former national selector and first class cricketer Ranjib Biswal has been appointed as the manager of the Indian cricket team for the upcoming tour of South Africa starting December 16.
Razzak bags hat-trick as Bangladesh squares series
Bangladesh's Abdur Razzak took a hat-trick and shared nine wickets with fellow left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan to set up a crushing six-wicket victory in the second one-day international against Zimbabwe on Friday.
Shane Warne to launch clothing line in India
Australian spinner Shane Warne, who turned designer with his clothing brand 'Spinners', is all set to bring the apparel label to India.
'Team India is playing exceptionally well'
Faced with a do-or-die situation to stay afloat in the five-match series, New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said his injury-hit side was hoping that dashing batsman Brendon McCullum would be available on Saturday to bolster the batting line-up in the third ODI against India in Vadodara.
Fast-starting England dismiss Australia cheaply
England ripped through Australia's top order in a stunning start to the second Ashes Test on Friday, taking three wickets in the first 10 minutes before the hosts were able to find their feet in the contest.
'Want to make best use of the opportunities'
He will be playing his first One-day International after nearly six and half years but Parthiv Patel is not ready to think about the years spent in wilderness.
Sachin in fray for Laureus World Sportsman award
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will be competing with the likes of tennis star Rafael Nadal and Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel for the 2011 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award.
December 02, 2010BCCI moves HC against stay on Royals' termination
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday moved the Bombay High Court against the arbitrator's stay to the termination of contract with Indian Premier League franchisee Rajasthan Royals by it.
Brian Lara wants to play 2011 IPL
West Indian batting legend Brian Lara has expressed his desire to play in the Indian Premier League but said he has to be match-fit to stand a realistic chance of featuring in next year's Twenty20 event.
Ranji: Jaffer, Rahane hit tons to lift Mumbai
A round-up of the Ranji Trophy matches played on Thursday.
Controversies won't affect us in World Cup: Afridi
Pakistan cricket may be in turmoil due to unending controversies but it would not affect the morale of the players and the team would still be one of the favourites in the upcoming World Cup, skipper Shahid Afridi said on Thursday.
England spike Aussie big gun before second Test
England march into the second battle of their Ashes campaign at another bastion of Australian cricket on Friday buoyed by the knowledge they have already spiked one of the enemy's big guns.
Rain disrupts second day in SL-WI Test
Sri Lanka grabbed two West Indies wickets in the afternoon session before rain washed out play for the rest of the second day in the third and final Test at Pallakele on Thursday.
Australian states woo Indian T20 investors
New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria are trying to woo deep-pocketed Indian investors to buy franchises in Australia's Twenty20 league.
Let the tweeters tweet, says 'boring' Strauss
England skipper Andrew Strauss presented a straight bat to questions about batsman Kevin Pietersen's undiplomatic tweeting on Thursday, saying it was a good thing all his players were not as boring as their captain.
Was Malik dropped because of Super Sixes loss?
Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik being ignored for the New Zealand tour could be a result of the team's unlikely loss in the Super Sixes Tournament final in Hong Kong under his captaincy last month.
Oz bowling attack weakest in 30 years: Thomson
Former Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson has described the current Australian bowling attack as the worst he has seen in 30 years.
Pace battery awaits Indian batsmen in South Africa
Andrew Hudson, convenor of selectors for the Proteas, said that South Africa would concentrate on its strong points when they announce their Test squad for the upcoming series against India.
ICC should take call on DRS: Smith
The BCCI's refusal to have the Decision Review System during India's tour of South Africa this month has not gone down well with host captain Graeme Smith, who feels the implementation of DRS should be decided by the ICC instead of individual boards.
Ashes: Johnson axed from squad for second Test
Pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has been dropped from the Australia squad for the second Ashes Test against England, captain Ricky Ponting said on Thursday.
December 01, 2010BCCI set to challenge Rajasthan Royals' stay order
As Rajasthan Royals welcomed the interim order of independent arbitrator Justice B N Srikrishna, who stayed the franchise's termination from IPL, the Cricket Board (BCCI) on Wednesday said it is all set to challenge the verdict on Thursday.
'It was satisfying to get a hundred as captain'
Despite leading India to back-to-back wins in his first two assignments, stand-in skipper Gautam Gambhir ruled out chances of leading the side on a full-time basis in future and said that regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was doing a "far better" job.
Roof comes off at Sawai Mansingh stadium
The roof of the north-west stand at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium which is currently hosting the India-New Zealand ODI match came down, injuring four to five people in Jaipur on Wednesday.
Paceman Mpofu leads Zimbabwe to narrow win
Paceman Christopher Mpofu claimed three vital wickets for 25 to lift Zimbabwe to a nine-run victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international on Wednesday.
Virat can be future captain of India: Akram
Impressed with his consistent performance and attitude, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels Virat Kohli can become the future captain of India if he continues to work hard.
Ranji: Mumbai in command against Gujarat
Roundup of the Ranji Trophy matches.
Farhat to serve legal notice on Mazhar Majeed
Pakistani opener Imran Farhat has decided to serve a legal notice on Mazhar Majeed, the London based Pakistani bookmaker, who has in another video named four more players as being involved in spot-fixing.
Bravo impresses on rain-hit day
Darren Bravo hit an impressive 63 not out for his third half-century to boost the West Indies in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Wednesday.
Pietersen labels Adelaide groundstaff 'pathetic'
Batsman Kevin Pietersen labelled groundstaff at Australia's Adelaide Oval "pathetic" after England's practice session was forced indoors due to rain just two days before the start of the second Ashes Test.
ICC moves forward on Test and ODI leagues
Taking another step forward in finalising a new Future Tours Programme (FTP) for the 2012-2020 period, ICC's Chief Executive Committee has begun the process of drawing up rules and regulations for the Test and ODI leagues.
ICC, BCCI mum on latest fixing claims
The International Cricket Council (ICC) president Sharad Pawar on Wednesday refused to react on the latest revelations that apart from suspended trio of Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Aamer, four more Pakistani players were allegedly involved in spot-fixing.
Jaipur ODI: Gambhir's ton helps India thrash NZ
An aggressive 138 not out by Gautam Gambhir ensured India a comprehensive eight-wicket win over New Zealand in the second One-Day International at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Chasing a competitive 259 to win, the home team eased through with seven overs to spare.
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