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January 31, 2011
Unsold IPL players' fate to be decided on Feb 4
Hopes of playing in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League still float for former India skipper Sourav Ganguly and Wasim Jaffer, with the T20 League's governing council calling for a meeting in Mumbai on February 4 to decide on the unsold players' fate. SL vs West Indies first ODI washed out
The first One-day International between Sri Lanka and West Indies was abandoned because of rain at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Monday. Eden was our main venue: Harbhajan
With Eden Gardens no longer hosting a World Cup match featuring India, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said he is really disappointed that they would not be able to bowl at the historic venue to the roar of spectators, which makes the ground really special. ICC approves Bangalore for India-England tie
The International Cricket Countil on Monday confirmed its decision to relocate the venue for the India - England match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, which had been originally scheduled for Eden Gardens in Kolkata on February 27. It will now take place in Bangalore on the same date. Amarnath sees chink in India's spin armour
India have missed a trick by failing to include a specialist left-arm spinner in their World Cup squad, says former India cricketer Mohinder Amarnath. Eden can still host other matches if ready: ICC
The ICC on Sunday rejected BCCI's appeal to reconsider its decision to take away India-England cricket World Cup match from Kolkata but its president Sharad Pawar said the Eden Gardens can host the other three ties if it is ready on time. Mallya calls for transparency in IPL's functioning
Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya on Sunday backed Mumbai Indians in its fight against the alleged rigging of the IPL 4 auction and called for more 'transparency' and 'inclusive approach' in the administration of the Indian Premier League. ICC's decision unfavourable: Dalmiya
CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Sunday termed ICC's rejection of BCCI's appeal to reconsider its decision to take away India-England cricket World Cup match from Eden Gardens as 'unfavourable and disappointing'.
January 30, 2011
BCCI recommends Bangalore for India-England match
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium as an alternative venue for next month's World Cup Group B match between India and England, a leading official said on Sunday. Kevin Pietersen slams World Cup schedule
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has blasted the Cricket World Cup schedule, saying that the six-week fixture is too long and playing matches with six-day intervals is "ridiculous". Border pitches for 'out and out' pace for Aussies
The slow and low bounce subcontinental pitches have always been ideal for spin bowlers but former captain Allan Border has advised the selectors to pick an "out and out" pace attack if Australia are to win their fourth World Cup trophy. Australia take series after Brisbane victory
Australia wrapped up a morale-boosting one-day series victory over England with two games to spare after a 51-run win in the fifth match at the Gabba on Sunday. Revealed: The human side of cricketing God
Sachin Tendulkar is not known for showing his temper or angry reactions on the cricket field, but at home he is a different person. PCB set to retain Afridi as skipper for World Cup
The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt in all likelihood will announce Shahid Afridi as the captain of the Pakistan team for the upcoming World Cup although some players back Misbah-ul Haq as the leader. Cricket Canada seeks Indian visas for Pak players
Cricket Canada has urged the International Cricket Council to help its three Pakistan-born players obtain visas to enter India for the World Cup, which gets underway in the sub-continent on February 19. Bengal PWD steps in to get Eden ready by Feb 7
With ICC president Sharad Pawar reportedly setting February 7 as the deadline to prepare Eden Gardens for the India-England World Cup match, the West Bengal PWD on Sunday stepped in to help the Cricket Association of Bengal complete the work within the deadline. Prospect of captaining Australia appeals Watson
With Ricky Ponting's illustrious career coming to a close, all-rounder Shane Watson has said that if offered he would gladly accept the role of Australia captain even as Michael Clarke and Cameroon White are also in the running for the job. Ashes series scheduled for 2013 and 2014
England and Australia are to play back-to-back Ashes series in 2013 and 2014 to avoid a clash with the 2015 World Cup in Australia, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) communications and marketing manager Steve Elworthy said on Saturday.
January 29, 2011
Eden match: Dalmiya meets Bengal CM for help
In his desperate bid to bring back the India-England World Cup match to Eden Gardens, Cricket Association of Bengal chief Jagmohan Dalmiya on Saturday called on Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, though authorities in Kolkata denied taking any political help. Eden's fate to be known on Sunday: Pawar
International Cricket Council President Sharad Pawar on Saturday said a final decision on whether the Eden Gardens would get to host World Cup matches would only be taken on Sunday. Duleep Trophy: South, North to face-off in final
R Vinay Kumar wrecked havoc with a four-wicket haul as South Zone humiliated Central Zone by 552 runs to set up a summit clash with North Zone in the Duleep Trophy in Hyderabad on Saturday. How CAB botched up final ICC inspection of Eden
Having lost their face in front of the cricketing fraternity, the blame game has already started in the corridors of Cricket Association of Bengal for the inept manner in which they handled the situation during the January 25 inspection of the Eden Gardens by the ICC team. Hafeez, Afridi help Pakistan level series v NZ
Mohammad Hafeez scored his first One-day century and Shahid Afridi blasted the equal-fastest half century in New Zealand as Pakistan levelled their One-day series against the hosts following a 43-run victory at Lancaster Park on Saturday. Eden Garden must host India-England match: Bedi
Former India spinner Bishen Singh Bedi has said that it is wrong on part of the organisers to deprive Kolkata the right to host the India-England World Cup match and the local authorities should be given some more time to complete the renovation work at the historic Eden Gardens. No extension for Eden Gardens: ICC
The International Cricket Council has rejected the BCCI's plea to reconsider its decision of shifting the February 27 World Cup match between India and England out of the historic Eden Gardens. Australia pace bowler Nathan Bracken retires
Former Australia pace bowler Nathan Bracken announced his retirement from cricket on Saturday due to a persistent knee injury.
January 28, 2011
'Eden may host Ind-Eng match if ICC members agree'
A day after International Cricket Council stripped Kolkata of the India-England World Cup tie on February 27, its president Sharad Pawar on Friday hinted that Eden Gardens may still host the match if the member countries agree to it. Tendulkar, VVS nominated for ESPNCricinfo's awards
Run-machine Sachin Tendulkar has been nominated in ESPNCricinfo's awards list for the best ODI batsman in 2010. Duleep Trophy: South on threshold of final
Abhinav Mukund (164) and Amit Verma (148) struck hundreds as South Zone inched towards an outright win over Central Zone at the end of third day's play in the semi-final of the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament in Hyderabad on Friday. Needing 770 runs to win, Central Zone were precariously placed at 73 for two in their second innings at stumps on the penultimate day of the four-day match. Eden match: BCCI likely to appeal to ICC
The Indian Cricket Board is contemplating to ask the International Cricket Council to reconsider its decision of taking away the India-England World Cup match from the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Lalit Modi questions move to change auction norms
Former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi on Friday questioned the IPL Governing Council's move to change the players auction norms for the fourth season of the T20 league at the last minute. CAB gets minister support to bring back Eden tie
The ICC has scrapped Eden Gardens as a venue for India-England World Cup match due to preparation issues but West Bengal Sports Minister Kanti Ganguly on Friday asked the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to continue its efforts to bring back the tie to the city. India should win World Cup for Sachin: Kambli
Former cricketer Vinod Kambli on Friday said Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys should do everything to win the World Cup for Sachin Tendulkar, who has dreamt of collecting the coveted trophy since childhood. Eden match: Dalmiya requests ICC for extension
Local organisers have made a last-ditch effort to have Kolkata's Eden Gardens reinstated as the venue for the high-profile India v England World Cup match. Kambli still bitter about Test snub
Former India batsman Vinod Kambli has questioned the logic behind keeping him away from Test matches during his playing days, stating that he scored back-to-back double hundreds and averaged nearly 55 in 17 games in the five-day format. Broad disappointed that match shifted out of Eden
Fans in Kolkata are not the only ones left heartbroken by the ICC's decision to shift the World Cup match between India and England out of Eden Gardens, the English cricketers are also disappointed that they would not be playing at the historic venue. Mumbai Indians question IPL auction rule changes
Just when it seemed that things were looking bright for the Indian Premier League after the successful conduct of it's players' auction earlier this month, another major controversy seemed to have emerged. Aamir says sorry for breaching ICC ban
Suspended Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamir said he was "not aware" of the clauses of his suspension after being hauled up by the PCB for playing in a club level match in Rawalpindi, which forced the board to give an explanation to the International Cricket Council. 'Afridi likely to be retained captain for WC'
Shahid Afridi is likely to be retained as the One-day captain for the ICC World Cup 2011 after chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt held discussions with the team management in New Zealand and chief operating officer in Lahore. India-England World Cup match moved to Bangalore
The India-England World Cup group stage match on February 27, which was moved out of Eden Gardens in Kolkata, will now be played at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.
January 27, 2011
Eden Gardens batting for compromise
After losing out on the right to stage the England-India World Cup match on February 27, the Cricket Association of Bengal is making an effort to secure the next available option. The compromise involves swapping of the above match (India v England) with either the Chinnaswamy Stadium or Ferozeshah Kotla. Unready Eden loses India-England WC match
The India - England World Cup group stage match on February 27, to be held at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, has been shifted following delay in construction work at the venue. The International Cricket Council, in a Twitter post on Thursday, made known their decision. Ganguly denies being approached by Kochi
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who was ignored by IPL franchises at the players' auction, rubbished speculation that he is now being approached by Kochi through an open bidding process. The most successful India captain, who found no takers from the 10 franchises in the Indian Premier League auction, said it is media speculation that he is in talks with the team owned by Rendezvous Sports. Injured Swann vows to 'be fine' for World Cup
Injured England off-spinner Graeme Swann revealed that he has battled for long with the back problem that put him out of the One-Day series against Australia, but insisted he will be fit for the upcoming World Cup in the subcontinent. 'Yuvraj and Yusuf's form crucial for India at WC'
India have the combination to lift their first ODI World Cup trophy in 28 years but the form of temperamental batsman Yuvraj Singh and explosive all-rounder Yusuf Pathan will prove decisive, says 1983 World Cup winning team's member Dilip Vengsarkar.
January 26, 2011
Mandeep's ton helps North consolidate
Mandeep Singh's brilliant century helped North Zone consolidate its position against West Zone on the opening day of the Duleep trophy semi-final match at Motibag palace ground in Vadodara on Wednesday. Duleep Trophy: Pandey double props South
Manish Pandey justified his reputation of being the most sought after uncapped Indian player as he smashed his way to an unbeaten 203 not out as South Zone notched up 416 for eight against Central Zone on the first day of the Duleep Trophy semi-final being played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Uppal. Trott ton helps England keep ODI series alive
Jonathan Trott scored a century and took his first One-Day International wicket as England beat Australia by 21 runs at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday to keep the series alive. Rain washes out 2nd ODI between NZ, Pak
Rain washed out the second One-Day International between New Zealand and Pakistan at the Queenstown Events Centre on Wednesday. Clarke turns to childhood mentor D'Costa for help
Struggling Australian stand-in skipper Michael Clarke has turned to his childhood mentor and Indian-origin coach Neil D'Costa in a bid to revive his batting form ahead of the upcoming World Cup in the sub-continent. Gibbs giving away cricketing valuables on Twitter
Cricket fans across the world will have an opportunity to win South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs's man of the match trophy which he won after a record run chase of 438 against Australia in 2006. Kirsten likely to join MI after quitting India job
India coach Gary Kirsten is not in the running for a similar job in the South African side but could be involved with Mumbai Indians in the IPL, a report said on Wednesday.
January 25, 2011
Tremlett awarded England contract
England pace bowler Chris Tremlett has been rewarded for his performances during the tour of Australia with an incremental contract for 2010-11. Media barred as ICC team inspects Eden Gardens
The media was barred entry into the Eden Gardens as the ICC team inspected the under-construction stadium amid fears that the venue may not be ready for the World Cup, scheduled to start on February 19 in the sub-continent. I have always felt my father's absence: Tendulkar
Everyone goes through ups and downs in life; sometimes, even the best are forced to see the worst. Champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar went through such a phase when his father Ramesh suddenly passed away in 1999. Bharat Ratna will be a dream come true: Tendulkar
As the clamour to confer Sachin Tendulkar the prestigious Bharat Ratna continues to grow, the master batsman admitted that having India's highest civilian honour among his countless awards 'will be a dream come true'. Sehwag, Sangakkara star in ICC's HIV/AIDS campaign
They may be rivals on the field of play, but India opener Virender Sehwag and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara have joined together to star in a new 'Think Wise campaign' launched by the ICC on Tuesday, educating people about HIV/AIDS and how to avoid contracting the disease. Padma Shri for VVS Laxman
Cricketer VVS Laxman will be conferred the Padma Shri for his services to the game. Tendulkar in running for Bharat Ratna
The name of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is one of the most recommended by various groups for the Bharat Ratna award. 'There are lot of reasons to support Clarke'
Highly impressed with Australian stand-in-skipper Michael Clarke's captaincy, the national selector Greg Chappell said that the selection panel was thrilled with his leadership qualities. 'India series was good preparation for World Cup'
South African cricketer Morne van Wyk feels the close One-day series against India has helped them prepare well for the tough World Cup battle ahead. Graeme Swann sent home with bad back
England spinner Graeme Swann is returning home from Australia because of a lower back strain but should be fit for the World Cup, team coach Andy Flower said on Tuesday.
January 24, 2011
All World Cup venues coming up well: Shetty
Dismissing all concerns about the preparedness of the venues for the 2011 World Cup, tournament director Ratnakar Shetty declared that all the stadiums are on track to host the mega-event. Legality of IPL auction questioned
Guru Nair, the vice-chairman of the cultural cell of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee, has written to both the President and Prime Minister, questioning the legality of the auction. Bharat Ratna for Tendulkar?
Mumbai MP Sanjay Nirupam said batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has been recommended for the Bharat Ratna and a decision on him being honoured with India's highest civilian decoration will be known in a few days. Have advised Sreesanth to stay calm: Srikkanth
Shantakumaran Sreesanth may have missed the cut in the Indian squad for the upcoming World Cup but the Kerala pacer has come in for praise from selection committee chairman K Srikkanth, who has described him as an 'excellent bowler.' Kirsten to bid Team India adieu after World Cup
Gary Kirsten won't be renewing his contract as India coach. Two warm-up games before WC will be ideal: Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was disappointed that the batsmen failed to fire as a unit in the five-match ODI series against South Africa, which concluded at Centurion on Sunday with the Proteas eking out a 33-run win in the final one-dayer to clinch the series 3-2. Captaincy issue dividing Pak ahead of WC: Inzamam
Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is the latest to criticise Pakistan Cricket Board's decision to delay the announcement of captain for the World Cup and said by doing this the PCB has created two divisions within the national team. Fannie keen on being Team India's bowling mentor
Former South African fast bowler Fannie De Villiers has said if the post is offered to him he would consider accepting the role of bowling mentor to the Indian team. 'We fought back under pressure against India'
South African captain Graeme Smith has said that winning the ODI series against India was all the more commendable as they had fought back from 1-2 down and this victory would be a morale booster for next month's World Cup.
January 23, 2011
Injured Bresnan out of ODI series
England pace bowler Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the rest of the One-Day series against Australia with a torn calf muscle and will return home for rehabilitation, though he is expected to be fit for the World Cup, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Sunday. Butt backs Misbah for World Cup captaincy
Pakistan's tainted former skipper Salman Butt has called on the Cricket Board (PCB) to appoint senior batsman Misbah-ul-Haq as captain for the World Cup to be held in the sub-continent next month. Hussey puts Australia 3-0 up at SCG
David Hussey halted a middle-order collapse and guided Australia to a four-wicket victory over England in the third One-day International at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. Australia spinner Hauritz to have surgery
Australian spinner Nathan Hauritz is to undergo surgery on his injured shoulder in a bid to return to fitness in time for the World Cup, Cricket Australia said on Sunday. South Africa wrap series despite Yusuf's heroics
Yusuf Pathan threatened to single-handedly pull off a sensational victory with a brutal 70-ball 105 before India suffered a heart-breaking 33-run defeat against South Africa in a thrilling fifth and final One-day International to lose the series 2-3 in Centurion on Sunday.
January 22, 2011
NZ end losing run with big win over Pakistan
New Zealand ended an 11-match losing streak in emphatic fashion on Saturday, crushing Pakistan by nine wickets in their first One-Day International at Westpac Stadium. Doherty replaces injured Hauritz for next two ODIs
Australian left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty will replace the injured Nathan Hauritz in the squad for the next two One-Day Internationals against England, Cricket Australia said on Saturday. 'X-factor' will work for Kings XI Punjab: Bevan
IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab is not too bothered about the lack of star players in its ranksand hopes that the 'X-factor' will work in their favour. Duleep Trophy: Central enter semis
Hostile spells from pace trio of Rudra Pratap Singh, Pankaj Singh and Umesh Yadav saw Central Zone register a fantastic nine-wicket win over East Zone in a Duleep Trophy quarter-final match which concluded at the Barabati Stadium on Saturday. SA sports min asks Smith to stay out of politics
South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has cautioned Proteas skipper Graeme Smith to stay out of politics and concentrate on cricket instead. PCB gets notice for hearing of Shoaib's appeal
A court has issued a notice to the Pakistan Cricket Board in response to an application by fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar seeking an early hearing of his appeal challenging the one and a half year ban and fine of Rs 7 million imposed on him. SA ease past India at Port Elizabeth
South Africa beat India by 48 runs (Duckworth/Lewis method) in a rain-affected fourth One-Day International at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth on Friday to level the five-match series 2-2.
January 21, 2011
Duleep Trophy: Dinda, Mohanty put East in command
By close of play on Friday, the third day of the Duleep Trophy quarter-final, at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack, East had established an overall lead of 61 runs over Central Zone, having taken a first innings lead of 37. At stumps, they were 24 for 1 in their second innings. Port Elizabeth ODI: SA win to level series
South Africa beat India by 48 runs (Duckworth/Lewis method) in a rain-affected fourth One-Day International at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth on Friday to level the five-match series 2-2. Chasing a formidable target (266), the visitors had made 142 for six after 32.5 overs when play was called off following a second rain interruption. Injured Hauritz, Tait in doubt for World Cup
Australia off-spinner Nathan Hauritz's participation at the World Cup could be in doubt after he appeared to have dislocated his right shoulder while fielding in the second one-day international against England on Friday. Muralitharan to quit international cricket post WC
Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will retire from international cricket after the Feb. 19-April 2 World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Marsh, Bollinger guide Australia to victory
World Cup reject Shaun Marsh's second one-day international century and a surprising all round performance from Doug Bollinger helped Australia to a 46-run victory over England in their second one-day international in Hobart on Friday. Jones seconds schoolboy's advice to Clarke
The Geelong schoolboy who shot to fame after advising struggling Michael Clarke on his batting technique is spot on in his judgement, says former Test cricketer Dean Jones. Burglary attempt at Tsotsobe's house
Local police foiled a burglary attempt at Lonwabo Tsotsobe's house when they arrested two thieves and recovered goods worth R 50,000 in Port Elizabeth. Check out the 14 squads for the World Cup
All the 14 participating teams have confirmed their 15-member squads. The fans now know which of their favourite stars will be in action in the 45-day extravaganza. Most of the squads are predictable, with the members having chosen themselves, based on their performace. Sachin is a genius in our times: Lara
West Indies batting legend Brian Lara, in Delhi for a cricket clinic, talks about the disappointment of being ignored at the IPL auction, India's chances at the upcoming World Cup and his life after quiting the game.
January 20, 2011
Kaif, Ojha rally Central Zone
Mohammad Kaif and Naman Ojha struck fighting fifties as Central Zone overcame a wobbly start to score 169 for 3 in the first innings after dismissing East Zone for 427 in their Duleep Trophy quarter-final at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack on Thursday. The visitors were struggling at 55 for 3 at one stage but India discard Kaif (78) and Ojha (50) put together an unbeaten 114-run stand to end the second day's play with a decent total. CSA chief says Majola lied about IPL bonuses
The two top officials of Cricket South Africa were locked in a bitter bickering battle, with president Mtutuzeli Nyoka on Thursday accusing CEO Gerald Majola of lying about bonuses paid by the Indian Premier League to CSA staff. Clarke receives batting tips from 17-year-old
Out of form Michael Clarke received some free advice on batting from a 17-year-old during a press conference at Hobart's Bellerive Oval. Sarwan recalled for Windies World Cup campaign
Guyanese batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been recalled to the West Indies squad for the World Cup starting on the Indian sub-continent next month, the West Indies Cricket Board said on Wednesday. Sarwan was dropped for a tour of Sri Lanka in November after the selectors expressed concerns over his fitness and he has not played for the West Indies since a one-day series against South Africa last June. Swann facing two weeks out with knee injury
England off-spinner Graeme Swann will be out with a bruised left knee for up to two weeks, the team's coach Andy Flower said. Reverse swing will be our weapon during WC: Tait
Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait has said that his team's fast bowlers would use 'reverse swing' to good effect during the 50-over World Cup, starting in the Indian sub-continent from February 19.
January 19, 2011
Vettori calls time on NZ Test captaincy
Daniel Vettori officially ended his tenure as New Zealand's test captain on Wednesday, though he will not relinquish the coin toss responsibilities completely until after the World Cup. Young talent will deliver for Kings XI: Bevan
Kings XI Punjab coach Michael Bevan says the absence of a few world-class players will not affect his team's chances in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League, as the Chandigarh outfit has a decent combination up its ranks. Injured Mortaza left out of Bangladesh squad
Former captain Mashrafe Mortaza will not take part in next month's World Cup. The injured fast bowler was left out of Bangladesh's 15-man squad named on Wednesday. Mortaza, 27, injured his knee during a domestic match last month and selectors felt he would not have regained full fitness in time for the Feb 19-April 2 tournament being co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. American ganstas trade guns for cricket bats
This twelve unlikely cricketers from Compton, in Los Angeles County, began their cricketing journey in a parking lot with trash cans for stumps more than a decade ago Prior, Collingwood in England World Cup squad
Experienced Matt Prior on Wednesday got the nod ahead of Steve Davies as the lone wicketkeeper in England's 15-man squad for the February 19-April 2 Cricket World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. An out-of-form Paul Collingwood, who was dropped for Sunday's first ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, also found a place as did injured fast bowler Stuart Broad. Hussey likely to miss World Cup
Australian batsman Michael Hussey is almost certain to miss the 2011 World Cup after undergoing surgery on Tuesday to repair a serious hamstring injury. Dhoni lauds 'match winner' Pathan
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded Yusuf Pathan for his blistering innings and said with more experience the dashing all-rounder can become a good match-finishing batsman for the country. Pakistan grind out draw to win NZ series
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-haq led from the front, scoring his second half century of the match, to ensure his side batted out the final day to draw the second Test against New Zealand on Wednesday and claim their first series victory since 2006. HCA upset over Ojha's non-inclusion in WC team
The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) expressed disappointment over the non-inclusion of left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha in the 15-member Indian team for the ICC Cricket World Cup starting next month. Injured Kallis named in SA World Cup squad
Batting stalwart Jacques Kallis was named in South Africa's World Cup squad on Tuesday despite missing the current series against India due to a rib injury. How, Woodcock named in NZ World Cup squad
All-rounder Luke Woodcock and top-order batsman Jamie How were surprise inclusions in New Zealand's 15-man World Cup squad on Wednesday.
January 18, 2011
For Sachin's sake, I wish India wins the WC: Bedi
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi says though India is in a tough group, along with South Africa and England, for the upcoming World Cup it stands a good chance of winning the tournament. Delhi boy and girl claim Lara's wicket
Sahim Salim meets Nitin Yadav Sanjana Bharadwaj, who claimed the legendary Brian Lara's wicket at a cricket clinic for budding Delhi players at the Ferozshah Kotla. Lara 'not overtly disappointed' by IPL snub
West Indian batting legend Brian Lara is not overtly disappointed by the IPL snub but said the franchisees missed the "broader picture" by not bidding for him in the recently-held auction in Bangalore. Mumbai Indians add 11 uncapped players to squad
Mumbai Indians has added 11 uncapped players to their squad for the fourth season of the Indian Premier League. They are: Ambati Rayudu, R Sathish, T Suman, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pawan Suyal, Abu Nechim, Ali Murtaza, Sarul Kanwar, Yuzvendra Chahal, S K Yadav and Aditya Tare. Srikkanth mum on Sreesanth's omission
Chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Tuesday refused to discuss the omission of pace bowler S Sreesanth from India's squad for the cricket World Cup, to be held in the subcontinent from February 19 to April 2, saying he needs the permission of the Board of Control for Cricket in India to do so. Yousuf ignored; Pak name WC squad sans captain
Senior batsman Muhammad Yousuf was omitted from Pakistan's final 15-member squad for World Cup. The selectors also refrained from naming a skipper. India win thriller at Newlands as SA fumble again
India scored a thrilling two-wicket win over South Africa in the third one-day international at Newlands, Cape Town on Tuesday. The visitors made 223 for eight and won with 10 balls to spare in a pulsating match that went down to the wire. The win gave India a 2-1 lead going into the fourth match at Port Elizabeth. Clarke was drinking on night of MCG Test: reports
Photographs have emerged of Australian cricketers Michael Clarke and Phillip Hughes drinking at a Melbourne bar well into the night on the eve of their humiliating Ashes series defeat at the MCG. Akram backs Chawla, surprised at Rohit's axing
Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram on Tuesday backed the inclusion of leg-spinner Piyush Chawla in the 15-member Indian squad for the upcoming World Cup but said he was surprised at Rohit Sharma's omission. World Cup triumph won't ease Ashes pain: Ponting
A fourth consecutive World Cup title triumph might not be enough to heal the scars left by the recent Ashes hammering Australia suffered against England, captain Ricky Ponting said on Tuesday. NZ set up tantalising final day against Pakistan
Pakistan need 274 runs on the final day to win the second Test and complete a 2-0 series sweep against New Zealand after bowling the hosts out for 293 late on the fourth day. I have never run after captaincy: Afridi
Pakistan's One-day skipper Shahid Afridi has said that he is under no threat regarding the World Cup captaincy issue as he had never run after the captaincy in his entire career. I am heartbroken: Sreesanth
Indian speedster S Sreesanth on Monday said he was heartbroken at his omission from the Indian squad for the 2011 cricket World Cup. Hussey brothers in, Siddle dropped from WC squad
Mike Hussey was included in the final 15-man Australia squad for the World Cup announced on Tuesday despite a hamstring injury, while his brother David has earned a first call-up for cricket's showpiece event.
January 17, 2011
World Cup team: A horses for courses pick
There was nothing surprising in the selection of India's final 15 for the upcoming World Cup. It was, says Bikash Mohapatra, done keeping the subcontinent wickets in mind. Allan Donald to join NZ as bowling consultant
Former South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald has accepted a temporary position as bowling consultant to the New Zealand national team under recently appointed head coach John Wright. Selectors picked good team for W Cup: Vengsarkar
Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar expressed satisfaction at the 15-member squad picked by the national selectors for the ICC Cricket World Cup commencing next month in the sub-continent. Is this really the best Indian team?
Is this a squad that will throw up 11 world-beaters who will go out and destroy all comers for nine consecutive matches, asks Krishnakumar Padmanabhan. We have picked best possible team: Srikkanth
After announcing the 15-member squad for the forthcoming World Cup, selection committee chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Monday said that the selectors have picked the best possible combination for the quadrennial event, to be held in the sub-continent from February 19 to April 2. Can these 15 players bring the World Cup home?
What do you think about the selection of India's final 15 for next month's World Cup? Is the team capable of repeating the historic 1983 victory? Can these 15 bring the World Cup home? Tell us. Chawla, Ashwin in WC 15; Rohit, Sreesanth miss out
Leg spinner Piyush Chawla was the surprise inclusion while young batsman Rohit Sharma and speedster S Sreesanth were dropped from India's 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup, in the subcontinent from February 19. Misbah misses ton in second Test
New Zealand were nine without loss at the close of play on the third day of the second Test against Pakistan on Monday, after the visitors had been bowled out shortly before stumps at the Basin Reserve. Srikkanth, selectors in Chennai to pick WC team
The chairman of the national cricket selection committee, K Srikanth and the three other members of the committee arrived in Chennai to pick the final squad for World Cup 2011. Vettori endorses Fleming for India coaching job
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has said that Stephen Fleming would be ideal for the soon to be vacant Team India coaching position. ICC to disclose spot-fixing probe details: Lorgat
International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has promised that all details pertaining to spot-fixing investigations will be revealed, once the verdict is announced on February 5. 'Melbourne win a nice start after Ashes defeat'
Australian opening batsman Shane Watson, who hit a majestic century on Sunday, said that winning the Melbourne ODI against England was the perfect way to start the seven-match series.
January 16, 2011
Royals sign up three Maharashtra Ranji players
Rajasthan Royals have retained all rounder Abhishek Raut and pacer Aditya Dole in their team for the Indian Premier League's fourth season commencing on April 8. Smith surpasses Cronje's ODI captaincy record
Inspirational Graeme Smith has become the most capped South African ODI captain, surpassing late Hansie Cronje's record of leading the national team in 138 games. Watson fires Australia to victory in first ODI
Shane Watson blazed a magnificent 161 not out, and clubbed a six to win the game, as Australia scored 297 for four to beat England by six wickets in their first One-Day International on Sunday. Richardson named new West Indies team manager
Former international batsman Richie Richardson has been named the new West Indies team manager, the West Indies Cricket Board said on Saturday. Ethiopians Assefa, Yal win Mumbai marathon
Ethiopians Girma Assefa and Koren Yal set new course records as the African nation took the men's and women's honours respectiely in the eighth edition of the Mumbai Marathon on Sunday. Assefa completed the gruelling 42.1-km run in 2 hours, 09 minutes and 54 seconds, erasing the previous record of 2:11:54 seconds, set by Kenya's Kenneth Mungara two years ago. Pak make strong reply after Vettori ton
Pakistan were 134 for two in reply to New Zealand's first innings 356, built on a century from Daniel Vettori, in the second Test on Sunday. At stumps on day two, Pakistan trailed New Zealand by 222 with eight wickets in hand. Tendulkar to return after injuring hamstring
Batting ace Sachin Tendulkar has injury concerns just a day before India names its team for the World Cup in Chennai on Monday. The batting ace was ruled out of the remainder of the ODI series against South Africa after injuring his right hamstring during his 24-run innings, off 44 balls, in the second ODI against the Proteas at the Wanderers on Saturday, which India won by one run to level the series 1-1.
January 15, 2011
Aussie cricketers ask CA officials to resign
Australian players are the latest to join the list of growing voices demanding resignation of Cricket Australia's board in the wake of recent Ashes debacle against England. One dayers was brainchild of Sir Don: Bill Lawry
One-day cricket was the brainchild of Sir Donald Bradman and it was only money and nothing else which encouraged its introduction into the international arena, believes former Australian captain Bill Lawry. Sourav breaks his silence over IPL snub
Breaking his silence after being ignored in the IPL auction, Sourav Ganguly on Saturday said he never played politics and was always transparent in what he did as a cricketer. Pakistan hold advantage in second Test v NZ
Pakistan wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal took five catches as New Zealand's top order failed to capitalise on sound starts and battled to 246 for six at the close of play on the first day of the second Test at a windswept Basin Reserve on Saturday. Rajasthan clinch maiden Ranji title
Giant-killers Rajasthan notched up their maiden Ranji trophy title after defeating hosts Baroda on the basis of their first innings lead in the finals of the Super League cricket tournament in Vadodara on Sunday. Johannesburg ODI: Munaf helps India edge SA
India scored a breathtaking one-run win over South Africa in a low-scoring second One Day International in Johannesburg on Saturday. The home side made heavy weather of what seemed like a modest chase to be all out for 189 in 43 overs. Australia pick Doherty for first ODI
Australia have named left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty ahead of off-spinner Nathan Hauritz in the team for the first of seven One-Day Internationals against England. World Cup venues will be ready in time: ICC chief
The subcontinent will be ready in time to host the World Cup though five venues were still undergoing work, the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat said on Saturday. KKR sign up three Bengal players for IPL 4
Having already bought Bengal Ranji captain Manoj Tiwary during the auction in Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders have now signed three more Bengal players -- Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Shreevats Goswami and Mohammad Shami Ahmed -- for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League.
January 14, 2011
Ranji Trophy final: Rajasthan on road to victory
Rajasthan are well on course for their maiden Ranji Trophy title after taking a vital first innings lead of 33 runs over Baroda and reaching 201 for four in their second essay at the end of the fourth day's play in Vadodara on Frday. 'No firm favourites for the 2011 World Cup'
With teams such as India, South Africa and England at their peak, former England coach Duncan Fletcher feels the ICC World Cup 2011 will have no clear favourite. Lanka Sports Minister order probe into Nimbus deal
Sri Lankan Sports Minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage has ordered a probe into the controversial Nimbus deal that had rocked the country's cricketing circles, besides costing SLC a a huge amount of money. Australia edge past England in Melbourne Twenty20
Australia squared the two-match Twenty20 series against England on Friday, by beating the visitors by four runs in the second Twenty20 international that was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). 'Watson critical to Australia's success'
Cricket Australia (CA) selector and former India coach, Greg Chappell believes that Shane Watson is the most important component of Kangaroo's bid to defend the upcoming World Cup in the sub-continent. KKR sign Abdullah, Bisla for IPL 4
Kolkata Knight Riders have included Mumbai left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla and Himachal Pradesh wicketkeeper Manvinder Bisla in their line-up for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League. Amir will be exonerated: Lawyer
The lawyer of Pakistan's suspended Test bowler Muhammad Amir feels that his client has a good chance of being exonerated of spot-fixing charges when the International Cricket Council anti-corruption tribunal announces its verdict on February 5. Focus is on improving, not series sweep: Misbah
Taking a 2-0 sweep of the Test series against New Zealand was not on the mind of Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-haq as his side made their final preparations for the second Test at the Basin Reserve on Friday. 'International cricket not returning to Pak soon'
Dave Richardson, ICC general manager for cricket operations, feels that the Pakistan Cricket Board's initiative to host the final of the country's premier first class competition under lights will have a positive impact on the sport. Out-of-favour Morkel thanks Dhoni for support
South African all-rounder Albie Morkel has thanked India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for inquiring about him after he was excluded from the side for the five-match One-day series against the visitors. Indian selectors to pick 15-man WC squad on Jan 17
The final 15-member Indian squad for the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in the sub continent will be picked by the national senior selection panel on January 17. Another 'big name' in fray for SA coaching job
Cricket South Africa chief Gerald Majola has revealed that another 'big name' has evinced interest in becoming the national team coach a few days after current India coach Gary Kirsten's name did the rounds. Pakistan experiment with lights and coloured ball
Pakistan hosted its maiden first class match under lights with a coloured ball on Thursday in a bid to attract crowds and raise the profile of its domestic cricket. 'Ganguly is a victim of dirty politics'
Former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly, who found no takers at the recent IPL IV auction, was a victim of 'dirty politics', a West Bengal minister said on Thursday. Collingwood reckons Ind, Eng will enter WC semis
With little over a month to go for the ICC Cricket World Cup, England middle-order batsman Paul Collingwood has predicted that India, South Africa, Australia and his native country will make it to the semi-finals of the mega-event starting February 19 in Dhaka.
January 13, 2011
Stay on BCCI trial against Modi extended
The Bombay High Court on Thursday extended till January 24, the ad interim stay granted by it on the proceedings against former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi by BCCI's Disciplinary Committee (DC), after both the parties sought time to file additional affidavits. Rajasthan sight first innings lead in Ranji final
Despite three half-centuries being scored, Rajasthan's bowlers emerged on top, having reduced Baroda to 324 for eight at the end of the third day's play in the Ranji Trophy Super League final in Vadodara on Thursday. Wright wants Kiwis to 'bat time'
New Zealand's top six batsmen have been given a short, sharp reminder as to what is expected from them when they face Pakistan in the second Test that starts in Wellington on Sunday. 'Bat time,' coach John Wright told reporters when asked what he had told his team after New Zealand were bowled out in a session in their second innings in the first Test. Chennai police issues fresh summons to Lalit Modi
Modi and five others -- Harish Krishnamachari of Mumbai, Ajay Verma of New Delhi and World Sports Group office-bearers Venu Nair, Andrew Georgio and Seamus O'Brien -- have been asked to appear for an inquiry either on January 25, 26 or 28, a date suitable for them, Police Commissioner T Rajendran told reporters on Thursday. Aus pacer McKay out of World Cup reckoning
Australia's fast bowling stock took another significant blow before next month's World 'Parliament panel wanted to know how IPL is run'
Board of Control for Cricket in India vice-president Rajiv Shukla says there is "nothing wrong" with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, headed by Yashwant Sinha, summoning its president, Shashank Manohar, and Indian Premier League chairman Chirayu Amin to reply to questions on financial transactions related to the Twenty20 league. BCCI questioned about role of cheer girls
How do cheer girls promote the cause of cricket? Why are players auctioned like 'gladiators' in IPL system of cricket? These were some of the questions members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance posed to top officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Tsotsobe cherishes Sachin's wicket
South Africa's wrecker-in-chief in the 135-run win over India, medium pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe, is on a high as one among his four victims was Sachin Tendulkar but he prefers not to talk about it as he does not want to "anger" the batting icon. South Africa completely outplayed us: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that his side was "completely outplayed" by South Africa in the first one-dayer in Durban.
January 12, 2011
Baroda make strong reply to Rajasthan's 394
A five-wicket haul by leg-spinner Bhargav Bhatt (5 for 103) helped Baroda restrict Rajasthan to 394 before scoring 73 for 1 by stumps in their first innings on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Super League final in Vadodara on Wednesday. England score last-ball T20 win over Aus
England beat Australia by one wicket in the first of two Twenty20 internationals on Wednesday, Chris Woakes scoring the winning run off the last ball of a dramatic match. Clinical South Africa maul India by 135 runs
India suffered a top-order collapse to slump to a humiliating 135-run defeat against a clinical South Africa in the first One-day International in Durban on Wednesday. BCCI blames Modi for FEMA violations in IPL
Under fire over allegations of foreign exchange violations in IPL, BCCI's top officials o Wednesday blamed sacked Commissioner Lalit Modi for "mistakes" as they told a Parliamentary panel that they had given approvals at his behest in "good faith". 'Tornado' Kamran Khan to play for Pune in IPL 4
Fast bowler Kamran Khan, Shane Warne's discovery in the Indian Premier League, will play for the Sahara Pune Warriors in the fourth season of the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament. Pacer Chahar, Aakash Chopra for Rajasthan Royals
With cricketing legends like Rahul Dravid and Shane Warne already in their ranks, Rajasthan Royals have now signed talented swing bowler Deepak Chahar and former India opener Aakash Chopra for the next two editions of the Indian Premier League. KKR coach Whatmore mum on Ganguly
Kolkata Knight Riders coach Dav Whatmore chose not to speak on Sourav Ganguly being snubbed at the IPL auction but the burly Australian is happy with the set of players his franchise has picked for the next edition of the Twenty20 event. England cricketers to help Aus flood victims
Australian and English cricketers will put their fierce rivalry aside on Wednesday to raise funds for the victims of the devastating floods in Queensland. 'Tainted Pakistan trio will be harshly punished'
Former International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani is happy with the way the anti-corruption tribunal handled the case of spot-fixing allegations against Pakistan players and feels that the suspended trio will be handed harsh punishment when the final verdict is announced next month. India, SA fine-tune World Cup preparations
South Africa and India lock horns in a five-match one-day series starting on Wednesday which should help finalise their World Cup squads. ICC defers verdict on spot-fixing till February
Tainted Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif will have to wait for some more days to learn their fate after ICC's anti-corruption tribunal reached no decision and called for another hearing on the spot-fixing row on February 5 in Doha. 'No IPL team possible in Kolkata without Dada'
After being heavily criticized from almost all quarters for ignoring former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly in the recently held Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, Bollywood actor and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) co-owner Shah Rukh Khan has said that there is no IPL team possible in Kolkata without Ganguly.
January 11, 2011
Spot-fixing verdict deferred till Feb 5: Reports
Tainted Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif will have to wait for some more days to learn their fate after the ICC's anti-corruption tribunal on Tuesday deferred its verdict on the spot-fixing row till February 5, according to reports. Gilchrist to lead Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab named former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist as the team's captain for the fourth edition of the Indian Amir leaves corruption hearing in positive mood
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir said he is hoping for good news and thanked his supporters for their prayers after concluding his involvement in the six-day hearing into corruption allegations on Tuesday. Ranji final: Rajasthan 198-3 against Baroda
Skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar (61) and Robin Bist (56) slammed half-centuries as Rajasthan scored 198 for three at stumps against Baroda on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Super League final in Vadodara on Tuesday. Praveen Kumar ruled out of SA ODI series
India'a injury woes continued with medium pacer Praveen Kumar heading home after sustaining an elbow injury on the eve of their five-match ODI series against South Africa starting on Wednesday. Akram 'surprised' by Ganguly snub at IPL auction
The snub to Sourav Ganguly in the IPL players auction shocked his former team Kolkata Knight Riders' bowling coach Wasim Akram, who said he expected any of the other franchise to pick the ex-India captain for his 'experience and leadership qualities'. Gayle disappointed by IPL snub
West Indies opener Chris Gayle is surprised and disappointed after being snubbed by IPL franchises during the players' auction for the event's fourth edition. Lee, David Hussey in Aussie squad for first ODI
Australia named paceman Brett Lee and batsman David Hussey in a 14-man squad for the first of seven one-day internationals against England, brightening their chances of making the cut for next month's World Cup. Spot-fixing: Pak trio to learn fate today
The three Pakistan cricketers at the centre of a corruption scandal are expected to learn their fate on Tuesday when an independent hearing concludes in Doha.
January 10, 2011
Match-fixing episodes affected Tendulkar's game
Sachin Tendulkar has for the first time admitted that the match-fixing episodes in 1999-2000 had initially affected his game and the Indian team had to go through a difficult and painful phase as "spectators looked at us with suspicion". Royal Challengers trying to poach Rayudu?
Baroda's hard-hitting batsman Ambati Rayudu seems the hottest property amongst uncapped Indian players, as all the ten franchises look to complete their squads following the 2011 Indian Premier League Players' two-day Auction in Bangalore. Lee may quit if not selected for World Cup
Australian pace veteran Brett Lee on Monday hinted that an end to his cricketing future could be anytime near if he was overlooked by the selectors for the upcoming cricket World Cup in the sub-continent. Nitini asks Tsotsobe to fill in his boots
Makhaya Ntini, the first and the most popular black cricketer to represent South Africa, urged young pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe to step into his shoes. 'Availability affected our chances at IPL auction'
Paul Collingwood on Monday admitted that English players' non-availability for the whole IPL-IV played a big part in their snubbing by the team owners during the two-day auction in Bangalore. KKR to find a role for Ganguly: SRK
Kolkata Knight Riders' owner and Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan on Monday said he would try and find a role for Sourav Ganguly in his IPL team after the former India skipper remained unsold. Flower warns players of IPL-related burnout
England coach Andy Flower is not too keen to see his players take part in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League, citing that the T20 meet has already added to the busy international schedule of his cricketers. Christian stunned by massive Deccan contract
Australian cricketer Daniel Christian reacted with astonishment after being picked up by IPL side Deccan Chargers for a whopping $900,000 for the fourth edition of the Twenty20 tournament. 14 preliminary-stage matches of IPL IV
All the 10 IPL teams will play a total of 14 games in the preliminary stage of the fourth edition, twice against five outfits but only once against the four other franchisees. Coach Bevan happy with Kings XI Punjab squad
As the players' auction for the fourth edition of the IPL concluded on Sunday, Kings XI Punjab coach Michael Bevan expressed satisfaction with the team at his disposal. Amir questioned by ICC anti-corruption tribunal
Suspended Pakistan pacer Muhammad Amir was questioned and cross-examined on the fourth day of the International Cricket Council anti-corruption tribunal hearing in Doha on Sunday.
January 09, 2011
Why Eng players got a low response at IPL Auction?
England are the current World Twenty20 champions, but their success in the mega-event last year was not reflected at the 2011 Indian Premier League Players's two-day auction, that concluded in Bangalore, on Sunday. Did Kumble snub team-mate Dravid?
India's former captain Sourav Ganguly had to endure the ultimate humiliation of not being sold at the 2011 Indian Premier League Players' Auction, but his successor Rahul Dravid did manage to make the cut. Level playing field at 2011 IPL Auction: Mallya
The 2011 Indian Premier League Players' Auction got a thumbs-up from all the ten franchises, with Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya said "it was a level playing field" for all the participants. India beat South Africa by 21 runs
An injury-hit India produced a disciplined all-round performance to notch up an emphatic 21-run victory over South Africa in the only twenty20 international in Durban on Sunday. Christian shows he's worth the money
An astounding Rs 4.14 crore bid for little known Australian Daniel Christian was one of the surprises on the second day of the Indian Premier League players' auction in Bangalore, but his buyer Deccan Chargers justified the spending saying the all-rounder is worth the huge amount. IPL Day 2: Unknown Christian clinches huge deal
Unheralded Australian all-rounder Daniel Christian was bought for an astounding $900,000 (RS 4.14 crore apprx) by Deccan Chargers while veteran Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya found no takers on the second day of the auctions for the fourth edition of IPL in Bangalore on Sunday. Pakistan record convincing win in first Test vs NZ
Pakistan completed a thumping 10-wicket victory in the first Test over New Zealand inside three days after they had bowled the hosts out for just 110 in their second innings after the tea break. Kaneria wants PCB to explain World Cup snub
Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria wants the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to explain why he was not cleared to play at next month's World Cup. Ganguly should quit IPL, says former coach Mitra
With no one bidding for Sourav Ganguly in the IPL players' auction on Saturday, the former India captain should call it quits rather than losing his self-esteem in public eye, feels a disappointed Debu Mitra, who had coached the left-hander during his formative years. Support pours in for Ganguly
Support poured in from all quarters for Sourav Ganguly, who found no takers and remained unsold after day one of the IPL IV auctions in Bangalore on Saturday. It's going to be a good IPL season 4: Modi
He might be far away from the ongoing Indian Premier League players' auction in Bangalore, but suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi kept a close eye on the first day's proceedings which saw some of the Indian players going under the hammer for record sums. Modi, the brain behind the Twenty20 league's runaway success, followed the bidding war between Bollywood stars and corporate bigwigs on the first day of the auction through television from London. Kings XI satisfied with first day's purchase
After trading eight players on the first day of the IPL players' auction in Bangalore on Saturday, Kings XI Punjab said the franchise was delighted to have bought a mix of cricketers apart from managing to hold on to some of its former recruits for the fourth edition of the event.
January 08, 2011
Ganguly, Lara, Gayle top snubs at IPL auction
While some players would be rejoicing at having made a windfall at the 2011 Indian Premier League Players' Auction, some were left disappointed as the franchises gave them the cold shoulder. Pakistan graft to strong position against NZ
Captain Misbah-ul-haq and Asad Sahfiq ground out an unbroken 128-run partnership to resurrect Pakistan's first innings and guide them to 235 for four at the close of play of the second day of the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday. Gambhir's $2.4mn bid highlight of Day 1
It turned out to be an action packed day one of the 2010 Indian Premier League Players' Auction with new records being set as a total of 72 players were sold. Over 9 crore for Uthappa! He's worth it: Pune
A whopping Rs 9.66 crore bid for Robin Uthappa was one of the surprises of Saturday's Indian Premier League players' auction but his buyer Pune Sahara Warriors justified the spending saying the stumper-batsman is worth the huge amount. Waugh offers to rebuild Australian cricket
Former Test skipper Steve Waugh is interested in rebuilding Australian cricket team following their Ashes loss but said he would not be able to take up a full-time coaching job. IPL auction: Gambhir sold for record $2.4m
India's batting mainstay Gautam Gambhir became the highest-paid player in the history of the Indian Premier League when he was purchased by Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping $2.4m. Haider urges PCB to clear his dues
Runaway wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board to clear his dues amounting to Rs 1.5 million.
January 07, 2011
Spot-fixing: Pak trio record statement to tribunal
Pakistan's suspended trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Muhammad Amir on Friday recording their statements to the anti-corruption tribunal of the International Cricket Council in Doha. Injured Smith ruled out of T20 international
South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith will miss Sunday's Twenty20 international against India because of a bruised hand, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Friday. Tendulkar, Kallis share top spot in Test rankings
India's Sachin Tendulkar and South Africa's Jacques Kallis now jointly hold the top position in the list of Test batsmen after their superb show in the recently concluded Test series, according to a media release issued by ICC. Jayasuriya, Vaas miss Sri Lanka World Cup bus
Sri Lanka left out World Cup winners Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas from their final 15-man squad for this year's tournament. Cricket Australia to review failed Ashes campaign
Australian cricket will undergo a thorough review of all facets of its game in the wake of the humiliating 3-1 Ashes drubbing, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said on Friday. Australia need Steve Waugh as coach: Jones
Lambasting the decision-making in Cricket Australia post Ashes debacle, former cricketer Dean Jones on Friday said the national team needs Steve Waugh as its coach for resurrection. Rehman gives Pakistan advantage in first Test
Pakistan's Abdul Rehman produced a sustained, tight spell of left-arm spin bowling to take three wickets for 51 runs as New Zealand scrambled to 260 for seven at the close of play on the first day of the first Test at Seddon Park on Friday. India continue to be No.1 in ICC Test rankings
India continued to dominate the ICC Test Championship table, holding on to the top spot in the latest rankings issued despite losing a rating point after the drawn three-match series against South Africa. I take pride in playing through pain: Kallis
He has proved to be a thorn in the flesh for India with 498 runs in the series and Jacques Kallis feels that it's a matter of pride to play through pain. White named Australia's T20 captain
All-rounder Cameron White was on Friday appointed captain of Australia's Twenty20 squad after Michael Clarke quit the post and the format in the aftermath of the team's Ashes defeat to England. Windies pacer Edwards eyes IPL return
West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who won the second edition of the Indian Premier League with the Deccan Chargers, is hoping to earn himself a contract at this weekend's player auction after overcoming a nightmare 2010. Ashes: England seal famous triumph with Sydney win
England won the fifth Ashes Test by an innings and 83 runs on Friday to claim a first series triumph in Australia in nearly a quarter of a century.
January 06, 2011
India will not accept umpire review system: BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ruled out using the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) and also rejected an offer to travel to Australia and watch its Ashes application. Stay on BCCI proceedings against Modi continues
The Bombay High Court on Thursday continued the stay granted on the proceedings of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Disciplinary Committee, which is probing alleged financial irregularities by former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi, till January 13. Lawyers of the BCCI and Modi made brief submissions but sought time to seek instructions from their clients as the matter involves legal issues. Pak-born spinner Tahir in SA squad for India ODIs
Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who was recently granted South African citizenship, was on Thursday named in the squad for the ODI series against India, starting January 12. In-form Jacques Kallis was not considered because of the rib injury he sustained in the third Test. Sangakkara's IPL dues still not cleared
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India about non-payment of dues from Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) -- the franchise he represented in the first three editions of the Indian Premier League. 'Yes, Sangakkara has written to the BCCI about non-clearance of his dues. The matter came up for discussion during yesterday's governing council meeting,' a senior official confirmed on Thursday. Rajasthan in Ranji final despite Badri's 175
Subramanium Badrinath's brilliant unbeaten 175 (605 minutes, 381 balls, 20x4) went in vain as minnows Rajasthan beat Tamil Nadu by virtue of the first innings lead of 167 runs and entered the final of the Ranji Trophy Super League. India fined for slow over-rate in third Test
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Thursday docked 60 per cent of his match fee while his teammates received a 30 per cent fine each for maintaining a slow over-rate during South Africa's second innings in the third and final Test in Cape Town. Warne's master plan to revive Australia
Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne has come up with a 10-point action plan to revive the state of cricket Down Under and said tough decisions need to be made for the team to regain the number one status in the ICC's Test rankings. Australia outplayed by 'complete' England: Watson
Australia's Shane Watson says the touring England side is one of the most complete in the game as they marched ominously towards an Ashes series-clinching victory against the 'totally outplayed' hosts on Thursday. India bat out final day to draw third Test
Live updates from Day 5 of the third and final Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town, on Thursday. Ashes: Brilliant England on brink of series win
England stood on the brink of a first Ashes series triumph in Australia for 24 years after reducing the hosts to 213 for seven in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day of the fifth Test on Thursday. Players can't fool technology: Cook
Cricketers risk making a fool of themselves if they try to deceive technology by challenging close dismissals even when they know they are out under the Decision Review System, England batsman Alastair Cook has warned. Harvey rues Aus cricket's fall from grace
Former Test captain Neil Harvey believes Australian cricket's decline following the humiliating Ashes defeat against England is the worst after Kerry Packer robbed the team of its top talent in the late 1970s. Corruption hearing overshadows NZ-Pak Test series
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq says his team are focused on the upcoming Test series against New Zealand and will not be distracted by an anti-corruption hearing that could mete out life bans to three suspended players. 'Hot-Spot affecting umpires' confidence'
Controversial ex-umpire Darrell Hair and former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott feel the confidence level of on-field officials will plummet if technology like Hot-Spot is used in deciding close dismissals. Spot-fixing: Pakistan trio face corruption charges
Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and his two opening bowlers Muhammad Amir and Mohammad Asif face lengthy bans if they are found guilty of corruption at a hearing starting in Doha on Thursday. England's Collingwood announces Test retirement
Paul Collingwood is to quit Test cricket after the fifth Ashes encounter, the England batsman said on Thursday, going out on a high after helping to retain the famous urn in Australia for the first time in 24 years. 'Kallis best cricketer after Tendulkar'
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday doffed his hat on Jacques Kallis, who hit a century in each innings of the third Test in Cape Town, describing the South African batsman as the best modern cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar. Fined Sreesanth apologises for angry kick
Indian pacer S Sreesanth was on Wednesday fined 10 per cent of his match fee for breaching ICC Code of Conduct. Michael Bevan named Kings XI Punjab coach
Kings XI Punjab have appointed former Australian ODI specialist Michael Bevan as coach for the upcoming IPL season IV. He was also a part of the rebel Indian Cricket League, where he represented Chennai Superstars.
January 05, 2011
IPL-IV a 10-team, 74-match affair
With Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab being cleared by the Bombay High Court to take part in the January 8-9 Indian Premier League players' auction in Bangalore, the fourth season of the cash-rich Twenty20 league in April-May will be a 10-team event. Tendulkar, Sehwag in ICC's greatest ODI team
1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev was also named in the team as the lone all-rounder, but the retired Sourav Ganguly failed to make the grade. TN hopes on Badri after Rajasthan score 552/7d
Subramanium Badrinath drew on all his experience at the domestic level to enable Tamil Nadu score 190 for 3 at stumps on the penultimate day of the Ranji Trophy semi-final at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Rajasthan put up a mammoth 552 for 7 before declaring their innings. India's cry baby Sreesanth at it again!
After the slapgate incident during the first edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008, India pacer S Sreesanth broke down once again during the ongoing tour of South Africa, it was reported on Wednesday. Botham terms Phillip Hughes as "cheat"
The former England all-rounder Ian Botham on Wednesday accused Australian opener Phillip Hughes of cheating when the later reluctantly claimed a catch while the replays clearly showed that the ball had bounced before it went into his hands. ICC explains hearing procedure in spot-fixing case
ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal chairman Michael Beloff on Wednesday explained the procedures that will be adopted at the full hearing of the Pakistani players involved in the spot-fixing scandal. Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer are all set to face an anti-corruption tribunal from January 6-in Doha with threat of life bans looming over. Referral system should be universal: Clarke
The umpire referral system is proving effective despite controversial decisions in the fifth Ashes Test but it should be used in all Test cricket or not at all, Australia captain Michael Clarke said on Wednesday. Sydney Ashes Test in the pink
England, at 488 for seven at the stumps on the third day, were not the only ones in the pink as the fifth and final Ashes Test celebrated "Jane McGrath Day" at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday. SA set India 340 for victory after Kallis ton
Jacques Kallis hit his second century of the match as Harbhajan Singh claimed seven wickets to bowl out South Africa for 341 in their second innings on Day 4 in the third Test against South Africa on a high, at Newlands, in Cape Town, on Wednesday. Ashes: Cook, Bell put in England in charge
A dominant Alastair Cook scored 189 and Ian Bell his first century against Australia as England took a commanding first innings lead of 208 at the close of play on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test on Wednesday. Lawson says Hilfenhaus bowling is predictable
Former pacer Geoff Lawson has said that Ben Hilfenhaus's removal of England skipper Andrew Strauss in the fifth Ashes Test does not disguise the bowler's glaring inadequacies in a series in which he is averaging 69.2 with the ball. 'Ponting shouldn't be in Aus dressing room'
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has said injured skipper Ricky Ponting should not have been in Australia's dressing room during the first day's play against England at the SCG. Aus-Eng ODI to raise cash for flood victims
Cricket Australia says the limited-overs cricket international between Australia and England at Brisbane on January 30 will be a fundraiser for victims of devastating floods in Queensland and New South Wales states. IPL auction: The players, their price
As many as 350 leading cricketers from India and abroad will go under the auctioneer's hammer in Bangalore on January 8 and 9 when Indian Premier League franchises bidding for their services in the fourth season of the lucrative Twenty20 League. Here's the list of those to be auctioned with their base prise.
January 04, 2011
Baroda crush Karnataka to enter Ranji final
Baroda scored an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Karnataka in the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy in Vadodara on Tuesday to enter the final of the Super League tournament after a gap of nine years. In a match that lasted less than five sessions, Baroda crushed Karnataka on Day 2, with bowlers Bhargav Bhatt (5 for 30) and Swapnil Singh (5 for 20) claiming five wickets each. Menaria, Kanitkar swell Rajasthan's total
Rajasthan were 483 for 5 at stumps on the second day of their Ranji Trophy semi-final against Tamil Nadu, on Tuesday. Former India Under-19 captain Ashok Menaria was unbeaten on 88 and skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar on 65. Largest African crowd to honour Tendulkar, Ntini
South African president Jacob Zuma and a host of Bollywood stars, led by Shahrukh Khan, will be joined by the biggest crowd ever at a cricket match on the African continent to honour iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar and pacer Makhaya Ntini at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Sunday. Fire scare in Newlands on 3rd day of India-SA Test
A fire scare broke out in the Newlands during the third day of the third and Test between India and South Africa on Tuesday after smoke was seen coming out of the kitchen adjacent to the member's stand and below the Indian dressing room. Tendulkar ton keeps Test in balance
Harbhajan Singh claimed two wickets to help India end on a high against South Africa, on Day 3 of the third and final Test at Newlands, in Cape Town, on Tuesday. Waugh's life as young cricketer in fine print
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh's life as a young kid with a dream to represent his country to ultimately fulfilling those ambitions formed the subject of a children's book, which aims to encourage youngsters to develop interest in the game. Ashes: England ride their luck in Sydney Test
England rode their luck through a rocky afternoon spell to reach 167-3 in their first innings at the close of play on the second day of the fifth Ashes Test after dismissing Australia for 280 on Tuesday. Kumble hangs his boots, pulls out of IPL
Former India captain Anil Kumble on Tuesday pulled out of the cash-rich Indian Premier League citing business commitments, the decision coming barely three days before the players' auction. Kallis to be out of action for two weeks
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis battled through the pain barrier to stroke a century on Monday but his heroics mean he is unlikely to play any further part in the third and final Test against India. 'I loved ball that knocked out Prince's off stump'
India would look to bat well on day three and put South Africa under pressure in the third and final Test in Cape Town, medium pacer S Sreesanth said. Sreesanth registers his 3rd five-wicket haul
Statistical highlights on the second day of the third and final Test between India and South Africa on Monday.
January 03, 2011
Baroda take slender lead over Karnataka
Riding on skipper Pinal Shah's valiant half century, Baroda took a slender lead of 26 runs even as 18 wickets fell on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Super League semi-final against Karnataka in Vadodara on Monday. After Murtuja Vahora and Bhargav Bhatt combined to bowl out Karnataka for a paltry 107, Baroda finished the day at 133 for the loss of eight wickets, at the Reliance ground. Aakash Chopra's ton hoists Rajasthan
Former India opener Aakash Chopra grafted his way to a patient unbeaten century to put Rajasthan on course for a huge first innings total against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy semi-final, at the Sawai Mansingh stadium, in Jaipur on Monday. Chopra slammed 13 boundaries in his unfinished 115-run innings and forged an 181-run partnership with Vineet Saxena (72) as the hosts ended Day 1 on 236 for 1. IPL Governing Council to meet on Jan 5
The Indian Premier League's Governing Council will meet in Mumbai on January 5 to discuss details of the player auctions, on January 8-9 in Bangalore. Set Max premium ad rates for IPL auction
Multi Screen Media, which will telecast live the upcoming players' auction for The Indian Premier League's fourth season on Set Max, is selling advertising slots for Rs 50,000 per ten seconds, a premium of about five times compared to a regular day. The broadcaster has already started selling ad space for for the two-day event, in Bangalore on January 8-9. McGrath mulls taking 'Pink Test' campaign to Eng
Following a positive response to his 'Pink Test' campaign in Australia, pace legend Glenn McGrath plans to take the campaign to English shores. Ponting to have surgery on fractured finger
Australia captain Ricky Ponting is to undergo surgery on Tuesday on the fractured finger which forced him to miss the Sydney Test, his first in six years, this week. Kirsten extracts best out of players: Dhoni
Gary Kirsten has the uncanny ability to extract the best out of the players in pressure situations and India will sorely miss him if he does not renew his contract with the Cricket Board after the World Cup starting next month, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said. India's strong reply after Kallis's 39th ton
Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar led India's strong reply with the bat after Jacques Kallis's 39th Test century had lifted South Africa to 362 on day two of the third and final Test at Newlands in Cape Town, on Monday. England's supremacy can last for years: Boycott
Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott believes that the Andrew Strauss-led England team's supremacy in Test cricket can last for years. 'Amla look' the latest fad among fans
A bunch of die-hard fans of the South African cricketer Hashim Amla have chosen a different path to show their admiration for the Proteas player by donning the "Amla look" -- complete with long black beard and shaven head. Aussie debutant Khawaja lights up Sydney gloom
Debutant Usman Khawaja briefly lit up a gloomy first day of the fifth Ashes Test on Monday but Australia's batting frailties and rain returned later in the day to leave the hosts wobbling on 134-4 at the close of play. I was retaliating to Smith taunt: Sreesanth
An unrepentant India paceman S Sreesanth said he did not get personal with Graeme Smith in the second Test in Durban and he was simply retaliating to the South African captain's taunt that he was not a good bowler. We are in strong position: Amla
South Africa were in a strong position by reaching 232 for four on the first day on bowling-friendly conditions against India in the third Test but ill-afford to lower their guards, batsman Hashim Amla said.
January 02, 2011
Out-of-form Collingwood mulls Test retirement
In the line of fire following miserable form in the Ashes, England middle order Paul Collingwood has admitted that he faces an uncertain future and the Sydney Test, starting tomorrow, could be his last. Mohsin defends delay in announcing World Cup squad
Pakistan's chief selector Mohsin Khan on Sunday said the desire to select the strongest possible squad for the 2011 World Cup has delayed the announcement of the probables for the flagship event of the ICC. Younis to appear at ICC hearing on spot-fixing
Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan will join one-day captain Shahid Afridi and head coach Waqar Younis in testifying before the ICC anti-corruption tribunal in Doha next week. England need big changes to get to top: Warne
Despite retaining the Ashes urn England needs to bring in huge changes to achieve their dream of becoming the best team in the world, feels Australian spin legend Shane Warne. Alam hopes image of Pak cricket improves in 2011
Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam is confident that the year 2011 will serve as a catalyst to improve the image of Pakistan cricket. Tendulkar's son practices with Team India
It was a net session that even Sachin Tendulkar would have only dreamt of when he started playing cricket. Ashes: Khawaja, Beer set to make Test debut
Batsman Usman Khawaja and spinner Michael Beer will make their Australia debuts in the fifth Ashes Test against England, stand-in captain Michael Clarke said on Sunday. Kallis, Amla put South Africa on top
Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla hit half-centuries to put South Africa on top against India, on a rain-hit day one of the third and final Test match at Newlands in Cape Town, on Sunday.
January 01, 2011
Afridi, Waqar to appear as witnesses at hearing
Pakistan One-day captain Shahid Afridi and head coach Waqar Younis have been summoned as witnesses by the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal, which will consider spot-fixing allegations against three Pakistan players. 'Ponting can beat Tendulkar's record in Tests'
Out-of-form Ricky Ponting is facing the heat from all quarters after Australia failed to retain the Ashes from England but his former team-mate Glenn McGrath feels the Aussie skipper will beat Sachin Tendulkar for the record of maximum runs in Test cricket. Sreesanth cautioned by Dhoni
S Sreesanth was rebuked by his own captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his verbal spat with rival captain Graeme Smith. I learnt a few tricks from Zaheer: Anderson
England pacer James Anderson has revealed that he learnt a few tricks of how to keep batsmen guessing which way the ball will swing from Indian strike bowler Zaheer Khan which helped him transformed into a lethal bowler in the last few years. Yuvraj in British newspaper's 'top 10 egos'
Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh finds himself in a rather unflattering list with a British newspaper naming him as one of the 'top 10 sporting egos' of recent times. Ashes: No home advantage for debutant Beer
While Australia will hope to use local knowledge to their advantage in the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) next week, debutant Michael Beer has admitted that his contribution will be zero.
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