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March 31, 2013
It is up to Watson to decide to bowl or not: Brad Hodge
Rajasthan Royals batsman Brad Hodge said he was not sure whether all-rounder Shane Watson would be bowling in the upcoming Indian Premier League and added it was up to the Aussie all-rounder to take a call.
IPL: I am ready to bat anywhere, says Menaria
Former India under-19 captain Ashok Menaria, who is part of the Rajasthan Royals squad, says he is ready to bat at any position in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).
Pakistan can use T20 to break boycott: Misbah
Misbah-ul-Haq has identified Twenty20 cricket as the means by which Pakistan can bring international competition back to the country.
March 30, 2013
Gambhir is looking forward to play the first match: Dahiya
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir has recovered from jaundice and is set to join the side on Sunday, three days ahead of the IPL-six opener against Delhi Daredevils.
Chandimal rejects IPL offer
Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka's T20 international skipper and has rejected offers to play in the sixth edition of the IPL, cricket board sources claimed.
Juneja sets up Gujarat's summit date with Punjab
Left-hander Manprit Juneja smashed an unbeaten 108 as Gujarat thrashed Kerala by 90 runs to set up title date with Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 championship in Indore. Can't stop players from participating in IPL: Lanka Board
Reacting to mounting pressure on the authorities to prevent the Sri Lankan cricketers from taking part in the upcoming Indian Premier League, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has said it was powerless to stop the players.
Ryder regains consciousness, can't recollect bar attack
New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has regained consciousness and is talking to friends and family as he recovers from an alleged assault in Christchurch earlier this week, his manager said on Saturday.
March 29, 2013
Christian rates IPL higher than Big Bash
Australian all-rounder Daniel Christian rated the Indian Premier League (IPL) ahead of his country's domestic T20 Big Bash.
Pune sign Finch as Clarke's replacement
Pune Warriors have roped in Aaron Finch as replacement for Michael Clarke for the upcoming sixth edition of the Indian Premier League.
Kohli, Raina in top 10 in ICC T20 rankings
Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina are the two Indians to figure in the list of top 10 in ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen, while India continue to hold onto the number three slot in the teams category, issued in Dubai. Syed Mushtaq T20: UP beat Baroda in thriller
Uttar Pradesh beat Baroda by two wickets in a last-ball thriller in the Super League (Group B) match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, in Indore on Friday.
IPL: Ponting joins Mumbai Indians training session
Mumbai Indians players on Friday underwent a training session ahead of the IPL season beginning next week with captain Ricky Ponting having a feel of the team environment though he did not take part in the practice. IPL: Dhawan to miss Sunrisers Hyderabad first game
Sunrisers Hyderabad, the new IPL outfit, have suffered a blow ahead of the tournament with star player Shikhar Dhawan being ruled out due to injury for at least their opening tie against Pune Warriors, to be held on April 5.
Ryder responding, man arrested for assault
New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder's condition was improving and he was responding to medical staff and his family on Friday as police said they had arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the alleged assault.
Dilshan ton in vain, Bangladesh win rain-marred 3rd ODI
Tillakaratne Dilshan's 17th one-day century proved in vain on Thursday as Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by three wickets under the Duckworth/Lewis rain rule to win the third and final one-day international and share the series one-all.
March 28, 2013
SLC won't stop players from playing in IPL
Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga on Thursday said it will not stop its players from participating in the Indian Premier League after getting assurances from the BCCI about their safety but made it clear that the SLC will not accept political interference.
T20s: Odisha shock Delhi, Kaif shines for UP
Minnows Odisha shocked heavyweights Delhi beating them by seven wickets in a Super League T20 match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, in Indore, on Thursday.
Spinners playing massive role in T20s: Kartik
Veteran India discard Murali Kartik on Thursday said that spinners have come of age and are playing a great role in teams' victories in the Twenty20 format of the game.
IPL 6: Sri Lankan Mathews named Pune Warriors captain
Sri Lanka Test and ODI skipper Angelo Mathews has been named to lead the Pune Warriors India in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier league, commencing on April 3.
Indian-origin pacer Gurinder Sandhu wins Steve Waugh Medal
Upcoming Australian pacer Gurinder Sandhu of Indian origin has toppled veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin to win the prestigious Steve Waugh Medal as the best New South Wales cricketer for the year 2012-13.
Graeme Smith receives ICC Test Championship mace
South Africa captain Graeme Smith on Thursday received the ICC Test Championship mace and prize money of USD 450,000 for leading the team to the top spot in ICC Test rankings on the annual cut-off date of April 1.
ICC Champions Trophy winners will pocket USD 2 million
The winners of the ICC Champions Trophy, commencing on June 6, will pocket a prize money of USD 2 million while the runners-up will be richer by USD 1 million. Harmanpreet to lead India women's team vs Bangladesh
Harmanpreet Kaur was named captain of the Indian women's team replacing seasoned Mithali Raj, for the limited-overs series against Bangladesh starting April 2 at home. Ranatunga says Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi playing politics
Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga slammed his cricket Board and government's decision to allow Lankan players to participate in the IPL, terming it an endorsement of human rights abuse charges against Sri Lanka.
March 27, 2013
Zaheer trains hard at RCB nets session in Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who is set to play in the IPL after recovering from an injury, trained at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore under the watchful eyes of coach Ray Jennings.
SL players get Board nod for IPL, but no to Chennai ties
The Sri Lankan cricket Board has decided to allow its cricketers to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) but directed them not to play in Chennai.
Indian Premier League fixtures rescheduled due to polls
Assembly elections in Karnataka in May has forced some matches of the Indian Premier League to be rescheduled.
Mushtaq Ali T20: Unmukt ton helps Delhi win
Riding on young Unmukt Chand's second consecutive hundred, Delhi thrashed Gujarat by 112 runs in a Super League (Group A) match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in Indore on Wednesday.
Yusuf Pathan gets hitched in quiet ceremony in Mumbai
Out-of-favour India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan tied the knot with fiancee Afreen, at a family function in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka players should not play in IPL: Ranatunga
Former captain Arjun Ranatunga has slammed IPL Governing Council's decision to withdraw Sri Lankan cricketers from Chennai matches of the tournament and asked the players to opt out of the entire high-profile event beginning April 3.
Muralitharan disappointed with IPL GC ruling
Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan is disappointed at the IPL governing council's move to disallow players from his country to play matches in Chennai, a decision taken in view of the prevailing anti-Sinhalese sentiments in the state.
March 26, 2013
Sri Lanka players withdrawn from Chennai IPL matches
Bowing to intense political pressure, Sri Lanka's leading players were on Tuesday withdrawn from the Chennai matches of the high-profile Indian Premier League after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa refused to host them in view of the prevailing anti-Sinhalese sentiments in the state.
Vote: What is MS Dhoni's biggest achievement as captain?
As his list of achievements keep growing in his fledgling career as Team India captain, we invite readers to pick his biggest success story thus far.
Cook tastes contrasting emotions after close contest in NZ
England captain Alastair Cook breathed a sigh of relief that his side managed to scrape out a nail-biting draw in the series-deciding third Test against New Zealand on Tuesday, though disappointment was the over-riding emotion.
Helmot appointed Sunrisers assistant coach
Australia's Simon Helmot has been named as the assistant coach of the new IPL franchise Hyderabad Sunrisers for the upcoming edition of the Twenty20 league.
Clarke 'keeping fingers crossed' on IPL participation
Recuperating from a back problem, Australia skipper Michael Clarke is keeping his "fingers crossed" as far as participation in the upcoming Indian Premier League is concerned. He says 'I will do as I'm told" by the medical staff in deciding whether or not to play in the cash-rich T20 league.
Australia captain Clarke ruled out of IPL
Australia captain Michael Clarke, signed up by the Pune Warriors India, was ruled out of the sixth edition of the IPL after failing to recover from his injuries.
Prior leads England to series-saving NZ draw
Wicketkeeper Matt Prior produced a belligerent century to ensure England saved the series-deciding third Test against New Zealand at EdenPark on Tuesday, despite Kane Williamson taking two late wickets that almost snatched victory for the hosts.
March 25, 2013
India maintain ODI top spot, Kohli, Dhoni remain in top-10
Team India maintained their top position in the latest ICC ODI ranking list with 119 points followed by England and Australia. According to the fresh list issued, India is closely followed by England on 117 points and Australia are third on 116 points.
Rain washes out second SL-Bangladesh ODI
The second One-Day International between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was abandoned as a no-result after rain allowed only five overs to be bowled on Monday. Sri Lanka, leading 1-0 in the three-match series, were 33 for no wicket off five overs when play was called off. Not fair to discuss Sachin's retirement: Srinivasan
BCCI president N Srinivasan refused to be drawn into a debate on whether it was time for Sachin Tendulkar to call it quits from Test cricket, saying he is the "greatest batsman India has produced" and it won't be fair to the batsman to discuss about his retirement.
Cook's exit leaves England battling to save Test
Part-time spinner Kane Williamson took two wickets, including that of Alastair Cook, just before stumps to put New Zealand firmly in charge of the series-deciding third Test against England at the end of the fourth day at Eden Park on Monday.
SRK, Katrina, Pitbull to perform at IPL opening
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, the co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, will reportedly add glamour and extravaganza to the opening ceremony of the sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) with his performance.
March 24, 2013
Ishant fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct
Gangling India paceman Ishant Sharma was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for gesturing towards the pavilion after dismissing Australian batsman James Pattinson during the third day's play in the fourth Test in New Delhi. De Villiers rides luck to steer S Africa to series win
AB de Villiers survived being dropped early to smash a series-winning unbeaten 95 for South Africa who beat Pakistan by six wickets in the deciding match of their One-day international series on Sunday.
Kotla Test: India clinch historic clean sweep vs Australia
An emphatic six-wicket win in the fourth and final Test in New Delhi on Sunday helped Team India complete a historic 4-0 clean sweep against Australia.
Ravindra Jadeja warned for wild celebrations
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was on Sunday warned by umpire Aleem Dar for wildly celebrating the dismissal of Australian opener David Warner during the third day's play of the fourth and final Test in New Delhi.
Auckland Test: Boult puts New Zealand in control v England
England's bowlers dragged their side back into the third and deciding Test against New Zealand as they reduced the hosts to 35 for three in their second innings at the close of play on the third day at Eden Park on Sunday.
March 23, 2013
Stats: Big day for Vijay, Ojha, Ashwin!
# Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara shared a stand of 108 -- India's second highest opening partnership against Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla -- after 121 between Nari Contractor and Pankaj Roy in December 1959.
Jadeja, Warner spice up proceedings on Day 2 at Kotla
Sparks flew thick and fast between Ravindra Jadeja and David Warner as the two players found themselves involved in an ugly spat during the second day's play of the fourth and final Test in New Delhi on Saturday.
Tinkering with the batting order hurt India badly
India missed a chance to take a vice-like grip on the fourth and final Test match and it was their poor batting on Day 2 that helped Australia make a splendid comeback.
BCCI a long way from accepting DRS: ICC
ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson has suggested that India's bad experience of the Decision Review System when it was first trialled might have played a part in BCCI's refusal to accept the controversial technology.
Boult's twin strike gives New Zealand the edge
Trent Boult grabbed two wickets as New Zealand reduced England to 50 for two and seized the advantage at the end of the second day of the deciding third Test at Eden Park on Saturday.
Ojha reaches 100-wicket milestone in Tests
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha completed his 100 wickets in Test cricket on the second day of the fourth and final match of the series against Australia, becoming the third fastest Indian to reach the milestone.
India struggle as Lyon roars with five wickets
Nathan Lyon scalped five wickets as the Indian batsmen were tested for the first time in the series on a crumbling track. The hosts still managed to take a slender four-run first-innings lead in the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia in New Delhi on Saturday.
'Clarke could be paid more to lead Pune Warriors'
Set to leave for home after leading Australia to a Test debacle in India, Michael Clarke could come back next month to captain IPL side Pune Warriors, according to reports.
Shillingford spins Windies to victory over Zimbabwe
Shane Shillingford grabbed another five wicket haul to bowl West Indies to a second successive Test win over Zimbabwe but this time in front of a delirious home town crowd in Dominica on Friday.
March 22, 2013
Australia must fault their batsmen more than the pitch
The Australians have themselves to blame more than the pitch. India's spinners played on their batsmen's patience more than anything else to take the honours on Day 1 of the fourth Test.
Smith's wicket was more satisfying: Ashwin
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin termed his delivery to dismiss Steven Smith as a more "satisfying one" compared to the one that helped him get rid of Mitchell Johnson on the opening day of the fourth and final Test against Australia.
'Hazare Trophy unlikely to be played in Ranji format'
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is unlikely to agree to the proposal to change the format of the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day tournament on the lines of the revamped Ranji Trophy because of logistical issues, former India captain Anil Kumble indicated.
Cowan's wicket the turning point on Day 1
Ed Cowan has to take most of the blame for Australia's collapse on Day 1 of the fourth Test against India.
Gilchrist signs up for Caribbean Premier League
Former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has been named the second international franchise player to be participating in the Caribbean Premier T20 League (CPL), commencing on July 29.
Tail rescues Australia after Indian spinners strike
India's quest for a historic clean sweep started on a good note as the host spinners continued their dominance over Australia to take the honours on the opening day of the fourth and final Test in New Delhi on Friday.
Fulton makes stunning return to frustrate England
Peter Fulton scored his maiden Test century as he anchored New Zealand to an impressive 250 for one at the close of play on the first day of the series-deciding third Test against England at Eden Park on Friday.
South Africa's Smith likely to miss decisive One-dayer
South Africa opener Graeme Smith is unlikely to play in the final One-day international on Sunday after his ankle flared up during Pakistan's three-wicket win on Thursday, officials said.
Gayle, Chanderpaul turn screws on Zimbabwe
Centuries from stalwarts Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul highlighted a festival of batting on Thursday as West Indies built up a 206-run lead over Zimbabwe on the second day of the second and final Test in Dominica.
Watson to captain Australia, Clarke out with injury
Shane Watson will captain Australia in the fourth and final Test against India in Delhi on Friday after Michael Clarke was withdrawn from the match with a back injury.
Clarke should quit as a selector immediately: Benaud
Amid fears of possible backlash in Australia's already vulnerable team culture in the wake of the 'homework-gate', former Test selector John Benaud has advised captain Michael Clarke to quit as a selector immediately.
Rahane to make his debut in Delhi Test
Ajinkya Rahane will finally make his long awaited debut in Test cricket after being named in the Indian team for the fourth and final match against Australia, starting in Delhi on Friday.
March 21, 2013
Hafeez out obstructing the field in Pakistan victory
Mohammad Hafeez became the first batsman given out for obstructing the field under new rules on Thursday before Pakistan defeated South Africa by three wickets to level their one-day series 2-2.
Rahane should play and open in Delhi Test: Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels it's time Ajinkya Rahane is given his Test cap, in the fourth and final Test against Australia, beginning in Delhi on Friday.
I am available for IPL, says KKR captain Gautam Gambhir
In a major relief for Kolkata Knight Riders, skipper Gautam Gambhir has said that he is available for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League since he is suffering from just a mild jaundice.
Pietersen's knee injury was game by game decision: Cook
England captain Alastair Cook was forced to defend the decision to allow top batsman Kevin Pietersen to play the first two Tests against New Zealand despite being hampered by a knee injury that forced him out of the series decider starting on Friday.
Shillingford has Zimbabwe in a spin again
Spinner Shane Shillingford took five wickets to skittle Zimbabwe out for 175 on the opening day of the second Test in Roseau on Wednesday. The West Indies reached 114 for two in reply at close.
Retirees Ponting and Hussey rule out Ashes return
Recently retired batting greats Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey have both ruled out returning to the Australia team for the back-to-back Ashes series against England this year.
March 20, 2013
At times I disagreed with Sachin on team strategy: Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he still feels shy to speak to his idol Sachin Tendulkar off the field, but his honest opinion on team strategy on the cricket field, including the occasional difference with the batting icon, must have landed him the India captaincy in 2007.
Sehwag fails again, but Delhi beat Jammu & Kashmir
Delhi registered their third successive victory in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, beating Jammu and Kashmir by 17 runs, despite another failure by Virender Sehwag. With 12 points from three matches, Delhi are through to the knock-out round of the competition that will be held in Ranchi.
Dhawan batted like Bradman, reckons Cowan
Australia opener Ed Cowan believes that Shikhar Dhawan's debut innings in the third Test at Mohali was Bradman-esque.
Injury rules Pietersen out of IPL
England's dashing batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League because of an injury.
Captain Clarke 'not expecting' to miss Delhi Test
Michael Clarke has not yet given up hope of playing in the fourth and final Test against India, starting in Delhi on Friday.
Down with jaundice, Gambhir set to miss early part of IPL
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders might miss the services of their captain Gautam Gambhir, as the senior opener is down with jaundice.
Clarke and Watson need to sort out differences: Waugh
Former skipper Steve Waugh has urged current captain Michael Clarke and his deputy Shane Watson to sort out their differences for the betterment of Australian cricket.
Mike Hussey's return is hypothetical, says Arthur
Under-fire Australia coach Mickey Arthur has played down the talk of Mike Hussey coming out of retirement in the wake of the team's disastrous show in the ongoing Test series in India.
ICC rejects PCB's DRS reservations
The ICC has rejected the Pakistan Cricket Board's reservations about some umpiring decisions and the way the Decision Review System was used in the team's Test series in South Africa.
March 19, 2013
Raina replaces Dhawan for Delhi Test vs Australia
In a surprise move, the Indian selectors replaced the injured opener Shikhar Dhawan with middle order batsman Suresh Raina for the fourth and final Test, starting in Delhi, on Friday.
Emotional Sachin shares anecdotes at Yuvi's book launch
Sachin Tendulkar has said that he was scared of breaking down in front of Yuvraj Singh when he met the left-handed batsman in London after his treatment in the United States for a rare germ cell cancer.
Du Plessis out of SA squad, will miss four weeks of IPL
South Africa have called up Quinton de Kock to their squad for the two remaining one-day internationals against Pakistan. The 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman replaces Faf du Plessis, who will rest a lower back problem that has also ruled him out of the first four weeks of the Indian Premier League, where he plays for the Chennai Super Kings.
Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by seven wickets to win series
Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the second Test on Tuesday to win the two-match series 1-0.
BCCI technical panel to meet on March 22
The Cricket Board's technical committee will meet in Mumbai on Friday to discuss the proposal of playing the Vijay Hazare Trophy One-day matches in divisions -- on the lines of the Ranji Trophy.
Oz coach Arthur says, Thanks but No Thanks! to twitter
Beleaguered Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur on Tuesday deleted his Twitter account after being continuously ridiculed by fans in the wake of the team's woeful Test run in India.
Starc heads home for surgery, Clarke also struggling
The struggling Australian cricket team was dealt another blow in the ongoing Test series against India after pacer Mitchell Starc was ruled out of the fourth and final match due to an ankle injury, which would require surgery.
NZ name paceman Bracewell for third Test against England
New Zealand have provisionally named paceman Doug Bracewell in a 14-man squad for the third and final Test against England starting in Auckland on Friday, pending his recovery from a domestic One-day match.
New ODI rules have foxed slow bowlers: Afridi
The new rules in One-Day International cricket have made it difficult for slow bowlers, Pakistan's experienced leg-spinner Shahid Afridi said on Monday.
March 18, 2013
Herath bags two late wickets to boost Sri Lanka
Two wickets in two balls by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath in the last half hour of play on the third day tilted the balance of the second Test towards Sri Lanka on Monday.
Bangladesh board bans umpire for 10 years for corruption
Bangladesh have banned Nadir Shah, who umpired in 40 one-day internationals between 2006-11, for 10 years for corruption. Dhawan hurts fingers, will miss fourth Test in Delhi
India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who hit a century on his debut Test at Mohali, is likely to miss the fourth and final Test against Australia in Delhi after hurting his fingers during the tourists second innings of the third Test in Mohali, on Monday. Remorseful Praveen promises to control his anger
Shaken to the core by a BCCI suspension for unruly behaviour during the Corporate Trophy, Indian pacer Praveen Kumar is remorseful and has vowed not to repeat the incident in future.
Sri Lanka rest Herath from first two ODIs
Sri Lanka have rested left-arm spinner Rangana Herath from the first two One-day internationals against Bangladesh to be played at Hambantota on March 23 and 25.
India seal Australia series after third straight win
India clinched the Test series against a spirited Australia by their biggest-ever margin after a nerve-wracking six-wicket victory in the third Test, at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium, in Mohali on Monday. The home side now has a 3-0 lead in the four-match series.
Dhawan unlikely to open batting in 2nd innings
India's latest cricket sensation, Shikhar Dhawan is unlikely to open the batting in India's second innings after injuring his hand while fielding on Day 4 of the third Test in Mohali.
NZ v England: Rain washes out play; Test ends in draw
Persistent rain and a pitch that offered the seam bowlers little assistance ensured the second test between New Zealand and England at the Basin Reserve ended in a damp draw when the final day's play was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Monday.
Gavaskar backs Sehwag, Gambhir to return for SA tour
Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir might not pair up as opening partners for the country again but the two senior players can still make individual comebacks, feels Sunil Gavaskar.
March 17, 2013
Amla, De Villiers smash SA to thrilling win over Pakistan
A record-breaking batting display from centurions Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers took South Africa to a 34-run win over Pakistan in the third One-Day International on Sunday.
Ghouri implicated by PCB committee: sources
Suspended Pakistan umpire Nadeem Ghouri, facing corruption charges, has been found guilty of misconduct and is facing punishment on the recommendations of a PCB probe committee, sources have claimed. Sangakkara, Chandimal steady Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh
Kumar Sangakkara continued his purple patch against Bangladesh and hit an unbeaten 127 to guide Sri Lanka to 294 for six at close on the second day of the second and final Test on Sunday. ICC won't reduce Aamer's suspension
The ICC has said that there are no plans to change or reduce the minimum ban of five years imposed on Pakistani pacer Mohammed Aamer who has serving the ban for spot-fixing.
Siddle rues allowing India to build massive partnerships
Letting Indian batsmen build mammoth partnerships has hurt Australia the most in the series, visiting paceman Peter Siddle lamented.
Pathan guides Gujarat to a convincing win
A stroke-filled 87 by opener Asad Pathan helped Gujarat thrash Maharashtra by eight wickets in the inaugural match of the West Zone Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy at the Motera 'B' ground in Ahmedabad. PCA honours Harbhajan for completing 100 Tests
Punjab Cricket Association honoured off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for featuring in 100 Test matches for the country.
Kumar's triple strike gives India the edge in Mohali
Murali Vijay (153) cracked his second successive century before Bhuvneshwar Kumar quickly snapped up three Australian wickets to raise hopes of an Indian victory in the third cricket Test which seemed headed for an exciting finish.
Williamson, Taylor frustrate England in second Test
Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and persistent light rain on Sunday ensured that New Zealand's second Test against England at the Basin Reserve is most likely to end in a damp draw on Monday.
March 16, 2013
Sehwag, Gambhir congratulate Dhawan on debut century
Senior players Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir took to micro-blogging site Twitter to congratulate their statemate Shikhar Dhawan, who announced his arrival on international stage with a mind-blowing unbeaten 185 off 168 balls on Saturday.
Absence of a Plan B did Australia in on Day 3
It was a day when except for the first two hours, everything went wrong for Australia. It could possibly be one of worst days for Australia in Test cricket because rarely in the past have we witnessed an Australian team looking so helpless and lost.
Aus blown away by 'cyclone' Dhawan's debut ton
Debutant Shikhar Dhawan's record opening stand with partner Murali Vijay helped India take full control on day three of the third Test match against Australia in Mohali on Saturday.
Sri Lanka's Herath puts Bangladesh in a spin
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath completed a five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka dismissed Bangladesh for 240 runs in their first innings on the opening day of the second and final Test on Saturday.
Dhawan lights up Mohali with record-breaking ton
One run was all that separated Mitchell Starc from becoming the first number nine Australian batsman to notch up a century in India, as the visitors posted a competitive 408 all out in the third and penultimate Test in Mohali, on Saturday.
Broad bags six as England make NZ follow-on
England enforced the follow-on after bowling New Zealand out for 254 shortly before tea on the third day of the second Test at the Basin Reserve on Saturday. New Zealand were dismissed 12 runs short of the required target, with Stuart Broad rattling through New Zealand's lower order with six wickets to leave the hosts well adrift of England's 465.
Misbah leads Pakistan to series-levelling win over SA
Misbah-ul-Haq played a captain's innings, an unbeaten 57, as he steered Pakistan to a six-wicket victory over South Africa in a rain-affected second one-day international at Centurion on Friday.
March 15, 2013
Gavaskar considers Fletcher lucky over contract extension
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that Indian coach Duncan Fletcher is lucky to have been handed a contract extension.
BCCI extends Fletcher's contract by a year
Duncan Fletcher's contract as The Board of Control for Cricket in India was extended by one more year despite a below-par track record, setting to rest the intense speculation on his future.
Clarke's promotion to No 3 misfired
Australia's decision to send captain Michael Clarke up the order misfired badly, as he was out to the first delivery, without scoring.
Top performer: Jadeja's golden arm working wonders
When Ravindra Jadeja was selected to the Indian Test team in December last year the decision left many surprised because the Saurashtra all-rounder was considered as a limited overs specialist given his exploits in T20 cricket and ODIs.
Mohali Test: Jadeja's double strike turns it India's way
The turning point on Day 2 came in the 48th over when Ravindra Jadeja claimed two wickets off successive deliveries to peg back Australia, who were sitting pretty after a good start.
Watson seems to backtrack on retirement threat
Axed Australian vice-captain, Shane Watson has cooled on retirement threats as he has made himself available for the Ashes and is also likely to return for the fourth and final Test against India in Delhi, starting next Friday, report in the Australian media said.
Australia crumble against spin after fine start
India claimed four wickets in the final session to end the second day in the third Test against Australia on a high, in Mohali, on Friday. The Aussies failed to capitalise on a century partnership for the opening wicket and were reduced to 273 for 7, with comeback man Steven Smith and Mitchell Starc batting on 58 and 20 respectively.
Prior and seamers put England in control
Matt Prior produced an exceptional counter-attacking innings then Stuart Broad captured two wickets in successive balls as England took control of the second Test against New Zealand by the close of play of the second day on Friday.
England bowler Swann has successful elbow operation
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has had successful surgery on his troublesome right elbow and will now start a rehabilitation programme, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Thursday.
Shillingford spins Windies to crushing win over Zimbabwe
Spinner Shane Shillingford claimed a six-wicket haul as West Indies eased to a nine-wicket win over Zimbabwe just after lunch on the third day of the first Test in Barbados on Thursday.
March 14, 2013
'Axed' Watson becomes dad
Axed Australian vice-captain Shane Watson finally had something to cheer about as his wife gave birth to a baby boy in Sydney on Thursday. Late strikes complete good day for Windies
The West Indies bagged three Zimbabwe wickets late on Day 2 to move into a commanding position in the first Test in Barbados on Wednesday. Zimbabwe reached the close on 41 for three in their second innings, trailing the West Indies by 55 runs.
Compton, Trott hit tons as England dominate Kiwis
England's Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott punctured New Zealand's growing bubble of self-belief on Thursday as they both scored centuries to guide their side to an imposing 267 for two at the close of play on the first day of the second Test.
Sialkot Stallions players unhappy with PCB
Members of the Sialkot Stallions team that went to South Africa late last year to play in the Champions League Twenty20, remain unhappy with the share given to them from the appearance fee of $ 500,000 by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Boot camp for Australian players to restore morale?
A former Special Forces soldier, who was involved in John Buchanan's controversial 2006 boot camp, has offered to help the current Australian wayward team before the Ashes series, to be held in England in July.
Day 1 of Mohali Test match washed out
The opening day of the third Test match between India and Australia in Mohali, on Thursday, was abandoned because of rain.
March 13, 2013
Weather could play spoilsport on Day 1 of Mohali Test
With India looking to seal another win against struggling Australians in the third Test beginning in Mohali on Thursday, the Meteorological Department has forecast cloudy sky on the opening day with possibility of light rain. Aus cricketers offered professional counselling
The struggling Australian cricketers have been offered professional counselling to prepare well for the third Test against India and come to terms with the axing of four teammates, including vice- captain Shane Watson.
Rayudu, Parthiv take West past North in Deodhar final
West Zone turned in a profession bating display to beat North Zone by five wickets and win the Deodhar Trophy in Guwahati on Wednesday. Put in to bat in the final, North put up a commendable 289 for 8 in 50 overs, courtesy Unmukt Chand's scratchy 88 and Yuvraj Singh's useful 67. In reply, Ambati Rayudu anchored the chase with a well-made, unbeaten 78 as West successfully reached the target in 48.2 overs.
Samuels unlikely destroyer, but Zimbabwe fight back
Marlon Samuels proved an unlikely bowling hero for the West Indies as he grabbed four wickets to help dismiss Zimbabwe for 211 on the first day of the first Test at the Kensington Oval on Tuesday. But two wickets in successive balls for Kyle Jarvis saw the tourists make an early breakthrough as the West Indies ended the day on 18 for two.
Pujara declared fit, will play Mohali Test
Star batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has recovered from a minor injury suffered in the nets on Tuesday and has been declared fit for the third Test starting Mohali on Thursday.
Their back-chat, attitude was unacceptable: Arthur
Australia coach Mickey Arthur on Wednesday said the controversial decision to axe four players, including vice-captain Shane Watson, for the third Test against India was "a culmination of lots of small minor indiscretions".
Khawaja to split with manager over suspension episode
Usman Khawaja is all set to split with his long-term manager Daniel Zammit after the latter had supported the batsman's controversial axing from the Australian team for the third Test against India, starting in Mohali on Thursday.
England downplay any momentum as 2nd Test looms
Alastair Cook did not quite agree his side may have the momentum from the drawn first Test against New Zealand as they head into the second on Thursday though his assertion they were growing in confidence sent an ominous warning to Brendon McCullum's team.
NZ seek consistency, unchanged for second England Test
New Zealand will stick with the same team that drew the first Test against England and are likely to ask the tourists to bat in the second Test if they win the toss, captain Brendon McCullum said on Wednesday.
March 12, 2013
Pujara limps off after injury in nets
India's batting sensation Cheteshwar Pujara's limped off following an injury during Tuesday's practice session for the third Test, which starts in Mohali on Thursday.
Bangladesh earn first draw vs SL in high-scoring Test
Bangladesh drew the high-scoring first Test against Sri Lanka at the Galle international stadium on Tuesday to snap their 12-Test losing streak against the islanders. Chasing an improbable 268-run victory target with just one session and 37 overs left, Bangladesh were 70 for one wicket in 22 overs when the teams agreed to a draw after five days of batting dominance on a placid track.
CA Board backs team management on player suspension
The cricket fraternity may have questioned the logic behind the harsh sacking of four players but Cricket Australia Board today backed its team management on the suspension issue.
Revealed: How Virender Sehwag got into the Indian team
"When captain Sourav Ganguly was banned from the Rajkot game due to the over rate penalty, Madan asked me to try and convince Borde to give Sehwag a chance. I persuaded Borde to include him in the XI. Borde agreed only on the condition that I take up the entire responsibility by saying he could not be contacted. I agreed. Sehwag is still playing," Lele said.
'Sacking will not impact my friendship with players'
A day after the shocking suspension of four key players, Australian skipper Michael Clarke is confident that there will no backlash against him from the dumped players, who, he says, understand the reasons for this "harsh" decision.
A getaway might have helped Australia, feels Gilchrist
The Australian players might have been better served by using the eight-day break before the third Test against India by taking their minds off cricket, feels former great Adam Gilchrist.
This is the straw that broke the camel's back: Clarke
Australian skipper Michael Clarke says the disrespectful attitude of the four players was "the straw that broke the camel's back" but believes that Shane Watson can still comeback to the side as vice-captain.
I deserve this punishment: Pattinson
Paceman James Pattinson on Tuesday said he deserved axing from the side for his disrespectful ways and those who are criticising the decision, do not understand the new culture the team is trying to build.
March 11, 2013
Clarke defends suspensions, says mediocrity unacceptable
Captain Michael Clarke supported coach Mickey Arthur's decision to drop four players from his squad, saying discipline is a big part of the Australian cricket team.
'Rahane will do well as an opener'
Former India cricketers tell Harish Kotian that Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane has the required qualities to be a top opener, even overseas.
Watson leaves for home after being dropped
Australia's tour of India took an extraordinary turn on Monday with their miffed vice-captain Shane Watson leaving for home hours after being dropped from the team for the third Test against India along with three other key players for ignoring a team management order.
Yuvraj, Unmukt steer North to Deodhar Trophy final
Half-centuries by senior pro Yuvraj Singh and the talented Unmukt Chand helped North Zone cruise to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Central Zone and enter the Deodhar Trophy final, in Guwahati, on Monday. North will meet the winner of Tuesday's second semi-final, between South and West Zone.
Bangladesh and skipper Mushfiqur set Test records
Bangladesh recorded their highest test total and captain Mushfiqur Rahim became their first batsman to score a double century in this format on day four of their first Test against Sri Lanka on Monday. Resuming on 438 for four, Bangladesh were all out for 638 at the stroke of tea, a 68-run lead over Sri Lanka who had declared their first innings 570 for four on a Galle pitch where bat dominated the ball right from the start.
Aus axe Watson, 3 others for disobeying team orders
In an unprecedented move, Australia axed vice-captain Shane Watson and three other key players from the side on Monday for the third Test against India for failing to obey team management orders. Watson, pacers James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson and batsman Usman Khawaja were dropped for failing to make a presentation on how to improve their personal as well as the team's performance after the innings and 135 runs defeat in the second Test in Hyderabad.
Warner urges selectors to keep faith in Cowan
Australian opener David Warner has backed his embattled partner Ed Cowan, saying that the selectors should persist with him despite repeated failures in the ongoing Test series against India.
Langer urges selectors to avoid chopping and changing
The Australians may have been dismal so far in the ongoing Test series against India but former batsman Justin Langer feels the selectors should keep faith in the players and avoid a "chopping and changing" policy.
Haddin called in as cover for Matthew Wade
Australia's woes in the ongoing tour of India mounted on Monday as they were forced to call in Brad Haddin as cover for wicket-keeper Matthew Wade, who has sprained his right ankle and is in doubt for the third Test starting in Mohali on March 14.
Bracewell still injured, NZ unchanged for 2nd Test
New Zealand pace bowler Doug Bracewell has not recovered from a cut foot in time for the second Test against England in Wellington, the team said on their website on Monday.
Watson says suspension harsh, weighing up options
Upset at being summarily sacked from the team for the third Test against India, Australia vice-captain Shane Watson is contemplating quitting Test cricket.
March 10, 2013
Ingram century propels South Africa to easy win
Colin Ingram hit an unbeaten century to propel South Africa to an easy 125-run win in the first One-day International on Sunday as Pakistan fell way short in the chase.
'Difficult to say if Dhoni had a hand in Viru's ouster'
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Sunday sought to clarify his statement on Virender Sehwag's ouster from the Test squad, saying he had never categorically stated that Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a hand in the opener's omission.
Deodhar Trophy: Aparajith hits ton as South Zone enter semis
Young Baba Aparajith scored his maiden century in limited overs cricket as South Zone beat East by 11 runs in the Deodhar Trophy quarter-final, in Guwahati on Sunday.
Cook aware of how close England came to embarrassment
England captain Alastair Cook was acutely aware that his side had narrowly avoided an embarrassing first test loss to New Zealand in Dunedin on Sunday and that the series may be more competitive than they first thought.
Ashraful heroics boost Bangladesh in Galle
Mohammad Ashraful made the highest score by a Bangladesh batsman in Test cricket when he scored a magnificent unbeaten 189 on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Lyon says confidence up after bowling Tendulkar
He was dropped from the team after the opening Test itself, but Australian spinner Nathan Lyon says his confidence has only gone up as he has managed to get the wicket of Indian veteran Sachin Tendulkar in the ongoing series.
Injured Rohit, Dhawal out of Deodhar Trophy
West Zone will be without key players Rohit Sharma and Dhawal Kulkarni in their D B Deodhar Trophy campaign after injuries ruled them out of the One-day tournament, which started on Sunday in Guwahati.
Wade doubtful for 3rd Test after injuring ankle
The struggling Australian cricket team's tour of India was thrown into further disarray after wicketkeeper Matthew Wade injured his ankle, putting him in doubt for the third Test starting on Thursday.
England batsmen force draw in first NZ Test
DUNEDIN, New Zealand, March 10 (Reuters) - England's batsmen showed the resilience they had been lacking in their first innings to battle to a draw in the first of three tests against New Zealand at University Oval on Sunday.
March 09, 2013
Back from ban, Praveen to play in Syed Mushtaq Ali T20
The temperamental India discard Praveen Kumar's suspension has been revoked by the Indian cricket board and the swing bowler will be playing for Uttar Pradesh in the Central Zone leg of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Championship from March 17-22.
Deodhar Trophy: Unmukt drafted in North Zone team
Unmukt Chand has been drafted in as the 16th member of the North Zone side for the Deodhar Trophy inter-zonal limited overs tournament.
Pune Warriors to play home games at MHA stadium
Ending weeks of speculation, the Cricket Board on Saturday indicated in clear terms that Pune Warriors, owned by Sahara Group, would play all their IPL home games this season at Pune only.
PCB denies reports of bust-up between Misbah, Hafeez in SA
A series of reports about serious differences between Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Haq and senior player Muhammad Hafeez in South Africa has prompted the Pakistan Cricket Board to issue a strong denial.
Sri Lanka Cricket censures Malinga
Speedster Lasith Malinga has been warned by Sri Lanka Cricket to maintain better relations with the media following his spat with journalists.
Maiden tons give Sri Lanka huge lead over Bangladesh
Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal scored maiden Test hundreds as Sri Lanka took a strong grip of the first Test against Bangladesh on the second day.
England grind their way towards safety against NZ
Alastair Cook and Nick Compton made some amends for England's poor first innings by grinding out a 231-run partnership to eat deep into New Zealand's lead of 293 on the fourth day of the first Test on Saturday.
March 08, 2013
The man who discovered Wasim Akram dies aged 73
Pakistan's former Test spinner Hasib Ahsan, who as a selector was credited with discovering all-rounder Wasim Akram, died on Friday at the age of 73.
Sangakkara hits 31st Test ton as Bangladesh toil
Kumar Sangakkara scored his 31st Test century to equal the Sri Lanka record held by Mahela Jayawardene, as the hosts put up 361 for three on the first day of the first Test against Bangladesh on Friday.
Waqar named Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling coach
Sunrisers Hyderabad have roped in legendary Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis as its bowling coach for the upcoming Indian Premier League in April-May. 'One of the greatest fast bowlers of all-time, Waqar Younis will be the bowling coach for Sunrisers Hyderabad,' the team said on Twitter.
South Africa have India's No 1 ODI spot in their sights
India could be dislodged from the top position in the ICC One-day rankings by South Africa if the Proteas manage to whitewash Pakistan in a five-match home series starting on Sunday.
Pak captain Misbah facing probe for tax evasion?
Pakistan's Test and One-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq, along with some other leading players, will be investigated by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for filing incomplete tax returns.
Rutherford ton leaves England in tatters
Hamish Rutherford made the second-highest score by a New Zealander on debut to help extend the first innings lead over England to 218 runs at tea on the third day of the first test on Friday.
March 07, 2013
Hayden surprised by Sehwag's axing
Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden expressed surprise at the axing of India opener Virender Sehwag for the last two Test matches of the ongoing India-Australia Test series.
Mohali pitch will be different from Chennai, Hyderabad
The pitch of the third Test between India and Australia will not be of the same character as the last two matches in Chennai and Hyderabad, claimed Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) official.
Rajasthan Royals sign four new players
Rajasthan Royals have signed up four new players who will represent the team in the upcoming Indian Premier League, commencing in Kolkata on April 3. I trust my game, I'll be back, says Sehwag
Axed from the Indian team for the third and fourth Test against Australia, out-of-form opener Virender Sehwag on Thursday vowed to make a comeback into the national side, saying "I trust my game".
Sehwag axed for last two Aus Tests; Harbhajan survives
The selectors finally lost patience with Virender Sehwag and dropped him from the Indian team for the last two Tests against Australia.
Hussey says no plans of Test comeback
Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey says he has no plans of coming out of international retirement and salvage the national team's pride after two heavy Test defeats in India.
NZ take honours after bowling England out for 167
Openers Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton capitalised on the cheap dismissal of England by guiding New Zealand to 131 without loss at close of play on the second day of the first Test on Thursday.
March 06, 2013
BCCI says police security charges for IPL very high
Terming the charges levied by police for security during IPL matches played at D Y Patil Stadium in neighbouring Navi Mumbai in 2010 as "excessively high", the country's premier cricket body BCCI has urged the Home Secretary of Maharashtra to fix reasonable rates, comparable to those charged by other states. 'Hurt' Samaraweera retires after Bangladesh axe
Middle-order batsman Thilan Samaraweera said his omission from the Test squad for the series against Bangladesh forced him to retire from international cricket. England better than Australia in all areas: Vaughan
It's not just India who are rejoicing Australia's drubbing in the first two Tests but also England as weeks before the Ashes series, former skipper Michael Vaughan declared that the British team is better than Australia in every department.
Pune Warriors to host IPL games in Ahmedabad
Pune Warriors India are set to play their IPL home matches in Ahmedabad after deciding to move away from their original home city of Pune following a dispute with the Maharashtra Cricket Association.
Swann seeks swift return from elbow surgery
Graeme Swann's troublesome right elbow may have forced him out of the Test series against New Zealand but the England spinner has been told the required surgery is "relatively simple" and is eyeing a May return.
Rain washes out first day of NZ v England Test
Persistent rain forced the abandonment of the first day's play of the first cricket Test between New Zealand and England at Dunedin's University Oval on Wednesday.
Pujara, Ashwin achieve career-best rankings in Test arena
India's middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin have achieved their career-best rankings in batting and bowling, respectively in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings released on Tuesday.
March 05, 2013
Karthik to lead South Zone in Deodhar Trophy quarters
Tamil Nadu's Dinesh Karthik will lead a 15-member South Zone squad in their quarter-final match against East Zone in the Deodhar Trophy in Guwahati on Sunday. 'BCCI discussed concerns over Lorgat with us'
BCCI has discussed its concern over the possibility of former ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat being appointed as chief executive of Cricket South Africa, a CSA director said on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka's Samaraweera mulls retirement
Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera wants to retire from all forms of cricket but bosses are trying to persuade him otherwise.
Media brands Hyderabad defeat 'death of Aus Test cricket'
Australian media has blasted Michael Clarke's men after their humiliating innings and 135 runs defeat against India in the Hyderabad Test, branding the rout as death of Australian Test cricket.
HCA to refund Day 5 tickets of 2nd Test
With the second cricket Test between India and Australia ending prematurely on the fourth day in Hyderabad on Tuesday, the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) has decided to refund the ticket amount for the final day. New Ranji Trophy format gets teams' thumbs up
The current three-tier format for the Ranji Trophy got the thumbs up from all coaches and captains, even as a majority of them suggested that the Board of Control for Cricket in India reviews the scheduling of the country's premier domestic tournament.
India hand Australia crushing defeat, lead series 2-0
India scored a comprehensive innings and 135-runs win over Australia in the second Test at Hyderabad on Tuesday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series. Ashes loom large as England begin huge year against NZ
The long shadow of back-to-back Ashes series later this year crept on to University Oval on Tuesday as England captain Alastair Cook went through his final media conference ahead of their first Test of 2013 against New Zealand.
New Zealand must find answers to England's pace
England's pace bowlers James Anderson and Steven Finn are likely to be crucial determinants in the Test series against New Zealand when the first of three matches begins at University Oval in Dunedin on Wednesday.
Bracewell ruled out of Test after standing on glass
Pace bowler Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of New Zealand's first Test against England after cutting his right foot on glass while cleaning up after a party at his house.
March 04, 2013
Lee takes over from Akram as KKR's bowling coach
Australian speedster Brett Lee, who spearheads the Kolkata Knight Riders' pace attack, replaced Pakistan great Wasim Akram as the team's bowling mentor. Australia thrive after Indian hospitality on field
India's fielding disappointed once more and this time Ed Cowan and David Warner were given an early let off. Warner was dismissed later but a life to Cowan could prove decisive on Day 4.
Pujara party on Day 3!
Cheteshwar Pujara was at it again! The 25-year-old, resuming on 162, proceeded to complete a well-deserved double hundred and is hence our top performer of the day.
India lose wickets in a heap but swell lead
Instead of declaring, and getting ample time to bowl at the Aussies, the home team preferred to play it out. MS Dhoni (44) and Virat Kohli (34) swelled the Indian total, increasing the lead further to 266. They added 103 runs in the second session.
Dilshan gets court notice over child maintenance
Star Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan has been reportedly asked to appear in court over a child maintenance case.
Umpires referring close calls despite absence of DRS?
Deprived of the Decision Review System due to India's steadfast opposition, umpires could be taking advantage of an anomaly in referral rules.
West Indies enjoy easy second T20 win over Zimbabwe
Twenty20 world champions West Indies enjoyed a second easy win over Zimbabwe with a 41-run victory in Antigua on Sunday.
India sniff big win after another Pujara double
Cheteshwar Pujara scored his second Test double century as India amassed a huge first innings lead and took a stranglehold on the second Test against Australia on Monday. Needing 267 runs to make the home team bat again, the visitors ended the Day 3 on 74 for two (in 32 overs), 192 adrift. NZ seamer Bracewell doubtful for Test
New Zealand seamer Doug Bracewell is a doubt for the first Test against England, which starts in Dunedin on Wednesday, after cutting his foot on glass when cleaning up after a house party.
March 03, 2013
Sri Lankan cricket contract dispute ends
A row between Sri Lanka Cricket and its centrally contracted players, which had threatened to turn into a major crisis, ended on Sunday following talks, according to chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya. Pakistan crush SA to win T20 series
Captain Mohammad Hafeez and bowler Umar Gul put their Test woes behind them as Pakistan beat South Africa by 95 runs on Sunday to win the two-match Twenty20 series 1-0. Sri Lanka to axe revolting players over contract row
Sri Lankan Cricket on Sunday headed towards a major crisis with the Board deciding to dump 23 of its top players from international cricket until they sign on the contentious contract terms, which also cast a shadow on their participation in the IPL starting next month. Another injury setback for Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary's tryst with injuries continued and the talented Bengal batsman will yet again be out of action for a few weeks after suffering a serious shoulder injury during his team's semi-final match in the Vijay Hazare Trophy against Delhi in Visakhapatnam on Friday.
Aus coach Arthur defends Doherty's selection
Xavier Doherty hardly troubled the Indian batsmen but Australian coach Mickey Arthur defended left-arm spinner's inclusion in the side, saying he was the best choice keeping in mind the way hosts handle off-spinners.
Chand's century helps Delhi clinch Vijay Hazare Trophy
India's under-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand cracked a brilliant 116 to help Delhi clinch the Vijay Hazare Trophy after convincingly defeating Assam by 75 runs in the final in Visakhapatnam, on Sunday.
Turning point: Lyon's exclusion backfired
The strategy of dropping Nathan Lyon and opting for a twin spin attack, in the form of the inexperienced Xavier Doherty and Glenn Maxwell, for the Test completely backfired on the team.
Patience paid off for Pujara, Vijay
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara batted with restraint in the first session. They also ensured that they kept their wickets in tact. This allowed them to get set at the crease and then go after the Aussie bowling and accelerate the innings. This is where India got it right on Day 2.
Top Performers: Pujara and Vijay shine on Day 2
Murali Vijay (129 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (162 not out) hit unbeaten centuries to put India in complete control on the second day.
Vijay, Pujara centuries put India in control on Day 2
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara hit centuries as India reached 311 for one at stumps on the second day against Australia in Hyderabad, on Sunday.
SL players refuse to sign new contracts over salary row
Sri Lanka's upcoming Test series against Bangladesh was thrown into disarray after the country's cricketers refused to sign central contracts due to a pay dispute despite an extended deadline that ended on Sunday.
T20: Simmons helps Windies register easy win over Zimbabwe
Lendl Simmons blasted six sixes as his unbeaten 63 led West Indies to a comfortable eight wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the first of two Twenty20 internationals in Antigua on Saturday.
March 02, 2013
Gambhir guides Delhi into Hazare final
Gautam Gambhir (69) scored a confident half-century to complement the good bowling as Delhi thrashed Bengal by six wickets to enter the summit clash of the Vijay Hazare trophy in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Kings XI Punjab add three new players in squad
Kings XI Punjab added pacers Aniket Choudhary and Sandeep Singh apart from talented batsman Manan Vohra in their squad for the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, beginning April 3. India vs Aus, Day 1: Turning Point
Bhuvneshwar Kumar's opening spell has to be the turning point of the day.
Clarke stands tall amidst the ruins in Hyderabad!
Michael Clarke was the top performer of the day.
Watling shines as England lose warm-up match
England's bowlers have plenty to ponder ahead of the first test after a New Zealand XI chased down a steep target for a three-wicket win in the tourists' only warm-up match in Queensland on Saturday. Australian batting flounders again, India takes control
On Saturday, Michael Clarke provided was yet another example of his affinity towards the Indian attack. Had it not been for his resilient 91, the Australian total wouldn't have had a semblance of respectability. Australia were 237 for nine after 85 overs and they surprisingly declared. New Zealand add Wagner to squad for first England Test
Left-arm paceman Neil Wagner has been rewarded with a place in New Zealand's squad for the first Test against England after taking six wickets in the ongoing tour match in Queenstown.
March 01, 2013
Wade doubtful for Hyderabad Test
Australian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade suffered a minor cheekbone fracture while batting at the nets and his availability for the second Test will depend on his condition on Saturday.
First South Africa-Pakistan T20 abandoned
The first Twenty20 international between South Africa and Pakistan on Friday was abandoned, without a ball being bowled, because of rain. Dhoni is the best person to lead India, says Laxman
Former India batting ace VVS Laxman says Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an amazing person and a very good captain.
Umesh Yadav resumes training at NCA
Recovering from a back problem, India fast bowler Umesh Yadav has resumed training and is hoping to attain match fitness as early as possible, although he could not give a specific time frame.
India's tour of NZ next year to be trimmed: Report
India's full tour of New Zealand early next year could be trimmed to two Tests, two ODIs and two T20 Internationals to accommodate the Asia Cup cricket tournament, according to a report. Lehmann favourite to become next Oz ODI coach
Former all rounder Darren Lehmann has emerged as a firm favourite to become Australia's next limited-overs coach.
India U-19 skipper Unmukt Chand joins Pepsi bandwagon
India's Under-19 World Cup-winning captain Unmukt Chand has joined the list of star cricketers who endorse Pepsi after the soft drink giant roped him in as its brand ambassador on Friday.
February 28, 2013
Vijay Hazare: Assam stun Mumbai to enter semis
Assam's dream run in the Vijay Hazare Trophy continued as they stunned Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai by 27 runs to enter the semi-finals of the domestic ODI tournament in Visakhapatnam. Pak refugee backed to lead Aus spin for Ashes
Former South African tweaker Johan Botha believes Pakistan refugee spinner Fawad Ahmed is the missing link in Australia's plot to regain the Ashes and No.1 Test ranking.
February 27, 2013
Australia in a dilemma over team for second Test
Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur conceded that his team made a mistake by not going in with two spinners in the lost opening Test against India but it remains a "difficult" selection dilemma for the second match as well due to the pacers' decent performance.
Injured pacer Bird ruled out of India Test series
Injured Australian speedster Jackson Bird has been ruled out of the remaining three Test matches against India due to a bone stress injury on his back sustained during the first warm-up game of the ongoing series. MCC call for T20 at 2024 Olympics
The MCC World Cricket committee has called for the inclusion of Twenty20 cricket at the 2024 Olympics. It believes it could lead to "a potential boost" in the sport's profile.
Rajasthan Royals extend association with Valvoline
Rajasthan Royals have extended its association with Lubricant giant Valvoline Cummins Limited for the 2013 season of the Indian Premier League. The extension will see Valvoline continuing as an associate sponsor of the franchise for the second consecutive year. The team's logo will be sported on the non-leading arm of the players. India rise to No 4; Ashwin on career-best 11
India moved up a rung to fourth in the ICC Test rankings for teams, displacing Pakistan, while veteran Sachin Tendulkar rose three places to 17th in the batsmen's chart. Among the bowlers, off-spinner R Ashwin was rewarded for his match haul of 12 for 198 in the first Test against Australia with a jump to a career-best 11th.
Bell anchors England to solid first day against NZ XI
Ian Bell stroked an unbeaten century as England amassed an impressive 357 for seven at the end of the first day of their match against a New Zealand XI in Queenstown on Wednesday.
West Indies complete series sweep over Zimbabwe
West Indies easily won their third and final One-day International with Zimbabwe in Grenada on Tuesday to complete a 3-0 series cleansweep.
Warne provides Aussies quick feedback on Chennai defeat
Known for speaking his mind on cricketing matters, spin legend Shane Warne gave the Australian team a pep talk after the visitors' comprehensive defeat to India in the first cricket Test in Chennai on Tuesday.
Now, a song praising Dhoni's heroics!
Thrilled with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's on-field exploits, a fan from Ranchi has composed a song in praise of the Team India captain.
February 26, 2013
'Rising England star on drugs when killed'
One of English cricket's rising stars died after being electrocuted on a railway line then struck by a train as he attempted to flee police while on drink and drugs, a coroner's inquest was told on Tuesday.
Hazare Trophy: Assam stun MP to enter quarters
Minnows Assam stunned Madhya Pradesh by four wickets to enter the quarter-finals of the National One Day Championship for Vijay Hazare Trophy in Visakhapatnam. ZaraBol chat: How Dhoni, Ashwin destroyed Australia
Discuss the first Test, with India Abroad's Bikash Mohapatra on Rediff ZaraBol at 14.45 IST.
Chennai Test: India one up against the Aussies
Another standout performance by the spinners, led by home favourite Ravichandran Ashwin, helped India register an empathic eight-wicket win over Australia in the opening match of the four-Test series at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Tuesday.
February 25, 2013
Bangladesh replace injured duo for Lanka Tests
Bangladesh batsman Naeem Islam and left-arm spinner Enamul Haque have been ruled out of two-Test series against Sri Lanka after picking up injuries, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Monday. Back pain forces Bird to return to Australia
Australia's right-arm fast-medium bowler Jackson Bird will be flying back to his country within the next 24 hours to undergo "precautionary scans" after he reported of back pain. India enjoys pole position in ODI team rankings
Team India took an outright lead on top of the one-day table following England's 2-1 victory in the three-match series against New Zealand, which saw them lose two ratings points in the latest ICC ODI Championship ranking in Dubai. Australia's aggression cost them, says Jadeja
The Australian by nature play aggressive cricket and the credit to humble them goes to the whole team, India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja said in Chennai on Monday.
BCCI, CA officials review security in Hyderabad
BCCI and Cricket Australia officials on Monday reviewed the security arrangements in Hyderabad and met the city's police commissioner ahead of the second cricket Test between India and Australia, scheduled to be held from March 2-5. India vs Aus, Day 4: Where India got it right
Playing two medium pacers on a drab Chennai wicket didn't make sense. Australia at least could say pace is their strength, but for Team India it made no sense.
India vs Aus, Day 4: Turning Point
It has to be Michael Clarke's dismissal. Australia, after having conceded a whopping first innings lead (192 runs) and got off to a poor start in their second innings, had hard work to do in their second innings.
Ashwin shines with the ball again!
R Ashwin's impressive figures of 5 for 90 makes him the top performer of the day.
Akram steps down from KKR bowling coach's post
Legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram stepped down from the post of mentor and bowling coach of IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders citing personal reasons.
Dhoni breaks Sachin's record of highest score by skipper
Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday surpassed Sachin Tendulkar's record of highest individual Test score by an Indian captain en route his majestic 224 against Australia in the first cricket Test. 1st Test, Day 4: Indian spinners on fire in Chennai
India finished Day 4 on top, despite some reisitant batting by Moises Henriques, after R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh had the visitors in a soup. Australia finisned the day on 232 for nine (84 overs) -- an overall lead of 40. Overconfidence led to debacle in South Africa: Razzaq
Veteran all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has blamed Pakistan's Test debacle in South Africa on the "overconfidence" of the players, saying that the team's batsmen were just not prepared for the intimidating bowling attack of the Proteas.
February 24, 2013
Abbott's nine wickets help South Africa to sweep
Debutant Kyle Abbott took nine wickets as South Africa completed a 3-0 series sweep over Pakistan with a crushing innings and 18 run victory in the third and final test at Centurion on Sunday.
Former players laud 'inspirational Dhoni'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who received brickbats just a few months ago after the England series disaster, was showered with accolades from former players after his career-best knock of unbeaten 206 in the first Test against Australia in Chennai.
India vs Aus, Day 3: Where India got it right
Team India got off to a slow start on the third morning, adding only 14 runs to their overnight total (182-3) in the first 11 overs of the day.
Ashwin fined for breaching ICC regulations
India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day's play in the first cricket Test against Australia in Chennai on Sunday.
India vs Aus, Day 3: Turning Point
The aggressive instincts of MS Dhoni provides for the turning point of the day.
NZ name uncapped trio for first England Test
New Zealand will head into their first Test against England on March 6 with a new opening partnership after the recall of Peter Fulton and inclusion of the uncapped Hamish Rutherford and Tom Latham in their squad on Sunday.
Happy to see Virat score a fighting century: Coach
Virat Kohli's childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma is a happy man as the effort that his favourite student Virat Kohli put in at the nets prior to the Australia series has worked wonders for the player.
Bangladesh recall spinner Enamul for Sri Lanka Tests
Bangladesh recalled left-arm spinner Enamul Haque Jr and included batsman Mominul Haque in their 15-man squad on Sunday for the two-Test series in Sri Lanka next month.
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib set to miss Sri Lanka tour
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is unlikely to tour Sri Lanka next month after he was advised to undergo surgery on his shin, the Bangladesh Cricket Board's chief medical officer said on Saturday.
Chennai Test: Dhoni swings it India's way
India ended the third day at 515 for eight (after 141 overs), an overall lead of 135 runs. MS Dhoni was unbeaten on 206 and giving him company was Bhuvneshwar Kumar on 16, the two having added, 109 runs for the ninth wicket.
February 23, 2013
South Africa debutant Abbott leaves Pakistan reeling
Debutant paceman Kyle Abbott left Pakistan in tatters with seven first innings wickets as South Africa bowled out the tourists for 156 on the second day of the third Test at Centurion on Saturday.
Stats: Sachin completes 7000 Test runs in India
# Sachin Tendulkar (71 not out) has registered his 16th fifty against Australia -- his 67th in Tests, extending his record.
Cricket is popular, wealthier because of BCCI: Jones
Former Australian batsman Dean Jones feels international cricket has become one of the world's most popular sports in recent years due to the influence of India, which he says "generates 80 per cent" of the revenues.
Charles, Bravo strike tons as Windies crush Zimbabwe
Johnson Charles and Darren Bravo struck stylish centuries as West Indies easily beat Zimbabwe by 156 runs in the opening game of their one day series in Grenada on Friday.
Man arrested for online betting on Ind-Aus Test
The Haryana Police has arrested a member of an international gang for allegedly indulging in online betting on the first cricket Test between India and Australia at Chennai. Tendulkar's rescue act makes him top performer of the day
1st Test, Day 2: The top performer of the day has to be Sachin Tendulkar.
India vs Aus, Day 2: Turning Point
Michael Clarke's wicket has to be the turning point of the day.
1st Test, Day 2: Where India got it wrong
Brief Analysis: Where did Team India falter on Day 2 of the 1st Test vs Australia at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Saturday?
Clinical England win ODI series against New Zealand
Eoin Morgan and Joe Root ensured England completed a comfortable five-wicket victory over New Zealand in the third and final One Day International match at EdenPark in Auckland on Saturday to wrap up the series.
Tendulkar leads India to safer shores after shaky start
India reached 182 for three at stumps on Day two after Sachin Tendulkar (71, batting) and Virat Kohli (50, batting) joined forces to help India fightback after a shocking start. 84 for two in 21 overs at tea break on the second day after Australia were bowled out for 380 in their first innings on day two of the first Test in Chennai, on Saturday.
February 22, 2013
De Villiers and Amla keep SA out of trouble
AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla produced knocks in the 90s after South Africa had been in early trouble on the first day of the third Test against Pakistan on Friday.
NMC slams BCCI for its continued ban on certain photo agencies
News Media Coalition, comprising some international and domestic news agencies, on Friday criticised the BCCI for its continued refusal to grant accreditation to certain photo agencies, resulting to the boycott of photo coverage of the ongoing India-Australia Test by sections of international media.
'Sri Lankan public don't like juniors playing IPL'
Former Sri Lanka captain and present chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya feels that it will be better if junior Sri Lankan players are kept away from IPL although it remains an "individual decision".
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Bengal thrash Assam, enter quarters
Defending champions Bengal recovered from their shocking loss against Tripura to thrash Assam by seven wickets and enter the quarter-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Kolkata on Friday. 2nd Test will not be shifted from Hyderabad: BCCI
The BCCI, on Friday, made it clear that the second cricket Test between India and Australia will go ahead as per schedule in Hyderabad since the state government has assured of safety and security of the players. Clarke surpasses Bradman in most runs list
Australia captain Michael Clarke has surpassed the run-scoring feat of Australia batting great Don Bradman after completing 7,000 Test runs during the first Test against India in Chennai on Friday.
1st Test: Clarke ton steadies Aus after Ashwin claims six
Another Michael Clarke masterclass helped Australia avoid total collapse on Day One of the opening Test against India at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Friday.
CA expresses no security fears after Hyderabad blasts
The Australian cricket board (Cricket Australia) is concerned after the bomb blasts that rocked Hyderabad on Thursday, but Cricket Australia has said there is 'no reason to doubt' that the match would go ahead as planned. Test cricket will die if Tendulkar quits: Ranatunga
Sri Lanka's World Cup-winning former captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels Test cricket would "die" if players like Sachin Tendulkar call it quits.
February 21, 2013
Sourav Ganguly's father passes away
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly's father Chandidas Ganguly passed away on Thursday after a prolonged illness. Vijay Hazare Trophy: Delhi qualify for knock-outs
Title contenders Delhi comfortably made it to the knock-out stages of the Vijay Hazare Trophy by defeating Services courtesy VJD method in their final North Zone leg encounter at the Lohnu ground in Bilaspur. Ponting replaces Harbhajan as Mumbai Indians captain
Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting will replace Harbhajan Singh as captain of the Mumbai Indians for the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, starting on April 3.
Ponting signs two-month deal with Surrey
The 38-year-old batsman, the second-highest run scorer in Test cricket who retired from the international game at the end of last year after a glittering career, will be available for selection in all formats.
Do an encore of 2001: BCCI tells Harbhajan
The Board of Control for Cricket in India wants Harbhajan Singh, who will be appearing in his 100th Test in the first of the four-match series against Australia in Chennai on Friday, to regain the form of the 2001 series when he bamboozled the Aussies with a bagful of wickets.
Guptill to have thumb surgery, will miss England Tests
New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill will miss the final One-Day International and Test series against England to undergo surgery on his left thumb, the country's cricket board said on Thursday.
About a 14-year unbeaten run...and 44 years of agony
The MA Chidambaram stadium has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for Team India but that not the case for Australia, who have struggled at this ground, writes Bikash Mohapatra.
Bhajji in for Chennai, is 9th Indian to play 100 Tests
Harbhajan Singh has been picked for the Chennai Test and becomes the ninth player to play 100th Test matches for India.
PCB gives Afridi 'last shot' at international cricket
Pakistan have given former captain Shahid Afridi a final opportunity in international cricket by including him in their team for One-day series in South Africa next month.
February 20, 2013
Ranji ODIs: Yusuf powers Baroda to victory
Yusuf Pathan played his second consecutive match-winning knock to lead Baroda to a convincing four-wicket victory over Maharashtra in the West Zone leg of the Vizay Hazare One-Day Championships in Pune on Wednesday. Sharmila Tagore hospitalised, misses Pataudi lecture
The inaugural Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial lecture was unfortunately missed by the late cricketer's immediate family members with wife Sharmila Tagore being hospitalised because of bout of food poisoning.
South Africa retain Du Plessis as T20 captain
South Africa have retained Faf du Plessis as captain of their T20 squad for the two-match cricket series against Pakistan starting on March 1 after AB de Villiers asked not to be considered for the role.
Who will open with Sehwag in the first Test vs Aus?
The Indian team management's dilemma over Virender Sehwag's opening partner was evident during the training session as both Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan were seen spending considerable time at the nets ahead of the first Test match against Australia on Friday.
Ponting fined for Code of Behaviour breach
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has been fined for breaching the CA Code of Behaviour during the RYOBI One-Day Cup match between Tasmania and Western Australia at the WACA Ground in Perth.
CA appoints Anderson to review integrity management
Cricket Australia has appointed former AFL general manager football operations Adrian Anderson to review its integrity management. Debutant Henriques looks to execute his plans
Australia all-rounder Moises Henriques on Wednesday expressed amazement at being named in the playing XI for the first Test against India and said he was looking forward to make it count in his maiden appearance in the five-day format.
Henriques handed debut as Oz opt for one spinner
Portuguese-born all-rounder Moises Henriques has been handed a Test debut ahead of Glenn Maxwell for the first of the four-match series, starting in Chennai on Friday.
IPL: Virat Kohli to captain RCB
Virat Kohli has been appointed the new Royal Challengers Bangalore captain. The vice captain of the India team succeeds the highly respected and successful former RCB captain Daniel Vettori.
PCB instructs players to send back family
The Pakistan Cricket Board has instructed its national team players to send back their family members after suffering successive defeats in the Test series in South Africa.
Cook anchors easy win for England in New Zealand
Alastair Cook's patient knock of 78 anchored a well-executed England run chase of 270 to beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the second One-day International at McLeanPark, levelling the three-match series at 1-1 on Wednesday.
Number crunching: India-Australia Tests
India-Australia Tests: Statistical Survey
February 19, 2013
'Smith will be our most successful Test captain ever'
Former South African cricket supremo Ali Bacher has lauded the 2003 Omar Henry-led selection committee for appointing Graeme Smith as national captain when was just 22 and in the initial phrase of his international career.
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Delhi ease past Haryana
Delhi comfortably beat Haryana by 66 runs to register their second win in the North Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare National One Day Championship and in the process put one foot in the knock-out rounds in Bilaspur. Busy Dhoni fails to appear for B. Com exam
A busy cricketing schedule has led to Indian team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni failing to even appear in the first semester examination of Bachelor of Commerce degree after enrolling himself for the course five years ago at a city college.
Uncapped paceman Abbott added to South Africa squad
South Africa have added uncapped swing bowler Kyle Abbott to their squad for the third and final Test against Pakistan at Centurion starting on Friday.
Jayawardene ruled out of Bangladesh Tests
Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been ruled out of next month's two-Test home series against Bangladesh after dislocating the middle finger of his left hand in a domestic match on Sunday.
'No guarantee spinners are going to make an impact'
Australia might have taken five spinners to India to tackle the dust-bowl tracks but former coach John Buchanan feels it is the seamers who are likely to make a difference in the four-Test series starting February 22 in Chennai.
Inzamam calls on Pakistan to bat positively
Pakistan's most-capped player Inzamam-ul-Haq has called on the current team to show a more positive attitude with the bat in the remaining test of their three-match series against South Africa.
Afridi likely to be recalled to ODI squad for SA series
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is likely to be recalled to the One-day squad for the forthcoming series against South Africa after a string of batting failures in the Test series.
Indian spinners will be under pressure: Khwaja
Australian batsman Usman Khwaja on Monday resorted to playing mind games ahead of the first Test, stating that the expectations to deliver the goods on rank turners could put the Indian spinners under pressure in the upcoming series.
'India women's team didn't get enough support from BCCI'
ICC women's committee chairman Clare Conner feels the Indian cricket team didn't get enough support from the BCCI which was reponsible for the home side's poor seventh place finish at the recently-concluded Women's World Cup.
February 18, 2013
Hazare Trophy: Yusuf ton guides Baroda to victory
India discard Yusuf Pathan played a captain's knock with a strokeful 116 as Baroda scored a narrow one-wicket win over Saurashtra in a thrilling high-scoring West Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare Trophy One-Day Championship match in Pune on Monday. India A dented Australia's confidence, says Saxena
After wrecking havoc on rival camp along with Rakesh Dhruv on the third and final day of the second warm-up game, off-spinner Jalaj Saxena on Monday said they put Australia "under pressure" and the visitors would go into the first Test "low on confidence". BCCI backs Indian team to excel in Australia Tests
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is backing the Indian cricket team to bounce back in the forthcoming Test series against Australia and make up for their poor showing against England.
Women's ranking: Mithali holds on top batting spot
Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj held on to his number one spot while world champions Australia became the number one ODI team in the latest ICC rankings issued.
ICC thanks BCCI for women's World Cup success
ICC President Alan Isaac has thanked the BCCI for successfully hosting the Women's World Cup and praised the volunteers, organisers and sponsors for providing a wonderful opportunity to female cricketers to show their talent and potential on a world stage. Australian batsmen falter against unfancied Dhruv, Saxena
Australian batsmen's woes against spinners were exposed once again as India A's unfancied duo of left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhruv and off-spinner Jalaj Saxena excelled with an impressive display, forcing the visitors to follow on before the warm-up match ended in a draw in Chennai. No Indian in ICC Women's World Cup Team of the Tournament
Not a single Indian cricketer featured in the ICC Women's World Cup team of the tournament even as players from Australia and England dominated the list announced in Mumbai on Monday. Glad to end my career in India, where I was born: Lisa
Veteran Australian all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar, who retired from international cricket after her team won a sixth World Cup title in Mumbai, on Monday, said there could not have been a better place to call it quits than India -- the country where she was born. Feels good to be one up on the men: Aussie captain Fields
All smiles after leading the Australian women's cricket team to its sixth World Cup title, skipper Jodie Fields said it feels good to be one up on the men, who have won the coveted trophy four times. Lisa Sthalekar retires following World Cup win
Lisa Sthalekar, one of the best all-rounders that women cricket has seen, on Monday announced her retirement from international cricket, a day after Australia won its sixth World Cup. Afghan Board seeks BCCI support to develop cricket
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials have sought support from the BCCI for development of the sport in their war-torn country.
New Zealand call up Southee, Rutherford for 2nd ODI
New Zealand have brought paceman Tim Southee and batsman Hamish Rutherford into the squad for the second One-day International against England on Wednesday after injuries to seamer Mitchell McClenaghan and opener Martin Guptill.
Captain Smith delight at 'rewarding win'
Graeme Smith described South Africa's four-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second Test as one of the most rewarding wins in his 100 matches as captain of the side.
February 17, 2013
Clinical SA beat Pakistan by 4 wickets to seal series
South Africa showed why they are the No 1 Test team in the world with a clinical performance on day four of the second Test against Pakistan to clinch the series with a four-wicket victory on Sunday.
Women's WC: Australia crush Windies to clinch 6th title
Australia clinched their sixth Women's World Cup title after they comfortably defeated the West Indies by a huge 114-run margin in the final at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
Kaneria's appeal against life ban to resume in April
Banned leg-spinner Danish Kaneria's appeal against a life ban will resume on April 22 after it was adjourned by an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) disciplinary panel in December, the Pakistani player's brother said on Sunday.
It's for selectors to show faith in my abilities: Tiwary
His confidence boosted after a century in a warm-up game against Australia, Manoj Tiwary, on Sunday, sounded a warning to the visitors, saying that they are likely to struggle in the upcoming Test series against India given their susceptibility against quality spin bowling.
Tendulkar spends time with members of blind foundation
Soon after finishing a gruelling training session with his India team-mates, senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar, on Sunday, spent time with members of a Bangalore-based blind foundation, which requested him to play a charity match. Shastri reckons Sachin in for big runs against Aussies
Former India skipper Ravi Shastri is backing senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar to come good in the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia, starting in Chennai on February 22.
Warm-up tie: Tiwary strikes ton before Warner saves Aus
Manoj Tiwary staked his claim for a maiden call-up to the Test squad with a timely century before Australia's spinners bowled out India A for 451 on the second day of the warm-up match in Chennai on Sunday.
Vijay Hazare C'ship: Rasool's effort in vain as J&K lose
Matches from the Vijay Hazare championship played across India on Sunday. BCCI slapped with Rs 52 cr fine by Indian trade regulator
Indian cricket board's granting of IPL franchise rights on the basis of perpetual agreements creates barriers to potential entries, adversely impacting competition, fair trade regulator CCI has said. McCullum, Guptill guide NZ to win over England
Brendon McCullum produced a match winning innings while a limping Martin Guptill returned after retiring hurt to guide New Zealand to a three-wicket victory over England in their first one-day international at Seddon Park on Sunday.
'No problem if DRS is not used during India series'
Australia captain Michael Clarke has claimed it doesn't bother them if the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) is not used during their four-match Test series against India.
Tendulkar is well past his prime: Lawson
Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson believes legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has lost his magnificent aura, and he added the Little Master is well past his best.
Team India at high-intensity training ahead of Test series
Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were among those who slogged it out in the nets for batting practice while off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had a lengthy bowling drill as the Indian team went for two grinding training sessions for the second successive day in Bangalore on Sunday.
February 16, 2013
Peterson hauls SA back into second Test
Robin Peterson and AB de Villiers hauled South Africa back into the game on the third day of the second Test against Pakistan at Newlands on Saturday.
BJP launches scathing attack on RCA
Alleging financial irregularities in RCA, the convener of the BJP Rajasthan unit's sports cell, Brij Kishore Upadhyaya has demanded formation of an adhoc body to manage the daily affairs of the state cricket association. Vijay Hazare Trophy: Assam thrash Orissa
Medium pacer Pritam Das claimed a career best 5-30 to guide Assam to their second consecutive win, thrashing Odisha by eight wickets in the East Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare Trophy One-day Championship in Kolkata on Saturday. Sharma refuses to read much into off day for Oz bowlers
India 'A' batsmen dominated the opening day of the warm up game against Australia but Rohit Sharma said the visitors actually have a decent attack and they leaked runs because they were aggressive and experimented a bit with their bowling variations.
Pranab had turned down offer to head BCCI
President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday revealed that his name was proposed for the post of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chief in the 1980s but he backed out as he has "never held a bat" and put forward the name of N K P Salve in his place.
Warm-up tie: Gambhir leads from the front vs Australia
Stung by his exclusion from the Test squad, Gautam Gambhir replied in the best possible manner by hitting a sparkling century as he guided India 'A' to a comfortable 338 for four against Australia on the opening day of their second and final warm-up game in Chennai on Saturday.
Women's WC final: Aussies say they have edge over Windies
Jodie Fields, captain of five-time winners Australia, on Saturday said her side has a slight edge over the West Indies in the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup final even though the Caribbean team had shocked them in the Super League stage. We have psychological advantage over Aus: WI skipper
Having led the West Indies to their maiden ICC Women's World Cup final, skipper Merissa Aguilleira On Saturday said her team has a psychological edge over Australia in Sunday's summit clash after their shock eight-run win over the same opponents in the last Super Six stage game. 'Key to winning in India is a 400-plus first score'
Dean Jones has claimed Australia would need to score more than 400 in the first innings of their four Test matches against India in order to stand any chance of winning the series in the grueling sub-continental conditions.
Wade key to Australia's success in India: Jones
Former batsman Dean Jones believes wicketkeeper Mathew Wade's performance against India in Australia's grueling Tests series could be key to their chances of winning the four-match series.
India retain top position in ODI rankings
India retained the top spot in the latest ICC ODI Championship table released in Dubai, while Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina slipped in the Twenty20 batting charts. Australia aim to lift sixth women's World Cup title
Five-time champions Australia will walk in with the twin aims of revenge and title triumph when they take on a spirited West Indies, a team which has punched above its weight all through, in the summit clash of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in Mumbai.
Three-day training camp for Team India starts in Bangalore
The 15-member Indian squad, which landed in the city in batches along with the support staff, will start their three-day training camp from Saturday at National Cricket Academy ahead of the first Test against Australia at Chennai, starting on February 22. PCB hopes India play Pakistan in August
The Pakistan Cricket Board is pinning its hopes on the BCCI agreeing on play Pakistan, at least at a neutral venue, in August this year in order to boost its financial position
February 15, 2013
Ajmal rocks South Africa on stormy day in Newlands
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal ripped through South Africa's batting to leave them reeling on 139 for five at the end of a controversial second day in the second Test at Newlands on Friday. Ajmal grabbed five for 41 but his brilliant first-innings performance was almost overshadowed by three incidents involving umpire Steve Davis.
Ranji ODIs: MP, Karnataka post easy victories
Pacers Anand Rajan and Ishwar Pandey shared six wickets between them as Madhya Pradesh registered a comfortable five-wicket win over Uttar Pradesh in their limited-overs Vijay Hazare Trophy Central Zone match, in Indore on Friday. 'Gambhir needs one good knock to get confidence back'
Senior batsman Gautam Gambhir was dropped for first two Tests against Australia after a spate of low scores and India A coach Lalchand Rajput believes one good knock will do the left-hander's confidence a world of good.
Murali Kartik to play for RCB in IPL VI
Veteran India discard Murali Kartik will be playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League after Pune Warriors released him from their squad on Friday.
Women's WC: Edwards guides England to third spot
England rode captain Charlotte Edwards unbeaten century to beat New Zealand by four wickets and finish third in the ICC Women's World Cup at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. Women's WC: Lankan eves thrash SA by 87 runs to finish 5th
Sri Lanka thrashed South Africa by 87 runs to finish fifth in the ICC Women's World Cup in Cuttack on Friday.
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Gujarat crush Mumbai by 8 wickets
Gujarat thrashed reigning Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai by eight wickets in a West Zone leg encounter of the Vijay Hazare National One Day Championship. Mallet tips Maxwell to puzzle Indian batsmen with spin
Former Australian off spinner Ashley Mallet has backed all rounder Glenn Maxwell to earn his debut baggy green against India in the first Test match at Chennai, starting on February 22.
Wellington T20I: England smash New Zealand, win series 2-1
England's opening batsmen Alex Hales and Michael Lumb made a mockery of the New Zealand bowling attack to guide the visitors to a 10-wicket win in their third Twenty20 international and a 2-1 series victory on Friday.
Australian rookie spinner may get Test debut against India
He is all of 19 and has an accumulated experience of just two first-class matches but teen spinner Ashton Agar could get a Test debut for Australia in the upcoming four-match series against India starting February 22 in Chennai.
SA contemplating expanding Indian Test series next summer
South Africa is considering expanding the Test part of touring India's full series next summer, and it is believed that Cricket South Africa (CSA) is already in talks with their Indian counterparts to stretch the Test series from three to four matches.
Armaan Jaffer rewrites Harris Shield history
Young Armaan Jaffer scored a mammoth 473 for Rizvi Springfield in the Harris Shield final against IES VN Sule Guruji at the Matunga Gymkhana.
February 14, 2013
Classy Younis, Shafiq lead Pakistan recovery
Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq made fine centuries as Pakistan recovered from a poor start to reach 253 for five on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands on Thursday.
'Missing IPL season is making English players frustrated'
Saying that lack of opportunity to play in the hugely popular IPL is frustrating for England players, wicket-keeper Matt Prior has suggested the English Cricket Board to reschedule its international calendar.
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Abdulla guides Mumbai to 17-run win
Summary of the matches played in the Vijay Hazare Trophy cricket competition across India on Thursday. India has class batting despite retirements: Pattinson
Fit-again Australian pacer James Pattinson believes India still boast of a "class batting line-up" despite the retirements of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman and the visitors will have to work really hard to beat the hosts in their own backyard during the four-Test series.
England's Bresnan undergoes elbow surgery
England pace bowler Tim Bresnan has had 'uncomplicated' elbow surgery that should enable him to return to action early in the new season, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.
IPL: J&K all-rounder Rasool joins Pune Warriors
All-rounder Parveez Rasool on Tuesday became the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to bag an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract, signing up with Pune Warriors for the 2013 season. SLC appoint Mathews as Test, ODI captain
Allrounder Angelo Mathews has been appointed Sri Lanka's Test and ODI captain, replacing Mahela Jayawardene, for a period of one year.
Daredevils appoint Snape as performance coach
Delhi Daredevils has appointed former England cricketer Jeremy Snape as the team's performance coach for the Indian Premier League season. Mumbai Indians among top most valuable team brands
IPL franchise Mumbai Indians is among the world's 150 most valuable sports team brands according to a list topped by English football giants Manchester United, which has a brand value of USD 852 millions.
February 13, 2013
India cricketer Pujara ties the knot
India's middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Wednesday tied the nuptial knot with fiancee Puja Pabari, at a family function in Rajkot.
T20: West Indies stroll to easy victory over Australia
Johnson Charles smacked a half-century and West Indies tore through Australia's batsmen with slow bowling to win their Twenty20 match by 27 runs in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Smith believes SA batting line-up one of the best
Skipper Graeme Smith believes South Africa have possibly the best top-six among contemporary batting line-ups as they prepare to face Pakistan in the second Test at Newlands starting on Thursday.
Windies edge past Australia to enter women's WC final
Underdogs West Indies stunned five-time champions Australia by eight runs in a thrilling low-scoring Super Six stage match to storm into the final of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup against the same opponents at the MIG Club ground in Mumbai on Wednesday. 'Watson won't open in Tests against India'
Australia captain Michael Clarke has made it clear that Shane Watson's brilliant form as an opener in the One-day format won't have any effect on the Test opening spot, especially against India in the sub-continental conditions.
Cowan blames spinning Chennai pitch for batting collapse
Australian opener Ed Cowan said that a turning pitch in Chennai was responsible for his team being bowled out for 241 against Indian Board XI.
Clarke calls India Test series 'toughest challenge'
Australia captain Michael Clarke has claimed the Test series against India on their home turf will be one of the toughest challenges of his career.
Donald admits lack of depth in SA fast bowling stocks
South Africa's bowling coach Allan Donald has admitted his concern that fast bowling in Proteas cricket is lacking in depth.
Can Kallis topple Dravid from most runs scorers list?
Veteran South African all rounder Jacques Kallis requires just 184 runs over the course of the next two Test matches against Pakistan to move above retired Indian batsman Rahul Dravid into the third place for most runs in a Test career.
February 12, 2013
'Mushtaq not confirming deal due to recent backlash'
Former Pakistan Test leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has signed a deal with IPL side Delhi Daredevils to work as their bowling consultant but has not made it public due to the recent backlash in India over the presence of Pakistani sportsmen there, sources said.
ABC Radio not to cover India-Aus Test series
Australian broadcaster ABC Radio has been forced to rule out their plans to cover the four-Test Australia-India series in India because of the rising costs imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Aus batsmen failed to execute their shots well: Cowan
Board President's XI spinners, led by Parveez Rasool, wreaked havoc as they bowled out Australia for a meagre 241 in the warm-up match on Tuesday, but Australia opener Ed Cowan feels the turning track actually provided his team good practice ahead of the upcoming Test series.
Delhi Daredevils swap Ross Taylor for Ashish Nehra
Pacer Ashish Nehra returns to the Delhi Daredevils squad for the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League as the franchise swapped him for Ross Taylor in the ongoing players trading window. Rasool says he can do well in IPL, hopes to play for India
His confidence boosted by the impressive bowling show against Australia in the first warm-up game in Chennai on Tuesday, young Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parveez Rasool believes that he can do well at the big stage, including at the Indian Premier League (IPL), and eventually play for the country. Rasool takes seven to dismiss Australia for 241
Young Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parveez Rasool announced his arrival at the big stage by recording brilliant figures of seven for 45 against Australia in the first warm-up game in Chennai on Tuesday. SLC rope in Atapattu, Vaas as coaches
Former Sri Lankan star players Marvan Atapattu and Chaminda Vaas have been named assistant coach and fast bowling coach in the latest shake up of Sri Lanka Cricket set up, SLC officials said.
McCullum, bowlers help NZ level T20 series v England
Captain Brendon McCullum led the way with the bat while his bowlers produced a disciplined display to beat England by 55 runs in the second Twenty20 international at Seddon Park on Tuesday and level the three-match series.
Women's WC: England-NZ in must-win tie
Defending champions England and runners-up New Zealand will lock horns in their do-or-die match of the Super Six stage for a place in the finals of the ICC Women's World Cup, in Mumbai on Wednesday. Spot-fixing: Tainted trio shouldn't be selected again
The Standing Senate Committee on inter-provincial coordination (sports) has come up with a proposal which bars the players, who have been found guilty of spot-fixing, from selection in the national team again and appearing on the cricket chat shows.
'Tendulkar still god among teammates, fans'
India's fast bowling coach Joe Dawes has described cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as still having a god-like status among his teammates and cricket fans.
Sohail's departure dents Pak's chances to bounce back
Pakistan cricket has suffered a setback to its hopes of making a comeback to international cricket in the Test against South Africa.
Bailey says depleted Aus T20 squad may spell trouble
Australian Twenty20 captain George Bailey has said that a depleted T20 squad against the West Indies may compromise Australia's chances for the 2014 T20 World Cup.
February 11, 2013
Mushtaq set to join Delhi Daredevils: Report
Former Pakistan Test leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed is set to join Indian Premier League side Delhi Daredevils as its spin-bowling consultant after accepting a one-year deal, a report said on Monday.
Good decision to recall Harbhajan: Ganguly
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Monday welcomed the national selectors' decision to recall off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for the first two Tests of the upcoming series against Australia.
Harbhajan plans to start cricket academy in Mumbai
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Monday met Mumbai civic body officials in connection with his plan to start a cricket academy at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai.
Jaffer should be your role model: MCA chief
A day after the national selectors ignored prolific batsman Wasim Jaffer for the Indian squad for the first two Tests against Australia, the opener earned praise from the president of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) Ravi Savant for his consistent performance.
"Sad and hassled" Praveen opts to keep mum on ban
A "sad and hassled" Praveen Kumar refused to speak about the BCCI's suspension imposed on him, which bars the pacer from playing the inter-state Vijay Hazare Trophy matches for Uttar Pradesh.
Khawaja, Maxwell eye quality practice in warm-up match
Australian opener Ed Cowan, middle-order batsman Usman Khawaja and IPL's million-dollar man Glenn Maxwell will be eyeing to get some batting practice in their first two-day warm-up match against the Board President's XI, in Chennai, on Tuesday.
Women's WC: West Indies thrash New Zealand by 48 runs
West Indies emerged as one of the leading title contenders after thrashing New Zealand by 48 runs in their second Super Six stage match of the ICC Women's World Cup at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Hughes confident of handling Indian spin attack
Australian opener Phillip Hughes believes that he has the right technique to face the Indian spin attack in trying sub-continent conditions in the upcoming four-Test series, beginning February 22.
Don't want to waste opportunity like last time: Dhawan
Consistency has always been a problem with Shikhar Dhawan since his first-class debut back in 2004 but after his maiden call-up to the Indian Test squad, the Delhi left-hander is determined not to let this chance go abegging.
Oz all-rounder reveals shock after securing IPL cheque
Australian all rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile went to a team dinner in Brisbane last week with 150 dollars in the bank but left with a pay cheque of $450,000. He has revealed that he was shocked after emerging as a big hit in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions.
Wade to captain Aus in opening tour game vs BP XI
Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade will lead the touring Australian side in a two-day game against the Board President's XI in Chennai on Tuesday.
February 10, 2013
'Australian batsmen can blunt Indian spinners'
Sounding a warning, Australian opener Edward Cowan on Sunday said they have enough batting firepower to blunt the Indian spinners in the upcoming four-Test series, beginning in Chennai on February 22.
IPL: Rajasthan Royals to play home matches in Jaipur
The decks were finally cleared for the Rajasthan Cricket Association to host the home matches of Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League after it decided to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government regarding the use of Sawai Man Singh Stadium.
Australia win final ODI, whitewash West Indies
Adam Voges scored his maiden One-Day International century as a depleted Australia secured a 5-0 series whitewash by beating West Indies by 17 runs in the final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
No sympathies, time to show some steel: Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir urged his fans and well-wishers not to "sympathize" with him for being dropped from the Indian Test team as he is ready to "fight" in order to earn his place back in the team.
Test omission leaves Raina 'disappointed'
A certainty in the shorter formats, Suresh Raina is yet to cement his place in the national side when it comes to Test cricket.
Australia storm into final of Women's World Cup
Five-time champions Australia entered the final of the ICC Women's World Cup after thrashing Sri Lanka by nine wickets in their second Super Six match at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
I'm still good enough to play for Team India: Harbhajan
The selectors handed out of favour spinner Harbhajan Singh on Sunday another lifeline when they picked him up in the 15-man Indian squad for the first two Tests against Australia.
Praveen suspended by BCCI for unruly behaviour
Pacer Praveen Kumar has been suspended from participating in the upcoming inter-state Vijay Hazare Trophy matches after being issued a show cause notice by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) following his unruly behaviour in a Corporate Trophy game recently.
Gambhir dropped for Australia Tests, Harbhajan recalled
Gautam Gambhir has been dropped from the Indian team to face Australia in the upcoming Test series, begining in Chennai on the 22nd of this month.
February 09, 2013
Australian Jurgensen named Bangladesh head coach
Australian Shane Jurgensen has been promoted from bowling coach to head coach of Bangladesh on a one-year deal, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Saturday.
Women's WC: SA eves face England in a do-or-die clash
In a desperate bid to stay in hunt for a semi-final berth, England side led by Charlotte Edwards will go all out against South Africa in a do-or-die Super Sx encounter of the ICC Women's World Cup at the Barabati Stadium, in Cuttack on Sunday. Women's WC: David vs Goliath as Australia take on SL
Unbeaten so far, a formidable Australia will take on giant-killers Sri Lanka in what could turn out to be an interesting Super Six clash of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in Mumbai on Sunday. Wright, Broad play key roles in England T20 win over NZ
Luke Wright shone with bat and ball while captain Stuart Broad took four wickets as England eased to a 40-run victory over New Zealand in their first Twenty20 international in Auckland on Saturday.
Irani Cup: RoI batsmen shut out Mumbai's title hopes
Day Four of the Irani Cup tie between Mumbai and Rest of India at the Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai, was one that ensured ennui.
'Always nice to get match practice before big series'
A morale-boosting century clinched before the much-awaited Test series against Australia, senior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar said the ongoing Irani Cup game has given him good match practice ahead of the big clash.
February 08, 2013
Banned Butt upbeat as he arrives for CAS appeal
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt appeared upbeat as he arrived at a Swiss court today in a bid to overturn a ban imposed for spot-fixing and revive his cricket career.
Hope for Sawai Man Singh Stadium after court order
A High Court order which has asked Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and the State Government to sign an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Sawai Man Singh Stadium has raised the hopes that Jaipur might host Rajasthan Royals' home matches in upcoming IPL VI. Unhappy BCCI to appeal against hefty CCI penalty
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is "very unhappy" with Fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India's decision to impose a hefty penalty of Rs 52.24 crore for indulging in anti-competitive practices and is planning to seek legal recourse in this regard. BCCI slapped Rs 52cr fine for unfair trade practices
Fair trade regulator Competition Commission said held that the Board of Control for Cricket in India indulged in anti-competitive practices and slapped a penalty of Rs 52.24 crore on it. I am playing for myself now: Sreesanth
Eager to make an India comeback after being laid low by injuries and lack of form, temperamental pacer S Sreesanth has said he has adopted a self-centred approach towards the game to reclaim his place in the national side.
CSA should stay away from my funeral: Rice
Pained by CSA's refusal to honour two deceased players with a minute's silence, former players have launched a scathing attack on the national cricket board and Clive Rice even asked Cricket South Africa to stay away from his funeral in future.
Women's WC: Windies scrape past South Africa
The West Indies made heavy weather of a reasonably easy chase before clinching an two-wicket victory over South Africa in their first Super Six match of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in Cuttack. Women's WC: Bowlers set up thrilling win for Australia
Australia produced a match-winning bowling effort to stun defending champions England with a thrilling two-run victory in their first Super Six match of the ICC Women's World Cup at the Brabourne Stadium.
Australia ring changes for WI Twenty20 clash
Australia made five changes for next week's one-off Twenty20 international against the West Indies in Brisbane. Hopefully we will play two spinners: Lyon
Australian spinner Nathan Lyon wants the selectors to go with a two-spin attack against India in the upcoming four-Test series, which gets underway with the opening Test in Chennai on February 22.
Australia beat West Indies by 5 wickets; take 4-0 lead
Opener Shane Watson top-scored with 76 as Australia continued to dominate West Indies during a convincing five-wicket victory in the fourth One-Day International at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
Irani Cup: RoI in control despite Tendulkar's ton
A vintage performance by Sachin Tendulkar helped Mumbai fight back against Rest of India (RoI) on day three of the Irani Cup at the Wankhede stadium on Friday. Spot fixing scandal: Asif hopeful of winning appeal
Disgraced Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif has expressed hope the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will turn over the ban he received following his involvement in the spot fixing scandal that shook the world of cricket.
Will ambidextrous batsmen rule in coming times?
England batsman Eoin Morgan is convinced that batsmen with the ability to bat with both right hand and left hand, like teammate Kevin Pietersen, are going to rule the world of cricket in coming times.
February 07, 2013
Praveen Kumar 'mentally unfit', says match referee
India paceman Praveen Kumar found himself in a fresh controversy after he reportedly abused an opposition player during a match of the BCCI's Corporate Trophy in Raipur.
India to name squad for Australia Test series on Sunday
India is all set to announce its squad for the upcoming four-Test series against Australia when the All-India Senior Selection Committee meets at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai on Sunday.
Ahmed likely to become Daredevils bowling consultant
Pakistan's Mushtaq Ahmed has been approached by Delhi Daredevils to become their bowling consultant for IPL 6 and the former Test leg-spinner is likely to accept the offer.
Jaffer-Rahane combine well to put up stiff response to RoI
Mumbai's Wasim Jaffer and Ajinkya Rahane together helped Mumbai put up a good response and at stumps, the home team had reached 155 for two (in 43 overs), in reply to RoI's 526. Rahane was batting on a well-made 55, and giving him company was night watchman Shardul Thakur (on four).
Mithali ton guides India to victory over Pakistan
Skipper Mithali Raj finally came good with an unbeaten century as Indian women beat arch-rivals Pakistan by six wickets in a seventh place play-off encounter in the ICC Women's World Cup in Cuttack on Thursday.
Ranatunga hails Sri Lanka women's cricketers
Sri Lanka's World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga applauded the country's women's World Cup team, stating that they are an example for their male counterparts. India retain No. 3 spot in ICC T20 rankings
India managed to retain their third rank among T20 teams, while Virat Kohli has held on to his sixth spot in the ICC rankings for Twenty20 batsmen issued Thursday.
February 06, 2013
Murali Vijay: About a milestone...and a perfect follow-up
Rest of India's Murali Vijay followed up from last year's double century in the Irani Cup and continued in the same vein as he went on to score another century against
Irani Cup: Vijay hits century before Mumbai fight back
Murali Vijay struck a century to help Rest of India take control against Mumbai on Day 1 of the Irani Trophy on Wednesday.
Women's WC: India play for pride against Pakistan
Sent crashing out of the Women's World Cup by Sri Lanka, India would seek to restore some pride when they take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their 7-8th classification match in Cuttack.
Watson ton drives Australia to Canberra win
Shane Watson celebrated his return to international cricket with a sparkling innings of 122 to drive Australia to a 39-run victory over West Indies in the third one-dayer and an unassailable 3-0 series lead.
Butt, Asif set for appeal hearing at CAS
Pakistan's disgraced former captain Salman Butt left for Switzerland on Tuesday along with ex-teammate Mohammad Asif to attend the international Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) appeal hearing against the spot-fixing ban on the duo.
Sehwag out of Irani Cup due to upset stomach
The Rest of India team suffered a massive blow just before the start of the Irani Cup match against Mumbai as skipper Virender Sehwag was ruled out due to an upset stomach in Mumbai on Wednesday.
February 05, 2013
Keeping up the high standard will be a challenge: Smith
South Africa captain Graeme Smith has said it will be a challenge for his team to keep up its high standards of cricket.
ICC Women's World Cup: Hosts India crash out
India were on Tuesday knocked out of the ICC Women's World Cup after suffering an upset 138-run drubbing at the hands of Sri Lanka in a crucial Group A encounter in Mumbai. Lanning smashes ton in Australia's easy win
Australia recorded a comfortable seven-wicket victory over New Zealand after opener Meg Lanning smashed her way to a 104-ball 112 in their ICC Women's World Cup match in Cuttack. South Africa beat Pakistan to book knock-out berth
A fine all-round performance from Marizanne Kapp helped South Africa crush Pakistan by 126 runs in their last league match and qualify for the Super Six stage of the ICC Women's World Cup in Cuttack on Tuesday. Broad takes hat-trick in England's warm-up win
England's Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad dispelled all doubts over his fitness with a hat-trick in a warm-up match against a New Zealand XI on Tuesday. BCCI demands sporting pitches for IPL 6
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Tuesday, gave clear instructions to curators of all IPL venues not to bow down to the pressure from franchises regarding the preparation of tailor-made wickets for their respective home matches in the sixth edition of the cash-rich league. Nayar hopes to break Mumbai's Irani Cup 'jinx'
Handed the captaincy role after injury to Ajit Agarkar, Mumbai skipper Abhishek Nayar on Tuesday said that he would take help from senior players like Sachin Tendulkar in leading the Ranji champion side in the Irani Cup match against Rest of India.
Women's World Cup: England rout WI to enter Super Six
Defending champions England became the first team to advance to the Super Six stage from Group A in the ICC Women's World Cup when they recorded a convincing six-wicket victory over the West Indies in Mumbai, on Tuesday. Conspiracy to keep Pakistan cricket isolated: PCB
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf believes there are elements who don't want to see the revival of international cricket in Pakistan and neither do they want the Super League Twenty20 tournament to be held on time. Watson faces stiff competition for Test recall: Clarke
Shane Watson's return to Test cricket during the upcoming four-Test series against India will be tough as he faces competition from a bigger pool of players by deciding to play solely as a batsman rather than an all-rounder, Australian skipper Michael Clarke said.
Irani Trophy: Chance for rejects, aspirants to impress
The five-day Irani Cup match between Mumbai and the Rest of India, commencing at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday, offers a good chance for some India rejects to press for recalls and other aspirants to showcase their talent in front of the national selectors.
Azharuddin expresses desire to coach Team India
Former captain Mohammad Azharuddin said he is ready to coach the Indian cricket team in future if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) approaches him with an offer.
Amla takes over as No. 1 Test batsman
South African Hashim Amla on Monday became the first batsman since Ricky Ponting to head both Test and One-Day Internationals rankings at the same time in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) charts.
February 04, 2013
Retired as I didn't see myself in 2015 WC team: Tendulkar
Since he did not see himself playing the 2015 World Cup, it was appropriate to quit the 50-over format in the best interest of the Indian team, batting great Sachin Tendulkar has said.
Rajasthan Royals "intend" to appeal ED order
Rajasthan Royals on Monday stated that it "intends to launch a full appeal" against the Enforcement Directorate (ED) order to slap a penalty notice of approximately Rs 100 crore against the IPL franchise for alleged violation of forex laws in its business operations. IPL: ED slaps Rs 98.5 crore notice on Rajasthan Royals
IPL team Rajasthan Royals was slapped with a penalty notice of approximately Rs 100 crore by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for alleged violation of forex laws, a move which comes barely two months before the sixth edition of the high-profile league gets underway. Agarkar out of Irani Trophy, Nayar to lead Mumbai
Mumbai captain Ajit Agarkar was ruled out of the Irani Trophy match against Rest of India with an injury, a MCA official said on Monday. Fiery Steyn bowls South Africa to big win over Pakistan
Dale Steyn's career-best bowling figures propelled South Africa to a comprehensive 211-run victory over Pakistan on day four of the first Test at the Wanderers on Monday.
'After having a good IPL, I'll think about the money part'
Mumbai's leading run-getter of the season, Abhishek Nayar, is focused on the Irani Cup game against the Rest of India, commencing at the Wankhede stadium on February 6, and is not exactly celebrating the steep price of Rs 3.5 crore that he commanded at the Indian Premier League auction.
Women's WC: India face Sri Lanka in must-win clash
After suffering a 32-run loss against defending champions England on Sunday, the Mithali Raj led Indian team will have to pull up their socks as they lock horns with Sri Lanka in a must-win game for both teams in the ICC Women's World Cup at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai on Tuesday.
Jharkhand cricketers get 2-yr suspension for faking age
The Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) has suspended 33 under-16 cricketers for two years for producing fake age certificates. Aus to send players in batches to prepare for India tour
Ahead of the four-Test series against India, Cricket Australia has decided to send an advance group of eight players to the subcontinent on Thursday to get acclimatised to the conditions. Watson returns to Aus squad for Windies ODIs
With the four-Test series against India around the corner, Shane Watson will look to touch up his batting skills at international level following his inclusion in Australia's 13-member One-Day side for the next two matches against the West Indies.
February 03, 2013
Misbah, Shafiq keep Pakistan alive in first Test
An unbeaten 101-run stand for the fifth wicket between Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq kept Pakistan alive in the first Test as they reached 183 for four at the close of play on day three against South Africa at the Wanderers.
Haynes's 83 helps Australia beat South Africa
Opener Rachael Haynes cracked a strokeful half century to guide Australia to a three-wicket victory over south Africa in a Group B match of the ICC Women's World Cup in Cuttack. IPL Auction: The complete list
List of players bought at the players' auction for the sixth edition of the IPL. This auction was only meant for filling places: Shukla
The IPL players' auction for the sixth edition of the tournament held was not exactly a grand affair but chairman Rajeev Shukla said that franchises wanted to only fill specific slots in their squads, adding that a full-fledged auction will be held next year.
Perth ODI: Bailey, Starc help Australia thrash West Indies
Seamer Mitchell Starc grabbed a second successive five-wicket haul and George Bailey his maiden international century as Australia beat West Indies by 54 runs in the second one-dayer at the WACA on Sunday.
Stephanie ton helps Windies thrash SL
Stephanie Taylor cracked a brilliant century as West Indies crushed Sri Lanka by 209 runs in their second Group A fixture to resurrect their hopes of qualifying in Super Six in the ICC Women's World Cup in Mumbai. Edwards' ton leads England to comfortable win over India
Harmanpreet Kaur's brilliant unbeaten century went in vain as India suffered a 32-run defeat against defending champions England in their in their Group A match of the ICC Women's World Cup in Mumbai on Sunday.
Maxwell is a good catch: Kumble
Mumbai Indians expressed happiness at the buying of Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for a whopping $1 million during the IPL players' auction and said he was a "good catch" and among those pre-planned to bid for by the franchise.
IPL VI auction: Glenn Maxwell hits million-dollar jackpot
Rising Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell stole the thunder from his illustrious compatriots, fetching a whopping USD one million (Rs 5.3 crore), while Abhishek Nayar and R P Singh also invited unexpectedly high bids in the players' auction for the sixth edition of the IPL in Chennai on Sunday.
February 02, 2013
Tendulkar set to lead Mumbai Indians in IPL-VI
Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar is likely to return as the Mumbai Indians captain for the sixth edition of the IPL commencing on April 3.
SA in control after demolishing hapless Pakistan
South Africa held a 411-run lead over Pakistan at the close of the second day of the first test at the Wanderers on Saturday with seven second innings wickets still in hand after dismissing the visitors for their lowest test score of 49.
Lowest Pakistan Test innings scores
Ten lowest Pakistan test innings totals after they were dismissed for 49 by South Africa in their first innings on the second day of the first Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Saturday. Playing a day game won't be different: Mithali Raj
India skipper Mithali Raj is unperturbed about her team playing its first day game in the ICC Women's World Cup against holders England in Mumbai, as she felt it won't make much difference barring some assistance that the bowlers would get in the morning.
Women's WC: Buoyant India take on jittery England
Buoyed by the comprehensive 105-run victory in their Group A opener against the West Indies, hosts India go with their tails up against jittery defending champions England in a crucial league game of the ICC Women's World Cup at the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday.
CSK not to go for foreign player in IPL auction: Fleming
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming indicated that his team may not look for foreign players in Sunday's Indian Premier League auction as he felt "looking for new overseas players will lose fan base".
Tendulkar worships at Lord Venkateswara temple
Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar offered worship at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in the wee hours in Tirupati.
February 01, 2013
Late flurry of wickets cheer Pakistan vs SA
Pakistan claimed six wickets in the final session to bowl South Africa out for 253 on the opening day of the first Test at the Wanderers on Friday.
Sri Lanka stun England with a last-ball six
Sri Lanka caused the biggest upset of the ICC Women's World Cup as they defeated defending champions England by one wicket off a last-ball six in a thrilling Group A encounter at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. Devine's ton helps NZ crush SA by 150 runs
Sophie Devine celebrated her return to the limited-overs format with a maiden century as last year's runner-up New Zealand thrashed South Africa by 150 runs in their opening Group 'B' match of the ICC Women's World Cup in Cuttack.
Australian eves beat Pakistan by 91 runs
Title contenders Australia started their ICC Women's World Cup campaign in a confident manner whipping Pakistan by 91 runs in their group B league opener in Cuttack. Australia record easy win after WI bowled out for 70!
Paceman Mitchell Starc helped consign West Indies to their third lowest total in One-day internationals as Australia's top order needed less than 10 overs to race to a nine-wicket victory at the WACA on Friday.
Mumbai Ranji star Jaffer mourns father's demise
Mumbai's senior opening batsman Wasim Jaffer lost his father, who passed away at the LilavatiHospital in suburban Bandra on Friday, following a brief illness.
We were nervous when Dottin was at the crease: Mithali
Indian women's team skipper Mithali Raj has said that she was surprised with West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira's decision to field first after winning the toss in the ICC Women World Cup's opening match on Thursday.
Taylor returns to NZ squad for England tour
Former captain Ross Taylor has returned to the New Zealand squads for this month's One-Day Internationals and Twenty20s against England.
Di Venuto replaces Langer as Australia's batting coach
Former One-day International player Michael Di Venuto has been appointed Australia batting coach ahead of one of the most Testing years of cricket the country has faced.
January 31, 2013
India flex muscle in ICC meet, threaten pull-out over DRS
India has once again threatened to pull out of any tour in which the host country insists on using the Decision Review System, according to a report.
MS Dhoni launches his own line of fragrances
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined the likes of Roger Federer and David Beckham when he launched his own signature brand of international perfumes at an event in Dubai.
Lehmann appointed Kings XI Punjab's new coach
Former Australia batsman Darren Lehmann was on Thursday named the new coach of Kings XI Punjab for the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League. India off to rousing start in women's World Cup
India rode on opener Thirush Kamini Murugesan's maiden century to thrash the West Indies by 105 runs in their opening Group A match of the ICC Women's World Cup in Mumbai on Thursday.
Smith will become first player to captain 100 Tests
Graeme Smith will become the first cricketer to captain 100 Tests when he leads South Africa out against Pakistan on Friday, his 32nd birthday.
IPL auction: Pak players snubbed again
Considered pariahs by the Indian Premier League since 2008, Pakistani cricketers were once again left out of the list of players to be auctioned for the event's sixth edition in April-May. ICC allocates $1.8 million to New Zealand
The International Cricket Council allocated $1.8 million to crisis-hit New Zealand as part of the Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme after the conclusion of its first Board meeting of the year in Dubai.
IPL auction: Ponting, Clarke get top base price
They are not exactly Twenty20 stars but retired Australia skipper Ricky Ponting and his successor Michael Clarke have attracted the highest base price of $400,000 (approx Rs 2.1 crore) among the 101 names who will go under the hammer in the IPL players' auction in Chennai on Sunday.
Pak's Taufeeq ruled out of Test series vs SA
Experienced Pakistan opener, Taufeeq Umar has been ruled out of the Test series against South Africa and will be returning home due to a shin injury.
Lillee to help Aussie quicks prepare for India tour
Cricket Australia has roped in legendary pacer Dennis Lillee to provide guidance and coaching advice to the national side ahead of their four-Test series against India starting next month.
Uncapped Maxwell, Henriques in Aus squad for India Tests
Australia have named uncapped all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Moises Henriques along with spinner Xavier Doherty in their 17-man squad for their four-Test tour of India.
January 30, 2013
Mithali hopeful team will cash in on home advantage
India skipper Mithali Raj is hopeful of her team using the home conditions to good effect in their opening women's World Cup match against the West Indies on Thursday.
Lillee in Australia's high-performance team
Cricket Australia have appointed fast bowling great Dennis Lillee as an advisor, days after spinner Shane Warne panned the board and said cricket people needed to be running the team rather than 'muppets'. Lillee will provide coaching services, guidance and mentoring to Australia's emerging fast bowlers as well as the national team, Cricket Australia (CA) said on their website ( on Wednesday. Warner injures thumb, Khawaja in Aus ODI squad
Australia opener David Warner will miss the first two one-day internationals against the West Indies with a fractured thumb and has been replaced in the squad by Usman Khawaja, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday. Warner was struck by a Mitchell Johnson delivery while batting in the nets at Perth, suffering a minor left thumb fracture and ruling him out of the matches on Friday and Sunday at the WACA. India-Windies clash kicks-off women's World Cup
India's women cricketers commence their World Cup campaign with a Group A match against the West Indies in Mumbai on Thursday. The day-night clash will set the ball rolling for the event, which will also have matches in Cuttack, where the Pakistan team (placed in Group B) is based due to security concerns in Mumbai.
Mumbai omit unfit Zaheer for Irani Cup tie
Zaheer Khan failed to find a place in newly-crowned Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai's squad for the five-day Irani Cup match against the Rest of India, beginning at the Wankhede stadium on February 6, as he has not yet recovered from the calf injury sustained at the start of this month. Daniel Vettori unlikely to be fit for England series
Daniel Vettori is unlikely to recover from his Achilles injury in time to be fit for the home series against England, the New Zealand all-rounder told local media.
Dhoni skips Irani Cup for Corporate Trophy
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been named in the India Cements squad for the BCCI Corporate Trophy which will be played from February 1-8 even after he made it clear that he wanted a break during Irani Trophy which was being played from February 6-10.
January 29, 2013
Cricket Australia to play straight bat to Warne Twitter rant
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has defended the organisation following a scathing attack aimed at them by spin great Shane Warne, who panned the board in a series of Twitter rants.
Sehwag to lead Rest in Irani Cup; Gambhir overlooked
Out-of-favour for One-Day Internationals, Virender Sehwag was named captain of Rest of India for the Airtel Irani Cup match against Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai, at the Wankhede stadium, from February 6 to 10. A significant development was that of out-of-form opener Gautam Gambhir not being named in any of the squads. Root, Tredwell prove English cricket in good hands: Giles
In his first assignment as the limited-overs coach, Ashley Giles saw England suffer a 2-3 loss to India but he says it was 'not a disaster' and the series has been a 'good learning' experience for his 'fairly inexperienced side'.
New Zealand board supports Ryder's rehab break
The New Zealand's cricket board will continue to support Jesse Ryder during his rehabilitation from personal issues after the burly batsman ruled himself out of playing against England in the upcoming series.
Warne blasts CA officials, brands them 'muppets'
Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne has slammed Cricket Australia (CA) for hiring 'muppets' from other sports such as high-performance chief Pat Howard instead of people with cricketing backgrounds to help captain Michael Clarke.
Jayasuriya is Sri Lanka's new Chairman of Selectors
Former Sri Lanka cricketer turned politician Sanath Jayasuriya was appointed chairman of selectors in a new-look five-member committee named by Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage on Monday.
January 28, 2013
Jaipur still sure not of hosting IPL 6 matches
Uncertainty looms large over the city's chances of hosting this edition's IPL matches as the MoU between Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and Rajasthan State Sports council (RSSC), which had expired last year, is yet to be renewed. SL clinch rain-marred thriller to win Aus T20 series
Sri Lanka prevailed in a rain-hit thriller to clinch the second and final Twenty20 international against Australia and seal the series 2-0 on Monday. Jayasuriya heads Sri Lanka's new selection panel
Sri Lanka has revamped its cricket selection panel with a new team under its new chairman, Sanath Jayasuriya, the country's sports ministry announced in Colombo on Monday.
India Warm-up: Raut, Goswamy guide India to easy win
A half-century from Poonam Raut and three wickets by medium pacer Jhulan Goswami helped India record a comfortable eight-wicket win over New Zealand in a warm-up match for the ICC Women's World Cup in Mumbai. Wasim Jaffer's tryst with history
The 34-year-old's strokeful 132 not only helped Mumbai take a vital first innings lead against Saurashtra in the final of the Ranji Trophy, which Mumbai won by an innings and 125 runs, at the Wankhede stadium, but also helped him break longstanding records.
SA leg-spinner Tahir makes Test comeback
South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir has been added to the South African Test squad as cover for Robin Peterson for the first Test against Pakistan which starts at the Wanderers on Friday.
Mumbai win 40th Ranji crown in three days
Dhawal Kulkarni had figures of five for 32 as Saurashtra were shot out for only 82 runs in the second innings of the Ranji Trophy final, on Day 3.
Khawaja working in earnest to deal with spin on India tour
Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja is taking the help of his state coach Darren Lehmann on how to fight against high-quality spin bowling in the Indian sub-continent.
Smith to lead South Africa for a record 100th Test
South African skipper Graeme Smith is all set to become the first cricket player to captain a team in 100 Tests when he will lead the side out against Pakistan on Friday at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg.
January 27, 2013
It was an important toss to win: Cook
England captain Alastair Cook has admitted that it was an 'important toss to win' and they possibly couldn't have lost the match once his bowlers dismissed India's top four batsmen for only 49 runs during the fifth and final ODI in Dharamsala on Sunday.
India No 1 in ODIs again after sealing England series
India has snatched the number one rank from England in One-dayers, courtesy their impressive 3-2 series-win over the visitors.
Dhoni defends out-of-form Gambhir, Ashwin
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni defended out-of-form Gautam Gambhir and Ravichandran Ashwin, but did admit that the former was going through a 'lean patch' and the latter was trying to use 'too many variations'.
Pakistan add pace duo to squad for SA tour
Pakistan have added pace bowlers Tanvir Ahmed and Rahat Ali to their side in South Africa before the first Test starting on February 1, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Sunday. John Wright named Mumbai Indians head coach
Former India coach John Wright was on Sunday appointed head coach of Mumbai Indians IPL team ahead of season six which begins on April 3.
ECB sticks by stand of limited IPL window for players
The England and Wales Cricket Board has rejected any change in its stance over not allowing its senior players a clear window to play a full IPL season, saying it cannot make any compromise on the team's Test season. Bell, Bresnan lift England to easy victory in Dharamsala
England rode on Ian Bell's unbeaten century to salvage some pride by winning the fifth and final One-Day International against India by seven wickets in Dharamsala.
Gooch quits as England's ODI batting coach,
Graham Gooch has stepped down as batting coach for England's One-day and Twenty20 teams and will focus exclusively on the test side, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Sunday.
Jaffer hits record ton before Saurashtra fightback
Wasim Jaffer created a new record by hitting his 32nd century in Ranji Trophy but Mumbai kept losing regular wickets to reach 287 for six, a lead of 139 runs at stumps on the second day of the Ranji Trophy final. Women's WC: 10 detained ahead of Pak team's arrival
Ahead of the Pakistan women's team's arrival for the ensuing Women's Cricket World Cup at Cuttack, the city police, on Sunday, took 10 activists of Utkal Bharat -- , including former MP Kharvel Swain -- into custody as the outfit was agitating against their participation in the tournament.
January 26, 2013
Dravid, Sharmila launch book on late MAK Pataudi
Rahul Dravid and Sharmila Tagore, wife of the late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, has launched a book on the former India captain titled 'Pataudi: Nawab of Cricket', at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur. Warner knock in vain as Lanka beat Aus in Sydney T20
David Warner's unbeaten 90 went in vain as Sri Lanka beat Australia by five wickets in the first Twenty20 International on Saturday to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.
Joe Root ready to adapt to situations for success
Young British batsman Joe Root, who has made an impressive start to his career by scoring runs consistently against India, has said the key to his success lies in the ability to adapt to different situations quickly.
Ranji final: Mumbai take upper hand vs Saurashtra on Day 1
Dhaval Kulkarni wrecked the Saurashtra batting order to give Mumbai the upper hand on Day 1 of the Ranji trophy final played at the Wankhede in Mumbai on Saturday. Dharamsala ODI start deferred by half-an-hour
The fifth and final One-dayer between India and England in Dharamsala will start half-an-hour later than the scheduled start due to inclement weather conditions in the hill town, the BCCI announced. South Africa beat NZ with six off last ball
A six from Ryan McLaren off the final delivery and a rapid 116 by Graeme Smith helped South Africa to a thrilling one-wicket victory over New Zealand in the third one-day international on Friday.
January 25, 2013
Dravid, Mary Kom to get Padma Bhushan
Batting great Rahul Dravid and Olympic bronze medallist M C Mary Kom were named for the prestigious Padma Bhushan Awards, the third highest civilian honour, while six other sports persons figured in the list of Padma Shri awardees.
Pakistan women to play WC games in Cuttack
The International Cricket Council on Friday confirmed that some of the women's cricket World Cup matches have been being relocated to Cuttack. Skipper Dhoni enjoys a game of football in Dharamsala
The Indian team management has not yet sought a cover for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who sustained a thumb injury before the fourth ODI against England at Mohali, increasing the possibility of his playing in the final match in Dharamsala on Sunday.
Saurashtra hoping to bat Mumbai out in Ranji final
They may be playing in their first Ranji Trophy final in 75 years, and against a team that has 39 titles in its kitty, but Saurashtra aren't getting intimidated by their opponents' credentials. Instead, they are plotting to upset Mumbai's applecart in its own backyard, the Wankhede stadium. Mumbai seek 40th Ranji title, Saurashtra first!
It's a mismatch of sorts. One team is attempting to win its 40th title, the other its first! Yet, the final of the Ranji Trophy between Mumbai and Saurashtra, starting Saturday at the Wankhede stadium, promises a lot more.
PCB chief blames LoC issue for nixing India tour to Pak
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has claimed that a tour by the Indian team to Pakistan had almost been finalised before the recent situation across the Line of Control (LoC) ''spoiled everything''. McGrath set to start work at MRF pace foundation
The legendary Australian pacer Glenn McGrath is all set to join the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai as its bowling consultant. Rajasthan Royals appoint Paddy Upton as head coach
Indian cricket team's former mental conditioning coach, Paddy Upton has been appointed as the head coach of Rajasthan Royals. PCB offers insurance, security for teams in Pak League
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has said the board will offer visiting players participating in the Pakistan Super League insurance worth two million dollars each in a bid to overcome security fears and revive international cricket in the country. Bresnan, Kieswetter out of England's ODI squad
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) selectors have named the squads for their One-day, Test and Twenty20 series against New Zealand with injured Tim Bresnan and out of form wicket keeper Craig Kieswetter noteworthy names to miss the touring party. West Indies postpones Pak ODI series
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has postponed their One-day International series at home against Pakistan, according to reports.
January 24, 2013
Woakes replaces Bresnan in England Test squad for NZ
Young fast bowler Chris Woakes was the one new face as England named their squad on Thursday for the Test series in New Zealand, the 23-year-old replacing injured Tim Bresnan.
White slams Cricket Australia, Samuels over Warne spat
Australian all-rounder Cameron White has slammed Cricket Australia for letting off West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels with only a reprimand, following his ugly spat with Shane Warne during a match in the Big Bash League earlier this month.
India retain No 3 slot in T20 rankings, Kohli No 5 batsman
As India retained the No 3 slot, Virat Kohli, at No 5, is the highest-placed Indian in the ICC rankings for Twenty20 batsmen, issued on Thursday. With 730 points, Kohli equalled his highest rating points.
January 23, 2013
Dravid to play T20 tournament for MCC in Dubai
Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid will feature in a Twenty20 tournament in Dubai in March as a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club. IPL: Delhi Daredevils to play two home matches in Raipur
Delhi Daredevils will play two of their home matches in IPL 6, to be held in April-May, at Raipur while Rajkot and Ahmedabad have been shortlisted as alternative venues for Jaipur to host the home matches of Rajasthan Royals RCB sign up Sandeep Warrier for IPL 2013
Sandeep Warrier, a promising fast bowler from Kerala, has been signed up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the upcoming IPL season. The contract is for one year, Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) said. Hughes century helps Australia to level series
Phil Hughes returned to form with a century before Xavier Doherty and Moises Henriques took three wickets each to lead Australia to a series-levelling 32-run win over Sri Lanka in the final one-day cricket international on Wednesday.
Rohit, Raina shine as India clinch ODI series
A rejuvenated India clinched the One-Day International series against England as the hosts rode on the batting heroics of Rohit Sharma (83) and Suresh Raina (89 not out) to fashion a comfortable five-wicket victory in the fourth ODI and take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
Cricketers association advises players to avoid Pak T20
The Federation of the International Cricketers Associations (FICA) has advised the players to avoid the new Twenty20 Super League in Pakistan, which is scheduled to start in March, due to security fears. Mumbai retain squad for Ranji Trophy final
The hosts, Mumbai, bidding to regain the Ranji Trophy championship after a gap of two seasons retained their semifinal squad for the summit clash against Saurashtra to be played at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai from January 26-30. New Zealand earn first series win as SA implode
A sublime unbeaten 145 by Kane Williamson led New Zealand to a 27-run victory over the Proteas in the second One-day International on Tuesday to seal their first series win on South African soil.
Former skipper Taylor named in NZ XI to face England
Former New Zealand cricket captain Ross Taylor will take the first tentative steps to rejoin the national setup after being named in a New Zealand XI on Wednesday to face England in two Twenty20 matches.
January 22, 2013
Affection of fans played huge role in my career: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar has said that the "warmth and affection" that he has received from the cricket loving Indian fans across the globe has played a "huge role" in his career.
Yuvraj Singh skips practice due to "sore throat"
Senior batsman and local boy Yuvraj Singh skipped the team's net session ahead of the fourth ODI against England on Wednesday, due to sore throat. Dhoni okay after being hit on thumb in nets
India survived an injury scare ahead of the fourth one-dayer against England with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni being hit on the thumb yet again during the team's practice session in Mohali. Fresh injury scare for Aus skipper Clarke
Australian hopes of winning the last One-day against Sri Lanka in Hobart to level the series was dealt a major blow after captain Michael Clarke rolled his ankle at training on Tuesday during a simple fielding drill and was carried from the ground.
Afghan cricket team in Pakistan for 4-week tour
At a time when no Test playing nation including minnows Bangladesh is willing to visit Pakistan because of security concerns, the Afghanistan cricket team has reached Lahore for a four week stay.
January 21, 2013
Mumbai cruise into Ranji Trophy final
Mumbai showed why they are miles ahead of other domestic outfits as they made short work of Services en route their 44th appearance in the Ranji Trophy final since the tournament's inception. Kumble appointed chief mentor of Mumbai Indians
Former India captain Anil Kumble was on Monday appointed chief mentor of Mumbai Indians, ahead of the start of the sixth Indian Premier League season.
No women's World Cup ties at Wankhede, MIG Club
The Wankhede stadium and MIG Club ground, which were to host matches of the upcoming ICC women's World Cup, have been withdrawn as venues for the tournament, it was learnt on Monday. Odisha clears Cuttack WC matches with Pak players
Unfazed by protests from various quarters, including a ruling BJD MP, the state government gave its nod to the Odisha Cricket Association to host the ICC women's World Cup matches involving players from Pakistan at Cuttack. Bond's letter to NZC over captaincy is 'explosive'
Shane Bond's controversial letter to New Zealand Cricket over the Black Caps captaincy issue contains another explosive accusation.
Did match referee warn KP in 'airport toilet'?
England batsman Kevin Pietersen was informed about his punishment for showing dissent during the third One-day international against India, in Ranchi, by match referee Andy Pycroft in the men's toilet of Ranchi airport.
Is Australia's rotation policy contentious?
Former national chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns has said he is bemused by Australia's contentious rotation policy and has questioned the overall philosophy of those in charge. Philander back in SA squad for Tests against Pakistan
South African seamer Vernon Philander, who missed the last Test against New Zealand owing to a hamstring injury, has returned to the squad for the first cricket Test match against Pakistan.
Aus coach gets abusive tweets after loss against Lanka
Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur has received abusive comments on Twitter by fans angry over the rotation policy devised by him, after Australia suffered a humiliating defeat against Sri Lanka in Brisbane. Warne fined for breach of conduct
Australian spin legend Shane Warne was fined Aus$ 5000 for breaching Cricket Australia's Code of Behaviour in the domestic Big Bash League.
January 20, 2013
MCA wants Ranji final at Wankhede if Mumbai qualify
Mumbai Cricket Association said it would prefer to host the Ranji Trophy final at Wankhede Stadium if their team makes it to the summit clash. Ranji semis: Swain, Yashpal lead Services's fightback
Mumbai bowlers came out hard with an aim to defeat the weather gods in their bid to enter the final of the Ranji Trophy for the 44th time, but the bravehearts from Services batted with a lot of purpose, taking the semi-final into the reserve sixth day. De Villiers suspended for two ODIs for slow over rate
South Africa captain AB de Villiers has been suspended for two ODIs while his teammates have been fined 100 per cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over rate during their one-wicket defeat against New Zealand in the first ODI in Paarl.
Sydney ODI abandoned due to rain, wet outfield
The fourth One-day International between Australia and Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain and wet outfield but not before the hosts' batting frailties were exposed again on Sunday. Saurashtra wallop Punjab to enter Ranji final
Riding on a splendid bowling performance led by off-spinner Vishal Joshi, Saurashtra on Sunday thrashed Punjab by 229 runs to enter the Ranji Trophy final for the first time in 75 years. Franklin steers New Zealand to unexpected win
A superb rear-guard knock of 47 not out from James Franklin helped New Zealand pull off an improbable one-wicket victory against South Africa in the first one-day international on Saturday.
It is frustrating to get decisions without DRS: Cook
England captain Alastair Cook has rued the absence of Decision Review System (DRS) in the ongoing tour of India after Kevin Pietersen fell to an umpiring blunder in the third cricket ODI on Saturday, which the visitors lost by seven wickets.
January 19, 2013
More opposition to Pak women cricketers playing in India
A day after Bajrang Dal asserted it was opposed to participation of Pakistani women cricketers in the World Cup, BJP student wing, ABVP, on Saturday, threatened to dig up pitches ahead of the team's matches at Cuttack next month. We have a perfect bowling all-rounder in Jadeja: Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said the team had found a 'perfect' bowling all-rounder in Ravindra Jadeja, who once again produced a spirited show to help the hosts comfortably beat England by seven wickets in the third ODI in Ranchi on Saturday.
BCCI retain same squad for last two ODIs vs England
The BCCI has named an unchanged 15-member squad for the remaining two ODIs of the five-match series against England to be played at Mohali and Dharamsala respectively. Tricky situation for Mumbai as 4th day's play called off
The extent of damage caused by rains to the 22-yard strip at the Airforce Palam ground was evident with fourth day's play of the Ranji Trophy semi-final between Services and Mumbai called off without a ball being bowled despite bright sunshine throughout the day on Saturday. Ranji Trophy: Punjab back in the hunt against Saurashtra
Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh led from the front as his four-wicket haul brought Punjab right back in the hunt on the penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy semi-final against Saurashtra in Rajkot on Saturday. Panesar cleared by Sussex to participate in IPL auction
England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, who had impressed in the recent Test series in India, has been cleared by his county side Sussex to take part in next month's auction of the cash-rich IPL.
Ranchi ODI: Jadeja, Kohli star in India's emphatic win
Indian bowlers put in an inspired show before Virat Kohli returned to form with a rollicking unbeaten 77 as the hosts spanked England by seven wickets in the third one-dayer to make captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's first match in his home town a memorable one in their third one-dayer in Ranchi on Saturday.
January 18, 2013
Joshi, Unadkat put Saurashtra in sight of lead
Vishal Joshi (4-59) and Jaydev Unadkat (3-52) combined to reduce Punjab to 294 for 9 on the third day of the Ranji Trophy semi-final in Rajkot on Friday and assure Saurashtra a huge first innings lead. Replying to Saurashtra's first innings total of 477, Punjab started the day on 41 for no loss but could add another just 253 runs for the loss of nine wickets. 'Dhoni is always going to be under pressure'
England batsman Eoin Morgan says "pressure will always be there" on India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he has to shoulder the burden of expectations of a billion people.
Pakistan's women's World Cup matches shifted to Cuttack
Fearing protests and disruption, Pakistani women cricket team's World Cup matches shifted to Odisha, bringing an end to the uncertainty over the fate of the team's participation following the killing of two Indian soldiers at the border. Rain washes out Day 3 in Mumbai-Services Ranji semi-final
The third day's play in the Ranji Trophy semi-final between Mumbai and Services was called off without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain, which damaged one of the two sightscreens. After Thursday night's hailstorm, the steady downpour till Friday afternoon virtually made it impossible for proceedings to start. Practice pitch was a bit uneven, says Jadeja
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja said that the practice wickets at the newly built stadium in Ranchi had "uneven bounce" which did trouble the senior players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh during final practice session ahead of the third ODI against England.
Dhoni survives injury scare ahead of 3rd ODI
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday survived an injury scare when a rising delivery hit his right thumb during the team's practice session on the eve of the third One-dayer against England in Ranchi.
Kulasekara sizzles as Sri Lanka thrash Aus at the Gabba
A stellar performance from Sri Lanka's pace bowlers helped them record a four-wicket win over Australia in the third One-Day International in Brisbane on Friday. Right-arm pacer Nuwan Kulasekara claimed a career-best five for 22 as Sri Lanka skittled Australia for just 74.
January 17, 2013
High-scoring game on cards in the third ODI
A typical batting-friendly wicket will be on offer when India and England square off in the third cricket One-day International of the five-match series in Ranchi on January 19. Ranji: Jackson's ton helps Saurashtra post 477 vs Punjab
Sheldon Jackson scored a sparkling century to enable Saurashtra post 477 in their first innings against Punjab on the second day of the Ranji Trophy semi-final, in Rajkot, on Thursday. PCB refuses NOCs to its players for BPL
The franchises of the Bangladesh Premier League have been dealt a huge blow after the Pakistan Cricket Board refused to issue No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to the 26 national players who were set to be part of the Twenty20 event starting on Friday. Mumbai well-placed after Agarkar, Tare hit hundreds
Captain Ajit Agarkar and wicketkeeper Aditya Tare ground a pedestrian Services attack to score patient centuries as 39-time champions Mumbai ended the second day's play in the Ranji Trophy semi-final on 380 for 6 in 143 overs. Atmosphere during ODIs is best in India: Finn
England fast bowler Steve Finn has said the atmosphere that One-day cricket in India generates is the best in world sport after being hit by a 60,000-strong wall of sound in Tuesday's crushing defeat against the hosts in Kochi.
'Tired players should skip IPL instead of national duty'
Slamming Cricket Australia's rotation policy for players, former national selector Jamie Cox said those who are worried about fatigue should consider skipping the cash-rich Indian Premier League in April-May. Warne reported for breach of CA rule
Days after he was banned for one game for clashing with Marlon Samuels, Australian spin legend Shane Warne was reported for breaching Cricket Australia's Code of Behaviour during Big Bash semi-final at the WACA Ground in Perth.
I am fit for selection, says Manoj Tiwary
India batsman Manoj Tiwary says he is fully fit for selection after recovering from the side strain that ruled him out for a month.
January 16, 2013
Fate of Pak women's games in Mumbai to be decided soon
Amid simmering tension on the Indo-Pak border, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and local police authorities suggested to the ICC that it would be better if matches involving Pakistan in the Women's Cricket World Cup are shifted out of the city. Jaydev, Jackson shine as Saurashtra end Day 1 on 274-5
Skipper Jaydev Shah led an impressive display by Saurashtra's batsmen, scoring a fluent 87 before Sheldon Jackson posted an unbeaten half-century, to propel the hosts to 274 for 5 on the first day of the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Punjab, in Rajkot, on Wednesday. Dhoni must quit T20 captaincy: Ramiz
Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja feels that time has come for Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to quit Twenty20 captaincy after his side's string of losses so that some young player learns the ropes of leadership.
Mumbai reeling despite fifties from Tendulkar, Nayar
Sachin Tendulkar failed to convert a good start as favourites Mumbai struggled to score runs on a difficult track against minnows Services in the Ranji Trophy semi-final in Delhi on Wednesday. The 39-time champions, having electing to bat, ended the first day's play on 198 for 6. Sehwag's ODI career over is not over, feels Ganguly
Former captain Sourav Ganguly refused to think that Virender Sehwag's ODI career was over after he was dropped from the Indian squad for the first three matches of the ongoing series against England.
Windies recall Sarwan, leave out Samuels for Aus ODIs
West Indies have recalled batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan for the upcoming One-day series in Australia, but all-rounder Marlon Samuels has not been named in the 15-man squad.
January 15, 2013
Anil Kumble questions BCCI's age-verification process
Former India captain and Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) president Anil Kumble has raised questions about the Indian Cricket Board's age-verification process for various junior level tournaments.
Punjab confident, but wary of Saurashtra
Having beaten Saurashtra in the league stage, Punjab are aiming for an encore when the two sides square off in the Ranji Trophy semi-finals from Wednesday, at the SCA stadium, in Khandheri, Rajkot. Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh is hoping his side continues playing good cricket. Ranji SF: Unfancied Services ready for star-studded Mumbai
Sachin Tendulkar will be the centre of attraction as 39-time champions Mumbai take on Services in the Ranji Trophy semi-final, at the Palam Airforce ground on Wednesday. The Ajit Agarkar-led side are overwhelming favourites, but the institutional side should not be counted out after their five-wicket victory over Uttar Pradesh. Jadeja, Dhoni steer India to easy win at Kochi
India came up with a brilliant all-round display to thrash England by 127 runs in the second One-Day International, in Kochi, on Tuesday. The hosts first posted a competitive 285, riding on captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 72 and Ravindra Jadeja's 61, before the bowlers skittled out the visitors for a paltry 158 in just 36 overs to level the five-match series 1-1.
BCCI asks ICC to decide venues for Pak women's WC ties
Anticipating trouble due to Pakistani players' participation in the upcoming Women's World Cup in the city, the BCCI on Tuesday said the International Cricket Council will take a final call on whether to stick to the original venue or change it for the team from across the border.
January 14, 2013
Kochi ODI: Cook wary of 'world class' India
England captain Alastair Cook said even though they have made a "great start" to the series, he is no mood to take a "world-class" India lightly in the second ODI in Kochi.
Hafeez urges PCB to organise more Test matches
Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has urged the PCB to organise more Test matches for the national team as he feels that the players can sharpen their cricketing skills only by playing the longest format of the game.
Sreesanth bowls at the nets
Fast bowler S Sreesanth did his bit in helping the side prepare for the second ODI against England by bowling during the net practice in Kochi. Hafeez urges PCB to organise more Test matches
Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has urged the PCB to organise more Test matches for the national team as he feels that the players can sharpen their cricketing skills only by playing the longest format of the game.
South Africa thump NZ, win series 2-0
South Africa completed a 2-0 series win over New Zealand on Monday after thumping the visitors by an innings and 193 runs on the fourth day of the second Test.
Australia recall Clarke for Sri Lanka ODIs
Australia captain Michael Clarke is one of three big names to return to the squad for the third and fourth one-day internationals against Sri Lanka after a disappointing showing by stand-ins on Sunday.
Australia to play first Test vs India in Chennai
The venues for the prestigious Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia have been revised with the opening Test of the four-match series scheduled to be held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from February 22 to 26, BCCI said on Monday. Match-fixing: Gibbs gave false testimony against Cronje
Former South Africa pacer Henry Williams has revealed that he and Herschelle Gibbs gave false testimonies to the Kings Commission against Hansie Cronje in the match-fixing saga over a decade ago, to make a stronger case against the late Proteas captain.
January 12, 2013
Bangladesh board to send team to check Pak security
Bangladesh will send a security delegation to Pakistan soon to see if its cricket team can visit the country in March and April for a short series, Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said on Saturday. Kiwi batsmen slump again as they fail to tackle SA pace
New Zealand collapsed again against the South Africa pace attack when they staggered to 47 for six in their first innings in reply to the hosts' 525 for eight declared on the second day of the second Test at St. George's Park on Saturday.
BCCI curator expresses satisfaction with Kochi pitch
BCCI Curator P R Viswanadh expressed satisfaction with the pitch prepared for the second India-England ODI scheduled to be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Kochi on January 15. Australia paceman Starc ruled out of second ODI
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of Sunday's second one-day international against Sri Lanka due to calf soreness, the country's cricket board said on Saturday.
Lee questions Australia's rotation selection policy
Senior paceman Brett Lee questioned Australia's contentious rotation selection policy after injury struck down fast bowler Mitchell Starc ahead of the second One-day International against Sri Lanka.
We conceded a lot of runs in the last two overs: Dhoni
Leaking 38 runs in the last two overs of England innings cost India dear in the first ODI, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni conceded in the brief media interaction, which ended abruptly after the Saurashtra Cricket Association authorities switched off power.
January 11, 2013
Former umpire Taufel to deliver Cowdrey Lecture
Australian Simon Taufel will become the first umpire to give the prestigious MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced in London on Friday.
Pakistan axe Akmal brothers for South Africa tour
Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and his brothers Adnan and Umar have been axed from the Pakistan squad for the three-Test tour of South Africa beginning next month.
Amla puts Kiwis to sword with another century
Hashim Amla plundered yet another century to lead South Africa to a commanding 325 for four on the first day of the second and final Test against New Zealand at St George's Park on Friday.
Services hero Chatterjee aims to get past Sachin and Co
He battled immense pain to guide Services to their first Ranji Trophy semi-final berth in nearly five decades but skipper Soumik Chatterjee is now harbouring an even bigger dream -- to get Sachin Tendulkar out cheaply and defeat the formidable Mumbai side.
Hughes century on debut powers Australia past Sri Lanka
Phil Hughes powered Australia to a 107-run win over Sri Lanka in the first of five one-day internationals on Friday, becoming the first Australian to score a century on his limited-overs debut.
England draw first blood in high-scoring Rajkot ODI
India's woeful run of losses continued as England drew first blood with a thrilling nine-run victory in the first One-Day International in Rajkot, on Friday. Chasing a stiff target of 326, India lacked the batting firepower on a placid track and were restricted to a 316 for 9 in a high-scoring contest to concede a 1-0 lead to visitors in the five-match series. Now, Warne involved in Twitter row
Shane Warne has once again got involved in a spat on Twitter after he scoffed at Big Bash League (BBL) team Adelaide Strikers' team selection for their match against Perth Scorchers.
Will Sachin's retirement sound death knell of ODIs?
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar's decision to retire from One-day cricket might mark the end of the fifty-over format of the game, according to cricket writer, Robert Craddock.
PCB to launch IPL style league in March
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will launch its own Twenty20 Super League in March with the five franchises involved allowed to sign six overseas players each. Misbah to continue to lead Pakistan in Tests and ODIs
The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to retain senior batsman Misbah-ul-Haq as captain for the Test and One-day series for the forthcoming tour of South Africa.
January 10, 2013
Arjun Tendulkar in Mumbai's U-14 squad
Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun has been selected to play for Mumbai U-14 in the West Zone leg matches of the BCCI tournament which will be held in Ahmedabad from January 20 to February 1. Sahara will not use chairman's name for Pune stadium
The international stadium in Pune will no longer be known as 'Subrata Roy Sahara stadium' after business conglomerate Sahara Group decided to withdraw the name in the wake of its dispute with the Maharashtra Cricket Association. Ranji: About flat wickets, drab draws and content teams!
What's the point in having an extra day for the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals, asks Bikash Mohapatra, when teams are content batting for endless periods and settling for victory by virtue of the first innings lead? Taruwar scores triple ton as Punjab grind Jharkhand
Taruwar Kohli scored an unbeaten triple century and shared a 264-run fourth wicket stand with Uday Kaul (113 not out) as the Ranji Trophy quarter-final between Punjab and Jharkhand, in Jamshedpur, ended in a tame draw on Thursday. Punjab entered the last-four stage by virtue of a first innings lead of 298 runs. New ICC rule tough on bowlers in subcontinent: Harbhajan
Out-of-favour India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that the bowlers may face a tough time with the implementation of ICC's new ODI rule.
Pujara hits 352, Jackson 117 in Saurashtra's semis march
Saurashtra entered the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy by virtue of the first innings lead over Karnataka in the quarter-final match which ended in a draw in Rajkot on Thursday. Mumbai seal Ranji semi-final date with Services
The result was a foregone conclusion; the fifth day only a formality. Mumbai sealed a berth in the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy by virtue of the first innings lead against Baroda at the Wankhede stadium on Thursday. India eye whitewash vs England to regain No. 1 ODI ranking
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men will have to inflict a 5-0 whitewash on England to regain its numero uno status on the ICC ODI Championship table.
9 million thanks, Tendulkar tells his fans
Undoubtedly one of the most widely followed Indian celebrities on Facebook, Sachin Tendulkar's fan following on the social networking site has crossed nine million and it's still counting.
January 09, 2013
Vengsarkar, Wadekar bat for Dhoni
Former Indian captains Dilip Vengsarkar and Ajit Wadekar batted for current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who has been facing a lot of criticism of late for the cricket team's failures.
Jiwanjyot, Kohli assure Punjab of semis berth
Jiwanjyot Singh (131) and Taruwar Kohli (151 not out) hit centuries to help Punjab take the crucial first-innings lead over Jharkhand and assure themselves of a place in the Ranji Trophy's last-four stage on the on the fourth and penultimate day in Jamshedpur. Sublime Pujara punishes listless Karnataka
Saurashtra run machine Cheteshwar Pujara hammered an unbeaten 261 to help his side amass 463 for three in their second innings on the penultimate day of their five-day Ranji Trophy quarter-final match against Karnataka in Rajkot on Wednesday.
Pietersen given full England contract
Kevin Pietersen rubber-stamped his return to the England set-up by signing a full central contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), reports AFP.
India will start as favourties vs England: Boycott
India might have lost the recent ODIs against Pakistan but former England captain Geoffrey Boycott feels that the hosts still tand a better chance of winning the five-match series against England, starting in Rajkot on January 11.
Dominant Mumbai inch closer to Ranji semi-finals
Mumbai all but sealed a berth in the semi-finals on Day Four of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final tie against Baroda on Wednesday. They were 171 for one (after 51 overs) in their second essay at close of play on Day 4, an overall lead of 545. Former SA spinner Harris to retire
Former South Africa spinner Paul Harris is to retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the domestic season.
Coach Fletcher may face the heat from BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's all-powerful Working Committee will meet in Mumbai next week, but it is not known whether the Indian team's recent poor performance against England and Pakistan would be deliberated upon.
Ajmal says unity and hard work behind Pakistan's success
Buoyed by their recent success in India, off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has challenged the arch-rivals to beat Pakistan in their own backyard.
Misbah credits Whatmore for change in team's attitude
Coach Dav Whatmore has brought about a positive change in the attitude of the country's cricketers, said Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq.
PCB optimistic about playing a full series with India
Pakistan remains optimistic about playing a full series with India later this year despite reports that the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has refused to send its team to Pakistan due to security concerns and also has ruled out the possibility of playing at any neutral venue.
January 08, 2013
Saurashtra take lead despite Manish Pandey's hundred
Middle-order batsman Manish Pandey's fine century could go in vain, as hosts Saurashtra took the vital first innings lead against Karnataka on the third day of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final in Rajkot, on Tuesday. Saurashtra, dismissed for 469 in the first innings, took a crucial 73-run lead after restricting Karnataka to 396, on the third day of the five-day encounter. Jiwanjyot leads Punjab's fightback against Jharkhand
Opener Jiwanjyot Singh's unbeaten 77 and two valuable partnerships with him helped Punjab fight back against Jharkhand on the third day of the five-day Ranji Trophy quarter-final in Jamshedpur on Tuesday. Replying to Jharkhand's first innings total of 401 all out, Punjab were 150 for 1 at stumps at the Keenan stadium. Injured Philander out of second New Zealand Test
South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander has been ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand, starting at St George's Park on Friday, as he is suffering from a hamstring strain. Services stun UP, enter Ranji semi-finals
A spirited Services beat favourites Uttar Pradesh by five wickets to enter the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy, in Indore, on Tuesday. Chasing a meagre target of 113 to win, Services were rocked by UP pacer Ankit Rajpoot's fiery spell (5-36) and reduced to 54 for 5 in the second innings, before skipper Soumik Chatterjee and Rajat Paliwal came to the armymen's rescue and pocketed the five-day match well inside three days. Dhawan shines as Delhi beat England XI by six wkts
A magnificent 110 by Shikhar Dhawan and sterling contributions from Rajat Kumar and Milind Bhatia enabled Delhi beat an England XI by six wickets in a warm-up match ahead of the One-Day International series, at the Feroz Shah Kotla, on Tuesday. Chasing England's huge 294 for 5, Delhi finished with 295 for 4 wickets, in 48.3 overs.
Bowlers put Mumbai in command against Baroda
Mumbai dominated two of the three sessions to take total control over Baroda on Day Three of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final at the Wankhede stadium on Tuesday. At stumps, the visitors were languishing at 167 for five (64 overs) in their opening essay, still a whopping 478 runs adrift of the hosts' total, following some reckless batting coupled with disciplined bowling. Shami attributes success to Akram, Gambhir
Pacer Shami Ahmed attributed his success to the tips he received from former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram and India opener Gautam Gambhir. Samuels ruled out of Australian Twenty20 with injury
West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels, awaiting punishment for his involvement in a bat and ball throwing incident with spinner Shane Warne, will miss the remainder of Australia's domestic Twenty20 competition through injury.
Umar Akmal draws criticism from former players
Pakistan's young batsman Umar Akmal has drawn flak from former players and critics for his below-par performance during the just-concluded tour of India.
India's tormentor Jamshed forgets his trophy
Pakistan star batsman Nasir Jamshed, who tormented the Indian bowlers in the just concluded series, forgot to carry his man-of-the-series trophy with him.
January 07, 2013
Rajat's ton helps Services to big first innings lead
Young right-hander Rajat Paliwal his fourth and most important first-class century in his short career which helped Services take a sizeable 129-run first innings lead against formidable Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final match in Indore, on Monday. Vasavda's ton helps Saurashtra amass 469 vs Karnataka
A patient, unbeaten century by middle order batsman Arpit Vasavada helped Saurashtra score 469 against Karnataka on the second day of their five-day Ranji Trophy quarter-final at the Saurashtra University ground in Rajkot, on Monday. ODI selection a dream come true for Pujara
Talented middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Monday said that he would grab the opportunity with both hands if he gets a chance to play against England in the One-Day International series starting in Rajkot on January 11. As dad battles for life, Jaffer equals record for most Ranji tons
Wasim Jaffer's second successive century helped him equal Ajay Sharma's longstanding record of most hundreds in the Ranji Trophy. In-form Nayar eyes Team India recall
The 29-year-old Mumbai batsman, who played three One-Day Internationals in 2009 sans much success, is looking to translate his success in the Ranji Trophy this season to a place in the national squad.
Nemat, Jaggi hit hundreds against Punjab
Centuries by overnight batsmen Rameez Nemat (100) and Ishank Jaggi (126 batting) placed Jharkhand in a comfortable position against Punjab on the second day of the five-day Ranji Trophy quarter-final at the Keenan stadium in Jamshedpur on Monday. The second day's proceedings, which started at 10.20 am due to bad light, was disrupted thrice and nearly three hours were lost. Jharkhand ended the day on 310 for 6 from a 114 overs. Yuvraj hopeful of carrying good form to England ODIs
Yuvraj Singh says the upcoming ODI series against England will provide the hosts an opportunity to avenge the reverses they suffered in the Tests late last year. Harbhajan fined for dissent in Ranji match
Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent to the umpire's decision during the team's Ranji Trophy quarter-final match against Jharkhand in Jamshedpur, on Monday. Nayar joins Mumbai run-feast against Baroda
Mumbai consolidated their position on Day 2 of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Baroda at the Wankhede stadium on Monday. Resuming at the overnight score of 272 for 3, the hosts continued to pile on the runs to end the day on 524 for 6. Abhishek Nayar was unbeaten on a well-made 122. Giving him company was Ankit Chavan on 17, the two having put on 55 for the seventh wicket. Watson to take break from bowling
Injury-plagued all-rounder Shane Watson is set to put his bowling duties on hold and concentrate on his batting when he makes his return to the Australia team, coach Mickey Arthur said on Monday.
PCB says players touched by warmth of Indian public
Pakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India as well Indian fans for the warm reception the team got during the five-match limited-overs' series that concluded on Sunday. Junaid's success lies in Akram's advice
The most impressive among the Pakistani pacers, who made life difficult for Indian batsmen, Junaid Khan revealed that the legendary Wasim Akram's inputs about the host batsmen's 'weaknesses' helped him get eight wickets in the just-concluded three-match ODI series.
Warne accepts penalty over bust-up with Samuels
Australian spin legend Shane Warne has accepted the one-match ban and $4,700 fine for an ugly confrontation with West Indian Marlon Samuels during a Big Bash Twenty20 clash, conceding that he went too far.
Laxman reckons he is still fit to play Test cricket
Five months have passed since V V S Laxman bid adieu to international cricket but the stylish batsman feels he is still fit enough to play in the Test format.
We need to be patient with our openers: Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that the new ODI rules may have a role in the continuous no-show of the openers but expects them to adapt to the changed regulations for the good of the struggling team.
January 06, 2013
Sehwag dropped, Pujara picked for England ODIs
Veteran opener Virender Sehwag was dropped from the Indian squad for the first three One-Day Internationals against England, starting in Rajkot on January 11. Jackson's fifty lifts Saurashtra on Day 1
Sheldon Jackson's 83 and contributions from Shitanshu Kotak and Arpit Vasavada helped Saurashtra make 272 for five on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final match against Karnataka. ICC still not convinced with security in Pakistan
Pakistan will have to wait for some more time to bring international cricket back to the country as the International Cricket Council (ICC) believes that it needs to do more on the security front to win the confidence of the foreign teams.
Jharkhand 195/3 against Punjab on day one
Riding on opener Rameez Nemat's unbeaten 97 and Ishank Jaggi's 50 not out, Jharkhand posted 195 for three in their first innings against Punjab on the first day of their five-day Ranji Trophy quarter-final match in Jamshedpur. Services in commanding position on Day 1
Shadab Nazar's five-for helped Services dismiss Uttar Pradesh for a paltry 134 in just 38 overs on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final match in Indore on Sunday. India 'A' beat England by 53 runs in warm-up game
India 'A' provided some cheer amidst disappointing show by the senior team as they comprehensively beat England by 53 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method in the first warm-up match, being held at the Palam Airforce Ground in New Delhi on Sunday. Back on field, Tendulkar's domestic dominance continues
It was the first time he stepped on the field since he announced his one-day retirement ahead of the home series against Pakistan.
India beat Pakistan to avoid whitewash
A spirited India clinched a sensational 10-run victory in a low-scoring thriller to avoid a series whitewash and restore some pride in the third and final One-dayer against Pakistan in New Delhi on Sunday.
Rahane replaces Sehwag in third ODI against Pakistan
India, down 0-2 in the series, made two changes to the squad, dropping out-of-form opener Virender Sehwag and pacer Ashok Dinda for Ajinkya Rahane and Shami Ahmed respectively. Hussey finishes on a high as Australia sweep Lanka Tests
Michael Hussey ended his Test career on a high when Australia beat Sri Lanka by five wickets with a day to spare in the third Test on Sunday to sweep the series 3-0.
Australia drop Hussey, rest Clarke for SL one-dayers
Mike Hussey's retirement from international cricket is likely to come sooner than he thought after he was omitted from Australia's squad for the first two matches of their one day series against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
January 05, 2013
Consider me a sportsperson: Miandad
A day after calling off his visit to the capital in the wake of a controversy over the Indian government giving him visa, former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad on Saturday said that he should be seen just as a sportsman and not as a relative of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
Training camp under Inzamam helped us: Misbah
It was not just the combined effort of bowlers but also the preparatory training camp under former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq back home which helped Pakistan to tame the Indians on their own backyard, skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said on Saturday.
Dhoni refuses to blame coach, says players responsible
Duncan Fletcher's role may be under scanner following India's prolonged poor run of form but Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday refused to blame the coach, saying the utmost responsibility for performance lies with the players.
Will Harbhajan make a comeback to national squad?
Out-of-favour India off-spinner and Punjab skipper Harbhajan Singh on Saturday said he is determined to perform in the upcoming Ranji Trophy quarterfinal clash against Jharkhand and stage a comeback to the national side for the One-day series against England. Will Virender Sehwag get the boot?
With speculation building over the likely axing of Virender Sehwag from India's ODI team for the home series against Engl#8743 selectors Vikram Rathore and Saba Karim had a long chat with the under-fire opener ahead of the third and final ODI against Pakistan in New Delhi on Sunday.
BCCI name foreign umpires for Ranji knockouts
South Africa's Adrian Holdstock and England's Rob Bailey will be among the on-field officials for the quarter-final and semi-final clashes of the ongoing Ranji Trophy as part of the BCCI's Umpires Exchange Programmes. Rassol summoned to bowl at Indian team's net session
Promising Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parvez Rassol was summoned by the Indian team management to bowl to the likes of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli ahead of the side's third and final ODI against Pakistan in New Delhi. Australia on verge of Sri Lanka series sweep
Australia were on the verge of a 3-0 series sweep after reducing Sri Lanka to 225 for seven with a slender lead of 87 at close of play on a dramatic third day of the third Test on Saturday.
PCB announces cash awards for Pak's top players
Pakistan President and PCB Patron-in-Chief Asif Ali Zardari has announced an award of Rs 500,000 for the highest-scorers and top wicket-takers in each game of the ongoing three-match ODI series in India.
January 04, 2013
Virat Kohli bags International Cricketer of the Year award
Virat Kohli bagged the International Cricketer of the Year award while Pakistan was named as the Best International Cricket Team in the 2011-2012 season at the CEAT cricket awards in New Delhi.
Cape Town Test: South Africa complete innings win over NZ
South Africa completed an innings victory over New Zealand on Friday in a result which was never in doubt after the visitors collapsed to 45 all out before lunch on the opening day of the first Test.
Miandad cancels India trip following visa row
Javed Miandad, whose son is married to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's daughter, has cancelled his visit to Delhi in the wake of a raging controversy over India over giving him a visa for the trip. A win against India is always big: Misbah-ul-Haq
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has said the pace trio of Umar Gul, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan played a crucial role in Pakistan's first ODI series win in India since 2004-05. Australia take lead but run-outs leave them gasping
Australian blew the chance to take an iron grip on the third Test against Sri Lanka on Friday and instead scrabbled to a 48-run first innings lead after reaching 342 for six at the close of the second day's play on Friday.
McGrath inducted into ICC Hall of Fame
Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath was inducted into the International Cricket Council's Hall of Fame on Thursday, making him its 68th male member.
January 03, 2013
Brownlie and McCullum dig in for New Zealand
An unbeaten 69 from Dean Brownlie helped New Zealand reach 169 for four in their second innings on day two of the first Test against South Africa on Thursday. Miandad not on India's negative list, says govt
The Indian government has defended its decision to issue a visa to former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad, saying he is not on India's 'negative list'. Squad for England ODIs to be picked on January 6
India's squad for the five-match ODI series against England, starting in Rajkot on January 11, will be picked in New Delhi on Sunday. Pakistan maul India, take unassailable lead in ODI series
India slumped to yet another series defeat, as arch-rivals Pakistan spanked them by 85 runs in the second One-Day International to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match rubber, in Kolkata, on Thursday. Riding on Nasir Jamshed's second consecutive century, the visitors, dismissed for 250, shot out the Indians for a paltry 165 with two overs to spare at the Eden Gardens.
Tendulkar in, Zaheer out of Mumbai's Ranji QF
Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar will boost Mumbai's batting in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Baroda, in Mumbai from January 6, but the 39-time champions will miss pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who is sidelined with a calf injury.
Rasool inches closer to India cap
Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parvez Rasool, 23, was chosen to play for India 'A' side against England in a warm up match in New Delhi on January 6, becoming the first player from the state to make it to the national side. Shamshuddin only Indian on International panel of Umpires
C Shamshuddin was the lone Indian among the five new third umpires appointed to the ICC's international panel announced on Thursday. Steyn third fastest to pick 300 Test scalps
South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn became the third fastest bowler to pick 300 wickets in Test cricket when he bowled Doug Bracewell in the first session of the first Test against New Zealand at Newlands on Wednesday.
Tony Greig remembered during SCG Test
In a tribute to late cricketer-turned-commentator Tony Greig, who passed away after suffering from a heart attack last week, Australian captain Michael Clarke wore his signature neckerchief while leading his team onto the field in the second Test against Sri Lanka which started IN Sydney on Thursday.
3rd Test: Thirimanne misses maiden ton; Bird soars
Australia's four-pronged pace attack overcame spirited resistance from Lahiru Thirimanne and Mahela Jayawardene before dismissing Sri Lanka for 294 to end the opening day of the third Test against Australia on Thursday.
January 02, 2013
Confident Pakistan hoping to seal ODI series in Kolkata
Pakistan's all-win record against India at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata would play a big role as they would look to seal the ODI series on Thursday, skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said.
Kohli sweats it out in the nets in Kolkata
Virat Kohli, who suffered a foot injury in the first One-Day International against Pakistan in Chennai, looked fit in the nets on Wednesday and was seen knocking at the ball for quite a long time during the two-hour practice session. South African Kallis passes 13,000 Test runs
All-rounder Jacques Kallis became the first South African to score 13,000 Test runs on an eventful opening day of the first Test against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Why can't Ganguly become India coach, questions Viswanath
Former captain Gundappa Viswanath feels that Sourav Ganguly is ideal candidate to replace Duncan Fletcher as the coach of the Indian team.
Kohli will be available for 2nd ODI: Dhoni
Key batsman Virat Kohli, who suffered a foot injury in India's first ODI against Pakistan in Chennai, would be available for selection for the must-win second match in Kolkata, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.
SL pick four specialist spinners for Australia series
Sri Lanka has picked four specialist spinners to play Australia in the upcoming ODI tri-series as well as Twenty20 Internationals. Armstrong will remain my hero, says Yuvraj
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong's great fall from the grace is not enough for India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh to change his opinion about the American cyclist who had been slapped with a ban for use of performance-enhancing drugs.
I was hopeful of making it to India 'A' team: Rassol
Promising all-rounder from Jammu and Kashmir Parvez Rassol was rewarded for his brilliant performance in this season's Ranji Trophy after he was named in the 14-member India A squad for the practice game against England on January 6. Philander, Peterson help SA dominate Day 1
An undefeated century from Alviro Petersen helped South Africa reach 252 for three after they had skittled embattled New Zealand for 45 on a spectacular opening day of the first Test in Cape Town.
NSW drops misconduct charges against Lee
Former Australia speedster Brett Lee has escaped punishment for his criticism of NSW CEO David Gilbert as the misconduct charges against him were dropped by Cricket New South Wales (NSW) on Wednesday.
Mukund to lead India 'A' against England
Left-handed opener Abhinav Mukund was named captain of the Indian 'A' side that will take on England in a warm-up game in New Delhi on January 6. Battered Sri Lanka look to Durban spirit for third Test
Sri Lanka will use the example of their remarkable turnaround on their last tour of South Africa to try and rescue a face-saving third Test victory against Australia, captain Mahela Jayawardene said on Wednesday.
Sydney Cricket Ground turns Pink for fifth time
For the fifth consecutive time, the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) will be splashed with pink for the Vodafone Pink Test featuring Australia and Sri Lanka, starting on Thursday.
Kohli only Indian named in 'Fairfax 2012 World Team'
Virat Kohli is the only Indian cricketer to find a place in the final XI of Fairfax Media team of 2012.
Clarke fit, Australia go with four quicks
Australia skipper Michael Clarke declared himself fit to play before announcing a team featuring four fast bowlers on the eve of the third Test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
Younis predicts bright future for rookie pacer Junaid
Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan has heaped praise on Junaid Khan, saying the young left-arm pacer has the traits of becoming someone like legendary seamer Wasim Akram.
Gambhir urges people to support Delhi rape victim
Senior India batsman Gautam Gambhir has expressed his anguish at the Delhi gang-rape and the subsequent death of the victim which has created an outrage in the country and urged the people to continue to fight against the heinous crime.
January 01, 2013
Sairaj Bahatule retires from first class cricket
Former India leg-spinner Sairaj Bahatule, 39, announced retirement from all forms of first class cricket.
Pak pacers sweat it out in the nets at Eden
Pakistan's speed merchants Mohammed Irfan, Junaid Khan and senior pro Umar Gul went full throttle at the team's nets session on Tuesday as they bowled aiming at one stump under watchful eyes of bowling coach Mohammed Akram. Bengal suffer crushing defeat against Railways
Hosts Bengal suffered a 122-run humiliating defeat against Railways on Tuesday -- their fourth in the Ranji season -- to usher in the New Year on a depressing note. ICC pays tribute to Martin-Jenkins
The International Cricket Council mourned the passing of cricket commentator and former president of the MCC Christopher Martin-Jenkins, who died of cancer at the age of 67 on Tuesday.
Karnataka beat Maharashtra to qualify for quarters
Ankit Bawne's heroic unbeaten 155 went in vain as Karnataka notched up a thrilling eight-wicket win over Maharashtra on the final day to book a quarter-final berth in the Ranji Trophy in Pune on Tuesday. Ranji: Delhi ousted failing to record an outright win
Delhi failed to record an outright win against Vidarbha on Tuesday and were knocked out at the group league stage of the Ranji Trophy in Nagpur. Tendulkar to play Ranji quarters against Baroda
Mumbai's Ranji Trophy campaign received a shot in the arm with the availability of Sachin Tendulkar for their quarter final game against Baroda in Mumbai from January 6-10.
Saxena steals show as Rajasthan-Hyderabad tie ends in draw
A resolute unbeaten century by opener Vineet Saxena was the high point for defending champions Rajasthan who finished their Ranji Trophy league engagements with a tame draw against Hyderabad in a Group 'A' match in Jaipur on Tuesday. Cricket commentator Martin-Jenkins dead
Christopher Martin-Jenkins, cricket commentator and former president of the MCC, has died of cancer aged 67.
Fit Clarke ready to take field in Hussey's farewell
Australia skipper Michael Clarke came through a fitness Test on Tuesday, indicating he will play in this week's third Test against Sri Lanka and resolve at least one of the hosts' selection problems for the dead rubber match.
Former India all-rounder Bangar calls time on career
Former India player and Railways captain Sanjay Bangar announced his retirement from first-class cricket on Tuesday after guiding his team to a 122-run victory against Bengal in the final group league game of Ranji Trophy at the JU (Salt Lake) ground.
Tamil Nadu, Haryana take home a point each after draw
Haryana and Tamil Nadu shared the honours as their rain-curtailed Group B Ranji Trophy match ended in a tame draw in Chennai on Tuesday. Mumbai enter Ranji Trophy quarter-finals
Mumbai are through to the knock out stages, despite a draw, after claiming three points against Gujarat on the basis of their first innings lead, on the last day of the group A Ranji Trophy match played in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday. Eden curator Mukherjee to visit venue 'till alive'
The India-Pakistan One-dayer to be played in Kolkata on Thursday might be seen as Prabir Mukherjee's last as Eden Gardens curator, but the 83-year-old said he would remain associated with the historical venue as long as he's alive.
Ranji Trophy: Saurashtra beat MP to enter knockout stage
Riding on a splendid bowling spell by debutant seamer Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Saurashtra beat Madhya Pradesh by 227 runs on the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match and entered into knockout stage.
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