July 31, 2010Lahore terror probe judge blasts 'lax' security
Lahore High Court judge Shabbar Raza Rizvi, who headed an inquiry into last year's terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, has lambasted senior police officers for being "lax" during the deadly strike which claimed seven lives.
BCCI rejects CWG demand for Rs.100 crore donation
The working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday rejected an appeal from the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CGOC) to give a donation of Rs.100 crore.
BCCI vs Modi soap opera resumes on Sunday
BCCI's Disciplinary Committee meets in New Delhi on Sunday for the third time to continue its probe into alleged financial irregularities by suspended IPL chief Lalit Modi, who would once again seek the recusal of Chirayu Amin and Arun Jaitley from the panel.
Inzamam offers to assist struggling batsmen
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has offered his services as a batting coach for a national side struggling to score runs in England.
My bowling is getting better all the time: Asif
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif believes his bowling has improved by leaps and bounds ever since he since he made his international comeback after serving a 12-month suspension for a positive dope test.
Tendulkar, Harbhajan rested for Lanka tri-series
Seasoned players Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh were rested while Yuvraj Singh was recalled in the 15-member Indian squad for the upcoming cricket tri-series in Sri Lanka, beginning from August 10.
July 30, 2010Anderson, Finn rip through Pakistan
England birthday boy James Anderson and rookie pace bowler Steven Finn ripped through Pakistan's batting to reduce them to 90 for six at tea on the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge on Friday.
Age has nothing to do with performance: Tendulkar
'As long as you are mentally strong and prepared to go through the grind, age does not really matter. I think everyone should just stop talking about the age factor. If I can score a double hundred at 37, I don't think age really matters,' said Sachin Tendulkar, after being named the most stylish player of the second Test against Sri Lanka.
Former players call for keeper Akmal's ouster
Former Pakistan players demanded ouster of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal after his poor performance behind the wickets during the ongoing first Test against England in Nottingham.
'Ministry yet to receive attack report from PCB'
The Pakistan Sports Ministry on Friday said it has not received any report from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan team in Lahore last year.
Aus, NZ nominate Isaac for ICC vice-presidency
New Zealand Cricket has proposed its chairman, eminent businessman and corporate governance practitioner, Alan Isaac, for the role and Cricket Australia will support that nomination.
Colombo Test ends in a drab draw
The second Test between India and Sri Lanka at the SSC Ground in Colombo ended in a predictable draw on Friday. Sri Lanka, having allowed India take a 65-run lead, scored 129 for 3 in their second innings on the fifth and final day before play was called off.
Modi seeks attendance sheet of BCCI meetings
Suspended Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi on Thursday asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to provide him attendance sheet of the recent disciplinary committee meetings held in Mumbai and Delhi to ascertain whether the presence of BCCI secretary N Srinivasan had been recorded in it.
July 29, 2010Morgan's maiden Test ton puts England in charge
England's Eoin Morgan plundered 125 not out for his maiden Test century to help dig his team out of trouble and steer them to 331 for four at stumps on day one of the first Test with Pakistan on Thursday.
Tendulkar helped in overcoming nervousness: Raina
After notching up a century on his Test debut, Suresh Raina on Thursday admitted he was nervous when he took guard but Sachin Tendukar's pep talk helped him overcome the initial jitters.
Kapil Dev bowls to British PM Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday showed his dexterity with the cricket bat as he played out a few deliveries bowled to him by the legendary Kapil Dev. Kapil, India's only World Cup-wining captain, sent down a few balls to the British premier when he visited the National stadium on his tour of the Commonwealth Games venues.
New proposal to revolutionise Test championship
new proposal under consideration is all set to revolutionise Test cricket, with the two best nations to play a grand final possibly over six days or, even until there is a result.
Tendulkar, the artist, deserves Bharat Ratna: Asha
When Sachin Tendulkar bats, it's like an artist playing a 'raga' and the true legend of the game deserves the Bharat Ratna, legendary singer Asha Bhonsle said on Thursday.
5 years later, life comes full circle for Raina
Having made a forgettable ODI debut against Sri Lanka in July 2005, Raina makes history on his Test debut against the same opponents five years on.
Raina ninth Indian to score 100 in debut innings
Suresh Raina became the ninth Indian batsman to score a hundred in the first innings of his debut Test. He joins 11 others who scored centuries on their Test debut.
Warne steps in as Hurley's 'date' at a race event
Liz Hurley and Shane Warne were an unusual sight together, when seen at the Glorious Goodwood race meet.
Tendulkar double, Raina debut ton as India rule
Sachin Tendulkar scored 203 and Suresh Raina got a ton on debut as India ended Day 4 in the second Test against Sri Lanka on 669 for 9, 27 runs ahead.
DRS should be used in each Test: Koertzen
Retired South African umpire Rudi Koertzen feels the controversial decision review system should be made compulsory in Tests as otherwise it puts undue pressure on the man in white coats.
'Decision to retire was not an emotional one'
Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has rubbished rumors that his decision to quit the Test captaincy and retire from the longer version of the game was due to problems with his team-mates.
July 28, 2010I'm disappointed I had to quit this way: Kulkarni
Mumbai spinner Nilesh Kulkarni, who claimed a wicket with the first ball he bowled in Test cricket, gave up all forms of cricket on Wednesday.
'Wankhede stadium will be ready by December-end'
BCCI chief administrative officer and 2011 World Cup tournament director Ratnakar Shetty on Wednesday slammed media reports which said the Wankhede Stadium's renovation is running behind schedule.
Sehwag rues getting out because of bad shot
Explosive batsman Virender Sehwag rued his selection of shot while batting on 99, and said had he not committed the mistake India would have been in a strong position in the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka. Sehwag missed out on his fourth successive Test century when he gave charge to Suraj Randiv, missed the ball and was stumped by Prasanna Jayawardene.
I'll make comeback within a year or retire: Misbah
Former Pakistan vice-captain and senior batsman Misbah-ul-Haq has given himself another year to make a comeback to the national team or else he will retire from international cricket.
Afridi hopes to lead Pakistan in England ODIs
Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi is confident of recovering from a side strain before the One-Day and T20 series against England.
England series a stiffer challenge for Butt: Akram
Pakistan team led by Salman Butt might have registered a memorable Test win over Australia in England but now they face some stiffer challenge during the four-match series against the hosts commencing from July 29 in Nottingham, feels former captain Wasim Akram.
'Pak players meet suspicious characters in Eng'
The Pakistan team management is keeping a close eye on some members of its touring squad in England after reports claimed that the players were mixing with 'suspicious characters' and violating the PCB guidelines.
Tendulkar, Raina lead India's fightback in Colombo
Sachin Tendulkar posted his 48th Test hundred and Suresh Raina was unbeaten on 66, as India ended Day 3 on 382 for four, in the second Test against Sri Lanka.
July 27, 2010Modi's lawyer seeks 'neutral SC judge' for probe
Lalit Modi's attorney Mehmood Abdi on Tuesday said he will push for a neutral Supreme Court judge on the Board of Control for Cricket in India's disciplinary panel that is probing alleged financial irregularities by the suspended IPL chairman in the running of the T20 event.
We can run through Indian batting: Jayawardene
The wicket at the SSC ground may be a batting paradise but Sri Lanka vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene is confident of ripping apart the strong Indian batting in the second Test in Colombo.
Ojha expects run feast for India too
Forced to toil on a lifeless track in the second Test, India spinner Pragyan Ojha on Tuesday said even the Sri Lankan bowlers will struggle to contain a strong Indian batting line-up.
World's first limited over tournament turns 60
Considered the world's first limited over tournament, the All-India Pooja Cricket organised in Tripunithura near Kochi in Kerala completes 60 years of uninterrupted conduct this year.
'Howard's nomination for ICC top job regrettable'
New Zealand Cricket chief Justin Vaughan says the nomination of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard for the ICC vice President's post was regrettable considering the furore it created.
I have no differences with Younis: Yawar
Pakistan team manager in England Yawar Saeed has denied having differences with Younis Khan and said it was drummed up by the media and that he has tremendous respect for the former skipper.
Lahore attack report awaiting govt clearance: PCB
Rubbishing Ehsan Mani's claim that PCB was dragging its feet on the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan by delaying the report on the Lahore attack, board chief Ejaz Butt said they were ready with the document but were awaiting government's clearance to submit it to ICC.
English Duke ball could give Pak advantage
The type of cricket balls used in England will give the Pakistan bowlers a huge advantage over the home side in the four-Test series starting this week, former Pakistan players said on Monday.
CA likely to dump Howard's candidacy for ICC post
Cricket Australia is likely to drop John Howard as its candidate for the International Cricket Council's president-elect post on Friday, a media report said.
India make good start after Sri Lanka carnage
India, chasing a huge Sri Lankan total (642-4), got off to a good start on day two of the second Test at the SSC Ground in Colombo on Tuesday. The visitors made 95 for no loss at close of day's play, with Virender Sehwag unbeaten on a well-made 64 and giving him company was Murali Vijay on 22.
'We'll have a controversy-free series in England'
Pakistan team manager in England, Yawar Saeed is confident that his players will not face the same controversies and scandals that the national squad was subjected to during their earlier tours.
'No racism in chucking allegations against Murali'
Showering praise on retired Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, former Australian captain Steve Waugh on Monday said there was no racist angle involved in chucking allegations which the bowler had faced earlier.
July 26, 2010Modi calls BCCI probe a 'witch hunt'
Suspended Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi on Monday slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India and termed the inquiry into the alleged financial irregularities against him as a 'witch hunt'.
Online ticket sales for cricket WC a success
The online ticket sales for the ICC Cricket World Cup next year has got a phenomenal response, according to the official ticketing partner for the mega-event. If the initial response of India-England at Eden Gardens is any indication, the February 27 match is going to be a sell out, official partner KyaZoonga said.
SL would look to reach 550 tomorrow: Dilshan
With Sri Lanka in the drivers' seat after the first day, senior batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan today said his side would look to reach 550 tomorrow so that their spinners can apply pressure on the Indians in the second Test in Colombo.
Despite thrashing, Raina feels India bowled well
The thrashing that they got from the Sri Lankan batsmen notwithstanding, Suresh Raina on Monday insisted that Indian bowlers did their job well and blamed their opening-day flopshow in the second cricket Test on the dead track in Colombo.
We'll look to add another 250 runs: Sangakkara
In a commanding position after scoring 312 for just two wickets on the opening day itself, Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara said his team would aim to add another 200 to 250 runs on Tuesday and bat India out of the second cricket Test in Colombo.
Ponting against changing Oz batting for India tour
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has said that the prospect of changes to the team's batting line-up for October's Test tour of India is remote.
Touring India a challenge for youngsters: Katich
Australia's upcoming tour of India would be a big challenge for the youngsters of the team who are yet to play Test cricket in the sub-continent, feels opener Simon Katich.
Pakistan to stick with youngsters for future tours
Virtually ruling out Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan's return to the side for the series against England, PCB chairman Ejaz has said that Pakistan will continue to test youngsters in future matches to build a strong team for next year's World Cup.
McGrath engaged to girlfriend Sara
Two years after the death of his first wife Jane, former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath is all set to walk down the aisle once again after getting engaged to his Italian girlfriend of seven months Sara Leonardi.
Colombo Test: Sri Lanka dominate Day One
Kumar Sangakkara (130 not out) played the captain's role to perfection to bolster Sri Lanka's position in the second Test against India at the SSC ground in Colombo on Monday.
Win over Aus is beginning of a new era: Waqar
Pakistan's cricket coach Waqar Younis believes that his team's first Test win over Australia in 15 years is the beginning of a new era for the game in the troubled country.
Latif in Kabul to coach Afghan cricket team
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif is in war-ravaged Kabul to start his coaching assignment with the Afghanistan cricket team but claims that security is hardly a concern for him.
Meteorite strikes county match
The sparse crowd watching a regular county match was treated to an out of the world experience, quite literally, when a 4.5 billion years old meteorite came hurtling towards the ground. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, the rock, was a few inches long and up to 4.5 billion years old.
July 25, 2010Test rankings: Sachin rises to 6th, Gambhir slips
Senior India batsman Sachin Tendulkar gained two places to reach the sixth spot but poor form saw opener Gautam Gambhir slip five rungs down the ladder to ninth in the latest ICC ranking for Test batsmen released on Sunday.
KCA seeks explanation from Sreesanth
Ace cricketer from Kerala S Sreesanth who was on loggerheads with Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) seems to be heading for trouble with the latter deciding to seek an explanation from the cricketer as to why he had spoken against the association and its office bearers.
England stick with Morgan for Pak Test
Eoin Morgan has kept his place in the England squad for the first Test against Pakistan at Trent Bridge starting on Thursday, edging out Ravi Bopara despite his back-to-back centuries in a recent game with Yorkshire.
Dhoni says India not taking depleted SL lightly
The dreaded duo of Lasith Malinga and Muttiah Muralitharan will be missing from the Sri Lankan bowling attack but Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said their absence does not make his batsmen's job any easy in the second cricket Test starting in Colombo on Monday.
I will miss bowling to Sachin: Muralitharan
Barely a few days into retirement and there is something in Test cricket that Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muraliatharan is already missing - bowling to Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar.
Injured Gambhir doubtful for 2nd Test
India's injury woes were compounded on Sunday after opener Gautam Gambhir was rendered a doubtful starter for the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka due to a knee problem.
There is no question of protecting Modi: Pawar
Suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi will have to face the music if he is found guilty of corruption, according to ICC President Sharad Pawar who on Sunday made it clear that there was no question of 'protecting' his one-time protege.
July 24, 2010Pakistan pace trio made the difference: Butt
Pakistan ended their 15-year wait for a test win over Australia on Saturday, a feat captain Salman Butt put down to having possibly the best pace attack in the world.
RCB's claim on Taylor will earn windfall for NZC
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has indicated they will exercise their right to select Ross Taylor in their 15-man Champions League squad, which would prove to be an unexpected windfall for New Zealand Cricket.
Pakistan wrap up victory in Leeds Test
Pakistan scrambled the 40 runs they required to beat Australia by three wickets in the second Test at Headingley on Saturday to level the series at 1-1.
Channel 9's 3D venture aims to make Ashes history
Channel Nine plans to broadcast some action from this summer's Australia-England Ashes series in 3D, although not the Tests themselves, and plans to take cricket viewers where they have never been before.
Younis eyeing Test comeback against England
Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan has resumed training after returning from England in a bid to reclaim his place in the national team.
Gabba sold out four months ahead of Ashes
The Ashes series will open to a packed house at the Gabba with less than 100 first-day tickets remaining on sale.
Mendis likely to replace Muralitharan
Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who helped bowl his side to a 10-wicket victory over India in the first test on Thursday, has been rested on medical advice for the second test that starts on Monday.
Lasith Malinga ruled out of second Test
Sri Lanka suffered a big jolt ahead of the second cricket Test against India as paceman Lasith Malinga was on Saturday ruled out due to a stiff knee.
Anderson's rejection: Another setback for ICC
The International Cricket Council on Saturday received another setback in its search of a new Vice President as New Zealand administrator John Anderson has refused to take up the job.
July 23, 2010Pakistan close in on upset victory
Opener Imran Farhat's 67 in 95 balls put Pakistan on course for a comfortable win over Australia on the third day of the second Test at Headingley on Friday.
Sangakkara flays ICC rankings
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara said rankings need to be fairly done. 'A fair FTP is the first step towards having proper rankings.'
Muralitharan tougher to face than Warne: Ganguly
Paying glowing tributes to Muttiah Muralitharan, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said the Sri Lankan spin legend is more accurate and has more variations, so tougher to face.
Aus series provides financial boost to PCB
The on-going 'Spirit of Cricket' series between Pakistan and Australia in England, is proving to be profitable for the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Sehwag retains No.1 spot in ICC Test rankings
India may have flopped in the opening Test against Sri Lanka but opener Virender Sehwag held on to the number one spot, while Sachin Tendulkar gained a place to be seventh in the latest ICC rankings for batsmen issued on Friday.
Yuvraj did not evade service tax: mother
India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh's mother Shabnam on Friday sought to clear the air on reports that the her son owes a whopping 96.43 lakh in service tax on his income from the first and second Indian Premier League season, saying the King's XI Punjab batsman was paid only for playing and not promotional activity.
Jwala Gutta is just a good friend, says Azhar
Former India cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin sought to scotch speculation of a romantic relationship with Jwala Gutta, saying the ace badminton doubles player is just a 'good friend'.
Hampshire shuts door on Afridi
Hampshire has denied signing swashbuckling Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi for the remaining part of the Friends Provident Twenty20 championship. 'Shahid won't be joining us,' Hampshire manager Giles White told BBC Radio. White said that his team is already packed, and it would be difficult to accommodate Afridi in the side for the quarter-final tie against Warwickshire.
Mixed feelings as Aus, Pak remember Sydney
Australia and Pakistan will experience contrasting emotions as the second Test at Headingley unfolds when they remember their meeting in Sydney this year.
Azharuddin set to divorce second wife Sangeeta?
Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has separated from his wife of 14 years Sangeeta Bijlani, the Mid-Day newspaper from Mumbai reported on Friday.
July 22, 2010Steely Ponting leads Australia fightback
Australia's captain steered his team to 136 for two at the close, just 34 runs behind Pakistan who bowled out the Australians for 88 on the first day of the second Test at Headingley.
Lack of experience in pace bowling showed: Dhoni
Completely outsmarted by Sri Lanka, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday admitted that lack of experience in the pace attack and failure to build partnerships proved costly for his team in the opening Test in Galle.
Sri Lanka may not find another Murali: Sangakkara
Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara on Thursday said any effort to find another Muttiah Murailtharan would prove futile as world cricket will never see a bowler like the fascinating off-spinner.
Warne, Akram salute Murali
Legendary bowlers Shane Warne and Wasim Akram are of the opinion that no bowler can match, or even come close, to Muttiah Muralitharan's amazing achievement of 800 Test wickets.
Ingram replaces Ryder for Lanka tri-series
Opener Peter Ingram on Thursday replaced hard-hitting batsman Jesse Ryder in New Zealand's One-day squad for tri-series against India and Sri Lanka starting August 10.
Yet another world record for Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan, with the wicket of Yuvraj Singh in the first innings, completed his 100 wickets against India. He is the first bowler in Test history to accomplish this feat.
Ponting calls right but suffers déjà vu
Winning the toss at Headingley is often not the best thing a captain can do as Ricky Ponting found out on Wednesday.
Yorkshire wants to host India-Pak Test
Yorkshire county has expressed its keenness to stage a Test between Pakistan and India at Headingley here if the two arch Asian rivals are to play a series at a neutral venue next year.
Murali finishes with 800 as SL crush India
Muttiah Muralitharan went past 800 wickets to help Sri Lanka crush India by an emphatic ten-wicket margin on the fifth and final day of the first Test in Galle on Wednesday. Tillakaratne Dilshan slammed 68 from 47 balls, having hit six boundaries and a six, while Tharanga Paranavitana was unbeaten on 23 as Sri Lanka raced to 96 for no loss in 14.1 overs.
July 21, 2010Ryder ruled out of Sri Lanka tri-series
New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder was today ruled out of next month's tri-series in Sri Lanka, also involving India, as he failed to fully recover from his nagging elbow injury.
India banking on Dhoni, Laxman, rain to save Test
India are hoping that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and VVS Laxman will bat long enough -- like they did against South Africa early this year -- and heavens do them a favour by opening up on Thursday to salvage the first Test against Sri Lanka.
Mithali, Jhulan top women's ICC ODI Rankings
Indian players retained their numero uno status in the International Cricket Council's ODI Women's Rankings with Mithali Raj leading the batting chart and Jhulan Goswami heading the bowling list issued on Wednesday.
BCCI gets fresh summons from I-T
Under scanner from multiple government agencies, the Cricket Board has been served with fresh summons by the Income Tax authorities seeking details about the conduct of Indian Premier League, including bids for franchisees and payments made by the cash rich T20 League.
Bengal appoints WV Raman as chief coach
Bengal on Wednesday appointed W V Raman as their chief coach, inking a two-season contract with the former India left-hand opener.
Sri Lanka hoping Murali can finish off India
Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss said his players are hoping that retiring spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will bow out of the five-day game with a victory by producing another memorable performance on Thursday, the fifth day of the first Test against India, in Galle.
Leeds Test: Pakistan dominate Day One
Pakistan scored 64 for no loss at tea after bowling Australia out for just 88 on day one of the second Test at Headingley on Wednesday, in a game they must win to draw the series.
CLT20 preliminary squads announced
Indian Premier League's costliest buy Kieron Pollard is among the six players who will have two or more teams jostling to have them on board for the Champions League Twenty20, the preliminary squads for which were announced in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Flintoff aims to return in a few weeks time
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who has had two knee operations since helping England win the Ashes, hopes to make his long-awaited return from knee surgery 'in the next few weeks'.
Ponting expects improved performance from pacers
Skipper Ricky Ponting has asked Australian fast bowlers to overcome their lacklustre form at Lord's and perform in the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley.
Amla named South African Cricketer of the Year
Indian-origin batsman Hashim Amla was the star of Cricket South Africa's Annual Awards night, clinching the 'Cricketer of the Year' honour along with four other trophies, including a special one for a knock against India.
ICC pays tribute to umpire Koertzen
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat on Tuesday paid glowing tribute to record-holding umpire Rudi Koertzen of South Africa and wished him all the best for his final Test starting on Wednesday at Headingley.
Muralitharan, Malinga have India in trouble
Muttiah Muralitharan's superb bowling kept Sri Lanka on course for an innings victory over India on Day 4 of the first Test in Galle on Wednesday. The wily spinner, playing his final Test, took five for 63 in the first innings and then claimed the wicket of Yuvraj Singh (5) in the second innings with the final delivery of the day to put the Lankans high in the saddle. He now needs just two wickets to breach the magical 800-wicket mark in Test cricket.
Australia not as good as previous vintage: Ponting
Australia are seeking an eighth consecutive Test victory this week but captain Ricky Ponting said the current team would never compare with the more illustrious sides he has played in.
July 20, 2010Making the batsmen play more helped me: Mithun
Indian pacer Abhimanyu Mithun, who returned with a four-wicket haul in his debut Test against Sri Lanka, reckons his strategy to make the batsmen play more often paid dividends on Tuesday.
NZ paceman Martin gets surprise contract renewal
Veteran fast bowler Chris Martin is among the 20 players, who have been handed New Zealand Cricket contracts for another year.
Getting Sehwag early will be crucial: Herath
Getting the wicket of "dangerman" Virender Sehwag early on Wednesday will be crucial for Sri Lanka's chance of winning the first cricket Test, according to spinner Rangana Herath, who stole the spotlight with an unbeaten 80.
Test standards will drop with more Twenty20: Imran
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan fears Test cricket might die if stars like Shahid Afridi and Andrew Flintoff continue to retire from the format to chase the millions on offer in Twenty20 leagues like the Indian Premier League.
Cracker of a farewell for Murali at Galle
Firecrackers went off in the stadium as Muttiah Muralitharan stepped out to bat in his swansong Test and players from both India and Sri Lanka also did their bit to make the spin wizard's farewell match a memorable affair.
Players oppose CA's ODI revamp plans
Cricket Australia's plan to introduce split-innings One-Dayers in the domestic circuit might trigger a revolt by players, who feel the concept would harm their preparation for next year's World Cup in the sub-continent.
ICC launches competition for naming WC mascot
Presenting the fans with a unique opportunity to play their part in the forthcoming 2011 ODI World Cup, the International Cricket Council has launched an online competition to suggest names for the mascot of the next year's mega-event to be held in the sub-continent.
'Dean Jones didn't tell me he was married'
Dean Jones' ex-mistress has claimed that the former cricketer lied about his marital status when they began their decade-long 'on-and-off' affair, which has left his reputation in shreds.
Modi files addl demands seeking recusal of Amin
Suspended Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi has made additional submissions seeking recusal of interim IPL chief Chirayu Amin and Arun Jaitley from the disciplinary committee constituted by the BCCI to conduct the proceedings against him.
ICC should ensure DRS in every Test: Ponting
The BCCI might have opposed the idea but Australian captain Ricky Ponting wants the ICC to ensure implementation of the Decision Review System (DRS) in every Test match.
Aus calls McKay as cover up for injured Hilfenhaus
Australia has called pacer Clint McKay as a spare bowler due to Ben Hilfenhaus' shoulder injury ahead of the second Test against Pakistan.
Won't let captaincy burden affect my batting: Butt
Newly-appointed Pakistan Test skipper Salman Butt has assured that he would not let the pressures of captaincy affect his own form and said he was mentally prepared for the job.
Afridi questions Test ability of Pak players
Sparking off a new debate, former captain Shahid Afridi has stated that there were some players in the Pakistan team who did not deserve to be in the Test side but were still playing five-day cricket despite not having the ability or commitment for it.
Sri Lanka on top despite Sehwag's fifty
India found themselves in trouble despite Virender Sehwag's unbeaten half-century after Sri Lanka had amassed a huge first innings total on day three of the rain-affected first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, on Tuesday.
'It's a dream come true to bowl to Sachin, Rahul'
If his exciting talent and the rich encomia showered on him by the likes of Wasim Akram and Sourav Ganguly are any indication, then India may have unearthed a potentially world-class fast bowler in Jaydev Unadkat.
July 19, 2010Malik to replace Afridi in second Test
Former skipper Shoaib Malik is set to replace Shahid Afridi in Pakistan playing eleven for the second Test against Australia at Headingley, which is also likely to see the return of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.
Graeme Swann charged with drink-driving
England bowler Graeme Swann has been charged with drink-driving, police said on Monday.
Indian doctor invited by Murali for farewell Test
Veteran off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has invited Indian orthopaedic surgeon and former medical consultant to the Sri Lankan team Mandeep Singh Dhillon to witness his swansong Test against India in Galle.
Pietersen will never captain England again
Dashing batsman Kevin Pietersen said that he will never again captain England again as he is a father now.
Dean Jones stripped of Father of the Year award
Dean Jones' admission of fathering a child outside his marriage has cost him the Victorian Father of the Year title, which the former Australian cricketer won in 2007.
Malik should have replaced Afridi: Lawson
Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson feels Shoaib Malik should have replaced Shahid Afridi as skipper of the national cricket team instead of Salman Butt.
'Yousuf, Younis could be recalled for Eng tour'
PCB chairman Ejaz Butt has not ruled out the possibility of former captains, Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan returning to the national team for the Test series against England next month.
Rain washes out day two of first Test
The second day's play of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka was washed out because of persistent rain in Galle on Monday.
July 18, 2010Sehwag leads pack among batsmen in Test rankings
Australia's Simon Katich has risen six places to take joint sixth place with West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.
Lalit Modi's counsel concerned about threat
Lalit Modi's legal counsel Mehmood Abdi on Sunday said they were concerned about the security threat to the suspended IPL Chairman and hoped the government would deal with the issue appropriately.
Reconsider retirement decision, Imran to Afridi
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has advised Shahid Afridi not to retire from Test cricket and continue to lead the side in England.
Indian attack was not weak: Paranavitana
India cut a sorry figure on the opening day of first Test but Sri Lanka opener Tharanga Paranavitana refused to label their bowling as weak, saying the conditions were favourable for batting on Sunday.
Dean Jones fathered child with mistress: report
In a sensational revelation, former Australian cricketer Dean Jones on Sunday said that he fathered a child outside his marriage but insisted that he was not involved in any legal tangle with the yet-to-be named mother.
'Irfan's inconsistent bowling cost him his place'
India cricket coach Gary Kirsten on Sunday said the team wanted Irfan Pathan to play as an all-rounder in the 2011 ODI World Cup but had to drop the plan because of his inability to take wickets consistently.
'We will look to pick some early wickets tomorrow'
Sri Lanka may have reached a strong position in the first Test after a good show by their batsmen on the opening day of the 1st Test in Galle but India coach Gary Kirsten is hopeful of bouncing back.
Sangakkara hoping to pile pressure on Day 2
Sri Lanka would look to accelerate in the first two sessions on Monday to score a big total and put pressure on the Indians in the first Test in Galle, Sri Lanka, captain Kumar Sangakkara said on Sunday.
Afridi under fire for retiring from Test cricket
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi came under fire for his sudden decision to retire from Test cricket after the England debacle with some former players questioning his commitment to the team.
Bad light halts SL's charge on day one
Kumar Sangakkara and Tharanga Paranavitana hit centuries to put Sri Lanka on top India on a truncated opening day of the first Test in Galle, on Sunday. Having elected to bat, Sri Lanka were sitting pretty on 256 for two in 68 overs before play was called off early due to bad light.
July 17, 2010ICC chief hints at Test championship in 2013
The International Cricket Council has hinted that a Test Championship might be conducted in 2013 in England to revive fans' interest in the five-day format, which is struggling due to the growing popularity of Twenty20s.
No home series for Pakistan anytime soon
Pakistan can forget about hosting international cricket at home anytime soon as the ICC does not plan to review the security situation in the country until the end of this year.
Murali's record will stand forever: Warne
Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne showered accolades on retiring Muttiah Muralitharan, his arch rival during his playing days, by describing the Sri Lankan as one of the game's great competitors whose world record of Test wickets will be hard to be broken.
Iqbal blames PCB chief for crisis in England
Chairman of National Assembly standing committee on sports, Iqbal Muhammad Khan once again blamed PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt for Pakistan's debacle in England and asked for his removal.
Murali is role model and an ambassador: Pawar
ICC President Sharad Pawar paid glowing tributes to retiring Sri Lanka spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, describing him as a legend, role model and a great ambassador of the game.
Dhoni expects fireworks from fit-again Sehwag
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said fit-again opener Virender Sehwag's form would be crucial as the visitors aim for a Test series triumph in Sri Lanka for the first time in 17 years.
Butt replaces Afridi as Pakistan captain
Salman Butt on Saturday became the seventh Pakistan Test captain in three years after being handed the job for the second game against Australia and the subsequent four-match series against England.
'Concentrate on giving Murali a good farewell'
Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara on reminded his team-mates to focus on the job at hand and not get carried away by emotions in Muttiah Muralitharan's swansong cricket Test against India.
July 16, 2010Injury may send Afridi out of second Test
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Friday said that a side strain might stop him from playing even the second Test against Australia at Headingley, after which he desires to retire from the five-day version of the game.
Afridi to quit Test cricket and captaincy
Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi made a dramatic announcement on Friday that he will quit Test cricket and captaincy after his side's second five-day game against Australia next week. After Australia beat Pakistan by 150 runs in the first Test at Lord's Afridi said the second and final match, starting at Headingley on July 21 would be his last.
ICC's Anti-Doping Code comes into effect on Aug 1
International Cricket Council has come out with its Anti-Doping Code to be effective from August 1 with modified "whereabouts" requirements after prolonged negotiations mainly due to BCCI's objection to the original clause stipulated by the WADA.
North bowls Australia to big win over Pak
Off-spinner Marcus North bagged six wickets as Australia completed a record 13th consecutive victory over Pakistan on the fourth day of the first Test at Lord's on Friday.
There will never be another Kapil Dev: Srikkanth
Members of 1983 World Cup winning team never thought of even reaching the semi-finals but it was their "mad" skipper Kapil Dev's inspirational leadership that guided them to the coveted trophy, said chief India selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth.
Lawyers represent Modi at disciplinary hearing
Suspended Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi, who is abroad, did not attend Cricket Board's Disciplinary Committee hearing on Friday and left the job of representing him before the three-member panel to his legal counsels.
Tendulkar deserves World Cup win: Morrison
Sachin Tendulkar deserves a World Cup victory under his belt but to realise this dream the batting icon needs players like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni to fire in 2011 home event, says former Kiwi fast bowler Danny Morrison.
BCCI re-schedules Australia tour
The Indian Cricket Board has revised the schedule of the upcoming home tour of Australia but the re-jigged dates continue to clash with October's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
SLC plans for a grand farewell for Murali
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has planned a grand farewell for Muttiah Muralitharan, who will play his swansong Test against India from Sunday, but will not prepare a tailor-made pitch to assist the spin wizard.
Yawn. Must we have so much cricket?
The increase in frequency of matches between India and Sri Lanka, says Bikash Mohapatra, has killed the charm and excitement that accompanied matches between the sides a few years back.
July 15, 2010No zonal quota in Indian team selection: Srikkanth
There is no zonal quota system in picking the Indian cricket team and once a player is selected he should be given a long leash to prove his potential, national selection panel chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth said on Thursday.
Australia set Pakistan record victory target
Australia set Pakistan a world record 440 to win the first Test at Lord's after they were dismissed for 334 in their second innings on the third day on Thursday.
WSG claims its Mumbai offices ransacked
The World Sport Group's (WSG) offices in Mumbai were allegedly broken into and ransacked on Wednesday night. WSG has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately following the Indian Premier League telecast rights' controversy.
India the team to beat in WC 2011: Morrison
New Zealand bowler-turned-commentator Danny Morrison predicts that India will be the side to beat at next year's ICC Cricket World Cup.
Cricketers spared 'whereabouts' in ICC code
The International Cricket Council has tabled an anti-doping code it says satisfies WADA's 'whereabouts' rule but will not force many elite cricketers to provide information on their location away from the game.
Lacklustre show by Indians in drawn SL tour game
The Indian bowlers again suffered, as Sri Lanka Board President's XI posted 260 for six in their second innings before the teams agreed to a draw, in the three-day tour match at the Colts Cricket Club Ground, in Colombo, on Thursday.
Report on Lalit Modi by early October: Scindia
The BCCI's disciplinary committee, probing charges of alleged financial irregularities against suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi, will submit its report by early October.
High Court dismisses Lalit Modi's petition
The Bombay High Court on Thursday rejected the petition filed by suspended IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi seeking reconstitution of the disciplinary committee of the BCCI to hear allegations against him relating to irregularities in the conduct of the T20 League.
England stupid for keeping Finn out: Warner
Australian batsman David Warner has branded England 'stupid' for keeping their secret weapon for the Ashes, fast bowler Steven Finn, under wraps during the five-match ODI series between the two sides.
Hyderabad conferred Test centre status
Hyderabad has been conferred the cricket Test centre status by the International Cricket Council and the BCCI, making it the ninth city in the country to get the honour.
July 14, 2010Watson claims five as Pakistan collapse
Shane Watson took 5 for 40 with his medium-pace as Australia dismissed Pakistan for 148 on the second day of the first Test. Australia then struggled to 100 for 4 in their second essay, for an overall lead of 205.
Imran Khan inducted into ICC Hall of Fame
Legendary all rounder Imran Khan on Wednesday became the fourth Pakistani cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame at Lord's in London.
Yuvraj's selection baffling: Whatmore
Kolkata Knight Riders coach Dave Whatmore on Wednesday questioned selection of Yuvraj Singh ahead of in-form Cheteshwar Pujara for the Sri Lanka Test series, saying that the young Gujarat player has matured as a batsman and is a must in senior side now.
Match ref speaks to Aamer after Ponting incident
Match referee Chris Broad spoke to Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamer about his future conduct after he brushed against Ricky Ponting following his dismissal of the Australia captain at Lord's on Tuesday.
High Court order on Modi's petition on Thursday
The Bombay high court will on Thursday pass an order on the petition filed by suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi, challenging the disciplinary proceedings initiated against him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Modi's lawyer Virag Tulzhapurkar told the court on Wednesday that his client can't expect an 'impartial and honest' decision from disciplinary committee that will conduct the enquiry against him.
Mendis has Indians reeling despite Yuvi ton
Ajantha Mendis took six wickets for 67 runs as the famed Indian batting line-up struggled despite Yuvraj Singh's brisk century and Gautam Gambhir's 89 on Day 2 in the three-day warm-up match against Sri Lanka Board President's XI at the Colts Cricket Club Ground, in Colombo, on Wednesday.
We are beginning a new era in Pak cricket: Aamer
Pakistan's young pace sensation Mohammad Aamer feels the back-to-back wins in the Twenty20 Internationals against Australia will give his side an edge over Ricky Ponting's men in the two-Test series which began at Lord's on Wednesday.
'PCB had no choice but to make me captain'
Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi believes that he was handed over the responsibility to lead the side, as the selectors had no other choice.
'Malik out of 1st Test because of lack of form'
Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed has dismissed reports that Shoaib Malik was not considered for the first Test against Australia on disciplinary grounds and said the former captain was dropped from the playing eleven because of his poor form.
PCB returns fine amount to players
The Pakistan Cricket Board has returned the money it had deducted from the funds of four players after they were fined heavily earlier this year for indiscipline during the disastrous tour of Australia.
July 13, 2010Aus succumb to Pakistan pace and spin at Lord's
Australia struggled to 229 for nine in the first Test between two overseas teams on English soil since the 1912 Triangular series.
Parthiv to lead India in Emerging Players tourney
Wicketkeeper batsman Parthiv Patel will lead a 15-member Indian squad at the Emerging Players Tournament in Brisbane, Australia, from August 8 to 20. Cheteshwar Pujara, who led India 'A' recently in England, was named Patel's deputy by the senior national selection committee that met on Tuesday in Chennai to pick the squad.
Dhoni retains No 1 spot in ODI rankings
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has retained his top spot in the ICC ODI rankings but is closely followed by South African AB de Villiers, who has narrowed the gap with the Indian captain to just two points.
Injured Bell ruled out of Pak Test series
Batsman Ian Bell was ruled out of England's Test series against Pakistan on Tuesday with a broken bone in his foot.
Lankan batsmen thrive against weak Indian attack
A blunt Indian bowling attack stood exposed as Sri Lanka Board President's XI put up a mammoth 432 for five on the opening day of the three-day warm-up game in Colombo on Tuesday. The Sri Lankan top order treated the Indian attack disdainfully and opener Upul Tharanga (116), Thilina Kandambi (101) and Thilan Samaraweera (102) smashed quick-fire centuries to have the number one Test side on the mat.
'Dhoni's market value similar to Tiger Woods'
Not many in the world cricket can claim to pip the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni left the Little Master trailing behind by snapping up a whopping Rs 210 crore endorsement deal.
Murali's action was legitimate: Warne
ustralian spin legend Shane Warne has given a clean chit to Muttiah Muralitharan's action, saying he did not think the retiring Sri Lankan tweaker was a chucker.
Dhoni signs Rs 210-cr deal, pips Sachin
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has signed a whopping Rs 200 crore endorsement deal with a talent management company, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar in the corporate contract sweepstakes.
Strauss leads England to big win over Bangladesh
England captain Andrew Strauss struck a brilliant century to lead his team to a crushing 144-run victory over Bangladesh in the third one-day international in Birmingham on Monday. The touring side, buoyed by their first ever win over England on Saturday, won the toss but Strauss smashed 154 to lift the hosts to a huge total of 347 for seven and they bowled out Bangladesh for 203 to clinch the series 2-1.
July 12, 2010'Chance for non-regular bowlers to prove worth'
The absence of Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth provides the young pacers in the squad an opportunity to prove their worth in the Test series against Sri Lanka, says India captain M S Dhoni.
Security fears isolate Pak cricket team
Pakistan will stage all their international cricket fixtures abroad in the immediate future because of security concerns at home. They will not host any of the 2011 50 overs World Cup games scheduled for the Indian sub-continent.
Pak welcome to play more matches in England: ECB
Pakistan are welcome to continue playing matches in England while security problems persist at home, England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke said.
Sangakkara calls for equity on tours
Sri Lankan cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara has urged world cricket chiefs to balance the international calendar via the provision of a more equitable Future Tours Programme.
Pakistan unlikely to play at home any time soon
A year ago, Pakistan captain Younus Khan delivered an impassioned appeal to the cricketing community to resume tours of his troubled country after their team had unexpectedly won the Twenty20 World Cup at Lord's.
Sreesanth to return home, Munaf named replacement
India fast bowler S Sreesanth will return home with a knee injury and Munaf Patel will replace him in the Indian team for the Test series against Sri Lanka, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Monday.
Pakistan's batting depth will be tested: Hussey
Australian middle-order batsman Mike Hussey has said that Pakistan's batting depth faces a stern test against his country's bowlers in the absence of tried performers like Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan.
Afridi takes charge of volatile Pakistanis
Pakistan's ability to conjure unity from discord and disarray will be tested to the full in the first of two tests against Australia starting at Lord's on Tuesday.
Tough to wrestle Ashes from England, says Waugh
Australia's former skipper Steve Waugh, who is a philanthropist providing seriously ill children and their families with hope and comfort, has said it will be tough to wrestle the Ashes from England.
July 11, 2010Bopara replaces injured Bell in England ODI squad
England called up Ravi Bopara as a replacement for injured batsman Ian Bell for Monday's final one-day international against Bangladesh, the English Cricket Board said on Sunday.
Bangladesh complete first win over England
Bangladesh scored their first victory over England in Test or One-day Internationals on Saturday when they defeated the world Twenty20 champions by five runs.
July 10, 2010Desmond Haynes willing to coach T20 team for IPL
Former West Indies opener Desmond Haynes on Saturday said he is open to be a coach for any Twenty20 team for the next edition of IPL.
Fractured foot could rule Bell out of Pak Tests
England batsman Ian Bell is in doubt for the Test series against Pakistan after fracturing a bone in his left foot in Saturday's One-day International against Bangladesh.
Dhoni leaves for Sri Lanka tour
Newly-married Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday left for Sri Lanka to join the rest of the side for a three-match Test series and a tri-nation ODI series, starting July 18.
July 09, 2010Dhoni conferred MCC honorary membership
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday recalled memories of his long association with the city and his Test debut here as he accepted the honorary membership conferred on him by the 164-year old Madras Cricket Club for his contribution to the game in the country.
Malinga included in Sri Lanka Test squad
Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been included in the 16-member squad for the three-Test series against India, starting at Galle on July 18. He made his last Test appearance in December 2007 against England.
England Lions tame India A in tri-series final
Cheteshwar Pujara's brilliant unbeaten 87 went in vain as Andrew Gale scripted a successful run-chase to help England Lions beat India A by five wickets in the final of the tri-series tournament at Worcester.
Bell makes impressive return as England win
Ian Bell hit an unbeaten 84 on his first one-day international appearance since November 2008 to guide England to a six-wicket win over Bangladesh on Thursday.
Harbhajan made to wait for 45 minutes at airport
India spinner Harbhajan Singh was denied entry into the Anna International Airport in Chennai for not having a ticket and had to wait for about 45 minutes outside the entry area before finally getting in.
Team India leaves for Sri Lanka series
The Indian cricket team, sans newly-wed captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Friday left for Sri Lanka to play three Tests and a tri-nation ODI series, starting July 18.
There will be no Murali-like bowler: Saqlain
Paying glowing tribute to retiring Muttiah Muralitharan, former Pakistani star Saqlain Mushtaq on Friday said the Sri Lankan spinner is the best of his era and world cricket may not see a bowler like him in next 100 years.
Resumption of Indo-Pak cricket not possible: Pawar
International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar has said a resumption of cricket ties between India and Pakistan is on hold for now.
July 08, 2010Modi moves court against BCCI decisions
Suspended Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi moved the Bombay high court against the Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision to suspend him and prayed for quashing the disciplinary proceedings against him.
No point moaning about lack of time: Nielsen
Australian coach Tim Nielsen has said there was no point moaning about limited preparation time for the Test series against Pakistan.
'Muralitharan does not deserve record, Warne does'
The Australian umpire, who called off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for chucking, does not believe that the Sri Lankan deserves to retire as the most prolific Test wicket-taker of all time.
The two wins will help Pak get momentum: Waqar
Pakistan's morale boosting 2-0 win over Australia in the T20 series has delighted coach Waqar Younis, who believes the two back-to-back victories against the formidable Kangaroos would certainly help his side in the upcoming Test series.
Flintoff on comeback trail
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who continues his rehabilitation from knee surgery, has been given the green light to play for the club he first joined as a 12-year-old.
Team India leaves for Colombo tomorrow
The Indian cricket team, sans newly-married skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will leave for Sri Lanka from Chennai on Friday to play three Tests and a tri-nation ODI series starting July 18.
Howard rejection nothing to do with racism: Pawar
ICC President Sharad Pawar on Thursday said that the rejection of the candidature of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard for the vice-president's post of the world cricket governing body had no racial overtones.
Use Flintoff as Larwood during Ashes: Chappell
Australia's former Test skipper Ian Chappell has asked England to learn from the Bodyline series and bring Andrew Flintoff out of the retirement to make Ricky Ponting's life miserable during the Ashes.
July 07, 2010India A tie with England A, enter tri-series final
Abhinav Mukund's fluent hundred was the highlight of a thrilling chase as India A scrambled to a high-scoring tie against England A to book a berth in the finals of the ongoing one-day tri-series, in Worcester, England.
'Batsmen will rejoice Murali's retirement'
Batsmen all over the world will rejoice with the news that legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is retiring very soon, Australian vice captain Michael Clarke has said.
England has best chance to retain Ashes: Warne
Tossing aside his usual ritual of mocking the Poms, former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne believes England has their best chance in 24 years of winning the Ashes Down Under this winter.
Ranatunga alleges corruption in Sri Lanka Cricket
Described as the third most corrupt institution in the country, Sri Lanka Cricket came in for some criticism from former captain and Parliamentarian Arjuna Ranatunga, who claimed the money from TV rights deal has "gone into pockets of some individuals."
Afridi wants Pak to be more consistent
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has demanded more consistency from his players as the team gears up for a Test series against Australia in England.
Don't underestimate Australia, says Inzamam to Pak
Pakistan should not get too excited by their Twenty20 triumph over Australia as Ricky Ponting's men would be a harder nut to crack in the Test series, feels former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and ex-chief selector Abdul Qadir.
PCB rules out immediate return of Younus, Yousuf
Former captains Younus Khan and Muhammad Yousuf would not be taken back into the national team until they apologise to the Pakistan Cricket Board for their "recent actions and statements", the PCB has told the country's Sports Minister.
Pakistan beat Aus twice in two days
Pakistan completed a second Twenty20 victory over World Cup finalists Australia in as many days at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Tuesday. The Pakistanis, beaten by Australia in the World Cup semi-finals in the Caribbean this year, won by 11 runs after their 23-run win on Monday to clinch the two-match series.
July 06, 2010Injured Zaheer ruled out of Sri Lanka series
India suffered a severe jolt ahead their three-match Test series against Sri Lanka starting on July 18 with strike bowler Zaheer Khan being ruled out due to a shoulder injury.
Bedi asks youngsters to focus on fitness, rhythm
Spin legend Bishen Singh Bedi on Tuesday advised young and aspiring slow bowlers to focus on rhythmic body movements and fitness to excel at the game.
Muralitharan to quit Test cricket
Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muraitharan will retire from the longer version of the game after the first Test against India in Galle, beginning July 18.
Dhoni and wife meet Rahul Gandhi
Newly-married Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. Dhoni was accompanied by his wife Sakshi and cricketer friend R P Singh during the meeting at 10 Janpath, the official residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, a top BCCI source said.
Akmal inspires Pak to revenge win over Aussies
Pakistan avenged their heart-breaking defeat in this year's World Twenty20 semi-final to beat Australia by 23 runs in the first T20 international in Birmingham on Monday.
July 05, 2010Pune IPL team appoints Australian Marsh as coach
Indian Premier League team Sahara Pune Warriors on Monday announced former Australian opener Geoff Marsh as their head coach while ex-England all-rounder Dermot Reeve will be the assistant coach.
Dhoni-Sakshi leave for Ranchi
Security arrangements in and around Kandoli village continued to remain even as India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his newly-wedded wife Sakshi left for Ranchi on Monday, a day after the couple's low-key marriage ceremony at a resort near Dehradun.
Astrology led to Dhoni's marriage being advanced
Newly-married Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not supposed to tie the knot with childhood friend Sakshi Singh Rawat before next year but astrological considerations led to the marriage being advanced.
'Cricket can help England overcome WC failure'
England Fast bowler Graham Onions believes that his fellow countrymen are ready to adopt the nation's cricketers as their source of pride following the fall-out from football's World Cup.
Modi asks BCCI to provide decisions of SGM
Suspended Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi has demanded that he be provided with a copy of all the decisions taken at the Cricket Board's Special General Meeting held in Mumbai on Saturday, his legal counsel Mehmood Abdi said.
I am a Sehwag fan: Desmond Haynes
Former West Indies opener Desmond Haynes has conceded that he is a big fan of Virender Sehwag and said he hardly misses an opportunity to watch the dashing Indian right-hander in action.
Peter George to replace Ryan Harris in Oz squad
With all-rounder Ryan Harris ruled out due to a knee injury, Australia on Monday brought in pacer Peter George as his replacement in the Test squad for a two-match series against Pakistan in England later this month.
July 04, 2010Dhoni weds Sakshi in presence of team-mates
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni tied the nuptial knot with childhood friend Sakshi Singh Rawat on Sunday in a private ceremony attended only by family members and close friends, including a few of his team-mates, at a farmhouse in Dehradun.
Fans celebrate Dhoni's new innings in life
Cricket fans here burst crackers and distributed sweets to celebrate Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wedding with childhood friend Sakshi Singh Rawat on Sunday.
Dhoni continues to lead ODI rankings
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is set to start a new innings after marrying childhood friend Shakshi Singh Rawat in Dehradun on Sunday night, continued to top the ICC ODI batsmen chart released in Dubai.
England rest Pietersen for Bangladesh series
England have ruled batsman Kevin Pietersen out of the three-match one day series against Bangladesh starting on Thursday after he picked up a thigh injury against Australia at Lord's.
No one country should dominate ICC: Howard
John Howard refuses to blame India for scuttling his bid for the ICC vice-President's job but the former Australian prime minister feels international cricket's financial powerhouse should not be allowed to dominate affairs like it does right now.
Dhoni-Sakshi to tie knot at Vasundhara's farmhouse
The wedding ceremony of India's star cricketer and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be solemnized Sunday night, with Sakshi Rawat at a private farmhouse belonging to former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia.
MS Dhoni to wed tonight
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will tie the knot with childhood friend Sakshi Singh Rawat in a hush-hush ceremony at a farmhouse about 40km from Dehra Dun on Sunday night.
Hussey, Tait sink England
Mike Hussey and Shaun Tait led Australia to a 42-run victory in the fifth and final one-day international at Lord's on Saturday as England won the series 3-2.
Former ICC head blames PCB for Test isolation
Former International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani has blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the country's current international isolation.
July 03, 2010Dhoni gets engaged to school friend Sakshi
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday got engaged to his school-time friend Sakshi Singh Rawat at a hotel in Dehradun.
MCC wants India to introduce day-night Tests
Expressing serious concern over Test cricket's dwindling profile, including in India, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has called for immediate introduction of day/night matches, besides asking the Cricket Boards to guard against players turning Twenty20 freelancers.
BCCI has committed legal absurdity: Modi's lawyer
Lalit Modi's legal counsel Mehmood Abdi on Saturday termed the BCCI's decision to refer charges against him to the disciplinary panel as well as to initiate civil and criminal proceedings against the suspended Indian Premier League chief as "legal absurdity".
BCCI ratifies charges against Modi
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members voted unanimously to ratify the charges against suspended Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi at the Special General Body meeting in Mumbai on Saturday.
Taylor could replace Howard as ICC VP candidate
With John Howard's bid thwarted by the Afro-Asian bloc, former Australian captain Mark Taylor could be proposed as an alternate candidate for the International Cricket Council (ICC) vice-president's post by the cricket boards of Australia and New Zealand.
Harbhajan Singh turns 30, wish him!
The champion off-spinner enters another major phase in his life on Saturday, July 3, when he celebrates his 30th birthday. Join us in wishing the champion spinner all the best in the year ahead.
July 02, 2010Pawar was not against Howard's nomination: Morgan
Sharad Pawar had no objection to John Howard's nomination as ICC Vice President but the support for the former Australian Premier started diminishing in the last week which led to his rejection, former ICC chief David Morgan said on Friday.
Pawar rejects talk of divide in world cricket
Sharad Pawar on Friday arrived from Singapore after formally taking over as the ICC President and rubbished suggestions that rejection of John Howard's candidacy for the vice-President's post would divide world cricket.
'Howard's rejection shows ICC is dysfunctional'
Former Australian captain Kim Hughes feels rejection of John Howard's candidacy for the ICC vice-president's post has proved that cricket's governing body is a "dysfunctional" organisaton easily swayed by India's financial might.
Pujara shines but India A lose to England Lions
Skipper Cheteshwar Pujara's well-made 73 went in vain as India A succumbed to a five-wicket defeat against England Lions in the Triangular series at Grace Road, Leicester.
Modi's future to be decided at SGM
Lalit Modi's fate would be on top of the agenda when the BCCI's general body meets in Mumbai on Saturday for a special sitting which is expected to take the first step towards the suspended IPL Commissioner's eventual expulsion from the Board.
Butt refuses to react to Speed's buffoon jibe
Called a "buffoon" by former ICC CEO Malcolm Speed but Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt has refused to react to the stinging comment.
No ICC event for Pakistan until 2015
Pakistan remains in isolation as an international cricket venue with the ICC deciding not to allot any event to the trouble-torn country until 2015.
July 01, 2010Number of teams in WT20 may increase: ICC
The International Cricket Council said on Thursday it may consider increasing the number of participating teams in the World Twenty20 while reducing the number in the 50-over World Cup.
ICC mum on why it rejected Howard bid
Cricket's governing body formally proclaimed Sharad Pawar as its new president at the end of the five-day gathering and opened his tenure by sidestepping constant interrogation over the man who would have replaced him if his bid had succeeded.
ICC wants India-Pakistan series to resume: Pawar
Soon after taking over as president of the International Cricket Council on Thursday, Sharad Pawar declared that he will push for the resumption of Indo-Pak bilateral series.
Milind Rege 2011 World Cup tournament manager
Former Mumbai Ranji Trophy captain Milind Rege will oversee the readiness of all eight venues in India that will conduct the matches.
ICC chief Pawar knows little about cricket: Speed
If John Howard was rejected for inexperience then even Sharad Pawar does not qualify to be the International Cricket Council (ICC) president as he knows "little about cricket administration", said former ICC CEO Malcolm Speed describing the snub to the ex-Australian Prime Minister a "disgrace".
John Howard defiant over ICC snub
Former Australia Prime Minister John Howard will not step aside as the nominee for the International Cricket Council's vice-presidency despite being snubbed by the body on Wednesday. Howard said he has been given no indication as to why his candidacy was blocked by a reported six of the 10 major cricketing nations at the ICC's meeting in Singapore.
Sharad Pawar takes over as ICC president
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sharad Pawar took over as the International Cricket Council president on Thursday, July 1, becoming the second Indian, after Jagmohan Dalmiya, to occupy the top post.
Clarke, Harris lead Australia to easy win
Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting and Ryan Harris led Australia to a comfortable 78-run victory over England in the fourth One-day International at the Oval on Wednesday.
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