December 31, 2012Ranji Group C: Services make it to quarters
Despite a disappointing batting performance in the second innings, Services are through to the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy as it is highly unlikely that any team in Group C would cross their 26-point barrier.
Ranji: Bengal face daunting task on final day
Hosts Bengal face an uphill task of surviving the whole of fourth day against Railways in order to avoid a fourth outright defeat in their final Group A league encounter of the Ranji Trophy.
Delhi pushing for an outright win against Vidarbha
Delhi bowlers produced a collective effort as they enforced follow-on upon Vidarbha on the third day of their crucial final group B league encounter of the Ranji Trophy at the old VDCA ground in Nagpur on Monday.
Khadiwale's century leads Maharashtra's fightback
Harshad Khadiwale hit a fine century as following on Maharashtra produced a much-better batting effort to finish day three on 315 for two against Karnataka.
Rajasthan take first innings lead over Hyderabad
Rituraj Singh took a four-wicket haul to help Rajasthan take a slender 35-run lead over Hyderabad after bundling them out for 349 on the third and penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy Group A tie in Jaipur on Monday.
Pujara's double century puts Saurashtra in control
Cheteshwar Pujara stroked his way to an unbeaten double century as Saurashtra brightened their chances of making the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy after setting Madhya Pradesh an improbable 411-run target for an outright win in their Group A match.
Mumbai set for big win against Gujarat
Mumbai are all but sure of making it to the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy as they took a huge 203-run lead against Gujarat and then reduced the visitors to 159 for five in their second innings.
UP down Odisha to qualify for Ranji quarter-finals
Uttar Pradesh came up with yet another superb bowling show by bundling out Odisha for 101 in their second innings to score a 43-run win over the home side on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Cuttack.
Boycott remembers fearless, combative, gentle giant Greig
England great Geoffrey Boycott has paid tribute to former teammate and renowned television commentator Tony Greig, who passed away recently with a suspended heart attack, saying the former captain was a fearless gentle giant.
Bangladesh may drop Pak tour due to security concerns
Bangladesh are unlikely to tour Pakistan next month due to security concerns, despite making a commitment to do so at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in October.
Mithali to lead hosts India at 2013 women's World Cup
Mithali Raj was named as the captain of India's 15-member women's cricket squad on Monday for the World Cup to be played in India next month.
Gayle tips Khawaja to become regular in Aus Test squad
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle believes his Sydney Thunder teammate Usman Khawaja can re-establish himself in the Australian Test team just like Michael Clarke, who was dropped in 2005 only to return later and become one of the world's best batsmen.
'Aus batsmen have to lift game for India series, Ashes'
Australia opener Ed Cowan believes the new batsmen in the Australian Test team will need to raise their game for the upcoming away series against India and the Ashes in the absence of seasoned campaigners like Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey.
McGrath to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame
Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the third Test between Australia and Sri Lanka starting January 4 in Sydney.
Is Ganguly in race for Team India's coach job?
With Duncan Fletcher's two-year tenure as India coach nearing its end, former captain Sourav Ganguly has pitched in for a home-grown person to take charge of the team next year, saying that the country has enough talent for an Indian to become a coach.
December 30, 2012Kohli doubtful starter for Kolkata ODI
Indian batsman Virat Kohli was on Sunday rendered a doubtful starter for the second ODI against Pakistan to be held in Kolkata on Thursday after he suffered a foot injury in the first match in Chennai.
Afridi needs to take a break: Nazir
Dashing Pakistan opener Imran Nazir has advised all-rounder Shahid Afridi to take a break from international cricket to recover his confidence and form.
Umpire Ravi's howlers contribute to India's defeat
A couple of horrendous decisions by Indian umpire S Ravi contributed to India's six-wicket defeat to arch rivals Pakistan in the first cricket ODI in Chennai on Sunday.
Bengal batsmen flounder as Railways take 77-run lead
Pune Warriors seamer Krishna Kant Upadhyay and unknown Ranjit Mali from Assam rocked the depleted Bengal batting to give Railways a 77-run first innings lead thereby raising hopes of staying in the Group A.
Ranji Trophy: Tamil Nadu reach 181 for 3 against Haryana
India batsman Abhinav Mukund hit a patient half-century as Tamil Nadu reached 181 for three against Haryana at close of the second day in their Elite Group B Ranji Trophy match in Chennai on Sunday.
Gautam hits double ton in Karnataka's massive total
Muralidharen Gautam smashed a brilliant double hundred to become the season's leading run scorer as Karnataka declared their first innings at a massive 572 for nine on the second day of their last Ranji Trophy group league match in Pune on Sunday.
Impressive Rawal scores ton as Delhi pile up 523/9
Young left-hander Vaibhav Rawal's impressive show continued as he scored a century to help Delhi pile up a massive 523 for nine declared on the second of their final group league encounter against Vidarbha in Nagpur on Sunday.
Ranji: Saurashtra in command against MP
Saurashtra bowlers produced a sterling performance to put them in a commanding position in their Group 'A' Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh in Rajkot on Sunday.
Ranji Trophy: Jaffer keeps Mumbai on track
Opener Wasim Jaffer (171) scored a big hundred as Mumbai enhanced their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage of the Ranji Trophy by taking a 79-run lead against Gujarat in their Group A match, in Mumbai on Sunday.
Chennai ODI: Dhoni's ton in vain as Pakistan clinch win
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's heroic unbeaten century under pressure went in vain as arch rivals Pakistan held their nerve to clinch the first one day international with a comfortable six-wicket victory in a low-scoring contest in Chennai on Sunday.
December 29, 2012Adapting to the new ODI rules will be difficult: Misbah
Adapting to the new rules in One-Day Internationals will be "very difficult" for both the bowlers and captain at the beginning of a match, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said in Chennai on Saturday.
Kohli jumps to fifth in ICC T20I rankings
India's star batsman Virat Kohli jumped five places to a career-best fifth position in the latest ICC Twenty20 International Player Rankings table, released on Saturday.
Ranji: Rajasthan on top, Saurashtra struggle
Opener Vineet Saxena and Ashok Menaria hit contrasting half-centuries as Rajasthan reached 274 for five against Hyderabad on the opening day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Jaipur, on Saturday.
UP bowlers lead fightback after batsmen fail
Deepak Behera took a six-wicket haul as Odisha bundled out Uttar Pradesh for a meagre 160 and then themselves slumped to 70 for five on the opening day of their last Ranji Trophy Group B league match, in Cuttack on Saturday.
Chand's 82 helps Delhi post 254-4 on Day 1
Opener Unmukt Chand struck 82 while Mohit Sharma and Mithun Manhas also made half-centuries to help Delhi finish the first day's play against Vidarbha at 254 for four in the final Ranji Trophy group league encounter in Nagpur.
Bowlers put Bengal in control against Railways
Medium pacer Sourav Sarkar and comeback man Shib Shankar Paul shared five wickets between them as Bengal reduced Railways to 214 for nine in the Ranji Trophy Group A encounter in Kolkata.
Binny, Gautam hits tons to put Karnataka on top
Binny and Gautam were unbeaten on 115 and 132 respectively, having put on an unbroken stand of 215 runs for the fifth wicket stand to take Karnataka to 306 for four at stumps on the opening day.
Pakistan have a complete bowling attack: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh rates the visiting Pakistani side, especially its bowling, quite high but believes that the side which performs consistently will emerge as the winners in the three-match One-Day International series.
Parthiv's century saves Gujarat blushes
Skipper Parthiv Patel (101) scored a fighting century to help Gujarat score a modest 244 against Mumbai in their final Ranji Trophy Group A match in Mumbai.
Mohd Irfan, Malik retained in Pak ODI squad
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Saturday that left arm pacer Mohammad Irfan and experienced allrounder Shoaib Malik would remain in India with the national squad for the three-match One-day series, beginning in Chennai on Sunday.
ICC mourn sad demise of Tony Greig
The ICC has offered its deep condolences on the sad demise of former England captain and celebrated commentator Tony Greig, who passed away after losing his battle with lung cancer in Sydney on Saturday.
Hussey announces retirement from international cricket
Australian veteran batsman Mike Hussey on Saturday announced that the third Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney will be his last match in international cricket.
Former England captain Tony Greig dies
Former England cricket captain and noted commentator Tony Greig has passed away on Saturday. The 66-year former cricket was suffering from lung cancer.
December 28, 2012Yuvraj's big hitting made the difference, says Dhoni
Yuvraj Singh's big hitting in the closing stages of the Indian innings made the difference, feels skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the hosts registered a thrilling 11-run win over Pakistan in the second T20 International.
Five-layered security for Ind-Pak ODI
A five-layered security cover has been put in place for the first One-day International match between India and Pakistan to be played on December 30 at the MA Chidambaram stadium, police said on Friday.
Yuvraj's blitzkrieg lifts India to T20 victory over Pak
Yuvraj Singh cracked a dazzling 72 before the bowlers staged a brilliant recovery in the death overs to help India clinched a nerve-wracking 11-run victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the second T20 International.
India aim for top spot in ICC ODI Championship
India will aim to achieve the number one position in the ICC ODI championship table for the first time ever when they square off against Pakistan in a three-match series, commencing in Chennai on December 30.
'Pakistan should target India's part-time bowlers'
Former spinner Mushtaq Ahmed attributed India's poor run in recent matches to lack of bowling resources and adviced the Pakistan batsmen to target the Indian part-time bowlers in the ongoing limited-overs series.
Jayawardene demands more from team after stinging loss
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene will take an injury-ravaged and demoralised outfit into the dead rubber Test in Sydney but has demanded his team to show more character after their trouncing by Australia in the second Test in Melbourne on Friday.
New Zealand rest Bracewell for South Africa ODIs
New Zealand have left Doug Bracewell out of their 15-man squad for a One-day international series in South Africa to manage the seamer's workload, the country's cricket board said on Friday.
Watson to miss third Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney
Watson pulled up sore after bowling on day one at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and although he went on to score 83 with the bat, the all-rounder was spared from bowling duties during Sri Lanka's brief second innings on Friday.
BCCI shifts third India-Australia Test to Hyderabad
The BCCI shifted the third match of the upcoming India-Australia Test series from Kanpur to Hyderabad, on Friday, citing construction work at the original venue which was criticised for being under-prepared by a Cricket Australia inspection team.
Melbourne Test: Australia thrash Lanka to seal series
Australia humiliated Sri Lanka by an innings and 201 runs to win the second Test before tea on day three at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, and seal their three-match series 2-0.
Team India sweats it out ahead of second T20
The Indian cricket team on Thursday had its training session in Ahmedabad ahead of their second Twenty20 match against Pakistan on Friday.
December 27, 2012Akmal, Ishant have settled their differences: Report
Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and Indian pacer Ishant Sharma, who were fined after a verbal duel in the first T20 international at Bangalore, have buried the hatchet and are now the best of friends, according to a leading Pakistani newspaper.
Melbourne Test: Run machine Clarke heaps misery on Lanka
Michael Clarke struck a sublime century to become his country's highest Test run-scorer in a calendar year as Australia marched to an imperious 278-run lead at the close of day two of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
'PCB hopeful that India can be convinced to tour Pakistan'
With an intention of hosting India in August next year, the Pakistan Cricket Board has convinced its West Indies counterpart not split the national team's scheduled tour to the Caribbean and instead play a full series in July.
South Africa wins Port Elizabeth T20, takes series 2-1
A powerful batting display and disciplined bowling helped South Africa to a 33-run victory over New Zealand in the third and deciding T20 International at St.George's Park on Wednesday.
December 26, 2012India, Pakistan teams arrive in Ahmedabad
The Indian and Pakistan cricket teams arrived in Ahmedabad for the second and final Twenty20 international, to be played on Friday.
Ishant, Kamran fined for verbal face-off during 1st T20
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday penalised Indian pacer Ishant Sharma and Pakistan batsman Kamran Akmal for an altercation during the opening Twenty20 International.
Newly built Rajkot stadium ready for India-England ODI
The newly built Saurashtra cricket stadium in Rajkot is all set to host the India-England One-Day International next month and would soon be formally inaugurated, the body's honorary secretary Niranjan Shah said.
Tendulkar to skip Mumbai's Ranji match against Gujarat
Sachin Tendulkar, who recently retired from One-Day Internationals, will not play in Mumbai's last Ranji Trophy league game against Gujarat but has made himself available for the knockout stage if the team reaches the quarter-finals.
Australia on top despite Sangakkara milestone
Australia reached 150-3 at the close of the opening day of the second Test, punishing Sri Lanka after the visitors had failed to build on Kumar Sangakkara's landmark half century and were dismissed for just 156 on Wednesday.
FACTBOX: Sangakkara reaches 10,000 Test runs
Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara became the 11th cricketer to surpass 10,000 Test runs during his innings of 58 on the opening day of the second test against Australia in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Dhoni, Hafeez play down Ishant-Akmal on-field face-off
Playing down the face-off between Indian pacer Ishant Sharma and Pakistan batsman Kamran Akmal in the first Twenty20 International in Bangalore, captains of both the sides said it was a minor argument which ended with an exchange of smiles between the two.
Disappointing to miss Indo-Pak series: Irfan Pathan
A dodgy knee has kept Irfan Pathan out of action and the all-rounder is really disappointed that he won't be a part of the India-Pakistan limited overs series.
December 25, 2012Bangalore T20: Hafeez, Malik star as Pakistan thrash India
Pakistan snatched a thrilling five-wicket victory over India in the first Twenty20 International to record its first win in shortest format against arch rivals, whose bad streak continued close on the heels of their disastrous series against England.
Pakistan restrict India to a meagre 133-9
Indian batting suffered a collapse as they were restricted for a paltry 133 for nine against Pakistan, in the first Twenty20 International series in Bangalore.
Maharashtra garner 3 points against Baroda
Maharashtra earned three vital points by vitue of a handy 87 runs first innings lead after their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Baroda ended in a draw in Pune.
Assam earn three points against Andhra
Assam kept their knockout hopes alive as they took three vital points by virtue of their first-innings lead against Andhra in their Ranji Trophy Group C match, which ended in a draw in Guwahati.
Karnataka manage a point as Uthappa, Kapoor hit tons
Robin Uthappa and rookie Kunal Kapoor hit centuries as Karnataka batted out the whole of final day to manage a point against Haryana in their penultimate Ranji Trophy group league encounter in Hubli.
Zaheer takes five-for as Mumbai pull off stunning win
Zaheer Khan's incisive spell helped Mumbai pull off a stunning seven-run win over Madhya Pradesh in what turned out to be the most interesting Ranji Trophy group league encounter of this season in Indore.
'Tendulkar is best batsman I have seen'
Pakistan batting great, Hanif Muhammad on Tuesday rated Sachin Tendulkar better than the legendary Australian Sir Donald Bradman and described him as the best batsman he has seen in my life.
Ranji: UP beat Tamil Nadu by 195 runs
Left-arm spinners Praveen Gupta and Ali Murtaza shared seven wickets between them to help Uttar Pradesh script a massive 195-run victory over Tamil Nadu on the final day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Chennai.
'Sachin should have retired after India-Pakistan series'
Former Pakistan captain and current team coach Inzamamul Haq has said that Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar should have announced his retirement after the Pak-India series.
'Ashwin was trying too many things against England'
Former Pakistan captain and noted commentator Ramiz Raja has said India's Ravichandran Ashwin was "trying too many things" against England and needs to concentrate more on bowling rather than batting.
It's been an honour to have bowled to Tendulkar: Saqlain
Terming Sachin Tendulkar's retirement a huge loss for world cricket, former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq says bowling to the Indian has always been an "absolute pleasure".
December 24, 2012Hyderabad poised to take three points
Hyderabad were poised to earn three points on the basis of taking the crucial first-innings lead in their Group A Ranji Trophy match against Railways in Hyderabad on Monday.
Juneja takes Gujarat to 232 in 2nd innings against Punjab
Manprit Juneja cracked a patient 79 as Gujarat scored 232 in their second innings against Punjab on the penultimate day of the Group A Ranji Trophy match at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Valsad on Monday.
Haryana enforce follow-on on Karnataka
Seamer Harshal Patel wreaked havoc as Haryana enforced follow-on on hosts Karnataka in a group league game of the Ranji Trophy in Hubli on Monday.
Tamil Nadu face heavy defeat against Uttar Pradesh
Tamil Nadu stared at defeat after Uttar Pradesh set them a mammoth target of 421 on a day when 14 wickets fell in their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Chennai on Monday.
BCCI didn't force Tendulkar to retire from ODIs: Shukla
Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajiv Shukla on Monday denied reports that Sachin Tendulkar was forced to retire from One-Day Internationals, saying it is purely his decision.
Hafeez hoping Pakistan bowlers can deliver in India
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez on Monday said that his team has a good mixture of fast and spin bowlers who can pose questions to the Indian batsmen in the forthcoming limited overs series.
No better captain than Dhoni in T20s and ODIs: Kapil
Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have come under heavy criticism for his captaincy during the just-concluded home Test series against England but former skipper Kapil Dev backed him as the best bet to lead India in limited-overs cricket.
Mumbai's batsmen stretch lead
Courtesy of Wasim Jaffer's brisk knock of 67 laced with 13 fours and Aditya Tare's quickfire 42 off 44 balls, after being promoted to open the innings, Mumbai finished the day on192 for five in 63 overs.
Akram, Waqar pay tribute to "special" Tendulkar
Pakistan pace legends Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis on Monday paid glowing tributes to Sachin Tendulkar on his retirement from One-Day Internationals, terming the Indian cricketer as the "greatest batsman of the modern era".
Ranji: Vidarbha thrash Odisha by 106 runs
Riding on pacer Amol Jungade's fine five-wicket haul, Vidarbha bowled out Odisha for a paltry score for the second time in their Ranji Trophy group league game to win the match by 106 runs inside three days in Cuttack on Monday.
Tendulkar heads for Mussoorie post ODI retirement
After announcing retirement from One-day cricket, Sachin Tendulkar headed straight for hill station Mussoorie in Uttarakhand, where he is likely to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.
New Zealand level series thanks to Guptill century
Chasing 169 for victory in 19 overs at Buffalo Park, Guptill helped erase the memory of Friday's embarrassing capitulation to 86 all out in Durban with a stunning batting display as the tourists reached their target for the loss of just two wickets to level the series 1-1.
Mitchell Starc puts the Ashes before IPL riches
Australian left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc has said that he will give a miss to the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament next year to prepare for the Starc is reportedly being offered up to 500,000 dollars to play in next year's IPL, but he says he wants to be in peak condition for the Ashes.
Age no barrier for Mike Hussey to play in Ashes
Australian cricketer Mike Hussey would like to return and captain Western Australia when his international career is over, but the ageing Test batsman is adamant he does not yet know when that will be.
December 23, 2012'India doesn't have permanent pace attack'
Pakistan enjoys a clear advantage over India in the fast bowling department as the hosts doesn't have a permanent pace attack, said visiting team seamer Sohail Tanvir.
Pietersen rested for New Zealand ODIs
Prolific batsman Kevin Pietersen has been left out of England's limited-overs squad for next year's New Zealand tour as part of a policy to better manage the workload of players.
Ojha scalps 2 wkts as Hyderabad press for 1st innings lead
India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha scalped two wickets as Hyderabad pressed for a first innings lead on the second day of their Ranji Trophy group league match against Railways in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Makwana half century keeps Saurashtra's hopes alive
Kamlesh Makvana (batting 54) kept Saurashtra in the hunt for the first innings lead against defending champions Rajasthan on the second day of their Ranji Trophy league match in Jaipur on Sunday.
Ranji Day 2: Maharashtra trail Baroda by 231 runs
Pace duo of Shrikant Mundhe and Samad Fallah shared seven wickets between them as Baroda stumbled from a good position to be bowled out for 362 in their first innings against Maharashtra on day two of a Ranji Trophy Group B match in Pune on Sunday.
Murtaza puts UP in strong position against TN
Ali Murtaza scored a fluent 152-ball 106 and then bagged four wickets as Uttar Pradesh took control of their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu in Chennai on Sunday.
Ranji: Mishra scores double ton as Haryana piles 587/9
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra celebrated his return to Indian ODI squad with a brilliant double century as he added an astonishing 392 runs for a record eighth wicket partnership with Jayant Yadav to guide Haryana to 587 for nine against Karnataka in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter in Hubli on Sunday.
Dhruv, Patel sizzle for Gujarat against Punjab
Left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhruv (3/51) and paceman Kushang Patel (2/74) shared five wickets between them as Gujarat fought back to reduce Punjab to 227 for seven on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match, in Valsad on Sunday.
Vidarbha in command against Odisha
Vidarbha produced a brilliant bowling display as they bowled out Odisha for just 121 to place themselves in the drivers' seat in their Ranji Trophy group league match on the second day in Cuttack on Sunday.
Ranji: Zaheer grabs a wicket as MP reach 191/5
Young Satyam Choudhary remained unbeaten on 73 as Madhya Pradesh reached 191 for five in reply to Mumbai's first innings score of 304 in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Sunday.
'Criticism may have played part in Sachin's retirement'
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar says consistent criticism might have played a part in influencing Sachin Tendulkar's decision to quit One-day cricket and it would have been fantastic had he gone after completing 50 ODI centuries.
'I am under no pressure in India as Pakistan coach'
Guiding a Pakistani side to play against India on their home soil may be a pressure job but Dav Whatmore says he is comfortable doing his duties in the upcoming bilateral series since he has already worked with sub-continent players in the past.
'Words are not enough to sing Tendulkar's praise'
The Pakistani players on Sunday fell short of words while describing Sachin Tendulkar's impact on world cricket and said the Indian batting legend will be missed sorely in One-day cricket following his retirement.
Should BCCI retire Tendulkar's jersey No 10?
IPL franchise Mumbai Indians have launched a campaign to retire Sachin Tendulkar's revered jersey No. 10 which was worn by him during his illustrious 23-year-long ODI career.
Pakistan's first practice session devoted to fielding
Having not played since last October's semifinal match against Sri Lanka in the Twenty20 World Cup, the Mohammad Hafeez-led Pakistan side on Sunday underwent a one-hour practice session to get into the groove ahead of the first T20 match against India in Bangalore.
Toss will be crucial in series against Pak: Dhoni
Gearing up for what promises to be a high-voltage limited-overs series against arch-foes Pakistan, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the toss will play a crucial role in the clashes as both teams are quite similar.
Sachin's decision to quit was taken in last 72 hours
Sachin Tendulkar's decision to retire from the ODI format was taken over the "last 72 hours" though he formally informed the BCCI only on Saturday night.
Dhoni retained skipper, Yuvraj returns to ODIs
The under-fire captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Sunday, retained captaincy while all-rounder Yuvraj Singh returned to India's ODI team for the first time since last year's World Cup triumph after he was picked in the 15-member squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan.
Sachin Tendulkar retires from ODIs
Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar has retired from One-Day Internationals, the Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed on Sunday. Tendulkar spoke with BCCI president N Srinivasan and conveyed his decision to retire from the 50-over-a-side format of the game.
December 22, 2012BCCI bans photo agencies from covering Indo-Pak series
After the Test series against England, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has barred international photo agencies from covering the much-awaited India-Pakistan limited overs series, starting December 25 in Bangalore.
Ranji: Pawar anchors Mumbai to 235 for five
Opener Kaustubh Pawar defended doggedly to crawl to 89 as Mumbai reached 235 for five at stumps on the first day against Madhya Pradesh in a group league match of the Ranji Trophy in Indore on Saturday.
IPL auction on February 3
The players auction for the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held on February 3 instead of January 12.
Odisha pacers wreck Vidarbha in Ranji Trophy
Biplab Samantray took three wickets as pacers put Odisha on top against Vidarbha on the opening day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match at the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack on Saturday.
Devdhar, Waghmode put Baroda in comfortable position
Kedar Devdhar scored only his second ton in first class cricket and together with Aditya Waghmode shared an unbroken century stand to guide Baroda to 256 for three on the opening day of their four-day Ranji Trophy Group B match against Maharashtra in Pune on Saturday.
Mishra scores unbeaten 86 as Haryana reach 293/7
Skipper Amit Mishra struck an unbeaten 86 and added 125 runs for the unbeaten seventh wicket stand with Jayant Yadav as Haryana ended the first day's play of the Ranji Trophy Group B league encounter against Karnataka at 293 for seven.
Harbhajan, Sandeep, Siddarth script fall of Gujarat
Struggling India spinner regained some of the lost touch with a three-wicket haul as Punjab restricted Gujarat to 261 for nine on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match, Valsad on Saturday.
Tight security for Indo-Pak T20 match
Against the backdrop of Shiv Sena and right wing outfit Sri Ram Sene's threat to disrupt the Indo-Pak cricket series, City Police Commissioner Jyotiprakash Mirji on Saturday said tight security would be provided for the Twenty20 match at the Chinaswamy stadium in Bangalore on December 25.
Bangladesh agree to tour Pakistan next month
Bangladesh have agreed to tour Pakistan next month in the first visit by any country since armed militants attacked the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf said.
Oram opts out of New Zealand contract
All-rounder Jacob Oram has opted out of his New Zealand Cricket (NZC) central contract to focus on his professional Twenty20 career.
Herath hopes to put Australia in a Melbourne spin
Sri Lankan slow bowling spearhead Rangana Herath believes that Australia's limited opportunities to face quality spinners in domestic cricket will enhance his side's chances of success in next week's second Test.
Selectors meet on Sunday to pick squad for Pak series
National cricket selectors will meet in Mumbai on Sunday to pick the Indian squad for the limited-overs series against Pakistan amid speculation that struggling senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar has made himself available for the ODI selection.
South Africa too good for New Zealand in first T20
South Africa humiliated the touring New Zealanders with an embarrassingly one-sided eight-wicket victory in the first of three Twetnty20 Internationals on Friday.
December 21, 2012Tendulkar wants to play Pakistan, England ODIs: TV channel
Sachin Tendulkar has expressed his intentions to play in the upcoming One-Day International series against arch rivals Pakistan and the subsequent series against England, a television channel claimed on Friday.
Pakistan to arrive in Bangalore on Saturday
The Pakistan cricket team will arrive in Bangalore on Saturday night to play the first bilateral series against India in five years.
Ajmal ready to test India with new deliveries
Beginning the mind games ahead of the limited over series against India, ace Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal says he is ready to bamboozle the Indian batsmen with some new deliveries.
Lost all confidence in Sri Lanka Cricket: Jayawardene
Captain Mahela Jayawardene has said that he has lost all confidence in Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after his confidential letter regarding payment of guarantee fee to the team support staff from the ICC World T20 held in Colombo, was leaked to the media.
Family reasons force Bairstow to return home early
Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has returned home early from England's ongoing tour of India for family reasons.
BCCI comes clean on tickets row with PCB
The BCCI on Friday sought to clarify reports which stated that the PCB hasn't received the 3,000 tickets promised to them for the upcoming limited overs tour, and said that the board from across the border now wants fewer tickets.
Delhi Daredevils to face KKR in IPL 6 opener on April 3
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will open their campaign at home against last year's semifinalist Delhi Daredevils in the inaugural match of the Pepsi Indian Premier League 6 at the historic Eden Gardens on April 3.
NZ board call meeting with former captains to douse row
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will meet with former skippers in a bid to improve communication within the national set-up in the wake of the controversy surrounding the handling of Ross Taylor's demotion from the captaincy.
Our batting lacked discipline: Morgan
England Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan conceded that his side fell short by 10-15 runs after getting off to a blistering start in the opening Twenty20 International against India in Pune.
When chief selector Sandeep Patil threatened to walk out
A major controversy was averted on Thursday when an angry chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil threatened to storm out of the Subrata Roy Sahara stadium in Pune before officials of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) intervened and persuaded him to stay back.
December 20, 2012Yuvraj, Team India pray for Delhi gangrape victim
Following India's victory over England in the first Twenty20 International star batsman Yuvraj Singh dedicated his man of the match award to the girl who was gangraped in a moving bus in Delhi on Sunday night.
Yuvraj stars as India beat England in first T20
Yuvraj Singh came up with a brilliant all-round display as India finally brought about cheer to their fans with a comfortable five-wicket victory over England in the first Twenty20 International in Pune on Thursday night. Yuvraj took three wickets for 19 from his quota of four overs, as England were restricted to 157 for 6, and then blasted 38 off 21 balls to set up an easy chase, which the home team attained with 13 balls to spare.
Sunrisers name Moody coach; Laxman, Srikkanth mentors
The Indian Premier League's Hyderabad franchise, now called 'Sunrisers', have appointed former Australia cricketer Tom Moody as the team's new coach, and former India cricketers Krishnamachari Srikkanth and VVS Laxman mentors.
Early starts for 2nd and 3rd Indo-Pak ODIs
The One-Day International matches of the much-anticipated cricket series between India and Pakistan, beginning next week, will have early starts, the BCCI said on Thursday.
Mithali leads batswomen in ICC rankings
Mithali Raj held on to the top spot in the batting list, while Jhulan Goswami was the best-placed Indian in the bowling chart after climbing a spot to third in the latest ICC ODI rankings for women cricketers.
Dhoni on why England players don't fetch IPL contracts
England's top T20 players are struggling to win IPL contracts due to their involvement with the national side, Indian skipper MS Dhoni has said.
Former pacer Lawson demands legalisation of ball tampering
Former Australian Test paceman Geoff Lawson has said ball tampering laws should be relaxed to allow bowlers to pick the seam and redress the growing imbalance between bat and ball.
BCCI's non-issue of tickets leaves Pakistanis stranded
The Pakistan Cricket Board is still awaiting the 3000 tickets promised to it by the BCCI for the much-anticipated Twenty20 and ODI series in India later this month.
Morgan asks team to keep things simple in T20 matches
England's stand-in Twenty20 skipper Eoin Morgan has said that his team will carry the confidence of 2-1 Test series victory over India into the two-match T20 series, commencing at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on Thursday.
December 19, 2012India-England ODIs to start at 12 noon
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has revised the timings of the first four matches in the India-England ODI series because the dew factor. The matches will commence at 12 noon, which is two-and-a-half-hours earlier than the scheduled start of play.
Sri Lanka look to Herath's spin to save Aus series
Sri Lanka will be hoping for help from wickets more suitable for spin bowling in the next two Tests against Australia after losing the opener by 137 runs on a Hobart track described as a "minefield" by coach Graham Ford.
Australia go into 'quarantine' before Boxing Day Test
Australia have put their squad into 'quarantine' before next week's second Test against Sri Lanka to make absolutely certain there are no additions to their already lengthy casualty list, according to coach Mickey Arthur.
KP impresses Flower, set to be offered full contract
Kevin Pietersen is set to be offered a full central contract by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after team director Andy Flower was impressed by the right-hander's on and off-field behaviour and contribution in the historic Test series win in India.
Do not treat players like schoolboys, suggests Akram
Pakistan's former captain, Wasim Akram has advised the PCB and the national team management to not treat the players like schoolboys during the tour of India.
Vinay Kumar ruled out of T20s, Mithun in
Karnataka medium pacer R Vinay Kumar was ruled out of the Twenty20 series against England due to a strained right calf muscle, paving the way for state mate Abhimanyu Mithun's return to the Indian squad.
'Sachin must be ruing blunder of not retiring after WC'
Senior India batsman Sachin Tendulkar must be "ruing the blunder" of not calling it quits after the country's World Cup triumph in 2011, a leading Pakistani daily said.
December 18, 2012Ranji Group C: Kerala hand Tripura innings defeat
Kerala scored an emphatic innings and 77 runs win over Tripura to garner bonus points from their Ranji Trophy Group C match in Agartala on Tuesday.
Three points for TN against Baroda
Having taken a small first-innings lead, Tamil Nadu eked out three points from their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Baroda, in Vadodara on Tuesday.
Haryana earn three points against UP
A slender first-innings lead of 49 runs proved to be crucial for Haryana as it helped them take three points from their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh, in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Mumbai settles for draw against Saurashtra
Despite the need for an outright win, Mumbai settled for a draw in their Group A match against Saurashtra when they restricted the hosts to 300 and then decided to bat again instead of imposing follow-on, in Rajkot on Tuesday.
England rest Anderson, Trott from ODI series
England have rested fast bowler James Anderson and batsman Jonathan Trott from the next month's One-day series against India and replaced them with Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler.
Karnataka walk away with 3 crucial points
Karnataka kept their semifinal hopes alive as they took three vital points by virtue of their first-innings lead against Vidarbha in their Ranji Trophy Group B match, which ended in a draw in Mysore on Tuesday.
Bundela, Jalaj steer MP to 8-wkt win over Punjab
Skipper Devendra Bundela scored an unbeaten century and shared a match-winning 185-run stand with Jalaj Saxena (72 not out) as Madhya Pradesh spanked Punjab by eight wickets in their Ranji Trophy Group A match, in Gwalior on Tuesday. Chasing a 190-run target, Madhya Pradesh overcame two early jolts to get the required runs in 45.3 overs.
Clarke confident he'll be fit for Melbourne
Australia captain Michael Clarke is confident he will be fit to play in the second Test against Sri Lanka later this month despite the hamstring injury which curtailed his second innings in the series opener.
Dhawan's ton scripts big win for Delhi
Skipper Shikhar Dhawan smashed an unbeaten 116 as Delhi thrashed Maharashtra by seven wickets in a Group B Ranji Trophy match to stay in contention for a knock-out berth.
Ranji: Innings win for Railways against Rajasthan
All-rounder Karan Sharma grabbed a career-best eight-wicket haul as Railways crushed defending champions Rajasthan by an innings and 12 runs to record their first Ranji Trophy win of the season in Bhubaneshwar on Tuesday.
No ball-tampering evidence in Hobart: ICC
Match officials have found no evidence of ball-tampering in the Hobart Test between Australia and Sri Lanka and no charges will be laid, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.
No viable alternative to Dhoni, says Dravid
The clamour for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's removal as India's captain might be becoming shriller by the day but former skipper Rahul Dravid feels he is the man to take the team forward as there is no viable alternative in sight.
'Disappointing that DRS wasn't used in India Tests'
England Managing Director Hugh Morris feels India's decision of not allowing the Decision Review System's usage in the just-concluded Test series was disappointing after touring captain Alastair Cook fell victim to a couple of dubious decisions.
No question of calling off Indo-Pak series: BCCI
The BCCI, on Tuesday, shot down BJP's demand of cancelling the Indo-Pak limited-overs cricket series in the wake of visiting Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik "insulting" India, insisting that the matches would be held as scheduled.
December 17, 2012Mumbai in complete control against Saurashtra
After a commanding batting display, Mumbai put up an impressive bowling performance to wrest control over Saurashtra in their Ranji Trophy Group A match in Rajkot on Monday.
TN take first-innings lead against Baroda
Tamil Nadu on Monday managed a slender first-innings lead but Baroda went ahead by 94 runs with six wickets remaining in their second essay by the end of third day's play, leaving the Group B Ranji Trophy match in Vadodara evenly poised.
Bengal beat Hyderabad to record 1st outright win
Patient half-centuries by Wriddhiman Saha and Rohan Banerjee after an impressive morning spell by Shami Ahmed helped Bengal record their maiden outright win in this edition of Ranji Trophy.
Punjab fight back through Yuvraj, Jiwanjot
Yuvraj Singh on Monday responded his exclusion from the national side with a timely century as Punjab ended the Day three at 354 for eight following-on, with an overall lead of 179 in their Group A Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh, in Gwalior.
Ranji: Amol, Shalabh fightback for Vidarbha
Amol Ubarhande hammered his maiden first class century while Shalabh Srivastava hit a fifty as the two batsmen engineered a spectacular Vidarbha fightback against Karnataka on day three of their Ranji Trophy Group B match, in Mysore on Sunday.
Clarke limps into ranks of Australia's walking wounded
Australia captain Michael Clarke is doubtful for the second Test against Sri Lanka after retiring injured with a hamstring problem on the fourth day of the opening match of the series, coach Mickey Arthur said on Monday.
England consolidate No 2 position in Tests; India 5th
A first Test series triumph in India since 1984-85 helped England consolidate its number-two position in the Reliance ICC Test Championship table. The series loss kept India in fifth place, with 105 rating points, after dropping one point. This has opened up a four-point gap with fourth-ranked traditional rival Pakistan.
England end 28-year wait with series win in India
England broke a 28-year-old jinx on Monday, achieving a historic Test series triumph on Indian soil and leaving the hosts embarrassed with a 2-1 verdict after the fourth and final match ended in a draw in Nagpur. The last time an English side defeated India in their own backyard was way back in 1984-85, under the captaincy of David Gower.
1st Test: Sri Lanka in early trouble chasing 393 to win
Australia removed Sri Lanka's openers cheaply to leave the tourists clinging on at 65 for two and chasing an imposing 393 runs for victory at the close of play on the fourth day of the first Test on Monday.
December 16, 2012Ranji Group C: Himachal score 338 against Goa
Himachal Pradesh's lower-order batted resolutely and helped the side put on 338 in their first innings against hosts Goa on the second day of the Group C Ranji Trophy match at the PCA ground in Porvorim on Sunday.
Railways wrest the initiative against Rajasthan
Railways wrested the initiative in the final session to leave Rajasthan struggling at 56 for three in reply to their first innings score of 405 on the second day of the four-day Ranji Trophy Group A match in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.
Madhya Pradesh on course for outright win against Punjab
Madhya Pradesh looked on course for an outright victory after pacers shared all wickets among themselves and enforce follow-on on table toppers Punjab in their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Gwalior on Sunday.
Hyderabad in command after Bengal get 1st innings lead
Bengal opener Arindam Das scored a fighting 73 to give his team a slender one-run first innings lead against Hyderabad but the visiting team batsmen showed a lot of gumption to take an overall lead of 171 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.
Haryana take first-innings lead against UP
Rahul Dewan's pugnacious knock of 93 and an equally important innings of 65 by Joginder Sharma paved the way for Haryana's slender lead of 44 runs in their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow on Sunday.
Ranji: Mumbai tightens grip against host Saurashtra
Mumbai amassed 606 runs for five wickets and then reduced host Saurashtra to 47 for two on the second day of four-day Ranji Trophy Group A match at SCA stadium Khandheri in Rajkot on Sunday.
Gautam smashes double ton, Karnataka in commanding position
Muralidharen Gautam carried on with his good form as he completed his double century to lead Karnataka to a mammoth 619 for eight on day two of their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Vidarbha, in Mysore on Sunday.
Ranji: Delhi concede 1st innings lead against Maharashtra
Left-arm seamer Samad Fallah took five wickets as Maharashtra got a slender first innings lead of three runs against Delhi on an exciting second day of the Ranji Trophy Group A League encounter at the Roshanara Club ground in New Delhi on Sunday.
Heated exchange between Kohli and Trott on day four
Virat Kohli and Jonathan Trott were involved in a verbal duel during the fourth day of the final Test between India and England in Nagpur on Sunday.
Injured Hilfenhaus leaves Australia short-staffed
Ben Hilfenhaus limped off the Bellerive Oval during the first Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday to almost certainly leave Australia a pace bowler short for the second time in three matches.
England keep India's desperate victory attempts at bay
A desperate India's push for a series-levelling win was met with a dogged resistance from England who rode on Jonathan Trott's gritty half-century to overcome a nervous phase as the fourth and final cricket Test seemed headed for a draw in Nagpur on Sunday.
Nobody qualified enough to tell Sachin to quit: Richards
West Indian cricket legend Viv Richards has backed Sachin Tendulkar to continue despite his poor form, saying the senior Indian batsman is the best person to decide on his retirement and should continue as long as he wants.
December 15, 2012Vahora, Bhatt defy Tamil Nadu to take Baroda to 191/9
Tail-enders Murtuza Vahora and Bhargav Bhatt defied all the odds to put up a 63-run stand for the final wicket as Baroda reached 191 for nine at stumps against a formidable Tamil Nadu side in the Ranji Trophy group league encounter in Vadodara on Saturday.
Shivakant stars for Railways with century
Left-handed opener Shivakant Shukla scored the fifth first-class century of his career as Railways reached 239 for four at stumps against Rajasthan on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy group league encounter.
Bundela's unbeaten 92 takes MP to 281/5 vs Punjab
Skipper Devendra Bundela scored an unbeaten 92 while opener Jalaj Saxena struck a fluent half-century to help Madhya Pradesh post 281 for five against Punjab on the first day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match in Gwalior on Saturday.
PCB thanks BCCI for rescheduling Indo-Pak T20 tie
PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf thanked BCCI president N Srinivasan for postponing the second Twenty20 International between India and Pakistan by a day, which was originally scheduled to be played in Ahmedabad on December 27.
Dramatic day as 18 wickets collapse in Bengal-Hyd tie
Bengal batsmen surrendered the intiative given by their seamers on a green top to find themselves at sea in their own backyard as 18 wickets fell in the group A league match against Hyderabad at Eden Gardens on Saturday.
Dhoni first captain to be run-out on 99 in Tests!
Captain MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli gave India a slender chance of coming back into the game after a fight back. But England struck late to level their chances as well. Here are the statistical highlights of the third day's play of the fourth Test between India and England played in Nagpur on Saturday.
Dhoni's run-out could be series-changer: Trott
Jonathan Trott feels England were rewarded for sticking to their guns when Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli were involved in a rescue act on Day 3 of the 4th Test in Nagpur.
Fallah leads Maharashtra's fightback against Delhi
Delhi bowlers took full advantage of the helpful conditions but their top order frittered away the advantage on the opening day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Maharashtra.
Rahul, Gautam hit centuries to lift Karnataka
Lokesh Rahul and Murlidharen Gautam slammed unbeaten centuries to help Karnataka pile up 308 for two against Vidarbha on the opening day of the their four-day Group-B Ranji Trophy match in Mysore.
Tare's sparkling ton hoists Mumbai
Riding on an unbeaten century from opener Aditya Tare Mumbai reached a massive 306 for two against Saurashtra at the end of the first day's play of their Ranji Trophy Group A match in Rajkot.
Sharma takes 5 to bowl out UP for 227
Mohit Sharma took five for 47 to help Haryana bundle out Uttar Pradesh for a meagre 227 in their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Lucknow.
Delhi in trouble at 59 for 3 after cleaning up Maharashtra
Delhi bowlers took full advantage of the helpful conditions but their top-order frittered away the cushion on the opening day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Maharashtra in New Delhi on Saturday.
India stagger after Dhoni, Kohli stage fightback
Virat Kohli slammed a patient century while captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni missed it by just one run as the duo showed admirable tenacity under pressure to lead a remarkable Indian fightback, which has restored the balance in the fourth and final cricket Test against England in Nagpur on Saturday.
Hafeez confident Pakistan can pocket India series
Pakistan's One-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Twenty20 skipper Mohammad Hafeez believe that the pace bowlers picked for the much-anticipated series in India have the ability to rattle the strong batting line-up of the hosts.
Whatmore warns Pak against complacency on India tour
Gearing up for a short tour of India, Pakistan cricket coach Dav Whatmore has warned his team against reading too much into the arch-rivals' struggle in the ongoing home Test series against England.
Sri Ram Sene threatens to disrupt Indo-Pak T20 in B'lore
Right wing outfit Sri Ram Sene has threatened to disrupt the India-Pakistan T20 cricket match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on December 25, and asked the BJP government in Karnataka to refuse permission for the fixture.
Australia in control after Hussey hundred
Mike Hussey scored an unbeaten 115 to drive Australia towards an aggressive declaration at 450 for five before Sri Lanka were reduced to 87-4 at stumps on the second day of the first Test on Saturday.
Indian players casual after WC success: Gavaskar
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels some Indian players have started behaving as if the nation owes it to them for winning World Cup.
'Team should forget Taylor row, focus on SA series'
New Zealand will not be distracted by the axing of former captain Ross Taylor ahead of their cricket tour of South Africa, new skipper Brendon McCullum said on Friday.
India-Pakistan 2nd T20 rescheduled to December 28
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) requested for the match to be re-scheduled because December 27 is the death anniversary of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
December 14, 2012India banking on Kohli-Dhoni to bounce back in Test
Piyush Chawla, who took four for 69 in England's first innings feels India can stage a comeback in the fourth Test if Virat Kohli (11) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (8) bat sensibly in the first session on Day 3.
India's brittle batting gives England upper hand
After posting 330 in the first innings, England exploited the slow and uneven bounce of the track to leave the home side gasping at a precarious 87 for 4 at close on Day 2 of the fourth Test.
New franchise-based T20 league to start in Caribbean
A new franchise-based Twenty20 league will begin play in the Caribbean next year, the West Indies Cricket Board said, filling the hole left by the collapse of Allen Stanford's tournament.
Hughes shines as Australia reach 299-4
Phil Hughes made a solid 86 on his return to Test cricket before Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey took up the running and steered Australia to 299 for four at close of play on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Friday.
Sports psychologist to accompany Pakistan team
Sports psychologist Maqbool Babri will accompany the Pakistan cricket team on their tour of India this month for the first bilateral series between the two countries since 2007.
Inzamam roped in as batting consultant of Pakistan
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has been roped in as a batting consultant of the national cricket team for the upcoming tours of India and South Africa.
Laxman pulls out from next Ranji match of Hyderabad
VVS Laxman, who is recuperating from a back injury, has pulled out of Hyderabad's upcoming Ranji fixture against Bengal beginning at Eden Gardens from Saturday.
Afridi may be retained for India ODIs
Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi could be retained for the three ODIs in India if he strikes form in the two T20 International matches to be held in Bangalore and Ahmedabad.
Australia unhappy with Kanpur; BCCI may shift Test
Kanpur's Green Park stadium's wait to host an international match looks likely to continue after Cricket Australia rejected the venue because of the slow pace of its renovation.
December 13, 2012Anjum Chopra to assist SA women's cricket
Former India women's cricket captain Anjum Chopra has been recruited in the management staff of South Africa's women's squad as technical advisor ahead of the upcoming ICC women's World Cup in India, Cricket South Africa announced.
Bedi slams Nagpur pitch, salutes Amarnath and Dravid
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi blasted the pitch being used in the ongoing fourth Test against England at Nagpur, calling it 'disgraceful', and the Indian team's strategy 'myopic'.
Du Plessis named South Africa captain for NZ T20
Faf du Plessis will lead South Africa in the three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand later this month to free regular limited overs skipper AB de Villiers from the burden of captaincy, the cricket board said on Thursday.
Amarnath's comments not in good taste, says Kiran More
Former selection committee chairman Kiran More says Mohinder Amarnath's revelation about Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan's interference in selection matters is '"not in good taste'.
Vinay Kumar replaces injured Balaji in India T20 squad
Pacer L Balaji was on Thursday replaced by R Vinay Kumar in the Indian Twenty20 squad for the two matches against England after picking up a foot injury.
'Not right to reveal details of selection meetings'
Former Selection Committee chairman Kris Srikkanth, who has been accused of shielding Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni despite poor performances, on Thursday, hit back saying that it is not right to rake up issues discussed in the panel meetings.
Pietersen steers England from precarious position
India's bowlers let England off the hook and allowed the visitors to recover from a difficult position and post 199 for 5 by stumps, on the opening day, to leave the crucial fourth and final cricket Test in Nagpur evenly poised, on Thursday.
Spot fixing threatens integrity of modern game
Any comfortable assumptions that world cricket has largely eradicated corruption after the shock of the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal are challenged in a disturbing new book investigating India's illegal bookmaking underworld.
Warner's X-factor makes up for ugly dismissals: Clarke
Opener David Warner is a rare talent and the X-factor he brings to the Australian team more than makes up for the odd ugly dismissal, captain Michael Clarke said on Thursday.
Sri Lanka make do without Malinga threat
Sri Lanka are resigned to life without paceman Lasith Malinga in Test matches and do not expect him to make a dramatic return in the series against Australia, captain Mahela Jayawardene said on Thursday.
Jayawardene to step down as Sri Lanka skipper
Mahela Jayawardene will step down as captain of the Sri Lanka Test and One-day teams after the current tour of Australia and has backed Angelo Mathews to replace him.
Australia drop Johnson for Sri Lanka Test
Australia have resisted the temptation to go with four seamers for this week's first Test against Sri Lanka on what is expected to be a lively wicket at the Bellerive Oval.
December 12, 2012Time not opportune to remove Dhoni: Gavaskar
Former selector Mohinder Amarnath has openly stated that Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs to be stripped off Test captaincy, but his former teammate Sunil Gavaskar feels the 'time is not opportune as there is no alternative'.
'Dhoni and Gambhir laughed off the rift story'
Reports of a possible rift between India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and opener Gautam Gambhir were laughed off by the two senior Team India members on Wednesday evening.
NZ board apologises to Taylor for captaincy mess
New Zealand Cricket has publicly apologised to Ross Taylor for its poor handling of the former captain's demotion.
Martin reminds Hughes of 'nightmarish' Hobart memories
Chris Martin, the New Zealand pace bowler who condemned Phillip Hughes to another year on the sidelines, has heaped pressure on the Australian batsman as he attempts to revive his Test career against Sri Lanka in Hobart.
Azhar welcomes decision to drop Harbhajan, Yuvraj
Former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin backed the selectors' decision to drop Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh from the team for the fourth and final Test against England but hoped the two will soon stage a comeback in the squad as they are good players.
December 11, 2012Karnataka blow away Delhi on final day
A spirited team effort by Karnataka saw them defeat Delhi by a whopping 159-run margin despite conceding the first innings lead in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday. Starting the day at 40 for 3, Delhi were all out for 250 in 81.5 overs, nine of the 10 wickets being claimed by the home team's seamers.
Raina scores ton as opener as UP pick 3 points
Skipper Suresh Raina finally found some form, scoring up an unbeaten century on the fourth and final day, as Uttar Pradesh collected three points from their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Vidarbha in Nagpur on Tuesday. Uttar Pradesh got the points on the basis of the first-innings lead, while Vidarbha one.
Saurashtra thrash Bengal, keep QF hopes alive
Ravindra Jadeja finished with a match-haul of eight wickets as Saurashtra thrashed Bengal by 270 runs in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter in Rajkot and kept their chance of qualifying for the knock-out stage alive.
Haryana batsmen deny Maharashtra outright win
Maharashtra had to be content with three points by virtue of the first innings lead after the home team failed to secure an innings victory over struggling Haryana in a Ranji Trophy Group B match in Pune on Tuesday.
Dhruv stars in Gujarat's easy win over Rajasthan
Left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhruv picked his first ten-wicket haul in first-class cricket as Gujarat posted an impressive eight-wicket win over Rajasthan in their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. Dhruv finished with match figures of 14 for 96, eight of the wickets coming in the second innings at the Sardar Patel stadium, Motera.
Rawat's resolute hundred earns Railways a draw
A resolute hundred by Mahesh Rawat, and PM Madkaikar's half-century, helped Railways escape defeat against Madhya Pradesh and earn a point in their Ranji Trophy Group A encounter, which ended in a draw on the fourth and final day, in Bhubaneshwar, on Tuesday.
'Good, sporting wicket' for Nagpur Test
Pravin Hinganikar, the curator at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium, is believed to have prepared a wickets that will be good for batting and bowling.
Dhoni doesn't deserve a place in Test team: Amarnath
Former selector Mohinder Amarnath questioning Mahendra Singh Dhoni's place in the Indian team, accusing him of blocking the entry for other deserving wicket-keepers.
'The man who nearly beat Bradman's record' Nimbalkar dies
Former Ranji cricketer B B Nimbalkar passed away on Tuesday due to age-related illness at his Nagala park residence in Kolhapur.
Rayudu replaces injured Tiwary for England T20s
Ambati Rayudu was named as a replacement for injured batsman Manoj Tiwary in the Indian cricket squad for the two Twenty20s against England later this month.
Can Team India bounce back in Nagpur? Discuss
What must India to do to bounce back in Nagpur? Should Ajinkya Rahane play in place of Yuvraj, or should Jadeja take that slot? Discuss all that with India Abroad's Harish Kotian on Rediff ZaraBol chat on Tuesday, at 1500 IST.
Ex Oz cricketer threatens to sue CA over racist speech row
Former Test batsman Greg Ritchie has threatened to sue Cricket Australia (CA) and its chief executive James Sutherland for their role in the racist speech scandal that transpired during last month's Test between Australia and South Africa at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Selectors dropped Afridi with 2015 WC in mind
The naming of Pakistan's Twenty20 and ODI squads for this month's tour to India was not without disagreements as the selectors overruled captain Misbah-ul-Haq while axing experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi for the series.
Hearing in Kaneria's ban appeal adjourned
The hearing into Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria's appeal against a life ban had to be adjourned in London after the counsel for the player objected to the absence of key witness, Mervyn Westfield, from the proceedings.
Is split captaincy the solution for Team India?
Will relieving Dhoni of the leadership in Tests augur well for himself and Team India? Should he captain only in limited-overs' cricket?What's you view? Have your say.
Punjab bag 3 points on dramatic final day vs Mumbai
Punjab earned three crucial points against Mumbai by virtue of their 95-run first innings lead on a dramatic final day in the Ranji Trophy Group A match in Mumbai on Tuesday. The match ended in a draw, but not without some drama on the final day of the four-day match that saw close to 20 wickets falling at the Wankhede stadium.
December 10, 2012Afridi, Razzaq axed for India ODIs
Pakistan dropped experienced all-rounder Abdul Razzaq on Monday for the forthcoming One-Dayers in India, the first bilateral series between the neighbours since 2007. Fellow all-rounder Shahid Afridi, 32, was also omitted for the One-Dayers but retained his place in the Twenty20 squad.
Samuels sets up easy T20 win for West Indies
Marlon Samuels struck 85 off 43 balls as world champions West Indies beat Bangladesh by 18 runs in the only Twenty20 international.
Batsmen put Karnataka in control against Delhi
Having conceded a 66-run first innings lead, Karnataka scored a comprehensive 475 for nine declared with as many as six batsmen hitting half-centuries. At stumps on Day 3, Delhi were in trouble at 40 for three chasing a huge target of 410.
Maharashtra sight innings win over Haryana
Haryana are 75 for 2 in their second essay and will be looking to avoid an innings defeat when they take the field on Tuesday, as they still trail Maharashtra by 208 runs, at the end of third day's play in the Ranji Trophy Group 'B' match in Pune.
Injured Tiwary out for 6 weeks, to miss England T20s
A serious back injury will keep Manoj Tiwary out of competitive cricket for atleast a month and half and the talented Bengal captain will not be a part of the Indian squad for the upcoming two Twenty20 Internationals against England.
Rohit Sharma frustrates Punjab with unbeaten ton
Rohit Sharma slammed an unbeaten 163 as Mumbai scored 364 for 3 in reply to Punjab's mammoth first innings total of 580 on the penultimate day of their four-day Ranji Trophy Group 'A' league match at the Wankhede stadium on Monday.
UP in command against Vidarbha despite Badani's knock
With the hosts still trailing by more than 300 runs at 237 for 6 at stumps on the third day, Uttar Pradesh are certain to take the first-innings lead and three points from the outing.
Bengal face huge defeat against Saurashtra
Saurashtra are in sight of a huge victory over a listless Bengal in the Ranji Trophy Group 'A' league encounter in Rajkot. At stumps on Monday, the third day of the match, Bengal were precariously placed at 65 for 3, chasing a huge target of 431 runs.
Baroda rout Odisha by 10 wkts, snatch bonus point
Baroda humiliated Odisha by 10 wickets, with a day to spare, and pocketed seven points, including bonus, from their Ranji Trophy Group B match, in Vadodara, on Monday. The hosts added just 11 runs to their overnight total before being dismissed for 301 in their first innings, in reply to Odisha's 181.
Why Chawla, and not Mishra?
Amit Mishra troubled England's batsmen in the warm-up game against Haryana and should have been picked instead of Piyush Chawla for the fourth Test at Nagpur, says Manu Shankar.
'Touring India will not benefit Pakistan cricket'
Former ICC President Ehsan Mani has criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board for agreeing to tour India for a short One-day series later this month.
Kaneria to challenge accuser Westfield's absence
Lawyers for banned cricketer Danish Kaneria will challenge the absence of witness Mervyn Westfield if he does not appear for an appeal hearing on Monday, the Pakistan player said on Sunday.
December 09, 2012Jadeja helps Saurashtra put Bengal on the mat
Buoyed by his call-up into the Indian Test side, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja snared four Bengal wickets and then scored an undefeated 67 to put Saurashtra in complete command in a Ranji Trophy group A league encounter in Rajkot on Sunday.
Awana smashes 74 as Delhi get 1st innings lead
Parvinder Awana celebrated his maiden call-up to the Indian side with a smashing 74 that helped Delhi take an all-important 66-run first innings lead against Karnataka in a Ranji Trophy Group B league encounter in Bangalore on Sunday.
Solid start for Gujarat after Kanitkar guides Raj to 294
Gujarat made a strong reply after an unbeaten hundred from captain Hrishikesh Kanitkar helped Rajasthan to 294 in their Ranji Trophy Group A match on Ahmedabad on Sunday.
MP post 377; reduce Railways to 63 for 3
Thanks to Rameez Khan's hundred and a half-century knock by Anand Rajan, Madhya Pradesh posted 377 all out in their first innings and then reduced Railways to 63 for three on the second day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.
'Zaheer's axe expected; Yuvi, Bhajji made scapegoats'
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Sunday said that veteran pacer Zaheer Khan's omission from the squad for fourth Test was on expected lines but Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh have made "soft targets."
Mandeep scores maiden double ton to put Punjab on top
Young Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh slammed his maiden double hundred in first-class cricket while Amitoze Singh missed his ton by nine runs as the visitors compiled a mammoth 580 in their first innings against Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy league match in Mumbai on Sunday.
Ranji Trophy: UP post 524/7 against Vidarbha
Uttar Pradesh notched up a mammoth 524 for seven with Arish Alam and Piyush Chawla scoring half centuries in their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Vidarbha in Nagpur on Sunday.
Virat should learn to leave deliveries, says coach
Virat Kohli has been disappointing throughout the ongoing Test series against England but his personal coach and mentor Rajkumar Sharma is confident that the talented batsman would come out stronger from this experience.
Yuvraj, Zaheer dropped; Jadeja, Awana in for 4th Test
Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan have been dropped for the fourth Test in Nagpur.
England trounce India, take 2-1 lead in series
England thrashed India by seven wickets, and with over two sessions to spare, in the third Test at the Eden Gardens on Saturday to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series. It was the visitors' second successive victory, having also comprehensively beaten the hosts (by 10 wickets) in the second Test at the Wankhede.
Bangladesh take Windies series with nervy win
Bangladesh kept calm under pressure to clinch their One-Day International series against Twenty20 world champions West Indies 3-2 on Saturday.
December 08, 2012Mandeep's century lifts Punjab
Middle-order batsman Mandeep Singh notched up an unbeaten century to steer Punjab to a healthy 288 for four at stumps on day one of their four-day Ranji Trophy league match against Mumbai.
Saxena takes 5 to bowl out Saurashtra for 209
Left-arm spinner Iresh Saxena's career-best figures of five for 17 helped Bengal dismiss hosts Saurashtra for a meagre 209 in a Ranji Trophy Group A match in Rajkot.
England had a basic game plan, says Finn
England pacer Steven Finn on Saturday said that the 0-3 Test-series whitewash at the hands of Pakistan earlier this year was an eye-opener that prompted the team to work harder to adapt to the sub-continental conditions.
Awana helps Delhi dismiss Karnataka for 192
Pacer Parvinder Awana got his second consecutive five-wicket haul as Delhi skittled out Karnataka for a paltry 192 in a Ranji Trophy Group league encounter at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
India's attitude and approach not right, says Gavaskar
Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday criticised the Indian cricketers for their lacklustre "approach and attitude" towards preparations and said this was precisely the reason behind the home team's disastrous performance in the ongoing Test series against England.
Bhatt's six hoists Baroda against Odisha
Left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt spun the web around Odisha's batsmen to put Baroda in a commanding position at the end of the opening day's play in a Ranji Trophy Group B match in Vadodara.
Shahid claims eight to put Kerala on top
Captain Ian Dev Singh led from the front with an unbeaten 117 before Kerala left-arm pacer Chovvakkaran Shahid scalped eight wickets to bowl out Jammu and Kashmir for 215 in their first innings.
Poor show but team likely to be retained for 4th Test
It is not the poor performances of its current players that are worrisome, but the unavailability of worthy replacements in domestic cricket is a big headache for India's national selectors.
Soumik, Yashpal help Services post 284 for four vs Goa
Services skipper Soumik Chatterjee slammed a century while Yashpal Singh hit an unbeaten 92 to take Services to 284 for four on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match against Goa in Porvorim on Saturday.
Dagar ton takes UP to 248/4 against Vidarbha
Opener Mukul Dagar struck a patient century as Uttar Pradesh posted 248 for four on the first day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Vidarbha in Nagpur on Saturday.
We did not show enough patience while batting: Sehwag
Virender Sehwag came down hard on his batting colleagues, saying they should have shown patience at the crease.
Blind Pak player 'under observation' after drinking phenyl
A cricket player from Pakistan, who is partially visually impaired, accidentally drank diluted phenyl, which was kept in a plastic bottle on a table where usually mineral water bottle is kept at his hotel in Bangalore on Saturday, official sources said.
Mukherjee unfazed by BCCI chief's reported ultimatum
Under-fire curator of the Eden Gardens, Prabir Mukherjee, has said he is not bothered about BCCI President N Srinivasan's reported unhappiness with the stadium's pitch for the ongoing third cricket Test.
'No involvement in Taylor's removal from captaincy'
Newly-appointed New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum bristled at suggestions he had a hand in removing predecessor Ross Taylor and dismissed talk of a rift as 'media hype' on Saturday.
Super Sammy helps Windies crush B'desh; draw level
A fine all-round performance from Darren Sammy helped West Indies crush Bangladesh by 75 runs in the fourth One-Day International in Dhaka on Friday to square the five-match series 2-2.
SL-Australia tour match ends in draw
Sri Lanka's only tour match before their three-Test series against Australia ended in a draw in Canberra on Saturday when they declared on 396 for six at lunch on day three.
Ashwin scores defiant half century to keep India afloat
A dogged half century by R Ashwin helped India avoid the ignominy of an innings defeat in the third Test against England at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.
December 07, 2012Sammy helps Windies square Bangladesh series
A fine all-round performance from Darren Sammy helped West Indies crush Bangladesh by 75 runs in the fourth one-day international in Dhaka on Friday to square the five-match series 2-2.
Ranji Trophy: Meet the five bowling stars after Round 5
Sandeep Sharma has been leading Punjab's charge with the ball, with 29 wickets from five matches.
Harbhajan hopes to get back into India Test XI
Off spinner Harbhajan Singh, not picked in the playing eleven for the third Test match in progress against England at Kolkata, is hopeful of getting into the side after leading Punjab in the Ranji Trophy league game against Mumbai.
India in trouble. Discuss Day 3 of the Eden Test
Discuss the day's play in the third Test between India and England with India Abroad's Bikash Mohapatra on Rediff ZaraBol at 1730 IST.
Eden curator breached code of conduct, says Niranjan Shah
Veteran Eden Gardens curator Prabir Mukherjee is in trouble with the Board of Control for Cricket in India following his outburst in the media prior to the commencement of the ongoing third Test between India and England in Kolkata on December 5.
Indo-Pak series: No easy visas for Pak cricket fans
India will issue visas to over 3,000 Pakistani cricket fans, intending to visit India to watch the limited over series, only after 'strict verification'.
PCB chief Ashraf satisfied with security arrangements
Satisfied by the security arrangements being put in place for the Pakistan cricket team in India, PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf said the much-anticipated series this month would also help improve the bilateral ties between the two countries.
PCB selector hurt in armed attack
Pakistan's national cricket selector Asif Baloch has been left critically injured after being attacked by armed men in the troubled province of Baluchistan.
Cook misses double ton but England punish India
England were 509 for 6 in their first essay, a lead of 193 runs, at close on Day 3 of the third Test.
Sunny joins Bangladesh squad for final two WI ODIs
Bangladesh bolstered their spin attack for the final two One-Day Internationals against West Indies by calling up left-armer Elias Sunny on Thursday.
McCullum named NZ captain after Ross rejects offer
Ross Taylor will take a break from cricket after rejecting an offer to remain captain of New Zealand's Test team but give up the role in the shorter forms of the game, New Zealand Cricket said on Friday.
December 06, 2012'Cook can finish with 15,000 runs and 50 centuries'
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that England captain Alastair Cook has the ability to score 15,000 Test runs and 50 Test centuries before he hangs his boots.
India still hopeful despite England's dominance
India's fielding coach Trevor Penney on Thursday held out hope of a fightback from the hosts, saying it could still be "even-stevens" if they manage a few early wickets on Day 3.
Cook grinds India's bowling for another hundred
Captain Alastair Cook registered his third successive hundred of the series as England ended Day 2 in the third Test against India on were 216 for 1 after the home side was dismissed for 316.
Warne 'clarifies' Ashes return comments
Shane Warne has done it again. One of the most successful slow bowlers of all time, Warne has consistently shown since his retirement from international cricket in 2007 that he is also the master of a different type of spin.
Ranji Trophy: Meet the five batting stars after Round 5
Batsmen have dominated so far this season in the five rounds of matches, completed on Tuesday, with as many as 122 hundreds being hit in 60 matches.
December 05, 2012Samuels powers Windies to 4-wkt win over Bangladesh
Marlon Samuels scored 126 as the West Indies beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the third one-day international at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.
Gambhir hopes Zaheer can 'reverse' the tide for India
James Anderson's successful execution of reverse swing has made Indian opener Gautam Gambhir believe that his senior colleague Zaheer Khan will perform even better as he is a bigger exponent of the art.
Zaheer inspired Anderson to practice reverse swing
England seamer James Anderson on Wednesday revealed that he started practising the art of reverse swing after watching Zaheer Khan's stupendous success during India's tour of England back in 2007.
'Maybe there was a third run, but I was watching the ball'
India's opening batsman Gautam Gambhir adnitted that he was partly responsible for opening partner, Virender Sehwag's run-out on Day 1 of the 3rd Test against England at Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
Dhoni calls the curator 'boss of Eden'
After the war of words for the past fortnight, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Eden Gardens curator Prabir Mukherjee decided to bury the hatchet just before the third cricket Test between India and England commenced.
Vettori to miss Black Caps' South African tour
Veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori will reportedly be missing New Zealand's tour to South Africa starting later this month due to an Achilles tendon injury.
Yousuf not to be considered for India tour: PCB
Senior Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf's Twenty20 and ODI career appears to be over after chief selector Iqbal Qasim made it clear that he would not be considered for the tour of India.
Bowlers give England Day 1 honours in third Test
England's bowlers struck at regular intervals to restrict India to 273 for 7 on the first day of the third Test at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
Should Shane Warne return for Ashes series?
Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne believes he still has the ability to play at the highest level and will consider coming out of retirement to play in next year's Ashes series if asked by captain Michael Clarke.
Siddle defends sitting out third South Africa Test
Australia paceman Peter Siddle has hit back at criticism of his omission for the third and final Test against South Africa, saying his participation would have risked a long-term injury that might have ultimately hurt his side more.
December 04, 2012Lower order helps Vidarbha snatch 3 points vs TN
Vidarbha earned three valuable points thanks to the significant contribution made by their lower middle-order as they went past Tamil Nadu's first innings score on the final day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match.
'Harbhajan's body language left me disappointed'
Cricketer-turned-commentator Navjot Singh Sidhu says the spirit for which Harbhajan is known for was never visible during the second Test in Mumbai.
Rajasthan Royals ready to settle differences with BCCI
Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals is ready for an out of court settlement with the Board of Control for Cricket in India and bury their differences with the owners of the cash-rich T20 League, said team owner Raj Kundra on Tuesday.
Even Ganguly was denied preference of track at Eden
If former India captain and local hero Sourav Ganguly is to be believed, Prabir Mukherjee's negative response to M S Dhoni's demand for a turning track wasn't exactly unexpected.
Amit Mishra stars as Haryana beat Delhi by 83 runs
Captain Amit Mishra's all-round show helped hosts Haryana beat Delhi by 83 runs in a Ranji Trophy Group B encounter, at the Bansi Lal stadium in Rohtak, on Tuesday. Chasing a target of 292 on the final day, Delhi were all-out for 209, losing their last six wickets for only 36 runs.
Wriddhiman earns Bengal a point against Mumbai
Bengal wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha got a reprieve and then fought hard to help Bengal earn a point against favourites Mumbai despite seamer Abhishek Nayar's deadly spell in a Ranji Trophy Group A encounter at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.
DRS technology not good enough, says BCCI chief
BCCI president N Srinivasan says the ICC's statement that the DRS technology has 'improved further' is in a way 'acceptance that it was not good enough then'.
Odisha pocket three points against Maharashtra
Odisha earned three points by virtue of the first innings lead after their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Maharashtra ended in a dull draw in Sambalpur on Tuesday.
Punjab thrash Rajasthan to record outright win
Young opener Jiwanjot Singh struck his third century in his fifth first-class match as Punjab defeated Rajasthan by nine wickets to register their fourth outright win and remain on top of Group A in the Ranji Trophy.
Harbhajan down with flu, likely to miss out
Even if Team India looks to regain the lost momentum at the Eden Gardens there isn't very goods news coming in from the camp ahead of the third Test.
Tendulkar, Ganguly release book on Late Pankaj Roy
Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar and former India captain Sourav Ganguly today released a book on former India opener Late Pankaj Roy in the presence of the entire Indian squad.
Australia's Ponting a 'true legend', says ICC
Ricky Ponting is "one of the true legends of the sport" the International Cricket Council (ICC) said of the former Australia captain who ended his Test career on Monday.
Hundreds-high Hiken not giving up on India cap
After three straight Ranji Trophy hundreds this season, Mumbai batsman Hiken Shah tells Harish Kotian he's hopeful of doning India colours.
December 03, 2012Despite Jadeja's 331, Saurashtra may not get 3 points
Ravindra Jadeja's monumental 331 helped Saurashtra pile up a massive 576 for 9, but Railways replied strongly, finishing the third day's play on 157 for 1, in the Ranji Trophy Group league encounter in Rajkot on Monday.
Fazal leads Vidarbha's fightback with unbeaten ton
Opener Faiz Fazal led Vidarbha's strong reply with an unbeaten century as the home side put up 214 for 2 in their first innings on the third day of their Ranji Trophy group league match against Tamil Nadu in Nagpur on Monday. Fazal was undefeated on 110 off 271 balls (19X4) as Vidarbha ended the day 229 runs short of Tamil Nadu's first innings total of 449 for eight declared at the Vidarbha Cricket Association ground.
Sandeep's five-for takes Punjab close to victory
Punjab closed in on an outright victory against defending champions Rajasthan after pacer Sandeep Sharma ripped through the opposition batting line-up with a five-wicket haul on the third and penultimate day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Mohali.
Odisha well-placed after Behera, Samantray tons
Niranjan Behera (103) and Biplab Samantray (107) scored a century each as Odisha took the first innings lead on the third day of their Ranji Trophy group league match against Maharashtra in Sambalpur on Monday. The duo ensured Odisha were 126 runs ahead on the first innings in the Group B match at the Veer Surendra Sai stadium.
Hiken Shah's third successive ton hoists Mumbai
Mumbai rode on Hiken Shah's third successive century to set Bengal a stiff victory target of 391 in their Group A Ranji Trophy league match, after declaring the second innings on 294 for 5, on the penultimate day in Mumbai, on Monday. Bengal were 47 without loss in the 16 overs in their second essay, with openers Arindam Das and Rohan Banerjee unbeaten on 19 and 23 respectively.
Steady Hyderabad reach 291-4 vs Gujarat
Slow but steady Hyderabad batsmen steered their team to 291 for four in the first innings, still trailing Gujarat by 275 runs on the third of the Group A Ranji Trophy match in Valsad.
Haryana extend lead over Delhi to 250
Hosts Haryana are in an advantageous position against Delhi, having ensured three points after the first innings lead and then extending it to 250 at stumps on the penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy group league match at the Bansi Lal stadium in Rohtak, on Monday. Haryana got the vital first innings lead after Delhi were dismissed for 224, in reply to their first innings total of 307.
Bhuvneshwar five-for helps UP thrash Baroda
Bhuvneshwar Kumar shone with a five-wicket haul as Uttar Pradesh produced a dominating show to thrash Baroda by 10 wickets and claim their second outright victory in this season's Ranji Trophy to move to the top of the Group B's points table.
Dalmiya ready to host 'Goodwill Ambassadors' from Pak
Former BCCI president and current CAB supremo Jagmohan Dalmiya has offered to host all the former Pakistan stalwarts who will be coming as 'Goodwill Ambassadors' during the ODI match at the Eden Gardens on January 3.
India meet Windies in ICC women's World Cup opener
Hosts India open their campaign in the ICC women's World Cup against the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on January 31, next year. The tournament, which features the world's top eight women's teams, will be held across five venues in Mumbai from January 31 to February 17.
Finn likely to be available for Kolkata Test
England fast bowler Steven Finn is likely to be available for the third Test against India at Kolkata on Wednesday despite not bowling in the nets on Sunday.
South Africa retains No.1 Test position
South Africa retained the top spot in the ICC Test rankings after beating Australia by a mammoth 309 runs in the third and final Test clinch the series 1-0 in Perth.
Hope Tendulkar gets a ton at Eden: Ganguly
Facing criticism for his prolonged form slump, Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar got some words of encouragement from his former captain and opening partner Sourav Ganguly ahead of the third cricket Test against England starting on December 5.
BCCI seeks MCA explanation on protocol breach
The BCCI has sought an explanation from the Mumbai Cricket Association for hosting England's Performance Programme squad's practice session at its D Y Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai without seeking the parent body's permission.
Proteas ruin Ponting farewell with emphatic win
South Africa ruined Ricky Ponting's farewell with an emphatic 309-run victory over Australia in the third Test on Monday to clinch the three-match series 1-0 and cement their position at the top of the ICC Test rankings.
Ponting's career comes to an end with a whimper
Ricky Ponting's 17-year Test career came to an end just before lunch on the fourth day of the third Test against South Africa at the WACA on Monday after he had made eight runs.
India formidable opponents at home: Misbah
Despite being beaten by England in the second Test in Mumbai last week, India still remain a formidable team on home soil, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said.
Akram turns down PCB offer to hold camp for pacers
Citing a busy schedule, former captain and bowling great Wasim Akram has declined an invitation from the Pakistan Cricket Board to hold a training camp for fast bowlers in Lahore this month.
December 02, 2012Tripura score 441, eye first innings lead vs HP
A round-up of the Group C ties of the Ranji Trophy played on Sunday.
Alam, Kaif help UP grab first innings lead over Baroda
Thanks to Arish Alam's unbeaten century and Mohammad Kaif's 83-run knock, Uttar Pradesh took the first innings lead over Baroda on the second day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match in Kanpur on Sunday.
Delhi struggle despite Unmukt's fighting half century
Unmukt Chand's impressive half century was the lone bright spot in an otherwise dull day for Delhi as they were struggling 165 for six in reply to Haryana's decent first innings score of 307 in a group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy.
Odisha on course for 1st innings lead against Maharashtra
Odisha were in a strong position to take a first-innings lead on the back of solid top-order batting display on the second day of their Ranji Trophy group league match against Maharashtra in Sambalpur on Sunday.
Rare anecdotes from Tendulkar's life framed in 'The Peak'
In his illustrious career spanning over 23 years, Sachin Tendulkar has handled the scorching pace of Shoaib Akhtar as well as the guile of Shane Warne with aplomb but it was a 'doosra' from a young Pakistani fan that stumped the senior batsman during India's tour of 2003-04.
Pankaj Singh bowls Raj'than to 1st innings lead vs Punjab
Paceman Pankaj Singh returned a five-wicket haul as Rajasthan bundled out Punjab for a mere 215 to take a narrow seven-run lead in their Ranji Trophy Group A match, in Mohali on Sunday.
Badrinath misses double ton, TN reach 443/8
S Badrinath missed out on a double hundred by eight runs but Tamil Nadu reached a strong 443 for eight against Vidarbha on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match, in Nagpur on Sunday.
Parthiv, Juneja strike centuries to help Gujarat post 566
Gujarat posted a mammoth 566 in their first innings after skipper Parthiv Patel and Manprit Juneja struck hundreds to give the hosts an overwhelming upperhand against Hyderabad in their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Valsad on Sunday.
Mumbai take first innings lead, Chavan picks 4-61
Bengal opener Arindam Das carried his bat through (unbeaten 98) but could not prevent hosts Mumbai from taking a handy 96-run first innings lead on the second day of the four-day Ranji Trophy Group A match on Sunday.
Jadeja makes history, scores 3rd first class triple ton
Ravindra Jadeja became the first Indian batsman and only the eighth in the first-class history to hit three triple-centuries as his career-best unbeaten 320 helped Saurashtra reach a mammoth 534 for six against Railways in a Ranji Trophy Group A match, in Rajkot on Sunday.
Haque ton helps Bangladesh record their biggest ODI win
Opener Anamul Haque struck his maiden international century as Bangladesh crushed West Indies by 160 runs in the second One-Day International on Sunday to record their biggest win in the 50-over format.
PCB inspection team gives thumbs up to Eden Gardens
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) inspection team gave a green signal to the Eden Gardens after inspecting the stadium and facilities here for Pakistan's One-dayer against India to be held on January 3.
'No private parties for Pak players during India tour'
The Pakistan Cricket Board has laid some strict guidelines for its players for the upcoming tour of India which includes restrictions on attending private dinner parties and not entertaining any friends at the team hotel.
PCB officials in Kolkata for recce ahead of series
A six-member team from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is scheduled to arrive in Kolkata on Sunday for a recce of the facilities, ahead of the side's One-Day International against India at the Eden Gardens on January 3.
Amla, De Villiers put SA on brink of clinching series
Hashim Amla scored 196 and AB de Villiers 169 in a batting exhibition that drove South Africa to a commanding lead of 631 runs before they were dismissed for 569 on the third day of the third Test against Australia on Sunday.
December 01, 2012Third Test: Eden pitch drama ends, curator returns to work
The drama surrounding the preparations of the Eden pitch for the third Test between India and England ended on Saturday after CAB President Jagmohan Dalmiya persuaded Prabir Mukherjee to return to work, hours after the peeved curator had threatened to proceed on medical leave.
Ranji Trophy round-up: Punjab take control vs Rajasthan
A round-up of the opening day action of various Ranji Trophy group league matches on Saturday.
Ranji Trophy: Jaffer, Nayar put Mumbai in control
Former captain Wasim Jaffer made full use of an early reprieve to score 80 as hosts Mumbai reached 262 for seven against Bengal at stumps, on the first day of their Ranji Trophy group league match at the Brabourne Stadium.
'Graeme Swann deserves the wickets he has got'
England's legendary spinner Dereck Underwood has urged Graeme Swann to break his record of being country's most successful spin bowler by surpassing his wicket tally.
'Pakistan has more chances of winning in India'
Former Pakistan Test captain Inzamamul Haq has rated Pakistan as favourites to win the forthcoming limited-overs series against India.
Steyn, Amla put South Africa in charge in Perth
South Africa, fired by a devastating spell of bowling from Dale Steyn and sustained by the batting of Hashim Amla, took a firm grip on the third and final Test against Australia on Saturday to end day two with an imposing lead of 292.
November 30, 2012JKCA treasurer resigns in the wake of player-coach fiasco
The crisis in Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) deepened as the treasurer of the body, Manzoor Wazir tendered his resignation following the ongoing feud between valley-based players and chief coach Bishen Singh Bedi.
Spinners hand Bangladesh easy win over Windies
Off-spinner Sohag Gazi made a memorable ony-day debut to help Bangladesh crush West Indies by seven wickets with 58 balls to spare in the opening game of the five-match series in Khulna on Friday.
Who are we to ask Sachin to quit?, asks Bedi
Former India skipper Bishan Singh Bedi refuses to join the calls for Sachin Tendulkar to call it a day from Test cricket.
Khawaja ready to audition for Ponting's spot?
Usman Khawaja will have an opportunity to audition for Ricky Ponting's spot in the Test team after the left-hander was named captain of the Australia Chairman's XI to take on Sri Lanka in Canberra next week.
English media apologetic over debasing 'great' Ponting
The English media has hailed Ricky Ponting and also apologised for disparaging him throughout his playing career.
November 29, 2012J&K skipper accuses coach Bishan Bedi of bias
The crisis in Jammu and Kashmir cricket deepened on Thursday with senior state team skipper Samiullah Beigh blaming coach Bishan Singh Bedi for 'creating rifts' among players.
Australia rest tired Siddle, Hilfenhaus for Perth
Australia will start the third and final Test against South Africa with an entirely new pace attack after dropping fatigued Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus from the 12-man squad for match, which begins on Friday.
New Zealand score first Test win in Sri Lanka in 14 years
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 167 runs on the fifth day of the second and final Test to register their first Test victory in the island nation in 14 years, in Colombo, on Thursday.
Kohli, KP hail legend Ricky Ponting
As former Australian captain Ricky Ponting announced his retirement from Test cricket farewell messages poured in from everywhere. Sample some.
Fatigued Siddle, Hilfenhaus rested for Perth Test
Australia have rested Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus from their squad for the third and final Test against South Africa as the pace duo continue to recover after shouldering heavy workload in the last Test in Adelaide.
Ponting to retire from Tests after Perth match
Australia's Ricky Ponting will retire from Test cricket after this week's third match against South Africa, the 37-year-old said on Thursday.
November 28, 2012'Warne has targeted Aleem Dar just to get cheap publicity'
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has hit out at the ex-Australia spin king Shane Warne for criticising Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar for his bad decision during the recently-concluded second Test between India and England in Mumbai.
Pietersen back in England ODI team, rested for T20s
Star batsman Kevin Pietersen returned to the One-Day International side but was rested from the Twenty20 Internationals as England announced their squads for the limited-over series against India starting next month.
New Zealand in sight of historic win in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, needing 363 to win, were struggling at 47-4 in their second innings at stumps on the penultimate day of the second Test when 17 wickets fell.
Dhoni should not be judged by just one bad game: Harbhajan
Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have drawn flak for India's poor performance against England in the second Test at Mumbai, but Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday came out in support of his skipper, saying one should not judge him on the basis of just one bad performance.
Ashley Giles named England's head coach for ODIs
Andy Flower is handing over responsibility for England's one-day and Twenty20 sides, with Ashley Giles named as head coach by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday. Flower will continue as England Team Director and will remain in charge of the Test team but will take a back seat in limited-overs cricket after five years at the helm.
Watson fit to take up bowling responsibilities in Perth
Australia's Shane Watson has declared himself fit for both batting and bowling duties in the third and final test against South Africa beginning in Perth on Friday.
'Disgraced' Amir eyeing Samuels-like comeback
Pakistan's disgraced fast-bowler Mohammad Amir is positive about making a comeback to international cricket for Pakistan and feels if West Indies all rounder Marlon Samuels can make a successful return then he can also do the same.
'Match-fixing is on the decline; spot-fixing is easier'
British journalist Ed Hawkins speaks about his experience with Indian bookies he met while writing his book on match-fixing, and why he believes India should legalise betting to wipe out the evil.
November 27, 2012Pandey five-for helps MP thrash Bengal
Pacer Ishwar Pandey stole the limelight with his second five-wicket haul of the match as Madhya Pradesh scored a thumping 138-run win over Bengal on the final day of their Ranji Trophy group league match in Indore.
Samaraweera rallies Sri Lanka after Southee strikes
Thilan Samaraweera defied the discomfort of an injured hand and the threat of New Zealand's attack to ensure Sri Lanka retained a foothold in the second Test on Tuesday. Samaraweera, who had three stitches inserted into the webbing on his right hand on Monday after dropping a catch, scored an unbeaten 76 to help steer the home side very slowly to 225 for 6 by the close of play on the third day.
Utraksh, Bhargav guide Baroda to victory
Utkarsh Patel and Bhargav Bhatt held their nerves under tremendous pressure to lead Baroda to a thrilling one-wicket win over Haryana in their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Rohtak.
Tamil Nadu force a draw, Delhi take three points
Tamil Nadu opener Arun Karthik batted with resolve to score an unbeaten century even as Delhi walked away with three points by virtue of the first innings lead in their Ranji Trophy Group B match, in Delhi, on Tuesday.
Hyderabad earn 3 points against Mumbai
Hyderabad continued the run feast with Bavanaka Sandeep hitting the innings' third century, which helped them earn three points from their Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai in Hyderabad.
Ranji: Odisha thrash Karnataka to top Group B
Odisha bowlers came up with a superb performance to steer their team to second win in a row and pocket six points by crushing Karnataka by 65 runs in their Group B Ranji Trophy match in Bangalore.
Discuss India's team selection for the Kolkata Test
Join Harish Kotian on Rediff ZaraBol at 1730 IST and discuss the selection of India's squad for the third Test against England at Kolkata.
Resilient Proteas go in to Perth Test with heads held high
South Africa head into the third and final Test against Australia believing that if all else fails their deep reservoir of grit and determination can still be counted on to confront the most daunting of challenges.
Sachin retained; Dinda replaces Yadav for Kolkata Test
Barring pacer Umesh Yadav, who missed out because of injury, the Indian selectors retained the squad of the second Test for the third match of the series against England. Yadav was ruled out because of a back injury and advised rest for 10 to 12 days. He is replaced by Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda, who was already with the squad after being added as cover for Yadav before the Mumbai Test.
Hussain says 'brilliant' Panesar deserves more chances
Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar deserves more chances to play for England in Test cricket, having once again proved his doubters wrong, says former Test captain and cricket commentator Nasser Hussain.
Yadav out of Kolkata Test, Bhajji may be axed
Following the crushing 10-wicket loss to England in the second Test, India suffered another major blow when pacer Umesh Yadav was ruled out of the next match due to injury. The pacer had to miss the second Test in Mumbai because of a back injury. He underwent scans in Mumbai and was advised rest for 10-12 days, forcing him out of the third Test in Kolkata, starting December 5.
November 26, 2012IPL franchises looking for Pakistan players?
Some franchises of the Indian Premier League have reportedly begun search for signings from Pakistan ahead of the players auction of the tournament that is due to be held in January.
Maharashtra take first innings lead against Vidarbha
Opener Viraj Awate's superb first-class debut continued as he scored an unbeaten half-century to help Maharashtra take an overall 111-run lead against Vidarbha in their Group B Ranji Trophy match, in Nagpur, on Monday.
Ranji Group C: Services humiliate Assam
Services rode on their bowlers superlative performance to score an emphatic 10-wicket win over Assam on the third and penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match in New Delhi on Monday.
Pietersen tweets in hindi to thank the Mumbai crowd
Kevin Pietersen, whose heroic knock of 186 played a huge part in England's thumping 10-wicket victory against India in the second cricket Test, has a few good words to say about the Mumbai crowd.
Hyderabad sight lead over Mumbai after Reddy, Vihari tons
Akshath Reddy and Hanuma Vihari helped Hyderabad close in on Mumbai's first-innings total, but were unfortunate to miss what would have been well-deserved double centuries, in their Ranji Trophy match in Hyderabad on Monday. Opener Reddy scored 196 after spending 576 minutes in the middle, while Vihari scored 191 during his 496-minute knock, as Hyderabad finished the third day on 423 for 3 in reply to Mumbai's 443 at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium.
Jhunjhunwala hits ton, but Bengal concede lead to MP
Abhishek Jhunjhunwala came up with a spirited century but Bengal still conceded the first innings lead to Madhya Pradesh as their Group A Ranji Trophy match headed towards a draw on the third and penultimate day, in Indore, on Monday.
Baroda take first innings lead over Haryana
Riding on Saurabh Wakaskar's ton and Ambati Rayudu's half-century, Baroda managed to take the first innings lead over Haryana and then reduced the hosts to 127 for two at stumps on the third day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match in Rohtak on Monday.
Southee and Boult keep New Zealand in control
New Zealand fast bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult ensured their side remained in charge of the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka on Monday, reducing the home side to 43 for three at the close.
Punjab thrash Sauarashtra by 8 wickets
Punjab notched up a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Sauarashtra on the third day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Mohali.
Delhi on course for outright win against Tamil Nadu
Delhi looked on course for an outright victory after pacer Parvinder Awana's four-wicket burst forced Tamil Nadu to enforce follow-on in their Group B Ranji Trophy match in New Delhi on Monday.
Seven-star Vinay takes Karnataka close to victory
Karnataka closed in on an outright victory against Orissa after Vinay Kumar ripped through the opposition batting line-up with a seven-wicket haul on the third and penultimate day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match in Bangalore.
Watson named in squad for third Test, Quiney dropped
Australia have named Shane Watson and five pace bowlers, including Mitchell Johnson, in a 14-man squad for the third and final Test against South Africa in Perth after drawing the second Test in Adelaide on Monday.
'Sachin does not need any advice on his future'
Sachin Tendulkar's streak of low scores might have raised a question mark over his future but senior BCCI official and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla came out in support of the senior batsman saying one needs to look at his "colossal record" before making any comment.
Team selection on Tuesday; Dhoni against changes
The Indian team for the last two matches of the four-Test series against England will be picked in Mumbai, on Tuesday.
Debutant Du Plessis to the rescue as SA draw 2nd Test
Faf du Plessis scored an inspirational century on debut as South Africa completed a morale-boosting draw in the second Test on the fifth and final day of against Australia on Monday.
ZaraBol chat: Discuss India-England 2nd Test
Discuss the second Test in Mumbai with India Abroad's Harish Kotian on Rediff ZaraBol at 1330 hours IST.
2nd Test: England record comfortable win to level series
India's ploy to prepare a spinning track backfired heavily as a spirited England recorded a massive ten-wicket victory against the clueless hosts in the second cricket Test to level the four-match series 1-1 at the Wankhede in Mumbai on Monday.
November 25, 2012Asnodkar scores ton in Goa's huge total
Rohit Asnodkar (100) scored second century of the match as Goa rattled up a mammoth 512 for eight before declaring their first innings against Kerala on the second day of their Ranji Group C match, in Malappuram on Sunday.
Wagh help Vidarbha restrict Maharashtra to 282
Vidarbha closed in on Maharashtra's first-innings total of 282 after left-arm pacer Shrikant Wagh shone with a five-wicket haul in their Group B Ranji Trophy match, in Nagpur, on Sunday.
Taylor hits hundred as Sri Lanka toil on Day 1
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor led from the front with an unbeaten 119 as New Zealand ended the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on 223 for two wickets on Sunday.
Madhya Pradesh have edge over Bengal
Madhya Pradesh had the edge over Bengal as they restricted the visitors to 200 for six after being bundled out 342 in their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Indore on Sunday.
Punjab sniff victory against Saurashtra
Young pacer Siddarth Kaul took four wickets as Punjab reduced Saurashtra to 212 for seven in their second innings to reach a commanding position in their Ranji Trophy Group A match, in Mohali, on Sunday.
Mohit, Rawal tons put Delhi in command
Mohit Sharma cashed in on dropped chances to notch his maiden first-class hundred as Delhi piled the agony on Tamil Nadu by declaring their first innings on 555 for 4 in their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Delhi on Sunday.
Openers help Baroda inch closer to Haryana's total
Saurabh Wakaskar hit an unbeaten century as Baroda inched closer to Haryana's first innings total of 295 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Rohtak on Sunday.
Karnataka take first innings lead over Odisha
Karnataka's batsmen struggled against a spirited Odisha bowling attack as they put up a modest 213 and took a paltry 11-run first innings lead on the second day of their Ranji Trophy match in Bangalore on Sunday. The hosts, though, had something to celebrate towards the end as they had Odisha struggling at 30 for 2 in their second innings.
Tino Best sparks 10-wicket win for Windies
Tino Best took a career best 6-40 in an innings to set up a crushing 10-wicket victory for West Indies in the second Test against Bangladesh in Khulna on Sunday. Best helped West Indies skittle Bangladesh for 287 runs in their second innings on the fifth day, setting up a target of 28 runs to win for the tourists, who won the first Test by 77 runs.
Australia close in on victory in second Test
A fired-up Australia attack skittled South Africa's top order late on the fourth day to march to the brink of victory in the second Test on Sunday. Set a mammoth target of 430 for victory, the tourists' chase began disastrously, captain Graeme Smith out for a duck with the sixth ball of the innings and three more wickets tumbling quickly in the afternoon heat at Adelaide Oval.
November 24, 2012Ojha stumped for 99, MP post 322/5
Naman Ojha was unfortunate to have missed a century by only a run as Madhya Pradesh recovered from a poor start to post 322 for five in their Ranji Trophy match against Bengal in Indore on Saturday.
Bangar puts Railways in driver's seat against Gujarat
Veteran Sanjay Bangar picked up a five-wicket haul while Amit Paunikar struck an aggressive half-century as Railways took command of their Ranji Trophy match against Gujarat in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
Ranji: Hiken, Rohit centuries power Mumbai to 325/2
Hiken Shah and and Rohit Sharma smashed unbeaten centuries to propel Mumbai to 325 for two against Hyderabad at the end of the opening day's play in a Ranji Trophy Group A match in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Dhawan, Unmukt tons put Delhi in strong position
Skipper Shikhar Dhawan led from the front, scoring his 15th first-class century before young Unmukt Chand hit a composed unbeaten 134 to help Delhi finish the opening day at 287 for one against Tamil Nadu in their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Delhi.
Windies back in charge after Shakib gifts wicket
Shakib Al Hasan gifted his wicket on 97 to West Indies in a disappointing end to an otherwise remarkable Saturday for the all-rounder who became only the second bowler to take 100 Test wickets for Bangladesh.
Karnataka pacers restrict Orrisa to 202
SL Akshay and Vinay Kumar shared seven wickets between them as Karnataka bundled out Orissa for just 202 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Bangalore.
Ranji: Kamat ton helps Goa rally on Day 1
Opener Sagun Kamat scored only his second first-class century as Goa made 281 for four against hosts Kerala at stumps on the opening day of their four-day Ranji Trophy Group C match in Malappuram, Kerala, on Saturday.
Seven-wicket Sandeep wrecks Saurashtra
Medium pacer Sandeep Singh returned a career-best seven-wicket haul to help Punjab dismiss Saurashtra for a mere 90 in their first innings in their Ranji Trophy Group A match in Mohali.
Awate's ton guides Maharashtra to 222/3
Opener Virag Awate smashed an unbeaten century on debut to guide Maharashtra to 227 for three against Vidarbha at stumps on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Goup B match in Nagpur.
Cook and Pietersen put England in control
Skipper Alastair Cook continued to torment India with yet another gritty batting display while Kevin Pietersen returned to form with an unbeaten half-century to give England a slight advantage in the second cricket Test in Mumbai on Saturday.
Ranji: Dalal propels Haryana as they end Day 1 on 221/5
Rahul Dalal remained unbeaten on 64 as Haryana ended Day One on 221 for five against Baroda in a Ranji Trophy Group B match in Rohtak on Saturday.
Sri Lanka welcome back Dilshan for second Test
Sri Lanka will welcome back opener Tillakaratne Dilshan for the second and final Test against New Zealand in Colombo starting on Sunday after he recovered from a back injury.
Injured Kallis unlikely to play in Perth
Jacques Kallis is unlikely to play the third and final Test against Australia after aggravating his hamstring injury while compiling a fighting half-century in Adelaide on Saturday, South Africa's team doctor said.
News Media insists BCCI's own rules can end dispute
The international news media has insisted the Board Of Control For Cricket In India can resolve the dispute over the photo coverage of the India-England Test series through its own existing media rules.
South Africa pacemen rattle Australia in late burst
South Africa's pacemen routed Australia's batsmen with five late wickets to leave the hosts reeling at 111-5 at the close of day three on Saturday and buoy the tourists' hopes of pulling off an unlikely victory in the second Test.
November 23, 2012Samuels, Chanderpaul set up big lead for West Indies
Marlon Samuels rode his luck to score a maiden double century as West Indies seized control of the second Test against Bangladesh in Khulna on Friday. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 109 as the visitors reached 564 for four wickets at the close of the third day, a lead of 177 runs.
Tendulkar continues to be foxed by left-arm spinners
Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed for the 24th time in his Test career by a left-arm spinner after he was sent back by Monty Panesar on the first day of the second cricket Test between India and England in Mumbai on Friday.
Nazimuddin, Shahadat axed from Bangladesh ODI squad
Opener Nazimuddin and paceman Shahadat Hossain were dropped from the Bangladesh squad for the first two One-Day Internationals against West Indies, the country's cricket board (BCB) said on Friday.
India use two off-spinners in a Test after years
The two-pronged off-spin attack that India are using in the second cricket Test against England in Mumbai is a ploy that the hosts last used quarter of a century ago.
Smith posts patient century to defy Australia
Graeme Smith struck a defiant century in the face of Australia's massive first innings total of 550, but the hosts grabbed a pair of wickets after tea to restrict South Africa to 217 for two at the close of the second day of the second Test.
Pujara props India with second successive hundred
Cheteshwar Pujara scored his second consecutive Test century as India recovered from a precarious position in the second Test against England in Mumbai on Friday. The 25-year-old, who scored a double century in the first Test, was unbeaten on 114 on a turning track at the Wankhede stadium as the hosts finished on a healthy 266 for 6 at close on an eventful opening day.
Tendulkar fails again as poor run continues!
Sachin Tendulkar once again failed to fire with the bat to leave his fans disappointed, during the first innings of the second Test against England in Mumbai, on Friday.
Sehwag completes ton of Test appearances
Opener Virender Sehwag on Friday became the ninth Indian cricketer to complete a century of Test appearances when he took the field in Mumbai in the second match of the ongoing series against England.
November 22, 2012Samuels leads strong Windies reply against Bangladesh
Marlon Samuels struck his fifth Test century to move the West Indies towards Bangladesh's first innings total at the close of the second day's play in the second Test on Thursday. Samuels (109 not out) and Darren Bravo, unbeaten on 85, added 198 runs for the second wicket as the tourists closed on 241 for 2 wickets to trail Bangladesh by 146 runs.
Clarke scores another 200 as Aus post mammoth Day 1 total
Michael Clarke blasted his second double-century in consecutive innings to drive Australia to a mammoth first-day total of 482-5 in the second Test on Thursday as South Africa's pace attack was brought to its knees by injury.
Yadav has sore back, likely to miss second Test
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that pacer Umesh Yadav, who is nursing a sore back, is likely to be rested for the second Test against England, commencing in Mumbai on Friday.
BCCI insists not restricting media freedom
The Board of Control for Cricket in India rejected suggestions that it was curbing media freedom by placing restrictions on the photo coverage of the ongoing India-England Test series.
Good response from fans for Mumbai Test
The response from the public for the second India-England Test starting on Friday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has been encouraging with Rs 30 lakh worth tickets already sold by match hosts Mumbai Cricket Association.
Dates confirmed for Australia leg of 2013 Ashes
England will again play four tour matches in addition to the five Tests on the 2013-14 Ashes tour of Australia, Cricket Australia (CA) said in announcing the dates of the series.
November 21, 2012IPL 6 players auction in January 2013
The players auction for the sixth edition of Indian Premier League will be held in January next year either in Chennai or Kolkata.
Yadav doubtful for 2nd Test, Dinda called up as cover
Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav was on Wednesday rendered doubtful for the second cricket Test against England, starting Friday, due to a lower back problem.
Debutant Abul Hasan's century at No. 10 foils Windies
Bangladesh number 10 Abul Hasan scored a unbeaten century on his Test debut on Wednesday to complete an astonishing comeback by the home team on the opening day of the second Test against the West Indies.
'Decision on Azhar's future in BCCI deferred'
The working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India failed to reach a consensus on whether Mohammad Azharuddin should be brought back under its fold following the Andhra Pradesh high court's decision to lift the life ban on him.
Rohit Sharma to lead Mumbai against Hyderabad
Middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma will lead Mumbai in the absence of regular skipper Ajit Agarkar in their Ranji Trophy Group A match against hosts Hyderabad from November 24. Agarkar was ruled out of the game following an injury.
Pepsi bags IPL title sponsorship rights
Soft drinks giant Pepsi is the new title sponsor of the cash-rich Indian Premier League. It won the bid for title rights for five years by paying a whopping Rs 396 crore. Pepsi pipped Aircel, which offered Rs 316 crore, in the bid for the title sponsorship of the Twenty20 tournament.
Sri Lanka include five pacemen for Australia tour
Sri Lanka selectors have packed their Test squad full of pace bowlers as they expect to encounter seamer-friendly conditions when they travel to Australia for a three-match series starting next month.
CCI to honour Tendulkar as part of 75th anniversary
The Cricket Club of India is to honour senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar as part of celebrating its 75th anniversary at its famous Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
Sprint legend Bolt may play cricket after Rio Games
Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt, who has already conquered the racing track with six Olympic gold medals, may switch to cricket or football after the 2016 Games in Rio de Janerio.
South Africa bring back spinner Tahir for Adelaide Test
South Africa have brought back spinner Imran Tahir in one of two changes to their team for this week's second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.
Australia's Watson left out for second South Africa Test
Australia's Shane Watson has failed in his bid to prove his fitness for the second Test against South Africa and was left out of an unchanged team for the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.
November 20, 2012Satish, Pandey deny UP victory
It was a case of so near yet so far for Uttar Pradesh as they failed to take the last two Karnataka wickets for an outright win, and had to eventually settle for three points after their Group B Ranji Trophy tie ended in a draw in Meerut on Tuesday. Uttar Pradesh earned more points on the basis of taking the first innings lead.
Amol Muzumdar hits ton as Andhra take three points
A summary of the Group C matches in the Ranji Trophy.
Bhatt, Dhruv deny Bengal outright victory
Bengal's pace trio of Ashoke Dinda, Sourav Sarkar and Shami Ahmed failed miserably. They weren't able to get the last six Gujarat wickets on the final day as home team managed only three points from the third round Ranji Trophy encounter at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Punjab get three points in draw with Railways
The bowlers' impressive display on the first day, followed by Uday Kaul's century, proved decisive as Punjab earned three points from their Group A Ranji Trophy match against Railways, in Bhubaneshwar, on Tuesday.
Rajasthan bag three points from MP match
Rajasthan grabbed three crucial points, courtesy the first innings lead, after their Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh ended in a draw at the KL Saini ground, in Jaipur, on Tuesday. Rajasthan had taken a first innings lead of 123 runs after posting 379 in response to Madhya Pradesh's 256.
Ranji: Delhi, Baroda get a point each
Despite senior batsman Mithun Manhas and all-rounder Rajat Bhatia scoring centuries, Delhi were unable to surpass Baroda's first innings total of 561 as the third round Ranji Trophy match ended in a barren draw and both teams getting a point each. Delhi ended the final day's play at 505 for 6 at the end of the mandatory overs, with Bhatia remaining unbeaten on 133.
Factbox: Australia v South Africa 2nd Test
Factbox on the second Test between Australia and South Africa, which begins on Thursday.
Tamim passes fitness test ahead of second Test
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has passed a fitness test and cleared to play in the second Test against West Indies, a team official said on Tuesday.
Odisha bag six points from Haryana match
Govind Podder (51) crafted a patient half-century and Deepak Behera a crucial unbeaten 35 under pressure to lead Odisha to a four-wicket win over Haryana in their Ranji Trophy Group B match, in Rohtak, on Tuesday.
Oz batsman gets one-match ban for smashing dressing rooms
Australian limited overs international Dan Christian has been suspended for one match by South Australia for smashing up three dressing rooms this season.
Anamul gets Bangladesh call-up for WI Test
Bangladesh have called up uncapped opening batsman Anamul Haque as back-up for injury doubt Tamim Iqbal for the second test against West Indies, team officials said on Tuesday.
Ojha leaps nine places to No 5 in Test rankings
Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who starred with a nine-wicket haul in the first Test against England, rose nine places to break into the top-five of the latest ICC rankings issued on Tuesday.
Ranji Trophy: Tamil Nadu thrash Maharashtra by 104 runs
Tamil Nadu took less than 10 overs to complete the formalities and notch up an emphatic 104-run win over Maharashtra on the fourth and concluding day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match in Chennai on Tuesday.
PCB changes its stand on Big Bash; Afridi pulls out
All-rounder Shahid Afridi has pulled out of the Australian Big Bash Twenty20 league even though the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has had a change of heart about allowing its players to take part.
November 19, 2012Jharkhand on look out for win against Goa
Led by skipper Shahbaz Nadeem's five-for, Jharkhand are eyeing an outright victory against Goa as they finished the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match in Jamshedpur on a strong position after forcing the visitors to follow on.
Tiwary's 191 puts Bengal in sight of innings win
Manoj Tiwary served a timely reminder to the selectors with an inspirational 191 as hosts Bengal stayed on course for bonus points against Gujarat in a third round Ranji Trophy encounter at the Eden Gardens on Monday.
Tamil Nadu on course against Maharashtra
With a full day to spare, Tamil Nadu were well on their way to achieve an outright win over Maharashtra, who were reeling at 75 for eight while facing a target of 193, on the penultimate day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match.
Parvinder, Bhuvneshwar help UP extend lead over Karnataka
Parvinder Singh scored an unbeaten century while Bhuvneshwar Kumar missed out on the three-figure mark by nine runs as Uttar Pradesh extended their overall lead to a massive 445 runs against a toothless Karnataka attack in the Ranji Trophy Group B match, in Meerut, on Monday.
Paunikar leads Railways' fightback with unbeaten ton
Riding on Amit Paunikar's unbeaten century, Railways produced a much-improved batting display to finish on 183-2 in their second innings and take an overall lead of 74 runs against Punjab, at the end of third day's play, in a Ranji Trophy Group A match, in Bhubaneshwar, on Monday.
Ojha's century keeps MP in the hunt
Madhya Pradesh rode on opener Naman Ojha's unbeaten century as the visitors finished at 200 for one in their second innings and take an overall lead of 77 runs against Rajasthan at the end of third day's play.
Haryana fight back, stretch match to final day
Jayant Yadav (66) hit a belligerent half-century as Haryana put on a much-improved show by setting up a 148-run target and then taking three Odisha wickets on the third day of their Ranji Trophy match in Rohtak.
Delhi need 347 on last day to get three points
Mohit Sharma and Unmukt Chand scored fine fifties, but the hosts still have the daunting task of scoring 347 more runs for the first innings lead against Baroda, who put up a massive 561, in the Ranji Trophy match at the Ferozshah Kotla, in Delhi, on Monday.
'Reports suggesting I could be deported have no basis'
Former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi has rubbished media reports that the Indian government has sought help of British authorities to deport him from the United Kingdom, saying such stories were based on "innuendo and misinformation".
Wankhede to stage Mumbai Test as scheduled: MCA
MCA president Ravi Savant does not foresee any problems with staging the five-day match, starting Friday, November 23.
Herath stars as SL crush NZ inside three days
Rangana Herath exploited New Zealand's weakness against spin to claim six wickets as Sri Lanka scored a 10-wicket victory on the third day of the first Test in Galle on Monday.
Windies paceman Roach fit for Bangladesh ODIs
Paceman Kemar Roach has been included in the West Indies squad for the limited overs series against Bangladesh after successfully recovering from a hamstring injury, the country's cricket board (WICB) said on Monday.
ZaraBol chat: Discuss Team India's win over England
India recorded a comfortable nine-wicket win in the first Test at Motera on Monday. So, what India do right, and England do wrong at Motera. Discuss the day's play, and the first Test, with India Abroad's Bikash Mohapatra on Rediff ZaraBol.
Watson reveals he may not bowl in Adelaide Test
Shane Watson hopes to be fit to bat but will not be able bowl if selected to play in this week's second Test against South Africa, the Australian all-rounder said on Monday.
Motera Test: India thrash England, go 1-0 up
India beat England by nine wickets in the opening Test in Motera on Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
PCB says no to Woolf report recommendations
The Pakistan Cricket Board has told the ICC that it cannot accept the recommendations of the Woolf report, which calls for ending government interference in the game, due to the 'unique circumstances' prevalent in the country.
Gambhir misses start of play on Day 5
Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, who was in Delhi on the fourth day of the first cricket Test against England after his grandmother's demise, was not on the field when play on the final day of the match commenced in Ahmedabad on Monday.
November 18, 2012Tamil Nadu take 43-run lead against Maharashtra
Captain Lakshmipathy Balaji and Malolan Rangarajan shared eight wickets between them as Tamil Nadu gained a 43-run first-innings lead over Maharashtra on the second of their Group B Ranji Trophy match in Chennai.
Parida's ton help Rajasthan take lead
Rashmi Ranjan Parida struck a watchful century while Robin Bist played a useful knock of 85 as Rajasthan took the vital first innings lead against Madhya Pradesh to finish the second day on 306 for six in their Ranji Trophy Group A match in Jaipur.
Jadeja's six-wicket haul gives Saurashtra lead
Ravindra Jadeja snapped six wickets in a brilliant bowling performance as Saurashtra shot out Hyderabad for 186 to take a crucial 74-run first-innings lead on the second day of their Ranji Trophy match.
Tiwary scores 17th first-class ton
Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary scored the 17th first-class century of his career as home team reached 220 for four in reply to Gujarat's first innings score of 260 in a third round Ranji Trophy encounter at the Eden Gardens.
Southee spearheads New Zealand fightback
Seamer Tim Southee spearheaded a great fightback by New Zealand on day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka to leave the match fascinatingly poised on Sunday.
Kaif ton puts UP in command against Karnataka
Mohammad Kaif struck a patient hundred as Uttar Pradesh fought back to take control of the proceedings by dismissing Karnataka cheaply on the second day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match in Meerut.
Odisha sniff win against Haryana
Odisha closed in on an outright victory against Haryana after polishing off the top-order of the hosts in the second innings as well in their Group B Ranji Trophy match in Rohtak.
Kaul's 96 gives Punjab first innings lead
Uday Kaul struck an unbeaten 96 as Punjab took vital first innings lead against Railways at the end of the second day in a Ranji Trophy Group A match in Bhubaneswar.
Wicket has become very flat, says Umesh Yadav
Not assured of an outright win in the first Test after England's dramatic fightback, Indian pacer Umesh Yadav said the home team's bowlers will have to put in a lot of effort on the final day to pack off the visitors on a pitch that has become flat.
Baroda pile on runs against listless Delhi attack
Baroda batsmen, led by skipper Ambati Rayudu, showed a lot of application as they posted a commendable 525 for seven against hosts Delhi at stumps on the second day of their third round Ranji Trophy Group B encounter in New Delhi.
Fantastic Cook leads England fightback
Alastair Cook led from the front to inspire an England comeback on Day Four of the opening Test against India in Motera on Sunday.
IOC criticises BCCI for attacking press freedom
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has come down heavily on Indian cricket authorities for preventing a section of the international news media from covering the ongoing Test series between India and England.
Gambhir flies back to Delhi after grandmother dies
India opener Gautam Gambhir flew back to Delhi before commencement of the fourth day's play in the first Test against England following the death of his grandmother.
November 17, 2012Sharath takes 5 but Kaif's ton saves UP
Karnataka debutant Hosagivappa Sharath claimed five wickets, including that of Suresh Raina, before Mohammad Kaif bailed Uttar Pradesh out of trouble with an unbeaten century.
Odisha in control after Haryana bowled out for 66
At stumps on day one, Odisha were sitting pretty on 177 for six and already have a handy 111-run first innings lead.
Reddy's four puts Hyderabad on top
Ashish Reddy picked up four wickets for Hyderabad before Sheldon Jackson's half-century rescued Saurashtra on Day 1 of their Group A Ranji Trophy match.
Muzumdar becomes highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy
Amol Muzumdar on Saturday became the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy history after his fluent century against Himachal Pradesh helped Andhra finish Day 1 on a strong 331 for seven.
England are still in the game, says Prior
England may have their backs to the wall in the first Test against India, but wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior insisted that they are "still in the game".
Konwar keeps Kerala in check
Off-spinner Arlen Konwar scalped three wickets to keep Assam in the hunt after hosts Kerala ended the opening day at 211 for five in their Ranji Trophy Group C match in Malappuram.
Maharshtra bowlers restrict Tamil Nadu
Maharashtra came up with an impressive bowling effort to restrict last year's finalist Tamil Nadu to 273 for nine in their first innings at stumps on the opening day of the third round Ranji Trophy Group B match in Chennai.
Jharkhand in control on Day 1
Jharkhand's top order fired in unison to finish the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match against Goa on a strong 222 for two in Jamshedpur.
Anshul, Yashpal tons put Services in control
Anshul Gupta and Yashpal Singh scored unbeaten centuries to guide Services to 277 for three against Tripura at stumps on the opening day of their third round Ranji Trophy Group C match.
Herath thrives again in Galle as New Zealand struggle
Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath continued his love affair with the Galle International Cricket Stadium as he took five for 65 to help dismiss New Zealand for 221 on the opening day of the first Test.
Best haul gives Windies victory in first Test
Tino Best picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests as West Indies fought back to beat Bangladesh by 77 runs in the first Test in Dhaka on Saturday.
Highlights: Cook's 50th fifty-plus score in Tests
Statistical highlights of the third day's play of the first Test between India and England in Ahmedabad, on Saturday.
Rayudu, Chauhan lift Baroda on Day 1
Stand-in captain Ambati Rayudu led from the front with an impressive half-century as Baroda ended the first day's play at a comfortable 252 for three against Delhi in the third round Ranji Trophy Group B encounter.
Viv Richards joins Melbourne Stars as mentor
Batting legend Sir Viv Richards of the West Indies has been singed up by the Melbourne Stars as a mentor for the team during the second edition of the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash League.
Bangladesh tour of Pak a matter between two nations: ICC
ICC President Alan Isaac said Bangladesh's proposed tour of Pakistan next month was a matter between the two nations and the governing body's role was limited to deploying match officials for the series.
England fight back but India still in control
Having forced to follow-on, England ended the third day on 111 for no loss, still 219 runs adrift of India's total in the first Test at Ahmedabad, on Saturday.
Australia's Quiney on standby to back up his 'good nine'
Australian top order batsman Rob Quiney is desperate to get another taste of Test cricket and will be ready to go if Shane Watson is unfit for next week's second match against South Africa.
November 16, 2012Gavaskar slams Trott for breaching 'Spirit of Cricket'
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar lashed out at England's Jonathan Trott, saying the player 'breached the spirit of cricket' by refusing to acknowledge that he had not cleanly taken a catch on the opening day of the first cricket Test.
Boycott questions England's ability to play spin
Former captain Geoffrey Boycott questioned England's ability to play spin on the turning sub-continent pitches after they lost three quick wickets in the first Test against India in Ahmedabad.
PCB to send four-member delegation ahead of India tour
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will send a four-member delegation to India some time next week to assess arrangements for the upcoming limited overs series.
Shah Rukh has no regrets about KKR dumping Ganguly
Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan on Friday said he has no regrets that Sourav Ganguly was once dumped as captain of the Indian Premier League franchise.
Cook, KP capable of big hundreds, says Samit Patel
England all-rounder Samit Patel is confident that the likes of skipper Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell have the ability to hit big hundreds and also save the first Test against India at Moreta.
Windies collapse despite Powell century
Kieran Powell notched up his second century of the match before Bangladesh brought alive the first Test by grabbing five West Indian wickets in 13.1 overs on Friday to raise the spectre of an unlikely victory.
ZaraBol chat: Discuss Day 2 in the India-England 1st Test
India ended Day 2 in the first Test at Motrea on Friday in a commanding position, having reduced England to 41 for 3 at stumps, after declaring their first innings on 521 for 8. Discuss the day's play, and what one can expect on Day 3, with India Abroad's Bikash Mohapatra on Rediff ZaraBol.
Australia to tour India for Test series early next year
Australia will tour India for a four-match Test series in February-March next year, a top BCCI official said on Friday.
Proteas fuming after new book- The Art Of Losing
South African players are infuriated at being branded losers and chokers by one of their staff in a book that could shake their Australian tour.
Swann dreaming of taking 20 wickets in single Test
England off spinner Graeme Swann has went passed the tally of Test victims captured by legendary Jim Laker, and has now set his eyes on breaking Laker's record of claiming 19 wickets in a Test match.
Dilshan to miss first SL-NZ Test
Sri Lanka suffered a big blow with opener Tillakaratne Dilshan being ruled out of the first Test against New Zealand starting in Galle on Saturday as he is yet to recover from his back injury.
India bag three England wkts after Pujara's double ton
A collective effort put India in a commanding position on Day 2 of the opening Test against England in Motera on Friday. Having declared their first innings on a mammoth 521 for eight, highlighted by a magnificent 206 not out by Cheteshwar Pujara, the home team reduced the visitors to 41 for three at stumps.
I'm not in Pakistan to seek job: Moores
Former England coach Peter Moores has made it clear that his recent visit to Pakistan has nothing to do with any job with the cricket establishment here, but he didn't rule out a consultative role in the future.
Australia to wait on Watson's fitness for second Test
Australia has named Shane Watson in a 13-man squad for the second Test against South Africa in Adelaide next week, but said it was too early to guarantee the player's selection as he recovers from a calf strain.
November 15, 2012Pakistan cricket chief prays for Thackeray's recovery
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman (PCB) Zaka Ashraf on Thursday wished a speedy recovery for ailing Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray sending a 'get well soon' message to the veteran politician.
No Big Bash for Pakistani players
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have stopped three of their top players from playing in the Australian Big Bash League next month because it clashes with their national Twenty20 championship.
'Good on Viru for banishing those doubters'
England would have been happier with five or six wickets by stumps, said off-spinner Graeme Swann, adding destructive opener Virender Sehwag took the game away from his side with his blistering run-a-ball 117 on the opening day of the first Test.
How the runs came in Sehwag's century at Motera
This was the right-hander's 13th century in Tests in India -- his first after 30 innings. He last hit a hundred two years ago, when he smashed 173 against New Zealand at this same venue last year.
Naeem hits maiden ton as Windies toil
Naeem Islam scored a patient maiden century as Bangladesh made the West Indies toil on a placid wicket before amassing 455 for 6 wickets in the first Test in Dhaka on Thursday. The home side rode on Naeem's 108 to cut the West Indies' lead to 72 at close on the third day after the tourists had declared their first innings at 527-4 on the previous afternoon.
Trott shows lack of sportsman spirit after dropping catch
England's Jonathan Trott displayed a distinct lack of sportsman spirit when he persisted with his appeal for a catch despite dropping the ball during the first day of the opening Test against India in Ahmedabad.
Dinda, Vijay to resume Ranji Trophy duties
Bengal speedster Ashok Dinda is all set to be released by the Indian team management so that he can join his state team for the third round Ranji Trophy encounter against Gujarat starting from November 17 at Eden Gardens.
Sri Lanka minister wants probe on fixing allegations
Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage wants Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to probe the match-fixing allegations, involving Sri Lanka, by British journalist Ed Hawkins in his recent book.
Swann checks India's march after Sehwag's ton
Graeme Swann helped England restore parity on Day 1 of the opening Test against India at Motera on Thursday. The spinner struck at regular intervals to finish with figures of four for 85 and keep the visitors in the game after Virender Sehwag slammed his first century in two years. At stumps, the hosts were 323 for 4.
International news agencies boycott Ind-Eng Test series
International news agencies decided to boycott the high-profile Test series between India and England which began to protest against the restrictions imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on some photo agencies covering the tour.
November 14, 2012Ramiz Raja rubbishes claims of match-fixing
Former Pakistan captain, Ramiz Raja has rubbished the sensational match-fixing claims made by British journalist, Ed Hawkins in his recent book.
'Cook forgot to bring blazer, a friend brought it'
England skipper Alastair Cook could have been in a tricky situation while going out for the toss for the first Test in Ahmedabad as he forgot to bring his team blazer and somebody had to rush it from home, if off-spinner Graeme Swann is to be believed.
Windies on top after Chanderpaul hits double ton
Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit his second double century and Denesh Ramdin struck an unbeaten 126 as the West Indies took command of the first Test against Bangladesh on Wednesday.
Mushtaq will help England to exploit India: Akram
Legendary seamer Wasim Akram feels the presence of former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed as a spin bowling coach of England will boost the team and prepare them better to exploit the Indian conditions during the four-Test series starting in Ahmedabad.
Dhoni wants Ashwin to focus on stock delivery
Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised his spin trump card Ravichandra Ashwin for the variations in his bowling and said the youngster should use his off-breaks as his stock delivery.
Thigh strain rules Finn out of first Test
England captain Alastair Cook has confirmed that fast bowler Steven Finn has been ruled out of the first Test match against India at Ahmedabad, which gets under way on Thursday, by a thigh strain.
Nervous Cook ready for Test captaincy challenge
It is his first Test as captain and a tough one at that. No wonder Alastair Cook has mixed feelings. While he is gung ho about leading the English side in the longer version, having done so with considerable success in the shorter versions, there's also an undercurrent of tension considering the magnitude of the assignment.
Chanderpaul double powers West Indies to 527-4
Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit his second Test double century to help the West Indies declare their first innings at 527-4 on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka, reports AFP.
We must play better against spin: Swann
Off spinner Graeme Swann has conceded England batsmen must play spin better than they did against Sri Lanka and Pakistan if they want to win the Test series against India at their home turf.
Flower should bridge gap with KP: Strauss
Former England captain Andrew Strauss feels that chief coach Andy Flower "genuinely has to want to bridge the gap" with comeback man Kevin Pietersen or else there will be some challenges for the visitors.
CSA thanks CA for prompt action against Ritchie
Cricket South Africa (CSA) today thanked Cricket Australia (CA) for their rapid and effective response to deal with the racist remarks made by former Australian Test player Greg Ritchie, on the first day of the Brisbane Test match at the Gabba last week.
Media coverage threat looms over India-England series
Major international news agencies are likely to suspend coverage of the India v England series after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BBCI) barred photo agencies from covering the series starting in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
'The wicket will slow down as the game progresses'
The Indian seam attack was conspicuous by its absence during the final practice session ahead of the first Test against England at Motera beginning Thursday.
November 13, 2012Gayle first to hit first-ball six in Test cricket
Flamboyant West Indies opener Chris Gayle became the first player to hit a six from the first ball of a Test match when he launched his big-hit against Bangladesh on Tuesday, the International Cricket Council said.
Dinda called up as cover for unfit Ishant
India have called up uncapped Ashok Dinda to their squad as possible cover for paceman Ishant Sharma, who is down with viral fever, the country's cricket board (BCCI) said on Tuesday.
Powell, Chanderpaul hit tons as WI take control
Kieran Powell and Shivnarine Chanderpaul struck centuries to push West Indies towards a big total in the first innings of the first Test against Bangladesh on Tuesday.
Unfit Ishant unlikely to play 1st Test
Ishant Sharma has been rendered a doubtful starter for the opening Test against England as the lanky India pacer skipped the practice sessions on Tuesday.
South Africa force draw after Clarke's unbeaten 259
South Africa battled through an uncomfortable day at the Gabba to reach 166 for five and earn a draw in the first Test against Australia, who declared on 565-5 half-way through Tuesday's first session to try and force a result. Australia captain Michael Clarke, who scored 259 not out, declared with a first innings lead of 115 over South Africa's 450, but his bowlers were unable to claim enough wickets to force a result in a Test which lost a whole day to rain.
November 12, 2012Maha, UP pile on runs but match ends in dull draw
Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh shared a point each after their Group B Ranji Trophy match ended in a dull draw that saw 1433 runs being scored over four days on a dead track at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, in Pune, on Monday.
Jadeja scores triple ton as Saurashtra gain three points
Ravindra Jadeja became one of the few Indian players to have scored two triple centuries in first-class cricket as his unbeaten innings of 303 against Gujarat helped Saurashtra earn three valuable points in the second round of the Ranji Trophy in Surat on Monday.
Nayar's ton gives Mumbai 3 points vs Rajasthan
All-rounder Abhishek Nayar hit an unbeaten 105 to help Mumbai clinch the first innings lead against Rajasthan and grab three valuable points in their drawn Group A Ranji Trophy match.
Baroda pocket three points against Vidarbha
Hosts Baroda pocketed three valuable points by virtue of the first innings lead after their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Vidarbha ended in a tame draw in Vadodara.
Satish's double century leads Karnataka fightback
Ganesh Satish struck his maiden first class double hundred and stumper Muralidharen Gautam scored an unbeaten 130 to lead Karnataka to a narrow 24-run first innings lead over Chennai in their Group B Ranji Trophy match.
Assam trounce Jharkhand for second win
Spinners Syed Mohammad and Arlen Konwar shared nine wickets between them as Assam posted their second consecutive victory in the Ranji Trophy after beating hosts Jharkhand by 53 runs.
Ranji Trophy: Punjab thrash Bengal to top Group A
Hosts Punjab put up a stellar show as they notched up their second successive bonus point as they thrashed a listless Bengal by an innings and 27 runs in a second round Ranji Trophy match in Mohali on Monday.
Delhi record clinical win over Odisha, earn bonus points
Having lost to Uttar Pradesh in the opening match at Ghaziabad, hosts Delhi came back strongly as they defeated minnows Odisha by 10 wickets in the second round Ranji Trophy encounter to get a bonus point along with six for the outright win.
DRS under scrutiny in Gabba Test
The much talked about the Decision Review System (DRS) came under more scrutiny during the first Test match between South Africa and Australia at Gabba in Brisbane.
A 2-0 win can propel India to No. 3 in ICC rankings
India can leapfrog two places to the third spot, if they win the upcoming four-Test series against the visiting England side by a margin of 2-0 or more.
Expect a comfortable series win for India: Stewart
Former captain Alec Stewart predicted a comfortable Test series win for India against England in the upcoming series, and added that Alastair Cook's men would have to play remarkably well even to draw the series.
Clarke's 218 puts Australia on front foot
Australia captain Michael Clarke scored a brilliant unbeaten double century to give the hosts a remarkable 37-run first innings lead on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa on Monday.
Bairstow seeking Test spot ahead of India series
Jonny Bairstow is looking forward to a spot in the England Test team, and is aware that Kevin Pietersen is ahead of him in the pecking order.
Ntini blasts 'racism' behind Proteas' team selection
South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini has lashed out at his team over the alleged preference of 'white' bowlers in the Test squad as the Proteas squad consider a replacement for injured JP Duminy.
November 11, 2012Jadeja, Jogiyani slam tons to take Saurashtra to 323/2
Unbeaten centuries by Sagar Jogiyani and Ravindra Jadeja helped Saurashtra reach 323 for two in their first innings at stumps on day three in reply to Gujarat's 600 for nine in a Ranji Trophy A match in Surat on Sunday.
Punjab batsmen humiliate Bengal bowlers
After Jiwanjot Singh and Mayank Sidhana, it was turn of Punjab's wicketkeeper-batsman Uday Kaul to add insult to Bengal's injury with a fine 165 not out as home team piled up a massive 579 for seven declared with an eye on another outright win with bonus points.
Openers Srivastava, Dagar hit tons to keep UP afloat
Twin tons by openers Tanmay Srivastava and Mukul Dagar helped Uttar Pradesh make a strong reply to Maharashtra's mammoth total of 764 for six declared, reaching 287 for one on day three of their Group B Ranji Trophy match in Pune on Sunday.
Ranji: Shah, Rohit help Mumbai make strong reply
Hiken Shah smashed an unbeaten 118 while Aditya Tare (80) and Rohit Sharma (79) scored impressive half centuries to propel Mumbai to 360 for three in their first innings in reply to Rajasthan's 478 at stumps on day three of the Ranji Trophy Group A match in Jaipur on Sunday.
Bundela to MP's rescue with century against Hyderabad
Skipper Devendra Bundela's unbeaten hundred rescued Madhya Pradesh's floundering innings as they reached 265 for five against Hyderabad on the third day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Hyderabad on Sunday.
BCCI rubbishes claims that 2011 WC semi-final was fixed
The BCCI, on Sunday, rubbished claims that the 2011 India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final could have been fixed, saying such a suggestion was an insult to the Indian team.
Odisha delay defeat as Delhi struggle on dead track
Odisha batsmen defended doggedly to delay an inevitable defeat as Delhi bowlers struggled on a dead Feroz Shah Kotla wicket on the penultimate day of the second round Ranji Trophy.
Goa set to take first innings lead against J&K
Led by Swapnil Asnodkar's well compiled century, Goa were just 50 runs shy off Jammu and Kashmir's first innings total as they wrapped up the third day of their Group C Ranji trophy encounter in Porvorim, Goa with 288 for two.
Karnataka batsmen fight hard against Chennai
Karnataka fought through with three top-order half-centuries but the visitors are still trailing by 299 runs against Chennai on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match, in Chennai on Sunday.
Kallis ready to assume bowling role in Proteas cause
After a stellar day with the bat and in the field on Sunday, South Africa's Jacques Kallis declared himself fit and ready to play his part with the ball in the last two days of the first Test against Australia.
Gabba Test: Bowlers put SA on top as Aus struggle
Centuries from Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla put Australia on the ropes before South Africa's bowlers landed some early blows of their own to leave the hosts struggling at 111 for three after the third day of the first Test on Sunday.
Tour game ends in draw as England fail to dismiss Haryana
Jonathan Trott notched up a hundred before England knocked out six Haryana wickets but their third and final practice match ahead of the Test series against India ended in a tame draw on the last day in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
November 10, 2012Laxman hits 55th first-class ton against Madhya Pradesh
Having retired from international cricket only a few months back, VVS Laxman struck his 55th first-class ton to guide Hyderabad to 341 against Madhya Pradesh on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Madhya Pradesh.
Baroda in control against Vidarbha
Baroda took control of their Group B Ranji Trophy match after bowling out Vidarbha for 264 on the second day Vadodara.
HP take upper hand against Services
Himachal Pradesh's Prashant Chopra struck a fluent 115-ball 90 and shared a 138-run opening wicket stand with skipper Aakash Chopra to lay a strong foundation for a big first innings total against Services in their Group C Ranji Trophy match in Nadaun.
Jiwanjot scores a ton as Punjab dominate Bengal
After his dream first-class debut where he got a double hundred against Hyderabad, young Punjab opener Jiwanjot Singh scored another matured hundred in his second game as Punjab are on their way to bat Bengal out of the second round Ranji Trophy encounter in Mohali.
Meaker fancies chance to play for England
Fast bowler Stuart Meaker feels by taking three wickets against Haryana on a flat batting strip, he has done a decent job which may help him get into England XI for the first Test against India.
Mumbai make a strong start to Rajasthan's 478
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dishant Yagnik hit an unbeaten half-century to help Rajasthan reach 478 in their first innings but Mumbai made a strong reply finishing Day 2 at 76 for no loss in their Group 'A' Ranji Trophy match in Jaipur.
Brilliant Manhas puts Delhi in commanding position
Mithun Manhas played a brilliant innings on a poor Feroz Shah Kotla pitch as Delhi look well and truly on their way to notching up their first outright win in the second round Ranji Trophy encounter against Odisha.
Konwar's six-wicket haul restricts Jharkhand to 174
Arlen Konwar took an impressive six-wicket haul as Assam bundled out Jharkhand for 174 after scoring 179 in their first innings on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match in Jamshedpur.
Juneja, Bhatt tons steer Gujarat to 600/9 decl
Manprit Juneja and Rujul Bhatt struck big centuries to steer Gujarat to a massive 600 for nine declared on the second day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Surat.
Ranji: Aparajith, Karthik tons put in Tamil Nadu command
Young batsman Baba Aparajith scored his maiden first class hundred before skipper Dinesh Karthik hit a composed 154 as Tamil Nadu piled up a huge 538 for four against Karnataka on day two of their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Chennai on Saturday.
Dravid's sons want him to bat like Gayle!
After retiring from international cricket, former India captain Rahul Dravid might not have to deal with critics anymore, but he is continuing to face criticism from an unexpected quarter -- his two sons.
Warm-up tie: England take huge lead against Haryana
Rahul Dewan struck an impressive unbeaten 143 but England managed to budle Haryana out for 333 to extended their lead to 306 runs in Ahmdedabad on Saturday.
Dilshan to miss last two ODIs against NZ
Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan has been ruled out of the last two One-Day Internationals against New Zealand with a sore back, team manager Charith Senanayake said on Friday.
Aus-SA 1st Test: Day two of Gabba Test washed out
Rain washed out the second day of the first Test between Australia and South Africa at the Gabba on Saturday.
November 09, 2012Rajasthan well-placed after Saxena, Kanitkar tons
Vineet Saxena (114) and skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar (119) hit centuries to guide Rajasthan to 269 for 2 against Mumbai on Day 1 of the Ranji Trophy Group A match, in Jaipur, on Friday. Saxena and Kanitkar forged a massive 220-run partnership for the second wicket to put Rajasthan in a commanding position after Mumbai won the toss and asked the hosts to take first strike at KL Saini ground.
Saha, Shukla rally Bengal against Punjab
A responsible knock by Wriddhiman Saha and his century partnership with senior pro Laxmi Ratan Shukla helped Bengal end the first day in the Ranji Trophy match against Punjab on a respectable 280 for 7, in Mohali, on Friday. Saha and Shukla added 124 runs for the sixth wicket after Bengal were tottering at 118 for five.
Delhi lose early wickets after dismissing Odisha cheaply
Minnows Odisha hit back in the final session to pick three Delhi wickets, after the home team bowlers dismissed them for a paltry 143, in the second round Ranji Trophy encounter at the Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi on Friday. Having gained the upper hand, Delhi's top-order, however, couldn't perform as per expectations and they were reduced 62 for 3 in 31 overs when stumps were drawn.
Duminy ruled out of series with ruptured tendon
South Africa batsman JP Duminy has been ruled out of his team's three-Test series against Australia after rupturing his left achilles tendon on the first day of the first Test, the country's cricket board (CSA) said on Friday.
Kedar Jadhav's unbeaten ton hoists Maharashtra
Kedar Jadhav blasted an unbeaten run-a-ball century as Maharashtra produced a powerful batting display to post 339 for 3 against Uttar Pradesh on Day 1 of the Ranji Trophy Group B match, in Pune, on Friday. Jadhav (102) hit as many as 20 boundaries in his 102-ball innings, while Harshad Khadiwale (68) and Sangram Atitkar (80) laid the foundation with brilliant half-centuries.
Abbas Ali's century takes Tripura to 228/6
Veteran Syed Abbas Ali smashed an unbeaten century to guide Tripura to 228 for six against Andhra Pradesh on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match in Ananatapur.
Badani, Shrivastava lift Vidarbha from the dumps
Former India batsman Hemang Badani scored a fighting, unbeaten 84 while Shalabh Shrivastava a sedate 63 to help Vidarbha post 219 for 8 against Baroda on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Vadodara, on Friday. Badani's patient 84 came off 221 balls while Shrivastava faced 129 deliveries during his impressive knock.
TN off to strong start against Karnataka
Young batsman Baba Aparajith closed in on his maiden first class hundred with an unbeaten 85 and shared an unbroken 150-run stand with S Badrinath (61) as Tamil Nadu reached a strong 260 for two against Karnataka on day one of their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Chennai.
Sri Lanka name rookie spinner for NZ Test series
Sri Lanka have named uncapped teenage off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal in their squad for the two-Test series against New Zealand starting at Galle on November 17.
Sore back puts Dilshan out of last two NZ ODIs
Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan has been ruled out of the last two One-day internationals against New Zealand with a sore back, team manager Charith Senanayake said on Friday.
Duminy injury could expose South African spin gamble
South African batsman and occasional bowler JP Duminy was injured in the warm-down after the first day of the first Test against Australia on Friday in a potentially major blow to the tourists after they dropped their specialist spinner.
Amla, Kallis put South Africa in charge
Hashim Amla was approaching his third century in his last four tests as South Africa defused Australia's pace attack and reached a dominant 255 for two at the end of the opening day of the first Test at the Gabba on Friday.
Dewan leads Haryana's reply to England's 521
Opener Rahul Dewan scored an unbeaten fifty after the bowlers shot out England in the morning session as Haryana put up an improved show against the visitors on the second day of the warm-up game, in Ahmedabad, on Friday. Haryana were 172 for 4 at stumps, after bowling out England for 521 in 118.2 overs.
Australia braced for Tahir's 'illegal tactics'
Australia is braced for illegal tactics from leg spinner Imran Tahir following revelations that ICC officials considered banning the South African from bowling last year for repeatedly running on the pitch.
Test cricket is real challenge for Narine: Saqlain
Former Pakistani off spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, who revolutionised the art of off spin and made the doosra a household term, feels that Sunil Narine has been very impressive in the shorter formats and has a bright future ahead of him.
November 08, 2012Pietersen warms up for Tests with brisk hundred
Kevin Pietersen smashed a 94-ball 110 before retiring hurt as England put up 408 for 3 on Day 1 of the tour match against Haryana in Ahmedabad.
Andhra high court lifts life ban on Azharuddin
Twelve years after the Board of Control for Cricket in India imposed a life ban on Mohammad Azharduddin from playing cricket, following his alleged involvement in the match-fixing episode, the Andhra Pradesh high court, on Thursday, set aside the cricket body's decision.
Ranji: Rohit confident despite absence of Sachin, Zak
The absence of big names such as Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan notwithstanding, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma is confident that his team would prove to be quite a handful for hosts Rajasthan in their Ranji Trophy match starting in Jaipur on Friday.
Bangladesh name uncapped spinner for Windies Test
Bangladesh have named uncapped off-spinner Shohag Gazi in their 14-member squad for the first Test against West Indies beginning in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Finn, Broad miss England's last practice match
Bowlers Steven Finn and Stuart Broad were left out of England's final warm-up match on Thursday as the pace duo race against time to be fit for the first test against India starting on November 15.
PCB invites Aussies to conduct coaching courses
At a time when international sides have refused to tour Pakistan due to security concerns, the country's Cricket Board has invited a team of Australian presenters to conduct High Performance Level-three and Masters coaching courses this month.
Yousuf hits out at PCB for stopping domestic comeback
Pakistan's former Test captain Muhammad Yousuf has hit out at the Cricket Board for not letting him play in the ongoing President's Trophy first-class tournament despite domestic performance being a pre-requisite for national selection.
PCB approaches Inzamam, Akram for special camps
The Pakistan Cricket Board has sought the help of former captains Wasim Akram and Inzamam-ul-Haq to prepare the national team for the upcoming tours to India and South Africa.
Australia to target South Africa with short stuff
Australia's pace bowlers would be pushing the boundaries of acceptable aggression with a barrage of short bowling at South Africa's batsmen in this week's first test against the Proteas, captain Michael Clarke has said.
Dhoni now eyes Superbike World title!
The World Cup-winning captain, who last year became a proud owner of a team in the Superbike Championship, is keen to win the world title on two wheels.
November 07, 2012England spinner Swann to return home from India tour
Off-spinner Graeme Swann is returning home from India to spend time with his sick daughter, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday.
Let Sachin decide his retirement: Kapil Dev
Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev feels Sachin Tendulkar is the best person to decide when he would like to retire from international cricket.
Rohit Sharma to lead Mumbai against Rajasthan
Rohit Sharma will lead Mumbai against defending champions Rajasthan in their second Group 'A' Ranji Trophy league match in Jaipur from November 9 to 12. Ajit Agarkar, who was to lead Mumbai in the first four games, has to sit out of the match after suffering a calf injury.
Pujara gets engaged before England series
India's Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara had reason to celebrate his inclusion in the team for the first two Tests against England. He got engaged to Pooja Pabari at a low-key private ceremony, on Tuesday.
'Indo-Pak bilateral series must be given iconic status'
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has welcomed the resumption of bilateral cricket ties with India and called on the arch-rivals to reciprocate soon.
PCB confident of top security for team during India tour
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf is confident that their national team will be well looked after during their upcoming tour to India.
Dilshan hits ton to lead SL to big win over NZ
Tillakaratne Dilshan, playing in his 250th One-Day International, made light of a back injury to lead Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand under the Duckworth-Lewis method in another rain-hit match on Tuesday.
November 06, 2012Robin Jackman diagnosed with cancer
Former England cricketer and now commentator, Robin Jackman has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo seven weeks of radiotherapy following two operations to remove malignant tumours from his vocal cords.
BCCI clears air over trophy for India-England series
In response to actress Sharmila Tagore's plea to name the India-England Test series after her late husband Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the Cricket Board on Tuesday made it clear that it could not change the name since the series is played for the Anthony De Mello trophy instituted in 1951.
Tendulkar conferred Order of Australia
Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar was conferred the Order of Australia at a function in Mumbai on Tuesday. The Rajya Sabha MP is only the second Indian after former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee to get the honour.
Inconsistency is Raina's bane, says coach
Inconsistency might have cost Suresh Raina a place in the Test squad, but coach Dipak Sharma feels that his prodigy will soon overcome the 'hurdle' and return with a bang.
Name India-England series after Pataudi: Sharmila
Actress Sharmila Tagore has written to Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan expressing displeasure over the Board's reluctance to officially name the upcoming India-England series after her late husband, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
CAS to hear appeals of Asif, Butt in February
The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland will hear the appeals of suspended Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif against the International Cricket Council's (ICC) bans for spot-fixing next February.
India-Pak Champions Trophy match tickets sold out
The first allocation of tickets to see two of cricket's biggest rivals -- India and Pakistan -- clash on June 14at Edgbaston in the ICC Champions Trophy sold out in just three hours after going on general sale.
Supporting CLT20 helps Aus cricket significantly: CA
Cricket Australia (CA) has made it clear that it doesn't intend to roll back its commitment to the Champions League, despite the impact on Test preparations, insisting that the money generated by the tournament is important to develop the game at the grassroots level.
I am not a magician, I can have rough times: Bhajji
Back in the Indian cricket team after spending almost a year in the sidelines, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh hit back at his critics and said that it cannot be a "one-way traffic".
Raman surprised at inclusion of four openers in Test team
The Indian selectors' decision to pick four openers in the squad for the first two Tests against the touring England squad has surprised Bengal coach W V Raman.
Put Zaheer through stringent fitness test: Gavaskar
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar wants India pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who is going through a lean patch, to be put through 'stringent tests' to ascertain his fitness in the run-up to the first of the four-match Test series against England.
November 05, 2012Ranji Trophy: Gujarat claim three points against MP
Gujarat registered three crucial points from their drawn opening Ranji Trophy Group A match against Madhya Pradesh, following a 105-run first innings lead in Indore on Tuesday.
Hurt Raina skips lunch after Test team snub
Uttar Pradesh captain Suresh Raina was so hurt after learning about his ouster from the Test squad that he decided to skip lunch on the final day of his team's Ranji Trophy game against Delhi, prompting his state team coach Venkatesh Prasad to term it as "unfortunate".
Harbhajan, Kaul guide Punjab to innings win over Hyderabad
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh celebrated his return to the Test side by leading Punjab to an innings victory over Hyderabad on the fourth and final day of their opening Ranji Trophy group league match in Mohali on Monday.
Baroda clinch three points after draw with Karnataka
Baroda secured three points by virtue of their first innings lead after their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Karnataka ended in a tame draw on the fourth and final day in Vadodara on Monday.
HP earn three points against Kerala
A round-up of the Ranji Trophy Group C matches played on Monday.
Champions Rajasthan concede three points to Bengal
Two-time defending champions Rajasthan had a disappointing start to their Ranji Trophy campaign, conceding three points to Bengal on the basis of the first innings lead after the match ended in a draw on Monday. Resuming at 109 for five, Bengal rode on a gritty 65 not out (96 balls, 9x4) by Wriddhiman Saha to declare at 232 for 9 just before lunch and set Rajasthan an imposing target of 330 for victory.
New selectors put Team India openers on notice
The message is loud and clear. The out-of-form duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have been put on notice after the selectors included Murali Vijay as reserve opener for the first two Tests against England.
Mumbai take three points from Railways match
Mumbai earned three points on the basis of the 144-run first innings lead after bundling out Railways for 426 in their Group 'A' Ranji Trophy match that ended in a draw on fourth and final day, in Mumbai, on Monday. Having taken a massive lead, Mumbai, 570 all out in their first innings, went on to pile 230 for 5 in their second.
Assam thrash Tripura by 10 wkts
Hosts Assam started off their Ranji Trophy campaign in style defeating Tripura by 10 wickets in their opening group league match at Nehru Stadium, in Guwahati.
Odisha, TN get one point each from drawn Ranji match
Odisha and Tamil Nadu were awarded one point each after their Ranji Trophy Group B match ended in a draw with rain playing spoilsport in Cuttack.
Sehwag ton goes in vain as UP win a thriller
A brilliant 107 by Virender Sehwag dispelled doubts about his finger injury but favourites Delhi suffered the ignominy of a six-wicket defeat against a determined Uttar Pradesh in a thrilling Ranji Trophy Group B match in Ghaziabad.
Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in another rain-affected tie
Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 14 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method on Sunday to finally achieve a positive result on a rain-scarred tour.
West Indies face tough return to top: Richardson
West Indies have a long way to go if they are to return to the top of world cricket, despite their recent success in the World Twenty20, manager Richie Richardson said on Monday.
Broad adds to England's injury worries
England fast bowler Stuart Broad has suffered a bruised left heel and his progress will be observed over the next couple of days, the country's cricket board (ECB) said on Monday.
Tight security for Pakistan cricket team
The Centre assured foolproof security to the Pakistan team during its upcoming India tour to play limited over cricket series beginning December 25.
Yuvraj, Harbhajan recalled to team for England Tests
Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh on Monday made their comebacks into the Indian team, for the first two Test matches against England next week.
Compton shines as England-Mumbai 'A' game ends in draw
England emerged with a few positives, ahead of the opening Test of the four-game series against India, from their three-day warm-up game against Mumbai 'A' that ended in a draw at the D Y Patil stadium, in Mumbai, on Monday.
Philander named South African Sportsman of the Year
Cricketer Vernon Philander was named South Africa's 'Sportsman of the Year' after losing the top title of 'Sports Star of the Year' to Olympic gold-medallist swimmer Chad Le Clos.
Watson ruled out of first South Africa Test
Allrounder Shane Watson has been ruled out of the first Test against South Africa with a calf strain in a huge blow for Australia's hopes of upsetting the top-ranked visitors.
'Zaheer available for selection for England Test'
Zaheer Khan did not take the field for Mumbai at the start of the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy match against Railways, on Monday.
Pakistan captain Misbah supports day-night Tests
Pakistan Test and One-Day captain Misbah-ul-Haq has backed an International Cricket Council (ICC) move to introduce day-night Tests but suggested initial trials with the coloured ball in first class cricket.
November 04, 2012Odisha-TN match: 3rd day's play abandoned due to rain
Only 2.1 overs of play was possible between Odisha and Tamil Nadu on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match due to rain and wet outfield at the DRIEMS stadium in Cuttack.
Ranji: Tripura stare at innings defeat against Assam
Hosts Assam will be aiming for an innings victory against Tripura going into the final day of their Ranji Trophy group league match in Guwahati.
Ranji: Bengal rally to take 205-run lead over Rajasthan
A commendable first innings lead of 97 helped hosts Bengal get a sizeable lead of 206 runs against Ranji champions Rajasthan despite a mini batting collapse in the second innings.
Ranji: Gujarat eye out-right win against MP
Captain Parthiv Patel continued his good form with the bat and scored a quick-fire 80 to raise Gujarat's hopes of an outright win against Madhya Pradesh at stumps on the penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy Group A Match in Indore on Sunday.
Four star Sandeep helps Vidarbha thrash Haryana
Pacer Sandeep Singh grabbed four wickets in an impressive spell to help Vidarbha thrash Haryana by eight wickets on the third day of their opening Ranji Trophy group game in Rohtak on Sunday.
Ranji: Nadeem leads Jharkhand to innings win over J&K
Captain Shahbaz Nadeem spun a web around Jammu & Kashmir batsmen with stunning match figures of 9-104 as Jharkhand scored a comfortable innings and 31 run win over the hosts on the penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match, in Jammu on Sunday.
Debutant Jiwanjot hits double ton; Punjab close in on win
Young batsman Jiwanjot Singh struck a double hundred on his first class debut as Punjab strengthened its position against Hyderabad by taking a massive 307-run first innings lead in their Ranji Trophy match, in Mohali on Sunday.
Ranji: Baroda take 237-run lead against Karnataka
Left-arm seamer Gagandeep Singh reca five-wicket haul as Baroda dismissed Karnataka for 284 in their first innings and then reached 115-4 to take an overall lead of 237 on the penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy encounter.
Ranji: Mumbai in command against Railways
Despite dropping a few catches, Mumbai were poised to take a big first-innings lead after restricting Railways to 380 for eight on day three of their Group A Ranji Trophy match played in Mumbai on Sunday.
'Zaheer had cramps, should be okay tomorrow'
The Indian selectors will be sweating over Zaheer Khan's fitness as the pacer walked off the field holding his groin in a domestic match, just a day before the team for the first Test against England will be announced.
Sehwag fighting to save Delhi from outright defeat
A formidable Delhi outfit boasting of some big names will try to avert an outright defeat against a spirited Uttar Pradesh side as an injured Virender Sehwag led the visitors' fight to keep themselves in contention in their opening Ranji Trophy group league game in Ghaziabad on Sunday.
Rob Quiney called in as cover for injured Watson
Australia have added left-handed batsman Rob Quiney to their squad as cover for all-rounder Shane Watson for the first test against South Africa.
SA get batting practice as they draw against Australia A
South Africa's batsmen got valuable time at the crease ahead of the opening Test against Australia after their three-day match against Australia A petered out to a draw on Sunday.
Sehwag, Zaheer pose injury worries ahead of England Tests
Injuries to Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan clouded India's preparations for the first Test against England, starting next week.
Pujara, Shah strike fifties to grind England
Cheteshwar Pujara compiled a patient 87 and along with Hiken Shah (84 batting) put England bowlers to the grind as Mumbai A reached 232 for four on day two of the tourists' warm-up game in Mumbai on Sunday.
November 03, 2012Meaker called up to England squad
Pacer Stuart Meaker was drafted into the England squad as cover for injured Steve Finn ahead of the four-match Test series against India starting later this month.
Jadhav double ton demoralises Tripura
Captain Dheeraj Jadhav smashed a brilliant double century to take Assam to a commanding position on the second day of their Ranji Trophy group league match against Tripura in Guwahati.
Jiwanjot, Karan put Punjab in commanding position
Jiwanjot Singh (116) smashed a century on his first class debut and fellow opener Karan Goel (106) also hit a hundred as Punjab are all set to take a first innings lead against Hyderabad in their Ranji Trophy Group A match, in Mohali.
Nayar scores century as Mumbai finish on 570
All-rounder Abhishek Nayar scored the third century of the innings for Mumbai as the hosts notched up a massive total of 570 against a poor Railways bowling attack on the second day of the Ranji Trophy group league game in Mumbai.
Uthappa, Pawan lead Karnataka's fight back
Openers Robin Uthappa and KB Pawan scored half-centuries as Karnataka gave a strong reply to Baroda by reaching 148 for two in reply to hosts' 406 all out on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Vadodara.
Services reach 256/8 after Paliwal half century
Rajat Paliwal top-scored with 72 as Services laboured to 256 for eight on day 2 of their Ranji Trophy Group C match against Andhra.
Gujarat in command against MP
Gujarat bowlers put up a clinical show to leave Madhya Pradesh reeling at 212 for eight in reply to the visitors' 355 in their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Indore on Saturday.
Delhi make late strikes but UP take innings lead
Delhi clawed its way back through late strikes of Sumit Narwal but Uttar Pradesh took a vital first innings lead of 57 runs on the second day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match in Ghaziabad.
Bengal fight back to leave Rajasthan reeling at 63/4
Two-time defending champions Rajasthan found themselves reeling at 63 for four in reply to Bengal's 258 on a curtailed second day of their Ranji Trophy match in Kolkata.
Gavaskar backs Yuvraj to make it to Test team
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday backed Yuvraj Singh to make his comeback to the Indian Test team after his good all-round show for India 'A' against England in the warm-up match last week.
Sri Lanka unveils new domestic cricket structure
After weeks of protests and deliberations, Sri Lanka Cricket and its premier clubs have structured a new formula for its domestic first-class games, SLC said on Saturday.
Australia's Doolan dominates South African attack
Alex Doolan stroked his highest first class score as Australia A's middle-order coped comfortably with South Africa's pace attack and moved into a 352-run first innings lead by the close of the second day of their match on Saturday.
Pakistan's Afridi, Younus chased for unpaid tax bill
Former Pakistan captains Younus Khan and Shahid Afridi were among four senior national cricketers being chased by the country's financial authority for unpaid taxes totaling 80 million rupees.
Bairstow ton puts England on the front foot
Jonny Bairstow hit a resolute century and put on 156-run partnership with Eoin Morgan to rescue England from a precarious position on the first day of their three-day warm-up game against Mumbai 'A' in Mumbai on Saturday.
Watson under injury cloud ahead of first Test
Australia have suffered another injury scare ahead of the first Test against top ranked South Africa after all-rounder Shane Watson appeared to pick up a calf strain in a first class match on Saturday.
PCB picks goodwill ambassadors for India tour
The Pakistan Cricket Board has picked a 10-member delegation of former players, who will act as goodwill ambassadors in India during the much-anticipated bilateral series next month, but questions are being raised about the choices made by the PCB.
Delhi coach Dahiya defends Sehwag, Gambhir for poor show
Delhi coach Vijay Dahiya defended his star players Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir's poor show stating that it is not a big concern.
November 02, 2012Hundreds by Irfan Pathan, Waghmode lift Baroda
Irfan Pathan and Aditya Waghmode hit contrasting centuries as Baroda piled up an impressive 308 for 4 against Karnataka on Day 1 of their Ranji Trophy Group B match at Moti Bagh stadium, in Vadodara, on Friday.
Himachal bowlers leave Kerala reeling at 196-8
Despite Sanju Samson hitting an unbeaten century, Kerala were struggling at 196 for eight on the opening day of their Group C Ranji Trophy match against Himachal Pradesh in Himachal.
Parthiv slams 162 as Gujarat make MP toil
Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel hit a brilliant 162 as Gujarat ended the first day of their Ranji Trophy group league campaign on 327 for five in Indore on Friday.
Vidarbha dismiss Haryana for 55; Umesh Yadav grabs five
India pacer Umesh Yadav wreaked havoc with a sensational five-wicket haul as Vidarbha shot out Haryana for just 55 runs on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match, in Rohtak, on Friday.
Andhra have Services reeling on rain-curtailed day
Andhra Pradesh started the new domestic season on a positive note, reducing Services to 73 for 5 on a rain-curtailed opening day in the Ranji Trophy Group C match, in Anantpur, on Friday.
Harbhajan goes wicketless; Amitoze, Gony share six
Amitoze Singh and Manpreet Gony shared six wickets as Punjab restricted Hyderabad to 244 for 7 on Day 1 of their Group A Ranji Trophy league match at the PCA stadium, in Mohali, on Friday.
Das's 95 rallies Bengal to 187 for 4
Bengal had an unlikely hero in Subhomoy Das who rescued the hosts with a delightful 95 in their Group A Ranji Trophy opener against two-time defending champions Rajasthan in Kolkata.
Tendulkar, Rahane tons put Mumbai on top vs Railways
Sachin Tendulkar roared back to form ahead of the upcoming Test series against England with a strokeful 137, while Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten on 105 as Mumbai amassed 344 for 4 against Railways on the opening day of their four-day Ranji Trophy match in Mumbai on Friday.
Imtiaz Ahmed bags five wkts as Sehwag, Gambhir flop
Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir's poor run of form continued as the formidable Delhi batting line-up put up only 235 against Uttar Pradesh on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy group league match in Ghaziabad On Friday.
Clarke among 17 Aussies dumped by IPL teams
Australian captain Michael Clarke is among 17 other Australian players who have been dumped by their respective Indian Premier League (IPL) teams.
Indo-Pak series could have been longer: Zaheer Abbas
He is glad that Indo-Pak bilateral cricket is finally set for revival come December, but former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas is not particularly pleased with the short duration of the series.
PCB planning to send security delegation to India
Relieved they might be at the revival of bilateral cricket ties with India but that would not stop the PCB from sending a delegation across the border to "take stock" of the security arrangements for Pakistan team's tour next month.
Sri Lanka move ODIs from Colombo due to rain threat
Persistent rain has forced Sri Lanka to move the next two contests of the five-match One-day International series against New Zealand away from Colombo, the country's cricket board (SLC) said.
Steyn takes three as South Africa open Australia tour
South Africa made a strong start to their tour of Australia on Friday, with Dale Steyn getting among the wickets early on, but their attack stalled later on the opening day against Australia A at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Bangladesh could tour Pakistan this year
Bangladesh have provisionally committed to a tour of Pakistan at the end of the year depending on security arrangements and the results of discussions with the government, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan said.
Australian bowler Cummins to miss most of season
Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins will miss most of the rest of the season with a back injury, Cricket Australia said on Friday.
November 01, 2012Sehwag rubbishes T20 retirement reports
Opener Virender Sehwag rubbished a media report that he has written a letter to the Cricket Board expressing his desire to quit international twenty20 cricket.
Working hard towards maiden Test cap: Rohit
Rohit Sharma, who has been in and out of the national limited overs squads, said he was looking forward to the eight home Tests that the Indian cricket team would play this season to force his way in.
Pune Warriors release Smith, Clarke
Australia captain Michael Clarke, South Africa captain Graeme Smith and hard-hitting New Zealander Jesse Ryder returned to the auction pool, as Pune Warriors decided to retain only six foreign players who were with the franchise during the last edition.
South Africa captain Smith to lead Surrey
South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith has signed a three-year contract with Surrey to captain the English county.
Mumbai Indians retain Harbhajan, Jadeja stays at CSK
Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja have been retained by Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings respectively for the 2013 season of the Indian Premier League.
Pakistan kick-off India tour with T20 in Bangalore
A day after the Home Ministry cleared the Pakistan cricket team's upcoming tour of India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the schedule for the limited-overs' series. The team will arrive at Bangalore on December 22 and kick-off its campaign against India with a T20 international at the city's M Chinnaswamy stadium.
India's practice camp ahead of England Tests in Mumbai
The Indian team will have a three-day preparatory camp, ahead of the four-Test series against England later this month, at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai.
Yuvraj bags 5 wkts as India A-England match ends in draw
All-rounder Yuvraj Singh claimed five wickets as the visiting England team grabbed a 57-run first innings lead over India 'A' in the three-day practice game which ended in a tame draw, in Mumbai, on Thursday. England, replying to the home side's first innings total of 369, were dismissed for 426, half hour after lunch, with Yuvraj finishing with impressive figures of 5 for 94 in 26.5 overs.
October 31, 2012Dhoni to miss Jharkhand's opening Ranji match
When India takes on England in the first Test at Ahmedabad, from November 15, home team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be the only player in the side going into the match without playing in the opening round of Ranji Trophy fixtures.
Lalit Modi loses verdict appeal in Cairns libel case
Former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi failed in his appeal against a 90,000 pounds (approx Rs 74 lakh) libel award to former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns over match-fixing allegations.
'Harbhajan and Munaf will not be released by Mumbai Indians'
Captain Harbhajan Singh and fast bowler Munaf Patel will be retained by Mumbai Indians for the next edition of the Indian Premier League. Amidst media speculation, IPL sources dismissed talk that the names of the two players figure in the list of players to be released by the franchise.
'Plan to bowl Yuvraj and get Pietersen worked well'
India 'A'skipper Suresh Raina revealed that it was planned to get Yuvraj to bowl against Pietersen, who has this weakness against the left-arm spinners early on in his innings.
'Have to assess whether Yuvi can field for two days'
Yuvraj Singh's brilliant form in domestic matches has made him a serious contender for a slot in the Test team but Indian captain M S Dhoni is still not sure whether the talented left-hander is ready to face the vigours of five-day cricket.
India beat Pakistan to win women's Twenty20 Asia Cup
The Indian women's cricket team lifted the inaugural Asian Cricket Council's Twenty20 Asia Cup after beating arch-rivals Pakistan by 18 runs in a low-scoring final in Guangzhou on Wednesday.
Cook spices England's reply with patient hundred
Skipper Alastair Cook compiled a patient, unbeaten century to lead England's fightback. The visitors amassed 286 for 4 in their first innings in reply to India A's 369 on Day 2 of the three-day tour game, at the Brabourne stadium, in Mumbai, on Wednesday.
Injured Finn out of remainder of warm-up game
England fast bowler Steven Finn has been ruled out of the remainder of the three-day warm-up match against India A with a right thigh strain, the country's cricket board (ECB) said on Wednesday.
Donald says current South Africa pace attack best ever
South African bowling great Allan Donald believes the pace attack of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel which will take on Australia in a three-Test series next month is the best the country has ever produced.
SL-New Zealand one-off T20 abandoned due to rain
The opening match of New Zealand's five-week tour of Sri Lanka was ruined by bad weather on Tuesday when the one-off Twenty20 international in Pallekele was abandoned as a no-result.
Pune to release Ryder; DD unlikely to keep Robin Bist
The Pune Warriors India are all set to release burly New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder who now goes back to the auction pool while Delhi Daredevils will also release a few of their foreign recruits from last season including Ranji Trophy's highest run-scorer Robin Bist.
October 30, 2012Kaneria appeal against life ban to be heard in December
Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria will have his appeal against a life ban for corruption in English county cricket heard in Britain in early December, a source close to the former Test player told Reuters.
Finn scare for England in India tour opener
England fast bowler Steven Finn suffered a right thigh injury midway through the first session of play in their opening tour game against India 'A' at the Brabourne Stadium.
Ganguly reminds me of McEnroe: Wright
Iconic cricketer Sourav Ganguly's television commentary reminds former India coach John Wright of eclectic tennis superstar John McEnroe, now a popular figure with the microphone.
Tiwary scores 93, says he's ready for Test cricket
Manoj Tiwary stole the limelight with a sterling knock of 93 for India 'A' on the opening day of the tour game against the touring England team in Mumbai on Tuesday and immediately declared he is ready for Test cricket.
'Yuvraj has done enough to return to the Test team'
India 'A' coach Lalchand Rajput is confident that the left-hander is ready to return to the Test squad for the four-match series against England, starting next month.
England to play Haryana in its final tour game
The visiting England team will play Haryana in its third and final warm-up game before meeting hosts India on November 15 for the first of the four-match Test series.
Pakistan to tour India in Dec for limited-overs series
The Home Ministry on Tuesday cleared the Pakistan cricket team's tour of India for a limited-over series, beginning December 25, and said the government will provide foolproof security to the visiting team. This was conveyed when a delegation of the Board of Control for Cricket in India met Union Home secretary R K Singh in Delhi on Tuesday, official sources said.
India eves in Asia Cup T20 final
Despite rain washing out the semi-final clash between India and Sri Lanka in Guangzhou, on Tuesday, Indian eves advanced to the ACC Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup final by the virtue of topping their pool.
CA backs ICC's decision on day-night Test cricket
Cricket Australia has welcomed ICC's decision to approve the much-debated concept of playing day-night Test matches, and said the world body's new ruling will pave the way for day-night Tests becoming a reality soon.
Viv Richards likens Pietersen to Muhammad Ali
West Indian batting legend Vivian Richards reckons Kevin Pietersen is cricket's answer to Muhammad Ali, and believes the English batsman has got the 'X-factor' to respond to his critics in the upcoming four-Test series in India.
Tiwary misses ton as India 'A' batsman flay England
Manoj Tiwary staked a claim for a berth in the Indian Test team with a determined knock of 93 that helped India 'A' recover from a wobbly start to a healthy 369 for 9 on Day 1 of the three-day tour game against the England in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Asif criticises ICC over ban as CAS hearing nears
Pakistan's banned pace bowler Mohammad Asif has criticised the International Cricket Council (ICC) over his spot-fix suspension and has pleaded his innocence ahead of an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
October 29, 2012Rusty Sehwag rattled by net bowlers at Delhi training
Virender Sehwag's looked pretty rusty during his first session at the Delhi Ranji team's nets, where seasoned pros like Ashish Nehra and Ishant Sharma, and other net bowlers, troubled him with pace and bounce.
ICC approves day-night Tests with coloured balls
The ICC gave its seal of approval to the day-night Test matches while leaving the member Boards to decide on the type and colour of the ball to be used, as it announced new playing conditions for Tests, ODIs and T20 Internationals ahead of Sri Lanka-New Zealand series, beginning Tuesday.
India's squad for first England Test on Nov 5
The Indian cricket squad for the first of the four-match Test series against visiting England will be picked by the national selectors in Mumbai on November 5, the BCCI said on Monday.
BCCI floats tender for new IPL title sponsor
The BCCI, on Monday initiated the process of finding a new title sponsor for the Indian Premier League by floating tender notices for the same.
Wade picked ahead of Haddin in Aus squad for SA series
Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's Test career appeared to be drawing to a close on Monday when he was left out of the squad for the first match of next month's series against South Africa.
Clinical Sixers thrash Lions to lift CLT20 title
Sydney Sixers produced an all-round clinical display to clinch the Champions League Twenty20 title with a dominating 10-wicket victory over Highveld Lions in a lop-sided summit clash in Johannesburg on Sunday.
October 28, 2012India can go top in ICC T20 rankings
India have the chance to go atop the ICC Twenty20 rankings if they blank England in the upcoming T20 internationals at home and a few other international results go their way.
Don't rely only on spin, Swann warns England
Graeme Swann might be carrying huge burden of expectations on his shoulders during England's tour of India but the off-spinner has warned that his bowling will not be the lone decisive factor in his team's attempts to improve on its just one Test win in the country since 1985.
October 27, 2012BCCI official rubbishes Modi's IPL allegations
A senior BCCI official rubbished former IPL chairman Lalit Modi's claims that Board president N Srinivasan was trying to gift the Hyderabad franchise to his friends, saying the whole process of Sun TV winning the bid was done in a transparent manner.
We did well to scrape back home in the end: Smith
Sydney Sixers' all-rounder Steve Smith said his team is lucky to sneak into the Champions League Twenty20 final after fortunes swung like a pendulum during their semi-final against Titans on Friday.
CL T20: Haddin says, the two best teams are in the final
An ecstatic Sydney Sixers captain, Brad Haddin believes that the 'two best teams' have made it to the final of the Champions League T20.
Sydney edge past Titans to enter CLT20 final
Sydney Sixers kept their cool to edge past Nashua Titans by two wickets in a nerve-wracking second semi-final of the Champions League Twenty20 in Centurion.
October 26, 2012Pakistan to launch Premier League in March
Pakistan will launch its Premier League Twenty20 tournament in March as it bids to lure more international cricketers back to the country.
Lions considered legal action against CLT20 organisers
South African team Highveld Lions had threatened Champions League officials with legal action after they made a last-minute change to the playing conditions, which fuelled suspicions that the tournament was favouring Indian teams.
'Disclose documents on tax exemption given to ICC WC'
The Central Information Commission has directed the Income Tax department to make public documents related to tax exemption given to the ICC World Cup held last year in the country.
PCB retains Misbah as Test captain
The Pakistan Cricket Board has no immediate plans to make any changes in the national team management and Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez will continue as captains of the Test, ODI and T20 teams respectively.
Pujara, Dhawan in Mumbai 'A' squad for warm-up tie
Middle order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara of Saurashtra and in-form Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan were included in the Mumbai 'A' squad to play against England team in the visitors' second warm-up game at the D Y Patil Stadium here from November 3-5.
Tendulkar, Zaheer to play Ranji opener against Railways
Senior cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan were included in the Mumbai squad to play against Railways in the Ranji Trophy league opener at the Wankhede Stadium from November 2-5.
Harbhajan, Ishant demoted to Grade B in BCCI contracts
Rising talent, off-spinner R Ashwin replaced out-of-form senior tweaker Harbhajan Singh in the top bracket of BCCI's list of central retainership contracts, while struggling pacer Ishant Sharma was also demoted from Grade A to B.
Morris speechless after Lions' 'unbelievable' performance
Star of Highveld Lions' Champions League Twenty20 semi-final win over Delhi Daredevils, pacer Chris Morris said picking up two wickets at an economy rate of just 1.75 in a T20 game was 'unbelievable'.
Mahela concedes, Daredevils lack big game attitude
Livid after Delhi Daredevils went down meekly to Highveld Lions in the Champions League Twenty20 semi-final, skipper Mahela Jayawardene said his team did not have the "right attitude" and was bogged down by nerves and pressure.
No Test recall yet for Aus opener Hughes
Phillip Hughes's hopes of breaking back into Australia's Test side for the series against South Africa suffered a blow on Friday after the opening batsman was named in an Australian A team to take on the Proteas in a tour match in Sydney.
CL T20: Lions upset Delhi Daredevils to enter final
Kevin Pietersen waged a lone battle but Delhi Daredevils simply lacked the firepower as they lost to Highveld Lions by 22 runs in the first semi-final of the Champions League Twenty20 in Durban on Thursday.
October 25, 2012Hey, first woman to serve on Cricket Australia board
Banker Jacquie Hey broke more than a century of male exclusivity when she was unanimously voted onto the board of Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday.
Saxena, Majumdar spin East to Duleep Trophy title
Bengal's left-arm spinner Iresh Saxena and part-time leg-break bowler Anustup Majumdar shared nine wickets amongst themselves as East Zone won their second successive Duleep Trophy title beating Central Zone by virtue of 43-run first innings lead.
Gavaskar to receive BCCI's lifetime achievement award
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar will be conferred the Col C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award at the annual BCCI awards function.
Jayawardene, Malinga rested for NZ T20
Sri Lanka's cricket selectors opted to rest Mahela Jayawardene and Lasith Malinga for one-off Twenty20 international, in Pallekele on October 30, against touring New Zealand. Both are currently playing in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa. Off-spinner Ajantha Mendis, meanwhile, was overlooked as he is nursing a side strain he suffered during the World Twenty20.
BCCI is gifting IPL team to Srinivasan's friends: Modi
Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi fired a fresh salvo at BCCI president N Srinivasan, alleging that he is trying to "gift" the Hyderabad franchise to his "friends".
'I want Pietersen to score match-winning runs vs India'
The England team on Thursday embarked on their gruelling Test tour of India with captain Alastair Cook insisting that Kevin Pietersen's text message scandal was over and he was delighted to have the controversial batsman in the squad for the series.
Viv to team with Warne as Melbourne Stars' mentor
West Indies batting legend Vivian Richards is set to team up with spin great Shane Warne as Melbourne Stars' team mentor in the Australian Big Bash Twenty20 League this season, according to a report.
Hyderabad's new owners offered all Deccan Chargers players
Sun TV network, the new owners of the Hyderabad IPL franchise, have been offered all the current players of the now-terminated Deccan Chargers, an official said on Thursday.
Vaughan blasts India's 'pathetic' tactics for warm-up
The Indian selectors' decision to not include a spinner in the India 'A' team for the three-day warm-up match against the visiting England side has irked former English captain, Michael Vaughan, who described the tactics as "pathetic".
Sun TV wins IPL Hyderabad franchise
Sun TV network won the Hyderabad franchise during the bid for a new Indian Premier League team, in Mumbai, on Thursday.
October 24, 2012Mathews to captain Sri Lanka T20 side
All-rounder Angelo Mathews was named Sri Lanka Twenty20 captain on Wednesday for the next 12 months in an appointment, which could lead to him taking over as leader of the Test side.
Duleep Trophy: Tanmay keeps Central Zone's hopes alive
Opener Tanmay Srivastava kept Central Zone's hopes of Duleep Trophy title alive with a patient 46 not out as his side ended the fourth day of the summit clash against East Zone at 74 for two in their first innings in Chennai on Wednesday.
Pybus steps down as Bangladesh coach
Richard Pybus has stepped down as Bangladesh head coach, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Wednesday.
Delhi batting power up against Lions' bowling consistency
Delhi Daredevils' batting might would be put through a stern test by the consistent bowling attack of Highveld Lions when the two sides clash in the first semi-final of the Champions League Twenty20 in Durban on Thursday.
Sri Lanka to legislate anti-corruption cricket laws
Sri Lanka government will soon be framing anti-corruption laws to eradicate the possibility of match fixing in cricket, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has told the Parliament.
Yuvraj picked for practice game against England
Comeback batsman Yuvraj Singh was picked in the India A squad which will play England XI in their opening three-day practice game scheduled from October 30 in Mumbai.
New Zealand seek Muralitharan help on Sri Lanka tour
Test cricket's leading wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan will be asked to pass on his expertise to New Zealand's bowlers and batsmen on their tour of Sri Lanka, the country's head coach has said.
October 23, 2012Delhi-Titans CLT20 match washed out
Delhi Daredevils progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20 with an unbeaten record after their final group match against Titans was abandoned because of rain.
Daredevils in semis after Scorchers trump Aces
Delhi Daredevils made it to the Champions League Twenty20 semi-finals after Auckland Aces, another contender, was beaten by 16 runs in their last group league game by Perth Scorchers, in Centurion, on Tuesday. Scorchers' victory meant Auckland Aces, with six points, were ousted, as Delhi (10 points) and Nashua Titans (8) occupy the top two slots.
PVP Ventures to bid for new IPL franchise
PVP Ventures, a Hyderabad-based multi business house which has interest in realty, media and entertainment, on Tuesday said that it would throw its hat in the upcoming bidding for a new Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise.
Jaggi's century saves East after Jalaj takes five
Jharkhand batsman Ishank Jaggi scored a gutsy century to bail his team out of a precarious situation as East Zone finished their first innings at a respectable 232 against Central Zone on the third day of Duleep Trophy final.
Test recall looms for Aus pacer Johnson
Mitchell Johnson still has a future in Test cricket and the 30-year-old could be in line for a recall, Australia's new fast-bowling coach has said.
CL T20: Holders Mumbai Indians end campaign winless
Mumbai Indians' disastrous campaign in the Champions League Twenty20 came to an end with their third defeat in four matches as they meekly surrendered to Sydney Sixers by 12 runs at Kingsmead in Durban on Monday night.
October 22, 2012Chennai end CLT20 campaign with win over Yorkshire
Chennai Super Kings produced a clinical all-round show as they scored a comfortable four-wicket victory over Yorkshire to sign off their Champions League Twenty20 campaign on a winning note, in Durban, on Monday.
England team in search of new shirt sponsor
England's cricket team, deposed by South Africa as the world's top Test side, has begun the search for a new shirt sponsor after Brit Insurance said it would not renew its contract when it expires in early 2014.
Duleep final: East crawl on rain-curtailed Day 2
East Zone lost their top order batsmen after a cautious start and ended a rain-curtailed Day 2 in the Duleep Trophy final against Central Zone on 64 for 3 in Chennai, on Monday.
CL T20: Auckland seek win against Scorchers to stay alive
A semi-final berth seems like a distant possibility for Auckland Aces but the New Zealand side will look to keep itself in the calculations by taming the demoralised Perth Scorchers when the two teams lock horns in their final round-robin Champions League Twenty20 match in Centurion on Tuesday.
Exhibition T20s in Pakistan end on a successful note
The second exhibition Twenty20 match between the International World XI and Pakistan Stars XI ended peacefully and amidst fanfare and fireworks allowing Pakistanis to celebrate the return of of international cricket to the country after nearly three-and-a-half years.
'CA should employ guidelines over participation Big Bash'
Cricket NSW Chairman Dr Harry Harinath believes Cricket Australia needs to set guidelines regarding any restraint on Test players who would be competing for places in the Big Bash League franchises.
CL T20: Kallis blames rain for KKR ouster
Had it not been for the washed-out game against Perth Scorchers, reigning IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders could have made the semi-finals of the ongoing Champions League Twenty20, said senior all-rounder Jacques Kallis.
Lara had rejected offer to play exhibition ties in Pak
Brian Lara, who was made an offer to play for the International XI in the two Twenty20 exhibition matches in Karachi, refused it because he was concerned about the message his participation would send out, given that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had distanced itself from the games.
Samuels to play for Melbourne Renegades in Big Bash
Hard-hitting West Indies batsman batsman Marlon Samuels will play in Australia's second T20 Big Bash League season for Melbourne Renegades. He joins Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan as the second international on the Renegades' list for BBL.
Pakistan delay Zimbabwe tour for India trip
Pakistan have been invited by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to play three One-Day Internationals and two T20 matches in December.
Kolkata sign off with a big win over Titans
Kolkata Knight Riders produced a clinical performance in their concluding group match as they comprehensively thrashed Titans by 99 runs in the Champions League Twenty20.
October 21, 2012CLT20: Daredevils in hunt for semis berth
Ajit Agarkar's all-round display backed by a composed half century from Virender Sehwag helped Delhi Daredevils beat Perth Scorchers by three wickets and move a step closer to a semifinal berth in the Champions League Twenty20 in Cape Town on Sunday.
Laxman to lead Hyderabad in Ranji
Retired batsman VVS Laxman will lead Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy Group 'A' league match against a Punjab Cricket Association team in Mohali from November 2.
Hussey leaves CLT20 due to 'personal reasons'
Australian batsman Michael Hussey has returned home from the Champions League Twenty20 here due to 'personal reasons' after his team was ousted from semifinal contention.
First day of Duleep Trophy final washed out
Persistent rain washed out the opening day's play of the Duleep Trophy final match between Central Zone and East Zone without a ball being bowled in Chennai, on Sunday.
Exhibition T20: Pakistan XI beat World XI by 84 runs
Pakistan All Star XI demolished International World XI by 84 runs in a Twenty20 exhibition match at the National Stadium here that marked the return of international cricket in the country after a hiatus of more than three years.
Both IPL teams wanted to win for pride: Karthik
The IPL derby between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings might have been reduced to a dead-rubber even before its start but both the teams were desperate to win the match for pride, said Mumbai stumper Dinesh Karthik.
I am proud of my boys, says captain Harbhajan Singh
Despite suffering a narrow six-run loss to Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh has appreciated the efforts of his boys and said he was proud of his team for putting up a fight in their Champions League Twenty20 in Johannesburg.
CL T20: Bowlers help Chennai edge past holders Mumbai
Lasith Malinga's five-wicket haul and Dinesh Karthik's whirlwind 74 went in vain as Chennai Super Kings eked out a narrow six-run win over Mumbai Indians in an inconsequential Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 in Johannesburg on Saturday night.
Exhibition match marks return of cricket in Pakistan
Pakistan took a significant step towards the resumption of international cricket in the country following the successful organisation of an exhibition match between International World XI and Pakistan XI in Karachi on Saturday.
October 20, 2012CL 20: Mumbai, Chennai crash out as Lions enter semis
Highveld Lions defeated Yorkshire comfortably by five wickets in a Group B encounter of the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 in Johannesburg, which effectively dashed the hopes of two IPL teams, defending champions Mumbai Indian and Chennai Super Kings.
Duleep Trophy: East eye an encore in the final
Defending champions East Zone will seek to do an encore when they meet an upbeat Central Zone in Duleep Trophy cricket tournament final which is a virtual replay of last edition played in Indore.
Tony Greig diagnosed with cancer
Former England cricket captain Tony Greig has been diagnosed with a form of lung cancer and will undergo medical tests later this week to determine at what stage the disease is at the moment.
Afridi hits out at Butt for criticising WT20 show
Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi has hit out at disgraced former captain Salman Butt for criticising his performance in the World Twenty20 in a TV show, saying that a player who "tainted the name of the country" should not have been hired as an expert.
England to take on India A in opening warm-up tie
The touring England cricketers will take on India A in their opening warm-up game ahead of the four-Test series against India starting November 15, the BCCI announced on Saturday.
October 19, 2012CL T20: Delhi Daredevils's second match washed out
The Champions League Twenty20 match between Delhi Daredevils and Auckland Aces was abandoned due to incessant rains in Durban on Friday.
Razzak fined for WT20 outburst against captain
Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzak was fined Rs one lakh on Friday for his outburst against the team's T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez after the ICC World Twenty20 event.
Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola fired
Suspended Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola has been dismissed for his part in a bonus scandal following a disciplinary hearing, the organisation announced on Friday.
Deccan Chargers players' dues have been paid, says BCCI
The BCCI has clarified that all the dues to be paid to the players of Deccan Chargers, whose IPL contract has been terminated by the Board, for the last season have been met.
SC refuses to stay Deccan Chargers termination
The cash-strapped Deccan Chargers are out from the Indian Premier League after the Supreme Court refused to stay the Hyderabad team's termination by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The apex court, on Friday, declined to interfere with Thursday's ruling of the Bombay high court, which set aside the status quo order passed by an arbitrator on cessation of its membership in the cash-rich league.
CLT20: Lions aim to clinch semis berth
South Africa's Highveld Lions will look to inch closer to a semifinal berth when they take on struggling and injury-hit English side Yorkshire in a group B encounter of the Champions League Twenty20 in Johannesburg.
Booooom, tweets thrilled KP on India selection
England's Kevin Pietersen expressed thanks through Twitter after being picked for England's tour of India.
Hayden against Tendulkar receiving Order of Australia
Upset at Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar getting the Order of Australia, former batsman Matthew Hayden said the honour should be 'exclusive' to his countrymen.
ICC asks PCB to rename World XI team for T20 event
The name of the World XI has been changed to International XI by the organisers for the two Twenty20 matches to be played in Pakistan following objection from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Rain puts Mumbai Indians on the brink of exit
Mumbai Indians found themselves on the brink of exit from the Champions League Twenty20 after rain washed out their Group B match against Yorkshire in Cape Town.
October 18, 2012ICC happy with Ranchi stadium, says JSCA president
The International Cricket Council approved the newly constructed JSCA stadium to host the third One-Day International between India and England on January 19, Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) president Amitabh Choudhary said.
Sydney tame Lions to inch closer to semis
Shane Watson's dream run in shortest format continued as the all-rounder smashed a quickfire 47 after claiming two wickets as Sydney Sixers beat Highveld Lions by five wickets as they inch closer to semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20 in Cape Town.
Pietersen back in England fold for tour of India
The England selectors today announced that Kevin Pietersen has been added to the Test squad for the forthcoming tour of India.
Crowe says will battle cancer with grit of playing days
Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe blamed illnesses picked up touring during a 13-year international cricket career for his diagnosis with the cancer lymphoma. Crowe said his cancer was 'very treatable' and he would battle it with the same determination he displayed during his playing days.
Court declines to stay termination of Deccan Chargers
The cash-strapped Deccan Chargers will remain terminated from the IPL after the Bombay high court on Thursday set aside a status quo order passed by an arbitrator on cessation of its membership in the league.
England players ready to end rift with Pietersen: Broad
England pacer Stuart Broad has said his international teammates are ready to end their rift with Kevin Pietersen after agreeing to peace talks with the controversial batsman.
ECB officials inspect facilities at Eden Gardens
England Cricket Board (ECB) officials visited Kolkata's Eden Gardens on Wednesday to assess facilities and security arrangements ahead of the England cricket team's upcoming tour to India.
Suspended CSA CEO Majola found guilty over IPL bonuses
Suspended Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola has been found guilty of unauthorised expenditure at a disciplinary hearing to investigate the IPL II bonuses he paid to himself and other CSA staff.
Everybody is susceptible: ICC CEO on corruption
ICC CEO Dave Richardson says that cricket's world governing body is facing a "war" against corruption right now in which "everybody is susceptible", including the curators and the groundsmen.
Scorchers' Ronchi disappointed with rained out game
Australia's Perth Scorchers have opened their account in the Champions League Twenty20 after a poor start but wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi is disappointed that the two points have come because of a washout.
ICC forces PCB to rename teams for exhibition matches
The two exhibition Twenty20 matches between a World XI and Pakistan Stars XI ran into trouble after the International Cricket Council objected to the visiting team's name, forcing the organisers to rename the side.
October 17, 2012Kolkata Knight Riders eliminated from Champions League T20
IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders were on Wednesday knocked out of the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 after their must-win match against Perth Scorchers was called off due to incessant rain in Durban.
Future of Deccan players discussed at IPL GC meeting
The IPL governing council met in Mumbai on Wednesday to discuss various issues related to the termination of cash-strapped Deccan Chargers and matters regarding to its new franchise for which tenders have been floated.
Rudolph lifts Titans to big win over Auckland
Titans produced a clinical all-round display to post a crushing 59-run victory over Auckland Aces in their Group A Champions League Twenty20 match in Durban.
Kolkata may host India-Pakistan ODI on January 3
The One-Day International between India and Pakistan scheduled to be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata will be held on January 3.
MCA may convert CIC into technical committee
A committee of cricketers set up ten years ago by the then Mumbai Cricket Association president Sharad Pawar to improve the game could be discontinued or converted into a technical committee.
Seven-star Dinda takes East to Duleep Trophy final
Bengal speedster Ashok Dinda's hostile spell of fast bowling helped defending champions East Zone reach the final of the Duleep Trophy for the second successive time after beating South Zone by virtue of 23-run first innings lead.
Tendulkar widely admired in Australia: Aus PM Gillard
Claiming that Sachin Tendulkar is widely admired in her country as in India, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday thanked the iconic cricketer for accepting the Membership of the Order of Australia.
Bhuvneshwar's century takes Central to Duleep final
Bhuvneshwar Kumar single-handedly took Central Zone to the Duleep Trophy final with a cracking century against North Zone in the semi-final of the Duleep Trophy in Hyderabad.
CL T20: Confident Sixers will look to tame Lions
It will be a battle of the elites when Sydney Sixers take on Highveld Lions in a Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 at Newlands in Cape Town on Thursday to maintain their supremacy at the points table.
England's tour game to be moved to DY Patil over security
The second warm-up game of the England on their forthcoming tour to India has been shifted from the Mumbai Cricket Association's Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) ground to D Y Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai.
It's always good to beat IPL sides: McKenzie
Back-to-back wins over two star-studded Indian Premier League teams -- Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings -- have made the Highveld Lions a force to reckon with in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament, feels senior batsman Neil McKenzie.
PCB launches committee to probe umpire fixing claims
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has constituted a committee to probe into the allegations of corruption against umpires Nadeem Ghouri and Anis-ur-Rehman.
Dhoni says free hits cost Super Kings CL T20 match
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed loss of momentum due to free hits conceded as one of the reasons for his side's defeat at the hands of Highveld Lions in Champions League Twenty20 in Cape Town on Tuesday.
Aus MP questions decision to award Sachin MOA
An Australian politician has questioned Prime Minister Julia Gillard's decision to award an Order of Australia to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for his contribution to sport.
Chennai Super Kings slump to second loss in CLT20
Chennai Super Kings' chances of making it to the semi-finals in the Champions League Twenty20 suffered a blow as they slumped to their second consecutive defeat in the tournament with a six-wicket loss at the hands of Highveld Lions.
October 16, 2012World XI to play two matches in Pakistan
A world XI will play two Twenty20 cricket matches in Pakistan this week in a development organisers hope will help to convince foreign teams to tour the country.
East enjoys 152-run lead over South in Duleep semis
The first semi-final of the Duleep Trophy between defending champions East Zone and South Zone is interestingly poised with the former scoring 126 for six in their second innings to enjoy a slender 152-run lead at stumps on day 3 in Visakhapatnam.
CL T20: Sixers crush Yorkshire for second straight win
In-form Sydney Sixers produced a clinical all-round performance and romped to a crushing eight-wicket win over Yorkshire in their Champions League Twenty20 match in Cape Town on Tuesday.
Duleep semis: Bhuvaneshwar ton leads Central's fightback
Uttar Pradesh all-rounder Bhuvaneshwar Kumar's gutsy century helped him script an unbelievable comeback for his side Central Zone as they are 10 runs shy of taking an all-important lead against North Zone in the Duleep Trophy semi-final in Hyderabad.
Sydney Sixers furious over Watson's recall
Sydney Sixers boss Stuart Clark has slammed the decision to withdraw Shane Watson midway through their Twenty20 Champions League campaign in South Africa whereas Cricket Australia has said that they began negotiations with the Sixers in August about the possibility of resting the all rounder from the Champions League.
Chittagong Kings name Lara as their brand ambassador
Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise Chittagong Kings has named former West Indies cricket captain Brian Lara as its brand ambassador.
Sacked CSA chief Majola takes bosses, government to court
Suspended Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola is taking his bosses as well as president Jacob Zuma and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to court in an attempt to get his position back.
Tendulkar, Zaheer to play for Mumbai in Ranji opener
Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan are all set to strengthen Mumbai in their Ranji Trophy opener against Railways at the Wankhede Stadium in the first week of November.
We've failed to get our game together so far: McCullum
Kolkata Knight Riders' loss to Auckland Aces on Monday match left New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum with mixed emotions. On the one hand, he felt gutted for his IPL champion team but on the other, he was glad to see a New Zealand side doing well.
Vincent happy to complete 'unfinished business' with KKR
Auckland Aces opener Lou Vincent said the win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday was long-awaited sweet revenge after the IPL team had shunted Auckland out of the event's last edition with narrow victory.
Tendulkar to be given Order of Australia honour
Iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is all set to become the first Indian sportsperson to be conferred with the Membership of the Order of Australia, an honour 'rarely' bestowed on non-Australians.
CA summons Watson to return from CLT20, Clarke pleased
Star all-rounder Shane Watson has been told to early return early from the Champions League Twenty20 by Cricket Australia and skipper Michael Clarke has backed the decision, saying it is in the national team's best interest.
CL T20: Azhar Mahmood helps Auckland thrash Kolkata
Kolkata Knight Riders' chances of making the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament suffered a major blow as they slumped to their second successive defeat after losing to Auckland Aces by seven wickets in a Group A match in Cape Town on Monday.
October 15, 2012Samantray keeps East in hunt for Duleep final berth
Orissa all-rounder Biplab Samantray's fine spell kept defending champions East Zone in the hunt for a berth in the Duleep Trophy final. He claimed three wickets for 22 runs in 14.1 overs to have South precariously placed at 134 for 5 at stumps on the second day. Earlier, East were dismissed for 267 in their first innings.
I wasn't trying to prove a point to anyone: Yuvraj
A lot of experts including former India captain Sourav Ganguly had questioned his early return to national team but Yuvraj Singh maintains that his double century in the Duleep Trophy match against Central Zone was not an answer to his critics.
Collier apologises to South Africa over Pietersen remark
England cricket chief David Collier has been forced to apologise to South Africa after accusing their players of provoking Kevin Pietersen in the text message row that led to the batsman being dropped.
Former NZ captain Martin Crowe diagnosed with cancer
Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has been diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer, it was reported on Monday.
CL T20: Dhoni's CSK needs to plug bowling loopholes
A narrow 14-run defeat was not the ideal start for the former champions Chennai Super Kings, and they will look to make amends in their bowling when they taken on the impressive Highveld Lions on Tuesday.
Duleep Trophy: Yuvraj's double century hoists North
Yuvraj Singh carried on from where he left off as he completed a well-deserved double century to put North in a comfortable position at stumps on the second day of their Duleep Trophy semi-final against Central Zone in Hyderabad.
CL T20: Sydney Sixers hope to maintain momentum
Australia's in-form Sydney Sixers start outright favourites but will have to guard against complacency when they take on spirited English qualifiers Yorkshire in their second Group B encounter of the Champions League Twenty20 in Cape Town on Tuesday.
CA likely to cut short Watson's stay in CL T20
Prolific Australian all-rounder Shane Watson could be ordered to return midway through the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 by the country's Cricket Board, which wants him to take a break after his stellar performance in the recent World Twenty20.
Lions' Phangiso celebrates Tendulkar's wicket all night
He was gunning for Sachin Tendulkar's wicket ever since Highveld Lions were drawn to play Mumbai Indians in the Champions League Twenty20 and so thrilled was little-known spinner Aaron Phangiso after getting the prized scalp that he remained up all night to celebrate the achievement.
McKenzie, De Kock guide Lions to victory
Defending champions Mumbai Indians started their campaign on a disappointing note, losing to Lions by eight wickets, in their opening match of the Champions League Twenty20 in Johannesburg on Sunday.
October 14, 2012Henriques' all-round show helps Sydney outclass Chennai
Sydney Sixers relied on a superb all-round show from Moises Henriques and a couple of stunning catches as they thumped Chennai Super Kings by 14 runs in their opening Champions League Twenty20 Group B match.
Saurabh, Basant lead fightback as East reach 187/6
Jharkhand batsman Saurabh Tiwary and Orissa all-rounder Basant Mohanty scripted an impressive recovery with an undefeated century-plus stand as East Zone reached 187 for six at stumps on Day I, of their Duleep Trophy semi-final against South Zone.
Afridi's press conference put off by PCB
A scheduled press conference by flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, which had set the rumour mills working overtime, has been called off after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) advised him not to address the media.
Yuvraj shines with an unbeaten ton in Duleep semis
Yuvraj Singh made a brilliant comeback into first-class arena as he smashed an unbeaten century for North Zone against Central on the first day of a semi-final match in the Duleep Trophy in Hyderabad.
Never thought of cutting pace despite injuries: Lee
Injuries ravaged his body but retired Australian fast bowler Brett Lee says he never thought of cutting down pace and he wants to pass on this "never say die attitude" to the next generation before quitting cricket completely.
BCCI floats tender for new IPL franchise
After terminating cash-strapped Deccan Chargers from the Indian Premier League, the BCCI began the process of finding a new team by floating tender notices for a fresh franchise.
Clinical Daredevils crush Knight Riders by 52 runs
Delhi Daredevils produced a superb bowling show as they crushed Kolkata Knight riders by 52 runs in their opening Champions League Twenty20 match in Centurion on Saturday.
October 13, 2012Rudolph leads Titans to 39-run win over Scorchers
Jacques Rudolph led Titans' dominant all-round display with a 59-ball 83 to propel the home team to a convincing 39-run win over Perth Scorchers in the Champions League Twenty20 opener in Centurion.
Wadekar slams 'sick' players for choosing T20s over Tests
Former India captain and ex-cricket manager Ajit Wadekar has criticised the tendency of some players who report sick and miss Tests before magically recovering in time when lucrative T20 games come around.
South Zone favourites against defending champions East
A formidable South Zone team will start as clear favourites against defending champions East Zone in the semi-final of the Duleep Trophy starting from on Sunday at the VDCA ground.
All eyes on Yuvraj as North take on Central in semis
After an inspirational comeback into international cricket since recovering from rare germ cell cancer, Yuvraj Singh will now be back in white flannels as North Zone take on Central Zone in a Duleep Trophy semis in Hyderabad on Sunday.
CLT20: Super Kings will be wary of Watson and Sixers
Featuring players who shone at the World Twenty20, Australia's Sydney Sixers might prove to be quite a handful for the Chennai Super Kings when the two teams clash in their opening Group B encounter of the Champions League T20, in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Hours after sale deal, Deccan Chargers out of IPL
There was no confirmation on whether or not BCCI will review its earlier decision to terminate the franchise.
Chargers fail to give bank guarantee, termination stands
After a month long legal battle, the cash-strapped Deccan Chargers on Saturday lost its status as an IPL team after the Bombay High Court stayed the order of Arbitrator for maintaining status quo on the matter till further hearing.
'CLT20 affecting preparations for SA Test series'
Australia's chief cricket selector John Inverarity feels the Champions League Twenty20 starting on Saturday is adversely affecting the team's Test preparations ahead of the series against South Africa next month.
Muralitharan calls for life ban on spot-fixers
Anyone involved in spot-fixing should be banned for life, former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan said on Saturday, days after six umpires were provisionally suspended for allegedly agreeing to fix matches.
DDCA didn't support Mohinder when BCCI ousted him: Bedi
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has blasted the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) for not "pulling their weight behind" Mohinder Amarnath who was removed from selector's post after his first season.
ECB panel inspects Saurashtra CA stadium
A three-member committee of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) visited the newly-constructed Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium at Khandheri, where the English team is scheduled to play an ODI against India in January.
October 12, 2012IPL teams face stiff test as CLT20 enters main draw
After their not so memorable outing in the just-concluded ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka, it will be a test of character for the Indian boys in the Champions League Twenty20, which commences on Saturday.
Deccan Chargers sold to Mumbai real estate firm
The owners of the cash-strapped Deccan Chargers sold the Indian Premier League franchise to a real estate company for an undisclosed sum. Deccan Chronicle Holdings, which paid $107 million for the franchise in 2008, informed the stock exchanges on Friday of their decision to sell the team to Kamla Landmarc, a Mumbai-based real estate company.
Gibbs raring to 'explode' for Scorchers at CLT20
Former South African opener Herschelle Gibbs says he is ready to 'explode' during the Champions League Twenty20 main tournament which starts on Saturday in Centurion.
Vengeful PCB to cancel 'A' team's series against WI
The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to cancel its 'A' team's series against the West Indies after the Caribbean side refused to tour Pakistan due to of security concerns and offered to play in the United Arab Emirates.
'Time to push for return of international cricket in Pak'
Starved of international cricket at home, Pakistan's Test and One-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq said it is unfair to deprive his team of a chance to compete in front of its own crowd due to the lingering security concerns of international sides.
Sohail guides Stallions to victory over Hampshire
Sialkot Stallions will go back home with some pride as they beat Hampshire by six wickets in their inconsequential Pool 1 qualifying match of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in Johannesburg.
October 11, 2012SLC suspends umpires accused of match-fixing
Sri Lanka Cricket's umpires committee has decided to suspend the three local umpires caught in a TV sting, which alleged that they were willing to fix Twenty20 matches.
Rain washes out Trinidad-Uva CLT20 match
The Champions League T20 match between Trinidad & Tobago and Uva Next in Johannesburg on Thursday was washed out after the former put up a healthy 181 for 3.
Sehwag clears fitness test, will play against KKR
The Indian opener had suffered a ligament strain on his left ankle during the recently-concluded World T20 Super Eights match against South Africa in Colombo.
Chris Gayle is world's best T20 cricketer: Shane Watson
Australian vice captain Watson is not comfortable with the suggestion that he is the world's No.1 Twenty20 player, and still rates West Indian Chris Gayle as the best T20 cricketer.
'South Africa will find it hard to beat Australia'
Veteran Australian batsman Ricky Ponting has claimed he is in the shape of his life currently and is ready for the Test series against a talented but predictable South Africa team in November.
'I really would love to get one over South Africa'
Australia coach Mickey Arthur has admitted their Test series against his former team South Africa would be massively emotional for him, and cheekily added that he would love to get one over them.
Kumble named chairman of ICC Cricket Committee
Former India captain Anil Kumble was on Thursday unanimously appointed chairman of ICC's Cricket Committee by the game's governing body, replacing West Indies great Clive Lloyd.
MCA asks BCCI to shift warm-up tie to DY Patil stadium
The Mumbai Cricket Association has written to the BCCI requesting it to shift the visiting England team's second warm-up game from the Bandra Kurla Complex ground to D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai mainly due to security concerns.
Pietersen will be welcome by teammates: Broad
Kevin Pietersen will be welcomed back into the England team when the controversial middle-order batsman returns to the national side, Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad said on Wednesday.
Vettori left out, spinner Astle gets call-up for SL tour
Leg-spinning all-rounder Todd Astle is a surprise call-up to New Zealand's Test squad for their November tour of Sri Lanka, while former captain Daniel Vettori has not been considered as he battles an Achilles' injury.
CLT20: Ballance, Rashid guide Yorkshire into main draw
Yorkshire rode on Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid's batting heroics to qualify for the main draw of the Champions League Twenty20 with a comfortable six-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago in Centurion on Wednesday.
October 10, 2012Why was Kevin Pietersen forced to apologise?
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should answer why Kevin Pietersen was forced to apologise in a press conference in front of the whole world, when the cricket board itself admits the text messages, which the flamboyant batsman sent to South Africa players were only provocative and not derogatory, according to sports journalist, Mike Walters.
ICC suspends umpires caught in sting operation
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday suspended the six umpires caught in a TV sting, which alleged that they were willing to fix Twenty20 matches, pending the completion of an inquiry against them.
PCB slaps notice on Qadir for criticising Pak team
Pakistan's former spinner Abdul Qadir is on collision course with the country's Cricket Board, which has sent him a showcause notice for criticising the national team's World Twenty20 performance while being on the PCB's payroll.
Hooper says IPL 'one of the biggest threats to cricket'
Former West Indies captain Carl Hooper feels the Indian Premier League is 'one of the biggest threats' to international cricket right now.
Razzaq likely to take legal action over showcause notice
Reacting to a showcause notice sent by the Pakistan Cricket Board, veteran all-rounder Abdul Razzaq said he would consult his lawyers before responding.
Pak umpire Ghauri says sting op fake, may sue channel
Implicated in the TV sting operation that claims to have exposed corruption by umpires, Pakistan's Nadeem Ghauri is planning to take legal action against the channel after getting the subtle backing of his Cricket Board which has 'decided against jumping to conclusions'.
SA demand ECB apology over Pietersen text row
South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith has strongly denied recent suggestions that he or his team deliberately provoked England batsman Kevin Pietersen into sending 'provocative' text messages to the Proteas players during the recent Test series between the sides.
Auckland beat Sialkot by six wickets in CLT20
Auckland dished out a disciplined all-round performance to notch up a comfortable six-wicket victory over Sialkot Stallions in the qualifying match of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in Johannesburg.
CLT20: Mahmood stars as Auckland make main draw
Veteran all-rounder Azhar Mahmood grabbed five wickets and struck a half-century as Auckland Aces thrashed Hampshire by eight wickets to qualify for the main draw of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday.
Former Zimbabwe all-rounder and coach Curran passes away
According to a statement by Zimbabwe Cricket, he collapsed while jogging, but details regarding the exact cause of his death haven't been determined yet.
October 09, 2012Yorkshire beat Uva by 5 wickets in CLT20 qualifier
Yorkshire produced a clinically all-round performance to defeat Uva Next by five wickets in the Champions League Twenty20's opening qualifying match in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Tendulkar proposes sports education for India schools
Having made an indelible mark in the world of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar could now be associated with promotion of sports in schools and higher education by tapping and nurturing the potential for bigger gains in global events like Olympics.
Deccan Chronicle get three more days for bank guarantee
The Bombay high court has granted Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd (DCHL) three more days to furnish an irrevocable and unconditional bank guarantee of Rs 100 crore to the Board of Control for Cricket in India for its Indian Premier League franchise Deccan Chargers.
North Zone in semi-finals of Duleep Trophy
North Zone advanced to the semi-finals of the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament by virtue of their 320-run first innings lead as the inconsequential fourth and final day's play ended with West Zone losing two wickets in their second essay in Chennai.
CLT20 technical committee approves change in squads
The Champions League Twenty20 Technical Committee has approved the changes made by Chennai Super Kings for injured Dwayne Bravo and Anirudh Srikkanth.
Lankan umpire Dissanayaka rubbishes fixing allegations
Gamini Dissanayaka, one of three local umpires implicated by an Indian TV channel over a match fixing inquiry outrightly rejected the accusation.
Injury puts Bravo, Bairstow out of Champions League
The Champions League Twenty20 suffered a blow on Tuesday when international players Dwayne Bravo and Jonny Bairstow were ruled out because of injuries.
Dhoni skips Territorial Army Day parade
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is also an Honorary Lt Col in the Territorial Army, on Tuesday, chose to give the organisation's annual parade in New Delhi a miss.
Sandhu, Kulkarni's resignations not crisis: MCA
The resignations of former India cricketers Balwinder Singh Sandhu and Nilesh Kulkarni from Mumbai Cricket Association's recommendatory body for development of the game, CIC, do not constitute a crisis, according to MCA president Ravi Savant.
Ex-umpire Hair not surprised by fixing claims
Former ICC elite panel umpire Darrell Hair is not at all surprised by the allegations of fixing against match officials, and said such rumours started doing rounds since the birth of the cash-rich Indian Premier League.
ICC to investigate spot-fixing charges against umpires
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched an investigation into match-fixing allegations made by a television channel against international umpires.
The top batsmen/bowlers at World T20
Rajneesh Gupta presents detailed statistical analysis of the top individual performances in the tournament.
October 08, 2012Umpires caught agreeing to spot fix: TV channel
A television channel has said it has caught on camera international umpires agreeing to fix matches during domestic Twenty20 tournaments.
Probe begins in alleged DDCA financial scam
A team of officers from Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) visited Delhi and District Cricket Association headquarters in New Delhi on Monday and began investigation into the charges of alleged financial irregularities levelled by former India cricketer Kirti Azad.
South Africa deny they instigated Pietersen text row
Cricket South Africa (CSA) have dismissed claims their players instigated the text-message row that led to batsman Kevin Pietersen being dropped by England. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive David Collier told BBC radio on Sunday that Pietersen's texts to South African players during the recent Test series were in response to messages from the opposition.
Sri Lanka fans hang themselves after WT20 defeat
Two Sri Lankan youth unable to put up with the national team's defeat in the ICC World Twenty20 cricket final against the West Indies have committed suicide, police said in Colombo on Monday.
Chance for Indians to redeem themselves in CLT20
After 20 days of high-voltage cricket in Sri Lanka -- that ended in the World T20 triumph for the West Indies -- Indian players have a chance to redeem themselves when the Champions League Twenty20 kicks-off in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Kohli lone Indian in ICC World T20 XI
Young Virat Kohli is the lone Indian to find a place in the ICC World Twenty20 men's eleven of the tournament, which is dominated by champions West Indies and runners-up Sri Lanka.
Mithali best-placed Indian women in ICC rankings
Skipper Mithali Raj was the highest placed Indian in the latest ICC T20I Women's Rankings as she remained static in the third position in the batting chart even as Jhulan Goswami fell a place to be fourth in the bowling list.
Whatmore advised rest by physician
Pakistan's foreign cricket coach, Dav Whatmore has been under a lot of stress and tension in the recent weeks and has been advised rest by a physician.
We never had momentum going in the chase: Jayawardene
ela Jayawardene, who stepped down as Sri Lanka's Twenty 20 captain after losing the World Twenty20 final against the West Indies, said his team failed to handle the "pressure situations" in the title clash.
Samuels reveals lucky neckerchief after scripting win
Marlon Samuels turned up with more than just his best form in Sunday's World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
October 07, 2012Jayawardene steps down as Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain
Mahele Jayawardene on Sunday announced his decision to step down as the captain of the Sri Lankan T20 team after losing the ICC World Twenty20 final against West Indies in Colombo.
West Indies clinch World Twenty20 title
West Indies were crowned the World Twenty20 champions after beating hosts Sri Lanka by 36 runs in a bowler-dominated final at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.
Edwards named Women's World T20 player of tournament
England captain and opening batsman Charlotte Edwards was named the player of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 after leading her side to the final in Colombo.
North Zone in cruise control in Duleep Trophy
Paras Dogra struck a strokeful half century as North Zone piled on a big total of 484 in their first innings to place themselves in a commanding position on the second day of the four-day Duleep Trophy quarter-final match against West Zone in Chennai on Sunday.
Australian woman retain World T20 title
Australian women produced an impressive performance to edge out their English counterparts by four runs in an exciting final of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Colombo.
Lankan President okay with cricket team's tour to Pak?
The 2009 Lahore terror attack is yet to become even a distant memory but Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has reportedly given his consent to the country's cricket team touring Pakistan again.
Razzaq blames Hafeez for being dropped from series
The first signs of discontent in the Pakistan team after its ouster from the World Twenty20 have surfaced with experienced allrounder Abdul Razzaq expressing his disappointment at being dropped from the semi-final that Pakistan lost against Sri Lanka.
I am satisfied with the team's performance: Hafeez
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez conceded that the team could not live up to the expectations of its fans at the World Twenty20 championships, but insisted that the side gave its best before being ousted in the semi-finals.
October 06, 2012Duleep Trophy: Dhawan's ton helps North reach 251-3
Captain Shikhar Dhawan scored a superb 101 to help North Zone reach 251 for three against West Zone on the opening day of the four-day Duleep Trophy quarter-final match in Chennai on Saturday.
Australia take on England in WT20 Women's final
Reigning champions Australia will aim for their second successive title when they take on 2009 winners England in the final of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.
WT20 final to be Taufel's last game as umpire
Australian Simon Taufel will officiate in Sunday's World Twenty20 summit clash between Sri Lanka and West Indies -- his last assignment as an ICC Elite panel umpire.
Mukund hits an unbeaten ton as series ends in a draw
Skipper Abhinav Mukund smashed an unbeaten century in the second innings as the second unofficial Test between India A and New Zealand A ended in a drab draw, in Lincoln.
Gayle says enjoyed carrying the bat through
Chris Gayle's primary job as an opener is to throw caution to the wind and give West Indies a flying start but the Jamaican said he enjoyed sharing the strike and batting till the end in Friday's World Twenty20 semi-final against Australia.
Money, glamour can deviate youngsters' focus: Shoaib
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar conceded that money and glamour can lead to youngsters going astray in international cricket but in some cases it is the system that turns players into "criminals".
October 05, 2012Gayle takes West Indies to World T20 final
Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard lit up the second semi-final with scintillating power-hitting as West Indies crushed Australia by 74 runs on Friday to reach their first World Twenty20 final.
Chris Gayle lives up to his Twitter remark
Chris Gayle surprised one and all with his prophetic tweet after the first semi-final that Sri Lanka will play the West Indies in Sunday's final but Friday he took it upon himself to ensure that he lived up to his remark.
Pietersen to meet teammates before England call-up
In an attempt to save his international career, embattled England cricketer Kevin Pietersen is expected to travel the length and breadth of the country to personally meet his team-mates and tender his apology to them.
Duleep Trophy: West enjoy edge over North
The absence of big names from both the teams notwithstanding, West Zone will enjoy a slight edge over North in the four-day quarter-final of the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament, in Chennai, on Saturday.
Women's WT20: Australia crush Windies by 28 runs
Australia got the better of West Indies by 28 runs in the second semifinal to set up a title clash against England in the final of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Colombo.
Raina blames nephew for 'Pak shameless' tweet
Suresh Raina created furore on a social-networking site when he called Pakistan "shameless" before deleting the offending Tweet and clarifying that it was a prank by his nephew.
Brownlie ton leads NZ 'A' fight back
Dean Brownlie pulled New Zealand 'A' out of troubled waters with a fighting century as India 'A' lost their stranglehold over the hosts at stumps on the third and penultimate day of the second unofficial Test in Lincoln.
Former cricketers call for axing Hafeez, Whatmore
Pakistan's semi-final exit from the ICC World Twenty20 has triggered an avalanche of criticism against captain Mohammad Hafeez and coach Dav Whatmore, with several former cricketers demanding the duo's sacking.
Umar Akmal fined for disrespecting umpires
Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during his side's 16-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the first semi-final of the World Twenty20 in Colombo.
England women crush Kiwis to enter final
Skipper Charlotte Edwards anchored a comfortable chase as England sailed into the final of the Women's World Twenty20 with an emphatic seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first semi-final on Thursday.
Sammy looking to spin a web around Aus batsmen
Darren Sammy has seen how Pakistani spinners tormented Australia earlier this week and the West Indies captain is planning to subject George Bailey and his men to the same treatment in the second semi-final of the World Twenty on Friday.
October 04, 2012Sri Lanka outclass Pakistan to enter WT20 final
Rangana Herath claimed three wickets for 25 runs as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 16 runs in the first semi-final of the World Twenty20 in Colombo on Thursday.
Sammy looking to exploit Australia's spin frailty
Darren Sammy has seen how Pakistani spinners tormented Australia earlier this week and the West Indies captain is planning to subject George Bailey and his men to the same treatment in the second semi-final of the World Twenty on Friday.
Australia captain Bailey wary of Gayle-storm
West Indies opener Chris Gayle's power-hitting can make all the difference in Friday's second semi-final of the World Twenty20 and dismissing him early would be half the battle, believes Australia captain George Bailey.
Women's WT20: England cruise past NZ to final
England stormed into the final of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 after an all-round effort gave them a convincing seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the first semi-final in Colombo, on Thursday.
India 'A' in driver's seat on Day 2 vs New Zealand
India 'A' consolidated their position in the second unofficial Test, amassing over 550 runs and then reducing New Zealand 'A' to 198 for five on the second day of the match in Lincoln on Thursday.
October 03, 2012PCB slaps indefinite ban on Abdur Rehman
The Pakistan Cricket Board banned Test player Abdur Rehman for an indefinite period after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) barred the left-arm spinner for three months following a positive test for recreational drug cannabis. The test was conducted during an English county match in August.
Rehman gets 12-week ban after positive cannabis test
Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman was handed a 12-week ban by the England and Wales Cricket Board on Wednesday after returning positive for recreational drug cannabis in a test conducted during an English county match in August.
Ekta Bisht 'tricks' in India's WT20 play-off win over SL
Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht ripped apart the Sri Lankan lower-order with a hat-trick as India outplayed the hosts by nine wickets in the play-off match of the ICC World Women Twenty20 to ensure their participation in the next edition of the tournament in 2014.
Mandeep, Menaria tons hoist India 'A' against NZ
Ashok Menaria and Mandeep Singh scored unbeaten centuries to put India 'A' in the driver's seat against New Zealand 'A' in Lincoln, on Wednesday. At close on the opening day of the second unofficial Test, the tourists were 433 for 4.
'Dhoni to be blamed for India's ouster'
Former India pacer Chetan Sharma on Wednesday held captain Mahender Singh Dhoni's selection policy responsible for the team's early ouster from the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
What went wrong for India at World T20? Discuss!
India failed to live up to its top billing yet again at the World Twenty20, knocked out in the Super Eights stage, on Tuesday. The 'Men in Blue' won the inaugural World T20 in 2007, but failed to make it to the semi-finals in the last three editions of the tournament. What do you think went wrong for India in the World T20?
Sehwag may miss Champions League Twenty20
Virender Sehwag is in doubt for the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 after he has been advised two weeks of rest because of ligament injury he sustained during India's last Super Eights game in the ICC World Twenty20 against South Africa in Colombo.
Virat top Indian batsman in T20s; Balaji best bowler
India may be out of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup championship, but the last Super Eights game between India and South Africa in Colombo on Tuesday night produced some personal and team achievements.
October 02, 2012India fail to reach semis, Pakistan through
India failed to reach the World Twenty20 semi-finals despite beating South Africa by one run in a gripping final Super Eight Group Two match on Tuesday.
PCB withdraws Abdur Rehman from CLT20
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has withdrawn Abdul Rehman from the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in the wake of Test spinner failing a dope test in England.
I have not consumed any prohibited substance: Rehman
Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, who is facing a two-year ban after testing positive in England, on Tuesday claimed that he has not consumed any prohibited medicines or substances which could lead to his sanctioning.
What India need to do to qualify for the semi-finals
With Pakistan beating Australia by 32 runs, here is what India need to do to qualify for semi-finals of the World Twenty20.
Big win for Pakistan but Australia make semis
Saeed Ajmal and Raza Hasan spun Pakistan to a 32-run victory against Australia in their Super Eight match to keep alive their World Twenty20 semi-final hopes on Tuesday.
ICC likely to examine Sri Lanka captaincy switch
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is likely to look into Sri Lanka's captaincy switch in Monday's World Twenty20 Super Eight match against England.
Pujara, Munaf help India B beat Bengal by 21 runs
Skipper Cheteshwar Pujara struck his second unbeaten century in as many days while Praveen Kumar blasted his way to a 26-ball 53 as India 'B' posted a 21-run win over Bengal to set up a title clash with India 'A' in the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy in Rajkot on Monday.
October 01, 2012Sri Lanka knock out defending champions England
Lasith Malinga took five wickets to help Sri Lanka knock Twenty20 World Cup holders England out of the tournament with a 19-run Super Eights victory on Monday that put the hosts safely into the semi-finals.
Windies oust NZ in Super Over, keep SF hopes alive
A spirited West Indies kept alive their semi-final hopes in the ICC World Twenty20, pulling off a sensational victory over New Zealand via the Super Over in their last match of the Super Eights, in Pallekele, on Monday.
Pakistan need big win against rampaging Australia
Annihilated by India in their second Super Eights match, an inconsistent Pakistan is faced with a do-or-die situation and need nothing less than a big win when they take on a rampaging Australia in the World Twenty20 in Colombo on Tuesday.
T20 cricket losing its charm, thick and fast
It's no secret that Twenty20 (T20) cricket is struggling. The T20 World Cup is almost halfway through and has thus far been a washout.
Women's WT20: India lose to Pak by one run
Familiar batting woes came back to haunt the Indian women's cricket team as it lost by a run to arch-rivals Pakistan in a low-scoring thriller in ICC World Twenty20's group stage in Galle on Monday. The defeat saw the Indians finish winless.
Indian bowling weak, lacks variation: Aravinda
India might have bowled out Pakistan for a paltry 128 in the World Twenty20 here but Sri Lankan batting great Aravinda de Silva feels that the Mahindra Singh Dhoni-led side has a weak bowling attack, besides also lacking in variation.
Stats: Kohli records career-best innings
Statistical highlights of the World Twenty20 Super Eight match between India and Pakistan in Colombo.
September 30, 2012India coast past Pakistan to keep World Cup hopes alive
India, led by a superb unbeaten 78 from Virat Kohli, kept their Twenty20 World Cup hopes alive with an empathic eight-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the Super Eights on Sunday.
I know how important my role is: Shane Watson
In a purple patch in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20, Australian all-rounder Shane Watson said there is a lot left in his tank and hoped to continue the same way in the remainder of the tournament.
Watson scripts another easy win for Australia
Shane Watson continued his impressive form with both bat and ball as Australia cruised to a comprehensive eight-wicket victory against South Africa in their Super Eight match in the World Twenty20 on Sunday.
Kiwis take on West Indies in a must-win match
Aware that one more defeat will ensure their exit from the tournament, New Zealand need nothing less than a big win against the West Indies in their make-or-break Super Eight match of the ICC World Twenty20 in Pallekele on Monday.
Overall a very good effort, says Jayawardene
Even as he led Sri Lanka to a big win with a fluent half-century, skipper Mahela Jayawardene stressed on the ploy to rotate his bowlers, which laid the West Indies low in the ICC World Twenty20 in Pallekele on Saturday night.
Sri Lanka, England fined for slow over-rate
Sri Lanka and England, who won Saturday's Super Eight matches in World Twenty20 against their respective opponents, have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the matches.
September 29, 2012Jayawardene guides Sri Lanka to nine-wicket win
Mahela Jayawardene struck a record-equalling sixth half century in ICC World Twenty20 as Sri Lanka brightened their semi-final prospects with a crushing nine-wicket win over West Indies in their Super Eights match in Pallekele.
Winning start for India A in Challenger trophy
Shikhar Dhawan remained unbeaten on 99 after Ishant Sharma returned a four-wicket haul as India A thrashed Bengal by eight wickets in the opening cricket match of the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, in Rajkot on Saturday.
Wright sets up easy victory for England
Luke Wright blasted 76 off 43 balls as England kept alive their title defence with a six-wicket victory against New Zealand in a World Twenty20 Super Eight match on Saturday.
Second defeat in row ends Indian eves chances
Bowlers let the Indian women cricket team down for the second consecutive time as it suffered a nine-wicket defeat against England in a Group A match to go out of semifinal contention in the Women's World Twenty20, in Galle on Saturday.
India missing genuine pacer: Akram
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels India are missing a tear away pacer in the ongoing World Twenty20 and should try Ashok Dinda in their remaining Super Eight matches given that spearhead Zaheer Khan is not in the best of form.
India A settle for draw against Kiwis
India A's push for a result could not come through as New Zealand A escaped with a draw on the fourth and final day of the first unofficial Test in Lincoln.
Watson becomes first all-rounder to achieve the 'double'
Statistical highlights of the ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights match between India and Australia in Colombo.
September 28, 2012We need to analyse what happened against Australia: Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has blamed batting failure and untimely brief spell of rain for India's rout against Australia as the team suffered a crushing nine-wicket defeat in a Super Eight group match of the World Twenty20 in Colombo on Friday.
World T20: Watson powers Australia to big win over India
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's five-bowler theory backfired heavily as Australia rode on Shane Watson's all-round brilliance to crush India by nine wickets in a totally lop-sided Super Eights contest of the World T20 in Colombo on Friday.
Sri Lanka, New Zealand win in Women's World T20
West Indies on Friday suffered a dramatic collapse to lose to Sri Lanka by five runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the Women's World Twenty20 in Galle.
I made a few captaincy errors, says De Villiers
South Africa skipper AB de Villiers said he made a few captaincy errors that may have helped Pakistan snatch a thrilling win from the jaws of defeat in the opening Group 2 Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20 in Colombo on Friday.
Umar Gul takes Pakistan past SA in a thriller
Umar Gul emerged the unlikely batting hero as Pakistan came back from the dead to pull off a nerve-wracking two-wicket victory over South Africa in their opening Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20 in Colombo on Friday. Chasing a target of 134, on a difficult Premadasa strip, Gul produced a blistering 17-ball 32 while Umar Akmal scored an unbeaten 43 to guide the team to a thrilling victory with two balls to spare.
England, New Zealand aim for fresh start
Handed contrasting but demoralising defeats in their opening Super Eight matches, England and New Zealand will aim for resurrection when they face off in what is likely to be an even contest at the World Twenty20 in Pallekele on Saturday.
India 'A' 137/2 after NZ A's early declaration
India A were comfortably-placed at 137 for two in their second innings after New Zealand A declared their first essay despite being 105 runs behind the visitors on the third and penultimate day of the first unofficial cricket Test in Lincoln, New Zealand, on Friday.
CLT20: Titans, Hampshire get nod to replace injured players
South Africa's Titans and England's Hampshire were, on Friday, allowed to replace their injured players -- Marchant de Lange and Danny Briggs respectively -- by the Champions League Twenty20 Technical Committee.
September 27, 2012World T20: West Indies pip England by 15 runs in Pallekele
A little-known Johnson Charles scored his maiden half-century while Chris Gayle made an aggressive fifty to help West Indies beat defending champions England by 15 runs in a Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20 in Pallekele on Thursday.
Sri Lanka beat New Zealand after Super Over thriller
Hosts Sri Lanka pulled off a nail-biting victory over a spirited New Zealand via the Super Over, after their opening 'Super Eight' match of the ICC World Twenty20 saw fortunes fluctuate from one team to the other till the very end, in Pallekele, on Thursday.
BCCI can advertise for new IPL franchise: Srinivasan
Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan refused to talk about the issue of IPL franchise Deccan Chargers, saying it is sub-judice, but said the Board can advertise for a new team to be added to the Indian Premier League.
Women's WT20: India thrashed by Australia
India suffered a dramatic batting collapse in the second part of their innings and were handed a crushing eight-wicket defeat by defending champions Australia in their opening match of the women's World Twenty20, at the Galle International stadium, on Thursday.
Sandeep Patil is chairman of selectors; Amarnath sacked
Former India batsman Sandeep Patil was appointed chairman of the national selection committee on Thursday, while Mohinder Amarnath was sacked after serving just a year on the panel.
Rayudu's ton rescues India A on Day 2
Ambati Rayudu's fine knock of 105 resurrected India A's floundering innings as the team posted a challenging 339 in their first innings on the second day of the first unofficial cricket Test against New Zealand A in Lincoln, New Zealand, on Thursday.
Super Eights: Latif says bowling will take Pak past India
Former Pakistan Test captain Rashid Latif said he was expecting most of the Super Eights matches, commencing on Thursday, to be close affairs.
Afghanistan deserve associate membership: ACC
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to give associate membership to Afghanistan which would elevate the war-torn country to the second tier of membership behind the 10 Test-playing nations.
September 26, 2012South Africa women kick off T20 World Cup with easy win
Trisha Chetty spent a productive day on either side of the stumps as South Africa kicked off their women's Twenty20 World Cup campaign with a comfortable six-wicket victory over hosts Sri Lanka in a Group B match on Wednesday.
India rise to No 3 in T20 rankings
Riding on the huge win over England in the group stages of the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, India jumped four places to claim the third position in the Reliance ICC T20 Championship table, which was released on Wednesday. India spanked defending champions England by 90 runs in a Group A match, which propelled Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men to 116 rating points.
Sehwag intent personified at the nets
The doubts regarding Virender Sehwag's thumb injury were put to rest as the swashbuckling opener batted for about half-an-hour in the nets on Wednesday ahead of India's Super Eight encounter of the World T20 against Australia on Friday.
Teenager Dananjaya could replace Mendis
Sri Lanka could turn to uncapped teenager Akila Dananjaya if spinner Ajantha Mendis fails to recover from injury in time for the World Twenty20 Super Eight game against New Zealand at Pallekele on Thursday.
Tucker, Kettleborough to officiate Indo-Pak match
Rod Tucker and Richard Kettleborough will be the on-field umpires for Sunday's high-profile match between India and Pakistan in the Super Eight stage of the ICC World Twenty20 to be played in Colombo.
India A squander good start vs NZ
India A squandered a strong start by their openers to hand the initiative to New Zealand A as they were struggling at 136 for four at the end of the rain-affected opening day of the first unofficial Test.
'Sachin will know when the time is right'
Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee on Tuesday said that batting great Sachin Tendulkar's retirement plan should be left to his discretion.
BCCI AGM to appoint new selection panel
In what is expected to be a smooth and routine AGM in Mumbai on Thursday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to revamp its senior selection committee by making at least four changes in the five-man panel following the completion of their term.
Oxenford appointed to Elite Panel of ICC umpires
Bruce Oxenford will be replacing Simon Taufel on the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires from November 1, the ICC announced on Wednesday.
Stats: Hafeez hits his highest score in World Twenty20
Statistical highlights of the World Twenty20 group match between Pakistan and Bangladesh in Pallekele.
Simon Taufel to quit umpiring after T20 World Cup
Australian Simon Taufel will end his international umpiring career after the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka to groom the next generation of elite match officials, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka's Mendis on the mend for Super Eights
Sri Lanka hope spinner Ajantha Mendis can be fit for the opening World Twenty20 Super Eight match with New Zealand on Thursday after he returned to the nets following a side strain.
Pace bowling remains a concern for Pak skipper Hafeez
Despite making the Super Eights of the ICC World Twenty20 with a clinical win over Bangladesh, Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez conceded that there is still room for improvement in the pace bowling department.
September 25, 2012Pakistan storm into Super Eights after Nazir's onslaught
Opener Imran Nazir produced the tournament's fastest half-century as Pakistan stormed into the Super Eights of the ICC World Twenty20 with a crushing eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in Pallekele.
CA to cut down on pacers' workload after warning
Cricket Australia has decided to use its fast bowlers sparingly after drawing flak for persisting with young pacer James Pattinson during the Test series against India last year despite warnings of an imminent breakdown from sports scientists.
Malhotra replaces Sultana in Indian women's WT20 squad
ICC's Event Technical Committee of the ongoing World Twenty20 on Tuesday approved Reema Malhotra as the replacement player for an ill Gouhar Sultana in the Indian women's cricket squad for the tournament.
Former Pakistan spinner helping Bangladesh batsmen
Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq is helping Bangladesh's batsmen prepare for their Twenty20 World Cup encounter with the Pakistan spinners in their final Group D match on Tuesday.
September 24, 2012Match abandoned, West Indies move into Super Eights
The West Indies entered the Super Eights of the ICC World Twenty20 by virtue of superior net run-rate after their final group league encounter against Ireland was called off due to heavy downpour at the R Premadasa Stadium, on Monday.
Bombay HC tells BCCI, Deccan to go for arbitration
The Bombay High Court on Monday suggested to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Deccan Chronicles Holdings Ltd to settle their dispute over termination of IPL franchise by referring the matter to a mutually acceptable arbitrator.
Sehwag to lead North Zone in Duleep trophy
Indian opener Virender Sehwag will lead the 15-member North Zone team in their Duleep Trophy match against West Zone scheduled to be held early next month at Chennai, the selectors said.
Controversies proving to be 'dampener' for IPL: Kundra
Rajasthan Royals' co-owner Raj Kundra came down hard on the Board of Control for Cricket in India over its handling of the Indian Premier League, saying recent controversies are a 'dampener' for the cash-rich tournament.
Rest of India trounce Rajasthan to win Irani Cup
Rest of India scored a comprehensive innings and 75 runs victory over Ranji Trophy champions Rajasthan to win the Irani Cup on the fourth day, at the Chinnaswamy stadium, in Bangalore, on Monday.
Mithali, Jhulan in top 3 of ICC women's rankings
Mithali Raj was the best-placed Indian batter at number three while Jhulan Goswami was the country's highest-ranked bowler at second in the ICC Women's T20 International Player Rankings which were launched in Colombo on Monday.
Pak aim to seal Super Eight berth against Bangladesh
Title aspirants Pakistan would look to ensure a Super Eight berth by topping their pool when they take on minnows Bangladesh in their final Group D clash of the ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament in Pallekele on Tuesday.
Stats: England post their lowest total in T20 Internationals
Statistical highlights of the World Twenty20 match between India and England in Colombo.
Stats: Afridi is top wicket-taker in ICC World T20
Statistical highlights of the World Twenty20 match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Pallekele.
Harbhajan dedicates award to mother, close friends
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who made a memorable comeback to international cricket by helping India thrash England in a World Twenty20 group league match in Colombo dedicated his man-of-the-match award to his mother and close friends who stood by him in his hour of crisis.
September 23, 2012Harbhajan helps India thrash England by 90 runs
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh made a memorable comeback as a India relied on a clinical all-round performance to thrash defending champions England by a whopping 90-run margin in their final group league match of the ICC World Twenty20 in Colombo.
Jamshed, Ajmal lead Pakistan to easy win over New Zealand
New Zealand's batsmen picked up the pace way too late as Pakistan survived some tense moments before beating them by 14 runs in their Group D clash of the World Twenty20 in Pallekelle on Sunday.
Vijay's 266 powers ROI to 354-run lead vs Rajasthan
Opener Murali Vijay struck a magnificent double century as Rest of India stretched their lead to a mammoth 354 runs against a hapless Rajasthan on the third day of the Irani Cup match at in Bangalore.
India 'A' lose 3rd unofficial ODI, series ends in tie
A listless display by India 'A' allowed New Zealand 'A' to win the third and final unofficial ODI by 65 runs and square the three-match series 1-1 in Lincoln on Sunday.
Lara visits Tendulkar's residence
Sachin Tendulkar was in for a pleasant surprise as West Indies legend Brian Lara visited him in Mumbai, in what seemed to be an impromptu meeting between two.
September 22, 2012Australia beat Windies via D/L method
Australia beat West Indies by 17 runs via the Duckworth/Lewis method after rain stopped play in the ICC World Twenty20 Group B match in Colombo.
South Africa beat Sri Lanka to top Group C
South Africa took the top spot in Group C after skipper A B de Villiers led them to a 32-run victory over Sri Lanka in a rain-curtailed ICC World Twenty20 match in Hanbantota on Saturday. De Villiers scored a 13-ball 30 as South Africa posted 78 for four after the match was reduced to a seven-over-a-side affair. In reply, the Sri Lankans were restricted to 46 for five.
Irani Trophy: Vijay's unbeaten ton puts Rest in command
Opener Murali Vijay's unbeaten 151 ensured Rest of India a crucial 75-run first innings lead on Day 2 of the Irani Trophy match against Rajasthan, at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore, on Saturday.
Kiwis look to seal Super Eight berth against Pakistan
Having won their tournament opener with consummate ease, a resurgent New Zealand side would be on a look out for a Super Eight berth when it takes on Pakistan in a Group D encounter in Pallekele on Sunday.
Rain delays start of SA-SL World T20 match
Heavy rain delayed the start of South Africa-Sri Lanka World Twenty20 match at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota, on Saturday.
September 21, 2012Clinical England thrash Afghanistan by 116 runs
Defending champions England started their campaign in style, thrashing Afghanistan by 116 runs in a group league match of the ICC World Twenty20 in Colombo on Friday.
McCullum's blitzkrieg crushes Bangladesh
Brendon McCullum became the first cricketer to score two centuries in Twenty20 Internationals as New Zealand launched their ICC World T20 campaign with a crushing 59-run victory over Bangladesh in Pallekele.
Indian batsmen on 'aerial' mode ahead of England tie
Booming drives, ferocious cuts and lofted shots were the order of the day at the Indian team's training session on Friday, as batsmen concentrated on taking the aerial route after a subdued start against Afghanistan in the World Twenty20.
Yadav's five-for gives Rest edge despite Bist ton
Robin Bist's unbeaten century failed to prevent Rest of India from grabbing the initiative as Umesh Yadav's five-for saw Rajasthan getting bundled out for 253 on Day 1 of the Irani Trophy match in Bangalore.
Hope all is sorted out: Pietersen
Ignored for the tour of India, controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen expects to be picked for England's next assignment in New Zealand even as former captain Andrew Strauss confirmed receiving an apology from him for the infamous text messages episode.
Salvi replaces Aaron in Daredevils squad for CLT20
Medium pacer Aavishkar Salvi has replaced an ill Varun Aaron in the Delhi Daredevils squad for the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament to be held in South Africa from October 9-28.
September 20, 2012Clinical South Africa cruise past hapless Zimbabwe
South Africa produced a clinical performance to knock Zimbabwe out of the ICC World Twenty20 with a comfortable 10-wicket victory in a lop-sided Group C match Hambantota on Thursday.
Vettori, Southee likely to be fit for Bangladesh match
New Zealand Captain Ross Taylor is hoping key bowlers Tim Southee and Daniel Vettori will be fit for their opening World Twenty20 Group D match against Bangladesh.
Matthew Hayden retires from all forms
Veteran Australian opener Matthew Hayden has called time on his glittering playing career, opting not to play in Australia's domestic Twenty20 series this year, his Brisbane Heat team said.
Irani Cup: Rival captains banking on pacers
They may be leading different teams, but Rest of India skipper Cheteshwar Pujara and his Rajasthan counterpart Hrishikesh Kanitkar have similar strategy for the Irani Cup match: unleash their respective pace batteries on the opposition.
WT20: Battle of underdogs as Kiwis face Bangladesh
Two giant-killers who have a reputation of disturbing set calculations will be up against each other when New Zealand and Bangladesh clash in their opening Group D match of the World Twenty20 in Pallekele on Friday.
Our team plays like one unit: Afghan coach
Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan has credited his team's respectable performance against India in the World Twenty20 opener to the players who "stuck by each other during difficult times."
September 19, 2012India struggle to victory against Afghanistan
India were far from convincing as they launched their ICC World Twenty20 campaign with a scrappy 23-run victory over minnows Afghanistan.
Watson powers Australia to easy win over Ireland
Shane Watson's all-round performance powered Australia to an easy seven-wicket victory over Ireland in their opening Group B match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Wednesday.
Southee, Nicol to travel Kandy for World T20
New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee and all-rounder Rob Nicol will travel to Kandy to join up with the squad after staying back in Colombo due to illness, the side's media manager Ellery Tappin said on Tuesday.
Butt and Amir signed by television channels
Banned Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir have been signed by local television channels for special Twenty20 World Cup shows during the tournament which opens in Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Pietersen rejected four-month contract before axe
Controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen rejected a four-month contract offer from the England and Wales Cricket Board, hours before his ouster from the 16-member squad for the Test tour of India.
India A edge past Kiwis in low-scorer
Electing to bowl first, the Indians packed off the hosts for 176 before surviving some anxious moments to overhaul the target in 47.2 overs.
Stewart reckons England weakened without Pietersen
Former England captain Alec Stewart was hardly surprised to see Kevin Pietersen being left out for the upcoming November tour of India but conceded that the controversial batsman's absence has weakened the side.
September 18, 2012Six wickets for Ajantha Mendis as Lanka thrash Zimbabwe
Ajantha Mendis bettered his own T20 record by taking six wickets for just eight runs as Sri Lanka walloped minnows Zimbabwe by 82 runs in the opening match of the World Twenty20 tournament in Hambantota on Tuesday.
Cricketers, coaches happy with new Ranji format
Domestic record-setting batsman Amol Muzumdar on Tuesday endorsed the new Ranji Trophy format featuring all teams in three groups - A, B and C - and points system along with a host of cricketer-turned coaches.
Spin the key for India, says MacGill
Spin bowling and its "dynamic" batting line-up will be key to India's success in the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, while a top-two finish is highly unlikely for struggling Australia, feels former Oz leg-spinner Stuart MacGill.
Despite India Tests snub KP 'available for England'
Left out of the England squad for the Test tour of India, star batsman Kevin Pietersen expressed disappointment at the snub and said he had gone to 'great lengths' to broker peace following the text message scandal that threatened his international career.
Pietersen not included in England's Test squad for India
Kevin Pietersen's future in international cricket was thrown into further doubt on Tuesday after he was not picked in the 16-man England Test squad for the forthcoming four-Test match series in India.
Yuvraj gets into groove facing 'throwdowns'
In a throwback to the Gary Kirsten days when the then India coach would always help Sachin Tendulkar with throwdowns, the Nondescripts Cricket Club (NCC) ground, in Colombo, on Tuesday, witnessed Yuvraj Singh going through the same routine with fielding coach Trevor Penney.
September 17, 2012Late assault by Kamran, Shoaib Malik flattens India
Kamran Akmal smashed a blistering, unbeaten 92 as Pakistan dented arch-rival India's confidence ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 with a thrilling five-wicket victory in their last warm-up game in Colombo on Monday.
Dananjaya chauffeured into Sri Lanka's T20 squad
Sri Lanka's new spin bowling hope Akila Dananjaya already feels so at home in the setup he has commandeered a senior teammate as a chauffeur.
Court asks BCCI to maintain status quo on Chargers
In a minor relief to the beleaguered Deccan Chargers, the Bombay High Court on Monday directed the BCCI to maintain status quo regarding the termination of the IPL franchise, owned by Deccan Chronicles Holdings Ltd.
Levi's ICC honour augers well for World Twenty20: CSA
Upcoming batsman Richard Levi winning the ICC's Twenty20 International Performance of the Year augurs well for the Proteas ahead of the World Twenty20 starting in Sri Lanka on Tuesday, feels Cricket South Africa.
September 16, 2012Lara dedicates Hall of Fame honour to late father
West Indies batting great, Brian Lara, after being inducted into the ICC's Hall of Fame, dedicated the honour to his late father Bunty and siblings -- brother Winston and sister Agnes -- and said they all played important roles in his development as a cricketer.
September 15, 2012Kohli wins ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year Award
India's Virat Kohli was on Saturday named the ODI Cricketer of the Year at the ICC annual awards function in Colombo.
BCCI decides to expand IPL, DC's fate in court's hand
With the BCCI-Deccan Chargers stand-off now becoming a legal battle, the Board Of Control For Cricket In India on Saturday decided to add a new team for the coming IPL season while leaving it to the court to rule on the beleaguered franchise's participation.
No relief for Deccan from Mumbai HC: BCCI
The Board Of Control For Cricket In India on Saturday denied media reports that Deccan Chargers franchise has got a stay order against its termination from the Indian Premier League, saying that the matter would come up in the Mumbai High Court on Monday.
Pakistan decide not to boycott ICC awards
Pakistan will not boycott the International Cricket Council (ICC) awards despite registering a protest over the omission of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal from the shortlist of candidates.
BCCI justifies decision to terminate Deccan contract
The BCCI on Saturday sought to justify the decision to terminate the IPL contract of debt-ridden Deccan Chargers, saying it was compelled to take action after the beleaguered franchise claimed that it had not committed any breaches and threatened to take legal recourse.
Broad adamant England can succeed without Pietersen
England captain Stuart Broad may have thought travelling to Sri Lanka for the Twenty 20 World Cup would offer respite from the Kevin Pietersen saga but it dominated his first news conference.
BCCI terminates Deccan Chargers' IPL contract
In a sudden move, the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Friday terminated the contract of Deccan Chargers after an emergency Governing Council meeting of the Indian Premier League, in Chennai.
Dhoni named captain of ICC ODI team
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been named captain of ICC's 'ODI Team of the Year' which also includes Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir.
Lara to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame
West Indian great Brian Lara will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2012 ICC Awards in Colombo on Saturday evening.
September 14, 2012Jayawardene replaces Sehwag as captain of Daredevils
Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene on Friday replaced Virender Sehwag as the captain of IPL team Delhi Daredevils for next month's Champions League Twenty20 after the Indian sought to be relieved of the job to "bat more freely".
BCCI to take final call on Chargers on Saturday
The BCCI's top brass will be engaged in a series of meetings in Chennai on Saturday to take a final call on the future of the cash-strapped IPL team Deccan Chargers and also seek to make a couple of important amendments to its constitution.
New Zealand pacer Tuffey retires from all cricket
Injury-plagued New Zealand pacer Daryl Tuffey has retired from both international and domestic cricket to 'pursue a job opportunity in Australia.'
MCA takes disciplinary action against Nayar, Dhawal
Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar and medium pacer Dhawal Kulkarni have been reprimanded by the Mumbai Cricket Association and dropped for a pre-season tournament in Nagpur later this month on disciplinary grounds.
For luck's sake, stick to old jerseys, says BCCI
Their new jerseys for World Twenty20 were unveiled amid much fanfare but a superstitious BCCI has asked India's cricketers to stick to the ones they wore during their 50-over World Cup triumph last year as a good-luck charm.
CLT20: Int'l stars favour IPL franchises over home teams
Nine international cricketers, including Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Brett Lee, have opted to play for their IPL frachisees instead of their home teams in the Champions League Twenty20 scheduled next month.
September 13, 2012'Yuvraj looks performance will only improve'
His fight against cancer might have kept him away from cricket for close to 10 months, but it was a vintage Yuvraj Singh who was on display in his comeback match against New Zealand, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said.
'Pietersen should be in the English team to India'
Even as uncertainty hovers over Kevin Pietersen's future in the England set-up, he has received support from former fast bowler Darren Gough who has insisted that the embattled batsman be included in the India-bound squad for the tour in November.
ICC T20 Rankings: Raina best-placed Indian at No.3
The fit-again Yuvraj Singh broke into the top-20 while Suresh Raina got a major confidence booster ahead of the World T20 in Sri Lanka, emerging as the highest-placed Indian batsmen at number three, in the latest ICC Player Rankings for the shortest format.
Sri Lanka ease past Windies in WT20 warm-up
Unbeaten fifties by Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan gave hosts Sri Lanka a nine-wicket victory over the West Indies in their first warm-up match ahead of the World Twenty20, in Colombo, on Thursday. In another match, Ireland proved too good for Zimbabwe, winning by 54 runs.
Deccan Chargers remain unsold after 900 cr bid rejected
The Board of Control for Cricket will invite fresh tenders for Indian Premier League franchise Deccan Chargers after a bid from PVP Ventures was rejected by the Hyderabad-based team at an auction in Chennai on Thursday. Deccan Chargers had put their team up for sale and PVP Ventures were the only ones interested, but their bid of Rs 900 crore was rejected by the 2009 IPL champions.
Lara to be inducted in ICC Hall of Fame
West Indies prolific batsman Brian Lara will join the 66 male members of the Hall of Fame while England's Enid Bakewell becomes the third women to be inducted.
Australia can win Twenty20 World Cup: Clarke
Australia can win the Twenty20 World Cup this month, Test captain Michael Clarke said on Thursday, even if they are ranked ninth in the world and will have to do it without him.
Usain Bolt can excel in cricket, says Gayle
West Indies' opening batsman Chris Gayle rates the bowling of fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt and reckons the six-times Olympic gold medallist has what it takes to excel at the game.
England head for Twenty20 title defence on winning note
England will depart for their Twenty20 World Cup defence in Sri Lanka in good heart after squaring the three-match series against South Africa with an emphatic 28-run win at Edgbaston.
September 12, 2012Bolt almost knocked my head off with a bouncer: Gayle
West Indies' opening batsman Chris Gayle rates the bowling of fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt and reckons the six-times Olympic gold medallist has what it takes to excel at the game.
'PCB's decision to boycott ICC awards ceremony childish'
Former ICC president Ehsan Mani on Wednesday termed PCB's decision to boycott the ICC Awards Ceremony for omitting off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's name from nominations as a "childish move" and feels that it will marginalise country's parent body.
Tendulkar should quit at top of his game, says Imran
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan joined the debate on Sachin Tendulkar's future, saying the senior Indian batsman should call it quits at the top of his game instead of leaving himself at the "mercy of selectors".
Kiwi camp shocked by Dhoni's decision to bowl first
New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni erred in his decision after winning the toss, and said the entire Kiwi outfit was surprised when the Indian skipper decided to bowl first in the second Twenty20 game at a relatively slow Chepauk pitch in Chennai.
September 11, 2012India falter at the end to gift NZ T20 win
Yuvraj Singh made an emotional return to international cricket but India snatched defeat from the jaws of victory to allow New Zealand to win the Twenty20 series with a thrilling one-run victory in Chennai.
Lalit Modi explains 'issues' relating stint as IPL chief
Former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi on Tuesday said he has presented his reply to the show cause notice from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), with regard to the Foreign Exchange Management Act, claiming he cannot be held responsible for any wrongdoings since he had no 'cheque signing powers' during his stint as the chief of the Twenty20 tournament.
Champions League T20 tickets go on sale
Tickets for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament have gone on sale from Tuesday and cricket buffs can line up to get theirs.
Miandad to assist Pakistan batsmen for World T20
Pakistan's former captain and now director-general cricket in the PCB, Javed Miandad has been given the task of assisting the national team's batsmen ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
People must keep faith and pray for our success: Afridi
Flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi has called on the Pakistanis to support and pray for the success of the national team in the ICC T20 World Cup, to be held later this month in Sri Lanka.
Sangakkara, Kulasekara boost Sri Lanka hopes
Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara and fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara are winning their battle to be fit for this month's Twenty20 World Cup on home soil.
Pakistan to award Ajmal after ICC omission
Saeed Ajmal will receive a special award from the Pakistan Cricket Board after the spin bowler was left off the shortlist for the International Cricket Council's Player of the Year, chairman Zaka Ashraf said on Monday.
Rain ruins England - South Africa T20
The second Twenty20 international between World champions England and South Africa in Manchester on Monday was abandoned due to persistent rain. The match was reduced to nine overs per side and South Africa were led by a spectacular 47 not out from Hashim Amla as they notched up 77 for five wickets.
Australia hand Pakistan record T20 defeat
Pakistan went from the sublime to the disastrous against Australia on Monday, recording their lowest Twenty20 international total and suffering their heaviest defeat in the shortest form of the game. Mohammed Hafeez's side were bowled out for just 74, giving Australia a crushing 94-run win three days after Pakistan had secured the three-match series with victory in a super over following a seven-wicket success in match one.
September 10, 2012I don't like to imitate anyone: Unmukt Chand
ICC World Cup-winning Indian Under-19 team captain Unmukt Chand has said he doesn't like to imitate any cricketer as he believes in the philosophy of following on his own footsteps.
BCCI on sticky wicket over new selection panel
Harish Kotian looks at the contenders for the BCCI's premier committee.
T20 WC: Sanga, Kulasekara recuperate in time to boost SL
Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara and fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara are winning their battle to be fit for this month's Twenty20 World Cup on home soil.
Tendulkar takes Facebook by storm
Sachin Tendulkar on Monday joined social networking site Facebook getting overwhelming response from his fans as he got more than 400,000 'likes' within hours of his first post.
Pakistan to give own award to Ajmal after ICC snub
Saeed Ajmal will receive a special award from the Pakistan Cricket Board after the spin bowler was left off the shortlist for the International Cricket Council's Player of the Year, chairman Zaka Ashraf said on Monday.
'T20 game has changed a lot over the last five years'
He has been a part of losing side in three World Cup finals but Mahela Jayawardene is hoping to turn the tables during the upcoming World T20 as he wants to win atleast one major ICC silverware before he calls time on his glorious international career.
'It is an exciting time for New Zealand cricket'
New Zealand paceman Kyle Mills says his team will try to get into the groove for the upcoming World Twenty20 by getting the better of India in the second Twenty20 match in Chennai on Tuesday.
Balaji confident his skills haven't rusted despite layoff
Comeback-man Lakshmipathy Balaji feels that his absence from international cricket for past three years hasn't made him rusty and he is putting in the yards under bowling coach Joe Dawes as India prepare to take on New Zealand in the 2nd Twenty20 International in Chennai on Tuesday.
Harmeet in Rest of India squad for Irani Trophy
Left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh, who shone with the ball in India's Under-19 World Cup triumph in Australia last month, has been rewarded with a berth in the Rest of India squad that will play Ranji Trophy champions Rajasthan in the Irani Cup match. The annual feature, which will be played from September 21 to 25, has been shifted to Bangalore after the Jaipur stadium pitch was found unsuitable to stage it.
September 09, 2012Majola wants R4 million golden handshake from CSA
Suspended Cricket South Africa chief executive officer Gerald Majola wants a 4 million Rand golden handshake from the Board to part ways, a report has claimed.
T20 WC: Rauf, Taufel to officiate India's opening match
The ICC on Sunday announced the names of umpires and match referees who will officiate in the group stage of the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in Sri Lanka from September 18 to October 7.
September 08, 2012Kallis, Duminy lead South Africa to win at the Riverside
A fourth-wicket stand of 90 between Jacques Kallis and Jean-Peal Duminy guided South Africa to a comfortable seven-wicket win over England in the opening Twenty20 match played at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.
BCCI turns down PCB request of hosting ODI at Mohali
The BCCI has turned down Pakistan Cricket Board's request to schedule one of the three ODI matches during their upcoming limited overs series in Mohali as it doesn't conform to the rotation policy practised by the former.
Vizag T20: Rain plays spoilsport in Yuvraj's comeback game
The much-hyped comeback of Yuvraj Singh turned into an anti-climax in the end as the first T20 International between India and New Zealand in Visakhapatnam on Saturday was abandoned due to heavy downpour without a ball being bowled.
Comeback match biggest for me after WC final: Yuvraj
Making a comeback in international cricket after successfully fighting cancer, Yuvraj Singh said that playing the Twenty20 International against New Zealand would be the biggest moment in his career since the cricket World Cup final.
Pietersen not among 10 England central contracts
England batsman Kevin Pietersen was not among 10 players awarded central contracts for the 2013 season named by the England and Wales Cricket Board on Friday.
Australia slump below Ireland in T20 rankings
Australia will begin this month's Twenty20 World Cup ranked 10th in the world in the shortest form of the game after losing a thrilling match to Pakistan in a 'super over' in Dubai.
Pakistan hold nerve to beat Australia in super over
Pakistan held their nerve to win a thrilling Twenty20 international against Australia off the final ball of a super over after the match finished in a tie on Friday.
It is easier captaining India than IPL teams: Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly discusses the impact of Twenty20 cricket on the Test format, the future of spin in India and why Sachin Tendulkar should continue to play for another few years.
September 07, 2012Taylor banking on Vettori, Oram
New Zealand will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on India in the first T20 International in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Victory will also boost the morale of the side ahead of the World T20 in Sri Lanka, starting September 18. Skipper Ross Taylor feels the return of senior players Daniel Vettori, Jacob Oram and Kyle Mills will help the Black Caps get into groove.
Yuvraj should enjoy his second innings: Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes in keeping his emotions under check and as a leader, he wants to guard Yuvraj Singh from the hype surrounding the World Cup hero's comeback against New Zealand in the first Twenty20 match in Vizag on Saturday.
Harbhajan bats for Tendulkar
Veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh backed senior teammate Sachin Tendulkar, insisting that he remains a phenomenon despite being off-colour in the just-concluded Test series against New Zealand.
September 06, 2012Ashwin rises to 4th; Ajmal No. 1 bowler in ODIs
India remained unchanged at number three position in the team list, headed by England and followed by South Africa.
Curator promises a T20 run-feast in Vizag
Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his arrival on big stage at this particular venue with a magnificent 148 against Pakistan back in 2005 and the pitch here again promises to be a run-feast when India take on New Zealand in the first Twenty20 International.
Heavy rain hampers T20 practice in Vizag
Heavy overnight rain in Visakhapatnam hampered the practice sessions of the India and New Zealand teams ahead of their first Twenty20 International on Saturday.
Cricket gloves off for fighting 'Freddie' Flintoff
Having knocked down many an off stump during his time as England cricket captain, Andrew Flintoff hopes to do the same to opponents when he takes to the boxing ring later this year.
Deccan Chargers invite bids from prospective buyers
The Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL) on Thursday issued a tender notice inviting bids from prospective buyers for its IPL franchisee Deccan Chargers, which is currently in a financial mess.
Amla, De Villiers guide South Africa to easy win
Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers shared an unbroken stand of 172 to steer South Africa to comfortable seven-wicket win over England in the fifth and final One-day International in Nottingham on Wednesday.
Pakistan humiliate Australia in Twenty20 opener
Pakistan crushed Australia by seven wickets in the opening Twenty20 international on Wednesday.
September 05, 2012ICC refuses to include Ajmal in awards' list
The ICC dismissed the Pakistan Cricket Board's objection to Saeed Ajmal's omission from the shortlist for Test Cricketer of the Year award, saying it was an independent jury that cast the off-spinner out.
Lee to promote Australian tourism in India
Popular in India for reasons which go beyond cricket, affable pacer Brett Lee has been roped in for promoting Australian tourism in the country.
Afridi doubtful for Pakistan's T20 series with Oz
All-rounder Shahid Afridi is a major injury doubt for Pakistan ahead of their Twenty20 series against Australia in Dubai.
Aamir targeting 2015 return to international cricket
Pakistan's banned pacer Mohammad Aamir is hoping to be allowed back in international cricket in 2015, when he would complete a minimum five-year ban for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal that shook the game.
South Africa tests pink balls in day/night games
South Africa became the third ICC member to test pink balls in four-day day/night games, analysing issues such as rapid ball deterioration and likely bowler advantage during the trial game.
BCCI to take call on Deccan's future on Sep 15
The Board Of Control For Cricket In India working committee decided to take a final call on the fate of the IPL franchisee, Deccan Chargers on September 15 in Chennai.
September 04, 2012Bangladesh bans Haque for spot-fixing
Former international player Shariful Haque has been found guilty of spot-fixing and banned from cricket indefinitely, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Tuesday.
ONGC offers under-19 team captain Unmukt a job
State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has offered a job to Unmukt Chand, captain of Under-19 World Cup-winning team. 'We have today felicitated the star cricketer and decided to make a job offer,' ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Sudhir Vasudeva said.
PCB to impose stiff penalties on Haider
Pakistan's discarded wicketkeeper-batsman, Zulqarnain Haider faces stiff penalties under the anti-corruption code as he failed to respond to the Pakistan Cricket Board's notice after he made allegations against the national team keeper, Kamran Akmal and others.
PCB writes to ICC over Ajmal's omission from awards
Expressing its concern over ICC's decision to omit off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's name from the shortlist of nominees for the annual awards, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has written a letter to the ICC for reconsidering the list.
Australia seals ODI series win over Pakistan
Contrasting half-centuries from Mike Hussey and Glenn Maxwell led Australia to a series-winning three-wicket victory over Pakistan in the third and final One-day international in Sharjah on Tuesday.
September 03, 2012On current form, Virat is India's best batsman: Dravid
Former captain Rahul Dravid lavished praise on Virat Kohli, terming him the "best Indian batsman" on current form, and said that anchoring the stiff run-chase under pressure in the second Test against New Zealand would do his confidence a world of good.
Virat was superb with the bat: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised Virat Kohli for showing 'excellent temperament' during the team's tricky yet successful run-chase against New Zealand in the second cricket Test, in Bangalore, on Monday.
'Winning 4-0 against Team India was pretty special'
Australian off spinner Nathan Lyon, who recently completed a year in international cricket, has said thrashing India 4-0 at home has been the highlight of his career so far.
Australians 'clueless' on how to play Ajmal: Wasim Akram
Pakistan's former captain Wasim Akram feels that the Australian team has no clue how to play spinner Saeed Ajmal.
Kohli, Dhoni set up another comfortable win over Kiwis
Young Virat Kohli and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni came up with fighting knocks as India survived a few jitters before scripting a comfortable five-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second Test in Bangalore on Monday. The victory gave the home side a 2-0 series whitewash.
'Australia has the ability to take No.1 spot away from SA'
Australia coach Mickey Arthur, who had coached the Graeme Smith-led South Africans to the No.1 Test ranking, now wants to make Australia numero uno in Tests.
Cook should tell Pietersen to commit: Vaughan
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has said that new England skipper Alastair Cook must insist that Kevin Pietersen commits himself to the national side for the next three years before inviting him back.
September 02, 2012Bell, Trott lead England to easy victory
Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott shared a second-wicket partnership of 141 to lift England to a comfortable six-wicket win over South Africa in the fourth One-day International at Lord's on Sunday.
Ashwin inching closer to personal milestone
Statistical highlights after day three of the second cricket Test between India and New Zealand in Bangalore on Sunday.
'With two days to go we've a good chance of winning'
With an lead of 244 and a wicket still remaining, New Zealand may be in a good position to dictate terms, but centurion Virat Kohli feels that India can push for a 2-0 series win with two full days left in the second and final Test match.
MRF Pace Foundation appoints McGrath as Director
Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath will take over the role of Director at the MRF PaceFoundation from compatriot Dennis Lillee, who has opted out after serving the academy for 25 years.
Kumble bats for Harbhajan's inclusion in Indian squad
Former captain Anil Kumble pitched in for the inclusion of Harbhajan Singh in the Indian squad for the home series against Australia and England later this year.
VVS Laxman felicitated by KSCA
Recently-retired Indian cricketer VVS Laxman was felicitated by the Karnataka State Cricket Association and insisted that his decision to retire despite being named in the squad is correct.
Australians can't read Ajmal: Akram
Pakistan's former captain Wasim Akram feels the Australians have been left flummoxed by spinner Saeed Ajmal and this would tilt the balance in Pakistan's favour in the ongoing one-day series in the United Arab Emirates.
Ashwin's five torments New Zealand again
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin once again turned out to be New Zealand's tormentor with his fifth five-wicket haul that left the visitors at 232 for nine at the close of the third day's play in the second and final Test.
September 01, 2012'We can restrict India from causing further damage'
New Zealand pacer Tim Southee believes his team would be right back in the game if their pacers can pick up few early Indian wickets on Day 3 of the second and final Test in Bangalore.
Deccan Chargers unlikely to play IPL VI, BCCI seeks buyers
Deccan Chargers, the champions of second edition of Indian Premier League, is unlikely to feature in the next edition of the cash-rich league which may force the BCCI to lookout for a prospective buyer in the next few days.
Kohli leads India's fightback on Day 2
India reached 283 for five in their first innings, replying to New Zealand's 365, at stumps on the second day of the second and final Test.
Morgan, Trott help England level ODI series
Half-centuries from Eoin Morgan and Jonathan Trott steered England to a series-levelling victory over South Africa in the third One-Day International.
Aggressive Jamshed drives Pakistan past Australia
Pakistan, led by an aggressive 97 from opening batsman Nasser Jamshed, cruised to a seven-wicket win in the second One-Day International against Australia.
August 31, 2012Deshpande replaces Prof Shetty as MCA vice president
Prof Ratnakar Shetty was replaced by Vinod Deshpande as one of the two vice presidents of the Mumbai Cricket Association at its managing committee meeting in Mumbai.
We'll look to score 450 and take early wickets: Guptill
New Zealand will look to score around 450 runs in their first innings on Saturday and pick a few early wickets to put the hosts under pressure in the second and final Test, opener Martin Guptill said.
Six wickets on unhelpful pitch is good show: Ojha
By scoring over 300 runs New Zealand batted themselves to a comfortable position but Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha said they too did a good job by taking six wickets on a pitch which did not help the bowlers much.
We are monitoring Kaneria's case: PCB
Insisting that it has not isolated those players who have been given penalties for corruption and misconduct, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said it is closely monitoring the case of Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria.
I hope college attendance issue gets sorted: Unmukt
Under-19 World Cup-winning captain Unmukt Chand is hopeful that his attendance problem in St Stephen's College will be sorted out amicably within the next few days.
Taylor's quickfire century lifts NZ on Day 1
Captain Ross Taylor blasted an unbeaten 112 to lead New Zealand's fightback as the visitors reached 240 for five in their first innings at tea on the opening day of the second Test against India.
August 30, 2012Unmukt to lose a year in college due to poor attendance?
Days after being hailed as a hero for leading the India Under 19 side to World Cup victory, Unmukt Chand is in an unenviable position as he stands to lose a year of college due to low attendance.
Pitches to Tees: Kapil Dev's comeback
Kapil Dev speaks to Shaili Chopra, ETNOW's Senior Editor & Author of the golf-business book 'Birdies In Business'.
PCB wants a match in Mohali during Indo-Pak series
The Pakistan Cricket Board has requested the BCCI to include Mohali in the list of venues for the eagerly-anticipated Indo-Pak series later this year.
Clarke captain of ICC Test Team that features no Indians
Reflective of the slump that Indian cricket has faced in the last year, no cricketer from the financial powerhouse of the game has managed to find a place in the ICC 'Test Team of the Year', which is dominated by South African and English players.
Sachin will 'play till he enjoys the game'
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has reiterated that retirement is not on his agenda yet.
We have to attack Indian spinners: Taylor
Struggling New Zealand captain Ross Taylor urged his batsmen to put up a brave front and adopt aggressive approach to counter Indian spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha in the second Test beginning on Friday.
August 29, 2012Swann rested for remaining South Africa one-dayers
England spinner Graeme Swann will be rested for the remaining one-day internationals against South Africa, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday.
Greatbatch questions Kiwis' ability to cope with spin
Former New Zealand coach, Mark Greatbatch has raised questions about the current crop of Kiwi batsmen's inability to cope with spin bowling after the Indian spinners wreaked havoc to beat them by an innings and 115 runs in the first Test in Hyderabad.
SLC needs to plan meticulously for future: Lorgat
Sri Lanka Cricket needs to take tough decisions in order to face future competition, feels former ICC CEO and consultant advisor of the country's governing body, Haroon Lorgat.
Curator predicts even battle in Bangalore Test
Curator Narayan Raju on Wednesday predicted an exciting battle in the second cricket Test between India and New Zealand, saying the Chinnaswamy pitch will have to something to offer to both the batsmen and the bowlers.
Strauss quits cricket; Cook named England Test captain
England Test captain Andrew Strauss has announced his retirement from professional cricket with immediate effect. He will be replaced as Test captain by Alastair Cook, who will also continue to lead the One-day side.
Kiwis aim to make the most of overcast conditions
Undone by spin in the opening match, New Zealand's embattled cricket team is hoping that the overcast conditions in Bangalore will favour their pace bowlers when they takes on India in the second and final match of the series starting on Friday.
Strauss to resign from England captaincy?
The future of England captain Andrew Strauss was the subject of increasing speculation by local media on Wednesday after the national cricket board announced it had scheduled news conference for 1100 GMT.
Australia beat Pakistan in first Sharjah ODI
Australia's fast bowlers, led by man of the match Mitchell Starc, narrowly outshone Pakistan's spinners as Michael Clarke's side edged to a four-wicket win in the opening one-day international of their three-match series in Sharjah. Starc (5-42) and James Pattinson (3-19) were the chief wreckers as Pakistan were bowled out for 198 in the 46th over.
Southampton ODI: Amla inspires SA to win over England
South Africa made light work of England in the second one-day international in Southampton on Tuesday, defeating the hosts by 80 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after being set up by Hashim Amla's 150.
August 28, 2012New Zealand bowling coach Wright steps down
New Zealand's bowling coach Damien Wright will step down after the World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka next month after just a year in the job, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on Tuesday.
Dhoni launches racing team for Supersport World C'ship
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose passion for bikes is well known, has floated his own racing team which is now competing in FIM Supersport World Championship.
August 27, 2012BCCI recommend Dravid, Gambhir for Padma awards
The BCCI has decided to recommend the names of former Indian captain Rahul Dravid and opener Gautam Gambhir's names for the prestigious Padma Bhusan and Padma Shri awards respectively.
SLPL has given Lanka edge ahead of T20 WC: Malinga
Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga feels that his side will have a distinct advantage over other countries during next month's Twenty20 World Cup as most of the island nation's players have prepared well by competing in the Sri Lanka Premier League.
Bradman and some humorous anecdotes
Bishen Singh Bedi, who led the Indian team to Australia in 1977-78, revealed an interesting incident that proved Bradman's supreme command over the willow.
World cricket poorer without Laxman: Jayawardene
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has paid tribute to Indian veteran VVS Laxman, who recently retired from international cricket, saying that the game will be poorer without one of the finest players of this generation.
Don Bradman's India connection
Despite having legions of fans in India since he began striding the cricket world like a colossus, Don Bradman never toured this country irrespective of many invites.
To Sir Don, with love
Like Julius Caesar, Don Bradman remains as powerful in death as he was during and after his eventful playing days.
August 26, 2012World Cup win in Australia is special: Ganguly
Complimenting the Indian team for winning the Under-19 World Cup in Australia, former captain Sourav Ganguly said the victory is special since it came on Australian soil.
Congratulations to the U-19 World Cup team: Dhoni
On a day his team posted a convincing win in the first Test against New Zealand, captain of the senior team Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not forget to congratulate the India colts for winning the Under-19 World Cup.
Chand is ready for senior team: Akram
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram lavished praise on India U-19 skipper Unmukt Chand for guiding his team to its third World Cup title and said the opener is ready to play for the senior side.
Yuvraj, Harbhajan congratulate Indian colts on WC win
India's under-19 cricket team was swamped with congratulatory messages from politicians, cricketers and corporate bosses on Twitterati for lifting its third U-19 World Cup title after a gap of four years at Townsville.
BCCI announces Rs 20 lakh cash prize for India U-19 squad
The Board Of Control For Cricket In India on Sunday announced a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh each for members of the Indian team which lifted its third Under-19 World Cup title in Townsville after defeating defending champions Australia.
Ashwin shines as India crush New Zealand in first Test
Ravichandran Ashwin produced a career-best 12-wicket match haul as a India relied on the spinners to crush New Zealand by an innings and 115 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Unmukt Chand leads India to third U-19 World Cup triumph
Skipper Unmukt Chand blasted an unbeaten century as India beat defending champions Australia by six wickets in the final to win the ICC Under-19 World Cup at Townsville in Australia on Sunday.
Australia win but Afghanistan impress
Australia won the match but Afghanistan won plenty of admirers before going down by 66 runs in their one-day international in Sharjah.
August 25, 2012BCCI to amend president's election rules
The Indian Cricket Board is set to amend an important clause of its memorandum of rules and regulations pertaining to the election of president, and has convened a Special General Meeting for this at Chennai on September 15.
Whatmore believes Pakistan have edge over Aus in ODIs
Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore believes his side will have the edge over Australia in the One-Day International and Twenty20 series in the United Arab Emirates as they are more familiar with conditions and the visitors are dealing with injuries and retirements.
Franklin says Kiwis will now want to occupy the crease
New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin has admitted that he has a 'mental block' against Indian spinners but they are hopeful of putting up a much better show in the coming days.
Chand confident of returning with U-19 WCup trophy
Chasing a third title, India skipper Unmukt Chand has averred that his side has peaked at the right time as they braced up against the formidable Australians in the final of the Under-19 World Cup, in Townsville, Australia on Sunday.
U-19 final: India face tough Aussie hurdle
India will face their biggest test in the pursuit of a third ICC Under-19 World Cup Trophy when they take on formidable defending champions Australia in what promises to be an exciting summit clash in Townsville on Sunday.
India in command as rain plays spoilsport on Day 3
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's career-best figures of 6-31 helped India to enforce the follow-on against New Zealand on third day but inclement weather stood in the path of hosts' victory in the first Test being played in Hyderabad on Saturday.
August 24, 2012Savant defeats Shetty, becomes MCA's interim president
MCA treasurer Ravi Savant, on Friday, defeated Prof Ratnakar Shetty by 10 votes to five to take over the reins of the Mumbai Cricket Association as its interim president in place of Vilasrao Deshmukh, who passed away early this month.
First Eng-SA ODI abandoned due to rain
The first One-Day International in the five-match series between England and South Africa scheduled for Cardiff on Friday was abandoned after 5.3 overs because of rain.
We know how to fight: Jeetan Patel
Their first innings is in disarray after losing five batsmen, but New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel says they know the art of 'fight', expressing hope of staging a comeback in the first Test against India.
SL beat Afghanistan to win U-19 Plate Championship
Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan by seven wickets to win the Plate Championship final in the ICC Under-19 World Cup at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, on Friday.
Pietersen joins ESPN-STAR analysis team for T20 World Cup
Ousted from the England squad, controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen will trade his willow for a microphone in the upcoming Twenty20 World Championships as he has been signed by the event's official broadcasters ESPN-STAR Sports for a "presentation and analysis" stint.
India's spinners rip through New Zealand top order
Spinners R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha took full advantage of a spinning track to rip through New Zealand's top order and put India in the driver's seat by the end of the second day in the opening Test in Hyderabad on Friday.
SL include uncapped pair in T20 World Cup squad
Uncapped opening batsman Dilshan Munaweera and schoolboy off-spinner Akila Dananjaya were named in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad on Thursday for the Twenty20 World Cup on home soil next month.
Ricky Ponting keen to prolong romance with cricket
Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has expressed a keenness to take up a coaching role in the future, but insisted he wants to keep playing till next year's Ashes series in England at least.
'England can defend World T20 title without Pietersen'
England batsman Eoin Morgan has said the team could successfully defend their World T20 title without Kevin Pietersen.
Salman Butt accuses Afridi of 'conspiring for captaincy'
Disgraced former Pakistani Test captain Salman Butt has accused former team-mate Shahid Afridi of giving a statement against him in the spot-fixing case to get over the shock of losing his captaincy.
Team backs 'controversial' Pietersen for England comeback
England batsmen Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan have backed controversial teammate Kevin Pietersen to make a comeback in the national team.
Shahid Afridi withdraws from Sri Lankan Premier League
In a major blow to the Ruhuna Royals, Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has withdrawn from the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL) to attend to his ailing wife back home.
August 23, 2012Boult praises Indian youngsters for patient batting
New Zealand pacer Trent Boult was ecstatic at getting the prized wicket of Sachin Tendulkar but rued that they could not rein in the Indian youngsters, who steered the hosts to an assuring score on the opening day of the first Test, Hyderabad on Thursday.
Pujara's maiden ton hoists India on Day 1
Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 119 as India amassed 307 for 5 in 87 overs on Day 1 of the first Test against New Zealand.
'Spinners have been bowling consistently well for us'
India under-19 captain Unmukt Chand has described Baba Aparajith and Harmeet Singh as the "most important players" of his side after the duo played a crucial role in beating New Zealand to help the team reach the ICC Under-19 World Cup final in Townsville on Thursday.
Wadekar gets lifetime award, Chand best jr cricketer
Former skipper Ajit Wadekar under whose leadership India won the historical Test series against the West Indies in 1971, was selected for the Castrol Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the sport.
Spinners Aparajith, Harmeet guide India to U-19 WC final
India relied on spinners Baba Aparajith and Harmeet Singh to pull off a thrilling 9-run victory over New Zealand and cruise into the final of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in Townsville on Thursday.
India should also tour Pakistan: Afridi
He is looking forward to Pakistan touring India later this year, but flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi feels the resumption of bilateral cricket ties between the two countries can be a complete success only if the Indians also visit his nation.
'This is not just an issue between Strauss and Pietersen'
England cricket team director Andy Flower has made it clear that there is no place for Kevin Pietersen in the national squad until deep and serious issues of trust and respect are sorted out.
'India is a tough place but is also an exciting challenge'
England pacer James Anderson believes they were completely out bowled by South Africa in their 2-0 Test series loss, which also ended their reign as the world's number one Test team.
August 22, 2012BCCI extends one-time benefit to four former players
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday decided to extend its one-time benefit scheme to former Test cricketersthe four former Test cricketers G R Viswanath, Mohinder Amarnath, Dilip Vengsarkar and SMH Kirmani.
Mohinder Amarnath on way out of selection panel?
Speculation is rife that former India batsman Mohinder Amarnath could be replaced by Roger Binny as selector and may lose out on becoming chairman of the national selection committee following differences with incumbent chairman K Srikkanth.
'It's about what the Australians do as a team now'
Captain Michael Clarke is fed up with Australia's slide down cricket's world rankings and has demanded his team begin to turn things around during matches in the United Arab Emirates.
August 21, 2012India, South Africa to kick-off ICC Champions Trophy
World Cup holders India and South Africa will clash in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy, 50-over contest, at Cardiff in Wales on June 6, 2013, tournament hosts the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Tuesday.
Australia enter ICC Under-19 World Cup final
Australia beat a tenacious South Africa by four wickets to secure a place in the ICC Under-19 World Cup final on Monday.
Kevin Pietersen out of England's World T20 squad
Kevin Pietersen was left out of England's World Twenty20 squad announced on Tuesday, as his international cricket exile continued.
'Kevin Pietersen not playing cricket is a tragedy'
Kevin Pietersen's removal from the England cricket team over inappropriate text messages was a tragedy for both player and country, according to Australian spin great Shane Warne.
South Africans praised for back-to-back wins in England
Cricket SA (CSA) has praised the Proteas' squad for back-to back Test series victories in England to become the No 1 ranked Test side and retain the Basil d'Oliveira Trophy.
Australia can regain No.1 Test ranking in December
Australia could regain the No.1 Test ranking by December if they beat South Africa in the upcoming three-Test series.
August 20, 2012South Africa captures top spot in Tests
South Africa dethroned England as the top team in the Reliance ICC Test Championship table following its 2-0 victory over Andrew Strauss' men in the three-match series which ended at Lord's Cricket Ground on Monday.
South Africa on top of world after beating England
South Africa beat England by 51 runs in the third Test at Lord's on Monday to win the series 2-0 and become the world's top-ranked side in place of the hosts.
Franklin exudes confidence of doing well against India
They do not have encouraging results to show coming into the Test series against India but New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin is hoping that they will be able do well against the formidable hosts.
Mithali to lead India eves in ICC Women's World T20
Mithali Raj will lead a 14-member Indian team in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament to be held in Sri Lanka from September 26 to October 7.
Three cricketers reprimanded for Level 1 breaches
Three cricketers have been reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during their teams' quarter-finals in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2012 in Townsville on Monday.
U-19 WC: India edge out Pakistan, reach semis
India's tail-enders held their nerves in the tense dying moments to edge out arch-rivals Pakistan by one wicket in a low-scoring thriller to cruise into the semifinals of the under-19 cricket World Cup in Townsville, Australia, on Monday.
I was shivering due to nervousness: Unmukt
The India vs Pakistan games over the years have been tense and India U-19 captain Unmukt Chand did admit that he was very "nervous" and "shivering" till the last wicket pair of Harmeet Singh and Sandeep Sharma guided India to a one-wicket victory.
South Africa close in on series victory
England lost early wickets to slump to 16 for two at close of play against South Africa at Lord's on Sunday, as their pursuit of 346 to win the third and final Test and square the series started badly.
August 19, 2012You cannot replace Laxman or Dravid: Taylor
New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor joined a host of former and current Indian cricketers in paying tributes to VVS Laxman who retired from international cricket, saying that India would find it difficult to get a replacement of his calibre.
India is a familiar place for lot of us: Taylor
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor is banking on the "familiarity" factor to challenge the Indians in the upcoming two-match Test series, starting in Hyderabad on Thursday.
Laxman should have got more recognition: Srikkanth
Paying glowing tributes to VVS Laxman, who quit international cricket on Saturday, selection committee chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth said that the batsman should have got more recognition for his match-winning performances for the country.
Harbhajan shines for Essex with 7-wicket match haul
Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was back in his element as he had match-haul of seven wickets (4/91 & 3/62) for Essex against Glamorgan in an English county game, which ended at the Castle Park Ground, in Colchester, on Saturday.
Badrinath to replace Laxman for NZ Test series
Veteran Tamil Nadu batsman S Badrinath has been recalled into the Indian Test team as replacement of the just retired VVS Laxman.
The whole team will miss you Lachu Bhai: Dhoni
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni paid rich tribute to the veteran batsman saying that his absence would be felt by the entire team.
Proteas build lead after Bairstow lifts England
Jonny Bairstow fell five runs short of a maiden Test century on Saturday before South Africa took their lead in the match to 139 at the end of day three of the third and final Test against England at Lord's.
August 18, 2012Laxman's void can never be fulfilled, says Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar feels that VVS Laxman's void in the Indian team will be difficult to fulfill and he will miss the Hyderabadi stylist who announced his retirement with immediate effect.
Laxman has sent out a message to the selectors: Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said that VVS Laxman has sent out a "loud and clear" message to the selectors by deciding to quit international cricket with immediate effect.
Laxman excelled in pressure situations: BCCI
The Board Of Control For Cricket In India paid glowing tribute to VVS Laxman, saying that his stunning knocks in crisis situations shaped the history of Indian cricket.
VVS Laxman retires from international cricket
India batsman VVS Laxman announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday, despite his selection for the two-Test series against New Zealand.
Lord's Test: Bairstow leads England fightback vs SA
Jonny Bairstow hit the highest score of the match to lead an England fightback against South Africa on day two of the third and final Test on Friday, keeping alive their hopes of the win they need to square the series.
August 17, 2012Kevin Pietersen set to return for county side Surrey
Kevin Pietersen is set to play his first match on Sunday since being dropped by England, after he was included in Surrey's squad for a 40-over game.
Lee more than happy to mentor Blake in art of fast bowling
Australian pacer Brett Lee has said he will be more than happy to mentor Jamaican sprint star Yohan Blake in the art of fast bowling if he joins him at the Sydney Sixers for the Big Bash Twenty20 competition.
MCC recommends India for hosting first ever D/N Test match
The world cricket committee of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), who are English cricket's original law makers, has suggested that the first ever day/night Test match should be held in India, or in the Indian subcontinent, where attendance during Test matches is currently recorded as being on the lower side.
Shoaib keen to take up Pakistan bowling coach's role
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has expressed his desire to become the bowling coach of the national cricket team.
Former Pak keeper Haider faces domestic ban
Pakistan's discarded wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider could be debarred from playing domestic cricket after his latest outburst against the national team stumper Kamran Akmal.
August 16, 2012Lord's Test: South Africa rally after early losses
battling half-century from JP Duminy and a test best 46 not out from tailender Vernon Philander led South Africa's fightback as they closed on 262 for seven on the first day of the third and final test on Thursday.
ICC extends deadline for submitting final squad of T20 WC
The ICC, on Thursday, extended the deadline for the submission of the 15-player final squad for the World Twenty20 Championship in Sri Lanka by six days after receiving requests from various member nations.
U-19 WC: Ravikant's fiver helps India enter quarters
Medium pacer Ravikant Singh returned with a five-for as Indian colts thumped minnows Papua New Guinea by 107 runs to enter the quarter-finals of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, in Townsville, Australia.
McDermott Jr gets call-up for Pak ODIs
Alister McDermott is set to follow his father Craig into international cricket after being added to Australia's squad for the One-day series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
August 15, 2012Pietersen row overshadows Strauss' 100th Test
Captain Andrew Strauss' 100th Test for England at Lord's this week will be overshadowed by the controversial absence of the team's most dynamic batsman Kevin Pietersen for the deciding match against South Africa.
Tendulkar at NCA ahead of Ind-NZ series
Senior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar began preparations for the upcoming New Zealand Test series with a practice session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Pietersen 'apologises' for texts: Report
Kevin Pietersen has taken the first step to mend his damaged relations with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) by sending an apology through his agent on Tuesday.
August 14, 2012Modi, Clarke reach out-of-court settlement in libel case
Former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi has settled his libel case against England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke out of court, an ECB statement said on Wednesday.
U-19 WC: Passi stars as India crush Zim by 63 runs
Paceman Kamal Passi wreaked havoc with a superb six-wicket haul as India thrashed Zimbabwe by 63 runs to bring their campaign back on track in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, in Townsville, Australia.
August 12, 2012Pietersen dropped from England Test squad
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been dropped for the final Test against South Africa starting on Thursday over allegations he sent derogatory texts to the rival team.
Under-19 World Cup: India lose to West Indies
Shoddy batting by the top-order saw the Unmukt Chand-led India U-19 side lose their opening World Cup match against the West Indies by four wickets on Sunday.
August 11, 2012U-19 WC: Bangladesh stun SL, Aus cruise to victory
The ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012 got underway in Queensland on Saturday with host Australia belying its patchy lead-up form to open with an impressive six-wicket victory over England.
'Stint with KKR has helped in my national comeback'
Lakshmipathy Balaji's comeback into the national squad after a gap of three years has been welcomed by all and the Tamil Nadu seamer feels that it is his IPL stint with Kolkata Knight Riders that has helped him make a comeback.
August 10, 2012'An honour to be picked as a replacement for Dravid'
Cheteshwar Pujara tells Haresh Pandya he is confident of doing well in the upcoming series against New Zealand.
Sachin returns, Laxman retained in squad for NZ Tests
Sachin Tendulkar has made an expected return to the Test team while VVS Laxman, despite his woeful run of form in the series against Australia, retains his place for the NZ series.
Yuvraj makes comeback to India's squad for World T20
Yuvraj Singh has been included in India's squad for the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka next month.
India take on West Indies in ICC U-19 WC
India will take on the West Indies on Sunday in their first game of the ICC Under-19 cricket World Cup which will open tomorrow with three-time champion Australia beginning their title defence against England.
August 09, 2012Smith left out of SA World T20 squad
South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith was omitted from the 15-man squad to take part in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka next month, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Thursday.
Mahindra to sponsor Sri Lanka Premier League
The inaugural edition of the Sri Lanka Premier League, which saw Indian business houses buying out all the seven franchises on offer, announced on Wednesday that it has roped in auto major Mahindra & Mahindra as the title sponsor.
August 08, 2012Eye injury cost Boucher his lens, iris and pupil
Mark Boucher, the former South Africa wicketkeeper, lost the lens, iris and pupil in the eye injury which forced him to announce his international retirement, he said Wednesday.
U-19 WC warm-up: India beat Afghanistan by 13 runs
Left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh's spell of five for 32 after some fine performances by the top-order batsman helped India register a 52-run win over Afghanistan in a warm-up match of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup on Wednesday.
August 07, 2012India beat Sri Lanka in U-19 WC warm-up
India got the better of Sri Lanka by 33 runs in a low-scoring ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012 warm-up match at Wynnum-Manly on Tuesday.
ICC Test rankings: Tendulkar, Zaheer placed at 12th spot
Veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan are both occupying 12th spot to be the highest-placed Indian cricketers in the latest ICC Test batsmen and bowlers rankings list, respectively, issued on Tuesday.
England, SA draw after dramatic final day
England and South Africa drew the second Test on Monday after some late drama that offered each team an unlikely sniff of victory on the fifth and final day at Headingley.
August 06, 2012Daniel Vettori to miss Test series against India
New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori, who is suffering from a groin injury, is likely to miss the two-match Test series against India, starting from August 23.
'You improve mentally when you are a part of Team India'
After scoring his maiden ODI century, Manoj Tiwary had to endure the pain of warming the bench for 14 straight ODIs despite being fully fit and available for selection but the youngster feels that it has helped him improve his mental strength.
India look to extend ODI domination in T20 vs Sri Lanka
The world number two ranking clinched following a dominating 4-1 triumph in ODIs, India will now look to stamp their authority against Sri Lanka in the only Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Tuesday.
Windies secure series win against New Zealand
The West Indies secured an impressive 2-0 Test series victory over New Zealand, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul guiding them to a five-wicket win in the second Test at Sabina Park, Jamaica, on Sunday.
August 05, 2012England toil for wkts before rain intervenes
England failed to make a breakthrough when rain stopped play before tea on the fourth day of the second Test at Headingley on Sunday as South Africa reached 39 without loss in their second innings.
ODI rankings: Virat Kohli rises to second position
Virat Kohli achieved his career-best ranking as he gained one position to be at second spot in the latest ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, which was released on Sunday.
'Tiwary is a serious contender for a regular ODI place'
Impressed with Manoj Tiwary's knock in the final ODI against Sri Lanka, Indian cricket team coach Duncan Fletcher says the middle-order batsman is a "serious contender" for a place in the One-day team.
Pietersen leads England fightback with unbeaten ton
Kevin Pietersen led an England counter-attack with a scintillating unbeaten century to lift his side to 351 for five on the third day of the second Test against South Africa on Saturday.
August 04, 2012Five-star Pathan sinks Lanka in 5th ODI
Irfan Pathan claimed five wickets and contributed valuable 29 runs as India managed a 20-run win over Sri Lanka in the dead fifth rubber to complete a 4-1 series drubbing in Pallekele on Saturday.
August 03, 2012Petersen's 182 puts South Africa in control
Alviro Petersen scored 182, his highest in a Test match, to steer South Africa to a commanding 419 all out on day two of the second Test at Headingley on Friday. England safely reached 48 without loss when bad light and rain ended play with 22 overs still to be bowled.
We're faring well as a team: Ashwin
Having taken an unassailable lead in the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Friday said India were doing very well as a team and there was no need to single out any individual performance ahead of the final encounter of the rubber.
Leeds Test: Petersen makes England pay for dropped catch
Alviro Petersen punished England for dropping him early on by scoring his fourth Test century as South Africa reached 262 for five at the close of the first day of the second Test on Thursday.
August 01, 2012Tendulkar nominated for ICC People's Choice Award
Just two years after winning it, senior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar was once again nominated for the ICC People's Choice award.
Vettori ruled out of second Test against West Indies
New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori will miss the second Test against West Indies starting on Thursday in Kingston with a groin strain, the country's cricket board said on Wednesday.
July 31, 2012Kohli's 13th ODI ton seals Sri Lanka series
Virat Kohli's dream run in ODIs continued as his brilliant century guided India to a comfortable six-wicket victory in the fourth one-dayer against Sri Lanka, thereby clinching the five-match series 3-1, in Colombo on Tuesday.
India thrash Sri Lanka to record 400th ODI win
India on Tuesday notched up their 400th one-day international victory when they thrashed Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fourth ODI of the five-match series at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
July 30, 2012Roach, Gayle steer Windies past NZ in first Test
The pace of Kemar Roach and the confidence of Chris Gayle led West Indies to a nine-wicket victory in the first of their two-Test series against struggling New Zealand on Sunday in Antigua.
July 29, 2012Uncapped Taylor replaces Bopara for England
Uncapped Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor is poised to make his England Test debut in the second match of the series against South Africa starting on Thursday after Ravi Bopara said he was unavailable for personal reasons.
Bowling at the death a concern for Gambhir
India might have won the third ODI against Sri Lanka, but the architect of the triumph, opener Gautam Gambhir, feels the team has to get its act together as far as bowling at the death is concerned.
Antigua Test: Windies sniff victory
Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill put on a 123-run partnership to help New Zealand end the fourth day of the first Test on 199 for three, on Saturday, but two late wickets will give the West Indies hope of securing a victory.
July 28, 2012Finger injury puts Sangakkara out of India series
Senior Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been ruled out of the remaining two ODIs and T20 International against India after sustaining a hairline fracture on his finger that will keep him out of action for at least a month.
Gambhir, Raina star in India's five-wicket win
A well compiled century from opener Gautam Gambhir and big-hitting of Suresh Raina helped India pull a thrilling five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third One-day International in Colombo.
Openers Gayle, Powell put Windies in command
An outstanding opening stand of 254 from Chris Gayle (150) and Kieran Powell (134) helped the West Indies build a 91-run lead with four first innings wickets remaining after the third day of play in the first Test against New Zealand in Antigua on Friday. The Caribbean side was 442 for six at the close and while New Zealand will take some comfort from a good effort in the evening session, West Indies are well in charge.
July 27, 2012We've never underestimated Sri Lanka: Gambhir
Opener Gautam Gambhir on Friday said that it would not be fair to suggest that India had taken Sri Lanka "lightly" in the second ODI, which the visitors lost comprehensively by nine wickets in Hambantota.
Mani advises PCB to not follow BCCI blindly
Former ICC president Ehsan Mani has warned the Pakistan Cricket Board of not following the BCCI blindly and insisted that the relation between the two boards should be based on mutual benefits.
Kolkata Knight Riders to take on Delhi in CLT20 opener
IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Delhi Daredevils, while South Africa's domestic Twenty20 champions Titans will square off against Australia's Perth Scorchers in the opening Group games of the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa.
Haroon Lorgat to join Sri Lanka Cricket as consultant
Former International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat is all set to join Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as a consultant.
Antigua Test: Gayle leads strong West Indies reply vs NZ
Chris Gayle marked his return to Test cricket with an imposing unbeaten 85 as he led West Indies to 145 without loss, chasing New Zealand's 351 all out on the second day of the first Test at North Sound, Antigua.
July 26, 2012T&T want Narine, Pollard, Bravo for CLT20
IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders are likely to be without their star performer Sunil Narine in the upcoming Champions League as the Trinidad & Tobago Sports Minister wants the spinner to be included in the national team along with Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.
Ojha rushed to hospital after being hit on the neck
The Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha was rushed to a hospital on Thursday morning after being hit on the neck during the team's net session at the Premadasa stadium in Colombo.
New Zealand's Guptill falls short of opening day ton
Martin Guptill fell three runs short of his third Test century as New Zealand closed the first day of the first Test against West Indies on 232 for four at North Sound, Antigua.
SA call-up Elgar, rest Kallis for England ODIs
South Africa have rested veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis from the upcoming ODI series against England, replacing him with Dean Elgar in the 15-member squad for the five-match series starting August 24.
July 25, 2012'Unfortunate that cricket not considered for Olympics'
Former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar is hopeful that with T20 becoming popular, the sport has a chance of figuring in the Games in future.
Perera received maximum man-of-the-match awards
Statistical highlights of the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Hambantota.
July 24, 2012Sri Lanka crush India by 9 wkts in 2nd ODI
Sri Lanka exacted a sweet revenge on India with a crushing nine-wicket victory in the second One-day International at Hambantota on Tuesday, to draw the series level at 1-1.
'BCCI need to compensate PCB for calling off 2009 series'
Former PCB chairman Ijaz Butt has welcomed the planned revival of bilateral cricket ties with India, but has asked the BCCI to compensate it financially for the cancelled series of 2009.
Boycott critical of 'selfish' England batsmen
Geoffrey Boycott has criticised England's batsmen after their first-Test defeat to South Africa, saying they forgot about defence in the pursuit of their ambition to score runs.
July 23, 2012England thrashed by innings as Steyn takes five
Dale Steyn claimed five for 56 to help bowl South Africa to a comprehensive innings and 12-run victory over England before tea on the fifth day of the first cricket Test at The Oval on Monday.
Pradeep replaces Kulasekara for ODIs against India
Sri Lanka have named Nuwan Pradeep as the replacement for their injured pace bowler Nuwan Kulasekara for the remaining four One-day Internationals against India.
PCB won't host reciprocal India-Pak series in England
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has strongly rejected reports that it is considering the possibility of hosting India in England for a reciprocal series between the two sides.
Gayle included in Windies squad for NZ Test
Having made peace with the West Indies Cricket Board, explosive batsman Chris Gayle returned to the country's Test side after more than 18 months.
South Africa close in on England win after Amla's 311
Hashim Amla put South Africa on the threshold of victory over England in the first Test with an unbeaten 311, the highest score by a South African in Test cricket, as the Proteas declared on 637-2 in their first innings. England lost four wickets before the close.
July 22, 2012PCB all set to implement DRS for Australia ODI series
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will implement the Decision Review System (DRS) for the One-day series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates next month.
Sri Lankan quick Kulasekara out of ODI series
Sri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara will miss the rest of the five-match One-day international series against India after injuring his groin in Saturday's opener.
1st ODI: Dhoni, Team India fined for slow over-rate
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Doni was fined 20 percent of his match fee while his teammates were docked 10 percent of their earnings for maintaining a slow over-rate during the first ODI against Sri Lanka in Hambantota on Saturday.
July 21, 2012Oval Test: Amla, Smith put South Africa in control
Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis put on an unbeaten stand of 143 to help South Africa to an 18-run lead over England on day three of the first Test at The Oval on Saturday.
Hambantota ODI: Kohli, Sehwag lead India to 21-run win
India survived some jittery moments in the fag end before snatching a thrilling 21-run win over Sri Lanka in the first cricket One-dayer of the five-match series in Hambantota on Saturday.
Abhishek Nayar to lead Mumbai in Mysore tourney
All-rounder Abhishek Nayar will lead a 15-member Mumbai squad in the Shafi Darashah Tournament to be played from July 27 to August 14 at Mysore, Mumbai Cricket Association announced in Mumbai on Saturday.
Ganguly backs Rahul Sharma over 'unfortunate incident'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has stood behind under-fire Rahul Sharma who tested positive for drugs in a rave party in May, saying the young leg-spinner probably committed the 'mistake unknowingly' and he, therefore, should not lose his place in the national team for the offence.
Smith, Amla lead South Africa fightback against England
South Africa fought back against England on the second day of the first Test on Friday, first with the ball and then the bat, to close on 86 for one after bowling England out for 385. Captain Graeme Smith, playing his 100th Test match, was 37 not out and Hashim Amla was on 47 after being dropped on 40 by first slip Andrew Strauss off Ravi Bopara.
July 20, 2012Cricketer Sharma faces arrest after testing positive
Indian spinner Rahul Sharma's participation in the ODI series against Sri Lanka was, on Friday, thrown into jeopardy after he tested positive for consumption of drugs in a rave party in Mumbai in May, making his arrest inevitable.
BCCI will not take immediate action against Rahul Sharma
The BCCI has said it will not jump the gun and 'execute' Rahul Sharma without conducting a proper investigation after the cricketer tested positive for drugs at a rave party in Mumbai in May.
Mumbai rave party: Rahul Sharma, Parnell test positive
Indian Premier League players Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell have tested positive for drugs after being detained at a rave party in Mumbai on May 20. They were among 94 people held by the Mumbai Police at Hotel Oakwoods in Juhu.
Ranji champions Rajasthan, Mumbai in same group
Defending champions Rajasthan and 39-time champions Mumbai are clubbed in a relative easy Group A for the upcoming Ranji Trophy, starting November 2. Group A, appears the easier of the Elite teams. Bengal, Hyderabad, Saurashtra, MP, Railways, Punjab and Gujarat are the seven other teams in it.
New Zealand appoint Hesson as new head coach
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has appointed Mike Hesson as head coach of their cricket team until the end of the 2015 World Cup, the governing body said on Friday.
Harbhajan goes wicketless in county match
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was included in India's 30-member probables for the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup, bowled an economical spell though without a wicket till tea on the first day of his side Essex's County Championship Division Two match against Hampshire at Chelmsford.
South Africa toil as Cook century puts England on top
Alastair Cook scored his 20th Test century as England emerged on top on day one of the first Test against South Africa, finishing on 267 for three at close at The Oval on Thursday. Cook was 114 not out, his chanceless effort coming after he lost captain and opening partner Andrew Strauss to the fourth ball of the morning, following an impressive second-wicket stand of 170 with Jonathan Trott, who scored 71.
July 19, 2012Doctors 'positive' after Boucher's eye surgery
The medical team treating Proteas wicket-keeper Mark Boucher is positive about his condition after he underwent eye surgery at a Cape Town Clinic on Thursday.
India can regain ODI top spot with clean-sweep against SL
There's a lot at stake in India's one-day series against Sri Lanka beginning July 21 as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men have the chance to regain the number one spot if they clean-sweeps the five-match rubber.
SA name 30-member squad for T20 WC
Cricket South Africa (CSA) named a 30-member provisional squad, on Thursday, with no surprise inclusion or exclusion, for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September.
Bishen Bedi backs revival of Indo-Pak series
Former India cricket captain Bishen Singh Bedi has extended his support to the revival of Indo-Pak cricketing ties, saying the sport should not be mixed with politics.
SL series will show how much we have improved: Dhoni
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni reckons the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka will provide his side an opportunity to see where it stands at the moment and identify the areas that need improvement.
Suresh Saraiya, one of the best-loved radio commentators
Haresh Pandya pays tribute to noted radio commentator Suresh Saraiya, who passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday following a heart attack.
Onions may be ruled out of first Test at the Oval
England pace bowler Graham Onions may be ruled out of the opening match of the three-Test series against South Africa starting at the Oval on Thursday after a hamstring strain forced him to miss training on Wednesday.
July 18, 2012Sri Lankan players win their contract battle against SLC
With the limited overs series against India about to start in another three days time, the Sri Lankan cricketers finally won their four-month long battle against their employers Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and will be signing the annual contracts by Thursday.
Veteran cricket commentator Saraiya dead
Eminent cricket commentator Suresh Saraiya died of heart attack on Wednesday.
Kevin Pietersen left out of England T20 squad
Kevin Pietersen starred as England won the ICC World T20 in 2010, their first major title. However, the batsman's dream of helping England defend their World Twenty20 title appeared to have been dashed after he was left out of a provisional 30-man squad announced on Wednesday.
Deccan Chargers dispute British court award to former CEO
Indian Premier League franchisee Deccan Chargers has contended that a British court's award of over pounds 10 million to its former CEO Tim Wright would be non-est in the eyes of Indian courts or justice.
Disgraced Butt hails Indo-Pak cricket ties revival
Pakistan's disgraced former captain Salman Butt is delighted that bilateral cricket ties with India would be revived with the limited-overs series in December.
Yuvraj named in India's World T20 preliminary squad
Yuvraj Singh, who has started training after recuperating from a rare germ cell cancer, was today named in India's 30-member list of probables for the World Twenty20 Championships in Sri Lanka.
India might become home for Pakistan cricket
Pakistan's board asks to play its series with Australia at Mohali; also wants to take on lease another Indian venue.
Australia announce preliminary World T20 squad
Young paceman James Pattinson was surprisingly left out from Australia's preliminary 30-member squad announced for the World Twenty20 Championship in Sri Lanka in September.
July 17, 2012Dhoni looking to start new season on 'good note'
Set to embark on a short cricket tour of Sri Lanka, India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said it is important that his team begins the new season with a good showing in the upcoming limited-overs' series.
Pakistan recall Akmal, Razzaq, Nazir for WT20
Pakistan's selectors have recalled Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq and Imran Nazir for the Twenty20 series against Australia in the UAE in August, and September's ICC T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. Mohammad Hafeez has also been retained captain of the T20 team till the end of the year in what is a major boost for the all-rounder.
Narine bags five as Windies beat NZ in last ODI
Sunil Narine turned in a superb show with the ball as the West Indies beat New Zealand by 20 runs in the fifth and final One-day International in Basseterre (Saint Kitts and Nevis) on Monday.
July 16, 2012Pakistan players all set to be a part of IPL auctions
The decision to resume Indo-Pak bilateral cricketing ties is likely to clear the decks for top Pakistan cricketers to again be a part of auctions in the cash-rich Indian Premier League.
Young Udana in Sri Lanka ODI squad for India series
Left-arm pacer Isuru Udana, who is is yet a make his debut in one-dayers, has been included in Sri Lanka's 15-member squad for the five ODIs against India, which gets underway on Saturday. The 24-year-old Udana, who has played six Twenty20 internationals for Sri Lanka, will join Chamara Kapugedera, Rangana Herath, who are also making a comeback in the team.
Kapil Dev likely to apply for BCCI amnesty
After granting amnesty to Kiran More, the Board Of Control For Cricket In India in all likelihood will soon be granting amnesty to Kapil Dev and welcome him back in the official fold as the former Indian captain is all set to write to the cricket board on this issue.
PCB persistent in resuming cricket ties: Shukla
Refusing to react to Sunil Gavaskar's criticism of the Board Of Control For Cricket In India's decision to resume bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan, senior BCCI official Rajeev Shukla said that the former India captain was entitled to his opinion.
BCCI approves revision of Ranji Trophy format
In its bid to overhaul the structure of domestic cricket, the Board Of Control For Cricket In India approved the recommendations of the Special Committee on the revision of the Ranji Trophy format, under which 27 teams will be divided into three groups of nine sides each.
Ravi Jain to be media manager on Lankan tour
DDCA joint secretary Ravi Jain will be the media manager of the Indian cricket team on the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.
Gavaskar slams decision to resume cricket with Pakistan
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has criticised the Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision to revive Indo-Pak bilateral cricket ties, saying Pakistan is not cooperating with the Mumbai terror attacks probe.
India-Pakistan cricket set for revival; 3 ODIs in Dec
India and Pakistan are scheduled to play their first bilateral series in five years following the Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision to invite the neighbouring team for a three-match ODI series in December.
BCCI grants amnesty to Kiran More
The Board of Control for Cricket in India granted amnesty to former India wicketkeeper Kiran More on Monday, paving the way for his return to the fold of the parent cricket body and making him eligible for the one-time benefit payment.
Maxwell gets Australia call-up; Watson, Hilfenhaus rested
Australia have rested all rounder Shane Watson and quick bowler Ben Hilfenhaus and dropped batsman Peter Forrest from their squad to play a three-match One-day series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates starting next month.
July 15, 2012Indian cricketers arrive in Chennai for two-day camp
India team cricket team, led by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has started to assemble in Chennai for the two-day training camp ahead of the Sri Lankan tour.
BCCI working committee meet to discuss domestic overhaul
The BCCI working committee will meet in New Delhi on Monday to discuss and ratify the technical committee's recommendations for overhauling domestic cricket.
Bopara replaces Bairstow in England Test squad
Batsman Ravi Bopara has replaced Jonny Bairstow in the England squad for the first Test against South Africa starting on Thursday.
Windies beat New Zealand despite defiant Taylor ton
Kieron Pollard struck 56 from 70 deliveries to propel the West Indies to a 24-run win over New Zealand in the fourth one-day international, which clinched the five-match series 3-1.
Pakistan want DRS for all international matches
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has again confirmed his support for the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in international matches.
July 14, 2012Radio presenter apologises over Boucher remark
A top radio presenter apologised live on air after an unsavoury remark about injured Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.
'World cricket will miss a truly great bowler in Lee'
Pakistan's enigmatic fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said world cricket will miss Australian paceman Brett Lee and more quick bowlers like him are needed as they 'light up the game'.
India slip to fifth spot in ICC Test rankings
India, who were the No. 1 Test side this time a year ago, have lost a position to slip to the fifth spot now in the latest ICC Test Championship rankings table after the annual update took place.
July 13, 2012Playing in Lanka will help for T20 World Cup: Irfan
Recalled to the squad under fortuitous circumstances, all-rounder Irfan Pathan vowed to utilise the opportunity to the fullest extent and also saw the Sri Lanka tour as a good preparation for the Indian cricketers ahead of the World T20.
Kaif can still add lot of value to Test team: Kumble
Not many people would endorse the view that 31-year-old Mohammed Kaif can make a comeback in international cricket but former India captain Anil Kumble feels that the Uttar Pradesh batsman can prove to be a handful in the longer format.
Irfan replaces Vinay Kumar in squad for Lanka series
Baroda all-rounder Irfan Pathan will replace Karnataka fast bowler R Vinay Kumar in India's squad for the tour of Sri Lanka.
Australia's Brett Lee quits international cricket
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee retired from international cricket on Friday, just days after he was forced to return home from England after sustaining another injury.
July 12, 2012Sri Lanka stop rot with Test series win against Pakistan
Sri Lanka won their first Test-match series in nine attempts since August 2009 when they batted out for a draw against Pakistan in the third and final Test at the Pallekele Stadium on Thursday.
Mithali Raj returns to top of ICC ODI rankings
India captain Mithali Raj has returned to the top of the ICC Women's ODI Rankings for batters after top scoring in the side's recent series against England with 251 runs.
Muralitharan to play for Melbourne Renegades in Big Bash
Sri Lankan off-spin great Muttiah Muralitharan is set to play against his old time rival Australian Shane Warne in the forthcoming season of the Big Bash as he confirmed that he will be representing Melbourne Renegades in the Twenty20 league.
Sri Lanka bat out safe draw to win Pakistan series
Sri Lanka batted out for a draw against Pakistan in the third and final Test at the Pallekele Stadium on Thursday to win their first series in nine attempts since August 2009.
Tendulkar, Zaheer named in Mumbai Ranji probables list
Senior cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan were on Thursday included among the probables for the Mumbai Ranji Trophy squad for the 2012-2013 domestic season.
'Rungta was an individual who lived and breathed cricket'
Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan offered condolences on the death of former Board chief P M Rungta, describing him as an 'invaluable guide'.
England women clinch series after India lose final ODI
Batting let the Indian women's cricket team down as they were defeated by 29 runs via Duckworth-Lewis calculations in the rain-truncated fifth and final One-dayer against England. They defeat at Wormsley, England, saw them lose the series 2-3.
New Zealand record first win on Windies tour
New Zealand bowled out West Indies for just 161 to earn an 88 run win, their first victory on their tour of the Caribbean, in the third One-Day International in St Kitts on Wednesday.
July 11, 2012PCB makes three proposals to BCCI for resumption of ties
In a bid to resume bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan, the Pakistan Board has put forward three proposals to their Indian counterparts.
Pakistan drop Misbah, recall Kamran for World T20
Test and ODI captain Misbah-ul Haq was dropped from Pakistan's provisional 30-man squad for September's World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, but the PCB recalled Kamran Akmal after the wicketkeeper-batsman was cleared of suspicions of spot-fixing.
Azhar Ali frustrates Sri Lanka with another ton
Azhar Ali smashed a second century in successive matches on Wednesday to leave the final Test between Pakistan against Sri Lanka poised for an intriguing finish. His 136 enabled Pakistan wriggled out of a tight corner and post 299-8 in their second innings by stumps on the fourth day in Pallekele.
Aakash Chopra to play for Himachal in Ranji Trophy
Former India opener Aakash Chopra, who played vital role in helping Rajasthan win consecutive Ranji Trophy titles, has decided to join Himachal Pradesh for the upcoming domestic season.
BCCI working committee to meet on July 16
The BCCI Working Committee will meet in Delhi on July 16 to discuss and ratify the recommendations made by the technical committee for an overhaul of domestic cricket.
Sehwag unveils ICC World T20 trophy
Batting maestro Virender Sehwag on Wednesday unveiled the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 trophy at a function in Indore.
Tsolekile replaces Boucher in South Africa squad
Stumper Thami Tsolekile will replace the retired Mark Boucher in South Africa's test squad on the tour of England, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Wednesday.
Unpaid cricketers asked to skip Bangla T20 league
The Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA)will advise players to skip future editions of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) over outstanding payments, the cricketers' body said on Wednesday.
Bopara flourish completes rout of Australia
Ravi Bopara's flamboyant unbeaten 52 steered England to an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Australia in the reduced-overs fifth and final One-day International in Manchester on Tuesday.
July 10, 2012Kandy Test: Perera's 75 puts Sri Lanka in strong position
Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera hit a maiden Test half-century off 86 balls to place his team in a strong position at the end of the third day of the third and final Test against Pakistan at the Pallakele Stadium on Tuesday.
Eye injury forces Boucher to quit international cricket
Veteran South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher announced his retirement from international cricket after undergoing eye surgery following a severe injury this week.
Taibu retires at 29 from cricket to serve God
In a surprise decision, former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu brought down curtains on his 11-year-long international career, saying he wants to focus on working for the church.
Research on DRS to be shown to BCCI
The ICC will send a delegation to India to show the research on ball-tracking by Dr Ed Rosten, an expert in computer vision technology, after the BCCI's objection resulted in the DRS being not put to a vote at the Executive Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur last month.
Miandad claims injustice has been done to Faisal
Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has claimed that 'injustice' has been meted out to his nephew, Faisal Iqbal, as far as the latter cementing a place in the national cricket team was concerned.
Watson, Lee to miss final ODI against England
Australia vice captain Shane Watson and paceman Brett Lee will miss the fifth and final One-day International against England at Old Trafford on Tuesday after sustaining calf injuries during the fourth match of the series.
Mark Boucher needs surgery after bail cuts his eyeball
South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher will undergo surgery after suffering a cut to his left eyeball in a warm-up match against Somerset in Taunton.
July 09, 2012'England's tour to India will be their real test'
Former captain Alec Stewart has said England's tour to India would be their real test after an easy one-day series against Australia.
Kaneria suspended from playing in Pakistan
Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has been suspended from playing in his home country after his life ban in England for corruption while playing for Essex in the county championship.
Rain washes out day 2 of third SL-Pakistan Test
Sri Lanka were to resume at 44 for three wickets in reply to Pakistan's first innings total of 226 but steady rain meant not a single ball could be bowled.
Indian eves lose fourth ODI as England level series 2-2
England women's team defeated India by three wickets in the fourth cricket ODI to level the five-match series 2-2.
July 08, 2012Bhupathi should have partnered Leander: Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that Mahesh Bhupathi should have agreed to play Leander Paes in the Olympics as the latter is a terrific doubles player.
Match even after bowlers dominate
Pakistan needed their fast bowlers to bail them out after posting a disappointing 226 all out on the first day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, at the Pallekele Stadium on Sunday.
Pakistan wicketkeeper suffers hairline fracture
Pakistan wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal suffered a hairline fracture to his left hand and will not take the field when the third and final test against Sri Lanka resumes on Monday.
Waqar to coach Ruhuna in SLPL
Former Pakistan captain and coach Waqar Younis will be one of the coaches in the forthcoming Sri Lankan Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament, the organisers of SLPL said.
England beat Australia by 8 wickets to clinch ODI series
England rounded off a comprehensive One-Day International series defeat of four-times World Cup winners Australia with an eight-wicket win in the fourth one-day international at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.
July 07, 2012England beat Australia by 8 wickets to clinch ODI series
England rounded off a comprehensive One-Day International series defeat of four-times World Cup winners Australia with an eight-wicket win in the fourth one-day international at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.
Ranchi locals celebrate Dhoni's 31st birthday in style
Friends and well-wishers of Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni brough in his birthday in his absence but with much fanfare as the cricketer turned 31 on Saturday.
Sourav to be with fans buying DVD on 40th b'day
Fans of Sourav Ganguly will get a lifetime chance to spend time with their idol on the former India captain's 40th birthday on Sunday.
BCCI to nominate Dravid for Khel Ratna, Yuvi for Arjuna
The Cricket Board has decided to recommend recently retired stalwart Rahul Dravid for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and Yuvraj Singh, the player of the World Cup, for the Arjuna Award.
July 06, 2012Sialkot Stallions to participate in Champions League T20
The Pakistan Cricket Board has officially announced that the Sialkot Stallions team, which is being led by Shoaib Malik, will represent the country in the forthcoming Champions League qualifying tournament in South Africa.
Cricket South Africa chief hands in sudden resignation
The acting chief executive of Cricket South Africa (CSA), Jacques Faul, has tendered his resignation barely four months after Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula appointed him to restructure the embattled organisation.
Gayle, Smith guide Windies to easy win over Kiwis
Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith registered half centuries as the West Indies coasted to a nine-wicket victory over New Zealand in a rain-shortened first One-Day International at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on Thursday.
'I don't want to speak about Greg Chappell anymore'
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday refused to react to former coach Greg Chappell's claims that Rahul Dravid did not get enough backing from teammates during his stint as India captain, insisting that he is not bothered by the Aussie's comments.
No Indian, English player in Sri Lanka Premier League
The inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League will feature 56 foreign cricketers, not one of them Indian, after the seven franchises made their choices in a closed-door players' draft system in Colombo. Australia, with 18, provided the most players for the franchises, followed by 13 from Pakistan.
July 05, 2012England batsman Ramprakash quits
Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash, widely regarded as one of the most gifted stroke players of his generation, has retired from all forms of cricket.
Pakistan announce itinerary for Australia series in UAE
Pakistan will host Australia in three one-day cricket matches and three Twenty20 games in its "home" series in the United Arab Emirates from August 28 to September 10, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Thursday.
Ministry extends Arjuna nomination date for BCCI
In a reconciliatory gesture, the Sports ministry made an exception for BCCI by extending the last date for filing nominations for Arjuna awards to July 20.
ICC Test rankings: Sangakkara reclaims No.1 spot
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara has reclaimed the number-one batting spot from West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after another big century against Pakistan in the second Test that ended in a draw in Colombo.
Swann to miss rest of Australia series with elbow injury
England off-spinner Graeme Swann will miss the remaining two games in the one-day series against Australia in order to rest an elbow injury.
Third England-Australia ODI washed out
The third One-day International between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham was abandoned due to rain on Wednesday without a ball being bowled.
July 04, 2012Taunton ODI: Jhulan bowls India to 14-run win over England
Jhulan Goswami wreaked havoc as Indian eves beat England by 14 runs in a low-scoring second ODI in Taunton on Wednesday to take 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
Sangakkara misses double ton in drawn Test
Kumar Sangakkara missed out on a double-hundred for the second successive match as the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka ended in a dull draw in Colombo on Wednesday.
Srikkanth backs Yuvraj to return for World T20
Yuvraj Singh is back in training after recuperating from a rare germ cell cancer and selection committee chairman Kris Srikkanth has said he wants the attacking left-handed batsman back in the side for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
Tendulkar rested; Zaheer, Sehwag return for SL tour
Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane, who impressed during the last edition of the Indian Premier League, also made it to the 15-member squad, as did pacer Ashok Dinda and leg-spinner Rahul Sharma.
July 03, 2012Pakistan hit back after double-century stand
Sri Lanka duo Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara shared a double-century partnership before Pakistan hit back by grabbing three late wickets on the fourth day of the second Test on Tuesday.
Birthday boy Harbhajan Singh signs for County side Essex
Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has signed a deal with the Essex County side to play in the second half of the English domestic season, the club said on Tuesday.
Unmukt Chand to lead India at Under-19 World Cup
Delhi's Unmukt Chand will lead India in the ICC Under-19 cricket World Cup in Australia next month. The All India junior selection committee, which met in Delhi on Tuesday to pick a 15-member squad, made only one change to the squad that finished joint-winners with Pakistan in the Asia Cup.
I have gone through fitness test at NCA: Virender Sehwag
Reluctant to speak about the upcoming ODI and Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka, senior batsman Virender Sehwag, who was nursing a shoulder injury, on Tuesday said his fitness has been assessed by the physios at the National Cricket Academy.
CLT20 to be held from October 9 to 28
Johannesburg and Cape Town were among the four venues finalised for the fourth edition of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament, which will be held from October 9 to October 28.
NZ paceman Gillespie out of Windies Tests
Injury-prone paceman Mark Gillespie has been ruled out of New Zealand's two-Test series in West Indies after failing to recover from an ankle injury, the country's cricket board (NZC) said on Tuesday.
Swiss trip is for team spirit: Kirsten
South Africa's trip to Switzerland will hopefully help their players bond ahead of the showdown tour to England, according to coach Gary Kirsten.
Shakib, Shafiul return for Bangladesh
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and paceman Shafiul Islam returned to the Bangladesh side on Monday in a 15-man squad for a tour of Ireland and the Netherlands.
July 02, 2012Graeme Pollock slams BCCI, ICC for DRS snub
Graeme Pollock, voted South Africa's best cricketer of the 20th century in 2009, blasted the Board of Control for Cricket in India for yet again raising the red flag for the universal implementation of the Decision Review System.
England appoint Such as national spin bowling coach
Former Test bowler Peter Such has been appointed the England and Wales Cricket Board's full-time spin bowling coach, the ECB said on Monday.
England call up Woakes for third ODI
England called up Warwickshire fast bowler Chris Woakes on Monday for the third One-day International against Australia in Birmingham.
Rain dampens Pakistan's push for victory
Pakistan's bid for a series-levelling victory was further dampened when rain allowed only one session of play on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Monday. The second day had also been badly affected by heavy showers with only 44.2 overs bowled on Sunday.
India 'A'-WI 'A' draw series after 3rd ODI washed out
The third and final unofficial cricket One-dayer between India 'A' and the West Indies 'A' had to be called off without a ball being bowled due to rain, leaving the series tied 1-1 in St George's, Grenada.
India women beat England in first ODI
Skipper Mithali Raj led from the front with an unbeaten knock of 94 as the Indian women's cricket team defeated England by five wickets in their first One-dayer in London.
England ease to second consecutive win over Australia
England eased to a second successive victory in their five-match one-day series against Australia at the Oval on Sunday to record their eighth consecutive ODI win.
July 01, 2012Nixon reveals 5 million pound fixing approach
Former England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon has revealed that an unnamed Indian businessman had approached him to fix one of County Twenty20 matches in 2010 with a mind boggling offer of 5 million pound ($ 8 million).
I'm innocent and haven't got justice, says Srivastava
Tainted Uttar Pradesh paceman Shalabh Srivastava feels he hasn't got "justice" after the BCCI slapped a five-year ban which means that his career is "as good as over."
U-19 Asia Cup: India, Pak share honours
Indian colts lost wickets in a heap towards the end of the innings as the U-19 Asia Cup final against Pakistan ended in a thrilling tie as both countries shared honours at the Kinrara Academy Oval, in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
New Zealand captain Taylor out with shoulder injury
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has been ruled out of Sunday's Twenty20 match against West Indies and is expected to miss the early part of the following five-match One-day series due to a shoulder injury, the county's cricket board (NZC) said.
Pakistan march on towards huge total
Opener Mohammad Hafeez missed out on a maiden double century but Pakistan continued to march towards a mammoth first innings total on the second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Cummins ruled out of England ODIs due to injury
Fast bowler Pat Cummins has been ruled out of Australia's remaining One day Internationals in England after he picked up a side strain during the first match of the series at Lord's on Friday, Cricket Australia said.
I-T gives clean chit to banned IPL players
The Income Tax department has given a clean chit to the five banned domestic cricketers, who were involved in the IPL spot-fixing fiasco, from any financial misconduct or receiving kickbacks in order to fix matches.
Gayle blazes as Windies beat NZ in Florida Twenty20
Chris Gayle treated the locals to a thrilling show of hitting as the West Indies defeated an injury-hit New Zealand by 56 runs in the first of two Twenty20 Internationals between in Lauderhill, Florida on Saturday.
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