Cricket News

June 30, 2010
WSG to challenge BCCI over media rights issue
Defending the Rs 425-crore facilitation fee it demanded from Sony, former global media rights holders for IPL, WSG, on Wednesday said it will do whatever it can to ensure that BCCI honours its previous agreements. Australia call up O'Keefe for Pakistan series
New South Wales left-arm spinner Stephen O'Keefe has been called into the Australian side for next month's matches against Pakistan to replace the injured Nathan Hauritz, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday. Howard bowled out in ICC role bid
Former Australia Prime Minister John Howard has failed in his bid to become the next vice-president of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Howard had been nominated for the position by Cricket Australia (CA) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC), who have been asked to put forward another candidate by the ICC. Botha helped by returning to basics
Going back to basics and ditching his doosra after an international ban has revitalised Johan Botha's career, the South African off-spinner said after his seven-wicket haul in the final Test in Barbados. Botha returned match figures of seven for 102 against West Indies in only his third Test to help South Africa clinch the series 2-0 on Tuesday. BCCI may oppose Howard's candidature as ICC VP
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard's candidature as the International Cricket Council (ICC) vice-president appears to have run into rough weather with the BCCI apparently being reluctant to back him in the executive board meeting on Wednesday. Steyn faces probe over alleged spitting incident
South African paceman Dale Steyn is to be investigated by match referee Jeff Crowe for allegedly spitting in the direction of West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn during the third and final Test in Bridgetown, Barbados.
June 29, 2010
SA survive fiery Roach burst to clinch series
South Africa survived a fiery spell of fast bowling to complete a seven-wicket victory over the West Indies before lunch on day four of the third Test on Tuesday and clinch the series 2-0. Needing 47 to win, the Proteas limped to 49 for three after fast bowler Kemar Roach struck Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis on the helmet and the umpires had to intervene to keep the peace as tempers flared between the players. BCCI scraps IPL media rights deal with WSG
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has scrapped all its IPL media rights agreements with Mauritius-based World Sport Group, claiming that MSM Satellite (Singapore) Pvt Ltd is the rightful owner of all media rights relating to the Twenty20 event. Windies A thrash India A by 166 runs in tri-series
India A started their cricket tri-series campaign on a disastrous note as they slumped to a humiliating 166-run defeat at the hands of West Indies A in the opening match at the County Ground in Northampton on Monday. CLT20: Taylor faces team loyalty dilemma
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor will have a unique dilemma at this year's Champions League Twenty20 with the New Zealand batsman having qualified for as many as three teams for the September 10-26 event. Mumbai Indians play Highveld Lions in CLT20 opener
The CLT20, the grand finale of Twenty20 cricket between the world's champion teams, will start on Friday 10 September with a Group B clash between Sachin Tendulkar's Mumbai Indians and Alviro Petersen's Highveld Lions at Wanderers. Steyn and Botha have West Indies on the rack
South Africa look certain to wrap up a 2-0 series win after reducing West Indies to 134 for seven on the third day of the third and final Test in Barbados on Monday.
June 28, 2010
Mortaza replaces Shakib as Bangladesh skipper
Fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza will captain Bangladesh on next month's one-day tour of England, Scotland and Ireland, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Monday. The 26-year-old Mortaza takes over from Shakib Al Hasan, who led the side in the recent Test series against England. India ready for Mendis and Lanka, says Dravid
Ajantha Mendis wrecked havoc when India toured Sri Lanka in 2008 but senior batsman Rahul Dravid is hopeful that this time around he and his colleagues are better equipped to tackle the 'mystery' spinner in the forthcoming Test series, beginning in Galle next month. South Africa regain control in third Test
AB de Villiers and Ashwell Prince added 134 for the sixth wicket on Sunday to put South Africa back in control on the second day of the third and final Test in Bridgetown, Barbados. At the close, South Africa were 285 for six in reply to West Indies' 231 with Prince unbeaten on 55 in a disciplined innings containing only three boundaries. Eng clinch series win over world champions Aus
England survived a late assault by the Australian fast bowlers on Sunday to win the third One-day International by one wicket with five balls to spare and clinch the five-match series against the world champions 3-0.
June 27, 2010
I am ready for any challenge: Sreesanth
Upbeat over his Test recall, India speedster S Sreesanth, who has been included in the Indian team for the series against Sri Lanka, on Sunday, said he would put in his best efforts and was geared up for the challenge. No evidence yet of sweat equity to Sunanda
The Corporate Affairs Ministry is learnt to have found no recorded evidence so far of sweat equity being given to Sunanda Pushkar, a close friend of former union minister Shashi Tharoor, by owners of the Kochi IPL team, Rendezvous Sports. Bangladesh axe Ashraful, Naeem for England ODIs
Bangladesh have omitted veteran batsman and former captain Mohammad Ashraful from their 15-man squad for next month's one-day series against England and Ireland and their Scotland tour. Wickets tumble on Day 1 of Barbados Test
South Africa were 46 for two in reply to the West Indies' modest total of 231 at the end of the first day's play in the third and final Test in Barbados on Saturday. Captain Graeme Smith was unbeaten on 35 at the close, with nightwatchman Paul Harris two not out for the visitors who are 1-0 up in the series.
June 26, 2010
Not surprised by India's Asia Cup triumph: Gul
Pakistan speedster Umar Gul has said he is not surprised with India lifting the Asia Cup title, as the men in blue were far more experienced and better in comparison to the hosts Sri Lanka. Inzamam denies plotting against Younis Khan
Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq on Saturday denied allegations of masterminding a players' rebellion last year against then captain Younis Khan. Pawar to take over as ICC President on July 1
Former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar will take over as International Cricket Council President on July 1, becoming the second Indian, after Jagmohan Dalmiya, to occupy the top post. Yuvraj in squad for Sri Lanka Tests
Axed from the One-Day International squad due to lack of fitness and form, Yuvraj Singh made a Test comeback when the selectors met in Chennai on Saturday to pick the Indian team for the three-match series in Sri Lanka, beginning July 10. Yuvraj was included in India's 16-member squad along with Rahul Dravid and Wriddhiman Saha.
June 25, 2010
MSM sues WSG to recover IPL payment
The Indian Premier League's broadcast rights holders MSM Satellite (Singapore), which has entered into an amended agreement with the Board of Control for Cricket in India, has filed a suit against Mauritius-based World Sport Group in the Bombay high court to recover facilitation fee of Rs 125 crore from the latter. Yuvraj likely to return to Test squad
Axed from the One-Day International squad due to lack of fitness and form, Yuvraj Singh is likely to make a Test comeback when the selectors meet in Chennai on Saturday to pick the Indian team for the three-match series in Sri Lanka. MSM to pay Rs 425 crore to BCCI as amended rights
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will recover Rs 425 crore from Indian Premier League's sub-continent media rights holders MSM Satellite as part of the amended media rights agreement which was approved by the Twenty20 League's Governing Council in Mumbai, on Friday. Modi guilty of major irregularities: Abdullah
The noose tightened further around Lalit Modi on Friday with the Indian Premier League Governing Council member Farooq Abdullah saying that the suspended commissioner of the Twenty20 league committed "major irregularities" during his days in the office. Team for Sri Lanka Tests on Saturday
Board of Control for Cricket in India's selection committee will pick the team for India's upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka in Chennai, on Saturday. The Krishnamachari Srikkanth-led panel will meet on Saturday morning to pick the side for the away three-Test series starting July 18. Prime Minister congratulates Team India
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday congratulated the Indian cricket team for winning the Asia Cup after a gap of 15 years. India overwhelmed the hosts Sri Lanka by 81 runs in the final on Thursday to win the four-nation tournament in Dambulla. Morgan helps England go 2-0 up on Australia
Eoin Morgan kept up his purple patch of form and Paul Collingwood achieved an England landmark in a four-wicket win over Australia in the second one-day international in Cardiff on Thursday.
June 24, 2010
Congratulate Team India
Team India came up with a near-perfect performance to crush Sri Lanka by 81 runs and end their Asia Cup jinx, in Dambulla, on Thursday. Join us in congratulatng the new Asia Cup champions. Franchisees, BCCI exchange ideas for IPL 4
Salary cap, player retention and format of the tournament from its fourth season next year dominated the discussion, but no decision was taken at the meeting between the franchisees and BCCI officials. Lalit Modi hung without trial by media: Ness Wadia
Lalit Modi may now be a pariah in Board of Control for Cricket in India circles, but if Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia is to be believed, the IPL franchisees still long for the league's suspended commissioner. Wadia spoke fondly of 'family friend' Modi, lamenting how he has been 'hung without trial' by the media and expressing confidence that 'he would be back soon'. India crush Sri Lanka to win Asia Cup
Pacers Ashish Nehra took four wickets to help India crush Sri Lanka by 81 runs and win the 2010 Asia Cup, in Dambulla, on Thursday. Nehra took four for 40 in nine overs as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 187 in 44.4 overs in the final in reply to India's 268 for six. Never intended to belittle BCCI: Modi's lawyer
Suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi's lawyer Mehmood Abdi on Thursday backtracked on his "khap panchayat" comment against the BCCI's Special General Meeting, saying his statement was misconstrued and neither he nor his client intended to "belittle" the Board. Let the general body look into my suspension: Modi
Raising the ante against N Srinivasan, suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi has asked for the BCCI secretary's recusal from the proceedings against him and demanded that the issue of his suspension be placed before the general body of the Cricket Board.
June 23, 2010
Modi lawyer calls SGM 'khap panchayat'
Suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi on Wednesday hit back at the BCCI, questioning the legality of its July 3 Special General Meeting convened to determine his fate and called it a "khap panchayat". Team India miles ahead of Pakistan: Akram
India's emphatic win over Pakistan in a match whose fate was decided on the penultimate ball during the ongoing Asia Cup in Dambulla on Saturday, just showed that the men in blue were better prepared to handle the pressure which accompanies any cricket match between the two arch rivals, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said. Jadeja needs to contribute more with bat: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday said Ravindra Jadeja has the potential to evolve into a genuine all-rounder but the youngster needs to contribute more with the bat. Jadeja, who was dismissed for a first-ball duck in Tuesday's league match against Sri Lanka, has mostly contributed with the ball. Sachin Tendulkar set to become IAF officer
Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar will add another feather to his hat. The master batsman is set to become the first cricketer to work with the Indian Air Force. Paine to replace injured Haddin for Pak series
Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been ruled out of next month's Test series against Pakistan after losing his race to recover from an elbow injury, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday. Windies and South Africa settle for bore draw
The second Test between West Indies and South Africa ended in a tedious draw on the final day on Tuesday when the tourists declared and both teams agreed there was no point continuing. Cool Morgan leads England to win over Australia
Eoin Morgan struck a brilliant unbeaten century to lead England to a four-wicket victory over Australia in the first One-day International on Tuesday.
June 22, 2010
BCCI rejects defence, Modi's ouster looks certain
Trouble appears to be mounting for suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi whose ouster looks certain with the Cricket Board today rejecting his defence against the slew of charges levelled against him. Maharoof 'tricks' as SL score big win over India
Farveez Maharoof's five-wicket haul, including a hat-trick, and half-centuries from Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene saw Sri Lanka crush India by seven wickets in the sixth and final group match of the Asia Cup 2010, in Dambulla, on Tuesday. SA take 20-run lead, Test heading for dull draw
The second Test was meandering towards a draw when South Africa reached 23 for no loss at the end of the fourth day in St Kitts on Monday, a lead of 20 over West Indies. Khawaja gets call-up to Australian Test squad
Uncapped New South Wales batsman Usman Khawaja was named on Tuesday in Australia's 14-man squad on Tuesday for next month's two-Testseries against Pakistan in Britain.
June 21, 2010
Afridi steers Pakistan to record-breaking win
Captain Shahid Afridi smashed a blistering 60-ball 124, his second century in the tournament, to steer Pakistan to a resounding 139–run win over Bangladesh in an inconsequential Asia Cup match in Dambull aon Monday. Powered by Afridi's blitzkrieg and useful half-centuries from Imran Farhat (66), Shahzaib Hasan (50) and Umar Akmal (50), Pakistan posted an intimidating 385 for seven, their highest score in ODIs, after electing to bat. I'm not an all-rounder: Harbhajan
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Monday said he may not be a dud with the bat anymore but he is not an all-rounder either. Dhoni reclaims top ranking, India rise to second
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has regained the number-one batting position while his side has returned to second spot in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship after its two matches in the Asia Cup in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. Devon Smith ton helps WI 'A' draw with India 'A'
India 'A bowlers found it tough to contain the West Indies 'A' batsmen and the Caribbean men rode on skipper Devon Smith's resolute hundred to force a draw in the four-day match between the two sides in Surrey. Afridi praises team for new found unity
Notwithstanding the flop show in the Asia Cup, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is content with the team's performance and has appreciated the new found 'unity' in the squad. Karthik brought in as cover for injured Sehwag
India have flown in Dinesh Karthik as a stand-by player for injured Virender Sehwag as the visitors gear up for Tuesday's last league match of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka. Pakistan leave out Younis for England tour
Former captain Younis Khan has been left out of Pakistan's Test and One-day squads for the tour of England despite being eligible for international cricket again after having an indefinite ban for ill-discipline overturned. Chanderpaul, Nash lead Windies fightback
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash cashed in on a flat pitch to score centuries and lift West Indies to 424 for four on Day three of the second Test against South Africa in St Kitts on Sunday.
June 20, 2010
Shoaib Akhtar not ready for Test return: Afridi
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi does not think fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is ready for a comeback to Test cricket. I did fall out of love with the game: Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen feared his career might be over when he developed an infection after undergoing Achilles surgery 11 months ago, England's premier batsman said on Sunday. Everything didn't go our way: Dhoni
Having qualified for the June 24 final, India captain Mahender Singh Dhoni expressed happiness over his side's sensational three-wicket victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup cricket tournament. Sehwag's hamstring strain has Indian team worried
The Indian team management has its fingers crossed over the fitness of opener Virender Sehwag, who sustained a hamstring injury during the thrilling win over Pakistan in the Asia Cup in Dambulla. Gayle leads strong Windies reply
The West Indies raced to 86 for one by the end of day two in the second Test at Warner Park in St Kitts on Saturday after South Africa declared on 543 for 6. The home side were 457 runs behind with nine wickets in hand when bad light stopped play for the day. Strauss, Kieswetter take England past Scots
Captain Andrew Strauss hit 61 from 43 balls as England warmed up for next week's limited-overs series against Australia with a seven-wicket win over Scotland in a one-day international in Edinburgh on Saturday.
June 19, 2010
Manohar gives in to Lalit Modi's demand
Giving in to Lalit Modi's demand, BCCI president Shashank Manohar has withdrawn himself from the three-man disciplinary committee constituted to conduct a hearing against the suspended IPL commissioner, according to BCCI sources. BCCI's special meeting will decide Modi's fate
The Cricket Board has convened a Special General Meeting (SGM) in Mumbai on July 3 to decide the fate of embattled Lalit Modi amidst speculation that the suspended IPL Commissioner may be expelled from the BCCI. KXIP promoters apply to BCCI for sale of stakes
The promoters of King's XI Punjab have applied to the Cricket Board seeking permission to sell 93 per cent of their stake in the Indian Premier League franchisee and the matter would come up before the IPL's Governing Council meeting later this month. Smith's 21st Test ton leaves WI reeling
Captain Graeme Smith cracked his 21st Test century to put South Africa in complete control on the first day of the second Test against West Indies on Friday. India down Pakistan in thrilling finish
Harbhajan Singh smashed a six to help India beat Pakistan by three wickets with one delivery to spare in a thrilling finish in the fourth match of the Asia Cup, in Dambulla, on Saturday. India's run-chase was set up by half-centuries from Gautam Gambhir and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who added 98 runs in 108 deliveries for the third wicket.
June 18, 2010
Dilshan earns SL thumping win over Bangladesh
Tillakaratne Dilshan came up with a terrific all-round show as Sri Lanka crushed Bangladesh by 126 runs to virtually qualify for the final of the Asia Cup cricket tournament, at the Rangiri Dambulla International stadium, in Dambulla, on Friday. After scoring an intimidating 312 for four, the hosts dismissed Bangladesh for a mere 186 and collected a bonus point in the process to swell their tally to nine from two matches. PCB to discuss revival of Indo-Pak cricket ties
Desperate to revive bilateral series with India, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt has left for Colombo to attend the Asian Cricket Council meeting where he would take up the issue with BCCI officials separately.
June 17, 2010
Hopes shines as rusty Australia see off Ireland
Australia survived a spirited Ireland run chase to secure an unconvincing 39-run victory in a one-day international on Thursday. The Irish were 80 without loss chasing Australia's total of 231 for nine, but James Hopes took five wickets to halt their momentum and the hosts subsided to 192 all out at the Clontarf Cricket Club. Medium-pacer Hopes completed figures of five for 14 off nine overs. Pietersen to leave Hampshire at end of season
England batsman Kevin Pietersen is to leave his county side Hampshire at the end of the season, the club said in a statement on Thursday. Pietersen, who was part of England's Twenty20 World Cup winning side, lives in London with his wife and baby son and wants to play for a county closer to home. Attitude of youngsters a worry for Team India
With just eight months to go for next year's World Cup, time is ripe for the youngsters to impress the selectors but there still seems an attitude problems with players such as Pragyan Ojha and Saurabh Tiwary. While it presents the youngsters with an opportunity to work harder to stake their claim, the lackadaisical attitude of Ojha and Tiwary during the India-Bangladesh Asia Cup match on Wednesday left much to be desired. Champions League T20 venues finalised
The second edition of the Champions League Twenty20 would be held at venues in South Africa -- Wanderers in Johannesburg, St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth, Kingsmead in Durban and Centurion Park in Centurion, it was announced on Thursday. Rana Naved denies 'under performing' against Aus
Suspended Pakistan fast bowler Rana Naved ul Hasan has rubbished reports that he deliberately 'underperformed' in the Twenty20 match against Australia at the MCG during the winless tour earlier this year. SL set sights on final as they take on Bangladesh
Defending champions Sri Lanka will look to crush a beleaguered Bangladesh and enhance their chances of making the Asia Cup final when the two sides clash in Dambulla.
June 16, 2010
Spinners won it for us: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised opening batsman Gautam Gambhir but said it was the spinners who actually scripted the six-wicket victory over Bangladesh on a low and slow Rangiri Dambulla stadium pitch. Pakistan match will be battle of nerves: Gambhir
India opener Gautam Gambhir said their next Asia Cup fixture against arch-rivals Pakistan in Dambulla on Saturday will be a battle of nerve and the team which will handle pressure better on the given day will come out triumphant. ICC clears Aamer of mobile phone use
The International Cricket Council on Wednesday cleared Muhammad Aamer of allegations that he used a mobile phone in the dressing room during the ongoing Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, saying there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by the Pakistan pacer. Sehwag, Gambhir rout Bangladesh
Gautam Gambhir's half-century and Virender Sehwag's four-wicket spell saw India crush Bangladesh by six wickets in the second match of the Asia Cup in Dambulla, on Wednesday. Gambhir hit a solid 82 from 101 balls, while captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni finished unbeaten on 38 from 45 balls to help India cruise to 168 for four in 30.4 overs to win with more than 19 overs to spare. Tendulkar reckons England can retain Ashes
Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar has favoured England beating Australia to retain the Ashes, and has picked Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, and Graeme Swann to play key roles in their victory. Poor bowling cost us the match: Waqar
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis on Tuesday blamed the poor performance by their bowling department for the 16-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the opening match of the Asia Cup cricket tournament in Dambulla. Lalit Modi replies to third showcause notice
Suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi on Tuesday submitted his reply to the third showcause notice issued to him by the BCCI alleging irregularities in awarding theatrical rights during the third season of the Twenty20 event, his legal counsel said.
June 15, 2010
Yuvraj vows to return with best form and fitness
Shown the door for slump in form, and criticised for poor fitness, India batsman Yuvraj Singh on Tuesday said he would come back stronger and answer his detractors with his trademark explosive batting. Malinga bowls Sri Lanka to victory
Lasith Malinga's fiery spell upstaged Shahid Afridi's blazing century as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 16 runs in the opening match of the Asia Cup in Dambulla, on Tuesday. Set 243 for victory, Pakistan looked on course after Afridi smashed 109, but Malinga thwarted all their plans by claiming five for 34. Afridi will be tested as a leader: Rameez Raja
Shahid Afridi may have realised a long-cherished dream to captain Pakistan in all formats of cricket but he would have a tough time dealing with the pressure that the job brings with it, feels former skipper Rameez Raja. 'It's a dream to play in World Cup finals'
Arguably the most accomplished batsman of contemporary times, Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar still has unfulfilled dreams, one of them being to win the World Cup for his team when the event comes to Asia next year.
June 14, 2010
SL start favourites against Pak in Asia Cup opener
India get a chance to make amends for recent debacles, climb up the ODI rankings and break a 15-year jinx in the Asia Cup which takes off on Tuesday with home favourites Sri Lanka facing the ever-so-unpredictable Pakistan in the opening match. South Africa crush hapless West Indies by 163 runs
South Africa completed a comprehensive 163-run win over West Indies in the dying stages of the fourth day of the opening Test at the Queen's Park Oval on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Dope menace to haunt Akhtar, Asif in Asia Cup
Controversial Pakistani pace duo of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif will be under the spotlight in the Asia Cup starting Tuesday in Sri Lanka after the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has decided to conduct random dope tests during the four-nation tournament. Australia were slow to react to T20: Hayden
Former Australian batsman and Cricket Australia executive Matthew Hayden has said that Australia missed the opportunity of using Twenty20 cricket to transform the sport worldwide.
June 13, 2010
Keep under-20 players out of IPL: Pandove
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer M P Pandove on Sunday advocated a ban on the Indian Premier League (IPL) after-match parties and suggested that under-20 players be kept out of the event as the glamour is distracting them from pursuing cricket seriously. Raina's fifty gives India easy win
Captain Suresh Raina led from the front with the bat with a quick half-century to help India crush Zimbabwe by seven wickets in the second and final Twenty20 international at in Harare, on Sunday. Raina finished unbeaten on a quickfire 72 from 44 balls, inclusive of six boundaries and two sixes, as India cruised to 144 for three in 18 overs in reply to Zimbabwe's 140 for five. Afridi looking forward to India clash
The Pakistan cricket team left for Colombo to take part in the Asia Cup with captain Shahid Afridi saying that the match against India would be the highlight of the event. Indian team heads for Asia Cup in Colombo
Eight members the Indian team, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Sunday left for Colombo to participate in the Asia Cup starting June 15. The eight cricketers, who had assembled in Chennai for a two-day camp ahead of tournament, flew to the Lankan capital on Sunday morning. Duckworth, Lewis awarded MBEs
The inventors of the much-criticised and often baffling Duckworth/Lewis system for deciding weather-hit cricket matches are all set to be honoured with Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen of England. Steyn and Morkel put South Africa in command
South Africa took control of the first Test against West Indies on Saturday after pacemen Dale Steyn, who reached 200 Test wickets, and Morne Morkel had skittled the hosts for 102 on the third day. South Africa, with a first innings lead of 250, declined to enforce the follow-on and extended their lead by reaching 155 for two at the close at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad.
June 12, 2010
India beat Zimbabwe by six wickets
India overcame a shaky start to register their first win over Zimbabwe on the current tour as they beat the hosts by six wickets in the first Twenty20 International cricket match in Harare on Saturday. Benn's high-five unable to check South Africa
West Indies off-spinner Sulieman Benn's second five-wicket haul of his career was not enough to keep South Africa from reaching a competitive 352 all out from 129.4 overs on the second day of the first Test on Friday.
June 11, 2010
Rain washes out opening day of Chennai camp
Training on the opening day of the Indian cricket team's preparatory camp for the Asia Cup was called off because of inclement weather in Chennai, on Friday. Rain since morning forced the team management to call off the day's practice session. India look to reclaim pride in T20s against Zim
After the humiliation they suffered in the ODI tri-series, India will look to make amends and take revenge against giant-slayers Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 International in Harare. South Africa, Windies suffer as rain gamble fails
Pouring rain and three wickets set South Africa back in the opening Test against West Indies.
June 10, 2010
16-team qualification for 2012 T20 World Cup
The International Cricket Council on Thursday announced that a new qualification tournament featuring 16 teams would take place in early 2012 to give more teams a chance to make it to the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka the same year. England prefer Kieswetter to Prior in ODI squad
England selected Craig Kieswetter instead of Matt Prior on Thursday in a one-day squad captained by the returning Andrew Strauss for next week's match against Scotland and the series which follows against Australia. Bangladesh recall Ashraful for Asia Cup
Bangladesh have recalled seasoned middle-order batsman Mohammad Ashraful for the four-nation Asia Cup in Sri Lanka next week. Bangladesh Cricket Board chief selector Rafiqul Alam said the 25-year-old, who was dropped for the home one-day series against England in March, is back in form. Representing India is a dream come true: Tiwary
Eagerly looking forward to making his debut for India, batsman Saurabh Tiwary, who has been picked for the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, says just getting selected in the 15-man squad is "like a dream come true." ICC turns down CA's attempt to change ODI format
Cricket Australia's attempt to change the 50-over ODI format by introducing a new 40-over competition has received a setback following the International Cricket Council's approval for the existing format for the 2015 World Cup. 'Backstabbed' Sreesanth plans to quit Kerala
S Sreesanth is all set to leave Kerala cricket. The cricketer, while speaking to media persons in Kochi, said that he was ill treated by the Kerala Cricket Association authorities and that he is seriously thinking of representing some other state in the Ranji trophy. Johnson ruled out of England series
Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson was ruled of the ODI series England due to an elbow infection and has been replaced by teen fast bowler Josh Hazlewood. Hard to motivate myself in tough times: Ishant
Indian pace ace Ishant Sharma Ishant admitted that after getting off to an incredible start in international cricket, the pressures of maintaining that level of consistency have taken its toll on him. Butt sidelines Bari, nominates Zakir for ICC meet
Suspecting his role in the recent leak of the probe committee's video recordings, PCB chairman Ejaz Butt has started sidelining chief operating officer Wasim Bari and has nominated Zakir Khan to attend ICC Chief Executive Committee meeting. Jayasuriya, Mendis dropped from Asia Cup squad
Sri Lanka dropped veteran Sanath Jayasuriya and spinner Ajantha Mendis from their 15-member squad for the Asia Cup tournament starting in Colombo from June 15.
June 09, 2010
Our next target is 2011 World Cup: Dilshan
After guiding his team to a thumping victory in the tri-nation cricket series at Harare on Wednesday, Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan said the next target for the islanders would be the 2011 World Cup in the sub-continent. Sri Lanka thrash Zimbabwe, lift tri-series title
Tillakaratne Dilshan led from the front with an unbeaten century as Sri Lanka lifted the ODI cricket tri-series title, halting Zimbabwe's fairytale run in a lop-sided final at Harare on Wednesday. Yuvraj will be back soon, predicts Sehwag
India vice captain Virender Sehwag on Wednesday threw his weight behind out-of-form Yuvraj Singh, calling him a "jewel" and predicting that the left-hander would soon be back in the Indian side after sorting out his fitness issues. I am fully fit and training hard: Sreesanth
Out of the Indian Test team for a while, pacer S Sreesanth on Wednesday said he is fully fit and training hard at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) to make a comeback.
June 08, 2010
'Yuvraj should take omission as a welcome break'
Former India captian Bishan Singh Bedi feels Yuvraj Singh should take his omission from the team for the Asia Cup as a welcome break after a hectic schedule and concentrate on his batting. Dhawan, Rahane shine against Yorkshire
Dhawal Kulkarni and Iqbal Abdullah wreaked havoc before a dominant India 'A' settled for a draw against Yorkshire in their three-day first class match in Headlingly on Tuesday. Zimbabwe eye final upset, Lanka seek revenge
Giant-killer Zimbabwe will hope to cap their fairytale campaign with yet another stunning display while revenge will be high on Sri Lanka's agenda in the final of the tri-series in Harare on Wednesday. Sehwag continues to be number one Test batsman
Flamboyant Virender Sehwag maintained his number one position in the ICC rankings for Test batsmen and India also held on to its top spot in the latest chart. Stop making Finn comparisons with McGrath: Flower
England coach Andy Flower has dismissed growing comparisons between the team's new fast bowling sensation Steven Finn and Australia's most successful pace bowler Glenn McGrath.
June 07, 2010
Lack of fitness, poor form cost Yuvraj
Krishnamachari Srikkanth did not say it in so many words but the selection committee chairman on Monday gave ample hints that lack of fitness cost Yuvraj Singh his place in the Indian team for the forthcoming Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. Yuvraj axed, Tiwary called up for Asia Cup
Yuvraj Singh on Monday was axed from the Indian team for the forthcoming Asia Cup tournament to be played in Sri Lanka. Jharkhand's youngster Saurabh Tiwary, who had a successful outing for the Mumbai Indians in IPL-3, was the surprise inclusion in the 15-man squad. Zimbabwe cruise to win over SL after Taylor ton
Continuing their giant-killing spree, hosts Zimbabwe rode on Brendan Taylor's second ODI ton to pull off a spectacular eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in an inconsequential match of the cricket tri-series in Harare on Monday. Pawar has no stake in RCB franchise: Mallya
IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya on Monday rubbished reports of Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar having a stake in his franchise, calling them the claims 'absurd'. No match-fixing in IPL: Niranjan Shah
Rubbishing allegations of cricket players being highly susceptible to corruption, Indian Premier League (IPL) vice-president , Niranjan Shah has said that IPL was foolproof from match fixing. Strauss stays calm after Bangladesh rout
England captain Andrew Strauss reacted calmly to his team's emphatic series win over Bangladesh on Sunday and looked forward to the sterner challenges ahead. Senior players likely to return for Asia Cup
Most of the senior players are set to return to the Indian squad when the national selection committee headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth meet in Capital to pick the team for the Asia cup in Sri Lanka.
June 06, 2010
Stats: India played 123rd game against Sri Lanka
- This match was the 123rd encounter between India and Sri Lanka. Australia and New Zealand have also played same number of matches against each other. Now only one rivalry - Australia vs West Indies - has seen more matches - 125. Finn helps England to innings win over Bangladesh
England thrashed Bangladesh by an innings and 80 runs in the second Test inside three days at Old Trafford on Sunday as the tourists were bowled out for just 123 after being asked to follow on. PCB requests Yousuf to return
The Pakistan Cricket Board refuses to give up on Mohammad Yousuf, once again requesting the miffed batsman to come out of retirement and file an appeal against the indefinite ban imposed on him. PCB defends revoking players' bans
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt on Sunday defended the removal of bans and fines on players who were penalised just three months ago for indiscipline during the disastrous tour of Australia. 'IPL knew I bid for Pune in individual capacity'
City Corporation MD Aniruddh Deshpande on Sunday denied keeping the IPL in the dark about bidding in an 'individual capacity' for the Pune franchise but conceded that the company's name was used in the bid documents he submitted. Zim, Sri Lanka face-off in dead rubber
Assured of a slot in the final after knocking India out, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe square off in the last preliminary match of the ODI tri-series in Harare on Monday hoping to get a measure of each other before the summit clash. IPL easy target for match-fixers: Gilchrist
The organisers may insist it is clean but Deccan Chargers' Australian skipper Adam Gilchrist feels the Indian Premier League is an 'easy target' for match-fixers as players are accessible during the event. Bangladesh collapse after another Tamim century
A dramatic batting collapse turned the second and final test England's way at Old Trafford after Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal crashed his second exhilarating century in as many matches on Saturday. Off-spinner Graeme Swann took five for 76 as Bangladesh, replying to England's 419, slumped from 126 for nought to 216 all out.
June 05, 2010
'We were unconvincing throughout the tournament'
His captaincy debut ending in a debacle, India skipper Suresh Raina on Saturday conceded that the team looked unconvincing throughout the cricket tri-series. I stand vindicated: Younis
Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan on Saturday said he feels vindicated after the lifting of the indefinite ban on him and is even open to captaining the side again if the opportunity comes. Dhoni loses No 1 ODI ranking to Hussey
Rested for the tri-nation cricket series in Zimbabwe, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday lost his numero uno status to Australia's Michael Hussey in the latest ICC rankings for ODI batsmen. Modi asked Amin to join Pune bid: Manohar
BCCI president Shashank Manohar launched a scathing attack on Lalit Modi, accusing him of "tarnishing" the image of the Board and making misleading allegations that interim IPL Chairman Chirayu Amin was part of a failed bid for the Pune franchise. Former players criticise inconsistent PCB
Disappointed with the inconsistent functioning of the PCB, former cricketers said that the board had made a mockery of itself by first banning a few players and then unconditionally lifting the restrictions on a select few. Malik vows to be a team-man
Considered a 'negative influence' on the Pakistan team not so long ago, all-rounder Shoaib Malik has vowed to dispel apprehension about his attitude during this month's Asia Cup and the Test tour of England after that. ECB rejects Kaneria's county suspension reports
Clearing the air over Danish Kaneria's reported suspension from county cricket over his alleged involvement in spot fixing, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said that the leg-spinner is free to play for Essex until proven guilty. Indefinite ban on Younis Khan lifted
Continuing his clemency spree, Pakistan Cricket Board arbitrator Justice (retd) Irfan Qadir on Saturday lifted the indefinite ban on former captain Younis Khan. Pakistan need Younis for Test matches: Afridi
His exclusion from the Asia Cup-bound squad, notwithstanding, Younis Khan still remains a key figure in Pakistan's Test squad and the team will need his experience in the forthcoming tour to England, captain Shahid Afridi said. India out of tri-series after loss to Sri Lanka
A sloppy India crashed out of the tri-series after Sri Lanka, riding on Dinesh Chandimal's maiden century, thumped them by six wickets in a crucial One-dayer in Harare on Saturday.
June 04, 2010
India need big win over Lanka to stay alive
Their chances of making the final hanging by a thread, a beleaguered India have to win, and win big, when they take on Sri Lanka in a do-or-die match in the cricket tri-series in Harare on Saturday. Umpire Koertzen to retire in July
Top cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen will follow thousands of batsmen he has sent back to the pavilion by retiring in July, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday. Deshpande, Modi deny Pawar link to failed IPL bid
City Corporation's Managing Director Aniruddha Deshpande denied Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar or his family's involvement in a failed bid for the Pune IPL team, insisting that he acted in individual capacity. 'We have nothing to do with any IPL bid'
Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule sprang in defence of her family, saying they had nothing to do with City Corporation MD Aniruddha Deshpande's unsuccessful bid for the Pune IPL team. 'No member of my family involved in IPL bidding'
Union minister Sharad Pawar dismissed reports of his family's involvement in the City Corporation's failed bid for the Pune IPL team, saying the construction company's Managing Director made the attempt in his individual capacity. Flintoff could return to action in July
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is expected to return to action for his county club Lancashire at the end of July or the start of August, a club official said on Thursday. English county could go bankrupt: Jim Cumbes
Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes has warned an English county club could go bankrupt after he announced a post-tax loss of £546,000 ($804,900) for 2009. South Africa whitewash hapless West Indies
South Africa completed a 5-0 whitewash of their limited overs series against West Indies with a thrilling one-wicket victory in the final over in the fifth game at Queen's Park Oval on Thursday. Stats: Zimbabwe register their third biggest win
Statistical highlights of the match between India and Zimbabwe played at Harare on Thursday. Kumble disappointed by BCCI's snub to Asian Games
Former captain Anil Kumble is disappointed with BCCI's decision not to send teams to the Asian Games in China while star boxer Vijender Singh is so miffed with the board's attitude that he wants cricket to be thrown out of the multi-sport event. Amin admits he was part of Pune franchise bid
Seeking to clear the air, interim IPL chairman Chirayu Amin on Friday said he was approached by a group of businessmen to join them in a consortium to bid for the Pune franchise about which he had written a letter to BCCI president Shashank Manohar. Bell salvages England and swells average
England batsman Ian Bell swelled his average against Bangladesh to 197 with an unbeaten 87 on the opening day of the second Test at Old Trafford on Friday. Playing his sixth Test against Bangladesh, Bell helped England to a competitive 275 for five when bad light stopped play after Kevin Pietersen (64) had succumbed to a left-arm spinner for the 17th time since March, 2008. Amin was part of Pune bid consortium: Modi
Giving a new twist to the bidding controversy, suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi on Friday claimed that the Twenty20 league's interim chairman Chirayu Amin was part of the consortium that made an unsuccessful bid for the Pune franchise in March.
June 03, 2010
Openers' poor form a worry for the team: Raina
Indian skipper Suresh Raina on Thursday blamed the batsmen in general and the openers in particular for the team's back-to-back defeat against Zimbabwe in the ongoing tri-series in Harare. PCB withdraws fine on Afridi
The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday withdrew the Rs three million fine it had slapped on captain Shahid Afridi for the ball-biting episode in Perth while halving Akmal brothers Kamran and Umar's penalties. Akhtar, Malik back in Pakistan team for Asia Cup
Pakistan gave a new lease of life to controversial pacer Shoaib Akhtar by including him, along with former captain Shoaib Malik, in the 15-member squad for the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka from June 15 to 24. Both Akhtar and Malik were named in the squad after they passed a fitness test on Wednesday. Rhodes donates memorabilia for charity auction
Jonty Rhodes, who was Mumbai Indians' fielding coach in the just-concluded Indian Premier League Season 3, made a surprise personal appearance last month at an event organised by the Johannesburg Indian Women's Association (JIWA) and gifted some of his memorabilia for charity auction. Former CEO Tim Wright sues Deccan Chargers
More than a year after parting ways with Deccan Chargers, the Indian Premier League franchise's former CEO Tim Wright has filed a 10 million pound lawsuit against it, alleging breach of contract. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, the lawsuit also 'accuses Deccan Chargers of illegal payments to an unnamed player which broke the IPL's salary cap rules'. I am not the type to give up and walk away: Modi
Suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi defends his decision to take legal action against England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke for tarnishing his image. India series a good preparation for Ashes: Ponting
Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels playing a Test series in India just ahead of the Ashes at home will require major adjustments in the squad. Harare ODI: Zimbabwe get the better of India again
Zimbabwe scored a second successive win over India, beating them comprehensively by seven wickets in the tri-series in Harare on Thursday. 'BCCI running after money and not national pride'
Four-time world champion boxer M C Mary Kom criticised BCCI for not sending the Indian cricket teams for the Asian Games to held in Guangzhou, China from November 12 to 27. Gilchrist warns of Twenty20 overkill
Former Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist has warned of a Twenty20 overkill in cricket in the wake of IPL's success, saying it is time the administrators give a thought to how much more the players can take.
June 02, 2010
I want to start the season on a high: Laxman
Leaving no stone unturned in his preparation for next month's Sri Lanka tour, stylish batsman VVS Laxman is practising on gravel wickets to finetune his technique against spinners. Geet Sethi criticises BCCI for Asian Games snub
Eight-time world billiards champion Geet Sethi on Wednesday lashed out at the Cricket Board for not sending the Indian teams for this year's Asian Games in Guangzhou, saying the BCCI is only concerned about commercial benefits and country's pride comes last for it. Clarke's allegations motivated, says Modi
Suspended Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi said the series of allegations levelled on him by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke are "motivated" and stemmed from "past history of disagreement and discord" between them. It was on the basis of Clarke's e-mail that the Board of Control for Cricket in India slapped a second show cause notice on Modi and the suspended IPL boss, in his reply, said the ECB chief's allegations are motivated. National Anti-Doping Agency slams BCCI
The National Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India for its 'non-cooperation' and asked it to make sure its players fall in line with the WADA code. Ganapathy replaces Mithun in India 'A' team
Tamil Nadu all-rounder Chandrasekar Ganapathy will replace Karnataka speedstar Abhimanyu Mithun in the India 'A' team that is currently on a month-long tour of England. Mithun was recently sent to Zimbabwe as a replacement for his senior state-mate R Vinay Kumar, who suffered a knee injury ahead of India's game against Sri Lanka in the tri-nation cricket series in Bulawayo. Sidebottom recalled for second Test, Bresnan out
England selectors have recalled fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom for the second Test against Bangladesh after Tim Bresnan was ruled out through injury on Tuesday. Aus could have specialist teams for T20s and Tests
With the T20 frenzy catching up fast, Australia may have separate Test and Twenty20 teams in the near future, feels Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland. Yousuf asks for raise in Test match fees
Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has asked the Cricket Board (PCB) to raise the Test match fees or face the possibility of a further slump in the rankings of the game's five-day version. Afridi sees role for Shoaib Akhtar in ODIs
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Tuesday said that he saw a role for maverick fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar in the ODI and Twenty20 Internationals. 'BCCI harassing Modi by issuing showcause notices'
Suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi on Monday accused the BCCI of harassing him through showcause notices which he termed as a 'ridiculous affair'.
June 01, 2010
3rd BCCI notice 'counter' to Modi's letter: lawyer
The third show cause notice slapped on Lalit Modi is nothing but the Board of Control for Cricket in India's response to his allegations against its secretary N Srinivasan, says the suspended IPL commissioner's lawyer. BCCI is very much WADA-compliant, but... : Lorgat
The ICC CEO brushed aside concerns over a potential clash with WADA on the whereabouts clause, saying it is not an issue any more. Randhir slams BCCI for snubbing Asian Games
Olympic Council of Asia Secretary General Randhir Singh on Tuesday lashed out at the BCCI for their decision to not send teams to the Asian Games in China, saying it poured cold water on Asian Cricket Council's efforts to get cricket included in multi-sport events. Sri Lanka cruise past Zimbabwe
Sri Lanka defeated hosts Zimbabwe by nine wickets in a rain-truncated tri-series match in Bulawayo on Tuesday. Indian cricket team to skip Asian Games
The BCCI on Tuesday announced that it will not send either the men's or the women's cricket team for this year's Asian Games in China, where cricket makes its debut in the Twenty20 format. Akhtar all set to return to Pak team for Asia Cup
Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is all set to make yet another return to international cricket on June 3 when Pakistan will name their 15-man squad for the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. Salman Butt set to become Pakistan vice-captain
Opener Salman Butt is all set to be named as Pakistan vice-captain for the forthcoming Asia Cup in Sri Lanka and the subsequent tour to England, according to PCB sources. Speed backs Howard's nomination
John Howard will win the crucial support of India during the governing body's annual meeting later this month and will become the next president-elect, feels former ICC CEO Malcolm Speed.
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