November 30, 2010IPL-4: BCCI yet to decide on Pak players
The participation of Pakistani players in the fourth edition of Indian Premier League remains in doubt with a top BCCI official on Tuesday saying that it is yet to take a decision on the issue.
Four more players involved in spot-fixing: Mazhar
Mazhar Majeed, the UK based bookie who was at the centre of spot-fixing scandal three month back, claimed that four more Pakistani players were involved in fixing international matches besides the suspended trio of Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir.
Pakistan leave out Yousuf for New Zealand tour
Pakistani selectors have left senior batsman and former captain Mohammad Yousuf out of the squads for the tour to New Zealand next month.
Rajasthan Royals' IPL termination stayed
Rajasthan Royals got a huge relief after their termination order from the Indian Premier League (IPL) was stayed for six weeks by Justice BN Srikrishna.
RCB owner Mallya slams BCCI over IPL rules
Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya on Tuesday slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), saying that the rules and regulations for the Indian Premier League were made without the consultation of the franchisees involved.
Daniel Vettori to play in Jaipur ODI
Injury-hit New Zealand got a boost as their skipper Daniel Vettori declared his availability for second ODI while opener Brendon McCullum is still a doubtful starter for Wednesdays match at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
UDRS not to be used during India-SA Test series
The controversial Umpire Decision Review System will not be used during India's Test tour of South Africa next month, coach Corrie van Zyl said.
India wary of dew, eye big total in Jaipur
India's stand-in skipper Gautam Gambhir said the batsmen need to score heavily against New Zealand in the second One-Day International in Jaipur on Wednesday since the dew-factor would be crucial to the outcome of the match.
Tuffey ruled out of ODI series against India
Already burdened by back injuries to captain Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum, New Zealand on Tuesday suffered yet another setback when fast bowler Daryl Tuffey was ruled out of the ongoing five-match One-Day International series against India due to a bicep strain.
PCB committee submits report on Haider
The committee appointed by the PCB to probe the sudden disappearance of Zulqarnain Haider from a Pakistan team hotel in Dubai early this month on Monday submitted its report even as the wicket-keeper's wife claimed that she got threats from unknown persons in the last few days.
Flintoff game for non-playing role in IPL
His promising career cut short due to injuries, former England skipper Andrew Flintoff on Monday said he had no qualms of getting involved in the Indian Premier League in capacities other than a cricketer.
Dravid, Laxman may have to lower IPL base price
They are the pillar of the Indian Test team but Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman may have to lower their base prices in order to keep the franchises interested for the upcoming fourth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
Ganguly to make Ranji return for Bengal
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly will come out of first-class retirement all over again as he is likely to play for Bengal in the upcoming Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu in Chennai from December 1.
Miandad ready to be Pak batting consultant
Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad on Tuesday said he cannot take up the job of a full-time batting coach with the national cricket team but is ready to work as a batting consultant.
November 29, 2010ICC poised to dump Champions Trophy for new FTP
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is likely to kill off the Champions Trophy in order to construct an enhanced international programme for the future.
'Win in India to right the wrongs of Bangladesh'
New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills insists that Sunday's defeat in the first ODI against India was a chance lost for a Black Caps side seeking to make amends for last month's 4-0 drubbing by Bangladesh.
Tendulkar loses top spot, Zaheer third in rankings
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has regained the top spot from India's Sachin Tendulkar in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after the top order batsman scored an impressive 150 against the West Indies in his side's drawn match at R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo.
Australia call up Bollinger, Harris for 2nd Test
Australia called up two more quick bowlers to their squad for the second Ashes Test as they continue to search for the killer touch that again eluded them in the first Test at the Gabba on Monday.
New Test, ODI leagues to be finalised at ICC meet
The International Cricket Council (ICC) hopes to finalise plans for their new Test and One-Day International tournaments in their chief executives' committee meeting in Dubai on Tuesday.
Cook hits double ton as Ashes opener drawn
Australia and England drew the first Ashes Test on Monday but the tourists will claim a moral victory after Alastair Cook dominated the last two days with an unbeaten double century to rescue a match that had looked lost.
Lalit Modi wants fresh hearing to revoke passport
Lalit Modi's counsel has sought a fresh hearing from the Regional Passport Officer in connection with the revocation of the passport of the former IPL chairman.
November 28, 2010Haider to reveal names of corrupt
In what could bring more trouble for Pakistan cricket, stumper Zulqarnain Haider on Sunday said he will reveal the identity of the people, who took bribes while being the country's cricket set-up.
Tharoor exudes hope IPL Kochi will be a reality
Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor is hoping that the Kochi IPL team will be able to compete in the fourth edition, following the BCCI's decision to postpone a final decision on its fate to December 5.
Stats: Kohli seventh Indian to hit successive tons
Statistical highlights of the first ODI between India and New Zealand at the Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday.
It was a chanceless innings from Kohli: Taylor
New Zealand's stand-in skipper Ross Taylor was disappointed after the Black Caps crashed to their seventh consecutive One-day International defeats in Guwahati, but hoped to get their act together before the forthcoming World Cup in February.
Kohli was good with his shot selection: Gambhir
Leading the side for the first time, India captain Gautam Gambhir on Sunday lavished praise on centurion Virat Kohli for scripting a 40-run win over New Zealand in the first One-day International, which also helped the hosts take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Dumped for now but RP hopeful of comeback soon
The time spent in wilderness has not eroded pacer RP Singh's self-belief and the India discard is still confident of making a comeback to the national squad.
Ranji: Nayar, Agarkar help Mumbai edge out Assam
Roundup of the Ranji Trophy matches played at various places
Ashes: Strauss, Cook dominate to revive England
Openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook both posted centuries on Sunday to wipe out England's first innings deficit and give the tourists the chance of a draw in the first Ashes Test against Australia.
Sachin, MSD's IPL base price 1.84 crore
Around 62 Indian cricketers will be up for auction for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in the top-bracket of cricketers valued at Rs 1.84 crore.
Kochi survives again, BCCI to decide fate on Dec 5
The squabbling Kochi IPL franchise on Sunday got yet another breather from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which decided to defer the decision on its fate till December 5 after the consortium's investors reached a last-minute agreement over their shareholding pattern.
Back problems rule out Vettori, McCullum
New Zealand on Sunday missed the services of their skipper Daniel Vettori and explosive opener Brendon McCullum because of back problems in the first ODI of the five match series against India in Guwahati.
Guwahati ODI: India whip New Zealand by 40 runs
India scored a comprehensive 40-run win over New Zealand in the first one-dayer at the Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. Chasing a competitive target (277), the visitors could only muster 236 in 45.2 overs.
November 27, 2010It's not about giving chance to all: Gambhir
India's stand-in captain Gautam Gambhir did not disclose the XI but gave enough indications that he would not make wholesome changes to the squad that will take on New Zealand in the opening one-dayer of the five-match series, in Guwahati on Sunday.
Vettori keen to rectify mistakes in ODI series
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori wants to come out of their humiliating 0-4 series loss to Bangladesh by rectifying their mistakes against India in the five-match ODI series that begins with the match at Nehru Stadium, in Guwahati on Sunday.
McCullum uncertain for first ODI
Brendon McCullum's recurring back problem has rendered him a doubtful starter for the first ODI to be played at Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday.
Smith to recover in time for 1st Test vs India
In a boost to the South African team, their team doctor today said that captain Graeme Smith will recover in time from his hand injury for the home Test series against India starting on December 16.
Hussey and Haddin put Australia in charge
The 35-year-old had put together a record partnership of 307 runs for the sixth wicket with Brad Haddin before the wicketkeeper was caught by Paul Collingwood off the bowling of Graeme Swann for 136.
November 26, 2010Ranji Trophy: Mumbai face tough task against Assam
An interesting battle for the first innings lead is on cards as hosts Mumbai trail visitors Assam by 201 runs with seven wickets in hand on the penultimate day of the Group-A Ranji Trophy Elite division match in Mumbai, on Friday.
Team India get down to business in Guwahati
new look Team India under Gautam Gambhir on Friday had a light practice session immediately after reaching Guwahati in the afternoon, while the New Zealanders opted to unwind at their team hotel ahead of the first One-Day International, on Sunday.
'Mr Cricket' Hussey rescues Australia at the Gabba
Reports of the impending demise of Mike Hussey's Test career proved a little premature on Friday when he hit 81 not out to keep Australia in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Ashes: Hussey leads Aus fight back on Day 2
Australian middle-order batsman Michael Hussey led a counter-attack for the home team after England dominated the second session of Day 2 of the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane on Friday.
Majola recalls South Africa's 1991 India tour
Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola citied how Indian people lined the streets of Calcutta in 1991 to welcome the South Africa team as it undertook its first tour of the country, while announcing his plans for a double-header special match and concert in Durban early next year.
Kirsten's services can prove too costly for CSA
South Africa is keen to avail Gary Kirsten's services after his contract with India expires next year but the country's cricket board (CSA) might not be able to afford the former Protea left-handed batsman in the wake of a sponsorship row, according to a report.
BCCI may issue fresh tender for IPL Kochi
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to issue a fresh tender for a Kochi team, as the current franchisee has written to the board expressing its intention to withdraw from the Indian Premier League (IPL).
November 25, 2010India call up Nehra in place of Kumar
Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra will replace Praveen Kumar in India's squad for the first One-Day International against New Zealand on Sunday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Thursday.
Cricket South Africa to honour Tendulkar
Cricket South Africa (CSA) will honour Indian cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar, at the historic Standard Bank International Pro20 match at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban on January 9, 2011.
Dilshan's double strike puts Sri Lanka on top
Part-time bowler Tillakaratne Dilshan snapped up two West Indies wickets within the space of three balls to tilt the balance of the second Test in favour of Sri Lanka on the third day in Colombo, on Thursday.
Kochi IPL dream over, investors back out
Unable to resolve their differences, the Kochi franchise have withdrawn from the Indian Premier League (IPL) barely two days before the expiry of their one-month deadline, paving the way for the Board of Control for Cricket in India to issue a new tender for a replacement team.
'BCCI has recived letters from Kochi investors'
Amid indications that investors of the Kochi IPL franchise have withdrawn, BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said the Board has received "certain letters" from the consortium's stakeholders and a final decision on the troubled team would be taken on November 28.
Asiad: Afghanistan stun Pak to reach cricket final
Afghanistan beat Pakistan by 22 runs on Thursday to reach the final of the Asian Games cricket tournament as the war-torn nation's battling team continued their fairytale rise in the sport.
IPL Governing Council meet over Kochi on Nov 28
With the 30-day notice period given to the Kochi consortium ending on November 27, the IPL Governing Council will meet in Nagpur on Sunday to take a call on the fate of the franchise.
Winners deserve the real Ashes urn: Ponting
Ricky Ponting has reopened the age-old debate about where the Ashes urn is held by declaring Australia should be rewarded with the real item if they defeat England this summer.
'Eng can win Down Under, but it will be difficult'
Noted cricket commentator Peter Roebuck has said that the Andrew Strauss-led England team can win the Ashes Down Under, but it would be damnably difficult.
Ashes: Hat-trick hero Siddle stuns England
Australia's Peter Siddle claimed an outstanding hat-trick to sink England further on the first day of the first Ashes Test on Thursday.
November 24, 2010England bid to storm Gabba in Ashes opener
England are relishing the prospect of ending Australia's 22-year unbeaten run at the Gabba in the first Ashes Test to make the best possible start to their campaign to retain the urn, captain Andrew Strauss said.
Only a miracle can save Kochi IPL team: Mathews
Noting that time is running out for the Kochi IPL team, Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) Secretary TC Mathews on Wednesday said that only a miracle could now save the franchise from getting the axe.
Pakistan's Misbah, Azhar salvage draw vs SA
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq shared a top-class rearguard partnership with Azhar Alias to help salvage a draw against South Africa in the second test as the series ended in stalemate on Wednesday.
Ranji: Joshi, Dhawan shine on Day 1
Veteran Sunil Joshi spun a web around Orissa batsmen, taking five for 35 to restrict the visitors to 191 on the first day of their Ranji Trophy Super League match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Wankhede renovation to end before WC: MCA
The Wankhede stadium that is currently undergoing renovations may not have been able to stage the Ranji Trophy tie between Mumbai and Assam, but the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is confident that the will be completed before the 2011 World Cup.
Smith ruled out of Test with fractured hand
South Africa captain Graeme Smith has been ruled out of the rest of the second and final Test against Pakistan with a fractured hand.
Franklin to replace Ryder in One-day squad
New Zealand fast bowler James Franklin has returned to the Black Caps' One-day International squad in place of Jesse Ryder, who has been ruled out due to a calf injury.
Ishant was too good in Nagpur: Vettori
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has identified fast bowler Ishant Sharma as the key to India's victory in the third and final Test held in Nagpur.
Malik hits back at Pak Asian Games delegation
Former cricket captain Shoaib Malik reacted angrily to reports that his presence at the Guangzhou Asian Games athletes' village has surprised Pakistan officials there as he was not part of their contingent.
November 23, 2010South Africa lose momentum after Amla departs
South Africa lost momentum after a brisk start to their second innings but will take a lead of 323 runs over Pakistan into the final day of the second and final Test at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
We didn't perform to our potential: Dhoni
India might have won the third Test against New Zealand by an innings and 198 runs but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday said that the team didn't perform to their full potential in the three-match series.
Beware the wounded Aussies, warns Hayden
Constant criticism leading up to the Ashes may actually work in Australia's favour, galvanising an under-pressure team against a more settled England side, former Australian opener Matthew Hayden believes.
I could have taken more wickets: Harbhajan
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday said he was satisfied to score runs but his bowling was not up to the standard in the three-match Test series against New Zealand.
Revealed! History of the Ashes
A tiny, dark-red, terracotta urn containing ashes of indeterminate origin and deemed too fragile to leave the cloistered hush of the Lord's ground museum is the focus of one of the world's great sporting rivalries.
Our first innings batting let us down: Vettori
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori feels that losing seven wickets on curtailed first day's play of the third and the final Test became decisive in the end.
Ashes 2010 venue: Sydney
Ashes 2010 venue: Sydney
Ashes 2010 venue: Melbourne
Ashes 2010 venue: Melbourne
Ashes 2010 venue: Perth
Ashes 2010 venue: Perth
Ashes 2010 venue: Adelaide
Ashes 2010 venue: Adelaide
Ashes 2010 venue: Brisbane
Ashes 2010 venue: Brisbane
Kotla ground re-instated as international venue
The Ferozshah Kotla ground in New Delhi has been approved to be re-instated as an international venue from January 1, 2011 after being suspended last year following a pitch fiasco.
Clarke comes through net session in Brisbane
Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke completed a net session at the Gabba, telling team-mates he felt good as he raced to be fit in time for the start of the first Ashes Test against England's cricketers on Thursday.
India crush New Zealand to win Test series
India crushed New Zealand by a huge margin of an innings and 198 runs to win the three-match series 1-0, on day four of the third and final Test at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur on Tuesday.
November 22, 2010'I've been able to work successfully on my flaws'
Rahul Dravid was a satisfied man after his marathon innings of 191 and more so because he had been able to get rid of the few technical glitches he had developed in his batting of late.
Dravid welcomes Kumble's election in KSCA
Rahul Dravid on Monday welcomed Anil Kumble faction's landslide victory in the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) elections but said the real work for the group begins now.
McKay "apologises" for dismissing Sachin
Delighted at having as big a first Test wicket as Sachin Tendulkar, New Zealand paceman Andy McKay "aplogised" to the Indian public for denying the maestro of what would have been his 50th Test century.
ICC asks boards to introduce anti-corruption code
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has directed all member countries to introduce an anti-corruption code in their domestic leagues by April in the wake of spot-fixing allegations against the Pakistan cricketers.
Aussies call up Khawaja as standby for Clarke
Uncapped Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has been brought into the squad for this week's first Ashes test after vice captain Michael Clarke failed to train because of a bad back on Monday.
'Will try to make the most of the opportunity'
Critics have often lashed out at his susceptibility against short balls but dashing Baroda all-rounder Yusuf Pathan is confident that he will be able to overcome the technical deficiencies that bothered him during the first phase of his One-day International and T20 career.
'Kiwis need to show spine to get India in Nagpur'
Former New Zealand opener Mark Richardson believes that the current Black Caps Test team have shown top improvement and a ton of spine, and will have to display it during the ongoing Nagpur Test against India.
Dravid's 191 puts India in command
At stumps on the third day, New Zealand were 23 for one in 11 overs in their second innings, still needing another 349 runs to avoid an innings defeat.
November 21, 2010Kumble new KSCA President after sweeping elections
In a historic day for the Indian cricket, former Test captain Anil Kumble was on Sunday elected as president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association and the group led by him won 23 out of the 24 posts that went to the polls in Bangalore on Sunday.
Pakistani women break taboos in winning Asian gold
In the conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province of Pakistan, young women are expected to settle down to married life and raising a family.
De Villiers record puts S Africa in charge
AB de Villiers posted South Africa's highest individual score to give them firm control of the second Test on the second day against Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Sunday.
Ishant, top order put India in control on Day 2
Live updates from day two of the third and final Test between India and New Zealand at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur on Sunday.
November 20, 2010'Indians bowled a good line and in right areas'
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori praised the Indian bowlers for their disciplined effort that saw the visitors reeling at 148 for seven at the end of the first day of the third Test match at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha.
Stats: Ind vs NZ, 3rd Test, Day One
Following is the statistical highlights on the first day of the third and final cricket Test between India and New Zealand in Nagpur.
Gambhir to lead India in ODIs, Dhoni rested
Gautam Gambhir was on Saturday, named captain of the Indian team for the first two matches of the ODI series against New Zealand starting on November 28 with the selectors opting to rest five senior players, including regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Kallis, de Villiers tons put SA on top
Centuries by AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis put South Africa back on track after Pakistan's pace bowlers had ripped through their opening batsmen on the first day of the second Test on Sunday.
Ranji: Rahane stars in Mumbai's win over Railways
A round-up of the Ranji Trophy matches, on Saturday.
England beat Australia A in final warm-up
Skipper Andrew Strauss smashed a four through midwicket to give England a 10-wicket victory over Australia A in their final warm-up match for the Ashes in Hobart on Saturday.
Nagpur Test: Bowlers put India on top on Day 1
At stumps on day one, New Zealand were struggling at 148 for seven in 56 overs with the injured Brendon McCullum unbeaten on 34 from 80 balls, while Tim Southee was not out on seven.
Aussies gamble on uncapped Doherty for Ashes
Australia dropped Nathan Hauritz from the squad for next week's first Ashes encounter on Saturday, leaving fellow spinner Xavier Doherty looking set for a Test debut against England in Brisbane.
November 19, 2010India at the Asian Games: Day 7
India's performance on day seven of the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, on Friday.
Ranji roundup: Mumbai set target of 252 to win
Round-up of Ranji matches played on Friday.
Rest before SA series will be of great help: Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to request the Indian cricket board that some of the players like him and Suresh Raina, who have been playing non-stop for the last six months, be given some rest ahead of the important tour of South Africa.
Asian Games: Pakistan wins first cricket gold
The Pakistan women's cricket team has made waves by clinching the gold medal in the T20 cricket competition of the Asian Games but skipper Sana Mir is realistic enough to admit that the absence of India from the tournament was a big factor in Pakistan's achieving the feat.
'Australian cricket cannot get any worse'
Australians are entitled to believe that the country's cricket has reached its lowest point ahead of the upcoming Ashes series, noted cricket commentator Peter Roebuck has said.
CA's plans to reduce financial reliance on India
Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive James Sutherland has revealed that there are plans to expand the domestic Twenty20 competition to create a new income stream that can reduce the board's financial reliance on India.
'ED is passing the buck to Passport authorities'
Lalit Modi's legal counsel Mehmood Abdi has alleged that the Enforcement Directorate (ED), in recommending the revocation of the former IPL chairman's passport, was just passing the buck to the passport authorities.
November 18, 2010Ranji trophy: Anureet stars for Railways vs Mumbai
Round-up of Ranji matches played on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka made to follow on by Windies
Sri Lanka were 89 without loss when rain ended play early on the fourth day of the first Test after being made to bat again by the West Indies having fallen three runs short of the follow-on total of 381.
Uncovered pitches may hamper India's net session
The Indian team's morning net session on Friday may be hampered, even if there isn't any downpour -- courtesy, the uncovered practice wickets at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur.
England can overcome 'poor' Australia: Botham
Australia are a poor side and could be ripe for the picking by England in the Ashes series starting next week, according to former England skipper and all rounder Ian Botham.
McGrath weds girlfriend in secret ceremony
Former cricketer Glenn McGrath has reportedly tied the knot with Sara Leonardi in a private ceremony in Sydney.
Harbhajan's 'all-rounder' riddle shocks Black Caps
New Zealand's cricketers may have previously regarded Harbhajan Singh as little more than nuisance value with the bat, but the latter has now emerged as a genuine all round threat with two back to back Test hundreds as the tourists look to do the unthinkable -- win a test series in India for the first time.
Brian Lara joins Zimbabwe as batting consultant
Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has said that he has been signed by Zimbabwe Cricket to work with their national team as a batting consultant.
'Indian bowlers went verbally hard at Williamson'
New Zealand coach Mark Greatbatch has said that Indian bowlers were using sledging as a tactic to unsettle young batsman Kane Williamson during the drawn second Test in Hyderabad.
Before Ashes, players in 'Battle of the Tashes'
Not since the days when Merv Hughes marauded on the test stage and David Boon hunkered down at the crease will so much facial hair be on display as at the upcoming Ashes series between England and Australia.
Gilchrist says England favourites for Ashes but...
Former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist is anticipating another tight Ashes series between Australia and England, and believes that either team can win the urn.
Aussies will win Ashes because they have to: Warne
Shane Warne believes Australia will triumph in the Ashes series against England, which starts in one week, because they know the local conditions and that defeat would mean a complete overhaul of the team.
November 17, 2010Ranji round up: Abdullah puts Mumbai in control
Three early strikes by pacer Rohan Raje and a four-wicket haul by spinner Iqbal Abdullah helped hosts Mumbai restrict Railways to 201 on day one of the Group A Ranji Trophy Elite division match.
Jayawardene reaches fifty before rain
Mahela Jayawardene completed his 37th Test fifty before rain washed out play on the third afternoon of the first Test to leave Sri Lanka on 165 for three on Wednesday in reply to West Indies's 580 for nine declared.
Zaheer is the source of my inspiration: Unadkat
He is the newest among the breed of left-arm quicks that India have produced in recent years and no wonder Jaidev Unadkat idolises India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, whom he has replaced in the squad for the third Test against New Zealand, starting from Saturday.
No decision on Kochi, IPL auction in January
The players' auction for the forthcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) would be held in January, while a decision on the Kochi franchise will be taken after November 27, the BCCI said in Mumbai on Wednesday.
NZ recall Styris, How for India ODIs
Veteran all-rounder Scott Styris and batsman Jamie How have been recalled to the New Zealand squad for the five-match One-Day International series against India.
Brother dents Hussey's Ashes hopes
Australian batsman Mike Hussey's hopes of securing a spot in the team for the first Ashes Test suffered a blow on Wednesday when he was caught out by his brother David for a duck.
Butt, Akmal cleared of T20 fixing charges: report
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reportedly cleared two Pakistani cricketers, Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal, from all charges related to their alleged involvement in a spot fixing scandal during the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup, a television channel reported in Lahore on Tuesday.
Hauritz is Australia's No.1 spinner: Warne
Former leg-spinner Shane Warne declared Nathan Hauritz as Australia's No.1 spinner and added that he deserves his spot in the team for the first Ashes Test against England in Brisbane.
November 16, 2010We still have a chance to win the series: Vettori
New Zealand once again proved a point by denying India a win for the second time in the three-match series, but skipper Daniel Vettori was not content with the result, and has his eyes trained on the third Test.
Younis ton guides Pakistan to safety
Younis Khan notched his 17th Test hundred to guide Pakistan to a draw against South Africa on the final day of the first Test in Dubai, on Tuesday. Set 451 for victory after the visitors declared their second innings on 318 for two, Younus stroked an unbeaten 131 as Pakistan lost just one wicket on the fifth day to reach 343 for three.
Dhoni unhappy with nature of Indian pitches
Mahendra Singh Dhoni came down heavily on the kind of wickets prepared for the series against New Zealand, after the second Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium ended in a draw on Tuesday.
BCCI to introduce 'token system' for IPL players
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has sent a circular to the state associations that all domestic cricketers intending to play in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League will have to come through their respective state association.
Unadkat replaces Zaheer for third Test
India were dealt a big blow ahead of the third Test against New Zealand with pace spearhead Zaheer Khan being ruled out of the final rubber because of a groin injury.
Decision on IPL Kochi's fate likely on Wednesday
Amidst indications that the investors group of the Kochi IPL team is not too keen in running the franchisee, the IPL Governing Council is likely to take a call on scrapping the team during its meeting at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Mendis takes six after Gayle's magical 333
Opener Chris Gayle tormented Sri Lanka with a career best 333 as West Indies took control of the first Test in Galle before declaring on 580-9 on Tuesday.
Hauritz claims to be a better bowler than Doherty
Spinner Nathan Hauritz, whose place in the Australian Test team is in doubt, has said that he is a better bowler than Tasmanian Xavier Doherty, who has also been included in an expanded 17-man Ashes squad.
Free beer for every Aussie if Ashes are won!
An Australian team sponsor has pledged to buy a beer for every adult in the country should the home side beat England in the upcoming Ashes series.
McCullum earns NZ a draw, India disappoints again
The second Test between India and New Zealand ended in a draw on the fifth and final day at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal on Tuesday. The home team, set an improbable target of 327 to win, had made 68 without loss (after 17 overs) before the game was called off an hour before the scheduled close.
Passport Office summons Lalit Modi's lawyers
The Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Mumbai has summoned lawyers of Lalit Modi for a hearing on Tuesday on their plea to inspect documents, on the basis of which the RPO had sought to revoke former IPL Chairman's passport.
November 15, 2010Kallis, Amla combine to put South Africa on top
Pakistan face an uphill battle to save the first test after closing the fourth day on 109 for two after being set a formidable winning target of 450 by South Africa on Monday.
Royals, BCCI to solve dispute through arbitration
Rajasthan Royals and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday agreed to take the dispute over the Indian Premier League franchisee's contract termination to an arbitrator.
'There's lot more to talk than my 50th Test ton'
The entire world is waiting with bated breath in anticipation of his coveted 50th Test ton but Sachin Tendulkar feels that in his illustrious career spanning over 21 years, there is lot more to talk about the game than a particular milestone.
Opening session tomorrow will be crucial: McIntosh
The opening session on the fifth and final day of the second Test will be crucial to New Zealand's fortunes, according to Kiwi opener Tim McIntosh.
Gayle blows Sri Lanka away with double century
Former captain Chris Gayle hit an explosive double century to propel West Indies to 362 for two on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, on Monday. The tall left-hander smashed the ball all around the ground, batting throughout the day to finish unbeaten on 219 off 247 balls.
'Harbhajan has worked very hard on his batting'
VVS Laxman feels the presence of a famed batting line-up and the pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium should work to India's advantage even if New Zealand manage to set the hosts a competitive fourth-innings target on the fifth and final day of the second Test in Hyderabad.
IPL governing council meet on Wednesday
The Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council will meet on November 17 at the Mumbai Cricket Association's Recreation Centre at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, a Cricket Board official said.
Kamran Akmal's family robbed at gunpoint
Pakistani cricketer Kamran Akmal's relatives were robbed of 1.5 million rupees, jewellery, mobile phones and other personal items while on their way to attend a wedding ceremony near their home in Lahore.
Clarke confident, Katich '100%' for Ashes opener
Michael Clarke insists his back problem will be banished, while Simon Katich declared himself '100 percent' fit on Monday to take up his place at the top of the Australia batting order for the opening Ashes Test.
McCullum's ton keeps New Zealand hopes alive
A fighting century by Brendon McCullum helped New Zealand put up a good fight and hang on after quick wickets in the final session looked to have handed the initiative back to India on the fourth day of the second Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal on Monday. At stumps (after 75 overs), the visitors had made 237 for four, for an overall lead of 115.
Fresh faces galore in Aus squad for Ashes opener
Australia named a 17-man squad on Monday for the first Ashes Test against England in Brisbane as selectors looked to keep their options open after injuries and poor form struck some of their key players.
November 14, 2010Morkel, Botha put South Africa in control
South Africa took a vice-like grip on the first Test after Morne Morkel and Johan Botha skittled Pakistan for 248 on the third day at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Plans didn't go as we have liked them to: Taylor
Ross Taylor credited Harbhajan Singh for turning the match in India's favour and said that the last hour, during which the off spinner went hammer and tongs with the bat, foiled New Zealand's plans on the third day of the second Test in Hyderabad.
Praveen Kumar to get married on November 18
India's One-day specialist Praveen Kumar will be tying the knot with his childhood sweetheart Sapna in Meerut on November 18.
Stats: India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Hyderabad
Statistical highlights at the end of third day's play in the second Test between India and New Zealand on Sunday.
We have to bowl and field well to win: Dravid
Despite enjoying a healthy lead, Rahul Dravid on Sunday warned his team-mates not to be complacent and said they would have to bowl and field well in the fourth innings if the home side fancy any chances of winning the second cricket Test against New Zealand in Hyderabad.
Kiwi fringe cricketers on IPL radar
Some of New Zealand's anonymous domestic cricketers are likely to make it to the cash-rich Indian Premier League franchises.
Haider has behaved very childishly: Afridi
Appalled by runaway wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider's odd behaviour, Pakistan One-day International captain Shahid Afridi has termed his step to desert the team midway through South Africa series in Dubai as 'childish'.
Harbhajan's blitz turns the tide in India's favour
A quickfire 85 not out by Harbhajan Singh helped India build on their first innings lead over New Zealand on the third day of the second Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal on Sunday. After 134 overs, the home team had made 436 for nine, for an overall lead of 96 runs.
November 13, 2010Jaffer slams ton as Mumbai-Bengal match drawn
Captain Wasim Jaffer and wicket-keeper Omkar Gurav struck a century each as Mumbai opted for some batting practice by piling up 286 for one in their second innings as their Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match against Bengal ended in a tame draw in Kolkata on Saturday.
We were lucky to get Sehwag out: Ryder
Virender Sehwag has a penchant for throwing away his wicket after entering the nervous nineties but New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder said that's the way the dashing India opener plays and one should not find it 'bizarre'.
Stats: India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Hyderabad
# Gautam Gambhir has posted his highest score in 11 innings.
'Zaheer gave us crucial breakthroughs'
Zaheer Khan has played a big role in India's success because of his ability to provide the team crucial breakthroughs even on batsmen-friendly Indian conditions, Harbhajan Singh said on Saturday.
India should not understimate NZ: Kapil
Following New Zealand's impressive performance in the Ahmedabad Test, former India skipper Kapil Dev on Saturday said India should not commit the mistake of underestimating the resilient Kiwis.
Pakistani committee head quits over cricket crisis
The head of an influential Pakistani parliamentary committee on sports has resigned in frustration at the state of affairs in national cricket.
Butt's lawyer refuses to represent him in ICC case
The lawyer for Pakistan's suspended Test captain Salman Butt has said he will not represent the player at an International Cricket Council (ICC) hearing in January.
Pakistan loses Riaz for rest of series against SA
Pakistani pace bowler Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of the rest of the first Test against South Africa due to a side strain and will take no further part in the two-match series.
Hafeez, Umar give Pakistan flying start
Mohammed Hafeez's half-century guided Pakistan to 144 for two in reply to South Africa's first innings 380 on the second day of the first Test on Saturday.
'No balls frustrating but solution a slow process'
Dwelling on his wards on-and-off problem with no balls, India's bowling coach Eric Simons admitted that it was frustrating but said they are working on it and are almost close to a solution.
Hyderabad Test: India dominate Day Two
Virender Sehwag fell four short of a well-deserved century but ensured India a remarkable start to their first innings, thereby dominating proceedings on day two of the second Test against New Zealand at Uppal on Saturday.
November 12, 2010Will look to bury India under huge total: Guptill
New Zealand is looking at a first innings total of more than 500 runs on Saturday to exert pressure on the Indians batting line up in the second Test, said opener Martin Guptill, who hit a patient 85 here on Friday.
ICC's suspension is injustice: Amir
Forced to stay out of cricket for quite some time now because of spot-fixing allegations, tainted Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has described the International Cricket Council's suspension as a grave "injustice".
Ranji: RP Singh, Kartik shine with ball
India discard R P Singh (6/48) produced a superb seam bowling performance to reduce Orissa to 232 for nine in their first innings and put Uttar Pradesh in the drivers' seat.
Dalmiya withdraws suit against BCCI
Former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Friday withdrew a civil suit filed by him against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Pakistan may not pick tainted players for 2011 WC
Pakistan will not select players, who are under investigation for match-fixing allegations, for next year's World Cup as they seek to clean up their image, it was reported on Friday.
Injured Yousuf out of South Africa Test series
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has been ruled out of the Test series against South Africa in the UAE with a groin injury and will return home, the team manager said on Friday.
ICC forms panel to hear Pak fixing charge
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday constituted a three-member tribunal to hear the alleged spot-fixing charges against three suspended Pakistani players -- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.
Smith sets up formidable South Africa score
Graeme's Smith's 22nd Test century set South Africa on their way to a formidable 311 for three at the close of the first day of the first Test against Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Aus-Bangla Test series may be rescheduled for IPL
Australia's Test series in Bangladesh in April next year is likely to be rescheduled as it is clashing with the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League, according to reports.
Ground to be named after Shane Warne
Australian legendary spinner Shane Warne will now have a stadium named after him under a proposed multi-million dollar renovation.
English club offers to recruit Haider
The Lashings World XI, an English village cricket club, on Friday volunteered to help Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider by extending an open invitation to the cricketer to join the club for the 2011 season.
'Cricket needs to make an impressive Asiad debut'
With cricket all set to make its Asian Games debut, the former Sri Lanka captain Bandula Warnapura, now a technical director with the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), feels it is important for the game to do well so that it can get an entry into the Olympics soon.
'Youngsters should learn from Haider episode'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today said the incident involving Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider should be an eye opener to the young cricketers.
'Sachin always told me to get a Test century'
Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh attributed his maiden Test century against New Zealand in the first match to the constant motivation given by senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
McIntosh century lifts NZ on Day 1
Tim McIntosh battled his way to a century to lift New Zealand against India on day one of the second Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad, on Friday. At stumps on the opening day, New Zealand were 258 for four in 90 overs with Jesse Ryder on 22 from 64 balls and Gareth Hopkins yet to open his account.
November 11, 2010Zulqarnain explains his position to PCB chief
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman has spoken to Zulqarnain Haider and assured him of its full co-operation after the wicketkeeper left the squad in Dubai and went to London where he has applied for asylum.
Ranji: Rohit's double ton lifts Mumbai
The right-hander slammed an unbeaten 200 to help defending champions Mumbai pile up a mammoth 621 for eight against Bengal in the Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on Thursday.
BCCI drops Yuvraj from Grade A contract
Already battling poor form, middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh on Thursday suffered another jolt with the Board of Control for Cricket in India dropping him from the top grade of the central contracts which will carry substantial hikes in retainership fees.
Kumble to take on Maharaja in KSCA polls
Former India captain Anil Kumble will be contesting for the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) top job against current president Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, the Maharaja of Mysore, on November 21.
UDRS could be last option, says Dhoni
Keeping in mind the frequent umpiring errors during international cricket matches, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday batted for the implementation of the contentious and the much-debated Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS).
Cairns gets green signal to sue Modi
Former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns has been given a green signal by a court in London to sue former chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Lalit Modi for posting a message on Twitter about dropping the Kiwi cricketer from the IPL auction earlier this year.
Dhoni backs out-of-form Gambhir
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday backed Gautam Gambhir saying the struggling opener is a class player and would soon come out of his lean phase that has plagued his career for a while now.
'Amla's debut was scuppered by race conflict'
Ranked number one in the world right now, South African batsman Hashim Amla's debut in the ODI team got delayed due to race politics triggered by Loots Bosman's allegations of discrimination, reveals former coach Mickey Arthur.
Patel determined to leave his mark in Hyderabad
New Zealand off spinner Jeetan Patel is determined to prove himself against the No.1 Test team in the world and make a genuine difference on his team's tour of India.
McIntosh keen to settle scores with Zaheer
New Zealand opening batsman Tim McIntosh says that he has a score to settle with rival Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan and a point to prove to himself when the second cricket Test starts in Hyderabad on Friday.
ICC needs to tap players' phones: Haider
If the International Cricket Council wants to eradicate corruption from the game, it should start tap the telephonic conversations of suspected players and monitor their movements, mysterious Pakistani wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider said.
I didn't do anything wrong, insists Amir
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir, one of the prime accused in the spot-fixing scandal, said that he doesn't expect people to forgive him because he didn't do anything wrong.
No Protea can do a Haider in away tours: CSA chief
Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola has said that no South African player can slip out the team hotel during away tours as done by Pakistani wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider in the midst of an ODI series against his country in Dubai earlier this week.
November 10, 2010Malinga rested for opening Test vs West Indies
Sri Lanka have decided to rest strike bowler Lasith Malinga for the first Test against West Indies in Galle which starts on Monday.
Ranji round-up (Day One): Mumbai, Delhi start well
A round-up of the first day's action of various Ranji Trophy Super League matches across the country.
PCB suspends Zulqarnain contract
Pakistan's Cricket Board has suspended the contract of wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider after failing to make contact with him in the wake of his departure for England.
Zulqarnain exit is shameful for Pakistan: Imran
Former captain Imran Khan has called for a clean-up of Pakistan cricket and said wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider's sudden exit to Britain to seek asylum was a "shameful' incident.
We are confident of good show: Taylor
Expressing satisfaction over his side's performance in the first Test at Ahmedabad, key New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor on Wednesday said his team would put up a good show against India in the second match starting in Hyderabad from Friday.
PCB forms committee to probe Haider fiasco
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has constituted a three-member committee to investigate the case of wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who fled the team hotel in Dubai to go to London and subsequently applied for political asylum there.
India was an eye-opener: Arthur
A match at the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata made Mickey Arthur realise the transition he has gone through in his life from being a provincial coach to the head of the South Africa national cricket team.
Haider made a big mistake: Razzaq
Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq on Wednesday said that wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has made a big mistake by deciding to flee the team hotel and go to London.
Sehwag had an answer for everything: Arthur
Swashbuckling Indian batsman Virender Sehwag gave the visiting South African team a very tough time during the first Test in Chennai in 2008, former coach Mickey Arthur recalled in his book, released in Johannesburg, on Monday.
ICC offers support and assistance to Haider, PCB
The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday it will assist the Pakistan Cricket Board in its probe into wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider's flight to Britain where he is seeking asylum.
London Police to press charges against Pak trio
The investigation into the spot-fixing scandal involving three Pakistan cricketers has gathered pace with the Metropolitan Police scheduled to meet the Crown Prosecution Service this week to discuss whether charges can be levelled against the suspended trio.
Sammy vows to restore West Indian pride
Darren Sammy has vowed to restore pride and passion in West Indies cricket after replacing Chris Gayle as skipper.
'Haider received threats from fixers in past'
Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider received threats from match-fixers after he refused to abide by their instructions during a domestic game last year, according to a report in London.
Pak govt not to support Haider in UK asylum bid
The Pakistan government made it clear that it will not assist troubled wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider in his bid to seek asylum in the United Kingdom after he fled to London midway through a series against South Africa in Dubai citing death threats from match-fixers.
Pak keeper Haider seeks asylum in UK
Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider is seeking asylum in Britain after fleeing from Dubai because he feared for his safety after being ordered to cooperate with match-fixers.
Inspired by Sachin, Ponting to continue playing
Sachin Tendulkar's age-defying stupendous form of late has inspired Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who says he wants to continue playing international cricket and score heavily despite turning 36 next month.
November 09, 2010I also got threats in domestic cricket: Haider
Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who on Tuesday quit international cricket over death threats for refusing to cooperate with match-fixers, claimed that he also received threats while playing in domestic cricket also.
100-day countdown of 2011 World Cup begins
The 100-day countdown of the 2011 World Cup began in Dubai on Tuesday with the International Cricket Council hoping the mega event in the sub-continent would be a "special one".
Stats: Highest scores by number 8 batsmen
The impossible happened in the first Test against New Zealand in Ahmedabad, when batting at No 8, Harbhajan scored his maiden century to help India escape with a draw on the final day, on Monday. Below mentioned are some of the higest runs scored by No 8 batsmen.
'Haider didn't approach team management for help'
Pakistan cricket team manager Intikhab Alam said wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider did not inform the management about the threats he claimed to have received from a person who wanted him to fix the fourth and fifth One-day Internationals against South Africa in Dubai.
Zulqarnain Haider announces retirement
Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who fled to London midway through a series against South Africa in the UAE after receiving death threats for refusing to fix matches, on Tuesday, announced his retirement from international cricket.
I fled from match-fixers: Haider
Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider claimed on Tuesday he had been ordered to cooperate with match-fixers during the One-day series with South Africa that ended Monday in Dubai.
Sri Lanka move ahead of India in ODI Championship
Sri Lanka has dislodged India to take second position in ICC ODI Cricket Rankings after securing a confidence-boosting series win over table-topper Australia.
Indians were awful, spineless due to IPL: Arthur
The glitz and glamour of the IPL had such a distracting effect on Indian cricketers in its inaugural season that they were simply "awful and spineless" in a Test loss to South Africa in 2008, former Proteas coach Mickey Arthur has said.
ICC disturbed by Zulqarnain episode: reports
Zulqarnain Haider fleeing to England after deserting his team midway through a series has left the ICC "disturbed" as the governing body feels the Pakistan wicketkeeper has been targetted by "criminals behind betting operations", media reports said in London on Tuesday.
Franklin called up to replace Bennett in NZ squad
All-rounder James Franklin on Tuesday replaced the injured Hamish Bennett in New Zealand's squad for the remaining two Tests of the ongoing three-match series against India.
'Indian youngsters lack grace while celebrating'
The youngsters in the Indian cricket team lack "grace and humility" when they celebrate victory, feels former South African coach Mickey Arthur.
Former SA coach Arthur denies fixing claim
Former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur has denied suggesting a one-day international against Pakistan in 2007 was fixed, saying his comments were taken out of context.
Evergreen Kallis leads South Africa to series win
Jacques Kallis turned in a fine all-round performance to lead South Africa to a 57-run win over Pakistan on Monday and a 3-2 victory in the One-day International series in Dubai.
November 08, 2010Laxman was the 'sankatmochan' of the match: Bhajji
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh termed his century against New Zealand on the final day of the first Test as 'special.
Harbhajan took the game away from us: Vettori
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori had no qualms in admitting that India's lower-order batman Harbhajan Singh denied the Kiwis a possible win in the first Test in Ahmedabad with his aggressive brand of cricket.
Pitch had little to offer for bowlers: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni defended his bowlers for allowing New Zealand amass 459 in their first innings of the 1st Test in Ahmedabad, saying the pitch had very little for them.
Pakistan keeper Haider goes missing in Dubai
Pakistan cricket was on Monday rocked by another major controversy when their young wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider went missing from the team hotel hours before the fifth and final One-day International against South Africa in Dubai.
Aus thrash Pak to clinch Hong Kong Sixes trophy
David Warner led from the front with a destructive cameo as Australia beat Pakistan by two wickets to clinch their first ever Hong Kong Super Sixes cricket trophy.
Arthur lying about Ntini's race card call: Mali
Former Cricket South Africa president Ray Mali says ex-coach Mickey Arthur's claims that retiring pacer Makhaya Ntini used the race card after being dropped from the side are lies.
PCB fines players for violation of code of conduct
The Pakistan Cricket Board has fined three players -- Abdul Rehman, Zulqarnain Haider and Shahzaib Hasanand -- and also issued them notices for violating curfew hours.
Tendulkar better than Bradman: Abbas
Most commentators and former players would rank Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest batsman after Don Bradman but former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas has rated the Indian icon as the best of all time, even above the legendary Australian.
Motera Test: Harbhajan, Laxman help India draw
The opening Test between India and New Zealand at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera ended as a draw on the fifth and final day on Monday. The visitors, chasing 295 to win, had made 22 for one when play was called off.
November 07, 2010'Patience was key to my batting'
After becoming the youngest New Zealand cricketer to score a century on debut, Kane Williamson on Sunday said the hard grind while preparing to face India's spinners had paid off in the first Test in Ahmedabad.
170 will be tough to chase on this track: Ojha
Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha feels that New Zealand batsmen will find a target of 170 difficult to chase on the last day on Monday.
PCB stops Kaneria from joining Test squad
Pakistan leg spinner Danish Kaneria has been refused clearance from the country's cricket board to join the squad in Dubai for the Test series against South Africa.
Oz cricketers set to face salary cuts
Battling for form on field, there is bad news for Australian cricketers off it as well with the prospect of salary cuts looming large after their Board fell short of the projected revenue by $16 million.
Bradman's bat goes under hammer
An old bat used by Australian cricket legend Don Bradman during the Ashes tour of England in 1930 would go under the hammer in Sydney on Sunday and it is expected to fetch up to USD 20,000.
Australia snap losing streak with crushing win
Australia finally got back to winning ways 18 days before the start of the Ashes with a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third One-Day International in Brisbane on Sunday.
Martin takes five to give NZ control
Chris Martin claimed five wickets and Kane Williamson and Jesse Ryder hit centuries to help New Zealand push for victory against India, on Day 4 of the first Test at the Sardar Patel stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, on Sunday. At close on day four, India were struggling at 82 for six in 40 overs, for an overall lead of 109 runs.
November 06, 2010Match stats: 1st Test, Ind vs NZ, Day 3
Statistical highlights at the end of third day's play in the first Test between India and New Zealand in Ahmedabad.
Ryder batted with a stiff calf muscle: McCullum
Jesse Ryder, who scored a defiant century against India and also got involved in a record 194-run partnership with debutant Kane Williamson, batted with a runner for the better part of his knock due to a stiff calf muscle, New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum said.
We bowled well on a flat track: Sreesanth
After being defied by young New Zealand batsmen Jesse Ryder and debutant Kane Williamson for almost two full sessions on Day three of the first Test, India's new ball bowler S Sreesanth maintained that the home team bowlers had performed well on the flat track at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera.
London Police submits more evidence of spot fixing
Investigation into spot fixing scandal involving three Pakistan cricketers has gathered pace with London police submitting a second file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service.
'Hair's call for 'chucking' in 1995 was shocking'
Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan has said that he was shocked when umpire Darrell Hair called him seven times in three overs for his action in 1995.
Gibbs to get a taste of his own medicine
South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs, whose autobiography 'To the Point' has irked fellow players and administrators, is about to get a taste of his own medicine when a book by former Proteas coach Mickey Arthur would hit the stores on Monday.
Dravid hurts finger going for hard catch off Ryder
India suffered an injury blow on the third day of the opening Test against New Zealand when batting mainstay Rahul Dravid hurt the finger of his right hand when going for a fast-travelling catch off Jesse Ryder on Saturday.
Don't be too arrogant about Ashes, Warne warns Eng
Australia's woeful one-day run is no indicator of their Test form, says spin legend Shane Warne who has warned England against taking Ricky Ponting's men lightly in the upcoming Ashes series.
Patient Younus leads Pakistan to frenetic win
Veteran Younus Khan scored a patient 73 to lay the foundations for what turned into a frantic one-wicket victory for Pakistan with just a ball to spare in the fourth one-day international against South Africa on Friday.
Motera Test: Ryder leads NZ fightback with ton
A resolute effort from Jesse Ryder (103) and debutant Kane Williamson (87 not out) helped New Zealand put up a solid reply to India's formidable first innings total on the third day of the opening Test in Motera on Saturday. At stumps on day three (after 117.3 overs), the visitors had made 331 for five.
November 05, 2010PCB ask former Arthur to back up 'fixing' claims
The Pakistan Cricket Board has asked former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur to back up reported comments that he suspected a one-day international against Pakistan in 2007 was fixed.
Ponting baffled by Australia's poor form
Australia captain Ricky Ponting is baffled by his team's poor run of form but concedes the "doom and gloom" around the team will only be dispelled when they start winning again.
Match stats: 1st Test, Ind vs NZ, Day 2
Statistical highlights at the end of second day's play in the first cricket Test between India and New Zealand in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Australia lacks bowling talent: Murali
Legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan on Friday said Australia does not have enough fire in its bowling unit, which is the reason for its extended poor run and may also dent chances in the upcoming Ashes series against England.
Players must go through board to play IPL: WICB
The West Indies Cricket Board, acting on BCCI's advice, has asked its cricketers who wish to play in the next three seasons of the IPL to approach the league through WICB and not through agents or directly.
'Bowlers need to work hard to get wickets'
Indian bowlers will have the luxury to defend a huge first innings total but wicket won't be easy to come by since the Motera strip was not offering much help, said star of day Harbhajan Singh, who shone with the bat with a sparkling half-century.
Australia slump to defeat, Sri Lanka win series
Sri Lanka beat Australia by 29 runs in the second One-day International on Friday to claim their first series victory on Australian soil and condemn the hosts to a seventh straight defeat in all forms of the game.
Tendulkar's wicket my biggest scalp: Patel
New Zealand off spinner Jeetan Patel on Friday described iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar's scalp as the biggest of his fledgling career during the first Test match at Ahmedabad.
India continue domination on Day 2
India posted a mammoth first innings score before claiming a couple of wickets to continue their domination against New Zealand, on Day 2 of the first Test, at the Sardar Patel stadium, in Motera, Ahmedabad, on Friday.
November 04, 2010Ryder rues dropped catches of Sehwag, Dravid
As New Zealand found India in the driver's seat in the first cricket Test early on, Kiwi batsman Jesse Ryder said things may have been different had they not dropped Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid.
Warne claims England 'cocky' about retaining Ashes
Australian spin great Shane Warne believes England are getting far too 'cocky' about their chances of retaining the Ashes this summer Down Under and has cautioned them not to become complacent in their fight against the arch-rivals.
Discipline in dressing room key to good show: Bose
Senior pacer Ranadeb Bose termed it the 'discipline in the dressing room' being the reason for Bengal looking a different side this season.
Ranji: Dinda, Bose ensure full points for Bengal
An inspirational catch at first slip by Anushtup Majumdar off Ranadeb Bose's bowling enabled Bengal earn three points against Delhi by virtue of 14-run first innings lead in a Group A Super League match of the Ranji Trophy at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi on Thursday.
'Wright' inputs helped Kirsten tackle India job
The Indian cricket team's South African coach Gary Kirsten credits former New Zealand captain and ex India coach John Wright for providing him with insights on how to approach one of the toughest and most demanding jobs in the game.
Lalit Modi's havelis in Jaipur sealed
The Jaipur Municipal Corporation has taken possession of the two heritage havelis that were purchased by the former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi four years ago in the protected Amber Fort area, a senior official said on Thursday.
Bollywood stars for Ntini's farewell concert
Bollywood stars, Shahrukh Khan, Anil Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra will bid farewell to retiring South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini at a glittering concert in Durban on January 9. The 33-year-old pacer has decided to retire from all forms of cricket.
Ferguson to replace injured Marsh
Callum Ferguson has returned to Australia's ODI team in place of Shaun Marsh, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the ongoing three-match series against Sri Lanka due to an injury. Marsh suffered a lower back injury during his 31-run knock in Wednesday's first ODI against Sri Lanka, which Australia lost by one-wicket.
Sehwag, Dravid tons have Kiwis wilting
Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid hit contrasting centuries to give India the upperhand against New Zealand on Day 1 of the first Test, at the Sardar Patel stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, on Thursday. At stumps on the opening day, India were 329 for three in 90 overs, with Sachin Tendulkar on 13 from 47 balls and VVS Laxman on seven.
November 03, 2010PCB suspends central contract of tainted trio
Pakistan's disgraced trio of Salman Butt, Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Asif have had their central contracts suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Gavaskar says Pawar promised him extra payments
Giving a new twist to his payment row with the Board of Control for Cricket in India, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday said it was former BCCI president Sharad Pawar who promised 'extra payment' to him for his services as an IPL Governing Council member.
Modi defends Gavaskar on IPL payment row
A day after the Board of Control for Cricket in India denied that Sunil Gavaskar is due any payment for his term as an Indian Premier League Governing Council member, suspended chairman of the Twenty20 league Lalit Modi said the former India captain had always been forthright in his dealings and never known to lie.
Kumble for KSCA presidentship
Promising to make a difference, former India captain Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath on Wednesday jumped into fray in the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) elections to contest for the president and secretary's post respectively.
Mumbai in sight of first innings lead
Saurashtra ended day three of their Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match against Mumbai on 364 for 7.
CSA mulls legal action against Gibbs
Cricket South Africa is exploring legal actions against batsman Herschelle Gibbs following the series of revelations in his controversial autobiography, released earlier this week.
Mathews, Malinga steer SL past Australia
Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga put on a One-day International record 132 runs for the ninth wicket to fire Sri Lanka to a remarkable one-wicket victory over Australia on Wednesday.
Gibbs claims to have received Bollywood film offer
Former South African star opener Herschelle Gibbs revealed in his autobiography 'To the Point' that he has been offered a lucrative role in a Bollywood movie.
South Africa score two-run win over Pakistan
South Africa held their nerve to clinch a thrilling two-run victory over Pakistan in a chaotic and error strewn finish to the third one-day international at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
November 02, 2010Kumble, Srinath, Prasad to contest KSCA elections
In a landmark move in India's cricket administration, former India captain Anil Kumble and pace bowling partners Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad are set to contest Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) elections for the 2011-2013 term, scheduled to be held on November 21.
Abdulla's maiden Ranji ton hoists Mumbai
A round-up of the second day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches.
Ntini retires from international cricket
South Africa fast bowler Makhaya Ntini has formally retired from international cricket. The pacer, who played the last of his 101 Tests in December 2009 but has been out of favour with the national selectors ever since, will make one final appearance in a Twenty20 international against India in Durban on January 9.
Gavaskar, BCCI duel over IPL payment
Omitted from the Governing Council of the Indian Premier League, a disgruntled Sunil Gavaskar said the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the promoters of the Twenty20 League, has not paid him a single penny for his services.
Chance for South Africa, Sri Lanka to topple India
A series win over top-ranked Australia in the three-match ODI series will see Sri Lanka replace India and grab the second place in the ICC ODI rankings, but South Africa will have to win their remaining three matches against Pakistan if they want to topple India.
Gibbs' career is over: Wessels
Disclosures in Herschelle Gibbs' no-holds-barred autobiography titled 'To the Point', have brought the curtains down on the out-of-favour South Africa opener's career, feels former skipper Kepler Wessels.
Gibbs is still welcome in the team: Smith
Despite being accused of creating a divide in the team by Herschelle Gibbs in his autobiography, 'To the Point', South Africa skipper Graeme
Dravid panicked in the IPL final: Gibbs
Rahul Dravid had clicked the panic button during the final of the IPL season 2 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers, disclosed Herschelle Gibbs in his autobiography, 'To the Point'.
Gibbs is irresponsible and defamatory: Cullinan
Daryll Cullinan is enraged with Herschelle Gibbs for claiming that he leaked the story of a marijuana-smoking session involving the South African opener and has described the controversial cricketer's statements in his autobiography as "highly irresponsible and defamatory."
Ponting to miss Sri Lanka ODI for funeral
Australia captain Ricky Ponting will miss the opening One-day International against Sri Lanka to fly to Tasmania for his grandmother's funeral.
Reverse swing is my strength: Unadkat
In a freewheeling interview with Senior Associate Editor Harish Kotian, pacer Jaidev Unadkat discusses what domestic cricket means to him and why he believes he is ready to play at the highest level.
November 01, 2010Butt claims ICC has no evidence on spot-fixing
Suspended Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir accused the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday of treating them unfairly and said it has no evidence against them regarding spot-fixing allegations.
Ranji: Chahar claims 8, Hyderabad 21 all out
A round-up of day one of the Ranji Trophy matches.
'India's batting card intimidates Kiwi bowlers'
Reading Team India's strong batting line-up in slow motion is sending shudders down New Zealand bowlers' spine, cricket columnist David Leggat has said.
NZC GM Geoff Allott quits over B'desh humiliation
New Zealand Cricket's General Manager Geoff Allot on Monday said he would step down from his post at the end of this month in the aftermath of the Black Caps' humiliating 0-4 ODI series loss to Bangladesh recently.
Gibbs claims disappointing, nonsense: SA manager
Rejecting Herschelle Gibbs' claims of sexual promiscuity, alcohol abuse and division in the side, South African cricket team manager Mohammad Moosajee has said the out-of-favour opener's statements were "nonsense and disappointing".
'There's a problem with the BCCI'
Taking an indirect swipe at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for failing to endorse his candidacy for the post of vice-president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), former Australian prime minister Johan Howard has said: "there is a problem with the administration of cricket in some parts of the cricketing world."
Inspired Razzaq blasts Pakistan to unlikely win
Abdul Razzaq gave Pakistan welcome on-field respite with a stunning century to set up a dramatic one-wicket victory over South Africa in the second one-day international on Sunday.
'There's no bigger prize than the Ashes and WC'
England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has said that the current tour of Australia and next year's World Cup will be the ultimate experience for the Andrew Strauss-led squad.
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