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December 31, 2011
SA drop Boucher ahead of ODIs against Sri Lanka
Wicket-keeper Mark Boucher was one of three players dropped, on Friday, when South Africa named their squad for next month's One-day Internationals against Sri Lanka.
Misbah still fears losing captaincy: Coach Mohsin
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq may have tasted unprecedented success in all the three formats of the game this year but the fear that failure in two or three matches could put his captaincy and place in the national team in jeopardy still bothers him.
Wahab was picked only after clearance from ICC: Ashraf
The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Zaka Ashraf has admitted that left arm pacer Wahab Riaz was selected in the national team for the upcoming England series only after clearance from the ICC. Jones praises Zaheer, rates batting as 'substandard'
Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones said he was impressed by Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan in the first Test but found the visiting team's famed batting "substandard".
December 30, 2011
'India's chances of winning Australia series over'
The ongoing rubber against Australia was seen as India's best chance of winning a series Down Under, but former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the visitors should forget about such a possibility after the humiliating loss in the first Test in Melbourne.
Expect a fast track at SCG: curator
Done in by pace and movement during the opening Test against Australia, the Indian cricket team is unlikely to get much respite in the second match as well with the pitch curator promising a track which will initially aid fast bowlers. 'India need awful decisions to convince them 'India needs awful d
Taking potshots at the Indian cricketers for objecting to the Decision Review System, Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland has said that "some awful decisions" against them, could convince India to use the controversial technology.
December 29, 2011
Herath spins Sri Lanka to victory
Diminutive left-arm spinner Rangana Herath took five wickets to lead Sri Lanka to their first Test win in South Africa on Thursday. Dhoni defends batsmen despite twin failures at MCG
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he is not worried, instead he chose to give credit to Australian fast bowlers for eking out the 122-run win in the first Test in Melbourne, on Thursday.
Pakistan hoping for 'fresh start' against England
Interim Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan said his team were hoping for a 'fresh start' when they take on England for the first time since the spot-fixing scandal next month.
Watson unlikely to play in second Test
Australian allrounder Shane Watson is unlikely to play the second Test against India next week as he returned home to continue rehab on his hamstring injury. Australia crush India at MCG, take 1-0 lead
Australia's makeshift pace attack tore through India's formidable batting unit to secure a 122-run victory on the fourth day of the first Test in Melbourne, on Thursday.
BCCI refuses DRS for tri-series
There will be no respite for the umpires officiating in the tri-series involving India, Australia and Sri Lanka, as the Decision Review System (DRS) willl not be used during the 15-match tournament in February due to the BCCI's refusal.
December 28, 2011
Lanka take firm control of Test; Sangakkara hits ton
Kumar Sangakkara took full advantage of being dropped in the first over of the day to score his 28th Test century as Sri Lanka took firm control of the second test against South Africa on Wednesday.
Batting collapses leave India-Australia Test evenly poised
Australia were 179 for 8 in their second knock, leading India by 230 runs on a day when 15 wickets fell on what appears to be a difficult yet not an impossible Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch.
Cummins may withdraw from IPL V auction
Forced to miss the ongoing Test series against India due to a foot injury, teen pace sensation Pat Cummins has indicated that he might withdraw from the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League next year.
Watson unlikely to play in India series
Australia vice-captain Shane Watson's chances of playing in the four-Test series against India are quite bleak, as the all-rounder's recovery from a hamstring and calf injury is slower than expected.
December 27, 2011
De Lange bags 7 wkts on SA debut, but Lanka on top
Sri Lanka, looking to square the three-match series 1-1, were in complete command after 14 wickets tumbled on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at Kingsmead, on Tuesday.
Aussie media blast BCCI over DRS refusal
The Australian media blasted the BCCI for refusing to use the Decision Review System after two home side players were dismissed controversially on the opening day of the first Test.
Sehwag completes 8000 runs in Test cricket
Dashing opener Virender Sehwag became the fifth Indian batsman to complete 8000 runs in Test cricket when he reached an individual score of 20 against Australia in the first Test.
Tendulkar misses ton but India on top at MCG
Sachin Tendulkar gave glimpses of his vintage form but the record 100th international century continued to elude him as India responded with a strong batting display to keep the first Test against Australia on an even keel in Melbourne on Tuesday.
December 26, 2011
Samaraweera saves the day for SL, impressive debut for De Lange
Thilan Samaraweera with his unbeaten 86 led Sri Lanka to fight back from a shaky start to reach 289-7 on the first day of the second Test against South Africa in Durban, on Monday.
Pak recall Wahab, Umar; drop Malik for England Tests
Pakistan recalled fast bowler Wahab Riaz and middle-order batsman Umar Akmal, but dropped experienced all-rounder Shoaib Malik for next month's three-Test series against England, in the UAE. Bangladesh meet Pakistan in Asia Cup opener
Pakistan were drawn to play hosts Bangladesh in the opening match of next year's Asia Cup tournament, organisers said on Monday. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will play in the March 12-22 tournament in Dhaka. The top two teams from the round-robin phase qualify for the final. Staying fit will be Marsh's biggest challenge: Moody
Australia batsman Shaun Marsh's mentor Tom Moody said the cricketer's biggest challenge now is to fight through the nagging injury problems that are hampering his rise.
With Cowan a success, Katich resigned to sidelines
With Ed Cowan making an impressive Test debut against India, discarded and disgruntled Australian opener Simon Katich on Monday said he is resigned to being on the sidelines as he has been replaced by a worthy successor.
Honours even as Australia end Day 1 on 277-6
Australia's lower-order batsmen put up stubborn resistance, after Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan's incisive blows in the final session, to enable the hosts share honours with India on a fluctuating opening day in the first Test, it Melbourne, on Monday.
December 25, 2011
Fountain set to join Pak team before England series
Julian Fountain, front-runner for Pakistan's fielding coach position, is likely to join the team ahead of its departure for the forthcoming Test and ODI series against England in the United Arab Emirates. Resumption of cricket ties will take time: Ashraf
The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Zaka Ashraf, on Sunday, said that resumption of bilateral ties with neighbours India will take some time.
December 24, 2011
Ranji Trophy: Mumbai thrash Punjab to top Group A
Mumbai pipped Punjab by nine wickets, in Mumbai, on Saturday, on the fourth and final day of their concluding Ranji Trophy Elite Division league tie to rocket to the top of Group A with 25 points. Injured Philander doubtful for second Test
Vernon Philander, South Africa's latest fast bowling sensation, had his participation in the second Test against Sri Lanka thrown into doubt after he pulled up with a knee injury in Durban, on Saturday. Ahmad suppresses fear of BCCI stopping Bangla from touring Pak
A senior official of the Pakistan cricket Board has squashed fears expressed by former captains, Zaheer Abbas and Rashid Latif that the BCCI could influence the BCB to not tour Pakistan next year although the PCB had agreed to let Bangladesh field a candidate for the post of vice-president in the ICC. First Test: Dravid skips net practice
Indian batting mainstay Rahul Dravid didn't turn up for the net practice at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), on Saturday, but the side's media manager insisted that he is fine and only wanted to take a break ahead the first Test against Australia beginning on Monday. Whitney still savours Tendulkar's wicket during 1991-92 tour
For former Australia fast bowler Mike Whitney, dismissing Sachin Tendulkar twice during the iconic Indian batsman's debut tour Down Under in 1991-92 remains the happiest moment of his short 12-Test career.
When Marsh kicked the bottle to save career
Injuries are not the only factor that have hampered Shaun Marsh in a rollercoaster career so far, the opener also battled drinking problems before the slide of a fellow player, Luke Pomersbach, prompted him to mend his ways.
Boxing Day Test: Toss to play vital role, says curator
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be sincerely hoping for the lady luck to smile on him when he walks with his Australian counterpart Michael Clarke for the toss on the opening day of the first cricket Test, in Melbourne, on December 26.
December 23, 2011
Ranji Trophy: Mumbai on course for victory over Punjab
Mumbai grabbed a handsome 204-run first innings lead over Punjab and then put the visitors under pressure by reducing them to 203 for four on Day 3 of their four-day concluding Elite Group A Ranji Trophy match at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, on Friday. Akram raises concern over Ishant, Zaheer's fitness
Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram has raised concerns over Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma's fitness, insisting the two Indian pacers have not bowled enough in the run-up to the Test series against Australia, starting on December 26.
Cowan family home 'under siege' ahead of Test debut
A day after breaking into the Australian Test side, batsman Ed Cowan had his preparations for the Boxing Day Test against India disturbed when a man broke into his parents' Sydney home and refused to leave when police arrived at the scene.
Punters bet on Tendulkar's 100th ton at MCG
As the fans world over eagerly await Sachin Tendulkar's 100th international ton, punters Down Under have placed the bets on the Master Blaster getting to the elusive mark in the series-opener against Australia, starting in Melbourne on December 26.
Now an Englishman demystifies Bradman's average
Former English cricketer Tony Shillinglaw claims he has demystified Don Bradman's technique which helped him achieve the unmatched average of 99.
Either Ponting or Hussey should be dropped: Taylor
Former captain Mark Taylor feels that either Ricky Ponting or Mike Hussey should be dropped for the first Test against India, in Melbourne, to make room for both the all-rounder Dan Christian and recovering batsman Shaun Marsh in the top six.
December 22, 2011
Ranji Trophy: Jaffer becomes highest run-getter
A summary of the second day's play in the Elite division matches of the Ranji Trophy. Jayawardene will bat freely after 10,000 runs landmark: Dilshan
Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene will bat more freely after he reaches his milestone of 10,000 Test runs, feels captain Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Simons named head coach of Delhi Daredevils
India's bowling mentor Eric Simons has been appointed head coach of Delhi Daredevils for the forthcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. Apart from Simmons, a former South Africa international, T A Sekar also makes a return to the Delhi IPL team as its mentor. India's chances hinge on bowlers' fitness: Warne
Australian spin legend believes India's chances of upstaging Michael Clarke's men in their own backyard in the upcoming four-Test series will largely depend on the fitness of their pace bowlers Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan.
'Side which scores more in Ind-Aus series will win'
Former Australian captain Bill Lawry expects a run feast in the eagerly-anticipated India-Australia Test series and feels the side which scores most number of runs will go on to win the rubber starting December 26.
December 21, 2011
18 wkts fall on Day 1 of Saurashtra-Railways Ranji match
Saurashtra coach Debu Mitra blasted the Railways team management for preparing a track which he feels is not conducive for a first-class match after 18 wickets fell on the first day of the Ranji Trophy tie at the Karnail Singh Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday. Debutant Sandhu bags five wkts as Mumbai restrict Punjab
A summary of the first day's play in the Elite division matches of the Ranji Trophy, on Wednesday. Pakistan beat Bangladesh in fading light to sweep series
Pakistan beat Bangladesh by seven wickets on the fifth day of the second Test to complete a 2-0 series sweep on Wednesday. Clarke warns teammates against taking their selection for granted
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke said every member of his team has to deliver in the Test series against India as opener Ed Cowan's inclusion at the expense of an experienced Phil Hughes has made it clear that players cannot take their place for granted.
Fit Zaheer says he wants to make a difference to India's fortunes
Let down by injuries on his previous two trips Down Under, Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan said this time he wants to be the factor that decides the Test series against Australia, starting Monday in Melbourne.
India's refusal to use DRS could create rows: Oz broadcasters
Baffled by India's rejection of the Decision review System for the upcoming Tests against Australia, host broadcasters Channel Nine fear any contentious umpiring calls might snowball into major controversies during the series. Ojha adopting positive approach to counter attacking Aussies
Australians love playing mind-games but the Indian cricket team will be ready for them in the upcoming Test series, said left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha.
Indians get bowling practice as Tour match ends in draw
Team India's pace duo of Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma got some vital bowling practice on the third and final day of their warm-up match against Cricket Australia Chairman's XI before the match ended in a draw in Canberra on Wednesday.
Boxing Day Test: Aus pick Cowan, Ponting; axe Hughes, Khawaja
Ed Cowan will open the batting on his debut for Australia in next week's first Test against India after being included in an extended squad announced on Wednesday.
December 20, 2011
ICC pays 46 per cent of fees due to Sri Lanka players
The ICC has paid 46 per cent of the fees due to Sri Lanka's cricketers for the 2011 World Cup after the country's cash-strapped cricket board failed to pay their salaries. After DRS, BCCI says no to Hot Spot for India-Aus Tests
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has not only stuck to its guns on non-acceptance of the Decision Review System (DRS), but also shot down the use of Hot Spot for the upcoming series against Australia. Tendulkar's angst heightened over 100th ton talk: Brearley
Former England skipper Mike Brearley feels that the constant talk around his 100th international century has made Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar jittery. McGrath puts his weight behind Ponting
Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath backed former teammate Ponting, despite a poor run of form and a century drought which stretches almost two years, to come up with a strong performance in the four-match Test series.
Shakib excels with bat and ball, but Pak in control
Shakib Al Hasan became the first Bangladeshi to hit a century and take five wickets in an innings in the same Test but his efforts look like being in a losing cause after Pakistan seized control of the second Test. All-rounder Shakib followed his first-innings 144 with the bat by snapping up six for 82 with the ball as the hosts bowled out Pakistan, already 1-0 up in the two-match series, for 470 on the fourth day on Tuesday. Team India tickled at walk-out claims by Aus media
Team India is bemused and laughing their guts out at the suggestion in the Australian media that they toyed with the idea of boycotting the ongoing three-day warm-up game against Cricket Australia Chairman's XI, being played in Canberra, because of rain. CA Chairman's XI ride on Cowan century as Zaheer fails to impress
Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan's form and fitness turned out to be the main concern for the Indians after the left-armer failed to impress on the second day of their warm-up game against CA Chairman's XI, at the Manuka Oval, in Canberra, on Tuesday.
Mohsin Khan to stay Pakistan's coach for England series
Mohsin Khan will continue as interim Pakistan coach for next month's Test and One-day series against England in the United Arab Emirates. Australia can exploit India's weak bowling: Warne
Spin legend Shane Warne feels that bowling is India's weak link and Australia can exploit this to their advantage in the four-match Test series beginning in Melbourne on December 26.
Hayden set to retire after Big Bash
Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden has revealed that he will quit all forms of competitive cricket after the end of the Big Bash Twenty20 tournament to draw curtains on his illustrious career spanning 20 years.
Marsh makes himself available for first Test against India
Shaun Marsh, who was virtually ruled out of the first Test against India starting from December 26, has re-emerged as a contender for the opening game and is all set to join his Australia team-mates for a batting camp, in Melbourne, on Tuesday.
December 19, 2011
ICC Rankings: Philander continues to move up
South Africa pacer Vernon Philander continued to move upward in the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers after inspiring his side to an innings and 81 runs victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test at the Centurion.
Hussey claims he is in good form
Veteran Australian batsman Mike Hussey claims he is oblivious to the criticism he has been drawing for his poor run, insisting that he is in good form despite not coming up with big scores in his past few innings.
Indians pegged back by CA XI on rain-marred opening day
Indian batting stuttered on a rain-marred opening day before Virat Kohli's half century took the visitors to 162 for four against Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in a three-day practice match, in Canberra on Monday. India threatened to abandon practice match over wet conditions
The Indian cricket team on Monday considered walking out of the three-day warm-up match in Canberra even before a ball had been bowled after rain threatened to mar their preparation for the four-match Test series against Australia, starting December 26. Taufiq ton puts Pak in sight of lead
Taufiq Umar completed his seventh Test century as Pakistan closed in on a first innings lead by reaching 292-3 before bad light ended play on the third day of the second Test against Bangladesh on Monday. Change of stance has helped Warner hit form
Australian opener David Warner has credited new coach Mickey Arthur for his recent good form, saying the South African's advice has brought impressive results.
Punters place India as favourites to win Aus series
The bets have been placed and punters Down Under have picked India as the favourite to win the eagerly-anticipated Test series against Australia that gets underway from December 26. Dinda will fly to Australia as Ishant's substitute: Ganguly
Former Skipper Sourav Ganguly revealed that Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda will fly to Australia as cover for injured fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who has been ruled out of a three-day practice match starting in Canberra on Monday.
December 18, 2011
Finger injury risks Paine's cricket career
Wicket-keeper Tim Paine's career was thrown into jeopardy after South Australia's state coach Darren Berry revealed that the Aussie may never play first-class cricket again due to his latest finger injury.
Pakistan reply well to Bangladesh's 338
Taufiq Umar closed in on a half-century as Pakistan reached 87 for one in reply to Bangladesh's 338 all out on the second day of the second Test on Sunday.
PCB denies Pakistan players permission to play Bangladesh league
Pakistan players have been refused permission to play in the lucrative Bangladesh Twenty20 league by their cricket board in order to concentrate on next month's Test series against England in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
December 17, 2011
We don't have problems with swing bowling: Hussey
Senior Australian batsman Mike Hussey feels that his team is not overtly worried about playing the Indian swing bowlers, even though opposition pace spearhead Zaheer Khan has promised to unsettle the hosts with moving deliveries.
Katich meets selector over possible inclusion for India Test
Out-of-favour Australia opener Simon Katich has directly approached national selector John Inverarity to know whether he is being considered for the first Test match against India, starting on December 26.
Philander rocks Lanka as SA clinch win inside three days
Rookie seam bowler Vernon Philander fired South Africa to an innings victory against Sri Lanka on Saturday to finish the first Test with a 10-wicket haul.
PCB optimistic of playing India next year
The Pakistan Cricket Board has not given up hope of playing India in a Test series next year, revealed Chairman Zaka Ashraf. Pak players to star in Bangladesh T20 league
In a strange move, the Pakistan Cricket Board has allowed nine of it's top players to sign up for the Bangladesh Twenty20 premier league ahead of the all-important series against England in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Shakib, Nafees frustrate Pakistan with record stand
Shakib Al Hasan and Shahriar Nafees shared a record 180-run stand to take Bangladesh to a respectable 234-5 against Pakistan before bad light ended the opening day's play of the second Test on Saturday.
Chappell set to 'demystify' Tendulkar for Aussies
Former India coach Greg Chappell will address the out-of-form Australian cricketers before the first Test against India to reveal the chinks in Sachin Tendulkar's armour, according to a report.
December 16, 2011
De Villiers misses ton but South Africa in command
South Africa were 389 for 9 at stumps on Day 2 of the first Test against Sri Lanka, a lead of 209 runs, after AB de Villiers smashed 99 runs off 135 balls and shared a 97-run stand with Ashwell Prince.
Ranji Trophy: Juneja scores unbeaten double ton on debut
A summary of the final day's play in the Elite division matches of the Ranji Trophy. No chances of Indo-Pak series next year
The possibility of an India-Pakistan bilateral series next year has all but ended after the Asian Cricket Council decided to schedule the Asia Cup from March 12 to 22 in Dhaka. Tendulkar, Laxman strike sweet fifties as match ends in draw
Sachin Tendulkar spared the hosts a century as India's middle-order batsmen warmed up with some useful knocks before the two-day practice match against Cricket Australia Chairman's XI ended in a draw in Canberra on Friday.
December 15, 2011
SA in charge after Philander rocks Lanka
Graeme Smith scored a half-century but fell late on as South Africa made a confident reply after dismissing Sri Lanka for 180 on the opening day of the first Test on Thursday.
Ranji Trophy: Manoj Tiwary keeps Bengal hopes alive
A summary of Thursday's play in the Elite division matches of the Ranji Trophy. IPL player auction on February 4
The Indian Premier League's player auction for the fifth edition will be held on February 4 next year, it was announced, in New Delhi, on Friday. Relief for Nimbus in bank guarantee forfeit case
In a relief to Nimbus Communications, the Bombay High Court, on Friday, directed three banks to give the broadcast rights holder three days notice before forfeiting bank guarantee of Rs 2,000 crore. All's well with Ishant, says team management
The Indian team management quelled concerns over Ishant Sharma's fitness after the pacer walked off bowling just 5.3 overs on the opening day of their first practice match against Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in Canberra on Thursday. Team officials insisted that Sharma left the field to remove some strapping from his ankle that had loosened and was uncomfortable with it. Bollinger eyeing Test recall against India
Out of the Test team for a year now, pacer Doug Bollinger is hoping that Australia's bowling woes would fetch him a place in the side for the much-awaited series against India starting December 26.
Yes, Gavaskar was promised four crore a year, says Lalit Modi
Former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi has backed Sunil Gavaskar in his feud with the Board of Control for Cricket in India over alleged non-payment of dues to him, saying the former opener was promised Rs 4 crore per annum.
Fixing is more around the domestic game: Watts
ECB's anti-corruption chief Chris Watts feels it would be "naive" to believe that county cricket had not been affected by corruption and said that the domestic league is at greater risk of falling prey to match-fixing than the international circuit. Indian bowlers struggle as CAC XI put up 398-6
India's bowling failed to make much of an impression as Cricket Australia Chairman's XI dominated the opening day of their two-day practice match, scoring 398 for 6 declared at the Manuka Oval, in Canberra, on Thursday.
Marsh might need surgery to save career
Racing against time to be fit for the Test series against India, Australian opener Shaun Marsh says he might have to undergo a surgery on his troublesome back to prevent his career from ending prematurely.
December 14, 2011
Six-year old boy takes six wickets in debut match
Musheer Khan, making his debut in the under-14 Giles shield tournament at the age of six years, bagged a six-wicket haul in his first match to help his side Anjuman-I-Islam Allana English medium school romp to an innings and 40-run win. Ranji Trophy round-up: Mumbai in control against UP
A round-up of the second day's action of the Ranji Trophy Elite League matches from across the country.
CA's Big Bash killing Test cricket: Slater
Former Australian opener Michael Slater on Wednesday accused Cricket Australia of being obsessed with starting a rival tournament to compete with Indian Premier League and turning a blind eye towards the dwindling fortunes of Test cricket.
Watson is highest earning Oz cricketer thanks to IPL
All-rounder Shane Watson emerged the highest-earning Australian cricketer with the Indian Premier League money, ahead of the likes Ricky Ponting and captain Michael Clarke, according to a latest rich-list of sportspersons.
CA scraps viewer's choice Man of the Match for India-Aus series
Cricket Australia will revert to a panel of experts to decide man of the match awards after Doug Bracewell failed to win a public vote despite bowling New Zealand to victory in a Test match in Hobart on Monday. 'Kumble quit because software proposal was turned down'
The BCCI and Anil Kumble were at loggerheads on Tuesday over the exact reason for the former Indian captain's sudden resignation as the chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
December 13, 2011
Six-year boy debuts in U-14 Mumbai schools tournament
After elder brother Sarfaraz Khan hogged the limelight about two years ago by surpassing Sachin Tendulkar's score of 326 not out in the Harris Shield tournament at the age of 12, it was the turn of his younger brother Musheer Khan to get his share of attention. BCCI has made a U-turn on my contract: Gavaskar
Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday after his demand for US $1 million (approximately Rs 5 crore) per season for media and governing council-related activities involving the Indian Premier League was turned down by the board's working committee.
Ranji Trophy: Mumbai well-placed after Marathe's ton
A summary of the first day's play in the Elite division matches of the Ranji Trophy, on Tuesday. Mushtaq predicts spin battle in England-Pakistan series
Former Pakistan leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmed, who is now employed in a coaching role with England, has predicted a battle of spin between the two countries when they meet in an upcoming series in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Nimbus 'acted in compliance of contractual obligations'
A day after the Board of Control for Cricket in India scrapped its contract with Nimbus for defaulting on payments, the broadcast rights holder said it is working towards reaching a resolution. Shaun Marsh unlikely to be fit for first India Test
Australia batsman Shaun Marsh has been withdrawn from the team to play India in a tour match next week and is unlikely to be fit for the opening Test on December 26, Cricket Australia said on Tuesday. 'Ponting or Hussey in line to be axed from India series'
Selectors might be forced to axe Ricky Ponting or Mike Hussey from the Australian cricket team for the upcoming four Tests against India after their dismal show in the just-concluded series with New Zealand, feels former captain Allan Border.
Warne confident of return despite burnt fingers
Shane Warne is confident he will be fit to make his return to cricket in Australia's revamped Twenty20 competition this weekend despite burning his bowling hand while cooking.
Dhoni backs India's 'inexperienced' bowling attack
Indian captain MS Dhoni is confident that his inexperienced bowling attack will deliver in the four-Test series against Australia which starts on December 26.
I did not want to be just a figurehead: Kumble
Former India captain Anil Kumble said he resigned from the chairmanship of the National Cricket Academy as he did not want to be just a "figurehead" when none of his plans found support from other committee members.
December 12, 2011
BCCI again turns down Gavaskar's US $1m fee demand
The working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India again unanimously shot down former India captain Sunil Gavaskar's demand of a whopping US $1 million fee (approximately 5 crore) per season for media activities involving the Indian Premier League. Kumble quits as NCA chairman
In a surprise development, former Indian captain Anil Kumble, on Monday, tendered his resignation from the chairmanship of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), almost two months after a controversy broke out over an apparent conflict of interest.
BCCI scraps broadcast deal with Nimbus
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has scrapped its contract with broadcast rights holder Nimbus for defaulting on payments, and forfeited the bank guarantee amount of Rs 2,000 crore. Rehman spins Pakistan to win over Bangladesh
Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman took three wickets early on Monday to help push Pakistan to an innings and 184-run win over Bangladesh in the first Test in Chittagong. We believed in ourselves that we could win this match: Taylor
New Zealanders will be proud of the fight their cricket team showed to stage a remarkable turnaround and claim their first Test victory on Australian soil in 26 years, Black Caps skipper Ross Taylor said on Monday.
IPL II will benefit CSA for a decade: Majola
Embattled Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola, who is facing allegations of pocketing irregular IPL bonuses, claims hosting the event in Johannesburg two years ago would continue to benefit CSA for a decade more. Warne doubtful for Big Bash after burning his hand
There is never a dull moment when it comes to spin legend Shane Warne, who has now hit the headlines for burning his bowling hand which puts him in doubt for his comeback cricket match in the Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash this weekend.
New Zealand snatch first Test win in Australia after 26 years
New Zealand beat Australia in a Test match for the first time since 1993 when they claimed a seven-run victory at the Bellerive Oval on Monday.
December 11, 2011
India record 4-1 series victory despite Pollard heroics
Kieron Pollard's stunning maiden century went in vain as India beat West Indies by 34 runs to win the fifth and final One-day to record an emphatic 4-1 series triumph in Chennai.
BCCI Working Committee to meet on Monday
Resolving payment-related issues with broadcast rights holder for India's home matches, Nimbus, and revamp of various cricket academies will top the agenda when the BCCI's Working Committee will meet in New Delhi, on Monday. Yuvraj aims for comeback in ODIs against Australia
India's World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh, who is recovering from an non-malignant tumour in his lung, today said that he was targetting to be fit for the ODI tri-series in Australia in February next year.
IPL 5: Players' auction in Jan or Feb; 76 matches
The players' auction for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League will be held in late January or early February and the teams will play their games on a home-and-away basis with each of the nine franchises playing 16 games.
Pakistan pile 594-5, Younis slams double
Younis Khan smashed an unbeaten double hundred and Asad Shafiq helped himself to his maiden Test century before regular strikes put Pakistan on course for a win in the first Test against Bangladesh on Sunday.
2nd Test: Rain plays spoilsport in Australia's run chase
Rain stalled Australia's pursuit of 241 runs for victory on the third day of the second Test against New Zealand on Sunday, wiping out the final session after the hosts had made 72 without loss at tea.
December 10, 2011
Franchises to have $2 million cap for next auction on Feb 4
The nine franchises of Indian Premier League (IPL) will go into the auction for next edition of Indian Premier League with a purse of $2 million, as per the decision taken by the Governing Council at a meeting held in Chennai. Dravid, Wadekar get top BCCI honours
Veteran India batsman Rahul Dravid and former captain Ajit Wadekar were on Saturday honoured with the Indian Cricket Board's (BCCI) top recognitions, the Polly Umrigar Award and the C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award, in Chennai.
Boxing Day Test against India is the pinnacle: Pattinson
Australian pace sensation James Pattinson can't wait for the four-Test series against India later this month as he feels there is no better challenge for him than their famed batting line-up. Hafeez, Younus sizzle, Pakistan in control
Younus Khan closed in on a century after Mohammad Hafeez hit a career-best 143 as Pakistan strengthened their grip on the first Test against Bangladesh on Saturday.
ACC: PCB officials hope to meet BCCI counterparts
PCB's senior officials will travel to Singapore to take part in an Asian Cricket Council meeting, hoping to get some confirmation from the BCCI on resumption of bilateral series between the two countries. PCB opts for UDRS against England
The Pakistan Cricket Board has once again shown its strong support for the Umpires Decision Review System by announcing that it would be used in the Test and ODI series against England next month. Taylor, Williamson anchor NZ, take 153-run lead
New Zealand ripped through Australia's batting line-up on a lethal wicket to leave the hosts foundering on 81 for seven in their first innings at lunch on the second day of the second Test on Saturday.
December 09, 2011
Maharashtra boy scores unbeaten 451 in Cooch Behar Trophy
Maharashtra's opening batsman Vijay Zol has smashed an unbeaten 451 against Assam in a Under-19 Cooch Behar cricket match in Nasik. Vinay replaces injured Aaron for Australia Tests
Karnataka pacer R Vinay Kumar was named as his replacement for the four-match Test series beginning in Melbourne on December 26.
Ranji: Jaffer's 110 helps Mumbai earn draw against Saurashtra
A summary of the day's play in the Elite division matches of the Ranji Trophy. Panesar gets England recall for Pakistan series
England recalled spinner Monty Panesar when they named a 16-man squad today for their upcoming Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan take firm grip of opening Test
Unbeaten half-centuries from Mohammad Hafeez and Taufiq Umar put Pakistan in a commanding position after they had dismissed Bangladesh for 135 on the first day of the first Test on Friday. Richardson refuses to compare Sehwag double with Viv's 189
Former West Indies captain and team manager Richie Richardson feels playing on flat track helped Virender Sehwag but it doesn't take away anything from the Indian's 'exceptional knock' of a record 219 in the fourth One-dayer in Indore.
2nd Test: Pattinson stars for Australia on rain-curtailed day
Paceman James Pattinson claimed a five-wicket haul in a second successive match as Australia barged New Zealand out for 150 in their first innings to bring up tea on the opening day of the second Test on Friday.
December 08, 2011
Mumbai follow-on despite Yadav, Shah tons
A summary of Thursday's play in the Elite division Ranji Trophy matches. Sehwag creates history with 219 as India clinch ODI series
Swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag created history on Thursday by scoring the highest-ever ODI score of 219, as a merciless India clinched the ODI series against the West Indies with a convincing 153-run victory in the fourth match in Indore, to take an unssailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
Congratulate Virender Sehwag on his ODI double
Virender Sehwag added another record to his name when he became only the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score a double century in One-Day Internationals. Cricket Australia set for sweeping changes in Board functioning
Australia's cricket governing body will recommend its entire board step down in accordance with an independent review that criticised its structure as being riven with conflicts of interests. Cummins hopes to recover in time for last India Test
A heel injury might have ruled him out for bulk of the home Test series against India, but teen pace sensation Pat Cummins is in no mood to give up hope yet.
Govt could deregister CSA over IPL bonus scam
The South African government could deregister Cricket South Africa and withhold funding if it refused to accept the findings of an inquiry into its financial affairs, the chief of the probe panel said on Thursday. Australia name unchanged squad for 2nd NZ Test
Embattled opener Phil Hughes retained his spot in Australia's unchanged team for the second Test against New Zealand which starts on Friday in Hobart.
December 07, 2011
Ranji round-up: Saurashtra in control against Mumbai
A wrap-up of the second day action of the Ranji Trophy Elite division matches across the country on Wednesday. Marsh likely to return for India series after injury layoff
There is some good news for the injury-hit Australian cricket team as opener Shaun Marsh is likely to be fit for the upcoming Test series against India and might even play the two warm-up matches before that.
Sri Lankan players to receive unpaid dues
Sri Lanka's contracted cricketers will receive 65 percent of their unpaid fees within the next three days when their ruling body receives $2 million from the International Cricket Council for hosting the 2011 World Cup, the country's sports minister said on Tuesday. Spinners help Pakistan whitewash Bangladesh
Pakistan's spin quartet capitalised on an unexpected power failure to beat Bangladesh by 58 runs in the third One-Day International to complete a 3-0 series victory on Tuesday.
Injured Cummins to miss first two Tests vs India
Paceman Pat Cummins will miss part of Australia's four-Test series against India after scans revealed his heel injury was more serious than expected and would take longer to recover.
December 06, 2011
McIntosh determined my IPL bonus: Majola
Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola has passed the buck for his controversial IPL bonus to former chief operating officer Don McIntosh.
Ranji round up: Saurashtra in control vs Mumbai
Round up of the ranji matches being played on Tuesday. Majola, McIntosh pocketed more than two thirds of IPL bonus
Former Cricket South Africa official Colin Beggs has alleged that CEO Gerald Majola and former COO Don McIntosh pocketed more than two thirds of the controversial IPL bonuses while staffers down the hierarchy, such as groundsmen, got nothing. Pathan hoping to carry domestic form into Windies ODIs
Comeback man Irfan Pathan is delighted that all the pain and hardwork that he has gone through in the last two years finally paid off as he has been recalled to the Indian ODI squad for the last two matches against the West Indies.
David White appointed New Zealand Cricket chief
Former Rugby administrator David White was on Monday appointed the CEO of New Zealand Cricket, replacing Justin Vaughan who served NZC for four and a half years. Kohli reprimanded for showing dissent
Indian batsman Virat Kohli has been reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct by showing dissent to an umpire's decision after his dismissal in the third ODI against the West Indies in Ahmedabad on Monday.
Champions League exposure aided Rampaul's bowling
Architect of West Indies' splendid 16-run win over India, man-of-the-match pacer Ravi Rampaul said getting early breakthroughs was the key to his side's triumph in the third ODI in Ahmedabad on Monday.
Bangladesh Premier League on the horizon
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has accepted an offer of approximaely $51million from Indian firm Game On Sports Management for six editions of a Twenty20 competition, the BCB said on Monday.
December 05, 2011
Irfan returns for WI ODIs, Mithun to tour Australia
Young right-arm fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun replaced injured Praveen Kumar in India's Test squad for the upcoming four-match away series against Australia.
Motera ODI: West Indies upset India to keep series alive
West Indies finally got their act together to snatch an upset 16-run victory over world champions India to keep themselves afloat in the five-match series in the third One-Day International in Ahmedabad on Monday.
Whatmore favourite to replace Pak interim coach Mohsin: Official
A Pakistan Cricket Board official has confirmed that Australian Dav Whatmore, who currently in India's National Cricket Academy, is the front-runner to take over as head coach of the national team.
Zaka awaits Pak govt approval for India trip
The Pakistan government has still not given approval to PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf's planned India trip for holding talks with BCCI officials to restore bilateral cricket ties between the two countries. Katich reprimanded for publicly criticising Clarke, CA
Disgruntled Australian batsman Simon Katich managed to avoid a suspension and was, on Monday, let off with a reprimand by his Cricket Board after pleading guilty to the charge of making detrimental public comments in a disciplinary hearing in Melbourne.
Roebuck's family seeks second post-mortem
Unconvinced by police claims that Peter Roebuck committed suicide, the celebrated cricket writer's family would seek a second post-mortem of his body and has hired a British criminal lawyer to investigate the death.
Aus call up Christian, under-fire Hughes retained for 2nd Test
Australia are likely to start the second Test against New Zealand unchanged after uncapped all rounder Dan Christian was added to the squad in place of injured 12th man Ben Cutting on Monday.
December 04, 2011
Irfan, Mithun, Dinda in contention for Praveen's slot
It will be a three-way battle between Irfan Pathan, Abhimanyu Mithun and Ashok Dinda when the national selectors decide on Praveen Kumar's replacement for the four Test series against Australia starting from December 26.
India on course for second successive ODI series triumph
With a 2-0 lead in hand, India are firmly on course to record a second successive one-day series triumph at home as they take on West Indies in the third ODI of the five-match rubber at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Motera on Monday.
Tendulkar might play last two ODIs of WI series
His 100th international century eagerly awaited across the nation, veteran Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is likely to play the last two one-dayers against the West Indies.
Sreesanth ruled out for up to eight weeks due to toe injury
Indian pacer S Sreesanth has been sidelined for up to eight weeks due to a toe injury, ruling him out of contention for the four-Test series against Australia starting December 26.
Pattinson's pace sends New Zealand crashing to defeat
Debutant pacer James Pattinson ripped through New Zealand's top order in a brilliant morning spell to fire Australia to an emphatic victory by nine wickets on the fourth afternoon of the first Test on Sunday.
December 03, 2011
Agarkar makes himself unavailable for Saurashtra match
In the eye of storm for returning home after being excluded from playing XI against Orissa, veteran pacer Ajit Agarkar has made himself unavailable for Mumbai's next encounter against Saurashtra at Rajkot starting from December 6. Pakistan take series despite Hossain century
Nasir Hossain smashed his maiden century for Bangladesh but they were unable to prevent Pakistan easing to a 76-run win on Saturday for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match One-day International series. Dravid named new Rajasthan Royals captain
Veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid was named captain of the Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals, filling up a post left vacant by retired Australian spin legend Shane Warne earlier this year.
'Invincibles' legend Sam Loxton dies at 90
Cricket great Sam Loxton, a member of Australia's 1948 Invincibles team, has died at the age of 90.
2nd ODI: Yadav records his best bowling figures
Statistical highlights of the second One-dayer between India and the West Indies, in Vizag, on Friday.
Batters' form, a cause of concern: Misbah
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has admitted that the batting remains an area of concern for Pakistan and there is a lot of scope for improvement. Clarke, Haddin drive Australia to 132-run lead
Captain Michael Clarke rode his luck to score 139 and help steer Australia to a 132-run first innings lead over New Zealand with a total of 427 on the third day of the first Test on Saturday.
It's one of those days when everything went my way: Rampaul
Ravi Rampaul may have surprised one and all by scoring a 66-ball 86 coming at No. 10 but the West Indies new-ball bowler himself isn't surprised about his record-breaking feat.
December 02, 2011
Rampaul hits highest ODI score by No 10
West Indies' Ravi Rampaul created a new world record for the highest score by a No 10 batsman in history of ODIs when he struck a magnificent unbeaten 86 against India in the second ODI.
Vizag ODI: Virat, Rohit power India to a comfortable win
Youngsters Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma conjured a match-winning partnership as India beat West Indies by five wickets in the second ODI in Vizag on Friday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Mumbai crush Orissa by innings and 210 runs
A summary of the final day's play in the Elite division matchs of the Ranji Trophy, on Friday. MacGill returns to cricket with Big Bash
Former Australia leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has come out of retirement to play for the Sydney Sixers in Australia's revamped domestic Twenty20 league.
Ponting provides stability as Aus fight back
Ricky Ponting looked poised to make amends for running out Usman Khawaja with a big score as Australia reached 154-3 in reply to New Zealand's first innings 295 after the second day of the first Test on Friday.
December 01, 2011
Dhaka ODI: Afridi stars in Pakistan win
Former captain Shahid Afridi grabbed yet another five-wicket haul as Pakistan overcame Bangladesh by five wickets in the first one-day international in Dhaka on Thursday. Ganguly's ton in vain as Bengal concede slender lead
A summary of the third day's play in the Elite division Ranji Trophy matches, on Thursday. Test specialists may leave early for Aus
There is a strong possibility that some senior members of the Indian cricket team, especially Test specialists like V V S Laxman, who does not play ODIs, will leave for Australia ahead of the team's departure on December 12. Vettori leads New Zealand fightback on rain-curtailed opening day
Daniel Vettori helped steady New Zealand's innings at 176-5 after Australia's inexperienced bowling attack had earlier threatened to skittle the tourists on the rain-curtailed opening day of the first Test on Thursday.
November 30, 2011
Mumbai have Orissa reeling after Yadav's 200
A summary of the second day's play in the Ranji Trophy Elite division matches, on Wednesday. 'Agarkar took permission to return from Ranji match'
The Mumbai Cricket Association will not take any action against India discard Ajit Agarkar for returning home in a huff after being dropped from Mumbai's team against Orissa in the Ranji Trophy Elite match at Cuttack, since he had taken permission. Sri Lankan media slams coach Marsh
Sri Lanka's Australian cricket coach Geoff Marsh has drawn criticism after the team's loss to Pakistan in the recent Test and ODI series in the UAE with media reports here stating that he was more focussed on his son Shaun's progress in the Aussie team.
Johnson ruled out for five months through foot injury
Paceman Mitchell Johnson is likely to be sidelined for up to five months with a foot injury, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday, almost certainly ruling him out of upcoming Test series against New Zealand and India.
ED's notice to BCCI regarding IPL II fund transfer
The Enforcement Directorate has issued notice to the BCCI to explain transfer and routing of funds to the tune of Rs 1,600 crore in the conduct of the second season of Indian Premier League cricket tournament.
November 29, 2011
Hafeez, Malik lead Pakistan to easy win
Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik grabbed two wickets each to lead Pakistan to a comfortable 50-run win over Bangladesh in a low-scoring one-off Twenty20 international on Tuesday. Kaustabh Pawar's ton hoists Mumbai
A summary of the first day's play in the Elite division matches of the Ranji Trophy, on Tuesday. India sneak past West Indies to take 1-0 lead
India wriggled out of a precarious position to clinch a nail-biting one-wicket victory over the West Indies in a low-scoring first One-Day International in Cuttack on Tuesday.
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Fractured rib puts Praveen Kumar out of Australia Tests
Praveeen Kumar has been ruled out of India's tour of Australia. The pacer underwent a scan on Monday and was found to have a fractured rib. He is expected to take up to six weeks to recover. PCB keen to host India in 2012
The newly-appointed PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf is confident about international cricket's return to Pakistan next year, and hoped that neighbours India too would be visiting the strife-torn country sooner than later. Whatmore, Rhodes in contention for Pakistan coach job
Former World Cup-winning Sri Lanka coach Dav Whatmore and ex-South Africa player Jonty Rhodes are in the reckoning for coaching positions with the Pakistan cricket team, PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said.
Aussie Warner takes inspiration from Sehwag
Australia opener David Warner has credited Virender Sehwag for inspiring him to transform his game, and said the Indian cricketer had foreseen his Test debut two years ago.
November 28, 2011
Harbhajan advised rest; Uday Kaul to lead Punjab
In absence of Harbhajan Singh, who has been advised rest for pain in his shinbone, Uday Kaul will lead Punjab in their Ranji Trophy Elite division match against Railways at the PCA cricket stadium, Mohali, on Tuesday. ED issues notice to BCCI regarding IPL II fund transfer
Enforcement Directorate has issued notice to the BCCI to explain transfer and routing of funds to the tune of Rs 1,600 crore in the conduct of the second season of Indian Premier League cricket tournament. Praveen out of first three ODIs, Mithun named replacement
India received a setback on the eve of their five-match ODI series opener against the West Indies after pace spearhead Praveen Kumar was ruled out of the first three ODIs due chest injury.
Ashwin bags Dilip Sardesai Award
Rewarding Ravichandran Ashwin for his stupendous show in the just-concluded Test series against the West Indies, the BCCI, on Monday, decided to bestow the Dilip Sardesai award on the off-spinner. New Zealand can't wait to get better of Australia
New Zealand's hopes of recording their first victory over Australia in almost 20 years have been boosted after a raft of injuries forced their trans-Tasman neighbours to pick a rookie trio of pace bowlers and an opener untried in Test cricket.
1st ODI: Curator expecting 300-plus score on Barabati track
The track at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack, the venue for the first One-dayer between India and the West Indies, will be tailor-made for batting with plenty of runs on offer, curator Pankaj Patnaik has said.
November 27, 2011
Jesse Ryder equals record for sixes
New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder equalled a first-class world record for the most sixes in an innings when he hit an incredible 16 sixes against
I am absolutely fine, will be back soon: Yuvraj
Recuperating from a "non-malignant tumour" in his left lung, flamboyant Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh said he is "absolutely fine" and would be returning to cricket very soon.
November 26, 2011
Wankhede curator hurt by Ashwin's comment
The curator of the Wankhede stadium, Sudhir Naik was deeply hurt by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's sarcastic remarks about the pitch, which produced a thrilling draw on the fifth and final day of the third Test between India and the West Indies in Mumbai on Saturday.
Sachin, Dhoni pay homage to 26/11 martyrs
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and Indian team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni paid floral tributes to the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks, at the iconic Taj Hotel in Mumbai. Yuvraj Singh battling lung tumour
Yuvraj Singh has a "non-malignant tumour" in his left lung and that is the reason why the flamboyant left-hander opted out of the upcoming ODI cricket series against West Indies.
Scrap One-day Internationals, says Swann
Tests and Twenty20s are the future of international cricket and 50-overs matches should be scrapped, according to England spinner Graeme Swann.
Zaheer returns for Australia tour; Yuvraj, Harbhajan ignored
The Indian selectors named left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan in the 17-member squad for the tour of Australia, which begins on December 26, in Mumbai, on Saturday.
India can beat Australia in Australia: Srikkanth
Selection committee chairman Kris Srikkanth expressed confidence that the Indian cricket team named, on Saturday, can achieve the rare feat of beating Australia in a Test series at their own soil in next month's tour of that country. Windies snatch thrilling draw in final Test
Spinners Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin plotted a dramatic West Indies batting collapse as India very nearly pulled off a sensational win before the visitors pegged them back to a nerve-wracking last-ball draw in the third and final Test at Wankhede, Mumbai on Saturday.
Warner features in Australia squad against New Zealand
Explosive opening batsman David Warner is set to earn his first Test cap after he was named in the Australia squad, on Saturday, to face New Zealand in the first Test starting at the Gabba in Brisbane, on Thursday. Misbah leads Pakistan to T20 victory, completes dominance over SL
Misbah-ul-Haq's steady hand and some lusty blows from Shahid Afridi secured Pakistan's five-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the lone Twenty20 International at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium, on Friday. Srikkanth disappointed at Tendulkar missing out on 100th ton
The chairman of the senior selection committee Kris Srikkanth expressed his disappointment on Sachin Tendulkar missing out on his 100th international century, saying that every Indian would be feeling bad about it.
November 25, 2011
Zaheer in Mumbai squad for Ranji tie against Orissa
India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan has been included in the Mumbai squad for the Ranji Trophy game against Orissa starting November 29 which also be his fitness test ahead of India's tour Down Under. Pak court bars state TV from deal with Zee
A Pakistani court on Friday barred the state-run broadcaster from concluding a deal with Ten Sports, regarding sub-licensing of the broadcast rights for ICC cricket during 2012-15, following insinuations that the sports channel is owned by an Indian entity. Windies ODIs: Dhoni, Tendulkar rested; Sehwag to lead
India's selectors, as expected, named a weakened squad for the first three One-Day Internationals against the West Indies, the first of which is in Cuttack on November 29. Ashwin third Indian to score ton and scalp five wkts in Tests
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin achieved a rare feat becoming only the third Indian cricketer to score a century and take five wickets in an innings in a Test match.
Cricketer Joginder Sharma operated upon and stable
Joginder Sharma, who suffered head injuries in a road accident in New Delhi on Thursday was operated upon and is recovering at a private hospital. 'Unauthorised CSA bonuses started before IPL2'
Cricket South Africa executives could have been getting 'unauthorised' bonuses even before receiving the controversial payments for hosting IPL's 2009 season currently the subject of an inquiry ordered by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, a former CSA Board member has claimed. Cummins waits for duel with 'Rockstar' Tendulkar
He considers Sachin Tendulkar the "Rockstar" of Indian cricket and Australia's new-found pace sensation Pat Cummins says he can't wait for a possible duel with the batting icon in the Test series next month. Ashwin provides the cheer after Tendulkar disappoints
The West Indies were 81 for 2 in their second essay, a 189-run lead, after dismissing India for 482 in the first innings, at the end of Day 4 in the third Test.
Akash Chopra calls for sporting wickets in domestic cricket
Former opener Akash Chopra feels if the Indian cricket team is to do well in countries like England and Australia, the BCCI needs to ensure sporting wickets are prepared for the domestic circuit in the country.
Injury rules out five Australia players from 1st NZ Test
Australia will be without five players for next week's first Test against New Zealand after they failed to overcome injuries, Cricket Australia said, on Friday. Still have 5-6 years of cricket left in me: Harbhajan
Out-of-favour off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels that he still has another 5-6 years of cricket left in him.
Chappell slams ICC for postponing Test Championship
Former India coach Greg Chappell has slammed the ICC for postponing the proposed Test Championship from 2013 to 2015, saying the decision is a "shame" as the event needs to be held as soon as possible to save the longer format of the game.
November 24, 2011
T20 WC hero Joginder injured in road accident
Joginder Sharma, who was a member of India's Twenty20 World Cup winning squad in 2007, was injured following a road accident near Noida, on Thursday.
No need for Ashwin to feel cheated: Gambhir
Ravichandran Ashwin was on Thursday censured by Gautam Gambhir for criticizing the wicket at the Wankhede stadium, the venue of the third and final Test between India and the West Indies, saying one doesn't get a five-wicket haul or a hundred easily. 'You need to work hard for it.' Dhoni, Tendulkar could be rested for Windies ODIs
A few senior players could be rested when the national selectors meet, in Mumbai, on Friday, to pick the Indian squad for the first two cricket One-dayers against West Indies. Chappell not ready to sacrifice experience
Australia have several good young players at their disposal but must resist the temptation to pick too many at the same time, former captain Greg Chappell said on Thursday.
Milestone man Dravid completes 13,000 Test runs
Rahul Dravid became the second batsman to score 13, 000 Test runs. The 38-year-old Indian batting ace attained the landmark when he got to 23, with a boundary off Darren Sammy, on Day 3 in the third and final Test against the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium on Thursday.
Dravid misses ton, but Tendulkar on course
India ended Day 3 in the third Test against the West Indies on 281 for 3, 309 runs adrift. Sachin Tendulkar was unbeaten on 67, with VVS Laxman on 32, their fourth wicket partnership worth 57 runs.
Fans throng to Wankhede in anticipation of Tendulkar hundred
After giving lukewarm response in the first two days of the third Test between India and the West Indies, cricket fans made a beeline for entry into the Wankhede Stadium, on Thursday, in anticipation of Sachin Tendulkar coming out to bat and score his 100th international hundred. Ponting pledges to fight for his place in Australian team
Under pressure to retire following his prolonged lean patch, veteran batsman Ricky Ponting has vowed to fight for his place in the Australian Test team ahead of the upcoming series against New Zealand.
Akmal, Misbah guide Pakistan to 4-1 series win
Contrasting half-centuries from Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal secured a three-wicket victory for Pakistan over Sri Lanka in the fifth and final One-day International in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
November 23, 2011
Tanvir's four restricts SL to 218
Pakistan pacer Sohail Tanvir took four wickets to limit Sri Lanka to 218 for nine in their 50 overs in the fifth and final ODI at the Shaikh Zayed stadium, in Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday. Spot-fixing: Butt, Amir's appeal against jail term dismissed
The appeals of disgraced Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir against the jail sentencing imposed on them in the spot-fixing saga were dismissed in a London court on Wednesday.
Injury worries for Australia ahead of NZ Test
Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson and all rounder Shane Watson may miss the first Test against New Zealand after suffering injuries during the South Africa tour.
Bravo scores 166 as Windies batsmen make merry
At stumps on Day Two, in the third Test against India, the visitors were 575 for 9.
'Sachin is destined to score 100th ton at Wankhede'
Former India skipper Ajit Wadekar has voiced confidence that Sachin Tendulkar will score his hundredth century at the Wankhede stadium, saying it was the batting maestro's 'destiny' to achieve the feat at his home ground.
Winning in sub-continent is top priority: Arthur
Australia's first foreign cricket coach Mickey Arthur says consistent selections and triumphs in the subcontinent are the key to rebuilding a team which has gone from being an intimidating world champion to a struggling outfit. Arthur will have to make many adjustments: Buchanan
As Australia's first foreign cricket coach, Mickey Arthur will have to overcome a lot many "cultural issues" during his tenure, feels the team's former coach John Buchanan. Pakistan team more mature than before: Misbah
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq hoped that his country and India could soon resume cricketing ties which was stalled after the Mumbai terrorists attacks in 2008.
November 22, 2011
Butt, Amir's appeal to be heard on Wednesday
Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir will appear at the Court of Appeal in London on Wednesday to contest the sentences imposed on them after being found guilty of spot-fixing earlier this month.
Lanka recall Mendis, Fernando for South Africa tour
Spinner Ajantha Mendis and fast bowler Dilhara Fernando are back in Sri Lanka's Test squad for the tour of South Africa next month, the selectors announced on Tuesday.
'We want to bat out the better part of two days'
After laying a solid foundation in a century partnership with fellow-opener Adrian Barath, West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite said the visitors are looking to attack more on the second day of the third and final Test against India, at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.
ICC chief Lorgat to step down next June
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat will step down after a four-year tenure in June 2012, the governing body said on Tuesday.
Factbox: New Australia coach Mickey Arthur
Factbox on new Australia cricket coach Mickey Arthur, who was appointed to the role on Tuesday, becoming the first foreign coach to hold the position.
India rise to second in ICC Test rankings
Australia's series-levelling triumph over South Africa in Johannesburg has helped India rise a rung to the second spot in ICC's latest Test rankings. Edwards, Bravo give Windies Day 1 honours at Wankhede
The West Indies ended the opening day in the third Test against India at the Wankhede stadium comfortably placed on 267 for 2. Kirk Edwards was unbeaten on 65, and giving him company was Darren Bravo, on 57, the duo having put together a valuable 117 runs for the third wicket.
'Big Bash needs Indian cricketers to become popular'
To make Big Bash League as popular as the IPL, Cricket Australia needs to get the Indian players into the competition. South African Arthur named as new Australia coach
Former South Africa cricket coach Mickey Arthur was on Tuesday named new head coach of Australia, just hours after his new charges completed a tense two-wicket victory over his old team in Johannesburg.
November 21, 2011
Australia snatch exciting win over SA in fading light
Chasing 310 to level the two-match series, the tourists, aided by fine knocks from Brad Haddin (55) and Mitchell Johnson (40 not out), were home courtesy a four by Pat Cummins.
Gayle to play in Zimbabwe T20 tournament
Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle, involved in a protracted dispute with his national board, will play in Zimbabwe's domestic T20 competition at the end of November, officials said, on Monday. 'When we competed we've shown we are on par with India'
Skipper Darren Sammy says the West Indies have to be more consistent, especially with the bat.
When you get big runs it counts a lot: Manish Pandey
Mention his name and the first impression that comes to mind is that of an attacking batsman. His success in the Indian Premier League further bolsters the belief. Manish Pandey ensured his name in the history books when he became the first Indian batsman to score a century in the IPL -- when he made an unbeaten 114 for Royal Challengers Bangalore (he has since moved to Pune Warriors) against Deccan Chargers.
Winning streak, a positive development for Pak cricket: Rameez
Former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja feels the country's cricketers are trying hard to regain their credibility that has been shaken by the spot-fixing scandal by trying hard to win each and every match they play. Pakistan names squad for Bangladesh series, Riaz dropped
Pakistani selectors omitted left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz from the squad named for the upcoming series against Bangladesh after his name cropped up during the spot-fixing trials in London early this month. Zaheer expected to make cut in provisional squad for Aus tour
India pace spearhead Zaheer Khan is likely to play in Mumbai's next two Ranji Trophy games -- against Orissa at Cuttack later this month and Saurashtra at Rajkot next month. The selectors will monitor his progress in these two games before taking a final call.
Police to question 16 youths, supported by Roebuck
With his personal life being the talking point after he leapt to death, the police are set to speak to 16 youngsters, who were sponsored and supported by deceased cricket writer Peter Roebuck. Foreign teams not keen on touring Pak just yet: Mani
Former ICC President Ehsan Mani says foreign teams are still reluctant to tour Pakistan because of the security situation in the country and it will take more time for international cricket to resume in Pakistan. Afridi powers Pakistan to series-clinching victory
Shahid Afridi's scintillating all-round display secured Pakistan a series-clinching 26-run victory against Sri Lanka in a low-scoring fourth One-day International on Sunday.
November 20, 2011
Bounce and turn await India, West Indies at Wankhede
The Wankhede Stadium track will be unlike the slow and low pitches seen in the first two Tests between India and the West Indies at Delhi and Kolkata, which drew a lot of criticism, and the bounce would be consistent throughout the match, said pitch curator Sudhir Naik. Ranji: Batsmen help MP snatch three points from Bengal
A pedestrian bowling effort by hosts Bengal enabled Madhya Pradesh to log home three points by virtue of first innings lead in a Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match in Kolkata on Sunday.
November 19, 2011
Ranji: Delhi take 139 runs lead against Tamil Nadu
A summary of the second day's play in the Elite Division matches of the Ranji Trophy, on Friday. Amla and de Villiers defy Australia attack
An unbeaten century stand between Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers put South Africa in control of the second Test as they opened up a 199-run lead with seven wickets in hand on the third day at the Wanderers on Saturday.
Kambli claims not worth probing: BCCI
Sports Minister Ajay Maken might have called for a probe into the match-fixing claims made by Vinod Kambli but a defiant BCCI said it would not give any importance to the former cricketer's allegations. Steyn lauds South Africa fightback
Eliminating the inconsistent bowling South Africa produced while Australia openers Shane Watson and Phil Hughes were batting was the key to their fightback in the second and final Test, paceman Dale Steyn said on Friday.
Basil D'Oliveira dies at 80
South Africa-born former England all-rounder Basil D'Oliveira, once the subject of one of cricket's biggest controversies, has died at 80, Cricket South Africa said on Saturday.
WI woman cricketer suspended for failing dope test
West Indies woman cricketer Tremayne Smartt was suspended for five months by the ICC for failing a dope test after a Twenty20 match against Pakistan in September.
Butt, Amir appeal hearing set for Nov 23
Jailed Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir's appeals against their prison sentences for involvement in spot-fixing will come up for hearing on November 23. Chappell promoted youngsters, says Raina
Former India coach Greg Chappell might have been forced to make an unceremonious exit after failing to produce desired result in World Cup 2007 but Suresh Raina believes the Australian did a great service to Indian cricket as far as promoting the youngsters is concerned.
Ajmal, Gul destroy Sri Lanka in third ODI
Pakistan won by 21 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series after compiling 257 for eight and bowling out Sri Lanka for 236 in 48.5 overs.
November 18, 2011
Steyn sparks another Australia collapse
Dale Steyn was the architect of another Australian batting collapse as South Africa ended the second day of the second Test on Friday trailing by just 30 runs with all 10 second-innings wickets intact. Steyn took four for 64 in 18 overs to help bowl out Australia for 296 in reply to South Africa's first innings of 266.
Ranji Trophy: Manish Pandey's double ton hoists Karnataka
A summary of the second day's play in the Elite Division matches of the Ranji Trophy, on Friday. Decision to field in 1996 WC SF was collective: Wadekar
Former India captain Ajit Wadekar reacted sharply to Vinod Kambli's claims that the 1996 World Cup semi-final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed. 'My question is, if he knew everything, why did he wait for 15 years,' Wadekar said. Azhar rubbishes Kambli's 'match-fixing' claims
Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin, on Friday, rubbished the claims made by his former teammate Vinod Kambli that the 1996 World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka could have been 'fixed'.
Dravid, Laxman move up in Test batting chart
The impressive performances in the first two Tests of the ongoing series against the West Indies saw Rahul Dravid break into the top 10 while VVS Laxman climbed to 13th spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen issued.
Delhi Police to re-open match-fixing cases
Even though the Board of Control for Cricket in India is tightlipped about the recent allegations made by Vinod Kambli, former India opener Chetan Chauhan feels that the Board should seriously look into the matter. We overdid on the aggression part: Flower
England cricket coach says his side's behaviour during the recent tour of India was not "up to scratch" as it overdid the aggression which was against team policy.
Australian states agree to have law against match-fixing
Australia's states and territories decided to introduce nationwide laws against match-fixing with Sports Minister Mark Arbib saying that having tough penalties in place is the only way to deal with the "scourge". Decision to field in 1996 WC semis stunned me: Kambli
Former India batsman Vinod Kambli raised suspicion on the 1996 World Cup semi-final between India and Sri Lanka, saying he found 'something amiss' in the game.
November 17, 2011
Kallis goes past 12,000 runs but SA stumble
Jacques Kallis became the fourth leading run-scorer in Tests as he passed 12,000 runs, but South Africa ruined the party by being bowled out for 266 on the first day of the second Test against Australia on Thursday.
Kallis fourth highest Test run scorer
Jacques Kallis became the fourth leading run-scorer in tests as South Africa reached 213 for four at tea after winning the toss on the first day of the second and final Test against Australia at the Wanderers on Thursday.
Bravo matches Lara's record of Test average
Brian Lara's comparison with compatriot Darren Bravo is not something new, but the youngster hit another similarity with the West Indian great when his century against India, on Thursday, made his average -- 47.05 -- exactly the same as that of former captain after 12 Tests.
Rohit replaces Yuvraj for Mumbai Test vs Windies
Rohit Sharma will replace Yuvraj Singh in India's team for the third and final Test against the West Indies, beginning in Mumbai, on November 22. Middle-order batsman Sharma was rewarded for consistent performances in the domestic circuit. Mumbai fight back after Manish Pandey hundred
A summary of the first day's play in the Ranji Trophy Elite division matches, on Thursday. Eden pitch lacks turn and bounce: Dhoni
The Eden Gardens track once again drew criticism from Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for being too flat without any turn and bounce as the home side struggled to bowl out West Indies in their second innings before coasting to a series-clinching victory, in Kolkata, on Thursday. India beat Windies by an innings, clinch Test series
India clinched the three-Test series against the West Indies after crushing the hapless visitors by an innings and 15 runs on the fourth day of the second Test in Kolkata on Thursday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead.
Mohammad, Narine get Windies call-up for ODIs, Gayle ignored
West Indies have named Trinidadian rookies Jason Mohammed and Sunil Narine in their 15-member team for the five One-Day Internationals against India, but once again there was no place for Chris Gayle. Roebuck's death: Zimbabwean orphanage to launch separate probe
A Zimbabwean businessman, who is also the chairman of the St Joseph's House for Boys in Harare from where Peter Roebuck adopted many young men, has decided to launch his own investigation into the deceased cricket writer's association with the organisation.
Smith disappointed at Test Championship delay
South Africa captain Graeme Smith said he was disappointed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) had decided to postpone a World Test Championship until 2017.
November 16, 2011
Gibbs will remain unscathed in renewed probe, says lawyer
Former South Africa opener Herschelle Gibbs will emerge unscathed from any new probe by Indian authorities into the match-fixing saga involving now deceased captain Hansie Cronje in 2000, his lawyer Peter Whelan told the daily Business Day, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. 'Every international team fixed matches in 1990s'
Former ICC Anti-Corruption Unit chief Paul Condon has made a sensational claim that every international team was involved in match-fixing at some stage in the 1990s.
West Indies launch fightback after following-on
A dominant India put themselves on course for a series-clinching victory even as West Indies fought resolutely in their second innings to delay the inevitable after conceding a huge 478-run lead in the second Test in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Cricket Australia launch anti-corruption unit
Australia has formed an anti-corruption watchdog to monitor its domestic competitions in the wake of a London court's decision to jail three Pakistan cricketers for their roles in a spot-fixing scandal.
India, WI players vote for use of floodlights
With bad light robbing off one-hour and nine minutes of play on the second day of the second cricket Test at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Tuesday, both Indian and West Indian cricketers have vouched for the use of floodlights in the longer version of the game if necessary.
November 15, 2011
BCCI to bring Tests to non-Test venues: Shetty
The Indian Cricket Board is mulling the idea of organising Test matches in smaller centres to promote the longest form of the game after seeing the poor response in major venues like Eden Gardens and New Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla during the ongoing India-West Indies series. Now, radio host claims Roebuck made him 'uncomfortable'
Late cricket writer Peter Roebuck's mysterious personal life has become a subject of speculation after his suicide in South Africa with a radio host claiming that the celebrated journalist made him feel 'uncomfotable' and acted 'inappropriately' during an interaction. Windies have a mountain to climb after Dhoni, VVS tons
After declaring on 631-7 in the post-tea session, India reduced the West Indies to 34-2 before bad light forced an early end to the second day's play in the second Test. The West Indies trail by 597 runs.
Afridi blitzkrieg in vain as Lanka down Pak to level series
Sri Lanka doused some late Shahid Afridi fireworks to produce an electrifying 25-run victory over Pakistan in the second One-Day International at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday.
November 14, 2011
ICC says no World Test championship until 2017
Cricket's World Test championship will not begin until 2017, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat announced, in Dubai, on Monday. 'Eden Gardens looks and sounds like a morgue'
Former England captain Tony Greig likened the historic Eden Gardens to a 'morgue' when the India-West Indies Test match began with just 1000 spectators in attendance on Monday. Classy Indian batsman Rahul Dravid too felt the old 'magic' was missing at the venue.
Would like to see how BCCI spends its money: Maken
The BCCI is one of the most efficient sports bodies in the country but there would be a question mark over its functioning if the cricket board does not come under the Right to Information Act, Sports Minister Ajay Maken said, in New Delhi, on Monday. Sex with FB friend new angle to Roebuck's death
Noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck's suicide continues to be shrouded in mystery, with the South African police refusing to disclose anything even as media reports said he may have taken the extreme step after a complaint of a sexual nature had been made against him by a Facebook friend. Dravid highest Test run-getter in 2011
Rahul Dravid, on Monday, reached a commendable milestone, of becoming the highest run-scorer in the current year, surpassing England's Ian Bell.
Roebuck on Sachin's 100th Test appearance
Renowned cricket journalist Peter Roebuck, who died on Saturday, wrote this column for Rediff.com on Sachin Tendulkar's 100th Test appearance.
West Indies reel under Dravid's 36th Test ton
Rahul Dravid slammed a fluent 119 to put India in command before the West Indies snapped up two quick wickets at the fag end of the day to recover marginally in the second Test at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on Monday. Opting to bat, Dravid and VVS Laxman (73 batting) continued their love affair with their favourite Eden Gardens track as their 140-run partnership put India in a strong position of 346 for five at close on the opening day.
Inquest into Roebuck's death could take a month
It will take at least a month before the circumstances of renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck's suicide in South Africa are revealed with a Police Services official there saying that an inquest has been launched into his death.
SA Police refuse to comment on Roebuck death mystery
Mystery surrounds the circumstances that led to noted cricket writer Peter Roebuck's suicide with the South African Police refusing to confirm or deny reports that he had been questioned over sexual assault charges.
Windies pay tribute to St Lucia accident victims
The West Indian cricketers took to the field wearing black armbands in the second Test against India on Monday as tribute to the victims of an accident in St Lucia where a minibus plunged off a cliff into the ocean killing 17 people. 'I would like to continue my good show at the Eden'
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin hopes that he will continue his good show at the Eden Gardens when he comes onto bowl during the second Test match. 'Roebuck was questioned about an alleged sexual assault'
Renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck took the extreme step of committing suicide after being questioned by police about an alleged sexual assault, media reports said.
November 13, 2011
Tendulkar visits Kali temple to seek blessings
One short of his 100th international century, Sachin Tendulkar, on Sunday, sought divine blessings when he visited Kali Temple at Kalighat while his fans organised havans to wish him luck. Ranji: Resilient Mumbai holds Rajasthan
Round up of Ranji Trophy matches being played throughout the country. A lot to learn from Chanderpaul, Sammy tells batsmen
West Indies' spin-wary batsmen should look to Shivnarine Chanderpaul to learn how to tackle the Indian spinners in the ongoing Test series, visiting captain Darren Sammy said on Sunday.
Warner to replace injured Marsh in second Test
David Warner will replace the injured Shaun Marsh in the Australian squad for the second and final Test against South Africa, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Sunday. Rampaul suffers from stomach bug, WI ropes in Shillingford
West Indies, on Sunday, received a setback when strike bowler Ravi Rampaul was hospitalised after suffering from stomach bug, which could pave the way for off-spinner Shane Shillingford for the second Test against India, beginning on Monday. Police confirm Peter Roebuck committed suicide
Peter Roebuck, one of the most respected cricket commentators, who also wrote for Indian newspapers, committed suicide at his hotel in Cape Town where he was covering Australia's Test series against South Africa.
Ashwin ties the knot in low-key ceremony
India's newest spin sensation R Ashwin, on Sunday, tied the knot with his childhood friend Preethi Narayanan in a low-key wedding ceremony attended by only family members and close friends, in Chennai.
PCB chief seeks restoration of cricket ties with India
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf claims to have told his Indian counterpart that Pakistan is willing to tour India in a bid to restore bilateral cricket ties between the two countries. Butt, Asif want to serve jail sentence in Pakistan: report
Uncomfortable with the attention they are receiving from fellow inmates, Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif want to be transferred to a jail in their own country to serve their sentences for being involved in the spot-fixing scam. Former Somerset captain and writer Roebuck dead at 55
Peter Roebuck, the former captain of English county Somerset and one of the finest cricket writers of his time, was found dead at the age of 55 in his hotel in South Africa, the Sydney Morning Herald said Sunday.
November 12, 2011
We are ready to face ICC probe: Kamran, Riaz
Under scanner Pakistani cricketers Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz, on Saturday, said they are ready to face any investigation by the ICC as they do not want their names to be linked with corruption and spot-fixing media reports. Ranji: Mumbai sniff first innings lead over Rajasthan
Round up of the Ranji trophy matches being played in the country. Have to stop Tendulkar from scoring against us: Edwards
He has grown up admiring the genius of Sachin Tendulkar but now that Fidel Edwards is bowling to him, the West Indian pacer says he would do all he can to ensure that the Indian batting icon does not get his 100th international ton against his side in the ongoing Test series.
'India will win the series 3-0 against West Indies'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is confident that India would wrap up the series against the West Indies in the second match.
Steyn, 20th bowler to break into 900 ranking point mark
South African pacer Dale Steyn has become only the 20th bowler to break the 900-point mark in the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers after claiming six scalps in his side's eight-wicket win over Australia on Friday.
Jailed Pak trio could be deported after end of term
Jailed Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir could be deported from the UK after the completion of their prison terms. Pakistan trounce Sri Lanka in first ODI
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the first day-night One-day-international at Dubai stadium on Friday.
November 11, 2011
Pakistan's Amir can appeal spot-fixing jail term
Mohammad Amir, one of the Pakistan cricketers jailed for fixing parts of a Test match in England last year, was given permission on Friday to challenge his sentence. Mumbai face stiff task against Rajasthan's 530
A summary of the second day's play in the Elite division Ranji Trophy matches. South Africa beat Australia by eight wickets
Captain Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla led South Africa to a remarkable comeback, eight-wicket victory over Australia in the first Test at Newlands on Friday. Chasing 236 for victory, after a bizarre second day in which 23 wickets fell and parts of all four innings took place, Smith (101 not out) and Amla (112) put on 195 for the second wicket to stun Australia.
November 10, 2011
Wickets tumble in remarkable Newlands Test
Australia narrowly avoided scoring the lowest ever Test total as they capitulated to 47 all out against South Africa following an extraordinary second day of the first Test on Thursday.
Karthik checks Karnataka after Uthappa's blazing ton
A summary of the first day's play in the Ranji Trophy Elite group matches, on Thursday. Eden pitch under scanner for Indo-Windies Test
Less than a fortnight after it was criticised by Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as an 'ugly' wicket, the Eden Gardens strip is back in focus again. Marsh, Bichel named Cricket Australia selectors
Rod Marsh and Andy Bichel have been appointed part-time selectors by Cricket Australia (CA), the country's cricket board said on Thursday. Former wicketkeeper Marsh, 64, has played 96 Tests for Australia while 41-year old former paceman Bichel retired from first-class cricket in November 2007. Tax violations in IPL should be investigated: Maken
The Sports Minister said transparency in the working of National Sports Federations, including the BCCI, can be achieved by bringing them under the Right to Information Act.
Youngsters' good show prompted unchanged squad: Srikkanth
Selection Committee chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Thursday lauded the youngsters, particularly the spin duo of R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha, for their good show in the first Test against the West Indies.
India name unchanged squad for 2nd Test
India has retained the same squad for the second Test against the West Indies, once again leaving out senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh from the side. Will Ashwin, Ojha's rise relegate Harbhajan to the sidelines?
Harbhajan Singh, till recently a regular in the national team, appears destined to stay on the sidelines with debutant R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha doing exceedingly well in the opening cricket Test against the West Indies.
November 09, 2011
Clarke leads Aus recovery after SA pacers strike
Captain Michael Clarke defied a rampant Dale Steyn with an authoritative century to keep Australia afloat on the opening day of the first Test against South Africa at Newlands on Wednesday. Clarke reached the close, when bad light forced the players from the field with 23 overs still to be bowled, on 107 not out as Australia posted 214 for eight after being sent in to bat.
Goa to probe Asnodkar's decision to call off Ranji match
Goa's Ranji team interim captain Swapnil Asnodkar could find himself in deep trouble following deposition by a fellow-player before the Goa Cricket Association, claiming that he had hinted at calling off the match against Maharashtra, at Porvorim, near Panaji, during the fourth over itself. Expectations from Sachin as high as Mount Everest: Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has asked the media not to put any pressure on Sachin Tendulkar for his 100th international century which was "around the corner".
India thrash West Indies at Kotla
India scored a comprehensive five-wicket win in the first Test against the West Indies at the Ferozshah Kotla on Wednesday. The win gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Spot-fixing: Butt appeals against jail sentence
Jailed Pakistani cricketer Salman Butt has filed an appeal against his 30-month sentence, a media report has claimed.
Ganguly did not get Chappell coach's job: Gavaskar
Former India coach Greg Chappell has always acknowleged that Sourav Ganguly's support was one of the reasons he got the coach's job in 2005 but Sunil Gavaskar has sought to put the record straight by saying that it is a 'misconception'.
Ganguly refuses to comment on Chappell's book
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has declined to react to the comments made by Greg Chappell in his autobiography Fierce Focus.
November 08, 2011
'We have 120-odd runs to defend and cannot falter'
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson rued that his side squandered the advantage they had in the first innings by playing too cautiously in the second essay of the first Test against India in Delhi on Tuesday. Mohd Amir moved to more secure rehab centre
Convicted for the spot-fixing scandal, Pakistan's tainted pacer Mohammad Amir has been moved from a notorious young offenders detention centre to a more secure and safer rehabilitation centre in the United Kingdom.
Kotla Test: India need 124 runs more for victory
India had its nose ahead after safely negotiating the West Indies bowlers on a tricky Ferozshah Kotla pitch on Tuesday. At stumps, on Day 3 of the first Test, they were 152 for 2, 124 runs from their victory target of 276. Tamil Nadu off-spinner Ravichandran Aswhin vindicated his selection into the Test side with a five-for on debut.
November 07, 2011
Pakistan clinch series with drab draw
Pakistan batted out the final session against Sri Lanka to draw the third and final Test match and win the series 1-0 on Monday. Sammy lauds WI bowlers for inspired show
West Indies captain Darren Sammy praised his bowlers for bundling out a strong Indian batting line-up for a meagre total and said they would be looking to set a 350-plus target for the home team in the fourth innings of the ongoing first Test.
Jeff Dujon admires 'all-round package' Dhoni
Legendary West Indian wicketkeeper Jeffrey Dujon on Monday said he admires Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for not just his "efficiency" behind the stumps but also for his good leadership skills and utility with the bat.
Butt, Asif forced to share prison cell
They turned on each other during the spot-fixing trial and now convicted Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif have been forced to share a cell at the Wandsworth prison where they are serving their term. Kotla Test: Ojha helps India retain advantage
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha took a wicket in the final over of the day to help India regain advantage against West Indies on day two of the first cricket Test at Ferozshah Kotla on Monday.
Keep mouth shut and focus on cricket: Waqar to Afridi
Former Pakistan Test coach Waqar Younis has advised flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi to keep his mouth shut and focus on performing well as a cricketer.
November 06, 2011
Stats: Dhoni overtakes Kirmani with most dismissals
Statistical highlights on day one of the first Test between India and the West Indies at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground. Sri Lanka extend lead as draw looms in final Test
Tharanga Paranavitana and Kumar Sangakkara both hit half centuries on Sunday as Sri Lanka extended their lead over Pakistan to 237 runs at the close of the fourth day and set up an intriguing finale in the third and final Test in Sharjah.
Ranji: Punjab seal a draw, UP take three points
Round up of all the Ranji trophy matches played round the country. Team does not rely just on me: Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul yet again rescued the struggling West Indies with his gritty century but the left-hander dismissed suggestions that he has been carrying the burden of propping up his team's batting department for long.
Chappell asks for life ban on players involved in fixing
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell feels administrators have not done enough to frighten off the "crooks" in cricket and the corruption in the sport can end only if life bans are imposed on guilty players.
Dhoni goes past Kirmani as Indian 'keeper with most dismissals
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday completed another milestone as he pipped Syed Kirmani to become the Indian wicketkeeper with highest number of dismissals in his kitty. Kotla Test: Chanderpaul ton helps Windies reach 256-five
Shivnarine Chanderpaul brought all his experience into play as he notched up an unbeaten 111 to steer West Indies to 256 for five and share the honours with India on day one of the first cricket Test at the Ferozshah Kotla on Sunday.
November 05, 2011
Sammy promises "fearless" display against India
West Indies captain Darren Sammy on Saturday promised a "fearless" display in the three-test series against India, which he labelled as his team's biggest challenge to date.
Sri Lanka hit back to leave Test finely poised
Sri Lanka hit back with three Pakistan wickets in Saturday's final session, including century-maker Younus Khan, to boost their chances of drawing the series by the close on the third day of the third and final Test in neutral Sharjah.
Ranji roundup: Raina double ton puts UP in driver's seat
Round up of the Ranji Trophy matches being played throughout the country. 'India can regain confidence in series against WI'
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels the upcoming Test series against West Indies will help India "regain confidence" and finalise a settled squad for the more challenging Australia tour next month.
Windies coach Gibson backs Bishoo to shine in India
Taming India's free-scoring batsmen on their own patch is considered a visiting slow bowler's ultimate Test and West Indies coach Ottis Gibson believes leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo is up to the challenge.
Pak president Zardari asks PCB to help tainted trio
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has instructed the Pakistan Cricket Board to provide all necessary legal help to the tainted trio. Majeed tried approaching me too: Afridi
Pakistan's former captain Shahid Afridi has claimed that jailed bookie Mazhar Majeed tried approaching him several times but he kept the players' agent at arm's length as he suspected him of being involved in betting.
Spot-fixing: Asif may challenge conviction
Jailed Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif's lawyers are set to appeal against his conviction in the spot-fixing scandal and if successful, it could lead to his release from prison.
PCB plans internal inquiry into spot-fixing scandal
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) plans to launch its own inquiry into the spot-fixing scandal that led to jail terms for three former internationals in Britain this week.
November 04, 2011
Ajmal's four-wkt haul fails to check Sri Lanka's charge
Pakistan, replying to Sri Lanka's first inings total of 413, were 35 for 2 at stumps on Day 2 of the third Test. Jadeja scores 314 as Saurashtra amass 545 vs Orissa
A summary of the second day's play in the Ranji Trophy Elite division matches, on Friday. BCCI lists reservations on Sports bill
The BCCI, which had rejected the revised Sports Bill last week, on Friday, wrote a letter to the Sports Ministry, conveying their strong reservations on various aspects of the controversial bill. Sri Lanka hands cricket ground maintenance to military
Sri Lanka's military will now take care of the grounds of three cricket stadiums, a move putting the armed forces into the operations of the country's sporting passion and widening an already big role in civilian affairs, officials said on Friday. Full-strength Indian team sweats out at Kotla nets
A full-strength Indian team on Friday underwent a strenuous training session under the watchful eyes of coach Duncan Fletcher ahead of their first Test against the West Indies.
'Hype around 100th ton not helping Tendulkar'
The constant media hype and anticipation around Sachin Tendulkar's impending 100th international century is not helping the champion batsman to get to the coveted landmark, feels West Indies coach Ottis Gibson.
Windies coach Gibson backs Bishoo to shine in India
Taming India's free-scoring batsmen on their own patch is considered a visiting slow bowler's ultimate test and West Indies coach Ottis Gibson believes leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo is up to the challenge.
Lalit Modi withdraws plea from Delhi HC in passport case
Sacked IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi withdrew from the Delhi High Court his plea seeking expeditious hearing before the Ministry of External Affairs against revocation of his passport, saying an order has already been passed by the appellate authority. Warne set to return in Australia's Big Bash: Report
Shane Warne is set to return to cricket in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash competition less than six months after announcing his retirement, local media reported on Friday.
Jailed Mohammad Amir blames PCB for lack of education
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, jailed for six months on Thursday for his involvement in cricket's spot-fixing scandal, has blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for not educating players enough.
November 03, 2011
Sangakkara ton gives Sri Lanka early ascendancy
Kumar Sangakkara's 27th Test century helped Sri Lanka reach 245 for two and into a strong position at stumps on the first day of their must-win third and final Test against Pakistan in neutral Sharjah on Thursday. Salman Butt to appeal against fixing sentence
Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt will appeal against his 30-month jail sentence handed down by a local court today for his involvement in spot-fixing, his lawyer said.
Jail terms on Pak trio will have deterrent effect: Gavaskar
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that jail terms being handed to three Pakistani players by a London court today for spot-fixing would act as a deterrent to young cricketers from getting involved in such corrupt practices.
Ranji Trophy: Mandeep's unbeaten 158 propels Punjab to 329-5
A round-up of the opening day's play in the Ranji Trophy Elite division matches. Spot-fixing: Judge slaps fines too on convicted Pak trio
The three Pakistani cricketers -- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, who were handed jail sentences for their involvement in spot-fixing, were also ordered by Justice Jeremy Cooke to pay up the prosecution cost of the case.
Spot-fixing: Butt gets two-and-a-half years jail; Asif one
Judge Justice Cooke ruled at London's Southwark Crown Court on Thursday that the three disgraced Pakistan cricketers convicted of spot-fixing should go to jail.
Bedi welcomes conviction of Pak trio
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi lauded the majority judgement passed by Southwark Crown Court in London that found Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif guilty of taking bribes to fix part of a Test match against England last year. No Katich, Clarke face-off in domestic circuit
Australian cricketers Simon Katich and Michael Clarke will not turn up together for their domestic side New South Wales this month due to the duo's recent war of words.
November 02, 2011
ICC may now investigate Kamran, Riaz
According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, the guilty verdicts handed out to Butt and Asif by the Southwark Crown Court in London on Tuesday, could form the basis of a fresh anti-corruption probe against the two players.
Botham accuses ICC of being soft on corruption
The former great pointed out that the conviction of the former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif has put an added responsibility on both the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the ICC to act on an urgent basis.
No certainty on Afridi's return to international cricket
Former Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi was on Wednesday given a hearing by the newly appointed PCB chief, Zaka Ashraf, at his Gaddafi Stadium office in Lahore but there is no clarity, yet, on the all-rounder's return to the international cricket.
Five-star Bishoo stars as WI down Bangladesh to claim series
Spinner Davendra Bishoo completed his maiden five-wicket haul as Bangladesh collapsed either side of lunch on the fifth day of the second Test to succumb to a 229-run defeat to the West Indies on Wednesday.
ICC to investigate more matches of Pak's 2010 Eng tour
ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) is all set to launch its own investigation into the nation's 2010 tour of England following indications of more tainted matches during the spot-fixing trial in London.
'Committed' CA reaffirms resolve to fight corruption
A 'committed' Cricket Australia on Wednesday reaffirmed its resolve to tackle corruption in the game on 'priority' basis following the conviction of Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif in the spot-fixing scam. Sri Lanka make seven changes for ODIs
Sri Lanka selectors made seven changes from the Test squad who are trailing Pakistan 1-0 in the three-Test series when they named a 15-man squad on Tuesday for five One-day Internationals. ICC needs to be more pro-active to fight corruption: Hussain
The guilty verdicts handed out to Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif in the spot-fixing case should act as wake call for the ICC to be more pro-active in uncovering corruption prevalent within the game, feels former England captain Nasser Hussain. Court verdicts will have no impact on suspensions: ICC
The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Tuesday night, said that the guilty verdicts handed down to two Pakistani cricketers in the spot-fixing case in England will "have no impact" on the length of the suspensions meted out to them at its own hearing in Doha early this year. Haider feels vindicated after spot-fixing trial
Pakistan's outcast stumper Zulqarnain Haider, on Tuesday, demanded that authorities check the assets of all the players, who were named by alleged bookie Mazhar Majeed during his conversation with an undercover reporter.
Good to have genius like Tendulkar in team: Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not have much to say about Sachin Tendulkar's captaincy but said it's good to have a "genius" like him in the side.
Afridi, Razzaq return to Pakistan ODI squad
The selectors on Wednesday recalled Shahid Afridi in the Pakistan squad for the One-day series against Sri Lanka, hours after the former captain had a meeting with the new PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf.
Majhar Majeed pleads guilty, admits handing over money to trio
Bookmaker Mazhar Majeed, the agent of three Pakistan cricketers convicted for spot-fixing, has pleaded guilty to his involvement in the betting scam and admitted the handing over of 77,000 pounds sterling to the trio. 'Sachin Tendulkar has not picked up stake in Super Series'
Machdar Motorsports, the promoters of i1 Super Series Championship, today dismissed reports that cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has picked up a stake in the motorsports event, saying that they were speculative and "not true".
I was threatened by underworld for not fixing matches: Modi
Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi on Wednesday claimed that he was threatened by the underworld and there have been three attempts to kill him for refusing to fix Indian Premier League matches.
November 01, 2011
Bulawayo Test: Guptill ton puts New Zealand in command
Martin Guptill hit his second Test century to put New Zealand in firm control of their one-off Test against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club on Tuesday. Amir pleads guilty in spot-fixing scandal
Young Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has pleaded guilty to spot-fixing during last year's Lord's Test against England, a media report said on Tuesday. If you do worse, be prepared for worse: Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not seem surprised at the conviction of Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammed Asif on charges of spot-fixing, saying "if you do worse, then be ready for worse to happen to you."
Pakistan spot-fixing scandal: timeline
Timeline of the spot-fixing scandal that led to the conviction of Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif in the Southwark Crown Court in London on Tuesday. ICC to react after jury's final verdict on 4th charge
The International Cricket Council reserved its reaction on the conviction of Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammed Asif on spot-fixing charges till the jury decides on the fourth accusation of latter's acceptance of corrupt payments. Pakistan's Amir admitted spot fixing charges
Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Amir admitted in September that he had fixed parts of a test match against England last year, media could finally report on Tuesday. Ganguly's presence will boost Bengal: Raman
Bengal coach W V Raman on Tuesday said they will gain immensely from the presence of iconic left-hander Sourav Ganguly in the side as they begin their Ranji Trophy Super League campaign against Gujarat.
Guilty Butt's wife gives birth to son
Salman Butt's wife, Gul on Tuesday gave birth to baby boy in Lahore, on a day when the former Pakistan skipper was found guilty of spot-fixing by a London court.
Tamim digs in but Windies scent victory
Darren Bravo fell five runs short of a maiden double century but West Indies maintained their domination of the second and final Test to inch closer to a series victory against Bangladesh on Tuesday. Pakistan trio guilty of spot fixing
Former captain Butt, 27, and opening bowlers Asif, 28, and 19-year-old Mohammad Amir, who had already admitted his part in the scam, plotted to bowl deliberate no-balls at pre-arranged times during the Lord's Test in August last year.
Barath included in Windies squad for India tour
Opener Adrian Barath returned after recovering from a hamstring injury as West Indies announced a 15-member squad for the three-Test series against India starting November 6 in Delhi.
Katich gears up for showdown with CA
A defiant Simon Katich is likely to fight the detrimental public comment charge laid against him by Cricket Australia with his manager claiming that the axed opener knew he would land in trouble for blaming Michael Clarke for his ouster.
October 31, 2011
Jury fails to reach unanimous verdict in spot-fixing trial
The jury hearing the trial of Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, who are accused of spot-fixing, have failed to reach an unanimous decision, prompting the judge to ask for a majority verdict. I'm very excited to see my dream becoming a reality: Yuvraj
Indian middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh on Monday launched his dream project, Yuvraj Singh Centre for Excellence, a state-of-the-art training centre for budding cricketers at Pathways School in Aravali region in Gurgaon.
Harbhajan to lead Punjab in Ranji Trophy
Ignored for India's first Test against the West Indies at home, Harbhajan Singh was named captain of the Punjab Ranji Trophy team that will take on Uttar Pradesh in their opening encounter at Mohali, beginning November 3. Darren Bravo's maiden ton puts Windies in command
Darren Bravo hit his first international century while Kirk Edwards missed his second of the match as the West Indies tightened their grip over Bangladesh in the second Test on Monday. It's been an unbelievable year for England: Bresnan
England pacer Tim Bresnan feels the 0-5 ODI series whitewash at the hands of India cannot take the sheen off his team's spectacular rise in an "unbelievable" year.
Varun Aaron elated to find place in squad for 1st WI Test
Rookie fast bowler Varun Aaron said he was "feeling great" for finding a berth in the 15-member Indian cricket team for the first Test against the West Indies.
October 30, 2011
Edwards rocks Bangladesh with five wickets
Fidel Edwards picked up five wickets in a devastating opening spell to stun Bangladesh before the hosts recovered to end the second day of the second Test against the West Indies on 204 for seven on Sunday. Rotate fast bowlers to avoid injury: Sehwag
Dashing India opener Virender Sehwag believes the only way to avoid injuries, is to rotate the fast bowlers by giving them regular breaks.
Not enough evidence against Butt, Asif, says lawyer
Lawyer Aftab Gul, who represented Salman Butt in the ICC spot-fixing hearings, believes that the crown court in London does not have enough evidence to give an adverse decision against the banned Pakistan captain and pacer Muhammad Asif. ICC should have their best umpires in all matches: Rameez
Pakistan's former captain Rameez Raja feels the ICC should do away with the concept of having neutral umpires and advocated the need to rotate the on-field officials during Test matches. We were short of runs: Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed an ordinary display by his batsmen for the hosts' six-wicket defeat at the hands of England in the lone Twenty20 International in Kolkata. ICC reprimands Pietersen for showing dissent
England's Kevin Pietersen has been reprimanded for showing dissent at the umpire after being given out lbw during his side's six-wicket win over India in Saturday's Twenty20 international in Kolkata.
October 29, 2011
Chaminda Vaas calls it a day from all forms of cricket
Sri Lankan all-rounder Chaminda Vaas announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. England beat India by six wickets in Twenty20
Kevin Pietersen struck a rollicking 53 as England salvaged some pride on an otherwise dismal Indian tour with a comprehensive six-wicket victory over the hosts in the lone Twenty20 International in Kolkata on Saturday.
Faux-pas: BCCI forget to include Mukund's name in contract list!
In a major goof-up, the BCCI on Saturday forgot to mention batsman Abhinav Mukund's name in its contracted list of cricketers.
Ajmal sets up Pakistan nine-wicket victory
Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took his fourth five-wicket haul in Tests as Pakistan completed a facile nine-wicket win within four days in the second Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
West Indies have the edge after day one
Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards all hit half-centuries as West Indies held the edge in the second and final Test against Bangladesh, reaching 253 for five at close on the first day on Saturday. Yuvi, Ishant, Kohli promoted to Grade A by BCCI
Middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh returned to the top tier of BCCI's contracted cricketers, while Ishant Sharma and Virat Kohli were also promoted to Grade A in the new list announced on Saturday. BCCI stands firm, rejects revised Sports Bill
The BCCI on Saturday rejected the revised draft of the National Sports Development Bill that seeks to regulate the functioning of the Cricket Board, saying certain aspects of the bill are meant to "destroy the autonomy" of the board. Katich faces sanctions for his outburst
Former Test opener Simon Katich may face possible sanctions by Cricket Australia (CA) over his recent comments that Aussie captain Michael Clarke had a hand in axing him from the national team.
Clinical Australia beat SA, win ODI series
Australia shone with bat and ball to beat South Africa by three wickets and claim a 2-1 series victory after the third one-day international at Kingsmead on Friday. Nawaz lashes out at ICC's ACSU
Controversial former pacer Sarfaraz Nawaz has lashed out at ICC's anti-corruption and security unit, terming it as a "useless" body. BCCI congratulated and invited me to India: Zaka Ashraf
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf revealed that he has been invited by his counterpart in the Board of Control for Cricket in India to visit India and discuss cricket-related issues.
October 28, 2011
Good days ahead for Indian cricket: Srikkanth
Chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth says the best available squad has been picked to take on the West Indies in the first Test of the three-match series, beginning November 6, adding fitness will not be a concern. Sachin, Sehwag return for Windies Test; no Harbhajan
Harbhajan Singh, who was dropped for the ODI series against England, has been ignored for the first Test against the West Indies, beginning November 8 at the Ferozeshah Kotla, in Delhi.
BCCI working committee to meet on Saturday
The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI)'s working committee will meet, in Kolkata, on Saturday, apparently to discuss issues related to the Indian Premier League and the India-England series. Gambhir ties the knot with Delhi girl
Star Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, on Friday, tied the knot with Delhi-girl Natasha Jain in a quiet ceremony which was attended by only close family members and friends in Gurgaon. Spot-fixing trial: Jury hears telephone conversations
The jury deciding on the alleged spot-fixing trial involving Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif returned to court, on Friday, to hear more evidence from telephone conversations. Paranavitana, Sangakkara lead Sri Lanka fightback
Sri Lanka ended Day 3 in the second Test against Pakistan on 88 for 1 in the second innings, still 76 runs behind. Resilient England will look to salvage pride: Swann
After the 0-5 whitewash against India, a resilient England, would look to salvage some pride when they take on the hosts in the one-off Twenty20 match, in Kolkata, on Saturday, stand-in skipper Graeme Swann said.
Coach Achrekar visits Tendulkar's new house
Sachin Tendulkar was, on Saturday, overwhelmed by the visit of his childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar to his new house that he described as one of the happiest moments of his life. Swann receives death threats after England's abject surrender
England off-spinner Greame Swann on Friday revealed that he had received death threats following England's disastrous 0-5 loss to India in the just-concluded one-day series.
Mohanty replaces Bevan as Orissa coach
Following the disastrous outing in the zonal Twenty20 tournament, for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the Orissa Cricket Association has named former India seamer Debasish Mohanty as the team's coach. He will replace Australia's Michael Bevan. Australia name Inverarity as full-time selector
Former Test player John Inverarity has been named as Australia's full-time national selector, replacing Andrew Hilditch, the country's cricket board (CA) said on Friday.
October 27, 2011
Selectors meet in Kolkata on Friday
After missing out on the One-day series, Harbhajan Singh should be back in contention as discussion surrounding the ace off-spinner's inclusion for the first Test against West Indies in New Delhi would be the hot topic when the selectors meet, in Kolkata, on Friday. Azhar's maiden Test ton puts Pakistan in command
A watchful first Test century for Azhar Ali took Pakistan to 281 for four at close on the second day of the second Test, on Thursday, and past Sri Lanka's first innings total of 239. Dharmani bids adieu to first class cricket
Former India cricketer Pankaj Dharmani, who had captained Punjab in Ranji Trophy for the last five seasons has announced his retirement from first class cricket, on Thursday. 'England must play well on turning tracks consistently'
Concerned about England's deteriorating performance in One-dayers after the 0-5 whitewash in India, former captain Michael Vaughan says if Alastair Cook's men want to be the best team in ODIs, they have to play consistently on slow and turning pitches. Yousuf demands the reason behind his ouster
Former Pakistan captain, Muhammad Yousuf, is keen to get a hearing from the new chairman of the Cricket Board, as he believes the national selection committee has treated him unjustly. Afridi slated for international comeback
The return of former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi for next month's One-day series against Sri Lanka appears imminent after the flamboyant cricketer decided to come out of a self-imposed exile from the game earlier this month. PCB's selection policy irks Waqar
Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis has admitted that he was not happy with the policies of the Cricket Board (PCB) regarding the authority and power given to him as the national team coach.
Tanvir accused of issuing death threat to wife
A police complain has been filed against Pakistani cricketer Sohail Tanvir by his first wife, Nausheen Agha for issuing death threats and not providing maintenance.
New PCB chairman Ashraf to take charge on Friday
Newly-appointed Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf will formally assume office on Friday. Aamir, Mazhar ordered to appear before court in November
A London court has ordered Pakistan's young pace bowler Mohammad Aamir and agent Mazhar Majeed to appear in person before it for a hearing into the spot-fixing case.
Ganguly makes himself available for Ranji team
It was nothing less than a Diwali bonus for the Bengal Ranji team as former India skipper Sourav Ganguly announced his availability for the entire Ranji season even as the selectors picked a 16-member side for their first two Super League matches, beginning November 3.
October 26, 2011
Pakistan take control of second Test
The Pakistan spinners got in on the act after pace duo Umar Gul and Junaid Khan ripped through the Sri Lankan top order to bundle out the tourists for 239 in their first innings on day one of the second Test on Wednesday.
October 25, 2011
Waller guides Zimbabwe to thrilling win
Malcolm Waller hit a single off the fifth ball of the last over to take Zimbabwe to a dramatic one-wicket win in the third and final One-day International against New Zealand at Queens Sports Club. India thrash England by 95 runs to complete whitewash
Diwali celebrations came a day early for India, as they completed a 5-0 whitewash of England with a crushing 95-run victory in the fifth and final One-day International in Kolkata on Tuesday.
Sunny shines as Windies force draw with Bangladesh
Debutant left-arm spinner Elias Sunny took six wickets in the first innings and one in the second as the rain-affected first Test between Bangladesh and West Indies ended in a draw on Tuesday after the tourists declined to chase down 226 for victory. Pietersen fractures left thumb
Having being ruled out of Tuesday's England-India fifth and final ODI here after suffering a thumb injury, Kevin Pietersen is still in contention for the forthcoming international Twenty20 fixture against India to be held in the city on Saturday.
Lee backs Rixon for Australia coach job
Experienced pacer Brett Lee feels there is no need to conduct a global search for a new coach and current Australian fielding coach Steve Rixon can become the long-term successor to Tim Nielsen.
Debutant Sunny shines with six-wicket haul
Left-arm spinner Elias Sunny claimed his sixth wicket in a stunning debut as West Indies' bats crumbled before Bangladesh marched to a 140-run lead at lunch on the fifth day of the rain-hit first Test in Chittagong on Tuesday. Channel 9 to stick with Hot Spot for Ind-Aus series
The DRS will not be used when India will clash with Australia in the upcoming Test series but Channel 9, the official broadcaster, has decided to stick to technology such as Hot Spot and Eagle Eye for the sake of TV viewers. 'Not enough evidence to prove Butt guilty'
Tainted Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif have been accused of 'deceit, greed and corrupt practice' on the basis of 'coincidence, innuendo and guesswork,' London's Southwark Crown Court heard during the ongoing spot-fixing case trial.
Lele's new book to throw light on 2000 fixing gate
Former BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele will release his autobiography When I was there at a function in Mumbai on November 2 in the presence of former India skipper Ajit Wadekar.
October 24, 2011
Akram, Moin flay Pakistan's approach in SL Test
The Pakistan cricket team continues to draw flak for not attempting to win the first Test against Sri Lanka on the final day after being set a target of 170 in 21 overs in the final session of play. Rohit, Ankit sizzle for Mumbai in T20 tie
Riding on a cracking half-century by middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, followed by some splendid slow bowling by Ankit Chavan, Mumbai thrashed Maharashtra by 99 runs in the West Zone T20 match played at SCA stadium, Khandheri, in Rajokt, on Monday. Windies bat towards safety in rain-hit Bangladesh Test
Left-arm spinner Elias Sunny claimed four wickets on his debut but could not stop the West Indies from moving towards safety in the rain-hit first Test against Bangladesh on Monday. West Indies reached 144-5 at the close on the fourth day in reply to Bangladesh's 350-9 declared in their first innings after rain and a damp outfield caused a cancellation of more than two days of play. 5th ODI: Eden promises runs aplenty, help for seamers
The last time an ODI was hosted at the Eden Gardens 632 runs were scored, with India chasing down Sri Lanka's huge total. This time it's no different as a lively pitch awaits India and England. No takers for final India-England Kolkata ODI
With the series already decided and subsequent lack of interest among fans, ticket sales for the fifth and final One-dayer in Kolkata have been poor. 'I'm sure of regaining my place in Team India'
Saurashtra batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says he feels encouraged when truly great cricketers like Gundappa Viswanath appreciate his technique and performance.
It's up to individuals to respond and deliver: Cook
England captain Alastair Cook is 'fruatrated' with his side's performance so far in the ongoing ODI series but refused to blame lack of effort from the players as the reason for the visitors fourth successive loss to India.
Half-full stadiums don't disappoint Dhoni
The Wankhede stadium, that was jam-packed when India defeated Sri Lanka to clinch the coveted World Cup earlier this year, was half-full on Sunday, when the hosts took on England in the fourth ODI, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not disappointed with the poor crowd response. 2nd ODI: SAfrica overpower Australia to set up decider
South Africa produced a dominant performance on Sunday to beat Australia by 80 runs in the second One-day International to level the three-match series 1-1.
Latif slams PCB for ignoring Kaneria
Former captain Rashid Latif has termed Pakistan Cricket Board's refusal to clear Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, suspended for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing, for national selection as an "economic murder".
October 23, 2011
Dhoni aims 5-0 whitewash after win in Mumbai
The stage is set for a 5-0 whitewash with India's yet another comprehensive win over England, on Sunday, and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the team will leave no stone unturned in terms of preparations for the fifth and final One-dayer in Kolkata.
Third day's play called off in Bangladesh
The first test between Bangladesh and West Indies at Chittagong was affected by the weather again on Sunday as early drizzle and a damp outfield forced the cancellation of the third day. Kohli steers India to a convincing win
When Team India last played at the Wankhede stadium they made history. In April this year, MS Dhoni had led the team to a memorable World Cup triumph, thereby ending a 28-year long wait for a nation that breathes cricket.
Waqar resigned due to fallout with Ejaz Butt: report
Poor health may not be the reason for Waqar Younis stepping down as Pakistan's cricket coach as speculation is rife that his exit was the result of fallout with former PCB chairman Ejaz Butt.
Top BCCI honour for Dravid, Ishant
Veteran batsman Rahul Dravid and pacer Ishant Sharma, who were the top Test performers for India on the recent tours to England and the West Indies, would receive Cricket Board awards at the function scheduled to be held in Chennai in December. Tendulkar fifth, Zaheer sixth, in ICC Test rankings
Sachin Tendulkar remained the highest placed Indian batsman at his unchanged fifth position, while injured pacer Zaheer Khan held on to his sixth spot in the bowling chart of the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Sunday.
October 22, 2011
Brendan Taylor's second ton in vain
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor hit an unbeaten century for the second successive match yet ended up on the losing side as New Zealand won the second one-day international by four wickets at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday. Play called off in Bangladesh-Windies Test
The second day's play in the first test between Bangladesh and West Indies at Chittagong was called off on Saturday due to heavy overnight rain that left the outfield damp. Sangakkara, Jayawardene deny Pakistan victory
Kumar Sangakkara compiled his eighth double hundred in Tests, and with able support from Prasanna Jayawardene salvaged a draw for Sri Lanka on the final day of the opening Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
SA recall Rudolph after five-year absence
Jacques Rudolph has been recalled to South Africa's squad for next month's two-test series against Australia after a five-year absence.
October 21, 2011
Lack of partnerships did us in: Flower
England coach Andy Flower says you can't win matches in the subcontinent without putting up substantial partnerships.
Expect a slow turner at the Wankhede, says curator
With spin the chink in England's armoury, it seems their misery on the tour of India will continue in Mumbai as well. Compared to the sporting track on offer during the World Cup final, the one at the Wankhede stadium, which hosts Sunday's fourth ODI in the five-match series, wears a dry and slower look. Sangakkara's unbeaten ton checks Pakistan's charge
Kumar Sangakkara led Sri Lanka's fightback in the second innings with an unbeaten 161, aided by sloppy Pakistan fielders who dropped a number of catches on day four of the first Test in Abu Dhabi. At stumps on the penultimate day of the Test, Sangakkara and Prasanna Jayawardene (25) were at the crease with Sri Lanka on 298 for five wickets, still trailing Pakistan by 16 runs.
Iqbal, Rahim make Windies suffer on Day 1
Half-centuries from opener Tamim Iqbal and captain Mushfiqur Rahim took Bangladesh to a commanding 255 for four at the close of day one of the first Test in Chittagong on Friday. Captain Rahim (68) and Naeem Islam (eight) were at the crease when stumps were drawn. Bresnan fined for snatching cap from umpire
England fast bowler Tim Bresnan was on Friday fined 7.5 percent of his match fee for snatching his cap from umpire Sudhir Asnani during the third One-dayer against India in Mohali on Thursday.
New PCB chief to take charge from Monday
Pakistan Cricket Board's new chairman Zaka Ashraf will take charge from Monday after being released from his position as the head of a state-owned Agricultural Development Bank this week. Bangladesh get off to solid start in 1st Test
Bangladesh made a steady start and reached 74 for the loss of one wicket at lunch on day one of the first Test in Chittagong on Friday.
Imran supports Salman Butt's claim in court
Pakistan great Imran Khan has confirmed that banned Test captain Salman Butt used to call him up from England to discuss strategies on the 2010 cricket tour.
Butt gets players to sign contracts before UAE tour
Pakistan Cricket Board's outgoing Chairman Ijaz Butt got players to sign their central contracts and also approved the release of pending payments to them during his final days in office. Mithun replaces injured Yadav for remaining ODIs
India pacer Umesh Yadav was, on Friday, ruled out of the remaining two matches of the series against England due to a finger injury, he sustained in the third ODI in Mohali.
October 20, 2011
Harare ODI: Nicol's debut century secures easy New Zealand win
A century on debut by Rob Nicol helped New Zealand to a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the first ODI at Harare Sports Club on Thursday. No confidence in current IOA set-up: Maken
Sport Minister Ajay Maken said he doesn't have the confidence that the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) can live up to the standards of transparency that hosting an international event like the Olympics or Asian Games demands. Sri Lanka reel under Umar's maiden 200
Taufeeq Umar (236) hit his maiden Test double century as Pakistan turned the screw on Sri Lanka on the third day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Sri Lanka were 47 for one at the close, still trailing Pakistan by 267 runs, with former captain Kumar Sangakkara (27) and opener Lahiru Thirimanne (20) at the crease.
India clinch series with five-wicket win over England
India redeemed themselves by clinching the ODI series against England with an unassailable 3-0 lead after a nail-biting five-wicket victory in the third one-dayer in Mohali on Thursday. After England scored a competitive 298 for four, the home side rode on Ajinkya Rahane's 91 and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's calculated onslaught to overhaul the target with four balls to spare.
Shukla rebuts Thackeray on conferring Sachin Bharat Ratna
Indian Premier League chairman Rajiv Shukla, on Thursday, took exception to Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's opposition to conferring the Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendulkar, saying the iconic cricketer deserves the country's highest civilian award. Yusuf Pathan slams 86 as Baroda beat Mumbai in T20 match
Yusuf Pathan hammered an unbeaten 86 as Baroda defeated Mumbai by 15 runs in the opening match of West Zone T20 tournament, at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) stadium, in Rajkot, on Thursday. Kaneria's awaits court judgement
Pakistan's Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria will have to wait for a few more days to find out if he gets the clearance to be considered for national selection again after the Sindh High Court reserved its judgement on his petition, on Thursday. West Indies board ask Gayle to retract criticism
West Indies batting stalwart Chris Gayle was, on Thursday, told to take back his bitter criticism of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), if he wanted to bring back his days of glory and boost his international career, according to AFP. Warne backs Lehmann for Australia's top cricket job
Legendary spinner Shane Warne believes that Darren Lehmann's mix of people skills and appetite for cricket would make him a standout candidate to become Australia's next chairman of selectors or coach.
Classy Ponting sees Australia ease past Proteas
Ricky Ponting scored a classy half-century as Australia humbled South Africa by 93 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in the first One-day International on Wednesday.
October 19, 2011
Bell thanks India for recalling him in Trent Bridge Test
England batsman Ian Bell has publicly expressed his gratitude to India for recalling him after a controversial run-out during the second Test at Trent Bridge in August.
Taufeeq Umar's unbeaten ton puts Pak in command
Taufeeq Umar compiled his sixth Test century to put Pakistan in complete control at the end of the second day in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The left-handed opener scored 109 not out and shared century partnerships with Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali, as Pakistan piled up 259 for one by the close. IPL like 'Saas Bahu aur Saazish': Kambli
Former India batsman Vinod Kambli, on Wednesday, lashed out at the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying that the cash-rich event tempt the young cricketers to go for the quick buck, when their aim should be to play Test cricket. Two new balls rule boon for fast bowlers: Vinay Kumar
The ICC's new rule of using two new balls in an ODI innings, which is being applied in the ongoing India-England series, has been hugely beneficial for fast bowlers as it helps them swing the ball more, pacer R Vinay Kumar said, in Mohali, on Wednesday.
Windies recall Simmons for injured Barath
West Indies have recalled opening batsman Lendl Simmons in the test side to replace injured Adrian Barath, team officials said on Wednesday. Onions brought in to replace injured Woakes
Durham pacer Graham Onions will replace injured seamer Chris Woakes in the England squad for the last two ODIs and the one-off Twenty20 against India, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has stated.
October 18, 2011
'Virat Kohli can match Sachin Tendulkar's feats'
Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes feels that India's middle-order batsman Virat Kohli has the ability to match the extraordinary feats of iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar to some extent.
Junaid Khan's maiden five-wkt haul wrecks Sri Lanka
Left-arm paceman Junaid Khan took his maiden five-wicket haul as Pakistan bundled out Sri Lanka for 197 in the first innings of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. ICC ODI rankings: India leapfrogs England into 4th position
The 2-0 lead in the ongoing five-match series against England has helped India claim the fourth position in the ICC ODI rankings and it can cling to the spot by securing one more win. Bangladesh dismiss Windies for 61, win by eight wkts
The West Indies were bowled out for just 61, their second lowest one-day international total, as Bangladesh romped to an eight-wicket win in the third and final match of the series on Tuesday. Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan claimed career best figures of 4-16 as the tourists, sent into bat first in murky overhead conditions, lasted just 22 overs. Keen on a comeback, Afridi says he never retired
Within five months of quitting cricket due to a spat with his Board, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Tuesday announced his availability for the national team following a change of guard in the PCB and claimed that he had never retired.
India-West Indies ODI series to commence on Nov 29
India will play the first One-dayer of their five-match ODI series against West Indies on November 29 in Cuttack. CA approaches consultancy firm to find new head coach
Cricket Australia announced on Tuesday that it will conduct a global search to find the best person for the role of the head coach and has roped in Sports Management consultancy Crank Sports for the recruitment.
October 17, 2011
The team showed character: MS Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday said that the players showed character through their performances in the ongoing five-match ODI series after the disastrous tour of England in the not-too-distant past.
Uthappa back in T20 squad as selectors retain same 15 for ODIs
The national selection committee recalled burly Karnataka opener Robin Uthappa to the squad for the one-off Twenty20 international against England, at Eden Gardens on October 29. Uthappa will replace senior opener Gautam Gambhir, who will skip the match due to his marriage. Kohli, Gambhir power India to an emphatic win
Delhi boys Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir showed their class as India produced a clinical display to spank England by eight wickets in the second cricket one-dayer and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series on Monday.
BCCI gets its way, cricketers exempted from 'whereabouts clause'
Bowing to the BCCI's objections, the Sports Ministry on Monday decided to exempt cricketers from some World Anti-Doping Agency rules, including the contentious 'whereabouts clause', in the revised National Sports Development Bill. Cummins gets Aus call-up, Johnson retained for SA Tests
Australia have named 18-year-old paceman Patrick Cummins in their 15-man Test squad for their two-match series in South Africa, while retaining Mitchell Johnson despite the mercurial paceman's struggles in Sri Lanka.
October 16, 2011
South Africa clinch thrilling T20 win
Tailenders Wayne Parnell and Rusty Theron fashioned a fantastic three-wicket victory for South Africa in the second Twenty20 international against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday. Maken hoping for positive response from BCCI regarding bill
Sports Minister Ajay Maken is hoping that the BCCI would have no objection to the new draft of National Sports development Bill, which could not be passed earlier in the Cabinet after some of the ministers objected to it. DDCA staff protest at Kotla demanding passes for Ind-Eng ODI
The hankering for tickets ahead of the second India-England ODI on Sunday created quite a scene at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium where the Delhi and District Cricket Association's own staff protested demanding passes for the match on Monday. We have to improve in all departments of the game: Dernbach
England fast bowler Jade Dernbach, on Sunday, said his side will have to come up with an improved performance in all departments of the game in the second One-dayer against India if they are to bounce back in the five-match ODI series, in New Delhi, on Monday. Umar has not done enough to remain in team: Moshin Khan
Pakistan chief selector and interim coach Mohsin Hasan Khan, on Sunday, defended the axing of young batsman Umar Akmal from the Test squad, saying the youngster need to back to domestic cricket and learn playing big innings. Zaheer Abbas might be next PCB COO
Former Test captain Zaheer Abbas is likely to secure the important position of Chief Operating Officer in the Pakistan Cricket Board. Pakistan, Sri Lanka aim to better ICC Test standings
Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be aiming to move upwards in the ICC Test Championship table when they go head to head in a three-Test series which starts at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. KP and Swann are still friends, insists Flower
Graeme Swann's criticism of Kevin Pietersen in his autobiography has not affected their friendship, insisted England coach Andy Flower but conceded that he would have wanted the off-spinner to wait till retirement before writing such a book.
Samuels, Simmons steer Windies to easy win over Bangladesh
Half-centuries by Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons eased the West Indies to an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second one-day international on Saturday and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
October 15, 2011
Nyoka voted out as president of CSA
Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Mtutuzeli Nyoka was ousted for the second time in eight months when the board of directors passed a vote of no confidence at a special general meeting on Saturday.
October 14, 2011
India outplayed us in all departments: Cook
England captain Alastair Cook credited India for their comprehensive 126-run win and said the home team completely outplayed the visitors in the first ODI in Hyderabad on Friday.
Uppal ODI: Inspirational Dhoni leads India to emphatic win
A young India finally broke its prolonged losing streak as they trounced England by 126 runs in a lop-sided first cricket one-dayer in Hyderabad on Friday.
Kochi players' interest will be protected: Shukla
The IPL Governing Council is yet to work out a plan to help players left in the lurch after Kochi's axing, but the league's boss, Rajiv Shukla, assured that the interest of the affected players will be protected. IPL-5 starts on April 4 in Chennai
The fifth edition of the Indian Premier League will be held from April 4 to May 27, 2012, with the inaugural match to be played in Chennai. The IPL Governing Council, after its meeting in Hyderabad on Friday, decided that player regulation, including participation of Pakistani players, and trading modalities of the auction, will be discussed at the next meeting, the dates of which were not announced. Roebuck reckons Wright is right man to lift Australian team
Former New Zealand captain John Wright is the most suitable candidate for coaching the Australian team, noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has said.
Injured Southee to miss Zimbabwe Test
New Zealand paceman Tim Southee will miss the one-off Test against Zimbabwe after failing to recover from a knee injury suffered while preparing for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India.
Butt out, Miandad returns to PCB offices
Ijaz Butt's departure as Pakistan Cricket Board chairman has led to the return of former Test captain Javed Miandad to the PCB offices. Watson shines in Aus T20 win over SA
Australia were too sharp for rusty South Africa as the touring side won the first Twenty20 international by five wickets with three balls to spare on Thursday. South Africa, playing their first match in seven months, struggled to 146 for seven thanks to JP Duminy's brilliant 67, but Shane Watson's 52 off 39 balls laid the platform for a comfortable run chase by the Australians.
October 12, 2011
Reporter denies phone-hacking in match-fix trial
An undercover reporter from the News of the World, the British newspaper at the heart of a phone-hacking scandal which has embroiled Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, denied Wednesday he used the practice to break a story about cricket match-fixing.
India Green set up Challenger series final with India Red
Powered by strokeful centuries from Robin Uthappa and Srikkanth Anirudha, India Green hammered India Blue by 79 runs in a must-win match in Nagpur on Wednesday to set up the title clash of the Challenger series against India Red. Bracken takes Cricket Australia to court on injury
Former Australia pacer Nathan Bracken has dragged Cricket Australia to court, claiming he did not get enough support from the Board when he was struggling with a career-threatening knee injury.
Batsmen-friendly Hyderabad wkt for India-Eng ODI: Curator
The curator has promised a good batting strip for the first One-day international between India and England in Hyderabad on Friday, saying the batsman could go for their shots on a 'sporting wicket'.
Watson wants Ponting, Bracken to clear names over fixing claims
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has urged Ricky Ponting and Nathan Bracken to quickly clear their names over the match-fixing allegations after alleged bookie Mazhar Majeed had claimed that he had access to both the players.
Steve Waugh repeats call for lie-detector tests
Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh has reinforced his stand that players accused of match-fixing should volunteer themselves for lie-detector tests in order to clear their names.
'Mazhar Majeed has put every cricketer under suspicion'
Alleged bookie Mazhar Majeed's claim that the Australians were the biggest offenders of corruption in cricket is far from true but it has put every player under suspicion, feels ACA chief executive Paul Marsh. ICC gives clean chit to Australian players
An ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) officer has rubbished alleged bookie Mazhar Majeed's claim that Australian cricketers were involved in match-fixing, saying the world body had "no evidence" of any wrongdoings carried out by the Aussies.
October 11, 2011
Rahim leads Bangladesh to win over West Indies
Mushfiqur Rahim led Bangladesh from the front with 41 not out as the home side ended their 12-match losing streak in Twenty20 internationals with a three-wicket win over West Indies on Tuesday. Indian offered Pakistanis $1m to throw Oval Test
A shadowy Indian contact offered the agent of several Pakistan cricketers $1 million to ensure they threw a Test match against England, a London court heard Tuesday. Banker Ashraf is new PCB chairman
The Pakistan government on Tuesday did not retain Ijaz Butt as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, and appointed Zaka Ashraf. India Red storm into Challenger final
India Red stormed into the final of the NKP Salve Challenger Series after thrashing India Green by eight wickets in a rain-hit second match of the tournament in Nagpur on Tuesday. It was second win for India Red in as many days, having defeated India Blue in the series-opener on Monday. ICC hints Test Championship could be delayed
The proposed ICC Test Championship could be delayed with the world body, on Tuesday, conceding that it faced commercial challenges to start the ambitious tournament in 2013. BCCI receptive towards fundraiser: Butt
The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ijaz Butt, on Tuesday, claimed that its Indian counterpart (BCCI) has agreed upon an Indo-Pak charity match in the near future to raise funds for country's flood victims. Decision review system no longer mandatory: ICC
Cricket's controversial decision review system (DRS) will no longer be mandatory and its use will be left to bilateral agreements between participating boards, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.
Harbhajan, Yuvraj threaten action against Majeed
Top Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh, on Tuesday, rubbished the reported claims of a London-based bookie Mazhar Majeed that he had "access" to them, saying that they had never even met him. Ponting's manager dismisses Majeed's claim of 'access'
Ricky Ponting's manager has dismissed alleged bookie Mazhar Majeed's claims of having access to the former Australian captain, while pacer Nathan Bracken has threatened legal action after his name also cropped up in the spot-fixing trial in London.
CA rubbishes match-fixing claims about Aussie players
The spot-fixing trial in London has thrown up Australian names and a stunned Cricket Australia said the claims made by the alleged bookie seem "outlandish" as had there been any truth in them, CA would have known and acted. Brett Lee ruled out of SA tour with appendicitis
Australia fast bowler Brett Lee will undergo surgery for appendicitis on Monday and has been ruled out of his country's one-day and Twenty20 fixtures in South Africa, Cricket Australia said. Wisden set to launch Indian edition
Aiming to cater to the ever-growing Indian market, Cricket bible Wisden is set to launch a separate edition in India next year, focussing on all areas of the game from Tests to domestic cricket. I am available to play for Bengal: Ganguly
Former Indian Cricket captain Sourav Ganguly is keen to play the four-day and 50-over Ranji Trophy matches for home side Bengal.
October 10, 2011
Agent tells court cricketers were involved in betting scams
A sports agent accused of taking bribes to fix matches said Australian cricketers were "the biggest" culprits and that some of Pakistan's best-known former players were involved in betting scams, a London court heard on Monday.
Challenger Series: Mukund leads India Red to convincing win
Abhinav Mukund smashed a sparkling century as India Red scored a comprehensive five-wicket victory over India Blue in the opening match of the NKP Salve Challenger Series in Nagpur on Monday. Harbhajan named 'Sikh Sportsperson of the Year'
Feisty Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was chosen 'Sikh Sportsperson of the Year' at the World Sikh Awards 2011 for his 'contribution to the Indian cricket team's World Cup triumph'. 'The Indians are so tired, they'll be cherry ripe for a mauling'
Cricket Australia desperately needs some heroes and the Australians need to win both the one-dayers and Test series in South Africa to be prepared to take on the touring Indian side when it lands in Australia in December, feels former Australian cricketer Dean Jones.
Bhajji made the difference: Vettori
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori said, Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh's economical three-wicket haul coupled with his own team's poor batting cost RCB the Champions League Twenty20 title, in Chennai. 'I am very lucky to have a bowler like Malinga'
The total they put on board didn't seem like a winning one but Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh said gamechanger Lasith Malinga proved to be the key as his depleted team lifted the Champions League Twenty20 trophy
'BCCI bashing is the most fashionable thing'
A decision on the Pakistani cricketers' participation in the next Indian Premier League would be taken at the event's Governing Council meeting on October 14, said IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla. 'It would be fitting to stage a Test Championship play-off'
The possibility of converting the 2013 Champions Trophy to a Test Championship and its Presidential nomination and election process will top the agenda when the ICC's Executive Board holds its fourth and final meeting of the year. 'Once you wear that India jersey, it makes you feel proud'
Wearing the blue India jersey be it at U-19 level is an experience worth cherishing and for Unmukt Chand, leading the team to victory is like an "icing on the cake."
October 09, 2011
Challenger Trophy: Redemption time for India discards
Team India discards -- Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra, and the Pathan brothers -- will get another opportunity to stake a claim in the national team at the annual NKP Salve Challenger Trophy which gets underway in Nagpur on Monday. Mumbai Indians win CLT20 beating RCB by 31 runs
Skipper Harbhajan Singh led from the front as Mumbai Indians came up trumps by comprehensively defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 31 runs to win a low-scoring Champions League Twenty20 final in Chennai on Sunday.
India win U-19 quadrangular tourney beating Lanka in final
A disciplined bowling effort by India colts helped them beat Sri Lanka by five runs in a low-scoring final match of the Under-19 quadrangular one-day cricket tournament Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Top Eng players to be hot properties in IPL auction: report
Top England cricketers are in line for million-dollar deals in the next auction of the Indian Premier League after their side's dominating performance against India in the recent series, according to a report. Not worried about batting failure in warm-up match: Woakes
England all-rounder Chris Woakes, who played a crucial role in his team's warm-up match victory over Hyderabad XI, conceded that his team did not bat well in the game but was s confident that the line-up would fire when the ODI series against India gets underway from October 14 in Hyderabad.
October 08, 2011
Mumbai beat Somerset to set up summit clash with RCB
Mumbai Indians held their nerves at crucial moments to eke out a narrow 10-run victory over Somerset in the second semi-final of the Champions League Twenty20, on Saturday, and set up a summit clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.
England will stay No. 1 for a long time: Harmison
Former fast bowler Steve Harmison, believes that with Andrew strauss in charge, England will stay on top of world cricket for a long time to come. Yuvraj will 'wait and watch' before making a comeback
Yuvraj Singh, who has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI series against England due a broken finger, is in no mood to rush his comeback in the Indian team and prefers a "wait and watch" policy. Gayle and Kohli made the difference: Katich
New South Wales captain Simon Katich on Friday if not for Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle, his side could have won the first Champions League Twenty20 semi-final.
Haider lashes out at Afridi, Akhtar
Pakistan's controversial stumper, Zulqarnain Haider's return to first-class cricket has been marked with controversy after he lashed out at some seniors including former captain Shahid Afridi and retired pacer Shoaib Akhtar for their comments on Pakistan cricket and PCB. Katich rues dropped catches after CLT20 exit
New South Wales captain Simon Katich said a couple of dropped catches cost his side the Champions League Twenty20 semifinal against Royal Challengers Bangalore, in Bangalore.
October 07, 2011
SLC warned over quality of Galle pitch
The ICC on Friday let off Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) with a warning for the poor quality pitch at Galle, which hosted the Island nation's first Test of a three-match series against Australia in August. Wahab Riaz, Akmal brothers implicated in spot-fixing scam
Three more Pakistani cricketers have been implicated in the spot-fixing scandal during the ongoing trial of the tainted trio -- Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif -- at a court in England
Gayle, Kohli power RCB to CLT20 summit clash
Virat Kohli struck a match-winning unbeaten 84 while Chris Gayle laid the foundation with a quickfire 92 to power Rayal Challengers Bangalore to the final of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in Bangalore on Friday.
Under-19 series: India trounce West Indies
Kumar Deobrat Singh hit a breezy half-century as India registered a comprehensive 81-run victory over the West Indies in the Under-19 quadrangular one-day series in Visakhapatnam on Friday. Deobrat scored 75 off 91 balls, as India posted 249 for 7 in their 50 overs after being sent in to bat by the West Indies' skipper Kraigg Brathwaite. In reply, the West Indies folded for 168 in 40.5 overs. Tough to leave out any of the five foreign players: Harbhajan
Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh wants his team to give their best in their semi-final of the Champions League T20 against Somerset, in Chennai, on Saturday, but says he will not be too bothered about the result.
India-England ODI series to be played without DRS
With the Board of Control for Cricket in India unhappy with Hot Spot technology following controversies surrounding it in India's recent tour of England, the upcoming ODI series between the two countries will be played without the use of the Decision Review System.
South African Vaughn Van Jaarsveld gets drugs ban
South African batsman Vaughn van Jaarsveld has been banned from cricket for three months following an appeal from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) said on Thursday.
Mumbai back to four foreigners in team as Yadav returns
The Champions League Twenty20, on Friday, withdrew the concession given to Mumbai Indians to field five foreign players instead of four in each game following the return of all-rounder Suryakumar Yadav to their squad. Kirsten shows faith in Team India
Former India coach Gary Kirsten was surprised at the disappointing show of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men in the recent tour of England, which saw them lose the World No.1 Test spot, but said they are good enough to bounce back.
October 06, 2011
Harbhajan thrives on responsibility: Pollock
Mumbai Indians coach Shaun Pollock on Thursday lauded Harbhajan Singh's captaincy in the Champions League T20 tournament, saying the offspinner thrives on responsibility and "lead the team from the front".
Hot Spot not to be used in India-England ODI series
The controversial Hot Spot has been a disappointment in the recent India-England ODI series and it will not be used in the five-match one-day contest between the two countries starting on October 14, according to the head of the company behind the technology. Dean Jones confirms applying for Pakistan coach
Former Australian batsman Dean Jones has confirmed applying for Pakistan team coach's job and said if appointed he would make full use of the "wonderful" pool of talent in Pakistan cricket. CL T20: Keen battle on cards as RCB face NSW Blues
Just who will reap the rich harvest for the all the hard labour put in, will be unravelled on Friday when a charged-up Royal Challengers Bangalore take on New South Wales Blues in the first semi-final of the Champions League Twenty20 here at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.
'I had my eyes closed on the last ball'
On his admission, Virat Kohli has never played such an exciting game of Twenty20 in his career.
October 05, 2011
CL T20: RCB stun Redbacks with last-ball six, enter semis
Young KB Arun Karthik turned out to be the unlikely hero. He hit a stunning six off the last delivery of the match to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20. They beat South Australia Redbacks by two wickets in the last group match on Wednesday night. RCB join Mumbai Indians, New South Wales Blues and Somerset in the last four.
Former England fast bowler Dilley dies at 52
Former England fast bowler Graham Dilley died after a short illness at the age of 52, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday. Dilley played 41 Tests and appeared in 36 one-day internationals for his country, featuring in two Ashes series wins against Australia in 1981 and 1987.
Somerset conquer Warriors to book CLT20 semis berth
Somerset staged a remarkable fightback with some superb bowling, after Craig Kieswetter shone with the bat, to defeat Warriors by 12 runs and qualify for the semi-finals in the Champions League Twenty20 in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Unmukt Chand ton helps India colts to easy win over SL
Skipper Unmukt Chand scored a blistering century to help India register a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the four-nation Under-19 Quadrangular tournament in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. India to play an additional warm-up tie in Australia
The Indian cricket team will play an additional warm-up game when they tour Australia later this year for a Test series starting at Melbourne on December 26, following an agreement between the two boards. Rest crush Rajasthan by 404 runs, lift Irani Cup
Rest of India won the Irani Cup for a sixth consecutive time on Wednesday, crushing a hapless Rajasthan by 404 runs with a superb bowling performance on the fifth and final day in Jaipur.
England clueless about opponent for warm-up ODI!
England's ODI side arrived in India on Tuesday and plays its first warm-up game on Saturday, but it still does not know against whom. At the moment, just three days before the game, nobody knows who England will play or even what the team is called. Strauss, Flower receive OBEs for Ashes win
England skipper Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower received OBEs at Windsor Castle for guiding the team to Ashes victory in Australia.
Adapting to conditions helped us: Katich
Australian team New South Wales captain Simon Katich says his side has managed to reach the Champions League Twenty20 semifinals due to its ability to adapt quickly in foreign conditions.
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