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ENG vs WI: England internal match shows future of cricket celebrations

London, July 2: Sedate elbow dabs have made their way to cricket, as was seen during England's internal practice game ahead of their first Test against the West Indies. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) recently tweeted a video of veteran fast bowler James Anderson dismissing Joe Denly and followed that up with elbow dabs. There were a few high-fives as well in the huddle after the wicket fell. However, the celebrations were muted compared to what is usually seen in cricket but it is

2 Jul 2020 6:25 pm
Aakash Chopra picks winner between Ganguly XI and Kohli XI

New Delhi, July 2: Former opener Aakash Chopra has put together two illustrious Indian teams of different eras against each other and tried to pick who would come on top in an imaginary battle. India arguably assembled their greatest Test team ever under the leadership of former captain Sourav Ganguly and the sheer quality in every department was unbelievable. Chopra then put that Ganguly XI against the current Indian team, under current skipper Virat Kohli, which has achieved positive results i

2 Jul 2020 6:01 pm
IPL 13 likely overseas, toss-up between UAE & Sri Lanka

New Delhi, July 2: The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League is in all probability headed to foreign shores with UAE and Sri Lanka in the race to host the 2020 edition of the cash-rich league. The final announcement is expected soon as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still awaiting an official decision on the fate of the T20 World Cup which was to be held in Australia in October-November. Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official in the know of developments said that while the id

2 Jul 2020 5:55 pm
Peter Fulton steps down as New Zealand batting coach to join Canterbury

Auckland, July 2: Former New Zealand batsman Peter Fulton is all set to take up the role of Canterbury's head coach and thus will step down from the position of Black Caps batting coach. Fulton played 49 ODIs, 23 Tests, and 12 T20Is for the Black Caps between 2004-14. Since retiring in 2017, Fulton has built up his coaching resume most recently working alongside Gary Stead as the New Zealand batting coach. Prior to that he was part of the coaching staff for New Zealand Cricket's winter t

2 Jul 2020 10:32 am
West Indies legend Sir Everton Weekes passes away

New Delhi, July 2: Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes has passed away. He was 95. He breathed his last at the Christ Church home on Wednesday in Barbados. He made his Test debut at age 22 against England at Kensington Oval in 1948 under the captaincy of George Headley. His final match was against Pakistan in Trinidad a decade later. In his career, Sir Everton played 48 Test matches and made 4455 runs at an average of 58.61 per innings. This included a world record five consecutive

2 Jul 2020 10:23 am
Hid my wife inside cupboard of hotel room during 1999 World Cup: SaqlainMushtaq

New Delhi, July 1: Pakistan spin great Saqlain Mushtaq said that he had to once hide his wife in the cupboard of his hotel room after a sudden change in the team policy meant that all family members of the players had to be sent home during the 1999 World Cup. Saqlain said that spending time with his wife, who stayed in London, had become an important part of his routine and he was not ready to follow the sudden change in rules. Actually I got married in December 1998. My wife used to stay in Lo

1 Jul 2020 10:03 pm
Kumar Sangakkara summoned in 2011 WC final fixing probe: report

Colombo, July 1: Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has been reportedly summoned by a special committee in relation to the 2011 World Cup final match fixing claims made by former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage. According to a report in Daily, Sangakkara -- who was the captain of the side when Sri Lanka lost to India in the final -- has been summoned by the Special Investigation Unit to appear on Thursday. This comes after Upul Tharanga -- who scored 2 off 20 deliveries

1 Jul 2020 9:54 pm
Dhoni to captain AB De Villiers' star-studded IPL XI

New Delhi, July 1: Former South African captain AB de Villiers decided to pick M.S. Dhoni as the captain of his all-time Indian Premier League (IPL) XI. De Villiers also kept New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Australia's Steve Smith as options for number four but had to in the end pick himself because of the conditions of picking the team. In a conversation with commentator Harsha Bhogle for Cricbuzz, De Villiers was told that he had to pick himself as one of the four overseas players.

1 Jul 2020 5:10 pm
Expectations were high & he kept delivering: Aaron Finch lauds captain Virat Kohli

New Delhi, July 1: Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch has heaped praise on Virat Kohli and stated the India captain has handled the pressure well that comes along with a job as high-profile as that of leading the Men in Blue across the three formats. Kohli was named India Test captain mid-way through the team's tour of Australia in 2014 after then-skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni called time from the longest format. He then took over the role in limited-overs format as well in 2017 afte

1 Jul 2020 3:47 pm
Second group of 6 Pakistan players to leave for England on Friday

Lahore, July 1: The second group of six Pakistan cricketers will depart for Manchester on Friday by the national carrier, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) informed on Wednesday. The players who will travel by the Pakistan International Airlines are: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz. The players were retested on June 29, following a first negative test on June 26. From Manchester, the six players will be transported to Worcester and will

1 Jul 2020 3:42 pm
India will face stiff challenge in Australia this summer, feels Michael Hussey

New Delhi, July 1: Former cricketer Michael Hussey believes India would be have to be at their best if they are to beat Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy scheduled to be played Down Under later in the year. India, under Virat Kohli in the 2018/19 series, became the first Asian side to beat Australia in a Test series in their own den. The series featured stellar performances from batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant and Kohli and the fast bowling battery featuring Jasprit Bumrah, Mohamme

1 Jul 2020 12:08 pm
Kamran Akmal blames bias for not being able to make Pakistan return

Lahore, June 30: Wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal has said that he has not been able to make a comeback into the Pakistan team because of bias that couple of coaches have had against him in the recent past. Akmal, who last played for Pakistan in April 2017, was not included in the 29-man squad for the England tour. I have been performing in domestic cricket and PSL (Pakistan Super League) during the last five years but despite that I have not been given a chance to play for Pakistan. In the rec

30 Jun 2020 10:56 pm
Present bowlers are probably up against better batting units: Mahela Jayawardene

Mumbai, June 30: Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene feels it would be unfair to compare the modern day bowlers with their predecessors as probably the Jasprit Bumrahs and Kagiso Rabadas are up against better batting units. If you look at the top 10 wicket-takers in modern day cricket all of them played in that era (first half of his career). I missed out on Walsh and Kapil as I started just after that. There was (Mutthiah) Murali ( Muralitharan), (Shane) Warne, (Glenn) McGrath, Anil (Ku

30 Jun 2020 10:30 pm
It was Tendulkar's idea, not Chappell's: Irfan Pathan on batting at no.3

New Delhi, June 30: Irfan Pathan said that it was Sachin Tendulkar's idea to promote him to the number 3 position in the Indian batting order and not former coach Greg Chappell. Tendulkar, according to Pathan, had pitched the idea to then-captain Rahul Dravid before the first ODI between India and Sri Lanka in the 2005 series. While Pathan smashed 83 off 70 balls to help India win the match by 152 runs, the team management's decision to convert him into an all-rounder is seen by many as

30 Jun 2020 10:13 pm
'Appo Anwar?': Ravichandran Ashwin takes fun dig at David Warner as India bans TikTok

New Delhi, June 30: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken a funny dig at Australian opener David Warner as India banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese mobile applications. Warner, a dashing opener, is known for his power pact knocks and is rated as one of the finest the game has seen in white-ball cricket. But the creative and funny side of Warner came to the fore during the lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic when he joined TikTok and started sharing fun-filled videos almost everyday on Instag

30 Jun 2020 1:26 pm
2014 Adelaide Test an important milestone for Team India: Virat Kohli

New Delhi, June 30: India skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday went down the memory lane and recalled the Adelaide Test during India's tour of Australia in 2014 which according to him will always remain as an important milestone for the team. In the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy played from December 9-13, Team India gave a tough fight to Michael Clarke and his team. However, they were not able to cross the line despite Kohli scoring twin centuries in both the innings of the Test match.

30 Jun 2020 1:16 pm
South Africa male cricketers return to training

Johannesburg, June 30: Cricket South Africa (CSA) have announced that a 44-member mens high performance training squad officially returned to training on Monday following approval from the country's sports minister. The players will train in small monitored groups with identified coaches from their nearest franchise teams, CSA said in an official statement. The sessions will be in accordance with the guidelines set out by the CSA COVID-19 Steering Committee and approved by the National Insti

30 Jun 2020 1:10 pm
6 Pakistan players test negative for COVID-19, eligible to join side in England

Lahore, June 30: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday informed that Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz have tested negative for COVID-19 for the second time in three days and are now eligible to join the team in England. The players were retested on June 29, following a first negative test on June 26, said the PCB. It further stated that they would now start making travel arrangements for the six players. A 31-member Pakistan conti

30 Jun 2020 12:07 pm
Captaincy won't change the way I go about things, says Ben Stokes

London, June 30: All-rounder Ben Stokes, who is set to lead England in the first Test against the West Indies in July, has stated that captaincy won't change the way he goes about things and all he will try to do is to make a positive impact with the ball or bat. Regular captain Joe Root is expected to miss the first Test starting July 8 at the Ageas Bowl as he has to attend the birth of his second child. I always try to set the example in terms of attitude and commitment, Stokes was quoted

30 Jun 2020 12:03 pm
CPL: Pravin Tambe says Trinbago Knight Riders have picked him, franchise unaware

New Delhi, June 29: In a bizarre turn of events, former Rajasthan Royals spinner Pravin Tambe has been caught on the wrong foot after claiming that he has been picked by Trinbago Knight Riders for the next edition of the Carribean Premier League. Not just the organisers, but even the franchise has made it clear that no player announcement has been made at the moment. Speaking to IANS, a senior CPL official said no such communication has happened with regards to player draft. CPL aren't makin

29 Jun 2020 11:17 pm
English County Championship to begin on Aug 1, training starts from July 1

London, June 29: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has given its approval for the professional mens county cricket season to begin on August 1. The ECB release said formats to be played during the delayed men's county season are due to be agreed by the 18 first-class counties in early July, with a new fixture schedule to be published thereafter. A commitment to play women's domestic cricket in 2020 has also been made, but may differ from the planned rollout of the new women's

29 Jun 2020 10:43 pm
Joe Root set to miss first Test against West Indies: Report

London, June 29: England captain Joe Root is set to miss the first Test against the West Indies next week as he will attend the birth of his second child, a BBC report said. Ben Stokes is set to captain England for the first time in Root's absence. The three-Test series between the two teams will mark the resumption of cricket after the sport was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Root's wife is expecting a baby around similar time as the first Test and if Root attends t

29 Jun 2020 6:13 pm

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29 Jun 2020 6:12 pm
MS Dhoni to lead Aakash Chopra's all-time IPL XI

New Delhi, June 29: Former India batsman Aakash Chopra has picked decorated former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to lead his all-time Indian Premier League XI. Dhoni is one the most successful IPL captains, leading Chennai Super Kings to three titles and taking the side to the final a record seven times. Chopra, on his YouTube channel 'AakashVani', picked Rohit Sharma and David Warner to open the batting with India captain Virat Kohli coming at No.3. Suresh Raina, AB de Villiers and

29 Jun 2020 5:40 pm
Ganguly changed mentality of Indian cricket, Dhoni took it forward: Lalchand Rajput

New Delhi, June 29: Lalchand Rajput, who was Team India's manager during their victory at the inaugural edition of the WT20, gave an insight into wicket-keeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni and what made him one of the best captains the game has ever seen. Rajput likened Dhoni's style to that of former India captain and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly. He believes that Ganguly played a big role in changing the way cricket was played in India and Dhoni simply took that forward when h

29 Jun 2020 4:29 pm
Indian Umpire Nitin Menon included in ICC Elite Panel for 2020-21 season

Dubai, June 29: Indias Nitin Menon has been included in the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for the season 2020-21 following the annual review and selection process conducted by the International Cricket Council, a statement said on Monday. The 36-year-old, who has officiated in three Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is, replaces England's Nigel Llong and is the third from his country to make the prestigious panel after Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram Ravi. A selection panel consisting of ICC Genera

29 Jun 2020 4:00 pm
On this day: Sachin Tendulkar becomes first to score 15k runs in ODIs

New Delhi, June 29: Former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is widely regarded as one of the finest batsmen in the history of the sport, if not the best. The stylish batsman from Mumbai holds numerous batting records across formats and on this day, 13 years ago, Tendulkar became the first batsman to score 15,000 ODI runs. He achieved the feat during the second ODI of the Future Cup against South Africa at Belfast in 2007, which India won by six wickets to level the three-match series. Interestin

29 Jun 2020 3:54 pm
COVID-19: Former Delhi cricketer Sanjay Dobal passes away

New Delhi, June 29: Former Delhi cricketer Sanjay Dobal has passed away after contracting COVID-19 infection, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) confirmed on Monday. He was 52. Sanjay Dobal's untimely death is devastating news for the cricketing world, Vinod Tihara, DDCA Secretary said in a statement. On behalf of the DDCA, I extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences on the irreparable loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the grieving family at this sad time. May god giv

29 Jun 2020 3:38 pm
Pakistan cricketers arrive in England for Test & T20I series

Worchestershire, June 29: Amid COVID-19 threats, the Pakistan cricket contingent, including 20 players and support staff, arrived in England on Sunday for their upcoming assignment in which they are scheduled to play three Tests and as many T20Is in August and September. The Pakistan cricketers and the support staff arrived in Manchester on a chartered flight from Lahore and were then transported to Worcestershire. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shared the video of the team's arrival on th

29 Jun 2020 10:56 am
West Indiesplayers to wear 'Black Lives Mattter' emblem on shirts

London, June 29: West Indies players will be sporting a 'Black Lives Matter' emblem on the collars of their shirts during the three-match Test series against England beginning July 8 at the Ageas Bowl. The logo which the West Indies team would wear would be the same one used by all 20 Premier League football clubs since the sport's restart earlier this month, designed by Alisha Hosannah, whose partner Troy Deeney is Watford's captain, reports ESPNcricinfo. The team has also been

29 Jun 2020 10:50 am