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4-5 players were sleeping: Mohammed Hafeez's shocking claim about Pakistan's cricket team

Mohammed Hafeez, former Pakistan cricketer and Director of Cricket, criticized the national team for what he described as a lackadaisical attitude during his tenure. He claimed that during a Test match against Australia, four to five players were found sleeping in the dressing room, which he deemed unacceptable for professional athletes. Hafeez, appointed after Pakistan's disappointing performance in the 50-overs Cricket World Cup, highlighted challenges during his tenure, including Australia's

20 Jun 2024 6:37 pm
India to play five Tests, eight T20Is and three ODIs at home from September-February next year

India's senior men's team's schedule announced by BCCI includes five home Tests in World Test Championship calendar before facing Australia in a five-match series. They will play two Tests against Bangladesh, followed by a three-match series against New Zealand. Additionally, India will host eight T20Is and three ODIs, including a series against England in January-February. The home season starts on September 19, concluding with the Champions Trophy.

20 Jun 2024 5:32 pm
India vs Afghanistan Pitch Report: Conditions at Kensington Oval, Dream 11 and all you need to know

India vs Afghanistan Pitch Report: Team India is set to start their Super Eight campaign against Afghanistan at the Kensington Oval, following an unbeaten run in Group A matches in the USA. The match will be crucial for India to maintain their winning streak. The Kensington Oval offers a balanced contest between bat and ball, with good bounce and carry for bowlers. The pitch has hosted high-scoring games and bowlers have dominated.

20 Jun 2024 4:35 pm
Indian archers miss World Cup medals, but eye Olympic team quotas

Indian recurve archery outfits missed out on a medal at World Cup Stage 3, but are nearing Paris Olympics team quotas based on rankings. Indian women finished fourth, while men reached last 16. They await official list on Monday. Rankings will decide top two non-qualified countries for Olympics. India secured individual quotas, aiming to secure team quotas for all events in Paris. Women's team almost qualified, lost to France in semis and Japan in bronze play-offs. Men's team lost to Netherlands

20 Jun 2024 4:24 pm
Former India cricketer David Johnson passes away at 52

Former Indian cricketer David Johnson, a fast bowler, passed away at 52 after jumping from the fourth floor. Known for playing two Tests, his death has left the cricketing community shocked.

20 Jun 2024 2:58 pm
Salt blasts England to T20 win over West Indies

Phil Salt scored a brilliant 87 not out off 47 balls as England defeated West Indies in the T20 World Cup Super Eight clash at Daren Sammy National Stadium. Salt's impressive innings, supported by Jonny Bairstow's 48*, led England to victory.

20 Jun 2024 10:08 am
Virat Kohli expected to shine on big stage as India ponder over Kuldeep question

In the opening Super 8 fixture of the T20 World Cup, India faces Afghanistan in Bridgetown. Virat Kohli aims to regain form while Kuldeep Yadav hopes for a chance. The Indian team ponders over including Kuldeep in the playing eleven, balancing spinners and pacers. Skipper Rohit Sharma eyes a winning combination with all-rounders like Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. The match is crucial for India's batting lineup, led by Kohli and supported by Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya.

20 Jun 2024 12:33 am
Cricket: South Africa sink spirited US in WC Super 8

South Africa defeated the United States by 18 runs in the first T20 World Cup Super 8 match in Antigua. Kagiso Rabada's key performance in a tense game led to South Africa's victory. Quinton de Kock's impressive 74 runs helped South Africa post 194-4. U.S. opener Andries Gous (80 not out) and Harmeet Singh (38) fought back, but Rabada's 3-18 spell restricted the U.S. run rate.

20 Jun 2024 12:29 am
Aditya Birla Capital to sponsor Indian team at Paris Olympics 2024

Aditya Birla Capital has partnered with the Indian Olympic Association as the Official Sponsor of Team India at the Paris Olympics 2024. The partnership includes launching a marketing campaign featuring Indias leading athletes and brand activations to generate nationwide support for the Indian Olympic contingent.

19 Jun 2024 5:52 pm
Smriti Mandhana score century to power India to 325/3 against South Africa, equals Mithali Raj's record

Smriti Mandhana (Google Trends): Opener Smriti Mandhana and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur led India to a formidable 325/5 against South Africa in the 2nd women's ODI, with Mandhana scoring 136 and Harmanpreet 103*. Earlier, the proteas' skipper Laura Wolvaardt won the toss and elected to bowl first. India is leading the three-match series 1-0.

19 Jun 2024 5:01 pm
Marcus Stoinis becomes top-ranked T20 all rounder, Suryakumar Yadav retains top spot in batters rankings

Australia's Marcus Stoinis claimed the top spot as the number one all-rounder in the ICC T20 rankings, while Mohammad Nabi dropped three places. Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga and Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan climbed to second and third. West Indies bowler Akeal Hosein moved up in the rankings to second. India's Suryakumar Yadav maintained his position as the top-ranked batter.

19 Jun 2024 4:57 pm
Neeraj Chopra wins gold in aavo Nurmi Games in Finland, clears fitness concerns

Neeraj Chopra won gold at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland, expressing contentment with his fitness for the Paris Olympics despite falling short of his personal best throw. The 26-year-old, India's only first track-and-field Olympic gold medalist, overcame an adductor injury to achieve a winning throw of 85.97m. Chopra plans to maintain his health and seek medical advice to address recurring adductor issues. He is training in Germany and will have potential sessions in Turkey before the upcoming

19 Jun 2024 12:27 pm
Williamson steps down as white-ball captain, declines national contract

The Black Caps have very little international cricket scheduled during the January window and Williamson, who had stepped down from Test captaincy in December 2022, will be available to play all three formats outside that month.

19 Jun 2024 11:13 am
Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal snatch a last-gasp win over Czechs in Euro Cup

Euro Cup: In a thrilling Euro Cup 2024 Group F opener, youngster Francisco Conceicao's last-gasp goal secured Portugal a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic. Despite Cristiano Ronaldo's efforts being denied, Conceicao's heroics off the bench sealed the comeback win. Portugal's quest for another title got off to a tense start in Germany.

19 Jun 2024 8:14 am
Cricket T20 World Cup: Australia ominous, Windies feeling right at home

Four comprehensive victories in the group matches suggest the Mitchell Marsh-led squad have the form and personnel to achieve that. In what has been a low-scoring tournament, Australia are the only team to have posted two 175-plus totals and one of the three teams to hit the 200-mark.

19 Jun 2024 12:45 am
'I trusted him. He trusted me.' Brown and Tatum answered critics while leading Celtics to 18th title

When Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum were drafted third overall in back-to-back years in 2016 and 2017, they were almost instantly branded with the hopes of a franchise that was desperately chasing its elusive 18th championship. Along the way they've endured criticism about their individual play and questions about whether two players with similar skillsets could co-exist.

19 Jun 2024 12:42 am
Kylian Mbappe sustained a broken nose at Euro 2024, but France gets 'positive' news

The French Football Federation said Tuesday it had received positive news about Mbappe's chances of continuing at Euro 2024 as he will not need immediate surgery. But it did not specify how long it would be before he is able to play again.

19 Jun 2024 12:39 am
Clear payment within 10 days or I will file lawsuit against you: Stimac warns AIFF

Stimac was on Monday removed as the head coach of the team, the AIFF terminating his contract exactly a year before it was to expire in the wake of the side's ouster from the World Cup Qualifiers despite getting a relatively easy draw.

18 Jun 2024 11:01 pm
Golden boy Neeraj Chopra strikes again, wins gold medal for India at Paavo Nurmi Games

Neeraj Chopra clinched gold at Paavo Nurmi Games 2024 in Turku, Finland, leading with an 85.97m throw, preparing for Olympic 2024 and aiming for the 90m mark.

18 Jun 2024 10:49 pm
BCCI interviews Gautam Gambhir for head coach post, questions him on roadmap for India team for next three years

The BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) interviewed former India opener Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday via a Zoom call alongside Malhotra. This comes as the board searches for the next head coach following Rahul Dravid's tenure. The conversation reportedly centered on Gambhir's envisioned roadmap for the upcoming three years, encompassing three ICC tournaments across different formats.

18 Jun 2024 6:45 pm
Smriti Mandhana rises to third spot in women's ODI batting rankings

India's vice-captain Smriti Mandhana rose to third in the ICC Women's ODI batting rankings after her century led India to a 143-run victory over South Africa. Sri Lanka's Chamari Athapaththu lost the top spot to England's Natalie Sciver-Brunt, who regained it with a century against Pakistan. Deepti Sharma and Pooja Vastrakar also made gains in the rankings, with Vastrakar moving up four places in the all-rounders list.

18 Jun 2024 4:50 pm
Haris Rauf gets into ugly fight with fan in US: 'You must be from India,' fan responds 'No, I am from Pakistan'

Pakistan cricketer Haris Rauf was caught in a public altercation with a fan in the USA, captured in a viral video. The incident, amid Pakistan's disappointing T20 World Cup 2024 campaign, saw Rauf exchanging heated words with the fan over team performance issues. Despite his notable seven-wicket haul, Pakistan's early exit and internal instability under coach Gary Kirsten added to the team's challenges.

18 Jun 2024 3:16 pm
Looking back at Gautam Gambhir's best performances: Batting for India to mentoring KKR

Gautam Gambhir head coach: BCCI secretary Jay Shah and other authorities will interview former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir for the role of head coach of the men's cricket team in Mumbai

18 Jun 2024 1:16 pm
T20 World Cup: West Indies beat Afghanistan by 104 runs

With both teams assured of a Super 8 berth, it was the two-time champions WI who displayed their batting might, amassing a formidable 218 for five, with Pooran going on a six-hitting spree during his 53-ball 98.

18 Jun 2024 9:44 am
Gautam Gambhir meets Home Minister Amit Shah

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir visited Home Minister Amit Shah to congratulate him on recent electoral success before taking a break from politics to focus on coaching. Gambhir shared the meeting on social media and is rumored to be a strong contender for India's head coach post after Rahul Dravid steps down. BCCI is yet to make an official statement on the matter.

17 Jun 2024 4:53 pm
Neeraj Chopra set to resume Olympic build-up at Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland

The 26-year-old superstar, the lone Indian in the field here, will be up against German teenaged sensation Max Dehning, who is the youngest member of the coveted 90m club, which Chopra is aspiring to enter.

17 Jun 2024 12:27 pm
T20 World Cup: Sri Lanka register big win over Dutch as they bow out of tournament

Sri Lanka secured an 83-run victory over the Netherlands their last league match. Kusal Mendis and Charith Asalanka both scored 46 runs to set a total of 201 for six, the first 200-plus total at the Daren Sammy Stadium. The Netherlands were restricted to 118. They struggled against Sri Lanka's varied attack, led by pacer Nuwan Thushara. Sri Lanka's captain Wanindu Hasaranga praised the team's improved performance after initial setbacks.

17 Jun 2024 9:55 am
ICC T20 World Cup Super Eight Fixtures: Here are the final eight teams which have made it to the second round

T20 World Cup Super Eight Fixtures: Group 1 features India, Australia, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, while Group 2 includes South Africa, West Indies, England, and the USA. Each team will play three matches, with the top two from each group advancing to the semi-finals.

17 Jun 2024 9:29 am