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Pakistan’s Umar Akmal could face lifetime ban over corruption charges

PAKISTAN batsman Umar Akmal could face a lifetime ban if convicted of match-fixing charges unveiled recently by the country’s cricket authorities.  The 29-year-old was provisionally suspended by the anti-corruption unit of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on February 20, the day when the Pakistan Super League commenced in Karachi.  The PCB said Umar violated its […]

World Cup cricket win was nothing, says Sharma as he polices virus curfew

Joginder Sharma bowled the key final over when India beat arch-rivals Pakistan in the first Twenty20 World Cup cricket final in 2007, but says he faces more pressure as a police officer making sure people stay home during the coronavirus crisis. The International Cricket Council (ICC) and others have hailed the efforts of the 36-year-old […]

Sachin Tendulkar donates over £54,000 to fight COVID-19

INDIAN cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Friday (27) donated Rs 5 million (£ 54,262) to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which has so far claimed 17 Indian lives in India. Tendulkar’s donation is so far the biggest contribution among India’s leading sportspersons, some of whom have pledged their salaries while a few others have donated medical […]

Mithali Raj wants women’s IPL in 2021, says BCCI shouldn’t ‘wait forever’

The BCCI should not “wait forever” to start the women’s IPL, India’s women’s ODI captain Mithali Raj has said, urging the board to make it happen next year on a smaller scale before gradually developing it. “I personally feel they should start a women’s IPL by next year, even if it’s on a slightly smaller […]

IPL cancellation on cards after three-week lockdown and Olympic postponement

The cancellation of this year’s IPL looks inevitable with the BCCI under tremendous pressure after the declaration of a 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. When the BCCI postponed the IPL to April 15 earlier this month, it said conducting the tournament would only come into the picture if the pandemic […]

Athletes relieved of stress, say India chiefs after Tokyo Olympics postponed

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Tuesday (24) welcomed the IOC’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics by one year in view of the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, saying the country’s athletes have been relieved of having to train during a global health crisis. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe on […]

Sangakkara in self-quarantine after returning from UK

Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara has said he is currently in self-quarantine, following his government”s guidelines for those recently returning from Europe, which has now become the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic. The authorities are concerned over people returning from the most-affected COVID-19 countries in Europe not registering with the police and practising isolation. […]

No professional cricket in England and Wales till May 28

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has suspended all professional cricket till May 28, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ECB took the decision following discussions with the First Class Counties, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA). “It was agreed that, given the current information available, a seven-week delay […]

Mo Farah controversy: Rob Chakraverty resigns

ENGLAND’s team doctor Rob Chakraverty, who was under intense scrutiny following the Mo Farah controversy, has resigned on Friday (20),  the Football Association said. Rob Chakraverty joined the England football team in 2016 During his time with the team, England reached football World Cup semi-finals in Russia. The doctor was under scrutiny following allegations which […]

Troubled cricketer Umar Akmal faces ban over corruption charges

Pakistan’s perennial problem-maker Umar Akmal could face a lifetime ban if convicted of match-fixing charges unveiled on Friday (20) by Pakistan cricket authorities. The 29-year-old old was provisionally suspended by the anti-corruption unit of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on February 20, the day when Pakistan Super League commenced in Karachi. PCB said Umar violated its […]

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