Moeen Ali in England training squad for Ireland ODIs

Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow were included in a 24-man England training squad named on Thursday for the three-match one-day international series at home to Ireland. Wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow and off-spinning all-rounder Mooen were left out of the squad for the first Test against the West Indies, taking place in Southampton this week. But with England […]

Stokes will lead England from front, has controlled aggression: Tendulkar

Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar has little doubt that Ben Stokes will lead England from the front in the opening Test against West Indies, with his “controlled aggression” and infectious energy aiding him the most. Tendulkar spoke about stand-in English skipper Stokes while previewing the three-Test series, which starts in Southampton on Wednesday, with West […]

Asia Cup T20 tournament cancelled, says Ganguly

India’s cricket chief Sourav Ganguly said on Wednesday (8) the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament has been called off amid the coronavirus pandemic. The event, which had Pakistan as original hosts, was scheduled for September with the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka frontrunners to stage the tournament. “Asia Cup has been cancelled. It was due […]

Until we educate entire human race, racism will not stop: Holding

An emotional Michael Holding didn’t hold back as he delivered a powerful message against racism on Wednesday, asserting that the black race has been dehumanised and its accomplishments wiped off from a history “written by people who do the harm”. Holding, who will retire from commentary at the end of next year, talked about racism […]

India’s cricket boss Ganguly opposes four-day Test plan

INDIA’s cricket chief Sourav Ganguly has come out against playing four-day Tests, proposed by the world governing body as a way to squeeze more cricket into a packed calendar. The International Cricket Council has floated the idea of reducing matches in the World Test Championship by one day from 2023, but Ganguly said officials should […]

Former England keeper James eyes coaching role in England

FORMER Liverpool and England goalkeeper David James says lockdown has given him plenty of time to indulge in his passion for art and also plot a move into management. The 49-year-old, capped 53 times, cut his managerial teeth with Kerala Blasters in south India, but now believes it is time to look closer to home. […]

Former England footballer wants 30 per cent BAME representation at top levels of UK Sport

FORMER England soccer international Eniola Aluko has called for an increase in Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) racial diversity at the top level of UK Sport to 30 per cent. The lack of ethnic minority representation in national sports governing bodies has come to light through the Black Lives Matter movement in recent weeks. A report […]

Dhoni says no to brand endorsements, busy with organic farming

Never the one to walk the beaten path, former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has decided not to do any commercial endorsements amid the COVID-19 pandemic and is instead busy with organic farming, gearing up to launch his own brand of environment-friendly fertilisers soon. The World Cup-winning swashbuckler, on a sabbatical from cricket for the […]

Lack of Black players in county cricket not good enough, says Atherton

The lack of Black players in county cricket is “clearly not good enough” according to former England captain Michael Atherton. A study carried out by Leeds Beckett University this year found that there were only nine Black players competing in county cricket last season, down from 33 in 1995. “When I started playing in the […]

Ganguly credits fitness for India’s fast bowling rise

India’s cricket chief Sourav Ganguly says improved fitness standards and a change in culture have led to the country developing one of the world’s best pace attacks. Spearheads Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are part of a battery of five formidable quick bowlers that have helped change India’s traditional reliance on spin bowling. “You know […]

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