IPL, a ‘sports breather’ during the pandemic, starts on Saturday

AFTER months of uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the delayed season of the popular Indian Premier League (IPL) will kick off in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday (19) with a clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. The 2020 edition of the world’s richest Twenty20 league was originally scheduled to […]

Usman Khawaja speaks out on ‘racial vilification’, branding of Asians as ‘lazy’

By S Neeraj Krishna USMAN KHAWAJA, the first Muslim to play Test cricket for Australia, has spoken out on getting “racially vilified” in his career, and the urgent need to boost diversity in the sport. The Pakistan-born batsman, who had debuted against England in 2011, said players from the Indian subcontinent were often perceived as […]

No cheerleaders, no fans: IPL pares down glitz for Covid era

THE much-delayed Indian Premier League will start on Saturday (19) without its customary glitz and glamour, but the Twenty20 tournament is expected to be a welcome relief to cricket fans during the pandemic. The short-form extravaganza normally starts in March but along with other major international sporting events was postponed as countries went into virus […]

‘World’s best’ Mumbai Indians attempt back-to-back IPL titles

Already regarded as the world’s richest and most successful Twenty20 cricket team, the Mumbai Indians will now attempt to underline their status by claiming their first back-to-back titles in the Indian Premier League. Led by senior Indian batsman Rohit Sharma and owned by Nita Ambani — wife of India’s richest man, Reliance Industries billionaire Mukesh […]

Pakistan’s Rana claims he endured racist abuse from Yorkshire fans

FORMER Pakistan fast bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has claimed that he was racially abuse by Yorkshire supporters when he played for the English county. Rana alleges he was subjected to racist slurs and hooting from the home crowd when he played for Yorkshire in 2008 and 2009. The 41-year-old’s comments came after Pakistan-born English spinner Azeem […]

Archer defends English cricket over Holding’s anti-racism blast

Jofra Archer said England have not “forgotten about the Black Lives Matter” campaign after they were strongly criticised by West Indies great Michael Holding for no longer taking a knee. England and West Indies cricketers adopted the gesture at the start of each of their three Tests in July to show their support for the […]

Kohli ‘leading by example’ as Bangalore seek IPL turn-around

South African veteran AB de Villiers said captain Virat Kohli is “leading from the front” as Royal Challengers Bangalore look to shed their wooden-spooners tag in the Indian Premier League. De Villiers said India skipper Kohli was inspiring much hard work in the build-up to the IPL’s start in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday. […]

Retired, but not tired: Dhoni set to ‘rule the roost’ in IPL

MS DHONI may have signed off from international duties but he’ll be at the heart of the action in the Indian Premier League — a tournament he helped inspire, and where he remains a towering figure. Dhoni, who has led the Chennai Super Kings to three titles and five runner-up finishes in the IPL’s 12 […]

“I am free”, says Indian pacer Sreesanth as his spot-fixing ban ends

INDIA pacer S Sreesanth’s ban for alleged spot-fixing came to an end on Sunday(13), concluding a seven-year punishment that was originally meant to be for life and was aggressively contested by the flamboyant bowler. The 37-year-old has already made it clear that he intends to resume at least his domestic career at the end of […]

IPL a good warm-up for India-Australia series – Chappell

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell says the coming IPL season will be good practice for India’s players ahead of their highly anticipated series Down Under in December. Indian and international cricketers — including several Australians — are currently in the United Arab Emirates ahead of the virus-delayed Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament which starts on […]

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