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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tendulkar compares coronavirus battle to Test cricket

Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar has offered an unusual take on the coronavirus fight by comparing it to Test cricket, urging patience and teamwork, and warning “we have to defend well”. “While the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic, this is probably the time for of us to draw lessons from the grand old format of the […]

Sanjay Bangar may coach Bangladesh for Tests

FORMER India batting coach Sanjay Bangar may be appointed as Bangladesh’s Test batting consultant for the two-match Test series against Australia scheduled to be played in June. According to reports, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is looking to rope in Bangar as the national team’s batting consultant for Tests. “We have spoken with Bangar (for […]

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