Harbhajan defends under-pressure India coach Kumble

Harbhajan Singh has come out in support of his longtime teammate Anil Kumble amid reports of rift between the current India coach and captain Virat Kohli. “Only present players will be able to tell what his relations with Anil bhai are,” Harbhajan said. “In my 15 years of playing with him, there has been no […]

Strauss sees IPL as risk worth taking for England stars

England director of cricket Andrew Strauss believes the vital experience gained from sending the country’s players to the Indian Premier League (IPL) far outweighs the risk of them picking up injuries during the Twenty20 tournament. All-rounder Ben Stokes returned from his impressive maiden IPL stint to help England take an unassailable 2-0 lead in a […]

Haris Sohail: We need to forget that we are playing India

Pakistan do not need any added motivation for their Champions Trophy opener against India but batsman Haris Sohail insists his team has to forget about the opposition it is facing in the marquee clash on Sunday (4). Rain at Edgbaston curtailed Pakistan s final warm-up game before the start of the tournament, with Australia making […]

India government will not allow bilateral cricket with Pakistan

Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday (29) made it clear that the government will not allow any bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan till the time “cross-border terrorism” does not stop. The minister’s firm statement comes on a day the BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board are meeting in Dubai to discuss their bilateral ties, […]

Writing off Virat Kohli will mean eating a humble pie, says Michael Hussey

Virat Kohli may have had a quiet IPL by his standards but former Australia batsman Mike Hussey said the opposition teams can take the Indian captain lightly during the ICC Champions Trophy at their own peril. “He is a class player and anyone who wants to write him off in this tournament will probably have […]

Kohli ‘not nervous’ to be in England after Manchester attack

India captain Virat Kohli insisted on Thursday (25) he had no qualms about being in England for the upcoming Champions Trophy tournament following the deadly Manchester terror attack. A suicide bomb that exploded shortly after the end of a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena in the northwest English city […]

Indian cricket board raises concerns after Manchester attack

The Indian cricket board has sent a security officer to England amid concerns over team safety in the Champions Trophy following the Manchester bomb attack. Acting president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CK Khanna confirmed that Neeraj Kumar, security in-charge and consultant of its anti-corruption unit, left for England on […]

Kumble’s position as India head coach under threat

India’s cricket board on Thursday (25) invited applications for a new head coach, as Anil Kumble’s contract draws rapidly to a close. The former Test captain was appointed coach in June 2016 for a year but will automatically be considered for a renewed term. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given […]

Sachin Tendulkar reflects on cricket career, new biopic

By Asjad Nazir Big hitting batsman Sachin Tendulkar admirably represented his country for 24 years and in the process uplifted a nation with his brilliance on the field of play. Now the inspirational story of the greatest Indian sportsman in history has been bought to the screen with newly released documentary drama, Sachin: A Billion Dreams, which charts his rise from humble beginnings to becoming […]

Sri Lanka great Sangakkara to retire from first-class game

Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara has announced he will retire from first-class cricket at the end of the present English county championship season in September. The 39-year-old — fifth in the list of all-time Test run scorers averaging more than 57 runs in 134 Tests, making 11 double centuries — is still in prime form having […]

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