‘Unsung’ Woakes eager to keep England place against Pakistan

Chris Woakes is happy to be an unsung hero but the England paceman says he is as keen as any of his more high-profile colleagues to play in the first Test against Pakistan on Wednesday. The 31-year-old bowling all-rounder was a key figure in England’s recent 2-1 series win over the West Indies. He took […]

IPL to be played from Sept 19 to Nov 10; Chinese sponsors to be retained

The Indian Premier League’s Governing Council on Sunday (2) decided to retain all its sponsors, including Chinese mobile company VIVO, and approved COVID-19 replacements in the event to be held in UAE this year. The tournament will be played from September 19 to November 10 in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi subject to necessary clearences […]

Women’s T20 Challenge ‘very much on’: Sourav Ganguly

Indian cricket president Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said the women’s T20 Challenge was “very much on” after the IPL confirmed the virus-delayed men’s tournament would get underway in September. Last year, a women’s T20 Challenge involving three teams was played alongside the cash-rich, globally popular Indian Premier League. “I can confirm to you that the […]

Baseball looking for Indians to trade willow for ash

Baseball is one of several sports seeking a slice of the huge Indian market and its similarity with cricket, often called a religion in the country of 1.4 billion, could give it a head start, Major League Baseball (MLB) officials hope. MLB spent a decade and half studying the market before opening a sixth international […]

Indian attack can rattle Australian batsmen, including Smith, Warner: Gambhir

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes that the Virat Kohli-led side has the bowling attack to rattle the Australian batting line up including Steve Smith and David Warner, who were serving ball-tampering bans in the previous series Down Under. India are slated to tour Australia in November for a gruelling four-Test series. “Because India has […]

Pakistan’s Wasim Khan urges England to ‘do the right thing’ in 2022

Pakistan’s decision to tour England despite the risks of travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic was not part of a reciprocal agreement but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expects its English counterpart to “do the right thing” in 2022. Pakistan are the second test team, after West Indies, to tour England this summer. They will play […]

Yuvraj calls Stuart Broad ‘a legend’, asks fans to look beyond six sixes

India’s flamboyant former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on Wednesday doffed his hat to Stuart Broad, 13 years after nearly bringing about a premature end to the England pacer’s career with six sixes in an over. On Tuesday, Broad became only the seventh bowler and fourth speedster to take 500 wickets in Test cricket. The 34-year-old Broad […]

‘Don’t want to blame anyone’: Azharuddin on match-fixing ban

Mohammad Azharuddin’s rehabilitation from life ban is more than complete in many ways but the former India captain says he “doesn’t really know the reasons” for banning him in the first place. In December 2000, Azharuddin was handed a life ban by the BCCI for his involvement in match-fixing. However, after a long drawn out […]

Kaneria mocks PCB’s ‘zero-tolerance policy’ after Akmal’s ban halved

Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria, who has been trying get his life ban for spot-fixing lifted, on Thursday (30) said PCB’s decision to reduce Umar Akmal’s suspension for failing to report corrupt approaches smacks of double standards. The likes of Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, who too were found guilty of spot-fixing like […]

Pakistan’s Akmal has three-year cricket ban halved on appeal

Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal’s three-year ban from cricket for failing to report a match-fixing approach was on Wednesday reduced to 18 months on appeal, meaning he can resume playing in August next year. Former Pakistan supreme court judge and independent adjudicator Faqir Mohammad Khokhar announced the appeal result, which had been reserved two weeks ago, […]