PV Sindhu aims to hit the ground running in 2021

India’s badminton world champion PV Sindhu has decided not to return to competitive action this year, but does not expect her prolonged pandemic-related absence to hamper her preparations for next year’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics. The Rio silver medallist is skipping the ongoing Denmark Open as the BWF World Tour season resumed following a seven-month shutdown […]

England confirm invitation to tour Pakistan in 2021

England could tour Pakistan for the first time in over a decade after officials confirmed they had received an invitation to visit the Asian giants early in 2021 for a “short white-ball series”. Fifty-over world champions England have not played in Pakistan since 2005/06. An attack by armed militants on Sri Lanka’s team bus in […]

De Kock stars as Morgan suffers defeat in first match as Kolkata captain

South African captain Quinton de Kock scored a brilliant unbeaten 78 Friday as Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians inflicted a crushing defeat on England counterpart Eoin Morgan in his first game leading Kolkata Knight Riders. Morgan, who took over after Dinesh Karthik quit just hours before the game, won the toss but nothing else. […]

Pakistan cricketer reports match fixing approach to officials

Pakistan cricket authorities on Thursday said a player has reported being approached by a bookmaker during an ongoing domestic tournament, as officials celebrated a rare win in the fight against match fixing in sports. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the unnamed player reported the matter to the body’s anti-corruption unit during the ongoing National […]

‘How can I be nervous?’: Gayle back in business with 53 as Punjab down Kohli’s Bangalore

Chris Gayle smashed 53 in his first outing this Indian Premier League season to give Kings XI Punjab their second win of the virus-hit Twenty20 tournament on Thursday. The explosive West Indies batsman walked in at number three to put on a key 93-run partnership with skipper KL Rahul, who made an unbeaten 61, as […]

Dhoni slammed for ‘bullying’ umpire into changing mind

Cricket fans have slammed icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni for apparently bullying umpire Paul Reiffel into changing a wide call during an Indian Premier League game. The incident occurred on Tuesday when Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings paceman Shardul Thakur bowled outside the off stump of Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Rashid Khan. Umpire Reiffel, who played 35 Tests […]

Misbah to quit Pakistan’s chief selector role

Misbah-ul-Haq has decided to step down from his role as the chief selector of Pakistan but will continue to serve in the capacity of head coach, the country’s cricket board (PCB) said on Wednesday. Former captain Misbah took over the dual selector-coach role in September 2019. He was appointed coach on a three-year contract after […]

Kohli hails ‘super-human’ De Villiers after Bangalore’s massive win

Skipper Virat Kohli on Monday (13) praised AB de Villiers’ “super-human” effort on a sluggish pitch after the South African great hit a match-winning 73 for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. Bangalore thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 82 runs in Sharjah as De Villiers stood tall with his 33-ball blitz and an […]

Ishant Sharma’s IPL season over due to muscle tear

India paceman Ishant Sharma has been ruled out for the remainder of the Indian Premier League season after tearing a muscle during a training session, his franchise Delhi Capitals said Monday. Sharma, 32, has played just one game for Delhi, who are level on 10 points with table-toppers Mumbai Indians in the ongoing season of […]

Kohli stars as Bangalore thrash Chennai in IPL

Skipper Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 90 as Royal Challengers Bangalore outplayed Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs in the Indian Premier League on Saturday. Kohli held the innings strong despite early losses including AB de Villiers for nought and a slow start to take the attack to the opposition in Bangalore’s 169 for four […]