England

  • Matt Prior plots England return on West Indies tour August 21, 2014

    Matt Prior has dismissed suggestions his England career is over and has targeted April's series in the West Indies for his return from a long-standing Achilles problem. The wicketkeeper will undergo surgery next month on the injury which has dogged him for two years and flared up in the home series...
  • No ban on WAGs while Team India on tour: BCCI sources August 21, 2014

    The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) on Thursday rubbished reports suggesting girlfriends and wives of players will no longer be allowed on tour and there will also be restrictions on the duration of the wives' stay, according to the CNN IBN sources. Earlier, there were reports that the board...
  • Duncan Fletcher has not been sidelined: Ravi Shastri August 21, 2014

    London: Former India captain Ravi Shastri, who has been appointed the team director for the ODI series against England, said his role would be to oversee the team but added that chief coach Duncan Fletcher has not been sidelined. "My role is to oversee everything. All of them report to me,"...
  • Indian coaches have burnt their bridges August 21, 2014

    What exactly is the role of Ravi Shastri, the new director of cricket operations of the Indian team now in England to complete a tortuous tour playing five one-dayers and a Twenty20 game after losing the five-Test series 1-3? It is not the role of the former India allrounder but the...
  • Lack of options leave Team India struggling with MS Dhoni dilemma August 21, 2014

    Beleaguered India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni appears set to retain his Test captaincy role - if he has the desire to continue - due to a sheer lack of alternative options to take on the job after yet another calamitous overseas tour. India's propensity for foreign failures was exposed in 2011...
  • Stuart Broad sets September 4 date for knee surgery August 21, 2014

    London: England pace bowler Stuart Broad will have surgery on his right knee on Sept. 4, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday. The 28-year-old will miss the five one-day internationals against India starting on Monday, but is expected to be fit in time for the World Cup, which...
  • Fletcher, Dawes oversee India's net session before ODI series August 20, 2014

    London: Two days ahead of their practice game versus Middlesex at the Lord's, Team India regrouped with a net-session with under-fire coach Duncan Fletcher and bowling coach Joe Dawes overseeing proceedings ahead of the five-match ODI series starting August 25. Interestingly, Dawes has been rested for the ODIs after India's 3-1...
  • Game over for Test captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni? August 20, 2014

    ESPNCricinfo's Senior Editor Gaurav Kalra reflects on whether time is up for Dhoni as India's Test captain. ...
  • Dhoni's captaincy not up to Test standard: Mike Brearley August 20, 2014

    London: Former England captain Mike Brearley, one of the sharpest cricketing minds to have played the game, reckons that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy and wicket-keeping is not up to Test standard. Brearley, writing in his column for 'The Times', said India have been a disappointment in the Test series even though...
  • Eager to find out what went wrong with Team India: Ravi Shastri August 20, 2014

    The newly-appointed Team India Director, Ravi Shastri, is on a mission to find out what actually went wrong with a team that created history at Lord's but turned into pushovers in the last three Tests of the series against England. BCCI on Tuesday announced sweeping changes to India's support staff, appointing...
  • Ravi Shastri appointment increases pressure on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Duncan Fletcher August 20, 2014

    London: Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher remain in place, but only time will tell if the appointment of Ravi Shastri as director of cricket is a temporary measure or a sign of deeper changes ahead in the Indian cricket team management. Former captain Shastri was...
  • No effort, no heart, no fight, Team India disappointed: Sourav Ganguly August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Former captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly have blasted the Indian team and said it was high time for the selectors to take some tough decisions following the embarrassing 3-1 Test series loss to England. Ganguly said the team had shown "no effort, no heart, no fight." "There have...
  • India, England square off in women's World Cup qualifiers August 20, 2014

    London: The Indian women's cricket team will take on England in the opening round of the inaugural ICC Championships on Thursday, a top-four finish in which will give the side a place in the 2017 World Cup. The Championship will also see Australia host Pakistan in a multi-year, bilateral qualifying competition...
  • IPL probe panel will not meet Indian players in England August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The retired Justice Mukul Mudgal-led IPL probe committee on Wednesday made it clear that they will not be travelling to England to interact with members of the Indian cricket team. "The Committee or any of its members also have no intention of travelling outside the country for any interaction...
  • Unexploded: Wars Within and Without August 20, 2014

    There is a poignant scene midway through Alison Macleod's novel about wartime England. The setting is Brighton, it's October 1940, when `bombs dropped like the leaves of autumn'. In the midst of death and despair a concert has been organised at the local internment camp by Superintendent Geoffrey Beaumont. A...
  • Glad that IPL shut the door on me, says Alex Hales August 20, 2014

    London: Having received his maiden call-up in the England ODI squad, hard-hitting batsman Alex Hales feels that the IPL snub he got during last edition, helped him turn into a better player. In 2013, Nottinghamshire refused to release him for the IPL and during the last edition, dashing batsman was not...
  • No need to remove MS Dhoni as India captain, says BCCI August 20, 2014

    Mumbai: With the World Cup only six months away, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) doesn't intend to sack India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose leadership has now been put under lens by critics. On a day when the BCCI cracked the whip in the aftermath of the...
  • Duncan Fletcher cannot be blamed for India's poor show: Alec Stewart August 19, 2014

    Former England captain Alec Stewart batted for under-fire Indian coach Duncan Fletcher, saying the Zimbabwean cannot be held responsible for India's pathetic show in England since a coach can only guide and execution on the field was players' job. Stewart's comments came after Ravi Shastri was appointed the Director of Indian...
  • Gavaskar backs Dhoni, gives thumbs up to Shastri move August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has not only backed under-fire skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni but also gave a thumbs up to BCCI's new move of appointing Ravi Shastri as the Team Director. "He has led from the front. He has batted at difficult positions. He has set an example....
  • Mudgal committee members England-bound to quiz cricketers August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed IPL probe committee members, headed by Retd Justice Mukul Mudgal, is likely to leave for England within a few days to talk to a few members of the Indian cricket team regarding betting and spot-fixing scandal during IPL 6. Deputy DG of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB)...
  • BCCI sidelines Duncan Fletcher after England debacle August 19, 2014

    MS Dhoni and Fletcher remain in place, but only time will tell if the appointment of Ravi Shastri as director of cricket is a temporary measure or a sign of deeper changes ahead in the Indian cricket. ...
  • Performance depends on captain and players: Kirmani August 19, 2014

    Bangalore: Former wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani on Tuesday welcomed Ravi Shastri's appointment as Team India Director but said the ultimate responsibility of team's performance lies with the captain and his players. "It is a very welcome change to start with - Let A, B, C or D be the incharge of cricket...
  • Struggling Cheteshwar Pujara gets BCCI nod to play county cricket August 19, 2014

    Mumbai: Cheteshwar Pujara, who was among the top-order batsmen who failed to click in the five-Test series against England that India lost 1-3, has sought permission to play in the remainder of the English county season and will be allowed to do so by the Board. "Pujara is not part of...
  • Darren Lehmann dares England to produce green tops August 19, 2014

    Melbourne: Ashes might be almost a year away, but verbal volleys have begun with Australian coach Darren Lehmann challenging England to produce the same green, seaming pitches they used to beat India when his team visits the 'Old Blighty' next year. "The wickets were quite sporting over there in the last...
  • Duncan Fletcher is free to quit, says BCCI official August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: With Ravi Shastri being appointed as the Director of the Indian cricket team, the days of current chief coach Duncan Fletcher seems to be numbered as there is a question mark about his presence during the upcoming home series against the West Indies. "Duncan has no powers left whatsoever....
  • India slip one place to fifth spot in ICC Test rankings August 19, 2014

    Dubai: India have slipped one place to be fifth in the ICC Test team rankings after their 1-3 demolition at the hands of England in the recently-concluded five-match series. India conceded six ratings points after they touched a new low by succumbing to their heaviest Test defeat (an innings and 244...
  • Team India will be re-energised under Ravi Shastri: BCCI secretary Patel August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel on Tuesday said that the Indian team will be re-energised under Ravi Shastri, who has been appointed as the Team Director for the ODI series against England. "We are quite sure that the boys will be re-energised under the guidance of Shastri. His on-the-field and...
  • Ravi Shastri appointed Team India Director for ODI series in England August 19, 2014

    In a surprise move on Tuesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named former India captain Ravi Shastri as Director, Indian Team, for the five-match ODI series against England besides appointing Sanjay Bangar as assistant to chief coach Duncan Fletcher. While the appointment of Bangar, who came into...
  • 'India need exposure outside the riches of IPL' August 19, 2014

    London: India captain M S Dhoni might have refused to blame IPL for his team's shambolic show in the five-Test series against England, but former English skipper Michael Vaughan feels the young Indian players must come out of the cash-rich league's shadow and play county cricket. "The Board Of Control for...
  • Stuart Broad left out of England ODI squad to face India August 19, 2014

    Strike bowler Stuart Broad, one of the heroes of England's 3-1 Test series victory against India, was on Monday left out of a 15-man squad for the five one-day internationals between the two teams. Broad, who played for England at The Oval despite having a broken nose and two black eyes...