New Zealand

  • Chris Cairns denies he's alleged match-fixing kingpin May 20, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand great Chris Cairns on Tuesday denied he is alleged match-fixing kingpin "Player X", instead blaming "dark forces" for placing him at the centre of an International Cricket Council investigation. Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum and former batsman Lou Vincent have both told ICC investigators that Player X...
  • Brendon McCullum not corrupt, says New Zealand Cricket May 19, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on Monday that Blacks Caps captain Brendon McCullum was not under investigation for corruption after reports surfaced that he was approached to fix matches in 2008. NZC said it was "dismayed" that McCullum's testimony to the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption unit had been leaked...
  • New Zealand confirm Auckland Aces matches under scrutiny May 15, 2014

    New Zealand Cricket has confirmed matches played by an Auckland Twenty20 team at the 2012 Champions Trophy in South Africa are the subject of an International Cricket Council investigation into match-fixing. Chief executive David White told a news conference in Auckland on Thursday that New Zealand had been informed by the...
  • Lou Vincent exposes widespread match-fixing May 16, 2014

    Wellington: Former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent has reportedly opened up to investigators about widespread match-fixing in several countries, but New Zealand authorities were on Thursday adamant the Black Caps were not involved. Vincent is said to have provided the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption unit "with a treasure trove of...
  • Cardiff to host 2015 Ashes opener May 12, 2014

    England's bid to regain the Ashes next year will begin with the first Test at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Monday. Cardiff, which also hosted the Ashes opener in 2009, will get the five-Test series underway from July 8-12 with matches following at Lord's,...
  • I was no longer needed for Tests, says Darren Sammy May 11, 2014

    New Delhi: West Indies' Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy says his decision to quit Test cricket came after the selectors conveyed to him that they didn't have any plans for him as player or captain in the team. Sammy retired from Tests on Friday evening and the announcement came just hours after...
  • McMillan named New Zealand batting coach for Windies tour May 9, 2014

    Former Test player Craig McMillan has been appointed New Zealand's batting coach for the upcoming tour of West Indies, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on Friday. "We had a number of strong applicants from New Zealand and abroad but overall we felt that Craig was the best fit for the role,"...
  • Pakistan to host New Zealand in the UAE ahead of 2015 World Cup May 7, 2014

    Pakistan will host New Zealand for a full series in the United Arab Emirates in November-December later this year ahead of the 2015 World Cup. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Wednesday that the series would include three Tests, five One-day Internationals and a T20 across Dubai, Sharjah and Abu...
  • West Indies coach hoping on batting turnaround for New Zealand series May 5, 2014

    Bridgetown: West Indies coach Ottis Gibson says several performances in the Regional First Class season offer hope the regional side can make amends for last year's poor showing in New Zealand, when the Black Caps arrive in the Caribbean later this month. The Windies were completely outplayed in the three Test...
  • New Zealand to toughen rules on match-fixing with new law May 5, 2014

    New Zealand said Monday they will make match-fixing a specific crime for the first time to ensure sport remains corruption-free as the country prepares to co-host next year's Cricket World Cup. Sports Minister Murray McCully said that in recent years some sporting codes had been targeted by international criminal syndicates "seeking...
  • Dwayne Bravo bitter about not making it to Windies Test squad April 30, 2014

    London: West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is disappointed with the selectors' decision to keep him out of the Test team for the last four years. Bravo, who skippers the West Indies One-Day International side, has been complaining ahead of the home series against New Zealand, which begins in June. "I must stress...
  • Former New Zealand cricketer Grant Bradburn appointed Scotland head coach April 28, 2014

    Former New Zealand international Grant Bradburn has been named as the new coach of Scotland. The 47-year-old, who played seven Tests as an off-spinner, joins the Scotland set-up after coaching New Zealand's A or national reserve side. Bradburn will be assisted by Craig Wright, who has also been put in charge of...
  • New Zeakand's Jesse Ryder to play for Essex April 23, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand Cricket says it will not oppose batsman Jesse Ryder's move to English county side Essex, even though he is currently barred from international selection because of off-field misbehavior. Ryder is expected to join Essex in May and will play for the division two county in all formats for...
  • Illness spoils 'Royals' singer Lorde's Australian tour April 23, 2014

    Reuters: Ailing Grammy award-winning New Zealand singer Lorde has postponed her Australian tour this week after doctors advised she needed immediate rest and recuperation, her promoters said on Tuesday. Teenager Ella Yelich-O'Connor, who uses her stage name Lorde, has been touring North and South America over the past few months and...
  • Arvind Bhat loses in semi-finals of New Zealand Open badminton April 18, 2014

    New Delhi: German Open champion, Arvind Bhat of India on Friday crashed out of the New Zealand Open after suffering a straight-game defeat to top seed Jen Hao Hsu of Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals of the USD 50,000 Grand Prix event in Auckland. The fifth seeded Indian, went down 14-21,...
  • Photos: Prince George wears a romper that looks like a girl's dress, sparks nostalgic recollection about dad William April 18, 2014

    Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrived in Sydney on April 16, 2014. William and Kate, and their 8-month-old son George are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George. So far Kate has...
  • Shuttler Arvind Bhat advances to New Zealand Open semis April 17, 2014

    Auckland: Recently crowned German Open Grand Prix Gold winner Arvind Bhat came out with another fantastic performance to enter the men's singles semifinal of the New Zealand Badminton Open Grand Prix here on Thursday. The fifth seeded Bhat beat Malaysian third seed Chun Seang Tan in 56 minutes to win the...
  • Shuttlers Sourabh, Arvind progress in New Zealand Open April 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian shuttlers Sourabh Verma and Arvind Bhat entered the second round of the men's singles event at the SkyCity New Zealand Open with contrasting wins over their respective rivals in Auckland on Tuesday. While second seeded Sourabh got the better of local lad James Eunson in straight games, fifth...
  • Cricket in 3-inch heels, racing her husband: 11 photos of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, that charmed people of New Zealand April 15, 2014

    Britain's Duchess of Cambridge has twice beaten her husband Prince William during friendly racing in America's Cup sailing boats on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Both had some high-powered teammates - Kate was paired with Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker while William raced with Grant Dalton, the team's manager and a...
  • New Zealand pick rookie duo for West Indies tour April 15, 2014

    New Zealand selectors included two new caps in a 15-man Test squad named on Tuesday to tour the West Indies, with injury-hit spinner Daniel Vettori's future under a cloud. Otago slow bowler Mark Craig was plucked from obscurity in anticipation of spin-friendly wickets on the three-Test tour, alongside fellow rookie Luke...
  • Kate Middleton meets ailing children at a hospital in New Zealand April 13, 2014

    London: Kate Middleton paid a visit to ailing kids at Rainbow Place Children's Hospice. The Duchess of Cambridge is on a three-week tour to New Zealand and Australia with her husband and Britain's Prince William and son Prince George. Dressed in emerald coat by Erdem, the Duchess of Cambridge Saturday met with...
  • Jimmy Neesham reckons Corey Anderson is a 'Big Money' player April 12, 2014

    New Delhi: They have the same skill-sets and both are integral part of the New Zealand team but allrounder Jimmy Neesham knows that his friend Corey Anderson is already in the big league even as he tries to carve his own niche in international cricket. Asked about a rivalry with his...
  • Former NZ wicketkeeper Hopkins calls it a day April 11, 2014

    Wellington: Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins has announced his retirement from competitive cricket after a career spanning over 17 years. The 37-year-old Hopkins played four Tests, 25 one-dayers and 10 Twenty20 internationals with his last Test and ODI appearance coming against India back in 2010. In domestic cricket, Hopkins played for...
  • Photos: Prepare for a cuteness overload. Prince George has a play date in New Zealand with mom Kate and other kids April 9, 2014

    Britain's Prince George plays during a visit to Plunket nurse and parents group at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Plunket is a national not-for-profit organization that provides care for children and families in New Zealand. Britain's Prince William, his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge...
  • Worcestershire sign New Zealand duo Munro and McClenaghan April 8, 2014

    Worcestershire have signed New Zealand pair Colin Munro and Mitchell McClenaghan for part of the 2014 season, the English county side announced on Tuesday. Batsman Munro will be Worcestershire's second overseas player for this season's domestic Twenty20 competition, alongside Pakistan spin bowler Saeed Ajmal. McClenaghan will replace Ajmal for a six-week period...
  • Top seven moments of 2014 World Twenty20 April 8, 2014

    It's over, but memories will stay. The 2014 ICC World Twenty20 delivered unbridled joy and also distressing heartbreaks that will shape up into bedtime stories the players will narrate to their grandchildren one day. Whether it was Hong Kong's win over Bangladesh, Dale Steyn's last over against New Zealand or...
  • Adorable photos of 8-month-old Prince George with mom Kate and dad Prince William on his first royal tour to New Zealand April 8, 2014

    Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, arrived in New Zealand's capital to cheers from locals who braved windy, rainy weather to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed in the fog-shrouded city of Wellington along with their baby son, George, to kick...
  • Charlotte Edwards to lead World T20 XI for second time April 7, 2014

    Dhaka: Finalists England and Australia contributed a total of six players to the ICC World T20 2014 women's team of the tournament, which was announced here on Monday, with England's Charlotte Edwards named captain for the second consecutive time. Chosen by a select group of experts, the team was selected for...
  • Snapshot: Prince George joins William-Kate for their tour of Australia and New Zealand April 7, 2014

    Britain's Prince William, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their son Prince George disembark from their plane after arriving in Wellington. The royal party was greeted by strong winds and rain, the AFP reported. The Prince and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand...
  • Herath was outstanding, we played mindless cricket: Brendon McCullum March 31, 2014

    Chittagong: Rangana Herath's extraordinary spin bowling was termed as unbelievable and outstanding by the captains of Sri Lanka and New Zealand as the left-arm spinner took five wickets at the expense of just three runs to script his team's stunning win, here on Monday. Herath bowled 21 balls and among them...