South Africa

  • IPL 7 may be held in South Africa, UAE or Bangladesh 09-02-2014 07:05 AM

    The IPL Governing Council has shortlisted the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bangladesh, and South Africa as three alternative venues to host IPL 7 even as the organisers await the announcement of dates for the General Elections in India, ESPNCricinfo reported on Saturday. The timing of the General Elections in India...
  • Watson out of first Test, Marsh back in squad 08-02-2014 09:05 PM

    Johannesburg: Allrounder Shane Watson has been ruled out of the first Test against South Africa starting on Wednesday after a slow recovery from a calf injury with Australia bringing Shaun Marsh back into their squad. Left-handed batsman Marsh, who was in the original squad named by Australia for the tour...
  • Gary Kirsten rules himself out of England running 07-02-2014 07:21 PM

    London: South African Gary Kirsten has said he does not want to be considered for the job of England team director because of personal reasons. The 46-year-old had been tipped by many as a potential replacement for Andy Flower, who resigned last week to allow the team to rebuild after...
  • South Africa happy with Test warm-up ahead of Australia series 07-02-2014 08:02 AM

    Johannesburg: A century by Faf du Plessis and a first session in the middle for wicketkeeper AB de Villiers since hand surgery has left South Africa satisfied with preparations for the Test series against Australia. South Africa, who host a buoyant Australian side fresh from their Ashes triumph in a...
  • Court to hear 2000 match fixing case on May 20 04-02-2014 05:54 PM

    New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday fixed May 20 for hearing the 2000 match-fixing scandal case involving former South African captain Hansie Cronje and five others and asked the Delhi Police to provide copy of the charge sheet and all the documents annexed with it to the accused. The...
  • Snapshot: Gauahar, Kushal leave for South Africa to shoot for 'Khatron Ke Khiladi' 04-02-2014 03:25 PM

    Gauahar Khan and Kushal Tandon, who met on reality show 'Bigg Boss', will yet again be seen in another reality show 'Khatron Ke Khiladi 5'. The couple will be joined by 11 other contestants who will fight one another to win the adventure reality show. Gauahar and Kushal were recently...
  • Australia's Test warm-up in South Africa cancelled 03-02-2014 04:26 PM

    Cape Town: Australia's only warm-up fixture ahead of the three-match Test series against South Africa has been cancelled after torrential rain in Potchefstroom left little chance of play. The four-day match against a South African Invitational XI was due to be played between Wednesday to Saturday, but with conditions unlikely...
  • Chris Rogers learning from 'not so dumb' David Warner 02-02-2014 12:27 PM

    Experienced Australia batsman Chris Rogers has been taking advice from fellow opener David Warner about how to face up to the South African bowling attack ahead of the first Test in Pretoria. The left-handed pair will be crucial for Australia in seeing off the new ball on wickets that will...
  • Confident Michael Clarke lays down challenge to South Africa bowlers 31-01-2014 10:14 PM

    POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa: Australia captain Michael Clarke has laid down the challenge to South Africa's bowlers to prove they are the world's best attack after suggesting on Friday his side owned that honour ahead of their three-match Test series starting on February 12. The fast-bowling trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon...
  • Hughes replaces injured Marsh in Australia squad 30-01-2014 06:00 PM

    Australia replaced injured batsman Shaun Marsh with Phillip Hughes on Thursday while clearing fit-again paceman Jackson Bird to join the team in South Africa for the three-Test series starting on February 12. Though named in the 15-man squad, both Marsh and Bird stayed put in Australia battling fitness issues. "As...
  • Australian pacer Jackson Bird fit for South Africa 30-01-2014 11:59 AM

    Sydney: Australian fast bowler Jackson Bird was on Thursday declared fit and will fly out to join the rest of the squad in South Africa after being cleared of a back injury. The Tasmanian jarred his back in a domestic Big Bash League game last week and has been undergoing...
  • McLaren, Parnell in South Africa Test squad for Australia series 29-01-2014 02:58 PM

    Durban: Allrounders Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell were named in South Africa's 15-man squad on Wednesday for the three-match Test series against Australia starting on February 12. One of them is likely to fill the void left by the retirement of Jacques Kallis, who quit the five-day game ahead of...
  • CSA denies being part of 'unanimous support' to ICC revamp 29-01-2014 01:02 PM

    Johannesburg: One of the first to oppose a proposed revamp of the ICC's administrative structure, Cricket South Africa has denied the governing body's claim that there was "unanimous support" for "key principles" of the plan which would cede executive decision-making to India, Australia and England. "The support is subject to...
  • ICC backs 'principles' behind cricket shake-up 29-01-2014 09:43 AM

    London: World cricket was set for a shake-up after the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave "unanimous support" for "principles" to change its structure and governance. However, no sooner had the ICC presented a united front following the first of a two-day board meeting at its Dubai headquarters Tuesday, than South...
  • Clarke confident on Marsh, Bird for South Africa tour 29-01-2014 09:34 AM

    Sydney: Australian captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said he was confident Shaun Marsh and Jackson Bird will be fit to face top-ranked South Africa as the squad flew out for a three-Test tour. Batsman Marsh is struggling with a calf strain while paceman Bird has a back problem, with both...
  • PCB chief says four in opposition of ICC revamp 28-01-2014 04:26 PM

    Islamabad: Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are likely to oppose sweeping changes in the ICC as the governing body's executive board meeting began in Dubai on Tuesday. Before attending the meeting, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf told private television channels in Pakistan that all the four boards...
  • Injured James Faulkner out of England T20s, SA Test tour 28-01-2014 07:01 AM

    Australia allrounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of the three-match Twenty20 series against England due to a knee injury, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Tuesday. Faulkner, whose brilliant unbeaten 69 lifted Australia to an unlikely victory over England in the second one-day international in Brisbane this month, will also...
  • Zimbabwe turn down South Africa Test 27-01-2014 11:36 PM

    Harare: Crippled by a player strike and facing serious financial difficulties, Zimbabwe's cricket board has turned down a one-off Test against South Africa before the top-ranked South Africans host Australia next month. Zimbabwe Cricket spokesman Lovemore Banda says the Zimbabweans weren't able to accept the offer and will instead play...
  • Quirky bunny on Mandela's 29.5 feet statue causes outrage 27-01-2014 01:59 PM

    A new, 9-meter (29.5-foot) sculpture of Nelson Mandela is billed as the biggest statue of the South African leader. It also has a tiny, barely visible quirk: a sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears. South African officials want the miniature bunny removed from the statue, which was...
  • Bengali film 'Chander Pahar' brings tourists to South Africa 22-01-2014 11:21 AM

    Kolkata: Shot extensively in South Africa, Bengali blockbuster film 'Chander Pahar (Mountain of the Moon)' has generated huge interest among travellers from West Bengal, said a South African tourism official. Kamaleshwar Mukherjee's film, the most expensive Bengali celluloid outing till date, was filmed for 45 days in the 'Rainbow Nation'....
  • Cricket South Africa slams 'flawed' ICC plan 21-01-2014 09:28 AM

    London: South Africa have become the first major cricket nation to call on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to withdraw a draft plan that would give greater control of the world game to England, Australia and India. A "position paper" outlining the proposed changes is due to be discussed by...
  • India maintain number two spot in Test rankings 20-01-2014 08:49 PM

    Dubai: India continued to hold their number two spot behind South Africa in the latest ICC Test rankings issued here on Monday. India with 117 points are followed by Australia (111) while leaders South Africa have 131. Pakistan managed to hold its fifth place after notching up a thrilling six-wickets...
  • Australia bring in new blood for South Africa tour, Bailey dropped 20-01-2014 10:14 AM

    Perth: After a stunning Ashes triumph, Australia added specialist batsmen to a 15-man squad unveiled on Monday for the upcoming tour against world number one South Africa. Uncapped Tasmanian Alex Doolan joins Shaun Marsh who returns to the Test scene after almost two years. Losing out is Ashes number six...
  • Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam falls ill in South Africa 19-01-2014 03:24 PM

    Johannesburg: Singing legend SP Balasubrahmanyam fell ill shortly after receiving the inaugural Lifetime Achievement award at a function here last night. Balasubrahmanyam, 67, who was last heard in 'Chennai Express', sang a line each in 15 languages receiving the award at the International Indian Film Festival of South Africa (IIFFSA)....
  • AB de Villiers' surgery a success, on track to face Aussies 12-01-2014 06:20 PM

    Cape Town: South Africa wicketkeeper AB de Villiers had successful surgery on his injured hand on Friday and should be fit to take on Australia next month, Cricket South Africa said. "He will start light rehab on Monday and is on track to be ready for the upcoming tour against...
  • De Villiers set to face Australia despite hand surgery 09-01-2014 11:32 PM

    Cape Town: South Africa wicketkeeper AB de Villiers will undergo hand surgery on Friday, but is expected to be fit for the upcoming series against Australia, a Cricket South Africa spokesman said on Thursday. De Villiers will have a plate in his hand removed after it started to cause him...
  • Dale Steyn recovering from fractured rib 08-01-2014 08:47 AM

    Johannesburg: Fast bowler Dale Steyn will undergo rehabilitation on a fractured rib but will be fit for the home series against Australia which begins next month, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Tuesday. Steyn was injured two weeks ago while fielding in the second Test against India but played on...
  • Proteas ripe for the picking: David Warner 07-01-2014 01:36 PM

    Sydney: Australia plan to use the same intimidatory tactics that unravelled England in next month's tour of South Africa, opening batsman David Warner said on Tuesday. Warner claims members of South Africa's top-ranked team are "on the back foot as players" and will miss newly-retired Jacques Kallis in the three-Test...
  • Clarke says Aussies 'ready for South Africa challenge' 05-01-2014 04:56 PM

    Sydney: Michael Clarke said Australia will take the greatest bowling attack in world cricket to South Africa next month in a bid to challenge the number one Test side, after securing a 5-0 Ashes whitewash over England on Sunday. Australia climbed above England and Pakistan from fifth to third on...
  • Youthful India learn valuable lessons in defeat 31-12-2013 05:58 PM

    India might have lost the brief Test series in South Africa but the experience garnered from two tough Tests against the top-ranked team will serve them in good stead in tough away campaigns to come over the next year, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Tuesday. As they departed for...