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  • Banned players must be allowed to make a comeback: Salman Butt 9 hours 4 minutes ago

    Pakistan's banned former captain Salman Butt has said that those players who have been banned for spot fixing, have a right to try and make a comeback to international cricket once they complete their suspension period. "I know some people, including former players have said (Mohammad) Amir shouldn't be allowed to...
  • Sharad Pawar, Jagmohan Dalmiya urged to take over BCCI mantle 9 hours 8 minutes ago

    Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma on Saturday called upon veteran administrators Jagmohan Dalmiya and Sharad Pawar to cleanse the Indian cricket board that has been "vitiated" by sidelined president N. Srinivasan. Verma also rejected reports that Srinivasan, barred by the Supreme Court from contesting the Board of Control...
  • PCB reaches verbal agreement with players over contracts 9 hours 25 minutes ago

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reached a verbal agreement with the national cricket team players, who are currently touring New Zealand, that they do not need to sign the three-month central contract. "Instead of a three-month central contract, the board has verbally assured the players that when they return home,...
  • Ranji Trophy, Rd 8, Group A wrap: Bengal opener Arindam, spinners surrender initiative to Railways 10 hours 9 minutes ago

    Kolkata: Inability of the spin troika to dismiss the Railways' last wicket pair of Anureet Singh and Avinash Yadav cost hosts Bengal three points in a crucial group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy on Saturday. At stumps, Bengal were 187 for five in their second essay after Railways scored 302...
  • Pakistan cricket chief denies Mohammad Amir fast-tracked 10 hours 25 minutes ago

    Karachi: Pakistan's cricket chief Saturday denied that Mohammad Amir is being fast-tracked back into international cricket after a five-year ban, saying he will be monitored "on and off the field" before his re-entry. The 22-year-old was on Thursday cleared to play in domestic cricket by the sport's top governing body, bringing...
  • Not enough time or matches for Pakistan to prepare for WC: Wasim Akram 11 hours 40 minutes ago

    Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has expressed concerns over the national cricket team not getting enough matches and time to get acclimatised to the conditions in New Zealand and Australia ahead of the World Cup, starting from February 14. "When you look at India and how they are still struggling...
  • Ranji Trophy, Rd 8, Group C wrap: Jharkhand enforce follow-on on Goa 12 hours 40 minutes ago

    Jharkhand spinner Samar Quadri polished off Goa's tail, grabbing last four wickets quickly, to bundle out the hosts for 215 in their first innings and enforce a follow-on on the third and penultimate day of their Group C Ranji Trophy cricket match on Saturday. Following on, Goa reached 161 for five...
  • West Indies arrive for World Cup campaign 13 hours 28 minutes ago

    Sydney: A weary but upbeat West Indies side arrived here to begin preparations for the 2015 cricket World Cup. They arrived to a warm reception from fans and well-wishers Friday following a 12-hour flight from South Africa and are expected to get right down to their preparation ahead of the start...
  • Ranji Trophy, Rd 8, Group B wrap: Vidarbha inflict humiliating innings defeat on Delhi 13 hours 54 minutes ago

    Nagpur: Hosts Vidarbha bowled with clinical precision to outclass table toppers Delhi by an innings and 93 runs in a group league encounter of Ranji Trophy on Saturday. Having won the match in less than two and half days, Vidarbha with seven points including a bonus from this match climbed upto...
  • World Cup 2015 Team Profile: Scotland, Afghanistan hope to be at top of their game 15 hours 2 minutes ago

    Minnows have, since 1996, been there at every ICC event trying to put their best foot forward on the biggest platforms of all. Without a doubt, for them, it's more getting the first feel of travelling first-class, so next time they know the do's and don'ts of it. But history...
  • Not surprised at India's ouster, says George Bailey 16 hours 0 minutes ago

    Perth: Australian captain George Bailey is not surprised that India did not qualify for the tri-series final and said that concentrating on Test cricket before heading into the ODI event might have been the reason for their below-par showing. India failed to win any of their matches against Australia and England,...
  • Wickets rather than containment is best way forward: Stephen Fleming 16 hours 55 minutes ago

    It is all very well to try and tell yourself captaining your country in an ICC Cricket World Cup is the same as captaining at any other time - but it is not. True, there is still the toss of the coin and the decisions to be made about tactics,...
  • Pleased with the direction team is going in: Jos Buttler 18 hours 13 minutes ago

    England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is pleased with the way his team has shaped up for the World Cup after beating India twice in the tri-series but said they are desperate to test their skills against a much-fancied Australia in the finals, here tomorrow. England had thrashed India by nine wickets in...
  • Tri-series: Australia, England look for bragging rights ahead of WC 18 hours 35 minutes ago

    Perth: In what seems to be a dress rehearsal of their opening game in the World Cup, an unbeaten Australia take on England in the cricket tri-series final, here on Sunday. Having accumulated 15 points from four matches, the George Baily-led Australia undoubtedly start as overwhelming favourites with a fit-again...
  • Michael Clarke en route to recovery before World Cup 19 hours 42 minutes ago

    Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke made his comeback from injury Saturday, scoring 51 and batting for almost three hours in a Sydney club match before slamming media reports of a rift with teammates and Cricket Australia. Clarke made a rare appearance for his Western Suburbs club side on the first day...
  • Michael Clarke denies rift with Australian team-mates 19 hours 43 minutes ago

    Sydney: Australian captain Michael Clarke on Saturday rejected speculation about a rift with team-mates as he battles for fitness ahead of the World Cup. Speaking as he returned to the field for a grade cricket match, Clarke said the six-and-a-half weeks he had spent recuperating from hamstring surgery had not driven...
  • West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo retires from Test cricket 21 hours 21 minutes ago

    West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo has decided to call it quits from the longer format of the game. Bravo played his last Test match against Sri Lanka in December 2010 and on Saturday decided to call it time on his Test career through a statement, reports CMC. "Over the years, with...
  • English cricket set for new chairman as shake-up continues 21 hours 48 minutes ago

    London: The shake-up at the top of English cricket continued on Friday when Colin Graves was nominated for chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board. Graves, who is the chairman of county Yorkshire, is set to be elected unopposed for the biggest job in the English game as no other...
  • MS Dhoni insists underperforming India primed for World Cup 22 hours 28 minutes ago

    Perth: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni insisted on Friday his team will be primed for their upcoming World Cup title defence, despite ending a miserable tour of Australia without a win. India bowed out of the one-day international tri-series with another poor batting effort, which condemned them to defeat in...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Round 8, Day 3 22 hours 44 minutes ago

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 2 Round-up: Seen as a future India Test regular, Young Lokesh Rahul on Friday cracked a memorable triple century - the first from Karnataka to achieve the feat in Ranji Trophy as well as first-class cricket - guiding his...
  • MS Dhoni did look short of ideas at Perth, feels Sunil Gavaskar Yesterday

    Perth: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ran "short of ideas" in Friday's loss against England at Perth. Asked why India's most successful bowler Stuart Binny (3/33 in 8 overs) wasn't given an opportunity to complete his full quota of 10 overs, Gavaskar said:"You have...
  • James Taylor delighted to score in a pressure situation Yesterday

    Perth: Ecstatic to have scored in a pressure situation, England batsman James Taylor on Friday said he derived a lot of satisfaction after his side pulled off a win against India from a tricky position to secure a place in the ODI tri-series final against Australia. Chasing a modest target of...
  • IPL-8 auction on February 16 in Bengaluru Yesterday

    Mumbai: The players' auction for the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held in Bengaluru Feb 16. Several leading cricketers from across the world will be up for grabs. The auction will begin at 9.30 a.m. and will be conducted by professional English auctioneer Richard Madley, who...
  • Ranji Trophy, Rd 8, Group B wrap: Vidarbha put Delhi on mat, sick Sehwag comes in at No 10 Yesterday

    Table toppers Delhi were outplayed for the second day in succession as they finished the proceedings at 133 for eight in reply to hosts Vidarbha's respectable first innings score of 370 in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter, here today. Delhi, who still need 87 runs to avoid follow-on will be...
  • Ranji Trophy, Rd 8, Group C wrap: Assam take first-innings lead against Andhra Yesterday

    Guwahati: Assam took a vital first-innings lead in their Group C Ranji Trophy cricket match against Andhra Pradesh here on Friday. At stumps on the second day, Assam were 199 for six in their first innings, taking a lead of 62 runs with four wickets remaining in reply to the visiting...
  • Ranji Trophy, Rd 8, Group A wrap: Rawat shines as Railways inch towards 1st innings lead Yesterday

    Kolkata: Skipper Mahesh Rawat's fluent half-century kept Railways with a bright chance of getting the first innings lead against hosts Bengal in a group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy on Friday. In reply to Bengal's first innings score of 268, Rawat's unbeaten 56 helped Railways reach 219 for six in...
  • Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson set to return for tri-series final Yesterday

    Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is set to return to One-Day International (ODI) cricket after a break of over a month and will play in the tri-series final against England on Sunday. Johnson said the break was a much needed one, specially after the "tough" tour in the United Arab Emirates...
  • Joe Burns not keen on playing Indian Premier League Yesterday

    Brisbane: Australia batsman Joe Burns said on Friday that he is not keen on playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) and instead wants to focus on the longer format of the game. "Test cricket is my priority and I am not too keen to go to the IPL," Burns...
  • Tri-Series: MS Dhoni blames batsmen for loss to England Yesterday

    Perth: Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed the batsmen for Friday's loss against England in the virtual semi-final of the tri-series here. England booked a berth in the final of the One-Day International (ODI) series against Australia, courtesy a three-wicket win over India at the WACA. "When we started batting, I...