Cricket

  • Hashim Amla rested for third ODI against Zimbabwe 17 minutes ago

    South Africa will hand debuts to top-order batsman Rilee Rossouw and left-arm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi in Thursday's third and final one-day international against Zimbabwe. Having already sewn up the series by winning the first two games by 93 runs and 61 runs, the Proteas will offer the pair an opportunity to...
  • No ban on WAGs while Team India on tour: BCCI sources 27 minutes ago

    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: Shastri 1 hour 25 minutes ago

    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,"...
  • Lack of options leave Team India struggling with MS Dhoni dilemma 4 hours 29 minutes ago

    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...
  • 1st ODI: Pollard, Ramdin star as West Indies beat Bangladesh by 3 wickets 9 hours 50 minutes ago

    Allrounder Kieron Pollard hit 89 and Denesh Ramdin chipped in with 74 as the West Indies overcame a disastrous start to beat Bangladesh by three wickets in their opening one-day international at the National Stadium on Wednesday. With five fours and six sixes off 70 balls, Pollard added a critical 145...
  • Fletcher, Dawes oversee India's net session before ODI series 15 hours 9 minutes ago

    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? 16 hours 20 minutes ago

    ESPNCricinfo's Senior Editor Gaurav Kalra reflects on whether time is up for Dhoni as India's Test captain. ...
  • 'Shame on you Kapil Dev,' an irate Hockey India lays into the legend 16 hours 55 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Disgruntled Hockey India (HI) secretary general, Narinder Batra, on Wednesday launched a tirade against cricket legend and head of the Arjuna Awards selection committee Kapil Dev, calling him an opportunist. Batra said the World Cup-winning captain settled an old score with him by ignoring seven hockey players for...
  • Dhoni's captaincy not up to Test standard: Mike Brearley 18 hours 24 minutes ago

    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 18 hours 31 minutes ago

    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...
  • Twenty20 is just a platform, Test cricket is the ultimate dream: Unmukt 19 hours 57 minutes ago

    New Delhi: With the Indian Premier League (IPL) being blamed for India's humiliating Tests series loss in England, Unmukt Chand, skipper of the 2012 U-19 World Cup winning team, feels that Twenty20 just remains a platform but playing Tests still remains the dream of every young cricketer. The 21-year-old Delhi cricketer,...
  • BCCI needs to handle Aaron with care: Former India physio 20 hours 48 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) must take special care of injury-prone fast bowler Varun Aaron to ensure he has a long and successful international career, feels former national team physio John Gloster. Gloster, who had worked with the Indian team from 2005-2008, feels that "maintaining proper workload is an...
  • Ravi Shastri appointment increases pressure on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Duncan Fletcher 21 hours 24 minutes ago

    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 21 hours 32 minutes ago

    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 22 hours 16 minutes ago

    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 22 hours 3 minutes ago

    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...
  • West Indies part ways with coach Ottis Gibson Yesterday

    St. John's: The West Indies parted ways with coach Ottis Gibson, just a day ahead of a home one-day series against Bangladesh. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Tuesday said the two sides "mutually agreed to terminate their association" with team manager Richie Richardson stepping in as interim coach. No reason...
  • Sri Lanka ponder life after golden generation Yesterday

    Colombo: Sri Lanka are banking on young talent to see them through a transitional phase in Test cricket despite the departure of one batting great, another approaching retirement and an ageing spinner in the ranks. Former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who ended his 17-year Test career on Monday following the 2-0...
  • Zimbabwe 'not a token tour' for Australia, says Michael Clarke Yesterday

    Captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday insisted Australia's visit to Zimbabwe was not a "token tour" or World Cup audition but was all about winning as players return to international action. A 14-man squad departed Wednesday for Harare to play a two-week series that also involves South Africa -- Australia's first international...
  • Glad that IPL shut the door on me, says Alex Hales Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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...
  • 2nd ODI: South Africa beat Zimbabwe to take series Yesterday

    Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell claimed three wickets apiece as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the second one-day international to clinch the three-match series on Tuesday in Bulawayo. McLaren claimed figures of 3 for 21 in eight overs while Parnell took 3 for 28 in nine as...
  • Duncan Fletcher cannot be blamed for India's poor show: Alec Stewart Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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....
  • BCCI sidelines Duncan Fletcher after England debacle Yesterday

    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. ...
  • Struggling Cheteshwar Pujara gets BCCI nod to play county cricket Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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...
  • Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli drop in Test rankings Yesterday

    Dubai: Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli's dismal performances in the recently concluded five-match Test series against England saw them dropping down in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings for Test batsmen, following their side's 1-3 series defeat. While Pujara dropped four places to 16th, Kohli slid a further five...
  • Duncan Fletcher is free to quit, says BCCI official Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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...