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  • It'll be tough to fix any World Cup 2015 matches: ICC chief January 20, 2015

    The chief executive of cricket's governing body believes it will be tough for anyone outside the game to fix matches during next month's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. David Richardson also said on Tuesday that the International Cricket Council (ICC) would clamp down hard on bad behaviour in...
  • Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja sues Rajkot newspaper for defamation January 20, 2015

    Jamnagar: Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja on Tuesday filed a defamation suit against the editor of a Rajkot-based evening newspaper for defamation, seeking damages of Rs 51 crore. Principal senior civil judge P B Parmar issued a summons to Satish Mehta, editor and owner of 'Aabtak', asking him to remain present...
  • Pakistan will beat India in World Cup, says Misbah-ul-Haq January 20, 2015

    Karachi: Looking to rewrite history by beating arch-rivals in the upcoming World Cup, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has promised the fans that the national team would play its best cricket in the 50-over showpiece event and make them proud. India and Pakistan open their respective campaigns against each other on February 15...
  • I would not like to see kids sledging on field: Glenn McGrath January 20, 2015

    Brisbane: Former fast bowling great Glenn McGrath says playing with a passion was a must for cricketers but he would not appreciate if kids are involved in fiery on-field spats. In the ongoing India's tour of Australia, six separate incidents have been reported for poor player behaviour with David Warner being...
  • Sunil Gavaskar blasts Indian bowlers, wants Ishant out of team January 20, 2015

    Brisbane: Once again slamming the Indian bowlers for their poor showing in Australian conditions ahead of the World Cup, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the bowlers have learnt nothing from their past experiences on foreign tours. After failing to take 20 wickets in the 2-0 Test series defeat against Australia,...
  • PCB bars players from using social media websites during World Cup January 20, 2015

    Karachi: The Pakistani players, featuring in the World Cup squad, have been banned from using social networking sites during the mega event, beginning next month. Team manager, Naved Akram Cheema confirmed on Tuesday that as part of their central contracts, players would not be allowed to use any social networking site...
  • Shahid Afridi wants to regain fastest ODI ton record during World Cup January 20, 2015

    Karachi: Allrounder Shahid Afridi said he will try to wrest back the record of scoring the fastest ODI hundred when Pakistan tours New Zealand and during the World Cup to make it a memorable farewell for him and his fans from 50 overs cricket. Afridi has announced he will retire...
  • Ranji Trophy: Uttar Pradesh host Bengal in Round 7 January 20, 2015

    Ghaziabad: Uttar Pradesh host Bengal in a Ranji Trophy battle of struggling cricket teams beginning at the Mohan Meakin ground on Tuesday. Though both teams would have wanted to be placed higher after five matches, Bengal have a better chance of making the quarter-finals. The visitors have 10 points from a loss...
  • Abdul Razzaq lashes out at Waqar Younis January 20, 2015

    Karachi: Pakistan out of favour allrounder Abdul Razzaq had lashed out at the national team's head coach Waqar Younis for launching a campaign against established senior players. "Till Waqar is the coach I will never be considered for a comeback to the national team," Razzaq complained. "For some reason since Waqar became...
  • World Cup 2015 will be bigger and better, says David Richardson January 20, 2015

    Dubai: ICC Chief Executive David Richardson believes that "there has been no stone left unturned" as preparations continue ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, but stressed the need for players to remember their responsibilities to uphold the sport's integrity at all times. In an exclusive TV interview with the...
  • Rahul Dravid not impressed with current World Cup format January 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Having been a part of three World Cup campaigns, former India cricket captain Rahul Dravid said that the current format of the 50-over showpiece event, starting mid February in Australia and New Zealand, is too predictable and should be improved upon. "Don't really like it. Reason is you can...
  • I'm pleased my hard work finally paid off, says Steven Finn January 20, 2015

    Brisbane: He scripted a memorable comeback, on Tuesday, snapping five wickets to set up England's nine-wicket win over India in the tri-series and pacer Steven Finn said he was happy to see that his hard work finally paid off. "It's just nice to help England win a game of cricket. A...
  • Dhoni said this is our core team for next 7-8 yrs: Wriddhiman Saha January 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Being Mahendra Singh Dhoni's understudy for the past four years has taught Wriddhiman Saha the virtue of patience and he said Dhoni had predicted after walking into Test sunset that the current bunch will form the core of the Indian cricket team for the next 7-8 years. "MS addressed...
  • Bilawal Bhatti replaces Junaid Khan in Pakistan's World Cup squad January 20, 2015

    Karachi: Pakistan suffered a major blow even before the Pakistan team could leave for the World Cup as experienced pacer Junaid Khan was replaced by allrounder Bilawal Bhatti in the 15-member squad. The Pakistan Cricket Board said that Junaid had still not made a full recovery from a hamstring injury he...
  • Injury scare for Bangladesh's Taijul Islam January 20, 2015

    Mirpur: Bangladeshi left arm spinner Taijul Islam was struck on his bowling arm while batting in the nets on Monday. He was immediately rushed to a hospital for treatment. According to team manager Khaled Mahmud, the reports did not show anything serious. "Taijul hurt his wrist while facing Shafiul Islam in the...
  • World Cup 2015: What to expect from the minnows January 20, 2015

    The cricket World Cup over the years has been a place for the minnows where you can showcase your talent, although giving an opportunity to a side after every four years neither does any good to their confidence nor does it help their cricket grow. Some of the minnows, like...
  • MS Dhoni blasts batsmen after England loss January 20, 2015

    Brisbane: His decision to bat first backfired on Tuesday as India were dismissed for a paltry 153 against England and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put the blame on his batsmen for their nine-wicket loss in their second ODI of the cricket tri-series here. "I don't think we batted well, especially after...
  • Tri-Series: England down experimental India in a one-sided game January 20, 2015

    India's experiments backfired in a big way against England on Tuesday, resulting in a one-sided nine-wicket defeat at Brisbane in Game 3 of the Carlton Mid Tri-series. MS Dhoni's uncharacteristic decision to bat after winning the toss was exploited to the hilt by Steven Finn and James Anderson on a responsive...
  • Indian media slams David Warner's sledging antics January 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Indian media on Tuesday lashed out at David Warner over his repeated verbal clashes with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's touring team, demanding the aggressive Australian opener be reined in. "Brakes on motormouth Warner" and "Talkative Warner crosses the line" read two headlines in Indian newspapers after Warner was fined 50...
  • Ranji Trophy: Karnataka favourites to roll over Baroda January 20, 2015

    Mysuru: A rampant Karnataka, strengthened by the return of Test batsman Lokesh Rahul, take on Baroda, in the sixth round of the Ranji Trophy starting here on Wednesday, in what should be another comfortable outing for the hosts. They currently lead Group A table with 28 points. With four wins and...
  • Stuart Binny 44, India 153: FAQ answered January 20, 2015

    On a Tuesday in Brisbane, a frequently asked question was answered with unequivocal precision when Stuart Binny - the most surprise inclusion for many in India's World Cup squad - put the disquiet over his selection to rest. The allrounder's confidence followed statements of support from his captain and coach, and...
  • Steven Smith to lead Australia against England, David Warner rested January 20, 2015

    Melbourne: Steven Smith will lead Australia in Friday's tri-series match against England in absence of suspended George Bailey, Cricket Australia said on Tuesday. Opening batsman David Warner has also been rested from the one-day international at Hobart to recover from a sore hamstring, CA added in a statement. Shaun Marsh and Cameron...
  • 4th ODI: Williamson, Ronchi seal New Zealand's win over Sri Lanka January 20, 2015

    Nelson: Kane Williamson scored 103 to rescue an ailing New Zealand innings Tuesday and steer them to a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international for a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series. Williamson returned to the line-up after a two-match absence with a shoulder injury to score...
  • Eye injury could end Craig Kieswetter's career January 20, 2015

    London: Wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter's career could be over as a result of the eye injury he suffered in July, Somerset's director of cricket Matthew Maynard said on Monday. The England player damaged his eye socket when a ball smashed through his helmet grill, breaking his nose and injuring his cheekbone while...
  • Indian bowlers face burnout ahead of World Cup 2015 January 20, 2015

    Of late, Indian bowlers have had to face some stick justifiably, but more often sheer overwork for a long period of time seemed to have weariness and fatigue setting in. Let us see their workload. In 2014, India had played a diverse five-Test series against England, followed by five ODIs and a...
  • As it happened: India vs England, Tri-series, Match 3 January 20, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) The match the Gabba will be important for both the teams to get back to winning ways and get things rolling in the points table with Australia sitting pretty at the top. England have more on the plate than India...
  • As it happened: 4th ODI, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka January 20, 2015

    (For ball by ball commentary scroll down to bottom of the page) Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat in the the 4th ODI as Kyle Mills returned to the New Zealand squad after coming through his comeback match for Auckland from a groin injury with flying colours. Playing...
  • David Warner warned by Cricket Australia to mend ways January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Volatile Australian batsman David Warner was on Monday warned by his cricket Board boss to "stop looking for trouble" after he engaged in verbal spat with Indian opener Rohit Sharma during the tri-series match between their sides on Sunday. Warner was fined 50 per cent of his match fee from...