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  • Cricket legends call for restoring bat-ball balance in ODIs 7 hours 12 minutes ago

    Sydney: Cricket legends have called for restoring the balance between bat and ball, including easing fielding restrictions and regulating bat thickness, in the ODI format. Michael Holding, Ian Chappell, Rahul Dravid and Martin Crowe, participating as experts in 'ESPNcricinfo' discussion on the future of ODI game, in Sydney after the second...
  • Brendon McCullum joins Birmingham Bears T20 Blast squad 7 hours 15 minutes ago

    London: Birmingham Bears have pulled off a major coup by signing New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum to help retain their NatWest T20 Blast title. McCullum, whose runs as opening batsman helped the Black Caps reach the Cricket World Cup Final, has agreed to a seven-match deal with the Bears. The 33-year-old, recognised...
  • Sponsored: How IBM transformed Twitter experience for World Cup 2015 11 hours 46 minutes ago

    The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is just over. Besides the matches and the cricket, one highlight was IBM's Score With Data (@scorewithdata) campaign which transformed the premier cricketing event for fans as they gained never before insights into cricket, thanks to IBM's cutting-edge technologies. Twitterati Speaks is one key...
  • Sponsored: Can Social Sentiment Analytics Drive Enterprise Insights 11 hours 58 minutes ago

    On March 7, 2015, at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, the South Africa vs Pakistan match at the Cricket World Cup 2015 captured the attention of a global audience. The high tension match kept fans on the edge of their seats until Pakistan achieved victory thanks to some masterful...
  • World Cup hero Mitchell Starc tops cricket bowlers' rankings 12 hours 46 minutes ago

    Melbourne: Australian pacer Mitchell Starc has surged to the top of the One-Day International (ODI) bowlers' rankings for the first time in his career following a stellar performance in the World Cup that saw him named the "Player of the Tournament". Starc jumped two places to take the top spot. He...
  • Virat Kohli's work ethics are second to none, says Ravi Shastri 14 hours 4 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Defending an under-fire Virat Kohli, Indian cricket Team Director Ravi Shastri on Monday said the swashbuckling batsman's ordinary run in the World Cup had nothing to do with his actress-girlfriend Anushka Sharma's presence and to call it that is "utter nonsense". "If it was so, Virat wouldn't have got...
  • Racial quotas controversy re-emerges in South African sport 18 hours 23 minutes ago

    Cape Town: Did South Africa's cricket team dropped a white player and replaced him with an injured black player for a World Cup semi-final match to make their lineup more racially acceptable? The question has revived an uncomfortable conversation over race and change in South African sport, where the two most...
  • Pakistan name Azhar Ali as new ODI captain Yesterday

    Islamabad: Pakistan's cricket chiefs on Monday named batsman Azhar Ali as the national side's new one-day international captain, despite the fact he has not made the 50-over team in more than two years. The 30-year-old replaces Misbah-ul-Haq, who retired from ODIs following Pakistan's World Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of...
  • Virat Kohli must play more responsibly: Erapalli Prasanna Yesterday

    New Delhi: Virat Kohli is expected to captain India in all formats at some point but before that happens the star batsmen must start taking more responsibility towards his team, says spin great Erapalli Prasanna. "In all probability, Kohli will captain the Indian team in the next World Cup. For that,...
  • ICC President vows to expose apex body after World Cup trophy snub Yesterday

    Miffed over the International Cricket Council's decision to keep him out of the awards distribution ceremony of the World Cup 2015, ICC president Mustafa Kamal has threatened to reveal "mischievous things" that he claims are taking place at the governing body. It was ICC chairman N Srinivasan, who handed the World...
  • Brad Hogg bats for Steven Smith as Australia skipper Yesterday

    Brad Hogg has backed Steven Smith to take over the One-Day International captaincy after Michael Clarke quit the format following Australia's win over New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday (March 29) in the World Cup final. Smith's form over the last few months has turned many heads. After...
  • Interim committee to run Sri Lanka Cricket Yesterday

    Colombo: Mired in controversies owing to allegations of corruption, Sri Lanka Cricket will now be run by an interim committee, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Monday. The SLC Annual General Meeting to elect office bearers was to be held on April 30 and the nominations for positions were to be...
  • Cricket Australia to announce Ashes, West Indies squad Yesterday

    Melbourne: Two days after earning a fifth World Cup victory, Australia's best one-day cricketers will find out if they're in the mix for a five-Test Ashes tour later this year. On Tuesday, Cricket Australia will announce their squad for a two-Test tour to the West Indies beginning June 5. Those players...
  • 'Cricketers can fill their skills gap with power of analytics,' says Writer Corp's Yateen Chodnekar Yesterday

    World Cup 2015 won't interest Indians anymore. Much has been written about the game, India's performance, and Virat and Anushka, but hardly anyone realised that one factor which really adds spice to the game -- analytics. It plays a key role in making not just the game of cricket but...
  • Analytics is need of the hour in cricket: CIO Milind Khamkar Yesterday

    World Cup Cricket 2015 fever might have been over for majority of Indians after Dhoni and his boys lost their semi-finals against Australia. But in India, neither the cricket season ends, nor cricket fans' appetite for more. After the World Cup, the Indian Premier League matches seem set to treat...
  • France recover from Brazil defeat with 2-0 Denmark win in friendly match Yesterday

    Saint-Etienne: France recovered from last week's defeat by Brazil when Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud earned a second-string side a 2-0 home friendly win over Denmark in St Etienne on Sunday. Lacazette, who was booed by the crowd before kickoff because he plays for St Etienne's bitter rivals Olympique Lyonnais, was...
  • Tiger Woods falls out of the top 100 in the world Yesterday

    Virginia Water, England: For the first time since 1996, Tiger Woods is not among the top 100 golfers in the world ranking. Woods, who hasn't played since he withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open on February 6, falls to No. 104 this week. The last time he was out of the...
  • Brazil sink Chile to continue winning run 2 days ago

    Brazil won their eighth successive game since the World Cup as Roberto Firmino's goal gave them a feisty 1-0 victory over Chile in a friendly at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Firmino, a 61st-minute substitute, burst clear after 73 minutes and expertly rounded Chile keeper Claudio Bravo before dispatching a...
  • Peeved ICC President Mustafa Kamal leaves MCG before end of World Cup final 2 days ago

    Melbourne: Peeved at not being given the opportunity to hand out the World Cup trophy to the champions, International Cricket Council (ICC) President Mustafa Kamal on Sunday left the Melbourne Cricket Ground even before the final between Australia and New Zealand finished. It was ICC chairman N Srinivasan, who handed the...
  • Malaysian Grand Prix extended through 2018 2 days ago

    Sepang: The Malaysian Grand Prix will remain on the F1 calendar through 2018 after organizers finalized a new three-year contract on the sidelines of Sunday's race. It will retain the title sponsorship of the state oil company Petronas, which is the chief sponsor of reigning champion team Mercedes. Sepang International Circuit chairman...
  • Argentina, without Lionel Messi, beat El Salvador 2-0 in friendly 2 days ago

    Washington: Ever Banega scored on a deflected shot, Federico Mancuello added a late goal and Argentina beat El Salvador 2-0 in a friendly match on Saturday. Argentina were lackluster without their star Lionel Messi, who stayed on the bench with a bruise on his right foot. The Barcelona star took a...
  • Neymar can break Pele's Brazil goal record, says Dunga 2 days ago

    Brazil striker Neymar, who has scored 43 times for his country and is still only 23, can break Pele's long-standing record of 77 international goals, coach Dunga said on Saturday. Pele, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, also helped Brazil win three World Cups, in 1958, 1962...
  • Malaysia poised to sign new F1 hosting deal 3 days ago

    Sepang, Malaysia: Malaysian Grand Prix organizers are poised to sign a new three-year contract to host Formula One at the Sepang International Circuit, with a final agreement expected next month. SIC chairman Mokhzani Tun Mahathir told The Associated Press on Saturday that the final details of the contract were being formalized...
  • 2015 edition most followed cricket World Cup: ICC 3 days ago

    Melbourne: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday said that the 2015 World Cup has been the most followed and attended event in cricketing history. "This World Cup has been the most followed and best attended cricket event in history. All over the world, hundreds of millions of fans have been...
  • Michael Clarke quits, who's next? Three contenders 3 days ago

    Melbourne: AFP Sports looks at the main contenders to be Australia's next one-day captain following Michael Clarke's decision to retire from ODIs after Sunday's World Cup final against New Zealand: Steve Smith The favourite following his role as stand-in skipper in Clarke's injury absence for the last three Tests against India this...
  • Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission 3 days ago

    Baikonur (Kazakhstan): Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them. Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly are to spend 342 days aboard the orbiting laboratory, about twice as long as a standard mission...
  • ICC wary of expansion but keen on cracking US frontier 4 days ago

    Sydney: International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson has warned of the dangers of the game "spreading itself too thin" but said officials were still keen for the sport to fully establish itself in the United States. The 2019 World Cup in England is set to feature 10 teams, four fewer...
  • Neymar, Willian shine as Brazil beat France 3-1 4 days ago

    Paris: Striker Neymar scored his 43rd international goal and midfielder Willian set up two as Brazil beat France 3-1 on Thursday in another step in rebuilding their credibility. It was France's first defeat since last year's World Cup, where they lost to Germany in the quarter-finals. Brazil remain unbeaten since hosting...
  • Harry Kane a talisman for young English players, Roy Hodgson 5 days ago

    England manager Roy Hodgson has called on more Premier League clubs to give homegrown players the chance to shine, holding up Harry Kane as an example of what they might discover. Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane has been a revelation since forging ahead of experienced Spaniard Roberto Soldado and Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor...
  • MS Dhoni calls for changes in ODI playing conditions 5 days ago

    Sydney: Indian captain MS Dhoni on Thursday advocated changes in playing conditions governing one-day games, saying too many boundaries can cause boredom and the 50-over matches should not become like T20 outings. "It's my personal opinion, I would like them to change. In the history of cricket we have not seen...