‘Preparations continuing for T20 World Cup this year’

MUMBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said it is continuing preparations for the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in Australia this year as planned and denied reports on Wednesday that a decision had been taken to postpone the event. Media reports in India said ICC members had come to an understanding that this […]

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Tokyo Olympics just beginning race to reset themselves

TOKYO: Just two months after the unprecedented Olympic postponement, organising committee CEO Toshiro Muto was asked on Thursday about progress toward next year’s rescheduled Tokyo Games. “If you ask, are we just around the first corner of the 400-meter race, I cannot answer that question,” said Muto, speaking through an interpreter during an online news […]

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India not at risk of losing 2021 World Cup over tax immunity

NEW DELHI: India is not at risk of losing hosting rights for next year’s ICC Twenty20 World Cup despite its cricket board’s failure to secure a tax exemption for the event, a key BCCI official has said. Tax exemptions for International Cricket Council (ICC) events are listed as a requirement in host agreements and the […]

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Stokes questions India’s approach in World Cup defeat against England

LONDON: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has opened up on one of the most controversial games of the 2019 World Cup. In his new book On Fire, the all-rounder has expressed that he was startled by India’s approach in chasing 338 against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The lack of intent from their ‘finisher’ M.S. Dhoni combined with […]

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PCB hires Saqlain, Bradburn and Asser at key posts in High Performance Centre

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made three more appointments for its newly-introduced project of the National High Performance Centre, bringing in former Test off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq besides relieving Grant Bradburn as fielding coach to hand him a different set of responsibilities at the centre. The third appointment is that of Asser Malik as […]

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Misbah proposes mask for bowlers to avoid use of saliva ‘instinctively’

KARACHI: Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has said that pacers will find it extremely difficult to adopt to ICC’s new guidelines for resumption of cricket and proposed a mask for the bowlers to ensure they don’t end up applying saliva on the ball “instinctively”. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has recommended a host […]

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‘Bowlers require minimum two months prep to play Tests’

DUBAI: Bowlers looking at resuming Test cricket after the novel coronavirus lockdown will require two to three months of preparation to avoid injuring themselves, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said. Cricket, like other global sports, has been suspended since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic but some countries are plotting guidelines for the return […]

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Only handful benefit from PCB welfare scheme

LAHORE: Only 16 domestic cricketers could benefit from the Pakistan Cricket Board’s welfare scheme, which was introduced to help them out financially due to the Covid-19. Though the PCB has the plan to disburse the amount to qualified domestic cricketers, scorers, umpires and referees — totalling above 90 — before the Eid-ul-Fitr, the process of […]

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Saliva ban may make cricket boring, warns Starc

SYDNEY: Australian paceman Mitchell Starc warned on Tuesday that cricket risks becoming ‘pretty boring’ if ball-tampering rules are not relaxed in response to a coronavirus-linked ban on using saliva to shine the ball. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to implement the ban in June after receiving medical advice that spit poses a Covid-19 […]

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Kvitova would ‘rather cancel’ Slams than play without fans

PRAGUE: Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova said on Monday she would prefer Grand Slams did not take place as opposed to playing them behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking on the eve of her court return in an all-Czech tournament the 30-year-old echoed the thoughts of Roger Federer, who said last week […]

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