Dhoni right man to lead India, Virat's time will come: Rahul Dravid

Rahul-DravidNew Delhi: Former India captain Rahul Dravid said that there is no need to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni as suggested by former Australian skipper Ian Chappell because the team has "progressed" well under the able leadership of the Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman.

"Dhoni is the right man to take India forward as we have been making progress and going forward under him. A lot of people keep complaining about the past losses in England and Australia (2011-12). But now he has a young team and is doing a good job. As far as Virat (Kohli) is concerned, his time will come," Dravid told mediapersons via conference call from London.

Proteas score 265 for 8 on Day 1 of Galle Test

Proteas score 265 for 8 on Day 1 of Galle TestGalle (Sri Lanka), July 16 : Hashim Amla-led South Africa scored 268 for the loss of five wickets on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

The match is being played at the Galle International Stadium from July 16 to July 20.

ICC charges Anderson with 'misconduct' for abusing, pushing Jadeja

James AndersonLondon, July 16 - England fast bowler James Anderson has been reportedly charged with misconduct by International Cricket Council ( ICC) for allegedly abusing and pushing Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test.

According to the BBC, The incident is alleged to have happened immediately after the teams left the field for lunch on day two of the Trent Bridge match.

If Anderson is found guilty, he could be ban ned for up-to four matches. However, an England and Wales Cricket Board statement said that Anderson categorically denies the accusations and has lodged its own complaint against Jadeja, report said.

Alistair Cook receives flak for poor performance in Trent Bridge

Alastair-CookSydney, July 15 : Calls for England cricket team Captain Alistair Cook to step down from captaincy are growing louder with his dismal performance in the last two test series that England played against Sri Lanka and India.

According to News. com. au, Geoffrey Boycott wrote in The Telegraph that Cook's form is an embarrassment for the team and puts undue pressure on other team members. He also added that the captain should step down from the position on his own if he fails twice in the second test match which is scheduled to begin at Lord's on Thursday.

Skipper Dhoni wants Indian squad exposed to English conditions

Mahendra-Singh-DhoniJohannesburg, July 15 : Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has insisted that he wants the squad exposed to the English conditions during the remainder of their five-match series against England after the first Test ended in a draw.

The tourists ground out a draw, on a pitch that was arguably slower and lower than many Indian surfaces, against England in the first Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

Dhoni said that he always has maintained that when one comes to a country they want to play on a wicket that is the specialty of that country, Sport24 reported.

Duminy says playing spate of ODIs will hold Proteas in good stead ahead of WC

Jp-DuminyJohannesburg, July 12 : South Africa all-rounder J. P. Duminy has said that they would be playing a lot of ODIs leading to the Cricket World Cup in order to get better for the mega event.

As the South African squad faces another pressure test in the third series-deciding ODI against Sri Lanka on Saturday, Duminy said that it is vitally important for them to be exposed to these situations, Sport24 reported.

The all-rounder said that he feels South Africa is making good strides in each and every game and is hopeful that if they are confronted with such situations in the future they would know what to do. (ANI)

England 'buckle' as India cement their advantage in first Test at Trent Bridge

England 'buckle' as India cement their advantage in first Test at Trent BridgeLondon, July 12 - India cemented their advantage in the first Test in Trent Bridge against England as the hosts suffered another batting collapse.

Having reached 134-1 on a docile pitch, England lost six wickets for 68 runs after lunch.

All rounder Stuart Broad provided some hope to the hosts as he led a recovery with a brisk 47 and a last-wicket stand of 54 between Joe Root and James Anderson also helped England gain a little pace on their home turf, The BBC reported.

PCB seeking ICC's advice over ex-Pak skipper Malik's life ban

Saleem MalikKarachi, July 9 - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly seeking advice from the International Cricket Council (ICC) over Salim Malik's life ban after the former Pakistani captain's plea to have his 2000 life ban for match-fixing removed.

The PCB wrote to the ICC after Malik approached Pakistan board's chairman Najam Sethi in April claiming that a lower sessions court had declared the suspension illegal in 2008.

According to The Dawn, Malik argued in his meeting with Sethi that the board should clarify the position with the ICC.

Kallis wants to end international career with World Cup 'high'

Jacques-KallisSydney, July 8 : South African great Jacques Kallis has said that it would be nice if he could end his international career with a World Cup victory, with him as part of the winning side.

A motivated Kallis, who would be playing for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League later this year, has achieved a lot of prizes in nearly two decades in the game, except for the Cricket World Cup.

Shakib Al Hasan given six months cricket ban for breaching rules

Shakib-Al-HasanMirpur, July 7 : A six months ban from all forms of cricket has been rolled out to Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for breaching rules.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has also decided not to issue Hasan any no-objection certificate (NOC) for 18 months.

According to Bangladesh's Daily Star, BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon said that the decision came after the board received a series of allegations.

Hasan returned to Dhaka from London after the cricket board asked him to do so while he was on his way for Barbados to join Caribbean Premier League without taking any NOC from the board, the report added. (ANI)

Tendulkar delights crowd in short span, Finch wins it for MCC

Sachin TendulkarLondon - Sachin Tendulkar made everyone at Lord`s nostalgic with some delectable strokes but it was young Aaron Finch, who stole the show with a magnificent 181 as MCC comfortably beat Rest of the World by seven wickets in the `Bicentenary Celebrations` match here on Saturday.

It was a `Union of Legends` as the likes of Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Shane Warne once again put on their cricketing gears.

Indian bowlers struggle as Derbyshire pile up 326/5

Indian bowlers struggle as Derbyshire pile up 326/5Derbyshire - India yet again produced a listless bowling performance as Derbyshire piled up 326 for five at stumps of the first day of their second tour game ahead of five-match Test series against England, here on Tuesday.

Billy Godleman (67 not out of 159 balls, 8x4s) and 17-year-old Harvey Hossein (53 not out of 89 balls, 8x4s) were at the crease at the end of opening day`s play.

ICC launches tender process for sale of media rights for 2015-23 events

iccDubai, July 1 : The ICC today launched the tender process for sale of media rights for ICC events for the next eight years.

This process offers television and digital broadcasters, content delivery platforms and media conglomerates the opportunity to own an attractive media rights package, either globally or by territory, for ICC events which includes two editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup, the second largest single sport event in the world, and two ICC World Twenty20 tournaments, the pinnacle event for one of the fastest growing sports formats in the world.

Criticism on Alastair Cook motivates teammates to do better

Alastair-CookLondon, June 30 : The criticism on England captain Alastair Cook is bringing his team mates together to produce a winning performance against India.

England bosses are now convinced that the squad is behind Cook and are determined to give their hundred percent against India to help the captain come out of the strong criticism.

There are plenty around the team who were left stunned at the level of the attack launched by Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen.

Meanwhile, teammates are supporting the captain and showing faith in him.

Scolari says Brazil squad becoming 'more afraid' ahead of Chile WC clash

Luiz-Felipe-ScolariLondon, June 28 : Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has admitted that his squad is becoming 'more afraid' as they prepare to face Chile in their first match of the World Cup knockout stage.

Brazil will face Chile on Friday to battle for a place in the last 8 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

According to the BBC, Scolari said that it is normal for Brazil to be anxious, especially now in the knockout stage where they cannot lose.

The coach said that Brazil has become more afraid, more nervous, adding that it is normal, not because it is in Brazil, but because it is a World Cup.

Indian top-order gets quality batting practice on opening day

Gautam GambhirLeicester: The Indian top-order batsmen got much needed batting practice against a below-par Leicestershire attack as they finished the first day of their opening tour match at a comfortable 333 for four here Thursday.

As many as three batsmen went on to complete their half-centuries with comeback man Gautam Gambhir`s 54 being one of the notable contributions.

Shikhar Dhawan (60 retired), Cheteshwar Pujara (57 retired) were also among the runs as opener Murali Vijay (20) and batting mainstay Virat Kohli (29) were the ones to miss out on a scoring opportunity.

Michael Clarke set to participate in Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race

Michael-ClarkeMelbourne, June 25 : Michael Clarke will make his competitive yachting debut in the Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race next month for charity.

The 33-year-old Australian cricketer will be a part of the Perpetual LOYAL crew in the Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race next month to raise money for medical equipment to assist seriously ill children, News. com. au reported.

Clarke, who will also be hosting a lunch to raise money for sick children, revealed that the endeavor is out of his "comfort zone" but he had decided to take it up as it is for a good cause. (ANI)

Chris Cairns still not out of the match fixing case: Report

Chris-CairnsLondon, June 23 : New Zealand's former cricketer Chris Cairns is reportedly still not over the match fixing allegations against him by former team mates.

According to the BBC, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) would not charge match fixing offenses against the former NZ cricketer.

Cairns indicated that was the case with a text message yesterday which suggested he had read the Daily Telegraph report but could not comment as he was "awaiting the Met Police and CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] decision".

Morkel says Proteas determined to make life easy for new skipper Amla

Morne-MorkelJohannesburg, June 21 : South Africa paceman Morne Morkel has said that the squad is determined to make life as easy as possible for newly appointed Test captain Hashim Amla as they prepare for next month's tour of Sri Lanka.

Morkel said that it is a bit of a new-look team, a fresh team, but one that has played well.

According to Sport24, Morkel said that with Amla leading South Africa's Test squad, they are a team that wants to back him and play well for him to make his job a bit easier.

Ashwin stays on eight spot in Test bowlers chart

R AshwinDubai: India may not have played a Test match for more than three months now but off-spinner R Ashwin held on to his eighth spot in the ICC Test bowlers` rankings led by South African paceman Dale Steyn.

Ashwin, who has bagged 104 wickets and accumulated 788 runs in 19 Tests, has also stayed firm behind Vernon Philander in the all-rounders` chart.

Cheteshwar Pujara also kept India`s flag flying high in the Test batsman`s table as the Saurashtra batsman climbed three places to occupy the seventh spot.

Star batsman Virat Kohli (10) also maintained his position in the top-10, which is led by South African AB de Villiers.

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