Cricket

Sussex skipper touts Barbadian Jordan for Tests

Sussex skipper touts Barbadian Jordan for TestsLondon, April 18 - Sussex captain Ed Joyce says Barbadian seamer Chris Jordan is ready for Test cricket and is pushing for him to be included in the England squad for the India series in July.

The 25-year-old Jordan, who played first class cricket up to last year for Barbados, has already turned out for England in seven One-Day Internationals and six Twenty20 Internationals, reports CMC.

Pietersen ruled out of opening Delhi Daredevils match with finger injury

Kevin PietersenLondon, Apr 17 - Sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen has reportedly been ruled out of his opening Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Thursday due to a finger injury.

The former England batting star was due to skipper Delhi Daredevils against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah but his seasonal bow is on hold due to the injury.

According to the BBC, Delhi's assistant coach Eric Simons expressed his disappointment at the development, saying that Pietersen would not be considered for the match, adding that it is a setback for Delhi as he is an important player in their set-up.

Anderson needs medical clearance to make IPL debut

Corey AndersonWellington, April 16 - Corey Anderson will require clearance from New Zealand Cricket's medical staff before making his Indian Premier League debut, TVNZ reported Wednesday.

The $866,000 allrounder is preparing with his Mumbai Indians team in Abu Dhabi but won't play until New Zealand Cricket is satisfied he's over the dislocated little finger suffered at the World Twenty20 April 1.

PCB chief says ICC president for 2015 to be from Pak

Najam SethiKarachi, Apr 12  : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi said that the president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2015 would be from his country.

Pakistan had opposed changes to the world cricket's governing body, which hand the majority of powers and revenues to the ' Big Three' of international cricket: India, Australia and England .

Wisden backs England's decision to axe Pietersen without explaining to public

Kevin PietersenLondon, Apr 10 : The recent edition of the revered cricket almanac Wisden has backed England for axing controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen, although it agreed that the 'biggest losers' in this debacle was the public, who deserved to know exactly what went on.

The 151st edition of the Almanack, also called as the 'cricketing Bible', has delivered its verdict on the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) decision to dump their leading run-scorer after the dismal winter Ashes, and pronounced 'the part's over'.

Dhawan named Wisden's Leading Cricketer

Shikhar-DhawanLondon, April 9 : India's dashing opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan along with England women's captain Charlotte Edwards, Australians Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers, Englisman Joe Root and South African speedster Dale Steyn have been named Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World for 2013.

The five Cricketers of the Year are chosen by the editor of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack based on their "excellence in, or performance on, the previous English summer".

The Leading Cricketer of the World award, which has no such limit, recognises the strongest international performance of the previous year.

Don't crucify Yuvraj, Tendulkar pleads

Sachin-TendulkarNew Delhi, April 7 : Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar pleaded with fans not to crucify Yuvraj Singh for his lacklustre performance in the final of the World Twenty20 and warned against writing him off.

Tendulkar wrote on his Facebook page that Yuvraj, who took 21 balls for his 11 runs, had a tough day and should be criticised but should not be written off.

"It is the unpredictable nature of the game that makes cricket such an exciting sport. As cricketers, we always enjoy the applause when we succeed but it is the support and encouragement from fans during tough times that we appreciate the most," said Tendulkar.

Dhoni named captain of World T20 Team of Tournament

Mahendra-Singh-DhoniDubai, April 7 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday announced the men’s Team of the Tournament for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, with India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its captain.

The team includes four players from India, two each from South Africa and the West Indies, and one each from Australia, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka.

Chosen by a select group of experts, the team was aimed at being suited for Bangladeshi conditions, on the basis of performances at the just-concluded World T20 tournament. Statistics were used but were not the sole basis for selections.

Dhoni wary of Sri Lankan spinners in World T20 final

Mahendra-Singh-DhoniMirpur (Bangladesh), April 5 : India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has pointed to Sri Lankan spinners as the ones to watch out for when the two teams clash in the final of the World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here Sunday.

Spinners Rangana Herath and Sachithra Senanayake have done exceptionally well in the tournament and add to that Ajantha Mendis's exploits against India.

Sri Lanka reaches World T20 finals after 'rain-washed' semi-final win over Windies

Sri Lanka reaches World T20 finalsJohannesburg, Apr 4 - West Indies saw their hopes of defending the World Twenty20 title dashed by rain in the first semi-final on Thursday following a 27-run defeat by Sri Lanka, who has reached the finals of the tournament.

Set a challenging 161-run target, the West Indies were well short on the Duckworth-Lewis method when a thunderstorm stopped play after 13.5 overs at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka.

Afridi blames top-order collapse for World Cup defeat

Afridi blames top-order collapse for World Cup defeatIslamabad, April 3 - Explosive allrounder Shahid Afridi has blamed the negative approach of Pakistan's top order batsmen for the team's heavy defeat by the West Indies and early exit from the World Twenty20.

Talking to the media on the team's return home from Dhaka Wednesday after an 84-run defeat against the defending champions, Afridi was quoted by The Times as saying that the target was not a difficult one.

West Indies motivated by history, says skipper Sammy

West Indies motivated by history, says skipper SammyMirpur (Bangladesh), April 3 - Captain Darren Sammy says defending champions West Indies have been motivated by the lure of history as they prepare to battle with Sri Lanka in the first semi-finals of the ICC World T20 here Thursday.

Sammy has revealed that his men left the Caribbean passionately charged to defend their title, a feat no team has yet accomplished, reports CMC, reports CMC.

Thursday's first semi-final pits the teams that played the World T20 final two years ago.

Windies knock out Pak in World T20 Super-10 clash to reach semi-finals

Windies knock out Pak in World T20 Super-10 clash to reach semi-finalsSydney, Apr 2 - Defending champions West Indies have charged ahead into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 on Tuesday with an impressive 84-run win over Pakistan in their 'must-win' Super-10 match in Dhaka.

The West Indies, who finished second behind unbeaten India in Group 2, will clash with Group 1 champions Sri Lanka in the first semi-final in Dhaka on Thursday, while India will meet South Africa at the same venue on Friday.

Kiwis sent out of World T20 following 59-run thrashing by Sri Lanka

Rangana HerathJohannesburg, Apr 1 - Sri Lanka has sent New Zealand out of the World Twenty20 tournament on Monday by beating them by 59 runs in the race for the semi-finals in Chittagong.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath rocked New Zealand, chasing a modest 120-run total, by conjuring up figures of 3-5 to bowl them for 60 in 15.3 overs, which is New Zealand's lowest total in T20s.

According to Sport24, the win gave Sri Lanka their fourth successive semi-final place and they will play the winners of Tuesday's game in Group 2 between defending champions West Indies and Pakistan ahead of the first semi-final in Dhaka on Thursday.

Pietersen set for CPL appearance

kevin-pietersenKingston (Jamaica), March 31 : Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen is set to showcase his talent in this year's Caribbean Premier League, after signing up for next month's draft.

Pietersen was discarded by England following the disastrous Ashes tour earlier this year and will now ply his trade in the Caribbean following his Indian Premier League
(IPL) campaign for Delhi Daredevils and English county appearances for Surrey, reports CMC.

India thrash Oz by 73-runs to make clean sweep in World T20 Super-10

India thrash OzSydney, Mar. 31 - India thrashed Australia with a 73 runs win in their World Twenty20 clash in Dhaka on Sunday, as they topped the group two of the Super-10s with four successive wins.

India scored 159-7 as they were sent in to bat first by Australia captain George Bailey and Australia were bowled out for a trifling 86 in 16.2 overs as Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed 4-11 helping India to a 73 run win.

Gayle savouring sweet win over Australia

Gayle savouring sweet win over AustraliaDhaka, March 30 - There was absolutely no doubt that Chris Gayle thoroughly enjoyed the West Indies’ thrilling victory over Australia in their ICC World Twenty20 Group 2 clash.

When captain Darren Sammy belted the fourth ball of the final over from James Faulkner back overhead for a six to seal the win Friday, Gayle sprinted from the dugout, took a tumble, regained his feet and charged onto the field to celebrate.

He bared his fists and screamed before breaking into his signature Gangnam style dance, much to the delight of delirious teammates and spectators.

India sails into World T20 semis following eight-wicket win over Bangladesh

India sails into World T20 semis following eight-wicket win over BangladeshSydney, Mar 29 - India has sailed into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 tournament following an eight-wicket victory over hosts Bangladesh in Dhaka on Friday.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who was the Man of the Match in both the previous wins against Pakistan and the West Indies, continued his impressive form with 3-26 as Bangladesh was restricted to 7-138 in the Group Two match of the Super-10s.

Supreme Court names Gavaskar head of BCCI

Supreme Court names Gavaskar head of BCCINew Delhi, March 28 - The Supreme Court Friday appointed cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar as interim president of the Indian cricket board in place of the tainted incumbent, N. Srinivasan.

An apex court bench headed by Justice A. K. Patnaik said Gavaskar would only be concerned with matters related to the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The rest of the functions of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would be discharged by its senior most vice president, Shiv Raj Yadav (IANS)

Bengal minister wants Sourav Ganguly to head BCCI

Sourav-GangulyKolkata, March 27 : West Bengal Sports Minister Madan Mitra Thursday batted for former India captain Sourav Ganguly to take over as the country's cricket board chief, hours after the Supreme Court proposed cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar as its interim president replacing incumbent N. Srinivasan.

“Who better that Sourav? Sourav means clean cricket, Sourav means youth and energy. If the SC wants to know about Sourav’s credentials for the post, the people of Bengal will vouch for that by hitting the streets,” Mitra told media persons.



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