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SL to play ODI series, one-off T20I instead of third SA...

SL to play ODI series, one-off T20I instead of third SA Test
South Africa had been scheduled to play three Tests in Sri Lanka in July, but one of those Tests has been traded for a five-match ODI series and a T20I. First Test: July 12-16, Galle Second Test: July 20-24, SSC First ODI: July 29, Dambulla Second ODI: August 1, Dambulla Third ODI: August 5, Pallekele…

No excuse for teams not to tour Pakistan now – Sarfraz

No excuse for teams not to tour Pakistan now – Sarfraz
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed urged the world to change its perception about playing international cricket in the country after a highly successful T20I series against West Indies in Karachi. He also heaped praise on his team-mates for completing a 3-0 clean sweep, despite the depleted resources of the opposition. "I have been hearing people say…

Injury-free season crucial for thin KKR squad

Injury-free season crucial for thin KKR squad
Big picture When Gautam Gambhir was not retained before the 2018 player auction, a seven-year relationship between Kolkata Knight Riders and their most successful captain ended. It might have been a surprise to some, but KKR have done this before. In 2011, the franchise axed their icon and captain Sourav Ganguly after three poor seasons.…

Perennial underachievers RCB seek revival after revamp

Perennial underachievers RCB seek revival after revamp
Big picture The IPL's perennial underachievers come into the season with a bittersweet mix of having finished last in 2017, and having had a good auction in January. Often slated for splurging on marquee names, Royal Challengers Bangalore spent frugally this year, with only three purchases of more than INR 4 crore (approx. $625,000) and…

What do broadcasters have to do with ball-tampering?

What do broadcasters have to do with ball-tampering?
There is a cricket match on. Not high-profile but still an international. Like all internationals, it is being televised. The broadcast director spots a player from Team A tampering with the ball. He shares the footage with the match referee, who brushes the matter under the carpet and hands out a slap on the wrist.…

WI 42/1 (7.1 ov, MN Samuels 21*, ADS Fletcher 19*,...

WI 42/1  (7.1 ov, MN Samuels 21*, ADS Fletcher 19*, Shadab Khan 0/0) – Live | Match Report | ESPNCricinfo
Pakistan 154 for 2 (Babar 51, Fakhar 40) beat West Indies 153 for 6 (Fletcher 52, Ramdin 42*, Shadab 2-27) by eight wicketsnScorecard and ball-by-ball details Pakistan won with 19 balls to spare to complete a 3-0 sweep. But given how ordinary West Indies have been on tour, this was a competitive match. West Indies'…

How South Africa came back from the Durban setback

How South Africa came back from the Durban setback
South Africa knew they would win the series against Australia just after they lost the opening match in Durban. It sounds strange, doesn't it? That a team who had been beaten by 118 runs, after being bowled out for 162 in their first innings, knew they would come back and win a trophy. But they…

‘There was not one day did I not enjoy coming to...

‘There was not one day did I not enjoy coming to nets’ – Morkel
Morne Morkel will not miss strapping his ankles every time he prepares for an international game. He will not miss having wickets chalked off for overstepping, and he will not miss reading the papers and his critics, but he will miss every other thing about playing for South Africa. He will miss warm-ups and long…

In darkest hour, Australia start to listen

In darkest hour, Australia start to listen
In his famous 1992 Redfern speech, Australia's then Prime Minister Paul Keating spoke of how to mend years of misdeeds against the nation's indigenous population. Mulling over where to start, he offered the words that "the starting point might be to recognise that the problem starts with us", and healing "begins, I think, with that…

Shadab Khan fined for verbal abuse

Shadab Khan fined for verbal abuse
Pakistan wristspinner Shadab Khan has been fined 20% of his match fee after being found guilty of verbal abuse during the second T20 international against West Indies in Karachi. Shadab's offence amounted to a Level 1 breach of the ICC's code of conduct, which also earned him one demerit point. The incident occurred in the…

Agonising end to a season of crumbs

Agonising end to a season of crumbs
As England strove to secure victory on the final evening in Christchurch, captain Joe Root was on his knees at silly point. It was an apt metaphor for England's Test winter. Being denied by New Zealand's lower order meant they are now winless away from home in a record 13 matches. There was a desperation…

Golf’s 40-somethings believe they can hang with young guns at Masters

Golf’s 40-somethings believe they can hang with young guns at Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The nerves of youth, the experience that comes with age. It has seemingly always been important to have a mixture of both at the Masters. Augusta National presents such a test when the year's first major championship arrives. Masters Tournament winners typically need a bit of seasoning, a certain course initiation before…