Friday, 20 April 2018

Cricket

IPL players will soon earn $1m per match

Lalit Modi

LONDON: Indian Premier League founder Lalit Modi believes there will come a time when players will earn $1 million dollars per game while warning that the traditional programme of matches between countries “will disappear”. A Twenty20 domestic franchise competition launched a decade ago, which has spawned a host of imitators ...

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Afridi, Malik and Perera to play for World XI at Lord’s

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LONDON: Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera will be part of the World XI in the T20 International against West Indies to be played at Lord’s on May 31, the ICC announced today. The match is being staged to raise funds to rebuild and restore five major cricket venues ...

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Police crack down on IPL betting racket

Mitchell Johnson of the Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of Rising Pune Supergiant captain Steven Smith  in the last over during the final of the Vivo 2017 Indian Premier League between the Rising Pune Supergiant and the Mumbai Indians held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, India on the 21st May 2017

Photo by Ron Gaunt - Sportzpics - IPL

MUMBAI: Indian police have arrested three men suspected of placing illegal bets on Indian Premier League matches, as authorities crack down on gambling rackets that emerge around the billion-dollar franchise every year. The suspects are accused of running an online betting syndicate from a residence in New Delhi. Nearly all ...

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Ben Stokes aims to restore England’s Test luster

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LONDON: Ben Stokes is desperate to inspire England back to the pinnacle of Test cricket, saying the team has “slacked off” in the past two years, slipping to fifth in the world rankings. The 26-year-old all-rounder returned to international cricket in February against New Zealand but could not prevent a ...

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Nic Pothas quits as Sri Lanka fielding coach

Nic Pothas

COLOMBO: South African Nic Pothas has ended his coaching contract with Sri Lanka to spend time with his young family, the island nation’s cricket board said on Tuesday. The 44-year-old joined Sri Lanka in 2016 as fielding coach but was unexpectedly elevated to the top job after Graham Ford’s abrupt ...

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Andre Russell’s returns, Brathwaite to lead Windies at Lord’s

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ICC: Proceeds from T20I against Rest of the World XI will go towards renovation of five grounds in the Caribbean that were affected by hurricanes last year. Star all-rounder Andre Russell’s recent performances in ongoing IPL helped him secure a spot in the national team after a gap of almost ...

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IPL: Kings XI Punjab defeated Chennai by 4 runs

IPL

Chris Gayle – AFP Kings XI Punjab defeated Chennai Super Kings by 4 runs in yet another nail-biter match in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018). Chasing a mammoth total of 198, CSK kept losing wickets at regular intervals, but in the end captain Dhoni (79 runs off 44 balls) ...

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Shahzad fined, asked to relocate to Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad

KABUL: Two weeks after his Man-of-the-Match performance in the final of the World Cup Qualifier, Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad has been asked by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to reside permanently in Afghanistan or risk having his contract terminated. Shahzad currently resides in Peshawar, Pakistan. He has also been fined AFN 300,000 (USD 4000 approx.) ...

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Incredible year for my daughter, says Anya Shrubsole’s dad

England’s woman cricketer Anya Shrubsole

LONDON: England’s woman cricketer Anya Shrubsole’s father Ian is over the moon. Her right-arm medium pacer daughter is not only one of the Wisden’s five cricketers of the year, but also on the cover page of the 2018 edition of cricket’s Bible. Speaking exclusively, he says, “it has been an ...

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Pakistan announce squad for Ireland, England Tests

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LONDON: Batsmen Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Salahuddin and Saad Ali received maiden call-ups in a 16-man Test squad for Pakistan’s tour to Ireland and England named by chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq on Sunday, with no place – as expected – for fast bowler Wahab Riaz. It is a squad that contains a notably large batting contingent, with ...

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