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2022 T20 World Cup: India, Pakistan to lock horns in their opening encounter

Australia will begin the defence of their Twenty20 World Cup title against New Zealand in Sydney on October 22 in a re-run of last year’s final. The Australians will be hosting the tournament, which begins on Oct. 16 and runs until Nov. 13, for the first time. There will be fireworks on Sunday, October 23 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground as age-old rivals India and Pakistan will lock horns in their opening encounter of the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The Super 12 Group B clash will emotions at their all-time high, as both sides will look to get their campaign started on a high, in their quest for World Cup glory. The hosts have been drawn in Group 1 of the Super 12 phase of the competition alongside New Zealand, who they defeated in Dubai in November, as well as England, Afghani...
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Five new COVID positive cases reported by three franchises ahead of PSL | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: At least three franchises out of six have reported five new COVID positive cases, including players and officials, ahead of the Pakistan Super League beginning next week. The six franchises have started assembling in Karachi with the Pakistan Cricket Board launching the seventh edition of the league on January 27 at the National Stadium in Karachi. On Thursday, sources said that three franchises had reported five positive cases of players and officials. "These are the first positive cases in Karachi among the teams," one source said. Quetta Gladiators franchise has already lost three overseas signings including Shermon Hetmayer, James Faulkner and Luke Woods for their first match as the trio tested positive and have gone into isolation before they even boarded the flight to Kar...
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Not surprised at Virat Kohli’s decision to quit captaincy: Kevin Pietersen | Cricket News – Times of India

MUSCAT: Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen on Thursday suggested that "harsh" bio-bubble life could be one of the reasons for Virat Kohli quitting Test captaincy as he backed Rohit Sharma to lead India in all formats. Kohli stunned the cricketing world by stepping down from the Test captaincy following India's 1-2 series loss to South Africa. He had earlier relinquished T20 captaincy after the World Cup last year, something that led to a war of words with BCCI, leading to his removal from ODI leadership. "People who are critical of the modern day sportsmen I think are foolish because these bio-bubbles are very hard to play in," the former England star batsman told PTI in a group interaction on the sidelines of Legends League Cricket here. "It will be very unfair to be too harsh, to ...
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‘I won’t give in to blackmail’ – Dembele responds to Barcelona | Football News – Times of India

MADRID: Ousmane Dembele hit back at Barcelona on Thursday by saying he "won't give in to blackmail" after the club's director of football Mateu Alemany said the winger must leave before the end of January. Dembele's contract expires in the summer and talks over a new deal have broken down. Alemany said on Thursday morning "it seems obvious to us that the player does not want to continue at Barcelona" and "therefore we hope that a transfer will take place before January 31". Dembele, who joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 in a deal worth 140 million euros ($158.9 million), was left out of the squad to face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey on Thursday night. Referring to the "gossip" surrounding him in recent years, Dembele wrote on social media: "From today it finishes. From today ...
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Asian Cup: Dominant India waste chances galore to play out goal-less draw with Iran | Football News – Times of India

NAVI MUMBAI: The Indian women's team wasted innumerable chances in a completely dominating performance as Iran held them to a goal-less draw in their Asian Cup opening match here on Thursday. Iran were the better side in the opening minutes during which they got two scoring chances, including a hit on the crossbar, but the home side took control of the Group A match midway into the first half and dominated till the end. India dished out a fine display of passing football in the second half about which head coach Thomas Dennerby spoke eloquently. But they were unlucky not to have scored any goal and win the match. As India pressed for a goal, Iran defended doggedly as they faced a deluge of attacks. The Indians were all over -- crosses, shots, toe-pokes, headers -- all inside Iran box bu...
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Gujarat Giants eke out 37-35 win over Tamil Thalaivas in PKL | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Gujarat Giants produced a gritty performance to rally their way to a thrilling 37-35 win over Tamil Thalaivas in a fiercely-contested match of the Pro Kabaddi League here on Thursday. Multiple tackles and an ALL OUT in the dying minutes ensured a great night of kabaddi as coach Manpreet Singh's men secured an incredible comeback after trailing by six points. Gujarat captain Sunil Kumar scored a High 5, while raider Mahendra Rajput picked 9 points, including one from the last raid of the match. Gujarat started the match positively with their raiders Rakesh S and Rakesh Narwal looking good. They helped the team open a five-point lead in the early minutes as the Tamil defenders struggled to find their usual rhythm. But just when the Giants sensed an ALL OUT, Tamil raider Ajinkya...
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‘No silver bullet’ for English cricket after Ashes fiasco: ECB | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: England cricket chiefs have said there is "no silver bullet" for domestic first-class cricket following demands for substantial reforms after a dismal Ashes campaign. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison called for a red-ball "reset" to help Joe Root's Test team, who recently slumped to a 4-0 series defeat in Australia The ECB announced its 2022 domestic fixtures on Thursday. There will be five rounds of four-day County Championship matches in June and July, compared with just three last year, as the competition returns to its regular two-division structure following two revamped seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the season will start on April 7, with four successive weeks of red-ball matches, and finish on September 29 -- with no Cha...
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COVID IMPACT: Friday’s ISL game between Mumbai and Jamshedpur postponed | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: The Indian Super League match between Jamshedpur FC and Mumbai City FC, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed as many players representing the teams are down with the COVID-19 virus. "Hero Indian Super League (ISL) Match No. 67 between Jamshedpur FC and Mumbai City FC scheduled for Friday, January 21, 2022, at Athletic Stadium, Bambolim, stands postponed," the league organisers said in a statement. "The decision was taken considering advice from the League's medical team on Jamshedpur FC's inability to safely field a team and prepare for the match," the ISL added in its statement. On Monday, the ISL match between Hyderabad FC and Jamshedpur FC was also postponed due to COVID-19, and so was Thursday's game between Kerala Blasters FC and ATK Mohun Bagan due to unavailability ...
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FIFA set to cap number of loan transfers to prevent ‘player hoarding’ | Football News – Times of India

FIFA is set to implement rules in which clubs will be limited to signing and sending six players on loan internationally from 2024 so that more focus can be given to developing talent, world soccer's governing body said on Thursday. The objective of the regulations, delayed by two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is to "develop young players, promote competitive balance and prevent hoarding", FIFA said in a statement. Clubs will be limited to eight international loan signings in and eight loaned out from next season, with the number dropping to seven the following year and then remaining at six from 2024-25 onwards. However, homegrown players and those under the age of 21 will remain exempt from the rules, subject to approval at the FIFA Council's next meeting. The plans also include...
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Not surprised at Virat Kohli’s decision to quit captaincy: Kevin Pietersen

Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen on Thursday suggested that “harsh” bio-bubble life could be one of the reasons for Virat Kohli quitting Test captaincy as he backed Rohit Sharma to lead India in all formats. Kohli stunned the cricketing world by stepping down from the Test captaincy following India’s 1-2 series loss to South Africa. He had earlier relinquished T20 captaincy after the World Cup last year, something that led to a war of words with BCCI, leading to his removal from ODI leadership. “People who are critical of the modern day sportsmen I think are foolish because these bio-bubbles are very hard to play in,” the former England star batsman told PTI in a group interaction on the sidelines of Legends League Cricket. “It will be very unfair to be too harsh, to be critic...
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Star archery couple Deepika Kumari, Atanu Das dropped from TOPS program | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Star archer Deepika Kumari and her husband Atanu Das were on Thursday dropped from the Sports Ministry's Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) due to their below-par performances in the national ranking tournament. The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) last month decided to review support for Deepika, a former world number one recurve archer, and Atanu after the National Ranking Archery Tournament in Hyderabad, where they cut a sorry figure. "Considering their below-par performances in the event, MOC decided to not include them in the TOPS list for now," Sports Ministry said in a statement. The archery couple was rated highly after their exploits in the different World Cups, but both Deepika and Atanu have time and again failed to shine at the multi-sport events -- the latest being th...
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Team India’s handling of allrounder Venkatesh Iyer raises eyebrows

What’s the role of Venkatesh Iyer in the team? That’s one of the many puzzles floating around the Indian ODI team that plays a brand of outdated cricket. There are quite a few issues from the run-getting pace of the top order to lack of wicket-taking bowlers in the middle overs to lack of finishers but Iyer’s case is a good example as any to capture the confusion in the camp. The stand-in captain KL Rahul, and more so head coach Rahul Dravid, cannot absolve themselves of the mismanagement of the seam-bowling all-rounder who made his ODI debut on Wednesday. Absence of a seaming all-rounder in white-ball cricket has been the team’s biggest weakness of late, which got exposed at the T20 World Cup last year, when picking a half-fit Hardik Pandya backfired. Iyer was fast-tracked to the India...
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India drop to third place in ICC Test rankings, Australia on top after dominant Ashes | Cricket News – Times of India

India lost the top spot by losing the second and third Tests after winning the first in Centurion. (Reuters photo)DUBAI: Australia displaced India from the top of the Test rankings after their 4-0 drubbing of England in the recently-concluded Ashes series, even as the Virat Kohli-led side squandered a 1-0 lead to go down against South Africa. After suffering a 1-2 series loss in South Africa, India dropped to the third spot while inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) winners New Zealand held onto their second position after a 1-1 drawn series at home against Bangladesh, which included the hosts' first ever loss to Bangladesh at home across formats. South Africa's 2-1 win over India at home took them one spot up to fifth place, while England were in fourth position after a disastrous A...
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Dominant India waste chances galore to play out goal-less draw with Iran

The Indian women’s team wasted innumerable chances in a completely dominating performance as Iran held them to a goal-less draw in their Asian Cup opening match on Thursday. Iran were the better side in the opening minutes during which they got two scoring chances, including a hit on the crossbar, but the home side took control of the Group A match midway into the first half and dominated till the end. India dished out a fine display of passing football in the second half about which head coach Thomas Dennerby spoke eloquently. But they were unlucky not to have scored any goal and win the match. As India pressed for a goal, Iran defended doggedly as they faced a deluge of attacks. The Indians were all over — crosses, shots, toe-pokes, headers — all inside Iran box but a goal still e...
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IND vs SA 2nd ODI LIVE Streaming: When and where to watch

LIVE Stream India vs South Africa 2nd ODI match Online: KL Rahul will have to show drastically improved leadership acumen when he leads India against a buoyant South African side in the second ODI on Thursday, with the three-match series and his long-term Test captaincy ambitions both at stake. South Africa crushed India both strategically as well as on skills and therein lay serious questions about Rahul’s wares as captain. The most dominant query was what exactly was Venkatesh Iyer doing in the team if he was not bowling at least four to five overs as the sixth bowler when Yuzvendra Chahal and Shardul Thakur were being taken to the cleaners by Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma? Test captaincy is a different ball-game compared to white ball but Rahul only knows too well that when ...
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Sachin Tendulkar to not be part of Road Safety World Series, dues of several players allegedly pending | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Iconic former India captain Sachin Tendulkar will not be a part of the Road Safety World Series tournament's second edition involving retired international cricketers which has run into rough weather with several participants complaining of unpaid dues from the first season. Tendulkar, who played for the India Legends, which won the tournament in the first edition, also hasn't got his full payment for the season and has now decided to dissociate himself from the project altogether. It is being reported in Bangladesh media that a lot of top former players from the country, including Khaled Mahmud 'Sujon', Khaled Mashud 'Pilot', Mehrab Hossain, Rajin Saleh, Hannan Sarkar, and Nafees Iqbal haven't been paid any money so far. Tendulkar was also the 'Brand Ambassador' of the tourn...
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Tremendous show of character and maturity from U-19 team: Laxman

The Indian colts received a pat on the back from National Cricket Academy (NCA) head VVS Laxman after they overcome a spate of COVID positive cases in a “phenomenal” manner to win their match against Ireland in the U-19 World Cup. Skipper Yash Dhull, his deputy Sheikh Rasheed and four other teammates had tested positive for COVID-19, forcing them out of the Group B World Cup game against Ireland. Still, four-time champions India stormed into the quarterfinals with a massive 174-run win in the match, in which they barely managed to field a playing XI. Laxman was impressed by the team’s ability to emerge comfortable winners in face of adversity. “Tremendous show of character and maturity from the U-19 team. With just 11 players available for today’s game, to go out and express themsel...
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Mark Boucher disciplinary hearing: Terry Motau appointed chairperson

Cricket South Africa has appointed senior counsel, advocate Terry Motau as the chairperson of the disciplinary hearing into allegations of racism against national head coach Mark Boucher. The appointment has come after Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) in a report in December accused Boucher, former captain and current CSA director Graeme Smith, and former batter AB de Villiers of unfairly discriminating against black players. Allegations of racism were levelled against Boucher by his former Proteas teammate, Paul Adams. The governing body said if the independent inquiry finds Boucher guilty, it “could lead to his dismissal” but also emphasised that “it is important that the independent inquiry first needs to test all allegations before any question of sanction can arise.” In...
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Australian Open: Andy Murray mauled by Taro Daniel in second round | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Andy Murray's long-awaited return to the Australian Open was brought to a disappointing end in the second round on Thursday when the three-time Grand Slam champion was ushered out of the tournament 4-6, 4-6, 4-6 by world number 120 Taro Daniel. Perhaps still feeling the effects of his gruelling five-set battle in the opening round on Tuesday, the 34-year-old Scot looked out of sorts as his inspired Japanese opponent bounced along the baseline firing winner after winner. One to remember 🙌🇯🇵 @tarodaniel93 defeats Andy Murray 6-4 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for th… https://t.co/up8Ekflum1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1642671470000Former world number one Murray showed no more than flashes of the brilliant tennis that got him to five Australian Open finals as h...
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Covid Impact: ISL game between Mumbai and Jamshedpur postponed

The Indian Super League match between Jamshedpur FC and Mumbai City FC, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed as many players representing the teams are down with the COVID-19 virus. “Hero Indian Super League (ISL) Match No. 67 between Jamshedpur FC and Mumbai City FC scheduled for Friday, January 21, 2022, at Athletic Stadium, Bambolim, stands postponed,” the league organisers said in a statement. “The decision was taken considering advice from the League’s medical team on Jamshedpur FC’s inability to safely field a team and prepare for the match,” the ISL added in its statement. On Monday, the ISL match between Hyderabad FC and Jamshedpur FC was also postponed due to COVID-19, and so was Thursday’s game between Kerala Blasters FC and ATK Mohun Bagan due to unavailability of eno...