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NZ pacer Milne pulls out of India, Pakistan tours citing lack of preparation

New Zealand pacer Adam Milne will not take part in the national team’s tours of India and Pakistan | Photo Credit: AP New Zealand pacer Adam Milne on Monday withdrew himself from the white-ball tours of Pakistan and India due to lack of preparation.Milne finished the recent home series against India with a tight hamstring and subsequently had his return delayed for the Wellington Firebirds, missing two Ford Trophy matches in December.Despite playing the first two games of the Dream11 Super Smash season for the Firebirds, the prospect of six ODIs in 16 days across Pakistan and India was considered too big of a risk.A decision was therefore made, by mutual agreement, to replace Milne with Central Stags pace bowler Blair Tickner, who is already in Pakistan with the Test team.Not an easy ...
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Out or not out? Michael Neser’s catch outside boundary in BBL opens a debate yet again | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Cricket laws have always been a centre of debate. And Brisbane Heat's Michael Neser took a stunning catch against Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League on Sunday to open a debate yet again.Chasing a 225-run target, Sydney Sixers needed 26 runs off 11 balls when Jordan Silk hit a Mark Steketee delivery towards long-off where Neser took the controversial catch.Neser took the running catch but the momentum took him over the ropes and when he stepped beyond the boundary he threw the ball up in the air and jumped while taking it back. But the momentum had taken Neser too much behind the rope and he threw the ball again and then stepped back on the field to complete the catch.Silk, batting on a 22-ball 41 protested with the umpires saying it was a six. But after multiple replays, Si...
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‘It is going to be hard’: Dinesh Karthik on India’s chances to reach WTC final

Dinesh Karthik feels that India’s chances to reach the World Test Championship final is very grim despite the fact that they are at the second position on the table with 99 points out of 168 and an aggregate of 58.93 per cent. “I think it is going to be a hard one. I really think it is going to be an uphill task for India. To win three out of four Tests is never easy,” Karthik told Cricbuzz. “That would mean playing to our strengths and assuming that Australia’s weakness against spin will come through. “But we have also not played off spin very well so it is a catch 22 situation for India,” he added. India’s grip on qualifying for the WTC final has tightened especially after they avoided defeat in Mirpur and saw South Africa lose to Australia. India has only one more series remaining...
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Not satisfied with his preparation, New Zealand pacer Adam Milne pulls out of India and Pakistan tours | Cricket News – Times of India

WELLINGTON: New Zealand pacer Adam Milne on Monday withdrew himself from the white-ball tours of Pakistan and India due to lack of preparation.Milne finished the recent home series against India with a tight hamstring and subsequently had his return delayed for the Wellington Firebirds, missing two Ford Trophy matches in December.Despite playing the first two games of the Dream11 Super Smash season for the Firebirds, the prospect of six ODIs in 16 days across Pakistan and India was considered too big of a risk.A decision was therefore made, by mutual agreement, to replace Milne with Central Stags pace bowler Blair Tickner, who is already in Pakistan with the Test team.New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said the decision wasn't an easy one.“Adam was very up front with us about his concern...
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2023 | Marquee cricketing events set to keep fans entertained throughout the year

2023 is finally here and a new chapter will start in the lives of millions of cricket fans worldwide. After a wild ride that was 2022, fans are looking forward to the entertainment that the gentleman's game offers with each ball and each bat swing. A lot of marquee cricketing events are set to take place this year and the enthusiasts enter this year with hopes of their favourite players continuing to smash fours and sixes, dismantling stumps, and their favourite teams finally winning the gold. #1 Border-Gavaskar TrophyThe previous Border-Gavaskar Trophy, an intense Test cricket series between India and Australia has a special place in the hearts of millions as it saw a young, fearless Team India overcome the absence of star batter Virat Kohli, poor performance in the first Test which sa...
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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis to defend Australian Open doubles crown

Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis has confirmed he will partner compatriot Nick Kyrgios to defend their men’s doubles crown at the Australian Open this month. The duo, dubbed “The Special Ks”, became the first wildcard team to win the win the title at Melbourne Park in the professional era. There were doubts whether Kyrgios would play both singles and doubles in the year’s first Grand Slam after he withdrew from the inaugural edition of the United Cup due to injury but Kokkinakis said they would give it a go. “We’ll be playing (at the Australian Open). Doubles is a lot less taxing on the body and mentally it’s a bit easier as well,” Kokkinakis said. “Obviously, singles is our priority but I think it would be rude not to go out there and have fun with it.” Ahead of the Australian Open, whic...
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No Messi, no Neymar as PSG suffer first loss of season | Football News – Times of India

LENS: Paris Saint-Germain, without World Cup winner Lionel Messi and Neymar, lost for the first time in any competition since March 20 last year when they were defeated 3-1 at Lens on Sunday."Lens deserved their win," said PSG coach Christophe Galtier.Lois Openda scored one and set up another as Lens, who have only lost once in Ligue 1 this season, closed the gap on PSG at the top to four points after 17 rounds."We are happy to be four points behind," said Lens coach Franck Haise. "This victory proves that we can beat anyone in this championship."PSG's last loss was more than nine months ago when they fell 3-0 at Monaco in Ligue 1, although that still left them 12 points clear at the top of the table.On Sunday at Lens, PSG were without Messi and suspended Brazilian Neymar, but Kylian Mb...
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Pant’s car hit divider while trying to avoid pothole, says Uttarakhand CM Dhami, cricketer’s condition improving

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami meets the family of Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant admitted at Max Hospital after an accident, in Dehradun, on January 1, 2023 | Photo Credit: PTI Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, who on Sunday visited injured Rishabh Pant at the Max Hospital here, said the cricketer's car hit the divider while he was trying to avoid a pothole on the Delhi-Dehradun highway. Pant is stable and his condition is improving, sources at the hospital said. "He (Pant) said the car swerved across the road while trying to avoid a pothole or something black," Dhami told reporters after meeting the cricketer at the hospital.The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) Director, Shyam Sharma, who met Pant on Saturday, had also said quoting the batte...
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Romelu Lukaku says Jay-Z convinced him to return to Inter Milan

Romelu Lukaku is keen to stay at Inter Milan rather than move back to Chelsea once the season-long loan will end. The Belgian striker revealed that it was rap superstar Jay-Z, who convinced him to come back to Italy. “Jay-Z was the first person who called me after Atalanta-Sassuolo [when Inter won Serie A]. I was in shock,” he told Sky Italia. “We spent some time together in New York and then he pushed me too to return to Inter. “He’s a person who follows football a lot, he always follows Inter. He’s truly a nice person.” Lukaku had earlier re-joined teen club, Chelsea, for in a record £ 97.5 million deal from Inter in 2021, but just a year later, he was back in Italy. Lukaku has admitted he hopes his loan can turn permanent. “Everyone knows what I want,” he said. “Now I have to do...
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Horoscope Today, 2 January 2023: Check astrological prediction of your zodiac sign – Times of India

The daily horoscope is determined by the position of the moon and sun. A person’s personality is determined by the traits and characteristics given in his horoscope. How would you feel if you come to know what’s going to happen throughout the whole day before starting your day in the morning? Horoscopes give us a hint about all the things that we are going to face for the entire day. Read the daily predictions given below for each horoscope to find out what is in store for you today in your luck.Aries daily horoscope Jan 2: Today elder’s blessing the help you and you may develop patience. Your focus may be come back, it may help you to achieve your goals. You, may perform well in terms of business and domestic life. There may be some balance between expenditures and savings. It may boos...
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Pisces Today’s Rashifal – 2 January 2023: You will feel blessed to have a wonderful and understanding partner by your side – Times of India

A person’s personality is determined by the traits and characteristics given in his horoscope. This Pisces Horoscope for 2nd January is determined by the position of the moon and sun. How would you feel if you come to know what’s going to happen throughout the day for Pisces? Horoscopes give us a hint about all the things that we are going to face for the entire day. Read your Pisces horoscope predictions to find out what is in store for you today.Positive: Ganesha says you may have a good day at work today. You may come across many investment opportunities that may turn favourable shortly. A property case will sort out in your favour and that may make you happyALSO READ: Today's Panchang, 2 January 2023Negative: You may try to visit your family member, but may not be able to make it du...
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Aquarius Today’s Horoscope – 2 January 2023: If you are going to propose to your friends, it’s not a good day – Times of India

A person’s personality is determined by the traits and characteristics given in his horoscope. This Aquarius Horoscope for 2nd January is determined by the position of the moon and sun. How would you feel if you come to know what’s going to happen throughout the day for Aquarius? Horoscopes give us a hint about all the things that we are going to face for the entire day. Read your Aquarius horoscope predictions to find out what is in store for you today.Positive: Ganesha says today your day will be great. You may spend your time with your family members. Today you may help someone in the family in choosing a career or some course. You may get your ancestral property in your name.ALSO READ:Today's Panchang, 2 January 2023Negative: Today, you and your partner may have some misunderstandin...
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Capricorn Today’s Free Daily Horoscope – 2 January 2023: If you are going to propose to your friends today, it’s not a good day to do so – Times of India

A person’s personality is determined by the traits and characteristics given in his horoscope. This Capricorn Horoscope for 2nd January is determined by the position of the moon and sun. How would you feel if you come to know what’s going to happen throughout the day for Capricorn? Horoscopes give us a hint about all the things that we are going to face for the entire day. Read your Capricorn horoscope predictions to find out what is in store for you today.Positive: Ganesha says today you will have a great day. This day may bring you a lot of opportunities at work. You will feel extraordinarily motivated today. You may plan to travel today.ALSO READ: Today's Panchang, 2 January 2023Negative: Today you may hurt someone, but you can make them happy by doing the things they love. You and y...
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Sagittarius Daily Horoscope Free – 2 January 2023: Today you should avoid making arguments with your partner, as this may disturb your peace of mind – Times of India

A person’s personality is determined by the traits and characteristics given in his/her horoscope. This Sagittarius Horoscope for 2nd January is determined by the position of the moon and sun. How would you feel if you come to know what’s going to happen throughout the day for Sagittarius? Horoscopes give us a hint about all the things that we are going to face for the entire day. Read your Sagittarius horoscope predictions to find out what is in store for you today.Positive: Ganesha says today your day will start with lots of positivity. You may meet your old friend today, which may make you both emotional. Today you may plan to renovate your house or office. At the office, you may meet some new people and with the help of them, you may learn something new today.ALSO READ: Today's Panc...
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Scorpio Free Horoscope – 2 January 2023: If you are looking for a new job you may have to wait for a little more – Times of India

A person’s personality is determined by the traits and characteristics given in his/her horoscope. This Scorpio Horoscope for 2nd January is determined by the position of the moon and sun. How would you feel if you come to know what’s going to happen throughout the day for Scorpio? Horoscopes give us a hint about all the things that we are going to face for the entire day. Read your Scorpio horoscope predictions to find out what is in store for you today.Positive: Ganesha says today you need to be careful concerning whom you trust. investment related to land and property will bring you wealth today. you will have a great day at work. you may also receive an opportunity to travel abroad for a business tour.ALSO READ: Today's Panchang, 2 January 2023Negative: You are advised not to share ...
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Libra Astrology Predictions – 2 January 2023: This will be a golden period to go ahead with the idea of starting a new business or venture – Times of India

A person’s personality is determined by the traits and characteristics given in his/her horoscope. This Libra Horoscope for 2nd January is determined by the position of the moon and sun. How would you feel if you come to know what’s going to happen throughout the day for Libra? Horoscopes give us a hint about all the things that we are going to face for the entire day. Read your Libra horoscope predictions to find out what is in store for you today.Positive: Ganesha says today your day will be good. You may get new opportunities at the office which will make your day productive. Today you'll need to focus on your goal. You may plan for an outing with a family member.ALSO READ: Today's Panchang, 2 January 2023Negative: Today you may face property related issues. You may argue with your p...
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Chelsea drop more points in top-four pursuit after draw at Forest

Chelsea dropped more points in their quest to climb back up the Premier League standings as Serge Aurier earned Nottingham Forest a 1-1 draw with Graham Potter’s side on Sunday. Fresh from their first league win in six games last time out against Bournemouth, Chelsea started well in the Nottingham drizzle, with Raheem Sterlng firing them into the lead in the 16th minute. Forest improved after the break and were desperately unlucky not to equalise early in the second half as Morgan Gibbs-White’s drilled half volley hit the underside of the crossbar but bounced on the goal line and away. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Serge Aurier see the points shared 🤝#NFOCHE pic.twitter.com/8M5ErRezm5 — Premier League (@premierleague) January 1, 2023 The hosts kept coming and deservedly levelled thing...
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Can BCCI ask IPL franchise to under-utilise Team India regulars?

Is the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on a collision course with the Indian Premier League franchises with regards to the workload management of targeted Indian players for the 2023 World Cup? At the end of a review meeting on Sunday, for the first time the BCCI revealed officially that the National Cricket Academy (NCA) will work in tandem with the IPL franchises to monitor the pool of 20 players who will be in the frame for the 50-over World Cup which is less than 10 months away. For the record, Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board have similar agreements with players who feature in the IPL and the franchises stick to it. Over the last couple of seasons where T20 World Cups were held in successive years, the word going around was that the BCCI was keepin...
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Rajeev Ram & Joe Salisbury: A partnership for the ages | Tennis News – Times of India

PUNE: For Rajeev Ram, his first Grand Slam success came at 36 when he won the Australian Open title with Briton Joe Salisbury two years ago.Since then, the pair has added two US Open trophies, the ATP Tour Finals crown last season, three Masters titles and reached No. 1 in rankings.It might have taken a while for them to reap the rewards of hard work, but the trophies seem to be coming their way one after another now.And the success has been made all the more enjoyable, especially for Ram who is the older of the two, since it has come after they had given up their singles careers, although for entirely different reasons."For me, it was a physical thing, really. My body couldn't handle the rigours of singles at that point, I think it was thirty-four or five, in 2017. I probably could hav...