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Shakib Al Hasan was motivated to perform against Australia as they ‘don’t visit our country that often’

Bangladesh’s star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was named “Man of the series” with both bat and ball in the historic 4-1 series win over Australia at home. Shakib said that the team was very motivated after winning the Zimbabwe series and backed themselves to make history against an inexperienced Australian side. “There is always a motivation when you play the bigger teams – normally those which don’t visit our country that often,” Shakib told reporters in a media interaction on Monday. “Also, we had a really good series in Zimbabwe and so everyone was pretty motivated to do well in this series as well. We had never won a series against Australia, and so this was our chance. Hence, we wanted to deliver well as a unit, which is what happened.” Also, it is to be noted that no A...
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Shakib Al Hasan was motivated to perform against Australia as they ‘don’t visit our country that often’

Bangladesh’s star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was named “Man of the series” with both bat and ball in the historic 4-1 series win over Australia at home. Shakib said that the team was very motivated after winning the Zimbabwe series and backed themselves to make history against an inexperienced Australian side. “There is always a motivation when you play the bigger teams – normally those which don’t visit our country that often,” Shakib told reporters in a media interaction on Monday. “Also, we had a really good series in Zimbabwe and so everyone was pretty motivated to do well in this series as well. We had never won a series against Australia, and so this was our chance. Hence, we wanted to deliver well as a unit, which is what happened.” Also, it is to be noted that no A...
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Windies recall Shamarh Brooks, Chemar Holder and rest Darren Bravo and Shannon Gabriel

Fast bowler Chemar Holder has returned from injury to be included in a 17-man West Indies squad for their two-test series against Pakistan that gets underway at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Thursday. Middle-order batsman Shamarh Brooks is also recalled after having, like Holder, last played in the test series in New Zealand in December. Left-hander Darren Bravo and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel have been left out, Cricket West Indies said. “Shannon Gabriel has been given time to rehab fully and build his conditioning. Darren Bravo has been part of the ‘bubble’ from the preparation camp leading into the Test series against South Africa and has been given a break,” said lead selector Roger Harper.The first test is from Aug. 12-16 and the second test, also at Sabina Park, is from A...
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We need to get better at spin, says Australia’s Matthew Wade

Australia stand-in skipper Matthew Wade has lamented the team’s batting in Bangladesh after they crumbled in the T20 series finale with a record low score.Bangladesh thrashed Australia by 60 runs in Dhaka on Monday to secure a comprehensive 4-1 series win, with the tourists’ batsmen managing just 62 in 13.4 overs, their worst ever total in the format. “There’s not a lot of positives to take out of it, to get beaten in the fashion we did … was not good enough from an Australian cricket team regardless of the personnel we’ve got here,” Wade told reporters.”The reality is we need to get better at spin, myself included. There’s a lot of players in this team who need to find a way to score runs in these conditions. “The series loss follows Australia’s 4-1 defeat in T20s to West ...
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New Zealand players cleared for IPL; NZC announces different squads for sub-continent tour

New Zealand players’ participation in the IPL was approved by its cricket board on Tuesday when it also announced different squads for the sub-continent tour and T20 World Cup as part of its workload management in COVID times. While the first-choice New Zealand team led by Kane Williamson will tour India after the T20 World Cup, Tom Latham will captain a second string side to Bangladesh and Pakistan in September-October as it coincides with the suspended IPL resuming from September 19. Most of the New Zealand players picked for the T20 World Cup will get to play in the preceding IPL, which will serve as good preparation for the showpiece event in the UAE. Both IPL and T20 World Cup have been moved out of India due to the COVID-19 pandemic but BCCI still remains the host of ...
PR Sreejesh: Parents will now see a future for their kids in hockey | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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PR Sreejesh: Parents will now see a future for their kids in hockey | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The bronze medal won by the Indian men's hockey team after a gap of 41 years will encourage parents to allow their children to take up hockey and achieve glory, said goalkeeper PR Sreejesh on Monday. Indian men's hockey team defeated Germany 5-4 in the playoff to win a bronze medal, their first medal after the gold in the Moscow Olympics. India, the most successful country in men's hockey with eight gold medals, had lost its glory days as the teams failed to even make it to the semifinals after 1980. The #MenInBlue are back on home soil 🇮🇳🥉Muh meetha karna to banta hain... 🎂💙#IndiaKaGame #Tokyo2020… https://t.co/aL9vpOnyY5— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 1628519527000Speaking exclusively to IANS on Monday after a function organised by the Sports Ministry to felicitate the Tok...
Flying the Olympic flag, Paris looks beyond COVID for 2024 Games | More sports News – Times of India
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Flying the Olympic flag, Paris looks beyond COVID for 2024 Games | More sports News – Times of India

PARIS: France rolled out the red carpet for the Olympic flag on Monday, with the host of the next 2024 Summer Games promising to make the sporting spectacle open to the masses after a pandemic-hit Tokyo Games held behind closed doors. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo waved the flag which she was handed in Tokyo during the handover ceremony as she stepped out of the aircraft bringing home some of the country's last athletes. The 2024 games would be "something very positive for our country. They come at a good moment," Hidalgo told reporters. Paris she said had learned many lessons from Tokyo's experience. Delayed by a year and upended by strict COVID-19 countermeasures as contagious variants surged back around the world, the 2020 Games fell short of the triumph and financial windfall Japan had w...
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Neeraj Chopra: My body was in pain day after Olympic gold but it was worth it | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Olympic gold-medallist Neeraj Chopra on Monday revealed that he was in pain after his epoch-making performance in the Tokyo Games but it was all worth it given the historic result he had achieved. At a felicitation ceremony by the government to honour the seven medal-winning performances at the Games after their arrival this evening, the javelin thrower said he knew he had done something special with the second attempt of 87.58m in the finals that fetched him the gold. #WATCH | This gold medal is not only mine but also belongs to India. I didn't eat&sleep well after winning gold med… https://t.co/CMpqhybROd— ANI (@ANI) 1628523323000"I knew I had done something special, actually I thought I had achieved my personal best. The throw had gone really well," Chopra said. GOLDEN...
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Neeraj Chopra: My body was in pain day after Olympic gold but it was worth it | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Olympic gold-medallist Neeraj Chopra on Monday revealed that he was in pain after his epoch-making performance in the Tokyo Games but it was all worth it given the historic result he had achieved. At a felicitation ceremony by the government to honour the seven medal-winning performances at the Games after their arrival this evening, the javelin thrower said he knew he had done something special with the second attempt of 87.58m in the finals that fetched him the gold. #WATCH | This gold medal is not only mine but also belongs to India. I didn't eat&sleep well after winning gold med… https://t.co/CMpqhybROd— ANI (@ANI) 1628523323000"I knew I had done something special, actually I thought I had achieved my personal best. The throw had gone really well," Chopra said. GOLDEN...
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Neeraj Chopra: My body was in pain day after Olympic gold but it was worth it | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Olympic gold-medallist Neeraj Chopra on Monday revealed that he was in pain after his epoch-making performance in the Tokyo Games but it was all worth it given the historic result he had achieved. At a felicitation ceremony by the government to honour the seven medal-winning performances at the Games after their arrival this evening, the javelin thrower said he knew he had done something special with the second attempt of 87.58m in the finals that fetched him the gold. #WATCH | This gold medal is not only mine but also belongs to India. I didn't eat&sleep well after winning gold med… https://t.co/CMpqhybROd— ANI (@ANI) 1628523323000"I knew I had done something special, actually I thought I had achieved my personal best. The throw had gone really well," Chopra said. GOLDEN...
Explained: Why Barcelona had to let Lionel Messi go | Football News – Times of India
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Explained: Why Barcelona had to let Lionel Messi go | Football News – Times of India

PARIS: Barcelona were desperate to keep Lionel Messi and the Argentine wanted to stay at the Camp Nou -- as his tears at a farewell press conference on Sunday attested. So why, then, is he leaving the only club he has ever represented in his 17-year professional career? Barcelona say they had no choice other than to offload the 34-year-old -- on a free transfer with his contract having ended in June -- as they battle to slash a 1.2 billion-euro ($1.4 billion) debt mountain. Messi had agreed to take a 50 percent wage cut, and studies suggested his commercial value to the club far exceeded the astronomical cost of his salary. However, those debts and the need to comply with a strict Spanish league salary cap have forced Messi out. The Catalans squandered the 222 million euros they receive...
India vs England: Silverwood’s patience with England’s top order wearing thin | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs England: Silverwood’s patience with England’s top order wearing thin | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: England head coach Chris Silverwood fired a warning to his faltering top order batsmen on Monday, indicating that Haseeb Hameed is close to a recall for the second Test against India. Big top-order runs have been a consistent problem for some time for England with Rory Burns, Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley under the spotlight after failing to register a score of 30 in two innings of the drawn first Test. Crawley has averaged just over 11 in 2021, while Sibley has not fared much better with an average of 21.56 in his last nine appearances and has also attracted unwanted attention for a pedestrian scoring rate which saw him make 46 runs in 203 balls during the first Test. "I would rather be accused of giving somebody one too many chances than not enough," said Silverwood. "But at some...
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IPL protocol: Balls hit for six to be replaced, sanitised

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has decided to alter a few rules for the remainder of the 2021 season, to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from next month. In the health and safety protocols released by the Indian board to all IPL teams, of which The Indian Express has a copy, the BCCI has decided that cricket balls will be replaced by the fourth umpire if it goes in the stands or outside the stadium. “If the cricket ball goes in the stands or outside the stadium, the fourth umpire will provide a replacement from the library of cricket balls. The previous ball when returned will be sanitized with alcohol-based wipes and/or UV-C by the fourth umpire and placed in the library,” the circular reads. According to the BCCI, a new scientific study of cricket balls reveale...
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IPL protocol: Balls hit for six to be replaced, sanitised

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has decided to alter a few rules for the remainder of the 2021 season, to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from next month. In the health and safety protocols released by the Indian board to all IPL teams, of which The Indian Express has a copy, the BCCI has decided that cricket balls will be replaced by the fourth umpire if it goes in the stands or outside the stadium. “If the cricket ball goes in the stands or outside the stadium, the fourth umpire will provide a replacement from the library of cricket balls. The previous ball when returned will be sanitized with alcohol-based wipes and/or UV-C by the fourth umpire and placed in the library,” the circular reads. According to the BCCI, a new scientific study of cricket balls reveale...
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IPL protocol: Balls hit for six to be replaced, sanitised

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has decided to alter a few rules for the remainder of the 2021 season, to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from next month. In the health and safety protocols released by the Indian board to all IPL teams, of which The Indian Express has a copy, the BCCI has decided that cricket balls will be replaced by the fourth umpire if it goes in the stands or outside the stadium. “If the cricket ball goes in the stands or outside the stadium, the fourth umpire will provide a replacement from the library of cricket balls. The previous ball when returned will be sanitized with alcohol-based wipes and/or UV-C by the fourth umpire and placed in the library,” the circular reads. According to the BCCI, a new scientific study of cricket balls reveale...
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IPL protocol: Balls hit for six to be replaced, sanitised

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has decided to alter a few rules for the remainder of the 2021 season, to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from next month. In the health and safety protocols released by the Indian board to all IPL teams, of which The Indian Express has a copy, the BCCI has decided that cricket balls will be replaced by the fourth umpire if it goes in the stands or outside the stadium. “If the cricket ball goes in the stands or outside the stadium, the fourth umpire will provide a replacement from the library of cricket balls. The previous ball when returned will be sanitized with alcohol-based wipes and/or UV-C by the fourth umpire and placed in the library,” the circular reads. According to the BCCI, a new scientific study of cricket balls reveale...
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IPL protocol: Balls hit for six to be replaced, sanitised

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has decided to alter a few rules for the remainder of the 2021 season, to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from next month. In the health and safety protocols released by the Indian board to all IPL teams, of which The Indian Express has a copy, the BCCI has decided that cricket balls will be replaced by the fourth umpire if it goes in the stands or outside the stadium. “If the cricket ball goes in the stands or outside the stadium, the fourth umpire will provide a replacement from the library of cricket balls. The previous ball when returned will be sanitized with alcohol-based wipes and/or UV-C by the fourth umpire and placed in the library,” the circular reads. According to the BCCI, a new scientific study of cricket balls reveale...
India vs England 2nd Test: Indian team off to London as Prithvi, Surya remain in quarantine; Ganguly to attend Lord’s Test | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs England 2nd Test: Indian team off to London as Prithvi, Surya remain in quarantine; Ganguly to attend Lord’s Test | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: The Indian contingent on Monday were off to London for the second Test against England at Lord's though replacement players, Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw, remained in Nottingham to complete their quarantine. It is learnt that the entire Indian contingent left for London at around 11 am local time after every member tested negative for RT-PCR. The second Test begins on August 12. Shaw and Suryakumar, who linked up with the squad in Nottingham on August 3, will only complete their 10-day quarantine on August 13, which means that they can only train from August 14 and will be available for selection from the third Test, starting August 25 at Leeds. The nine-day gap between second and third Test will certainly give the duo ample chance to train and get match ready in case the t...
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Bangladesh dominate Australia to complete T20 series win

Shakib Al Hasan returned a remarkable figure of 4-9 as Bangladesh held Australia to its lowest Twenty20 cricket score in winning the final game of their series by 60 runs on Monday. Shakib became the second bowler to take 100 T20 wickets, after Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, as Bangladesh defended 112-8 by bowling Australia out for 62 in 13.4 overs. Pacer Mohammad Saifuddin ended with 3-12 to play a key role in triggering Australia’s collapse as Bangladesh won the series 4-1. Only two Australian batsmen reached double figures with captain Matthew Wade scoring 22 and Ben McDermott making 17. Shakib got the first of his four wickets, baffling Wade with quicker deliveries after left-arm spinner Ansum Ahmed dismissed opener Dan Christian (3) and Mitchell Marsh (4). Shakib then got...