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BCCI ends Ankeet Chavan’s ban, allows him to play | Cricket News – Times of India
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BCCI ends Ankeet Chavan’s ban, allows him to play | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The BCCI has finally accepted Mumbai left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan's plea that he be allowed to play professional cricket since Board Ombudsman DK Jain has reduced his life ban to seven years. Chavan, along with his then Rajasthan Royals teammates S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila was banned for life by the Board in 2013 for his alleged involvement in the IPL spot-fixing scandal. However, Sreesanth's ban was lifted last year by the BCCI, following which he played this season in domestic cricket. In September 2020, Chavan had moved the Bombay High Court against the BCCI's ban. On March 3, 2021, the Bombay High court referred the matter to the BCCI Ombudsman. In a formal communication (TOI has a copy) to Chavan on Tuesday, BCCI interim CEO Hemang Amin wrote: “Dear Mr Chavan, as per t...
Recovering, says Faf du Plessis after suffering concussion in PSL | Cricket News – Times of India
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Recovering, says Faf du Plessis after suffering concussion in PSL | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Much to the cricket community's relief, South African star Faf du Plessis on Sunday said he was back from the hospital and "recovering", after suffering a concussion during his team Quetta Gladiators' PSL match against Peshawar Zalmi here. In trying to save a boundary, Du Plessis collided with teammate Mohammad Hasnain during their Pakistan Super League match on Saturday night. Following the freak accident, the former South Africa captain lay prone on the ground for a few minutes while the team physio attended to him. Praying to Almighty for the speedy recovery and a good health for #FafduPlessis May he #getwellsoon ! https://t.co/TT1JaTGFCH— An Indian 🇮🇳💎 (@real_farooque07) 1623526665000Du Plessis eventually got on his feet and walked back to the team dugout before being tak...
India vs Sri Lanka: Krishnappa Gowtham keen to make opportunities count | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs Sri Lanka: Krishnappa Gowtham keen to make opportunities count | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Indian team for the limited overs tour of Sri Lanka has six spinners in the line-up. In the bevy of tweakers, Krishnappa Gowtham is the lone new face. The others are Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Varun Chakravarthy. Having earned his maiden national call-up, the Karnataka off-spinner is not unduly worried about the competition in the team. Instead, he is looking forward to soaking in the experience of being part of a national squad. “I’m not thinking about the number of spinners in the team. We all know the nature of Sri Lankan wickets. My focus is on the opportunities I’ll get and how I make them count,” Gowtham, 32, told TOI on Friday. The all-rounder’s call-up has been in the pipeline for a couple of years now, but when it finally cam...
Hardik Pandya: For Krunal and I the lockdown period last year was a phase of improvement, it made us brutally honest | Cricket News – Times of India
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Hardik Pandya: For Krunal and I the lockdown period last year was a phase of improvement, it made us brutally honest | Cricket News – Times of India

One of the immediate by-products of the lockdown last year was that families spent a lot of time together in their homes. Across India, families suddenly had a lot of time together. For those who usually don't get to spend too much time with their families, this was an opportunity to make up for lost time. Like most Indians, cricketers Krunal and Hardik Pandya also spent a lot of time with family during the lockdown period. The Pandya brothers were the guests on episode 1 of Times of India's brand new sports podcast - Times of India Sportscast and in a freewheeling conversation Krunal and Hardik talked about multiple things, including their careers, how it was their father's vision and support that took them to where they are now, life on and off the field, the Covid situation, how they...
Shikhar Dhawan to lead India on Sri Lanka tour, six uncapped players named in 20-man squad | Cricket News – Times of India
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Shikhar Dhawan to lead India on Sri Lanka tour, six uncapped players named in 20-man squad | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Opener Shikhar Dhawan was on Thursday named as captain of the Indian team that will travel to Sri Lanka for a limited-overs tour next month as the BCCI announced a 20-man squad, packed with youngsters, including six uncapped players. With the country's top cricketers already in England for the World Test Championship final and the subsequent England series, the selection of a number of youngsters in the squad is on expected lines. Many of them impressed in the suspended IPL and have been rewarded with their maiden India call-up. They included Devdutt Padikkal, pacer Chetan Sakaria, Nitish Rana, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Varun Chakravarthy. Prithvi Shaw and Manish Pandey have made a comeback but Shreyas Iyer missing out on selection means he has not yet recovered...
‘Utterly ridiculous, witch hunt has to stop’: Vaughan on investigation into alleged racist tweets | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘Utterly ridiculous, witch hunt has to stop’: Vaughan on investigation into alleged racist tweets | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: The probe into England cricketers' old tweets is a "witch hunt" that must stop, says former skipper Michael Vaughan as the ECB investigates alleged racist remarks on social media by many of its cricketers. Country's white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler are under investigation by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after their tweets, mocking Indians, surfaced on the social media on Wednesday. "No one at the time of Morgan's, Buttler's & Anderson's tweets seemed offended at the time they tweeted but it's amazing how they now seem offensive a few years later !!!!!! Utterly ridiculous ... The witch hunt has started but has to stop," Vaughan tweeted. No one at the time of Morgan’s ,Buttler’s & Anderson’s tweets seemed offended at the time...
Won’t comment on Morgan issue at this time: KKR CEO | Cricket News – Times of India
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Won’t comment on Morgan issue at this time: KKR CEO | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Even as it emerged that their captain Eoin Morgan, along with his English compatriot Jos Buttler, are under an investigation by the English Cricket Board (ECB) after their alleged racist tweets, mocking Indians, surfaced on the social media, the Kolkata Knight Riders have refrained from commenting on the issue, for now. KKR CEO Venky Mysore, though, did assert that the organisation has "zero tolerance for any sort of discrimination." "We don't know enough about it to comment at this time. Let's wait for the process to be completed to get all the facts before we jump to any conclusions. Just to reiterate, the Knight Riders organisation has "zero tolerance" for any sort of discrimination," Mysore told TOI on Wednesday. Morgan is England's white-ball skipper, while Buttler is the n...
Now, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan face heat for tweets ‘mocking’ Indians | Cricket News – Times of India
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Now, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan face heat for tweets ‘mocking’ Indians | Cricket News – Times of India

England duo under probe; Anderson asked to explain old homophobic postThe ghosts of forgotten social media indiscretions returned to haunt England cricket with white-ball captain Eoin Morgan and senior player Jos Buttler facing investigation for "historical tweets" allegedly mocking Indians. Both cricketers are big Indian Premier League (IPL) draws, with Morgan also captaining the Kolkata Knight Riders. Buttler, the current England vice-captain, plays for Rajasthan Royals. The posts date back to 2017 and 2018. The unsavoury development comes in the immediate wake of the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) controversial decision to suspend another England cricketer, Ollie Robinson, from international cricket for racist tweets dating back to 2012 and 2013. The suspension cleaved publi...
IPL 2021 schedule news: Remainder of IPL 2021 to be played between Sep 19-Oct 15; Rajeev Shukla | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021 schedule news: Remainder of IPL 2021 to be played between Sep 19-Oct 15; Rajeev Shukla | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The remainder of the 2021 Indian Premier League will be played between September 19 and October 15 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Indian cricket board confirmed on Wednesday. "IPL will be held between September 19 and October 15," Rajeev Shukla, vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), told IANS on Wednesday. There are 31 matches to be played, after the tournament was suspended on May 4 due to Covid-19 positive cases in the camps of four of the eight franchises. The cash-rich league was suspended midway, after the completion of 29 matches. The second half of the tournament, to be played in UAE, will however be too close to the start of the T20 World Cup that begins around mid-October. Although the International Cricket Council (ICC) has not ...
COVID-19 impact: Cricket Australia adds six players to preliminary squad for upcoming tours of West Indies and Bangladesh | Cricket News – Times of India
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COVID-19 impact: Cricket Australia adds six players to preliminary squad for upcoming tours of West Indies and Bangladesh | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Concerned that top players might opt out of the limited overs tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh due to "bubble fatigue", Cricket Australia has added six more cricketers to its preliminary squad for the upcoming assignments, beginning July 10. Australia's white-ball squad for the upcoming series swelled to 29 after the selection committee called up Ben McDermott, Dan Christian, Cameron Green, Ashton Turner, Wes Agar and Nathan Ellis. Australia will play five T20Is and three ODIs against the West Indies and is expected to travel to Bangladesh next for five more T20Is in early August. The squad will be trimmed before it flies to the West Indies in a chartered flight on June 28. "The six additions to the Qantas Australian men's squad follow discussions with players selected...
In 2010, I thought MS Dhoni didn’t know how to bat: Anrich Nortje | Cricket News – Times of India
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In 2010, I thought MS Dhoni didn’t know how to bat: Anrich Nortje | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: South Africa speedster Anrich Nortje on Monday recalled MS Dhoni as a batsman who he thought didn't know how to use his feet and bat while bowling to him during nets in the 2010 Champions League T20 in South Africa. Nortje, now with Delhi Capitals in Indian Premier League, was 16 then and was called upon to bowl at the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) nets. Dhoni was leading CSK. "I wasn't that big, so wasn't scaring anyone. It was age group [that I was playing those days], so I wasn't that quick," said Nortje on The Grade Cricketer podcast. "I remember bowling to MS in the nets there. He didn't look like he could bat to be honest. I didn't realise it was him. He hit a couple of balls almost standing still and not using any feet as he does. [But] afterwards he was such a nice man to...
BCCI may push back IPL final to October 15 in order to reduce double headers | Cricket News – Times of India
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BCCI may push back IPL final to October 15 in order to reduce double headers | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The BCCI brass is exploring the option of using the full window of Indian Premier League by pushing the final back to October 15 in order to reduce the number of double headers in the UAE's searing September heat. As PTI had first reported, the tournament will start on Sunday, September 19 and while the final was tentatively planned for October 10, the BCCI as well as the Emirates Cricket Board are mulling stretching the lucrative T20 event till October 15. "September 15 to October 15 is the window. Initially, BCCI was thinking of having 10 double headers. But, in third and fourth week of September, having 10 afternoon matches can be physically exhausting for player in such short window," a BCCI source told PTI on the condition of anonymity. "So if October 15, which is a Frid...
England will be looking to make amends for their series loss in India when they host Virat and his team, says England fast bowler Tymal Mills | Cricket News – Times of India
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England will be looking to make amends for their series loss in India when they host Virat and his team, says England fast bowler Tymal Mills | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: England left-arm pacer Tymal Mills, who last played for the Three Lions in 2018, believes that if England can pull off a series win vs New Zealand in their ongoing Test series, it will be a huge confidence boost for the hosts ahead of their long five-match Test series against India, which starts in August. The first Test between England and New Zealand, played at Lord's ended in a draw. The second Test will be played in Birmingham starting June 10. England are scheduled to play a full Test series against India, starting August 4 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. "They're (England) playing New Zealand right now. The series against New Zealand will be big practice. A win against New Zealand will be a huge confidence factor against India. I am sure England will be relishing the opp...
BCCI should focus on domestic cricket too: Dilip Vengsarkar | Cricket News – Times of India
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BCCI should focus on domestic cricket too: Dilip Vengsarkar | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar has joined a growing list of people who feel that the BCCI isn't bothered about looking after the domestic cricketers, preferring to retain its focus on its multi-million dollar baby, the IPL, all the time. "What is the road map for the domestic cricketers that the Board has in mind? Due to the pandemic, many talented hopefuls have been denied the opportunity to showcase their talent and stake a claim in the national team. The BCCI must keep the second string ready in case of injuries or lack of form of established players," Vengsarkar, a former chief selector, told TOI on Thursday. The 116-Test veteran backed India's discarded pacer Jaydev Unadkat's suggestion that the top 30 cricketers of a state should have a contract with the state assoc...
Indian cricket teams touch base in Southampton | Cricket News – Times of India
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Indian cricket teams touch base in Southampton | Cricket News – Times of India

SOUTHAMPTON: After landing in the United Kingdom (UK) on Thursday, both the Indian men's and women's teams set base at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. After landing in Southampton, the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Wriddhiman Saha posted pictures of themselves at the Hilton Hotel, which is present in the premises of the Ageas Bowl. Bumrah posted a picture on Twitter and he captioned the post as: "Hello Southampton." Hello Southampton! 🏏 https://t.co/qSATFLZ3b0— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) 1622719020000Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians posted a picture of Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant chilling on their balcony at the Hilton Hotel. Touchdown ➡️ The Rose Bowl, Southampton 🏟️Mission WTC loading 🔜🏆#OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #ICCWTCFinal @ImRo45… https://t.co/lfvkNH0Emo— Mumba...
It was terrifying: David Warner on COVID-19 situation in India during IPL | Cricket News – Times of India
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It was terrifying: David Warner on COVID-19 situation in India during IPL | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Australian opener David Warner on Wednesday said it was "terrifying" to see visuals of mass cremations amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic in India during his stay in the country for the IPL. Warner and fellow Australians involved in the IPL flew to Maldives after the tournament was suspended last month and entry for travellers from India was banned at home. The cricketers were finally able to reunite with their families earlier this week after a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. The southpaw recalled the grim scenes in India at the peak of the second wave. "I think it would really hit home when everyone saw that piece on TV about what was happening in India with the oxygen," Warner, who played for Sunrisers Hyderabad, said on Nova's Fitzy and Wippa program. "People on the streets l...
Give us one-time benefit too, plead retired umpires to BCCI | Cricket News – Times of India
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Give us one-time benefit too, plead retired umpires to BCCI | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The BCCI received praise from all quarters when it launched a one-time retirement benefit to former India and first-class cricketers, from a corpus it created out of profits from the IPL. However, till now, former international umpires, who too were a crucial part of the game, have been denied this benefit. Ex-international umpires want the BCCI to be more benevolent to their cause. "This one-time benefit is given in appreciation of your services to the game. If it's not given after retirement, then when?" wondered Piloo Reporter, who umpired in 14 Tests and 22 ODIs from 1984 to 1994, while talking to TOI. "It would be very much appreciated by us if we also get what former players are getting. If the retired players are getting lakhs or crores as a one-time pay-off, what's wrong...
India’s fielding coach feels team will be ready mentally for the challenge in UK | Cricket News – Times of India
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India’s fielding coach feels team will be ready mentally for the challenge in UK | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: India's next international assignment in England is a high-profile one which will kick off with the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in Southampton followed by a five-Test series against England. Ahead of the tour, fielding coach R Sridhar spoke on the Indian team's preparations, how they assess the New Zealand side, how the pandemic has made him more empathetic and more. Excerpts:How do you see the WTC final between India and NZ?The World Test Championship final is a clash between two evenly-matched sides. Both teams have played top-quality cricket and I am sure the final in Southampton will be a very well-contested encounter. As far as our team is concerned, we will be taking this as just another game and prepare with the same intensity that we do for a...
ICC wants 14 teams for ODI World Cup again | Cricket News – Times of India
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ICC wants 14 teams for ODI World Cup again | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The 2027 ODI World Cup will be played between 14 teams. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is keen to go back to the tried and tested format after playing the last World Cup in 2019 with 10 Test-playing nations. ICC has also decided to have 20 teams for T20 World Cups from the next edition. The Champions Trophy will be brought back in 2025 and 2029 and will be played between eight teams. “The ICC board has discussed to get 14 teams for the next World Cup. It will help the sport to grow at a better pace. The 10-team format didn’t serve that purpose,” sources from the ICC’s board meeting told TOI on Tuesday. TOI understands the ICC board has suggested reverting to the Super Six format of the tournament. The Super Six format was used from 1999 to 2007. It was junked after I...
New Zealand in great place to create history: Trent Boult on WTC final | Cricket News – Times of India
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New Zealand in great place to create history: Trent Boult on WTC final | Cricket News – Times of India

MOUNT MAUNGANUI: The qualification process for the World Test Championship final is still a bit of enigma for Trent Boult but the New Zealand pace spearhead is confident that his team is capable of creating history when it clashes with India for the inaugural title. The WTC final is scheduled to be held in Southampton from June 18-22. "The way the group has travelled and performed around New Zealand and the world, the boys are in a great place to hopefully create a bit of history," Boult told reporters at the Bay Oval. "Everything is feeling good with what lies ahead, a big stage for the World Test Championship final, and hopefully I can get over there and be part of that second Test (against England) as well," he added. "I've taken a while to understand the process with qualifying, how...