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Sharma, Pandey script big win for India A

Mumbai, Oct 30 : Twin centuries by Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey helped India A beat the Sri Lankans by 88 runs in a 50-over warm-up game at the Brabourne Stadium here Thursday.


Rajasthan XI skipper Pankaj hopeful of a good season

New Delhi, Oct 30 : Captain Pankaj Singh Thursday hoped that a newly-formed Rajasthan XI will have a good season ahead, after the state cricket body Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) was suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for elected former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi as its president.


Happy to be compared with Dravid: Lokesh Rahul

New Delhi, Oct 30 : South Zone opener Lokesh Rahul, who scored an unbeaten 168 to guide his team to take a 32-run lead against Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy final at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Thursday, expressed his happiness over his comparison with legendary batsman Rahul Dravid.


South take 1st innings lead against Central

New Delhi, Oct 30 : Opener Lokesh Rahul's unbeaten 168 helped South Zone gain a 32-run lead against Central Zone, who were bowled out for 276 on the second day of the Duleep Trophy final at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Thursday.


Trinidad cricket board hits out at striking WI players

By Paras Ramoutar, Port-of-Spain, Oct 30 : Former Trinidad and Tobago sports minister Manohar Ramsaran has successfully piloted a Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board motion condemning the West Indies cricketers for abandoning the India tour two weeks ago.


Ryder inches closer to NZ national squad return

Wellington, Oct 30 : Big-hitting batsman Jesse Ryder is reportedly set to be named in a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) team release on Friday, for the first time since January.


Misbah looking consistency for Pak in second Test against Oz

Johannesburg, Oct 30 : Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul Haq would reportedly seek consistency while his counterpart Australia's Michael Clarke would look for runs in the second Test starting in Abu Dhabi from Thursday.


Lara reveals no letter from Mandela this time to save Windies' SA tour

Johannesburg, Oct 30 : West Indies legendary batsman Brian Lara has revealed that there would be no letter from former president Nelson Mandela, which saved their tour 16 years ago, to protect the national team's tour to South Africa later this year.


Amla on course to ODI landmark

London, Oct 30 : South Africa Test team captain Hashim Amla is reportedly very close to a landmark that would confirm him as one of the best ODI batsmen of all time.


KP's 'bullying culture' allegations sadden, disappoint Broad, Anderson

London, Oct 30 : England fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson have said that ousted batsman Kevin Pietersen's allegations of a bully culture in the dressing room has saddened and disappointed them.


Sachin Tendulkar revisits memories of meeting Bradman

Sydney, Oct 30 : Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne were so daunted by the prospect of meeting Austalian cricketing legend Donald Bradman for his 90th birthday that they could not decide who should speak first, the Indian batting great said.


India bowling coach Dawes claims 'amicably' parted ways with BCCI, not sacked

New Delhi, Oct 29 : India cricket team bowling coach Joe Dawes has claimed that he has parted ways with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an absolutely amicable manner, opposing media reports that said that he had been sacked.


Not ideal preparation for India tour: Angelo Matthews

Mumbai, Oct 29 : Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said Wednesday that his side was never reluctant to tour India but hesitant since they were not properly prepared for a tough series.


India bowling coach Dawes claims 'amicably' parted ways with BCCI, not sacked

New Delhi, Oct 29 : India cricket team bowling coach Joe Dawes has claimed that he has parted ways with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an absolutely amicable manner, opposing media reports that said that he had been sacked.


South restrict Central to 237/7 in Duleep Trophy final

New Delhi, Oct 29 : South Zone bowlers dished out a decent show to restrict Central Zone to 237/7 in 87 overs on the first day of the Duleep Trophy final at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Wednesday.


Hopefully bowlers will pull things back: Bist

New Delhi, Oct 29 : Regretting his dismissal at the score of 79, Central Zone batsman Robin Bist hoped that his side's bowlers will help them pull things back against South Zone on the second day of the Duleep Trophy final here Thursday.


Samuels blames WIPA president

Kingston (Jamaica), Oct 29 : Middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels has blamed West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) president Wavell Hinds for the circumstances which forced the players to abandon their tour of India.


Samuels denies Bravo's claim

Kingston (Jamaica), Oct 29 : West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has robustly dismissed the claim of his One-Day International (ODI) captain Dwayne Bravo that he had supported the decision to abandon the tour of India.


South restrict Central to 237/7 in Duleep Trophy final

New Delhi, Oct 29 : South Zone bowlers dished out a decent show to restrict Central Zone to 237/7 in 87 overs on the first day of the Duleep Trophy final at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Wednesday.


National selectors keep an eye on Duleep Trophy final

New Delhi, Oct 29 : Indian cricket team hopefuls, who are playing in the ongoing Duleep Trophy final here, saw reasons for extra motivation when two national selectors -- Saba Karim and Vikram Rathour -- arrived at the Ferozeshah Kotla to monitor the performance of the players Wednesday.


Himachal to host 15 Ranji matches

Shimla, Oct 29 : After hosting the India vs West Indies One-Day International (ODI) earlier this month, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) is gearing up to hold 15 Ranji Trophy matches at three venues.


Trinidad cricket board condemns Windies players pull out

Port-of-Spain, Oct 29 : The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) has condemned the recent decision by the West Indies cricketers to abort their tour of India.


'Confident West Indies will appear in 2015 World Cup'

Sydney, Oct 29 : John Harden, 2015 Cricket World Cup chief executive, has said he is confident that the former champions West Indies will appear at next year's event in Australia and New Zealand.


Babar says 'loving the role' of being Pak's 'main spinner'

Karachi, Oct 29 : Pakistan left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar has said that he is loving the role of being the main spinner for the national cricket team because it provides him with a different sort of challenge.


Haddin rested from Oz squad for Proteas ODI series

Wellington, Oct 29 : Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been rested from a near full-length squad to face South Africa in their pre-World Cup series with the world number one ODI spot at stake.


Waqar Younis warns Pak to be prepared for Oz 'backlash' in second Test

Johannesburg, Oct 29 : Pakistan cricket team coach Waqar Younis has warned his team to be prepared for a backlash from wounded Australia in the second Test following the visitors 221-run loss in the first Test in Dubai.


Windies will play in WC despite shock withdrawal from India tour, says official

Karachi, Oct 28 : Cricket World Cup chief executive John Harnden has said that he is confident that the West Indies squad would take part in next year's tournament, despite their shock withdrawal from a tour of India.


Williamson inches closer to bowling return post promising preliminary action analysis

Wellington, Oct 28 : New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson's return to the bowling crease got a step closer following promising reports from a preliminary analysis of his action in Brisbane.


Proteas reclaim No. 1 ODI ranking after five years

Dubai, Oct 28 : South Africa has reclaimed the number-one spot on the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings after winning the three-match ODI series against New Zealand.


Ex-Pak skipper Wasim Bari says Younis should be 'automatic selection for WC'

Karachi, Oct 28 : Former Pakistan cricket team captain Wasim Bari said that veteran batsman Younis Khan should be an automatic selection for the World Cup following his historic achievement against Australia in the first Test in Dubai.


Windies will play in WC despite shock withdrawal from India tour, says official

Karachi, Oct 28 : Cricket World Cup chief executive John Harnden has said that he is confident that the West Indies squad would take part in next year's tournament, despite their shock withdrawal from a tour of India.


Oz legends Chappell, Jones express concerns about team's batting struggles against spin

Sydney, Oct 28 : Australian spin legends Ian Chappell and Dean Jones have expressed serious concerns about Australia's batting struggles against spin bowling ahead of their second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.


Proteas retain World No.1 Test spot as Pak end Oz's hopes post 221-run Test win

Johannesburg, Oct 28 : South Africa has retained their world number one Test spot as Pakistan thrashed Australia by 221 runs in their first Test in Dubai and ended their hopes of moving past the current leaders on top of the ICC Test Team rankings.


Younis hopeful of being selected for Pak's WC squad post Oz Test heroics

Johannesburg, Oct 28 : Pakistan veteran batsman Younis Khan is hoping that he can feature in next year's Cricket World Cup for Pakistan following his twin centuries against Australia in the first Test in Dubai that helped his side get a big win on Sunday.


De Villiers says ODI series win against NZ given Proteas lot of 'learning, confidence'

Johannesburg, Oct 28 : South Africa captain A.B. de Villiers has said that his squad would take a lot of learning and confidence from their 2-0 ODI series win against New Zealand.


ICC justifies crackdown on bowlers having illegal actions

Johannesburg, Oct 28 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday reportedly justified its crackdown on bowlers having illegal actions and vowed to only allow unorthodox deliveries like the 'doosra' within the rules.


ICC likely to allow banned players to play domestic matches before punishment ends

Johannesburg, Oct 28 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said that it is likely to allow banned players to feature in domestic matches a few months before their suspension expires.


Duleep Trophy final will be an even contest

New Delhi, Oct 28 : The Duleep Trophy cricket title clash starting Wednesday between Central Zone and South Zone will be an even but low profile affair at the Feroz Shah Kotla here.


Virat Kolhi drops to 3rd in ODI batting rankings

Dubai, Oct 28 : India's Virat Kohli dropped a place to be positioned third in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) batting rankings for One-Day Internationals (ODI) released Tuesday as he was overtaken by South African Hashim Amla following the Proteas' 2-0 victory in a three-match series against New Zealand.


ICC forced to clamp down on chucking: Dave Richardson

Sydney, Oct 28 : International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Dave Richardson said Tuesday the game had reached the "straw that broke the camel's back" with suspect bowling actions, forcing the governing body to launch its controversial crackdown on chucking.


West Indies board, players meet to resolve impasse

St. John's (Antigua), Oct 28 : Initial talks to resolve the latest spat between the West Indies players, their union WIPA, and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), have been described as "cordial, positive and fruitful".


Players involved in Windies pay dispute join SA league

Johannesburg, Oct 28 : Four of the players who controversially quit the recent One-Day International (ODI) cricket tour of India have signed contracts to play in South Africa's Ram Slam Twenty20 League.


Morkel admits Proteas have laid down 'marker' for WC

Wellington, Oct 27 : South Africa's towering paceman Morne Morkel has admitted that they have laid down a marker for the World Cup.


Clarke likens Pak thrashing of Oz in first Test to rout against India in 2013

Wellington, Oct 27 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke has said that it was the same result unfortunately as what it was in India, after his side's 221-run loss to Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai.


Shane Warne takes 'dating advice' from Twitter followers

Wellington, Oct 27 : Shane Warne turned to his fans for dating advice, when he recently took to Twitter to ask his followers whom he should date next.


Aussie batsmen need more practice playing spin: Dean Jones

Sydney, Oct 27 : Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has called for a radical shift in the way Australian batsmen play spin after yet another humiliating Test defeat in Asia, suggesting that they practice facing spin bowling without pads to teach them to play with their bat in front of their leg.


Warner, Younus Khan move up in ICC rankings

Dubai, Oct 27 : Hundreds in both innings during Pakistan's win over Australia in the first Test helped former captain Younus Khan jump four places to seventh while Aussie opener David Warner moved up to a career-high fourth position in the latest ICC batting and bowling rankings released here Monday.


Mohammed Shami ruled out of Sri Lanka ODI series, Kulkarni in

Mumbai, Oct 27 : India seamer Mohammed Shami was Monday ruled out of the five-match One-day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka, starting in Cuttack Nov 2, due to an injury and will be replaced by Dhawal Kulkarni.


Srinivasan refuses to comment on BCCI-WICB row

Kolkata, Oct 26 : Even as a livid BCCI has decided to initiate legal proceedings against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for abruptly cancelling its tour of India, its sidelined chief and ICC chairman N. Srinivasan Sunday refused to comment on the issue.


Clarke shoulders responsibility for Oz's poor show in first Test against Pak

Sydney, Oct 26 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke has taken the blame for his side's first Test meltdown on his shoulders, which has been gutted by a failure to fire or review an uncertain dismissal against Pakistan in Dubai.


Pak cricketers back UNICEF's bid to rid world of polio

Karachi, Oct 25 : Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul Haq has pledged his backing to the international bid to rid the world of polio, as the national team has joined hands with Australia to dedicate their ongoing first Test to the fight to end the disease.


Steyn says can 'smell fear' in batsmen despite 'shows of bravado'

Wellington, Oct 25 : World's top-ranked paceman Dale Steyn has said that he can sense fear in a batsman through their body language.


Lorgat confident of WICB resolving issues with players ahead of Proteas tour

Johannesburg, Oct 25 : Cricket South Africa (CSA)'s chief executive officer (CEO) Haroon Lorgat is confident that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) would have resolved their issues with players by the time the Caribbean team is due to take on South Africa at home in December.


Ferdinand plans on retiring at end of current PL season

Johannesburg, Oct 25 : Former England football team captain Rio Ferdinand has said that he is planning to retire from the sport at the end of the current domestic season.


Duleep Trophy: Central sets up final against South

Mohali, Oct 25 : Central Zone proceeded to the Duleep Trophy final with a first innings lead over North Zone as the four-day semi-final ended in a draw at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here Saturday.


Cuttack to host 1st India-Sri Lanka ODI

Mumbai, Oct 25 : Cuttack will host the first of the five One-Day Internationals (ODI) between India and Sri Lanka Nov 2, the Indian cricket board announced Saturday.


'Windies walk-out a collapse of governance'

Kingston (Jamaica), Oct 25 : Former Jamaican prime minister P.J. Patterson has described the West Indies' walk-out of the India tour as "humiliation" and says it has exposed "a total collapse of a governance system" in the administration of the game by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).


Carter in Windies A squad for Sri Lanka series

St. John's (Antigua), Oct 25 : Left-handed stroke-maker Jonathan Carter is among four players called up for the West Indies A team's three-match one-day tour of Sri Lanka starting next month.


Samuels opts out as players retain lawyers for battle ahead

Port of Spain, Oct 25 : West Indies players who controversially abandoned the tour of India last week have retained legal counsel as they prepare to tackle the contentious Collective Bargaining Agreement signed by their union, West Indies Players' Association (WIPA), but batsman Marlon Samuels has opted not to pursue this course of action along with his team mates.


Proteas thrash Kiwis by 72 runs in second ODI to take unbeatable 2-0 series lead

Wellington, Oct 24 : South Africa thrashed New Zealand by 72 runs in the second ODI at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui to take an unbeatable 2-0 series lead.


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