Ponting named Delhi Daredevils coach

Ponting named Delhi Daredevils coach

  IFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting will return to the IPL this season, this time as head coach of Delhi Daredevils. Hemant Dua, the chief executive of Daredevils, made the announcement on Twitter. Ponting takes over from Paddy Upton and former India captain Rahul Dravid, who had stepped down after the previous season owing to […]

Mathews, Chandimal in ODI captaincy frame

  Sri Lanka’s ODI captaincy may pass back to Angelo Mathews, barely six months after he resigned from the position, or it may go to Dinesh Chandimal, who has not consistently held a place in the XI. Thisara Perera captained Sri Lanka in the recent ODIs against India, but is now unlikely to be persisted […]

In-form sides fight for attention

  If inconsistency is the bane of Pakistan cricket, obscurity has to be New Zealand’s. These are two sides who never quite seem to get the credit they merit – indeed, the credit they have earned. They both go into this series in excellent form, though you wouldn’t know it by the chatter (read: pin-drop […]

Serena Williams, Defending Champion, Pulls Out of Australian Open

Serena Williams, Defending Champion, Pulls Out of Australian Open

  Defending champion Serena Williams pulled out of the Australian Open on Friday, saying she was “super close” but still not at the level she needs to be after giving birth to her first child. The American 23-time Grand Slam winner made a tentative return at an Abu Dhabi exhibition late last month, losing to […]

Munro, Sodhi and New Zealand top T20I rankings

  New Zealand’s Colin Munro and Ish Sodhi have vaulted to the top of ICC T20I rankings for batsmen and bowlers respectively, while the team regained its No. 1 position as well following the recent 2-0 drubbing of West Indies. Munro, who finished as the top-scorer in the series with 223 runs – which gave […]

Ravindra Jadeja down with ‘viral illness’

  India left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja could be a doubtful starter for the first Test against South Africa, which begins on Friday in Cape Town. Jadeja has been suffering from “viral illness” for the last two days, according to a BCCI release. He will be taken to hospital for treatment, and is expected to recover […]

Worker replaces injured Bracewell in NZ ODI squad

  Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of New Zealand’s first two ODIs against Pakistan with a hamstring problem. The 27-year-old fast bowler had only just returned from a hiatus of nearly a year in the recently concluded series against West Indies, playing five out of six limited-overs matches to pick up six wickets. On […]

BBL semis, final may move to entice broadcasters

  An expanded Big Bash League will stretch into mid-February next summer as Cricket Australia seeks to make the finals of the tournament a more significant climax for broadcasters in the looming round of television rights negotiations. James Sutherland, the CA chief executive, said that the governing body had indicated a desire to make a […]

Dead Ball law under scrutiny after Inglis gaffe

  Debate sounded about the Dead Ball law after an unusual gaffe from the Melbourne Renegades wicketkeeper Emma Inglis nearly cost her team their Women’s Big Bash League encounter against the Sydney Sixers in Victoria on Wednesday. In a dramatic finish, with the Sixers requiring three runs off the final ball, Inglis’ premature celebrations inadvertently […]

Arsène Wenger’s high-wire act exposes hole at heart of Arsenal

  Stoppage time provided a vignette of classic latter-Wenger Arsenal. Hearts were in mouths, and nobody knew whether to celebrate or panic or faint. Having taken a lead, then thrown a lead, and then seized back some pride with a last gasp equaliser, Arsenal’s defence evaporated completely as Chelsea almost won it all over again. […]

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