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- Meet Amir Hussain Lone, who not only plays the game but is captain of the Jammu and Kashmir Para-cricket team.

- The International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit on Monday said tainted Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir's video in which he admitted his guilt and also described the after-effect of his wrongdoing is being used to educate cricketers about the consequences of indulging in corrupt practices like spot-fixing and match-fixing.

- 'Where betting is legalised it is heavily regulated and they work in close conjunction with us, so it does assist us'

- The ever-improving Indian women cricketers could get a chance to become household names, just like tennis star Sania Mirza and shuttle queen Saina Nehwal, by televising their matches, feels national team captain Mithali Raj.

- PCB stops women's team from travelling to India for WT20 The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has stopped its national women's team from going to India until it gets written security assurances and guarantees for the World T20 in India.

- Swashbuckling former India opener Virender Sehwag has picked India, New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies as the teams which will make the semifinals of the World T20 starting in India on March 8.

- West Indies have dropped batsman Lendl Simmons from their Twenty20 World Cup squad owing to a back injury, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said on Saturday.

- Former Pakistan captain and fast bowling great, Wasim Akram slammed the formation of an inquiry committee by the cricket board to probe into the team's poor show in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

- A three-member team constituted by the Pakistan government will depart for India on Monday to assess the security arrangements for the national team for the World T20 cricket tournament beginning next week.

- Jonty Rhodes believes Australia's omission of spinner Nathan Lyon will hurt them in the World T20.

- In Martin Crowe's death, cricket has lost one of its most iconic figures in recent memory, says Shakya Mitra.

- A photograph posted by a Bangladeshi fan has gone viral and attracted massive outrage from Indian fans ahead of the Asia Cup final between India and Bangladesh on Sunday.

- There was some bad news in the Bangladesh camp ahead of their big Asia Cup Twenty20 final against India with vice-captain and top all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan sustaining a "left hip-flex injury" in a training session.

- Mind games have begun ahead of the Asia Cup final played between host Bangladesh and India at Mirpur on Sunday.

- The excitement of being in the Asia Cup final might be palpable in the Bangladesh camp but for India, Sunday's summit clash would be just another game in the tournament, says Team Director Ravi Shastri.

- National selector Mark Waugh has confirmed Shane Watson will play the final two T20 internationals against South Africa after missing the game one defeat in Durban.

- The domestic season-ending five-day Irani Cup game between newly crowned Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai and the Rest of India, commencing in Mumbai from Sunday, will provide fringe players a good opportunity to stake claims for the national team.

- Australia swashbuckling batsman Aaron Finch has called on his side to play 'smarter' cricket when facing spinners, following their three-wicket loss to South Africa in the opening Twenty20 of the three-match series in Durban.

- Unstoppable so far with clinical performances, a formidable India will square off against a passionate and sprightly Bangladesh in their quest for continental supremacy in the final of the Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament, in Mirpur, on Sunday.

- Andre Russell looks set to play in the World Twenty20 after the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said on Friday the West Indies all-rounder would not be suspended pending a hearing into his "anti-doping whereabouts" rule violation.

- David Miller smashed an unbeaten 53 as South Africa claimed a three-wicket victory over Australia in the first Twenty20 International at Kingsmead on Friday.

- Pakistan's batting finally came good as they successfully chased down a competitive total posted by Sri Lanka to win by six wickets in an inconsequential final round robin league encounter of the Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament in Mirpur on Friday.

- Concerned by fresh protests, Pakistan government has decided to send a security team to assess the situation in India before taking a final call on the team's participation in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

- Former Proteas opener Alviro Petersen revealed that he was approached to 'fix matches' in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge, South Africa's domestic T20 tournament.

- A bundle of nerves ahead of his international debut in the ongoing Asia Cup, India all-rounder Pawan Negi said emotions were getting the better of him before senior players like skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped in with their calming words.

- Senior Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal says his side is good enough to upstage formidable India and lift the Asia Cup trophy when the two teams clash on Sunday.

- The BCCI on Friday assured foolproof security to Pakistan for the World Twenty20 in India, a day after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) threatened to pull out of the mega event citing safety concerns.

- So, now you've seen the new-look Team India, do you like it? Tell us!

- Kapil Dev's running catch at the boundary, to dismiss Viv Richards, is widely remembered by fans and cricketers alike, but Martin Crowe's effort to pocket a lunging catch and dismiss Zimbawe's Dave Houghton in the 1987 Reliance World Cup will always be special, reckons Siva Sankar

- Amidst uncertainty hanging over the India-Pakistan World Twenty20 cricket match scheduled in Dharamsala, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said central paramilitary forces will be provided to ensure security for the March 19 event.

- His confidence boosted after a two-wicket haul against the United Arab Emirates in the Asia Cup, India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar says he is now working on a slower delivery to further polish his skills.

- Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, on Friday, hinted that he may end his international career after the 2016 season with the ICC World T20 in all likelihood his last global event.

- Factbox on the World Twenty20 in India from March 8-April 3.

- With 35 matches spread over 27 days, World T20 looks set to illustrate once again just how skewed the 20-overs game is against bowlers.

- Statistician Rajneesh Gupta has interesting numbers from India's Asia Cup match against the UAE. Check them out.

- PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan has slammed the team's performance at the Asia Cup but admitted it was too late to make sweeping changes ahead of the World Twenty20 this month.

- When Bangladesh take on India in the Asia Cup final, on Sunday, the immensely talented but disgraced Mohammad Ashraful will watch from the sidelines wondering why his moral compass deviated, leading to a match-fixing ban and a regret that will last a lifetime.

- India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels the current Indian team is a "balanced" side which can "take on any team anywhere in the world" at least in the shortest format of the game after they notched up their ninth win in 10 matches.

- Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has received an official reprimand for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side's five-wicket win against Pakistan in their Asia Cup clash in Mirpur on Wednesday.

- Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa married his longtime girlfriend and former tennis player Sheethal Goutham in a private ceremony in Bangalore on Thursday.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said they will have to dish out a "big performance" against Bangladesh in the summit clash of the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament if they desire to lift the trophy on Sunday.

- India maintained their all-win record by producing yet another resounding performance to thrash minnows United Arab Emirates by nine wickets in a lop-sided inconsequential round robin league match of the Asia Cup T20 tournament in Mirpur on Thursday.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday threatened to pull out of the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 if they are not guaranteed foolproof security and a 'public statement' about its participation in the mega-event by the Indian government.

- The BCCI submitted a 60-page affidavit to the Supreme Court in which it stated it's opposition to certain points in the Lodha Committee report including one association and one vote for each state and also the inclusion of a representative of the Comptroller and auditor general (CAG) in the Board.

- Uncertainty refused to die down over the fate of the high-profile match between India and Pakistan in the upcoming World Twenty20 as the ex-servicemen league's state chief on Thursday vehemently protested against hosting of the game in Dharamsala, saying the 'matter is non-negotiable'.

- India pacer Dhawal Kulkarni tied the nuptial knot with Shradha Kharpude, while Robin Uthappa also tied the knot with tennis player Sheethal Goutham.

- Waqar Younis, one of the greatest practitioners of reverse swing, hailed former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe, who passed away today, as the "best batsman" when it came to tackling the difficult art.

- Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar hailed former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe, who passed away on Thursday, as one of the best batsmen in the history of the sport and a good thinker of the game.

- Australia's pace great Glenn McGrath says it's getting increasingly difficult for present day fast bowlers to choose between representing the country or be lured by the quick buck of the Indian Premier League.

- Beverage major PepsiCo, which pulled out as title sponsors of BCCI's Indian Premier League in October, on Thursday entered into a four-year partnership with the apex cricket body as an associate sponsor for all its international matches at home.

- On Thursday morning, the world woke up to the news of the death of iconic New Zealand cricketer Martin Crowe. A teenage prodigy, who went on to carve an illustrious career with his superlative batting and smart captaincy, lost his three-year long battle against cancer at the age of 53.

- The upcoming World T20 could turn out to be Ravi Shastri's last assignment as team director with the Board of Control for Cricket in India hinting that India may appoint a coach for the national team after the mega-event.

- The Indian men's and women's cricket teams will take the field in the upcoming World Twenty20 Championships wearing brand new kits unveiled by Nike on Thursday.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur on Thurday said he is hopeful of the Himachal Pradesh government giving the go ahead for the World Twenty20 match between India and Pakistan in Dharamsala following a meeting with state Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

- In a statement, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said Crowe was a true legend of the game who had earned the admiration and respect of millions of cricket fans across the globe with his stylish stroke-play and strong-minded determination.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said Virat Kohli's hunger to succeed is something that makes him special.

- Pakistan's legendary cricketer Imran Khan has stressed the need for his country's side to play ' correct combination' to succeed while maintaining that the nation has 'enough talent'.

- India's limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has yet again extolled in-form all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

- In the wake of increasing dominance of batsmen in cricket, South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn believes that fast bowling would disappear if future generations focus solely on their work with the willow.

- Call it a compulsion, but sporting achievements are often measured by numbers in hand and that is precisely why it will be difficult to analyse Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza's influence and contribution in the country's ever-growing cricketing ambitions.

- Saqlain Mushtaq says the cricket authorities must seek help of former greats to find solutions for the batting woes, afflicting the national team.

- West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has committed an "anti-doping whereabouts" rule violation, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) told Reuters on Wednesday.

- New Zealand's finest batsman was defined by one innings, one tournament and one seriously damaged knee.

- The cricketing life of Martin Crowe, who passed into the ages on March 3.

- Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe died after a long battle with cancer. He was 53.

- Pakistan crashed out of the final of the Asia Cup cricket tournament after losing by five wickets to hosts Bangladesh here and skipper Shahid Afridi conceded that his side committed "too many mistakes" which cost them dearly.

- Bangladesh defeated Pakistan by five wickets to qualify for the final of the Asia Cup.

- Uncertanity over the marque Twenty20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Dharamshala continues even after a meeting between BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

- Aaqib Javed has said that Ashish Nehra is a short term solution to India's fast bowling problems.

- Former Pakistan fast bowler and current United Arab Emirates coach Aaqib Javed feels that Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah will "find it difficult" to sustain for long without injury in international cricket with his unusual action.

- Michael Hussey was approached by former India batsman VVS Laxman for the job of Team India head coach, the ex-Australian cricketer has revealed in his latest book.

- If veteran Sri Lankan allrounder Angelo Mathews is to believed, the key to India's success in the T20 format has been identifying the core group of players and then forming a winning combination with it.

- The emergence of young Jasprit Bumrah as a potent death overs bowler has come as a huge relief for Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who complimented the Gujarat lad for being equally effective with the new ball.

- Having already secured their place in the final with three back-to-back wins, India are set to field their benched players against minnows United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their final league encounter of the Asia Cup T20 tournament, in Mirpur, on Thursday.

- Virat Kohli's unbeaten 56 off 47 balls, Yuvraj Singh's explosive 35 off 18 balls and a clinical bowling performance helped India edge out Sri Lanka by five wickets to storm into the final of Asia Cup.

- Flamboyant left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh says he felt like he rediscovered his old touch en route to a breezy 35, which played a pivotal role in India's five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup match, in Mirpur, on Tuesday.

- Sources in the PCB said that alternate venues such as Mohali and Kolkata had been discussed by Manohar and Shaharyar Khan but nothing was final as yet.

- An 'energised' Dale Steyn has passed his fitness tests and will play for South Africa in their three-match Twenty20 International series against Australia starting in Durban on Friday.

- Indian bowlers once again put up an impressive performance by restricting Sri Lanka to a modest 138 for nine in the third round robin encounter of the Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament in Dhaka on Tuesday.

- Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was happy that the likes of Yuvraj Singh came good in the match.

- Pakistan's former captain Javed Miandad has blasted the national team and made it clear that the current T20 captain Shahid Afridi didn't deserve a place in the side.

- A special court on Tuesday issued an order allowing the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to begin extradition proceedings against former IPL chairman Lalit Modi in connection with its money laundering probe against him and others.

- The Home Ministry may play the role of mediator between the BCCI and the Himachal Pradesh government, which expressed its inability to provide security to the India-Pakistan World Twenty20 match scheduled to be held in Dharamsala on March 19.

- Delhi Daredevils, one of the worst-performing franchises in the history of the Indian Premier League, have turned to former India captain and ex-Rajasthan Royals mentor Rahul Dravid to take their charge of their team in the upcoming ninth season of Twenty20 extravaganza, starting next month.

- India have a perfect mix of world class performers and that makes them hot favourites at the upcoming World Twenty20, former batsman Virender Sehwag has said.

- Dravid recently coached the Indian team at the Under-19 World Cup. He was mentor of Rajasthan Royals in the last two seasons of the IPL before the franchise was suspended from the T20 tournament for two years by the Justice Lodha Committee in the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the sixth edition of the T20 tournament in 2013.

- South Africa left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso will miss the first two Twenty20 Internationals against Australia this week after his action was found to be illegal by the International Cricket Council's testing laboratory.

- The much-awaited India-Pakistan World Twenty20 clash is in jeopardy after the Himachal Pradesh government expressed its inability to provide security for the match, leaving the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a bind with Board Secretary Anurag Thakur saying that the state should not 'play politics'.

- India's leading sports management company, Professional Management Group (PMG) has signed promising batting talent Rishabh Pant, on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

- Curtly Ambrose, the West Indies pace legend and the team's bowling consultant, backed it to win the ICC World Twenty20 2016. The squad, he said, had numerous match-winners suited for the format.

- Craig McDermott, who took 291 wickets in 71 Tests for Australia, turned down a contract extension so he could concentrate on his outside business interests

- Australia pace bowler James Pattinson has suffered a recurrence of shin soreness that kept him on the sidelines for much of January and been ordered to rest for the remainder of the season.

- Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh asserted that the much awaited World T20 match between India and Pakistan, slated to be played on March 19, should not be held in Dharamshala.

- After surviving early jolts in the chase against UAE, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said his team must cut down on mistakes to have any chance of beating the bigger teams in the Asia Cup.

- Pakistan survived a top-order collapse before completing a seven-wicket win over United Arab Emirates in their second round robin league match of the Asia Cup T20 tournament on Monday.

- Hosts Bangladesh were on Monday dealt a telling blow as their strike bowler Mustafizur Rahman was ruled out of the Asia Cup due to a Grade I side strain sustained during the home team's win against Sri Lanka.

- Pakistan's chief selector Haroon Rasheed has had a pep talk with the national team members and is confident that they can still qualify for the final in the ongoing Asia Cup.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that it is the joint responsibility of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Indian government to ensure best security for the Pakistan team in the World T20.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India's ombudsman, Justice (Retd) A P Shah, has dismissed allegations of 'Conflict of Interest' against the its media manager, Nishant Arora, saying the charges levelled by independent activist Neeraj Gunde "cannot be an issue of consideration".

- Pakistan's experienced all-rounder Shoaib Malik has said that he and his teammates are keen to set up a rematch with India in the final of the Asia Cup tournament in Bangladesh.

- Nursing a toe injury, India opener Rohit Sharma on Monday skipped the team's training session and is likely to miss Tuesday's Asia Cup T20 match against Sri Lanka in Mipur.

- New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is confident he will be back to full fitness by the start of the World T20 in India after making his comeback from injury by participating in a domestic competition in Wellington.

- India's premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has no complaints about the seaming track at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur despite it not offering much assistance to the spinners. The off-spinner believes it is important to understand the different conditions and adapt accordingly.

- Injuries to key players such as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma is giving them the jitters but India would still be firm favourites when they take on a depleted and struggling Sri Lanka in their penultimate league encounter of the Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament, in Mirpur, on Tuesday.

- Despite losing their first Asia Cup encounter against arch-rivals India, Pakistan's former T20 captain Misbah-ul-Haq feels Shahid Afridi's boys look in good shape for the crucial World T20 to be held in India in March.

- India's flamboyant batsman Virat Kohli after steering India to an emphatic win over Pakistan during the Asia Cup, took charge of the microphone and started humming some songs.

- Cricket South Africa on Monday unveiled the Proteas T20 squad's theme song and campaign ahead of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament which takes place in India next month.

- From Eden Gardens to Centurion, Shoaib Akhtar has had many memorable on-field battles with India's batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and he feels that Mohammed Aamir and Virat Kohli's face-offs will also go down the cricket history as one of the epic duels.

- Bangladesh registered a 23-run upset victory over defending champions Sri Lanka in a round robin league encounter to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the final of Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament, in Mirpur, on Sunday.

- India's flamboyant batsman Virat Kohli has conceded that the Pakistani attack he faced in the Asia Cup T20 was one of the most challenging spells of fast bowling but nonetheless expressed delight that his side had the last laugh as he guided India to a five-wicket victory.

- Pakistan spin legend Saqlain Mushtaq has described Ravichandran Ashwin as a 'world-class bowler', insisting that the Indian star spinner is way ahead of his contemporaries.

- Virat Kohli has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire after being adjudged lbw during his side's Asia Cup T20 match against Pakistan in Mirpur.

- India opener Rohit Sharma underwent a precautionary x-ray, on Sunday, after being hit on the left toe in the very first ball he faced against Pakistan.

- Pakistan teams of the bygone era, were better while India now have a more compact side.

- Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has termed Mohammed Aamir's performance against India as 'outstanding' but at the same time said his sufferings in the last five years after being convicted for spot-fixing has been his own fault for which no one should feel bad.

- Pakistani cricket fans and former players have reacted with disappointment and anger to the national team's defeat against arch-rivals India in their Asia Cup Twenty20 match.

- Australia skipper Steve Smith is determined to secure the one major international trophy his country has never won but thinks India are going to be tough to beat when they host the World Twenty20 next month.

- Virat Kohli has said that he likes to counter attack.

- Indian limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has praised Yuvraj Singh's gritty innings against Pakistan and feels more than amount of runs scored, the number of balls faced was important.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni has expressed happiness that Virat Kohli has time and again shouldered extra responsibility in pressure situations but refused to draw comparisons about whether the Delhi batsman was the best India has ever produced in crisis situations.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that the 22-yard-strip at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium is certainly "not ideal" for the batsmen to try and practice attacking shots keeping the ICC World T20 in mind.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not at all pleased with the use of some of the umpiring devices like ear-piece which he feels prevents the on-field official from hearing snicks and edges in a packed stadium.

- Images from the Asia Cup T20 cricket match between India and Pakistan on Saturday.

- Counter-attacking is the game I play, that's why I bat at No 3, says Virat Kohli.

- Rajneesh Gupta has some interesting numbers from the match. Check them out.

- The online sale of tickets for the much-awaited India-Pakistan clash in the World T20 tournament in Dharamsala on March 19 has received an overwhelming 138101 registrations in just two days, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association officials said on Saturday.

- India pacer Umesh Yadav was the cynosure of all eyes at an event in Nagpur on Saturday when the ICC World T20 trophies were introduced to the Orange City as part of the tournament's host city tour.

- Umar Daraz, the die-hard Pakistani fan of Virat Kohli, who was arrested last month for hoisting the Indian flag on the rooftop of his house, has been granted bail by a court.

Sri Lanka unhappy with Jayawardena's English job - Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has expressed disappointment at former captain Mahela Jayawardene taking up the role of consultant with the England team for the upcoming ICC World T20.

- Fast bowler Liam Plunkett has replaced Steven Finn in England's 15-man squad for next month's World Twenty20 tournament in India.

- Mahmudullah Riyadh produced an all-round effort to guideBangladesh to a comprehensive 51-run win against United Arab Emirates, as the host opened their account in the Asia Cup T20 tournament in Mirpur on Friday.

- Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar feels Indian batting is equipped to handle Pakistan pacers, who will have to deal with the dashing opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan when the arch-rivals clash in Asia Cup in Mirpur, on Saturday.

- The Mumbai squad led by Aditya Tare, which thrashed Saurashtra by an innings and 21 runs in the Ranji Trophy final inside three days, has earned a cash bonus of Rs 2 crore from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).

- Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and veteran pacer Ashish Nehra on Friday did not come for Indian team's pre-match day training after being advised rest ahead of the crucial Asia Cup T20 game against Pakistan, in Fatullah on Saturday.

- Mumbai crushed Saurashtra by an innings and 21 runs in the final to win their 41st Ranji Trophy title, in Pune, on Friday.

- Batting sensation Shreyas Iyer was jubilant after finishing as the leading scorer in the Ranji Trophy this season and helping Mumbai win their 41st crown in the country's premier domestic cricket tournament.

- Supremely confident of his pace attack, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Friday said his fast bowlers are capable of sending the Indian top-order packing in the first six overs itself when the two teams lock horns in the Asia Cup T20 group league match, in Fatullah on Saturday.

- Indian opener Rohit Sharma said that the team will not only be thinking of Pakistan's ace pacer Muhammed Amir, who has made a successful comeback after being suspended owing to match-fixing, but the team has a plan to counter all bowlers from the arch-rivals.

- World cricket's most intriguing rivalry will once again be renewed when India take on an unpredictable Pakistan with rehabilitated pacer Mohammad Aamir being the focus of attention in a round-robin league encounter of the Asia Cup T20 tournament, in Mirpur, on Saturday.

- The Indian women's team dished out a clinical performance to thrash Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the third and final Twenty20 International and complete a 3-0 series whitewash, in Ranchi.

- Indian batting mainstay Virat Kohli, tennis star Sania Mirza and top-seeded badminton player Saina Nehwal lead the pack of over 50 Indians in Forbes' inaugural list of top promising young leaders and game changers under the age of 30 in Asia.

- Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain and strike bowler Lasith Malinga has hinted that he might call time on his international career after the International Cricket Council World T20 in India as he is finding it difficult to manage a grave knee injury.

- Sri Lanka compensated for their batting failure with a disciplined bowling performance to beat United Arab Emirates by 14 runs in a round robin league encounter of the Asia Cup Twenty20, in Mirpur on Thursday.

- 'India owes us two home series and we want them to first fulfill this obligation to us'

- PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan told the media that negotiations with Richards were wrapped up as the two parties could not agree on financial details and the West Indian legend also had prior commitments.

- The in-form Rohit Sharma says being entrusted with the task of opening the innings in limited overs cricket has put added responsibility on his shoulders.

- Shreyas Iyer scored a fine century to enable Mumbai take the first innings lead against Saurashtra on the second day of the five-day Ranji Trophy final, in Pune, on Thursday. The 21-year-old, who registered his sixth first-class century while scoring 117 off 142 balls, that included 15 boundaries and two sixes, singlehandedly guided Mumbai to 262 for 8 off 66 overs, in reply to Saurashtra's 235 all out.

- South Africa fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe is reportedly under investigation in a match-fixing case that has already seen one of the country's former international players banned for 20 years.

- The Pakistan government on Thursday allowed its cricket team to participate in next month's World Twenty20 in India but has requested "special security arrangements" for the side during the event.

- Statistical highlights of the opening Asia Cup 2016 match between India and Bangladesh, in Mirpur, Bangladesh.

- Practitioners of the same art do have fellow feelings and no wonder pioneer of 'doosra' Saqlain Mushtaq feels sad about the manner in which the senior India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has been sidelined by the team management.

- Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar heaped praise on veteran seamer Ashish Nehra, saying he's a crafty bowler who has proved that "age is just a number".

- South Africa's Aaron Phangiso has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action just weeks before the left-arm spinner will represent the national side at the World Twenty20 in India.

- Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle faces a "significant" stint on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back, the country's cricket board said on Thursday.

- Six Indians, including match referee Javagal Srinath, on Thursday found a place in the ICC's 31-strong Playing Control Team for next month's World Twenty20, which will also feature women match officials for the first time.

- Whacking the ball hard and far is his natural style but fast-rising Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya insists he is a proper batsman and not merely a pinch-hitter.

- Exactly a year ago when India were playing the 50-over World Cup, it was difficult to imagine Yuvraj Singh making a comeback into the team that was brimming with youthful exuberance.

- Australia vice captain David Warner has accused New Zealand fans of going "too far" in their abuse of the tourists during the two-test series which concluded on Wednesday.

- India's limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says his role with bat has changed a bit in recent times as he is expected to score 20-25 runs in the 10-15 balls he normally gets to play.

- New Zealand's 2-0 series defeat on home pitches by Australia was a disappointing end to the Brendon McCullum era and showed the Black Caps have work to do if they hope to consistently challenge the top test nations.

- Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is impressed by Hardik Pandya's cameo in India's convincing win in the Asia Cup T20 opener against Bangladesh and called the young all-rounder an "overall package" who could be promoted in the batting order in the coming days.

- Rohit Sharma is going through a purple patch at the moment.

- Rohit Sharma slammed a quickfire 83 to power India to a comprehensive 45-run victory against Bangladesh in the first match of the Asia Cup T20 tournament in Dhaka, on Wednesday.

- Australia regained the prestigious ICC Test mace and also won a cash award of million after beating New Zealand in the Christchurch Test by seven wickets and winning the series 2-0 on Wednesday. Australia finished two points ahead of India with 112 points in the final series before the April 1 cut-off date.

- Comeback man Dhawal Kulkarni wreaked havoc with the new ball to hand Mumbai the initial edge in their quest for 41st Ranji Trophy title by reducing Saurashtra to 192 for eight in the first innings on the opening day of the summit clash, in Pune on Wednesday.

- The ICC has begun the sale of tickets for the World T20 in India on its website from Wednesday. The delay in sale of tickets has affected the travel plans for fans from across the world.

- He holds the record for playing most number of matches in T20Is (90). Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi will be taking part in his 6th ICC World T20 event, scheduled to be held in India in March.

- South African speedster Dale Steyn, who has been marred by a string of injuries (groin and shoulder), will be returning to competitive cricket in a club game in Cape Town.

- Australia returned to the top of the Test world rankings on Wednesday after Steve Smith and Adam Voges steered the tourists to victory in the second Test against New Zealand to seal a comprehensive 2-0 series win.

- Former Indian captain Kris Srikkanth feels Test skipper Virat Kohli will turn out to be one of the best leaders ever for the cricket team, given his "adaptability skills".

- The Indian women's cricket team survived a mid-innings collapse to beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the second Twenty20 International to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, in Ranchi on Wednesday.

- Australia have achieved what Steve Smith set out to do when he assumed the captaincy last year by climbing to the top of the test rankings after beating New Zealand on Wednesday with the batsman admitting the trick now "was to stay there".

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum expected to wake up on Thursday feeling "a bit dusty", hopefully with his cricket gear still intact rather than ceremonially burnt to a cinder and looking ahead to not doing a lot.

- Steve Smith's joy at leading Australia to a Test series win over New Zealand that took them back to the top of the world rankings on Wednesday was tempered by the news he had been charged with dissent for his role in a confrontation with an umpire.

- Virat Kohli is happy that to have got a three-week break from the game post the Australia tour.

- The trophy was displayed by the captains of the participating nations.

- Uncertain for Wednesday's Asia Cup opener against Bangladesh, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni skipped the entire training session of the Indian cricket team in Fatullah on Tuesday even though he accompanied the team to the ground.

- Former India cricketers tell Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com why it makes sense to change the Asia Cup format keeping in mind upcoming world events.

- 'Parthiv has to bat at No. 6, and in that position it is a different ball game.'

- Indian batting mainstay Virat Kohli said the Asia Cup starting in Mirpur, on Wednesday, is a perfect platform to assess the team's strengths, weaknesses and its current standing on the global stage ahead of the big-ticket World Twenty20 next month.

- A young but mighty Mumbai have history and form firmly on their side when they chase their 41st Ranji Trophy title by locking horns with Saurashtra, who are taking a rare shot at domestic cricket's biggest prize, in the summit showdown beginning in Pune from Wednesday.

- Bangladeshi cricketer Mohammad Rubel Hossain has been temporarily excluded from the new central contract for not following injury rehabilitation guidelines.

- Australian pace bowler Josh Hazlewood pleaded guilty to a dissent charge after launching an expletive-laden tirade when a decision went against him in the second Test versus New Zealand on Tuesday.

- Virat Kohli was all praise for Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman, the pacer who tormented the Indians during their last visit where they lost the ODI series 1-2.

- The jury is still out on whether Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamir, who returned to international cricket after serving a five-year ban for his role in spot-fixing, should have been allowed to return to cricket but Indian vice-captain Virat Kohli is 'happy' to see the talented left-arm pacer back.

- He is among the most dreaded batsmen in international cricket right now but Indian swashbuckler Virat Kohli says he has made peace with one short coming in his game, that he can't strike big sixes.

- Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja reduced Australia's victory target to 131 runs with nine wickets in hand at the end of the fourth day of the second Test against New Zealand at Hagley Oval on Tuesday.

- For India, who are considered as title contenders, a good showing in the Asia Cup will give them the much-needed boost going into the World T20.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board has included opener Sharjeel Khan and fast bowler Muhammad Sami in the squad for the upcoming Asia Cup and World T20 tournaments after injuries to Babar Azam and Ruman Raees.

- The last time India visited Bangladesh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men had a forgettable outing as slumped to their first-ever ODI series loss (1-2) against the hosts. However, team director Ravi Shastri does not remember those demoralizing defeats.

- 'In India the wickets and grounds are fairly quick so you have only got to play proper cricket shots and the ball will go for four and six'

- Team Director Ravi Shastri expects a winning start from his Indian players in the Asia Cup, which kick-starts in Fatullah, in Bangladesh, on Wednesday.

- Pakistan's cricket authorities are making strong attempts to invite a Commonwealth XI side this year in a bid to revive international cricket in the country.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's participation in the Asia Cup is in doubt after he suffered an injury during a training session in Dhaka on Monday.

- Mumbai Cricket Association, headed by former BCCI President Sharad Pawar, would file an intervention application before the Supreme Court to highlight the difficulties in implementing Justice R M (retired) Lodha Committee's recommendations to restructure the Board.

- South Africa's swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers has admitted that he is not satisfied with his current T20 record despite playing a major role in his side's two-match series win against England.

- Anuja Patil produced a cameo with the bat to lift the team to 130 and then took three wickets to guide India Women to a 34-run win over Sri Lanka Women in the first Twenty20 International on Monday.

- Former captain Kapil Dev doffed his hat at the rise of cricket as a career option for youngsters, saying that parents now encourage their children to take up the game to earn a living.

- Young off-spinner Arjun Nair, the Canberra-born son of Indian immigrants, has been included in the New South Wales (NSW) squad for their upcoming Sheffield Shield match against South Australia.

- James Pattinson grabbed three wickets to brighten Australia's prospects of a comprehensive victory in the second Test against New Zealand with the hosts reeling at 121 for four by the end of the third day on Monday.

- Kane Williamson was looming as the difference between a comfortable Australian win in the second Test against New Zealand and a match situation that could tip the scales either way, according to both sides.

- Both Australia and New Zealand played down any significance of the umpires warning the visitors for throwing the ball to wicketkeeper Peter Nevill on the bounce in order to aid its deterioration during the third day of the second Test on Monday.

- Suresh Raina has no problems batting at No 4 in the Indian team despite being a No 3 batsman for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

- Indian limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has indicated that the team would look to give everyone a chance in the upcoming Asia Cup so as to get their balance right ahead of the World T20.

- Ricky Ponting has revealed that the Australian team at one point in time had spent hours coming up with plans for Sachin Tendulkar.

- India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has asserted that his team is shaping up well for the upcoming big-ticket ICC World Twenty20.

- Openers AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla broke the backs of English bowlers, blasting a 125-run opening stand to beat England by 9 wickets in the 2nd T20 International at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday.

- Exasperated by the never-ending speculation around his retirement, India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said being questioned about it at every platform will not change his plan to continue playing for a "considerable period" of time.

- West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has expressed his willingness to play the second season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the country, but said he is too scared to travel to Pakistan amidst safety and security concerns.

- West Indies batting legend Vivian Richards has lauded swashbuckling New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum for posting the fastest ton in Test cricket off just 54 balls, bidding adieu to the game on an incredible high.

- Their understanding of each other's game improving with every match, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has said that he and Rohit Sharma would look to not just emulate, but surpass the success of the legendary opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly.

- After skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan, it's former cricketer Virender Sehwag, who has now jumped into the political bandwagon.

- Back in the national cricket team after being ignored for almost five years, veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra on Sunday said it is tougher to make a comeback than making a debut.

- New Zealand quick bowler Neil Wagner defended his use of the bouncer but admitted to feeling "shaky" when he felled Steve Smith with a blow to the head in the second Test in Christchurch on Sunday.

- Mumbai's bid to clinch their 41st Ranji Trophy crown, and the first after two seasons, got a significant boost with the availability of fit-again pacer Dhawal Kulkarni for the final against Saurashtra in Pune.

- Amid continuing uproar on the issue of freedom of expression in the country, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday called for respect to the armed forces, saying that the nation is in a position to debate because of the men in uniform.

- Australia captain Steve Smith shook off a sickening blow to the back of his head and notched up his 14th test century, earning the praise of his team mates and New Zealand opponents at the end of the second day of the second test on Sunday.

- Joe Burns and Steve Smith capitalised on perfect batting conditions to score centuries as Australia reduced New Zealand's lead to just seven runs at the end of day two of the second test on Sunday.

- Brendon McCullum - playing his last Test match- produced a sensational display of stroke-play, blasting to the fastest hundred in Test cricket history.

- Naman Ojha may not be India's No 1 Test wicketkeeper but he has hopes of making the national team for its next assignment in the longest format.

- On a day when Brendon McCullum broke the record for the fastest Test hundred, Suresh Raina said he couldn't be happier to have the Kiwi swashbuckler in his IPL team Gujarat Lions even though he wants an Indian to breach the milestone.

- Senior Board of Control for Cricket in India vice-president and top DDCA official CK Khanna has been kept out of the two primary committees that will look into the organisation of the International Cricket Council World T20 matches at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

- James Pattinson has the full support of the Australian team in his battle against over-stepping and they expect him to come out and "blow the game apart" in New Zealand's second innings, according to off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum broke the world record for the fastest Test century held jointly by his idol Viv Richards on Saturday without ever being aware he was about to make cricket history.

- Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has rated Sachin Tendulkar as the all-time best batsman after Sir Donald Bradman, saying the maestro truly deserves to be called "great" at a time when the word is "bandied" about often.

- Brendon McCullum blasted the fastest Test century to rescue New Zealand before Australia were reduced to 57 for one by the close of day one of the second Test on Saturday.

- Chris Morris again proved the scourge of England's bowlers after smashing 14 off the final over to power South Africa to a thrilling three-wicket win in the first Twenty20 at Newlands.

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum set a new record for the fastest Test century after lunch on the first day of the second Test against Australia on Saturday when he clouted exactly 100 runs in 54 balls.

- Factbox on New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who will retire from international cricket after the second Test against Australia, starting in Christchurch from Thursday.

- Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup.Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as the replacement.

- India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has made it clear that he is not retiring from international cricket anytime soon.

- Well aware that he would not pick up the willow again, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar had discussed his last dismissal with his elder brother Ajit even after his farewell Test against the West Indies in November 2013.

- Medium-pacer Deepti Sharma grabbed six wickets before Veda Krishnamurthy scored a half-century as India women completed 3-0 clean sweep after posting a comfortable seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI on Friday at Ranchi.

- Former South African skipper Graeme Smith, who appeared in the recently-concluded Masters Champions League ( MCL) in Dubai, has ruled out the possibility of his comeback to the international cricket.

- Yuvraj Singh was the cynosure of all eyes when the ICC World T20 Trophy reached the capital as part of the tournament's host city tour.

- Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan, on Friday, supported the Union Government's move to hoist national flag on the campuses of all 46 Central Universities in order to instill nationalism and pride in students.

- BCCI president Shashank Manohar, who is committed to ending the monopoly of India, Australia and England in the ICC, has been asked by working committee to apprised them of the steps that are being taken regarding the financial restructuring of the global cricket body.

- Brendon McCullum's singular contribution to New Zealand cricket extends far beyond the pyrotechnics with the bat which attracted a new generation to the game and helped make the 2015 World Cup such a spectacular success.

- The members approved the recommendation of the BCCI's affiliation committee to grant full member status to Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh, which will be part of Central Zone for all BCCI tournaments.

- The Asia Cup to be played in Bangladesh from February 24, will be played in the T20 format for the first time in the tournament's history.

- Notwithstanding a clean chit from the police, a Pakistani court dismissed the bail plea of a young die-hard fan of India's ace batsman Virat Kohli who was arrested on treason charges for hoisting the Indian flag atop his home.

- James Pattinson has been recalled to Australia' starting side for the second Test against New Zealand on Saturday, replacing his injured Victorian team mate Peter Siddle.

- Former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has entered into the Decision Review System debate, saying that he'd be happy with the controversial review system to be scrapped altogether.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is holding negotiations with legendary West Indian batsman Sir Vivian Richards to appoint him as mentor of the national team for the forthcoming Asia Cup and ICC World T20 in Bangladesh and India.

- New Zealand's cricket team have run a gamut of emotions this week after they slumped to a heavy first Test loss to Australia then won three awards at their country's premier sports awards on Thursday.

- Pakistan's banned leg spinner Danish Kaneria has slammed the Pakistani and English cricket authorities after it was announced on Thursday that fast bowler Mervyn Westfield has been allowed to play lower-level cricket with one year of his spot-fixing ban remaining.

- Aditya Verma, the secretary of the Cricket Assocition of Bihar (CAB), has lodged a complaint with BCCI's Ombudsman Justice Ajit Prakash Shah that the Board's joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary has conflict of interest and wants the matter to be investigated.

- He might have bid adieu to cricket but Sachin Tendulkar continues to make records with the his autobiography Playing It My Way entering the Limca Book of Records for being the best-selling adult hardback across both fiction and non-fiction categories.

- Senior India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said he is seeking legal advise on the way ahead after BCCI Ombudsman Justice (Retd) AP Shah observed that the bowler should dissociate himself from sports apparel company 'Bhajji Sports', which supplies kits to domestic teams.

- Pakistan's head coach Waqar Younis said he was focussing on preparations for the Asia Cup and World T20 events and not thinking about an extension of his coaching contract that expires in May.

- Also returning to the 15-man squad, which will also take part in the upcoming Asia Cup tournament before the March 8-April 3 World Twenty20, was all-rounder Angelo Mathews.

- While the triple century against India and an away series win over West Indies were the highlights of his career, Brendon McCullum said it was the camaraderie of the dressing room that would linger longest in his memory.

- Retired Australia spin bowling great Shane Warne has suffered a snakebite after dipping his head into a box full of the reptiles for a reality show.

- I will leave cricket with this (new) action. If I am not effective, I will step aside and leave...

- Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle has been ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand due to a back injury, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Thursday.

- The far-reaching effect on the implementation of the Justice Lodha Committee's recommendations and the subsequent scathing observation on the matter by the Supreme Court has left the BCCI members thoroughly shaken.

- 'All these stories about the ICC threatening us with legal action or the Prime Minister having cleared the tour are not correct'

- South Africa have appointed former player Neil McKenzie as batting coach until the end of next month's World Twenty20 in India.

- The Delhi and District Cricket Association on Wednesday refused to implement the Justice Lodha Committee's recommendations which could have direct ramifications on the functioning of BCCI's state units.

- Mumbai made it to their first Ranji Trophy final in three seasons even though they were denied an outright victory after fighting centuries from Madhya Pradesh wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha and Harpreet Singh on Day5 of the semi-final in Cuttack, on Wednesday.

- Former India bowling coach Eric Simons is likely to join new IPL franchise Pune Supergiants for the upcoming season.

- The Indian women's cricket team took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka with a six-wicket win in the second match here on Wednesday.

- With a "no-vacancy" sign plastered on India's top order and his utility in the middle questioned by his own captain, Ajinkya Rahane suddenly finds his consistency with the bat means very little.

- New Zealand seamer Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of this week's second Test against Australia with a shoulder injury but will not be replaced in the squad, New Zealand Cricket said on Wednesday.

- India's batting sensation Virat Kohli on Tuesday confessed he regrets crossing the line on a few occasions on the cricket field and hinted that that, in hindsight, he probably might have not done it.

- Batsman Lokesh Rahul and all-rounder Parveez Rasool have joined Royal Challengers Bangalore from Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2016 Indian Premier League.

- Madhya Pradesh were left to chase a mammoth 571-run target after Mumbai's Suryakumar Yadav and Aditya Tare scored centuries on Day 4 of the Ranji Trophy semi-final in Cuttack on

- Injured New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor will test his fitness ahead of next month's World Twenty20 tournament in India when he plays in an 'Island of Origin' match next week.

- Shane Warne's daughter Brooke Warne has been criticised on social media for making light of tragic events including the Malaysia Airlines crash and the Holocaust.

- The 34-year-old suffered the injury bowling for Islamabad in the T20 tournament in the UAE and immediately withdrew to fly home to Sydney for scans and an assessment

- Hosts India will play West Indies and South Africa in their two warm-up matches in the run up to the ICC World Twenty20 to be staged at eight venues starting next month.

- Ravichandran Ashwin's career-best best spell (4-1-8-4) helped India bundle out Sri Lanka for a paltry 82 and secure a comprehensive win in the third and final T20 International in Visakhapatnam, thereby sealing a 2-1 series win.

- Riding on half-centuries from Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur followed by Poonam Yadav's four-wicket haul, India women thrashed Sri Lanka by 107 runs in the first One-Day International of the three-match series.

- Suryakumar Yadav and Aditya Tare hit unbeaten half-centuries to put Mumbai in a commanding position against Madhya Pradesh on day three of the Ranji Trophy semi-final in Cuttack, on Monday.

- The SGM has been convened to figure out a way forward after being told sternly by the country's apex court to 'fall in line' with the far-reaching consequences of the report.

- Ahead of their Indian Premier League debut, the Rising Pune Supergiants have assembled a formidable team.

- India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh subtly avoided commenting on the sweeping changes the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Commission has recommended on the functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

- West Indian batting legend Vivian Richards is open to the idea of coaching Pakistan national cricket team though he feels that the current coach Waqar Younis is doing a 'great job'.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels 'different' about captaining a new team in the Indian Premier League for the first time in eight years and says he has not moved on from his days at the now suspended Chennai Super Kings.

- The amazing high of confidence and the sober knowledge of cricket mortality have combined to inspire Australia batsman Adam Voges to the astonishing feats of his golden summer, according to his coach Justin Langer.

- Chris Gayle has continued to poke fun at his controversial Big Bash League interview with TV reporter by repeating his infamous 'don't blush' line on former Australian player and pundit Tom Moody in the Pakistan Super League.

- 'We will have to try and give batting to players, who have not batted so far but people who are batting close to 6, 7 or 8, they will have to play big shots because that is going to be certainly be very important for us'

- Hoping to carry his great run of form to the Asia Cup and World T20, India opener Shikhar Dhawan has said keeping things simple and "doing the basics right" has worked in his favour.

- Australia's aim of regaining the top ranking in Test cricket has taken a major step forward following Monday's comprehensive victory over New Zealand in the opener of their two-match series, according to captain Steve Smith.

- A disappointed Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal said not playing well in the Power Play overs cost his inexperienced side the Twenty20 series against India.

- Australia can take the top Test ranking from India with a series victory

- The threat of West Indies being forced to field a second string side at the World Twenty20 was averted on Sunday when 12 of 13 players in the original squad signed the contracts which had caused a standoff with the board.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said 'consistent' performances will give his side confidence going into big ticket tournaments.

- India gave themselves a boost before next month's Twenty20 World Cup at home as Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed four wickets in their series-clinching nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third and final Twenty20 international on Sunday.

- Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin weaved his magic with a career-best four-wicket haul as India thrashed Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the deciding third and final Twenty20 International, to clinch the three-match series 2-1, in Visakhapatnam, on Sunday.

- Captain AB de Villiers smashed an unbeaten 101 in his 200th One-Day International to lead South Africa to a five-wicket victory over England and a 3-2 series win at Newlands on Sunday.

- Mumbai held a slight edge reducing Madhya Pradesh to 197 for five in their Ranji Trophy cricket semi-final after being bowled out for 371 in their first innings, in Cuttack, on Sunday.

- West Indies rode on its fast-bowling arsenal to win the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup for the first time with a tense five-wicket victory over three-time winner India in the final in Mirpur on Sunday.

- Adam Voges' double-century was the second of his short international career. He has now scored 1,267 runs to average 97.46 since making his debut at the age of 35 in the Caribbean last year.

- India skipper Ishan Kishan blamed poor fielding for his team's defeat in the final of the Under-19 World Cup against the West Indies.

- Keacy Carty hit an unbeaten fifty to steer the West Indies to a thrilling five-wicket victory in the ICC Under-19 World Cup final, in Mirpur, on Sunday. Chasing India's paltry total of 145, the West Indies won with three balls to spare and claimed their maiden Under-19 World title.

- Brendon McCullum's dismissal in the final over of the day put Australia firmly in control of the first Test in Wellington on Sunday, as New Zealand were reduced to 178-4, still 201 runs behind the tourists' mammoth first innings of 562.

- Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has suffered a suspected abdominal strain while competing in a Twenty20 tournament in the United Arab Emirates, throwing his participation in the World T20 in doubt.

- Skipper Mehidy Hasan's all-round effort helped host Bangladesh eke out a close three-wicket win over Sri Lanka with three deliveries to spare, to finish third in the International Cricket Council Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016, in Fatullah, on Saturday.

- Pakistan's head coach Waqar Younis is confident that his new-look team would be able to break the jinx of not winning against India in major ICC events when they lock horns in the upcoming World T20, which begins right after the Asia Cup T20.

- Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis has cautioned his countrymen not to expect the Pakistan Super League to immediately churn out players of the class of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, like the Indian Premier League has done for the game in the neighbouring country.

- Shreyas Iyer struck a sublime 90 to take Mumbai to 327 for seven on day one of their semi-final against Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy, in Cuttack, on Saturday.

- India's amazing track record and an unbeaten run in the tournament makes coach Rahul Dravid's boys overwhelming favourites to defeat the West Indies in the final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Mirpur on Sunday.

- Buoyed by an overwhelming victory in the previous game, a resilient India would look to continue the momentum and seal off their second successive T20 series win when they take on Sri Lanka in the third and final Twenty20 International, in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

- Sri Lanka's medium pace bowler Thisara Perera said he did not realise that he had taken a hat-trick till his teammates informed him about it, as his entire concentration was on bowling in the death overs during the second T20 International against India in Ranchi on Friday.

- The International Cricket Council is set to discuss the reviewing of no-balls with the controversial topic again rearing its head following Adam Voges' non-dismissal late on day one of the first Test in Wellington.

- Adam Voges continued to capitalise on an early reprieve by scoring his fifth test century as Australia eased to 463 for six by the close of the second day's play of the first match against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve on Saturday

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that he is aware of the lack of batting chances for Yuvraj Singh but said bringing him up the order is "slightly difficult" given the extraordinary record of top four batsmen.

- After a series levelling win over Sri Lanka, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said the team will continue to experiment in the lead up to the World T20 to be held at home in March-April.

- West Indies' hopes of winning the World Twenty20 for the second time in four years suffered a setback on Friday when off-spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounder Kieron Pollard pulled out of their squad.

- A swashbuckling half-century by Chris Morris hauled South Africa back from the brink of defeat as they scraped past England by one wicket on Friday to level the one-day series at 2-2 with one match left.

- Images from the second T20 International between India and Sri Lanka in Ranchi.

- Pakistan ended their campaign in the ICC Under-19 World Cup on a winning note, defeating England by seven wickets in Fatullah on Friday to finish fifth in the 16-nation tournament.

- Tainted Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India after being handed a five-year ban for corruption, saying the Indian cricket authorities did not have any evidence to pronounce him guilty.

- Indian limited overs captain MS Dhoni has said that in T20 cricket he allows his bowlers to set the field.

- Indian pace spearhead Ashish Nehra is pleased to see the rise of Hardik Pandya and has words of praise for the youngster.

- A cricket team was bowled out for 0 in just 20 balls in a county six-a-side indoor championships match in England.

- Team Director Ravi Shastri has said he is focused on the World T20 and not thinking about the possibility of becoming a full time coach of the Indian team.

- The decision to ban Rauf was taken at the BCCI's Disciplinary Committee's meeting in Mumbai on Friday.

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- The 2016 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Player Draft was held in Barbados on Thursday, with the six franchises flexed their financial muscles to rope in their desired cricketers.

- Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja hammered home the advantage their bowlers had established when they took Australia to 147-3, a deficit of just 36 runs, at the close of the opening day's play in the first Test against New Zealand on Friday.

- Steve Waugh on Friday hit back at Shane Warne after the legendary spinner reignited a long-running feud between the two by calling the former Australia captain a selfish cricketer.

- 'Dhoni has got his own ways of captaining the Indian team. He might not give out details or might not explain, but in his mind he knows very well how to captain the side, which players to pick and the right combination for a particular condition.'

- West Indies captain Darren Sammy has called for mediation to settle a contractual dispute that threatens to wreck the team's chances of winning next month's World Twenty20.

- Himachal Pradesh's Ex-servicemen League has strongly opposed the hosting of Twenty20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Dharamsala on March 19 and asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to reconsider its decision, keeping in view the sentiments of families of the martyrs.

- Shocked by an inexperienced Sri Lankan side on a green wicket in the first Twenty20 match, India would aim to regain its winning touch and keep the series alive.

- Not too affected by India's surprise loss to Sri Lanka in the first T20, Team Director Ravi Shastri has said the "endeavour" is to try out various combinations by giving everyone opportunities ahead of the big-ticket World Twenty20 next month.

- Shamar Springer's unbeaten half-century steered West Indies to a thrilling three-wicket victory against Bangladesh in the semi-finals and set up a title clash against India, in Dhaka, on Thursday.

- West Indies is likely to send a second-string side to the World T20 as the top players failed to reach an agreement in their contract impasse with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

- Swing and seam friendly conditions, a lack of truly scary Australian bowlers and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's retirement are all themes that will resonate when the first Test gets underway in Wellington on Friday.

- As much as Brendon McCullum looks back fondly on a stellar career, more than anything he wants to sign off with a series win over Australia starting with the first Test in Wellington on Friday.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board says its government will decide over the national team's participation in next month's World T20, to be held in India, 'within this week'.

- Former Zimbabwe captain and ex-England coach Andy Flower believes that Shahid Afridi's reputation in the media is 'misleading' and described the Pakistan skipper as an excellent leader.

- As the clock ticks down on Brendon McCullum's international career, the New Zealand captain will achieve one more milestone on Friday in the first Test against Australia at the Basin Reserve.

- Swing and seam friendly conditions, a lack of truly scary Australian bowlers and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's retirement are all themes that will resonate when the first Test gets underway in Wellington on Friday.

- Pace bowler Jackson Bird has been recalled by Australia for the first Test against New Zealand after James Pattinson was deemed not quite ready to stand up to the rigours of a full workload, captain Steve Smith said on Thursday.

- Veteran Ashish Nehra has had a career plagued with injuries and now he has come to a stage where he doesn't leave anything to chance, so much so that he stays from the customary game of football during the Indian team's training sessions.

- The impasse between the West Indies squad for the World Twenty20 and the region's cricket board appeared no closer to resolution on Wednesday with both sides sticking to their positions.

- Cricketers might get red cards for bad behaviours in future as the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is trying a new red card system in some amatuer games to reduce excessive sledging and violent behaviour by players.

- South Africa have named fast bowler Dale Steyn in their 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 in India next month, but will ask him to prove his fitness following a debilitating shoulder injury.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India could suffer a financial loss to the tune of Rs 1600 crore if the Justice Lodha panel's recommendations on curtailing advertisement breaks during the matches is implemented.

- The far-reaching effect on the implementation of the Lodha Committee's recommendations calling for sweeping reforms in the BCCI's structure and the subsequent scathing observation on the matter by the Supreme Court which has shaken the Board members, is set to dominate the Special General Meeting.

- Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has said hosts India will be the toughest team to beat in next month's World Twenty20 Championship due to their familiarity with the conditions.

- Tainted fast bowler Mohammad Amir was named in Pakistan's squad for the upcoming Asia Cup and the Twenty20 World Cup even as seasoned opener Ahmed Shehzad and veteran bowler Umar Gul were shown the door.

- England have named uncapped Hampshire all-rounder Liam Dawson in their 15-man squad for the World Twenty20, to be staged in India next month, but there was no dramatic recall for Kevin Pietersen.

- BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has said "no country should feel insecure" about playing in India amid reports that Pakistan has proposed to play its matches in the upcoming World T20 at a neutral venue citing security concerns.

- The defeat to a depleted Sri Lanka in the first T20 International is a good wake-up call for the Indians, according to former captain Sunil Gavaskar.

- 'It's rare that in a twenty over game all wickets fall. I don't think it's a bad idea to test everyone. Because it will give us an idea about how deep is our batting'

- India were dismissed for a paltry 101 in 18.5 overs by the inexperienced Lankan pace trio of debutant Kasun Rajitha (3 for 23) Dasun Shanaka (3 for 16) and Dushmantha Chameera (2 for 14).

- A contract row threatened West Indies' participation in the upcoming World T20 in India with the head of the region's cricket board saying the players will be thrown off the squad for the big-ticket event if they do not agree to the financial terms by Sunday's deadline.

- Australia will trial a modified pink ball featuring a black seam in the domestic Sheffield Shield competition next week after complaints from players about visibility issues during the inaugural day-night Test last November.

- De Kock, 23, became the youngest player to record 10 ODI hundreds

- A livid India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday took a dig at the pitch prepared for the first T20 International terming it an "English" rather than Indian track.

- Sri Lanka defeated India by five wickets in the first Twenty20 international cricket match to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, in Pune on Tuesday.

- The DDCA on Tuesday notified the Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar and secretary Anurag Thakur about getting the provisional No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) which will enable them to organize the World T20 matches smoothly.

- The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association on Tuesday withdrew its plea from Delhi high court seeking occupancy certificate from South Delhi Municipal Corporation to hold World T20 matches at the

- The former Zimbabwe pacer is currently the bowling coach of Bangladesh but he doesn't have an exclusive contract with the national team and that enables him to take up the IPL job

- Three-time champions India continued their invincible run to enter the ICC Under-19 World Cup final for a fifth time after an emphatic 97-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first semi-final, in Mirpur, on Tuesday.

- Mumbai will be without injured pace bowler Dhawal Kulkarni for their Ranji Trophy semi-final against Madhya Pradesh, starting February 13, at Cuttack.

- The Delhi high court, on Tuesday, dismissed as "premature" the plea of former Indian cricketers Kirti Azad, Bishan Singh Bedi and others seeking a court-monitored probe by CBI or SIT into the alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association.

- PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said there have been incidents in India in recent months which pointed to Pakistan-specific threats one of them was the ICC's decision to pull out Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar midway during South Africa's tour of India last year and also the cancellations between PCB and BCCI officials in Mumbai.

- South African batsman David Miller has been named as the captain of Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming 9th season of the Indian Premier League.

- Unwilling to tinker with the line-up in view of next month's World Twenty20, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday said the team will prefer Suresh Raina in the No.4 slot in the series against Sri Lanka even though vice-captain Virat Kohli's absence has opened the No.3 position.

- India's One-day skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni reckons the current Indian squad is very balanced' ahead of the three-match series against Sri Lanka and insisted that maintaining fitness will be a crucial factor for his side during next month's World Twenty20.

- His long-standing feud with Steve Waugh was out in the open once again when spin legend Shane Warne slammed the former Australian captain as being a 'selfish cricketer'.

- New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner has been ruled out of the first Test against Australia and replaced by spinner Mark Craig, the team said on Tuesday.

- Aaron Finch has been dumped as Australia's captain in the shorTest form of the game and replaced by Test skipper Steve Smith just a month before the start of the World Twenty20.

- Preparations are underway in Visakhapatnam for the third T20 cricket match between India and Sri Lanka on February 14 and tickets will be sold to spectators from February 11.

- Pakistan national selectors have delayed announcement of the national squad for the Asia T20 and World T20 after some sterling performances in the ongoing Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

- Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen will not be recalled for this year's World Twenty20 in India, captain Eoin Morgan was quoted on Monday as saying.

- India's limited overs captain captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday said that Indian Premier League should not be the yardstick to pick players for the hard grind of international cricket, particularly Tests and One-Day Internationals.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken up the issue of cancellation of bilateral series with India last December, as per an MOU signed between the two boards in 2014 to play six bilateral series, with the International Cricket Council.

- Skipper Shimron Hetmyer and Tevin Imlach hit half-centuries as the West Indies upset Pakistan by five wickets to cruise into the semi-finals of the ICC Under-19World Cup in Bangladesh on Monday.

- 'My brother is seedha saadha. He will spend the money on me only,' Hardik Pandya says about Krunal Pandya bagging a Rs 2 crore contract from the Mumbai Indians.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India has paid former India captain Anil Kumble and batsman Sanjay Manjrekar approximate amounts of Rs 39 lakh and Rs 36 lakh respectively as their commentary fee for the home series against South Africa held between October to December.

- India Under-19 cricket coach Rahul Dravid says his team will have to produce a good all-round performance to outwit Sri Lanka in Tuesday's ICC World Cup semi-final, given that both sides are well aware of what to expect from each other.

- The already depleted Sri Lanka team on Monday suffered another blow with left arm fast bowler Binura Fernando being ruled out of the T20 series against India after sustaining a hamstring injury.

- There were speculations that India's Test captain Virat Kohli had broken up with his girlfriend and actress Anushka Sharma.

- His retirement will leave a hole at the top of New Zealand's batting order in limited-overs matches, while it could also change the way they approach games in future.

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- Former team manager Sunil Dev makes stunning claims.

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum ended his One-Day International career with a series victory over Australia on Monday with his side sealing a 55-run win in the deciding third match at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

- He was on the Marquee List. His base price was a meagre Rs 50,000. Yet batting sensation Martin Guptill failed to find a buyer at the IPL auction.

- Aaron Finch is to be dumped as Australia's captain in the shortest form of the game and replaced by Test skipper Steve Smith just a month before the start of the World Twenty20.

- Brendon McCullum's final one-day international innings ended as spectacularly as it began when the New Zealand captain was dismissed for 47 in the series finale against Australia in Hamilton on Monday.

- Team India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja tells Haresh Pandya what attracted him to Reeva Solanki.

- While four weeks time was granted to the BCCI to respond to the implementation of the recommendations, the court had made it clear that there should not be any difficulty in accepting the recommendations.

- Skipper Mithali Raj led from the front with an 89-run knock to save the Indian women's cricket team from a whitewash by guiding it to a comfortable five-wicket in the third and final ODI against Australia in Hobart on Sunday.

- Skipper Manoj Tiwary and lower-order batsman Pankaj Shaw cracked individual hundreds but could not save Bengal from suffering a huge 355-run defeat against Madhya Pradesh in the five-day Ranji Trophy quarter-final at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

- Promising Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman said that he can't wait to play in the Indian Premier League after being bought for Rs 1.4 crore by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the players' auction.

- International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday has banned Pakistan's ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah from playing any forms of cricket for three months.

- Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday launched a road safety campaign saying that like batting in the middle, a partnership is needed between the vehicle drivers and pedestrians to make the dangerous Indian roads safer.

- Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn has cautioned his social media fans after a close run-in with a deadly snake in South Africa's Kruger National Park.

- Australia pace bowler Kane Richardson is to return home for further examination on a back injury and has been replaced by Joel Paris in the squad for their final one-day match against New Zealand in Hamilton on Monday.

- Sri lanka's senior batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan was on Saturday ruled out of the first Twenty20 international against India with a hand injury, with wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella named as his replacement.

- The IPL auctions are known to spring surprises with little known players hitting a jackpot to become millionaires. Here's a look at some buys that left most people surprised.

- India all-rounder, Irfan Pathan got married to Safa Baig, a 21-year-old Saudi Arabian model, in a private wedding ceremony held at Jeddah on Thursday.

- England opener Alex Hales fell one short of a second one-day International century as his team completed a comfortable five- wicket victory over South Africa on Saturday.

- arpreet Singh Bhatia slammed his second first-class ton to lead the Madhya Pradesh run-spree in the second innings and set Bengal an improbable 788 runs for a win in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinals on Saturday.

- Favourites Mumbai inflicted a crushing 395-run defeat on Jharkhand to enter the semi-finals of the Raji Trophy cricket tournament with left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdullah and part-time off-spinner Jay Bista helping themselves to five-wicket hauls on Saturday.

- West Indian batting great Vivian Richards says he is pained to see international cricket teams not touring Pakistan since the last seven years.

- The auction ahead of the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League had in store something on expected lines and some surprises.

- While the auction ahead of the ninth edition, starting in April, was great for Indian players in general, there were a few surprises in store. Rediff.com takes a look at the Indian players who secured themselves the best deals.

- Rishabh Pant hit 111 (off 96 balls) as India demolished Namibia by 197 runs in Fatullah on Saturday to cruise into the semi-finals of the ICC U-19 World Cup.

- IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla on Saturday said that the scheduling of the league has not been related to Lodha Pnael recommendations about having a 15-day gap between start of the cash-rich league and India's national calender.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore Director Amrit Thomas has said the franchise team was interested in buying back Yuvraj Singh, who was eventually snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs. 7 crore in the IPL players' auction.

- Here's a list of few top draws who went unsold in the first round of auction ahead of the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League.

- Mitchell Marsh kept calm after New Zealand got the sniff of an unlikely victory and scored his sixth one-day international half century to guide Australia to a four-wicket win in the second match of their one-day series on Saturday.

- Rediff.com takes a look at how the owners fared this time.

- Set a near impossible victory target of 490 on a track that is offering help for the spinners, Jharkhand were 28 for one in their second innings with two full days' play left and 462 runs to get.

- Left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat took four wickets in the second innings and took his match tally to nine for 116 as Saurashtra thrashed Vidarbha by an innings and 85 runs and booked a place in the Ranji Trophy semi-finals for the first time in three seasons, in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, on Friday.

- Ravichandran Ashwin believes India, which has recorded a historic T20 series win in the recently-concluded tour to Australia, will need to adjust to the home conditions quickly if they desire to win the ICC Twenty20 World Cup for a second time.

- Young Rajat Patidar showed character to register his third first-class century as Madhya Pradesh tightened their grip on Bengal by the end of the third day in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final at the Brabourne Stadium, in Mumbai, on Friday.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Friday it is "not looking for an escape route" but needs to time to implement the Lodha Committee's recommendations on reforms in cricket administration.

- In opting for an extra spinner, says Harish Kotian/Rediff.com, India have picked a batsman less.

- Hosts Bangladesh defeated a valiant Nepal by six wickets after a tense run-chase to storm into the semi-finals of the ICC under-19 World Cup on Friday, giving the nation its maiden appearance in the last four of a world event.

- Left-handed batsman Henry Nicholls is in line to make his Test debut against Australia next week with Ross Taylor ruled out of the side for the match at the Basin Reserve with a side strain.

- Smriti Mandhana's ton went in vain as Australia rode on half-centuries by Nicole Bolton (77) and skipper Meg Lanning (61) to register a comfortable six-wicket win over India in the second ODI and seal the three-match series 2-0 in Hobart.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar feels including injury-prone pacer Mohammed Shami in India's Tewnty20 World Cup squad is a bit of a risk but the team announced by the Board's selection committee, on Friday, has "terrific balance".

- BCCI to make Delhi T20 venue decision on Monday

- Young all-rounder Pawan Negi was the surprise inclusion in India's squad for the World Twenty20 and Asia Cup even as the selectors reposed faith in old warhorses Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh for the two tournaments.

- Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja got engaged to a Rajkot-based mechanical engineer, Reeva Solanki, in a private ceremony on Friday.

- In-form batsman Usman Khawaja has been selected to play his first one-day international in three years when Australia meet New Zealand in the second match of their series in Wellington on Saturday.

- After a cracking century, left-handed opener Akhil Herwadkar spun web around Jharkhand batsmen with his off-breaks as heavyweights Mumbai took a step closer towards qualifying for the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy on Thursday.

- Wickets fell like a deck of cards as 16 batsmen perishing on the second day of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final between Assam and Punbal, in Valsad, on Thursday. Starting the day on 223 for eight, overnight batsman Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad (121) added 71 runs to his overnight score and hit the bulk of the runs to take Assam to a respectable score of 323.

- On a day dominated by pace bowlers from both sides, Madhya Pradesh held the upper hand over Bengal by taking a handsome first innings lead of 227 runs after skittling out the latter for a paltry 121 in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final, at the Brabourne Stadium, on Thursday.

- The Supreme Court has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India to follow the recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha Committee and "save trouble".

- Batting great Rahul Dravid has been named in ICC's newly appointed Anti-Corruption Oversight Group as part of the recommendation from its Integrity Working Party of the parent body.

- The ICC Board, at its first meeting of 2016 in Dubai on Wednesday, considered amendments made to the ICC's constitution in 2014 and agreed that, in order to avoid any potential conflicts of interest and follow best practice principles of good governance, it will seek to re-establish as quickly as possible the 'independent' position of ICC chairman.

- Undefeated India, England, Pakistan and host Bangladesh will start as favourites when the Super League quarter-finals of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2016 are played from 5 to 8 February in Mirpur and Fatullah.

- 'Dhoni may be hoping that luck stays with him for a couple of months more.'

- The comparisons with the legendary pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are certainly flattering but Rohit Sharma feels his partnership with Shikhar hawan still has a long way to go before matching up to the iconic opening combination.

- Australia batsman George Bailey hit back at reports he was to blame for the non-referral howler that saw David Warner's wicket thrown away and hastened his team's slide to a record 159-run defeat against New Zealand at Eden Park.

- Dhoni's contribution is second to none in Indian cricket, says Ravi Shastri.

- In awe of Virat Kohli's meteoric rise, Indian Team Director Ravi Shastri on Thursday said the swashbuckling batsman seems like a mirror-image of West Indian great Viv Richards.

- The clean sweep in the T20 series against Australia has lessened their dilemmas but selectors will debate.

- Australia coach Darren Lehmann has been cleared to fly to New Zealand after recovering from deep vein thrombosis and will join the squad on Saturday ahead of their third and final one-day international against the hosts.

- Australia has banned women's cricketer Piepa Cleary for six months, with another 18 months suspended, for placing bets on a men's test match between Australia and New Zealand in November.

- Jos Buttler struck a rapid century as England beat South Africa by 39 runs via the Duckworth/Lewis method in a high-scoring first One-day International marred by rain on Wednesday.

- 351 cricketers -- 230 Indians and 131 foreigners -- will go under the hammer in Saturday's IPL players' auction.

- Saurashtra took firm control as India discard Jaydev Unadkat grabbed a five-wicket haul to skittle out Vidarbha for a paltry 151 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh.

- Punjab bowlers produced a disciplined performance with pacer Siddharth Kaul leading the way with a four-wicket haul as they restricted Assam to 233 for eight at stumps on the first day of their Ranji Trophy quarter-finals, in Valsad, on Wednesday.

- Mumbai rode on Akhil Herwadkar's century and a quickfire fifty from Suryakumar Yadav to post a healthy 303 for six at close of play on day one of their quarter-final clash against Jharkhand in Mysore, on Wednesday.

- Sourav Ganguly has said that he was not in a position to take up the job of Indian cricket team's coach at present even if offered to him.

- Madhya Pradesh recovered from the loss of two cheap wickets to a healthy 254 for four at stumps on the first day of their five-day Ranji Trophy quarter final against Bengal at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, on Wednesday.

- Bangladesh pacer Rubel Hossain, who has a history of altercations with Virat Kohli said that seeing India's batting mainstay at the other end pumps him up to bowl better.

- Manish Pandey believes a coming-of-age performance in Australia has provided a boost to his international career and he hopes to build on the exploits Down Under in the upcoming three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka.

- India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar shared his superstition of wearing the left pad first and using his favourite bat even if it was broken by fixing it in his hotel room.

- Pakistan rode on a fine all-round performance by Hasan Mohsin to defeat Sri Lanka by 23 runs in the last league match and top Group B in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh on Wednesday.

- Australian all-rounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of the remaining of the one-day internationals series against New Zealand, Cricket Australia said in a statement on Wednesday.

- Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, who dismissed Sachin Tendulkar in the All Stars League held recently in the Unites States of America, revealed that he bowled the legendary batsman with a 'teesra' - a delivery he developed, while he was playing County Cricket in England.

- Pakistan veteran batsman Younis Khan has urged his side to stop blaming each other for their poor performances and called on the top management to boost their confidence.

- Stating that he was forced to retire from international cricket in order to get a NOC to play in the Masters Champions League, veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has warned that such shabby treatment by selectors is a worrying sign for future cricketers.

- Matt Henry shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on selection for next month's World Twenty20 with a hostile spell of pace bowling that helped New Zealand ease to a 159-run win over Australia in the first one-day international on Wednesday.

- The Indian squads for the upcoming Asia Cup T20 tournament in Bangladesh and the subsequent International Cricket Council World Twenty20 championship in India are to be chosen on February 5 at Delhi by the national selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil.

- India's limited overs captain Mahendra Sigh Dhoni has said that inconsistent performances will be scrutinized thoroughly in the future.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni seems to be satisfied with Yuvraj Singh's cameo in the third and final T20 against Australia in Sydney and expects that the veteran left-hander would only get better as he plays more and more matches in the lead upto the ICC World T20 starting in just over a month's time.

- Australian women's cricket team overcame the disappointment of losing the T20I series, as they thrashed India Women by 101 runs in the first One-day International in Canberra.

- West Indies registered a controversial two-run victory against Zimbabwe to enter the quarter-finals of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Chittagong, on Tuesday.

- Former Australian batsman Brad Hodge has been appointed coach of the new Indian Premier League franchise Gujarat Lions.

- Virat Kohli is in the form of his life with several former players like Brett Lee comparing him to India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, but the hero of India's T20 triumph in Australia was full of praise for the master blaster.

- With me, Yuvraj and Dhoni in the middle-order, we have the required experience, says Indian batsman Suresh Raina

- West Indies batting legend Brian Lara considers hosts India the favourites in the World Twenty20 Championship but insists that the West Indians can also pose a threat if they select their best players for the March 8 to April 3 event.

- Balram Singh met Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh in Sydney.

- Steven Smith admitted that Usman Khawaja has the right to feel aggrieved after the Australia captain confirmed the in-form batsman had been overlooked for Wednesday's opening one-dayer against New Zealand.

- Pakistan Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi believes that the first edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be a great event in the history of Pakistan cricket.

- The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) has dropped all-rounder Rameez Khan from the Ranji trophy squad after he was arrested for allegedly killing a black buck in Sagar district in January.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni is highly impressed with young Hardik Pandya for his effort in the T20 series Down Under.

- Before the selectors meet to finalise the squad, you can take on their role and pick 15 players you feel can deliver the World T20 Cup to India.

- The ongoing ICC U-19 was struck by a controversy when a Mumbai cricketer accused Nepal captain Raju Rijal of being overage.

- Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan has finally broken his silence on his decision to retire abruptly from one-day international last November during the series against England.

- Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant smashed his way into the record books with a 24-ball 78 as India colts gave Nepal a rude reality check by handing them a seven-wicket hammering to finish their league engagements unbeaten in the ICC U-19 World Cup in Mirpur on Monday.

- India would start their campaign in the Asia Cup T20 Championship by taking on hosts Bangladesh in the tournament-opener at the Sher-E-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on February 24, according to the event schedule released on Monday.

- It is difficult to expect that selectors would ring in changes when an Indian cricket team wins a series 3-0 on Australian soil which is precisely the reason why Pawan Negi is "pleasantly surprised" after knowing about his selection for the T20 series against Sri Lanka.

- Australia are hopeful T20 captain Aaron Finch will be available for the World T20, but say it's too early to declare him fully fit for the tournament in India next month.

- The in-form Virat Kohli was on Monday rested for the forthcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka, while Delhi's left-arm spinner Pawan Negi was a surprise inclusion for the three-match series.

- The World Twenty20 Championships to be held next month in India are nothing but a "waste of time", feels former Australian pacer Ryan Harris.

- Former India opener Virender Sehwag has been appointed by Kings XI Punjab as the mentor for the upcoming Indian Premier League Season 9.

- Virat Kohli was on Monday rewarded for his stupendous performance in India's clean sweep against Australia in the T20 internationals as he replaced Aaron Finch as the top-ranked batsman in the International Cricket Council list for the shortest format.

- Nathan McCullum gets recall into Kiwi set-up for World T20; Nicholls gets call-up after good showing in series vs Pakistan

- Unorthodox Jasprit Bumrah gives MS Dhoni welcome option at the death.

- Australia's Aaron Finch will not require surgery on his injured hamstring, the country's cricket board said on Monday, raising hopes that the captain will be fit for next month's World Twenty20 in India.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is highly impressed with young Gujarat pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who has given the Australian batsmen hard time during the limited overs series in Australia that concluded in Sydney on Sunday.

- "Conditions are different in India and they have so many world class players, especially in the batting and spin-bowling."

- 'The conditions from now onwards will also be similar to what we get during the IPL so we want to cash in on that aggression'

- Defending champions South Africa crashed out of the ICC U19 World Cup after suffering a shock two-wicket loss against qualifier Namibia in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on Sunday.

- 'They give you respect but they don't intrude in your private space. That's something that I adore about this country. It was tough early on when I came here. I have had confrontations but it has led to mutual respect'

- Yes, thinks former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.

- India, who are also the number one in Tests, overtook the West Indies to reach the top spot in the shortest format. India have 120 rating points, two more than the Caribbean unit.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited his bowling arsenal for the 3-0 Twenty20 series whitewash over Australia and cited the contributions of young Jasprit Bumrah and experienced Ashish Nehra as being crucial to India's win in the series.

- Shane Watson's unbeaten hundred could not prevent Australia falling to a seven-wicket defeat to India in the third and final Twenty20 match on Sunday as Suresh Raina hit a four on the last ball to complete a 3-0 clean sweep in the series.

- Images from the third and final T20 International between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

- Ecstatic with the women's cricket team's historic series triumph over Australia, men's fielding coach R Sridhar has sought to claim a bit of credit for it, saying that pep talks from him and the likes of M S Dhoni might have contributed to the aggressive approach that Mithali Raj and Co. displayed.

- Having already assured a quarter-final berth, Indian team will be aiming to top their pool when they square off against a spirited Nepal in the final group league encounter of the ICC U-19 World Cup, on Monday.

- A record partnership by Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson gave New Zealand victory with two balls to spare in a tense third one-dayer against Pakistan in Auckland on Sunday.

- A historic series triumph already sealed, the Indian women's cricket team faltered in its quest for a clean-sweep as it went down by 15 runs to Australia in the third and final Twenty20 International following a spectacular batting collapse in Sydney on Sunday.

- Former Australian Test captain Michael Clarke is set to return to first-class cricket six months after he announced international retirement and the lucrative India Premier League is on his radar, according to reports in the Australian media.

- Australia remain optimistic about their Twenty20 World Cup campaign despite being shown up in all facets by India in the opening two matches of their current series.

- Brad Hodge and Kumar Sangakkara added 105 runs for the unbroken third wicket stand as Gemini Arabians notched up their second successive victory in the Masters Champions League T20 tournament beating Leo Lions by eight wickets, in Dubai, on Saturday.

- Yuvraj Singh, Ishant Sharma and Kevin Pietersen will be among the eight marquee players up for grabs at the IPL 2016 Player Auction scheduled to take place, in Bengaluru, on February 6.

- India stormed into the ICC Under-19 cricket World Cup quarter-finals after producing a clinical all-round performance to wallop New Zealand by 120 runs in their penultimate group D encounter, in Mirpur, on Saturday.

- Nepal rode on leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane's five-wicket haul, which included the first hat-trick in the tournament, to beat Ireland by eight wickets and book their maiden berth in the Super League quarter-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, in Fatullah, on Saturday.

- He does not consider the back-to-back Twenty20 losses to India a major setback but Australia's stand-in cricket coach Michael Di Venuto concedes that his team has certainly been outplayed in all three departments of the game so far.

- The series already in their pocket, India would aim for a clean sweep against the hosts and end the tour of Australia on a high when the two teams clash in the third and final Twenty20.

- New Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla ground is in danger of losing its World Twenty20 fixtures after the Indian cricket board (BCCI) moved a match against Sri Lanka away from the venue due to administrative lapses.

- AB de Villiers has been appointed as the South Africa's Test captain on a permanent basis after the national selectors unanimously decided to choose the swashbuckling batsman to lead the nation through a transitional phase.

- All-rounder Darren Sammy will lead the team, which includes 11 players from the contingent that won the last World Cup in Sri Lanka four years ago

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been named to lead his country in his final one-day series against Australia next month, providing he can prove his fitness.

- Finch suffered the injury while batting during the team's 27-run loss at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which saw India take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

- Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli, on Friday, explained what was behind his fiery 'send-off' of Steven Smith during the first T20 International earlier this week and said that it had nothing to do with the Australian wearing a microphone.

- Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, on Friday, rued the failure of his side to negotiate the Indian spinners when the ball was not turning much and attributed it as the reason of their 27-run loss in the second

- Australia captain Aaron Finch will miss the third and final T20 International against India in Sydney on Sunday because of a left hamstring injury he suffered, on Friday, and he will be replaced in the squad by Usman Khawaja.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni lavished praise on his bowlers after India beat Australia by 27 runs in the second Twenty20 International at the MCG on Friday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from the second T20 International between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

- The sublime touch that he is in, Virat Kohli can bat even at midnight without switching on the lights and still score runs, Sunil Gavaskar said, on Friday, eulogising the young Indian batsman.

- Images from the second T20 International between Australia and India in Melbourne, on Friday.

- Faiz Fazal hit a century to steer India 'A' to the Deodar Trophy title following a comprehensive 87-run victory against India 'B' in the final in Kanpur, on Friday.

- India turned in a fine all-round show to beat Australia by 27 runs in the second Twenty20 International and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Friday.

- A staunch and consistent opponent of the controversial Decision Review System, the Board of Control for Cricket in India for the first time ever could use the technology with some changes in this year's Indian Premier League.

- Snubbed by the Delhi high court, the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association on Friday officially intimated the Board of Control for Cricket in India that it will not be able to host the second India-Sri Lanka Twenty20 International on February 12. The BCCI named Ranchi as the new venue for the match.

- The Indian women's cricket team produced another clinical performance to crush Australia by 10 wickets in a rain-affected T20 International match and clinch the three-match series 2-0, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Friday.

- In a major relief for Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed the criminal proceedings against him in his case of allegedly 'denigrating' a Hindu god by posing as Lord Vishnu on the cover page of a magazine.

- South African Graham Ford will take over as the chief coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team for his second stint replacing Marvan Atapattu, who had stepped down five months back.

- Riding on a superb all-round show, Gemini Arabians registered a massive 78-run win over Libra Legends in the opening match of the Masters Champions League Twenty20 tournament at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.

- The International Cricket Council will issue all umpires with helmets in the upcoming World T20 tournament in India as part of a growing trend towards the increased safety of officials in the sport.

- Dimitri Mascarenhas will step down as New Zealand bowling coach at the conclusion of next month's series against Australia to spend more time with his family, the team said on Friday.

- Star Australian opener David Warner has labeled the International Cricket Council's crackdown concerning on-field player behaviour "a bit of a joke".

- Hitting back at Virat Kohli for a send-off following his dismissal during the first Twenty20, Australia batsman Steven Smith said the chatter-box gesture by 'emotional' Indian was not required at all.

- The controversial spidercam, which has been criticised by India's limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will be used during the upcoming World Twenty20 Championship but it won't disturb play, International Cricket Council's Chief Executive Dave Richardson said.

- The Governing Council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is to meet, in Mumbai, on Friday ahead of the players' auction which is scheduled to be held on February 6.

- Indian cricketers Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh took some time off from their busy schedule to catch the action at the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament, in Melbourne, on Thursday.

- The faction-ridden Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), on Thursday, got a one-day extension from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

- Sarfaraz Khan and Washington Sundar hit half-centuries as India scored a 79-run victory over Ireland in their opening ICC Under-19 World Cup Group D match at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, in Mirpur, on Thursday.

- Qualifier Nepal caused the first major upset of the World Cup, shocking New Zealand by 32 runs in a Group D match in Fatullah on Thursday.

- The 36-year-old Fernando, who last played for Sri Lanka way back in 2012, was included in place of T20 captain Lasith Malinga, who is recuperating from an injury.

- Arguably the most successful cricketing nation as far as Tests and One-Day Internationals are concerned, Australia have struggled in Twenty20 and all-rounder Shane Watson feels it is because the shortest format only has 'entertainment value'.

- India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was reprimanded by the ICC for celebrating aggressively after taking a wicket during the first Twenty20 International against Australia in Adelaide, on Tuesday.

- High on confidence after winning the first Twenty20 International, India will look to press home the advantage and seal off the three-match series when they take on Australia in the second T20 in Melbourne.

- India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said he is not intimidated by the Australian batsmen's strategy of attacking him as he has the ability to handle the onslaught and pick wickets as well.

- The Indian cricket team will start its their Asia Cup campaign against Bangladesh on February 24 before taking on arch-rivals Pakistan in what promises to be a high-voltage encounter on February 27.

- A Pakistani die-hard fan of Indian batsman Virat Kohli is facing up to 10 years imprisonment after being arrested for hoisting the Indian tri-colour atop his home in Punjab Province which he had done to show his love for the cricketer.

- After a lackluster ODI series, the Indian spinners came into their own in the opening T20 against Australia in Adelaide, with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bagging two wickets apiece.

- Sunil Gavaskar has praised Virat Kohli for his stellar show Down Under.

- Former Australia paceman Damien Fleming has said addition of Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra to the side was an indication that India's preparations for the upcoming World Twenty20 are in full swing.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to give a day's extension to the beleaguered Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), whose officials are set to meet LG Najeeb Jung and urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu regarding the requisite permissions for T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla on February 12.

- A Pakistani man has been arrested for hoisting the flag of arch rival India on his roof, an act police described as "anti-state" but which the accused says was a tribute to Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, officials said on Wednesday.

- David Warner won the 2016 Allan Border Medal- an award given to Australia's cricketer of the year.

- In the other match of the day, Dan Lawrence and Jack Burnham hit centuries as title contender England crushed Fiji by a massive margin of 299 runs.

- A formidable India U-19 team coached by the legendary Rahul Dravid start as overwhelming favourites against minnows Ireland in their opening Group D league match of the ICC U-19 World Cup in Mirpur on Thursday.

- Television network Channel Nine's use of on-field mike chat has come under fire following Australian batsman Steve Smith's dismissal just after a live conversation with commentators in the first cricket Twenty20 International against India.

- Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly will miss the inaugural edition of the Master Cricket League after sustaining a back injury during a practice session.

- Kedar Jadhav's stroke-filled 91 was the cornerstone of a collective batting performance by India A as they comfortably beat Vijay Hazare Trophy champions Gujarat by six wickets to enter the final of the Deodhar Trophy one day cricket tournament on Wednesday in Kanpur.

- India opener Rohit Sharma, who hit 441 runs in five matches with two centuries, is the MVP of the recently-concluded ODI series against Australia, ahead of Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.

- India's Ravichandran Ashwin continued to hold on to the top spot in the all-rounders' table and also retained his second position in the bowling list in the latest ICC Test rankings.

- India should invest in someone like Jasprit Bumrah, says Damien Fleming.

- Holding the team's batting failure responsible for the 37-run defeat to India in the first Twenty20 International, Australian batsman David Warner on Wednesday said the hosts need to bat smartly against the Indian spinners and take full advantage of the big stadiums Down Under.

- Australia Twenty20 captain Aaron Finch has heaped praise on Virat Kohli, saying it is nearly impossible to stop the Indian batsman once he gets going.

- New Zealand Cricket has come down heavily on a stadium announcer for taunting tainted Pakistani fast bowler Muhammad Aamir during the third Twenty20 International.

- A trio of match winners in Stuart Broad, Joe Root and Ben Stokes offer England a bright future in Test cricket but unfortunately for Alastair Cook, there seems to be no end in sight in his long search for a worthy opening partner.

- For the first time in a decade, South Africa have been forced to acknowledge they are on the decline following back-to-back series losses to India and England that have knocked them off the top of the Test rankings.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar feels hosts India will start as favourites at the upcoming World Twenty20.

- If former captain Sunil Gavaskar is to be believed, Jasprit Bumrah's unconventional slingy action is what could be

- Virat Kohli has been in great touch since landing in Australia, with two hundreds and two half-centuries in the five-match ODI series, and now an unbeaten 90 in this first T20I.

- Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has described Shivnarine Chanderpaul as 'one of the giants of the Caribbean cricket' and expressed that the recently retired batsman should have been given a 'proper send-off' in international cricket.

- The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) has decided to move court to get requisite compliance certificates which are mandatory for hosting the T20 International against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla on February 12.

- India regained top status in Test cricket, after nearly four-and-half years, following England's 2-1 series victory over former leaders South Africa.

- The India cricket team recorded a comprehensive 37-run win over Australia in the first T20 at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday, and take a 1-0 lead in the three match T20 series.

- India registered a resounding victory in the T20 series-opener against Australia, and following their clinical performance Sunil Gavaskar feels the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side will start as favourites at the upcoming World Twenty20 at home.

- Debutant Hardik Pandya stellar performance in Tuesday's T20 International against Australia caught the attention of India supporters, and India's ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the youngster can lend the side some much-needed stability if he performs consistently.

- Chirag Gandhi's brilliant unbeaten century went in vain as Gujarat went down to India 'B' by seven runs in a thrilling last-over finish, in the Deodhar Trophy One-Day tournament in Kanpur, on Tuesday.

- Virat Kohli's elegant unbeaten 90 and some wily bowling by their spinners saw India secure a comprehensive 37-run victory over Australia in the first Twenty20 International at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

- Virat Kohli's elegant unbeaten 90 and some crafty bowling by their spinners secured India's comprehensive 37-run victory over Australia in the first Twenty20 International at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

- Virat Kohli slammed an unbeaten 90 before a collective effort by the Indian bowlers gave the visitors a resounding start in the Twenty20 series against Australia with a 37-run victory in the first match in Adelaide, on Tuesday.

- Mercurial paceman Kagiso Rabada produced the second best match figures by a South African to propel his side to a consolation 280-run victory over a feeble England on the last morning of the fourth and final Test.

- Australia coach Darren Lehmann will miss next month's One-Day International series in New Zealand as he continues his recovery from deep vein thrombosis but he plans to join the team for the subsequent Test matches.

- The Indian women's cricket team produced a superb all-round performance to chase down a record total and upstage World champions Australia by five wickets in the opening Twenty20 International in Adelaide, on Tuesday.

- Firebrand fast bowler Kagiso Rabada bagged two wickets as South Africa reduced England to 52 for three at the close of day four of the final Test on Monday.

- Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur shot off an e-mail to the faction-ridden Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) enquiring whether they can host the second T20 International between India and Sri Lanka scheduled to be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi, on February 12.

- Cricket South Africa on Monday imposed a ban of 20 years on Gulam Bodi after he admitted charges of contriving or attempting to fix matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series.

- Rahul Dravid-coached India recorded a five-wicket victory over Pakistan on the final day of the warm-up matches on Monday ahead of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016, which starts in Bangladesh, on Wednesday.

- India will eye revenge for their defeat in one-day series as they meet fierce rivals Australia in three Twenty20 Internationals, starting on Tuesday, January 26 at Adelaide Oval.

- The demoralising defeat in the One-Day International series is a thing of past and the Indian team will challenge the Australians in the Twenty20 series with some fearless cricket, batsman Suresh Raina said on Monday after joining the side Down Under.

- In a series in which, batsmen have dominated the bowlers with an unprecedented 3159 runs being scored, including 11 centuries hit by batters of both sides in the five one-day internationals.

- The Mumbai Cricket Association's scheduled meeting to discuss implications of the Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha committee report was postponed on Monday due to the indisposition of MCA president Sharad Pawar.

- Irfan Pathan discloses on how he coped with the disappointment of getting dropped from the Indian team and what inspired his superb comeback in domestic cricket this season which he hopes lead to bigger things and eventually into a 'a really good story and inspiration' for others.

- Skipper Unmukt Chand anchored the chase to perfection with an unbeaten 77 to guide India B to a five-wicket victory against India A in the opening match of the Deodhar Trophy one-day cricket tournament at Kanpur on Monday.

- India's Team Director Ravi Shastri has said that while "experience cannot be bought in super market" the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra will play only if they fit into the combination that the team is looking for, going into ICC World Twenty20.

- New Zealand's Mitchell McClenaghan is to undergo surgery for a fractured eye socket after suffering a nasty blow to the face in Monday's one-day international victory against Pakistan.

- Upbeat after convincingly winning the One-Day International series 4-0, Australia's Twenty20 captain Aaron Finch is confident that the hosts can handle the more experienced Indian reinforcements in Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina who have joined the visitors for the three-match rubber starting in Adelaide, on Tuesday.

- Outplayed in the ODIs, a faltering India will look to get the balance right as they eye redemption in a three-match Twenty20 series against Australia starting in Adelaide on Tuesday which also kicks off their build-up for the World T20 Championships in March-April.

- New Zealand pacemen Trent Boult and Grant Elliott shared seven wickets as the hosts bundled out Pakistan for 210 to win the first one-day international at the pacy Basin Reserve by 70 runs on Monday.

- Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been dropped from Australia's squad for the one-day international series in New Zealand next month, while in-form batsman Usman Khawaja has also been overlooked for the three-match series.

- Former Australia batsman-turned-commentator Dean Jones is convinced that the Indian team, during their ongoing tour Down Under, has been solely concentrating on the Twenty20 series with the World T20 just eight weeks away.

- Former tearaway fast bowler Jeff Thomson will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the Allan Border Medal dinner on Wednesday.

- 'In the merry-go-round of Indian cricket, amid abhorrent match-fixing scandals and incessant politicking, Ravi Shastri is a multifaceted personality who, when called upon, can don any hat with ease.'

- Stand-in Australia coach Michael Di Venuto has hoped the revamped T20 unit under Aaron Finch's could gel together and nail a breakthrough World T20 title.

- Virat Kohli has put his efforts in Johannesburg, Adelaide and Wellington as his three best Test centuries.

- Kagiso Rabada became the youngest South Africa bowler to take seven wickets in an innings as the hosts took charge of the fourth and final Test against England on Sunday.

- Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar said that singing the national anthem in front of a packed Wankhede Stadium before the 2011 World Cup final is the 'proudest feeling' he has ever had in his life.

- India might have been thoroughly outplayed in the ODI series in Australia, but former Australia batsman Dean Jones said the visitors will do much better in the three T20 Internationals as they have a balanced side, which was missing in the One-dayers.

- Rohit Sharma is delighted to win theMan of the Series award for his whopping 441 runs in the just-concluded One-day International series against Australia but the stylish right-hander rued the fact that his team 'could not capture crucial moments', which led to their 1-4 defeat.

- 'Batting at No 4 is my forte'

- India's Rohit Sharma jumped eight spots to enter the top five in the ICC batsman rankings after a stellar showing in the recently concluded series against top-ranked Australia.

- Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni is overstaying his time as India's limited over skipper and it is having debilitating effect on the Indian team.

- Australian spin legend Shane Warne's charitable foundation is under the scanner of a consumer watchdog in Melbourne but the flamboyant former cricketer has insisted that the furore is a "malicious campaign" and he has "absolutely nothing to hide".

- Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been ruled out of the first Twenty20 International against India in Adelaide on Tuesday after sustaining a hamstring injury which forced him to fly back home to Melbourne.

- 11 other players have quoted the highest base price for this year's auction to be held on February 6 in Bangalore.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni knows the introduction of broadcast technology has enhanced the viewing experience for fans but the Indian skipper has called for restraint after the overhead 'Spidercam' interfered with play in Saturday's one-dayer against Australia.

- Magnificient Manish Pandey struck his maiden One-day century to secure India a pride-salvaging six-wicket victory against Australia in the fifth and final ODI in Sydney on Saturday.

- Alastair Cook posted his first half-century of the series with an unbeaten 67 as England closed day two of the final Test on 138 for two, still 337 runs behind South Africa at Centurion Park on Saturday.

- Rajneesh Gupta has interesting numbers from the match. Check them out.

- Former Pakistan cricketers Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar have expressed dismay over the national team's meek surrender in the Twenty20 series in New Zealand and said the crisis before the ICC World T20 in India was 'worrisome'.

- It now a common thing to ask Mahendra Singh Dhoni about his retirement and the limited overs skipper's witty reply was 'file a PIL for this'.

- India's bowling woes dominated Mahendra Singh Dhoni's assessment of the ODI debacle.

- Captain Ishan Kishan and Ricky Bhui smashed unbeaten centuries as three-time champion India crushed Canada by 372 runs in their warm-up match of the U-19 World Cup in Mirpur on Saturday.

- Australian skipper Steven Smith was a happy man with a dominating scoreline to the team's credit but did not forget to praise the good performance of the visitors.

- Images from the fifth One-Day International between Australia and India in Sydney, on Saturday.

- Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann will not be with the team during its three-match Twenty20 series against India after he was diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) for the second time in his life on Saturday.

- Relieved he might be after a consolation win against the seemingly unstoppable Australians, but Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni rued the fact that the ODI side lacks a settled bowling line-up.

- Manish Pandey struck his maiden one-day century in a high-scoring thriller to secure India a pride-salvaging six-wicket victory against Australia in the fifth and final ODI in Sydney on Saturday.

- India can seek motivation from the fact that they can claim the top spot in the ICC Twenty20 International rankings if they make a clean sweep in the three-match series that begins on January 26.

- Former Australia batsman Dean Jones feels the standard of bowling in international cricket has touched an "all-time low", voicing his concern at a time when 300-plus totals have become the norm in One-Day Internationals.

- A Canberra-based singer/song writer Jack Biilmann has paid a musical tribute to the late Phillip Hughes, releasing a track called 'Forever Unbeaten'.

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- The head of International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit has categorically rejected suggestions it struck a deal to protect New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum from punishment for not reporting an alleged match-fixing approach in 2008.

- Paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar will miss India's three-match Twenty20 series in Australia with a thumb injury and will be replaced by all-rounder Rishi Dhawan.

- West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has officially retired from international cricket, seven months after selectors opted to discard the veteran and push for a youth-oriented policy.

- Stephen Cook became the 100th batsman to score a debut test century and his innings of 115 helped South Africa amass 329 for five on the first day of the final test against England on Friday in their bid to salvage pride in a lost series.

- 'Would the Board have acted in the same manner if a big player was involved?'

- Swashbuckling Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell dismissed reports that he had criticised Virat Kohli, saying it is "completely untrue" and the Australian team is actually "in awe" of the India Test captain.

- Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell claimed Indian batsmen, including Virat Kohli, who has scored two centuries in the series so far, are 'milestone-driven'. Do you agree?

- Spin great Erapalli Prasanna says the time has come for Virat Kohli to lead India in all three cricket formats, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is captaining the One-Day International and Twenty20 squads, can continue playing as wicketkeeper-batsman in the limited-overs' formats.

- Unfazed despite four successive defeats, a defiant Virat Kohli insisted that the Indian cricket team is "not mentally bogged down" and would like to win the next four matches, including Saturday's fifth and final One-day international against Australia.

- Corey Anderson's all-round show helped New Zealand thump Pakistan by 95 runs in the deciding Twenty20 international in Wellington on Friday and bag the three-match series 2-1.

- Battered and bruised after four successive defeats, India will make a last-gasp effort to avoid the embarrassment of being whitewashed by an unrelenting Australia when the two sides clash in the fifth and final One-Day International in Sydney, on Saturday.

- India have not beaten Australia in any format since 2013. The tourists looked like ending that barren run when they were on 277 for one, chasing 349 for victory, only to lose their last nine wickets for 46 runs in Canberra.

- With current players from three full member nations seeking no objection certificates to participate in the upcoming Masters Champions League (MCL), the ICC warned the boards against entertaining such demands and called it 'unacceptable'.

- The Canberra ODI saw the second part of the now famous Virat Kohli-James Faulkner good humoured banter bordering a sledge with the Indian superstar trying to upset the Australian all-rounder during another of his superlative innings.

- India has lost four matches in a row in the ongoing series Down Under but if Australian batting great Michael Hussey is to be believed, the visitors have not fared badly.

- Pacer John Hastings has provided fill-up to Australia's ambitions of notching up a 5-0 whitewash in the ODI series against India, saying he is thriving on the extra responsibility following a few impressive performances.

- The eight innings in the ongoing Australia versus India has produced an unprecedented 2498 runs and Cricket Australia bosses have admitted that they are trying to ring in change to make all the pitches batting friendly.

- Banned Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria denied media reports that he is seeking the Board of Control for Cricket in India's help to take up his case with the International Cricket Council.

- Cricket greats Rahul Dravid, Michael Atherton and Graeme Smith are looking forward to the ICC U-19 World Cup, saying the tournament gives the young players the chance to test themselves against the best in their age group.

- Beleaguered Mahendra Singh Dhoni has found backing from former Australia cricketer Mike Hussey, who says the Indian captain was the most suitable to lead the team as he still has a lot of fire in his batting.

- England, with a series win already secured, can complete South Africa's ignominious fall from the top of the rankings when the final Test of the four-match series starts at Centurion Park in Pretoria on Friday.

- Ahead of the World Twenty20 Championships in India between March and April, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has voiced his support for the winners of the inaugural edition.

- Australia's Glenn Maxwell is a doubtful starter for the fifth and final One-Day International against India to be played in Sydney on Saturday after the middle-order batsman injured his knee while batting in the fourth ODI.

- 'T20 isn't the killer. The T20 format is good for the game.'

- Rajneesh Gupta has interesting numbers from the fourth ODI between India and Australia in Canberra. Check them out.

- Uttar Pradesh clinched their maiden Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy with a thumping 38-run win over two-time champions Baroda in the final under flood-lights at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

- Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock will return for South Africa in the last Test against England after recovering from a knee strain suffered while walking his dogs, Cricket South Africa said on Wednesday.

- India will host Sri Lanka in a three-match series starting February 9 ahead of Asia Cup and World T20.

- Australian pacer Kane Richardson, who grabbed a five-for felt that the dismissal of Mahendra Singh Dhoni proved to be a turning point as the home team recorded a 25-run win against India.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday called for harsh steps in the setup of the struggling Indian cricket team in Australia, saying some of the players have not learnt from their past mistakes despite making the trip Down Under multiple times.

- Paceman Kane Richardson claimed his maiden five-wicket haul to script India's spectacular collapse and bowl Australia to a 25-run victory in the high-scoring fourth one day international on Wednesday.

- Taking full responsibility for the inexplicable collapse against Australia in the fourth ODI, in Canberra, on Wednesday, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he should have steered the team home after fluent centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.

- Pakistan's only cricketer to get a life ban for match fixing, Saleem Malik is convinced that cricket and other sports can never be rid of corruption.

- Lauding Shashank Manohar for his stand against conflict of interest, International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson today said the ICC Chairman, who also heads the BCCI, is a principled man and is trying to reform the governance structure in both the bodies.

- Images from the fourth One-Day International between Australia and India in Canberra, on Wednesday.

- At an event to announce ICC's partnership with MRF Tyres ahead of the World Twenty20 Championships in India between March and April, Tendulkar spoke about how the format has revolutionised the game.

- Star India batsman Ajinkya Rahane on Wednesday split the webbing of his right hand while fielding during the fourth One-Day International against Australia.

- Australian pace legend Brett Lee on Wednesday heaped accolades on Virat Kohli, describing the swashbuckling Indian batsman as a legend whose aura is comparable to the iconic Sachin Tendulkar.

- Sri Lankan pitch curator Jayananda Warnaweera was on Wednesday suspended by the International Cricket Council for three years after he 'failed' to cooperate in an ongoing anti-corruption investigation against him.

- New Zealand strike bowler Tim Southee will miss the upcoming One-Day International series against Australia but Blackcaps coach Mike Hesson is optimistic the seamer would recover from a foot injury in time for the subsequent Test series.

- South Africa are fired up to perform in the dead-rubber fourth Test against England and will 'play hard' as they try to salvage battered pride, young Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada said on Tuesday.

- Veteran speedster terms his Australia T20 call-up as a 'privilege' and is not thinking in the lines of how many matches he will get to play in the series against Australia.

- Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews defended the team's cricketers on Tuesday after recording a statement before police in connection with a match-fixing scandal that has led to the suspension of a bowling coach.

- Shreyas Iyer, whose swagger is taking batting to the next level, tells Rediff.com that when he gets the opportunity to don India colours he will make it count.

- One of the key aspects that the former India captain Rahul Dravid is focused on as the coach of the national colts squad, which is set to take part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, is the ability to rotate the strike.

- Karnataka opening batsman Robin Uthappa has expressed hope of getting a 'proper run' in international cricket to justify his talent.

- A fuming Chris Gayle blasted current and former cricketers for not standing by him when he was roundly criticised for flirting with a television presenter during an interview at the Big Bash League.

- The non-bailable warrant issued against India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a case of hurting religious sentiments was withdrawn by a local court in Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh.

- Ajit Chandila says he will appeal to the Board of Control for Cricket in India to reconsider its decision to ban him for life but will not take any legal recourse to get it revoked.

- He surpassed legends like Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest to reach 7000 runs and 24 ODI centuries but Virat Kohli has said as a cricketer he is "still very much a work in progress".

- Australia off-spinner Nathan Hauritz announced his retirement from competitive cricket on Tuesday, bringing the curtain down on a 15-year career during which he represented the national side in all three formats.

- India's batsmen have gone about their job efficiently, posting big totals on the board but the bowlers have been ordinary at best, allowing the hosts to chase down those tall scores in each of the first three ODIs of the five-match series.

- David Warner has said that the Indian top-order is in great shape, but chasing 300 hasn't been too tough so far in this series.

- Team Director Ravi Shastri claimed the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side can certainly arrest the slide in the ODI series against Australia if the inexperienced bowling line-up learns from its mistakes.

- Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews will appear before police on Tuesday to record a statement in connection with a match-fixing scandal that has led to the suspension of a fast bowling coach.

- Backing Shaun Tait's surprise return to the Australian T20 squad for the three-match series against India, former pacer Jason Gillespie said the tearaway speedster will cause a lot of damage on Indian tracks if he makes the squad for the World T20 starting March 8.

- Glenn Maxwell earned the nickname 'Big Show' for his exciting but often irresponsible shot-making and was often criticised for throwing away his wicket while going for boundaries too early in his innings.

- Baroda and Uttar Pradesh will square off in the final of the Mushtaq Ali T20 cricket championships after notching up contrasting wins over their respective opponents in the final Super League encounters.

- Dropped from the ODI squad, Suresh Raina is all set to join the Indian team for the upcoming T20 series in Australia and determined show what the 'Men in blue' are missing.

- West Indies batsman Chris Gayle smashed fifty from 12 balls for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League on Monday to match India's Yuvraj Singh's record for the fastest half-century in Twenty20 cricket.

- With the contentious Decision Review System in focus again following some umpiring howlers in the ongoing ODI series between India and Australia, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said "we can deliberate" on its conditional use once the team is back.

- James Faulkner's attempt to engage India's Virat Kohli in a war of words during the third ODI in Melbourne backfired on the Australian paceman as the star batsman emphatically told him to just keep bowling as "I have smashed you enough in my life".

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni's job as India's limited-overs captain is safe despite the team's third successive one-day series defeat, the country's cricket board (BCCI) said on Monday.

- Gujarat medium-pacer Jasprit Bumrah was named as India's replacement for the injured Mohammad Shami in the Twenty20 series against Australia starting January 26, the Board of Control for Cricket in India wrote in a statement on Monday.

- BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has said the Indian cricket team will have a full-time coach after the World T20 and the high-profile advisory committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly will have a say in the appointment.

- India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named captain of new Indian Premier League franchise Rising Pune Supergiants on Monday.

- Ajit Chandila has been handed a life ban, while Hiken Shah has been banned for five years for their role in match-fixing during the Indian Premier League, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Monday.

- Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels the team needs a 'brave' bunch of youngsters going forward.

- Back in the Australian ODI fold after more than a year, off-spinner Nathan Lyon says he cannot wait to challenge the Indian batsmen in the fourth one-dayer in Canberra, a venue he knows inside out after being a part of Manuka Oval's ground staff.

- The third and final match of the upcoming Twenty20 series between India and Australia will turn pink to support the McGrath Foundation after rain washed out a large part of the annual Pink Test in Sydney.

- Conceding that the T20 call up against India came as a 'pleasant surprise', Australian all-rounder Shane Watson on Monday said his familiarity with Indian cricket through IPL helped him in reviving his faltering international career.

- Shane Watson also named in T20 squad to be captained by Aaron Finch

- Statistician Rajneesh Gupta has interesting numbers from the match. Check them out.

- Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Sunday, made light of the criticism he is facing in the wake of continuing poor results by saying that a review of his leadership can be done only through PIL.

- India made two changes for this must-win game, with Gurkeerat Mann and Rishi Dhawan handed debuts on account of their all-round capabilities. Ravichandran Ashwin and Manish Pandey made way for them in the playing eleven.

- The One-day International series in their bag, Australian big-hitter Glenn Maxwell, on Sunday, said the hosts are 'desperate' to achieve a 5-0 whitewash against India.

- Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Sunday, hit out at his fielders for conceding easy boundaries at crucial junctures as Australia took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series with a three-wicket win in Melbourne.

- Glen Maxwell and James Faulkner stitched up a 80-run partnership (off 63 balls) to help Australia beat India by three wickets in the 3rd ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday and clinch the series 3-0.

- Glenn Maxwell blasted a splendid 83-ball 96 to lift Australia to a three-wicket victory against India that also helped the hosts seal the five-match ODI series 3-0, in Melbourne, on Sunday.

- The Indian cricket team will square off against South Africa and the West Indies in the warm-up matches before the World Twenty20 Championships to be held in India from March 8.

- Indian batsman Virat Kohli broke Proteas star AB de Villiers's record to become the fastest batsman to reach 7000 runs in One-Day Internationals.

- Skipper Kane Williamson and fellow opener Martin Guptill forged the highest partnership in Twenty20 Internationals to secure New Zealand a series-levelling 10-wicket victory against Pakistan in the second match in Hamilton on Sunday.

- Indian off-spinner R Ashwin on Sunday lost his top position in the International Cricket Council Test rankings, displaced by England pacer Stuart Broad, even as Ajinkya Rahane remained the country's top-ranked batsman at joint 10th in the latest list.

- The fate of tainted cricketers Ajit Chandila and Hiken Shah will be decided by the BCCI's (Board of Control for Cricket in India) Disciplinary Committee, headed by president Shashank Manohar, in Mumbai, on Monday

- Unceremoniously dethroned as the world's top-ranked Test team, an embarrassed South Africa are in a race against time to find answers to their steady decline before they begin the final Test against England on Friday.

- Stuart Broad started the third Test against South Africa feeling unwell but finished it on an incredible high after grabbing six wickets to spur England to a series victory on Saturday.

- A venomous spell of fast bowling from Stuart Broad led England to an emphatic seven- wicket win over South Africa in the third on Saturday to clinch the series.

- The Stuart Broad show in Johannesburg not only destroyed South Africa but also dethroned the Proteas from the No.1 Test rankings.

- England all-rounder Moeen Ali has withdrawn his name from next month's Indian Premier League auction after discussions with former captain and ECB's Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss.

- India's fast bowler Mohammed Shami's family is in 'danger' according to his father Tauseef Ahmad, who has reportedly alleged that 'cow slaughter' is being used to target them.

- Shreyas Iyer's 51-ball 86 run blitzkrieg helped Mumbai sail past a tall Vidarbha total to notch up a five-wicket win in the Super League phase of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Group A match in Mumbai.

- Back-to-back one-day defeats in Perth and Brisbane have forced India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to rethink his strategy of opting to bat first against Australia, who have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series by chasing down 300-plus targets.

- Their bowling frailties thoroughly exposed in the first two ODIs, India are left with no option but to bank heavily on their batsmen to steer the side and upstage the rampaging Australians in the must-win third one-dayer in Melbourne.

- Former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi has decided to drop a USD 3.3 million civil law suit against Chris Cairns in the match-fixing scandal, a major reprieve for the New Zealand all-rounder who was recently cleared of any wrongdoing in a perjury trial.

- Unwilling to give up on a seemingly jinxed series against India, Pakistan Cricket Board's Executive Committee Chairman Najam Sethi said the PCB can spare a fortnight for the matches should the Indian government give its go ahead.

- Statistician Rajneesh Gupta has interesting numbers from the second One-dayer, in Brisbane, on Friday. Check them out.

- Released by Delhi Daredevils, in-form batsman from Australia, Travis Head, could emerge as one of the most coveted players at next month's Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.

- Joe Root scored an unbeaten 106 and shared a swashbuckling partnership with Ben Stokes as England put the brakes on a hostile South African attack to reach 238 for five at the close of the second day of the third Test on Friday.

- Australia has rested pace spearhead Josh Hazlewood for the remainder of the home international season which includes the remaining three ODIs of the five match series and the following three T20 internationals.

- Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamir was Friday booed on his return to international cricket by the crowd during the first Twenty20 match against New Zealand in Auckland.

- Not quite impressed with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's batting in the ongoing ODI series against Australia, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said the wicketkeeper-batsman is "struggling but shouldn't be singled out" for criticism just yet.

- A summary of Friday's Super League matches in the Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.

- Australia may have made batting look easy while chasing 300-plus totals against India successfully twice, but opener Aaron Finch credited the team's inexperienced bowlers for it, pointing out that the current attack combined has played less ODIs than the now retired Mitchell Johnson.

- Frustrated by the performance of his bowlers in the second One-Day International against Australia in Brisbane on Friday, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni declared that given the attack at his disposal right now even 300-plus scores are not enough against the home side.

- Rohit Sharma's second successive century was once again overshadowed by Australia's collective batting might as the hosts continued their dominance over Indian bowlers to notch up a seven-wicket victory in the second One-Day International in Brisbane.

- Rohit Sharma struck his second successive hundred of the series but once again the Indians were comfortably outclassed by Australia by seven wickets, in the second One-Day International in Brisbane, on Friday.

- Pacer Mohammad Amir claimed a wicket on his return to international cricket following a five-year ban as Pakistan registered a 16-run victory over New Zealand in the first Twenty20 International in Auckland on Friday.

- Hard-hitting Baroda all-rounder Hardik Pandya said his selection to the Indian team for the T20 series boosted his confidence and is hoping to carry his good form in domestic cricket into the upcoming three-match Twenty20 series in Australia.

- Fans trouping in for the second India-Australia cricket one-dayer in Brisbabe on Friday were in for a surprise when retired former captain Michael Clarke's name showed up at the top of the home team's line-up on the Gabba's giant scoreboard.

- Cricketers from the team of the Emirald Isle are under suspicion following their dismal performance in the recently concluded New Zealand tour

- 'Is there any other batsman in the world who can hold a candle to Rohit Sharma in purely aesthetic terms?' asks Haresh Pandya.

- Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar says pink ball should be used in One-day cricket to make it more competitive since white ball leaves nothing for the bowlers.

- Bidding to lead Gujarat to their second successive domestic T20 title, wicket keeper batsman Parthiv Patel has not lost focus on a re-entry into the national team, but without putting pressure on himself.

- Ben Stokes claimed a wicket for England in the first session of the third cricket test at the Wanderers on Thursday, but South Africa dealt with the early swing from the bowlers and advanced to 73 for one at lunch.

- Gearing up to compete in his second Under-19 World Cup, India's Sarfaraz Khan says the experience he gained through playing at senior level in domestic cricket could be beneficial to him when the junior tournament begins in Bangladesh later this month.

- Former South Africa international Gulam Bodi has been charged with attempting to fix matches in the country's domestic Twenty20 competition, the country's cricket authorities said on Thursday.

- Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal, who was appointed observer for the India versus South Africa Test match at the Feroz Shah Kotla last month, will be submitting his detailed report to the court on January 18.

- tung by the defeat in the series opener despite putting up a big score, India will have to plug their bowling loopholes when they take on Australia in the second One-Day International on Friday, fully aware that any slip-up will make their task of bouncing back difficult.

- Australia great Allan Bordrer was baffled by Cricket Australia's decision to rest all-rounder Mitchell Marsh from the squad for the second one-day international against India here.

- Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews has promised `no mercy` for any teammate found guilty of misconduct after the country's Sports Minister raised allegations of drunken behaviour during New Zealand tour.

- Dashing Australian opener David Warner took to instagram to announce the birth of his second child, a daughter with wife Candice.

- Aus all-rounder James Faulkner says that the new Powerplay rule crucial to team's total

- Wicketkeeper Dane Vilas was forced to make a desperate dash to the Wanderers on Thursday after being called up as a late replacement for the injured Quinton de Kock in South Africa's team for the third Test against England.

- 'A little bit of banter is okay, because at the end of the day, especially with the T20 format, it is also entertainment.'

- Rohit Sharma's brilliant hundred was certainly one of the positives in India's five wicket defeat in the first ODI against Australia but one of the worrying factor according to the in-form opener is not picking up wickets in the middle overs.

- Indian cricket team's new kid on the block Barinder Sran admitted that his debut has allowed some 'pressure to be released' but at the same time he needs to work on some specific areas including bowling effective 'slow bumpers'.

- Test cricket must adapt to survive in the face of the ever-tightening squeeze from shorter, more lucrative, forms of the game, both England and South Africa's captains said on Wednesday.

- If crowds flock to the India ODI on Friday, the Gabba could host a day-night Test.

- 'If they want us to announce our retirements we will do it, but we can't waste an opportunity to earn good money.'

- 'It's an exciting time to play,' says Alistair Cook.

- England pace spearhead James Anderson is not keen to participate in domestic Twenty20 leagues like the Indian Premier League, saying that whatever he has left in his career is dedicated to playing Test cricket for his country.

- Recommendations would force Sharad Pawar out as MCA chief.

- 'Fans' comfort should be top most in franchises' mind.'

- New South African captain AB de Villiers said he is still motivated to perform in all forms of international cricket and hopes the responsibility of being appointed South Africa Test captain will improve his performances. But confirmed there was 'a bit of truth' in rumours he was considering retirement.

- India's Under-19 cricket captain Ishan Kishan found himself embroiled in a controversy after a car, in which he was travelling, hit an autorickshaw in Patna.

- His last three international hundreds having ended up in a losing cause, Rohit Sharma feels that even the best of knocks do not give a player satisfaction if the team ends up on a losing note.

- Do you feel Dhoni should bring in all-rounder Dhawan for Jadeja, or strengthen the pace attack by playing Ishant? Select your Indian team for the second match against Australia, in Brisbane, on Friday, January 15.

- India's reluctance to accept the Decision Review System in its current form has cost them what would have been a crucial, match-changing wicket in their loss to Australia at the WACA Ground on Tuesday.

- Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has pointed out that the Indian bowling is simply not good enough for the Australian conditions.

- The left-arm pacer, who was sidelined for five years, will make a return to the India squad for the Twenty20s against Australia. He also urges BCCI to nurture and look after bright fast bowling prospects

- India's limited overs captain MS Dhoni is satisfied that India will play three T20 Internationals Down Under.

- Former South Africa skipper Bacher Ali believes that young black players cannot make it to the country's cricket if they continue to stay in the township culture.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni maintained his stoic stance regarding India's aversion for contentious Decision Review System (DRS) but said that he 'may agree' with the notion that his team is suffering for non-usage of technology.

- But the ODI captain was critical of spinners for their failure to come good in the first ODI against Australia on Tuesday

- After Mohammed Shami's hamstring injury that ruled him out of the limited overs series, India's most experienced fast bowler Ishant Sharma got an injury scare having sustained a blow on his finger, which was the reason team management did not risk playing him in the first ODI.

- Top-order batsman Usman Khawaja has been drafted into the Australia squad for the ongoing ODI series against India in place of opener David Warner whose wife is expecting the couple's second child.

- BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of an Indo-Pak bilateral series stating that no such series is scheduled in Futures Tours & Programme (FTP) calender.

- Statistician Rajneesh Gupta has interesting numbers from the first ODI between India and Australia the match. Check them out.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar says if India wants to win the ongoing five-match ODI series in Australia they need to find a way to dismiss home team skipper Steven Smith early.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was on Tuesday named captain and ambassador of Libra Legends in the upcoming Masters Champions League to be played in Dubai and Sharjah from January 28 to February 13.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that he never thought his spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will have such a 'bad day' but also praised Australian skipper Steve Smith and George Bailey for playing exceptionally well in the middle overs.

- Australia batsman George Bailey said the presence of the Decision Review System could have made the half-hearted, first ball appeal against him in the first ODI against India in Perth on Tuesday "interesting".

- Showering praise on Rohit Sharma, former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said the opener is as good as anybody in the world but wondered why he was not able to translate his limited overs performances in Test cricket.

- Steve Smith and George Bailey's brilliant knocks overshadowed Rohit Sharma's magnificent 171 as Australia beat India by five wickets in the first ODI of the five-match series in Perth on Tuesday.

- Defending champions Gujarat and former winners Baroda are placed in different groups for the final stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 championship, which will be held at two venues in Mumbai from January 15-20.

- Images from the opening ODI between Australia and India at the WACA, Perth, on Tuesday.

- The England bowlers have had time to recover after a marathon stint in Cape Town and are ready for the third Test against South Africa, record wicket-taker James Anderson said on Tuesday.

- The West Indies batting ace, who made headlines after attempting to flirt with Network Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin during a live interview, was savaged by commentators for refusing to take what appeared to be an easy single for his Melbourne Renegades team against Sydney Thunder late Monday.

- Handicapped by the absence of key strike bowler Dale Steyn, South Africa will need to dig deep into their reserves if they are to beat England in the third Test and bring parity to the series.

- Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi was saved of much embarrassment when a fan stepped in to pay for his meal at a fast food joint in Auckland, after the flamboyant cricketer realised that he was not carrying local currency.

- Hong Kong international Irfan Ahmed has been charged and provisionally suspended for failing to report an alleged fixing approach, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Tuesday.

- The Mumbai Cricket Association headed by Sharad Pawar, is set to oppose most of the recommendations of the Justice Lodha committee submitted in its report to the Supreme Court last week.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar says the Indian team has an advantage in the upcoming five-match ODI series against Australia as the home team's bowling attack looks thin in the absence of the 'Two Mitchells' -- Johnson and Starc.

- Claiming to be short of a seamer all-rounder, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he has no option but field three fast bowlers and two spinners in a five-pronged attack for India's first ODI of the five-match series against Australia, in Perth, on Tuesday.

- Fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of this week's third test against England in a major blow to South Africa's bid to get back into the four-match series.

- Ajinkya Rahane has said it is always a challenge to play against Australia.

- Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming was on Monday named chief coach of the new Pune franchise of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament.

- Australian captain Steve Smith says rookie pacer Barinder Sran has impressive variations in his armoury and was discussed in the dressing room.

- Zaheer Khan discusses India's chances in the upcoming World T20 in March-April. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com listens in.

- Ahead of their first ODI against Australia in Perth, Indian limited overs captain MS Dhoni has recalled his team's good show Down Under at last year's World Cup.

- Newly-appointed Test skipper AB de Villiers has it in him to become one of South Africa's greatest captains, says Cricket South Africa (CSA) supremo Ali Bacher.

- England will draft in former international off-spinner Robert Croft to assist their slow bowlers during the five-match One-Day International series in South Africa starting on February 3.

- Uncapped pacemen Joel Paris and Scott Boland will make their international debuts for Australia in the first one-day match against India in Perth on Tuesday.

- Somebody needs to tell Adam Zampa that cricket is not a contact sport as the Melbourne Stars bowler was lucky not to lose a few teeth during Saturday's Big Bash clash against Melbourne Renegades.

- Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt hit a century as he and fast bowler Mohammad Asif returned to competitive cricket on Sunday after serving five-year bans for spot-fixing.

- This is the first time India will play a bilateral series on Australian soil.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India, in its latest disbursement of funds, paid Rs 5.8 million (Rs 58.12 lakh) to Kookaburra Sports India for white kookaburra balls which will be used for the upcoming ICC World T20 Championship.

- India will need to win at least a game in the upcoming one-dayer series against Australia to retain their current second position in the ICC ODI Team Championships, even as second-placed Virat Kohli looks to close in on AB de Villiers in the batting chart.

- Results from final league games of Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament

- Pakistan cricket's tainted duo Salman Butt and Mohammed Asif started their journey on the road to redemption with both the convicted spot-fixers making a successful return to competitive cricket during the National One-Day Competition, in Hyderabad (Sind).

- Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been accused of fraud and misuse of facilities by the administration of the University of Agriculture in his hometown Faisalabad.

- Australia batsman George Bailey says his team is looking forward to renew a "fierce" rivalry with India in the upcoming five-match ODI series and feels it will be a big deal for the visitors to beat them in their backyard.

- Not impressed by Australia's dominance in the summer of 2015 with Test wins against New Zealand and a lackluster West Indies, former pacer Geoff Lawson believes that India will make "tougher opponents" in the upcoming ODI series starting January 12.

- Looking to exploit the fast and bouncy conditions at the WACA, Australian opener Aaron Finch has said his team would look to corner the Indians early on in the opening ODI on January 12.

- Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal will miss the first Twenty20 against New Zealand on January 15 after being slapped with a one-match ban for violating the ICC's dress code during a domestic game.

- Australia's rookie pacer Joel Paris is set to don Glenn McGrath's No.11 jersey when he makes his likely international debut in the first cricket ODI against India on January 12.

- Colin Munro blasted New Zealand's fastest Twenty20 half century to surpass a mark set by Martin Guptill earlier in the innings as the hosts swept their two-match series against Sri Lanka with a nine-wicket win in Auckland on Sunday.

- India's bowling coach Bharat Arun said rookie Barinder Sran, being a left-armer, gives the team 'added advantage', indicating that the youngster may be blooded into the side for opening ODI against Australia.

- Sanju Samson smashed 72 off 56 balls as Kerala completed a five wicket win over Punjab to cruise into the quarterfinals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, in Kochi, on Saturday.

- Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey sparkled with half-centuries but rest of India's batsmen put up a lackluster performance before the bowlers came good to hand the team a 64-run win over a second string Western Australia XI in the warm-up one-day cricket match at the WACA, in Perth, on Saturday.

- West Indies T20 skipper Darren Sammy has excluded from the list of central contract for the 2015-16 international cricket season.

- India suffered a big setback ahead of the forthcoming One-Day International series against Australia as pacer Mohammed Shami was ruled out of the tour with an injury.

- More excited than nervous at the prospect of squaring off against the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Australia's uncapped pacer Joel Paris on Saturday said his team's bowlers only need to focus on accuracy to tame India's 'world-class' batters in the One-Day International series starting on January 12.

- Former captain Ian Chappell feels the Indian team will be quite a handful for World champions Australia in the upcoming One-Day International series but the hosts will still be the favourites to win the five-game series as the visitors are short of one specialist batsman.

- Former captain Anil Kumble said that many of the recommendations of the Lodha Committee report would be good for Indian cricket if they are implemented.

- A summary of the day's matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 tournament.

- Cricket Association on Bengal president Sourav Ganguly's differences with some of the other office-bearers came out in the open when the former India captain spoke how misinformation was being spread by a section about Eden Gardens' branding coming under the ambit of ambush marketing.

- Even as Chris Gayle filed a defamation case against a media house for allegations that he indecently exposed himself to a lady last year, an email has emerged hinting the West Indies team management knew of misbehaviour by players towards a woman during the 2015 World Cup here.

- Opener Shikhar Dhawan was all praise for rookie pacer Barinder Sran after his impressive showing in India's easy victory in the opening T20 warm-up game against Western Australia on Friday, saying the left-arm speedster looks a "good prospect for India".

- India started their limited-overs tour of Australia on a positive note, comprehensively beating a second-string Western Australia XI by 74 runs in a Twenty20 warm-up game on Friday with Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan striking fluent half-centuries.

- India batsman Rohit Sharma expects the upcoming limited-overs series Down Under to be highly-charged up.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni hasn't received any summons from a local court in Andhra Pradesh that he has been accused of ignoring, his lawyer Rajneesh Chopra said on Friday, insisting that the non-bailable warrant issued against India's cricket team captain is "erroneous".

- Veteran Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has said he was not surprised by Chris Gayle's behaviour, adding that the controversial remarks made by the Jamaican during an interview with a female presenter were 'fairly expected'.

- South Africa have named an unchanged squad for the remaining two Tests against England as AB de Villiers prepares to lead the five-day team for the first time in Johannesburg on Thursday.

- Former South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini has lavished praise on Temba Bavuma after he became the first black African batsman to score a century for his side, saying that he has opened the door for rest of black batsmen.

- Australia coach Darren Lehmann expects the upcoming limited-overs series against India to be an exciting one given the 'aggressive' brand of cricket that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men have been playing of late.

- Australian cricket legend Ian Chappell has called for a worldwide ban on Chris Gayle.

- The controversial West Indies star opener Chris Gayle has found his support through a hashtag campaign.

- England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler is being encouraged by coach Trevor Bayliss to play in this year's Indian Premier League to hone his limited overs skills.

- Pranav Dhanawade had another moment to cherish after scoring a record breaking 1009 when Sachin Tenduklar gifted the Mumbai schoolboy his autographed bat.

- Australia opener David Warner is likely to miss a few matches in the upcoming limited overs series against India as his wife is due with the couple's second child.

- The Indian team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni got down to business with their first training session in Perth, ahead of the upcoming ODI series.

- Irfan's all-round show helps Baroda trounce MP by 53 runs; UP humbles Mumbai and Bengal lose to Vidarbha

- The weather-ravaged, dead rubber third Test between Australia and the West Indies petered out in a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday.

- Rattled by the recommended sweeping reforms to its structure by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee, the Cricket Board has advised its affiliated state units to convene a meeting of its managing committee before this month end to discuss its implications.

- The Indian cricket team would get into the groove for the short limited-overs series against Australia with a couple of warm-up games against a Western Australia XI at the WACA ground on Friday and Saturday.

- Australia's David Warner breathed life into the rain-ruined final Test with a pulsating ton as the match meandered to a draw against the West Indies on Thursday.

- Trent Boult produced an economical spell of bowling to take three wickets and help New Zealand to a tense three-run win over Sri Lanka in their first Twenty20 international on Thursday.

- With only three balls remaining, Gulbadin Naib hit a six to clinch a narrow win and prompt delirious scenes in the Afghan capital, where heavily-armed cricket fans fired automatic rifles into the air.

- Under-fire Chris Gayle has sought the services of a leading Australian lawyer to start defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media over allegations that the West Indian cricketer indecently exposed himself to a woman in Sydney during the World Cup last year.

- Tainted Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir will resume his international cricket career in New Zealand as immigration officials granted him a visa following a five-year ban and jail time for indulging in spot-fixing during the 2010 tour of England.

- Umesh Yadav has stressed on "confidence" and "attitude" when taking on the Australians.

- South African strike bowler Dale Steyn could miss next week's third Test against England as he has yet to recover from a shoulder problem while fellow paceman Vernon Philander has been ruled out of the series, Cricket South Africa said.

- AB de Villiers described his appointment as captain of South Africa's Test team as the fulfilment of a life-long dream but it will raise further questions about the burden on the team's outstanding player.

- Big-hitting West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is set to be banned from future Big Bash League tournaments as a fallout of his controversial TV interview with Channel 10 journalist Mel McLaughlin.

- If the Supreme Court makes Justice RM Lodha committee's recommendations on BCCI reforms final and binding, the parent cricket body might have to alter the date of the ninth edition of Indian Premier League, scheduled to start on April 9, this year.

- Hashim Amla said on Wednesday he was stepping aside as South Africa's cricket Test captain with immediate effect, a day after a double century rescued his country from possible defeat in the second Test against England.

- Off-spinner Dane Piedt raised hopes of an unlikely South African victory as he grabbed three wickets on Wednesday to leave England on 155 for six at tea on the final day of the high-scoring second Test.

- Check out how the players released by the IPL franchises fared in the last edition of the tournament in 2015.

- A summary of the day's matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament.

- A miffed Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi abandoned a press conference midway in Lahore on Wednesday after he had a verbal spat with a reporter leading to a partial protest by the media demanding an apology from the flamboyant all-rounder.

- Stuart Broad has been fined for showing dissent at the on-field umpire during the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

- Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade was awarded a monthly scholarship for five years from the Mumbai Cricket Association, a day after becoming the first batsman in the world to notch a four-figure innings.

- Umesh Yadav belongs to the rare breed of Indian bowlers who can bowl consistently quick and the 28-year-old is not ready to sacrifice pace to gain more control on his line and length.

- Virat Kohli has said that the greatest moment of his career so far is the Test series in Australia, which India lost 0-2, but not before giving a tough fight to the hosts.

- Former India opener Virender Sehwag says he would love to be a mentor or a batting consultant for any IPL team which will give him a chance to share his knowledge with youngsters.

- Fast bowler Mitchell Starc has all but written off his chances of making a faster-than-expected recovery from ankle surgery and playing a part in Australia's bid for a first World Twenty20 title.

- Heavy rain washed out play in the third Test between Australia and West Indies for the second successive day on Wednesday, further reducing the already slim chance of a result in the dead rubber match.

- Players with the maximum work load in 2015.

- His career handed a fresh lease of life, tainted Pakistan pacer Muhammad Aamir's attitude and behaviour would be as much under scrutiny as his on-field performances when he makes an international comeback, the PCB has asserted.

- A woman who was working around the West Indies cricket team accused Gayle of exposing himself to her.

- Tiny Temba Bavuma scored his maiden Test century for South Africa on Tuesday and suggested English sledging helped him reaching the landmark.

- South Africa's Temba Bavuma struck his maiden Test century in quick time (102 off 148), and in so doing, became the first black South African to crack a Test ton.

- Former stumper Syed Kirmani was bestowed with the prestigious Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian cricket, while Test captain Virat Kohli bagged the Polly Umrigar Trophy for Cricketer of the Year in the BCCI awards night in Mumbai on Tuesday.

- During the ICC Cricket World Cup that was played Down Under, last year, Mohammed Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers.

- Pranav Dhanawade, a school cricketer from Kalyan - on the outskirts of Mumbai, has scripted history by becoming the first batsman to score more than 1,000 runs in an innings.

- India's One-Day International captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Tuesday, lamented the absence of a good attacking batsman lower down the order for the forthcoming tour of Australia for a One-day series, starting on January 12.

- Prashant Dhanawade was lost for words initially when asked about his son Pranav's record-breaking cricketing feat.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni was non-committal when quizzed on his future in international cricket, saying he is not looking beyond the World T20 in March-April.

- Former South Africa skipper and administrator Ali Bacher believes that the side's recently-concluded tour against India has played a part in the team's current struggle.

- Immediately after entering the record books Dhanawade's heroics were lauded by none other than batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.

- If the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decides to follow the recommendations on reforms suggested by the Justice RM Lodha committee, one could soon find stadiums in Pune, Nagpur, and Rajkot hosting Indian hockey team's 'Test' matches or tennis team's Davis Cup games.

- In an effort to bring all Test nations on board, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has sought the services of a leading technology institute -- the MIT -- to 'achieve' a uniform Decision Review System (DRS), an innovation which India has been opposing for long.

- Australia have withdrawn from the under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh later this month because of concerns over the 'safety and security' of the squad, Cricket Australia said.

- Taking a cue from the success of the first Day-Night Test in Adelaide last year, the Tour and Program Fixtures Committee has recommended to the BCCI Technical panel to consider organising the Duleep Trophy matches with pink ball.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board is set to appeal against the ICC-imposed provisional suspension of leg-spinner Yasir Shah for failing a dope test last November in the series against England.

- Matt Henry took the second five-wicket haul of his career to bowl New Zealand to a 36-run victory over Sri Lanka in the fifth one-day international and seal a 3-1 series victory at Bay Oval in Mt. Maunganui on Tuesday.

- West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has said he was joking when he asked an Australian reporter out during a live TV broadcast and said he was sorry if she was offended by the widely condemned remarks.

- Rain washed out the whole of the third day of the third Test between Australia and West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

- More runs from Virat Kohli. India winning the World T20 at home. A controversy-free IPL and more is what Harish Kotian/Rediff.com wants this year.

- Cricket Australia wants to establish the tradition of hosting a day-night Test every year, including during the Ashes series against England in 2017-18, chief executive James Sutherland said on Tuesday.

- Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade etched his name in the annuls of local cricketing history when he scored a staggering unbeaten 652 runs from just 199 balls in an inter-school cricket tournament organised by the Mumbai Cricket Association on Monday.

- Captain Hashim Amla emerged from a year of poor form with a dogged century to lead a South Africa fight back in the second Test against England on Monday.

- Batting legend Rahul Dravid has termed his current stint as coach of India Under-19 and India 'A' cricket teams, as well as his mentorship of young athletes in Olympic sports as "exciting" and "fun".

- Shaken by Justice RM Lodha committee's recommended reforms of its governance structure, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to call a Special General Meeting (SGM) within the next two weeks to discuss the implications of the report.

- West Indian batting star Chris Gayle has courted fresh controversy when he made 'inappropriate' remarks to a female television presenter live on air after a Big Bash League cricket match.

- A look at what can happen if the Supreme Court decides to implement the reforms the Justice Lodha panel recommended for the BCCI.

- A summary of the day's matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.

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- Eclipsing several other great individual knocks, VVS Laxman's masterly innings of 281 against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata has been rated as the greatest Test performance of the last 50 years.

- The BCCI's three-member Disciplinary Committee, headed by President Shashank Manohar, is set to decide on the fate of tainted cricketers, Ajit Chandila and Hiken Shah on Tuesday.

- Carlos Brathwaite shone briefly for West Indies but the rain was the only real winner on Monday as wet weather washed away all but 11.2 overs of play on the second day of the third Test against Australia.

- The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee gave a clean chit to former IPL COO Sundar Raman in connection with the 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal, citing lack of evidence against him.

- The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee on Monday recommended sweeping reforms for the controversy-ridden Board of Control for Cricket in India, suggesting a bar on ministers from occupying positions, putting a cap on the age and tenure of the office-bearers and legalising betting.

- The Justice RM Lodha Committee on Monday submitted its report suggesting reforms in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to the Supreme Court.

- England's next Ashes series in Australia may have a day-night Test match, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said on Monday.

- Ben Stokes' reaction to his record-breaking day with the bat was almost as nonchalant as his approach in scoring 258 to help England to a stunning 629 for six declared in the second Test against South Africa.

- The Indian T20 squad is an indication that selectors are looking at a specific short-term goal of winning the World T20 in March while the ODI squad is an indicator towards the core of the 2019 World Cup and Mahendra Singh Dhoni being a part of that side.

- Shane Watson's international future looked bleak on Monday after the all-rounder was left out of Australia's 13-man squad for this month's one-day series against India on Monday.

- Stokes now holds the record score for an England number six, beating Graham Hick's 187 against India in 1993, and became the first English centurion at Newlands for 50 years.

- Following are the records set by England and Stokes en route his magnificent double century and the massive first innings total...

- Dejected by the shambolic state of the West Indies cricket team, legendary pacer Sir Andy Roberts feels the side is not even competing anymore and players cannot escape the blame by continuously citing their dispute with the country's Board.

- A round-up of results from the matches played at the Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 cricket tournament across the country.

- Trying to rebuild its tattered image after a spate of controversies, the BCCI is waiting anxiously for the Justice Lodha Committee's report which is set to recommend a host of reforms for the cricket body on Monday.

- Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis has admitted that he is impressed by Mohammad Amir in training but expressed that he doesn't expect the tainted fast bowler, who has been named in the national squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour, to make an immediate impact.

- Praising Ravichandran Ashwin for becoming the No. 1 Test bowler in the ICC rankings, former spinner Venkatapathi Raju says his wicket-taking ability is amazing and he does not have to do anything different to remain a match-winner.

- At the close, after 75 overs were squeezed in around two lengthy rain interruptions, the West Indies were 207 for six with Denesh Ramdin on 23 and Carlos Brathwaite not out 35 after winning the toss.

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum says convicted spot-fixer Mohammad Amir should be given 'the benefit of the doubt' and allowed to play for

- Ben Stokes struck a sparkling unbeaten 74 to help England finish the opening day of the second Test against South Africa on a healthy 317 for five at Newlands on Saturday.

- Former England captain Kevin Pietersen feels ICC needs to lure cricketers to longer version of the game by creating Test wages that trump what T20 leagues such as IPL and BBL offer to the players.

- Keen to put the past behind him after being included in the Pakistan limited-overs squad, left-arm pacer Muhammad Aamir has said he is physically and mentally ready for a comeback to international cricket.

- New Zealand are keen to build on the momentum of the inaugural day-night Test with their own 'pink ball' match, possibly against the touring South Africans, next season.

- After picking up pretty much every individual honour on offer in a spectacular 2015, Australia captain Steve Smith has a more collective goal in his sights this year -- restoring his country to the top of the Test rankings.

- The fourth one-day international between New Zealand and Sri Lanka was abandoned after just nine overs of the hosts' innings after rain intervened for the final time at Saxton Oval in Nelson on Saturday.

- India Test skipper Virat Kohli was among the few cricketers who received a higher actual salary according to the salary details of the retained Indian Premier League players listed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Friday.

- Fast bowler Mohammad Amir was named in the Pakistan squads on Friday for the limited over New Zealand tour, marking a return to the national team after serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing.

- South Africa are still reeling after the first Test setback against England and have drafted in former captain Graeme Smith to assist the side with ideas and their psychological approach.

- South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss the second Test against England, which starts at Newlands on Saturday, after failing to recover from a shoulder injury, captain Hashim Amla said.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hopeful that following the thaw in India and Pakistan relations a breakthrough will come soon in the restoration of bilateral cricket ties with a short series in England likely to open doors in 2016.

- Sunrisers Hyderabad surprised quite a few by opting to release the fast bowling duo of Ishant Sharma and Dale Steyn, while they also let go of England discard Kevin Pietersen.

- Batsman Kedar Jadhav has joined Royal Challengers Bangalore from Delhi Daredevils ahead of the 2016 Indian Premier League season.

- Riding on his stupendous performance in the series against South Africa, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, on Thursday, rose to a career-high first in the International Cricket Council's Test rankings for bowlers.

- Under Kohli, the Indian team ended a 22-year wait for a series win on Sri Lankan soil before battering World No.1 South Africa 3-0 to hand the Proteas their first overseas loss in nine years.

- South Africa will hope the new year brings about a change in luck as they seek to put behind them a disappointing 2015 and get back to winning ways against England in the second Test at Newlands starting on Saturday.

- Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is adding a surprise leg-break to his already formidable bag of tricks but is convinced that the controversial 'doosra' cannot be bowled with a straight arm.

- Having spent much of the home summer suffering 'pad rash' from waiting to bat, Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has put the pent-up energy to good use when thrown the ball.

- Tillakaratne Dilshan scored his 47th one-day half century to anchor a much-improved Sri Lanka to a morale-boosting eight-wicket victory on Thursday that kept their one-day series against New Zealand alive.

- South African captain Hashim Amla has singled out his horrible performance in the recently concluded Test series in India, especially the Delhi Test as one of lowest points of the year 2015.

- Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is enjoying the experience of working with former India seamer Manoj Prabhakar.

- Virender Sehwag has admitted that he was "hurt" after being dropped in the middle of the 2013 Test series against Australia without any "communication from team management or selectors."

- Captain Hashim Amla has said South Africa were suffering a crisis of confidence following a woeful 2015 which culminated with a 241-run defeat to England in the first Test.

- England have the makings of a strong future test team, captain Alastair Cook said on Wednesday after a comprehensive 241-run win over South Africa in the first Test at Kingsmead.

- Moeen Ali took three wickets on Wednesday as England made quick work of securing victory in the first Test by bundling out South Africa for 174 before lunch and ensure a 241-run victory on the last day at Kingsmead.

- Coach Darren Lehmann gave Australia a mark of '7.5' out of 10 for a year in which they won the World Cup but lost the Ashes, the series most prized by home fans.

- The former India wicketkeeper said he was picked for the national team despite coming up with 'stellar performances' in domestic arena from 1986 to 1993.

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is 'unlikely' to play in the third One-day match against Sri Lanka on Thursday as he recovers from a back injury, coach Mike Hesson has said.

- England's Steven Finn took three wickets as South Africa, chasing an unlikely 416 for victory, struggled to 136 for four on the fourth day of the first Test.

- Dinesh Chandimal will captain Sri Lanka in the T20 series against New Zealand in place of regular captain Lasith Malinga who has been forced out due to an injury, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Tuesday.

- In-form Axar Patel believes he is fully ready for his second tour of Australia and is not losing sleep over the close competition between him and Ravindra Jadeja for the number one left-arm spinner's role in the five One-Day Internationals Down Under.

- In a massive relief for Mohammad Amir, a Pakistan court rejected a petition against the inclusion of convicted spot-fixer in the national team.

- Pakistan captain Azhar Ali tendered his resignation over presence of tainted paceman Mohammed Aamir in the national training camp but agreed to continue after PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan's intervention.

- Deflated West Indies captain Jason Holder has demanded his players find the belief to win after their improved performance in Melbourne still ended in a draining 177-run loss in the second Test and a 2-0 defeat in the series.

- Australia captain Steve Smith will seek an explanation from match referee Chris Broad over a Decision Review System malfunction during his team's march to victory over West Indies in the second Test on Tuesday.

- Former Pakistan cricketers Mohammad Yousuf and Ramiz Raja were involved in an ugly war of words during a live debate on a news channel when both were called upon to give their views on return of tainted Mohammad Amir.

- Australia defeated West Indies by a massive 177 runs to win the second Test match in Melbourne and claim the series 2-0.

- South African fast bowler Dale Steyn will not bowl again in the opening Test against England at Kingsmead after his shoulder spasm failed to clear up overnight, officials said on Tuesday.

- India and Pakistan were supposed to play a bilateral series this month but the planned rubber did not go ahead after the Indian government withheld permission for the same.

- Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara believes that the revival of the abandoned World Test Championship can address some of the problems facing the iconic longer format of the game.

- An unbeaten half century from Joe Root helped England into a commanding position on the third day of the first Test as they opened up a 261-run lead over South Africa on Monday.

- Talismanic South African cricketer AB de Villiers wants to reduce his workload to keep himself fresh after several years of fulfilling a punishing international schedule.

- South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn will have a scan on a shoulder injury after he twice pulled up in the middle of an over and left the field on the third day of the opening Test against England on Monday.

- Captain Parthiv Patel's polished 105 helped Gujarat hammer former champions Delhi by 139 runs and capture their maiden Vijay Hazare Trophy.

- The proposed India-Pakistan series may not have taken place but there has been been no end to calls for resumption of cricketing ties between the two neighbors.

- Injured pacer Mohit Sharma is disappointed at missing India's limited-overs tour of Australia ahead of the more significant World T20 and says he will take at least a month to recover from a stress on his left ankle.

- A thick gloom that has pervaded the West Indies lifted briefly on Monday as paceman Carlos Brathwaite struck a defiant half-century on debut and celebrated wildly upon taking his first wicket during the second Test against Australia.

- While the Carribs have been panned even by coach Phil Simmons for 'poor body language', former West Indies captain Richie Richardson reckons that the Windies Cricket Board needs to be united in order to improve the scenario.

- West Indies were bowled out for 271 in their first innings after Australia pacer James Pattison ended Darren Bravo's stubborn resistance at tea on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday.

- Australia coach Darren Lehmann will step aside to allow Justin Langer to guide the team during a one-day tournament in the Caribbean next year.

- Martin Guptill flirted with a world record then had to settle for a New Zealand one as he demolished Sri Lanka's bowling to guide his side to a comprehensive 10-wicket victory in the second One-Day International in Christchurch on Monday.

- Opener Dean Elgar provided stubborn resistance as South Africa finished the second day of the first Test on 137 for four in reply to England's 303 at Kingsmead on Sunday.

- PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has again raised hopes of an Indo-Pak bilateral series saying in the aftermath of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit there could be 'good news soon', evoking sharp criticism in Karachi for continuing to pursue the issue.

- Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir broke down during the national conditioning camp and offered to leave the game before being accepted by protesting players, who had reservations training with him.

- Pakistan rising leg-spinner Yasir Shah on Sunday was handed a provisional suspension by the International Cricket Council after being charged with an anti-doping rule violation.

- Voges wastes no time in joining Australian greats

- The West Indies batsmen crumbled late on Sunday to leave their team teetering at 91-6 and staring at another humiliating defeat at the close of day two of the second Test against Australia.

- James Taylor and Nick Compton compiled gritty half-centuries to lead England to 179 for four on a rain-disrupted first day of the opening Test against South Africa at Kingsmead in Durban, on Saturday.

- Left-arm spinner Axar Patel on Saturday wreaked havoc recording a career-best List A figures of six for 43 as Gujarat beat Tamil Nadu by 31 runs to set up a title clash with Gautam Gambhir-led Delhi in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy One-Day tournament.

- Following 48 hours of suspense, the two players met with the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan in Lahore after which the latter announced the two have agreed to join the camp.

- Indian cricket's fortunes ebbed and flowed in 2015 with Virat Kohli successfully leading the national side in Tests and Mahendra Singh Dhoni appearing to be losing his midas touch, while in off the field drama Shashank Manohar returned as the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India.

- Having recovered from a hamstring strain, Usman Khawaja celebrated his recall with a glittering 144, with Queensland team mate Joe Burns making 128 in front of a festive Melbourne Cricket Ground crowd to drive Australia to 345-3 at stumps.

- Martin Guptill became the highest run scorer in One-Day International cricket this year as he guided New Zealand to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first game of their five match series in Christchurch, on Saturday.

- Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera faces a four-year ban after the country's sports minister said the wicketkeeper-batsman's 'B' sample has also tested positive for a prohibited substance.

- The Australian Test squad had a Christmas Day Luncheon at Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne. Here's a look at a few moments from the event

- Top-order batsman Shaun Marsh has been dropped from Australia's side for their second Test against West Indies, despite scoring 182 in the comprehensive first Test victory in Hobart.

- A change from spin-friendly wickets in India to ones favouring seamers means South Africa's pace attack are keenly looking forward to the Test series against England, which starts on Saturday.

- The executive committee of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) is mulluing various disciplinary measures, including issuing show cause notice to former India cricketers Kirti Azad and Bishan Singh Bedi, for making corruption allegations against its former president Arun Jaitley.

- There is sufficient depth in England's bowling department to make up for the absence of their record wicket taker James Anderson in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa, Stuart Broad said.

- The former England captain said that both sides must address the fragility in their batting orders, with England too dependent on captain Alastair Cook and Joe Root and the hosts relying on Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers.

- Yuvraj Singh's dreadful innings of 11 from 21 balls in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka in Mirpur last year led to his exclusion and the stylish left-hander admits that it 'always remained' at the back of his mind during the past year and half.

- India are scheduled to play four Test matches in the Caribbean in July-August next year.

- One-Day International captain Azhar Ali and opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez reported for the national conditioning camp in Lahore in the morning session but did not return back for the second session, protesting against the presence of tainted left-arm pacer Mohammad Aamir.

- Skipper Parthiv Patel struck an exemplary fifty, while Axar Patel chipped in with an unbeaten 36, after picking two crucial wickets, as Gujarat edged out Vidarbha by two wickets and advanced to the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy One-day tournament, in Alur, Karnataka, on Thursday.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India's disciplinary committee deferred a decision on the tainted duo of Ajit Chandila and Hiken Shah till January 5, giving them time till January 4 to file a written response to the charges of spot-fixing against them.

- Former wicketkeeper-batsman Syed Kirmani was nominated for this year's Col. C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award, which comprises a trophy, citation and cheque for Rs 25 lakh.

- Clean Sports (CSI), a movement for corruption-free sports, on Thursday offered its support to cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad who has been suspended by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for leading a campaign against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

- England paceman James Anderson has been ruled out of the first Test against South Africa with a calf injury, the country's cricket board said on Thursday.

- Under fire from all quarters after an abysmal start to their tour, West Indies have pledged to be more competitive at the traditional Boxing Day Test but will struggle to prevent hosts Australia from taking an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

- The Barmy Army are bringing much more than just their thirst and their songs to the Test cricket arena in South Africa over the next month - an expected 10,000 visitors also provide a marked income boost for the sport, says South African cricket supremo Haroon Lorgat.

- Keen to complete the controversially-abandoned 2014 tour of India, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has said it would host the Indians in 2016 if its players' association agrees to a commitment on the series.

- Virat Kohli has singled out Ishant Sharma for his efforts in the just-concluded Test series against South Africa, one that the home team won comprehensively.

- If VVS Laxman is to be believed MS Dhoni and Co have a great chance of causing an upset in their upcoming tour Down Under.

- South Africa's status as the top-ranked Test-playing nation has been dented after their crushing defeat in India last month and is in danger of being eroded completely by England over the next month or two.

- Spot-fixing-tainted pacer Mohammad Amir is eligible for national team selection though it's up to the selectors to pick him or not, the Pakistan Cricket Board said.

- Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan finally gave up hope of organising the proposed India-Pakistan cricket series in the near future but has set sights for next year for the resumption of bilateral cricketing ties between the two countries.

- Former Test cricketers W V Raman, Narendra Hirwani and T A Sekar have been appointed on the coaching panel of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Wednesday.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar on Wednesday said that the BCCI will abide by the International Cricket Council's decision of rating Nagpur pitch as 'poor' but at the same time termed the inference on the nature of the wicket being a 'subjective decision' by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten half-century was in vain as Delhi scored a 99-run victory over Jharkhand in a lop-sided second quarter-final in the Vijay Hazare trophy, One-day tournament, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, on Wednesday.

- Former India batsman V V S Laxman, who always reserved his best for the mighty Australia, feels that Suresh Raina 'needs a lot of clarity' as to how he would find a solution against short-pitched bowling.

- Former India captain Kapil Dev on Wednesday lauded Yuvraj Singh's inclusion in the Indian T20 team terming him as a 'crowdpuller like John McEnroe'.

- Indian players failed to make a mark as Australians and South Africans swept the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Annual Awards with Steve Smith clinching the coveted trophies of Cricketer of the Year and the Test Cricketer of the Year.

- World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan has been named mentor of Pakistan Super League franchise Peshawar Zalmi. The former pace ace, who is now chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, a political party, returns to cricket after a break of over two decades.

- Left-arm spinner Axar Patel has taken Sunil Gavaskar's stinging criticism in his stride and says he is determined to prove the former India captain wrong with consistent performances, starting with the five-match ODI series in Australia next month.

- Mitchell Marsh's spot in a rebuilding Australia side is assured for at least the Boxing Day Test against West Indies but the all-rounder is feeling some heat to score runs to shore up his place.

- England are to wait until Thursday before making a decision on whether James Anderson can lead the attack in the first Test against South Africa after the fast bowler had a scan on his calf on Tuesday.

- South Africa will need to go back to basics if they want to rediscover their form against England in the four-Test series, which starts on Boxing Day, coach Russell Domingo said.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has praised the India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, stating that he still has a lot of cricket left in him.

- Saying the Indian pitches in the recently-concluded series against South Africa was not good advertisement for Test cricket, former Pakistan captain Younis Khan has urged the ICC to ensure uniformity of tracks in the longest format across the world.

- He has nothing more to prove to anyone after haunting batsmen for more than 15 years in international cricket and Harbhajan Singh believes that his 'tried and tested' strengths are the ones he will rely on as he prepares to lay his hands on a record third world title.

- Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan was named captain of the Indian team for the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh from January 27 to February 14 next year.

- With an impeccable tally of 2,633 runs across formats this year, Kane Williamson, says Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com, is right up there among the pantheon of modern great greats.

- The romance of finishing his career by leading New Zealand into one last battle against Australia on home soil persuaded Brendon McCullum to bow out of international cricket before next year's World Twenty20.

- Factbox on New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who on Tuesday announced his decision to retire from all forms of international cricket in February.

- India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni launched the ticket sales for the inaugural edition of Masters Champions League (MCL), as the brand ambassador of the tournament, with a special video message.

- Brendon McCullum, who led New Zealand through an exhilarating two years of success, will retire from international cricket in February after the two-Test series against Australia, the 34-year-old batsman said on Tuesday.

- Pakistan's Test stalwart Younis Khan, who led the national team to its only World T20 title in 2009, remained unsold while captain Misbah-ul Haq was snapped up by the Islamabad franchise on the first day of the Players' Draft for the Pakistan Super League, on Monday.

- The tournament is set to be played in Dubai and also at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah.

- The International Cricket Council announced on Monday that Jamtha Stadium, Nagpur, has been given an official warning under the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process following the third Test between India and South Africa.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India's three-member disciplinary panel, headed by president Shashank Manohar, will meet this week to decide the fate of Ajit Chandilla and Hiken Shah who have been accused of trying to fix games in the 2013 and last edition of the Indian Premier League respectively.

- Kane Williamson is the second New Zealand batsman after Glenn Turner to top the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen following a man of the match performance in the Hamilton Test against Sri Lanka, which helped the home side win by five wickets and take the series 2-0.

- India's Ravichandran Ashwin maintained his stronghold at the top of the ICC Test All-Rounder rankings while Ravindra Jadeja stayed fifth in the chart.

- Remember Yuvi's 6 sixes in an over in the first World T20?

- While impressed by Kane Williamson's match-winning century, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum praised his bowlers for their tenacity and ability to change plans to suit the conditions, which helped them seal a series win over Sri Lanka.

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum called him 'The King' but Kane Williamson swatted aside the praise after his record-breaking century capped a five-wicket victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka.

- Usman Khawaja proved his fitness with an unbeaten century in the domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League at the weekend to secure his place in the Australia team for the second Test against West Indies.

- Kane Williamson scored his fifth century in eight Tests in 2015 to guide New Zealand to a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka before lunch on the fourth day of the second Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Monday.

- Reacting to Kirti Azad's expose on the alleged DDCA scam, President Sneh Prakash Bansal has strongly refuted the charges saying that no company bill mentioned in the sting operation exists in the cricket body's transaction records.

- Reacting to Kirti Azad's claim of financial bunglings in the DDCA, its vice-president Chetan Chauhan said that all the material the BJP MP relied upon for his allegations were taken from the earlier findings on the basis of which S P Bansal was removed as president.

- Airport authorities in Islamabad, on Sunday, claimed to have deported Dean Jones because of an expired visa, but the former Australian batsman insisted that he had to return home because of incomplete documents.

- Top India players, including Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, on Sunday, came out strongly in support of Finance Minister and former DDCA President Arun Jaitley, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to financial irregularities during his tenure by AAP.

- His career getting a fresh lease of life following the selection for next year's Twenty20 matches against Australia, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh on Sunday said he cannot wait to be back in the dressing room after going through a 'really terrible' phase.

- A hobbling Kane Williamson guided New Zealand to 142 for five at the close of play on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Hamilton, with the hosts needing another 47 runs to seal a 2-0 series sweep.

- Soon after retaining Mahendra Singh Dhoni as India captain till the World Twenty20 Championships, chief selector Sandip Patil said the Board wanted to end speculations and "send a signal" to players as to who would be their leader at the mega-event to be held in India from March 8 to April 3.

- Jadeja, Shami also return for limited overs series starting Jan 12

- Virtually ruling out the chances of playing Pakistan in the proposed bilateral series, Indian cricket board secretary Anurag Thakur said that it will be "impossible for PCB" to arrange a series in such a short time.

- Australia spinner Nathan Lyon fought hard to cement his place in the Test team and now hopes to convince selectors of his white ball prowess in time for the World Twenty20 in India.

- Paceman Mohammad Amir has taken another step towards international re-integration following a ban for match-fixing after being included in a Pakistan training and fitness squad.

- Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke, who retired from all forms of international cricket earlier this year, is considering a return to the Twenty20 format.

- Paceman Dushmantha Chameera took career-best figures with aggressive short-pitched bowling to give Sri Lanka a slight advantage at the close of play on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday.

- Former Indian spinner Sunil Joshi has been appointed as the Oman's spin-bowling coach ahead of the middle-eastern country's maiden World Twenty20 campaign in India next year.

- Former Australian Test cricketer Brad Hodge has come up with a radical suggestion of 'switch bowling' to make the batmen-dominated T20 format more exciting and less predictable.

- A summary of the day's matches in the Vijay Hazare One-day tournament.

- Lanka's sports minister said some 10 million rupees (around ,000) had been offered to the players to lose the match. Police had mounted a search for the suspect who was said to have approached the two players

- Former India seamer Manoj Prabhakar, who has been appointed bowling coach of the Afghanistan national side for the upcoming ICC World T20, is hopeful of forming a fruitful coaching partnership with chief coach Inzamam-ul Haq.

- Ravindra Jadeja played a stellar role in Team India's recent series win against South Africa.

- Back in form with an impressive performance against South Africa in the recently-concluded Test series, Ravindra Jadeja is likely to make a comeback when the national selectors meet in New Delhi on Saturday.

- Retired Test batsman Mike Hussey has laughed off suggestions he could return to Australian colours for next year's World Twenty20 after scoring an unbeaten 80 to lead the Sydney Sixers to victory in the domestic Big Bash League.

- Trent Boult took two wickets in one over and broke a partnership that had threatened to take the game out of New Zealand's reach as Sri Lanka reached 264 for seven by the end of a rain-shortened first day of the second Test on Friday.

- Captaincy is not an easy job as one also needs to be patient at times, India's Test skipper Virat Kohli has admitted.

- There's still a lot time left before a bilateral series between India and Pakistan materializes.

- Pakistan's T20 captain Shahid Afridi is prepared for a tough World T20 campaign in India after the ICC announced the draws of the biennial event in March-April.

- Virat Singh and Washington Sundar struck half centuries as India Under-19s defeated Sri Lanka Under-19s by four wickets to record their fourth successive win in the tri-nation cricket tournament in Colombo, on Thursday.

- A summary of the day's play in the Vijay Hazare One-day tournament.

- The Delhi and District Cricket Association again strongly refuted the AAP's allegations of financial bungling by its former chief, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, saying the charges are completely baseless and without substance.

- The selection committee of the Cricket Board (BCCI) will meet in New Delhi on Saturday to pick the Indian team for the upcoming limited-overs tour of Australia, starting January 12.

- Rohit Sharma is set to launch a new environmental superhero team called, 'HYPER TYGERS' in collaboration with Graphic India, UK based ISM Komix and Cornerstone Sport.

- Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is set to have a game on him with a leading mobile game publisher announcing the launch of Virat Cricket Challenge.

- As if a pitch that can barely be distinguished from the outfield was not enough for New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum to worry about ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka, it turns out his top batsman may have a broken finger.

- Test series victories over Sri Lanka and South Africa ensured Virat Kohli could justify the team's failures earlier in the year.

- With decks cleared for him to continue as president of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) following rival Amin pathan's withdrawal of 'No Confidence Motion', former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi in a series of tweets spoke about making the state association "transparent".

- Controversial former IPL czar Lalit Modi and his team are all set to resume their charges at the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) after rival group's Amin Pathan officially withdrew his 'No Confidence Motion' brought in to remove the four office-bearers.

- India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who will be pitted against his former Chennai Super Kings skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in the Indian Premier League later next year, believes bowling to India's limited-overs' team captain will be a big challenge.

- A summary of the day's play in the Vijay Hazare One-day tournament.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India paid the International Cricket Council around Rs 2.4 crore for various charges incurred for the Indian squad carrying "additional team members" during the World Cup earlier this year.

- "I have had a very good Ranji season this year. If you talk about T20 then I have had a very good IPL season for KKR. I am bowling well, letting down 9-10 overs in every match (Vijay Hazare), so things are moving in the right direction. Wickets are coming my way and I am also getting runs, when I am batting.

- Cricket South Africa charges 'intermediary' with trying to fix Twenty20 games

- Former Australia batsman Mike Hussey will also work with the side for two weeks of the tournament

- A summary of the day's play in the Vijay Hazare One-day tournament.

- Top-order batsmen made it count as India Under-19 stretched their unbeaten run to three matches after outplaying England colts by 20 runs in the tri-series youth ODI tournament at Colombo.

- Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar has suggested that Rajkot, the new team in the Indian Premier League, should have an Indian captain, saying it makes sense to have somebody who knows the local players well at the helm.

- Australia's legendary spinner Shane Warne picked his greatest Indian eleven, comprising the players he played against. A notable absentee from his list is VVS Laxman, who is named as 12th man.

- IPL Player draft: How the bidding went

- India's limited-overs specialist Suresh Raina is likely to lead the new Intex-owned Rajkot IPL team. Picked first by the franchise in Tuesday's Player draft for a hefty sum of Rs 12.5 crore, he looks set to be entrusted the top job.

- Off the back of the spectacular success of the inaugural day-night Test last month, Cricket Australia has today announced an additional day-night round of Sheffield Shield cricket this summer.

- Ravichandran Ashwin held on to his top spot, while Ravindra Jadeja rose a rung to be fifth in the all-rounders' chart of the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Tuesday.

- Speaking at the media conference that followed the IPL Players' draft, Pune spokesperson Subrato Talukdar said Dhoni. was an automatic choice for the new franchise.

- MS Dhoni will play for Pune in the next edition of the Indian Premier League.

- Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle is hopeful he can return to Test cricket next year but said he was simply not fit enough to take part in the ongoing series against Australia.

- 'The present crop struggles overseas because they are not accustomed to getting wickets with patience and perseverance.'

- Former India cricketer Arun Lal has said that India should not call off bilateral series with Pakistan as sport was a way to improve relation between the two countries.

- Uncapped batsman Henry Nicholls has been called into New Zealand's one-day squad for the start of the five-match series against Sri Lanka, while pace duo Trent Boult and Tim Southee have been rested.

- A summary of the day's play in the Vijay Hazare One-day tournament.

- India's limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, along with his teammates Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin, among others, will be up for grabs for the two new IPL teams in the draft to be held in Mumbai.

- Led by the ICC's head of events, Chris Tetley, and Board of Control for Cricket in India Tournament Director M V Sridhar, a joint team which arrived in the city on Sunday night, visited the stadium in the morning, carried out an inspection and met with PCA officials.

- A lot of former players and cricket pundits have predicted India as the potential favourites to win the ICC World T20, scheduled to be held in India from March.

- Images from Rohit Sharma's wedding to long time girlfriend Ritika Sajdeh in Mumbai.

- West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has been banned from bowling for 12 months by the International Cricket Council after undergoing testing on his action.

- Top order batsman Usman Khawaja has suffered a setback in his bid to return to the Australia team for the second Test against West Indies after being ruled out of a domestic Twenty20 match by his Sydney Thunder side on Monday.

- After 138 years of its origin, Test cricket, is about to get a makeover in this week's first-ever day-night Test match between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide.

- Just 54 people turned up on the first day of an England-Pakistan Test a few weeks ago.

- A frenetic first innings set up New Zealand's 122-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test on Monday, but captain Brendon McCullum was pleased with the way his bowlers stuck to their task without tangible reward.

- India Test captain Virat Kohli has lavished praise on Ravichandran Ashwin.

- James Pattinson says a between-innings change to his bowling action was behind the five-wicket haul that fired Australia to victory in the first Test against West Indies and cemented his place in the side for the rest of the series.

- Mukesh Ambani and Neeta Ambani hosted a massive party on Saturday for cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Rohit Sharma to celebrate their marriages.

- Trent Boult took two quick wickets after lunch to help New Zealand complete a 122-run victory over Sri Lanka on the fifth day of the first Test at University Oval in Dunedin on Monday.

- Legendry spinner Shane Warne has issued an open invitation to West Indies to get aid from their former great Brian Lara following their humiliating defeat in the first Test against Australia.

- Virtually backing India's stance on producing spin-friendly tracks, former Australian captain Ian Chappell said he does not see anything wrong in the turning track in the Nagpur Test which saw India thrash South Africa inside three days, saying matches played elsewhere on seaming tracks have ended "in the blink of an eye".

- Shaharyar has written to the BCCI, asking the Indian board to come up with a definite decision on the series within 48 hours, failing which they would decide against playing India

- Ten South African cricket fans shared a million-rand prize after catching one-hand sixes in the recently concluded domestic cricket tournament -- The Ram Slam T20.

- West Indies captain Jason Holder's week went from bad to worse on Sunday when he was fined 60 percent of his match fee for a slow over rate during the first Test loss to Australia and could face a ban if the tourists repeat the offence.

- Notwithstanding India's delay in giving a go-ahead for the proposed Indo-Pak bilateral series this month, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has advised the PCB against thinking about a boycott of the World T20 in India in March-April next year.

- Pakistan stalwarts Younis Khan and Abdul Razzaq have blamed head coach Waqar Younis for the recent slide in the performances of the national team in ODI and T20 cricket.

- Dashing opener David Warner may lead the Australian team in place of an injured Steven Smith during the upcoming limited-overs series against India starting January 12.

- At stumps on day four, with an hour's play lost because of the weather, Sri Lanka were 109 for three, requiring a further 296 runs to pull off an epic victory.

- Madhya Pradesh right-hander Amandeep Khare hit a fine century as India U-19 beat their Sri Lankan counterparts by 4 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in a tri-series match in Colombo on Saturday.

- Despite crushing South Africa comprehensively in the recent Test series, Team Director Ravi Shastri feels that the current crop of Indian batsmen need "massive improvement" when it comes to facing spinners on tracks that offer turn.

- Pakistan Hugh Commissioner Abdul Basit is hopeful that arch rivals India and Pakistan will meet in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 in Kolkata on April 3.

- Dharamsala has been allotted 10 ICC World Twenty20 matches and considering that the organisers have decided to raise the seating capacity of the stadium by 25 percent.

- Australia captain Steve Smith will sit out domestic Twenty 20 matches because of knee and hip niggles but has "no doubt" he will be fit to face West Indies in the second Test in Melbourne on Dec. 26.

- Praising AB de Villiers for his 'versatility' as a batsman, India Test captain Virat Kohli on Friday said the South African maestro's defiant knock, albeit in a losing cause, in the fourth and final Test match in Delhi was a classic example of 'application' in the longer format.

- Paceman James Pattinson took five for 27 to fire Australia to a thumping innings and 121-run victory with more than two days to spare in the first Test against West Indies in Hobart on Saturday.

- Kane Williamson became the second New Zealand batsman to score 1000 Test runs in a calendar year as the hosts built an imposing 308-run lead over Sri Lanka at the close of the third day's play of the first Test in Dunedin.

- The IPL Players' draft to allow two new franchises based in Pune and Rajkot pick 10 players of their choice will be held at the Mumbai Cricket Association's clubhouse in the Bandra-Kurla Complex on December 15.

- Not undermining Sachin Tendulkar's rich contribution to the game of cricket, Pakistani cricketing legend-turned politician Imran Khan today said he always rates Sunil Gavaskar above any batsman in the world.

- Tamil Nadu produced an all-round display to beat Mumbai by 26 runs and register their second consecutive win in the Vijay Hazare One-Day cricket tournament, on Friday.

- Star batsman Virat Kohli says India's triumph in the 2007 World T20 tournament proved the catalyst in the team winning the 50-overs World Cup four years later.

- Arch-rivals India and Pakistan were drawn in same group for the ICC World Twenty20 2016. The two teams will face off on March 19 in Dharamsala.

- A total of 58 tournament matches, including 35 men's and 23 women's , will be played in the 27-day tournament in Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi. New Delhi and Mumbai will host the semi-finals on March 30 and 31 respectively, while Eden Gardens in Kolkata will be the venue for April 3 finals.

- Former Pakistan captain, Muhammad Yousuf has launched a scathing attack at coach Waqar Younis, saying the legendary fast bowler has ego problems and doesn't want seniors in the side.

- Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh combined for 449 runs and the sixth highest partnership in Test cricket history to put Australia firmly in control after the second day of the first Test against West Indies on Friday.

- England captain Alastair Cook is still hurting after the Test series defeat by Pakistan but believes his side are equipped to strike back against the world's number one team in South Africa. As he prepared to fly out with his team to South Africa on Thursday, Cook, who has never won a Test series against the Proteas, described just how important a victory will be."It would mean a huge amount to beat the world number one nation in their backyard," the 30-year-old, leading the current fifth-ranked Test nation, told a news conference. "That's the challenge we've got ahead of us.

- Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne obstinately defied New Zealand's bowlers for much of the second day of the first Test at University Oval in Dunedin on Friday though the hosts still have the upper hand.

- Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh put together the highest fourth wicket stand in the history of Test cricket on Friday, their combined 449 pushing Australia to 583 for four at lunch on day two of the first Test against West Indies.

- India's Test captain Virat Kohli is unhappy that some of the former international cricketers have run down the team despite their comprehensive 3-0 win against South Africa in the recently concluded Test series.

- The International Cricket Council inspection team foresees "no roadblock" in Eden Gardens hosting the ICC World Twenty20 final, even as it is learnt that they want two more dressing rooms at the venue.

- Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan will not bowl in competitive matches (domestic or internationals) as he in all likelihood will not go for any action correction at the ICC accredited institute in Chennai within the next 14 days.

- Playing for Jharkhand, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was playing his first domestic match in eight years, made just nine before he was dismissed by Jammu and Kashmir's left-arm spinner Waseem Raza.

- Virat Kohli has hoped that India's 3-0 win over South Africa in the just-concluded Test series will have a positive impact on the young team.

- Afghanistan's cricket team will shifted its home base from Sharjah to the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association stadium in Noida where they will play their matches and practice after an MoU was signed on Thursday in this regard.

- Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has joined the Adelaide Strikers for the fifth edition of Big Bash League on a one-year deal as the side's second international signing.

- India Test captain Virat Kohli became the second cricketer after Rohit Sharma to join the Pro Wrestling League bandwagon after he was named as the co-owner of the Bengaluru Yodhas team.

- Conceding that time is running out for the proposed India-Pakistan bilateral cricket series to take place, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said the Board is still waiting for the government's approval.

- Batsman AB de Villiers will return to the role of wicketkeeper for South Africa in the opening two Tests of their four-match home series against England starting in Durban on Boxing Day.

- Adam Voges scored 174 and Shaun Marsh 139 in an unbroken partnership of 317 runs to give Australia a commanding 438 for three at the close of play on the opening day of the first Test against West Indies in Hobart on Thursday.

- West Indies legend Brian Lara will team up with some of Australia's finest players like Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Justin Langer and Glenn McGrath for the Australian Legends XI, which will take on Big Bash League champions Perth Scorchers in the Festival of Cricket match in Perth on Friday.

- Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes that the roaring success of the day-night Test match in Adelaide could be seen as an example to secure embattled Hobart's status as a Test venue.

- Starc has long suffered from bone spurs in his right ankle and decided to take the opportunity to have an operation to resolve the problem while sidelined by a foot injury sustained against New Zealand.

- India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's daughter turned 10 month old and the fans were delighted when his wife, Saakshi, shared her recent adorable pictures on social networking site.

- 'Ravindra is probably the best all-rounder in India today.'

- Martin Guptill struck his third Test century while Kane Williamson fell just short his 13th as New Zealand blunted Sri Lanka's inexperienced bowling attack to set themselves up for a big total in the first Test in Dunedin on Thursday.

- Brian Lara has slammed the ' badly run' Caribbean cricket administration, saying that the trust deficit between the board and players is harming the West Indies team.

- With time running out for the proposed India-Pakistan cricket series, the Pakistan Cricket Board has said it would call off the much-talked-about rubber if the Indian government does not give its approval in the next couple of days.

- Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf cannot understand the fuss around the proposed cricket series against India as he feels that apart from filling up PCB coffers, it would hardly make a difference to either of the two countries or to the world.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed a bilateral series with India is not happening.

- India's Test captain Virat Kohli has explained that what is being written is not in his hands but terming victories on basis of pitches prepared was something that he found unfair.

- West Indies have lost their last four Tests, two to Australia and two to Sri Lanka, and have not enjoyed a single win in Australia since the 1996-97 tour.

- India's Test captain Virat Kohli has decided to take rest while teammates Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma will be playing for Delhi's home fixture against Baroda in their opening group league match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, to be played on Thursday.

- South Africa paceman Vernon Philander will miss the first two Tests against England because of injury, team officials said as the squad returned from their 3-0 hiding in India.

- Has the IPL, its players and fans become secondary as big companies cynically use India's most followed and visible sport to push their phone or toothpaste brands?

- India's limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will play his first domestic game for Jharkhand in eight long years when they meet Jammu and Kashmir in a group B game of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in Alur, Karnataka.

- Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the fourth Test against South Africa, which the host won in New Delhi on Monday.

- Test cricket's most successful captain is contemplating a return to the international game almost two years after he bid adieu to the game.

- Tainted left-arm pacer Muhammad Aamir was in line to make his comeback to the Pakistan team for the tour to New Zealand in January.

- James Pattinson will replace fellow-quick Mitchell Starc in the Australia team for this week's opening test against West Indies, captain Steve Smith said on Wednesday, reviving a promising career that had stalled because of injury.

- Despite all the controversies, the IPL's brand value hasn't diminished. Instead, says Harish Kotian/<em>Rediff.com</em>, the IPL made the BCCI richer by over Rs 3 billion!

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is 'very comfortable' with the evidence he gave against former all-rounder Chris Cairns, who was found not guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice in a trial last month.

- Pakistani star cricketer Wasim Akram said he was anxiously hoping for a 'yes' result as fans wait to hear if a planned series between arch-rivals Pakistan and India will go ahead.

- The short bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan will be held between December 24 and January 5 if the much-anticipated rubber gets the green signal from the Indian government this week.

- Newly-bought Pune IPL franchise owner Sanjiv Goenka ruled out any conflict of interest over former India captain Sourav Ganguly's co-ownership of Indian Super League franchise Atletico de Kolkata and his team.

- Ajinkya Rahane has said that he always backs himself to do well, even when he is not exactly scoring runs.

- After industrialist Sanjeev Goenka's company, New Rising, successfully bid for the Pune Indian Premier League team, questions on potential conflict of interest were raised since Ganguly is a Governing Council member as well as co-owner of Indian Super League football team Atletico de Kolkata, of which Goenka is one of its owners.

- The next edition of the Indian Premier League will be held from April 9 with new franchisees Rajkot and Pune, which replaced Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. The tournament will begin five days after conclusion of the ICC World Twenty20, which India will host.

- West Indies have said they are embracing their underdog status for the three-Test series against Australia, which starts in Hobart on Thursday, but the reality is they have very little choice in the matter.

- The BCCI followed the reverse bidding process to select the two new team owners. The new teams will replace the suspended teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, for two years.

- Ajinkya Rahane has become India's highest-ranked Test batsman in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings after scoring two centuries in the 337 runs victory over South Africa in the fourth and final Test, at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, which gave the home side a 3-0 series triumph.

- Rich BCCI will get richer...

- 126 of Ashwin's 176 Test wickets, points out Bikash Mohapatra, have come on home turf. Half of the remaining 50 have come on similar surfaces in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

- Graeme Smith hints at international comeback after Proteas' India debacle.

- The Indian Premier League will get two new teams on Tuesday for the ninth edition of the popular Twenty20 tournament.

- A former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) director has said that the once-formidable Windies can completely lose its credibility and disintegrate ten years from now due to its constant failure at the international level.

- The Indian physically challenged cricket team clinched the three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan 2-1 despite losing the final match at Roshanara Cricket Ground, in New Delhi, on Monday.

- India's 3-0 home victory over South Africa is another indication of the growing stature of an improving team that can now go on and win Tests anywhere in the world, according to captain Virat Kohli.

- If India toyed with the South Africans, it was mainly because of awesome performances from spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

- Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera has been sent home from their tour of New Zealand after failing a drugs Test, local media, citing a Sri Lanka Cricket statement, said on Tuesday.

- Ravichandran Ashwin feels the 3-0 win over South Africa is the start of a 'wonderful journey' for the current Test team and the series sweep against the number one side will help them improve on their dismal overseas record.

- Rajneesh Gupta has some interesting numbers from the final day's play in the fourth Test between India and South Africa at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.

- India's 3-0 whitewash of South Africa in the four-match Test series has surprised former captain Sunil Gavaskar even though he feels that the Proteas were incapable of playing on Indian pitches.

- India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be playing under pacer Varun Aaron's captaincy for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

- Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan said that he is hoping for the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to come out with a response soon on the proposed bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan. "For last 2-3 days, Indian High Commissioner was here for a farewell visit. He did not have much information relating to this (proposed tour).

- South Africa captain Hashim Amla hailed his team's uncharacteristically dogged batting in the fourth and final test against India even though it was not enough to avert their third loss in the four-match series. Set a daunting 481-run victory target, South Africa resorted to extraordinary stone-walling at Feroz Shah Kotla, blocking over after over in their desperate bid to prolong the contest.

- India captain Virat Kohli has described their 337-run win at Ferozshah Kotla here as the most special of the four-Test series against South Africa, saying his team had to work harder to achieve the result as compared to the previous matches.

- India Test captain Virat Kohli has hailed man of the match Ajinkya Rahane, terming him as one with rare qualities of "intent backed by solid technique".

- India cricketers Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin dedicated the team's 3-0 Test win against South Africa to the Chennai flood victims and also lauded the Indian Army for their rescue and relief work.

- After two miserable seasons in charge as Delhi Daredevils' chief coach, South African Gary Kirsten was relieved from his duties on Monday.

- Former West Indies batting great Brian Lara has criticized South Africa's 'blockathon' approach against India during the fourth and final Test at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, in New Delhi.

- Images from Day 5 of the fourth Test between India and South Africa, at Delhi, on Monday.

- Indian bowlers showed outstanding perseverance to end South Africa's dogged resistance and register a comprehensive 337 run victory in the final cricket Test, winning the four-match series by a historic 3-0 margin.

- India's bowlers, led by Ravichandran Ashwin, displayed outstanding perseverance to end South Africa's dogged resistance and register a comprehensive 337-run victory in the final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi, on Monday.

- India moved into second place in the ICC Test Championship table after beating South Africa in the four-Test series 3-0, in Delhi, on Monday.

- The tournament will be held across four cities in Bangladesh, from Jan 27 to Feb 14, 2016

- The Indian Premier League chairman, Rajeev Shukla, on Monday, questioned the delay behind the resumption of the much-awaited bilateral series between India and Pakistan, and called on the government to take a firm stand on the matter.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has described Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a century in each innings of the fourth Test against South Africa at the Ferozshah Kotla, as the most complete Indian batsman in the current team as he has "done well in all conditions".

- Rajneesh Gupta has some interesting numbers from the fourth day's play in the final Test between India and South Africa at Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi.

- South Africa opener Temba Bavuma believes that his skipper Hashim Amla has set the benchmark on how to survive as they managed to sustain the pressure put by Indian spinners on the fourth day of the final Test at Ferozshah Kotla.

- Umesh Yadav has expressed his surprise at the ultra-defensive strategy employed by the South African batsmen in the fourth and final Test but reminded them that one cannot last an entire fifth day by "just blocking" deliveries.

- Images from Day 4 of the fourth Test between India and South Africa in New Delhi, on Sunday.

- South Africa resorted to dogged stonewalling in their pursuit of an improbable 481-run victory target after Ajinkya Rahane stroked his second century of the match to tighten India's grip on the fourth and final Test on Sunday.

- India opener Murali Vijay has been fined 30 percent of his match fee for showing dissent after being given out in the ongoing fourth and final Test against South Africa, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Sunday.

- It was a letter of April 2014 sent by the then Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Narayanaswami Srinivasan to Pakistan Cricket Board which bound India to a commitment to play Pakistan this month, leading to the present dilemma in the establishment.

- Ajinkya Rahane joins an elite list comprising of Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli as the only Indian batsmen to have scored a century in each innings of a Test match.

- Captain Virat Kohli roared back to form with a scintillating unbeaten 83 as India further consolidated their position with whopping overall lead of 403 runs at stumps on Day 3 of the fourth and final Test against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi, on Saturday.

- Captain Virat Kohli scored a scintillating unbeaten 83, while Ajinkya Rahane was unbeaten on 52 as the duo put on the first hundred-run partnership of the series and ensured that India took a massive 403-run lead on Day 3 of the fourth Test against South Africa in New Delhi on Saturday.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will allow disgraced former captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif to return to domestic cricket after they are through with their rehabilitation programme.

- Reacting to the excessive pitch talk in the ongoing series between India and South Africa, Harbhajan Singh has come out supporting the home team's viewpoint saying 'Indian pitches assist spinners and there is nothing new about it'.

- Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has advised Rohit Sharma to get back to Ranji Trophy to regain form in the longest format after failing in the ongoing series against South Africa.

- Ian Chappell, Bishen Singh Bedi, others tear into the Indian cricket administration

- 'I think if we had rattled one or two more in the morning, we threw everything at them today morning and with all due respect, they batted incredibly well. Maybe at a stage, 350 was on our mind, that we were possibly looking at. But then it just seemed to get a bit slower and it was definitely not reversing as much as it was yesterday'

- It was also learnt that Board of Control for Cricket in India had turned down a similar request from Royal Challengers Bangalore during the second Test match when they wanted to felicitate AB de Villiers for playing his 100th Test match.

- Ravindra Jadeja has made a spectacular comeback to the Indian Test squad with 21 wickets against his name in the series against South Africa thus far.

- 'When I was dropped from the team, I think in June-July, I was out for nearly six months. At the start of the Ranji Trophy season I got three matches in Rajkot, and luck also favoured us with the wickets offering turn'

- Captain Virat Kohli roared back to form with a scintillating unbeaten 83 as India further consolidated their position with whopping overall lead of 403 runs at stumps on Day 3 of the fourth and final Test against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi, on Saturday.

- Images from Day 3 of the fourth and final Test in Delhi, on Saturday.

- Six of the CA players were making their first class debut, while seven of them were also aged 21 or younger

- Delhi High Court appointed observer Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal 'insisted' on having the state government felicitation of World Cup-winning cricketers on the field of play of Feroz Shah Kotla, which he could not have allowed as per BCCI directives.

- India's opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan looked visibly upset, venting out his anger on reserved opener KL Rahul on day 3 of the 4th Test at Feroz Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi.

- The BCCI denied the Delhi Government permission to felicitate World Cup winners (1983 and 2011) from the state, along with former captain Bishan Singh Bedi, inside the Feroz Shah Kotla's field of play, saying that the planned ceremony would have violated norms.

- As torrential rains wreaked havoc in Chennai flooding major parts of the city. Indian team members R Ashwin and Murali Vijay, who hail from the city, sent heartfelt messages for victims of the flood.

- India rode on Ajinkya Rahane's cultured century to post a series-high 334 before returning to skittle out South Africa for 121 to take full control of the fourth and final Test in Delhi, on Friday.

- Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar rejected criticism of the pitches in the ongoing Test series against South Africa, and said the blame rather lies with the Proteas batsmen, who lack 'application, technique and temperament'.

- South Africa coach Russell Domingo admitted that his team fell apart whenever the Indians applied the pressure on them during the ongoing Test series.

- ndian team management confirmed that the forearm injury sustained by Cheteshwar Pujara is not very serious and he will be able to bat during India's second innings.

- Ajinkya Rahane said the key to his success was keeping a blank mind and playing one ball at a time.

- Recently retired Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson won't play in the Big Bash League this season after opting to spend time with his family.

- Defending champions Karnataka crashed out in the group stages of the Ranji Trophy after losing to Maharashtra by 53 runs in their final league encounter, in Pune, on Friday.

- Photos from Day 2 of the fourth Test played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Friday

- Ravindra Jadeja did the star turn with a five-wicket haul, after Ajinkya Rahane's brilliant century, as India took control of the fourth Test against South Africa by taking a commanding 213-run lead on the second day at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi, on Friday.

- India Test captain Virat Kohli, premier batsman Shikhar Dhawan and speedster Ishant Sharma were named in Delhi's One-day squad, which will be led by Gautam Gambhir, for the North Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare Trophy between December 10-18.

- 'Sachin Paaji told me to enjoy the situation because this is a reward for all the hard work I have put in for so many years in domestic cricket. He told me not to take any pressure on myself, but to enjoy the moment because this will stay with me forever.'

- Former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar feels that Rohit Sharma is on a self-destructive mode and said it will be difficult for him to retain his place in India's Tests squad.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has advised Indian batsmen to show patience and lauded Ajinkya Rahane for his unbeaten 89-run innings which helped India end the opening day at 231-7 against South Africa in the fourth and final Test in New Delhi.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said Anil Kumble was nearly dropped for their famous tour to Australia in 2003-04 but it was him who fought with the selectors till late in the night to take the legendary leg-spinner on board. According to Ganguly, the selectors were keen for a left-arm spinner Murali Kartik for the tour Down Under but on Ganguly's insistence Kumble was taken as he returned with 24 wickets, the highest in the series with India retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after drawing the series 1-1.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers to take note of at the end of the first day's play in the fourth Test between India and South Africa.

- A summary of the third day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

- South Africa off-spinner Dane Piedt says it took a lot out of him to play cricket again after suffering a career-threatening shoulder dislocation last year.

- India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar defend Rohit Sharma's repeated failures in Test cricket, saying the Mumbai batsman deserves the same patience Sri Lanka had with their greats, Marvan Atapattu and Kumar Sangakkara.

- At least four suspected bookmakers have been thrown out of cricket stadiums during the ongoing scandal-tainted Bangladesh Premier League, in efforts to ensure the tournament is graft free, an official said on Thursday. BPL secretary Ismail Haider Mallick said anti-corruption officials had spotted the four whom they suspected of placing bets on behalf of clients during Twenty20 league matches, which is illegal in Bangladesh.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board and coach Waqar Younis indicated that disgraced left-arm pacer Muhammad Aamir would soon be given a chance to play for the national team again.

- Images from Day 1 in the fourth Test between India and South Africa, at New Delhi, on Thursday.

- Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan said the planned bilateral series with India has still not been finalised.

- Ajinkya Rahane rallied India with a gutsy, unbeaten 89 as India's much-vaunted top-order failed yet again on the opening day of the fourth Test against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi, on Thursday.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) felicitated the recently-retired Virender Sehwag at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday before the start of the fourth Test match between India and South Africa.

- The recently-retired Virender Sehwag has rated his first Test century as the most memorable moment but said he regretted not having scored a 400 despite reaching the triple-century mark twice during his illustrious career.

- Virender Sehwag makes unique offer to sons if they break his record.

- South Africa Test captain Hashim Amla has said that their preparation did not justify the end result in the ongoing series against India.

- India captain Virat Kohli said that his team would be "ruthless" in the final Test making it clear that the team has not reached a phase where they can experiment with the playing eleven.

- A summary of Wednesday's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

- The BCCI will felicitate the recently-retired Virender Sehwag at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday before the start of the fourth Test match between India and South Africa.

- Virat Kohli must be going through a gamut of emotions as he prepares to lead India against South Africa in the fourth and final Test of the series for the first time at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

- The 22-yard strip at the Feroz Shah Kotla will be the cynosure of all eyes as a buoyant India seeks their biggest series triumph against South Africa when they square off in the final Test of the four-match rubber in Delhi on Thursday.

- South African speedster Dale Steyn will miss the fourth and final test against India with a lingering groin injury that has limited his participation in the four-match series to a solitary contest in the series-opener in Mohali.

- Off-spinner R Ashwin, who has been phenomenal in home conditions, has made it to the Test team as the 12th man, while pacer Mohammed Shami has been included in the ODI team.

- Top class left-armers are in short supply and chief selector Rod Marsh joked that he had mulled telephoning Johnson to see whether he might like to come out of retirement.

- India's Test captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday took a dig at the ICC, which rated the Nagpur track as 'poor', and wondered why nothing is written when teams get out for under 50-100 runs on South African pitches.

- Australian umpire John Ward is stable after sustaining a blow to the head while officiating in India's Ranji Trophy on Tuesday.

- "Non-Indian commenting on the conditions in India and I reckon probably 80 percent said 'mind your business and go back to Australia and worry about your own country' which is fair enough.

- New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner has revealed how he responded perfectly to the Australian sledgers during the historic day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.

- Ravichandran Ashwin and Rodney Hogg were engaged in a war of words with the former Australian pacer saying that the Indian spinner was successful against South Africa mainly due to the spin-friendly wickets during the Test series.

- Former India captain Rahul Dravid has called upon the BCCI to formulate a blueprint for junior cricket and said it was imperative to remove age fudging and illegal bowling action at the that level for the development of Indian cricket.

- Their confidence in tatters after being entangled in a spin web on a rank-turner in Jamtha, Nagpur, the South Africans seemed a bit relieved on Tuesday following a look at the Kotla strip, on which the fourth Test will be played.

- Full text of Rahul Dravid's Pataudi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi.

- A summary of Tuesday's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

- Dravid lavished praise on Murali Vijay for his good run with bat in recent times.

- Third umpire Nigel Llong made an incorrect call after using video technology to review an appeal during the day-night test between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.

- In major embarrassment for the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the International Cricket Council rated the track at the Vidarbha Cricket Association ground in Nagpur, on which the third Test between India and South Africa was played, as "poor", triggering a review of the performance of the pitch under the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process.

- Leg-spinner Amit Mishra is disappointed that the good showing of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and him in the ongoing Test series against South Africa hasn't got the credit it deserves.

- When South African team entered the Feroz Shah Kotla arena on Tuesday, all eyes were on Dale Steyn but the pace spearhead skipped the net session, indicating that he has still not recovered from the groin injury he had sustained during the first Test against India in Mohali.

- Spin-bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner has been retained in New Zealand's 12-man squad for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka after an impressive debut in the third and final Test against Australia.

- Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik credited his wife, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, for his success in international cricket since his recall to the national side this year.

- With a record that was anything to be proud of, the only way India could have beaten the South Africans in the ongoing Test series was by using 'home advantage' to the optimum, says Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com.

- Terming the Indian pitches in the ongoing Test series as the toughest he has faced in his career, South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis has said that the senior players in the visiting side need to support their younger team-mates and keep them motivated.

- New Zealand Cricket have promised to support Brendon McCullum after former Test all-rounder Chris Cairns was acquitted of perjury in London despite evidence given against him by the Black Caps captain.

- Australia called up uncapped paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile for the first Test against West Indies on Tuesday as a replacement for left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc, who was ruled out of the series due to a broken foot.

- England captain Eoin Morgan hit the winning run as the tourists secured their first T20 whitewash with a thrilling super-over win against Pakistan in the third match of the series in Sharjah on Monday.

- Former Pakistan captain and batting

- ICC Chief Executive David Richardson has hailed the successful debut of day/night Test cricket and expressed hope that more Boards will embrace the concept which can greatly enhance the traditional format of the game.

- Livid with the criticism that pitches for the ongoing series against South Africa are not sporting enough, Indian Team Director Ravi Shastri said there is nothing wrong with Test matches folding up in three days and the critics should "stop cribbing".

- The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) is still mum on whether it would arrange a felicitation ceremony for the retired legend Virender Sehwag, with their standard answer being "no communication from BCCI".

- Former Indian captain and under-19 cricket coach Rahul Dravid will deliver the fourth MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi on Tuesday.

- Describing his maiden experience of overseeing the organisation of a Test match as an "interesting experience", high court-appointed observer Justice Mukul Mudgal said it feels like a 'daughter's marriage'.

- Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan on Monday said that Indo-Pak bilateral cricket series should take place as per schedule next month despite the prevailing political and diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly will join compatriot Virender Sehwag and other top cricketers from around the world in the inaugural edition of the Masters Champions League Twenty20 tournament, to be held in the United Arab Emirates in January.

- Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns was cleared by a London court on Monday of perjury and perverting the course of justice relating to a libel case three years ago.

- Anil Kumble has decided to step down as the chief mentor of Mumbai Indians (MI) with immediate effect. The legendary spinner has been associated with Mumbai Indians since January 2013.

- Dabholkar, who has taken as many as 27 wickets in six games so far, and off-spinner Ankush Jaiswal - in his Ranji debut against Madhya Pradesh in Indore, were reported by the umpires to have flexed their elbows beyond the 15-degree permissible limit in the game and cannot play till their rectified action is cleared by the board.

- Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday, rose to a career-high second in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers even as A B de Villiers lost his top spot in the batsmen standings.

- "Awesome Tiger safari this morning. Dead eye Dale spotted Mr Tiger hiding in the bush, he kindly...." tweeted Steyn.

- Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the Test series against West Indies and is no certainty to play in Australia's tour of New Zealand early next year as he recovers from a broken foot, the left-armer said on Monday.

- New Zealand are awaiting clarification from the International Cricket Council regarding Nigel Llong's contentious third umpire decision in the day-night Test against Australia after the ruling had an "impact" on the game, coach Mike Hesson has said.

- Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara were spotted at the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, one of the largest National Parks in Maharashtra.

- Former India opener and DDCA's working president Chetan Chauhan said that Feroz Shah Kotla track will be a "good Test match wicket" when the hosts play South Africa in the fourth and final match in New Delhi.

- Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has heaped praise on India Test captain Virat Kohli, saying he is fond of his attitude and aggression.

- 'We got around Sidds this morning and he came out and gave it his all as well like he always does'

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum refused to blame third umpire Nigel Llong's controversial review decision for his team's loss in the third and final Test against Australia but said the "frustrating" ruling had a major bearing on the game.

- Australia went down as victors of the first floodlit test after sealing a nerve-jangling, three-wicket victory late on Sunday but organisers will also claim a win, with 120,000 fans flocking to Adelaide Oval through the match.

- Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh drove Australia to within 74 runs of a series-winning victory at the dinner-break in the third and final Test in Adelaide on Sunday after New Zealand's pacemen captured three early wickets.

- An independent assessment revealed that all variations of Narine's deliveries exceeded the 15-degree limit.

- India put up a spirited bowling performance, before Mumbai youngster, Sarfaraz Khan struck an unbeaten half-century to steer the team to a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh and clinch the U-19 tri-series one-day cricket tournament in Kolkata on Sunday.

- The BCCI has submitted a written request to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to create a sports integrity Intelligence Gathering Unit (IGU) that will see the board and the Maharashtra Police come together to tackle corruption in Indian cricket.

- Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has slammed Shaun Marsh's topsy-turvy batting statistic in Test format by comparing it with former fast bowler Glenn McGrath's poor batting records.

- Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott has revealed Mitchell Starc's foot injury isn't as bad as first feared and hopes the left-arm pacer will play on Australia's tour of New Zealand.

- Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has admitted that his side need to work on their fitness and fielding ahead of next year's World T20 tournament following his side's three-run defeat against England in the second Twenty20 international in Dubai.

- 'Let them sit in Australia and talk about their pitches. Tell them not to waste their time about Indian tracks. Come and play here'

- The rule of mandatory helmets for English cricketers comes in the wake of former Australian batsman Phillip Hughes' death, who was struck by a bouncer on the back of the neck during a domestic match in Sydney.

- The Decision Review System was again mired in controversy on Saturday (November 28) during the second day's play between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide after Nathan Lyon was controversially given a reprieve off an appeal for a catch despite HotSpot clearly indicating an edge.

- Former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns must wait until Monday at the earliest to learn the result of his perjury trial after jurors failed to reach a verdict following a second day of deliberations.

- If Ravichandran Ashwin is being hailed as the best spinner in contemporary cricket, the 29-year-old lanky Indian owes it as much to those long fingers as to an ever-ticking brain.

- Photos from Day 2 of the 3rd Test played at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday

- Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland believes there will be more day-night Tests in the future

- 'It seems as if the 26/11 was not a blood-shed and Pakistan had sent its cricket team who made a double century by killing innocent people and 20 policemen'

- England won the toss and batted first, reaching 172-8 from their 20 overs, with James Vince top scoring with a sprightly 38 from 24 balls, while Jos Buttler (33) and opener Jason Roy (29) also contributed.

- India beat South Africa by 124 runs in the third Test in Nagpur,inside three days, to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series on Friday.

- 'It definitely got more difficult to bat -- I think from day one to day three, it got progressively worse. That's just what it was'

- Pakistan cricket authorities confirmed on Friday that they had received the green signal from the government to play a series against arch-rivals India to be hosted in Sri Lanka next month.

- Hailing India's incredible series win against the number one-ranked Test side South Africa, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said the home team's turnaround in the longer-format after the loss in the ODIs and T20s speaks volumes about the character of the Virat Kohli-led side.

- India skipper Virat Kohli lauds his third spinner, who made most of the little opportunity he got in the third Test against South Africa. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com listens.

- To have 11 fielders on the field, Australia had to field their masseur and logistics coordinator Grant Baldwin.

- India's batting woes persist, but skipper Virat Kohli has no complaints. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com reports from Nagpur.

- Centurion Rishabh Pant (118) led India to a spectacular 104-run win over Afghanistan to progress to the final of the Under-19 tri-series One-day cricket tournament in Kolkata on Friday.

- Scans reveal early stage stress fracture in Starc's right foot after he was forced from field for treatment

- Days after the Board of Control for Cricket in India's request to the government for clearance on resumption of cricketing ties with Pakistan, the External Affairs Ministry said no decision has been taken on it.

- New Zealand's pacemen struck back with two late wickets under the floodlights at Adelaide Oval but Australia's bowlers basked in the sun as the inaugural day-night Test opened on Friday.

- 'It is all about money (that BCCI wants to play Pakistan) but in times like these you have to rise above monetary gains'

- Images from Day 3 in the third Test between India and South Africa, at Nagpur, on Friday.

- Ravichandran Ashwin displayed his magic yet again to record career-best figures of 7 for 66 as India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-Test series against South Africa after an emphatic 124-run victory in the third match in Nagpur on Friday.

- Cricket fans paid tribute to the late Test batsman Phillip Hughes on the first anniversary of his death.

- Shakib al Hasan has been handed one match suspension for abusing the on-field umpire

- Arjun Tendulkar, son of Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, has been selected for the Mumbai under-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy team after an all-round show in the Mumbai Cricket Association's Under-16 Payyade Trophy.

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and chose to bat first against Australia on Friday in cricket's inaugural day-night Test match at Adelaide Oval.

- Sam Billings played an inspired innings to help England to a comfortable 14-run victory in the first Twenty20 international against Pakistan on Thursday.

- Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has defended the nature of Jamtha track, saying it is poor "technique" of the batsmen and not any "demon" in the pitch that resulted in South Africa being bundled out for a paltry 79 during the third Test.

- Former India captain Rahul Dravid was very critical of the pitches being prepared in the ongoing Ranji Trophy, where "getting six to seven wickets by bowling darts" has become the order of the day and said that it will prove to be detrimental towards producing "good cricketers".

- Rajneesh Gupta has some interesting numbers from the second day's play in the third Test between India and South Africa at Nagpur.

- Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who claimed five for 32 in South Africa's paltry first innings of 79, says the home side needs to be patient on Day 3 as things will be different in the second innings. Harish Kotian reports from Nagpur.

- India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin hit back at criticism of the pitch for the ongoing third Test between India and South Africa in Nagpur, saying it needs to be taken out of the equation since both teams have to deal with the same conditions. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com reports

- A staggering 20 wickets fell on a dramatic day as India shot out South Africa for a record-low first innings score of 79 before setting the visitors a formidable target of 310 to win the third and penultimate cricket Test and clinch the series.

- Photos from Day 2 of the 3rd Test match played in Nagpur on Thursday

- The first day of inaugural day-night Test match also marks the first death anniversary of Phil Hughes, who had died after being hit on the cricket field

- Indian Premier League chairman Rajiv Shukla pushed for the resumption of cricket ties between India and Pakistan, saying the game should not be brought into political controversies.

- f we have that final session on the fifth day under lights, and a Test match result is in the balance, then I think that it could be anything for Test cricket.

- International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar has flayed the imbalance of power within the governing body and criticised last year's revamp which, he believes, allows India, England and Australia to "bully" the organisation.

- As the first death anniversary of former Australian batsman Phillip Hughes nears, former skipper Ricky Ponting has paid tribute to the late cricketer, saying that he misses his 'infectious personality'.

- According to sources, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given his nod to Pakistan to play a bilateral series against India in Sri Lanka.

- While Shaun Marsh gets another go at resurrecting his career

- The BCCI has formally sought the clearance of the central government to play Pakistan in Sri Lanka in December, its secretary Anurag Thakur confirmed.

- Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has criticised the performance of India's top-order batsmen save Murali Vijay terming their effort as "below-par" despite the pitch being a tricky one.

- When he walked out to bat, India were in a precarious position with all their top batsmen back in the hut and once again it was Ravindra Jadeja who played the rescue act.

- A summary of Wednesday play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

- Bangladesh's spinners claimed seven wickets in an eight-wicket victory over Afghanistan and set up a final against India in the Under-19 Tri-series One-day cricket tournament in Kolkata on Wednesday.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers to take note of at the end of the first day's play in the third Test between India and South Africa.

- Going by the state of the pitch and the match situation after Day 1 in the ongoing third Test against South Africa in Nagpur, few are betting against another three-day finish, says Harish Kotian/Rediff.com.

- Images from Day 1 of the third Test between India and South Africa in Nagpur, on Wednesday.

- India failed to make the best of first use of the wicket, their batsmen capitulating against both pace and spin as they were dismissed for 215 in the first innings in the third Test against South Africa at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium, in Nagpur, on Wednesday. However, the hosts hit back immediately, claiming two early scalps, leaving the Proteas reeling on 11 for 2 after nine overs at the end of Day 1.

- A proposal to abolish the pre-match toss deciding which team bats first will be discussed at a meeting of the England and Wales Cricket Board on Thursday.

- The much talked-about India-Pakistan cricket series could be played out in two parts with Sri Lanka hosting the limited-overs games next month and England being the venue for Test matches next year.

- Batsmen have dominated Australia's series against New Zealand, but the pink ball and a green-tinged wicket should swing the balance of power back to the bowlers when Adelaide hosts Test cricket's inaugural day-night match.

- Factbox on third Test between Australia and New Zealand, which starts in Adelaide on Friday.

- Indian Premier League Chairman and the Board of Control for Cricket in India functionary Rajeev Shukla has claimed that the Indian Board is open to considering any request from its Pakistan counterpart seeking permission for its players' participation in the Pakistan Super League.

- Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)has sought the permission of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to play their proposed bilateral series with India on a mutually agreed neutral venue.

- Jurors in the London perjury trial of former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns retired to consider their verdicts on Tuesday.

- Australia coach Darren Lehmann says he and captain Steve Smith both wanted Mitchell Johnson to play on, at least in one-dayers, but were unable to convince the fiery fast bowler to reconsider retirement.

- A summary of Tuesday's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

- Bengal wrapped up what was meant to be a four-day Ranji Trophy contest in just one-and-a-half day after blowing away Odisha for an unbelievable 37, prompting the livid visiting team to lodge a complaint about the nature of the pitch with the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

- Sundar Washington produced an all-round show to help India cruise to a four-wicket win over Bangladesh, their third win in as many matches, and book a final berth in the Under-19 Tri-series one-day tournament.

- 'Binny's slot could go to a spinning all-rounder in Nagpur. It could be either Rohit or Mann.'

- Ravichandran Ashwin's stupendous performances over the past year is a result of getting "back to basics without trying too much", feels his Test captain Virat Kohli.

- 'It is a big step towards changing something in Test cricket.'

- An enviable nine-year overseas record of 10 Test series wins in 14 rubbers by South Africa is under serious threat by India when the two teams face-off in the third and penultimate game of the current series at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha in Nagpur from Wednesday.

- 'Not having the best bowler in the world is never a nice thing.'

- Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke has stood by his criticism for former coach John Buchanan, but has admitted that his 'dog' reference for the coach was a step 'too far'.

- Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has revealed that he had called curtains on his Test career in order to completely focus his attention towards the 2019 World Cup.

- Trailing the four-match Test series 0-1 after two games against India, South-African all-rounder Jean-Paul Duminy has said the ongoing tour is proving to be one of the toughest and challenging series for the team.

- Kagiso Rabada has been named the Newcomer of the Year at South Africa's annual Sports Awards.

- A summary of Monday's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

- Sri Lanka has emerged as the likely venue for the much-awaited Indo-Pak bilateral cricket series and an official announcement may be made on November 27.

- Injured South Africa pacer Dale Steyn bowled for a short while in the nets, raising hopes of him being included in the playing XI in the third Test against India in Nagpur, but his fast bowling partner Morne Morkel said the team is keeping its fingers crossed.

- 'I try to play my best and put India in a good position.'

- Irfan Pathan believes that Virat Kohli's captaincy style is working well for the current Test team.

- 'Batting against spin bowling you need to have your own individual plan. You can't go into a match saying, "Oh, this wicket is going to spin this much".'

- David Richardson, the chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC), has confirmed that possibilities of including cricket in the summer Olympics are being explored following a positive meeting with the officials of the International Olympic Committee.

- All-rounder JP Duminy has insisted that South Africa are capable enough to tackle the Indian spinners in the 'do or die' third Test match in Nagpur, which starts on Wednesday.

- Former Australian coach John Buchanan has reacted to the criticism by recently retired skipper Michael Clarke, saying that the captaincy role is quite demanding and the former needs to work on it.

- Former Indian cricketer Atul Wassan on Sunday said that the idea of experimenting with the pink ball and the day and night Test would be a flop from the perspective of attracting more spectators to the stadium to watch the game in real time.

- Having made a remarkable return to the cricket field for his Ranji side Baroda, India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has said that rather than speaking about international comeback he would let his performance do the talking.

- Delhi youngster Rishabh Pant's stroked a fluent 87 and left-arm paceman Khaleel Ahmed claimed four for 41 to steer India to a comfortable 33-run win over Afghanistan in the Under-19 tri-series match, in Kolkata, on Saturday.

- The Delhi high court-appointed observer Justice Mukul Mudgal on Saturday handed out a list of 'to-do' to the executive committee members of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) with notable being 'free tickets for under-privileged school children' subject to approval from the Court.

- He is just 18 but is capable of bowling really quick as was proved when he touched 139.8kmph against Pakistan in the last Under-19 World Cup. Meet India's young pace gun -- Avesh Khan, an unassuming 18-year-old from Indore, who wants to create his own identity.

- The Delhi High Court-appointed observer Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal said that a former Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) will look after the tender process for the fourth cricket Test between India and South Africa starting next month.

- Namibian cricketer Raymond Van Schoor died late Friday, five days after he suffered a stroke during a domestic match in South Africa on Sunday.

- 'I don't think this is such a big issue ... why make an ego issue of it and insist on playing in Dubai only'

- 'They (India) have no excuse for not playing in UAE. The MOU is between PCB and BCCI and it states clearly that the series will be held in the UAE or any other mutually accepted venue'

- A brilliant century by Jos Buttler and a more routine one from Jason Roy fired England to an 84-run win over Pakistan in a high-scoring final one-day international in Dubai on Friday and a 3-1 victory in the series.

- The veteran off-spinner was part of the Indian squad for the Test series in Sri Lanka in August but was dropped for the ongoing four-match series against South Africa.

- The Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) during an internal meeting on Friday formed 10 sub-committees that will work under Delhi high court-appointed observer Jutice Mukul Mudgal to ensure smooth conduct of the fourth and final Test between India and South Africa, to be played from December 3 to 7.

- Pacer Avesh Khan bagged four wickets as India scored an emphatic 82-run victory over Bangladesh in the Under-19 Tri-series One-day tournament opener, at the Jadavpur University campus ground in Salt Lake, Kolkata, on Friday.

- Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan on Friday said that former England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief Giles Clarke is playing a role in trying to revive the planned India-Pakistan bilateral cricket series in December.

- Former Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Sanjay Patel on Friday said in his defence that UK-based company 'Page Protection Services', hired by the previous dispensation, 'did not snoop on any Board official' during his time in office.

- South Africa have added fast bowler Marchant de Lange to their squad for the final two Test matches in India as concerns remain over the fitness of attack spearhead Dale Steyn.

- Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, who stepped down after the Ashes series in England, took a shot at his erstwhile team mate Andrew Symonds for questioning his leadership credentials.

- Retired Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has admitted that the tragic death of his former team mate Phillip Hughes made him question his aggressive bowling tactics in the game.

- Australia spinner Nathan Lyon has some reservations about meddling with the traditions of the longest form of cricket but cannot wait to get a pink ball in his hands in the world's first day-night Test against New Zealand next week.

- The hugely popular Indian Premier League is leading a cricket 'revolution' in strife-torn Afghanistan where the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament and Bollywood sells like hot cakes.

- The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai faces certain problems ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 next year, but the BCCI has not yet ruled out the ground as one of the venues for the biennial event.

- Former England captain Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to describe Ian Bell's omission from England's squad for the tour of South Africa as 'ridiculous' and 'pathetic'.

- The cricket fans will have to wait a few more days to find out whether the iconic bilateral series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan would go ahead next month.

- Kiwi Ross Taylor's mammoth 290 in the WACA Test against Australia, propelled him to the top-10 list

- Recently retired Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has named No 1 ranked AB de Villiers as the most difficult batsman he had faced during his glorious international career.

- Australian paceman James Pattinson has said he was ready to seize his unexpected chance in next week's historic New Zealand third Test following the retirement of Mitchell Johnson.

- Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has broken his silence on the criticism he received after announcing his retirement during the recent Ashes series loss in England, using his "Ashes Diary 2015" to hit back.

- The 33-year-old has played 118 Tests for England, scoring 7,727 runs and winning five Ashes series since becoming a regular in the side following his debut in 2004, but disappointed in the recently concluded series against Pakistan.

- With the Delhi high court clearing the decks for the fourth and final Test between India and South Africa to be staged at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi & District Cricket Association vice-president Chetan Chauhan declared on Thursday his association will "organise a good game", come December 3.

- A summary of Wednesday's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

- With four days lost in the drawn second Test, South Africa captain Hashim Amla candidly admitted that he is unable to find many positives from the rain-truncated game apart from AB de Villiers's knock of 85 in his 100th game.

- Harish Kotian/Rediff.com explains why skipper Virat Kohli is backing his opening batsman to carry on the good form in the next two Tests of the series.

- Relieved after the Delhi high court's direction to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to issue a provisional occupancy certificate, required to stage the fourth Test between India and South Africa, Delhi and District Cricket Association vice-president Chetan Chauhan welcomed the appointment of Justice Mukul Mudgal to oversee the affairs of the match at Feroz Shah Kotla.

- David Warner's fitness coach Wayne Geber has revealed about the sacrifice that the explosive Australian opener had made in the last few years in order to transform himself into a successful batsman.

- India captain Virat Kohli addressed the media after the rain-ruined second Test against South Africa in Bangalore. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com reports.

- 'When he gets more confident with the bat, you will see him developing into a batter more than a batter-'keeper.'

- The Delhi High Court has issued notices to all of the accused involved in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case after admitting the Delhi Police plea against their acquittal by a trial court.

- Punjab batsman Gurkeerat Singh Mann, a surprise inclusion as the 17th member of the squad for the Bangalore Test, retained his place for the next two matches as well.

- Fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar explains the reasons behind Team India's excellent showing in the outfield.

- The second Test between India and South Africa ended in a damp draw after cyclonic rains and a wet outfield ensured not a single ball could be bowled for a fourth successive day at Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.

- Top order batsman Shaun Marsh was called into the Australia squad for the third Test against New Zealand on Wednesday along with pace bowler James Pattinson and left arm spinner Steve O'Keefe.

- Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan insisted that his country will not play its 'home' series in India and asked the BCCI to honour its commitment to play the proposed series in the UAE.

- James Taylor made a calm unbeaten 67 to lead England to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Pakistan in Sharjah on Tuesday and a 2-1 lead in the four-match one-day international series.

- A summary of Tuesday's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

- The second Test between Australia and New Zealand fizzled out in a draw on Tuesday but not before Mitchell Johnson gave one last reminder of his bowling prowess on the day he announced his retirement from international cricket.

- The second Test between Australia and New Zealand ended in a draw on Tuesday, with the tourists 217 runs short of their victory target of 321 on a rain-disrupted fifth and final day at the WACA.

- Factbox on Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday

- Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar paid tribute to retiring Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson on Tuesday, describing him as a special bowler.

- The fourth day's play in the second cricket Test between India and South Africa was called off without a ball being bowled following rain and wet ground conditions, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday.

- It was 'couple reunion time' as Liz Hurley recently went to meet her ex-fiance Shane Warne play in the Cricket All-Star Series in Los Angeles.

- Galle chief curator Jayananda Warnaweera has been handed a two-year suspension from all cricket activities by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after the former test player missed two meetings with anti-corruption officials.

- A close source revealed about the former Australian cricket team captain and his model wife welcoming their first child and though the delivery was premature, the baby and the mother were all well and healthy, News.com.au reported.

- Pacer Mitchell Johnson, one of Australia's greatest fast bowlers, announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday, saying he felt this was the 'right time' to do so.

- The fourth and final Test match between India and South Africa to be held in Delhi from December 3-7 is set to be moved to Pune after the Arvind Kerjiwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government refused to grant Delhi and District Cricket Association the required permissions to host the match.

- In a brutal incident, a young promising South African Indian intellectually-impaired cricketer has been beheaded in a ritual sacrifice, prompting police to start a probe and arrest three persons including his best friend in connection with the murder.

- A summary of Monday's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

- Former Australia fast bowler Dirk Nannes has slammed his countrymen's ' horrendous sportsmanship' for failing to acknowledge Ross Taylor's inspiring 290-run knock in the second Test in Perth.

- Rediff.com's Harish Kotian lists five reasons why Bhuvneshwar Kumar has struggled to make it to the playing eleven.

- Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan says it will not be feasible to play the proposed bilateral series in India, as suggested by Board of Control for Cricket in India.

- Steve Smith and Adam Voges scored the fifth and sixth centuries of the second Test to give Australia a lead of 193 after Ross Taylor's epic 290 brought New Zealand back into the contest on day four on Monday.

- Expressing his view on the BCCI's recent proposal to play Pakistan in a limited-over-series in India, former Indian cricketer and BJP MP Kirti Azad on Sunday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India always sees itself as being above the law.

- Rain played spoilsport yet again as Day 3 of the second and final Test between India and South Africa in Bangalore, on Monday, was also washed out.

- Here's what you need to know more about dominant batsman Ross Taylor.

- Ross Taylor became the third highest scorer for New Zealand when he was dismissed for 290 on Day 4 of the 2nd Test at WACA in Perth on Monday.

- India's flamboyant cricketer Yuvraj Singh has confirmed his engagement to model-actress Hazel Keech via social networking sites on Sunday.

- Two weeks after cricket star Imran Khan's second marriage ended in a divorce, his wife Reham Khan, former BBC presenter revealed some details.

- Australia's Mitchell Starc bowled the fastest delivery ever measured at a Test match when the fourth ball of his 21st over at the WACA on Sunday was clocked at 160.4 kilometres per hour.

- Led ably by Shardul Thakur, Mumbai bowlers put up a much better display than the previous game and shot out Railways for a paltry 217 on day one of their four-day Group 'B' Ranji Trophy tie at the Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai, on Sunday.

- Ross Taylor scored the first double century by a New Zealander against Australia to drive the tourists to within 49 runs of the hosts' tally on 510 for six at the close of play on the third day of the second Test on Sunday.

- Sachin's Blasters suffered their third successive defeat against Warne's Warriors, going down by four wickets in a last-over thriller, to lose the Cricket All-Stars T20 Series 0-3 at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

- The second day's play of the second Test match between India and South Africa in Bengaluru on Sunday was called off without a ball being bowled because of rain.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from Day 1.

- "It was not possible to play in Pakistan and a neutral venue as the Indian government would not give the permission," he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

- Usman Khawaja is doubtful for the day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide later this month after the Australian top order batsman re-injured his left hamstring while fielding at the WACA on Saturday.

- Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party are going all out to ensure that the fourth and final Test match between India and South Africa is not shifted out of the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

- Ravichandran Ashwin, was again the highest wicket-taker for India with figures of 4 for 70 on Day 1 of the 2nd Test in Bangalore on Saturday. India's top off-spinner reveals how a new-found confidence allows him to place the odds in his favour whenever he bowling to a new batsman.

- South Africa's coach Russell Domingo lists reasons for South Africa's batting collapse on Day 1 of the second Test against India in Bangalore on Saturday. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com listens in...

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India has officially invited Pakistan to play its 'home' series in India in December, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Saturday.

- AB de Villiers' masterly 85 in his 100th test could not gloss over South Africa's spin frailty as India took charge of the second Test after dominating the opening day at Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday.

- Images from the India v SA, second Test, day 1, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, in Bengaluru.

- Kane Williamson staged a fight-back along with opener Tom Latham (36), and Ross Taylor (26) as New Zealand reached 140 for 2 (42 overs) at close of play on Day 2 of the 2nd Test at the WACA in Perth on Saturday.

- It is his 100th Test appearance and AB de Villiers's family made sure they were all with him in Bengaluru on his special day.

- The Indian team management released pace duo of Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar besides all-rounder Gurkeerat Singh Mann from the Test squad to enable them to play their next Ranji Trophy matches for their respective state sides on Saturday.

- Alex Hales scored an excellent 109 to lead England to an emphatic 95-run victory over Pakistan in the second One-day international in Abu Dhabi on Friday that levelled the series at 1-1.

- India's young batting stars Mandeep Singh and Sarfaraz Khan, who played alongside AB in this year's Indian Premier League, said it was like a dream come true for them to share the same dressing room with the South African, who is on the threshold of the unique landmark of 100 Test matches.

- A top official of the Pakistan Cricket Board said he would advise the PCB against sending its national team to India for the planned bilateral series in December.

- Having decimated South Africa inside three days on a turning track in Mohali, India will again look to unleash their troika of spinners to spoil A B de Villiers's landmark 100th match when the two sides meet in the second Test, in Bangalore, on Saturday.

- When the 'god' is angry, look what happens. Sachin Tendulkar, 'God of Cricket' was annoyed and expressed his displeasure on Twitter. Since then, the social networking site is buzzing.

- Picking up where he left off in the first Test in Brisbane, the opener scored 244 not out for his third century in three innings as the hosts dominated New Zealand's bowlers as ruthlessly as they had in the 208-run victory at the Gabba.

- South Africa's worst fears were confirmed on Friday when premier fast bowler Dale Steyn was ruled out of the second Test match against India in Bangalore because of injury depleting their already-weakened bowling attack.

- Gurkeerat Singh Mann was a surprise addition to the Indian squad for the second Test against South Africa in Bangalore, however, India captain Virat Kohli says the Punjab all-rounder could be in the reckoning for an unlikely Test debut.

- With so much focus on turning wickets and spinners, India captain Virat Kohli on Friday stressed that fast bowlers also have an important role to play and the return of strike bowler Ishant Sharma is a big boost for the team.

- The news of Yuvraj Singh's engagement to model-actress Hazel Keech was confirmed by Yuvraj's mother Shabnam Singh and his manager Aneesh Gautam.

- Umar Akmal has been dropped from the Pakistan Twenty20 squad to face England as he is under investigation for bringing the sport into disrepute in an off-field incident, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reported on Thursday.

- Unfortunately, the day chosen for the match was the actual day of Diwali and cricket starved Houstonians were in a dilemma about staying home with family and friends or going to watch their back-in-action cricket heroes.

- After multiple speculations about Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh and Bollywood actress Hazel Keech's dating scene, sources have confirmed that the couple has secretly got engaged in Bali on Wednesday.

- Odisha home secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy, on Thursday, submitted his inquiry report with the state government on the water bottle-throwing incident during the Twenty20 International match between India and South Africa at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on October 7.

- 'When I came here yesterday, I was worried and I couldn't sleep at night. But thanks to Brijesh, we found a way out. He asked me if it would help if we covered the pitch from above, and got a waterproof shamiana erected'

- While the spinners stole the limelight in India's convincing victory in the first Test against South Africa in Mohali, one cannot forget the key contribution made by Cheteshwar Pujara with the bat, especially in the second innings when batting had become really difficult.

- 'I don't care where I play my 100th Test. I didn't mind where I played my 50th; I don't mind where I play any of my Test matches. Representing my country is a great honour'

- 'I'm prepared for any kind of Bangalore wicket'

- The pacer injures ankle during warm-up session; Kyle Abbott has been called up as replacement

- Andrew Symonds bagged four wickets and Saqlain Mushtaq two as Warne Warriors easily defeated Sachin Blasters by 57 runs in Game 2 of the Cricket All-Stars series in Houston on Wednesday night.

- The West Indies ended their dismal tour of Sri Lanka with a consolation victory after Dwayne Bravo's all-round brilliance secured a series-levelling 23-run win in the second and final Twenty20 International on Wednesday.

- Mohammad Hafeez scored a fluent unbeaten 102 to lead Pakistan to a comfortable six-wicket victory over England in the first One-Day International in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

- Shoaib Akhtar has requested Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar to hold the All-Stars Cricket event in Pakistan as well.

- Shahid Afridi believes Pakistan can go to India and play a series but only after the country's Cricket Board (PCB) gets written

- A rejuvenated Mitchell Johnson needs only one victim to become Australia's third-highest Test wicket-taker but will hope for a bigger haul at his home ground in Perth, where New Zealand will be fighting to keep the three-match series alive.

- BCCI president Shashank Manohar had made a fervent appeal to the Board's members ahead of its 86th AGM to lend their support to a few decisions which, according to him, were needed to protect the autonomy of the Board during its difficult times.

- Pakistan's veteran batsman Younis Khan has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket, saying the first day-night game against England in Abu Dhabi will be his last match.

- A summary of Ranji Trophy matches played on the fourth and final day on Tuesday.

- Vijay in 11th spot; Kohli falls five places

- To play in Masters Champions League post retirement

- Australia paceman Mitchell Starc has been fined half of his match fees for throwing a ball at New Zealand batsman Mark Craig during the final day of the first Test at the Gabba.

- Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan has said the Indian Board had conveyed to the PCB that they were ready to play the series but were waiting for clearance from the government.

- Australia coach Darren Lehmann has praised captain Steve Smith's handling of an outburst by Mitchell Starc that cost the left-arm quick half his match fee from the first Test against New Zealand.

- Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that he's still waiting for his Indian counterpart to contact him regarding the proposed bilateral series in the UAE in December.

- Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 30 runs in the first Twenty20 International on Monday to go 1-0 up in the two-match series and extend the visitors' losing streak.

- A summary of the Ranji Trophy matches played on Monday

- Gavaskar has held a position in the ICC as well, and the batting great said positions have never affected his service to the game as he speaks to serve the sport.

- Indian limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Monday retained in Group A of the men's player contracts for 2015-16 by the BCCI.

- The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side, which lost a closely contested series 2-3 before heading into the Test matches, were 13 points behind leaders Australia (127 rating points) in the ODI table.

- Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar on Tuesday took over as the International Cricket Council replacing his predecessor Narayanswami Srinivasan, while the BCCI's rules conflict of interest were unanimously approved by the members.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India has given the Delhi & District Cricket Association a deadline of November 17 to get their house in order, failing which the fourth and final Test match between India and South Africa will be shifted to Pune.

- Former India players Gagan Khoda and M S K Prasad were named as the new national selectors at the Board of Control for Cricket India's annual general meeting, in Mumbai, on Monday.

- Narayanaswami Srinivasan's decade-long regime as a cricket administrator has come to an end, in Mumbai, on Monday.

- West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine has been reported for a suspect bowling action during Saturday's third and final one-dayer against Sri Lanka, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said.

- As soon as the Aussies clinched the victory, David Warner was seen having a good time with his daughter Ivy Mae.

- Australia took the final seven wickets to dismiss New Zealand for 295 and win the first Test by 208 runs before lunch on the final day on Monday, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

- The Indian Premier League Governing Council, on Sunday, decided to omit Jaipur and Kochi from the list of cities which will bid for new IPL teams on December 8.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India, on Sunday, announced a slew of monetary benefits for former cricketers, both domestic and international, including monthly and one-time payments, just a day before the Annual General Body Meeting of the Board in Mumbai on Sunday.

- A summary of the Ranji Trophy matches played on Sunday.

- Nearly ten days after the pitch controversy, Wankhede curator Sudhir Naik withdrew his complaint against Team India Director Ravi Shastri on Sunday.

- Vidarbha opener Wasim Jaffer became the first cricketer in Ranji Trophy history to notch up 10000 runs on day two of their Group A match against Bengal at the Jadavpur University second campus ground in Saltlake in Kolkata on Sunday.

- "The whole idea of Cricket All Stars is that, to try to get as many nations together to celebrate this'

- In what comes as a surprise move by the Indian cricket board, the BCCI is mulling to apply conflict of interest rules for current cricketers, who, in effect, will not be allowed to have business interest in player-management companies which represent them.

- Williamson's departure for 59 helped reduce New Zealand to 142 for three at the break -- 361 runs in arrears -- but a rain storm wiped out the final session and ensured the match would go into a fifth day.

- Opener Virender Sehwag blasted a quickfire half-century but Sachin's Blasters went down to Warne Warriors by six wickets in Game 1 of the Cricket All Stars T20 Series at Citi Field in New York, on Saturday.

- Marlon Samuels' unbeaten century proved in vain as Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 19 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method to complete a 3-0 one-day series whitewash on Saturday.

- Sachin's Blasters has Lara, Sehwag, Mahela, Murali and, of course, Tendulkar! Warne's Warriers has Ponting, Kallis, Sanga, Akram and Donald...

- South Africa expect to have all-rounder JP Duminy and fast bowler Morne Morkel back for the second Test against India but will assess the fitness of leading paceman Dale Steyn on Thursday.

- India captain Virat Kohli rejected criticism of the pitch for the first Test against South Africa in Mohali and said it was 'errors in shot selection' that brought about wickets for spinners rather than the pitch playing tricks, a view his rival captain Hashim Amla also shared.

- Dismissing the notion that the Mohali pitch was a vicious turner, South Africa captain Hashim Amla on Saturday said most dismissals in the opening Test match was due to lack of spin rather than excess of it. He also came down hard on his batsmen, saying they could have applied themselves better.

- Former India opener Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday said that it is not a poor advertisement for cricket if a Test match finishes inside three days and such results are coming more often in recent years since the players nowadays lack patience to survive five days.

- All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Saturday said he always feared being labelled as a player who excels only in domestic cricket and desperately wants success at international level.

- Youngster Shreyas Iyer slammed his third ton of the season, a strokeful 137, while senior batsman Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 110 as Mumbai made an imposing 407 for four on day one of their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh, in Mumbai, on Saturday.

- Ravindra Jadeja made a memorable comeback to Test cricket with a five-wicket haul as India scored a resounding 108-run victory against South Africa in a low scoring Test match. Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from Day 3 of the first Test match, in Mohali, on Saturday.

- Speculation is mounting in Johannesburg that a corruption probe initiated by Cricket South Africa (CSA) may be related to the current RamSlam T20 tournament, which is the only domestic series televised internationally.

- There were no demons in the wicket, says Virat Kohli.

- India's Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin thrived on a spinners' paradise in Mohali, bamboozling South Africa's batsmen in the first Test to secure a 108-run victory with more than two days to spare on Saturday.

- India defeated South Africa, the No 1 Test side, in perfect home conditions, in the first Test, at the PCA stadium, in Mohali, on Saturday. Join us in congratulating Team India on its success.

- Images from Day 3 of the first Test between India and South Africa in Mohali, on Saturday.

- Joe Burns scored his maiden Test century and his opening partner David Warner his 14th as Australia finished the third day of the first Test against New Zealand in a dominant position on 264 for four with a lead of 503 runs on Saturday.

- Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar heaved a sigh of relief when he was named in the team of his long-time rival Sachin Tendulkar for an inaugural three-match series in the US and said he's done bowling against the Indian batting legend whom he considers a 'brutal force' and the 'greatest player history has ever seen'.

- Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson has admitted that he considered calling it quits after four of his closest teammates retired from the Test arena following the team's failure to retain the Ashes series against England.

- Shikhar Dhawan might have had a nightmarish time with the bat in the ongoing first cricket Test against South Africa, but former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, on Friday, came in support of the opener, saying going by his record the left-hander deserves another chance.

- With the opening cricket Test delicately poised after two days of intense action, South Africa have suffered a big blow as pace spearhead Dale Steyn is unlikely to take field, on Saturday, due to a groin strain.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from Day 2.

- On being asked about his consistent performance, R Ashwin, who became the fastest Indian bowler to claim 150 wickets in 29 Tests, said, "I think two things. I have got a good stock of my bowling at the crease."

- India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, on Friday, ridiculed the media attention on the pitch for the first Test, saying most of the batsmen got out by playing bad shots.

- Cricket South Africa (CSA) is investigating potentially fraudulent activities by an international syndicate attempting to corrupt the domestic game, it said in a statement on Friday.

- Cheteshwar Pujara's unbeaten 63 gave India a firm hold on the opening Test against South Africa after off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his 13th five-wicket haul to restrict the touring side to 184 on the second day on Friday.

- Images from Day 2 of the first Test between India and South Africa in Mohali, on Friday.

- India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin not only raced to the fastest 150 scalps in Indian Test history but also became the first man in over 100 years to bag 50 wickets after opening the bowling during the first cricket Test against South Africa, in progress, on Friday, in Mohali.

- Usman Khawaja's magnificent 174 helped Australia to a dominant 556 for four declared and an imposing lead of 399 at the end of the second day of the first Test against New Zealand on Friday.

- Australia's cricket chief James Sutherland believes beach cricket might be the solution to the logistical problems facing the sport in its attempts to get onto the Olympic schedule.

- Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has revealed that spin legend Shane Warne's useful tips helped him dismantle England batting line-up and clinched the three-match Test series 2-0 in the United Arab Emirates.

- Dean Elgar criticises Mohali pitch, says it's is a bad wicket.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from the Day 1 of the 1st Test.

- The controversy over the batting track prepared for the fifth ODI between India and South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium, where the visitors hammered the hosts by 214 runs to win the series last month, is yet to die down.

- India might have wasted the advantage of winning the toss after being bundled out for a paltry 201 against South Africa, on Thursday, but batting coach Sanjay Bangar feels the hosts' first innings total is 'much bigger' than it looks on a slow and low pitch.

- Part-time spinner Dean Elgar ripped through India's batting line-up with four wickets as South Africa made the hosts rue their decision to bat first on the opening day of the first Test in Mohali, on Thursday.

- Images from Day 1 of the first Test between India and South Africa in Mohali, on Thursday.

- Pakistan's spinners handed their team a 2-0 series victory after ripping through England's batting line-up on the fifth day of the third and final Test at Sharjah on Thursday.

- Opener David Warner put New Zealand's bowlers to the sword with a masterful 163 and Usman Khawaja scored his maiden Test century as Australia dominated the opening day of the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane, on Thursday.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India released Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Stuart Binny from the Indian Test squad to play for their respective states in the next round of Ranji Trophy.

- India's Test skipper Virat Kohli, celebrates his 27th birthday, on Thursday, in Mohali with the hosts taking on South Africa in the first match of the four-Test series.

- India fast bowler Ishant Sharma was seen sporting the man bun in Mohali, a hairstyle popularised by soccer stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale.

- 'Once you retire, it doesn't mean you never pick up a bat. We're picking up a cricket bat for fun, for enjoyment. While doing so if we can inspire thousands there's nothing wrong with it.'

- Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal could face disciplinary action from the cricket authorities for his comments on the International Cricket Council (ICC) policy on bowlers with suspect bowling actions including of Indian spinners.

- India Test captain Virat Kohli has lent his support to an initiative promoting responsible drinking and road safety.

- England were 46 for two wickets against Pakistan at the close of the fourth day in Sharjah on Wednesday, chasing a target of 284 to win the third and final Test and draw the series.

- Amid intense speculation on the nature of the PCA pitch ahead of the opening Test between India and South Africa, chief curator Daljit Singh, on Thursday, said the ageing track might be on the slower side but it will definitely be result-oriented.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that he would favour India going with four specialist bowlers and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in a five-pronged attack in the first Test against South Africa, starting in Mohali, on Thursday.

- In a blow to South Africa's spinning options, bowling all-rounder Jean-Paul Duminy was all but ruled out of the first Test starting, in Mohali, on Thursday.

- Calling off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the team's go-to man, ahead of the four-match Test series against South Africa, on Thursday, in Mohali.

- South Africa opener Dean Elgar reckons that the toss will play an important role in tougher Indian conditions during the four-Test series and said they will look to put the Indian new ball bowlers under pressure early on.

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- Outwitted in both the T20 and the ODI series, India will seek redemption in the Test format by trying to spin a web around the formidable South Africans in the four-match series starting in Mohali, on Thursday.

- Questioning the ICC's new rules on chucking, the off-spinner says, 'If they put Harbhajan through a proper bowling assessment test now, I can safely tell you he will exceed the 15 degrees limit'

- Josh Hazlewood will be Australia's third pace bowler in this week's first Test against New Zealand after Peter Siddle was named 12th man on Wednesday.

- 'It's not about four or five bowlers; it's the balance that can get you 20 wickets. Like I have kept saying in the past, it depends on conditions'

- Former Pakistan captain Inzamam ul-Haq has agreed to carry on working with the Afghanistan cricket team as coach for a two-year period after tasting success with the side in Zimbabwe.

- Rajneesh Gupta glances at the history of this fascinating 21st century cricketing rivalry.

- Graveney, who represented English counties Gloucestershire and Worcestershire as well as Australian state Queensland, also worked as a BBC television commentator and served as President of the Marylebone Cricket Club in 2005.

- The announcement comes on the day Malik finished with career best figures of 4 for 33 to fold up England for 306, putting Pakistan in a strong position on Day Three of the ongoing third and final Test against Pakistan at Sharjah on Tuesday.

- England claimed a 72-run first-innings lead to push for a series-levelling victory but Hafeez and Azhar Ali shared an opening partnership of 101 to bring the hosts back into the match.

- India's Team Director Ravi Shastri indicated that Ravichandran Ashwin will play in the opening cricket Test against South Africa, saying the off-spinner is "absolutely fine".

- 'I believe, at home you should play to your strength, there is no need to hide behind that issue'

- The bowler, whose lethal pace is intimidating for most batsmen around the world, said he always found the going tough against an on-song Sehwag.

- West Indies captain Jason Holder has been slapped with a one-match suspension for his team's second slow over rate offence of the year under him, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.

- Former India skipper Kapil Dev feels it is too early to compare Virat Kohli's Test captaincy to that of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's as the leadership role is still very new to the team's batting star.

- Sundar Raman, chief operating officer (COO) of the Indian Premier League has resigned.

- KL Rahul has praised Virat Kohli for his easy-going nature.

- For a visiting cricketer, an India tour conjures up the image of a batsman surrounded by a shoal of fielders and facing relentless spin from both ends and South Africa should not expect anything different in the four-test series starting on Thursday.

- Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar Tendulkar feels cricket might be the second most popular sport in the world but in order to make it a global sport more countries need to play in the game's showpiece event, the ICC World Cup.

- The 52-year-old, who has played 99 Tests and 334 One-Day Internationals, said that it was a fact that cricket relations between the two countries were subject to clearance from the governments.

- South Africa coach Russell Domingo has said he expected India to come hard at the visitors after losing both the T20 and ODI series against South Africa.

- Owing to their first innings lead, Bengal grabbed three crucial points against Haryana after their Group A Ranji Trophy match ended in a draw at the CH Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium, Lahli on Monday.

- 'One glance at the Indians on the field compared to these visiting South Africans, and you know something is very wrong or very different. One side (not our side) looks like athletes do,' says Aakar Patel.

- Aaron, who has had a start-stop career ever since making his international debut in October 2011, has no qualms in acknowledging that the time has come to deliver consistently.

- Pakistan's spinner Yasir Shah had Ian Bell (40) stumped in the third session as England ended the day at 222 for 4 on Day 2 of the 3rd Test in Sharjah on Monday.

- Knowing their weakness against spin, all-rounder Faf dU Plessis said that South Africa are wary of slow and spinning tracks for the upcoming Test matches against India.

- Stressing the need to keep the spirit of gentleman's game alive, Indian limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said the Indian Premier League (IPL) has helped players from across the globe connect with each other and taken "ugly sledging" away from cricket.

- Australia's head cricket coach Darren Lehmann hopes the test team can avenge the Wallabies' Rugby World Cup final defeat by the All Blacks with a victory in the series opener in Brisbane starting this week.

- South African captain AB de Villiers says he expects India to bounce back in the four-Test series starting on November 5.

- South Africa coach Russell Domingo did not sound too worried about the indifferent form shown so far on the tour by Test captain Hashim Amla, even if the opening Test of the four-match contest is just round the corner.

- MS Dhoni believes India will do well in the Test series against South Africa if the matches are played on wickets that have something to help the spinners.

- Sri Lanka paceman Suranga Lakmal took three quick wickets before Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed a 32-ball 59 to lead Sri Lanka to a tense one-wicket win in a rain-curtailed first one-dayer against West Indies.

- India cricketer Harbhajan Singh hosted a high-profile wedding reception at a posh hotel, in New Delhi, on Sunday, which was attended by a host of Bollywood celebrities, teammates and politicians.

- James Anderson claimed four wickets as England made an excellent start to the third and final Test in Sharjah by bowling out Pakistan for 234 on Sunday.

- Former batting great Sunil Gavaskar believes India and Pakistan must start a dialogue to pave the way for the revival of regular matches between India and Pakistan.

- Ashish Hooda scalped four wickets for 39 runs in an impressive pace bowling spell as Haryana came back into their Ranji Trophy Group 'A' match against Bengal on the third and penultimate day, in Lahli, on Sunday.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is facing resistance in its attempts to rehabilitate tainted pacer Muhammad Aamir with most of the players in the national side being averse to sharing the dressing room with him.

- Pakistan off-spinner Bilal Asif's bowling action has been cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after it was found to be within the legal limits.

- Take a look at the newly married cricketer Harbhajan Singh with his wife Geeta Basra.

- Having made an impression with his efforts in the drawn warm-up match between Indian Board President's XI and South Africans, Mumbai medium pacer Shardul Thakur said he is confident of taking wickets anywhere except on rank turners.

- Off-spinner Gurkeerat Singh Mann registered his career best bowling figures as Punjab defeated a sorry-looking Andhra by seven wickets on the second day of a Group 'B' Ranji Trophy match, in Patiala, on Saturday.

- Virender Sehwag, who has recently called time on his glorious international cricket career, says the sadness of being 'deprived of a farewell game shall always remain' in his mind.

- Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur pushed South Africa to the backfoot before the classy AB de Villiers rallied the tourists with a typically aggressive century on the second and last day of the practice game against Board President's XI which ended in a draw, in Mumbai, on Saturday.

- Looking forward to the challenge of facing Dale Steyn in the upcoming four-match Test series against South Africa, Indian opener Lokesh Rahul has said

- Lokesh Rahul enhanced his case for inclusion in India's first Test XI with a composed half century, guiding Board President's XI past a difficult period on day one of the two-day practice game against visiting South Africa on Friday.

- The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 made a contribution of Rs 11.5 billion (USD 182 million) to India's GDP, a survey conducted by top financial auditing firm KPMG on behalf of the BCCI has said.

- A resurgent New Zealand have landed in Australia with high hopes of upsetting Steven Smith's rebuilding side in a three-match series capped by Test cricket's first day-night clash.

- Wankhede curator Sudhir Naik has written a strongly-worded letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India calling for action against India's Team Director Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun for their abusive behaviour during the fifth and final One-Dayer against South Africa in Mumbai, on Sunday.

- Punjab Cricket Association on Friday said they will prepare a sporting wicket for next week's opening Test match between India and South Africa at Mohali with the pitch expected to help fast bowlers initially and the spinners also coming into play later on, in the five-day match.

- Why New Zealand pulled out of tour match in Sydney on Day 2

- Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland defended the use of the controversial pink ball in the face of players' criticism and is adamant it will prove a success during Test cricket's first day-night match in Adelaide next month.

- Following the retirements of Chris Rogers, captain Michael Clarke and all-rounder Shane Watson, Smith will lead a team in transition into the three-match series which wraps up with cricket's first day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India in a letter expressed regret over the cancellation of talks between the heads of the two boards -- Shaharyar Khan and Shashank Manohar.

- He might have scored a century as opener in the last Test that India played but Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday said he was willing to bat at any position he is asked to by the team's think-tank in the opening game against South Africa starting November 5 in Mohali.

- Racing against time to get fit for the Test series against South Africa, starting November 5, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin says he is close to regaining full fitness and is confident of bowling well in the four-match series.

- 'I don't want it to be a batting affair otherwise you could just walk in with the umpire, with the bowling machine, put your hat on the bowling machine, walk away.' Brett Lee tells Harish Kotian on how Twenty20 cricket has changed the dynamics of cricket and why a bit of controlled aggression is needed in the sport.

- The next year's Asia Cup T20 tournament will be held in Bangladesh in February with India hosting the 2018 edition of the marquee event, said Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur.

- In a ceremony attended by close relatives and friends the couple exchanged marriage vows through Sikh rituals at a Gurdwara in Jalandhar . The wedding was attended by no member of the film industry.

- In spite of winning both the T20 and One-Day International series, South Africa don't hold any significant psychological advantage going into the four-Test rubber against hosts India, said visiting team opener Stiaan Van Zyl.

- South Africa are still fretting over the fitness of their key batting all rounder Jean-Paul Duminy ahead of their opening Test against hosts India commencing at Mohali on November 5.

- Former India captain Kapil Dev says the iconic Sachin Tendulkar "did not know how to make double hundreds, triple hundreds and 400 though he had the ability" to scale such peaks and was "stuck in the Mumbai school of cricket".

- 'It was all media speculations that Sehwag and Dhoni are at loggerheads'

- At present, if an umpire has given 'not out' generally the system is too complicated for the decision of the field umpire to be overturned

- The former India captain rated Anil Kumble as the best captain he had played under.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to felicitate Virender Sehwag during the upcoming four-match Test series against South Africa.

- Retired batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has heaped praise on former Indian team trainer Adrian Le Roux for keeping him fit and making physical training an enjoyable exercise in his playing days.

- Former captain Javed Miandad has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board not to send a team in next year's World T20 in India if the BCCI does not agree to the proposed bilateral series in December.

- Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur along with Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla on Wednesday met the representatives of the six IPL franchises to intimate them about the modalities of the Players' Auction for years 2016 and 2017.

- The Indian bowlers had a torrid time against South African batting line-up led by AB de Villiers but senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said he

- Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli has said he never doubts himself in tough times.

- Former India speedster Javagal Srinath thinks India have a "more balanced bowling attack in the longest format" compared to South Africa which will provide them the edge in the upcoming four-Test series starting November 5.

- BCCI awaits details on Amit Mishra's assault case

- The batting icon has been busy practising for the last 10 days to get in shape for his brainchild the All Stars Cricket League, to be played in the US next month.

- Amid the controversy over Team Director Ravi Shastri's alleged verbal duel with Wankhede curator, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has said there is bound to be frustration when a home team does not get a desired pitch but there should be control over the language.

- Sachin Tendulkar believes the rule changes in One-Day Internationals are responsible for batsmen dominating the 50-overs format in the last few years.

- The police had asked Mishra to appear before them in a week's time. Mishra was booked under the Indian Penal Code sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 328 (causing hurt with intent to commit an offence).

- Kagiso Rabada has said currently his thoughts are not towards participating in the cash-rich Indian Premier League which, though he did not rule out the possibility in the future.

- Former Australia spinner Shane Warne and India batting great Sachin Tendulkar have joined the chorus clamouring for cricket to become an Olympic sport, the BBC reported.

- The Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) managing committee will discuss Wankhede Stadium curator Sudhir Naik's complaint of verbal abuse against Indian Team Director Ravi Shastri on October 30, in Mumbai.

- Actress Geeta Basra, who is all set to marry Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh, will wear royal and timeless jewellery on her wedding in Jalandhar on October 29.

- 'I think I got hit against India in Brisbane on the same thumb last season as well and the pain is always going to be there'

- If the actor agrees to come and convey his confirmation to the ED officials, than it would be his second round of questioning in FEMA case.

- Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq paid tribute to his batsmen after beating England by 178 runs in the second Test on Monday.

- Sehwag's unpredictability and carefree attitude made him a unique batsman.

- BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Monday said action will be taken against team director Ravi Shastri if he is found guilty of reportedly abusing Mumbai Cricket Association curator Sudhir Naik following India's defeat in the fifth and final One-Day International against South Africa on Sunday.

- BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur hinted that at least three companies are still keen on being associated with the IPL.

- Former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer backed under-fire limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying the time has not yet come to write him off, in Kolkata, on Monday.

- Pakistan overcame belligerent resistance from England's tail-enders to win the second Test by 178 runs on Monday after bowling out the visitors for 312 with 6.3 overs remaining on the final day.

- Rediff.com rates the Indian players' performances in the ODI series.

- South Africans take the top 3 slots in Most Valuable Player Index.

- Rangana Herath picked up four wickets while spin partner Milinda Siriwardana took three as Sri Lanka defeated West Indies by 72 runs on the fifth day of the second and final Test on Monday to win the series 2-0.

- The series loss to South Africa notwithstanding, India held on to their second spot in the team list, while star batsman Virat Kohli rose up a rung to second in the batsmen's table of the latest ICC ODI cricket rankings.

- India might have felt the absence of their injured No 1 spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

- Critical of the way Mahendra Singh Dhoni rotated Indian bowlers during the crushing loss to South Africa in the ODI series-decider, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar said the captain was just not flexible enough in his approach.

- Looking back at the five-match ODI series, rising South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada termed his one-on-one battle with Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the of opening contest in Kanpur as his best display of the series.

- South Africa won the fifth One-Day International against India by 214 runs on Sunday, to win the five-match series 3-1, their first ODI series win on Indian soil. Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from the match played in Mumbai.

- Once again harping on the "process" after India's embarrassing 214-run loss against South Africa in the fifth and final ODI, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni insisted that issues need to be addressed soon to get the national cricket team in order.

- Indian ODI captain MS Dhoni has joked that the performance by the bowlers in the fifth match against South Africa was so pathetic that he would not count it as "bad" even.

- Inspite of blasting a 61-ball 119 in the fifth and final ODI against India, South African skipper AB De Villiers has played down his effort in comparison to teammate Faf du Plessis's more sedate 133, saying the knock helped other batsmen free up.

- Delhi skipper Gautam Gambhir has dismissed Manoj Tiwary's allegations that he made racist comments against the Bengali community and Sourav Ganguly as a "figment of imagination", saying the Bengal captain should concentrate on his game rather than making sensational claims.

- Former India Pacer Zaheer Khan, who recently retired from international cricket, has said that he has achieved everything he wanted to in his career spanning 14 years and there was "no missing link" for him to regret.

- The Indian team management was miffed with the Wankhede track prepared by the Mumbai Cricket Association ground staff for the deciding fifth and final ODI against South Africa which the hosts lost by 214 runs, enabling the visitors clinch the series 3-2

- A hapless Indian bowling attack was smashed all over the park by South African batsmen in the fifth and final ODI, which the home side lost by 214 runs, but captain MS Dhoni defended them, saying that the Wankhede wicket was "too true" to offer any assistance to them.

- A hapless Indian bowling attack was smashed all over the park by South African batsmen in the fifth and final ODI, which the home side lost by 214 runs, but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni defended them, saying that the Wankhede wicket was 'too true' to offer any assistance to them.

- The Indian team management was miffed with the Wankhede track prepared by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) ground staff for the deciding fifth and final ODI against South Africa which the hosts lost by 214 runs to clinch the series 3-2, in Mumbai, on Sunday.

- Quinton de Kock, Faf de Plessis and AB de Villiers all scored hundreds as South Africa crushed India's bowling attack to post 438-4 and win the deciding One-day International by 214 runs at the Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai, on Sunday.

- Joe Root made a half-century as England rallied to 130 for three at the close of the fourth day of the second Test, in Dubai, on Sunday, 360 runs behind Pakistan after the hosts' Younis Khan had made a swaggering 31st Test century.

- South Africa's mammoth total of 438 for four against India in the fifth and final One-dayer was the highest innings score in the country, besides being the joint third-highest ever in the world, in Mumbai, On Sunday.

- Riding on Shreyas Iyer's marathon knock of 173, Ranji giants Mumbai gathered three points against Baroda on the basis of first innings lead in their Group B cricket encounter, in Vadodra, on Sunday.

- India discard Manoj Tiwary, who was involved in an ugly on-field altercation with Gautam Gambhir in a Ranji Trophy match, claimed that the Delhi skipper had made racist remarks about former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and Bengalis.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Anurag Thakur said the atmosphere between India and Pakistan is not conducive for cricket right now and stressed on the importance of creating a good environment before resumption of the proposed bilateral series.

- The fourth day's play in the second and final Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies was washed out due to persistent rain on Sunday.

- India's Test captain Virat Kohli said the new ODI rule allowing one extra fielder outside the circle in the last ten overs has made things difficult for the batsmen.

- No matter what the format, India's batting hopes have always been majorly dependent on Virat Kohli in the last few years.

- There were ugly scenes at Feroz Shah Kotla ground as rival captains Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary nearly came to exchanging blows during the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Bengal, in New Delhi on Saturday.

- Pacer Dhawal Kulkarni took five wickets as Mumbai reduced Baroda to 345 for nine on day three of the Ranji Trophy match, in Vadodra, on Saturday.

- Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan made half-centuries as Pakistan ambled to 222 for three at the close on day three of the second Test on Saturday, 358 runs ahead of England after Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah had scuttled the tourists lower order before lunch.

- A top source said that Dhoni met Srinivasan over breakfast and was at the ICC Chairman's residence for close to 45 minutes. After he left, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy met Srinivasan.

- Part-time spinner Kraigg Brathwaite took six wickets in an inspired bowling performance as West Indies bowled Sri Lanka out for 206 in their second innings to leave the touring side with a target of 244 to win the second Test.

- "I don't think Morne is fit enough to play tomorrow. He bowled a bit in the nets and probably we will take the final call tomorrow, but I don't think he will be fit," Amla told reporters at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.

- A humdinger on cards as South Africa chase first series win in India

- 'There were bits of pink left, but it was more green than pink by the end'

- Fast bowler Dhammika Prasad picked up four wickets as hosts Sri Lanka bundled out West Indies for 163 to take a first-innings lead on the second day of the second and final Test at the P Sara Oval on Friday.

- A summary of the second day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches played at various venues across the country.

- Joe Root's unbeaten half-century helped stuttering England reach 182 for three at the close on the second day of the second Test on Friday after Pakistan's seam and spin attack ran through the tourists' top order.

- As a follow-up to the views expressed by Shashank Manohar soon after being re-elected as BCCI president earlier this month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is all set to appoint an Ombudsman at its Annual General Meeting which will be held at its headquarters in Mumbai on November 9.

- South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis has been fined 15 percent of his match fee for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during the fourth one-day international against India in Chennai on Thursday.

- South Africa coach Russell Domingo said that a couple of crucial partnerships and performance of the spinners were the key to India's success in the fourth One-Day International in Chennai.

- Exhausted and elated in equal measure after a match-winning hundred in the fourth One-Day International against South Africa in Chennai, Indian batsman Virat Kohli said the knock is among the most challenging of his career.

- Lavish in his praise for centurion Virat Kohli, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the swashbuckling batsman paced his knock very well while guiding India to what turned out to be a match-winning total against South Africa in the do-or-die fourth One-Day International in Chennai, on Thursday.

- Virat Kohli became only the fifth player overall to score a century in One-Day Internationals against all nine Test playing nations. Ricky Ponting, Herschelle Gibbs, Sachin Tendulkar and Hashim Amla are the other players to achieved the feat. Rajneesh Gupta presents the interesting numbers from the fourth ODI between India and South Africa in Chennai, on Thursday.

- Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood has expressed concerns about the safety of the pink ball to be used in the maiden day-night Test match against New Zealand.

- The senior Indian administrator also said that the BCCI extended full hospitality to the PCB delegation but Shiv Sena spoiled the schedule meeting last Monday.

- Misbah helped steady his side after two brilliant morning catches by the indomitable Jonny Bairstow and James Anderson's 418th Test wicket from the first ball of the afternoon had reduced Pakistan to 85-3.

- Praising centurion Virat Kohli for his superb batting in the team's series-levelling win against South Africa on Thursday, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that it was the first game in which his team did well in all the three departments.

- Virender Sehwag celebrated his international retirement with a scintillating ton for Haryana as Jayant Yadav also joined the century-makers' list to help the side post 319 for eight on a dramatic Day 1 of their Ranji Trophy cricket league match against Karnataka on Thursday.

- Virat Kohli slammed a brilliant 138 before the bowlers produced an impressive performance as India comfortably beat South Africa by 35 runs to level the series 2-2 in Chennai on Thursday.

- West Indies left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican celebrated his test debut by capturing four wickets on the opening day of the second test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval on Thursday.

- "Two days after lodging the complaint, I approached the police station and told them that I have in principle decided to withdraw the case," the complainant told PTI.

- Advocating for a series between India and Pakistan since long, Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq says he is "disappointed" and expresses concerns

- Rajneesh Gupta presents Virender Sehwag's amazing international career in numbers.

- Harbhajan Singh has lavished praise on skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has drawn criticism owing to India's lacklustre show in the series.

- The Kolkata Knight Riders have named Jacques Kallis as their head coach, succeeding the now England coach Trevor Bayliss who was with the IPL franchise for four years.

- Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan on Wednesday demanded a definitive answer from the Board of Control for Cricket in India on the proposed Indo-Pak series, saying Pakistan will assume a 'no' if India continue to delay the decision.

- Amazed by the mental strength that Virender Sehwag exhibited in his prime, former Australian captain Ian Chappell said he would miss the just-retired Indian swashbuckler, who could well have continued but only if he sacrificed his natural game.

- South Africa paceman Dale Steyn is wary of India's fightback but says his team is motivated to seal the one-day series on Thursday and complete a dominating overseas victory.

- Coach A N Sharma recalls his first meeting with Virender Sehwag way back in 1993 when he turned up at his academy in Vikaspur, West Delhi, wanting to be a cricketer. More than anything, he remembers how he had come across a young boy, who amongst other things, just wanted to hit every ball he faced.

- Beleaguered leg-spinner Amit Mishra is "available" for the fourth One-dayer against South Africa and his selection in the playing XI would depend on nature of the Chepauk track, senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said.

- Faced with a do-or-die situation against South Africa in the fourth ODI, senior Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said his team's bowlers will have to be smarter than what they have been so far in the series.

- Swashbuckling batsman Virender Sehwag, who announced his retirement from international cricket, will be the star attraction as Haryana takes on Karnataka in a Group A Ranji Trophy match, starting in Mysuru, on Thursday.

- As Virender Sehwag called time on his international career, Harbhajan Singh recalls the memories of playing alongside the swashbuckling right-hander, whom he met a long time ago during the Under-16 days and has been good friends since then.

- Trailing 1-2 in the series, India have some concerns with most batsmen not showing enough flexibility at different batting positions.

- The 37-year-old also said that he would always remain thankful to Ganguly for backing and giving him the opportunity during his Test debut against South Africa in 2001.

- Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has revealed before the London court that he was with New Zealand batsman Brendan McCullum when the latter received a phone call from Chris Cairns regarding business proposal linked to match-fixing.

- The cricketing fraternity has paid glorious tributes to just-retired Virender Sehwag with India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni leading from the front, comparing his destructive batting with that of legendary Viv Richards.

- Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar relives Virender Sehwag's magnificent century on his Test debut in 2001 and what made him such a difficult batsman to bowl at.

- Amit Mishra has been charged with verbally and physically assaulting a woman.

- Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar says he had the best seat in the house as he watched his now retired opening partner Virender Sehwag bat from the non striker's end.

- Virender Sehwag, one of India's greatest opening batsmen, retired from international cricket on Tuesday.

- Rediff.com takes a look at few of Virender Sehwag's best knocks.

- India's batting great Virender Sehwag on Tuesday announced his retirement from international cricket and the Indian Premier League.

- The right-handed opener is regarded as one of the greats of Indian cricket and was one of their biggest match-winners, especially in Test cricket, where he scored 8,586 runs in 104 matches, with a strike rate of 82.23 and an average of 49.34, with 23 centuries, including two triple hundreds.

- Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan on Tuesday met Indian Premier League chief Rajiv Shukla at his residence in New Delhi in what was described as a 'courtesy call' in the backdrop of the furore surrounding talks for a possible resumption of India-Pakistan bilateral cricket ties.

- 'Today the PCB officials have brought embarrassment for Pakistan and its cricket. The government must order them to return home immediately'

- Akram's agent Arsalan Haider confirmed that the pair would commentate during the fourth ODI in Chennai at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and return to Pakistan on October 23, two days before the Mumbai match.

- With possibilities of a bilateral series against India looking remote, Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shaharyar Khan is trying to seek an appointment with Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in the capital on Tuesday.

- Saurashtra coach Sitanshu Kotak on what makes Ravindra Jadeja such a dangerous bowler on turning wickets and why India made the right decision by recalling him to the Test side.

- Virender Sehwag has announced his international retirement. The batsman made the announcement in Dubai on Monday, ahead of joining the Masters Champions League.

- The International Cricket Council on Monday announced that it has withdrawn Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar from the remaining matches in the ongoing India versus South Africa series following threats from Shiv Sena.

- Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar feels "sorry" for Yuvraj Singh, who has been ignored by the selectors yet again, but said that he was "not surprised" at elegant left-hander's exclusion once he was not picked for this year's ICC cricket World Cup.

- Citing the incident of Shiv Sena activists storming the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai protesting against the resumption of bilateral cricket series between the arch-rivals, the ICC President Zaheer Abbas said he feared for Pakistan players' security during the World T20 in India next year.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India's top brass has gone into overdrive to decide on a revenue model that would work for the potential investors bidding for the two new Indian Premier League teams with the idea of 'Reverse Bidding' doing the rounds.

- All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Monday made a comeback to the Indian team for the first two Tests against South Africa, replacing veteran Harbhajan Singh, who was the only casualty from the team which won the Test series in Sri Lanka last month.

- 'He has led India to wins in the World T20, the World Cup and the Champions Trophy. Which other captain in the world can boast of such a record?'

- The South African pacer however renders himself doubtful for 4th ODI

- Condemning the attack on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters in Mumbai by Shiv Sena workers protesting against the proposed Indo-Pak bilateral cricket series, International Cricket Council (ICC) president Zaheer Abbas said politics should never be mixed with sports.

- Samuels has already served a near-four year ban from bowling from 2008 over concerns with his action but was allowed to resume in 2011 after remedial work.

- The much-anticipated talks between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Shashank Manohar and his Pakistan counterpart Shahryar Khan will not take place, on Monday, after Shiv Sena, a right-wing political party,

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- Mahendra Singh Dhoni hoped that Axar Patel would eventually come good with the bat and fulfill his potential to be a good No 7 batsman.

- Mainstay of Indian batting line-up, Virat Kohli was struggling to score runs of late. Since the arrival of South Africa team, the stylish right-hander has accumulated mere 67 runs in three innings - two T20s and two ODI matches.

- 4 out of this 22 year old's 7 ODI hundreds have come against which country? Rajneesh Gupta has the numbers from the Rajkot ODI.

- Struggling for runs in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa, under-fire Suresh Raina has got the much-needed backing of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who advised the middle-order batsman to give himself a bit more time before unleashing his big shots.

- The post-match media conference by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni got disrupted for the second time in three years at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium, in Rajkot, on Sunday, because of laser show and bursting of crackers by the organisers.

- "Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane) batted well at No 3 but Virat couldn't score, this is something we will have to look at," Dhoni said.

- Opening batsman Quinton de Kock provided the early flourish with the bat with his seventh century while fast bowler Morne Morkel applied the finishing touch with four wickets as South Africa beat India by 18 runs on Sunday to take a 2-1 series lead in Rajkot, on Sunday.

- Ranji Trophy giants, Mumbai, pulled off a thrilling one-wicket win over Tamil Nadu despite visiting skipper Dinesh Karthik's brilliant 167 in the first innings of the Group 'B' league encounter, in Mumbai, on Sunday.

- The BCCI will not be terminating Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals but will only be suspending the two franchises for a period of two years from the Indian Premier League (IPL) as per recommendations of the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee.

- Chinese mobile company Vivo replaced PepsiCo as the title sponsor of the high-profile Indian Premier League (IPL), a change necessitated by the beverage giant's sudden pullout from a five-year deal that was to end in 2017.

- Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan and head of the PCB's executive committee Najam Sethi left for India in a bid to convince the BCCI to confirm the bilateral series in December.

- Former Pakistan players reacted strongly to the national team's 'great escape' in the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi with many saying that the batsmen's surrender in the second innings was appalling.

- England captain Alastair Cook hailed his team's performance in drawing the first Test with Pakistan on Saturday after the tourists recovered from conceding more than 500 first innings runs to be within 25 of an improbable victory.

- A summary of the third day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches played at various venues across the country.

- England had resumed on 569-8, with Adil Rashid and Stuart Broad at the crease as the tourists sought to build a defendable lead before putting Pakistan into bat.

- South African batsman Faf du Plessis has said his team has let some of its own momentum pass and allowed India to gain in confidence by committing tactical errors during the Indore ODI.

- The much-maligned Indian Premier League (IPL) got a dose of positive response when swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar credited the T20 League for improving him as a bowler at the death in limited overs cricket.

- Herath added three wickets to his previous day's removal of opener Kraigg Brathwaite (34) after taking six wickets in the first innings. He finished with match figures of 10-147.

- A threat issued by the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti or Patel agitation could affect the game temporarily

- Zimbabwe have banned controversial batsman Mark Vermeulen from all cricket activities for what the board described as "repulsive remarks that reflect racism, prejudice and plain ignorance".

- Kevin Pietersen has said he should not have been made England captain in 2008 and only took the job because there was nobody else who could do it.

- Alastair Cook completed the third-longest innings in Test history and the longest by an Englishman as his side ended on 569-8 on the fourth day of the first Test on Friday, 46 runs ahead of Pakistan.

- A summary of the second day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches played at various venues across the country.

- The wily left-arm spinner picked up four wickets on the third day to complete his 23rd five-wicket haul in Tests.

- A loophole in the Board of Control for Cricket in India's working procedure enabled Maharashtra umpire Vineet Kulkarni to remain India's No 1 match official, as Sundaram Ravi is already in the ICC Elite Panel.

- The two troubled Indian Premier League franchises, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, can breathe easy as members of the Board may not push for their termination at the Working Committee meeting to be chaired by newly appointed President Shashank Manohar in Mumbai on Sunday.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly began his new innings as Cricket Association of Bengal president on Thursday with a pledge to make Eden Gardens the best place within three months time.

- The English 'keeper will become first woman to play alongside men in an elite cricket competition in Australia

- 'When I was in Shrirampur I thought I would make it to the Indian team. There were a series of events that happened, and even if one link was missing, I don't think I would be here.'

- How good was Zak really?

- New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has revealed before a court in London that he felt shocked when his idol, Chris Cairns, approached him regarding fixing a match.

- A summary of the opening day's play from the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

- PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Thursday that the Board of Control for Cricket in India President Shashank Manohar has invited him for talks on the proposed Indo-Pak cricket series, the future of which is uncertain in the wake of strained political relations between the two countries.

- With two days remaining and 17 wickets still potentially to fall, a draw looks the probable outcome, although Wahab Riaz's removal of Bell (63) and Mark Wood (4) in successive overs near the close again put the hosts in the ascendancy.

- Opener Dimuth Karunaratne missed out on a maiden double hundred but his 238-run stand with fellow centurion Dinesh Chandimal set up Sri Lanka's first-innings total of 484 on day two against West Indies in the opening test at Galle on Thursday.

- India's team manager, Vinod Phadke, has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of making inappropriate comments about umpire Vineet Kulkarni ahead of Wednesday's second One-Day International against South Africa in Indore.

- There are bowlers who have a better statistical record than the 311 wickets in Tests and 282 in ODIs, but those figures do not reveal Zaheer Khan's match-winning abilities in all conditions

- Iconic Sachin Tendulkar and limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni have led the bandwagon of former and current cricketers praising Zaheer Khan, who ended his international career on Thursday.

- As I was training for the upcoming season, it dawned on me that my shoulder may not last the rigours of bowling nearly eighteen overs a day, and that's when I knew it was time, says Zaheer Khan after his retirement from international cricket.

- India won the second One-Day International against South Africa by 22 runs on Wednesday, to draw level (1-1) in the five-match series. Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from the match played in Indore.

- Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been criticised of late for comprising on swing for a bit more pace but the Indian seamer believes that he can still do it better than other bowlers.

- Like Sachin Tendulkar, Pakistan's record breaking Test batsman Younis Khan too wants to end his career in front of his home crowd.

- Pace ace Zaheer Khan is all set to announce his retirement from international cricket on Thursday.

- India won the second One-Day International against South Africa by 22 runs on Wednesday, to draw level (1-1) in the five-match series. Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from the match played in Indore.

- Former captain Sourav Ganguly has come in support of underfire Mahendra Singh Dhoni whose unbeaten 92 played a key role in India's win against South Africa in the second ODI at Indore.

- ICC president Zaheer Abbas has said that a Pakistan and India bilateral series is bigger than the Ashes and should be revived.

- The Pakistani cricket authorities have still not given up hope of playing a bilateral 'home' series with India in December in the United Arab Emirates.

- South Africa captain AB de Villiers blamed his batting unit for their 22-run defeat to India in the second cricket One-Dayer in Indore on Wednesday, on the placid wicket at Holkar Stadium.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have paved the way for India's victory with an unbeaten 92 in the second cricket ODI, but the skipper preferred to credit his bowlers for the series-levelling win against South Africa in Indore on Wednesday.

- Hitting a patient century on Test comeback, former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik credited his wife and tennis star Sania Mirza for his success.

- A relieved Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a dig at his critics, after inspiring India to a series-levelling win over South Africa in the second One-Dayer in Indore on Wednesday.

- Under-fire Mahendra Singh Dhoni marked his return to form with an unbeaten 92 as India recorded a 22-run victory over South Africa in the second One-Day International to level the five-match series 1-1 at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, in Indore, on Wednesday.

- Pakistan declared their first innings on 523 for eight shortly after Shoaib Malik's marathon knock of 245 came to an end in the final session of the second day's play in the opening test against England in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

- Opener Dimuth Karunaratne frustrated West Indies with a patient unbeaten century to help Sri Lanka reach 250-2 on the opening day and stay on course for a big first innings total in the first Test at Galle on Wednesday.

- "At the moment Mr Srinivasan is the BCCI representative to the ICC and we have no issues with that," the former South African player said on sidelines of a function in Mumbai.

- Nissan Motor Co has entered into an eight-year sponsorship agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC), a company executive said, in a bid by the Japanese car maker to boost its small market share in cricket-crazy India.

- Facing the toughest phase of his cricketing life, an underfire Mahendra Singh Dhoni will seek to revive his career and change the fortunes of a dispirited

- The International Cricket Council on Tuesday announced it has doubled the prize money of the top-ranked Test team to US million from its existing 0,000 from April 1, next year and also increase investment in women's cricket by five-fold.

- Younis Khan became Pakistan's all-time leading run scorer in Test cricket and Shoaib Malik scored his first century in almost six years, as the home side posted 286-4 at the end of the opening day of the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi.

- All-rounder Dinesh Mongia claimed innocence and is mulling legal action against New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent, who has alleged that the former India cricketer was involved in fixing during the unsanctioned and the now-defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL).

- Sunil Gavaskar firmly defended underfire captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying the India limited overs captain has been made a mere scapegoat and is good enough to play for another three to five years.

- International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N Srinivasan yet again represented India at the governing body's board meeting that concluded in Dubai on Tuesday as the newly-elected Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar skipped the proceedings.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India shot off a letter to the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) for allowing some of the Vidarbha cricketers to flout the Anti-Corruption norms by speaking to former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin during a Ranji Trophy match against Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla last week.

- Veteran batsman Younis Khan has become Pakistan's all-time leading Test run-scorer, surpassing Javed Miandad's tally of 8832 runs on the opening day of the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi.

- Litmus test awaits India and MS Dhoni in second ODI against South Africa.

- The Proteas are working overtime to devise a strategy to get the better of the right-hander and they believe the best way to dismiss Rohit is to get him early before he gets his eye in.

- Consistency is key to any team's success and opening batsman Rohit Sharma has asserted that India cannot afford to commit small mistakes often if they aspire to be the numero uno cricket team in the world.

- India have played three ODIs at the venue and have won all the three ODIs.

- Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt has set off another controversy by claiming that the national team's head coach Waqar Younis had resigned before the 2015 World Cup after being insulted by Ahmed Shehzad.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents a Look at close-run matches involving Mahendra Singh Dhoni to find out if India's best 'finisher' is finished.

- Tainted New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent has told a London courtroom that former Indian cricketer Dinesh Mongia was one of the key members of a "Gang of four" that fixed matches during the unsanctioned and now defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL).

- South Africa were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during Sunday's five-run victory over India in the opening game of the ODI series in Kanpur. The team's skipper, A B de Villiers, was docked 40 percent of his match fee.

- India opener Lokesh Rahul says the Test series against South Africa beginning next month will be the "biggest challenge" of his burgeoning career.

- 'Finisher' Dhoni takes blame for not taking the across the line, saying: "We lost the match in the last five overs of either innings."

- The 'helicopter shot' has disappeared, the boundaries are not flowing from his bat and the whisper is now growing louder that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no more the middle-order finisher.

- Citing Mahendra Singh Dhoni's lack of form, former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin has said that India's ODI skipper is "no longer the player he used to be".

- Making traditional leg-spin look attractive and effective in the opening One-day International against South Africa, India's Amit Mishra is keen to hold on to his ODI spot after an impressive return to the limited-overs field, in Kanpur, on Sunday.

- All-rounder Corey Anderson has been ruled out of New Zealand's tour of Australia with a back injury and been replaced by Mitchell Santner, the team said on Monday.

- Rohit Sharma's rollicking 150-run knock went in vain as South Africa pulled off a thrilling five-run victory in the first one-dayer against India in Kanpur to continue their winning run.

- 'Frankly, we should have won this game ... We missed Ash's (Ravichandran Ashwin) six overs that was crucial because he was our best spinner ... until that point the plan was working beautifully but I had to get more overs from Binny and Raina'

- Needing 95 to win, Delhi knocked off the runs in 14.1 overs with Unmukt Chand hitting 51 off 41 balls, striking 9 fours and a six, while skipper Gautam Gambhir's 44 ball 45 had seven fours.

- It was a day that saw brilliant centuries by South Africa's captain AB de Villiers and India's Rohit Sharma in the first One-Day International on Sunday.

- For fast rising South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada, bowling to Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the final over of the first One-Dayer at Green Park in Kanpur was the "biggest pressure moment" of his fledgling career.

- India lost the opening One-Day International against South Africa by 5 runs on Sunday. Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from the match played in Kanpur ...

- Harbhajan, who was part of the T20 squad for the three-match series, was left out for the ODIs but got a lucky call-up after Ashwin managed to bowl only 4.4 overs at Green Park.

- South Africa One-day captain AB de Villiers swatted aside suggestions that India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin could prove his nemesis.

- A section of members from the National Cricket Club (NCC), one of the affiliated voting units of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), questioned as to how late Jagmohan Dalmiya's son Avishek represented the club at the Special General Meeting of the BCCI on Saturday.

- MS Dhoni hinted that Ajinkya Rahane may not feature in the playing eleven for the first One-day International against South Africa.

- Hosts Mumbai rode on a solid batting display following their excellent bowling stint and looked poised for an outright win against Punjab on Day 3 of their Ranji Trophy match in Mumbai on Saturday.

- Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invited him for his marriage, scheduled later this month.

- India lead South Africa by five points and need to win two matches in order to stop falling behind the Proteas.

- 'We have just got to play very good cricket. The T20 series is in the past. It is a whole new story now. India will try to bounce back and hopefully we will stop them'

- With India being outplayed in the Twenty20s, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will face added pressure to perform and lead India from the front against a formidable South African unit in the five-match ODI cricket series starting in Kanpur on Sunday.

- Former India fast bowler Ajit Agarkar has questioned Mahendra Singh Dhoni's place in the Indian team and urged the selectors to scrutinise his performance as a player as well as captain in the limited overs format.

- A summary of the second day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches played at various venues across the country.

- Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Indian cricket and life after retirement.

- Disappointed but not demoralised by the thrashing India got in the Twenty20 Internationals against South Africa, Team Director Ravi Shastri promised a strong comeback in the ODI series and said the experience from recent losses would be handy during next year's ICC World Twenty20.

- The cash-rich Indian Premier League will have a new title sponsor for its next edition as PepsiCo "have shown a willingness to move out of the deal" with the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

- Team India director Ravi Shastri lauded the groundstaff at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata even as the Cricket Association of Bengal came under severe criticism for 'inefficiency' in the India-South Africa third Twenty20 International which was called off without a ball being bowled because of wet outfield.

- Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar attended the 83rd Air Force Day, at the Hindon air base in Ghaziabad, on Thursday.

- Comprehensively outplayed by South Africa in both the T20 internationals of the just-concluded three-match series, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that he does not want a lot of grass cover for the upcoming five-match ODI series, beginning October 11 in Kanpur.

- In an exclusive chat with Harish Kotian/Rediff.com, Sachin Tendulkar explains why he chose to launch the All-Stars League in baseball-crazy America. He also offers advice on the new aggressive attitude of India's up-and-coming young players, saying aggression should be reflected in the way you play the game.

- The third and final T20 international between India and South Africa was on Thursday abandoned without a ball being bowled because of a wet outfield, allowing the visitors to clinch the three-match series by a 2-0 margin.

- A summary of the first day's play at different venues in the Ranji Trophy.

- Confirming the news, SSP Shalabh Mathur said the state administration official has also decided to put up a 10-feet net in front of the stands so that a similar incident wouldn't be repeated.

- Images from India's practice session at the Eden Gardens, ahead of the third and final T20 against South Africa.

- Yuvraj Singh-led Punjab go into the game after an innings victory at home over Railways that came about after a strong all round show with their batsmen mustering over 600 runs and their bowlers backing up well.

- Despite India being down 0-2 in the three-match Twenty20 series against South Africa, ace spinner Harbhajan Singh says it's too early to write the team off.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sought a report from the Orissa Cricket Association on the crowd trouble during Monday's Twenty20 match against South Africa which has prompted calls for a ban on the venue.

- Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar appealed for more maturity from cricket fans, saying the unruly crowd behaviour during the Twenty20 match between India and South Africa at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack was not good for the sport.

- India needs to get the team composition right in the third and final Twenty20 International to prevent South Africa from recording a clean sweep, in Kolkata, on Thursday.

- Having already sealed the T20I series against India, South Africa batsman David Miller said the visitors are aiming to continue their good showing and complete a clean sweep in the three-match T20 International series in Kolkata, on Thursday.

- South Africa clinched the Twenty20 series with a comfortable six-wicket win over a lacklustre India in the second match, which was marred by shameful and unruly crowd behaviour at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack.

- 'Sachin and I will be tossing a coin in New York City... It will be part of history.'

- Expressing displeasure over the manner in which the organisers handled the second T20 cricket match between India and South Africa at Cuttack, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has ordered a probe into the incident by the home secretary.

- In an effort to popularize cricket in the US, several icons including master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and spin wizard Shane Warne will play T20 matches in the US in November.

- Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has criticised the Indian bowling attack terming it as an unit that "lacks depth" as the only wicket-taking bowler is off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

- Pakistan off-spinner Bilal Asif has been reported for suspected illegal bowling action during the third and final One-Day International against Zimbabwe.

- Having slumped to an embarrassing T20 series defeat to South Africa, India's limited-overs' captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, said "one bad performance per year" serves him a timely reminder that one should not use "too much brain" in the shortest format of the game.

- Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar condemned the unruly crowd behaviour and police response to it during Monday's second Twenty20 International against South Africa, saying the Barabati stadium in Cuttack should be banned as an international venue for two years.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from second T20 between India and South Africa.

- Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lashed out at his batsmen after losing to South Africa by six wickets in the second T20 International in Cuttack on Monday, saying they did not address their shortcomings.

- 'We are going to write the BCCI president to take a call on Srinivasan's continuing as the president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association despite the apex court's order'

- Bilal Asif took five wickets and made a handy contribution with the bat as Pakistan cruised to a seven-wicket victory over Zimbabwe to complete a 2-1 series win on Monday.

- International Cricket Council chairman Narayanswami Srinivasan on Monday withdrew the application for perjury against Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur after the matter came up for hearing before the Supreme Court.

- The Supreme Court declined to interfere with the Board of Control for Cricket in India's view on barring Narayanswami Srinivasan from participating in its meetings, saying it is free to stick to its stand that he has a conflict of interest "so long as a competent court of jurisdiction arrives at a decision to upset its view".

- 'Of the 32 captains who have led India in Test cricket, only four have been pure bowlers -- Ghulam Ahmed, Venkatraghavan, Bishan Bedi and myself.'

- There was a leadership crisis in the Board of Control for Cricket in India following the passing away of former chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, forcing the wise men in control of the all-powerful sports body to get into a huddle and recall Shashank Manohar to helm the Board yet again, four years after he had finished off his first term.

- 'Overall, there is a room for improvement, I'm sure the guys have learnt from it and they will come back stronger. We have to start really well and do a lot of things right whether it's batting or bowling, and come out all guns blazing'

- Bangladesh fast bowler Shahadat Hossain was sent to jail after surrendering on Monday on charges of torturing an 11-year-old housemaid, a day after his wife was arrested.

- The veteran Indian off-spinner will tie the knot with his longtime girlfriend in what is expected to be a five-day ceremony later this month

- Immediately after taking over as the Board of Control for Cricket in India president for the second time, Shashank Manohar stressed that his priority is to address the conflict of interest in the BCCI, prevent corruption and make the functioning of the Board transparent.

- Board of Control for Cricket in India's new president Shashank Manohar on Sunday says the Board does not fall under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI).

- AB de Villiers Opening the batting is an experiment for the World Twenty20, says Farhaan Behardien.

- Shashank Manohar, who took over as the 36th president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is known for his integrity and regains control of the country's richest sporting body at a time when cricket's image has been tarnished by the spot-fixing scandal and intense factionalism.

- KB Arun Karthick struck a vital unbeaten 115 to help Assam garner three crucial points against defending champions Karnataka after their Group 'A' Ranji Trophy match ended in a tame draw, Guwahati, on Sunday.

- Shashank Manohar, who was the Board of Control for Cricket in India chief from 2008 to 2011, is all set to take over from Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away last month.

- Former India captain Anil Kumble made light of the cliche 'it's a team decision' and said decision making always lies with the captain.

- Opener Chamu Chibhabha hit 90 as Zimbabwe, aided by bad light, held off a spirited revival from Pakistan to level the One-Day International series with a five-run victory in the second match at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from first T20 match between India and South Africa.

- Riding on a superb all-round performance by Ravindra Jadeja, Saurashtra thrashed Tripura by an innings and 118 runs to bag a bonus point from their Ranji Trophy Group C game in Rajkot.

- Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has reportedly been roped in as the head coach of the Afghanistan national cricket team for the upcoming limited-overs series against Zimbabwe.

- Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni rued the lack of consistency by his bowlers after India were beaten by South Africa by seven wickets in the first Twenty International on Friday, saying his team could have executed their game plans better.

- Rohit Sharma's blistering century went in vain as South Africa began their long tour of India on a winning note by scripting a thrilling seven-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 International match in Dharamsala.

- Former Australian test cricketer Lindsay Kline has died at the age of 81.

- Pallavkumar Das (55) and Amit Verma (57) came up with twin fifties as Assam grabbed a crucial first innings lead over defending champions Karnataka after posting 194 all out on the second day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Guwahati.

- England's selectors have yet to decide who will open the batting alongside captain Alastair Cook against Pakistan later this month and will use two warm-up games to choose between Alex Hales or Moeen Ali, coach Trevor Bayliss said on Friday.

- Former Indian batsman Ajay Jadeja has resigned as the coach of the Delhi Ranji Trophy team.

- Australia's Test squad have been sent back to play domestic One-day cricket in order to prepare for next month's series against New Zealand after their tour to Bangladesh was postponed on Thursday due to security concerns.

- Yasir Shah wrecked Zimbabwe's batting lineup with six for 26 as Pakistan cruised to a 131-run win in the opening One-dayer at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

- Former India captains Bishan Singh Bedi and Anil Kumble along with yesteryear's great Mohinder Amarnath had deposed before the Justice Lodha Committee as they prepare an exhaustive report on the restructuring and reforms that need to be carried by the BCCI.

- Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma moved an application in the Supreme Court for declaring Narayanswami Srinivasan as ineligible or disentitled to hold the post of president of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.

- A summary of the opening day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches played across the country.

- Ahead of the three-match series, commencing in Dharamsala on Friday, Rajneesh Gupta presents a recap on battles between the two sides over the years.

- With serious doubts hanging over the proposed bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan later this year, Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shaharyar Khan on Thursday said they are open to options ranging from boycotting ties to demanding compensation if the Board of Control for Cricket in India fails to honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two boards.

- Cricket Australia said an independent security assessment confirmed there is a risk of terrorism in Bangladesh targeting Australian nationals.

- The team bowling second in the first T20 International between India and South Africa will have their task cut out as dew is expected to play a major role during the match.

- Dhoni returns to the Indian dressing room after three months and for him the series will be start of the preparation for next year's World Twenty20, that will be hosted by India.

- Sudeep Tyagi and Siddharth Trivedi, the medium pacers from Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat respectively, won't be a part of the Saurashtra Ranji Trophy squad for the first two matches this season.

- Besides preparing for the 16-team World Twenty20 2016, India and South Africa will also aim to improve their positions on the ICC T20I Team Rankings.

- Paying rich tribute to Jagmohan Dalmiya who passed away recently, Cricket Association of Bengal president-designate Sourav Ganguly said that the former BCCI chief was one administrator who had only friends all over the world.

- Rohit Sharma says the Indian team is not reading too much into South Africa's surprise defeat in Tuesday's warm-up game against India 'A'.

- The declining fortunes of West Indies cricket hit a new low on Wednesday when the Caribbean team failed to qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England.

- Walee Bukhatir and Mazhar Khan, the men who drive cricket in the UAE, tell Harish Kotian/Rediff.com what the game is missing by India and Pakistan not playing at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly lavished praise on Virat Kohli, saying he wants the Test skipper to do better than what he had done for his country.

- A security delegation sent by Cricket Australia to Bangladesh over the weekend has since returned home and was to report to local authorities on Wednesday, prompting speculation the tour will be cancelled.

- Senior India batsman Suresh Raina believes believes the team is brimming with confidence following the recent victory on Sri Lankan soil after 22 years.

- Mayank Agarwal hammered a 49-ball 87 as India 'A' beat the touring South Africans in their opening warm-up T20 game by eight wickets, with two balls to spare, at the Air Force ground, in Palam, Delhi, on Tuesday.

- Talking to the media in Lahore on Tuesday, Shaharyar Khan adopted damage control mode, insisting that if India did not play the planned series with Pakistan in December he alone cannot decide the next course of action.

- Middle-order batsman Umar Akmal hit an unbeaten 38 from 28 balls as Pakistan wrapped up the two-match Twenty20 international series against Zimbabwe with a 15-run victory at the Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.

- Cricket Australia (CA) instead sent two security experts and a manager to meet with top Bangladesh security and intelligence officials.

- Senior South Africa batsman J P Duminy defended his team's young bowling attack which failed to defend a decent total of 189 against an inexperienced India 'A' in their warm-up T20 game in Delhi on Tuesday, saying the focus was on assessment of conditions rather than the result.

- Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur and IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla deposed before the Supreme Court appointed Justice (Retd) RM Lodha Commission on the possible reforms that the board is expected to carry out once the second part of report is released.

- Resuming at the overnight score of 36 for 2 on Day 3, Bangladesh 'A' were shot out for 151 in 39.3 overs, with Ishwar Pandey (3-28), Jayant Yadav (3-48) and Abhimanyu Mithun (2-23) doing the bulk of damage at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

- The 22-year-old, who has a distinctive high-knee run-up, can continue bowling off-breaks, the governing body said in a statement.

- Indian cricket team, led by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, arrived in Dharamsala, four days before the tour-opener of the Mahatma Gandhi-Mandela series against South Africa.

- West Indies coach Phil Simmons was suspended on Monday for appearing to question the selection of his One-Day international squad that will tour Sri Lanka in November.

- Bangladesh 'A' need something special on the third and final day to save the unofficial Test against India 'A' at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. At stumps on Monday, Day 2 of the match, the visitors were reeling at 36 for 2.

- Chennai Super Kings' future in the Indian Premier League may be uncertain following the two-year suspension, but South Africa's Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis feels the five seasons he played under 'Captain Cool' Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Indian Permier League transformed him as a cricketer.

- South Africa coach Russell Domingo says the Proteas will rely on their pace battery to rattle India's formidable batting in the upcoming series, which kicks-off with a Twenty20 warm-up match against an India 'A' team in Delhi on Tuesday.

- South Africa Test captain Hashim Amla will miss the opening T20 warm-up game against Board President's XI at Palam, New Delhi, on Tuesday because of personal commitments.

- For the visitors, the game against the Mandeep Singh-led India 'A' side will be more about getting into the match simulation mode before they get going against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team in the opening T20 International at Dharamsala on October 2.

- Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim took four wickets to spin Pakistan to a 13-run victory over Zimbabwe in the first of two Twenty20 Internationals at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

- Senior batsman Shikhar Dhawan proved his form and fitness in style before the South African series as he led India 'A's strong reply against Bangladesh 'A' with an unbeaten century on Day 1 of the only unofficial Test.

- Frank Tyson, the former England cricketer regarded as one of the fastest bowlers of all time, has died at the age of 85, the BBC reported on Sunday.

- Cricket Australia (CA) is sending its own security expert to Bangladesh to determine whether or not it is safe for the Australian team to proceed with its planned tour.

- Shashank Manohar is all set to once again become the Board of Control for Cricket in India president with the ruling Anurag Thakur faction as well as Sharad Pawar group projecting him as the consensus candidate for the post left vacant by Jagmohan Dalmiya's demise.

- Reacting to Shaharyar Khan's recent statement of boycotting India in ICC tournaments if they refused to play the proposed series against Pakistan in December, IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said PCB will have to bear the brunt in that case.

- The Australian Cricket team delayed its planned departure to Bangladesh after been warned by the Australian government that there is a potential security risk from militants.

- Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar says South Africa will be a tough challenge for India in the upcoming Test series and marked out Proteas leg-spinner Imran Tahir as the one bowler to watch out for.

- Hailing Sourav Ganguly's appointment as the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president, former India batsman VVS Laxman said it's a positive sign for the sport in the country.

- Hectic parleys and backroom manoeuvring continued among Board of Control for Cricket in India bigwigs but there was still no breakthrough in the leadership logjam to find a consensus candidate for the President's post left vacant by the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya.

- India's Team Director Ravi Shastri on Friday said that South Africa are still a formidable side despite the retirement of some big players recently but his side will continue their aggressive brand of cricket in the upcoming series beginning on October 2.

- Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan has threatened to boycott India in ICC and Asian Cricket Council events if the Board of Control for Cricket in India officially refuses to play the proposed series against Pakistan in December, according to a report.

- Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka started off their pre-season campaign in style as they beat Bangladesh 'A' side by four wickets on the third and final day in Mysore.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was appointed the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal on Thursday, ending the suspense on who will take over the state cricket body following the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya.

- 'He had a decision to make and he made his decision and it turned out absolutely fine. England won the Ashes'

- So it was surprising when a young Team India, led by Dhoni, made it to the final of the inaugural 2007 T20 Championships in South Africa. They met arch-rivals Pakistan in that thrilling, summit clash.

- The intense leadership battle in the Board of Control for Cricket in India after Jagmohan Dalmiya's demise has taken a new turn with known foes and former Board chiefs Narayanaswami Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar holding a surprise meeting in Nagpur.

- Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday rubbished rumours of him taking over as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president following the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya.

- Pat Cummins' hopes of a long-awaited second test for Australia have been dealt a savage blow with the paceman ruled out of the Bangladesh tour with a back injury.

- The touring Bangladesh 'A' batsmen came up with a better show on the second day of their three-day match, posting 188 for three in their second innings after Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka scored 287 in their first essay and took a handy lead of 129 runs, in Mysuru, on Wednesday.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Charitable Foundation received 20,000 pounds out of the 300,000 raised during the inaugural T20 fundraiser, 'Cricket for Heroes', at the KIA Oval last week.

- A young squad, full of Indian Premier League performers, will represent India 'A' in the T20 warm-up against South Africa at the Air force Ground, in Palam, on September 29.

- Bermuda's first Champion of Champions Cup final turned into 'a repugnant incident of violence, lawlessness and unsportsmanlike conduct' and led to a player being banned for life.

- India's One-day International captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was back at the helm for the limited-overs' leg against South Africa next month.

- It was Dalmiya's decision to open sports broadcasting to private channels in the country. Until the late 1990s, Doordarshan held sole rights to broadcasting BCCI events in India. Dalmiya along with IS Bindra, another cricket administrator, took on the state and fought for air waves to be opened up in cricket broadcasting.

- Involving the tainted trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir will be 'extremely dangerous' for the reputation of the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL), former captain Ramiz Raja has said.

- The chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board Shaharyar Khan has said that the PCB would no longer ask India to play the bilateral series planned in the UAE in December.

- John Wright, who coached India between 2000 and 2005, said the late Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away on Sunday, was a 'tough' but 'fair' boss.

- Debutant medium pacer Murli Prasidh Krishna hogged the limelight on his first-class debut, claiming five wickets for 49 runs, as Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka dismissed star-studded Bangladesh 'A' for a paltry 158 on Tuesday, the opening day of their three-day game in Mysuru.

- Team Director Ravi Shastri said that fast bowler Ishant Sharma will have to learn how to draw the line while playing aggressive cricket and conceded that the team will miss him in the first Test against the Proteas after he breached ICC Code of Conduct during the Sri Lanka series.

- The sudden demise of veteran administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya has turned the BCCI into a divided house with the East Zone units deciding to prop up their own candidate, giving a new twist to the intense succession battle.

- Dalmiya's finest hour, of course, was the 1996 World Cup where broadcast rights were sold for million and the title sponsorship went for a handsome million. Stories of him turning around the finances of International Cricket Council (ICC) are aplenty. It was rumoured that both England and Australia feared him.

- Disgraced Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir has played down hopes of his immediate return to the national squad, saying his priority is domestic cricket at the moment.

- Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar was one of the first celebrities to wish his followers on social media.

- Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has urged selectors to be patient with the rookies in Steven Smith's team as they battle to cement places in the wake of a string of retirements.

- Recalling one of his many meetings with Jagmohan Dalmiya, former Australian captain Ian Chappell paid a rich tribute to the late BCCI president, saying he was a "rarity among administrators and that history should judge him kindly".

- From former rivals Narayanaswami Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar to current Board of Control for Cricket in India heavyweights, India's cricket fraternity bid an emotional farewell to Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was cremated with full state honours and a gun salute, on Monday.

- Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar paid tributes to BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya terming him as someone, who put the game of cricket above everything else.

- The International Cricket condoled the sudden death of BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, saying "cricket has lost a very experienced and seasoned administrator" in him.

- The leadership vacuum created in the Board of Control for Cricket in India following president Jagmohan Dalmiya's demise will be filled only after Board Secretary Anurag Thakur calls a Special General Meeting.

- Rajneesh Gupta figures out the Indian ODI and T20 sides for the South Africa series.

- Having earned a maiden call-up in the Indian one-day side for the upcoming South Africa series, Punjab all-rounder Gurkeerat Singh Mann said that captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh are his batting and bowling role models respectively.

- BCCI is one of the richest sporting bodies in world sports with a license to rule world cricket but it was Jagmohan Dalmiya who will be credited with it.

- Cricket fraternity and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya.

- The talented Punjab youngster Gurkeerat Singh Mann was selected for the upcoming One-day International series against South Africa.

- Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was admitted to hospital few days back after he complained of chest pain, passed away at a city hospital this evening following a massive cardiac arrest.

- Senior batsman Suresh Raina hit a strokeful century to help India 'A' outplay Bangladesh 'A' by 75 runs via Duckworth/Lewis method in the third unofficial rain-hit ODI and clinch the series 2-1 in Bengaluru.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur on Sunday said that the board is not averse to having different coaches for different formats in future just like Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni captaining teams across Tests and limited overs respectively.

- Australia have employed former India all-rounder Sridharan Sriram as a coaching consultant to help with their troubles playing spin bowling in the leadup to their tour of Bangladesh.

- Rewarding for his all-round show during the on-going India 'A' ODI series against Bangladesh, the Indian selectors have picked up youngster Gurkeerat Singh Mann for the three T20 Internationals and the first three ODIs for the upcoming home series against South Africa.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president TC Mathew has said that the final decision about the India-Pakistan series is expected to be made in October.

- 'This is a lesson for me. If you work hard, if you are grateful for what you have in life, God will bless you with more'

- On his part Rohit said, "I will be donating for this cause as I am so happy to find out what kind of work is being done by Mr Hameed and Mr Yakub to carry on this anti-poaching drive," said Rohit.

- After a shock defeat against Bangladesh 'A' in the second One-dayer, India 'A' will look to get their act together and clinch the unofficial three-match ODI series as they go into the third and final match, in Bengaluru, on Sunday, with both teams locked 1-1.

- Captain Steven Smith defends beer logo on Australia shirts.

- MS Dhoni is ready for limited overs series against South Africa.

- Australia must stifle their attacking instincts in the subcontinent and 'bore' batsmen into giving up their wickets, captain Smith has said.

- Shikhar Dhawan has said that the South Africa series will be a challenging one but believed that India remained favourites to win. Dhawan also did not endorse the popular view that this Indian batting line-up is not capable of playing quality spin bowling.

- Nasir Hossain turned in a fine all-round show as Bangladesh 'A' scored a 65-run victory over India 'A' in the second One-dayer and levelled the three-match series, in Bengaluru, on Friday. The 23-year-old all-rounder first hit an unbeaten hundred and then destroyed the home side with a five-wicked haul as Mominul Haque's side avenged the 96-run defeat in the first game, at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored the winning runs as Heroes XI beat Rest of the World XI by four wickets in the inaugural T20 fundraiser 'Cricket for Heroes' at the Kia Oval, in London, on Friday.

- Former India wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani has said the days of ten-overs-a-side contest making a foray into international cricket is not far away as it would make the game even more interesting.

- Praising Team Director Ravi Shastri for lifting the morale, Test opener Murali Vijay has said that the former all-rounder has entered the Indian cricket dressing room at the right time as things have fallen into place with the current coaching set-up.

- Pakistan's disgraced cricketer Salman Butt has tendered a personal apology to his former captain Shahid Afridi when they crossed paths at the national cricket academy in Lahore.

- Flamboyant all-rounder and national T20 captain Shahid Afridi has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board to stop running after their Indian counterparts to have the proposed bilateral series in December in the UAE.

- Stuart Broad was in an unfamiliar territory when he picked up another pair of whites as he cooked up a treat alongside fellow cricketers at the historic Lord's cricket ground - in the name of charity.

- The condition of BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya, who underwent an angiography at a hospital, in Kolkata, on Thursday night following chest pain, is stated to be stable.

- Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin will move into coaching to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of local cricketers, coach Darren Lehmann has said.

- Senior Board of Control for Cricket in India functionary Rajeev Shukla says the decision to give Team Director Ravi Shastri an extension till the 2016 World Cup was based on his good performance and rapport with the players.

- Having outplayed Bangladesh 'A' in all the departments in the first unofficial ODI, an upbeat India 'A' will be looking to keep the winning momentum.

- The 25-year-old all-rounder says he is looking to maintain his good showing the next to two matches of the One-day series against Bangladesh.

- The logjam at the Delhi District Cricket Association is all set to end as 19 members of the all-powerful executive committee proposed the name of former India batsman Ajay Jadeja for the chief coach's post.

- Having missed a few international games in Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka owing to a recurrent hamstring injury, India opener Murali Vijay has said he wants to attain peak fitness before the upcoming home series against South Africa.

- Gurkeerat Singh's all-round brilliance enabled India 'A' thrash Bangladesh 'A' by 96 runs in the first One-dayer of the three-match series, in Bengaluru, on Wednesday. The talented Punjab youngster first contributed a quickfire 58-ball 65 to ensure a commanding total of 322 for 7 for the hosts and then bowled his off-breaks effectively to return figures of 5 for 29 in 7.3 overs as the visitors were dismissed for 226 in 42.3 overs.

- Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed as the England's batting consultant on Tuesday for the upcoming three-match Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

- Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed has been ruled out of Bangladesh A's tour of India after sustaining a side strain in their crushing 96-run loss to India 'A' in the first of the three-match ODI series.

- Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has said Virat Kohli is on right track after he led India to a historic away Test series win in Sri Lanka.

- The Proteas bowlers took part in a thorough session under the watchful eyes of Langeveldt with the aim of increasing their workloads and mapping out expectations and game plans ahead of the 72-day tour which starts with the first Twenty20 match in Dharamsala on October 2.

- The left-armer, who injured his bowling hand in a CountyChampionship match against Lancashire, was the third spinner in the 16-man team alongside Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.

- Anticipating an exciting ODI series against the visiting Bangladesh A team, India A coach Rahul Dravid has said that the three matches will provide a good platform for young Indian players to impress the national selectors.

- ICC president Zaheer Abbas has said it was the right time to resume bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan as the whole world wants to see the two nations play each other.

- Criticising Duncan Fletcher's coaching reign between 2011-15, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has said that work ethic during the Zimbabwean's tenure was "pretty abysmal" as players reported late in practice sessions.

- Uncapped Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari was named in England's squad on Tuesday for the forthcoming three Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

- Team Director Ravi Shastri has praised R Ashwin for his performance in Sri Lanka and called him the best off-spinner in world at the moment.

- Star batsman Suresh Raina will look to get some batting practice ahead of the upcoming South Africa series along with some of the other fringe players as India 'A' take on Bangladesh 'A' in a three-match One-Day series, starting in Bengaluru, on Wednesday.

- Such was Brian Close's reputation for bravery that he received a call back to the national team at age 45, to face the fearsome West Indian attack.

- Former Sri Lanka batsman Roshan Mahanama will step down from the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees at the end of the year, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday.

- Promising that India will not back down from their "aggressive brand of cricket", team director Ravi Shastri feels consistency and patience would be key to success as the hosts gear up to face South Africa next month.

- Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has denied of backing fellow countryman Ricky Ponting's demand of gettind rid of toss before a Test match, stating that he would prefer the system to remain as it is.

- Singling out one key area where the Indian team was found wanting during its last tour to Australia, fast bowling great Jeff Thomson today said that the attack, spearheaded by Ishant Sharma, lacked in discipline.

- The uncapped pair are the newcomers in captain Steven Smith's 15-man squad, which includes 10 players with less than 10 Tests, as Australia look to rebuild following a string of retirements after the Ashes defeat in England.

- Australia thrashed England by eight wickets in their fifth and final one-day international at Old Trafford on Sunday to win the series 3-2 and take some consolation for the pain of Ashes defeat.

- Having missed touring India during his cricket career, former Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson arrived in Mumbai early this morning to impart his knowledge to Mumbai pace bowlers through a joint initiative by MCA and IDBI Federal Life Insurance.

- Bangladesh national cricketer Shahadat Hossain was suspended from all forms of the game as police investigate allegations that he and his wife beat their 11-year-old maid.

- Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has denied the reports of him bowling with un-remedied bowling action in the National T20 Cup.

- Having scored consistently since the last ICC Cricket World Cup, Shikhar Dhawan believes that he has "become a better batsman" in the past eight months compared to what he was when he made his Test debut against Australia back in 2013.

- Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has said that Ajinkya Rahane reminded him a bit of Sachin Tendulkar and his "compact technique" would fetch him a lot of runs for India.

- Ravi Shastri was retained as the Team Director of the Indian cricket team till the 2016 T20 World Cup at home, based on the recommendations of the BCCI advisory committee.

- The Annual General Meeting of the BCCI which was scheduled to be held on September 27 in Kolkata has been indefinitely postponed as the parent body awaits Supreme Court verdict on whether former president N Srinivasan can be allowed to attend meetings.

- Air India will be Indian cricket team's 'preferred airline' for travel from now on with the national carrier signing an MoU with the BCCI in this regard.

- Encouraged by a recent ICC statement on the importance of Indo-Pak cricket ties, the PCB has now sought the assistance of the ICC President Zaheer

- Mired in one controversy after another, the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) hit a new low after three top officials gave three separate probables list with one naming Gautam Gambhir as captain while another faction naming Madan Lal as 'mentor'.

- Former England cricketer Ian Pont has considered tainted player Mohammad Amir's technique as a fast swing bowler to be better than the legend Wasim Akram.

- Australian swashbuckling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has slammed the amended rule that deemed his spectacular catch during the fourth ODI against England as legal at Headingley.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India has filed a 238-page writ petition in the Supreme Court in order to get clarity about whether its former president N Srinivasan should be allowed to attend the Board meetings.

- Besides Kohli, who led India to a historic Test series triumph in Sri Lanka recently, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma, Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra were also named among the probables.

- Eoin Morgan and David Willey shone as England held their nerve to beat Australia by three wickets in a tense fourth one-day international at Headingley on Friday and level the series at 2-2.

- South Africa's warm-up game for the Twenty20 leg of their India tour has been shifted from Feroz Shah Kotla to the Palam ground with DDCA expressing their inability to host the match.

- Ajinkya Rahane opens up on the slot he likes to bat at, Virat Kohli's captaincy and India's record against spin

- 'A lot of our recent success has been based on the value of our number six batsman bowling some overs and we're comfortable continuing in that vein'

- Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith said he is "nervous" about the Proteas' upcoming tour of India, starting with the first Test in Mohali on November 5.

- Australia will be forced to blood an entirely new opening partnership in Bangladesh next month after David Warner was ruled out of the two-Test series with a broken finger on Friday.

- Pacer Mohammad Shami, who is recuperating after shoulder surgery, and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, back with a re-modelled action, are among 30 players named by the Board of Control for Cricket in India's senior selection committee for a preparatory camp ahead of the South African team's upcoming tour of India.

- Livid over Narayanswami Srinivasan attending the Board of Control for Cricket in India's working committee meeting, Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma shot off a letter to the Justice Lodha Committee, requesting it to recommend administrative reforms in the cricket board.

- India added seven more medals, including two gold, to their kitty on the penultimate day of competition at the fifth Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa, on Thursday. Archer Prachi Singh, in the girls' recurve individual event, and the tennis mixed doubles team of Sasikumar Mukund and Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal accounted for the gold medals.

- Virat Kohli has said that patience is key to success in Test cricket as one mistake can turn the game around.

- South Africa will head to India armed with three frontline slow bowlers in their Test squad after recalling leg-spinner Imran Tahir and off-break bowler Dane Piedt for the four-match series starting in November.

- Insisting that fitness standards in Indian cricket have improved over the years, the national team's Australian physiotherapist Patrick Farhart says he closely monitors each member of the squad as the body-types of players differ considerably.

- Anil Kumble has said India's Test series win against Sri Lanka in the away tour was a tremendous achievement by the team.

- Test skipper Virat Kohli refuses to be drawn into the brouhaha surrounding the new-found aggressive approach of Team India.

- Crediting Test captain Virat Kohli for backing him as a frontline tweaker, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has said that the young cricket leader has always helped his teammates cross barriers.

- Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin announced his retirement from first class cricket on Wednesday, following Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Chris Rogers in stepping down from Tests in the wake of the Ashes series defeat.

- James Taylor's patient century laid the platform for England to beat Australia by 93 runs in the third One-Day International at Old Trafford in Manchester, on Tuesday, leaving the touring side 2-1 up in the series.

- Former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja feels the bilateral series with India would not be possible in December and said in these circumstances PCB should try to host the Pakistan Super League on schedule.

- Experienced Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez provided a surprise on Tuesday when he bowled his quota of four overs for Lahore Whites in the ongoing national T20 championship in Rawalpindi.

- Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has hit out at the India's Team Director Ravi Shastri and Test captain Virat Kohli questioning their philosophy of aggression after Ishant Sharma incident resulted in a one-Test ban for the lanky Delhi fast bowler.

- PCB chief Shahryar Khan has asserted that Pakistan cricket in past few years has survived without playing India and it will continue to survive in case the BCCI backs out of the series slated to be held in the UAE in December.

- The England and Wales Cricket Board's decision to exclude maverick batsman Kevin Pietersen from selection has benefitted the team, director of cricket Andrew Strauss told BBC.

- Jerome Jayaratne will be Sri Lanka's interim coach for the home series against West Indies beginning next month, the country's cricket board announced.

- The Uttar Pradesh left-hander will make his singing debut for actor Zeishan Quadri's directorial Bollywood debut Meeruthiyan Gangsters, scheduled for release on September 18.

- Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has thanked his growing fan base, which has taken his twitter following to 8 million.

- Former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to stop running after the BCCI to resume bilateral ties.

- PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan feels India must fulfill its promise of 'rewarding' Pakistan for its support for the 'Big Three' governance system introduced in the International Cricket Council (ICC) last year.

- England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he did not willfully handle the ball that led to his controversial dismissal for "obstructing the field" in the second One-dayer against Australia on Saturday.

- The blazer worn by Australian cricketing great Donald Bradman during his first series as Test captain sold for A2,000 (,410.00) on Monday, local media reported.

- His respectable, if not spectacular, legacy in Tests will remain a source of debate in assessing one of the game's most polarising players.

- Bairstow replaces jaded Buttler in England squad while Australia rope in Hastings, and call-up Handscomb after injury glut

- The injuries and form aside, it was that famous fall-out with then captain Michael Clarke and coach Mickey Arthur that brought ignominy unto Watson.

- Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) secretary Aditya Verma, who is the petitioner in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case, on Sunday, refused the speculations of Lalit Modi providing any kind of financial support to him.

- The all-rounder from Queensland, who made his Test debut in 2005, finishes with 59 Tests scoring 3,371 runs at an average of 35.19 and 75 wickets.

- Ben Stokes' dismissal soured Australia's 64-run over England in the second ODI at Lord's on Saturday.

- Australia thumped England by 64 runs to go 2-0 ahead in the five-match series of one-day internationals although victory came with a large slice of controversy at Lord's on Saturday.

- Sourav Ganguly has praised the team's series victory in Sri Lanka especially after losing the first Test.

- Amid a cloud of uncertainty over resumption of Indo-Pak cricketing ties, Pakistan's coach Waqar Younis has said he is optimistic about a bilateral series in December and firmly believes regular cricket can help reduce tensions between the two countries.

- Describing Sachin Tendulkar as his role model, India ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that iconic batsman's humility and passion for the game was an inspiration for him and others.

- India's middle-order mainstay Ajinkya Rahane promised that the team's batsmen would put up a much more impressive display against spinners in the coming four-Test series against South Africa than they had in the last few rubbers.

- Rohit Sharma has more often than not being panned by critics for not realising his true potential but he feels that there is little reason to react to it.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision to form an ad-hoc body in Rajasthan Cricket Association to ensure the state's participation in domestic tournaments may lead to more legal tangles as the Lalit Modi faction in the RCA is planning to move the court against the BCCI.

- "Sports is something, which gives you a reason to smile. It is hence I am smiling in front of you," he said.

- India batting great Rahul Dravid says Ajinkya Rahane is more suited to the No. 5 position than No. 3, where he batted in two Tests during the just-concluded series against Sri Lanka.

- Former India speedster Venkatesh Prasad says Ishant Sharma needs to focus on his skill and focus on getting the batsman out rather than getting over-aggressive.

- If Ishant Sharma crossed the line in the just-concluded Test series against Sri Lanka it was mainly because of captain Virat Kohli's "aggressiveness", says the lanky pacer's childhood coach, Shravan Kumar.

- Australia, bidding to avenge their defeat in the Ashes Test series earlier in the tour, went 1-0 up in the One-Day International encounter when they beat England by 59 runs in Southampton on Thursday.

- His resignation comes after the island nation's back-to-back Test series defeats to continental neighbours Pakistan and India in last three months.

- Back-to-back half-centuries against Sri Lanka were just the confidence-booster Wriddhiman Saha needed as he slowly recovers from a hamstring injury that prevented him from playing in the third Test of the just concluded series.

- Bishen Singh Bedi has praised Ravichandran Ashwin for his consistent showing in the three matches but came down hard on the other bowlers.

- Former captain Rahul Dravid says it was a misconception that Indian youngsters are bad players of spin and insisted that they actually have incredible shot-making ability against the slow bowlers.

- Steve Waugh has backed calls from fellow former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and West Indies great Michael Holding for cricket chiefs to rid Test cricket of the toss.

- Having registered their first series win on Sri Lankan soil in more than two decades, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has declared that there will be no

- 'No, you don't require tantrums, or beating a tattoo on the helmet or rude and hostile gestures to make a point.'

- The Pakistan Cricket Board has written a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India inquiring about the scheduled bilateral series in December to be held in the United Arab Emirates and has also asked them to keep politics away from cricket.

- India ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will join compatriot Virender Sehwag and a host of other international cricketers for a charity match at the Kia Oval on September 17.

- Terming Ishant Sharma's verbal duels with the Sri Lankans a "pathetic display of aggression", former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has said Test skipper Virat Kohli needs to control his own belligerence and be a role model for his players.

- Handed the responsibility of leading India's bowling attack, Ishant Sharma is living up to expectations. The Delhi pacer played a major role in the 2-1 victory in the Test series in Sri Lanka, the first for India in the island nation after a long wait of 22 years.

- Virat Kohli dropped a position to 11th leaving India with no batsmen in the top 10 of the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, in the latest update of the ICC Player Rankings released by the International Cricket Council on Tuesday.

- Describing Sachin Tendulkar as his role model, India ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that iconic batsman's humility and passion for the game was an inspiration for him and others.

- Sri Lanka off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal has been reported for a suspect bowling action during the third Test against India, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday.

- Former Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke has withdrawn from a lucrative domestic Twenty20 contract as he reassesses whether he will ever play the sport again.

- Harish Kotian/Rediff.com assesses the Indian side after the 2-1 series triumph in Sri Lanka.

- Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, currently on a private visit to the US, has been honoured with a resolution in New Jersey for his on-field

- Lauding Virat Kohli for leading India to a historic series win against Sri Lanka legend Sunil Gavaskar has said that the young captain has shown early signs of great leadership with his "pro-active" approach.

- Having focused more on Test cricket over the last year, Man of the Series Ravichandran Ashwin has come to terms with the fact that cricket's longest format is no "child's play".

- Senior spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that he is ready to retire from international cricket if the Pakistan cricket authorities tell him clearly he is no longer a part of their plans.

- Three Sri Lanka players and India's Ishant Sharma were found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct in two separate incidents during the penultimate day's play in the third Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

- India captain Virat Kohli does not mind if anger or aggression is channelised in the right direction which is what happened with a fiery Ishant Sharma after his altercation with Dhammika Prasad.

- Statistical highlights from Day 5 in the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and India.

- Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar joined a host of former greats in congratulating India's cricket team on the historic series triumph over Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

- Photos from Day 5 of the 3rd Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo in Tuesday

- A delighted Indian Test captain Virat Kohli termed his team's 2-1 series win as a "magnificent milestone" as they now became a a "part of history".

- Chasing a daunting target of 386, the hosts collapsed after skipper Angelo Mathews was dismissed for 110, his seventh Test century, and were dismissed for 268.

- Sri Lankans Thirimanne, Chandimal and Prasad also charged

- "I have been to different places. Most of them have been cricket-playing nations like England and Australia. This was a one of a kind (visit) in the US," he said referring to his public appearance at the temple.

- Shane Watson's pads have never tired of planting themselves between ball and stumps but on Monday in Cardiff their failure to do so delivered the ultimate punchline at the Australian's expense.

- Guess how many ducks the Sri Lankan and Indian batsmen have scored this series? Rajneesh Gupta has some interesting figures from Day 4.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have announced that all future bilateral series between the two nations will be named 'The Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Series '.

- Fast bowler Ishant Sharma was again involved in an altercation with Sri Lankan players during India's second innings on Day 4 of the third Test in Colombo, on Monday.

- England held their nerve to beat Australia by five runs in a thrilling finish to a one-off Twenty20 international on Monday.

- Images from Day 4 in the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and India, in Colombo, on Monday

- There was a lot of criticism from all quarters when Rohit Sharma was moved down the batting order from one drop to No 5 but the talented right-hander is of the opinion that "no one owns any particular batting slot" in this team.

- Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar condemned the ugly on-field altercations between Indian and Sri Lanka players on Day 4 of the third and final Test in Colombo on Friday, saying such incidents are poor advertisement for the sport.

- India are in sight of their first series triumph on Sri Lankan soil in 22 years, having reduced the hosts to 67 for 3 after setting them a daunting target of 386 in the third and final Test in Colombo on Friday.

- Pakistan's former cricket captain Wasim Akram has received an unconditional apology from the retired military man who fired on his car during a road rage incident in Karachi earlier this month.

- "All the players have played there before (and) played IPL (Indian Premier League) there. Whatever team is selected, that will be the right team for those conditions and I really do think this could be one of our best chances to win the Twenty20 World Cup.

- On a high after claiming his seventh five wicket haul, pace spearhead Ishant Sharma said that he enjoyed bowling on a green wicket with a red kookaburra ball.

- Photos from Day 3 of the third Test played between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo on Sunday

- Ishant Sharma claimed five wickets as India bowled out Sri Lanka for 201 to claim a healthy 111-run first innings lead, on Day 3 of the third and final Test in Colombo, on Sunday.

- With his tight technique and a cool temperament, Cheteshwar Pujara has an assuring presence at the crease, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said in praise of the young batsman, who rescued India with his century.

- Relieved after notching up his first hundred in close to two years, Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara thanked A team coach Rahul Dravid for reassuring him that there was "nothing wrong" with his technique during the prolonged lean patch.

- Images of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka being played in Colombo

- Cheteshwar Pujara marked his comeback with a gritty unbeaten century as India recovered from an early slump to reach a decent 292-8 in their first innings of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

- In the wake of adjourned meeting of the BCCI's working committee, Aditya Verma, the petitioner in the IPL spot-fixing case, claimed that the entire committee would have drawn contempt of court if former president N Srinivasan had participated in the working committee's meeting in Kolkata on Friday.

- Pakistan's tainted former captain Salman Butt has asked the PCB's anti-corruption officials and legal advisors to reconsider the reintegration and rehabilitation plan for the disgraced trio.

- The proposed bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan due to be held in the UAE later this year should be postponed until long-standing border unrest between the two countries ends, said former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

- "I've a huge amount still to give in the Test arena and still have so many ambitions left to achieve, both from a personal and a team perspective," he said.

- India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar lauded his batsmen for adapting quickly to the team's requirements and coming out to bat at any position they are asked to.

- High drama was witnessed at the Board of Control for Cricket in India's crucial Working Committee meeting in Kolkata on Friday over the presence of Narayanswami Srinivasan, prompting president Jagmohan Dalmiya to adjourn it sine die over lack of legal clarity on the sidelined former chief's status.

- Rain played spoilsport on the opening day, washing out more than two sessions, after India had recovered to 50 for two in their first innings in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo, on Friday.

- Images from Day 1 in the third Test between India and Sri Lanka, in Colombo.

- Left-arm spinner Axar Patel scalped four wickets without conceding a single run as India 'A' clinched the unofficial Test series against South Africa 'A' 1-0 after an imposing innings and 81 runs victory in the second and final match in Wayanad, Kerala, on Friday.

- Having two new teams for the next two editions of Indian Premier League in place of suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals was among the two proposals put forward by the IPL Governing Council in its meeting.

- Australia secured a 23-run win over Ireland in a rain-interrupted one-day international, in Belfast, on Friday.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that India should field five specialist bowlers by leaving out Stuart Binny from the playing XI if they want to win the third and final Test against Sri Lanka beginning Friday in Colombo.

- India's batting mainstay Virat Kohli has climbed up a place to number four in the ICC rankings for the ODI batsmen, while the side retained its second position in the team list.

- Axar Patel showed his all-round prowess with an unbeaten 69 as India 'A' posted 417 for 8 against South Africa 'A' and swelled their lead to 157 runs on a rain-hit third day in the second and final unofficial 'Test' in Wayanad, Kerala, on Thursday.

- Team Director Ravi Shastri says India needs the right balance and play proper cricket, like it did in the second Test, to wrap the Sri Lanka series.

- India goes into the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Friday hoping to register their first series victory in the island nation in 22 years.

- Wellington's Basin Reserve will stage its first One-day International in 10 years when New Zealand host Pakistan in the coming home summer.

- Petitioner in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case, Aditya Verma has shot a letter to the legal head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India U N Bannerjee and all the Working Committee members, requesting them not to allow Narayanaswami Srinivasan in the meeting.

- Steven Smith to pick Ricky Ponting's brain for captaincy tips.

- Injuries have forced India to make changes to their winning combination. With Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha returning home, the visitors are likely to field a new combination.

- AB de Villiers returned to form with a brisk half-century which helped South Africa to complete a 62-run win and a 2-1 series victory over New Zealand on Wednesday.

- When not playing cricket, Dhoni wears many hats apart from being a batsman, wicketkeeper and sometimes a bowler.

- Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has lauded Virat Kohli for his leadership qualities in his initial days as Test skipper.

- With Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra tormenting Sri Lankan team in the first two Tests, former captain Sanath Jayasuriya feels that the newer crop of batsmen emerging from the island nation have not done proper assessment of their ability to handle quality spinners.

- Abhinav Mukund and skipper Ambati Rayudu struck half-centuries as India A gained a slight edge, reaching 342 for six against South Africa A, thereby taking a 82-run lead at stumps on the second day of the second and final unofficial 'Test'.

- Wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha says he will be "under pressure" to perform if he makes the playing eleven in the decisive third Test against Sri Lanka, starting Friday, after the freak injury to Wriddhiman Saha opened the door for him after a "long wait".

- Having spent considerable time under Rahul Dravid's tutelage in Rajasthan Royals as well as the India 'A' set-up, talented Karun Nair is grateful to the Karnataka legend for giving him the "right confidence" which has gone a long way in him earning a call-up to the Test squad.

- Reader John Noronha met former New Zealand captain and CSK Coach Stephen Fleming at hotel Taj Lands End in Mumbai on the weekend.

- India's Test captain Virat Kohli has dropped out of ICC's top-10 list for batsmen in the five-day format.

- England are to play three home Tests against Sri Lanka next year and four against Pakistan.

- Fresh from their series-levelling victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, some Indian players including captain Virat Kohli were seen enjoying a game of badminton.

- Left-arm spinner Axar Patel scalped five wickets as India 'A' spinners shot out South Africa 'A' for 260 on Day 1 of the second and final unofficial 'Test' in Wayanad, Kerala, on Tuesday.

- It is not often that you see India winning a Test overseas but Virat Kohli's penchant for taking calculated risks could buck that trend, feels Australian great Adam Gilchrist.

- Impressed with India's aggressive brand of cricket in the two Tests so far, former Sri Lanka pacer Chaminda Vaas on Tuesday said that the five-bowler theory is reaping rich results for the young visiting side.

- India captain Virat Kohli fell out of the top-10 while Ashwin climbed up the bowlers and well as the all-rounders' chart

- Former India pacer Chetan Sharma believes Ishant Sharma has matured as a bowler and is leading the attack well following good performances with the ball in the ongoing three-Test series in Sri Lanka.

- The T20I and ODI squads, captained by Eoin Morgan, feature five players, Moeen, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood, who were involved in the Ashes.

- With the Pakistan Cricket Board indicating that it may raise the issue of India not agreeing on a bilateral series in the United Arab Emirates with the International Cricket Council, the cricket world body's president Zaheer Abbas on Monday made it clear that they cannot be compelled to play against each other.

- Sri Lankan batting legend Kumar Sangakkara fought back tears in an emotional farewell where the country's President Maithripala Sirisena stumped him by offering the High Commissioner's post to United Kingdom, in Colombo, on Monday.

- Hailing India's series levelling win against Sri Lanka in the second Test as a start of a bright future, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the Virat Kohli-led side not only looks "determined" but has also found the right balance in all departments.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents interesting statistics from Day 5 in the second Test between India and Sri Lanka.

- Why Kumar Sangakkara is counted alongside Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid?

- Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin might have dismissed Kumar Sangakkara in his last four innings, but the legendary cricketer rated veteran India pacer Zaheer Khan as one of the most dangerous bowlers he has faced during his 15-year long illustrious career.

- Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews has blamed his batsmen for the heavy defeat in the second Test against India in Colombo, saying they lost the game with their first innings batting.

- India opener Lokesh Rahul says the thumping 278-run victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test will help the players regain confidence going into the third and final Test of the series, starting in Colombo on Friday.

- Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed five second innings wickets as India beat Sri Lanka by 278 runs in the second Test for a series-levelling victory at the P Sara Oval, in Colombo, on Monday.

- Sangakkara was one of the leading cricketers in world cricket for the last 15 years during which played in 134 Tests (scoring 12,400 runs, 182 catches (131 catches as a wicket-keeper) as well as 20 stumpings), 404 ODIs (14,234 runs, 402 catches (383 as wicket-keeper) and 99 stumpings) and 56 T20Is (1,382 runs, 26 catches as wicket-keeper and 20 stumpings).

- Ravichandran Ashwin produced another magical spell to scalp five wickets as India notched up a series-levelling 278-run victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka, denying the legendary Kumar Sangakkara a fairytale farewell from the game.

- Aus coach Darren Lehmann refused to blame selection errors and concedes being outplayed by England

- Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has penned a heartwarming farewell message to retiring Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara.

- Statistical highlights from Day 4 in the second Test between India and Sri Lanka, in Colombo.

- An unbeaten century from opener Martin Guptill eased New Zealand to an emphatic eight-wicket victory over South Africa in the second One-Day International at Senwes Park on Sunday.

- Australia secured a consolation victory in the final Test by an innings and 46 runs on Sunday before England captain Alastair Cook lifted the Ashes urn at the end of a dramatic and fluctuating series.

- In a big blow to India, opening batsman Murali Vijay and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha were ruled out for the remainder of the Test series against Sri Lanka due to injuries.

- Named as a replacement player for injured Murali Vijay in the Indian squad for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, young Karun Nair said that the call up was a dream come true for him and will boost his confidence.

- Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane said that his team will have to bowl with a lot of patience on fifth day on Monday in their pursuit of victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

- Images of the fourth day's play of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka being played in Colombo.

- As the stylish left-hander, Kumar Sangakkara, draws curtains to his illustrious career, here are tributes pouring from him from across the world.

- India were eyeing a series-leveling win in the second Test by reducing Sri Lanka to 72 for two after setting the hosts a daunting victory target of 413, riding on Ajinkya Rahane's sparkling century.

- Kumar Sangakkara, who rose to become one of the greatest Sri Lankan to have played the game, walked out to bat for one final time in international cricket amid a standing ovation at the P Sara Oval and guard of honour by the visiting Indian team.

- Out-of-favour Indian batsman Virender Sehwag has finally decided to make a shift from Delhi to Haryana for the forthcoming domestic cricket season.

- Gavaskar urged the pundits to stop analysing Virat Kohli's leadership skills so early in his career.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from Day 3.

- Australia reduced England to 203 for six to move to the brink of a consolation victory on the third day of the final Ashes Test at The Oval on Saturday.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur made it clear that there will be no cricketing ties with Pakistan until they stop giving shelter to mafia Don Dawood Ibrahim and not make attempts to indulge in dialogue with separatist leaders.

- Sri Lankan middle-order batsman Lahiru Thirimanne was today fined 30 per cent of his match fee for 'showing dissent at an umpires's decision.'

- Looking to set a 350-plus target for Sri Lanka, says Amit Mishra.

- Images of the third day's play of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka being played in Colombo.

- India gained an upperhand in the second Test against Sri Lanka by taking a handy 87-run first innings lead despite a fighting century by rival skipper Angelo Mathews in Colombo on Saturday.

- Arthur Morris, one of Australia's finest opening batsmen and a key member of Don Bradman's 'Invincibles' side, has died aged 93.

- Centurion Steve Smith praised Australia's bowlers after they reduced England to 107 for eight in the first innings to set up a victory bid in the fifth and final Ashes Test on Friday.

- Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath feels that he has learnt a lot after being associated with MRF Pace foundation in the last two years after his initial hesitation to take over the role from Dennis Lillee.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents interesting numbers from Day 2 of the second Test in Colombo, on Friday.

- England crumbled meekly to 107 for eight in reply to Australia's 481 to put the touring side firmly on course for victory in the final Ashes Test after a dramatic second day at The Oval on Friday.

- Australia great Shane Warne accused selection chief Rodney Marsh of "panic" and poor decision-making during the Ashes campaign against England.

- Chasing a mammoth victory target of 444, the hosts battled to 309 for four before the umpires decided to call off the match after consulting the two captains, Ambati Rayudu and Dane Vilas.

- Sachin Tendulkar joined legendary Australian pace bowler Glenn McGrath at the MRF Pace Foundation Academy on Friday and spent time with the current batch of pace bowling trainees and provided them insights on the game.

- Bowling coach Bharat Arun said that India are in a comfortable position currently and targetting a first innings lead of around 100 runs, in the second Test match against Sri Lanka, in Colombo.

- Retiring home hero Kumar Sangakkara featured in a brief rebuilding act in his final Test as Sri Lanka reached 140 for three in reply to India's first innings total of 393 on day two of the second Test in Colombo, on Friday. Images from the second day's play.

- Retiring legend Kumar Sangakkara was unable to get a big knock in his swansong Test appearance but Sri Lanka overcame an early jolt to post 140 for 3, after dismissing India for 393 in the first innings, on Day 2 of the second Test in Colombo on Friday.

- Former England fast bowler Chris Tremlett retired from all forms of cricket on Friday, citing injury problems.

- The Madras high court on Friday issued a notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India on a petition by Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings challenging the order of Justice Lodha Committee suspending it from the IPL over the betting and match-fixing scandal in 2013 involving its top official Gurunath Meiyappan.

- The former West Indies batting great, who was in New Delhi recently, discusses quite a few recent issues including governance of sports world wide and the need for administrators who do not turn a blind eye to matters plaguing cricket.

- Coming in to bat after the fall of opener Dimuth Karunaratne in their first innings of the second Test, Sangakkara jogged in at the P Sara Oval with the home team placed a 1/1 in reply to India's 1st innings total of 393 all out.

- "I think that he deserved it," said Warner of the reception Clarke received on the first day of the fifth Test on Thursday.

- 'We knew it was going to be tough conditions, for us it was about leaving and respecting good deliveries. Me and Chris left well which put us in a great position'

- Steve Smith made a brave unbeaten 78 to lift Australia to 287 for three on the first day of the fifth and final Test against England at The Oval on Thursday.

- IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings moved the Madras High Court challenging the order of Justice Lodha Committee suspending it from Indian Premier League over the 2013 betting scam involving its top official Gurunath Meiyappan.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents the interesting numbers from Day 1 of the second Test between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo.

- He may have scored a fluent century to steady India from the early jitters against Sri Lanka in the second Test, but opener Lokesh Rahul has mixed feelings about his innings.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar lashed out at the team management's decision to make Ajinkya Rahane bat at number three in the first innings of the second Test against Sri Lanka, on Thursday, saying it "sacrificed" an "uncomplaining" cricketer.

- Needing 392 runs to avoid the follow-on, after the South Africans posted a mammoth 542 in their first innings, the hosts were shot out for a meagre 204 in 66.3 overs in their first essay, conceding a huge lead of 338 runs.

- Images from the opening day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, on Thursday.

- Opener Lokesh Rahul scored a fighting century as India recovered from early jitters to post 319 for six in their first innings on Day 1 of the second Test against Sri Lanka, in Colombo, on Thursday.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur felicitated Sri Lanka's batting great Kumar Sangakkara before the start of second Test here in Colombo on Thursday.

- Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur confirmed that a call on India's new chief coach will be taken in September.

- The International Cricket Council might have confirmed that the tainted trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir can return to cricket after the expire of their bans, but a divided house seems to have emerged in Pakistani cricket.

- Australia captain Michael Clarke was in reflective mood on the eve of his final Test match against England at The Oval as he plotted a consolation victory to finish the series on a high.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar said all-rounder Stuart Binny would lend much needed balance to the Indian team which is keen to bounce back after an embarrassing defeat in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

- Sri Lanka's victory in the first Test at Galle will rank among the greatest comebacks of all time.

- A century from Hashim Amla laid the foundation for home success on Wednesday as South Africa beat New Zealand by 20 runs to win their opening one-day international at Centurion.

- Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria, who is serving a life ban for spot-fixing, has challenged the petition of the England and Wales Cricket Board filed in the Sindh High Court to recover costs and fines of the case from him.

- Pakistani cricketers Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt will be free to return to competitive action on Sept. 2 after serving bans for involvement in match-fixing, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday.

- Determined to make a strong start in the next domestic season, India batsman Suresh Raina is presently undergoing a month-long high intensity training at the synthetic pitches of Amsterdam Cricket Club (ACC) in the Dutch capital.

- Quinton de Kock continued his preparation for the upcoming 72-day tour of India in brilliant fashion, smashing a hundred that put South Africa 'A' in control against India 'A' on the second day of the first unofficial Test in Wayanad, Kerala, on Wednesday.

- Board of Control for Cricket in India's secretary Anurag Thakur on Wednesday left for Colombo where he will be meeting Indian cricket team's director Ravi Shastri on the sidelines of the second Test against Sri Lanka, starting on Thursday.

- England fast bowler James Anderson will not play in the final Ashes test against Australia at The Oval due to a side strain, captain Alastair Cook said on Wednesday.

- Sri Lankan medium-pacer Nuwan Pradeep is likely to miss the second cricket Test against India, starting on Thursday as he is yet to fully recover from a hamstring injury.

- India have flown in pace-bowling all-rounder Stuart Binny but Shikhar Dhawan's absence is likely to force the team management to ask Murali Vijay, nursing a hamstring injury which kept him out of the Galle Test, to partner K L Rahul.

- The Virat Kohli-led team must take inspiration from the last trip to Sri Lanka, in 2010, when India beat Sri Lanka by five wickets, thanks to hundreds from Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman.

- Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta on Wednesday denied media reports which claimed that she had told Indian Premier League officials that some players from her team "may have indulged in suspicious activities linked to throwing matches."

- Ricky Ponting has expressed his disappointment over a barrage of criticism levelled against retiring captain Michael Clarke following Australia's Ashes series defeat against England.

- India's One-Day International captain, also an honorary member of the Indian army, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a memorable day in Agra on Wednesday during training at an army camp.

- Fast bowler Mark Wood, who took the final wicket in the fourth Test to seal England's Ashes triumph, expects to be dropped for the fifth and final match against Australia at The Oval on Thursday.

- India's spin legend Erapalli Prasanna says it is imperative for a spinner to have the captain's faith in his abilities as a bowler.

- Amit Mishra was praised by Virat Kohli as one of the two or three batsmen who showed resistance in India's second innings of the first Test and the bowler has said that his captain's support gave him a lot of confidence.

- Middle-order batsman Omphile Ramela struck an attractive century as South Africa 'A' posted a comfortable 293 for 4 on the opening day of the first unofficial 'Test' against India 'A', in Wayanad, Kerala, on Tuesday. Riding on the left-hander's 112 off 197 balls, the Proteas dictated terms after skipper Dane Vilas chose to bat.

- It may be Kumar Sangakkara's farewell game but the Indian team is all focused on previous match's centurion Dinesh Chandimal with leg-spinner Amit

- 'People tell me you know when you know and I felt like this is the right time'

- Harbhajan Singh's lackluster performance in the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka has put him under pressure.

- Tips from the likes of India batting legends Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid during the just-concluded 'A' teams' tri-series, says Mayank Agarwal, will go a long way in shaping his fledgling career.

- Who do you feel is India's best bat for the No. 3 slot in the second Test against Sri Lanka, starting on Thursday, August 20.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is bowled over by Virat Kohli's exuberance and passion to cricket.

- Notwithstanding India's shock defeat in the first Test against Sri Lanka, Team Director Ravi Shastri has made it clear that the team will not change its style of play in the remaining two Tests, saying the endeavour has always been to play "fearless cricket".

- Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the rest of the Sri Lanka Test series following the injury to his right hand.

- Shakya Mitra ponders why top batsmen like Michael Clarke bowing out early.

- Australia's troubled Ashes tour of England continued when they drew with county side Northamptonshire on Sunday.

- As Michael Clarke gets ready to play the final Test of his career, what will be remembered -- like his predecessor Ricky Ponting -- will not be their many triumphs, but the failure to win the Ashes on English soil.

- A blazing half-century from opener Martin Guptill helped New Zealand beat South Africa by 32 runs in Centurion on Sunday to draw the two-match Twenty20 international series 1-1.

- As the beleaguered Indian cricket team start picking up pieces after a forgettable first Test, the spotlight is firmly fixed on team's senior-most pro Harbhajan Singh whose unimpressive show in the 63-run defeat has raised question marks about his future.

- In a desperate bid to get their team combination right, the Indian cricket team summoned Karnataka all-rounder Stuart Binny as the 16th member of the Test squad ahead of the second Test, starting Thursday.

- Ashwin moves into top-10, Dhawan in career-high 32nd spot in the latest ICC Test rankings

- Indian Test captain Virat Kohli made it clear that the issue regarding the use of the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) needs to be deliberated after the end of the ongoing three-Test series against Sri Lanka.

- Having stayed under legendary Muuttiah Muralitharan's shadow for the better part of his career, Rangana Herath feels that being in and out of the side over last decade is like "bread and butter" for him.

- India skipper Virat Kohli stoutly defended his five-bowler strategy, saying the blame lays with the batsmen who failed to deliver while chasing 176-odd runs in the first Test in Galle.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from the day's proceedings.

- The Sri Lankan supporters and players present at the Galle International stadium gave a fitting farewell to Kumar Sangakkara.

- Harish Kotian/Rediff.com highlights what Virat Kohli needs to ponder about, after the Galle defeat

- Rangana Herath picked up seven wickets in a sublime display of left-arm spin bowling to power Sri Lanka to a spectacular comeback win by 63 runs against India on the fourth day of the opening test at Galle on Saturday.

- In an extraordinary twist to the game, India on Saturday capitulated to an embarassing 63-run defeat in the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka.

- Opener Hashim Amla fell two runs shy of a half-century as South Africa cruised to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first Twenty20 at Kingsmead on Friday.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar says it was not a surprise that India struggled to wipe off the bottom half of the Sri Lankan batting line up since it was team's old habit and the pitch also tends to settle on the second and third day of a Test match, making batting easier.

- Ajinkya Rahane became the first fielder in Test history to take eight catches, achieving the feat in the ongoing first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Friday.

- Lavishing praise on Gurkeerat Singh for his match-winning heroics against Australia A in the tri-series final, India A captain Unmukt Chand said that the middle-order batsman batted well at a crucial time to bail the hosts out of trouble.

- Interesting numbers from the third day's play in the first Test between India and Sri Lanka, at Galle.

- Pleased with his world record feat of eight catches in a Test match, Ajinkya Rahane credited former India captain Rahul Dravid for guiding him on slip catching and overall fielding.

- India A might have won the tri-series final against Australia A but the match was marked by some ugly exchange of words between the players of the two sides with visiting captain Usman Khawaja alleging that Sanju Samson spit on his players.

- Gurkeerat Singh turned in a superb all-round showing as India 'A' beat fancied Australia 'A' by four wickets in the final of the 'A' teams triangular series in Chennai on Friday.

- Photos from Day 3 of the first Test played in Galle on Friday.

- India were set a tricky target of 176 runs to win the first Test against Sri Lanka after Dinesh Chandimal produced a counter-attacking unbeaten 162 to lead a spirited fightback for the hosts in Galle.

- 'When Michael made his decision to retire last week it was a very straight forward decision for us to nominate Steve as his successor'

- Blaming their woeful performance to the 'transition phase', Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan said it is advantage India in the ongoing series and they would take couple of years to rebuild the team.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from the second day's proceedings.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has described Test skipper Virat Kohli as someone born to assume leadership role and hoped he will live up to the expectations of the people.

- Having showed enormous amount of patience during his 134-run knock, opener Shikhar Dhawan Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan expressed great satisfaction in being able to show a different kind of batsmanship to the one people have been used to over last couple of years.

- Mayank Agarwal and Manish Pandey smashed centuries to power India 'A' to a 34-run win over South Africa A and qualify for the tri-series final at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

- India 'A' coach Rahul Dravid says being dropped from Karnataka's Ranji Trophy-winning team must have acted as a catalyst for young Mayank Agarwal to work on his game.

- Photos from Day two's play of the first Test match between India and Sri Lanka being played in Galle

- India took a firm grip on the first Test against Sri Lanka by taking a first innings lead of 192 and snaring the hosts' openers in the second innings by the end of Day 2 in Galle on Thursday.

- Rajneesh Gupta highlights the six top performances by Indian spinners in Tests abroad since the 2000s began.

- Ravichandran Ashwin has said he rediscovered himself after critically analysing his bowling, as he left the Sri Lankans bamboozled with a six-wicket haul, which gave India an upper hand in the first Test in Galle.

- Dinesh Chandimal lauded India's bowlers on their brilliant showing on Day 1 of the first Test, in Galle on Wednesday, saying the spinners exploited the conditions well.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from Day 1 in the first Test between India and Sri Lanka.

- Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin spun a web around Sri Lankan batsmen with a six-wicket haul as India dismissed the hosts for a paltry 183 in the first innings to gain the upperhand on the opening day of the first Test in Galle on Wednesday.

- Images from Day 1 in the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at Galle.

- Skipper Matthew Wade led from the front with a sparkling century as Australia A cruised to a 108-run victory over South Africa A and maintained a clean slate in the tri-series cricket tournament, in Chennai, on Wednesday.

- Opener Joe Burns, wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, spinner Aston Agar, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and the pace duo of James Pattinson and Nathan Coulter-Nile were selected to the senior team for the ODI series against England and Ireland later this month by virtue of their fine performances in the ongoing Australia 'A' team's tour of India.

- The squad also sees the return of proven Test and one-day bowler James Pattinson, who joined Australia A in India after recovering from a string of injuries

- Cricket Australia's high performance director Pat Howard has taken the blame for the Ashes capitulation and put himself forward as the first person to be held to account in a post-series review.

- Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has left the Ashes tour of England and is returning home, local media said on Wednesday.

- Which Indian batsman has the highest run tally against Sri Lanka (Clue: He has an aggregate of 1,995 runs)?

- Rohit Sharma is set to play at number three in the first Test against Sri Lanka beginning on Wednesday but Sunil Gavaskar feels India captain Virat Kohli should bat at the crucial position.

- 'I would have loved to win a 50-over World Cup. We had two chances, but we didn't convert them.'

- In a fitting tribute to Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews spoke of Don Bradman and the retiring great in the same breath, calling him the most "consistent batsman he has ever seen".

- Virat Kohli's aggressive strategy to deploy five specialist bowlers will be tested when India go into the three-match cricket Test series against Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday, hoping to end a 22-year-old wait for a series triumph on Lankan soil.

- The 37-year-old is Sri Lanka's highest run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs and is also among the few players to have hit a century against all Test-playing nations.Check out some of his interesting records by clicking on the boxes below:

- England's 2005 Ashes-winning side were better than the team that sealed a series victory over Australia with a game to spare in Nottingham on Saturday, according to Kevin Pietersen.

- Rain threatens to disrupt the first day's play when Sri Lanka and India face-off in the opening Test at Galle on Wednesday.

- The league match between South Africa A and Australia A in the ongoing Tri Series cricket tournament slated for Tuesday has been postponed to Wednesday, August 12 and India A will cross with Australia A in the final match of the league phase on August 13.

- 'Nothing is confirmed yet either with anything, in regards to the captaincy, but if it works out that way and I am the next captain, then it's a lot of responsibility'

- The Indian team can rise to as high as third in the ICC Test rankings if Virat Kohli's men whitewash Sri Lanka in the three-match series starting on Wednesday.

- After claiming a match-winning five-wicket haul in Australia A's third straight victory in the tri-series, left-arm spinner Ashton Agar said the visiting bowlers kept their plans simple against the India A batsmen and adapted well to the pace of the wicket.

- Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan on Monday admitted that the planned series between the two nations in the United Arab Emirates in December is in 'real danger' and said that he plans to travel to India next month to discuss the issue.

- Australia 'A' batsmen again showed their prowess in tackling spin on a difficult track as they comfortably beat India by three wickets to enter the final of the tri-series tournament, in Chennai, on Monday.

- Rohit Sharma has said that playing Sri Lanka at home will be a challenge for the Indian team as they have some good spinners who can utilize the sub-continent pitches effectively.

- India opener Shikhar Dhawan has said the "controlled and aggressive" nature of skipper Virat Kohli rubs on the entire team and fires up the players to be more attacking on the field.

- Ravi Shastri says the learning curve for the Indian side is over and it's time that the players start winning Test matches abroad.

- Lalit Modi reveals blueprint of breakaway cricket body to rival ICC.

- The 31-year-old has been ruled out of the opening test due to a mild hamstring strain, the Team India Director Ravi Shastri said in Colombo, on Monday.

- Australia coach Darren Lehmann is not in danger of being sacked.

- Lauding Michael Clarke's leadership, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli congratulated the retiring Australian skipper for his 'magnificent cricket journey' which would end with the fifth and final Ashes Test against England.

- Rubbishing those claims, Clarke said 'The players are as tight as any team I've been a part of'

- England's Joe Root has moved to the top of the world Test batting rankings after scoring two centuries and two fifties in the first four Ashes Tests against Australia.

- Ten South Africa 'A' players have been hospitalised due to "food poisoning", including four after playing their tri-series cricket match against India 'A' in Chennai, the visiting team management said.

- George Worker compiled a brisk 62 off just 38 balls on his international debut to enable New Zealand to complete their brief limited overs tour of Zimbabwe with an easy 80-run win in their only Twenty20 international on Sunday.

- England paceman James Anderson has been named in the 14-man squad for the final Ashes Test against Australia at the Oval, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Sunday.

- In a bizarre turn of events, India 'A' will replace South Africa 'A' in Monday's tri-series match against Australia 'A' after six of the cricketers were left indisposed owing to the sapping Chennai heat and stomach ailments.

- Opener Mayank Agarwal smashed a brilliant 130 in company of skipper Unmukt Chand, who complemented with a useful 90, as India A thrashed South Africa A by eight wickets to bag a bonus point in their second tri-series match in Chennai.

- While India have been busy with their preparations in Sri Lanka, focus among the locals is slowly shifting to their heroic batsman Kumar Sangakkara.

- Eager to see how Virat Kohli shapes up as a leader, former Sri Lankan batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana said India's new firebrand cricket captain looks hungry for wins.

- Senior police officials said that they have finally recovered the car that was involved in the road rage incident with Pakistan pace legend Wasim Akram in Karachi's busy Karsaz area on Wednesday.

- Misbah-ul-Haq has stressed on the need for Pakistan and India to revive their bilateral cricket ties .

- Australia's Steven Smith is all but certain to take the reins from Michael Clarke.

- Just hours after his team surrendered the Ashes in abject fashion, Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann has come under fire for turning to Twitter in search of tickets to an English Premier League soccer match.

- Australia railed at suggestions their team resembled a 'Dad's Army' but the evidence supplied by the first four Ashes Tests against England suggests it was not an unfair moniker.

- Australia's cricket board has promised a review of the Ashes debacle after the dead rubber Test at The Oval.

- The England cricket team beat Australia by an innings and 78 runs to regain hold of the Ashes and, like always, their families were over the moon.

- England's comprehensive Ashes victory over Australia was built on a purposeful and well-drilled team that combined the perfect blend of youth and experience.

- Following is reaction to England's victory over Australia by an innings and 87 runs in the fourth test on Saturday which ensured they will regain the Ashes.

- The Working Group set up to look into the implementation of the findings of Lodha Committee report on IPL spot-fixing scandal met representatives of Mumbai Indians and KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia, who stated that he is not in favour of inviting foreign teams to fill the void.

- India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar defended Rohit Sharma's cheap dismissals in the two innings of the warm-up game, stating that the talented Mumbaikar's flair at No. 3 is necessary as they aim to score 300 plus runs on each batting day.

- Indian cricketers got much-needed match practice as they enjoyed an upper hand on all three days against Sri Lanka Board President's XI in the tour opener that ended in a tame draw in Colombo.

- England discard Kevin Pietersen led the congratulatory messages for the triumphant England squad, posting his wishes on Twitter.

- Factbox on Australia captain Michael Clarke who announced on Saturday he was retiring from international cricket after the final Ashes Test.

- Timing is everything in the cut-throat world of international cricket and Australian captain Michael Clarke knew the game was up for him.

- "The Test at the Oval will be my last," Clarke said in an interview to Sky Sports after the match.

- Former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra has called Ishant Sharma the "least talented" among the current crop of pacers in the country, adding that the lanky bowler managed to play 60 plus Tests by virtue of his dedication and hard work.

- England captain Alastair Cook paid tribute to his young team mates for their contribution to the Ashes victory over Australia which they completed on Saturday by winning the fourth Test at Trent Bridge by an innings and 78 runs.

- England ripped out the last three Australia wickets for 12 runs to win the fourth test by a crushing innings and 78 runs at Trent Bridge on Saturday and regain the Ashes.

- England reclaimed the Ashes urn after hammering Australia by an innings and ... runs when the tourists were bowled out for ... on Day 3 of the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Saturday.

- Australia captain Michael Clarke will retire at the end of the current Ashes series, bringing a dismal end to a storied 114-Test career, Channel Nine reported on Saturday.

- "I recently played in the Caribbean league in West Indies. I did well there. There were a few international stars. I don't get that far with IPL. IPL have good spinners. If I play IPL I will be happy, but for me it's about bowling against India 'A'. IPL is not my mind at the moment. You perform and everything will take care of itself," the 28-year-old said on the eve of their match against the hosts.

- Clarke now averages 16.71 for the series, the worst performer among Australia's recognised batsmen who have played more than two Tests in the series.

- "There could be up to eight guys who might not ever play Test cricket again in this touring squad. That's a big number... half the squad," Ponting was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com.

- Stokes took three quick wickets late in the afternoon session to quash a brief Australian fightback and two more victims late in the day helped England restrict the touring side to 241 for seven at the close, still 90 runs behind the hosts.

- Ben Stokes took five wickets to put England on the verge of a famous victory that would win back the Ashes as Australia finished on 241 for seven after a compelling second day of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge on Friday.

- Team director Ravi Shastri will join the Indian cricket team in Colombo on Friday night ahead of the first Test against Sri Lanka beginning in Galle on August 12.

- New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored 90 to lay the foundations for a 38-run victory over Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on Friday which gave the Kiwis the three-match one-day international series 2-1.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Friday formed an ad-hoc committee for cricket administration in the states of Bihar and Uttarakhand.

- The Supreme Court on Friday left it to a panel headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha to consider the feasibility of opening and looking into the sealed envelope, containing names of some players allegedly involved in the IPL spot-fixing case, submitted by Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee.

- India pacer Ishant Sharma wrecked havoc with the ball as he claimed a five-wicket haul to leave the Sri Lanka Board President's XI in tatters on Day 2 of the three-day tour match, in Colombo, on Friday.

- India A coach Rahul Dravid described the team's 119-run loss to Australia A as disappointing and said they will come back stronger in the next match of the triangular One-day series.

- India A pacer Dhawal Kulkarni was involved in a verbal altercation with Australia A leg-spinner Adam Zampa at the fag end of the home team's mammoth chase of 335 runs during the second match of the cricket tri-series in Chennai.

- Backing Virat Kohli's five-bowler theory to win Test matches, former batsman Russel Arnold said that the Indian pace attack has the variety to match their Sri Lankan counterparts.

- Captain Usman Khawaja and his opening partner, Joe Burns, smashed scintillating centuries as Australia 'A' thrashed a hapless India 'A' by 119 runs in the second tri-series match in Chennai on Friday.

- Sri Lanka named a 16-member team for the upcoming Test series against India with uncapped 23-year-old fast bowler Vishwa Fernando the only fresh face picked by the national selectors.

- The ace cricketer, who had written to the Army authorities to undertake the training, will do five parachute jumps once he finishes his course. He reported to the Para Brigade, Agra for initial training in Para Jump by Para Training School on August 5.

- 'Indian cricket is in the safe hands of excitingly talented cricketers. No team can afford to underestimate India. If they do, it is to their peril.'

- Ashes rout branded 'day of infamy' in horrified Australia.

- Australia's 111-ball 60 against England in the fourth Ashes Test is the shortest all-out first innings ever in Test cricket history. Rajneesh Gupta presents other such shocking collapses on the first day of a Test in recent times.

- Take a look at social media reactions to the Australian batting collapse.

- Stuart Broad took eight wickets as England skittled out Australia for 60 in a historically quick 111 balls and moved within sight of an Ashes-clinching win on the first day of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge.

- England skittled out shell-shocked Australia for 60 and piled up 274 for four in reply to take control of the fourth Ashes Test on a dramatic first day at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

- Australian great Shane Warne and former captain Ricky Ponting lamented technical failings and mental approach as their countrymen were shot out for a humiliating 60 by England on the first morning of the fourth Ashes Test on Thursday.

- Indian opener Murali Vijay was unable to bat on Day 1 of the only tour game due to a hamstring strain but is expected to get fit for the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle starting August 12, the team management said.

- Centurion Ajinkya Rahane said that his gameplan of playing a long innings before the start of the three-match Test series worked well for him in the solitary tour game in Colombo.

- The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea in the IPL spot-fixing case seeking handing over of Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee's report, containing names of some players, to the Justice R M Lodha panel which is considering administrative reforms for BCCI.

- Check out the lowest totals in Ashes history after England bowled Australia out for 60 in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

- England paceman Stuart Broad took 8-15 as Australia collapsed to 60 all out in 94 minutes on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test on a remarkable morning session at Trent Bridge.

- Ajinkya Rahane scored an unbeaten hundred but skipper Virat Kohli's poor form continued as the touring Indians put up 314 for six on the opening day of their only three-day tour game against Sri Lanka Board President's XI in Colombo, on Thursday.

- Asked to lead the England attack in the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, in the absence of spearhead James Anderson, Stuart Broad became only the fifth English bowler to reach the 300 Test wickets milestone.

- England will miss the skill and energy of leading wicket-taker James Anderson in the fourth Ashes Test against Australia at Trent Bridge, former batsman Kevin Pietersen said on Wednesday.

- Australia captain Michael Clarke defiant as Australia seek to salvage Ashes.

- Ever wanted to find out why Pakistan's veteran batsman Younis Khan quit the national T20 captaincy?

- The series is an opportunity for players like Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Karn Sharma to impress the selectors and stake their claim in the national side.

- Sreesanth has signed a South Indian movie which will be multi-lingual.

- Former batting great Inzamam-ul-Haq says if Pakistani cricketers have to learn performing under pressure, they must play arch-rivals India on regular basis.

- 'The moment you increase the possibility of making a team winning or losing a game that's where match-fixing happens. And whenever match-fixing happens, it can only happen at the players' level. If a player is not fixed to perform a particular task then how can one generate money?'

- Younis Khan says Indian great Rahul Dravid played a huge role in his development as a top class Test batsman.

- India Test skipper Virat Kohli has said captaincy won't be an added pressure for him in the tough assignment in Sri Lanka and he will look to play good cricket in the three-Test series starting next week.

- Openers Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns struck sedate half centuries as Australia 'A' cantered to a nine-wicket victory over South Africa 'A' in the first tri-series cricket match in Chennai.

- Members of the IPL Working Group had a meeting with Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Jay Mehta and CEO Venky Mysore on Wednesday while former India skipper Anil Kumble joined in via video conferencing in his personal capacity.

- Moments after escaping a shocking road rage incident in the city, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said that road rage could happen anywhere in the world but taking out a gun and firing on someone was not the way to settle things.

- England fast bowler Mark Wood came through their final training session for the fourth Test against Australia with no flare-up of his ankle problem and is poised to replace James Anderson at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

- Mitchell Johnson has set his sights on equalling the record of mentor Dennis Lillee after becoming just the fifth Australian to take 300 Test wickets last week.

- Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram had a close shave after unidentified men opened fire at his car near the National Stadium in Karachi on Wednesday.

- India's bowling coach Bharat Arun is confident that the team's speed merchants Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav will take up the challenge to maintain speed as well as be accurate in the upcoming three-Test series against Sri Lanka, starting on August 12 at Galle.

- Stuart Broad has been backed by captain Alastair Cook to lead the attack in the absence of James Anderson as England try to show they can win a major Test match without their all-time leading wicket-taker.

- Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is set to be appointed as a batting consultant by England for their upcoming Test and limited-overs series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

- Defiant and angry Australian captain Michael Clarke has vowed to keep playing on after the Ashes series with England, with those suggesting he was finished talking "a complete load of rubbish".

- Robin Uthappa has rued that he could not capitalize on the chances he got during India's recent ODI series in Zimbabwe due to judgemental errors but vowed to stage a comeback to the national team.

- Veteran Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner Praveen Tambe has come under the spotlight after it was learnt that he had played an unsanctioned T20 match in the United States alongside tainted Bangladesh cricketer Mohammed Ashraful, who has been banned on charges of match-fixing.

- Looking for a proper tune-up before the three-match Test series against hosts Sri Lanka gets underway, India would be hoping that rain stays away from their one and only three-day practice game beginning at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, on Thursday.

- Clarke, like most of the visiting batsmen, has struggled in the English conditions and is averaging 18 compared to his Test career average of almost 50.

- Help Virat pick his team. Be the selector, chose your playing 11 for the first Test.

- Australia captain Michael Clarke has hit out at critics who have questioned his desire in the wake of his poor run of form during the current Ashes Test series.

- Appreciating speedster Lasith Malinga, Sachin Tendulkar said the Sri Lankan is a world-class bowler and that it was a fantastic experience to play with him in the Indian Premier League.

- A sparkling unbeaten double-century opening stand from Martin Guptill and Tom Latham propelled New Zealand to an emphatic 10-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the second one-day international at the Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.

- Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers have been recalled to South Africa's One-day international side for the visit of New Zealand later this month, but young wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock has been axed after a poor run of form in Bangladesh.

- Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that like any other sports federation of the country, the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) also need to be made accountable and transparent in its functioning as according to the Apex Court of India it is a "public body".

- Having flattered to deceive on most occasions after his transition from Under-19 to senior cricket, Delhi boy Unmukt Chand would like to make amends as he leads India 'A' in the tri-nation 'A' series, considered a launch pad to the senior team.

- Jacques Kallis feels that conditions in the sub-continent is "not conducive" for producing seam bowling all-rounders, something that the Indian cricket team has lacked for some years now.

- Skipper Virat Kohli's strategy to field five bowlers would mean that six specialist batsmen can hardly afford to relax but opener Murali Vijay said there won't be any extra pressure on them when they clash with Sri Lanka in a Test series, starting next week.

- India Test captain Virat Kohli says senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh will have a crucial role to play in the upcoming series in Sri Lanka.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board has found an unique way to tap budding talent.

- Peter Nevill, who was retained as Australia's wicketkeeper ahead of first-choice Brad Haddin for the third Ashes Test, brushed aside rumours of disharmony and discontent in the camp.

- Featuring Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, V V S Laxman, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly, Vinod Kambli...

- South Africa captain Hashim Amla feels frustrated over 'bizarre' rain-hit series against Bangladesh.

- There was speculation that current and former players will also be asked to sign the undertakings, just like the BCCI members who have been asked to declare that they do not have 'conflict of interest' while holding functionary posts in their respective cricket associations.

- Ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar clinched the women's vault bronze medal at the 6th Senior ART Gymnastics Asian Championships in Hiroshima, on Monday.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India's four-member working group, formed to study the Justice Lodha panel's verdict relating to the spot-fixing scandal in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League in 2013, on Monday met for the first time to discuss the way forward for the cash-rich league's next edition and said the sponsors are fully behind the Board.

- Michael Clarke conceded his side's middle-order woes were down to his poor form with the bat and vowed to get among the runs in the last two Ashes Tests after Australia lost the third match to trail England 2-1.

- Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan thanked the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Monday, for showing "graciousness" in lifting the five-year ban imposed on him from entering the Wankhede Stadium.

- Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian Test team, has praised opener Murali Vijay and middle order batsman Ajinkya Rahane.

- 80 Tests and 16,634 deliveries -- the least by any bowler in the 400 Test wicket Club -- took him to the cherished landmark.

- Six out of the 10 days in the entire series were thus lost to rain, questioning the logic behind scheduling the tour during monsoon season

- Worcestershire bowler Joe Leach claimed a hat-trick with the first three balls of his side's Royal London One-Day Cup match against Northamptonshire on Sunday.

- India 'A' coach Rahul Dravid advised Virat Kohli to make Virender Sehwag's unbeaten 201 at Galle (in 2008) as a reference frame for facing the Sri Lankan tweakers.

- Middle-order batsmen Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane said the time for giving excuses for India's mediocre performances in overseas Test matches is long over.

- Virat Kohli is known for speaking his heart out. On the eve of team's departure to Sri Lanka, he made it a point to clarify his statement about the team's poor performance after the ODI series loss to Bangladesh was taken out of context.

- Craig Ervine struck a powerful maiden century to lead Zimbabwe to a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first one-day international at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

- Indian Test captain Virat Kohli expressed his confidence in Ravichandran Ashwin's batting abilities and said that there is no reason why the Tamil Nadu tweaker can't be the all-rounder that the Indian team is looking for in longer version.

- Bangladesh will host Australia for two Tests in October in the first series between the two countries in nine years, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Sunday.

- Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that the PCB has been working on a back up plan if India refuses to play the bilateral series in the United Arab Emirates in December.

- Throwing his weight behind tainted India pacer Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday said it is "wrong" on the Board of Control for Cricket in India's part to not revoke the ban on the fast bowler after a Delhi Court dropped criminal charges against him in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal in the 2013 edition.

- The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Sunday decided not to challenge the Board of Control for Cricket in India-imposed life ban on tainted player Ankeet Chavan despite a Delhi Court dropping criminal charges against him

- The Bollywood star was banned for five years in 2012 from entering the Wankhede stadium following a fracas with MCA officials after the Indian Premier League match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.

- Continuing its efforts to clean up the game, the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Sunday said it will put in place a Player Agent Accreditation System to ensure that those handling the cricketers' commercial interests are bound by a code of conduct.

- Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said he is in favour of resuming bilateral cricket ties with India which he believes will help improve relations between the two nations.

- Pakistan ended their tour of Sri Lanka with a dramatic one-wicket victory in the second Twenty20 on Saturday to complete a 2-0 series win, having also triumphed in the Test and ODI encounters.

- England have added two pace bowlers to their 14-man squad for the fourth Test against Australia starting at Trent Bridge on Thursday as possible replacements for the injured James Anderson.

- His batting form has not been the best of late but an unfazed Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has said he does not need to put in any extra effort on that front as he has always played with responsibility for the team.

- Rahul Dravid expects Virat Kohli to deliver in his first full series as Test captain when the Indian cricket team leaves for Sri Lanka, besides backing the star batsman to continue playing in his "aggressive" style.

- Another insipid display by a once great cricketer as his side slumped to an embarrassing defeat to go 2-1 down in the Ashes series had Australian pundits questioning whether captain Michael Clarke was in terminal decline on Saturday.

- Failing to put up any fight against a rampaging Australia A, India A suffered a 10-wicket loss in the second unofficial Test to go down 0-1 in the two-match series on Saturday.

- Unmukt Chand has been appointed India A captain for the upcoming ODI tri-series involving Australia A and South Africa A starting in Chennai on August 5.

- England would love to regain the Ashes in the next Test at Trent Bridge but the loss of leading bowler James Anderson to injury is a disappointment they must overcome, captain Alastair Cook said.

- Ian Bell, under enormous pressure after a poor run of form and promoted to number three in the order, answered his critics in emphatic fashion with a composed unbeaten 65 to steer England to victory in the third Ashes Test.

- Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt has said that the present PCB set-up should stop wasting its time trying to organise a series against India as "it would never happen".

- He is one of the most successful Indian captain's.

- Ian Bell guided England to an eight-wicket victory over Australia in the third test at Edgbaston on Friday to put the hosts 2-1 up in the series with two matches to play.

- With their backs to the wall after conceding a big first innings lead, the top-order faltered again as India 'A' scored 265 for 6 against Australia 'A' by the end of third day's play in the second unofficial 'Test', in Chennai, on Friday.

- India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was presented the Arjuna Award, which was conferred on him last year, by the Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in New Delhi, on Friday.

- On the occasion of Guru Purnima, Sachin Tendulkar paid a special visit to his childhood coach, Ramakant Achrekar.

- West Indies pace legend Courtney Walsh feels that Indian speedster Ishant Sharma needs to work harder in the nets in order to iron out his flaws and achieve consistency.

- England paceman James Anderson has been ruled out of the remainder of the third Ashes Test and will miss the fourth match at Trent Bridge with a side strain, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Friday.

- Heavy downpours washed out the morning session and rain was pouring again in the afternoon, prompting the match official to abandon play after lunch.

- England paceman James Anderson celebrated his 33rd birthday in style.

- The world's top-ranked Test bowler said it's nice to have these numbers, but 'I have had a lot better moments in my cricketing career', after attaining the milestone.

- From outcast to hero, Steven Finn rediscovered the zing that made him England's youngest bowler to take 50 Test wickets by ripping through Australia and boost the home side's hopes of regaining the Ashes.

- Paceman Steven Finn's five-wicket haul put England on the brink of a 2-1 Ashes series lead over Australia on Thursday with the tourists facing a desperate battle to avoid a humiliating third Test defeat.

- Pakistan continued their impressive tour of Sri Lanka by comprehensively beating the hosts by 29 runs in the first Twenty20 International of the two-match series on Thursday.

- India 'A' off-spinner Baba Aparajith struck late to claim five wickets, but it was opener Cameron Bancroft's strokeful 150 that powered Australia 'A' to a crucial first innings lead on Day 2 of the second four-day unofficial cricket 'Test' in Chennai on Thursday.

- The spot-fixing and betting scandal in the Indian Premier League has prompted the government to push for introduction of Sports Fraud Bill in the Parliament in the ongoing monsoon session, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Thursday.

- One97 Communications, which owns Paytm, was awarded the title sponsorship rights for India's international home cricket matches for four years after a winning bid of Rs 2.42 crore per match.

- Dale Steyn became the second South African bowler to join the 400 club as his team took five wickets in the final session to reduce Bangladesh to 246 for eight on the first day of the second Test in Mirpur on Thursday.

- India batsman Suresh Raina on Thursday completed a decade in international cricket in which he established himself as one of the key players in limited-overs cricket but failed to make an impact in Test cricket.

- When he had Jonny Bairstow (5) caught behind on the second day of the third Test at Edgbaston, the 33-year-old reached the milestone, in what is his 69th Test.

- ICC chief executive David Richardson warned that the growing popularity of the domestic Twenty20 leagues like the Indian Premier League, Big Bash and Caribbean Premier League are threatening the survival of bilateral series.

- 'The entire BCCI order was based on the Delhi police's chargesheet.'

- Dale Steyn became the second South African bowler to claim 400 Test wickets.

- Bowling 33 overs without success in England's second Test defeat by Australia at Lord's knocked the confidence of paceman James Anderson who returned to form with a bang on Wednesday.

- England paceman James Anderson ripped shellshocked Australia to shreds with six wickets to bowl the tourists out for a paltry 136 on the first day of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to tour Zimbabwe for three One-day Internationals and two T20Is, but would play the ODI series only after September 30 deadline, set by the ICC for the top eight teams in the ICC ODI rankings to qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy.

- Virat Kohli's woeful form continued as India 'A' were shot out for a paltry 135 by Australia 'A' in the second unofficial 'Test' in Chennai on Wednesday.

- India 'A' and Australia 'A' cricketers wore black armbands and observed two minutes' silence in memory of late former President APJ Abdul Kalam.

- Sourav Ganguly is also eager to see how the national team performs in different formats with two set of skippers.

- The BCCI has made it very clear that it was not having second thoughts on revoking the ban on former India pacer S Sreesanth and spinner Ankeet Chavan in the wake of a Delhi Court dropping all charges against them in the IPL 2013 spot-fixing case.

- Asserting that there is no reason to fear signing the 'conflict of agreement' understanding, former India captain Sourav Ganguly says the Board of Control for Cricket in India's move to make cricket a clean affair should be taken in the right spirit.

- MCA has received a formal request from banned cricketer Ankeet Chavan to be allowed to resume his cricket career and the state association said it will decide on the matter at its managing committee meeting on August 2.

- 'He is a good gloveman, can be an important batsman and he keeps the team on its toes in the field'

- 'At that time the Delhi police was reeling under various controversies. This case was more of an attention diversion.'

- BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, on Tuesday, said the board would consider lifting the ban on players who were alleged of spot-fixing, provided the request comes from players. BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, on Tuesday, said the board would consider lifting the ban on players who were alleged of spot-fixing, provided the request comes from players.

- The injury suffered by Chris Rogers at Lord's has finally convinced Australia captain Michael Clarke to wear one of the new-look helmets.

- England want to bounce back from a disastrous showing at Lord's by playing well enough to get a special Edgbaston crowd on their side in the third Ashes Test against Australia, said captain Alastair Cook.

- The all-rounder captained South Africa at the age of 42 on their historic post-isolation limited overs tour of India in 1991, but was then controversially left out of the squad for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand the following year.

- He contemplated "suicide" during his time at Tihar Jail but pacer S Sreesanth is now hoping to sing the redemption song and would approach the BCCI for lifting the life ban imposed on him from playing cricket by the Board.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said that Ravi Shastri is doing a good job as Team Director.

- Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Monday expressed his condolences over the sudden demise of former India president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

- Australia A all-rounder Ashton Agar has said his side is excited about taking on India Test skipper Virat Kohli when he turns up for India A in the final four-day cricket match starting here tomorrow but insisted that there is no specific plan to tackle the star batsman.

- Peter Nevill has got the nod ahead of Brad Haddin as Australia's wicketkeeper for the third Ashes Test against England at Edgbaston, captain Michael Clarke confirmed on Tuesday.

- Australia pacer Mitchell Starc can be expected to be at full throttle, the left-armer declaring his ankle a non-issue for the rest of the Ashes series after he bowled through Lord's without any of the trouble that dogged him in the first Test at Cardiff.

- The spotlight will be on Test captain Virat Kohli as India 'A' go into the second and final unofficial Test against Australia A, starting in Chennai on Wednesday, looking to secure a win after drawing the first match last week.

- Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf has alleged that BCCI has been hatching a conspiracy by getting Pakistan's key bowlers suspended.

- Australia's opening batsman Chris Rogers has survived a stiff examination from his bowling teammates in the nets but expects England's pacemen to come even harder at him in the wake of his dizzy spell that forced him to retire at Lord's.

- Struggling England batsman Ian Bell is backing himself to come good at number three in this week's third Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston.

- Following the terror attack in Gurdaspur on Monday, Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur sent a stern warning to neighbours Pakistan, saying there is no scope for cricket between the two nations till the cross-border terrorism stops.

- Rohit Sharma knows that he is in a "very tricky position" but wants to utilize the upcoming Sri Lanka tour and the subsequent tour of South Africa at home to cement his spot in the five-day format.

- Indian batsman Suresh Raina came out in defence of his fellow-cricketers, saying they have no role in spot-fixing.

- Following in the footsteps of elder brother Sarfaraz Khan, who was a big hit during the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League earlier this year, Mumbai youngster Musheer will also have the opportunity to hone his skills in England next month.

- The Enforcement Directorate moved a special court in Mumbai on Monday seeking issuance of a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi in alleged money laundering case registered against him.

- Indian batting legend VVS Laxman has heaped praise on the current India Test skipper Virat Kohli.

- Being humiliated by 405 runs in the second Ashes Test by Australia was a setback but England will not dwell on it when the third Test gets underway at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

- South Africa will play four Tests and five One-Day Internationals on their upcoming tour of India from September 29 to December 7. The 72 days' tour -- their longest ever to the sub-continent -- also comprises three Twenty20 matches.

- Sri Lanka salvaged some pride after battering Pakistan by 165 runs in the fifth and final One-dayer at Hambantota on Sunday.

- Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is on cloud 9 after his recent acquisition Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel claimed the Caribbean Premier League T20 title on Sunday.

- Well aware that he has reached the business end of his international cricket career, Pakistan Test captain Misbah ul Haq is planning to call time if the much-awaited series against arch-rivals India happens at the end of the year.

- A Delhi court, which discharged cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan in the sensational 2013 IPL-6 spot-fixing case, has held there was no prima facie evidence to suggest that they had any nexus with the organised crime syndicate.

- Former India captain and chief selector K Srikkanth has hoped that some of the Cricket Association of Bengal's annual awardees would make the cut and lead India like Sourav Ganguly.

- Rahul Dravid has hailed Virat Kohli's decision to play against Australia A, saying it shows Test skipper's intent and keenness to prepare himself for the upcoming Sri Lanka series.

- Former captain and India A coach Rahul Dravid has defended out-of-form batsman Cheteswar Pujara, saying there was nothing wrong with his technique.

- Virender Sehwag has said India's upcoming tour to Sri Lanka will be a closely-fought affair.

- "If I had any link with him, I would not have been here. I would have been in Dubai or some other place. If I had known people like him, I would not have been cricketer," said Sreesanth on Sunday.

- A Delhi court's verdict dropping all charges against former India paceman S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal has brought back the spotlight on former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

- Former captain and India A coach Rahul Dravid heaped praise on Pragyan Ojha, saying it was great to see the left-arm spinner bowl wearing a half sleeve shirt after being suspended for illegal action in December last year.

- Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha turned out to be the biggest gainer while comeback man Amit Mishra got five wickets and more importantly vital overs under his belt as the first unofficial 'Test' match between India A and Australia A ended in a tame draw.

- Here is how the parents of S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandlia and Ankeet Chavan reacted to the court's verdict to dismiss all charges against them.

- Cricketer Shantakumaran Sreesanth's parents could not find enough words to express their elation as a Delhi court dropped all spot-fixing charges levelled against their son.

- India pacer Shantakumaran Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals team mate Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were on Sunday cleared of charges by a Delhi court in the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League in 2013. A flashback of the events that unfolded in the episode.

- Notwithstanding the verdict of a Delhi court dropping charges against former India pacer Shantakumaran Sreesanth and two other cricketers in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to stick to its ban on the three cricketers for the time being.

- 'The worst that can happen to a cricketer is stay behind the National Stadium and not be able to use it. I went through a lot of things but it is past now,' said Shantakumaran Sreesanth after being cleared of all charges in the IPL spot-fixing scandal by a Delhi court.

- The 37-year-old left-hander was forced to retire on 49 not out on the fourth day of Australia's 405-run second Test victory against England at Lord's, which levelled the series 1-1.

- All the 36 accused persons including former India Test cricketer Shantakumaran Sreesanth along with his Rajasthan Royal team mates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were cleared of all charges in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal, by a Delhi court, on Saturday.

- Alleging 'step motherly' attitude by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, about 100-odd present and former cricketers under the banner of Bihar Players Association on Saturday demonstrated outside BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya's residence in Kolkata demanding full membership for the state.

- The rain-hit opening Test between Bangladesh and South Africa in Chittagong petered out to a tame draw after the fifth and final day's play was called off without a ball being bowled on Saturday.

- Pakistan team's tour of Zimbabwe next month and a planned tri-series ODI tournament there have been called off after mutual understanding between the two countries.

- Left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz has withdrawn himself from Pakistan's two-match T20 International series against Sri Lanka owing to a hand injury.

- Pragyan Ojha bagged an impressive five-wicket haul as India 'A' dismissed Australia 'A' for 268 before extending their lead to 154 runs by the end of the third day's play in the first unofficial cricket Test, at the M A Chidambaram stadium, in Chennai, on Friday. At the close of play, the hosts were 121 for 3 in their second innings.

- Australia's Patrick Farhat is set to join the Indian cricket team as its new physiotherapist. He will be joined by Shankar Basu and Arun Kanade who will be on board as strength and conditioning expert and masseur respectively.

- Oman's fairytale rise as a cricket nation continued Thursday when they qualified for next year's World Twenty20 in India.

- State associations have received a letter from BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur instructing all office-bearers to declare their business interests and sign the undertaking.

- Heavy rain washed out the entire fourth day's play in the opening Test between Bangladesh and South Africa at Chittagong on Friday.

- Wriddhiman Saha's diligence and determination makes him the obvious options available for the Indian selectors to replace Dhoni.

- Thrilled to be recalled to the Test squad, leg-spinner Amit Mishra says his good form is enough motivation for him to do well in the upcoming three-Test series against Sri Lanka.

- England will play three Tests against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October and November this year, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.

- Back in the mix after one and half years, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha justified the selector's faith by rocking Australia A top-order with three quick wickets as the visitors reached 185 for four against India A at stumps on the second day of the first unofficial cricket Test in Chennai.

- Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is of the view that young left-arm spinner Axar Patel is not Test cricket material and, at best, 'a roller of the ball'.

- South Africa made a sedate start to their second innings after conceding a 78-run first innings lead to a spirited Bangladesh on day three of the opening Test at Chittagong on Thursday.

- Professional Management Group has signed up promising batting talent Sarfaraz Khan.

- Barring Amit Mishra's inclusion, there were no major surprise in India's Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, the selectors retaining as many as 14 players who had toured Bangladesh for the one-off

- Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur made it clear on Thursday that there will be no haste in any decision regarding Indian Premier League Chief Operating Officer Sundar Raman's fate amid calls for his ouster.

- When the selectors sat down to pick the Indian side for the Sri Lanka tour, they had plenty on their plate.

- Australian captain Michael Clarke has said his side still has room for improvement after their utterly dominant 405-run win in the second Ashes Test against England at Lord's.

- Back from a well-deserved break, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has decided to get into the groove by playing in the second four-day 'Test' against Australia 'A' in Chennai from July 28-31.

- The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has said it will leave no stone unturned in its attempt to make next year's World Twenty20 a grand success.

- Swashbuckling South Africa captain AB de Villiers has become a father after wife Danielle gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday afternoon.

- Out of favour for more than four years, veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra staged a comeback to India's Test squad for the three-Test away series against Sri Lanka, starting August 12.

- South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee for nudging Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal.

- Australia remain 'hopeful' that opening batsman Chris Rogers will feature in next week's third Test at Edgbaston despite requiring further specialist treatment.

- Ahmed Shehzad smashed 95 off 90 balls as Pakistan thrashed below-par Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the fourth one-day match in Colombo on Wednesday to clinch the five-match series.

- Former captain and senior batsman Younis Khan caused a stir in the Pakistan cricket circles by openly suggesting that he is not happy with the behavior of Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq and head coach Waqar Younis.

- Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah scored half-centuries to give their team hope of taking a first-innings lead over South Africa on the second day of their opening Test at Chittagong on Wednesday.

- Opener K L Rahul missed out on a hundred while captain Cheteshwar Pujara struck a solid fifty to steer India 'A' to 221 for six on a rain-affected first day of the first 'unofficial' Test against Australia 'A', in Chennai, on Wednesday.

- The third specialist spinner's slot will be the subject of much deliberation when the national selection committee, headed by Sandeep Patil, meets in New Delhi, on Thursday, to announce the squad for the three-Test away series against Sri Lanka, starting August 12.

- Shreyas Iyer is hopeful that the India 'A' team coach Rahul Dravid's experience will help him evolve as a player.

- In an effort to enhance communication skills of the umpires, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, as part of the Umpire Development Program has decided to host an English language upskilling course.

- VVS Laxman believes that the current national cricket team is full of match-winners and if they play to their potential, they can

- Mithali Raj trained in classical dance for eight years until she decided one day it was time to follow her heart and exhibit footwork of another kind.

- Terming the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scandal as "unfortunate", former India batsman V V S Laxman on Wednesday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India is capable of restoring the credibility of Indian cricket.

- The cricketer-turned-commentator Shane Warne knows how to live life to the fullest.

- Recalled Jonny Bairstow says he's in 'best form'.

- Batsman Jonny Bairstow will replace Yorkshire team mate Gary Ballance as England made one change to their squad for the third Ashes Test against Australia beginning next Wednesday at Edgbaston, the England Cricket Board said on Tuesday.

- KL Rahul has said the difference between

- After a dream ODI debut last month, teenaged paceman Mustafizur Rahman announced his Test arrival by claiming three wickets in four balls as Bangladesh bowled out South Africa for 248 on the opening day of the first Test in Chittagong on Tuesday.

- Mitchell Johnson reopened old mental scars as Australia morally seized the Ashes lead with their thumping series-leveling victory over England at Lord's, Australia's media said as they reveled in the win.

- Getting ready to lead the India 'A' pace attack in the upcoming two-match unofficial Test series against Australia 'A', fast bowler Varun Aaron has said the ODI rule change is like a "breath of fresh air".

- Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the final of the World Twenty20 next year, the BCCI said on Tuesday.

- India 'A' captain Cheteshwar Pujara asserted that there are no technical flaws in his game and his stint with English county side Yorkshire has prepared him mentally for the demands of the modern day cricket.

- Dale Steyn will join a select group of bowlers to claim 400 wickets with the South African paceman requiring four scalps in the two-Test series against Bangladesh to reach the milestone.

- The Lord's Ashes Test was a nightmare for England but they should resist pressure to make wholesale changes, former batsman Kevin Pietersen said on Monday.

- Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers is getting better after being forced to retire during the second innings of the Lord's Ashes Test on Sunday.

- Call it bad luck or sheer irony, Ravindra Jadeja was part of three Indian Premier League franchises that were mired in controversy. Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the lighter side of things

- South African batsmen Ashwell Prince and Alviro Petersen piled on a record 501 runs for the third wicket in Lancashire's county championship match against Glamorgan on Monday.

- Back in the national fold after a two-year hiatus, Harbhajan Singh immensely appreciates how Test captain Virat Kohli and Team Director Ravi Shastri made him feel 'wanted' in the team.

- High drama was witnessed in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) on Monday with a rebel group electing state Sports Minister Imran Ansari as the body's president in an attempt to end Farooq Abdullah's 35-year rein but the move was stayed by a Jammu court.

- The BCCI's 2015-16 domestic calendar, which, in a media statement, boasts that it will host 900 matches in the span of six months, starting October 1, has discarded the inter-zonal competition which was started in 1961-62. The tournament was conducted to perpetuate the memory of K S Duleepsinhji, nephew of K S Ranjitsinhji in whose memory the national cricket championship is played.

- BCCI sources said that a similar decision in the case of another IPL team Kochi Tuskers Kerala a few years ago, at the insistence of former president Shashank Manohar, had backfired with an arbitration award favouring a payout of Rs 550 crore for the disbanded Kerala franchise on grounds of wrongful termination.

- The BCCI said that forming a working group is aimed at finding the procedures to implement the order and should not be seen as a delaying tactic.

- Crowd trouble tarnished Pakistan's victory over Sri Lanka as missiles were thrown onto the pitch in the third ODI in Colombo.

- Besides the Australian fans at Lord's Cricket Ground, most of the players had support in the form of their families and spouses.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Monday named former captain Sourav Ganguly in the four-member panel to study the Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha committee verdict on the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal of 2013.

- Zimbabwe's stand-in cricket captain Sikander Raza praised his teammates for upstaging India in the second T20 International.

- The Australian media were united in their view that the Mitchell Johnson-inspired humiliation of England at Lord's marked a decisive shift in the balance of power in the Ashes series.

- Although Steve Smith was named man of the match after scoring 273 runs it was Australia's rejuvenated pace bowlers who made the biggest statement in their side's brutal mauling of England in the second Ashes Test.

- The selectors have much to ponder after England slumped to a crushing 405-run defeat by Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord's with calls for change in the top order coming a week after the team were lauded for their first-test victory.

- Australia captain Michael Clarke said he could not have asked for a better performance from his team following their 405-run mauling of England in the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

- Sarfraz Ahmed celebrated his promotion with a breezy 77 and leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed a career-best 4-29 to help Pakistan crush Sri Lanka by 135 runs in the second one-day international and go 2-1 up in the five-match series.

- A measured half century from opener Chamu Chibhabha propelled Zimbabwe to their first ever Twenty20 victory over former World champions India by 10 runs, in Harare, on Sunday.

- Australia bundled out England for a paltry 103 in their second innings to win the second Test match at Lord's on Sunday by a massive margin of 405 runs on the fourth day.

- Captain Ajinkya Rahane on Sunday blamed his batsmen after India went down to Zimbabwe by 10 runs despite chasing a modest total, in the second T20 International against Zimbabwe, in Harare.

- Ajay Shirke raised termination issue, doesn't find support during the IPL Governing Council meeting in Mumbai.

- Australia opener Chris Rogers was forced to retire on 49 not out after apparently suffering from dizziness on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test against England at Lord's on Sunday.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Sunday accepted the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee and formed a working group to prepare the road map for the future editions of the Indian Premier League.

- Australia repelled a brief England fightback led by Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes to remain firmly in control of the second Ashes Test on the third day at Lord's on Saturday.

- Although he termed Champions League T20 as a "great platform", Test specialist and SunRisers Hyderabad player KL Rahul feels that scrapping of the tournament will not mean the end of opportunity for talented Indian players to prove their mettle.

- After a 3-0 ODI whitewash and a win in the first T20 International, India would be looking to continue their dominance and complete the clean sweep when they take on a hapless Zimbabwe in the second and final T20 International in Harare.

- Former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar on Saturday said that the Board did not take any timely steps to clean up the mess in the IPL.

- India pacer Mohammed Shami had another reason to celebrate Eid after becoming a proud father for the first time following the birth of his daughter.

- Robin Uthappa feels that the players' extensive experience in the Indian Premier League helped them immensely.

- Former India skipper Rahul Dravid says the Justice Lodha committee's decision to ban Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the Indian Premier League for two years will affect the young players, but the verdict of the Supreme Court-appointed panel must be respected.

- Steven Smith's prolific run of form shows no sign of ending any time soon.

- Australia ripped out England's top order to take a vice-like grip on the second Ashes Test after completely dominating the second day at Lord's on Friday.

- Rahul Dravid said he was looking forward to coaching the India 'A' team.

- Axar Patel and Harbhajan Singh produced an impressive display of spin bowling as India trounced a hapless Zimbabwe by 54 runs in the first T20 International in Harare on Friday. Patel (3 for 17) and Harbhajan (2 for 29) ripped through Zimbabwe's batting order, ending the home team's challenge at 124-7 while chasing a target of 179 on a slow track at Harare Sports Club.

- Ajinkya Rahane felt it was a good toss to win for the visitors in the first T20 International against Zimbabwe because it was easier to bat in the first innings as the pitch got slower with time.

- Former Board of Control for Cricket in India chief Shashank Manohar dropped in at the city to meet current president Jagmohan Dalmiya.

- Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji present the Most Valuable Player Index of the just-concluded three-match series between India and Zimbabwe.

- Ricky Ponting says "the balance between bat and ball was nowhere near what it needs to be for a Test match" after watching Australia pile up 337 for one on the first day of the second Test against England at Lord's.

- Australia's Chris Rogers finally scored the big hundred he so craved in a brilliant innings of 158 not out against England in the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Thursday.

- His action was found to be illegal for the second time since November, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday.

- Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has said that he is uncertain about his future involvement with the IPL in the wake of a Supreme Court-appointed committee imposing a two-year ban on the Indian Premier League franchise.

- England were left to reflect on a tough day in the field after Australia piled up 337 for one at the start of the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Thursday.

- Talking about Team India's new Test captain Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin has said they are starkly different personalities but get along just fine.

- Chris Rogers and Steve Smith plundered superb centuries to lead Australia to a commanding 337 for one on the first day of the second Ashes Test against England at Lord's on Thursday.

- The controversy-ridden Indian Premier League remains a "robust" product, declared its chairman Rajeev Shukla on Thursday, insisting that the cash-rich Twenty20 extravaganza will come back stronger with a minimum of eight teams.

- Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha, who headed the committee that proposed the two-year suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, says the Board of Control for Cricket in India is free to terminate the two Indian Premier IPL franchises.

- Slamming Raj Kundra's criticism of Justice Lodha Committee's order of suspending the Rajasthan Royals owner from any cricketing activity for life, petitioner in IPL spot-fixing scandal Aditya Verma claimed that the London-based businessman's statement is a contempt of Supreme Court order.

- Virat Kohli (fourth), Shikhar Dhawan (seventh) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (ninth) have also maintained their respective positions in the ICC ODI batting chart.

- Often criticised for not delivering overseas, Indian off-spinner R Ashwin says he came of age during the most recent tour of Australia and it won't be long before his wicket-count goes up abroad.

- After an emphatic ODI clean-sweep, India would be looking to continue their dominance when they square off against Zimbabwe in a couple of Twenty20 Internationals starting in Harare on Friday.

- 'Anyone who watched me batting in Tests would know that I was up for it. I was ready to fight it out.'

- - I think it's a 'No' at this point of time, purely based on the whole negative aura that has been generated

- Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun Tendulkar took part in England's practice session on Wednesday ahead of the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord's.

- India batsman Kedhar Jadhav finally delivered with a maiden One-Day International hundred in the concluding game of the series ODI against Zimbabwe on Tuesday and the 30-year-old is glad that he managed to make something of a "great opportunity" given to him by the national selectors.

- - 'Whether we've won or lost there's been that feelgood factor, everyone's feeling positive about English cricket again and it's rubbed off on the players'

- England all-rounder Moeen Ali may miss the second Ashes Test against Australia beginning on Thursday due to a side injury.

- Australia have every faith wicketkeeper Peter Nevill will make a strong impression on his debut at Lord's on Thursday when he replaces Brad Haddin for the second Ashes Test, captain Michael Clarke said.

- Former Essex player Ian Pont, who is now engaged in coaching Indian bowlers at the Ultimate Pace Foundation in Bengaluru, tells Manu Shankar/Rediff.com you can never ensure that the spot-fixing episode won't resurface. 'All you can do is deal with it correctly when it happens.'

- Sri Lanka opener Kusal Perera blasted the second fastest one-day fifty in their series-levelling two-wicket victory against Pakistan in the second ODI at Pallekele on Wednesday.

- Bangladesh continued their giant-killing exploits with a nine-wicket victory over South Africa in Wednesday's rain-hit final one-day international to clinch the three-match series 2-1.

- The popular but troubled Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place next year notwithstanding the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals but the Champions League was scrapped for lack of fan interest.

- Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar dismissed talk of the cash-rich Indian Premier League being the reason behind Champions League T20 being scrapped, saying "there's no connection" between the two events.

- The Governing Council of the Champions League T20 tournament confirmed, on Wednesday, that the T20 cricket competition will be discontinued with immediate effect.

- Suspended for life from taking part in any form of cricketing activity by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee, Rajasthan Royals' former co-owner Raj Kundra said, "I have been wronged".

- Stung by the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the Indian Premier League, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's top officials are working out a contingency plan to ensure that the high-profile league remains an eight-team affair.

- The Indian women's cricket team defeated New Zealand by three wickets in the third and final Twenty20 International, in Bangalore, on Wednesday. The consolation victory gave the Indians something to cheer about following defeats in the first two games.

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- The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has urged the sport's ruling body to try to get the game's Twenty20 international format into the Olympics.

- Glad to have made it count after getting the 'lucky' break in India's One-day team, batsman Manish Pandey said receiving his international cap from senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is a moment he will cherish for the rest of his life.

- Australia should focus on the form of Steve Smith and Brad Haddin rather than blame Shane Watson for their first Ashes Test defeat, according to former England batsman Kevin Pietersen.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly termed the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals as bad news, but expressed hope that the Indian Premier League will be back on track soon.

- With the Supreme Court appointed three-member panel, headed by former Chief Justice of India Rajendra Mal Lodha, banning Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for two years in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case, it is speculated that the Board of Control for Cricket in India may now come up with two new franchises in the upcoming editions of the tournament.

- In the wake of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha committee's landmark verdict on the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case announced on Tuesday, Sundar Raman, the Chief Operating Officer of the IPL, has said that he is awaiting the investigating officer's report on the same.

- Shane Watson has been dropped from the Australia team for this week's second Ashes Test against England and will be replaced by fellow all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Wednesday.

- Peter Nevill called up as a replacement; will make his debut in the 2nd Test at Lord's on Thursday.

- India captain Ajinkya Rahane has applauded his team for playing as a unit, saying that every member of the side contributed in the 3-0 whitewash against Zimbabwe in the ODI series.

- A maiden century from Kedar Jadhav helped India complete a clean-sweep of the three-match One-Day International series in Zimbabwe with an 83-run victory at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.

- Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has admitted that "it will be tough" to imagine an Indian Premier League edition without Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the Supreme Court appointed Justice Lodha Committee decided to suspend Chennai Super Kings for two years.

- Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi described the two-year suspension of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) as the "first honest decision taken on Indian cricket".

- Australia handed James Faulkner a four-match suspension on Tuesday after the all-rounder was charged with drink-driving in Britain this month.

- A senior Chennai Super Kings official, reacting to the franchise's suspension from the Indian Premier League, conceded that it never expected to go "scot-free" in the spot-fixing scandal that rocked cricket in 2013.

- In the aftermath of the two-year suspension imposed on star-studded former two-time champions Chennai Super Kings and 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals from the Indian Premier League, an emergency meeting of the T20 League's Governing Council has been convened in Mumbai on July 19.

- Sadly, the Lodha panel verdict on the IPL spot-fixing scandal of 2013 can't guarantee such incidents won't happen in the future, says Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com.

- Suspended from all cricket-related activity for life by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R S Lodha committee, former Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra said he is shocked and disappointed by the punishment handed out to him.

- Welcoming the Justice R S Lodha committee verdict on the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said the Board is "committed to honour and respect judicial decisions" but will go through the contents of the panel's report before reacting to it.

- Justice Lodha's attribution of guilt to the owners of teams, rather than to individuals, has laid out the law of command and responsibility, responsibility by virtue of ownership of shareholding, team membership and holding out to be the face of the team, says Indira Jaising.

- Aditya Verma, the petitioner in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, hailed the verdict, stating that the ball is now in the BCCI's court and cleaning up the mess can start with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur urging former BCCI president Srinivasan to withdraw his representation from the ICC.

- The Supreme Court-appointed high-level Committee, headed by former Chief Justice of India Rajendra Mal Lodha, proposed two-year suspensions on IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Here's what the verdict means.

- Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the Indian Premier League for two years for betting activities of their key officials, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, during the 2013 season of cash-rich Twenty20 cricket tournament.

- Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the Indian Premier League for two years for betting activities of their key officials, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, during the 2013 season of cash-rich Twenty20 cricket tournament.

- A panel appointed by the Supreme Court proposed identical two-year suspensions on the Chennai and Rajasthan franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday in a corruption scandal that erupted two years ago.

- A sore and defeated Australia turned down an invitation from England to share a post-match beer after the tourists' humbling loss in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff, paceman James Anderson said.

- The Indian team, led by Ajinkya Rahane, would be eyeing for a clean sweep of the ongoing series when they lock horns with Zimbabwe in the final ODI of the three-match series in Harare on Tuesday.

- Mumbai Ranji Trophy cricketer Hiken Shah on Monday expressed surprise over the Board of Control for Cricket in India finding him guilty of making a "corrupt approach" to a fellow-player, insisting he had only approached Pravin Tambe for a "coaching thing".

- 'It's a shocking piece of news for me. We still can't believe that Hiken could be involved in such a thing,' said Mumbai Cricket Association joint-secretary, Dr PV Shetty.

- "His involvement in any form of cricket, affiliated with the BCCI stands suspended till the time the disciplinary committee of the BCCI passes appropriate orders," it added.

- After a five-year wait, opener Murali Vijay finally registered his maiden One-day International half-century, in the second match against Zimbabwe on Sunday. The India opener is now determined to make a mark in the 50-over format.

- Wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson, who replaced the injured Ambati Rayudu in the Indian squad for the remainder of the Zimbabwe tour, said he is happy and excited to don the country's colours.

- Paceman Mitchell Starc took pain-killing injections for his strained ankle to bowl through Australia's opening Ashes defeat in Cardiff but is confident he will be fit for the second match at Lord's, captain Michael Clarke has said.

- A thigh injury has forced India batsman Ambati Rayudu out of the Zimbabwe tour.

- England still blinking after perfect Ashes start.

- Bangladesh's teenage fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has been rewarded for his strong limited-overs performances with a call-up to the squad for next week's first Test against South Africa.

- Skipper Ajinkya Rahane credited his spinners for exploiting the slow pitch to the optimum as India sealed the three-match series against Zimbabwe with a comfortable 62-run win in the second ODI in Harare.

- India rode on a solid all-round performance to comfortably crush Zimbabwe by 62 runs in the second One-day International, thereby taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Harare on Sunday.

- Bangladesh thrashed South Africa by seven wickets in the second one-day international on Sunday to tie the three-match series at 1-1 after an inspired bowling performance saw the Proteas bundled out for 162, their lowest total against the hosts.

- Paceman Mitchell Johnson is still a class act despite a poor first Test with the ball but Australia know he will not get the fast pitches he thrives on in the rest of the Ashes series, coach Darren Lehmann said.

- Australia captain Michael Clarke said the way his side bounced back at the World Cup after their defeat by New Zealand should encourage them following a crushing loss in the first Ashes Test.

- England have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the second Ashes Test at Lord's next week having thrashed Australia by 169 runs in Cardiff on Saturday to take a 1-0 series lead, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Sunday.

- England needed to prove in the first Test they could compete with Australia and the hosts showed in Cardiff they are a 'dangerous side' .

- Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.

- Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali led England's charge to a 169-run victory over Australia with a day to spare in the first Test in Cardiff, on Saturday to make a flying start in their bid to regain the Ashes

- The fate of Indian Premier League teams -- Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals -- will be known on Tuesday when the Supreme Court-appointed high-level Committee headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha will pronounce the quantum of punishment against their franchisees and their team officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra for betting during the sixth edition of the T20 tournament in 2013.

- Pushed to the brink before managing a narrow win in the opening One-Day International, India will have to quickly sort out its middle-order batting woes when it takes on a spirited Zimbabwe in the second match in Harare, on Sunday.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli inspire Rayudu to greater heights.

- Spinner Nathan Lyon believes Australia have enough time to chase the 412 victory target and win the first Ashes Test against England at Cardiff

- India skipper Ajinkya Rahane said it was difficult to hold nerves when Zimbabwe looked like pulling away when home skipper Elton Chigumbura was batting solid from one end in the first ODI of the three-match series in Harare.

- A second-string India just about managed to survive an embarrassing defeat at the hands of a fighting Zimbabwe as the visitors huffed and puffed to a narrow four-run win to take 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series in Harare.

- Joe Root again put Australia's bowlers to the sword and together with Ian Bell gave England the platform on Friday to push for victory in the first Ashes Test after setting the tourists 412 to win with two days remaining.

- South Africa's Kagiso Rabada became only the second bowler to claim a hat-trick on his one-day international debut when he wrecked Bangladesh's top order in the rain-hit first ODI of the three-match series on Friday.

- Australia paceman James Pattinson is a step closer to a national recall after being drafted in to the 'A' squad for their tour of India.

- England have edge in first Ashes Test.

- Mitchell Johnson will not mind being the man England fans love to mock in the Ashes so long as he is taking wickets but the friendly abuse might start to get under his skin if the Australian paceman continues to fire blanks.

- With age comes experience and few know it better than West Indies Test captain Denesh Ramdin, who still regrets an unsavoury act of flashing a note towards Vivian Richards after scoring a century against England in Birmingham back in 2012.

- Chris Rogers fell for 95, failing to turn a half-century into a hundred for the seventh Test innings in a row as Australia ended the second day of the first Test on 264 for five, 166 behind England on Thursday.

- India will usher in 2016 with a three-week tour of Australia, comprising five ODIs and three T20 Internationals, starting January 12.

- India's bench strength will be tested when a second string team takes on Zimbabwe.

- The dates for India's tour to Sri Lanka next month are out.

- Acknowledging the progress Zimbabwe has made in One-dayers, India's stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane says they respect the hosts and will not take them lightly in the three-match series, beginning on Friday.

- Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara will end his international career at the P Sara Oval in August.

- To say Joe Root has been galvanised since being dropped for the fifth Ashes Test that completed England's dismal 5-0 rout in Australia in the early days of last year would be an understatement.

- Kane Williamson will get another chance to prove his leadership credentials after being named New Zealand captain for limited overs series.

- Joe Root plundered a superb century to defy Australia as England recovered from a poor start to post 343 for seven on the first day of the first Ashes Test on Wednesday.

- India's women cricketers produced a clinical performance to crush New Zealand by nine wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International in Bengaluru and win the series by a 3-2 margin on Wednesday.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday indicated it will appeal against former Chief Justice of India R C Lahoti's report that went in favour of Kochi Tuskers, the erstwhile Indian Premier League franchise whose contract was terminated by the Board in 2011 because of an alleged breach of contract.

- Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford, an OBE and a leading voice on health, social care and community cohesion in the UK, has become the first British Asian to join the England and Wales Cricket Board.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is happy celebrating his 43rd birthday with family and friends in Kolkata on Wednesday as wishes poured in on the social media from the cricket fraternity all over the world.

- The battle for the final two available places in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will hot up when Bangladesh squares off against South Africa in the opening match of the three-One-Day International series in Mirpur on Friday and Sri Lanka hosts Pakistan in the first of five matches in Dambulla on Saturday.

- The Ajinkya Rahane-led Indian team arrived in Harare on Tuesday for the limited overs series against hosts Zimbabwe, starting on July 10.

- It was the greatest series in the history of the game but what has become of those Australian and English players a decade on?

- The ecstatic cricketer revealed that he and wife Kyly are expecting their first child.

- Stuart Binny on how he stays motivated despite not getting enough playing time with Team Indian, and his father's role in shaping his career. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com reports.

- Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson is at full throttle and ready to torment England's batsmen again in the Ashes series, his captain Michael Clarke said on Tuesday.

- Twenty-four-year-old Bavalan Pathmanathan died after being hit in the chest while batting in a local league match in Surrey.

- Australia last won an Ashes series in England in 2001 and captain Michael Clarke is expecting five hard Tests.

- South Africa have released captain AB de Villiers from their one-day international squad in Bangladesh ahead of the three-match series starting in Mirpur on Friday.

- Senior Pakistan batsman and the toast of the cricket community, Younis Khan, has said that he always took criticism constructively.

- Eddie Leie made a memorable international debut as he and his spin partner Aaron Phangsio bowled South Africa to a series-clinching 31-run victory in the second and final Twenty20 match against Bangladesh at Mirpur on Tuesday.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has returned an amount of seven million rupees to Shoaib Akhtar which it had deducted from the former fast bowler's earnings as part of a fine imposed on him years ago. An official of the board said that during a meeting between Chairman of the executive committee, Najam Sethi and Akhtar, the matter was amicably resolved.

- Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has signed up as one of the players for the upcoming Masters Champions League (MCL) scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates.

- Pakistan jumped three places to third in the ICC Test Championship table following the seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third and final Test in Pallekele on Tuesday.

- The former England captain has urged pitch curators against preparing flat decks

- Factbox on the Ashes series between England and Australia played this century.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India is planning to advance India's cricket tour of Sri Lanka by at least a week.

- Younis Khan scored an epic unbeaten 171 to guide Pakistan to their highest successful run chase and a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third Test in Pallekele on Tuesday. It enabled the tourists clinch the three-match series by a 2-1 margin.

- Mark Butcher has backed the hosts to come good against Australia in the upcoming Ashes series but said that Michael Clarke is ahead of Alastair Cook in terms of "forward thinking" as a leader.

- India's captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned 34 on Tuesday and wishes poured in on the social media from the cricket fraternity all over the world.

- Australian cricket fans prepared themselves for one final decent night's sleep on Tuesday before seven weeks glued to television sets.

- Sri Lanka have dropped Test spinners Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal from their One-day squad for the five-match series against Pakistan starting on Saturday.

- The national selection committee ignored senior Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal for the coming one-day series in Sri Lanka.

- India's One-Day-International captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrates his 34th birthday today.

- Former captain Kevin Pietersen believes the form of three players will be key to England's hopes of beating Australia to regain the Ashes in their Test series starting in Cardiff on Wednesday.

- India's captain for the One-day series in Zimbabwe addressed the media prior to the team's departure. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com reports.

- A captain's knock by Mithali Raj enabled the Indian women's cricket team beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the fourth ODI in Bengaluru and level the five-match series 2-2.

- India have retained the fourth position in the ICC Test team rankings.

- Virat Kohli is the lone Indian batsman to be figuring in the top-10 in the ICC Test batsmen rankings.

- Unbeaten centuries by Shan Masood and Younis Khan kept Pakistan on course for a landmark victory in the series-deciding third and final Test against Sri Lanka, in Pallekele, on Monday. Set a challenging target of 377 runs, the tourists recovered from a shaky 13 for 2 to move to 230 without further loss by stumps on a rain-free fourth day.

- Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has completed testing on his bowling action in Chennai.

- Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke both have particular reasons for wanting to win the upcoming Ashes series that begins with the first cricket Test in Cardiff starting on Wednesday.

- India's leg-spinner Karn Sharma has been ruled out of the Zimbabwe tour due to a fractured finger.

- Australian quick Pat Cummins has not played a first class match for two years but is confident his body will hold up to the rigours of Test cricket should he get the call during the Ashes series against England.

- Ahead of Wednesday's first Ashes Test in Cardiff, Root expressed his disappointment by posting two messages on Twitter.

- Former England cricket captain Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff, whose image as a heavy, fun-loving drinker was sealed by his animated victory celebrations, has opened up about now being teetotal as part of his battle with depression.

- Ryan 'Ryno' Harris made a crucial contribution to Australian cricket at a critical time.

- He has always admired Virat Kohli's batting qualities and Sir Vivian Richards feels that one should not be too critical of the Indian Test captain's on-field aggression as he possesses the "quality" to match his attitude.

- Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews led by example, hitting an unbeaten 77 to help his team overcome a top order wobble and take a 291-run lead against Pakistan at the end of the third day's play in the third and final Test at Pallekele on Sunday.

- Faf du Plessis led from the front as South Africa flexed their bowling muscles to thrash Bangladesh by 52 runs in the first Twenty20 Internationals on Sunday to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.

- Test captain Michael Clarke labelled Ryan Harris 'as good as anyone who has played for Australia' after the fast bowler announced his retirement on Saturday because of injury.

- Secretary of the Indian cricket board, Anurag Thakur, on Saturday, sought to play down health issues of the Board of Control for Cricket in India president Jagmohan Dalmiya, stating that rumours of a communication gap between the duo is a figment of imagination.

- Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed his third five-wicket haul of the series but Sri Lanka took the upper hand on day two of the third and final Test by restricting the visitors to 209 for nine at Pallekele on Saturday.

- The 35-year-old Queenslander withdrew from Australia's ongoing warm-up match against Essex and quit the sport less than a week before the first Ashes Test against England starts at Cardiff next Wednesday.

- Michael Clarke's touring side will attempt to win the urn on English soil for the first time in 14 years and Alastair Cook's hosts will try to win back the trophy following their crushing 5-0 defeat in the last series Down Under.

- Clarke has the chance to become the first Australian captain to win an Ashes series on foreign soil since Steve Waugh in 2001.

- In-form Steven Smith primed to seize Ashes moment.

- Alastair Cook faces his biggest ever challenge as England captain when he leads his young team into this year's home Ashes series against Australia.

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum smashed the second-highest Twenty20 score of all time when he hit a typically belligerent 158 not out in 64 balls for Birmingham against Derbyshire on Friday.

- Australia all-rounder James Faulkner has been charged with drink-driving by Greater Manchester Police, Cricket Australia said on Friday.

- A fit-again Muhammad Irfan returned to the Pakistan cricket squad announced on Friday.

- Dimuth Karunaratne's second Test century lifted Sri Lanka to 272 for eight against Pakistan after Yasir Shah exposed their frailties against leg-spin on the opening day of the series-deciding third and final Test in Pallekele on Friday.

- Indian women were handed a second consecutive loss by New Zealand in Bengaluru, on Friday.

- "As far as my comeback is concerned, I am enjoying the journey at the moment without worrying too much about the destination."

- Being on the fringes of Indian cricket team for years can be a tad frustrating but Manoj Tiwary has learnt to live with it and is now preparing for the upcoming challenge in Zimbabwe.

- Ajinkya Rahane has admitted he was stunned to be named India captain for their upcoming Zimbabwe series, after being dropped just a week earlier.

- Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha was approached by Sourav Ganguly to turn out for Bengal in the upcoming domestic season. The offer that was so exciting that the India discard had to seek an emotional move from Hyderabad.

- 'I bring a lot of variety to any team I play for. I keep wickets, I field pretty well and I can bat up and down the order. I think I bring about a certain kind of advantage if I am utilised in the right manner.'

- Manish Pandey says his maiden ODI call-up was long overdue and he now hopes to make his much awaited India debut during the short tour of Zimbabwe next month.

- South Africa's cricket team apologised to the Bangladesh military for using a drone at a practice session in Dhaka and breaching national security ahead of the start of their tour.

- India all-rounder Suresh Raina rubbished Lalit Modi's claim that he was bribed by an Indian businessman, saying he was never involved in any wrongdoing and is considering legal action against the former IPL Commissioner.

- Sunil Gavaskar has said that number four should not be the permanent spot for MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane should bat at that position.

- Former India player Hrishikesh Kanitkar has called time on his cricket career to concentrate on coaching assignments. The 40-year-old left-handed batsman and part time off-spinner conveyed his decision to the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday.

- Ben Stokes shares a hilarious picture of himself and Joe Root in fancy dress on his official Instagram account.

- Encouraged by the financial model followed by Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board, the BCCI is planning to introduce a performance-based incentive for the Indian team for each and every home and away series.

- Australia's selectors may be spared the headache of choosing who to leave out of the team's pace bowling unit for the first Ashes Test against England after Ryan Harris was withdrawn from a warm up match due to knee soreness.

- The Caribbean Premier League may not be as popular as Indian Premier League but tournament's COO Pete Russell wants to indulge in fruitful discussions with the current regime of Board of Control for Cricket in India to convince them in allowing Indian cricketers for the T20 event.

- JSW Steel chairman Sajjan Jindal confirmed that his group is acquiring an IPL side.

- Leg-spinner Adil Rashid and paceman Steven Finn were included in England's 13-man squad named on Wednesday for next week's first Ashes Test against Australia.

- Pending Indian visa forces PCB to push back date for Hafeez's testing

- Unable to carry on the momentum from their opening win, the Indian women's cricket team lost the second ODI to New Zealand by three wickets, failing to pick up crucial points for the 2017 World Cup qualification.

- ohn Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket, said the announcement "is a very positive step for Test cricket".

- Out-of-favour following a string of poor scores, top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is keen to stage a comeback into the Indian Test squad. He says it's just a matter of time before he regains his place in the playing eleven.

- South African limited overs specialist has made himself available immediately to represent the Netherlands after receiving his Dutch passport.

- Australia paceman Mitchell Starc has expressed concerns about the pink ball to be used in the first day-night Test, saying it behaved "very differently" to the usual red ball and crowds might not even be able to see it.

- Named captain for the tour of Zimbabwe, Ajinkya Rahane says he would like to take Mahendra Singh Dhoni's calmness and Virat Kohli's controlled aggression into the field when he wears the skipper's hat in the upcoming limited-overs series.

- Rookie all-rounder Mitchell Santner and veteran Grant Elliott have been rewarded for their recent strong performances by being included in New Zealand's list of centrally contracted players on Wednesday.

- Back in India's ODI squad after two years, opener Murali Vijay says he was expecting the call up for the Zimbabwe series after good performances in 32 Test appearances since 2008.

- Karnataka cricketers, who have been picked in India and India 'A' squads, want to make the most of the opportunity.

- Former captain and ex-chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar said that Rahane has come of age.

- Former India wicketkeeper Chandrakant Pandit was chosen as the coach of the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team.

- The Indian cricket team's director says the two players have utmost respect for each other and the Indian team is 'one honest bunch' which believes in playing for each other.

- Bangladesh has criticised the current scheduling system in international cricket as a new tri-series in Zimbabwe threatens their qualification for the 2017 Champions Trophy.

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- Sachin Tendulkar has extended his greetings to new captain Ajinkya Rahane, hoping the youngster will do a good job during the upcoming Zimbabwe tour.

- Rajneesh Gupta presents a statistical outlook of the players named in India's squad for the upcoming limited-overs series in Zimbabwe.

- The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sought legal assistance from Singapore and Mauritius to take forward its probe in the alleged financial irregularities in the Indian Premier League tournament (IPL) and its former chairman Lalit Modi.

- The economies of Australia and New Zealand benefited from A.1 billion (3.59 million) in direct spending as a result of co-hosting the cricket World Cup earlier this year, according to a report released on Tuesday.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has hailed Harbhajan Singh's comeback to the ODI team and said it's a good opportunity for the veteran off-spinner to make a mark following his return to the 50-over format side after a gap of four years.

- New Zealand Cricket has agreed to play a day-night Test against Australia as part of a deal that will resume regular cricket between the two neighbours after a gap of four years and provide a significant financial leg-up for New Zealand.

- Manu Shankar/Rediff.com reports on Monday's selection committee meeting in Delhi.

- It's been an exciting last two months for Harbhajan Singh following a return to Test cricket and the senior off-spinner is now looking forward to the challenge of bowling in the limited-overs format.

- India discard Gautam Gambhir is training in Perth under former Australia Test batsman Justin Langer to revive his international career, fine-tuning skills that made him the world's number one Test batsman in 2009.

- Ajinkya Rahane was chosen as captain of the depleted Indian team for the limited overs tour to Zimbabwe next month as the selectors decided to rest several seniors including Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India's secretary Anurag Thakur on Monday gave a clean chit to the three Chennai Super Kings players, who were accused of accepting bribes from a Mumbai-based businessman by former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi.

- Sri Lanka needed a little over 26 overs to chase down a 153-run victory target for a series-levelling seven-wicket victory in the second Test against Pakistan on Monday.

- The order on framing of charges in the IPL-6 spot fixing case in which suspended cricketers Ajit Chandila, S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and others, including underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel are accused, was deferred for July 25 by a Delhi court.

- New South Wales and South Australia will play a Sheffield Shield match in honour of Phillip Hughes near to the former Test batsman's home next year.

- It is not fair to draw conclusions on the basis of one bad series, and MS Dhoni should continue as the captain of the Indian ODI side, believes Mohammed Shami.

- England captain Alastair Cook believes winning this summer's Ashes series would be his "best achievement".

- All-rounder Jhulan Goswami struck a gritty fifty before the bowlers defended a low score to help India beat New Zealand by 17 runs in the first of the five-match ODI series here today and gather two crucial points in their bid to qualify for the 2017 Women's World Cup.

- The International Cricket Council confirmed that it had received a letter from Lalit Modi in 2013 in which the former IPL commissioner alleged that three players were bribed by a business tycoon.

- The ICC at its annual conference in Barbados has revived the task team for Pakistan cricket after the PCB showed a documentary on the security measures adopted for Zimbabwe's tour to the strife-torn nation last month.

- The newly elected ICC president, Zaheer Abbas has said that despite being elevated to a ceremonial post he will do his best to revive India and Pakistan bilateral cricket series.

- Cricket Association of Bihar president Aditya Verma has asked the ICC to clarify on the claims made by controversial former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi that two leading Indian cricketers and a West Indian player had been bribed by an Indian real estate tycoon.

- Sri Lanka require 153 runs for a series-levelling victory after Pakistan rode Azhar Ali's obdurate century before being all out for 329 on day four of the second Test on Sunday.

- The fast bowler has no appetite to be eased in, however, and hopes to play all five Tests in a repeat of the 2013-14 series on home soil which Australia won 5-0.

- Taking note of the fatigue factor, India are likely field a second string team for the forthcoming limited overs tour of Zimbabwe next month.

- Sangakkara, who has scored more than 26,500 runs for his country, had already retired from One-Day Internationals and is currently playing his 132nd Test against Pakistan in Colombo.

- Former Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi has alleged that two leading Indian cricketers and a West Indian player had been bribed by an Indian real estate tycoon, who is also a bookmaker.

- Shehzad-Ali add 120 runs for second wicket as Pakistan trail by six runs with eight wickets in hand

- England captain believes there is change of mentality in the resurgent England squad

- India pacer Mohammed Shami, who is currently undergoing a rehabilitation program at the NCA in Bengaluru, also said that undisciplined bowling cost India the series in Bangladesh.

- The next month's tour to the African nation had been rendered doubtful owing to unresolved issues between the country's cricket board and host broadcaster Ten Sports.

- Batting powerplays have been scrapped from one-day international cricket and field restrictions relaxed to provide some relief to bowlers who were set upon mercilessly at the World Cup.

- Australia batsman Steven Smith revealed English county side Surrey once tried to push him into the country's national set-up by virtue of his mother's British heritage.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have faced lot of flak for his team's embarrassing ODI series defeat against Bangladesh but Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi is "not happy" in the manner the Indian ODI captain was being targeted.

- Indian pace spearhead Mohammed Shami has said that he played with his knee injury during the World Cup as the team's chief wicket-taker did not want to disturb the winning momentum in the final stages of the showpiece event.

- Skipper Angelo Mathews and opener Kaushal Silva hit half-centuries to help Sri Lanka take a 166-run first innings lead against Pakistan and push for a series-levelling victory on day two of the second Test on Friday.

- Pakistan's pace spearhead Wahab Riaz will miss the remainder of the three-test series against Sri Lanka with a hand injury, the country's cricket board said on Friday.

- Dismissing reports of a rift in the Indian dressing room after their first-ever One-Day International series loss to Bangladesh, former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly has said such talk is normal when a team loses.

- Pakistan were granted an extra review option after being robbed of a wicket due to an apparent error by TV umpire Paul Reiffel during the second Test in Colombo.

- The celebrated Boxing Day Test will remain in Melbourne, Cricket Australia said today, after a report that administrators could reshuffle fixtures.

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will skip tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa this year but will return to the side and be available until at least next year's World Twenty20 tournament in India, the country's cricket governing body said on Friday.

- Sunil Gavaskar feels that current limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni should go that extra mile to encourage a bowler when he is getting hit for runs.

- Bayliss was inevitably asked about the position of batsman Kevin Pietersen, who has been ruled out of participating in the series by England's director of cricket Andrew Strauss because of "trust issues".

- Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) congratulated Younis Khan on his 100th Test appearance with former players also praising the senior batsman for his achievements.

- Sri Lanka off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal scythed through Pakistan's batting order to pick up his first five-wicket haul as the visitors were bundled out for 138 on the opening day of the second test on Thursday.

- Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar said he spoke to the batting great and he's agreed to share his views on Mumbai cricket.

- While the world has been talking about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's elevation up the order, opener Shikhar Dhawan reckons that the move is not only an advantage to the line-up, but it gives him the confidence while batting.

- Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas assumed the role of the International Cricket Council president.

- Former India players Venkatesh Prasad and Sunil Joshi will make a surprise return to on-field action, in the fourth edition of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) Twenty20 tournament, to be played in August-September.

- India's R Ashwin back in top-10 in ICC's ODI bowling rankings

- Star medium-pacer Jhulan Goswami said India will look to get maximum points during the limited-overs series against New Zealand in their quest to qualify for the 2017 women's World Cup.

- India dropped two points but managed to retain their second position in the latest ICC ODI rankings.

- Kohli has created a flutter by blaming 'doubtful decision-making' and lack of clarity for the debacle in Bangladesh.

- Harish Kotian/Rediff.com's report card on India's three-ODI series in Bangladesh.

- Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was voted 'Best Test player of the 21st century' in an online poll conducted by Cricket Australia.

- After his phenomenal bowling performance, -- 13 wickets at an economy rate of 5.1 -- which proved vital in Bangladesh's first ever ODI series win over India, it is not a surprise that Mustafizur Rahman is the most valuable player (MVP) of the three-match series.

- Suresh Raina has come out in full support of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

- India restored some pride with a consolation 77-run win over Bangladesh in third and final ODI to prevent the spirited hosts from securing a 3-0 series whitewash.

- India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni attributed the win to the team's performance with the bat.

- Haresh Pandya recounts one of the biggest upsets in One-day cricket.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit out at his fast bowlers, saying that the time has come to decide on the future of the existing pace attack.

- Former India skipper and ex-chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar would head the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIA) of the Mumbai Cricket Association, according to MCA sources.

- Australia say they're ready and waiting to take a new-look England head on in the Ashes.

- Vibrant New Zealand deserve all the plaudits.

- Joe Root's purposeful half-century lifted England to a 56-run victory over New Zealand in a one-off Twenty20.

- The big names in the Aussies squad were tricked into partying hard a night before they lost to rookie, cricket-loving Canadians in a one-off One-day match.

- Shikhar Dhawan's return to form may have given sleepless nights to KL Rahul, but ask the youngster and he would he shares a "good relationship" with the southpaw and the competition for opening slot is good for the team.

- Former England coach Peter Moores, who was sacked from the post following a dismal World Cup and shock 1-1 drawn Test series against West Indies, has finally broken his six-week long silence, saying that the media did not portray his image well.

- Ravichandran Ashwin has said that the Indian team is standing strongly behind beleaguered skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and there is no change in the dressing room atmosphere despite the visitors losing their first-ever ODI series to Bangladesh.

- The home minister of Punjab province in Pakistan, Shuja Khanzada, on Tuesday alleged that the Indian spy and intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) had made attempts to ensure that the Zimbabwe cricket team did not tour the country in May.

- Virender Sehwag is "seriously considering" leaving the Delhi team for other state associations to open up opportunities for junior cricketers in his native domestic side.

- Bangladesh bowling coach Heath Streak wants young pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman to be looked after and supported well so that he can grow into a big match-winner.

- Should Mahendra Singh Dhoni step down as India's ODI captain following the series loss in Bangladesh? Harish Kotian speaks to former selectors get their views.

- Team India has to get its strategies in place if they have to get the better of in-form Bangladesh in the third and final One-Dayer on Wednesday and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, insists that the team is going in with the best lot of players available but they have not been able to adjust to the conditions.

- - "If we do that the result will be there. But we are not worried or thinking about a whitewash. We are just hoping to do our best"

- Under fire, Dhoni's men will look to plug all loopholes as the in-form Bangla tigers aim for a clean sweep

- Chanchal Bhattacharya suggests, problems in the dressing room environment and media pressure hampering the ODI skipper's performance

- The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that a cricket Combine will take place in Indianapolis, USA, in September to select an ICC Americas representative team.

- Sunil Gavaskar has said it is too early to write off Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

- Mustafizur Rahman on Sunday became only the second bowler to take two five-wicket hauls in his first two one-day internationals, emulating Zimbabwe's Brian Vitori.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has advised against knee-jerk reactions and said the decision should be left to Dhoni.

- CAB secretary Aditya Verma wrote to BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya, questioning N Srinivasan's election as TNCA President and his proposed presence at the ICC Board meeting as BCCI representative.

- Former captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday demanded respect for beleaguered Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying he has an astonishing record as captain in One-Day Internationals and needs to be given all the time in the world to take a decision.

- Former captain Andrew Flintoff believes Ben Stokes can become one of England's greats and rates the all-rounder as a more talented player than he was.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly called off the proposed tour to Zimbabwe citing broadcasting issues and fatigue factors.

- Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has said Mahendra Singh Dhoni is "not 'Captain Cool' anymore" and suggested yoga sessions for the beleaguered cricketer to overcome the tough phase.

- India's One-day captain has received solid backing from former players to continue leading the team.

- Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez once again faces a harrowing task of getting his action cleared after the off-spinner was called for chucking during the team's 10-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle.

- Check out the statistical highlights of the second ODI between India and Bangladesh in Mirpur on Sunday.

- Clarke hopeful of Australia finding right mix between youth and experience after the team was described as a "Dad's Army" by former fast bowler and present Yorkshire coach, Jason Gillespie.

- The former South African cricketer posted a picture of his adorable daughter stretching in bed and Jonty gave the photograph a relevant spin.

- Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza believes playing a fearless brand of one-day cricket has brought about a 'significant change' in his team's fortunes.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni promoted himself to number four in the batting order.

- Insisting that there are enough people in the support staff to take care of players, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said it is fine if the coach's position remains vacant for some time.

- India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed poor batting for the debacle in the series.

- Bangladesh's fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman yet again devastated the famed Indian batting line up.

- captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a sarcastic tone said that if his removal from captaincy can help Indian cricket move in right direction then he is game for it.

- India slumped to a new low as they suffered their first ever ODI series defeat against Bangladesh following an embarrassing six-wicket defeat in the second cricket One-dayer that gave the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Mirpur.

- Australian captain Michael Clarke believes the Ashes series against England starting next month will be played in the correct spirit, even if some players come close to crossing a line.

- Pakistan's Yasir Shah claimed seven second innings wickets in a spectacular display of leg-spin bowling to destroy Sri Lanka.

- Mohammad Irfan regrets missing the quarter-final against Australia in the mega-event earlier this year.

- Narayanaswami Srinivasan might have been barred from becoming the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India but he is set to represent the Indian Board in the International Cricket Council meeting.

- England's Jonny Bairstow steered his side to a three-wicket victory over New Zealand in the final game in Durham on Saturday.

- Jonny Bairstow bludgeoned a brilliant 83 not out in Durham to lead England to a three-wicket win over New Zealand on the Duckworth-Lewis method on Saturday, earning a 3-2 victory in the five-match series of one-dayers.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India president Jagmohan Dalmiya clarified his stance on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's alleged conflict of interest issue, saying that a newspaper misquoted him on the Indian ODI skipper being probed by the Board.

- Asad Shafiq's seventh hundred and a belligerent 96 from Sarfraz Ahmed helped give Pakistan a sizeable lead against Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the opening Test at Galle on Saturday.

- Claiming that the team has identified the reason for the loss in the first One-Day International against Bangladesh, India opener Rohit Sharma said that the bowlers should take wickets up-front to put pressure on the opposition in the must-win second match in Mirpur, Dhaka, on Sunday.

- After being comprehensively thrashed by 79 runs in the opening ODI of the three-match series, India, for the first time, are staring at the ignominy of series defeat against the proverbial minnows of world cricket.

- Australian batsman David Warner expressed apprehension about Test cricket's survival should the proposed 'rebel' league to be bankrolled by Indian business tycoon Subhash Chandra takes flight but added that the vast sums of money on offer could not be easily rejected by players.

- India left-hander Suresh Raina insisted that India are still a 'better side' than Bangladesh while vowing to make a strong comeback in the three-match One-Day International series after the visitors suffered a shock defeat in the first match in Mirpur, Dhaka.

- Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has been called up to England's squad for the fifth one-day international with New Zealand on Saturday after Jos Buttler split the webbing on his left hand in practice.

- Sri Lanka took the upper hand after the third day of the opening Test at Galle on Friday, reducing Pakistan to 118-5 after Kaushal Silva's second Test century took the hosts to 300 in their first innings.

- When Bangladesh defeated India by 79 runs in the first One-day international in Mirpur on Thursday, they registered their ninth straight win at home. But the talking point of the match wasn't the historic result but the surprising show of aggression by India's captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

- Rookie left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman captured five wickets to scuttle India in the first ODI against Bangladesh.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was fined 75 per cent of his match fees for allegedly shoving young Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman.

- It was a historic day for Bangladesh as they thumped a full-strength Indian team in front of a boisterous Mirpur crowd on Thursday.

- The Hero Caribbean Premier League on Wednesday announced that the owners of Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders intend to acquire the Trinidad & Tobago franchise, subject to all "regulatory and board approvals".

- Check out the statistical highlights of the first cricket One-day international between India and Bangladesh.

- Bangladesh defeated India by 79 runs in the first One-day international in Mirpur on Thursday.

- Pakistan's banned former captain Salman Butt has finally admitted his unconditional involvement in the spot fixing scandal that shook world cricket in 2010 in a bid to get some relaxation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) when his five-year ban ends in September.

- In what seemed like a surprising change behind the stumps, Virat Kohli donned the wicketkeeper's gloves for an over as captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took an over's break during the Bangladesh innings.

- Kaushal Silva stayed on course for his second Test hundred after featuring in a century-plus stand with Kumar Sangakkara to help Sri Lanka to 178 for 3 on Day 2 of the first Test against Pakistan at Galle on Thursday.

- The weather vane, which has stood at the venue since being donated by architect Herbert Baker in 1926, was damaged by strong winds in March.

- 29-year-old Derbyshire left-arm seamer Mark Footitt, who has taken 32 wickets for his county in Division Two this season, was handed a place at the training camp, which begins on June 27, ahead of Yorkshire all-rounder Adil Rashid.

- The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has decided to make its biggest investment in women's cricket by pumping three million pounds to launch a six-team super league tournament.

- Jacques Kallis is excited to be a part of the newly-launched Masters Champions League (MCL) as he feels that it has 'all ingredients' to become successful.

- Classy centuries from captain Eoin Morgan and Joe Root propelled England to a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand.

- Contesting on behalf of the BJP-backed Pawar-Bal Mahaddalkar group, Pawar beat the Shiv Sena-backed 'Cricket First' group's candidate Vijay Patil by 176-142 votes.

- Reliving one of his most cherished cricketing rivalries during his 14-year-old career, former Australian speedster Glenn McGrath said that the Indian fans still haven't forgiven him for getting iconic Sachin Tendulkar out in the 2003 World Cup final.

- With legends like Wasim Akram, Adam Gilchrist and Brian Lara already roped in as icon players, the Masters Champions League launched its registration process online for the UAE-based T20 tournament, slated to begin in February 20016.

- A couple of days after India's Test captain Virat Kohli sent positive signals about the use of the Decision Review System, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's president, Jagmohan Dalmiya, clarified that board's "stand remains same" but the Cricket Advisory Committee could take a call in future.

- Having closely watched Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja perform the spin duties over the last four years, Mahendra Singh Dhoni expressed satisfaction over the progress of the Tamil Nadu tweaker and Saurashtra left-armer.

- It's been six months since Mahendra Singh Dhoni quit Test cricket but the India ODI captain said the manner in which he used to approach the shorter format would not change as his philosophy is to adapt as per the demands of the situation.

- Notwithstanding Virat Kohli's theory of going in with five specialist bowlers in Tests, Mahendra Singh Dhoni says every individual's approach to captaincy is different and he will stick to his strategies in the limited-overs format against Bangladesh.

- Ahead of the three-match series, here's the schedule and key stats between the teams.

- The heavy downpour in the morning had delayed the toss and it relented for a while only to start drizzling again, prompting the umpires to call off the day's play.

- As far as the Indian team is concerned, even a 3-0 result against the hosts will not be enough for the second-placed side to claim the number one spot in the ICC rankings, while a favourable outcome for the home team will boost its qualifying chances for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

- A new documentary titled 'Death of a Gentleman' raises fresh doubts about the future of Test cricket and asks if the game is losing its identity in the face of stiff competition from commerce-driven Twenty20.

- Pink-coloured cricket balls are ready to be used if the inaugural day-night Test match goes ahead in Australia in November, manufacturer Kookaburra said on Tuesday.

- Tainted former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has signed a confession note admitting to his role in the spot-fixing scandal during the Pakistan versus England series back in 2010, which led to a five-year ban.

- If West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith is to be believed, the best aspect of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership is his ability to give a player chance to succeed.

- the BJP have offered support to Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, who is contesting for the post of president on behalf of the Pawar-Bal Mahaddalkar group, while the Shiv Sena is firmly behind the 'Cricket First' group, headed by Vijay Patil, son of Congressman D Y Patil.

- A 3-0 result against hosts Bangladesh in the three match ODI series will not be enough for second-placed India to claim the number one spot in the ICC rankings.

- Virat Kohli enters the three match ODI series against Bangladesh starting on Wednesday as the highest-ranked batsman on either side, in fourth place in the ICC rankings.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lands in Dhaka for three-match series

- 'We just have to pick the right three fast bowlers to take the 20 wickets in that first Ashes Test'

- Once viewed as the perennial whipping boys of one-day cricket, New Zealand have not only reinvented themselves but have also helped inspire a remarkable transformation in England's approach.

- The ED is in the process of serving final penalty notices in 16 alleged forex violation cases amounting to an estimated Rs 1,700 crore against former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi and others as part of its wide-ranging probe in the alleged financial irregularities in various editions of the T-20 cricket extravaganza.

- Mohit Sharma attributes his recent success in international cricket to the opportunities that was given to him by his IPL and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni but doesn't like if you only call him a line and length bowler.

- In a departure from the stand taken by his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has said that he is open to discussions on the implementation of the controversial Decision Review System with his teammates.

- India may have slipped to fourth in the Test rankings following the drawn Test in Fatullah, but its openers, Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan, achieved career-best rankings for batsmen.

- Australia's Steven Smith has become the second youngest batsman after India's Sachin Tendulkar to achieve the number-one ranking in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following stellar batting in the Kingston Test, which Australia won by 277 runs to win the series 2-0.

- - 'I've spoken a lot about consistency away from home, I just hope this is the start of it'

- With India set to host South Africa and Sri Lanka in Test series later this year, captain, Virat Kohli is sure that it is his bowling unit that will eventually make a difference.

- Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim said their approach made it difficult for him to even set the field for the rival batsmen.

- After England collapsed from 288 for five to 302 all out, New Zealand initially struggled in reply before Williamson and Taylor took the game away from the hosts with a clinical 206-run third-wicket stand.

- New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult will miss the rest of their tour of England due to a back injury, British media reported on Sunday.

- They have not lost to the West Indies in 14 Tests dating back to 2003.

- Surrey fielders Moises Henriques and Rory Burns collided and were taken away in ambulances on Sunday.

- Kohli termed Mahendra Singh Dhoni's absence in the dressing room as a 'strange feeling'.

- India skipper Virat Kohli said that the opener has it in him to replicate the swashbuckling Virender Sehwag at the top.

- India's Team director Ravi Shastri hosted the entire Test squad for 'Team Dinner'.

- The next edition of the Asia Cup One-day tournament is likely to be held next year.

- India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, fresh from a five-wicket haul in the one-off Test against Bangladesh, is enjoying 'one of the best phases' of his career.

- India, after declaring at 462 for six, dismissed Bangladesh for 256 with Ravichandran Ashwin taking a five-wicket haul. Forced to follow on, Bangladesh were 23 for no loss when the stumps were drawn.

- Ravichandran Ashwin cast his web with a five-wicket haul but Bangladesh managed to hold on for a draw despite being asked to follow-on against India, in the rain-marred one-off Test in Fatullah, on Sunday.

- He became only the seventh all-rounder in the world to score 2,000 runs and take 100 wickets in a particular country.

- India have dropped two points and one place to be at fourth position in the International Cricket Council Test team rankings.

- Harbhajan Singh surpasses Wasim Akram's Test scalps to climb to 9th in list.

- Sourav Ganguly said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India is yet to formally decide on Ravi Shastri's tenure as the Team Director.

- Goa Cricket Association has filed an FIR against its former office-bearers including president, in connection with an alleged fraud of Rs 28 lakh in 2008-09.

- Recalling the planned move, former national selector Raja Venkat told PTI that the idea to elevate Kohli was prompted by a string of poor results during the tour of Australia at that time.

- Tailender Jason Holder was left stranded on 82 not out as West Indies were dismissed for 220 in their first innings against Australia in Jamaica on Saturday, a deficit of 179, on the third day of the second Test in Kingston, Jamaica.

- Sharad Pawar appealed to batting great Sachin Tendulkar to help Mumbai cricket in a bid to bring it back to its glory years.

- Lack of strategic thinking behind Pakistan's loss in World Cup.

- India's Shikhar Dhawan was all praise for Virat Kohli's captaincy.

- India's Shikhar Dhawan said that many big stands are in store with his opening partner Murali Vijay.

- India picked up three Bangladesh wickets in the morning session after declaring their first innings on 462 for six but rain washed out the rest of the fourth day as the one-off Test headed for an inevitable draw in Fatullah, on Saturday.

- With a penchant for scoring big Test hundreds, Indian opener Murali Vijay is now aiming to cross the 200-run barrier as he approaches the next phase of his cricketing career.

- Nathan Lyon claims Australian record with 142nd Test wicket.

- A thrilling victory over England in the second match of their One-day series was tempered for New Zealand with the news that all-rounder Corey Anderson would be sent home.

- The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan rubbished allegations that they bribed the Zimbabwean cricketers to tour Pakistan for a short limited over series last month.

- A resurgent New Zealand beat England by 13 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in a high-scoring second One-day international, marred by a late rain interruption, at The Oval on Friday to level the five-match series at 1-1.

- After Australia scored 399 in a first innings highlighted by a knock of 199 by Steve Smith, West Indies were left reeling at 143 for eight in reply, 256 runs behind and facing the prospect of having to follow-on on Saturday.

- Murali Vijay has said he scored a sixth Test hundred despite not batting at his best and credited opening partner Shikhar Dhawan for allowing him to

- Former Board of Control for Cricket in India chief and current International Cricket Council Chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan was on Friday unanimously re-elected President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.

- Geoffrey Boycott feels India's new full-time Test captain Virat Kohli has to find his own way to get his teammates' support and try to harness his passion and emotion.

- 'Fully fit' Hossain fired up to face India in ODIs

- The heroic duo of Pakistan's 1992 World Cup-winning side met, along with their spouses. And, it was a fun time it seems.

- Centuries from openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay and a fluent 98 from Ajinkya Rahane lifted India to 462 for six before rain washed out the final session of play on Day 3 of the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Fatullah, on Friday.

- Hall is the fourth cricketer this year to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame after Betty Wilson, Anil Kumble and Martin Crowe, who were inducted earlier this year during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

- Vijay Patil, has appealed to incumbent MCA and NCP chief Sharad Pawar to withdraw from the contest.

- Steve Smith continued his sizzling form with an unbeaten century as Australia laid a strong foundation on the first day of the second Test .

- Former captain Rahul Dravid has emphatically ruled out the notion that he was interested in taking up the India coaching job after Duncan Fletcher's departure.

- Feisty, positive and quietly efficient, Matt Prior was one of England's finest wicketkeeper batsmen in seven years behind the stumps during which he helped his country to three Ashes victories.

- Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels that Virat Kohli needs to be given enough time to settle as the leader of the pack in Test cricket and the upcoming home engagements will help him establish well.

- Rain played spoilsport yet again as the second day of the one-off Test between India and Bangladesh was called off without a single delivery being bowled, in Fatullah, on Thursday.

- Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and three others have filed nominations for the post of president in the Mumbai Cricket Association's elections scheduled on June 17, the MCA announced on Thursday.

- Having watched Virat Kohli lead Royal Challengers Bangalore from close quarters, West Indies' T20 captain Darren Sammy feels that the dashing batsman loves to lead by example which is in contrast to his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni's quiet way of functioning.

- India's former Test cricketer Aakash Chopra presented what happens when the camera turns off.

- India's One-day International cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is among Forbes magazine's 100 highest-paid athletes in the world.

- England's transformation from 'startled rabbits' at this year's World Cup to record-breakers against New Zealand on Tuesday has left fans and pundits shaking their heads in disbelief.

- Batting great Rahul Dravid, who was recently appointed as the coach of the India 'A' and India Under-19 teams, said on Wednesday that he does not believe in concept of coaching players at the senior level.

- Australia captain Michael Clarke had little time to reflect on a 'tough summer' battling injury and grieving the death of his friend Phillip Hughes.

- Ravichandran Ashwin has defended the much hyped in-house rivalry between him and comeback-man Harbhajan Singh.

- Backing the team's decision to pick five bowlers on what appears a good batting track, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said the bowling department will certainly use the experience of playing in Australia on the placid wicket in the ongoing one-off Test against Bangladesh in Fatullah.

- Shikhar Dhawan has now scored fastest hundreds by an Indian against two opponents. On his Test debut, vs Australia at Mohali in 2012-13, he got to the three-figure mark off just 85 balls. Rajneesh Gupta lists the fastest hundreds for India against each country.

- Opener Shikhar Dhawan's attractive stroke-play vindicated skipper Virat Kohli's decision to bat first as India comfortably amassed 239 for no loss at stumps on the first day of their one-off Test against Bangladesh in Fatullah.

- Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) confirmed that the Indian team will tour the country to play three One-day Internationals and two Twenty20s in July.

- Former Maharashtra stumper Hemant Kanitkar, who had a 15-year first class career but played in only two Tests as a batsman in the home series against Clive Lloyd's West Indies in 1974-75, passed away in Pune at his residence on Tuesday night.

- After owning the champion Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, the Bollywood superstar has now put his money in the Caribbean Premier League, a potential money-spinner.

- England captain Eoin Morgan insisted that although they produced an aggressive brand of cricket, the real test would be to find consistency.

- Jos Buttler and Joe Root thrashed brilliant centuries in England's highest One-Day International score on the way to a 210-run rout of New Zealand in the first game of the series at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

- "Chris has improved but he is still not 100 percent so we are restricting his training (and) therefore he is unavailable for selection for the second Test."

- Virat Kohli is considered a dangerous batsman by most teams around the world but captaincy can make him even more lethal, something opposition captain Mushfiqur Rahim fears. Asked about Mushfiqur's comments, the Indian captain did not have much to say.

- The one-off match against Bangladesh will be Virat Kohli's first as full-time Test captain and the excited star batsman says he is ready to roll out his vision for Indian cricket.

- Former England all-rounder Chris Lewis wants to help prevent young cricketers making the "wrong choices" that caused him to be jailed for cocaine smuggling.

- Hailing the Indian Premier League as a top-class tournament, hard-hitting West Indian batsman Chris Gayle credited the cash-rich Twenty20 annual event for Indian cricket's rise in different formats of the game.

- Bangladesh cricket captain Mushfiqur Rahim said they have improved "individually as well as a team" over the last few years and gave his side a 50-50 chance in the one-off Test against India starting in Fatullah from Wednesday.

- Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath has heaped praise on compatriot Mitchell Starc.

- They might be the hosts but the Bangladesh team has been left baffled by the pitch for the one-off Test against India with their Sri Lankan coach

- Jones said both the leagues have "their own space" and can co-exist.

- - 'The current coaching set-up has done a fantastic job and if they are given a one-year run then they could really make a difference'

- Up against fancied India, Bangladesh's ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza says the home team should be 'realistic' and enter the one-off Test with an aim to achieve a draw.

- Virat Kohli's proactive and aggressive style of leadership will be tested when India take on sprightly underdogs Bangladesh in the one-off Test match starting in Fatullah on Wednesday.

- According to reports, Mahmud held talks with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and decided to carry on for the upcoming series against India.

- Eoin Morgan calls for England to make a 'fresh start' after dismal World Cup

- 'My speculation is that the BCCI believes that it is dangerous for credible insiders to stay outside its area of influence. It wants people like these three cricketers inside the tent rather than outside it,' says Aakar Patel.

- Be the selector, pick your team for the one-off Test, commencing Wednesday, June 10, in Fatullah.

- Cheteshwar Pujara says his stint with the English county side Yorkshire has helped him rectify the flaws in his batting and is ready to bat at any position when the Indian team square off with Bangaldesh in the one-off Test in Fatullah.

- Glenn McGrath has said that Indian team would need to execute their plans properly during their one-off Test match against Bangladesh starting in Fatullah on Wednesday.

- The 14-man side flew in from Kolkata, where it had assembled for a brief camp before the series.

- Images from the nets session the Virat Kohli-led team had on on arrival from Kolkata on Monday morning.

- Bangladesh bowling coach Heath Streak said that the hosts are unlikely to field three seamers in the one-off Test against India, starting in Fatullah, on Wednesday.

- With captain Mushfiqur Rahim nursing a sprained finger, young Litton Das is likely to be Bangladesh's wicketkeeper in the one off-Test against India, starting on Wednesday.

- Bhuvneshwar Kumar has said that switching to Test format would not be a difficult task but bowling on flat Bangladesh pitches will be a very demanding.

- Harbhajan Singh, making a comeback to the Indian team after two years, has said he always had the self-belief to make a comeback.

- Having made his Test debut under Mohammed Azharuddin, and subsequently played under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh is of the opinion that young Virat Kohli brings in a lot of intent in his leadership skills.

- Asserting that the Indian cricket team does not require "more coaches" than what it already has right now, Director Ravi Shastri has said he might just be there "longer" than expected.

- Bangladesh's top all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan feels that a series against India can always prove to be beneficial as playing the most glamorous outfit in cricket world helps the minnows grab eyeballs and attract sponsors if they do well.

- India's seniormost pacer Ishant Sharma does not want to put too much burden on himself thinking about leading a young attack but at the same time did not forget to mention that "it's time" that "every bowler steps up".

- Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane described Virat Kohli as an "aggressive" captain even as he praised former Test skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for instilling confidence to the cricket team.

- BCCI's decision to appoint Rahul Dravid as India A and under-19 cricket coach is being lauded not just in the country but also far away in England where maverick batsman Kevin Pietersen has termed it an "absolutely brilliant" move.

- Not quite convinced about the idea of counting the positives after a lost match, India's new Test captain Virat Kohli has said the days of learning are long over and his cricket team would be solely focused on delivering results.

- Indian cricket team's Director Ravi Shastri is happy to know that skipper Virat Kohli has a lot of confidence in him.

- All excited about shaping the next generation of cricketers, newly-appointed India A and under-19 coach Rahul Dravid said he has landed the job he was always interested in and would now look to give his best to it.

- Talented Karnataka opener Lokesh Rahul was ruled out of the upcoming tour of Bangladesh as he is yet to recover from dengue.

- The legendary batsman is likely to tour with India A team while he prepares to shape India's cricketing future

- Pakistan's left-arm spinner Raza Hasan challenged a two-year ban imposed on him for failing a drug test, saying he was not given a chance to defend himself.

- With uncertainty hanging over the resumption of Indo-Pak bilateral cricket ties later this year, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that they have an alternate plan in hand if the proposed series against the neighbours in the United Arab Emirates does not materialise.

- Australia batsman Adam Voges produced a Man of the Match performance as they emphatically beat West Indies by nine wickets in the first Test in Dominica on Friday

- "We realise just how important it is for world cricket to have regular matches between Pakistan and India but unfortunately the ICC cannot interfere in this matter as it is a bilateral matter purely between two boards," Richardson told the Express newspaper.

- Left-arm spinner Raza Hasan has filed an appeal against the two-year ban slapped on him for returning positive in a dope test by Pakistan Cricket Board.

- Board of Control for Cricket in India's anti-corruption chief Ravi Sawani has resigned citing personal reasons.

- Former England international Craig Kieswetter has retired from cricket after failing to recover from a serious eye injury sustained last summer, his club Somerset said on Friday.

- Only the second Indian to be inducted into the ICC's Elite Panel of umpires, Sundaram Ravi feels many of his compatriots are on the verge of breaking into the top bracket after improving their skills by officiating in the Indian Premier League.

- Australia's three-match series in South Africa will finalise their World T20 preparations.

- Two brilliant individual performances by players on opposing teams lit up the second day of the first Test in Dominica on Thursday.

- Adam Voges became the oldest player to score a century on debut as Australia seized control of the first Test against the West Indies on the second day in Dominica on Thursday.

- Virat Kohli is keen to improve as a leader while keeping his emotions in check.

- Chris Gaffaney and Sundaram Ravi were promoted from the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires to the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, where they replaced Billy Bowden and the retiring Steve Davis.

- Very impressed with India's tearaway quick Umesh Yadav, legendary West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts feels he is the "first genuine" pacer from the

- AB de Villiers won as many as five awards, including the South African Cricketer of the Year for a second consecutive time, at a gala function, hosted by Cricket South Africa (CSA), in Johannesburg on Wednesday night. Besides being voted Cricketer of the Year for the second successive season, the South African batting great bagged four more accolades out of nine major awards.

- The International Cricket Council confirmed on Thursday having received the nomination of former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas for presidency, saying it will now be referred to the world body's Nominations Committee for consideration.

- "If you have played cricket then you have grown up watching these legends. It's a wonderful thing to have happened and they will help us in many ways," Kohli said.

- However, the BCCI instead named Ganguly to a three-member advisory committee, which also includes greats Indian Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.

- Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza's preparations for the one-day international series against India have been disrupted by hand injuries sustained while riding to training in a cycle rickshaw.

- Impressed with the skill-set of young speedsters at the MRF pace academy in Chennai, Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath said that hunting for stronger bodies from the northern part of India can be the answer to the nation's thirst for producing more fast bowlers.

- Australia bowled out the West Indies for 148 on the opening day of the first Test in Dominica on Wednesday, but the home team struck back by taking three wickets in the final session.

- Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne met with ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson at the global body's headquarters in Dubai on Wednesday to discuss their ambitious Legends T20 cricket League, proposed to be held in the United States in August-September.

- England will head into this year's Ashes series against Australia heartened by their performances against New Zealand but with nagging doubts about key areas in the team.

- Pace spearhead Rubel Hossain was named in Bangladesh's squad for the one-off Test against India, at Fatullah, from June 10-14. Rubel, who missed the second Test against Pakistan last month due to a Grade 1 side strain, is fit to play and will replace the injured Shahadat Hossain.

- Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi, who is playing the role of former Indian cricket team captain Mohammed Azharuddin in the upcoming flick Azhar, feels that malpractices in sports, like match-fixing, diminish the spirit of the game.

- The others are Australian bowling greats Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis and West Indian batsman Brian Lara.

- Supremely positive, aggressive and efficient, the Black Caps amply justified their status as the world's third-ranked Test side in a 1-1 draw with their hosts which fluctuated from the first ball to the last. New Zealand are a team to be reckoned with.

- Opener Ahmed Shehzad has been recalled to Pakistan's Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka after being dropped for the April-May series against Bangladesh on disciplinary grounds. Besides Shehzad, the selectors also recalled southpaw Shan Masood, another out-of-favour opener, who was ignored for the last few series and tournaments.

- Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the BCCI are in talks to finalise details of a proposed Gandhi-Mandela series, to be played in both countries within the next two years.

- Senior players' liking for Ravi Shastri tilted it in his favour.

- The BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya reiterated that former India captain Rahul Dravid is very much in the board's scheme of things.

- England will rest James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Ian Bell and Gary Ballance in the five-match one-day series against New Zealand starting next Tuesday. Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings was the only uncapped player named in the 14-man squad.

- New Zealand ripped through England's top order to close in on a series-leveling victory as the hosts limped to 102 for five at lunch on the last day of the second and final Test on Tuesday.

- Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said because of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's anti-DRS stand the system will not be used in the one-off Test and three ODIs.

- Suspense over a role for former captain Rahul Dravid in the BCCI continued with Board secretary Anurag Thakur saying that his services would be sought at an appropriate time.

- Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has hailed the BCCI's decision to retain Ravi Shastri as Team Director for the upcoming cricket tour of Bangladesh, saying that the former skipper infuses confidence in the side.

- Former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri has been appointed interim coach of India's cricket team for the tour of Bangladesh. The team will play one Test and three One-day Internationals on the tour, which kicks-off with the Test, from June 10 to 14.

- The BCCI's Advisory panel's role should be clearly defined, says legendary spinner and former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi.

- Always a strong advocate of having an Indian for the coach's job, former spin ace Bishan Singh Bedi reiterated his stance of having a home-grown man as the new mentor for the national team.

- Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim may not keep wickets in the one-off Test against India, starting next week.

- New Test captain Virat Kohli laid out his ambitious vision for the Indian team, saying he wants to create a side which can dominate world cricket for the next five years at least.

- Misbah-ul-Haq's misfortunes with the Federal Board of Revenue and Taxation continued when his SUV vehicle was confiscated by authorities for non payment of taxes and duty.

- England, chasing 455 to pull off the highest successful run chase in Test history, reached 44 for no wicket at the close on a rain-hit fourth day of the second and final match of the series against New Zealand on Monday.

- Admitting Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar and West Indian great Brian Lara are two of the best he has bowled to, Australian legend Glenn McGrath has said that Virender Sehwag was not in the same league.

- Australian legend Glenn McGrath has said the Indian fast bowlers did a good job in the recent World Cup after a dismal show in the preceding tri-series.

- Pace legend Glenn McGrath, who has often predicted results of Australia's Test rubbers, forecast yet another 5-0 clean sweep by his country against England in the upcoming Ashes series.

- Former India cricketers on Monday hailed the Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision to appoint retired greats Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly in its cricket advisory committee, terming it a 'step in the right direction'. However, there were some who asked why its veteran cricketers are forgotten.

- Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi withdrew his candidature for the ICC president's post and requested the PCB to nominate a former Test great instead.

- Rahane's game is a judicious mix of caution and aggression, which enables him to adjust splendidly to any situation, says Haresh Pandya.

- In what has been described as the start of a new innings, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, former India captain Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman joined the BCCI in a newly-constituted advisory panel to guide the Board in all matters related to the game.

- Chris Gayle ended up on the losing side despite marking his debut for county side Somerset with a remarkable hundred in their Twenty20 Blast match against Kent on Sunday.

- Zimabwe's successful tour of Pakistan will help convince other international teams to play in the country.

- "I think the way the people have come and supported the Pakistan Cricket Board, the team and cricket throughout this series it is a strong enough message for the rest of the cricket world to give us more support now to have regular international matches in Pakistan," Misbah sa

- Pakistan selectors will have no surprises in store when they announce the Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka on the next 48 hours apart from recalling talented opener Ahmed Shehzad.

- Zimbabwe, chasing a target of 297 to win, were 62-0 at the end of the eighth over when a power failure in a floodlight tower and a heavy sandstorm forced the players to walk off the field at Gaddafi Stadium.

- BJ Watling scored a fine century as New Zealand dominated the final session with steely resolve to reach 338 for six on the third day of the second Test against England on Sunday.

- West Indies cricket officially shut the door on Shivnarine Chanderpaul when the name of the team's second highest run-getter was left out of the Test squad set to face Australia on June 3.

- Adam Lyth upstaged his captain Alastair Cook by scoring his maiden Test century to lift England to 253 for five at the close on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand on Saturday.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hierarchy is not happy with the timing of the disclosure made by Federal Minister for Information, Pervez Rasheed about an alleged foiled suicide bomb attack near the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on Friday night.

- Alastair Cook was always destined to break batting records and it was no surprise that he became England's Test run-scorer on Saturday, beating the record of his mentor and great friend Graham Gooch.

- Alastair Cook is now England's leading Test match run-scorer.

- Sachin Tendulkar has said that international batsmen should constantly work on their game in order to counter world class bowlers, as he did

- England fast bowler James Anderson claimed his 400th Test wicket when he had New Zealand's Martin Guptill caught at slip by Ian Bell for nought in the second Test at Headlingley, Leeds.

- A fine hundred by Azhar Ali helped Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by six wickets in the second One-Day International and win their first One-day series in 17 months, at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, on Friday night.

- Tom Latham and Luke Ronchi lifted a New Zealand side bristling with attacking intent to 297 for eight at the close on a rain-disrupted first day of the second Test against England at Headingley on Friday.

- Former West Indies pacer Michael Holding has backed chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd's decision to drop Shivnarine Chanderpaul from the squad for the upcoming series against Australia, saying he firmly believes that the veteran batsman has lost his edge and does not deserve a place in the side.

- Sachin Tendulkar's passion for speed ended up giving him and his wife Anjali 'a headache'.

- Dwayne Bravo edges past A B de Villers in IPL8.

- Bangladesh made their foray into Test arena in 2000 against India but in 15 years, have never received invitation from BCCI, something that the current players are looking forward to, insists their limited overs captain Mashrafe Mortaza.

- West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has severely criticised the Cricket Board's (WICB) move to axe Shivnarine Chanderpaul from the national team and has called for a honourary send-off to the veteran batsman by including him in two-Test home series against Australia.

- Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar feels that international batsmen should constantly work on their game.

- Rediff.com takes a look at how the players, who were bought at the Players' Auction earlier this year, fared in IPL 8.

- Elton Chigumbura's Pakistan tour came to an abrupt end after the Zimbabwe captain was slapped with a two-match suspension for his team's slow over-rate in Tuesday's first One-Day International in Lahore.

- Notwithstanding his successful Indian Premier League stint with champions Mumbai Indians, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is not tempted at Big Bash coaching roles for now and is keen to concentrate on his commentary assignments for Channel Ten in the Australian T20 league.

- Opener Reeza Hendricks, wicketkeeper Dane Vilas, spinner Aaron Phangiso and fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who have all previously represented the country in the limited overs formats, picked for Bangladesh Tests

- Shoaib Malik hit his first century in six years to help Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in the first One-dayer by 41 runs in Lahore on Tuesday, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

- Sachin Tendulkar has heaped praise on Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting and said that the former Australia captain still has the same approach to the game as in his playing days.

- 'We've just got to make sure we get enough balls in the right areas and be relentless and patient and stick two up their nose an over'

- Sri Lankan cricketers are to get fielding tips from the man who pretty much revolutionized the art after former South African player Jonty Rhodes agreed to a short stint with them.

- There was general consensus in Australia on Wednesday that retaining the Ashes this year got a little bit harder after the appointment of wily compatriot Trevor Bayliss as England's new head coach.

- West Indies ODI captain Jason Holder feels that his stint at Chennai Super Kings was a well spent one as he learnt about the nuances of captaincy from none other than India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

- Mumbai Indians icon Sachin Tendulkar has heaped praise on the Indian Premier League's champion team's captain Rohit Sharma, saying that he has grown as a leader over the years.

- Strong, silent and one of cricket's quiet achievers, Trevor Bayliss may need that stoicism to accompany all his expertise when he becomes the first Australian coach to take charge of England in an Ashes series.

- India's opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan says his ability to deal with failures has helped him immensely in his five-year-old international career.

- Former Australia pacer Brett Lee feels ex-India skipper Sourav Ganguly has a huge wealth of knowledge and would do a great job if he is appointed as India's head coach.

- Nita Ambani threw a lavish party at her Mumbai residence Antilla on Monday night to celebrate her team Mumbai Indians's second Indian Premier League title win.

- Australian Trevor Bayliss has been appointed head coach of England's national team, according to a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board on Tuesday.

- Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said the key to their triumph in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League was sticking together as a team despite getting off to a horrific start.

- Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Wilson Manase has declared Pakistan 'safe' for international cricket.

- From the bottom of the table to champions in the course of four weeks. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com looks back at Mumbai Indians's astonishing turnaround in IPL 8.

- England captain Alastair Cook was almost speechless with delight after his side's 124-run victory over New Zealand in a gripping first Test at Lord's.

- New Zealand will not let their tight loss to England in the classic Test at Lord's lessen their resolve to keep playing aggressive cricket, captain Brendon McCullum said.

- Interim England coach Paul Farbrace emphasised the fun factor after leading his team to a thrilling 124-run victory over New Zealand in the first Test on Monday.

- Rediff.com takes a look at the youngsters who impressed during the course of the eighth edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 extravaganza.

- Rediff.com takes a look at a few players who made a significant impact to their team's fortunes.

- Ben Stokes took two wickets in two balls to inspire England to victory over New Zealand in the first Test at Lord's.

- Mumbai Indians team celebrate their second IPL title at the iconic Wankhede stadium on Monday.

- After a closed door meeting at Indian cricket board president Jagmohan Dalmiya's residence in Kolkata on Monday, Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur said that national team's support staff, including the Team Director, will be announced by June 6, a day before the team leaves for tour of Bangladesh.

- Amid speculation over the fate of India-Pakistan bilateral cricket series, IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla said no final decision on it has been taken as there are certain issues that need to be resolved.

- The mood was celebratory after Mumbai Indians won the Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday night.

- The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) top brass on Monday said that they are trying to devise a strategy to make Champions League T20 exciting.

- Yorkshire coach Gillespie was widely expected to get the job but new England cricket director Andrew Strauss has opted for the 52-year-old Bayliss who led Sri Lanka to the 2011 World Cup final, a newspaper reported.

- Thakur, who is expected to meet Board president, Jagmohan Dalmiya at his residence later in the afternoon, said that an announcement on support staff is on the cards.

- Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has admitted that he loves to bat first and take the attack to opposition in big matches and that his Chennai Super Kings counterpart MS Dhoni's call for bowling first in the Indian Premier League final, after winning the toss, was a welcome sign.

- Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has pointed out that six final appearances from the eight seasons speak of his side's consistency, and their loss to Mumbai Indians in the final of the Indian Premier League is not down to the mind.

- Written off after four losses on the trot to start with in the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has said their revival and the subsequent title triumph was triggered by the belief that every game was his team's final.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board has dismissed reports that it was ready to revive bilateral series against India on Indian soil and made it clear that the first

- Pakistan have made a number of changes in their ODI squad for the short home series against Zimbabwe, recalling seniors such as Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Sami in the 16-member side.

- Rohit Sharma and Lendl Simmons hit half-centuries as Mumbai Indians demolished Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs to win their second Indian Premier League title, in Kolkata, on Sunday.

- Pakistan edged Zimbabwe by two wickets in the second and final Twenty20 International on Sunday to clinch the series 2-0 at a boisterous Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

- An elated Mumbai Indians' mentor Sachin Tendulkar said that staying together in adverse situation has been key ingredient to their franchise's success in the Indian Premier League cricket tournament.

- Contrasting centuries by a relentless Alastair Cook and an inspired Ben Stokes lifted England to 429 for six at the close of a compelling fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand on Sunday.

- Spin legend Shane Warne feels that there is a possibility in future that he may return to the cash-rich Indian Premier League fold as a "mentor" since he thoroughly enjoyed his time as skipper during his first three seasons at the Rajasthan Royals.

- The BCCI's Tours and Fixtures Committee named Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Nagpur as the four Test match venues for the series against South Africa scheduled to be played through October and November.

- The BCCI officially announced that India's international women's cricketers will be brought under the ambit of gradation payment like their male counterparts as it was discussed at the recently held finance committee meeting in Delhi.

- The south Asian neighbours may not share the best of relations but Pakistan would like to play their home matches in India, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahayar Khan said.

- Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie has held talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board about coaching the national team, he said on Saturday.

- Reham Khan, the newly wedded wife of former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan, has opened up about secrets behind the latter's marriage proposal to her.

- Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, England's two most experienced batsmen, withstood a fearsome working over by the New Zealand pace attack in a gripping final session of the third day of the first Test on Saturday.

- Alastair Cook and Ian Bell survived a torrid final hour to guide England to 74 for two at the close on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.

- The PCB chairman Shahryar Khan has expressed disappointment over BCCI's lukewarm response to the resumption of the bilateral ties between the two countries.

- Suresh Raina feels that Chennai Super Kings' stupendous success as the most consistent team in the eight editions of Indian Premier League tournament should be attributed to their skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership skills.

- Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji present Rediff.com's Most Valuable Player ratings for the ongoing IPL 8

- Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has urged his teammates to put up one last effort against Chennai Super Kings in the finals, saying all their hard work would go in vain if they failed to win the IPL T20 tournament at the Edens Gardens.

- Fast bowler Adam Milne has failed to adequately recover from the heel injury that forced him out of the World Cup to join the New Zealand one-day side for their series against England, coach Mike Hesson said on Saturday.

- A Delhi court said it would pass on June 29 its order on framing of charges in IPL-6 spot fixing scandal case in which suspended cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and others, including underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel, are accused.

- Mike Hussey played a key role in ensuring Chennai Super Kings' record sixth appearance in the final of the Indian Premier League and the Australian

- He has already won a few Man-of-the Match awards for his superlative performance with the ball in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League and experienced campaigner Ashish Nehra says it is difficult for a fast bowler to regularly emerge as the top performer in one season.

- Two-time former champions and the most consistent team of the season, Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with late bloomers Mumbai Indians in a high-voltage Indian Premier League summit clash in Kolkata, bringing the 47-day T20 extravaganza to a relatively controversy-free end.

- Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has expressed apprehensions about the prospect of Indian cricketers touring Pakistan in near future.

- A clinical Chennai Super Kings defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by three wickets in a nail-biting second qualifier to sail into the final of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament in Ranchi, making it a record sixth appearance in eight editions of the event.

- Pakistan marked international cricket's return to the trouble-torn country with a five-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 International at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium on Friday.

- Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor mastered a lifeless England attack to lift New Zealand to 303 for two at the close on the second day of the first Test at Lord's on Friday.

- Sri Lanka's sports ministry said on Friday that an investigation had found evidence that members of the national women's cricket team had been forced to perform sexual favours for officials.

- Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar expressed apprehensions about the prospect of Indian cricketers touring Pakistan in near future.

- The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday arrested a suspected Delhi-based bookie after launching searches in multiple cities.

- Amid speculation over the fate of the proposed India-Pakistan series, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla today said there are "no immediate chances" of revival of cricketing ties between the two countries.

- The 20-year-old, who had a dream debut in the Indian Premier League, tells Rediff.com's Harish Kotian how a successful show in the Ranji Trophy helped boost his confidence in the IPL.

- Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim faces a race against time to be fit for the one-off Test against India next month after the wicketkeeper-batsman was advised a week's rest to recover from a finger injury.

- The new director of England and Wales Cricket Board( ECB), Andrew Strauss, has said that the new coach may not be appointed before the start of the Ashes in July.

- West Indies must find a way to turn the undoubted talent in their ranks into consistent performances that will win Test series, former fast bowler Curtly Ambrose said on Thursday.

- England's Ben Stokes provided a timely reminder of his immense talent with a sparkling innings of 92 which turned the first test against New Zealand on Thursday.

- Ben Stokes provided the gloss and Joe Root the glue as England recovered from a terrible start to reach 354 for seven at the close on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's on Thursday.

- British Sports business magazine SportsPro has named Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli as the six most marketable athlete of this year ahead of the likes of sprint king Usain Bolt and football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

- Umpire Ahsan Raza has said he wants to forget the horrific 2009 terror attack, where he was shot at twice.

- Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi feels the Board of Control for Cricket in India needs to appoint a 'strong coach' to guide the temperamental Test captain Virat Kohli, who has courted a lot of off-field controversies in recent times.

- 'Zimbabwe has given us a lot of support by undertaking this tour despite pressure on them so we also urge the public to cheer team along with our team as well'

- Former Australia fast bowler and current Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie is expected to hold talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board's Director for Cricket Andrew Strauss in the next 24 hours on the possibility of him accepting or not accepting the vacant position of the national head coach.

- We know that Chennai are a very good and tough team to beat, says AB de Villiers.

- It will be a battle of tactics as a formidable Chennai Super Kings, led by the wily Mahendra Singh Dhoni, square off against a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore under an aggressive Virat Kohli in the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League, in Ranchi on Friday.

- The Lahore High Court has given a clean chit to Pakistan's maverick former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

- Yet again, the Bollywood sensation Anushka Sharma was spotted at the IPL.

- Brendon McCullum, who has just come off another successful and lucrative Indian Premier League campaign, has revealed that to him Test cricket is sacred and something people have to protect.

- There have always been question marks about temperament of Kohli. However, BCCI has always stood by him. Precisely what happened in Dhoni's case when Srinivasan was in charge.

- AB de Villiers combined with Mandeep Singh for a game-changing partnership as Royal Challengers Bangalore eliminated Rajasthan Royals following a crushing 71-run victory, in the Indian Premier League in Pune, on Wednesday.

- English cricket's reputation has taken a "hammering" over the last 18 months but better times lie in wait following some big changes, captain Alastair Cook said on Wednesday.

- Ahead of the upcoming Test and ODI series against Bangladesh Rajneesh Gupta presents a statistical outlook on India's players selected for the two squads.

- Chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil's explanation for Harbhajan Singh's inclusion in the squad for the one-off Test in Bangladesh next month. Harish Kotian reports

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India's head office in Mumbai was rocked by protests on Wednesday over the employment of foreign cheerleaders for the ongoing Indian Premier League.

- It's hard to be in the wilderness for more than two years but Harbhajan Singh was always "very confident" of once again donning the Indian cricket team's jersey and termed his latest comeback a "fresh beginning" in a career that has spanned over 16 years.

- Sunil Gavaskar has welcomed the return of Harbhajan Singh to the Indian cricket team after more than two years, saying the off-spinner looks in good form even though he doesn't need to prove anything to anyone with close to 700 international wickets under his belt.

- The secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Anurag Thakur, on Wednesday, confirmed that batsman Virat Kohli was served a notice after he was found guilty of violating the Board's anti-corruption code during the ongoing Indian Premier League.

- Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur said a shortlist of names of individuals who are interested in taking over from Duncan Fletcher, whose contract expired at the end of World Cup, is yet to be made.

- Mumbai medium pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, who has played four ODIs for India (8 wickets), was named as a replacement for the injured Mohammed Shami in the One-day squad.

- Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji present Rediff.com's Most Valuable Player ratings for the ongoing IPL 8.

- Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was, on Wednesday, fined 10 per cent of his match fee for "inappropriate public comments" about an umpire's decision.

- Chennai Super Kings' head coach Stephen Fleming says Harbhajan Singh's two wickets off successive balls tilted the scales in favour of Mumbai

- Kieron Pollard says his team played near-flawless cricket in Mumbai.

- Bollywood mega star Amitabh Bachchan was yet again at the Wankhede stadium to cheer for Mumbai Indians.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli was found guilty of violating the BCCI's anti-corruption code after he met his girlfriend Anushka Sharma at the stands during an Indian Premier League match in Bangalore but let off as the breach was found to be a minor one, according to a report.

- Mumbai Indians became the first team to qualify for the final of the Indian Premier League with a comfortable 25-run win over Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede stadium.

- Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has announced plans for a four million pounds refurbishment of the award-winning JP Morgan Media Centre at Lord's.

- With a new cricket director, coach and chairman, England return to the field of play in the first Test against New Zealand on Thursday following an extraordinary period of upheaval.

- Rajasthan and Bangalore are locked 7-7 on the head-to-head count, but Wednesday's IPL Eliminator in Pune battle carries the weight of a title dream for both sides.

- Former Australia Test batsman Justin Langer ruled himself out of the running for the India and England coaching jobs.

- With the new Board of Control for Cricket in India bosses meeting on Wednesday, speculation is rife that Team India Director Ravi Shastri will be replaced by former India captain Sourav Ganguly.

- The Zimbabwe cricket team arrived in Lahore on Tuesday, the first test-playing nation to tour Pakistan since a gun attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in 2009 had left six policemen and a van driver dead.

- Experienced Pakistan players Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Sami received surprise call-ups to the national side for the two T20 matches against the touring Zimbabwe team after spending close to three years in the wilderness.

- 'Sehwag, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Harbhajan and Irfan Pathan. The bunch that formed the formidable force of Dada's team. Have we seen the last of them?' wonders Abhijit Masih.

- Former England and Wales Cricket Board ( ECB) boss Lord MacLaurin has endorsed the move not to include Kevin Pietersen in the national squad, saying he was never a ' team-man '.

- Joe Root was named on Monday as England's cricketer of the year for 2014-15, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.

- James Faulkner talks to Harish Kotian/Rediff.com about his time with Rajasthan Royals, his match-wining performance in the World Cup final against New Zealand and the Australia Test spot he's eyeing.

- The ICC Cricket Committee has recommended the Test Playing nations to try out Day/Night Test matches after a lengthy discussion during its recent two-day

- Ahead of the selectors' meeting in Mumbai on Wednesday, May 20, Harish Kotian picks the team he considers best to take on Bangladesh in the one-off Test in Fatullah from June 10 to 14.

- The ICC cricket committee has recommended three changes to the ODI fielding restrictions: the requirement to have two compulsory catchers in the first 10 overs be removed, the batting powerplay be removed and that five fieldsmen be allowed outside the circle from overs 41-50 instead of four.

- Sunil Gavaskar feels that a man of former captain Sourav Ganguly's "capability" should be used by the BCCI in the running of Indian cricket team provided the Prince of Calcutta can find time from his busy schedule.

- Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming is not only ruing the absence of Brendon McCullum from the batting line-up for Indian Premier League qualifier but also the fact that Tuesday's match is an away game for them.

- The Supreme Court-appointed committee headed by former CJI RM Lodha, who has been assigned to make administrative reforms in BCCI, has sent out a questionnaire containing more than 80 queries under seven sub-heads to office-bearers of the cricket body.

- Mumbai Indians' star bowler Mitchell McClenaghan said his side is fully prepared for the IPL play-off match.

- Mumbai Indians' bowler Mitchell McClenaghan has said his side is fully prepared for the Indian Premier League play-off against two-time champions Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday.

- With an eye on the final spot, two-time champions Chennai Super Kings face high-flying Mumbai Indians in their first qualifier in the Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.

- Check out the complete schedule of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament to be played in April-May 2015.

- Bollywood actress Geeta Basra was back in the stands, and cheering for Mumbai Indians during the Indian Premier League match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad, on Sunday.

- Australia Test opener Chris Rogers appears set to retire from international cricket after the upcoming Ashes series in England.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli snatched a few moments with his actress girlfriend Anushka Sharma.

- Mumbai Indians crushed Sunrisers Hyderabad by nine wickets in a must-win final league game to sail into play-offs of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament in Hyderabad on Sunday.

- Novak Djokovic won the Rome Masters for the fourth time by outwitting old rival Roger Federer on Sunday.

- Check out the league standings in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.

- Former Australia opener Justin Langer has suddenly cropped up as one of the possible candidates for Indian cricket team's chief coach's job, a position that is lying vacant after Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher completed his tenure at the end of the World Cup.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore qualified for the play-offs of the Indian Premier League after their last league match against Delhi Daredevils was called off due to heavy rains.

- The International Cricket Council (ICC) will not be sending match officials to Pakistan for the tour of Zimbabwe should the limited overs series go ahead, the governing body said on Sunday.

- Zimbabwe will fly to Pakistan on Sunday for a limited-overs tour, their coach Dav Whatmore told Reuters.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct during his team's match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

- Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has decided to make March's World Cup final his last one-day international and announced his retirement from the format on Sunday.

- After masterminding Rajasthan Royals' nine-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders with an all-round show to take them into the play-offs, Shane Watson has said it has given them a chance to make the May 24 final.

- Australia captain Michael Clarke has absolutely no doubt England will be a weaker side without batsman Kevin Pietersen when the Ashes rivalry resumes in Cardiff on July 8.

- Shane Watson smashed an unbeaten century and then bagged two wickets as Rajasthan Royals outplayed defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders by nine runs to seal a play-offs berth in the IPL tournament in Mumbai on Saturday.

- Chennai Super Kings produced a clinical performance as they demolished bottom placed Kings XI Punjab by seven wickets to finish on top of the league table and qualify for the play-offs in the Indian Premier League in Mohali.

- A policeman has been left blind in one eye after being struck by six hit by South African David Miller in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match, local media reported on Saturday.

- Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad face each other in a must-win IPL match.

- The BCCI will discuss the fate of Champions League T20 with the Presidents of Cricket South Africa and Cricket Australia.

- The Twenty20 league mooted by Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and spin champion Shane Warne could be a risky proposition.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to seal a play-off berth by beating laggards Delhi Daredevils.

- Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody has expressed unhappiness at the way the target for Royal Challengers Bangalore was revised under Duckworth/Lewis method.

- Rajasthan Royals head coach Paddy Upton termed their final league encounter of the IPL against Kolkata Knight Riders as a virtual quarter-final as it would decide on their team's chances of getting into play-offs.

- Virat Kohli's brilliant innings under pressure enabled Royal Challengers Bangalore to eke out a thrilling six wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL cricket tournament on Friday.

- Table-toppers Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming believes his team's final league match against bottom placed Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League on Saturday as a 'dangerous game'.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that Virat Kohli should lead India in the one-off Test match against Bangladesh and sit out of the three-match One-Day International series that will follow.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Friday that Zimbabwe would tour the country after earlier calling off the series due to security apprehensions after an attack on the minority Ismaili community members in Karachi.

- New England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves says he did not give Kevin Pietersen any guarantees about being recalled by England this year.

- Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders take on Rajasthan Royals at the Brabourne stadium, in Mumbai, on Saturday, in a perform-or-perish contest, as the race for play-off berths in IPL 8 hots up.

- India batsman Ajinkya Rahane thanked former captain Rahul Dravid for the encomiums showered on him, but insisted he cannot be compared to 'The Wall'.

- They might be set to finish IPL-8 in the last spot but Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey feels his side has everything to play for a win.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India is looking to replace the not-so-popular annual Champions League Twenty20 with another tournament. According to Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla, it is exploring options for a new league in September.

- Gautam Gambhir, captain of defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, sent out a strong message to India's cricket administrators, saying it would be wrong to pick youngsters for national duty based on performances in the Indian Premier League.

- With a MVPI of 619, David Warner is currently IPL 8's most successful player. A B de Villiers (603), after his recent magic at Wankhede stadium, is just behind, and could still be this IPL's top player if Royal Challengers Bangalore can make it to the semi-finals.

- There was a dash of Bollywood to the IPL sizzling contest.

- Mumbai Indians pacer Mitchell McClenaghan has been reprimanded for showing dissent to the umpire.

- Shakib Al Hasan defended Kolkata Knight Riders teammate Piyush Chawla.

- Tendulkar and Warne planned to recruit 28 players to play 15 matches.

- Hardik Pandya paid encomiums to fellow all-rounder Kieron Pollard.

- Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir blamed his bowlers and fielders for their narrow five-run defeat against Mumbai Indians.

- Youngster Hardik Pandya blasted an unbeaten half-century to help Mumbai Indians edge past Kolkata Knight Riders and boost their hopes of making it to the play-offs in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai, on Thursday.

- Zimbabwe pulled out of this month's historic cricket tour to Pakistan and then retracted their decision within 16 minutes in a bizarre turnaround on Thursday.

- Former India captain Rahul Dravid has some suggestions to make T20 cricket more exciting. Harish Kotian lists them.

- England batsman Alex Hales will be available for selection for Mumbai Indians' last league game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 17, subject to completion of contractual paperwork formalities.

- Admitting that drawing spectators to the ground to watch Test matches in recent times has become a 'great challenge', Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur on Thursday said the Board is open to the idea of hosting five-day games at stadiums in smaller cities.

- Amid intense speculation over the fate of the proposed India-Pakistan series, the Board of Control for Cricket in India indicated that a second round of talks between the two Boards could take place soon to work out the modalities for resumption of bilateral cricketing ties.

- Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid said he has not been approached for the coach's job of Team India, and added that the new coach must be selected irrespective of nationality.

- Shunned England batsman Kevin Pietersen has a calf injury and will not fly to India to play in the IPL as he had planned, British media reported on Wednesday.

- Former India captain Rahul Dravid shares his thoughts on Pakistan hosting India in a series in the UAE in December. Harish Kotian reports.

- Mumbai Indians have a 10-5 record against KKR. Can they maintain the advantage?

- Emphasising on the importance of Thursday's Indian Premier League match against Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting termed the clash against the defending champions as a 'virtual final' for his team.

- An upbeat Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to carry on their winning momentum to book a berth in the play-offs when they take on an equally-keen Royal Challengers Bangalore in a crucial IPL match at Uppal, in Hyderabad, on Friday.

- Cricket Australia has commissioned an independent review into the cause and circumstances of last year's death of Test batsman Phillip Hughes in a bid to prevent anything similar happening in the future.

- PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan has extended invitations to key officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and government functionaries to attend a match of the forthcoming series against Zimbabwe in Lahore.

- With no team as yet assured of a last four play-off berth, Kolkata Knight Riders mentor Wasim Akram described this Indian Premier League (IPL) season as the most interesting in its eight-year history.

- Delhi Daredevils tasted rare success in their Indian Premier League campaign when they defeated two-time champions Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. So, the win called for celebrations and the party began in right earnest once the players reached the team hotel.

- Kings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 22 runs in a rain-truncated Indian Premier League game in Mohali.

- West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo credits the Indian Premier League for shaping the careers of India's players. He insists that the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament is the route to international success.

- Sunrisers Hyderabad has announced the arrival of Kevin Pietersen, who will join the team early evening on Friday.

- Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan on Wednesday said that the broadcast rights issue will not be a hindrance for the proposed India-Pakistan cricket series and exuded confidence that the two boards will sort out the matter soon.

- From the English media to social networking websites, 'devastated' Kevin Pietersen found support from all quarters.

- Bollywood actor and co-owner of Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh Khan has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate for forex violation.

- Fresh from his match-winning exploits against table-toppers Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils opener Shreyas Iyer says his Ranji experience acted as a confidence-booster for him in the Indian Premier League cricket tournament.

- Kevin Pietersen is not the only one trying to work out why he is unwanted by England's cricket selectors.

- On Wednesday morning, Pietersen, in a sarcastic mood made a snide comment on Twitter.

- Kevin Pietersen will fly to India at the request of his IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad.

- Rediff.com presents the best catches from the eighth edition of the IPL.

- England cricket director Andrew Strauss gave his full backing to Test captain Alastair Cook on Tuesday and appointed Joe Root as his deputy in a significant move for the future.

- Delhi Daredevils beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in their Indian Premier League match at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Tuesday.

- There is no ban on Kevin Pietersen playing for England but an erosion of trust means he has no place in their plans this summer, new director of cricket Andrew Strauss said on Tuesday.

- Having improved its play-off chances following three consecutive wins, Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling coach Muttiah Muralitharn said the team needs to keep the momentum going.

- Royals Challengers Bangalore will start as overwhelming favourites against bottom-placed Kings XI.

- Kevin Pietersen will not be recalled by England despite scoring an unbeaten 326 for Surrey.

- IPL 8 is past the half-way mark, and Andre Russell of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is emerging.

- David Warner blasted a quickfire half-century before Sunrisers Hyderabad survived a sensational onslaught from David Miller to register a thrilling five-run victory against Kings XI Punjab and keep themselves in the hunt for a place in the play-offs of the Indian Premier League, in Hyderabad, on Monday.

- Kevin Pietersen hit a superb triple century, a career-best, for Surrey on Monday to offer a reminder of his talents ahead of new England cricket director Andrew Strauss' first news conference.

- In the annual update, the results from 2011-12 were dropped from the calculations and outcomes from the 2013-14 series weighted at 50 per cent. Thus, India's heavy defeats against England and Australia in 2011-12 were no longer taken into account.

- Kings XI Punjab, who are already out of the race for a place in the play-offs in the Indian Premier League, released Australian players Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Johnson to prepare for their forthcoming two-Test series in the West Indies.

- For the third year running after the ruckus he had created in 2012, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan will not be allowed to witness the high-profile Indian Premier League contest between his side Kolkata Knight Riders and home team Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 14.

- Delhi Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua has said that it was IPL market that decided Yuvraj Singh's price of Rs 16 crore and the franchise is firmly backing the ageing star despite his failure to turn the team's fortunes in the ongoing eighth edition of the league.

- PCB said on Sunday it expects bilateral series with India to resume.

- Virtually assured of a berth in the playoffs, Chennai Super Kings will aim to tighten their grip on the No 1 position in the points' table when they take on out-of-contention Delhi Daredevils in Tuesday's IPL match in Raipur.

- Yusuf Pathan has said his big-hitting skills are intact.

- Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said the target now is to finish as the No 1 team.

- Mumbai Indians had an off day on the field with below par bowling and catching performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

- Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni defended his decision of not using Ravichandran Ashwin.

- Batting for the resumption of Indo-Pak cricketing ties, PCB chief Shaharyar Khan said that Pakistan are ready to host a series in the UAE in December.

- Brendon McCullum struck a quickfire fifty before Ravindra Jadeja produced a brilliant spell of 4-11 as Chennai Super avenged its defeat over Rajasthan Royals with a 12-run win to virtually secure its place in the play-offs of the Indian Premier League in Chennai on Sunday.

- Powered by a swashbuckling 133 off just 59 balls by AB de Villiers and a classy 82 from skipper Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore trounced Mumbai Indians by 39 runs in the Indian Premier League, in Mumbai, on Sunday.

- The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should "hang their heads in shame" over their sacking of coach Peter Moores, according to former captain Alec Stewart.

- Sunrisers Hyderabad would look to consolidate their gains when they take on beleaguered Kings XI Punjab .

- Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody has praised Moises Henriques.

- Controversial Indian medium-pacer S Sreesanth has been blessed with a baby girl.

- Delhi Daredevils batsman Quinton de Kock has been fined five per cent of his match fee.

- Moises Henriques' gritty fifty and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar's crafty bowling helped Sunrisers Hyderabad stay in the hunt for the play-offs as they beat Delhi Daredevils by six runs in a hard-fought IPL match in Raipur on Saturday.

- Pakistan cricket board chief Shaharyar Khan was stopped by immigration officials at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata on his arrival from Dhaka for not entering India through approved route.

- Peter Moores has left his role as England cricket coach, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Twitter on Saturday.

- Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by one wicket in the Indian Premier League match at Eden Gardens.

- Virat Kohli became a proud owner of Audi R8 LMX super sportscar.

- Chennai Super Kings will look to avenge their first leg loss against Rajasthan Royals.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore will have to pull out all stops to prevent the Mumbai Indians juggernaut.

- Pakistan crushed Bangladesh by 328 runs on Saturday to win their final Test with a day to spare.

- Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said his team paid the price for not grabbing its chances.

- Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in an Indian Premier League match at the MA Chidambaram stadium.

- They are out of contention for a play-off berth but that won't stop them from spoiling another team's party, Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar said sending an alarm bell to Kolkata Knight Riders camp on the eve of their Indian Premier League encounter.

- Andre Russell of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is emerging as the player offering the best performance at the lowest cost.

- Enjoying a prolific run with the bat, Indian opener KL Rahul has said he has become a better cricketer in the last one year owing to a roller-coaster ride both in the domestic and international arena.

- Kolkata Knight Riders' leg-spinner Piyush Chawla says attacking the batsmen comes naturally to him and this strategy was precisely the reason for his success.

- Sunrisers Hyderabad would look to get yet another win under their belt.

- Kolkata Knight Riders will aim for their third win on the trot and end the home leg on a high.

- After succumbing to their seventh loss this season, Delhi Daredevils skipper JP Duminy said his team paid the price for conceding too many runs in the last five overs against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is not really bothered about whether Virat Kohli has attitude problems as what matters at the end of the day is the 'runs that he scores' for India.

- Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan has admitted that the ICC and its member boards are worried.

- Match Report: Kolkata vs Delhi

- Notwithstanding Rajasthan Royals making a match out of the 202-run chase, Sunrisers Hyderabad chief coach Tom Moody said that his team had things under their control through the course of the Indian Premier League match at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai, on Thursday.

- Azhar Ali struck his maiden Test double hundred and Asad Shafiq registered his sixth century as Pakistan took firm control of the second and final Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur, Dhaka , on Thursday.

- Notwithstanding Ravindra Jadeja's poor showing in the ongoing Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has backed the all-rounder, saying he believes in giving chances to players rather than chopping and changing a winning combination.

- Sunrisers Hyderabad kept their play-off hopes alive by pulling off a well-deserved seven-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in a thrilling Indian Premier League match that went to the wire at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, on Thursday.

- Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday said trusting teammates and respecting the opposition was pivotal.

- Essel Group has confirmed its plans to set up a rival Twenty20 cricket league.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Sreenath Aravind, who took four wickets against Kings XI Punjab, has credited senior fast bowler Mitchell Starc for teaching him the tricks of the trade.

- High on confidence after their fourth consecutive victory, Mumbai Indians will look to extend their winning run and sneak into the top-four when they lock horns with table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in an Indian Premier League match at the Chepauk on Friday.

- BCCI on Thursday cleared Sunil Narine's action after giving him a final warning.

- Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar rued drop catches as Chris Gayle went on to smash a match-winning 57-ball 117, saying the West Indian batsman's innings completely turned the match in Royal Challengers Bangalore's favour in their Indian Premier League match on Wednesday.

- West Indies coach Phil Simmons believes their third Test win over England can be the foundation for better things for Caribbean cricket, but warns next month's Tests against Australia represent a sterner examination of his team.

- Steve Smith has succeeded only moderately in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals this season, but he is optimistic that he would deliver big in the remaining matches of the T20 league, including the all-important play-off games.

- Opener Chris Gayle bludgeoned his way to an astonishing 57-ball 117 as Royal Challengers Bangalore hammered Kings XI Punjab by 138 runs in the Indian Premier League match in Bangalore, on Wednesday.

- Australia might have thrashed England 5-0 in their previous Ashes contest Down Under but key batsman Steve Smith feels their arch-rivals in Test cricket would be a force to reckon with in the July-August return series in England.

- As Pakistan gets ready to host Zimbabwe in its first proper home series in six years, the Federation of International Cricketers' Association warned against international teams touring the country, stating its security experts have said the "risk is unmanageable".

- Sunrisers Hyderabad are lying a lowly seventh with eight points from nine games in the Indian Premier League but head coach Tom Moody is not disheartened by the dismal scenario and said on Wednesday that the team can make it to the play-offs by winning four out of their next five games.

- Rajasthan Royals are in a similar situation like last year when they were one win away from qualifying for the play-offs of Indian Premier League but were knocked out by Mumbai Indians and the team members have talked about it, said Stuart Binny in Mumbai, on Wednesday.

- Coach Trevor Bayliss claimed that Kolkata Knight Riders have made a smooth transition from Sunil Narine to Brad Hogg but added that his side still want the West Indian mystery spinner back as soon as possible, in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

- Younis Khan and Azhar Ali struck centuries to punish a sloppy Bangladesh and power Pakistan to a strong 323 for three wickets on the first day of the second and final Test on Wednesday.

- Delhi Daredevils will have to cough up

- The big-hitting Rajasthan Royals batsman Deepak Hooda credits his IPL success to mentor Rahul Dravid, and teammate Steven Smith. Rediff.coms Harish Kotian caught up with the youngster to figure out his success mantra.

- After snapping their losing streak with a win over Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals will now look to keep themselves on course for a play-off berth with another dominating show against an inconsistent Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League game.

- Supremely confident on home turf, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will look to continue their forward march when they face an inconsistent Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament at Eden Gardens, in Kolkata on Thursday.

- After rediscovering his form with a stroke-filled half century, Yuvraj Singh rued that his team Delhi Daredevils could not deliver the knock-out blow on the Mumbai Indians despite reducing the hosts to 40 for 4 and lost the crucial IPL cricket game.

- Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey said swashbuckling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has disappointed himself in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

- Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara has given Australia's domestic Twenty20 league a major shot in the arm by signing up to play for the Hobart Hurricanes from next season.

- Asserting that the Indian Premier League is a great platform to sharpen skills, legendary pacer Wasim Akram said Pakistan and England are losing out big time by their players not playing in the cash-rich Twenty20 cricket tournament.

- The Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils was more than just a contest between teams looking to break into the top four and make it to the knock-out stage of the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament. It reunited some of the heroes of India's World Cup-winning team of 2011.

- Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan claimed that he will be going to India later this week to convince the Indian government to allow restoration of bilateral cricket between the two countries.

- Captain Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu played crucial knocks after Harbhajan Singh's impressive showing with the ball as Mumbai Indians notched up a thrilling five-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils in their rain-affected Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai, on Tuesday.

- Discarded batsman Faisal Iqbal has been banned for four matches by the Pakistan Cricket Board for showing indiscipline during the Pentangular Cup One-day tournament in Karachi earlier this year.

- The emerging nations compete against each other in the International Cricket Council's Inter-Continental Cup 2015-17 scheduled, with the winners getting a chance to play the bottom-ranked Test team on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings in the ICC Test Challenge in 2018.

- With questions being raised over Sunil Narine's action again, Kolkata Knight Riders' bowling coach, Wasim Akram, says the mystery spinner will bounce back from the rough patch.

- Praising Brendon McCullum for his aggressive style of leadership, Kiwi pacer Tim Southee feels that the New Zealand captain has set a new benchmark in world cricket for others to follow.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore will seek to consolidate their position among the top four, while bottom-placed Kings XI Punjab will and end a four-match losing streak when the two sides lock horns in Wednesday's Indian Premier League match in Bengaluru.

- Jonathan Trott followed Graeme Swann, Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior into the international wilderness on Monday to leave England desperately short of experience ahead of this year's Ashes series against Australia.

- Unfazed by their loss to Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody blamed the conditions for the 35-run defeat in their Indian Premier League cricket match in Kolkata on Monday.

- Bangladesh fast bowler Rubel Hossain has been ruled out of the second Test against Pakistan starting on Wednesday due to a side strain, the country's cricket board said.

- "In the end, Yusuf's knock of 30 not out from 19 balls was a crucial one", says Kolkata batsman Manish Pandey.

- Former Sri Lanka spin sensation Muttiah Muralitharan discusses the BCCI's clampdown on suspect bowling actions and his role as bowling coach and mentor of Sunrisers Hyderabad with Harish Kotian/Rediff.com

- Half-way through the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League, the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament has witnessed some top quality catches. Rediff.com takes a look at some memorable ones.

- The song has a primarily Caribbean beat with an Indian touch. The Indian flavour to the single is lent by Trinidadian singer/songwriter Nisha B. The female vocalist sings for Carib band 'Karma'.

- England batsman Jonathan Trott on Monday announced his retirement from international cricket following his poor showing with the bat in the recently-concluded Test series against the West Indies.

- Kolkata Knight Riders bounced back in the home leg in style by notching up a comprehensive 35-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League match, at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Monday.

- Lauding Chennai Super Kings' team effort in their victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore, top-order batsman Suresh Raina on Monday credited skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership qualities for the side's excellent showing in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

- Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur on Monday hinted at initiating a probe against former chief Narayanswami Srinivasan in order to pave the way for his ouster as chairman of the International Cricket Council.

- Injured New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson joined the Mumbai Indians squad at its optional practice session in Mumbai on the eve of their crucial Indian Premier League match against Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede Stadium, on Monday.

- India's cricketers will barely have a week's respite after the conclusion of the ongoing Indian Premier League, as they will leave for Bangladesh in the first week of June for a one-off Test and three-match One-Day International series.

- Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 24 runs in their Indian Premier League match at Chepauk.

- Delhi Daredevils skipper Jean-Paul Duminy blamed poor batting and fielding as well as lack of intensity for his team's 14-run loss to Rajasthan Royals In an IPL match at the Brabourne Stadium.

- High on confidence after their third consecutive win, Mumbai Indians will hold a clear edge over the inconsistent Delhi Daredevils in their key Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

- Indian Premier League's youngest player Sarfaraz Khan, who hit a blistering 21-ball unbeaten 45 against Rajasthan Royals in his side Royal Challenger Bangalore's, has set his sight on representing the country in the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh next year.

- 'We played pretty well against Mumbai (Indians at Delhi on April 23). We have another chance to play in Mumbai (at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, after the loss to Royals at the Brabourne Stadium) and against Mumbai. We need to win and keep in contention'

- England cricket captain Alastair Cook has denied there is any need for a review of the team's failure to win the Test series against West Indies but coach Peter Moores may feel uneasy on the flight back from the Caribbean.

- After so many false dawns, West Indies cricket fans will be wary of reading too much into Sunday's third Test win over England but in drawing the three Test series, the Caribbean side showed some significant signs of improvement.

- Left sleepless the last time he played a bad shot against Mumbai Indians, in-form Rajasthan Royals batsman Ajinkya Rahane said he was desperate to set the record straight and that inspired him to strike a sublime match-winning knock of 91 in an Indian Premier League match against the Delhi Daredevils on Sunday.

- A century partnership between Darren Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood led West Indies to a five-wicket victory over England in the third Test on an awkward Barbados wicket as the series ended at 1-1 on Sunday.

- Ajinkya Rahane continued his sparkling form as he struck a 54-ball unbeaten 91 to help Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs and bounce back from a five-match winless streak in the IPL.

- Mumbai Indians defeated Kings XI Punjab by 23 runs in the Indian Premier League match in Mohali.

- Star batsman and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is the latest Indian cricketer to get hitched as he got engaged to his longtime friend Ritika Sajdeh.

- A resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad have been on a slow but sure climb but it is defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders who hold a psychological edge when the teams face-off in their Indian Premier League match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.

- Chennai Super Kings would seek to get back to winning ways and consolidate their position at the top while Royal Challengers Bangalore would hope to build on the momentum when they lock horns in an Indian Premier League match on Monday.

- Buoyed by the win against table-toppers Chennai Super Kings, SunRisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody said his team still has quite a distance to go and will need to continue the momentum in its remaining games.

- Mumbai Indians will start as favourites when they take on laggards Kings XI Punjab.

- England stumbled to 39 for five at the Kensington Oval to open a lead of 107 runs on Day 2 of the third Test against the West Indies.

- Inspired by skipper David Warner's whirlwind fifty, Sunrisers Hyderabad outplayed Chennai Super Kings by 22 runs to notch up a much-needed win and hand the table-toppers their second consecutive defeat in the IPL match on Saturday.

- Mandeep Singh, who starred in Royal Challengers Bangalore's victory, said playing a waiting game was the best option for him while chasing a challenging target set by Kolkata Knight Riders.

- Pace bowler Dhawal Kulkarni, who has played a lot of domestic cricket before gaining his India cap, claimed he has learnt quite a bit from the likes of Austalian Shane Watson, his current captain at Rajasthan Royals.

- Rajasthan Royals batsman Ajinkya Rahane credited his mental preparation as the key to his success in Tests, One-Day Internationals and the ongoing Indian Premier League, in which he is the leading run-getter till date.

- Young Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh kept his cool under pressure as his breathtaking 18-ball 45 helped Royal Challengers Bangalore pip Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets in a thrilling Indian Premier League match, in Bangalore, on Saturday.

- Tamim Iqbal scored a double century and Imrul Kayes 150 in a record opening stand of 312 as Bangladesh overhauled a huge first innings deficit to force a draw with Pakistan in the opening Test at Khulna on Saturday.

- A resurgent Delhi Daredevils will look to build a winning momentum.

- Ambati Rayudu conceded that his side will have to play each game as a must-win.

- England captain Alastair Cook scored his first Test century in almost two years but lost his wicket in the final over of the day as the tourists ended the first day of the third Test against the West Indies on 240 for seven.

- Ambati Rayudu blasted a quickfire half-century to help Mumbai Indians overcome Rajasthan Royals by eight runs in their Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, on Friday.

- Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes produced a record 273-run partnership in an unbroken opening stand to help Bangladesh whittle down Pakistan's huge lead to 23 runs at the close of the penultimate day of the opening Test at Khulna on Friday.

- Zaheer Khan made an impressive comeback from a year-long hiatus complementing Nathan Coulter-Nile brilliantly as Delhi Daredevils spanked Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets in an Indian Premier League match on Friday.

- Making an impact straightaway after a near year-long sabbatical due to injury, veteran speedster Zaheer Khan said that he will get better and better as he bowls more in competitive match situation.

- Sunrisers Hyderabad face an uphill task to find their way through in the ongoing Indian Premier League as they get ready to take on formidable Chennai Super Kings.

- Pumped up after a thrilling win over the smooth-sailing Chennai Super Kings, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will take on the resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore.

- ICC confirmed it was investigating the registration of company names which it regarded as of 'concern to the sport of cricket'.

- Sunil Narine might be out with a suspected bowling action but Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Robin Uthappa feels he will come back stronger.

- Fairfax media on Friday quoted unnamed sources as saying Clarke and Warner would be targeted as "priority acquisitions" on lucrative 10-year deals.

- Coach Stephen Fleming said nothing was wrong with the captain.

- England all-rounder Ben Stokes has a back problem and may miss the third and final Test.

- Kolkata Knight Riders' mystery spinner Sunil Narine underwent in Chennai on Thursday in order to get his off-breaks cleared for the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League.

- Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell struck belligerent fifties after veteran Brad Hogg's four-wicket haul to help Kolkata Knight Riders return to winning ways with a seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in a thrilling Indian Premier League match in Kolkata, on Thursday.

- Flamboyant Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Thursday announced that he will retire from international cricket after the World T20 to be held in India next year.

- It was believed that Vaas and Sri Lanka's head coach Marvan Atapattu were not getting along well in recent times.

- In a noble gesture, Kolkata Knight Riders named deceased Bengal cricketer Ankit Keshri as their 16th man while his family was given a cheque of Rs 20 lakh at a ceremony ahead of their Indian Premier League against Chennai Super Kings at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on Thursday.

- World Cup champions Australia doubled its lead over second-ranked India in the International Cricket Council's One-Day International Team Rankings from six to 12 points while the West Indies, Bangladesh and Pakistan are locked in a tight struggle for the remaining two slots in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

- Still non-committal about Zaheer Khan's first appearance for Delhi Daredevils, Yuvraj Singh hinted at the left-arm pacer's inclusion in the playing eleven during the team's last home encounter against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League in New Delhi, on Friday.

- Mumbai Indians had a break of five days after their 20-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a low-scoring Indian Premier League in Mumbai and captain Rohit Sharma said on Thursday that the short respite was very helpful in recharging their batteries.

- Without mentioning any individual names, former India captain and Rajasthan Royals' mentor Rahul Dravid on Thursday came out in full support of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's move to eradicate bowling with illegal actions from the Indian Premier League.

- Following two washed out games in a row, it was no surprise to see Rajasthan Royals seek some divine intervention as they looked to get their campaign back on track in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

- Disappointed with some of his performances during the ongoing Indian Premier League season, Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman K L Rahul said he will learn from his mistakes and try to improve in the future matches.

- The National Cricket Academy under the chairmanship of M P Pandove said it will enter into a strategic tie-up with Cricket Australia along with the setting up of an independent complex to shift the facility from Bangalore, while also extending help the national cricketers of Nepal, who have been affected by the earthquake.

- Mohammad Hafeez struck his maiden Test double hundred as Pakistan feasted on Bangladesh's limited bowling resources to post a commanding 537 for five wickets on day three and take charge of the opening match at Khulna on Thursday.

- International cricket will return to Pakistan next month after Zimbabwe agreed to tour the country .

- If the two injured players are unable to take field against DD, it will certainly raise hopes for Glenn Maxwell and Virender Sehwag to make the final cut

- Well-rested and rejuvenated Mumbai Indians would seek to turn the tables on travel-weary Rajasthan Royals.

- Delhi Daredevils have no option but to go all out when they take on Kings XI Punjab.

- In view of rumours surrounding an Indian conglomerate's attempt to start a possible rebel league, the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations chief executive, Tony Irish, has said that mainstream cricket should be 'on their toes' to keep their players away from being lured to an another potential T20 league.

- Duncan Fletcher's impending exit prompts Haresh Pandya to suggest 'Indian' options for the job of national coach.

- The first qualifier of the play-off stage of Indian Premier League will be played in Mumbai on May 19 while the eliminator and the second qualifier will be played in Pune and Ranchi respectively, the BCCI has announced.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore were forced to share points with Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League match after heavy downpour led to match being called off.

- The Anil Kumble-led committee has suggested the number of overs to be increased from 90 to 95 per day in the four and five-day games of the Ranji Trophy and also do away with the single point for salvaging a draw after conceding a lead.

- Mohammad Hafeez led Pakistan's strong reply with his third hundred in as many Tests after Bangladesh lost their last five wickets for 27 runs on the second day of the opening Test at Khulna on Wednesday.

- Australia have a huge hunger for an Ashes triumph in England, according to all rounder Shane Watson, while batsman Steve Smith believes this year's series will not even be close if the tourists play to their potential.

- Kolkata Knight Riders' ace spinner underwent a biomechanical analysis in Chennai after being reported for suspected illegal action again during the IPL tie against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Visakhapatnam on April 22. After reviewing the footage of the game and analysis in Chennai, the BCCI decided to ban his off-spinners.

- Kolkata Knight Riders would look to quickly redeem themselves when they face the same opponents in the return leg.

- Dwayne Bravo helped Chennai Super Kings pull off a sensational two-run win over Kolkata Knight riders.

- Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Brad Hogg says he's very lucky to have been picked up in the IPL tournament.

- Ravichandran Ashwin has been ruled out of the next two IPL matches due to a hand injury.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded his bowlers and fielders for their 'fantastic' victory over defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders.

- Half-way through the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League, the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament has witnessed some top quality catches. Rediff.com takes a look at some memorable ones.

- England batsman James Taylor concedes it was "massively disappointing" to be left out of the squad for the ongoing tour of West Indies but the blow has been softened by news he will captain the side in a one-day match against Ireland next week.

- Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by two runs in a low-scoring Indian Premier League match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India's new regime under Jagmohan Dalmiya's leadership is exploring the option of an early Special General Meeting (SGM) in its bid to oust Narayanswami Srinivasan as the Board's representative in the International Cricket Council.

- Karan Gilhotra, against whom the ICC has issued an advisory to the BCCI Secretary asking him to stay away from suspected bookies, today accused the global cricket body of trying to "malign" Anurag Thakur's image by using him.

- India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara's contentious dismissal in an English County Championship match between Yorkshire and Warwickshire created a mini-controversy as some of the home team fans booed the umpires at the end of the day's play.

- Former Board of Control for Cricket in president Narayanswami Srinivasan suffered another jolt on Tuesday as one of his closest confidantes, Sanjay Patel, was stripped of his primary membership by the Baroda Cricket Association on allegations of financial irregularities.

- Mominul Haque struck a patient 80 before falling to the final delivery of the day as Bangladesh capitalised on poor Pakistan fielding to reach 236 for four on the opening day of the first Test in Khulna on Tuesday.

- Humiliated in their previous face-off this season, table toppers Rajasthan Royals will be desperate to seek revenge against a resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore in Wednesday's Indian Premier League match in Bengaluru.

- Former president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Ehsan Mani has said that Pakistan Cricket Board ( PCB) and the country's cricket structure are in "need of a major overhaul" following Pakistan's defeat at the hands of fast-rising Bangladesh.

- Activists of Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress today burnt an effigy of BJP MP and BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur for his alleged links with a Chandigarh-based bookie even as the state Congress Committee has urged the BCCI to take against him.

- Indian Premier League governing council chairman Rajiv Shukla, on Monday, avoided commenting on reports of Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur allegedly being seen with a bookie and said that he would comment on the matter only after getting any evidence.

- Zimbabwe are close to accepting an invitation to play in Pakistan next month in a One-Day International series that could mark the first visit by a Test-playing nation since 2009.

- Pace spearhead Trent Boult led the way with three wickets after David Warner's brisk half-century laid the foundation as Sunrisers Hyderabad recorded a 20-run win over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League in Mohali, on Monday.

- The Essel Group on Monday rebutted news reports that it is setting up parallel cricket boards across different countries in collaboration with Ten Sports Network but said it is now geared up to enter the sports business at a global level, focusing on cricket.

- Flamboyant Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said he is ready to retire from international cricket the day he feels he is a burden on the team.

- International Cricket Council chairman Narayanswami Srinivasan on Monday made it clear that he does not want to engage in a war of words with Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur.

- Yuvraj Singh, the costliest buy this season, hasn't set the Indian Premier League ablaze as was expected.

- Rohit Sharma on Monday expressed delight about the BCCI's decision to recommend his name for the government's prestigious Arjuna Award.

- The internal feud within the Board of Control for Cricket in India took an ugly turn on Monday with its secretary, Anurag Thakur, launching a stinging attack on ICC chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan, saying he must share information about bookies with his own family members "whose involvement in betting has been proved".

- Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has asked for an amount of Rs 1.90 crore as remuneration for rendering his services as president BCCI-IPL.

- It's going to be Chennai Super Kings' war cry Whistle Podu versus Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo re.

- - Media reports had claimed on Sunday that BCCI was sent a letter by international cricket's governing body about Thakur being seen with an alleged bookie Karan Gilhotra

- Delhi Daredevils skipper JP Duminy admitted that his team were "outplayed" in all departments of the game by Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League match on Sunday.

- A fiery spell of fast bowling from Mitchell Starc and Varun Aaron followed by Chris Gayle's quickfire half-century helped Royal Challengers Bangalore crush Delhi Daredevils by a convincing 10-wicket victory in the Indian Premier League match at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in New Delhi, on Sunday.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Sunday decided to seek a fresh legal opinion on the controversial "low" valuation of the Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings when it demerged from its parent company India cements, headed by former Board president Narayanswami Srinivasan.

- The trio, according to sources, will provide input to BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya and secretary Anurag Thakur, who were on Sunday entrusted with the job of finding the new coach at the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Working Committee meeting in Kolkata.

- Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders' home match against Rajasthan Royals was abandoned at Eden Gardens without a ball being bowled because of heavy rain and thunderstorm in Kolkata.

- Champions Kolkata Knight Riders paid tribute to deceased cricketer Ankit Keshri by naming him as the 16th member of their side for their rain-hit Indian Premier League match against Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Sunday.

- Former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Narayanswami Srinivasan is facing fresh trouble after reports emerged that he hired a London-based firm to spy on other Board members, it was reported on Sunday.

- The likes of Virender Sehwag, David Miller and Glenn Maxwell have not managed to live up to expectations for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 8.

- Waqar Younis and his deputy Mushtaq Ahmed have had a heart-to-heart to talk with the players.

- Zimabawe ask PCB for financial incentives for touring players.

- India's Test captain Virat Kohli feels that it will be difficult to replace someone like Mahendra Singh Dhoni but Wriddhiman Saha according to him 'deserves' to don the gloves for the national team for the

- Alastair Cook gave the credit for Saturday's second-Test win over West Indies to James Anderson.

- A fuming Tom Moody says he was left 'embarrassed' after Sunrisers Hyderabad's poor batting performance against Mumbai Indians which saw them lose by 20 runs in the Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, on Saturday.

- A devastating spell from seam bowler James Anderson set England up for a nine-wicket triumph in the second test against West Indies on Saturday as the tourists went 1-0 up in the three-match series.

- Chennai Super Kings thrashed Kings XI Punjab by a huge margin of 97 runs, extracting a sweet revenge for a string of three losses to them in the last season of the Indian Premier League.

- The appointment of next India chief coach, Chennai Super Kings's low de-merger valuation of Rs 5 lakh and Neeraj Kumar's appointment as the Anti-Corruption Unit's chief consultant are some of the key issues that will be discussed during the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Working Committee meeting, in Kolkata, on Sunday.

- Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan came up with stellar bowling display to help Mumbai Indians defend a modest score and beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs in their Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede stadium.

- Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine, who has been reported for suspect bowling action again, is available for the contest against Rajasthan Royals but skipper Gautam Gambhir says they're still pondering whether to risk the Windies.

- High on confidence after convincing victories in their previous games, both Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore will seek the winning momentum when they face off in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

- Virender Sehwag still feels the insatiable hunger for scoring runs and says he would like to make the most of his current form by scoring 'big runs' for Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

- Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will be in a tight corner without their 'mystery spinner' Sunil Narine, reported for chucking, as they gear up to face Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League match at Eden Gardens. Beginning with Rajasthan, Kolkata will go on to complete all their remaining five home outings by May 9.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has described his team's nine-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals as a "well-earned" and "timely" victory and hoped to carry forward the momentum in the remaining IPL matches.

- Former India captain Ajit Wadekar feels that Ajinkya Rahane is probably the one Indian batsman whose technique comes closest to what can be called perfect even in the slam-bang T20 IPL cricket.

- Kraigg Brathwaite's determined century led West Indies to 202 for 2 at the close of the fourth day in the second Test, leaving the hosts with a lead of 37 runs.

- Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming conceded on Friday that the spin department of his side hasn't been as effective as compared to previous IPL seasons, but denied that the team management has lost confidence on its slow bowlers.

- Skipper Virat Kohli blasted his second successive fifty and pacer Mitchell Starc picked up three wickets as Royal Challengers Bangalore notched up a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in their IPL encounter in Ahmedabad.

- Shakib Al Hasan's fine all-round showing powered Bangladesh to a seven-wicket victory over Pakistan on Friday, their first Twenty20 international win over their Asian rivals.

- Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman pointed out that Ishant's no-ball problem is one of the reasons for his exclusion from the side.

- West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine has again been reported for suspect illegal bowling action. This time by the on-field umpires during Kolkata Knight Riders' away IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 22.

- "A lot of credit goes to him (Praveen Amre) because he really works hard on me before the game and we practice good technique and skills. Yesterday also we worked on my skills," said Iyer after DD's 37-run win at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in New Delhi on Thursday.

- South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn claims to be a calmer person off the field.

- Pushed to the bottom of the table following their fifth defeat in six outings, former champions Mumbai Indians will look to keep their chances alive when they face a resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad in a crucial Indian Premier League game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.

- Struggling to be consistent, Kings XI Punjab will have their task cut out when they take on the in-form Chennai Super Kings.

- Parthiv Patel said that the results may not be coming but the star-studded support staff gives players space and their inputs are valuable.

- Snubbed Maxwell eyes county cricket to fuel Test bid.

- Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes and wife Jeanne have been blessed with a baby girl.

- Ziva was seen in the stands to cheer Chennai Super Kings in their Indian Premier League match in Bangalore, on Wednesday.

- They are termed by many teams as distractions while some feel that they make the cricketers happy. Yes, we are talking about the WAGs (wife and girlfriend).

- Captain Cook also hits form, strikes 125-run opening partnership with Trott -- England's first century opening stand since March 2013.

- Two players, who were bought for big money at the Indian Premier League auction, are struggling to justify the huge amount spent on them for the eighth edition of the hugely popular Twenty20 tournament.

- India's batting icon Sachin Tendulkar turns 42 on Friday.

- Delhi Daredevils defeated Mumbai Indians by 37 runs in their Indian Premier League match at the Ferozshah Kotla. It was Delhi's first home win in 10 matches and in more than two years. After April 21, 2013, when they last won at the Kotla, Delhi lost nine matches on the trot at home.

- Sachin Tendulkar may have retired from cricket but he still rules the hearts of fans with chants of 'Sachin, Sachin' reverberating once again at the Feroz Shah Kotla as the chief mentor of Mumbai Indians side walked out before the start of the IPL game in New Delhi.

- Former skipper Imran Khan has joined the chorus of angry fans and ex-cricketers over the national team's ODI whitewash in Bangladesh, terming the 0-3 loss as a "low point in Pakistan cricket history".

- The BCCI has officially confirmed that India's pace spearhead Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League due to a knee injury sustained during the ICC World Cup last month.

- Pushed to the bottom of the heap after three successive losses, it will take an extraordinary effort from Royal Challengers Bangalore to overpower table-toppers Rajasthan Royals when the two sides clash in an Indian Premier League match in Ahmedabad on Friday.

- England fast bowler Stuart Broad has defended his team's verbal attack on West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels during their second Test in Grenada.

- Two-time Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings has been valued at just Rs 5 lakh by its owners, India Cements.

- Pakistan's premier all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been cleared by the International Cricket Council to resume bowling in international matches after remedial works and retests on his remodeled action.

- England openers Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott made a solid start in reply to West Indies' total of 299 by reaching 74 without loss on the second day of the second Test on Wednesday.

- Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina reckons that the early dismissal of South African swashbuckler A B de Villiers proved to be the decisive factor in CSK's 27-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League match in Bangalore on Wednesday.

- Veteran Ashish Nehra dished out a brilliant spell of pace bowling after Suresh Raina's sparkling half-century as Chennai Super Kings registered a comfortable 27-run victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League match in Bangalore, on Wednesday.

- Soumya Sarkar's maiden century helped Bangladesh secure a 3-0 one-day series sweep against Pakistan after an eight-wicket win in the third and final match on Wednesday.

- SunRisers Hyderabad beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 16 runs (via Duckworth/Lewis method) in their rain-curtailed Indian Premier League match in Visakhapatnam.

- With Delhi Daredevils on a nine-match losing streak at home, Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond said the visitors will look to exploit on the opposition's shortcomings in Thursday's IPL match in Delhi.

- With Delhi Daredevils having lost nine matches on the trot in the IPL, captain Jean-Paul Duminy is keen to set the record straight when they take on Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

- Australia's World Cup winning batsman Aaron Finch underwent surgery on his left hamstring and will be sidelined for up to three months.

- An inconsistent Delhi Daredevils will look to break the home jinx when they take on Mumbai Indians in their sixth match of the IPL cricket tournament at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday.

- After edging out Rajasthan Royals in a nail-biting IPL game, Kings XI Punjab captain Virender Sehwag said his side won't rely on luck the next time.

- Kolkata cricketer Rahul Ghosh, who was hospitalised after sustaining a head injury during a local league match, is stable and recovering, but doctors said he still needs to be kept under observation in intensive care.

- A patient 94 not out from Marlon Samuels helped West Indies recover against England to end the first day of the second Test on 188 for five in Grenada on Tuesday.

- Just a few years ago, actress Shilpa Shetty was the face of Rajasthan Royals.

- Virender Sehwag credits Axar Patel and Mitchell Johnson for the victory.

- Shaun Marsh's sensational strokeplay helped Kings XI Punjab edge past Rajasthan Royals via the Super Over after the match had finished in a tie in the Indian Premier League, in Ahmedabad, on Tuesday.

- Keen to take the field after missing the first few Indian Premier League matches this season due to a knee injury, Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Mitchell Starc expressed his desire to play against Chennai Super Kings, in Bangalore, on Wednesday.

- Banned Salman Butt was asked by the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit to appear for a hearing.

- Just a day after former Bengal Under-19 captain Ankit Keshri lost his life due to a freak on-field injury, another young club cricketer, Rahul Ghosh, was hospitalised after sustaining a hit on the head during a second division league match, in Kolkata, on Tuesday morning.

- Expect a battle of wits when Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings lock horns in Wednesday's Indian Premier League match in Bangalore.

- Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the camaraderie between the young and senior players is key to his team's good showing in the Indian Premier League.

- The David Miller style of play is suited more to shorter formats but the big-hitting batsman dreams of playing Tests for South Africa to this date, having

- England captain Alistair Cook is convinced he has improved as a batsman despite failing to score a Test century since 2013.

- Their morale on the upswing after back-to-back victories, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will aim to continue the winning run when they take on the inconsistent Sunrisers Hyderabad in their fifth IPL cricket match in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

- India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has opened his account for Yorkshire with a half-century.

- Delhi Daredevils are expected to get a boost ahead of their IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday with pacer Zaheer Khan.

- Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi has ruled out any chance of making a comeback to ODIs.

- 'Game-changer' Yusuf will do something special, says Gautam Gambhir.

- Zimbabwe set to become first team to tour Pak after terror fears in March 2009.

- Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir credited his bowlers .

- More that the battle between bat and ball, it is the colourfully dressed cheergirls who are raising the din in the stadium at IPL 8 matches.

- Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Delhi Daredevils by six wickets in their Indian Premier League match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

- Following the demise of Ankit Keshri here other instances when cricketers died while playing a match.

- Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has been fined after his team maintained a slow over rate during Sunday's Indian Premier League match against Royal

- Former England paceman Mathew Hoggard urges England cricket to have shift in mindset

- Sachin Tendulkar condoled the demise of young batsman Ankit Keshri, who passed away following a freak on-field collision during a Cricket Association of Bengal's senior one-day knock-out match on April 17.

- Former Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar was on Monday appointed as chief advisor of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) for a term of one year.

- West Indies fast bowling legend Curtly Ambrose says Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar were two of the greatest batsmen of their generation, but it is difficult to compare them because both were so different.

- After his side suffered their first defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals in this edition of the Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has admitted his team was thoroughly outplayed by a better opponent.

- Australia's Steve Smith, attributed his success to calmness and the repetitive process of getting ready for on-field battle.

- Amidst a controversy over claims of political interference in the selection of Vernon Philander in the World Cup semi-final match against New Zealand, Cricket South Africa has clarified that the right-hand bowler was declared fit and available for selection by the medical team.

- The 21-year-old all-rounder smashed a world record 350 in just 138 balls during a one-day match in a Royal London National Club Championship game against Caldy

- A struggling Kings XI Punjab will have to pull out all stops against in-form and unbeaten, Rajasthan Royals, when the two teams clash in an Indian Premier League match in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

- Tragedy struck Indian cricket on Monday when a 20-year-old player died as a result of a freakish on-field collision with a team mate during a club match in Kolkata.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder David Wiese said that the presence of injured Australian bowler Mitchell Starc could have made a difference had he played for them in their defeat against Mumbai Indians on Sunday.

- Pollard's tape-on-mouth act was something very different and unique, says Harbhajan Singh.

- Mumbai Indians' spin spearhead Harbhajan Singh said 100th IPL match is a great achievement.

- Ricky Ponting's positive attitude and calm demeanour played a huge part in keeping the team together.

- Under pressure after four consecutive defeats, Mumbai Indians came out with a 'positive' display to register their first win.

- In a bizzare incident, Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard put on a tape on his mouth after the umpires rapped him for his onfield altercation with fellow West Indian and Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle during an IPL match.

- Mumbai Indians produced a clinical performance to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 18 runs in a high-scoring affair and register their maiden win in this year's Indian Premier League in Bengaluru.

- Bangladesh recorded their first series win against Pakistan after opener Tamim Iqbal's second successive century secured a seven-wicket victory in the second one-day international on Sunday.

- Rajasthan Royals outplayed Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets in their Indian Premier League match in Ahmedabad, thereby registering their fifth straight win of the season.

- The former Pakistan captain is also confident that Yusuf Pathan will fire sooner than later.

- Upbeat after two wins under their belt Delhi Daredevils coach Gary Kirsten believes the team can surely take the momentum forward in the four straight home IPL games at the Feroz Shah Kotla starting on Monday against Kolkata Knight Riders.

- A resurgent Delhi Daredevils squad will look to continue with their winning momentum when they take on defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the team's fifth match of the Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi on Monday.

- Chhurim Sherpa began her journey for a third ascent to Mount Everest on Sunday but this time some odd items were also part of her climbing gear.

- Pakistan seam bowler Ehsan Adil will miss the ongoing one-day international series in Bangladesh due to a hamstring injury and has been replaced by Umar Gul, the country's cricket board said on Saturday.

- Rajasthan Royals pacer Tim Southee said that their Indian Premier League match against Chennai Super Kings will be an exciting affair.

- Andre Russell's spectacular all-round performance powered defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders to a convincing four-wicket victory against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League, in Pune, on Saturday.

- Former captain Inzamam ul Haq has blamed the lack of international cricket at home since 2009 for the declining standards in Pakistan cricket.

- Delhi Daredevils defeated

- Mumbai Indians would look to bounce back when they take on a formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore.

- Rajasthan Royals will look to extend their four-match winning streak.

- Chennai Super Kings pace spearhead Ashish Nehra said dismissing Rohit Sharma, when the Mumbai Indians' skipper was poised for a late assault, proved crucial in his side's six-wicket triumph over the home side in Friday night's IPL match in Mumbai.

- Consigned to their fourth straight defeat, a dejected Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said he has tried everything to get the right combination this IPL season but hasn't succeeded.

- Making it clear that the 'Most Expensive Player' tagline doesn't create any pressure on him, out-of-favour India veteran Yuvraj Singh said that he "didn't tell anyone to give him" the money that he commanded at the IPL cricket tournament's auctions earlier this year.

- James Anderson became England's highest wicket-taker in Test cricket when he claimed his 384th victim in the drawn first Test against the West Indies in Antigua on Friday.

- Openers Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum shared a breathtaking 109-run stand off 44 balls as Chennai Super Kings outplayed Mumbai Indians by six wickets to maintain their unbeaten run in the IPL.

- Jason Holder struck his maiden first-class century to lead the West Indies to a draw in the first Test in Antigua on Friday after James Anderson had become England's leading Test wicket-taker.

- Bangladesh outplayed Pakistan by 79 runs in the first one-day international in Dhaka on Friday, in only their second win over their rivals in 48 games across all three formats.

- Despite enjoying reasonable success Down Under in Test matches, India opener Murali Vijay says he equally enjoys playing in the shorter formats despite the transition from five-day cricket to T20 being 'tough'.

- The roof top installation by the Karnataka State Cricket Association is a novel initiative executed for the first time at any stadium in the country and, probably, also the first cricket stadium in the world to have such facility, the Karnataka State Cricket Association said.

- Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders would look to return to winning ways.

- Zimbabwe's retired cricketer Brendan Taylor has admitted that the lack of financial security was the reason behind his decision to quit international cricket after the World Cup.

- Ankeet Chavan, one of the three Rajasthan Royals players charged with spot-fixing during the 2013 IPL and banned for life by the BCCI, was paid his Ranji Trophy dues worth Rs 32 lakh.

- The appointment of an interim body to run Sri Lankan cricket is in tune with laws governing the island nation, the country's sports minister said on Friday.

- Australia Test skipper Michael Clarke's will captain the Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash League for the next two seasons after not playing Twenty20 for three years.

- After putting a stop to their prolonged losing streak, Delhi Daredevils will look to carry forward the momentum when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League encounter in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

- KP has been raking up big runs in county cricket, and, Australian captain Clarke has a sneaking suspicion that the England batsman could make the squad for the Ashes

- It didn't come as a surprise when the cameras focused on Shah Rukh Khan's son AbRam.

- Set an improbable 438 for victory after England declared their second innings at 333 for 7, the West Indies were 98 for 2 at close on Day 4 of the first Test.

- Rajasthan Royals beat SunRisers Hyderabad by six wickets in their Indian Premier League match in Visakhapatnam. It was Rajasthan's fourth win in as many matches as keeps them top of the table.

- The ICC Board accepted the resignation of former president Mustafa Kamal, effective from April 2, and confirmed that no replacement would be appointed for the remaining weeks of his term.

- Former skipper Sourav Ganguly preferred to remain tight-lipped about whether he is a possible contender for the job of India coach, saying "let's not speculate".

- Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma says the team cannot be dependent on him alone to perform in every match and it is time other players put up their hands and started delivering.

- Enforcement Directorate officials, on Thursday, questioned Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) president and BCCI vice-president T C Mathew on the foreign exchange transactions involving KCA and a London-based architect firm.

- If Alastair Cook does not sort out his batting problems during the series against West Indies, the England captain's Test future looks rather bleak, former batsman Nasser Hussain said.

- Ahead of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League here's a look at some records from the inaugural edition in 2008 still standing.

- Notwithstanding Mumbai Indians' poor start in this IPL season, Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming is wary of the home team's capabilities and insists that the visitors, who are unbeaten so far, have not lowered their guard for Friday's game.

- Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur says former president Narayanswami Srinivasan will continue as ICC chairman till September after which the Board will chalk out a way forward at its Annual General Meeting.

- Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has said that New Zealand has set the blueprint for England cricket team to rebuild on and off the pitch.

- The Proteas high performance coach and renowned explorer, Mike Horn, on Thursday, revealed that he was required to provide additional support at the World Cup ahead of their semi-final against New Zealand following a change in team selection to meet apparent 'quota' requirements.

- Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta had a lot to cheer about until her team's last encounter against Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.

- Mumbai Indians will have their task cut out when they lock horns with Chennai Super Kings.

- Having mentored many pacers in India, Wasim Akram feels fast bowling is becoming an integral part of Indian cricket with youngsters finding their heroes in the likes of Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav.

- The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Shaharyar Khan has said that the decision to call back Moin Khan from the World Cup and later sack him as chief selector was taken to keep his prestige and reputation intact after the Casino incident.

- England's bowlers threw everything at Jermaine Blackwood but the West Indies batsman held firm to notch up his maiden Test century.

- Captain Jean-Paul Duminy praised Mayank Agarwal and Yuvraj Singh for their fine batting show.

- India pacer Mohammed Shami's knee injury turned out to be more serious than Delhi Daredevils made it out to be as he has been ruled out of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.

- Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI Punjab by five wickets in their Indian Premier League match in Pune on Wednesday. It was Delhi's first win in 12 matches and their first against Punjab after four straight defeats.

- Mumbai Indians batsman Aaron Finch is likely to miss the rest of the Indian Premier League after suffering a hamstring injury during the match against Rajasthan Royals.

- Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was inducted as one of the five new members into the prestigious Laureus Sports Academy in a glittering annual award ceremony at the Shanghai Grand theatre in Shanghai.

- Ricky Ponting, Mumbai's head coach, says the team hasn't been able to sustain the momentum for the full length of a match, doing well in only patches.

- Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has backed pace bowler Mitchell Starc to convert his World Cup form into the Test team ahead of series against West Indies and England.

- Looking to keep their winning run intact, table-toppers Rajasthan Royals face a stern SunRisers Hyderabad test in their fourth match of the Indian Premier League in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.

- West Indian legend Michael Holding has been impressed with the growth of fast bowling in India but rued the decline of the art in world cricket due to an overkill of the game.

- Australia's World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh feels India's latest batting sensation Virat Kohli must learn from Mahendra Singh Dhoni to keep his emotions in check and mature as a captain.

- Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni figure among the top-10 ODI batsmen.

- Disappointed after Mumbai Indians' third successive IPL loss, the team's West Indian batsman Kieron Pollard said his side needs to improve several aspects of it gameplan.

- Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has no ambitions of coaching the Indian cricket team, at least not in the near future. 'It's a difficult job. You have to know the culture; there is a lot of expectation from the team,' he says.

- Photos of the first Test match between West Indies and England, eing played i Antigua

- Former test bowler Jason Gillespie has returned home to coach the Adelaide Strikers in Australia's domestic Twenty20 league, dashing speculation the Yorkshire mentor might succeed England coach Peter Moores.

- The ever-consistent Steve Smith continued his rich vein of form,scoring an unbeaten 79 in Rajasthan Royals' easy seven-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians, in the IPL match in Ahmedabad on Tuesday night, and immediately declared he "never gets tired of batting".

- Having beaten them thrice last season, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir has expressed hope of continuing their unbeaten run against Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing eighth Indian Premier League.

- The West Indies trailed England by 244 runs at the close of the second day of the first Test in Antigua on Tuesday after Shivnarine Chanderpaul applied the brakes to any potential batting slump

- Captain Steve Smith struck his maiden half-century in the Indian Premier League to steer Rajasthan Royals to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in Ahmedabad, on Tuesday.

- Delhi Daredevils might have suffered narrow defeats in the first two matches of the Indian Premier League, extending their losing streak to 11 which started last year, but all-rounder Angelo Mathews on Tuesday said the team is still hopeful of a turnaround.

- Pained to see the Indian ice hockey team's fund raising campaign in a bid to participate in the IIHF Ice Hockey Challenge Cup of Asia Division I in Kuwait from April 18-24, the former India opener has taken it as a 'moral responsibility' to support the sport.

- Young Pakistan left-arm spinner Raza Hasan faces a possible two-year ban from all forms of cricket after testing positive for cocaine following a dope test carried out at the WADA-accredited laboratory in India.

- Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir defended under-fire opener Robin Uthappa's alleged scuffle with Royal Challengers Bangalore youngster

- Allan Donald has stepped down as bowling coach of South Africa, confirming his departure.

- Kings XI Punjab leg-spinner Karanveer Singh says preparing for 'out of the blue' situations helped the team.

- Not undermining Dale Steyn's ability with the ball, Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner said that he wishes to continue with Trent Boult.

- Daredevils look to end losing streak against Kings XI.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore may have faltered against Sunrisers Hyderabad after notching up a win in their first game, but captain Virat Kohli expects a complete turnaround once Adam Milne and Mitchell Starc recover from their respective injuries.

- A fine innings of 143 from Ian Bell helped England to recover from a terrible start and finish the first day of the first Test against West Indies on 341 for five in Antigua on Monday.

- He was the deserving Man-of-the-match for his explosive half-century but SunRisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner credited his bowlers for setting up the win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on Monday.

- Sunrisers Hyderabad rode on the individual brilliance of David Warner and Trent Boult to open their account in the eighth Indian Premier League (IPL) with a convincing eight-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru.

- There aren't too many better exponents of explosive batting in shortest version than Glenn Maxwell but on his own admission, the Australian all-rounder feels that he is lucky to be playing alongside Kings XI Punjab teammate Virender Sehwag in the Indian Premier League.

- Veteran pace bowler Zaheer Khan's fitness issues have been under the scanner since joining Delhi Daredevils ahead of the ongoing eighth edition of the IPL and the franchise insists that he and Mohammed Shami are still not fit for selection.

- After his stellar all-round performance against Kings XI Punjab went in vain, senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh attributed Mumbai Indian's 18-run loss to top-order collapse.

- Kings XI skipper George Bailey said his team deserved to beat Mumbai Indians by a bigger margin for the way his bowlers delivered earlier in Sunday's match at the Wankhede stadium.

- Bailey hopes find a cool drink in IPL's tight schedule.

- Buoyed by their thrilling last-ball win against Delhi Daredevils, a confident Rajasthan Royals will take on a beleaguered Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League cricket encounter in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

- Kevin Pietersen boosted his hopes of an England recall by scoring 170 for Surrey against Oxford MCCU on Sunday in his first red-ball match since the final Ashes Test in January, 2014.

- Mumbai Indians lost their IPL cricket match against Kings XI Punjab by 18 runs.

- Harbhajan Singh slammed an entertaining half-century but could not prevent Mumbai Indians from going down to Kings XI Punjab by 18 runs in the Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, on Sunday.

- Wankhde crowd reserves biggest cheer for Sachin Tendulkar.

- Rahul Dravid always tells me that take the game to the end, believe in your ability.

- Delhi just short on luck, will win soon, says Imran Tahir.

- Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Daredevils by three wickets.

- Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Daredevils by three wickets.

- Former Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss has expressed his interest in the newly-created director of English cricket role for the ECB.

- England pace spearhead James Anderson says the altercation with India's Ravindra Jadeja during the Trent Bridge Test last year 'affected' his performance.

- After playing another match-winning knock in the Indian Premier League, a visibly satisfied Chris Gayle "dedicated" his 56-ball-96 to his mother, who celebrated her birthday on Saturday.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to exploit the home advantage when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad.

- Chris Gayle hammered the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers into submission with a breathtaking 96 that guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to a three-wicket victory in an Indian Premier League encounter at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday.

- Lauding Chennai Super Kings opener Brendon McCullum's unbeaten 100 in his side's second consecutive win in Indian Premier League-8, SunRisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman said the New Zealender's first ton of the season was a 'special innings'.

- With Chennai Super Kings notching up a second straight win in Indian Premier League-8, the team's coach, Stephen Fleming, lavished praise on centurion Brendon McCullum while lauding the side's "dynamic" and "sensible" batting.

- All-rounder Corey Anderson admitted that Mumbai Indians' bowling was below par in their opening IPL game against Kolkata Knight Riders, but said that his team is confident of working on the problem areas ahead of Sunday's game against Kings XI Punjab.

- Jonathan Trott believes his battle against depression has made him stronger and the former bedrock of England's batting lineup is confident of winning his 50th Test cap in Monday's first Test against the West Indies in Antigua.

- Team India may have had decent run in the World Cup reaching semi-final but there is no such good news as far as the longer version is concerned where Virat Kohli's men are currently languishing at seventh place in the 10-team table.

- Brendon McCullum blazed his way to the tournament's first century as Chennai Super Kings defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 45 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to register their second straight win.

- Hoping to end their 10-match losing streak in the IPL cricket tournament, Delhi Daredevils will look to turn their fortunes around on home turf when they take on an upbeat Rajasthan Royals at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

- Former champions Mumbai Indians take on last year's runners-up Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium in a a game that promises plenty of action while offering a chance for both teams to get into winning ways after losses in their lung-openers.

- Kolkata Knight Riders speedster Morne Morkel says one has to think on his feet to contain someone like AB de Villiers, considered the most dangerous batsman in contemporary cricket.

- Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey rued making changes to the batting order, saying it played a part in their defeat to Rajasthan Royals in Friday night's IPL match in Pune.

- Australian James Faulkner's superb all-round show helped Rajasthan Royals outclass Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs in their opening Indian Premier League match in Pune.

- Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar paid tribute to former Australian captain and legendary commentator Richie Benaud, who passed away in Sydney on Thursday.

- India's Test captain says the West Indies bowler is "a class act in Twenty20 cricket and that is why even the Mumbai batsmen knew that even if he is bowling slower, it is going to be difficult for the batsmen to pick him up".

- The International Cricket Council paid rich tribute to former Australia captain and broadcasting legend Richie Benaud, who passed away at the age of 84 following a prolonged illness.

- Led by aggressive Australian opener David Warner, Sunrisers would be relying mostly on foreigners to deliver the goods, given the scarcity of local stars in their ranks.

- 'If Richie Benaud was born to play cricket and born to lead, he was also born to commentate on the game he graced with his inspirational presence.'

- Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli insists that the team, whose best finish over the last seven editions of the IPL is runners-up in 2009 and 2011, can will the title this time.

- Stung by revelations of a player being approached for spot-fixing, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said on Friday that stringent measures will be put in place to ensure that the mega-event passes off corruption-free.

- Virat Kohli lashed out at critics who blamed his girlfriend, Anushkha Sharma, for the India's exit from ICC Cricket World Cup, saying they "should be ashamed of themselves" as "no one has won more matches" than him in the last five years.

- From Australian captain Michael Clarke to other big names, tributes flew in for former Australian cricket captain and commentator Richie Benaud, who died of skin cancer late on Thursday aged 84. Here are some reactions...

- In fresh controversy to the already tainted Indian Premier League, a Rajasthan Royals player has claimed to have been approached by a Ranji player to fix Indian Premier League matches.

- Scoring hundreds and doubles hundreds could force the England selectors into recalling controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen, Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart told Reuters on Thursday.

- Social micro-blogging website, Twitter, was flooded with messages and tributes for Australia skipper and class commentator Richie Benaud who died on Thursday.

- Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded pacer Ashish Nehra for his fiery spell and expressed satisfaction that his team could held on to nerves against Delhi Daredevils in their thrilling match of the IPL-8 twenty20 cricket tournament in Chennai on Thursday.

- Richie Benaud, Australia's celebrated former cricket captain and commentator, died on Thursday at the age of 84. Here are a selection of quotes from the man who came to be known as the 'voice of cricket' during a 40-year career behind the microphone.

- Former Australia captain Richie Benaud, the celebrated 'voice of cricket' in the commentary box, has died at the age of 84 after battling skin cancer.

- Australia's spin legend Shane Warne has called for changes to all formats of cricket in order to bring about a better balance between bat and ball and sustain the interest of fans.

- Ashish Nehra snapped up three wickets to lead a disciplined bowling attack as two-time champions Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Daredevils by one run in a last-over thriller of the Indian Premier League.

- Former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, current IPL Governing Council member Ajay Shirke and Prof R S Shetty, the Board's General Manager (Game Development), deposed before the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee.

- The former Australian spin great also urged the ICC to impose itself on countries like India who have refused to accept the Decision Review System (DRS), and make it compulsory for all nations.

- World Cup winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has admitted that he owes his success to the golden generation of Indian cricketers and said he was lucky to play under the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble.

- Following untimely injuries to Mitchell Starc and Adam Milne, Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Varun Aaron is ready to step up and believes that the extra responsibility would act as motivation.

- Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood has pulled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League after a hectic summer of cricket and a busy national schedule ahead.

- England's former Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan has talked up his credentials of a role at the England and Wales cricket board following the departure of managing director Paul Downton.

- Rajasthan Royals would be keen to adapt quickly to their new 'home ground' when they lock horns with last season's runner-up Kings XI Punjab in their campaign opener in the Indian Premier League in Pune.

- Experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal's scathing attack on the Pakistan team management could hurt his chances of making a comeback to international cricket.

- When Kolkata Knight Riders surpassed the Mumbai Indians to register an emphatic win in the opening match of Indian Premier League, season 8, there was lots of cheering going on in the stands.

- If Zimbabwe agrees to the tour it would be the first by a Test playing nation to Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in March 2009.

- 'I don't regret missing out on the century but on losing after setting a good target'

- Kolkata Knight Riders might have come up trumps in a high-scoring IPL opener against Mumbai Indians, but skipper Gautam Gambhir was all praise for his bowling unit that was ably led by South African speedster Morne Morkel.

- Paul Downton is leaving his position as managing director of England cricket, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Wednesday.

- Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens to begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) defense on an emphatic note.

- With a new-look side at his disposal, Delhi Daredevils skipper Jean-Paul Duminy conceded that two-time champions Chennai Super Kings have an upper hand in their opening game of the IPL.

- Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara has been named as the Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2015 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

- Injuries seem to be a permanent companion of India discard Irfan Pathan as the Baroda all-rounder has again reported unfit even before the ball has

- Relishing every bit of the IPL experience in his debut season, Sun Risers Hyderabad's New Zealand import Kane Williamson is mighty impressed by the

- An image of West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo taking a full-length diving catch in mid-air has been named the Wisden-MCC 'Cricket Photograph of the Year 2014'.

- For the South African left-hander, one of the positives from playing in the IPL has been that it has helped to improve his batting against spinners.

- The most consistent team across all seasons of the IPL, Chennai Super Kings would look to put behind the off-field distractions and do what they are best at when they take on previous edition's bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils in their opening match of the Twenty20 league.

- Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly says the Kolkata Knight Riders spinner's impact in the IPL for the last 3-4 seasons was unbelievable.

- After playing a crucial role in Australia's World Cup triumph, Mitchell Johnson now has his sights trained on the challenge of bowling to the fearsome AB de Villiers when Kings XI Punjab take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.

- Here are 9 records that IPL players will be trying to beat this season.

- The opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League's eighth edition turned out to be a starry affair. Heavy rain failed to dampen the spirit of Kolkata as a dazzling Bollywood-awards style opening ceremony kick-started the gala cricket show.

- The eighth edition of the Indian Premier League, says Haresh Pandya, provides Yuvraj Singh a chance to make up for time lost and opportunities missed or squandered.

- Even as rain continued unabated spectators were glued to their seats hoping the downpour will subside and the evening's proceedings, to be hosted by Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan, will get underway. Finally, it did.

- England captain Alastair Cook scored his first century for his country since an Ashes warm-up game in November 2013 before retiring on 101 not out against a St Kitts Invitational XI on Tuesday.

- Former India opener and DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan made it clear that the state association will be preparing the tracks at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground "without any interference" from the Delhi Daredevils for its home matches in IPL-8.

- Since his return from the ICC World Cup, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has ensured that he doesn't spend even a second away from his two-month old daughter Ziva.

- Sachin Tendulkar took the centrestage at the Eden Gardens as the Mumbai Indians 'icon' was seen giving a pep talk to his team.

- Kolkata Knight Riders may have the home advantage going into the openng game against Mumbai Indians, but it's the rival skipper Rohit Sharma, who oozed confidence, terming that his team feels equally at home, having won their maiden Indian Premier League title at this venue two years ago.

- Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has hit out at the critics for accusing his team of preparing slow wickets to suit its spinners, saying a side has to be consistent in all departments of the game to win the IPL twice in three seasons.

- Sunrisers Hyderabad's New Zealand import Trent Boult is hoping that Indian conditions will help him carry forward the good work he did during the recently-concluded ICC World Cup.

- West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine got complete backing of his Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir who termed him as an asset and said there can be no back-up for the mystery bowler.

- Ishant Sharma is another pacer that ranks high in the South Africa fast bowler's praise list.

- Having gone through a testing time as captain of Rajasthan Royals when the spot-fixing scandal broke two seasons ago, team mentor Rahul Dravid called for stricter laws, even criminal, to be put in place by the country's lawmakers to deal with this issue in IPL.

- Snapped up for Rs 1.7 crore, Gurinder Sandhu is highly rated by Ricky Ponting.

- Kolkata Knight Riders will begin their title defence against a formidable Mumbai Indians side in the opening match of the eighth edition of Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Wednesday.

- Australia's batting sensation Steven Smith tells Harish Kotian switching over from the Test and One-day mode to T20 will not be a problem for him in the upcoming eighth edition of the IPL.

- Australia's fifth World Cup triumph was largely possible due to efforts of fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who had a sensational run with the ball in the mega-event.

- Former Union minister and Congress leader Rajeev Shukla was re-appointed chairman of the powerful IPL Governing Council on Monday, ending a month-long suspense over the selection for the top post in the cash-rich Twenty20 league.

- He may have had to relinquish his captaincy and a place in the side during the World Cup, but Kings XI's George Bailey utilized his 'spare' time to prepare himself for the IPL.

- With it's scandalous past, still fresh in the minds of fans and critics alike, the Indian Premier League (IPL) organisers will look to ensure that the focus remains firmly on cricket when the cash-rich event gets underway with a glamorous opening ceremony on Tuesday.

- Kings XI Punjab head coach Sanjay Bangar believes out-of-favour opener Virender Sehwag is capable of making a national comeback despite being out of the Indian team for nearly two years now.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni was spotted at Ranchi's Birsa Munda Airport with his daughter, Zeva, strapped onto his shoulder in a baby carrier.

- Australia's explosive batsman David Warner finally tied the knot with his sweetheart of 18 months Candice Falzon at an intimate ceremony in the south coast countryside on Saturday.

- All-rounder Irfan Pathan said he is ready to fit into any role that his new franchise Chennai Super Kings is going to offer him in the forthcoming eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.

- The cricketing world is all set for another feast with the Indian Premier League.

- Former India captain Ravi Shastri has been the team's Director since last year and guided the team during the just-concluded World Cup. This is an exclusive column for PTI

- 'You have to just adjust to the conditions quickly because there is a big difference in the 50-over and 20-over cricket.'

- The arrival of Darren Sammy and S Badrinath has given Royal Challengers Bangalore's skipper Virat Kohli enough confidence that he is of the view that his star studded batting line-up will be able to express itself better in IPL-8.

- Sunil Narine has been cleared to play for defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the upcoming Indian Premier League after the BCCI's review committee dealing with suspect action gave the West Indian clean chit.

- Rohit Sharma has said while the national team members are disappointed at not being able to retain the World Cup, a new challenge awaits them in the form of the upcoming Indian Premier League.

- Mumbai Indians head coach and former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has said his team has had a good preparation for IPL.

- Raring to go in the IPL, a fit-again Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Ishant Sharma feels T20 is easier for fast bowlers than ODIs with the problematic four-fielder rule not being there in cricket's shortest format.

- Former India captain Rahul Dravid has defended Indian team's performance in the World Cup but said it has to improve in some areas in the Test format.

- Surprised at the call up, Kolkata Knight Riders' South African recruit Johan Botha, who was brought in as replacement for injured Aussie Chris Lynn, said he's fresh after a three-week break and ready for the rigours of IPL-8.

- Former India captain Rajasthan Royals mentor Rahul Dravid said that the franchise had put in place systems to prevent a repeat of the 2013 fixing scandal, but the players too need to remain on their guard to avoid any kind of shady approaches.

- Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has signed up with English county team Worcestershire, replacing Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal for the upcoming season.

- India's star cricketer Suresh Raina tied the nuptial knot with fiancee Priyanka in a private ceremony attended only by family members and close friends, at a posh hotel in New Delhi on Friday.

- The eighth edition of the Indian Premier League is set to open with stage-burning performances by megastars Hrithik Roshan and Shahid Kapoor.

- Australia's opening batsman David Warner and girlfriend Candice Falzon are set to tie the knot on Saturday, and they couldn't wait to share the news on social media just one day before their surprise wedding.

- Martin Guptill has been recalled to the New Zealand Test squad for the two-match tour of England after the top-order batsman finished top scorer at the recent 50-over cricket World Cup.

- The preparation of former Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians for the eight edition of the Twenty20 tournament gathered pace as newly recruited bowling coach Shane Bond joined the side.

- Kolkata Knight Riders trump card spinner Sunil Narine checked into the city but did not come for the IPL franchise's first practice session here for the apparent reason that he is yet to get a BCCI go-ahead for his suspect bowling action.

- Delhi Daredevils, over the past two seasons, have shown a penchant for starting with a fresh team but the idea has its own pitfalls as one doesn't know what is the best combination unlike some of the other settled teams, feels newly appointed captain JP Duminy.

- Suspended from international cricket for an illegal bowling action, Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal on Friday returned to the national side.

- The art of Chinaman bowling is becoming a rarity in the world of cricket, but ask Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Kuldeep Yadav and he would tell you that after seeing him perform, many would take u to this extremely tough art of bowling.

- Kamal was removed from ceremony after refusing to apologise.

- In the aftermath of the IPL spot-fixing scandal the BCCI may have been shrouded by controversy but with Jagmohan Dalmiya back as president the Indian cricket board is in "safe hands", former India captain Sourav Ganguly said.

- Delhi Daredevils' chief coach Gary Kirsten has pointed out that he was the one who wanted multi-million dollar signing Yuvraj Singh in the team.

- Last year's wooden spooners Delhi Daredevils will have to go into a tough IPL-8 opening encounter against the formidable Chennai Super Kings on April 9 without the services of star all-rounder Angelo Mathews.

- Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will be among the many high-profile guests gracing the premier Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony, scheduled to be held in Shanghai on April 15.

- England are fully focused on winning this month's three-match series in West Indies and not on Kevin Pietersen's chances of making a Test return, coach Peter Moores said.

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been awarded Sir Richard Hadlee medal, the country's highest cricketing honour, for his inspirational leadership and exemplary batting at a glittering ceremony in Auckland.

- Check out the squads of the eight participating teams in IPL 8.

- One of the important issues expected to be discussed is the scheduling of domestic Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 championship, including its inter zonal phase which is in progress in Cuttack.

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been awarded Sir Richard Hadlee medal.

- Former South African pace bowler Alfonso Thomas has joined Delhi Daredevils to work with the fast bowlers during the forthcoming eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.

- Brendon McCullum's inspirational captaincy has lifted New Zealand and the flamboyant batsman should continue leading the side in all three formats at least until next year's World Twenty20, former captain Stephen Fleming said.

- A New Zealand-based website begged to differ and have released the worst team of the just concluded cricket World Cup, with Eoin Morgan as the captain of the underachieving players.

- 'I humbly request Kumar Sangakkara to render his service to the country for another one year.'

- - 'Always strong at the psychological game, the Aussies put the pressure on the opponents, knew how to handle the pressure themselves and exploited virtually every situation to their advantage'

- Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann has defended wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and the team's vocal aggression.

- The pre-wedding ceremonies of star India cricketer Suresh Raina were held on Wednesday, ahead of the 'big day' on Friday.

- Former India stumper Kiran More wants the next ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 be held on the same format as the 1987 edition organised in the sub-continent for the first time in which he also figured as a player.

- Chennai Super Kings' Michael Hussey is happy to be back in the fold and the 39-year-old Australian is open to performing any role for the two-time IPL champions in the upcoming edition.

- Ignored by all eight franchsies during the auctions for the eighth season of IPL, India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara will make use of that time by representing Yorkshire in the upcoming English county season.

- Kolkata Knight Riders' ace spinner Sunil Narine might have been cleared by the ICC but the West Indian will still have to appear for another test for his suspected illegal bowling action in Chennai, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said on Thursday.

- Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is all set to undergo a reassessment test on his bowling action on April 9 in Chennai to revive his international career.

- Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has made himself available for the post of International Cricket Council's president, which was on Wednesday left vacant by the sudden resignation of Bangladesh's Mustafa Kamal.

- The ICC Board will now consider the vacant position of the ICC president at its forthcoming meeting in Dubai on April 15 and 16.

- Mustafa Kamal, who resigned on Wednesday as the International Cricket Council president, launched an extraordinary attack on the world cricket body's Chairman N Srinivasan after returning to the country.

- Impressed by India's good showing in the cricket World Cup, former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad believes that if the current lot of players is persisted with they will deliver in the ICC's next 50-over showpiece event in England.

- The Australia pacer, player of the recent cricket World Cup, will be out for up to three weeks after suffering a minor knee injury.

- International Cricket Council will surely be involved in a simmering row as their president Mustafa Kamal has resigned.

- Joe Burns is determined to avoid membership of the burgeoning club of Australian batsmen who have made brief cameos.

- Dismissing reports of interference in team selection ahead of South Africa's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand as 'utter nonsense.'

- Check out the Chennai Super Kings squad for the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.

- Check out the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad for the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.

- Check out the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad for the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.

- Check out the Mumbai Indians squad for the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.

- Check out the Kings XI Punjab squad for the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.

- Check out the Rajasthan Royals squad for the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.

- Check out the Kolkata Knight Riders squad for the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.

- Check out the Delhi Daredevils squad for the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.

- Pace bowler Kyle Mills has followed team mate Daniel Vettori into retirement.

- Giving a peek into the Australian cricketers' celebration after the World Cup triumph, Brad Haddin, who's just announced retirement from One-Day International cricket, said all-rounder James Faulkner got his "clothes off" in the after party.

- Out of favour because of poor form and injury, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh are hoping for a good showing with Delhi Daredevils this IPL season to return to the Indian team.

- Former national selector Venkatapathy Raju said the Board of Control for Cricket in India must address the issue of player burn-out and should have a back-up team of bowlers.

- Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a double setback ahead of the eighth season of the Indian Premier League when New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and Australia's Chris Lynn were ruled out of the forthcoming T20 tournament with injuries.

- The Indian bowling was a pleasant surprise in the recent World Cup but a bigger pool of genuine fast bowlers and spinners needs to be created for the team to be a consistent force in the future, feels the legendary Erapalli Prasanna.

- Veteran Western Australian batsman Adam Voges in 17-man tour squad but give the cold shoulder to Glenn Maxwell.

- The Indian Premier League's Kolkata schedule has been slightly rejigged owing to the Municipal elections in the city with the organisers deciding to shift Kolkata Knight Riders' home matches, dated April 12 to 25, following a request from local police.

- Cricket has few examples of players calling it quits when very much at the top their game. It is anything but coincidence that most of them happen to be from the most successful nation in the history of the sport.

- Boozy celebrations have been a part of Australian cricket for decades but Test hopeful Fawad Ahmed will be politely declining when the victory beers are passed around on the tour of the Caribbean and England.

- Virat wouldn't have got 700 runs and smashed four centuries in Tests in Australia, says Ravi Shastri.

- Australia will resist the temptation to tinker with their team on tour against West Indies and plan to field their best 11 in a bid to sweep the two-Test series and build momentum for the Ashes, selector Rod Marsh has said.

- Virat Kohli remained the highest-placed Indian batsman at fourth even as Shikhar Dhawan rose a rung to sixth in the latest ICC ODI rankings.

- New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori confirmed what many expected in announcing his retirement.

- Virat Kohli is expected to captain India in all formats at some point but before that happens, the star batsmen must start taking more responsibility towards his team, former India spin great Erapalli Prasanna said.

- Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting began his new innings as the head coach of the Mumbai Indians who commenced their training at the Wankhede Stadium ahead of the Indian Premier League season 8, scheduled to start on April 8.

- The president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Mustafa Kamal is the persona non-grata in the game's governing body as he was not given a chance to present the World Cup trophy, an insult which has left him fuming, so much so that he is even threatening to take legal action.

- Out-of-favour India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has appealed to the cricket fans to respect Test captain Virat Kohli and his actress girlfriend Anushka Sharma's personal lives.

- Pakistan have named Azhar Ali as their One-day captain following the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq from One-Day Internationals after this month's World Cup.

- India should start preparing for the 2019 World Cup in a diligent manner similar to the way in which the triumphant Australians did for the just-concluded edition, feels former Test cricketer and ex-chief selector Chandu Borde.

- Lord's Cricket Ground's famous weathervane, Father Time, has been damaged during high winds in London over the weekend.

- Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com salutes the new ICC World Cup champions.

- No Indian cricketer figures in the ICC's World Cup XI, which is dominated by runners-up New Zealand rather than champions Australia.

- 'I had a lot of luck through that phase, because I was able to stay in and win the match for my team.'

- Narine was banned for suspect action during the 2014 Champions League Twenty20 and was not allowed to play in the final against the Chennai Super Kings, which KKR lost by eight wickets.

- Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has been slammed on social media for sledging a couple of New Zealand batsmen while sending them back to the pavilion following their dismissal during their World Cup win over Brendon McCullum's men on Sunday.

- Dismissing criticism against Virat Kohli for his early dismissal in the World Cup semi-final against Australia, former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid said barring the one blip, the star batsman has been sensational Down Under.

- Dark sunglasses were the order of the day for Australia's triumphant cricket team.

- International Cricket Council chairman Narayanswami Srinivasan said the event's success has proved that the One-Day International format is in good health.

- Australian media lauded its World Cup winning team on Monday.

- The ICC hailed the 11th cricket World Cup the 'most popular ever.'

- 'Amazingly, along with the yellow army, there was still a huge number of desis, who had flown in from various parts of the world. No, we didn't sell our tickets -- we just changed our colours, for the day,' says Swapna Mitter, who was at the World Cup Final.

- Mitchell Starc was the Player of the Tournament, but he ranks only 5th on Rediff.com's Most Valuable Player ratings list, revealing how this World Cup was so much in the batsmen's favour.

- Thousands of cricket fans have flocked to Federation Square in Melbourne to celebrate Australia's cricket World Cup victory.

- Some New Zealand players may have decided to call time on their One-day or international careers but there will be no immediate announcements to allow Australia to bask in their World Cup triumph, skipper Brendon McCullum said on Sunday.

- Australian players saved their best performance until the end.

- Global cricket fraternity lavished rich praise on the Australian team.

- New Zealand, who were playing their first match in Australia in this World Cup, could only put 183 runs on the board. It was not a challenging target and Australia breezed through in 33.1 overs.

- James Faulkner has earned his reputation as Australia's man for every occasion the hard way. Whether it's with bat or ball, the all-rounder has become the player Australia's team can always rely on to get them out of pickle.

- Australia captain Michael Clarke quit one-day internationals after the World Cup final against New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Here is a factbox on the outgoing Australian champion captain...

- He doesn't enthral with his willow anymore, but Sachin Tendulkar got the loudest cheer at the presentation ceremony of the ICC World Cup final as he shared the dais with administrative bigwigs.

- The 2015 World Cup was, skipper Brendon McCollum said, the ride of a lifetime for New Zealand and even if Australia brought it to a shuddering halt in Sunday's final, their brilliant campaign will not quickly fade from the memory.

- Michael Clarke signed off from One-day cricket on a high on Sunday after his team beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the World Cup final at the MCG and fittingly dedicated the triumph to Philip Hughes, who tragically lost his life in a freak on-field accident.

- Australia's players said they had saved their best performance until the end of the tournament.

- Images from the World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand, at the MCG.

- Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc was named the player of the tournament after his team beat New Zealand by seven wickets to win the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

- For New Zealand, the tournament is still a great success. They had never played in a World Cup final before, reaching the semi-finals six times but losing on each occasion, and were unbeaten going into the final.

- 'That was the key to a game where, on paper, there is nothing to separate the two sides: Intensity. From the first ball of the innings to the run out of Southee, the Australian bowlers and fielders buzzed around like predatory yellow-jacketed wasps.'

- Australia won the ICC cricket World Cup for a record fifth time when they beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

- Wives and partners of team members cheering on their men.

- This, we thought, was the perfect time to bring you the Rediff Cricket Chat, a show hosted by cricket fans for cricket fans.

- Associate cricket nations may be fuming at the prospect of a 10-team World Cup in 2019, but ICC president Narayanswami Srinivasan said they have no reason to feel left out as the format gives them a good chance of qualifying for the showpiece event.

- Will it be Naryanswami Srinivasan or Mustafa Kamal?

- It will be the biggest day in the history of Trans-Tasman cricketing rivalry when four-time champions Australia will be pitted against a highly committed bunch from New Zealand in the final of the ICC World Cup at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

- Clarke was calmness personified as the pre-World Cup final media interaction turned out into a retirement conference.

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has beseeched the cricket-mad Indian fans to root for his team in the World Cup final against four-time winners Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

- The Indian World Cup team members, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and star batsman Virat Kohli, arrived home.

- Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has named India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the captain of his World Cup 2015 XI.

- Brendon McCullum said he can only marvel at Daniel Vettori's contribution to the game.

- Besides the 90,000 plus fans lending their noisy support, most of the 22 players involved in the final of the World Cup 2015 will have support in the shape of their families and spouses.

- We give ourselves a 50-50 chance in the final, says McCullum.

- Overwhelmed by the ongoing World Cup's success, ICC CEO David Richardson said it has been the most followed cricket event.

- New Zealand's former cricket captain Martin Crowe, who is terminally ill with lymphoma, has penned a moving tribute to his countrymen ahead of Sunday's World Cup final against Australia.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- Australia's retiring one-day captain Michael Clarke has urged his players to put 'skill over emotion'.

- Former England captain Kevin Pietersen jokingly posed with police officers after a night out with friends.

- Australia captain Michael Clarke will retire from One-day international cricket after Sunday's World Cup final against New Zealand. The 33-year-old will, however, continue playing Test cricket.

- I would like current playing conditions to change, says Dhoni.

- The disappointment of a semi-final exit notwithstanding, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya congratulated the Indian cricket team.

- Prem Panicker, on the Rediff chat, delves on what went wrong for Team India and what to expect from Sunday's trans-Tasman World Cup final.

- Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar was primarily overlooked for duty in the World Cup semis and final because of questionable umpiring in the high-voltage quarter-final between Bangladesh and India.

- There's been no place like home for Australia and New Zealand on their respective paths to the World Cup final but just one of the co-hosts will enjoy that particular advantage when they meet in Sunday's title decider.

- As the Indian cricket team returns after a long and hard-fought World Cup campaign, welcome the Boys in Blue with a show of hands.

- Former New Zealand fast bowler Geoff Allott says the national team's performance in the World Cup has brought the 'lost fans' back to the game.

- A B de Villiers still heads Rediff.com's Most Valuable Players ratings for the World Cup.

- From Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards, Imran Khan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, these cricketers, among others, etched their names in the annuls of cricketing history with heroic efforts that helped their teams clinch the big prize of One-day cricket.

- Team India, despite all the hype and expectations, failed to beat Australia even once during the tour. On the contrary, the co-hosts, having already got the measure of their opponents in the Test matches and the tri-series, thrashed them in Sydney, abruptly ending the Men in Blue's World Cup defense. Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the lighter side of things.

- Penpix of the New Zealand squad that will play the cricket World Cup final against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

- With New Zealand at the cusp of World Cup glory, former captain Martin Crowe said the Black Caps will have to dig deep into their resources if they have to beat Australia in the title clash between the trans-Tasman rivals.

- Penpix of the Australia squad that will play the cricket World Cup final against New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that the trio of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma should not be forced to play domestic games.

- New Zealand's cricketing Gallipoli came on February 1, 1981 when Australia captain Greg Chappell instructed his brother Trevor to bowl the last ball of a One-day match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground along the ground.

- Check out on-field umpires for the ICC Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand on Sunday in Melbourne.

- Join Prem Panicker on the Rediff World Cup Chat on Monday, March 27, 2015, at 3 pm IST to discuss cricket's finest championship.

- India's notoriously volatile fans showed rare maturity in accepting the end of their team's reign.

- Australia skipper Michael Clarke was stumped by a question which appeared to be about his sex life.

- Australia opener Aaron Finch said he never feared for his place in the side during his lean spell at the World Cup and having found some runs will be raring to go in Sunday's final at his home ground.

- Australia are confident pace bowler Josh Hazlewood will be fit to face New Zealand in Sunday's World Cup final despite being forced to leave the pitch towards the end of the semi-final.

- The trans-Tasman rivalry is fierce across all sports.

- Dhoni mysteriously held back a final assault on the distant victory target.'

- Swapna Mitter, who travelled from Singapore to watch the semi-final, says many hearts were still bleeding blue after the loss in Sydney.

- The consistency of India's bowlers throughout the tournament disguised the team's batting problems till they were exposed in the semi-final against Australia.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- Disappointed with Indian batsmen's poor shot selection in their 329-run chase, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar said that the pressure of the World Cup semi-final got to the team as it was outplayed by Australia in Sydney.

- This, we thought, was the perfect time to bring you the Rediff Cricket Chat, a show hosted by cricket fans for cricket fans.

- One run -- that was Kohli's contribution to the India-Australia match.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly lashed out at people who attacked Anushka Sharma for Virat Kohli's failure with the bat in the cricket World Cup semi-final against Australia, saying that it showed their immaturity.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni left open the possibility of playing in the 2019 World Cup in England, after India was beaten by Australia by 95 runs in the semi-final in Sydney on Thursday, saying he will take a call after the Twenty20 World Cup next year.

- India lost the World Cup semi-final to Australia by 95 runs but that did not stop cricketers and other athletes the world over from acknowledging their good work in the mega event.

- Check out the images from the second semi-final between Australia and India at the ICC World Cup at the Sydney Cricket, on Thursday.

- Skipper Michael Clarke thinks Australia have not yet peaked at the World Cup despite reaching the final against neighbours New Zealand by beating reigning champions India on Thursday.

- Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made no excuses for India's 95-run loss to Australia in the World Cup semi-finals but said the fast bowlers could have done "slightly better" and Shikhar Dhawan should not have attempted a big shot when they were going smoothly.

- 'The man who never knows when he is beaten deserved, on the day he played what will be his last World Cup game, mates who were not beaten in the mind before they were beaten on the field.'

- Steve Smith scored a brilliant century to help Australia knock out defending champions India and set up a mouth-watering final against neighbours New Zealand, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, on Thursday.

- Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com, looking at the lighter side of things, believes Thursday's semi-final against Australia will not be a walk in the park for the defending champions.

- Is it really a 'home advantage' for Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground?

- With Virat Kohli getting out after scoring just one run against Australia in Thursday's World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Twitter community erupted with jokes and jibes against his girlfriend, Anushka Sharma.

- The International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson admitted that the balance between bat and ball is shifting too much towards batsmen and the rules might have to be changed to give the bowlers more of a chance.

- The semi-final clash against Australia was always going to be a big test for an unbeaten Team India.

- A week ago, Matt Henry was like nearly every other New Zealander, watching the World Cup on television and hoping the Black Caps would go all the way and win the tournament.

- Australia won the toss and opted to bat in the second semi final against India at the SCG on Thursday.

- ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said the issue over the number of teams for the next World Cup is not set in stone and would be reviewed later this year but he does not expect any changes.

- Bollywood actress and Virat Kohli's girlfriend Anushka Sharma was spotted at the Sydney Cricket Ground to support her beau in the World Cup semi-final between India and Australia on Thursday.

- South African all-rounder JP Duminy will lead Delhi Daredevils in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament, starting next month.

- Former West Indies great Brian Lara has named Brendon McCullum as skipper of his Dream World Cup XI, which has three Indians in it.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- A B de Villiers may have made some big mistakes in the semi-final: Choosing to bat first in spite of the rain threat, batting too low at No 5, not hogging the strike after David Miller departed, fielding badly, asking Dale Steyn to bowl the last over ... but he is still best placed to be adjudged the most valuable player of the 2015 World Cup.

- Show your support for the Men in Blue by wearing blue yourself...

- Former Australian coach John Buchanan has backed Michael Clarke's side to beat India.

- Star batsman Kevin Pietersen says he has no issues playing under England Test captain Alastair Cook and coach Peter Moores as he prepares for a national recall by resuming county cricket at Surrey.

- New Zealand's left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori has said that he will hang his boots after the World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

- Phillip Hughes' demise will haunt the cricket world for years and to get over the tragedy the New South Wales cricket association did something unique by destroying the ball that fatally struck the young Australian during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG last year.

- Former England captain Kevin Pietersen, bidding to return to the international scene after being sacked last year, will be available for all forms of cricket, starting with Surrey's opening county championship fixture on April 19.

- Newly-elected BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur says there could be a rethink only if there's a change in technology.

- Despite the painful semi-final loss to New Zealand in Auckland in the World Cup, South African fans and media went easy on its cricket team. A long history of failure at the tournament has often put the Proteas at the sharp end of stinging criticism from the demanding media and fans back home.

- The calm, assured manner in which New Zealand chased down South Africa's imposing total on Tuesday to advance to their first cricket World Cup final is a hallmark of a team that has developed into a cohesive unit over the last two years.

- With the threat of in-form off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin looming large, Australia captain Michael Clarke summoned Shane Warne to the team's nets on Wednesday, ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final against India, at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

- Impressed with the brand of cricket played by New Zealand in the World Cup, former India batsman Arun Lal believes the Black Caps are no longer the underdogs in the mega event.

- One of international cricket's fiercest rivalries resumes after six weeks when Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 'Men in blue' battles it out with Michael Clarke's team at the Sydney Cricket Ground for a place in the final of the ICC's showpiece event against New Zealand, who beat South Africa by four wickets in a thriller in Auckland on Tuesday. A factfile on the teams.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup

- Floored by the praise showered on him by Brian Lara, pacer Wahab Riaz has invited the West Indian legend to Pakistan.

- If familiarity between the two sides has not quite bred contempt, the frequent heated exchanges in their clashes indicates at the very least a fierce competitiveness.

- 'There is going to be sledging, there is going to be banter'

- 'Even when I made 264, I was told I should have made 300. People's expectations are high. Even if you make 300, they expect 350,' said the India opener ahead of Thursday's World Cup semi-final against Australia in Sydney.

- Like a racehorse trained to peak for the big race after months of preparation, India's cricketers are confident they have timed their run to perfection at the World Cup.

- Australia captain Clarke plays down talk of pressure, believes 'the boys will be fine'

- 'You have got to allow yourself the opportunity to stop and smell the roses. Today is about enjoying that. Tomorrow we will turn our attention to the final'

- The transformation of India's bowlers at the World Cup has been "wonderful to watch" and the reigning champions will have a great chance of reaching the final if 10 Australian wickets tumble on Thursday, says Virat Kohli.

- Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has urged the cricket board to give the skipper and coach the final say in selection matters.

- Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar praised New Zealand for playing "outstanding" cricket throughout the World Cup, saying the Kiwis thoroughly deserved to be in the final after edging past South Africa in a battle of nerves at Auckland. It was ironic that the Johannesburg-born Elliott, 36, played a stellar knock to push his country of birth out of the World Cup race.

- The semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa has everything.

- Crediting bowlers for Indian team's remarkable turnaround after a win less show preceding the World Cup, Virat Kohli feels it is the perfect time to beat Australia in Thursday's semi-final and do justice to their performance in the showpiece event.

- Captain AB de Villiers was in tears at the post-match news conference after overseeing another South African defeat on the big stage.

- Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar congratulated New Zealand on sealing their maiden cricket World Cup final spot, but also consoled South Africa for again failing to cross the semi-final hurdle after losing to the Kiwis by four wickets in a nail-biting finish in Auckland, on Tuesday.

- Kevin Pietersen has been released from the majority of his Indian Premier League contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad so that he can play domestic country cricket in an attempt to earn an England recall.

- Having made it to the final of the World Cup, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum says his team is confident of winning the Cup.

- Australia opener Aaron Finch has exuded confidence of successfully tackling the Indian pace attack in the semi-finals of the cricket World Cup in Sydney on Thursday.

- New Zealand and South Africa played their hearts out in the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup at the Eden Park in Auckland on Tuesday, but it was the Black Caps who emerged triumphant by four wickets.

- South Africa set New Zealand a daunting target of 298 runs in 43 overs.

- Opener Aaron Finch knows he's the one Australian batsman struggling for runs ahead of Thursday's World Cup semi-final against India but, ever confident, thinks a big innings is just around the corner.

- 'This was not the cleanest game of cricket you've ever seen -- there were too many flubs and fumbles for that. But it was certainly the semi-final this mostly blah tournament has needed -- two tough, well-rounded teams, toe to toe, slugging it out, bleeding and drawing blood until there was only one left standing.'

- New Zealand entered their maiden ICC World Cup final, beating South Africa by five wickets in a thrilling rain-reduced World Cup semi-final at Eden spoPark in Auckland on Tuesday.

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- Once again, South Africa faced their old nemesis...

- While three of their neighbours -- Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh -- crashed out in the quarter-finals, India remain the only team from the sub-continent to make the last four, and make it in style.

- MS Dhoni knows how to win World Cups and that goes quite a long way.

- 'Someone's got to do it and I might put my hand up. It's part of the game and what happened the other day with Shane (Watson) and Wahab (Riaz) was exceptional'

- With two confident teams going head-to-head in a blockbuster World Cup semi-final on Thursday, it could be the tiniest mis-judgement, the smallest detail that decides whether Australia or India emerge triumphant.

- 'India have got a great side and have great momentum going.'

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- There was a lot of buzz about the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch for the high-octane India versus Australia semi-final on Thursday.

- Australia coach Darren Lehmann believes the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch will produce a high-scoring World Cup semi-final against India on Thursday.

- When the West Indies were overwhelmed by New Zealand's determination...

- Coach Duncan Fletcher devices innovative methods to help batsmen counter short-pitched deliveries

- Although A B de Villiers is still the front-runner for the MVP crown of the 2015 World Cup, a new and serious challenger has suddenly appeared out of the blue -- New Zealand opener Martin Guptill.

- The dry and flat surface could increase the chances of the defending World champions in the second semi-final against India.

- Prem Panicker, a keen follower of the game and one of cricket's finest writers, analysed, debated and dissected the four semi-finalists on the Rediff World Cup Chat on Monday.

- 'The BCCI believes that with great power comes greater responsibility.'

- With seven wins in a row, Team India has had it relatively easy when it comes to making to the last four. The defending champions are up against hosts Australia next. Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com, looking at the lighter side of things, believes it is Shikhar Dhawan who holds the key.

- Ravichandran Ashwin may not be India's highest wicket-taker in the World Cup but the lanky off-spinner is not complaining.

- VVS Laxman believes that Team India can beat hosts Australia in the semi-final of the World Cup on Thursday if their bowlers continue their impressive form.

- Shane Watson has roared back to his classy best.

- Indian fans are all set to dominate the Sydney Cricket Ground.

- The pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has attracted a lot of attention.

- Both teams will hope to banish some unwanted baggage that has dogged them for years.

- 'If you look at the past, between India and Australia, whether we played them over there or in Australia, you've seen a lot of runs and I think that will happen come game day'

- The love-hate relationship between Australia and India has added extra spice to Thursday's World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

- Australian all-rounder James Faulkner insisted that spin will not play as big a role as is being predicted in the cricket World Cup semifinal against India in Sydney on March 26.

- Factbox on the cricket World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- 'It's really about just reading the situation and trust your gut'

- New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne has been ruled out of the remainder of the cricket World Cup after suffering pain in his heel and has been replaced in the squad by Matt Henry, the team said on Monday.

- ICC president Mustafa Kamal has ruled out resigning from his post in protest against what he had called "poor umpiring" in his country's defeat to India in the cricket World Cup, terming reports of his possible quiting as "rumour".

- With the Sydney Cricket Ground wicket known for assisting spinners, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell says he is ready to play the role of frontline spinner in World Cup semi-final against India.

- Former India bowling coach Joe Dawes is of the view that Indian pacers will struggle to match Wahab Riaz-like domination against Australia in the World Cup semi-final.

- ICC chairman and former BCCI president N Srinivasan will watch India's World Cup semi-final against hosts Australia along with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur while current president Jagmohan Dalmiya will not be in attendance due to health reasons.

- Chris Gayle intends to keep playing international cricket with his eyes on the 2016 World Twenty20 but admitted his back injury will sideline him from next month's Test series against England.

- Former Australian batsman and team selector Mark Waugh has lauded talented batsman Steven Smith, claiming that he is the stand out player along with South African ace batsman AB de Villiers, but insisting that he has a unique style of his own.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni's in-form bowling unit could take a lot of encouragement out of the struggling Australian batting.

- Virat Kohli has had a modest World Cup so far.

- For someone who likes to stamp his authority over the opponents, Shane Watson's record has been a bit of a bummer.

- With the stakes so high, neither side is wasting any opportunity to get an edge.

- The four best teams have made the semi-finals of the World Cup and New Zealand's clash with South Africa at Eden Park is going to be 'one heck of a show', according to coach Mike Hesson.

- A special jersey which batting great Sachin Tendulkar donned for his farewell 200th Test has fetched a whopping Rs 6 lakhs.

- Former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja believes Indian bowlers should take a cue from Wahab Riaz's hostile spell.

- The ICC is giving cricket fans across the world an opportunity to bid for an official piece of the 2015 World Cup history.

- With Australian pacers gearing up to take on a formidable Indian batting line up in the World Cup semi-final, former captain Ian Chappell says home attack is not completely balanced as they lack a top class spinner.

- A recurring back injury will certainly keep Chris Gayle out of the upcoming home Test series against England, but the destructive West Indies batsman insists that he is not retiring from any format of the game.

- Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz has apologised to the nation for the team's failure in the World Cup quarter-final against Australia.

- Join Prem Panicker on the Rediff World Cup Chat on Monday, March 23, 2015, at 12 noon IST to discuss the final stages of cricket's finest championship.

- Former Australia opener and chief coach Geoff Marsh feels that speedster Mitchell Starc's performance will be key for the home team in their upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final clash against India at the SCG on Thursday.

- Quinton de Kock's return to form in South Africa's World Cup quarter-final rout of Sri Lanka was one of the most pleasing aspects of a convincing victory for the Proteas.

- Hope India remember winless streak against us: Maxwell

- West Indies displayed all the familiar faults which have plagued them during the cricket World Cup in a quarter-final capitulation to New Zealand at the Wellington Regional Stadium.

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum acclaimed opener Martin Guptill's World Cup record 237 not out against West Indies on Saturday as one of the best ever.

- Australia expecting a very different India in World Cup semi-final.

- Martin Guptill on Saturday bludgeoned his way to the record books with the highest individual World Cup knock as New Zealand beat West Indies by 143 runs

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- Martin Guptill's record score of 237 not out and Trent Boult's four-wicket haul propelled New Zealand into their third successive cricket World Cup semi-final.

- Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq has placed his money on India to prevail over Australia.

- Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz and Australia all-rounder Shane Watson have been fined for over-stepping the mark during their fiery confrontation in Friday's World Cup quarter-final.

- Refusing to rate his match-winning ton against Bangladesh in the quarter-final, Indian top-order batsman Rohit Sharma has said the ongoing World Cup campaign is a very prestigious stage and he wants to make the most of it.

- New Zealand opener Martin Guptill sent the ball soaring and the records tumbling by striking a World Cup record of 237.

- Impressed with Rohit Sharma's match-winning ton against Bangladesh, former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe said that the top-order batsman is a beautiful player who did the basics right at the MCG.

- Even as Bangladesh expressed outrage over the Rohit Sharma 'no-ball' controversy during their World Cup quarterfinal defeat to India, the BCCI asked ICC President Mustafa Kamal who criticised "poor umpiring" in that match, to raise the issue before the world body.

- Defeated Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq is of the view that India has an advantage of playing their World Cup semi-final against Australia on a Sydney Cricket Ground pitch that will assist spinners.

- The Pakistan-Australia match, analysed by Manu Shankar, Abhishek Mande and Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

- For a team that started off disastrously, entering the quarter-finals of the World Cup is quite an achievement. Rediff.com analyses what could have been the case.

- Ahead of Saturday's match, a factfile on the teams.

- It has been a lull after storm for Virat Kohli in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup but his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stood firmly behind his deputy expressing confidence that he will come good on a big day as he is a "big occasion player".

- The World Cup quarter-final at the Adelaide Oval looked set for a tame ending after Australia shot out Pakistan for a meagre 213. Paceman Wahab, however, sparked the match into life with two wickets and an enthralling duel with Shane Watson.

- Manish Pandey's scintillating century and leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal's sterling bowling effort helped Ranji champions Karnataka retain the Irani Trophy after beating Rest of India by a massive 246 runs on the fourth and penultimate day in Bangalore.

- Australian captain Michael Clarke has said his players will have to bat much better against the defending champions India.

- Photos of the third quarter-final match between Australia and Pakistan being played at the Adelaide Oval on Friday

- Lauding Mahendra Singh Dhoni's brave leadership, the legendary Kapil Dev felt it is the Indian captain's confidence in his players' ability that makes them believe they can retain the World Cup.

- Australia romped into the semi-finals of the cricket World Cup, trouncing Pakistan by six wickets in the third quarter-final at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. They will meet defending champions India, who beat Bangladesh, in the second semi-final slated for March 26.

- India's captain feels the roller-coaster ride he witnessed all these years makes cricket a "great leveller".

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- The same bowling which was India's weakest link coming into the World Cup has remarkably become their strongest suit as the reigning champions eased into the last four in impressive style.

- The International Cricket Council has backed match officials criticised by the governing body's own president over a controversial no-ball decision in Thursday's World Cup quarter-final between India and Bangladesh.

- The result was as expected -- India beat Bangladesh and sealed its place in the semi-finals... So why was Virat Kohli spotted in Mumbai?

- New Zealand will stick with their crash, bang, wallop brand of cricket in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against West Indies because it gives them the best chance of winning, captain Brendon McCullum said on Friday.

- New Zealand's Brendon McCullum expects favouritism, underdog status and the possibility of choking under the weight of expectation to have little influence on Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against West Indies.

- A victory for West Indies against New Zealand in their cricket World Cup quarter-final on Saturday would be "huge" for fans back in the Caribbean eager to put months of controversy behind them, according to captain Jason Holder.

- Outraged by the quality of umpiring in Bangladesh's World Cup quarter-final loss to India in Melbourne, the country's Cricket Board is all set to lodge a protest in the ICC and has got the backing of the governing body's President AHM Mustafa Kamal, who said the on-field officiating was "very poor".

- Chris Gayle continued to dominate the build-up to the World Cup quarter-final between New Zealand and West Indies when captain Jason Holder said a decision on his fitness would be delayed until Saturday.

- It looks highly unlikely if anyone will catch the South African captain in Rediff.com's Most Valuable Players ratings for the World Cup.

- Impressed with the excellent bowling show by the Indian team so far, former captain Sunil Gavaskar has said that the bowlers have combined well as a unit to pick all the opposition wickets in the seven wins on the trot in the ongoing World Cup.

- Praising India for having a lot of match-winners in the side, Australian great Ian Chappell has said that they are at par with Australia in terms of team strength.

- Defending champions India cantered into the semi-finals of the cricket World Cup after a thumping -- victory over Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

- Hundreds of Bangladesh cricket supporters burnt an effigy of Pakistani cricket umpire Aleem Dar and marched in the capital, Dhaka, after the country was knocked out of the World Cup

- Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza expressed displeasure at a few decisions going against his side in their 109 runs' thrashing by India in the cricket World Cup quarter-finals at the MCG on Thursday though he did not say it in so many words.

- Rohit Sharma has described his hundred against Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday as one of the best tons in his career.

- Ravikumar Samarth (81), Karun Nair (80) and Manish Pandey (73 not out) guided the Ranji Trophy champions to 341 for 6 after resuming the day at 39 for no loss in the Irani Trophy match at the Chinnaswamy stadium.

- Rohit Sharma took his time joining the World Cup party but arrived in style on Thursday, rocking the Melbourne Cricket Ground with a match-winning century to sink Bangladesh and send reigning champions India charging into the semi-finals.

- A factfile on the teams ahead of Friday's World Cup quarter-final in Adelaide.

- Hailing India's transformation from a struggling side to favourites to defend the World Cup title, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has attributed the brilliant seven-match unbeaten run to team effort and fixing "small things right".

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised his team mates for the way they have quickly pulled themselves out of a form slump to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni has achieved the memorable milestone of recording 100 ODI wins as captain after leading India to a resounding victory against Bangladesh in the World Cup quarter-finals in Melbourne on Thursday.

- Images from the ICC World Cup quarter-finals played between India and Bangladesh at the MCG on Thursday.

- 'Probably because he was aware that this was his 100th ODI. Or probably because, in the first of its knock-out games, his team had produced the sort of all-round display that induces smiles.'

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- When the 2015 ODI World Cup began, no one cared to look past Australia to lift a record fifth title. A strong team, home advantage, and flailing opposition, meant that they were in pole position going into the tournament.

- Factbox on the third World Cup quarter-final between Australia and Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.

- Australia enter their World Cup quarter-final as runaway favourites against Pakistan in Adelaide on Friday, but will be wary of an enigmatic team that have proved a major thorn in their side at past tournaments.

- A hat-trick in international cricket is no mean feat. And when you are not one of the frontline bowlers in the team, to grab hold of three wickets in as many deliveries is not only a personal achievement but gives the team a huge fillip; after all, as a backup bowler expected to bowl till you get hit, a hat-trick is probably something totally unexpected.

- Alastair Cook believes England were wrong to sack him as their one-day captain.

- Cricket fans are questioning whether a Gayle will strike Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday.

- Fans in the stadiums get in the groove to tickle the television spectators's funny bone.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- crowd of 80,000 flocked to the MCG for Thursday's sudden-death encounter.

- Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has expressed serious doubts about whether Bangladesh can beat the Men in Blue.

- Spectators at the Sydney Cricket Ground were repeatedly treated to the sight of leg-spinner Imran Tahir throwing his head back, screaming with joy and pumping his arms before setting off on an uncoordinated run across the outfield on Wednesday as South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the first quarter-final at the World Cup.

- South Africa made quite a statement in their quarter-final rout of Sri Lanka on Wednesday but AB de Villiers warned their rivals that reaching the last four of the World Cup was by no means the extent of their ambitions.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar expects India to beat Bangladesh in their World Cup quarter-final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday, but says it may not be as easy for the defending champions as people feel.

- Kedhar Jadhav struck a timely 78 and the tail wagged as Rest of India took a slender first innings lead over Karnataka on Day 2 of the Irani Cup match at the Chinnawsamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

- Sri Lanka were expected to win, but South Africa had other plans.

- The South Africa-born 33-year-old has not played for the senior England team since the first Test in Brisbane 18 months ago, after which he returned home with stress-related problems.

- Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara might not have got a fairytale ending in their final ODI match of their glorious careers but the veterans smiled through the disappointment as they fondly recounted their respective journeys.

- Sachin Tendulkar led the cricketing world in applauding Sri Lankan veterans Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who bowed out of ODIs after their team's World Cup quarter-final loss to South Africa in Sydney.

- Sangakkara's fellow former captain Mahela Jayawardene, also 37, is also calling time on his one-day career after the tournament, bringing an end to a career in which he has scored 12,650 runs in 448 matches.

- The off-spinner dismissed Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews with the final ball of his eighth over and returned to send back Nuwan Kulasekara and Tharindu Kaushal with the first two deliveries of his next to achieve the milestone in the first quarter-final of the World Cup.

- Coach Waqar Younis said the leg-spinner is being considered as a replacement for injured fast bowler Mohammad Irfan for the World Cup quarter-final match against Australia.

- South Africa stormed into the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday and nobody was more pleased than their Pakistan-born spinner Imran Tahir, who claimed 4-26 to mow down Sri Lanka's middle order in the quarter-final match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

- Misbah-ul Haq says Pakistan wouldn't mind facing India in the semi-finals if it progresses beyond the quarters in the ongoing ICC World Cup.

- Former Pakistan players are throwing their weight behind senior batsman Younis Khan in the World Cup quarter-final against Australia in Adelaide on Friday.

- Images from the World Cup first quarter-final between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Sydney, on Wednesday.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup

- All-rounder JP Duminy claimed a hat-trick as South Africa stormed into the World Cup semi-finals with a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

- Australia have drawn inspiration from former World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh in how to handle big-match pressure ahead of Friday's quarter-final against Pakistan.

- This, we thought, was the perfect time to bring you the Rediff Cricket Chat, a show hosted by cricket fans for cricket fans.

- Playing 'fearless' cricket has been Bangladesh's war-cry at the ICC World Cup but courage alone will not be enough to upset India and their army of blue-clad fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where the teams play their quarter-final on Thursday.

- 'I've played a lot of matches up and down the order so I think I've become a more mature player after 2011'

- Bangladesh's first World Cup centurion Mahmudullah is hoping to extend his big scoring spree at the World Cup when he faces off against India.

- South Africa versus Sri Lanka. The first World Cup 2015 quarter-finals. Is cricket-loving Mumbai excited? We decided to find out...

- West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has had a scan and a painkilling injection to alleviate a back injury and should be ready to take on New Zealand on Saturday, according to all-rounder Darren Sammy.

- West Indies cricketers have typically exuded a lackadaisical 'it's cool man' attitude to their game, yet it is New Zealand who are taking the casual approach to their World Cup quarter-final, according to Daniel Vettori.

- PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that the option of flying out off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to Australia for the cricket World Cup was available if Pakistan reached the semi-finals.

- Team India's cricket director Ravi Shastri has played a massive role in getting Shikhar Dhawan back on track after a prolonged lean patch during the tour of Australia that preceded the ongoing World Cup.

- A factfile of the teams ahead of the second quarter-final in the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

- The best they can do, in the event they defeat Australia and line up for the semi-final in Sydney, is summon spinner Saeed Ajmal.

- India's star batsman Virat Kohli took time off from his preparations for the crucial World Cup quarter-final against Bangladesh to watch the latest Bollywood release NH10, starring his girlfriend, Anushka Sharma.

- Pace spearhead Varun Aaron wrecked Karnataka with a six-wicket haul to help Rest of India bowl out the Ranji Trophy champions for 244 on day one of the Irani Cup in Bangalore.

- Prem Panicker, a keen follower of the game and one of cricket's finest writers, interacted with readers on the Rediff World Cup Chat.

- The ICC on Tuesday confirmed that TV umpire communications during decision-making will be put to air for the knock-out stages of the World Cup.

- Australia all-rounder Shane Watson is savouring his second chance at the World Cup after his omission from the side left him convinced he had played his last match at the tournament.

- Sri Lanka are never anybody's pre-tournament favourites but when the dust settles there they are.

- Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Tuesday said it is important for his team to look at it as just another game and not get burdened by any additional pressure against India in the ICC World Cup quarter-final.

- 'Even though Bangladesh are playing their best cricket, this is a happy Indian side that has mastered the art of winning crunch games'

- Pakistan have been dealt a blow ahead of their World Cup quarter-final against Australia with the news that left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan will miss the remainder of the tournament due to a stress fracture of the pelvis.

- Bangladesh know the odds are stacked against them beating India in Thursday's World Cup quarter-final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. If history and current form are any guide, India should win in a canter.

- Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews is looking to overwhelming support from the crowd.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup

- No one is going to ask us if we played exceptional cricket when we win the World Cup.'

- South Africa has been perennial favourites but it hasn't helped them.

- Kicking off the knock-out stage is the quarter-final between South Africa and 1996 champions Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

- While India has had a smooth passage to the quarter-finals, Ravi Shastri's claims of India retaining their title seem a tad premature, if not far-fetched. Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the lighter side of things.

- Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji figure out who are the most valuable players after the league phase of the World Cup intheir latest update.

- Pakistan pacer Muhammad Irfan remains a doubtful starter for the cricket World Cup quarter-final against Australia on Friday.

- Check out the group standings at the ICC World Cup 2015.

- Concerned about the total domination of bat over ball in ODI cricket, former India captain Rahul Dravid has urged the ICC to reconsider the rule allowing a maximum of four fielders outside the 30-yard circle once the World Cup is over.

- His biggest test will come on Thursday when Bangladesh face defending champions India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

- Zimbabwe looked like they were headed for a miracle win but Suresh Raina and M S Dhoni made sure India registered their 10th consecutive win in the World Cup.

- Praising Mahendra Singh Dhoni's efficient leadership, out-of-favour Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh said that the team's spectacular showing in this edition so far makes him believe that the Men in Blue can retain the trophy.

- Having regained his form with two unbeaten knocks in the league stage of the cricket World Cup, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has gained two spots to be placed eight in the latest ICC batting rankings.

- Former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff won the Australian version of I'm A Celebrity show after spending a month in a jungle where he took up many challenges including eating a rat's tail.

- Publicly labelled 'soft' by former Test bowler Shane Warne only a few months ago, paceman Mitchell Starc has come of age.

- South Africa's AB de Villiers and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara will take their battle for the coveted No 1 spot in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen to Sydney when they go head-to-head in the first quarter-final of the World Cup.

- Australian fielding coach Greg Blewett believes that sharp fielding will play a paramount role in the upcoming quarter-final tie against Pakistan on Friday in Adelaide.

- In the run-up to the 2015 World Cup, India seemed to stumble, but were a changed side once the tournament commenced.

- Bangladesh gearing up for their biggest battle against defending champions India in the cricket World Cup quarter-finals.

- The likes of Robin UthaManoj Tiwaryppa, Manoj Tiwary and Kedar Jadhav will get another chance to impress the selectors and push their case for a comeback to international cricket when Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka clash against Rest of India lock in a five-day Irani Trophy match, in Bangalore, starting on Tuesday.

- As the tournament gets to the business end here's a chance to predict the winner. Listed below are the eight quarter-finalists. Pick four who you think will make the semi-finals.

- 'Cornered wolves' Pakistan capable of causing moments of panic

- Join Prem Panicker on the Rediff World Cup Chat on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 3 pm IST to discuss the final stages of cricket's finest championship.

- Jayasuriya would like Sangakkara to continue beyond the World Cup.

- It was Pakistan's last roll of the dice that saw them throw Sarfraz Ahmed into the role of opener at the World Cup and the gamble looks to be paying off.

- Check out how these cricketers decorate their bodies.

- Change in field restrictions ia the reason why India lost Yuvraj Singh.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- The pressure will be on former captain Tillakaratne Dilshan to continue to play a pivotal role for Sri Lanka.

- New Zealand will not be shelving the aggressive game that has taken them through the pool stage.

- Out of form and out of control, David Warner was a 'volcano' ready to blow when he punched England cricketer Joe Root.

- Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of World Cup 2015. From players and coaches to legends and fans; let's hear them out!

- India go into the quarter-final against their neighbours as favourites, but will certainly not take them too lightly, not wanting to suffer the same fate as they did in the 2007 edition.

- An imposter posing as a former Pakistani cricketer has duped the BBC.

- With the South African team keen to shrug-off the chokers tag, opening batsman Hashim Amla has said the experienced campaigners in the squad will need to step up their performance when they take on Sri Lanka in the World Cup quarter-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

- West Indies captain Jason Holder praised his team's effort in the do-or-die clash against United Arab Emirates on Sunday and will next look to target the batting of likely World Cup quarter-final opponents New Zealand in Wellington next week.

- Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq admitted being under tremendous pressure to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals but felt the burden now shifts to their last-eight opponents and tournament co-hosts Australia.

- India have to be cautious against giant slayers Bangladesh

- Wishing the Sri Lankan team ahead of their quarter-final clash against South Africa, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned the Angelo Mathews-led side to "keep an eye on Proteas skipper AB de Villiers" who has been in rampaging form in the tournament.

- Pakistan grabbed a World Cup quarter-final berth on Sunday following their seven-wicket victory against Ireland that also cleared West Indies' last eight passage from Pool B.

- 'I think one moment that would have changed the game was I think Kevin O'Brien's catch that got dropped. If that catch would have been taken, I think we would have definitely won that game'

- Johnson Charles and Jonathan Carter scored half centuries as West Indies kept alive their hopes of securing a World Cup quarter-finals berth with a six-wicket victory over United Arab Emirates at McLean Park in Napier on Sunday.

- Photos of the Pool B game between West Indies and United Arab Emirates being played in Napier

- Photos of the World Cup Pool B game between Pakistan and Ireland being played in Adelaide

- 'I can't remember seeing Dhoni do wicket-keeping drills at the nets'

- Stressing on the fact that most of the Indian batsmen's form has been a big factor in India's success so far, former batsman VVS Laxman expects them to fire on all cylinders during the quarter-final stages as well.

- India finished at the heap of Pool B after beating Zimbabwe by six wickets in their final league match in Auckland on Saturday after Suresh Raina and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni combined well to take the team across the finish line.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- 'A lot of people had problems in adjusting with the change of time and it affected their sleeping pattern'

- Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that the biggest positive to draw from the team's unbeaten league campaign in the ongoing World Cup was that the entire side has withstood pressure in some way or the other, preparing it perfectly for the knockouts.

- 'It's definitely a sense of sadness, a sense of disappointment. Sad in a way that I'm leaving my teammates, leaving my home country for a number of years'

- Even if Ireland fail to make the quarter-finals of the cricket World Cup they and the other associate members have shown enough promise to warrant inclusion in future tournaments, skipper William Porterfield said on Saturday.

- The Indian Premier League has given players an idea of how to cope with pressure situations, especially in the knockout stages, feels India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

- Brendan Taylor has been the boy on the burning deck all through his career for Zimbabwe.

- The vagaries of the World Cup draw may have helped Pakistan rediscover their swagger at just the right time to push them to the brink of a quarter-final, according to captain Misbah ul-Haq.

- Australia captain Michael Clarke is pleased with whatever batting opportunity he and his teammates had against Scotland on Saturday and said every member of the squad was 'switched on' for the knockout stage of the World Cup.

- "The bench strength will warm the bench," is what the captain MS Dhoni had declared after India had beaten West Indies in Perth.

- With 10 successive World Cup wins under their belt, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India bettered Clive Lloyd's fearsome outfit of the late 1970' and 80' in terms of consecutive victories in the quadrennial extravaganza.

- England batsman Kevin Pietersen could push his bid for an international recall by missing the Indian Premier League in favour of playing English county cricket.

- Photos of the World Cup Pool A game between West Indies and Scotland being played in Hobart.

- Photos of the World Cup game between India and Zimbabwe being played in Auckland

- This, we thought, was the perfect time to bring you the Rediff Cricket Chat, a show hosted by cricket fans for cricket fans.

- Australia finished second in Pool A after Mitchell Starc bowled the World Cup co-hosts to a seven-wicket victory against Scotland in a match that lasted just 41 overs at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, on Saturday.

- Pakistan meet Ireland in Adelaide later on Sunday with the winner of that game advancing, while the losing side could also go through depending on what happens in the West Indies game. A washout in Napier would result in both sides getting one point and ending West Indies' hopes.

- '<p>The two batted as if 'pressure' was a concept unknown to them. Raina was the muscular enforcer, Dhoni the consigliere planning and controlling the momentum of the assault.'

- Suresh Raina (110) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (85) combined in an unbeaten fifth wicket partnership of 196 at Eden Park to give their team a sixth successive victory in the tournament.

- The United Arab Emirates have sensed an inconsistent West Indies side could be ripe for the taking in their final World Cup Pool B match in Napier, UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir has said.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar warned India against taking Bangladesh lightly when they meet in the cricket World Cup knock-out stage at the Melbourne Cricket Ground March 19, saying their eastern neighbours are a dangerous side on current form.

- Knocked out of the quarter-final race, the England cricket team ended its World Cup campaign with a consolatory nine-wicket triumph over debutants

- England brought an end to their miserable World Cup campaign with a nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan under the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-disrupted final Pool A match at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

- Let's see how much you remember of the previous World Cups.

- Zimbabwe stand-in captain Brendan Taylor feels that the Indian bowling unit will not only trouble his team with swing but also with the pace when the

- India's pace spearhead Mohammed Shami feels a certain degree of comfort playing under Mahendra Singh Dhoni. India's captain, he says, is never "demanding" and his backing has made the transformation from domestic to international cricket pretty smooth.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that not getting a long tenure as India's captain was one "big disappointment he found tough to overcome given the number of challenges he endured.

- The veteran Sri Lankan batsman, who will retire from One-Day Internationals at the end of the World Cup, is on a record-breaking spree.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni's boys have eclipsed the India record by winning nine straight games in the World Cup, including four matches in the previous edition. Saturday's match against Zimbabwe provides them the opportunity.

- Opener Martin Guptill smashed a brisk century before New Zealand huffed and puffed to a thrilling three-wicket win over Bangladesh.

- Martin Guptill stroked a fluent century to help New Zealand edge past Bangladesh by three wickets with seven deliveries to spare, in the ICC World Cup Pool A match in Hamilton, on Friday.

- Australia will continue to experiment with their batting line-up against Scotland on Saturday as they attempt to give players some time in the middle before the knockout phase, captain Michael Clarke said.

- Factbox on Saturday's World Cup Pool B match between India and Zimbabwe at Eden Park in Auckland.

- Shami's growth coincides with India's growth at CWC 2015.

- South Africa's Quinton de Kock was probably already feeling the most pressure of his fledgling international career before captain AB de Villiers dumped even more of it on his shoulders.

- Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has said that it was unfair to compare him with India's Virat Kohli as both batted at different positions.

- Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Ian Smith feels it will be extremely difficult to fill up the void created in Indian cricket once Mahendra Singh Dhoni bids adieu to the game in near future.

- Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore says Virat Kohli is one of the few players who have realised their potential after showing initial promise but the young India Test captain still has a long way to go.

- UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir has dismissed questions his side had done damage to their reputation by refusing to meaningfully chase targets.

- Riding on Karun Nair's record innings of 328 and a magnificent all-round performance from captain R Vinay Kumar, Karnataka crushed Tamil Nadu by an innings and 217 runs to successfully defend their Ranji Trophy title.

- Even after sealing a quarter-final berth captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is averse to changes in the team for their next World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Auckland on Saturday.

- England are out of the 2015 ODI World Cup. Bangladesh delivered the knock-out blow, after they lost to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

- South Africa skipper AB de Villiers led from the front with an all-round show to help South Africa thrash minnows UAE.

- South Africa's bowlers backed up a solid batting performance led by captain AB de Villiers' 99 to ensure they qualified for the knockout phase of the World Cup with a 146-run victory over United Arab Emirates.

- After four centuries on the trot with a strike rate of nearly 120, Sri Lanka's run machine Kumar Sangakkara (MVPI: 686) has raced to the top of the most valuable player standing at the ICC World Cup.

- With his face covered in warpaint and his hair kept in place by a bandana in the Afghan flag colours, fast bowler Hamid Hassan has emerged as one of the cult figures of the World Cup.

- Not too impressed with the field restriction rules being used in the One-Day Internationals, former India opener W V Raman has said the current format hardly leaves any scope for the spinners to create an impact.

- South African cricket captain AB de Villiers continued to script statistical history at the ongoing World Cup as he entered the top-10 of all-time scorers' list.

- Pakistan's senior batsman Younis Khan wants to put on a big performance to beat Ireland in the World Cup on Sunday as a tribute to the national team's late coach Bob Woolmer

- Greatbatch backs New Zealand to win title.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- Fast bowling coach and biomechanics expert Ian Pont discusses the rise of India medium pacer Mohit Sharma with Manu Shankar/Rediff.com

- Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said on Wednesday that he has gone down on his knees to beg record-breaking batsman Kumar Sangakkara not to quit after the World Cup. Sangakkara, 37, will call time on his ODI career at the end of the tournament but he is still in a rich vein of form.

- Having taken a huge first innings lead, defending champions Karnataka are on course for an outright victory over Tamil Nadu after reducing them to 113 for 3 in their second essay on Day 4 of the Ranji Trophy final, at the Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai, on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Karnataka posted a massive 762 in their first innings in reply to Tamil Nadu's paltry 134.

- Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming lauds the showing Chennai Super Kings players Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma and Suresh Raina at the ongoing World Cup

- Gavin Larsen says if he could rein in the batsmen of 1990s era even with his military medium pace it was because of his skipper Martin Crowe's tremendous leadership style and his faith in the bowlers.

- Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav's "mature performance" in the ongoing cricket World Cup, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar feels the duo

- Kumar Sangakkara created history by notching up a record fourth consecutive ODI century that powered Sri Lanka to a crushing 148-run win over Scotland in their final group league match of the ongoing cricket World Cup in Hobart.

- Kumar Sangakkara became the first batsman to hit four successive centuries in a World Cup and Tillakaratne Dilshan stroked a fluent hundred in Sri Lanka's 363-9 against Scotland in a Pool A match at Bellerive Oval on Wednesday.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni has received rich praise for his captaincy so far in the World Cup but he feels it is the performance of his bowlers that makes him look like a commanding leader.

- England coach Peter Moores should be removed from his current position and put in charge of the "kids", according to former captain Michael Vaughan.

- South Africa still believe they are the best team at the World Cup despite defeats to India and Pakistan and will be out to prove it in their final pool match against United Arab Emirates, skipper AB de Villiers said on Wednesday.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup

- Under-fire England held their first news conference since being knocked out of the World Cup on Wednesday with inexperienced all-rounder Chris Jordan handed the responsibility of addressing the media on behalf of the squad.

- Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the enigma that is Virat Kohli

- India, came into the tournament after a disastrous bilateral series, is onfident of winning.

- 'We all want to do well for Pakistan but at times some of the criticism and tongue lashing on the channels is below the belt and its affects the players'

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni has praised opener Shikhar Dhawan, saying he is not someone who gets satisfied with a half-century and is always hungry for big scores.

- Karnataka's record-breaking triple centurion Karun Nair says he just applied himself and played to the merit of the ball during his unbeaten 310 against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy final.

- Karun Nair's unconquered 310 put Karnataka in the driver's seat in the Ranji Trophy final against Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. The defending champions ended Day 3 of the match with a mammoth 618 for 7, having added 295 runs to their overnight score, to extend their first innings lead to an imposing 484 runs at the Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni loves players who can take challenges head on and for him that's the reason his trusted lieutenant Ravichandran Ashwin has been his stand-out performers for the Indian team in the ongoing ICC World Cup.

- When bowlers do their job and batsmen swing their bats just right, it's a great day for India.

- With nine straight World Cup wins under their belt, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led India stand only second to Ricky Ponting's Australian side that registered 24 consecutive victories in the showpiece event.

- Ireland captain William Porterfield drew consolation from posting the highest total against defending champions India in the cricket World Cup so far despite a crushing defeat on Tuesday.

- The Mauka man is back to his roots again after briefly switching sides to India.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni heaped praise on his bowlers.

- Images from the World Cup match between India and Ireland at Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand.

- So you could relate to where the critics and the analysts were coming from. In many ways, they weren't too far off the mark. Had it not been for Bhuvneshwar Kumar's lack of fitness going into the tournament, and Ishant's injury, Shami could well have been ruled out of leading the Indian attack this World Cup.

- West Indian batting great Viv Richards has been voted as the greatest ODI player in the history of the game ahead of India's cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in an online poll.

- Bouyed by the vociferous fans, the Indian cricket team is in form.

- India took apart a diligent but limited Ireland attack to sweep to an untroubled eight-wicket victory at Seddon Park on Tuesday which confirmed they will top Pool B in the cricket World Cup.

- 'For all practical purposes, the game ended at the break. The Irish bowlers had neither the pace nor the skill to compete against the Indian line-up; the lack of swing further blunted any edge they could have brought to the contest.'

- This, we thought, was the perfect time to bring you the Rediff Cricket Chat, a show hosted by cricket fans for cricket fans.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup due to a hamstring injury and replaced in the squad by Kusal Perera.

- Pace legend Michael Holding is impressed with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's approach.

- Ian Pont, a former Essex player and fast bowling coach, now at the Ultimate Pace Foundation in Bengaluru, analyses England's disastrous World Cup campaign in an exclusive conversation with Manu Shankar/Rediff.com.

- Sunil Gavaskar has slammed the England team for its embarrassingly early exit from the World Cup, calling it an overrated side in not just cricket but football also.

- India's pace spearhead Mohammed Shami received the biggest compliment in his two-year international career as one of the greatest fast bowlers of

- England captain Eoin Morgan was "gutted" after his team's premature exit from the World Cup on Monday and confessed he was clueless about what the future holds for the team.

- Riding on unbeaten centuries from K L Rahul and Karun Nair, defending champions Karnataka took firm control by finishing day two on a comfortable 323 for five in the Ranji Trophy final in Mumbai.

- Photos of the World Cup Pool A game between England and Bangladesh being played at Adelaide

- Ireland captain William Porterfield feels that the best chance for his team to beat India in the ICC World Cup group league encounter will be to restrict them to a reasonable total by taking wickets.

- Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi was on Monday removed as the Rajasthan Cricket Association president.

- Sri Lanka will be sending middle order batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage and spinner Tharindu Kaushal as cover for the injured players ahead of the team's final round robin World Cup game against Scotland, scheduled to be played on March 11.

- Bangladesh staved off a late fightback to beat England by 15 runs and enter the quarter-finals of the World Cup from Group B in Adelaide on Monday. They joined New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka in the last eight stage.

- Graeme Smith has slammed reports that he mistakenly informed his former wife Morgan Deane of their divorce through a text message.

- The obituaries had been written only three days earlier, Shane Watson's 13-year international cricket career declared dead and buried.

- India will aim to crush a gutsy Ireland in their penultimate group encounter.

- Cricket's global showpiece has confirmed the Scots are a way from being able to compete with the top Test playing nations.

- He has impressed with his miserly bowling effort in the ongoing cricket World Cup.

- equally surprised to see the amount of interest in the game at WACA.

- Another run fest is on the cards when India take on Ireland in a Pool B match of the ICC cricket World Cup at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Tuesday.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- 'I fulfilled the promise that I made to myself -- getting Kohli's wicket!'

- According to Sourav Ganguly, not facing Australian bowlers regularly has helped Dhawan and Team India.

- 'It is very difficult to pick one team to win the World Cup but there is going to a whole lot of pressure on the teams in the knock-out stage'

- Veteran Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara is set to bid adieu to international cricket by the end of August, when the island nation hosts India in a three-match Test series.

- On a Sunday afternoon, in sleepy Hamilton, as one ambles through the quiet streets, the colourful billboards at the city's Centre Place area do catch attention. Among them is an unsual but pleasant sighting.

- The World Cup will be the last assignment for Kumar Sangakkara in One-Day Internationals and the Sri Lankan left-hander has ensured he will sign off on a high, at least on the personal front.

- Kumar Sangakkara became only the second batsman after Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar to score 14,000 One-day International runs when the Sri Lankan veteran reached the landmark against Australia in a World Cup Pool A match in Sydney on Sunday.

- Skipper Vinay Kumar took five for 34 as defending champions Karnataka skittled out Tamil Nadu for 134 on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament final, which saw 14 wickets tumble at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.

- Bowlers are suffering as pitches have gone very flat around the world. Bowlers just have an opportunity in first six to seven overs than it is a batsmen's game. We are seeing that in this World Cup

- Images from the World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

- Fighting to stay in contention for the World Cup quarter-finals, Ireland captain William Porterfield said his giant-slaying team does not expect to be taken lightly by India despite the buzz that the already through defending champions might rest key players.

- Australia stormed into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 64-run victory over Sri Lanka, fired by a spectacular maiden one-day international century from Glenn Maxwell at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

- New Zealand are paying little attention to their World Cup rivals' form in the group stage of the tournament as every team that reaches the knockout rounds have potential match winners in the side, spinner Daniel Vettori said on Sunday.

- 'We've played some excellent cricket for 80 percent of the time we've been here but that 20 percent is why we're not going to progress'

- Former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed feels that Mohammed Shami is the best Indian paceman on view and his performance has been key to India's good show in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup.

- Photos of the World Cup Pool A game between Afghanistan and New Zealand being played in Napier

- Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor got some valuable time at the wicket as New Zealand did what they needed to looking ahead to the World Cup quarter-finals with a six-wicket victory over Afghanistan at McLean Park on Sunday.

- Rashid Latif has told PTI in an interview that it was the duty of the ICC to ensure that the quality of cricket and players was not reduced in a mad rush to make more money.

- Pakistan skipper Misbah ul Haq, who is often blamed for his slow approach to game, showed that he can be an attacking skipper when situation demands. In the crucial game against South Africa, the 40-year-old was seen adopting a carefree approach, which helped the sub-continent nation stun the one of the pre-tournament favourites by 29 runs.

- Cusack took two wickets in three balls in the final over as Ireland knocked Zimbabwe out of the World Cup with a thrilling five-run win in their Pool B match at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Saturday.

- Ireland survived a mighty scare before pulling off a sensational five-run win over Zimbabwe to keep themselves in the hunt for the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Hobart.

- Drafted into the team for the first time in the ongoing cricket World Cup, Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed made an instant impact with a record-equalling six catches and 49 runs in the team's upset win over South Africa in Auckland.

- Strangely, despite four wins on the trot, none of India's players have even figured in the top 20 of the MVPI table.

- South Africa failed to chase down an opposition total for the second time in the World Cup on Saturday to resurrect old doubts about their ability under pressure.

- Pakistan made a winning return on Saturday to the venue where they defeated New Zealand in their 1992 cricket World Cup semi-final.

- Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has received "a few" offers from English county sides as he bids to return to the Test team, the 34-year-old said.

- Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis left the press conference after his team's hard fought 29-run win against a formidable South Africa in Auckland.

- Pakistan side put its World Cup campaign back on track with an upset 29-run win via Duckworth/Lewis method over South Africa

- A hostile trio of Pakistan left-arm fast bowlers took full advantage of a pitch freshened by rain to hand pre-tournament favourites South Africa their second defeat in the ICC World Cup.

- Pre-tournament favourites Australia currently occupy third spot in Pool A.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that a big deal is made out of Suresh Raina's susceptibility to short-pitched bowling.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he also feels the pressure like others but manages the rescue acts.

- Mushfiqur Rahim, the diminutive Bangladesh glovesman has proved he is no less crucial to his team's progress.

- Australia captain Michael Clarke showed a tetchy side to his nature in his pre-match press conference.

- Following the hard-earned four-wicket victory against West Indies on Friday, Mahendra Singh Dhoni became India's most successful captain in One-Day Internationals played away from home.

- Afghanistan cricket officials are in talks with four or five Test-status nations about playing more fixtures against the country after the ongoing ICC World Cup.

- India to be tested the way they were by the West Indies from the position they had gotten themselves in at one stage might just augur well for them. In fact they had a lot of positives to take away from the game. That they won, allows them to remain at the top of the table with a couple of games against Zimbabwe and Ireland. But given their win required a seventh wicket stand of 51 runs, it also means it would have given them a chance to experience what they could in their knock-out matches.

- Watch Abhishek Mande and Chandresh Narayanan analyse the match on The Rediff Cricket Show.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped India snatch a 4-wicket win after the Indian batsmen faced an early hiccup in their run-chase on Friday.

- President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian cricket team for their four-wicket win over the West Indies in their World Cup match on Friday.

- West Indies captain Jason Holder blamed his team's poor batting for the defeat against India at the WACA in Perth on Friday.

- Holders India marched into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with their fourth consecutive win but all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja's form with the bat has left captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni a worried man.

- So here is why India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is our player of the day!

- Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for his bowlers after the Men in Blue earned a hard-fought win at the WACA against the West Indies in their Pool B encounter, to move into the quarter-finals of the cricket World Cup, on Friday.

- 'When Dhoni walked in, India needed 105 to win with 32 overs to play. The situation called for calm, nerveless, ice-cold execution without necessitating any adrenalin-fueled impestuosities -- the sort of situation that is the Indian captain's spiritual home.'

- Fans poured out in their numbers at the WACA to give the Indian team big support.

- Images from the World cup Group B match between India and the West Indies, in Perth.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni surpassed former skipper Sourav Ganguly as the most successful Indian captain in terms of ODI victories achieved on foreign shores.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored an unbeaten 45 as India staved off a fightback from the West Indies to win the Group B World Cup match by four wickets at the WACA in Perth on Friday. The victory saw the defending champions maintain their unbeaten run in the tournament and extend their stay at the top of the group.

- This, we thought, was the perfect time to bring you the Rediff Cricket Chat, a show hosted by cricket fans for cricket fans.

- Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are among five leading contenders vying for the title of 'Greatest ODI cricketer' of all-time. Australia's Adam Gilchrist, Pakistan's Wasim Akram and West Indies great Viv Richards are the other three nominees, as per an exercise conducted by ESPNcricinfo's magazine Cricket Monthly.

- For a few deliveries India's captain fielded without pads, as he had given them to Ajinkya Rahane, who was standing at silly mid-off while Ravichandran Ashwin was bowling.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup

- Sri Lanka have suffered a double injury blow with batsman Dimuth Karunaratne almost certainly out of the World Cup and spinner Rangana Herath likely to miss at least a week of action, Mahela Jayawardene said on Friday.

- South Africa captain AB de Villiers's batting blitzkriegs in the last two months have been so good that even his own team mates are in awe of them, fast bowler Dale Steyn said on Friday.

- The Africans have won just one of their four games and are sixth in Pool B, but victory against William Porterfield's side will put them back in the hunt for a quarter-final place.

- Bangladesh batsman Anamul Haque will miss the remainder of the World Cup after dislocating his shoulder on Thursday and has been replaced in the squad by Imrul Kayes.

- The left-arm spinner is two victims shy of joining an elite club of 11 bowlers with 300 wickets in one-day internationals. Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan heads the list on 534.

- After losing to New Zealand and taking just a point from their washed out match against Bangladesh, Australia probably need to beat Sri Lanka to ensure they finish in the top two in the pool and avoid India or South Africa in the last eight.

- Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has said that the Indian team is doing well because so far it has been a 'batsman's World Cup' and they will continue to be a 'big threat' when batting first.

- West Indies great Vivian Richards has called Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side a "powerful force" but still feels that India will have trouble defending their World Cup title due to their "inconsistent" bowling.

- India's star batsman Virat Kohli will finally be seen on the screen with girlfriend Anushka Sharma in Pepsi's new television commerical, which also features Bollywood superstar Ranbir Kapoor.

- In-form pacer Mohit Sharma was hit on the right hand during training on Thursday, but remains available for selection for India's World Cup game against the West Indies in Perth on Friday.

- West Indies cricket team's young captain Jason Holder said that he has picked up subtle nuances of leadership from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

- Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the lighter side of how Chris Gayle remains lone star West Indies player Team India has to contend with in their Pool B encounter at the WACA.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India has taken a serious view of Virat Kohli's foul-mouthed tirade against an Indian journalist at the ongoing World Cup and asked him to refrain from "any such behaviour in the future".

- Ravichandran Ashwin loves a good fight and that's the reason he is more excited than intimidated at the prospect of challenging the ever aggressive Chris Gayle against the West Indies in their cricket World Cup match in Perth on Friday.

- Downsizing of teams for next World Cup is an issue troubling Scotland captain Mommsen

- Virat Kohli should resolve the row amicably with the concerned scribe.

- Amid the furore generated by Virat Kohli's abusive behaviour with an Indian journalist, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin tried to defuse the tension.

- Jason Holder and Ravichandran Ashwin weigh in on the Powerplay rules ahead of the World Cup match between the West Indies and India.

- On paper as well as on current form, West Indies are no match for defending champions India, who have registered convincing victories against Pakistan, South Africa and UAE in their first three matches of the ICC World Cup.

- Kyle Coetzer's career-best 156 went in vain as Bangladesh scripted a brilliant chase to notch up a comprehensive six-wicket win over Scotland in their Pool A match of the ICC World Cup in Nelson.

- The victory put all the pressure on England for their showdown with Eoin Morgan's side on March 9 in Adelaide, with Bangladesh now on five points and level with third-placed Australia, while England have two.

- Shane Watson's spectacular decline as Australia's premier all-rounder has not yet robbed him of his self-belief and the 33-year-old is still hopeful of making a comeback in the World Cup team.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup

- With unbeaten New Zealand having already qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals, attention is focussing on the side's four players who have not appeared so far at the tournament.

- Insisting that restoring the BCCI's image was his first priority, newly-elected BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya has called for a proper conduct of next

- Australia thrashed Afghanistan by 275 runs in their Pool A match of the ICC World Cup at the WACA in Perth. Images from the match.

- David Warner's career-best 178 and Glenn Maxwell's 88-run blitz powered Australia to a record World Cup total of 417 for six wickets and 275 runs victory over lowly Afghanistan in a Pool A match at the Gabba, in Perth, on Wednesday.

- Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis conceded that the Indian Premier League has helped South Africa's master blaster AB de Villiers and New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, saying they have matured by playing in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.

- Calling the ICC's decision to reduce the number of teams in the 2019 World Cup "a backward step", cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar said such a move is unfair to the Associate nations

- The Hindustan Times, whose reporter was the target a foul-mouthed tirade by Virat Kohli in Perth on Tuesday, has filed complaints with the International Cricket Council and Board of Control for Cricket in India.

- Batting ace Virat Kohli says 'a bit of overconfidence' because of playing in the Indian Premier League cost him his place in the Test side in 2011 and cautioned India's youngsters of not getting carried by the lure of the cash-rich T20 league.

- There is not much the bowlers or a captain can do when batsmen of the calibre of AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle are on song.

- Images from Pakistan's 129-run victory over the UAE in Wednesday's World Cup Group B match in Napier.

- Jeffrey Archer talks cricket, and more.

- Virat Kohli is the current flavour of the Indian fans with his exploits in the middle but reports of an ugly spat with a journalist at the World Cup will only enhance his reputation of being volatile.

- Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur says the issue of Virat Kohli abusing a journalist in Perth was misunderstanding and should be put to rest immediately to let the team focus on the World Cup.

- Opener Ahmed Shehzad missed out on a deserved century but Pakistan cruised past United Arab Emirates by 129 runs in their ICC World Cup Pool B clash.

- Consistency is a word unknown to Bangladesh.

- Misfiring batsman Gary Ballance is likely to be the sacrificial lamb when England's harried selectors decide on the line-up for next week's ICC World Cup crunch match against Bangladesh.

- New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum batted with freedom in the nets on Wednesday and should be fit to play Sunday's ICC World Cup clash against Afghanistan.

- Swashbuckling opening batsman David Warner used to assist regular driver of the Australian cricket Institute's van in Brisbane.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- Aaqib Javed-coached United Arab Emirates take on Waqar Younis-tutored Pakistan at the picturesque McLean Park in Napier at the ongoing ICC World Cup.

- The South African opener took only 108 innings to reach the milestone, beating the previous record held by India's Virat Kohli, who took 133 innings for the same.

- Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's remarks mocking the state of affairs in Pakistan on a popular Indian comedy show have evoked angry reactions from ex-players and officials.

- Fast bowler Mohammed Shami has apparently recovered from his knee injury and is available for India's next ICC World Cup league match against West Indies on March 6.

- Virender Sehwag pointed out that IPL is a good platform for young players to prove themselves and bring themselves in contention for a spot in the national team.

- Kevin Pietersen does not warrant a recall to the England team despite apparent support from incoming incoming ECB chief Colin Graves, according to former skipper Nasser Hussain.

- South Africa put one foot in the World Cup quarter-finals by batting past the 400-run mark for the second successive match to hand Ireland a thumping defeat by 201 runs with five overs to spare at Manuka Oval on Tuesday.

- Photos from the ICC World Cup match played between South Africa and Ireland on Tuesday.

- India's premier batsman and team's vice-captain Virat Kohli suddenly lost his cool after the training session in Perth on Tuesday as he hurled abuses at a journalist before the side's group league game against West Indies at the WACA.

- Without intending to undermine India's brilliant showing so far in the cricket World Cup, former all-rounder Kirti Azad feels the pitches being prepared

- Pakistan cricket chief on Tuesday gave a clean chit to chief selector Moin Khan over his visit to a Christchurch Casino a day before the team's defeat at the hands of the West Indies at the ongoing World Cup.

- Australia's World Cup loss to New Zealand was disappointing but no wake-up call, according to captain Michael Clarke, who said his team remains full of confidence despite the frustrating start to their campaign.

- 'If the BCCI's coffers are inundated with funds today, much of the credit must go to Jagmohan Dalmiya.'

- Halfway through the pool phase of the World Cup, an unlikely name, Shaiman Anwar, sits perched among the tournament's best batsmen.

- India's Team Director Ravi Shastri believes that the ODI tri-series we played prior to the World Cup was a sheer waste of time and energy

- Tattoos are widely popular among sports players. When it comes to cricketers, they use the ink to portray their personalities.

- Pat Cummins has been ruled out of Wednesday's World Cup match against Afghanistan, captain Michael Clarke confirmed.

- Newly elected Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya wants former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly to take over as the new technical committee chairman.

- India most buzzed team in CWC while 'favourites' Australia fail to impress fans on Facebook.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- Paceman Mohammed Shami is improving but he is not certain for the next match.

- 'Please don't ask questions on what kind of runs are expected from the track.'

- The 2015 World Cup so far has been treat for batsmen and spectators alike. Big scores have become synonymous with this edition of the mega event. So, while some shots sailed over the boundary line, others were opportunities, disguised as catches for fielders.

- The newly-elected secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India said all necessary steps will be taken to strengthen the board and take cricket to new heights.

- Praising the Indian team, Former West Indies captain and chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd has said that the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side has "all-round strength" with players like in-form Shikhar Dhawan and the ever-consistent Virat Kohli.

- Dalmiya, 74, has had a long-standing association with Indian cricket having first joined the BCCI way back in 1979 and served in various positions.

- This will be his second term at the helm in the Indian cricket board, more than a decade after his first term ended.

- England may have been utterly humiliated in their second World Cup pool match against co-hosts New Zealand but Sunday's nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka was much more damaging, according to former England captain Mike Atherton.

- Former Australia left-arm spinner Brad Hogg has said India, with three consecutive wins so far, have gotten over the setback of their disappointing Australia tour that preceded the World Cup.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the team's main focus in the World Cup now is on improving their already impressive performance and maintaining the momentum gained.

- Some of the game's leading players have left their mark on the World Cup. Check out who they are.

- The Indian cricket team already has a cramped round-the-year schedule and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni made it clear that it's not his team's responsibility to play more against countries like UAE in a bid to raise the quality and profile of the game in ICC's Associate nations.

- 30 wickets across two games... a good day for the bowlers at last...

- Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni dropped down the ladder to No 4 and 10 respectively, while Shikhar Dhawan retained the seventh rung in the latest Reliance ICC ODI batsmen's rankings, released on Monday.

- Patrick Cummins sustained a minor injury but all-rounder James Faulkner is close to a return.

- For the Proteas, the emphasis is on all 15 players instead of 11.

- New Zealand's pulsating form in the Cricket World Cup is sparking a surge of ticket sales.

- RCA deputy president Mehmood Abdi has alleged that N Srinivasan committed contempt of court.

- "Nothing has changed" for Kevin Pietersen's hopes of playing international cricket again, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Sunday, despite incoming chairman Colin Graves appearing to leave the door open for the exiled batsman's return.

- Irish captain William Porterfield not getting pressured by the daring batting of De Villiers

- Watson used to take flak for his inability to convert half centuries to centuries but recently his problem has been progressing from scores in the 20s and 30s.

- Maxwell was both mocked and praised after video emerged of him making a 'choking' gesture.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- After criticising Misbah-ul-haq severely in the recent past, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar took a U-turn.

- Former Pakistan pacer Sarfraz Nawaz has accused the ICC of favoring the Indian team.

- Former Australia skipper Kim Hughes is not a great fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership style and feels that Virat Kohli's elevation to captaincy should not only be in Tests but also across all formats to bring in more purpose to the top job.

- Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves has given Kevin Pietersen a glimmer of hope that he may yet be able to resurrect his England career.

- Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming said that the nail-biting one-wicket triumph over co-hosts Australia at Auckland showed why Brendon McCullum's men can be considered as favourites to win the World Cup.

- Before the crucial match against West Indies on Friday, Virat Kohli & Co. were spotted outside Nobu Perth restaurant.

- Batting at No. 9, Wahab Riaz struck a quickfire half-century before he returned to claim four wickets with the ball to lift Pakistan to a narrow 20-run victory.

- Embattled Pakistan finally opened their account in the World Cup as they laboured to a narrow 20-run win over a spirited Zimbabwe in a Pool B match in Brisbane on Sunday.

- Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal was fined for firing two successive beamers at England's Jos Buttler, an action for which he showed "no remorse", the International Cricket Council said.

- Tamil Nadu edged out last edition's runners-up Maharashtra by virtue of first innings lead in a drawn encounter, to set up a summit clash with their southern rivals and reigning champions Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament.

- Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath is doubtful for next weekend's World Cup Pool A clash against Australia after hurting his spinning hand while bowling against England at Wellington Regional Stadium on Sunday.

- The road for Jagmohan Dalmiya was cleared after another former president Sharad Pawar failed to get a proposer from East Zone, prompting the Maratha strongman to pull out of the race.

- Former India pacer Rudra Pratap Singh believes the defending champions have found form at the right time and sent out a warning to other teams in the ICC World Cup.

- The West Indian has blasted his way to the top of Rediff.com's Most Valuable Players ratings for the World Cup with the South African skipper close on his heels.

- The loss to Sri Lanka has left England's quarter-final chances hanging in the balance and reliant on them beating Bangladesh in Adelaide on March 9. A wash-out would end their hopes.

- His coming of age at the tournament could prove to be influential in the later stages as they now do not need to rely so much on their 'Big Three' of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene to provide their runs.

- Left-handers Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne struck fluent centuries to help Sri Lanka outplay a hapless England by nine wickets in a Pool A match of the ICC World Cup.

- Captain Brendon McCullum is expected to be fit for New Zealand's ICC World Cup clash against Afghanistan next Sunday despite being hit on the arm in Saturday's game against Australia.

- Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne slammed unbeaten centuries to steer Sri Lanka to a convincing nine-wicket victory against England in the ICC World Cup.

- Gone are the days when an Indian captain had to spend considerable amount of time trying to figure out where to hide his slow-moving fielders and pace bowlers.

- Statistical highlights of the pool B match between India and UAE.

- Dhoni praised every aspect of Ashwin's performance.

- Bouyed by the vociferous crowd at the WACA, India thrashed UAE by 9 wickets.

- On a roll after three successive wins in the ongoing cricket World Cup following today's nine-wicket spanking of minnows UAE, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his "complete unit" has been doing well with consistent performances in all departments of the game.

- Pakistan look to get their so far lacklustre World Cup campaign going with a win over Zimbabwe.

- Karnataka outplayed a Mumbai team by 112 runs to enter the final of the Ranji Trophy.

- It won't be surprising if Sharad Pawar plunges into the electoral fray if he finds that he has enough numbers to topple N Srinivasan.

- Akmal wore blue coloured gloves in Pakistan's opening game against India and then changed them to maroon, which matched the West Indies kit in the second game.

- Michael Clarke blames poor shot selection for narrow New Zealand loss.

- Rohit Sharma (57) and Virat Kohli (33) added 75 in an unbroken second wicket stand to carry India to a nine-wicket victory over the United Arab Emirates in a World Cup Pool B encounter in Perth on Saturday.

- The UAE has played 21 ODIs in 20 years. The Indians have played 22 ODIs in 12 months. Prem Panicker surveys the landscape of the mismatched 'contest' at the WACA.

- Images from the World Cup Pool B game between India and the United Arab Emirates in Perth.

- This, we thought, was the perfect time to bring you the Rediff Cricket Chat, a show hosted by cricket fans for cricket fans.

- Photos of the World Cup Pool A game between Australia and New Zealand being played in Eden Park

- Kane Williamson coolly struck a straight six to give New Zealand a one wicket victory over Australia in a dramatic battle between the World Cup hosts at Eden Park on Saturday.

- New Zealand legend and player of the 1992 cricket World Cup, Martin Crowe, was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame for his service to the game.

- The toe-crusher is hitting the target, the bouncer is coming out well and, most importantly, the wicket column is swelling again.

- Insisting that India are currently playing the "best cricket of the World Cup", West Indies batting legend Brian Lara feels that the defending champions must test their bench strength against minnows UAE in a Pool B match in Perth.

- Attributing his brilliant World Cup form to a calm mind and hard work, Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan has said he managed to come out of a lean patch by sticking to his strong work ethic.

- Defending champions Karnataka need just four wickets to book their second consecutive berth in the final of the Ranji Trophy as Mumbai are struggling at 277 for six in their second innings at stumps on the third day in Bengaluru.

- Swapnil Gugale compiled a gritty fifty as Maharashtra finished Day 3 on 110 for 1, in reply to Tamil Nadu's massive first innings total of 549, in the Ranji Trophy semi-final at the Eden Gardens, on Friday.

- Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was hurt while batting in the nets at the WACA ahead of India's cricket World Cup league match against the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.

- If there was Gayle storm in Manuka Oval, it was a AB de Villiers masterpiece at Sydney cricket ground.

- AB de Villiers smashed West Indies bowlers from pillar to post for the quickest 150 in one-day internationals on Friday but the South African skipper said only hard work earns a batsman the right to dominate in such a fashion.

- West Indies batsman Darren Bravo will be sent home from the World Cup after failing to recover from a hamstring injury sustained in the second match of the campaign, a team spokesman said on Friday.

- A B de Villiers hammered the fastest 150 in ODI history as he led South Africa to a record-equalling 257-run win over the West Indies. Images from the match.

- 'There is a vast difference in pedigree of Virat and Akmal.'

- AB de Villiers confirmed his status as the most destructive batsman in cricket with a magnificent unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls to lead South Africa to a record 257-run victory over West Indies in the World Cup on Friday.

- Noted Malayalam singer Madhu Balakrishnan said his brother-in-law S Sreesanth survived a murder attempt in Tihar jail.

- Former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Narayanswami Srinivasan tendered unconditional apology in the Supreme court for presiding over the Board's working committee meeting in Chennai on February 8.

- Factbox on Saturday's World Cup Pool B match between India and United Arab Emirates.

- Troubled IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) co-owner Raj Kundra have made their respective appeals to the Governing Council ahead of the eighth edition of the cash rich league.

- The UAE team is a mix of local players as well as players of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan origin. The skipper feels that having a number of Indians pitted against India isn't a problem at all.

- All-rounder Staurt Binny is likely to replace injured bowler Mohammed Shami for India's next World Cup match against the UAE.

- AB de Villiers now owns the records for fastest 50, 100 and 150 in the 50-over game and second fastest century in World Cup cricket.

- ICC's Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson today said that the game's governing body is all set to prune the number of teams from 14 to 10 for the next Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be held in England in 2019.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- Niall O'Brien, the sturdy batting backbone during Irish cricket's meteoric rise, owes much of his World Cup success to the timely arrival of a pet dog.

- India will look to complete a hat-trick of victories when they take on minnows United Arab Emirates in Saturday's World Cup match.

- Chief selector Moin Khan, recalled from the World Cup for visiting a casino, returned to Pakistan to a hostile reception as cricket fans staged angry demonstrations on Thursday.

- Scotland has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their Pool A match against Afghanistan in their ICC Cricket World Cup match at Dunedin in New Zealand.

- Michael Clarke feels his fittest in five years for the World Cup clash against New Zealand.

- New Zealand are favourites to beat Australia in their highly anticipated World Cup clash at Eden Park on Saturday but won't like the idea, former Australia captain Steve Waugh has said.

- Virat Kohli may get close to breaking Sachin Tendulkar's 49 ODI centuries record but the batting maestro's 100 International centuries milestone would stay safe forever, feels former India captain Sourav Ganguly.

- Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the lighter side of India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's drought of runs.

- Indian cricket team's chief coach Duncan Fletcher has left for his home in South Africa following the death of his father-in-law and is set to miss team's next World Cup game against UAE on Saturday.

- Pakistan's chief selector Moin Khan returned home from Australia on Thursday and escaped an embarrassing situation at the airport, where a small group of protesters gathered to vent their anger with eggs and banners.

- Shardul Thakur and Balwinder Singh Sandhu's superb bowling injected more spice into the Ranji Trophy semi-final, which seems headed for an exciting finish with Mumbai needing 384 runs to dethrone defending champions Karnataka. Set a daunting target of 445 runs, Mumbai were 61 for no loss at stumps on day two of the match in Bengaluru, on Thursday.

- Images from the World Cup Group A match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Melbourne.

- Dinesh Karthik scored a solid 113 as Tamil Nadu took command of their Ranji Trophy semi-final against Maharashtra at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on on Thursday. On a deceptive green top that had little in it for the bowlers, he made hay even as half-centuries from Vijay Shankar (91), Ramaswamy Prasanna (64 not out) and Baba Indrajith (68 not out) down the order ensured Tamil Nadu amassed 426 for 5 in 177 overs at the close of play on Day 2.

- Sri Lanka veterans Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara smashed imperious centuries to punish a wasteful Bangladesh.

- Sandhu is excited at the prospect of playing alongside Zaheer Khan.

- India's batting at the death is one grey area that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni would like to address.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- Having beaten Pakistan and South Africa convincingly in their first two matches at the World Cup, India have one foot in the quarter-finals. Nevertheless, the players are not relaxing, instead preparing for stiffer challenges they will encounter in the next phase of the tournament.

- fghanistan's latest cricket sensation Hamid Hassan found his way into the pages of the popular US daily.

- The Indian think-tank has devised a plan whereby they will pepper Gayle with short-pitched deliveries and force him to go for the attack early on.

- Samiullah Shenwari struck a gritty 96 to pave the way for Afghanistan's historic one-wicket win against Scotland.

- Samiullah Shenwari produced a brilliant rearguard action to guide Afghanistan to their first World Cup victory with a dramatic one-wicket win over Scotland in their Pool A clash in Dunedin on Thursday.

- New Zealand great Martin Crowe will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

- Jason Holder is hoping to lead a very different West Indies side into Friday's World Cup clash against South Africa to that which was crushed 4-1 in a One-Day International series last month.

- When JP Duminy finally made his Test debut the first question many people asked was, "How good is South Africa's top six if this guy can't make it?"

- Philander's partnership with Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel has earned the trio the label as the most-balanced and penetrating attack in world cricket.

- Another twist in the tale was that there were some undercover Pakistan intelligence officials who were sent to keep an eye on the players as the side has suffered badly because of spot-fixing and match-fixing in the past few years.

- Out of favour South African all-rounder Albie Morkel says India's hammering of the Proteas at the MCG demonstrated that the defending champions are capable of blowing any team away in the World Cup and big-ticket ICC events bring out the best in them.

- Karnataka captain R Vinay Kumar led from the front with a six-wicket haul to send Mumbai crashing for a lowly 44 in their first innings on day one of the Ranji Trophy semi-finals. With a lead of 158 runs, Karnataka were at the receiving end in their second essay, ending the day on 10 for 2 from five overs.

- Moving away from the mundane fielding drills, Team India tried something unique in Perth as they were involved in a 75-minute fielding session.

- Photos of the World Cup match between UAE and Ireland being played in Brisbane.

- The matches in the next edition of the cricket World Cup could be 40-overs-a-side affairs and Test matches reduced to four days if discussions between the chairmen of English counties and the England and Wales Cricket Board are proposed and ultimately accepted by the ICC.

- Riding high on an unbeaten half-century from Vijay Shankar, Tamil Nadu managed to score 192/3 on the opening day of their semi-final against Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy match in Kolkata on Wednesday.

- Mumbai's Abhishek Nayar "is out of danger" after suffering a head injury while fielding on day one of the Ranji Trophy semi-final match against holders Karnataka at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

- Gary Wilson and Kevin O'Brien struck brisk half-centuries as Ireland held their nerve to clinch a thrilling two-wicket victory in their World Cup Pool B match against United Arab Emirates in Brisbane on Wednesday.

- The Indian cricket team's 2014-15 tour of Australia is the last time when it would have played both the Tests and tri-nation ODI series together as it will be split into two separate tours from now on, said Cricket Australia's Chief Executive James Sutherland.

- IPL spot fixing case petitioner Aditya Verma and politician Subodh Kant Sahay requested the Supreme Court to appoint Justice R M Lodha as observer for the BCCI elections on March 2 besides ensuring that the Annual General Meeting is held in Mumbai and not in Chennai.

- Prem Panicker, one of the finest cricket writers, on the ICC's Code of Conduct.

- Out-of-form Sri Lanka must play every pool game at the World Cup as if it were a knockout match to ignite their stuttering campaign, captain Angelo Mathews said.

- A hostile crowd buoyed by New Zealand's perfect start to the World Cup is set to turn Eden Park into a bear pit for visiting Australia on Saturday, but all-rounder Shane Watson is "excited" by the prospect of a rancorous reception.

- A fake Twitter account suggested that he would retire from ODIs at the end of the World Cup, prompting the veteran right-hander to issue a denial.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- An ardent Chicago based Pakistani cricket fan has admitted that he would leave no stone unturned in terms of supporting Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to retain the World Cup title.

- Can these South African WAGs prove lucky for their men at this World Cup?

- Legendary South African batsman Barry Richards feels Virat Kohli is a few notches above his contemporaries in the Indian team but still has some way to go before one can compare him with the iconic Sachin Tendulkar.

- Rediff.com's Manu Shankar spoke with former Essex player and fast bowling coach Ian Pont to assess England's disastrous start in the ICC's 50-over-a-side extravaganza.

- The 29-year-old had played for Mumbai at the Under-14, Under-19 and Under-22 levels and was also in the Ranji Trophy squad then led by Sachin Tendulkar but could not force his way in.

- Photos from the match between West Indies and Zimbabwe played on Tuesday.

- Pakistan's chief selector Moin Khan has been ordered to return home immediately from Australia by in the aftermath of the controversy generated over his visit to a casino in Christchurch.

- As one entered the hotel porch in Perth, there was India's captain and his deputy engrossed in a chat like long-lost friends.

- The much-awaited World Cup clash between co-hosts Australia and New Zealand will be about more than just the race for quarter-final places with the cricket boards of both countries confirming that the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy will be at stake.

- Now, there is another similarity added to the resume of both batsmen. February 24 will be remembered in history as the day when the Indian icon and Gayle hit ODI double tons.

- Gayle hits first double century in World Cup match.

- Chris Gayle rediscovered his mojo in spectacular fashion on Tuesday with the first ever World Cup double century to drive West Indies to a 73-run victory over Zimbabwe in their Pool B clash at Manuka Oval.

- Virat Kohli scored an imperious century to steer India to a thumping 76 runs victory over Pakistan in their opening World Cup match at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. After putting up an imposing 300 for seven, they shot out their arch-rivals for only 224 to begin the defence of their crown on a rousing note.

- Former South Africa cricket team captain Graeme Smith might reportedly well be ready to play again.

- Chris Gayle bludgeoned his way into the record books by becoming the first player to score a double century in the World Cup.

- Let's see how much you remember of the previous World Cups.

- The Competition Appellate Tribunal said the regulator relied on 'legally unsustainable' information downloaded from internet for nailing the BCCI.

- Speculation is rife that Younis Khan will quit One-day cricket after the World Cup and chances are it would be far from a fairytale farewell for one of Pakistan's modern batting greats.

- South Africa seamer Vernon Philander will miss the World Cup clash against West Indies and is in doubt for the following game against Ireland next week, the team said on Tuesday.

- Let's see how much you remember of that amazing innings by Brendon McCullum's amazing innings of 77 from 25 balls against England.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji are back with Rediff.com's World Cup Most Valuable Players ratings.

- New Zealand are expecting Australia to sledge as part of their game-plan.

- The Supreme Court on Monday expressed unhappiness over Narayanswami Srinivasan's participation in a Board of Control for Cricket in India meeting in Chennai on February 8.

- Impressed with India's dominating performance in the World Cup so far but not completely satisfied with it, Sachin Tendulkar has said that the team can raise its game a few notches higher.

- Former India pacer Javagal Srinath said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's bowling attack has become the talking point in the ongoing ICC World Cup.

- England's batsmen must try and emulate Moeen Ali's carefree approach if the team are to have any chance of lifting the World Cup, according to former captain Nasser Hussain.

- India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that talented Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane is one player who has improved by leaps and bounds in recent times and is ready to don any hat for the team's cause.

- Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the lighter side on what should be Team India's next target in the ongoing tournament, now that the two toughest assignments have been taken care of.

- Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq chose to impress upon his players to take a lesson from rivals -- India.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly opined that he was confident of an Indian victory after the team crossed the 250-run barrier.

- Pakistan's misery continues during the World Cup now chief selector Moin Khan is in the dock for a Casino night out with his wife after the team's defeat against the West Indies on Saturday night.

- 'On Sunday against South Africa, Shikhar Dhawan took the spotlight and eventually, the Man of the Match award, with a century, but it was Ajinkya Rahane's innings that held the key to India topping the 300 mark.'

- He may have helped Team India win on celluloid, but the real heroes, says Shreyas Talpade, are the Men in Blue.

- Let's see how much you remember of the previous World Cups.

- Saqlain Mushtaq has revealed that in the 1999 World Cup, he had sneaked his wife into hotels and hid her in the closet.

- England all-rounder Moeen Ali emphasised his importance to his side's cause when he followed up a match-winning century with two wickets in a 10-over spell against Scotland on Monday.

- Former Pakistan pace spearhead Wasim Akram has called on his compatriots to win their next World Cup game or get ready to go back home early.

- Australia coach Darren Lehmann has claimed that his side has got some plans for Brendon McCullum.

- Shikhar Dhawan's father Mahendra Pal Dhawan on Sunday lauded his son's career-best knock of 137 against South Africa in the ongoing World Cup and expressed hope that the Men in Blue continue their winning streak.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni's theory got firm backing from Sachin Tendulkar.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- 'Controlled aggression is my mantra'

- 'Every time I see Chris Gayle, I expect to see one Chris Gayle, and that's a positive Chris Gayle'

- An under-fire England notched up their first win in the ongoing cricket World Cup.

- England completed a clinical 119-run victory over Scotland.

- As if not enough with their embarrassing 130-run loss to India, South Africa were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate.

- South Africa captain AB de Villiers will turn to his senior players to help lift the team out of the doldrums after they suffered a 'big knock' to their confidence.

- South Africa may be the favourite to win the World Cup, but February 22 -- the day they took on India -- told a different story.

- Darren Bravo will miss West Indies' third World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Canberra.

- Praising opener Shikhar Dhawan's match-winning century against South Africa, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the left-hander played smart by staying at the crease even after getting his hundred.

- The 2015 ICC World Cup has thrown up a lot of exciting moments since it began last week on February 14.

- If the innings against Pakistan showed he was still capable of what his ODI average of 45 exhibits, then his comeback was complete on Sunday at the MCG with the century against what's often termed as one of the best attacks in the world.

- Former India captain Anil Kumble was inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

- Praising his players for the emphatic win over South Africa in the World Cup, team director Ravi Shastri said the management's decision to stick with Shikhar Dhawan, despite his poor form in the run-up to the showpiece event, proved right.

- Pleased after yet another complete performance, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was happy to see that the team executed its plans to perfection on the ground.

- Delhi-born Shikhar Dhawan calls a leafy Melbourne suburb home for much of the year but on Sunday might have thought he was back in India when feted by a blue-clad horde of fans for a match-winning World Cup ton at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

- With hoards of Indian fans storming the Melbourne Cricket Ground, you could be forgiven for mistaking it to be the Eden Gardens. Bouyed by the vociferous crowd, India thrashed South Africa by 130 runs to break their World Cup jinx on Sunday.

- Contrary to ICC chief executive David Richardson's view to truncate the World Cup to just 10 teams, former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar believes that governing body should instead look to enhance the skills of so-called minnows.

- Images from the World Cup 'Pool B' match between India and South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

- As India broke a long-standing World Cup jinx against South Africa in Melbourne, appreciation and congratulatory messages poured in from the cricket fraternity which hailed the team's "terrific" all-round performance in front of a packed MCG.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- India announced themselves as genuine contenders to defend their World Cup title on Sunday by humbling South Africa's vaunted pace attack before bowling out the Proteas for an emphatic 130-run victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

- This, we thought, was the perfect time to bring you the Rediff Cricket Chat, a show hosted by cricket fans for cricket fans.

- A floundering England will be looking to avoid a potential banana skin when they take on minnows Scotland in a crucial Pool A cricket World Cup match at the Hagley Oval, in Christchurch on Monday.

- 'I wanted to finish the game and my focus was to see us through to the end'

- Thisara Perera and Jeevan Mendis combined for a 58-run partnership to give Sri Lanka a nervous four-wicket victory over Afghanistan in their World Cup Pool A match at University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday.

- Long retired from the game but Sachin Tendulkar's mere presence was good enough for a near-capacity crowd to go hysterical during India's World Cup game against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, in Melbourne on Sunday.

- Images from the World Cup Pool A match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in Dunedin on Sunday

- Pleased by Indian bowler's performance during the game against Pakistan Team India director Ravi Shastri said that it will serve them well if bowlers were to replicate their performance in the rest of the tournament.

- Former Australian captain Ian Chappell feels Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni must pick specialist spinner Axar Patel over "bits and pieces" player Ravindra Jadeja in the team's second cricket World Cup game against South Africa in Melbourne.

- Former paceman Shoaib Akhtar labelled captain Misbah-ul-Haq "a coward" and "a selfish player" after Pakistan were crushed by 150 runs by West Indies in the World Cup on Saturday.

- Senior Pakistan batsman Younis Khan, toast of the nation three months ago after reeling off four Test hundreds, has become the target of criticism after the team's humiliating World Cup losses with senior players calling on him to retire.

- Being the third highest wicket-taker in history of Test cricket is no mean achievement but former India captain Anil Kumble wishes he had the skills of his two greatest contemporaries -- Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.

- No one was disturbing Mahendra Singh Dhoni, neither did he care about anything else. He just kept on staring at the MCG wicket.

- Asked whether he could relate to any of the current generation cricketers, with whom, Anil Kumble instantly took Ashwin's name.

- West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has been reprimanded for using obscenity.

- Former pacer Ajit Agarkar feels a sterner test awaits Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side when they take on a much stronger South Africa in their second pool match on Sunday.

- Virat Kohli feels that once the game is over, he will again be 'best buddies' with Dale Steyn.

- Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq found fault with every department of his team's performance in their 150-run loss to West Indies.

- Andre Russell restored Caribbean smiles and laughter to the West Indies dressing room.

- World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev feels that India's top-order batsmen need to take more responsibility against South Africa.

- South Africa captain A B de Villiers on Saturday said his side is not too worried about the problems that India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin could pose during their ICC Cricket World Cup match in Melbourne, on Sunday.

- Australia captain Michael Clarke will have to wait another week before he can join the ICC World Cup party after steady rain washed out the hosts' Pool A match against Bangladesh at the Gabba on Saturday.

- West Indies left-hander Darren Bravo will stay with the West Indies' team despite sustaining a torn hamstring.

- Pakistan suffered their second consecutive loss as they were handed a crushing 150-run defeat by the West Indies.

- All-rounder Andre Russell hit a whirlwind 13-ball 42 not out, including three sixes from a Sohail Khan over, before taking three wickets with the ball to help West Indies demolish Pakistan by a huge margin of 150 runs.

- Virat Kohli declared that after experimenting with his batting position, the team management has reached a conclusion that No. 3 is the best slot for him.

- It would be Pakistan-born Imran Tahir's first One-Day International against India.

- A promising start to their World Cup campaign will raise hopes of a quarter-final berth.

- Former Australian tear-away pacer Rodney Hogg, says why India don't have a chance to retain the World Cup.

- India might have begun their World Cup campaign with a morale-boosting win over Pakistan but Jonty Rhodes feels that South Africa are a better all-round side and tipped them to win their high-profile clash against the defending champions in Melbourne on Sunday.

- 'It's a home game for India. There's going up to (almost) 100,000 people here'

- Virat Kohli was focus personified as India geared up to take on a traditionally pace-heavy South Africa in their upcoming ICC World Cup match.

- Both Australia and South Africa, says former Australia captain Mark Taylor, have a lot of firepower in their bowling department. Besides, the two sides also have a lot of depth in their batting.

- Pacer Shardul Thakur had match figures of eight for 113 as Mumbai beat Delhi by 204 runs to enter the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy.

- "I said that about the captain Morgan and everybody went mad, but maybe England aren't either."

- New Zealand had produced 'almost the perfect performance' to destroy England in a World Cup match that lasted less than 50 overs on Friday.

- Check out the Indian batting sensation's latest hairdo.

- England could hardly have made a worse start to the sport's most important tournament, losing by 111 runs to Australia last weekend and then suffering an embarrassing eight-wicket loss to New Zealand on Friday.

- From players and coaches to legends and fans; let's hear them out!

- South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel has revealed that a lot of green smoothies have helped him improve his fitness.

- Dale Steyn is all set to go out all guns blazing in Melbourne, when South Africa takes on India in World Cup Pool B match.

- Brendon McCullum's buccaneering spirit was at its ruthless best on Friday as he not only plundered the fastest World Cup half century but drove another stake into the heart of the demoralised England cricket team.

- Cricket fans across the country will continue to watch the World Cup matches on Doordarshan.

- Factbox on Saturday's World Cup match between Australia and Bangladesh.

- New Zealand cruised to a comprehensive eight-wicket win over England.

- A Bangladesh cricketer leading any individual world ranking is an achievement in itself but Shakib Al Hasan has raised the bar considerably by topping the all-rounder's charts in all three formats.

- New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum smashed the fastest fifty in the history of the World Cup during the Group A match against England in Wellington.

- West Indies skipper Jason Holder is expecting plenty of entertainment against Pakistan when the two most mercurial sides in international cricket face off in the World Cup in Christchurch.

- New Zealand's Tim Southee produced a brilliant spell of swing bowling for career best figures of 7-33 to dismiss England for 123 in their World Cup Pool A match at Wellington Regional Stadium on Friday.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- Michael Clarke's return to the Australia World Cup team looks like being put on hold.

- Check out the 10 Best pictures of fans in week one of the 2015 ICC World Cup

- A summary of the fourth day's play in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals.

- A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

- He has taken guard in different positions and came at seven in India's latest World Cup victory against Pakistan. But key batsman Ajinkya Rahane does not mind being shuffled in the batting order.

- Here is a lowdown of all the light-hearted, fun news from around the ICC World Cup.

- England are still playing catch-up with the modern way of batting in the 50-over format but are showing encouraging signs in closing the gap with the major cricketing nations, the team's batting coach Mark Ramprakash said on Thursday.

- The Men in Blue have never beaten the Proteas in a World Cup game.

- 'I believe that if you have your skills, you will be in a mentally good space.'

- An overwhelming win over Pakistan may have brought a lot of cheer to the Indian cricket team after an indifferent Australian Summer, but there are a few grey areas that are yet to be addressed by the side, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's poor run with the bat.

- "I tried not to show it. I was just trying to breathe and relax and stick to what we have been doing at training."

- South Africa coach Russell Domingo says India have a seriously good batting line-up and it's not the Proteas' style to target one individual player.

- Joining Kumble as the 78th inductee will be the late Betty Wilson of Australia, one of the greatest women cricketers of all-time.

- Images from the ICC World Cup match played between Zimbabwe and The United Arab Emirates on Thursday

- Australia's coach Darren Lehmann believes that a happy high-heeled WAGs makes a happy cricketer.

- Sean Williams ensured Zimbabwe would not become the first top tier side to lose to United Arab Emirates when his counter-attacking half century secured a four-wicket victory in their World Cup clash in Nelson on Thursday.

- New Zealand will face England with an unchanged side in their second World Cup match.

- Watching the 1992 World Cup got New Zealand's Grant Elliott suspended from school but also set him on the path to a career as a professional cricket.

- 67 players, including 23 overseas, were sold and Rs 86.8 crore spent on them by the eight franchises in Bangalore on Monday.

- Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin are fit for their second World Cup match.

- Sachin Tendulkar cautioned the Indian cricket team to guard against complacency ahead of its World Cup game against South Africa, saying the Proteas are a far better fielding unit than Pakistan.

- His confidence on a high after an impressive display against Pakistan in India's World Cup opener, all-rounder Suresh Raina wants to fill in the shoes of

- Even as South Africa plot India's downfall with the help of Gary Kirsten and Mike Hussey, cricketing greats Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Chappell felt their presence would not make much of a difference to the Proteas' chances in their World Cup game against the holders.

- The former Indian captain was upset on learning about media reports that a support staff meeting was held without Fletcher being present.

- A summary of the third day's play in the quarter-final matches of the Ranji Trophy.

- Following reports of three senior Pakistan players misbehaving with fielding coach Grant Luden, it is learned that opener Ahmed Shehzad may be sent home from the World Cup.

- The batting icon claimed one of the challenges of his career was being among the best cricketers of his era.

- Check out the overall auction money spent during the 2015 IPL as divided by player type and by each franchise.

- A three-wicket blitz at the start of their innings knocked the wind out of Afghanistan on their World Cup debut and helped Bangladesh to a 105-run victory with more than seven overs to spare in their Pool A opener in Canberra on Wednesday.

- Riding high on contrasting half-centuries from Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh crushed Afghanistan by 105 runs in their opening Pool A match of the World Cup in Canberra.

- Around a dozen people sitting on Sachin's table will have the pleasure of mingling with him for half an hour over cocktails and drinks, the organiser said adding that it would be only for a dozen people and has been priced for 3000 Australian Dollars.

- Afghanistan cricket team coach Andy Moles has kept a very low profile in Kabul since risking his life by accepting a one-year contract to coach the World Cup minnows.

- To combat defending champions India in Sunday's World cup match, the South African team management has brought in Gary Kirsten, Mike Hussey and Allan Donald.

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- The Indian media manager, denied a rift in the Indian team management, following a media report that chief coach Duncan Fletcher was being ignored in meetings and also not being kept in the loop about team strategy.

- South African cricket legend Barry Richards feels that ball tampering should be legalised in order to make the game more balanced and not heavily loaded in favour of the batsmen.

- Pakistan's World Cup campaign hit another snag when the national team's fielding coach Grant Luden threatened to step down complaining of misbehaviour from three senior players.

- Indian team has struggled to find the right bowling combination, but Mohit Sharma could ease some of the worries for MS Dhoni, showing early promise in the World Cup.

- 'It's a shame he didn't get the hundred in the end of it but he'll take a lot of confidence from it'

- Butt who was banned along with Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir in the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal that broke out when Pakistan was touring England made the confession during a meeting with PCB chief, Shaharyar Khan in Lahore.

- Praising Indian batting mainstay Virat Kohli, West Indies great Michael Holding said the top-order player's knack of converting starts into three-figure scores shows that he has the makings of a class cricketer.

- There are no major, big-ticket banners proclaiming the same, restaurant and coffee shop helpers express surprise when you say we are here to cover the World Cup and even those who have an inkling that the tournament has begun are awaiting the knock-out stage of the tournament.

- Muhammad Hafeez has triggered off a debate over whether the national team was facing internal problems.

- Wasim Akram is eager to help the Pakistan players salvage their World Cup campaign.

- Sourav Ganguly believes India were both 'lucky and intelligent' in their opening match of the 2015 World Cup against Pakistan.

- Mumbai pace spearhead Shardul Thakur bagged a five wicket haul to skittle out Delhi for 166 on Day 2 of the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals at the Driems Ground in Cuttack.

- Scotland's bowling performance against New Zealand sent another warning to the major cricketing nations.

- 'My semi-final line-up will be Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka,' said the former Australian left-hander.

- The former India great feels now the confidence levels are high after the victory against Pakistan and the batting line-up has enough depth to take on Dale Steyn and company

- Sure you must have watched Virat Kohli's assault on Pakistan's bowlers. Let's see how much you remember of it.

- New Zealand huffed and puffed to a three-wicket win against a spirited Scotland but jumped to the top of Pool A with their second consecutive victory in the World Cup in Dunedin.

- Let's see how much you remember of the previous World Cups.

- Some Indian cricket fans seemed to revel in putting down Pakistani fans at every opportunity. 'Jeetega bhai jeetega' was interspersed with shouts of 'Harega bhai harega' or 'Go home,' says Suraj Suvarna, who watched the India-Pakistan game at Adelaide.

- West Indies great Michael Holding slammed the side's four-wicket loss to Ireland in their World Cup opener, saying it was a "little bit pathetic".

- Yuvraj Singh, who on Monday became Indian Premier League's costliest ever buy by going for a whopping Rs 16 crore to Delhi Daredevils, said that he was happy to be playing again under former India coach Gary Kirsten.

- Some interesting articles on the ongoing World Cup from around the globe.

- Michael Clarke is expected to pad up for Saturday's match against Bangladesh, meeting the deadline to prove his fitness or sit out the World Cup entirely.

- Trent Boult would be used to seeing a field packed with slips and a gully in his first over of a match, particularly for a hat-trick delivery.

- Mushtaq Muhammad, one of Pakistan's top captains and allrounders, has praised Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team for picking themselves up in their opening World Cup match against Pakistan which was a very high pressure game.

- Sachin Tendulkar has said India can match title contenders Australia and South Africa and advised the defending champions to take it "step by step" in the ongoing ICC World Cup.

- Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has endorsed Delhi Daredevils splurging Rs 16 crore on Yuvraj Singh in the IPL 8 auction, saying the flamboyant all-rounder "deserves every penny for his yeoman service" to Indian cricket.

- New Zealand almost wasted a superb bowling effort to bumble their way to a three-wicket victory over Scotland in their cricket World Cup Pool A match in Dunedin on Tuesday.

- Virat Kohli may have scored a match-winning century against Pakistan in their opening game of the World Cup, but ask former Australian fast bowling great Brett Lee and he would tell you that the Indian ace should try and curb his natural affinity for aggressive strokeplay.

- IPL Action VIII: These players went unsold

- The ICC World Cup 2015 will be staged in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29.

- "I don't know what to say. It is really a dream come true. I was confident of being picked for my base price of Rs 10 lakh but never thought of the crores. I just hope I get to play in the eleven," a soft-spoken Cariappa said.

- Since the 76-run defeat to India at the World Cup gloom has descended on the Pakistanis. It seemed as if the team had left the Inter-Continental hotel in Adelaide after the match.

- Yuvraj Singh has emerged as the costliest cricketer in the IPL 8 players' auction, bought for a record Rs 16 crore (USD 2.57 million approx) by Delhi Daredevils.

- A brilliant 153 from Robin Uthappa coupled with a patient 91 from KL Rahul has helped the defending champions Karnataka, post a commanding 302-2 in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final match against Assam in Indore.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore director P A Murali revealed the strategy behind not retaining Yuvraj Singh, saying it was to ensure that the purse of other teams are exhausted and help them get better cricketers for IPL 8.

- Yuvraj Singh's father Yograj made a controversial claim on Monday, saying Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not want his son in India's squad for the World Cup. However, the all-rounder, hero of India's World Cup triumph in 2011, refuted the claim.

- West Indies batsman Darren Sammy and Ireland pace bowler John Mooney were each fined 30 percent of their match fee for swearing during their World Cup match in New Zealand on Monday.

- Ireland justified their giant-killer tag by shocking the West Indies by four wickets in their opening World Cup encounter at the Saxton Oval, in Nelson, on Monday.

- Silly Point finds out if cricket fans are okay with Team India not bringing the World Cup home...

- Statistical highlights on associate member countries defeating Test-playing nations at the 50-over World Cup after Ireland beat West Indies by four wickets in the Pool B match at Nelson, New Zealand on Monday.

- Four persons have been injured when a brawl broke out between cricket fans watching the tense India-Pakistan World Cup match on television at a Sydney club.

- "Personally I hate the term upsets from minnows or associates," Porterfield told reporters in Nelson.

- Pakistan off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal has alleged that ICC umpire, Steve Davis had victimized Pakistan after he ruled Umar Akmal caught behind on a referral decision during their high-octane World Cup opener against India in Adelaide.

- Blog posts around the cricket from around the globe

- Ireland shocked former champions West Indies by four wickets in a Pool B match in the ICC World Cup at Saxton Field in Nelson.

- Netizens turned witizens on Sunday as India thrashed Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup league game.

- Sunil Gavaskar has said India were superior to Pakistan in every aspect of the game during their World Cup win in Adelaide but said they need to work more on their bowling and fielding before they take on title-contenders such as Australia and New Zealand.

- Crediting India's emphatic win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the World Cup to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's mature captaincy, Kapil Dev has said the Indian skipper used his experience really well and was spot on with field placements.

- Pakistan's World Cup winning captain Imran Khan took to a social networking site to console the crestfallen Pakistanis after Sunday's defeat to India in

- Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks on the lighter side of things after India beat Pakistan in Adelaide for their sixth straight win over their arch rivals in a World Cup clash.

- However, if aggression was the buzzword during the Australia Tests, the Kohli that was on show against Pakistan was a different version, a restrained one, and if one may say, after the Border-Gavaskar series, possibly a more matured one.

- Statistical highlights of the cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan.

- Pakistan's former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has advised captain Misbah-ul-Haq to become stern.

- Former cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar, among other sportspersons, lavished praise on the Indian cricket team after the defending champions beat arch-rivals Pakistan by 76 runs in their World Cup opener in Adelaide.

- The record is good, but it's something that I don't want to get into because there will come a time when we will lose.

- Like, in Sunday's match at the Adelaide Oval, a lot of reasons will be apparent for Pakistan's loss, all that in hindsight, of course.

- Pakistan's jinx against India in World Cup continues

- Opening the bowling for Pakistan in a World Cup match with India is enough to get any paceman excited. For Sohail Khan, playing his first international since September 2011, that excitement briefly got the better of him on Sunday.

- Pakistan were once again annihilated by arch-rivals India in a World Cup encounter and captain Misbah-ul-Haq credited the rivals for the clinical win.

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated the Indian cricket team.

- Being described as the 'new Sachin for Indian fans' drew a huge smile from Virat Kohli.

- Describing India's clinical win over arch-rivals Pakistan, in their World Cup campaign opener, as one of the biggest in his career, India batsman Virat Kohli said he was happy to have played his part in the "amazing" victory.

- Dropped from a difficult chance by Yasir Shah off Shahid Afridi on seven and again by wicketkeeper Umar Akmal on 76, Kohli otherwise played within himself and gave few chances in his 126-ball innings.

- The commercial capital like Mumbai resembles as if curfew is imposed.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been awarded an honorary life membership to the Marylebone Cricket Club.

- Little notes from all the goings on around the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand...

- 'It was a good performance,' M S Dhoni said after the match. It was a little bit more than that, in that it came just when the team needed to reverse trends, to find self-belief, to be able to look ahead rather than behind.'

- Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to register a century against Pakistan in a World Cup match after scoring a judicious 107 at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

- Images from the World cup match between India and Pakistan at Adelaide.

- Yuvraj Singh and Hashim Amla will be the star attractions in the Indian Premier League 8 auction, which will see quite a few Indian and international players go under the hammer in Bengaluru on Monday.

- Cricket fans discuss the first innnings of the India-Pakistan World Cup match.

- West Indies head into the match in Nelson, New Zealand, with a shaken-up squad that has failed to gel since an acrimonious dispute over player contracts.

- Images from the World Cup match between South Africa and Zimbabwe at Hamilton, New Zealand.

- David Miller and J P Duminy scored centuries as South Africa overcame a real challenge from Zimbabwe to record a 62-run victory in their opening World Cup Pool B game in Hamilton on Sunday.

- Here are stories blogged around the Cricket World Cup

- The Adelaide Oval was 'under virtual siege' as Indian fans took complete control of the city, outnumbering their Pakistani counterparts in Sunday's marquee clash between the arch-rivals in the ICC World Cup.

- With the West Indies in abysmal form in the wake of a crisis over player contracts, Ireland have a good chance to upset the Caribbeans in their World Cup opener on Monday, a result that would surprise no-one, according to their skipper.

- ICC acknowledged that the match between Australia and England ended 'incorrectly'.

- Officials evicted several people from the opening match of the cricket World Cup at Hagley Oval.

- The raucous chants Jeetega bhai Jeeetega Hindustan Jeetega was met with the counter Jeetega bhai jeetega Pakistan Jeetega.

- James Taylor was denied a maiden century by an umpiring error.

- List of players who have claimed hat-tricks in the Cricket World Cup.

- Pakistan will open their innings in Sunday's World Cup match against India with Younis Khan in an attempt to accommodate leg-spinner Yasir Shah, and also include talented youngsters Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood in the final eleven.

- Out-of-form opener Shikhar Dhawan's place in the team will be one of the main discussion points when the Indian team management zeroes in on the playing eleven for the ICC World Cup match against arch rivals Pakistan in Adelaide on Sunday.

- Images from the World Cup Pool A match between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

- Aaron Finch smashed a sparkling century as Australia dealt England a 111-run humiliation in their World Cup opener at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.

- England fast bowler Steven Finn took a bizarre hat-trick off the last three balls in Saturday's World Cup clash against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni expressed confidence that his players are well-equipped to tackle pressure situations, saying they have "calm nerves" and the experience of playing in big matches.

- Hosts New Zealand gave the World Cup a cracking start with a scintillating batting show as they crushed last edition losing finalists Sri Lanka by 98 runs in the opening match of the showpiece event in Christchurch on Saturday.

- India and Pakistan meet in their opening World Cup match at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. Ahead of what promises to be a thrilling contest here's a fact-file on the teams.

- Brendon McCullum gave the cricket World Cup an explosive opening, scoring a blazing 65, as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 98 runs on Saturday.

- When Kashmir willow sees biz boom and cricket raises Afghan hopes

- The key player from Pakistan, says former India captain Rahul Dravid, is Mohammad Irfan. 'Having watched him bowl just recently, I believe he is going to pose a challenge to the Indian batsmen.'

- With tempers expecting to reach the ugliest limits during the India-Pakistan World Cup match, the Adelaide administration has issued a 85-point "code of conduct" for spectators - one that specifically bars religious messages and anti-national chants.

- Seeing Dubliner Eoin Morgan become England's World Cup skipper was a 'wee bit irritating' for Ireland.

- Exiled England batsman Kevin Pietersen believes his former teammates can win the World Cup if they play with freedom even though their dreadful record in the last five tournaments suggests otherwise.

- India's 2011 World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten says the 2015 tournament boils down to three games: quarters, semis and final.

- Rediff.com brings a lighter veined pictorial representation of the various captains' state of mind on V-Day!

- "One player's absence won't make much of a difference. The rest will also have to bowl well," the cricketer-turned-commentator said before flying to Australia for the ICC World Cup commencing on Saturday.

- For the first time in 23 years, India's campaign for the World Cup will not feature Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

- All focus at the India's training session was on Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan.

- The Indian team used a unique method to tackle Pakistan's Mohammad Irfan, who at seven feet one inch, is the tallest cricketer in the world.

- ICC has defended the decision of not to use the Hotspot technology.

- Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has slammed skipper Eoin Morgan, terming him a player who lacks cleverness while facing top-class bowlers of the World.

- For the first time in almost a quarter of a century, the cricket World Cup is back Down Under. For the traditionalists and newcomers alike, it is a long overdue return to one of the sport's spiritual homes.

- Former captain Allan Border believes that crowd support will make all the difference in close matches

- Warne wonders why Australia captain ruled out of WC opener against England.

- Former Australian World Cup-winning skipper Steve Waugh has warned Michael Clarke's men not to bank on Steven Smith's golden run during the summer ahead of World Cup opener against England on Saturday in Melbourne.

- On a television chat show, the former India coach spoke of the issues he had with Indian players, launching a veiled attack on former captain Sourav Ganguly.

- Factbox on World Cup match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval.

- George Bailey is resigned to the idea that he may well go from captaining Australia against England in the opener to being dropped.

- New Zealand have never appeared so well-united as they do currently.

- England will not go out of their way to bait David Warner, says paceman James Anderson.

- Lasith Malinga is fit for Sri Lanka's opening World Cup clash against New Zealand.

- Factbox World Cup match between Australia and England at the MCG.

- 'Judging by the formbook, both sides are an equal chance to win. Pakistan has the better-balanced attack, offset by a batting line-up that oscillates between the brilliant and the bwahahaha, sometimes in the space of the same over.'

- Legendary India players Sunil Gavaskar and VVS Laxman were of the view that making the showpiece event a 14-team affair with the inclusion of the likes of Afghanistan and Scotland would significantly diminish the level of competition in the league stage.

- Rediff.com's Uttam Ghosh looks on the lighter side of things surrounding the rivalry between India and Pakistan ahead of their World Cup clash in Adelaide.

- Michael Clarke relishing another chance after retirement thoughts.

- Ahead of the mega event in Australia and New Zealand, let's see how much you remember of the previous World Cups.

- Sachin Tendulkar has tipped defending champions India to make it to the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup which begins in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday.

- Injured Pakistan's all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez Muhammad Hafeez gave credence to speculation that he was sent back home from the World Cup against his wishes after a disagreement with the team management as he said that he could have recovered from his injury in time for the showpiece event beginning on Saturday.

- Eight Pakistan players, including maverick former captain Shahid Afridi, have been fined for breaching a team curfew ahead of their crucial World Cup game against India, sources told AFP.

- Check out PM Modi's personal messages to India's players at World Cup.

- Ireland set out their stall as potential World Cup giant-killers by beating Bangladesh by four wickets in their final warm-up match at Blacktown Oval on Thursday.

- With only couple of days left for India to open their cricket World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan, the team had a gruelling training session in Adelaide on Thursday in preparation for the high-voltage contest.

- Children mingled with cricketing greats in "backyard" matches and Maori warriors shared the stage with dancers as the Cricket World Cup opened with a vibrant and quirky ceremony in Christchurch.

- The best teams, the best batsmen and the best bowlers coming into the cricket World Cup

- England's World Cup opener is only two days away, but captain Eoin Morgan will delve into the past for inspiration to reverse his poor batting form and help his team cope with their demons facing Australia on home soil.

- New Zealand fans were offered a letter of consent from Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum to get them off work.

- Brendon McCullum hoped his winning the Sportsman of the Year award would give his team mates a massive boost.

- In the wake of the tragic death of late Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, a British-based firm has come forth with its reformed prototype helmet aimed at giving better protection for the players.

- Minnows Scotland came up just four runs short of a famous upset in a World warm-up match.

- Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are India's highest-ranked batsman and bowler in third and 13th positions respectively.

- Pakistan have not settled on their best line-up for their World Cup opener against champions India this weekend, coach Waqar Younis said.

- 'They need to click as a group, not as batsmen or bowlers.'

- Michael Clarke still has fitness tests to pass to meet his deadline to be ready for the second group match against Bangladesh.

- Cricket is a team sport, but there are instances where an individual performance outdid all. Such efforts, coincidentally, occur at critical junctures, and turn the outcome of the game on its head. Rediff.com takes a look at few such one-man shows at the World Cup.

- 'Ravi Shastri told me he would go miles, and pay, to enjoy Vishy make 20 than to watch someone scoring an inelegant, laborious, 200.'

- Rediff.com takes a look at a few brilliant efforts which, unfortunately, were in a losing cause.

- India have never lost to their neighbours, having beaten them in the previous five World Cup matches they have played -- in 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2011.

- Legendary cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Chappell tipped India as favourites in their much anticipated World Cup clash against Pakistan.

- Just outside the Oval, a combination of Indian origin fans gathered to honour their heroes. There was a combination of Indian style dances and Bollywood music played on the stage as the crowd waited for the team to arrive.

- England skipper Eoin Morgan will go into the World Cup desperately seeking form after registering a third duck in his last four innings in the four-wicket loss to Pakistan in a warmup match on Wednesday.

- 'We'll let them go play the game as they normally would'

- Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scored a majestic 91 not out to lead Pakistan to a thrilling four-wicket victory over England in their final World Cup warmup at Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

- 'I did cry when I went out in the middle... I did cry. This was the only time I had happy tears... because that moment was just a priceless moment. That moment was something that you can only dream off'

- Sixty matches (including the four play-offs) will be played over 47 days in the cash-rich T20 tournament.

- Michael Clarke opened the batting with Aaron Finch in their World Cup warm-up match against UAE.

- Ricky Ponting said Michael Clarke should relinquish ODI captaincy after the World Cup with Steven Smith taking over the reins.

- Defending champions India have the best batting line-up and they should not lose heart despite a poor run up to the ICC World Cup, feels former speedster Javagal Srinath.

- A cricket blogger has discovered that there is no advantage of sending a left-handed batsman to join a right-hander (or vice versa), compared to sending a right-hander in to join a right-hander, or a left-hander to join a left-hander.

- Sachin Tendulkar gave batsmen a peek into his mantra for success.

- 'This WC will heavily rely on openers as they have to set the tone'

- Co-hosts Australians have already started by giving us a taste of the Aussie humour.

- Pakistan veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi said that the Misbah-ul-Haq led team has the ability and confidence to break the World Cup jinx against defending champions India in the much-anticipated upcoming clash at Adelaide on Sunday.

- Hamilton Masakadza scored a run-a-ball century as Zimbabwe stunned Sri Lanka with a comprehensive seven-wicket victory in a World Cup warm-up at Bert Sutcliffe Oval on Wednesday.

- Fans will watch corruption free World Cup with confidence, says chief executive.

- New Zealand completed their World Cup preparations with a 134-run victory over South Africa on Wednesday.

- Social media is abuzz about India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's picture with a muffler.

- Greg Chappell said the defending champions cannot be written off as one of the strong contenders for the World Cup.

- Having represented Pakistan in five cricket World Cup campaigns, legendary pacer Wasim Akram feels that it will be a challenge for sub-continent bowlers to perform in this edition of the 50-over showpiece event in Australian and New Zealand.

- Sachin Tendulkar has expressed confidence that the Indian team will give their best and do something special for the countrymen to smile in the World Cup.

- Ahead of the 11th edition of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand here's a look at the participating players' career records.

- Pakistan's chief selector Moin Khan believes the national team's much-awaited World Cup game against India will be the best opportunity for them to break their win-less jinx against the arch-rivals in the tournament history.

- The Indian Premier League Governing Council also decided to allot all home games of Rajasthan Royals to Ahmedabad.

- Matt Machan scored a century and Alasdair Evans took four for 17 as Scotland romped to a 179-run victory over Ireland in a World Cup warm-up match at Blacktown Oval on Tuesday.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni has left the question on Indian bowling combination for the World Cup beginning Saturday unanswered, saying the team will take a decision depending on the conditions.

- Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will continue as England's vice-captain during the World Cup, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

- Rohit Sharma smashed 150 as India outclassed minnows Afghanistan by 153 runs in the World Cup warm-up match in Adelaide.

- Sakshi Dhoni tweeted, "Welcome to the world beautiful Ziva! Mumma and Daddy adore you!"

- Novi Digital Entertainment Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Star India Private Limited, has secured certain media rights relating to the Indian Premier League for Rs 302.2 crore over a three-season period, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Tuesday.

- Having played a stellar role many a time in India-Pakistan clashes, all-rounder Irfan Pathan feels that the defending champions have a far superior unit and will do well against the arch-rivals in the high-voltage opening World Cup encounter on February 15 in Adelaide.

- "one cannot have a team-first mentality if only a few people are buying into it. When one has players sacrificing their own personal records for what the team needs, that's what it's all about".

- Defending champions Karnataka will take on Assam while Delhi meet Mumbai in the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy, starting February 16. In the other quarter-finals, Vidarbha have been drawn against Tamil Nadu while Andhra Pradesh will clash with Maharashtra.

- ICC comes down hard on players breaking codes of conduct at World Cup.

- 'I think our quicks as well (are an edge). We've got great depth in our quicks'

- India will find confidence if they can manage to beat Pakistan.

- Pakistan's rookie pace bowler Rahat Ali, who branded his sudden inclusion in the World Cup squad as a 'pleasant' surprise , has pledged that he would make his mark in the one-day game and is looking forward to play alongside his close friend Mohammad Irfan.

- Kirti Azad hit out at Ishant Sharma and expressed concerns at the team's thin bowling option.

- Mohammed Shami may be struggling with form and rhythm but India's 1983 World Cup-winning squad member Sunil Valson feels that the West Bengal medium-pacer will be the team's 'go to' man in the upcoming cricket World Cup.

- The Cricket Board has convened meetings of its Marketing Committee and IPL Governing Council in Mumbai.

- Take a shot at this puzzle we devised just for you!

- Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq tells Chandresh Narayanan that his team will break the jinx that has haunted them in five of the last six editions when they take on India in their World Cup opener on February 15.

- Penpix of the India squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup, which is being held in Australia and New Zealand.

- Penpix of the Sri Lanka squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

- Former Australian pacer Damien Fleming always had India in his final four of the World Cup until they carried their winless run of the Test series into the recent tri-series Down Under.

- It proved a narrow escape for 40-time champions Mumbai as they squeezed into the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy on the basis of their first innings lead after their Group A match against Karnataka ended in a draw on Monday.

- Sri Lanka have called fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera into their World Cup squad as replacement for the injured Dhammika Prasad, Cricinfo reported on Monday.

- One game can turn around things but I have my doubts, says Mohinder Amarnath.

- Mumbai sneaked into the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy by virtue of their first innings lead in their last Group A league match against holders Karnataka, which ended in a draw at the Wankhede stadium on Monday.

- England pace bowler Stuart Broad has branded New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as the 'danger man' to watch out for at the World Cup.

- Former Pakistan pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar has said that current skipper Misbah-ul Haq needs to adopt Imran Khan's frontline approach employed by the captain in 1992 if the 2015 squad wants to win this year's Cricket World Cup.

- Sohaib Maqsood spared Pakistan's blushes by hitting an unbeaten 93 to secure the team's three-wicket victory over Bangladesh in their first World Cup warm-up match on Monday.

- Chris Woakes took 5 for 19 as England claimed a comfortable nine-wicket victory in their first official World Cup warm-up match after dismissing a hapless West Indies for 122 in 29.3 overs on Monday.

- England wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler has expressed that though he is content in his role as a 'finisher', his ambition is to bat for 35-40 overs, and score big hundreds for the team.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni was always careful of his mane and he frequented a small salon in Ranchi.

- India will be looking for resurrection against Afghanistan.

- Former cricketer Steve Harmison, who took more than 200 Test wickets for England, has swapped sports to become the new manager of non-League club Ashington, who play in the ninth tier of the English football pyramid.

- Pakistan can break World Cup jinx against underperforming India, believes former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas.

- Sangakkara, Dhoni, McCullum, de Villiers... Cricket has never had so many amazing wicketkeeper-batsmen in the same era...

- He is the only Indian to make the list that includes three South Africans including record-breaking captain AB de Villiers.

- Penpix of the South Africa squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

- Rain forced the abandonment of Monday's cricket World Cup warm-up match between New Zealand and Zimbabwe.

- Moeen Ali, the England all-rounder, with a batting strike-rate of 82.1 and an economy rate of 4.2, was tops.

- The talented but unpredictable side are not favourites.

- Penpix of the West Indies squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

- Penpix of the Bangladesh squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

- Penpix of the England squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

- Penpix of the Pakistan squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

- Penpix on the Ireland team for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

- Penpix of the Australia squad for the 2015 World Cup, which they are co-hosting with New Zealand.

- Penpix of the New Zealand squad for the cricket World Cup which they will co-host with Australia.

- Take a look at the United Arab Emirates squad.

- Penpix of the Scotland squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

- Penpix of the Afghanistan squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand

- Penpix of the Zimbabwe squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

- India opener Shikhar Dhawan is finally satisfied to be back among runs ahead of the World Cup after snapping his prolonged run drought with a fifty against Australia in their first warm-up game.

- Manan Sharma returned a five-wicket haul as Delhi pulled off a dramatic 90-run win over Punjab following two stunning batting collapses on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Patiala.

- David Warner and Glenn Maxwell struck blistering centuries as Australia flexed their batting muscles to expose defending champion India's bowling limitations in a World Cup warmup match in Adelaide on Sunday.

- The ICC approved Nasir Jamshed as a replacement for injured Mohammad Hafeez in Pakistan's squad for the World Cup, starting February 14.

- BCCI's Working Committee members were unanimous in their opinion that a legal recourse must be planned against unrecognised Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma for 'spreading baseless rumours' against president-in-exile Narayanswami Srinivasan and Co.

- Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted he is struggling to identify his playing eleven for the high-voltage World Cup clash against arch-rivals Pakistan next Sunday.

- India's preparations for the cricket World Cup suffered a jolt as Australia thrashed the defending champions by 106 runs with Glenn Maxwell and David Warner striking blistering centuries in their first warm-up game in Adelaide.

- India's World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten termed Indian cricket team as an "incredibly strong unit which opponents will find it tough to beat" during the upcoming mega event starting February 14.

- Australian batsman George Bailey has claimed that his side's World Cup squad has played consistently since the past 12 or 18 months, despite injuries, inexperience and the pressure of a home tournament bearing down on them.

- Meet the 15-member Indian squad selected for the ICC ODI World Cup, starting next month in Australia-New Zealand.

- Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez has been ruled out of the World Cup with a calf muscle injury, an official of the country's cricket board told Reuters on Sunday.

- The Indian team may have been struggling off late in the One-dayers, but ask former India coach John Wright, and he would tell you that starting the World Cup on a winning note will act as a confidence booster for the Men in Blue.

- "World Cup is a big event and seeing the enormity of the situation, the players might just rise up to the challenge and peak at the right time," Anjum told PTI.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni's image of holding the World Cup trophy at Wankhede has been immortalised in cricketing folklore but not many know that Indian cricket's poster boy was once a ticket collector at the Kharagpur railway station.

- The BCCI further added that "the Committee discussed the implications of the Supreme Court Judgment and decided to act as per legal advice."

- - 'If Kohli can bat as many overs as possible, it will be beneficial to the team'

- Ishant Sharma is suffering from a knee injury he sustained during the Boxing Day Test against Australia in December.

- - 'I would urge everyone to support our team'

- Former India off-spinner and interim president of BCCI Shivlal Yadav in all likelihood is the frontrunner to replace N Srinivasan as the full-time president of the board at the next Annual General Meeting.

- India's premier fast bowler Zaheer Khan feels that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma's form will be key to India' title defence as they get ready to face arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup in less than a week's time.

- Round up of the Ranji Trophy matches being played across the country

- If bowling was the only main worry for Team India heading into the World Cup, then think again! Skipper MS Dhoni, on Saturday, revealed that India team, besides bowling is also struggling in batting.

- They may have gone through a rough patch in the run-up to the World Cup but Australia captain Michael Clarke today warned against writing off India's chances of defending the title in the upcoming quadrennial extravaganza beginning February 14.

- Being a part of the 2011 World Cup winning team, India's middle-order batsman Suresh Raina is no stranger to the mega-event, and this time around he is looking forward to guide the younger players in the side though he still shies away from calling himself a senior.

- Mohit Sharma to replace the lanky pacer

- All-rounder Glenn Maxwell has admitted to being upset by the frequent criticism directed at him but most of all by the implication that he is not a team man dedicated to helping Australia win the World Cup.

- - 'I had issues with my hamstring but over the past few days I have been working on it and recovered well thanks to the medical staff'

- Star Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal was cleared to resume international cricket on Saturday after his bowling action was found to be legal during a retest at an ICC-accredited facility in Chennai.

- - 'Unless and until they finalise the combination of pace and spin, it will be extremely difficult for the team to progress beyond the quarter-finals'

- Being told not to return home as "losers" by their country's sports minister merely reflects the passionate desire of all South Africans for a maiden World Cup triumph, captain AB de Villiers said on Saturday.

- - 'It's a matter of which team is more consistent during the World Cup'

- A dispute with Pakistan players over their central contracts is not affecting the team's preparations for the World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday.

- England skipper Eoin Morgan has slammed as "ridiculous" plans to restrict the size of cricket bats to try and stem the flow of runs in the one-day game.

- 'But (the) World Cup is a very important campaign, and everything can wait as of now'

- Zaheer Khan feels that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma's form will be key to India' title defence as they get ready to face arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup in less than a week's time.

- Just a week ahead of the ICC World Cup, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become a father. The Indian captain's wife Sakshi gave birth to a baby girl at a private hospital in Gurgaon.

- A summary of the first day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

- As India heads into the World Cup, battered and bruised, they will be hoping that all their four players on the injury list recover in time when they take on Pakistan in their campaign opener.

- Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that the 2015 cricket World Cup beginning on February 14 in Australia and New Zealand will be "most

- Sachin Tendulkar believes the upcoming 50-over World Cup will be different from its past editions because of changes in rules and the advent of Twenty20 cricket.

- India may have had a terrible Australian summer so far, but commentator Harsha Bhogle said that putting in hard-yards against the No 1 ODI side would have certainly made the 'Men in Blue' battle-ready for the cricket World Cup.

- Former Australia paceman Brett Lee has picked his country's bowling attack as the most balanced for the World Cup and hopes the pitches during the tournament will retain their tradition of being conducive to fast bowling.

- 'I am happy that we are not favourites'

- Barring any further setbacks, it appears that Michael Clarke's return to full fitness and the captaincy of the Australia World Cup team is now a matter of "when" rather than "if".

- Having led India to three World Cup victories against Pakistan, former captain Mohammad Azharuddin feels the defending champions face no serious threat from their arch-rivals in the much-hyped encounter between the two sides in the cricket World Cup.

- Former Australia captain Steve Waugh is annoyed in the manner a section of people are being critical of Michael Clarke's captaincy.

- - 'Yuvraj's ommission from the sqaud was shocking'

- After two successful World Cups and rapid growth, ever-improving Ireland have lost their element of surprise and can scale new heights in Australia and New Zealand, according to captain William Porterfield.

- 'What makes this team special is that over the last few years they have faced all kinds of situations in the limited overs cricket and have shown they are capable of coming out successfully from all of them.'

- Cricket World Cup will be clean, says anti-corruption chief.

- Key facts on the India squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup.

- West Indies head into World Cup with little or no expectations of success.

- Kolkata and Bengaluru will conduct the two semi-finals, while the four quarter-finals will be at Cuttack, Indore, Lahli and Jaipur.

- Sri Lanka's squad will receive a bonus of almost million if they win the World Cup.

- Take a shot at this puzzle we devised just for you!

- Five players who excelled at the World Cup, but did little of note otherwise.These players were so impressive in a particular World Cup, but did so little otherwise.

- Former Australian pacer Brett Lee, on Thursday, hinted that he is keen on mentoring Indian bowlers in the near future if asked to do so.

- Former India seamer and bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad says the struggling pace trio of Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami must not try anything extraordinary in upcoming Cricket World Cup, starting February 14.

- Former India captain Rahul Dravid says the islanders may not be front-runners to win the World Cup this time around, but the fact that they are a very close-knit unit gives them the edge.

- Aditya Verma, the petitioner in the Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing case, says, as per the Supreme Court order, no official having commercial interest in the BCCI can stand in the elections because of conflict of interest.

- Just a fortnight left to prove his fitness, Michael Clarke appeared to be heading in the right direction as the Australian captain bowled, fielded and batted without any signs of discomfort against Bangladesh in a practice match in Brisbane.

- Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi expresses concern over the team's preparedness ahead of the upcoming World Cup.

- It was imperative for the Indian bowlers to perform well if India has to retain the cricket World Cup title, feels former paceman Javagal Srinath.

- Royal Challengers Bangalore have traded top-order batsman Mandeep Singh from Kings XI Punjab ahead of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), starting April 9.

- South Africa's pace spearhead Dale Steyn might feature in his last Cricket World Cup this year, as there is every chance that the fast bowler might retire from ODI-cricket to focus more on the long format of the game, where he has achieved the vast majority of his shinning landmarks.

- The journey of Afghan cricket from the refugee camps to World Cup is nothing short of a fairytale.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that left-arm paceman, Rahat Ali would be replacing injured fast bowler Junaid Khan in Pakistan's World Cup final squad.

- ICC Chief Executive David Richardson feels ODI cricket is a perfect bridge between Test and Twenty20 International and said the 50-over World Cup starting next week will cement ODI game's standing in future.

- New Zealand are looming as the popular dark horses for the cricket World Cup.

- Former India captain Srinivas Venkataraghavan is of the opinion that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team lacks consistency.

- Australia are the unsurprising favourites to clinch a fifth World Cup.

- Gayle posted pictures on social media of visiting stadiums in Australia shortly after touch down.

- After being sacked by England, Kevin Pietersen will appear at the World Cup after all, although he will swap his bat for a microphone after being signed up as a BBC radio pundit.

- When the defending champion India take on Pakistan in their potentially high-octane campaign opener of the ICC Cricket World Cup on February 15 at the Adelaide Oval, the awe-inspiring Sachin Tendulkar would be conspicuously absent for the first time in a match between the two arch-rivals in the showpiece event.

- The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering a limit on bat size less than two weeks before the 2015 World Cup beginning February 14 in Australia and New Zealand.

- Battling against time to prove his fitness ahead of the cricket World Cup, Michael Clarke took a baseball bat instead of the willow in an unconventional net session as the Australian captain looked set to return after his hamstring injury.

- Will India win World Cup a third time or will hosts Australia reign at home?

- - India are strong contenders to get into semi-final along with Australia, New Zealand and South Africa

- Australia's big-hitting opener is bullish about the team's chances of lifting a record fifth World Cup on home soil.

- The 14 grounds that will host matches during the February 14 - March 29 tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

- But says pressure is on under-performing George Bailey

- Australian Test legend Michael Hussey has reportedly been approached by South Africa to help them during the upcoming Cricket World Cup, that gets underway on February 14.

- Key facts on the 11th edition of the cricket World Cup.

- With strong hosts expected to challenge, a highly-fancied South Africa face their demons.

- Putting to rest speculation about Michael Clarke's dipping popularity within the national cricket team, coach Darren Lehmann said that Australian

- Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan is set to make his commentary debut in the much-awaited India-Pakistan cricket World Cup game in Adelaide as part of a promotional activity for his upcoming film Shamitabh.

- Former Pakistan leg-spin legend Abdul Qadir says he would have also liked to see leg-spinners like Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla in the team since India does not have intimidating pace bowlers.

- Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scored centuries as New Zealand completed their World Cup preparations with a crushing 119-run win over Pakistan in Napier on Tuesday. It was their eighth win in their last 10 completed matches.

- Cricket is just a game, but try telling that to the 22 players who will walk out for the India v Pakistan World Cup match

- Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood feels England don't know how to beat Australia.

- 'With India's bowling so poor, there will be extra pressure on the batsmen to score more runs. The Indian team, which nonchalantly scores 300/350 runs in ODIs at home, has had problems making even 200/250 runs in Australia.'

- This year's auctions will wrap up in one day.

- James Faulkner is likely to miss the start of the cricket World Cup.

- Junaid Khan as he has been ruled out of the World Cup after failing a fitness test.

- The history of ICC Cricket World Cup, from 1975 to 2011.

- He was the manager of the Indian team during its memorable NatWest Trophy triumph over England at Lord's way back in 2002 and Rajiv Shukla has

- The fate of India's injured World Cup quartet of Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be decided on February 7 when they undergo a rigorous fitness test ahead of the team's first warm-up game against Australia the very next day.

- The presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a leader makes the Indian team a good unit going into World Cup, former Pakistan cricketers Inzamam Ul Haq and Shoaib Akhtar have said.

- Harbhajan Singh has said that except Bhuvneshwar Kumar, other bowlers have not been consistent enough which has been the bane of India in their disappointing tour Down Under.

- Virender Sehwag exuded confidence about India making it to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

- India are scheduled to play a bilateral series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in December.

- Former India captain Kapil Dev has said that he is fine with Virat Kohli's antics as long as India's best batsman at the moment is performing on field.

- Barred by the Supreme Court from contesting the Board of Control for Cricket in India's elections, president-in-exile Narayanswami Srinivasan has called some of the affiliated units for an informal meeting in Chennai on Thursday to decide his future course of action.

- India will enter the 11th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup in second spot behind leaders Australia.

- Australia spin legend Shane Warne feels if Michael Clarke is fit he should replace George Bailey in the side.

- Australian head coach Darren Lehmann has tipped Justin Langer to be his successor in the coaching role, claiming that the former teammate is respected very highly.

- He had redefined ODI batting almost three decades back but Sir Vivian Richards' favourite ODI batsman is none other than the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

- After putting up a match-winning all-round show in the tri-series final, Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said he was relieved with his show with the bat. Maxwell scored 95 in Australia's total of 278 and then took four wickets with his off-breaks.

- English skipper Eoin Morgan expressed disappointment in the manner his side surrendered in the tri-series final to Australia by 112 runs but said that they will come back stronger in the World Cup beginning on February 14.

- Round up of the Ranji Trophy match being played across the country

- Glenn Maxwell produced a stellar all-round performance and Mitchell Johnson returned to terrorize England as Australia clinched the one-day tri-series with an emphatic 112-run victory over their Ashes rivals on Sunday.

- Glenn Maxwell missed his maiden ODI century but his career-best 95 helped Australia win the tri-series

- Notwithstanding India's good showing en route to the 2003 World Cup final, former batsman Damien Martyn said that it was Australia's 'self-belief' that helped them in outplaying the Sourav Ganguly-led side in the title clash.

- Round-up of the Ranji Trophy games being played across the country

- Australian captain George Bailey is not surprised that India did not qualify for the tri-series final and said that concentrating on Test cricket before heading into the ODI event might have been the reason for their below-par showing.

- Grant Elliot's all-round performance eclipsed Shahid Afridi's 29-ball blitz to secure New Zealand a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first One Day International in Wellington on Saturday.

- In what will be a dress rehearsal of their opening game in the World Cup, an unbeaten Australia take on England in the cricket tri-series final, in Perth on Sunday.

- Just weeks after being dropped from the West Indies' World Cup squad, a 'disillusioned' Dwayne Bravo has announced his retirement from Test cricket.

- Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has criticised India's batsmen, describing them as escapist following a three wicket loss in the One-Dayer against England on Friday.

- Australia's World Cup captain Michael Clarke struck a fine half-century in a Sydney Grade cricket match for Western Suburbs as the premier batsman races ahead of time to be fit for the 50-over showpiece event starting mid-February.

- According to AFP, Clarke said the six-and-a-half weeks he had spent recuperating from hamstring surgery had not driven a wedge between him and the squad.

- A summary of the day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

- Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson is set to return from his month-long rest period and the tri-series final against England will be his first competitive match since the Boxing Day Test against India.

- Sunil Gavaskar feels that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ran 'short of ideas' but at the same time wouldn't like to be too critical of him ahead of the ICC World Cup starting in two weeks' time.

- 22-year-old Lokesh Rahul scored 337 as Karnataka amassed 719 for 5 in their Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh.

- Statistical highlights of the tri-series match between India and England at the WACA on Friday.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni has blamed the injuries and niggles being the reason for his team's poor show in the tri-nation tournament where they failed to reach the final after losing three out of the four league matches with a game being abandoned.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said the dilemma over settling down into the right bowling combination has put the team in a "catch-22 situation" ahead of the ICC World Cup.

- Images from the sixth ODI of the tri-series, between India and England, on Friday.

- A brilliant partnership between James Taylor and Jos Buttler helped England beat India by three wickets at the WACA on Friday and enter the tri-series final, where they will meet Australia.

- How the teams are placed in the tri-series involving Australia, India and England.

- Yuvraj Singh has been included in Marylebone Cricket Club squad to play in Emirates T20

- The ICC has approved Nikita Miller as replacement for Sunil Narine in West Indies' WC squad

- Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott says in-form pacer Mitchell Starc must be consistent throughout the 44-day long Cricket World Cup to give co-hosts the best chance of winning the coveted title.

- Three weeks in advance of his World Cup fitness deadline, Australian captain Michael Clarke will make his eagerly anticipated comeback from hamstring surgery in a Sydney local cricket match on Saturday.

- A summary of the first day's play in the Ranji Trophy league matches at various venues.

- Recalling the monumental upset when the mighty West Indies were stunned by India in the 1983 Prudential World Cup final, pacer Joel Garner said that the loss was the biggest disappointment of his decade-long cricket career.

- Javagal Srinath believes India need to identify its frontline pace attack who can take wickets upfront during their title defence at the ICC Cricket World Cup starting next month.

- Kumar Sangakkara scored an unbeaten 113 and then returned to break the world record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in One-day internationals as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 34 runs in the seventh and final match in Wellington on Thursday.

- 'No 3 batsmen are very crucial in the way the team sets up a total.'

- England start as the favourites but India have a golden chance to reverse the trend and get into gear just before the World Cup.

- The Australia batsman said IPL taught him to adapt to different situations.

- 'Ultimately the plan is to have 15 players who are fit and doing decently well, and according to the demands you can feature the best eleven that suits'

- The England ODI captain has made himself available for the IPL Players' Auction on February 16.

- India has been confirmed as host for the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup

- Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara added another milestone to his already storied career when he broke the world record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in One-Day Internationals against New Zealand in Wellington on Thursday.

- The ICC also announced that the captains will not carry forward any over-rate offences into the World Cup.

- Pakistan's Mohammad Amir has received an early reprieve for a return to domestic cricket

- Corey Anderson has claimed that the all-rounders are a massive part of a squad

- Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw smashed quick-fire centuries as South Africa crushed West Indies

- BCCI's president-in-exile Narayanswami Srinivasan is set to discuss his future course of action with Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.

- Surprised with the nature of wickets in Australia, former India captain Rahul Dravid, said that team India should hope that the wickets remain slow during the World Cup.

- There is no clarity on the number of players in the auction pool because the deadline for franchises to prune the original list has been deferred to February 4.

- India batting icons Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman tell Harish Kotian what opener Shikhar Dhawan must do to regain lost form.

- In an attempt to honour swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers, the Northern Cricket Union has named a suite after him at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

- While Rohit Sharma's absence because of a hamstring injury has affected the batting order, Shikhar Dhawan's poor run is a major reason for India's poor showing on the ongoing tour of Australia.

- Dave Cameron, the president of the West Indies Cricket Board, has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India to sort the issue of his country's pull-out from their India tour midway into the series last year through a bilateral discussion or third-party mediation over the next two months.

- England Twenty20 cricket team captain had tweeted that he heard that if one earns a minimum wage in England he is among the top 10 percent earners in the world.

- Brett Lee was denied a last-ball hat-trick and a fairytale end to his professional cricket career as the Perth Scorchers scrambled a single off the fast bowler to win back-to-back Big Bash League titles in Canberra on Wednesday.

- Expressing the government's desire to bring BCCI under the ambit of the RTI Act, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today reiterated the centre's stance following the Supreme Court ruling that the private cricketing body performs a public function and is amenable to judicial law and review.

- South Africa fast bowling spearhead Dale Steyn tried wrestling a powerful lioness over the weekend!

- 'It is easy to criticise the fast bowlers, but do they have the support they need to grow as bowlers? No!'

- While Australia's top cricketers were in attendance, the real eye-catchers of evening were their stunning wives and girlfriends. Take a look.

- Off-spinner Sunil Narine has withdrawn from the West Indies World Cup squad while he continues to work on his controversial bowling action, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said on Tuesday.

- Michael Clarke may just meet the fitness deadline to lead the national team into the World Cup starting February 14, even as many Australia cricket officials are mulling appointing Steven Smith as full-time captain after the 50-over showpiece event.

- Former New Zealand fast bowler Geoff Allott feels it would be foolish to write off defending champions India ahead of next month's Cricket World Cup despite their pedestrian showing in the ongoing tour of Australia.

- The Indian team management has decided not to risk injured opener Rohit Sharma for the do-or-die tri-series game against England on January 30 and the final, in case India makes it.

- Steve Smith capped a remarkable season by sweeping the main awards at the annual Allan Border Medal ceremony

- As large as an eight to 10-storey building, the bat weighs 950 kg and is nearly 32 times longer than a standard bat.

- The complete judgement delivered by the Supreme Court bench of Justices T S Thakur and F M I Khalifulla on January 22, 2015.

- New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill is all set to re-join Derbyshire as their overseas player for the early part of the 2015 season, the Midlands County announced.

- Sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen dealt a blow in his hopes of returning to the national Test squad after domestic side Surrey all but ruled out a return for him.

- Left arm medium pace bowler Sohail Tanvir believes that Pakistan does not need to indulge in sledging to scalp star India batsman Virat Kohli's wicket. He says his team has enough firepower to dismiss him when the teams meet at next month's World Cup.

- Mithali Raj says she was not expecting the honour with Virat Kohli also in the race.

- Rain played spoilsport as the tri-series match between India and Australia was abandoned with the two teams sharing the points, which left the visiting side in with a chance to make it to the final.

- Describing India's defence of the World Cup title as shaky, former Australia captain Ian Chappell has advised them to keep star batsman Virat Kohli at

- All-rounder Andre Russell smashed a match-winning half-century as West Indies claimed a nail-biting one-wicket victory over South Africa in the fourth one-day international at St George's Park on Sunday.

- Pakistan cricketers, who are currently touring New Zealand, have refused to sign the three-month extended contract that is given to them by the national cricket board (PCB).

- He is one among the few top overseas players to have regularly featured in the cash-rich Indian Premier League and Michael Hussey believes that his bond with it has got stronger over the years having played the role of a "mentor" to young Indian players.

- Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson fell agonisingly short of centuries but New Zealand's imposing total ensured they beat Sri Lanka by 120 runs in the sixth One-day international on Sunday to take an unassailable 4-1 lead in their seven-match series.

- Australia are already through to the final, with England and India in the race for the remaining slot.

- Former Australia cricketer Michael Hussey has backed out-of-form all-rounder Shane Watson to thrive at the upcoming World Cup, describing him as a player capable of dominating the game.

- India would look to reignite the spark and keep themselves afloat in the ODI cricket tri-series when they take on an unbeaten Australia in Sydney.

- Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that he does not expect the speculation around his name to stop anytime soon despite nothing concrete coming up against him.

- Former India cricketer Kirti Azad on Saturday took a pot shot at the Indian Premier League and expressed concern at India's bowling strength going into the World Cup.

- Celebrated wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist and late former captain and selector Jack Ryder will be inducted into Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the annual Allan Border Medal ceremony in Sydney on January 27.

- Bringing back memories of the tragic death of Phillip Hughes in November last, an Australian cricketer Daniel Hughes was left unconscious briefly after being hit by an almost identical bouncer on his neck during a first grade match but fortunately escaped unscathed, local media reported.

- Decoding the pros and cons of the IPL series were James Astill, the author of The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India, Soumya Bhattacharya who wrote You must Like Cricket?, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.

- Railways seamer Anureet Singh's five-wicket haul kept them in the hunt for the quarter-finals as they got three crucial points against Jammu and Kashmir by virtue of a first innings lead in a rain-curtailed Group B league match of the Ranji Trophy, in a home tie in New Delhi on Saturday.

- Former India captain Rahul Dravid believes that India's batting is heavily reliant on Virat Kohli in the middle overs.

- Hurt by Supreme Court's intervention in deciding the fate of BCCI president-in-exile N Srinivasan, former India captain Bishen Singh Bedi said it is time the "cricket board is brought under the RTI ambit".

- Virat Kohli's form may have taken a hit since dropping to number four in the batting order, but West Indian legend Sir Viv Richards feels the marauding cricketer should continue in the position if that is what the

- In no mood to be lenient on the West Indies Cricket Board, the BCCI has issued an ultimatum to WICB, demanding that it furnish the $ 41.97 million damages caused by the Caribbean team's infamous mid-tour pullout last year.

- A summary of the third day's play in the Ranji Trophy league matches at various venues across the country.

- Australia skipper Steven Smith praised his bowlers for checking England's surge in the death overs and restricting them to 303 for eight in their tri-series match in Hobart.

- Former India captain Rahul Dravid has expressed surprise at the inclusion of Michael Clarke in the Australian squad for the upcoming World Cup despite injury concerns, terming the decision of the selectors as "un-Australian".

- Steven Smith maintained his purple patch to hit a brilliant unbeaten 102 to secure Australia's three-wicket victory against England in a high-scoring tri-series match at Hobart on Friday.

- The 40-time champions were thrashed by an innings and 44 runs by Tamil Nadu in Chennai on Friday.

- Disappointed with India's performance in the ongoing tour of Australia, former New Zealand cricketer Danny Morrison feels the touring side looks

- Captain Steve Smith smashed his way to a brilliant century to guide Australia to a thrilling three-wicket victory over England with just one delivery to spare in the One-Day International tri-series match in Hobart on Friday.

- Former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan and ECB and CA to put pressure on N Srinivasan to step down as ICC chairman on moral grounds following the Indian Supreme Court's verdict on Thursday.

- Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott put on a world record 267-run partnership as New Zealand recovered from 93-5 to thump Sri Lanka by 108 runs in the fifth One-Day International in Dunedin on Friday.

- South Africa will rest key players for the remainder of the one-day international series against West Indies as they rotate their squad with one eye on the World Cup.

- In an attempt to minimise distractions at the Cricket World Cup that starts next month, defending champions India have banned WAGs, while Pakistan has called for no social media for their players.

- Former cricket administrators hailed the Supreme Court verdict of barring N Srinivasan from contesting any BCCI election on grounds of conflict of interest, saying that it will end malpractices while bringing transparency in the running of the game in the country.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India "welcomed" the order of the Supreme Court related to the IPL spot-fixing case and said that they will hold the AGM in accordance with the directions and timelines as stipulated by the apex court.

- Claiming to have been vindicated after the Supreme Court barred N Srinivsan from contesting BCCI Presidential elections owing to conflict of interest, sacked IPL commissioner Lalit Modi said the verdict will clean up corruption in the game.

- The Supreme Court on Thursday finally set the ball rolling for one of the biggest shake-ups in Indian cricket by barring president-in-exile Narayanswami Srinivasan from contesting the next elections of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, citing his conflict of interest.

- Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict barring N Srinivasan from contesting any BCCI election on grounds of conflict of interest, head of IPL-6 spot-fixing and betting probe committee Justice Mukul Mudgal said that it will have far reaching ramifications as it will also impact on all sports bodies.

- Narayanswami Srinivasan suffered a major setback on Thursday as the Supreme Court barred him from contesting any election of the Board of Control for Cricket in India on grounds of conflict of interest.

- Round up of the Ranji Trophy matches being played in the country

- England's World Cup captain Eoin Morgan has been victim of an attempted blackmail over a former relationship, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.

- Moises Henriques will replace injured all-rounder Shane Watson in the Australia squad for Friday's tri-series match against England, Cricket Australia has confirmed.

- The International Cricket Council's recently-promised crackdown on sledging might make it seem that players are behaving badly more often right now but former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff feels the on-field altercations were 10 times worse a couple of decades ago.

- Looking to rewrite history by beating arch-rivals in the upcoming World Cup, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has promised the fans that the national team would play its best cricket in the 50-over showpiece event and make them proud.

- Former Australian pacer Brett Lee equated his country's pace attack for the upcoming Cricket World Cup at home to the 'biggest wolf pack' he has ever seen.

- Australia will miss captain George Bailey in the One-dayer against England on Friday but their focus will be to seal a place in the ODI tri-series final.

- The fate of the former India cricket chief and his Indian Premier League team will be known when the Supreme Court pronounces its verdict on Thursday.

- West Indies tour of South Africa hit a new low on Wednesday when they were bundled out for 122 in under 34 overs to lose the third one-day international by nine wickets at Buffalo Park.

- A summary of the first day's play in the Ranji Trophy league matches at various venues across the country.

- Having tried quite a few permutations and combinations in the two losses so far, the Indian think-tank seems to have settled for Virat Kohli at the No.4 position to hit the right balance and stay alive in the ongoing tri-series.

- Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan is likely to announce his retirement from the One-day format after the World Cup, sources claimed.

- Sunil Gavaskar is of the opinion that the Indian think-tank is looking to slot Virat Kohli at No.4 in the ongoing tri-series and the World Cup.

- Shane Warne recently took to Twitter to address claims that he had a "sexy hotel romp" with a 42-year-old single mother.

- Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels that it will require "three good days" to win the coveted World Cup cricket tournament for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men.

- Australia's wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin said his team is quite comfortable playing a hard-nosed brand of cricket and would not be affected by the furore caused by David Warner's latest code-of-conduct offence.

- Pakistan's veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi has admitted that he would like to eclipse the record set by the swashbuckling South African skipper AB de Villiers, who hit the fastest One-Day International century.

- The chief executive of cricket's governing body believes it will be tough for anyone outside the game to fix matches during next month's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

- Having been a part of three World Cup campaigns, former India cricket captain Rahul Dravid said that the current format of the 50-over showpiece event, starting mid February in Australia and New Zealand, is too predictable and should be improved upon.

- Once again slamming the Indian bowlers for their poor showing in Australian conditions ahead of the World Cup, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the bowlers have learnt nothing from their past experiences on foreign tours.

- Fast bowler Steven Finn claimed his first five-wicket haul in a One-Day International as England destroyed India's batting at the Gabba in Brisbane. He took five wickets for 33 runs from eight overs while James Anderson claimed four as the pair skittled the reigning World champions for 153 in less than 40 overs. Statistical highlights from the match.

- Indian batting failed for the second time in three days, against England at The Gabba, but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not seem to be too bothered about it.

- He scripted a memorable comeback snapping five wickets to set up England's nine-wicket win over India in the tri-series and pacer Steven Finn said he was happy to see that his hard work finally paid off.

- His decision to bat first backfired as India were dismissed for a paltry 153 against England and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put the blame on his batsmen for their nine-wicket loss in their second ODI of the tri-series in Brisbane.

- Wriddhiman does acknowledge that he didn't score too many runs despite getting starts (25 and 35) in the first innings of both the Test matches Down Under.

- Pacer Steven Finn (5 for 33) starred in England's nine-wicket win over India in the third ODI of the tri-series, at the Gabba in Brisbane on Tuesday.

- World champions India suffered a humiliating nine-wicket defeat against England after a flop show by their batsmen in the third One-Day International of the Carlton Mid Tri-Series, in Brisbane.

- Kane Williamson hit a century and Luke Ronchi smashed 24 runs off one explosive over when the match was still in the balance to steer New Zealand to a four-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the fourth One-Day International in Nelson on Tuesday.

- Steven Smith will lead Australia in Friday's tri-series match against England in absence of suspended George Bailey, Cricket Australia said on Tuesday.

- David Warner has been warned by his cricket Board boss to "stop looking for trouble" after he engaged in verbal spat with Indian opener Rohit Sharma during the tri-series match between their sides in Melbourne on Sunday.

- Wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter's career could be over as a result of the eye injury he suffered in July, Somerset's director of cricket Matthew Maynard said on Monday.

- The Mumbai police told a court that they had not found any evidence of match-fixing against top BCCI officials with regard to IPL in 2013.

- Pakistan's suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is of the view that his country will not make the semi-finals in the upcoming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Speaking on Geo Super channel, the seasoned campaigner tipped Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and India to be in the semi-finals.

- Jolted by the loss to Australia in their opening match, India will look to plug its bowling loopholes and ensure a stronger batting display when they take on England in their second ODI tri-series match in Brisbane on Tuesday. Both sides will be looking to register their first victory in the tournament, the hosts having stolen a march on them with two successive wins.

- Hitting out at the World Cup format, Indian Test batting great Rahul Dravid and former South Africa captain Graeme Smith have claimed that the tournament is too long and predictable for the top eight teams.

- 'There is a growing concern that David Warner's thuggish behaviour has gone too far'

- Australia will miss George Bailey in the next tri-series match against England as the skipper was on Monday handed a one-match suspension.

- Suresh Raina said he would have been left devastated had India failed to draw the fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney following his failures with the bat in both innings.

- Former leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has sued Cricket Australia for .6 million, claiming that CA owes him the money as part of his injury payments.

- Here are the images of some of the shots that De Villiers played enroute his record-breaking fastest One-Day century.

- When South Africa's AB de Villiers scored the quickest century on Sunday, he broke more than just an ODI record. Here is how the South African has rewritten cricketing history.

- Australia's preparations for next month's ODI cricket World Cup on Monday received a massive boost with the announcement that inspirational skipper Michael Clarke is on track for a return from injury by February 21.

- Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann warned his players against 'crossing the line' in on-field aggression but conceded that the side would always 'teeter pretty close' to the edge.

- Australian opener David Warner has been fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after an on-field dispute with Indian batsman Rohit Sharma.

- AB De Villiers required just 31 balls for his genius to propel him to the fastest ever one-day international century, a matchless masterclass that left even Chris Gayle bowing in admiration as South Africa walloped West Indies on Sunday.

- After bagging back-to-back man of the match awards in the ongoing cricket tri-series, left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc said he is relishing the opportunity of leading Australia's bowling attack in the absence of pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson.

- Reaction to South African AB de Villiers smashing the fastest ever one-day century in 31 balls against the West Indies at The Wanderers on Sunday.

- Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised Rohit Sharma, who has been in good form in the ODI cricket for the past two years, terming him as someone, who now knows the art of "building on good starts".

- AB de Villiers took 31 balls to smash the fastest century in one-day internationals on Sunday as South Africa posted 439 for two wickets, their highest team total in this format, in the second ODI against West Indies at the Wanderers.

- Indian captain Mahendra Singh blamed his opening bowlers for the four-wicket loss against Australia in their cricket tri-series match in Melbourne.

- Rohit Sharma's sizzling century went in vain as Australia survived a few anxious moments before pulling off a tense four-wicket win over India in a cricket tri-series ODI match in Melbourne.

- Australia beat India by four wickets in a nail-biting finish after wicket-keeper Brad Haddin and James Faulkner held their nerves to help Australia go past India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

- Some of the most enduring moments of cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar's career and life over a decade will be showcased in a five-day photo exhibition in Thiruvananthapuram from January 20.

- Steven Smith is likely to captain Australia in the next ODI of the tri-series against England in Hobart on Friday as George Bailey faces a possible suspension from the ICC due to his side's slow over-rate in the four-wicket win over India at the MCG.

- Tempers flared during the second One-dayer of the ongoing cricket tri-series when Indian opener Rohit Sharma and Australian batsman David Warner got involved in a verbal exchange at the MCG, on Sunday.

- Former Australian captain Ian Chappell feels New Zealand are the dark horses even though India and South Africa will challenge Australia for the trophy.

- Pakistan's most capped player Inzamam-ul-Haq wants to see the national team create history in the forthcoming Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand by defeating arch-rivals India in the opening match in Adelaide.

- Australia all-rounder James Faulkner says his team is not worried about the slow nature of the pitches and the Indians using it to their advantage as he

- Squaring off with India once again after a fiercely fought Test series, left-arm Australian pacer Mitchell Starc predicted an intense contest against the same opponents in their cricket tri-series match in Melbourne on Sunday.

- Former India captain Rahul Dravid is expecting next month's cricket World Cup to be an aggressive affair as he feels the revamped ODI rules will push teams into selecting attacking bowlers.

- All set to defend their cricket World Cup crown in less than a month, India will get their preparations underway with the aim of finding the right combination for the marquee event.

- Indian ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stone-walled questions on his Test retirement in the build-up to India's first ODI against Australia in the ongoing tri-series on Sunday.

- No Big Bash franchise has ever signed an Indian player because the Indian Board is extremely protective of the Indian Premier League, says former Australian captain Allan Border.

- Persistent rain washed out the third One-day international between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday after less than 30 overs of the hosts' innings.

- A fit-again Irfan Pathan feels that he is close to bowling at his best and it's just a matter of time before he is again back in contention for the seam bowling all-rounder's slot in the Indian cricket team that has been up for grabs for some time.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said India would be firm favourites to defend their World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand next month.

- Round up of the Ranji Trophy matches being played in different parts of the country

- The World Cup bound Pakistan team has been told to strictly avoid any discussion on religion, politics or India-Pakistan relations not only during their opening match against India, but also other games of the quadrennial mega-event.

- David Warner struck a scintillating hundred to guide Australia to a comfortable three-wicket victory over England in the opening match of the tri-nation One-day series in Sydney. Images the match.

- The Indian cricket team returned to the grind on Friday with an intense net session in Melbourne.

- Australia rode David Warner's belligerent 127 to chase down a modest target and beat England by three wickets with 10 overs to spare in the first match of the tri-series, also involving India, on Friday. England's new One-Day International captain Eoin Morgan roared back into form with a scintillating 121 but his team was dismissed for 234 inside 48 overs against some impressive bowling by Mitchel Starc (4-42) and James Faulkner (3-47).

- India's bowlers may have come under severe criticism for a below-par showing in the recent Test series in Australia but head coach Duncan Fletcher has defended them, saying the thrashing they got from the home side's batsmen was due to the inexperience of some of them.

- Explosive Australian batsman David Warner has penned a children's book series called Kaboom Kid, which features the exploits of a "cricket-mad" schoolboy named Davey Warner.

- Kevin Pietersen inks the centuries he scored on his back.

- Round up of the Ranji Trophy matches being played in different parts of the country

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India, is locked in a legal battle with the Service Tax (ST) department, which has demanded an amount of Rs 536 crore (approx) as taxes on cricket board's earnings from royalty and media rights in the last one decade.

- Former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar believes India's main concern at the ICC World Cup, starting next month, is the bowling in the final overs of the innings.

- "Irrespective of what sport you play, it is always a blessing to represent India on the international stage. Cricket is a little tougher back home and only a few people get to wear these colours. So it is good to be here and donning this jersey again," he said at the launch of the team's new ODI kit designed by team-sponsor Nike for the upcoming season on Thursday.

- Dhoni's inputs reflect in design, Virat had a say in the fit, BCCI tweeted following the unveiling of the new uniform on Thursday.

- Tillikaratane Dilshan eased to his 19th One-day International century to anchor his side to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second game of their seven-match series at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.

- Former Australia Test fast bowler Brett Lee on Thursday announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket following the conclusion of the Big Bash League (BBL), thereby drawing curtains to his illustrious 20-year career.

- Morne van Wyk blasted an unbeaten century and David Wiese took five wickets as South Africa claimed a consolation 69-run victory over West Indies in the final Twenty20 international on Wednesday.

- The Pakistan Cricket Board has extended the central contracts of 31 players and retained suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal in the top category.

- Munaf Patel is reliving the moments that culminated in India's 2011 World Cup triumph but while doing so he also fears that an inexperienced attack might dent the team's chances of defending the title Down Under.

- A round-up of the second day's play of the Ranji Trophy matches being played in different parts of the country.

- Opener Ian Bell plundered 187 off 145 balls and Stuart Broad captured four wickets as England crushed the Australian Prime Minister's XI by 60 runs in Canberra on Wednesday. Bell starred in England's imposing 391 for six to set the PM's eleven a run-chase of almost eight runs an over at Manuka Oval.

- Former England Test cricketer Steve Harmison has claimed that sacked batsman Kevin Pietersen 'does not have a cat in hell's chance' of a recall to the national squad.

- Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat and the BCCI had difference of opinion on a few key issues during his tenure as the ICC chief from 2008 to 2012.

- Australian all-rounder James Faulkner has stated that he is confident of making a return to the Test squad following his selection in the 15-man squad for the World Cup .

- Reigning champion India will be bidding to gain further momentum and become only the third side in World Cup history to successfully defend its title after West Indies in 1975 and 1979 and Australia, who won the coveted prize three times in succession between 1999 and 2007.

- "He's so inventive ... he can play a touch game or a power game. Then, he can also keep wickets. I think he's the most valuable cricketer around," reckons former Australian great Adam Gilchrist.

- Former Australia captain, Dean Jones, is of the view that India Test captain Virat Kohli must have a say in picking the next coach and also says that changing staff again and again isn't a solution for the team.

- 'I know that the current captain would love to have me in the England team'

- Australia paceman Pat Cummins has backed opening batsman David Warner to carry his blistering Test form into the One-day arena at the cricket World Cup.

- Saluting his decision to retire from Test cricket, former India captain Kapil Dev has said Mahendra Singh Dhoni has given everybody, including the chair-greedy administrators, a food for thought with his bold step.

- Wriddhiman Saha was effusive in his praise for India's new Test captain Virat Kohli and said the team was all fired up under the elegant Delhi batsman.

- A round-up of the opening day's actions of the Ranji Trophy matches being played in different parts of the country.

- Former India coach John Wright feels the only way the current team can defend its World Cup title is by backing its exciting batting line-up with a much-improved bowling effort than what it has shown of late.

- Suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's modified bowling action will be put through an official ICC test in Chennai on January 24. The bowler, who will miss the World Cup because of the suspension for illegal action, had said he would prefer to be tested in Brisbane and not Chennai. On Tuesday, though, he said he has no issues about taking it in Chennai.

- Former captain Anil Kumble believe the mindset of the Indian team management must change and there has to be a more flexible approach in selecting the bowlers in the playing eleven on overseas tours.

- Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey warned teams against underestimating India after their 0-2 loss in the Tests series.

- The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be staged in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29, and India will begin its title defence against traditional rivals Pakistan in a high-voltage clash in Adelaide, on February 15.

- Chris Rogers contemplated retiring the day he was smashed in the back of the helmet while fielding at short leg at the Gabba last month

- The World Cup bound Pakistani cricketers will have two counselling sessions with a well-known sports psychologist before leaving for the World Cup.

- Stuart Binny's selection in India's Cricket World Cup squad might have raised a few eyebrows but his Karnataka coaches asserted that the "transformed" all-rounder will prove his critics wrong and be an asset to the team in Australia and New Zealand.

- Batting legend Rahul Dravid has backed Virat Kohli to lead the Indian cricket team on a long-term basis, describing him as the ideal leader around whom the country can plan its Test future.

- His idol, Sachin Tendulkar, is often photographed with Roger Federer at Wimbledon. On Monday, it was the turn of Virat Kohli, India's latest batting sensation, to meet the Swiss tennis legend.

- England's new-look top order all scored half centuries as the tourists made a strong start to their trip Down Under for the World Cup with a thumping 216-run win over Australian Capital Territory XI on Monday.

- Chris Gayle accused the West Indies Cricket Board of victimisation after key all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard were left out of the country's World Cup squad.

- The marquee cricket World Cup match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in Adelaide on February 15 will be the most watched in the history of the game as it is expected to attract more than a billion viewers, according to a report.

- The Indian bowling unit not only gave away too many runs in the four-match Test against Australia but also failed to get 20 Australian wickets in any of the games.

- New Zealand's Kane Williamson is likely to miss the next three One-day Internationals in the World Cup warm-up series against Sri Lanka to recover from a minor shoulder injury.

- While there were brilliant performances from Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane, India's pathetic bowling attack -- which could not claim 20 Australian wickets in any of the four Tests -- was depressing.

- New Zealand's cricketers have been warned to be wary of 'honey traps', which could be laid by sophisticated match fixing syndicates and betting chiefs during the upcoming ODI World Cup.

- Faf du Plessis blasted the second fastest century in Twenty20 internationals but it was not enough for South Africa as West Indies produced a record chase in a run-fest to win by four wickets at The Wanderers on Sunday.

- Describing Kevin Pietersen's sacking by England and Wales Cricket Board as "unnecessary", paceman Stuart Broad has said that the issue could have been handled differently.

- Pakistan's long serving captain Misbah-ul-Haq confirmed that he would be retiring from One-day Internationals and T20 cricket after the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

- India have slipped a place to be seventh in the latest ICC Test rankings after losing the four-match away series against Australia 0-2.

- The comparisons will be inevitable but former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said it is unfair to equate the leadership skills of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and newly-appointed Test captain Virat Kohli, who will only become better with experience.

- Eoin Morgan vowed not to make too many changes from Alastair Cook's tenure as captain.

- Paceman Rubel Hossain will remain part of Bangladesh's World Cup squad, the local cricket board said, after he got bail on Sunday in a case filed by an actress alleging the cricketer had failed to carry out his promise of marriage.

- Pakistan cricket legend-turned-politician Imran Khan's new wife Reham Khan has revealed that she really admires her husband's love for his sons.

- Corey Anderson scored a composed 81 as New Zealand lurched to a three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka on Sunday in the first of seven One-day Internationals between the two sides before next month's World Cup.

- West Indies have left out all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from their 15-man squad for the World Cup in February and March.

- Injured captain Michael Clarke has been named in Australia's 15-man squad for the World Cup in February and March.

- BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said that selection of the Indian cricket team is done with full transparency and added that only the deserving players get selected to represent the country at international level.

- Coming down heavily on the Indian bowling attack in Australia, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that it's time "we look for a fresh set of bowlers" in the Test ranks to ensure better showing in overseas conditions.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India is planning to reserve the October-January slot only for its big-ticket home series from 2015, a plan which will also help the busy cricketers avoid taxing international tours.

- Having enjoyed two successful stints with Australian cricket, American fielding guru Mike Young, who has also had a stint with India in December last year, is set to join the Kangaroos once again ahead of the ODI tri-series against India and England.

- Australia skipper Steven Smith said that the pitches did not "break up quite as much as expected" during the four-match cricket Test series against India and it hampered the home side's chances of winning by a bigger margin.

- Captain Virat Kohli on Saturday made it clear that fighting spirit alone cannot make up for India's poor bowling, which needs to improve 'big time'.

- Opener Murali Vijay hit a half-century as India's batsmen survived some intense pressure from Australia's bowlers on the last day to draw the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

- Opener Murali Vijay hit a half-century as India's batsmen survived some intense pressure from Australia's bowlers on the last day to draw the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

- New Zealand's preparations for the ICC World Cup are the best they had been in Daniel Vettori's four previous campaigns and they can enter the tournament they co-host with Australia with confidence, the former captain said.

- Chris Gayle blazed a half-century off 17 balls to power West Indies to a four-wicket victory over South Africa in the first Twenty20 international at Newlands on Friday.

- Steve Smith led the way with another good knock as Australia raced to 251 for 6 and a lead of 348 over India before rain stopped play at the end of the fourth day in the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. Statistical highlights from the day's play.

- Former captain Mohammad Azharuddin said that even though India's 15-man squad for the upcoming World Cup looks balanced, the bowling attack does seem to pose a worry for the Virat Kohli-led team.

- Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin admitted that India's bowlers were guilty of leaking too many runs in the post-tea session as a result of which Australia swelled their lead to 348 runs going into the final day of the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, on Friday.

- His 39-ball 66 blitz may have helped Australia amass a massive 348-runs lead, but middle order batsman Joe Burns reckons that spin will play a major role as the fourth and final Test against India heads into the penultimate day.

- Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond was on Friday appointed as the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League later this year.

- The India right-hander has 862 points in his kitty, still 25 points behind AB de Villiers of South Africa, who is heading the list.

- Australia captain Steve Smith slammed a half-century to break Don Bradman's record for the most runs in a Test series against India and put the hosts in control on Day 4 of the fourth and final Test in Sydney.

- Skipper Steve Smith led the way with another torrent of runs as Australia raced to 251 for six and a lead of 348 over India before rain stopped play at the end of the fourth day of the fourth Test on Friday.

- Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal says he would prefer England over India to undergo an informal bowling test on his corrected action in a bid to revive his international career.

- New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond will step down after the World Cup, the country's cricket board said on Friday.

- Speculation about Pakistan cricket legend-turned-politician Imran Khan's marriage seems to have ended. A close friend of the 62-year-old former cricketer announced that he tied the knot with the divorced mother-of-three at his home in Islamabad in accordance with Islamic law. Khan finally married ex-BBC weather girl Reham Khan at a low-key wedding ceremony, but not a single member of his family was invited.

- Indian opener Lokesh Rahul showed the sort of grit that his mentor Rahul Dravid would have been proud of to brush off a miserable introduction to Test cricket with a maiden century at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

- Dinesh Karthik followed up on his 92 in the first innings with a match-saving 103 not out in the second to help Tamil Nadu walk away with one point against Bengal in their Ranji Trophy Group A match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

- Australian pacer Mitchell Starc was reprimanded for "exaggerated celebration" after dismissing batsman Murali Vijay in the ongoing fourth and final Test in Sydney.

- Lokesh Rahul put behind a failed debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to register a Test hundred in only his second Test as India ended Day 3 in the fourth and final Test against Australia on 342 for 5 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. Promoted to open the innings with Murali Vijay, the Karnataka batsman scored 110 and with skipper Virat Kohli, who was unbeaten on 140, guided India to 342 for 5 at stumps. In the course of his knock, Kohli obliterated many milestones. Check them out.

- Former India pace spearhead Javagal Srinath has raised doubts about the team's bowling attack ahead of the upcoming ODI cricket World Cup though he has rated the defending champions' batting line-up as the strongest going into the showpiece event.

- Captain Virat Kohli broke a plethora of records while scoring his 10th Test hundred on Day Three of the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

- Criticised for failing in his debut Test in Melbourne, young batsman Lokesh Rahul was relieved after scoring his maiden century in only his second game as India stayed afloat on the third day of the fourth and final Test against Australia, in Sydney, on Thursday.

- Australia coach Darren Lehmann said more thought needed to be given to the positioning of the "spidercam" TV camera after his captain Steve Smith spilled a key catch in the fourth Test against India on Thursday.

- India captain Virat Kohli and opener Lokesh Rahul led India to safer shores, scoring centuries as Australia dropped catches -- Joe Burns and captain Steven Smith the culprits -- on Day 3 of the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. Check out some images from the day's play.

- Fast bowler Adam Milne won the battle for the final pace bowling spot in New Zealand's cricket World Cup squad named on Thursday.

- Lokesh Rahul hit his maiden century, Virat Kohli his fourth of the series but Australia's Shane Watson hit back with two wickets in as many balls to leave India on 342 for five after the third day of the fourth Test on Thursday.

- 'Captain Steve Smith was distracted by one of the wires in his eye line. Both CA and Nine will continue to work together on the use of Spidercam in the broadcast coverage and will take on board any player feedback as necessary.'

- Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been forced to close his international cricket academy in his hometown, Faisalabad, after it received threats from extremist elements.

- South Africa are to gamble on the fitness of Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy, who were named on Wednesday in a 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month.

- The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the Board Of Control For Cricket In India's plea against a tribunal order asking it to pay around Rs 18 crore as service tax for video graphing matches and selling the feed to private sport channels.

- Pakistan's surprise inclusion in the World Cup squad, fast bowler Sohail Khan is looking forward to making a mark against arch-rivals India in their opening match of the upcoming mega-event in Australia and New Zealand.

- Sri Lanka have included pace spearhead Lasith Malinga in their 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup despite concerns over his fitness after ankle surgery, the country's cricket board said on Wednesday.

- Round up of the Ranji Trophy games being played in different parts of the country.

- Injured Australian captain Michael Clarke said on Wednesday that his recovery from hamstring surgery was ahead of schedule though it's still unclear whether he will be fit to play the entire World Cup, beginning on February 14.

- Fast bowler Sohail Khan earned a surprise recall while Pakistan selectors ignored senior players Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal in their final 15-member squad for the World Cup.

- Just into his second Test as India captain, Virat Kohli has come under severe criticism for his tactics from Australian batting greats Ian Chappell and Michael Clarke for the way he shuffled his bowlers during the ongoing fourth and final cricket Test.

- Mitchell Starc's send-off celebration after dismissing Indian opener Murali Vijay did not find approval from captain Steven Smith.

- The success against India this summer has been outstanding from a team and individual point of view, said Australian skipper Steve Smith, who became only the second batsman to score four successive hundreds in a four-Test series.

- He managed to notch up a five-wicket haul but Indian medium pacer Mohammad Shami on Tuesday said it was tough to bowl on the flat pitch.

- This provided only the sixth such instance in Test cricket of the first six batsmen getting the past the half-century in an innings and four of them have have come against India.

- Steve Smith completed his fourth century in as many matches on Wednesday as Australia compiled a daunting first innings total in the final Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

- Check out the images from Day 2 of the fourth Test between Australia and India played at Sydney Cricket Ground

- Australian captain Steve Smith on Wednesday equalled the legendary Sir Donald Bradman and South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis' record of scoring four consecutive hundreds in a Test series.

- Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe, whose innovative leadership and sparkling batting energised their 1992 World Cup campaign, is determined to witness the 2015 World Cup.

- Pakistan youngsters are keen to make an impression against the arch-rivals in their opening fixture at the Adelaide Oval.

- Off-spinner Mark Craig grabbed three wickets after lunch as New Zealand completed a 193-run victory, and 2-0 series sweep, shortly before tea on the final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday.

- England will adopt a positive approach and cast off the shackles at the World Cup under new skipper Eoin Morgan, coach Peter Moores said on Tuesday before the squad flew out to Australia.

- Robin Uthappa's 16th first-class century helped Karnataka take a big first-innings lead of 263 to take the home side to a strong position on second day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Jammu and Kashmir.

- South Africa retained the iconic Reliance ICC Test Championship mace and with it won a cash award of 0,000 following its 2-0 series win over the West Indies in Cape Town on Tuesday.

- South African opener Alviro Petersen announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday immediately after the team's eight-wicket win over the West Indies at Newlands.

- "[Winning the tournament] is going to be difficult because the conditions are going to be different," he said.

- With part-timers like Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma capable of bowling a few overs of spin, India might have ended up picking one spinner too many in their squad, says Harish Kotian.

- 'We won the last World Cup and the Champions Trophy on the all-round performance -- so the Jajedas, Binnys, Ashwins could play a role in India defending the title'

- India's champions from the last edition who will be missed when the action commences in Australia-New Zealand next year.

- Opener Dean Elgar hit an unbeaten 60 as South Africa coasted to a comfortable eight-wicket win over the West Indies in the final Test at Newlands on Tuesday to take the three-match series 2-0 and retain their ranking as the top side in Tests.

- There were no surprises when the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced India's squad for the for the upcoming World Cup.

- 'Rohit has been dropped two Tests back and then to bring him back, it's a little bit strange to drop Pujara'

- Ravindra Jadeja, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury, was included as the selectors felt that he would recover in time for the 2015 ICC World Cup.

- Australian opener David Warner on Tuesday said that a good pitch coupled with India's poor bowling and fielding helped Australia.

- David Warner's 12th Test century and a bittersweet 95 from Chris Rogers put Australia on course for a huge total on an emotional first day in the fourth and final Test against India on Tuesday.

- Kane Williamson and BJ Watling produced a world record sixth wicket partnership of 365 runs to guide New Zealand to 524 for five before captain Brendon McCullum declared their second innings closed after tea on the fourth day of the second Test.

- Check out the images from Day 1 of the fourth Test between Australia and India played at Sydney Cricket Ground.

- Australian batsman Michael Clarke has been cleared to make his return to international cricket during the upcoming World Cup without a practice match under his belt.

- David Warner said he might quit the Indian Premier League (IPL) to concentrate on Tests.

- "This was his ground, the Sydney Cricket Ground," Clarke said. "This is where he played his last game, this is where his spirit will live forever."

- South Africa made an early breakthrough with the wicket of West Indian Leon Johnson when play got underway on a rain-delayed fourth day of the third and final Test at Newlands on Monday.

- William Porterfield will captain Ireland at this year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, his third appearance in the sport's showpiece One-day tournament.

- Veteran opener Virender Sehwag is making most of his hard-earned form as he blended caution with aggression during an attractive unbeaten knock of 147 to take Delhi to a respectable 278 for 7 at stumps against Haryana in the Ranji Trophy Group B match in Lahli, on Monday.

- From winning the Under-19 World Cup to becoming Test captain, Virat Kohli has made rapid strides in international cricket. Pradeep Sangwan, his team mate from junior cricket, writes about the man they fondly call 'Cheeku'

- Relishing the challenge of squaring off against new Indian captain Virat Kohli in the fourth and final cricket Test in Sydney, Australian skipper Steve Smith described his rival number as an "emotional character".

- Geoffrey Boycott was reportedly denied knighthood by officials over his conviction nearly 20 years ago for assaulting his former lover.

- The SCG may be perfect for the under-performing trio -- Pujara, Dhawan and Ashwin -- to regain their touch.

- The left-hander, who was not selected in the preliminary list of 30 probables, has come back into contention by striking three back-to-back hundreds against Haryana, Maharashtra and Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy.

- The series is out of bounds but Indian cricket is all set to enter a new era under the feisty Virat Kohli, whose leadership would be put through a trial by fire when the visitors seek redemption in the fourth and final Test against Australia starting in Sydney on Tuesday.

- In what came as a welcome break from the on-field grind, the Indian cricket team was taken for a cruise ride along Sydney Harbour by the Indian High Commission, where they also hosted a dinner for the visiting team.

- Kane Williamson inched towards his ninth Test century as he and BJ Watling staved off Sri Lanka's push for victory at the close of play on the third day of the second Test at the Basin Reserve on Monday.

- The death of Phillip Hughes less than six weeks ago still hung thick in the air at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday as Australia began preparations to play their first Test match at the ground since.

- Thrust back into the India captaincy after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's shock decision to retire from Tests last week, Virat Kohli hopes to put right some of the mistakes he made in his first match in charge against Australia.

- Left arm quick Mitchell Starc will replace injured seamer Mitchell Johnson in Australia's lineup for the fourth and final dead rubber Test against India starting on Tuesday.

- Even as speculation about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's sudden retirement from Test cricket persists, India's Team Director Ravi Shastri today described it as a "well thought-out" move and lashed out at critics who had accused the wicket-keeper-batsman of abandoning a sinking ship.

- South Africa removed the West Indian openers in Sunday's last session at Newlands to build on AB de Villiers' superb century and take the initiative in the final Test.

- Rookie batsman Joe Burns feels that it's important to focus on the present rather than think about future.

- Pakistan cricket has got more bad news ahead of the World Cup after all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez failed to clear the informal bio-mechanics test in Chennai.

- Out-of-favour Pakistan cricketers Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik minced no words in making it clear that they are not happy with the treatment meted out to them.

- Australian opener Chris Rogers has decided that the fourth and final cricket Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground will be his last on home soil.

- The Sydney Cricket Ground is set to place a brass plaque outside the home-team dressing room in honour of Phil Hughes on Monday.

- All-rounder Soumya Sarkar has been rewarded for his strong domestic performance with a spot in Bangladesh's 15-man World Cup squad.

- Kumar Sangakkara completely changed the complexion of the second Test against New Zealand with an outstanding double century as the visitors finished the second day with a 113-run lead.

- The Australian mind games targeting India's new Test captain Virat Kohli continued with opener David Warner saying that it would be interesting to see how "fiery" the batsman would be when he leads the side out in the fourth and final Test starting in Sydney on Tuesday.

- Australia opening batsman David Warner is unsure how he will cope with an emotional first return this week to the venue in Sydney where Phillip Hughes was fatally struck by a bouncer.

- New Indian captain Virat Kohli should channelise his aggressive attitude in the right direction, according to Team Director Ravi Shastri, who said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "selfless act" of retiring from Test cricket format at the right time should also be given its due respect.

- Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been ruled out of next week's fourth Test against India because of the injury he sustained to his right hamstring during the third game in Melbourne.

- Captain Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers led the chase as South Africa cut the deficit to 102 runs in their bid to haul in the West Indies total of 329 before rain ended the second day of the third Test at Newlands on Saturday.

- He might have copped a lot of criticism for his uninspiring leadership in overseas Tests but Mahendra Singh Dhoni has got a supporter in Michael Clarke who said the wicket-keeper batsman has done a "wonderful job" as India captain.

- Former England batsman Jonathan Trott will continue to try to revive his Test career on his first overseas tour since leaving the Ashes in Australia with stress issues just over a year ago.

- Fast bowling great Glenn McGrath feels Australia captain Steven Smith's delayed declaration in the drawn third Test against India was a one-off call and he expects the young leader to continue the team's tradition of playing "hard" in the coming days.

- Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle has claimed that it would be a little bit daunting at first to walk out onto the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for the fourth and final Test against India, as it is the same ground where Phillip Hughes was struck by the deadly bouncer.

- Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels even though he backs the hosts to win the series 3-0, India should field five specialist bowlers including two spinners in the final cricket Test, starting January 6.

- Former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody said the India opener first needs to be sure of his off-stump in order to convert his starts into big scores in Test cricket.

- Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Vivian Richards is of the opinion that Sachin Tendulkar is probably one of the two batsmen in modern era who had seamless adjusted their game according to their needs across all three formats.

- Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has joined team mate Mitchell Johnson in criticising the unusually slow and low nature of pitches in the ongoing Test series against India.

- Australia all-rounder Shane Watson said memories of Phil Hughes will flood him the moment he steps out to compete in the fourth Test against India in Sydney, starting on January 6.

- Kumar Sangakkara became the fastest player to reach 12,000 Test runs and will look to rebuild Sri Lanka's innings after they were left teetering at 78 for five at the end of the first day of the second Test against New Zealand.

- Virat Kohli has got a new admirer for his on-field aggression in none other than legendary West Indian batsman Vivian Richards who described the new captain as one of those very few Indian cricketers who do not shy away from having a verbal fight with opposition players.

- Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is doubtful for the fourth and final Test against India in Sydney next week after a hamstring problem forced him out of training on Saturday.

- Dale Steyn became South Africa's second highest wicket taker as West Indies reached 276 for six on the first day of the third Test on Friday.

- India's new Test captain Virat Kohli has 5,004,544 followers on Twitter, ahead of Sachin Tendulkar who has 4,910,498 followers and former Test skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (3,374,509 followers).

- India would be keen to finish off the four-match series on a high with a victory in Sydney and they would be looking no further than the in-form Virat Kohli to show the way with the bat.

- Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi says that Virat Kohli was "too emotional" as a leader and it will take him some time to fill in the captaincy void left by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's retirement from Test cricket.

- Did Mahendra Singh Dhoni desert a sinking ship or was it a courageous decision to quit in the middle of a series?

- Pakistan national cricket team selectors are in a dilemma over the selection of the final 15-member squad for the World Cup.

- Former Australia captain Michael Hussey said he was surprised by reports that just-retired Test captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had suggested his name for the coach's job of Indian cricket team once Duncan Fletcher's contract expired at the end of World Cup 2015.

- He will surely miss the World Cup after being withdrawn from the squad but Saeed Ajmal's career was not over says head coach of the national cricket academy Mohammad Akram as the suspended off-spinner could take a bio-mechanic test in two weeks time.

- Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson believes the volatile batsman will probably be more aggressive than previous skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

- Australia medium-pacer Peter Siddle said his team is keen to put up a fine show in the Sydney Test against India in memory of late Phillip Hughes, who succumbed to a fatal bouncer on this venue five weeks back.

- Dhoni is likely to abandon the rest of the Australian Test tour following his sudden retirement from Test career for reportedly taking a vacation in between before returning to Australia for the One-day tri-series in mid-January.

- With the Sydney Cricket Ground having a history of assisting spin from third day onwards, Australian left-arm orthodox Ashton Agar is hoping to get picked in the XI and play his part in the fourth and final Test against India starting January 6.

- Cricket legend Sir Viv Richards has backed Kohli to continue playing aggressive form of cricket, saying that it brings the best out of him.

- Australian coach and selector Darren Lehmann believes that his team displayed a shoddy fielding performance on account of lack of confidence during the Melbourne Test against India despite having a good practice session.

- Fresh off New Zealand's most successful Test year, captain Brendon McCullum is urging his team to start 2015 in the same fashion when they face Sri Lanka in the second game of their two-match series on Saturday.

- - 'Time Indian cricket looked beyond Fletcher'

- Australian PM Tony Abbott came in defence of young Australian captain Steven Smith's decision to declare in the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni's retirement from Test cricket has left the Indian think-tank fretting over the ideal playing combination that will take on Australia in the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground starting next Tuesday.

- Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood feels that had they bowled the last four overs in the Boxing Day Test against India, a win for the home side would have been possible at MCG.

- The sudden retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni from Test cricket has raised the question of who will be Virat Kohli's deputy.

- Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has married a former BBC anchor Reham Khan in a hush hush wedding, according to media reports.

- Defending his team's tactics in the drawn third cricket Test against India, Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin said the hosts earned the right to go about the way they wanted after playing India out of the series.

- Left surprised by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's retirement from Test cricket, Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin termed the former India captain a "true gentleman" of the game.

- Players from both sides posed for the official photo session with Abbott at Kirribilli House, his second official residence.

- The Indian ODI squad for the upcoming triangular cricket series in Australia as well as the World Cup that follows almost immediately will be picked by the five-man selection panel here on January 6.

- The Indian cricket team flew to Sydney and preferred to spent the day indoors even as there was intense speculation over Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to quit the Test format with immediate effect, which surprised the cricket fraternity.

- Bengal would consider themselves lucky to survive as they reached 129 for no loss in their second innings after being asked to follow, still needing 75 runs to avoid the innings defeat.

- The Indian batting legend said the disappointment in the West Indies served as a boost to prove critics wrong four years later.

- JP Duminy has been named in the South African Twenty20 squad for the three-match home series against West Indies next month, but a number of other top players will again be rested.

- Dav Whatmore has been unveiled as the new Zimbabwe coach with the Australian agreeing to an initial contract that runs until the end of the World Cup early next year.

- In the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, Australia's Ryan Harris has moved up two places to second following his six wickets against India in the fourth Test at MCG.

- Emotions are set to run high at the venue where late Australian opener Phillip Hughes died last month after being struck by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match

- Australia coach Darren Lehmann on Wednesday said the home side is liking the charged up atmosphere created by the newly-appointed Indian captain.

- The 21-year-old was added to the Australian for the fourth and final Test against India keeping in consideration the turn that the Sydney track traditionally offers for spinners.

- - 'He led more by example than by rhetoric or by words'

- India's most successful Test captain also presided over a dismal away record with the team winning only two of 22 Tests on foreign soil since 2011.

- Virat Kohli's tally is the highest by a visiting No. 4 player in a Test series in Australia, surpassing the 480 in seven innings by Sachin Tendulkar in 2007-08.

- South Africa's hopes of victory on day five of the second Test against West Indies were thwarted in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday by heavy overnight rain and a wet outfield which prevented any play.

- Ad guru Prahlad Kakkar, on the other hand, believes Dhoni's saleability would have dropped had he also quit from One-Day Internationals and T20 Internationals.

- Skipper Subramaniam Badrinath led from the front with a sparkling innings of 152 to put Vidarbha in control against Rajasthan on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match.

- A Test match that ended in a forgettable draw between Australia and India on Tuesday will be memorable for all the wrong reasons for batsman Shaun Marsh who was run out for 99 in a desperate bid to raise his first century on home soil.

- "To me it was a real surprise. I thought he will play for one or two more years in Test cricket as he's a very fit person," said former captain and ex-chief selector Vengsarkar.

- Australia captain Steven Smith defended his decision to declare late and concede a draw four overs early in the third Test on Tuesday, saying India had contributed to the non-result with their tactics in the morning.

- Cricketers from across the world reacted with surprise and lavished praise on Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the India captain on Tuesday decided to call it quits in the Test format.

- Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar will join Australia's squad for the fourth and final Test against India in Sydney, captain Steven Smith said on Tuesday.

- Check out the detailed statistical analysis of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's record in Test cricket.

- - 'I still think that he had 2 or 3 more years of cricket left in him'

- In the end it came in as a quiet announcement on the social network. But MS Dhoni had made the decision. He knew it was the right time.

- Whether it was his personal best score of 224 against Australia at Chepauk last year or leading India to become the No. 1 Test team in the world, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has given Indian cricket fans many moments to cherish. tell us your favourite 'Dhoni moments in Test cricket'.

- - 'Give this side 12 months and you watch, they will be a bullet side'

- Virat Kohli was engaged in yet another fierce verbal battle with the Australian team.

- The burden of playing in all the three formats eventually took a toll on India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who decided to retire from Test cricket with immediate effect in the middle of the ongoing four-match Australia series.

- Under his captaincy, India took over the No. 1 ranking in Test cricket for 18 months from December 2009.

- - 'Yes, quite happy with a draw'

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from Test cricket immediate effect and Virat Kohli will lead the team in the fourth Test against Australia in Sydney starting on January 6.

- Global media has hailed New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as 'the best batsman in the world' for his blistering knock of 195 runs against Sri Lanka in Christchurch.

- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin frustrated Australia's push for victory on day five of the third Test in Melbourne.

- Images from the final day's play of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Tuesday.

- Australian presenter Michael Slater during his commentary called Anushka Sharma as Kohli's wife.

- 'If a few words from the opposition trouble you,' S Sreesanth tells Harish Kotian/Rediff.com, 'then you shouldn't be playing international cricket.'

- Australian batsman Shaun Marsh on Tuesday became only the 16th player in the history of Test cricket to be run out on 99.

- Pakistan, desperate to bolster their attack, have flown all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez to India for a bowling test in a bid to get his action cleared in time for the 50-over World Cup in February.

- A spectacular collapse has raised the prospect of a nervous finale for a brittle West Indies after they finished on 275 for nine on day four of the second Test against South Africa on Monday.

- Despite the Indian bowlers working hard to improve their chances of a win in the third Test in Melbourne, Australia finished Day 4 on 261 for seven with Shaun March (62 no out) and Ryan Harris (8 not out) and 326-run lead.

- A round-up of the Ranji Trophy matches played on Monday

- Not too impressed with Virat Kohli's outbursts on and off the field, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar said the aggression could backfire badly in the ongoing third cricket Test against Australia as the tourists already have their back against the wall.

- Rain meant there was no play possible on the fourth morning of the second Test between South Africa and West Indies at St George's Park on Monday with the prospect of a draw now ever more likely.

- Unfazed by an aggressive Virat Kohli, Australian opener David Warner said the Indian is free to play the way he wishes and the ICC is there to manage if anybody crosses the line.

- A day after expressing his displeasure at Australia's on-field banter, India vice-captain Virat Kohli once again had a go at Mitchell Johnson and apparently said something to the home team's pace spearhead as he was walking off after being dismissed.

- Former Australian Test great Ian Healy is of the opinion that the bad blood between Australia and India in the ongoing Test series has gone too far.

- Chasing can be tricky but team's dressing room is positive, says Ravichandran Ashwin.

- Images from the fourth day's play of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Monday.

- Batsman Shaun Marsh struck a fighting half-century at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday to drive Australia to a commanding 326-run lead over India at the close of day four.

- Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has named three potential bowlers to be included in the final-15 of the World Cup squad, which includes Indian-origin medium-pacer Gurinder Singh Sandhu.

- Former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram recently became a father for the third time, as he welcomed a baby girl with his Shaniera Akram.

- Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor calmly guided New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday.

- David Warner is seen with his family at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

- 'If you look into their eyes and give it back, they just sit quiet,' says Harbhajan Singh, who has been at the centre of quite a few tiffs with the Aussies in recent years.

- Phillip Hughes's tragic death cast a shadow over an eventful year that saw Ashes rivals Australia and England brawl on the field and bond off it, joining India to pull off a bloodless coup and take charge of the game.

- Half-centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels steered a battling West Indies to 147 for two at the close on day three of the second Test against South Africa on Sunday.

- Australia captain Michael Clarke, who is fighting against time to recuperate from a career-threatening right-hamstring injury has admitted that he might not be fit by the time the co-hosts play their inaugural match in the Cricket World Cup against England on February 14.

- Round up of the Ranji Trophy matches being played across the country

- Statistical highlights on day three of the third cricket Test between India and Australia in Melbourne.

- Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has advised suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

- Australia pacer Ryan Harris heaped praise on Indian batsmen, in particular Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli, for their performance on day three of the third Test in Melbourne, on Sunday.

- Virat Kohli became only the second Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to score three Test hundreds in a series against Australia.

- Looking for 'satisfaction' after retirement, India's cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar says he plans to light up lives in villages where electricity remains a distant dream even to this day.

- Virat Kohli said being called a "spoilt brat" by the Australians brought the best out of him as he smashed a career-best 169 to lead India's strong reply on the third day of the third Test, in Melbourne, on Sunday.

- Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane struck fluent centuries as India fought back bravely before a flurry of late wickets allowed a sloppy Australia to take a slight edge on stumps on Day 3 of the third Test, in Melbourne

- Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli struck rousing centuries to drive India to 462-8 at stumps on Day 3, trailing Australia's mammoth first innings total of 530 by 68 runs with two wickets in hand, in the third Test.

- Sri Lanka ended the third day's play at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on 293 for five, still 10 runs away from making New Zealand bat again after they had been asked to follow on.

- India vice-captain Virat Kohli's temperament was once again tested after the batsman was hit by a Mitchell Johnson return throw which resulted in the two players getting into a verbal duel.

- Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not been able to get the best out of the team at the Test level for quite some time despite being the leader for close to 60 matches.

- Raymond Goveia, the grandfather of Indian speedster Varun Aaron, died of a massive heart attack in Bangalore on December 25, according to family sources in Jamshedpur.

- The Board of Control for Cricket in India has finally banned discarded India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha from bowling in competitive matches due to suspect action.

- Suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has withdrawn from the World Cup sq