Sunday, December 06, 2020


Corey Anderson quits international cricket for NZ, to play in US

AUCKLAND: Corey Anderson has quit international cricket for New Zealand and will play the sport in the US.
The 29-year-old all-rounder, who holds the record for the second fastest hundred in ODIs, will start with Major League T20 Cricket in USA and will likely go on to represent USA in international cricket.

Nathan Lyon replaces Cameron Green in Australia T20 squad

SYDNEY: The Australian national selectors have brought in off-spinner Nathan Lyon to their T20 International squad for the last two matches against India as they released pace bowling all-rounder Cameron Green for Australia A's warm-up against India A that begins on Sunday.

Addition of two new IPL teams on agenda for Dec 24 BCCI AGM

NEW DELHI: Addition of two new teams to the Indian Premier League (IPL) is amongst the long agenda for the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) 89th Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held on December 24, for which a notice has been issued. At present, eight teams compete in the IPL.

I thought Kohli will burn out at some stages of his career: Laxman

NEW DELHI: Former cricketer VVS Laxman has lavished praise on Virat Kohli who recently breached the 12000-run mark in ODIs, saying the current Indian skipper has been able to play with the same intensity he used to when he made his debut in 2008.

Kohli breaks Tendulkar's fastest 12K ODI runs' record

CANBERRA:  India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday became the fastest batsman to score 12,000 runs in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Kohli reached the milestone in the third and final ODI of the three-match series against Australia at the Manuka Oval.

Hope to continue IPL momentum for South Africa: Rabada

NEW DELHI: South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who had an exceptional Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 as he emerged as the Purple Cap holder, is looking forward to carry that momentum while playing for the national side against England.

Babar Azam accused of sexual abuse by Pak woman

LAHORE : Ace Pakistan cricketer Babar Azam has been accused of sexual and physical abuse by a woman.
In a press conference aired by Pakistani channel '24 NewsHD' on YouTube on Saturday, the woman claimed that Babar exploited her for 10 years and also got her pregnant, while making false promises of marriage.

Bengal T20 Challenge: Town Club beat Tapan Memorial

KOLKATA: Purab Joshi smashed maiden fifty of the tournament while bowlers Md Kaif and Aritra Chatterjee bagged three wickets each as Town Club defeated Tapan Memorial by 28 runs in the recent match of the ongoing Bengal T20 Challenge being played at the Eden Gardens.

Chahal concedes most runs by Indian spinner in an ODI

SYDNEY: Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has registered an unwarranted record to his name as he became the Indian spinner to concede most runs in an ODI.

Happy to have met Sidhu, hope to have more such meetings,Says Capt Amarinder

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday hoped that he and Navjot Singh Sidhu will continue to have cordial meetings like they had yesterday, where they spoke a lot about cricket, apart from a host of other things.

Sidhu had boiled veggies, I had missi roti, says Amarinder

CHANDIGARH:  A day after meeting his former Cabinet colleague Navjot Sidhu over luncheon after over a year of 'political differences', Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday said his former colleague had boiled vegetables and he himself partook a lunch.

Aus vs Ind: Crowds to return to stadia for men's cricket after 8 months

SYDNEY:The three-match ODI series between India and Australia, which will get underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday, will also be the first time that men's cricket will see specatators in stadia since March when international cricket had come to a halt following the coronavirus outbreak.

IPL has made players friendly & taken shine out of sledging, says Smith

SYDNEY:Australia top-order batsman Steve Smith has played down chances of verbal duels during the upcoming series against India, saying that playing regularly with each other has made sledging look awkward these days.

Dhoni's mentor passes away after prolonged illness in Ranchi

NEW DELHI:Deval Sahay, mentor of cricket icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni and who is credited with preparing first turf pitches in Ranchi, passed away due to multi-organ failure in the early hours of Tuesday in a hospital in the Jharkhand capital.

Raina to adopt 34 schools to ensure health & hygiene for over 10K kids

NEW DELHI:Former India cricketer Suresh Raina, who will turn 34 this Friday, has pledged to build sanitation and drinking water facilities at 34 government schools across Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and the National Capital Region (NCR) to ensure health and hygiene for over 10,000 children studying in these schools.

Aus vs Ind: Have not set any personal goals, says Gill

NEW DELHI:Young India batsman Shubman Gill is looking forward to the much-anticipated clash against Australia which begins this Friday with the three-match ODI series in Sydney. However, Gill has not set "any personal goals" for and wants to make the most of the opportunities he will get in what is his maiden trip Down Under.

UP IAS week gets cancelled in view of Covid protocol

LUCKNOW: The pandemic has added another casualty to its list -- this time, it is the annual IAS week that has been scrapped.
The prestigious IAS week is held every year in December, but this year the event has been scrapped in view of the pandemic.

Jeweller's teenage son kidnapped in Bihar's Begusarai, Rs 1 cr ransom demanded

PATNA: The 16-year-old son of noted jeweller was abducted in Bihar's Begusarai town on Sunday, and a Rs 1 crore ransom demanded for his safe release, police said. The incident triggered protests in the town.

MPL Sports is official Team India kit sponsor till 2023

NEW DELHI:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced MPL Sports, the athleisure wear and sports merchandise brand from esports platform Mobile Premier League, as the new kit sponsor and official merchandise partner for the Indian cricket team

Once mocked as 'navsakhiya', Tejashwi Yadav proves his mettle

PATNA: He was mocked as a failed cricketer and often called a 'navsikhiya' (newcomer) during the 2020 election campaign, taunted for 15 years as 'jungleraj ka yuvraj' (the prince of rule of lawlessness), called a matric fail (one who didn't clear class 10), but Tejashwi Yadav, son of former Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi established himself this year as a seasoned politician. Not just did he challenge veteran Nitish Kumar and the mighty BJP but also single-handedly made the Rashtriya Janata Dal(RJD), the single-largest party in the politically sensitive state.

Raahgiri Day' returns in Gurugram

GURUGRAM:After a long period, 'Raahgiri Day' was organised in Gurugram on the dedicated bicycle track located at the Netaji Subhash Marg on Saturday.

Gurugram: 7 including Nepalese national held for betting on IPL matches

GURUGRAM: The Gurugram Police have arrested seven men including a Nepalese national, on charges of betting on an Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match in two separate instances.

BBL 10 to start in Hobart & Canberra bubbles

MELBOURNE:Cricket Australia on Thursday announced the schedule for first 21 Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21 matches in December in which it confirmed that bubbles in Hobart and Canberra will host the initial games starting December 10 before venues in Queensland (December 23) and Adelaide (December 28) join the party.

Callum Ferguson calls time on first-class career

MELBOURNE:South Australia batsman Callum Ferguson will call time on his 16-year-old first-class career after this week's Marsh Sheffield Shield match against Queensland. Ferguson, however, will continue to lead Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League and remains keen to continue playing one-day cricket for South Australia.

Sidhu stopped by police at Delhi entry point

NEW DELHI: Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu was stopped by Delhi Police on Wednesday as he was about to enter the national capital to participate in 'relay dharna' led by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at Jantar Mantar to highlight the issues of the farmers and seek immediate restoration of goods trains.

Two arrested for betting on IPL match

GURUGRAM:The Gurugram Police arrested two persons for allegedly betting on an Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match, police said on Tuesday.
Police have recovered three mobile phones, one laptop, phone charger, laptop charger and a register from their possession.

Faf du Plessis to make PSL debut with Peshawar Zalmi in playoffs

LAHORE: South Africa's Faf du Plessis will make his Pakistan Super League debut when he will turn out for Peshawar Zalmi in the playoffs stage of the tournament, which will resume from November 14.

Probe Bineesh's links in KCA, Malayalam film industry: BJP

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Two days after the arrest of CPI-M leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son Bineesh Kodiyeri by the ED in a PMLA case, the state BJP on Saturday demanded a probe into his links to and activities in Kerala Cricket Association, Kerala State Sports Council and the Malayalam film industry.

It's been tougher since retirement: Johnson on battle with depression

MELBOURNE:Former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson has revealed that he battled with depression both during and after his cricket career.
I've found it tougher since retiring from cricket," Johnson said while speaking about the issue during the filming of Channel 7's SAS Australia. "All of a sudden, you're not doing as much. You sort of lose your purpose a little bit."

Samson, Kishan, Pant in new role as 'wicket-keepers'

NEW DELHI:With plenty of competition for wicket-keepers' roles within the Indian Premier League teams, the young Indians are discovering multiple dimensions to their cricket. Both Ishan Kishan of Mumbai Indians (MI) and Rajasthan Royals' (RR) Sanju Samson have also featured during this tournament purely as batsmen.

Vikram Bhatt: Competition on OTT is much more fierce

MUMBAI: Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt, who will soon start shoot for his next web series, says the content and competition on the digital platform have become fiercer.

Gurugram police busts IPL cricket betting racket, 2 held

GURUGRAM: The Gurugram Police on Monday arrested two men on charges of alleged online betting on a T20 Indian Premier League (IPL) match between 'Kings XI Punjab' and 'Sunrisers Hyderabad'. However, the third accomplice managed to escape.

Kapil Dev undergoes successful angioplasty, now stable

NEW DELHI:India's first World Cup-winning cricket captain Kapil Dev has undergone a successful angioplasty at a south Delhi hospital, a senior doctor confirmed on Friday.
The 61-year-old was operated upon on Thursday night, the Fortis-Escorts Hospital doctor said.

Modi's address on 'Mahashasti' sets the tone for Bengal polls in 2021

KOLKATA:At the onset of Bengalis' biggest festival Durga Puja, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's digital address virtually set the centre stage for West Bengal's crucial electoral battle scheduled in 2021.

Swiggy onboards 7K new restaurants, delivers over 10 cr orders

NEW DELHI: Online food delivery platform Swiggy on Thursday revealed it has onboarded more than 7,000 new restaurants a month on Swiggy which is 3,000 more than the pre-covid times, along with delivering 10 crore orders since the beginning of the lockdown.

If I were PM for one day, I would ban burqa & hijab'

JAIPUR:Reshma Khan, the Programme Head at the All India Radio-Akashvani, represents the voice of progressive women in India who are fearless and intelligent, witty yet sensitive and aims at climbing the ladders of progress and promotion while following the values taught by her parents.

UPCA re-opens window for online registration of cricketers

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) has re-opened a special window for online registration for those players who were unable to register earlier in the first phase.

Sidhu slams Punjab govt over farmers' issues

NEW DELHI:  All is not well within the Punjab Congress as former cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has sharpened his attack on Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on the issue of farmers.

More scribes die of covid-19, JFA expresses anguish

Guwahati: The Covid-19 pandemic continues to take its toll as more journalists are dying because of novel corona virus aggravated complications across India. Lately Mysuru based senior journalist Pavan Hettur (35), who worked for Kannada daily Prajavani succumbed tothe infection at a private hospital. He was admitted after testing Covid-19 positive and passed away on 18 October 2020.Days back Patna based photojournalist Krishna Mohan Sharma (63),worked for Times of India, died of Covid-19 complications on 15 October while undergoing treatment at AIIMS, New Delhi. Same day,senior cricket journalist & commentator Kishore Bhimani (81),acknowledged as an illustrious son of Bengal, died at a Kolkata based private hospital after contracting Covid-19.

Sidhu's fans greet him on birthday, see him future CM

CHANDIGARH:Social media was agog with greetings to cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu on his 57th birthday on Tuesday with many seeing him as the future Chief Minister of Punjab.