Harmanpreet Kaur vouches for collective team effort ahead of T20 World Cup opener

Sydney [Australia], Feb 20 (ANI): Ahead of the Women's T20 World Cup opening match against Australia, India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur called upon the team to show a collective effort."If you want to do well as a team, you…

PCB cricket committee holds meeting, revises NOC policy for players

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb 20 (ANI): The PCB's cricket committee on Thursday held its first meeting of 2020 under the chairmanship of former Test spinner Iqbal Qasim.Wasim Akram, Umar Gul, Urooj Mumtaz, Ali Naqvi, Wasim Khan and Zakir Khan,…

Olympics dream soar high as 64 Indian athletes attain qualification

New Delhi [India], Feb 20 (ANI): As many as 64 athletes, who have already qualified for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, will show their grit, determination, and confidence to realise India's long-cherished dream to score the medal in double-digit in…

Federer to miss weeks of tennis action after undergoing arthroscopic surgery

New Delhi [India], Feb 20 (ANI): Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer will miss the upcoming tournaments after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.Federer made a public statement on Twitter and revealed that he will be missing the…

Virat Kohli lauds FC Goa for qualifying in AFC Champions League

New Delhi [India], Feb 20 (ANI): India skipper and FC Goa co-owner Virat Kohli on Thursday congratulated his Indian Super League (ISL) franchise for becoming the first-ever Indian club to qualify for the AFC Champions League group stage."Big…

Pramod Sawant congratulates FC Goa for qualifying in AFC Champions League

New Delhi [India], Feb 20 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday congratulated home-grown Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Goa on becoming the first-ever Indian club to qualify for the group stages of the AFC Champions…

What goes around comes around: Ravi Shastri recalling his Test debut

Wellington [New Zealand], Feb 20 (ANI): India's head coach Ravi Shastri on Thursday recalling his Test match debut said what goes around comes around.Shastri played his maiden longest format game at Basin Reserve on February 21 in 1981…

Be positive, try and learn as many things as possible: Rahane’s advice to Rishabh Pant

Wellington [New Zealand], Feb 20 (ANI): India's Test batsman Ajinkya Rahane on Thursday said that out of form wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has to be positive to try and learn as many things as possible from any of…

I think it might spin a bit because of moisture, dampness: Ajinkya Rahane

Wellington [New Zealand], Feb 20 (ANI): India's Test batsman and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on Thursday said the wicket will help the spinners in the first session of the game because of the moisture and dampness."I think it might…

Liverpool confirm New Delhi as next stop for interactive roadshow LFC World

New Delhi [India], Feb 20 (ANI): Premier League club Liverpool FC has confirmed Delhi as the next stop for its interactive roadshow, LFC World. Emile Heskey and Jason McAteer will be a part of the event, giving local…

PCB suspends Umar Akmal under Anti-Corruption Code

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb 20 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday suspended Umar Akmal with immediate effect under Article 4.7.1 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, which means he cannot take part in any cricket-related activity pending the…

Virat Kohli numero uno batsman in all formats, says Kane Williamson

Wellington [New Zealand], Feb 20 (ANI): New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on Wednesday said India skipper Virat Kohli is the best in all three formats of the game.Williamson further said that India's top spot in the World Test…

India are world-class side with world-class pace attack: Kane Williamson

Wellington [New Zealand], Feb 20 (ANI): Ahead of the first Test against India, New Zeland skipper Kane Williamson said the Men in Blue are a world-class side with a world-class pace unit that has performed in all conditions.India's…

Matt Henry to replace Neil Wagner in first Test against India, says Williamson

Wellington [New Zealand], Feb 20 (ANI): New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Thursday said Matt Henry will play the first Test against India in place of Neil Wagner."We are naming twelve, so Matt Henry coming for Neil Wagner…

Molly Strano replaces Tayla Vlaeminck in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad

Sydney [Australia], Feb 20 (ANI): Molly Strano replaced injured Tayla Vlaeminck in Australia's squad after the approval of the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 on Thursday.Off-spinner Strano, 27, who has played five…

India recommended as host for AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], Feb 20 (ANI): India has been recommended as the first South Asian hosts for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Asian Cup 2022 by the AFC Women's Football Committee which met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia…

Looking forward to hostile reception from SA fans, says Steve Smith

Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb 19 (ANI): Ahead of the three-match T20I series against South Africa, Australia batsman Steve Smith on Wednesday said that he is looking forward to the hostile reception thrown at him from Proteas fans.Australia has…

FC Goa becomes first Indian club to qualify for AFC Champions League

Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) [India], Feb 19 (ANI): FC Goa on Wednesday scripted history as the club became the first Indian team to qualify for the group stages of the AFC Champions League.AFC Champions League, which is viewed as Asia's…

‘These allegations are not true’: Manchester City’s CEO slams UEFA

Manchester [UK], Feb 19 (ANI): Days after being handed a two-year suspension from Champions League, Manchester City's CEO Ferran Soriano has slammed the UEFA's ruling, saying the allegations are not true.His remarks came as UEFA on Friday decided…

Parupalli Kashyap crashes out of Spain Masters

Barcelona [Spain], Feb 19 (ANI): Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap crashed out of the ongoing Spain Masters tournament on Wednesday after retiring midway during his first-round match.Kashyap had won the first game, 21-19 against Brazil's Ygor Coelho, b...

Can’t wait to play at Motera Stadium, says Rohit Sharma

New Delhi [India], Feb 19 (ANI): India's opening batsman Rohit Sharma on Wednesday said that he cannot wait to play some cricket at the world's largest cricket stadium- Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.Motera Stadium will be unveiled on February…

Bangladesh to appoint new ODI skipper after series against Zimbabwe

London [UK], Feb 19 (ANI): Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan on Wednesday confirmed that the side would be appointing a new ODI skipper after the series against Zimbabwe.This means that Mashrafe Mortaza will lead the Bangladesh…

India U-17 women outclass Romania in second friendly match

Turkler [Turkey], Feb 19 (ANI): The India U-17 women's team on Wednesday registered a 1-0 victory over Romania at Turkler, Turkey.After playing out a 3-3 draw in the first match, India managed to emerge triumphant in the second…

Spain Masters: Saina Nehwal cruises into second round

Barcelona [Spain], Feb 19 (ANI): Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on Wednesday progressed to the second round of the ongoing Spain Masters tournament.The 29-year-old defeated Germany's Yvonne Li 21-16, 21-14.Nehwal did not let her opponent create any sort ...

Traditional sports parameter cannot be compared with Olympic sports, says Rijiju

New Delhi [India], Feb 19 (ANI): Reacting to another Kambala racer Nishant Shetty who broke Srinivas Gowda's 100m record, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said that parameter level of traditional sport cannot…

Yuvraj Singh denies reports of him starring in webseries

New Delhi [India], Feb 19 (ANI): Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh on Wednesday denied reports of him starring in a web-series.His explanation came a day after some media outlets reported that the left-handed batsman would be starring in…

We can put pressure on any team: Harmanpreet Kaur ahead of T20 World Cup

Sydney [Australia], Feb 19 (ANI): Ahead of the Women's T20 World Cup, India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur on Wednesday said that her team can put pressure on each of their opponents."The nerves do start to kick in because we…

Chelsea bans Manchester United’s supporters over alleged homophobic slurs

London [UK], Feb 19 (ANI): England football club Chelsea on Wednesday banned few Manchester United's supporters over allegedly hurling homophobic slurs during their Premier League clash.Chelsea and Manchester United took on each other on Monday and the...

Cheteshwar Pujara to represent Gloucestershire in County Championship

Gloucester [UK], Feb 19 (ANI): India top-order Cheteshwar Pujara on Wednesday was signed by England county Gloucestershire for the upcoming County Championship.The batsman will be representing the County for the first six matches of the Championship.He...

Would happily share the number one spot with New Zealand: Virat Kohli

Wellington [New Zealand], Feb 19 (ANI): Ahead of the two-match Test series against New Zealand, Indian High Commission on Wednesday hosted a reception for the Men in Blue in Wellington.Speaking on the occasion, skipper Kohli said that New…

Dimuth Karunaratne to lead Sri Lanka ODI squad against West Indies, Thisara Perera returns

Colombo [Sri Lanka], Feb 19 (ANI): Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday announced its 15-member ODI squad against the West Indies. Dimuth Karunaratne will lead the side for the three-match series.Thisara Perera has returned to the ODI outfit…

We are the happiest team at World Cup: Smriti Mandhana

Sydney [Australia], Feb 19 (ANI): Ahead of the upcoming Women's T20 World Cup, India's Smriti Mandhana on Wednesday said that the side is in good shape and really happy going to the apex tournament.She also reckoned that Thailand…

Sourav Ganguly ‘can’t wait’ to witness newly-revamped Motera Stadium

New Delhi [India], Feb 19 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly is very eager to witness the world's largest cricket stadium -Motera Stadium - which will unveil on February 24 in…

Tayla Vlaeminck picks up foot injury ahead of T20 World Cup

Sydney [Australia], Feb 19 (ANI): Ahead of the Women's T20 World Cup opening game against India, Australia suffered a major blow as their pacer Tayla Vlaeminck has picked up a foot injury.Vlaeminck was seen wearing a 'moon boot'…

Australia deserves to win the T20 cup, says Clarke

Melbourne [Australia], Feb 19 (ANI): Former World Cup-winning captain Michael Clarke said the Australian side deserves to win the Women's T20 World Cup 2020.Australia is hosting the seventh edition of the biennial tournament from February 21 to March…

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020: Navi Mumbai to host final on Nov 21

New Delhi [India], Feb 19 (ANI): The stage is set for the future stars of women's football as the match schedule and host cities for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2020 were unveiled by FIFA and…

Marcus Stoinis ruled out of Australia A squad against England Lions match

Melbourne [Australia], Feb 19 (ANI): All-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been ruled out of Australia A squad against the England Lions on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury.Stoinis sustained the injury in the Marsh Sheffield Shield match against South…

Bumrah can trouble New Zealand, says Ross Taylor

Wellington [New Zealand], Feb 19 (ANI): New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor on Wednesday said the Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah can put the hosts in trouble and the addition of pacer Ishant Sharma in the squad will bring the…

Players will take a lot more breaks in future, says Virat Kohli

Wellington [New Zealand], Feb 19 (ANI): Ahead of the Test series against New Zealand, India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said that players who play all three formats will take more breaks from their tight cricketing schedule in…

Matt Henry to join New Zealand Test squad as cover for Neil Wagner

Wellington [New Zealand], Feb 19 (ANI): Ahead of the first Test against India, New Zealand have included pacer Matt Henry in the squad as cover for Neil Wagner.Wagner is awaiting the birth of his child. Henry will join…

New Zealand has to be best in all departments to defeat India, says Ross Taylor

Wellington [New Zealand], Feb 19 (ANI): New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor said the team has to be good in all three departments in order to defeat India in the Test series.The two-match Test series is part of ICC's…

We want Prithvi to play his natural game, says Virat Kohli

Wellington [New Zealand], Feb 19 (ANI): Ahead of the Test series against New Zealand, India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday praised opener Prithvi Shaw and said the team wants him to play his natural game."Prithvi is a very…

Mary Pierce to visit Delhi as Ambassador of Roland-Garros Junior Wild Card Series beginning Feb 24

New Delhi [India], Feb 19 (ANI): The sixth edition of the Roland-Garros Junior Wild Card Series will be held at the clay courts of Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) here from February 24, with four-time Grand Slam champion…

Sunil Kumar clinches gold in Greco-Roman at Asian Wrestling Championships, ends India’s 27-year drought

New Delhi [India], Feb 18 (ANI): Sunil Kumar on Tuesday clinched the gold medal in 87 kg in the Greco-Roman after defeating Azat Salidinov of Kyrgyzstan 5-0 in 2020 Asian Wrestling Championships here.With this win, Sunil ended India's…

Middlesex signs Dimitri Mascarenhas as Bowling coach

London [UK], Feb 18 (ANI): Former England all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas will re-join Middlesex Cricket as a specialist T20 bowling coach on a two-year deal, the club announced on Tuesday.After announcing retirement in 2014, Mascarenhas has been a par...

Manchester United can catch fourth spot in Premier League, says Matic

Manchester [UK], Feb 18 (ANI): After defeating Chelsea in the Premier League clash, Manchester United's Nemanja Matic said that the win against The Blues was very big and the side is very confident of claiming the fourth spot…

IOA asks Chhattisgarh Olympic Association to start process of electing executive board

New Delhi [India], Feb 18 (ANI): Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Dhruv Batra on Tuesday requested Chhattisgarh Olympic Association (COA) to start the election process of Executive Board (EB).The tenure of the Executive Board of COA ...

Allan Donald appointed VKB Knights head coach

London [UK], Feb 18 (ANI): Former Proteas fast bowler Allan Donald was appointed as the new head coach of the VKB Knights on Tuesday.Donald's tenure as a coach will begin on May 1 for the 2020-21 season, reported…

Moeen Ali to lead Birmingham Phoenix men’s team in ‘The Hundred’

London [UK], Feb 18 (ANI): England all-rounder Moeen Ali will lead the Birmingham Phoenix men's team in the inaugural edition of 'The Hundred' slated to be played next year, the tournament's official website confirmed on Tuesday.The 32-year-old player…

Temba Bavuma ruled out of first T20I against Australia

New Delhi [India], Feb 18 (ANI): Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday confirmed that Temba Bavuma has been ruled out of the first T20I against Australia after suffering a hamstring injury.The 29-year-old Bavuma got injured while fielding in…