(Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto via Getty Images)COLOMBO: Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has been asked to record his statement in front of a special investigating unit of the Sports Ministry probing allegations that the country's 2011 World Cup Final loss to India was fixed, local media reported. Sri Lanka's sports ministry last month ordered an investigation into former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage's allegation that the national cricket team's loss to India in the 2011 World Cup final was fixed by "certain parties". Sangakkara was captain of the Sri Lankan team at that time. According to local newspaper 'Daily Mirror', which quoted SSP W A J H Fonseka, a Special Investigation Division of the Ministry of Sports has asked Sangakkara
(Photo by Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)NEW DELHI: Former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers said that the semifinal loss to New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup wore him down for about a year and played a huge role in his sudden decision to retire from international cricket. South Africa were left heartbroken when they suffered a four-wicket loss to New Zealand via D/L method in a rain-affected 2015 World Cup semifinal and de Villiers accepted that he had struggled to come to terms with it. "That really wore me down a touch but I kept playing, I tried to bite the bullet, I tried to be there. I was batting really well. I still had incredible friendships and
NEW DELHI: Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting on Tuesday shared treasuring memories from the three World Cup-winning campaigns. Taking to Twitter, Ponting shared the memorabilia from the World Cup winning campaigns and he captioned the post as: "Treasured memories from three successful World Cup campaigns". Treasured memories from three successful World Cup campaigns https://t.co/icugkVfD19— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) 1593593362000Australia has won the World Cup maximum number of times as the side brought the trophy home on five occasions. The side from Down Under won the coveted prize in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015. Ponting was part of three World Cup winning squads. In 1999, he was part of the winning side under the leadership of Steve Waugh. Australia had
NEW DELHI: Nitin Menon, the youngest member in the ICC elite panel of umpires, considers the Ashes series as the ultimate challenge but he says the biggest challenge in prevailing circumstances is to ensure that the players, knowingly or unknowingly, don't apply saliva on the ball. Menon, 36, quit his playing career when he was 22 and shifted to his family profession of umpiring. The "practical" move culminated in Menon making his international debut three years ago and his entry into the 12-member panel on Monday is the icing on the cake. Having become part of the elite club in unprecedented times of COVID-19, Menon doesn't know what his next assignment will be but is fully aware that enforcing ICC's
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has ordered a criminal probe into allegations the 2011 cricket World Cup final was "sold" to India, officials said on Monday. "A criminal investigation has begun," KDS Ruwanchandra, the secretary to the sports ministry, told AFP. "It is handled by the (police) independent Special Investigation Unit on sports-related offences." Former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claimed earlier this month that Sri Lanka sold the match to ensure an Indian victory. "I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved," Aluthgamage said. The island nation's 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has also cast doubt on the result and previously called for an investigation. Local media reports said former skipper
NEW DELHI: Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen, who ringed in his 40th birthday on Saturday, received a hilarious birthday wish from former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh. "@KP24 my friend it's your birthday Clinking beer mugs wish I was there to chuck pies at you and smash your face with them! Have a wonderful day and year ahead buddy! More power to you," Yuvraj tweeted. @KP24 my friend it’s your birthday 🍻 wish I was there to chuck pies 🥧 at you and smash your face with them! Have a… https://t.co/n0sIPsEnGo— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) 1593268575000The right-handed Pietersen who is one of the most active former cricketers on Twitter soon replied to Yuvraj's post and said, "Hahaha! Hopefully soon bro!" @YUVSTRONG12 Hahaha!
Vijay Shankar. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)NEW DELHI: India all-rounder Vijay Shankar has recalled his World Cup debut which came in a high-octane clash against Pakistan in Manchester last year. Talking on Bharat Army podcast during 'Cricket World Cup 2019 Rewind', Shankar also revealed how the Indian players were abused by a Pakistan fan before their group-stage match against the arch-rivals on June 16 at the Old Trafford. "Few of us players had gone out for coffee one day before the game, when a Pakistan fan came up to us and he was literally abusing us. So that was my first experience of an India-Pakistan game," Shankar said. "We just had to take it. He was abusing us and recording
Aaron Finch. (TOI Photo) MELBOURNE: He has not been in the middle since March but that has not stopped Australia's limited-overs captain Aaron Finch from constantly thinking about the game, so much so that he is already plotting a title bid for the 2023 ODI World Cup in India. The T20 World Cup in Australia later this year looks unlikely due to the COVID-19 pandemic while India have the rights for the 2021 edition. India also host the 50-over showpiece event in 2023 and Finch feels it is time zero in on a pool for sub-continental conditions. "I'm a cricket nuffy so you are always thinking about it, especially being captain and with what's coming up with the T20 World
Ian Smith. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)CHENNAI: Former New Zealand wicket-keeper Ian Smith was known as a gutsy character during his playing days. The 63-year-old, who represented Kiwis in 63 Tests and 98 ODIs, traded his gloves for the microphone once he called it quits from the game. Smith is today regarded as one of the most recognizable voices on the commentary panel. Sharing his views on the 'Inside Out Extra' show hosted on the ICC website, Smith recalled the greatest game he had the privilege to air his views on. "The 2019 World Cup final at Lord's will have to be right up there as one of the greatest games of cricket I have seen or perhaps likely to
NEW DELHI: Reminiscing about the 1983 World Cup triumph, former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday said that it was a 'landmark event in my life'. Today, India is celebrating the completion of the 37 years of the maiden World Cup victory under the leadership of Kapil Dev. Tendulkar took to Twitter to write, "The #WorldCup1983 Final like for many was a landmark event in my life. Still recall my friends & I celebrating all wickets right from BS Sandhu's epic delivery to Greenidge to Kapil Paaji's catch. We jumped & celebrated the fall of each wicket! What an evening it was." The #WorldCup1983 Final like for many was a landmark event in my life. Still recall my friends &
NEW DELHI: Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and current head coach Ravi Shastri on Thursday engaged in a hilarious conversation on Twitter. It all started with Yuvraj wishing India's 1983 World Cup-winning team on the anniversary of the historic moment. On this day, 37 years ago, India stunned West Indies by 43 runs at the iconic Lord's to win their first-ever World Cup. His post read: "A moment of national pride, our seniors lifted the 1983 Cricket World Cup on this day. Congratulations to every member of the 1983 team. You set the benchmark for us to achieve the same in 2011. Look forward to India becoming a world champion in all sports." Shastri took note of the message and
NEW DELHI: With the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan saying that the board has asked for written assurance from the ICC that there will not be any visa related issues from the Indian government when the team comes to play the 2021 T20 World Cup and the 2023 World Cup in country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked for a 'no terror attack' guarantee from the PCB. Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that while the ICC rules clearly state that there should be no governmental interference in the running of the game, the same also applies for cricket boards and they shouldn't interfere in the running of the government. The
Srikkanth (TOI Photo)NEW DELHI: On the 37th anniversary when India lifted their first-ever cricket World Cup title in 1983, former Indian Cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Thursday termed the victory as a revolution which changed the shorter format cricket and shaped budding cricketers. 1983 World Cup-winning member Srikkanth recalled the journey to the prestigious title and said the Indian side went as the underdog in the pinnacle of cricket. "When India went for the 1983 World Cup, the previous two World Cups were a disaster for India, we hardly did anything in 1975 and 1979, with mighty West Indies who had won the title two times and the tournament being played in England, no one gave India a chance, any purist
Dilip Vengsarkar with Kapil Dev (TOI Photo)KOLKATA: Former India batting great Dilip Vengsarkar hailed India's 1983 World Cup win as a defining moment for the sport in the country, saying the nation never had to look back since that day in the sport which is now a religion in this part of the world. It was on June 25, 1983 that Team India, under the leadership of Kapil Dev, defied all odds and won their first-ever World Cup trophy. India had entered the World Cup with no expectations and nobody considered them as a title contender, considering the inexperience the team had of playing ODI cricket. Before the tournament, the Indian team had just played 40 ODIs and had in
Madan Lal (Getty Images)NEW DELHI: Madan Lal, who was an integral part of the World Cup-winning Indian team in 1983, on Thursday jogged down the memory lane to recall one of the best wins, not just in the history of Indian cricket but world cricket as well. India had entered the 1983 World Cup with zero expectations and nobody really considered them as title contenders, considering the inexperience the team had of playing ODI cricket. "We won one match in 1975 and one in the 1979 editions of the World Cup. So, we were underdogs going into 1983. That's why our victory in England was one of the biggest wins in Indian cricket and also in world cricket," Lal told
Syed Kirmani (TOI Photo)NEW DELHI: Reminiscing about the 1983 World Cup triumph, former India wicket-keeper batsman Syed Kirmani on Thursday relived the winning campaign and said that beating the West Indies in the very first match of the tournament was a 'game-changing' moment. India had defeated West Indies in the final of the 1983 World Cup to win their first 50-over World Cup. The Kapil Dev-led side was not given a chance by many people prior to the tournament, but in the end, the side defied all odds. The Kapil Dev-led side had also faced West Indies in their first match of the tournament and the side emerged triumphant by 34 runs. "The first love cannot be forgotten, so the
NEW DELHI: Remembering the 1983 World Cup triumph, former India all-rounder Kapil Dev on Thursday said that the tournament win made a big difference in the country as parents started inculcating values of sport in the minds of their children. India had defeated West Indies in the final of the 1983 World Cup to win their first 50-over World Cup. The Kapil Dev-led side was not given a chance by many people prior to the tournament, but in the end, the side defied all odds. "I can say we were proud about our team, we made ourselves proud by winning the tournament, the World Cup win is a wonderful thing, because of that the entire nation celebrated," Dev told ANI.
Representational Image (Getty)NEW DELHI: A senior official of the ICC's anti-corruption unit feels that making match-fixing a criminal offence in India will be the "single-most-effective thing" in a country where the police are "operating with one hand tied behind their back" in the absence of any stringent law. Legal experts have been advocating for years the need to criminalise match-fixing in India, the lack of which has meant that the hands of authorities have been tied when it comes to investigating corruption in the popular sport. "At the moment with no legislation in place, we'll have good relations with Indian police, but they are operating with one hand tied behind their back," ICC ACU's coordinator of investigations, Steve Richardson, was
NEW DELHI: To say that the 1983 World Cup victory was a watershed moment for Indian cricket would be an understatement. It was on June 25, 1983, exactly 37 years ago, at Lord’s that the Indian team, led by the flamboyant Kapil Dev stunned two-time defending World champions West Indies to perhaps change the game forever. Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has more than once said that it was the 1983 World Cup victory that inspired him to play the game and he was one among millions for whom the game became an obsession, thanks to the exploits of the Indian team in the 1983 World Cup. Mohinder Amarnath, who played 69 Tests and 85 ODIs for India, played a
NEW DELHI: It was on June 25, 1983, when India lifted their first-ever cricket World Cup title, defeating West Indies in the finals by 43 runs at the Lord's Cricket Ground. It is now 37 years to India's triumph in the tournament. The World Cup-winning team was led by all-rounder Kapil Dev. India's World Cup final playing XI included Sunil Gavaskar, K Srikkanth, Mohinder Amarnath, Yashpal Sharma, SM Patil, Kapil Dev (c), Kirti Azad, Roger Binny, Madan Lal, Syed Kirmani, and Balwinder Sandhu. After the win, cricket got a fillip in the country, elevating the sport to religion for fans with every child wanting to become a cricketer. In the finals between India and West Indies, the latter won the
(Photo by Professional Sport/Popperfoto via Getty Images)MUMBAI: Former India batsman Kris Srikkanth said they never thought they had any scope of winning the 1983 World Cup final after being bundled out for a meagre 183 but a pep-talk from skipper Kapil Dev spurred the side to victory. India had defeated the mighty West Indies by 43 runs in the 1983 World Cup final at Lord's in England. The Kapil Dev-led side was bundled out for 183, but they returned to bowl out the two-time champions for 140. On the eve of the 37th anniversary of that memorable win, Srikkanth, who had top-scored with 38 in the low-scoring final, recollected memories from that fascinating match. "With the batting line-up that West
JP Duminy. (TOI Photo)CHENNAI: The South African cricket team is going through a transition phase and former Proteas allrounder JP Duminy feels that the side must find the balance of inclusivity when it comes to selecting players. In South Africa's domestic cricket, the country has a strict quota system which allows a franchise to field only five white players. The rule states that at least six players in the team's first XI must be native South Africans. The national team, on the other hand, too has to play an average of six coloured players in a season, with two mandatory black Africans in the starting XI. Duminy, who retired from international cricket after the 2019 World Cup, feels that a
(Getty Images)CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu allrounder Vijay Shankar may have only featured in 12 ODIs and 9 T20s for India, but the 29-year-old made an immediate impact on his World Cup debut game against Pakistan in Manchester last year. In the marque clash held on June 16, Shankar became the third bowler in the ODI World Cup history to scalp a wicket off the very first ball he bowled. Brought into the attack in the 5th over after Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up a hamstring niggle, Shankar justified skipper Virat Kohli’s move as he trapped Pakistan Imam-ul-Haq in front. Later, Shankar also accounted for the then Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed. “I didn’t think that I would be given the ball so early
File Pic: Robin Uthappa (TOI Photo)NAGPUR: When Robin Uthappa started playing, he had different challenges from other kids. His growth was halted due to medication he was taking because of epilepsy. The former India batsman had his own battles but he fought them to come out with flying colours. He would have loved to don the white uniform for the country and play more than 46 ODIs and 13 T20s. Despite various challenges, Uthappa reached the top and rubbed shoulders with some of the best in the world. He played a big part in India's Twenty20 triumph in South Africa in 2007. However, it wasn't easy for the Karnataka batsman to reach the top with health issues. "I had to
India captain Virat Kohli shakes hands with Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed after the match. (Getty Images)NEW DELHI: It was on June 16, 2019, when star cricketer Rohit Sharma's gutsy knock of 140 runs in just 113 balls guided India a win over Pakistan in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup at the Old Trafford in Manchester. With this win, India maintained their unbeaten streak (7-0) over Pakistan in the 50 over World Cup. In the match, the Men in Blue displayed a clinical performance against arch-rivals Pakistan. Batting first, India posted 336 runs on the board, owing to Rohit's 24th ODI ton. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul registered fifty-plus scores and India had no problem in defending the total as
Gary Kirsten. (TOI Photo)NEW DELHI: He was never interested in coaching neither did he apply for the job, but it took exactly seven minutes for Gary Kirsten to land the high-profile India coach's job back in 2007, a process set in motion by the great Sunil Gavaskar. Speaking on the 'Cricket Collective' podcast, Kirsten recalled the "bizarre" series of events that unfolded in 2007. Kirsten said he went for interview on the invitation of Gavaskar, who was part of the coach selection panel, and ended up with the job after being offered his predecessor Greg Chappell's contract. "I got an email from Sunil Gavaskar - would I consider coaching the Indian team," Kirsten recalled. "I thought it was a hoax.
NEW DELHI: Former Indian bowler Irfan Pathan on Saturday said that it was an 'absolute privilege' for him to have shared the dressing room with former cricketer VVS Laxman. Earlier in the day, Laxman had shared a photo of Pathan as part of his initiative of paying tribute to his teammates, who have influenced him immensely. Despite grappling with his fair share of challenges, @IrfanPathan retained his fierce passion for the sport. Along… https://t.co/0TUxY90916— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 1592017483000The right-handed batsman applauded the former Indian all-rounder for his passion for cricket despite facing many barriers in his career. Replying to Laxman's tweet, Pathan said, "Thank you bhai. It was an absolute privilege to have shared dressing with you and now our
Sachin Tendulkar. (TOI Photo)NEW DELHI: The legendary Sachin Tendulkar said on Saturday that the decision to conduct the T20 World Cup rests with Cricket Australia, who will have to take the difficult call of whether they can go ahead with the tournament as per schedule in October. The ICC is yet to take a call on whether they will go ahead with the scheduled tournament Down Under now that the curve has flattened in Australia and 25 percent crowd is set to be allowed to enter the stadium. "If we speak about the T20 (World Cup), I feel it is the decision of the Australian Board whether they will be able to conduct the tournament," Tendulkar told Aaj Tak channel.
Mark Butcher. (Getty Images)LONDON: Former opener Mark Butcher is proud of the multi-cultural England cricket team but admits that there needs a structural shift which is inclusive in nature for black and coloured people. Just like current England paceman James Anderson, Butcher also cited about the dwindling number of black cricketers in country's top flight teams -- counties and national team. With killing of African-American George Floyd by a white policeman in the United States, the sporting fraternity has joined the worldwide campaign against racial discrimination. "I would say cricket is as clean a game as any, the game is as multicultural as any - just look at the England team that won the World Cup. I think that is
MELBOURNE: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday hinted at the return of up to 10,000 spectators at sporting venues from July as the country races against time to be ready for the T20 World Cup in October-November and eagerly awaits a Test series against India after that. The International Cricket Council is likely to decide the fate of the World Cup next month. The 16-team tournament is in serious doubt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Test series against India is scheduled in December. Morrison said, initially, stadiums with a capacity below 40,000 will be allowed to house up to 10,000 fans, leaving out iconic cricket grounds like MCG, SCG and Adelaide Oval. "This is going to be looked
CANBERRA: India might not have to tour Australia and play their matches in front of empty stands later this year after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday said sports stadiums capable of seating 40,000 people will be allowed to host crowds of up to 10,000 from next month, in further relaxation of coronavirus restrictions. The four Tests of the much-anticipated series will be played at Gabba, Adelaide Oval, MCG and the SCG respectively starting December 3, Cricket Australia (CA) had said recently. "For outdoor venues up to 40,000 spectator capacity, ticketed and seated events will be able to be held in front of a crowd of no more than 25 per cent of capacity under Step 3," a statement
MUMBAI: The economics of cricket is on the verge of taking a massive hit and suffering a downfall like never before if the industry's perspective on the game is not taken into account. As the International Cricket Council (ICC) heads towards an election -- one that will see a new chairman coming on board -- the game's global administrators appear to be seeped in vote-bank politics as cricket itself stares down a dark, empty barrel. The ICC is debating on how to reschedule the T20 World Cup even as Cricket Australia (CA) chairman has written to the governing body that Australia does not want to host the 2020 T20 World Cup. In fact, they have conveyed that they would like to host