NEW DELHI: New Zealand is the latest country after UAE and Sri Lanka which has offered to host the IPL in case the billion dollar league can't be held in India due to rising cases of coronavirus. The postponement announcement of the T20 World Cup, to be held in October-November in Australia, is imminent, creating a window for the IPL. The BCCI has already zeroed in on the end September-early November window for the IPL. The board's first choice is staging the tournament at home but that is looking increasingly unlikely with India have the third largest case load of coronavirus cases behind Brazil and USA. "Staging the event in India has to be the first choice but in case
Kusal Mendis. (Photo by Andy Kearns/Getty Images)COLOMBO: Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis was on Sunday arrested for knocking down a pedestrian while driving, police said. Mendis hit a 74-year-old man, killing him in the wee hours, in the Colombo suburb of Panadura. He is to be produced before a magistrate later on Sunday, police said. The 25-year-old wicket-keeper batsman has represented Sri Lanka in 44 Tests and 76 ODIs. Mendis was part of the national squad which had resumed training after the Covid-19 lockdown. Sri Lanka's international assignments, including a tour by India, have been cancelled due to the pandemic.
MS Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara ahead of the 2011 World Cup final. (ICC Photo)DUBAI: The ICC on Friday said there is no reason to doubt the integrity of the 2011 World Cup final in which India defeated Sri Lanka, asserting that it has not been provided any evidence that would merit an investigation into the game. The world body's statement came after Sri Lanka Police's special investigation division on Friday called off a probe into allegations by former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage that the final was fixed by "certain parties" in Sri Lanka. the police said it found evidence supporting Aluthgamage's unsubstantiated claims. "We have no reason to doubt the integrity of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Final 2011,"
(Getty Images)NEW DELHI: A T20 match played near Chandigarh but streamed online as a game in Sri Lanka has caught the attention of BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit, the Punjab Police and also a little known cricket association in the island country. The 'Indian Express' reported on Friday that the game played on June 29 took place in Sawara village, 16 km from Chandigarh, but was streamed as a 'Uva T20 League' match in Sri Lanka's Badulla city, home of the Uva Province Cricket Association. While Punjab Police officials said an investigation is currently on to ascertain if a betting syndicate was involved, the BCCI asserted that it is keeping an eye, but only to the extent of getting details of those
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: The Bangladesh Cricket Board wants the ICC to extend the World Test Championship cycle as it does not foresee the side playing its eight recently-cancelled matches because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has taken a toll on the international calender with Bangladesh missing eight Tests which were part of the ICC Test Championship which was launched on August 1 last year. The eight Tests include one away match against Pakistan in April, a two-match series against Australia in June, two Tests against New Zealand along with three against Sri Lanka. "Unless the current ICC Test Championship cycle is extended there is no way we can play those eight Test matches in the stipulated time frame of the
Kumar Sangakkara. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto via Getty Images)CHENNAI: Cricket aficionados will always swear by former Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara’s batting prowess and his nimble footwork. But not many would know that Sanga was blessed with terrific dancing skills too. Former Sri Lankan batsman Russel Arnold -- during the chat show Homerun with AV with sports commentator Arun Venugopal on his YouTube channel Gethist Creative --- divulged how he and Sanga had taken dancing classes together. He revealed that Sanga shone on the dance floor too. “Oh yes, his footwork was top class. For ballroom dancing, your footwork ought to be good. On the other hand, I had absolutely no rhythm. So, I couldn’t complete my dance lessons, but
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
MUMBAI: The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has written a letter to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) citing disappointment over media comments that the proposed Asia Cup for the year 2020 was being moved to Sri Lanka. While there is no certainty that the tournament will happen this year, especially with top BCCI officials confirming to TOI last week that "no call has been taken on the Asia Cup yet", the Emirates Cricket Board is still upset that the ACC sought to ignore their earlier arrangement without prior intimation. "Yes, the ECB has written a letter to the ACC and naturally we are disappointed. Three days before the ACC meeting – on June 8 – we were in advanced talks to
(TOI Photo)MUMBAI: Rohit Sharma might come across as instinctive captain but all his decisions are weighed carefully after gathering a lot of information about opponents, said Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene. Mumbai Indians, led by Rohit, is the IPL's most successful franchise, having won the cash-rich league a record four times. "He (Rohit) is an instinctive leader for sure. But at the same time Rohit gathers a lot of information as well, I think that's his strength," Jayawardene said on ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop' show aired on Sony Sports Instagram page. What Jayawardene likes about India's white ball vice-captain is his ability to gather information. "Ro (as he is referred to by Mahela) does get a lot of information and
Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni. (Getty Images)MUMBAI: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes that Mahendra Singh Dhoni would have been a different player with all batting records in his kitty had the Indian captain opted batting one down in 50-over format. Gambhir was asked to choose between current India skipper Virat Kohli and Dhoni, to chase down a target. "It's very difficult to compare both of them because one bats at No. 3, one bats at No. 6 or 7," Gambhir said on Star Sports show 'Cricket Connected'. According to Gambhir, with the kind of flat pitches on offer and quality of current bowling attacks in world cricket now, the Jharkhand dasher could have broken most of the records had
LONDON: Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq is adamant Pakistan's upcoming tour of England amid the coronavirus pandemic is not dependent upon a return visit. Next month international cricket is set to resume for the first time since the outbreak as England host the West Indies in a three-Test series staged behind closed doors. Pakistan are also meant to play three Tests, as well as three Twenty20s, in a series scheduled to start on August 5, although the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have still to confirm the dates. Major international teams stopped touring Pakistan after Sri Lanka's team bus was attacked by armed militants in Lahore in 2009 and, although some have returned recently, it is 15 years since England last