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Teenage Afghan googly wizard wows cricketing world

He’s 19 and from a country at war for decades, but Rashid Khan of Afghanistan is the toast of the cricket world with his leg-spin wizardry. From Thursday, the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 bowler will be in action as Afghanistan play their first ever Test match, the gruelling five-day format beloved of purists, against the mighty…

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Watson ton takes Chennai Super Kings to third IPL title

Shane Watson smashed an unbeaten 117 as Chennai Super Kings thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad to win their third Indian Premier League title in a spectacular return from a two-year corruption ban. The 36-year-old Australian hit eight sixes and 11 fours in a stunning 57 ball innings as Chennai took just 18.3 overs to overcome Hyderabad’s 178-6…

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Kohli to skip Surrey stint after suffering neck injury

India cricket captain Virat Kohli has suffered a neck injury during an Indian Premier League match and will not play for English county championship side Surrey next month, the country’s cricket board said on Thursday. Batsman Kohli had signed a one-month deal to represent Surrey in June to prepare for a test series against England…

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India flexes IPL muscle in hunt for more TV riches

The head of the multi-billion dollar Indian Premier League says the glitzy tournament is taking aim at football and basketball’s heartlands as India strengthens its role as world cricket’s financial powerhouse. The high-octane Twenty20 extravaganza — which reaches the climax of its 11th season this week — is doing “wonderfully well”, IPL chairperson Rajeev Shukla…

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India aims for women’s IPL in three years

India aims to launch a women’s version of its hugely popular Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament in the next three years, a senior official said Tuesday. As part of the build-up, top international women players will take part in a Twenty20 game at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium next week. “We are planning to get a…

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Kohli blasts ‘criminal’ bowling after IPL six-fest

Bangalore: Captain Virat Kohli slammed Royal Challengers’ bowling as “criminal” after Mahendra Singh Dhoni lifted Chennai Super Kings top of the Indian Premier League in a game featuring a record 33 sixes. Dhoni — who stood down for Kohli as India skipper in all formats last year — smashed an unbeaten 70 off 34 as…

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Dhoni triumphant as IPL sixes record smashed

CHENNAI: MS Dhoni smashed the ball into the crowd seven times — including to seal the winning runs — in a match that racked up a record number of Indian Premier League sixes as his Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore to go top of the table. Dhoni hit an unbeaten 34 ball 70…

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Indian police crack down on IPL betting racket

New Delhi: Indian police have arrested three men suspected of placing illegal bets on Indian Premier League matches as authorities crack down on gambling rackets that emerge around the billion-dollar franchise every year. The trio were accused of running an online betting syndicate from a residence in New Delhi. Nearly all gambling is illegal in…

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BCCI set for billion-dollar deal in media rights war

New Delhi, India: India’s cricket board is set to break the billion dollar barrier in its new media rights deal after two days of intense bidding between rival firms, which are scheduled to end Thursday. Bidding hit $926 million Wednesday in the fight between Star India, Sony and Reliance Jio for television and digital rights for…

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Williamson named Sunrisers captain after Warner exit

New Delhi: Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday named New Zealand’s Kane Williamson as captain after scandal-tainted Australian David Warner withdrew. “I have accepted the role to stand in as captain for this season. It’s an exciting opportunity with a talented group of players,” the 27-year-old Kiwi skipper said in a statement released…

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Ball-tampering: Warner, Smith ruled out of IPL

SYDNEY: Steve Smith and David Warner suffered a further blow on Wednesday after the BCCI confirmed that the pair will not be allowed to participate in this year’s Indian Premier League as a result of their part in the ball-tampering scandal currently engulfing Australian cricket. “The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Wednesday took cognizance of…

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Ranveer Singh to get र50m for 15-minute IPL performance

PHOTO: FILE Padmaavat sensation Ranveer Sindh will be paid 50 million rupees in Indian currency for a 15-minute performance at the Indian Premier League According to Pinkvilla, he will perform for 15 minutes at the opening ceremony of the 11th edition of IPL on April 7. “His appeal cuts across cities and age groups,” said…

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Smith quits as Royals IPL captain after scandal

New Delhi: Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals on Monday replaced Australia’s Steve Smith as captain over his role in a ball-tampering controversy. Smith, who is on a $1.9-million contract with the Royals, will be replaced by India’s Ajinkya Rahane as skipper for the new IPL season starting April 7. “Steve believes given the current…

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What has PSL done for Pakistan’s cricket?

By Roohan Ahmed Cricket has finally come back to Karachi, the city where I was born and started playing the game in the late 90s. Like thousands of fans, I too am grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board, its chairman Najam Sethi, the government and all the law-enforcement-agencies for making this city safe again for…

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IPL to adopt DRS for first time

New Delhi: This year’s Indian Premier League will feature the Decision Review System (DRS) for the first time, organisers have said. IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla confirmed that the technology will be used when the eleventh edition of the cash-rich tournament gets underway next month. “Yes, this idea has been going around for many years,” Shukla…

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Nepal teen IPL breakthrough boosts domestic cricket hopes

Kathmandu: Teenage leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane could boost the sagging fortunes of Nepal’s scandal-tainted domestic cricket with his breakthrough deal to become part of the Indian Premier League, officials said on Monday. Lamichhane, 17, made history Sunday becoming the first cricketer from Nepal to land an IPL contract when he was picked by the Delhi Daredevils…

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IPL 2018 Auction Live: Chris Gayle, Hashim Amla, Martin Guptill remain unsold

As many as 578 Indian and foreign cricket stars will go under the hammer in a two-day player auction for the 11th season of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL). The auction will be held from April 7 to May 27 in Bengaluru. This is probably the biggest IPL auction ever. with new broadcast deal…

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Root, Stokes among marquee players for IPL auction

MUMBAI: Foreign stars including England captain Joe Root, Australian paceman Mitchell Starc and South Africa captain Faf du Plessis dominate the list of top-ranking players for this year’s IPL auction. Bidding will start at $312,500 for the top 36 to come under the hammer next weekend, with the eight Indian Premier League teams expected to…

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Ponting to become part of Australia’s coaching staff

SYDNEY: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting will be a part of Australia’s coaching staff for the upcoming Twenty20 tri-series against England and New Zealand. He will be the as assistant coach to Darren Lehmann along with join Troy Cooley and Matthew Mott. The former Australian cricketer has previously worked with the team for a series…

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Joe Root urged not to play IPL 2018

LONDON: England’s Head Coach Trevor Bayliss has urged Joe Root to not participate in this 2018 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a busy international schedule this year. England has a busy international schedule this year as they have to play limited-over games in Australia and are also scheduled to tour New Zealand…

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Cricket: Stokes given nod to play in Indian cricket league

London: England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be eligible to play in the Indian Premier League despite still waiting to hear if he will be charged over an incident last year. The 26-year-old has missed the ongoing Ashes series after being banned from international duty while police investigate his alleged role in a fight outside a…

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