Virat Kohli to Mohammed Siraj: ‘Stay strong for your dad’s dream’

Mohammed Siraj, who opted to stay on with the India squad in Australia after his father died recently in Hyderabad, said the words of his mother and captain Virat Kohli helped him make the decision. “In this situation, the way the whole team has supported me felt very nice,” Siraj told bcci.tv. “They ensured there … Read more Virat Kohli to Mohammed Siraj: ‘Stay strong for your dad’s dream’

Kagiso Rabada on biosecure bubbles: ‘It’s almost like luxury prisons we are in’

South Africa’s cricketers are gearing up for a summer inside “luxury prisons” as they move from one biosecure bubble to the next for series against England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan (away, potentially, and at home) and Australia. Although Kagiso Rabada expects it to be difficult, he hopes the squad can keep perspective about their privilege. “It … Read more Kagiso Rabada on biosecure bubbles: ‘It’s almost like luxury prisons we are in’

Imran Khan’s Kabul visit might help revive Afghanistan vs Pakistan bilateral cricket

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan‘s visit to Afghanistan last week could well pave the way for a revival of cricketing ties between the two neighbouring countries. The relations were severed in 2017 following a bomb blast in Kabul, for which the Afghan authorities had blamed Pakistan. Imran’s visit to Afghanistan, his first since forming the … Read more Imran Khan’s Kabul visit might help revive Afghanistan vs Pakistan bilateral cricket

Century ‘didn’t really mean a lot’ to Alyssa Healy, but caps a year where she has led the game

The head sinks after a huge, protracted sigh is let out. You cannot be sure if it’s one of relief or disappointment, or an even more obscure blend of both. Obvious visual clues are scarce, so much of what you grasp of the varied celebrations in the Sydney Sixers dugout, following their final-over victory against … Read more Century ‘didn’t really mean a lot’ to Alyssa Healy, but caps a year where she has led the game

David Warner carefully bats for Joe Burns in opening debate

David Warner has depicted Joe Burns as his most effective opening partner since Chris Rogers, while conceding that the Australian selectors will ultimately have the final say over whether he is partnered by the Queensland batsman or the rising star of Victoria’s Will Pucovski. The selection chairman Trevor Hohns made an extraordinary admission when announcing … Read more David Warner carefully bats for Joe Burns in opening debate

Perth and Melbourne handed BBL fixtures in January

Western Australia has been allocated its first top-level cricket of the season with five BBL matches penciled in for Perth during early January – including four home games for the Scorchers – and Melbourne will host 11 matches with confirmation of the remaining tournament fixtures which takes the competition to every major cricket market. While … Read more Perth and Melbourne handed BBL fixtures in January

Daniil Medvedev finds confidence, composure en route to first ATP Finals victory

LONDON — Daniil Medvedev winning the season-ending ATP Finals over Dominic Thiem on Sunday was a fitting end to tennis’ year in which very little went to script and the unexpected seemed to occur on a tournament-by-tournament basis. While Thiem, who had already won his first Grand Slam at the US Open in September and … Read more Daniil Medvedev finds confidence, composure en route to first ATP Finals victory

Alex Carey signs four-year deal to stay with Adelaide Strikers

Alex Carey has confirmed his future with the Adelaide Strikers after signing a four-year deal with the club. He is the Strikers’ third-highest run-scorer in the BBL, behind Travis Head and Jake Weatherald, and will be in line to captain the team for a large part of the tournament with Head away on Test duty. … Read more Alex Carey signs four-year deal to stay with Adelaide Strikers

Fakhar Zaman ruled out of NZ tour after developing Covid symptoms

Fakhar Zaman will miss Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand, with the Pakistan batsman dropped from the touring party as a precautionary measure after developing potential Covid-19 symptoms. The PCB announced in a press release that Zaman had tested negative as recently as Saturday, but after developing a fever while isolating with the rest of the … Read more Fakhar Zaman ruled out of NZ tour after developing Covid symptoms

Olly Stone ‘trying to bash that door down’ for England place

International opportunities have been few lately for Olly Stone – injuries have seen to that – so he is keen to grab the next one that comes along, hopefully for him, in next month’s ODI series against South Africa. It has been more than two years since Stone played the last of his four ODIs, … Read more Olly Stone ‘trying to bash that door down’ for England place