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Stokes believes in-form England can top ODI rankings

England will climb to the top of the One-Day International (ODI) cricket world rankings if they can maintain their fine form in the format, all-rounder Ben Stokes said after the side completed a series victory in Bangladesh. Stokes played a key role with an unbeaten 47 as England won the ...

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Bishoo looks to tame Pakistan in pink-ball Test

SHARJAH: West Indian leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo says the novelty of using a pink ball can help bamboozle Pakistan’s batsmen when the teams meet in Asia’s first day-night Test in Dubai from Thursday. Bishoo warmed up for the landmark Test by taking 5-107 in a 36-over workout to help the West ...

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‘Messi deserves to retire as world champion’

MADRID: Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza believes Lionel Messi deserves to retire from international football in style as a World Cup winner. Messi flirted with the notion of quitting playing for his country after three successive final heartbreaks, to Germany in the 2014 World Cup and to Chile in the Copa ...

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Salman eager to perform after being named in PSL gold category

KARACHI: After the return of Mohammad Amir to international cricket earlier this year, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif now seem to be completing the full cycle of redemption after being named into the gold and silver categories, respectively, for the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Friday. “I ...

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England’s Ball in Dhaka ‘dream debut’

DHAKA: Fast bowler Jake Ball made a dream debut in Dhaka by becoming the first England bowler to take five wickets in his first one-day international during Friday’s 21-run win against Bangladesh. Bangladesh, replying to England’s 309-8, appeared to be coasting towards their target with opener Imrul Kayes (112) clubbing ...

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Pakistan get day-night Test warm-up in Australia

BRISBANE: Pakistan will warm up for their first day-night Test against Australia with a match under lights in the tropical city of Cairns, Cricket Australia said Friday. The world number one Test team will play a Cricket Australia XI in Queensland’s far north from December 8-10. The match will feature ...

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Indian board faces court intervention

NEW DELHI: The influential Indian cricket board is facing a possible leadership crisis after the country’s Supreme Court demanded it accept sweeping changes by Friday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) finds itself on a sticky wicket after it agreed to implement only part of a raft ...

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Pakistan ready for World Cup push, says Azhar

ABU DHABI: Pakistan’s one-day skipper Azhar Ali insisted Thursday that his fast developing team is well set to qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup. Pakistan whitewashed the West Indies 3-0 with a convincing 136-run win in the third and final one-dayer in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The series win ...

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Bangladesh hold war game ahead of England ODIs

DHAKA: Bangladeshi army commandos abseiled into the national stadium Thursday as they staged a war game designed to reassure England’s cricketers over their security on the eve of the opening ODI of their controversial tour. More than a dozen commandos scaled down ropes from helicopters hovering over the nets at ...

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Broad targets England ODI return for 2019 World Cup

Fast bowler Stuart Broad has fallen out of contention for a regular starting place in England’s One-Day International (ODI) side but the Test stalwart is “desperate” to represent his country at the 2019 World Cup on home soil. Broad, who climbed to the top of the Test bowlers rankings earlier ...

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