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Don't crucify Yuvraj for T20 final flop, says Sachin Tendulkar

Batting great Sachin Tendulkar has come out strongly in support of the beleaguered Yuvraj Singh after the left-hander's poor performance with the bat during India's loss to Sri Lanka in the World Twenty20 final on Sunday.

Shoaib Akhtar likely to be State Bank of Pakistan coach

Considered as one of the fastest bowlers of his generation, Shoaib Akhtar is now ready to bowl on a different pitch as the Rawalpindi Express is likely to coach the State Bank of Pakistan in the upcoming season.

Cricket fraternity rallies around under-fire Yuvi

India’s defeat in Sunday’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh against a brilliant Sri Lanka has left frustrated fans targeting Yuvraj Singh as the villain after his 21-ball 11 and inability to rotate the strike with Virat Kohli, in sublime touch but stuck at the other end.

India drop to 2nd but Kohli, Ashwin rise in ICC rankings

India lost their number one status toSri Lanka after being defeated in the World Twenty20 final but star batsman Virat Kohli and spinner R Ashwin today attained career-high positions of second and third respectively in the latest ICC rankings issued here.

IPL remains vulnerable to rot

Opulent opening and closing ceremonies, chopper lifts for franchise owners and celebrity-studded post-match parties became ritual in the IPL. But behind the facade of the happy, healthy tournament, a rot was quietly setting in.

Srinivasan and the game of thrones

Puppetmaster: The BCCI constitution bestows unbridled power on its president, but N Srinivasan has taken this to an extreme, damaging the credibility and image of the Board.

Why UAE for IPL matches, sports ministry asks BCCI

The sports ministry on Friday asked the Indian cricket board why non-regular venues in the UAE were selected ahead of regular ones for the IPL matches and what steps are being taken to check match-fixing and betting.

RCA cries foul over shifting of IPL matches to Gujarat

Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) on Friday cried foul after the BCCI shifted the IPL-7 matches from Jaipur to neighbouring Gujarat.

Mohammad Hafeez steps down as Pakistan T20 captain

All rounder Hafeez announced he was stepping down as the T20 captain and also as vice-captain of the test and one-day sides in Lahore on Thursday after a meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi.

IPL spot-fixing: Chandila's case lying in limbo

The recent turn of events in the BCCI, following the Supreme Court's intervention, has inadvertently granted some respite to Ajit Chandila, the lynchpin of the spot-fixing scandal in the IPL.

Hafeez requests Pak fans to not react like "bad losers"

Taking responsibility for Pakistan's failure to defend the World Twenty20 crown, captain Mohammed Hafeez has pleaded with the fans to accept it gracefully and not react like "bad losers".

Slow surfaces may queer the pitch for IPL

Indian Premier League organisers will not be very happy to see a trend that is emerging due to the wear and tear of wickets in Bangladesh. Inspection of venues for the IPL has already happened and franchise officials are paying regular visits to the venues.

Alastair Cook in favour of Kevin Pietersen axe

England captain Alastair Cook has given his backing for the "brave call" to end the international career of Kevin Pietersen.

West Indies blew us away in five overs: Pak coach Moin

WI blasted 82 runs in the last five overs to recover from 84-5 in the 15th over to finish at 166-5. They bowled out Pak for a paltry 82.  

Kohli pips Sachin, Dhoni to become most pricey sports celeb

Banking on consistency, Virat Kohli has scored over Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni in the ad game. At present, he endorses 12 brands. His match-winning knock in World T20 semis shows why he is a combination of Mr Dependable and the Master Blaster for advertisers.
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