HindustanTimes Fri,25 Apr 2014


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.

T20 has changed since 2007: M S Dhoni

Things have changed a lot for Mahendra Singh Dhoni since that September evening when he led India to World Twenty20 triumph at Johannesburg in 2007, and the Indian captain feel those changes happening not just within him but also around him.

BCCI complies with SC, removes India Cements staff

Complying with the Supreme Court's order, the BCCI has given marching orders to all the employees of India Cements or its associate companies who were also part of the Cricket Board.

Royal mess: Self-serving officials, crony capitalism BCCI's biggest problems

The day the Board of Control for Cricket in India approved the constitutional amendment that allowed its members to own an IPL team, it sold itself to the commercial interests of the world.

Quiet joy as Srinivasan expected to hold sway

As of now, there is a win-win feeling within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) following the decisions taken by the Supreme Court on Friday.

Dark night is over, feel IPL stakeholders

By keeping Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in IPL7, the Supreme Court on Friday threw a lifeline not only to these franchises but also to the tournament that starts on April 16 in the UAE.

Gavaskar at best, a reluctant administrator

The current crisis in Indian cricket was triggered by corruption in the Indian Premier League and allegations of conflict of interest against N Srinivasan. Thus the Supreme Court’s interim orders on Friday focused a lot on Sunil Gavaskar’s appointment.
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