BCCI Set To Clear Indian Team’s Travel To South Africa: Report

Indian cricketers will travel to South Africa later this month despite the threat of new COVID-19 mutant Omicron as the BCCI is convinced that the bio-bubble being created by the CSA will be safe and secure for the players. The tour comprises three Tests, three ODIs and four T20 Internationals and is scheduled to start on December 17 at the Johannesburg. The players will remain in a water-tight environment during the near seven-week tour. “We are going to South Africa and that’s confirmed,” a senior BCCI official, privy to development,…

India A vs South Africa A Second Unofficial Test Ends In Draw

South Africa A players© Twitter/Cricket South Africa Bad light halted India A’s march towards a possible victory as their second unofficial Test against South Africa A ended in a draw on the fourth and final day of the match here on Friday. In pursuit of a 234-run target, India were going along nicely at 155 for three in their second innings when bad light forced an early stumps. India had more than 20 overs at their disposal and needed to score 79 runs but the weather conditions did not improve.…

“This is what dreams are made of”: Ajaz Patel After Day 1 In Mumbai Test

New Zealand’s Mumbai-born spinner Ajaz Patel on Friday called his four wickets on Day 1 of the second Test against India as “special” but said the job is only half done. Mayank Agarwal’s unbeaten 120 led India to 221/4 with Patel being the lone wicket-taker for New Zealand on a weather-affected day. The 33-year-old Patel migrated to New Zealand with his parents as an eight-year-old in 1996 and went on to represent the Kiwi senior team in 2018. Life has come full circle for the left-arm spinner who returned figures of…

SAI Approves Neeraj Chopra’s Off-season Training In USA

Neeraj Chopra© Instagram The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Friday approved an urgent proposal to enable Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra to travel to the US for a 90-day off-season training ahead of a busy 2022 season. The proposal, moved by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), was approved inside four hours to ensure the javelin thrower can fly out on Sunday, SAI said in a press release. The cost approved to train at the prestigious Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Centre under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme…

Dortmund “Praying” Erling Haaland Stays Next Season: Karl-Heinz Riedle

Borussia Dortmund legend Karl-Heinz Riedle says the Bundesliga club is ‘praying’ star striker Erling Haaland stays next season as they fend off interest from the Premier League. “We’re praying he will stay another year at Borussia Dortmund,” Riedle told international media on Friday. “It will be very difficult to keep him after this season, but he is a crucial player for us.” Haaland is set to feature on Saturday when Dortmund, who are second in the title race, host leaders Bayern Munich. Haaland’s contract runs until 2024 but a release…

Germany Dash Defending Champions India’s Hopes In Junior Hockey World Cup

Defending champions India’s dream of a second consecutive FIH Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup title was shattered on Friday as six-time winners Germany defeated the hosts 2-4 in Bhubaneswar. Germany will meet Argentina in the summit clash of the premier tournament. The Indians, who last won the Junior World Cup title in Lucknow in 2016, looked a pale shadow of themselves against Germany. The Germans scored through Erik Kleinlein (15th minute), Aron Flatten (21st), skipper Hannes Muller (24th) and Christopher Kutter (25th). For India, Uttam Singh (25th) and Boby Singh…

Centurion Mayank Agarwal Explains How Sunil Gavaskar’s Advice Helped

India opener Mayank Agarwal, who scored his fourth Test hundred on Day 1 of India vs New Zealand second and final Test match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, explained how suggestions from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar helped him improve his batting. Agarwal was going through a lean patch by his standards and there were question marks about his place in the side too but the right-hander gave a solid response on Friday. Agarwal remained unbeaten on 120 as India reached 221 for 4 at stumps on Day 1. The opening…

Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi Lauds Pace Partner Hasan Ali

Pakistan pace bowler Shaheen Afridi said on Friday he enjoyed bowling with Hasan Ali as the latter helped him put opponents under pressure in Test matches. Afridi and Hasan have emerged as Pakistan’s new pace bowling pair in 2021, taking 83 wickets in Tests between them. “I enjoy bowling with him. This year he has 39 wickets, I have 44. We bowl in partnership and plan between ourselves,” Afridi told reporters in Dhaka ahead of the second Test against Bangladesh, starting Saturday. If a batsman plays well, he added, the…

India vs New Zealand: “I Have Been Unlucky Sometimes”, Says Shubman Gill

IND vs NZ: Shubman Gill feels converting hundred into big scores is his strength© AFP Indian batter Shubman Gill feels converting hundred into big scores is his strength in the longest format of the game but admitted that he hasn’t been able to play to his full potential in the recent few innings. Gill scored 44 off 71 balls and was the first one to fall as India lost a wicket at 80 in the 28th over. The opening batter said he has been unlucky sometimes in scoring big runs…

Hamilton Sports Rainbow Helmet As Mercedes Face Criticism Over Sponsor

Lewis Hamilton, who will race in support of human rights and the LGBTQ+ community this weekend by wearing a rainbow-coloured helmet at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, found himself embroiled in another controversy on Friday. The seven-time world champion has said he felt uncomfortable taking part in the potentially-decisive event at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, having made clear his opposition to “terrifying” laws that make same-sex relations illegal. He wore his rainbow and coloured chevrons helmet on his way to victory last month in Qatar where similar laws exist and…