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ICC exploring all options for staging T20I World Cup

PTIMelbourneThe International Cricket Council (ICC) is not in a hurry to take a decision whether the T20 World Cup should be postponed in the wake of COVID-19 or staged as scheduled, saying it is “exploring all options” as part of its comprehensive contingency planning for all its events.The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in Australia from October …

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BCCI not mulling over holding IPL in Sri Lanka

PTINew DelhiSri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is keen to host the currently-suspended IPL but the influential voices within the BCCI feel that there is no point in discussing such a proposal in a “closed world” battling the COVID-19 pandemic right now.The IPL, scheduled from March 29-May 24, has been postponed indefinitely by the BCCI in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic …

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Saudi takeover promises new dawn for Newcastle at a cost

London: Newcastle United fans have long dreamed of ridding the club from owner Mike Ashley, but a potential 300 million pound (USD 377 million) takeover backed by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund presents fans on Tyneside with a different dilemma. Retail tycoon Ashley has been deeply unpopular in his 13 years in charge of Newcastle, during which time the club …

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FIFA braced for legal challenges over player contract extensions

Washington: FIFA is braced for legal challenges over the recommendation that player contracts should be extended until the seasons halted by the coronavirus pandemic can be completed. World football’s governing body made the recommendation in a set of guidelines intended to address the complexities caused by the unprecedented shutdown of the sport, and help preserve the integrity and stability of …

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Olympics can be economic stimulus for Japan amid recession: IOC official

Tokyo: The postponed Tokyo Olympics can be an important economic stimulus for the Japanese economy in the post-coronavirus era, according to International Olympic Committee’s John Coates. The lockdowns and restrictions on movements due to the virus around the world have delivered a significant blow to the global economy. Coates, who is the chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission, said …

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Played entire 2015 WC with fractured knee, reveals Shami

New Delhi: Ace Indian pacer Mohammad Shami has revealed that he played the 2015 World Cup, held in Australia and New Zealand, with a fractured knee. “I had knee injury during the 2015 World Cup. I couldn’t walk after the matches I played throughout the tournament with the injury. I played the 2015 World Cup because of Nitin Patel’s confidence. …

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IPL postponed till further notice

Rasesh Mandani | HTMumbaiThe 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL)—which was earlier put on hold due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent national lockdown—is set to remain suspended until further notice. This decision was taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an extension of the national …

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Asian football competitions to be held as planned this year

AFPKuala LumpurAsia’s top football competitions will go ahead this year despite the coronavirus pandemic, a senior official told AFP, although games may have to be played behind closed doors. Windsor John, general secretary of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), said he was confident that the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup would both be completed. Both tournaments, featuring teams from …

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Befriending Indian players doesn’t ensure IPL spot: VVS

IANSNew DelhiFormer India batsman VVS Laxman has rejected the claims made by Michael Clarke wherein he said that Australian players were too scared to “sledge” Virat Kohli during the 2018/19 Test series and in order to protect their million dollars IPL deals, they “sucked up” to the India captain which resulted in their cricket becoming “soft”.“If you’re friendly with any …

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Curran brothers hope to play Test match together

REUTERSLondonFor England quick Tom Curran and his all-rounder brother Sam, the dream is to play test cricket together having experienced it in limited-overs cricket. Tom played both his test matches during the 2017-18 Ashes tour but is more regular in one-dayers and was also part of last year’s World Cup winning squad. Sam has played 17 tests since his debut …

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