Mohammad Rizwan named ICC T20I cricketer of the year

The International Cricket Council (ICC) named Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan as the T20I Cricketer of the Year 2021. Rizwan has been rewarded for his “sheer consistency, indomitable spirit and plenty of breathtaking knocks” last year. “The Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman ruled the

Former West Indies cricketer Samuels charged with corruption

DUBAI: Former West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels, who played international cricket between 2000 to 2018, has been charged under the ICC anti-corruption code. Samuels was charged by the ICC on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for breaching four

Three England cricketers test positive for COVID-19 ahead of Pakistan series

LONDON: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Tuesday said that seven members including three cricketers and four staff members of the ODI team have tested positive for the coronavirus. Following PCR tests carried out on Monday in Bristol, three

Sri Lanka cricketer Thisara Perera announces retirement

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. Perera, 32, submitted a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket on Monday morning, announcing his intention to retire from an international career spanning nearly 12

Australia’s Zampa, Richardson exit India after pulling out of IPL

MELBOURNE: Australian cricketers Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have flown out of India after withdrawing from the Indian Premier League amid growing concerns over the COVID-19 crisis. Zampa and Richardson, team mates for Royal Challengers Bangalore, were expected to arrived

Eighth Pakistani cricketer tests positive for COVID-19 in New Zealand

CHRISTCHURCH: An eighth member of Pakistan’s cricket squad has tested positive for COVID-19 as the team undergoes quarantine in Christchurch. New Zealand’s health department said there was one new confirmed case among the squad and a further two members were

Woman approaches court over accusation against Babar Azam

LAHORE: A woman who had raised allegations against Pakistani cricket team captain Babar Azam of sexual exploitation and violence has approached court. The woman identified as Humaiza Mukhtar has filed an application in a session court. Additional judge Nauman Muhammad

Former cricketers express displeasure with Sarfaraz carrying drinks

LAHORE: Former cricketers and fans have expressed disappointment after Sarfaraz Ahmed was seen performing 12th man duties during the ongoing Test match against England in Manchester. The former Pakistan captain was seen carrying shoes after the dismissal of Mohammad Rizwan

Umar Akmal’s three-year ban reduced to 18 months

LAHORE: An independent adjudicator on Wednesday reduced the three-year ban imposed on cricketer Umar Akmal to eighteen months. Former Supreme Court judge Justice Faqir Mohammad Khokhar conducted the hearing at the National High Performance Centre in Lahore as independent adjudicator

Cricketer Kashif Bhatti contracts coronavirus in England

WORCESTERSHIRE: Left-arm spinner Kashif Bhatti, who recently joined the Pakistan men’s national cricket team in England, has contracted the coronavirus. According to details, Kashif Bhatti was separated from the squad and quarantined in a hotel room after he tested positive

Virat Kohli only cricketer among highest paid athletes

MUMBAI: India captain Virat Kohli remained the only cricketer included in the list of top 100 highest-paid athletes of 2020 released by Forbes magazine. The right-handed batsman is also the only Indian athlete to be featured in the list. He

Afghan cricketer handed six-year ban for corruption

KABUL: Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah Shafaq has been hit with a six-year ban after he accepted four charges of breaching the Anti-Corruption Code, said the country’s cricket board. The charges relate to offences during the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier

Mohammad Asif regrets not getting second chance over spot-fixing

KARACHI: Former cricketer Mohammad Asif has expressed regret that he had never received a second chance after being banned over spot-fixing. While giving an interview to an American-based sports channel, Mohammad Asif revealed that players indulged in spot-fixing even before

India bowler Shami considered committing suicide thrice

MUMBAI: India fast bowler Mohammed Shami has revealed how he thought of committing suicide while struggling with personal problems before making a comeback to the national side. Shami battled weight issues, injury and a legal quarrel with his estranged wife

Usman Khawaja snubbed from Australian central contract

MELBOURNE: Top-order batsman Usman Khawaja has been omitted from Australia’s annual list of twenty contracted players in 2020. Khawaja had fallen out of favour with selectors midway through last year’s Ashes. The 33-year-old lefthander has not played for the test

Ben Stokes crowned Wisden’s leading cricketer of the year

LONDON: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has ended Virat Kohli’s three-year reign as Wisden’s leading cricketer in the world after playing a starring role in the World Cup win last year. The 2020 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack crowned the all-rounder as the

Oman cricketer banned for seven years over spot-fixing

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned Omani player Yousuf Abdulrahim Al Balushi from all cricket for seven years after he accepted four charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. The charges related to the ICC Men’s T20 World

Shahid Afridi blessed with fifth daughter

ISLAMABAD: Former cricketer Shahid Afridi on Friday made the announcement that he has been blessed with a fifth daughter. “The Almighty’s infinite blessings & mercy are upon me…already having been granted 4 wonderful daughters I have now been blessed with

Ben Stokes fined after verbal altercation with spectator

JOHANNESBURG: England cricketer Ben Stokes was fined and given a demerit point by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday after a foul-mouthed row with a spectator in the test against South Africa. Stokes was seen exchanging insults with a

Angelo Matthews praises security in Pakistan

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan cricketer Angelo Matthews has praised Pakistan regarding its safety and security concerns for the cricket team in the country. In a tweet posted on Twitter, the Sri Lankan cricketer said that Pakistan was safe for cricket and

Mudassar Nazar will not seek extension as PCB director

LAHORE: Former Test cricketer Mudassar Nazar has confirmed he will not be seeking an extension to his contract when it expires next year on 31st May 2020. Mudassar joined the PCB as Director Academies on 1 June 2016 on a

Bangladesh ban Shahadat for assaulting teammate

DHAKA: Bangladesh Cricket Board on Tuesday banned former national team fast bowler Shahadat Hossain for three years after he assaulted a teammate in a match. Shahadat was reported by umpires after he was seen to slap and kick a teammate

Brian Lara, Tendulkar to play T20 tournament in India

MUMBAI: Batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara are among former cricketers who will return to the field for the Road Safety World Series in India next year. The World Series will be an annual Twenty20 tournament played between retired