After months of speculation, Mohammad Amir has been cleared to play domestic cricket in Pakistan. The Pakistan fast bowler's ban for spot fixing was cut short for cooperation with anti-corruption officials, the International Cricket Council said on Thursday.
India's pace battery have looked awry since the four-match Test series against Australia and the bad form has continued in the ODI series too. With the World Cup starting in February, pundits and fans alike have cited India's lack of good quick bowlers would hurt them in the coveted event to be held in Australia and New Zealand.
Virat Kohli's form may have taken a hit since dropping to number four in the batting order, but West Indian legend Sir Viv Richards feels the marauding cricketer should continue in the position if that is what the Indian team requires.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Mohammad Khan and leading cricketing nations like Australia and England have been urged by former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz to put pressure on Narayanaswami Srinivasan to step down as ICC chairman on moral grounds following the Indian Supreme Court's verdict on Thursday.
Pacer James Anderson on Friday reached another career milestone becoming England's most-capped cricketer in all formats. By making his 304th appearance for England in the ODI tri-series against Australia, the 32-year-old went passed former wicketkeeper-batsman Alec Stewart who represented England on 303 occasions.
England batsman Ian Bell has been shining like a knight in the armour in the opening role for the team, and this shows a positive sign for England ahead of the ICC 2015 World Cup starting from 14th February. Bell struck a valiant 141 for England against Australia in the fourth match of the ODI tri-series in Hobart. Bell who struck 88 runs in the previous match against India, was at his best helping England getting a total in excess of 300 runs against the Aussies.
The number of rapes and sexual offences recorded by police in England and Wales has soared to record levels, official figures showed on Thursday, a jump police attributed to improved recording and greater confidence among victims to report crimes.
The touring Indian team members Down Under may not find themselves as engrossed as others on today's developments on the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting case's Supreme Court verdict. They themselves are dealing with altogether a different beast at hand. After losing to both Australia and England in the first round matches, India have very limited chance of making it to the final. But, all that matters for the team is winning the tri-series. Because, the defending ICC World Cup champions can't afford to finish third in a tri-series in the run-up to the quadrennial tournament. It will send a wrong signal to everyone.
The ICC's recently-promised crackdown on sledging might make it seem that players are behaving badly more often right now but former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff feels the on-field altercations were 10 times worse a couple of decades ago.
His decision to bat first backfired on Tuesday as India were dismissed for a paltry 153 against England and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put the blame on his batsmen for their nine-wicket loss in their second ODI of the cricket tri-series here.
England will be a happy camp after their pacers showed quality against a dismal Indian batting performance at the Gabba in Brisbane. In middle of that was Steve Finn who picked up his career best figures of 5/33. Finn showed his value to England and justified the faith the team has on him to lead the attack alongside Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad.