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Ian Botham backs DRS, especially on turning tracks

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov. 1 : Former England captain Ian Botham has come in support of the Decision Review System (DRS), saying it is not going to go away.

The DRS grabbed many eye balls and featured prominently during the recently concluded England's 1-1 drawn Test series in Bangladesh. The series ended with Bangladesh's dramatic 108-run win in Dhaka, which was also their first Test match win over England.

Kumar Dharmasena alone, who was one of the umpires during the two-match series, had 13 out of the 27 decisions referred to the third umpire.

Starc, Khawaja express concern over hardness of pink ball

Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 1 : Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has raised concerns over the hardness of the pink ball, saying it loses its hardness very early and goes soft within 20 overs.

The left-arm pacer, however, feels there is a lot to like about Kookaburra's new edition of the pink ball, but added there is still scope for improvement.

"It's still losing its hardness way too early. I think after 20 overs it starts to go soft. Kookaburra are improving it a lot," Starc was quoted as saying by

"They've changed the colour of the seam and put another coat of lacquer on it, which is helping the ball but I think we just want to see that ball stay hard for a lot longer than it does," he added.

Sharjeel Khan earns maiden call-up for New Zealand Tests

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov. 1 : Explosive batsman Sharjeel Khan, who has been a regular presence for Pakistan at the top of the order in limited-overs cricket in 2016, has earned up a maiden call-up to the Test squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour.

Sharjeel, who made his international debut in 2013, has played a total of 76 first-class matches and made 4,853 runs at an average of 37.91.

In August, the Hyderabad-born batsman made an impressive comeback by an innings of 152 off 86 balls against Ireland after being sidelined for a year due to a dip in form and from thereafter he has played some memorably explosive knocks.

Team India proudly don mothers' name on jerseys

Visakhapatnam [India], Oct.29 : For the first time in the history of the international cricket, the Indian team were seen wearing their mother's names on the back of their jerseys during the fifth-ODI against New Zealand here on Saturday.

As the match started, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the first one seen bearing his mother's name when he went ahead for the series-decider toss.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the 35-year-old admitted that it was indeed a very emotional moment for them to represent their mother's name on a public platform.

India aim to see off Kiwis in high-octane series decider

Visakhapatnam [India], Oct.29 : With the five-match ODI series levelled at 2-2, India will look to take revenge of the defeat in Ranchi when they take on New Zealand in the series-decider at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Saturday.

Heading into the fifth and final clash, the hosts hold greater advantage over the Kane Williamson-led side as far as more experienced pool of cricketers are concerned.

While India will aim to showcase that they are still a dominant force in the 50-over cricket, the visitors will seek to script history by clinching their first ODI series in India.

Atletico de Kolkata top of ISL table post 2-1 win over NorthEast United

Guwahati (Assam) [India], Oct.29 : Atletico de Kolkata hit back in spectacular fashion to beat NorthEast United FC 2-1 in an entertaining Indian Super League ( ISL) battle at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here last evening.

NorthEast United seemed destined to stay at the top of the table when Emiliano Alfaro provided the hosts with a first-half lead. But Atletico de Kolkata struck back in the second session with goals from marquee player Helder Postiga and Juan Belencoso in the 82nd minute.

The win took Atletico de Kolkata to the top with 12 points at the end of their first-leg matches while NorthEast United have to settle for the third spot with 10 points after losing their last two matches at home.

McCullum critical of Taylor's `uninspiring leadership`

Johannesburg [South Africa], Oct.25 : Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has slammed compatriot Ross Taylor for his `uninspiring leadership` before revealing how the tension and mistrust between the two during the latter's captaincy left the team on the verge of imploding.

McCullum, in his recently published autobiography ' Declared', shed light on Taylor's failure to lead New Zealand and the circumstances that led to the souring of their relationship.

The 35-year-old succeeded Taylor in 2012 when Mike Hesson was appointed as the coach.

While the team went on to achieve great success under the duo, the move was seen as a nasty 'coup' by fans and the media.

Neesham lauds Dhoni, Kohli for outstanding batting display in Mohali

Wellington [New Zealand], Oct.24 : New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham is full of praise for India's limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and swashbuckling batsman Virat Kohli, after the duo stitched a huge 151-run partnership to guide their side to an emphatic seven-wicket win in the third ODI of the five-match series in Mohali last evening.

The 26-year-old, who was brought in the squad as a replacement for Anton Devcich, believes that it was not his side who bowled poorly, but it was the Indian duo who batted outstandingly.

"We fought pretty hard with the bat to get what was a slightly below par total. I don't think we bowled that badly in the second half of the game, but the way Virat and MS batted was outstanding," Neesham was quoted as saying by

Chittagong Test: Stokes inspires England to dramatic 22-run win over B'desh

Chittagong [Bangladesh], Oct.24 : England escaped a big scare as they claimed an unlikely 22-run win over Bangladesh in the opening Test of the two-match series, thanks to all-rounder Ben Stokes for bagging the final two wickets on day five at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here on Monday.

Bangladesh began the day needing just 33 runs with two wickets remaining to clinch what could have been their maiden Test win over England.

Sabbir Rahman (unbeaten 64) and Taijul Islam (16) calmly added 10 runs before the latter was given lbw off Stokes' delivery after the review.

In the same over, Stokes dismissed last man Shafiul Islam for a duck, thus eventually bundling out Bangladesh for 263 in their 286 runs chase.

`Recovering` Federer brushes aside retirement talk

Johannesburg [South Africa], Oct.22 : Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has dismissed speculation that he is planning to bring the curtain down on his illustrious career at the end of next season.

In July, Federer ruled himself out of the rest of the season to recover fully from his injury, which got aggravated during his semifinal defeat to Milos Raonic in Wimbledon.

However, since the Spanish maestro has turned 35, there are question marks over how longer will he continue to compete.

When asked whether 2017 would be his last season, Federer insisted that retirement is still far away before adding that he is still looking forward to compete in 2018.

Akram, Afridi make it to Ahmed Shehzad's list of favourites

Karachi [Pakistan], Oct.22 : Pakistan's out-of-favour opener Ahmed Shehzad has picked legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram as his all-time favourite cricketer and former T20 skipper Shahid Afridi as his favourite all-rounder.

Shehzad's comments came in his engaging session with fans on micro blogging website Twitter. He revealed his likes and dislikes about various issues, including favourite actor, first crush, favourite football club etc.

When asked about his favourite football club, the 24-year-old replied it to be English club Manchester United, the Dawn reported.

Answering the most debatable question of football arena , that who is his favourite footballer Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, Shahzad weighed in with his opinion for the Real Madrid star striker.

Bangladesh rope in four rookies for opening England Test

Chittagong [Bangladesh], Oct.17 : Bangladesh have brought in four uncapped players in the 14-man squad for the opening Test of the two-match series against England, starting on Thursday here in Chittagong.

Middle-order batsman Sabbir Rahman and wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan have received national call-up for the first time along with former Under-19 captain Mehedi Hasan and pace bowler Kamrul Islam.

Rahman, who appeared in 29 ODIs and 26 T20Is for Bangladesh, has been named in the national Test squad following his impressive performances in the recently-concluded three-match ODI series against the Jos Buttler-led side.

Seamer Shafiul Islam and off-spinner Shuvagata Hom have also been included in the Test squad.

Indian cricket very different from that of West, insists Dhoni

Dharamsala [India], Oct. 17 : Asserting that Indian cricket is very different from that of other foreign teams, limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has asserted that instead of following the West, emphasis should be put on what is good for the team and how it could be turned into a successful one.

"About the split captaincy, I think we look at the West a lot. I remember about a few years back, we were talking about split captaincy and now we are talking about why we are having split captaincy. So, I think a lot of times we look at the foreign teams as to what they are doing and what we should be doing that way," Dhoni said at the press meet at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.

BCCI vs Lodha panel: SC likely to today pass direction

New Delhi [India], Oct. 17 : The Supreme Court is likely to today pass direction over Justice Lodha committee plea alleging that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is violating the apex court order and committee directions regarding the BCCI reforms.

The apex court had on October 7 postponed its hearing on the spat between the BCCI and Lodha Committee till today, while holding that the recommendations of the panel matter.

The top court also barred the BCCI from releasing any funds to its state affiliates until they give an unconditional undertaking that they will comply with the organisational reforms as recommended by the Justice RM Lodha Committee.

Mumbai City FC go top of ISL table post draw against Atletico de Kolkata

Mumbai [India], Oct.12 : Mumbai City FC surged to the top of the standings after settling to an entertaining 1-1 draw against Atletico de Kolkata in the ongoing third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) at Mumbai Football Arena here on Tuesday.

Mumbai City FC were looking comfortable after Matias Defederico provided them the lead in the 27th minute but the home side were jolted when midfielder Pronay Halder was sent off for two yellow cards. The numerical advantage worked in Kolkata's favour and they forced the equaliser in the 82nd minute to stay unbeaten in the league.

Mumbai FC were forced to leave out marquee player and star striker Diego Forlan after he failed to recover from a knock in the previous clash against NorthEast United FC.

Bayliss expects Buttler to 'stay out of trouble' post reprimand

Johannesburg [South Africa], Oct.11 : England coach Trevor Bayliss has said that he expects stand-in skipper Jos Buttler to stay out of trouble after being given an official warning for his on-field behaviour during the side's 34-run defeat in the second ODI against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla in Dhaka on Sunday.

"It is not the first time we have seen it in international cricket and probably won't be the last. He (Buttler) got a slap on the wrist and I am sure he will be doing his best to stay out of trouble in the future," the coach was quoted as saying by Sport24.

Buttler regrets fiery exchange after dismissal against Bangladesh

Johannesburg [South Africa], Oct.10 : England stand-in skipper Jos Buttler has regretted his angry reaction after his dismissal during the side's 34-run defeat in the second ODI of the three-match series against Bangladesh in Dhaka last evening.

Chasing a target of 239 runs, Buttler was trying to provide his side with some resistance and looked threatening with some lusty stroke-play after his Bangladesh counterpart Mashrafe Mortaza tore apart the visitors' top orders to leave them reeling at 26-4 inside 10 overs.

Buttler was batting at 57 when a television review confirmed the dismissal of the England skipper after an on-field umpire turned down the leg-before appeal of Taskin Ahmed.

Kohli lauds Shami for his stunning Test comeback

Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Oct.7 : While praising Mohammed Shami's stunning comeback from injury, Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli on Friday admitted the former is a very important bowler for the team who makes it count every time he comes on the field.

"Shami is someone who has comeback very well. He worked really hard on his fitness as well. You can see that he is able to bowl 5-6 overs a spell now in heat," Kohli said on the eve of the third Test against New Zealand at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here.

Rosberg reveals Vettel apologised to him for Malaysian GP clash

Johannesburg [South Africa], Oct.5 : World championship leader Nico Rosberg has revealed that Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel called him after the Malaysian Grand Prix to apologise for their collision at the first corner.

The Mercedes driver was spun round at Turn 1 by Ferrari driver Vettel, who was attempting to pass his team-mate Max Verstappen on the inside at the start.

Earlier, Vettel had indirectly blamed his team-mate Verstappen for the incident, but it seems that he has now changed his mind after being deemed that it was predominately his fault by the racing stewards.

"Sebastian just called me actually. He apologised, which is nice. It doesn't get me back the points that I lost, but it's still nice to hear that," Rosberg was quoted as saying by Sport24.

BCCI chief `not sure` India will play in Champions Trophy next year

New Delhi [India], Oct.04 : In the wake of Lodha panel's sweeping recommendation for the country's cricket governing body, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur has cast doubts over whether India will be able to play the prestigious Champions Trophy next year.

The BCCI is opposed to the Lodha committee's recommendation that a 15-day window should be given to players between India's international calendar and the cash-rich Indian Premier League in order to avoid player burnout.

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