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After Jagmohan Dalmiya’s death, what next for the BCCI?

EVEN as Indian cricket mourns the loss of the most dynamic administrator to have held its reins, the passing away of the ailing Jagmohan Dalmiya has left the dynamics of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a state of ambiguity. Ideally, the solution to ‘what happens next?’ question on the vacant president’s chair would be a ...

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AFC U-16 Qualifiers: UAE crush Bangladesh 6-1

United Arab Emirates (UAE) started their AFC U-16 group-D qualifiers with a 6-1 victory over hosts Bangladesh at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday, UNB reports. Abdullah Al Naqbi put UAE ahead in the 12th minute of the match by a sliding right footer from the top of the six yard box off forward Mohmed Al Khamis pass, 1-0. UAE skipper ...

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Afridi wants Pakistan to stop pushing for India series

Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi said he wants his country’s cricket board to stop pushing for a series against India and concentrate more on persuading other teams to tour Pakistan. Afridi told reporters on Friday in Lahore, “I don’t know why we are pushing for a series against India again and again. I don’t see any reason to play (against ...

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Nasir’s double; Bangladesh A level series

Bangladesh A beat India A by 65 runs and level the series with a phenomenal display of all-round skill by Nasir Hossain. Nasir Hossain scores an unconquered 102 to give a faltering Bangladesh A hope by taking the total to 252 and gripes 5 wickets. At one stage it looked like that India A were going run away with an ...

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Butt apologises to Afridi with tears

Pakistan‘s disgraced cricketer Salman Butt has tendered a personal apology to his former captain Shahid Afridi when they crossed paths at the national cricket academy in Lahore. According to eye witness accounts Butt, who was the Test captain in England in 2010 when the spot-fixing scandal broke out, yesterday evening approached Afridi at the NCA where the Pakistan squad bound ...

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No regrets over Real Madrid exit: Casillas

Iker Casillas insists he has no regrets over the manner of his Real Madrid exit and says he will “never speak ill” of the club or its current president, Florentino Perez. Casillas came through the youth ranks at the Santiago Bernabeu and spent a total of 25 years with Los Blancos before joining Porto this summer. However, the Spain international ...

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Smith prepared to play boring to beat Bangladesh

Australian captain Steve Smith is ready to part ways with Australia’s mantra of aggressive cricket in Bangladesh and is prepared to even “bore” batsmen out if it reaps him a series victory on his first Test tour as captain. While taking on the world No.9 nation appears a soft landing for Smith, there will be many banana peels for Australia ...

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Waqar confident of beating England in upcoming Test series

Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis is confident that his team can beat England in the upcoming three-match Test series in the United Arab Emirates. The former captain also indicated that Pakistan would rely heavily on their spinners to test the English batsmen. “More than the limited over series in Zimbabwe, we are totally focused on the Test matches against England. ...

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Neymar is preferable than Messi and Ronaldo

Brazil legend Roberto Carlos has stressed that he prefers Neymar over Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi and Ronaldo are widely regarded as the two best players around in the game and have won seven Ballon d’Ors between them over the past seven years. Nevertheless, Carlos, who has taken charge of Indian Super League side ...

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Djoker plays pantomime villain to cap great year

Novak Djokovic probably felt like he was battling against 20,001 people in the US Open final on Sunday, with grand slam king Roger Federer on the other side of the net backed by an Arthur Ashe Stadium full of his opponent’s closest friends. As the match reached its gripping climax, they cheered every point Federer won and celebrated Djokovic’s errors ...

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