Aug 152017
Dhoni no longer automatic choice, says India chief selector

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be 38 in 2019Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no longer an automatic choice in one-day internationals and the former India captain needs to keep performing to be involved in the 2019 World Cup, chief selector MSK Prasad has said.The wicketkeeper-batsman announced his sudden and stunning retirement from test cricket midway through an Australia series in 2014, with the Boxing Day match in Melbourne being the last of his 90 appearances in the longer format.He has continued to compete in 50-over and Twenty20 internationals but questions are being asked in the local media if Dhoni, who will be 38 in 2019, will still be in the India side at the England and Wales-hosted tournament.“Whenever a player keeps ageing… I was just reading (Andre) Agassi´s book “Open”, his life actually started after 30 years,” Prasad told reporters in Pallekele on Monday as India completed a 3-0 test series sweep of Sri Lanka.“Till then he won two or three (grand slams). His actual life started after that.“He lived with media pressure, ´When are you going to retire?´ But he played till 36 and he won so many grand slams. So you never know.“We don´t say it is an automatic this thing… but we will see. We are all stakeholders. We all want the Indian team to do well. If he is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives.” Dhoni talks to chairman of selectors MSK Prasad/File photo Press Trust of IndiaDhoni, who stepped down [Read More…]

Jul 252017
Kohli tells India to show Sri Lanka who's number one

GALLE: Two years ago Virat Kohli’s India started a series in Sri Lanka as the team almost anyone could beat, on Wednesday they take to the field in Galle as the team to beat.India may have been nervous last time, but now Kohli says the side has come full circle with “no massive areas of concern” as they seek to strengthen their hold on number one Test nation status.Two years ago, India had not won a series in seven attempts. They lost the opening Galle Test and it was an electro-shock. They won that series 2-1.India have since been embroiled in near chaos off the field — the governing body put under Supreme Court administration and a coach forced out by clashes with the captain — but near domination in competition: 13 Tests played, 10 won, two drawn and just one defeat.Kohli said Tuesday that he wants a definitive end to the drama over the departure of Anil Kumble as coach and a winning start to the new era with Ravi Shastri.“We have spoken enough about these issues and it is something that we are not focusing on at all now,” the skipper Kohli said.“We are just looking forward to the cricket now and in this series to showcase our skills and have consistent performances, which we have had as a side ever since we started our climb back in the rankings.”‘Hard yards’Kohli said Sri Lanka can expect a different start and that India can dominate Tests for years to [Read More…]

Jul 122017
Mathews steps down as Sri Lanka captain after Zimbabwe humiliation

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews walks back after his team lost the five-match series, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, 5th ODI, Hambantota, July 10, 2017/AFPCOLOMBO: Sri Lankan cricket captain Angelo Mathews has stepped down amid intense criticism over his side´s series defeat to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe on home soil, an official said Wednesday.Mathews met with chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya to discuss his future with the team before a one-off Test against Zimbabwe beginning Friday, said an official with Sri Lanka´s cricket board.“He has quit the captaincy from all three forms of the game,” the official said on condition on anonymity, referring to Test, one-day international and twenty20 formats of cricket. Sri Lanka’s direct World Cup qualification in doubt Sri Lanka are ranked 8th in the latest ODI rankings An official announcement of Mathews´ resignation was expected later Wednesday, the official added.Mathews took the brunt of the criticism levelled at Sri Lanka´s cricketers in the aftermath of their 3-2 series loss at home to minnows Zimbabwe on Monday.Mathews described the shock defeat as a low point in his career and a “hard pill to swallow”.It compounded woes for the struggling side, which entered the series without a coach after Graham Ford´s sudden exit following their poor showing in the Champions Trophy last month.Sri Lanka´s sports minister delivered the squad an ultimatum after that performance, ordering players get in shape or face the boot after declaring them unfit to compete on the world stage. Click for detailed story

Jun 272017
British woman’s whirlwind holiday romance in Sri Lanka turns into nightmare

A 59-year-old British woman, whose young husband was murdered in an alleged blackmail plot, has revealed troubling details of their controversial marriage that has left her trapped in Sri Lanka – saying her husband never wanted sex and turned violent before he was killed. Diane De Zoysa, 59, said 26-year-old hotel worker Priyanjana was passionate during their whirlwind holiday romance in 2011. But after selling her Edinburgh home and quitting her council job to be with him, Diane said he lost interest in her physically – and suspects he was hiding a secret, second wife. The divorcee – who says she gave her husband about £100,000 in total after selling her house in Scotland – said her dream turned into a nightmare as she was left alone and lonely living in a home next door to his family. PHOTO COURTESY: MailOnline She said the last few months with Priyanjana, 33 years her junior, who was shot dead last month were ‘tough’ as he became frustrated and flew into rages. Indian woman claims she was duped, forced to marry Pakistani at gunpoint Speaking to MailOnline from Sri Lanka, where she said has been stranded with no money since Priyanajana was shot dead last month, Diane said: “We had sex more when I was here on holiday than when I was living here. After I moved here we didn’t do it very often, only nine times last year and once this year.” Diane – who says she gave her husband about £100,000 in total [Read More…]

Jun 182017
Preview: Resurgent Pakistan chase title dream in blockbuster finale against India

LONDON: The sporting world’s biggest clash, the game that always ‘stops two nations’ unfurls on Sunday when a resurgent Pakistan face title holders India in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval.And the question millions of cricket fans around the world, possibly even a billion, are all asking is ´which Pakistan will turn up?´Rising from the ashes after a 124-run thrashing by arch-rivals India at Edgbaston on June 4, where some often thoughtless bowling and timid batting, along with woeful fielding, led to coach Mickey Arthur labelling the performance as “shambolic”, Pakistan went on to defeat top-ranked South Africa and knocked out Sri Lanka as well as hosts and favourites England to burst into the finale, shocking all those who had written them off. geo_embedgallery So which Pakistan will turn up? Will it be the slick, skilled side who hammered England by eight wickets in the semi-finals, with Hasan Ali, the competition´s leading wicket-taker, spearheading a brilliant bowling effort as the previously unbeaten tournament hosts were dismissed for just 211 before the likes of Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman helped knock off the runs in dashing style?When it comes to assessing most teams, the temptation is to look at their most recent result as a form guide.But not only have Pakistan, the lowest ranked team in a tournament featuring the world´s top eight one-day international sides, long been regarded as world cricket´s most “unpredictable” outfit, they have lost all three of their previous knockout matches against India at ICC tournaments.´History [Read More…]

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