Mohammad Amir gets visa, travels to UK on Wednesday

By: AP | Published: April 24, 2018 6:25:15 pm Amir was banned for five years in 2010 for his involvement in spot-fixing and also served a brief stint in jail in England for the same offence. (Source: Reuters) Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir was issued a British visa on Tuesday just a day after the team left for tours of Ireland and England. “He has got his required visa and will be flying out on Wednesday,” Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman Amjad Bhatti told The Associated Press. Amir, who has taken…

IPL 2018 Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad LIVE stream: How to watch online | Cricket | Sport

The Indians will be looking to lift themselves away from the bottom of the table after a disappointing start to the season. They find themselves second bottom with just one win from five games. The Sunrisers meanwhile are fourth with three wins from five. IPL 2018 TV channel Sky Sports announced in January that they had agreed a “multi-year extension” to their current contract to show the IPL in the UK. Every single one of the 60 IPL games in 2018 will be live on Sky Sports Cricket while some…

England’s Joe Root welcomes new 100-ball competition despite controversy

Joe Root believes the England and Wales Cricket Board’s controversial plans for a 100-ball competition could attract a new audience to Test cricket. The ECB’s proposal to introduce an entirely new format – tentatively titled ‘the Hundred’, with 15 regular six-ball overs and one 10-ball over – has proved divisive since an announcement last week, but England’s Test captain is on board with the idea. One of the fundamental aims of the ECB is to simplify the game for a fresh audience, specifically women and children, and Root thinks if…

Amir granted UK visa, to fly out on Wednesday

Pakistan will not have to wait long to be reunited with Mohammad Amir, after the fast bowler’s UK visa was issued on Tuesday. The PCB confirmed that Amir will fly out to join the rest of the squad – who flew earlier this week – on Wednesday morning. That should place him in contention to play Pakistan’s first game on the tour, a four-day game against Kent in Canterbury that starts on April 28. It is not clear why Amir’s visa was issued later than the rest of the squad’s.…

Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: Images from Master Blaster’s 45th birthday

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: April 24, 2018 1:16:47 pm Sachin Tendulkar for his 45th birthday party in Mumbai. (Photo by Varinder Chawla) Sachin Tendulkar brought in his 45th birthday by celebrating with family and close friends at a restaurant in Bandra, Mumbai. The Master Blaster turned 45 on April 24 and chose to kept things private in a pre-birthday meal with wife Anjali, daughter Sara, brother Ajit who were also joined in by his former teammates Vinod Kambli, Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar. Tendulkar who brought to an…

Malaysia hoping to host Pakistan cricket

SHARJAH OF THE EAST The Kinrara Oval in Malaysia has played host to several U-19 tournaments. © Getty Mahinda Vallipuram, Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) president, believes the probable return of elite international cricket to Malaysia would be a boon for the sport in South-East Asia. A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) contingent led by chairman Najam Sethi travelled to Malaysia recently to scope the cricket infrastructure in the Associate nation. Potential scheduling conflicts with emerging T20 leagues in the UAE has forced the PCB to look at alternative options in hosting…

Sachin Tendulkar turns 45: Wishes pour in for ‘god of cricket’

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: April 24, 2018 9:46:20 am Sachin Tendulkar at a book launch in Mumbai on Monday. (Source: PTI) Imagine taking guard on an international stage at just 16. Add to that, you’re facing arch-rivals Pakistan and in their own backyard. On the other end carrying the ball are the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan and Abdul Qadir. The ask becomes daunting with each added layer and yet, one boy from Mumbai showed no signs of nerves and batted with such class. The…

With coach like Shastri, team gets freedom: Rohit

EXUDING CONFIDENCE Gaurav Gupta • Last updated on Tue, 24 Apr, 2018, 09:20 AM “More importantly, we’ve the bench strength now. We have got another two-three in the wings” – Shastri © AFP While IPL 11 has already seen plenty of exciting moments, there’s been something missing this season: a booming voice that screams: ‘And that went like a tracer bullet!’ For the first time since the IPL began a decade ago, Ravi Shastri has been missing from the commentary box, due to ‘conflict-of-interest’ issues that arise due to his present role…

Pace makes, then un-makes Daredevils’ plans

IPL 2018 Plunkett combined good pace and variations to return impressive figures of 3 for 17 in his allotted four overs © BCCI It was the chance for a fresh start. The opportunity to wipe clean past defeats and start afresh. A fresh, hard wicket welcomed Delhi Daredevils in their long-awaited maiden home game in this year’s IPL. Keeping with the theme, Gautam Gambhir‘s side walked in with a new approach. Go for pace. Up until the half way mark, the plan seemed to be working to the T. Then…

Hard toil ends long wait for Derbyshire

Derbyshire 265 (Viljoen 60*, Harris 4-68) and 333 for 3 dec (Reece 157*, Slater 99) beat Middlesex 157 (Olivier 4-26) and 340 (Harris 64*, Helm 52, Olivier 4-82) by 101 runsScorecard At the 24th time of asking Derbyshire have finally won a Championship match at home. When the run was broken, it came in the most unlikely circumstances: Middlesex, the big boys from the smoke, champions in 2016 and the most unlikely relegation victims a year later, vanquished by 101 runs. Derbyshire have got a monkey off their backs, although…