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ICC ban on Rabada ‘ridiculous’ !

kriralok desk: Former Australia speedster Brett Lee has slammed ICC’s decision to suspend South Africa quick Kagiso Rabada for one Test due to his overflow of emotions while celebrating a wicket, saying its “ridiculous”. “I understand that cricket needs to be played in the spirit of the game but to ban @KagisoRabada25 for a Test match for over celebrating to ...

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Hafeez to retire after T-20 World Cup

kriralok desk: Recalled Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez on Friday said he will retire from international cricket after the Twenty20 World Cup later this year, vowing to end his career on a positive note. The 38-year-old was Thursday recalled to Pakistan’s Twenty20 series against Bangladesh starting in Lahore from January 24. Hafeez has been one of Pakistan’s key players — in ...

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Wu Lei named 2019 Chinese Player of the Year

kriralok desk: Espanyol forward Wu Lei will receive the Chinese Player of the Year award for 2019 on Friday morning. This is the second consecutive year that the 28-year-old has won the award, however the difference is that this time he played the entire year in Spain. Wu Lei was part of an 18-man shortlist that featured Yan Junling, who ...

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Dhawan ready to bat anywhere

kriralok desk: Regular India opener Shikhar Dhawan says he is ready to bat anywhere after skipper Virat Kohli’s move to drop himself down at No. 4 to accommodate him and K L Rahul backfired in the first ODI against Australia. The visitors crushed India by 10 wickets in the first of the three-match series, chasing down a 256-run target with ...

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Qualifying delayed again at Melbourne Park amid poor air

kriralok desk: Tempers flared at the Australian Open qualifying on Wednesday as players battled through another day of smoky air and two of the game’s all-time greats were labelled “selfish” for not protesting about the conditions. Qualifying was disrupted for a second successive day, firstly by bushfire smoke and later by a torrential rainstorm which cleared the air but put ...

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Kjaer joins AC Milan from Sevilla

kriralok desk: Denmark captain Simon Kjaer has joined AC Milan on a six-month loan from Spanish club Sevilla with an option to buy, the Serie A side announced on Monday. The 30-year centre-back has already started training and should be available for their midweek Italian Cup last-16 tie against SPAL at the San Siro, Milan said. Kjaer had been on ...

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Barcelona’s coaching search

kriralok desk: Those in the offices at Barcelona have been working on overdrive for the past couple of days. The Supercopa de Espana defeat to Atletico Madrid has prompted the club to look for an immediate replacement for Ernesto Valverde. Despite their efforts, Barcelona have been rejected twice over the head coach’s job. Firstly, Oscar Grau and Eric Abidal met ...

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Bumrah and Poonam bag top honours at BCCI awards

kriralok desk: India’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah will receive the prestigious Polly Umrigar Award for his exploits in international cricket in the 2018-19 season, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Sunday. The world’s leading pacer will be honoured during the BCCI Annual Awards in Mumbai on Sunday. The world’s No 1 ODI bowler made his Test ...

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Serena booked her spot in the ASB Classic singles final

kriraralok desk: No.1 seed Serena Williams emphatically booked her spot in the ASB Classic singles final on Saturday, ousting No.3 seed and fellow American Amanda Anisimova, 6-1, 6-1. “It was very satisfying,” Williams told the press, after her victory. “I knew I was going up against a really good player, so I knew I had to step it up.” In ...

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Labuschagne aims for Kohli’s all-format domination

kriralok desk: In-form Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne says he considers the upcoming ODI series against India a big opportunity in his quest to emulate Virat Kohli and Steve Smith across all formats. Labuschagne has been called up to his first ODI squad following his outstanding form in Test cricket and an impressive Marsh Cup where he was the joint Player ...

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