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Minamino , all set to join Liverpool

kriralok desk: Liverpool have confirmed they will sign winger Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg when the transfer window opens on 1 January. The Japan international, who is thought to have a release clause of £7.25m, has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal until summer 2024. Minamino, 24, has scored nine goals and provided 11 assists in 22 appearances for the Austrian ...

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Arteta will travel with Man City

kriralok desk: Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta will travel with the squad for the League Cup quarter-final with Oxford despite holding talks over the vacant manager’s role at Arsenal, Pep Guardiola confirmed on Tuesday. The City boss revealed in his pre-match press conference Arteta had taken part in a training session with the cup holders and was due to ...

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Glenn Maxwell left out of Australian ODI squad

kriralok desk: Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon and Marcus Stoinis are among eight stars dramatically axed from Australia’s ODI squad for next month’s tour of India. Selectors confirmed a dramatic shake-up on Tuesday when announcing a new look 14-man squad that will play three one-day internationals in India, beginning January 14. Maxwell declared in a press conference last week that he ...

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Depay’s Euro 2020 at risk

kriralok desk: Memphis Depay’s bid to play for the Netherlands in Euro 2020 suffered a huge blow on Sunday after Lyon revealed that their star attacker had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday’s 1-0 Ligue 1 defeat to Rennes. In a statement, Lyon said that Depay would be out for “no less than six months” ...

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BCB will not force cricketers to tour Pakistan

Kriralok desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan has stated he will not force cricketers to tour Pakistan even if they receive security clearance. The Pakistan Cricket Board has already sent a draft itinerary for two Tests and three T20Is scheduled to be held in January-February next year though BCB is yet to respond to it. BCB is awaiting a ...

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Billings takes a break from franchise cricket

kriralok desk: England batsman Sam Billings has taken a break to refresh and decided to withdraw from all franchise cricket including IPL this winter. The 28-year-old will use the time to get ready to turn up for Kent in the upcoming domestic season. Billings wasn’t picked in England’s white-ball squads for the tour of South Africa. He was the T20I ...

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IPL 2020: Final auction list trimmed down to 332 players

kriralok desk: A total of 332 players have been shortlisted for the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction to be held in Kolkata on December 19. The IPL management has whittled down a list of 971 registered players, and sent the final list to the eight franchises on Wednesday. One of the franchiseheads confirmed to Sportstar that the list features 19 ...

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FIFA Club World Cup provides major test for Qatar

kriralok desk: The FIFA Club World Cup is set to kick off on Wednesday with hosts Qatar facing a major test of the country’s ability to deal with an influx of foreign fans. European champions Liverpool and South America’s top side Flamengo are the favourites to feature in the final at Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium on December 21. But for ...

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Smith wants Melbourne to retain Boxing Day Test

Kriralok desk: Australia’s batting mainstay Steve Smith is confident the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand will be played on a safe, quality pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and does not want the venue to lose the marquee fixture over surface concerns. A Sheffield Shield match at the MCG was abandoned on Sunday because of a dangerous pitch ...

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Faf du Plessis looking for a new start

kriralok desk: Faf du Plessis wants on-field matters to take centre stage for South Africa as it prepares to host England on the back of a tumultuous period. Cricket South Africa’s CEO Thabang Moroe was suspended as a “precautionary” move on Friday following allegations of misconduct. Preparations for the Proteas’ four-Test series against England have been hindered by a number ...

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