Hanuma Vihari's network of volunteers helps out during 'unthinkable' Covid-19 crisis

May 14, 2021

Hanuma Vihari created a network of volunteers to help people during the latest wave of Covid-19 in India © Getty Images For India batter Hanuma Vihari, the biggest satisfaction these days comes from being able to arrange a hospital bed or an oxygen cylinder for Covid-19 patients through his network of friends. While a number of premier Indian cricketers have helped out in various ways, Vihari, while playing for Warwickshire,…

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Jofra Archer 'happy to go back in the bubble' after confirming Test fitness bid is on track

News Fiery outing for Sussex shows progress in recovery from elbow and finger injuries Jofra Archer demonstrated that his return to fitness is firmly on track following a fiery performance for Sussex on the opening day of their LV= County Championship clash with Kent at Hove, and confirmed he would be ready to step back into the England bubble if selected for the two-Test series against New Zealand, at Lord’s…

May 13, 2021
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Kyle Abbott exposes Middlesex's shaky foundations on rain-hit day

Report Handscomb’s woeful form continues with first-ball duck after late-afternoon start Middlesex 90 for 4 (Abbott 3-21) vs Hampshire When the Lord’s media centre was still in its infancy, those working within were served tea and coffee in the most magnificent mugs – unbelievably tall, well insulated with a perfectly balanced handle and, best of all, decorated with a sketch of the building in celebration of its love-it-or-hate-it design. Those…

May 13, 2021
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Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell offered their first New Zealand central contracts

May 13, 2021

Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell were key performers for New Zealand in their home summer © Getty Images Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell have been offered their first New Zealand central contracts, for the 2021-22 season. However, Ajaz Patel, who won his first deal last year, has been omitted from the 20-member list. BJ Watling, who had announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket after the World…

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Alex Lees resists with 99 as Josh Tongue five-for lays marker for Worcestershire

Report Hosts recover to post competitive 246 on opening day at Chester-le-Street Worcestershire 6 for 0 trail Durham 246 (Lees 99, Tongue 5-39) by 240 runs Worcestershire’s Josh Tongue claimed a five-wicket haul to bowl Durham out for 246 on the opening day of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash at Emirates Riverside. Tongue was on the mark for the visitors to tear through the Durham middle and lower order…

May 13, 2021
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Tom Westley seeks uplift after 'strange' start to Essex's twin title defence

May 13, 2021

Halfway through the group stage of the Championship, and Essex have got it all to do. The defending champions are currently fifth in Group One – albeit only 15 points off a top-two spot – and in need of a run of good form in order to make sure of qualifying for Division One when the competition splits. If Tom Westley, Essex’s captain, had been hoping a return to Chelmsford…

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ICC consider expanding T20 World Cup to 20 teams

News Change of attitude from governing body with shorter form seen as vehicle for growth West Indies beat England in the most recent T20 World Cup in India five years ago   The T20 World Cup could be increased to include 20 teams as part of the ICC’s attempts to develop the game globally. While the 2021 tournament, currently scheduled to be played in India, will still feature 16 teams,…

May 13, 2021
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New ODI captain Kusal Perera wants young Sri Lanka to play 'fearlessly' against Bangladesh

News Also said that selectors have told him to go beyond just scoring half-centuries in ODIs Fearlessness. If there’s one change Sri Lanka’s new ODI captain Kusal Perera would like to usher in, it is for his team to play as he says he does: completely unafraid. Perera has been appointed leader of a young squad, which is without several big names, including Angelo Mathews, and now has the opportunity…

May 13, 2021
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Ramesh Powar returns as India Women coach

News He replaces WV Raman, coming back after his last stint had ended in an acrimonious fallout with Mithali Raj Ramesh Powar had first been appointed as India Women’s coach in July 2018 in an interim capacity   Ramesh Powar has returned as the India Women coach, after his first stint ended in acrimony in late 2018 amid a fallout with Mithali Raj. Powar was replaced by WV Raman, and…

May 13, 2021
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