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In the wake of coronavirus crisis, ex-Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar urged India and Pakistan to come together and support each other. "If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us...Pakistan will remember this gesture forever," Akhtar said. Akhtar also proposed the idea of conducting a three-match ODI series between India and Pakistan to raise funds for the fight against COVID-19.
short by Anmol Sharma / 11:20 pm on 08 Apr
England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has raised more than £65,000 (₹61 lakh) for two London hospitals after auctioning the shirt he wore during last summer's World Cup final against New Zealand. The two hospitals are Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity, which are specialist heart and lung centres dealing with coronavirus crisis. The unwashed jersey attracted 82 bids.
short by Anmol Sharma / 11:35 pm on 08 Apr
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's mother Dolors Sala Carrió has passed away at the age of 82 after contracting coronavirus, the club announced. "Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends," Manchester City tweeted. Over 13,000 people have died of coronavirus in Spain.
short by Anmol Sharma / 08:42 pm on 06 Apr
Ex-India all-rounder Irfan Pathan took to Twitter to share the hate messages he received after he criticised bursting of crackers during the #9pm9minutes event on April 5. Several users abused Irfan for his tweet which read, "It was so good until people started bursting crackers." Reacting to the hate messages, Irfan wrote, "We need fire trucks can u help? @TwitterIndia."
short by Anmol Sharma / 09:22 pm on 06 Apr
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has revealed that MS Dhoni hardly used to take business class during India's home international season. He added, "The flight also carries technical TV crew who have to rig cables for the next game....Dhoni as a captain would prefer to sit with the real champs of the TV coverage, the cameramen and the sound engineers."
short by Anmol Sharma / 08:36 pm on 07 Apr
Team India opener Rohit Sharma has said that when he came to the Indian team, his biggest cricketing crush was Yuvraj Singh. "I wanted to talk to him, play like him, train like him," he added. "The kind of role Yuvraj had at that time, I was supposed to get similar kind of role in future," Rohit further said.
short by Anmol Sharma / 09:27 pm on 08 Apr
Michael Clarke has said Australian cricketers "sucked up" to Virat Kohli and India to protect their million-dollar IPL deals, causing Australian cricket to become "soft". "They were too scared to sledge Kohli...because they had to play with them in April," he added. "The players were like...'I'm not going to sledge Kohli...I want him to pick me for Bangalore," he added.
short by Anmol Sharma / 09:40 pm on 07 Apr
Shuttler Parupalli Kashyap has donated ₹3 lakh to the Telangana Chief Minister Relief Fund to aid in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. So far, Telangana has reported a total of 321 confirmed cases of the virus with seven deaths. Overall in the country, over 4280 cases have surfaced with the death toll at 111.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 10:56 pm on 06 Apr
IPL is massive, it's a shame that it's not going ahead: Jos Buttler
short by Ankur Taliyan / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has said that it's a "big shame" that the IPL is not going ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic. "[IPL] is a massive, massive tournament. Revenue that is involved is massive. It is a very important competition for cricket," said Buttler who plays for Rajasthan Royals. Currently, IPL has been suspended till April 15.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 03:40 pm on 07 Apr
The Italian Footballers' Association (AIC) has criticised Serie A's decision to cut all players' wages by a third if the season is not resumed due to the coronavirus pandemic. "The proposal put forward is inadmissible...The behaviour is incomprehensible at a time like this," a statement by the footballers' body read. The Serie A season has been suspended indefinitely.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 05:25 pm on 07 Apr
Liverpool reverse decision to furlough staff, apologise to fans
short by Ankur Taliyan / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
Premier League table-toppers Liverpool have reversed their decision to furlough their non-playing staff so as to enable them to claim part of their wages from the British government. "We believe we came to the wrong conclusion...and are truly sorry for that," said club CEO Peter Moore. The move was criticised as players are yet to take a pay cut.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 05:44 pm on 07 Apr
Italian football league Serie A clubs, except Juventus, have reportedly agreed to cut the salaries of its players by up to a third if the current season is not resumed over the coronavirus pandemic. However, the reduction, which is equivalent to four months of salary, will be reduced to two months of salary if the current season is completed.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 10:21 pm on 06 Apr
Mercedes F1 team will start delivering a breathing device, which will help coronavirus patients with lung infections to breathe more easily, to UK hospitals this week to aid in the fight against the virus. The device is being manufactured using machinery that is used to make F1 pistons and turbochargers. The device delivers oxygen to lungs without needing a ventilator.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 09:33 pm on 07 Apr
WWE's WrestleMania 36, which was held without spectators, saw a total of 13.8 million social media interactions on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the most in WWE history. The event was streamed live on the WWE Network and was available on pay-per-view. While Drew McIntyre became the new WWE Champion defeating Brock Lesnar, Bayley retained her SmackDown Women's Championship.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 08:26 pm on 07 Apr
Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis has said that he's not in the favour of resuming cricket behind closed doors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "We can think about matches behind closed doors...but not this month or next month...the situation is not right for any cricket activities," he stated. So far, over 70,000 have died due to the virus world over.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 08:39 pm on 06 Apr
Gavaskar donates ₹59 lakh to COVID-19 relief funds: Report
short by Ankur Taliyan / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has donated ₹35 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund and ₹24 lakh to Maharashtra Chief Minister's Relief Fund for the fight against coronavirus, reports have claimed. India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has also made a donation to the relief funds but hasn't revealed the amount. So far, India has reported over 4,400 cases of coronavirus.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 06:59 pm on 07 Apr
Ex-India batsman Mohammad Kaif has shared a video in which he can be seen watching the 2003 ICC World Cup's India-Pakistan match along with his son. "Junior isn't too impressed with Papa, says hitting Shoaib Akhtar must be easy since there is pace in his bowling...Kids today I tell you…phew!" said Kaif. India had won the match by 6 wickets.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 11:27 pm on 07 Apr
Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis has said that India won their first-ever Test series in Australia last year as the hosts were missing David Warner and Steve Smith. "Australian cricket was going through a turmoil," Waqar said. Last year in January, India won the four-match Test series against Australia 2-1. Before this, India lost 8 of the 11 Test series.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 11:05 pm on 06 Apr
Viv Richards is the best batsman, but Kohli pushing conversation: Warne
short by Ankur Taliyan / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
During an Instagram live, ex-Australia spinner Shane Warne said that former West Indies cricketer Viv Richards is the best batsman he has ever seen but Virat Kohli is "pushing that conversation". Warne further named the India skipper among the three best batsmen of this generation along with Steve Smith and Kane Williamson. Virat has 11,867 runs from 248 ODIs.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 09:24 pm on 07 Apr
Russia denies bribing FIFA officials to host 2018 FIFA World Cup
short by Ankur Taliyan / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
Russia has "categorically" denied allegations that it had bribed FIFA officials for the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. "Russia absolutely legally got the right," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. The allegations are linked to the 2015 corruption scandal that led to then FIFA President Sepp Blatter along with UEFA chief Michel Platini being banned.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 10:19 pm on 07 Apr
It's time Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik gracefully retire: Ramiz Raja
short by Ankur Taliyan / on 06 Apr 2020,Monday
Cricketer-turned-commentator Ramiz Raja has said that 39-year-old Mohammad Hafeez and 38-year-old Shoaib Malik should retire from international cricket. "There is no doubt both have served Pakistan cricket well all these years. But now I think it is time they gracefully retire from the Pakistan team," Raja stated. Hafeez recently said that he'll retire after the ICC men's 2020 World Cup.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 09:20 pm on 06 Apr
Michael Clarke has termed Sachin Tendulkar technically flawless and "the hardest batsman to get out". "I think Sachin, technically, didn't have a weakness. Part of you hoped that he made a mistake," Clarke added. The ex-Australia captain further named India skipper Virat Kohli as the "best batsman across formats". "Kohli's ODI and T20 records are phenomenal," he added.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 04:09 pm on 07 Apr
If I get top order position, I'll maximise: Hanuma Vihari
short by Ankur Taliyan / on 06 Apr 2020,Monday
India batsman Hanuma Vihari has said that if he gets the top order position in the team, he'll try to "maximise" it. "I have always batted in the top order, whether it is opening or number three," said the 26-year-old who currently bats at number six position in Team India. Hanuma has played nine Tests for India, scoring 552 runs.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 08:36 pm on 06 Apr
Former Pakistan cricketer Mohsin Khan has claimed that "eight out of Pakistan's playing XI" don't meet the fitness standards required for international cricket. Mohsin also claimed that there's "lack of accountability" with Misbah-ul-Haq being both the team's head coach and chief selector. "Who'll you hold responsible when head coach fields a side which he had selected himself?" Mohsin asked.
short by Ankur Taliyan / 10:16 pm on 06 Apr
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