Sri Lanka drops WC cricket fixing probe for lack of evidence

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 380 total views,  26 views today “Former Sri Lanka cricketer Mahela Jayawardene arrives to be interviewed by police in Colombo . ©AFP” /> Colombo (AFP) – Sri Lankan police on Friday dropped a criminal investigation into the 2011 cricket World Cup final, saying they found no evidence of match-fixing by players to let their Indian opponents win. The world governing body of the sport, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said it had also looked into the recent allegations and found no reason to doubt the integrity of the 2011 final, won by…

UK PM Johnson says teas an issue in upholding cricket virus ban

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 31 total views “Tea worries – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it is still not safe for recreational cricket to resume. ©AFP” /> London (AFP) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson risked angering thousands of club cricketers yet again Friday by saying the recreational game was still not safe to play because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. The England and Wales Cricket Board insisted, however, that the amateur game could restart, with lockdown restrictions on pubs and restaurants set to be lifted this weekend. Johnson provoked…

Unwell Curran isolating after bowing out of England warm-up

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 498 total views,  7 views today “Illness – England’s Sam Curran . ©AFP” /> London (AFP) – England all-rounder Sam Curran went into self-isolation and had a test for the coronavirus after illness forced him out of the team’s lone warm-up match on Thursday ahead of next week’s first Test against the West Indies. Curran was 15 not out at stumps on Wednesday’s opening day of three at the Ageas Bowl, also the venue for the first of a three-Test series. But he experienced sickness and diarrhoea overnight. Following medical protocols established…

England-West Indies Test dedicated to Strauss charity

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 477 total views,  1 views today “Former England captain Andrew Strauss and his sons dressed in red to show support for the Ruth Strauss Foundation at Lord’s in 2019. ©AFP” /> London (AFP) – The third Test between England and the West Indies will be dedicated to the work of the Ruth Strauss Foundation, which raises money for families facing the death of a parent from cancer. The second day of the match at Old Trafford, July 25, will see the return of the #RedForRuth initiative, which began during last year’s Ashes…

Smoking linked to higher risk of coronavirus, says WHO

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 817 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ The World Health Organisation says smoking is linked to a higher risk of severe illness and death from the coronavirus in hospitalised patients, although it was unable to specify exactly how much greater those risks might be. In a scientific brief published this week, the U.N. health agency reviewed 34 published studies on the association between smoking and Covid-19, including the probability of infection, hospitalisation, severity of disease and death. WHO noted that smokers represent up to 18% of hospitalised coronavirus patients and that there…

US added 4.8 million jobs in June; Donald Trump says ‘historic’

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 41 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ US recovery from the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 epidemic received a major boost Thursday with the labor department reporting 4.8 million Americans got back to work in June, a record single-month gain. This was also much more than the expected 2.9 million. Lay-offs and job losses have also continued and another 1.4 million claims were filed last week for unemployment benefits. President Donald Trump focused on the June job numbers, calling them “historic”. He went on to say at a news briefing, “Today’s…

China holds out WTO threat over ban on 59 mobile apps. India bursts the bubble

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 775 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ The Chinese propaganda that India’s ban on Chinese apps is “selective and discriminatory” is completely misplaced, on the contrary, New Delhi has a long list of Chinese discrimination against trade and investments with certain countries, including India, officials with direct knowledge of the matter said requesting anonymity. India has shown caution so far even as it has a long list of Beijing indulging in restrictive trade and investment practices such as the imposition of internet censorship through ‘Great Firewall’, restrictions on long-term visa and non-tariff…

Trump spotted a pattern in China’s standoff with India. Here are 21 reasons

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 768 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ President Donald Trump on Thursday waded right in the middle of India’s dispute with China, asserting that Beijing’s aggressive stance in Ladakh fits with the larger pattern of Chinese aggression in other parts of the world. President Trump’s office did not elaborate on China’s aggression elsewhere but is seen as a clear reference to Beijing’s efforts to enlarge its position on border disputes. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had recently called it China’s “rogue attitude” as he announced the movement of US supercarriers in the Indo…

Australia revert to using Kookaburra balls only in domestic cricket

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 338 total views,  1 views today “Australian bowler James Pattinson fields a Kookaburra ball during a Test against New Zealand in January this year. ©AFP” /> Sydney (AFP) – Australia on Thursday announced plans to ditch the English Dukes ball in domestic cricket and revert to using only the traditional Kookaburra for the next Sheffield Shield season. Cricket Australia introduced the Dukes ball in 2016 and they were used in the second half of each Shield season to try to accustom players to conditions in England, where Australian batsmen had often struggled.…

CCUSA congratulates new Canadian cricket boss

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 466 total views,  14 views today MARGATE/FL – USA: President and CEO of Cricket Council USA (CCUSA) Mahammad Qureshi has sent out congratulations to the incoming president of the Canadian Cricket Board Rashpal Bajwa. Bajwa who served as vice-president for some time was voted in around a week ago to the top post and Qureshi placed a call to him, congratulating him and wishing him all the best in his new endeavor. Speaking to News 925 Qureshi said: “I would like to congratulate Rashpal and wish him all the best as he…