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MS Dhoni, and managing chaos
By inverting his middle-order, the CSK captain created confusion. A touch of madness, perhaps, but as always there was a method to Dhoni's madness

Desultory Pakistan have much to prove at Lord's
Mohammad Amir should be fir for the first Test and that was the most positive aspect that could be drawn from Pakistan's final workout against Leicestershire

The Hundred 'done blatantly for TV', says Graeme Swann
The ECB's proposed 100-ball format has been cooked up to fit the TV schedules, according to former England spinner Graeme Swann

No excuses, only lessons for Rohit after Mumbai exit
The Mumbai captain rued the lack of support for Ben Cutting in the tense chase in Delhi

Kapp, Khaka hand Bangladesh another whitewash
Once the match was reduced to nine overs a side, the hosts defended their total of 64 with Marizanne Kapp and Ayabonga Khaka picking up five wickets

Ngidi, Raina knock Kings XI out; Royals secure playoffs spot
Lungi Ngidi bowled a fiery spell of 4 for 10 to keep Kings XI to 153 before a strong and changed CSK line-up changed it down

Patel's quartet sets up Hain's century stroll
Sam Hain helped himself to a century in the Leeds sunshine after Jeetan Patel had pegged back Yorkshire's total

Stirling's best stirs a sylvan setting
Radlett basked contentedly in the May sunshine, but Paul Stirling ensured that there was mayhem on the field

Hildreth is Taunton's darling once more as hits career-best
James Hildreth added a 50-over hundred to two already logged in the Championship in a memorable start to the season for the Somerset stylist

Wakely finds release from testing start to the season
Northants have singularly failed to live up to optimistic pre-season forecasts but they dug deep at the old Welbeck Colliery ground

Davies supreme on Lancashire day of records
Durham had one of their worst displays over 50 overs to leave their coach Jon Lewis rueing a day that began badly and got worse

Skipper Roderick ensures Gloucestershire flying start
Essex thought Ashar Zaidi had carried them to a competitive total but Gareth Roderick and George Hankins found a response

Daredevils knock out Mumbai, Royals dare to dream
Legspinners Amit Mishra and Sandeep Lamichhane took three wickets each after Rishabh Pant scored a superb half-century

Rajput appointed short-term Zimbabwe head coach
The former Afghanistan coach is on a three-month deal, which might be extended based on results

Mosaddek Hossain back in Bangladesh T20 squad
Batsman recalled for three T20s against Afghanistan in June

Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman lead way against modest attack
There were half-centuries for Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Usman Salahuddin as Pakistan enjoyed a gentle workout in Leicester

Gareth Berg's dramatic 65 from 37 steals victory for Hampshire
Allrounder Gareth Berg produced a match-winning performance as Hampshire began their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign with a thrilling two-wicket win over Sussex with four balls to spare at Hove

Ross Whiteley fires as Worcestershire hold off Derbyshire
Worcestershire were celebrating their first victory of 2018 after overcoming Derbyshire by 50 runs at Blackfinch New Road in their opening Royal London One-Day Cup game

Two-divisional Championship promotes 'short-termism' - Wasim Khan
Leicestershire's chief executive has provided the clearest hint yet that the days of promotion and relegation in the County Championship could be coming to an end

Mark Wood raring to make Test mark after swapping IPL for Derby
Despite his battles with injuries, the fast bowler wants to succeed in the form of the game he considers "the pinnacle" and said he had not contemplated focusing on white-ball cricket

Virat Kohli slams middle-order failure after RCB crash out
The RCB captain said too much had been left to AB de Villiers to achieve in a must-win game against Royals in Jaipur

Narine, Lynn and Uthappa book KKR's playoffs spot
Kolkata Knight Riders put in yet another spirited performance to win their final league game by five wickets and consigning Sunrisers Hyderabad to their third straight loss

Luus, Niekerk fifties hand South Africa unassailable lead
The 32-run win in Bloemfontein put the hosts one victory shy of another clean-sweep, having claimed the ODI series 5-0.

Soumya, Sabbir back in selection spotlight
Will the selectors also persist with Taskin Ahmed, Abu Hider and Mehidy Hasan after sub-par performances in the Nidahas Trophy in March?

USACA president Dainty sues David Richardson, ICC for defamation
The USACA president and a fellow board member have filed a lawsuit in New York against the ICC and its chief executive, seeking $2 million dollars in damages

Bengaluru boys knock out RCB, Royals stay alive
Shreyas Gopal's 4 for 16 and K Gowtham's all-round display sent RCB tumbling out of the tournament with a 30-run defeat in Jaipur

Financially-challenged CWI asks SLC help to host home series
One Test from Sri Lanka's tour next month may be scrapped in favour of limited-overs internationals

A Mumbai win will take them through, and eliminate Royals and Kings XI
All Mumbai Indians have to do to make the fourth and last playoff spot their own is beat bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils

Blasts kill eight people at cricket match in Afghanistan
The attack occurred around 11pm local time on Friday, as spectators had gathered at the stadium to watch the Ramadan Cup

Mohammad Hafeez in trouble over outburst against ICC process for calling suspect actions
The PCB has issued a show cause notice to the 37-year old allrounder for questioning the ICC's system of finding players with suspect actions

Playoffs race - Four teams, two spots after RCB crash out
ESPNcricinfo looks at how the qualification scenarios will be affected by the result of the Sunrisers-KKR game

Kings XI's hopes hinge on Mumbai defeat
Kings XI Punjab need to beat Chennai Super Kings to have a shot at making the playoffs, but that result matters only if Mumbai Indians have lost to Delhi Daredevils

Jonny Bairstow ready for challenge of batting No. 5 and keeping wicket
Jonny Bairstow said was "proud" to be asked to move up England's Test batting order

Gary Ballance given time off by Yorkshire for 'personal reasons'
Yorkshire's captain was missing for the Royal London Cup game against Durham at Chester-le-Street, Steve Patterson leading the side in his absence

USA Cricket inaugural elections postponed
Elections for USA Cricket, the national governing body seeking to replace the expelled USA Cricket Association as the ICC's member board in America, have been put back to May 29

Harshal, Mishra help Daredevils trip up CSK
Harshal's unbeaten 36, including a 26-run final over off Dwayne Bravo, proved to be the game-changer, with CSK not yet assured of a top-two spot

A case of win or cross-your-fingers for KKR
If Kolkata Knight Riders win, they are assured of a place in the top four. If they lose, their path to the playoffs gets increasingly complicated

Kevin Pietersen picked to deliver BCCI's Pataudi lecture; board secretary unhappy with choice
The former England batsman will be the first non-Indian to speak at the lecture, a decision that has caused a lot of disagreement within the BCCI administration

NatWest, Specsavers step in to sponsor England home Tests
The ECB has extended deals with two of its current commercial partners after being forced to find a replacement for Investec

Kohler-Cadmore, ignored in the Championship, begins his white-ball season with 164
If Jos Buttler can turn IPL brilliance into a Test place, perhaps Tom Kohler-Cadmore can make enough white-ball runs to make Yorkshire think again in the Championship

Surrey taught a lesson in front of 5,000 schoolchildren
Craig Overton ensured Surrey's annual schools day did not go according to plan, taking four wickets as they were bundled out for 129

Hankins and Dent see off Glamorgan
Gloucestershire timed their run chase to perfection to see off Glamorgan as George Hankins paraded his 50-over potential

Royals, RCB scramble as playoffs race gets tighter
Defeat for either team will knock them out, but a win can't guarantee progression as they'll require favours from other teams over the weekend

Warne criticises Australia for too much whingeing
The former Australian legspinner says he sensed attitude problem before the Newlands Test, but doesn't believe emulating New Zealand is the way forward

Nitschke, Noffke join Australia women's support staff as assistant coaches
The two former allrounders have joined head coach Matthew Mott as part of preparations for the next two World T20s

Joe Root: No. 3 move is about taking responsibility
The England captain's move up the order is part of a significant reshuffle of the Test batting line-up at the start of the season

Notts end celebrations for Parkinson and Jennings
It felt like a night to remember for Keaton Jennings and Matt Parkinson, but their exploits with bat and ball counted for nothing as Notts emerged victorious

Godleman's best brings a day of Derbyshire records
Billy Godleman made short shrift of a Warwickshire attack that relied on an unlikely source of sustenance as Jonathan Trott took four wickets

Westley ton puts post-England lull behind him
Tom Westley, an England debutant last summer, has been a Championship struggler this, but all that changed at the start of the limited-overs season

BCCI says no to day-night Test to help India win; Harbhajan not impressed
'Don't you accept the challenge of playing England in overcast conditions in their country?' the offspinner asked. 'If we could take up that challenge why not pink-ball cricket?'

ICC on the defensive after listing dependence on India under 'weaknesses'
The line, which the BCCI took a 'dim view' of, was in a SWOT analysis that is part of an ICC document called 'A Global Strategy For Cricket - Update'

Northants have no response to Horton's hundred
Northants' woeful batting form brought a dismal start in the Championship and a change of formats brought more of the same

Wells makes a triumphant white-ball return
Luke Wells has been regarded as a Championship specialist, but he took the chance given to him by Sussex coach Jason Gillespie in the opening Royal London Cup tie

Hampshire trust in Mujeeb to bring Blast campaign to life
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is heading to Hampshire for the Blast - and, at 17, he will make England's legspin novice Mason Crane look an old man by comparison

Ismail, Lee put South Africa 1-0 up
Rumana Ahmed and Fargana Hoque add 72 to keep Bangladesh in the hunt before Shabnim Ismail knocks them over to close out the game

Mathews, Lakmal fit for West Indies Tests
Mathews to play as specialist batsman, while workload will be monitored on a match-by-match basis

Williamson special in vain as de Villiers, Moeen keep RCB alive
Kane Williamson made a rousing 81 off 42 balls but it wasn't enough for Sunrisers Hyderabad to chase down 219

ECB to resume funding of University cricket
More emphasis could be placed on furthering opportunities in white-ball and women's cricket as ECB agrees to take over a markedly successful scheme from MCC

Rahul, Hardik bring football's jersey-swap tradition to cricket
The two players swapped shirts as a mark of friendship and mutual respect after a last-over finish at the Wankhede Stadium

Lanning, Raj, Goswami to feature in women's exhibition T20
Other major stars in the Supernovas and Trailblazers XIs include Ellyse Perry, Suzie Bates, Alyssa Healy, Danielle Wyatt and Megan Schutt

Qualification scenarios - Six games, five teams, two spots
An explainer on how the Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad game will affect the play-off race

Can Daredevils salvage pride against CSK?
Having already been knocked out, the hosts now gear up to face Chennai Super Kings who have their sights set on a top-two finish

To toss or not to toss? ICC may scrap tradition
There has been growing concern that home boards have manipulated conditions to suit their team, in turn adding a disproportionate level of importance to the toss

Teams could lose points for unfit pitches in Test championship
The ICC Cricket Committee gets together in Mumbai on May 28 and 29 to discuss, among other things, the playing conditions for the World Test Championship

Clarity important when bowling at the death - Bumrah
The Mumbai Indians fast bowler had seemed off-colour earlier in the season, but came good in a must-win game

Amicus curiae in favour of five-member selection panel, vote for Railways
Gopal Subramanium has also asked if the three current BCCI office bearers should demit office since their tenure has expired

Bumrah and Pollard keep Mumbai alive
KL Rahul struck 94 off 60 and Andrew Tye claimed 4 for 16 but Kings XI finished on the losing side

Lamichhane added to World XI for charity match at Lord's; Shakib withdraws
Shakib Al Hasan, meanwhile, has withdrawn from the squad for personal reasons

Cricket Canada's inaugural T20 league to begin in June
The Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Ottawa Royals, Vancouver Knights and Winnipeg Hawks and the Caribbean All-Stars will make up the six-team tournament

O'Brien's fairytale debut makes ICC rankings history
Australia's Charles Bannerman, in the very first Test match in 1877, is the only batsman to score more rankings points in his country's debut Test

FAQs: All you need to know about the 2019-21 World Test Championship
Nine teams will contest a total of 27 bilateral series in the inaugural World Test Championship between 2019 to 2021

Stanlake dumps Yorkshire to chase Australia Test dream
Ricky Ponting has suggested that Billy Stanlake can become one of the great Test bowlers and it appears new Australia coach Justin Langer is of the same mind

Qualification scenarios: What if Mumbai beat Kings XI?
How Wednesday's result - whoever wins - will affect the two participating teams, as well as KKR, Royals and RCB

'I can see Bangladesh cricket actually keep its head high' - Greenidge
The West Indian great, who coached Bangladesh in the late 1990s, was in Dhaka this week, meeting with old friends in Bangladesh cricket

RCB bank on home advantage in bid to stay alive
RCB have relied heavily on Kohli, de Villiers and Umesh. They'll need others to punch above their weight against the best attack of the season

BPL likely to be delayed due to general elections
With security forces tied up in the month of October, the governing council is considering postponing the tournament to January next year

Jos Buttler and Dom Bess selections about more than the numbers for Ed Smith
There had been much talk of analytics since Ed Smith's appointment as national selection, but his first squad came down to "cricketing judgement"

Todd Astle bags his first New Zealand contract
James Neesham and Neil Broom were left out of NZC's list of 20 contracted players for the 2018-19 period

Dom Bess' England call-up interrupted IKEA trip
England's spin role had become vacant after Jack Leach, Bess' Somerset team-mate, suffered a broken thumb in the nets yesterday and was ruled out for a month

Bangladesh to play in Jamaica after 14 years
This is Bangladesh's fourth tour to the West Indies, the last of which was in 2014 when they didn't win a single game

Kuldeep, Russell push KKR closer to playoffs
The two were instrumental in restricting Rajasthan Royals to 142 after Jos Buttler and Rahul Tripathi had powered them to 59 for 0 in four overs

Harmanpreet, Mandhana named captains of women's exhibition T20
Several internationals from India, Australia, New Zealand and England will be part of the game to be played prior to the first IPL qualifier on May 22

Manohar elected unopposed as ICC chairman till 2020
Being the "sole nominee" put forth by the board, there was no need for a subsequent election process

USA cricket announces voting lists for inaugural election
Approximately 5500 individual members, along with 22 leagues and 151 clubs, will vote to elect three spots on the new USA Cricket board of directors

Mumbai Indians teetering on the edge of elimination
Mumbai Indians will be out of the tournament if they lose to Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday, but if they win they will move to fourth place

Jos Buttler, Dom Bess earn England calls; James Vince dropped
Ed Smith's first squad as national selector includes a couple of big calls

Victoria ditch 'Bushrangers' nickname
Cricket Victoria has said the decision was made to reduce 'clutter' and reinforce the three main brands: the Victoria state team and the two BBL teams from Melbourne, the Stars and the Renegades

Kirsten to help BCB pick new head coach
BCB president Nazmul Hassan said on Monday that Kirsten is looking at the three candidates shortlisted by the board

Imam-ul-Haq guides Pakistan home after Ireland scare
Imam-ul-Haq produced the match-winning contribution for Pakistan as they chased down 160 in the fourth innings and denied Ireland a fairytale win

Sarfraz Ahmed hails 'important' win after Pakistan pass fourth-innings test
Pakistan's captain admitted he had been worried about chasing when considering whether to enforce the follow on against Ireland

IPL qualification scenarios - RCB, Mumbai keep pressure on KKR, Royals
Because of their poor net run rates, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals might need to do more than finish on 14 points to make the playoffs

My focus was on pace and bounce - Umesh
Bowl wicket to wicket and tempt the batsmen for boundaries. Umesh Yadav has revealed his bowling plan that dismissed the dangerous opening pair of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul in the same over on Monday

Bill Lawry's graceful broadcasting exit
The former Australian captain and longtime commentator, has confirmed his retirement from cricket broadcasting after knocking back offers from the Seven and Fox Sports networks

ECB chairman Colin Graves says young people 'not attracted to cricket'
ECB chairman warns Surrey to support new 100-ball competition or be stripped of hosting rights

'Bangalore century still No.1' says Kevin O'Brien after another slice of Ireland history
Despite the emotion of becoming Ireland's maiden Test centurion, batsman believes his finest hour has already happened

Dobell: Ed Smith must have an eye on future in his first England Test squad
A double century from James Vince, an injury to Jack Leach and questions of succession planning make for a fascinating announcement on Tuesday

James Vince's longest innings makes case for England selection
Jack Leach had the misfortune to break a thumb before start of play at Taunton, while James Vince's unbeaten double century raised a finger to his critics

Middlesex find the favourites tag hard to bear
Middlesex were overwhelmingly fancied to return to Division One at the first time of asking but thanks to an unbeaten hundred by James Bracey they lie uneasily in fifth

Wood's career-best gives selectors something to ponder
Mark Wood's return from IPL was rewarded with a career-best six wickets in front of England selector Mick Newell as Durham made Derbyshire sweat

Bancroft cleared to play by Perth clubs
Western Australia club cricket regulations state that any player suspended from playing for the state side is also barred from club cricket, but the clubs turned this around with a vote








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