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PHOTOS: Blackwood shines as West Indies beat England
West Indies beat England by four wickets on the final day of the first international Test since the coronavirus break on Sunday, taking a 1-0 lead at the Ageas Bowl in a three-Test series thanks to a 95-run knock by Jermaine Blackwood.

Ranji: Saurashtra's Jackson moves to Puducherry
Prolific batsman Sheldon Jackson, who played a pivotal role in Saurashtra's maiden Ranji Trophy triumph in the season gone by, will compete for Puducherry in the domestic circuit this season, a decision which the cricketer said was "not easy".

Ex-India opener Chetan Chauhan tests positive
Former India cricketer and Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Chetan Chauhan tested positive for COVID-19.

India tour of Aus: Ganguly wants shorter quarantine
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly wants a shorter than mandated quarantine period for the Indian team when it travels to Australia for a Test series this year as "we don't want the players to go that far and sit in hotel rooms for two weeks". The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the rules of the game, which restarted with the ongoing Test series between England and the West Indies. Players have to be in quarantine for two weeks and be tested for the virus before they can take the field in empty stadiums for now.

PHOTOS: Crawley, Sibley lead England fightback
England ended day four with a 170-run lead over West Indies as Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley notched up half-centuries in the second innings of the first Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Saturday. Images from Day 4 of the first Test between England and West Indies.

Sachin Tendulkar's take on DRS
Sachin Tendulkar said that even if the ball is kissing the stumps or just brushing it, the decision should go in favour of the bowlers.

Sachin told me to just enjoy: Rahane recalls debut
Ajinkya Rahane cherishes the time when he played with Sachin Tendulkar during his debut.

'SA players were racially abused on 2005 Aus tour'
Prince also said that when the players told the leadership about the racial abuse they have been suffering, the reply was "it's only some people, not the majority".

Mentally ready to play all three formats: Rahane
'My instinct answers yes, I want to make a comeback in ODI cricket'

On this day: This Australian tailender makes history
However, his innings was not enough to salvage the Aussies who lost to England by 14 runs in the first Test.

Stokes joins game's greats as he does Test double
He finished with the figures of 4-49 in his 14 overs including five maiden overs.

PIX: Check out cricket's new 'normal'
Strict health protocols are in place during the first England-West Indies Test.

Eden Gardens as quarantine facility for police
Since, the administrative functioning majorly happens at Club House, adjacent blocks (B, C, D, K and L) would not be used for it, allowing the association to use them for conducting its activities for its administrative works.

PIX: Brathwaite, Dowrich put Windies in control
Images from Day 3 of the first Test between England and West Indies at the Ageas Bowl, on Friday

Broad 'frustrated, angry, gutted' after being dropped
England's decision to go with James Anderson, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood for the first Test in Southampton snapped Stuart Broad's run of 51 consecutive home Tests.

PCB forced to sell logo rights for lower price
PCB has decided to sign a one-year contract with Transmedia, a company which has been buying various sponsorship and media rights for the last few years.

Take your appeal to ECB: PCB tells Kaneria
Kaneria after denying his involvement in spot-fixing and pleading his innocence finally admitted in late 2018 to a foreign television network he was guilty.

What Team India must do to be World Cup champs
Inability to handle pressure in big finals has kept the women's team away from a major ICC trophy

Holder hails support towards 'Black Lives Matter'
West Indies captain Jason Holder says both his team and England putting up a united front to show support for the Black Lives Matter campaign before the start of the first Test in Southampton meant the "world to him" and he feels Michael Holding's powerful speech on racism "in his veins". Both teams took the knee for 30 seconds in solidarity with the BLM movement before the start of play on Wednesday.

'Happy birthday batting legend Sunil Gavaskar'
Birthday wishes poured in from the cricketing world for the iconic Sunil Gavaskar, who turned 71 on Friday. From the great Sachin Tendulkar to Sanjay Manjrekar to to VVS Laxman, many cricketers took to Twitter to wish their cricketing hero.

Shaw needs to be more disciplined: Jaffer
Former India opener and domestic stalwart Wasim Jaffer compared Prithvi Shaw to the great Virender Sehwag but also said the Mumbaikar needs a more disciplined lifestyle off the field. After an impressive Test debut against the West Indies, Shaw was handed an eight-month ban for a doping violation.

'COVID-19 has pushed back growth of women's cricket'
Legendary Indian skipper Mithali Raj feels the COVID-19 forced break may have pushed back the growth of women's cricket by at least two years. Mithali, Indian women's ODI captain and the world's highest run-getter in 50-over cricket, also said that a full-fledged women's Indian Premier League is still at least three years away although a fourth team can be added for the Challenger series.

Sunil Gavaskar, Indian Cricket's Real Master
When he ended his Test career, he held the following Test records: Most Tests (125). Most consecutive Tests (106). Most runs (10,122). Most hundreds (34). Most scores of 50 or more (79). Most hundred partnerships (58).

Holding breaks down while talking about racism
West Indies fast bowling great Michael Holding struggled to hold back tears on a live broadcast while talking about the racism his parents faced, a day after his powerful speech on the sensitive subject. Ahead of day one of the first Test between England and West Indies, Holding had said that the black race has been dehumanised and it will continue to be a victim until the entire human race is not educated on racism.

Why Sachin rates Jimmy 'very, very, highly'
'He is one of the best exponents of reverse swing.'

Bowlers using back sweat to shine ball in Eng-WI Test
England fast bowler Mark Wood said on Thursday that players are using 'back sweat' rather than saliva to try and shine the ball in the first Test against West Indies at the Ageas Bowl. Strict health protocols are in place for the return of international cricket after a 117-day stoppage caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including a ban on saliva.

How Pakistan players are supporting Afridi's charity`
Pakistan players' playing kits to feature Shahid Afridi Foundation's logo

PIX: Holder and Gabriel put West Indies in control
IMAGES from the first Test between England and West Indies played at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium, Southampton on Thursday

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri's resignation accepted
While the top bosses in the BCCI remained tight-lipped about the development, a senior official in the know of things told PTI that they have decided to accept his resignation letter sent on December 27.

MCA restores two seats for Gavaskar at Wankhede
The two fixed seats were originally allotted to Gavaskar and his wife at the Garware Pavilion to honour him at the time of his retirement.

Asia Cup postponed, Lanka swap hosting rights with Pak
The ACC said in a statement it is hoping to stage the Twenty20 competition, which will feature six countries including India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, in June next year.

How lockdown has affected pacer's rhythm
Mohammad Shami has started bowling full tilt at the nets with his brother facing him, Shami said he still can't gauge how an old red ball will behave without the application of saliva.

Should ICC change its 'bad light' laws?
Officials were forced to call off the opening day of the first Test between England and the West Indies due to bad light and rain which saw only 17.4 overs being bowled.

Why Indian cricket must thank Vasant Raiji
'With his passing comes the end of Indian cricket history.'

Buzz: 'New Zealand hosting IPL is speculation'
Domestic cricket will only happen when travelling is safe: Ganguly

CA should allow Smith, Cummins play in IPL: Langer
The T20 World Cup is expected to be postponed due to the challenges of hosting 16 international teams amid the pandemic, and the Indian board hopes to use that window for the IPL.

Check out Ganguly's Dream India XI
Who are the five current Indian cricketers Dada would have loved to have in his team?

PIX: Rain spoils long-awaited cricket return
After a 117-day absence, international cricket returned in familiar fashion on Wednesday as rain and bad light restricted the first Test between England and West Indies to 17.4 overs and the hosts closed a frustrating day on 35-1.

This year's Asia Cup cancelled, says Ganguly
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday announced cancellation of the Asia Cup T20, scheduled to be held in September, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pakistan originally had the hosting rights of the six-team continental event but considering the alarming COVID-19 situation, the PCB board had decided to swap it with Sri Lanka.

PIX: England, West Indies players take a knee
The England and West Indies players took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before the start of play in the first Test at Southampton on Wednesday as international cricket returned after almost four months. Rain delayed the start of the first Test before England captain Ben Stokes won the toss and elected to bat.

Holding delivers powerful snorter against racism
An emotional Michael Holding didn't hold back as he delivered a powerful message against racism on Wednesday, asserting that the black race has been dehumanised and its accomplishments wiped off from a history "written by people who do the harm." Holding, who will retire from commentary at the end of next year, talked about racism as cricket restarted amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Southampton with the first England-West Indies Test.

'Happy birthday to undisputed Dada of Indian cricket'
India's current and former cricketers took to social media to wish one of India's greatest captains and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who celebrated his 48th birthday on Wednesday.

Neighbour Shreyas gets dosas for Virat
Rohini Iyer sends neer dosas for the Skipper and his missus.

'Not easy to say we are going to host IPL in India'
'We don't want the year 2020 to finish without an IPL. Our first priority is India and even if we get 35 to 40 days, we will host it. But we don't know where'

Holder most underrated all-rounder: Tendulkar
"...he is an underrated player but he contributes on a regular basis, he is a terrific player to have in your team."

Sachin urges people to donate blood for plasma therapy
'In this, plasma therapy has emerged as an option to treat critically ill patients'

Can you beat Ganguly at fantasy cricket?
Ganguly will create his own fantasy team for each of the three matches and lock horns with cricket enthusiasts from all over India as part of the 'Beat the Expert' contest.

Why Ganguly is pushing for more day-night Tests
Later this year, India and Australia are slated to face each other in a four-match Test series. The second Test of the series at Adelaide will be a day-night Test contest.

Windies captain says he doesn't get credit he deserves
'I don't get caught up with it, to be honest. Journalists are there to write their stories, I am merely here to play cricket. It's always a good battle on the field when you face competitors like Stokesy, face competitors around the world'

Fans to celebrate Ganguly's birthday in unique way
The group has more than 9000 fans from across the state and the masks have been sent out to the members in various districts like Bardhaman, Asansol, Nadia, North, South 24 Parganas. They will be sporting the masks on Wednesday.

Hardik, Krunal fly to Ranchi to wish Dhoni
The Pandya brothers left directly to Dhoni's farmhouse in Ranchi from the Birsa Munda Airport.

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