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India And West Indies Unlikely To Feature In The Hundred New 100-Ball Cricket Format

New Delhi:  England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive officer Tom Harrison said that players from India and the West Indies are unlikely to feature in The Hundred, England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) new 100-ball cricket format.

The Hundred, which is slated to be launched in July-August 2020, will see eight teams vying for the top honours.

The contest would consist of 100 balls per innings with a change of ends after every 10 deliveries. Bowlers can deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls, with each bowler allowed a maximum of 20 deliveries per game.

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Usman Khawaja Says, Adaptability Is Going To Be The Key During Their Limited-Over Series Against India

New Delhi: Australia’s top-order batsman Usman Khawaja believes adaptability is going to be the key during their limited-over series against India and said they would look to draw from their past experience of playing in the country.

Australia will begin their tour of India with the first T20 International in Visakhapatnam on Sunday and Khawaja believes wickets are going to be good for batting.

“I played in that T20 (World Cup) and the wickets were really nice,” said Khawaja, who played six Indian Premier League matches for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant in India.

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Sourabh, Parupalli And Ajay Advance To The Men’s Singles Second Round At $150,000 Barcelona Spain Masters

New Delhi: Newly-crowned national champion Sourabh Verma, Parupalli Kashyap and Ajay Jayaram advanced to the men’s singles second round after winning their respective matches at the $150,000 Barcelona Spain Masters.

Sourabh, who had clinched his third Senior National title in Guwahati last week, beat Spain’s Luís Enrique Penalver 21-15 21-16 in 33 minutes. He will clash with either Brazil’s Ygor Coelho or Ren Pengbo of China, who had defeated Lakshya Sen 21-8 21-12 on Tuesday.

Former Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap, who had reached the semifinals at Guwahati last week, defeated Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong 27-25 21-18 in a 53-minute battle, while Ajay eked out a 18-21 21-16 21-17 victory over Malaysia’s Cheam June Wei in another match.

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Nikhat And Meena Kumari Become First Set Of Indian Women Boxers To Notch Up Gold At Strandja Memorial Tournament

New Delhi: Former junior world boxing champion Nikhat Zareen and Meena Kumari Devi became the first set of Indian women boxers to notch up gold medals at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Zareen, a multiple-time national medallist, claimed a 5-0 win in the 51kg category finals against Filipino Irish Magno, while Devi got the better of Aira Villegas 3-2, also from Philippines, in the bantamweight (54kg) summit clash.

However, Manju Rani (48kg) settled for a silver after going down to another Filipino in Josie Gabuco in a split 2-3 verdict. In a commanding performance, Zareen out-maneuvered Magno with a rock solid defence. Although the bout seemed closer than the final score-line, Zareen pulled it off by denying her rival a clear shot.

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IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla Makes It Clear There Is No Possibility Of Bilateral Cricket Ties With Pakistan

New Delhi: In the wake of Pulwama terror attack, Indian premier League (IPL) chairman Rajiv Shukla has made it clear that there is no possibility of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan unless they get government’s nod.

Shukla admitted to have faith in the concept of sports being above everything else but asserted that “if somebody is sponsoring terrorism” then it would obviously have an impact on sports.

“Our position is very clear. Unless government gives us nod, we are not going to play with Pakistan. Sports should be above all these things but if somebody is sponsoring terrorism, obviously it will affect sports also,” Shukla said.

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