ICC Hopes Cricket To Be Part Of 2028 Olympics

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) wants T20 cricket to grow and the game, hopefully, be part of the 2028 Olympics. In the process, it buried the 50-over Champions Trophy, the next edition of which was scheduled to be hosted by India in 2021. That will now be a T20 World Cup.
This announcement came from ICC CEO David Richardson on Thursday in the city where JagmohanDalmiya lived. It was during Dalmiya’s stint as ICC president that the Champions Trophy was birthed. Speaking to the media here on Thursday, Richardson said all T20 matches between two countries would be accorded international status and a ranking system introduced for teams from 1 to 104.

For women, all T20 between countries would be internationals from July 1, 2018. For men it would start from January 1, 2019 after the qualifying cycle for 2020 World T20 in Australia. The rankings for women will start from October 2018 and those for men from May 2019.


Gambhir Goes; Iyer Takes Over As Delhi Daredevils’ Skipper

New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir has quit the captaincy of his team during the mid-tournament and Shreyas Iyer replacing him for the same. Indian Premier League (IPL) has provided popularity and commercial windfall to players, but there is no place for sentiment in the glitzy tournament.

The former India opener led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles and was bought for Rs. 2.8 crore by Daredevils to inspire a turnaround in the underperforming team. However, he announced on Wednesday that he was stepping away as his poor batting form has compounded the woes of a team that lies last on the points table.


Sun Risers Hyderabad Beat Mumbai Indians Inching Closer Towards Title

New Delhi: Sun Risers Hyderabad moved a place up to be at third in the Indian Premier League standings after registering their fourth win in six games. Siddharth Kaul (3/23) and Rashid Khan (2/11) helped Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Mumbai Indians by 31 runs in a low-scoring game at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
With arguably the best bowling attack of the league, Sun Risers defended the lowest total of the season, 118, by bowling out the defending champions for 87 in 18.5 overs. It was also the second lowest target successfully defended ever in the history of IPL. Mumbai remained at seventh after suffering their fifth defeat in six games.


Kings XI Punjab Defeats Delhi Daredevils At Their Home Ground

New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils suffered a nail-biting four-run defeat against Kings XI Punjab in their first home game of the Indian Premier League 2018 at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Monday.
After posting their fifth win in six games, Kings XI Punjab jumped to top of the IPL standings with ten points. And with five defeats in six matches, Daredevils languished at the bottom of the pile.
Needing 17 off the final over, ShreyasIyer scored 12 runs off the first five balls but young spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman got the better of him and dismissed the right-hander in the final delivery of the match to stop Daredevils on 139/8.
Iyer top-scored for the hosts with 57 off 45 balls, which included a six and five fours. While AnkitRajpoot (2/23), Andrew Tye (2/25), Mujeeb (2/25) and BarinderSran(1/45) were among the wickets for the victors.


Gayle and Watson Shine In the IPL With Their Tons

New Delhi: Chris Gayle had notched up the season’s first IPL hundred on Thursday. A day later, Shane Watson delivered another. Two great knocks, yet they can be differentiated on any given day.

For a first, bowling to Gayle yields unexpected returns. A good length ball is nonchalantly sent to the second tier, there’s the typical poker face that doesn’t give away if he’s content enough with the shot and thirdly, it’s brute power. 
The difference, perhaps, is that Watson’s knock exuded a more humane touch to it. Bad balls were sent to the cleaners; the good ones were respected and converted for singles or twos if possible. No unnecessary risks, no trying out variations; simple clean hitting. And, he smiles!
Watson (106) struck a 51-ball hundred on Friday against Rajasthan Royals as Chennai Super Kings put up a mammoth 204/5. In reply, Royals were bundled out at 140.