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Mushfiqur blasts proposed two-tier Test system

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has opened up about his and the team's disappointment at the proposed two-tier system in Test cricket. He has become the first international cricketer to voice his opinion about the 'position paper' which is put forward by a working group of the Finance & Commercial Affairs committee of the ICC. Bangladesh's main concern is their future in Test ... Read More »

Mathews wary of Tigers’ top order

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has identified Bangladesh's top order as one of their main obstacles in the upcoming Test series, scheduled to begin tomorrow. In his first interaction with the media yesterday at Mirpur, the 26-year-old said that a number of Bangladesh's top-order batsmen are game-changers. “When it comes to batting, they (Bangladesh) have got six or seven good ... Read More »

Li Na overwhelms Cibulkova to claim Australian Open

MELBOURNE: China’s Li Na overcame an attack of nerves and weathered a feisty challenge from Dominika Cibulkova before roaring to a 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 victory to win her first Australian Open title on Saturday. Heartbroken as runner-up last year and in 2011, the 31-year-old struggled on serve and battled an errant forehand in a tight first set, before finding her ... Read More »

Loss to New Zealand robs India of top ODI ranking

HAMILTON, New Zealand: India surrendered their world No.1 ODI ranking Wednesday when they suffered a second successive defeat to New Zealand in a rain-abbreviated game in Hamilton. India were 20 runs short of their Duckworth-Lewis adjusted target of 297 when further rain ended the game with three balls remaining. India’s second loss to the eighth ranked New Zealand saw them ... Read More »

Andy Murray loses to Roger Federer in Australian Open

Four-time champion Roger Federer ended Andy Murray's Australian Open hopes with a dramatic win in the quarter-finals. The Swiss, 32, won 6-3 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 in three hours and 20 minutes to set up a semi-final against world number one Rafael Nadal. Federer had been on the verge of wrapping up a faultless three-set performance but failed to serve ... Read More »

South Africa slams ‘flawed’ ICC plan

LONDON: South Africa have become the first major cricket nation to call on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to withdraw a draft plan that would give greater control of the world game to England, Australia and India. A "position paper" outlining the proposed changes is due to be discussed by the ICC's executive board next week. But, ahead of that ... Read More »

Arsenal and City forge ahead, Liverpool stumble

Arsenal and Manchester City kept up their unrelenting pursuits of the Premier League title by maintaining their winning streaks on Saturday but Liverpool’s challenge faltered after they were held at home by Aston Villa.   Arsenal beat Fulham 2-0 at the Emirates and Manchester City beat Cardiff City 4-2 at the Etihad before Liverpool could only manage a 2-2 draw ... Read More »

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