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Sep 3, 2014

Soccer-Chopra ready to give up British passport for India stint

MUMBAI, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra is ready to surrender his British passport to represent the country of his origin, India, and realise his dream of playing senior-level international soccer.

The 30-year-old Chopra, whose grandparents moved to England from Jalandhar in Punjab in the 1950s, has represented England at the age-group tournaments.

Aug 25, 2014
Aug 25, 2014

BCCI calls Dhoni comments on Fletcher as ‘personal opinion’

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has labelled Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s comments as “personal opinion” after the national team’s captain said beleaguered coach Duncan Fletcher still called the shots and would lead them into next year’s World Cup.

“I have not spoken to Dhoni and so the BCCI will not like to react to his comments,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told Reuters on Monday about Dhoni’s comments on the eve of their one-day series against England which appeared to undermine former captain Ravi Shastri.

Aug 25, 2014

Cricket-BCCI calls Dhoni comments on Fletcher as ‘personal opinion’

MUMBAI, Aug 25 (Reuters) – The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has labelled Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s comments as “personal opinion” after the national team’s captain said beleaguered coach Duncan Fletcher still called the shots and would lead them into next year’s World Cup.

“I have not spoken to Dhoni and so the BCCI will not like to react to his comments,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told Reuters on Monday about Dhoni’s comments on the eve of their one-day series against England which appeared to undermine former captain Ravi Shastri.

Aug 22, 2014

Zimbabwe’s Utseya latest to have action reported

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Zimbabwe all-rounder Prosper Utseya has become the fourth off-spinner to be reported for an illegal bowling action by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in recent months as the governing body continued their crackdown on the issue.

The off-spinner’s action raised concerns during Zimbabwe’s seven-wicket loss in the third and final one-day international against South Africa in Bulawayo on Thursday, the ICC said in a statement on Friday.

Aug 22, 2014

Cricket-Zimbabwe’s Utseya latest to have action reported

MUMBAI, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Zimbabwe all-rounder Prosper Utseya has become the fourth off-spinner to be reported for an illegal bowling action by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in recent months as the governing body continued their crackdown on the issue.

The off-spinner’s action raised concerns during Zimbabwe’s seven-wicket loss in the third and final one-day international against South Africa in Bulawayo on Thursday, the ICC said in a statement on Friday.

Aug 21, 2014

Chopra joins Tendulkar-owned team in new Indian league

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra was picked by the Kerala Blasters, co-owned by cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, in an international draft for the upcoming Indian Super League on Thursday.

A total of 49 foreign players were drafted during the session for the eight-franchise league, which is slated to run from Oct. 12 to Dec. 20. Seven players have been directly recruited by the teams.

Aug 21, 2014

Soccer-Chopra joins Tendulkar-owned team in new Indian league

MUMBAI, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra was picked by the Kerala Blasters, co-owned by cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, in an international draft for the upcoming Indian Super League on Thursday.

A total of 49 foreign players were drafted during the session for the eight-franchise league, which is slated to run from Oct. 12 to Dec. 20. Seven players have been directly recruited by the teams.

Aug 20, 2014

Lack of options leave India struggling with Dhoni dilemma

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Beleaguered India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni appears set to retain his test captaincy role – if he has the desire to continue – due to a sheer lack of alternative options to take on the job after yet another calamitous overseas tour.

India’s propensity for foreign failures was exposed in 2011 when the side lost eight consecutive tests with back-to-back 4-0 thrashings in England and Australia.

Aug 20, 2014

Cricket-Lack of options leave India struggling with Dhoni dilemma

MUMBAI, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Beleaguered India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni appears set to retain his test captaincy role – if he has the desire to continue – due to a sheer lack of alternative options to take on the job after yet another calamitous overseas tour.

India’s propensity for foreign failures was exposed in 2011 when the side lost eight consecutive tests with back-to-back 4-0 thrashings in England and Australia.