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Say hello to Telstar 18, the 2018 World Cup ball

What on Earth is Telstar 18? Several heads were left being scratched on Thursday after Russia used some hardcore techno beats in a dark auditorium decked out to look like an underground dance club to present the official 2018 World Cup ball. The orb in the spotlight followed the edgy motif of the presentation by being adorned with black-and-grey checkered rectangles that could have featured in one of Hollywood's latest sci-fi thrillers. It resembles the work of a studious graphic design artist who just…

Ball game brings rare joy to Rohingya refugee boys

KUTUPALONG, BANGLADESH: In a refugee camp in Bangladesh crammed with makeshift bamboo shelters, Rohingya boys gather on one of the few remaining clear areas of ground for an energetic bout of chinlone -- a version of keepie-uppie that is one of the few pleasures they can still enjoy. Chinlone, a cross between football and volleyball played with a woven cane ball, is hugely popular in the villages of Myanmar where the refugees are from. For the children, it offers a brief respite from the fight for survival in squalid…

VIDEO: Virat Kohli caught ‘tampering’ with the ball

ADELAIDE: A video has emerged showing Indian Test captain Virat Kohli appearing to shine a ball with an artificial substance –the sugar of a mint. Kohli’s video has emerged at a moment when South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis is set to undergo an official hearing relating to a ball-tampering charge in Adelaide last week. Du Plessis has been charged for breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct after television footage appeared to show him applying an artificial substance - the sugar of a mint sweet - to the ball…

ICC calls for clampdown on bat size

LONDON: India's Anil Kumble and several other former Test players on an International Cricket Council committee have urged the sport's law-makers to bring in new restrictions on the size of bats amid concerns over a glut of run-scoring.