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Ball tampering: Disgraced Smith steps down as Royals captain in IPL

NEW DELHI: Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals on Monday replaced Australia's Steve Smith as captain over his role in a ball-tampering controversy. Smith, who is on a $1.9-million contract with the Royals, will be replaced by India's Ajinkya Rahane as skipper for the new IPL season starting April 7. "Steve believes given the current circumstances it's in the best interest of the Rajasthan Royals that he steps down as captain so the team can get ready for the start of the IPL without the ongoing distractions,"…

Two Pakistani legends make it to Ravi Bopara’s All-Time XI

England all-rounder Ravi Bopara has picked his All Time XI which includes two Pakistani iconic bowlers and three Indian batsmen. He chose former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag for his aggressive style of playing. “He was pleasing to the eye,” he said. For a combination of right-handed and left-handed batsmen he selected Australia's David Warner. “To bat alongside Virender Sehwag, I am going to go with someone I’ve actually had the opportunity to play with. “I think he’s good to have in your side.” He…

Sana Mir likely to lose captaincy after dismal World Cup show

Sana Mir’s position as the Pakistan skipper as well as her place in the team is in danger after the national women’s side disastrous show in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup in England. “She (Sana) failed to lead Pakistan in a proper way. Her own performance too was not satisfactory. The board is likely to take a decision next week about her future role in the team,” a source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was quoted as saying by APP on Monday. Pakistan ended their forgettable World Cup campaign on Saturday after…

Cook plays down talk about quitting England captaincy

RAJKOT, India: Alastair Cook played down speculation about his future as England test captain on Tuesday and said he was doing the job on a series by series basis. Cook appeared to hint that he may step down as from the role after the five-match series in India, which begins on Wednesday, in a recent interview. "Deep down I don't know how much longer I am going to carry on. It could be two months, it could be a year," the 31-year-old told the Cricketer magazine. "It makes me feel very satisfied that I've been able…

Clarke grilled over captaincy

SYDNEY: Australian captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said he still had plenty to offer the team as he was grilled over his captaincy after the side's comprehensive 2-0 Test loss to Pakistan.