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Buttler looks to follow Kohli example against India

Jos Buttler aims to put the lessons he learnt from watching Virat Kohli while playing in the Indian Premier League to good use during England's upcoming Test series with India. England face Kohli's men in the first Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday, with Buttler keen to build on the encouraging return to the five-day format he made during a recent 1-1 drawn home campaign with Pakistan. The 27-year-old was recalled to the Test line-up purely on the strength of some impressive batting displays in this season's Twenty20 IPL,…

Bollywood star Arbaaz Khan summoned in IPL betting case

MUMBAI: Indian police summoned Arbaaz Khan, brother of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, on Friday for questioning over gambling on Indian Premier League cricket matches. The IPL has been dogged by gambling controversies since it started in 2008, and police say they have smashed a number of betting syndicates across India during this year's season, which ended Saturday. "We have summoned Arbaaz Khan for questioning in connection to the IPL betting scam," Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar told AFP. "Further…

ICC believe new T20 leagues are at greatest risk of corruption

LONDON: Global cricket chiefs believe newly-emerging domestic Twenty20 competitions are the tournaments at greatest risk of corruption, following match-fixing allegations made by broadcaster Al Jazeera. International Cricket Council (ICC) officials are due to meet with Al Jazeera management as they look to explore all of the material, including as yet unbroadcast footage of claims against unnamed players that the Middle East-based television channel also alluded to in its documentary 'Cricket's Match-Fixers'. David…

Stokes goes from MVP to Royal disappointment in IPL

NEW DELHI: Fourth months after splashing out $1.97 million to secure the services of Ben Stokes, Rajasthan Royals cannot be faulted for regretting the splurge as they struggle to stay afloat in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Stokes, then with Rising Pune Supergiant, set alight last year’s tournament with his scintillating batting, crafty bowling and electric fielding, making him the obvious choice for the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) honor. England and world cricket’s premier all-rounder’s Midas touch…

England’s Wood ends IPL stint to boost test prospects

MUMBAI: England fast bowler Mark Wood has returned home from the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) to play for Durham in a bid to keep his place in the test side, the 28-year-old has said. Wood played for the Chennai Super Kings in their opening win against champions Mumbai Indians but was not picked in their next nine matches. “The decision has been made for me to return home to England to prepare for the English summer,” Wood wrote in an Instagram post. “Having worked so hard to get back in the test team, and…