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VIDEO: Intruders run on to pitch during World Cup final

MOSCOW: The World Cup final between Russia and Croatia in Moscow was briefly interrupted when three intruders ran onto the pitch before they were hauled off by stewards. The Pussy Riot punk band, whose members were jailed for staging a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin in a church, said on social media that they were responsible for the pitch invasion. Olga Kurachyova, a member of Pussy Riot, told Reuters by telephone she was one of the people who had invaded the pitch. She said she was being…

ICC criticises Bangladesh Test pitch after run spree

DHAKA: The International Cricket Council on Tuesday penalised the "below average" pitch in Chittagong after batsmen plundered more than 1,500 runs during last week's Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Five centuries and six half-centuries were smashed over five days at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium before the teams accepted a draw in the opening Test of the two-match series. Sri Lanka -- who declared at a colossal 713 for nine in their first and only innings -- criticised the pitch after the match. ICC match…

‘Dangerous’ pitch puts rest of South Africa v India Test in doubt

JOHANNESBURG: Further play in the third Test between South Africa and India was in the hands of the match officials on Friday (Jan 26) after play was called off shortly before the scheduled close on the third day at the Wanderers. Umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, in consultation with match referee Andy Pycroft, took the players off the field after South African opener Dean Elgar was hit on the grille of his helmet by a short ball from India's Jasprit Bumrah. There had been several discussions between the umpires…

ICC rates Ashes Melbourne pitch as ‘poor’

MELBOURNE: The Melbourne pitch for the fourth Ashes Test match has been rated "poor" by the International Cricket Council (ICC), reportedly the first for an Australian ground, just days after players also criticised the conditions. The showpiece Boxing Day match, which ended in a draw, denied England their first win of the series that Australia had already claimed with an unassailable three-nil lead. It was only the second Boxing Day Test draw in 20 years. The drop-in pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was…

Car invasion halts cricket match in India

NEW DELHI: A man drove his car onto the pitch during an Indian championship cricket game on Friday, forcing the interruption of the match after claiming he had lost his way. Indian stars including Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma had to return to the pavilion after the car parked near the bowling strip during the game between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The driver said he got lost and strayed into the Air Force ground in New Delhi. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it would investigate what it…

Italian player gets five-game ban for urinating on pitch

NAPPLES, Italy: An Italian footballer who was banned for five matches for urinating towards rival fans will appeal the decision, his club said on Thursday. Giovanni Liberti, a 21-year-old midfielder who plays for Serie D side FC Turris, has denied the offence during last Sunday's game against rivals Sarnese. Liberti allegedly urinated in the direction of the away stand and made obscene and vulgar gestures during a stop in play. But in an angry post on Twitter, club president Antonio Colantonio blasted the decision.…

India can win on any pitch, says Kohli

MOHALI: Skipper Virat Kohli Tuesday said India can win on all kinds of pitches against any side after the hosts hammered England in the third Test to take an unbeatable 2-0 series lead. India, who are often criticised for preparing rank turners at home, savoured their eight-wicket win in the third Test at Mohali on a track which proved to be sporting. The Indian bowlers put up a combined effort to counter the England batting from the very start after they bowled out the visitors for 283 in their first innings. The…