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I’ll regret ball-tempering for rest of my life: Cameron Bancroft

A remorseful Cameron Bancroft fronted up to the media on his arrival back in Australia and apologised for his role in the ball-tampering scandal that engulfed Australia during the third Test in Cape Town last week. Bancroft was banned by Cricket Australia for nine months after being caught on camera treating the ball on the third day of the Test with what was later revealed to be sandpaper. Steve Smith and David Warner, the team’s captain and vice-captain respectively, were banned for 12 months for their role in the…

Shahid Afridi advised two days’ rest

SHARJAH: Popular Karachi Kings' all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been advised a two-day rest after his MRI scan suggests no serious injury, said team official on Friday. The 38-year-old was not on the name sheet for the match against Multan Sultans in Sharjah on Friday after feeling pain in his right knee. The match was rained off and gave one point each to both the teams. Read More: Karachi Kings celebrate Shahid Afridi’s birthday "Afridi had a scan on his right knee which showed swelling in the right leg muscle around…

‘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…

Under investigation Ben Stokes will not travel with England Ashes squad: ECB

LONDON: All-rounder Ben Stokes will not travel with the rest of England’s squad for the Ashes, though no final decision has been taken on his participation in the test series in Australia, the England Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday. The 26-year-old Stokes, England’s vice captain and one of their most important players, was suspended after he and team mate Alex Hales were arrested following an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub last month and released under investigation. Pace bowler Steven Finn has been added…