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July 20, 2018 12:00 AM Ireland to play Test at Lord’s next year

LONDON: England’s historic first Test match against Ireland will be played at Lord’s next July.Ireland made their Test debut against Pakistan at Malahide in May and in 2019 they will head to London for a four-day match against England at the home of cricket from July 24-27. It will be the first ever meeting between the two local rivals in the game’s 4

July 20, 2018 12:00 AM Pakistan to tour England ahead of World Cup

LAHORE: Pakistan cricket team will tour England ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 for a Twenty20 International and five One-day Internationals (ODI). The World Cup will be played in England from May 30, 2019. The series, scheduled to be played from May 5 to May 19, will provide Pakistan an opportunity to acclimatise ahead of the World Cup. The English 2

June 30, 2018 12:00 AM Stokes returns to England ODI squad for India series

LONDON: England’s talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes has been named in the squad for the three-match One-day International series with India after missing the 5-0 whitewash of Australia with a hamstring injury. The 27-year-old New Zealand-born star has not played since he suffered the injury in the lead-up to the second Test against Pakistan in June, but is due to play for Durham 1

June 28, 2018 12:00 AM Pakistan to continue playing home games in UAE

LAHORE: Pakistan will continue playing its international ‘home’ games in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at reduced costs, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said after reaching an agreement with its Emirati counterpart. Pakistan has been hosting most of its international matches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah since the 2009 attack on Sri Lankan team. Uncertainty 15

June 19, 2018 12:00 AM Stokes and Woakes to miss rest of Australia ODI series

LONDON: Talismanic England all-rounder Ben Stokes and paceman Chris Woakes will miss the remainder of the One-day International series with Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Monday. Stokes’ hamstring injury — which he suffered in the lead-up to the second Test with Pakistan — the ECB says is progressing well and are hopeful 2

May 22, 2018 12:00 AM ECB’s 100-ball plan ‘blatantly for TV’, says Swann

LONDON: The ECB’s proposed 100-ball format has been cooked up to fit the TV schedules, according to former England spinner Graeme Swann, and not because cricket doesn’t appeal to a younger audience, as chairman Colin Graves has said. “It will be exactly the same as T20 cricket if they get the world’s best players in it,” Swann said on ESPNcricinfo’s 5

April 29, 2018 12:00 AM Will oil prices finally give teeth to inflation’s bite?

LONDON: The year 2018 was supposed to be the year inflation bared its teeth, finally emerging after years of unprecedented stimulus in a booming global economy. The Fed is well down the path of normalizing policy, with other central banks about to follow. And right on cue, the prices of oil and other commodities are accelerating sharply. But the latest 17

April 20, 2018 12:00 AM ECB plans new 100-balls-a-side tournament

LONDON: The England and Wales Cricket Board has proposed a 100-balls-a-side format for a new domestic competition that will start in 2020. It had been thought that the eight team men’s and women’s competitions, due to involve city-based sides rather than the traditional 18 first-class counties, would have a standard 20-overs per side format.But English 15

March 22, 2018 12:00 AM ECB to allow replacements for concussed players

LONDON: Teams across all four professional domestic cricket competitions in England will be allowed to replace concussed players during matches, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday after it approved rule changes for the new season. The incoming player, who will be allowed to bat and bowl, must be deemed a “like for like” replacement 8

March 17, 2018 12:00 AM England spinner Crane out of NZ Tests with back fracture

WELLINGTON: England leg-spinner Mason Crane has been ruled out of the rest of the tour of New Zealand and will miss the two Tests with a stress fracture of his back, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said. The 21-year-old Crane, who made his debut in the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney in January, felt discomfort in his back earlier this week and had two scans 4