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May 19, 2018 12:00 AM Australia women add Nitschke, Noffke as assistant coaches

MELBOURNE: Shelley Nitschke and Ashley Noffke joined the Australian women’s set-up as assistant coaches on Friday (May 18). The duo is set to remain with the Australian side for two World T20s to be held in the West Indies and at home in 2018 and 2020 respectively. Nitschke, the spinning all-rounder, who played 80 ODIs for Australia, and Noffke, the seam bowling 2

May 18, 2018 12:00 AM Mathews, Lakmal cleared for WI tour

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s former skipper Angelo Mathews and medium pacer Suranga Lakmal have been declared fit for the three-match Test series against the West Indies, the cricket board said on Thursday. The 30-year-old all-rounder and Lakmal were doubtful after a spate of injuries. They were, however, included in a 17-man squad for the tournament which begins

May 17, 2018 12:00 AM SL cricket reaps record profits despite shocker year

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s cricket board on Wednesday announced a profit of $14 million last year, far above all previous records despite one of the worst on-field performances by the islanders in years. The board said it made a net profit of 2.12 billion rupees ($14 million) in 2017.Revenues, at six billion rupees, were roughly double 2016 figures, Sri Lanka

May 15, 2018 12:00 AM Struggling Froome clinging to Giro hope

ROME: British cycling star Chris Froome insisted on Monday he still believes he can win the Giro d’Italia despite trailing race leader Simon Yates by over two and a half minutes. The four-time Tour de France winner lost time in the mountains of the southern Abruzzo region on Sunday, and is 11th overall after nine stages.Crashes before the first stage 1

May 14, 2018 12:00 AM After 1,235 games, Wenger bids emotional farewell to Arsenal

HUDDERSFIELD, United Kingdom: Arsene Wenger admitted it was hard to keep his emotions in check as the Arsenal manager brought the curtain down on his 22-year reign with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield on Sunday. After 7,895 days and 1,235 games, it was ‘au revoir’ to Wenger as the Frenchman took charge of Arsenal for the last time.Wenger has been on a nostalgia-tinged

May 9, 2018 12:00 AM Wood, released by CSK, to prepare for Tests against Pakistan:

Mark Wood has been released by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) after playing just one match in this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL), and will return to Durham to prepare for the Test series against Pakistan, which gets under way at Lord’s on May 24. Wood, who was picked up by Mumbai Indians for GBP166,000 in the IPL auction, made his debut against Mumbai 5

May 7, 2018 12:00 AM ‘They’re good human beings and I love them dearly’

SYDNEY: Darren Lehmann, the former Australia coach, keeps in touch with and worries about the trio of players banned for ball tampering. Former captain Steven Smith, former vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft are “bl***y good human beings”, and Lehmann hopes they’ll be forgiven their cricketing transgressions by everyone in time. “They are all good young 5

May 6, 2018 12:00 AM Rixon not to renew contract as Pakistan’s fielding coach

LAHORE: Pakistan fielding coach Steve Rixon has decided not to renew his contract ahead of the 2019 World Cup. Rixon’s contract expires in June, but he will complete his ongoing assignment with Pakistan on their tour to Ireland and England. Rixon, 64, decided not to renew his contract due to personal reasons, which included spending more time with his family 3

May 4, 2018 12:00 AM Indonesia, world’s largest Muslim country, to issue tourism visas to Israelis

JAKARTA: Gorgeous destinations that Israelis could only see in the movies will soon become accessible now that Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country, is accepting tourism-visa applications from Israelis. Until now Israelis could only obtain business visas, costing about $800. Israel and Indonesia do not have diplomatic relations, so the process 3

May 4, 2018 12:00 AM India refuse pink ball day-night Test on Australia tour

NEW DELHI: India have refused to play a day-night Test during the tour of Australia later this year because of doubts over the quality of the pink ball, their cricket board said on Thursday. “Yes, it’s pretty clear that we are not playing a day-night Test in Australia, no doubt about it,” BCCI administrator Vinod Rai told AFP.Cricket Australia (CA) had wanted 4