Ireland-Sri Lanka ODIs to be streamed online

Ireland’s two ODIs against Sri Lanka will be streamed live via YouTube after an agreement was struck with Irish online TV provider Aertv. The broadcast, which will be supported by the ICC’s Development Programme, will make use of four high-definition cameras as well as replays and commentary.

The deal is similar to last year’s arrangement with Quipu TV for the visit of Pakistan, which was viewed by almost 300,000 people. Sri Lanka will prepare for their tour of England with one-dayers against Ireland at Clontarf on May 6 and 8. Read more

Royals bowls, Southee in for Richardson

On a pitch being used for the first time in the tournament, Shane Watson decided to bowl first against the strong Chennai Super Kings batting line-up. Rajasthan Royals made one change to their squad from the previous match, bringing in New Zealand seamer Tim Southee, who used to be part of the Super Kings before, in place of Kane Richardson.

MS Dhoni said he would have batted anyway and hoped his team could use the heavy 93-run win in the previous match – against Delhi – as a benchmark. Super Kings went in with the same XI as the last game.

Royals XI: 1 Abhishek Nayar, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Sanju Samson (wk), 4 Shane Watson (capt), 5 Stuart Binny, 6 Steven Smith, 7 James Faulkner, 8 Rajat Bhatia, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Dhawal Kulkarni, 11 Pravin Tambe Read more

Vithanage, Priyanjan get T20 call-ups

Sri Lanka have included batsmen Kithuruwan Vithanage and Ashan Priyanjan in their 15-man squad for the one-off T20 that kicks off their tour of England in May. Slow-bowling allrounder Chaturanga de Silva, who was initially included in the World T20 squad as cover for Rangana Herath, has also been named. Herath has been rested, while the team will be without the veteran pair of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who retired from T20 internationals after the World T20.

The team will be led by Lasith Malinga, who took over as captain at the World T20 after Dinesh Chandimal had to sit out due to an over-rate offence and was then dropped on form. Lahiru Thirimanne, who was appointed vice-captain across formats earlier on Wednesday, will deputise. Read more

Sachin Tendulkar returns from IPL to vote, urges Mumbaikars to turn out in big numbers

Sachin Tendulkar has returned to Mumbai from Dubai to cast his vote in the Lok Sabha elections. Tendulkar, who is an ‘icon’ with the Mumbai Indians team in the Indian Premier League, will vote on Thursday, the same day he will celebrate his 41st birthday.

Tendulkar, who is a Rajya Sabha MP, has urged Mumbaikars to come out in full numbers and cast their franchise. In his Facebook page, he wrote: “Every run counts in the game of cricket and every vote counts in an election. Don’t underestimate the power of your vote. In Mumbai to exercise my right. Hope you play your part – Please Cast your vote.” (Also read: Sachin Tendulkar better than Bradman, claims book based on forensic evidence)Read more

Lasith Malinga named Sri Lanka’s T20 skipper; Angelo Mathews stays ODI captain

Sri Lanka have named Lasith Malinga as the captain of the national T20 squad till March 2015. Malinga replaces Dinesh Chandimal, who at 23, became Sri Lanka’s youngest captain in any format last year. (Click here for latest on cricket)

Malinga led Sri Lanka in both the semifinal and final matches of the recently-concluded ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Chandimal, the official captain, had opted out of both the games due to poor form. Left-handed batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, who did well in both the Asia Cup and World Twenty20, has been made Malinga’s deputy.Read more

Sachin Tendulkar greater than Don Bradman, claims book based on forensic evidence

The jury is still out on whether Sachin Tendulkar retired a greater batsman than late Australian legend Don Bradman but a Chennai-based author claims to have found the “forensic evidence” to prove that the Indian maestro was indeed the better of the two icons.

On the eve of Tendulkar’s 41st birthday, his first after retiring from international cricket, Rudolph Lambert Fernandez has come up with a book ‘Greater Than Bradman’, which aims to prove that the Little Master is the greatest batsman of all time. (Also see: Pics – Forget IPL, Sachin Tendulkar turns golfer)

“It is not another biography of Sachin or Bradman. It is not another compilation of interviews, match anecdotes and expert essays. It is not an autobiography. It is an analysis. It is a forensic study that aims to set the record straight,” the author claims about the book. Read more

Zaka Ashraf lashes out at Pakistan Cricket Board chief Najam Sethi

Former Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf has lashed out at his successor Najam Sethi, blaming him for the sport’s rapid deterioration in the last two months. In a statement, Ashraf claimed the situation had deteriorated after his departure from the board and said he felt discord, disunity and fear in the national team now.

He also attacked the Board under Sethi for inducting “tainted” players in different roles in the PCB. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in February had removed Ashraf as chairman of the PCB and appointed Najam Sethi in his place to run the affairs of the PCB.Read more

Surrey v Essex: Alastair Cook hits century in Oval draw

England captain Alastair Cook hit his second hundred of the new season as Essex batted out a draw with Surrey.

Cook followed last week’s 181 against Derbyshire with 19 fours in a score of 127 before being bowled by Rory Burns.

Earlier, Surrey were all out for 237, losing their last three wickets for 20 runs as paceman Tymal Mills took 4-45. Read more

Junaid Khan: Lancashire re-sign Pakistan seamer

Pakistan left-arm seamer Junaid Khan will return to Lancashire this season as an overseas limited-overs signing.

The 24-year-old, who helped the county to Twenty20 finals day in 2011, will join in time for their opening T20 Blast match against Nottinghamshire Outlaws on 16 May.

“Junaid had a period with us previously and was extremely successful,” said cricket director Mike Watkinson. Read more

Yorkshire v Northants: Tykes wrap up comprehensive Headingley win

Yorkshire registered their first Championship victory of the season by polishing off Northants on the final morning at Headingley.

Last season’s runners-up won by an innings and 120 runs after bowling out the visitors for 245.

Jack Brooks, Ryan Sidebottom and Steve Patterson took three wickets each, but David Murphy and Muhammad Azharullah held Yorkshire up with a stand of 50.

Brooks’ 3-76 gave him career-best match figures of 8-112 against his old club. Read more