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How the ball-tampering episode unfolded in St Lucia

SL captain Dinesh Chandimal has been officially charged with ball tampering in the ongoing Test. Here is the sequence that led to the state of events


Chandimal pleads not guilty to ball-tampering charge

By not pleading guilty to the charge laid by the ICC, Chandimal will attend a hearing by match referee Javagal Srinath after the conclusion of the Test

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ECB XI v India A

Tour match, Headingley

Shaw, Kishan, Iyer impress in India A's opening win

India A fired a warning to England Lions and West Indies A ahead of the forthcoming tri-Series with an emphatic victory over an ECB XI

England v Australia

One-day series

Khawaja 'extremely disappointed' by ODI omission

The Australia batsman indicated that "training hard" will be a key to his return to the team's white-ball ranks

Australia slip to 34-year low in ICC ODI rankings

Having lost 13 of their last 15 completed ODIs, they have fallen behind Pakistan to sixth place

Buttler's hasty call-up to captain a useful World Cup exercise

England's one-day vice-captain didn't have much warning he would have to lead in Cardiff, but responded with a key innings and a calm display in the field

Aakash Chopra


Why did Rashid Khan fail in the India Test?

Too many variations, poor fields, and a lack of first-class bowling experience


Squad shuffle


Suresh Raina replaces Ambati Rayudu for ODIs against England

Raina hasn't played an ODI for India since October 2015

Rayudu fails fitness Test before England tour

He was among several Indian players, including Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, who appeared for the fitness test at the NCA in Bengaluru

India v Afghanistan

Only Test, Bengaluru

Monga: Loss shouldn't deter Afghanistan's desire for Tests

They are nowhere near experiencing the rewards of slogging it out in the longest format, but they need to keep wanting to do that

'Our bowlers were ruthless' - Rahane

The India captain reflects on the team's performance in the Test, and feels it was a good preparation ahead of their England tour


India v Afghanistan

Only Test, Bengaluru

Afghanistan's debut Test ends in two-day thrashing

The newbies struggled against both spin and pace and were dismissed twice in a day

Manjrekar: Afghanistan batting's defensive technique needs most attention

Sanjay Manjrekar also praises their bowlers, especially Rashid Khan, and looks ahead to India's tour of England


Afghanistan 'by no means happy' with their performance

They will need a lot more cricket against established Test teams' A sides, coach Phil Simmons feels

Player protest

Zimbabwe news

Zimbabwe assures players of salaries by July end

Meanwhile, Titan Law, the firm that represents the Zimbabwe players, says it has resurrected the players' association that was disbanded in 2015

Daniel Brettig

Legalising betting in India

Why corruption is a problem too large for cricket to solve itself 

The legalisation of cricket betting in India would go a long way towards reducing the likelihood of fixing, but will that happen anytime soon?

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New Zealand domestic

Contracts announced

Central Districts drop Ryder from contracts list

Major associations set to contract 16 players each overall, one more than last season

Somerville moves from NSW to Auckland

The offspin bowler will attempt to follow in the footsteps of Luke Ronchi by attempting to qualify for New Zealand via a contract with Auckland

County v IPL

England news

Yorkshire threatened to rip up Willey's contract over IPL

The allrounder said tensions had now eased and he was focused on county and country

Dobell: England need sophistication and aggression to win World Cup

Their approach has earned them the No. 1 ODI ranking but if they want a trophy in 2019, they need to mind match situations better

Decision retained

ICC news

ICC retains elite umpire panel for 2018-19

Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Rod Tucker are part of the panel

Afghanistan v India

'Playing Rashid in IPL nets helped me' - Dhawan

Dhawan became the first Indian to score a century before lunch on the first day of a Test


Day one of Tests stressful but enjoyable - Ahmadzai

The Afghanistan bowler reflects on how his side bowled loose deliveries in the first session and then overcame their nerves


Rashid's celebrations or Shahzad's? Nabi's toughest quiz

Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi makes a series of tough decisions


England v Australia

1st ODI, The Oval

Farrell: Stanlake's fire, Tye's 22 slower balls and spin problems

What did we learn from the new-look Australian team's first outing since losing their best players to controversy?

Ireland v New Zealand

3rd ODI, Dublin

Had no clue about the record - Kerr

See ball, hit ball: Seventeen-year-old allrounder's method behind her mad 232*


232*, a nap and 5/17 - all in a day's work for Kerr

Recovery, TV time and a quiet evening with the team was all the celebration that the record-breaking New Zealand allrounder needed after an extraordinary day

WATCH - The best of Kerr's record 232*

At just 17, New Zealand's Amelia Kerr smashed the highest women's ODI score against Ireland


England v Australia

1st ODI, The Oval

Moeen exposes Australia frailties in three-wicket win

Spirited bowling from rookie attack can't atone for Australia's sub-par batting

World Cup watch: What can Australia do with Tim Paine?

You can question why this one-day series is being played, but it allows us to measure up the two sides before next year

Social story: England take the series lead

Relive England and Australia's first of five ODIs through the eyes of social media


Scotland v Pakistan

2nd T20I, Edinburgh

Malik, Faheem lead Scotland rout of 84 runs

Shoaib Malik's unbeaten 49, coupled with Usman Khan's two wickets propelled Pakistan towards a series win against Scotland, thumping the hosts by 84 runs in the second T20I

'It's been a great showing for Associate cricket' - Coetzer

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer insists the side are looking to keep making improvements ahead of their tri-series matches against Ireland


ESPNcricinfo The Chatter

A week of upsets

Anu Menon brings you all the chatter from the work of cricket, including Scotland stunning England and Bangladesh women beating India in the Asia Cup final


T20 tri-series

Netherlands v Ireland

Netherlands chase down 159 for second straight win

A day after clinching a four-run win against Ireland, Netherlands went on to chase 159 with an over to spare against the same opponents

Sir Richard Hadlee

Sir Richard Hadlee diagnosed with bowel cancer

An NZC statement said he has undergone surgery to remove a tumour

Squad shuffle

Sri Lanka v South Africa

Bavuma sets sights on de Villiers' No. 4 spot

SA batsman hopes the responsibility of going higher up the order in Test cricket following AB de Villiers' retirement will lead to better returns

KP's Pataudi lecture

The future of Test cricket

'Test is still best, don't assume T20 rules'

Kevin Pietersen has urged the cricketing fraternity to focus on the revival of Test cricket

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