Sports

HC wants IPL matches shifted from Maharashtra

The court said, “There is a drought situation in the State, there is not a drop of water available, all dams are drying” and asked “whether the State can turn a blind eye to the scarcity of water.


The promise of cricket’s Afghan spring

More games against the ICC’s Test teams are needed if cricket has to grow in Associate member countries like Afghanistan


It just ain’t cricket when it comes to the Women in Blue

Few know that on March 19 when India and Pakistan clash in Kolkata, women from both the countries would also face off in Delhi


Lobbed into tennis’s court

In game theory, there is something called the ‘prisoner’s dilemma’. When applied to athletes it may read thus: players will be better off if nobody takes drugs.


Maria Sharapova and a poser for sport

Two months after the tennis world was rocked by match-fixing allegations, Maria Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion and the highest-paid female athlete, dropped a bombshell when she admitted to


Staking claim to Twenty20 supremacy

India’s triumph in the Asia Cup will have surprised no one. It would appear that not only are M.S. Dhoni’s men the best Twenty20 outfit in world cricket, as evidenced by their No.1 ranking


Djokovic’s dominance

For a sport reeling from allegations of fixing, tennis needed the restoration of a semblance of normalcy. And few things have been as normal these last few years as Novak Djokovic holding a trophy alo


Too many unforced errors?

The European Sports Security Association says tennis attracts more dubious gambling activity than any other sport


Individual brilliance, derivative success

Argentine and FC Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has reclaimed the billing as the best footballer in the world by winning his fifth Ballon d’Or award in the last eight years, a stupendous record con


Bridging cricket’s credibility deficit

The committee headed by former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha has not disappointed cricket fans who favour a thorough overhaul of cricket administration in the country. Under intense judicial scrut


How India cleared the Test

India’s victory over South Africa in the recently concluded Test series was remarkable not just for the margin, but also the manner. South Africa has been world cricket’s most formidable touring team


Testing cricket’s true colours

The first day-night Test at Adelaide, between Australia and New Zealand, in the end provided cricket thrilling enough to match the high interest in the long-form game’s boldest innovation in a long time.


Victory for Total Football

By now, after nearly a decade of dominating European and Spanish football, it is well understood that the half-yearly match-up between the Spanish powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona marks the apogee


More than the sum of scorecards

Following moves like the withdrawal of umpire Aleem Dar and the pulling out of Pakistan from the blind cricket Asia Cup, we need to question the BCCI’s acquiescence to a state of politics that inhibits true sportsmanship


A whiff of reform

In its first working committee meeting since Shashank Manohar’s election as president, the Board of Control for Cricket in India offered an indication of how seriously it views the conflict of interest issue.


Prospect of a clean-up

For long, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has fairly been perceived as an organisation in which the more things change, the more they remain the same.


Double the honour

The adage in Indian sports, other than in cricket, goes thus: its leading practitioners have succeeded not because of the system, but despite it.


Sport, politics and business

Keeping politics and sport separate is easier said than done. In the Indian sub-continent especially, sport is heavily coloured by nationalism


A probe that lost its way

The Delhi Police deserve credit for unearthing corruption in cricket, not once but twice in the last 15 years. In 2000, they stumbled upon sensational tapes indicating a deep bookie-player nexus


Working group to lay the ground for IPL Season 9

The Indian Premier League Governing Council has delegated its chairman, Rajeev Shukla, to form a working group of five members to chart a road map for Season 9 of the Twenty20 tournament in 2016.