‘I had one of the four symptoms, so I got tested’ – Kane Richardson reacts after escaping Coronavirus threat

Richardson had complained about his sore throat ahead of the

first ODI against New Zealand.


The outbreak of coronavirus has taken down many sporting events across the globe. Cricket Australia now has

suspended all forms of cricket in the country by cancelling the premier first-class domestic tournament, the Sheffield

Shield. Australia pacer Kane Richardson, who was recently tested negative for COVID-19, talked about the

situation  of his teammates amidst the cancellation of almost all recognized cricket throughout the globe.


Richardson is one of the 17 Australian players who has an IPL contract for the 2020 edition. The 29-year-old

pacer has bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore and would have arrived in India after the scheduled Chappell-

HadleeTrophy. After the first ODI in Sydney behind closed doors, Australia and New Zealand boards decided to

call off the series. The T20I series which was supposed to be in New Zealand later this month was also cancelled.


‘We’re just waiting to hear’: Kane Richardson awaits IPL 2020

“We’re just waiting to hear. A lot of the blokes have opinions – ‘it’s going to get cancelled’, this and that – but again it

can change in a day or a week, so I’ll just sit by the phone and get ready to play for the 15th at the moment – that’s

what I’m thinking,” Richardson said during’s The Unplayable Podcast.

He further said, “Even a week ago we were flying back from South Africa and there was no thought of coronavirus

at all in the air or when we got back to the airport. It’s hard to believe we’re sitting here at home with everything

being cancelled but when you watch the news and see what’s going on in the world, it’s definitely the right call.”

The right-arm pacer then went on to describe his time in isolation after he was suspected to have caught the virus.

Richardson had complained about his sore throat ahead of the first ODI against New Zealand.

“I was at risk because I’d travelled overseas within (the previous) two weeks and I had one of the four symptoms, so

that was the reason I got tested. I thought it was all a joke at the time but (the team doctor) was adamant it wasn’t.

He spoke to various people on the phone to make sure he was doing the right thing and got the biggest swab I’ve ever

seen out and stuck it into the back of my nose and back of my mouth, so it wasn’t a pleasurable experience but that

was the protocol so I was happy to go along with it.”

Richardson, who has played 25 ODIs and 18 T20Is for Australia, stated that he is all fine now. “I wasn’t expecting

a positive result and thankfully that’s what happened…I’m all good and I got the OK to go outside and in the fresh air

again”, a delighted Richardson said.


‘I’d have committed suicide before taking bribe’ – Kapil Dev after Manoj Prabhakar levied match-fixing charges against him in 1997

Former all-rounder and World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev came as a breath of fresh air in Indian cricket.

When the ‘Haryana Hurricane’ burst onto the scene, three things dominated Indian cricket- players from metropolis

centres like Mumbai, Delhi, run-scoring machines like Sunil Gavaskar and the legendary quartet of spinners-led

by Bishan Singh Bedi.

Kapil’s arrival in 1978 changed all that. His success as a fast bowler gave wings to the aspirations of the upcoming

generations of Indian cricketers to take up pace bowling, and the result is for everyone to see. Currently, India boasts

of one of the best fast bowling attacks in the world. From Kapil Dev to Javagal Srinath to Zaheer Khan, Irfan

Pathan, Sreesanth, Ashish Nehra, to the current lot, the Indian fast bowling has grown by leaps and bounds, and the

1983 World Cup-winning captain has played a huge role in the renaissance.

Kapil Dev still holds the record for the most Test wickets- 434-  taken by an Indian pacer. The Indian all-rounder

achieved the feat in 1994 against Sri Lanka, post which he drew curtains on his storied 16-year-old career. Dev was

made the Head Coach of India, shortly after his retirement, and it was during this time that he encountered one of

his worst days in public life.

a magazine called Tehelka, alleged that Dev had offered him a bribe (Rs 2.5 million) in exchange for
underperforming during a 1994 Singer Cup One-day International tournament in Colombo.

When Kapil Dev broke down following Manoj Prabhakar’s fixing claims

Prabhakar’s comments caused a furore in the country. Fan, media, former cricketers, frankly no one could believe

what they’d heard from Prabhakar. Kapil Dev, himself was taken aback by the accusations and proceeded to step

down as the coach before holding a press conference where he broke down while accusing Prabhakar of ruining his


Kapil also appeared in an interview with journalist Karan Thapar where he said “I’d have committed suicide before

taking bribes. Take all my money, I don’t want it. I come from a family where respect comes first,” said the 61-year-


Kapil was eventually acquitted of all the charges laid by Prabhakar following a detailed investigation by the

CBI.  Interestingly, the match-fixing scandal broke three years after Prabhakar’s sensational claims when Delhi

Police intercepted the recordings of a conversation between South African captain Hansie Cronje and a bookie.

The South African cricket board later set-up Kings Commission, where Cronje- after initially denying the claims-

finally accepted the charges levied against him. Cronje revealed the names of a lot of cricketers from other countries

who were involved in the whole fixing saga, and ironically Prabhakar’s name was one of them.

Here’s the video:


BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan Super League Called Off

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been called off due to the Coronavirus outbreak. As a result of the big call recently made, the semi-finals between Multan Sultan and Peshawar Zalmi, as well as Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings, will no longer be conducted as scheduled for later today.

Pakistan Super League Called Off

Though the previous few fixtures in the PSL were held behind closed doors, the league has followed the same route as the rest of the cricketing world in suspending play as per orders. Cricketing events such as the Australia-New Zealand series, followed by England’s tour to Sri Lanka, and the Indian Premier League (IPL) which was scheduled for March 23 have all been put on halt by the respective governing officials.

Other world-renowned campaigns such as the E

English Premier League, Serie A,La Liga, Bundesliga, Formula 1,NBA, UFC  have also been restrained from taking place until further notice.

PCB on player with suspected symptoms

The PCB CEO Wasim Khan did not give away the player’s name talking to the media. “A player is potentially suspected now. We can’t reveal the identity of the player. It is private and we won’t take his name,” said Wasim Khan.

When asked about Ramiz Raja’s comment, Wasim said, “Well, we would like to keep the player’s name private, and we can only tell that he is an overseas player. And he is not in Pakistan at the moment. He has developed the symptoms in the last 24 hours.”


PSL Called Off

Earlier today, Pakistan Super League (PSL) was called off due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The semi-finals between Multan Sultan and Peshawar Zalmi, as well as Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings, were scheduled for 17 March.


Badminton, bike ride and pet dog keep MS Dhoni busy after the suspension of IPL 2020

Dhoni has not played international cricket since India’s 2019 World Cup exit and the IPL is being seen as the tournament which can force his way back into the national side.

Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni returned to Ranchi last week from Chennai after Chennai Super Kings suspended their training sessions in the wake of the outbreak of novel coronavirus. The former India skipper was in Chennai since the start of the month to train for the upcoming season. The training kickstarted on March 2 and was attended by the likes of Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu and several others.

Dhoni was the star man of the training camp and thousands of fans arrived at the Chepauk to watch Chennai Super

Kings train in the nets. But their joy was cut short because of the pandemic. Just hours after the BCCI suspended the

IPL till April 15, Chennai Super Kings also decided to do the same to their training camp.

And while most of the players are keeping them isolated at their homes, Dhoni is keeping himself busy by doing

things that he loves. The World Cup-winner was spotted playing badminton with his friends in Ranchi days after he

returned from Chennai. By looking at the clip one can say that Dhoni is a handy badminton player.

The India superstar was also seen driving his bike around in the city. Dhoni’s love for Superbikes is well documented and he is making the most of the forced break. Dhoni took one of his Superbikes out for a ride and, as expected, his fans flocked to take selfies as he was waiting for a traffic light to turn green.

In another clip shared by Dhoni’s wife, Sakshi Singh, the India cricketer was seen relaxing with his pet dog at his residence. The 38-year old could be seen petting his dog. His wife posted the adorable clip on her Instagram story on Monday.

IPL 2020 important for MS Dhoni for his international return

While only time will tell when will the IPL start, the tournament is extremely important as far as MS Dhoni’s international career is concerned. The India star has not played international cricket since India’s 2019 World Cup exit and the IPL is being seen as the tournament which can force his way back into the national side.

“He will be back in the reckoning only if he has a good IPL. And why only him? There are so many senior and young players who will play in the IPL. If they do well, they ought to be considered too. So, you could see some surprise inclusions,” a senior BCCI source had sad after Sunil Joshi took over from MSK Prasad as the chairman of selectors.

MS Dhoni returned to Ranchi earlier this week after Chennai Super Kings suspended their training sessions in Chennai in the wake of the outbreak of novel coronavirus.

It remains to be seen if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be able to host Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 from April 15, given the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the country. The upcoming edition of the cash-rich T20 league was suspended until April 15 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

As it turns out, MS Dhoni is keeping himself busy and his competitive juices flowing by playing some badminton with friends.


MS Dhoni was spotted playing doubles in Ranchi days after he returned from Chennai. The World Cup-winning India wicketkeeper certainly has good badminton skills, considering his net play in the short clip.


MS Dhoni Massages his dog

Dhoni’s wife Sakshi shared a video on her Instagram story where he can be seen massaging and adoring his dog sitting on the couch at his residence in Ranchi.


Dhoni has to perform well in IPL for consideration

IPL 2020 is being seen as a crucial tournament for MS Dhoni who has not played international cricket since India’s

2019 World Cup exit. Dhoni had reached Chennai on March 2 and was involved in quite a few training sessions with

CSK. Dhoni was seen hitting some big sixes and having interactions with youngsters in the team.


While he has remained tight-lipped about his future in international cricket, the team management and the selectors

have made it clear that a good IPL performance can only bring him back to the senior team.


“He will be back in the reckoning only if he has a good IPL. And why only him? There are so many senior and young

players who will play in the IPL. If they do well, they ought to be considered too. So, you could see some surprise

inclusions,” a senior BCCI source had told the Press Trust of India after Sunil Joshi took over from MSK Prasad as

the chairman of selectors.


David Warner once had a huge fight with Vijay Mallya’s son Siddharth Mallya during the IPL

David Warner and controversies used to walk hand in hand during

the early days of his career.

The BCCI has removed Sanjay Manjrekar from its commentary panel which the latter has acknowledged as well.

While the Indian board hasn’t given any reasons for the same, a few other incidents related to commentators and the

foreign players have come to light now which went unnoticed previously. And none other than Australia‘s former

vice-captain David Warner is at the centre of it.

Warner has redeemed himself after the 12-month ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal. However,

prior to it, he was known as the ‘bad boy’ in the team. The southpaw’s behaviour on and off the field always used to

come under the scanner and the situation was the same in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well.

If a report in the Mumbai Mirror is to be believed, David Warner was known to fight with the people in an inebriated

condition more often than not.

Incident took place when Vijay Mallya was still the owner of the RCB

Rather, the further added that the 33-year-old had one a huge fight with the then RCB owner Vijay Mallya’s son

Siddharth Mallya. The fact that the Mallyas were still linked with the high profile franchise makes it clear that the

incident dates back to around 2012-13. Moreover, it also raises the question over how the incident went unnoticed

and why the BCCI didn’t take any action against the cricketer.


Meanwhile, as far as David Warner is concerned, he has enjoyed his stint in the IPL while playing for the Sunrisers

Hyderabad (SRH). He also won the coveted trophy for the franchise when he was the leader of the pack in 2016.

Unfortunately, the left-hander had to miss the 2018 season after he was banned by Cricket Australia for his

involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal.


However, since his return to competitive cricket post the ban, Warner embraced the new Australian culture and has

concentrated on his game making his bat talk. But the fact that he was one of the bad boys of the game leads to such

old incidents coming up every now and then.



Reports: Australian stars could be forced to give up their IPL contracts

In case, the CA does not give the NOCs to the players, the latter will cope with big financial blows.

With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on cricket all around the globe, Cricket Australia (CA) is reportedly

set to force the Australian players to give up their rich Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts in order to stay safe.

Last week, the BCCI suspended the thirteenth edition of the IPL till April 15 as a precautionary measure.

But even that has not stopped CA from reviewing whether the players should participate in the cash-rich league or

not. The development comes after CA on Tuesday morning confirmed the 2019-20 Sheffield Shield final has been

scrapped with NSW being declared champions.


However, they cannot play in the league without a no-objection certificate from their parent body and thus CA is

reviewing whether it will give the players permission to fly to India for the IPL and then the UK for The Hundred,

according to Fox Sports. According to the report, Cricket Australia routinely gives players No Objection Certificates

to participate in the annual IPL, but that is now under review.

“We can provide advice. We’re conscious of the fact that Australian players are individually contracted to the IPL and

the time will certainly come very soon where players are going to be really interested and leaning on our perspective

as their leader… to advise them in that regard,” said Roberts.

“And then there will also be a perspective from the BCCI and their IPL division within that and together with our

players and the BCCI I’m sure players will reach the best possible decisions in uncertain circumstances,” he added.


Big loss for players

In case, the CA does not give the NOCs to the players, the latter will cope with big financial blows. The likes of Pat

Cummins, Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, and other Aussie stars are set for a big windfall in the IPL.

But given the way things are panning out at the moment, they could miss out on the same.


In this IPL auction, Cummins became the highest paid overseas player when Kolkata Knight Riders paid a whopping

$3.2 million to secure his services. On the other hand, Maxwell received a $2.2 million contract from Kings XI

Punjab. The likes of Smith and Warner would have also earned in millions.



HOME CRICKET NEWS Players return home after IPL franchises call off their training camps

The first match of IPL 2020 was to feature Mumbai and Chennai at the Wankhede Stadium on March 29 in a replay of 2019 final.

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has faced an uncertainty owing to the Coronavirus scare. The tournament has already been postponed from March 29 till April 15 and now, all the eight franchises have called off

their respective pre-tournament camps till a new notice has been issued.


The serious outbreak of Covid-19 which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and

claimed two lives in the country so far besides affecting over a hundred has hit the sporting world and the IPL has

been no exception.

According to a report in the Deccan Chronicle, three-time finalists Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) deferred

their training camp, which was scheduled to start on March 21, on Monday because of the health scare. Defending

champions Mumbai Indians, three-time winners Chennai Super Kings and two-title winners Kolkata Knight Riders

have already cancelled their camps.

“Keeping in mind the health and safety of everyone involved, the RCB training camp scheduled to start on the 21st of

March has been deferred until further notice. We request everyone to follow the guidelines provided by the Health

Ministry and stay safe,” RCB, led by India captain Virat Kohli, tweeted.


Last week, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended the tournament after the government imposed

travel restrictions. Three states also refused to host games owing to the pandemic that has killed 6,500 people

globally and affected 1.6 lakh.

MS Dhoni leaves Chennai after CSK suspends camp

Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, for whom the IPL this year is an important event as far as reviving his

international career is concerned, left the city after the Super Kings suspended their camp.

All the franchise owners are hoping that in case the tournament kicks off on April 15, the states that have denied

permission for games so far to avoid crowd gatherings will give the green light. The first match was to feature

Mumbai and Chennai at the Wankhede Stadium on March 29 in a replay of 2019 final. Mumbai won the last year by

one run.



MS Dhoni smashes a whirlwind 123-run knock during a practice game for CSK

MS Dhoni smashes a whirlwind 123-run knock during a practice game for CSK

Former Indian captain and the three-time ICC event-winning leader Mahendra Singh Dhoni may not have

played competitive cricket in the past eight months or so, but the Chennai Super King’s spearhead once again

displayed- during a practice game- that he has still got it.

Chennai Super Kings are currently holding their pre-season preparatory camp at the Chepauk and Dhoni

seems to be making optimum use of the opportunity to get himself into the groove before the real deal gets underway.

Dhoni recently took part in a practice game between his Chennai Super Kings teammates and as per the reports, the

champion wicketkeeper-batsman shellacked the bowling attack to the tune of 123 off 91 deliveries. The videos are

doing the rounds on social media where ‘Thala’ Dhoni- while batting with Suresh Raina- could be seen launching the

likes of Piyush Chawla and Karn Sharma for Brobdingnagian sixes.

Fans will have to wait for a few more days before they finally see MS Dhoni in action

One of the many reasons why the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League is one of the most anticipated events

among the fans is they’ll get to see MS Dhoni on a cricket field for the very first time since India’s heartbreaking

defeat to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals.

Dhoni has been on a sabbatical since then and with every passing series that India played sans the former captain during the 2019-20 season, question mark galore on the International future of the CSK spearhead.

In fact, such has been the contention around Dhoni’s future that one of the common questions asked by the Cricket

Advisory Committee [CAC] during the interview of the candidates for the selection committee post was how

they’ll deal with the Dhoni conundrum.

Sunil Joshi was finally elected as the chairman of the selection committee and the former left-arm spinner revealed

that Dhoni will only come in contention for national selection, provided he has a good IPL season.

Meanwhile, the fans will have to wait for few more days before they eventually get to see Dhoni on a cricket field as

the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League has been pushed for a 15 April start- as opposed to the original

schedule where Mumbai Indians were supposed to lock horns with Chennai Super Kings on March 29th.

Here’s the video:



No IPL matches in Delhi due to Coronavirus outbreak

No IPL matches in Delhi due to Coronavirus outbreak.

The Delhi government on Friday announced in a press conference that it will not allow the IPL to host matches in

the city this season due to the coronavirus scare. Delhi becomes the third state after Karnataka and Maharashtra to

raise concerns about hosting IPL matches in the state.

Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, in a press conference held to address the coronavirus

pandemic, said the Capital will not host the Indian Premier League. He said sports activities, seminars,

conferences will not be organised here, and asked people to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of


According to the IPL schedule, Delhi are scheduled to host their first game of the tournament on March 30 against

Kings XI Punjab.

The IPL is scheduled to begin on March 29 with defending champions Mumbai Indians hosting Chennai

Super Kings in Mumbai.

The Ministry of External Affairs, on March 12, advised against conducting the 2020 edition of the IPL but

maintained that the right to call off the tournament rests with the organisers.

“We advise against conducting the IPL but the final decision lies with organisers,” the MEA said in a statement.

The government issued an advisory with a ban on all existing foreign visas, except a few categories like diplomatic

and employment, till April 15 in the wake of new positive cases of novel coronavirus in the country.

No foreign player will be available for this year’s IPL till April 15 due to visa restrictions imposed by the government

to contain the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak, a top BCCI source told PTI on Thursday.

Additionally, the Road Safety Legends T20 meet from Thursday will be held behind closed doors with matches in

Pune cancelled due to eight COVID-19 cases being reported in the city.

Earlier in the week, the BCCI confirmed that they would meet on March 14 to discuss the road ahead for the IPL this

season, with the likelihood that it will be a TV only event.

“We are keen to start the IPL on time even if it means without crowds,” a senior BCCI official told AFP.

“It could be TV-only as it is a medical emergency and we can do nothing about that.”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India, which has already slashed the prize money for the winners and runners-

up, wants to start the league on time. But officials said it will have to fall in line with whatever the government



Petition to ‘stop Virat Kohli from congratulating Team

Virat Kohli from congratulating Team

Virat Kohli’s wishes are considered a curse on social media.

India’s ventures in ICC tournaments over the last few years have been disappointing on a number of occasions, the

players in blue could not give the finishing touches to promising campaigns. Be it in the men’s, women’s or juniors’

sections — India fell at the ultimate or penultimate hurdles far too often to leave the supporters heartbroken. After

the men’s team failed to make the final of the 50-over World Cup in England last year, India’s colts and women

lost two ICC World Cup finals within a month.

To overcome the jinx, a fan named Abhinay Thakur has started a bizarre petition on whereby he has

sought suspension of the social media accounts of India captain Virat Kohli and former captain and blazing opener

Virender Sehwag so that the duo cannot congratulate Team India outfits before a key match in ICC


Reason: Their wishes are considered a curse.

The stunning petition was started on Sunday after India’s women lost the final of the T20 World Cup against

Australia in Melbourne by 85 runs. A month ago, India’s Under-19 team lost to Bangladesh in a closely contested

final in the World Cup in South Africa. The initial goal of the petition was to gather 1,000 signatures and it was going

quite smoothly.

“Stop Virat Kohli and Sehwag from wishing Indian teams in ICC tournaments especially in Semis/Finals. These


jinxx our victories..! Suspend their social media accounts if they don’t stop posting congratulations post (sic),”

Thakur’s petition reads.


‘Virat Kohli has no idea vibes in Indian cricket’ Petition to ‘stop Virat Kohli from congratulating Team 

Two other persons, who have likely signed the petitions, posted their remarks under it and they were unwelcoming

towards the Indian captain.


“This guy (Kohli) has so much negative vibes in Indian cricket,” one comment read while another said the Indian

skipper brought bad luck.

Kohli recently returned from New Zealand where his team was beaten 0-3 in the ODIs and 0-2 in Tests after they

won the T20I series 5-0. Kohli’s own batting form has also hit a lean patch which has earned him a lot of backlash.

Both Kohli and Sehwag congratulated the Indian women’s team when it qualified for the summit clash after its

semi-final match against England was washed out.


In a tweet, Kohli said: “Congratulations to the Indian Women’s team on qualifying for the @T20 World Cup final.

We are proud of you girls and wish you all the luck for the finals,” Kohli had tweeted.

In a similar tweet, Sehwag said: “Would have loved seeing the semi-finals but Indra Devta ke aage kaun jeet

sakta hai. Mehnat ka parinaam achha milta hai. A reward for Winning all the matches in the group stage.

Congratulations @BCCI Women and wishing you glory this Sunday #T20 World Cup.


None of their prayers was heard by the divine as India were hammered

India have failed to win the 50-over World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019 after reaching the semi-finals and also fell in

the last four in the World Twenty20 in 2016. In the women’s section, too, they came close to winning the title in

the final of the 50-over World Cup in 2017 but lost to England by just nine runs. In the Champions Trophy the same

year, too, the Indian men’s team lost to arch-rivals Pakistan in the final by 180 runs.