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Muralitharan joining Australia camp a non-issue, says Mathews

Updated: Jul 25, 2016 20:43 IST      
Muralitharan joining Australia camp a non-issue, says Mathews

Melbourne, July 25 (ANI): Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has refused to be drawn into the row over spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan's decision to join Australia's coaching staff in the three-Test series against the Steve Smith-led side starting on Tuesday in Pallekele.

Muralitharan, the world's highest wicket taker in Test cricket, came under heavy scrutiny on social media for his decision to join the rival camp as a consultant spin bowling coach, with the Sri Lankan press branding him as a 'traitor'.

According to a leading Sri Lanka cricket scribe, the 44-year-old' decision to work against his home country has caused 'much murmur within the Sri Lankan cricket team and in cricket circles'.

However, Mathews said on the eve of the opening Test that he had no problem with his former teammate over his decision to help Australian spinners, adding that Muralitharan was entitled to take up job with any team in the world, news.com.au reported.

The Sri Lankan captain also stated his side could also avail the services of spin legend Muralitharan in the future.

Muralitharan had previously worked with Australia as a short-term consultant during the series against Pakistan in the UAE two years ago. (ANI)

AFC approves AIFF proposal, grants official status to ISL

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 23:21 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): Following the recommendation from the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the Competitions Committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has approved that the Indian Super League (ISL) Champions will play in the AFC Cup.

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PKL Season 5: Tata Yodha associates with UP Yoddha

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 18:53 IST     

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], July 25 (ANI: Tata Motors on Tuesday announced the association of Tata Yodha with one of the latest franchise in the upcoming Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) 2017, the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Yoddha.

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Hockey India League to return in 2019 with fresh outlook

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 18:16 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): After hosting five successful editions that generated tremendous interest from hockey fans across the globe, the sixth edition of Hockey India League will be hosted in 2019.

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New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday conducted interviews of 12 candidates for the post of Team India manager.

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Dubai [UAE], July 25 (ANI): Star Indian all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur has made a jump of seven slots to move to the sixth position in the latest ICC ODI Rankings for Batswoman released on Tuesday.

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Karachi [Pakistan], July 25 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has laid out a strategy to adopt legal recourse against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not standing to their commitment of playing a bilateral series.

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Australian tennis great Mervyn Rose passes away aged 87

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 17:04 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], July 25 (ANI): Australian tennis great Mervyn Rose, who went on to coach greats Margaret Court and Billie Jean King, has passed away, tennis officials announced on Tuesday. He was 87.

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New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): Flambouyant Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has created a niche with his well thought off the field initiatives in the world of business and social upliftment.

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Dubai [UAE], July 25 (ANI): Virat Kohli's men go into the three-Test series against Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday fully aware that they need to win the series to retain their number-one Test ranking.

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Galle [Sri Lanka], July 25 (ANI): India skipper Virat Kohli has hinted at Hardik Pandya's inclusion in the playing XI in the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka starting Wednesday, saying that the all-rounder has a "great chance of playing".

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'Battleground Asia' to feature two title fights

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 13:34 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): IOS Boxing Promotions on Tuesday announced its complete fight card for the much-awaited fight night 'Battleground Asia' scheduled to take place on August 5 in Mumbai.

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Feeling great to get back to whites: Rohit Sharma

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 13:11 IST     

Colombo [Sri Lanka], July 25 (ANI): India's star batsman Rohit Sharma, who has been included in the Test squad for the three-match series against Sri Lanka beginning Wednesday at Galle, is ecstatic with his return and is feeling "great" to again don the white jersey.

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Rome [Italy], July 25 (ANI): Backtracking on his words after initially declaring his intention to continue his playing career, former Italian player Antonio Cassano has announced his retirement, just few days after signing for Serie A side Hellas Verona.

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Injured Djokovic likely to miss US Open

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 12:35 IST     

Sydney [Australia], July 25 (ANI): World number four Novak Djokovic is doubtful for the US Open--the upcoming fourth and final major of the season--due to an elbow injury.

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Having Rabada back a big bonus for Proteas: Langeveldt

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 12:18 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], July 25 (ANI): South Africa bowling coach Charl Langeveldt believes that Kagiso Rabada's return is a timely boost for the team ahead of the third Test match against England starting at The Oval in London on Thursday.

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Adam Gilchrist reveals the toughest bowler he kept to

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 11:04 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], July 25 (ANI): Former wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist, who is most commonly considered as the best wicket-keeper in cricket history, has rated Michael Bevan as the most challenging bowler he kept to.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], July 25 (ANI): The Sri Lanka cricket team have roped in former batsman Hashan Tillakaratne as their temporary batting coach for the upcoming series against India.

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New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): Andrej Gacina won two matches to put Shaze Challengers ahead 7-5 against DHFL Maharashtra United after four matches in the ongoing tie on day 12 of the Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi last evening.

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AIFF President visits training session of U-17 WC team

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 04:52 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): The All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel, along with General Secretary Kushal Das, met the Indian U-17 World Cup Squad on the sidelines of a training session at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here yesterday.

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New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): Justice (Retd.) R.M. Lodha on Monday said that the functioning of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has not been very coherent and cohesive.

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