Sunday, May 26, 2024


T20 World Cup: First batch of Indian team leaves for New York from Mumbai


The first batch of Indian team, comprising captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid, is leaving for New York from Mumbai on Saturday night to participate in the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup starting from June 1.

As per various visuals posted on social media platforms, the first batch of players, along with Indian team support staff, left for New York via Dubai and comprised of players who are not participating in the business end stage of IPL 2024.

T20 World Cup: ICC to set up record number of fan parks to broadcast mega event


The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced a record number of fan parks to broadcast the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 with nine live sites including one in New Delhi in five different countries, bringing the biggest cricket carnival to communities. In total 22 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 matches will be shown in locations including New York City, New Delhi and Rawalpindi totalling the most amount of fan parks for an ICC World Cup ever.

The parks will see live entertainment including DJs, as well as food and drink outlets, cricket ambassadors and family activities, making it an experience not to be missed for fans across the globe. In New York City, the Oculus World Trade Center is one of the standout venues, with the fan park showing 18 matches on 10 different dates, including the highly anticipated Final on 29 June.

Pro League 2023-24: Indian women’s hockey team loses 1-2 to Belgium


Sangita Kumari scored a goal but the Indian women’s hockey team went down 1-2 in a FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24 match here on Saturday. Ambre Ballenghien (15’) and Vanessa Blockmans (20‘) got on the scoresheet for Belgium before Sangita Kumari (34‘) scored the only goal for India.

Belgium began the game with a full-court press, making it difficult for India to play out from the back.

However, the Indian eves endured the initial pressure and began dominating possession, while Belgium continued to press, looking for a chance to score on the counterattack. The pressure resulted in a penalty corner for Belgium, and Ambre Ballenghien stepped up to power the ball past Savita in goal, putting her team ahead as the first quarter drew to a close.

ISL Cup winner Mumbai City FC to release seven players at end of the month


Indian Super League 2023-24 Cup winners, Mumbai City FC have announced the release of seven players after their contracts conclude at the end of this month. Naocha Singh, Bhaskar Roy, Mohammad Nawaz, Gurkirat Singh, Rowllin Borges, Tondomba Singh and Jakub Vojtuš will leave the club on May 31.

"We express our gratitude to these players for their valuable contributions and wish them all the best for their future," the Indian Super League champion said in a statement on Saturday.

T20 World Cup: Shaheen Afridi declines offer to become Pakistan vice-captain: Report

Left-arm fast-bowler Shaheen Afridi has declined the offer to become the vice-captain of Pakistan for the upcoming 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup, to be held in the West Indies and the USA from June 1.

A report on Saturday said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selection committee did raise the prospect of Shaheen being named as Babar Azam's deputy for the Men’s T20 World Cup, only for him to reject the offer.

“In the end, the World Cup squad, which was named hours before the ICC deadline to submit the final squad, did not officially have a vice-captain,” it added.

Shaheen had been named as Pakistan’s T20I captain after Babar had stepped down from the role after Pakistan’s league stage exit from the 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup in India. But after captaining the side in a five-match T20I tour of New Zealand in January and new PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi taking charge, Babar was soon back as the captain, with Shaheen ousted from the role.

Para-Athletics Worlds: Indian contingent records highest-ever medal tally

Simran Sharma won gold in the Women's 200 metres T12 category as medals continue to pour for India in the 2024 Para-Athletics World Championship in Kobe, Japan. Preethi Pal won her second medal of the Championship with a bronze in the Women's 100 meters T35 category.

Preethi had earlier won bronze in 200 meters in the same category.

India's Navdeep won a bronze medal with a season-best performance of 42.82 meters in the Men's Javelin Throw F41 category.

With Saturday’s medals, India's tally reached 17 including six gold, five silver and six bronze, their highest ever in the history of the esteemed competition surpassing the 2023 tally.

Malaysia Masters: Sindhu storms into final after hard-fought victory against Ongbamrungphan

India's ace shuttler PV Sindhu has progressed to the final of the women's singles in the Malaysia Masters after defeating Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the semi-final match here at Axiata Arena on Saturday.

In the hard-fought encounter, Sindhu outclassed the higher-ranked Thai shuttler 13-21, 21-16, 21-12 in the 88-minute-long encounter. She will play her first final in any tournament since March last year.

This is also Sindhu’s fourth final at BWF World Tour Super 500 events. Playing in his first semi-final of the year, the two-time Olympic medallist lost the opening game before unleashing her true valour on the court.

AIFF U-17 Youth League offers both players, coaches growth opportunities, says Football 4 change coach

Football 4 Change Academy head coach Lam Lun Mang believes that AIFF U-17 Youth League offers both players, coaches growth opportunities.

The Football 4 Change Academy have come a long way from competing locally, to reaching the semi-finals of the AIFF U-17 Youth League, in what was only their second participation in the national level league.

The side hailing from Manipur have played 13 matches in the league, and head coach Lam Lun Mang believes that these have allowed his boys to learn and improve.

“We participated in this league for the first time last year and only played till the zonals. This time, the AIFF launched this tournament on a home and away basis in the Group Stage, and I feel that was a very good initiative,” said Mang to AIFF.

Devvarman reveals secret to Bopanna’s longevity says we’re “seeing a fearless version of him”

Indian veteran Somdev Devvarman revealed the secret behind Rohan Bopanna's longevity and said we are “seeing a fearless version of him."

Rohan Bopanna has been the pillar of Indian tennis for a better part of two decades. In an exclusive conversation, Somdev Devvarman talks about the secret behind the 44 year old’s longevity.

An Arjuna awardee, Bopanna made his Davis cup debut in 2002 and has been the leading force in the country ever since. He also became the oldest player to ever win a grand slam title when he along with Matthew Ebden won the men’s doubles category in the Australian Open in January 2024.

Europe tour: Indian jr. women’s hockey beat Belgium 4-2 in shootout

The Indian junior women’s hockey team registered an emphatic victory against Belgium, winning the shootout 4-2 after the score was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation time during their Europe tour.

Kanika Siwach scored an impressive brace to lead India’s efforts in front of goal.

The Indian hockey team was quick to find their form and assert themselves in the first quarter. An early penalty corner for India resulted in Kanika Siwach sounding the boards to take the lead. Soon after, Kanika scored her second goal for the night in the same quarter to make it 2-0.

‘Of course I am worried, I haven't been playing good at all this year’ Djokovic after Geneva exit

World No.1 Novak Djokovic is “worried” about his performance and admits he hasn’t been performing at his best after a surprising semi-final exit to Tomas Machac (4-6, 6-0, 1-6), at the Geneva Open on Friday.

In an unexpected turn of events at the Geneva Open, Novak Djokovic's preparation for the 2024 Roland Garros has hit a stumbling block. Following a surprising semi-final exit to Tomas Machac, Djokovic openly acknowledged the hurdles he faces in his quest to defend his title in Paris.

The 24-time major champion, who took a wild card into the ATP 250 event in Switzerland, hoped to fine-tune his form ahead of Roland Garros. Instead, he left with more questions than answers about his current state. Djokovic struggled with an upset stomach during his match against Machac, calling the tournament doctor to the court for a medical timeout at the end of the first set. Despite rallying to win the second set decisively, he ultimately faded in the third, losing the last six games.

T20 World Cup: Babar Azam to lead as Pakistan name 15-member squad


The runners-up in the previous edition of the tournament, Pakistan have named their squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 with Babar Azam leading a strong side after he was reinstated as their white-ball captain earlier this year. In a boost for Pakistan, pacer Haris Rauf was included in the squad after he recovered from an injury, having last featured for the side in January.

“This is an extremely talented and balanced side that has a mixture of youth and experience," the PCB said in its statement on Friday. "These players have been playing together for some time and look well-prepared and settled for next month’s event.

World Cup Qualifiers: Stimac expects Salt Lake Stadium to be packed for Chhetri's farewell match against Kuwait


Indian football team head coach Igor Stimac expects the cheerful home supporters to turn up in large numbers for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match against Kuwait at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata as it will be the final game for legendary striker Sunil Chhetri.

India will face Kuwait in a must-win encounter to progress to third-round and Chhetri's retirement makes it more exciting for the home supporters.

"Having in mind the importance of the game -- with us being perhaps only a win away from qualifying for the third round for the first time, and it being Sunil Chhetri's farewell game -- we expect the Salt Lake Stadium to be packed. I am sure that our supporters will reach Kolkata from all parts of India to help our boys win the game and say thanks and goodbye to Sunil. I am very confident it’s going to be emotional and hopefully, we will find a way to celebrate together after the final whistle," AIFF's official website quoted Stimac as saying.

Golf: Indian legends Atwal, Jeev start strongly at Seniors PGA Championship, lie tied 19th


India’s legendary golfers Arjun Atwal and Jeev Milkha Singh were off to a strong start with identical 2-under 69 each in the first round of the Senior PGA Championship. They were tied 19th in what is one of the Majors for the Seniors (Over 50) on the Champions Tour.

Australia’s Richard Green and Englishman Richard Bland shot 7-under 64 each at Harbor Shores and were leading at the $3.5 million event. Defending champion Steve Stricker opened with a 5-under 66 and was among five players with 66.

Golf: Indian legends Atwal, Jeev start strongly at Seniors PGA Championship, lie tied 19th

India’s legendary golfers Arjun Atwal and Jeev Milkha Singh were off to a strong start with identical 2-under 69 each in the first round of the Senior PGA Championship. They were tied 19th in what is one of the Majors for the Seniors (Over 50) on the Champions Tour.

Australia’s Richard Green and Englishman Richard Bland shot 7-under 64 each at Harbor Shores and were leading at the $3.5 million event. Defending champion Steve Stricker opened with a 5-under 66 and was among five players with 66.

Boxing World Qualifiers: Sachin Siwach dominates Alex Mukuka, gives India a winning start


A formidable punch by National Champion Sachin Siwach on the opening day of the 2nd Boxing World Qualifiers for the Paris Olympics in Bangkok on Friday ensured a decisive victory against New Zealand’s Alex Mukuka in the Round of 64 bout in the 57kg category.

The 2024 Strandja Memorial gold medallist dominated his opponent, Mukuka, from the start and kept up the pressure throughout the bout to ensure he received a unanimous 5-0 verdict from the judges and gave the 10-member Indian contingent a winning start.

Malaysia Masters: Sindhu beats top seed Han Yue to reach SF; Chaliha bows out in quarters

 India's ace shuttler PV Sindhu sailed into the semifinals of the Malaysia Masters, BWF Super 500 badminton tournament, beating top seed Chinese Han Yue in three games, here at the Axiata Arena on Friday.

Sindhu, who is aiming for first title since winning the Singapore Open back in 2022, registered 21-13 14-21 21-12 win over world No.6 Yue, to whom she fell in three games for the first time at the Badminton Asia Championships in China last month.

This is the 28-year-old Indian's seventh tournament of the year. She returned from injury at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in February. Sindhu's slow and steady progress saw her make another significant step at Malaysia Masters as she reached her first semifinal in seven months.

India women’s team falters 0-2 against Belgium in FIH Hockey Pro League

The Indian women’s hockey team went down 0-2 against Belgium in their closely-fought second match of the European leg of the FIH Pro League 2023/24.

Alexia 'T'Serstevens (34’) and Louise Dewaet (36’) netted a goal each for Belgium.

India began the match with an aggressive approach and won an early penalty corner, but couldn’t capitalise on it. However, they continued to press Belgium, which initially struggled to keep possession and relied on counter-attacks, but India’s defense stood strong to deny them any chances of going in front.

Also, the home side won a penalty corner towards the end of the first quarter, but it was saved by the Indian goalkeeper Savita without much difficulty.

Ajax present Francesco Farioli as new coach

Ajax have reached an agreement with Francesco Farioli and OGC Nice for the transfer of the head coach to Ajax, the Amsterdam based soccer club has announced.

The 35-year-old Italian signed a three-year contract until mid-2027. Farioli's so far short career as head coach started in 2021 at Fatih Karagumruk in the Turkish Super Lig and later that year he signed for Alanyaspor. Last season he led OGC Nice to the fifth place in the French Ligue 1, reports.

"We want to reconnect with the DNA of the club, aiming to bring new energy with a positive way of working and thinking," Farioli stated in a press release. "I'm aware that there is a lot of work to do, but we have already begun preparing. We don't want to waste any time getting ready for the new season and bringing Ajax back to where it belongs."

Malaysia Masters 2024: Sindhu, Ashmita reach quarterfinals as Treesa-Gayatri ousted from doubles

Singles stars P.V Sindhu and Ashmita Chaliha were the lone Indian players remaining in the draw as the top women's doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, the seventh seeds, crashed out of the Malaysia Masters 2024 here on Thursday.

Two-time Olympic medallist and former Malaysia Masters winner Sindhu defeated a Korean opponent in three games while Ashmita stunned the third seed from Malaysia in 43 minutes as both stormed into the women's singles quarterfinals.

Boxing Olympic Qualifiers: Panghal, Nishant get easy draws as Indian pugilists eye 10 Paris Olympic berths


Reigning National Champion and 2024 Strandja Memorial winner Sachin Siwach will kick off India’s quest for maximum Paris Olympic berths when he takes on New Zealand’s Alex Mukuka in the men’s 57kg weight category in the 2nd Boxing World Qualifiers in Bangkok on Friday.

India has fielded 10 boxers, seven men and three women, featuring a total of 579 boxers from 133 countries participating in the Qualifying event which will see a total of 51 Olympic quotas up for grabs. To clinch the quota in their respective weight categories, all the boxers have to at least reach the semifinals while Sachin (57kg) and Anushkita Boro (women’s 60kg) will need to finish among the top three competitors in Bangkok.

Football: Italy name 30-member preliminary squad for Euro 2024

Italy head coach Luciano Spalletti has named his 30-member provisional squad on Thursday for next month's Euro 2024. Forward Gianluca Scamacca has returned to the lineup after leading Atalanta to a historic victory in the Europa League on Wednesday with 11 goals and four assists in all competitions since the beginning of March.

Juventus midfielder Nicolo Fagioli has also been named in the squad after he made a return against Bologna on Monday following his seven-month ban for breaching betting rules. Striker Nicolo Zaniolo and defender Destiny Udogie have been left out of the list due to injuries.

IPL 2024: The way we turned things around and qualified was truly special, Kohli sums up RCB's season

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) star batter Virat Kohli said it was a 'special' Indian Premier League (IPL) season for the franchise after they qualified for the playoffs following a six-match winning streak in the league stage.

RCB were knocked out of the competition after losing to Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator match at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. But before that, they scripted one of the best IPL comebacks as they finished above defending champion Chennai Super Kings to book a place in the last four after just winning one game after the first eight matches.

'Fraser-McGurk asks a lot of questions, which is great': Warner

Veteran Australia opener David Warner believes young batter Jake Fraser-McGurk is someone who asks a lot of questions and loves the game, which keeps him in good stead. The duo will be united when Australia embark on their Men’s T20 World Cup journey – Warner in 15-member squad, while Fraser-McGurk is a traveling reserve.

Warner and Fraser-McGurk spent time in the Delhi Capitals camp in IPL 2024, where the youngster caught everyone’s eye by smashing 330 runs at a strike rate of 234.04, including two fifties coming in 15 balls each, after being drafted in as a replacement for Lungi Ngidi.

"It can be challenging and extremely tiring. We spoke about it in India, how to manage these things going forward. Whether to have a sibling, a friend, a parent or someone else there to break up the cycle when you’re there, so you’ve got a piece of home with you. Because it is very, very hard to do all this.

Indian Jr women's, men's hockey teams endure hard-fought losses against Belgium

The Indian junior women’s and men’s hockey teams lost their respective matches against the Belgium teams on Wednesday during their Europe tour.

Both the teams lost 2-3 to their Belgian counterparts. While Binima Dhan (49', 58') scored a brace for the junior women, captain Rohit (44’, 57’) scored a double for the men's team.

Junior women lost in a hard-fought game in their second match of the tour. In the first quarter, the they looked eager to take the lead, winning two penalty corners early on. However, a resilient Belgian team ensured there was no change in the scoreline.

The Belgian unit responded fiercely in the second quarter, taking a 1-0 lead before the match broke for halftime. While India searched for the equaliser, Belgium increased their lead scoring in the third and fourth quarters to bring the score to 3-0.

Yarraji equals women's 100m hurdle NR in Finland, misses Paris 2024 qualifying mark by .01s

Asian Games silver medallist Jyothi Yarraji won the women’s 100m hurdles event at the Motonet GP athletics meet by matching her national record but missed out on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games qualifying mark by .01 second.

Competing in her third outdoor competition of the season on Wednesday, Yarraji won the race after clocking 12.78s. The Paris Olympics qualification mark is pegged at 12.77s

Interestingly, the 24-year-old also fell short of meeting the Olympic entry standard by the same margin at the World University Games in Chengdu, China last year.

Delhi to have its own T20 league, DDCA to send proposal to BCCI: Rohan Jaitley

The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) is set to launch its own T20 league, as it has chalked out a comprehensive plan and will submit a formal request to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

DDCA chief Rohan Jaitley specified that only teams based in Delhi will participate in the proposed tournament.

"Yeah, we discussed (DDCA officials) of starting our own T20 league-- Delhi Premier League -- and now we will send our proposal to the BCCI for approval. Only Delhi teams will participate in it," Jaitley told .

Sindhu to train in Germany, Lakshya heads to France ahead of Paris Games

Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen to train in Germany and France, respectively, in preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games as Sports Ministry's Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) has approved their respective proposals for financial assistance.

MOC approved Sindhu’s proposal to head to Saarbrucken, Germany to train at the Hermann-Neuberger Sportschule. She will train there for over a month along with her coach and support staff before heading to Paris.

Lakshya, on the other hand, who will compete in men’s singles event in Paris, will train at The Halle des Sports Parsemain with his coach and support staff from July 8 to 21 ahead of the Olympic Games.

Ponting reveals being approached for India head coach job; declined role to spend time with family

Legendary Australia cricketer Ricky Ponting has revealed about being approached to be India next men's head coach. However, he added that he declined to take up the role due to spending more time with his family.

Ponting recently finished IPL 2024 as head coach of Delhi Capitals, who ended at sixth place in the points table, apart from being strategy head of Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League (BBL).

He’s also a regular feature in the commentary box during Australia's home summer and will also be the head coach of Washington Freedom at the upcoming Major League Cricket (MLC) season in the USA.

"I've seen a lot of reports about it. Normally these things pop up on social media before you even know about them, but there were a few little one-on-one conversations during the IPL, just to get a level of interest from me as to whether I would do it.

Lookman scores hat-trick as Atalanta stun Leverkusen to win Europa League title

Ademola Lookman scored an exceptional hat-trick as Atalanta put an end to Bayer Leverkusen's 51-game unbeaten run to win the UEFA Europa League title.

Lookman scored all three goals as Atalanta stopped the clock on Leverkusen's extraordinary unbeaten run, and brought 66-year-old coach Gian Piero Gasperini the first major trophy of his long career.

Atalanta pressed high from the off and with Leverkusen's danger men making a cold start in unseasonably chilly conditions, the Italian side were ahead after 12 minutes.

Played in brilliantly by Teun Koopmeiners, Davide Zappacosta delivered an angled ball back across the box that eluded two of his team-mates, but not the Lookman, who crashed in a shot at the far post. He needed no assistance for his second on 26 minutes, weaving his way to the edge of the box and smashing a low effort past the exposed Matej Kovar, Europa League reports.

DK gets emotional guard of honour after RCB's loss in eliminator, hints at IPL retirement

Veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has hinted that his time on the cricket field in the Indian Premier League (IPL) may have come to an end following Royal Challengers Bengaluru's (RCB) loss to Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2024 Eliminator.

After soaring with six consecutive wins following a dismal start, their hopes for a fairytale season were dashed with 4-wicket loss to RR on Wednesday at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

Karthik got an emotional guard of honour from his RCB teammates before the players walked off the field.

The official X handle of the Indian Premier League shared a heartwarming video of the moment following the match.

T20 World Cup: Yuvraj picks Pant over Samson for keeper-batter slot; backs Hardik to come good


Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has picked Rishabh Pant over Sanju Samson to be the wicket-keeper for the side in their upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup campaign while backing vice-captain Hardik Pandya to come good in the showpiece event after a forgettable Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

Left-handed Pant made a superb comeback to competitive cricket via IPL 2024 after recovering from a near-fatal car accident by amassing 446 runs in 13 matches while leading Delhi Capitals at a strike rate of 155.40. On the other hand, right-handed Samson made 504 runs in 14 matches at an impressive strike rate of 156.32 while leading his team Rajasthan Royals to eight wins and a spot in the playoffs in IPL 2024.

Michael Owen 'very surprised' at Rashford's snub from England’s provisional squad for Euros

Following Gareth Southgate’s announcement of England’s provisional squad that will play two friendlies before the upcoming Euros, many have questioned the exclusion of experienced players like Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford.

Former English forward Michael Owen has spoken out on the squad announcement claiming he was ‘very surprised’ at Rashford missing out on the squad.

"Very surprised Gareth Southgate has left @MarcusRashford out of his squad. Granted he’s had a poor season by his standards but tournament football is different and he’s always been confident in an England shirt. We’ve many talented attacking players but very few with Rashford's pace. In such a big squad, he was worth the risk," Owen wrote on X.

Pep Guardiola wins Premier League manager of the season award

Following Manchester City’s sixth league title in his tenure, Pep Guardiola has won the 2023/23 Premier League manager of the season award.

Manchester City made history by becoming the first team in English football’s rich 135 year storied past to win the Premier league title for four consecutive seasons.

The 53-year-old gaffer bumped past Arsenal's Mikel Arteta, Aston Villa's Unai Emery, Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Bournemouth's Andoni Iraola to win the coveted accolade.

"I want to share it, yes, oh yes! Especially with Mikel for the incredible job he has done until the last game, bringing us to our limits.

Malaysia Masters: Sindhu beats Gilmour to enter Rd-2; mixed pair of Sumeeth-Sikki also prevails

Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu moved to the second round of the Malaysia Masters after beating Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland, here at Axiata Arena on Wednesday.

Fifth seed Sindhu, who won the Malaysia Masters in 2013 and 2016, registered a 21-17, 21-16 win over the world no. 22 Scot.

This is the 28-year-old Indian's seventh tournament of the year. She returned from injury at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in February. Sindhu recently sat out the Uber Cup and Thailand Open to focus on her preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

World Para-Athletics: Sachin Khilari bags gold in men's Shot Put F46 with Asian record

India's Sachin Sarjerao Khilari won the gold medal in the men's Shot Put F46 category with an Asian Record of 16.30 metres at the World Para Athletic Championships, here on Wednesday.

This is India's fifth gold, a record for the country at the World Para Athletics Championship.

In the last edition of the championships in Paris, Khilari secured the gold medal in the men's shot put F46 event, setting an Asian record with an impressive throw of 16.21m. In the process, he had earned the Paris Olympics quota

Malaysia Masters: Sindhu set to return as Treesa-Gayatri advance in women's doubles

India's two-time Olympic Games medallist P.V. Sindhu will return to action after a lengthy injury break when she steps onto the court against Kristy Gilmour of Scotland in the opening round of women's singles of the Malaysia Masters 2024 at the Axiata Arena on Wednesday.

T20 World Cup: New York to host India's only warm-up match against Bangladesh on June 1

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday revealed that New York's Nassau County International Cricket Stadium will host India's sole warm-up clash against Bangladesh on June 1 ahead of the T20 World Cup, which is incidentally starting on the same day.

The ICC had released the official schedule of the warm-up matches last week but the decision on India's preparatory match venue was left to be decided later. The warm-up matches are scheduled to be played from May 27 to June 1 across the USA and at two venues in Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies.

T20 World Cup: Litton Das hopeful of returning to form with 'careless attitude'

Despite struggling to score runs in the white-ball format for Bangladesh, wicketkeeper-batter Litton Das remains hopeful that his 'careless attitude' will bring respite for him in the upcoming T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the USA next month. Litton was dropped for the final two T20Is against Zimbabwe after scoring just 1, 23, and 12 in the first three games of the five-match series. He has been off-colour for quite some time in the limited-overs. Although, he has been part of the 15-member squad for the showpiece event is eager to come out of the lean patch in the ICC tournament.

Football: Valencia left-back Gaya likely to miss Euro 2024 due to muscle injury

Valencia left-back Jose Luis Gaya is in danger of missing out on a place in the Spain squad for the European Championships (Euro 2024) after suffering a relapse of a muscle injury in his right quadriceps on Sunday. The defender had only been on the pitch for 11 minutes as he returned from two months out with the injury when he signalled for a change and had a scan on the injury on Monday.