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ICC panel encourages day-night Tests NEW DELHI: An advisory panel of the International Cricket Council has recommended that Test-playing nations should look at holding five-day matches under floodlights to attract more spectators.International one-day and Twenty20 games are played at night with white balls, bringing in fans after office hours, but day-time Tests have seen dwindling crowds especially in the influential Indian sub-continent.Playing Test matches into the night has been mooted by the sport's governing body for the past two years and different coloured balls have been tested to see if they can last the distance.The ICC's cricket committee, which met in Mumbai over the weekend, said it had been encouraged by positive reports about the pink balls used in a four-day first-class match in Abu Dhabi in March and discussed day-night Tests at length."As a result of these discussions, there will be a strong recommendation from the committee to member countries that they should identify ...

Japan's Asada back in training TOKYO: The smiling face of three-times figure skating world champion Mao Asada beamed out of Japan's front pages Tuesday after the Olympic medallist announced she was back in competitive training.Asada, who has taken a year off from the sport, told reporters she was eager to get back in form."I missed the game and I began to think I want to feel the achievement I felt when I did put in good performances," she said at ...

Root salutes Moores' role in his rapid rise LONDON: In-form England batsman Joe Root says he has sacked former coach Peter Moores to thank for his rapid rise to international prominence.Root was dropped at the end of England's Ashes whitewash defeat under Andy Flower's regime last year, but the Yorkshire star went on to average almost 95 in Tests during Moores' second tenure.And after 12 months in which he has made more than 1,100 Test runs, as well as hitting three one-day international ...

Mourinho outraged by Fabregas red card WEST BROMWICH: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho expressed his frustration after Cesc Fabregas was sent off in bizarre fashion as the champions were defeated 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion.The Spanish midfielder is set to miss the first two matches of next season plus the final game of this campaign at home to Sunderland on Sunday following his first half dismissal after he kicked the ball against Chris Brunt.Mourinho felt that a more experienced referee than Mike ...

All Black duo add to Blues injury woes WELLINGTON: Auckland Blues' All Black duo Steven Luatua and Patrick Tuipulotu will miss the rest of the Super 15 season with injuries, the club said Tuesday.The Blues said Luatua dislocated his shoulder in a rare win over the Northern Bulls last Friday, while Tuipulotu has a long-term hip injury that has deteriorated. Jerome Kaino and Luke Braid are already out for the season, while the Blues said the sick list for this Saturday's match against ...

Langer rules out England coach role SYDNEY: Former Australia opening batsman Justin Langer on Tuesday ruled himself out of the running for the vacant England coaching job by signing a new contract with Western Australia.Langer had been touted as a possible replacement for the sacked Peter Moores, having been a mentor to new England director of cricket Andrew Strauss early in his professional career when they both played for county side Middlesex.He has also been linked to a coaching role with ...

Zimbabwe brings international cricket back to Pakistan LAHORE: The Zimbabwe cricket team landed in Pakistan in the early hours of Tuesday, becoming the first Test-playing nation to visit the militancy-wracked South Asian country in six years, Lahore airport officials said.Zimbabwe are set to play two T20s and three ODIs in a mini-series under high security involving 6,000 police and constant surveillance by commandos and helicopters.The tour is a first by a full ICC member since Sri Lanka visited in 2009, when their ...


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