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Tinu Yohannan _file

Thiruvananthapuram: Former India pacer Tinu Yohannan (41) was on Monday appointed as the coach of Kerala senior mens cricket team. Yohannan will take over the reins from Dav Whatmore of Australia.

The Kerala Cricket Association took the decision during an online meeting held on Monday.

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Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa on Friday played down its Director Graeme Smith's open backing of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly for the ICC chairman's post and said a protocol would be followed before offering support to any candidate.

Former skipper Smith, who is now CSA's director of cricket, on Thursday supported Ganguly for the ICC top job, saying a "cricket man" like the ex-India captain would be ideal to lead the apex body at this juncture.

However, a day after, the CSA was treading a different path.

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London: England fast-bowler James Anderson believes playing in front of empty stands, once the sport resumes amid the coronavirus pandemic, would be similar to playing county cricket.

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London: England players could tentatively start their outdoor skill-based training in the coming weeks with the ECB eyeing resumption of international cricket with a series against West Indies in July, said its director of cricket Ashley Giles.

However, as per health directive issued by government wing, the players -- across all sports in UK -- will have an option to "opt out" of training if they have any apprehensions of health risk.

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New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar has decided to settle his lawsuit against bat-maker Spartan in the Federal Court of Australia after the company apologised for "breach of contract".

In 2016, Tendulkar entered into a worldwide exclusive sponsorship agreement with Spartan to promote its sporting goods and sportswear.

Tendulkar alleged that Spartan failed to comply with its obligations under the agreement by failing to pay him royalties and endorsement fees as per the agreement signed by both parties.

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Dhaka:  Bangladesh's development coach and former first-class cricketer Ashiqur Rahman has tested positive for the dreaded novel coronavirus.

Rahman on Tuesday revealed he has contracted the deadly virus and is currently being treated at a city hospital.

"I got the report yesterday (on Monday) and the report says COVID-19 positive," Rahman told 'Cricbuzz' website.

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David Warner _file

Sydney: Australia cricketer David Warner has already set his sights on the ICC World Cup 2023 currently scheduled to be played in India. The 33-year-old revealed this is the fittest he has felt in a long time and the enforced breaks have helped his cause.

Warner was banned from the game for one year for his part in the infamous Cape Town ball-tampering scandal in 2018. After serving his suspension, he returned to international cricket before sporting activities ceased worldwide due to coronavirus pandemic.

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Karachi: Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq said being confined to home due to the coronavirus-forced lockdown can become depressing and wants some cricket activities to resume soon even if the matches have to take place behind closed doors with proper safety barriers.

There are reports that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was contemplating rescheduling and organising the three Test matches against Pakistan in August behind closed doors at Manchester Old Trafford and Southampton.

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New Delhi: Former India pacer Ashish Nehra believes young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who was initially said to be M.S. Dhoni's successor, needs backing of the team management for a longer duration.

"There are a lot of talented players but they should be backed for a longer duration. Today also when we talk about the number 5 and 6 slots in Indian ODI side, then we are not sure about it," Nehra said while speaking to former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra on his show 'Aakash Vani'.

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Sanju Samson

New Delhi: He has flattered to deceive on umpteen occasions but highly-rated wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson says he has learnt to accept his failures in pursuit of the calm demeanour that former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni possesses.

The 25-year-old from Kerala has always been talked about by the likes of Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir but it hasn't translated into international success with only four T20 Internationals in his kitty in the last five years.

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