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‘700? Why not?’
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‘700? Why not?’

James Anderson refused to rest on his laurels after becoming the first paceman to take 600 Test wickets as he revealed England captain Joe Root wanted him to feature in the 2021/22 Ashes tour of Australia. Source link
‘It could just add a year or two’
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‘It could just add a year or two’

James Anderson is already the oldest English fast bowler to take the new ball in more than 50 years, but he says the COVID-19 hiatus may extend his career even further. "It could just add a year or two at the end of my career," 38-year old Anderson said on his Tailenders podcast. "I've really enjoyed being back and as odd as it is just bowling into a net. I got up to speed quite quickly. I'm off my full run up and I feel like I'm ready to play now. I need to just calm down a bit, "he added. It's not inconceivable that Anderson could even become the first English fast bowler since Les Jackson in 1961 to play a Test after his 40th birthday. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}...
Muhammad Ali and ‘Thrilla in Manila’
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Muhammad Ali and ‘Thrilla in Manila’

When Muhammad Ali survived 14 brutal rounds with Joe Frazier in the 'Thrilla in Manila' 45 years ago, it wrote a page in boxing folklore but left both men forever diminished. Fought in the Philippines' stifling daytime heat, with barely functioning air conditioning, Frazier was beaten nearly blind and Ali was on the verge of surrender. In the end, it was Frazier's trainer who threw in the towel to hand Ali victory on October 1, 1975, settling their head-to-head 2-1. But the fight came at a cost to both men. "Ali and Frazier would never be the same again, after pouring and spending practically all their power and durability in Manila," said Recah Trinidad, a Philippine boxing columnist. Ali, who had beaten George Foreman in the 'Rumble in the Jungle' in Zaire a year earlier, came i...
Messi welcomes ‘weird’ restart | The Daily Star
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Messi welcomes ‘weird’ restart | The Daily Star

Barcelona and Argentina captain Lionel Messi said he was eager to start playing again but thought La Liga games behind closed doors would feel "weird". The Spanish Football Federation won a legal judgement on Wednesday handing it control over league scheduling and then said it would allow La Liga to play every day when this season resumes. "We cannot think about what we are leaving behind this year. It is better to think about the future," Messi said. "Like going back to day-to-day training, seeing your teammates, playing your first few games. No doubt it will be strange at first, but I am looking forward to competing again! He said playing without fans "implies a series of challenges. The preparation at squad level is the same as for any other match, but it is true that individually y...
‘I always try to compete with myself’
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‘I always try to compete with myself’

May 26, 2020 marked the 15th anniversary of Mushfiqur Rahim's international debut for Bangladesh. The wicketkeeper-batsman revealed his regrets, points of satisfaction, desires and much more during a long conversation with The Daily Star's Ekush Tapader. The Daily Star (TDS): How is Mushfiqur the cricketer faring during this crisis? Mushfiqur Rahim (MR): Actually, for us players, it is really difficult to stay well without cricket. It is cricket that we miss the most at the end of the day. I am continuing my fitness work but it has been difficult to do skills training, which is more important. I am watching videos of the bowlers that I may face in the upcoming tournaments and that is how I am passing the time. TDS: When all sport came to a halt, did you ever imagine that the break in a...
ICC defers decision on fate of T20 World Cup
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ICC defers decision on fate of T20 World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board met via teleconference today with all agenda items deferred until 10 June 2020 following a discussion, led by Chairman Shashank Manohar, around the issue of confidentiality, a press release from cricket's governing body read. After months of uncertainty, the International Cricket Council (ICC) was expected to finally decide on the fate of the men's 2020 World T20 in Australia with an eye on the Covid-19 pandemic on Thursday. The flagship event was slated to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15. The ICC had yesterday said suggestions that the men's Twenty20 World Cup in Australia, scheduled to start in October, had been postponed due to the coronavirus were "inaccurate", although it said contingencies were being explored. A nu...
English Premier League to restart on June 17
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English Premier League to restart on June 17

The Premier League season is set to restart on June 17, three months after it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, British media reported on Thursday. No matches have been played since Leicester's 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9. Top-flight clubs voted unanimously in favour of a return to contact training on Wednesday and were meeting again on Thursday to discuss issues such as the restart date. The BBC reported that the first two matches would be Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal. The matches are the two games in hand. A full fixture list would then be played on the weekend of June 19-21. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!...
Former national team footballer Golam Rabbani on life support
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Former national team footballer Golam Rabbani on life support

Former national footballer Golam Rabbani Helal is on life support at the Square Hospital after suffering brain hemorrhage at his Dhanmondi Resident this morning (Thursday). Since admission at the hospital at about 12:30pm, the former Abahani Limited booter hasn't responded yet and has been in the Incentive Care Unit (ICU), Golam Kaife, nephew of Helal informed.  "The doctors can't provide any treatments to him yet due to his sense level. He has been in life-support at ICU," Kaife told The Daily Star. Before suffering from hemorrhage, 63-year-old Helal had been suffering from kidney disease and undergoing dialysis for the last year. He also underwent an open-heart surgery after cardiac arrest in April, 2017. Helal played for the national football team from 1979 to 1985. At the club...
Two Fulham players test positive for coronavirus
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Two Fulham players test positive for coronavirus

Two Fulham players have tested positive for coronavirus in the latest round of testing, the Championship club announced on Thursday. The English Football League said tests were carried out on 1,030 players and staff between Monday and Wednesday. Three individuals tested positive from two clubs. "Those players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities," the EFL said in a statement. Second-tier Fulham announced two of their players had tested positive. "Both players, who shall remain unnamed due to medical confidentiality, are now self-isolating in line with league and government guidance," the London club said in a statemen...
Uncertainty over next chairman as ICC denies postponement of T20 WC
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Uncertainty over next chairman as ICC denies postponement of T20 WC

Shashank Manohar is prepared to stay on as International Cricket Council chairman to oversee a "smooth transition" following reports that former India captain Sourav Ganguly is considering standing, the ICC said Wednesday. Indian administrator Manohar, who became the ICC's first independent chairman in 2016, has ruled out a third term in office. The game's global governing body said no final decision had been taken regarding the election process but the subject would be discussed further on Thursday. There had been suggestions that Colin Graves, who recently stood down as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, would succeed Manohar unopposed until reports emerged that Ganguly, currently the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, was interested in the role. So...