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“No Official Request” From India To Change Test Dates, Say England

The England and Wales Cricket Board says there has been “no official request” from India to move the dates of the five-Test series due to take place in August and September.

The England and Wales Cricket Board says there has been “no official request” from India to move the dates of the five-Test series due to take place in August and September. It follows reports that alterations to the schedule have been broached on an informal basis. The postponement of the Indian Premier League as a result of the country’s coronavirus crisis has created a fixture crunch, with 31 highly lucrative matches still to be played and little time in the calendar to stage them.

Reports in the Indian press suggested officials at the Board of Control for Cricket in India had considered bringing forward their series in England, which is due to begin on August 4 and end on September 14 to create a viable window.

Leicester City’s Premier League-Winning Captain Wes Morgan To Retire

Wes Morgan, who led Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2015-16, will retire from football at the end of the season, the club said on Friday.

Leicester’s Premier League title-winning captain Wes Morgan will retire when the final whistle blows on the season, the club announced on Friday. The 37-year-old skippered the Foxes to their shock title win in 2016 and helped them lift the FA Cup for the first time when he made a late substitute appearance in last week’s 1-0 final victory over Chelsea. Morgan has made 324 appearances and scored 14 goals for Leicester in all competitions since joining from Nottingham Forest in 2012, and was capped 30 times by Jamaica.

Leicester City chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha paid a handsome tribute to the long-serving captain, who has struggled with a back problem this year.

“Wes has been one of Leicester City’s greatest servants, leading the team through the club’s most successful era and helping to set the standards that have pushed the club forward,” he said.

Sachin Tendulkar Offers Condolences After Bhuvneshwar Kumar's Father Dies Of Liver Cancer

Sachin Tendulkar on Friday offered condolences to India fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose father died after a long battle with liver cancer.

Batting great Sachin Tendulkar on Friday offered condolences to India fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose father died on Thursday after a long battle with cancer. Bhuvneshwar’s father Kiran Pal Singh, 63, died at his Meerut residence Thursday night after battling liver cancer for eight months. Taking to Twitter Tendulkar wrote: “I am deeply saddened by the news of your father’s demise, @BhuviOfficial. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to you and your family”.

World Test Championship Like World Cup, Have Reached Final After Defeating Good Teams, Says Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav agreed with his India teammates Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma in saying that the World Test Championship final is like a World Cup final and added that being mentally strong while in a bio-bubble is very important.

Over the past few years, India’s fast-bowling arsenal has risen through the ranks to be counted as one of the best in international cricket. With the big-picture UK tour coming up — World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand and five Tests against England — fans will once again hope for the pace-bowling battery to rise to the occasion. Umesh Yadav, who has been a tried and tested performer on the big stage, says he would like to win the World Test Championship (WTC) final which is equal to winning the World Cup.

"Was Planning To Take Break From IPL": Yuzvendra Chahal Reveals Family's COVID-19 Ordeal

Yuzvendra Chahal recalls the testing days when his parents tested positive for COVID-19 and had the IPL continued, then he would have taken a break and gone to attend to them.

India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal opened up about the ordeal his family had to face after his parents tested positive for Coronavirus. While his mother had recovered, his father had to be hospitalised due to a drop in oxygen levels. Chahal said that he had got to know his parents tested positive a day before the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season was suspended, and had the tournament gone on, he would have taken a break as it was “difficult to focus on the game” with his parents down with the virus.

Lionel Messi To Miss Barcelona's Last Match Of The Season To Rest Ahead Of Copa America

Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona’s final La Liga game of the season against Eibar on Saturday in order to “enjoy a rest” before the Copa America, the club announced.

Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona’s final La Liga game of the season against Eibar on Saturday in order to “enjoy a rest” before the Copa America, the club announced. The Argentine, who is still in contract negotiations with Barcelona, was given permission to miss training on Friday by coach Ronald Koeman and, with the club now out of the title race, will not play in the away fixture against Eibar. “The striker can enjoy a rest before next month’s Copa America after a season in which he is one of the players in the squad who has played most,” Barcelona said in a statement.

Gianluigi Buffon Linked With Monza Move

Gianluigi Buffon has been linked with a move to Silvio Berlusconi’s ambitious Monza when the Italian goalkeeping great leaves Juventus at the end of the season.

Gianluigi Buffon has been linked with a move to Silvio Berlusconi’s ambitious Monza when the Italian goalkeeping great leaves Juventus at the end of the season, according to reports in Italy on Friday. Monza missed out on reaching the Serie A promotion play-off final on Thursday night after losing 3-2 on aggregate to Cittadella, despite a 2-0 second-leg win in which Mario Balotelli scored. The Serie B side are one of several clubs interested in signing the 43-year-old, who has not ruled out continuing playing, Gazzetto dello Sport and Corriere della Sera reported.

Monza CEO Adriano Galliani sent Buffon a text message just after he announced his Juventus exit, Corriere claimed.

European Football Clubs Set To Lose 8.7 Billion Euros As A Result Of Coronavirus

The annual European Club Footballing Landscape study says the current projection of lost revenues in the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 financial years is 7.2 billion euros for top-tier clubs and 1.5 billion for lower-tier outfits.

European football clubs are forecast to miss out on 8.7 billion euros (USD 10.6 billion) in revenue as they struggle to cope with the devastating financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, a UEFA report said Thursday. The annual European Club Footballing Landscape study says the current projection of lost revenues in the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 financial years is 7.2 billion euros for top-tier clubs and 1.5 billion for lower-tier outfits. In the foreword, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “In last year’s report, I said that European football was strong, united, resilient and ready for new challenges.

“But no one could have predicted that we would have to face the biggest challenge to football, sport and society in modern times.”