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Tendulkar: England have no chance of winning World Cup

Sachin Tendulkar says England aren't in with a chance of winning the next cricket World Cup.

The former India batsman says Peter Moores' men, who have failed to impress in the one-day format, will struggle to compete with the best teams.

Sachin Tendulkar doesn't think much of the England team. Credit: PA

"I think Australia, South Africa, New Zealand are a dark horse, and India - these four should be my semi-finalists," Tendulkar said at the launch of his autobiography, 'Playing It My Way'.

"Do England have a chance? Not really. I don't think so.

"Anything is possible in this sport but going on current form I don't think England will be that competitive.

"I feel India can surprise a lot of people and I also believe the spinners will come into play."

Football can be big in India says Tendulkar

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar says football can be as popular as it across the world in his homeland.

Tendulkar, who co-owns Kerala Blasters in the newly-formed Indian Super League, was speaking at his book launch in London.

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Inquiry launched over allegations of sexual misconduct in Sri Lankan cricket

An inquiry into sexual misconduct around the Sri Lankan women's cricket team will begin in the coming days.

The nation's sports minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, requested the preliminary inquiry, led by a high-ranking female lawyer.

An initial investigation took place last week following allegations that national players were compelled into performing sexual favours for officials in order to keep or gain a place in the side.

Sri Lankan cricket faces some tough questions. Credit: PA

Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva was keen to explain that they had received no formal accusations.

“The minister wants to clear the air by getting this report investigated. We want to get to the bottom of it because this is bad for the image of the game and the country,” De Silva told AFP.

"To be fair by all the parties, it's necessary for us to carry out an independent inquiry - to clear the names of some people, if they're not guilty of something. So far we have not had any accusations."

India confirm demand for £26.2m following failed West Indies cricket tour

The secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket India has confirmed the organisation's demands for compensation from the West Indies.

Sanjay Patel says the BCCI have put in a claim totalling around £26.2million from their Caribbean counterparts after they abandoned their recent tour of India. But also confirmed the figure could increase.

West Indies ended their tour to India prematurely. Credit: Reuters

"We have sent a demand letter to the WICB claiming damages to the tune of 258 crore (£26.2 million)...and we are in the process of ascertaining other damages incurred by our hosting centres, after which we will present a final claim amount," Patel told Press Association.

"It is a matter of consideration for the WICB to decide as to how they will cover our damages.

"(Abandoning the tour) is a unilateral decision of the WICB and they are solely responsible for this entire episode.

"There has been a direct and disastrous impact (to India). Other than the financial losses, the collateral damage that has been caused to the BCCI and its stakeholders is irreparable."

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Misbah equals fastest century record

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq hit 100 in 56 balls. Credit: PA

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq equalled Viv Richards' record for the fastest century in Test cricket.

Misbah's reached three figures in just 56 balls to emulate Richards' effort against England in the 1986 Antigua Test.

He hit 11 fours and five sixes and also broke Jacques Kallis' record for the fastest half-century as he got there in 21 balls - three quicker than the South African's effort in a two-day win over Zimbabwe in Cape Town in 2005.

South Africa top cricket rankings for first time in five years

South Africa are on top of the ODI game. Credit: PA

South Africa have returned to the top of the cricket one day international rankings for the first time in five years.

The Proteas' 72-run victory in their second ODI against New Zealand on Friday was enough to see them reclaim top spot, despite the third and final ODI being washed out on Monday.

South Africa were one point behind Australia in the rankings before the series in New Zealand and they have now done enough to move in front.

The last time South Africa topped the list was in September 2009, but their first-round elimination from the ICC Champions Trophy that year saw Australia overtake them.

Trott called up to England Lions tour

Batsman Jonathan Trott will travel with the England Lions to South Africa this winter.

It is the Warwickshire player's first call-up since leaving the Ashes tour to Australia in 2013 due to a 'stress-related illness'.

Jonathan Trott is back in the international set-up. Credit: PA

Trott, 33, played eight County Championship games in 2014, scoring 620 runs at an average of 55.66.

National selector James Whitaker said: "“Jonathan Trott’s exceptional form and run scoring exploits for Warwickshire at the end of the summer has resulted in his selection for the First Class fixtures at the beginning of the tour. Congratulations to him and to all of the players selected.”

Middlesex leave Panthers behind

Middlesex will no longer call themselves the Panthers in one-day cricket the club have announced.

They will be referred to as Middlesex CCC, their traditional name, in all three formats of the game.

Middlesex are being more traditional. Credit: PA

Chief executive, Vinny Codrington explained: "When we launched our one-day Panthers brand back in 2009, there was a strong desire for each of the counties to have a vibrant and dynamic one-day name and image, resulting in names such as the 'Dragons', 'Sabres', 'Gladiators' and 'Lions' to name but a few, and we ourselves subsequently became the Middlesex 'Panthers'.

"A lot has changed in Middlesex cricket over the last five years and.... we therefore felt that one clear, consistent and immediately recognisable brand would offer greater clarity and assist us in terms of our awareness and recognition within and around the county and further afield as this work continues at pace.

"We are looking forward to being known now simply as 'Middlesex CCC', which to anyone in the game of cricket is a name that immediately invokes feelings of heritage, success and respect - values which we, as a club, pride ourselves on."

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