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Sharma breaks one-day batting record

Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has hit a new world record one-day international score.

Sharma, 27, reached 264 against Sri Lanka on Thursday, breaking Virander Sehwag's previous record of 219 with a six, but was dismissed off the last ball of the innings.

Rohit Sharmais in superb form. Credit: Reuters

It is the second double century the Nagpur-born opener has struck in the 50-over format in recent times, having plundered 210 against Australia last year.

The top four one-day international scores in history are all held by Indians, with Sachin Tendulkar and Sehwag sitting in second and fourth, respectively.

Cricket fans to hear umpire conversations

Cricket fans will be able to hear conversations between the umpires. Credit: PA

Cricket fans will soon be able to hear conversations between umpires as the ICC decided to trial a broadcast.

During the upcoming one-day international series between Australia and South Africa both viewers and spectators will be able to hear the consultations between the on-field and television umpires.

The trial might be extended to some World Cup matches if it's successful.

Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s general manager, said in an official statement: "For years, viewers have enjoyed seeing the same pictures as the TV umpire and making their own decisions during a referral or review. Now they will be even closer to the game, hearing what the umpire is saying when making those decisions.”

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Cricket fan wins £2,500 with stunning catch

A cricket fan in New Zealand has won £2,500 after a stunning catch and in a marvelous twist - the batsmen who hit the ball was his partner's brother.

Andrew McCulloch took the difficult catch after Otago Volts’ Michael Bracewell lashed his shot over the boundary.

As part of a promotional offer for any spectator to catch the ball on the full -McCulloch won NZ$5,000 - nearly £2,500.

McCulloch revealed in an interview after that match that he intended to use the money to pay off credit cards bills.

Pakistan batsman fractures skull after career best score

Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has fractured his skull after he was hit in the head at the end of a career-best 176, during the second test with New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

Shehzad failed to fend off the Corey Anderson bouncer, instead being struck, forcing him to fall on his wicket, causing his dismissal.

Ahmed Shehzad was on 176 at the time. Credit: Reuters

Team manager Moin Khan said: "The specialist surgeon has confirmed minor fracture and has advised 48 hours of close monitoring.

"In case the pain doesn't subside, then the surgeon may opt for decompression."

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."

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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.

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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