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Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The bidding process to select a host city had been beset with problems. The South African city of Durban was awarded the Games in 2015 before being stripped of the event because it did not meet the Commonwealth Games Federation criteria.

After Birmingham's bid was initially deemed "not fully compliant", previously interested cities such as Victoria in Canada and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia were given another two months to apply. However, no bids materialised.

Now, Birmingham has been confirmed as the host of the 750 million pound event.

Birmingham's mayor Andy Street described the announcement as a "fantastic Christmas present for their region".

India beat Sri Lanka by 97 runs which is a recorded margin in T20 terms.

Sri Lanka faced a humiliating defeat at the hands of India yesterday during the first T20 match played at Cuttack. India beat Sri Lanka by 97 runs which is a huge margin in T20 terms. India batted first and made 180 for 3 in their allotted 20 overs. Sri Lanka in reply bowled out for 87. Sri Lanka did not learn from their mistakes. Their bowlers were not up to the target. They did not have a bowling and fielding plan for each Indian batsmen.  It is expected that the newly appointed  head coach Chandika Athurusinghe will restore some pride and discipline in batting and bowling.

England surrendered the Ashes as Australia stormed to a massive win, with an un-assailable 3 to nil lead

Australia won back the Ashes after bowling England out cheaply despite rain delays and a pitch controversy. They secured an innings win on the final day of the third Test in Perth. England were dismissed for 218 in their second innings in the last Ashes Test that took place at the WACA Ground.
Victory seemed assured for Australia when they had England 132 for 4 at the conclusion of the fourth day. That was still 127 runs behind with Australia yet to bat again. A rain-damaged pitch threatened to end the match without a ball being bowled on the final day. Australia was then in need of just six more wickets to win the match and regain the Ashes.
Complicating matters further was a damp spot on the pitch. WACA staff worked furiously with leaf blowers trying to dry the patch.
Wickets tumbled quickly for England upon the delayed resumption, with overnight batsman and first-innings centurion Jonny Bairstow bowled for 14, by the first delivery he faced for the day, from Josh Hazlewood. Hazlewood even removed England's last hope, Dawid Malan.

England surrendered the Ashes as Australia stormed to a massive win with an un-assailable 3 to nil lead.

The 3rd and final ODI will be played today at Visakapatnam day


The 3rd and final ODI between India and Sri Lanka will be played at Visakapatnam today. Both teams have won one match each. Sri Lanka have won just five out of 27 completed ODIs this year. But if there's a way to turn around a disappointing year, it can't get better than ending it with their first-ever series win in India

The 2nd ODI between Sri Lanka and India will be played in Mohali today.

The 2nd ODI between Sri Lanka and India will be played in Mohali today. This is a day and night encounter.

Sri Lanka records an easy 7 wicket victory over India in the first one day international


Sri Lanka recorded an easy 7 wicket victory over India in the first one day international in Dharamsala today. Sent in to bat first, India managed only 112 all out in 38.2 overs. After losing their first 7 wickets for 29 runs, Mahendra Singh Dhoni made 65 runs to give some respectability to the Indian total. Suranga Lakmal was the pick of the bowlers, taking four wickets for 13 runs. Sri Lanka reached their target easily, taking 20.4 overs and losing only 3 wickets on the way. Upul Tharanga made 49.

The venue of the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be announced within the next four weeks

Commonwealth Games-Birmingham may need to wait until next year to find out if it will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games Federation said today that they are "confident" a city will be chosen in the next four weeks and they "will remain flexible". Birmingham was the only interested city before the 30th September deadline, but was deemed "not fully compliant". Last week,


Strict regulations to be enforced against the use of banned substances in sports

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera joining in the discussion in parliament today stated that the task being fulfilled by the Minister of Health in eradicating the drug menace in the country is praiseworthy.
Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera expressing his views stated that the programme to salvage the citizens of this country from alcohol needs to be expedited. He also stated that strict regulations need to be enforced against the use of banned substances for performance enhancement in sports. He observed that such substances are widely used among rugger players.

India slashes Sri Lanka by securing a win of an innings and 239 runs.

Sri Lanka suffered their heaviest defeat in Test history as they lost by an innings and 239 runs to India in the second Test in Nagpur. In the 1st innings Sri Lanka were restricted to 205 runs, while India scored 610 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. In the 2nd innings Sri Lanka were able to score 166 runs only.
Indian Captain Virat Kohli scored a double century for his home side and three other batsmen scored tons during India's innings. R Ashwin, who took 4 for 63, became the fastest to hit 300 Test wickets, reaching the milestone in 54 Tests.

The 2nd test between Sri Lankan and India will begin today.

The 2nd test between Sri Lanka and India will begin in Nagpur today. Captain Dinesh Chandimal says his players are confident with pressurizing Indian team in this game. Our fielding also has made a huge difference there’s a lot of energy. We have looked at a six-five combination or six-four plus all-rounder he said. India will be without two of their top players opener Shikhar Dhawan and fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar who was man of the match at Kolkata after having a match bag of eight wickets. Both have opted out on personal grounds.

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