Karun Nair slams maiden Test century on Day 4 of 5th India vs England clash at Chennai

Nair made his debut earlier in this series, but had to wait to register big runs. In his first innings in Test cricket, Nair was run out due to a misjudgment from his captain at Mohali, and he walked back after scoring 4. Even in Mumbai, when India piled up a mammoth total of 631 […]

New Zealand, Ireland could fill ECB void in 2021 if World Test Championship is cancelled

The ECB is currently scheduled to host six Tests in 2021, at least five of which will involve England and India. But with uncertainty over the viability of holding the World Test Championship (WTC) final at Lord’s in June as planned, the ECB has explored contingency plans. Those plans involve inviting at least one other […]

India vs Australia 2020: Varun Chakravarthy Feeling ‘Surreal’ After Maiden Call-Up

“I have been working hard, but the motivation and faith has come from a lot of people around me,” Varun had said at the post-match presentation after the game against DC. “Around 2015, when I was not making a lot of money (the switch from being an architect to becoming a cricketer), was freelancing and […]

India vs Australia 2020: Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari to Join Rest of Squad in Dubai

Pujara and Vihari are the only two first-choice Test specialists who are not participating in the ongoing Indian Premier League in UAE. The duo will join the rest of the Indian players selected to travel to Australia.

India vs Australia: R Ashwin & Ravindra Jadeja rested for first 3 ODIs; Shami & Umesh return

In a release sent by the BCCI, chief selector MSK Prasad said: “The team for the three ODIs against Australia has been selected in line with the rotation policy of the board and accordingly R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested. The team’s performance during the Sri Lanka tour was outstanding and players like […]

New Zealand’s booming film and TV industry in a ‘golden era’ thanks to Covid safe haven

There’s faith that any party politics is something the sector can transcend – the industry-led working groups set up on the former forward-thinking initiatives are a hallmark of a sector “starting to grow up”, Durey says.

‘I am stuck, I am going to maximise my time here.’ Dubai tour guide makes most of six months stranded in New Zealand

Cape Reinga and Hobbiton were also among her favourite places she visited. But she says a highlight of her time in New Zealand was getting to meet up with a Kiwi family who had been on one of her tours in Dubai back in January and took her under their wing while she was in […]

The New Zealand passport – the ‘powerful’ little black book everyone wants their name in

Of course, not even person living in New Zealand is as keen to grab citizenship. Heather Maitland has been living here since the early 1980s. She was born in Scotland, grew up here but spent time back in the UK, before finally returning. She has been without a passport for many years after accidentally letting […]

Air New Zealand offering ‘Mystery Break’ packages for guests who don’t really care where they go

“We’re really excited to have refreshed Mystery Breaks — it’s part of doing our bit to boost local tourism,” said Jeremy O’Brien, Air New Zealand’s general manager of brand and marketing. “Previously these had been mostly purchased by corporate customers, but we’ve developed the packages further to appeal to leisure travelers.”

New Zealand now the most powerful passport in the world

“USA passport holders, for example, were able to travel to the same number of countries as New Zealand (80). Due to the poor handling of Covid-19, not many countries welcome American travellers and their Mobility Score has only recovered by 15 per cent to 92 countries.”