Ayaz Memon

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Ayaz Memon is a senior journalist who has been writing on the sport for over 40 years.

Stories By Ayaz Memon

KKR and Morgan will have to walk on a tightrope for the rest of IPL 2020: Ayaz Memon

KKR and Morgan will have to walk on a tightrope for the rest of IPL 2020: Ayaz Memon

New captain has to rethink strategies and rework the chemistry. In the frenetic environs of the IPL, this can be a very tough task

Youngistan, force to reckon with

Youngistan, force to reckon with

The public and expert focus may have been loaded towards superstars Virat Kohli, M S Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, as is inevitable, but the fl...Read More

Ayaz Memon: IPL pulling off a super show is no mean achievement

Ayaz Memon: IPL pulling off a super show is no mean achievement

Messing up the cash-rich league with impetuosity would have been a travesty

The fault in our stars: Can't fall afoul of the rule book

The fault in our stars: Can't fall afoul of the rule book

Rules about on-court abuse are clear. This includes hitting balls and racquets in anger, physical and verbal abuse. The punishments are a...Read More

James Anderson becomes first bowler to take 600 wickets: Talent and longevity must be considered concurrently, writes Ayaz Memon

James Anderson becomes first bowler to take 600 wickets: Talent and longevity must be considered concurrently, writes Ayaz Memon

There is clearly no skew towards pace or spin where taking wickets in Tests is concerned, though fast bowlers, because of the stress on b...Read More

Doping strikes at heart of fair play 

Doping strikes at heart of fair play 

 Dope-taking athletes enjoy an unfair advantage, which must be countered  

Chris Woakes (C) and England's Stuart Broad react after winning the third Test cricket match between England and the West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England

A near-perfect Test series and monumental win for England

All credit to England for turning the tables on the West Indies. It’s never easy to recover from a first Test defeat and win a three-matc...Read More

England-West Indies put on a safe and spectacular show, writes Ayaz Memon

England-West Indies put on a safe and spectacular show, writes Ayaz Memon

Unmissable, marvellous on-field action between England and West Indies in the first Test. What was more pertinent: there wasn't a single ...Read More

Star-crossed episodes confront England tours of West Indies and Pakistan

Star-crossed episodes confront England tours of West Indies and Pakistan

It is foolhardy to underestimate the threat of the coronavirus, as ensured by the ill-fated Adria Tour, three West Indies players pulling...Read More

World Number 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic

Latest coronavirus update: How COVID-19 has created a sense of gloom in the world of sports

Novak Djokovic’s charity event was reduced into a disaster with four players, including Djokovic testing positive. Elsewhere, the Pakista...Read More

T20 World Cup and IPL are at the mercy of COVID-19 and cricket politics

T20 World Cup and IPL are at the mercy of COVID-19 and cricket politics

The calendar has been messed up because of the coronavirus. The league and the T20 WC seem to be looking at the same window this October,...Read More

Indian sportspersons hold back opinion on racism

Indian sportspersons hold back opinion on racism

Silence betrays support for the other side. Barring Irfan Pathan and Jwala Gutta, other sportspersons in India have been unwilling or afr...Read More

Rahul Dravid, former India captain and current head of the National Cricket Academy,

Doubts about the right time to commence playing

Rahul Dravid raised a very pertinent question mark on the feasibility of a bio-secure environment in restarting sport at the highest level.

Sport fans want action, never mind empty stands

Sport fans want action, never mind empty stands

A recent survey asking my Twitter followers' reaction to sport being played without spectators in the stadium revealed that 58% 'Just wan...Read More

Leander Paes’ gritty sports career is a metaphor of life itself

Leander Paes’ gritty sports career is a metaphor of life itself

With sundry Grand Slam and ATP titles and an Olympic medal, why would Paes want to take any risk? But he did, and from 2003 has won more ...Read More

An update in the rankings system, puts India at No. 3, with the top spots taken by the down under - Australia and New Zealand

ICC Test rankings: Incentive for Virat Kohli and Co step up game against Aussies this winter

An update in the ICC’s Test rankings system puts India at No. 3, with the top spots taken by the down under - Australia and New Zealand. ...Read More

1985 Indian cricket team that won Down Under will give Virat Kohli & Co a run for its money in a ODI series

1985 Indian cricket team that won Down Under will give Virat Kohli & Co a run for its money in a ODI series

Shastri himself played a major role in that wonderful victory, as opening batsman and slow left-arm bowler, and was crowned ‘Champion of ...Read More

Sportspersons' online bustle brings them up close and personal to fans

Sportspersons' online bustle brings them up close and personal to fans

Interactions between sportspersons go beyond the perfunctory greetings on social media platforms, given that they are not zooming across ...Read More

Solution that meets universal approval needs to be found, says Ayaz Memon

'Solution that meets universal approval needs to be found': Cricket writer Ayaz Memon says as 'unwanted changes are made to cricket tournaments'

The attention of the cricket world in recent weeks has been focused on whether the IPL can be played this year or not. And if so, will it...Read More

Diamonds under stress: Why it's wrong for Clarke to condemn Australian team for losing to India in 2018-19

Diamonds under stress: Why it's wrong for Clarke to condemn Australian team for losing to India in 2018-19

Technology has become the biggest ally for people in this lockdown, and not restricted to just the sports world.

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