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

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.

With a few sporting events being played in empty stands, how viable is a TV audience in a prolonged lockdown?

With a few sporting events being played in empty stands, how viable is a TV audience in a prolonged lockdown?

The spread of the virus, and the toll of lives it has already claimed, is too substantial to ignore and deal within cavalier fashion.

IPL Trophy

Answer to the IPL lies in a complex deal with Australia

It must have been excruciating for the organisers to defer the tournament, but this also shows how dire the situation is.

Last domino falls: 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics succumbs to coronavirus threat

Last domino falls: 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics succumbs to coronavirus threat

This was the last major sports event to be suspended/postponed/cancelled since the spread of COVID-19.

Life surely more important, sports must take back seat to battle coronavirus

Life surely more important, sports must take back seat to battle coronavirus

Sport in the time of COVID-19 is a no-no. Fear looms large as every country on the planet comes to terms with the coronavirus scourge tha...Read More

Women's World Cup T20 Finals: Skill no bar, inexperience with stress weighed us down

Women's World Cup T20 Finals: Skill no bar, inexperience with stress weighed us down

Home support for Australians, for instance, had a huge role to play in their success. Playing in front of a large crowd, 86000+plus, was ...Read More

India in New Zealand: Old vulnerability against the moving ball resurfaces

India in New Zealand: Old vulnerability against the moving ball resurfaces

India’s 0-2 setback in the Test series against New Zealand was surprising, the margin and manner of defeat even more so. Add the 0-3 whit...Read More

Only Kohli’s finest act will heave team out of deep waters

Only Kohli’s finest act will heave team out of deep waters

Beaten badly in the first Test, India are on the backfoot to salvage the two-Test series against New Zealand. What can be done to reverse...Read More

Packed calendar leads to cricket fatigue among players

Packed calendar leads to cricket fatigue among players

In the course of a routine press conference before the first Test match against New Zealand that begins on Friday, India’s captain Virat ...Read More

Shake off bruising defeat, rise to the Test challenge

Shake off bruising defeat, rise to the Test challenge

India’s campaign in New Zealand, which looked to have taken wing after the strong 5-0 win in the T20 series, came thudding down to earth ...Read More

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