Supporters neglected as winter tour visits India's far pavilions

The already strained relations between cricket's governing bodies in England (England and Wales Cricket Board) and India (Board of Control for Cricket in India) were further tested yesterday when this winter's tour itinerary to the subcontinent was published.

England unhappy at India tour itinerary

The England and Wales Cricket Board has expressed its unhappiness at the itinerary proposed by India for the teams' meetings later this year.

The doctor from Oldham goes to Bollywood

Dr Mahesh Kumar is something of a local hero as the head of radiology at Pennine Acute Trust, which runs hospitals in Oldham, Rochdale, Bury and north Manchester. But to achieve international fame he has had to try something different – he has become a singing, dancing, murdering gangster.

BA transfer to Terminal 5 off to a flying start

British Airways' transfer of some long-haul flights to Heathrow's Terminal 5 started well today with the first two planes arriving on time.

Hamish McRae: No-frills democracy: cheap flights help the poor

There is a magnificent braggadocio about Ryanair's Michael O'Leary, is there not?

Hamish McRae: China races for growth, India muddles through. But failing to prepare means preparing to win

Bangalore – downturn, what downturn? The world economy really does look different when viewed from the other side. This year it has been China that has attracted the headlines, but the boom and the strains it has created are just as evident in the other Asian giant, India, as a brief visit to the capital of its hi-tech industries makes clear.

New date for BA's Heathrow Terminal 5 flights

British Airways will start transferring its Heathrow long-haul flights to the new Terminal 5 (T5) on 5 June, it was announced today.

Warne the spin doctor brushes off IPL's hiccups

As the pitch crumbled like a digestive biscuit here yesterday, the Indian Premier League desperately needed Shane Warne on the case. In his latest role, the old master might have made a persuasive argument to excuse a wholly unsatisfactory surface which threatened the fingers of several of the world's most illustrious batsmen. When the floodlights failed in Bangalore on Friday, holding up play in a close finish, he would have convinced us that it was part of the show.

Sport on TV: Man with golden helmet heads the rush for cash

In 1969, Apollo XI put man on the moon. In 2008, Brendon McCullum put a cricket ball on it. When the Kolkata Knight Riders emerged on to the Indian Premier League launchpad in Bangalore (Setanta, Friday) in their black and gold-lamé spacesuits, it looked as if the world of cricket had indeed changed, as we had been promised in the long countdown. But we were travelling back in time – to the Seventies. On Planet Bollywood, the stars looked like Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. And the outfits had nothing on West Indies' pink velour numbers in Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket.

McCullum's assault hands IPL dream start

As the revolution exploded into life last night, England seemed intent on hitching a ride at the back. The Indian Premier League had precisely the thunderous innings it craved for its opening, with a remarkable, record-breaking performance issuing forth from the blazing bat of the New Zealander, Brendon McCullum for Kolkata Knight Riders.

Brave new world, or an end to Test cricket as we know it?

This afternoon the Bangalore Royals will take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in an event that threatens to change the face of cricket forever. Stephen Brenkley reports from Bangalore

The greatest show on earth? IPL walks tightrope as circus begins

Huge names, rewards and novelty but doubts remain. By Stephen Brenkley

Warne shows lure of Indian revolution

Shane Warne yesterday retired from county cricket to spend more time with his family. But he will fulfil his contract in the billion-dollar Indian Premier League where he will earn more than £200,000 in six weeks.

Bollywood plays part as franchises sell for £364m

As if to demonstrate the global shift in cricketing power to India, various companies and consortia paid more than $718m (£364m) yesterday to buy the eight franchises of the Indian cricket board's Twenty20 Indian Premier league, which begins in April.

Corridor allows India's threatened elephants to roam in peace

It is not even a mile-and-a-half long and barely quarter-of-a-mile across. And yet this simple strip of land in southern India could help protect the future of up to 1,000 elephants threatened by the encroach of humans.

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