Indian Subcontinent

Malaysian sports officials were dumbfounded after the country lost its bid to host the 2006 Asian Games to Qatar.

Indian internet firm Satyam Infoway has struck a deal to acquire sports portal Kheladi.com for $1.3 million, to be paid mainly through an issue of shares.

A panel of legal experts will decide the future of South African cricketers Herschelle Gibbs, Henry Williams and Pieter Strydom after publication of an interim report on match-fixing next week.

Former South Africa cricket captain Hansie Cronje confessed on Thursday to approaching two team mates about fixing a one-day match against India this year and admitted accepting nearly $100,000 from bookmakers since 1996.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has agreed a three-year extension to its current television contracts with terrestrial broadcaster Channel 4 and pay-TV channel Sky Sports.

The English Cricket Board (ECB) has denied accusations from Jim Cumbes, the Lancashire Cricket Club chief executive, that it is to blame for the lack of ticket sales for the second npower Test match against Pakistan, which starts tomorrow at the club?s Old Trafford ground in Manchester.

Pakistan cricketers, dogged by allegations of corruption, will have an undercover agent assigned to spy on them during home and away tours, according to local media reports.

Sri Lankans applying for British visas to watch the World Cup tournament have to undergo a cricket quiz as part of the screening process, British High Commission officials have said.

Skyspan International has been awarded the largest single order in the company?s history ? the DM 40million roof of the Pusan Dome, South Korea, which will be engineered, fabricated and installed by the German company.

India's cricket team will not take part in the next Commonwealth Games, Suresh Kalmadi, president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), has announced.

India are to introduce a contract system with graded payments for their national cricketers that will fulfil a long-standing demand.

The United Cricket Board (UCB) in South Africa has stated that it will take all necessary measures to stamp out corruption in cricket before it hosts the World Cup in 2003.

India's cricket board has threatened to boycott the World Cup and the ICC Knockout Cup until the Indian government clarifies its policy on playing in "non-regular" venues, a top board official has said.

The International Cricket Council has approved South Africa?s proposals for the format of the 2003 World Cup.

New Zealand has pulled out of an international soccer tournament scheduled for India in January, saying it had had difficulty confirming travel and competition details with organisers.

Delegations from four cities bidding for the 2006 Asian Games will gather in the South Korean city of Pusan this weekend for last-minute lobbying ahead of Sunday's vote to decide the host city for the event.

Shamila Batohi, lead advocate for South Africa's King Commission probing allegations of corruption in cricket, has had what was described as a "fruitful" meeting with India's federal police agents.