Fifth seed Saina Nehwal, finalist in Paris in 2012, will take on hosts' challenger Sashina Vignes Waran in the first round while two-time World Championship bronze medallist P.V. Sindhu faces a tough opener against Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk Wednesday.
Peter Siddle is likely to share the new ball with the more livelier Mitchell Johnson for Australia as they take on Pakistan in the first Test from Wednesday on a dry Dubai Stadium pitch which will have little to offer for the fast bowlers.
The Sochi Olympic Stadium will need adaption but the 40-strong team of FIFA and Russian organising committee experts had not detected major problems, FIFA inspection committee head Christian Unger told reporters.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) website has put up job advertisements for Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Director and various other office posts, for which, incoming resumes are being continuously scanned.
The West Indian players, who were persuaded to take the field for the fourth ODI against India in Dharamsala on October 17, conveyed their decision to call off the remaining part of the tour to the BCCI.
Indian Super League club Chennaiyin FC have signed the two players after the imminent departures of two other internationals. Eric Djemba Djemba is a former Manchester United player and was last playing for Scottish Premiership club, St Mirren.
In her decision, South African judge Thokozile Masipa has to balance the threat Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius poses to society against his likelihood of rehabilitation and eventual re-introduction to public life.
Amid speculation that BCCI is contemplating legal action to recoup losses estimated at $65 million (approximately Rs 400 crore) for the cancellation of the last ODI, a lone T20 International and three Test matches, the WICB now has to contend with first-choice players at war with their own representative body.
Brendan Rodgers is said to be frustrated that England manager Roy Hodgson went public with Raheem Sterling's complaints about fatigue. But the Liverpool manager is adamant there is no need for him or Sterling to meet up with Hodgson to clear the air.
Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, fell backwards on his head as he took a series of somersaults after scoring the equaliser for his team in a local match in Khawzawl town close to India's eastern border with Myanmar last Tuesday.
Australia are scheduled to tour the West Indies in 2015 and Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards has described Caribbean players' decision to abandon their Indian tour as 'deeply concerning' and was one that needed to be urgently addressed.
Premier League champions Manchester City F.C. go to Russia to face CSKA still looking for their first win in the UEFA Champions League this season. Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain will also be in action on Tuesday.
Pune may be penalised for breach of Indian Super League rules after they put in Colombian Omar Rodriguez in place of India's Mehrajuddin Wadoo in the 61st minute as the third substitution in the match vs Mumbai City.