Kohli scores double hundred as India takes command in Antigua test

first_imgMOHALI 07/11/2015India’s Captain Virat Kohli (29) hits a shot during third day of first Test match in Freedom series played between India and South Africa at PCA stadium in Mohali on Saturday, November 07 2015. Photo: Akhilesh_Kumar –   –  © THE HINDU, all rights reserved July 23, 2016 COMMENTS cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL MOHALI 07/11/2015India’s Captain Virat Kohli (29) hits a shot during third day of first Test match in Freedom series played between India and South Africa at PCA stadium in Mohali on Saturday, November 07 2015. Photo: Akhilesh_Kumar –   –  © THE HINDU, all rights reserved Published on COMMENT × SHARE Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to post a test double century overseas as the tourists played their way into a virtually unbeatable position on the second day of the first test against West Indies in Antigua on Friday.Kohli scored 200 as India hit 566 for eight declared, sharing a 168-run fifth stand wicket with Ravichandran Ashwin (113), who was dropped on 43 by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and made the West Indies pay by compiling a century.West Indies were 31 for one in their first innings at the close of play with Kraigg Brathwaite (11) and nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo (0) at the crease.Rajendra Chandrika went for 16 in the penultimate over of the day when he got a thick edge to the keeper off paceman Mohammed Shami.The day belonged to Kohli, who completed his double ton just before lunch by pulling a single to deep mid-wicket.He went down on his knees and kissed the turf as retired West Indies great Viv Richards, after whom the venue in North Sound is named, joined in the applause from the stands.Kohli, who struck 24 fours in 283 balls, was out shortly after lunch when he got a thick inside edge on to his stumps off fast bowler Shannon Gabriel (2-65).Leg-spinner Bishoo (3-163) looked dangerous at times but for the most part the home attack posed few problems for the batsmen on a flat track.Ashwin, who registered his third test century, said a more disciplined approach was the key to his success.“I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity,” he said in an on-field interview after being promoted to number six in the order. “I really enjoy my batting and there have been times in the past when I’ve been a little too flashy.“I know if I have to get into the top seven or six I really need to tighten my game so I’ve really worked on it. I’ve never left so many balls (outside off stump) in my life.”India’s total left West Indies looking to occupy the crease for three more days to squeeze a draw in the first of four tests between the teams.“It’s not going to be easy. We’ll have to prise every wicket out,” said Ashwin.last_img read more

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Manchester United vs Liverpool: Adam Lallana Scores Late to Salvage 1-1 Draw for Liverpool

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. adam lallanafootballliverpoolManchester United First Published: October 20, 2019, 11:17 PM IST Manchester: Liverpool failed to record a record-equalling 18th straight Premier League win, but Adam Lallana’s late equaliser saved the European champions from a shock defeat at Manchester United in a 1-1 draw on Sunday.Marcus Rashford’s controversial goal handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggling Red Devils a 1-0 half-time lead, but they could not hold out for a much-needed victory as they left substitute Lallana unmarked at the back post to level with five minutes to play. Liverpool move six points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, but will still feel this was a missed opportunity to inflict more pain on a United side sitting 13th in the Premier League, just two points off the relegation zone.Still unbeaten in the @premierleague, Reds 👊🔴 pic.twitter.com/IN4pvXfvpN— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 20, 2019 The two most successful sides in English football could not have come into the game in more contrasting form.However, United answered Solskjaer’s calls to rise to the occasion.Liverpool were without Mohamed Salah through injury and the Egyptian’s pace and trickery was badly missed.The visitors were able to welcome back goalkeeper Alisson Becker for the first time in two months after a calf injury, but the Brazilian was rarely tested as United were happy to sit back and counter-attack.Solskjaer changed his formation to a 3-5-2 in an attempt to limit Liverpool’s flying full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson and it was largely effective as the hosts restricted the league leaders to precious few chances.Liverpool’s best opening before the break came when Sadio Mane finally found some space to counter-attack, but from his cut-back Roberto Firmino fired too close to David de Gea.United had not scored in their two previous matches prior to the international break, but finally produced a moment of quality going forward to take the lead, even if fortune was also on their side for the goal to stand.Victor Lindelof looked to have upended Divock Origi on halfway, but no foul was given by Martin Atkinson and as United broke forward, Daniel James’s cross perfectly picked out Rashford to prod past Alisson.That NOISE from Old Trafford when we took the lead! 😍#MUFC #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/jtp7oIV8uH— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 20, 2019 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was furious on the touchline even before a VAR review failed to overturn the decision.The visitors’ frustration only grew moments later when Mane outmuscled Lindelof to turn in what he thought was an equaliser, only for VAR to this time rule the goal out for a handball by the Senegalese.Klopp sprinted down the touchline at the half-time whistle, but was unable to change the pattern of the game after the interval as Liverpool continued to dominate possession without creating many chances.Indeed United could have doubled their advantage when Rashford and Fred fired shots just wide of Alisson’s goal on the counter-attack.Lallana had played just 10 minutes in the Premier League this season prior to coming off the bench 20 minutes from time.But he was in the right place at the right time to make a telling contribution in the title race as he tapped home at the back post from Andy Robertson’s cross. United were than camped inside their own box for five minutes of stoppage time.Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain was inches away from a winner as his driven shot flew just wide and United had another VAR review go their way deep into added time when Fred was adjudged to have played the ball with his shoulder rather than an arm inside the area. last_img read more

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WORLD CUP FINALISTS SET TO CARRY SUMMER MOMENTUM INTO THE NEW LALIGA SEASON

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe 2018 World Cup final was unlike almost any other. There were six goals for the first time since 1966 and while champions France logically raced to Paris with the trophy in tow, Croatia were just as warmly welcomed back in Zagreb, having massively exceeded expectations.Atletico Madrid players celebrate the goal against Real Betis in a La Liga fixtureIn total, there were 11 LaLiga players celebrating their summer achievements the following morning, and LaLiga should relish the prospect of these players carrying their positive momentum into the 2018/19 domestic season.Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid): Atleti will be especially happy with the 22-year-old’s performances. Lucas began last season as Los Rojiblancos’ backup centre-back but played so well as a left-back following an injury to Filipe Luis that he was called up to Didier Deschamps’ France squad. In Russia, he picked up two assists, including one in the final, which will have made Diego Simeone gush with pride.Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid): Lucas was included in many fans’ and publications’ ‘XI of the tournament’, but so was his Croatian teammate Vrsaljko. The right-back was influential in both defence and attack for his country, laying on an assist in an ever-present campaign.Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid): Atleti will also be pleased that Griezmann, who has pledged his future to the club, was a key factor in France’s attack. As well as his four goals and an MVP award in the final, he demonstrated the kind of defensive commitment that those at the Wanda Metropolitano love to see.Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid): The Frenchman, who signed for Atleti from Monaco just before the tournament, was named on the bench in the final having previously featured against Denmark in the group stages. With Lemar joining Griezmann and Diego Costa in Simeone’s impressive attacking line, Atleti fans are in for a treat this season.Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona): The Frenchman’s defensive solidity was a real highlight but he also pitched in with a key goal, the only goal of the game in the semi-final vs Belgium. ‘Samu’ signed a new contract this summer, ensuring that Barça can count on his quality as they look to defend their LaLiga Santander title this season.Ousmane Dembele (FC Barcelona): While not a starter in Russia, 21-year-old Dembele made an impact for the champions from the bench and his World Cup experience should help him further develop as he looks to breakout at the Camp Nou this season.Ivan Rakitic (FC Barcelona):  One of Zlatko Dalić’s team’s most influential players. The 30-year-old showed last season that he can play in a variety of positions and further demonstrated his versatility in Russia, which will delight Barça coach Ernesto Valverde as he looks to consolidate his midfield following the departures of Andres Iniesta and Paulinho.Luka Modric (Real Madrid): The standout performer of the tournament and winner of the Golden Ball for the best player at Russia 2018.  There is talk of him winning the 2018 Ballon d’Or and a strong start to the 2018/19 LaLiga campaign for Real Madrid will strengthen his case.Mateo Kovačić (Real Madrid): Modric’s teammate for club and country was an important part of Croatia’s run to the final, playing in the first five matches and helping his team to close out their victories. The 24-year-old is going into his fourth season as a Real Madrid player and will be keen to impress new coach Julen Lopetegui.Raphael Varane (Real Madrid): Real Madrid’s representative on the winning France team added the World Cup to his honours list, which already includes four Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, two LaLiga titles, two Spanish Super Cups and a Copa del Rey… and he’s still only 25! Already one of the most decorated players in world football, he could finish his career with more medals than anyone in history, the prospect of which should see him attack the start of the 2018/19 LaLiga season with the same hunger as always.Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla FC): The sole Sevilla player to get his hands on the World Cup after coming on in the second half of the final to help Les Bleus close out the match and to stave off the Croatian fightback. He’ll return with sky-high confidence as Sevilla look to improve on their seventh-place finish last season in Pablo Machin’s first season at the helm.last_img read more

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Cricket : Smriti Mandhana equals fastest Women’s T-20 half century record

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementIndian batswoman Smriti Mandhana equals the record for the fastest T20 half-century in Women’s T20 cricket during a Kia Super League encounter between Western Storm and Loughborough Lightning.New Zealand’s Sophie Devine holds the record of a half-century off 18 balls, set against India during a T20 International in 2015, which has been equalled by Smriti. The Indian blasted a 19 ball 52 overall.Her team beat the league leader by 18 runs in a curtailed six over-a-side match on Saturday night. Western Storm posted 85 for two in six overs as Mandhana blasted four sixes and five fours during her 19-ball knock.She started with a sixer and then hit Devine over long-on for another maximum in the next over and then drove Jenny Gunn to the long-off boundary, followed by an exuberant drive through covers at the expense of Kirstie Gordon. Mandhana hit another big six off Georgia Elwiss over long-on and her fourth maximum off Lynsey Smith took Mandhana equal with the fastest half-century record. Also Read :Cricket: MS Dhoni doing stunts on a bicycle goes viral on the internetCricket: Little Master praises Virat Kohli’s work ethics ahead of the 1st testlast_img read more

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TOBACCO 2 LAST

first_imgThe health ministry told Rajasthan High Court there wereThe health ministry told Rajasthan High Court there were practical difficulties in immediately implementing the rules since distributors, retailers, importers and the manufacturers of cigarettes and other tobacco products require time to clear the stocks bearing the old health warnings and introduce the packaging with new health warnings.The High Court, which is hearing a petition in this regard, had on July 3, 2015, directed health ministry to enforce the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Rules, 2014, with immediate effect.The ministry told the court it has taken the necessary steps to ensure implementation of the new warnings by distributing CDs of the images as specified in the rules among the manufacturers of tobacco products who had applied for the same online and/or through letters and/or in person.The images of specified health warnings were uploaded on the official website of the health ministry and a public notice was also issued on February 19, 2016, in all leading national and regional newspapers to facilitate enforcement of the new specified health warnings from April 1.”It is further submitted that observations/recommendations of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation, 16th Lok Sabha, as contained in its eleventh report submitted to Lok Sabha on March 15, 2016, are under examination of the Legislative Authority in the Ministry,” it further said.Incidentally, India is ranked 136 out of 198 countries according to the international status report on Cigarette Package Health Warnings, 2014.Nepal has stipulated packaging with 90 per cent space devoted to pictorial warnings, Thailand and Pakistan 85 pc, Sri Lanka 80 pc and, most recently, Myanmar 75 pc. PTI SKC TDS KKMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho provisionally suspended for anti-doping violation

first_imgLiverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been provisionally suspended for 30 days after failing an anti-doping test, European soccer’s governing body UEFA said on Thursday.The 26-year-old France international failed a dope test following his side’s Europa League round of 16, second leg tie against Manchester United last month, a statement said.”(Sakho) did not request the analysis of the B sample. UEFA has now suspended the player provisionally for 30 days until a final decision is taken by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body,” UEFA said.France’s RMC radio reported this week that Sakho’s failed test followed the use of a fat-burning drug.He was withdrawn from Liverpool’s squad for last weekend’s Premier League match against Newcastle United after the club said it had received a formal communication from UEFA.last_img read more

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Shia LaBeouf to play John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe

first_imgLos Angeles, May 15 (PTI) Actor Shia LaBeouf has been signed on to play tennis bad boy John McEnroe in “Borg/McEnroe”, an upcoming biopic about one of the greatest sports rivalries of all time.Swedish star Sverrir Gudnason is set to play McEnroes nemesis Bjorn Borg with Stellan Skarsgard on board as Borgs coach, said The Hollywood Reporter.”Borg/McEnroe” will trace the long-running battle for supremacy in the tennis world in the 1970s and 1980s between McEnroe and Swedish star Bjorn Borg.Danish director Janus Metz, whose war documentary “Armadillo” won the grand prize at Cannes Critics Week in 2010, will direct.The cool, emotionless Borg and the wild, tantrum-throwing McEnroe faced each other 14 times on the professional tennis tour between 1978 and 1981, each winning seven of their matches.Their two Wimbledon finals, in 1980 and 1981, are considered among the greatest ever in the sport.LaBeouf and Gudnason turned up in Cannes to promote the project. LaBeouf is also in town for Andrea Arnolds American Honey, which premieres in Cannes competition on Sunday.Shooting on “Borg/McEnroe” is set to begin this fall in Sweden, London, Monaco and New York for a planned 2017 delivery. Ronnie Sandahl (Underdog) will pen the script. PTI PSH PSHlast_img read more

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Pakistan’s Aaqib Javed refuses to be Bangladesh bowling coach

first_imgFormer Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed on Monday rejected Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) proposal to take up the position of the national team’s bowling coach.Javed has informed the BCB of his decision via email, reports bdnews24.com.BCB’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan has confirmed it and said they will now take steps as per their backup plan.”Aaqib has informed us that he is not going to come. We are not too worried about it. He was not our only option. We also have plans B, C, etc. We will now hold talks with the others,” Akram said.Akram, however, did not name any favourite among the other choices.”The truth is that the job becomes difficult for both sides if we name (a favourite). You will know as soon as we finalise something.”Former Zimbabwe all-rounder Heath Streak, who had held the post since May 2014, communicated that he was not extending his contract with the BCB via email towards the end of last month.Akram had earlier said they had set their sights on four bowlers – Sri Lanka’s Champaka Ramanayake and Chaminda Vaas, Javed and India’s Venkatesh Prasad.On Sunday, BCB President Nazmul Hassan said they sent a proposal to the 43-year-old Pakistani, who ended a successful term at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in April.last_img read more

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Sports Wrap: Zlatan faces Irish test, Indian athletes smash 18-year-old record and more

first_imgEuro 2016: Under-pressure Ibrahimovic ready for Irish challenge Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be under pressure to deliver when Sweden take on Ireland later tonight in their Euro 2016 opener. Euro 2016: Eden Hazard warns opponents about perfect partner Kevin De Bruyne  Eden Hazard was all praise for his Belgium team-mate Kevin De Bruyne ahead of Belgium’s clash against Italy in their Euro 2016 opener. Indian men’s relay team on course for Rio after breaking 18-year-old national record  The Indian men’s 4x400m relay team created a new national record, clocking 3:02.17 seconds at the International Sprint and Relay Teams Cup in Erzurum on Sunday. Steve Smith expects David Warner to be fit for Sri Lanka Tests  Australian vice-captain Warner suffered a finger fracture while fielding during Saturday’s victory over South Africa in St Kitts and has been ruled out of the remainder of the tri-series. F1: Sebastian Vettel refuses to blame Ferrari for win that got away  Ferrari believed a one-stop race would not be possible, so Vettel pitted early on a two-stop strategy, a move that backfired.last_img read more

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LEECO 4 LAST

first_imgAbout LeEco:About LeEco:LeEco, formerly known as Letv, is a global pioneering internet and technology company with multiple internet ecosystems across content, devices, applications and platforms. Founded in November 2004 by Jia Yueting and Liu Hong, LeEco employs more than 10,000 people and is the worlds first video company to go public with a market capitalization of more than $12 billion USD. Headquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.With “Complete Ecosystem, groundbreaking technologies, and disruptive Pricing” as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in a myriad of businesses, spanning from Internet-based Super TV and Superphones, video production and distribution, smart devices/accessories and large-screen applications to e-commerce and even connected super-electric cars. The company also features one of the worlds largest content libraries, comprising of movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be conveniently viewed on LeEco products, including the Superphones, Super TVs, and in the near future, Le Autos. Breaking the barriers of industries, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices.Media Contact : Aaron Samuel Rajendran, aaronsamuel@le.com, +9686100143, LeEco, India Source: Le Ecosystem Technology India Pvt. Ltd. PRNewswire PSlast_img read more

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(REOPENS DEL 47)

first_imgAs per the draft, the Indian Super League (ISL) will form the top tier of competition without the provision for relegation; the I-League and its lower division will become the second and third divisions, with relegation and promotion only taking place between these two tiers of competition. The statement further said, “The lack of response from the AIFF is telling, and makes it clear that the fate of the worlds most popular sport in the worlds second most populous nation would be decided unilaterally. “We therefore have no option but to believe that the AIFF will enforce the May 17 proposal, which would promote the ISL to the nations premier tournament with a pay to play franchisee model with no promotion or relegation. Furthermore, it guarantees the winner of the ISL representation at the AFC level, with the other available spot going to the winner of a tournament that again is heavily skewed in favour of ISL franchisees. “This effectively removes any incentive for a club team to participate in the restructured I-League, given that monetary incentives were never a contributing factor. “The lack of the latter was ensured by the AIFF who unfairly sold the rights to the I-League without consulting all its stakeholders. Remarkably, while demanding professionalism and fiscal responsibility from I-League clubs without itself reflecting the same, the AIFF has still not settled dues to I-League clubs dating as far back as 2008.” PTI AH CM CMlast_img read more

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TECHNOLOGY 4 LAST

first_imgHeadquartered in Beijing, China, it has regionalHeadquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. With disruptive innovation as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in myriad businesses, spanning Internet TV, video production and distribution, smart gadgets and large-screen applications to e-commerce, eco-agriculture and connected super-electric cars.The company also has one of the worlds largest content libraries which includes movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be viewed on LeEco devices like Superphones and Super TVs. Breaking the barriers of innovation, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices. Media Contact: Aaron Samuel Rajendran aaronsamuel@le.com +91-9686100143 LeEco, India Source: Le Ecosystem Technology India Pvt. Ltd. PRN TLS TLSlast_img read more

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Dipa Karmakar to be felicitated in Tripura on Aug 22

first_imgAgartala, Aug 20 (PTI) Gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who missed the medal in the Rio Olympics by a whisker, would be felicitated by the Tripura government on August 22. “Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Youth and Sports Affairs minister Sahid Choudhuri would felicitate Dipa Karmakar and her coach Bishweshwar Nandi on August 22 at Swami Vivekananda Maidan here,” Director of Youth and Sports Affairs Dulal Das said. In the felicitation programme, another famed gymnast of the state and Arjun awardee, Mantu Debnath and other sports personalities of the state would be present. PTI JOY CR BS AH PDlast_img read more

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Caught on camera: US women’s football goalkeeper Hope Solo in angry rant

first_imgUS women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo’s contract has been cancelled by the country’s Soccer Federation after her comments against the Swedish women’s team during the OlympicsThe Washington born goalkeeper has been playing at the top level for more than 15 years now and is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. But, she showed some grave unprofessionalism after USA’s match against Sweden during the Olympics. As the ladies from USA were looking for their third Olympic Gold, they were beaten by the resolute women from Sweden on penalties 4-3 after a 1-1 draw in normal time in their quarterfinal match. A frustrated and  irritated Solo who was heckled by the locals for her Zika comments before the Games, called the Swedes ‘a bunch of cowards.’ Her comments forced the US governing body to suspend her for six months but after further consideration her contract has been terminated and that led to the goalkeeper’s distraught reaction. (Also read: US goalkeeper Hope Solo hit with six-month ban over ‘cowards’ comments at Olympics)Solo was clearly distraught after she her contract following an earlier suspension that was to last six months. The 35-year-old ran to meet her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens.Solo, who has two Olympic Gold medals and was part of the US team that won the World Cup, could not believe her luck and vented out her frustration even as the camera recorded her every move.”Six month suspension no pay, terminated contract effective immediately.” She went on to say in the video, “17 f—— years and it’s over,” she said.advertisementThe short video clip is part of a documentary titled “Keeping Score”, which Solo is shooting with other US players.Earlier, Solo grabbed eyeballs on social media after she denied to travel to Brazil for the Olympics citing fears regarding the dreaded Zika virus. But she changed her mind in May and decided to go on with the team but this time she posted pictures of different medicines and lotions that protect one from Zika. She also urged others to get their own if they travel to Brazil and this led to an outbreak and people trolling the keeper on social media and that reflected on field too when every touch of her in Brazil was booed by the Brazilians. She decided to ignore them and concentrate on her performance saying that she chooses not  to listen to them.Not sharing this!!! Get your own! #zikaproof #RoadToRio pic.twitter.com/y3d8hnuEjk Hope Solo (@hopesolo) July 22, 2016However, Solo’s illustrious 17 year-old career struck an all-time low when the US Soccer Federation terminated the two time Olympic Gold medallist and World Cup winner’s contract for unacceptable behaviour, confirmed Sunil Gulati, the US Soccer President.Solo had earlier tweeted to express her disappointment after her contract was terminated.pic.twitter.com/z4lCvGnQDq Hope Solo (@hopesolo) August 25, 2016Earlier today, Solo tweeted to say that she was resigning from the Seattle Reign to pave the way for the young and talented Haley Kopmeyer.pic.twitter.com/ogdYGQzniK Hope Solo (@hopesolo) August 30, 2016last_img read more

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Exclusive: ICC CEO Dave Richardson exposes BCCI’s last bid to resist SC ordered reforms

first_imgImagine a cricket World Cup without two time former champions and the game’s biggest player India. That impossible scenario could very well become possible. In a bizarre turn of events, International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson has told India Today that the BCCI has requested for a letter against government interference and even threatening the Indian Board of suspension. (Lodha Panel sets December 15 deadline for BCCI to form Apex Council) While BCCI has denied asking for such a letter, critics are seeing this as a move to put pressure on the Indian authorities. (New deadlines, new delays, new setbacks for BCCI) On Saturday, BCCI president Anurag Thakur attacked the ICC on various issues and accused the world body of attempting to sideline the Indian Cricket Board. Now, ICC CEO Dave Richardson may just have revealed the reason why. If BCCI did make such a request, which the ICC turned down, then this would be seen as the Indian board’s last bid to resist the Supreme Court ordered reforms. Here are the excerpts of David Richardson’s exclusive interview with India Today’s consulting editor Boria Majumdar. Q: Is there any truth to the fact that the BCCI asked the ICC for a letter stating that the ICC will disaffiliate the BCCI if there is government interference?David Richardson, ICC CEO: “The President of the BCCI Mr Anurag Thakur did verbally request ICC Chairman to write a letter to the BCCI asking the BCCI to explain whether the recommendations of Lodha committee might constitute government interference. Mr. Manohar said that the ICC should not write such a letter unless the BCCI first writes to ICC requesting ICC to intervene, or that the ICC receives a letter from another of its members requesting it to do so, and no such letter has been received. I understand Mr. Manohar is reluctant to interfere in domestic affairs of a member country. He will not do so without being formally requested to do so by that member concerned, nor is he prepared to put ICC in a position where the ICC can be perceived as challenging the authority of the Supreme Court of India, without being formally requested to intervene and specially without the full consensus of the ICC board. Don’t forget that under the consequences of government interference it is possible for the suspension of the member board and nobody wants the BCCI to be suspended.” (ICC forced to withdraw two-tier Test proposal) Q: David now that you have revealed that the letter was mentioned and that the ICC did not give it at that point of time, if there is a written plea from the BCCI stating what is happening in India and that constitutes government interference or any outside interference, will you or the chairman or the ICC board issue such a letter?advertisementDavid Richardson, ICC CEO: “It is difficult to speculate you know, we don’t even know what specifically the BCCI will say in the letter. So I think you have to take these things step by step. If a letter is received then it has to be considered, it’s implications need to be considered because the implications could be serious and it needs to be considered by the ICC board in its entirety and then they can describe what needs to be done and whether any kind of letter needs to be written or what action needs to be taken.” (Two-tier Test scheme should have been shot down early: Anurag Thakur) Q: The BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke in a newspaper interview has categorically denied asking the ICC to issue such a letter. It is becoming one’s word against another. It is David Richardson & Shashank Manohar’s word against perhaps Anurag Thakur & Ajay Shirke and it is not warranted. It is becoming ICC vs BCCI in that sense. Can you tell me on record if there were any witnesses when as you say the BCCI President requested for such a letter?David Richardson, ICC CEO: “Yes the other board members were present when BCCI made that request. Mr. Thakur has, as far as I can see, actually criticised the ICC for not sending that letter.” Earlier in a newspaper interview BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke denied making any such request to the ICC, saying that the BCCI has not requested any such letter. Ajay Shirke told Indian Express, “No, no, we have never asked for any such letter. Im not aware of the exact circumstances in which the entire board was suspended. What level of interferences, what kind of interferences – if they (ICC) are really such a fair and transparent organisation, (I want to know) whether they really have any definition about what constitutes government interferences? In absence of that, theres every room for a very subjective interpretation. What’s the degree of government interference and what kind of interferences – I’m not aware of that. The Lodha Committee has recommended the appointment of a watchdog – the CAG – at the BCCI and every state association. I’m not personally apprehensive. But we are a member of the ICC and theres no clarity regarding what tantamount to government interference. But the BCCI hasn’t asked for any letter or sent any in this regard.” The BCCI vs ICC tussle has left former World Cup winner and Lok Sabha member Kirti Azad fuming. Azad told India Today, “BCCI wants ICC to interfere but they will not write a letter as they know if they write a letter it will be contempt of court. Look at the audacity of these people where they say that Chief Justice TS Thakur should recuse himself of the review petition. As I have been saying, the BCCI considers itself above the law of the land. BCCI is a united in corruption alliance, so many people who lose elections come back in to important positions. Now they want to blackmail the ICC as India is one of the biggest contributors to the ICC fund. BCCI is trying to get the best of both worlds without compromising on their own position. BCCI is absolutely desperate. They are trying to use all muscle power and money power to get what they want.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Haryana forms committee for sports quota appointments

first_imgChandigarh, Oct 18 (PTI) Haryana Government today constituted a four-member sub-committee for sports quota appointments in the state. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today, an official spokesman said. The cabinet decided “to constitute a sub-committee to look into all aspects of giving employment to outstanding sportspersons under sports quota in the State”. The spokesman said the decision to constitute the sub-committee was taken to prevent any discrimination with the outstanding sportspersons and check delays. State Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij will be the chairman of the sub-committee while the other members included Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Om Prakash Dhankar, Additional Chief Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs KK Khandelwal and Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Ram Niwas. PTI AKA CMlast_img read more

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NBA to start elite training academy in NCR

first_imgMumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) The National Basketball Association (NBA) has planned to launch NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training centre in the National Capital Region (NCR), next April for the top men and women prospects from across the country. The academy, the first of its kind in the country and NBAs fifth elite training centre globally, will be fully funded by it, NBA announced at a media conference here today.”The NBA remains committed to growing the game in India, and the launch of NBA Academy India marks our most significant investment in basketball development in the market,” said NBA Vice President, International Basketball Operations, Brooks Meek. “This academy will provide the top male and female prospects in India with world-class coaching and training, as well as academic support and an emphasis on life skills,” he added. NBA would conduct a national scouting programme beginning later this month to identify the inaugural pool of 24 elite prospects who will receive scholarships and training at NBA Academy India. The 24 prospects would be selected by next February.”NBA Academy India will help us identify and develop elite homegrown prospects and shape the next generation of national players,” said NBA India MD, Yannick Colaco. “Youth basketball players in India have had relatable figures to look up to in Sim Bhullar and Satnam Singh, and now NBA Academy India will give them a platform to prepare for the opportunity to develop into a professional-level prospect,” he added. The announcement of NBAs Indian academy follows the launch of academies in Hangzhou, Jinan and Urumqi, China in October 2016 and the planned launch of NBA Global Academy, the NBAs elite training centre, at Basketball Australias Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport. PTI SSR NRB SSC SSC BASadvertisementlast_img read more

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It wasn’t my day, says PV Sindhu after losing Hong Kong final

first_imgIndia’s top-ranked women’s shuttler P.V. Sindhu was pleased with her performance at the Hong Kong Open despite losing in the final and insisted it was just not her day.Sindhu lost to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 15-21, 17-21 in the final in Hong Kong on Sunday.”It was a good game overall. It was her day. I played well but she played well at the net, she didn’t make any mistakes. There were good rallies. I’m happy with my performance. It’s okay, I’ll go back and train hard. A bit upset, but overall it went well. I congratulate her for the win,” Sindhu said after the match.”I’ve played her many times. She’s a tricky player, has good strokes and deception. I was prepared for everything. But then one has to win and one has to lose. I was confident because of that. I played the final here. It was anybody’s game. It was her day, she played well.” (Heartbreak for PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma as they lose in Hong Kong Open final)Men’s World No.43 Sameer Verma also finished runners-up but said his maiden final appearance boosted his confidence. He will now target a place in the top 10.Verma, in his maiden Superseries final, lost to local Ng Ka Long Angus 14-21, 21-10, 11-21 in a 50-minute battle.”I am happy to reach final, didn’t expect to. While playing him, in second game I was ready to move him around the court. I got a bit tired in the third game after 11 points. Before the final, I was a bit nervous,” he said. (Hong Kong Open: PV Sindhu enters semi-finals, Saina Nehwal crashes out)advertisement”I felt a bit of pressure today, but now now I’m confident of making the top 10. I felt tensed because it’s my first final. I talked to (brother) Saurabh yesterday.””I won the national title in April. I was very confident then of playing at top level. After nationals I got a shoulder injury and had to take a break of 2-3 months. It was a shoulder muscle tear. The shoulder injury affected me. After my comeback I played Thailand and Chinese Taipei,” he added.last_img read more

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