Magnificent performances by Buttler, Rashid and Wood propel England to a 13 run victory over New Zealand
(Cricket news) It was the final warm-up game for England and New Zealand before the T20 World Cup is well and truly underway and Jos Buttler’s exceptional innings of 73 runs off 51 deliveries led England to a total of 163-6 with cameos from Jonny Bairstow (30 runs off 21) and Sam Billings (27 runs off 17).
Both Adil Rashid (3-18) and Mark Wood (4-21) took two wickets in an over while an economical four over spell by Tymal Mills (0-23) helped reduce New Zealand from 66-1 to 103-9. New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi (25 runs off 16) and Todd Astle (16 runs off 13) brought the Kiwi’s closer to England’s total of 163 but with 15 runs needed from Chris Woakes’ final over, New Zealand were ultimately reduced to 150 runs.
Dawid Malan (11 runs off 15) and Eoin Morgan (10 runs off 11) are struggling for form ahead of England’s match against West Indies. Morgan particularly has been poor at the Indian Premier League as well, averaging only 11 runs while Malan’s tendency to take time to acclimatize to conditions might prove detrimental to England’s ambitions, particularly on UAE pitches which are notoriously slow and quick runs are instrumental during the powerplay.
The Black Caps scored 81-2 inside nine overs as Livingstone opened the bowling for England for 14 runs with Martin Guptill scoring a few sixes. The turning point of the match was when Billings’ run out of Devon Conway (20 runs off 23) led to a collapse of seven wickets, three of them at the score of 87 runs.
Adil Rashid, who had earlier taken the wicket of Guptill struck twice in the 11th over when Mark Chapman (1) was caught at the slip and bowled Mitchell Santner (0). Mark Wood was responsible for the wicket of Tim Seifert in the third over and led to the collapse of the middle and lower order, taking the wickets of Kyle Jamieson and Southee one after another in the 15th over but could not complete a hat-trick.
England will next face West Indies on Saturday, 23rd October at 7:30 pm while New Zealand will face Pakistan on Tuesday, 26th October at 7:30 pm.
Premier League clubs vote to impose temporary ban on owner linked sponsorship deals
(Football news) A temporary ban has come into effect, voted by 18 Premier League clubs as concerns grow over commercial and sponsorship deals linked with businesses that have links with the clubs owners. An emergency meeting was held by Premier League clubs after Newcastle United’s takeover by Saudi backed Public Investment Fund (PIF) was approved as concerns were raised that the new owners could sign lucrative deals with state-owned companies.
A similar situation occurred when Sheikh Mansour purchased Manchester City in September 2008 and signed lucrative partnerships with Etihad Airways to rename the Manchester City stadium ‘Etihad Stadium’, thereby circumnavigating the Financial Fair Play regulations as the deal was shown as a revenue for the club. Sheikh Mansour is the deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Etihad Airways is owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, a classic example of a new owner signing a commercial/sponsorship deal with a state-owned company. Other notable clubs in the Premier League that have signed similar agreements is Leicester’s deal to rename their home venue to King Power Stadium and Everton’s sponsorship of USM Finch Farm.
Ironically, Newcastle United voted against the temporary ban while Manchester City abstained after their lawyers advised that the vote was unlawful. According to the Premier League’s financial fair play regulations, clubs can make a maximum losses of £105m over a rolling three-year period. Commercial deals with links to the owner would allow clubs to spend more than their approved limit, thereby getting an unfair competitive advantage in the league.
While the temporary freeze is in place, talks are being held for a permanent rule change with one Premier League executive saying “"If we didn't have the ban, there would have been nothing to stop Newcastle signing, say a £100m naming rights deal for their stadium with a Saudi company linked to their owners. They could then have used that money to buy players in January and get around our financial fair play rules.”
All deals that involve a “related party investment” are subject to a market value test to ensure that the value of the deal is not artificially inflated, which would be in breach of the Premier League rules. In the next shareholder’s meeting in November, the working party will get back to the 20 Premier League clubs to discuss the matter further with an aim to make financial regulations more watertight and become a permanent addition in the Premier League rules.
Team India CS:GO and Tekken7 star Hitesh Khorwal secure berth at 13th Esports World Championship Global Finals
New Delhi, (Esports news): India’s five-member Team CS:GO and Tekken 7 athlete Hitesh Khorwal put up a spectacular show at the Regional Qualifiers and confirmed their places in the Finals of the 13th Esports World Championship.
With positive results in the Regional Qualifiers, which were played online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Team India CS:GO and Hitesh have now joined Hemanth Kommu, who has already entered Finals in PES 2021 event last month.
Team India CS:GO, comprising skipper Ritesh Sarda, Shuvajyoti Chakraborty, Anshul Adardkar, Hrishikesh Shenoy and Harsh Jain, were on top throughout the event. Their out of the box strategies and unmatched skills left the opponent in a maze as they remained unbeaten in their respective group.
“We are really happy that we made it out of a really competitive South Asian qualifier for the tournament. It’s an honour to be part of Team India at a global level and represent India at the prestigious Esports Championship. It’s a dream come true for all of us and full credit for this feat goes to all my team members. A special note of thanks to ESFI for helping our team get the passports in time; the whole process from the qualifiers to travel formalities have been such a smooth experience; we look forward to getting a medal and make India proud,” Team India CS:GO captain Ritesh expressed his excitement ahead of the World Championships Finals.
“Representing one’s country is not what everyone gets to do that quite often, It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. We are all honoured that we have been placed an opportunity to do the same and prove to the world along with the Indian audience that through sheer strength and determination, we are capable of accomplishing what other countries have done in Esports” Ritesh added while expressing his thoughts on getting the opportunity to represent India in the world finals.
On the other hand, Hitesh aka rcool, who hails from Delhi, faced stern tests from his opponents as he ended his campaign at the third position. However, the Indian still progressed into the Finals after the first-placed Pakistani athlete “Arslan” pulled out from the Championship following the Regional Qualifiers stage.
“This moment gives me a sense of accomplishment and honour that my diligence and commitment finally paid off. NESC was an apex event of Tekken since it showcased all the titans and goliaths of India so there was a little sense of uncertainty but I had ample confidence in hard work and dexterity. NESC as I envisioned, was a tough grind and winning it was a momentous achievement for me. Regional Qualifiers which followed after the NESC also was a huge test of ability as all of my competitors were masters of their trade. It was a great opportunity to test my expertise and overall, it was an exhilarating and revitalizing experience.” said Hitesh aka rcool
“The Finals will be a portentous evaluation of my skill but I have a firm belief in my zeal and hard work. It is a challenge which was awaited by me and I feel more than ready to take it” he added when asked about the finals in Israel.
In the Regional Qualifiers India were put in the South Asian region alongside Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Maldives and Sri Lanka. The Finals of the prestigious tournament will be held offline in Eilat, Israel from November 14 to 19.
NZ coach Stead says Williamson is fine; plays down hamstring 'twinge' ahead of T20WC opener
Dubai, Oct 13 (Cricket news) New Zealand head coach Gary Stead is confident that captain Kane Williamson, who hurt his hamstring during the IPL last week, will be fit in time for the team's opening T20 World Cup fixture against Pakistan on October 26.
Williamson was left out of Sunrisers Hyderabad's playing XI for their final match of the Indian Premier League, but Stead played down concerns around the chances of the injury hurting Williamson's participation in the marquee event.
"Kane's fine," Stead told New Zealand Cricket.
"He's just had a very, very slight hamstring twinge, but he's getting through everything at the moment, he's feeling good.
"They (Sunrisers Hyderabad) were out of the competition as well, so I'm not sure if that was something he had to play in." Williamson joined the New Zealand camp here from the IPL. Other members joining the national squad straight from the IPL included James Neesham and Adam Milne from Mumbai Indians alongside bowling coach Shane Bond.
With two weeks to go before New Zealand play their first match of the tournament, Stead is using the lead-up to the match to get his squad accustomed to the heat of the United Arab Emirates.
"Today we've probably trained in the hottest part of the day. Two o'clock we start and it's somewhere between 35 and 38 degrees probably. You can feel you burn pretty quick. We've just got to keep the fluids up.
"A little bit of shock therapy and getting get people back into the hot weather and working hard," Stead said.
"...making sure we manage guys in the next wee-while and be clear around our training and what we're trying to achieve. We're certainly not doing it to try and cook people."
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T20 WC: Former fast-bowling star Bond working specifically with New Zealand spinners
Dubai, Oct 13 (Cricket news) It may sound a bit unusual but former New Zealand fast-bowling star Shane Bond has been hired by his country's cricket board to "work specifically" with the national team's spinners ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Bond, with the squad as the 'fourth coach', is assisting bowling coach Shane Jurgensen while also working with the team's spinners.
"He's working specifically with the spin bowlers in the tournament for us as well. So, he's been great and it provides another set of hands for Shane (Jurgensen) when you look at a large number in squad are bowlers," the team's head coach Gary Stead told New Zealand Cricket.
"He's working with the spinners, in particular, and just around their strategies." "... Bondie came in, in the last couple of days as well, when Mumbai (Indians) were knocked out (of IPL)." Bond is also employed as MI's bowling coach.
Stead is confident that the team's talisman Kane Williamson, who hurt his hamstring during the IPL last week, will be fit in time for their opening fixture against Pakistan in the World Cup on October 26.
Williamson was left out of Sunrisers Hyderabad's playing XI for their final match of the Indian Premier League, but Stead played down concerns around the chances of the injury hurting Williamson's participation in the marquee event.
"Kane's fine," Stead said.
"He's just had a very, very slight hamstring twinge, but he's getting through everything at the moment, he's feeling good.
"They (Sunrisers Hyderabad) were out of the competition as well, so I'm not sure if that was something he had to play in." Williamson joined the New Zealand's camp here from the IPL. Other members joining the national squad straight from the IPL included James Neesham and Adam Milne from Mumbai Indians alongside Bond.
With less than two weeks to go before New Zealand play their first match of the tournament against Pakistan, Stead is using the lead-up to the match to get his squad accustomed to the heat of the United Arab Emirates.
"Today we've probably trained in the hottest part of the day. Two o'clock we start and it's somewhere between 35 and 38 degrees probably. You can feel you burn pretty quick. We've just got to keep the fluids up.
"A little bit of shock therapy and getting get people back into the hot weather and working hard," Stead said.
"And then just making sure we manage guys in the next wee-while and be clear around our training and what we're trying to achieve. We're certainly not doing it to try and cook people."
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T20 World Cup: USD 1.6 million for winners; two drinks interval of two and half mins per innings
Dubai, Oct 10 (Cricket news) The winners of the ICC men's T20 World Cup will take home a winners cheque of USD 1.6 million while the runners up will get half that amount, the International Cricket Council confirmed on Sunday.
All 16 competing teams will receive a part of the USD 5.6 million allocated as prize money for the tournament, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14.
The two losing semi-finalists will receive USD 400,000 each from the games taking place on November 10 and 11.
The teams confirmed to be competing in the Super 12 stage are Afghanistan, Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and the West Indies.
The eight teams who will lose out on a semi-final berth will get USD 70,000 each while teams knocked out in the first round will take USD 40,000 each.
Teams who will strive to make Super 12s are Bangladesh, Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, and Sri Lanka.
Just like in 2016, there will be a bonus amount for every match that teams win in the Super 12 stage.
The victors in each of the 30 games in that phase will this time win USD 40,000.
Drinks break introduced ==================== Meanwhile, there will be two scheduled Drinks Intervals in each game instead of usual one. Each break will last for two minutes and 30 seconds and will be taken at the midpoint of each innings.
The introduction of official drinks break will help the broadcasters earn advertisement revenue worth five minutes and for India matches, the rates are expected to be high.
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UAE defeat Ireland by 54-runs to level series ahead of the 3rd T20I
Dubai, (Cricket news) Debutant Akif Raja and wrist-spinner Palaniapan Meiyappan took seven wickets as UAE dominated Ireland in the 2nd T20I to secure a 54-run win.
After Ireland were given a difficult target of 164 to chase, Raja ripped through the Irish top order: Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien and Andrew Balbirnie all fell victim to the right-arm seamer in the powerplay. Stirling was out for 1 as he top-edged a ball to mid-on, Balbirnie (9) departed to an excellent catch at deep square leg and O'Brien edged a delivery outside off stump that flew into the keeper’s hands.
A difficult powerplay meant Ireland faced an uphill task from there and regular breakthroughs followed: Gareth Delany was stumped off Raza’s bowling and Meiyappan accounted for the lower middle order of Curtis Campher, George Dockrell and Neil Rock. Campher had briefly offered some hope and resistance for Ireland, moving to 22 off 15, but he was bowled to leave Ireland 74-5 within 12 overs.
Despite a couple of dropped catches in the field, UAE won comfortably as they bounced back impressively from a heavy defeat to the same opponents the previous day – victory was finally sealed in the 19th over, when Craig Young was dismissed by Waseem Muhammad.
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Earlier in the match, UAE had put together a fine display with the bat after Ireland chose to field, recovering impressively after opening batter Muhammad was dismissed in Josh Little’s opening over for a duck. Chirag Suri top-scored for the hosts with an impressive half-century, his fourth in T20Is and one that included three fours and a six down the ground off Simi Singh’s bowling.
Vriitya Aravind (23 off 15) and Muhammad Usman (32 off 31) helped keep the scoreboard ticking at the other end, but the real fireworks came from Basil Hameed whose cameo saw him take 39 runs off 20 deliveries. His final flourish included 19 runs off his bat in the final over of the innings courtesy of some innovative strokeplay - including a shuffle to the leg-side and fine cut over the keeper’s head for four. Kashif Daud’s 12 off seven added to Ireland’s struggles as they failed to reach the heights of Thursday, when they limited UAE to a total of 123-7.
The pick of the bowlers for Ireland proved to be Little, who followed up an economical display in Thursday’s victory with figures of 1-24 from his four overs, while Campher also kept things tight in the middle overs with 19 runs conceded from his three overs.
With the series level at 1-1, the third and final T20I on Sunday will serve as a decider.
Ireland Men v United Arab Emirates Men, 1st T20I, ICC Global Cricket Academy Ground No 2, Dubai, 7 October 2021
UAE 163-4 (20 overs; C Suri 51, B Hameed 39*; J Little 1-24)
Ireland 109 (18.4 overs; C Campher 22; P Meiyappan 4-25)
UAE won by 54 runs (series 1-1)
Trott as batting lead is good addition, says Scotland all-rounder Berrington
Dubai, Oct 6 (Cricket news) Senior Scotland fast-bowling all-rounder Richie Berrington reckons that the addition of former England batsman Jonathan Trott as the ‘batting lead’ for his team in the upcoming T20 World Cup is a good one that will assist the players.
“Yeah, it’s been a good addition to our squad really. He (Trott) brings huge amount of experience with him and obviously was a world-class batsman," Berrington said at a virtual interaction, facilitated by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
"So, it is great to have him here (with the team) and tap into some of his knowledge and some of the experiences that he’s had in these conditions as well.” The 40-year-old Cape Town-born Trott played 52 Tests for England from which he scored 3,835 runs. He also played 68 ODIs and seven T20Is for England.
Berrington said he looked up-to South African dashing batsman AB de Villiers as his role model.
“The likes of Ab De Villiers, (I) watched his batting a lot. He has obviously been a number uno player in all forms of the game, so I enjoy watching him,” said the right-handed batsman and right-arm medium pacer.
The 34-year-old, who has played 84 ODIs and 64 T20Is, also said that Scotland has got its own way of doing things.
“We have got (our) own way of doing things. We have some success from it. Yes, obviously we are always looking to take positive options, whether it is with bat, ball or in the field.
"For us it is sticking to what we do best as individually and as a team,” he signed off.
The ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup will be played in Oman and the United Arab Emirates from October 17. Scotland take on Bangladesh on the opening day at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground, Al Amerat.
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Erasmus says he has learnt from watching ‘Captain Cool’ Dhoni and McCullum
Dubai, Oct 4 (Cricket news) Many cricketers and captains have learnt the tricks of the trade from iconic Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus is no different as he admires the former India wicketkeeper-batsman for his “calm” approach.
The other leader from whom Erasmus drew inspiration was former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who is currently the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
“For me as captain, perhaps my captaincy style that I learn from watching guys operate like Brendon McCullum or MS Dhoni, in the sense that they are good thinkers of the game, but they have got different styles,” Erasmus said in a virtual media interaction, facilitated by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“I learned a lot from watching McCullum, the instinctiveness that he has in his captaincy. The other side of the spectrum, you learn a lot from MS Dhoni, the calm and emotional face that Dhoni has, so definitely we have learnt a lot from the highest quality players,” the 26-year-old added.
The other batsman whom he looked up to while growing up was swashbuckling South African AB de Villiers, who is still taking opposition attacks to the cleaners. “The kind of energy he (De Villiers) brought to the crease, the shot making he brought, the way he played all around the ground, he is definitely the one person I looked up to when I was young and continue to do,” quipped Erasmus, who was introduced to cricket by his father.
Namibia will open their T20 World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 18. They will take on Ireland at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 22.
While conceding that the wicket in Sharjah has been playing to the slower side, the right-handed batsman and off-break bowler said that it could favour his team.
“We have been following the conditions (in UAE) closely and doing our sort of analysis behind the scenes. The Sharjah wicket has shown playing a bit slower.
"We have lot of different skills in the team, we have got other spinners, we have different bowlers bowling change of pace. I guess the wicket in Sharjah could be playing to our favour,” he said.
Erasmus said his team-mates were also keen to learn from former South African player David Wiese, who will turn out for Namibia.
“Yeah, David (Wiese) has a lot of experience and that he has played a lot of T20 cricket, he has also played all over the world, T20 tournaments.
"David is also a fresh face in our team, that is awesome, he is someone we can learn from,” the Namibia skipper signed off.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be held in Oman and the United Arab Emirates from October 17.
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After win against UAE, Indian women's football team faces 75th ranked Tunisia
Dubai, Oct 3 (Football news) An easy win over lower-ranked United Arab Emirates marking its first victory of the year, an upbeat Indian women’s football team takes on Tunisia in another international friendly match here on Monday.
Manisha Kalyan, Pyari Xaxa, Sweety Devi and Anju Tamang scored for India on Saturday in the team's first overseas friendly since Thomas Dennerby took charge.
The friendly match was a part of preparations for the AFC Asian Cup, which will be hosted by India in January-February.
The win against 100th ranked UAE was India's first of the year. The Blue Tigress have been winless in the five previous matches this year, though all of them were against higher ranked European sides.
"It was definitely a good start for the girls. That kind of a win helps to get some useful self-confidence into the players," said Dennerby after his first international game with the Indian team.
Monday's opponents are ranked 77th in the FIFA charts while India are at 57th.
Looking ahead to the game, Dennerby feels that though it will be a tougher challenge for the girls, the aim remains to earn a victory.
"I guess it is going to be a bit tougher against Tunisia, but we always try to win, and that is just what we will try to do," said Dennerby.
"It is good that we will be playing a relatively tougher team like Tunisia. We need to get used to playing at a higher pace." Dennerby is wary of "technical errors" that might crop up and he said he is working on it.
"There are ups and downs in every game. There were times when we were doing really well to control the game. But there were other times when we were also trying to force the game more than we had to,” said the UEFA Pro Licensed coach.
"When you try to force the game, you tend to make small unforced errors, and those can hurt us when we play the best teams. So we need to work on eliminating these errors."
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Indian women's football team seeks first win of year in friendly match against UAE
Dubai, Oct 1 (Football news) The Indian women's football team would be looking for its first victory this year when it faces United Arab Emirates in an international friendly match here on Saturday.
The Blue Tigress have been winless in the five matches played so far this year, though all of them were against higher ranked European sides.
The 57-ranked Indians would be looking for their first win in 2021 against UAE, ranked 100th in the FIFA chart, in the friendly match to be played as a part of preparations for the AFC Asian Cup, which will be hosted by the country in January-February.
Thomas Dennerby's side then play against Tunisia, ranked 77th in the FIFA list, on Monday at the same venue.
Having spent a month in Jamshedpur in a national camp under Dennerby's watch, the players are raring to go in their first international match in six months. They last played in an international match in April and suffered a 1-2 defeat against Belarus "We are putting a lot of effort into all the sessions. We do five technical and tactical sessions, we do running sessions, we also play friendly games against local sides. We are training hard for the Asian Cup next year," Dennerby said.
The UEFA Pro License coach brings his own philosophy about the beautiful game into the team, and it is one where the whole squad strives to strike a balance in attack and defence.
"When it comes to defending, our team has to be organised. Every player has to know exactly what they need to do. We want the team to be compact and we are working on that," said the Swede who took charge of the team earlier this year.
"And then we also want to this compact team to win the ball back, and when we do that, of course, sometimes we want to counter attack quickly, and sometimes we want to slow it down and play around with the ball," he explained.
Dennerby is hopeful that a good run for India in the Asian Cup will go a long way in popularising women's football in the country.
"The mission is to have a successful Asian Cup next year. In Sweden, women's football is huge. In Nigeria, where I've also coached, football is like a religion. In India, the popularity is perhaps not as much as that. But that is also one of the exciting parts about the job for me," he said.
"If we have a successful tournament, it could be huge for India. And if you look at the game, in terms of the physical and tactical parts, I must say that we have a lot of players that can play at a very high level."
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Loved watching Virender Sehwag bat: Paul Stirling
Dubai, Sep 30 (Cricket news) Every budding cricketer has a hero while growing up and it is no different for Ireland batsman Paul Stirling, who looked up to Virender Sehwag and Australian Damien Martyn in his formative years.
In a virtual interaction arranged by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Stirling recalled the days when he tried to copy Sehwag.
"I probably had two batsmen that I loved watching, one was Damien Martyn, he was nice to look up (to), pleasant on the eye, aesthetically pleasing, someone I can never emulate and Virender Sehwag, the other one I watched. (I) loved his play through the off-side (and) tried to copy a lot of his stuff, not very well be it,” “…but (I) loved watching those two bat, and used to watch Test cricket at home, which was not really the normal thing to do in Belfast as a 10-year-old,” added Stirling, who has played 134 T20s, 3 Tests and 86 T20s.
Like Sehwag, despite the outside criticism, Sterling, who made his T20 debut versus Pakistan in 2009, did not change his technique.
Was it a conscious effort to not change it? “It is something that you learn as you go on, there would be a lot more noise for Sehwag than there will be for me. I just think it doesn’t, it shouldn’t affect your performance, it only affects your performance, if you actually take it in from outside, it doesn’t help in any way.” Sterling, who had a “sporting” family and a “cricket ground” which was near his house, recollected how he fell in love with the game.
“Cricket was mainly the one that I probably fell in love with the most from the earliest age from about five (years old)." Sterling also said that he watched the Indian Premier League games and he was “surprised” to see the wickets at Sharjah.
He also stressed that he will have to work equally hard to play both the spinners and the seamers in the T20 World Cup.
“Definitely we got to work hard against spin and in nets we got to prepare well but also keep eye on the fact that something that you have your eye on like (while) playing spin, don’t forget the seamers as well and the other factors that come into it, so there is lot of skill (needed) for seamers to be played against as well,” he signed off.
The T20 World Cup will be played in Oman and the United Arab Emirates from October 17 and Ireland will first lock horns with Netherlands at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 18.
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'No way I would go to Ashes': Pietersen calls for lifting of COVID restrictions in Australia
Dubai, Sep 27 (Cricket News) Former England captain Kevin Pietersen on Monday said players have had enough of staying in bio-secure bubbles and called for lifting of the "ridiculous quarantine rules" in Australia before the Ashes.
The upcoming Ashes series in Australia has been in the news for a while now with several England players expressing their reservations against the strict COVID-19 protocols that are currently in place Down Under.
"There is NO WAY I would go to The Ashes this winter. ZERO chance! Unless, the ridiculous quarantine rules were squashed and my family could travel with zero restrictions.
Players are now done with bubbles! DONE!" Pietersen tweeted.
The five-match Test series is scheduled to begin from December 8 and continue till January 18. But the fate of the tour remains unclear with several senior English players having considered the possibility of boycotting it depending on what type of restrictions they have to live in.
Recently, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had raised the issue of a travel ban on the families of England cricketers for the Ashes with his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, on the sidelines of a diplomatic visit to Washington DC.
"I raised it (with Mr Morrison) and he said he was going to do his best for the families," Johnson had told reporters in the American capital.
"He totally got the point that for cricketers it is very tough to ask people to be away from their families over Christmas. He merely undertook to come back and see if he could find a solution." With next month's T20 World Cup set to be played under a strict bio-bubble in the United Arab Emirates, England's all-format players could end up staying in a bubble for almost four months if they go ahead with the long tour of Australia.
Australia plans to ease border and quarantine restrictions by the end of this year, after at least 80 per cent of its adult population receive two COVID-19 vaccination shots.
Officials in the COVID-free states of Western Australia and Queensland have however said they may keep their borders shut for longer period, depending on the situation.
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Dennerby picks 23-member squad for friendlies in UAE, Bahrain
New Delhi, Sep 27 (Football News) Indian women's football team chief coach Thomas Dennerby has named a 23-member squad for the upcoming friendly matches in the UAE and Bahrain.
The team, which is currently camping in Jamshedpur, will travel to the UAE for two friendly matches against the United Arab Emirates on October 2 and the Tunisia national team two days later.
The squad will then head to Bahrain, where they will play two friendlies against the country's national team on October 10 and the Chinese Taipei national team on October 13.
Dennerby said, "After training for about a month in Jharkhand, we are extremely happy to be going for these friendly matches in the UAE and Bahrain.
"These matches will be essential for us to gauge how far the girls have progressed during the training camp, as they will be pitted against some tough teams.
"We are all looking forward to these matches, and are thankful to the authorities for arranging them during such difficult circumstances in a pandemic."
Squad: Goalkeepers: Aditi Chauhan, Maibam Linthoingambi Devi, Shreya Hooda.
Defenders: Dalima Chhibber, Sweety Devi, Ritu Rani, Ashalata Devi, Ranjana Chanu, Michel Castanha, Manisa Panna, Astam Oraon.
Midfielders: Sangita Basfore, Indumathi Kathiresan, Sanju, Martina Thokchom.
Forwards: Dangmei Grace, Anju Tamang, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Soumya Guguloth, Manisha Kalyan, Sumati Kumari, Pyari Xaxa, Renu.
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Our batters are lot more aggressive than they were last time: Simons
Sharjah, Sep 25 (Cricket News) Chennai Super Kings batsmen plan to bat more aggressively on the slowish UAE tracks compared to last time and that's what they have been doing during the first two games, said bowling consultant Eric Simons.
Simons also said that the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led outfit had learnt their lesson after a horrendous show in the 2020 edition, which was also held in the UAE.
"We have already spoken about what worked for us in India during the first half of the IPL (2021). We spoke about what we did wrong here (in the United Arab Emirates last time). You know any situation, often the bad performance is the best place to learn," Simons said at the post-match press conference after his side outplayed Royal Challengers Bangalore.
CSK produced a clinical all-round show to humble Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets and claim the top spot in the IPL pecking order here on Friday.
The former India bowling coach said that last IPL was a good learning experience.
"So, what went wrong here in the last IPL was a tremendous lesson for us. But I think, probably the biggest different is the aggression in our batting, we have come out (a) lot more aggressive than we did last time," the bowling consultant explained.
Simons also had words of praise for all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who returned with figures of 3/24, saying the team was "extremely happy" with his performance and the West Indian "has bowled particularly well in the last few matches." All-rounder Shardul Thakur, also scalped two crucial wickets and Simons said that the Palghar boy was very smart in the way he used his tactics and ability to read the wicket and the batsman and the (game) situation.
Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal, who scored stroke-filled 70, said that the team was looking to get 170-180 on the board.
"Obviously, when you have a start like that, we would like to get to probably 170-180 at-least and that's… we didn’t really set a target like that because it can go above that as well.
"So, we were just looking to play the ball on its merit and try to get as many runs as possible, unfortunately just didn’t work out today towards the end of the innings, but hopefully, we can make that in the next game," Padikkal said at the post-match media conference.
When asked whether he and Virat could have shown more intent, Padikkal replied, "Yeah definitely, there is always things we can improve on.' "And at that point, we were looking to take the game as deep as possible and we felt that the wicket was getting a little tougher. We knew that for someone new coming it, it won't be that easy to straight away get going.
"So yeah, that is what we were looking to do and try and take our chances whenever possible and pick the right spots and right bowlers at the right time." Padikkal also defended the move to send Harshal Patel and Wanindu Hasaranga ahead of KS Bharat, saying both are capable batsman.
"They both (are) two good batsmen as well and they are very much capable of clearing the boundaries and we have seen that in our practice matches and stuff like that and they are really capable batsmen as well," he said.
".....so there is no reason that they shouldn't be going higher and we just thought that the match-up was better for them to go out and get those runs for us, unfortunate it didn’t work out, but yeah, these things happen," the southpaw said.
Padikkal in both the games, against KKR and CSK, had been dismissed while playing the upper cut and he said he would be more careful next time around.
"Definitely, I will keep working on that short (upper-cut). And it is a really high-run making short and I felt today it was on.
"It is just that I could not execute it well enough, and probably didn't come on as well as I expected it to, sometimes these things happen and that is not going to stop me from playing the shot but to be more careful next time," the Karnataka opener signed off.
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Indian women's football team to travel abroad for international matches
Jamshedpur, Sep 24 (Football News) The Indian women's football team will play multiple international friendlies, starting next week in the UAE, as part of its preparation for the 2022 AFC Asian Cup at home.
According to the itinerary unveiled by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the women's team, which has been training in a camp in Jamshedpur for around a month, will play two friendlies against the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia. The team will leave for the UAE on September 30.
The Indian Women's Team will then travel to Bahrain to play two more friendlies against Bahrain and Chinese Taipei.
That is likely to be followed by a brief stint in Sweden, where they are set to face two Damallsvenskan league teams, subject to permission to Indian citizens arriving in Sweden from relevant authorities.
"Besides the four matches against UAE, Tunisia, Chinese Taipei and Bahrain, we also have two confirmed matches against two Swedish premier league teams," Head Coach Thomas Dennerby said in a release issued by AIFF.
"We are in the process of sorting out the travel protocol to the country as entry of Indian citizens to Sweden is still not open yet.
"I appreciate the efforts of the AIFF in finding us teams willing to play matches against us under such circumstances." Dennerby said the quarantine rules in different countries in wake of COVID-19 has left India with very few options.
"We have been training in Jamshedpur for a month, in our quest to prepare for the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2020 (January-February)," he said.
"Unfortunately, the current pandemic situation is tough and the reality is that there are different quarantine restrictions in different countries which kills many options for the Indian teams as entry for Indians in some countries is either still not yet open, or involves a major quarantine period." Dennerby has already spoken about the importance of playing quality matches to get the girls match fit ahead of the big tournament, and he believes that the friendlies in UAE and Bahrain will help the team assess itself.
"The matches in UAE and Bahrain will allow us to judge ourselves where we stand against some good competitive opponents. Teams need to build up their defence, and also the build-up process, and all of that is judged in an international match," the coach said.
The Indian women's team, as part of their preparation for the AFC Asian Cup, will be based out of Jamshedpur, training in facilities provided by the Jharkhand Government.
"It's difficult to arrange such things during a pandemic, and it has been very helpful to have the facilities to train in Jamshedpur. The Jharkhand Government has left no stone unturned in providing us with the necessary facilities, and we are all thankful for that," he said.
"I hope with the correct mixture of training and friendlies against quality opponents, we can be more than ready for the Asian Cup."
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Ireland Men to play three T20I’s against UAE ahead of the T20 World Cup
(Cricket News) Cricket Ireland have confirmed that their men’s team will play a warm up match against Scotland and three T20I’s against the United Arab Emirates cricket team in Dubai at the ICC Academy before the T20 World Cup in October.
The fixtures were officially announced by the Emirates Cricket Board and will be held between 5th to 10th October, featuring the likes of UAE, Ireland, Scotland, Namibia and Papua New Guinea. The Ireland men’s squad is due to leave for the UAE tomorrow and will undergo a mandatory six day quarantine before training can begin.
THE COMPLETE FIXTURE LIST
Pre-T20 World Cup – preparation period
5 October 2021: Ireland v Scotland – warm-up match (ICC Academy Oval 2; start 9am local time)
7 October 2021: Ireland v UAE – 1st T20I (ICC Academy Oval 1; start 9am local time)
8 October 2021: Ireland v UAE – 2nd T20I (ICC Academy Oval 1; start 9am local time)
10 October 2021: Ireland v UAE – 3rd T20I (ICC Academy Oval 1; start 9am local time)
Official T20 World Cup warm-up matches
12 October 2021: Ireland v Papua New Guinea – warm-up T20I (Abu Dhabi; start 2pm local time)
14 October 2021: Ireland v Bangladesh – warm-up T20I (Abu Dhabi; start 6pm local time)
T20 World Cup - Round 1
18 October: Ireland v Netherlands (Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; starts 10am GMT)
20 October: Ireland v Sri Lanka (Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; starts 2pm GMT)
22 October: Ireland v Namibia (Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah; starts 10am GMT)
The top two teams from Round 1 will progress to the Group Stage.
An 18-player preliminary squad has been announced which will further be reduced to 15 for the T20 World Cup tournament along with three other players as reserves.
Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.
SC East Bengal snap up Croatia forward Perošević
Kolkata, Sep 23 (Football News) SC East Bengal on Thursday added teeth to their attack by acquiring the services of Croatia forward Antonio Perošević on a one-year deal that will keep him at the club till the end of the Indian Super League 2021-22 season.
Perošević joins SC East Bengal from Hungarian top division club Újpest FC, starting 13 games for them last season.
The 29-year-old, who can also play on the wing, becomes Manuel 'Manolo' Diaz's sixth and final foreign signing for the season.
Slovenian midfielder Amir Dervišević, Australian defender Tomislav Mrcela, Croatian centre-back Franjo Prce, Nigerian striker Daniel Chima Chukwu and Dutch utility player Darren Sidoel are the other five overseas recruits.
"India is an amazing country and I have heard a lot about how passionate people are about football here. Especially, SC East Bengal and its fan base are much talked about. I have read up on them and I can't wait to pull on the red and gold shirt," said Perošević after putting pen-to-paper for SC East Bengal.
Perošević has represented the Croatian senior national team in 2017, being capped twice.
"I will look to help the team in whatever way I can and maintain the team spirit. I know the history attached to this club and I will do my best to uphold its legacy," he added.
Perošević started playing for the youth team of his hometown club Osijek in 2010.
He made his senior team debut as a late substitute in a 2–0 win against Cibalia in the last round of 2009–10 season. Perošević finished as Osijek's top league goalscorer with seven goals in the 2011–12 season.
Perošević moved abroad after a successful spell at Osijek, turning out for Hungarian club Puskás Akadémia in 2017 before moving to Al-Ittihad Kalba SC in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on loan the following season.
"I have had a good conversation with the management and I am really looking forward to the new adventure. I am looking forward to meeting the coaching staff and all my teammates. I have also heard about the big derby against ATK Mohun Bagan, and that kind of games further motivates a player," Perošević told the SC East Bengal website.
SCEB will face Jamshedpur FC in their opening game of the ISL on November 21 at the Tilak Maidan Stadium.
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India to compete in Asia Rugby U18 Girls Rugby Sevens Championship
Mumbai, Sept 14 (Rugby news) The Indian junior girls rugby team left for Uzbekistan on Tuesday to participate in the Asia U-18 sevens championship, scheduled to be held in Tashkent on September 18 and 19.
The team comprises 14 players and five officials, including coaches, physio and manager.
A total of five countries from across Asia including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), India and the hosts Uzbekistan will vie for top honours at the championship.
A total of 52 girls from 13 States/UTs across India were short-listed based on their performance at last sub-junior national championships, national school games rugby championships and their fitness and skill test results.
The short-listed girls attended the national training and selection camp which was conducted at the KIIT University campus in Bhubaneswar from August 14 to September 13.
"We are thankful to Societe Generale, the Govt. of Odisha, KIIT and all our partners for their commitment and kind support towards Rugby India’s High Performance initiatives in preparation for the Asia Rugby Championship," Vikram Ahuja, President, Rugby India said in a release.
"This support will truly boost our team's morale and encourage them to perform fiercely at the Asian level and bring home accolades."
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Reigning national champion Hemanth Kommu qualifies for the Finals at 13th Esports World Championship
(Esports news) After a brilliant performance in the regional qualifiers, reigning national champion Hemanth Kommu has made his way into the finals of the 13th Esports World Championship. He finished in the top position in PES 2021 in the South Asia region to become the first Indian to seal a spot in the prestigious tournament.
Currently pursuing his Masters degree from IIT Guwahati, Hemanth faced athletes from Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Maldives and Sri Lanka at the regional qualifiers, held online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 24 year old displayed excellent skills and strategy and has secured himself a berth in the World Championship Finals which will be held in Eilat, Israel from November 14-19.
"It’s a great feeling to represent India in the PES series, the game which I have loved playing since my childhood days. It’s sheer dedication and hard work resulted in getting the spot in the Finals of EWC’21 and it allowed me a chance to bring the laurels for the country. The right mentality and proper grind towards the game makes everything possible and a sure-shot path to get the success,” elated Hemant aka peshemak7 said after securing the Finals berth at the World Championships.
The regional qualifiers will also see a five member CS:GO team comprising Ritesh Sarda, Shuvajyoti Chakraborty, Anshul Adardkar, Hrishikesh Shenoy and Harsh Jain, and Tekken 7 player Hitesh Khorwal in action to secure their place in the World Championships Final on October 5th. The matches will be streamed live on the International Esports Federation’s official channels.
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Hosting T20 World Cup watershed moment for Oman, its cricket: Khimji
Mumbai, Sep 7 (Cricket news) Oman Cricket chairman Pankaj Khimji has described co-hosting the upcoming T20 World Cup in October as not only a “watershed moment” for the sport but for the entire nation.
The T20 World Cup will be played from October 17 to November 14 in United Arab Emirates and Oman.
The matches in Oman will be played at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground in Muscat.
"We are now showcasing not (only) Oman cricket, we are showcasing Oman to the globe, world and if we go by what we expect, this could be the third largest televised event in history after the football world cup and the Olympics that happened in Japan.
“This is the best way for Oman to showcase itself as the world’s best kept tourism secret. People hardly know much about Oman and this would be our chance to kind of showcase Oman to the rest of the world," Khimji told PTI in an interaction when asked what hosting the World Cup means.
According to Khimji, arrangements are being made to accommodate 3,000 spectators.
"Oman has a beautiful green ground. Now, we are making arrangements for about 3,000 spectators, 500 out of those will be in the corporate boxes. We are also preparing a beautiful press-box and a beautiful media centre and TV production area. It is super learning for us,” he quipped.
Khimji also said this wasn’t a normal World Cup as it is happening in COVID-19 times.
"We will have to put in a bio-security protocol, this is not your normal World Cup, let's put it this way. This is a World Cup during the times of COVID, it is a different kind of World Cup.
"Right now, we are grappling with all these protocols, security…. It is a great challenge, but it's great fun," he said. Khimji stressed that Oman government and the ICC along with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have extended support to the cricket board.
“BCCI is the host. We are into a tripartite agreement and the Oman government is our patron. So, the Oman government, right from the highest authority of the land, they bent backwards and left no stone unturned.
"Fantastic help from the government and we are issuing 30-40 visas in a matter of minutes. The ICC has been super. So far, we have ticked all the boxes." Oman played with domestic giants Mumbai in a one-day series and T20 series.
According to Khimji, the Mumbai tour was the perfect “anti-dote” that was needed for Oman to start preparing for the marquee event.
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"It really puts us in our place. We are playing Scotland and Papua New Guinea along with Bangladesh in our World Cup round one, and Scotland and Papua New Guinea we played umpteen number of times over the last two years and we had a fair share of wins, far better share of wins.
"So, how do we gear up? Scotland is coming out of the season; Papua New Guinea hasn’t touched cricket for the last year and half. Oman had a three-month break of cricket from April to now,” explained Khimji on the importance of the tour.
“Mumbai was the perfect antidote that we required to give us a jolted start in terms of our preparation one and you need a tough team to get the best out of you. "You playing a mediocre team and saying well let the boy’s warm-up, that is not how it works. I an indebted to the MCA (Mumbai Cricket Association) for sending its team here,” he signed off.
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Asif, Khushdil return; Fakhar Zaman, Sarfaraz left out of Pakistan's 15-member squad for T20 WC
Karachi, Sep 6 (Cricket news) Middle-order batsmen Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah were picked despite not having "impressive numbers" in Pakistan's 15-strong squad for next month's T20 World Cup even as the experienced duo of Fakhar Zaman and wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed were left out.
The Babar Azam-led squad will also play in upcoming T20Is against New Zealand and England before the World Cup.
The seven home T20Is in Lahore and Rawalpindi will be played from September 25 to October 14 before Pakistan takes on arch-rivals India in their T20 World Cup opener in Dubai on October 24. The T20 World Cup gets underway from October 17 in the UAE and Oman.
Asif played his last T20I against Zimbabwe in April and averages 16.38 in 29 matches with a strike-rate of 123.74, while left-handed batsman Khushdil averages 21.6 in 9 matches. He last played a T20I against South Africa in Lahore.
"Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah may not have impressive numbers against their names but hardly anyone can doubt their tremendous talent and prowess," Chief selector Muhammad Wasim said in a release.
"They are the best in the available pool of middle-order batsmen and we remain confident that they will provide us solutions to our middle-order difficulties through solid performances." The squad includes five batters (Asif, Babar Azam, Khushdil, Mohammad Hafeez and Sohaib Maqsood), two wicketkeeper-batters (Azam Khan and Mohammad Rizwan), four all-rounders (Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jnr and Shadab Khan) and four fast bowlers (Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Shah Afridi).
Arshad Iqbal, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan and Usman Qadir, who were a part of the Pakistan squad for the T20I series in England and West Indies, have been left out.
Zaman, Qadir and Shahnawaz Dahani have been named as travelling reserves. However, Sarfaraz has been completely omitted.
"Azam Khan is an aggressive and attacking batter who also keeps wickets, a combination that has earned him the selectors' nod ahead of Sarfaraz Ahmed," Wasim said.
"Mohammad Wasim Junior has been preferred over Faheem Ashraf due to his pace and ability to hit big shots. Wasim will bolster the fast bowling unit, which comprises Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Shah Afridi." Wasim said Zaman, Dahani and Qadir were unlucky to miss out on the selections.
"Sohaib Maqsood's ability to bat and perform anywhere in the top-order has given him an edge over Fakhar, while the presence of three experienced spinners, who are also capable batters, and five genuine wicket-taking fast bowlers made it difficult for Usman Qadir to get into the side," he said.
"Like Faheem, an uncapped Shahnawaz was tied with Mohammad Wasim Junior, but we opted for the latter due to his pace and batting abilities.
The chief selector said the experience of playing in the UAE will hold the players in good stead and Pakistan will look to do well in the home T20 series to carry the momentum into the showpiece event.
"Most of these players know the United Arab Emirates conditions better than others as they propelled Pakistan to number-one in the ICC T20I rankings after winning 21 out of 36 matches (13 loses and two no-results)," he said.
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"In the lead up to the event proper, they will play seven T20Is at home, which will take their overall tally of T20Is in 2021 to 24 – most by any participating country.
The Squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc), Asif Ali, Azam Khan, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood.
Travelling reserves: Fakhar Zaman, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir.
News source: PTI
Chennaiyin FC rope in Vladimir Koman to complete their foreign signings
(Football news) Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC (CFC) have signed the Hungarian midfielder Vladimir Koman,who will be their 6th and final signing of the se
Vladimir has played for Hungary 36 times since making his debut for the senior national team in 2010, he went on to score 7 goals for them as well. He was one of their main players in the country’s third-place finish in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup as he scored 5 goals for and was the tournament's second highest scorer. He also helped the U-19 Hungarian side to the semi-finals at the 2008 UEFA European Championship.
“Vladimir is the perfect end to our foreign signings. He’s an experienced player who has represented Hungary and turned out in top leagues,” CFC co-owner Vita Dani commented on the club’s new signing.
The Ukrainian-born footballer began his career in 2006 with UC Sampdoria in the Italian league, Serie A. His career spanned over 15 years, the attacking midfielder made 300-plus club appearances, including scoring 22 goals and assisting 23 times.
“I’m happy to join Chennaiyin, because it’s a completely new atmosphere for me and a new experience. I would like to do my best to help the team to be successful and make the fans proud and happy,” Vladimir expressed his excitement on joining CFC.
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The experienced campaigner has also played in the Asian countries such as Iran and the United Arab Emirates and is now set to make his ISL debut. Vladimir’s presence will help the CFC’s squad ahead of the upcoming season as they have already signed Rafael Crivellaro, Mirlan Murzaev, Slavko Damjanovic, Ariel Borysiuk and Łukasz Gikiewicz..
“Anything to say about Vladimir is superfluous. His career says it all about him as a player and as a character,” said CFC head coach Bozidar Bandovic.
In 2010-11, Vladimir also featured in the six Europa League matches for UC Sampdoria before moving to the French club AS Monaco, followed by stints in Russia and Turkey as well.
Rishabh Pant set to remain Delhi Capitals captain for last part of IPL
New Delhi, Sep 3 (Cricket news): The Delhi Capitals management has more or less decided to persist with star wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant as the captain of the franchise for the remainder of the Indian Premier League starting on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.
Pant was appointed captain of the Capitals at the start of the season after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer, under whom the team reached finals for the first time in the last edition, was out due to a horrific shoulder dislocation that required a surgery.
A senior BCCI source, who is privy to developments in the IPL franchises, informed PTI that an announcement is a mere formality as the dashing keeper-batsman is the first choice for the franchise.
"Last week, the host broadcasters (Star Sports), with the help of IPL management, shot a few promos for the season. It was shot in the gap between the third and fourth Test (against England) with IPL captains currently present in England. Virat Kohli (RCB), Rohit Sharma (MI), KL Rahul (Punjab Kings) were there and so was Rishabh Pant (DC)," the source informed.
"Unless the BCCI-IPL management is aware of any other name of captain for DC franchise, the promos wouldn't have been shot. Therefore whether DC announces it now or after a few days, Pant is likely to lead the DC for the remaining matches in the season." It couldn't be independently ascertained whether England white ball captain Eoin Morgan was also present for the shoot as he is the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders.
It will be interesting to see what kind of equation Pant and Iyer will have as captain ad senior player in this Delhi set-up.
For Pant, this IPL will also be a vehicle to return back to form after what has been a nightmare of an English summer with the willow. A good IPL is just the kind of boost that Pant will need going into the T20 World Cup to be held in the same country.
For Iyer, the processes that he set in place as captain and became a recipe for DC's amazing turnaround will motivate to produce a stellar show.
The Capitals are currently leading the table with 12 points from eight games, followed by CSK in second place with 10 points and RCB in third due to inferior net run-rate.
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Shams Mulani to lead Mumbai cricket team on Oman tour
Mumbai, Aug 16 (Cricket news) Slow left-arm orthodox bowler Shams Mulani will lead a 14-member Mumbai cricket team on a tour of Oman during which it is scheduled to play three T20 and as many 50-over games against the hosts.
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Monday announced the squad for the tour on its website.
Mulani has played 10 first-class matches, in which he has scored 965 runs and picked up 28 wickets, after making his debut against Railways in 2018.
Among the notable names who have made it to the squad are all-rounder Shivam Dube, who has played one ODI and 13 T20s and young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, who has played for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
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As earlier reported by PTI, domestic giants Mumbai were invited by Oman Cricket (OC) to play T20 games against them ahead of the T20 World Cup, which will take place in Oman and the United Arab Emirates, from October 17 to November 14.
A MCA official said that the team would land in Oman on August 19 and depart on September 3.
Mumbai have already named domestic stalwart Amol Mazumdar as the coach for the upcoming domestic season.
Squad: Shams Mulani (Captain), Aakarshit Gomel, Hardik Tamore, Arman Jaffer, Chinmay Sutar, Shivam Dube, Aman Khan, Sujit Naik, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shashank Attarde, Mohit Awasthi, Sairaj Patil, Deepak Shetty and Dhurmil Matkar.
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Sharjah cricket stadium announces major upgrades before IPL 2021
Sharjah, Aug 14 (Cricket news) The Sharjah cricket stadium, which will host 10 IPL matches before the T20 World Cup, has announced major upgrades in the run-up to the lucrative league, which will be played from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.
The first half of the IPL 2021 was played in India earlier this year, before it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The BCCI then decided to shift the remaining matches to the UAE and they will be played at Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. "The newly re-laid wicket block will now accommodate six pitches in the centre, including four broadcasting and two practice pitches.
"They are currently building a new practice facility with four turf wickets and four astro-turf wickets to accommodate multiple teams during practice sessions. These will be ready in time for the IPL," a media release issued here stated on Saturday.
Among other facilities, a new state-of-the-art 'fit capital gymnasium', the indoor swimming pool, steam, and sauna area have also been upgraded.
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Moreover, there are 11 new VIP suites, a new VIP grand dining area and improved hospitality facilities at the top tier of the pavilion end.
"Sharjah's atmosphere or as we like to call it the 'Sharjah magic' is what differentiates the stadium from any other cricketing venue in the UAE," said Khalaf Bukhatir, Managing Director of Bukhatir Group and CEO of Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
"This was no more evident than at last year's edition when we played host to some of the most exciting moments of the IPL," Bukhatir added.
"We still don't know if we are welcoming cricket fans into the stadium this IPL, but we are certainly ready and looking forward to hosting some world-class cricket in a world-class, safe and secure environment," he said.
The first game here will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 24.
The stadium will also host Qualifier 2 on October 11 and the Eliminator on October 13.
News source: PTI
IPL: No quarantine for overseas players; families members could be punished for bubble breach
Dubai, Aug 7 (Cricket news) None of the international players competing in the IPL will have to serve quarantine but the franchise members and families could face punishment if there is a "bubble breach", according to the health and safety protocols released by the BCCI ahead of the T20 tournament which will resume next month at the UAE.
The remaining matches of the Indian Premier League, which was suspended in April after multiple bio bubble breach, will now take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19 with the Chennai Super Kings taking on defending champions Mumbai Indians.
"Breach of any Bio-Secure Environment protocols by franchise members or their families will be subject to disciplinary action by the BCCI," the governing body said in its Health and Safety protocols, a copy of which is in possession of PTI.
The IPL will see participation of players from across the globe, including from Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa, West Indies and Bangladesh, among others.
According to the protocols, "All franchise team members must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test, 72 hours before their scheduled flight ... All individuals must quarantine themselves and avoid contact with others after the RT-PCR test.
"All members whose RT-PCR test result is negative may travel to the franchise's city of choice," it stated, which means that there is no quarantine for international players.
The document also said, "depending on the country of flight departure, all international passengers arriving at Dubai airport are required to display a negative RT-PCR test report for sample taken between 48-72 hours before their scheduled flight.
"For passengers arriving from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan, it is mandatory that the COVID-19 PCR report includes a QR code linked to the original report for verification process," it added.
The document also laid down the process which the "franchise team members and their families would undertake" for "entering and remaining within the Bubble." "They may only leave the Bubble in unavoidable circumstances. However, for unscheduled visits prior permission must be sought from the BCCI Chief Medical Officer before leaving the Bubble.
"Re-entry to the Bubble is only permitted after completing 6 full days quarantine and confirmation that all 3 results of the RT-PCR tests for samples collected on day 2,4 and 6 are negative," stated the protocols.
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It also outlined what needs to be done in case anyone has to visit a hospital for any investigation.
"In exceptional circumstances, if members within a bubble are required to visit a hospital for investigation and/or treatment, green corridors will be created to avoid close contact with any individuals who are outside their Bio-Secure Bubbles," it said.
"(A) team member and accompanying team staff must wear PPE and sanitise their hands frequently during hospital visits. In the interest of the health and safety of the other members of the team, all members must follow the prescribed guidelines in this Health and Safety document to maintain the sanctity of the Bio-Secure environment." The document also explained in detail the measures that need to be followed by the players, support staff, BCCI officials, ground staff, the vendors and rules related to Bubble-to-Bubble transfer and instructions about pre-IPL preparatory camps.
News source: PTI
Mumbai invited by Oman Cricket to play matches ahead of T20 WC
Mumbai, Aug 6 (Cricket news) Domestic giants Mumbai have been invited by Oman Cricket (OC) to play T20 games against them ahead of the World Cup, which will take place in Oman and the United Arab Emirates from October 17 to November 14.
It is understood that Duleep Mendis, who is a senior office-bearer of Oman Cricket, approached Mumbai Cricket Association to send its team to the Arab nation.
"They (Oman) have invited (us) and it is the best opportunity for Mumbai to send its team,” a source from the cricket body told PTI.
The games would serve as practise to the Oman national team, which is participating in the T20 World Cup.
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Oman have qualified for the T20 World Cup and is also set to host six first-round games of the marquee event, which was shifted from India due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mumbai last season won the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the national one-day championship, after its poor show in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
News source: PTI
Enjoyed the experience, haven't given thought to anything else: Dravid on India coach job
Colombo, Jul 30 (Cricket news) In charge of the Indian squad for the limited overs series against Sri Lanka, batting great Rahul Dravid says he hasn't yet thought about taking up the national team coaching job on a full-time basis.
The former India captain though added that he has "enjoyed the experience" of coaching the team in Sri Lanka.
"I have enjoyed this experience. You know, look, I have not really thought anything far ahead," Dravid said at the virtual post-match press conference after the third and final T20 International on Thursday night.
He was asked to share his experiences and if he would want to take up the coaching job should an opportunity arise in the future.
"You know, to be honest with you I am happy doing what I am doing. For me, I haven't given any other thought than this tour and getting through this tour," added the legendary batsman.
India lost the third T20I by seven wickets and with it the series.
Dravid, who is the National Cricket Academy (NCA) director, has successfully coached the India Under-19 side and the India A side.
But the Sri Lankan tour was Dravid's first assignment as the head coach of the India senior team.
Under him, the Shikhar Dhawan-led side won the ODI series 2-1 but lost the T20 rubber 1-2, at the R Premdasa Stadium here.
During an illustrious career, the 48-year-old Dravid has played 164 Tests and 344 ODIs.
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"I have enjoyed the experience and I have loved working with these guys. It's been great. And no, I haven't given any other thought to anything else. There are (a) lot of challenges doing a full-time role, so I really don't know," quipped Dravid.
India head coach Ravi Shastri is currently with the Indian Test team, which lost the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, and will next take on England in a gruelling five-match series.
Shastri's contract runs till the end of T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be played in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14, and it's not clear whether he would like to reapply considering that his age is 59 and the upper age limit for Indian coach job is set at 60.
News source: PTI
Powerlifters Jaideep Kumar and Sakina Khatun qualify for Tokyo Paralympics
New Delhi, Jul 14 (Sports news) Powerlifters Jaideep Kumar and Sakina Khatun on Wednesday qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics after the sport's world governing body handed bipartite quotas to the country.
World Para Powerlifting conferred a bipartite quota each to Kumar (men’s 65 kg) and Khatun (women's 50kg), Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) said.
Khatun had won a bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and a silver in the 2018 Asian Para Games.
The bipartite slots came as a relief to India after the country's para powerlifting team couldn’t participate at last month’s Fazza -Dubai 2021 World Cup owing to travel restrictions to the United Arab Emirates.
“It’s a dream come true to qualify for the Paralympics. I have been working hard for the last two years. Now that the qualification has come, I will give my best to win a medal at the Games,” said Khatun, who became India’s first female powerlifter to qualify for the Paralympics.
Rohtak based Jaideep said: “After we had missed the final qualification event at Dubai, there was a lot of uncertainty about my qualification.
"The bipartite slots have given us a lot of hope and motivation to work towards our goal. I will definitely fight for a medal at the Games.” The Tokyo Paralympics will run from August 24 to September 5. News source: PTI
U-23 Asian Cup Qualifiers: India clubbed alongside UAE, Oman and Kyrgyz Republic
New Delhi, Jul 9 (Olympics news) India were on Friday placed in Group E alongside hosts UAE, Oman, and Kyrgyz Republic for the U-23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2022 Qualifiers, to be held from October 23 to 31.
The 42 teams were drawn into 11 groups with 15 spots available at the AFC U23 Asian Cup 2022 with Uzbekistan having already confirmed their place as hosts, the first time the tournament will be staged in the Central Zone.
The draw divided the teams into two regions – the west region comprising 23 west, south and central participating teams as well as the east region, which consists of 19 east and ASEAN participating teams.
The 11 group winners and four best second-placed teams will qualify for the finals.
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While India are in Group E, Jordan will host Group F that also has Palestine and Turkmenistan for company.
Group A consists of Syria, hosts Qatar, Yemen and Sri Lanka, while Islamic Republic of Iran, hosts Tajikistan, Lebanon and Nepal will contest in Group B, according to release issued by Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
Iraq, the 2013 champions, headline Group C which will be hosted by Bahrain with Afghanistan and Maldives also contesting.
Saudi Arabia, runners-up in 2013 and 2020, will play in Group D with Bangladesh, hosts Kuwait and Uzbekistan, who will participate in a friendly capacity and their results will not be included in the standings. The AFC did not provide any reason for this.
United Arab Emirates will host Group E with Oman, India and Kyrgyz Republic challenging them for the sole automatic spot available to the finals while hosts Jordan have Palestine and Turkmenistan for company in Group F.
Australia, who finished third in the 2020 AFC U23 Asian Cup, were drawn in Group G with China PR, hosts Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.
Korea Republic, the winners of the 2020 edition, will face ASEAN opposition in hosts Singapore, Timor-Leste and Philippines in Group H while 2018 runners-up Vietnam are with Myanmar, Hong Kong and hosts Chinese Taipei in Group I.
Mongolia will host ASEAN sides Thailand, Malaysia and Laos in Group J while DPR Korea, 2016 champions Japan and Cambodia are in Group K, with the hosts to be named in due course.
News source: PTI
Mumbai, Pune to host 2022 women's Asian Cup; Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad dropped: Football
New Delhi, Jul 6 (Sports news) Next year's women's Asian Cup in India will be held in Mumbai and Pune after the Asian Football Confederation dropped Bhubaneswar and Ahemdabad as venues to minimise the travelling time for participants and ensure an "optimum environment" for a bio-secure bubble.
The Mumbai Football Arena at the Andheri Sports Complex and the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi, Pune have been chosen as the new venues.
"The decision was confirmed taking into careful consideration the existing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic," the AFC stated in a press release.
The body said it was part of "efforts to minimise the travelling time for teams and officials between the venues, whilst ensuring the optimum environment to implement the Bio Medical Bubble for the benefit of all stakeholders." "The 37,900-capacity D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai will remain as one of the three stadiums that will stage the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 which is on schedule to take place from January 20 to February 6, 2022," the AFC said.
Speaking about the change in venue, President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Praful Patel said, "As the situation evolved, we had to adapt and the need was to create a bio-secure bubble." "Hence, we chose Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune, venues in close geographical proximity with stadiums that have previously hosted major football competitions." Patel also thanked the governments of Odisha and Gujarat, states that were slated to host the tournament previously.
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Japan, Australia, China PR and hosts India have already sealed their places in the Finals and the race to join the quartet will take centrestage from September this year when 28 teams across eight groups begin their quest to clinch the eight remaining places in the newly-expanded and biggest-ever edition of the Continental women's showpiece.
Three-time champions Chinese Taipei, Bahrain, Turkmenistan and Laos have been drawn in Group A, while Group B will see Vietnam, Tajikistan, Maldives and Afghanistan compete for a place in the Finals.
Asian powerhouses and three-time title holders DPR Korea are in Group C alongside Singapore, Iraq and Indonesia with Myanmar, United Arab Emirates, Guam and Lebanon completing the line-up in Group D.
News source: PTI
SA coach Mark Boucher fears, IPL will wear out UAE pitches ahead of T20 World Cup
New Delhi, Jul 5 (Cricket news) The remainder of Indian Premier League being held in the United Arab Emirates will hugely affect the pitches, which might get worn out and help the spinners "massively" during ICC T20 World Cup, feels South Africa head coach Maek Boucher.
The 2021 IPL, which was suspended following COVID-19 cases inside the bio-bubble, will be completed in UAE, which will also host the T20 World Cup after the ICC decided to shift the showpiece event from India due to the unprecedented health crisis.
The second leg of the IPL is scheduled to be held from September 19 to October 15, while the T20 World Cup will begin on October 17.
"The wickets after the IPL are going to be a bit dry. It's not the same as we are used to back in South Africa where you can go out and bash your way to 180 to 200 runs. You've got to be skillful here; you've got to be smart," Boucher was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.
"If anything, it's going to go even further into subcontinent conditions, on the extreme side. They are playing the IPL there, there are not a lot of grounds and those wickets are going to be worn, so scores will probably go even further down." Boucher said batting will be tough on this pitches as spinners will hold the key.
"It's going to be tough to bat on especially at the back end as we saw here," said the South African.
"We will have an idea of what scores are going to be by watching the IPL and then taking a look and assess how the wickets are playing during the beginning part of the World Cup.
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"I suspect spinners will play a massive role." Left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi had claimed seven wickets as South Africa won a five-match T20I series against the West Indies 3-2 at the National Cricket Stadium in St George's, Grenada.
News source: PTI
Former cricketer Kapil: There's no reason to remove Ravi Shastri if he is doing well
New Delhi, Jul 5 (Cricket news) There is no reason to remove Ravi Shastri from Indian cricket team's head coach's position if he continues to produce results, feels legendary former captain Kapil Dev.
The 59-year-old Shastri's contract comes to an end after the completion of T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October-November and it will also depend on whether the former India all-rounder is in a mood to re-apply.
Speculations have been rife that BCCI may elevate current NCA head Rahul Dravid as coach for the limited over series in Sri Lanka but as of now it looks highly improbable.
"I don't think there is any need to speak about it. Let this Sri Lanka series get over. We'll get to know the kind of performance our team has dished out," Kapil told 'ABP News'.
"If you're trying to groom a new coach, there's nothing wrong with it. Then again, if Ravi Shastri continues to do a good job, there's no reason to remove him either. Only time will tell. Before that, I think it will put unnecessary pressure on our coaches and players," Kapil said about his former vice-captain.
Shastri has guided the Indian team to Test series wins in Australia twice. Under him, India also reached the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup and the WTC Final but went down to New Zealand in both the knockout games.
Two Indians teams are set to play in two different countries with Virat Kohli and his men gearing up for the five-Test series in England, while a Shikhar Dhawan-led team will take on hosts Sri Lanka in a limited over series.
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Kapil said: "Indian team has big bench strength. If players get the opportunity and India can assemble two teams that can claim to win in both England and Sri Lanka, there is nothing better." Kapil is happy that a lot of talented youngsters have gotten opportunities for the Sri Lanka series.
"If the youngsters get the opportunity, there’s nothing wrong with it. But if it is up to the team management to decide whether they should apply such pressure on two teams simultaneously," Kapil pointed out."
News source: PTI
Australian batsman Smith injured, ready to miss T20 World Cup to be fit for Ashes
Melbourne, Jul 3 (Cricket news) Recuperating from an elbow injury, star Australia batsman Steve Smith says Test cricket remains his top priority and he is ready to skip the T20 World Cup to be in the best shape for the Ashes series against England.
The 32-year-old had withdrawn from the ongoing white-ball tour of the West Indies due to the elbow injury.
"There's still a bit of time between now and (the World Cup), and I'm tracking okay at the moment -– it's slow, but I'm going okay," Smith told cricket.com.au on Friday.
The T20 World Cup was shifted from India due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14, while the Ashes is schedule to begin on December 8 in Brisbane.
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"I'd love to be part of the World Cup, for sure. But from my point of view, Test cricket, that's my main goal -– to be right for the Ashes and try to emulate what I've done in the last few Ashes series I've been involved in," Smith said. Returning to action after a year-long ban due to his role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, Smith had amassed 774 runs in four Tests at an average of 110.57, including two hundreds, to emerge as the star performer in the last Ashes series.
"I want to put myself in a position where I can have that kind of impact," he said.
"If that does mean not partaking in the World Cup, then we'll have to go down that path, but hopefully we don't have to go there." Smith said he had felt pain in his left wrist after a change in his batting grip and needed painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication during his recent stint in the now-suspended Indian Premier League.
"I've made a bit of progress with it the last few weeks. I started some batting, just 10 minutes at a time, and basically my path now to getting back to playing is building up from there," he said.
"Because it's a tendon (injury), it's basically how you (feel when you) wake up the next day, so I start at 10 minutes and if I wake up the next day and I'm good, then I can go up to 12 minutes, and if I wake up well again, I go up to 15.
"Currently that's where I'm at –- 15 minutes -– and I've got to build up to 45 to get myself to a point where the medicos believe I can be comfortable."
New source: PTI
Football players Sunil Chhetri nominated for Khel Ratna, Bala Devi for Arjuna
New Delhi, Jun 30 (Football news) Talismanic India captain Sunil Chhetri has been recommended for this year's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country's highest sporting honour, by the All India Football Federation.
National women's football team striker Bala Devi, who is currently playing for Rangers in the Scottish Women's Premier League, has been recommended for the coveted Arjuna Award.
"We have recommended Sunil Chhetri for the Khel Ratna and Bala Devi for Arjuna Award," an official source told PTI on condition of anonymity.
"We have also recommended Gabriel Joseph for Dronacharya Award," the source added.
The 36-year-old Chhetri has been in tremendous form for the country and for his club Bengaluru FC in the last few years. He has played 118 international matches, scoring 74 goals, both Indian records.
He scored twice against Bangladesh in the recent World Cup Qualifiers in Qatar to become the second highest international goal scorer among active footballers, ahead of Argentine maestro Lionel Messi.
He is, however, currently in the fourth spot with United Arab Emirates' Ali Mabkhout (76) and Messi (75) having overtaken him.
Chhetri is a recipient of Padma Shri (2019), the country's fourth highest civilian honour, and the Arjuna Award (2011).
Since making debut in 2005, Chhetri has been part of Indian team that won the AFC Challenge Cup (2008), SAFF Championships (2011, 2015), Nehru Cup (2007, 2009, 2012), Intercontinental Cup (2017, 2018). He also played in the 2011 and 2019 Asian Cup.
The 31-year-old Devi, on the other hand, became the first Indian woman footballer to play for a top-flight PROFESSIONAL league in Europe when she joined Rangers of Glasgow in January last year.
She has played more than 50 matches for the country since 2010 and will play an important role in the national team during the AFC Women's Asian Cup to be hosted by the country next year. News Source: PTI
T20 World Cup to be shifted from India to UAE: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly
New Delhi, Jun 28 The T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in India is being shifted to the UAE owing to the health safety concerns posed by COVID-19, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly told PTI on Monday.
The mega-event is to be held in October-November.
"We have officially intimated the ICC that the T20 World Cup can be shifted to the United Arab Emirates. The details are being chalked out," Ganguly said.
The ICC, at the start of the month, had given BCCI a four-week window to decide and inform whether India could host the marquee event considering the COVID-19 situation in the country.
PTI was first to report on May 4 that the tournament was being shifted to the UAE.
This was after the pandemic forced the postponement of IPL, the second part of which is also being held in the UAE in September-October. News source PTI
Asian Football Federation announces draw of AFC Women's Asia Cup qualifiers
Kuala Lumpur, Jun 24 The Asian Football Confederation on Thursday virtually conducted a draw and placed 28 nations in eight groups for the AFC Women's Asia Cup, scheduled to be held in India next year.
According to a release issued by the AFC, these 28 teams have been divided into eight sets with Groups A to D comprising four teams each and Groups E to H drawing three teams.
The winners of each group will secure qualification to the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022. These qualifiers will be played between September 13 to 25 this year.
The eight teams from the qualification round will join the four that have already qualified for the tournament.
The already-qualified teams are defending champions Japan, 2018 runners-up Australia, 2018 third-place finishers China and hosts India.
The 2022 edition of the AFC Women’'s Asian Cup is the first time the tournament will be contested by an expanded pool of 12 teams, and it will also serve as the final stage of Asian qualification for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.
India will host the continental tournament between January 20 and February 6 next year.
The hosts for the qualifiers are Chinese Taipei (Group A), Tajikistan (Group B), Indonesia (Group C), Myanmar (Group D), Uzbekistan (Group E), Nepal (Group F) and Bangladesh (Group G).
The AFC said that hosts of the Group H matches will be announced later.
AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers draw: Group A: Chinese Taipei (H), Bahrain, Turkmenistan, Laos.
Group B: Vietnam, Tajikistan (H), Maldives, Afghanistan.
Group C: DPR Korea, Singapore, Iraq, Indonesia (H).
Group D: Myanmar (H), United Arab Emirates, Guam, Lebanon.
Group E: Korea Republic, Uzbekistan (H), Mongolia.
Group F: Philippines, Hong Kong, Nepal (H).
Group G: Jordan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Bangladesh (H).
Group H: Thailand, Palestine, Malaysia. News source PTI
Indian footballer Sunil Chhetri extends contract with Bengaluru FC for another two years
Bengaluru, Jun 21 India captain Sunil Chhetri has extended his contract with Bengaluru FC for another two years and will be with the Indian Super League side till 2023.
The new deal will enable Chhetri, who joined 'the Blues' in 2013, to extend his stay with the club into the 10th season.
Chhetri has made 203 appearances for the club, scoring 101 goals in eight seasons. The 36-year-old has led the club since its inception in 2013 and has topped the goal-scoring charts in each of his eight seasons with the Blues.
"I'm really happy to have signed on for two more years at Bengaluru FC. The city is home now, and the people at this club are like family to me. It feels like just yesterday that I signed for the first time here, and I have to say the journey has been nothing short of special," Chhetri said.
"I love this club, the supporters and the city, all three of which I have a strong bond with, and I'm looking forward to being part of many more great moments with them," said the talismanic skipper.
Chhetri, a six-time AIFF Player of the Year, led the Blues to their first I-League title in 2013, and has since won five more trophies with the club, including the Federation Cup (2015, 2017), Indian Super League (2018-19) and Super Cup (2018).
In addition to several other individual awards, Chhetri was named the Asian Football Confederation’s Asian Icon in 2018 and the following year, he was conferred the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour.
Chhetri has played 118 matches for India with 74 international goals to his names, the third highest among active players. Ali Mabkhout (76 goals) of United Arab Emirates has taken the second spot from Chhetri during the World Cup Qualifiers in Qatar earlier this month.
Bengaluru FC will face Eagles FC of Maldives in a 2021 AFC Cup Play-off stage clash in August. News source: PTI
Caribbean Premier League tweaks its schedule to avoid clash with remainder of IPL in United Arab Emirates
New Delhi, Jun 19 The BCCI seems to have ensured the participation of the Caribbean players in the remainder of the IPL as the organisers of the CPL have revised their schedule to avoid a clash of dates with the popular Indian T20 tournament.
The Indian Premier League was suspended mid-season last month after the coronavirus breached its bio-bubble and is scheduled to restart in the UAE from September 19.
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will now be played in St Kitts and Nevis between August 26 and September 15, four days before the IPL's resumption.
The CPL was originally scheduled to start on August 28 and conclude on September 19.
The likes of big-hitting Chris Gayle, spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounder DJ Bravo among others are part of different IPL franchisees.
The development would please the BCCI, especially when participation of the Australian players in the IPL is under doubt.
"Both IPL and CPL are important to CWI, to our cricketers and to fans," Ricky Skerritt, the Cricket West Indies president said.
"CWI's role was to facilitate arrangements for a non-overlapping and smooth transition from one tournament to the next. Cricket administrators must collaborate if cricket is to survive the risks and costs of COVID-19." Skerritt said they would also soon finalise the guidelines for the franchises to be part of the bio-secure bubble.
"Any bubble-related decisions are made by the local St Kitts health authorities and CPL medical advisors (same as CWI), in the context of the local Covid-19 situation," he said.
"Just four weeks ago, St Kitts recorded community spread for the first time. For over a year, all cases were imported, identified, quarantined, and recovered. The first local Covid-19 (related) death happened just two days ago," he said.
It may be noted that the owners of two the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Punjab Kings also own teams in the CPL - the Trinbago Knight Riders and the St Lucia Zouks respectively. News source PTI
Looking at certainty about decision where T20 World Cup can be staged: ICC interim CEO Geoff Allardice
New Delhi, Jun 14 The coronavirus-enforced travel restrictions have added a "layer of complexity" as the ICC waits for the BCCI to take a final call on India hosting the T20 World Cup, the global body's interim CEO Geoff Allardice said on Monday.
The BCCI has sought time till June 28 to decide on whether it can host the T20 World Cup in India as a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected during the meet in October-November. The back-up countries are United ARab Emirates and Oman as of now.
"We need to deliver the event in full in the window that is allowed for the event. From planning point of view, we need certainty, one of the things that one is finding is an extra layer of complexity in arranging global events in times of restrictions related to COVID-19," Allardice told select media outlets.
"There are restrictions related to travel and requirements to enter other countries, the arrangements around hotels etc.," he said, citing their concerns.
Allardice said that the final decision is still some days away.
"What we are looking towards is certainty about the decisions where the events can be staged, we can start developing the match schedule and getting all the plans in place, board is going to take a call at the end of the month, and, at this stage, we are in discussions daily with BCCI and where we can try and finalise the match schedule," Allardice said.
"There are budgets and everything else. I think not much to add at this stage other than to say that a decision will be made at the end of the month," Allardice was non-committal.
Allardice assured that even if the tournament is held in India, it will only happen once all the member nations are taken into confidence.
"The decisions of ICC are all made by the board and it consists of representatives of all the member countries.
"In terms of them taking a decision where the matches will be staged, they (ICC BOARD) are always reflecting the views of their member boards and by extension their players.
"It is also in terms of the way the decisions are made and always their is a country representation in that decision." News source PTI
2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships: Complete List of Medallists
The ASBC Asian Boxing Championships, which marked the return of international boxing in Asia after the Covid-19 pandemic concluded on Monday with India bagging 15 medals surpassing it's previous best of 13 medals in 2019 in Bangkok.
The boxing event was jointly hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation. The Championships featured 150 boxers from 17 nations including strong boxing countries like India, Uzbekistan, Philippines and Kazakhstan.
Here is the Complete List of Winners in all category :
Light flyweight (49 kg)
Gold - Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov, Uzbekistan
Silver - Daniyal Sabit, Kazakhstan
Bronze - Orkhontungalagiin Önöbold,Mongolia; Mark Lester Durens, Philippines
Flyweight (52 kg)
Gold -Shakhobidin Zoirov, Uzbekistan
Silver - Amit Panghal, India
Bronze -Azat Usenaliev, Kyrgyzstan; Saken Bibossinov, Kazakhstan
Bantamweight (56 kg)
Gold-Kharkhüügiin Enkh-Amar, Mongolia
Silver- Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov, Uzbekistan
Bronze - Akylbek Esenbek Uulu, Kyrgystan, Junmilardo Ogayre, Philippines
Lightweight (60 kg)
Gold - Erdenebatyn Tsendbaatar, Mongolia
Silver- Danial Shahbakhsh, Iran
Bronze- Abdumalik Khalokov, Uzbekistan, Varinder Singh, India
Light welterweight (64 kg)
Gold- Baatarsükhiin Chinzorig, Mongolia
Silver- Shiva Thapa, India
Bronze- Elnur Abduraimov, Uzbekistan; Bakhodur Usmonov, Tajikistan
Welterweight (69 kg)
Gold- Bobo-Usmon Baturov, Uzebekistan
Silver- Ablaikhan Zhussupov, Kazakhstan
Bronze- Vikas Krishan Yadav, India, Battömöriin Misheelt, Mongolia
Middleweight (75 kg)
Gold -Saidjamshid Jafarov, Uzbekistan
Silver - AbilkhanAmankul, Kazakhstan
Bronze- Eumir Marcial, Philippines, Shahin Mousavi, Iran
Light heavyweight (81 kg)
Gold- Dilshodbek Ruzmetov, Uzbekistan
Silver -Meisam Gheshlaghi, Iran
Bronze- Shabbos Negmatulloev Tajikistan, Erkin Adylbek Uulu, Kyrgyzstan
Heavyweight (91 kg)
Gold- Sanjeet Kumar, India
Silver - Vassiliy Levit, Kazakhstan
Bronze- Sanjar Tursunov, Uzebkistan, Rustam Yrysbek Uulu, Kyrgystan
Super heavyweight (+91 kg)
Gold- Bakhodir Jalolov, Uzbekistan
Silver - Kamshybek Kunkabayev, Kazakhstan
Bronze - Abdulrahman Al-Anzi
Kuwait; Pouria Amiri, Iran
Light flyweight (48 kg)
Gold- Alua Balkibekova, Kazakhstan
Silver - Gulasal Sultonalieva, Uzbekistan
Bronze- Monika, India, Josie Gabuco, Philippines
Flyweight (51 kg)
Gold- Nazym Kyzaibay,Kazakhstan
Silver - Mary Kom, India
Bronze- Nadeeka Pushpakumari, Sri Lanka; Lutsaikhany Altantsetseg, Mongolia
Bantamweight (54 kg)
Gold- Dina Zholaman, Kazakhstan
Silver- Sitora Shogdarova, Uzbekistan
Bronze- Sakshi Chaudhary, India, Erdenedalaigiin Michidmaa, Mongolia
Featherweight (57 kg)
Gold- Sitora Turdibekova, Uzbekistan
Silver- Vladislava Kukhta, Kazakhstan
Bronze- Mijgona Samadova, Tajikistan, Jasmine, India
Lightweight (60 kg)
Gold- Rimma Volossenko, Kazakhstan
Silver- Huswatun Hasanah, Indonesia
Bronze- Simranjit Kaur, India, Shoira Zulkaynarova, Tajikistan
Light welterweight (64 kg)
Gold- Milana Safronova, Kazakhstan
Silver- Lal Buat Saihi, India
Bronze-Mokhinabonu Abdullaeva, Uzbekistan, Noura Al-Mutairi, Kuwait
Welterweight (69 kg)
Gold- Valentina Khalzova, Kazakhstan
Silver- Navbakhor Khamidova, Uzbekistan
Bronze - Lovlina Borgohain, India
Middleweight (75 kg)
Gold- Pooja Rani, India
Silver-Mavluda Movlonova, Uzbekistan
Bronze- Mönkhbatyn Myagmarjargal, Mongolia ; Marina Volnova, Kazakhstan
Light heavyweight (81 kg)
Gold-Fariza Sholtay, Kazakhstan
Silver-Sokhiba Ruzmetova, Uzbekistan
Bronze- Saweety Boora, India
Heavyweight (+81 kg)
Gold-Lazzat Kungeibayeva, Kazakhstan
Silver-Anupama Kundu, India
Bronze-Hanan Al-Zeyoudi, United Arab Emirates; Mokhira Abdullaeva, Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan dominated the tournament with 18 medals, followed by Kazakhstan with 16 medals. Although the Indian contingent finished their campaign with its best ever performance, bagging 15 medals, including two gold, five silver and eight bronze, India had to settle for the third Spot in the overall medal Tally, however with regards to gold, the ranking drops to 4th.
2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships: Highlights & Statistics
The ASBC Asian Boxing Championships, which marked the return of international boxing in Asia after the Covid-19 pandemic concluded on Monday with India putting up it's best show ever with an unprecedented 15 medals surpassing its previous best of 13 medals in 2019 in Bangkok.
The boxing event in Dubai hosted 150 boxers from 17 nations featuring strong boxing countries like India, Uzbekistan, Philippines and Kazakhstan.
Key Highlights of the 2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships:
- Indonesia had a woman finalist for the very first time in the history of the event
- Kuwait has done its debut in women’s boxing with a bronze medal
- United Arab Emirates claimed its first woman boxing medal
- Iran had two male finalists after 16 years of break
- Mongolia clinched three male gold medals first time after the 2007 edition
- Kazakhstan claimed eight female gold medals for the first time
- Uzbekistan picked its second woman gold medal in the history of the championships
Nation wise Medal Tally of the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships:
- Uzbekistan: 18 medals
- Kazakhstan: 16 medals
- India: 15 medals
- Mongolia: 8 medals
- Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Tajikistan: 4 medals
- Kuwait: 2 medals
- Indonesia, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates: 1 medal
Medallists by nations-Women’s statistics
1. Kazakhstan: 8 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal
2. Uzbekistan: 1 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals
3. India: 1 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze medals
4. Indonesia: 0 gold, 1 silver and 0 bronze medal
5. Mongolia: 0 gold, 0 silver and 3 bronze medals
6. Tajikistan: 0 gold, 0 silver and 2 bronze medals
7. Kuwait: 0 gold, 0 silver and 1 bronze medal
8. Philippines: 0 gold, 0 silver and 1 bronze medal
9. Sri Lanka: 0 gold, 0 silver and 1 bronze medal
10. United Arab Emirates: 0 gold, 0 silver and 1 bronze medal
Medallists by nations - Men’s statistics
1. Uzbekistan: 6 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals
2. Mongolia: 3 gold, 0 silver and 2 bronze medals
3. India: 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals
4. Kazakhstan: 0 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze medal
5. Iran: 0 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals
6. Kyrgyzstan: 0 gold, 0 silver and 4 bronze medals
7. Philippines: 0 gold, 0 silver and 3 bronze medals
8. Tajikistan: 0 gold, 0 silver and 2 bronze medals
9. Kuwait: 0 gold, 0 silver and 1 bronze medal
ICC Board Meet: No outcomes likely as BCCI to ask for time on T20 World Cup; FTP cycle to be discussed
New Delhi, May 31 The BCCI will ask for one month's extension to decide on hosting the T20 World Cup in India amid the looming COVID-19 threat when the all-powerful ICC Board holds a virtual meeting on Tuesday to discuss a host of other issues as well.
While earlier, it was decided that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly will attend the meet in person, it is learnt that now he will be present virtually and will only leave for the UAE on Wednesday to have discussions on the organisation of IPL with Emirates Cricket Board.
There are no concrete outcomes expected at the meeting and after July 1, the BCCI will hold another SGM . The ICC is likely to make a formal announcement of its final decision during its annual conference that starts on July 18.
While the remainder of the IPL has been shifted to the United Arab Emirates between September 15 to October 15, the Indian cricket board doesn't want to let go the opportunity of hosting the global T20 event, which also has Emirates as back-up hosts.
"The COVID-19 cases are reducing but obviously it is still not a situation where we can firmly commit to hosting the World T20. Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah are right in asking for one month's time to decide," a senior BCCI source privy to developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
"Obviously, they will also get a feedback from the government whether it would be prudent to host it in India.
"The second aspect is that you never know when the cases rise again. Right now, the lockdown in various parts of the country is yielding some good results but as we had seen the sudden surge during IPL, the situation remains fluid," he said.
However, one thing is clear that even if BCCI manages to host the tournament between the third week of October and second week of November, there is no question of nine cities being allotted games.
"If BCCI manages to host the tournament in October-November which is currently a 50-50 probability, it could well mean single city three venues in Mumbai along with Pune and Ahmedabad as venue for the final.
"This curtails travel. But Pakistan team playing in Maharashtra and Gujarat also needs to be factored in," the source said.
The other issue that BCCI is facing currently is tax waiver that ICC gets for its global events. It is understood that while BCCI is in discussion with the top government functionaries, there are no easy solutions.
IF BCCI can't arrange the tax waiver from the government, it will have to forego ICC revenue to the tune of USD 125 million (INR 905 crore approx).
"In this post pandemic world and a hostile economic climate which is pretty hostile, the Indian government providing a tax relief close to Rs 1000 crore for a cricket event seems like wishful thinking," the source said.
"But then if BCCI can pull it off, good for them. In any case, we are not likely to give up on our hosting rights even if it is held in the UAE," the BCCI source added.
FTP Cycle 2023-31
The Futures Tours & Programme Cycle for the next eight years between 2023 to 2031 will also be discussed with provision for the flagship ICC events apart from the bilateral series.
"Obviously due to the pandemic, every cricket board has lost money and the bilateral events are the way forward to recover the costs. In any case, currently rested ICC CEO Manu Sawhney's proposal of a marquee ICC event every year was red flagged by the 'Big Three' much earlier.
"They need to look after the financial health of their boards," the official further added.
Also the future of the World Test Championship will also be discussed after a much curtailed first edition due to the pandemic.
ICC chairman Greg Barclay, a few months back, had expressed his apprehensions about the future of the tournament but a lot of people believe that its prospects can't be judged in a year where there was a global crisis.
Global Strategy going forward
The ICC will also discuss a strategy for the global growth of the game with special emphasis on women's cricket.
India's participation in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games has given ICC a big boost along with BCCI's in-principle approval to take part in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
The ICC board wants to spread the game equally in 104 countries.
"Women's game is the next big thing and T20 is a tool to popularise women's game globally," the board source said. New source PTI
BCCI to seek 1 month's time from ICC for final call on WT20, formal nod for IPL in UAE in Sept-Oct
New Delhi, May 29 The general body of the BCCI on Saturday approved the IPL's resumption in September in the UAE and also decided to seek one month's time from the ICC to assess the COVID-19 situation in India before taking a final call on the ICC T20 World Cup.
The Special General Meeting (SGM), held virtually, lasted for about 50 minutes as the members were unanimous in their approval of the two agendas on the day.
"The SGM approved the decision to hold the remaining matches of IPL between September and October. The dates will be intimated later," a senior state association member, who was present in the meeting, told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
"In September, it's the time for retreating monsoon in India. Also the fact that three grounds in the UAE makes it easier as we had seen in 2020." The likely dates will be between September 18 and October 10.
He said all the members want the T20 World Cup to be held in India in last week of October but no decision can be taken right now.
"The BCCI representatives -- president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah -- will be seeking time till July 1 after which another SGM will be held to decide on whether we would go ahead with hosting of World T20.
"Right now, the health situation in the country doesn't allow us to take any final decision." In a short statement, the BCCI said all the members unanimously agreed to resume IPL in the UAE.
"The BCCI on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year.
"The BCCI SGM further authorised the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021," secretary Jay Shah said in the statement.
The senior state association member said there is also a tax rebate issue which is still an ongoing process.
"ICC wants tax waivers but we have to abide by government guidelines. But a World T20 in India means that all the stakeholders happen to gain. But sitting in May, you can't predict the health emergency in October. So we need some time," he said.
While IPL's UAE shift was a foregone conclusion, the office bearers intimated the general body about the issue of availability of players.
"The BCCI is pretty clear that even if there is a case of unavailability of English players due to their series against Pakistan, we are not going to plead to any of the boards about releasing their players.
"The first and foremost thing is to complete the 31 remaining games of IPL. We believe other aspects will be taken care of," he added.
Domestic players' compensation
One member from a state association had informally raised the issue but he was told in no uncertain terms that this is not the appropriate forum as SGM needs to be held as per agenda. "The compensation thing has already been passed at the AGM last January. Yes, they haven't worked out a formula and trust me it's not the easiest thing. Dada (Sourav Ganguly) has got approval for compensation but what's the formula? "Today, if a state gives contract to 20 players, which is a standard upper limit, there will be five who may just move court and say that this year they were supposed to be selected? These are things that the Board needs to sort out," an official of a heavyweight state said.
Ganguly, Shah going to Dubai on Monday
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah will join vice president Rajiv Shukla in Dubai for the ICC Board Meeting on June 1 where there will be discussions on the fate of the T20 World Cup in India in october.
"As they will ask for one month's time, the best option for BCCI is to hold it in Maharashtra -- three grounds in Mumbai and one in Pune. However, the issue of Pakistan travelling to Mumbai could be more of a political decision where the security will also need to be factored in,' the official said. New source PTI
Afghanistan Cricket Board looking to host Pakistan in UAE
Karachi, May 24 The Afghanistan Cricket Board is keen to host Pakistan for a white ball series in the United Arab Emirates in August-September.
Pakistan and Afghanistan have met frequently in ICC and Asian Cricket Council events but have never played a bilateral series at the senior level although Afghanistan has sent its team to Pakistan several times to play against the A sides.
A source in the Pakistan board said that the two boards had opened talks on the planned series which would include three One-day Internationals and three T20 matches in Abu Dhabi or Dubai.
"The Afghanistan board is keen to have the series before the World T20 Cup which is in October,” the source said.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan had also asked the PCB to arrange a bilateral series with Afghanistan when senior Afghan players including Muhammad Nabi had met him in January this year.
The Afghan players had requested the Pakistani premier to do something and start proper bilateral series between the two countries at the senior level.
The source said that the PCB was looking at the option of playing the series when the team returns from West Indies in August.
"The plan is for the Pakistan team to stop over in UAE and play the series in August as the Indian cricket board is also likely to host the remaining matches of its unfinished Indian Premier League in the UAE sometime in September-October.
"And a number of Afghan players including their captain, Rashid Khan, Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rehman and a few others take part in the IPL for different teams,” the source said.
He said the PCB wanted to have the series in August as it also had to host England at home before the World T20 Cup. News source: PTI
Indian boxing team reaches Dubai for Asian Championship after delayed landing of flight
New Delhi, May 22 (PTI) The Indian boxing team, featuring the likes of M C Mary Kom (51kg) and Amit Panghal (52kg), reached Dubai to compete in the Asian Boxing Championships aboard an "air-bubble" flight, which had to stay mid-air longer than scheduled as administrative paperwork delayed its landing.
The tournament starts on Monday with the draws lined up for Sunday. It is the only major competition that the boxers will get before the July-August Olympics given the COVID-19 restrictions in place around the globe.
The team reached Dubai on Friday evening.
"There was some confusion regarding the approval letter for the trip which was eventually sorted thanks to the intervention of the Indian Embassy in the UAE. The flight took a while to land but the boxers have now reached their hotel," a source close to the team told PTI.
The Boxing Federation of India issued a statement, thanking the Indian ambassador to the UAE for his assistance but did not get into details of what caused the delay in the flight's landing.
"Indian contingent has landed in Dubai and reached the hotel. Two rounds of RT-PCR test have been conducted -- one at the airport and the other at the hotel. Indian team flew on SpiceJet flight under the air bubble agreement with all necessary and relevant permissions," the statement read.
"Boxing Federation of India is grateful to the Indian Embassy and Ambassador Mr Pavan Kapoor for his help in ensuring the contingent's participation at the 2021 ASBC Asian Championships. We are also thankful to the Asian Boxing Confederation and the UAE government," it added.
The 10-strong women's team is being led by the redoubtable M C Mary Kom (51kg) along with three other Olympic-bound boxers -- Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg).
Two Olympic-bound names missing from the men's team are Manish Kaushik (63kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg), both of whom are currently recovering from COVID-19. A total of five men have qualified for the Tokyo Games in July-August.
Apart from India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, and Uzbekistan are among the prominent countries which will compete at the continental showpiece.
India had delivered its best ever Asian Championship performance in the 2019 edition in Thailand, claiming 13 medals, including two gold, four silver and seven bronze. PTI PM KHS KHS
Cricketer Wriddhiman Saha subtly questions IPL bubble tightness, says UAE would have been better venue
Kolkata, May 22 Seasoned wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has indicated that the bio-bubble for IPL-14 was not as foolproof as the one in UAE last year, becoming the first India player to publicly question, even if subtly, the tightness of the controlled environment.
The 36-year-old Saha was among the players who contracted the dreaded virus before the IPL stumbled to an abrupt halt midway into its 14th season after multiple COVID-19 cases were reported in its bio-bubble.
During an interview with PTI, Saha spoke about the bio-bubble breach in India and said it would have been better if the IPL was held in UAE, like last year.
"It's the job of the stakeholders to assess it, but the only thing I would say is that there was not a single individual during our training in UAE (last year), not even a ground staff.
"Here there would be people, kids peeping from nearby walls. I don't want to comment much but we saw how the IPL went off smoothly in UAE in 2020 and then it started in India this year with cases on the rise," Saha said.
The Bengal veteran reached his home in Kolkata after completing over a fortnight-long quarantine at a Delhi hotel to make himself available for selection for the upcoming England tour.
On the bio-bubble he added, "I don't know what would have happened, but definitely I feel it would have been better off in UAE this time as well. It's for the stakeholders to look into it." Saha had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 4, the day the 2021 edition of the tournament was suspended indefinitely.
He said he has fully recovered now and he is not feeling any weakness.
"I'm doing all normal activities, there's no fatigue, body ache or any weakness. But I will actually get to know how my body is coping when I get into actual match training mode." Recalling his battle with the virus, he said: "I had a slight fever for the first couple of days, lost smell after five days but it returned within four days.
"It was about spending time with family, friends (virtually), catching up with some light-hearted movies and keeping myself in a good space. I was never mentally disturbed or down. I was just being normal.
"Currently, I'm doing some fitness routine at home but the actual fitness training will start after I join the team in Mumbai," he concluded. News source: PTI
Teams to watch out for in the ASBC Asian Men’s & Women’s Elite Boxing Championships
The upcoming ASBC Asian Men’s & Women’s Elite Boxing Championships is all set to kick start from May 24, after being shifted to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The finest boxing nations of Asia, like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Thailand, Philippines, Mongolia, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will field their contingents in the event.
Let's have a look at some of the strongest teams and their stars competing in the event.
The Indian coaches and officials have put in a lot of hard work in recent years to create a strong team, and after their sensational performance at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, the Indian squad is ready to take on Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan at the Championships.
India’s boxing great MC Mary Kom, the six-times AIBA Women’s World Champion, five-times ASBC Asian Women’s Champion, Asian Games winner and Commonwealth Games gold medallist will be contesting in the flyweight (51kg) category in Dubai where almost all of the Indian women pugilists are the favourites in their respective categories. From the men's team , Amit Panghal (52kg), Shiva Thapa (64kg) and Vikas Krishan Yadav (69kg) are already medallists in previous AIBA World Boxing Championships.
Uzbekistan landed in the venue with a big delegation and the nation is expecting to top the medal tally. Among the defending AIBA Men’s Elite World Champions, Uzbekistan’s trio as Shakhobiddin Zoirov (52kg), Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov (57kg) and Bakhodir Jalolov (+91kg) all will be contesting in Dubai.
Their medal winners and champions from major events like Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov (49kg), Abdumalik Khalakov (60kg), Elnur Abduraimov (64kg), Bobo-Usmon Baturov (69kg), Dilshodbek Ruzmetov (81kg) and Sanjar Tursunov (91kg) are also providing a solid support to their team.
Their younger girls were impressive in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Poland last month, and the Uzbek top women boxers have also progressed brilliantly since 2019. The Uzbeks clinched four golds in the previous event in Bangkok two years ago but their expectations are even higher in Dubai.
Kazakhstan won six medals in the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships and the winners included Saken Bibossynov (52kg), Ablaikhan Zhussupov (69kg), Bekzad Nurdauletov (81kg), Vasiliy Levit (91kg) and Kamshybek Kunkabayev (+91kg), who will now be competing once again.
Their four AIBA Women’s World Champions: Nazym Kyzaibay (51kg), Dina Zholaman (54kg), Valentina Khalzova (69kg) and Lazzat Kungeibayeva (+81kg) will be all participating in the Championships.
The Mongolians earned titles in the last ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships and Asian Games, and their formidable line up is a combination of seasoned stars and young talents. The team displayed a brilliant performance in the Grand Prix Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic. Erdenebat Tsendbaatar’s main goal is to defend his title in Dubai and defeat all of his Asian rivals one more time, but Asian Games silver medallist Chinzorig Baatarsukh (64kg) and powerhouse Enkhmandakh Kharkhuu (52kg) are also part of their team in Dubai.
The Filipino puglislists trained in their country and in Thailand in the previous weeks to prepare for the upcoming event. Their side features a defending champion Josie Gabuco (48kg) who clinched the gold medal at the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. Philippines’ top men boxer Eumir Felix Marcial (75kg) bagged silver at the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships and boasts of 10 years of international experience.
Tajikistan announced their final contingent for the Championships which features eleven boxers consisting of four talented girls. Their defending ASBC Asian Champion Bakhodur Usmonov (64kg), FISU University World Champion Shabbos Negmatulloev (81kg) and their Women's No.1 Shoira Zulkaynarova (60kg) are part of the team. The team will be landing in Dubai with four seasoned coaches and has strong contenders for titles in several weight categories.
The Kyrgyz boxers earned two bronze medals in the previous ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships held in Bangkok. The Kyrgyz pugilists contested at the Bosphorus International Boxing Tournament, the Governor Cup and also at the Belgrade Winner Tournament this year to be well prepared for the dubai event.
Kyrgyzstan’s veteran pugilists and medallists from the previous championships: Mirlan Turkbay Uulu (49kg), Azat Usenaliev (52kg) and Erkin Adylbek Uulu (81kg) all have been selected for the event along with the next generation of Kyrgyz talents such as ASBC Asian Youth Champion Nuradin Rustambek Uulu (69kg).
Participating nations in the 2021 ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships:
Afghanistan, Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, host United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.
PCB to stage remaining PSL matches in Abu Dhabi, secures pending approvals from UAE
Karachi, May 20 The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to stage the remaining matches of the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League in Abu Dhabi after receiving all outstanding approvals and exemptions from the UAE government.
There was uncertainty regarding the completion of the T20 league which was suspended after 14 games in March following cases of COVID-19 inside its bio-bubble.
"Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed it has received all outstanding approvals and exemptions from the United Arab Emirates government for the staging of the remaining 20 HBL Pakistan Super League matches in Abu Dhabi," the board said in a statement.
On Wednesday, PCB had said it would be forced to postpone the remaining PSL 6 matches if it doesn't get required approvals from the relevant authorities in the UAE in the next 24 hours.
"We are delighted with this development as the remaining hurdles in the staging of the remaining HBL PSL 6 matches in Abu Dhabi have been overcome and all systems are now good to go," PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said.
"We are grateful to the UAE government, National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, Emirates Cricket Board and Abu Dhabi Sports Council for their support and patronage in ensuring all final obstacles were removed, which has firmly put us in a position to complete our marquee event." Following the suspension of the league, the PCB had scheduled the remaining matches from June 1 to 20.
The Board said it will now "hold an online meeting with the six franchise owners later in the day to update them about the progress made as well as to finalise all details." "The PCB, in consultation with the team owners, will now work at pace to finalise all event-related arrangements, details of which will be shared in due course," Khan said.
"The holding of the remaining matches in Abu Dhabi will allow our fans to once again follow and support their favourite players and teams through our high-quality broadcast coverage of one of the most competitive cricket leagues in the world." The board decided to hold the remaining matches in the UAE after the National Command and Operations Authority, which monitors the COVID-19 situation in Pakistan, had advised it against hosting the games again in Karachi.
A seven-member PCB team has been in the UAE since last week to get required approvals from the authorities through the Emirates Cricket Board.
The sixth edition of the tournament was postponed after as many as seven players and officials had returned positive for COVID-19 in less than a week in March. News Source : PTI
AIBA announces 400,000 USD prize money for Asian Boxing Championships
Lausanne: AIBA on Wednesday announced that ASBC Asian Boxing Championships medalists will be given prize money from AIBA for the first time in the history of the tournament. The prize money is 400,000 USD and will be distributed among gold, silver and bronze medalists in each weight category.
Both Men and Women pugilists who finish in first place, will be awarded with 10,000 USD. While for the second, the prize money is 5,000 USD and for boxers winning bronze medals, it is 2,500 USD each.
The ASBC Asian Men’s & Women’s Elite Boxing Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates will commence from May 24 with the finals scheduled on May 31.
‘We are following the initially planned strategy. Boxers should receive a reward for their hard work. Not only will money motivate athletes, but also ensure the financial stability of them and their families. All we do is for the sake of our boxers, they are our most important persons. I wish all the participants of the Asian Championships to show their best in the ring and stay healthy,’ AIBA President Mr. Umar Kremlev said.
Afghanistan, Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen are the countries who have registered to attend the event.
Eight out of the ten defending Asian champions in men's category like Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov (49kg), Amit Panghal (52kg), Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov (56kg), Erdenebat Tsendbaatar (60kg), Bakhodur Usmonov (64kg), Bobo-Usmon Baturov (69kg), Kim Hyeong Kyu (91kg) and Bakhodir Jalolov (+91kg) are planning to contest in the event to defend their titles.
In the Women's event, Philippines’ Josie Gabuco (48kg) and India’s Pooja Rani (75kg) will have an opportunity to increase the tally of their gold medals.
PSL unlikely to resume in UAE due to COVID-19 travel ban
Karachi, May 10 The chances of PSL's sixth edition resuming in the United Arab Emirates in June diminished after the UAE government announced a ban on travellers from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The travel ban will come into effect from Wednesday.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board to seek permission from the UAE government to hold the remaining 20 matches of the PSL in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from June 1.
"The PCB was expecting things to be finalised in next 24 hours due to the Eid holidays in both countries but now with this ban imposed by the UAE government till May 12, the only option available to the PCB is to hold the matches in Karachi," a source said on Monday.
He said the PCB was reluctant to have the matches in Karachi or anywhere in Pakistan given the experience of last March when the league had to be postponed due to a sudden surge in COVID cases among players and officials.
A board official has also said that the National Command and Operations Authority, which oversees COVID-19 situation in Pakistan, had also advised the PCB against holding the matches in Karachi.
"Their is one more suggestion to have it in Sri Lanka if not in UAE, but that will require a lot of logistical and other issues and will also be dependent on clearance from the government," another source said.
Pakistan's former captain and batting great, Javed Miandad, has advised the PCB against holding the PSL's remaining matches.
"I think this is not the right time to be playing cricket when all the focus is on saving lives from this dreaded virus," Miandad told a cricket website.
He criticised the PCB for thinking about even shifting the PSL matches to UAE.
"This is not the time to play cricket, it is the time to save lives. In these times of crisis, we should be more focused on saving lives rather than playing cricket.
"The whole world has been affected by the coronavirus. India, where the world cup was supposed to take place, is also severely affected by the epidemic," he noted. News Source : PTI
I doubt IPL will re-start this year in India again, on World T20, they need to be cautious: Neesham
Christchurch, May 10 New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham doesn't think that there is any chance of the remaining 31 matches of Indian Premier League happening in India this year, after the tournament got postponed due to COVID-19 cases inside the bio-bubble.
He also has serious doubts whether India would be able to host the 16-team T20 World Cup later this year.
India is in the midst of its worst ever health crisis in last 70 years with the country recording 400,000 cases on a daily basis with at least 4000 deaths on an average.
Both IPL and T20 World Cup are set to be re-scheduled to the United Arab Emirates.
"If it did start up again, I doubt the IPL would be in India again," said Neesham told Newshub.
"I think we've already seen plans for the T20 World Cup to move out of India later in the year and they're going to be ultra-cautious about that sort of thing," said Neesham, who was playing for Mumbai Indians in the now suspended league.
Neesham feels the bio-security lapses could be due to the fact that the teams were travelling across the country.
"Even though we were flying on chartered planes, we have to go through customs, hand your details over to people, walk through terminals, so there were always going to be pinch-points there," he said.
Neesham said that it is difficult to comprehend how the bubble was breached.
"We obviously don't know yet exactly how teams were infiltrated, but... it's such a difficult prospect to keep everything perfect and when you've got so many guys that are close to each other, there are going to be social interactions after games.
"Once one team has it, you start looking back through your last week at who you talked to and who you shook hands with. It certainly gets your mind racing." However Neesham isn't averse to the idea of going back to India again and playing the IPL if it resumes.
"For me, I signed up for the IPL knowing what it might be like. I felt like it was an obligation - I made the commitment to go and never had any thoughts of pulling out individually before the tournament finished," he said, "Guys will have different opinions on that, but it's my job, I'm a professional and you have plenty of times you tour countries you're not that keen on going to, but it's about getting on the field and getting the job done.
"I would sign up again, especially once vaccinations start rolling out. I don't think anyone really predicted how quickly it would all come crashing down over there and how quickly we would be on the first plane out." The IPL was suspended last Tuesday after four players and two coaches from four different teams tested positive for the dreaded disease within a space of 48 hours.
"To be honest, I wasn't expecting it to get called off. I think, when you've got so many teams in different bubbles, the expectation was that there would always be some cases at some point during the tournament," Neesham said.
"We thought teams might have to lock down and miss a couple of games, like we've seen in other organisations, like the NBA. The show must go on.
"The thing that was so shocking was how quickly it came up in so many different teams at the same time and we didn't really have an option in the end." Neesham said they were "not out of the woods yet" and may develop symptoms in the coming days. News Source : PTI
All you need to know about the ASBC Asian Men’s & Women’s Boxing Championships 2021
The ASBC Asian Men’s & Women’s Boxing Championships 2021 scheduled to take place in New Delhi, has been shifted to Dubai, UAE due to the COVID-19 surge in India and will be held between May 21to 31.
Puglists born between 1980 and 2002 are eligible to contest in the event in ten weight categories both for women and men.
The Indian Women's Contingent, led by 6 time World Champion MC Kom (51 kg) looks promising with the inclusion of Tokyo Olympic bound boxers like two time World bronze winner Lovina Borgohain (69 kg) and Pooja Rani (75 kg)
Monika (48 kg), Sakshi (54 kg), Jasmine (57 kg), Saweety (81 kg) , Anupama (+81kg) are the other names included in the Women's Contingent.
Indian Boxing legend MC Mary Kom will start as the title favourite in the Dubai event. Kom, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, six-times AIBA Women's World Champion, five-times ASBC Asian Women's Champion, and Asian Games winner who triumphed most of her titles in the light flyweight (48kg) category, will participate in the flyweight category (51kg) due to the Olympic weight categories.
With the prominent Chinese, Japanese, DPR Korean and Vietnamese boxers in this weight category, giving the tournament a miss, Mary Kom will definitely be a favourite to win the event. She returned to the international arena after a year's break, at the Boxam Tournament held this March, bagging a bronze medal. Her major rival in the upcoming tournament could be Kazakhstan's Nazym Kyzaibay who is a two-time AIBA Women's World Champion.
Other Participating nations at the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, host United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.
Defending titleholders in ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships
Women’s 48kg: Josie Gabuco, Philippines
Women’s 51kg: Pang Chol Mi, DPR Korea
Women’s 54kg: Shi Qian, China
Women’s 57kg: Lin Yu Ting, Chinese Taipei
Women’s 60kg: Yang Wenlu, China
Women’s 64kg: Dou Dan, China
Women’s 69kg: Gu Hong, China
Women’s 75kg: Li Qian, China
Women’s 81kg: Pooja Rani, India
Women’s +81kg: Yang Xiaoli, China
Men’s 49kg: Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 52kg: Amit Panghal, India
Men’s 56kg: Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 60kg: Erdenebat Tsendbaatar, Mongolia
Men’s 64kg: Bakhodur Usmonov, Tajikistan
Men’s 69kg: Bobo-Usmon Baturov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 75kg: Tursynbay Kulakhmet, Kazakhstan
Men’s 81kg: Bek Nurmaganbet, Kazakhstan
Men’s 91kg: Kim Hyeong Kyu, South Korea
Men’s +91kg: Bakhodir Jalolov, Uzbekistan
If T20 World Cup drains Indian resources or is unsafe, better not to play over there: Cummins
Male (Maldives), May 7 Australian pace spearhead Pat Cummins believes if hosting the ICC T20 World Cup amidst raging COVID-19 pandemic is a "drain on Indian resources" or is "unsafe", it would be prudent to shift it to the United Arab Emirates.
The postponement of Indian Premier League after multiple cases of COVID-19 inside the bio-bubble has led to a big question-mark on whether the marquee ICC event should be held in India where a third wave is expected around that time.
"If it's going to be a drain on resources or it's not going to be safe, then I don't think it's right to play it over here. That's the first question which needs to be answered," Cummins was quoted as saying by the 'Age' newspaper.
Cummins said cricket authorities should check with Indian government and do what's best. "It probably too early to say. It's six months away. The priority should be for cricket authorities to work with the Indian government to see what's best for the Indian people," Cummins said.
Cummins feels hindsight always provides better perspective like many who feel that IPL could have been held in UAE this time also.
"The IPL in the UAE last year was brilliant, it was really well run, but millions of people were saying it should have been played in India, so what do you do? You can see both sides. They set up this tournament with all the best advice." Cummins, who has himself donated USD 50,000 to India's COVID-19 fight, has a lot of empathy for what the country is currently facing.
"Around the hotel there is less staff and when you hop in the bus to go to training there is normally a few hundred people waiting. There's no one out there now and no crowds at games." He spoke about how half of the KKR's Indian squad has had COVID-19 at some point last year.
"Close to half our [KKR] squad has had it at some point over the last year," Cummins said.
"Their families are all currently in lockdown in different cities across India. A lot of the family structures are different to Australia, where you've got three generations all living in the one place.
"They [Indian teammates] always try to stay upbeat and positive, but it's really tough out there. We're always checking in with them to see how they're going." Being in a bubble keeps people detached but when they see the sufferings, they are bound to feel helpless, said world's premier Test bowler.
"I've felt quite helpless and quite detached from it all being kept in comfortable hotels. We were playing games and training like every other year. It just felt that I should be doing more for the people around us." In fact, when Cummins was coming to India for the IPL, he had divergent opinions thrown at him.
"The first thing I wanted to do was make sure playing the IPL was the right call. Speaking to people back home, some had the view that it didn't see right cricket was going on over here in amongst all the COVID cases," he said.
"But the response I was getting from people in India was the opposite. They all said that with so many people in lockdown they really appreciate the fact that for three or four hours each night they can watch the IPL.
"It gives people a routine, it helps to keep them in homes. Everyone thought it was a positive the IPL was still going on." News source: PTI