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ICC says they will not interfere at BCCI’s issue with Lodha recommendations

A day after justice RM Lodha asked for a panel of administrators to take over  BCCI administration to  ensure a smooth implementation of its recommendations, the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game’s world governing body, termed the development as they Board’s ‘internal’ matter.

“This is a domestic matter of the BCCI and the ICC neither gets involved nor offers comments on internal matters of a member board,” an ICC spokesperson told HT on Thursday.

ICC said that they will assess the situation following the Supreme Court announcement. Under Article 2.7 (D), the ICC can suspend a member that loses its status as the governing body responsible for administration, management, and development of cricket in a country.

In the past, BCCI president Anurag Thakur  had approached the ICC for its advice, saying intervention by the Indian Supreme Court amounted to government interference under article 2.9 (B) of ICC’s rulebook.

The Supreme Court already gave BCCI an ultimatum to implement the recommendations and if they defy the order so Supreme Court will dismantle will entire administrative system.

The Lodha panel was appointed by the apex court following the conflict of interest case at BCI and many flawed activities found at BCCI, so the apex court took an initiative to make the Indian government   registered  society.


Shahid Afridi asks both Pakistan and India to stay away from war

Amid escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed  neighbours following India army’s surgical strikes at the terror launch pads across LOC, Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi said that India and Pakistan should not go to war against each other.

“Pakistan is a peace-loving nation, why to talk about extreme measures when things can be resolved through dialogues?, Afridi said.

“Pakistan wants a cordial relationship with all. When two neighbours fight both homes are affected. Say No to war. #Pakistan #India #Peace #neghbours,” he said in a series of tweets.

Pakistan is a peace loving nation talk about extreme measures when things can be resolved through dialogues. Pakistan wants cordial ½

Afridi, who is also a philanthropist and mainly focus on charity work, for now, had established his Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) in March 2014 with the aim of improving and enriching the lives of the underprivileged.

The foundation aims to provide healthcare, education and sports facilities to the underprivileged children.

The flamboyant allrounder lats year irked Pakistani media after saying that he and his received moe love in India than in Pakistan.

“I’ve not enjoyed playing anywhere as much as I have in India. I am in the last stage of my career and I can say that the love I have got in India is something that I will always remember. We have not got this much love even from Pakistan,” Afridi had said.


Harbhajan Singh mocked Ravichandran Ashwin’s 200 wickets haul

Out  of favour spinner, Harbhajan Singh felt that captain Virat Kohli and chief coach Anil Kumble have got a chance to usher in a new ear where Indian cricket team will not require “rank turners” to win matches as the long-used tactic is beginning to boomerang on the side.

“Honestly, I have no idea how my statement is going to be presented by the media. However, one thing which I can say is that we have no time to read all these comments. We don’t decide the nature of the wickets. Neither Kohli nor Kumble rolls or waters the track. It’s unfortunate that people don’t understand this. We should be allowed to enjoy our brand of cricket. Nobody is bothered when England wins a Test in two days. So what’s the problem if the same happens in India?”, says Ashwin and was quoted by Ananda Bazar Patrika.

But Harbhajan Singh said, “I think he (Ashwin) should enjoy his success. Alas, had we bowled on such wickets… I will still stick to my point,” replied when asked about Ashwin’s statement.

When asked about his playing days in the team, Singh replied, “What we used to get, can be termed as ‘little favour’ and what happens now is ‘lot of favour’. There are hell and heaven of a difference between the two. There should be a balance between bat and ball. Neither the batsman nor the bowler should get extra advantage”

Harbhajan Singh further said, “Skill should be the deciding factor and not the conditions. Once the conditions start playing a bigger role, skill falls behind,”.

Ravichandran Ashwin recently became the second fastest 200 takers in the world and fastest in India in 37 matches. Previously the record was in Harbhajan Singh’s pocket, who took 46 matches to get there.

India won the first match with a big margin of 197 runs against New Zealand at Kanpur.



Kapil delighted to ring the bell at Eden Gardens

Kapil Dev is very happy to be the first cricket great to ring the bell at the Eden Gardens which will signal the start of today’s India vs New Zealand Test at the Eden Gardens.

Speaking from New Delhi yesterday morning, Kapil said that he was happy to note that the installing of the Lord’s Cricket Ground like a bell was a result of Indian cricket officials travelling and noticing different grounds around the world.

He was also happy when told that now cricketers will have a clock to view from the iconic  ground, something that was missing at the Eden Gardens until last year.

“Every ground must have a big clock for the players to see. It reminds me of the clock tower at Lord’s. I hit the ball towards it in the 1980s, but then in later years I couldn’t spot it,” said Kapil.

The Eden Gardens is hosting the 250th Test match of India at home. The first match at Kanpur was India 500th  which India won by 197 runs.

The Eden Gardens organized a photo exhibition and launched the Lord’s like a bell which inaugurates the 250th Test match at home.

The both India and New Zealand were also felicitated by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).


Is Sachin Tendulkar with Justin Bieber or Arjun Tendulkar? Fans are confused

Arjun Tendulkar, the son of former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has become a hot topic of discussion among social media users following a photo of the 17-year-old with his father surfaced online on September 24. The image, shared on the Facebook page of Circle of Cricket India on the birthday of Arjun, quickly went viral on social media as Arjun Tendulkar resembles  Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber.

As a result people to some extent  were confused as the image of Arjun resembles Bieber. The cricket fans are now going crazy calling the Canadian singing sensation and the upcoming young cricketer as twins.

Now the followers of Bieber  in India call Arjun as “Indian Justin Bieber” and they have been using other photos of the duo to draw more similarities between them.

“Before reading that caption I was like why is Justin Bieber holding Sachin Tendulkar like that ….wait okay [sic],” writes a social media user, who got confused with the photo. “Is it only me who before seeing d full pic n caption, thought that Arjun Tendulkar is JUSTIN BIEBER? I thought why is Sachin clicking pics with#JB? [sic],” asks another.

“Before reading that caption I was like why is Justin Bieber holding Sachin Tendulkar like that ….wait okay (sic),” Prakruti Nitin Sure commented on the Facebook post.

“Is it only me who before seeing d full pic n caption, thought that Arjun Tendulkar is JUSTIN BIEBER? I thought why is Sachin clicking pics with #JB?” said Poushali Palit.

Arjun’s resemblance to the ‘Sorry’ hitmaker has been noticed on social media earlier as well.


VVS Laxman underlined the importance of Bhagavad Gita

Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman  underlined the importance of Bhagavad Gita and junior cricket Sandeep Patil while delivering the eighth Dilip Sardesai Memorial Lecture at the Cricket Club of India yesterday.

“I understood the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita from which I derived inspiration (Chapter 12 —the Bhakti Yoga). Those teachings remained with me for the rest of my cricketing career and beyond. I learnt that I could not influence my selection one way or the other apart from scoring runs… lots of them,” Laxman explained at the CK Nayudu Hall.

“There is no guarantee of scoring runs no matter how gifted or talented you might be. The only thing in my control was education, commitment, effort, hard work and labour. So I got involved fully in cricket. It was fun because that was something I wanted to do,” the 41-year-old Laxman added.

Laxman represented India U-19 team in two-Test home series against Australia and England  in 1994, scored three half centuries and also remained unbeaten on 151 an Australian attack comprising Brett lee, Jason Gillespie, and Andrew Symonds.

“Sandeep Bhai (Patil) was another hero of mine while growing, because of his swagger and style as well as his fearless approach. To have him in our dressing room, helping us with his inputs and expertise meant a lot to us,” Laxman said.

“The century in England gave me a confidence that I could perform against a good attack. Those evenings spent with Sandeep Bhai remain fresh in my memory. Many of us went to Sandeepbhai’s room after each day’s play or after practice. He educated us on preparatory routines, how he and his teammates planned before and during matches. He would tell us how much the India cap meant to him. At the end of the England tour Sandeep bhai told the media that I was ready to play for India. I can’t really translate that into words what that meant to me,” said Laxman, who later went on to play 134 Tests and scored 8781 runs for India.


New Zealand team took tips from Sourav Ganguly

New Zealand already trailing the series by a 1-0 margin as India defeated them by 197 runs in the first Test at Eden Gardens.

Now, they are looking for a turnaround in the second Test at Eden Gardens so took tips from former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly who gladly offered his expertise about the characteristic  of Eden Gardens pitch.

The Cricket Association of Bengal chief was seen having a friendly chat with New Zealand batting coach Craig McMilam and another support staff who were paying a lot of attention to the former southpaw.

Ganguly quickly got into his left-handed stance and gave suggestions to play strokes through the V, and how the ball moves in these conditions.

The Eden strip has been in the news after it was reported that it would lack spin as the grass was further trimmed this morning.

“The ball is likely to move in the first two days and there should be turn from day three. We have got Bermuda grass that makes the wicket harder as the ball travels faster. The best part is it grows quicker and takes away the moisture,” Ganguly, who was seen checking the firmness of the pitch with a key, said.

This is the 250th Test for India at home, so  to mark the special moment India would kill to win the match that will help them to win the series.


BCCI pays 11.4 core to Chennai Super Kings

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has refund 30 per cent of match fees to now suspended IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RRS).

Both RR and CSK will get 11.4 and 8.4 crores respectively.

Recently Ravichandran Ashwin said that CSK’s reunion with limited over captain MS Dhoni is not possible. Last month BCCI last month paid an installment of Rs. 1,141,14,000 to BCCI which is 30 percent of the franchise fees paid  to BCCI, the website of the BCCI said.

At the same time, RR had been paid Rs 8,40,18,000, constituting  30 percent of the franchise, which have been suspended for two years from  playing in IPL by the Justice committee as punishment for their owners indulging in betting had paid the franchise fees under protest.

CSK and RR were banned by Supreme Court in 2015 as their team principal and co-owner were found guilty in match fixing.

They were part of 2016 IPL, instead of them Rising Pune Super Giants and Gujarat Lions played the IPL.

BCCI also rewarded the Hyderabad Cricket Association with a cash prize of Rs 28.75 lakh for providing good wickets and outfield for IPL 2016.

Virat Kohli during the Press Conference.

I don’t think there is anything called form: Virat Kohli

Captain Virat Kohli has been going through a rare lean patch in his career, the Indian Test captain said on Thursday.

Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has been going through a bad patch in his career.

“I don’t think about these things. Cricket is a game where you can only prepare well. Results cannot be in your hand all the time. You get caught to a no-ball and different things can happen which are out of your control,” Kohli said at a media briefing ahead of India’s second Test against New Zealand starting at the Eden Gardens on Friday.

“Preparation is something that is in my hand and I look to do that every time I walk in to practice,” said Kohli, who has averaged 26 in the last three essays after his double century in the first Test in the West Indies.

The 27 year batsman said that he never believes in form.

“I don’t think there is anything called ‘form’. It is how you are feeling on a certain day. It always doesn’t mean you are out of form. It’s just about how you are feeling mentally on a given day. We want to understand what we want to achieve and be stable in our head. I am looking to work hard,” Kohli said.

Meanwhile,  a journalist asked him about his decision on whether BCCI should implement the DRS system  following the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson nudged a caught behind in the first innings of the first match at Kanpur.

“Those are the things I can’t say yes or no sitting here. These are things we had discussed and had a meeting.”

“Some things can be debated like ball tracking and hawk eye. I personally feel these are things that can be debated on. We don’t have DRS, so we cannot blame umpires. Once DRS is in place, then we can think about it.”

In the first match of the series India defeated New Zealand by 197 runs.

Ravindra Jadeja was announced man of the match.  Virat in the first matche scored 9 and 18 in two consecutive innings.

The 250th Test at Eden Gardens is a historic moment for India, so if India win the Test it will  help India to win the series with the final Test in Indore to spare.

Virat in West Indies  scored a double hundred in the first Test, but in the  last three innings he could not even scored a half century.


Shahid Afridi says he deserve a farewell

The matter of Shahid Afridi’s retirement from T20Internationals took a new turn on Wednesday when the veteran player asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to give him a farewell match so that he could exit international arena in a befitting manner.

It may be recalled that Pakistan were eliminated from this year’s World T20 following their loss to India, New Zealand and Australia in the preliminary stage of the event.

Consequently, there were talks, at that time, about this being Afridi’s last T20 campaign.

However, after the loss to Australia in the WT20, Afridi said he would think about retiring and on April 3 he stepped down from national T20 captaincy but didn’t announce his retirement from the game’s shortest format.

Now. Afridi who quit ODIs last year after 2015 50 over World Cup said he deserved a farewell match, and he has asked the PCB to provide him with that so that he can bid goodbye to his fans.

“A farewell match is my right,” the all-rounder said while talking to a private news channel.

He further said that he has talked to PCB chairman Shaharyar Kahn about the proposed farewell match.

Meanwhile, PCB executive committee chairman Najam Sethi said that the Board wanted to give Afridi farewell in a graceful manner.

Talking to a private TV channel, Sethi said the Sept 26 meeting, to be held with him for finalizing the matter of farewell, was cancelled due to Afridi’s engagements.

Sethi said he was waiting for that meeting but Afridi cancelled it.

“We are still waiting for Shahid Afridi to get a date from him for the meeting,” Sethi said, adding that the PCB wanted to award him a farewell match as he deserved it.