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N Srinivasan and Amit Shah Are Effectively Running Indian Cricket Today: Ramachandra Guha Makes Big Revelations In His New Book
Ramachandra Guha. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
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N Srinivasan and Amit Shah Are Effectively Running Indian Cricket Today: Ramachandra Guha Makes Big Revelations In His New Book

Former member of Committee of Administrators (C0A) Ramachandra Guha has made huge accusations over cricket administration in India. He has alleged that Indian cricket is dancing on the tune of former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan and current Home Minister Amit Shah.

In the new book ‘The Commonwealth of Cricket: A Lifelong Love Affair with the Most Subtle and Sophisticated Game Known to Humankind’, Ramachandra Guha has given several controversial statements. And likewise in his interview with mid-day, he claimed that nepotism is rampant in Indian cricket. He went as far as saying that the Ranji Trophy players do not get their dues on time. Guha further rued that the BCCI is yet to adopt the reforms ‘that were hoped’

“N Srinivasan and Amit Shah are effectively running Indian cricket today. The state associations are run by somebody’s daughter, somebody’s son. The Board is steeped in intrigue and nepotism and there are great delays in paying Ranji Trophy players their dues. The reforms that were hoped for have not happened,” Ramachandra Guha told mid-day.

Ramachandra Guha voice against Sourav Ganguly:

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI
Sourav Ganguly. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Ramachandra Guha further took a dig at current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. He was critical of a former Indian captain endorsing a fantasy game despite being the board’s president. He stated that when a board president behaves in that manner, the ‘ethical standards go down’

“Not the biggest bane; it is a bane. Look at Ganguly today—head of the Board and representing some cricket fantasy game. This kind of greed for money among Indian cricketers is shocking,” he said when asked whether the conflict of interest is the biggest bane of Indian cricket.

“The most telling story in my book is about Bishan Singh Bedi saying that he is happy to go to Kabul [to coach Afghan cricketers]—anywhere for cricket and not anywhere for money. Why should Ganguly be doing all these things for a little extra money? Ethical standards go down if the president of the Board behaves like this,” he added.

VVS Laxman believe India has a very good chance to defeat Australia
Team India. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Guha was one of the four members of the CoA appointed by the Supreme Court to run the BCCI in January 2017. The apex court had appointed the committee to ensure transparency in the administration of the BCCI. But in June, Guha had resigned from the committee, citing personal reasons.

Dinesh Karthik in TKR dressing room. Image: Screengrab

BCCI Issues Show-cause Notice To Dinesh Karthik For Attending Trinbago Knight Riders’ Match In CPL

India wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has been issued a show-cause notice by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after he was spotted in Trinbago Knight Riders’ dressing room during the opening game of Caribbean Premier League.

Karthik is the captain of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, the sister franchise of Trinbago Knight Riders. Brendon McCullum is the head coach of both the teams. A few tweets on social media went viral where Karthik was seen sitting with McCullum.

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Dinesh Karthik
Photo Credit: BCCI.

The BCCI took a note of it and has given two weeks time to Karthik to respond. “Yes, Dinesh Karthik has been issued a show-cause notice by the BCCI. We have received photographs where Karthik is seen in the dressing room of Trinbago Knight Riders. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has issued a show-cause notice asking him to explain why his central contract shouldn’t be annulled,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.

As per the rules, no Indian player is allowed to play any T20 league. Dinesh Karthik, of course, was just sitting with the team management and watching the match. He is likely to escape any punishment as he didn’t take part in the match.

Although the BCCI’s notice to Karthik is a clear signal that the Indian players are not allowed to even attend those matches in an official capacity.

Dinesh Karthik, Gavaskar
(Image Courtesy: IPL T20.com)

The experienced campaigner will soon be turning up for Tamil Nadu in the Vijay Hazare Trophy that starts on September 24. Karthik was named as the captain of the team. At 34, he can still make a comeback if he does well in domestic cricket.

Karthik had made his comeback in 2017 for ICC Champions Trophy, replacing an injured Manish Pandey. He retained his place till World Cup and was preferred over Risabh Pant for a place in the team.

During the tournament, Karthik scored 14 runs in three matches and was dropped as soon as the tournament got over.

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While Rishabh Pant will be the go-to man for India across formats, Karthik can still make a comeback in the limited-overs format given there is a no backup for Rishabh in white-ball cricket.

In the longest format, the comeback of Wriddhiman Saha and performances from KS Bharat will keep Karthik out of the Test side.

Jagnnath Singh, Saba Karim
Saba Karim (Image Credit: Google)
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Bihar Cricket Association Chief Jagnnath Singh Sends Notice To BCCI GM Saba Karim

Saba Karim, BCCI GM cricket operation, gets the notice for interfering in the procedure of AVP (Age Verification Program) medical examination of the Under 16 players by anti-doping manager Abhijit Salvi. Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) chief Jagnnath Singh sends the notice to BCCI GM claiming that he restrained Salvi from doing his job.

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“You intervened in the matter and forbid Salvi from doing the AVP Medical Examination of the players selected for the U-16 age group by the committee of BCA led by me. As soon as the test of the players of the Bohra-led committee was over, you asked Salvi not to conduct a medical test of the team of the players of under-16 age group, 57 in numbers telephonically.” : As written in the notice.

Don’t take part in the politics of Bihar: Jagnnath Singh to  Karim

Jagnnath singh, Saba Karim
Saba Karim (Image credit: Twitter.)

Jagnnath Singh criticised angrily the move of the Karim and said that he should not do any act which stops the career of talented cricketers and warned him not to sell the talent of Bihar.

“You should not forget that you are holding a public post in the BCCI as GM Cricket Operations and from the above actions, it is abundantly clear that you are bent upon allowing the disqualified committee to sell out the talent of Bihar. You should refrain from taking part in the politics of Bihar. Through this legal notice, I would like to request you to please refrain from doing all such acts. You should also not forget that none is above the law,” he warned.

Saba Karim was the National Selector in 2012. Jagnnath has alerted him that he should not misuse his position. If any scene is created by young players then he should take the whole responsibility

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“If any ugly scene is created by players you will be solely responsible for your wrong exercise of power in the name of CoA of BCCI.”

Sunil Subramaniam, BCCI, unconditional apology
Sunil Subramaniam (Image Credit: Google)
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Indian Manager Sunil Subramaniam Staying With Indian Team After BCCI Accepts His Unconditional Apology

Due to misbehaviour allegation, the BCCI recently asked the administrative manager Sunil Subramaniam to return immediately to India from the ongoing Caribbean tour. However, the BCCI has now changed their mind after Subramaniam has apologised unconditionally for his poor behaviour.

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India national cricket team is currently busy in the Caribbean tour for the international cricket assignment. On this tour occasion, the Indian government has recently directed the BCCI to conduct a small video shoot with the Indian cricketers on ‘Water Conversation’ project.

The administrative manager Sunil Subramaniam had to co-ordinate with the Indian High Commissions officials in Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago.

Sunil Subramaniam, BCCI, unconditional apology
Sunil Subramaniam (Image Credit: Google)

But, later, he reportedly misbehaved with the senior Indian High Commissions official in Trinidad & Tobago. He also showed his annoyance for the continuous messages from the Indian High Commissions official. According to the reports, Subramaniam even repeatedly avoided the calls from the top government and BCCI officials.

Later, the Indian High Commissions reported this to the top Indian government officials.

Understanding these issues, the BCCI soon asked him to return to the home in the middle of the ongoing Caribbean tour. They even arranged his return flight tickets.

Sunil Subramaniam didn’t know that it was a request from the government of India – CoA chief

Recently, Subramaniam has apologised unconditionally for his actions. After this unconditional apology, the head of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), Vinod Rai has decided to cancel his reprimand. Rai has claimed that Subramaniam was unaware of the Indian government’s request. The CoA chief has confirmed that the manager will continue the ongoing Caribbean tour until the end.

Sunil Subramaniam, BCCI, unconditional apology
Sunil Subramaniam (Image Credit: Google)

Rai said according to PTI, “Sunil Subramaniam didn’t know that it was a request from the government of India. I had initially thought of recalling him back but in the evening, after he tendered an unconditional apology, I have decided to keep him for the remainder of the tour. He will complete this tour as I have now accepted his apology.”

Like the head coach Ravi Shastri, Sunil Subramaniam has also received a 45-day extension on his contract after the completion of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. The BCCI will soon appoint the administrative manager along with the other staffs, including the coaches. It will be interesting if Subramaniam can be available for the interview after this incident.

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Sunil Subramaniam was the former Tamil Nadu and Assam cricketer. The left-arm spinner played 74 first-class matches and 28 List A games where he took 285 and 33 wickets respectively. He was also a former coach of the Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Diana Edulji to present coin at toss during Ranchi ODI to celebrates women's day
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Diana Edulji Lashes Out at BCCI Acting President CK Khanna After Fiasco Surrounding IPL Awards Presentation

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji on Thursday made her views pretty clear that she wanted to present the winning IPL trophy as she was of the opinion that BCCI Acting President CK Khanna has disregarded the protocol by not presenting the winner’s trophy after the conclusion of the India-Australia ODI series in New Delhi.

Diana Edulji wanted to give away the trophy to Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma but was barred from giving it after getting overruled by her CoA colleague Lt Gen Ravi Thodge. He was of the opinion that the tradition of the president giving away the IPL trophy should prevail. Hence CK Khanna gave away the trophy in the end.

This is not the first time, Diana Edulji has come under the scanner for his comments. Despite several problems, Diana Edulji didn’t clarify why it was equally important for her to give away the winner’s trophy.

Diana Edulji, Vinod Rai
CoA has delayed the inquiry in KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya’s matter. Image Courtesy: Getty

“To set the facts straight, in the COA meeting dated 8th April, the topic was discussed. During the discussion, I had mentioned that as the Acting President (CK Khanna) had abdicated his right to give away the trophy during the BCCI bilateral match in Delhi,” Diana Edulji said in a press release.

“He (Khanna) had shown disregard for the protocol and an office bearer of a state association was allowed to give the trophy away and hence for the IPL Final COA members should give the trophy. This was because the Acting President had shown disregard to the office of the President of the BCCI,” said Edulji.

Meanwhile, Diana Edulji further explained that CoA chief Vinod Rai was expected to give away the trophy had he been present there. However, as per the talk in the meeting, it was learnt that the trophy would be given away by Lt Gen Thodge and her respectively. Meanwhile, there was one more incident which irked Vinod Rai and CK Khanna showed a two-year-old email from secretary Amitabh Chaudhary where he had written that convention should prevail.

“A few days before the final Mr Khanna forwarded a mail from the Acting Secretary Mr Amitabh Choudhary written sometime in the year 2017 in which he had said that as per protocol the BCCI President gives away the trophy,” said Diana Edulji.

There were several questions asked by Edulji why CK Khanna didn’t follow the protocol during the conclusion of the India-Australia ODI series. It was DDCA president Rajat Sharma who gave away the trophy to the Australian skipper Aaron Finch.

 

Diana Edulji, Vinod Rai
Diana Edulji wants the probe to get conducted in the presence of CoA and the BCCI. Image Courtesy: Getty

“Till date, even after numerous e-mails including from the Acting Secretary asking for reasons on what grounds the Acting President allowed the DDCA representative to give away the trophy, Khanna has not bothered responding and explaining about the reasons due to which he took that decision.” Edulji said. He further accused CK Khanna of carrying Amitabh Chaudhary’s email in his pocket.

“On the day of the final as usual, his interest seemed only limited to the presentation of the trophy since he was carrying around an e-mail of 2017 in his pocket,” Edulji wrote.

Ravi Shastri, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya
Ravi Shastri. Credit: Getty Images

Ravi Shastri’s Contract Never Came Up For Discussion During COA Meeting: Report

Before the meeting of COA earlier today, one of the topics that was in focus was whether Ravi Shastri would be given an extension as a head coach or not.

A report had suggested that it was one of the topics of discussion.

But contrary to that, a report in PTI has now suggested that Shastri’s contract was not a part of the agenda.

“Ravi Shastri’s contract never came up for discussion as it was not part of the agenda. At least, not to the best of my knowledge,” a BCCI official to PTI.

Ravi Shastri's Contract Never Came Up For Discussion During COA Meeting: Report 1
Ravi Shastri (Credits: Getty)

The contract of Shastri and other coaches run till World Cup 2019 after which BCCI will appoint a new coach.

However, looking at the results of team India under Shastri, he could be given an extension.

Team India’s performance at World Cup 2019 will also have a big say in whether he and his coaching staff keep its place or not.

Ravi Shastri was appointed as the head coach of the Indian team in July 2017, replacing Anil Kumble.

Along with Shastri, Bharat Arun was also back as the bowling coach.

Sanjay Bangar was elevated to the post of Assistant coach.

Other coaches also kept their place and have contracts till World Cup 2019.

As said, the performance in the World Cup is expected to have a big say in deciding their future.

But, BCCI will have to start the process to appoint a new coach or retain the same set-up before World Cup as India travel to West Indies after the tournament.

In 2017, the board had advertised for the job before ICC Champions Trophy.

Anil Kumble, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli
Credits – Getty Images

At the same time, reports emerged that everything was not right between captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble.

Just a day after the tournament ended, Kumble resigned as the head coach of the team after his contract ended.

Taking a lesson from that, BCCI will have to time the appointment of the coach perfectly as this can also have an impact on the team’s performance in the World Cup.

There can be a case when the present set-up keeps its place till the T20 World Cup that will be played next year in Australia.

India kick off their next season with World Cup 2019 that will be played in England. The Men in Blue face South Africa in their first match on June 5.

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Ravi Shastri & Co. To Get Extension Ahead Of World Cup

Ravi Shastri and his backroom staff will run out of contract in July this year. Shastri was appointed in mid-2017 after the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy when Anil Kumble had sensationally stepped down as head coach of the team. And his contract alongside that of bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar will expire at the end of this year’s World Cup.

The Committee of Administrators is now all set to take a final call on the situation. According to Bangalore Mirror, the Supreme Court-appointed committee will meet in Mumbai on Monday and the extension for the support staff of Team India will be on the top of the agenda. The Vinod Rai-panel is reportedly keen to take a decisive call on the matter sooner rather than later. The report suggested that the CoA does not want to leave the matter to the last minute.

Ravi Shastri & Co. To Get Extension Ahead Of World Cup 2
Credits: Getty

There is also a chance that the CoA can give an extension to all the four coaches up to November 2020, that is till next year’s World Twenty20 in Australia.

The CoA and the support staff were set to attend a meeting together during the fifth ODI against Australia in Delhi last week. However, it did not happen although there was some communications between the administrators and Ravi Shastri. The report claimed that while the details of the conversation is not clear, Shastri seems to have communicated with CEO. In any case, the coaches want a quick decision on their future.

Shastri & Co. have done a fine job since taking charge in 2017. Earlier this year, India won their first-ever Test series and bilateral ODI series in Australia. The Men in Blue then won the ODI series in New Zealand 4-1. Last year, the team won ODI series and T20I series in South Africa before winning the Nidahas Trophy. It was followed by a T20I series win in England and a triumphant campaign in the Asia Cup.

Ravi Shastri & Co. To Get Extension Ahead Of World Cup 3
Credits: Getty

Currently, the team is No 1 in Tests and No 2 in the ODI and No 2 Twenty20 ICC rankings. today.

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IPL 2019: Full Schedule To Be Out On Monday

While the first match of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) is just a handful of days away, there is still no official update on when the full schedule of the tournament will be out. The twelfth edition of the IPL will get underway on March 23 with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament-opener. The BCCI has so far only released the schedule for only the first 17 games till April 5.

The board, while announcing the schedule last month, had stated that the remainder of the schedule would be announce once the dates for the Lok Sabha elections are out. The election dates are already out this week but the BCCI is yet to give an update on the IPL schedule.

This is the first time the IPL is being held entirely in India despite the elections. In 2009, the BCCI had shifted the whole tournament to South Africa. Five years later, the initial part of the tournament was played in UAE before returning to India.

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IPL (Credits: BCCI)

Now according to reports, the complete schedule is expected to be out on the sidelines of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting in Mumbai on Monday.  The IPL COO and his team have been working overtime to ensure that despite this being the year of the general election, the league is played in India. It is expected that the remaining schedule for this season of the IPL would be finalised and announced on Monday when the CoA meets.

“The IPL COO and his team are working overtime on this and it is a credit to them that the BCCI can even hope of holding the entire season in India this year,” a BCCI official told IANS.

According to the released schedule, a total of 17 matches will be played during this 2 weeks period across the 8 home venues of the respective franchises. All teams will play minimum of 4 matches with Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore playing 5 matches. Every team will play minimum of 2 home and 2 away matches with DC playing 3 home matches, while RCB will play 3 away matches.

BCCI, CoA, IPL 2019
Vinod Rai (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
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IPL 2019: CoA Confirms No Change in Timings for the Tournament

The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators has confirmed that there would be no change to the timings for the upcoming Indian Premier League 2019. In fact, there were reports that the IPL matches could have different timings due to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the country. The elections are going to take place in April which has left BCCI in a dilemma for the schedule of the tourney.

Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has confirmed the itinerary for the first two weeks of the tournament. The IPL 2019 will begin from 23 March. The opener of the series will take place between reigning champions Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

IPL 2019, Vinod Rai
IPL trophy (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Matches to begin on their standard time.

The schedule of the 17 matches has been announced. Furthermore, the schedule of the remaining matches will be announced after the General Elections dates arrives.

The Committee of Administrators has confirmed the day matches will take place from 4 PM IST whereas the evening matches will begin from 8 PM IST. Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai revealed the evening matches will begin from 8 PM, which has been the standard time for the IPL.

“Matches will begin at 8 pm,” Rai told reports after the CoA meeting.

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In 2018, Chennai won their third IPL title. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“We welcome BCCI’s decision to retain the match timings. Like last year, we wanted the games to have an 8 pm start. This time, we were not yet approached by the BCCI regarding match timings but we were eagerly awaiting its decision,” a team official was quoted as saying by PTI.

Meanwhile, the Indian Premier League will be a good opportunity for all the players to hit the ground running. The players will like to make the most of the platform to gear up for the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2019.

On the other hand, India is currently locking horns with Australia in the third ODI. The hosts have taken a lead of 2-0 in the series.

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MI has denied reports of asking BCCI to speed up Hardik Pandya's probe. Image Courtesy: Getty
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Mumbai Indians Denies Reports of Interfering in Hardik Pandya’s Probe

Sundar Raman, Reliance Industries’s CEO has denied any reports of the IPL franchise, Mumbai Indians asking the BCCI to speed-up Hardik Pandya‘s probe. Meanwhile, as reported by the Times of India, MI was keen on having Pandya for the IPL 2019; thus pushing the board to start with the probe soon. However, the pair of Pandya-Rahul is suspended pending an inquiry by the BCCI and the CoA for their conduct on the famous TV show, Koffee with Karan.

Suspended Pandya to stay on sidelines until cleared

As the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the CoA have decided to keep the star players on the sidelines; the future seems to stand in the limbo for them.

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The BCCI and CoA have suspended the pair. Image Courtesy: Getty

Early this month, they faced immediate suspension from the on-field cricket, ruling them out of the Australia series. Though their absence seemed to have hurt the team balance, India managed to beat Australia 2-1 in the three-match series.

However, all didn’t go well for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul later. Not only they lost advertisements, the Khar Gymkhana in Mumbai even terminated Pandya’s contract. Furthermore, CoA had asked the Supreme Court of India to appoint an ombudsman to look into the matter. What’s worst? The SC is yet to elect one, and therefore, the probe into the case is getting delayed.

No IPL 2019, World Cup for KL and Hardik?

Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya, BCCI, CoA
If the probe doesn’t start on time, Hardik Pandya and KL could well miss the IPL 2019 as well. Image Courtesy: Getty

Earlier, they missed the Australia ODIs; and now, they got ruled out of New Zealand’s limited-overs series, which begins on January 23 in Napier. Meanwhile, Hardik and KL could well miss the IPL 2019 and the World Cup to follow in England, if the inquiry takes time to start. Though no word has been out on when it would begin, the pair is hopeful of escaping any punishment. However, the BCCI has asked the CoA to continue with the inquiry, but in the meantime allow the players to play.

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