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Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
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Rahul Dravid Reportedly Will Draw A Salary Of INR 10 Crore If Appointed As Team India’s Head Coach

Rahul Dravid is set to continue his association with the Indian cricket team as he has been recently reportedly appointed as the head coach of the Indian cricket team. Rahul Dravid, who was one of the BCCI’s guests for the IPL 2021 final, was reportedly finalized for the job on Friday night.

Rahul Dravid’s contract will run till 2023. He will take over the job after the conclusion of the forthcoming T20I World Cup 2021, which ends in November. The former batsman is presently the head of the National Cricket Academy and will leave that post before taking over as India’s head coach. Ravi Shastri will step down as coach after his tenure ends.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid – K. MURALI KUMAR

Rahul Dravid Offered A Hefty Contract And Will Draw A Salary Of Rs. 10 Crores

The report adds that new coach Rahul Dravid has been offered a hefty contract and will be drawing a salary of Rs 10 crore. The amount makes him one of the highest-paid Indian coaches. In addition, the report adds that Paras Mhambrey will join the new coach as bowling coach while Vikram Rathour will continue as the batting coach.

Paras Mhambrey has worked with the former batsman and skipper at the U-19 level and also travelled to Sri Lanka in the same capacity. In addition, he was the head coach of the India U-19 cricket team, which made it to the final of the 2020 World Cup.

Batting coach Vikram Rathour- PTI
Batting coach Vikram Rathour- PTI

In one of the biggest developments in Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid has agreed to become the coach of the Indian senior team on Friday during the IPL 2021 final. The development happened in Dubai when BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah held a meeting with Rahul Dravid and persuaded him to become the coach of the Indian team after the T20 World Cup in UAE.

Paras Mhambrey To Replace Bharat Arun As Bowling Coach

Rahul Dravid will be replacing Ravi Shastri, whereas Paras Mhambrey will replace Bharat Arun. There is no word on fielding coach R Sridhar’s replacement, however. Under Rahul Dravid, Team India will likely play 3 ICC events in the near future. There’s a T20 World Cup scheduled next year and a 50-over ODI World Cup in 2023. In addition, the final of the World Test Championship is also scheduled to take place in 2023.

Paras Mhambrey
Paras Mhambrey

This will be the third time when Rahul Dravid will be working with Team India. His first stint came in 2014 when he travelled to England as a batting consultant for the Test series. In July 2021, he returned as interim head coach as Ravi Shastri-led coaching staff was in England.

An ICC Hall of Famer, the former batsman, played 164 Tests, 344 ODIs, and 1 T20I in his illustrious career. He has also worked with India A team, Rajasthan Royals, and Delhi Capitals as a coach. India is due to play a full series against New Zealand at home from November 17, which is three days after the T20 World Cup final in Dubai.

Danish Kaneria (Getty Images)
Danish Kaneria (Getty Images)
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Danish Kaneria: BCCI’s Top Brass Won’t Tolerate Indiscipline From Virat Kohli

Danish Kaneria, the former Pakistan spinner shared his thoughts on Virat Kohli’s captaincy tenure coming under the scanner of late. Danish Kaneria expressed his views on his YouTube channel and responded to the rumors of senior players complaining about Virat Kohli’s behavior to the BCCI. Recent rumors have floated around about Virat Kohli’s boorish behavior towards the senior teammates, who have complained to the BCCI secretary Jay Shah.

Reports have suggested that the Indian skipper behaved rudely with Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Cheteshwar Pujara following the side’s loss in the World Test Championship final.
Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)
Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)

Danish Kaneria: Virat Kohli’s Captaincy Is In A Dilemma

Danish Kaneria opined that Virat Kohli’s leadership could be in danger as the BCCI’s top dignitaries demand discipline from every individual. He feels that if the reports have any truths attached to them, Sourav Ganguly will deal with it strongly to ensure such behavior isn’t encouraged in the future.

Danish Kaneria said: “Virat Kohli’s captaincy is in a dilemma because BCCI’s top bosses in Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah won’t tolerate indiscipline towards anybody. They won’t see if he is a big-ticket player and treat everyone the same way. Unlike Pakistan, where there are such concerns, I don’t think it happens in India because a top-notch cricketer is the BCCI president.”

Virat Kohli in action during the third day of the WTC final against New Zealand. (File)
Virat Kohli was in action during the third day of the WTC final against New Zealand. (File)

Danish Kaneria added: “He (Ganguly) changed Indian cricket and he won’t see different players in different ways. Thus, I trust the BCCI to ensure that in future no player behaves roughly with their teammates.”

Despite rumors of a rift within the dressing room, the Indian team, under Virat Kohli, has delivered compelling performances on the pitch. Their recent outings in Tests against England justified why Virat Kohli is the right man to lead the side. Virat Kohli is India’s most successful captain to date, winning 38 out of 65 Tests he has led. Of those 38, six have come in Australia, England, and South Africa, four in the Caribbean, five in Sri Lanka, and 23 at home.

One of India’s most successful captains, Virat Kohli led India in 95 ODIs, and with 65 wins and 27 defeats. In 45 T20Is so far where he has been the captain, India has won 29 times while losing 14 times.

Danish Kaneria: Virat Kohli Needs To Follow The Culture Set By Predecessor Skipper MS Dhoni

Danish Kaneria opined that while aggression is a good trait to have, but it must be controlled while dealing with your countrymen teammates. The 40-year-old former spinner thinks Virat Kohli must take a leaf out of his predecessor MS Dhoni’s book ahead of the World Cup.

Kaneria added: “Virat Kohli’s aggression while captaining is a known thing, but misbehaving with your own players isn’t acceptable. He needs to follow the culture set by MS Dhoni. MS Dhoni dragged the players along with him despite win or loss by backing them. Hence, with the T20 World Cup looming and with Ravichandran Ashwin also part of the squad, Kohli must handle things carefully.”

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (Photo:AFP)
Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (Photo: AFP)

MS Dhoni will join Team India as a mentor for the upcoming T20I World Cup. The retired cricketer is the first and only Indian captain to win the T20I trophy in the inaugural edition in 2007. Fans will hope the Men in Blue break their jinx this year and Virat Kohli ends his T20 captaincy reign with an ICC trophy.

Virat Kohli announced that he will step down as the captain of RCB after IPL 2021 concludes. Virat Kohli had also announced earlier that he will relinquish his India T20I captaincy after the upcoming T20I World Cup to be staged in the UAE and Oman, while MS Dhoni retired as the only captain to win all major ICC trophies (2011 ODI World Cup, 2007 T20 World Cup, and 2013 Champions Trophy).

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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Arun Dhumal Ridicules Rumours: No Complaint About Virat Kohli’s Captaincy

Arun Dhumal, BCCI treasurer claimed that rumours going around that Virat Kohli’s captaincy has been complained about by senior Test cricketers on England tour would only do damage to Indian cricket.

The BCCI is “peeved” over obscure and unsubstantiated media reports doing the rounds lately that certain Team India cricketers complained to BCCI about Virat Kohli. Sections of the media reported this week about Indian cricketers calling BCCI secretary Jay Shah to complain about Virat Kohli and his captaincy, and hence the BCCI decided to step in.

Arun Dhumal
Arun Dhumal, Treasurer of BCCI Photo by: Arjun Singh / Sportzpics for BCCI

Arun Dhumal: Media Must Stop Writing This Rubbish, No Indian Cricketer Made Any Complaint Written Or Verbal To BCCI

The BCCI, once again for the record, revealed that the board had no role to play in all format skipper Virat Kohli resigning as captain of the T20I team as it was the cricketer’s own decision. When he resigned as T20I captain on September 16, certain media reports claimed that Virat Kohli had gone to the selectors and asked that Rohit Sharma be removed as vice-captain of the team.
On September 28, there were reports going around that two senior India cricketers Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane complained to Jay Shah about Virat Kohli’s captaincy. Initially, it was suggested that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had gone and spoken to the BCCI top brass over issues with Virat Kohli’s leadership probably since he didn’t feature in any of the 4 Tests against hosts England.

“The media must stop writing this rubbish. Let me say this on the record that no Indian cricketer has made any complaint to the BCCI – written or verbal. The BCCI can’t keep answering every false report that keeps appearing. The other day, we saw some reports saying there will be changes in India’s World Cup squad. Who said that?” BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told TOI on Wednesday.

Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)
Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)

On September 13, when it was reported that Virat Kohli would step down as India’s white-ball captain, Arun Dhumal had denied the same to the media and said that BCCI had not discussed the matter of split-captaincy. Arun Dhumal was technically right because it wasn’t the BCCI that was discussing the removal of Virat Kohli as white-ball captain.

“Virat himself will make the announcement. He is of the view that he needs to concentrate on his batting and go back to becoming what he’s always been – the best batsman in the world. The decision to quit (white-ball) captaincy is his alone, ” said Arun Dhumal.

Virat Kohli himself made the decision to relinquish T20I captaincy after World Cup’s conclusion. Arun Dhumal’s statement to the media then was also absolutely in line with the said report because, as the treasurer maintained, it wasn’t BCCI’s but Virat Kohli’s decision to step down.

“The media asked me if the BCCI had taken a decision and I said no because that was true – the BCCI had not taken any decision or even discussed it. Eventually, Virat took his own decision and conveyed it to the BCCI and that was his call. Today, the same media is saying players complained to the BCCI. So, on behalf of the board, I can tell you, there have been no complaints. Is there any confusion?” Arun Dhumal further said.

There shouldn’t be any more confusion because even the office of the BCCI secretary is not aware of any such complaint. The BCCI says it finds it extremely intriguing that hours after Virat Kohli resigned as T20 captain, a section of the media seems to know almost everything about the Indian team. But 24 hours before he resigned, nobody had a clue that there were complaints against him.

Virat Kohli Decided To Quit As T20I Captain After World Cup And RCB Skipper After IPL 2021 Concludes

Virat Kohli later spoke with several individuals who hold positions of responsibility in Indian cricket after reports emerged that a few cricketers were unhappy with his captaincy. Every single one of those individuals has denied that players have filed any complaint whatsoever against the current Indian captain, not with the secretary’s office or with any other office within the Board.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

“This kind of reporting harms Indian cricket more than anything else. We can understand if senior journalists – who have followed the game for a very long time and tracked it so devotedly – believe the Indian team should do this or do that. That’s an opinion and we respect that. It’s an observation and that’s their job. I myself enjoy reading good reports. But to concoct tales and say this person said this or that person said that, without substantiating it, is not done,” Dhumal further said.

With the BCCI treasurer deciding to put the record straight, it is now clear that the rumours were without any substance. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has gone on to announce that he will step down from the captaincy of Royal Challengers Bangalore as well at the completion of IPL 2021. The Indian skipper will be leading the T20 side for the final time at the T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE and Oman next month.

World Test Championship, India
Indian test team[photo: Twitter]
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India Will Be Favourites Whenever The Postponed 5th Test Takes Place: Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan, former all-rounder said the Virat Kohli-led Indian side will be the ‘favourites’ to win the postponed fifth Test against England whenever it takes place in the future.

Irfan Pathan’s comments came after the final Test of the India-England series slated to begin in Manchester on Friday was postponed indefinitely two hours before toss due to Covid-19 scares in the Indian camp.

Irfan Pathan (R) and a young Virat Kohli in 2012. (Getty Images)
Irfan Pathan (R) and a young Virat Kohli in 2012. (Getty Images)

Irfan Pathan: India Showed Great Character And Fighting Spirit In England Tour And Will Be Favourites Whenever The Postponed 5th Test Will Take Place

Irfan Pathan said India, who is leading the series 2-1, should be proud of the way they performed in England.

“India showed great character & fighting spirit throughout the series. Giving it back to them with top level of skills was something to be proud of this team. I’m sure India will be the favourites whenever this ‘postponed’ match will be held,” Irfan Pathan tweeted.

Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The India cricket team toured England in August and September 2021 to play five Test matches. Prior to their matches against England, India played New Zealand in the 2021 ICC World Test Championship Final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton in June 2021. The Test series between India and England were the first matches of the 2021–2023 ICC World Test Championship.

The first Test of the series ended in a draw, after more than two days of play was lost across the duration of the match to rain. India won the second Test by 151 runs, in the final hour of the fifth day, to take a 1–0 lead in the series. England won the third Test by an innings and 76 runs before the lunch break on day four, levelling the series 1–1. India won the fourth Test by 157 runs, to lead the series 2–1 before the 5th Test was cancelled.

Jay Shah: Both BCCI And ECB Will Work In Tandem To Find A Window To Reschedule The 5th Test

BCCI secretary said Jay Shah said they will work with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to reschedule the Manchester Test.

“The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test Match, however, the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the Old Trafford Test Match.

“In lieu of the strong relationship between BCCI and ECB, the BCCI has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match. Both the Boards will work towards finding a window to reschedule this Test match,” Shah said. 

Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes
Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes

ECB CEO Tom Harrison indicated that the rescheduled Test match may not be treated as the fifth Test and instead played as a one-off fixture between the two sides. If that does turn out to be true then the current series will be treated as a four-Test series and India will be declared the winners by virtue of their 2-1 lead.

“No, I think it’s a stand-alone situation. We have been offered a few other options, probably need to take a look (at those),” Harrison told ‘Sky Sports’ when asked whether it would be a stand-alone game or the series-decider.

India head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and senior physio Nitin Patel had all tested positive during the fourth Test in London and did not travel with the team in Manchester.

The Indian players had no problems in going ahead with the fifth Test until assistant physio Yogesh Parmar tested, who had been helping in the training of most of the Indian cricketers, tested positive on the eve of the Manchester Test.  The Indian players expressed their reservation in taking the field on Friday citing Covid-related concerns, which led to the postponement of the Test match.

MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)
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MS Dhoni Was Initially Reluctant To Take The Role As A Mentor But Agreed After Consultation With Virat Kohli

MS Dhoni surprised all by announcing that he would be retiring from all international cricket, on Independence Day last year,  A little more than a year later, his return to the Team India folds as ‘mentor’ for the forthcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE has been equally surprising.

Indian cricket board (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah said on Wednesday after the announcement of the Indian team that he had had a meeting with MS Dhoni and the former India captain had been brought on board for the ICC T20 event.
Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (Photo:AFP)
Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (Photo: AFP)

MS Dhoni Was Initially Reluctant To Take The Role As A Mentor

The meeting that happened in Dubai about 10 days ago lasted around 90 minutes and MS Dhoni had not said “yes” immediately. According to sources close to the development, the Chennai Super Kings captain was initially a little reluctant to take on the role.

“It was a request to which he couldn’t say no to, but he took his time before giving his nod,” a source said.

Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli PTI Photo by Shashank Parade (PTI11_21_2014_000176B)
Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli- PTI Photo by Shashank Parade (PTI11_21_2014_000176B)

When the offer was made, captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri were obviously consulted. But the feeling is MS Dhoni himself must have had a discussion with Virat Kohli before giving his consent.

“In the initial proposal, the term ‘mentor’ wasn’t mentioned. It was more of an advisory role to the team. But it was Dhoni’s equation with Virat that proved to be the clincher,” the source added.

Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni worked brilliantly in tandem after the Jharkhand cricketer stepped down from India’s limited-overs captaincy in 2017. The sight of wicketkeeper MS Dhoni setting the field, even as Virat Kohli chose to field closer to the boundary line to make optimum use of his superb throwing arm, became common in both T20Is and ODIs in 2018-19.

“Kohli always valued Dhoni’s judgement and that has to be one of the reasons behind his decision to do the mentorship,” the source added.

It is true that both are strong personalities, but Ravi Shastri is towards the fag end of his tenure as coach: his contract is till the 2021 T20I World Cup, and it’s unlikely that he will get into any confrontation with a legend of Indian cricket.

MS Dhoni’s T20 Intelligence Saw Him Being Appointed As A Mentor

MS Dhoni’s T20 Intelligence saw him being appointed as a mentor.

“It is Dhoni’s T20 intelligence. Due to his IPL commitments, is extremely aware of the goings-on of the T20 world,” the source added.

One of the most successful captains in the history of Indian cricket, the enigmatic wicketkeeper-batsman led India to two world titles — the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa and the 2011 ODI World Cup in India. MS Dhoni is currently with his IPL team Chennai Super Kings, gearing up for the resumption of the IPL league from September 19 in the UAE.
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)

The reticent player’s retirement, announced by him through an Instagram post on August 15 last year, had taken the cricket world by surprise and he has not spoken even once about it after that. The highly-respected wicketkeeper-batsman played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs, and 98 T20 Internationals amassing 4876, 10773, and 1617 runs respectively across formats.

The BCCI apex council has reportedly received a Conflict of Interest complaint against MS Dhoni’s appointment as Team India mentor for the showpiece event. Legendary India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar ‘prays’ there is no clash or disagreements between current India head coach Ravi Shastri and former India captain MS Dhoni, who has been appointed as the mentor of the side for the T20 World Cup.

Team India head coach Ravi Shastri feels former India 2011 World Cup and 2007 World T20 winning captain MS Dhoni will be a great addition to the camp as Virat Kohli and Co. gear up for the upcoming 2021 ICC T20 World Cup next month.

Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli during Shastri's book launch event in London | Twitter
Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli during Shastri's book launch event in London | Twitter
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Ravi Shastri And Virat Kohli Due An Explanation To BCCI After Attending Book Launch Flouting Covid-19 Norms

Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli are reportedly due an explanation to the BCCI after attending the former’s book launch event in England.

The Indian cricket team secured a thumping win over England in the 4th Test at the Oval but things aren’t all well at the management level. The news of head coach Ravi Shastri, fielding coach R Sridhar and bowling coach Bharat Arun testing positive for Covid-19 has left the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) miffed.

Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravi Shastri And Virat Kohli Due An Explanation To BCCI After Attending The Launch Of Ravi Shastri’s Book

Head coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli had both recently went to a public event in England for the launch of the former’s book. According to a report, the duo didn’t take approval from England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the same. The BCCI will now reportedly seek an explanation from Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri over their action.

“Photos from the event have been shared with BCCI officials. The board will probe the matter. This incident has left the board embarrassed. The coach and the captain will be asked to explain the circumstances after the fourth Test at Oval. The team’s administrative manager Girish Dongre’s role is also under the scanner,” a top BCCI official was quoted as saying by TOI on Monday.

BCCI, ECB Logo
BCCI, ECB Logo

“The BCCI is in touch with ECB and trying to ensure the series is completed without any further incidents. As of now, everyone is hoping that Shastri recovers soon. There is a selection meeting for the T20 World Cup on Wednesday. Maybe the matter will be raised there,” the official added.

With the UK government deciding to end all restrictions, the ECB also removed strict bio-bubble restrictions for the series against India. BCCI secretary Jay Shah, wary of the situation, had asked the players to avoid attending any public event during their stay in England in order to minimize the risk of contracting Covid-19.

BCCI Official: There Will Be A Proper Bubble In Manchester The Venue Of The Final 5th Test

Yet, with their latest actions, Ravi Shastri and Virar Kohli seem to have defied the instructions from Jay Shah. The entire situation has, hence, left the Indian board miffed, and now a strict bio-bubble regulation will be in place for the 5th and the final Test of the series in Manchester.

“This wasn’t an official event that either of the boards had organized. This incident is all the more unsettling because BCCI secretary Jay Shah had written to every team member before the series, asking them to be cautious and refrain from attending crowded events. The action of the team hasn’t gone down well with the board,” the official said.

Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes
Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes

“There will be a proper bubble in Manchester. There’s the IPL coming up in UAE five days after the fifth Test finishes. The players will have to move in a bubble to UAE, else they will have to serve a quarantine period upon reaching Dubai. Hopefully, there won’t be any further incidents once the team enters the bubble,” the official said.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
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BCCI Secretary Jay Shah Confirmed BCCI Won’t Hold 2021’s AGM Before September 30

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has informed all affiliated units that the board will not hold this year’s Annual General Meeting before September 30 owing to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

The secretary further said the members will be informed about the date of the AGM once decided. In the letter, the secretary also informed the members of the Government Order which allows for the extension of the AGM.

Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes
Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah Confirmed BCCI Won’t Hold 2021’s AGM Before September 30

BCCI’s 89th Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place in Ahmedabad on Thursday (December 24, 2020). While the Indian board gave a green signal to the addition of two more teams in IPL 2022 during the meeting, there was surprisingly no discussion on board president Sourav Ganguly’s brand endorsements.

“Owing to prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, the Tamil Nadu Government in their G.O.(D). No. 96 dated 30th June 2021 (“Government Order”) have extended the period for a registered society under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975, to conduct an Annual General Meeting for the financial year 2020-2021, by three months, from September 2021 to December 2021.”

Sourav Ganguly- Twitter
Sourav Ganguly- Twitter

“In view thereof, you are hereby informed that the BCCI will not have its Annual General Meeting by 30 September 2021. We will keep you informed regarding the date of the Annual General Meeting,” he wrote.

The BCCI had held its 89th Annual General Meeting on December 24 last year.

Pragyan Ojha who was nominated by the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) as a player representative, was inducted to the IPL Governing Council at the AGM. The Indian Board also increased the limit of reimbursement of insurance medical claims of retired First Class Cricketers to INR 10 Lakhs. The retirement age of the BCCI affiliated umpires and scorers has also been increased to 60 years.

BCCI Officials Were In England To Witness Lord’s Test

The board officials were recently in England to witness the second Test between India and England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground and the Virat Kohli-led side won the game handsomely.

Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive) and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council
Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive), and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council

The office-bearers also had a meeting with the players and coaching staff to discuss the road ahead as the team will be playing in the T20 World Cup once the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League is over. While the T20 World Cup was initially set to be held in India, it had to be moved to UAE with an eye on the prevailing COVID-19 situation and the monsoon season. The tournament will see arch-rivals India and Pakistan clash on October 24.

Ranji Trophy, , BCCI File Photo
Ranji Trophy, , BCCI File Photo
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Ranji Trophy Will Return In January 2022

Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic cricket tournament, will return in January 2022 after the pandemic made it a no-show last season, the first break in its 87-year history. The domestic cricket season will kick off this September with the U-19 boy’s one-day tournament, the Vinoo Mankad Trophy, to be played in a bio-bubble environment.

For seniors, the BCCI has planned the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament from the third week of October followed by a one-day tournament- the Vijay Hazare Trophy in November. If everything goes smoothly as plan, the board wants to have its Ranji Trophy and U-25 games in January 2022. The women’s senior and U- 25 games will also be played then in the meantime.Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to kick start domestic season; Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy to follow

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to kick start domestic season; Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy to follow

Ranji Trophy To Return After A Year’s Absence

Ranji Trophy, India’s premier red-ball tournament will return after a year’s absence as the BCCI set plans in motion for the Indian domestic season. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy will also resume with the season to kick start in September. The Women’s and U-19 level games will also return to the forefront as BCCI looks to place impetus on the domestic calendar.

BCCI joint secretary Jayesh George has been given charge of preparing the domestic calendar for the forthcoming season. A tentative schedule was earlier sent by the secretary Jay Shah in July but BCCI had to alter its old schedule due to the IPL mega auction in 2022 and the Covid-19 pandemic. As per the old schedule which was circulated earlier, the board was planning to host its Ranji Trophy from November 16, 2021, to February 19, 2022, but has now decided to conduct Vijay Hazare Trophy in November.

Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes
Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes

The state associations will be informed about the new schedule next week. The Indian board has gone back to the old season formula where five Elite groups will have six teams apiece while the remaining eight teams will form one plate group. A secure bio-bubble will be formed and the teams will have to check in three days in advance at their respective venues.

BCCI Decided To Conduct U19 Games To Prepare And Select The Team For ICC U19 World Cup To Be Held In West Indies In  January 2022

BCCI has decided to conduct U-19 games first to prepare and select the team for the forthcoming ICC under-19 World Cup, scheduled to be held in West Indies in January 2022. Owing to the pandemic, the board could not conduct any junior cricket for the last year. The BCCI Board will also announce a new five-member junior selection committee in due course. However, it’s not clear whether the board will go ahead with U-16 tournaments despite announcing it earlier.

Bangladesh U19
Bangladesh U19. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

India has won the U19 World Cup on a record four occasions, while Australia has won three times, Pakistan twice, and Bangladesh, England, South Africa, and the West Indies once each.  Bangladesh is the defending champion having won the title in 2020. Bangladesh won the title after defeating India by 3 wickets in the final match at Potchefstroom, South Africa, based on Duckworth Lewis Method on Feb 9, 2020. This was Bangladesh’s first ICC Under-19 World Cup victory.

Last year, the Ranji Trophy, as well as junior cricket, were not held because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the operational difficulties of creating a bio-secure environment for thousands of players and support staff. While players lost out on significant earnings, the BCCI copped a lot of flak for too much focus on the cash-rich league IPL.

Snehashish Ganguly is the CAB secretary and Sourav Ganguly’s elder brother. (Twitter/CAB)
Snehashish Ganguly is the CAB secretary and Sourav Ganguly’s elder brother. (Twitter/CAB)
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Snehasish Ganguly Hospitalised After He Began Vomiting

Snehasish Ganguly, former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s elder brother has been hospitalized late Friday night. Snehasish Ganguly, who underwent a heart procedure earlier this year, suddenly began vomiting following which he was rushed to a hospital.

Sourav Ganguly, the current BCCI president, is keeping a track of the situation from London where he currently is attending the 2nd Test against England.

Snehasish Ganguly with brother Sourav Ganguly , Twitter file photo
Snehasish Ganguly with brother Sourav Ganguly, Twitter file photo

SSnehasish Ganguly Hospitalized After He Began Vomiting

Snehasish Ganguly, the current secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), represented Bengal in Ranji Trophy playing 59 first-class matches and scored 2534 runs. During a routine health checkup in January this year, it was revealed that the 55-year-old suffered from Single Vessel Disease (RCA) that required angioplasty.

That was a few weeks after Sourav Ganguly himself underwent angioplasty after a sudden blackout and chest pain while working out at his residence. Currently, in the UK, he was seen attending the ongoing India-England 2nd Test at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, alongside his wife Dona Ganguly, and BCCI general secretary Jay Shah.

Sourav Ganguly (Source: File Photo)
Sourav Ganguly (Source: File Photo)

“Came here as a player first in 1996… and then as captain… enjoyed the game at Lord’s today as an administrator… India was and is in a good position all the time… this game of cricket is majestic,” Ganguly posted on his Instagram account as he attended the opening day of the contest.

As per reports, Sourav Ganguly is in London to discuss the future of current India head coach Ravi Shastri who is planning to step down after the ICC Men’s T20 World later this year.

Sourav Ganguly Underwent Angioplasty Twice In January 2021

Rahul Dravid
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National Cricket Academy (NCA) Fitness Clearance Must For Injured Players

National Cricket Academy (NCA) physios in Bengaluru will mandatorily monitor an injured cricketer’s rehabilitation process before the player is deemed fit for selection. Contracted players have been informed verbally that once the injury heals, they will have to be present in NCA, where a physio will monitor their progress on a day-to-day basis.

The BCCI has advertised for the position of head of cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. The position was till now held by former India captain Rahul Dravid, whose two-year term has come to an end. Rahul Dravid can apply again should he be interested in getting an extension.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

National Cricket Academy (NCA) Fitness Clearance Must For Injured Players

The new guideline was issued after a meeting with NCA’s Head of Cricket Rahul Dravid, BCCI secretary Jay Shah, Indian team head coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli, was held to discuss the need to make NCA the final authority on the fitness of players. It’s understood that the NCA was not happy with a certain player, who had initiated his rehab with his IPL physio and then flew to Bengaluru only to clear his fitness test.

Contracted players have been informed verbally that once the injury heals, they will have to be present in National Cricket Academy, where a physio will monitor their progress on a day-to-day basis. Owing to the pandemic, if players cannot travel and want to train with their personal physio, they need to make a formal request to the BCCI and NCA.

“The players have been told that whenever they get injured, they need to inform the NCA. Once their injury has healed, the rehabilitation part will be taken care of by their physios in Bengaluru. It will also help prepare a database that will help the BCCI in the future,” a BCCI official said.

National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru is amongst the best cricket academies in India (Source: SportsWiki)
National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru is amongst the best cricket academies in India (Source: SportsWiki)

In the past, the National Cricket Academy had urged the BCCI to streamline the post-injury process of players since they were not kept in the loop on how the rehab was conducted. Indian players like Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill are currently at the NCA. Shreyas Iyer has cleared his fitness test, while Shubman Gill is on the road to recovery from his shin injury.

Shreyas Iyer Cleared By NCA To Participate In Competitive Games

India batsman Shreyas Iyer is now fully match-fit and cleared by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) to return to competitive action. India batsman Shreyas Iyer is now fully match-fit and cleared by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) to return to competitive action, which is set to take place when the IPL 2021 resumes in the UAE from September 19.

Shreyas Iyer will rejoin Delhi Capitals, the IPL franchise which he led to the final for the first time in 2020 but his injury meant that Rishabh Pant captained the side during the last edition, which was halted after multiple COVID-19 cases inside the bio-bubble.

Shreyas Iyer
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The 26-year-old Shreyas Iyer, who has played 22 ODIs and 29 T20 Internationals for India, sustained a horrifying shoulder dislocation during a one-dayer against England in Pune on March 23 and had to undergo surgery in the United Kingdom. Having completed an intense rehabilitation program and proved his fitness during his week-long stay at the NCA, it is understood that its medical team has declared him fit to return to competitive cricket.

Team India has been hampered by injuries in recent series’. Apart from Shubman Gill, the likes of Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan were also ruled out of the England Tests. Earlier, in Australia, India suffered multiple injury issues and went into the final Test at the Gabba with a number of their fringe players.

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