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Maharashtra Government Announced 15-Day Curfew But IPL 2021 Won’t Be Affected

Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced a statewide curfew starting April 14 till May 1 to curb the spread of Covid-19, but it won’t affect the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches at the Wankhede Stadium.

However, the curfew will not have an effect on the Indian Premier League matches at the Wankhede Stadium. The 14th edition of the cash-rich league started on April 9. Mumbai is one of the six cities that has been slated to host the IPL 2021. Mumbai and Chennai are currently two bases where the IPL matches are going on.

Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Capitals play a shot during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2021 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals held at the Wankhede Stadium Mumbai on the 10th April 2021.
Shikhar Dhawan. Photo by Arjun Singh/ Sportzpics for IPL

Maharashtra Government Announced Statewide Curfew But IPL Won’t Be Affected

Sources in the know of developments in the IPL organizing committee confirmed that the matches at the Wankhede Stadium would indeed be held as per the schedule.

“No effect on Mumbai matches as we have special permission, everything will go ahead as planned and we will take all necessary precautions,” the source told ANI.

Wankhede is slated to host 10 IPL games this season, out of which two have been played. There are eight games remaining in the Mumbai leg. Mumbai will be next hosting the match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals on Thursday and then on Friday, Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with each other.

In the 1st match at Mumbai, Delhi Capitals (DC) started their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign with a 7-wicket victory against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Wankhede Stadium. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw’s entertaining knocks at the top helped DC chase down a challenging total with ease.

Chasing a challenging target of 189, DC needed an aggressive start from their openers and the opening duo ensured that.

Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul during match vs RR on Monday (PTI Image)
Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul during the match vs RR on Monday (PTI Image)

In the 2nd match at Mumbai, Punjab Kings (PBKS) overcame a spirited Rajasthan Royals (RR) challenge, led by  Sanju Samson, and emerged victorious in a high-scoring thriller in Match 4 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium.

PBKS skipper KL Rahul led from the front, with a defining knock of 91 before Arshdeep Singh defended 13 runs in the last over, helping the side seal a 4-run win as Sanju Samson’s 119 went in vain.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Announced Statewide Curfew From April 14 To May 1 In View Of COVID-19 New Wave Strain

On Tuesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a statewide curfew starting 8 PM on April 14 till 7 AM, May 1 to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“We are imposing strict restrictions which will come into effect from 8 pm tomorrow. Section 144 to be imposed in the entire state from tomorrow. I will not term this as lockdown,” said Thackeray while addressing the state of Maharashtra.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray (ANI Photo)

“Local train and bus services for essential services only, petrol pumps, financial institutions associated with SEBI and construction work to continue, hotel/restaurants to remain closed only take-away, home deliveries allowed,” he added.

Cinema halls, theatres, auditoriums, amusement parks, gyms, sports complexes will also remain closed, announced the Maharashtra CM.


Eight Arrested For Playing Cricket During Janata Curfew in Maharashtra

The Coronavirus pandemic has taken away the cricket from the biggest cricket-loving country India. It has forced everyone to lock themselves behind the close doors. To curb the spread of the virus, Indian PM Narendra Modi urged everyone to observe Janta Curfew on Sunday (22nd March). But eight people break the order of PM to play the cricket which has costed them.

On Thursday, PM Modi addressed the whole nation thorough television and online streaming. He communicated what precautions should everyone take while he also initiated the concept of Janta Curfew where he asked people to remain indoors from 7:00 am till 9:00 pm.

Eight people arrested for playing cricket:

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The whole country stood together and followed the order of PM but some people acted foolishly. They disobeyed and were freely moving on roads. And eight such men, who were playing cricket, were arrested in Kalyan of Thane district, Maharashtra for violating the Janta Curfew. The police later confirmed the news.

They were playing cricket at Kala Talao Maidan in the afternoon, police said, according to PTI. Police also detained a boy in this connection, an official reported.

“Action was taken against them for defying the prohibitory orders issued by the Thane Police Commissionerate. They also went against the ‘Janta curfew’ being observed to curb the spread of coronavirus,” the police official said.

The Mahatma Phule Chowk Police Station registered a case against the accused under IPC sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 290 (public nuisance).

They were also booked under the Maharashtra Police Act as well as the National Disaster Act 2005, the official said.

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Tripathi eyes to cement his spot. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Watch – Rahul Tripathi, Divyang Himganekar Combine to Take Best Ever Domestic Catch

Maharashtra skipper Rahul Tripathi pulled off a miraculous effort at the boundary ropes in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 while playing against Railways. Tripathi who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League came up with a staggering effort at the boundary. It was the last ball of the match when Railways needed impossible 22 runs.

Railways tailender Manjeet Singh swung hard but Tripathi was able to flick the ball back to Divyang Himganekar after jumping to successfully take the one-handed grab. The scoreboard will show that Divyang Himganekar took the catch but the effort which was made by Rahul Tripathi was stellar.

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Rahul Tripathi

It was an outstanding effort.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra had gone on to win the match against Railways by 21 runs. Maharashtra had posted 177 in their 20 overs after Railways skipper won the toss and elected to bowl first. Rahul Tripathi could not hit the ground running as he was run out for two runs.

Maharashtra wicketkeeper-batsman Nikhil Naik top scored as he scored 95 runs from 58 balls with the help of four fours and eight sixes. Naushad Shaikh scored a good knock of 59 runs from 39 balls laced with six fours and two sixes. Both of them added an alliance of 119 runs for the third wicket partnership.

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However, Railways could not chase down the target even after their openers provided them with a good start. Mrunal Devdhar and Pratham Singh had added 68 runs for the opening stand. However, the Railways kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Subsequently, Maharashtra will lock horns with Karnataka in the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy today at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.

Meanwhile, Rahul Tripathi had batted at the top of his game in IPL 2017 while playing for Rising Pune Supergiant. The right-hander had scored 391 runs in 14 matches of the season. However, he could not repeat the same performance while playing for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018.

Here is the catch.


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Nikhil Naik. Credit: BCCI

Watch – Kolkata Knight Riders’ New Recruit Nikhil Naik Smash Five Sixes in an Over

Maharashtra batsman, Nikhil Naik grabbed eyeballs when he smashed five sixes in an over during a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy clash against Railways at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. Meanwhile, this will be a massive confidence booster for him ahead of another exciting edition of the Indian Premier League. Naik will ply his trade for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 12th edition of the league.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra have played some excellent cricket in this year’s domestic T20 tournament. They have won their first three Super League Group A matches against Bengal, Gujarat, and Jharkhand, respectively. Rahul Tripathi & Co faced Railways in their fourth and final Super League stage encounter on March 12. They continued their winning run beating Railways banking on an onslaught from Nikhil Naik. After a poor start, Naik and Naushad Shaikh bail their team out of danger. Shaikh made 59 off 39 deliveries while the young Naik played an unbeaten knock of 95 off 58 deliveries including eight sixes out of which five came in one over.

The young batsman hammered five sixes of Amit Chandika Prasad Mishra, who had conceded just 16 runs in 3 overs, However, he went for five over-boundaries in the 20th over thus ending his quota with figures of one for 46 runs. Nikhil Naik’s onslaught with the bat helped Maharashtra propel to 176 and winning the match by 21 runs.

Watch the video here:

Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders have roped in the dashing batsman for RS 20 lakh in the 2019 IPL auctions. He will hope to continue this form in the cash-rich league and make a mark at the highest level. However, this will not be his debut season in the IPL. Previous in 2016, Nikhil Naik has represented Kings XI Punjab but failed to showcase his talent.

Besides, Maharashtra will take on Karnataka in the finals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on March 14 (Thursday).


Karnataka thrash Maharashtra to enter Vijay Hazare final

New Delhi, Feb 25: Karnataka hammered Maharashtra by nine wickets in a semi-final of the Vijay Hazare 50-over domestic cricket tournament here on Saturday.

Off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham (3/26) and medium pacer M. Prasidh Krishna (2/26) helped Karnataka bowl out Maharashtra for 160 in 44.3 overs. Opening batsman Shrikant Mundhe (50) and Naushad Shaikh (42) were crucial contributors for the western side.

During the chase, opening batsmen Mayank Agarwal (81) and Karun Nair (70 not out) shared a 155-run partnership as Karnataka overhauled the total with 19.3 overs and nine wickets to spare. Ravikumar Samarth (3 not out) was unbeaten alongside his captain Nair.

The 27-year-old right-hander Mayank continued his red-hot form, hitting eight fours and a six out of the 86 deliveries he faced.

In this tournament, he has posted scores of 109, 84, 28, 102, 89, 140, 81.

In the final on Tuesday, Karnataka will meet either Saurashtra or Andhra Pradesh — who face-off on Sunday.

Brief scores: Maharashtra: 160 all out in 44.3 overs (Shrikant Mundhe 50, Naushad Shaikh 42; Krishnappa Gowtham 3/26, M. Prasidh Krishna 2/26) vs Karnataka: 164/1 in 30.3 overs (Mayank Agarwal 81, Karun Nair 70 not out; Satyajeet Bachhav 1/32).

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Mayank Agarwal's previous best was 161 in first-class cricket. Photo Credit: Web.

Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Mayank Agarwal’s Triple Ton puts Karnataka in Command, Sinks Maharashtra

After restricting hosts Maharashtra to 245 in first innings of one of the Group A games, the opening batsman for Karnataka Mayank Agarwal, who started off his innings on 219, on day three of the third round of ongoing Ranji Trophy fixtures, struck his maiden triple hundred – to dominate the bowlers and powered visitors to the staggering first innings total of 628 for five, before the declaration came from skipper Vinay Kumar.

The 26-year-old right-handed batsman Agarwal remained unbeaten on 304 after facing 494 deliveries. He smashed 28 boundaries and four maximums. Agarwal’s innings was equally supported by Karun Nair, who smashed 256-ball 116.

At the stumps of day three, hosts Maharashtra was struggling at 135 for four. The Ankit Bawne’s side is trailing by 248 runs in second innings at the MCA Stadium in Pune.

Interestingly, Agarwal was playing in this match after being dismissed for the duck in both of his innings against Hyderabad at Shimoga last month (October).

Agarwal posted 259 for the first wicket alongside Ravikumar Samarth (129 off 219) and for third-wicket, the former forged a 279-run stand with Nair.

For Karnataka, Abhimanyu Mithun picked two wickets for giving away 32 in 10 overs, as Ronit More and Stuart Binny claimed wicket apiece.

In a Group B game, Gujarat required three wickets to clinch the game against Haryana. The visitors require another 267 runs to win which looks highly-likely improbable against the bowling line-up that hosts rely on.

At stumps on day three, Haryana was 94 for seven in 35 overs, as left-arm orthodox spinner Siddharth Desai bagged four wickets and Piyush Chawla claimed three wickets after conceding 24 runs in 10 overs.

For Uttar Pradesh in another Group A game, the visitors’ skipper Suresh Raina was again dismissed cheaply on 16 off 17 balls.

The left-handed batsman was dismissed by Delhi skipper Ishant Sharma when gloveman Rishabh Pant completed a simple catch.

Group A –

Maharashtra Vs. Karnataka in Pune:

Maharashtra posted 135 for four in the second innings against Karnataka in 37 overs.

Ruturaj Gaikwad was batting on 61 off 117 balls, and Rahul Tripathi would resume his innings on 33 after facing 31 deliveries.

So far, Abhimanyu Mithun picked two wickets in his ten overs.

Railways Vs. Hyderabad in Delhi:

In another game in Delhi, Mahesh Rawat’s Railways side is trailing by 215 runs, as they were 13 for no loss at stumps on day three after being bundled out for 246 in first innings.

The Railways’ opening batsmen Saurabh Wakaskar and Shivakant Shukla were batting on six each.

Delhi Vs. Uttar Pradesh in Delhi:

In the second innings, Uttar Pradesh posted 224 for seven in 63 overs, and the Suresh Raina’s team is leading by 246 runs in the second innings.

Akshdeep Nath is batting on 110 off 175 balls, and Imtiaz Ahmed faced five balls and is yet to open his account.

Ishant Sharma picked three wickets in 12 overs after giving away 38 runs.

Group B –

Kerala Vs. Jammu and Kashmir:

In second innings, Jammu and Kashmir are reeling at 56 for seven in 33 overs. They require another 182 runs to win which would be a daunting task.

Hosts saw four bowlers among the wickets after Sachin Baby made use of the five bowlers.

Saurashtra Vs. Jharkhand at Rajkot:

Jharkhand posted 139 in 24 overs for the loss of Shasheem Rathour.

Nazim Siddiqui is batting on 83 off 58 balls.

Sumit Kumar scored 25 off 55 balls.

Jharkhand is trailing by 144 runs.

Vandit Jivrajani conceded 15 for a wicket in six overs.

Gujarat Vs. Haryana at Valsad:

Haryana is struggling at 94 for seven in 35 overs in second innings.

The visitors required another 267 runs to win. Siddharth Desai bagged four wickets.

Harshal Patel batting on 17 off 56 deliveries and Sanjay Pahal scored 25 off 30 balls.

Group C –

Baroda Vs Tripura at Vadodara:

After Baroda posted 521 in its first innings, the day was dominated by Tripura as they finished the day three with 327 for four on board in 117 overs.

The gloveman in the form of Smit Patel is batting on 123 off 254 balls and Abhijit Dey scored 42-ball 20.

Sagar Mangalorkar picked two wickets after sending down 25 overs.

Odisha Vs Mumbai in Bhubaneswar:

Odisha requires 320 runs against Mumbai, as they finished the penultimate day on 93 for four in 29 overs.

Skipper Govinda Poddar is batting on 48 off 66 balls and Santanu Mishra struck a four after facing 15 balls.

Andhra Pradesh Vs Madhya Pradesh at Vizianagaram:

Madhya Pradesh is leading by 12 runs after posting 67 for five in 29.4 overs at the end of third day’s play.

Skipper Devendra Bundela is batting on 23 off 63 balls, as for Andhra Pradesh Bandaru Ayyappa claimed three wickets. He bowled 12 overs to concede 26 runs.

Group D –

Bengal Vs Himachal Pradesh in Kolkata:

Himachal Pradesh in second innings posted 207 for two in 57.5 overs.

Sumeet Verma-led Himachal Pradesh is trailing by six runs with Priyanshu Khanduri batting on 67 off 167 alongside Nikhil Gangta (43* off 64).

Mohammed Shami and Mukesh Kumar picked a wicket each.

Chhattisgarh Vs Punjab at Raipur:

Chhattisgarh trail by 244 runs in the Group D game against Punjab.

At stumps on the penultimate day of Ranji fixture, Chhattisgarh posted 171 for four in their second innings.

Ashutosh Singh is batting on 81 off 157 balls and Siddharth Chandrakar scored unbeaten 27 off 76 deliveries.

Vidarbha Vs Services at Nagpur:

Vidarbha is leading by 179 runs in second innings against Services in Nagpur. Sanjay Ramaswamy (35 off 48) and Karn Sharma on nought are at the crease, which further saw the hosts posted nelson on the board for the loss of two wickets.

Nitin Tanwar and Vikas Yadav picked one wicket each.

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BCCI Gives Nod to First Ever Ranji Trophy Match to be Played in Dehradun

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has given the green signal to stage the first ever first-class in Dehradun between Uttar Pradesh Maharashtra. The name of the stadium is same to the one in Hyderabad. The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium will be hosting their first match from 24th to 27th October.

The multi-purpose stadium in the Raipur Area of Dehradun is the first international level stadium in the state of Uttarakhand. The stadium was constructed by Shapporji Pallomji Engineering and Construction. Around Rs. 237 crores have gone behind building the stadium. Meanwhile, the news was broken by ANI through their official twitter handle.

The first of it’s kind in the state has been built amidst the picturesque surroundings in Raipur Area of Dehradun. The stadium has a sitting capacity of 25,000 and also has the facility of floodlights to host day-night matches.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra have some strong players in the squad. Suresh Raina who has been out of the national team for a long time now will lead UP while Kedar Jadhav will take the duties of Maharashtra but whether he will be playing this particular match remains to be seen as India will be playing a limited overs series against New Zealand during that time.

Uttar Pradesh Squad

Suresh Raina (c), Praveen Kumar, Eklavya Dwivedi (wk), Akshdeep Nath, Ankit Rajpoot, Umang Sharma, Imtiaz Ahmed, Saurabh Kumar, Mohd Israr , Himanshu Asnora, Shivam Chaudhary, Almas Shaukat, Deependra Pandey, Rinku Singh, Zeeshan Ansari, Dhruv Pratap Singh, Kartik Tyagi

Maharashtra Squad

Kedar Jadhav, Shrikant Mundhe, Samad Fallah, Akshay Darekar, Rohit Motwani, Ankit Bawne, Chirag Khurana, Anupam Sanklecha, Nikit Dhumal, Rahul Tripathi, P J Bhati, Jagdish Zope, Swapnil Gugale, Naushad Shaikh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Pradeep Dadhe.

I want to be a consistent match winner like Virat Kohli, says Ruturaj Gaikwad

At the end of each domestic season, we have a player or two emerge from the anonymity and shine brightly. The 2016/17 season was no different.

One of the most noteworthy youngsters who managed to attract eyeballs this season was Ruturaj Gaikwad, the 20-year-old batsman from Maharashtra.

While it may sound exciting to see another young talent emerge, the right-handed batsmen, in his short but eventful first class career, has experienced struggle, pain, recovery and stellar success all at the same in a matter of just a few months.

He made everyone take a note of him with his stunning performances in the Vijay Hazare trophy playing for his state. The showings at the Vijay Hazare, where he ended as the third highest run-getter with 444 runs in 7 matches at an average of 63.42, gained him the biggest headline of his career as he was drafted into the India A side for the Deodhar Trophy as the replacement for injured Rohit Sharma.

The fact that the cricketer with minimal first class experience was trusted with the role of replacing a player of Rohit Sharma’s calibre speaks for the reputation he has managed to earn in such a short span of time.

Born in Pune, Ruturaj grew up with his family of four that includes his father Dashrath Gaikwad, mother Savita Gaikwad and a sister.

In a recent chat with Sportzwiki, the youngster takes us through his early life, cricketing journey, bumpy road to recognition and his goals for the future.


How did cricket become a part of your life, what motivated you to pick this sport?

I picked the sport myself. When I was 4-5 years old I started playing with the leather ball but there was not proper guidance. I took up the sport professionally at the age of 12 when I joined Vengsarkar Cricket Academy. The coaches at the academy have played a big role in by development, especially during the U-19 years.

No much is known about your cricketing background, can you tell us about it?

I have been playing for Maharashtra since U-14s and U-16s but didn’t do anything noteworthy. But, in my second U-19 year, that is when I was 18, I was the second highest run scorer in India in the 2014-15 Cooch Behar Trophy with 826 runs in 6 matches with three centuries and one fifty. This helped me get selected in the India U-19 probable list. I did well in the next year’s Cooch Behar trophy as well and was the second highest in India with 875 runs in 7 matches with four hundred and three fifties.

Who has been the biggest influence in your cricketing career so far?

Actually, till the age of 15-16 I did not follow anyone specifically but in the past 2-3 years, I have started to admire Virat Kohli a lot. I admire him by his consistency and want to be a match winner for my team like him. This is one of the reasons I enjoyed success in the last 2-3 years.

How do you describe yourself as a batsman – aggressive or accumulator?

None of the two. I like to adapt situation wise or do what the team demands. I opened the innings for Maharashtra for the first time. I had been opening for my academy but was never a regular opener. In the u-19s I batted at number 4 position usually. Even in my debut Ranji match, I batted at No. 3.

How do you look back at 2016 – the positives and the negatives?

2016 had both highs and lows for me. For example, I got injured in the first innings of my Ranji debut itself. Actually in the first 15 balls. We were facing Jharkhand in Delhi in our first match and I got hit on the tip of my index finger by Varun Aaron’s rising delivery. Later, the x-ray revealed it was a serious fracture which required me to undergo a surgery. I had to rest for 8 weeks and missed out whole Ranji season as a result. Then I pulled myself back and did my best in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

How much did Kedar Jadhav’s presence as the skipper helped you as a newbie in the Maharashtra side?

It was great. He was impressed on my batting he praised me a lot which was a boost for me and I learnt a lot from him. Like how to handle situations, which bowlers to target. It was great to watch him dominate the bowlers from the other end.

What do you feel went wrong in the 4th quarter final against Bengal? You lost despite having 300 plus runs on the board?

Our strength was to bat first and we chose to do that exactly. But I think we didn’t have much-experienced bowling attack. It was only Shrikant Mundhe who was experienced in the bowling department. It was a very young and inexperienced side. Only the likes of Kedar Jadhav, Ankit Bawne had a good number of matches under their belt. Rest others had minimum experience. And, believe me, no one expected from this team to win 6 out of 5 matches in the league stages. We also defeated Tamil Nadu, the strongest side during the early stages.

2017 is going to be a huge year for you. What are your plans? Have you set any specific goals?

“I don’t set any targets. In fact, I don’t like do that. All I do is to go match by match and make sure I contribute in every match for my team, whichever team I play.”

Do you regret not being a part of the IPL?

“Not really. But, I would like to be a part of it definitely as it offers great exposure.”

Every cricketer has the ultimate dream of playing for his country. What is your roadmap to achieve the India dream?

“Yes, I would like to play for India but as I said I don’t set goals and not even targets. I know if I score consistently then I will get a chance. And, if I get the opportunity, I’ll make sure I stay consistent at that level. The ultimate goal is to stay consistent.”


Is Maharashtra Skipper Overlooking The Spirit Of The Game In Ranji Cricket?

As Indian team is in a commanding position to win the ongoing Test series against England, the decision from Maharashtra Ranji skipper Swapnil Gugale might draw the sharp criticism in his kitty from his fans, for allowing a player as the replacement of Pandey. But somehow it’s good to see in terms of cricket for putting country over first-class and definitely not that fair for the spirit of the game while taking rules and regulations into the consideration.

The young and promising Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey, who has been taken out of the Ranji side at the last moment during their ongoing Ranji Trophy game at the PCA Stadium in Mohali while earning a late maiden call-up from BCCI selectors in the Indian Test squad in Mumbai after middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane got injured on Wednesday, just a day before the 4th Test at Wankhade.

According to the rules, the replacement is bound to be done while taking the opposition captain into the consideration, but there is always a freedom for the injured player to be replaced by a substitute while fielding.

Very soon during the ongoing game, Karnataka Ranji side playing with only ten batsmen had approached match referee Pranab Roy for a much-wanted replacement.

Sportzwiki had learned from the reports that after taking up the matter with MV Sridhar, BCCI’s general manager with due consent of Maharashtra skipper Swapnil Gugale, who however denied the request at the earliest.

“The match referee had asked for a substitute and we said no. That’s it. The game is a little crucial for us and you never know what can happen tomorrow,” Maharashtra skipper Swapnil Gugale said as quoting by ESPNcricinfo.

Robin Uthappa, who was warming the bench for the match, was the first option as a replacement for Karnataka but that did not happen.

“There was an example given by Rod Marsh (former Australian wicket-keeper). Once a bowler bowled in the first innings of a first-class match and he was taken out of the game for international cricket. Another player came in and bowled in his place.” Ramiz Raji, the former Pakistan cricketer turned commentator was quoted as saying by Deccan Herald.

Earlier, Roy urged that Pandey should not play in the Wankhade Test and he could return for the match if team management releases him after not finding his place in the playing eleven.

Amid the confusion, on the second day of the Group B match, Maharashtra while going seemingly against the spirit of the game had allowed Pandey’s replacement in the form bowling all-rounder David Mathias, who batted at number 7 and scored 6 runs off 23 balls before being trapped in front.

“[The] rules are clear that a replacement can be allowed subject to the consent of the captain of the opposing team,” Roy said, quoted as saying by The Hindu.

It’s pertinent to mention that on the very first day of the match, Maharashtra have turned down Karnataka side’s request as Pandey has flown to Mumbai from Delhi to share the dressing room.

There were the several times when players were docked 50 percent to 100 percent of their match fee – for acting against the spirit of cricket in the recent past, but this was something new and he [Mumbai skipper] was the man to decide whether to allow a player or not.

Karnataka have already qualified for the knockouts from Group B, whereas, to fill in for final qualification spot Maharashtra is in tug with Odisha and Delhi.

Is there anything to settle down for Maharashtra versus Karnataka game or it was just captain’s call to rely on?

Four participants from Maharashtra in Asia Junior Judo Championship

Pune, Aug 31 (IANS) Four participants from Maharashtra have been selected for the Indian contingent for the forthcoming 17th Asia Junior Judo Championship.

The competition will be held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Kochi from September 7-11, according to a release.

The tournament is being organised jointly by Judo Federation of India, Judo Union of Asia and Kerala Judo Association.

Shravan Shegde of Aurangabad and Nagpur’s Shubhangi Raut have been selected for the Junior Championship category. Snehal Khaware and Rucha Dhopeshwar of Pune have been selected for the Cadet Championship category.

Datta Aphale, international referee and general secretary of the Maharashtra Judo Association, has been appointed referee for the tournament.

Japan, South Korea, China and Taipei are among the Asian countries that will be participating in the tournament.

It will the first time the tournament will be held in India after 1996, when it was hosted by New Delhi.