Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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Michael Clarke

Former Australian international cricketer Michael Clarke said that a sour pay quarrel between players and the Cricket Australia (CA) was “horrible” for the game. Even after a decision, relationships between both players and CA were likely to be in tatters.

After the months of negotiation, they have failed to achieve agreement on a new pay deal. CA chief executive James Sutherland said last week that unless concentrated negotiations over, a revenue-sharing deal produced a compromise by early this week.

Clarke terror things would not be the similarities between the governing body and the players when the disagreement was finally resolved.

The 36-year-old former said to commercial broadcaster Channel Nine, “I think it’s been horrible for the game, to be honest. There is no doubt what has happened will affect the relationship even more than it already was affected between players and Cricket Australia. The problem we have got now is that it is not just the Australian players that are affected.”

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Michael Clarke

Talking about the fans and public that were also involved, Clarke said “The number one story in Australian sport.”

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The negotiation between both parties continued over the weekend with the key issue a fresh revenue model. The players have been paid from gross revenue for the past 10 years, however, now Cricket Australia wants payments from a set pool.

Former Australian captain Clarke said that he could understand the influence of both parties. “Whatever has been going on, it should have done in private.”

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Committee of Administrators

On Wednesday, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has given a show cause notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) office-bearers over its Special General Meeting’s (SGM) judgment not to allow CEO Rahul Johri to attend the proceedings.

The CoA harassed that the decision taken by the BCCI was in breach of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee’s directive that mandated Johri’s presence. The BCCI acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry had asked to give details the violation by 5 pm on July 31st if failing “action as it considers appropriate could be taken.

The CoA gave a notice in a statement that “The order dated 24th July 2017 passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court (“Order”) only prohibits person other than office bearers of the Member Associations from attending the SGM as nominees or representatives of such Member Association. By no stretch of imagination can the Order be construed as prohibiting the CEO of BCCI from attending the SGM.”

According to the reports, it is learnt that before start of the meeting acting secretary Choudhary read out the court order. The order says that “The meeting shall be attended only by the Office Bearers of the Associations, not by nominees or representatives.”

Committee of Administrators

Johri has left the boardroom, without raising a quarrel and drawing the members’ attention towards the CoA directive matter on April 6. “The CEO shall be entitled to be present in any such meeting.”

The Punjab Cricket Association RP Singla and a representative from Orissa Cricket Association need to withdraw due to lack of clearness over their office-bearer status.

The official said in a statement to The Indian Express, “The Supreme Court order said only the office-bearers will attend; not even the nominees or representatives (of the state associations). Now I want to know, do they (CoA) thing that their directions are greater than the Supreme Court order?”

“And if the court has told us, you shall have the meeting at that time; we don’t even have the option to adjourn and confirm, or seek clarification from the court. Otherwise, somebody would have sought clarification on Justice Vikramajit Sen (his presence on behalf of the DDCA) also. The secretary said the strict interpretation (of the order) we will go by and that’s why all staff must go.”

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Rangana Herath

In 2015, when India toured Sri Lanka, Rangana Herath was the key performer, who took seven wickets and helped their team sides to beat India in the opening Test at Galle. After two years, India will play again their long tour Test at Galle on Wednesday with Herath as opponent captain.

Talking ahead of their first Test captain Herath said that his team needs to start better performance against World No. 1 team India in the three-match Test series.

The Sri Lanka skipper Herath said “Whatever happened in the recent past doesn’t count now. We’re starting another new series. We need to start well, especially in the first game. Even we have a game plan for each and every single Indian player.”

Rangana Herath

In 2015, Sri Lanka defeated Indian by 63 runs in the first Test at Galle. India had misshapen to 112 while chasing 176. But Kohli side bounced back in the next two matches and took the series 2-1.

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When asked about his side’s balance between pace and spinners options, he said “We need to look for a home advantage. But at the same time, we’ll have to look at different abilities of both teams. We select the team on that basis.”

Rangana Herath

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“So far, we have played with more spinners but we’re playing against the world’s number one team. So we have a responsibility (to judge the situation accordingly).”

Sri Lankan’s regular Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal will be missing the opening Test against India. Herath said “It’s a big loss for us. As a captain or as a player, Dinesh Chandimal gives his 100 percent to the team. We miss him but I am sure he will come back for either the second test or in the third Test.”

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Asanka Gurusinha

Later former Sri Lankan cricketer Asanka Gurusinha has been playing regularly at their side net sessions, closely observing the hosts preparations on the eve of the first Test against India. it has been slightly difficult to identify  Gurusinha now as he played in a different role.

Gurusinha appointed last year in the dual roles of team manager-cum-selector. He dishes up the crucial link between the selectors and the players. But now the main challenge is to handle the exit of legends like Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.

The 50-years-old Sir Lanka former said to TOI, “I don’t think (it’s a crisis). We’re working towards the 2019 World Cup. I’ve already moved away from transition because you can’t just keep saying we’re in it. The players understand their responsibility.”

“They need to be accountable for what they do, and they’re doing that well. My main goal is to create a culture in the team. We’re getting there slowly. The last three days (training session here) have shown me the hard-work that the backend team has put in is working.”

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Asked about not producing star cricketer, Gurusinha said “Mahela and Sanga have retired not so long ago. There are young guys who I believe will be superstars soon. People might not know the names now, but I think by 2019, people will be talking about some names. So I’m not that worried. I know that they’ll be up there.”

Asanka Gurusinha

Talking about their 1996 World Cup winning squad include –  Sanath Jayasuriya as chief selector, Romesh Kaluwitharana as co-selector, Chaminda Vaas as bowling coach and Hashan Tillakaratne as batting coach.

Former said “We’re not employing ’96 WC stars or just former cricketers. We’re employing good staff. That’s the criteria that I’m using. If somebody is an ideal candidate to fill a position, we’ll recruit him, it’s not about ’96. And that’s the reason why we brought Hashan in.”

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“He’s got experience of how to handle the pressures of Test cricket. And he’s been coaching for a long time. Vassy’s (came in for Chamapaka Ramanayke) experience is also important. We took Allan Donald to England. So we’ll be more specific on certain things. It’s interesting to work with my ex-teammates because I’ve spent so much time with them, and now we’re working with new talent.”

When asked about Sangakarra and Jayawardene, he said “I’ll use them as consultants anytime, but they’ve their own commitments. I know they’ll definitely help us support Sri Lanka cricket if they’re free.”

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Lodha Panel

On Monday, the Supreme Court pointed out that it was open to calm its order directing the BCCI to accept the Justice Lodha Panel’s recommendations in full. The important areas in which the Supreme Court claims its willingness to rethink are decreases in the number of national selectors to three from five, the one-state one-vote norm and the associate membership.

The Supreme Court of Justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said to the Indian cricket board on Monday that “All concerned shall implement the recommendations of the Justice Lodha committee report as far as practicable, barring the issues which have been raised pertaining to membership, number of members of the selection committee, concept of associate membership, etc.”

The Supreme Court bench on Monday reported that it must be implemented, “As far as practicable and thereafter it shall be debated as to how the scheme of things can be considered so that cricket, the gentleman’s game, remain nearly perfect.”

N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah had suffered a hindrance when Supreme Court reserved them from participating in the SGM. Amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium and CoA counsel Parag Tripathi said that Srinivasan was expelled from BCCI due to conflict of interest and disqualified from becoming an office-bearer.

Lodha Panel

“The SC judgment was categorical about him. He could not have become an office-bearer of TNCA. But he secured a back-door entry to the SGM by getting nominated. This is in violation of the spirit of the SC judgment,” said Supreme Court bench.

Srinivasan’s counsel Kapil Sibal asked, “Can the CoA ask any cricket association not to nominate a particular person? Will that not violate the fundamental right of the association under Article 19(c) of the Constitution? The SC judgment does not debar Srinivasan from getting nominated. Why is this targeting of a single individual nominated by TNCA?”

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“There are 18 associations in BCCI. Is the CoA trying to tell Supreme Court that Srinivasan can influence all 18 to impede implementation of reforms? But let me tell you candidly, there are serious problems in implementing the SC judgment directing the implementation of the reforms.”

Lodha Panel

The bench added, “The (July 18) judgment has to be modified. But till then, whatever has to be implemented must be done. We suggest you hold the SGM to act on the Lodha recommendations. Come back to us and tell which of the recommendations can be implemented and those which cannot be. All cricket associations must cooperate. Debate on objections but do not stall SGM.”

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Talking about the players who could not play Test matches due to the presence of the spin quartet like – Bishan Singh Bedi, B S Chandrasekhar, E A S Prasanna and S Venkataraghavan. “Someone may have just played one or two Test matches and another could have played domestic cricket for years with great success. Will it be justified to keep out the latter from the panel of selectors?”

“One-state one-vote may not be a good idea for the country, where many associations historically have played a significant role and now find themselves out of cricket administration.”

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Mithali Raj

Indian women’ cricket skipper Mithali Raj identify that she will never be able to place her hands on a World Cup trophy. It was a trophy that appeared within her clutch until the lower-order Indian batting imploded in impressive performs against the hosts in the final at Lord’s.

The 34-year-old Indian women’s captain Raj keep her emotions in check at the post-match presentations ceremony and said that she broke down during the team meeting after the final.

Before playing the final match against the hosts, captain Raj shares the disappointment and joys of a memorable World Cup movement to Time of India.

When asked about the recovered from that heartbreaking loss, Raj said “No, it’s not even 24 hours. The Cup was ours for the taking but we couldn’t complete that final step. It will take a while for me to make peace with it. May be, it was not written in our destiny.”

Talking about the management to lose from a winning position, she said “If I knew the answer to that I would probably be speaking to you in a much better frame of mind. After the loss of two early wickets, we were cruising with two partnerships that Punam (Raut) built with Harman (Harmanpreet Kaur) and Veda (Krishnamurthy). But then we lost our way.”

Mithalia Raj

“I had my hopes till Shikha (Pandey) got run out. I think it was the inexperience of playing on such a big stage on such a big occasion. Cricket experts always talk about keeping things simple. But what I have figured out in my long career is that the hardest things to do in a crisis is to keep things simple. We made mistakes but I won’t blame anyone.”

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Mithali said about her run-out, “I saw some weird stuff written about my run out on social media. Actually, what happened was my spike got stuck on the pitch. Punam called me for a run and I responded. Before I reached the half way, this thing (spike getting stuck) happened and I don’t think the TV cameras captured it. I couldn’t push myself hard and couldn’t even make an effort to dive. I was helpless. I was gutted.”

Mithali Raj

When asked whether this team better equipped to win the World Cup, Mithali said “I would think so. You learn from failures and even Sunday’s defeat is a huge learning curve. This team is only going to get better from now on. We have experienced campaigners like Harmanpreet, Veda, Punam and they should see to it that they pass on the experience to younger girls.”

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“It’s their duty to mould the youngsters after Jhulan and I leave the stage. I really like the way Harman has shaped up. She is showing the responsibility of carrying the team along. I think the experience of playing BBL in Australia was of immense help to her. Something on the lines of an IPL for women cricketers in India would be beneficial.”

Rishi Kapoor

Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor wishes on Indian women’s cricket team ahead ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 final match between India and England. Kapoor wrote on his twitter account “Waiting for a respect of Sourav Ganguly’s act on the balcony of The Lords Ground, London when India beat England 2002 NatWest series final! YO.”

The final match being played at The Lords, where former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly took off his shirt and waved it to fans after they won NatWest series against England in 2002. However, many people have found actor Rishi’s tweet unpleasant and sexist.

One user wrote on a twitter account that “You said Sourav’s act, and that time he was captain, please don’t mind but sir please think twice before tweeting anything.”

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Rishi Kapoor

Another user wrote “Have you checked whether Sourav Ganguly is the Lord’s? Please don’t try to cover up your sexism with stupidity.”

Rishi Kapoor hinted that is tweet was misunderstood and people have thinking wrong on him. Rishi got angry and wrote that “WHAT WRONG HAVE I SAID? I DIDNT SAY ANY FEMALE PLAYER SHOULD! I ONLY SAID SOURAV GANGULY SHOULD REPEAT HIS SHOW. YOU HAVE A WRONG MIND DEAR!.”

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However, the Bollywood celebrities took to twitter to wish the Indian women’s cricket team who have lost the final match against England on Sunday. The celebrities who took to Twitter included Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Amitabh Bachchan. King Khan wrote “I wish I was there to give the Lovely Ladies a hug. Be proud girls we have achieved greatness today. @BCCIWomen u made all Indians proud.”

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Final match

Women cricket team was missing just nine runs short of lifting in the Women’s World Cup title against England at the Lord’s stadium on Sunday. It was the first for India women’s World Cup triumph, but losing last seven wickets for 28 runs and dropping under pressure in the final, captain and Co’s way to bring the runner’s trophy home.

The final match in the Women’s World Cup was the second essay into the title since first having come in 2005. But this time their performance was better. Captain Mithali Raj said that the team felt under pressure in a tense run chase. However, she said they will walk out as proud bunch.

After losing the match, captain Mithali said “Yes, I’m proud of the team. It wasn’t easy for England but credit to them for keeping their nerves. There was a time where the match was in the balance, but we panicked and that led to our defeat.”

Mithali added, “I’m very proud of the girls. They didn’t make any match look easy for the other team. We did very we’ll in the tournament. All the youngsters in the team tried their best.”

Final Match

When asked about her future, Mithali said: “I will definitely play for a couple of years more, but I don’t see myself playing the next World Cup.”

Talking about Jhulan Goswami, who has taken three wickets against England to 228 for 7, Mithali said “Jhulan is an experienced bowler and has always delivered when the team has needed her to. It could’ve been a match-winning performance, but I knew England have depth.”

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“Thank you to the crowd for turning up for a women’s cricket final. This is a huge boost for all the women cricketers. I’m sure this experience will help the players. Now, people back home will have a different perspective about women’s cricket.”

Final Match

After the match victory, England captain Heather Knight said that she “can’t stop smiling”. Knight said “We knew that if we stayed on till the end and brought the rate up over five or six an over, we would be in the game. We have won those tight games which is something we have worked on in the last 18 months.”

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“We have worked on situations where the heat is on us and looked to come up on top.” Praising on her players, Knight further added, “They were batting brilliantly, credit to them, they’ve had a great tournament. A huge thank you to the crowds as well for coming up in large numbers and supporting us. Women’s cricket keeps growing from strength to strength and all teams have shown that.”

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