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Smriti Mandhana

Sri Lankan cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara said that he felt ‘humbled’ for Indian women’s cricket team opener Smriti Mandhana wonderful performance. Last month in England, the left-handed India’s women’s cricketer Mandhana registered two big innings a century at the ICC Women’s World Cup.

Mandhana, who has scored 106 off 90 balls unbeaten in the first two games of the World Cup, said that it was Sangakkara who motivated her and she would always watch his batting videos to lift up things.

Her wonderful performance made cricket experts to like her batting style with former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, however, Smriti exposed it was Sangakkara whom she likes the most.

Smriti Mandhana

The 21-year-old Indian women’s opener Smriti said to sportstarlive.com that “Whenever I feel that I am not batting the way I should, I watch videos of Kumar Sangakkara. I like his batting style. I also admire Ganguly, but it is Sangakkara that I relate to. I haven’t really watched Ganguly bat a lot in my young days, while Sangakkara has been an inspiration.”

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She is trying to bat like her brother but it was Sangakkara who had the greater impact on her performance style. “I try and play a cover drive like Sangakkara style. But watching Sangakkara’s batting videos gives me a fair bit of idea on how I should improve,” said Smriti.

Smriti Mandhana

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She added, “I have never met him, though I really want to. Trust me, the day I meet him, I will only talk to him about batting.”

Sri Lankan great legend cricketer Sangakkara wrote to the website that “Please conveys to Smriti my thanks for mentioning my name. I was humbled to have been mentioned by such a wonderful player as she is.”

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Australia

Australian cricketers have supported to sign the new pay deal and the Australian Association said on Friday, as the dust established on a staining 10-month argument that opened up bottomless fault lines in the country’s favourite sport.

On Thursday, Cricket Australia and the players union announced that they had settled an “in principle” deal, finally ending the month-long exclude that threatened a tour of Bangladesh and this year’s Ashes series.

The player’s vote was no formality but the union boss Alistair Nicholson said that it had taken place and been “overwhelmingly” in a good turn of the heads of agreement that will form the basis of a new five-year pay deal.

Union boss Alistair Nicholson tweeted “Thanks to the fans for their patience throughout this negotiation. Players looking forward to getting back to playing cricket.”

Australia

Talking about the deal to Australia media was evenly irresistible in its estimation that the players had “won” the dispute after the maintenance of the proceeds share about the deal that Cricket Australia had been determined to get rid of.

Peter Lalor said the governing body had questions to answer, he wrote: “Cricket Australia went to war with its most valuable asset because; it claimed the revenue-share model was outdated and made administration of its business too difficult.”

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He added, “CA has at best achieved a little tinkering around the edges of revenue share… as somebody said early this week, that much could have been agreed to over a beer.”

Greg Baum said in Melbourne to The Age that the player and the board were undervalued each other. “It is pretty clear that CA thought the players would cave in one they were not being paid. But it is also clear that the players expected CA to soften in its hard line once commercial realities began to pinch. Meantime, trust and respect went by the wayside, and so did an “A” tour to South Africa.”

Australia

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Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson wrote on Twitter, “It makes me so proud of this current generation of Australia cricketers who have stood united to preserve what the cricketers of yesteryear fought so hard to attain.”

Skipper Steve Smith also added a conciliatory note on Twitter, “I’d like to thank the ACA for negotiating on behalf of the players and I’m excited that we can all start working together again to continue to grow our great game. I look forward to Bangladesh, India and an exciting summer of Ashes cricket.”

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Mahmudullah

Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah has gradually made a score in one-day cricket and remains one of the keys of the middle order in the team. As his games have been improved gradually, his has set to the top for his full of hard work and strength of mind.

In an interview with cricbuzz, the 31-year-old all-rounder Mahmudullah said that he was very happy with his success and looking to improve his game in the upcoming years. “I think this is the best time in my career to give my best shot after playing for so many years of international cricket. I’ve gained a lot of experience during these years and now it’s the right time to pay back.”

“I feel with the experience you also have learned how to take responsibility. It is true that I cannot judge it but what I feel is that I should have done better. I think there was a lot of scope for improvement. I am working hard to minimise my shortcomings because I feel the best cricket of my career is yet to come,” added Mahmudullah.

Mahmudullah

Talking about his changes that brought on his game, Mahmudullah said “I think my mental approach changed and there are two reasons behind it. Firstly physically I am much more fit and that helps while now I try to play aggressive cricket with a positive frame of mind. This combination is probably helping me to play well in the recent past.”

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“I am working regularly on my fitness along with trying to develop my skill as well. Every day you go out you learn something new. You have to get better every day because if you don’t improve it won’t take long for others to take your position. I have seen this in my career too.”

Mahmudullah

Mahmudullah concluded commenting about his role in the shortest format, he said “I know it quite well because it is well defined by our head coach Hathurusinghe. He told me to bat at seven and act like a finisher and I am working hard to prove my credentials in the shorter format.”

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“I know it is a quite challenging because I like to take my time in the middle but in this case have to charge from the first ball considering my batting position. This transformation gives me an extra high.”

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Mohammad Yousuf

Former Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Yousuf feels that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not like in the league of legends of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman.

The Pakistani former said to Geo Super Channel that “The quality of cricket nowadays does not match the quality we had in the past. Virat Kohli is a very good batsman and I like to watch him play but I don’t think he is in the same league of Tendulkar, Dravid or Laxman.”

The 42-year-old former Yousuf, who had played from 1998 to 2010 in 90 Test and 288 ODI, scored 39 centuries and 97 half centuries in the two format a total of 17,250 runs.

Yousuf said “Some might not agree but I don’t think today we have the same quality bowlers or batsman that we had when I played. Look at Australia’s present bowling lineup they have no one to match Glenn McGrath or Shane Warne, India has Anil Kumble, Srinath, and some very good bowlers.”

Mohammad Yousuf

“South Africa and West Indies also had strong bowling attacks while Sri Lanka relied heavily on Muralitharan. The rules have also been changed to make life easier for the batters while the pitches nowadays have also become more batting friendly. In the era, I played you encountered different pitches in Australia, England, West Indies, South Africa. Nowadays more or less they are same everywhere.”

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This is why Yousuf believes Tendulkar or Dravid in a different league from the current Indian batsman. Yousuf said “Yes they are getting runs but against weaker opposition and on similar pitches. I think Tendulkar and Dravid are greats because they scored runs against quality bowlers and teams.”

Mohammad Yousuf

He added, “To get runs against the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar or Saqlain Mushtaq was no joke. I always thought Tendulkar and Dravid were perfectionists and spent so much time on improving their game. I learnt from them. I am not saying Virat is not a class act. He is, but times have changed now.”

Talking about playing against India, Yousuf said “Yes we had tough matches but after the game was over we got along well. Rivalries were left on the field. Even the Indian teams and players of the past were aggressive. Sourav Ganguly is an example.”

“When we played them our players were also pumped up but at the end of the day we always appreciated a good performance even from the opposition because the quality of cricket was high.”

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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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Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that the Alexis Sanchez shift saga won’t be an interruption to Arsenal this season as the Chile gave a negative response to sign a new contract.

The Chile man is out of contract at the end of the forthcoming season and he displays no signs of accepting Arsenal’s offer of a profitable new deal as tried to engineer a shift to a club in the Champions League.

The club like Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain, Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern Munich have been linked with Sanchez, however, manager Wenger appears strong-minded to hold Sanchez for the last year of his deal, as he hopes he could persuade him to stay for the long-term.

Along with Sanchez, both Arsenal midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil are also in the final year’s contracts.

When asked about whether he was concerned, Arsenal Manager Wenger said “When you are a player you perform until the last day of the contract. Do you really think you sit in the dressing room before a game and say ‘oh I’ve only got a year to go on my contract so I won’t play well.’”

Arsene Wenger

Wenger added, “If that was true we would sign everybody for 20 years. I’m not convinced the length of the contract has any impact on the performance. I am amazed that you are surprised by that. It’s an ideal situation. Everybody has to perform.”

Earlier Wenger has sold Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie to avoid losing them for free when their contract expired.  But this time, Wenger is inflexible sticking his power over Sanchez and Gunners boss even stated that it was a good position for player and club to have just one year left.

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Wenger said “In the future, you will see it more and more, players going to the end of the contract. Why? Because transfers are so high even for normal players. Nobody will want to pay those fees.”

Arsene Wenger

“Nobody knows if Sanchez will extend his contract here. What can I do about that? One day he will go and Arsenal will go on. Of course, I think he will stay. How many times do I have to tell you?” said Wenger.

Talking about Sanchez, he said “Sanchez is not back (in the country). He comes back on Monday night. I don’t know (if he can play in the first game of the season). We have to assess his physical state.”

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Wenger said about the last season performance and he is confident that his team could perform well this season. “I’m sure we will have done the needed work. Last season some players had a deficit in minutes played because it was after the European Championships.”

He added, “We have more players ready now. We should be ready, even though we have a tough start.”

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Pro Kabaddi

The loud success of the Pro Kabaddi League in the last four seasons had forced the organisers to go for a growth. This fifth season, four new teams will be debut match in Pro Kabaddi 5. It is learnt that the extended schedule will be playing 13 weeks during 138 matches.

They said that it will only increase the popularity of the game, “As we stand hours away from the fifth season of VIVO Pro Kabaddi, I am transported back to the day we decided to launch the league. I am filled with immense pride to see how the league has made a tremendous impact and grown continuously.”

U Mumba captain Anup Kumar said on behalf of them, “Unlike other sports, kabaddi matches are played for a short duration of 40 minutes. The matches are fought with high intensity. There were hardly any one-sided matches earlier. Besides, the tournament is spread across several metros and local flavour will also help to sustain spectators’ interest.”

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Telugu Titans captain Rahul Chaudhari said “The extended schedule has come as a boon for us. Particularly for youngsters, it’s a great opportunity to showcase their talent on such a big platform.”

Pro Kabaddi

 

As all the captains came together on one stage for trophy-unveiling at a city hotel, they said Kabaddi is one family.”

The captain of Jaipur Pink Panthers, Manjeet Chhiller said “We may be rivals on the mat, but off it, we are all one and ours is a very close-knit family. We have very cordial relations with one another. We share happiness and disappointment together.”

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Talking about the competition, Tamil Thalaivas captain Ajay Thakur said “It’s very difficult to assess any team given the changes in almost all the teams. On paper, all teams are looking very balanced. There are several youngsters. It’s important to see how they perform. It’s a challenge and also a great opportunity for them.”

Puneri Paltan captain Deepak Hooda said, “Once the tournament gets going, the real champions will emerge.”

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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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