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Day: January 23, 2023

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ACC board to meet on February 4 in Bahrain to discuss Asia Cup and India’s participation in it: PCB chief

Najam Sethi, chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board’s management committee, speaks during a press conference in Lahore, Pakistan. | Photo Credit: AP The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has accepted Pakistan Cricket Board's request to hold an executive board meeting on February 4 in Bahrain to discuss this year's Asia Cup and India's participation in the tournament in neighbouring country.PCB chairman Najam Sethi told media in Lahore on Monday that during his recent visit to Dubai, he had succeeded in convincing the ACC members to hold the board meeting. "It is a major development that the ACC the board will meet on 4th February in Bahrain and matters relating to the Asia Cup will be discussed," he said."There will alsot be a ICC meeting in March and I don't want to go public with what negotiat...
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Jalaj Saxena, the odd man out in an elite company

Jalaj Saxena joins elite group of cricketers to have scored 6000 runs and taken 400 wickets. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement As the players headed to the pavilion for lunch during the Kerala-Services Ranji Trophy match at the KCA-St.Xavier’s College ground, Jalaj Saxena broke away and ran towards the makeshift gallery in the stadium.A few moments earlier, Jalaj had taken his 400th first-class wicket when he dismissed Pulkit Narang and he headed to the gallery to break the news to his parents - Ghanashyam Saxena and Manju Saxena- who were watching their son play for the first time for his adopted State.“We weren’t aware of his landmark and we came to know of it only when he told us during the lunch break, it is good to see him performing well for Kerala. We are happy for him”, said...
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Ranji Trophy | Hyderabad eager to put an improved performance against Delhi

Hyderabad’s Tanmay Agarwal would hope that other batters would contribute against Delhi. File | Photo Credit: G. RAMAKRISHNA Relegation-threatened Hyderabad takes on an upbeat Delhi, fresh from its win over Mumbai Faced with the threat of relegation, bottom-placed Hyderabad should look for an all-round improvement when it takes on an upbeat Delhi, fresh from its win over Mumbai in the previous game, in the four-day Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium (Uppal) here on Tuesday. Hyderabad has just one point from six games with one draw and five losses while Delhi has 11 points from the same number of matches with one win, two losses, and three draws. The fact that 26 players represented Hyderabad in Ranji this season and 11 of them were debutants should reflect that th...
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The top priority is my fitness: Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja, captain of Saurashtra Ranji Cricket team during their practise session ahead of Tamil Nadu vs. Saurashtra Ranji Trophy cricket match at MAC Stadium on Monday. | Photo Credit: R. Ragu Ravindra Jadeja will take the field in a competitive match for the first time in nearly five months when he leads Saurashtra against Tamil Nadu in the final group encounter of the Ranji Trophy here at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium starting on Tuesday. The India all-rounder was sidelined from the game after suffering a knee injury (ligament tear) during the Asia Cup in August 2022 and underwent surgery, which has kept him out of action since then. It will be an important test for the all-rounder as he hopes to use the next four days to assess his match fitness ahead of the four-match Test s...
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Poland to appoint former Portugal manager Santos as coach: Reports

Poland will appoint former Portugal manager Fernando Santos as their new coach, Polish media reported on Monday. The 68-year-old Santos, whose Portugal contract was terminated in December after their World Cup quarter-final exit to Morocco, was photographed at Warsaw airport on Monday. Polish FA (PZPN) president Cezary Kulesza said on Sunday that the new national team manager will be presented on Tuesday. There has been no official announcement but Polish Minister of Sport and Tourism Kamil Bortniczuk has congratulated Kulesza and the FA on the appointment. “Santos is a coach with a very good CV (Greece and Portugal since 2010, and previously top Portuguese and Greek clubs), successes (European Championship), experience in working with great stars, led by @Cristiano,” he tweeted on Mond...
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Watch: Rashid Khan takes 500 T20 wickets in SA20 match against Pretoria Capitals

Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan completed a total of 500 T20 wickets in the SA20 match between MI Cape Town and Pretoria Capitals. Cape Town skipper Rashid completed the milestone by taking the wicket of Cylde Fortuin. He is the second-ever player to achieve this feat, with only Dwayne Bravo (614) before him. In the match, Rashid took 3 wickets for just 16 runs as his team restricted the Capitals to 182/8 in 20 overs. Last year, Rashid was named as the Afghanistan T20I captain by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), replacing Mohammad Nabi, who stepped down as captain in November, after Afghanistan’s elimination from the T20 World Cup. This will be Rashid’s second stint as captain. The moment he reached 500 wickets 💙#MICTvPC #MICapeTown #OneFamily @rashidkhan_19 pic.twitter.com/MzWTMdq...
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Sacking the coach wouldn’t help Indian hockey, it hasn’t in the past

Indian hockey has been here before: At a juncture where it has to choose between stability and chaos. In the last decade alone, they’ve been at this crossroads multiple times: once, after the triumphant 2014 Asian Games campaign, then following an average Rio Olympics, and later, with a sub-par 2018 World Cup. Each time, it shot itself in the foot, opting for disruption by sacking the coach and setting into motion a sequence of events that ensured the team never moved forward. One hopes they won’t go down the same route this time. For, coach Graham Reid has not just ensured India’s return to the Olympic podium after four decades, but also injected a dose of stability that Indian hockey had been craving for. India bow out of the #HWC2023 after losing to New Zealand in penalty shootouts ...
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IND vs NZ 3rd ODI: The Chahal conundrum

“Aaj Chahal TV pe koi player nahi aayenge, aaj hum aapko survey karwayenge dressing room ka” Like an energetic vlogger, Indian leg spinner Yuzvedra Chahal holds a mic and makes a touring video of the Indian dressing room at Raipur. From being the first-choice leg-spinner in the limited-overs set up, he has been warming the bench of late. And the question on everyone’s lips is why is the team management utilising his services more with the mic than with the ball lately. Chahal flew to the T20 World Cup hoping that bigger grounds in Australia will favour suit his bowling only for the team management not field the leg-spinner in any of the games. Even as other teams preferred wrist-spinners, Chahal warmed the bench the entire tournament. He played in New Zealand, and in the three T20Is and...
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Cricketer KL Rahul, actor Athiya Shetty get married

Indian cricket player KL Rahul left and Bollywood actor Athiya Shetty pose for photographs after getting married in Khandala, Maharashtra state, India, Monday, Jan.23, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP Bollywood actor Athiya Shetty and Indian cricketer KL Rahul on Monday tied the knot in an intimate ceremony.The duo got married in presence of close family members and friends, at Athiya’s actor father Suniel Shetty’s farmhouse in Khandala, which is about 82 kms from Mumbai.The newly married couple took to Instagram and shared pictures from the wedding ceremony.“In your light, I learn how to love…” Today, with our most loved ones, we got married in the home that’s given us immense joy and serenity. With a heart full of gratitude and love, we seek your blessings on this journey of togetherness,” ...
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Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Pandya in ICC T20 Team of 2022

Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli during the 2nd ODI match in the New Zealand tour of India, at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, in Raipur. File. | Photo Credit: ANI Former India captain Virat Kohli, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and shortest format's number one batter Suryakumar Yadav were on Monday picked in ICC 'Men's T20I team of 2022'.The ICC also announced the Women's Team of 2022 with four Indians in the lineup - Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh and Renuka Singh.Kohli returned to his vintage form in 2022 and took the Asia Cup by storm, finishing as the second-highest run-getter with 276 runs in five games.He also brought an end to his century drought of close to three years with a magnificent century against Afghanistan.Kohli played one of the greatest T20I i...
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Everton sack manager Lampard: Reports

Everton have sacked manager Frank Lampard, British media reported on Monday, after a poor run of form that has left the Premier League club in a relegation battle. Lampard’s last game in charge was Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham United, which kept them second-bottom of the table on 15 points after 20 games, two points below the safety zone. The Merseyside team had been struggling under the former England international, having last won a league game in October when they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at home. Lampard was appointed by Everton in January 2022 after he managed Chelsea from 2019-2021 and Derby County in the second tier in 2018-19. The 44-year-old was sacked as Chelsea manager in January 2021, having returned to the west London club where he holds the goalscoring record. He took ...
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KL Rahul, Athiya Shetty get married | Off the field News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Athiya Shetty and Indian cricketer KL Rahul on Monday tied the knot in an intimate ceremony.The duo got married in presence of close family members and friends, at Athiya's actor father Suniel Shetty's farmhouse in Khandala, which is about 82 kms from Mumbai.The newly married couple took to Instagram and shared pictures from the wedding ceremony."In your light, I learn how to love…" Today, with our most loved ones, we got married in the home that's given us immense joy and serenity. With a heart full of gratitude and love, we seek your blessings on this journey of togetherness," they wrote on their respective social media handles.The bride looked resplendent in a pink lehenga, while the groom looked dapper in a beige sherwani.The newly weds also posed for the p...
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Not that I’m aware of: Rahul Dravid on India adopting split captaincy | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The talk of split captaincy is doing the rounds in Indian cricket after the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul have not been a part of the team since India's unceremonious semifinal exit from the T20 World Cup last year.And Hardik Pandya, in the absence of Rohit, has instilled a fire into the team with his leadership skills in the shortest format. The all-rounder is also seen as the front-runner to lead the team in the 2024 T20 World Cup.But India head coach Rahul Dravid has a different take altogether on the issue and denied that his team has adopted split captaincy."Not that I am aware of (India adopting split captaincy). That's a question you need to ask the selectors but as of now, I don't think so," Dravid said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the ...
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Rahul Dravid: ‘The workload of key players will be monitored during this year’s IPL’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After questions were raised about the senior Indian players' availability in the upcoming IPL considering the ODI World Cup scheduled to be held later this year in India, head coach Rahul Dravid made it clear that they will compete in the tournament unless there are injury concerns.The workload management is something that turns out to be one of the key factors in Indian cricket and it was seen in the recent past that the workload of seniors like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma is being managed by giving them rest in T20Is.According to BCCI's new policy, the workload of key players will be monitored during this year's IPL by the NCA and the franchisees considering the 50-over World Cup at home in October-November."Workload management is something that is a part and parcel of the...
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Preparatory camp ahead of Australia Test series, says Rahul Dravid

The Indian team will undergo a preparatory camp before the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, but no player in the squad will be released to play Ranji Trophy ahead of the contest against the visiting Australians. It has been quite some time since the team had a camp before a series, owing to the packed cricketing calendar over the past few years. The Test players won’t be having any red-ball match practice before the first Test against Australia in Nagpur starting February 9, head coach Rahul Dravid informed on the eve of the third One-Day International against New Zealand at Indore’s Holkar Stadium. Dravid was asked whether there was any thought of releasing some players for the Ranji Trophy as the series against the Kiwis had already been secured. The Ranji quarter-finals are schedule...
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ICC withdraws demerit point to Rawalpindi stadium | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: The ICC has withdrawn its demerit point awarded to the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium for producing a below-par pitch during the Test match between Pakistan and England Test in December last year.Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi said they had written a strong letter to the ICC challenging their decision to award the demerit point to the Pindi stadium."We wrote a long and strong letter to the ICC as soon as I became chairman, outlining the records of other venues and challenging on what grounds Pindi stadium should be given a demerit point when we even had a result in the said match," Sethi told the media in Lahore."I am glad to announce the ICC have accepted our point of view and withdrawn the demerit point."England won the first Test against Pakistan played at P...
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Harmanpreet Singh’s sudden drop in form is concerning, will give team mental conditioning coach: Dilip Tirkey | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: A disappointed Hockey India president Dilip Tirkey on Monday said captain Harmanpreet Singh's "sudden drop in form" was a matter of concern, though lack of penalty corner goals was not the sole reason for the home side's shock and premature exit from the FIH Men's World Cup.India lost to New Zealand in their crossover match on Sunday in the penalty shootout after the two sides were locked 3-3 at the end of regulation time.Tirkey said any talk regarding change of coach and captain is premature as the World Cup is going on and India are to play in the 9th to 16th classification matches."Harmanpreet was doing very well in the FIH Pro League matches and in the (five match) Australia series just before the World Cup. We had a lot of expectation from him but suddenly dropping for...
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Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya in ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year 2022 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli's return to form saw him feature in the ICC Men's T20I team of 2022 while all-rounder Hardik Pandya and top-ranked T20I batter Suryakumar Yadav also made it to the eleven.India might not have reached the Asia Cup final in 2022 but Kohli found his mojo back as he finished as the second-highest run-getter with 276 runs in five games.Kohli's memorable performances include his maiden T20I century against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup that also brought an end to his century drought of close to three years.The ICC Men's T20I Team of the Year 2022 is here 👀Is your favourite player in the XI? #ICCAwards— ICC (@ICC) 1674464404000It was vintage Kohli when he snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with his one of the greatest T20I innings of 82 not out against Pakistan in th...
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Ravindra Jadeja: ‘Once I am 100 per cent fit, I will work more on my skills’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ravindra Jadeja has been out of the action for close to six months and now the star India all-rounder gears up to make his return to competitive cricket when he leads Saurashtra in their final Ranji Trophy Group B league match against Tamil Nadu beginning in Chennai on Tuesday.The challenge lies ahead of Jadeja is to prove his match fitness that makes him eligible to play against Australia. He has been selected in the India squad for the first two Tests against Australia subject to fitness."I am feeling good to be back on the field. Very excited. Hopefully it will come good as a team and as an individual also," Jadeja told reporters."...See my first priority is to get on the field and be fit...100 per cent fit. Once I am 100 per cent fit, I will work more on my skills, whethe...