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Witness against Brij Bhushan enters race to succeed him as WFI chief

[ad_1] ONE OF the key witnesses in the sexual harassment case against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, wrestler Anita Sheoran, is in the fray to succeed the BJP MP as the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president. Anita, the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medallist, filed her candidature on Monday, the last day for filing nominations for the August 12 elections. In case she wins, she will be the first woman to head an ancient India sport whose roots can be traced to all-male akhadas. While the turn of century saw Indian women make a mark internationally, the decision-makers have always been males. Even for this watershed WFI elections, Anita is the lone woman in the 50-member voters’ and candidates list. The 38-year-old is likely to be up against two from Brij Bhushan’s panel: Olym...
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Tripura cricket officials deny hand in ‘16 crore scam’, apply for bail

[ad_1] TCA (Tripura Cricket Association) Vice President Timir Chanda, Secretary Tapash Kumar Ghosh and Treasurer Joydal Das have submitted appeals in the high court for interim bail claiming charges of corruption against them are completely false and fabricated. The trio earlier announced removal of Tapan Lodh as President of TCA citing a resolution of the general body meeting.However Mr Lodh rejected his disqualification and presented another resolution signed by 26 of 33 Members of the TCA that declared the announcements of the other faction void. He and his loyalists forced their way into the office under police protection.In another turn of events, the faction which is backing the TCA President prevented Vice President Timir Chanda, Secretary Tapash Kumar Ghosh and Treasurer Joydal D...
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Stuart Broad scripts fairytale farewell as England secure 2-2 Ashes draw

[ad_1] Farewell man Stuart Broad hysterically wheeled away, his arms outstretched, the bandana nearly dropping off his head and teammates chasing him wildly. It was the stuff of dreams for an all-time great, as he grabbed the last two wickets to complete the final rites of a 49-run win that squared the Ashes and kept England’s proud home record in the Ashes during his time intact.By the time he returned for his last spell in Test cricket, the match and series was drained of its drama and theatre. But England could not begin to rejoice, for such has been the fickle ebbs and flows of the game. Another wicked twist could be bubbling up in the ominous clouds lurching over The Oval. And Australia somehow had reduced the requirement to 55, improbable but not impossible.Broad, grossly unfortuna...
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‘That’s me done’: Moeen Ali rules out playing Test Cricket after Ashes 2023

[ad_1] England spinner Moeen Ali who had returned for this Ashes series after Jack Leach was ruled out due to injury, said after the 5th match that he is done, all but signaling his retirement. Mooen had shared ahead of the series that he wasn’t aware of the update regarding Leach when England skipper Ben Stokes texted him, ‘Ashes?’ to which he replied in the affirmative. “It was great to come back. When Stokesy messaged me I was a little bit taken aback but when I said yes I was fully into it. It has been an amazing experience to play under Stokesy and Baz (Brendon McCullum). I knew the bigger challenge was going to be physical but I am so glad I said yes. It was been an amazing experience and one I will never forget for the rest of my life,” he said after the match. When he was asked ...
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‘2-2 a fair reflection of Ashes 2023’: Captains, Stokes and Cummins agree

[ad_1] It was a Test series that left everyone wanting for more. The two sets of players would’ve preferred a win obviously, but England captain Ben Stokes would concede at the end of The Oval Test – that saw England level the series 2-2 – that the final scoreline was fitting to the way the series had been contested. “Feel really good. 2-2 is a fair reflection at the end of the series,” Stokes said after fifth Test. “Australia, WTC champions, absolute quality team. Don’t think many teams would’ve been able to respond like we did after being 2-0 down. Very proud of the entire team and the effort they put in. Having played a lot of cricket here, you know what it’s like in the 4th innings. Australia played really well yesterday but turning up here and knowing that you still need 250 runs is...
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Bumrah to lead India in Ireland T20Is; Prasidh returns as pace unit gets a boost

[ad_1] India’s Jasprit Bumrah. | Photo Credit: Reuters Giving a fillip to India's pace bowling unit ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023, Jasprit Bumrah on Monday marked his return to the team as the captain for the T20I series against Ireland.India will play three T20Is against Ireland on August 18, 20 and 23 at Malahide, Dublin.Bumrah, who had undergone surgery for a lower back stress fracture earlier this year, was going through a rehabilitation process at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.The pace spearhead's last appearance for India was last September during a home T20I series against Australia.There were deliberations about Bumrah's readiness to handle the twin responsibility of leader of pace attack and the team.But PTI has learned that the 29-year-old was eager to don ...
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Prithvi Shaw set for county debut with Northamptonshire | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Prithvi Shaw, the out-of-favour India opener, is set to embark on his first-ever stint in the English county circuit with Northamptonshire.After overcoming visa formalities that caused a delay, Shaw is now all set to make his much-awaited debut for the county side on Friday. He will join Northamptonshire's lineup as they take on Gloucestershire in the One-Day Cup at Cheltenham.Unfortunately, the delay in visa processing resulted in Shaw missing out on participating in two four-day County Championship fixtures, but he is eager to make an impact in the One-Day Cup and showcase his talent in the English domestic cricket scene."It's a great opportunity for me and I'm really thankful to Northamptonshire for giving me this chance to express myself here," Shaw was quoted as sa...
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Nicholas Pooran’s blistering ton helps MI New York clinch Major League Cricket title

[ad_1] Nicholas Pooran put up a superlative effort with the bat to help MI New York clinch the first-ever Major League Cricket title. Photo: Twitter/@MLCricket Nicholas Pooran put up a superlative effort with the bat to help MI New York clinch the first-ever Major League Cricket title on Sunday.The wicketkeeper-batter scored 137 runs off 55 balls as MI New York took down Seattle Orcas by seven wickets at Grand Prairie Stadium, Dallas. MI New York restricted Seattle Orcas to 183/9 before chasing down their target in just 16 overs. MI New York didn't get off to the best of starts as Imad Wasim dismissed Steven Taylor in their third delivery of the opening over. However, Pooran made his intentions quite clear for the night when he struck consecutive sixes off Wasim's bowling in the same ov...
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Ricky Ponting calls for ball change in Australia’s chase to be ‘investigated’ | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has expressed concerns over the ball change that occurred during Australia's second innings in the ongoing fifth Ashes Test at The Oval in London. He called for an investigation into what he considers a "huge blunder."The incident took place after Mark Wood delivered a bouncer that hit Usman Khawaja on the helmet in the first delivery of the 37th over. Umpires Joel Wilson and Kumar Dharmasena decided to change the ball, citing that it had gone out of shape.Ponting pointed out that the replacement ball appeared to be newer than the previous one. Following the ball change, three key Australian batsmen, Khawaja, David Warner, and Marnus Labuschagne, were dismissed in quick succession during Australia's chase of 384 runs.Given the cruc...
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James Anderson’s emotional words for Stuart Broad: ‘Neither of us could have achieved what we have without the other’

[ad_1] Jimmy Anderson has 689 Test wickets to his name. More than any other pacer in the history of the oldest format. Stuart Broad crossed the 600 milestone only last week, becoming only the second pacer to do so. They couldn’t have done any of it without one another, feels Anderson. The 41-year-old seamer would come out to bat alongside Broad on Day 4 of the final Ashes Test – which Broad had announced as his last. “We both said when we saw that image, if we put one photo in our house of our careers, it would be that one. We have loved playing together. Neither of us could have achieved what we have without the other. It’s incredibly special and I will definitely miss him,” Anderson told Sky Sports. “Sunday morning was really special – getting to walk out with him on the field, watch h...
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Deodhar Trophy: Battle of equals between West Zone and East Zone in virtual semifinal 

[ad_1] Dominant performer: Dube was the star of the show in West’s recent win over North Zone. | Photo Credit: MAYANK CHAUDHARY Priyank Panchal-led West Zone will take on Saurabh Tiwary’s East Zone in what would be a virtual semifinal in a round five match of the Deodhar Trophy at the Cricket Association Puducherry Ground 2 on Tuesday. West, powered by Shivam Dube and Kathan Patel’s unbroken 138-run stand, is coming off a dominating win over North. On the other hand, East lost to South in its previous encounter to set up a do-or-die encounter for a place in the final. Riyan Parag and Shahbaz Ahmed have been the most consistent performers for the East where the former has grown into an impactful all-rounder while the latter has been silently keeping things tight with his left-arm spin. Bo...
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English football authorities launch measures to tackle behaviour, tragedy abuse | Football News – Times of India

[ad_1] English football authorities have jointly announced a series of disciplinary measures aimed at improving player, manager, and fan behavior at all levels of the game for the upcoming season. The measures aim to promote fair play, respect towards match officials, and eradicate offensive behavior from the game.Match officials will have increased authority to act against unacceptable behavior, while team captains will be expected to take responsibility for their teammates' actions and encourage fair play and respect towards match officials.Incidents where multiple players confront or invade the personal space of match officials will result in at least one player receiving a card, and the Football Association (FA) reserves the right to take further action against the offending club.To ...
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Four in fray for WFI president’s post; Brij Bhushan camp files nominations amid fanfare | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Four candidates, including outgoing Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh's close aide Sanjay Singh from UP, filed nominations for the post of president amid fanfare at the Olympic Bhawan on Monday.Darshan Lal from the Chandigarh wrestling body filed his nomination for the post of general secretary, while SP Deswal from Uttarakhand filed his nomination for the post of treasurer from the Brij Bhushan camp.The Brij Bhushan camp claims to have the support of 22 of the 25 state units and, after filing their nominations, expressed "confidence" of winning all 15 posts during the WFI elections on August 12.On a day of hectic activity at the Olympic Bhawan, a convoy of nominees and supporters from the Brij Bhushan camp arrived with the "blessings" of the...
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It was surreal to have the India jersey with my name: Sai Sudharsan 

[ad_1] Vital cog: Sai Sudharsan has been in red-hot form recently. | Photo Credit: S.S. KUMAR Ever since his heroics in the IPL, where he scored a brilliant 96 in the final for Gujarat Titans against Chennai Super Kings, B. Sai Sudharsan’s stock has been rising as he hops from one tournament to another. Days after the IPL, his purple patch continued as he amassed 371 runs in the TNPL, where in six games he scored four half-centuries before enjoying a bit of red-ball cricket, playing for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy in one match. Following that, in his maiden India-A appearance in the ACC Emerging Cup in Sri Lanka, he had a decent outing with 220 runs from five matches, including an unbeaten century against Pakistan-A in the league phase. On Sunday, the 21-year-old made a vital hal...
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Jasprit Bumrah returns to lead India in T20I series against Ireland | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Jasprit Bumrah will finally make his return to international cricket after a long injury layoff as the BCCI's senior selection committee announced the 15-member squad for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Ireland to be played in Dublin.Bumrah has also been appointed skipper for Team India after the second string team was picked for the Ireland tour.The three T20Is will take place on August 18, 20 and 23.The selectors have also included Karnataka pacer Prasidh Krishna in the squad.The right-arm quick last played for India in an ODI match against Zimbabwe in August last year before undergoing a surgery for stress fracture.Ruturaj Gaikwad, who will lead India in Asian Games scheduled from September 23 to October 8, has been named as the vice-captain of the side....
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Watch: How MS Dhoni’s tip shaped Shivam Dube’s career | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Talismanic MS Dhoni has joined the likes of yesteryear greats Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar who would inspire a generation of rising cricketers with their experiences and pep talks. Now the baton is with the former Indian skipper as the current crop of cricketers look forward to have a chat with Dhoni, seeking his valuable tips as and when they get a chance and also get benefitted after inculcating those tips in their armoury.'Play till the end and try to finish the game' was Dhoni's one of many tips to rising Indian star Shivam Dube, which not only shaped up his career but also changed his approach towards the game. 'Learning from the Great: The MS Dhoni advice that's helping him win matches for his team," read the caption of Dube's interview posted by BCCI on Tw...
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Prasidh Krishna returns to competitive cricket; takes 4 wickets in KSCA T20 | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Injecting a ray of hope into his potential return to Team India's white ball squad, pacer Prasidh Krishna made a comeback to competitive cricket. His impressive performance took place at the RSI grounds in Bengaluru during the KSCA T20 tournament for G Kasturirangan Memorial Trophy.Representing Mount Joy Cricket Club against Sir Syed Cricketers, Prasidh exhibited his bowling prowess, claiming four wickets while conceding 36 runs in his four-over spell (4-0-36-4).This outstanding display of skill and form comes as welcome news for the selectors, who are currently gearing up to pick teams for the upcoming white ball tour to Ireland and the Asia Cup scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka.Moreover, Krishna's successful comeback adds another viable option for India's squad sel...
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Prasidh Krishna returns to competitive cricket; takes 4 wickets in KSCA T20

[ad_1] Raising hopes of his return to Team India white ball set-up, pacer Prasidh Krishna made a comeback to competitive cricket at the RSI grounds here on Monday during the KSCA T20 tournament for G Kasturirangan Memorial Trophy. Prasidh took four wickets conceding 36 runs (4-0-36-4) for Mount Joy Cricket Club while playing against Sir Syed Cricketers. This will be good news for selectors who will be soon picking teams for the upcoming white ball tour to Ireland and for the Asia Cup to be played in Sri Lanka. This will also give an option to India when the bigwigs sit down to select the team for the ICC World Cup 2023 to be played across October and November. However, Mount Joy could not chase down 156, getting restricted to 130 as Prasidh remained unbeaten on 1. “Prasidh is fit and the...
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Watch: Ben Stokes provides Steve Smith a reprieve, makes a mess of an easy catch | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The fifth day of the fifth and final Ashes Test potentially witnessed a huge moment of the match which might turn the result in Australia's favour as England skipper Ben Stokes made a mess of what would have been a simple catch at leg slip. The incident took place in the last over before lunch when Steve Smith edged Moeen Ali's delivery off his glove and the ball seemed destined for Stokes at leg slip.Stokes, in an outburst of excitement, attempted to grasp the ball, but it slipped from his hands, leading to a sigh of relief for Smith. The third umpire subsequently reviewed the incident and ruled it as not out, allowing Smith to continue his innings.Australia lost three early wickets on the final day of the thrilling Ashes Test at The Oval before a fightback from Smith ...
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The Ashes 2023 | Australia fights back through Smith and Head in bid for series-clinching win in fifth Test

[ad_1] A crucial miss: England’s Ben Stokes drops a catch hit by Steve Smith on day 5 of the fifth Test against Australia in London on July 31, 2023. | Photo Credit: Ryan Pierse Australia recovered from losing three quick wickets and was mounting a recovery through Steve Smith and Travis Head in its bid for a series-clinching win over England on the final day of the fifth Ashes test on July 31. Chasing 384 for the victory and a 3-1 win in the series, the Australians were 238-3 and needing 146 more runs over the last two sessions of Day 5 at The Oval. Smith was unbeaten on 40 and Head was 31 not out, with their partnership up to 69 runs. The English thought they had got Smith in the final over of the session but captain Ben Stokes, who took a fine, leaping, one-handed catch off the batte...