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India to start Australia Test series at Brisbane on December 3, no quarantine hub: Australian media – Times of India
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India to start Australia Test series at Brisbane on December 3, no quarantine hub: Australian media – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia has locked in four venues for the financially crucial Test series against India and the first match is tentatively set for a December 3 start in Brisbane, as per local media reports. Two Australian media outlets -- 7news.com.au and the Sydney Morning Herald -- reported that the schedule for the four Tests has been finalised. According to reports, CA chief executive Kevin Roberts will make it official on Friday and the plan does not include any quarantine hub or "bio bubble" for the visitors. There has been speculation around the fate of the tour owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday ticked off on the Test series beginning in Brisbane on December 3 before heading to Adelaide from December 11 and Melbourne and Sydney for the tr...
Rahul Dravid says non-contracted and U-19 players have received mental health lessons in lockdown
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Rahul Dravid says non-contracted and U-19 players have received mental health lessons in lockdown

By: PTI | Kolkata | Updated: May 27, 2020 11:51:30 pm Rahul Dravid is happy with frequent conversations regarding mental health (File Photo) National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief Rahul Dravid on Wednesday said that they have been addressing mental health issues of non-contracted and U-19 players amid the ongoing nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an uncertain period for cricketers and it could affect them mentally. “It’s something we tried in this lockdown (addressing mental health of players through professionals). We identified outside of the contract list and with the U-19 players. We have the given the o...
Wicketkeepers not getting consistent run to secure place in Indian team: Parthiv Patel
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Wicketkeepers not getting consistent run to secure place in Indian team: Parthiv Patel

By: PTI | Kolkata | Updated: May 28, 2020 8:13:20 am Parthiv Patel feels wicketkeepers should get a consistent run (Source: PTI File Photo) Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel feels India’s young glovesmen should be given a “consistent run” to secure their place in the national team, something which has not been happening of late. While Wriddhiman Saha has been a regular in Tests, India currently do not have a fixed wicket-keeper in limited-overs cricket with K L Rahul recently taking over the duties from Rishabh Pant, who is a regular squad member but not a sure starter anymore. “I don’t think we are not getting any fix...
Shashank Manohar to step down as ICC chairman after current term
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Shashank Manohar to step down as ICC chairman after current term

By: Reuters | Mumbai | Updated: May 27, 2020 9:15:46 pm Shashank Manohar (File Photo) International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar is to step down when his term ends this year, the governing body said on Wednesday. The ICC is set to discuss the process to elect its new chief at its board meeting on Thursday with media reports saying that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief Colin Graves is favourite to fill the post. “No final decision was taken regarding the election process and the subject will be discussed further at the next ICC Board meeting on Thursday,” the ICC said in a statement. “The existi...
Drought-stricken NSW farms recover only to face new Chinese threat
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Drought-stricken NSW farms recover only to face new Chinese threat

Lush green fields grace the formerly drought-stricken farms of Tamworth NSW after the region recorded 468mm of rain to date this year which nearly doubled last year’s total. 89 percent of NSW is still considered drought effected, but only six percent is considered intense. Spring Ridge Farmer Jim Russell said “It doesn’t rain money, but the rain has given us a heap of confidence”. However, farmers recovering from the drought face a new threat in the form of the Chinese tariff on barley, which effectively blocks farmers from selling crops to Australia’s most lucrative overseas market. Source link
It’s time to embrace split-coaching, says Darren Lehmann – Times of India
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It’s time to embrace split-coaching, says Darren Lehmann – Times of India

LONDON: Split-coaching is the way forward for Indian cricket and rest of the world since it is becoming increasingly difficult to balance work and family, reckons former Australia coach Darren Lehmann. Lehmann said dividing responsibilities format-wise should increase the longevity of the coaches. Talking alongside former England World Cup-winning coach Trevor Bayliss on BBC's 'Tuffers and Vaughan Show', Lehmann said being away from the family for more than half a year is too much pressure on a coach. "I think split coaches is the way to go in India as well as here. You just can't be away for 200 days a year. It's too much for the family and it's too much pressure on a single coach," Lehmann said. "I think to get longevity out of your coaches you have to have split roles," he added. E...
Missed track badly during lockdown, IOC was right in postponing Tokyo Olympics: Hima Das – Times of India
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Missed track badly during lockdown, IOC was right in postponing Tokyo Olympics: Hima Das – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian sprinter Hima Das believes that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) took the right decision by postponing the Tokyo Olympics to next year due to the Covid-19 infection, considering the health and safety of athletes as paramount. While accepting that athletes generally have a short career span and the fear of getting injured always lurks around, Hima believes a professional sportsperson knows best how to make a comeback and stay relevant in his/her bid to achieve international medal glory. “I feel the IOC was right in its decision considering the health of all athletes. Since, we remained out of action for almost two months, I believe it will take time (to get back into full training mode) and a lot depends on how our coaches plan the training regime. Injuries ar...
IOC appoints Narinder Batra as member of Olympic Channel Commission
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IOC appoints Narinder Batra as member of Olympic Channel Commission

By: PTI | Published: May 27, 2020 6:29:49 pm IOC appoints Narinder Batra as member of Olympic Channel Commission (Express File) Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra has been appointed as a member of the Olympic Channel Commission. In a letter to International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, Batra, who had become an IOC member in June last year, expressed his gratitude after being selected for the role. “I am deeply honoured and thankful to be appointed as a Member of the Olympic Channel Commission and happily accept this appointment. It is a matter of immense pride to furthe...
On this day: CSK mark IPL comeback with third title win
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On this day: CSK mark IPL comeback with third title win

When the Chennai Super Kings were banned for two years due to the betting activities of key official Gurunath Meiyappan, it was almost as if the IPL had lost its charm. The players were divided between new entrants Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant, and even though the likes players such as MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo were in action, an IPL without CSK just wasn’t the same.So when two years later, the team marked its comeback in 2018, expectations were sky high. Billed as Dad’s Army – mainly because the average age of the team was around 38 – CSK ridiculed the label as they steamrolled opposition on their way to a third IPL title, tying Mumbai Indians with three trophy wins.CSK won 10 matches out of 15 before the final, including two wins against Sunrise...
BCCI confident ICC won’t commit harakiri by taking away 2021 T20 WC
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BCCI confident ICC won’t commit harakiri by taking away 2021 T20 WC

On papers, the ICC vs BCCI tax battle seems to have taken a murky turn after the ICC Business Corporation (IBC) refused to hand the Indian board an extension in finding a tax solution. The ICC has in fact threatened that they can take away the 2021 T20 World Cup if the board fails to provide the exemption. But BCCI officials believe that prudent ICC Directors will not take any step that hurts the game.Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that the Indian board has full faith in the directors of the international body and believe that they will not commit harakiri by taking the global event away from India.ALSO READ: T20 World Cup to be postponed to 2022, October window for IPL- Report“It is not the ICC, but some vested interests that come up with this story from time to t...
‘Never know what she is saying’: WWE legend Triple H comments on Ronda Rousey’s criticism of  fans
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‘Never know what she is saying’: WWE legend Triple H comments on Ronda Rousey’s criticism of fans

Ronda Rousey’s entry into WWE was a celebrated moment for the fans of wrestling. Rousey was a revered name in the MMA world as she captured the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship while becoming a nationwide star. She arrived at Royal Rumble and then captured the imagination of the WWE Universe with her performance at WrestleMania 34. Then she had a fairytale run as the Raw Women’s Champion which eventually ended at WrestleMania 35.Ronda has not been seen inside a WWE ring since then. Last year, Rousey acknowledged her WWE future by stating that she wanted to have a baby with her husband Travis Browne before she returned to the ring.READ | 3-time WWE world champion to have retirement ceremony next week on RawTriple H recently spoke about Ronda’s future with WWE and her r...
Rahul Dravid to be part of Royals’ initiative on mental health and well-being
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Rahul Dravid to be part of Royals’ initiative on mental health and well-being

Royal Rajasthan Foundation, the social impact arm of Rajasthan Royals is proud to team up with its legendary former batsman Rahul Dravid, McLean Hospital, (an affiliate of Harvard Medical School) and Dr. N.S. Vahia Foundation to advocate for removing stigma around mental health conversations, raising awareness about the impact mental illness can have on ones mind, body and soul.The Royal Conversations -- Mind, Body and Soul,” a three-part series on mental health and well-being will cover aspects around mind, body, and soul over weekly webinars. World Health Organization (WHO) accounts mental illnesses for 30 % of all non-fatal diseases approximately and 10 % of the overall global diseases. In India, approximately 7.5% of the population suffers from some form of mental diso...
Tougher for bowlers to find rhythm post lockdown: Brett Lee
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Tougher for bowlers to find rhythm post lockdown: Brett Lee

By: PTI | Published: May 27, 2020 2:16:52 pm Brett Lee reckons that it will be tougher for bowlers to find their rhythm after the lockdown. (Express Archive) Former Australian speedster Brett Lee reckons that it will be tougher for bowlers to find their rhythm after the lockdown and they will require at least eight weeks to get back match fitness for any format of the game. The ICC has recommended a minimum preparation period of eight-12 weeks for bowlers returning to Test cricket, six weeks for ODIs and five-six weeks for T20Is. Asked who will find it tougher to find their rhythm after the lockdown — ba...
Kylian Mbappe praises Jurgen Klopp amid Liverpool transfer interest
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Kylian Mbappe praises Jurgen Klopp amid Liverpool transfer interest

Paris St. Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has lavished praise on Premier League giants Liverpool and their manager Jurgen Klopp amid rumours that he wants a move away from Parc des Princes.Liverpool, along with other top European clubs, have been touted as a possible destination for Mbappe if he leaves PSG and the Frenchman praising the Merseysiders will definitely excite the fans in England.Mbappe feels Klopp has converted Liverpool into a ruthless machine that keeps on churning out positive results day in day out.The Reds were within touching distance of winning their first top-flight title in 30 years before the season was abruptly halted by the COVID-19 pandemic in March. “This season, Liverpool have been a machine in the Premier League. They have made winning look easy ...
Frances Tiafoe wants to draw more black kids to tennis
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Frances Tiafoe wants to draw more black kids to tennis

American Frances Tiafoe has already changed the lives of his immigrant parents thanks to his tennis career and the 2019 Australian Open quarter-finalist hopes he can also inspire more black kids to take up the sport.Tiafoe, 22, was born to immigrant parents from Sierra Leone, with his father working as a janitor at a tennis centre in Maryland while his mother had to work double shifts as a nurse to help the family make ends meet.He rose to a career-high ranking of 29 after reaching the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in Melbourne last year and has already made almost $3.5 million in prize money.Tiafoe told the men’s ATP Tour he wanted to be an inspiration.“I want to be known as a guy who was caring for the fans, a guy who wants to really build an unbeliev...
Sports Authority of India headquarters sanitised after official’s kin tests positive
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Sports Authority of India headquarters sanitised after official’s kin tests positive

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) headquarters at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium complex was being sanitised on Wednesday. An employee, whose relative tested positive for Covid-19, came to office on Tuesday, leading to SAI sanitising the premises.A SAI official confirmed to this paper that they have been asked to not come to office on Wednesday.“The official whose relative had tested positive for Covid-19 came to office on Tuesday and it immediately alarmed everyone. The premises are being sanitised today. We have been told that the official and his family members are taking the test today,” said the official who spoke to this paper.SAI headquarters has been working on 33 per cent staff strength as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.This sanitisation...
Equestrian star Mirza set for first competition after lockdown
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Equestrian star Mirza set for first competition after lockdown

India’s Asian Games equestrian double-silver medallist Fouaad Mirza is set to participate in his first post-lockdown international competition next month. He will take part in the Eventing discipline in a CCI 3* S competition to be held in Oldenburg, Germany from June 11-14.The event is being touted as a kickoff to the process of putting the sport back on the rails before they resume the remaining part of the qualifying schedule for the postponed Tokyo Olympics. “This current event that’s going to be held between June 11-14 is a CCI 3* S competition. It is going to be held in Germany in a region called the Oldenburg. It’s the first international show to be held in our sport in Eventing discipline. As of yesterday (Tuesday), it has cleared all of the checkpoints to run, it ...
Weightlifting federation nominates Khel Ratna recipient Mirabai Chanu for Arjuna award
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Weightlifting federation nominates Khel Ratna recipient Mirabai Chanu for Arjuna award

In an unusual move, lifter Mirabai Chanu has been nominated for the Arjuna award by the national federation though the former world champion is already a recipient of Khel Ratna, country’s highest sporting honour. The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) has nominated Chanu along with Ragala Venkat Rahul and Punam Yadav.Chanu had received the Khel Ratna along with Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli in 2018. She was also awarded the Padma Shri — the country’s fourth-highest civilian award — the same year. The 25-year-old, who received the twin honour after winning the 2017 weightlifting world championship in USA, says there is an honour attached with the Arjuna award, so she won’t mind it getting it after Khel Ratna.Also Read | ‘Never know what she is saying’: Triple...
Tokyo qualification period extended in badminton
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Tokyo qualification period extended in badminton

Following heavy criticism from shuttlers, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Wednesday announced that the revamped 2020 calendar - unveiled last week - will not count towards Tokyo Olympics qualification. Instead, an extended qualification period will be introduced early next year which will include tournaments that were postponed, cancelled or suspended due to COVID-19.To be eligible to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, all shuttlers will have to play a minimum of three tournaments in their respective categories counting towards the Race to Tokyo ranking list. While the original one-year qualification period started on April 29, 2019 and concluded prematurely on March 15, 2020, the extended period will commence on January 4, 2021 and finish on May 2, 2021. The Race ...
I want to play in any tournament where KKR has a team: Narine
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I want to play in any tournament where KKR has a team: Narine

West Indian off-spinner Sunil Narine on Tuesday said Kolkata Knight Riders is like a “family” to him and he would be willing to play for any team in the world that is owned by the franchise. Narine, who turned 32 on Tuesday, has been playing for KKR since 2012 and has represented the Trinbago Knight Riders, a Carribean Premier League team owned by KKR’s parent company.Also Read | Dhoni said I’d bowl to Sachin in middle overs: How MSD turned IPL final“Any tournament around the globe where Knight Riders have a team, I’d wanna be a part of it. It’s not about the money or the friendships, it’s like a family to me,” Narine said on the Twitter handle of KKR. “The way they welcome you in India, with arms wide open. It’s like they already know you as a human being - what you don’t...