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BCCI Issues Warning Against Fraudulent Advertisements Offering NCA Admissions

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as confirmed in an official release, has encountered advertisements circulating false promises of securing admissions to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) facility in Bengaluru. The BCCI has offered a detailed clarification making it clear that it does not levy any charges on cricketers for utilising the NCA facilities. Meanwhile, the admission process to the NCA strictly adheres to established protocols and selection is solely based on merit.It is crucial to note that NCA access is limited to BCCI's contracted players, those in the targeted group, and individuals recommended by State Associations. No external agencies, other than those explicitly mentioned, have authorisation for NCA recommendations, as has been confi...
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BCCI Secretary Jay Shah Supports Virat Kohli’s Personal Leave Decision | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: BCCI secretary Jay Shah extended his support to India's batting maestro Virat Kohli's decision to step away from the ongoing Test series against England, emphasizing Kohli's right to request personal leave.Speaking to reporters at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) stadium in Rajkot ahead of India's third Test against England, Shah backed Kohli's decision, stating, "If a person, for the first time in a 15-year career, asks for personal leave, it's his right.Virat is not a player who will ask for leave for no reason. We need to trust our player and back him."Kohli, 35, had initially withdrawn from the first two Tests of the series, citing personal reasons. However, it was later announced that he would miss the entire five-match series against England. The decision was me...
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Rahul Dravid to Remain India Coach in T20 World Cup: Jay Shah | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that Rahul Dravid will remain in his role as India's head coach until the upcoming T20 World Cup scheduled for June 2024. The announcement was made by BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who affirmed the decision following discussions with Dravid.Dravid's contract had initially ended after the ODI World Cup final last year, but he was asked to continue his duties along with other support staff for the tour to South Africa in December-January, with the tenure yet to be finalized.Speaking on the matter, Shah revealed, "After the (2023) World Cup, Rahul bhai had to leave for the South Africa tour immediately. We did not get to meet in between which finally happened today." He further asserted, "Why are you worried about a contr...
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BCCI mandates centrally contracted players to play red-ball domestic cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made it mandatory for centrally contracted players to actively engage in red-ball cricket within the domestic circuit in a significant move aimed at enhancing the readiness of Indian cricketers for the longest format of the game. This directive, emphasized by BCCI secretary Jay Shah, underscores the board's unwavering commitment to nurturing talent and preserving the sanctity of Test cricket.Addressing the media during the renaming ceremony of the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Shah left no room for ambiguity as he declared, "They have been informed on phone already and I'm going to write letters as well that if your chairman of selectors, your coach and your captain are asking for it then you will have to play red...
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‘IPL most likely to start from…’: Chairman Arun Dhumal says BCCI to work with government over fixtures | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With the 2024 edition of the Indian Premier League set to clash with the general elections in the country, chairman Arun Singh Dhumal on Wednesday made it clear that the cash-rich league will take place in India and the board will work with the government and other agencies before finalising the schedule. Dhumal asserted that the fixtures will only be announced after general elections' dates are confirmed by the election commission. "We will work with the Indian government, agencies to make sure that the league takes place in India. We are waiting for the schedule of the general election to be announced and then we will plan accordingly...like which state will host what game at the time of election will be planned that way," Arun Dhumal told IANS.Asked if any tentative date f...
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Rehan Ahmed’s visa issue sorted, great job by BCCI: Ben Stokes | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: An anxious England camp expressed relief after teenage spinner Rehan Ahmed's visa issue got sorted out on Wednesday morning. England skipper Ben Stokes, ahead of the third Test, informed that Rehan's visa issue got settled in quick time after the intervention of the Indian government and the BCCI.The 19-year-old Ahmed, a leg-spinner, had issues on returning to India after the team's 10-day break in Abu Dhabi.Ahmed, the spinner of Pakistani descent, had a single-entry visa upon arrival in Rajkot but he was able to complete his paperwork a day before the start of the third Test against India."For any individual having to wait for that is always an anxious period, but thankfully, we got it through this morning, and great job from the guys at the airport for giving him his visa t...
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‘India need him…’: BCCI on why Hardik Pandya’s case is different as it considers mandating Ranji participation for IPL eligibility | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Amidst growing concerns over the prioritization of the Indian Premier League (IPL) over first-class cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is deliberating on potential reforms to ensure a balanced approach to player development. The spotlight falls on players like Ishan Kishan, whose reluctance to engage in first-class cricket has sparked discussions within the cricketing fraternity.A BCCI official shed light on the matter, stating, "We can understand Hardik Pandya's case as his body can't take the rigors of red-ball cricket. He can't withstand the workload of Test cricket and Team India needs him fit for ICC events." The official emphasized the need to preserve Pandya's fitness for crucial ICC events, acknowledging the unique circumstances surrounding his ...
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Ishan Kishan fiasco: BCCI might make playing 3-4 Ranji games mandatory for IPL participation | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ishan Kishan's continued reluctance to play first-class matches and being found training in Baroda with his new Mumbai Indians skipper Hardik Pandya ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League seems to have not gone down well with the BCCI as the Indian cricket board is mulling to make minimum number of first-class games mandatory to be eligible to feature in the cash-rich league's auction pool. The Jharkhand keeper-batter had earlier pulled out of the South Africa tour midway, citing 'travel fatigue'. Since then Ishan hasn't featured in any of Ranji matches for his state team, who is near bottom of group A table.The BCCI has already instructed Kishan to play Jharkhand's last group league game against Rajasthan in Jamshedpur.There is a general consensus that a s...
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Saurabh Tiwary to retire from professional cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Left-handed batsman Saurabh Tiwary has announced his retirement from professional cricket following Jharkhand's last league match of the Ranji Trophy against Rajasthan in Jamshedpur starting on February 16.Throughout his 17-year career, Tiwary represented Jharkhand, made appearances in three ODIs for the Indian team, and featured for four different IPL franchises."It's a little tough to bid farewell to this journey that I had started before my schooling," the 34-year-old was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo."But I'm also sure that this is the right time for this. I feel that if you're not in the national team and IPL, it's better to vacate a spot in the state side for a youngster. Youngsters are getting a lot of chances in our Test team so I'm making this decision."Tiwary sco...
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South Africa cricket great Mike Procter seriously ill | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former South African all-rounder and national coach Mike Procter is seriously ill and in critical condition in intensive care, a news report citing his family stated on Monday. A source close to the family, speaking anonymously, verified to AFP that Procter's condition was 'very serious' following the report published on the prominent news site News24.The report, citing a statement from Procter's wife Maryna and two daughters, disclosed that he was undergoing treatment at uMhlanga Hospital, located near the eastern city of Durban."Mike experienced a complication during routine surgery last week. While recovering in the ICU, he suffered a cardiac incident. He is currently in the ICU working on his recovery," it said.Procter's international playing career with South Africa was ...
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India vs England, 3rd Test: Dhruv Jurel likely to replace KS Bharat in Rajkot | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Will 'keeper-bat Dhruv Jurel make his Test debut in the third Test against England at Rajkot in place of the struggling KS Bharat? Well, that could very well be the case when action resumes in the series, currently tied at 1-1, from February15. As per well-placed sources in the BCCI that TOI spoke to, the key decision-makers in Indian cricket may have run out of patience with wicketkeeper Bharat, who hasn't done anything significant in the seven Tests that he has played so far in."Bharat's batting has been well below-par, while his 'keeping hasn't been great either. He isn't making use of his chances. Jurel, on the other hand, is talented, has a good attitude and has a bright future. He has done well for Uttar Pradesh, India A and the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. Don't be surpri...
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Australia dash Indian dreams, clinch fourth U-19 World Cup title | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A gutsy half-century from Harjas Singh and an enterprising 43-ball 46 from Oliver Peake lower down the order were followed by a clinical all-round bowling performance led by Mahli Beardman as Australia eased past defending champions India by 79 runs in the final of the ICC Under 19 World Cup on Sunday in Benoni to clinch their fourth title.India's batting lineup misfired when it mattered the most as Uday Saharan and Co. faltered in the chase of 254 in the summit clash at the Willowmoore Park.The loss was also India's third straight defeat against Australia in an ICC event -- World Test Championship Final and ODI World cup Final in 2023.Dashing India's dreams of a record-extending sixth title triumph, the Australian colts added a fresh chapter to the script of Australia's domi...
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‘I am begging everyone…’: AB de Villiers tenders apology to Virat Kohli’s family | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Having made a dramatic U-turn to his claim that Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma were expecting a second child, the reason behind star India batter's absence from the first two Tests against England, South African legend AB de Villiers tendered a fresh apology to his family.De Villiers's move came after the BCCI confirmed that the former India skipper will remain unavailable for the remaining three Tests against England due to personal reasons."Virat Kohli will remain unavailable for selection for the remainder of the series due to personal reasons. The Board fully respects and supports Mr. Kohli’s decision," the BCCI said in a release.Addressing Kohli's absence during his YouTube show on Saturday, De Villiers apologised to Kohli and his family, acknowledging his "blunder" in a...
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Team India wants wicketkeepers who can pass the ‘Test’ | Cricket News – Times of India

In January 2022, a 37-year-old Wriddhiman Saha was told by head coach Rahul Dravid that the team management wanted to groom a younger wicketkeeper as Rishabh Pant’s backup in the Test team. At that time, it seemed Indian cricket was well insured when it came to wicketkeeper-batter options. KS Bharat, in particular, had emerged as oneof the main alternatives. However, within 24 months, and just days before the third Test against England begins in Rajkot, Dravid and the selectors may well be revisiting the call. Bharat’s wicketkeeping has been by and large satisfying but his meagre returns with the bat have been a worry in a closely-contested series. With Rishabh Pant still recovering from his accident, what are the options?A few years earlier, MS Dhoni’s undisputed place behind the stump...
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Ravindra Jadeja responds to father’s allegations, calls it an attempt to tarnish wife Rivaba’s image – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Team India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Friday criticised an interview of his father, Anirudhsinh Jadeja, in a Gujarati daily - slamming it as "scripted", "nonsense" and an attempt to show his wife, Rivaba, in bad light. "Let's ignore what's said in scripted interviews," wrote Jadeja in the caption along with an image, which had his response written in Gujarati, he posted on microblogging website 'X'. In the interview, Jadeja's father accused his son of not being in touch with the family, while also accusing Rivaba for creating a rift. "Right after their marriage, there was a dispute regarding the ownership of Ravindra's restaurant. She (Rivaba) told him to transfer the ownership of the restaurant to her name. They even had a major fight because of that," the father alleged...
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Injured Shreyas Iyer may miss last three Tests against England: Report | Cricket News – Times of India

In another injury blow to the Indian team, batter Shreyas Iyer has suffered back and groin injury and is not likely to feature in the squad for the last three Tests of the five-match home series against England, according to a report.Back stiffness and pain in the groin area "while playing forward defence" may force Iyer out of the squad, revealed a report in The Indian Express. The report added that Iyer's equipment has been flown to his hometown Mumbai instead of the venue of the third Test, Rajkot -- which confirms that he won't be available for selection. The squad for the last three Tests is likely to be announced by the BCCI selection committee on Friday.Iyer will reportedly receive treatment at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru and hope to recover in time for the Indian P...
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Uday Saharan: New captain cool and chip off old block | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: During the U-19 Challenger tournament last year, India skipper Uday Saharan wasn't scoring runs and father Sanjeev was getting anxious as the national selection committee was about to pick the squad for junior Asia Cup."I wasn't in best frame of mind as Uday wasn't scoring runs, but he would tell me, 'papa, don't worry, runs will come'. That's Uday for you. I am not saying because he is my son but at 19, he can remain uncluttered," Sanjeev, beaming with joy after his son led India to their fifth consecutive U-19 World Cup final, told PTI.For the uninitiated, Uday plays national level cricket from Punjab but he hails from Shri Ganganagar district in Rajasthan."During matches, he travels from Shri Ganganagar to Bathinda which is a two-hour train journey. He is doing second year...
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Watch: When Anil Kumble took all 10 wickets to script India’s famous win against Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: On this day, February 7, in 1999, India spin legend Anil Kumble became only the second bowler and the first Indian to claim all 10 wickets in an innings of a Test match. Kumble achieved the historic feat in the Delhi Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground (now Arun Jaitley Stadium) against arch-rivals Pakistan.Prior to Kumble, England's Jim Laker held the record of dismissing all 10 batsmen in an innings of a Test match, achieving the incredible feat against Australia in 1956.Kumble bowled 26.3 overs, including 9 maidens, and swept the Pakistan batting line-up in front of a jam-packed stadium. He conceded just 74 runs in his spell.BCCI shared the video of all the ten dismissals on X to mark the day:Batting first, India posted 252 on the board. In reply, Pakistan could manage onl...
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Team India to tour Zimbabwe for five-match T20I series in July | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Zimbabwe Cricket and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday jointly revealed that Zimbabwe is set to host Team India for a five-match T20I series in July.The scheduled dates for the series are from July 6 to 14, and the matches will be held in Harare."The confirmation of this tour comes after productive discussions between ZC and the BCCI, with the primary objective of fortifying bilateral ties and fostering a spirit of collaboration between the two cricketing boards," ZC said in a statement."The BCCI has always played a pioneering role in contributing to the global cricketing community. We understand that it is a period of rebuilding for Zimbabwe, and Zimbabwe Cricket needs our support at this juncture," BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in a statement."Our s...
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PCB, SLC financial dispute over Asia Cup expenses | Cricket News – Times of India

LAHORE: The cricket boards of Pakistan and Sri Lanka are locked in a financial dispute over who should bear the additional $3-4 million burden incurred due to the shifting of the Asia Cup to the island nation last year.With the BCCI unwilling to send its team to Pakistan, the original host, due to geo-political tensions, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided on a hybrid model and roped in Sri Lanka to host the majority of the matches.This resulted in extra expenses being incurred on chartered flights, hotel bookings, venue hiring fees and travel, among others.Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) made it clear during the ACC council meeting in Bali last week that it was not willing to take the financial burden as it did not earn extra and was also not the offici...