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CM appoints Rishabh Pant as brand ambassador of Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on appointed India cricketer Rishabh Pant as brand ambassador of the state. Dhami took to his Twitter account to announce the same late Wednesday evening. प्रदेश सरकार ने देवभूमि के सपूत एवं भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम के प्रतिभावान खिलाड़ी @RishabhPant17 जी को उत्तराखण्ड के युवाओं को खेलकूद एवं जन स्वास्थ्य के प्रति प्रोत्साहित किए जाने के उद्देश्य से “राज्य ब्रांड एम्बेसडर” नियुक्त करने का निर्णय लिया है। आपको हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं ! pic.twitter.com/2NP1lZ5pga — Pushkar Singh Dhami (@pushkardhami) August 10, 2022 Pant, who plays his cricket for Delhi, is a Uttarakhand native and has been named the state brand ambassador at the age of 24. The India cricket also thanked the Chief Minister for giving him the responsibility. “Thank you @pushkardhami ji ...
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Cricketer Rishabh Pant named as Uttarakhand’s brand ambassador | Off the field News – Times of India

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Thursday named cricketer Rishabh Pant as the brand ambassador of the state. The wicketkeeper-batter was born in Roorkee in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district. Naming Pant as the state's brand ambassador at Uttarakhand Sadan in Delhi, Dhami said his achievements in the world of cricket due to his strong willpower despite coming from a very ordinary background can be a source of inspiration for everyone. “He has carved a niche for himself in the world of cricket. He has done both his state and the country proud. Honouring him as the brand ambassador will inspire young people in the field of sports to carve an identity of their own,” Dhami said. Pant thanked the chief minister for conferring him with the honour and giving him an oppo...
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Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan cancels deal with betting site after BCB ultimatum | Cricket News – Times of India

DHAKA: Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Thursday cancelled an endorsement deal with a betting site hours after the Bangladesh Cricket Board issued an ultimatum to him to either ditch it or face the axe by the national team. "Shakib gave a letter to us saying that he was terminating his contract with Betwinner news and removing all posts from his social media pages regarding the deal," BCB cricket operations chief Jalal Yunus told AFP. Shakib last week announced a partnership with Betwinner news, a portal operated by the gambling firm based on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao. He wrote on his social media pages that it was the "one and only source of sports news!" All forms of gambling are illegal in Bangladesh -- although it is rampant during cricket matches when undergrou...
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CSK-owned franchise ropes in Faf du Plessis as marquee signing for upcoming CSA T20 League | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been roped in by the Johannesburg franchise owned by Indian Premier League giants Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as their marquee signing for the inaugural edition of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) T20 League, according to a report. Du Plessis, who played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL last season, was part of the CSK from 2011 to 2021, except for 2016 and 2017 when the team was suspended. Wednesday was the last day for the direct acquisition of players for the six-team upcoming league. The inaugural edition of the CSA T20 League is scheduled to be played in January-February 2023, and all the six franchises in the tournament have been acquired by current IPL team owners. Apart from CSK owning the Johannesburg-bas...
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Ross Taylor recalls racial ‘insensitivity’ in New Zealand cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

Retired batsman Ross Taylor has revealed he was offended by race-based remarks from team-mates and staff in New Zealand dressing rooms during his career and said the country's cricket board could do more to bring Polynesian talent into the sport. Taylor, who has Samoan heritage on his mother's side, described in his book "Ross Taylor Black and White" how he and other team mates endured insensitive "banter" from white players. "In many ways, dressing room banter is the barometer," wrote Taylor, who played his last international match in April. "A team mate used to tell me, 'You're half a good guy, Ross, but which half is good? You don’t know what I’m referring to.' "I was pretty sure I did. Other players also had to put up with comments that dwelt on their ethnicity. In all probability, ...
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Australia’s Meg Lanning takes indefinite break from cricket for personal reasons | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: World Cup-winning captain Meg Lanning is unlikely to lead Australia in the tour of India later this year as the skipper is taking an indefinite break from the game to "focus on myself." Australia are slated to tour India mid-December for five T20s before the home series against Pakistan and the T20 World Cup in South Africa next year. "After a busy couple of years, I've made the decision take a step back to enable me to spend time focusing on myself," Lanning said in a statement on Wednesday. "I'm grateful for the support of CA and my team-mates and ask that my privacy is respected during this time," she added. The @AusWomenCricket skipper has our full support as she takes some time away from the game 💛💚 https://t.co/iMs62ASwWe— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) 1660114874000The a...
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Trent Boult released from New Zealand contract, wants to spend more time at home | Cricket News – Times of India

World class fast bowler Trent Boult was released from his central contract with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) at his own request on Wednesday so he can spend less time travelling and more time at home with his family. The 33-year-old, who has played 70 Tests and 137 limited-overs internationals since 2011, will continue to play for his country but have a "significantly reduced role", NZC said. "This has been a really tough decision for me ... playing cricket for my country was a childhood dream and I'm so proud of everything I've been able to achieve," Boult said in an NZC statement. "Ultimately this decision is about my wife Gert and our three young boys. Family has always been the biggest motivator for me and I feel comfortable with putting it first and preparing ourselves for life after ...
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Former India all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar appointed Nepal cricket coach | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar has been appointed head coach of the Nepal cricket team. Prabhakar succeeds Pubudu Dassanayake, who stepped down from the position in July to take up head coach's role with Canada. Prabhakar, who featured in 39 Tests and 130 ODIs for India between 1984 to 1996, has previously coached Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy teams. He also served as the bowling coach for the Afghanistan national team in 2016. "Seeing the interest for cricket in Nepal, their talent & skill level, I'm really looking forward to working with the Nepal cricket team to make them into a cricketing force to be reckoned with," Prabhakar was quoted as saying in a statement by Cricket Association of Nepal. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { ...
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No David Warner but Chris Lynn signs up for new Emirati T20 league | Cricket News – Times of India

Australian Chris Lynn will play Twenty20 cricket in the United Arab Emirates rather than his home Big Bash League (BBL) early next year, but David Warner was not included among the marquee players announced by the new International League T20 (ILT20). Media reports had strongly linked Warner with a spot in the ILT20, which clashes with the Cricket Australia-owned BBL but is bankrolled in part by Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise owners and pays better. In the event, Lynn was the only Australian on the list of 21 marquee players named late on Monday by the ILT20, in which up to 12 of the 18 members of each team squad can be from outside the country. Bit-hitting Lynn, once one of the major stars of BBL but recently dropped by the Brisbane Heat for the next edition, will need the permi...
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Harmanpreet Kaur rues trend of mistakes in big finals after missing CWG gold medal | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM: Heartbroken after a Commonwealth Games (CWG) gold medal slipped out of their hands, India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur harped on the need to stop repeating same mistakes in 'title clashes', saying that going forward the "mental block" has to be broken. The Indian team came close to winning coveted gold on women cricket's CWG debut but fell short by nine runs after being in a dominant position against Australia. It was deja vu for Harmanpreet and Co. who had suffered a similar inexplicable batting collapse during the T20 World Cup finals defeat against Australia in 2020 and the 2017 ODI World Cup final in England. "Every time in big finals, we make the same mistakes again and again (with the bat). That is something we have to improve," Harmanpreet said after the match on Sunday. ...
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Hardik Pandya open to full-time captaincy role | Cricket News – Times of India

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya said he is open to assuming the captaincy on a full-time basis after leading the side to a comprehensive victory in the final match of their Twenty20 series against West Indies. India, who rested regular skipper Rohit Sharma, cruised to an 88-run win on the back of a superb performance by their spinners in Lauderhill, Florida on Sunday to a complete a 4-1 series win. Pandya said it was a "very special feeling" to captain India and when asked whether he was keen on the role in the future, the 28-year-old added: "Yeah, why not? "If given a chance, I'll be more than happy to do it. But for now, we have a World Cup coming, it's about getting better as a team." Pandya is no stranger to leadership roles, captaining the Gujarat Titans to the Indian Premier Leagu...
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India vs West Indies, 4th T20I: I turned to slower balls to unsettle West Indies batters, says Avesh Khan | Cricket News – Times of India

LAUDERHILL (Florida): India pacer Avesh Khan's redemption, after being whacked around the Caribbean grounds with strong wind and short boundaries, came about after he slowed down his pace following skipper Rohit Sharma's advice. Khan said he has received "enormous amount of confidence" from Rohit and coach Rahul Dravid when he was struggling to come to grips with the strong wind and short boundaries. The bowler's match-winning performance (2/17 in 4 overs) helped India seal the T20I series against West Indies with a 59-run victory in the fourth match here on Saturday. "They have given me an enormous amount of confidence, despite the fact I did not perform well in my last two games. However, Rohit bhai and Rahul Sir's support have given me the confidence both on and off the field... and ...
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Bangladesh’s Liton Das out of ODI series in Zimbabwe with hamstring injury | Cricket News – Times of India

DHAKA: Bangladesh opener Liton Das will miss the remainder of the one-day international series against Zimbabwe with a hamstring injury, the country's cricket board said Saturday. Liton suffered the injury during Friday's five-wicket loss in the first game of the three-match series and will be sidelined for at least three weeks, said the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Liton made 81 before he retired hurt with the injury and underwent a scan which revealed a muscle strain. "We did a scan of the injured right hamstring and the report has confirmed a grade two muscle strain," a BCB statement quoted Bangladesh physio Muzadded Alpha as saying. "Recovery from such injuries usually requires about three to four weeks. He will be assessed further in the coming days and will be put on a rehab pl...
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ICC hopes to retain all-format players despite busy calendar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is optimistic of retaining the game's all-format players despite their mounting workload in a busy calendar, chief executive Geoff Allardice said. England talisman Ben Stokes quit the 50-overs format last month, citing an "unsustainable" schedule, while India's Virat Kohli has been vocal about the growing workload on players. "There'll still be all-format players," Allardice told the ESPNcricinfo website. "Whether they play every match that their country schedules in those formats is a different question." Proliferation of franchise-based leagues and the ICC's own plans to have one global event every year have added strain to the calendar. Allardice said players prioritising various formats was not a new phenomenon and that the current ...
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Bangladesh Cricket Board to investigate Shakib Al Hasan’s social media post endorsing betting company | Cricket News – Times of India

DHAKA: Bangladesh's biggest cricketing star Shakib Al Hasan has once again courted controversy as country's cricket board is set to investigate an alleged social media post from him endorsing a sports betting company. Back in 2019, Shakib was banned by the ICC for one year on charges of failing to report a corrupt approach from an Indian bookmaker. As per existing laws in Bangladesh, there is prohibition on facilitation and promotion of any gambling related activities. According to a report in Cricbuzz, "BCB will investigate a recent social-media post from the all-rounder announcing his partnership with a company called 'Betwinner News'." BCB president Nazmul Hassan has announced that Shakib, a veteran of nearly 400 international games with 12,000 plus runs and nearly 650 wickets, will ...
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IOC to take a decision in 2023 on cricket’s inclusion in 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games

ICC has been invited to make a case for inclusion of cricket in Olympics and is likely to take a call on it in its Mumbai session in 2023 ICC has been invited to make a case for inclusion of cricket in Olympics and is likely to take a call on it in its Mumbai session in 2023 Cricket's much-anticipated inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics received a shot in the arm as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) shortlisted it for a review along with eight other sporting disciplines. Cricket has only featured once at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games, with Great Britain and hosts France as only participants.According to ESPN Cricinfo, The development comes a day after the International Cricket Committee (ICC) was formally invited by both the LA28 and IOC to submit presentation in order t...
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IOC to consider cricket’s inclusion in 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games | Cricket News – Times of India

LAUSANNE: Cricket's much-anticipated inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics received a shot in the arm as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) shortlisted it for a review along with eight other sporting disciplines. Cricket has only featured once at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games, with Great Britain and hosts France as only participants. According to ESPN Cricinfo, The development comes a day after the International Cricket Committee (ICC) was formally invited by both the LA28 and IOC to submit presentation in order to make their case considered. However, a final decision is expected to be announced ahead of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Mumbai sometime in mid-2023. The other eight sports in consideration for the showpiece event are baseball/softball, flag ...
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1st T20I: Reeza Hendricks stars as South Africa beat Ireland by 21 runs | Cricket News – Times of India

BRISTOL: Reeza Hendricks hit his fourth successive Twenty20 fifty as South Africa defeated Ireland by 21 runs in their series opener at Bristol on Wednesday. Hendricks, who hit three half-centuries in the Proteas' recent 2-1 series win over England, top-scored with 74 in a total of 211-5 and shared a third-wicket partnership of 112 with Aiden Markram (56). Lorcan Tucker (78) and George Dockrell (43) kept Ireland in the hunt but when the pair were dismissed off consecutive balls their side's hopes of victory went with them. A target of 37 from the final two overs never looked like being achieved, with Proteas' 'death-bowling' specialist Wayne Parnell proving his worth for all he was hit for six off the last ball off the innings by tailender Barry McCarthy as Ireland finished on 190-9. Le...
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Pakistan drop under-performing Hasan Ali for Netherlands tour, T20 Asia Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Uncapped white-ball pacer Naseem Shah has replaced out-of-form fast bowler Hasan Ali in Pakistan's squads for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Netherlands and the Asia Cup in UAE. The Pakistani selectors have also retained leading bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi in both the squads although he missed the second Test recently in Sri Lanka due to an injury. There has been no word on how serious the injury is but chief selector, Muhammad Wasim said Afridi would remain in both squads and rehab under the supervision of the team trainer and physio. Pakistani selectors also ignored the scoring feats of batsman Shan Masood although he was part of the Test squad in Sri Lanka. "We have only made changes that were necessary. Both the competitions are important for us and, as such, w...
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Imran Tahir and Prabath Jayasuriya enter draft in Big Bash spin influx | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Big Bash League franchises looking to bolster their spin attack will be spoilt for choice after South African Imran Tahir, Sri Lanka's Prabath Jayasuriya and Afghan Mujeeb Ur Rahman entered the draft pool on Wednesday. Tournament regular Sandeep Lamichhane of Nepal and fellow spinner Maheesh Theekshana of Sri Lanka also joined the overseas pool, which currently has 169 players from 15 countries. Tahir, 43, has been a familiar face in Twenty20 leagues across the world, while Mujeeb has represented Brisbane Heart. Like Mujeeb, fellow Afghans Mohammad Nabi and Zahir Khan will be eligible for retention after both having played for Melbourne Renegades in the last season. Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Jayasuriya will hope to attract franchises having routed Australia with 12 wickets ...