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Batting for Bengal: Ranji team star by day, minister and TMC MLA at night

FROM RESCUING the Bengal Ranji team by hitting a century during the day, to wading through files of official documents, as West Bengal’s Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports and Trinamool Congress MLA from Shibpur, in the evening — it’s all in a day’s work for Manoj Tiwary. Multi-tasking to strike a balance between his two roles, as a sitting minister and cricketer, is a big ask. When his team-mates hit the ice baths and put their feet up to re-energise in the evenings, Tiwary (36) says he dives right into official work. “There is a lot of constituency work — someone may need a letter for an Aadhaar card, some small issues here and there. At the same time, we need to ensure that our government schemes reach the people,” says Tiwary, adding, “I have got used to it now”. “There are many ...
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IPL to have a two-and-a-half month window in ICC’s next FTP cycle: Jay Shah | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Attracting astronomical bids that eventually translated into mind-boggling revenue of Rs 48,390 crore for a five year period through IPL's media rights has not surprised BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who asserted that cricket's most talked about T20 league has potential to deliver way more. In an exclusive interview with PTI, the 33-year-old Shah spoke on a range of subjects related to Indian cricket, IPL's place in the global cricket calendar, running the cricket establishment in times of COVID-19 and the road ahead for both Indian cricket and IPL. Excerpts:Were you surprised by the intense bidding for IPL media rights or was it on expected lines?I am really happy with the kind of numbers that we have achieved. This shows the phenomenal growth potential of Indian cricket. The auc...
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ICA welcomes BCCI’s decision to double pension of former cricketers | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) on Tuesday expressed their "immense gratitude" towards BCCI for increasing the pension of former Test and first-class cricketers along with retired umpires. BCCI has doubled the pension of former first-class and Test cricketers with those earning Rs 15,000 going up to Rs 30,000 and those with Rs 37,500 being upgraded to Rs 60,000 bracket. Those who received Rs 50,000 from now on will get Rs 70,000. "The announcement by the BCCI yesterday has been very well received by our members, many of whom have benefitted with this move in these days of rising prices and falling interest income, all of which has become a world-wide phenomenon," ICA stated in a media release. I’m pleased to announce an increase in the monthly pension of former cricke...
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When Yuzvendra Chahal was bowled over by MS Dhoni’s unassuming nature | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Rajasthan Royals' leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has revealed that he was bowled over by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unassuming nature when the veteran cricketer called him and said "call me whatever, but not sir". Chahal received the ODI cap from Dhoni on the tour of Zimbabwe in June 2016 and was later given an opportunity against England in the T20Is. "I received the ODI cap from the great MS Dhoni. He is a legend and I was with him for the first time. I was not even able to talk in front of him. He talks so nicely that you wonder if he is really Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the legend," Chahal said in the YouTube show Breakfast with Champions. "When I met him for the first time in Zimbabwe I used to call him Mahi sir. After a while he called me over and said, 'Mahi, Dhoni, Mahendra Singh D...
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IPL Media Rights Auction, Day 2: Bidding value for TV, digital goes up to Rs 43,255 crore | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights value for the 2023-2027 cycle has gone up to Rs 43,255 crore on Monday and the value could go even higher in the ongoing e-auctions as per sources in BCCI. LIVE UPDATES: IPL MEDIA RIGHTS AUCTIONAccording to the latest information with ANI, Package A is currently at Rs 23,575 crore, which is Rs 57 crore per match and Package B of Digital Rights for India is at Rs 19,680 crore, which is Rs 48 crore per match. The details of who bid what are yet to come but the value for per match TV, digital rights value surpassed Rs 105-crore mark. The media rights value grew two and a half times more than what Star India paid in the year 2017. The process has been divided into a total of four packages (A, B, C and D). Package A is exclusive for TV (br...
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IPL could see increase in number of matches in 2023-27 cycle: Report | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ahead of the e-auction for the new media rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has hinted at increasing the number of matches in the cash-rich league per season in the next cycle of 2023-27. As per indications, the numbers will add up to 410 with a gradual increase after every two editions. It has been learned that the Indian cricket board would schedule 74 games in the first two years of the cycle - 2023 and 2024 - followed by 84 matches in the next couple of seasons. In the fifth and final season of the cycle, it could be 94, although the BCCI has kept the option of 84 games also open. However, the bidders for the media rights are believed to have been advised to go with the calculation of 410 games, and not 370, a Cricb...
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Cricket fraternity hails Mithali Raj for being an ‘inspiration’ | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The Indian cricket fraternity hailed Mithali Raj as "true legend" and an "inspiration" to millions after she bid adieu to international cricket. In her 23-year-long eventful career, Mithali positively influenced the perception about women's cricket. Here is a compilation of tweets, posted by current and former cricketers. India wicket-keeper-batter Dinesh Karthik: "In India, the name Mithali Raj has been synonymous to women's cricket. You have been an inspiration to millions all over the world. My best wishes to you for your future endeavours @M_Raj." In India, the name Mithali Raj has been synonymous to women's cricket. You have been an inspiration to millions all… https://t.co/j5aJY6N7VS— DK (@DineshKarthik) 1654682824000Flamboyant India opener Shikhar Dhawan: "Congratulations...
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Virat Kohli becomes the first Indian to cross 200 million followers on Instagram

Former India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain, Virat Kohli on Tuesday became the first Indian to have 200 million followers on Instagram. A number that affirms the popularity of the cricketer across the planet. Kohli had breached the 100 million mark only last summer. “200 mil strong, thanks for all your support insta fam,” wrote Kohli on his latest Instagram post. The 33-year-old is only the third athlete to touch the 200 million followers mark on Instagram after Lionel Messi (334 million) and Cristiano Ronaldo (451 million), who has the most followers on the app. Last year, Kohli had given up his T20 captaincy for India and RCB after the T20 World Cup and the IPL season respectively. A month later Rohit Sharma was named as India’s new ODI captain after already being named...
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I get impression that India and Pakistan players want to play against each other regularly: Mohammad Rizwan | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan, who recently played alongside India's Cheteshwar Pujara for English county side Sussex, has got an impression that cricketers from both countries are keen on playing against each other regularly. Rizwan and Pujara also enjoyed some useful batting partnership and generally got along well. "Everyone wants to see Pakistan and India play bilateral series or other matches but the state level affairs are not in the hands of the players," Rizwan told reporters in Lahore. Rizwan said he had had some quality discussion with Pujara on perception of Indian players about being engaged in bilateral cricket with Pakistan. "I get the impression that players of both sides want to play regularly against each other but we can't do anything," he added. Rizwan ...
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When a Sourav Ganguly prank gave debutant Yuvraj Singh sleepless night | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has revealed how his then skipper Sourav Ganguly spooked him so much by pulling a prank the night before his debut at the 2000 ICC Knockout tournament that he could not sleep the whole night. An 18-year-old Yuvraj dominated the Australian attack led by the likes of Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee as his 80-ball 84, filled with superb drives and flicks, led India to 265/9. The score proved too much for the Australians as they were bowled out for 245, with India winning the ICC Knockout quarterfinal in Nairobi on October 7, 2000. On the night before the clash, Ganguly asked Yuvraj if he would open in the all-important match the next day. "Yeah, if you want me to open, I'll open," Yuvraj told his skipper. But in a conversation on Home of Heroes, Sp...
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Gujarat to Bengal to Delhi: Who runs cricket in India? In many cases, depends on who your father is

Mahanaaryaman Scindia, son of Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia, was appointed vice-president of the Gwalior Division Cricket Association early this month. At a time when dynasty isn’t exactly a badge of political honour and when cricket’s playing field looks more level than ever, this hardly raised any eyebrows. For, it was true to Indian cricket board’s age-old tradition: a son following his influential father’s footsteps in cricket’s administration. Indeed, over a third of the 38 full members of the BCCI today include, at the top, sons or relatives of former officials and of powerful politicians — the highest-ever in the board’s history. “Never have there been so many associations that are ruled by families,” said a veteran BCCI official on the condition of anony...
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ICC rejects PCB’s four-nation tournament plan

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) proposal to have an annual four-nation tournament which features Pakistan, India, Australia and England did not find favour with a majority of the International Cricket Council (ICC) members, it is learnt. PCB’s chief Ramiz Raja had proposed the idea during the ICC board meeting in Dubai on Sunday and gave a detailed plan. The Indian Express understands that a few boards did support the idea but majority were not in favour of it. “He (Raja) spoke about at length but the majority felt it is important for boards to focus more on bilateral commitment. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) members felt that going ahead they will only have the Asia Cup as a multi-team event in Asia and did not back the four-nation tournament,” a member, who attended the ICC meet ...
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ICC Meeting: Chairman Barclay to complete his term till October, Raja’s 4-nation tournament proposal unanimously rejected

The ICC board on Sunday convinced its chairman Gregor Barclay to complete his term till end of October before the global body starts its nomination process to find a new chairman where the Indian cricket board could play a massive role. In another significant development, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja’s proposal for a four-nation tournament has been unanimously rejected by the board, putting an end to speculations of multiple India versus Pakistan matches on neural venues. The two-day board meeting which concluded in Dubai on Sunday was a win-win one for the Indian cricket board as Barclay’s continuation till October gives it ample time to strategise whether it will field a candidate for the top post in the month of November. “There has been no discussion on renomination of...
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It’s hard to accept, Shane Warne will continue to live in our hearts: Sachin Tendulkar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sachin Tendulkar has paid rich tribute to the late Shane Warne, calling him a "fierce competitor", against whom he always had to prepare differently as the Australian spin legend was good in playing mind games and gave nothing away with his body language. One of the all-time greats of the game, Warne died at the age of 52 due to a suspected heart attack in Thailand on March 4. "My first proper series against Shane Warne was in 1998 in India and everyone tagged that series as Tendulkar versus Shane Warne clash. And to remind people that it's not Tendulkar versus Shane but it is India vs. Australia. But such was the following," Tendulkar said. "That kind of following is going to put you under pressure. When you are playing a world class bowler like him, you just can't turn up a...
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Sri Lanka to host Asia Cup T20 tournament from August 27 to September 11 | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will host the Asia Cup T20 tournament from August 27 to September 11, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced on Saturday after its annual general meeting here. All five Test teams of the continent -- India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and hosts Sri Lanka -- will feature in the tournament, along with one more Asian side that will be decided after a qualifier tournament which will be held from August 20. "The Asia Cup 2022 (T20 Format) will be held in Sri Lanka from 27 August - 11 September later this year. The Qualifiers for the same will be played 20 August 2022 onwards," the ACC tweeted after its AGM. AGM Update: The ACC Members unanimously decided that the tenure of Mr. @JayShah as ACC President and that of the Ex… https://t.co/FCQhNwRhCQ— AsianCricketCounc...
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Team India to have new physios, trainers; NCA to hire “rehab specialist”, focus on “non-compliant” players with regards to injury | Cricket News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: The Indian team will soon have new physios and Strength and Conditioning coaches, who will be part of a dedicated Sports Science & Sports Medicine (SSSM) team headed by Nitin Patel. The BCCI will be making a plethora of recruitments for its SSSM team which includes physios and trainers (S&C) for Team India (men and women, junior (men and women), A teams as well as dedicated "rehab specialists" working on injury managements. Both physios and S&C coaches have two categories of recruitment in which category 1 constitutes working with senior men and women's teams while those in category 2 will work with junior men and women and domestic cricket. However, one of the interesting aspects of the new appointment is the enhanced role of rehab specialists and performance an...
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A Virender Sehwag fan, a world record holder and a young cricketer who owes everything to his brother: The Sakibul Gani story | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: There is a distinct buzz in Agarwa mohalla in Motihari district of Bihar these days. And the reason is a cricketer who has put his hometown on the world map. The 22-year-old cricketer Sakibul Gani recently made headlines across the world after he smashed a brilliant 341 off 405 balls in his debut Ranji Trophy match against Mizoram. With this Sakibul became the first cricketer in the world to score a triple ton on First Class debut and broke the previous world record of the highest individual score in a debut First Class match. Sakibul's elder brother Faisal and his parents - father Adnan Gani and mother Asma Khatoon - are busy attending to guests who are pouring in to congratulate them for their son's incredible feat. People in Agarwa are now eagerly waiting for Sakibul to re...
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You have elevated your level of cricket every year: Yuvraj Singh to Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on Tuesday wrote a heartfelt letter to batter Virat Kohli and said that he has seen the southpaw grow as a cricketer and as a person. In the letter, Yuvraj commended Kohli for his dedication and discipline towards his craft that serves as an inspiration for the future generation. "Virat, I've seen you grow as a cricketer and as a person. From that young boy in the nets who would walk shoulder-to-shoulder with the legends of Indian cricket, you're now a legend yourself leading the way for a new generation. Your discipline in the nets, passion on the field and dedication to the sport inspires every young kid in this country to pick up the bat and dream of putting on the blue jersey one day," wrote Yuvraj in the letter. To the little boy fro...
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India complete WI series sweep without much trouble

Collectively, West Indies were a shambles, their batting in particular. Yet again, their top order was in give-away mode, playing with the gaiety of recreational cricket. 169 all out, chasing 266 for victory, completed a 3-0 ODI series sweep for India. Under lights at Motera, the hosts barely broke a sweat. Commentating for the host broadcaster, Ian Bishop called for setting up a High-Performance Centre in the Caribbean. ODI Series Won in Ahmedabad 👏 🏆 Next stop: Kolkata 👌 👌 T20Is, here we come! ✈️ 👍#TeamIndia | #INDvWI | @Paytm pic.twitter.com/zobeeJyaQr — BCCI (@BCCI) February 11, 2022 The West Indies bowling was good and some individual gains were their only takeaway from this defeat. Alzarri Joseph and Odean Smith enhanced their reputations ahead of the Indian Premier League auctio...
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U19 WC Heroes: Maharashtra Police’s ATS officer watching son Kaushal Tambe fulfill his cherished dream | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Like hundreds of others who would ply their trade in the very competitive Kanga League during Mumbai monsoons, Sunil Tambe also nurtured a dream of making it big in professional cricket. But just like hundreds of dream gets crushed in Mumbai by the second, Tambe knew that it's a arduous road with no guarantees as he decided to concentrate on academics. On Saturday evening, the current Assistant Commissioner of Maharashtra Police's Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) must have tried to conceal an entire gamut of emotions that he felt when he watched his teenager son Kaushal get a wicket for India U-19 in the World Cup final against England. "I basically played university level and Kanga-level cricket for Mumbai, but I could not make a career in cricket. I had wished that my son should ...