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Cricket board caught in a cleft stick as DDCA rejects Lodha commitee recomendations

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New Delhi: BCCI is divided as The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) rejects the recommendations of the Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha Committee on fair governance and accountability.DDCA thus becomes the only unit affiliated to the Indian cricket board to have rejected almost all the recommendations.

It was only expected of the DDCA to reject the recommendations lock stock and barrel when others state units have problems with certain portions of the comprehensive report prepared at the Supreme Court’s will.

The DDCA has the temerity to say that so long as its directors- it is registered under Companies Act- do not feel that there is any justification to change the system for the sake of uniformity, it will remain as it is. Thus, it also wants to continue with the obnoxious proxy voting system.

The Delhi association has a problem with every clause and does not want to change as it has perfected the art of circumventing the existing laws/rules/regulations over the years.

The apex court did not stop at accepting the committee’s report suggesting structural reforms in the functioning of the board in a clean transparent manner. It is firm on its implementation.

Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla gave little room for the board to vacillate in implementing the recommendations without any reservations, saying since the committee held extensive deliberations with all stakeholders there should be no difficulty in accepting them.

The cricket board did not say anything immediately and had a long pause before murmurs started from state associations about the practical difficulties they will face in complying with the report.

The court kept the door ajar by asking the board to file its response before the next hearing on March 3. It also said in no uncertain terms that if the board has any problems in implementing the recommendations it will ask the Lodha Committee to ensure the implementation!

After the court has made its intention clear, the board has been left with little scope for any manoeuvre unless the committee agrees to listen to its pleas and tweak some of the recommendations.

Two weeks after the Supreme Court missive, the board called a Special General Meeting (SGM) on Friday but did not take up a clause-by-clause discussion, saying that the state associations sent on their observations and the board have its own.

So the board decided to file an affidavit with its secretary explaining why some of the recommendations are unimplementable and at the same time asked the state units to do likewise on the clauses affecting their functioning.

The board is identifying the people who have fed the committee with some weird inputs and want to impress upon it that most of the people who deposed before it have been at it for a number of years.

The board officials may name some lawyers, former players and event management companies who they feel have a grouse against the board and used the opportunity to settle scores.

The board anticipated the turn of events and will now flood the court with a spate of affidavits expressing their points of view over the implementation of the report in toto.

They may cite hurdles in implementing the one-state-one-vote norm, age cap and term of office and a cooling off period between two terms, funding players’ associations and including franchise owners in the Governing Council of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

However, the board will explain the issues that can crop up in changing its registration and amending its by-laws as it claims it can not dictate to the state units to change their constitutions. That’s the reason the states have been asked to file different affidavits.

Maharashtra, Mumbai and Vidarbha, Saurashtra, Gujarat and Baroda are unwilling to lose their voting rights and so are the Universities, Railways, Services, Cricket Club of India (CCI) and National Cricket Club (NCC).

Removing Services, Railways and Universities will in one stroke take away the government’s influence over the board to a large extent. These three votes invariably tilted the balance in the election. One can understand the CCI remaining as a voting member, but certainly not the NCC.

Mumbai and Saurashtra also do not want to lose their key officials, president Sharad Pawar, 75, and secretary Niranjan Shah, 71, respectively under the 70-year age cap.

Most of the state associations have also expressed reservations about a three-member selection committee saying it is well-nigh impossible for them to cover the entire country with more and more states joining the board. Strangely, this is one of the demands made for ages to remove regional bias.

The court stated that it could keep the Lodha panel alive so that it could help the BCCI overcome difficulties it might face in implementing the recommendations. Justice Lodha might become to the board what Justice Mukul Mudgal is for the DDCA!

Some senior office-bearers of the board are miffed at one-man-one-post norm as they do not want to lose their grip over their state associations which give them the clout to get on the board.

As is the case in this country, someone is already working to circumvent the recommendations just as a loophole in then sports minister Margaret Alva’s government guidelines permitted the czars of Indian sport to retain their control over the federations in some capacity after finishing their term as president/secretary/treasurer. Here, the Lodha Committee is clear that there has to be a cooling off period after one term in any capacity.

It will not be easy for the board and its affiliates to convince the Committee to dilute the report, but at the same time, it will find it difficult to implement.

The board is caught in a cleft stick! (Veturi Srivatsa, IANS)

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Players to Follow Various Guidelines for Training Resumption

Hockey India to allow training of upto 6 players in one group

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The probables for the Indian men's and women's senior hockey team players have been placed in the campus since before the start of the lockdown on March 25. Wikimedia Commons

Players will be allowed to go home and there will be no physical contact outside of what is required during normal play at training, according to the Standard Operating Procedure for resumption of training at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Bengaluru centre.

Teams can train in groups of maximum six people in an area of 40x20m. Players are allowed normal physical contact during training but celebrations such as high fives, first bumps are banned. They have to carry their own training gear, hand sanitiser and towel. All training equipment will be sanitised after each session. Players are also not allowed contact with those from other teams.

The probables for the Indian men’s and women’s senior hockey teams have been placed in the campus since before the start of the lockdown on March 25. Hockey India stated that players and staff who are feeling homesick shall be allowed to go home.

“Government of India, SAI and Hockey India will determine the duration of this leave in consultation with the respective Chief Coaches. Each party has the option to change the duration based on information at hand. At all times the safety of the athlete and staff member is paramount,” says HI in the SOP.

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Celebrations such as high fives, first bumps are banned while training. Pixabay

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Players have been provided instruction of avoiding contact with anyone outside of their direct family while at home. They are also to leave home only for necessary requirements with enough protection. Once they return to the camp, they will be placed in “strict quarantine for 2 weeks.”

“If testing is available on day 10 of return, then the person will be tested. If a person tests negative/doesn’t have the virus they can leave quarantine. If person has the virus, then that person will stay in quarantine and follow medical guidelines provided by designated medical personnel. If testing is not available every individual must complete the full 2 weeks of quarantine and will follow rules of social distancing anywhere and everywhere for week 3,” says HI. (IANS)

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ICC Publishes Guidelines for Safe Resumption of Cricket

ICC has provided framework for safe resumption of cricket in all parts of the world

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ICC has has provided the framework for cricket to restart safely all over the world. Wikimedia Commons

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has published guidelines for the safe resumption of cricket to assist its members in restarting cricket activity in their countries as government restrictions owing to COVID-19 start to relax.

“ICC Back to Cricket Guidelines” is a comprehensive document developed by the ICC Medical Advisory Committee in consultation with Member Medical Representatives, and provides guidance for the safe resumption of community cricket, domestic professional cricket and international cricket.

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The guidelines do not provide answers to when the game can resume in different parts of the world. Wikimedia Commons

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The guidelines do not provide answers to when the game can resume in different parts of the world, rather it provides a framework with practical suggestions on how members can resume cricket in a manner that protects against the risk of transmission of infection with the COVID-19 virus.

The ICC advises its Members to use these guidelines as the basis to create their own policies for return to cricket activity in compliance, in all cases, with local and national government regulations (which should always take precedence) and to ensure the cricket community applies the necessary safety measures when resuming cricket. (IANS)

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ICC T20 World Cup Chances of Taking Place in Current Times

Let us recall the T20 World Cup tournaments and its winners

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“Recently India has offered a proposal to swap T20 World Cup with Australia and host it instead of postponing the game next year,” Mr. Sunil Gavaskar was quoted saying. Wikimedia Commons

It is an understatement that every Indian loves cricket, for some of them its a religion and legendary cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar is called God of it. Amidst the chaos of life, we Indians will always find something to preach or prophesied about the enticing ambiguity of matches, it’s like we are born with this. We visit various cricket betting sites to get the most understanding of which matches to bet on. Many cricket tournaments have been postponed like ICC T20 World Cup.

Due to the cancellation / postponement of various cricket tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL), The Hundred and various other domestic leagues it is too early to comment on whether the tournament will start on the said fixture or will we move the T20 championship to next year.

As per a statement released by Mr. Sunil Gavaskar- “Recently India has offered a proposal to swap T20 World Cup with Australia and host it instead of postponing the game next year,”.

All these are just conjectures/speculations as nothing has yet been approved. Major board decisions will need to be taken for various international fixtures, eventually boiling down to the T20 world cup tournament itself.

Let us go down the memory lane of the T20 World Cup tournaments and its winners.

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The T20 world cup is an international tournament that is organized by ICC after a period of every 2 years. (Representational Image). Pixabay

The Advent of the T20 world cup.

The T20 world cup is an international tournament that is organized by ICC after a period of every 2 years. In totality ‘six editions’ of the tournament have been played successfully so far and is by far one of the most popular tournaments apart from IPL for the newer format of cricket – 20 overs game.

The maiden edition of the T20 World Cup was played in 2007 in South Africa, and the Indian team emerged as the winner of that tournament. Because of the immense success garnered by Men’s World T20, Women’s World T20 was also introduced in the year 2009.

Short briefing regarding all the six wondrous editions of the T20 World Cup.

2007 ICC Inaugural T20 World Cup (Winner- India)

 In 2007, T20 world cup made its debut with bells and whistles, as 12 teams competed for the maiden title in South Africa between 11 September to 24 September, this edition was summed up in 27 enticing matches.

The first edition of the T20 world cup received a huge appreciation from all over India. The format was so refreshing and innovative that it carved a special space in all our hearts, thus making it a colossal success. One of the most cherished moments of the match was when Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh smacked 6 sixes in an over of Stuart Broad and made a world record of making 50 in 12 balls.

In the finals, India defeated its arch rival-Pakistan in a neck to neck competition, both the teams playing at their best but at the end moment Pakistan succumbed to score the six runs they needed from the last over. Punters reading the cricket betting tips could have predicted that India is going to win this edition.

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India won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, in which Yuvraj Singh made a world record. (Representational Image). Pixabay

2009 ICC T20 World Cup (Winner-Pakistan)

The second edition of the T20 world cup was hosted in England, neither India nor Australia made any great impression as both of them failed to make it to semi-finals. Pakistan qualifying for the second time in the finals defeated Sri Lanka in the last match by 8 wickets and 8 balls to spare. Tillakaratne Dilshan was titled as a player of the tournament with 317 runs.

2010 ICC T20 World Cup (Winner- England)

West Indies hosted the Third Edition of the T20 world cup and it was England who claimed the title of winning T20 world cup 2010 by defeating one of the best cricket teams-Australia and Kevin Pietersen was the title as the player of the tournament. It was indeed a nail-biting match, with both the teams showcasing their best to win the trophy.

For the second consecutive time, the Indian team failed by losing all their matches in the Super 8 stage. This tournament was an enormous disappointment for the Indians.

One of the major highlights of the 2010 tournament was Ireland and Afghanistan joining and competing in the T20 world cup.

2012 ICC T20 World Cup (Winner – West Indies)

The fourth edition of the T20 World Cup was hosted in Sri Lanka and it was the first time that the tournament was played in Asia. The West Indies team defeated Sri Lanka by 36 runs and claimed the title for the first time, and also first time since the great Clive Llyod’s team in 1970’s and 1980’s.

“Ajantha Mendis” made it a memorable tournament by breaking the record for most wickets in a World T20 tournament with 15, including an incredible 6-8 against Zimbabwe.

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One of the major highlights of ICC T20 World Cup 2014 was the stellar performance of Sangakkara who scored 52 not out. (Representational Image). Pixabay

2014 ICC T20 World Cup (Winner – Srilanka)

The fifth edition of the T20 World Cup was hosted in Bangladesh, it saw an immense change in the format as it introduced the “first-ever” 16 teams including all ten full members and six associate members who had to qualify. Nepal, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates entered this tournament. Sri Lanka defeated India in the last match to claim the title after the first time.

One of the major highlights of the tournament was the stellar performance of Sangakkara who scored 52 not out as Sri Lanka chased down 131 inside 18 overs.

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2016 ICC World T20 (Winner – West indies)

The six edition of the T20 World Cup was hosted by India (the first champions of T20 world Cup) entailing all the 16 members for the second time. It was a magical moment for west indies as they fought their way back with England, thus becoming the first country to win the title for the second time.

During the match it looked like England would win as west indies required 19 runs to win, Carlos Brathwaite was the one who came for the rescue and hit Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes, thus leading west indies to make history twice.

2020 ICC T20 World Cup Australia

Australia will host the 7th edition of the T20 World Cup and it will be the first time in the history of the T20 championship that the country will host cricket’s shortest format world cup.

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