Dhaka [Bangladesh], February 15 (ANI): The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan lashed out on skipper Mominul Haque and coach Russell Domingo after West Indies clinched the Test series 2-0 on Sunday.
Rahkeem Cornwall scalped four while Jomel Warrican and Kraigg Braithwaite bagged three wickets each to bundled out Bangladesh in the second Test and win the match by 17 runs at Shere Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.
Last week, Soumya Sarkar had replaced injured Shakib Al Hasan for the second Test against the West Indies. Hassan wasn’t pleased with this decision and slammed the coach and the skipper for picking Sarkar for the second Test.
“When Shakib was injured, I had [board directors] Akram [Khan], [Khaled Mahmud] Sujon, [Ismail Haider] Mallick, [chief selector Minhajul Abedin] Nannu and [selector Habibul Bashar] Sumon in front of me,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Hassan as saying.
“I gave them four or five options. My first choice was Mahmudullah Riyad, and then Mosaddek [Hossain], Mahedi [Hasan] and the fourth option was Soumya [Sarkar]. They [captain Haque and coach Russell Domingo] selected Soumya,” he added.
Bangladesh skipper Haque said the hosts required an all-rounder in place of Shakib and defended his decision of selecting Sarkar for the second Test.
“Shakib bhai’s absence threw off our combination. I needed a batsman who could bowl medium-pace,” said Haque.
“I went with Soumya because he is an experienced player, and has been playing ODIs recently too. These things come up when you lose a game, and it would have been a different story if we had won,” he added.
BCB chief Hassan said Haque and Domingo insisted that they had only one choice (Sarkar) and didn’t mention any other names.
“I still went ahead and personally called Mahmudullah, who told me he had back pain. Mosaddek was in Abu Dhabi. We tried, but they [Haque and Domingo] had only one choice. They didn’t mention any other names,” said Hassan.
Bangladesh failed to chase down the target of 231 on the fourth day of the second Tes. Following the win, West Indies secured the series 2-0. (ANI)
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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Padikkal registers fourth consecutive century
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): Karnataka opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal on Monday registered his fourth consecutive century in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Padikkal registered his latest century against Kerala in the ongoing quarter-final 2 of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here at the Palam A ground in the national capital.
Batting first against Kerala, Padikkal and Ravikumar Samarth put on an opening partnership of 249 runs inside 43 overs. Padikkal went on to score 101 runs and he was finally dismissed by NP Basil in the 43rd over.
Samarth, who is also the leader of Karnataka, went on to play a knock of 192 runs as Karnataka posted a total of 338/3 in the allotted fifty overs.
Before this, Padikkal had registered centuries against Odisha (152), Kerala (126*), and Railways (145*) in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy.
So far, Padikkal has managed to score 673 runs from six matches in the tournament.
Before Padikkal, Sri Lanka’s former skipper Kumar Sangakkara had scored four consecutive centuries in the 2015 World Cup while South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen had scored four consecutive tons in the 2015-16 Momentum One Day Cup.
After the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Padikkal will be seen in the upcoming Indian Premier League 2021 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). RCB will take on Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener on April 9 in Chennai. (ANI)
International Women’s Day: Happy to see women athletes performing well at world events, says Rijiju
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): To commemorate International Women’s Day, the Fit India Movement in association with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) organised an All Women Fit India Walkathon at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium here.
The 2km event, was flagged off by the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju who said that he was happy to see Indian women perform well in the international events.
“In the Olympics and other international events, our Indian women are performing exceeding well, we are giving an equal platform to all, but I am happier when our women athletes perform well and it’s our dream to see the daughters of the country perform well internationally,” the minister said.
Over 500 NYKS volunteers participated in the event in Delhi which also celebrated 125 years of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The walkathon was led by the Secretary of Youth Affairs Usha Sharma and Fit India Mission director Ekta Vishnoi. Similar walkathons are being organised in 1000 venues across India.(ANI)
Silverwood suggests England might continue rotation policy in Ashes
Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], March 8 (ANI): England head coach Chris Silverwood has suggested that his side might look to continue the rotation policy in the Ashes which is scheduled for later this year. In the recently concluded Test series against India, England’s rotation policy came under severe criticism and the side has been accused of not prioritising the India Test series.
The rotation policy saw Jonny Bairstow being rested for the first two Tests against India, and he was a shadow of himself in the next two Tests that he played, as he joined Shane Warne in the list at the second spot for recording most ducks against India.
“We have to look after our players. We want to keep them fit, fresh, healthy and on the park and make sure we’re trying to get it right. We’re constantly talking about it and trying to make sure we’re doing it to the best of our ability. I don’t think it’s acceptable to push somebody until they break and then try and pick them up. We have to make the intervention before anybody does break so we can get them back in an England shirt quicker,” said Silverwood during a virtual press conference.
“Equally, everyone misses their family. The families miss the players that are here. If we can’t get the families to the players as we normally would, it’s important we do our best to get the players to the families. From a well-being point of view, it’s so important these players stay connected with their families. Will the policy continue into the English summer? It’s certainly something we have to be aware of and consider because we don’t know what the landscape will look like from a Covid point of view,” he added.
The rotation policy also saw wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler being sent back home after the first Test against India. James Anderson was rested for the second Test even when he gave a match-winning performance in the second innings of the first Test at Chepauk.
Further elaborating on his point, Silverwood said: “Could players be flying home midway through the Ashes? We have to be proactive in looking after them, so it’s certainly something that we may have to look at, yes. I know things are slowly opening up, but we will be guided by the medical advice and what’s happening in the country. It’s certainly something that we are probably going to have around.”
When asked whether England did not prioritise the Test series against India, Silverwood replied: “No one took this series lightly, I can promise you that. Absolutely not. We came here wanting to win and we went hard in that first Test and won it. India then came back hard in the last three Tests. It’s a very difficult place to come to and win. History tells you that. Don’t for one minute think we took this series lightly because we didn’t.”
India defeated England 3-1 in the four-match Test series and as a result, the Virat Kohli-led side qualified for the finals of the World Test Championship (WTC). (ANI)
Female athletes still face a lot of ‘illogical’ stereotypes in India, says Neha Tanwar
By Aakash Kumar
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI) India women cricketer Neha Tanwar believes female athletes still face a lot of stereotypes in the country because of the societal norms, a trend she hopes will change in the days to come.
Tanwar — who has represented the Indian team in five ODIs and seven T20Is so far — feels societal norms in most parts of the country still don’t allow women to feel empowered.
“The societal norm in most parts of India dictates something that is not allowing women in this country to feel empowered,” said the 34-year-old on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
“I would call myself privileged to have such a supporting family. They have always supported me and given me the opportunity to dream big. That doesn’t mean I have never faced a challenge,” she added.
Tanwar started her career as a cricketer from her college days back in 2004 and made her international debut in 2011. She has also been a part of the India Red Women, Railways.
“I got a job in Allahabad, a city in Uttar Pradesh. Life became very monotonous after that. Making time for practice and the gym became harder every day. But I didn’t give up and still represented India at the international level,” said the Steadfast athlete.
Tanwar, who has also played more than 100 first-class matches, feels stories of star athletes like Hima Das, Mary Kom, Mithali Raj and others can serve as a great motivation for young female athletes aspiring to represent the country in the field of sports.
“Stories of great female athletes like Hima Das, Mary Kom, Phogat sisters, Mithali Raj who I have played with and many more have passed huge barriers to be who they are today. Be it the barrier of diversity, opposition from family and loved ones, stigma from the society etc,” said the Indian cricketer.
“They are an inspiration to so many young girls. We have Bollywood movies made on their lives. I would say that almost every female athlete in this country still faces a lot of stereotypes that are completely illogical and most of them are because of society. I know things have changed for the better in the past decade but the pace of that change has to change too. I hope for a better future for the female athletes to be,” she pointed.
Dalima Chhibber, a member of the Indian women’s football team, also recalled how she had to hear stereotypical comments in her growing years, but her family always supported her passion for football.
“I am very fortunate and grateful to have a family and parents that always supported my dreams and my passion for football. But growing up I always heard and was told that there was nothing in football,” said Chhibber who captained FC Pune City in the Indian Women’s League in 2017.
“Also, I was often told that I would get hurt (considering I was a girl), also that I should focus more on my academics than playing football. All of these comments and behaviours usually came from my extended family or people around me, the society. There were fewer opportunities back then to play and participate as compared to now. We have come a long way,” she added. (ANI)
International Women’s Day: Strength of society is the strength of women, says Kohli
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): On the occasion of International Women’s Day, India skipper Virat Kohli on Monday said the strength of a society is the strength of women.
Taking to Twitter, Kohli wrote, “Happy Women’s Day to all the amazing women of the world. The strength of a society is the strength of women.”
India Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane wrote, “I feel lucky to be surrounded by so many strong women in my life, thank you for your all unending support. Wishing all the wonderful women a very Happy Women’s Day!”
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also shared his thoughts and wrote: “May we know them. May we raise them. May we be them. Here’s to all the wonderful & strong women around the world, I bow my head in respect and solidarity with all of you out there. #InternationalWomensDay.”
Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day is observed in order to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day commemorates women, who despite various challenges posed by society have proven their mettle in every sphere across the world.
On the cricketing side, Team India on Saturday roared into the final of the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) following an emphatic 3-1 series win over England.
Kohli’s men, who defeated England in the fourth and final Test by an innings and 25 runs at the Narendra Modi Stadium, will now face New Zealand in the WTC final slated to be played from June 18 to 22, with June 23 as the reserve day.
India will lock horns with England in the five-match T20I series at the Narendra Modi Stadium, starting from Friday. (ANI)
Indian fans’ loyalty is based on players they follow: LaLiga India head
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): In what comes as an interesting observation, LaLiga India head Jose Antonio Cachaza has said loyalty of Indian fans when it comes to the game of football is based on individuals and not the national teams or clubs.
In an interaction with ANI, Jose gave his take on how India looks at football and how the outlook is starting to change with the onset of the Indian Super League (ISL). The LaLiga India head also said there are two ways to look at the perspective of the Indian fans.
“Players come and go, they age and retire. Lionel Messi is 34, we need to look ahead. India in particular looks at football through stars, not so much with clubs. It is a good way to come to the club, as a fan, I love many players, but in the end, the fun is when you follow a club or national team because football is a team sport. Players come and go, leagues and competitions stay and get renovated constantly,” Cachaza told ANI.
The ongoing LaLiga season has provided thrills to fans and it has seen a sudden charge of Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid is currently at the top of the standings with 59 points from 25 matches while Sevilla is at the fourth spot.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are at the second and third spot respectively and both teams are fighting hard to win the LaLiga 2020-21 season.
“It has to be just another step. First of all, it has been a difficult situation for everybody, for LaLiga, for any other sports league. It is probably not the best year for our top teams, but the good side of that is it has given opportunities to other teams like Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. Both Atletico and Sevilla, they not only have names but they are playing beautiful football as well,” said the LaLiga India head.
“We cannot rely on the success of one club in one season. It has to be long-term work. The biggest challenge of LaLiga not this year, but the previous years has been the unpredictability that was there back in the day. Now, anyone can win or upset anyone and that is good for any competition,” he added.
When asked whether LaLiga clubs could look to develop projects in India to further strengthen their brand image, Cachaza said: “What I can say we are working with a number of LaLiga clubs who want to develop projects in India. They can be tying up with clubs in ISL or I-League. But also, another way is to tie up for trying to develop school projects in India.
“You have the sample of Barcelona or LaLiga schools, I cannot say it’s striving now, it was striving before the pandemic and I am pretty sure that it will strive after the pandemic. Many Spanish clubs are looking at that, they know developing projects would help them in increasing their brand profile here,” he signed off. (ANI)
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