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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sushil meets WWE representative to discuss professional plunge

Sushil meets WWE representative to discuss professional plunge

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New Delhi, Oct 15: After conquering the best in the business in the wrestling arena, two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar could be in line to create waves in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as well.

The WWE's head of talent and development Canyon Cemen met Sushil at the Chhatrasal Stadium here on Saturday to discuss his possible plunge into professional wrestling, confirmed Raman Raheja, head of Super Sports, the company which manages Sushil.

"There have been discussions from the past four months, but today Canyon flew down all the way from Orlando to have a face-to-face meeting with Sushil about his possible participation in the WWE," Raheja told IANS.

"The meeting went in a positive direction but we are exploring all options available with us before finalising anything. It's basically about Sushil's options for his future, we are looking for what's best for him," he added.

Raheja, however, remained tight-lipped on the reason behind Sushil's sudden decision to take the plunge into wrestling entertainment.

Asked if his decision was fuelled by the Wrestling Federation of India's (WFI) snub for his participation in the Rio Olympics, he said: "I won't like to get into those complexities but Sushil just wants to continue as a wrestler and if he gets into the professional arena, he will continue to represent the country."

Sushil bagged the bronze medal in 66kg freestyle category at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, followed by a silver four years later in London.

But the category was abolished by the International Wrestling Federation (IWF) in 2014, following which he moved up to the 74kg weight category, bringing him into competition with Narsingh Yadav, who was the top Indian wrestler in this class till then.

Sushil missed the qualification tournament for the Rio Olympics due to injury, and Narsingh secured the berth for the country. WFI chief Brij Bhushan Singh had said that Yadav will represent the country at the Olympics since he had secured the berth.

Sushil then approached the Delhi High Court, which also ruled in favour of Narsingh, before the Maharashtra wrestler tested positive for banned substances leading to his ban by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) merely 12 hours before his bout at Rio.

Raheja also dodged questions if Sushil's plunge into professional wrestling meant curtains for his amateur career.

"Whether its amateur or professional, Sushil has made India proud with his feats and he will continue to represent our country even if he decides to turn pro."

On Sushil's participation in the Pro Wrestling League (PWL), which starts from December 15, Raheja remained non-committal.

"Its still about two months from now, I can't comment on his participation as it is still too far," he said.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

India hammer Bangladesh 57-20 in Kabaddi World Cup

India hammer Bangladesh 57-20 in Kabaddi World Cup

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Ahmedabad, Oct 11: Hosts India outclassed Bangladesh 57-20 in a league clash of the Kabaddi World Cup here on Tuesday.

In a must-win crucial encounter in Group A, India lived up to their reputation to beat Bangladesh.

Ajay Thakur scored 10 points for India after coming on as a substitute whereas Pardeep Narwal led India's charge in the first half and ended with eight points.

India have got their World Cup campaign firmly back on track after suffering a setback in the opening encounter against South Korea.

This was a stern test for India but they showed their class and brushed away a good Bangladesh side with relative ease. India's defence put on a tremendous show as they kept the Bangladesh raiders in their pocket for most of the match.

Narwal got the first points for India with a raid in the third minute and Sandeep Narwal followed it with a tackle to give India 2-1 lead.

India led 4-2 in the sixth minute with captain Anup Kumar scoring a bonus and tackle point.

Bangladesh's Firdaus Sheikh was in good form early in the match as he made four tackle points with score level at 4-4 after six minutes, but India came strongly to score four points in a row to lead 8-4 after nine minutes with defence doing a fine job.

Pardeep Narwal scored his fourth raid point in the 10th minute as India inflicted an all out to lead 13-4, while Bangladesh got their first raid point in the 12th minute as they trailed 5-14.

In superb form in the first half, Pradeep Narwal scored his seventh raid point to give India 17-6 lead.

Ajay came on as a substitute to score five points as India led 21-8 after 17 minutes.

India inflicted the second all out in the 18th minute to take a commanding 24-9 lead. They led 27-10 at the end of the first half as the attack and defence worked well in tandem to put on a solid performance.

Both teams exchanged a raid point each at the start of the second half as India led 28-11.

India led 34-13 in the 24th minute as Ajay continued to score raid points at will.

India used the opportunity to test their bench strength in the second half and got Surender Nada and Nitin Tomar.

A third all out was inflicted by India in the 29th minute to take an unassailable 39-15 lead.

With less than five minutes remaining, India led 48-18 as Nada sent Bangaldesh raiders to the bench with ease and scored four tackle points.

India inflicted the fourth all out in 37th minute to lead 52-18. Nada attained a high five in the dying seconds as India recorded a comfortable 57-20 win.

India will play Argentina in their next match on Saturday whereas Bangladesh will need to beat South Korea on Thursday to keep their semi-final hopes alive.

In another match on Tuesday, Iran beat Kenya 33-28.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ashwin's Test best seals 3-0 for India

Ashwin's Test best seals 3-0 for India

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Indore, Oct 11: New Zealand finish on 153 in their second innings, india seals test seris from 3-0.

Martin Guptill (8 batting) and skipper Kane Williamson (23 batting) were at the crease when the teams went in for tea. India declared their second innings at 216/3 and set a 475-run target for New Zealand. 

Fast bowler Umesh Yadav dealth the Kiwis an early blow in their second innnings by dismissing opener Tom Latham (6).

However, Williamson and Guptil ensured that the visitors sufferred no more jolts before tea as they scored at a healthy rate. Williamson smashed four boundaries off the 27 deliveries he has faced so far while Guptill has one hit to the ropes to his credit.

Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara smashed an unbeaten century as India declared their second innings at 216/3 to set a stiff 475-run target for New Zealand, who are already 0-2 down in the three-Test seriess.

Pujara was unbeaten on 101 runs off 148 balls with Ajinkya Rahane (23 not out) batting at the other end when captain Virat Kohli decided to declare the innings midway through the post-lunch session.

Pujara, who has been in good form in this series, thus completed the seventh century of his Test career. He has also scored three half-centuries during the series.

The Saurashtra batsman hit nine boundaries during his innings.

Among the New Zealand bowlers, off-spinner Jeetan Patel was the only one to bag wickets with figures of 2/56. 

Patel trapped Kohli leg before shortly after lunch with a delivery that turned and hit the Indian captain on the pads after pitching just outside off stump. 

The Kiwi spinner of Indian origin had dismissed Gautam Gambhir during the morning session. The third wicket, that of Murali Vijay, fell to a run-out.

During the morning session,, Gambhir and Pujara hit half-centuries to carry India to a dominant position at lunch.

At the end of the first session of the day, India were at 127/2 in their second innings, having extended their lead to 385 runs. 

For India, Pujara and Kohli were at the crease at the lunch break.

Gambhir (50), who has won back his place in the team after quite a long gap, completed his half-century off just 56 deliveries before being sent back to the pavilion by Kiwi spinner Jeetan Patel.

Brief scores:

India: 557/5 declared and 216/3 declared (Cheteshwar Pujara 101 not out, Gautam Gambhir 50; Jeetan Patel 2/56) vs New Zealand 299 and 38/1 (Kane Williamson 23 batting).
ICC to present Test mace to India after Indore Test

ICC to present Test mace to India after Indore Test

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Indore, Oct 11: The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday it would present the Test championship mace to India skipper Virat Kohli after the end of the third and final Test against New Zealand at the Holkar Stadium here.

India is assured of the top spot, but will officially overtake Pakistan at the top only when the rankings are updated at the end of the series.

On behalf of the ICC, former India captain and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar will make the presentation immediately after the awards ceremony for the series.

The mace was produced by the then British Crown Jeweller, Asprey and Garrard, in 2001, which was commissioned to make a distinctive prize designed to stand out from other cricket trophies.

It was valued at $36,894 (30,000 pounds) in 2001 and automatically passes from one team to another as results confirm a change of leadership in the ICC Test team rankings chart.
Pujara hits ton as India set Kiwis stiff target

Pujara hits ton as India set Kiwis stiff target

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Indore, Oct 11: Cheteshwar Pujara smashed an unbeataen century as India declared their second innings at 216/3 to set New Zealand a target of 475 runs on the fourth day of the third Test against New Zealand at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday.

Pujara was unbeaten on 101 runs off 148 balls with Ajinkya Rahane (23 not out) batting at the other end when India Test captain Virat Kohli decided to declare the innings midway through the post-lunch session.

Pujara, who has been in good form in this series, thus completed the seventh century of his Test career. He has also scored three half-centuries during the series.

The Saurashtra batsman nine boundaries during his innings.

Among the New Zealand bowlers, off-spinner Jeetan Patel was the only one to bag wickets with figures of 2-56. 

Patel trapped Kohli leg before shortly after lunch with a delivery that turned and hit the Indian captain on the pads after pitching just outside off. 

The Kiwi spinner of Indian origin had dismissed Gautam Gambhir during the morning session. The third wicket, that of Murali Vijay, fell to a run-out.

Earlier, Gambhir and Pujara hit half-centuries to carry India to a dominant position at lunch.

At the end of the first session of the day, India were at 127/2 in their second innings, having extended their lead to 385 runs. 

For India, Pujara and Kohli were at the crease at the break.

Gambhir (50), who has won back his place in the team after quite a long gap, completed his half-century off just 56 deliveries before being sent back to the pavilion by Kiwi spinner Jeetan Patel.

Brief scores:

India: 557/5 declared and 216/3 declared (Cheteshwar Pujara 101 not out, Gautam Gambhir 50; Jeetan Patel 2-56) vs New Zealand (1st innings): 299.
Third Test: Gambhir, Pujara shine as India extend lead

Third Test: Gambhir, Pujara shine as India extend lead

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Indore, Oct 11: Gautam Gambhir and Cheteshwar Pujara hit half-centuries to carry India to a dominant position at lunch on the fourth day of the third Test against New Zealand at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday.

At the end of the first session of the day, India were at 127/2 in their second innings, having extended their lead to 385 runs. 

For India, Pujara and India captain Virat Kohli were at the crease at the break.

Gambhir (50), who has won back his place in the team after quite a long gap, completed his half-century off just 56 deliveries before being sent back to the pavilion by Kiwi spinner Jeetan Patel.

Pujara also extended his run of good form, completing his fourth half-century of this series and his 11th in Test cricket just before the lunch break. 
Argentina has better attack in Messi's presence: Maradona

Argentina has better attack in Messi's presence: Maradona

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Rome, Oct 11: Argentina's football legend Diego Maradona said that his national team has a giant attacking potential, but performs better in the presence of his compatriot and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

During a press conference on Monday, Maradona explained that Argentina have some great strikers, such as Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero, but they are only at their best when led by Messi, reports Efe.

Maradona is in Rome for the "Match for Peace" which is to be held on Wednesday at the initiative of Pope Francis of the Vatican.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Ashwin puts India in commanding position vs New Zealand

Ashwin puts India in commanding position vs New Zealand

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Indore, Oct 10 (IANS) Riding on star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's 20th haul of five wickets or more, India put themselves in a commanding position reaching 18/0 to take an overall lead of 276 runs over New Zealand at stumps on day three of the third and final Test at the Holkar stadium here on Monday.

Ashwin led the Indian charge with six wickets and two brilliant run-outs along with left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2/80) to bundle out the visitors for a paltry 299 just after the tea break in response to India's first innings total of 557/5 declared.

Despite taking a huge lead and in a position to enforce the follow on, India skipper Virat Kohli opted to bat for a second time. Opener Murali Vijay (11) and one down Cheteshwar Pujara (1) were at the crease when the umpires decided to unsettle the bails.

Pujara had to rush to the middle after veteran opener Gautam Gambhir (6) was forced to return to the pavilion with a shoulder injury.

Playing in his 39th Test, Ashwin ran through the Kiwi top order comprising Tom Latham (52), Kane Williamson (8), Ross Taylor (0), Luke Ronchi (0) and James Neesham (71) besides running out top scorer Martin Guptil (72) and Jeetan Patel (18). He later dismissed tailender Trent Boult (0) to finish things off in style. 

Jadeja complimented his senior partner well by packing back stumper B.J. Watling (23) and Mitchell Santner (22).

Already on the backfoot after losing the series 0-2, the Kiwis got off to a good start with openers Guptill and Latham, who put on 118 runs but ran out of steam once Kohli introduced spin from both ends.

Apart from the opening partnership, Neesham was involved in two vital stands -- 53 for the sixth wicket with Watling and 52 for the seventh wicket with Santner but that was not enough to take the visitors anywhere near the Indian total.

Earlier, resuming the day at 28 for no loss, the visitors had just lost the wicket of Latham when Ashwin trapped him plumb in front in the morning session as they went for lunch at 125/1.

The Indians wrested the upper hand early on in the post-lunch session when New Zealand lost three wickets in four overs. 

The Chennai tweaker picked up his second wicket when Williamson dragged the ball onto his stumps while attempting a cut.

The off-spinner then sent Taylor back to the pavilion in his very next over before a straight drive by Ronchi deflected off his hand to hit the stumps at the non-striker's end and catch Guptill out of his crease.

Ashwin then picked up his fourth wicket when Ajinkya Rahane showed some excellent fielding at first slip to send back Ronchi. 

Watling and Neesham then tried to bring the Kiwi innings back on track. But Jadeja found Watling's outside edge with a delivery that turned away sharply after pitching to put the visitors into further trouble just before the tea break.

After the tea break, it was a one way traffic for India as both the spinners lost little time in taking the remaining four wickets before Kohli opted against enforcing the follow-on.

Eyeing a 3-0 whitewash, India will now aim to consolidate their lead and give a stiff target when they come out to bat on Tuesday.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Kabaddi World Cup, India roar back to beat Australia

Kabaddi World Cup, India roar back to beat Australia

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Ahmedabad, Oct 9: India bounced back in style as they crushed Australia 54-20 to record their first win of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup here on Saturday.

After losing to Korea in their opening match on Friday, India needed to make a statement and they did it in an emphatic manner.

In the match against Australia, India benched Rahul Chaudhari and Jasvir Singh and started with Pardeep Narwal and Sandeep Narwal in their place.

Indian substitutes played a key role in the victory as the bench contributed 20 points.

Ajay Thakur was top scorer for India and scored seven points - all scored after coming on as a substitute.

Indian defence began strongly as they sent two Australian players on the bench and raced into a 3-0 lead after two minutes.

Pardeep scored with his first raid in fourth minute as India led 6-0. An all out was inflicted by India in the fifth minute as India took a commanding 10-0 lead.

Australia scored their first point as Campbell Brown got a bonus in the sixth minute. Deepak Niwas Hooda scored with a raid as India led 13-1 after seven minutes.

India came out all guns blazing as they inflicted another all out in the 11th minute to lead 20-2.

Such was India's dominance that all Australia could score were bonus points in the first half.

Pardeep Narwal scored five raid points while Manjeet Chhillar got a high five for India. Kuldeep Singh scored three points for Australia in the first half.

India were well on top at the end of first half and led 32-7 at the break.

The second half began with India inflicting an all out in the 21st minute to lead 35-7.

Thomas Sharp scored first touch point of the match for Australia in the 22nd minute. Australia were still looking for their first tackle point as India led 38-9 after 26 minutes.

Rahul Chaudhari came on in the 29th minute and immediately scored with his raid as India led 41-12 after 30 minutes.

Australia's defence had a nightmare and failed to score a single point throughout the match.

Rahul scored two points with a raid in the 34th minute as India took an unassailable 45-14 lead.

A fourth all out was inflicted by India in the 36th minute to lead 49-15.

Australian captain Campbell Brown scored five points for Australia. Kuldeep Singh scored Australia's first super raid in the dying seconds of the match but India had far too much in their locker and won 54-20.

After a stutter against Republic of Korea in the opening match, India got their 2016 Kabaddi World Cup campaign back on track.

India will next play Bangladesh on Tuesday whereas Australia will lock horns with England on Monday.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

India reach 75/2 at lunch on Day 1 vs New Zealand

India reach 75/2 at lunch on Day 1 vs New Zealand

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New York, Oct 8: In a first for a Mars rover, the Opportunity probe will drive down a gully carved long ago by a fluid that might have been water, according to the latest plans for the 12-year-old mission, NASA said.

"Fluid-carved gullies on Mars have been seen from orbit since the 1970s, but none had been examined up close on the surface before," Opportunity Principal Investigator Steve Squyres of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, said in a statement.

The longest-active rover on Mars also will, for the first time, visit the interior of the crater it has worked beside for the last five years. 

These activities are part of a two-year extended mission that began October 1, the newest in a series of extensions going back to the end of Opportunity's prime mission in April 2004.

Opportunity launched on July 7, 2003 and landed on Mars on January 24, 2004 (PST), on a planned mission of 90 Martian days, which is equivalent to 92.4 Earth days.

"We have now exceeded the prime-mission duration by a factor of 50," noted Opportunity Project Manager John Callas of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

Opportunity begins its latest extended mission in the "Bitterroot Valley" portion of the western rim of Endeavour Crater, a basin 22 km in diameter that was excavated by a meteor impact billions of years ago. 

Opportunity reached the edge of this crater in 2011 after more than seven years of investigating a series of smaller craters. In those craters, the rover found evidence of acidic ancient water that soaked underground layers and sometimes covered the surface.

The gully chosen as the next major destination slices west-to-east through the rim about half a mile (less than a km) south of the rover's current location. It is about as long as two football fields.

"We are confident this is a fluid-carved gully, and that water was involved," Squyres said.

"One of the three main objectives of our new mission extension is to investigate this gully. We hope to learn whether the fluid was a debris flow, with lots of rubble lubricated by water, or a flow with mostly water and less other material," Squyres noted.

The team intends to drive Opportunity down the full length of the gully, onto the crater floor.

The second goal of the extended mission is to compare rocks inside Endeavour Crater to the dominant type of rock Opportunity examined on the plains it explored before reaching Endeavour.

"We may find that the sulphate-rich rocks we've seen outside the crater are not the same inside," Squyres said. 

The third main science goal of the new extended mission is to find and examine rocks from a geological layer that was in place before the impact that excavated Endeavour Crater.

Friday, October 7, 2016

SC bars BCCI from releasing funds to state associations

SC bars BCCI from releasing funds to state associations

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New Delhi, Oct 7: The Supreme Court on Friday barred the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from releasing any funds to its state affiliates until they give an unconditional undertaking that they will comply with the organisational reforms as recommended by the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee and accept it both in "letter and spirit".

A bench of Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said no further amount in pursuance to the resolution passed at the BCCI annual general meeting (AGM) on November 9 last year or any subsequent decision taken by the board in this regard, "shall be disbursed to any state association except where the state association concerned passes a proper resolution to the effect that it is agreeable to undertake and to support the reforms as proposed and accepted by this court in letter and spirit."

However, in the case of the state affiliates where the BCCI has already disbursed funds, the order said, "As regards the 13 state associations to whom the payment has already been disbursed, we direct that the state associations concerned shall not appropriate the said amount except after they have passed a resolution and filed an affidavit Â…"

The BCCI is yet to disburse funds to 17 state units.

In the case of any reluctance in filing the affidavit, the order said: "The amount disbursed to the state associations shall be invested by the associations in a term deposit subject to further directions of this court."

Referring to the sequence of events that have taken place since July 18 that has been referred to the Justice Lodha Committee's status report, the order said that it "prima facie gives an impression that the BCCI has far from lending its fullest cooperation to the committee adopted an obstructionist and at times a defiant attitude Â…"

The court's order came after the BCCI on Thursday appeared hesitant in filing an unconditional undertaking by Friday that it will hold back the funding of its state affiliates who would resist organisational reforms. 

In the face of BCCI expressing "difficulty" in filing the unconditional undertaking that court had said that it was pass an order in this regard on Friday.

Besides this, the court asked BCCI President Anurag Thakur to file a personal affidavit stating whether he has written to International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO David Richardson, asking the game's world governing body to take a stand that the Supreme Court appointed Justice Lodha Committee amounted to government interference in the affairs of the BCCI.

"Mr. Anurag Thakur, President of the BCCI shall file a personal affidavit whether he had asked the CEO of the ICC to state that the appointment of Justice Lodha Committee was tantamount to government interference in the working of the BCCI," the order said in its third direction.

The court in its order said that the BCCI's head of operations Ratnakar Shivaram Shetty shall, in the meantime, place on record a copy of the authorisation/resolution passed by the BCCI on the basis of which he has filed the affidavit supporting the response of the BCCI to the Lodha panel's status report.

The order said that he will have to do so in 10 days' time.

Referring to some decisions of the BCCI which are contrary to the court's directions, the order noted that "Despite continually claiming that all steps taken would be subject to the review petition filed (seeking review of the July 18 judgment), it transpires that the same is in defects Â… even as of date, and there has been no effort to rectify the same and have it numbered and listed."

The court order came on an application by the Lodha Committee seeking that the present office bearers of the BCCI be superseded with immediate effect and appointment of a Panel of Administrators of the BCCI to ensure the smooth transition from the old to the new system as recommended by it.

The Lodha Committee had also sought directions that all decisions of the BCCI taken after June 18 were contrary to the judgment of the top court and its (Lodha Committee) directives.

The top court in its July 18 judgment had accepted the recommendations of the Lodha Committee on the organisational reforms of BCCI and had issued them as its directives.

Last week, the BCCI's special general meeting (SGM) had decided to accept some of the recommendations put forward by the Lodha Committee although they continued to resist the order regarding the removal of the BCCI top brass.

The SGM had also decided to form an apex council to look into the working of the BCCI as per the report submitted by the Lodha panel to the apex court. The representative of Comptroller and Auditor General will also be included as a member of the apex council as well as the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council. 

Apart from the formation of the apex council, some of the other significant decisions at the meeting were formation of a special committee for the differently abled and a committee for women's cricket.

The formation of the players' association and their representation in the committee was also agreed upon. The SGM authorised the BCCI CEO to contact the steering committee as proposed by the Lodha Committee and commence the formation of the cricket players association.

The members were also unanimous in giving voting rights to associate members as per the guidelines of the International Cricket Committee (ICC). Puducherry will also to be granted associate membership of the BCCI.

The SGM also accepted guidelines regarding code of conduct for players and team officials, anti-doping code, anti-racism code, anti-corruption code and operational rules as suggested by the Lodha Committee for implementation for the next IPL season.

The stipulation that there must be a 15-day gap before and after the Indian Premier League (IPL) has also been contested by the BCCI. 

The BCCI had warned that the Indian team may have to pull out of the 2017 edition of the Champions Trophy or next year's IPL may have to abandoned if the recommendations by the Lodha panel are fully implemented.

The Champions Trophy is scheduled from June 1-18 next year while the IPL is likely to end in the last week of May.

The BCCI had also reacted dramatically to the Lodha Committee's direction to banks to freeze its accounts, threatening to call off the remaining matches of New Zealand's ongoing tour of India.

BCCI chief Anurag Thakur has asserted that it may not be possible to hold the rest of the matches in the series, including one Test and five one-day matches as he is unable to withdraw any money since the banks have frozen their accounts completely.

Justice Lodha had however, criticised the BCCI's stand, asserting that the panel has directed that enough funds should be available to conduct the daily administrative activities of the board and there is no question of discontinuing the New Zealand series.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

BCCI to hold AGM under the shadow of Lodha panel reforms

BCCI to hold AGM under the shadow of Lodha panel reforms

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Mumbai, Sep 20: With the shadow of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha panel recommendations hanging over its head, the BCCI will be conducting its 87th Annual General Meeting here tomorrow with one of the items on the agenda being the election of its honorary secretary.

The formal notice for the meeting was sent by honorary secretary Ajay Shirke on August 31 and, interestingly, one of the main items that is to be taken up is the election of the new honorary secretary after duly filed nominations are sent to the BCCI during a two-hour window on Tuesday afternoon, scrutinized immediately afterwards and list of eligible candidates displayed.

The election of the honorary secretary has been necessitated as Shirke was nominated by president Anurag Thakur after the latter was elevated to the helm of affairs of the beleaguered Board on May 22, following the resignation tendered by incumbent Shashank Manohar, in accordance with Rule 13 (a) (ii) of the BCCI s existing Memorandum of Rules and Regulations.

Shirke was to hold office till the next AGM.

The election of the honorary secretary is to be held as per the existent BCCI rules, including the eligibility of the candidates, while former Supreme Court judge, P B Sawant, has been appointed as the returning officer, according to the BCCI's notice sent to all its affiliated units.

The meeting will also confirm the minutes of its last AGM held on November 9, 2015 as well as the three Special General Meetings held on February 19, May 22 and August 5 this year.

The other items on the agenda include adoption of the secretary's report, the treasurer's report and audited statement of accounts for the previous fiscal, annual budget for 2016-17 and other such routine matters.

Among the other items is the appointment of the Working Committee and Standing Committees such as the Senior and Junior selection panels under the BCCI's existing rules, in contrast to the Lodha panel's reforms that calls for pruned panels which had been approved by the Supreme Court's subsequent ruling.

Significantly, the Lodha panel has also fixed staggered deadlines for the full adoption of its reforms as approved by the Supreme Court and has also directed the BCCI that tomorrow's AGM must be "limited only to routine business concerning the past year (2015-16)".

Already Aditya Verma, secretary of the non-affiliated (to BCCI) body, Cricket Association of Bihar the petitioner in the case in the SC against the Board, has requested the Lodha panel - via a letter dated September 17 - to start "contempt of court" proceedings against the BCCI by pointing out the agenda for the meeting.

Among the other items on the AGM's agenda are the appointment of an Ombudsman and International and Asian Cricket Councils and similar bodies.