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AITA hits out at sports secretary for making ‘baffling’ suggestions

PTINew DelhiThe national tennis federation has lashed out at the sports secretary for making baffling suggestions such as hiring Physical Training (PT) teachers to unearth fresh talent and demanding a one-page proposal for two editions of the Olympic Games.The All India Tennis Association (AITA), along with 10 other national federations (NSFs), was invited by sports secretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya for …

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Shami explains how he mastered the art of reverse swing

HT MEDIANew DelhiMohammed Shami is not your quintessential fast bowler who relishes a green top and makes the new ball talk all the time. He instead, likes the old scuffed-up ball more, prefers the third or fourth-day track and picks up wickets in bunches that often change the course of a Test match. One of the most potent ones in …

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McCullum agrees with Sachin on tackling COVID-19 ‘session by session’

IANSKolkataFormer New Zealand captain and Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendan McCullum on Friday said he agrees with batting legend Sachin Tendulkar that the menace of COVID-19 and lockdown period needs to be tackled session by session like a Test match, ensuring the days are well planned.The deadly virus has brought the world to a standstill with the Indian Premier …

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Graeme Smith appointed permanent director of CSA

PTIJohannesburgFormer captain Graeme Smith was on Friday appointed Cricket South Africa’s permanent Director of Cricket for a two-year term, a post which he held on an interim basis since December last year.The 39-year-old was brought on board to put South African cricket back on track. “Graeme has made a huge impact with his energy, expertise, hard work ethic and characteristic …

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ICC exploring all options for staging T20I World Cup

PTIMelbourneThe International Cricket Council (ICC) is not in a hurry to take a decision whether the T20 World Cup should be postponed in the wake of COVID-19 or staged as scheduled, saying it is “exploring all options” as part of its comprehensive contingency planning for all its events.The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in Australia from October …

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BCCI not mulling over holding IPL in Sri Lanka

PTINew DelhiSri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is keen to host the currently-suspended IPL but the influential voices within the BCCI feel that there is no point in discussing such a proposal in a “closed world” battling the COVID-19 pandemic right now.The IPL, scheduled from March 29-May 24, has been postponed indefinitely by the BCCI in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic …

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Saudi takeover promises new dawn for Newcastle at a cost

London: Newcastle United fans have long dreamed of ridding the club from owner Mike Ashley, but a potential 300 million pound (USD 377 million) takeover backed by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund presents fans on Tyneside with a different dilemma. Retail tycoon Ashley has been deeply unpopular in his 13 years in charge of Newcastle, during which time the club …

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FIFA braced for legal challenges over player contract extensions

Washington: FIFA is braced for legal challenges over the recommendation that player contracts should be extended until the seasons halted by the coronavirus pandemic can be completed. World football’s governing body made the recommendation in a set of guidelines intended to address the complexities caused by the unprecedented shutdown of the sport, and help preserve the integrity and stability of …

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Olympics can be economic stimulus for Japan amid recession: IOC official

Tokyo: The postponed Tokyo Olympics can be an important economic stimulus for the Japanese economy in the post-coronavirus era, according to International Olympic Committee’s John Coates. The lockdowns and restrictions on movements due to the virus around the world have delivered a significant blow to the global economy. Coates, who is the chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission, said …

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Played entire 2015 WC with fractured knee, reveals Shami

New Delhi: Ace Indian pacer Mohammad Shami has revealed that he played the 2015 World Cup, held in Australia and New Zealand, with a fractured knee. “I had knee injury during the 2015 World Cup. I couldn’t walk after the matches I played throughout the tournament with the injury. I played the 2015 World Cup because of Nitin Patel’s confidence. …

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