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ICC fears lockdown could let ‘corrupters’ get in touch with cricketers

PTILondonThe ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit head Alex Marshall has revealed that “known corrupters” are trying to build relations with cricketers by exploiting their increased presence on social media due to the coronavirus-forced halt to on-field action.No competitive match has taken place since a Pakistan Super League game on March 15 as players globally have been in lockdown enforced to contain the …

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Failing to insure IPL will burn a hole in BCCI’s pocket

Rasesh Mandani | HT The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to face massive losses after failing to insure this year’s Indian Premier League against cancellation due to a pandemic. Why? Because by March, when the BCCI got in touch with their insurance company to get the cover for this year’s IPL, the company had omitted …

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M Bagan declared I-League champs as AIFF cancels remaining matches

New Delhi: The 2019-20 I-League season was officially concluded on Saturday with the remaining 28 matches of the suspended season cancelled in the wake of the extension of nationwide lockdown till May 3 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mohun Bagan were officially crowned the champion as it has already clinched the title with four rounds left in the competition. The …

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Ferguson wanted Ronaldo to go to Barcelona

Madrid: Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo’s 90 million Euro transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 is seen as a landmark moment in both clubs’ history. While for Real Madrid it marked the beginning of the career of a player at the Santiago Bernabeu who would become their all time highest goalscorer, for United, it marked the end …

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AITA abolishes posts of Life Presidents, Life Vice Presidents

New Delhi: The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has agreed to abolish honorary posts of Life President, Life Vice President and Life Counsellor on the direction of the Sports Ministry, which termed the creation of such posts as violation of the National Sports Code. The decision means that senior sports administrator Anil Khanna and former external affairs ministers S M …

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With racquets resting, top Indian shuttlers go back to studies

New Delhi: With the court out of bounds and the racquet resting, some of India’s top shuttlers have gone back to studies to appear in online assessment tests conducted by their employer, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). The badminton players have been asked to complete some course work and appear in the assessment tests that involve topics such as cyber security, …

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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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