ICC clears Kraigg Brathwaite’s bowling action

The International Cricket Council (ICC) cleared the knocking down some pins activity of West Indies offspinner Kraigg Brathwaite, who had been accounted for a month ago. An autonomous appraisal of Brathwaite’s knocking down some pins activity was performed at the Loughborough testing focus in England on August 31.”… the rocking the bowling alley activity of Windies off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite has been observed to be lawful, and the player can keep knocking down some pins in universal cricket,” the ICC said in an announcement. The ICC said that the measure of elbow expansion in Brathwaite’s conveyances was well inside the 15-degree level of resistance allowed under the world body’s controls.
Brathwaite was accounted for amid the main Test against England at Edgbaston a month ago. The 24-year-old has played 40 Tests, getting 12 wickets up until now. His 10 ODI appearances have gotten him only a lone scalp up until this point. In their answer to the ICC following the match, coordinate authorities raised worries over the legitimateness of Brathwaite’s activity after he sent down six wicketless overs for six keeps running in his side’s thrashing in Birmingham, as said on cricket.com.au.
Brathwaite dumbfounded only one amid the Headingley Test and was instantly made a request to experience testing at Loughborough University following the Windies’ win. As indicated by ICC, the greater part of Brathwaite’s conveyances were “well inside” the 15-degree allowed level of resistance.

BCCI remains firm with S. Sreesanth lifetime ban

Citing that the Kerela High Court’s decision was contrary to the present rules of the organisation, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has filed an appeal against the lifting the lifetime the ban on former-bowler S Sreesanth. According to ANI, this came after Kerala High Court’s judgment on August 7 as the board was unhappy with the HC’s motion and seeks to reprimand the judgment.

In an affidavit in the beginning of 2017, the BCCI had stated that the standard proof required under a penal statute was much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry. This implies that the accused may be free of the criminal charges (following the evidence)  however, but can be apprehended if the internal disciplinary rules of an organisation are violated.

The court’s response to the affidavit was stated in the current motion which lifts the ban. It said that BCCI failed to acknowledge the evidence as a whole. It pointed that only empty allegations that were made by the plaintiff could only submit confessions of the accused, which the defended said were forced out of him.

Sreesanth was accused of spot-fixing during the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) along with two other teammates of the same club. Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan still face a permanent career ban whereas Sreesanth was acquitted in 2015.

Sources: Indian Express & Times of India

 

Sri Lanka Cricket bans Chimara Silva on charges of match fixing

Sri Lanka cricket (SLC) has banned former batsman Chamara Silva from any cricket related activities for a period of two years. These activities range from playing, coaching to administrating. He was accused of violating the spirit of the game during a domestic match, which was probed for match fixing.

A probe had been initiated by the Sri Lanka Cricket as to whether match fixing was done during a match between neighboring clubs Pandadura Cricket Club vs Kalutara Physical Culture Club. The announcement came after an enquiry into the events of the third day of the match, when 24 wickets fell in one day and in 12 overs.

Along with Silva who was captain of Panadura, Manoj Deshapriya who led Kalutara Club has been banned too. The remaining players and their coaches have been banned for a period of two years and have to pay a fine of Rs. 50,000 each.

The complaint was registered by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the enquiry took seven months to finish. The SLC has already announced the selection of a new panel with Graeme Labrooy as the head.

News Source: Hindustan Times, Indian Express

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Young Indian women boxers make India proud, bring home Gold

The young women’s boxing team from India have reinstated their exceptional skill at bare-knuckle pugilism in the city of Istanbul, by bringing home 1 Gold, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze medals from the hence concluded Ahmet Comert Boxing Tournament  on October 17,2017. The lone gold medal has been won by Soniya in a fight against Zhazira Urakabeva from Kazakhstan, under the 48 kg category.

The silver medals have been won by Niharika Gonella, Shashi Chopra , Parveen and Ankushita Boro, while bronze medals have been brought home by Tilotama Chanu, Jyoti Gulia , Lalita and Manisha.

Ahead of the final match, the team had assured the country of winning at least 9 medals on Friday, October 15, since nine of them qualified during the semi finals. the team had assured the country of winning at least 9 medals.

The Ahmet Comert Boxing Tournament attracted a total of 90 young women boxers from 11 countries like Turkey, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Thailand  Tajikistan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Australia and Mongolia.

This tournament, which is organised by Istanbul’s Boxing Federation, along with a practice session in Kazakhstan organised by Boxing Federation of India (BFI), is important for the young women boxers in order to prepare them for the forthcoming AIBA World Youth Boxing Championship that would be held at Guwahati in November this year.

BFI Chairperson Ajay Singh has high hopes from these jubilant boxers, and with World Boxing tournament coming to India, he shared even higher aspirations saying, “This shows that the world fraternity has accepted us back into the fold. We can only go higher from here.”

Sources: Indian Express, Times of India

JP Duminy quits test cricket

South African batsman JP Duminy announced his retirement from test cricket today, however, he also mentioned that he will continue playing the smaller version of the game. Duminy has scored 2000+ runs in 46 Tests at an average of 32.85. He said, “Test cricket has always been the pinnacle and I’ve been fortunate enough to experience some memorable highlights with the Proteas”.

Lately, in 2017 Duminy has been wobbly with his performance with the bat against New Zealand and did not perform well in the limited over games against Sri Lanka. The Delhi Daredevil batsman also opted out of the 10th edition of IPL citing “personal reasons”. Critics believe that Duminy was not able to convert the hidden talent inside of him into runs. He always remained susceptible to the short ball and off-spinners.

In total Duminy scored six hundreds in total, which came when the Proteas needed it the most. He would surely be remembered for his innings at Melbourne where the Kangaroos had reduced the Proteas to a pale 184/7 against their massive total of394. Duminy played alongside Dale Steyn for eight hours and managed to provide 64 runs lead to the visiting team.

With world cup two years down the line, retiring from the test cricket and focusing on the shorter format of the game, seems to be a wise decision.

Sources-

  1. Hindustan Times- http://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/jp-duminy-south-africa-all-rounder-announces-retirement-from-test-cricket/story-mD9yscY2BVFPM4juOp6wJK.html

 

  1. Firstpost- http://www.firstpost.com/firstcricket/sports-news/jp-duminy-retires-from-tests-as-a-player-who-personified-elegance-but-dogged-by-glaring-flaws-4050947.html

 

  1. Cricbuzz- http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/97120/south-africa-cricket-team-allrounder-jp-duminy-announces-retirement-from-test-cricket-reports

 

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Doping-tainted weightlifting must reform or risk 2024

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made it clear that weightlifting will have to prove it is doping-free or risk losing its spot for the Paris 2024 Games.

In July, the IOC had already told the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) to provide a report by December describing how it plans to tackle the issue of doping in the sport.

Post December, the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency will be monitoring to ensure that the changes have been made to their satisfaction.

The IOC President Thomas Bach made it crystal clear at the body’s session meeting in Lima that if the sport is declared non-compliant with the WADA code, then the situation might be different with regards to Paris 2024.

“This is the idea behind this formula concerning weightlifting, that the decision to include them (for Paris) is subject to the compliance with the WADA code.”

Out of the total 106 positive tests emerged from the re-tests conducted by the IOC in the past two years of samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London games, about half of them came from weightlifters.

Along with athletics, the sport represented more than 80 percent of the positive cases from the re-tests, informed IOC member Denis Oswald.

The IWF banned Russia from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for “bringing weightlifting into disrepute”, now several other countries are facing potential bans after a series of positive tests.

Sources – Reuters, India Today

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Sindhu reached Korea Open Superseries final vs Nozomi Okuhara

Adding another win to her name, badminton star PV Sindhu booked a place for herself in the finals of the Korea Open Superseries in Seoul by defeating He Bingjiao of China in the semi-finals today.

Starting strong, Sindhu kept Bingjiao on her backfoot winning the match by 21-10, 17-21, 21-16. Taking an 11-4 lead, Sindhu wrapped up the first game 21-10 in just 16 minutes.

However, the Chinese counterpart stepped up her game and made a comeback in the second winning the game after Sindhu had already established an 11-6 lead. Bingjiao won the game by 17-21.

The third game saw Bingjiao attacking right from the start and a seemingly tired Sindhu giving up points to the former’s drop shots. However, Sindhu’s powerful shots helped her take an 11-9 lead changing the game.

After establishing a 14-14 set, Sindhu took charge again with a 18-14 lead. Bingjiao struggled to comeback, but Sindhu’s power smashes proved to be too much to handle.

Eventually, Bingjiao netted a shot giving the world number 4 player the final win.

With this, Sindhu now moves forward to facing the final against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on Sunday.

Sources – HT, Indian Express

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