India cricket team opposes long tours, demands pay hike

The Indian cricket team has actively opposed long tours. In doing so, they have followed the likes of England, Australia, and South Africa.  
 

The Indian team management believes that the Future Tours Programme (FTP) should be arranged in such a way that players get enough rest before every series. The issue of cricket scheduling was addressed during a meeting in New Delhi. This meeting involved the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the team management. Earlier, skipper Virat Kohli had raised concerns about the cricket schedule, stating that it needs to less hectic. The discussion also raised concerns about the lack of practice before matches 

 
The issue of a pay hike for cricketers was also discussed as skipper Kohli, former skipper MS Dhoni and coach Ravi Shastri met CoA members Vinod Rai and Diana EduljiRai spoke to reporters post the meeting and revealed that the demand for a pay hike has been accepted and sooner than later, Test cricketers will receive a hike of 100 percent or more  

Kohli and Shastri were satisfied with the meeting and held that the discussions were quite ‘reasonable’. 

BCCI to retire Sachin Tendulkar’s No. 10 jersey unofficially

Sachin Tendulkar was always seen with his No. 10 jersey on the field. The jersey will not be worn for international matches as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to retire the same unofficially.

India Today informed that the little master wore the famous No. 10 jersey during the ODI match against Pakistan in March 2012. He was seen with it during one day and T20 international matches.

Times Now mentioned that this sudden decision was made after the social media trolls that did the rounds when player Shardul Thakur wore it during his debut match against Sri Lanka. The new player was trolled by people in social media, including cricket players like Rohit Sharma. Thakur informed that he chose the same since it was based on his birth date. Harbhajan Singh spoke in favor of the young cricketer. He also suggested that it could have been a way to acknowledge the immense contribution of the master blaster to cricket.

A BCCI official said that ICC does not allow retiring a jersey. It is however not mandatory to wear any given number. Retiring it unofficially seems to be a way out to avoid unnecessary criticism of players through social media. It can, however, be worn during a non-international A list match.

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

 

SC rejects Subramanian Swamy’s plea for e-auction of IPL telecast rights

A three-judge bench of Supreme Court (SC) today rejected the petition by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member (MP) Subramanian Swamy for e-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the next five years. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chadrachud refused to direct the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the tender process.

In his petition, as sourced by NDTV Sports, Swamy claimed, “Huge money is involved amounting to Rs. 25000-30000 crore in the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket in India which makes it mandatory to have the auction process robust, completely transparent, in order to maximise revenue and prevent vested interests from making undue gains”.

The Vinod Rai led Committee of Administrators (as appointed by the SC) had supported physical tender process over e-auction. Appearing on behalf of the COA, senior advocate Parag Tripathi called the current tender process of BCCI a “better option” as all the bidders’ best quotes to get the telecast rights are kept in a sealed envelope.

The IPL 2018 tournament would start in April.

Links: NDTV, Economic Times

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SC rejects Subramanian Swamy’s plea for e-auction of IPL telecast rights

A three-judge bench of Supreme Court (SC) today rejected the petition by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member (MP) Subramanian Swamy for e-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the next five years. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chadrachud refused to direct the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the tender process.

In his petition, as sourced by NDTV Sports, Swamy claimed, “Huge money is involved amounting to Rs. 25000-30000 crore in the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket in India which makes it mandatory to have the auction process robust, completely transparent, in order to maximise revenue and prevent vested interests from making undue gains”.

The Vinod Rai led Committee of Administrators (as appointed by the SC) had supported physical tender process over e-auction. Appearing on behalf of the COA, senior advocate Parag Tripathi called the current tendor process of BCCI a “better option” as all the bidders’ best quotes to get the telecast rights are kept in a sealed envelope.

The IPL 2018 tournament would start in April.

News Sources- The Economic Times, NDTV Sports

BCCI awards Rs.50 Lakhs to Women cricketers

The Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) declared a money prize of Rs 50 lakh for every women cricketer for their performance in the ICC World Cup in England. The support staff of the group will get Rs 25 lakh each. India defeated six-time champions Australia to get into the World Cup and will play England in the last at Lord’s tomorrow.
Vinod Rai, director of Committee Of Administrators (CoA)  said,”I would like to congratulate the Indian Women’s Cricket Team for their exemplary show in the ICC Women’s World Cup”. BCCI acting president CK Khanna also acknowledged the performance of the women in Blue. He appreciated the captaincy of  Captain Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami. Acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary wished them for the finals.
All-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur smashed 20 fours and seven sixes in her unbeaten knock of 171 runs as India posted a daunting score of 281/4 in 42 overs.
India will now aim to clinch their maiden Women’s World Cup title when they take on hosts England at The Lord’s on Sunday.
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Apex court agrees to drop charges of contempt of court against Anurag Thakur

The Supreme Court asked Anurag Thakur, former president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), to issue an ‘unequivocal’ and ‘categorical’ apology in a contempt of court case issued against him.

A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, was clear on its stance that it was not going to accept the earlier affidavit of apology and instead pressed him to file a new one-page short affidavit furnishing unconditional apology by July 12.

“We are not happy with the affidavit of apology; it has to be categorical,” Justice Deepak Misra told Hindustan Times. The bench agreed to accept his apology and the end the proceedings of the case.

Appearing for Thakur, senior advocate P.S Patwalia told the bench though his client was ready to tender an apology, he certainly has a case on merit through which his innocence can be proved.

Thakur has been asked to appear before the court in person and the SC has set the date for July 14. The SC started the contempt case against him on January 2 this year after Thakur got into trouble for filing a false affidavit in the court stating he had not sought any letter from the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the issue of autonomy.

Anurag Thakur was removed as the President of BCCI along with secretary Ajay Shirke for not following the SC’s mandate to implement the Lodha committee reforms.

Sources: The Hindu

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