ICC appoints Indra Nooyi as first independent female director

The introduction of the first female director was approved by the International Cricket Council in June 2017. Accordingly, on Thursday, February 9, 2018, Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, was appointed as the organisation’s first independent female director. Nooyi is supposed to join the Board by June 2018.

Nooyi is a global business icon, consistently ranked among the world’s powerful women by the Fortune magazine. As the head of PepsiCo, she is responsible for the global food and beverage portfolio, including brands, which generates more than $ 4 billion each in retail sales each year. Nooyi is also the chief behind an initiative called Performance with Purpose. It is PepsiCo’s impressive business strategy of integrating sustainability with financial performance.

ICC chairman, Shashank Manohar said, “We are delighted to welcome Indra to the ICC. To have some of Indra’s calibre is fantastic news for the global game”, as reported by the Times of India.

She has been appointed for a two-year term but can be reappointed for further terms, with a maximum of six years.

When asked about her views on being the first female director, Nooyi said, “I am thrilled to join the ICC as the first person to be appointed to this role. And I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board, ICC’s incredible partners, and cricketers around the world to grow our sport responsibly and give our fans a new reason to follow every ball and shot.”

Sources: The Hindu, The Times of India

India beats Pakistan in the Blind Cricket Tournament final

Blind Cricket World Cup: India Beat Arch-Rivals Pakistan
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India retained the Blind Cricket World Cup after beating rival Pakistan by two wickets in the final match played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium  in UAE on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Pakistan scored 308 runs at the loss of eight wickets in 40 overs, after they were sent to bat first by India, who won the toss.

Post the victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team for their achievement through his twitter handle, “Congratulations to our cricket team for winning the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup! They make the nation proud and inspire every Indian with their game as well as phenomenal attitude. True champions!”

Pakistan made it to the final after defeating Sri Lanka by 156 runs while India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets to book their place in the final. India has remained unbeaten in this tournament. Deepak Malik and Rambir took two wickets for the country, while Sunil Ramesh snapped one. Pakistan reached the 200-run mark in 27 overs after losing five wickets.

ICC CEO David Richardson along with former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas and former Indian wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani had been invited by the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council to witness the final.

Sources: NDTV Sports, Times of India 

Virat Kohli Cricketer of the year, Captain of Test and ODI: ICC Awards

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Virat Kohli named ICC Test and ODI Team Captain.

Dubai, January 18: Since the past few years Virat Kohli has been the epitome of consistency in every format he engages in. Simply in 65 tests, he has amassed 5,459 runs, and 9,030 runs in ODIs. Upon assuming captaincy across all formats for the Indian cricket team, the Indian team has reached new heights.

Kohli was on Thursday, named the world cricketer of the year. In addition to that, he also bagged the top honor for ODI players in the ICC annual awards announced here.

During the qualification period -from September 21, 2016 to end 2017- Kohli scored  a total of 2,203 runs in tests at an average of 77.80, including eight centuries, whereas he scored 1,818 runs in ODI matches including seven centuries at 82.63, and 299 T20I runs at a strike rate of 153.

He also captained India, who under his leadership, climbed the ladder to the top of the ICC Test rankings.

“It means a lot to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for becoming the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017 and also the ICC ODI Player of the Year,” Kohli was quoted as saying in an ICC statement.

“I won that back in 2012 also but it’s the first time winning the Garfield Sobers Trophy, and it’s a huge honor for me. It’s probably the biggest of all in world cricket and two Indians getting it back-to-back makes it more special,” he added.

Under Kohli, India has acquired a winning rate of 58.82%, while in ODIs it’s 78.87%. In short, he has emerged as one of the finest leaders in cricket. ICC recognised his achievements and named him as the skipper of both, Test team as well as ODI team of the year. In the recent past, Kohli won the ICC cricketer of the year, and ICC ODI player of the year awards.

Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah in the ODIs, and Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravichandran Ashwin in the Tests are other Indian players to have featured in the list.

 

Sources: ESPN Cricinfo, News18

 

Watching Virat Kohli bat in South Africa – when TNT meets Dynamite

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After Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli first India captain to score a Test century in South Africa.

Scoring 153 runs out of team total of 307 is no mean feat, especially when you are batting in tablelands of centurion and likes of Rabada and Morkel breathing down your neck. Add on to the pressure of being the captain, wrong team selection and a hostile press back home-not to speak of the Himalayan expectations of the fans.

But, Virat Kohli is no ordinary batsman or a captain or a mortal being. His intensity during his stay at crease is akin a mixture of rage and performance. It’s like accelerating a sports car towards its peak speed, for hours. Watching a cricket test match almost after a year, partly due to predictable India- Sri Lanka Series had and partly due to absence of any good competition, it was certainly a treat to the senses. And what a sight it was to see Kohli in his elements on a sunny day in South Africa. Not only he took Indian side to a respectable total, he also stamped his authority over the African soil- thereby silencing his critics regarding his batting technique-at least for a while.

But more than his batting skills, what highlighted Kohli’s stay at field was his never ending enthusiasm. He jumped in the air as he crossed past 100 mark, only to return back for an extra run gifted by an overthrow-all in less than 10 seconds. He applauded every time his partner at other end hits a four and slapped his bat to his pad when a wicket falls. It looked that his veins would burst out when Hardik Pandya ran himself out in a stupid manner.

He played shots by dragging himself wide due to lack of movement in the pitch, almost repeating his Cape Town action, but this time he pulls them through elegance. The fact that his strike rate his over 70 and he has faced just under 45% of balls that the whole team has faced, with a contribution of over 50% to the total score speaks volumes about his skill.

It almost seems that Virat is undoing all his mistakes for himself and the others. He seems to cover up for everything by his batting – constant failures of Rohit Sharma, dropped catches by Parthiv, poor deliveries bowled by Shami and yet stay at the crease with all his grit to partner with Ashwin to hit the three figures. He might have made his mistakes of field too-poor team selection, wrong fielding placements, but today on 15th January, 2018, Kohli makes South Africa fight for every minute he stays on the field. Who says the enfant terrible of Indian Cricket can’t put up a show in Dark Continent?

P.S.- Almost an hour after the end of his innings, Kohli breached ICC Code of Conduct for fair play, by disagreeing with the umpire and stomping the ball to the ground. He was fined, yet again, 25% of his match fee for his over-aggressive behaviour.

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.

Boycott ICC, says Miandad

Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad has approached the PCB to playing blacklist matches against India in ICC occasions.

The thrice time coach of Pakistani team said it was futile asking India to play bilateral cricket. Therefore Pakistan should also boycott playing ICC events with India.

Times of India quoted him saying. “I think when we don’t play India in ICC events and the ICC suffers financial losses and their events lose significance and colour, only then we will be treated with respect and we will be heard on an equal level at any forum “.

According to Miandad, injustice is being done with them despite India and Pakistan being equal members of the ICC executive board. If ICC board cannot change India’s decision, then Pakistan too would be stubborn to participate in ICC.

The former captain felt that Pakistan Cricket Board will just waste money on compensation claims instead of directing that money for infrastructure.

Miandad said the Indians have exploited them as they went to India in 2012 to play limited over series as they earned millions and Pakistan Cricket got nothing. But now the country’s respect and pride should be given priority.

Sources: Times of India, The Hindu

 

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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