Vinod Kambli hale and hearty after heart surgery

first_imgMercurial Vinod Kambli, the hard-hitting batsman who once matched Don Bradman and Wally Hammond by hammering successive double Test centuries, has undergone successful angioplasty and hopes to be back on television soon. Kambli, 40, underwent angioplasty on two of his blocked arteries at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai last month, but the surgery was kept well under wraps.We didnt tell anyone about it, except my close friends. You are the first one from the media I’m speaking to, though the news channel for which I work knew my condition and allowed to undergo surgery. Overall, I am feeling much better now, Kambli told Mail Today from Mumbai.Its disappointing that Im not able to cover the first Test between India and New Zealand for my channel. But I am recovering well and will speak to doctors to see if I can get back to work for the second Test starting on August 29 in Bangalore. Hopefully, Ill be back soon, he said, optimistically.Kambli complained of pain and was taken to the hospital again on Thursday and was discharged on Friday. Due to this he couldnt watch comeback kid Cheteshwar Pujaras maiden Test century in Hyderabad.Lauds Pujara TonLeft-handed Kambli, who also batted at the crucial No. 3 like Pujara and scored all his four centuries at that position, rued missing the Saurashtra batsmans knock.I was in hospital, so I couldnt watch the telecast. But I am told he batted well, he said.However, Kambli requested those who have started comparing Pujara with his predecessor at No. 3, the redoubtable Rahul Dravid, to refrain from doing so.Its good to know that Pujara scored a century. The more he scores the better for him. But people have started comparing him with Dravid. I ask them to let him play and score more runs, he said.I also batted at No. 3 and scored successive double hundreds, something that only Bradman and Hammond had done earlier [ and Graeme Smith later]. But that didnt mean that I was as good as those greats or should have been compared with them.So, people should not compare Pujara with Dravid. Kambli hammered a superb 224, against England in Mumbai, in only his fourth Test innings and followed it up with a strokeful 227 in the next match in Delhi in 1993.In the next two Tests in which he batted, he slammed successive centuries in Sri Lanka that helped him become the fastest Indian to reach 1,000 runs in least number of innings, 14. All this added spice to comparisons between him and Sachin Tendulkar, his contemporary and friend.After his fourth ton, scored in Colombo, Kambli played 10 more Tests but never managed a century; only two half-centuries, before fizzling out. He unsuccessfully tried to stage a comeback for several years, which included a stint in South African domestic cricket. He eventually finished with 1,084 runs in 17 Tests at a fabulous average of 54.20.Kambli dabbled in politics, too, in 2009. He fought, and lost, from the Vikhroli (Mumbai) seat of the Maharashtra Assembly in 2009 and also took part in Big Boss. In November last year, he was in news again when he sensationally said during a reality TV show in November that he was stunned when the then captain Mohammed Azharuddin chose to field on winning the toss in the 1996 World Cup semi-finals against Sri Lanka.The Mumbaikar now says he is now contented with the media work hes involved in. I only have this contract with a news channel and I am very happy with the work Im doing, he stressed. I only have this contract with a news channel and I am very happy with the work Im doing. Kamblis wife Andrea Hewitt said that before he was admitted to Lilavati Hospital her star cricketer husband was feeling some pain. He had been complaining of chest pain very often. So we took him to hospital and the surgery was done, the fashion model told Mail Today. Kambli informed that two of his arteries were causing the pain.I was feeling uncomfortable.The tests revealed that one was 90 per cent blocked and the other 50 per cent, he said.We are sportspersons, we dont know how these things happen. I had a successful surgery and did complete rest. I felt pain again two days ago, and was admitted for one-and-a-half days before being discharged on Friday. The pain is now gone.advertisementlast_img read more

Lack of planning threatens to reduce Afro-Asian Games to a costly PR exercise for IOA

first_imgIndian athletes arriving for the first-ever Afro-Asian Games (AAG) in November will be in for a surprise: they won’t have to live in rat-infested rooms in Nehru Stadium fighting flies rather than the competition but will travel to the capital by air, live in five-star hotels and travel in air-conditioned,Indian athletes arriving for the first-ever Afro-Asian Games (AAG) in November will be in for a surprise: they won’t have to live in rat-infested rooms in Nehru Stadium fighting flies rather than the competition but will travel to the capital by air, live in five-star hotels and travel in air-conditioned buses.But not because the country has decided to give its athletes the respect and comforts they deserve. These luxuries will be extended only during the Games and will be swiftly taken away once they end. Then the waste of the entire exercise – costing more than Rs 100 crore – will probably hit the athlete and the taxpayer the hardest.STATE OF THE STADIA: The IOA’s decision to organise the Games at short notice means that the Nehru (top), Talkatora and National stadiums are only now being readiedThe Indian Olympic Association (IOA), organisers of the Afro-Asian Games, is treating them as a huge public-relations exercise for “promotion” of sports in Africa and Asia. “The Games will increase Afro-Asian solidarity,” says Suresh Kalmadi, working chairman of the AAG Organising Committee and president of the IOA.Kalmadi says the AAG are “an attempt to break the monopoly of Americans and Europeans. They (Europe and the US) get to host meets because they support each other’s candidature but there is no cooperation between Asia and Africa.”The AAG may in fact turn out to be a very expensive face-saving and public-relations exercise for Kalmadi and the IOA, whose track record, even in the Asian and African fraternity, is not good. India made a bid for the 2006 Asian Games and was supported only by one country – Bhutan – out of 44 Asian nations. Kalmadi’s explanation is that the IOA’s bid budget wasn’t big enough.advertisement”Other countries spend millions of dollars in bids but India spent only Rs 75 lakh. The result is for all to see.” However, none of the 100-plus members of the IOA contingent sent to the Sydney Olympics to lobby had stadia passes. An IOA official claims that lack of access to stadia and hotels prevented them from giving the Indian effort the edge. Unfazed, the IOA now wants to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games.Talkatora stadiumIt is difficult to understand why India, which lacks resources to bid for events, wants to spend Rs 100 crore on the AAG. In a departure from common practice, the Games organisers will offer free air tickets and five-star accommodation to players and officials. The only country to have offered free air travel was South Korea during the Seoul Olympics.But after being swamped by official requests, Seoul only paid for the athletes’ tickets. An IOAofficial claims that the money being showered on the event like confetti should have been spent on improvement of facilities and equipment for Indians. Kalmadi believes otherwise. “A spinoff of the Games would be updated sports stadia,” he says.Now the situation has reached such a pass that in a transparent attempt to please as many people in the IOA and the Government as possible, a gaggle of committees and subcommittees – with a total of 500 members – has been formed comprising a host of Sangh Parivar luminaries, apparently on Union Sports Minister Uma Bharati’s recommendation.National stadiumThese include editors of RSS mouthpieces – Sheshadri Chari of Organiser (vice-chairman, Ceremonies Committee) and Tarun Vijay of Panchajanya (vice-chairman, Media Committee) – about two dozen BJP youth wing leaders and MPs. Strangely enough, mountaineers Bachendri Pal and Santosh Yadav have been named on the Stadia Committee. BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha is chairman of the Hospitality Sub-committee. To compound matters, a number of members have already resigned since their consent was never procured before they were “appointed” on the various committees.Says BJP Rajya Sabha member Balbir Punj who resigned as chairman of the Marketing Committee: “My interest in sports was never more than watching a few matches on TV. I was not consulted before being given the task.”There are 27 committees, of which about five meet every day. Members who live outside Delhi are entitled to free airfare and a daily travel allowance of Rs 1,000. According to an Organising Committee circular, every committee member from outside Delhi is allowed to claim three days of travel allowance for a one-day meeting.”The Games will end US and European monopoly.”Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman, Organising Committee, AAGThe cost of hosting the Games has been revised three times: from an estimate of Rs 40 crore last year to Rs 56 crore after the addition of hockey and weightlifting to the disciplines.advertisementBy the time the Government clearance came in April this year, the cost was once again revised to Rs 110 crore.The Government will pitch in with Rs 37 crore for improvement of infrastructure and an additional Rs 20 crore for the conduct of the Games, leaving the organising committee to raise the remaining amount through sponsorship and sale of telecast and broadcast rights.An indication that the Games were poorly and sloppily planned came when it was discovered that they would coincide with major international tennis and hockey tournaments and club soccer leagues. Now the IOA is in an unholy haste to get the dates of the events of the hockey and tennis tournaments changed.At the moment there is no weightlifting federation in the country to select players for the AAG after a Kolkata court disbanded the ad-hoc federation in existence. If there ever was a shambles waiting to happen, the Afro-Asian Games would be its advertisement.last_img read more

Schumacher family asks for privacy before his 50th birthday

first_imgIn this Nov. 23, 2012 file photo, Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher, of Germany, sits in his car during a free practice at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil. APGLAND, Switzerland — Michael Schumacher’s family has asked for understanding as it continues to keep details of his health private ahead of the seven-time Formula One champion’s 50th birthday.In a statement published on Facebook on Wednesday, one day before his birthday, the family says: “You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him. Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA dreams big Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño No details on Schumacher’s current health were given. The former F1 champion suffered serious head injuries in an accident while he was skiing with his teenage son Mick in the French Alps at Meribel on Dec 29, 2013.Schumacher hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open the helmet. Doctors worked to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded. Schumacher’s condition stabilized after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionUpdates on his health have been scarce since he left hospital in September 2014 to be cared for privately at his Swiss home on the shores of Lake Geneva.“Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we!” the family said in the statement Wednesday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ “That’s why we remember his successes with the Michael Schumacher Private Collection exhibition in Cologne, by publishing memories in social media and by continuing his charitable work through the Keep Fighting Foundation. We want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

Donovan Mitchell dominates as Jazz thrash Lakers

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Utah broke the game open in the second quarter by holding Los Angeles without a field goal for nearly seven minutes. The Lakers trailed 41-34 after Ivica Zubac scored back-to-back baskets with 7:35 left. They did not get another basket until Javale McGee hit a short jumper with 55.1 seconds left in the half.Utah took advantage of the drought. The Jazz used an 18-4 run to open a 59-38 lead. Mitchell fueled much of the run with his play on both ends of the court. He drove for a pair of baskets, blocked a layup attempt by Kyle Kuzma, and fed a no-look pass to Ingles in the corner to set up his first 3-pointer of the night.Los Angeles trimmed Utah’s lead to 76-66 in the third quarter after Beasley made back-to-back baskets and hit a pair of free throws as part of a 10-0 run. The Lakers couldn’t cut it to single digits.Utah used a 14-5 run, capped by a layup from Gobert, to put it out of reach again and take a 95-73 lead with 7:03 left in the fourth quarter.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The Jazz also got a solid performance from Royce O’Neale, who went 5 for 12 from 3-point range on his to a season-high 17 points.Michael Beasley scored 17 points for the Lakers. Brandon Ingram added 15 points and Kyle Kuzma had 11 points and eight rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLos Angeles (23-20) lost for the sixth time in nine games without LeBron James in the lineup. James is out with a groin injury.All three Jazz point guards — Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum and Raul Neto — were sidelined with injuries. But Mitchell helped make up for his missing teammates. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lakers: James did not travel to Utah. … Kuzma went 0 of 8 from the field in the first half and shot just 4 of 18 (.222) from the floor overall. … Ingram scored just three points over the final three quarters.Jazz: Favors now has 3,986 career rebounds with Utah and passed Greg Ostertag (3,978) for fourth place on the Jazz rebounding list. … Mitchell scored 25-plus points for the fourth consecutive game. … O’Neale’s five 3-pointers equaled the team total for the Lakers.UP NEXTLakers: Host the Cavaliers on Sunday.Jazz: Host the Bulls on Saturday. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac (40) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell had 33 points and a career-high nine assists, helping the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-95 on Friday night.Utah (22-21) made 15 3-pointers in its fourth win in five games. Rudy Gobert had 12 points and a season-high 18 rebounds. Joe Ingles had 14 points and a career-high 12 boards, and Derrick Favors finished with 15 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue James Harden, Rockets overwhelm lowly Cavaliers View commentslast_img read more

200m Runner Archana Gets Late Invite From IAAF to Take Part in World Championships

first_img Archana SuseendranAthletics Federation of Indiahima dasiaaf First Published: September 20, 2019, 11:19 PM IST New Delhi: National Inter-State Championships 200m gold winner Archana Suseendran has been cleared to participate in the World Championships starting in Doha next week after the Athletics Federation of India accepted a late invite from the IAAF.After a review of the final entries, the world body, IAAF found that some of the qualified athletes would not be able to take part in the September 27 to October 6 showpiece event and sent out late invites. The deadline for the submission of final entries was on September 16 but the the IAAF opened a small window after maximum target of entries was not reached.In fact, the IAAF sent invites to three Indian athletes, all in women’s 200m. The three included Hima Das, who was ruled out of the championships due to her persistent back injury. The third invite was extended to S Dhanalakshmi but the AFI did not accept her name.Hima’s pet event is the 400m but she had run and won gold in 200m in five races of mediocre fields in July and August in Poland and Czech Republic, the best being 23.25 seconds at Tabor (Czech Republic).”We have accepted the invite of Archana but not of Dhanalakshmi as she did not have consistent good timings. Hima, of course, cannot run as she is injured,” an AFI official told PTI.The AFI had initially thought that Archana would get invite along with 100m runner Dutee Chand, who did not cross the qualifying mark but nevertheless made the cut as the IAAF need to have the target entry number in each event.The inclusion of Tamil Nadu athlete Archana will take the number of Indians in the World Championships to 27 but Anajali Devi’s participation in the women’s 400m will be subject to a confirmatory trial to be held in Patiala on Saturday.Archana’s best timing this season was the 23.18 seconds she clocked in the Indian Grand Prix in Patiala in August. Later, she won the gold in the National Inter-State Championships in Lucknow with a timing of 23.39 seconds.Dhanalakshmi has recorded 23.24 seconds in November last year in the National Inter-University Championships in Mangaluru. But after that, not much is known about her performances in 200m. She had won a silver in the 100m dash in the Indian Grand Prix in Patiala in February with a timing of 11.98 seconds. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

‘Dizzy’ Alexander Zverev Loses Racquet into Crowd on Way to Shanghai Last 16

first_img alexander zverevJeremy Chardyquarter finalsracquet First Published: October 9, 2019, 7:28 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Shanghai: Alexander Zverev said he suffered a dizzy spell during an entertaining 7-6 (15/13), 7-6 (7/3) win over French underdog Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday at the Shanghai Masters.In an incident-packed match, Zverev apologised to a television cameraman after the young German accidentally hit a ball flush into his jaw in winning a point. The 22-year-old was also seen by a doctor in the first set and in another colourful moment Zverev smashed his racquet on the floor during the mammoth first-set tie break.Zverev, ranked sixth in the world but suffering a poor season, was pushed all the way by the 71st-ranked Chardy before finally emerging in one hour and 48 minutes.”I felt a little dizzy and my head was spinning a little bit,” he said, explaining why he asked to see a doctor.”But the doctor didn’t speak a lot of English and all he wanted to do was give me pills for everything possible so I said I’d rather not take any pills and see if I feel better.”The second-set tie break had a lighter moment — Zverev losing his grip while hitting a shot, his racquet whizzing into the crowd.”It was definitely interesting,” the German smiled, referencing his flying racquet and his smash which hit the cameraman — neither intentional, he stressed.”The racquet accelerated too fast and flew about 10 rows up so I hope I did not hurt or hit anybody, but it was definitely not on purpose.”Zverev has long been talked about as the next big thing in men’s tennis, but only one of his 11 career titles has come this year. He is yet to win a Grand Slam.The fifth seed will play Andrey Rublev of Russia in the last 16. last_img read more

Disciplined Sunrisers knock KKR out, seal Qualifier 2 berth

first_img× SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on New Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrate after winning against KKR during an eliminator match of the IPL T20 at Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Vijay Verma(PTI5_25_2016_000318B)   –  PTI COMMENT SHARE IPL 2016center_img New Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrate after winning against KKR during an eliminator match of the IPL T20 at Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Vijay Verma(PTI5_25_2016_000318B)   –  PTI cricket COMMENTS Sunrisers Hyderabad produced a clinical performance to seal their place in the Qualifier 2 as they crushed the hopes of two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders with a comfortable 22 runs win in the IPL Eliminator, here tonight.After putting on 162 for eight, riding on Yuvraj Singh’s 30-ball 44, Sunrisers came up with a fine bowling performance and accurate catching to restrict KKR to 140 for eight to progress to the Qualifier 2 stage for the first time since making their debut in 2013.Sunrsiers will now take on the losers of the Qualifier 1, Gujarat Lions on Friday for their maiden entry into the summit clash of the tournament.Chasing the target, KKR did not have the best of starts as they lost Robin Uthappa (11) early, caught by Moises Henriques at short extra cover off left-arm pacer Barinder Sran (1/29) in the second over.In-form KKR captain Gautam Gambhir (28) and Colin Munro (16) then stitched a 38-run partnership before Yuvraj brilliance on the field led to the dismissal of the latter.Yuvraj caught Munro short of the crease with a direct hit from the point with just one stump to aim at as KKR slumped to 53 for two after seven overs.To make matters worse for KKR, Gambhir returned to the pavilion an over later while going for a big shot only to miscue it to substitute fielder V Shankar at long-on off Ben Cutting.Manish Pandey (36) and Suryakumar Yadav (23) then put on 46-runs for the fifth wicket to keep KKR in the hunt. Both Pandey and Yadav played sensibly by rotating the strike and struck fours and sixes when bad deliveries came their way.With KKR needing 53 off the last five overs, the ever-climbing asking rate took a toll on Yadav as he departed in search of a big shot, caught by a running Shikhar Dhawan at midwicket boundary off Henriques (2/17).But KKR’s hopes were finally dashed when their top-scorer Pandey holed out at the long-on boundary off Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/19).Earlier, young spinner Kuldeep Yadav scalped three wickets as Kolkata Knight Riders produced a fine bowling performance to restrict Hyderabad to a manageable total.Left-arm bowler Kuldeep returned with figures of three for 35 to deny Sunrisers a huge total and was ably supported by Morne Morkel (2/31) and Jason Holder (2/33).Sunrisers were dealt a big blow when Shikhar Dhawan departed in the last ball of the second over.Dhawan started on a bright note and struck Morkel for back-to-back boundaries before perishing in search of one too many as the South African pacer went through his defence.Warner and Moises Henriques then stitched a fine 59-run stand for the second wicket that came off 46 balls to stabilize Sunrisers innings before Kuldeep scalped two wickets in consecutive balls to derail the Hyderabad outfit.Brief Scores:Sunrisers Hyderabad: 162 for 8 in 20 overs. (Yuvraj Singh 44, Moises Henriques 31; K Yadav 3/35, M Morkel 2/31).Kolkata Knight Riders: 140 for 8 in 20 overs. (Manish Pandey 36, Gautam Gambhir 28; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/19, Moises Henriques 2/17). May 25, 2016last_img read more

NBA: Cavaliers to acquire Sam Dekker from Clippers

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementESPN Senior NBA Insider reporter Adrian Wojnarowski reports that former Wisconsin native, former Badgers forward Sam Dekker will be traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Cleveland Cavaliers.Cleveland is also acquiring Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, according to ESPN. Dekker is being acquired with the Cavs’ $5.8 million trade exception created in the Kyrie Irving trade with Boston last summer.The deal also includes the exchange of draft rights to European players on both sides and won’t be completed for a couple of days, a source said.Dekker, 24, will earn $2.76 million this season and will be a restricted free agent next summer. He played in 73 games for the Clippers last season, averaging 4.2 points in about 12 minutes per game. He spent the previous two seasons with Houston.Dekker was in Stoughton this week for a youth basketball camp with ProStart Sports at the Sports Enhancement Academy. “It’s so cool. It’s so cool seeing the youth being excited about basketball,” Dekker said after signing dozens of autographs on Thursday.The Rockets drafted Dekker 18th in 2015 after the Sheboygan native elected to pass on his final year of college eligibility to turn pro. Dekker came out of high school as a five-star prospect in 2012 to become one of only four true freshmen to start under Bo Ryan.Also Read-NBA: President Trump insults LeBron James’s intelligencelast_img read more

Pakistan include Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Sami in Asia Cup, World T20 squads

first_imgPakistan included opening batsman Sharjeel Khan and fast bowler Mohammad Sami in its Asia Cup and World Twenty20 squads on Monday after injuries to Babar Azam and Ruman Raees.Khan, who played the last of his three T20s in 2013, guided Islamabad United to the Pakistan Super League final with a century in the playoff win against Shahid Afridi-led Peshawar Zalmi at Dubai on Sunday. (Also read: Viv Richards wants to coach Pakistan) Khan replaced Azam, who broke his left forearm during practice in the PSL, and was out for three to four weeks, the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement.Khan hammered 117 off 62 balls to score the first century in the PSL against the likes of Wahab Riaz and Shaun Tait. The left-handed Khan has 287 runs in 10 PSL matches at a healthy strike rate of 151.05.Raees, a left-arm fast bowler, has a grade one hamstring strain, and was replaced by fast bowler Sami, who has taken 11 wickets in the PSL.Islamabad United batsman Kalid Latif, who scored 190 runs in the PSL, has been included in the World T20 squad in place of Iftikhar Ahmed.Chief selector Haroon Rasheed said Pakistan had an option to make changes in its World T20 squad before March 8, and after watching Latif’s performance in the PSL it was decided to leave out Ahmed.”Khalid Latif could not be made part of the Asia Cup squad due to some technical reasons, but would join the squad for the World Twenty20,” Rasheed said.The Asia Cup starts in Bangladesh this week, and the World T20 in India next month.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgPraising hard-hitting opener Martin Guptill, Elliott said Praising hard-hitting opener Martin Guptill, Elliott said New Zealand is benefiting for the faith shown in him by the selectors. “He went through a tough time. But the selectors were confident and stuck with him. New Zealand cricket is reaping the benefit. We are very fortunate to have someone as explosive with him at the top. He will be one of the senior batters in the team. We are seeing someone who is really maturing as a player.” Another South Africa-born teammate Colin Munro, who made his T20 debut in 2012, said he prefers batting at number three as it gives him more freedom. “I prefer batting at three because its give me more freedom than at 6 and 7. At number three I can go out and play my natural game, so number three suits my game,” said the left handed batsman. “India is going to be a tough (side), playing in their conditions. They are playing very good cricket at the moment as well. But we are worried about our preparations.” The 28-year-old player said that retired Brendon McCullum, who was aggressive both in his batting and approach as captain, had asked him to adopt a similar approach. “The biggest thing he (Brendon McCullum) said to me was to take the aggressive option. Both McCullum and (current captain Kane) Williamson take the aggressive option (as captain). Obviously Kane is going to bring his own style into the game, the way he leads. Kane has learnt a lot from Brendon,” he added. MORE PTI NRB SSR NP KHS AT BASadvertisementlast_img read more

Kolkata club fest

first_imgRussa Youngmen’s Association, which looks like an innocuous shelter in the shade of a huge krishnachura tree, gets totally transformed as daylight fades and the birds retire for the day. Young and middle-aged men, many of them party supporters, keep trooping in and make a beeline for the Trinamool Congress,Russa Youngmen’s Association, which looks like an innocuous shelter in the shade of a huge krishnachura tree, gets totally transformed as daylight fades and the birds retire for the day. Young and middle-aged men, many of them party supporters, keep trooping in and make a beeline for the Trinamool Congress office just across the street. The sports association, meant for coaching boys in carrom and chess, also shifts itself from the humble abode to the sprawling portico (actually the pavement) of the TMC party office of ward No. 84, in South Kolkata, just a kilometre away from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s residence. What follows is the tutoring of the young brigade in the art of ‘conducting’ polls and of being committed cadre.Welcome to one of the 7,500 clubs which have popped up in Kolkata and its suburbs, with their ‘offices’ in the dingy allies, obscure lanes, the main thoroughfares, under a tree, or on the benches at a tea stall, all of them vying for a piece of the TMC government’s yearly dole for ‘clubs’ (Rs 2 lakh in the first year and one lakh for the subsequent four years).Ground supportSince 2012, Mamata Banerjee has been spending lavishly on these local clubs. Officially, of course, the funds are to promote sports and extra-curricular activities among the jobless youth. But in reality, the ruling party uses the clubs as a front for assembling the local unemployed men and the toughs under the TMC banner. It ensures them a steady supply of funds and political patronage for their allegedly nefarious activities in exchange for allegiance during election time.advertisementThese are chief minister Didi’s damaal (wild) brothers, indulged even if they are dushtu (naughty), the ones with a licence to break all the rules. Banerjee herself has defended their actions many a time, saying it’s a part of the nature of youth to be a bit wild.”Forget the drunken brawls, eve-teasing and other nuisance, the club boys have a free licence to extort money,” says veteran Congress leader Arunava Ghosh. “They came to my house asking for Rs 5,000 for organising a pithe-puli utsav (a festival of rice pudding and pies, typical of Bengali culture). They will seek entry by saying kaku (uncle) and extort money by taking out a chaku (knife). This is the club culture going on in every locality.”Russa Youngmen’s Association shifts base to the TMC office across the street. Photo: Subir HalderThe late CPI(M) leader Subhas Chakrabarty’s wife Ramola, who was a candidate in the Bidhannagar municipality election, shudders when she recalls how hoodlums and anti-socials from the clubs of Rajarhat, Mahisbathan, Late Town and Sreebhumi descended on the area the night before the municipality elections in Salt Lake last year.”Salt Lake was chock-a-block with outsiders. Three thousand men, mostly boys, moved in the night before and were camping in my ward. The next day they resorted to threats, intimidation and large-scale violence to terrorise valid voters. People were prevented from stepping out of their houses to cast their votes. Those who braved the warnings were threatened on the way to the booth,” Ramola says, recounting how former Left Front finance minister Asim Dasgupta’s area saw atrocities on women and the aged alike.In good humourSuch services, of course, come at a premium. And the leaders of the ruling party know how to keep the club boys in good humour. Be it any festival, the Duttabad Sporting Club, Tarun Sangha and Ankur Club on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass arrange lavish spreads for club members and other locals. Incidentally, these clubs only started receiving dole last year before the municipal election. “Biryani and booze are a must for any occasion…the cost is met by the local councillors,” says Bapi of Tarun Sangha.”MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay has given us Rs 6 lakh and MLA Sadhan Pande is always recommending jobs for our boys. Ministers like Madan Mitra and Arup Biswas have committed Rs 4.5 lakh as dole. The Trinamool leaders have helped our club grow from a shabby asbestos shed structure to a two-storeyed building. So if they want something in return, what’s the harm? If Sadhanda asks me to arrange people for a rally, I will pick up boys from 10 local clubs and take out a bike rally,” says international weightlifter Amit Das, president of the Bhratri Sangha Byam Samiti. The club, which dates back to the 1960s, has seen a huge boost to its fortunes since the TMC came to power in 2012. So the club members, who are mostly bodybuilders, are indebted to the powers that be in more ways than one.advertisementElection day”Such is the clout of these local club boys that even booth-level officers, who are the Election Commissioner’s men, are unable to do their jobs. They have sent many of them back saying they know their area and people better and are capable of correcting the lists themselves,” says Arunava Ghosh. Tapan Bhattacharya, one of the few elders attached to the Russa Youngmen’s Association, corroborates this. But his version says the Election Commission’s men did not turn up, which is why the club boys were forced to go about distributing voter’s slips and doing other odd jobs.Not only this, in the last municipality election in Salt Lake and the suburbs, both the local (pada) boys and outsiders took upon themselves the responsibility to chaperone voters to the booths. “From early morning on, we saw bikers in large numbers taking over the streets. Many of us, mostly the elderly, were under house arrest. We felt like strangers in our own locality having to negotiate between a motley crowd who were zooming around, either asking us to go back home or leading us to the polling station. People have seen how a 70-year-old was thrown on the road and beaten up by hooligans. No boys from the local clubs intervened, obviously because of their complicity,” says A.P. Chaudhuri, a resident of Salt Lake. Kolkata North MP Sudip Banerjee has even been heard saying at a club rally that supporters “needn’t take the party flag or wear the party badge. Just ensure the TMC wins in large numbers”.Meanwhile, over the last four years, Mamata Banerjee has consistently increased the budget for the clubs, from Rs 15.5 crore in 2012 to Rs 150 crore in 2015-16. The number of beneficiaries has also gone up, from several hundred to over 7,000.Money talksIn the first four years of TMC rule, the government’s debt has escalated to over Rs 1 lakh crore, mostly due to the various populist measures of the CM. The Rs 300 crore spent on the clubs in the last three years has now invited the ire of the accountant-general’s office.The CAG has pulled up the state sports and youth affairs department repeatedly and sought explanation on the splurging beyond budgetary allocation. Recently in the Calcutta High Court, Justice Debangshu Basak, while hearing a case on the salary dues of 17 months of 91 teachers of Murshidabad (recruited under a central scheme now scrapped), has asked the state government to pay from the fund which is disbursing money to the clubs. He has set a deadline of four weeks for compliance, beginning on February 16.But even such indictments have failed to rouse either the minister concerned or the secretaries of the department. In fact, everyone is tight-lipped as far as the question of clubs are concerned. Syed Ahmed Baba, current secretary of the sports and youth affairs department, politely turned away this correspondent. “It’s not a good topic to ask. If you have nothing else to discuss, you may leave,” he said, even forgetting that he had ordered tea. The department has witnessed a change in the principal secretary at least five times in the last four years, which speaks volumes on why officials prefer to stay mum. Minister Arup Biswas also could not be contacted even after repeated attempts. Mails to his official website also went unanswered.advertisementForget the rulesThe rules say that a club qualifying for dole has to be registered, should have a bank account, proper papers, lease, ownership or tenancy rights of the land. However, no one bothers to go by the rule book in Bengal. Like in Gouribari lane in North Kolkata, a group of young boys who mostly used to loiter around, got together, collected subscription and organised a Saraswati puja just to get the tag of a club and claim money. Incidentally, they don’t even have a proper club room. A small room at an acquaintance’s house is drawing money from the government. Though they have put up a big hoarding in the name of the club, and proclaimed that it has a registration number and dates back to 1988, a member admits they are less than three months old.The Russa Youngmen’s Association holds no such pretensions, its official address is the TMC party office, a sprawling two-storeyed dilapidated building on Manohar Pukur Road. “This is the place where Mamata Banerjee used to hold all her important party meetings of South Kolkata, prior to the construction of the Trinamool Congress Bhawan on E.M. Bypass,” says senior member Tapan Bhattacharya.In fact, within the premises of the same party office, another club, the Youth Club of No. 84 ward, is running the show. “It doesn’t even need to be a club to claim money from the government. Block committees, residential plots in Salt Lake, they are all getting money from the sports department. The average age of members on such committees is 50-70 years, they are good for no sports. Yet they are drawing money to maintain community halls and such, letting them out for marriage and other purposes,” says Arunava Ghosh.Veteran TMC leader and the party’s chief whip in the legislative assembly, Sovondeb Chattopadhyay, in whose constituency Russa Youngmen’s Association falls, says that a majority of the clubs were products of the previous Left Front regime and the culture of using them for political ends was their brainchild. “Some clubs may have earned a bad name, but I would say that 75 per cent are working for the betterment of society and are utilising government funds well,” says Chattopadhyay. In fact, he says the practice of using clubs or gymnasiums (akharas ) as hubs for imparting secret training (to the revolutionaries and nationalist leaders) dates back to colonised India.In all this, an interesting feature is that there is no thumb rule for selection. It is completely at the discretion of the MLAs, MPs and people’s representatives of the ruling party on which clubs are selected.According to a sports department official, who requested anonymity, each of the 294 MLAs in the state legislative assembly was entitled to a quota of 10 clubs within his constituency. However, MLAs of the Opposition parties, the Left, Congress and BJP have heard of no such thing. “When Madan Mitra was sports minister, his locality, Bhowanipur, saw the maximum number of clubs getting dole. Now, Arup Biswas’s constituency is seeing a mushrooming of clubs,” the official says. Last year, before the corporation elections, councillors of the Trinamool Congress were allowed to disburse dole to clubs of their choice. This year, the TMC MLAs are calling the shots.Frenzy of patronagePatronage to the clubs has reached such a frenzy that recently the owner of a 42 cottah plot in Naktala in South Kolkata had to beat a retreat after the former police commissioner, Surajit Kar Purakayastha, and civic authorities, armed with a high court order, failed to evict a club-cum-multi-gym from the land. The club is patronised by the local Trinamool Congress councillor and even sports minister Arup Biswas keeps dropping in often. “Who is Ramola Chakrabarty to talk about bringing boys from different clubs and engaging them in rigging and other malpractices? Her husband (Subhas Chakrabarty) did the same thing in Salt Lake, Rajarhat, Dum Dum in the heyday of the CPI(M). No genuine voters could vote,” says a Trinamool Congress leader.The same leader recounted an incident a few weeks ago when Arup Biswas and some club boys helped rescue an injured bridegroom and his friends from a mangled accident vehicle to justify that the clubs are not all that bad. A brief bit of civic duty, no doubt, before the rampage begins.last_img read more


first_img# Kohli has amassed 273 runs at an average of 136.50 in # Kohli has amassed 273 runs at an average of 136.50 in five innings — his second highest tally in World T20 event, behind the 319 (ave.106.33) in six innings in 2013-14. These two tallies are the best for India in World T20. # Kohli has recorded an average of 86.33 while totalling 777 runs in 16 innings, including nine fifties, in World T20. His superb average is the highest by any batsman in World T20 (minimum ten innings). His career batting average of 58.60 in T20Is is also the highest — his aggregate being 1641 in 40 innings. The next highest average is almost 20 less — 38.96 by Aaron Finch (Australia). # Johnson Charles (52 off 36 balls) has recorded his second fifty in World T20 – the first being a career-best 84 vs England at Pallekele on September 27, 2012. His only other half century in T20is is 57 vs Australia at Brisbane on February 13 2013. # Charles and Simmons were associated in a stand of 97 for the third wicket – West Indies highest for any wicket vs India in T20. The next highest for them is 80 (unbroken) for the fourth wicket in the same match by Simmons and Andre Russell. # The 97-run stand is West Indies highest for the third wicket in World T20, surpassing the 83 between Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo vs Australia at Colombo (RPS) on October 5, 2012. # Eleven sixes conceded by India is the joint second highest by India in a T20I – the highest being 16 to Australia at Bridgetown on May 7, 2010. PTI Cor CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgIt is this easy-to-use approach that the team at Oye It is this easy-to-use approach that the team at Oye Captain also believes will appeal to a wider audience and will be their USP. “Fantasy sports is growing globally at an astronomical rate of 41%. So there is a sizeable market that is consuming the product already,” says Tanmay Sahay,CMO at Oye Captain. “Whats exciting about fantasy sports here in India is the diverse user base we can tap into. What makes Oye Captain different is a simple, clean and intuitive user interface that is easy to understand and fun to use. You can hand pick your own team, and watch it compete over a single match, or over an entire series. As a diehard cricket fan myself, I can think of no better way for sports enthusiasts to get more involved with the sports they already love watching.” Oye Captain has already struck a few strategic business collaborations with other big players in the market that they believe is going to give them a competitive edge and accelerate their growth. Over the next two months, Oye Captain hopes to cash in heavily on the IPL buzz. About Mirch Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Mirch Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. is one of Indias fastest growing online gaming brands already operating Thrill Poker [ ], one of the foremost providers of online poker to the Indian market. Media Contact Tanmay Sahay +91-9871134177 Chief Marketing Officer Oye Captain Source: Mirch Entertainment Pvt. Ltd PRNewswire GSVadvertisementlast_img read more

Taiwanese textile cos looking to partner Indian firms

first_imgMumbai, Apr 17 (PTI) Taiwanese composite and technical textile companies are exploring partnership opportunities with Indian firms across various industries to meet their growing demand.Indias technical textile industry is expected to grow at a rate of 20 per cent annually to touch USD 30 billion over the next five years. The composite industry is also pegged at USD 2.2 billion with an expected growth of 15 per cent per annum over the next four years.”India is a very dynamic market with a lot of potential and scope for Taiwanese companies to expand their exports. Taiwanese composite and technical textile companies are keen to penetrate their products in India with the growing demand and consumption of technical textiles across multiple industries and sectors,” Taiwan Textile Federation Overseas Market Development Specialist Sean Tsai told PTI here.The Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) and Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) are forming the Taiwan Pavilion for the fourth time jointly with Taiwan Composites Association (TCA) participating in Technotex 2016, organised by the Ministry of Textiles and an industry body in Mumbai this week.Nineteen leading Taiwanese companies producing high-end composites, innovative technical textiles, raw materials, accessories and non-woven machinery will exhibit their products at the event.The multiple industries and sectors Taiwan is focusing on include automotive, defence, police, fire departments, sports gear and apparel, rainwear, outdoor tents and canopies and protective and safety products among others.”We expect quite a few of the exhibitors have buyers in India and some are showcasing their products for the first time and looking forward to collaborating with Indian buyers for their products,” Tsai said.advertisementHe pointed out that Taiwans functional textiles market has invested a lot of resources in textile technology innovation. PTI AP NRB ABK ABMlast_img read more

Organising committee studying FC Goa order: ISL

first_imgNew Delhi, May 6 (PTI) Indian Super League today said that its organising committee was in the process of studying the order pronounced by its regulatory commission which slapped FC Goa a whopping Rs 11 crore fine while banning their two co-owners for a few seasons for “bringing disrepute” to the tournament. “The ISL organising committee is in the process of studying the order pronounced by its five member eminent and independent regulatory commission headed by Honble Mr Justice D A Mehta,” the ISL said in a statement. “We thank the jury for completing the hearing in less than five months, considering the delays caused due to several extensions sought by FC Goa,” it added. The ISL said it was committed to upholding the spirit of the game. “ISL stands committed to upholding the true spirit of the beautiful game and the fans interest first. ISL will continue to invest in Indian football, until we as a nation realise our true potential in this sport. “ISL in less than two years of its existence is being recognised as the Brand of Indian football in the global market. This is the result of dedication, foresight, commitment and hard work of all the stakeholders involved in ISL including AIFF, FSDL, its league owners, players and most importantly the fans.” the statement said. Yesterday, the five-member ISL Regulatory Commission headed by Justice (Retd) D A Mehta banned FC Goa co-owners Srinivas Dempo and Dattaraj Salgaocar from taking part in any ISL activities for two and three seasons respectively while the franchise was slapped a total fine of Rs 11 crore for “bringing disrepute” to the league. The decisions were related to the controversy surrounding the scuffle between Chennaiyin FCs Brazillian marquee player Elano Blumer and FC Goa officials after the ISL second season final in Margao in December last. PTI PDS SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Roger Federer beats rising German player Alexander Zverev at Rome Masters

first_imgRoger Federer put his full array of shots on display in a 6-3, 7-5 win over Alexander Zverev in the second round of the Italian Open on Wednesday.After withdrawing from last week’s Madrid Open with lower back pain, Federer looked sharp from the start against the 44th-ranked Zverev, using his backhand slice drop shot especially well.The 19-year-old Zverev, considered a potential future Grand Slam champion, often found himself running down shots wide in the alleys. At one point, the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) German was pulled so far off the court he ended up in the lap of a line judge then hugged the official after Federer put away an easy volley.On the first point of the final game, Federer surprised Zverev by following his second serve to the net and Zverev lost his footing as he attempted to chase down Federer’s volley. The German fell to the clay, dirtying his shorts and shirt, and had to go over to his chair to dust himself off.Kerber, Azarenka stunnedIn women’s action, Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber and fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka each lost.Eugenie Bouchard, the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up, beat the second-seeded Kerber 6-1, 5-7, 7-5. Irina-Camelia Begu, ranked 35th, defeated Azarenka 6-3, 6-2.Azarenka said she was still affected by a back injury that prompted her to withdraw in Madrid.”I thought I was OK and was ready to play and came back, so I’m just disappointed,” Azarenka said. “It’s just unfortunate that I can’t play my best tennis.”advertisementAlso, 11th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky defeated Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-2, 6-4.Back to No. 2 in the rankings this week, Federer is attempting to take the title at the Foro Italico for the first time. It’s his 16th apppearance in Rome and he’s a four-time runner-up.Federer eyes Lendl recordFederer will next meet 13th-seeded Dominic Thiem, who beat Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-3, 6-2.Federer needs one more win to pull level with Ivan Lendl for second on the Open Era career match wins list with 1,071. Jimmy Connors is No. 1 with 1,257 wins.Federer is in a tough half of the draw that also features top-ranked Novak Djokovic and seven-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal each of whom were playing later on an overcast day in the Eternal City.Rome is the last major warmup for the French Open, which starts May 22.last_img read more