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  3rd ODI: England v Pakistan at Nottingham
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 07:50 AM - Replies (4)

Pakistan tour of England and Ireland, 3rd ODI: England v Pakistan at Nottingham, Aug 30, 2016

Match scheduled to begin at 14:00 local time (13:00 GMT) 18:30 IST

England Squad
EJG Morgan*, MM Ali, JM Bairstow, JT Ball, JC Buttler†, LA Dawson, AD Hales, CJ Jordan, LE Plunkett, AU Rashid, JE Root, JJ Roy, BA Stokes, DJ Willey, CR Woakes, MA Wood

Pakistan Squad
Azhar Ali*, Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz (3), Mohammad Rizwan†, Sami Aslam, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah

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  PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar Conferred Khel Ratna Along With Jitu Rai
Posted by: nairrk - 08-29-2016 06:52 PM - No Replies

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New Delhi: It was a celebration of woman power in sports as Olympic stars PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar were on Monday conferred India's highest sporting honour -- the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna -- along with shooter Jitu Rai in a gleaming awards ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here.

For the first time in the history of National Sports Awards, four athletes were chosen for the Khel Ratna honour, owing to the three girls' superlative show at the Rio Olympics.

In 2009, three athletes -- boxers Vijender Singh and M C Mary Kom and wrestler Sushil Kumar -- had been given this award together.

Shuttler Sindhu won a historic silver in the women's singles, Sakshi won India's first ever medal (bronze) in women's wrestling while Dipa grabbed a piece of history for herself with a fourth place finish in artistic gymnastics with her now famous Produnova vault.

Shooter Jitu Rai was always a contender after consistently producing medal-winning performances in the last two years, including gold at the Asian and Commonwealth Games along with a silver at the World Championships.

The four Khel Ratnas, who were greeted with a loud round of applause when they walked up to receive their awards from President Pranab Mukherjee, received a medal, certificate and cash prize of Rs. 7.5 lakh each.

Also honoured were 15 Arjuna awardees who received statuettes, certificates and award money of Rs.5 lakh each.

Long distance runner Lalita Babar, who finished a creditable 10th in the 3000m steeplechase in the Rio Games, boxer Shiva Thapa, only the third Indian to win a World Championships medal last year, and hockey players VR Raghunath and Rani Rampal were among those who received the Arjuna award.

Cricketer Ajinkya Rahane, who was also selected for the Arjuna Award, missed out on the ceremony as he is in the United States with the Indian team for a Twenty20 series against the West Indies.

Teen Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, the first Indian athlete to become a world champion at any level with a gold medal at the U-20 World Championship, was also among the Arjuna winners this year.

Goalkeeper Subrata Paul was the lone footballer in the list of Arjuna awardees, which also included shooter Apurvi Chandela and wrestler Vinesh Phogat.

Vinesh received her award while seated on wheelchair as she is recovering from a knee injury sustained in her second-round bout during the Rio Olympic Games.

This year's Dronacharya Award was conferred upon six coaches, the most notable among them being Dipa's coach Bishweshwar Nandi and India Test team captain Virat Kohli's mentor Raj Kumar Sharma.


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  Suspended Super Kings, Royals exempted from annual franchise fee
Posted by: nairrk - 08-29-2016 09:31 AM - No Replies

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Chennai Super Kings had already paid Rs 11 crore, which will be refunded

The BCCI has exempted Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from paying the annual IPL franchise fee during their suspension period, between 2016 and 2017. It is understood that the board made the decision during its most recent working committee meeting in Delhi, and has agreed to return the first instalment of the fee paid by the franchises.

While there was no comment forthcoming from the Royals camp, a Super Kings official confirmed that the two franchises have now withdrawn legal proceedings after the board opted to settle the matter out of court. After the board had insisted on the payment being made, Super Kings had contended that they need not pay the fee while they were not playing. However, it is learnt that the Super Kings paid the first instalment of around Rs 11 crore in protest, before filing a case in the Bombay High Court.

"There is no need to pay the franchise fee when we are suspended," the CSK official told ESPNcricinfo. "They will refund the franchise fee which we have paid so far [under protest]. We have already withdrawn the case from the Bombay High Court.

"When they asked for the full and final [instalment] of payment, we approached the court for a stay and then we invoked the arbitration clause. Arbitrators were also in favour [of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals], so they [BCCI] went for an out of court settlement."

The BCCI's change of heart comes following a stand-off with the franchises over the matter for more than six months. Super Kings and Royals were suspended for two years in July 2015, following the corruption scandal in IPL 2013, and two new franchises inducted into the league in the interim.


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  ISL Season 3 to be held from October 1 to December 18
Posted by: mmadhankumar - 08-28-2016 12:11 PM - Replies (2)

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Season three of the Indian Super League football would be held from October 1 to December 18, with the opening game scheduled in Guwahati and the venues of the two-legged semi finals to be decided later.

League’s promoters, Football Sports Development Ltd, on Friday announced the ISL fixtures featuring 61 games spread across 79 days played in a home-away league format, to be followed by the semi-finals and the final. All the matches will kick off at 7 pm.

For the third year running John Abraham-owned club North East United FC would take on Sachin Tendulkar owned Kerala Blasters FC in the season opener, to be held at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.

The first leg of the semi finals are scheduled on December 10 and 11 followed by the second leg on December 13 and 14 leading up to the final on December 18.

ISL season three to be held from October 1 to December 18 | The Indian Express

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  Afghanistan, Bangladesh in talks for ODI series in September
Posted by: nairrk - 08-28-2016 11:11 AM - Replies (1)

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Afghanistan have played three limited-overs matches against Bangladesh, with the previous match coming during the 2015 World Cup

Afghanistan are in talks with the BCB to play their first bilateral ODI series against Bangladesh in Dhaka next month, the Afghanistan Cricket Board has said. The ACB and the BCB have not yet decided on the number of matches but the series could be held after the Eid holidays, which fall around September 11 and 12.

"We are in talks with the BCB to play the series next month but we are yet to sign the Memorandum of Understanding [MoU]," ACB media manager Aziz Gharwal told ESPNcricinfo. "We haven't yet set dates for the matches but we will soon publish the dates on our website."

The BCB is looking to play a home ODI series before England's arrival next month, and ESPNcricinfo learned that the board is in talks with one other team, apart from Afghanistan. Akram Khan, the chairman of BCB's cricket operations, said: "We are still in talks with them but we cannot confirm anything at the moment."

England's tour of Bangladesh is scheduled to begin on October 7.

If the series against Afghanistan is confirmed, Bangladesh will play their first ODI matches since November 2015. They have only played T20Is in 2016; their last international fixture was in March.

Bangladesh have faced Afghanistan twice in ODIs and once in T20 internationals. The two teams met in the 50-over format during the 2014 Asia Cup - where Afghanistan won by 32 runs - and the 2015 World Cup. Their only T20 international clash came during the 2014 World T20 in Mirpur.


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