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  ICC ODI Rankings Top Spot Beckons Virat Kohli & Co in Kolkata
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 07:26 PM - No Replies

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New Delhi: The Indian cricket team will storm onto the top spot in the ICC ODI Rankings if they manage to beat Australia in the second match of the five-match series at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

Virat Kohli and his troops are currently ranked second in the table, two points behind top-placed South Africa. Meanwhile, Australia — who lost to India in the first ODI by 26 runs (D/L) — are marginally behind the 'Men in Blue' at third.

A win for India in the second ODI will see them leapfrog the Proteas into first spot as they will be ahead on decimal points. While a loss for India will see the table remain unchanged as it was before this series began — South Africa will be first, Australia will be second and India third.

History suggests that India is in a strong position to do the needful as in the last three outings against Australia in a bilateral series at home, the 'Men in Blue' haven't lost the second match of the series against their illustrious rivals. (2009 - India won the 2nd ODI by 99 runs at Nagpur ; 2010 - India won the 2nd ODI by 5 wickets at Vizag ; 2013 - India won the 2nd ODI by 9 wickets at Jaipur).

Also, recent form also puts India in the driver's seat as Virat Kohli's boys are on a seven-match winning streak in ODIs, while Australia have lost their last 9 ODIs away from home.

If India do take a 2-0 lead in the series, they will go on to lead the charts in both ICC ODI and Test rankings. India is also the number-one ranked Test side, 15 points ahead of South Africa.

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  MS Dhoni Nominated for Padma Bhushan Award by BCCI
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 03:15 PM - No Replies

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New Delhi: The Indian cricket board has nominated Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the country's third highest civilian award — the Padma Bhushan — for his contribution to the game. A senior BCCI official confirmed that the Board has only sent one name for the Padma awards this year and it was a unanimous decision to nominate India's most successful captain.

"Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated by the BCCI for the Padma Bhushan award. There was no doubt among the members that Dhoni has impeccable credentials. Two World titles (2011 50-over World Cup and 2007 World T20), nearly 10,000 runs, 90 Test matches. There is no one better than him, who could have been nominated," a senior BCCI official said.

The BCCI has not sent any other nominations for the Padma awards this year. The 36-year-old has scored 9737 runs in 302 ODIs besides 4876 runs in 90 Test matches. He has also played 78 T20 Internationals, notching up 1212 runs.

He has 16 international hundreds (6 in Tests and 10 in ODIs) along with 100 international half-centuries. As a wicketkeeper, Dhoni has held 584 catches across formats (256 in Tests, 285 in ODIs and 43 in T20 Internationals). He has also effected 163 stumpings. Dhoni is already a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna, Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Padma Shri award.

If Dhoni is conferred with Padma Bhushan, he will become the 11th Indian cricketer to get the third highest civilian honour. Some of the notable international cricketers, who have been the recipients of Padma Bhushan award are Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Chandu Borde, Prof DB Deodhar, Col CK Nayudu, and Lala Amarnath.

The lesser known names include Raja Bhalindra Singh of Patiala, who played 13 first-class matches, and Vijaya Anand -- the Maharaja of Vizianagram, who was India's captain during their 1936 tour to England.

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  2nd ODI India vs Australia at Kolkata, 21 Sep 17
Posted by: mukesh - Yesterday 02:23 PM - No Replies

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India (From): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli©, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami wktbatball

Australia (From): David Warner, Travis Head, Steven Smith©, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade(w), Peter Handscomb, James Faulkner, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson wktbatball

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  No room for Australia, New Zealand in Asian Games: OCA chief
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 09:42 AM - No Replies

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Ashkabat: The influential head of the Olympic Council of Asia has dashed hopes that athletes from Oceania nations, including Australia and New Zealand, might be able to compete in the Asian Games from 2022.

Athletes from the two countries took part in the Asian Winter Games as "guests" in Sapporo earlier this year and the Australian Olympic Committee said talks were being held about extending the invitation to the summer versions.

Nineteen Oceania nations are represented for the first time at the ongoing Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan but OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah said the Asian Games was already too big.

"I hope at the next Indoor Games we will have the same experience and Oceania will continue with us in the Indoor Games," he told a news conference, adding that the Asian Beach Games might also be an option for Oceania athletes.

"With the Asian Games we are already at 15,000 athletes and officials and we cannot add to that number.

"In the Beach Games and Indoor Games we can continue to have our coordination and cooperation, but for the Asian Games the number is very high and we cannot have an Olympic Village with more than 15,000 people."

Next year`s version of the quadrennial Asian Games, which is second in size only to the Summer Olympics, takes place in Indonesia with the 2022 edition scheduled for Hangzhou, China.

Australia has long entertained the idea of forging closer ties with Asia in the hope of exposing their athletes to stiffer competition.

In 2006, Australia`s national soccer body ditched Oceania to join the Asian Football Confederation but previous attempts to compete at the Asian Games have failed.

They had the backing of China, who want tougher competition especially for their swimmers, but not Sheikh Ahmad, who is also the president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) representing more than 200 countries worldwide.

AOC President John Coates, another influential member of the International Olympic Committee, said in Sapporo in February that participating in the Asian Games would be "very good" for Australia.

"Discussions are underway and I believe there would be great interest in the Asian Games amongst our member sports," he said.

"Particularly in sports where the Asian countries are strong such as gymnastics, badminton and table tennis."

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  MCA makes history by appointing woman as senior office-bearer
Posted by: nairrk - 09-19-2017 12:20 PM - No Replies

The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) made history on Monday by appointing a woman, 30-year-old Priyanka Thorave, as its treasurer.

This is the first time that a woman will be a senior office-bearer of any state cricket association or even the BCCI.

The MCA seems to have taken a cue from the recommendations of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to appoint at least two women representatives in the governing body of the state units.

The members met to reap point Abhay Apte as the MCA president, and Priyanka was also unanimously picked as the treasurer.

According to Apte, who was instrumental in pushing Priyanka's name for the post, her appointment was done purely on merit after the previous treasurer Vikas Kakatkar quit on health grounds.

"This is perhaps the first time in the history of BCCI that a woman office-bearer has been elected. Priyanka represents one of the founder clubs, the Club of Maharashtra, here and her appointment was unanimous in the general body of MCA. Everyone supported her candidature and she rightly deserves to be in cricket administration," Apte told TOI.

Priyanka, a management professional working with a major e-retail multinational, and involved in cricket administration for last four years, sounded elated after getting elected.

"I am overwhelmed by the support of the MCA members.I hope to give it my best shot and hopefully I can prove my worth in the association. I am looking forward to working for the game," Priyanka said, whose father Balasaheb Thorave was earlier an office-bearer in the MCA.

"I played cricket during my childhood days but now I follow the game passionately," she said, adding that she had actively taken part in the administration of badminton in the past. Priyanka candidature was not opposed by outgoing MCA boss Ajay Shirke.

Sources said there was pressure from BCCI for Apte to take over MCA's presidency as the state didn't have anyone to handle October's international match between India and New Zealand.

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