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BCCI bans Boria Majumdar for 2 years after he ‘threatened and intimidated’ Wriddhiman Saha

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced a series of sanctions against journalist Boria Majumdar for bullying the India wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha via text messages.

A BCCI Committee comprising Rajeev Shukla, Vice-President, BCCI, Arun Singh Dhumal, Treasurer, BCCI, Prabhtej Singh Bhatia, Councillor, BCCI has imposed on the journalist a two-year ban on: Getting any accreditation as a member of the press in any of the cricket matches (domestic and international) in India, getting any interview with any registered players in India, and accessing any of BCCI and members associations owned cricket facilities.
“As you may be aware, Wriddhiman Saha had shared screenshots of messages sent by a journalist on the social media platform, Twitter, wherein he stated that he felt bullied by the conduct of the said journalist. Saha in the hearing named Boria Majumdar as the journalist.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India had taken cognizance of this incident and deemed it necessary to investigate and probe the matter to avoid the recurrence of such instances with other players,” reads a letter from BCCI.

In this regard, BCCI formed a committee comprising Rajeev Shukla, Vice President, BCCI, Arun Singh Dhumal, Treasurer, BCCI and Prabhtej Singh Bhatia, Councillor, BCCI (“BCCI Committee”).

“The key issue for deliberation for the BCCI Committee in the matter was to ascertain if the messages sent by the journalist were in the nature of threat and intimidation. The BCCI Committee considered the submissions by both Saha and Majumdar and concluded that the actions by Majumdar were indeed in the nature of threat and intimidation,” the letter added.

The BCCI Committee recommended the following sanctions to the Apex Council of BCCI. The Apex Council of BCCI agreed with the recommendations of the BCCI Committee and imposed the following sanctions:

1). 2 (two) year ban on getting any accreditation as a member of the press in any of the cricket matches (domestic and international) in India.

2). 2 (two) year ban on getting any interview with any registered players in India.

3). 2 (two) year ban on access to any of BCCI and members associations owned cricket facilities. (ANI)

 

BCCI Sec Jay Shah announces IPL playoff venues with full crowd

New Delhi [India]:  BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed the playoff games of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in Ahmedabad and Kolkata with full capacity crowds for the first time in two years.

“I am pleased to announce that the Playoff Stage of the IPL 2022 will be held in Ahmedabad and Kolkata. The mega final will be held at Narendra Modi Stadium on May 29 along with Qualifier 2 on May 27. The Qualifier 1 and Eliminator will be played at the Eden Gardens on May 24 and May 25 respectively,” Jay Shah told ANI.
Both Kolkata and Ahmedabad hosted the limited-overs series between India and West Indies in February. While the ODI leg was played in Ahmedabad behind closed doors, 75 per cent crowd capacity was allowed in the T20I series that followed in Kolkata.

Jay Shah also confirmed that Pune will host a three-team Women’s T20 Challenge from May 23 to May 28.

“The Women’s T20 Challenge resumes this year and Pune will host the fourth edition of the tournament. The dates of matches will be on May 23, May 24, May 26 and Final on May 28,” he said.

The four grounds used for the matches so far are in Maharashtra itself, namely: Wankhede Stadium and Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, the Dr DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai and the MCA Stadium in Pune. (ANI)

I want to play for India : Dinesh Karthik

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: After playing a breakthrough knock of 66 runs against Delhi Capitals on Saturday, Royal Challengers Bangalore wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik said that he is trying his best to be a part of the Indian team.

Spectacular half-centuries from Glenn Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik were backed by spirited performances from bowlers as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Delhi Capitals by 16 runs in their IPL 2022 match here at Wankhede Stadium.
“I have been working really hard. I have been trying to do everything to be a part of the Indian team. Depends on the bowler, whoever is bowling well. I respected Kuldeep as he was bowling well. When you are batting at the death, you try and get under the ball more while hitting. You make me sound like a serial killer (laughs when asked as to how was he so calm and hit them so hard at the same time),” said Karthik in a post-match presentation.

“I must admit positions and calmness comes from preparations. Apart from that staying in the moment sounds cliched but it works. He (Shahbaz) is a very special player, I am very sure he is going to do special things. He can hit a ball a long long way. And he backs himself which I like about him,” he added.

Dinesh Karthik smashed an unbeaten 66 while all-rounder Glenn Maxwell played a sublime knock of 55 to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to a defendable target of 189/5. For DC, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed and Axar Patel bagged one wicket each.

For RCB, this is their 4th win in six matches in the Indian Premier League 2022 which has taken them to the third spot. While for Delhi this is their third loss in five matches. (ANI)

BCCI to not make Yo-Yo test harder for players

New Delhi [India]: In order to look after players’ mental health, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official on Friday said that the Yo-Yo tests, which are conducted for the selection of the team players, will not be made tougher.

Yo-Yo tests are mandatory for Team India players to secure a place in the top 15 but in recent times, many players have failed to clear the test and had to sit outside.
BCCI had recently announced that the players who fail to clear the Yo-Yo tests, will not be allowed to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

“No, we don’t have any plans of making the Yo-Yo tests harder for the player, as it is not good for the mental health of the players. A lot of cricket is being played and we can’t put unnecessary pressure on our players,” a BCCI official told ANI.

Currently, bio-bubble is the main factor of fatigue for the players, which is harming their mental health. Considering this, the board has decided to not put any extra pressure on the players.

IPL 2022 will start from Saturday with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) squaring off in the inaugural clash at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. (ANI)

 

IPL 2022: BCCI to welcome 25 pc fans inside stadiums

 

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 23 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to welcome fans back to stadiums for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 after a brief hiatus owing to the pandemic.

The IPL 2022 matches will be played across stadiums in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune with an audience occupancy rate of 25 per cent as per COVID-19 protocols, BCCI confirmed on Wednesday.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 resumes with the Chennai Super Kings taking on the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium on March 26. This match will be a momentous occasion as the 15th edition of the IPL will welcome fans back to the stadiums.

Ardent cricket fans are all set to witness nail-biting matches, cheering for their favourite players at the most anticipated cricket tournament of all time.

In all, 20 matches each will be held at Wankhede Stadium and DY Patil Stadium, 15 matches each at Brabourne and MCA International Stadium, Pune. (ANI)

 

‘Leader who led side with grit, passion and determination’: BCCI expresses gratitude to Kohli

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday thanked Virat Kohli for leading Team India with “grit, passion and determination”.
Opening batter Rohit Sharma was on Wednesday named India’s new ODI skipper and the star player will take over from Kohli starting with the South Africa series in January next year. “A leader who led the side with grit, passion & determination. Flag of IndiaTop with upwards arrow above. Thank you Captain .@imVkohli,” BCCI tweeted.
Rohit was also named as India’s Test vice-captain as the All-India Senior Selection Committee picked an 18-member squad for the upcoming three-match Test series against South Africa.
The Test series which gets underway from December 26 will form a part of the new cycle of the ICC World Test Championship.
India’s Test squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Md. Siraj.
Standby Players: Navdeep Saini, Saurabh Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Arzan Nagwaswalla.

Hosts sweat it out at training ahead of 1st Test

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Ahead of the upcoming first Test against New Zealand, Team India had a gruelling training session on Tuesday.
Every squad member went out to the middle to fine-tune their skills ahead of the two-match series against the Kiwis. BCCI’s official Twitter handle shared some stills and captioned the post as: “When #TeamIndia hit the ground running in Kanpur ahead of the 1st #INDvNZ Test. “
Team India batsman KL Rahul has sustained a muscle strain on his left thigh and has been ruled out of the upcoming 2-match Test series against New Zealand.
He will now undergo rehabilitation at NCA in preparation for the series against South Africa scheduled next month.
The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Suryakumar Yadav as Rahul’s replacement.
The first Test between India and New Zealand begins on Thursday in Kanpur.
Earlier, India had defeated New Zealand 3-0 in the three-match T20I series.
India’s Test squad: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Md. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna.

“Sourav Ganguly to ring Eden Bell”

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly will be ringing the Eden Bell at the Eden Garen stadium in Kolkata to commence the third T20I game between India and New Zealand on Sunday.
Suryakumar Yadav (62) and Rohit Sharma (48) starred with the bat as India chased down 165 to defeat New Zealand by five wickets in the first T20I of the three-match series here at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Wednesday. India and New Zealand will be squaring off with each other in the second T20I of the three-match series in Ranchi on Friday and in Kolkata for the third clash on Sunday.
Coming to the first match, Martin Guptill and Mark Chapman played knocks of 70 and 63 respectively as New Zealand posted a total of 164/6. For India, Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned with two wickets each.
With this win, India gained a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, with the second game set to be played on Friday.

Ganguly replaces Kumble

Dubai : BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has been appointed as the Chairman of the ICC men’s Cricket Committee, the game’s governing body said on Wednesday. Ganguly will replace fellow Indian Anil Kumble, who stepped down after serving a maximum of three, three-year terms.

“I am delighted to welcome Sourav to the position of Chair of the ICC Men’s Cricket Committee,” ICC Chair Greg Barclay said in a release. “His experience as one of the world’s best players and latterly as an administrator will help us shape our cricketing decisions moving forward. I would also like to thank Anil for his outstanding leadership over the last nine years which has included improving the international game through more regular and consistent application of DRS and a robust process for addressing suspect bowling actions.” The Board also approved that first-class status and list A classification will be applied to women’s cricket to align with the men’s game and applied retrospectively. Going forward the ICC Women’s Committee will be known as the ICC Women’s Cricket Committee and will assume all decision-making responsibility for women’s cricket reporting directly to the CEC. Johnny Grave, CEO of Cricket West Indies has been appointed to the ICC Women’s Cricket Committee.

Cricket fraternity wishes ‘run machine’ Virat Kohli on his 33rd birthday

New Delhi [India] : The Cricket fraternity showered heartfelt birthday wishes on Indian skipper Virat Kohli as the run machine-turned 33 today.
From legendary Indian cricketers like VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag to the teammates of Delhi-born batter, everyone took to their Twitter handles to share wishes for Kohli on his special day. Since, making his debut in 2008, Kohli has played 254 ODIs, 96 Tests, and 92 T20Is for the national side. He has several records in all the formats and is the only batter to have a 50-plus average in all three formats of the game at the same time.
“A very happy birthday to @imVkohli.Wishing you love, success and great health in the times to come. #HappyBirthdayViratKohli,” VVS Laxman wrote.
“Tough times don’t last long, tough people do. A once in a generation player , wishing @imVkohli a very happy birthday and a great year ahead. #HappyBirthdayViratKohli,” Virender Sehwag tweeted.
“Happy Birthday @imVkohli. Wishing you good health and happiness for the coming year!” India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane tweeted.
“Not everyone is as lucky as me to be blessed with a elder brother like you. Thank you so much for coming into my life and standing by my side through thick and thin. I hope you get all that you truly deserve. Happy Birthday king @imVkohli,” Mohammed Siraj wrote while posting a compilation video.
With 70 international centuries, Kohli is third on the list only behind Sachin Tendulkar (100) and Ricky Ponting (71). The Indian captain has 23159, which is the seventh most in the list of all-time highest run-scorers in international cricket.
“Here’s wishing the KING, the LEADER, the INSPIRATION, Virat Kohli, a very very Happy Birthday!” Kohli’s IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore tweeted.
“Wishing a very happy birthday to @imVkohli, have a great day and year ahead #MajorThrowback #HappyBirthdayViratKohli,” Wasim Jaffer tweeted while sharing an old photo with Indian captain.
“As his name suggests, he’s meant for big things in life! Wishing a very happy birthday to @imVkohli. Best wishes always…have a great game tonight!” Dinesh Karthik tweeted.
“23,159 intl. runs & going strong Most Test wins as Indian captain 2011 World Cup & 2013 Champions Trophy-winner Wishing @imVkohli- #TeamIndia captain & one of the best modern-day batsmen – a very happy birthday. Let’s relive his fine ton in pink-ball Test,” BCCI tweeted.
“Happy birthday Virat. Good luck for today’s game. @imVkohli,” Umesh Yadav tweeted.
The 33-year-old is also the leading run-scorer in men’s T20 internationals with his 3225 runs in 92 matches.
The Delhi-born batter is the most successful Indian skipper in Test cricket when it comes to number of wins. Under his 65-match stint as captain, India have won 38 matches with remarkable Test series victories in foreign soils as well. 

‘Your core is made of honesty’: Anushka Sharma’s heartwarming birthday wish for husband Virat Kohli

Dubai [UAE]: It’s Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s 33rd birthday today, and his wife Anushka Sharma is all hearts for him.
Taking to Instagram, Anushka penned a heartfelt post for Virat, saying his “core is made of honesty.” “No filter needed , for this photo and the way you lead your life . Your core is made of honesty and guts of steel . Courage that pales doubt into oblivion . I know no one who can pick themselves up from a dark place like you can . You grow better in every way because you hold on to nothing in you as permanent and are fearless,” she wrote.
Anushka also thanked Virat for making her life “brighter”.
“I know we are not ones to talk to each other through social media like this but sometimes I just want to scream and tell the world what an amazing man you are. Fortunate are those who really truly know you. Thank you for making everything brighter and more beautiful,” she added.
Alongside the loved-up post, Anushka posted an adorable picture, in which she can be seen hugging Virat. The image seems to be captured during their Diwali celebrations in the UAE.

For the unversed, Virat and Anushka tied the knot in a private ceremony in Italy on December 11, 2017. The two are also doting parents to their 9-months-old daughter Vamika. 

Really envy Virat Kohli’s energy level on and off field, says Ashwin

Dubai [UAE] : Ravichandran Ashwin said Virat Kohli plays with “his heart on his sleeve” and the latter’s energy as a team leader is also contagious.
“With respect to having dealt with him as a leader in the red-ball format. All I can say is he plays with his heart on his sleeve. Sometimes, when I watch Virat lead the side, I feel like how does he manage to bring so much energy. I really envy Virat energy level on the field and off it,” Ravichandran Ashwin said in a video posted by Star Sports on Twitter. “And I think that the energy he infuses on the field really absorbs on people. One thing is you can stand up tall and I can say at the top of my voice is the kind of culture he has brought in the team.”
It’s a well-known fact that Virat Kohli is among the best when it comes to captaincy especially in Test cricket. And one of the many things which have helped him in achieving this feat is his ever-contagious energy on and off the field.


Talking about the numbers, Kohli is the most successful Indian skipper in Test cricket. Under his 65-match stint as captain, India have won 38 matches with remarkable Test series victories in foreign soils as well. Only Steve Waugh (41 wins), Ricky Ponting (48 wins) and Graeme Smith (53 wins) have more Test wins as skipper now.
“In terms of making each of us realise, how each one’s fitness parameter is so important. I can never aspire to be a Virat Kohli on the field, gym or whatever it is but I can be the best version of myself which is something he has made everyone realise in the team,” Ashwin added.
Since, making his debut in 2008, Kohli has played 254 ODIs, 96 Tests, and 92 T20Is for the national side. He has several records in all the formats and is the only batter to have a 50-plus average in all three formats of the game at the same time.

IPL 2022 to have 74 matches, each team to play 7 home, 7 away games

The Governing Council of the IPL had issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) to acquire the right to own and operate two new franchises. Pursuant to the tender process, various interested parties submitted their bids for the new franchises. The bids were submitted by the authorised representatives of the interested parties in Dubai on Monday.

Dubai [UAE] : BCCI announced the following successful bidders (subject to definitive documentation and other formalities being completed): RPSG Ventures Ltd. – Lucknow (for INR 7,090 crores) and Irelia Company Pte Ltd (CVC Capital Partners) – Ahmedabad (for INR 5,625 crores). The new franchises will participate in IPL from the 2022 season onwards subject to the bidders completing the post-bid formalities as specified in the ITT document. The IPL 2022 season will comprise ten teams and will have 74 matches, wherein each team will play seven home and seven away matches.
BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly said: “The BCCI is happy to welcome two new teams from the next season of the Indian Premier League. I would like to congratulate RPSG Ventures Ltd & Irelia Company Pte Ltd for being successful bidders. The IPL will now go to two new cities in India viz in Lucknow and Ahmedabad. It is heartening to see the inclusion of two new teams at such a high valuation, and it reiterates the cricketing and financial strength of our cricket ecosystem. True to IPL’s motto of ‘Where Talent Meets Opportunity’, the inclusion of two new teams will bring more domestic cricketers from our country to the global stage. The ITT process included two interested bidders from outside of India, which strongly emphasises the global appeal of the IPL as a sports property. The IPL is proving to be a wonderful instrument in globalising the game of cricket. I am keenly looking forward to IPL 2022.”
Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI said: “It is a momentous day for all of us and I formally welcome RPSG Ventures Ltd. and Irelia Company Pte Ltd into the IPL fold. We had promised that IPL will be bigger and better from the 15th season and with Lucknow and Ahmedabad, we will take the league to different parts of India. The IPL has established gold standards for leagues across the world and remains a premium event on the sporting calendar as it has grown rapidly in a short span. Despite numerous challenges posed by COVID-19, the 13th and 14th seasons were completed, and the bids prove that interested parties have faith in BCCI and its hosting capabilities. I am thrilled for the people of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat as the long wait is over and they will now have their own IPL team. My best wishes to the two new teams.”
Brijesh Patel, Chairman, IPL said: “The level of interest among the interested parties prove that IPL is among the most sought-after sporting leagues in the world. We had bids from different parts of the world and from parties with diverse portfolios wanting to make a foray into the world of sports. I extend my heartiest congratulations to RPSG Ventures Ltd and Irelia Company Pte Ltd for securing the rights to operate the two teams. We had a wonderful 14th season and the 2022 season will see a new beginning.”
Arun Singh Dhumal, Honorary Treasurer, BCCI said: “The fact that winning bids were way above the base price set for the two new IPL franchises is a direct indication of the true value of the Indian Premier League. We received tremendous interest after the ITT was floated with many conglomerates putting their hat into the ring. I congratulate RPSG Ventures Ltd. and Irelia Company Pte Ltd for placing the highest bids and winning the rights to own the IPL teams. I also thank all the bidders for showing faith in the BCCI and IPL. This is the start of an exciting chapter, and I can’t wait for the big auction to see how the new teams shape up.”

IPL will fulfil aspiration of cricket fans across the world, says BCCI Vice President Shukla

Dubai [UAE] : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice President Rajeev Shukla on Monday said the Indian Premier League (IPL) has reached its pinnacle and the tournament will now cater for the aspiration of fans across the world.
BCCI announced Ahmedabad and Lucknow will be the two new members of the IPL family as it will now be a ten-team affair from the next season. The new franchises will participate in IPL from the 2022 season onwards subject to the bidders completing the post-bid formalities as specified in the ITT document.
Rajeev Shukla also hailed the “wonderful achievement” of BCCI following the announcement of two new teams.
“It’s a big achievement, a big success. I congratulate the people of Uttar Pradesh as the state didn’t have any IPL team before. Talking about Ahmedabad it has a very good stadium and getting an IPL team is a welcome move,” Shukla told ANI.
“Delighted to know two more teams have added. It is a wonderful achievement as far as BCCI is concerned and all the IPL fans. What an amazing story it has been, in 2008 during the inception of IPL it was difficult to look for a franchise and look at today where have we reached,” he pointed out.
“Now the IPL will really work in such a way that it caters for the aspiration and fulfil the aspiration of cricket fans across the world. As far as globalisation of IPL is concerned, it had happened long back but now it is expanding. It has reached its pinnacle and that’s something which must be recognised,” Shukla added.
The IPL 2022 season will comprise ten teams and will have 74 matches, wherein each team will play seven home and seven away matches.

‘India always won, but the one who plays better today will win’

Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Sanjay Jagdale on Sunday said that India has been winning matches in the past but that has become history and the one who plays better today will win, adding that history doesn’t matter, circumstances change, players and grounds change so past record does not matter.

Indore (Madhya Pradesh) : Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Sanjay Jagdale on Sunday said that India has been winning matches in the past but that has become history and the one who plays better today will win, adding that history doesn’t matter, circumstances change, players and grounds change so past record does not matter.
Jagdale said, “I worry the most about Hardik Pandya in Team India because if he is not bowling then he will put the team in a big backward search. Pakistan’s strength is fast bowling, Afridi and Hasan Ali are their main bowlers. Batting depends on Babar-e-Azam because he is the best batsman in the world.” Regarding the ground, Jagdale said, “Our players have been playing in rhythm, but Pakistan did not get as much practice as they wanted. They have a lot of idea of the conditions because if international cricket is not done in Pakistan, then they come and play their matches in UAE.”
“The strength of the Pakistan team is fast bowling, still, I understand Afridi and Hasan Ali are their main bowlers. Their batting is dependent on Babar-e-Azam. I think Babar-e-Azam is also one of the best batsmen in the world… Great batsman I am personally his fan…
T20 is a game of extreme uncertainty. In 2 balls the direction of the match changes. Whoever seizes the opportunity will win,” he said.

BCCI invites application for coaching staff of Indian men’s team

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday invited applications for the positions of head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach with senior Indian men’s cricket team.

Mumbai (Maharashtra ) [India] : The apex body of cricket in India has also invited applications for the post of Head Sports Science/Medicine with the National Cricket Academy (NCA). “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) invites applications for the positions of Head Coach, Batting Coach, Bowling Coach, Fielding Coach with Team India (Senior Men) and Head Sports Science/Medicine with National Cricket Academy (NCA),” the BCCI said in a statement.
According to the statement, applications for the position of head coach (Team India -Senior Men) should be submitted by 5 pm on October 26, 2021, at headcoach@bcci.tv.
While the applications for the position of batting coach, bowling coach and fielding coach should be submitted by 5 pm on November 03, 2021, at battingcoach@bcci.tv, bowlingcoach@bcci.tv and at fieldingcoach@bcci.tv respectively.
Also, applications for the position of Head Sports Science and Medicine with NCA should be submitted by 5 pm on November 03, 2021, at sportsscienceandmedicine@bcci.tv
BCCI said the successful candidate will need to demonstrate that they can create a winning culture and world-leading teams in all forms of the game.

BCCI, Yuvraj Singh extend wishes to Anil Kumble on his 51st birthday

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) extended birthday greetings to former Indian spinner Anil Kumble as he turned 51 on Sunday.

New Delhi [India] : BCCI took to their Twitter and posted a video, revisiting Kumble’s memorable 10 wickets haul against Pakistan in 1999. “403 intl. Games. 956 intl. Wickets Only the second bowler in Test cricket to scalp 10 wickets in an innings. Wishing former #TeamIndia captain @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday. Let’s revisit his brilliant 10-wicket haul against Pakistan,” BCCI tweeted.
Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh also posted a picture of him with Kumble and sent him ‘good wishes’ on his special day.
“Jumbo by name and jumbo by fame! Here’s wishing a very Happy Birthday to @anilkumble1074 – a fantastic sportsman, senior and human being. Hope the year ahead is full of happiness, good health and success. Lots of love and good wishes,” Yuvraj tweeted.
Later, former Indian batter Wasim Jaffer also wished the former Indian spinner.
“Happy birthday @anilkumble1074 Bhai. Wishing you a year filled with health, happiness, and prosperity,” Jaffer tweeted.
Both Kumble and Jaffer were a part of the coaching staff of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Punjab Kings (PBKS), where Kumble was the head coach of the team and Wasim Jaffer was the batting coach.

Team India’s new jersey best way to celebrate fans’ excitement for T20 World Cup : Ganguly

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said the best way to celebrate fans’ excitement and energy is through the jersey for the Indian men’s team launched ahead of the T20 World Cup.

New Delhi [India], October 13 : BCCI along with MPL Sports, the official kit sponsor of the Indian Men’s, Women’s, and Under-19 Cricket Team unveiled the official jersey of the Indian team for 2021 on Wednesday. The cheers of the billion-plus fans of the team at home and abroad have provided inspiration for the jersey that the players will don at the upcoming T20 World Cup.
This is the first time in the history of Indian cricket that fans have been memorialised on a jersey. It carries their chants and cheers from iconic past matches, transformed into unique soundwave patterns. As much as the shirt, aptly called the “Billion Cheers Jersey,” honours their unwavering support, it also serves as a beacon of inspiration and encouragement for Team India to give their best on the field. The jersey comes in shades of Prussian blue and royal blue offering a bold and distinct look befitting champions.


Sourav Ganguly, President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said, “The Indian cricket team enjoys support not just in India but around the world, and there’s no better way to celebrate their excitement and energy than through this jersey. This will undoubtedly provide the team with the much-needed enthusiastic support in their quest to emerge as the T20 champions of the world. We are also pleased to see that MPL Sports continues to deliver merchandise that is widely affordable and accessible.”
Jay Shah, Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), stated, “We are excited to unveil the official jersey today and make it available for supporters ahead of the T20 games in partnership with MPL Sports. The story behind the jersey is the story of every Indian cricket fan. We are sure that wearing this will be a matter of great pride for both the team and supporters alike.”
Virat Kohli, Captain of the Indian National Cricket Team, said the design of the jersey is quite striking.
“We have immense respect for our fans and this makes the official jersey even more special. The design is quite striking and distinct from the ones we have sported in the past while also delivering on comfort and performance to enable us to give our best. All of us are thrilled to don the new colours, show our game and make our billion-plus fans proud,” he said.

ICC T20 WC: BCCI and ECB seek permission from UAE authorities to have capacity crowd for final

While the ICC T20 World Cup is being held in Oman and UAE from October 17, the hosting rights are with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). And the BCCI along with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has sought permission to have capacity crowd at the Dubai International Stadium on the night of the final — November 14.

New Delhi [India], September 27 : Sources in the know of developments said the Indian board is keen to have 25,000 people watch the final of the showpiece event and permission for the same has been sought from the UAE authorities. “The BCCI and the ECB is keen to have capacity crowd for the final. It would be an electric atmosphere if permission for the same if granted keeping all protocols in mind. The boards have sought permission from the authorities, keeping fingers crossed,” the source said.
The IPL has already seen a return of fans in the UAE with an eye on COVID-19 protocols. As per the regulations — also shared with the eight franchises — fans going to the Dubai International Cricket Stadium don’t need to get a PCR test done 48 hours prior to entry into the stands, but will need double COVID-19 vaccination proof.
Things are slightly different in Sharjah when it comes to the age of fans allowed entry into stadiums. The minimum age required for entry into the Sharjah Cricket Stadium is 16+ years. While a vaccination report is required, the fans also need to carry PCR test results valid for no more than 48 hours prior to entering the venue. A green status on the Al Hosn App is a must for those keen to watch the games.
At the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, once again, fans above 16 must carry vaccination proof as well as PCR test results valid no more than 48 hours prior to entering the venue. Those in the 12-15 age bracket don’t need vaccination proof but must carry PCR test report. Those below 12 must be accompanied by adults who are above 21.
Coming back to the showpiece event, while the Indian team will play its first game on October 24 against arch-rivals Pakistan, the tournament will begin with the Round 1 Group B encounter between hosts Oman and Papua New Guinea on October 17, with Scotland and Bangladesh, the other teams in Group B, clashing in the evening match.
The first semi-final will be held in Abu Dhabi on November 10. The second semi-final will be hosted by Dubai on November 11. Both semi-finals have reserve days. The marquee clash of the tournament will take place in Dubai on November 14, Sunday, with Monday acting as the reserve day for the final.

Cricketers who participated in 2019-20 domestic season will get 50 per cent additional match fee

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Apex Council met on Monday and one of the major points to be discussed was the compensation package that will be handed to domestic cricketers after the Indian domestic calendar was impacted in the 2020-2021 seasons due to COVID-19. Secretary Jay Shah announced that cricketers who participated in 2019-20 domestic season will get 50 per cent additional match fee as compensation.

New Delhi [India], September 20 : Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “Cricketers who participated in 2019-20 Domestic Season will get 50 per cent additional match fee as compensation for season 2020-21 lost due to COVID-19 situation #BCCIApexCouncil.” In another major decision, it was decided that there will be a hike in match fee of domestic cricketers.


“I am pleased to announce the hike in match fee for domestic cricketers. Seniors – INR 60,000 (above 40 matches). Under 23- INR 25,000, Under 19 – INR 20,000 #BCCIApexCouncil.”
The working committee formed by the BCCI to look into the compensation package of 50 per cent of the total match fee. The committee comprised of former India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin, Santosh Menon, Jaydev Shah, Yudhvir Singh, Rohan Jaitley, Avishek Dalmiya, and Devajit Saikia.

IPL 2021: Fans below 16 not allowed entry at Sharjah stadium, PCR COVID-19 report not needed in Dubai

While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opened the doors for fans in the second half of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in UAE, there are certain guidelines which need to be followed while witnessing the games in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah with an eye on COVID-19.

New Delhi [India], September 19 : As per the regulations — also shared with the eight franchises — fans going to the Dubai International Cricket Stadium don’t need to get a PCR test done 48 hours prior to entry into the stands, but will need double COVID-19 vaccination proof. The fans must also follow all social distancing regulations and wear masks at all times. Only those below 12 years are exempted from carrying vaccination proof. Fans have also been asked to download tickets on mobile devices to help in scanning at the gates.
Things are slightly different in Sharjah when it comes to the age of fans allowed entry into stadiums. The minimum age required for entry into the Sharjah Cricket Stadium is 16+ years. While vaccination report is required, the fans also need to carry PCR test result valid for no more than 48 hours prior to entering the venue. A green status on the Al Hosn App is a must for those keen to watch the games.
At the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, once again, fans above 16 must carry vaccination proof as well as PCR test results valid no more than 48 hours prior to entering the venue. Those in the 12-15 age bracket don’t need vaccination proof but must carry PCR test report.
Those below 12 must be accompanied by adults who are above 21. Wearing masks at all times is compulsory as is maintaining social distance regulations. Organisers will also implement temperature checks upon arrival and most importantly, once fans exit the stadium gate, they cannot re-enter.
The second half of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League kickstarts with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

Players were devastated when they came to know Parmar had tested positive : Sourav Ganguly

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has revealed Indian players were “dead scared” when they came to know that physio Yogesh Parmar had contracted COVID-19 ahead of the fifth Test against England.

New Delhi [India], September 13 : The fifth Test match between England and India was cancelled in Manchester on Friday. The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test match, however, the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the game. “The players refused to play but you can’t blame them. Physio Yogesh Parmar was such a close contact of the players. Being the only one available after Nitin Patel isolated himself, he mixed freely with the players and even performed their Covid-19 tests,” Ganguly said in an interaction with the Kolkata-based Telegraph as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
“He also used to give them a massage, he was part of their everyday lives. The players were devastated when they came to know that he had tested positive for Covid-19.
“They feared they must have contracted the disease and were dead scared. It’s not easy staying in a bubble. Of course, you have to respect their feelings,” he added.
The BCCI has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled fifth Test match which was scheduled to be played at Manchester from Friday.
The BCCI President said the rescheduled game will be a one-off Test when India and England next lock horns in a bilateral series.
“The Old Trafford Test has been cancelled. They (ECB) have incurred a lot of losses and it’s not going to be easy on [them],” said Ganguly.
“Let things settle down a bit, then we can discuss and decide. Whenever it’s held next year, it should be a one-off match since it cannot be a continuation of the series anymore,” he added.

Virat Kohli will remain Captain

BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal on Monday rubbished reports suggesting that Team India captain Virat Kohli is likely to step down as skipper of the limited-overs format after the ICC T20 World Cup.

BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal on Monday rubbished reports suggesting that Team India captain Virat kohali is likely to step down as skipper of the limited-overs format after the ICC T20 World Cup.

There are reports doing the rounds that Kohli might lose his white-ball captaincy and Rohit Sharma could be asked to lead the limited-overs side if the team fails to win the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in the UAE and Oman in October-November this year.

However, Dhumal rubbished such claims. “This is all rubbish. Nothing (as) such is happening. This is all what you guys (media) are talking about. BCCI has not met or discussed anything on this issue (split captaincy),” Dhumal told “Virat will remain as the captain (of all formats).”

Earlier, it was reported that Kohli has been very successful in Test cricket, but the onus of leading the side in limited-overs cricket could fall on Sharma because of the former’s failure to guide the side to victory in ICC events despite having some of the best bowlers and batters in the game.

Sources had said the BCCI top brass has been discussing the issue since India’s loss to New Zealand in the World Test Championship final in England, where they were reportedly unhappy with the Indian skipper’s team selection. Kohli had played two spinners in seamer-friendly and overcast conditions during the WTC final.

But Dhumal said, “no such meeting took place.”

BCCI, ECB working ‘towards finding window to reschedule cancelled’ Manchester Test

The fifth Test between India and England was cancelled on Friday amid a chaotic turn of events during which the host board’s statement on the visitors changed from “unable to field a team and will instead forfeit the match” to “regrettably unable to field a team”.

MANCHESTER, UK, september 10 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have released a statement saying that the board is presently working with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) towards rescheduling the cancelled Manchester Test.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have jointly decided to call off the 5th Test Match scheduled at Manchester in ongoing India’s tour of England 2021,” BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in the statement.

“The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test Match, however, the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the Old Trafford Test Match. In lieu of the strong relationship between BCCI and ECB, the BCCI has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match. Both the Boards will work towards finding a window to reschedule this Test match.”

The fifth Test between India and England was cancelled on Friday amid a chaotic turn of events during which the host board’s statement on the visitors changed from “unable to field a team and will instead forfeit the match” to “regrettably unable to field a team”.

“The BCCI has always maintained that the safety and well-being of the players is of paramount importance and there will be no comprise on that aspect.”

The development came after the visiting team was left on tenterhooks following physio Yogesh Parmar’s positive COVID-19 test that led to concerns that the infection could spread during the match which was cancelled a couple of hours before toss.

It is learnt that led by skipper Virat Kohali who had the biggest apprehension of playing the game, the players, late on Thursday, got into a huddle and couldn’t be convinced by the BCCI brass to play the game.

The initial statement issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board categorically mentioned the word “forfeit” but that was later omitted from a revised media release.

Both statements are in possession of PTI.

“Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team,” read the revised England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement.

Dhoni, Shastri, Kohli and Rohit form a very potent leadership group: Former BCCI Treasurer

World Cup squad announcements come with its share of surprises, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) did the unthinkable on Wednesday when they announced roping in former India skipper MS Dhoni as mentor for the upcoming T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman. And former BCCI Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry believes it will undoubtedly enhance India’s chances of bringing the trophy home.

New Delhi [India], September 9 : Having worked closely with Dhoni in an administrative capacity during the 2009 T20 World Cup (Media Manager) as well as India’s tour of England in 2011 (Manager), Anirudh keeps it short and sweet and calls it an excellent move.

“It is an excellent decision to bring MS Dhoni on board as the mentor for the team. MS, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma form a very potent leadership group and this decision enhances the team’s chances at the ICC T20 World Cup. This decision of the BCCI Secretary must be lauded,” he told ANI.

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah on Wednesday said he spoke with former skipper Dhoni on being the mentor for the upcoming T20 World Cup and the current team management is on the same page about the decision.

“As far as MS Dhoni is concerned, I spoke to him when I was in Dubai so he was okay with the decision and he agreed to be the team mentor for T20 World Cup only. I discussed this particular issue with my colleagues also, they are all on the same page,” Shah said during the virtual press conference.

“I spoke to captain and vice-captain as well as head coach Ravi Shastri, they all are on the same page so that is why we reached a conclusion,” he added.

The All-India Senior Selection Committee met on Wednesday to pick the squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to be hosted by the BCCI from October 17 to November 14 in the UAE and Oman. In a surprise move, R Ashwin has been included in the team which will begin its campaign in the showpiece event against arch-rivals Pakistan. He had last played a T20I against West Indies in July 2017.

Eng vs Ind, Lord’s Test: BCCI officials to interact with Shastri and team

New Delhi [India]: With the BCCI inviting applications for the position of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) cricket head on Tuesday, rumours have started doing the rounds that current NCA head Rahul Dravid might just be elevated to a bigger role with the senior team in the near future. In fact, there are also talks of current head coach Ravi Shastri not being keen on continuing after the T20 World Cup in the UAE. But sources in the know feel it is too early to talk about this.
Speaking to ANI, a BCCI source said that the office-bearers will interact with Shastri and the team during their stay in London during the course of the Lord’s Test, and if there is much to the talks of the current head not wanting to continue, there will be discussions around that as well. “Too early to talk about this, but as you are aware the president, secretary, treasurer, and vice-president are landing in London today. So they will interact with Shastri and the team and discuss various things around the tour and future of Indian cricket. If there is much to the topic of Shastri not looking to continue, it will surely be discussed over the course of the Lord’s Test. But I would still say too early,” the source said.
Dravid is seen as the front-runner to take over if Shastri does decide to exit. But the former India skipper after the recent Sri Lanka series said he hadn’t given the idea of being the full-time coach of the national team much thought.
“I have enjoyed this experience. You know, look, I have not really thought anything far ahead,” Dravid said at the virtual post-match press conference after the third and final T20I. “You know, to be honest with you I am happy doing what I am doing. For me, I haven’t given any other thought than this tour and getting through this tour.”
The BCCI in its invitation for the position of NCA cricket head has said the person will report to the BCCI secretary and will get a two-year contract. The person will supervise 25-30 people and 12 will report directly to the head.
“The Head Cricket NCA will be overall responsible for running all Cricket Coaching programs at the National Cricket Academy, Bangalore (NCA). He will be responsible for the preparation, development, and performance of all cricketers attending training at the Academy. He will be singularly responsible for the development of emerging and youth cricketers within the male and female player development programmes who are sent to the NCA.
“The remit may include, but not limited to India A sides, under 23, Under 19, Under 16 team players, as well as state association players who train at the NCA and upgrade skills at the NCA. Head Cricket NCA will work closely with the National Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches, & Cricket Coaches for India Developmental teams — including, India A, Under 19, Under 23, India Women’s teams in the identification of key training and development objectives.
“He will also be responsible for monitoring progress against these objectives for the developmental teams and provide necessary inputs on the same to the Senior Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches. He will assist the National Men’s and Women’s Selectors- Senior and Junior, as well Coaches and Captains, coaches for India and India Developmental teams – including Under 19, Under 23 teams in spotting talent and developing them,” the BCCI invitation said.

BCCI invites applications for NCA head

Mumbai, Aug 10: The BCCI has advertised for the role of head of cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.
The position was till now held by former India captain Rahul Dravid, whose two-year term has come to an end.
According to Cricbuzz report, the position will again be for two years and the appointed individual will have to report to the BCCI secretary.
Dravid can apply again should he be interested in getting an extension.
The notification is a routine advertisement for the role but it adds to the noise around Dravid’s future and his potential elevation to the Indian team after good tour of Sri Lanka as head coach.
Notably, the current coach, Ravi Shastri, and his team of B Arun, R Sridhar and Vikram Rahour, end their term with the T20 World Cup later this year.
The head of cricket at the NCA is responsible for running “all cricket coaching” programs at the academy and for “preparation, development and performance” of all cricketers attending training there.
The job also involves the development of emerging and youth cricketers, both male and female, who are sent to the academy and is someone who works closely with the national and other cricket coaches in India.
The qualifications required for the job are an experience of representing India in at least 25 Tests and having coached for at least five years at international level or at India A, India Under-19, India women or IPL.
Candidates must be under 60 and the last date to apply is August 15.

Tokyo Olympics: BCCI announces cash reward for medal winners; Neeraj Chopra to get Rs 1 crore

New Delhi [India]: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah on Saturday announced a Rs 1 crore cash reward for star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra after his historic gold medal-winning feat in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
Jay Shah also announced that Indian athletes Mirabai Chanu and Ravi Dahiya who have won silver medals in the Games will get Rs 50 lakh each from BCCI. The governing body of cricket will give Rs 25 lakh each to bronze medal winners — shuttler PV Sindhu, boxer Lovlina Borgohain and wrestler Bajrang Punia.
Also, the Indian men’s hockey team will get Rs 1.25 crore for their sensational show which saw them claiming a medal after 41 years in the sport.
“INR 1 Cr. – First place medal medallist@Neeraj_chopra1 50 lakh each – Second place medal medallists @mirabai_chanu& Ravi Kumar Dahiya 25 lakh each – Third place medal medallists @Pvsindhu1, @LovlinaBorgohai.@BajrangPunia INR 1.25 Cr. -@TheHockeyIndia men’s team @SGanguly99, @ThakurArunS @ShuklaRajiv,” Jay Shah tweeted.
Jay Shah said the athletes have made India proud by finishing on the podium in the Tokyo Olympics
“Our athletes have made the country proud by finishing on the podium at @Tokyo2020. The @BCCI acknowledges their stellar efforts and we are delighted to announce cash prizes for the medallists,” he added.
The Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju applauded the efforts of BCCI and said the body has been extremely helpful in preparation for Tokyo Olympics.
“Excellent gesture by @BCCI for the Olympic Medalists! From the beginning, BCCI has been extremely helpful in preparation for the #Tokyo2020 Olympics and contributed wisely for the management. Thank you @JayShah for your positive initiative to support the Olympic Sports,” Rijiju tweeted.
Neeraj Chopra on Saturday created history as he became the first from the country to win a gold in track and field in the Olympics. He threw a distance of 87.58m to pick the gold.

Twitter removes blue verified badge from Dhoni’s account

New Delhi [India], August 6 : American micro-blogging and social networking platform Twitter on Saturday removed the blue tick from legendary cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s account.
Dhoni last tweeted on January 8, 2021. ANI tried to contact Twitter to ascertain the reason behind it and is still awaiting its reply.
The blue tick on a Twitter handle is to let people know that the social media account is authentic. It said to receive the blue badge, the person’s account must be authentic, notable, and active.
Having retired from international cricket on August 15, 2020, Dhoni now only plays in the Indian Premier League and will be back in action when the UAE leg of IPL resumes in September.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the schedule for the remainder of IPL. A total of 31 matches will be played in the duration of 27 days.
Mumbai Indians will lock horns with CSK on September 19 to resume IPL 2021. The final game of the league stage will be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals on October 8.
The 1st Qualifier will be played in Dubai on October 10. The Eliminator & Qualifier 2 will be played in Sharjah on October 11 and 13 respectively with Dubai hosting the final of IPL 2021 on October 15 this year.

T20 WC: India to face arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24

New Delhi [India], August 4 : The much-awaited high-octane clash between India and Pakistan in the upcoming T20 World Cup will take place on October 24 in Dubai.
Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments confirmed the date. “Yes, the arch-rivals will clash on October 24.” Last month, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had announced the groups for the Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to be hosted by the BCCI in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from October 17 to November 14. Arch-rivals India and Pakistan have been placed in Group 2 of the Super 12s.
This will see the two teams clash in the group stages of the showpiece event. The groups, selected on the basis of team rankings as of March 20, 2021, see defending champions the West Indies pooled along with former champions England, Australia and South Africa in Group 1 of the Super 12s, with two qualifiers from Round 1 joining them.
Group 2 will comprise of former champions India and Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and the other two qualifiers from Round 1.
Eight teams will contest the first round including automatic qualifiers Sri Lanka and Bangladesh with the remaining six who booked their spot through the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.
Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia join Sri Lanka in Group A, whilst Oman, PNG and Scotland will face Bangladesh in Group B

Legendary former Indian captain GANGULY turns 49

Former Indian captain and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is celebrating his 49th birthday today

Former Indian captain and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is celebrating his 49th birthday on Thursday. Affectionately knows as ‘Dada’ among the admirers of the sport, Ganguly is regarded as one of India’s greatest captains. 

He led India in 146 ODIs, winning 76. In Tests, he led India to 21 victories in 49 games, with 15 draws. Under his captaincy, India famously ended Australia’s incredible 16-Test winning streak during the home series in 2001, beating the side 2-1.

A year later, he led the side to a memorable win in the NatWest series. Ganguly famously took off his shirt and waved it in celebration inside the Lord’s balcony after the win in the final against England. In 2003, India reached the final of the World Cup under Ganguly’s captaincy, but faced a defeat to Australia.

Many players who made their debuts under Ganguly went on to become legends in Indian cricket. Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, and MS DHONI are some of the players who were given their first international game by Sourav Ganguly.

A left-handed batsman, Ganguly made his international debut against West Indies in 1992 in an ODI. Four years later, he made his Test debut against England in Lord’s and famously scored a century in the game. 

Popularly known as the ‘God of off-side’ during his playing career, Ganguly represented India in 311 ODIs, scoring 11,363 runs. He is currently the third-highest run-scorer for the country in ODIs, and eighth-highest overall.

The pair of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for the most number of runs by an opening duo in ODIs (6,609 runs). Ganguly has 22 centuries and 72 half-centuries to his name.

In Test matches, Sourav Ganguly averaged 42.17 in 113 matches, scoring 7,212 runs.

In early 2006, Ganguly lost his place in the side following a highly publicized spat with then-coach Greg Chappell. However, he made a comeback later in the same year after his replacements failed to cement their place in the side. 

In 2007, Ganguly was part of the team which competed in the ODI World Cup. Even as India’s campaign shockingly ended in the group stage, Ganguly ended as the side’s highest scorer. In the same year, he produced impressive performances on the tour to England.

Ganguly retired from all the formats of cricket in 2008. In his final Test, he scored 85 in the first innings against Australia, and was also at the receiving end of a fantastic gesture from then-captain MS Dhoni, who asked him to lead the side for the final few overs of the match.

After many commentary stints post-retirement, Ganguly entered cricket administration and became the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal in 2015. He served the board for four years before becoming the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in October 2019.

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