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Anil Kumble backs Hardik Pandya

“He is an extremely talented player. When he first came into IPL, he showed what he’s capable of; I think the potential Hardik has, has been seen by all. When he bowled in Dharamsala and batted in Delhi, one could see that he’s a quality player. That’s why we are backing him in this series as well. We all understand the importance of an all-rounder, as a fifth bowler and bat in the lower order, that’s a great option to have.”

“We are keen how Hardik develops. We don’t want to put too much pressure on him, he will have all the freedom to express himself and not worry about Test cricket, whenever he gets the opportunity. He is a quality player whom we will back and yes, he will only get better. The more he plays, better he will get and it’s a nice thing to have an in the squad,” Team India coach Anil Kumble said in an interview with The Hindu.

Kumble was today into an interview spree. Speaking elsewhere to the media on the issue of team-building, he said, “Communication is the key in any team activity, whether you are doing well or not doing well. Communication with the players who’ve been injured is equally important. I’ve been through that as well, so I know exactly what goes through a player’s mind when he’s injured and watching the game and somebody else is playing. Of course, all of us want the team to do well and the player who’s replaced also to do well. But having said that, it’s important to keep everyone in the loop.”

On the question of injury of players, he said, “When you’re injured, what is most important for a coach to communicate to them is not to look at coming back quickly because that’s not going to help that particular individual and also it might let the team down. So it’s important that the injured players come back when they feel 100% right. Probably play one domestic game and seen how they go rather than test them out here.”

What part of Lodha’s recommendations must BCCI accept?

BCCI president Anurag Thakur submitted a compliance report to the Lodha Committee on Saturday, ESPN reported, adding that Thakur has written that the board’s members have rejected adopting in total the new memorandum of association and rules. Thakur informed the committee that the 30 members opted to instead vote separately for or against each of the committee’s recommendations, which were approved by the Supreme Court of India on July 18 this year.

647_110616100427Thakur’s compliance report, sent via email, was filed two days after the prescribed deadline (November 3) set by the Supreme Court of India in its interim order passed on 21 October. The report is in the form of two affidavits, one by the BCCI president and the other by secretary Ajay Shirke.

“All the members, however, rejected this proposal. The members further went on to state that while they were not averse to adopting the new memorandum, they had difficulties in adopting the same in totality as proposed by the Hon. Secretary and seconded by (the President),” the affidavits read.

“I am… rendered totally incapable and without any authority to force the members, who are 30 in number and have voting rights under the statute, to adopt the entire memorandum as proposed by the Lodha Committee,” Thakur said in his affidavit, which is similar to Shirke’s.

Former India team Ravi Shastri has said on the issue that the BCCI should implement 80%-85% of the committee’s recommendations. However, he reportedly added, problems could arise over the remaining 15% due to practicalities. Shastri also said that appointing only three national selectors would be wrong. “If you think BCCI was that bad, how come we won three World Cups,” Shastri added on being asked about BCCI’s administration, reports Behind Woods.

Indian wrestlers win 13 golds among 29 silvers in Commonwealth Championship


Several newspapers have quoted a PTI report that says India has won 5 gold medals in freestyle through Harful, Bajrang, Jitender, Sandeep, Deepak and Arun. The 3 gold medals in Greco-Roman came from Ravinder, Krishan and Sachin.

In freestyle, Harful has won a gold and Vikas a silver in 61kg. Bajrang has got a gold and Rahul Maan a silver in 65kg. Jitender has won a gold and Sandeep Kate a silver in 74kg. Deepak has got a gold and Arun a silver in 86kg. Hitender got a gold and Krishan a silver in 125kg.

In the Greco-Roman style, Ravinder has won a gold and Krishan a silver in 59kg. Dipak earned a gold and Rafiq a silver in 71kg. Hardeep has got a gold and Sachin a silver in 98kg.

Behind Woods has reported a bigger tally. It says, “India on Saturday bagged 13 Gold medals and a total of 29 medals overall, at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Singapore on Saturday. Among the gold medalists were Rio Olympian Sandeep Tomar, who won the gold in men’s 57 kg freestyle event, while Satyawart Kadian and Amit Dhankar won gold in 97 kg and 70 kg respectively. India’s female gold winners included Ritu Phogat in 48 kg and Reshma Mane in 63 kg.”

Fans can vote for ‘FIFA Player of the Year’ award

The FIFA Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) may be dead after France Football took back ownership of the Ballon d’Or award, but FIFA has a new plan for crowning the best players of 2016, Fox Sports believes.

The Sun reports, “Fifa used to give out the World Player of the Year award before it was merged with the Ballon d’Or in 2010. But rather than bringing back the old award, world football’s governing body have announced a new individual prize, simply called ‘The Best’. And for the first time ever, supporters will have a say on who football’s top player should be.”

Daily Saba explains that the votes of the captains and coaches of the world’s national teams are worth 50% in the new election process for “the best FIFA football awards” on 9 January. The remaining 50% of the votes, it says, will come from fans in an online public ballot and from a select group of more than 200 media representatives.

Fox Sports has reported that the voting process will decide winners in eight categories, with shortlists being revealed this week: the Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016, the Best FIFA Women’s Player 2016, the Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2016, the Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2016, the FIFA Puskás Award 2016, the FIFA Fair Play Award 2016, the FIFA Fan Award 2016 and the FIFA FIFPro World XI.

Sports commentators are foreseeing a battle between two authorities, FIFA and Ballon d’Or in the future, beginning now. The development in FIFA follows the announcement by France Football in September that it is changing the rules for its Ballon d’Or award. ESPN informs us that the Ballon d’Or was given to the top European player from 1956 from 1994 before the partnership with FIFA. Between 1995 and 2009, the magazine says, it was awarded to the best player from any continent playing at a European club.

In the meantime, FIFA has posted nominations for the best coach. They are, in the alphabetical order, Chris Coleman (Wales/Welsh national team), Didier Deschamps (France/French national team), Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Bayern Munich/Manchester City), Jürgen Klopp (Germany/Liverpool), Luis Enrique (Spain/FC Barcelona), Mauricio Pochettino (Argentina/Tottenham Hotspur), Claudio Ranieri (Italy/Leicester City), Fernando Santos (Portugal/Portuguese national team), Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atlético Madrid) and Zinédine Zidane (France/Real Madrid).

Legendary marathoner Gebrselassie is new Ethiopian Athletics Federation president

The 43-year-old two-time Olympic gold 10,000M gold medalist tallied 9 votes out of 15 during a voting exercise held in the capital city of the Horn of Africa nation, Addis Ababa on Saturday, reports Kawowo.

72cdc31fd25d1af9b43793133689a3e0_xlBesides winning the Berlin Marathon on four consecutive counts, he also had three straight wins at the Dubai Marathon. He also won the Olympic gold medal in the 10,000 metres at Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. He had won the first of eight indoor and outdoor world championship gold medals at Stuttgart in 1993. He held world records in track-and-field disciplines ranging from the 5,000 meters to the marathon.

“I am very honoured that they trust me in this position. I am looking forward to working together with all people involved in the EAF to work on a great future for Ethiopian athletics,” he said.

The east African nation is also struggling with a slump in form and won a single gold medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August, its poorest haul since 1992, Reuters reports.

In an interview with The Associated Press ahead of the election, Gebrselassie said Ethiopian athletics was “not on the right track.” The country was underperforming in comparison to East African neighbor and distance running rival Kenya, Gebrselassie said, but also had its reputation undermined by a string of doping cases.

Demand to revise F1 rules

Max Verstappen says, according to Business Day Online,  Formula 1 should spend this winter working on improving its rulebook for the 2017 season, so as to avoid what he claims were “double standards” at the Mexican Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver remains unhappy that he was penalised for cutting the track after braking late for Turn 1 in the closing stages, while Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton was allowed to get away with it on the opening lap. He thinks the situation is ‘ridiculous’ – as he suggested that F1 had to move away from too many rules, insisting it was a turn-off for fans.

1022-6666666666666x767__origin__0x0_max_verstappen-700x367Nico Hülkenberg agrees. The Checkered Flag has quoted him as admitting that he was surprised no action was taken over Lewis Hamilton over his first lap corner-cutting antics during the Mexican Grand Prix. The Sahara Force India F1 Team driver believed the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team racer did gain an advantage after locking up his brakes into the first turn.

Hamilton blaming glazed brakes for the problem that saw him comfortably lead the race on the opening lap, the site above says, just before a safety car bunched the field up once more to clear up the wrecked Manor Racing MRT of Pascal Wehrlein, and Hülkenberg believes having glazed brakes would have made it extremely difficult for Hamilton to win the race, something he did comfortably.


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