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KTR appeals to BCCI to include Hyd as IPL venue


Telangana’s Minister for Industry and Information Technology, K.T. Rama Rao, on Sunday appealed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian Premier League (IPL) office-bearers to include Hyderabad as one of the venues for the upcoming IPL season.

“Our effective Covid containment measures are reflected in our low number of cases among all metro cities in India and we assure you of all support from the government,” the minister tweeted.

KTR’s appeal comes in the wake of reports that Hyderabad is not in the list of cities shortlisted by the BCCI for the 14th edition of IPL.

The BCCI has reportedly decided to limit IPL 2021 to only six cities. Hyderabad, the host city of Sunrisers Hyderabad, does not figure in the list.

The BCCI has shortlisted Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai to conduct IPL matches. The choice of Mumbai was surprising as there has been a surge in Covid cases in Maharashtra during the last few days.

Mumbai was added to the list on Saturday evening after the Maharashtra government gave permission to conduct the matches in the city without fans.

The reasons for dropping Hyderabad were not clear but there is a buzz in cricketing circles here that the infighting in Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) may have led to the BCCI ignoring the city.

Reacting to KTR’s appeal, some netizens urged him to first sort out the problems in HCA.

HCA president and former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin was reportedly in Ahmedabad for the third India-England Test where the decision was taken regarding the IPL venues.

Six members of the HCA Apex Council last week raised a banner of revolt against Azharuddin by holding a meeting and deciding to organise the annual general meeting (AGM) on March 28. Azharuddin has termed the meeting illegal, saying that it had no approval.

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Upset BCCI affiliates question choice of venues for England tour


Not all the state associations seem to be happy with the venues chosen for England’s upcoming tour of India, and some aggrieved cricket administrators in the state associations are linking it to this month’s elections of the Indian cricket board. Even Indian cricket board president Sourav Ganguly’s home state, Bengal, has questioned him on why it wasn’t allotted any of the 12 matches that will be played in February-March.

A “shocked” Mumbai said it was “extremely unexpected” at being ignored completely. On the other hand, Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) will host seven of the 12 matches in Ahmedabad.

Pune, a very surprising choice, will host all three One-day Internationals while Chennai — Tamil Nadu Cricket Association’s president Rupa Meiyappan is the daughter of former BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) chief N. Srinivasan — will host two of the four Tests. The other two Tests will be staged in Ahmedabad, along with all the five T20 Internationals. The GCA, which will host a an unprecedented seven matches, is the home association of BCCI secretary Jay Shah, though he doesn’t hold any position in it now.

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is the other affiliate of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that is “shocked” to find the city being ignored for the February 5-March 28 tour of England, especially as no Test has been staged in the city for four years.

Interestingly, Ganguly had hinted on September 28 that Mumbai and Kolkata could host the England matches, though at the time there were still some doubts about the tour materialising due to the Covid pandemic. But it was certain that if the tour went ahead, matches would be played in a bio-secure bubble, either in India or in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as the BCCI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for cooperation.

While Cricket Association Bengal (CAB) president Avishek Dalmiya said he has asked Ganguly directly, MCA executive committee member Nadeem Memon, speaking on behalf of panel colleagues, has requested MCA president Vijay Patil to let them know “the reasons” for Mumbai not getting a single match.

Memon also referred to Ganguly’s comments on September 28. Ganguly, a former CAB president, had made those comments soon after signing the MoU with the ECB.

“We also have the same facility [bio-secure bubble] in Mumbai – Cricket Club of India [Brabourne Stadium], Wankhede [Stadium], and D.Y. Patil [Stadium]. We also have Eden Gardens [Kolkata]. We have to create a bubble. We want to hold our cricket in India, that’s where the game is, that’s where the heart is,” Ganguly had said. Now there is heartburn in certain pockets of the country.

Dalmiya, son of late Jagmohan Dalmiya and a friend of Ganguly, told him that CAB was “expecting” to hold a match in Kolkata.

“CAB was expecting a match against England, especially since the last ODI match, which was scheduled to be played in Kolkata got cancelled,” said Dalmiya in a statement, referring to the ODI against South Africa in March that was cancelled to Covid.

“In this context, I did have a word with the BCCI president, Mr. Sourav Ganguly, and enquired if Kolkata could be accommodated, to which Mr Ganguly informed that these are unprecedented times and that BCCI had to settle with a maximum of three venues this time due to ongoing pandemic,” he said.

Dalmiya said that Ganguly has “assured me that CAB would get a turn in the next home series”.

“India is scheduled to host ODIs and T20s against South Africa as well as T20 matches against New Zealand as per the revised Future Tour Programme post-Covid, ahead of ICC World T20 in 2021 [in India],” he said.

Memon pointed out that Mumbai last hosted a Test match four years ago, against England.

“Mumbai has three of the best stadiums in the world, with the best hotel facilities and other services. Also, Mumbai has been recovering well from all Covid-19 related crisis. Mumbai has not hosted a Test Match since 2016,” he said in his letter sent to MCA president Vijay Patil.

“It is shocking and extremely unexpected that the BCCI wouldn’t consider Mumbai for the upcoming series, despite BCCI president, Mr Sourav Ganguly, himself saying that BCCI will keep the matches in Mumbai in the future,” he wrote.

“We, the Apex Council members of the MCA, urge you to write to the BCCI president regarding our concern and we want to know the reasons behind them not considering any of the Mumbai stadiums.”

Besides Dalmiya and Memon, several other people linked the choice of Pune — the headquarters of the controversial Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) — to the BCCI elections that would take place on December 24 during the AGM.

While pointing out that each vote is priceless in a BCCI election, an official referred to the crucial financial issues that MCA is in, also vis-a-vis its International Stadium in Gahunje, on the outskirts of Pune, where the three ODIs against England will be played.

“The equation is very simple: MCA has two big financial payments to make, and for that it badly and urgently needs money. One large payment is due to Shapoorji Pallonji & Co Ltd, who constructed the Gahunje stadium, and the other is due to Bank of Maharashtra and Andhra Bank, from which it has taken a big loans [besides Bank of Baroda and Karnataka Bank],” he said.

“By hosting three matches against England, MCA would earn a handsome amount from the in-stadia advertising rights and other sources. Also, the BCCI gives more than Rs.1 crore for an association to host an international match. In return, the MCA can oblige a certain person, or persons, at the elections, if it comes to voting,” he explained.

The BCCI pays Rs.2.5 crore to the association for hosting a Test match, Rs.1.5 crore for staging an ODI, and Rs.1.5 crore for hosting a T20 International. “There is agreement between the BCCI and the state cricket associations for all matches. As the amounts for matches are fixed, the host association has to manage in this amount. Gate receipts are of the host association. Normally, match hosting associations land profits, as vendors are theirs. For example, Bengal last year declared a Rs.5 crore profit from a match it hosted,” a source told IANS.

The financial situation in MCA is so bad that the BCCI has been paying the loan to the banks on behalf of the MCA. In August alone, the BCCI made a direct payment of Rs.5.91 crore to Bank of Maharashtra and Andhra Bank as “reimbursement of old Infrastructure claim of MCA stadium project”, besides Rs.5.97 crore to MCA as “reimbursement of old infrastructure claim of MCA stadium project”, according to the BCCI website.

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IPL 2020 will now start from April 15: BCCI official


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to postpone the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League and while it was originally set to start from March 29, it will now be held from April 15. The same has been conveyed to the franchises.

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that it was decided that the best way forward is to hold the cash-rich league from April 15. “Yes, the internal decision has been made to postpone the start of the tournament and it will begin on April 15, the BCCI has informed the franchises about the same,” the official said.

The government on Wednesday cancelled all visas, except for a few official categories, till April 15 in the wake of the growing scare.

In the meeting held at Nirman Bhavan in the national capital, it was decided that all existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/international organisations, employment and project visas, stand suspended till April 15 as the coronavirus outbreak has already seen over 60 positive cases in India.

The BCCI is set to meet the IPL team owners on Saturday before the start of the IPL Governing Council meeting and the way forward will be discussed then.

The franchises are clear that while they are okay to have the games minus the fans, they want the foreign players as that is what makes the IPL a cricket carnival.

“Yes, we have been informed that the IPL will now start from April 15, but what we need clarity on the availability of the foreign players. The IPL loses its charm if we don’t have the four foreigners in the teams. After all, they are just as integral a part of the teams as the Indian stars,” an official of a franchise told IANS.

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BCCI polls: Ganguly likely to be chief, Brijesh IPL Chairman


Meetings and counter meetings ruled the roost as the affiliated units of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), along with the bigwigs of the board, met in Mumbai on Sunday.

At the end of the day, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is leading the race to be the next BCCI President, while ex-India batsman Brijesh Patel is likely to bag the position of IPL Chairman.

Jay Shah and Arun Dhumal are being seen as the other new faces who will take control of the BCCI when the Committee of Administrators (CoA) hand over power to the BCCI office bearers on October 23.

While Brijesh Patel was leading the race to take over as President, Ganguly is said to have made it clear that he wanted only one post, unless Jay Shah was becoming the next BCCI chief. It will be interesting to see who between Jay Shah and Arun Dhumal be the Secretary and who will be made the Treasurer. Jay Shah could in fact be the Treasurer.

But there was more to the Sunday post-lunch back-door meetings than just two names emerging as the next faces of the BCCI, as it was a three-way battle between Brijesh, Jay Shah and Ganguly. The former India captain was also offered the post of IPL Chairman, but it is being said that Ganguly turned down the offer at around 6 p.m. on Sunday evening.

But it all started on Saturday evening.

The long meeting between the bigwigs of Indian cricket administration in the national capital on Saturday ended without a unanimous decision. While the likes of Anurag Thakur, N. Srinivasan, Sourav Ganguly, Rajeev Shukla and Niranjan Shah met in the capital, a few senior members, who will represent their respective associations in the BCCI elections, had their own closed door meeting in Mumbai.

The likes of Jayesh George and Prabhtej Patel could also be handed the other hot seats in what will be a fresh start for the BCCI office bearers after the CoA regime comes to an end.

The affiliated units of the board will now be apprised of these names as Monday is the last date for filing nominations for the office bearers’ posts and the five candidates are set to do the same in person.

While Ganguly’s name was all but certain for the position of President till Sunday afternoon, the stalwarts of the game believed that Jay Shah and Brijesh could be slightly ahead in the race with the latter becoming the President and Jay Shah taking over as Secretary.

Those aware of the jigsaw that is BCCI politics believed that a final call would be taken only during dinner on Sunday in Mumbai and that is exactly how it panned out.

“The old warhorses felt that the way forward was to have equal representation, and while only five names can be given for the top spots, the Apex Council will also see a similar widespread representation. The idea is to give people their right to express themselves,” a BCCI functionary told IANS.

It will also be interesting to see how the Supreme Court decides to act on the Electoral Officer’s decision to disqualify eight full members of the board as they were not fully compliant with the newly registered constitution of the BCCI.

“We are approaching the Supreme Court on Monday. Basically, the recommendation by the CoA was sent to the Electoral Officer and the Amicus Curiae. Since the officer has said that we are not qualified, we will go to the court. That is the only option left because the court allowed us to conduct the elections and said the disqualification didn’t apply to the Apex Council members which is what has been incorporated,” an official of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) had told IANS.

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Tough questions await Shastri & selectors after semifinal loss


Till the time results are going in your favour, you can even get away with murder. But the time has finally arrived when India coach Ravi Shastri and the coaching staff will have some answering to do. Always ready with a counter, Shastri has time and again shut the critics — even honest ones at times — with his words.

But it will be interesting to see how the India coach explains Wednesday’s semifinal defeat against New Zealand and the failure to find a middle-order that would have been good enough to stand up and get counted on a day when skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma failed in unison at the Old Trafford.

Coming into the World Cup, the Indian team management had kept the media at an arm’s length and was even reluctant to send players for the mixed zone sessions during the warm-up matches, which is a rule at ICC events.

In fact, ahead of their first World Cup game against South Africa, the Indian team had decided to send in the net bowlers who were training with the team in the run up to the showpiece event. The reason given was that the likes of Deepak Chahar and Avesh Khan were to go back and this would be the perfect stage to ask them on their experience of bowling to the Indian batsmen.

The media for once stood ground and decided to boycott the session. On paper there is no proof as to who was behind the idea of taking the Indian media contingent for a ride, but the efforts of the Indian cricket team to treat media personnel with disdain is no secret.

Any question asked has been met with a twisted answer. But the question on everyone’s mind now is whether the team management was waiting for calamity to strike rather than being prepared for the challenges that were visible to everyone.

Apart from the trio of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and K.L. Rahul, none of the other batsmen looked good enough even as the team management kept avoiding the obvious. To think that the middle-order consisted of two batsmen who weren’t even first-choice players when the original team was announced shows that there are questions staring at the likes of Shastri and Co.

While Rishabh Pant was flown in only after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out with a thumb injury, Dinesh Karthik was said to be a cover for M.S. Dhoni. Chief selector M.S.K. Prasad had said that Karthik was in fact picked over Pant as the second wicketkeeper because he would be needed only if Dhoni got injured. But both were part of the playing XI against New Zealand. Both floundered on the big stage and interestingly, one of the better middle-order batsmen in the set-up — Ambati Rayudu — announced retirement from the cricket after being overlooked for the showpiece event.

Clearly, living in the present has hurt the team when it mattered the most. The same coach who claimed that this Indian team was one of the best touring teams after the success in Australia must now stand up and answer as to how they failed to live up to the favourites’ tag against a New Zealand side which troubled them not once, but twice in the tournament.

For the record, India were handed a defeat in the warm-up game by the same Kiwi outfit in London. Clearly, lessons are there to be learnt.

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Can’t allow Army insignia on Dhoni’s gloves, ICC tells BCCI


With Indians across all paths of life coming together and showing their support for former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the International Cricket Council (ICC) asked him to remove the “Balidaan Badge” from his wicketkeeping gloves, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket had sent in a request to the ICC asking the game’s parent body to allow Dhoni to have the logo on his gloves. But the request has been rejected.

Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that the ICC has made it clear that it is not possible to approve the gloves with the �Balidaan Badge’.

The ICC has told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that the regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message and that the logo also breaches the regulations in relation to what is permitted on wicketkeeping gloves.

During the CoA meeting in Mumbai on Friday, one of the members had said that approval had been sought so that Dhoni can continue wearing the gloves with the logo.

“Yes, we are aware of the issue with Dhoni’s badge. But this is not a political or religious sentiment and we have requested the ICC to grant permission to Dhoni to sport the badge on his gloves,” the COA member had told IANS.

An ICC official had said that the council would consider the request if the BCCI convinced them that the logo did not have any political or religious message.

India’s opening game in the ongoing World Cup saw Dhoni once again profess his love for the security forces after he was spotted with the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicketkeeping gloves.

Speaking to IANS, Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications, had said that the BCCI had been asked to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves. “We have requested the BCCI to get it removed,” she had said on Thursday.

The Army insignia was spotted on Dhoni’s gloves as television replays showed him stumping Andile Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the innings bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal.

“Balidaan” is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment. It has a commando dagger pointed downwards, with upward-extending wings extending from the blade and a scroll superimposed on the blade with “Balidaan” inscribed in Devanagari. Only Paramilitary Commandos are allowed to wear the Balidaan Badge.

Dhoni, who was conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment in 2011, had also undergone training under the Para Brigade in 2015.

Twitter though was abuzz with fans showing respect to Dhoni. One fan wrote: “Salute & respect to MS Dhoni who printed insignia of ‘Balidan’ on his wicket keeping gloves.”

Another fan wrote: “This man shows his love for the nation and army. A Regimental Dragger(BALIDAN) of Indian Army Para Special Force on MS Dhoni Gloves. #IndianArmy #Balidan.”

But the ICC feels otherwise. The ICC regulations say: “The ICC equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match.”

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Secret of Virat Kohli’s Fitness


Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli is one of the highly regarded and most successful cricketers of this generation. Is it only his immaculate technique and sheer talent that helped him in scaling such phenomenal heights in the history of cricket sport?

BCCI has revealed what sort of strenuous effort goes in the making of a legend that Kohli is. In the video, India’s fitness coach Shankar Basu is seen formulating Kohli’s daily routine which the Indian skipper practices to perfection.

Those who have tracked the skipper’s career from his early days know that he wasn’t the most athletic player. His discipline and strict fitness regime over the years, especially for the past four years, have not just made him one of the fittest players in the world but also set the fitness bar for the whole Indian team. His coach credits his fitness regimen as one of the key factors for his success in all the three formats of cricket.

Kohli and his men are currently gearing up to take on Sri Lanka in the second ODI on August 24 after registering a thumping 9-wicket victory in the first ODI.

Courtesy : BCCI

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BCCI to pay Ravi Shastri close to 8 crore plus per annum


The BCCI has decided to pay new chief coach Ravi Shastri a whopping salary, which could go upto Rs 8 crore per annum.

It was learnt that the top brass of BCCI was unanimous in their decision on Shastri’s perks, which is atleast a crore more than previous coach Anil Kumble’s salary of Rs 6.5 crore.

Ironically, in Kumble’s demand for an increment was exactly to the tune of what Shastri will be getting.

The three other coaches — Bharat Arun, R Sridhar and Sanjay Bangar are expected to be bracketed between Rs 2,3 crore taking into account that they need to be compensated for foregoing their IPL contracts.


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Partnership with captain Kohli was untenable, says Kumble

Anil Kumble, Virat Kohli

Acknowledging the rift with captain Virat Kohli, legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble on Tuesday decided against continuing in his post as the head coach of the Indian cricket team.

In a statement posted on his Twitter handle, Kumble said that the partnership with the captain was “untenable”, and also clarified that it was only a day before that he got to know through the BCCI that Kohli had reservations with his ‘style’ and his continual as the head coach.

“I am honoured by the confidence reposed in me by the CAC, in asking me to continue as head coach. The credit for the achievements of the last one year goes to the captain, the entire team, coaching and support staff,” Kumble said. “Post this intimation, I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the head coach.”

“I was surprised since I have always respected the role boundaries between captain and coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on,” he added.

The 46-year-old, who was put in charge last June, went on to add that he brought to the table professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views. He also stated that coaching role for him was like ‘holding a mirror’ to drive self-improvement in the team’s interest.

“Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits I bring to the table. These need to be valued for the partnership to be effective,” he said.

“I see the coach’s role akin to ‘holding a mirror’ to drive self-improvement in the team’s interest. In light of these ‘reservations’ I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit,” he added.

Kumble also thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Advisory Committee (CA) comprising his former teammates Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman for giving him the opportunity to serve the game.

“Let me reiterate that it has been an absolute privilege to have served as head coach for the last one year. I thank the CAC, BCCI, CoA and all concerned. I also wish to thank the innumerable followers and fans of Indian cricket for their continued support. I will remain a well-wisher of the great cricketing tradition of my country forever,” he signed up.

Kumble’s one year contract expired at the end of the ICC Champions Trophy but he was given the option to travel with the team to the West Indies for the limited overs series beginning on Friday.

While the team left for the Caribbean earlier on Tuesday, Kumble did not accompany the team raising doubts over his continuance as the head coach. Kumble decided to stay back in London for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) ‘Annual Conference’ as he is the chairman of the Cricket Committee while the Indian team boarded the flight to Barbados.

Earlier, this month amidst reports of a rift between Kumble and Kohli, the BCCI had invited fresh applications for the post of head coach days before the start of Champions Trophy.

Kumble was a direct entry into the coach selection process while the others who applied for the post were Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput among others.

The BCCI had earlier on Tuesday confirmed about Kumble’s withdrawal from the top job and deputed M.V. Sridhar to supervise the team management for the Windies tour.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC) confirms that Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services from the post of the head coach for the Senior India Men’s team,” the board’s statement read.

“While the Cricket Advisory Committee had endorsed an extension to his tenure as Head Coach, Anil Kumble has decided not to continue as the coach. The BCCI will continue to seek the assistance of the Cricket Advisory Committee in its search for a new Head Coach for the Senior India Men’s Cricket Team,” the BCCI statement further said.

Besides Sridhar, the board also announced to continue with the other members of the support staff. “In the interim, the BCCI has deputed M.V. Sridhar, GM — Cricket Operations to supervise the team management for the West Indies tour.”

“Batting coach Sanjay Bangar, and fielding coach R. Sridhar will continue their assignments and assist the Indian Cricket team,” the statement added. Meanwhile, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary thanked Kumble for his services to the Indian team.

“We wish to place on record our sincere appreciation for the immense contribution by Anil Kumble to the team which enabled India to attain the No.1 Test position. Indian cricket needs his continued contribution in various capacities and wishes him all the best in his future endeavour,” Choudhary added.

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Dhawan Receives More than Kohli from Revenue Share of BCCI

Captain Virat Kohli is among the highest grossers in endorsement deals, but his share of the tax-free spoils from the gross revenue of BCCI from international games in 2015-16 is slightly lower than his Delhi and India teammate Shikhar Dhawan’s.

While left-handed opener Dhawan has received 87.76 lakh, Kohli has pocketed Rs 83.07 lakh as his share, according to information on the website of the Indian cricket board on payments over Rs 25 lakh made in May.
The third highest in this category is Ajinkya Rahane (Rs 81.06 lakh) while in joint fourth place are Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma (Rs 73.02 lakh each).

The lowest amount has been secured by Varun Aaron (Rs 32.15 lakh). The players have also received their match fees for the three home series held last season – versus New Zealand, England and Australia.

Players have also been given the tax free portion of the cash award announced by the BCCI and Test ranking prize money that the Board has received from the International Cricket Council as well as a portion of retainers.

Senior left-arm paceman Ashish Nehra has received Rs 1.52 crore as injury compensation for IPL 2016.
Five former women cricketers, including Diana Edulji who is a member of the Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Committee of Administrators, have received Rs 30 lakh each as one-time benefit from BCCI.

The other four are Anjum Chopra, Neetu David, ShubhangiKulkarni and Sudha Shah. BCCI has also spent Rs 3 crore as land registration cost for the NPA in Bengaluru.

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Government says ‘No’ to bilateral cricket with Pakistan

Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday made it clear that the government will not allow any bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan till the time “cross-border terrorism” does not stop.

The minister’s firm statement comes on a day the BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board are meeting in Dubai to discuss their bilateral ties, which have remained suspended since 2012 due to diplomatic tensions after terror attacks in India.

“BCCI should speak to the government before giving any proposal to Pakistan. I have made it clear that bilateral cricket with Pakistan is not possible till the time there is cross-border terror. We have, however, no say on multilateral events (ICC tournaments),” Goel told reporters here.

The PCB has already sent a legal notice to BCCI claiming damages in tune of USD 60 million (Rs 387 crore approx) for allegedly not honouring the MoU that had stated five bilateral series in the cycle between 2015-2023.

It is learnt that the BCCI officials led by joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary will explain to their PCB counterparts that the series can’t be held without government permission and would also request them to withdraw the case.

If Pakistan refuses to budge, it is learnt that now way will BCCI pay any compensation in this case.

The cash-strapped PCB’s finances heavily depend on a series with India which would mean a financial windfall for the nation, where no international cricketing activity has taken place since the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricket team.

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