Month: November 2019

Roma pair out for months

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first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ As expected, Roma pair Bryan Cristante and Nikola Kalinic will be out for at least a month with injury setbacks. Roma’s official website confirmed Cristante tore a tendon in his right adductor muscle against Sampdoria yesterday. Kalinic, meanwhile, suffered “a fracture at the top of the fibula bone”, although the Giallorossi assure the striker does not need surgery. Nonetheless, the midfielder will sit out the remainder of 2019, while his Croatian colleague should be back in a month. The Giallorossi now have seven players on the treatment table, with Lorenzo Pellegrini, Davide Zappacosta, Cengiz Under, Amadou Diawara and Henrikh Mkhitaryan also out.last_img read more

Sachin to become IAF group captain

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first_imgMaster Blaster Sachin Tendulkar will be conferred with Indian Air Force’s (IAF) honorary rank of Group Captain on Friday. IAF chief Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik will confer the honorary rank to Tendulkar at a ceremony in the national capital following which he will become the brand ambassador of the force. The honour to one of India’s greatest batsmen comes in recognition of his glorious achievements as a cricketer and a sports icon par excellence. In 2008, India’s World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev had received the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army. So far, 21 eminent personalities have been granted honorary ranks by the IAF. When the conferment was announced, an elated Tendulkar said he was proud to be part of the IAF family. “It is indeed a great honour that I have been considered for honorary group captain in the IAF. As an Indian, I am proud to be associated with the dynamic force and I shall do my very best to be brand ambassador for the force,” Sachin said.last_img read more

Subrata Roy’s threat to pull out of cricket haunts BCCI

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first_imgN. SrinivasanBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President N. Srinivasan is losing control over the game. Since taking over BCCI in 2011, he has alienated senior players, lost its domestic broadcaster, scrapped an IPL team and entered into a protracted legal battle with two other franchises-Kings XI Punjab and,N. SrinivasanBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President N. Srinivasan is losing control over the game. Since taking over BCCI in 2011, he has alienated senior players, lost its domestic broadcaster, scrapped an IPL team and entered into a protracted legal battle with two other franchises-Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals. On February 4, he was on the verge of losing Indian cricket’s most consistent backer, Sahara India, who threatened to walk out of IPL and a Team India sponsorship over not being allowed extra money to bid for a replacement for ailing Pune Warriors captain Yuvraj Singh. Sahara India spends Rs 560 crore on Team India’s sponsorship and Rs 1,720 crore on its IPL team, Pune Warriors. Its withdrawal will punch a big hole in BCCI’s annual revenue of Rs 4,000 crore and put a question mark over the continuance of the Board’s cash cow, the Indian Premier League (IPL). Season 5 begins on April 4.Srinivasan had to call veteran Jagmohan Dalmiya, president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, to mediate between him and Sahara India chairman Subrata Roy. Dalmiya will now meet Roy on February 12 at Mumbai’s Sahara Star hotel along with ipl Chairman Rajeev Shukla. bcci will try to convince Roy to change his decision. Roy, it is reliably learnt, has agreed to retain his Rs 1,720 crore investment in the IPL team but he is scrapping the Rs 560 crore sponsorship of Team India. “We will not let a good partner walk out in anger,” said Shukla.Subrata RoyIf Sahara India moves out of Pune Warriors, the departure would mean fewer IPL matches and fresh deals at lower rates with broadcaster Set Max (currently paying Rs 820 crore per year for a 10-year deal signed in 2007), title sponsor DLF and other advertisers. “A much-hyped brand is now facing some tough questions from advertisers who want to know what’s in store,” says analyst and Future Brands MD and CEO Santosh Desai.The current season is critical for IPL and if the T20 leagues do not fare well financially, it is in for big trouble. “Once, the inventory was sold five months in advance. Now the interest is very low,” says managing partner Navin Khemka of Zenith Optimedia, a media buying firm. Ratings of ipl4 have dwindled to 3.94 from a high of 5.29 in IPL3 in 2010, according to TAM Media.advertisementFormer cricketers claim something must be seriously wrong with the way the board has allowed its ties with various stakeholders to deteriorate. “BCCI needs a drastic overhaul,” says former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi.Top BCCI officials have approached Bharti Airtel, India’s top telecom company, for a quick deal for 18 months left over from Sahara India’s three-and-a-half-year contract. In May 2010, Sahara India, the team sponsor for the past four-and-a-half years, had bid Rs 3.34 crore for every Test, one-day and Twenty20 match against Bharti’s Rs 2.89 crore. What triggered the latest controversy? Sahara India’s grouse was that the BCCI ignored some of its genuine concerns with regard to Pune Warriors. BCCI refused to add Yuvraj Singh’s Rs 8 crore price to Pune Warrior’s auction purse. The addition could have allowed the team to bid for a top player. Sahara India has also paid more for the team than older entrants Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers. Yet they played only 74 matches instead of the stipulated 94 promised by BCCI during the auction.Sahara India’s Head of Corporate Affairs Abhijit Sarkar says the group is studying the Board’s conciliatory tone and weighing its options before the February 12 meeting. Even if the two sides patch up, a reunion looks difficult. “Sadly, we never found BCCI believing in genuine give and take,” read a statement issued by the group. “Any relationship does not break over a single issue,” an enraged Roy said. In London, Srinivasan’s worst critic, former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi is enjoying his discomfiture. He wrote on his website: “A carefully made edifice is being shattered by one man-Narayanaswami Srinivasan, who is unmindful of the consequences of his actions.”last_img read more

Sahara pullout as BCCI sponsor overshadows IPL auction

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first_imgThe dramatic pullout of Sahara India from the fifth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) as franchisee of Pune Warriors and as the main sponsor of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) overshadowed the players’ auction on Saturday.In contrast to the excitement and suspense that gripped the second auction also held in this tech hub a year ago, Saturday’s ‘mini-auction’ began on a sour note as the number of franchises reduced to eight from TEN with the cancellation of Kochi Tuskers Kerala over default and walkout by Sahara India hours before international-acclaimed auctioneer Richard Madley wielded the hammer.As Sahara officials walked out of the auction venue, a damning statement against BCCI from the franchises after the auction got underway at a five-star hotel triggered more questions about the development as it cited several reasons, including denial of natural justice by the world’s richest cricketing body.”The auction began around 11 a.m. on a sombre note and was held in an orderly fashion for about 150 minutes till 1:30 p.m. when 17 of the 49 players were put on bid and bought by the different franchises. The absence of Pune Warriors’ and Kochi Tuskers’ franchisees was certainly felt,” an IPL official said.When the auction resumed at 3 p.m. on a sedate note for the remaining players, it was called off an hour later as only eight more players could be sold and there were no takers for the remaining 95 players.”The eight franchises have collectively spent $11 million for purchasing 25 players, which leaves out the remaining 119 for trading online from Monday,” IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said after the auction ended.Though Bollywood superstar and flamboyant owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh Khan and owner of Mumbai Indians Nita Ambani were the noted personalities present along with Ness Wadia of Kings XI Punjab and Siddharth Mallya of Royal Challengers Bangalore at the ‘replacement auction’, the zing was missing and the atmosphere was anything but romantic.The conspicuous absence of Bollywood celebrities and owners of Kings XI and Rajasthan Royals Preeti Zinta and Shilpa Shetty, respectively, from the venue turned the auction damp squib where 144 players, including eight Indians and 136 foreign were up for grabs.”The rejection rate was higher this time as the franchises were wary of bidding for anyone or everyone. They were choosy and selective due to fund crunch and utility of the player in the slots that were vacant to be filled,” the official pointed out.Of the eight Indians, veteran batsman V.V.S Laxman and pacer and V.R.V Singh remained unsold, while Ravindra Jadeja, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, R.P Singh, S. Sreesanth and Ramesh Powar were grabbed by the vying franchises.Gujarat-born Jadeja was the star of the pick as he was grabbed by two-time winner franchise Chennai Super Kings for over $2 million (Rs.10 crore) pipping Deccan Chargers in a tie-breaker.Pacer Vinay returns to two-time runner-up Royal Challengers of Bangalore, which bid aggressively to buy him for $1 million after dropping him last year.Deccan Chargers, which lost Kumar to Royal Challengers in the bid, however, managed to get wicket-keeper Patel for $650,000.Pacer Singh was bought by Mumbai Indians for $600,000 while spinner Pawar was picked by Kings XI Punjab for $160,000.Among foreign players who were bought include Mahela Jawardene from Sri Lanka by Delhi Daredevils for $1.4 million, Brendon McCullum from New Zealand and Sunil Narine from West Indies by Knight Riders for $900,000 and $700,000, respectively, Muthaiah Muralidharan from Sri Lanka by Royal Challengers for $220,000, Herschelle Gibbs from South Africa by Mumbai Indians for $500,000, and Brad Hodge from Australia by RR for $475,000.advertisementlast_img read more

Welcome back home my brother: Tendulkar to Yuvraj

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first_imgSenior Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Monday welcomed teammate Yuvraj Singh on his return to the country and wished him a speedy recovery following his treatment for a rare germ cell cancer in the United States.”Yuvi- Got well soon ?. Welcome back home my brother after winning a tough battle with cancer,” Tendulkar wrote on his Twitter page.Yuvraj, who underwent three cycles of chemotherapy for a rare germ cell cancer between his lungs, returned home to a rousing welcome from adoring fans.Received by his mother Shabnam at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here, Yuvraj came on a Jet Airways flight this morning after spending some days in London to recuperate from the after-effects of the chemotherapy.Tendulkar, who is nursing his injured finger, had met the left-handed batsman in London last month.Yuvraj’s head, which went bald during the treatment, was covered with a red sports cap. Sporting a red T-shirt teamed with Khaki pants, Yuvraj made his way through hordes of fans and waiting media personnel after coming out from back gate of the airport.India’s 2011 World Cup hero did not speak to the waiting media but his mother thanked everyone for their prayers and wishes.Flashing a victory sign and a smile, Yuvraj walked through patiently towards a white Audi SUV, which drove him to his home from the airport.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh: Who is he?

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first_imgYuvraj Singh is an Indian cricketer, and the son of former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi movie star Yograj Singh. He has been a member of the Indian cricket team since 2000 (ODIs) and played his first Test match in 2003.He was recently diagnosed with a cancerous tumor (Stage-I) in his left lung and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston, USA. On March 18, 2012 he was discharged from the hospital after completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy to recover from a rare germ cell cancer in Boston, USA. On April 9, 2012 he returned home . Yuvi’s return to India | See pics Sportspersons who beat cancer | See pics Yuvraj Singh returns home | See pics Yuvi returns home after treatment | Watch video Yuvraj Singh was the vice-captain of the ODI team from late-2007 to late-2008. At the 2007 World Twenty20 he hit six sixes in an over against England’s Stuart Broad-a feat performed only three times previously in any form of senior cricket, and previously never in an international match between two Test cricket nations. He was named the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 Cricket World Cup.After the 2003 World Cup, Yuvraj was signed by Yorkshire, becoming only the second Indian after Tendulkar to represent the county. However, he had a disappointing run, scoring less than 200 runs in either form of the game, but described it as an important learning experience.He was the icon player and captain for Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab in the first two seasons; in 2010, the third season, icon player status was abolished and the captaincy given to Kumar Sangakkara. Yuvraj was signed by Microsoft to be a brand ambassador for the Xbox 360 video game console when it was launched in India in 2006. He appeared in advertisements for the console alongside Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. Codemasters’ cricket video game Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 was released with his endorsement in India, titled “Yuvraj Singh International Cricket 2007.”The Bollywood animated film, Jumbo features cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s voice therefore starting his career in Bollywood. The upcoming animated full length feature film Captain India features Yuvraj Singh as the main protagonist.advertisementlast_img read more