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BCCI invites job applications for Team India’s head coach

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday issued invitation for the position of the head coach of the Indian senior men’s team along with the batting, bowling and fielding coach.

Meanwhile, the invitation also include the vacancy for the Head Sports Science/Medicine of the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

The deadline for the submission for applying for the post of head coach has been set at 5 PM on October 26 while for the remaining four posts it has been fixed as November 3.

The BCCI statement said that the remuneration for the post of head coach will be “negotiable and will be commensurated with experience” and the period of contract will be of two years.

The statement said that some of the key accountabilities for the head coach post will be that he will be responsible for developing a world class Indian cricket team which delivers sustained success in all conditions and formats, inspiring current and future generations of cricketers and stakeholders with their approach to the game.

“The Head Coach will have overall responsibility for the performance and management of the India Men’s
team in all three forms of the game and will lead a team of specialist coaches and support staff and will be responsible for defining their roles, their performance and ongoing development. He will be responsible for reviewing, maintaining, and enforcing the disciplinary codes within the India Men’s team and will work with the Head of NCA to formulate a developmental plan for the upskilling players who are not a part of the national team as and when possible,” the statement said.

“The Head Coach in conjunction with Head Cricket NCA will formulate a policy for development of players,
which is to be communicated to all first-class teams, so that the first class coaches are aware of the
parameters required to succeed at the international level. He will also observe players in elite competitions with the National Selectors and provide strategic inputs with respect to selection wherever required and provide support and advice in the development of a cricket pathway. The Head Coach will also oversee the workload management plans and set KPIs for respective support staff verticals,” it added.

Although, former India skipper and current NCA Chief Rahul Dravid is all set to take over as the next head coach of the Indian cricket team after the upcoming T20 World Cup, it has been learnt that the BCCI issued the advertisement for the post to ensure that due process is followed.

Meanwhile, former India pacer Paras Mhambrey is likely to be the appointed as the next bowling coach.

Earlier after some initial reluctance, 48-year-old Dravid had agreed to the BCCI’s offer.

As a coach, Dravid is best known for strengthing the bench strength of India as ace cricketers like Rishabh Pant, Avesh Khan, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, and Shubman Gill have all come through a system created by him.

Earlier this year, Dravid had served as the head coach of the Indian team during the tour of Sri Lanka.

T20 World Cup: Disney+Hotstar to live stream warm-up matches

For the very first time in the history of ICC tournaments, all the warm-up matches of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be produced and will be made available for fans by Disney+ Hotstar.

The T20 extravaganza will take the center-stage as another edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup dawns over the horizon.

These warm-up matches promise to be a ‘battle before the battle’, a precursor for the fans, promising action-packed cricket and anticipation ahead of the Super 12 stage.

The warm-up fixtures amongst top 8 teams will be played over two days, i.e. October 18 and 20.

Cricket fans can enjoy the non-India warm-up matches on Disney+ Hotstar and Team India’s warm-up games against England and Australia on October 18 at 7.30 PM IST and October 20 at 3:30 PM IST respectively will be available on Disney+ Hotstar and Star Sports Network.

Commenting on the development, Sunil Rayan, President and Head, Disney+ Hotstar India said: “ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is the pinnacle of international T20 cricket and in an industry first we will exclusively stream all the warm-up matches of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on our platform.”

“In line with our strategy, Disney+ Hotstar continues to strengthen itself as the preferred digital destination for all the sporting action, constantly offering newer engagement opportunities to fulfill the growing appetite of the sports fanatics in India,” added he.

For Team India, the players might have received sufficient exposure and have acclimatized to the conditions in the UAE after playing for their respective franchises in the just concluded season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) however, the warm-up matches will help them get their rhythm back together as a unit.

India will first take on England on October 18 before taking on Australia on October 20.

Notably, all the eight teams, who have secured qualification for Round 2 of the showpiece event, will play warm-up matches ahead of the main competition.

While the qualifiers will get underway from October 17 in Oman, the main tournament will begin from October 23 in the UAE in which Australia will be up against South Africa.

Team India, led by Kohli, will open their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai.

The Men In Blue, placed in the second group, will next face New Zealand on October 31 at the same venue before facing Afghanistan on November 3 in Abu Dhabi.

India will then take on the two of the four qualifiers on November 5 and 8 in Dubai.

The two semifinals will be held on November 10 and November 11 with the final to be played on November 14.

Team India to tour Pakistan after 17 years for Asia Cup 2023, claims report

After a long gap of 17 years, Team India is expected to tour Pakistan as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been reportedly awarded the hosting rights for the Asia Cup 2023.

As the PCB hosts its home fixtures in Pakistan and after being awarded the hosting rights of the showpiece event, the Men in Blue will have to visit the naeighbouring nation in 2023.

As per a reports in Cricbuzz, in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting on Friday, it was unanimously decided to allot the 2023 edition of the Asia Cup to Pakistan, which will be played in the ODI format.

“The ACC meeting, chaired by Jay Shah, the secretary of BCCI, has recognised that it is the turn of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to host the event and the Pakistan board, as it has been maintaining in the recent times, has declared that it will not host the event at a neutral venue, but in Pakistan only,” the report said.

“The decision, it is understood, is a unanimous one. Sources from both the BCCI and PCB have confirmed the decisions. The exact schedule of the events will be finalised soon but the 50-over Asia Cup, incidentally, will be staged in a 50-over World Cup year that has been allotted to India. The PCB was represented by its new chairman Ramiz Raja,” it added.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja held an informal meeting Friday with his Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) counterpart Saurav Ganguly.

The meeting between the two cricket board heads took place at the sidelines of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting,

The 2023 edition will follow a T20 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka next year.

Also, as there will be a 50-over World Cup in 2023, the Asia Cup will be played in the ODI format.

Earlier in the year 2018, the prestigious tournament was also played in the 50-over format while the Asia Cup 2020, which was scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka, was cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Notably, due to the political relations between the two countries, India and Pakistan now only face each other in ICC events and Asia Cups.

The two side had last met in the 2019 World Cup, which took place in England.

The arch-rivals are next scheduled to resume their rivalry during the league stage of the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 on October 24.

During the ACC meeting, Raja also met representatives of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Emirates cricket boards.

Meanwhile, several reports also claimed that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sourav Ganguly invited Raja to attend the Indian Premier League (IPL) final between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) however, the PCB chief did not attend the match as he was scheduled to return to Pakistan late on Friday after completing the ACC meeting.

ICC & UNICEF partner to help break stigma around mental health

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and UNICEF are aiming to raise awareness of mental health and well-being amongst children and adolescents and encourage greater conversation and understanding of it throughout the upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, beginning on Sunday.

The event – the biggest ever in the UAE and Oman – begins on October 17 and comprises 45 matches across four venues and features cricket’s biggest names and best teams. As the pinnacle of the shortest format of cricket, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 attracts a global audience reaching billions of young fans and families.

The partnership will highlight the need for more conversations around mental health and wellbeing. Mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to their community.

According to the latest available estimates, more than 1 in 7 adolescents aged 10–19 is estimated to live with a diagnosed mental disorder globally.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the issue. School closures and physical distancing measures due to COVID 19 have reduced children and young people’s regular coping mechanisms and contributed to increased isolation and mental health risks.

Lockdownsand other pandemic containment measures, in addition to the direct impact of COVID-19, have resulted in mental stress of parents’ and care givers. This has in turn affected their ability to provide a protective and nurturing environment for their children.

#OnYourMind campaign at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will urge for greater commitment, connection and conversation around mental health and physical wellbeing.

Through this initiative ICC will use its global platforms, including its broadcast and digital channels to support UNICEF’s work and drive the message around: what affects children’s mental health, how to break the silence and talk about mental health wellbeing, destigmatise mental health issues, how to reach out and seek support and what can parents and adults do to improve the mental wellbeing of children.

This partnership comes at the back of ICC’s commitment to ensure the mental and physical wellbeing of over 2,000 individuals that are involved in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, many of whom including players, coaches and support staff, will be in a “managed event environment” throughout.

Commenting on it, Geoff Allardice, Acting CEO ICC said: “Cricket has the incredible power and reach to raise awareness and effect change and we’re proud to partner with UNICEF to help break the stigma around mental health. #OnYourMind encourages us all to talk more openly about this with our children to promote and protect their mental health.”

UNICEF India Representative Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, said: “We anticipate that that the COVID-19 pandemic related stresses that have affected the mental health of children and young people in India is likely to have a lasting impact if we do not act now! We must work with them to bust the stigma around mental health that prevents many from sharing and seeking support. Lets together break the silence and end stigma on mental health issues. We value UNICEF’s partnership with ICC to break the silence.”

“Together, through this platform we hope to reach millions with the message, its okay to speak up about what’s #OnMyMind,” he added.

Dravid set to become Team India’s head coach after T20 World Cup

Former India skipper and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) Chief Rahul Dravid is all set to take over as the next head coach of the Indian cricket team after the upcoming T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in the UAE and Oman from October 17.

As per reports, after some initial reluctance, 48-year-old Dravid agreed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s
(BCCI) offer.

“Dravid has confirmed he will be the next head coach of the Indian team. He will be stepping down as the head of the NCA soon,” a top BCCI official was quoted as saying by the Times of India (TOI).

“He (Rahul Dravid) was re-appointed as the NCA head last month. But the BCCI needed a strong candidate to take Indian cricket forward. He has worked so hard to develop the next line of Indian cricketers,” added the BCCI source.

Reportedly, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah held a meeting with Dravid and persuaded him to take up the role.

Dravid was previously in charge of India A and India U19 teams.

As a coach, Dravid is best known for strengthing the bench strength of India as ace cricketers like Rishabh Pant, Avesh Khan, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, and Shubman Gill have all come through a system created by him.

Earlier this year, Dravid had served as the head coach of the Indian team during the tour of Sri Lanka.

Despite the development, it has been learnt that the BCCI will soon issue an advertisement for the post to ensure that due process is followed.

Current coach Ravi Shastri took a fee of Rs 8.5 crore for the position and reports state that the board is offering Dravid a significant hike, which will be more than his NCA remuneration as well as Shastri’s current salary.

Meanwhile, former India pacer Paras Mhambrey is likely to be the appointed as the next bowling coach while Vikram Rathour would possibly continue to serve as the batting coach of Team India.

As per the report, Dravid has been offered a two-year contract as India’s head coach and the contract will end after the ICC World Cup in 2023.

If the reports come true, Dravid’s first assignment as the full-time head coach will be the home series against New Zealand, which is scheduled to begin less than a week after the final of the T20 World Cup.

Team India is scheduled to play three T20Is matches on November 17, 19 and 21 at Jaipur, Ranchi and Kolkata respectively against the Kiwis.

The T20I series will be followed by two Tests, starting November 25 in Kanpur and December 3 in Mumbai respectively.

After the home series against the Kiwis, the Indian team will tour South Africa for three Tests, as many One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and four T20Is.

The tour will kick-off with the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg from December 17.

The Men in Blue will play their last game, the fourth and final T20I, on January 26 in Paarl’s Boland Park before heading home.

All India Chess Federation signs historic agreement with MPL

The All India Chess Federation (AICF) has announced to sign a historic agreement with MPL Foundation for a sponsorship amount of one crore towards the sponsorships for Indian National Championships for the next five years with a 20 percent increase every year.

The agreement comes soon after Indian women’s first ever silver medal in the World Team Championship and the
bronze medal for the online Chess Olympiad.

MPL, largely associated with gaming, will hold the rights to be the title sponsors for various National championships across all formats starting from Under-7. age groups. This is the first time ever that a Corporate sponsor has got in to a long term agreement with the AICF and the credit goes to the new team that has been getting a lot of praise from all corners.

The new team took over AICF in January this year and since then the most prominent works are as under:

  1. Organization of Online Arbiter (Referee) refresher Courses and development of 500+ arbiters equipped to organize online and over the board events.

2. Training and certification of more than 1200 trainers for Chess in Schools program, program was conducted by
Grandmaster and International Masters.

3. Organization of 28 national level chamionships online with participation of more than 15000 players.

4. AICF awarded prize money of 40 Lacs in the national Championships.

5. Creating a Covid-relief funds for chess fraternity along with top players from the country like Anand, Koneru Humpy, D. Harika, Vidit Gujarati etc, and more than Rs. 1300000 released to 50+ beneficiaries.

6. Created a welfare fund of Rs 5000000 (fifty lac) for Players and Arbiters for emergency assistance.

7. Indian team participated in online Asian School championships & Western Asian Championships winning 51
medals.

8. Indian team participated in online world youth championships winning 4 medals.

9. Indian team of 12 members under the captainship of V. Anand participated in Online chess Olympiad and won the Bronze medal.

10. Indian women team created history by winning the silver medal for country in World Team Chess championships.

“This is a new era for chess in India and we are committed to keep working for the betterment of the game and also
to make India the number one Chess playing nation in the world”, said Dr. Sanjay Kapoor.

AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan attributed the success to a selfless approach. “I am proud to say that
today we have people who are very committed towards upliftment of the game, the game has grown many folds
in the last one year and this is only the beginning,” said Chauhan.

Seniors expected to be rested for home T20I series against New Zealand

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likley to rest most of the senior players during the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand, which is scheduled to begin less than a week after the final of the T20 World Cup.

As per reports, it is most likley that a young team will feature in the three T20 matches. Reportedly, the Indians, who have impressed in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) would be given a chance in the series.

Team India will play three T20Is matches on November 17, 19 and 21 at Jaipur, Ranchi and Kolkata respectively. The T20I series will be followed by two Tests, starting November 25 in Kanpur and December 3 in Mumbai respectively.

Several top Indian cricketers like skipper Virat Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma, pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami have all been in bio-bubbles since the start of World Test Championship (WTC) in Southampton earlier in June this year and would be handed much-needed rest.

The board is also thinking to rest these players and hand them a break so that they could rejuvenate themselves before the South Africa tour starting December end.

Uncapped players like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan and Venkatesh Iyer, who all have impressed in the 14th season of the cash-rich league, are in contention for the short series.

Meanwhile, with Ravi Shastri stepping down after the upcoming T20 World Cup, reports also suggest that current National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief and former India captain Rahul Dravid will be interim coach during New Zealand series.

Earlier in July this year, Dravid had served as the head coach of Team India during the tour of Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series as the main team was in England for the WTC Final against New Zealand under Ravi Shastri.

The Indian squad was led by Shikhar Dhawan during the Sri Lanka tour.

After the home series against the Kiwis, the Indian team will tour South Africa for three Tests, as many One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and four T20Is.

The tour will kick-off with the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg from December 17.

The Men in Blue will play their last game, the fourth and final T20I, on January 26 in Paarl’s Boland Park before heading home.

INOX to screen ICC T20 Cricket World Cup matches LIVE on cinema screens

India’s leading multiplex chain, INOX Leisure Ltd, on Thursday announced that it is all set to offer an exceptional stadium-like experience to the cricket enthusiasts of India with the screening of LIVE matches of the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2021 on cinema screens.

The seventh edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, hosted by BCCI in UAE and Oman, is beginning on October 17, with the final scheduled on November 14.

INOX will showcase all league matches to be played by Team India, along with marquee league matches and the Semi-Finals and the Final. INOX will screen the LIVE matches at multiplexes in all major cities of India.

INOX’s initiative of screening LIVE matches will be a boon for the fans who wish to experience the stadium-energy in a carnival-like atmosphere, in a safe & hygienic ambience. The comfort of the cinema hall in an air-conditioned environment will add to their overall cricket watching experience.

Fans will be able to enjoy INOX’s extravagant food-combos and scrumptious gourmet options served at the multiplexes while enjoying the matches.

Commenting on the development, Alok Tandon, CEO – INOX Leisure Limited said: “Imagine listening to the thunderous applause to a Jasprit Bumrah yorker or a six hit by Rishabh Pant, inside a cinema auditorium filled with hundreds of cricket fans. This ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, INOX is all set to welcome the cricket fans to this unparalleled and stadium-like experience across the country. With this unique initiative, our aim is to provide our patrons the feel of pulsating energy as if one were in the stadium itself.”

“We are waiting to welcome cricket fans to our cinemas to come and watch the World Cup matches together on our giant screens, with fantastic surround sound which will create an atmosphere like no other. Cricket is a religion in India and World Cup is one big festival, and we are delighted to bring the cricket action to the big screens at the INOX cinemas,” he added.

Besides making sure that the cinemas will be operated by a 100 percent vaccinated team, INOX is adhering to instructions as prescribed in the notifications issued by the State Governments for safe and hygienic Cinema operations. INOX has curated a hygiene initiative called #SafetyFirst, which is a combination of the measures prescribed by the Government authorities and additional measures implemented by itself.

In addition to the prescribed seating restrictions, the cinemas will be frequently deep cleaned and disinfection of all customer touch points including entrance, Box Office, lobbies, auditorium, counters, restrooms and exit gates will be carried out.

In an endeavor to provide enhanced hygiene, the protocols like mandatory mask, temperature check, e-tickets, contactless payment & entry and enhanced intake of fresh air have also been implemented.

INOX aims to make the entire cinema-viewing experience digitally enabled and touch-free by encouraging the use of e-tickets for even the guests walking in at the counters.

The Virat Kohli-led Team India will begin their campaign in the showpiece event against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai.

The Men In Blue, placed in the second group, will next face New Zealand on October 31 at the same venue before facing Afghanistan on November 3 in Abu Dhabi.

Team India will then take on the two of the four qualifiers on November 5 and 8 in Dubai.

The two semifinals will be held on November 10 and November 11 with the final to be played on November 14.

PCB Chief Ramiz Raja to meet BCCI heads at Asian Cricket Council meeting

Newly appointed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja will reportedly meet the bosses of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and other cricket boards later on Wednesday to talk about holding global tournaments within the country.

As per reports, Raja will be taking part in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting.

In the ACC meeting, Asia Cup 2022, which is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka, will be the main agenda.

Reports suggest that in the meeting, Raja will also hold talks with senior officials of BCCI and other cricket boards to host international cricket tournaments in Pakistan.

Apart from that, Raja is also expected to meet with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) officials as the PCB is looking to jointly-host future international events.

“Pakistan has already tabled a bid to host cricket mega events from 2024-31. Besides hosting some of the events exclusively, the PCB has also expressed its willingness to join hands with other boards for hosting the major events,” a source was quoted as saying by The News.

“Say if Pakistan is to bid for the T20 World Cup in years to come, the PCB can do it with the help and assistance of other neighbouring cricket boards. Since the PCB is enjoying good relations with the Emirates Board, the discussion on joint ventures cannot be ruled out,” it added.

“The role of the ACC amid such unprecedented circumstances will also be discussed during the meeting. Ramiz, who has already written a letter to the ICC, would question the role of the ACC on such illogical decisions as were taken by the NZ and ECB,” the source further added.

Significantly on September 17, the New Zealand cricket team had abandoned their tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert.

The development took place a few minutes before the first ODI match between Pakistan and New Zealand.

Commenting on the development, NZC had said in a statement: “The side was to play Pakistan this evening in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi, before moving to Lahore for a five match T20 series. However, following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground, it has been decided the BLACKCAPS will not continue with the tour.”

Following the incident, Raja had slammed the Kiwi cricket board for pulling out of the series at the last minute and had said that he would raise the matter before the International Cricket Council (ICC) soon.

After New Zealand, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had also cancelled their men’s and women’s short tour of Pakistan, which was severely criticised by many former cricketers.

IPL 2021: Dinesh Karthik reprimanded for breach of IPL Code of Conduct

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has been reprimanded for breaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) code of conduct during his team’s Qualifier 2 match against Delhi Capitals in Sharjah.

Karthik was accused of breaching Level 1 offence 2.2 of the IPL’s code of conduct, the league said in a statement.

Level 1 offence 2.2 relates to “Abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a Match”.

According to the IPL statement, Karthik admitted to his offense and accepted the sanction.

“Dinesh Karthik, the Kolkata Knight Riders wicketkeeper-batsman, has been reprimanded for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team’s Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals at Sharjah on Wednesday 13th October 2021. Mr Karthik admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.2 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction,” the league’s statement said.

According to the IPL, tor Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding.

The IPL decision came a few hours after Qualifier 2 in which KKR held their nerves to defeat Delhi Capitals to reach the final of the ongoing season.

Earlier on Wednesday, Venkatesh Iyer’s valuable half-century (55 off 41) helped KKR beat Delhi Capitals by three wickets in a thrilling Qualifier 2 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Prior to that, spme clinical bowling by KKR helped them restrict Delhi Capitals to 135/5 in 20 overs.

For Delhi, opener Shikhar Dhawan (36), Shreyas Iyer (30*) were the top-scorers while Varun Chakravarthy (2/26) was the most successful bowler for KKR.

Chasing a total of 136 runs for victory, Iyer slammed his third fifty of the season while Gill and Nitish Rana also made important contributions of 46 and 13 respectively to help the team reach close to the finish line.

Two-time champions KKR will now face the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the summit clash of the 14th edition at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Friday.

The CSK had earlier, defeated Delhi Capitals in the first qualifier on Sunday to enter their ninth IPL final.

CSK are three-time champions of the cash-rich league and are one of the most successful side in the history of the tournament.