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Govt will take a call on India’s participation in 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan at right time: Sports Minister

After the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Pakistan as the host of the Champions Trophy in 2025, there has been a question on every cricket fan’s mind whether Team India will travel to neighbouring country or not.

Due to political tensions between the two nations, bilateral cricket has been suspended since a long time however, the two sides now only meet each other in ICC events.

Responding to a question on the issue, Indian Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur has nowsaid that the Indian government and the home ministry will make a call on India’s participation when the time comes.

“When the time will come, the Indian government and the home ministry will take a decision. During the international championships, all the factors are looked upon,” Thakur said.

“Even in the past, many countries have refused to play in Pakistan due to security concerns. As you all know, many players were even attacked while playing over there and that’s a big issue to be dealt with,” he added.

Pakistan has been largely starved of international cricket particularly since the 2009 attack on the touring Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

Earlier on Tuesday, the ICC had announced Pakistan as the host for the 2025 Champions Trophy.

Significantly, Pakistan had last staged an ICC event in 1996 when they co-hosted the 50-over World Cup with India and Sri Lanka and it will now be after 29 years when an ICC event returns to the country.

The hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt. The ICC Board accepted the recommendations of the committee who conducted a thorough review of each bid along with ICC management.

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) newly appointed chairman Ramiz Raja had brushed aside the fears of any last-minute pullouts by the teams from the showpiece event.

“It is not going to happen. They [ICC] went through all the pros and cons and after going through the details, came to the conclusion that Pakistan is fit enough to host and administer the Champions Trophy. You shouldn’t worry at all. I don’t think there will be any negativity or any pullouts at all,” said the PCB chairman.

“We won’t be going to the UAE for the Asia Cup or the Champions Trophy. Not everything happens because of India. We are also here. Don’t worry,” he added.

India to co-host 2026 T20 WC & 2031 ODI World Cup, announces ICC

As per the schedule of the major International Cricket Council (ICC) events announced by global cricket governing body, India will co-host the 2026 T20 World Cup and the 2031 50-over World Cup with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh respectively.

Significantly, the ICC on Tesday confirmed the 14 host countries of the men’s white ball events between 2024 and 2031 as per which, 11 full members and three associate members have been selected to host two ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, four ICC Men’s T20 World Cups and two ICC Men’s Champions Trophy events.

Apart from the two events, India will also be the sole host of the 2029 ICC Champions Trophy.

The USA and Namibia will host an ICC World Cup event for the first time. Whilst Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe have previously staged major events and will do so again over the next decade.

In another big development, Pakistan will also host an ICC event after more than two decades as it has been announced as the host for the 2025 Champions Trophy in 2025.

Notably, Pakistan had last staged an ICC event in 1996 when they co-hosted the 50-over World Cup with India and Sri Lanka and since then, the country has been starving of international cricket particularly because of the 2009 attack on the touring Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

As per ICC, the hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt.

The ICC Board accepted the recommendations of the committee who conducted a thorough review of each bid along with ICC management and a similar process to identify the hosts for ICC Women’s and U19s events for the next cycle will be undertaken early next year.

Commenting on the development, ICC Chair Greg Barclay said: “We are delighted to have concluded this competitive bidding process for the first time for ICC events. To have 14 Members hosting 8 events is a reflection of the truly global nature of our sport and I’d like to thank every Member that submitted a bid and offer our congratulations to the successful bidders.”

“It is fantastic to be returning to so many previous hosts, but what is really exciting about this process is the countries who will stage ICC events for the first time including the USA which is a strategic growth market for us. This gives us the opportunity to deepen our connection with fans in traditional cricket nations and also reach new fans around the world,” he added.

On the other hand, Martin Snedden, Chair of the ICC Hosting Sub-Committee said: “We received a range of excellent bids to host the ICC Men’s events in the next cycle. We were committed to ensuring a broad spread of hosts to align with the ICC strategic objective of global growth and have ended up with 14 countries who will support that long term aim.”

Meanwhile, Ricky Skerritt, Cricket West Indies President and ICC Board member said: “The success of this joint bid by CWI and USA Cricket will be a huge boost for our cricket. It offers a vital strategic opportunity to promote and develop cricket, and related commercial activity, in North America and the Caribbean.”

“I take this opportunity to thank all those at ICC, USA Cricket and CWI who helped to make this 2024 venue selection decision possible,” he added.

ICC men’s events post 2023:

2024 T20 World Cup – USA and West Indies

2025 Champions Trophy – Pakistan

2026 T20 World Cup – India and Sri Lanka

2027 ODI World Cup – South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia

2028 T20 World Cup – Australia and New Zealand

2029 Champions Trophy – India

2030 T20 World Cup – England, Ireland and Scotland

2031 ODI World Cup – India and Bangladesh

KL Rahul likley to lead India during home series vs New Zealand

In a bid to provide relief to the senior Team India players from the continous fatigue due to the bubble life, KL Rahul could reportedly lead India in the upcoming home T20I series against New Zeland, scheduled to begin just after the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Notably, several Indian players have been in bubble since a long time as after the World Test Championship (WTC) in June against New Zealand, they were in England for the five-match series and later travelled to the UAE to participate in the remainder of the 14th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).

They players are even now in bubble due to the ongoing T20 World Cup.

Recently, after suffering their second consecutive defeat in the ongoing ICC T20 Men’s World Cup, Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah had said that India is struggling from ‘bubble fatigue’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the players are feeling the effects of being on the road for six months.

Commenting on it, Bumrah told reporters: “Absolutely, sometimes you need a break. You miss your family. You’ve been on the road for six months. So all of that sometimes play on the back of your mind. But when you are on the field, you don’t think of all those things…obviously staying in a bubble and staying away from your family for such a long period of time does play a role.”

“The BCCI also tried their best to make us feel comfortable … It’s a difficult time. There’s a pandemic going on, so we try to adapt but sometimes bubble fatigue, mental fatigue also creeps in,” he added.

Bumrah further expressed: “We tried to give us some cushion. We wanted to get extra runs that could give us an advantage in the second innings.”

Significantly, Team India were one of the pre-tournament favourites to lift the coveted trophy but now face an uphill task to make it to the semi-finals of the showpiece event.

Several top Indian cricketers like skipper Virat Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma, 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.

Team India will play three T20Is matches on November 17, 19 and 21 at Jaipur, Ranchi and Kolkata respectively againstNew Zealand  before taking the Kiwis in a two-Test series, 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.

T20 World Cup: Pakistan scripts history; thrash India by 10 wickets

The Babar Azam-led Pakistan side scripted history on Sunday as the Green Brigade broke their World Cup jinx against arch-rivals India after thrashing the Virat Kohli-led side by 10 wickets in the third match of the ongoing T20 World Cup in Dubai.

Chasing a modest total of 152 runs for victory, Babar (68 not out off 52) and Mohammad Rizwan (79 unbeaten off 55) played brilliantly as the opening duo denied the Indian bowlers any success and helped their side cross the line with 13 balls to spare.

Notably, it is for the first time when Pakistan defeated India in a World Cup match, having lost their all encounters in the past.

The Pakistan opener posted the highest ever partnership for any wicket by any team against India in T20Is and also surpassed the previous best, which was 133 by David Warner and Shane Watson.

Rizwan and Babar also created another record of Pakistan’s best-ever partnership for any wicket against India in T20Is as they surpassed the nine-year-old record created by Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik when they scored 106 runs for the fourth wicket in 2012 at Bangalore.

For India, pacer Mohammed Shami was the most expensive bowler, leaking 43 runs from 3.5 overs.

Pakistan’s Rizwan, meanwhile, also completed 1,500 T20 runs in the ongoing calendar year. He’s only the 2nd Pakistani after Babar Azam to score 1,500 runs in a calendar year.

Earlier put into bat, skipper Kohli (57 off 49 balls) and stumper Rishabh Pant (39 off 30 balls) steadied the ship for India as they duo forged a crucial 53-run partnership for the fourth wicket after the Men in Blue lost three early wickets.

It was the duo’s effort in the middle which somehow helped India to reach 151/7 in the allotted 20 overs.

Put into bat, India was reduced to 36/3 in the power-play as Shaheen Shah Afridi (3/31) jolted the kohli-led side after packing back both the openers – KL Rahul (3) and Rohit Sharma cheaply. Rohit couldn’t even manage to open his account as he was trapped before the wickets by Afridi in the very first over of the match itself.

Later, incoming batter Suryakumar Yadav (11 off 8) hit a maximum off Afridi and swept spinner Imad Wasim for a boundary but his stay at the crease was cut short by Pakistan wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan, who dived to his right to catch a thick edge off Hasan Ali delivery in the final over of the power-play.

Follwoing his dismissal, Kohli was joined by Pant in the middle and the duo led the charge for rebuilding the Indian innings.

While Pant was more aggressive, Kohli kept on rotating the strike.

Just when the duo looked settled in the middle, Pant top-edged a slog delivery of the 13th over by Shadab Khan, who caught the Indian stumper off his own bowling.

After Pant’s dismissal, Kohli took the charge as he slammed four boundaries off Haris Rauf and Hasan Ali en route to his half-century while Ravindra Jadega chipped in with 13 runs off as many deliveries as the men in Blue somehow posted a respectable total on the score board.

For Pakistan, Afridi was the wrecker-in-chief as he returned with impressive figures of 3/31 while Hasan Ali bagged couple of wickets conceding 44 runs. On the other hand, Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf picked one wicket each handing 22 and 25 runs respectively.

Pakistan will next face New Zeland in Sharjah on Tuesday while India will face the Kiwis in their next encounter on October 31.

Brief scores: Pakistan 152/0 (Mohammad Rizwan 79 not out, Babar Azam 68 not out) in 17.5 overs BEAT India 151/7 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 57, Rishabh Pant 39, Shaheen Afridi 3/31, Hasan Ali 2/44) by 10 wickets

Pakistan writes ‘UAE 2021’ instead of ‘India 2021’ on their T20 World Cup jersey

The upcoming T20 World Cup is just around the corner and the participating teams have started unveiling their special jerseys for the showpiece event, which is being hosted by India in the UAE.

However, a huge controversy has started to erupt with Pakistan at the centre of it.

Notably, a picture of Pakistan’s T20 World Cup jersey is being shared widely on social media. Going against the rules, the Pakistan’s jersey has mentioned ‘UAE 2021’ as the hosts which should have been ‘India 2021’.

As per the rules, on the top right of the jersey, all the teams need to mention the name of the ICC event and also the hosts.

Going by it, ‘ICC Men’s T20 World Cup India 2021’ should be written on the jersey of every team as even though the tournament is being played in the UAE, India are the official hosts of the showpiece event.

However, Pakistan have written ‘ICC Men’s T20 World Cup UAE 2021’ on their jersey which might not just upset the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the original hosts of the event, but could also spark a controversy.

A picture which has gone viral on social media, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is seen donning the team’s jersey, which has UAE being mentioned as the hosts.

Although, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is yet to unveil the jersey officially, it remains to be seen if the International Cricket Council (ICC) or BCCI ask them to make any changes to it.

The T20 World Cup is set to start on October 17 in Muscat and will conclude on November 14 in the UAE.

In the showpiece event, Bangladesh, Ireland and 2014 winners Sri Lanka will be competing alongside Namibia, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea, and Scotland for a place in the Super 12 stage which features Afghanistan, Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and West Indies.

Earlier in June, the ICC had officially confirmed that the upcoming T20 World Cup will not be played in India and instead the BCCI only will host the tournament in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that considering the uncertainty due to the COVID-19 situation in the country, it was tough for them to take the decision of not holding it in India.

The BCCI remained the hosts of the event, which will now be held across four venues – Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground.

The first round of the tournament, comprising the eight qualifying teams, was divided between Oman and UAE.

“The BCCI is looking forward to hosting the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 tournament in UAE and Oman,” Ganguly had said.

“We would have been happier hosting it in India but considering the uncertainty due to the Covid 19 situation and the importance of a world championship, the BCCI will now continue to host this tournament in UAE and Oman. The BCCI is looking forward to creating a spectacle,” he had added.

The upcoming edition will be the first Men’s T20 World Cup played since 2016, when West Indies beat England in the final in India.

India’s tour of New Zealand postponed until 2022

Team India, which were to tour New Zealand as part of the upcoming summer, has now been postponed until 2022, a spokesperson of the Kiwi cricket board has confirmed.

According to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Future Tour Programme (FTP), the Men In Blue were scheduled to play three ODIs against the Black Caps at their own backyard. The series would have been a part of the Super League for qualifying for the 2023 World Cup in the subcontinent.

However, the tour would be now rescheduled. As per reports, the tour would now be staged after the conclusion of the 2022 T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in Australia.

This has led to New Zealand only hosting The Netherlands, South Africa and Bangladesh after the 2021 T20 World Cup.

New Zealand is also scheduled to host the Women’s World Cup between March and April, 2022.

The development came after the New Zealand government released the latest MIQ (managed isolation and quarantine) allocations. As for the ongoing year, the Black Caps have a busy schedule as after their T20I series in Bangladesh.

They are currently touring Pakistan for an ODI and a T20I series while few of their players would take part in the upcoming remainder of the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

After Pakista, the Kiwis will feature in the 2021 T20 World Cup and later face India in two Tests and three T20Is on Indian soil.

They will then return home in December and undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

“We’ve got to be mindful of players coming back from a long winter and we’ve got to give them time at home as well,” David White, the NZC chief executive had told Stuff.co.nz.

WTC Final: ICC announces playing conditions for the much-awaited contest

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the playing conditions for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final, scheduled to be held between June 18-22 between India and New Zealand in Southampton.

The ICC also said that both the sides will be crowned as joint-winners if the match ends in a draw or a tie.

A provision for reserve day is also included to make up for lost time throughout the course of five days of the game.

“The Reserve Day has been scheduled to ensure five full days of play, and it will only be used if lost playing time cannot be recovered through the normal provisions of making up lost time each day,” the ICC said in a statement.

“There will be no additional day’s play if a positive result is not achieved after five full days of play and the match will be declared a draw in such a scenario,” it added.

The world governing body of cricket also said that in case of a DRS appeal, the captain of the fielding team will have the freedom to consult with the umpire if a genuine attempt was made by the batsman to play the delivery.

The match referee will provide both teams regular updates on lost time, if any, and a final call on whether the reserve day is to be used will be taken at the start of the final hour on final day of the Test.

Significantly, the contest will be played with Grade 1 Dukes ball.

Overall, the WTC final will also see the implementation of the following changes to international playing conditions that came into effect with the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka:

Short Runs – The Third Umpire will automatically review any call of a ‘short run’ by the On-field Umpire and communicate the decision to the On-field Umpire prior to the next ball being bowled.

Player Reviews – The fielding captain or the dismissed batsman may confirm with the Umpire whether a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball prior to deciding whether to initiate a player review for LBW.

DRS Reviews – For LBW reviews, the height margin of the Wicket Zone has been lifted to the top of the stumps to ensure the same Umpire’s Call margin around the stumps for both height and width.

Uzbekistan pip India 1-0 in women’s friendly

India lost by the faintest of margins in their first friendly in Uzbekistan, as the hosts grabbed victory with a late goal at the AGMK Stadium, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

While both sides created ample scoring opportunities, Uzbekistan found the back of the net with a late free-kick by Maftuna Shoyimova on the 87th minute, to win by a narrow margin.

As the Uzbeks started off on a higher tempo in near-freezing conditions, that are mostly unfamiliar to the away side, India keeper Aditi Chauhan was called into action early on, as she did well to get down and grab a low cross from point-blank range.

India looked to hit the hosts on the counter in the early exchanges, with defender Ranjana Chanu combining with midfielder Sangita Basfore to create an opportunity down the left, but the danger was eventually averted by the Uzbek defence.

The Indian defence staved off the early Uzbek attacks, inspired by Sweety Devi, who did well to deal with the continuous aerial threat by the hosts.

India soon began to warm-up to the game, as Manisha found some space in the Uzbekistan half in the 24th minute, and unleashed a ferocious left-footer that whizzed over the crossbar.

A few minutes later, Soumya Guguloth made her way into some space in the Uzbekistan box from the right. She turned and tried to curl it with her left foot, but it was blocked.

In the dying minutes of the first half, Uzbekistan launched another attack that saw Nilufar Kudratova hit the crossbar, before the ball was cleared from inside a melee of legs, as the referee soon brought an end to proceedings.

Daya Devi, who replaced Pyari Xaxa in the first half, looked lively in the opening exchanges of the second, as she pressed high up on the pitch, to force an error from the Uzbekistan defence, with the help of Soumya Guguloth. The former looked to play it into the path of an onrushing Dangmei Grace, but it was intercepted.

Around 10 minutes into the second half, Manisha combined well with Ranjana Chanu to work the ball up the pitch down the left flank. The young attacker found a channel to Daya, who turned her marker inside the box and crossed it in. However, the ball evaded all the attackers and defenders, and the danger was soon averted.

Uzbekistan had a clear chance to take the lead when midfielder Maftuna Shoyimova nodded a corner towards goal, but Anju Tamang cleared it off the line.

On the 65th minute, India broke on the counter as Sangita Basfore won the ball in India’s defensive third. Under pressure, she managed to poke it onto the path of Dangmei Grace, who carried it into the attacking half, and curled an aerial through ball into the path of Manisha, who slipped through between two defenders. The attacker queued up her shot, but it lacked power and the opposition keeper managed to gather the ball.

Soon after, a cross by Anju Tamang was not cleared properly, as it fell kindly to Soumya Guguloth, who instantly had a try at goal from inside the six-yard box. However, it was cleared off the line.

The hosts found the back of the net with just three minutes of regulation time left on the clock, when Maftuna Shoyimova slotted a free-kick from around 25 yards out, into the top corner.

Thus, India’s first friendly match in Uzbekistan this year, ended in a narrow defeat to the hosts.

India seals a spot in WTC Final; to face New Zealand on June 18

The Virat kohli-led Team India on Saturday qualified for the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final after they outclassed England by an innings and 25 runs in the fourth and final Test at the Narendra Modi stadium in Motera.

India will now face New Zealand in the WTC final in June.

After taking a healthy lead of 160 runs, India bowled out the Joe Root-led England side for 135 to seal a thumping victory. Meanwhile India also won the series 3-1.

Significantly, India needed just a draw to reach the WTC final however, a win means they qualified for the WTC final in top spot with 490 points.

Overall, the Kohli-led side has registered 12 wins from 17 Tests, lost four and played a draw in the competition.

New Zealand had already qualified for the WTC final with 420 points from 11 Tests with 7 wins and 4 losses.

India will now take on the Kane Williamson-led side at the historic Lord’s from June 18.

India’s senior football team to face UAE, Oman in March

India’s men’s football team will play two international friendlies against Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March. It will be their first assignment since November 2019, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced on Tuesday.

The matches will be played in Dubai with India facing Oman on March 25 and the UAE on March 29.

It was in November 2019 that the Blue Tigers last played at the International arena in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers against Afghanistan (in Tajikistan) and Oman (in Muscat).

India currently stand on 3 points from the 5 matches which they have played so far with two home matches against Asian Champions Qatar and Afghanistan, and an away game against Bangladesh yet to be played.

As part of the preparation for the two matches against Oman and UAE in March, the National Team Tigers will assemble in a preparatory camp from March 15 onwards. The camp will also be held in Dubai under Head Coach Igor Stimac to allow the boys to acclimatise faster.

The two Friendlies come on the back of the U-16 Boy’s National Team having travelled to UAE in February 2021, and the Women’s National Team’s tour to Turkey where they played matches against Serbia, Russia and Ukraine.