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Call on future course of Asia Cup 2023 to be taken on sidelines of IPL final: Jay Shah

BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Thursday said that decision on the future course of Asia Cup 2023 will be taken on the sidelines of the IPL final, scheduled to be held on May 28, and added that the summit clash will be attended by heads of cricket boards from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

“The respective presidents of the Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka Cricket Boards will grace the IPL 2023 final to be held on May 28 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. We will hold discussions with them for outlining the future course of action concerning Asia Cup 2023,” BCCI secretary Shah, who also serves as the President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), said.

Notably, several reports in the recent past have claimed that the 2023 Asia Cup could be held in a hybrid model of staging matches, which has also been proposed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi.

Pakistan is the host of the 2023 edition of the showpiece tournament however, India has clearly stated that their players won’t be travelling to the neighbouring country due to the political tensions between them.

As of now, both India and Pakistan have been grouped together alongside Nepal in the six-team Asia Cup, which will be played in the 50-over format in preparation for the ODI World Cup in October-November.

Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan feature in the other group and the top two teams from each group advance to the Super Four stage from there, the top two teams play in the final.

BCCI & adidas announce multi-year partnership

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) & adidas have announced a brand-new partnership as the kit sponsor for the Indian board.

The contract, which runs through to March 2028, will give adidas exclusive rights for manufacturing kit across all formats of the game and it will be the sole supplier for all match, training & travel wear for the BCCI- including the men’s, women’s & youth teams. Starting June 2023, Team India will be seen in the three stripes for the very first time and will debut their new kit during the World Test Championship Finals.

Cricket remains the most popular sport in India, as well as experiencing continued expansion all over the world – sellout crowds, increased elite competition and grassroots growth. Indian cricket has also evolved exponentially with a world class youth system that reliably produces great athletes, a leading domestic league and a cricketing identity that is revered globally.

The partnership between the BCCI and adidas will drive the sport forward both on and off the pitch with the sports brand bringing its innovative designs and expertise to Indian cricket. adidas has a long history of equipping some of the best teams in the world with footwear and apparel, created to be the best for the athlete. The BCCI and adidas will also bring their partnership to life by inspiring the next generation of young cricketers and growing the game for all.

Speaking about the partnership, Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI said: “We are committed to helping grow the game of cricket and could not be more excited to partner with one of the world’s leading sportswear brands, adidas, in this journey. With its rich historical legacy in sports, world-class products, and strong global reach, adidas will play an important role in driving the performance and future success of different categories of Indian cricket”.

Speaking about the partnership, adidas CEO Bjørn Gulden said: “We are proud to partner with BCCI and Team India, the most iconic team in India. Cricket is the most important sport in India, and it is very important for us to be visible and invest in it. We could not have found a better partner than BCCI. I believe India to be the fastest growing sports market for the next decades. We are very committed to supporting our team to become the best sports brand in India.”

Speaking about the partnership, Neelendra Singh, GM, adidas India said, “We are beyond excited for this historic moment at adidas, not just in India but also globally. We are proud to see the three stripes on the Indian cricket team. This is our moment to present Cricket to the world with high quality performance products for our athletes. We look forward to creating moments with our consumers through the most celebrated sport in India. adidas truly believes in the potential of cricket in India and through this partnership with BCCI we will accelerate growth.

With its rich history in sport through its long term and innovative agreements with the likes of World Champions AFA (Argentina Football Association), the All Blacks, Major League Soccer, and sports teams all over the globe, the new partnership with the BCCI will further enhance the brand’s presence across the region and strengthen its commitment towards growing sports in India.

In addition to the Men’s & Women’s Senior National Cricket Team, adidas will also kit the India “A” Men’s and Women’s National Team, India “B” Men’s and Women’s National Team, India U-19 Men’s and Women’s National Team, their coaches, and staff.

Asia Cup likely to shift from Pakistan to Sri Lanka

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is most likely to shift the Asia Cup out of Pakistan, which was originally scheduled to host the continental tournament.

In 2022, BCCI secretary and ACC chairman Jay Shah had made it clear that the Indian team will not travel to Pakistan for the Continental championship and demanded that the event be moved to a neutral venue. However, Pakistan then threatened to boycott the ODI World Cup, which will be played in India in October-November.

According to an India Today report, the Asia cup could be shifted entirely to a new country, with Sri Lanka coming up as the frontrunner to host the tournament.

Interestingly, the Island nation failed to host the Asia Cup last year due to the economic crisis, as a result of which the tournament was shifted to the UAE. As per reports, Jay Shah had clearly stated that the Indian team will not travel to Pakistan over safety issues and worked in the direction to move the tournament out of Pakistan.

In response, PCB proposed a hybrid model as per which the Men In Blue would have played its matches at an offshore venue and Pakistan hosting the remaining games at home.

Notably, both India and Pakistan do not play bilateral cricket and only meet in global tournaments or multi-team events since 2013 due to strained political tensions between the two countries.

Significantly, the Men In Blue had last visited Pakistan for the 2008 Asia Cup, while Pakistan’s last visit to India was for the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. The two teams last played each other at the 2022 Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

BCCI announce hike in prize money for all men’s and women’s domestic tournaments

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced a rise in prize money for all men’s and women’s senior domestic tournaments.

Following the announcement, the Ranji Trophy champions from the upcoming 2023-24 season will earn Rs 5 crores as prize money, up from INR 2 crores while the senior women’s team one-day winning side will be earning Ra 50 lakhs as winning amount, seeing a huge jump from Rs 6 lakhs, with the runners-up to get Rs 25 lakhs.

“I’m pleased to announce an increase in prize money for all Domestic Tournaments. We will continue our efforts to invest in Domestic Cricket — which is the backbone of Indian Cricket. Ranji winners to get ?5 crores (from 2 cr), Sr Women winners ?50 lacs (from 6 lacs),” BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said through his official Twitter account.

As per the revised arrangement, the runners-up of Ranji Trophy will get Rs 3 crores, up from the earlier Rs 1 crores while the losing semi-finalists of Ranji Trophy will now receive Rs 1 crores.

On the other hand, the prize money for the Irani Cup winners has been doubled from Rs 25 lakhs to Rs 50 lakhs, with runners-up to get Rs 25 lakhs.

The prize money for the Duleep Trophy winners is now Rs 1 crores, up from Rs 40 lakhs, with the runners-up to get Rs 50 lakhs.

The Vijay Hazare Trophy winners will now receive Rs 1 crores, up from Rs 30 lakhs last season, with the runners-up to get Rs 50 lakhs.

The DB Deodhar Trophy winners will now get Rs 40 lakhs as prize money, up from Rs 25 lakhs when it was held the last time and runners-up to get Rs 20 lakhs.

The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy winners will now receive a amount of Rs 80 lakhs, instead of Rs 25 lakhs in the last season, with the runners-up to get Rs 40 lakhs.

Coming to the senior women’s T20 trophy, the winning team will get Rs 40 lakhs, instead of Rs 5 lakhs earlier and runners-up to get Rs 20 lakhs.

Earlier, the BCCI also announced the domestic schedule for 2023-24, with the Deodhar Trophy to be held after a gap of three years. The season will begin with the Duleep Trophy, slated to be held between June 28 and July 16, followed by Deodhar Trophy in the zonal format, with six zones competing from July 24 to August 3.

Pakistan shouldn’t visit India for World Cup: Moin Khan

Former Pakistani cricketer Moin Khan has said that the Green Brigade should not visit India for the upcoming ODI World Cup if the neighbouring nation refrains from playing the Asia Cup in Pakistan.

Interacting with journalists, the former wicket-keeper suggested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to fight its case strongly to host the complete Asia Cup in Pakistan this year.

“India cannot impose its will on other cricket boards by extortion of money. Cricket should be played, and for this, there should be a discussion among the boards of India and Pakistan,” he said.

Khan stressed on the need for resolving the matter via talks between the two boards.

“If India do not come to Pakistan to play the Asia Cup, then Pakistan should not go either for the World Cup. I think Pakistan Cricket Board should oppose this,” added he.

Khan, the cricketer-turned-coach, also emphasised playing at a neutral venue if India do so.

“If India play the Asia Cup at a neutral venue, Pakistan’s matches in World Cup should also be held at a neutral venue,” he expressed.

Earlier in October last year, the PCB officials had hinted they may pull out of next year’s World Cup in India, a day after the BCCI had said they would not send a team to the Asia Cup 2023 in Pakistan.

Indian cricket board secretary Jay Shah had said that India “can’t” send a team to Pakistan, adding the tournament would be moved to a neutral venue.

As of now, the deadlock is still there between the two boards with several options coming up to save the Asian and world events. Reports suggests that India is likely to play their matches during Asia Cup 2023 at a neutral venue for which UAE or Oman could be the possible place.

Dream11, CEAT Tyres & Amul announced as Partners for TATA WPL 2023

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday announced the list of partners for the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League (WPL), slated to start in March next month.

Earlier, the Indian board had named Tata as the title sponsor for the WPL and it has now announced to have signed Dream11, CEAT Tyres and Amul as other official partners.

The three brands are pioneers and industry leaders in their respective categories and will be associated for three seasons from 2023 to 2025.

“Dream11, the largest fantasy sports platform in the country with a user base of more than 120 million, will be the Official Fantasy Partner of the WPL. CEAT Tyres and the BCCI have extended its long standing partnership and will be the Official Strategic Timeout Partner of the WPL. The underlying ethos of a safe, sustainable and smarter future synergizes with the values and principles of the WPL,” the BCCI said in the statement.

“Amul, the largest in the world in the dairy category, has had a path breaking journey which resonates with the inaugural WPL. As the Official Beverage Partner, fans will be provided with a wide offering of Amul products at all WPL stadiums,” it added.

Notably, the maiden season of WPL will kick-off from March 4 where Mumbai Indians will be up against Gujarat Giants at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.

The final of the cash-rich league will be played at the Brabourne Stadium on 26th March.

“There is rising interest in the inaugural edition of the TATA Women’s Premier League. New partners coming on board is a testament to the quality and popularity that the tournament is set to garner amongst the fans and other stakeholders. We are sure that the league will provide ample opportunities for players to showcase their class and talent. We thank all the partners for their support as we look forward to a fruitful inaugural edition of the TATA Women’s Premier League,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said on the associations.

“The TATA Women’s Premier League is going to be a significant tournament in the cricket calendar and it is wonderful to have the official partners on board. We believe this is a very positive sign for women’s cricket in India and the marquee tournament is going to grow from strength to strength in the years to follow. I thank all our partners for their support on this wonderful journey. We are sure that we will deliver great value to them,” IPL chairman Arun Dhumal said.

Delighted to name Tata Group as title sponsor of WPL: Jay Shah

BCCI Secretary has announced that TATA Group has bagged the title rights for the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023.

Taking to twitter, Shah shared the development: “I am delighted to announce the #TataGroup as the title sponsor of the inaugural #WPL. With their support, we’re confident that we can take women’s cricket to the next level. @BCCI @BCCIWomen @wplt20.”

The WPL 2023 will begin with a blockbuster clash between Gujarat Giants and Mumbai Indians on March 4 at the DY Patil Stadium.

In its first season, the WPL will stage a total of 20 league matches and two Playoff games that will be played in a duration of 23 days.

The league, which have five teams — Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Giants, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore & UP Warriorz — will have its first double-header day on March 5 when Royal Challengers Bangalore will square off against Delhi Capitals at the Brabourne Stadium, CCI while UP Warriorz will play their first game of the league against Gujarat Giants at the DY Patil Stadium.

There will be four double headers with the first match starting at 1530 hrs IST and all evening matches will start at 1930 hrs IST. A total of 11 matches each will be held at the DY Patil Stadium and Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, the BCCI said in a media release.

The final game of the league stage will be played between UP Warriorz and Delhi Capitals on March 21 at the Brabourne Stadium, CCI.

The Eliminator will be played at the DY Patil Stadium on March 24. The Final of the Women’s Premier League 2023 will be played at the Brabourne Stadium on March 26.

Earlier, the five franchises splurged their purse to acquire some of the best talents in the international and domestic circuit for the inaugural edition of the league.

India’s Smriti Mandhana was the top buy as she was sold for a whopping INR 3.40 crore to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Team India Captain Harmanpreet Kaur was sold to Mumbai Indians for INR 1.80 crore while the rest of the stars from India and around the globe too made the cut in one of the five franchises.

Among the foreign players, Australia all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner and England all-rounder Natalie Sciver were the top buys as they were sold to Gujarat Giants and Mumbai Indians for INR 3.20 crore respectively.

From the India U19 stars, ICC U19 T20 World Cup-winning captain, Shafali Verma was the top buy, sold to Delhi Capitals for INR 2 crore.

It’s good for cricket if Asia Cup is shifted to Dubai: Abdul Razzaq

Amid the ongoing tussle over the venue for the 2023 edition of the Asia Cup, former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq believes that it’s the correct move to shift the continental event to Dubai.

Although the continental tournament is scheduled to be held in Pakistan in September this year, BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who is also the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), is adamant that the Indian team will not travel to the neighbouring country and has demanded that the event be moved to a neutral venue.

During the recent meeting of the ACC in Bahrain, which was attended by both BCCI secretary Shah and PCB chief Najam Sethi along with other ACC board members, no final call could be taken on the venue of the Asia Cup.

“It’s good for cricket. And for cricket promotion. India-Pakistan games only happen in ICC tournaments. If Asia Cup has been shifted to Dubai, then it’s the best option. It’s good for cricket and cricketers.

“It doesn’t happen like this. This has been on for years. If the two boards sit across the table and chat, it would be great. Both boards should solve this issue,” Razzaq told Geo News.

Pakistan and India do not play bilateral cricket and only meet in global tournaments or multi-team events since 2013 due to strained political tensions between the two countries.

India’s last trip to Pakistan was for the 2008 Asia Cup, while Pakistan’s last visit to India was for the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. The two teams last played each other at the 2022 Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

Joginder Sharma announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Medium pacer Joginder Sharma, who became an overnight sensation after bowling India to victory in the inaugural Mens T20 World Cup in 2007, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

“Today with immense gratitude and humility I announce my retirement from all forms of International and domestic cricket. My journey from 2002 to 2017 has been the most wonderful years of my life, honour representing India level of sport,” he wrote in a letter addressed to BCCI secretary Jay Shah through his social media accounts on Friday.

Joginder represented India in four ODIs and as many T20Is between 2004 and 2007, scalping five wickets across both formats.

Meanwhile, in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), he featured for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the first four seasons, picking 12 wickets from 16 games.

However, he is most remembered for his last-over heroics in the T20 World Cup 2007 final against against arch-rivals Pakistan in Johannesburg. Being asked to bowl the nail-biting final over by the then captain M.S. Dhoni in the affair, he had successfully defended six runs off four balls with one wicket remaining.

“I am grateful for the opportunities given to me by the BCCI wicket Association Chennai Super Kings and the Haryana government to all my teammates coaches Mentors and support staff absolute privilege to have played with you all for helping turn my dream into reality.”

“To all cricket fans that have supported me through the ups and downs of International sport: I will forever cherish the moments I spent with you all. Your support has always been a source of motivation for me.”

“Lastly, I would like to thank my family and friends for their conditional love and support throughout my career they have been my backbones and without them, I would not have been able to achieve what I have today,” he further wrote.

Sharma featured for Haryana in domestic cricket, playing 49 first-class matches, 39 List-A matches and 43 T20s. He last played for them in the 2017 Vijay Hazare Trophy and of late, served as a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in the Hisar district of Haryana, while being involved in fighting against Covid-19 when the pandemic gripped the world.

Recently, he had played in the 2022 season of the Legends Cricket League.

“I am excited to announce that I will be exploring new opportunities in the world of cricket & the business side of it, where I will also continue to participate in the sport that I love and challenge myself in a new and different environment. I believe that this is the next step in my journey as a cricketer and I look forward to this new chapter in my life.”

Tendulkar felicitates U19 T20 World Cup champions at Narendra Modi Stadium

Former India cricketer and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday felicitated the Indian U-19 girls for winning the inaugural ICC Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup in South Africa.

The Indian women’s side led by experienced Shafali Verma had defeated England in the final of the World Cup held on Sunday.

Notably, Shafali Verma & Co produced a superb bowling performance to bundle out England for a paltry 68.

Chasing the low total on a slow pitch, India lost Shafali and Shweta Sehrawat in the first four overs however, Soumya Tiwari (24 not out) and Gongadi Trisha (24) shared a 46-run stand for the third wicket to guide their side home in 14 overs and give India their first-ever World Cup title in women’s cricket.

Later, the BCCI had announced that the team will be honoured by the God of Cricket before the start of the third and final T20I between India and New Zealand at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. 

“By winning this World Cup, you have given a dream to young girls in India, to represent the country. The beginning of the WPL is going to be the biggest thing. I believe in equality for men and women, and not just in sports. There should be equal opportunity,” Tendulkar said at the ceremony. 

Earlier, the Indian cricket board had also announced a cash prize of Rs. 5 crores for the entire team and support staff. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah took to his official Twitter handle on Sunday to announce the decision, where he invited the world champions to watch the third T20I between India and New Zealand at Narendra Modi Stadium.

“Kudos to the India U19 team for winning the #U19T20WorldCup. This is a phenomenal achievement as our young cricketers have made the country proud. That the young players weren’t overawed by the big occasion speaks volumes about their steely characters and temperament,” Shah had tweeted.