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Brendon McCullum named England men’s Test team head coach

Former New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum has been appointed as the head coach of England’s men’s test team, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday.

Issuing a statement, the ECB said: “McCullum, 40, will be in place to start his role for next month’s LV Insurance three-match Test series against New Zealand, which gets underway at Lord’s from 2 June, subject to obtaining the necessary work visa.”

The ECB’s selection panel of Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison, Managing Director of England’s Men’s Cricket Rob Key, Strategic Adviser Andrew Strauss and Performance Director Mo Bobat unanimously agreed that he was the outstanding candidate for the role, having impressed during the competitive interview process.

Notably, New Zealand born McCullum is currently serving as the head coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He had previously coached Trinbago Knight Riders to the 2020 Caribbean Premier League title.

Commenting on the development, Rob Key, said: “We are delighted to confirm Brendon as England Men’s Test Head Coach. It has been a real privilege to get to know him and understand his views and vision for the game. I believe his appointment will be good for England’s Test team. He has a recent history of changing cricket culture and environments for the better, and I believe he is the person to do that for England’s red-ball cricket. We were incredibly fortunate to have a seriously strong list of quality candidates for the post, with Brendon demonstrating he was our number one choice.”

“I would like to thank Tom Harrison and the ECB Board for their support in this process. I believe in Brendon and Ben Stokes – a formidable coach and captain partnership. Time for us all to buckle up and get ready for the ride,” he added.

On the other hand, an elated McCullum said: “I would like to say how pleased I am to be given this opportunity to positively contribute to England’s Test cricket set-up and move the team forward into a more successful era. In taking this role on, I am acutely aware of the significant challenges the team faces at present, and I strongly believe in my ability to help the team emerge as a stronger force once we’ve confronted them head-on.”

“I have enjoyed several robust conversations with Rob Key about the direction of travel for the team and have found his enthusiasm contagious. I’m no stranger to bringing about change within a team environment, and I can’t wait to get started. Ben Stokes is the perfect character to inspire change around him, and I look forward to working closely with him to build a successful unit around us,” he added.

McCullum featured in 101 Tests for New Zealand and was the Test skipper of the Black Caps from 2012 to his international retirement in 2016. He will arrive in the UK later this month after the completion of his assignment wit the KKR, who have two matches left in their IPL league stage.

IPL 2022: Delhi Capitals’ special match-worn shirts to go up for auctions

Continuing their unique initiative, in partnership with fundraising and fan engagement platform MatchWornShirt, the JSW-GMR co-owned Delhi Capitals (DC) franchise, will be auctioning off their special shirts worn during Thursday’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

This initiative gives Delhi Capitals’ fans a unique opportunity to own the match-worn and signed shirts of their favourite players, all whilst raising funds for charity.

With each ball that’s bowled, every wicket that’s taken, and every run that’s made, the fans can get closer to the action than ever before and own unique moments by placing their bids on the DC shirts that are being worn by the players. And every bid placed by a fan will help raise funds for the Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS) Vijayanagar.

IIS, a unique initiative led by the JSW Group, is India’s first privately-funded High Performance Training Centre that trains talented young athletes across various Olympic disciplines. It aims to be the destination of choice for all Indian athletes who dream of success at the Olympics. The funds raised will be used in nurturing the future sporting stars of India.

Speaking about the initiative, Tijmen Zonderwijk, Co-Founder, MatchWornShirt said: “It gives us immense pleasure to continue this partnership with the Delhi Capitals that too with a special shirt. Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS) is one great initiative for Indian athletes that JSW Sports has built and has given the nation some of its finest sportspersons.”

“It is a matter of pride for us to be a part of their initiative that is continuing to nurture athletes from across the country and help them in the ongoing development of the sporting landscape in India,” he added.

On the other hand, Vinod Bisht, Interim CEO, Delhi Capitals said: “Giving back to the society and making sure our fans feel they are an integral part of the Delhi Capitals family, has always been at the heart of our franchise. We always try to to make our fans a part of everything we do.”

“This time, the team will be sporting a special jersey, and I am sure fans will be excited to own it as well as help us in raising funds for the Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS), which has given and been producing the sporting role models for our country,” he added.

As soon as the match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata starts on Thursday, fans can begin placing their bids on the shirts being worn by the DC players at [matchwornshirt.com/club/delhi-apitals]matchwornshirt.com/club/delhi-capitals. The fans can bid for this special shirt until 15th May, after which the highest bidders will have their shirts delivered to them.

These shirts will be personally signed by the players following the match, after which they will be professionally disinfected by MatchWornShirt, creating the ultimate piece of memorabilia.

The fans can also bid on the shirts, which were worn by the DC players, during their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The bidding process for that is live until April 30 at 19:30 IST.

We’re too good a team for our results to not change: Ponting ahead of KKR clash

With three wins and four losses in the first seven matches of the season, Delhi Capitals (DC) are currently seventh in the points table.

Reflecting on the first half of the season, DC head coach Ricky Ponting said: “I’ve said it a few times this year where there’s 36 or 37 overs of really good stuff, and we just let it slip for two or three overs. And, that’s the difference in these games. We sort of gear ourselves to not overtrain in the first part of the season, try and build up along the way. But our performances have been win one, lose one, win one. So, we need to start getting that little bit of momentum.”

Speaking about the upcoming second half of the season, Ponting said: “I know we’re so close to turning it all around. We’ve all got to trust, we’ve got to believe, we’ve got to stay upbeat and positive. And if we are, things will definitely change for us.”

“The harder we try from here, the harder it’s going to get. We’re just going to stay nice and relax and keep repeating things we’ve been doing. And then results will definitely come our way. We are too good a team for the results not to change,” he said, ahead of Thursday’s game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

The Australian re-joined the squad at training after completing his precautionary five-day room isolation after a family member had tested positive for Covid-19. “I feel pretty relieved to be back outside again, actually after another five days locked in, and obviously missing the game,” he said adding: “Things didn’t go well in the game, we had a drama at the end. But, it’s nice to be back outside again.”

Sharing his experience of watching the team’s previous match from quarantine, the former Australia skipper said: “It was frustrating. I think I broke three or four remote controls and a few bottles of water might have got thrown into the walls and things like that (laughs). When you’re on the side-lines, being a coach and you can’t control what’s happening out in the middle, that’s hard enough, but when you’re not actually at the ground, it can get a little more frustrating.”

“There’s no doubt we’ve had it tougher than the other teams so far,” he said, on the COVID cases in the Delhi Capitals bio-bubble last week. “Hopefully, we throw that COVID stuff now and are on the other side. And it’s probably a really good definitive cut-off point – the halfway time of the season. We can reassess and readjust and get on with, hopefully, dominating the second half of this tournament,” he added.

The Delhi Capitals are set to take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their next match of the TATA IPL 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Thursday (28 April).

JOY Personal Care join hands with KKR to raise pertinent question on gender inequality

Joy Personal Care, a leading Indian skincare brand from the aegis of RSH Global, in continuation to their recently announced partnership with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), has initiated #BeingEqual brand campaign.

This impactful multi-platform campaign will highlight the existing gender inequalities faced by women across professional environments. This first-of-its-kind brand campaign is an initiative that has been undertaken, not to promote a product or service, but only to hold a mirror up to the society and mobilize against the issues being faced by women on a daily basis.

The campaign is also aligned with the core purpose of the brand of ‘breaking the stereotypes’.

Gender equality and women rights are considered as the 5th, among 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN, and this campaign is a serious movement toward the betterment of women rights in society. Joy Personal Care endeavours to inspire this very change by leveraging one of the largest consumer outreach platform, for societal welfare.

As a part of the campaign, the brand is launching a film featuring KKR players in it. The film introduces a strong message on equality, where male cricketers address the systemic inequalities faced by women in sports, and other businesses as well.

#BeingEqual, intends to ask pertinent questions and inspire efforts to bring an equilibrium in society. The film showcases the three cricketers in a dark setting, spray-painting on a surface, while a voice-over talks about how unfortunate it is that even though women are capable of greater things, they are not always recognized as equals. The film then reveals the spray-painting to be the rendition of an empowered woman.

With the help of projection mapping with words like Truth, Privilege, Power and Boundaries, this film aspires to subtly create an impact in the minds of the viewers and underline the importance of equality in all walks of life.

Commenting on the campaign, Sunil Agarwal, Chairman, RSH Global, said: “Cricket is a sport that most Indians relate to, and admire. The brand Joy has always stood for empowering women and breaking archaic stereotypes. With such an important message being delivered by members of KKR, we aim to inspire much larger audiences, including businesses, to support and actively promote gender equality.”

Poulomi Roy, Chief Marketing Officer, RSH Global, said, “Joy’s association with KKR itself raised a lot of questions, how much sense does it make from a marketing and media perspective? But, I truly believe, it’s time we look at this association from a different lens. Hence, for the first time, a brand film is being made to drive a strong message instead of a call to action TVC. The idea was to leverage the reach of the tournament to build awareness and visibility through logo exposure and simultaneously drive home a strong message about gender equality.

Encouraging the social change towards this crucial issue, Binda Dey, CMO, Kolkata Knight Riders, expressed: “It is refreshing to see a brand partner using the association with KKR and harness the reach of such a widely viewed platform to raise awareness about a worthy cause. We are proud to partner with Joy Personal Care on their initiative to drive conversations on equal opportunity for all gender.”

Pulling out a leaf from the brand’s vision of ‘Breaking the Stereotypes’ the will be accompanied by two social media campaigns in this direction.

– ‘Reel it with us’ an Instagram contest, will be for audiences to creatively present their lip-synced interpretations of the TVC film audio. Winners will be awarded with exciting merchandise

– #WhoEqualsTheGame contest will reward user generated posts where audiences will name a person in their lives who breaks gender stereotypes, celebrating real-life heroes bringing a change. Winners stand to win hampers, match tickets and even a meet and greet with the players from KKR.

Tim Southee named New Zealand’s player of the year for 2021

New Zealand pacer Tim Southee was on Thursday awarded the prestigious Sir Richard Hadlee Medal, the award which is being given to the top men’s performer of the year in the country.

Southee, who is currently representing Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), was announced as winner of the event on the third and final day of the New Zealand Cricket Awards. The 33-year-old shared the podium with Bert Sutcliffe Medal recipient Penny Kinsella; the test player of the year, Devon Conway, and the women’s and men’s domestic players of the year — Nensi Patel, and joint male winners Tom Bruce and Robb’e O’Donnell.

Notably, Southee, a right-arm fast-medium bowler and a hard-hitting lower order, was named the winner based on his fantastic consistency throughout the summer season; at home and abroad, in red and white ball cricket, according to reports in the New Zealand media.

Southee scalped 36 wickets in Test at an average of 23.88, including best figures of six for 43 against England at Lord’s and five crucial wickets against India in the victorious ICC World Test Championship final at Southampton, www.suff.co.nz reported.

Earlier, he was also named as the winner of this year’s Winsor Cup for first-class bowling

Southee has taken 338 Test wickets — 23 fewer than Daniel Vettori and 93 short of the record-holder the award is named after, Hadlee.

Commenitng on it from KKR’s base in Mumbai, Southee said: “It’s a huge honour to win such a prestigious award. Like most cricketers growing up I knew all about the exploits of Sir Richard and it’s certainly pretty humbling to win his award this year.”

“While the accolades are nice, I think it really just reflects the way we have worked together as a group and played our cricket for a long period of time. It’s been great to be a part of this period and being able to win games for our country which is something that’s very special,” he said on the occasion,” he added.

Future of KKR is bright under Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy: Irfan Pathan

Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan has reckoned that Shreyas Iyer’s journey as a captain has been remarkable and that Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) future is bright under the leadership of this dynamic Indian cricketer.

Iyer was appointed the captain of KKR ahead of TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 and he’s impressed everyone with the way he’s led the side so far.

While speaking during an episode of Cricket Live on Star Sports, the official broadcaster of TATA IPL, Pathan said: “Shreyas Iyer is a brilliant captain. Remember, he picked up captaincy midway through the season like Rohit Sharma who was named Mumbai Indians’ captain halfway through the season in IPL 2013.”

“For Delhi Capitals, Shreyas started well under the supervision of coach Ricky Ponting and he kept improving his decision-making skills in his first stint as captain. But his captaincy moves are coming to the fore prominently in this season and we will talk more about it as the tournament progresses. He’s a players’ captain,” he added.

The former India all-rounder, who scalped 80 wickets from 103 IPL matches before hanging his boot from the game, also felt that Iyer has signs of being a great captain as he backs his players well.

“He backs the players at every turn and which is a good sign of a leader. The future of Kolkata is bright under his supervision and we’ve seen glimpses of it in the first couple of games,” Pathan expressed.

KKR started the 2022 season on a bright note as the Iyer-led side registered a six-wicket win over Ravindra Jadeja-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK), one of the most successful IPL side and last year’s winner. KKR however, tatsed defeat in their second game of the season as the Purple Army endured a three-wicket loss against the Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai on March 30 (Wednesday).

KKR will now take on the Mayank Agarwal-led Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their third game of the ongoing season at the historic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday (April 1) before locking horns against five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Puneon April 6 (Wednesday).

My aim is to hit as many boundaries as I can in middle order: Dinesh Karthik

Ahead of the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has spoken about his role as a finisher for the Faf du Plessis-led side.

In their opening game against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Sunday (March 17), Karthik’s unbeaten 32 off 14 deliveries helped RCB surpass the 200 mark in the allotted 20 overs.

Speaking on the Inside RCB show on Star Sports, Dinesh Karthik said: “My aim is to hit as many boundaries as I can in the middle order. It is always a challenge, but it’s an interesting one for everybody.”

“My role is to achieve whatever we can in the backend of the game and try to do whatever is required for the team, either setting a target or helping win the game. So, that is what I will be focussing on,” he added.

Karthik’s 32-run innings was laced with three boundaries and as many hits into the stands.

On Sunday, despite skipper du Plessis (88 off 57) heroics and Karthik’s magnificent knock in the middle-order, the Bengaluru-based side were on the losing side, thanks to a collective effort by the Punjab top-order and a eight-ball 25-run cameo by Odean Smith.

Chasing the massive 206-run target, Pubjab were off to a decent start as openers Mayank Agarwal (32) and Shikhar Dhawan (43) laid the foundation of the win.

Apart from the duo, Punjab wicketkeeper-batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa also helped with a valuable 43-run knock while Liam Livingstonec and Shahrukh Khan chipped in with 19 and 24 runs respectively before Smith’s fireworks helped the Mayank Agarwal-led side cross the line with one over to spare.

The du Plessis-led side will now be eyeing to register their first win of the season when they take on the KKR on Wednesday.

While the Shreyas Iyer-led KKR won its first outing this season on Saturday (March 26), RCB suffered a defeat in its tournament opener. In the season’s first game, KKR handed a six-wicket defeat to CSK while the RCB endured a five-wicket loss against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Sunday (March 27).

After today’s game, the RCB will be up against Rajasthan Royals, the inaugural IPL champions, at the historic Wankhede Stadium on April 5 (Tuesday).

IPL legends name 3 teams that impressed them the most in TATA IPL 2022

As all the teams in the TATA IPL 2022 finished their first league games, cricket experts Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina and Dhawal Kulkarni named three teams that left them impressed with their performances.

Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan, who has played for five IPL sides in the past, said during an episode of Cricket Live on Star Sports, the official broadcaster of TATA IPL” “I am a fan of Delhi Capitals’ fighting spirit. They could have easily lost the match looking at the position they were in against Mumbai Indians, but Axar Patel batted brilliantly and finished the game for his team. David Warner hasn’t joined the side yet.”

“Anrich Nortje isn’t fit yet. If these two join the Delhi squad, then this team will become even stronger,” added he.

Former India and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) cricketer and IPL legend Suresh Raina said on Cricket Live on Star Sports, the official broadcaster of TATA IPL: “Punjab Kings have impressed me a lot. The way they played in their first game.”

“A new captain, a new-look team, and all the players showed their full strength. The collective effort put in by them while chasing a target in excess of 200 shows that their team combination is very good and it will bode them well in the times to come,” he added,

On the other hand, former India pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, who had earlier plied his trade for teams like Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Lions in the IPL, said during Cricket Live show: “Gujarat Titans has impressed me a lot.”

“The new talents under the leadership of Hardik Pandya have put up a very good performance in their opening game. I am very impressed with this team,” he added.

On Wednesday, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be up against the Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai.

While the Shreyas Iyer-led KKR won its first outing this season on Saturday (March 26), RCB suffered a defeat in its tournament opener. In the season’s first game, KKR handed a six-wicket defeat to CSK while the RCB endured a five-wicket loss against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Sunday (March 27).

IPL 2022: ICICI Bank partners with Chennai Super Kings

Ahead of the upcoming 15th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), ICICI Bank has announced that it has launched a co-branded credit card in partnership with Chennai Super Kings (CSK), one of the most successful cricket teams in India.

Called ‘Chennai Super Kings ICICI Bank Credit Card’, the card has been specially designed with a range of exclusive privileges for millions of cricket fans of the iconic team.

The new card is another addition to an exclusive set of co-branded credit cards offered by the Bank to enable sports enthusiasts to connect with their favourite teams as well as avail benefits of a credit card. Four years ago, ICICI Bank launched a co-branded credit card with Manchester United, a professional football club of England.

Speaking on the collaboration, Sudipta Roy, Head – Unsecured Assets, ICICI Bank said: “ICICI Bank has a rich legacy of pioneering innovative, powerful and distinctive value propositions for its customers. We are delighted to collaborate with CSK to introduce a co-branded credit card, which offers the CSK fans a bouquet of exclusive privileges from the iconic team and distinct banking benefits from ICICI Bank.”

“The card is a result of collaboration between two institutions and we expect that the CSK fans will like it,” he added.

On the other hand, KS Viswanathan, CEO, Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited said: “We are delighted to partner with ICICI Bank for the launch of a co-branded credit card. We are confident that this partnership will benefit our fans across the country and spread Yellove far and wide.”

The Yellow Brigade will kick-off their IPL 2022 campaign against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on March 26.

Notably, the upcoming IPL season will begin on March 26 and will be played in a bio-secure environment at a single hub to avoid air travel, considered as a major threat for the spread of COVID-19 infection, thereby affecting the players and tournament.

While 55 matches are scheduled to be held in Mumbai, the remaining 15 games will be staged in Pune while the playoffs’ venues haven’t been decided yet. Is most likley that the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad will stage the playoffs however, no official announcement has been made yet.

In the upcoming season, the 10 teams have been divided into two groups. While Group A comprises of Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants, Group B includes Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans.

From this year onwards, the lucrative league will be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow and will have a total of 74 games.

 

IPL 2022: Moeen, Suryakumar likely to miss opening games

Indian Premier League’s (IPL) most successful sides Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been handed a massive blow ahead of the start of the upcoming season of the lucrative league  as their star players — Moeen Ali and Suryakumar Yadav — are likely to miss the season opener.

According to ESPNcricinfo, England all-rounder Moeen Ali is stuck in the United Kingdom and has failed to secure a visa for his travel to India for IPL 2022.

On the other side, Suryakumar Yadav is yet to be released by the National Cricket Academy (NCA), where he had gone to recover from a finger injury.

Even if Moeen arrives in India on Wednesday (March 23), the all-rounder will be required to serve a three-day mandatory quarantine before entering IPL bio-bubble.

Notably, Moeen had played a crucial role in  CSK’s title run as he had finished as their third-highest run-getter after amassing 357 runs at an average of 25.50 and a strike-rate of 137.20 in the previous season. The England all-rounder was also the fifth in the list of the batters with most sixes during IPL 2021.

Moeen’s absence though could open the way for New Zealand’s Devon Conway to make his IPL debut and open for CSK alongside Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Suryakumar, on the other side, cannot join the Mumbai Indians squad until he is cleared by the NCA’s medical staff.

The MS Dhoni-led CSK is set to begin its IPL 2022 campaign with a blockbuster clash against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the historic Wankhede stadium on Saturday (March 26). Five-time champions Mumbai will face Delhi Capitals (DC) in their season opener on Sunday.

Notably, the upcoming IPL season will begin on March 26 and will be played in a bio-secure environment at a single hub to avoid air travel, considered as a major threat for the spread of COVID-19 infection, thereby affecting the players and tournament.

While 55 matches are scheduled to be held in Mumbai, the remaining 15 games will be staged in Pune while the playoffs’ venues haven’t been decided yet. Is most likley that the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad will stage the playoffs however, no official announcement has been made yet.

In the upcoming season, the 10 teams have been divided into two groups. While Group A comprises of Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants, Group B includes Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans.

From this year onwards, the lucrative league will be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow and will have a total of 74 games.