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Will Shastri be re-appointed as India’s coach? © Getty ImagesSudhir Naik, the former Indian opener, has come out with a strong statement against the application of Ravi Shastri as Team India’s head coach. Naik, who had a tiff with Shastri in 2015, said that if the latter is appointed as the coach then it “is just like a backdoor entry… it is certainly a backdoor entry!” In an interaction with MidDay, Naik briefly added that it is sad that good coaches like Kumble are not wanted. “To appoint Shastri at this point is just like a backdoor entry… it is certainly a backdoor entry! It’s a pity that good coaches like Anil Kumble don’t seem to be wanted,” Naik said. ALSO READ: No top player will want to coach Team India after Kumble’s unceremonious exit, feels Gavaskar Naik also questioned the credibility of the Indian players and asked whether they will pay attention to the new coach, especially after the reported issue with Kumble’s style of functioning. “If these players are not listening to Kumble, who played such a high level of cricket, is intelligent and dished out a stupendous performance, how can they pay attention to another coach,” replied Naik. Naik further stated that he also wants BCCI to act tough with the players and ensure that the coach is the real boss and all the players should listen to him. “The BCCI should make it clear that the coach is the boss and all players should listen and follow his instructions. If players don’t respect a person like Kumble, then I don’t think this team needs a coach. Let Kohli be the boss. Anyway, we are playing in the West Indies without a coach and things can continue like that,” stressed Naik.
Rajeev Shukla also spoke about IPL © PTIAmong one of the most successful ventures in the arena of franchise-based cricket is the Indian Premier League (IPL). It completed a successful tenth season in 2017 as well. However, it seems like Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not happy with its frequency of one tournament annually and are eager to introduce mini IPL, looking at the tournament’s success. The preferred venue of the tournament is learnt to be UAE. In an already packed cricket-calendar of the Indian players, it will be difficult to determine when exactly will this newly thought tournament find place. READ – BCCI seal reasonable revenue deal with ICC: Vinod Rai Chairman of IPL, Rajeev Shukla told Gulf News, “One concept that we are deliberating and considering is launching a mini edition of the IPL overseas. We have seen that there is huge attraction for IPL overseas. Earlier, we used to stage our Champions League T20 abroad and that slot is still vacant. We are thinking of a mini edition in that slot.” “Dubai will be most favoured destination for the mini IPL,” he replied when asked about the venue. A lot of changes are to be expected now that IPL will step into its eleventh edition, confirmed Shukla. “The next 10 years are going to be interesting. We are changing the revenue sharing model. Earlier franchises took the license fee but now they will be sharing the revenue with the BCCI. Another important thing is about tenders for the broadcasters. In fact, broadcasters’ tenders will be out in July and we are expecting manifold rise in it.” Another question is the number of participating teams, given the two banned franchises are supposed to resume playing from the next season. “So far we have decided for eight teams only, otherwise the season will get extended and that will be a problem. If we go for 10 teams, we will have to stage minimum 84 matches. However, the governing council will be considering it but so far the tender will be only for eight teams.” Shukla also credited the timely IPL 10 for India’s success in ICC Champions Trophy 2017. “The Indian players had played in the IPL before the Champions Trophy and so they were already fit and were in rhythm. IPL also creates bonhomie among the players as they have been playing together for different teams”, concluded Shukla.
© Getty ImagesEngland and Nottinghamshire’s pacer Jake Ball set to undergo scan on knee problem on Wednesday. Ball had to leave the field mid-over during the ongoing County clash between Nottinghamshire and Kent after the injury crept in. The 26-year-old had earlier missed out on England’s tour of West Indies due to the same problem. He is in contention for a place in England’s Test squad which will face South Africa in the first of the four-match series, starting from July 6 at Lord’s. England and @TrentBridge bowler @JakeBall to have scan on his knee today: https://t.co/gPBsPwyQl1 pic.twitter.com/08mDSzJ3Ey — Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) June 28, 2017 Ball’s fellow Notthinghamshire and England’s senior pace bowler, Stuart Broad, is also sitting out from the current round of County championship due to discomfort in left heel. Broad has been out of action ever since the five-match Test series against India in 2016-17. On the other hand, Ball was a part of England’s ICC Champions Trophy campaign which came to a shocking end after defeat against Pakistan in semi-finals. Currently, Ball is awaiting the results of the scan on his right knee. The youngster has so far featured in 3 Tests and will not want to miss out on another series due to the same injury.
© Getty Images (File Image)Ahead of Zimbabwe‘s tour of Sri Lanka, head coach Heath Streak cited the reason for the African nation’s poor form in world cricket since the past few years. Talking ahead of Zimbabwe’s first game in the tour, former Zimbabwean captain spoke about the sporadic schedule and frequent migration of players as the main reason for the side’s consistent spells as the bottom-ranked side across formats. Streak stressed on the fact that players have continued to migrate and it is difficult to retain them owing to large gaps in calendar. Full Cricket Scorecard, Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 1st ODI “It’s well-documented [that] there have been a lot of players who have left and are playing around the world who come from Zimbabwe. It’s been tough for Zimbabwe to retain some of these players and hence we are constantly rebuilding. We’ve got a lot of young guys in our team. If you look around the world, and look at Zimbabweans internationally, we’ve got the likes of Gary Ballance, the Curran boys Sam and Tom, who just debuted for England, and Kyle Jarvis playing county cricket successfully. We’ve got a lot of these guys out there whom we are trying to lure back. Part of their problem is the volume of cricket that Zimbabwe plays. That’s something that we can’t address, obviously. It’s a Catch 22 situation. We’ve got to play good competitive cricket for other countries to give us matches and that’s something we are really targeting”, Streak was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. Emphasising on his point, Streak added, “Hopefully we can get some of those players to return to Zimbabwe and complement a talented group of players that we have brought to the shores of Sri Lanka. It’s going to be a challenge because of the lack of cricket. We have these big gaps in between series and that’s probably our biggest challenge to get the guys to get used to playing at elite level.” “You inherit the players and your job is to try and get the best out of them. I certainly think that the team we’ve got here has got the ability to win against any side. We had some good preparation coming into the series and I am looking forward to a lot of guys who can pull around. The future of Zimbabwe cricket is brighter if we keep doing the right things”, concluded the coach. Zimbabwe are currently touring Sri Lanka wherein they will play five ODIs and a solitary Test.
CA’s team performance manager Pat Howard insisted that the warning stand for all the players in and out of the contract © Getty ImagesAmidst of the ongoing contract dispute, the Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday warned the Australian national players that they could be banned form participating in the upcoming Ashes 2017-18 Down Under, if they take part in a match, which is unsanctioned by the CA. CA’s team performance manager Pat Howard insisted that the warning stand for all the players in and out of the contract posy June 30, while he also stated that the CA would also be imposing a six-month ban for all the players, who participate in those unsanctioned matches. Also the CA would decide whether to give No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to any players to participate in an overseas Twenty20 (T20) competition. CA to offer series-by-series contracts for the Australian cricketers “Players [including uncontracted players] cannot play in ICC approved cricket [e.g. domestic T20 competitions operated by overseas cricket boards] without approval from Cricket Australia. Players who participate in disapproved cricket [e.g. exhibition matches] are not permitted to participate in ICC approved cricket for a minimum of six months thereafter,” wrote Howard, as reported by ESPNCricinfo. “If your contract expires on 30 June, you will not be an employee of CA, a State Association or a W/BBL Team from 1 July,” Howard added. Cricket Australia’s dispute unlikely to be resolved by June 30 “This means that you are not required to play, train, perform player appearances or media commitments, and you will not be paid a retainer until such time as a MOU is agreed and a player contract is agreed with you in writing. If a MOU is agreed on or by 14 July, your playing contract would only commence from the date the MOU is agreed. CA does not intend that retainers would be back paid to cover any elapsed period between your current contract expiring and the execution of a new contract when a new MOU is agreed,” Howard continued. Cricket Australia offer new deal to break pay dispute “All players will be provided with a list of protected sponsors for 2017/18. Any player entering into unapproved endorsements during any uncontracted period puts at risk future endorsement arrangements with CA, State and W/BBL partners and puts you at risk of not being able to enter into a contract for the upcoming season with CA, the State or W/BBL Team,” Howard concluded.