Heena Sidhu clinched the 10m air pistol gold medal to give India a perfect start at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships on Monday. London Olympic bronze-medallist Gagan Narang finished fourth in the same event, while Ravikumar ended fifth. Narang shot 626.2 in the qualification to create a Commonwealth record. Sidhu shot a combined score of 626.2 (386+240.8) to claim the top honours. This was Sidhu's second successive international gold after she, along with Jitu Rai, claimed the top position in the 10m air pistol mixed team event in the ISSF World Cup Finals in Delhi earlier this month. Among other Indians in fray here, Deepak Kumar won a bronze medal in the 10m air rifle event.
Cricketer S Sreesanth on Friday moved the Kerala High Court seeking its direction to the BCCI to grant a no objection certificate (NOC) to participate in Premier league matches of Glenrothes Cricket Club at Scotland. In a letter sent to the club on August 10, he said that he had sent a communication to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to issue NOC with immediate effect to enable him play for the club. Sreesanth has also shared his apprehension that he doesn't think the BCCI will take a timely decision to grant him the NOC. In his petition to the HC, the cricketer said, "Without intervention of this court by issuing necessary clarification this petitioner reasonably apprehends that the BCCI may not issue such NOC." The premier league will conclude on or before September 9, the petition states. In a relief to Sreesanth, the Kerala High Court had on August 7 lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. In his order, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque had also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the BCCI.
Zubair Ahmed, a cricketer from Pakistan, died after being hit on the head while batting in a club match played at Mardan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on Monday.
The Pakistan Cricket Board shared the news on twitter stating, "Tragic death of Zubair Ahmed is another reminder that safety gear i.e. helmet must be worn at all times. Our sympathies with Zubair's family".
Zubair was part of Fakhar Zaman's academy. Noted commentator and former Australian player Dean Jones expressed condolences via twitter. The incidence is a stark reminder of dangers facing cricketers despite the protective gears. The PCB tweet also indicates that Zubair, at the time of the incident, was not wearing a helmet.
On Tuesday, Australia vice-captain David Warner was also struck on the neck by a bouncer bowled by teammate Josh Hazelwood during an intra-squad practice match. However, Warner is recovering well after and is expected to be fit for the upcoming two-Test series in Bangladesh. The left-hander dropped his bat and slumped to his knees after an attempted hook shot went awry at Marrara Oval in Darwin on Tuesday, but quickly picked himself up and walked off the ground unassisted.
The Kerala High Court has lifted the ban imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on cricketer S Sreesanth. The seamer was charged earlier for his involvement in the spot fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was banned in September 2013 for his alleged spot fixing in the IPL and he was charged alongside two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan. However, he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case in July 2015. The latest development comes as a relief to the bowler who has been fighting for justice since the acquittal but BCCI continued to hold out and didn’t lift the life ban imposed on him. In a hearing in March, Kerala HC sought BCCI’s stand on the plea filed by Sreesanth which challenged the life ban. The bowler had then filed a petition challenging the BCCI’s decision not to lift the ban despite being exonerated by the Delhi High Court in 2015. The player had argued that not lifting the ban violated his constitutional rights considering BCCI had taken into account the same charges applied on him by the Delhi Police for which he was later cleared by the Court. In 2013, BCCI had suspended him and ordered an enquiry following his arrest in May 2013. He argued that BCCI’s enquiry team had submitted the report without giving him a due chance of hearing. But he was given a chance to provide his version in writing later although the supplementary report was filed without taking the written version into due consideration. He was then issued a show cause notice before the ban was imposed on him. BCCI’s affidavit earlier in the year said, “The standard of proof required under a penal statute is much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry. Therefore, on an appreciation of the same evidence, one may not be guilty of criminal consequences but can be found guilty for violating the internal disciplinary rules of an organization.” After the judgement on Monday, S Sreesanth wrote on Twitter, “God is great..thanks for the all the love and support”.
2013: World Masters of Junior Golf 2015: Junior World Golf Championships 2016: European Junior Championship 2017: West Bengal Junior Boys Golf Championship 2017 This is what defines this 13-year-old child prodigy Shubham Jaglan – one of India’s finest young golfers. When you hear the word golf, your mind automatically associates it with thoughts of power, affluence, and a high life, those hallowed greens on which only the society’s elite tread foot. And you’d often be right, for those are the exact odds that this young boy from the village Israna, Panipat, fought to win his rightful place on the green. Shubham Jaglan’s tryst with golf began when he was just 5 years old. Hailing from a family and village of wrestlers, Shubham had assumed that he would also follow suit. Wearing a polo t-shirt and wielding a golf club wasn’t something that Shubham had dreamed of. It was a golf academy established in Shubham’s village by Kapur Singh, an NRI, that changed the course of this young boy’s life.“I remember my grandfather taking me to the academy and asking me to give it a shot. He wanted me to try this sport and not be a wrestler like everyone else. It was his foresight that has brought me here,” he says. The academy unfortunately wasn’t well-received by the other children in the village and shut down in just two months. But before leaving the village, Kapur Singh told Shubham’s father about the golfing talent his son possessed. While the academy shut down prematurely, it lit a spark of interest in Shubham. All of 5 years then, he continued his fight on a small piece of land in his backyard. His father, Jagpal, cleaned and transformed the land with flat green covering and 3 holes.“My father also got me a computer and I started watching videos on YouTube and learnt to putt. On weekends, my father would take me to Karnal Golf Course to practice.” Shubham’s father would also bring him to the Delhi Golf Club, one of India’s premier golf clubs, to practise.It was this journey that brought Shubham in contact with his mentor and the founder of The Golf Foundation, Amit Luthra. Recounting his first meeting with Shubham and his father, Amit says, “His [Shubham] father had sought an appointment with me. He walked in and said he needed some help. He told me that his son had been debarred from playing golf and wanted me to intervene. I remember thinking to myself that maybe it was a case of cheating that had led to his debarment. His father then told me that his son was all of five-and-a-half years of age and that is when I sat up and said, tell me more.” That was the first time that Shubham came to be known to Amit and The Golf Foundation. The debarment was not just of Shubham but the entire programme that was being run for kids under 8 by the golf club. “I was told that the greens were being spoilt by these kids who would stop for milk and biscuit breaks while playing their game,” says Amit.“I saw him play and knew that he had a good swing but wanted Nonita Lal Qureshi, our head coach, to evaluate him from his technical know-how. She went to his village and the rest, as they say, is history.” From then, there has been no looking back for Shubham. With the help of The Golf Foundation, his father decided to move base to Delhi to spend more time on polishing Shubham’s talent. Shubham was enrolled in Laxman Public School and started practice at the Delhi Golf Club.“Moving to Delhi has been great. Not only do I get to practice in one of the best clubs but I am also going to a good school.” When asked what his future plan are, he says, “I wish to keep playing well, maybe attend college, but the focus is to keep improving my game.”The Callaway World Championship, now called the IMG Junior World Championship, which was held in San Diego in 2015, is one that Shubham cherishes the most.“That was a close finish for me. The way I won it was what I cherish. It was also the first time I felt that I could perform and give my best under the gun.” Shubham’s biggest supporter is his father, Jagpal. “He is always with me to ensure that I put my best foot forward. He is a nurturer; he took care of my uncle when he was wrestling. He would take him for the tournaments, make his food, ensure the nutritional count in his food was good and now he is with me doing all this and more.” Shubham’s aim is to reach higher than his dreams and be better than the best.
New Delhi: Nearly half the Indian cricket team has been left in the lurch without a bat advertiser, as the world's largest sportswear firm Nike has pulled out of sponsorship for them. It has been learnt that the Oregon-based sportswear firm has not renewed contracts with Indian cricketers such as Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Most of its other bat assets — including Manish Pandey, Axar Patel and Umesh Yadav — were seen using plain bats during the ODI series against New Zealand. The bat of Kedar Jadhav, another Nike protege, was sporting the manufacturer's label. Sponsoring cricket bats is an expensive marketing exercise in India. Companies cough up Rs 7-10 crore per year to put their logos on willows of top players, such as Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. And, Nike India has been struggling with losses that have accumulated to over Rs 500 crore in 2014-15. A Nike India spokesperson did not reply to an e-mailed questionnaire sent by TOI, while sources in the cricket equipment manufacturing fraternity said it has been around two years since any of the top bat makers in Meerut have got orders from Nike for new bats. While Nike remains one of the biggest spenders in cricket, paying around Rs 60 crore a year to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to sponsor the Indian cricket team's official kit, it has shut around 30% of its stores in the country to cut cost.
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Kuantan (Malaysia): Favourites India prevailed 3-2 over arch-rivals Pakistan to reclaim the Asian Champions Trophy hockey, presenting a perfect Diwali gift to the nation on Sunday. Goals from Rupinder Pal Singh (18th minute), Yousuf Affan (23rd) and Nikkin Thimmaiah (51st) helped India surmount the challenge from Pakistan, who rallied from two goals behind through strikes by Muhammad Aleem Bilal (26th) and Ali Shaan (38th) in the title clash of the fourth edition of tournament. This was the first time the teams were meeting in the final of a continental tournament since India dethroned Pakistan as the Asian Games champions in Incheon, South Korea in 2014. India had won the inaugural edition of the Asian Champions Trophy by defeating Pakistan in the final in 2011. Pakistan reversed the result in the title contest the next year and went on to retain it in 2013 by defeating Japan in the final. World No. 6 India went into the title contest at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium without ace custodian PR Sreejesh, who was rested due to pulled hamstring and Akash Chikte took the position under the bar. India scored the first goal in the 18th minute on their second penalty corner as Rupinder sent a rasping drag-flick into the left side of the net. This was the 11 penalty corner conversion in the tournament by Rupinder, the highest goal-scorer in the tournament by a big margin. In the 23rd minute, Ramandeep Singh’s cross was deflected in by Yousuf Affan into the boards to put India 2-0 up. Under pressure, Pakistan responded by forcing their first penalty corner, which was converted by Muhammad Aleem Bilal in the 26th minute. Bilal sounded the boards with a low drag-flick that beat the goalkeeper. Pakistan defence had no trouble in warding away India's attempts to send long diagonal balls into the circle and capitalised on a lapse by the Indian defence to draw 2-2 parity in the 38th minute. Ali Shan wasted no time in slapping the ball that had got deflected to him inside the scoring zone. India wrested the lead back in the 51st minute as seasoned Indian midfielder Sardar Singh gave a through pass to Thimmaiah, who beat Pakistan custodian Fareed Ahmed with a diagonal flick that ended inside the right goal-post.
Ahmedabad: India fought off a tough challenge from Iran to win their third consecutive Kabaddi World Cup here on Saturday. In perhaps the most exciting match of this World Cup, the Indians overturned a first-half deficit with a superb second-half performance to win 38-29. India have thus won all the three Kabaddi World Cups held so far. They have beaten Iran in the finals of all the three editions.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Friday froze all of BCCI’s financial transactions. The Supreme Court said that no money is to be provided by the BCCI to the state associations, even for match purposes, unless the Cricket Board decides to agree on implementing the Lodha reforms. The Supreme Court decided to freeze all transactions between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and all the state boards across the country. The Apex Court also asked the Lodha panel to appoint an independent auditor to verify the BCCI’s accounts. It has also directed to limit the amount of any financial transaction by the BCCI. The Supreme Court asked BCCI President Anurag Thakur and Secretary to comply with the decision and file an affidavit within a period of 2 weeks regarding the implementation of the Lodha panel. Representing the BCCI, senior lawyer Kapil Sibal in the Supreme Court, had previously alleged the panel lead by Justice RM Lodha of trying to control and run the cricketing board. Sibal also said that there had been issues on one state-one vote policy and were also against taking away the votes from the founder clubs. The senior lawyer has also complained that the Lodha panel, in an attempt to run the cricketing body had issued order beyond the purview of the apex court’s judgement. Countering BCCI, senior advocate Gopal Subramanium said that by breaching the implementation of Lodha panel’s recommendations, the cricketing board has made itself liable of civil and criminal contempt action.
Dubai: Despite a fighting hundred by Darren Bravo, Pakistan pulled off a tension-packed 56-run victory against West Indies in the first day-night Test here on Monday. Bravo kept Pakistan's victory bid on hold during his resistance-filled 410-minute long 116 and it needed leg-spinner Yasir Shah to make a stunning two-handed catch to end his innings. West Indies were finally bowled for 289 with just 12 over left in the match. Bravo lingered on his haunches at the crease for a minute before trudging back to the pavilion, disappointed at his dismissal after bringing so close a draw or an upset win. Bravo's eighth Test hundred spiced with ten boundaries and a six had brought West Indies within 83 runs of victory and 27 overs to bat for a draw after they were set a daunting 346 runs to win. Left-armer Mohammad Nawaz trapped Devendra Bishoo while Miguel Cummins and last man Shannon Gabriel were run out to spark a celebration amongst Pakistan players. Paceman Mohammad Amir finished with 3-63 and Shah took 2-113. The match was a good advertisement for Test cricket as it had a triple hundred (302 not out) by Azhar Ali, 8-49 by leg-spinner Bishoo and two fighting knocks by Bravo. This was Test cricket's second ever day-night Test played with a pink ball after Australia and New Zealand featured in the first at Adelaide in November last year. The win is more memorable for Pakistan as the match marked their 400th Test since they began the five-day format in 1952. Bravo first added 77 for the fifth wicket with Roston Chase (35) and then another 69 for the seventh with skipper Jason Holder who made 40 not out. Pakistan had taken the second new ball with West Indies 224-6 and Bravo needing four for hundred. Bravo smashed an uppish drive off Amir's first ball to backward point boundary to complete his magnificent hundred after 329-minutes of defiance. Bravo and Holder took the West Indies within 100 of victory in 41 overs after they reached dinner at 232-6. Chase, famous for his 137 not out at Jamaica which helped West Indies draw a Test against India in July this year, gave full support to Bravo as the duo frustrated Pakistan. Pakistan's hopes rested on Shah who was not at his best despite the good turn on offer. He finally got his first wicket when he bowled Chase from across his feet. Paceman Wahab Riaz then dismissed Shane Dowrich for nought to leave West Indies at 194-6. West Indies had resumed at 95-2 and were instantly in trouble when Amir had Samuels caught behind for four with the first ball of the day. Jermaine Blackwood (15) helped Bravo take the total to 116 when left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz trapped him leg-before, a decision Pakistan only got on referral. Pakistan did not get what was expected from Shah in the first session as he bowled faster rather than giving flight to the ball. The remaining two Tests will be played in Abu Dhabi (October 21-25) and Sharjah (October 30-November 3).