Kolkata:The Indian cricket board may have refused to play a day-night Test in Australia later this year, but former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels the pink-ball contest is the future and the country will have to embrace it someday. “Day-night Test is the way forward. Every country has to play day-night Tests. India have reservations but that’s the long term future for Test cricket,” said Ganguly.
India are one of the only two current Test-playing nations to have avoided playing pink-ball cricket at international level, Bangladesh being the other one.
Even as Ganguly sounded critical of India’s decision to avoid playing day-night Test, the former left-handed batsman said the Indian team had the potential to win pink-ball Test matches. “They are a good side, they will win day-night matches also. It’s just a different ball, I don’t think there’s any other difference. And they have such class players, they can win,” he said. On Wednesday, former Australian skipper Michael Clarke had said that India refused to play a day-night Test in Australia because they felt they had a better chance against Australia with the traditional red ball.
“Remember India have never beaten Australia in Australia. This is their chance and that’s exactly what Kohli, Ravi Shastri and all in Indian cricket would be thinking,” Clarke had said.
The Australian reasoned that the wickets are flatter and spin-oriented during the day, while at night there’s little spin and a bit more movement with moisture around. “They prefer to take their chances during the day. I can understand why they do not want to play under lights.”
Ganguly also backed Kohli’s decision to skip the historic Test against Afghanistan. “I think since the side is Afghanistan, he has chosen to play county cricket. If it had been any other team, he would have not gone. It just shows how important the England tour is for him,” said Ganguly.
Ganguly said India were good enough to beat Afghanistan without Kohli. “India will beat Afghanistan without Virat.
And hopefully they can do well in England also.”
The former India captain expressed surprise at the exclusion of Ajinkya Rahane from the ODI squad for the England tour. “I am surprised Rahane is not in the team. He should have been in the team. He has been moved around too much, he is a quality player,” Ganguly said. — Agencies
Rasikh Salam banned for two years for submitting faulty birth certificate
Mumbai Indians and Jammu and Kashmir pacer Rasikh Salam has been handed a two-year ban by the BCCI after he was found to have submitted a faulty birth certificate to the board.
Subsequently, he has been removed from the under-19 squad that will travel to England to play in a tri-series and has been replaced by Prabhat Maurya.
Salam, a pacer from J&K, made news when he debuted for Mumbai Indians in this Indian Premier League. He was the third player from Jammu & Kashmir to get an IPL contract – after Parvez Rasool and Manzoor Dar – and only the second after Rasool to get into the playing XI. He hails from Ashmuji village in southern part of Kashmir, which is often said to be affected by curfew and power cuts. Mumbai Indians picked him for his base price of INR 20 lakh.
Earlier this week, IANS had reported that Salam could be in trouble for age fraud after the Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education informed JKCA that the age Salam gave the board doesn’t match the records they posses.
JKCA and the BCCI soon got involved in the matter and a two year ban was deemed appropriate.
Dhoni could be ‘exposed’ by Yuvraj’s dad after World Cup
Mumbai: Father of recently retired former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, Yograj has struck again, and all the signs point toward former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
While the cricketer is busy preparing for India’s next clash against Pakistan on Sunday after rain played spoilsport on the much-hyped India-New Zealand clash, a recent video of Yograj has surfaced where he speaks about an ‘un-named’ player who is responsible for the ‘dirty politics’ in the Indian cricket team.
Yograj further goes on to state that this player is the reason that many players like Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, and his own son Yuvraj Singh were not included in the Indian team at crucial points in time.
While Yograj didn’t reveal much about the player he talks about, he did mention that he’d make the complete revelations after the currently ongoing 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Based on earlier allegations by Yograj, who was also a former pace bowler, towards then Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, It seems pretty evident that he is speaking of ‘Captain Cool’.
“I don’t want to take his name but he has been playing these dirty politics from the last 15 years. He has made lives difficult for Indian cricketers. I will make this revelation after the World Cup gets over. He will remember this for life that someone said something about him,” said Yograj.
“I don’t want to speak about him at this point in time because I don’t want the team to get affected during the World Cup,” he added.
FIFA Rankings: India unmoved at 101
London: The Indian national team remain unmoved in the June 2019 edition of the FIFA Rankings released.
Following India’s exit from the 2019 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup, India have had a change in coach with Igor Stimac replacing Stephen Constantine.
Under Stimac, India recently participated in the King’s Cup 2019 in Thailand where a 3-1 defeat against Curacao (79) was backed by a 1-0 win over hosts Thailand (116) in the third-place play-off.
GFX India FIFA Rankings June 2019
The Blue Tigers are set to face Tajikistan (120), DPR Korea (122) and Syria (85) in the upcoming Intercontinental Cup 2019 next. India enter the tournament as defending champions.
Meanwhile, in the global standings, Belgium continue to lead at the top having bettered their advantage over second-placed France who also stay put in their position, the same as Brazil and England at third and fourth spots respectively.
2019 UEFA Nations League champions Portugal have displaced Croatia to stand fifth while Spain (7) has gained two places. Germany (11 – tied with Argentina), Italy and Netherlands (both at 14) have also moved two places up.