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Supreme Court dumps ‘one state, one vote’ policy

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New Delhi :The Supreme Court approved the draft constitution of BCCI prepared by the Lodha panel with some modifications, giving full membership to Mumbai Cricket Association, Vidarbha, and Railways. The apex court also discarded the ‘One State One Vote’ policy recommended by the Lodha Panel, and granted membership to Saurashtra, Vadodara, Mumbai and Vidarbha cricket associations. The court also restored full BCCI membership of Railways, Services and Association of Universities, which were cancelled on recommendations of the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel.
The apex court also made changes in the cooling-off period of the BCCI officers. As per the amendments, the BCCI office bearers will be allowed to serve two consecutive terms, instead of one.
The Supreme Court’s three-judge bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, in its order, granted four weeks time to register the new modified constitution of BCCI with the Tamil Nadu Registrar of Societies.
The court also asked the state cricket associations to adopt the BCCI constitution within 30 days of the order and intimate the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA). It further warned state cricket associations that non-compliance to the order will invite actions.


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‘My sons will speak about it for years’: Pakistan’s Azhar on bizzare run out

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London :Azhar Ali’s bizarre run-out during day three of the second Test against Australia has set himself up for a life-time of teasing from his children, the Pakistan batsman joked.

Azhar and his batting partner Asad Shafiq suffered a collective brain-fade only six runs into their partnership at Abu Dhabi on Thursday, convening for a mid-pitch chat after Azhar sent a shot racing past gully toward the boundary.

Problem was, it never made the rope, and fielder Mitchell Starc whipped the ball back to Australia captain Tim Paine who whipped off the bails with a shriek of joyous disbelief.

Former Australia captain-turned-broadcaster Allan Border pulled no punches as Azhar trudged ruefully off for 64, describing it as “just total stupidity.”

On Wisden radio, Mike Hussey was also scathing.
“We’ve seen some of the biggest rookie errors in this Test match,” the former Australia batsman said. “But that takes the cake.”

After Pakistan finished day three with a commanding 490-run lead and needing nine wickets for victory, Azhar said he has given his three sons the perfect comeback for whenever he feels the need to lecture them.

“I know I will be asked this question for a long time now, especially when I go back home,” Azhar, a 33-year-old veteran of 66 Tests, smiled at reporters.

“My sons will ask it in a more funny way … they’re going to speak about it for years. Whenever I say something to them they are going to come back to me about this run out.”

The run-out quickly went viral on social media, triggering derisive headlines on websites around the world.

Australia paceman Peter Siddle was bemused by the error.

“As a young kid, my coach always told me you’ve got to run hard until it goes over that rope,” Siddle laughed.

While Shafiq was also culpable, Azhar was happy to take full responsibility.

“You shouldn’t be not watching the ball for (that) long. I didn’t realise that the ball has stopped at the boundary and someone ran and picked it up,” he said.

“It was one of those things where neither Asad or I had a sight of it … even when the throw was coming back I thought he’s just thrown it after the ball hit the (boundary).

“When Tim Paine started to run towards the stumps then I thought a little bit something funny about it, then it was a shock after that … it’s my own fault.”

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‘Smart work’ keeps pacer Bhuvneshwar ahead of the competition

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Mumbai :Roughly six years into his international career, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has found a way to sustain himself at the highest level which has kept him ahead of the competition. ‘Smart work’ is the mantra for the 28-year-old pacer who has the lowest bowling average (26.09) among Indian fast bowlers since his Test debut in 2013.

“The only difference for me is the mindset you have towards the game. I believe in smart work,” Bhuvneshwar tells CricketCountry.com on the sidelines of a promotional event for ASICS. “Everybody puts in the hard work, but being smart about it is how I look at it. We play so much of cricket that we have to keep a tab on everything – from getting proper rest to recovery and practice. Therefore, for me it’s the smart work,” said the pacer.

Speed and swing are the two traits that fast bowlers strive to combine, but few have been successful in finding the right balance between the two. Bhuvneshwar is no different. He recently added a bit of pace but seemed to have comprised on swing. But he is close to getting the balance right.

“It is very tough to find the right balance between speed and swing,” he says. “If you look at the fast bowlers all around the world, after a certain limit or pace, they also struggle to swing the ball. For me as well, it was difficult in the first series after adding a bit of pace to get my swing going. But I practiced hard, bowled in the nets, consulted with the coaching staff and got the balance going. And it has started to work for me.”

Bhuvneshwar missed out on the high-profile England Tests owing to a back injury. Even though he was disappointed not to play, Bhuvneshwar realises it is an occupational hazard.

“Missing the England series was disappointing, but I had almost a month to get back to full fitness with the rehab in NCA,” he says. “I would not say it was a difficult time, but it was a frustrating time, because as a player I would want to play. But we have to realise that injuries are part of life, and missing out on certain series is part of the game. I kept that in mind and did my rehab. I had a positive mindset and that helped me recover quicker.”

Bhuvneshwar last played Tests in South Africa in January this year, and in his absence, Jasprit Bumrah stepped up by claiming 14 wickets in three Tests against England after missing the first two. Last week, Umesh Yadav claimed 10 wickets in the Hyderabad Test versus West Indies to make the most of a rare opportunity with Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah rested, and Ishant Sharma nursing an injury.

For Bhuvneshwar, such competition is good for the Indian team.

“It is healthy competition,” he says. “We know that we all are different bowlers, and some of them for different formats. And we learn from the teammates and other as well. Off the field we are very close and it is all about learning. Everyone practices in a very similar way, we all have same support staff and facilities.”

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Guptill out of Pakistan series

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London :New Zealand’s limited overs opening batsman Martin Guptill will miss the upcoming series against Pakistan after straining his calf playing domestic cricket, officials said Friday.

Selector Gavin Larsen said Guptill had no choice but to withdraw from the one-day international and Twenty20 squads to face Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

“Unfortunately for Martin it will take him some time to get over this injury and, with a long summer ahead, we need to make sure we minimise the risk of him repeating it,” he said.

Larsen said selectors had not yet decided on a replacement.

Guptill, 32, is a mainstay of New Zealand’s limited overs line-up, averaging 42.99 runs in ODIs and 34.40 in T20s.

“It’s extremely frustrating to pick this up after tracking so well with how my hamstring was going… it’s gutting and I wish I was out there,” he said.

New Zealand will play three T20s from October 21, followed by three ODI and three Tests, although Guptill is not part of the Test squad.

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