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Team India players and selectors aren’t children for CoA to interfere in selection matters: Rai

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New Delhi :Communication has been an area of concern for the Indian cricket team of late. Karun Nair’s exclusion started the blame game as the batsman said that he wasn’t given a reason for being dropped after the England series even though the Indian selectors have time and again spoken about transparency. Even before the selectors could react, opener Murali Vijay echoed similar sentiments.
Reports flew thick and fast post their comments with some backing the players and others supporting the national selectors. However, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has made it clear that he doesn’t wish to get involved in the matter as not all that has been reported holds truth in his eyes.
Rai made it clear that he is a firm believer of good communication between the players and the team management and as long as he doesn’t see an issue in that, there is no reason for him to get into a dialogue on the matter with the players and the selectors.
“I don’t think I would wish to bring the matter up (when he meets them in Hyderabad before the second Test against West Indies). Not all that has been said is true. Also, I think they are not children that I need to get into this. I feel that there is a need for good communication between the players and the team management (the selectors are a part of it). And as long as that is happening, all is good,” he clarified.
Dropped from the Test team after warming the bench during the England series, Karun Nair had said that there was no communication from the selectors. Chief selector MSK Prasad shot back and said that his colleague Devang Gandhi had spoken to the player and explained the situation to the middle-order batsman.
Vijay — dropped mid-way in the England series — also said that there ought to be better communication from the five-member selection panel. “Nothing at all, neither the chief selector nor any other person spoke to me in England after I was dropped from the third Test,” Vijay had said.
Reports also came in that the both players had breached the central contract by speaking about the tour before 30 days. But when asked if Rai would bring the matter up during the players’ appraisal meeting in Hyderabad, he said: “No, I don’t think there is a need for that.”
The CoA will hold a performance appraisal meeting of the Indian team ahead of the second Test in Hyderabad. As per reports, this meeting will be attended by captain Virat Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and head coach Ravi Shastri. The chief selector is also expected to be present in the meeting as the CoA decides on the new player contracts.


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Team India relishing the experience

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Mumbai : India’s ASC Boys Sports School from Bengaluru are gearing up to play the FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup 2019 World Finals at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Drawn alongside Thailand, FC Bayern Kids Club and China in Group B, the Indian side will have their first taste of competition in two friendlies against two of Group A opponents Singapore and Nigeria at the Bayern Munich training grounds on the eve of the event.
The boys have so far enjoyed the priviledge of training under the expetise of FC Bayern youth coaches.
Following a complete session with the boys, Bayern Munich coach Christopher Loch told Goal , “They are a good bunch of players with really good technique. They play together, which is very important because football is a team sport.
“I’m really excited to see them play on Sunday. I hope they go through.”
Speaking on the road ahead for these players, Loch commented, “It’s a long way. You have to train nearly everyday and work hard on even individual things. Then you need luck, like have the right coach who brings you to the first team.”
“I am very excited to be here. The most interesting thing is to see (meet) the coaches, see the Bayern Munich training grounds and learn more about football,” The Indian team’s captain C. Ronald Singh said in an interview with Bayern TV.
the teams were also involved in the Munich freestyle tour where each side were required to perform the ‘around the world’, the head stall and the header challenge.
Tondon Meitei, who then participated in the freestyle play-offs, enthralled the assembled crowd at the Marienplatz in Munich and was thereafter crowned the Freestyle King.
At the intercultural party that was held at the team hotel, the boys performed a Manipuri dance and entertained all while the other teams staged their own performances.
An unique opportunity to catch the live action of the Bundesliga’s title deciding clash between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena also awaits the participants.

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World Cup winner to get Rs 28cr prize money

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LONDON: The winners of the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup will earn a cash award of Rs 28.12cr ($4 million), the highest prize money on offer in the history of the tournament. The winners of the 10-team tournament will also get a trophy that they will lift at the historic Lord’s on July 16. The total prize pot of Rs 70.31cr ($10 million) will see the runners-up take home Rs 14.06cr ($2 million) and the losing semifinalists $800,000 each at the end of the 46-day tournament being played across 11 venues in the UK from May 30. There are prizes for each league match won, in what promises to be a competitive tournament with the world’s best teams playing each other in a round-robin format.

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Hope to play under a big coach like Igor Stimac soon: Gahlot

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Mumbai :Narender Gahlot is among the finest young defenders in Indian football at the moment. The young centre-back was an integral part of Floyd Pinto’s Indian Arrows side in the 2018-19 season of the I-League.
The young boy who grew up playing cricket took up football as a serious sport much later. Belonging to a family which encourages sports, Gahlot’s uncle inspired him to pursue a career in football.
Speaking to Goal about his inclination towards sports, Narender said, “I used to play cricket earlier. My uncle used to play cricket and he was a sports fanatic. So he wanted me to play a sport. Then after some time I grew an interest in football and started playing. My uncle was my biggest support and inspiration.”
The youngster informed that he used to play as a midfielder initially and idolised Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia but later on taking advice from a local coach, he decided to change his position.
“I was a very big fan of Bhaichung Bhutia as a child. I used to play in midfield but later one of our local coaches asked me if I could play as a defender and I agreed to change my position. Among international players, I am a big fan of Sergio Ramos,” said Narender.
The Indian Arrows star joined the Chandigarh Football Academy at age of 15 before moving to Sports Authority of India (SAI) Dehradun. It was during his stay at SAI that he caught the attention of then India U16 coach Nicolai Adam.
“With SAI I had played against the India U16 team at that time which was coached by Nicolai Adams. After that match, I got a call from the India U16 side.
“Unfortunately I could not take part in the U17 World Cup as I was injured. I suffered an ACL injury a few months prior to the World Cup when we were in Brazil.
“After the World Cup Abhishek (Yadav) Sir told me that they are making a team (Indian Arrows) and then he had called me for trails there. Luis Norton de Matos liked me and kept me in the side,” said the 18-year-old player on his journey so far.

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