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ICC Champions Trophy 2017

India vs Pakistan FINAL

Sunday 18 June 17 @ The Oval
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BCCI issues show cause to Vengsarkar

The stand-off between the Indian cricket board and chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar reached a flash point on Thursday with the BCCI issuing a show cause notice to the former skipper for continuing to defy its gag order.
The BCCI also bluntly told Vengsarkar that he could quit the post of chief selector if he continued to function as a columnist. Vengsarkar chose to ignore the BCCI diktat with his column appearing in a Hindi daily Amar Ujala and Marathi paper Sakal on Thursday, prompting the BCCI to toughen its stand and serve the show cause.
"BCCI president Sharad Pawar decided to issue a show cause to Vengsarkar for continuing to write newspapers columns despite the board's directives," BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said. "An explanation will be sought from Vengsarkar for the columns which have appeared in Hindi and Marathi dailies," Shukla said. "The BCCI is of the view that if he wants to continue as a columnist, he can give up the post of the chief selector," he added.
Vengsarkar has been at the centre of a controversy for continuing to defy the ban on writing columns and interacting with the media. The BCCI had recently issued a seven-point guideline to the selectors, which not only barred them from writing columns but also sitting in the Indian dressing room during international matches. According to the guidelines, only one selector is allowed to witness an international match while others have been asked to watch the domestic matches.
The guidelines peeved the selectors and some of them even threatened to quit if they was not withdrawn. But the threats were issued only through the media with none of them willing to go on record.

BCCI has no objection to Shahrukh watching cricket match

Cricket Board on Tuesday said that it has no objection to superstar Shahrukh Khan or any other film personality coming to watch international cricket matches involving the national side.
The statement comes in the wake of a media report which quoted a BCCI source saying the board officials are unhappy with king Khan as he is using cricket to promote his movies knowing that this is a "much bigger platform" than a private television station. "The BCCI has no objection if any film star watches any of the matches involving the national team," BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said.
"We do not think the players get distracted by the film stars or any other spectator," he said. Off-late Shahrukh has been appearing in matches involving the Indian team. He was there to cheer the team in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa and then again went to see the Twenty20 match against Australia in Mumbai, where Deepika Padukone --his co-star in his recent movie 'Om Shanti Om' was also present. He was present in the last ODI against Pakistan in Jaipur as well and talked about his new movie in the commentary box.
He wanted to see the Kanpur ODI as well, but the local authorities vetoed the move saying it would be difficult for them to arrange for security and control the crowd.

FIR against Sharad Pawar

An FIR was filed against nine top officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) on Wednesday for allegedly misappropriating funds during the one-day international cricket match between India and Australia.
A former MP, P Radhakrishna, filed a complaint with the third metropolitan magistrate of Cyberabad courts a couple of days back alleging that nearly Rs 12 crore was misappropriated during the match on October 5. Based on the court direction, Uppal police registered a case and filed an FIR. BCCI president Sharad Pawar, secretary Niranjan Shah and HCA president G Vinod and its secretary Shivlal Yadav are among those who figure in the complaint.

BCCI sets deadline for better stadiums, pitches

Playing on dusty tracks like the one that India and Pakistan found at Guwahati Monday could be a thing of the past with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asking state units to have dedicated stadiums and quality pitches in two years if they wanted to host international matches in the future.
The BCCI has set 2009 end as the deadline for states to get their act together if they want to be even considered as hosts for future international fixtures. "Each cricket association gets Rs.250 million as subsidy from the BCCI. They earn another Rs.70-80 million from TV rights of an international game. Through ticket sales and in-stadia advertising they can raise nearly Rs.500 million," said former BCCI president Inderjit Singh Bindra, a key member of the current national cricket administration. "Why shouldn't they have dedicated cricket grounds and well laid out wickets? Those who do not adhere to the 2009 deadline will not be allotted matches."
Daljeet Singh, curator at the magnificent Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium here, says that by 2009 cricket grounds should have only good wickets. The stadium, facilities and the pitches at the PCA have become BCCI's benchmark for other venues in the country to follow. "When our committee recently visited the Guwahati ground, we were horrified with the preparations for the India-Pakistan match. The ground is used for football matches and other sports apart from public functions," revealed Daljeet Singh, a former Bihar Ranji Trophy captain and wicketkeeper.
"It is remarkable that the local cricket authorities were still able to lay a wicket in time. But we won't want such dusty tracks in future." The BCCI has made it clear to centres like Guwahati, Kochi, Rajkot and Vadodara among others that dedicated cricket grounds are a must. "Some of these associations are already building stadiums on new grounds. They have the money. So why can't they buy land and create their own facilities?" asked Bindra.
To ensure good wickets throughout the country, the cricket board is sponsoring research on soil samples with the strength-testing laboratory of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Mumbai. The 11 parameters for good soil for cricket pitches have been borrowed from Australia.
"Now there is big awareness about pitches and grounds and the need to improve them. Some 32 samples were sent to IIT out of which 14 were not found up to the mark. The testing will be an ongoing process to keep improving the wickets," Singh pointed out. "We don't have to do much research on the grass for pitches and grounds as enough has already been done for golf in this country." The PCA curator felt it was up to the state associations to prepare good pitches.
"The board itself cannot prepare pitches. The associations must do it. There should be a fair amount of grass on the track and no dusty patches, please," added Singh. Bindra said the BCCI had recently decided that finals of major domestic tournaments like Ranji, Deodhar and Duleep would be played only at the best venues. "The home and away policy will be gone. The board will decide which neutral venues to play on. This will force everyone to improve their facilities," said the former BCCI chief.
In recent months, the BCCI has supplied new imported equipment TO 26 state cricket association for their grounds. Most of the equipment, including dressers, cutters, bowling machines, tippers, spraying equipment and nets have been imported from the US and Japan at a cost of Rs.10 million per centre.


And they said..

August 2007 I really do not know exactly why the BCCI has shown scant interest in me.
Erapalli Prasanna, talking to Rediff. From what I gather they are seeking to run what I can call within quotes unofficial cricket.
Malcolm Speed, the ICC's chief executive about ICL. In this fight between the two giants, I dont want players to suffer. Why should players have swords hanging over their heads?
Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, looking into a case concerning BCCI misusing its power against ICL. They (BCCI officials) talk as if they work for free.
Kapil Dev, Chairman of ICL's executive board, in response to BCCI officials accusation that he joined ICL only for money.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.