Cricket

Arothe resigns as India women’s cricket coach

Indian Women’s Cricket Team Coach Tushar Arothe has stepped down from the role citing personal reasons. A former batting allrounder, Arothe took over as head coach in April 2017 after the removal of Purnima Rau from the job. Having previously been part of the Indian women’s coaching staff between 2008 and 2012, Arothe had been initially appointed until the 2017 World Cup.

Rajat Sharma becomes DDCA president

Renowned journalist Rajat Sharma has been elected as the President of Delhi & District Cricket Association. Sharma surpassed former World Cup winning Indian cricketer Madan Lal by 517 votes to register his win. Sharma is currently the Chairman and Editor in Chief of India TV and has been awarded Padma Bhushan by Government of India in 2015 in the field of Literature and Education.

England women make highest T20 total

England made the highest total of 250-3 in women’s Twenty20 internationals as they beat South Africa by 121 runs. They overtook the previous record set by New Zealand of 216-1 against South Africa a day before. Tammy Beaumont hit 116 off 52 balls and made the second fastest century off 47 balls.

Virat Kohli among highest-paid athletes

India cricket captain Virat Kohli is among the world’s highest-paid athletes, according to a Forbes’ report. Kohli, the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the list, is ranked 83rd with earnings of USD 24 million. The ‘World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018’ list is topped by 41-year-old Mayweather, with USD 285 million earnings.

Virat Kohli among highest-paid athletes

India cricket captain Virat Kohli is among the world’s highest-paid athletes, according to a Forbes’ report. Kohli, the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the list, is ranked 83rd with earnings of USD 24 million. The ‘World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018’ list is topped by 41-year-old Mayweather, with USD 285 million earnings.

ICC added 4 teams to the ODI Team Rankings

Netherlands, Nepal, UAE and Scotland have been added by ICC to the list of ODI-Test playing nations, expanding the teams from 12 to 16. Netherlands secured its ODI status by winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship last year. Whereas, UAE, Nepal and Scotland earned it in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, by finishing as the three leading Associates.

Yuvraj awarded the icon of the year award

Indian star cricketer Yuvraj Singh has been awarded the ‘most inspiring icon of the year for Social Welfare”. The award was given by the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival for his exemplary contribution in the field of social welfare. Yuvraj opened his foundation ‘YouWeCan’ that focuses on creating cancer awareness.

BCCI, UN Environment sign agreement

The BCCI and UN Environment have signed an agreement to promote ‘green’ Cricket in India. The partnership aims to spread greater awareness about key environmental challenges facing the country, and highlight alternate and more sustainable solutions. The partnership will also focus on phasing out single-use plastic across stadiums in the country.

De Villiers retires from international cricket

Former South Africa Test captain AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from international cricket. De Villiers made his international debut in Test series against England in 2004. He scored 8,765 Test runs and has a batting average of over 50 in both Test & ODI cricket. AB de Villiers holds the records for scoring the fastest fifty, hundred and 150 in ODIs.

Shashank Manohar to serve as ICC chairman

Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar will serve a second term as the independent chairman of the International Cricket Council. Manohar, who became the first independent ICC chairman in 2016, will continue for a second two-year term following his unopposed election. During the last two years, Manohar has led to significant reform in the sport.

Dhoni to be the brand ambassador of Netmeds

Online pharmacy Netmeds has appointed cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its brand ambassador. The company, which has positioned itself as ‘India ki Pharmacy’, chose Dhoni due to his strong appeal across all sectors and all demographics. Netmeds currently has an inventory of 35,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) of prescription drugs and 5,000 SKUs of OTC products.

England jump up to number one in ODI rankings

England has replaced India at the top of International Cricket Council one-day rankings. England, who last topped the ODI rankings in Jan 2013, has gained 8 points & moved to 125 points. India with 122 points is at the 2nd position followed by South Africa & New Zealand. England’s rise up the table is because the forgettable 2014-15 season was dropped from the latest calculations.

ICC scraped 50-over Champions Trophy

International Cricket Council has decided to convert the 2021 Champions Trophy, scheduled in India, into a World T20 event.Champions Trophy was the second-biggest 50-overs tournament after the World Cup. The number of teams competing varied over the years. This means that there would now be two ICC World T20 events in 2 years — the 2020 edition in Australia and the 2021 edition in India.

BCCI recommends Shikhar & Smriti for Arjuna

BCCI recommended Indian cricketers Smriti Mandhana and Shikhar Dhawan for the Arjuna Award.Shikhar Dhawan currently opens the innings for the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Sunrisers Hyderabad.Last year, the BCCI had recommended Cheteshwar Pujara and Harmanpreet Kaur for the award given by the Government of India’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Kohli and Mithali voted world’s best

Indian captains Virat Kohli and Mithali Raj were named as the leading men’s and women’s cricketers in the world respectively by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.Kohli won his award for the 2nd year in a row after again starring in all formats. Raj was acknowledged after a year in which she became the leading run-scorer in women’s One-Day Internationals during India’s run to the World Cup final.

2018 Asia Cup moved out from India to UAE

The 2018 Asia Cup, that was earlier scheduled to be held in India, has now been moved out to the United Arab Emirates.The decision was taken following a meeting of the executive board of the Asian Cricket Council held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and the winner of Asia Cup qualifier will compete in the 50-overs format event.

Most Capped Women’s ODI Cricketer

Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj has become the most capped player in women’s One-Day International (ODI) cricket.She achieved the feat (192 matches) during the first ODI against the England women at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. Mithali surpassed England’s Charlotte Edwards, who retired in September 2017 with 191 ODIs under her belt.

Mithali Raj adjudged Sportsperson of the Year

Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj was adjudged ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ at the Telangana Sports Journalists Association annual awards for 2017.She is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run mark in ODIs. In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year.

Pathan joins J&K in player-cum-mentor role

Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association has appointed former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan as the coach-cum-mentor of its senior state side for 2018-19 season.He will be the coach-cum-mentor of J&K team for a period of 1 year. Pathan played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs & 24 T20 for India b/w 2003 & 2012. He will also be holding coaching clinics in various parts of J&K for the development of the game.

Cricket returns to Karachi

Pakistan‘s biggest city =Karachi‘ will stage a high-profile cricket match for the first time in nine years. The Pakistan Super League final will be held amid heavy security at a newly renovated National Stadium in Karachi. Karachi last saw a major game with international players in Feb 2009 when the terrorists attacked the Sri Lanka team bus injuring 6 members of the Sri Lanka team.

Fastest fifty for India in women?s T20 cricket

25 : Smriti Mandhana created history after smashing the fastest fifty by an Indian player in women‘s T20I cricket. Mandhana, who was opening the innings for India, achieved the feat in just 25 balls bettering her previous best in 30 balls. The overall record for the fastest fifty in women‘s T20Is belongs to Sophie Devine (18 balls) of New Zealand.

Nepal cricket team gets ODI status

Nepal cricket team was given One-Day International (ODI) status for the first time ever after its six-wicket win over Papua New Guinea in the World Cup Qualifiers. Nepal was given the Affiliate status by the ICC first in 1988 and was later promoted to the Associate rank in 1996. In 2008, Nepal was included in World Cricket League Division 5, where it finished on the third spot.

Vidarbha clinched maiden Irani Cup title

Vidarbha has lifted their maiden Irani Trophy at Nagpur on 18th March after they beat =Rest of India‘ by virtue of their massive first innings lead. It is their second title in the domestic cricket season after they won Ranji Trophy. Rest of India were bowled out for 390, falling short of Vidarbha‘s first-innings total by 410 runs.

Sri Lanka Cricket released book on Dalmiya

Sri Lanka Cricket paid glowing tribute to the former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya by releasing a book, titled =A Tribute to Jagu‘. SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala lauded Dalmiya‘s role in strengthening the Asian Bloc. They felicitated him posthumously as the greatest non-Sri Lankan contributor to their country‘s cricket. Jagmohan Dalmiya headed ICC from 1997-2000 & BCCI from 2001-04.

KL Rahul is the ‘Cricketer of the Year’

KL Rahul is the ‘Cricketer of the Year’ in the sixth edition of Wisden India Almanack. The Almanack pays a tribute to India‘s women cricketers, with a wonderful cover picture of celebration at the World Cup. Shantha Rangaswamy, India‘s first woman superstar, has been inducted into the Wisden India Hall of Fame. Priyank Panchal, Hasan Ali and Tamim Iqbal are the other Cricketers of the Year.

Future Group signed as an associate sponsor

Future Group has been signed as an associate sponsor with Star India for the upcoming Vivo-IPL 2018. Future Group will be an associate sponsor by joining brands like Asian Paints, Dream 11, MakeMyTrip among others taking the tally to 8 brands. Vivo IPL 2018 will be presented in 5 regional languages along with English to a never-before 700 million viewers through multiple screens & languages.

Uber ropes in Virat Kohli as Ambassador

Cab hailing platform Uber has roped in Indian cricket team captain, Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador in India. This is the first time the company has announced a brand ambassador in the Asia Pacific region. In February it had named footballer Mohamed Salah as the brand ambassador for the Egypt market.

Rashid became Youngest captain

The leg-spinner from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan (19-year-old) has become the youngest captain in international cricket history. He now holds the ICC No. 1 rank for bowlers in both the ODIs and T20Is and also became the youngest player ever to hold the top spot for any form of ICC men‘s ranking. England‘s Arran Bindle is the youngest woman player at the age of 19 years.

Dhoni becomes brand ambassador

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has become a brand ambassador of gaming platform Dream11. Dhoni will be the new face of the gaming platform‘s multi-channel marketing campaigns and brand engagement activities. Currently the gaming platform has an user base of 2 crore sports fans playing ?fantasy cricket, football, kabaddi and NBA.

Bangladesh appoint Courtney Walsh as coach

Bangladesh has named former West Indies cricketer Courtney Walsh as the interim coach for upcoming tri-nation Twenty20 series.Walsh, who has been Bangladesh’s bowling coach since 2016, takes over as interim coach from former Zimbabwean cricketer Richard Halsall. Position of Bangladesh’s head coach had been vacant since Oct, when Chandika Hathurusingha quit after three years at the helm.

Youngest captain in International Cricket

27 : At 19 years of age, Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is set to become the youngest captain in the history of international cricket.The World’s No.1 ODI and Twenty20 International bowler, Rashid will lead Afghanistan after regular skipper Asghar Stanikzai was diagnosed with appendicitis. Rashid is also the youngest player to be ranked No.1 in the ICC’s Player Rankings across formats.

India presented with ICC Test mace

The International Cricket Council presented the ICC Test Championship Mace to Virat Kohli after the end of the final T20 International against South Africa.Kohli received the ICC Test Championship mace on behalf of Team India for the second consecutive year for being the number one Test team. This is the fourth time that India has been presented with the prestigious mace.

Successful Test-Fires ‘Dhanush’ Missile

India has successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Dhanush ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km.This naval variant of the indigenously-developed Prithvi-II missile was test-fired from the ship positioned near Paradip in the Bay of Bengal. ‘Dhanush’ missile is is capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg and hitting both land and sea-based targets.

ICC approves T20 league in Canada

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given the green light to Cricket Canada’s maiden venture ‘Global T20 Canada’, expected to be held in July this year.Four Canadian local players will be playing in every squad of the league. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed a bat wishing the Global T20 Canada league good luck.

1st Indian to cross 900 points in ICC ranking

Virat Kohli has become only the second batsman in the history of the game to cross 900-point mark concurrently in Tests & ODIs.Kohli is only the 2nd batsman after AB de Villiers to attain the 900-point mark concurrently in both formats. Kohli thus moved ahead of Brian Lara in the all-timers’ list & ranks 7th in ODI list of all-time rankings that is led by Vivian Richards with 935 points.

Star India wins audio-visual production right

Star India has won the audio-visual production rights for not just IPL but also for BCCI’s domestic circuit for the 2018-19 season.The service agreement and the contract term will cover one season of the IPL (2018) and one season of Domestic Cricket (2018-2019). The Star India also holds the media rights of the Indian Premier League.

Shoaib Akhtar named PCB brand ambassador

Former Pak pacer Shoaib Akhtar has been named as the brand ambassador of Pakistan Cricket Board.He was also appointed as the advisor to chairman on cricket affairs. Shoaib has represented Pakistan in 46 Tests, 163 ODIs & 15 T20Is picking 444 wickets in international cricket. His career had been like a roller coaster ride as his journey was marred by controversies, struggles & injuries.

Sachin made T20 Mumbai League’s ambassador

Sachin Tendulkar has been made the brand ambassador of the upcoming T20 Mumbai League.The league will be organised by Sports India Pvt Ltd, a consortium of IIFL Group as Lead Member and Wizcraft, with the approval and sanction of the Mumbai Cricket Association. 6 teams from Mumbai North, North-West, North-East, North- Central, South-Central and South will participate in the League.

Guptill becomes the highest run-scorer in T20

Martin Guptill has become the leading run-scorer in T20 Internationals with his 2nd century against Australia.It took Guptill’s international T20 career total to 2,188 runs, surpassing Brendon McCullum’s 2,140, Kohli is the next highest on the all-time list with 1,956. Guptill’s century came off a mere 49 balls, which is also the record for fastest T20 hundred scored by any Nz batsman.

Indra Nooyi Becomes ICC’s 1st Female Director

PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed as the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) first-ever independent female director.Nooyi will join the cricket body in June 2018 for a 2-year term.The introduction of an Independent Director, who must be female, was approved by the ICC in June 2017, aimed at improving the global governance of the sport.

SA never lost ODI after wearing pink jersey

10 : The South African cricket team has never lost an ODI while wearing pink jersey.The team has appeared in five ODIs while dressed in pink to create awareness for breast cancer.Interestingly, South Africa have scored over 340 runs in three Pink ODIs, with their highest total being 439/2.

Jhulan Goswami takes 200 ODI Wickets

Indian women’s cricket team pacer Jhulan Goswami has become the first woman in the world to take 200 wickets in ODI cricket.Goswami achieved the feat playing in her 166th ODI against South Africa. Goswami had become the leading wicket-taker in women’s ODI in May 2017, overtaking former Australian pacer Cathryn Fitzpatrick’s record of 180 wickets.

Australia bowler Doug retires from cricket

Left-arm paceman Doug Bollinger, retired from a successful cricketing career in which he represented Australia across all three formats.NSW quick Bollinger, 36, played 12 Tests, 39 one-day internationals and nine T20s in an international career spanning 2009-2014.He bagged 50 Test wickets at an average of 25.92, 62 ODI wickets at an average of 23.9 and nine T20 scalps at 27.66.

Melbourne To Host Final Of 2020 WT20

Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the final of both the men’s and women’s World Twenty20 when the tournaments come to Australia in 2020.It will mark the first time the tournaments are held as stand-alone events in the same year in the same country. The women’s final will coincide with International Women’s Day (8th March).

Pak. became world number 1 T20I side

Pakistan became the top-ranked T20I side in international cricket after beating New Zealand in the third and final T20I to claim the three-match series 2-1.This was Pakistan’s sixth T20I series win on the trot. Notably, New Zealand had whitewashed Pakistan in the five-match ODI series before the T20I series.

Kohli surpasses Lara

29 : Following his knocks of 54 and 41 in the last South Africa Test, India captain Virat Kohli has moved past legend Brian Lara in the all-time Test rating points list.With 912 points, current world number two Test batsman Kohli moved from 31st position to 26th position, leapfrogging Lara (911), Kevin Pietersen (909), Hashim Amla (907) and Michael Clarke (900).

India retain ICC Test Championship mace

India’s win over South Africa in the 3rd & final Test helped it retain the ICC Test Championship mace.Kohli will be presented with the mace, which is a symbol of excellence & a recognition of a side’s outstanding performance in the purest format of the game. Kohli had become the 10th captain since 2002 to get his hands on the mace when he had received it from Sunil Gavaskar in 2016.

First Nepal player to get IPL contract

Sandeep Lamichhane has become the first cricketer from Nepal to land an IPL contract.He was picked by Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing players auction at his base price of Rs 20 lakh. The leg-spinner rose to prominence with a successful outing at the 2016 U-19 World Cup where he guided Nepal to a creditable eighth place.

Delhi lifts Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Delhi lifted its maiden Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy after defeating Rajasthan in the finals by 41 runs.Chasing 154 for a win, Rajasthan were bundled out for 112 in a brilliant display by the Delhi bowlers. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is a Twenty20 cricket domestic championship in India. It is named after a famous Indian cricketer, Syed Mushtaq Ali.

‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ won 2 awards

24 : “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, a biopic on cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has won two awards at the recently concluded 11th Tehran International FICTS Festival 2018.Helmer James Erskine won the trophy for the Best Director of a Long Documentary and an honorary diploma. Producer Ravi Bhagchandka received the Special Award for the Best Film in the Long Documentary section.

West Indies to Host Women’s World T20

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced, the 2018 edition of the Women’s World T20 will be hosted by West Indies in November 2018.Hosts Windies will defend the title they won over Australia in Kolkata in 2016. The three venues were selected by Cricket West Indies through a bidding process and have been ratified by the ICC.

India retains Blind World Cup title

India defeated arch rivals Pakistan by two wickets in a thrilling summit clash to retain the Blind Cricket World Cup title.Sunil Ramesh was the star performer for India in the Blind World Cup 2018 final, scoring 93 runs. It was India’s second title at the mega event as earlier they won World Cup, outclassing Pakistan at Cape Town, South Africa in December 2014.

Kohli named ICC Cricketer of the Year

Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli has been named as International Cricket Council Cricketer of the Year 2017.He was also named the ICC ODI Player of the Year & recipient of Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. Kohli had an outstanding year in the 50-over format where he scored 6 centuries at an astonishing average of 76.84. He has also been named the captain of Men’s ODI & Test Teams of the Year.

Manjrekar’s autobiography ‘Imperfect’

Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar unveiled Sanjay Manjrekar’s autobiography ‘Imperfect’ at a South Mumbai.The former India batsman-turned-commentator also spoke on his frosty relationship with Sachin Tendulkar and his favourite skipper Imran Khan. Sanjay Vijay Manjrekar is a former Indian cricketer, he played international cricket for India from 1987 until 1996.

BCCI bans all-rounder Yusuf Pathan

Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan handed a five-month retrospective suspension for failing a dope test.The 35-year-old Pathan had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during a domestic T20 match between his team Baroda and Tamil Nadu on March 16 last year.His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline.

Rabada becomes No. 1 Test bowler

Young pacer Kagiso Rabada has become the number one ranked bowler in the ICC Test Rankings.Rabada returned with figures of three for 34 and two for 41 against a star-studded Indian batting line-up.Rabada is the seventh South African bowler to top the ICC Test bowling rankings after Aubrey Faulkner, Hugh Tayfield, Peter Pollock, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander.

Vidarbha win their 1st ever Ranji Trophy

1 : Vidarbha made history by winning their first ever Ranji Trophy title, beating Delhi by nine wickets in Indore.This was Nagpur-based Vidarbha’s first ever appearance in a Ranji Trophy final.Fast bowler Rajneesh Gurbani took 6 for 59, including a hat-trick.

Rohit equals fastest century record

Indian cricket captain Rohit Sharma equalled David Miller’s record for the fastest century in the shortest format of the game.He scored a 35-ball century against Sri Lanka in the second T20 international in Indore.David Miller had scored a century in 35 balls against Bangladesh in October this year.

Kohli becomes India’s most valued celeb

For the first time, a cricketer, Virat Kohli has emerged as the top-ranked celeb with a brand value of $144 million.In 2016, SRK was on the top spot with $131.2m brand value. He has slipped to the second rank this year, with a brand value of $106m.Kohli endorses 20 brands as of October 2017, while Khan and Deepika Padukone – ranked on number 3 – endorse 21 and 23 brands, respectively.

No shooting at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Shooting has been excluded from the Commonwealth Games 2022 edition.At the same time, the push to bring cricket back into the fold has gathered momentum, with Commonwealth Games Federation.The CGF declared Birmingham as the host city on Thursday after Durban, the original pick, had pulled out earlier this year due to financial constraints.

Salman tops Forbes India Celebrity List

22 : With earnings of Rs. 232.83 crore, actor Salman Khan has topped the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list 2017 for the second consecutive year. While Shah Rukh Khan featured in the second spot with earnings of Rs. 170.50 crore, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli came third with Rs. 100.72 crore earnings. Akshay Kumar and Sachin Tendulkar featured in the fourth and fifth spots respectively.

England won BBC Sports Personality 2017

England women’s cricketers won the Team of the Year award at the BBC Sports Personality show after their 2017 World Cup triumph.They beat India by nine runs after a stunning fightback in the final at Lord’s in July.Anya Shrubsole named the player of the match after taking five wickets in 19 balls.

Int’l Wheelchair Cricket Tournament

The first ever International Wheelchair Cricket Tournament has commenced in Nepal’s Kathmandu.The tournament has participation of teams from Nepal, India & Bangladesh which is supported by Sushil Koirala Memorial Foundation & technical assistance from Kathmandu Cricket Training Center.The first ever series of Wheel Chair competition will conclude with the final match b/w Nepal & Bangladesh

Test Matches to Have Min of 98 Overs

A minimum of 98 overs will be played on each day of the inaugural four-day Test between South Africa and Zimbabwe.ICC playing conditions stipulate that play will be extended for an extra 30 minutes to accommodate the additional 8 overs in the 4-day format.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has granted official status to the new format and also welcomed countries to experiment with it.

BCCI appoints COO for NCA

BCCI has appointed Tufan Ghosh as the chief operating officer of the National Cricket Academy.One of the top professionals in the health care & hospitality industry, Ghosh comes with more than 29 years of experience.NCA regularly hosts camps for national teams ahead of important tours & is a second home for most cricketers for skills enhancement, training, strength conditioning,

1st batsman to hit 3 ODI double hundreds

Rohit Sharma hit his third double hundred in ODI cricket as he scored unbeaten 208 runs in the second ODI against Sri Lanka.With this Rohit has become the only cricketer to have scored 3 double centuries in ODIs, 2 of them have come against the same opponent, Sri Lanka.He is also the third Indian & first captain to score a double ton in the history of cricket.

India to host 2023 World Cup

Board of Control for Cricket in India has confirmed that India will be hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup on 2023 & ICC Champions Trophy in 2021.This is the first time India would be hosting an ODI World Cup on its own. India has previously co-hosted ODI World Cup in 1987, 1996 and 2011.The tournament is set to feature 10 teams, with 2 sides qualifying from 2022 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers

BCCI Lifts Ban On RCA

Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to lift the ban on the Rajasthan Cricket Association provided former IPL chief Lalit Modi stays away from its functioning.RCA was suspended by the Indian cricket board in May 2014 when ex-Indian Premier League Commissioner Modi was re-elected its president.Since its suspension in 2014, RCA’s cricket affairs are being looked after by BCCI.

Afghanistan to play their 1st ever Test

India will host Afghanistan for their first ever Test in 2019-2020.Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, BCCI decided to host their first Test.Afghanistan & Ireland were made full members of the ICC in June, becoming the sport’s 11th and 12th Test-playing nations.

Sarvesh Tiwari appointed as President

A renowned communication expert, Sarvesh Tiwari, has been appointed as the President of Para-Sports Foundation, India.As a President, Sarvesh Tiwari would be leading Para Sports Foundation from the front with forthcoming initiatives such as Asian T-20 Wheelchair Cricket Tournament. Para Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization working towards social welfare of persons with disabilities

Virat Kohli surpasses Brian Lara

Virat Kohli’s record 243 guided India to 536/7 against Sri Lanka on the second day of the third Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. Kohli overtook West Indies great Brian Lara, who held the record previously with five double tons in Tests. Kohli resumed Day 2 of the third India-Sri Lanka Test on 156 and quickly reached his second double ton of the series.

Sreerupa Mukherjee passes away

Former Indian women’s cricket team player and coach Sreerupa Mukherjee who was 65 years old had passed away.She was the first woman cricket selector from Bengal.She was also a well-known sports commentator for Doordarshan and All India Radio through mid 1980’s and till late 90’s.Sreerupa had played two One Day Internationals for India against New Zealand and was along time Bengal captain.

Rs. 52.24 crore penalty on BCCI

The Competition Commission (CCI) imposed a fine of Rs 52.24 crore on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for anti-competitive practices with respect to the Indian Premier League.CCI had penalized the BCCI for the same amount in February 2013 as well.CCI had said this penalty comes to nearly 4.48% of the average of the BCCI’s relevant turnover during the last 3 financial years.

Kohli makes 10 int. hundreds in an year

28 : Virat Kohli has become the first captain to score 10 international hundreds in a calendar year. On 26th November 2017, Virat Kohli struck his 19th hundred in Test as India played against Sri Lanka at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur. It was also his fifth double hundred in Test cricket. Virat Kohli reached his fourth Test hundred in 2017 in just 130 balls.

India defeats Sri Lanka

India bowled Sri Lanka out for 166, winning the Nagpur Test by an innings and 239 runs. R Ashwin became the quickest bowler to 300 Test wickets. The third and final Test begins in New Delhi on December 2. India has taken a 1-0 lead.

Feroz Shah Kotla gates to be renamed

22 : The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has decided to name the Gate No. 3 and 4 of the Ferozshah Kotla stadium after Anjum Chopra. Chopra has represented India in six World Cups. In addition to that, the DDCA has planned to name two stands of the stadium after former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi and former India all-rounderMohinder Amarnath.

Afghanistan wins maiden U-19 Asia Cup

Afghanistan won by a massive 185 runs to clinch their maiden Under-19 Asia Cup title, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ikram Ali khil was the man of the match against Pakistan U19 in the ACC U19 Youth Asia Cup Final for his 107 not out. Mujeeb Zadran was the man of series for his 20 wickets in the tournament.

Saeed Ajmal Retires from All Cricket

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal announced his retirement from all forms of cricket two years after losing his wicket-taking bite with a remodeled bowling action that was twice deemed illegal. Ajmal was once celebrated as the world’s number one bowler in one-day internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 cricket, and was almost as successful in Tests. Ajmal took 178 wickets in 35 Tests.

MS Dhoni launches global cricket academy

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has inaugurated his first global cricket academy in the bustling metropolis of Dubai. The facility named the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA) will have coaches from India to train the wards. It is a joint venture of Dubai-based Pacific Sports Club and Aarka Sports Club which has been in operation for a couple of months at the Springdales School in Al Quoz.

Starc made history with two hat-tricks

Mitchell Starc became the 1st man to take 2 hat-tricks in the same first-class game. He became only the 18th player in first-class cricket history and the first in 39 years to achieve the feat. Having removed Jason, David Moody & Simon Mackin in WA’s first innings to complete his first career hat-trick, Starc then got both Behrendorff and Moody again off the final two deliveries

Raina to be brand ambassador of GMC

Cricketer Suresh Raina was appointed as the brand ambassador of the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) at a programme at Ghaziabad. Suresh Raina is a cricketer and a resident of Ghaziabad. Ghaziabad is the only city among 16 municipal corporations in UP which has been declared open defecation free. This programme will help the municipal corporation in spreading awareness about sanitation

Former BCCI GM M.V. Sridhar passes away

On October 30 2017, Dr. M.V. Sridhar, 51 a Former Hyderabad Ranji Trophy star and ex-secretary of the Hyderabad Cricket Association passed away. He was also serving as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) General Manager from 2013. He has the distinction of the third-highest individual score in the history of the Ranji Trophy against Andhra in January 1994.

Mithali Raj & Virat Tops ICC Ranking

India captain Mithali Raj moved up one place to occupy the number one spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batswomen. Mithali has 753 points. Virat Kohli returned to the top of the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen after logging career-high rating points, going past the iconic Sachin Tendulkar in the process. Virat has reached 889 points, which is the best ever by an India batsman.

Kidambi Srikanth Wins French Open

India’s Kidambi Srikanth created history as he became the first Indian player to win four Superseries titles in a year after he won the men’s singles title at the French Open. He defeated Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in the final to achieve this feat. This win was another addition to the Indian’s list of firsts as he also became the only Indian to win the French Open.

Kohli scores 9000 ODI Runs

Virat Kohli became the sixth Indian to complete 9000 ODI runs during the third game against New Zealand. He went on to score his 32nd ODI century off 96 balls. Overall, Kohli, who played his 202nd match and 194th innings has become the 19th batsman to breach the 9000-run mark, making him the fastest to get there.

New Associate member of BCCI

The Committee of Administrators chose Puducherry as an associate member in the Indian cricket board. The Cricket Association of Puducherry (CAP) was chosen by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) as an associate member of the BCCI. The BCCI approved Puducherry’s associate membership in its Senior General Meeting in October 2017.

Virat Kohli got 7th rank in Forbes

According to the list released by Forbes, Virat Kohli ranks ahead of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi when it comes to brand value. The captain of the Indian cricket has a brand value of $14.5 million which puts him ahead of Messi on the 7th spot in the top 10 list revealed by Forbes. Tennis legend Roger Federer leads the list with a brand value of $37.2m.

Sachin gave fund for foot overbridge

Cricket icon and Rajya Sabha member Sachin Tendulkar has sanctioned Rs 2 crore for revamp of rail foot over bridges in Mumbai. The fund is given from his Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme fund. On September 29, 23 people were killed in the rush-hour stampede on a narrow foot overbridge (FOBs) linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations during heavy rain.

Highest Earning Coach: Ravi Shastri

Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri is the world’s highest-earning cricket coach in the world. He is paid around 1.17 million dollars per year from the BCCI which is more than the salary of Indian cricket team’s captain Virat Kohli. It does not include the money he earns from advertising. Next to Ravi Shastri, the Australia coach Darren Lehmann who earns aroiund $0.55 million.

Life ban on Sreesanth

The Kerala High Court on October 17 restored life ban imposed on cricketer S. Sreesanth by the BCCI. The order came on an appeal filed by the BCCI CEO against a single-judge verdict revoking the life ban imposed on the cricketer. The Division Bench of Chief Justice Navniti Prasad Singh ruled that the court could not conduct a judicial review of the life ban imposed by the BCCI.

Choirul dies in collision with teammate

Indonesian goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a teammate. Persela Lamongan keeper, Huda, sustained injuries after impact with the knee of Ramon Rodrigues. Huda had been a part of the team since 1999 and had 503 appearances for the club. He spent nearly 18 years with the team.

Yuvraj Sing becomes Laureus’ ambassador

Yuvraj Singh has become the first Indian ambassador of Laureus. Laureus works to improve the lives of young people through sport, and uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage. Laureus consists of Indian cricket legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Kapil Dev.

Ashish Nehra announces retirement

Ashish Nehra announced that, he will be retiring from all forms of cricket, after the first Twenty20 international between India and New Zealand. Ashish Nehra made his senior debut for India, during the Test series against Sri Lanka in 1999. He is 38 years old. Ashish Nehra has collected 44 Test, 157 one-day international and 34 Twenty20 wickets in his 18-year international career.

Compulsory Yo-Yo test for cricketers

According to BCCI, every cricketer will now need to have a yo-yo test, prescribed by the Indian team management. In a yo-yo test, players have to pace themselves to and fro between two rows of cones kept 20 metres apart. For every round the player has to sync his sprint with the beeps that are played. This test is widely used by selection bodies in various sports including hockey, football.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017

The much-awaited FIFA U-17 World Cup started with four opening day matches to be played in Delhi and Mumbai. The opening matches would be played by teams in Group A and B. The Official Mascot of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 is a clouded leopard called Kheleo. This is the first FIFA tournament hosted by India. The final will be held at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on 28 October 2017

Claire Polosak all set to make a history

Claire Polosak is going to make history with her umpiring debut in JLT Cup one-day match between New South Wales and Cricket Australia XI, scheduled to be held on 8th Oct. at the Hurstville Oval in Sydney. Polosak will become the first woman to officiate a first-class men’s domestic fixture. She has also officiated four matches at the Women’s World Cup in England earlier this year.

1st left-arm spinner to pick 400 wickets

Rangana Herath has became the 14th bowler overall to take 400 wickets in Test cricket. Herath also became the first left-arm spinner to bag 400 wickets in Tests. Daniel Vettori of New Zealand, with 362 wickets, is second in the list of left-arm spinners with most wickets. He also became the second Sri Lankan after the great Muttiah Muralitharan to pick 400 wickets.

ICC’s new rules to come into effect

ICC’s revamped playing rules are all set to become effective in all series starting September 28. Significant changes include a restriction on the dimensions of the bat & changes to Decision Review System. ICC playing conditions will now incorporate relevant clauses from MCC Laws of Cricket (2017 Code), meaning that all the playing regulations will be captured in 1 document for each format.

Probe into Sri Lanka cricket

The International Cricket Council has launched an anti-corruption investigation in Sri Lanka. ICC, however, did not specify if any particular series involving the country is under the scanner. ICC statement came a day after Sri Lanka Cricket said that 40 of its contracted players called for an immediate inquiry into certain “shocking” allegations made by the selector, Pramodya Wickramasinghe.

Mudit Dani wins Under-23 TT tournament

Mudit Dani has won the under-23 title in the prestigious 2017 Butterfly Badger Open in Milwaukee in Wisconsin. Mudit Dani defeated Polish-born Wojciech Wolski 9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7 in the final to clinch the title. Fifth-seeded Mudit sailed through his group, winning all his three matches in style.