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BCCI demands rescheduling of Pak-India match in Asia Cup

DUBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has demanded rescheduling of Pakistan-India match on September 19 in the Asia Cup 2018 because of ‘hectic schedule’. The BCCI also terms the match schedule ‘mindless’. According to a report in the Statesman, the Indian team will be playing the opening match against a qualifier and the very next day they will be battling it out with Pakistan. The BCCI has opined this decision to be 'mindless', as reported by CricketNext. The Ring of Fire is gearing up for the…

India confident tax issues won’t cost ICC events

KOLKATA: The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday ruled out losing the 2021 Champions Trophy and the 2023 World Cup over tax issues, saying they remain confident of getting government exemptions for both the events. The International Cricket Council (ICC) suffered a revenue shortfall after the Indian government refused to exempt the 2016 World Twenty20 competition held in the country and there has not been any change in that stance, despite BCCI’s dogged persuasion since then. Fearing a repeat loss, the…

ICC forms committee to resolve PCB, BCCI dispute

DUBAI: International Cricket Council (ICC) has formed a three-member dispute resolution committee to resolve the conflict between Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Board of Cricket Control India (BCCI). The conflict resolution committee is comprised of Michael Beloff QC, Jan Paulsson and Annabelle Bennett, which will conduct a three-day hearing in Dubai to arbitrate in its legal dispute between the two arch-rivals. “The International Cricket Council today confirmed that the Hon Michael Beloff QC will chair the Dispute…

World’s richest cricket board is poised to get wealthier

MUMBAI: The world’s richest cricket board is poised to get even wealthier after media rights to Indian cricket for the next five years brought spirited bidding on Tuesday. The e-auction of television and digital rights, a first in cricket, was not concluded but the Indian board (BCCI) received a bid of 44.4 billion Indian rupees ($683 million) for consolidated global rights from an unidentified bidder. “The online auction will now resume on Wednesday...from the same stage,” the BCCI said in a statement. Star India…

India hands massive hike in player fees with new retainer structure

DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has introduced a new A+ category in the retainer fee structure for it’s top players, who will receive a huge pay increase under the new Annual Contracts for the 2017-18 season. The retainer structure now features four categories - Grade A+, Grade A, Grade B and Grade C - compared to three in previous years. The uppermost category features five players - skipper Virat Kohli, opening batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit…

India’s antitrust regulator fines BCCI $8 million

MUMBAI: India's cricket board was fined 522.4 million rupees (£6.05 million) by the country’s antitrust watchdog on Wednesday for misusing its dominant position and anti-competitive practices in awarding broadcast rights for the Indian Premier League. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) accused the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) in its order of anti-competitive conduct in assuring broadcasters that it would not sanction any other domestic T20 league. "We will legally understand it (the CCI order),…

‘You are not above god,’ angry Sreesanth slams BCCI

NEW DELHI: Visibly raged Indian pacer S. Sreesanth on Friday insisted and hoped he would make a competitive comeback despite Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s decision to appeal against the lifting of the life ban on the tainted pacer. On Thursday, the BCCI decided to appeal to the Division Bench of Kerala High Court against lifting of life ban on the 34-year-old. "@bcci I'm not begging ,I'm asking to give my livelihood back .its my right. U guys are not above God. I will play again..???????????," an angry…

Sreesanth says inspired by Amir’s comeback after court lifts fixing ban

NEW DELHI: Indian pace bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth said Tuesday he was dreaming of playing in the 2019 World Cup after a court lifted a life ban imposed over a match-fixing scandal. The 34-year-old knows he faces a tough battle after four years in the wilderness, but he said he was inspired by the successful comeback of Pakistan's Mohammad Amir from a fixing ban. The Kerala state high court lifted Sreesanth's ban on Monday, saying the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had not proved his role in the 2013…

Spot-fixing: Indian court lifts life ban on cricketer Sreesanth

KERALA: The Indian court on Monday revoked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decision to impose a life ban on former Indian cricket team speedster S. Sreesanth Last year a special court in Delhi had acquitted him in the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing case. After the verdict, S. Sreesanth had approached the BCCI to remove the ban but his plea was turned down. Later, he approached the Kerala High Court saying that though the court had given him a clean chit, the cricket body continued to harass…