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Sports Ministry to WADA: Make BCCI fall in line with NADA guidelines

Jasvinder Sidhu



Prithvi Shaw has been suspended for eight months for doping.

New Delhi: In its pursuit of making the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) compliant as per National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) rules, the Indian government has issued a fresh directive to the BCCI and has also written to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). sports news headlines Cricket News

In a written reply, the government informed the Parliament during the ongoing monsoon session that only NADA jurisdiction extends to all athletes and sports organisations in India and cricketers are not being tested by a recognised dope testing agency under the WADA code, which is not acceptable. sports news headlines Cricket News

“WADA was apprised of it and a fresh direction has been issued to BCCI to comply with NADA Rules,” Sports Ministry informed the Lok Sabha. The government also has written to WADA to increase its pressure on International Cricket Council (ICC) as the latter is a signatory with WADA and BCCI is one of its members.

In its board meeting, earlier this year in Dubai, the ICC asked the BCCI to sort out the issue with NADA.

The government argued that NADA India is a duly recognised testing authority by WADA. It has jurisdiction over all athletes and sports associations in India including the BCCI.

However, the BCCI has been contesting that it is not a National Sports Federation (NSF) and therefore it is not subject to the jurisdiction of NADA. The BCCI has framed and adopted its own anti-doping guidelines. The national cricket body also claims that it has a robust mechanism to ensure that the sport is clean and free from doping.

Currently, a Swedish agency International Doping Tests and Management (IDTM) conducts tests for the BCCI.

The reason behind BCCI’s reluctance is very complicated. On the record, its officials talk about the security and privacy of the players. But off the record, there is a different story.

“BCCI doesn’t take any funds from the government and we are not a national body,” says a former official. “If we agree for NADA, we have to accept many other inappropriate things. We will open the doors for government interference. RTI will be next.

“This is the only reason why we always oppose becoming an Olympic sport. We never allowed the BCCI to become a ‘sarkari’ federation,” a former official, who lost his position in the BCCI following a Supreme Court order, told Sports Lounge.

This is not the first time when the government accepted that the BCCI is not a registered sports federation with the government.

According to Parliament records, many members asked about the status of BCCI as a national sports body and every time the government answered helplessly.

One of the responses reads, “Although BCCI has not been officially recognised by the Sports Ministry, but the ICC recognises BCCI as the apex body for promotion of cricket in India. sports news headlines Cricket News

“The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MYAS) provides only clearance from sports angle for organising international cricket matches in India by BCCI and participation of national team in international events abroad at no cost to the government subject to clearances from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).”

Interestingly, the government accepts that the BCCI is not a recognised body but it has honoured around 50 cricketers with national sports awards including Sachin Tendulkar conferred the nation’s highest award, Bharat Ratna. sports news headlines Cricket News

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Ideal time for Sundar, Chahar to boost profile for World T20, says Dhawan



India opener Shikhar Dhawan
India opener Shikhar Dhawan

Bengaluru: India opener Shikhar Dhawan on Saturday said the time is perfect for youngsters such as Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar to build their confidence in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup next year.

The senior player was speaking on the eve of the third T20 International against South Africa at the M Chaannaswamy Stadium here.

Both players have impressed in recent times with their performance and attitude.

“Washington is bowling really good, giving us the breakthroughs and also choking the batsmen. He has got very good control and variety as well.

“Even Deepak Chahar, he swings the ball both ways and at the same has pace as well. It is the perfect platform for them to perform and build the confidence for the T20 World Cup,” Dhawan told reporters.

He said senior players like him are always open to helping the youngsters in the side.

“For senior players like us, say someone like Rishabh comes in to bat or Shreyas coming in, we make sure we do the communication with them and make sure they are comfortable and not nervous. We make them think what is needed at that particular moment,” he said.

Dhawan added, That’s what we do even when I am batting with Rohit or Virat, we keep discussing and that is very important. Communication is very, very important.

“Any time any youngster wants to discuss something with us, we are always there for them.”

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Omission from T20Is opportunity to excel in Tests, says Kuldeep



Kuldeep Yadav

Mysuru: Omission from T20 International squads for India’s last two series hasn’t bothered Kuldeep Yadav too much as the chinaman bowler feels it is an opportunity for him to do well in five-day cricket.

Kuldeep was dropped from India’s T20I squads for the West Indies tour and home series against South Africa but that hasn’t dented his confidence.

“So far, I have done a good job in limited-overs format. I feel very comfortable with the white ball,” Kuldeep told reporters here.

“I am not worried about not being picked for the last two T20I series. Maybe the selectors felt I needed a break. Maybe the team thinks some changes are required. I respect that, and I have no complaints. I see this as an opportunity to do well in Tests.”

Kuldeep was part of the India A side for the second unofficial Test against South Africa A, which ended in a draw in Mysore on Friday.

The wrist spinner had a decent outing in the game, scalping 4 for 121 in 29 overs in the only innings India bowled in the match.

In 68 T20 matches since that 2016 T20 World Cup, Kuldeep has taken 81 wickets at an average of 22.97 (ninth-best in the world, second among Indians), and an economy rate of 7.60 (fifth among Indians).

And, he feels wrist spinners are in demand currently.

“There is no doubt that wrist spinners are dominating the world,” Kuldeep said.

“But sometimes, when you try to stop runs, you actually turn out to be expensive. We need to work on our accuracy. You need to accept that you do get hit for runs and work on being economical.”

Kuldeep, however, feels it is very difficult to adjust to red-ball cricket after consistently featuring in the limited-overs formats.

“It’s hard to play red-ball cricket when you aren’t consistently playing that format,” he said.

“If you aren’t a regular in this format, it takes time to get into your rhythm. When you are consistently playing limited overs and suddenly switch to Tests without much preparation, it will be tough to excel.

“You need to bowl long spells, play practice games, to understand field placements and to know how to pick wickets. It was important for me to come here (in the India A game) and bowl as many overs as possible. There is still plenty of work to do,” Kuldeep added.

He said with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in fray for Tests, he will have to utilise the limited chances he gets.

“When three spinners like Ashwin, Jaddu and I are in the squad, it’s challenging to pick the right combination. You need to be ready to grab your chance. Of course, there is pressure because you only get a few chances, and you have to make full use of them,” Kuldeep said.

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England’s Moeen Ali takes indefinite break from Test cricket



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Moeen Ali.

London: All-rounder Moeen Ali will take a break from red-ball cricket and won’t be up for selection for England’s Test tours of New Zealand and South Africa.

Moeen’s decision comes after being left out of England’s list of centrally contracted Test players, announced on Friday, 20 September. He had lost his place in the Test side after the first Ashes Test, which England lost.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Moeen said he wanted a chance to “recharge his batteries” after a busy summer. “It’s just to get away from it a little bit,” he said. “I feel like I want to enjoy my batting and this will give me a bit of a break.

“I want to spend some time with the family. I’ve been playing for England for five years and it’s been quite tough. The intensity is obviously higher in Test cricket, so this is just to give me a break and then we will see what happens after that.”

Moeen didn’t rule out playing Test cricket in the future, and Ashley Giles, the ECB managing director, reiterated that the all-rounder has not retired from Test cricket. “He just wants a little bit of a break from Test cricket,” said Giles.

“He’s been a great servant to this team and that’s why I encouraged him to leave that option open for him to come back. He might just need that time away and freshen up, but he’s been a really good servant to this team and he’s relatively young.”

In the year up to losing his place in the Test side, Moeen had taken more wickets in Test cricket than anyone else. However, having been a permanent fixture in the England side in all three formats, Moeen endured a difficult 2019 summer. He was dropped from the ODI side in place of Liam Plunkett and then made two Test appearances before losing his place to Jack Leach.

Giles added: “I think for all the guys, not just talking about Moeen, it’s been a really challenging summer. A World Cup and an Ashes back-to-back has had a massive effect on many of these guys, psychologically as much as physically. Some of those guys are still carrying that. His experience in the first Test wasn’t a great one but that’s cricket.”

Moeen, however, has retained his white-ball contract, and figures to be a key figure in both the limited-overs sides.

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