India-England series could be in jeopardyThe Supreme Court and the Lodha committee could play spoilsport to the upcoming series between India and England. As it turns out, the Board of Control for Cricket in India missed a Thursday deadline in accepting the reforms laid forth by the Lodha committee. The deadline was set by the Supreme Court on October 21 and the BCCI had been directed to present an “unqualified undertaking” while stating that Lodha committee recommendations were being accepted.The BCCI received an email today from the Lodha committee that said, "To avoid any hindrance to the cricketing calendar and to ensure the continued enjoyment of the sport by its aficionados, the BCCI would be well advised to comply with the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in its orders dated 18th July 2016, 7th October 2016 and 21st October 2016."The email is a clear show of strength from the Lodha committee and threatens to stall all forms of cricket under the BCCI's purview. In view of the Supreme Court having prevented the BCCI from disbursing funds to the state associations due to its failure to comply with the Lodha reforms, the BCCI now has five days to submit the Deloitte report. However, recent reports indicate that the auditors aren't happy with the manner in which the state associations have handled the funds. That report in-turn could have a damning effect on the BCCI's undertakings and cause it more harm than good.
The British High Commission and the England cricket board have joined hands to issue travel advisory to the English fans for the tour of India. The Foreign Office has advised the fans to go through their website in order to take necessary precautions during their trip for the cricket series.
"Many people have been put off travelling since the 11th September, but India is a fascinating and beautiful country, and it should be possible for any visitor to have a wonderful holiday as long as they are sensible. To help them have a safe and enjoyable time, we urge visitors to check our website for the latest travel advice for India, read our Travellers Tips and take out comprehensive travel insurance. The travel advice is kept under constant review," Sarah Dring, head of Policy in the Foreign Office's Consular Division, was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
India will be using DRS at home for the first time in the upcoming five-match Test series against England that is scheduled to start from the 9th of November. The BCCI has been reluctant to use the DRS since its introduction due to its lack of consistency. However, the board decided to break the ice this time around.
ICC GM Geoff Allardice said that Indian coach Anil Kumble had a vital role to play in India accepting the DRS this time around. The Indian Express was quoted as saying, "He (Kumble) was present in the committee meeting in May last year when results of the tests were presented. He was aware of the committee’s position that they wanted a more consistent use of technology across international matches."
The ICC is planning to hold meetings in February with the aim of standardizing the use of DRS.
Ishant Sharma is set to get married to former Indian women's basketball captain Pratima Singh on December 9, after consulting an astrologer for the "shubh muhurt" and auspicious date to get married. Their engagement was held in June this year. Ishant Sharma was named in the Test squad for the 5 match series against England which begins on November 9 after a long lay-off due to sickness.Pratima Singh, the youngest out of 5 sisters hails from a family of basketball players.Known as the "Singh Sisters," all her other sisters have played basketball at the national and international level. Her sister Prashanti Singh is the current captain of the women's basketball team
West Indian cricketers Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite have refused to sign the new central contract provided by the West Indies cricket board. The national board had released a list of 12 players who accepted the central contracts on Wednesday.
The board stated that the three players are yet to give their reasons for not accepting the contracts. The central contracts for the men's team ranges from USD 100,000 to 150,000 and includes 12 players on the list while the women's team contracts, with a range of USD 12,000 to 30,000, has 15 players.
WICB's men's list of contracted players for 2016-17: Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Leon Johnson, Alzarri Joseph, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Jomel Warrican.
West Indies cricket team won the third and final Test match against the Pakistanis in Sharjah on Thursday. Chasing 153 to win, the West Indies didn't get the type of start they wanted as they lost five wickets in the span of 15 overs. However, the centurion from the first innings, Kraigg Brathwaite held the innings together along with Shane Dowrich and took the West Indies past the finishing line.
Earlier Pakistan had scored 281 in the first innings, thanks to a gritty 74 by Sami Aslam. The West Indies batsmen came out strong and went on to post 337 runs in their first innings. The Pakistani batsmen failed to tackle West Indian duo of Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo and were bundled out for 208 runs in their second innings, setting a target of 153 runs for the West Indies.
The Pakistan cricket team won the Test series by the margin 2-1.