England vs India: Indian legend calls for the axing of three players from the…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe Indian team bowed down to the hosts in the fourth test to hand a series victory with a game still left play. While skipper Virat Kohli has managed to shine throughout the series, the rest of the squad has had a rough time keeping up. The inconsistency cost the Men In Blue as they yet again faltered in a fourth innings chase overseas.Despite controlling the game on multiple occasions at the Rose Bowl, the Indians failed to capitalise the situation due to a lack of contributions from several players. A below par showing by the lower middle order saw them fall short of the target.Former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar highlighted this fact and was clearly upset with the performance of the No.1 ranked team. The legend stressed the fact that several players in the current line-up do not deserve a place in the squad. Gavaskar said to  Sports Tak:“In this Indian team, some players don’t deserve to be in the national team. They should not only be left out of the playing eleven but also from the squad,”The conundrum of Hardik PandyaThe all-rounder has been one of the most polarizing cricketers in recent times. Despite a great outing at Trent Bridge, the Mumbai Indians star failed to strike an impact at Southampton, when the team needed him the most.Gavaskar went on to assert that Pandya is yet to establish himself as a genuine all-rounder and claimed that three more players did not deserve to be named in the squad in the first place. He stated:“I’m not only talking about Hardik Pandya but also two to three more cricketers, who should be shown the door in order for them to work hard and fight for their places in the Indian team,” The Indian team head into The Oval for the final fixture of the tour which also marks as Alastair Cook’s final appearance for England.Read Also:Cricket: Alastair Cook announces his retirement from international cricketResurgent India’s batting woes surface again as England wrap up series 3-1last_img read more

West Indies players’ comments after World T20 win not acceptable, says ICC

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday slammed the West Indies players for their comments after clinching the World Twenty20 title, terming them “inappropriate and disrespectful”.After clinching the World T20 on April 3 following a thrilling last-over win over England in the finals, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy had launched a scathing attack on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in an emotional speech at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.The ICC Board, which held its second meeting this year at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai on Sunday, said: “The Board considered the behavior of some of the West Indies players in the immediate aftermath of the final, and unanimously agreed that certain comments and actions were inappropriate, disrespectful and brought the event into disrepute.”The Board acknowledged an apology by the WICB but was disappointed to note that such behavior had detracted from the success of what was otherwise a magnificent tournament and final,” it added.Apart from Sammy, West Indies cricketers Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle were also very critical of the West Indies Cricket Board, against whom they have been involved in a long and bitter pat dispute.”The Board also noted that very serious consideration had been given to bringing Code of Conduct charges in respect of the behavior of the West Indies players and emphasised that this was not acceptable conduct at ICC Events played out on a world stage in front of millions of people around the globe,” ICC said in a release.ICC Chairman Mr Shashank Manohar said: “The sport of cricket is proud of its unique spirit and this involves being gracious in victory as well as defeat and respectful at all times to the game, one’s opponents, the sponsors and the fans.”advertisementICC suspends Cricket Association of NepalAmong the decisions made and reports received during the meeting, the ICC suspended the Membership of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN).”In light of the ongoing court case involving the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and the Ad hoc Committee established by the Nepalese National Sports Council (NSC), which has led to a vacuum of cricket leadership in Nepal, the Board suspended the Membership of CAN for breach of Article 2.9 of the ICC’s Articles of Association, which prohibits government interference and requires free and fair elections,” the ICC said.”The suspension means that CAN will not be entitled to receive any ICC funding. However, the Board, in its absolute discretion and considering that the players should not suffer due to this suspension, decided that the Nepal cricket teams would be able to continue to feature in ICC events.”The ICC said that its management will also now work with the Nepalese cricket community, and other stakeholders, in order to assist with the development of a sustainable governance and administration structure for cricket in Nepal.ICC to elect Chairman in May Regarding election of ICC Chairman, the Board said it will be held through a secret ballot in late May after all constitutional amendments have been approved by the Full Council in the coming weeks.”The election process will be overseen by the ICC’s independent Audit Committee Chairman and all present and past ICC directors will be eligible to contest the election.”Talking about adding context and value to bilateral cricket schedules and structures, the ICC Board said there was a consensus among the group that a model which adds greater context to international cricket needed to be created as a matter of priority.ODI fund for Afghanistan, Ireland The ICC Board also decided “to approve a short-term ODI fund of USD 500K each for Afghanistan Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland to allow them the opportunity to schedule more bilateral series, which, in turn, will support their bid to improve their team rankings and claims to secure direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.”About Day-night Tests, ICC said that the “members confirmed their support for day/night Tests and it was noted that a number of day-night Tests were being considered for the forthcoming year.”Regarding expansion of cricket, the ICC received an update on cricket in China and also received a report on the development of cricket in the United States of America (USA) and expressed its satisfaction with the progress.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more