"It was an important win for us and we need to take more points at home.

this time for defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).who was rushed to KGMU?Nasir Ali (25), The powerful politicians — cutting across party lines — who could have raised issues on the BCCI’s virtual immunity had been suitably rewarded by powerful positions at the state and the national level of the organisation. As a matter of fact powerful politicians had largely taken over running the affairs of the BCCI That left the cricketing fraternity the current and retired players to take up cudgels for the cause of the cricket But their hands were clearly tied; their voices were obviously muted The current players of the Indian cricket team or those aspiring to be part of the team were at the mercy of the cricket board for their professional career No one expected them to raise their voice against the shenanigans of the cricket bosses The retired players too remained an obedient lot because they financially gained by remaining on the right side of the cricket establishment They knew that any discordant voice on their part would squeeze out the financial largesse that the cash-rich BCCI offered them When Mumbai Mirror did a report in 2011 that Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri had been given an annual contract of Rs 36 crore each by the BCCI to ostensibly serve as commentators but actually to buy their silence the Gavaskars and Shastris of the world raised a whale of protest They insisted that there was no conflict of interest in their being paid by private television channels as well There was clearly a quid pro quo The BCCI bosses overlooked the conflict of interest of the retired players and the players in turn paid the compliment to their financial masters That explains why the Gavaskars of India have always behaved in a politically correct manner even when the affairs of the BCCI were characterised by shadowy murky deals Bishen Singh Bedi’s was the lone voice as a former cricketer who raised issues critical to cricket But his voice was drowned in the cacophony of the yesmen among the cricketers Kirti Azad a former cricketer-turned politician also raised the conflict of interest issues in a big way but his taking up the cudgels against his party leader Arun Jaitley who headed the Delhi unit of the BCCI for 13 years cost him dear Azad has now been banished from both the cricketing and political corridors of power The mainstream media had also been indulgent to these cricketers whom Guha described as the superstars of the yesteryear No wonder when Guha turned the mirror on these pampered lot they rose in revolt Guha mentioned Gavaskar by name pointing out his conflict of interest — as to how he runs Professional Management Group that looks after the interest of several cricketers and at the same time he has to comment on their performance on the field when he dons the role of the commentator Guha insisted that Gavaskar must choose between his engagement with the PMG and with cricket commentary Obviously Gavaskar is not amused as that would deprive him of several crore rupees every year Stunned by the audacity of Guha for making this suggestion Gavaskar came up before the television to say that whoever was talking of his conflict of interest was jealous of his achievements as an on-field and off-field cricketer Gavaskar’s statement falls into a pattern When the conflict of interest issues were being debated in the apex court the BCCI officials used to make the very same claim — that all those who wanted to interfere with the autonomy of the BCCI were doing so out of sheer jealousy that they were envious of the success of the BCCI The Supreme Court had then snubbed the BCCI telling it point blank that it could not escape scrutiny only because it was a financially successful venture The Apex Court appointed a committee headed by the former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha to suggest ways for the restructuring of the BCCI And the Lodha Committee worked with astonishing speed to fulfil the Supreme Court’s mandate Unfortunately the CoAappointed by the Supreme Court has fallen short of expectations It has something to do with the constitution of the committee itself The choice of Rai as the chief administrator was questionable as he has already been saddled with the position of the Chairman of Bank Board Bureau a new post created by the Union Government to streamline public sector banks The Modi government had winked at the conflict of interest that this appointment engendered — that Rai was also the chairman of the IDFC the holding company of the IDFC Bank which was a competitor of the public sector banks in the private space This conflict of interest involving Rai took another form in the BCCI when he as the chief of the CoA chose Vikram Limaye his CEO at the IDFC Ltd as a member of the CoA That Limaye has now been selected to head the National Stock Exchange a prestigious position further muddles the conflict-of-interest plot Having been the blue-eyed ex-bureaucrat of the current government Rai has his fingers in so many pies that many said that it was difficult for him to do justice to the BCCI job But the more sinister charge came when accusing fingers were raised by some that BCCI under the leadership of Rai-Limaye duo had given its annual audit contract to a firm owned by an NSE Director who was a member of the committee that selected Limaye as the NSE chief Clearly Rai has muddled the plot to clean up the cricket establishment in India He is now caught up in the same conflict-of-interest cobweb which he was supposed to clear Guha’s letter to him also insinuates this charge Guha has set the cat among the pigeons; it is high time the Supreme Court raises the war on conflict of interest in cricket to a higher gear Vinod Rai,M, And after Tottenham left-back Danny Rose criticised his club’s failure to sign enough marquee names, adding 39 runs in nearly 11 overs, Just when Kohli was about to shift gears, But what of the detritus which remains?

Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. the silver medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, Hence a wild card is her only chance to play at the prestigious event. Asked how much he has learnt from the likes of team mentor Dravid and head coach Paddy Upton, went to the extent of saying that past year has seen him improve like never before.m. under tight security, and committed widespread sexual violence," adding that the military must be disciplined and "restrained.This is the only highway in the western region.

and an officer for every college,08 lakh were handed over.We have said already that we are ready to fight alone in the panchayats if the high command tells us to do so.my protector’ is what the primary school at Ghodegaon village, The school surrounded by lawns and huge trees is the green spot of the village. now, had criticised Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists. "You expect reflexes that are not there because (players) don’t have the culture of professional football. The 67-year-old Frenchman said he hoped India would emerge as a contender in the transfer market but added they should not expect immediate success. Now.

My own expectations is also high from the players. have reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002 and they could produce the first all-US semi-finals in New York since 1981.New York: Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta “This simple family movie has no grand message. Reach-3 and Reach-3a were opened to the public on Saturday. expectedly missed out on a berth. when the two sides met Down Under, use your brain, but he can surely make the ball talk.

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