Devendra Pandey


BCCI agrees to T20I double-header featuring men and women’s teams in South Africa
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Indian men are set to tour South Africa in January 2018, and sources in BCCI confirmed that the women also would head for a bilateral series. Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj had wanted more overseas fixtures and bilateral series with foreign teams at home.

BCCI plans to hike pay for domestic, women cricketers
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

The finance committee is planning to also increase the remuneration for umpires, match referees and video analysts. The last time, incidentally, that match officials received a hike was back in 2011.

Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association mulls Ranji Trophy pullout due to financial constraints
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association had approached BCCI in July this year requesting it to issue a letter to J&K Bank so that the state association can regularise its frozen account and utilise approximately Rs. 34 crore in its coffers.

Metro rail forces Ramlila to be staged on cricket pitches at Azad Maidan
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

The 109-year old vintage Fort Vijay Club has brought to Mumbai Cricket Association’s notice that local authorities have told the club that three of the six pitches would be affected by stage preparations.

Give Indian cricket team a break, says chief coach Ravi Shastri to BCCI
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to be much more considerate when it comes to scheduling international matches in order to provide adequate breaks to players and support staff.

I don’t need to prove myself… If I have to make a comeback, I will, says Suresh Raina
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Suresh Raina, hailed as the fittest player once, questions were asked about his fitness recently. He tells The Indian Express what Sachin Tendulkar taught him, about his social-media activities, and his comeback goals.

Players abroad, ill: Chaos reigns as domestic season begins
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Not only are the teams and coaches making SOS calls to physios and trainers; they are also faced with some players being ruled out on the eve of the match due to injury and a couple who aren't even in the country.

SCA makes mockery of Supreme Court order: Karsan Ghavri writes to BCCI CoA
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

In his two-page letter, Ghavri has written about two issues in particular, firstly Niranjan Shah being appointed as the SCA chief executive and then the matter concerning the players’ body whose president happens to be a longstanding governing body member and a selector to boot.

Vidarbha Cricket Association to host Zimbabwe U-19 team
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

Zimbabwe Under-19 team is in Nagpur for the next few weeks and will play 10 matches in all against the Vidarbha under-19 and under-23 teams and all matches are expected to be 50-over format, same as the junior World Cup next year.

Conflict of interest: Junior selector Venkatesh Prasad on Karnataka Premier League commentary panel
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

BCCI official said that Venkatesh Prasad can't do commentary in KPL. If he wants to, he will have to resign as chairman of junior selection committee post. The new conflict of rules are in place and those who are employees with the BCCI can't be part of any other venture.

It’s important how you pay your players… so the onus is on the boards to ensure they don’t leave: Faf du Plessis
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

As Cricket South Africa gears up towards hosting its inaugural Global T20 League, du Plessis talks about leadership, his concern for international cricket losing top players to T20 leagues, and shares his thoughts about India’s tour to South Africa in a few months’ time.

There are benefits of T20 league in a country, says Hashim Amla
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

South Africa's Hashim Amla talks about the forthcoming Global T20 League, the best bowler he has faced in the shortest format and on his decision to be part of the World XI team which will play in Pakistan next month.

Players, BCCI unhappy with kit sponsor Nike
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Nike has been associated with Indian cricket team since 2006 when it became the official kit sponsor. In 2016 it paid approximately Rs 370 crores to be Indian team kit sponsor till 2020

Rajasthan Royals want name change, Kings XI Punjab want to shift from Mohali
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

The Royals are scheduled to return to the IPL next season, and the board feels this could be the first of their many requests as many in the BCCI are expecting them to go for a major revamp with a new team name and even shifting out of Jaipur.

Delhi Daredevils look to rope in Jason Gillespie as head coach
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Jason Gillespie has been part of the IPL in the past, after having been roped in as the bowling coach for Kings XI Punjab in 2011. Sources at the Delhi franchise, meanwhile, confirmed that talks are indeed on, but nothing has been finalised yet.

Perks of BCCI officials: 3.23 crore spent on Choudhary and Chaudhry, says CoA
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

BCCI's top office bearers are eligible for business class travel-and hotel stay, the board also foots the dining bills for the likes of treasurer Anirudh Choudhary and secretary Amitabh Chaudhry along with their executives.

After a dozen years with UP, Piyush Chawla to join Parthiv Patel’s Gujarat
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Piyush Chawla has been around the Indian cricket scene for well over a decade but has played in just three Tests between 2006 and 2012 and taken 7 wickets. Most of his 386 first-class wickets came in the nearly 100 matches he played for Uttar Pradesh.

CoA leaves it to BCCI’s general body to decide on Mohammad Azharuddin’s dues
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Mohammad Azharuddin had written to the CoA requesting it to clear his old dues — his monthly pension and one-time benefit given to past cricketers, pointing out that the Andhra Pradesh High Court had held the BCCI ban "illegal" and "unsustainable".

BCCI seeks government clearance for hosting U-19 Asia Cup
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

The tournament, as it stands, is scheduled to be held in November. It’s learnt that the BCCI had written to the Home Ministry a few weeks ago and are still awaiting a reply.

Mithali Raj & Co to Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Do you have a designer? How do you handle pressure?
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi got asked about his time management skills, his high energy levels and also his designer by Mithali Raj and her team. Modi, in turn, wanted to know why the team looked so glum during the last few overs of the chase against England.

Common Question for managerial aspirants: How to handle Anil Kumble vs Virat Kohli?
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

In their advertisement for the job, BCCI had made it clear that “Conflict resolution and negotiation skills are mandatory requisites of a candidate and should be able to demonstrate abilities/situations that have been successfully managed during their career”.

How Sachin Tendulkar’s letter got Harmanpreet Kaur a job
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

It was former India women's captain Diana Edulji who spotted the batting all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur and got her a job in Western Railway, with some help from Sachin Tendulkar.

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri slaps notice on MV Sridhar over graft case
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

“It is not a show cause notice, because earlier a declaration was sought from all employees about their education qualifications. The point of not disclosure is not correct," MV Sridhar told The Indian Express

Ravi Shastri gets his ‘core team’, pay hike; wants Sachin Tendulkar to be India’s consultant for overseas tours
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

In another win for Shastri, the BCCI has agreed to an enhanced annual pay package. The former India skipper will get Rs 7.5 crore — Rs 1.25 crore more than his predecessor Anil Kumble. Shastri has also retained the core team from his earlier stint as Team Director.

Bharat Arun set to get nod as India bowling coach
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Bharat Arun, who was bowling coach with the Indian team when Ravi Shastri was the director a year ago, is likely to be back in his position. The special committee will also look into the role of other support staff.

Wannabe managers should have negotiation skills, says BCCI
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

The COA expressed their anger in their meeting with BCCI big bosses held in New Delhi on Saturday, after which the board uploaded application on their website inviting candidates for the manager's job. COA wants past cricketers to handle the job.

Ravi Shastri to meet new panel on Tuesday to solve support-staff mess
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

The four-member committee would comprise Diana Edulji, member of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA), BCCI’s acting president CK Khanna, the acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, and the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.

Announce India head coach today: CoA tells BCCI
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

The Committee of Administrators doesn’t want any further delay in this matter and has directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India accordingly. The CAC interviewed five candidates, including Ravi Shastri, Tom Moody and Virender Sehwag, on Monday.

Job interviews over, wait begins for selection of India head coach
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

The unpleasant ending of the tenure of Anil Kumble, the last candidate Ganguly chose along with fellow Cricket Advisory Committee members Tendulkar and Laxman, has triggered a bout of caution this time around.

Andrew Leipus quits as NCA physio, blames BCCI’s ‘lack of clarity’
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

Andrew Leipus, a physiotherapist at the NCA, has submitted his resignation letter to the BCCI bosses. However, the reason cited by Leipus, who works with KKR, isn’t the choice between the country or franchise, but the lack of clarity from the BCCI despite numerous emails seeking guidance from them.

Return of the royal: Shane Warne to coach Rajasthan Royals in 2018 edition of IPL?
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

Rajasthan Royals reportedly contacted Shane Warne to be part of the IPL 2018 after Rahul Dravid chose to coach India Under-19 and A teams for the next two years. Earlier this year, during the IPL, Warne had relived the first year with Royals.

BCCI wants former players to be India managers
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

The Indian team manager's post was earlier treated as a junket for board members. However, it looks that the BCCI bosses, under the guidance of the Committee of Administrators, have decided to stop the practice.

Rahul Dravid gets 100 per cent salary hike, set for Rs 5 crore per annum
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

Despite having a two-year contract, Rahul Dravid had already expressed his eagerness to continue as coach but had sought more time from the Indian board. Accepting BCCI's offer means Dravid can't be part of media houses or do any commentary stint either.

Mohinder Amarnath pulls out of players’ association steering committee
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

The Committee of Administrators (COA) will now have to find Mohinder Amarnath's suitable replacement soon. In his report, Justice Lodha had recommended the names of Anil Kumble and Diana Edulji but Kumble later became the coach.

Other India coaches, support staff to face Rahul Dravid-like dilemma
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

While Rahul Dravid is expected to take the difficult call in the days to come, others too will be feeling the impact of CoA's endeavour to end the conflict of interest in various roles later this month.

In dark over cricket coach job, Committee of Administrators disapprove fresh round of applications
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

According to BCCI sources, CEO Rahul Johri’s explanation that potential coaches had stayed away earlier because of the assumption that Anil Kumble would be retained didn’t go down well with the CoA.