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Sunday, August 09, 2020

Shamik Chakrabarty


Explained: IPL’s financial model, and how the withdrawal of Vivo impacts the balance sheets of franchises
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

Vivo, the Chinese smartphone maker, acquired the IPL title sponsorship in 2018 for Rs 2,199 crore in a five-year deal. Accordingly, the company gives the Indian cricket board Rs 439 crore per year as sponsorship commitment.

IPL franchises agree on 6-day quarantine on reaching Dubai
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

IPL teams want to play safe. All of them have decided to leave for Dubai after August 20 and hold their respective camps in UAE.

After backlash, Vivo all set to pull out of 2020 IPL
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

The one-year pullout could be treated as a moratorium period and if the relations improve, BCCI may look at inking a fresh three-year deal with VIVO from 2021 to 2023 on revised terms.

IPL dates are in, so are China-linked sponsors: first game September 19
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

The BCCI had said that it would reconsider the sponsorships in the wake of border tensions with China, which led to 20 Indian soldiers being killed in a clash on June 15.

IPL 2020: Desert Odyssey dates out
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

An IPL media advisory stated that the upcoming edition will be played over 53 days in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi “subject to necessary clearances from the Government of India”, and will have 10 afternoon matches starting at 3:30 pm India time.

IPL GC meeting: Chinese sponsorship deals and health protocols on the agenda
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

Some key norms in the SOP include conducting four Covid tests in two weeks for players, less crowded dug-outs, not more than 15 players in a dressing-room, closed-doors matches at least in the first half of the tournament and six-feet social- distancing norms for commentators.

Explained: In 100th year, why is East Bengal teetering on the brink?
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

East Bengal are celebrating their centenary this year, but without a title sponsor, the century-old club is going through serious financial hardship.

IPL 2020: How the UAE will save BCCI millions of dollars
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

IPL 2020: The BCCI has written to the Indian government, seeking permission to organise the IPL in the UAE. Subject to the government’s approval, the Board will announce the dates for the tournament.

East Bengal unlikely to get ISL step-up this year
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

New teams will not be added to the Indian Super League (ISL) this year, it is learnt. Meanwhile, East Bengal is going through serious financial hardship and is desperately looking for a new sponsor.

With ICC deferring T20 World Cup to 2021, IPL gets a window
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Following the postponement of the T20 World Cup, the BCCI will first write to the Sports Ministry, the Ministry of External Affairs, and the Home Ministry, seeking approval to hold the IPL in India.

Peeved at directors, ICA head Ashok Malhotra says ‘difficult to work in this space’
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

According to Ashok Malhotra, the four ICA directors have asked him not to make any public statements without discussing issues internally, but he alleged that they have been leaking correspondence.

ICC board to discuss future of T20 World Cup today
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

The BCCI Apex Council took the decision to hold the Indian Premier League (IPL) in October-November, likely in the UAE, should the ICC postpone the T20 World Cup.

Wrist is history: Azhar recalls his 3 hundreds, and his Eden
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

It’s been 35 years since a young Azharuddin whiplashed a hattrick of hundreds to waltz into public imagination; his batting style was utterly original as he would conjure up angles hitherto unseen and it all started at his Eden Gardens.

BCCI meet today: Focus on Jay Shah
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

Nominee of the CAG in the council, Alka Bharadwaj has already objected to Shah’s presence at the meeting, arguing that the latter should go into a cooling-off after completing his term, as per the Lodha Committee recommendation.

Is football heading for a ‘super league’, its own Kerry Packer-like revolution?
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

Upset with a Court of Arbitration for Sport decision to lift the two-year Champions League ban on Manchester City, football’s elite clubs have indicated a rebellion – only this uprising aims to retain the old order, not to revolutionise it

Snehashish Ganguly tests positive for Covid-19
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

Snehasish’s Covid positive result might place all his family members including Sourav under observation/self-isolation through contact tracing protocols. It is learnt that Sourav celebrated his birthday on July 8 with all his family members.

Explained: Man City Champions League ban overturned, what this means
Tue, Jul 14, 2020

The CAS concluded that Manchester City “did not disguise equity funding as sponsorship contributions” but maintained that the club “did fail” to cooperate with UEFA, the European football’s governing body.

Premier League player racially abused, gets Ku Klux Klan picture
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

A 12-year-old boy has been arrested by West Midlands Police after he purportedly sent a series of racist messages and Ku Klux Klan picture to Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.

CAG wants its nominee from BCCI Apex Council & IPL GC recused
Thu, Jul 09, 2020

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has sought modification of the July 18, 2016 order by which the Supreme Court had accepted the Justice RM Lodha Committee recommendations.

Test cricket returns today: Sanitisation breaks, empty stadium
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

England vs West Indies (ENG vs WI) Test Series 2020: The Test — and the two that will follow in Manchester later this month — will be played without spectators in a bio-secure environment.

Explained: Is Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona?
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

According to reports, the greatest player in Barcelona’s history, Lionel Messi has called off negotiations over the extension of his contract at the club.

‘Kingpin’ of fixing racket in Australia is Indian on BCCI radar
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

On Saturday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Victoria Police have named Ravinder Dandiwal as the “central figure” in the fixing scam where operatives convinced low-ranked tennis players to throw matches while associates placed bets with bookies.

‘Jo mil gaya usi ko muqaddar samajh liya’: Padmakar Shivalkar pays tribute to Rajinder Goel
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

"Between us, we had over 1,300 (1,339) first-class wickets, but were considered to be not good enough (to play for India)," says Padmakar Shivalkar.

Border dispute: IPL to review deals with Chinese sponsors
Sat, Jun 20, 2020

The IPL has multiple Chinese links in terms of commercial partnerships.

Vinod Kambli’s brief stay at the top that started at his home
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

Vinod Kambli’s tenure as one of the leading lights in Indian cricket was all too brief, but he will always cherish his maiden ton and the double hundred against England on his home ground.