BJP accuses BJD of confining Asian sports meet to a coterie

first_imgBhubaneswar, Jul 2 (PTI) BJP leaders today accused the BJD regime in Odisha of trying to make political gains from the Asian Athletics Championship to be held here from July 6 and confining it to a coterie.”Odisha Government is confining the international sports event to its coterie,” senior BJP leader and Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram alleged.He claimed that the BJD government was not allowing others to play any role in the run up to the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship.The BJP leader said that he has been invited to the event but might not attend it because of other engagements.BJP state unit general secretary Prithiviraj Harichandan alleged that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaiks photos were being used in advertisements of the athletics meet showed that BJD was trying to derive political mileage out of the mega event.Rejecting the allegations, states Sports Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera said that leaders should refrain from politicising the issue.The international sport meet is a matter of pride for the state and all should rise above politics and work together to ensure success of the event, he said.Organised by the Asian Athletics Association, the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship will be held in Bhubaneswar from July 6 and 9. PTI SKN NNlast_img read more

Tests or ODIs, Michael Clarke feels India are always tough to beat at home

first_imgMichael Clarke visits India more often now than he did during his playing days as an Australia cricketer. But significantly, the former Aussie captain has perfected the art of ducking under the bouncer with the microphone in hand.When asked to pick one of Virat Kohli and Steve Smith in his side, he chose both. On being asked to rate the better captain between Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting, he appraised them equally. His favourite Indian cricketer is Sachin Tendulkar.The only time he let his guard down was when the mics were switched off. He tried his hand at making pani puri and played a little gilli danda while promoting a TV show.Time for some burning cricket questions and the filter was in action again. Can the current Indian side win away from home and stay No.1 in Tests? “India is doing extremely well winning home and away and led very well by Virat Kohli. So if they keep playing good cricket, they will continue to be the no.1 team in the world,” pat came the reply.A more considered evaluation finally happened when questioned if Australia had it in them to beat India on turning tracks, next month. Smothering the spin of the question, he replied, “ODI cricket is a lot different from Test cricket, so I would imagine the wickets would be very good. I think we will see some entertaining cricket.””Hopefully, the Aussies can perform well and win. But it is going to be tough. India is always good in their backyard,” Clarke finished with a non committal reply.advertisementlast_img read more

MS Dhoni lucky to get away with small fine: Sanjay Manjrekar on IPL 2019 no-ball row

first_imgFormer India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has said MS Dhoni was “clearly out of the line” when he walked onto the pitch and confronted on-field umpires during Chennai Super Kings’ tense chase against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match on Thursday in Jaipur.MS Dhoni was fined 50 percent of his match fee after he was found in breach of IPL’s Code of Conduct. An IPL press release stated Dhoni had admitted to admitted to the Level 2 offence of the tournament’s Code of Conduct.”MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, was fined 50 per cent of his match fees for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur.””Mr Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction,” the release said.Dhoni, in an uncharacteristic act, stormed onto the field at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium and had an intense argument with on-field umpire Ulhas Gandhe after the latter retracted a no-ball call during a tense Chennai Super Kings chase.Dhoni, who made a 43-ball 58, was dismissed off the previous ball by Ben Stokes. CSK had needed nine runs from the last three balls when Gandhe signalled a no-ball against Stokes before retracting his decision after leg-umpire Bruce Oxenford ruled out a waist-high no-ball.Miffed with Gandhe’s calls, Dhoni made his way into the middle and reasoned with the two on-field umpires after Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner were seen arguing with the umpire. Ben Stokes tried to calm things down but Dhoni was in no mood to listen to anyone. The CSK captain had to walk back disappointed as Gandhe stuck to his reverted decision.advertisementStressing Dhoni has escaped a sterner punishment, Manjrekar took to social media and wrote: “Have always been a big Dhoni admirer, but he was clearly out of line walking out like that. Lucky to get away with just a small fine.”Have always been a big Dhoni admirer, but he was clearly out of line walking out like that. Lucky to get away with just a small fine. #VIVOIPLSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 12, 2019Manjrekar, who is a popular on-air commentator now, also pointed out that players are bossing the game a bit too much these days.”Have felt this for a while now, players just bossing the game too much these days, often to the detriment of it. Over rates, No day night Tests, just a couple of examples.”For a player who has been charged under a Level 2 offense (first offense), the range of permissible sanctions is: “The imposition of a fine of between 50-100% of applicable Match Fee and/or a suspension of up to two (2) Matches.”Chennai Super Kings though managed to gun down a 151-run target and extend their lead at the top of the IPL 2019 points table.Shedding light on Dhoni’s outburst at the umpires, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said the celebrated India player wanted clarity about the no-ball call and thus entered the pitch.”MS was after some clarity and it didn’t seem to be coming. So, he took the opportunity to go out in there and discuss it with the umpires. That’s how I saw it and that’s how I discussed it with him afterward.”Meanwhile, Fleming also said that MS Dhoni will be questioned about Thursday’s outburst at the umpire for a “long, long time” but refused to be drawn into answering whether what the CSK captain did was right or wrong.”He only just wanted clarity. The rights and wrongs will be discussed by everybody, including Mahi (Dhoni), I’m sure. But, I think, it’ll be a discussion for the umpires afterward and I am a watcher as you guys are, for now.”Also Read | Unlike Captain Cool: MS Dhoni slammed for confronting umpire after no-ball controversyAlso See:last_img read more