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Jasvinder Sidhu, with the Delhi sports team, has been a journalist for 20 years and writes on cricket.

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Michael Ferreira’s arrest shows a trend of sportsmen getting involved in crime

With the arrest of former world billiards champion Michael Ferreira on Sunday for his alleged involvement in the E-commerce scam, one more name was added to the Delhi Police’s list of former players involved in crime.

Ferreira, 78, was arrested along with three others by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police in Mumbai for his alleged involvement in the binary scheme, QNET, scam in which people were duped of crores of rupees.(PTI Photo)
Published on Nov 15, 2016 04:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Cricket bookies yorked by PM Narendra Modi’s demonetisation initiative

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to withdraw Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes from circulation has hit the business of illegal bookies

The business of illegal bookies has shuddered to a halt after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the government’s decision to withdraw Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes on November 8, on the eve of the first Test between India and England at Rajkot.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 13, 2016 02:35 PM IST
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What a mismatch! Only three anti-corruption officers to monitor 900 matches

Amid all the investigations beginning with the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, court cases and the ensuing suggestions of administrative reforms, it seems that a crackdown on corruption has been pushed to the backseat.

ICC has admitted that match fixers are trying to ‘groom’ young players as their future investment and under such circumstances, domestic cricketers become easy targets.(PTI PHoto)
Published on Nov 12, 2016 12:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Lodha row: BCCI cuts ties with Markandey Katju

Katju caused a flutter with his sharp comments against the judiciary at a media conference, where he also declared the Lodha committee ‘unconstitutional’.

Some BCCI officials are critical of the manner in which Katju presented its case in the media and felt his report has done more harm than good.(Kunal Patil/ HT Photo)
Published on Nov 10, 2016 04:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Dhoni’s India career under no threat, says Saba Karim

However, the former India stumper says Dhoni, 35, will need to address his batting --- he consumes many more deliveries of late --- to ensure his longevity.

MS Dhoni’s honest assessment about his game may have raised eyebrows, but Saba Karim feels the admission is good for Indian cricket.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 07, 2016 08:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi:

India vs England series on the line as BCCI misses SC deadline on Lodha reforms

The Lodha committee, set up by the Supreme Court, wants the BCCI to unconditionally accept its reforms. The BCCI’s defiance could affect the upcoming India vs England series

The series between India and England could be in jeopardy after the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Thursday missed a Supreme Court deadline(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 03, 2016 09:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Hardik Pandya’s all-round mantra: Demand and supply

Hardik Pandya has transformed his game from a batsman to a capable all-rounder.

Hardik Pandya performed well for India in the recent ODI series against New Zealand which MS Dhoni’s team won 3-2.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 03, 2016 10:50 PM IST
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Why Ravichandran Ashwin, Jadeja not wizards. This ex-spin legend explains

Spin great Rajinder Goel, Ranji Trophy’s highest wicket-taker, slams India’s reliance on turning tracks for home series to beat visiting teams easily with matches getting wrapped up on the third or fourth day.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been India’s strike force at home.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 03, 2016 10:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

BCCI hits a wall, no Lodha panel interaction till pledge to implement reforms

The Supreme Court has directed the BCCI that it cannot implement any major decision until it ends opposition to implementing Lodha panel recommendations.

The Supreme Court ordered the BCCI to take directions from the Lodha committee on major financial decisions.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 02, 2016 06:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

SC interim order to BCCI: State units have enough funds to keep show running

The court order on Friday barred 13 state associations that had received money from the board following its Special General Meeting (SGM) from utilizing the funds until they file an affidavit that they will abide by the Lodha panel directives.

The court order on Friday barred 13 state associations that had received money from the board following its Special General Meeting (SGM).(AFP Photo)
Published on Oct 07, 2016 07:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Banking on spin hurting Virat Kohli’s record on home pitches

Virat has scored only three hundreds in 19 matches he has played in India.

Virat’s batting seems to have suffered in the last three years because of pitch conditions that are aimed to exploit home advantage by helping spinners dominate .(AP)
Published on Oct 07, 2016 04:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Stop disbursing public money to state units, Apex court tells BCCI

The Supreme Court on Thursday reminded the BCCI that it would not allow the free flow of money to state associations, which are resisting the reforms suggested by the Lodha Committee, as it is public money.

BCCI President Anurag Thakur along with BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke intracts with media.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 07, 2016 02:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

CBI’s sports fraud wing is a work in regress

CBI investigations on multi-crore scams in some state cricket associations are moving at snail’s pace while SIU’s focus seems to be confined to age fraud cases in sports.

The 2013 spot-fixing scandal or the subsequent illegal betting case that racked IPL were not handed over to the federal sub-unit formed.(PTI)
Published on Oct 05, 2016 09:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Lodha clarifies, says no freeze

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Published on Oct 05, 2016 06:49 AM IST

BCCI accounts not frozen: Lodha panel on India-NZ series cancellation reports

A source in the Lodha committee told HT that a report which said the BCCI has cancelled the remainder of the ongoing India-New Zealand series is a slander campaign against the Apex Court and added that it has not frozen any account

The Lodha panel said its communication to BCCI and its banks on Monday had simply asked for financial decisions taken at the September 30 meeting be put on hold.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 04, 2016 07:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

ICC says BCCI issue of adopting Lodha reforms is its ‘internal’ matter

The ICC termed the BCCI’s ongoing issues in adopting the Lodha recommendations as the Board’s ‘internal’ matter.

The ICC termed the BCCI’s ongoing issues in adopting the Lodha recommendations as the Board’s ‘internal’ matter.(AFP)
Updated on Sep 30, 2016 11:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Board’s AGM decisions in jeopardy

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Published on Sep 29, 2016 12:02 PM IST

Lodha panel declares BCCI AGM decisions ‘ineffective’, board in jeopardy

The Justice Lodha Committee has suggested to the Supreme Court that, “All decisions of the BCCI taken after 18.7.2016 which are contrary to the judgment dated 18.7.2016 of this Hon’ble Court and/or the directives of the SC Committee for implementing the same are non est and ineffective.”

Board president Anurag Thakur’s representation as director in the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and Sharad Pawar’s nomination as alternate director for ICC meetings are also under the cloud.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 29, 2016 10:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

BCCI’s road to disaster: Timeline of war between Lodha Panel and Indian board

The Supreme Court said on Wednesday it will not allow the BCCI to defy orders, reacting to a status report submitted by the RM Lodha Committee that sought the ouster of the Indian cricket board’s top brass, including president Anurag Thakur.

The Lodha panel has sought Thakur’s removal, with the remaining top brass of the BCCI, for not complying with its recommendations.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Sep 28, 2016 09:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Here’s what Lodha panel’s report to Supreme Court had to say about BCCI

The Justice RM Lodha Committee, in its status report submitted to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, has recommended that all present office barrier of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should be superseded.

The panel recommended that all present office bearer of BCCI should be superseded.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 28, 2016 02:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

With time on his side, Ashwin can break a lot of records: Waqar Younis

Ashwin reached the 200-wicket milestone in Tests in his 37th game, thus going past Younis and former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee who took 38 Tests to reach the mark.

Former Pakistan pacer and skipper Waqar Younis said that R Ashwin not only takes wickets but also performs with the bat.(AFP)
Updated on Sep 26, 2016 11:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

ICC asks match officials to stress on integrity of game

The International Cricket Council (ICC) feels that self-policing by Elite Panel of umpires can help curb corruption and maintain the integrity of top umpires.

Published on Sep 24, 2016 06:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Despite legal hassles, flow of money into BCCI coffers goes up

The Indian cricket board may be passing through a turbulent phase for the last two years, especially following the Lodha panel verdict and the July 18 Supreme Court ruling, but it hasn’t had any impact on its financial health.

In spite of falling interest rates, BCCI earned Rs 48 lakh per day as interest from bank deposits during 2015-2016.(AFP)
Published on Sep 23, 2016 11:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Late monsoon may pour cold water on turning tracks during New Zealand series

But this time India are unlikely to get such controversial, spinner-friendly tracks for the series against New Zealand, starting in Kanpur on September 22.

he North has received heavy delayed rainfall and that has affected pitch preparations.(AP Photo)
Published on Sep 12, 2016 03:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

With Kashmir on boil, players from Valley could skip Ranji Trophy team

With 76 protesters killed so far in the current unrest in Jammu and Kashmir and anti-India sentiments running high in the valley, some of the state’s key Ranji players from the region could opt out of the camp and team this season.

India Blue player Parvez Rasool during the Practice session at Saheed Vijay Pathik Sports Complex.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 09, 2016 10:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

With Kashmir on boil, players may skip Ranji

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Published on Sep 09, 2016 07:44 AM IST
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