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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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Lodha Committee mails associations, clarifies doubts about posts, tenure cap

Governing bodies cannot create posts such as, “adviser”, “assistant secretary”, “patron” or “deputy treasurer” just to accommodate those officials who have been holding office for years beyond the tenure cap.

Top cricketing officials were unhappy with the Lodha Panel recommendations.(PTI)
Published on Sep 08, 2016 11:42 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Nearing twilight of his career, Dhoni struggling to sign off on a high

Dhoni, in the twilight of his career, is struggling to sign off on a good note as captain and batsman.

Besides his captaincy, Dhoni’s reputation as a finisher has also come into question.(AFP)
Published on Sep 07, 2016 12:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Expensive Duleep Trophy pink balls get ‘VIP’ security at Noida stadium

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been very protective about the expensive pink balls which cost Rs 8000 per ball.

At Rs 8,000, a Kookaburra pink ball is far more expensive compared to an SG Test ball, which costs Rs 1,200.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 06, 2016 12:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

BCCI panel not keen to submit report despite receiving documents from ‘spy’ firm

The two-member BCCI panel probing the allegation that the Board hired a UK-based security and investigations firm to spy on its members is taking its time to submit its report.

The logo of the Board of Control for Cricket.(Photo: BCCI)
Published on Sep 05, 2016 07:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Neutral venues for Ranji put BCCI’s pitch curators in a spot of bother

Twenty eight teams will play 124 Ranji matches at 40 venues, but the board has only 10 curators.

Twenty eight teams will play 124 Ranji matches at 40 venues, but the board has only 10 pitch curators.(Hemant Padalkar/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 04, 2016 11:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Milk, sweets and love: Sakshi’s mother prepares for her homecoming

While special dietary supplements and protein mixes are part of Sakshi’s diet as a champion wrestler, she also has faith in certain traditional remedies.

Sakshi Malik became India’s first female wrestler to win an Olympic medal on Wednesday.(PTI)
Published on Aug 20, 2016 11:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi:

BCCI’s review plea seeks CJI Thakur’s recusal

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Published on Aug 17, 2016 05:58 AM IST
ByBhadra Sinha/Jasvinder Sidhu

BCCI files plea against Lodha recommendations, says CJI is ‘prejudiced’

Indian cricket board president, Anurag Thakur (left) and secretary, Ajay Shirke at a press conference. The BCCI has filed a review petition in a last-ditch bid to get the Lodha report quashed.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 17, 2016 01:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByBhadra Sinha/Jasvinder Sidhu, New Delhi

Rio 2016: Father Dulal Karmakar has a special gift waiting for Dipa

The last two days have been tough on Dulal, especially after the call from his daughter in Rio.

Dipa Karmakar performs on the vault during the final in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.(AP)
Published on Aug 16, 2016 01:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Nostalgia: When Hanif Mohd played the gracious host

I was interesting in finding out what Pakistan’s ‘little master’ did to keep concentration and stamina during the 970-minute knock of 337 runs against the West Indies at Bridgetown in 1958.

Picking up an Indian-made SS bat from a corner of his drawing room, Hanif Mohd showed us how to play the forward defensive shot.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 12, 2016 08:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

BCCI keeps date with Lodha panel, to submit compliance report on Aug 25

In a climbdown, The BCCI went ahead with its meeting with the Lodha committee on Tuesday and will file a compliance report by August 25.

After raising doubts that it would ignore the Lodha committee’s summons to meet it on Tuesday, its secretary Ajay Shirke appeared before it. President Anurag Thakur did not attend,, citing the parliament session.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Aug 09, 2016 05:37 PM IST

Flat feet to top flip of the world

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Published on Aug 09, 2016 06:51 AM IST

BCCI decides to go by Katju advice, set for Lodha faceoff

The Indian cricket board could face the Supreme Court’s ire for deciding to go against its July 18 order to cooperate with the Justice RM Lodha committee, which has suggested major reforms in the influential sports body.

A policeman walks past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during a governing council meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at BCCI headquarters in Mumbai April 26, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files
Updated on Aug 09, 2016 01:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Rio Olympics: Dipa Karmakar, flat feet to top flip of the world

As a young girl, Dipa Karmakar had to first overcome flat feet before pursuing her gymnastics dream.

Dipa Karmakar, who reached the vault final after becoming the first Indian to qualify for the Olympics, had to overcome flat feet when she started in the sport as a young girl.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Aug 08, 2016 06:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Lodha panel turns down BCCI request to defer meeting

The Committee has no option but to submit it status report to the Supreme Court that the BCCI officials are not cooperating.

The BCCI decided to follow Justice Katju’s advice to not appear before the Lodha Committee.
Updated on Aug 08, 2016 01:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Fearing legal backlash, BCCI prunes legal panel

Aware of another legal backlash and possible contempt of court, BCCI on Friday informed its state associations at its Special General Meeting (SGM) that it would only be a one-man panel with Katju the sole member

BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke were left red-faced.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 06, 2016 03:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

BCCI SGM to debate problems in implementing Lodha report

The BCCI special general meeting in Delhi on Friday will discuss the Lodha panel recommendations for reforms and its various court cases.

The BCCI president Anurag Thakur (left) and secretary Ajay Shirke, asked by the Justice RM Lodha committee to meet it on August 9, are expected to get a direction at Friday’s special general meeting.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 04, 2016 06:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

BCCI’s Katju panel likely to invite Supreme Court ire

The BCCI appointing retired Supreme Court judge, Markandey Katju to head a panel to deal with the RM Lodha committee faces censure from the Supreme Court.

The BCCI president Anurag Thakur (left) and secretary Ajay Shirke (right) have been asked by the Justice RM Lodha committee to appear before it on August 9.(AFP)
Published on Aug 03, 2016 06:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Sports Fraud Bill delayed again

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Published on Jul 31, 2016 11:33 AM IST

Sports Fraud Bill likely to be delayed again

While the Supreme Court has given its nod to the recommendations of the Justice RM Lodha Committee for reforms in the functioning of the BCCI, the Sports Fraud Bill 3013, which stipulates how Indian law will deal with match-fixing and corruption in sports, is yet to be discussed in the Cabinet or the Parliament

The Sports Fraud Bill, which was drafted in the aftermath of the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) match-fixing scandal in which three Rajasthan Royals players—S Sreesant (left) , Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila—were arrested for their alleged role, is unlikely to be discussed in the Parliament in the ongoing monsoon session.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Jul 30, 2016 03:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

The tide turns: How spinners are winning the big battles

Once in the fringes of decision-making, spin bowlers are the flavour of the season as coaches of many international cricket teams.

India spin great, Anil Kumble, seen here with skipper Virat Kohli (right), took over as head coach ahead of the West Indies Test tour. Spinners are having a bigger say in world cricket.(AP)
Published on Jul 25, 2016 07:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Meet 4-year-old batsman Shayan Jamal, possibly Indian cricket’s next wonder boy

Four-year-old Shayan Jamal exudes confidence and displays skills that can shame many grown ups. The boy wonder from Delhi wants to emulate Virat Kohli.

Shayan Jamal, a four-year-old batsman, can not just hold the bat well but hit the ball well with it.(Jasvinder Sidhu / HT)
Updated on Jul 21, 2016 06:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Court order on Lodha report rejects BCCI concerns on C&AG member

The Supreme Court rejected the BCCI’s contention that letting a representative of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s office to sit in the new apex counicl would invite action from the International Cricket Council.

The BCCI will have to implement the Lodha committee recommendations within six months.(Reuters file picture)
Published on Jul 20, 2016 06:08 PM IST
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