Sunil Gavaskar questions Dhoni’s long absence from Team India

first_imgNew Delhi: Does anyone keep himself unavailable for playing for India for as long as M.S. Dhoni has is the real question, according to former India captain and cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar. Dhoni has not played for India since the team’s semi-final exit from the 2019 ICC World Cup.Speaking after giving the 26th Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial lecture, Gavaskar said that he can’t speak on Dhoni’s fitness.”I can’t tell you anything about fitness. But I think the question that needs to be asked is of MSD himself,” Gavaskar told reporters.”He has not made himself available to play for India since July 10. That is an important point. Does anyone keep himself away from playing for India for that long? That is the question and therein lies the answer,” he said.Dhoni has been on a sabbatical from all forms of cricket since the end of the World Cup in which time Rishabh Pant has been pushed as India’s main man behind the stumps going into the upcoming 2020 T20 World Cup. Sanju Samson has also been consistently part of the squad following impressive performances in domestic cricket and played for India in place of Pant during their third T20I against Sri Lanka in Pune on Friday.Gavaskar said that he hopes remuneration for uncapped players in the Ranji Trophy is also increased to bridge the gap in that respect with the Indian Premier League (IPL).”IPL dominates Ranji Trophy. Unless match fees are increased substantially, it (Ranji Trophy) will be considered an orphan and poor cousin of Indian cricket,” he said.Gavaskar said that the share of BCCI revenues that goes into remuneration for domestic players has not been increased for some time now. “Remuneration of Ranji players has not really increased over the last few years and I hope that with Sourav Ganguly being the BCCI president, he will look into it. The disparity between (remuneration of) players who play 14 days of IPL — who don’t always play first-class cricket — and those who play 80 days of Ranji cricket if you play all the matches, is big. Hopefully, that will be narrowed down as much as possible,” he expressed.Gavaskar, however, refused to talk about the International Cricket Council’s proposal to bring down the duration of Test matches from five days to four. IANSAlso Read: Sunil Gavaskar lauds Virat Kohli for lifting standards of Team India Also Watch: Protesters, who walked all the way from Tinsukia-Guwahati to protest against CAA 2019, Detained!last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports In other virus-related developments:— Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac announced he is teaming up with J.U.M.P. Ministries Global Church to provide hot breakfasts and lunches to school kids age 18 and under on weekdays for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Isaac also says he’ll be helping families obtain boxes of non-perishable food items once a week, things like oatmeal and cereal and instant rice. He says the breakfasts and lunches will be grab-and-go style, and a nurse will be on site for the pickups. Issac says, “We cannot just sit on our hands while this is going on.”— Just hours after the Australian government called for its citizens to cancel all non-essential travel, the Australian rules Australian Football League announced it was postponing its seasons until May 31. Australia’s various football leagues were among the few remaining professional sports playing on across the globe in its attempts to halt the spread of the virus.— The $12 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest purse in horse racing, will be postponed until next year. That’s according to an announcement from the Dubai Media Office, a governmental agency. Officials had planned to run the race March 28 without spectators over concerns about the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness it causes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 22, 2020 Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSGlobal athletes group calls for postponement of OlympicsUNDATED (AP) — Calls for the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics continue to mount. A worldwide group representing Olympic hopefuls is now urging the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Summer Games until the coronavirus pandemic is under control. In a news release Sunday, Global Athlete says that as the world unites to limit the spread of COVID-19, the IOC must do the same.The show of solidarity among Olympic hopefuls adds to the dozens of individual athletes who have come out against the IOC’s current stance, which is to start the games as scheduled on July 24.USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel has urged track’s international federation to advocate for postponement of the Games. USA Swimming has made a similar plea.Brazil’s Olympic Committee has called for the Tokyo Games to be postponed until 2021. And the Norwegian Olympic Committee says the Games shouldn’t take place until the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.The IOC is in consultation with the World Health Organization and has stuck to the position that it’s too early for drastic decisions.last_img read more

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Wellington police notes: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

first_imgWellington Police Notes for Thursday, February 28, 2013:•12:48 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary and theft in the 400 block W. Sumner, Wellington.•9:11 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block. N. A, Wellington.•2:37 p.m. Officers investigated burglary and theft in the 1100 block. W. 8th, Wellington.•5:44 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 100 block. W. 8th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Ellery L. Rowney, 54, Saskatoon, Canada and a fixed object/utility equipment owned by the city of Wellington.•Jessica Burnett, 36, Wellington was served a summons for charges of battery and disorderly conduct.img src=”http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Allied-Insurance-Logo-HRes.gif” width=”480″ height=”70″ />last_img read more

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