AITA drops Bhupathi-Bopanna from Davis Cup squad, fields youngsters vs NZ

first_imgSending out a strong message that indiscipline will not be tolerated, the AITA on Saturday dropped Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna from the the Davis Cup team for the upcoming tie against New Zealand and blooded youngsters to prepare the side for the future.Veteran Leander Paes and singles exponent Somdev Devvarman were not considered after they made themselves unavailable for the tie, scheduled for September 14-16 in Chandigarh.It will be a new-look Indian team with Yuki Bhambri, Vishnu Vardhan, Saketh Myneni, Divij Sharan, Sanam Singh and Sri Ram Balaji chosen in the squad.While Paes wants to play in the World Team Tennis competition in US, Somdev is still not fit enough for the Davis Cup tie.The national body left out veteran Bhupathi and big serving Bopanna from the squad to send out a message that any kind of indiscipline will not be tolerated.Bhupathi and Bopanna had created a big drama ahead of the London Games when they refused to play with Paes and insisted on being paired together for the men’s doubles event.Their challenge fell in the quarterfinals as none of the Indian pair returned with a medal from the Games.The AITA had to agree to their demands but had indicated that the matter was not close and wielded the axe today.India would strive to stay in Asia/Oceania Group I when they play the Kiwis in Chandigarh. The loser of the play-off tie will be relgated to Group II.The last tie India played New Zealand was in 2004 when it had triumphed in the away tie 3-2.The head-to-head record is tied 3-3 for the two teams.advertisementlast_img read more

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I wish selection committee had more international experience: Dilip Vengsarkar to India Today

first_imgFormer chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar has chosen to speak out against the BCCI’s decision to appoint an inexperienced selection committee for the Indian cricket tea,.In an interview to India Today, Vengsarkar expressed his displeasure on the MSK Prasad-led selection committee having limited international experience.”International experience is very important. The more you have played, the more you can understand players and situations. Experience at that level widens your vision as well. You can then pick a player at the right time. I don’t know that about this selection committee. They don’t have much experience. I wish them the best,” he said. (Questions galore on DDCA’s decision to sack selectors)The BCCI for the first time departed from the tradition to have a big name as chief selector and a committee with sizeable international cricketers under their belt. MSK Prasad, the new chief selector has played six Tests and 17 one-dayers for India and has a team of selectors under him who have only played 13 Tests and 31 ODIs between them.Wishing that there were selectors with international experience, Vengsarkar said, “You need to have an eye for talent. But you also need the courage of conviction, otherwise you will struggle. I wish there were selectors who had loads of international experience.” (DDCA sacks Atul Wassan, Nikhil Chopra, Maninder Singh from selection panel)During his stint as national selector, Vengsarkar, who went on to play 116 Tests and captained India, took the brave call of dropping Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid from India’s one-day squad for a tri-series in Australia in 2007-08.advertisementThe new selection committee will need to take a bold decision on MS Dhoni’s future as India’s one-day skipper amidst Virat Kohli’s continuing success in the Test arena. Their handling of this critical decision with the Champions Trophy due in June next year and their vision for the Indian one-day cricket in lead up to the next World Cup in 2019 would tell if Vengsarkar’s criticism is justified. Vengsarkar added that the number of selectors, either three as suggested by Lodha committee or five as has been the norm, doesn’t matter much but experience does. (BCCI refuses to blink in fight with Lodha panel, names five-member selection committee)”It does not matter if you have three or four or five selectors. But I suppose more the merrier; one can watch more cricket. If you have less selectors, having talent spotters to assist them is also an option,” he concluded.last_img read more

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BCCI furious after ICC penalises women’s team for not playing Pakistan

first_imgThe Indian cricket board’s relations with the International Cricket Council (ICC), headed by Shashank Manohar, hit a new low after the Indian women’s cricket team was docked six points for not playing bilateral series with Pakistan between August 1 to October 31 as per agreement.There are possibilities that the men’s team might not play Champions Trophy in protest against the women cricketers being made “soft targets” in the name of rules and regulations. A furious Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has lodged a protest with the global body who are well aware that any bilateral series against Pakistan needs government permission under current political scenario. (International Cricket Council penalises India women’s team for not playing Pakistan)”ICC is well aware that in prevailing situation where Indian soldiers are being martyred, the sentiment is dead against playing Pakistan. The chairman is well aware that we need government permission,” a furious senior BCCI official told PTI on Wednesday.”This is a move with ulterior motive trying to play into the hands of Pakistan. They would say if women can play so can men. But that won’t happen. If ICC does not backtrack, the men’s team in solidarity with our women’s team won’t play in Champions Trophy,” he added.An ICC release today stated: “Following consideration of written submissions from both PCB and BCCI, the ICC Technical Committee has ruled that the India Women’s team is deemed to have forfeited each of the three matches it was due to play against Pakistan in Round 6 of the ICC Women’s Championship, and that the associated points should be awarded to Pakistan.advertisement”The matches, which were due to be played between August 1 & October 31, 2016, were not formally scheduled and did not ultimately take place, and the Technical Committee has ruled that Pakistan will be awarded two points for each of the three games and, in accordance with the ICC Women’s Championship playing conditions, India shall be considered to have scored 0 runs in each of the 50 overs in each of the three matches and that its net run rate shall be adjusted accordingly.”The Technical Committee said while it was sensitive to the current state of relations between the nations of India and Pakistan, but concluded that the BCCI had not been able to establish ‘acceptable reasons’ for not participating in the series.The ICC’s relationship with BCCI has soured on a number of issues since Shashank Manohar became independent chairman. From changes proposed in revenue sharing to not having India in the working group, Manohar’s stance has been perceived by many as anti-India despite BCCI members having full faith in his leadership.A top ranking office bearer of the BCCI commented: “It seems as if Manohar’s anti-BCCI stand is becoming an anti-India stance. As a former BCCI president he is well aware why the men’s team could not play a bilateral series with Pakistan last year. Despite that if Indian women’s team is docked points for not playing Pakistan, it means he does not care about the public sentiment.”With Parliament session on, BCCI president Anurag Thakur was unavailable for comment.last_img read more

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