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    Dy Director SAI visits Poonch
 

GJ REPORT
POONCH, APR 19: Deputy Director Sports Authority of India (SAI), Ajit Singh held interactive sessions with players of Hockey and coaches of different disciplines during his two-day visit here.
To showcase talent in game of Hockey among Poonch boys, an exhibition match was also organized between Stadium Blue and Stadium Orange. Besides SAI officer, the match was also witnessed by SSP Pooch, Rajiv Pandey; DySP HQ, Mohan Sharma; Sham Lal Sharma, Nirdosh Kumar, Narjeet Singh (District Officer DYSS), Tanveer Dar, Ravinder Singh, Kewal Krishan and Vijay Kumar.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Director SAI lauded effort of retired SAI Hockey Coach, Sham Lal Sharma for his contributions in the field of hockey. He ensured revival of Day Boarding Scheme of SAI at Sports Stadium, Poonch which was discontinued after retirement of Sham Lal Sharma.
SSP Poonch promised all possible help in promoting sports culture in the district. Earlier, a seminar and sports quiz was organised by Deputy Director at Modern Public School, Poonch with an aim to aware budding players and students about sports activities across the globe. About 100 players and students participated in the said Seminar.

 

   Young Shuttler brings laurels to State

 

GJ REPORT
JAMMU, APR 19: Young Shuttler, Snowey Goswami has brought laurels to Jammu and Kashmir by winning Silver medal in recently concluded PNB Metlife North Zone Badminton Tournament at Chandigarh. "Snowey D/o Raman Goswami has contested in Under-9 Girls' Singles event and lost in final. She also played upto quarterfinals in Girls' Under-11 age group in the same event," informed SAI Badminton Coach, Sat Pal Sharma.
Snowey and her elder brother, Aesh Goswami are regular trainees at Indoor Complex, M A Stadium and are considered to be future of Badminton in the State. Aesh is presently Under-13 State champion and has represented the State in Sub-Junior Nationals in 2015 and 2016.
Meanwhile, in a separate handout, issued by J&K Badminton Association, President Sudershan Singh Wazir and other members, including Balbir Singh Jamwal, congratulated Snowey for the achievement and wished her a bright future.
 

 

        Gujarat Lions' Dwayne Bravo confident teammate Basil Thampi will soon play for India
     
 

Kolkata, Apr 19: West Indies' World T20-winning allrounder Dwayne Bravo is mighty impressed with uncapped Kerala speedster Basil Thampi, saying he could soon represent India.
GL's Basil Thampi (L) celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle against RCB. Sportzpics GL's Basil Thampi (L) celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle against RCB. Sportzpics
Both Bravo and Thampi are turning out for Gujarat Lions in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
"Basil Thampi is a very, very talented youngster. I would say he will get the opportunity to play for Team India in a year or so. He has the talent, obviously, but he also has a lot of heart, pace and the skill. He's always willing to learn," Bravo told PTI on Wednesday.
During Gujarat Lions' match against Mumbai Indians, the tall pacer impressed everyone by consistently bowling yorkers.
On Tuesday, when Royal Challengers Bangalore took the Gujarat Lions attack to the cleaners, Thampi returned economical figures of 1/31 and bowled the maximum (11) dot balls.
Thampi's maiden IPL wicket came in the form of Chris Gayle, after the opener had smashed a 38-ball 77. The bowler set it up with a yorker and trapped him next ball with another full-length delivery.
An excited Bravo, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, went straight to the Kerala pacer and said he would like to take him under his wings.
"He's willing to learn. He asks the right questions. I think India cricket is in right direction when you have someone like him.
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    Sreesanth ban to stay, reiterates BCCI


New Delhi, Apr 19: A criminal court exonerating cricketer S Sreesanth of spot-fixing charges is not enough to lift the lifetime ban on him, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told the Kerala High Court on Tuesday (April 18).
BCCI was responding to a petition filed by Sreesanth challenging the continuation of the life ban by cricket's national governing body despite a Delhi court dropping the charges against him on July 25, 2015. He had claimed that such a ban violates his constitutional rights.
But an affidavit filed by BCCI opposing Sreesanth's petition stated, "The decision of the sessions court to acquit the petitioner from criminal charges has no impact whatsoever on the decision of the internal disciplinary committee of the BCCI to ban the petitioner from playing cricket tournaments organized by the BCCI and/or its affiliates. The question before the sessions court was whether the petitioner (and other accused) were guilty of penal consequences under relevant criminal statutes.
"On the other hand, the question before the BCCI disciplinary committee was whether the petitioner is guilty of match-fixing, corruption and gambling and violation of the internal disciplinary rules of the BCCI. The standard of proof required under a penal statute is much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry. Therefore, on an appreciation of the same evidence, one may not be guilty of criminal consequences but can be found guilty for violating the internal disciplinary rules of an organization," the affidavit added.Further, the BCCI claimed that the sessions court was aware of its decision to ban Sreesanth while discharging him.

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        Pleasure to open the innings with you, RCB’s Chris Gayle to Virat Kohli

 

New Delhi, Apr 19: There isn’t any other opening pairing in the IPL that offers as much promise and threat that Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle do. Both demolish the bowlers and attack the opposition with such casualness at times that it can’t help but make you feel helpless. That is exactly what the Gujarat Lions bowlers and fielders would have felt on Tuesday night the pairing got into the act for the first time this season for Royal Challengers Bangalore. They put together 122 runs for the opening wicket against GL in Rajkot to eventually see RCB score 213 batting first. While the first wicket fell in the 12th over, the opening stand did more than enough to damage Lions’ effort and confidence. During Gayle’s whirlwind knock of 77 runs from 38 balls, he also became the first to reach 10,000 runs in T20. It took Gayle 12 years to reach the milestone with his first T20 being a International 20:20 Club Championship match in England. What baffles one’s mind is also the fact that Gayle has scored 7534 runs with the help of 743 sixes and 769 boundaries. Speaking about his achievement to IPLT20 website, Gayle told Kohli, “It’s fantastic to get to 10000 runs and share that moment with you. We have had a lot of partnerships and it is really great. Also, to be able to play for a great franchise like the RCB is superb. Since I joined this franchise, things have gone great for me as well from a personal point of view, so I am very thankful for that. You guys have been special and it is special to share the dressing room with you. We have a lot of talent, many youngsters and it is good fun. It has been an absolute pleasure.”
 

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     Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel named in 15-man South Africa squad

 

Johannesburg, Apr 19: Indian-origin left-arm spinner, Keshav Maharaj has been included in the 15-man Proteas squad for the ICC Champions Trophy, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Wednesday. The squad will play three ODIs against England starting with the first match at Headingley in Leeds on 24 May, before their first group match of the ICC Champions Trophy against Sri Lanka at the Oval on 3 June.
The 26-year-old Maharaj has had an impressive debut season in the Test squad, and comes into the squad to bolster the spin options alongside Imran Tahir.
Morne Morkel makes a return to the limited-overs format after nearly 10 months, adding experience to the pace bowling group featuring Kagiso Rabada, Wayne Parnell, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo.
CSA convener of selectors, Linda Zondi, says the selectors have picked a strong squad which covers all of the combinations and conditions on offer for the eighth edition of the eight-team event.
"We have been working with this group of players for the last two seasons where our key emphasis has been consistency in selection," Zondi commented.
"That has shown in how this group has performed over the last while, which has resulted in winning three consecutive ODI series.
"We feel we have a squad that covers every scenario that we could possibly be faced with on the tour. Most importantly, every player knows and understands their role and value within the squad.
"Keshav has had an exceptional debut season for the Test side and his inclusion in the squad gives us a spinner with a different skills and extra batting depth.
We have seen how important it is to bat deep in ODI cricket, this option will give us that cover if needed."

 

  Hyderabad thump Delhi by 15 runs

 

New Delhi, Apr 19: Thanks to Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan's heroics, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) posted a competitive total of 191/4 against Delhi Daredevils (DD) in Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium at Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Wednesday. After the early loss of skipper David Warner, Williamson and Dhawan picked up pace and built a crucial 136-run partnership to give the home team a solid platform for a big total. Williamson and Dhawan's 89 and 70 runs, respectively, spiked up Delhi bowlers' economy rate. However, Chris Morris' 4/26 in his four overs helped Delhi peg Hyderabad back, halting the orange army from posting a 200-over total. Zaheer Khan missed out on his 100th IPL wicket and Yuvraj Singh, who is playing his 200th T20 match, made only three. It will be interesting to see the chase of the visiting team keeping in mind the fiery form of SRH bowlers.
 

 

 

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