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Delhi Capitals in talks with Royals to seal Rahane deal

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New Delhi, Aug 12 Ajinkya Rahane, one of the biggest names synonymous with Rajasthan Royals over the years, could turn out for Delhi Capitals from the next season if the franchise manages to crack the deal with RR.

Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that talks are on and if all goes well, Rahane will be a Delhi Capitals player in the 2020 edition of the cash-rich league.

“Yes, DC is trying to get Rahane onboard, but too early to say if the deal will see the light of the day. A lot of things need to be taken care of before the dotted line is signed. RR’s take on the whole issue can also not be discounted since he has been a huge ambassador for them. But yes, talks are on,” the source said.

If the move does go ahead, it will be a major coup for DC who have tried their best to revamp the team ever since the JSW Group came onboard in 2019. Last season saw them bring in Shikhar Dhawan from Sunrisers Hyderabad and the result was there for all to see.

Dhawan ended up hitting 521 runs at the top of the innings with five fifties and that was one of the primary reasons why DC managed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2012. A DC official said that a mix of youth and experience is what gets a team going and having Rahane on board would be a blessing for the franchise.

“The side has attempted to get the right balance between youth and experience and what Rahane brings to the table isn’t something one needs to talk about. It is there for all to see. Dhawan and Ishant Sharma showed what having experienced heads in the dug-out means when the situation is tough and this could be a dream move if sealed,” the official told IANS.

Having played for Mumbai Indians in 2008 and 2009, he skipped the 2010 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) before joining RR in 2011. From then on, Rahane’s love story with the Royals is stuff folklores are made of. In between, he did play for Pune when the RR franchise was banned for two years. But looks like things are going to be different next season.

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Jadeja recommended for Arjuna award, Deepa for Khel Ratna

Punia alongwith Vinesh Phogat were recommended by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for the prestigious award.

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New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was among the 19 names recommended for the Arjuna Award while para-athlete Deepa Malik was chosen for India’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Wrestler Bajrang Punia was also recommended for the Khel Ratna as was reported by IANS on Friday.

Punia alongwith Vinesh Phogat were recommended by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for the prestigious award.

Malik won silver in shot put in the F53 classification and also bagged two bronze medals (javelin F53-54 and shot put F51-52-53) at the Asian Games.

The 12-member committee, which met in New Delhi on Friday and Saturday to select the recommendations, included Mary Kom, Bhaichung Bhutia, Anju Bobby George, Anjum Chopra and Kamlesh Mehta, besides those nominated by the Sports Ministry. The other prominent names are Supreme Court judge Justice (Retd) Mukundakam Sharma, Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Jhulaniya, Sports Authority of India Director General Sandeep Pradhan and Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan.

The committee nominated five names for the Dhyan Chand Award, ranking them in order of priority, in case the Ministry decides to prune the list. The top nominee for the award is Manuel Fredericks, part of the hockey team that won bronze at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The other nominees are Arup Basak (table tennis), Nitin Kirtane (tennis), Manoj Kumar (wrestling) and Chhangte Lalremsanga (archery).

Six-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist boxer MC Mary Kom recused herself from the meeting to not get into conflict of interest because her personal coach Chhotelal Yadav was in contention for the Dronacharya Award.

The list of names:

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award

Bajrang Punia, Deepa Malik

Dronacharya Award

Vimal Kumar (badminton), Sandeep Gupta (table tennis), Mohinder Singh Dhillon (athletics)

Life-time category

Merzban Patel (hockey), Rambir Singh Khokhar (kabaddi), Sanjay Bhardwaj (cricket)

Arjuna Award

Tajinderpal Singh Toor (Athletics), Mohammad Anas Yahiya (Athletics), S. Bhaskaran (Body buidling), Sonia Lather (Boxing), Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Hockey), Ajay Thakur (Kabaddi), Gaurav Singh Gill (Motor sports), Pramod Bhagat ( badminton), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Swapna Barman (Athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (Para sports, athletics), Bhamidpati Sai Praneeth (badminton), Simran Shergill (polo)

Dhyanchand Award

Manuel Fredricks (Hockey), Arup Basak (Table tennis), Manoj Kumar (Wrestling), Nitten Kirtane (Tennis), Lalremsanga (Archery)

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Mary Kom recuses herself from sports awards meeting to avoid conflict

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New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Boxer M.C. Mary Kom on Saturday recused herself from the meeting wherein her personal coach Chhote Lal Yadav’s name was discussed for the Dronacharya award. There was widespread criticism that she is a part of the 12-member committee which is nominating names for national awards for excellence in sports and her own coach is in the list of candidates proposed. But the boxer decided to stay away when her coach’s name came up for discussion.

IANS has reliably learnt that she decided to not be a part of the final meeting on Saturday due to the presence of Yadav’s name among the nominees. According to sources, Mary had in fact wanted to resign from the committee when media reports appeared pointing at a case of conflict of interest against her.

The Boxing Federation of India had nominated Yadav on the basis of Mary’s recommendation.

Mary is among the athletes who are in the selection panel — which includes former footballer Baichung Bhutia, former long-jumper Anju Bobby George, former women’s cricket team captain Anjum Chopra and table tennis coach Kamlesh Mehta – that will recommend names for the Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dhyanchand and Dronacharya awards to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. The other prominent names are Supreme Court judge Justice (Retd) Mukundakam Sharma, Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Jhulaniya, Sports Authority of India Director General Sandeep Pradhan and Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan.

The BFI has nominated world championships bronze medallist Gaurav Bidhuri and Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal for the Arjuna Award while Sandhya Gurung and Shiv Singh are the other coaches they have nominated for the Dronacharya.

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Eyes on CoA as CAC writes to them, want to pick India support staff

“Going against the constitution can put the CoA in trouble as it is they who got the new constitution registered. Interesting times ahead for sure,”

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New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy, has asked the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to include the CAC in the process of appointment of the Indian team’s support staff.

The CAC had earlier expressed its intention in this regard at the press conference to announce the re-appointment of Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian team till the 2021 World T20. Making its wish official, the CAC has now written to the CoA, putting the latter in a spot.

A board functionary confirmed the development to IANS. “Kapil Dev and team have written to the CoA and made their intentions official to become a part of the support staff appointment procedure as well, but it has left the CoA in a spot as the constitution clearly calls for the selectors to pick the support staff while the CAC is expected to only pick the head coach,” the functionary explained.

Asked what the solution could be in such a scenario, the functionary said: “Well, you can always have scope for guidance, if you don’t wish to cut them off completely and that is something the CoA has to decide over the weekend as the process of selecting the support staff starts from Monday. The CoA also has the option of making it clear to the CAC how the constitution works.

“Going against the constitution can put the CoA in trouble as it is they who got the new constitution registered. Interesting times ahead for sure,” he added.

On Friday, CAC chief Kapil Dev had made his intentions known when he said: “Yes, our opinion should be there. If you ask me, we have (sent) a recommendation to the board about the selection process of the support staff as well. It is not right, if we are not doing that job also. We told them that we would like to be part of the process that finalises the appointment.”

While Bharat Arun is certain to be retained as the bowling coach, Vikram Rathour may beat Praveen Amre for the job of batting coach, as current batting coach Sanjay Bangar’s position is being questioned after the team’s inability to find a competent no.4 batsman put them in trouble during the recently concluded World Cup.

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