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ICC allows fans to print ticket at home after Trent Bridge fiasco

Friday’s ticket issue had given some of the Indian fans quite a scare as they look to head to the UK over the course of the next month to watch Virat Kohli and his boys in action.

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After the long queues outside the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground on Friday to enter the stadium for the West Indies-Pakistan game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has now decided to make an exception and allow fans to print their tickets at home and walk into the ground with them to avoid another case of fans losing their cool as they wait to enter the stadium for a game.

Speaking to IANS, Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications, said that while the majority of the tickets had already been delivered, the ICC has taken a number of measures to ensure that fans don’t feel concerned travelling to England and Wales for the showpiece event.

“There are a number of measures we have taken, this includes allowing fans to print their ticket at home (they just need to log onto their account and do so) so they can come with them, and we have stepped up our processes in venue to improve collection. The majority of tickets have been delivered now, but we are well set at venue if any fans have not received them,” she explained.

While the official tickets printed come with holograms, Claire said security arrangements have been made to ensure that there is no duplication when it comes to fans printing tickets at home. “Once a ticket has been printed, it effectively is disabled so can’t be duplicated. There’s a whole security system behind it to prevent that (duplication),” she pointed.

Friday’s ticket issue had given some of the Indian fans quite a scare as they look to head to the UK over the course of the next month to watch Virat Kohli and his boys in action. In fact, they even wanted to know if they could be faced with a situation wherein they might have to return without watching a match.

“This is scary. I have bought tickets for one game (India-Pakistan) and am travelling for that, bought an air ticket, paid exorbitant visa fees. I shudder to think that the ICC may ruin my plans and then just refund the money for the match ticket. You would expect the ICC to be professional! It is a matter of grave concern,” one fan had told IANS on conditions of anonymity.

But Claire said there wasn’t anything to worry. “The Sri Lanka-New Zealand match in Cardiff is about to start and there have been no issues there today and I am in Bristol ahead of the Afghanistan-Australia game and we are similarly well equipped. I think we can reassure fans that all will be well,” she said.

Apart from the other games, Indian and Pakistani fans from all over the world are expected to be at the Old Trafford in Manchester when the two captains walk out for the toss on June 16.

(Baidurjo Bhose can be contacted at [email protected])

–IANS

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Looting public money, going to jail is Shivamogga leader’s achievement: Siddaramaiah taunts CM

“Let H Vishwanath remember who got him ticket for Lok Sabha and assembly elections of 2008. As he does not have gratitude, he has not got a minister position.”

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Bengaluru, Jan 14: “Chief minister (CM) B S Yediyurappa has said that eating beef is the achievement of the Mysuru leader. He has forgotten to say that looting public money and going to jail is the only achievement of leader of Shivamogga,” said former CM and leader of opposition Siddaramaiah, taunting CM Yediyurappa on his statement of eating beef on the former.

Siddaramaiah tweeted, “I have not eaten beef till date though Yediyurappa had said that I eat beef. I said that I will eat if I feel like.

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“It is funny that Yediyurappa and BJP party members, who are enjoying power after buying MLAs of our party, say that Congress party does not have leaders. It is only Congress which won the legislative assembly elections on its own power and ruled for a complete term of five years. Was Yediyurappa CM for five years?

“Let H Vishwanath remember who got him ticket for Lok Sabha and assembly elections of 2008. As he does not have gratitude, he has not got a minister position.”

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‘Freedom 251’ scam Kingpin, Mohit Goel arrested in new 200 crore ‘dry fruits’ fraud

4 others have also been arrested along with Mohit. Three of them are foreigners who were hired to rob customers and merchants.

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In 2016, a Noida-led company announced a smartphone for Rs 251. Mohit Goel announced the freedom call for just Rs 251 and millions of people booked the phone online. But later this phone never came out and Mohit came under huge scrutiny.

Now the year is 2021 and Mohit Goel is once again in the limelight. This time Mohit Goel is in the grip of the police as he has been accused of frauding at least Rs 200 crore. According to the reports, Mohit Goel has charged thousands of traders across the country in the name of the dry fruit business. The main thing is that Mohit Goel has already several cases registered to his name and has gone to jail, but every time he has come out and cheated people in a different way.

Arrested after over 40 complaints

Mohit Goel has been arrested by Noida Police from Sector 51. 4 others have also been arrested along with Mohit. They worked at Mohit Goel’s company Dubai Dry Fruits and Spices Hub. Three of them are foreigners who were hired to scam customers and merchants.

They used to handle receptions. Noida Police said, 60 kg of dry fruits, Audi cars, and all documents have been recovered from Goel. This time Mohit Goel had opened an office in Sector 62, Noida, and duped traders into exporting dry fruits. More than 40 complaints have been received against him from Punjab, Haryana, UP, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and other states.

Office rent of Rs 3 lakh, foreign receptionist and 200 crores cheated

According to the information, Mohit Goel, who was carrying out this cheating, was paying a monthly rent of 3 lakh. Not only that, the foreign people were stationed at the reception, which made the traders fall into his bluff. At present, the police have sent Mohit Goel and his 4 accomplices to jail and are investigating the entire matter. Mohit Goel’s dry fruit scam is reported to be worth over Rs 200 crore.

Has already gone to jail many times before

In the Freedom 251 case, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya had registered a case against Mohit Goel. After which the High Court had seized Mohit Goel’s passport. Mohit Goel has also gone to jail for the land issue and providing 4G smartphones for Rs 2999 apart from Freedom 251 case.

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Kerala’s Mohammed Azharuddeen smashes second-fastest century in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Azharuddeen has never featured in the IPL before, but this century is a timely step in that direction, given the IPL 2021 auction is scheduled for February.

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Kerala’s Mohammed Azharuddeen smashed the second-fastest century in the Syed Mushtaq Ali, India’s domestic T20 tournament, as he reached the landmark in 37 balls against a Mumbai attack led by Dhawal Kulkarni at the Wankhede Stadium. Azharuddeen missed Rishabh Pant’s record by five balls but it was still the joint-third-fastest T20 century by an Indian. It was also the first hundred by a Kerala batsman in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and sealed their highest-ever chase in the tournament as they beat Mumbai for the first time in any format.

Kerala were chasing 197 after 40s from Yashasvi Jaiswal and Aditya Tare and handy cameos from Suryakumar Yadav and Shivam Dube. Azharuddeen started the innings with Robin Uthappa, who was sedate only in comparison, and the two put on 129 runs in 9.3 overs before Uthappa a 23-ball 33. Soon after, Azharuddeen got to his century off left-arm spinner Atharva Ankolekar. Pant’s record of 32 balls, which came for Delhi against Himachal Pradesh in 2017-18, though was never really under threat.

After being on 89 in 31 balls, Azharuddeen slowed down, scoring 1, 1, 0 and 1 to get to 92 in 35 balls before a six off Mulani and a two took him to the landmark. He remained unbeaten on 137 off 54 balls, with nine fours and 11 sixes, as Kerala cantered to victory by eight wickets in 15.5 overs.

Azharuddeen, the 26-year-old, got off the mark off the third ball of the innings – his first – with a boundary off Kulkarni, and took a special liking to Tushar Deshpande, the other new-ball bowler. In the second over of the innings, bowled by Deshpande, Azharuddeen hit one six and two fours as 20 runs were scored. Deshpande went off the attack but returned in the sixth, and Azharuddeen hit him for two fours and two sixes as the over went for 23, taking his score to 65 at the end of the powerplay.

The most noteworthy aspect of Azharuddeen’s innings was his pull shots, but he did play more than a few pleasing drives too, and found his runs off Ankolekar and Shams Mulani primarily in the V, even as he slapped the experienced Kulkarni over his head for two sixes, both off the back foot.

The record for the quickest T20 century is in the name of Chris Gayle – he got to the mark off just 30 balls when he hit 175 not out off 66 balls for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Pune Warriors India in IPL 2013. Then comes Pant’s effort. Rohit Sharma’s 35-ball ton against Sri Lanka in a T20I ranks second among Indians, while Azharuddeen has pulled level with Yusuf Pathan, who hit a 37-ball century for the Rajasthan Royals against the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2010.

Azharuddeen has never featured in the IPL before, but this century is a timely step in that direction, given the IPL 2021 auction is scheduled for February.

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