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India express interest in hosting FIFA U-20 World Cup

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New Delhi, July 5: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Tuesday submitted an expression of interest to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2019.

AIFF President Praful Patel said this would be the next “logical step for the development of football in India”, according to an official statement.

“With India hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 this year in October, we feel hosting the U-20 World Cup would be the best way to sustain the footballing momentum in India. Even though the event was held earlier this year in Asia in South Korea, we would be happy to discuss with FIFA about the possibility of hosting the event in India in 2019,” Patel said.

The format of the U-20 World Cup is the same as the FIFA U-17 World Cup with 24 teams playing out of six venues.

Meanwhile, the FIFA U-17 World Cup will be held in the country from October 6-28.

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IPL 2018: Sunrisers pacer Siddarth Kaul reprimanded for breach of conduct

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Mumbai, April 25: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer Siddharth Kaul has been reprimanded for breaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) code of conduct during a match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium here.

“Siddarth Kaul, the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler, was issued a reprimand during his team’s Indian Premier League encounter against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday,” an IPL statement read on Wednesday.

“Kaul admitted to the Level 1 offence under 2.1.4 of the IPL code of conduct for players and team officials and accepted the sanction,” the statement added.

What resulted in the breach of conduct was, however, not mentioned in the statement.

The 27-year-old has been in fine form this season, scalping nine wickets from six games.

He took three wickets during the 31-run win over Mumbai on Tuesday.

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Shikhar Dhawan, Smriti Mandhana nominated for Arjuna Award

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Kolkata, April 25: India men’s and women’s team openers Shikhar Dhawan and Smriti Mandhana have been nominated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the prestigious Arjuna award, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhury said on Wednesday.

“We have sent the communication to the Government of India,” Chaudhury told reporters.

Dhawan is currently playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Sunrisers Hyderabad and has been a consistent performer across all three formats for India.

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Mandhana had helped India reach the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup in England last year.

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Gautam Gambhir steps down as captain of Delhi Daredevils

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New Delhi, April 25: Cricketer Gautam Gambhir stepped down as the captain of Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday. 

Addressing a press conference, Gambhir said “It was my decision. I haven’t contributed enough to the team. I had to take the responsibility being the leader of the ship. I feel it was the right time.”

Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer has been appointed as the new captain.

“I want to thank the management & my coaches for appointing me as the captain of the team. It is a great honor for me” stated Iyer.

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