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Indian Cricketers’ Association membership process begins

The members of the ICA will elect the ICA board and representatives to the BCCI and BCCI Member Association governance bodies.

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New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday issued a release to announce the commencement of membership application process in the Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA) — the official players’ association for male and female ex-cricketers in India.

As per the release, all retired male and female international cricketers and retired domestic cricketers who have played a certain number of first-class matches are eligible to apply for ICA membership. Information regarding the membership eligibility criteria and the application process is available on the official website of the ICA (www.indiancricketersassociation.com).

The board informed the interested individuals who meet the eligibility criteria and wish to participate in the 2019 ICA elections to apply for ICA membership on or before September 21 through the online application form available on the ICA website.

The first ICA elections are scheduled to be held on October 11 under the supervision of the Electoral Officer of the board. The members of the ICA will elect the ICA board and representatives to the BCCI and BCCI Member Association governance bodies.

Individuals who have previously communicated their interest in being members of the ICA through their state associations and/or the BCCI are also required to apply for ICA membership through the online application form.

Commenting on the development, Chairman of the Supreme Court appointed Steering Committee G.K. Pillai, IAS (Retd.), said: “The ICA is a monumental step towards protecting and advancing the interests of cricketers in India. The body will not only benefit former cricketers in the form of welfare measures but will also provide an avenue for cricketers to participate in the governance of cricket at both the BCCI and member association level.

“What is particularly noteworthy is that the ICA gives a voice to both male and female as well as international and domestic ex-cricketers. We hope that retired cricketers take advantage of this opportunity and apply for membership to the ICA and help the ICA in becoming a substantial voice in the governance of cricket in India.”

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Warne banned from driving for 12 months

The former Australian spinner already had 15 penalty points to his license for five speeding offences from April 2016.

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New Delhi, Sep 23 : Australia legend Shane Warne has been banned from driving for 12 months after picking up his sixth speeding offence in two years. Warne pleaded guilty at the Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court for driving at over 75 kmph in a zone where the speed limit was 65 kmph.

According to BBC News, the former Australian spinner already had 15 penalty points to his license for five speeding offences from April 2016.

The 50-year-old, who was not present at the hearing, is also required to pay 900 pounds as fine.

Warne, regarded as one of the best spinners in cricket history, scalped 708 wickets in 145 Tests between 1992 and 2007.

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Sprinter Dutee Chand wants to join politics

Earlier this year, Dutee openly announced that she was in a same-sex relationship.

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Bhubaneswar, Sep 23 : Ace sprinter Dutee Chand has expressed her interest to enter the political fray after finishing her athletic career.

“I have always wanted to join politics since childhood. My family has also been involved in grassroots politics, with my mother being the SARPANCH of our village,” Dutee tweeted on Monday.

Dutee, however, said there is no plan to join politics as of now and she will wait till the completion of her career as an athlete.

“Now, I am focusing on my sprinting career. There is no plan to join politics now,” said India’s fastest woman.

Earlier this year, Dutee openly announced that she was in a same-sex relationship.

The 23-year-old athlete, who holds the national record in the women’s 100 metres event, is preparing for the World Championships scheduled to begin on September 27 in Doha.

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India vs South Africa 3rd T20I: Unchanged India bat first in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, Sep 22 India have elected to bat first at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium here on Sunday in the third and final T20I against South Africa.

India lead the three-match series 1-0 following their victory in Mohali on Wednesday while the first match in Dharamsala was washed out without a ball being bowled on September 15.

India skipper Virat Kohli said the hosts have gone in with an unchanged XI from the second T20I in Mohali. South Africa have made one change to their side with Beuran Hendricks replacing Anrich Nortje.

“Looks like a nice wicket. I know this is a ground where teams have chased well. But going into the T20 World Cup, we want to improve on a few things as a team. Batting first is an area we want to improve upon. Batting first is something we’re also looking to strengthen.

“Results are always a priority, but we need to get out of our comfort zone also. Come the World Cup, toss is not in your control, you should be able to perform whether batting or bowling first. Have a few plans in mind, will be looking to executing those,” Kohli said at the toss.

South Africa skipper Quinton de Kock said that the Proteas will be looking to make improvements upon their performance in the second T20I that ended in a seven-wicket loss for them.

“It will be a good wicket anyway, whether we batted or bowled. We will have to try and compete, be the best players we can be. Last match was up and down for the team. We will try to learn from our mistakes,” de Kock said.

Playing XI
South Africa: Quinton de Kock(c/wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini

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