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Sehwag sends two-line resume to BCCI For India Coach Post




NewDelhi, June 6: Virender Sehwag made his name in international cricket as a fearless and explosive batsman who paid little heed to cricketing protocol. Apart from his few marathon innings in Tests and One Day Internationals, his career was characterised with small yet effective cameos that left bowling attacks for dead.

He is lovingly called the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ by his fans, said goodbye to cricket a couple of years ago. But his second innings on Twitter has been no less so far.After retirement, his approach has hardly changed. Despite resting his bat, Sehwag continues to charm his fans with his frequent one-liners on Twitter that often deal with issues few celebrated people would like to weight in on. This approach on social media has served him well as he remains a regular feature in the headlines.

His fondness for the brevity of the medium seems to have hit a different level now.

According to a report in The Indian Express,Virender Sehwag had sent a two-line application to the BCCI for the Indian Cricket Team coach’s job.The application said that he is a “mentor and a coach of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League and has played with all these (Indian) boys before.”

A BCCI source told the newspaper that the board has asked Sehwag to send his full resume along with his application, excusing the former Indian opener of the earlier blunder considering this was his first application to any post of this level.

Besides Kumble and Sehwag, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody, Englishman Richard Pybus, Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh have applied for the job, while the application of Australian pacer Craig McDermott will not be considered as it came after the deadline.

Sehwag, who was part of the commentary panel in England for the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy, has returned to India and will be interviewed by the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising of Sehwag’s former teammates — Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman — through Skype.

It will be interesting to see how Sehwag will react to the situation, and also how much his two-line application for the post of India’s coaching job affects his chances to succeed Kumble.

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Mohammed Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan meets Mamata Banerjee



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Kolkata, March 23: Beleaguered India pacer Mohammed Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan, who accused her husband of domestic violence and extra marital affairs, on Friday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the issue.

Jahan who also lodged a case against Shami and his family members for physical and mental abuse, and attempt to murder earlier sought “emotional support” from the Chief Minister.

According to sources close to Jahan, Banerjee met her in the state assembly on Friday afternoon, where they talked for around 10 minutes. She assured Jahan that she would look into the issue.

The meeting comes a day after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) recommended to the Board of Control for Cricket in India to include the Bengal pacer in the list of centrally-contracted players from which he was left out following Jahan’s accusations that Shami was involved in match-fixing.

Jahan alleged that he was spending time with a Pakistani woman in Dubai and taking money from her.

Shami was also probed by the anti-corruption officials of the BBCI for allegedly taking money from Pakistani contacts and was found not guilty.

A case was registered against Shami and four others on March 8 on his wife’s complaint.


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Shooter Vivaan shines at Junior World Cup



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Vivaan Kapoor (right) on the podium after winning bronze medal in trap at junior shooting World Cup (ISSF) (PC- Hindustan Times)

Sydney, March 23: India’s Vivaan Kapoor bagged the bronze in the men’s Trap event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup here on Friday.

The 16-year-old shot 30 birds in the six-man final to come away with a podium finish after 40 shots of the 45-shot final.

Italy’s Matteo Marongiu won the individual gold in the event, getting the better of China’s Yiliu Ouyang in a shoot-off after both were tied at 39 hits a piece at the end of the final round.

Yiliu missed the second bird in the shoot-off.

Vivaan added a second medal later in the day, winning the team bronze in the event along with compatriots Lakshay Sheoran and Ali Aman Elahi.

Vivaan, Lakshay and Ali compiled a collective score of 328 to finish behind silver medalists Australia (331) and gold medalists China (335) in the team section.

In the individual event, Vivaan shot 113 in qualification to qualify as the fifth finalist after coming second best to the Chinese 4-3 in a shoot-off to determine minor places.

He then shot 26 out of the first 35 birds to edge out Chinese Taipei’s Kun-Pi Yang who also had the same number of hits but Vivaan had qualified in a higher position for the final, which ensured his first Junior World Cup medal.

India had another finalist on the day with Sam George Sajan Christopher Ramesh in the Junior Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Postiions, shooting 1140 in qualifying to eventually finish sixth in the final with a score of 402.5.

India have so far claimed two gold and three bronze medals in the competition and are placed second behind China, who have collected five gold, one silver and three bronze.


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IPL: Shami welcomed back to Daredevils squad



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New Delhi, March 23: Moments after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) asked the BCCI to include beleaguered pacer Mohammed Shami in the central contracts, Delhi Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua on Thursday welcomed the seamer back into the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise.

“Happy to be informed that @MdShami11 has been cleared by #ACU of @BCCI and can play with @DelhiDaredevils in the #VivoIPL #DilDilli,” Dua wrote on Twitter.

Shami got a major reprieve from the BCCI anti-corruption unit in the allegations of match-fixing after which the CoA recommended he be included in Grade B of central contracts.

The Bengal pacer was excluded from the list of central contracts after his wife Hasin Jahan accused him of domestic violence and extra-marital affairs a day ahead of the announcement of the contracts.

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Shami was probed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s anti-corruption officials after allegations were made by his estranged wife that he had taken money from Pakistani contacts.

But at the end of the investigations by the head of the BCCI anti-corruption unit Neeraj Kumar, the paceman was found not guilty and thus the CoA has recommended that he should be placed in Grade B of the contract lists.

“Neeraj Kumar has submitted his confidential report to the CoA. Based on the conclusions in the said report, the CoA is of the view that no further actions/proceedings under the BCCI anti-corruption code are warranted in the matter,” a BCCI statement read.

“For this reason, the BCCI shall proceed with offering a Grade ‘B’ annual retainership contract to Mohd Shami,” the statement added.


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