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QPlay: BCCI Bids Farewell to Dalmiya, Pietersen in PSL And More  

All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap

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1. BCCI Bid Farewell to Jagmohan Dalmiya

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla paid their homage to the late BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya at the Eden Gardens on Monday. Along with the present BCCI team, ex-members such as ICC Chairman N Srinivasan and former BCCI presidents Sharad Pawar and Shashank Manohar were also present.

From that crisis he found a way out by selling TV rights and ensured that cricket reaches everyone. He ensured that everyone from state association members to players get benefit. His vision and way of functioning not only took Indian cricket, but also world cricket to greater heights. Because of him, the Indian subcontinent gained prominence in the ICC.
- N Srinivasan

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2. Kevin Pietersen to Feature in Pakistan Super League

England’s star batsman Kevin Pietersen confirmed through a video message that he will be playing the Pakistan Super League during the launch of the event in Lahore on Sunday. After Pietersen’s international career was jeopardised due to bitter relations with the England team management, he has become a freelance T20 player. He has played in the Caribbean Premier League, South Africa’s Ram Slam, Australia’s KFC T20 Big Bash and the IPL.

Absolutely buzzing to be a part of the Pakistani mela (event) coming up in February. I can’t wait to get it started. It looks like it is going to be a wonderful competition. Lots of fun, lots of sixes, lots of wickets, typical T20 stuff.
- Kevin Pietersen

3. BCCI May Appoint Interim President if the Constitution Permits

The shocking demise of the BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya has opened up a space at the top of the BCCI ladder. The IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said that if the constitution permits, the BCCI officials will elect an interim president.

Nobody can match Jagmohan Dalmiya’s talent as well as stature. The void will be tough to fill. The BCCI will hold a meeting to see what can be done. We will have to see if somebody can be elected as the new interim president.
- Rajeev Shukla

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4. Anything Less Than a Title Victory is a Failure, Says Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza after recently winning the US Open double title with Martina Hingis is gearing up for her final two tournaments of the season. Mirza will play the Guangzhou International Women’s Open, starting in China, and the WTA year-end finals at Singapore from October 25. The Indian Tennis star said that, since she and Martina Hingis are ranked number one, anything less than a title victory is a failure.

We are the No. 1 team, I am (ranked) No. 1 and she is No. 2 individually, so anything less than a title is a failure for us on paper. But it’s impossible for anyone to win every tournament they play. No matter who you are, you are always going to lose one or two matches. But yeah, we try and enter every tournament to win and that’s what we are going to do.
- Sania Mirza

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5. National-Level Shooter Shot Dead

National-level shooter Sippy Sidhu was found dead with bullet injuries in Chandigarh on Sunday night. The shooter’s body was recovered at around 11 pm. The police are still investigating the motive behind the murder.

Sidhu was a high-profiled lawyer and a sports promoter. He won the team gold along with Abhinav Bindra in the Punjab National Games in 2001.

It’s a great loss to shooting sports and to me personally. Sippy was a close friend. He had the passion to promote sports in India. He was working very hard to promote and develop sports and had a very bright future.
- Shimon Sharif, Rifle Shooter

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