QPlay: India Thrash UAE, Pakistan Threaten WT20 Pull Out & More
India Remain Unbeaten in Asia Cup, Beat UAE
India thrashed minnows United Arab Emirates by nine wickets in a lop- sided inconsequential round robin match of the Asia Cup T20 on Thursday.
The Indian juggernaut rolled on as they have now won nine out of the 10 T20 Inetrnationals played this year, a very good track record going into the ICC World T20.
Chasing a small target of 82, the Indians romped home in only 10.1 overs with Rohit Sharma hitting a flurry of boundaries in his 28-ball-39. In all he hit seven fours and a six adding 43 for the opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan (16 not out), which incidentally is the highest for India for the first wicket in this tournament.
Need to Produce a Big Performance in Final: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the team will need to dish out a “big performance” against Bangladesh in the summit clash of the Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament if they desire to lift the trophy on Sunday.
We need 15 minutes to learn bad habit. You need maybe 5 -10 games to develop a good habit. There is always scope for improvement. We will have to be consistent in big games. We will have to come up with another big performance in the final. Bangladesh are a good team and they have improved a lot. It should be a good final.MS Dhoni
PCB Threaten WT20 Pull Out
Pakistan has threatened to pull out of the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 if the BCCI failed to get security guarantees and a “public statement” from the Indian government about its participation in the mega-event.
“It was agreed the cricket team cannot be allowed to go to India until foolproof and satisfactory security is provided,” a statement from the country’s interior ministry said.
We want the BCCI to give us a clear report about the security threats to the Pakistan team and the security blueprint they have prepared for our team. The BCCI is giving us private assurances but we need a public statement as it is important and it should come, as there are threats and we can see them.Shaharyar Khan, PCB Chairman
SC May Allow BCCI to Raise a Few Issues with Lodha Panel
The Supreme Court on Thursday indicated that it may refer a few concerns of the BCCI to the Justice Lodha Committee for restricted consideration. Among them, is the ‘one state one vote’ recommendation.
The apex court bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla said that both Maharashtra and Gujarat together have seven votes -- four in Maharashtra and three in Gujarat -- and the associations represented in the apex cricketing body have their “historical boundaries” and not “geographical boundaries”.
“Their wanting to send it back to the Justice Lodha Committee is not a question, we will decide,” Chief Justice Thakur said as senior counsel K.K. Venugoopal appearing for the BCCI urged the court to refer to the Lodha Committee some of its recommendations for the consideration as the BCCI was facing impediments in carrying these out.
Indian Women’s Cricket Team Climbs Two Spots
The Indian women’s cricket team has jumped from seventh to fifth spot in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s Championship standings which was released on Thursday. They are still not assured of a World Cup 2017 qualification spot.
The significance of the ICC Women’s Championship lies in the fact that it is a qualifying tournament for the 2017 Women’s World Cup. The top four sides from the championship will obtain automatic qualification for the event proper to be staged in England while the bottom four sides will get a final chance of qualification through the qualifier earlier in 2017.
In the last few weeks, India pulled one game back against Australia in an away series following which there was a 3-nil series win against Sri Lanka at home. But still they will need to win both their final two rounds of the championship against the West Indies and Pakistan to put pressure on the other leading contenders.