1. IPL 9 Will Take Place: IPL Chairman
The popular but troubled Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place next year notwithstanding the suspension of CSK and RR for two years by the Justice Lodha committee.
You should rest assured that IPL 9 will take place and there would not be any problem as far as BCCI is concerned.
– Rajiv Shukla, IPL Chairman
Shukla however did not elaborate on the format of the tournament after the suspension of the two teams but said BCCI is likely to form a panel which would deliberate upon the way forward.
After the verdict of the Justice Lodha Commission we are in the process of consultation. I had a meeting with president Jagmohan Dalmiya and I’m in talks with the secretary Mr Thakur also. We will analyse and study the entire report at the Governing Council on July 19 and there it may be decided to form a group to study the report and how it can be implemented.
– Rajiv Shukla, IPL Chairman
3. After India & Pakistan, Bangladesh Beat South Africa in ODI series
Bangladesh continued their giant-killing spree with a nine-wicket victory over South Africa in Wednesday’s rain-hit final one-day international to clinch the three-match series 2-1.
Chasing a revised 170-run victory target under the Duckworth-Lewis method, openers Soumya Sarkar (90) and Tamim Iqbal (61 not out) showed little respect for the South African bowlers as the hosts romped home with nearly 14 overs to spare.
Batting first, South Africa could never recover from a top-order collapse and posted a below-par 168-9 in a contest that was reduced to 40-overs-a-side following a lengthy rain interruption.
Full match report here.
4. Watson Set to Miss Out as Australia Seek Ashes Revenge
Allrounder Shane Watson is set to join wicketkeeper Brad Haddin as an Australian spectator when the second Ashes test begins at Lord’s today.
Watson will be dropped after a weak performance in the defeat in Cardiff last week, Australian media reported on Wednesday, and will be replaced by young allrounder Mitchell Marsh.
Haddin pulled out of the Lord’s test for unspecified “family reasons,” and captain Michael Clarke predicted on Wednesday he will be available for the third test at Edgbaston in two weeks.
Haddin was replaced by Peter Nevill, who will make his Australia debut at 29.
5. “Aiming For a Top-Five Finish at The Open,” Says Anirban Lahiri
India’s Anirban Lahiri may be playing at the Old Course at St Andrews for the first time in his career, but he is not allowing the stage, the atmosphere and the history of the place to intimidate him.
Having played two Open Championships before this one -- he even had a hole-in-one on his debut in 2012 at Muirfield -- besides once each at the Augusta National, US Open and the PGA, Lahiri is now confident of putting up a good show come Sunday.
For the first two rounds though, he tees-up with with South Africa’s George Coetzee and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-bello.
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6. Man Utd to Sell Valdes - Van Gaal
Manchester United will sell goalkeeper Victor Valdes after the Spaniard refused to play in the reserves, manager Louis van Gaal said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a news conference in Seattle during United’s pre-season tour of the United States, van Gaal made clear 33-year-old Valdes was on his way out after only six months at the Premier League club.
He doesn’t follow our philosophy. There is no place for someone like that. For example, he refused last (season) to play in the second team.
– Louis van Gaal, Man Utd Manager
Asked directly if he was selling the player, the manager replied: “Yes. For us it is a big disappointment because we thought he would follow our philosophy.