QPlay:Team India to Camp in Kolkata, Serena In French Final & More
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Indian Team to Hold Camp in Kolkata Before Bangladesh Tour
Indian Test cricketers led by Virat Kohli will arrive in Kolkata on Friday afternoon for a two-day camp before heading to Dhaka on Monday morning for the one-off Test against Bangladesh.
“They will arrive in batches and there will be practice on Saturday and Sunday. They will take a 7.45am flight to Dhaka on Monday,” a source told PTI.
The city is also scheduled to host the three iconic former cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman- the newly inducted members of the cricket advisory committee which is slated to meet for the first time on Saturday.
India will play one Test (at Fatullah from June 10-14) and three ODIs (at Mirpur from June 18-24) in the upcoming Bangladesh tour.
Test Skipper Kohli All Praise for Interim Coach Ravi Shastri
Just a few days to go before the start of India’s Bangladesh tour and the only thing Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli seems to want to stress on, is the BCCI’s choice for India’s interim coach, Ravi Shastri.
First he spoke to a cricket website about the BCCI’s ‘great choice’ earlier this week and then on Friday as well, in a press event in the capital, the young skipper could not help but rave about the former Indian skipper.
Adding that Shastri brings ‘confidence and self belief’ in the team, Kohli seemed also to suggest that he should be allowed to stay as long as he wants.
Sick Serena Battles on to Set up Safarova Final
An ailing Serena Williams stayed on course for a 20th grand slam singles title as she came back from a set down to reach the final of the French Open with a 4-6 6-3 6-0 win against Swiss power hitter Timea Bacsinszky on Thursday.
The American, who looked unwell throughout the match, putting iced towels around her neck and against her forehead at changeovers, fell a set and a break down as the 23rd-seeded Bacsinszky peppered the court with backhand winners.
But Williams, who won Roland Garros in 2002 and 2013, dug deep to break back and Bacsinszky cracked, losing 10 games in a row.
Williams closed it out when Bacsinszky sent a backhand long, and will next meet 13th seed Lucie Safarova in the Final on Saturday after the Czech beat 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic 7-5 7-5 in the other semifinal.
Saina, Kashyap in Quarters; Srikanth out of Indonesian Open
Saina Nehwal breezed past Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Ya Ching while Parupalli Kashyap stunned World No.5 Son Wan Ho in straight games to make it to the quarterfinals of the Indonesian Open Super Series.
Saina, who slipped to world number 3 on Thursday, thrashed Ching 21-13 21-15 in a 36-minute contest to set up a clash with old foe Shixian Wang in the women’s singles quarters.
Kashyap, meanwhile, upstaged Ho 21-11 21-14 in just 36 minutes and will face top seed Chen Long in the men’s singles quarterfinal. However, Kidambi Srikanth bowed out after going down 21-14 20-22 13-21 to Ginting Anthony of Indonesia in a battle that lasted 54 minutes.
FIFA Admits Paying Ireland $5M Over Henry’s Handball
In the midst of an escalating financial scandal, FIFA admitted Thursday to giving Ireland $5 million in compensation for missing a place at the 2010 World Cup after Thierry Henry’s handball set up France’s winning goal.
In November 2009, Ireland was furious that Henry’s handball in extra time enabled William Gallas to score and give France a 2-1 aggregate win and a place in the 32-nation field on South Africa. Swedish referee Martin Hansson was heavily criticized for not making a handball call.
While the referee’s decision is final, and the Football Association of Ireland ultimately accepted it as such, in January 2010 FIFA entered into an agreement with FAI in order to put an end to any claims against FIFA. FIFA granted FAI a loan of $5 million for the construction of a stadium in Ireland.
– FIFA Statement
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