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ICC comes up with MASSIVE penalty for slow over-rate in T20, check new rules here



The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced that slow overrate in T20 Internationals will result in a fielder less outside of the 30-yard circle for the remaining overs of the innings, starting this month.

The governing body also introduced an optional drinks interval midway through the innings in bilateral T20 international cricket as part of its updated playing conditions. The in-match penalties are in addition to the sanctions for slow over rate outlined in Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.

“The over rate regulations are captured in clause 13.8 of the playing conditions , which stipulate that a fielding side must be in position to bowl the first ball of the final over of the innings by the scheduled or rescheduled time for the end of the innings,” the ICC stated.

“If they are not in such a position, one fewer fielder will be permitted outside of the 30-yard circle for the remaining overs of the innings.”

The change was recommended by the ICC Cricket Committee, which regularly discusses ways to improve the pace of play in all formats, after considering reports on the effectiveness of a similar regulation that was included in the playing conditions for the Hundred competition conducted by the ECB.

In another change, an optional drinks break of two minutes and thirty seconds may be taken at the mid-point of each innings subject to agreement between Members at the start of each series. The first men’s match to be played under the new playing conditions will be the one-off tie between the West Indies and Ireland at the Sabina Park in Jamaica on January 16.

The first T20I of the three-match series between South Africa and the West Indies in Centurion on January 18 will be the first women’s match played under the new playing conditions.

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Para champions, Neeraj Chopra, Hockey star Vandana Katariya among Padma awardees




Four Paralympic medalists, including multiple medalist javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, Tokyo Paralympics double medallist shooter Avani Lekhara, gold medallist javelin thrower Sumit Antil and gold-winning para-shuttler Pramod Bhagat, were among the nine sportspersons who were conferred with the Padma awards on Tuesday.

While Jhajharia was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, the second-highest of the Padma awards, eight sportspersons, including Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra apart from Antil, Lekhara and Bhagat, were conferred with Padma Shri.

“I cannot express my gratitude in words to be conferred with Padma Bhushan, the second-highest Padma award. It is a recognition for the para-athlete community and me, and such awards bridge the gap between para-athletes and athletes.

I think there will be more responsibility after this award in terms of portraying the role in society and the country’s progress. It will also motivate me to help more and more players to achieve the same as me,” shared Jhajharia, who was conferred with Padma Shri in 2012 and won his third Paralympic medal in Tokyo.

23-year-old Haryana javelin thrower Sumit Antil, who won the gold medal in the F-64 category with a throw of 68.55 m in the Tokyo Paralympics, was earlier bestowed with the Khel Ratna last year. Antil, who had lost his leg in a bike accident, and watched his father Ram Kumar pass away to cancer in 2004, supported his mother Nirmala until he dedicated the award to his mother.

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Indian Cricketer Named as ICC women’s ODI cricketer of the year




India women cricket team opener Smriti Mandhana has been declared as the ICC women’s ODI cricketer for the year 2021. Mandhana tallied 855 runs in 22 internationals at an impressive average of 38.86 with one century and five half-centuries.

Despite India enduring a difficult 2021, Mandhana’s stock continued to rise this year. In the limited-overs series against South Africa where India won just two of the eight matches at home, Mandhana played a major role in both of the wins. She made 80 not out as India chased down 158 in the second ODI that helped them level the series and scored 48 not out in the win in the final T20I.

one-off Test against England that ended in a draw. She played an important knock of 49 in India’s only win in the ODI series. Her 15-ball 29 and fifty in the T20I series went in vain though as India fell short in both the matches and lost the series 2-1.

Mandhana was in good touch in the series against Australia, starting with the ODI series where she scored 86 in the second ODI. She compiled a brilliant century in the only Test (the first of her career) and was awarded the Player of the Match. She scored her second T20I fifty of the year in the final T20I, though India fell short and lost the series 2-0.

Mandhana made India’s first-ever pink-ball Test even more memorable by smashing her maiden century in the longest format. The left-hander played her natural game, to begin with, and scored a run-a-ball half-century, playing with caution under the lights.

Mandhana was caught on 80 but was given a reprieve after Ellyse Perry overstepped. She made the most of the lifeline, reaching her first Test century in style with a boundary. Her innings finally came to an end at 127, after putting India in a strong position. The match ended in a draw, and Mandhana was declared the Player of the Match.


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Winter Olympics-bound Arif Khan calls on Lt Governor




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J&K’s alpine skier, Arif Mohammed Khan who has qualified for Winter Olympics in Beijing called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at the Raj Bhavan, here today.

Skier Arif Khan who hails from a small village of Goiwara in Hajibal, Tangmarg in Kashmir valley has achieved the unique distinction of being India’s sole representative at the Beijing Winter Olympics. He is also the first athlete from the country to win direct quota spots in two different Winter Olympics events. The Lt Governor congratulated Arif for achieving a rare feat and extended his best wishes to the Winter Olympics qualifier.

“Entire nation is inspired by Arif’s dedication and sportsmanship. I urge everyone to support him. Wish him good luck and pray for his victory. Let’s bring home the gold,” the Lt Governor said. The Lt Governor commended the Winter Olympics qualifier for setting an incredible example for youth and budding sportspersons of the UT.

The Youth of J&K are immensely talented and certainly deserve more opportunities and exposure to display their talents. We are committed to extending all possible support to the local sportspersons who strive hard to make J&K and the nation proud.

The J&K Government is taking ground-breaking initiatives for creating world-class infrastructure, implementing new policies to make J&K the Power House of sports, the Lt Governor said. Arif Khan has represented the country four times in the World Championships in skiing and had earlier participated in both the editions of Khelo India Winter Games held in Gulmarg. The skier was accompanied by his mentor Zulfiqar Ahmed khan.

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