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Virat Kohli to step down as India’s T20 captain after World Cup

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India skipper Virat Kohli has decided to step down from T20I captaincy after the ICC T20 World Cup in November this year.
Kohli explained his decision to leave the T20I captaincy in a statement on Twitter. The India skipper said he needs to give himself space in order to play all three formats for the country.

“I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian Cricket Team to my utmost capability. I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team,” Kohli said in a statement.

“I couldn’t have done it without them — the boys, the support staff, the selection committee, my coaches, and each and every Indian who prayed for us to win.

“Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all 3 formats and captaining regularly for last 5-6 years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian Team in Test and ODI Cricket. I have given everything to the Team during my time as T20 Captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 Team as a batsman moving forward,” he added.

Kohli said he arrived at his decision after discussing with head coach Ravi Shastri and opening batsman Rohit Sharma.
“Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, who have been an essential part of the leadership group, I’ve decided to step down as the T20 Captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,” said Kohli.

“I have also spoken to the secretary Mr Jay Shah and the President of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with all the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and the Indian Team to the best of my ability,” he added.

India and Pakistan will be locking horns on October 24 in a group-stage encounter in the T20 World Cup. The tournament will get underway from October 17, with the final to be played in Dubai on November 14.

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J&K Girl Selected by BCCI in Women’s Challenger Trophy

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BCCI has selected a Jammu and Kashmir girl to participate in the Women’s Challenger Trophy. “I am glad to inform the cricket lovers of J&K that Bawandeep Kaur, a promising swashbuckling, hard-hitting batswoman who recently represented J&K in the National Women’s U-19 Tournament 2021-22, has been selected by BCCI for U-19 Women’s One Day Challenger Trophy 2021-22 to be held at Jaipur from tomorrow to 10th November 2021. This good news comes at the heel of the selection of another local player Arya Thakur for the similar format in Men’s U-19 category,” stated Brig Anil Gupta (retd) Member Administration, JKCA, in a press release issued here.

The teams for Challenger Trophy are selected directly by BCCI selectors based on the performance of the players in the national tournament played earlier at Bhubaneswar. The J&K team had performed well in that tournament and narrowly missed qualifying for the knockout stage. Bawandeep’s performance attracted the national selectors’ attention with a double-digit score in all matches, including two match-winning half-centuries. “I had spotted her batting prowess during the trial matches. Apart from quick scoring, she could also bat well at any number. So I decided to promote her as an opener, and she lived up to her potential and promise. She can also bowl her right-arm off-spin. She has a very bright future if she continues to concentrate on cricket,” informed Chetan Dhingra, Chief Coach of the Women’s Team. “This is the way to go. Women cricket in J&K has entered a new phase.

The talent is being recognized. Women cricketers are also getting facilities and opportunities similar to the Men,” stated Roopali Salathia, Member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). “We are determined to bring real renaissance in Women’s Cricket in J&K. I am thankful to the parents who are encouraging their daughters to take to this fascinating game. The Sub-Committee is exploring the possibility of creating dedicated infrastructure for the women cricket,” stated Mithun Manhas, Member Cricket Operations and Development. Bawandeep Kaur belongs to the far-flung Mahore area in District Reasi and is the daughter of a school teacher, Pardeep Singh.

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J&K team remains Champion in National Taekwondo Championship

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The J&K Taekwondo team remained overall champion in the 1st Dadra & Nagar Haveli Open National Taekwondo Championships-2021by securing 9 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals and 1 Bronze medal, organised at Dadra Nagar Haveli.

The team was led by Master Atul Pangotra (International Taekwondo coach) of Youth Services & Sports Department. He was also the Technical Director of the said event, whereas Harish Tokas assisted the team as coach along with Zaheer Abbas Khan.

On arrival at Jammu, the team and coaches got a rousing welcome at Brahmin Pratinidhi Sabha Parade by the Taekwondo Association of J&K.

In Kyorugi event, Suhel (senior under-58), Omprakash (senior under-63), Shivang Singh (senior over 87), Suryaansh Victor Sharma (cadet over 65), Sahil Singh (senior under 80), Aryan Singh Chib (cadet under-65), Kartik Sharma (junior under-78), Achutam Dev Singh (junior under-48), Kushagra Sharma (junior under-63), Rishi Singh (junior under-73), Aftab Eqbal (junior over-78), Paras Sharma (junior under-55) and Saanvi Sharma (cadet female over-59) secured Gold medals, whereas Anmol Yadav (senior male under-54) won Silver and Anandit Sharma (junior male under-73) bagged Bronze medal besides Aftab Eqbal (senior male under-68) stood 5th.

In poomsae event, Soham Sharma (junior male under-45) won Bronze medal, while Achutam Dev Singh (junior male team poomsae), Kushagra Sharma (junior male team poomsae), Soham Sharma (junior male team poomsae), Soham Sharma (junior male individual poomsae), Ritambra Sharma (sub junior female team poomsae), Nitya Nand Vardhyani (sub junior female team poomsae) and Mannat Umul Fatima (sub junior female team poomsae) clinched Gold medals.

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Rahul Dravid all set to take over as full-time coach of Indian cricket team

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India’s batting stalwart Rahul Dravid is all set to take over as the national cricket team’s head coach following the T20 World Cup in the UAE, having agreed to the BCCI’s offer after initial reluctance.

“Yes, Rahul has agreed to coach the Indian team till 2023 World Cup. Initially, he was reluctant but it is understood that president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah had a meeting with Rahul on the sidelines of the IPL final where they were able to convince him,” a BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

“It won’t be an interim role,” he added.

Dravid’s trusted lieutenant Paras Mhambrey is expected to be the bowling coach while Vikram Rathour is likely to continue as batting coach.

However, it is understood that the BCCI will nonetheless give an advertisement for the position to ensure that due process is followed.

Having seen Ravi Shastri achieve a lot of success, the BCCI was always keen on appointing an Indian coach but there were only a few of stature.

One former Indian captain and stalwart had already refused to become the coach in the current team set-up as Virat Kohli still remains the Test and ODI captain.

It is learnt that bigger names were wary of coaching a team where Kohli had mostly called the shots till the Australia tour earlier this year. The dynamics have changed ever since as the team out-maneuvered a stronger Australia in the absence of Kohli, who was on paternity leave at that time.

Shastri was in charge of the team at a fee of Rs 8.5 crore and it is understood that BCCI is offering Dravid a significant hike, which will be more than his NCA remuneration as well as Shastri’s current pay cheque.

The basic idea behind having the Dravid-Mhambrey combination in the Indian team set-up is to ensure that in another two years, when the transition of this team happens, the changing of nucleus is smooth.

“Rohit will be 35 next year, Virat is days away from his 33rd birthday. Apart from them Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ajinkya Rahane are all fantastic players but at some point during next two years, they will be phased out.

“The players who are set to come in are mostly from the U-19 set-up. So it’s imperative that Dravid is appointed,” the source said.

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