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England to tour India for four Tests, three ODIs and five T20Is in 2021

MUMBAI Nov 24: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has revealed that India will play five T20Is against England when the visitors tour the country early next year. While there have been talks on Ahmedabad hosting the day-night Test against England, the complete itinerary hasn’t been announced yet. The former India skipper said on Tuesday that it will be a full-fledged tour of four Tests, three ODIs and five T20Is.
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India’s Tour Of England 2021: India to play five Test series in August and September 2021

LONDON Nov 18: A five-match Test series against India will headline England’s bumper home summer in 2021 as the country’s cricket board on Wednesday unveiled a provisional fixture with plans to get crowds back into the stadiums.
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Is there a new team from Kerala for next IPL: Mohanlal’s trip to Dubai raises query and hopes

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KOCHI Nov 12: Is there a new team from Kerala for the next IPL? Rumours suggest that Mohanlal’s trip to Dubai has some links with Kerala getting their own IPL team from the next season.
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Kohli to go on paternity leave after first Australia Test; Rohit included, Sanju named in ODI squad

MUMBAI Nov 9: Virat Kohli’s paternity leave from the last three Test matches has opened a pandora’s box in India with people weighing in who will or should lead the side in his absence.
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Team India’s T20I, ODI and Test squads for Tour of Australia announced: Keralite Sanju Samson included

MUMBAI October 27: The All-India Senior Selection Committee met via video-conference on Monday to select the Indian Cricket Team for the upcoming Tour of Australia. Team India will take part in three T20Is, three ODIs and four Test matches against Australia. Sanju Samson from Kerala has also made to the T20 side.
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Michael Vaughan rates IPL as ‘best cricketing spectacle’

LONDON October 20: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has no hesitation in calling the Indian Premier League (IPL) the best cricketing spectacle.
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Former India football captain Carlton Chapman dies of heart attack

BEGALURU Oct 12: Former India football captain and mid-fielder Carlton Chapman, who formed a deadly trio at the club level with Bhaichung Bhutia and IM Vijayan in the 1990s, died on Monday following a heart attack in Bengaluru.

He was 49. Chapman was hospitalised on Sunday night at a hospital in Bengaluru and passed away early this morning.

“I got a call from Bengaluru from one of his friends that Chapman is no more. He passed away early this morning. He was a happy-go-lucky man, always smiling and ready to help others,” Chapman’s one-time India team-mate Bruno Coutinho told PTI from Goa.

A creative midfielder, Chapman played for India between 1995 and 2001 and the country won the 1997 SAFF Cup under his captaincy.At the club level, he had two successful spells with East Bengal and one with now defunct JCT Mills.

A product of the Tata Football Academy in early 1990s, Chapman joined East Bengal in 1993 and scored a hat-trick in his team’s 6-2 win against Iraq club Al Zawra in a first round match at the Asian Cup Winners Cup that year.

But his best came after moving to JCT in 1995.Chapman won 14 trophies with the Punjab-based club, including the inaugural National Football League in 1996-97, and formed a formidable combination with Vijayan and Bhutia.

“He was like a younger brother to me. We were practically family. This is not an easy loss to take,” Vijayan told the-aiff.com.

He was a really nice person, both on and off the pitch. Generally, things do get heated at times when you are on the pitch as a footballer, but I do not remember him ever getting angry at anyone.Chapman had also joined now-defunct FC Kochin. But after one season, he returned to East Bengal in 1998 and the club won the NFL under his captaincy in 2001. He announced his retirement from professional football in 2001.

“Carlton-da was such a nice person. He was a year or two senior to us but he used to take care of us and guide us in various matters,” said former India striker Dipendu Biswas, who was a cadet with Chapman at the Tata Football Academy.

I remember he would even take us out for dinner on the weekends, back when we were at the Academy.” Biswas recalled how Chapman played a role in his first goal in a Kolkata Derby.I remember we were both in East Bengal at that time and I managed to score my first ever goal in a Kolkata Derby. The cross had in fact come from Carlton-da. I can’t even begin to tell you how special that moment was for me, he said.

I still have that picture with him in my room. That first derby goal is always special, and I am happy to have shared that moment with Carlton-da.As coach, Chapman had stints with I-League second division club Tata Football Academy, Royal Wahingdoh FC of Shillong and Sudeva Moonlight FC of Delhi before becoming the Technical Director of the Kozhikode-based Quartz International Football Academy in 2017.

“He had been coaching for a long time after he was done with his playing career, and was bringing through some talented players.” – PTI

Afghanistan’s international cricket umpire dead in blast

KABUL Oct 4: Bismillah Jan Shinwari, the Afghanistan umpire, has lost his life in a roadside blast which took place on Saturday in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.
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Essex under fire after alcohol poured over Muslim cricketer

LONDON Oct 1: County Cricket Club Essex is under fire after one of their players was pictured pouring alcohol over his Muslim teammate while celebrating their Bob Willis Trophy victory. While many demanded that the club issued an apology, the club stopped short of doing so, saying that “further work needs to be done across both sport and society in general, to widen people’s knowledge and make them more aware of cultural differences”.
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Priority To Hold Series Against England In India: Sourav Ganguly

DUBAI Sept 28: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Monday said the Board will do all it can to ensure that India’s home series against England remains in the country and domestic tournaments kick off at some point despite the “fluid” COVID-19 situation. India’s COVID-19 case load has gone past 60 lakh and the number of dead has surged beyond 95,000. England are scheduled to tour India next year between January and March for five Tests, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals.
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