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Sopore volleyball championship concludes

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SRINAGAR: Game Challengers Sopore lifted the Sopore Volleyball Championship by defeating Warriors Sports Club Sopore 2-0 in the final played at Khushall Stadium Sopore. SDPO Sopore Furkan Qadri was the chief guest on prize distribution ceremony. He gave away prize to winners & runners up teams & appreciated the organisers for organising such events in Sopore. The tournament in which eight teams participated was organised by JK Hussaini Sports Club. KR Desk

Pakistan will have to be fearless against India in T20 World Cup opener: Miandad

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KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad believes a fearless approach would be crucial to his country’s chances of upstaging a star-studded India when the two arch-rivals clash in their highly-anticipated T20 World Cup opener on October 24. India have never lost to Pakistan in an ICC World Cup, either 50-over or T20. “The match against India will be crucial to getting momentum in the tournament. They are a strong side and have several top players but if we can play without fear and pressure and everyone does his bit we can beat them,” he said. Miandad believes that the Pakistan team has the capability of doing well in the event if it puts in a collective effort. “T20 format is one where people think that one or two players can win you matches but I look at it this way that in this fo...

T20 World Cup: Shardul replaces Axar Patel in Team India’s squad

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NEW DELHI: Fast bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur on Wednesday replaced Axar Patel in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup to be held in the UAE and Oman from October 17. The 29-year-old Thakur has impressed with his 18 wickets in the ongoing IPL for Chennai Super Kings. “The All-India Senior Selection Committee after a discussion with the team management has added Shardul Thakur to the main squad. All-rounder Axar Patel, who was part of the 15-member squad will now be on the list of stand-by players,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement. With pace all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who plays for Mumbai Indians, not bowling during the IPL because of fitness issues, the selectors wanted a cover for him. “The selectors felt that they were one pacer short and also with Hardik Pandya not bowli...

Billion Cheers: Fan-inspired Team India jersey for T20 World Cup unveiled

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NEW DELHI: Claiming to be inspired by the fans, the Indian cricket team’s jersey for the upcoming T20 World Cup was unveiled on Wednesday, days before the country opens its campaign with a much-awaited clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai. The tournament will be held from October 17 to November 14 in the UAE and Oman. The new shirt, called the ‘Billion Cheers Jersey’, has been inspired by fans and was unveiled by MPL Sports, the official kit sponsor of the Indian men’s, women’s, and Under-19 teams. “This is the first time in the history of Indian cricket that fans have been memorialised on a jersey. It carries their chants and cheers from iconic past matches, transformed into unique soundwave patterns,” stated a release from ML Sports The jersey comes in shades of Prussian blue and ...

2 day judo championship to begin from 20th Oct

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SRINAGAR: Judo Association of Jammu & Kashmir is going to organise Srinagar District Judo Championship starting from 20thOctober at Indoor Sports Hall, Polo Ground Srinagar. The two day Championship is organized under the aegis of J&K Sports Council and J&K Olympic Association. According to the statement issued by Judo Association of J&K, the Srinagar District Judo Championship is open for Sub-Junior, Cadet, Junior and Senior judokas both boys & girls. All those players desirous to take part in the championship have been asked to report to their concerned coaches along with Date of Birth certificate/ Adhaar proof on or before 19th October. For more information players can contact vice president JAJK Abdul Hamid Khan 9419094155, Joint secretary JAJK Gowhar Khan on his mo...

England players consider taking the knee at T20 World Cup: Jordan

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London: England fast bowler Chris Jordan says his teammates are considering taking a knee before the start of their T20 World Cup opener against the West Indies, who have confirmed to repeat the anti-racism gesture on October 23. The last time England players took a knee was in August 2020 when they clashed with Ireland in an ODI and their decision to stop doing it was criticised by West Indies great and anti-racism campaigner Michael Holding. However, the England players did wear T-shirts sporting messages against any act of racism, religious intolerance, sexism and other anti-discrimination slogans during the Test series against New Zealand. Jordan says they are considering taking a knee at this month’s showpiece event. “We’ll discuss it and if people feel strongly about, we’ll definitel...

IPL 2021: Recharged KKR in way of fancied DC’s maiden IPL title aspirations

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Two sides will lock horns in the second qualifier on Wednesday Sharjah: Eyeing a maiden IPL title, the fancied Delhi Capitals will face another litmus test in the form of a Kolkata Knight Riders unit brimming with optimism when the two sides lock horns in the second qualifier here on Wednesday. Delhi Capitals failed in their first big test when they lost to Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier and another defeat will mean there will be no more examination for the strong squad, led by India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. Two-time winners KKR will no doubt take confidence from their victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Monday’s eliminator that dashed Virat Kohli’s hopes of winning an IPL title with his longstanding franchise. If the emphasis is on momentum and peaking at the righ...

Kohli has given RCB kind of profile, very few could give their franchise: Gavaskar

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Dubai: The legendary Sunil Gavaskar says Virat Kohli has given Royal Challengers Bangalore that kind of a profile which only a few cricketers can manage for their respective franchises despite not winning an IPL trophy. Kohli’s dream of winning an IPL title with RCB ended in a heartbreak after Kolkata Knight Riders beat them by four wickets in the eliminator on Monday. Gavaskar said not all scripts are written in the manner players want them to. Kohli had announced that he would step down as RCB skipper after the end of the 14th edition of the lucrative league. “He has given RCB that kind of profile, that brand recognition that very (few) cricketers have given to their franchise,” Gavaskar told Star Sports. The former India captain compared Kohli’s last match as RCB skipper with Donald Bra...

Dhoni won’t charge any fee for being mentor of Indian team: Ganguly

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NEW DELHI: Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not charge any fee for mentoring the Indian cricket team during this month’s T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly told PTI on Tuesday. The iconic former captain was brought in as mentor by the BCCI last month when it announced the squad for the mega-event, scheduled to start October 17. The 40-year-old Dhoni retired from international cricket last year, his last India game being the 2019 World Cup semi-final, which the team lost to New Zealand. It is believed that Dhoni was brought in for his experience in devising near-perfect white ball strategies. He led his franchise Chennai Super Kings into the IPL finals on Sunday. One of the most successful captains in the history of Indian cricket, the enigmatic wicketk...

Sqay championship concludes at Pampore

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PAMPORE: Two day Sqay Championship held at International School Patalbagh Pampore concluded here on Tuesday. Around 200 players participated in the championship. Tehsildar Pampore, Ishtiyaq Mohi-ud-Din was the chief guest on the closing ceremony and he distributed medals among the winners. Mohi-ud-Din congratulated the school management and organizing committee for holding the championship. He said the championship has provided them an opportunity to look beyond the traditional games. On Monday the championship was inaugurated by Tehsil official Pampore, Mir Murawat Hussain. A number of dignitaries from different areas were also present during award ceremony. The championship was organised by Sqay Association of District Pulwama BILAL HABIBkashmirreader.com/