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Ratnagiri Jets aim to double championship streak at Maharashtra Premier League

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Pune, May 2 (IANS) Ratnagiri Jets snagged a total of seven players at the Maharashtra Premier League Player (MPL) auction to complete their squad. The defending champions went to the auction with the most retained players out of all the teams (15) and had a clear vision of the gaps that they needed to fill for the upcoming season.

The management’s auction strategy was simple and focused on the skill set that the team needed. The gaps identified by the Ratnagiri Jets drove the decisions that they made at the auction successfully as they picked up a replacement wicketkeeper in the form of Abhishek Pawar because the number of matches have almost doubled this season.

The team needed another fast bowler, Piyush Kamal and the most exciting new signee came in the form of SatyajeetBachhav, undoubtedly one of the best left-arm spinners in the state.

“We began as defending champions, but that is the distant past. Our focus is on the present, as our responsibility to prepare for the contest began a while back and will never end. We look forward to the challenges this new season brings,” said Ranjit Pande, head coach.

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“In Season 1, our unity and dedication propelled us to victory. Now, as we announce our Season 2 lineup, the responsibility weighs even heavier on our shoulders. But with the same unwavering teamwork and commitment, we’re ready to take on the challenge, aiming higher and flying further as Ratnagiri Jets”, said Rakesh Navani, team owner of Ratnagiri Jets.

Led by Azim Kazi, a seasoned campaigner for Maharashtra, the Ratnagiri Jets won the inaugural season of the MPL which made the decision very easy to retain most of the squad. The first season showed the willingness of the players to put their hand up for the team and there was a total of 5 different Man of the Matches that the team won.

The bowlers of the team have been stand-out performers with Kunal Thorat bagging 2 wickets vs the Solapur Royals, Divyang Hinganekar getting a scalp and scoring a crucial 46 off 15 balls to win against Chhatrapati Sambhaji Kings, Captain Azim Kazi cleaned out 3 wickets vs the Eagle Nashik Titans, and Vijay Pawale also took home the man of the match awards for their crucial two wickets each versus the Puneri Bappa and Kolhapur Tuskers respectively.

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The second edition of the MPL will begin on June 2 and Ratnagiri Jets aim to repeat their performance by solely focusing on the processes that were responsible for winning them the cup the first time around.

The team has started training together and will continue to build on the plans that have been laid out by the coaching staff.

Ratnagiri Jets squad:

Abhishek Pawar (WK), Akhilesh Gawale, Azim Kazi (C), Dhiraj Phatangare, DivyangHinganekar, Kiran Chormale, KrishShahapurkar, Kunal Thorat, Nikhil Naik (WK), Nikit Dhumal, Piyush Kamal, Pradeep Dadhe, Preetam Patil, Rohit Patil, Sahil Churi, Sangram Bhalekar, SatyajeetBacchav,Tushar Shrivastav, Vaibhav Chowghule, Vijay Pawale, Yash Borkar, Yogesh Chavan

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MLC: San Francisco Unicorns beat Washington Freedom by 6-wicket

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Dallas, July 23 (IANS) Led by Sanjay Krishnamurthi’s unbeaten 79 off 42 balls and Josh Inglis’ rapid 45 off 17, the San Francisco Unicorns handed the Washington Freedom their first loss of the season in the penultimate league stage match of the Major League Cricket (MLC) 2024 at Grand Prairie Stadium on Monday.

Despite Steve Smith and Travis Head each scoring half-centuries to guide Washington Freedom to 174/3 in 15.3 overs, the Unicorns managed their run-chase flawlessly in a rain-affected game, securing a six-wicket victory (DLS Method).

Both teams ended the league stage with 11 points from seven matches, with Washington Freedom finishing on top due to a superior Net Run Rate, while the San Francisco Unicorns placed second.

With the game reduced to 14 overs due to rain, San Francisco Unicorns were given a DLS-adjusted target of 177 runs to win. Finn Allen was sent packing on the very first ball of the innings by Akeal Hosein.

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Despite the early setback, Jake Fraser-McGurk and Sanjay Krishnamurthi took an aggressive approach, smashing 42 runs in the Powerplay of 4 overs. However, Fraser-McGurk was caught behind by Andries Gous off Andrew Tye in the next over, having scored 18 off 9 balls.

Krishnamurthi, who was dropped by Mukhtar Ahmed at 13 in the second over, reached his fifty off 28 balls in the eighth over. Meanwhile, Josh Inglis delivered a blistering innings of 45 runs off 17 balls, featuring six sixes and just one four. He smashed three consecutive sixes off Jack Edwards in the ninth over, reducing the target to 67 runs needed from 30 balls.

Tye, who was hit for two sixes by Inglis in the second and third balls of his second over, had the last laugh as he dismissed Inglis on the fourth ball and went on to strike again, removing Sherfane Rutherford on the last ball of the 10th over.

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Krishnamurthi then took charge of the run chase, teaming up with Hassan Khan to score 33 runs in the next two overs, reducing the target to 22 runs needed from 12 balls. Riding on stunning momentum, both batters chased down the target with ease with two balls to spare.

Earlier in the contest, Steve Smith and Travis Head gave Washington Freedom a flying start, amassing 70 runs in the Powerplay. The pair brought up the team’s 100-run mark in the 9.3 over. However, Smith was dismissed by Corey Anderson on the next ball, scoring a remarkable 56 off 31 balls.

Head continued his red-hot form as he reached his fourth successive fifty in 34 balls, but was also dismissed by Anderson in the 12th over after scoring 56 off 36 balls, leaving Washington at 122/2.

Rachin Ravindra then played a quick cameo, scoring 16 off 6 balls before getting run out in the 14th over. Gous (29* off 20) continued to find timely boundaries until rain halted play after 15.3 overs, with Washington at 174/3. The match was then shifted to a 14-over chase for San Francisco.

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Having finished in the top two, both Washington Freedom and San Francisco square off against each other in the Qualifier on July 25 at 0730 PM Local Time at Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas.

Brief Scores:

Washington Freedom 174/3 in 15.3 overs (Steve Smith 56, Travis Head 56, Corey Anderson 2-20) lost to San Francisco Unicorns 177/4 in 13.4 overs (Sanjay Krishnamurthi 79 not out, Josh Inglis 45, Andrew Tye 3-41) by 6 wickets (DLS method).

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FC Goa sign young full-back Sanatomba Singh Yanglem on multi-year contract

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FC Goa sign young full-back Sanatomba Singh Yanglem on multi-year contract

Margao, July 23 (IANS) FC Goa have announced the addition of young full-back Sanatomba Singh Yanglem to the club’s roster on a multi-year contract.

“I am delighted to sign with FC Goa. Honestly, I did not expect an opportunity of this level – joining the First Team of one of the great clubs in India, with such a supportive environment. As a young player, I understand the challenges ahead in matching the levels of my more experienced teammates. However, this is the essence of football, and I am committed to my development, seeking guidance from both coaches and players,” said Yanglem to FC Goa’s media team.

Yanglem was a part of the Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) academy team that won the Sub-Junior I-League in 2018-19 and finished as runners-up in the MFA (Mumbai Football Association) Super Division in 2022-23. Over his tenure with RFYC, he played 42 matches, clocked 2824 minutes, registered four assists, and contributed to an impressive 18 clean sheets.

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“I believe FC Goa is the perfect place for my growth. This team is renowned for nurturing young talent and helping them achieve their potential. In my position as a left-back, I have two seniors, Aakash Sangwan and Jay Gupta, to look up to and learn from. Additionally, I am eager to work with the coaching staff, especially Coach Manolo, who has a reputation for significantly impacting young players. I aspire to be one of those players,” he added.

Yanglem’s addition to the team will bolster FC Goa’s defensive lineup as they gear up for the new season. He is the Club’s seventh new signing for the season, after goalkeeper Lara Sharma, defenders Sangwan and Muhammad Hammad, midfielders Iker Guarrotxena and Dejan Drazic and forward Alan Saji.

“Sanatomba is a left-back with excellent qualities. He is technically sound, a solid defender, and shows remarkable bravery and aggression on the field, making it difficult for opponents. He is also physically strong, and has a promising future ahead despite his young age,” concluded head coach Manolo Marquez.

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MLC: San Francisco Unicorns beat Washington Freedm by 6-wicket

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Dallas, July 23 (IANS) Led by Sanjay Krishnamurthi’s unbeaten 79 off 42 balls and Josh Inglis’ rapid 45 off 17, the San Francisco Unicorns handed the Washington Freedom their first loss of the season in the penultimate league stage match of the Major League Cricket (MLC) 2024 at Grand Prairie Stadium on Monday.

Despite Steve Smith and Travis Head each scoring half-centuries to guide Washington Freedom to 174/3 in 15.3 overs, the Unicorns managed their run-chase flawlessly in a rain-affected game, securing a six-wicket victory (DLS Method).

Both teams ended the league stage with 11 points from seven matches, with Washington Freedom finishing on top due to a superior Net Run Rate, while the San Francisco Unicorns placed second.

With the game reduced to 14 overs due to rain, San Francisco Unicorns were given a DLS-adjusted target of 177 runs to win. Finn Allen was sent packing on the very first ball of the innings by Akeal Hosein.

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Despite the early setback, Jake Fraser-McGurk and Sanjay Krishnamurthi took an aggressive approach, smashing 42 runs in the Powerplay of 4 overs. However, Fraser-McGurk was caught behind by Andries Gous off Andrew Tye in the next over, having scored 18 off 9 balls.

Krishnamurthi, who was dropped by Mukhtar Ahmed at 13 in the second over, reached his fifty off 28 balls in the eighth over. Meanwhile, Josh Inglis delivered a blistering innings of 45 runs off 17 balls, featuring six sixes and just one four. He smashed three consecutive sixes off Jack Edwards in the ninth over, reducing the target to 67 runs needed from 30 balls.

Tye, who was hit for two sixes by Inglis in the second and third balls of his second over, had the last laugh as he dismissed Inglis on the fourth ball and went on to strike again, removing Sherfane Rutherford on the last ball of the 10th over.

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Krishnamurthi then took charge of the run chase, teaming up with Hassan Khan to score 33 runs in the next two overs, reducing the target to 22 runs needed from 12 balls. Riding on stunning momentum, both batters chased down the target with ease with two balls to spare.

Earlier in the contest, Steve Smith and Travis Head gave Washington Freedom a flying start, amassing 70 runs in the Powerplay. The pair brought up the team’s 100-run mark in the 9.3 over. However, Smith was dismissed by Corey Anderson on the next ball, scoring a remarkable 56 off 31 balls.

Head continued his red-hot form as he reached his fourth successive fifty in 34 balls, but was also dismissed by Anderson in the 12th over after scoring 56 off 36 balls, leaving Washington at 122/2.

Rachin Ravindra then played a quick cameo, scoring 16 off 6 balls before getting run out in the 14th over. Gous (29* off 20) continued to find timely boundaries until rain halted play after 15.3 overs, with Washington at 174/3. The match was then shifted to a 14-over chase for San Francisco.

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Having finished in the top two, both Washington Freedom and San Francisco square off against each other in the Qualifier on July 25 at 0730 PM Local Time at Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas.

Brief Scores:

Washington Freedom 174/3 in 15.3 overs (Steve Smith 56, Travis Head 56, Corey Anderson 2-20) lost to San Francisco Unicorns 177/4 in 13,4 overs (Sanjay Krishnamurthi 79 not out, Josh Inglis 45, Andrew Tye 3-41) by 6 wickets (DLS method).

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Hockey India name core probables ahead of Asian Champions Trophy

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New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Hockey India on Tuesday named a core probable group for the senior men’s national coaching camp in SAI, Bengaluru ahead the forthcoming Asian Champions Trophy, to be held in Hulunbuir City, China in September.

The core group includes players who didn’t make the final cut for Paris 2024. It also includes players from the development group and the junior men’s team. Players from the Olympic squad will join the ongoing National Camp on August 24 after a brief break. The camp will end on September 4.

Players called up for the national camp include goalkeepers Suraj Karkera and Mohit HS, defenders Varun Kumar, Amir Ali, Amandeep Lakra, Rohit, Sukhvinder and Yogember Rawat.

Midfielders called up include Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Mohd Raheel Mouseen, Vishnukant Singh, Rajinder Singh, Ankit Pal, Poovanna CB and Rosan Kujur.

Among the forwards called up are Maninder Singh, Karthi S, Araijeet Singh Hundal, Boby Singh Dhami, Uttam Singh and Gurjot Singh.

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“While the senior squad prepares to begin our campaign in Paris 2024, we already have a strong set of players in the fringes waiting to get an opportunity to play for India again. With the Asian Champions Trophy scheduled only weeks after the completion of the Olympic Games, the preparations for this continental championship has already begun with the national coaching camp called up in SAI, Bengaluru.

“These players will continue to train together for the Asian Champions Trophy where India will go in as defending Champions. The Olympic Squad will join them on August 24,” expressed chief coach Craig Fulton.

Core probable group:

Goalkeepers: Suraj Karkera, Mohit HS

Defenders: Varun Kumar, Amir Ali, Amandeep Lakra, Rohit, Sukhvinder, Yogember Rawat

Midfielders: Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Mohd Raheel Mouseen, Vishnukant Singh, Rajinder Singh, Ankit Pal, Poovanna CB, Rosan Kujur

Forwards: Maninder Singh, Karthi S, Araijeet Singh Hundal, Boby Singh Dhami, Uttam Singh, Gurjot Singh.

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Few cricket boards blindly follow what Jay Shah says, says ex-Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali

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Few cricket boards blindly follow what Jay Shah says, says ex-Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali has criticised BCCI secretary Jay Shah over India’s refusal to travel to Pakistan for the 2025 Champions Trophy. He also accused Shah of exerting undue influence over other cricket boards to align with his preferences.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already begun preparations for the event, including extensive stadium renovations. However, India’s participation remains uncertain, casting a shadow over the tournament’s planning.

BCCI requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to relocate India’s Champions Trophy matches to a neutral venue. This move is expected as the Indian government is likely to deny approval for the team’s travel to Pakistan.

Ali frustrated by BCCI’s stance, voiced his concerns on his YouTube channel, stating, “There are 5-6 boards, they will talk with their tails wagging what Jay Shah will say. If he says the Champions Trophy will be in Pakistan, they’ll agree. If he says it’ll be a hybrid model, they’ll go with that too.”

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The former cricketer suggested that Shah has secured the support of major cricket boards by offering substantial payments for player participation in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“It’s because when their players play in the IPL, BCCI pays their boards a huge amount whether it’s the English board, New Zealand board, West Indies board, or Australia board,” Ali said.

Recently, at the ICC annual conference in Colombo, the budget for the 2025 Champions Trophy was officially approved. This approval was granted on the final day of the meeting.

Pakistan, the host nation, was represented by PCB chief Mohsin Naqvi. The budget was meticulously prepared by ICC Chief Finance Officer Ankur Khanna and PCB chief finance officer Javed Murtaza.

The Champions Trophy is scheduled to run from February 19 to March 9, 2025.

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