Former India Women’s coach Tushar Arothe arrested in IPL betting scam

Former India Women's coach Tushar Arothe arrested in IPL betting scam

Former India women’s cricket team coach Tushar Arothe was arrested in IPL betting scam by the detection of crime branch (DCB) unit late on Monday night. 

Tushar Arothe, who was the coach of India Women’s Cricket team in their journey towards final of 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup, has been arrested by crime branch due to his connection in IPL betting which was eventually going on at his cafe in Alkapuri.

Police arrested 19 persons, including Arothe’s other business partners- Hemang Patel and Nishchal Mitha in the cafe. However, the Crime branch expressed that Hemang Patel was betting during the game between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab on Monday.

“We had received a tip-off about the betting activities at the Cafe Stock Exchange in Alkapuri where a big screen was placed to relay IPL matches. We kept a watch there and conducted a raid on Monday night. Some persons sitting in a shed next to the cafe were involved in online betting on the IPL match,” said Jaydeepsinh Jadeja, DCP (crime).

“We checked their mobile phones and found that 19 persons, including Hemang, were placing bets on three different mobile applications. Hemang, who is one of the partners in the cafe, had betting app in his mobile and he was accepting and placing bets on the IPL match. Arothe too was present at the spot,” Jadeja told TOI.

Police seized all the phones on an immediate effect. On checking those, they found betting apps in every mobile phone of all the persons; which included college students as well.

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Rishi Arothe, the son of Tushar Arothe is also a partner of the cafe but he was not there 

Jadeja said that Arothe’s son, Rishi is also one of the partners in the cafe but he wasn’t there at the spot when police conducted the raid. Rishi Arothe is also a cricketer who plays for Baroda and has played in Ranji.

“Our investigations revealed that Hemang is in the business of betting on cricket games. He used to accept and place bets worth lakhs and he was in touch with a man named Baba. We are now trying to track down Baba,” Jadeja said.

However, the accused were released on bail later but their mobile phones and vehicles have been seized by the cops. Meanwhile, police shared that they didn’t find any betting apps in Tushar Arothe’s mobile phone.

“I had reached at the cafe just 20 minutes before the cops came in. I am not at all involved in any kind of betting. The police checked my mobile phone and didn’t find any betting app in it,” Tushar Arothe told TOI.

“I don’t know why I was arrested. If some customers come in my cafe and bet on mobile apps, how would I know that? As far as Hemang is concerned, he is a partner in the cafe but he always sat with his friends. I have no idea that he was placing bets. I have not committed any illegal activity and I will fight it out for my honour,” Arothe further added.

The 52-year-old former coach Tushar Arothe has a great coaching career. He was the coach of the Indian women’s team from April 2017 to June 2018; where India reached the ICC World Cup final in 2017, the final of the Asia Cup in 2018 and they won the South Africa series as well last year. But he has stepped down from the job last year in August.

Earlier this job, Arothe was the coach in the Ranji Trophy of the Baroda team. Arothe has played 114 first-class games, and 51 List A fixtures.

PCB Wants ICC To Take Action Against Indian Cricket Team

PCB Wants ICC To Take Action Against Indian Cricket Team

Indian cricketers sported camouflage military in solidarity with Indian soldiers killed last month in an attack in Pulwama by a Pakistan based militant group in the 3rd ODI against Australia. 

This didn’t go well with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a letter to International Cricket Council(ICC) asking them to take action against Indian cricket team for the same act.

What Happened

On 14th February, 40 Indian army men were killed in an attack caused by a militant group based in Pakistan.  Attack and counter-attacks were followed for the next few days in the border area. The tension is yet not complete over and demands for Indian cricket team boycotting the World Cup match against Pakistan are also making headlines.

The Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and senior member Mahendra Singh Dhoni came with the idea of wearing military caps to show respect to the martyrs. Virat Kohli also announced that all the players would donate their fees from the match to a national defense fund for the families of the soldiers died in the attack.

What Followed

The Chairman of PC Ehsan Mani told reporters that they had taken up the matter to ICC.

“We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their (India) credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly.”

Mani gave the example of Moeen Ali and Imran Tahir.  He reminded all how ICC earlier took action against England all-rounder Moeen Ali and South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir for breaching ICC clothing and equipment regulations to make political statements. Mani informed,

“The ICC had taken strong action against them and we have sought similar action against India,” he added. “The permission they took was for a different purpose but they acted differently.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) already announced that they had taken permission from the ICC. But it seems that the PCB isn’t ready to let go the matter so easily. According to the chairman,

“We have been in touch with ICC from day one, sent one letter already and another is being followed up in the next 12 hours. There should not be any ambiguity as we are taking this very strongly.”

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Annual Contract For Indian Cricketers Announced

Annual Contract For Indian Cricketers Announced

On Mar 7, 2019, the BCCI’s Committee Of Administrators (CoA) announced the Annual Player Contracts for the Indian cricketers for the period from October 2018 to September 2019. Jasprit Bumrah now shares the same category with the skipper Virat Kohli and deputy Rohit Sharma.

New Contract For Indian Cricketers

Jasprit Bumrah has bagged a lucrative Rs 7 crore contract and now is sharing the A+ category with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. He is only the third cricketer in the list. The pace bowler has established himself as one of the strongest weapons of Indian cricket team across all the formats and rightfully has been rewarded. Rishab Pant also gained from the new contract. The wicketkeeper batter has bagged a Rs. 5-crore annual contract is a part of the A category now.

Former captain MS Dhoni now will enjoy Rs 5 crore A category along with 10 other players. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Kuldeep Yadav are other players in the A category.

Grade B category has the young Indian cricketers like Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, and the young spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. These four will get Rs 3 cr for this period. Furthermore, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Khaleel Ahmed and Wriddhiman Saha have been added to the Rs 1 crore contract of C category.

News For Women Cricketers 
Meanwhile, CoA also announced contracts for the women cricketers of India. Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhan and Poonam Yadav have bagged the Rs 50 lakh A category contracts.

Ekta Bisht, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma, and Jemimah Rodrigues have been included in the Rs 30 lakh B category list.

Likewise, Rs 10 lakh C grade contract list has names of Radha Yadav, D Hemalatha, Anuja Patil, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mansi Joshi, Punam Raut, Mona Meshram, Arundhati Reddy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Taniya Bhatia and Pooja Vastrakar.

World Cup 2019 : India Boycotting Pakistan Can Be A Threat For CWC

World Cup 2019 : India Boycotting Pakistan Can Be A Threat For CWC

With World Cup 2019 beginning in less than two months time, border tensions between India and Pakistan seem to have a threat over the highly anticipated clash between the arch-rivals in England.

The Story

Following Pulwama attack, there have been calls for India to boycott their World Cup match against Pakistan on June 16. The attack in South Kashmir was claimed by a militant group based in Pakistan in which 40 Indian troops died.

A lot happened after that in terms of border conflicts. The situation seemed to ease when Pakistan returned an Indian Air Force pilot who was shot down and captured. But the doubts remain over the fate of the match. Vinod Rai, a senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed that they had asked for high security from the International Cricket Council (ICC) at the World Cup 2019.

In the letter to the ICC, the BCCI urged “the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates”.

Rai confirmed a boycott decision would be made only after consulting the Governments.

Threats Over World Cup 2019 

Although a lot of ex-cricketers came forward regarding the issue and agreed to abide by the Government, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli echoed the same. But ICC haven’t said anything clearly yet. senior editor Sharda Ugra told AFP, 

“I think they won’t be able to get the ICC to take on any stand on it and I don’t think the BCCI will say that we are not playing there,”.

World Cup 2019 will begin on and from May 30. If India Pakistan match gets canceled it will be a major loss for the organizers. Whereas the ball is in the court of the Indian politicians, it will be interesting to see how ICC deals with it. 

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IPL 2019 : BCCI Not Happy With ICC’s Intent

IPL 2019 : BCCI Not Happy With ICC’s Intent

IPL 2019 is knocking at the door. The tournament has started making headlines almost daily now. The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently expressed a desire to put forth a uniform policy for T20 leagues across the globe. 

This has become a matter of concern for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The board clearly mentioned how they are not interested to welcome any interference from the global body in the Indian Premier League.

BCCI asked ICC to ‘stay away’ from IPL terming the Indian board as the only governing authority of the league. ICC reportedly wished to incorporate the ‘minimum criteria’ and a defined ‘framework’ reportedly being the two frameworks that the ICC wishes to incorporate but the treasurer of the Indian cricket board, Anirudh Chaudhry expressed a firm stance of not allowing any sort of intervention in the domestic T20 competition.

BCCI Not Happy With ICC

Choudhary explained,

“The ICC is good with words but the substance of their intent is pretty obvious over the past couple of years.”

He added, “They see that for their purposes, BCCI as an organization in this period of transition is not the force that it was. They see the issues that have existed with regard to the holding of the General Meetings, the forum that decides on policy matters.”

He furthermore clarified,

“Therefore, the ICC has been making a push, albeit a push camouflaged in pretty words, to intrude upon the sovereignty of the BCCI vis-à-vis the ICC. Whether it is the attempt to govern the inter-board relations or the attempt to gain granular information about the operations of the BCCI and its members, and now the attempted intrusion in the IPL”.

The BCCI CEO Raul Johri also commented on the matter and said,

“The BCCI is of the firm view that the IPL is a domestic property of the BCCI. The prerogative of setting rules and regulations of the IPL rest with the BCCI”.

With IPL 2019 approaching in a few days, the members of the BCCI are not taking ICC’s intent lightly. “What are these strategy groups? Does the (ICC) chairman (Shashank Manohar) have any grasp over why these strategy groups have been formed and how they function? For instance, there’s a strategy group on ‘cricket’ but has no cricketer on it. Similarly, there’s a strategy group on the T20 leagues, but there’s nobody with any experience of running a T20 league who sits in that group. Is this some joke?” the members asked.

ICC Statement

After such reports published in Indian media ICC issued a statement clarifying their stand. The global board is not interested to interfere in the IPL. “Reports (in the Indian media) that ICC is somehow seeking to interfere in or dictate to the IPL are wide of the mark. That is not the case”, the ICC statement read.

It seems ICC also doesn’t want to mess with the richest board of the cricket world. ICC is already dealing with India Pakistan issue in global platforms. Moreover, IPL 2019 is scheduled to begin from the last week of March. World Cup 2019 will be starting on May 30. In the current situation, the ICC will not like to get involved in any such controversy.

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World Cup 2019: India will not play Pakistan if the Government feels so – BCCI Official

India will not play Pakistan in World Cup if the Government feels so - BCCI Official

Pulwama terror attack has started showing its effect on the 22yards as well. A top official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday informed that the World Cup match between India and Pakistan will be canceled if the Indian government is against it.

The Backstory

Around 40 soldiers were martyred followed by a terror attack on February 14 in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A CRPF convoy moving from Jammu to Srinagar was attacked by a suicide bomber which resulted in this massive tragedy. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack. Expectedly supports for soldiers are pouring from each corner of the country. Even the cricket circuit isn’t far behind. India and Pakistan are already famous arch rivals of world cricket. Now the situation has become serious followed by the horrifying incident.

With the World Cup scheduled in a few months time, BCCI official has come forward to announce that the organization will give preference to the Government decision. Indian cricket team will not face Pakistan in the mega tournament if the Government says so. This means Pakistan will get the points without even participating in the match.

BCCI Official On World Cup Match

For BCCI in the current situation, the country comes first. The official, further clarified by the official that the Indian board has not approached the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the matter yet.

“The situation with regard to the World Cup can only become clear after some time that is a little closer to the World Cup. ICC has nothing to do with it. If the government, at that point of time, feels that we should not play then we should not play. It is obvious that we won’t play but the result for that would be that Pakistan will get the points for the match and if it is the final match then without playing, Pakistan will win the cup,” the BCCI official told ANI. “As of now we have not approached the ICC in this regard,” the official mentioned.

Meanwhile, ICC will hold a meeting in Dubai from February 27. Chances are that this matter related to India-Pakistan world cup clash will be discussed on the sidelines. BCCI chief executive officer Rahul Johri and secretary Amitabh Chaudhry are expected to represent the Indian board in the meeting.

ICC Chief On India-Pakistan

ICC chief executive officer David Richardson has already informed that ICC is monitoring the situation between the two cricket boards. Furthermore, he clarified that the council has not received any indication of the World Cup matches not being played between India and Pakistan.

“Our thoughts are with the people that were impacted by the incident. And we are monitoring the situation with our members including the BCCI and PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board). Certainly, there are no indications any of the matches, including the Pakistan-India match, will not be played as planned at the World Cup. But as I say we will continue to monitor the situation,” David told ESPNcricinfo.

David Richardson although he believes cricket can work in a better way in this situation.

“Sport, and cricket, in particular, is perfectly placed – it has the wonderful ability to bring people together to unite communities. And hopefully, cricket can be used in this fashion rather than a way of [dividing] people.”

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IPL 2019 – Schedule announced for the first 2 weeks

IPL 2019 - Schedule announced for the first 2 weeks

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) have finally announced the schedule of the first two weeks for the India Premier League (IPL) 2019. 

Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening game of IPL 2019. The match is scheduled to be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on March 23. According to the schedule, 17 matches will be played over two weeks from March 23 to April 5, including three double-header games on March 24, 30 and 31.

During this period, six teams will play in four games each. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals will be featured in five games of their league fixtures. The Delhi Capitals will play three home games in the first two weeks of the IPL while the Royal Challengers Bangalore will play three away games during this period. Others teams will play two home and two away games each.

As per the double-headers concern, Kolkata Knight Riders will play Sunrisers Hyderabad at 4 pm in Kolkata on March 24, while Mumbai Indians will lock horns against Delhi Capitals at 8 pm in Mumbai. Another doubleheader will be on March 31 where Sunrisers Hyderabad will face-off Royal Challengers Bangalore in the afternoon in Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings will host Rajasthan Royals at 8 pm in Chennai.

“A total of 17 matches will be played during this two-week period across the eight home venues of the respective franchises. All teams will play minimum of four matches with Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore playing five matches. Every team will play minimum of two home and two away matches with the Capitals playing three home matches, while RCB will play three away matches,” the IPL media release read on Tuesday.

The full schedule will be announced later as the dates of the General Elections are yet to be announced. However, the CoA took the decision to organize the whole tournament in India only.

“IPL released the schedule of the first two weeks (17 matches) of the 2019 Season. These are still subject to the announcement of the Lok Sabha 2019 election dates. Once these have been released BCCI will address any issues with the first two weeks and will also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates,” according to the IPL media release.

Meanwhile, The CoA and BCCI had tried to be in touch with Home Ministry officials in India to know about the election dates but failed to proceed further on this.

“This is still subject to the announcement of Lok Sabha 2019 election dates. Once the election dates are released we will address any issues with the first two weeks and also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates,” added in the IPL media release.

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IPL 2019 schedule: BCCI explains the reason behind the delay

IPL 2019 schedule: BCCI explains the reason behind the delay

A senior official of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally explained the reason behind the delay related to the schedule of this year’s IPL, along with the venue where final match will be played. 

One of the most popular tournaments, Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to begin from March 23 and the final will be played in Chennai as the Chennai Super Kings won the 11th edition of the tournament.

While talking to Hindustan Times, a senior official explained it was not possible to release the full schedule of the IPL tournament as the dates of the general election are not decided yet. The schedule will be planned to keep the election dates in mind.

“The schedule will take some time as we need to wait for the general election dates to be released by the election commission. Since this is the most important event in the calendar year, one has to ensure that we work according to the dates and plan the games in a way that everything is in sync. We all know the kind of arrangement that goes behind hosting elections and that is the priority,” he expressed.

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This is going to be the first time that the entire tournament will be played in the country during the election. Earlier, the competition had played in South Africa in 2009 due to the election in India. Again in 2014, some of the league stage matches had played in the UAE.

However, this is going to be the first time that the whole tournament will be played without a chairman as the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) issued a letter on August 23 where they have given the majority of the powers to the CEO and the CFO till the new election happens. The CoA further expressed to the office-bearers that, apart from the Cricket Advisory Committee and the duly reconstituted selection committees, all the other committees and sub-committees of the BCCI had been terminated.

BCCI are ready to run Women’s T20 exhibition matches during IPL 2019

BCCI are ready to run Women's T20 exhibition matches during IPL 2019

The BCCI is all set to organise Women’s T20 exhibition matches during the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019). 

According to the ESPNCricinfo, the BCCI is going to repeat their action by arranging Women’s T20 exhibition matches during the IPL. Along with Indian players, overseas players will be featured too in the games. 

During the last year’s IPL, the BCCI had conducted one Women’s T20 exhibition match at the Wankhede Stadium on May 22 in Mumbai, but this year the board has decided that they will conduct more than one matches during that period.

The planning of starting these exhibition matches during the IPL has been going for a couple of months now. Though, a full-fledged league is not possible in India now as they don’t have depth in the domestic pool of players. However, Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and Kia Super League (KSL) are pretty much popular in Australia and England respectively. Eight teams participate in WBBL while six teams play in KSL. India T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishnamurthy have been featured in these leagues already along with other overseas players.

Last year in Mumbai, two teams had played in the exhibition match – the IPL Supernovas and the IPL Trailblazers. Both the team comprised of overseas players along with Indian players. The match was an experiment of starting an IPL style Women’s T20 league in India.

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The match was a nail-biting one as the game went to the last ball and the match was televised by the board’s host broadcaster, Star Sports. Though there were not much crowd at the venue, because the game had started at 2 pm and it was on a weekday. Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana were the captains of the Supernovas and the Trailblazers respectively. Harmanpreet’s Supernovas registered the victory by three wickets.

New Zealand’s former captain Suzie Bates won the ‘Player of the Match’ award for her all-round performance, despite being on the losing side. The match also featured other celebrated overseas players including Australia captain Meg Lanning, all-rounder Ellyse Perry and the wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy, England’s Danielle Wyatt and Danielle Hazell, and New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine and Lea Tahuhu.

The board, however, has decided to arrange a couple of matches this year as a follow-up to last year’s exhibition match. It is understood that this year there might be two teams too and the two teams will play a three-match series. However, it is expected that the teams might be composed of a maximum of four overseas players per side, similar to the men’s IPL.

BCCI is still waiting for the IPL schedule to be finalised as the date for the General Elections in India is yet to be announced. However, a proper plan is yet to be chalk out, though, both the BCCI and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) have approved the idea. It is expected that after the IPL schedule is out, the BCCI will plan accordingly.

Pandya-Rahul controversy: BCCI CoA lifts ban with immediate effect

Pandya-Rahul controversy: BCCI CoA lifts ban with immediate effect


Hardik Pandya’s infamous series of sexist comments on ‘Koffee with Karan’ had led to a huge whirlwind of controversy. As a result, Pandya was suspended by the BCCI. KL Rahul was also banned for just being present at the talk show alongside Pandya. Former India Women’s Team captain Diana Edulji, also a part of the CoA ensured that the bans were enforced. However, the CoA agreed to lift the provisional ban with immediate effect. Both players are now eligible to play for India.

CoA chairman Vinod Rai agreed on placing a two-match suspension until a new BCCI ombudsman was appointed. However, Diana Edulji wasn’t in favor of the idea stating either the office bearers and the CoA carry out the inquiry or it should be done by an ombudsman. Two of the three BCCI office bearers had then pointed out that the ombudsman could only be appointed by the BCCI.

Last week BCCI’s acting President CK Khanna voiced his opinion regarding the ban.

“I suggest that pending inquiry, we reinstate both the cricketers in the Indian squad immediately and allow them to join the team in New Zealand at the earliest,”

Khanna wrote in a mail to the Supreme Court-appointed committee of administrators (CoA) and the BCCI office-bearers.

“They made a mistake, and they have already been suspended and called back from the series against Australia. They have also submitted an unconditional apology. We must not keep their careers in limbo,” Khanna added while urging for a meeting between CoA and BCCI office-bearers.

Khanna also refused to call a special general meeting of the board, as demanded by some state units.

“As per the constitution of the BCCI, an ombudsman can be appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). But the matter (appointment of ombudsman) is already sub-judice,” Khanna wrote, replying to BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry.

Current Scenario

The next Supreme court hearing to appoint a new BCCI ombudsman has been delayed till at least February 5. The CoA hence decided that the provisional suspension should be lifted in consultation with the new amicus curiae PS Narasimha.

“Since the adjudication of all allegations of misconduct against any cricketer registered with, inter alia, the BCCI is required to be undertaken by the BCCI Ombudsman, whose appointment is pending directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the CoA is the of the view that the interim suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 should be presently lifted with immediate effect,” a release issued by the CoA on Thursday (January 24) read.

“The above matter and decision have been taken with the concurrence of the Learned Amicus Curiae, Mr. P.S. Narasimha. In view of the above, the suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 is immediately lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations by the BCCI Ombudsman,” the release added.