first_imgAlleging that the misappropriation of funds in the Alleging that the misappropriation of funds in the association over the years amounts to more than Rs 200 crore, Sharma demanded a thorough probe by the state government. “Many former players and I have been voicing these issues for the last 18 years but no government has paid heed to it. I am thankful to the present Haryana Government that they have taken cognizance,” he said. Anirudh Chaudhry further said “each and every penny HCA gets and spends is accounted for. Our balance-sheets are audited every year. The allegations are motivated as some vested interests are behind these. “These are baseless and false ramblings, and statements that are made without any basis or facts,” Chaudhry, grandson of former Haryana Chief Minister, late Bansi Lal, said. Responding to the allegations of financial bunglings in purchase of land by HCA at Jhajjar for construction of an international stadium, Chaudhary said, “we have not purchased any land from someone who is close to us or related to us in Jhajjar for the international stadium. “There is no mismanagement, no nepotism in running the HCA. It is a very well managed body, working on corporate principles, everybody is democratically elected. I am a treasurer of BCCI, my father (Ranbir Singh Mahendra) was BCCI chief, we were duly elected. Now, figures which are being plucked out of thin air are being thrown at us only to malign my and my familys reputation,” he said. However, hitting out at HCA, Chetan said, “our children are forced to practice in Nainital. Has the situation come to such a pass. Haryana had a big name like Kapil Dev, whom many treated only next to God like they treat Sachin Tendulkar. I grew up watching Kapil Dev, today where is he. I want to ask the people of Haryana have you seen Kapil in Haryana cricket. And the reason behind this is because one family has made HCA their fiefdom.” He said that reigns of HCA should be handed over to “people like Kapil paaji, Rakesh Jolly, Ashok Malhotra and I should be given the duty to prepare grounds in 21 districts of the State and to hire coaches”. “I have got 500 phone calls from sons of farmers and ordinary people who want their children to become cricketers. Why cant they dream to become cricketers, my father used to earn Rs 700 a month, I became a cricketer, why cant they, we need to clean up the mess,” Chetan said. PTI SUN AKA BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

400000 ticket applicants for India vs Pakistan, claims World Cup Tournament Director

first_imgAmid calls for boycott, the clamour for tickets for the marquee 2019 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan in Manchester on June 16 has reached a crescendo, with more than 400,000 applicants for the 25,000 seater Old Trafford stadium.Top India cricketers like Harbhajan Singh has called for boycott of the Pakistan group league encounter while veterans such as Chetan Chauhan wants India to put pressure on ICC by threatening to boycott the whole event.ICC World Cup tournament director Steve Elworthy, during a promotional event in London, said that demand for tickets for the India-Pakistan group league clash is way more than Australia vs England game or the final at the Lord’s.”That particular game (India vs Pakistan), we had over 400,000 applications for tickets, which is an incredible number. The stadium (Old Tarfford) only holds 25,000 people. So there are a number of disappointed people. That’s just locally, but (there is also) the audience globally,” Elworthy was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.In fact, the former South African pacer then provided the numbers which is an indicative that how much the match means for world cricket’s governing body.”To put that (number) in perspective, England vs Australia was around 230-240,000. And the final was around about 260-270,000 applications for tickets. So that gives you a bit of perspective for the demand for this match (India v Pakistan). It’s a big game. They could end up playing each other in the final (too), you never know.”ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, in a statement to PTI on Tuesday, had said that “there is no indication that any (of the) matches at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned,” even as they monitor the situation.advertisementAlso Read | India vs Pakistan in 2019 ICC World Cup: To play or not to play?last_img read more

‘Lloris knows he can do better’

first_imgFrance Deschamps: Lloris knows he can do better Harry Sherlock 16:29 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hugo Lloris France Getty France World Cup France v United States United States Friendlies The Tottenham goalkeeper endured a difficult game during France’s 1-1 draw with USA, and his manager has insisted he can improve Didier Deschamps has defended France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, though he insists that the Tottenham star can “do better”.Lloris turned in a disappointing performance against USA on Saturday, allowing a Julian Green effort to beat him at his near post, as Les Bleus struggled to draw 1-1 in their final friendly before the World Cup.Deschamps believes Lloris retains an immense amount of quality, having carved out a career as Spurs’ undisputed No.1 in the Premier League, but he believes he can still improve as the side prepares to head to Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “Everyone will have their own analysis of Hugo’s season,” Deschamps told a post-match press conference.”Yes, he made three errors with Tottenham that cost goals – (but) he played 60 games, he also earned points for Tottenham, as he made points for the team of France.”Tonight, obviously he knows it, he can do better on the goal that we conceded, even if there is an error of Djibril Sidibe before.”But I’m not here to question everything. He has a long, painful season, he’s going to get on with it too.”Lloris helped Spurs finish third in the Premier League, conceding 36 goals in 38 games.Les Blues’ shot-stopper will look to keep a few more clean sheets at the World Cup, with France to play Australia, Peru and Denmark in the group stages.last_img read more