Start women’s IPL, Gavaskar urges BCCI

first_imgIF India have to emerge as world beaters in women’s cricket, it is time the BCCI invests in a women’s IPL soon. That is the recommendation of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, who believes the women’s IPL need not follow the eight-team structure of the men’s tournament, but could comprise four or five teams so that untapped talent can come to the fore.Gavaskar’s made the suggestion in a chat with India Today on Sunday immediately after Harmanpreet Kaur’s team lost in the final of the T20 World Cup in front of a record 86, 174 fans at the MCG on International Woman’s Day.Gavaskar said the Indian women shouldn’t be disheartened by the defeat because they had done the country “proud” and made “us hold our heads up”. But he wanted the BCCI, which is led by former India captain Sourav Ganguly, to have a serious discussion on the women’s IPL.“To Sourav Ganguly and the BCCI, I would say is, look at, obviously this year is not going to be possible, but next year, having a women’s IPL because that will earn lot more talent,” Gavaskar said. “There is already a lot of talent which we see and which will now come to the fore with the performance of this Indian team throughout this tournament. All I can say once again is that this Indian women’s team has done us proud and we are very proud of your performance. Never mind the result in the finals. You still have made us hold our heads up.”Gavaskar pointed out that he had suggested starting a women’s IPL in 2017 as well, after India lost to England in a closely contested ODI World Cup final in front of a full house at Lord’s. “I’ve been asking for a women’s IPL for the last couple of years ever since I saw the finals at Lord’s 2017. That is where you actually saw that there is potential for a women’s IPL.“And like I said, it doesn’t necessarily have to start with an eight-team IPL, it can start maybe with a five-team or four-team IPL or WIPL or whatever you might want to call it. But I think if you start with that, there’ll be more talent that will come to the fore, just like it has for the men’s team.”The men’s IPL started in 2008 and ever since it has given higher opportunities to several uncapped players. Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya are two of the biggest names that have utilised the IPL as a springboard to vault in to the Indian team.“Today look at this Indian men’s team,” Gavaskar said. “There are more (players) not from the metros. They’re more from what you would otherwise call the rural areas, the interiors of India, that is where all the talent is. And that is where all the talent in women’s cricket also could be. And therefore, if we tap that talent, we will have much better teams. We will have competition within the team itself to try and get into the Indian team. And that’s only healthy for Indian women’s cricket.”The BCCI has been attentive to the growth of women’s cricket in India. In 2018, it conducted a one-off women’s T20 challenge match, which was played between two teams comprising the biggest names in the game. Last year the T20 challenge grew to include three teams, who played across four matches coinciding with the men’s IPL playoffs. This season the BCCI added another team to the T20 challenge which means four teams will play seven matches during the men’s IPL play-offs.The T20 Challenge provided 16-year old Shafali Verma a grand stage to showcase her skills at the start of her career, which reached new heights at this year’s T20 World Cup, where she emerged India’s highest run-getter. Kaur has already expressed her desire to see the tournament become more full-fledged.“We are hoping for some more games for the Women’s Challenge and I hope some more teams will get it,” she said at the presentation in Melbourne. “That tournament is very important for us because that tournament is one of the high quality tournaments for us domestically. From that we already got two good players and hopefully in the upcoming tournament we do get more players so that they can come and contribute for the team.”Gavaskar echoed those thoughts. “The more matches that they play, the more experience that they get,” he said. “They will also be able to share the dressing room with some of the stars of world cricket, like the Indian Premier League where the young Indian players (male) were able to share change room with the Indian greats, but also greats from the cricketing world.”According to Gavaskar, if the BCCI needed any more proof that a women’s T20 league is a good investment, it should look at the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) which has been driven by investment from Cricket Australia for several years. The WBBL’s contribution to Australian women’s cricket can been seen not just through multiple ICC world titles, but also through fresh young talent.“Yes, you’ve got to say that the Australian Cricket Board has backed Australian women’s team for a long, long time. They also had the WBBL, which has given plenty of opportunities to even a lot of our Indian players: Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet [Kaur], Deepti Sharma – they have all played in the WBBL. That is a big tournament.“That is a tournament where you get to play the best players in the world, and you learn from them. But like the IPL, majority of the players in the WBBL are Australian women players in that, and that certainly has helped them to find that many more players.“A women’s IPL will make a lot of sense because that will mean there will be a lot more exposure for the women, there will be a lot more talent, which is probably there, but we don’t know at the moment, will come to the fore. And then as the years go by Indian women’s team will start winning a lot more trophies.” (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Nomination Opens for 2016 Nigerian Sports Award

first_imgHe then called on sports loving corporate organisations, government, well-meaning individuals and sports philanthropists to support the Nigerian Sports Award by sponsoring the 2016 edition.While making a presentation of the plans and timelines for this year’s edition of the Award, the Executive Director, Unmissable Incentives Limited, Mr. Kayode Idowu revealed that 19categories will be awarded this year.He also hinted that the award ceremony will be held in Lagos on December 2, 2016 at the Banquet Hall, Eko Hotels & Suites.According to Idowu, the categories includes; Ball Sports Person of the Year (Tennis, Tabletennis, Basketball, handball), Coach of the Year, Combat Sports Person of the Year (Karate,Judo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Boxing), Discovery of the Year, Footballer of the Year (Women), Footballer of the Year (Men), Special Sports Person of the Year, Sports Administrator of the Year and Sports Governor of the Year.Others are; Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Sports Journalist of the Year(Radio), Sports Journalist of the Year (TV), Sports Journalist of the Year (Print), Sports PhotoJournalist of the Year, School Sport Award, Team of the Year, Track and Field Star of the Year and Weightlifter of the Year.Also speaking at the press conference, the Marketing and Communications Manager of Bet9ja, one of the sponsors of the awards, Mr. Tunji Mesh, explained that Bet9ja is proud to sponsor the awards, as it recognises and appreciates sports men and women in Nigeria who are doing the country proud in their various fields.He promised that Bet9ja would continue to support the Nigerian Sports Award in their drive for sport development in the nation by motivating Nigerian athletes and rewarding excellent performance.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The organisers of the Nigerian Sports Award, Unmissable Incentives Limited, have announced that all is set for the 5th edition of the award as members of the public are now open to nominate Nigerian athletes who have exhibited excellent performance in their various sporting fields.Speaking at a press conference held in Lagos yesterday, the Chairman of the Award Panel, Mr. Ikeddy Isiguzo disclosed that nominations for the various categories of the award have opened from 26th of July, 2016 to the 23rd of September 2016.Isiguzo assured stakeholders in Nigerian sports that being the 5th anniversary of the award, the panel would leave no stone unturned to ensure that this year’s edition would be bigger and better than any of the previous editions.last_img read more

Enyimba, Rivers Utd in Bruising Battle for S’final Ticket

first_imgTwo of the top teams in the Nigeria Professional Football League, Enyimba FC and Rivers United are to battle for one of the semi final tickets of this year’s Federation Cup this afternoon at the legendary Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan.The two sides reached this stage of Nigeria’s oldest football competition in contrasting style.United scored eight times in their opening two games of the competition against Papilo FC and Kaduna United before meeting a brick wall against Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) in the round of 16.Rivers United required a penalty shoot out to eventually over power 3SC after regulation time at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna finished 0-0. Enyimba also suffered a scare against lower-tier Julius Atete FC in their rescheduled round of 16 clash at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja before Ezekiel Bassey calmed jangling nerves with an opportunistic winner at the death.United and Enyimba both suffered defeats at the weekend in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday to Sunshine Stars and Plateau United respectively but all that will count for nothing when the two giants go toe to toe on Wednesday.Goals have surprisingly been in short supply in clashes between these two sides but excitement levels have almost reached manic heights with no goals scored from open play in games involving Enyimba and Rivers United.On match day one of this season’s NPFL season, Obomate Frederick’s 66th minute free kick proved to be the difference as United shocked Enyimba 1-0 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt.Enyimba dominated the reverse fixture in Umuahia but met the United goalkeeper, Sunday Rotimi in inspired form as the game, one of the best in the NPFL this season, finished goalless.But today, it promises to be yet another titanic battle with the stakes arguably higher than the two times the two sides had met earlier this season.Enyimba’s Head Coach, Paul Aigbogun, expects a tough examination for his side in Ibadan.“The game against Rivers United is going to be tough but then It’s never easy when you get to the quarter finals (of the competition),” he stressed.The Rivers United Technical Manager, Stanley Eguma, also addressed the media ahead of the big game.“It is always a big game when you play Enyimba. They are the only Nigerian club still left on the continent and we have a lot of respect for them.“However we are an ambitious club and we want to announce our arrival to the Nigerian football scene.“We want to compensate our Governor (Wike) and the people of Rivers State who have been solidly behind us all season,” Eguma said.There can only be one winner today and the side that shows the greater desire will take the garlands at the end of the clash in Ibadan.In another Federation Cup clash today in Abeokuta, FC Ifeanyi Ubah will be looking to extend their eight match unbeaten run in all competitions when they face Warri Wolves in the quarter finals at the MKO Abiola Stadium.Speaking ahead of today’s clash, coach of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Rafael Everton, is confident that his team can get the job done against Warri Wolves.“Warri Wolves are a very good side but right now the team spirit and confidence in the team is high. Especially after Saturday’s game. Getting a point against a highly physical team like Heartland in that sought of atmosphere has really lifted the spirit of the team.”Coach Rafael also went on to charge his players to put on a good defensive display on Wednesday.“We are yet to concede a goal in this tournament and that means that we have been strong defensively, we will try to also put up a great defensive display tomorrow because in a knock out competition, it is very important to keep it tight at the back.”Rafael went on to urge the fans to me out in their numbers and support the team today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Rohr Excited about Eagles’ Prospects

first_imgThe Franco-German coach used the Tanzania match to prepare his team for an October 3 World Cup qualifier in Zambia before they welcome Algeria the following month.“I’m happy I won my first match,” began Rohr. “We have a good chance of qualifying for the World Cup. A team that failed to qualify for the AFCON needs confidence and the confidence is coming back gradually.“We played well and any team who created 12, 14 chances in a match, that tells you it’s a good team. We were wasteful but we will work on our finishing.”He further said he looks forward to having Alex Iwobi and Oghenekaro Etebo, who both missed yesterday’s match on account of injury. “We need to look at the player in Arsenal (Iwobi)and the player who scored four goals in match at the Olympics (Etebo),” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has said his confidence that the Super Eagles will qualify for the 2018 World Cup has been boosted by his team’s 1-0 win over Tanzania.The Eagles needed a late goal by Kelechi Iheanacho to go past Tanzania but Rohr said he saw enough in his winning start that Nigeria could qualify for a sixth World Cup at the expense of Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia.last_img read more

Eboue Considers Suicide after Split with Wife  Â

first_img He played in a UEFA Champions League final, earned millions in a seven-year English Premier League career, slept in a palatial home and drove expensive cars.But in a shock revelation former Arsenal cult figure Emmanuel Eboue admitted to UK’s  Mirror he’s penniless and has been close to suicide.The 34-year-old from Côte d Ivoire who appeared for Arsene Wenger‘s side between 2004 and 2011 has admitted he’s seriously considered taking his own life after financial mismanagement has left him skint and a bitter divorce that has meant he is estranged from his three children.At the height of his career at the Emirates he took home a seven-digit sum every year during his time in North London, earning a further £1.5 million annually playing for Turkish giants Galatasaray.However, with his former wife Aurelie being awarded of all the couple’s assets, he has been forced to dodge police and bailiffs following a court order – insisting he hand over his home in Enfield to her.Heartbreakingly, the former Gunner – whose infectious smile and unorthodox defending helped build a cult following among football fans across the globe – has been unable to visit his kids since the estrangement from Aurelie in June.Eboue is inconsolable at not being able to see his nine-year-old son Mathis and two daughters Clara, 14, and Maeva, 12, this Christmas.To add to that he has been grieving since his late grandfather Amadou Bertin, who brought him up, sadly died after a brave battle against cancer. To top it all he lost his brother N’Dri Serge, who died in a motorbike crash.Eboue, who won the free-kick that led to Sol Campbell’s goal for Arsenal against Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final, has been hit hard with misfortune which has brought him to the brink of suicide.Speaking to The Sunday Mirror he said: ‘I want God to help me. Only he can help take these (suicidal) thoughts from my mind. It hurts me a lot (not to see his children). They used to call me. But now, no contact. It pains me to be alone without them.’A deadline for troubled Eboue to surrender ownership of the mansion he once shared with Aurelie passed earlier this month, meaning a judge will sign the transfer if Eboue doesn’t.The Mirror also reported his former wife will rent out the Enfield property but he says he lacks the funds for a barrister or lawyer to help fight his cause.So now he waits with his bags packed in the hallway for the dreaded knock on the door which will see the law force him to vacate the property he bought in happier times.He added: ‘I am in the house but I am scared. Because I don’t know what time the police will come. Sometimes I shut off the lights because I don’t want people to know that I am inside. I put everything behind the door.‘My own house. I suffered to buy my house but I am now scared. I am not going to sell my clothes or sell what I have. I will fight until the end because it is not fair.’His plans to return to the Premier League for one final payday with Sunderland last season faded after FIFA slapped him with a year’s ban following a dispute with a former advisor.The former Ivory Coast international who gained 79 caps for his country is remarkably free of bitterness at his former partner Aurelie – but blames previous advisors for FIFA imposing their damaging 12-month playing ban on him.Eboue, who admits he had a limited education growing up in his country’s capital Abidjan, as he focused on trying to become a professional footballer, also concedes he was ‘naive’ with his fortune.He accepts he allowed his former wife to take control of their financial affairs, but claims hangers-on bled him dry as they saw him as an easy target because he was never given good advice on how to manage his fortune.Staggeringly Eboue even recalls having to sign financial paperwork while he was supposed to be training when he was visited by bank staff at London Colney, Arsenal’s training ground.The Arsenal cult hero now sleeps on a friend’s floor, washes his clothes by hand because he can’t afford a washing machine and can just about find the money for an Oyster card – despite once having a bank-busting balance in the black.But he thanks the PFA for their help and is sharing his story as a cautionary tale to help young African footballers learn from his errors.He needs a job and would love a role at his former club Arsenal to help tide him over – but says he would be ’embarrassed’ if he saw some of his former team-mates, including Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, because of the current plight he finds himself in.Eboue’s is a tragic situation which, despite the glamour and undreamed riches available at the top tier of English football, is a heart-breaking and salutatory tale for those in charge of the Premier League.Yet despite his troubles he is still fighting hard, as he thanks God, adding: ‘I didn’t want what has happened. I don’t wish it on anybody.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

DR Congo FA President Arrested on Fraud Charges

first_imgHe said the four were “currently being heard” over the use of public funds in the organisation of matches in African competitions involving national sides as well as clubs.Alain Makengo, a lawyer for the four men, told AFP they are suspected of embezzling $1.0 million (800,000 euros) earmarked for four matches.Omari is also vice president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and a member of the executive committee of FIFA.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Head of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s football association has been taken into custody as part of a probe into embezzlement, an investigating magistrate said on Wednesday.FECOFA President Constant Omari has been held along with Sports Ministry Secretary General Barthelemy Okito and two FECOFA vice presidents — Roger Bondembe and Theobad Binamungu — since Tuesday evening, the magistrate told AFP.last_img read more

National Youth Games: Team Lagos Ready for Zonal Elimination Contests

first_imgNo fewer than 95 athletes will represent the state in the zonal eliminations.According to the Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, Lagos State athletes are fully ready for the zonal eliminations, thanks to the support of the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.“We are quite certain that our team will do us proud especially as they have competed in various developmental programmes  organised by the Lagos State Sports Commission and sponsored by the Lagos State Government as well as other national and international competitions,” Tandohstated.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ahead of the 4th National Youth Games (AYG) which is slated for Ilorin, Kwara State in September,  Lagos State teams are battle ready for the South-west zonal eliminations that hold in Ogun State from Tuesday, August 7 to 11th.Team Lagos will compete in seven team sports: cricket (male), handball, football (male), basketball, hockey (male), volleyball (female) and beach volleyball (female).last_img read more

NFF Appreciates Simba Group for Supporting Nigerian Football

first_imgSpeaking at the event, the Business Head of Simba Group, Mr. Manish Rohtagi, explained that the company, which is one of the country’s most respected business groups, has been operating in Nigeria for over 30 years.Within that time, the group, he noted, has contributed greatly to the nation’s economy while its portfolio of widely recognised brands, continue to dominate industries in which they operate.Rohtagi said Simba has supported national football at many levels, but officially became sponsors of the Super Eagles through their TVS brand of motorcycles and tricycles early this year.This recent ceremonial visit, followed an event held in November, where Simba thanked Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Mr, Gernot Rohr, for his team’s efforts at the FIFA World Cup in Russia last summer.Speaking at the event, Managing Director of Simba Group, Chief Vinay Grover, said: “We celebrate the success that the Super Eagles have had this year, and are also so proud of all the other national football teams, especially the Super Falcons and the junior teams representing our country. Our association with the NFF is very special, and we are honoured to be contributing to the development of the sport locally.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Pinnick, has thanked, Simba Group, distributors of TVS motorcycles and tricycles, for their close ties and support for Nigerian football.The NFF president recently visited the Group’s head office in Oregun, Lagos where he presented a customised Super Eagles jersey to the Business Head of Simba Group, Mr. Manish Rohtagi.To celebrate the association, several commercial motor cyclists (Okada riders ) and three cycle riders (Keke Riders) branded their vehicles in the nation’s official green white green colours to celebrate the occacion of the visit.last_img read more

‘Watch Out For Me’,  Showmax Tells Fans

first_img“I came into the sport at a very young age and I have been learning. There is also a wide scope of improvement for me because I am still young. I am being trained by the best coaches available, so I am on the right path,” he said.  GOtv Boxing Night 19, a nine-bout show, will be headlined by feature the international welterweight challenge between reigning West African Boxing Union (WABU) welterweight champion, Rilwan “Babyface” Babatunde of Nigeria and Eden Biki of Ghana.Also lined up is a string of explosive match-ups featuring big-name ring artists. These include national lightweight challenge bouts between reigning African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph and Tope “Berinja” Agboola; as Hammed “Ese Hammed” Ganiyu against current West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu.Former ABU featherweight champion, Waidi “Skoro” Usman will go head-to-head with Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje; while Kazeem “The Light” Oliwo will face Tope “TP Rock” Musa.The light welterweight category also promises a cracking duel between Adeyemi “Spirit” Adekanla and Isaac “I Star” ChukwudiAlso on the card are two female bouts, which will see Rodiat Ibrahim take on  Rodiat Yusuf, while Adedeji Abiodun swaps punches with Cynthia Ogunsemilore.The best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1 million alongside the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.GOtv Boxing Night 19 will be beamed live on Africa’s biggest sport channel, SuperSport, in 47 African countries.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Waheed “Showmax” Shogbamu has declared that he is ready to be the next big thing in Nigerian boxing.The fast-growing light  welterweight fighter and product of GOtv Boxing Next-gen Search, is billed to face Akeem “Sugar Boy” Olaiwola in a national challenge bout at GOtv Boxing Night 19 on 21 July at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.Speaking in an interview during the week, Shogbamu, who has built a fearsome reputation in such a short time, said he aims to dominate the light welterweight division in the country, Africa and the world.last_img read more

Carabao Cup: Liverpool Fined for Fielding Ineligible Player

first_imgLiverpool have been fined £200,000 – half of which has been suspended – by the EFL for fielding an ineligible player in their third-round Carabao Cup win against MK Dons.Spaniard Pedro Chirivella, who came on as a substitute in the 2-0 victory, did not have international clearance.The midfielder, 22, needed the paperwork from the Football Association after a loan spell at Spanish side Extremadura last season. Liverpool host Arsenal in the fourth round on 29 October.The EFL said £100,000 of the fine will be suspended until the end of next season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more