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India v England: Yuvraj Singh back in the Squad; Virat Kohli now captain in all formats
06.01.17 - TEAM PT
India v England: Yuvraj Singh back in the Squad; Virat Kohli now captain in all formats



Experienced left-handed batsmen Yuvraj Singh and Shikhar Dhawan have been named in a 15-man India squad for the upcoming three-match One-Day International series against England. The five-member senior selection panel, headed by MSK Prasad, also officially announced Virat Kohli as captain of the ODI and T20I teams. The 28-year-old Kohli takes over the limited-overs sides from MS Dhoni, who stepped down from the post earlier this week after leading India in 331 games across formats.
 
Dhoni has been named as the specialist wicket-keeper-batsman. Uncapped player Rishabh Pant has been named in the T20 International squad. Among the notable omissions is Ajinkya Rahane. He has been dropped from the T20 team and Pant replaces him as a batsman who will also be Dhoni’s understudy in limited overs for the time being.

"We know what Mahi is all about, he is a captain by nature, a leader from the front,” Mr. Prasad showered accolades on the outgoing captain.
 
Yuvraj, 35, last played an ODI in December 2013. He was part of India's T20I squad last year, and returns to the ODI squad after scoring 672 runs in five Ranji Trophy games for Punjab this season. Newly-wed Yuvraj has a fabulous ODI record against England. In 34 games, Yuvraj Singh has scored 1,313 runs at an average of 48, with three hundreds.
 
The major talking point of the announcement was the return of the 35-year-old Yuvraj, who also finds a mention in the T20I squad. The flamboyant left-hander, who played the last of his 293 ODIs so far in 2013, scored 672 runs from five Ranji Trophy games this season at an average of 84. His exploits in the domestic circuit included two hundreds and as many half-centuries.
 
"We should appreciate how Yuvraj has played. He did extremely well in domestic cricket, which has been appreciated,” Mr. Prasad told mediapersons.
 
Suresh Raina, who missed that series in October due to illness despite being named in the squad, loses out on the middle-order place to Manish Pandey, with the selectors keeping faith in the Karnataka batsman despite lukewarm returns against New Zealand (76 runs from 5 matches at 19.00). Raina is in the T20I squad, having last played for India in March. Rahane was dropped from the T20I squad.
 
Meanwhile, India welcome back veteran seamer Ashish Nehra in the T20 squad. The 37-year-old seamer, who earned a shock recall ahead of last year's T20I assignment in Australia, picked up a hamstring injury during the IPL and experienced a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
 
The ODIs will be played in Pune (January 15), Cuttack (January 19) and Kolkata (January 22). The T20Is will be held in Kanpur (January 26), Nagpur (January 29) and Bangalore (February 1).

Squad for the three-match ODI series:

KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav

Squad for the three-match T20I series:

KL Rahul, Mandeep Singh, Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manish Pandey, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra
 
But there was a lot of drama before the team selection meeting as the BCCI was confused about how many selectors should pick the squads. The MSK Prasad committee is a five-member panel while the Lodha panel had suggested a three-member panel, all with international experience. However, all five attended the meeting that was chaired by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri. 




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End of an era: MS Dhoni steps down as India's ODI and T20 captain
04.01.17 - TEAM PT
End of an era: MS Dhoni steps down as India's ODI and T20 captain



 Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday shocked the cricket world with a sudden and abrupt announcement of his stepping down as the Indian limited overs' captain. There has been speculations about how long MS Dhoni will continue as the captain of the limited over squads in light of Virat Kohli's success in the longer format.
 
He will, however, be available for the selection for the One-Day and T20I series against England and the same has been conveyed to the Senior Selection Committee. The committee will meet on Friday (January 06) to select the team for the three-match ODI series against England.
 
"Mahendra Singh Dhoni has informed the BCCI, that he wishes to step down as the captain of the Indian Cricket Team from the One Day Internationals and the T20 Internationals formats of the game," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a release.
 
Confirming the is latest development, the Indian cricket board's official Twitter handle shared a post.

Dhoni holds the record for most matches as captain of an international side, with 331 games across formats. He is also the only player to captain in 50+ matches in each of the three formats apart from being the only captain to win all three ICC Trophies - World Cup, WT20 and Champions Trophy.
 
His last series as captain came against New Zealand at home, where he led the Indian side to a 3-2 series win.

Mr Rahul Johri, Chief Executive Officer of the BCCI said, "On the behalf of every Indian cricket fan and the BCCI, I would like to thank MS Dhoni for his outstanding contribution as the captain of the Indian team across all formats. Under his leadership, Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket."
 
Dhoni's record as captain
Tests: 60 Matches, 27 Wins, 18 Losses, 15 Draws
ODIs: 199 Matches, 110 Wins, 74 Losses, 4 Ties, 11 No Results
T20Is: 72 Matches, 41 Wins, 28 Losses, 1 Tie, 2 No Results

The first ODI will played in Pune on January 15 followed by the second and third games on January 19 and 22 at Cuttack and Kolkata respectively.




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Anurag Thakur sacked by Supreme Court as BCCI president
01.01.17 - TEAM PT
Anurag Thakur sacked by Supreme Court as BCCI president



The Board of Control for Cricket president Anurag Thakur and its secretary Ajay Shirke have been sacked by the Supreme Court today. For failing to implement the reforms suggested by the Lodha panel, the BCCI will now have an observer, who will be appointed on January 19.
 
Defiant heads of state associations who did not agree to implement the Lodha reforms will also be removed.
 
The court said all Lodha recommendations must be implemented and this means that all cricket administrators over 70 years old will have to resign.
 
The Supreme Court also issued a show cause notice to Thakur and Shirke, asking why they should not be tried for perjury and contempt of court.

Thakur faced charges of perjury and he could still go to jail if he doesn't apologise to the Supreme Court.

Thakur in an affidavit had told the Supreme Court that he did not request the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar to write to the court saying that the appointment of a member of the CAG amounts to 'government interference'. However, clarifying to the court, Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramaniam said Thakur did ask Manohar to write to the Supreme Court. Manohar had been asked to file his response in the Supreme Court to 'set the record straight'.
 
A committee of administrators will look after the BCCI’s affairs. The senior-most BCCI vice-president will act as president while the joint-secretary will act as secretary All the BCCI office-bearers and state associations will have to give an undertaking to abide by the Lodha Committee recommendations, it further ruled.

The court will now hear the case on January 19 to zero in on the names of administrators. By the next date, Thakur and Shirke will have to respond why contempt and perjury proceedings should not be initiated against them for allegedly lying under oath on trying to scuttle the reforms being undertaken by court-appointed Lodha Committee.
 
"This is the logical consequence. Once the recommendations were accepted by the court, it had be implemented. There were obstructions, there were impediments ... obviously this had to happen, and it has happened,” former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha, the chairman of the Lodha Committee, said after the court order 
 
"The Supreme Court itself has ensured that its order of 18 July is now enforced. It’s victory for the game of cricket and it will flourish, administrators come and go, ultimately it is for the game,” Lodha further said.
 
The verdict, in what has come to be known as BCCI versus the Lodha Committee face-off, came after months of a bitter court battle. The Lodha Committee, appointed by the Supreme Court after a betting scandal in the Indian Premier League, has recommended sweeping changes in the way the board is run and led and had complained that the BCCI or Board of Control for Cricket in India was refusing to implement them.




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