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Cricket in Olympics: Campaign to include cricket in Olympics intensifies, ICC introduces new format of 6 teams

Women’s cricket was also included in the latest edition Commonwealth Games hosted in Birmingham.

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Cricket in Olympics: Campaign to include cricket in Olympics intensifies, ICC introduces new format of 6 teams

The International Cricket Council has stepped up its campaign to include cricket in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games. It has proposed to send six women’s and men’s teams each to the organizing committee. A final decision regarding this will be taken in October this year, before that the organizers will prepare the final list of new games in March.

The next session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to be held in Mumbai. During that time a final decision regarding cricket in Olympics can be taken. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has been included in the ICC’s Olympic Working Group headed by ICC President Greg Barclay, which also includes Indira Nooyi (Independent Director) and Parag Marathe (Former USA Cricket President).

Moreover, Women’s cricket was also included in the latest edition Commonwealth Games hosted in Birmingham. A large number of spectators were seen during the matches.

Why did Jai Shah get the special responsibility?

There is a special strategy behind the inclusion of Jai Shah in the committee. Shah has been included keeping in mind India’s ambition to host the Olympics in 2036. According to the report, the ICC believes that Shah’s involvement could make an important and potentially influential thrust in its negotiations with the IOC to include cricket in the sport’s biggest global event.

Teams will be decided on the basis of ranking

As per the ICC’s proposal, the top six teams in both men’s and women’s categories by a certain date will be given a chance to play in the Olympics. In August last year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) included cricket in the review sports. Baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse, break dancing, karate, kick-boxing, squash and motorsport were also included.

Cricket has to meet many criteria

Cricket may appear in the Olympics after 128 years. The last time cricket was played at the Paris Olympics was in the year 1900. Then only the teams of Britain and host France played. To be included in the Olympics, cricket sport must meet certain criteria. The biggest thing in this is the reduction of cost and complexity. Apart from this, health of the players, global appeal, interest of the host country, gender equality, youth relevance and long-term sustainability are also looked into.

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IND vs NZ: BCCI, Sachin Tendulkar to felicitate U19 World Cup winners before 3rd T20I at Narendra Modi Stadium

The series decider will begin at 7:00 pm and the toss will be held at 6:30 pm.

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World Cup winners

The 15-member team that won the Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2022 has been specially invited by the BCCI for the India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I match. Before the match, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will felicitate Shefali Verma’s team. During this, Board Secretary Jai Shah will also be present.

The U19 Indian team will watch the 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand Live at the Narendra Modi International Stadium, Ahmedabad. Men in Blue and Black Caps would want to win the series decider as the guests had won the first match and the hosts won the second match and equalised the series by 1-1.

Now the third match of the 3-match T20 series between India vs New Zealand will be played on 1st February. In this match, both the teams will clash at Ahmadabad’s Narendra Modi International Stadium. The series decider will begin at 7:00 pm and the toss will be held at 6:30 pm.

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For the unversed, The International Cricket Council organised women’s under 19 World Cup for the first time. Team India defeated New Zealand and entered the finals, while England defeated Australia and made it to the final clash. However, Indian bowling attack broke the backbone of English batters and restricted them for just 68 runs.

In return India, on the loss of two wickets easily scored 69 runs and created history by winning the first ever U19 Women’s World Cup 2022. This historic moment was celebrated all over the country. Not just cricketers, but Prime Minister Modi, several celebrities and politicians applauded the Indian women’s for raising Indian flag the highest.

The 15 member women squad has been invited at Narendra Modi International stadium and will be felicitated before the match. The women’s team will also enjoy the match live. Hence, Men In Blue would want to win the match and set the right example.

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IND vs NZ: Can India seal the series in 3rd T20I? Check squad, venue, time, Live streaming details here

both the teams will clash at Ahmadabad’s Narendra Modi International Stadium. The series decider will begin at 7:00 pm.

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IND vs NZ

This is India’s fourth T20 series with New Zealand in the last four years. India has won the last three series without losing any match. This time the circumstances are different. The Black Caps won the first match and Hardik Pandya’s team barely touched the target of 100 in Lucknow to level the series by 1-1. Today, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Team India will challenge New Zealand to win the fourth consecutive T20 series.

Will Indian top order score in 3rd T20I?

In the absence of senior cricketers like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, the young top order of Team India has not been able to leave a mark in the last two matches. Ishaan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi all three have not been able to score runs. If Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya had not taken the lead in Lucknow, India would have found it difficult to reach the target of 100 runs. In such a situation, Prithvi Shaw can be included in Team India.

After this India will not play T20 for a long time

After this match, the Indian team does not have to play T20 for a long time. After this, there is a four-Test series with Australia, as well as preparations for the ODI World Cup to be held in October this year. In such a situation, the Indian youth brigade will have this golden opportunity to showcase their talent in this format of cricket.

IND vs NZ 3rd T20I Venue and Time

The third match of the 3-match T20 series between India vs New Zealand will be played on 1st February. In this match, both the teams will clash at Ahmadabad’s Narendra Modi International Stadium. The series decider will begin at 7:00 pm and the toss will be held at 6:30 pm.

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IND vs NZ 3rd T20I Live Streaming

India vs New Zealand 3rd T20 match’s digital broadcast will be available on Disney+ Hotstar app and website. The match will be broadcast free of cost on DD Free Dish in India on Doordarshan Sports channel.

IND vs NZ T20 Squads

Team India: Hardik Pandya (Captain),Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav (Vice Captain), Ishan Kishan (wk), and Ruturaj Gaikwad, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Prithvi Shaw and Mukesh Kumar.

Team New Zealand: Mitchell Santner (Captain), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, and Dane Cleaver (wk), Devon Conway (wk), Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Ben Lister, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Rippon, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, and Blair Tickner.

World champion women’s team will be honored

During this match, the 15-member team that won the Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup has been specially invited by the BCCI. Before the match, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will felicitate Shefali Verma’s team. During this, Board Secretary Jai Shah will also be present. The U19 Indian team will watch the 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand Live at the Narendra Modi International Stadium.

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India Vs New Zealand T20I series: Curator who prepared “shocking” Lucknow wicket fired

The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) has sacked the curator of Lucknow’s Ekana Cricket Stadium after he prepared a vicious turner that produced a low scoring game for the second T20 between India and New Zealand on Sunday.

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The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) has sacked the curator of Lucknow’s Ekana Cricket Stadium after he prepared a vicious turner that produced a low scoring game for the second T20 between India and New Zealand on Sunday.

Indian T20I captain Hardik Pandya was irate and did not mince words as he termed the Lucknow wicket “shocker of a pitch”.

The low-scoring affair saw the Black Caps restricted to 99 for eight in 20 overs while India managed to barely scrape past the line with one ball to spare.

In a statement, the UPCA said the curator has been removed and replaced by Sanjeev Kumar Agarwal, an experienced curator, adding that they will turn things around in a month’s time.

Elaborating on why the Lucknow wicket turned out to be a rank turner, the UPCA said that the pitch had already been host to a ton of domestic cricket, which was mostly played on all the centre wickets ahead of the India-New Zealand game.

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They said the curator should’ve left one or two strips for an international game, adding that the surface was overused and bad weather didn’t give the curators enough time to prepare a fresh wicket.

A report quoting a UPCA source revealed that the new curator, who has prepared wickets in Bangladesh in the past before being removed in October last year, has been tasked to set things right as far as pitch-making is concerned. He will work closely with veteran BCCI curator Taposh Chatterjee.

Indian skipper Hardik Pandya has been unhappy with the surfaces on offer in the first two T20Is of the series so far.

In a statement after the game, Hardik expressed his anger at the curators and termed the Lucknow pitch as a shocker of a wicket. Hardik said that while he’s all for competitive wickets for other formats, however, the surfaces on offer during the first two games were not made for T20 cricket.

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