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ODI World Cup trophy arrives in New Delhi; Arun Jaitley Stadium gears up for ICC event

The DDCA has upgraded the stadium seats from the old ones, which is a substantial improvement over the prior seating configurations.

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The Arun Jaitley Stadium was significantly renovated after the ODI World Cup trophy was brought onsite. The valued trophy was unveiled by the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA). With the expectation of high attendance during the World Cup matches, the DDCA has made a number of improvements within the stadium to improve the overall spectator experience.

After experiencing a number of problems with seating arrangements and amenities, this cricket venue came under attack earlier this year during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The state board, however, is committed to making sure that these issues never arise again, with the main objective of enabling spectators to fully appreciate the World Cup matches in New Delhi.

The DDCA has upgraded the stadium seats from the old ones, which is a substantial improvement over the prior seating configurations.

In order to give the stadium a lively and appealing appearance, they have also made aesthetic improvements by incorporating colours like Blue, Green, and Orange. These initiatives aim to improve the stadium’s aesthetic appeal in addition to its functionality.

Rajan Manchanda, joint-secretary of the DDCA, provided information about the stadium changes.

The Wankhede stadium in Mumbai began work on the outfield as soon as the IPL group stages were through, so this is not the first stadium to be refurbished. The Mumbai Cricket Association also declared that the stadium’s hospitality boxes would be renovated.

Ankit Dutta, the pitch curator for the DDCA, was chosen to unveil the World Cup trophy at Kotla, which was a wonderful gesture on their part. They also dedicated the events to the groundsmen for the hard effort they put in to transform the event.

The small children were also invited by the DDCA to the trophy reveal because it was a great opportunity for them to take pictures with the coveted trophy. Since it turned out to be a memorable day for them as well, some visually impaired kids were also welcomed to the event.

There will be a large audience at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi for India’s one match versus Afghanistan. While the fans will first get to see the stadium’s transformation on October 7 when South Africa plays Sri Lanka.

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Shubman Gill didn’t deserve to be India T20I captain: Amit Mishra

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Indian leg spinner Amit Mishra has criticised the decision to make Shubman Gill the captain of India’s T20 team.

In a podcast, Mishra said Gill has no idea of what it means to be a captain and is ignorant of the importance of the captain’s role. Mishra said he didn’t feel Gill could do justice to the responsibility of being a captain in the recently concluded T20I series against Zimbabwe.

He suggested Ruturaj Gaikwad was a better option. He said there is a sense that Gaikwad has been ignored by the BCCI and national selectors to support Gill. Even Gaikwad was overlooked as a backup player for the T20 World Cup 2024 and then for India’s captaincy in Zimbabwe.

Mishra didn’t hesitate in saying he wouldn’t have appointed Gill captain for the Zimbabwe series. He admitted the decision had surprised him.

Mishra clarified that he is not someone who hates Gill but believed that if someone was doing well that person deserved a chance and respect, like Gaikwad.

During the IPL, Mishra said Gaikwad as captain of Chennai Super Kings had scored vital runs in many different situations. He has the hallmark of a complete player and needs to be rewarded in ODIs and Tests as well.

Most important thing is that he brings calm to the team and doesn’t make such risky shots, Mishra said in his evaluation of the performances of Gill and Gaikwad in IPL matches.

Mishra said the other captaincy options were Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant. He said these three, including Gaikwad, are players who can lead India in T20Is.

The leggie also spoke on several other controversial topics including the row involving Sanjeev Goenka and KL Rahul during the IPL and the fraught dynamics between Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir.

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After Kapil Dev’s appeal, Jay Shah directs BCCI to provide Rs 1 crore financial assistance for Anshuman Gaekwad in cancer battle

Anshuman Gaekwad is battling blood cancer.

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A few days after India’s World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev’s appeal, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretay Jay Shah has instructed the cricket board to release Rs 1 crore with immediate effect to provide financial assistance to India’s veteran cricketer Anshuman Gaekwad, who is battling blood cancer.

According to BCCI Apex Council, Shah has also spoken to Gaekwad’s family and took stock of the situation and provided assistance.

In the statement, the Council has stated that the board stands by Gaekwad’s family in this hour of crisis and will do whatever is essential for Gaekwad’s quick recovery. The BCCI will continue to monitor Gaekwad’s progress and is confident that he will come out of this phase strongly, the BCCI Apex Council further said.

Earlier, speaking to a Sports channel, Kapil said that he had written to BCCI requesting to lend financial support to Gaekwad, who is battling blood cancer alone and said he is ready to donate his pension to help him.

He further said that his former teammates such as Mohinder Amarnath, Sunil Gavaskar, Sandeep Patil, Dilip Vengsarkar, Madan Lal, Ravi Shastri and Kirti Azad have been generating funds to help Gaikwad, who has been undergoing treatment for the past year at King’s College Hospital in London.

Kapil showed his confidence in the BCCI going to take a look into the matter and extend its help to support the former India head coach Gaekwad financially. Kapil said he was saddened and depressed because he had played alongside Gaekwad and couldn’t bear to see him in this situation. No one should suffer, he added.

The cricket legend said he knows the Board will take care of him and not compel anyone. Any help for Anshu should come from the heart. Kapil further said that Anshu took blows to his face and chest when standing up to some of the ferocious fast bowlers. “Now is the time for us to stand up for him. I am sure our cricket fans will not fail him. They should pray for his recovery,” Kapil added.

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Kapil Dev in pain, writes to BCCI, says ready to donate his pension to help cancer-stricken Anshuman Gaekwad as cricket board support awaited

Kapil said he was saddened and depressed because he had played alongside Gaekwad and couldn’t bear to see him in this situation.

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Cricketer Kapil Dev has written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) requesting to lend financial support to his former India teammate Anshuman Gaekwad battling blood cancer alone and said he is ready to donate his pension to help him.

Speaking to a Sports channel, Kapil Dev said his former teammates such as Mohinder Amarnath, Sunil Gavaskar, Sandeep Patil, Dilip Vengsarkar, Madan Lal, Ravi Shastri and Kirti Azad have been generating funds to help Gaikwad, who has been undergoing treatment for the past year at King’s College Hospital in London.

Kapil showed his confidence in the BCCI going to take a look into the matter and extend its help to support the former India head coach Gaekwad financially. Kapil said he was saddened and depressed because he had played alongside Gaekwad and couldn’t bear to see him in this situation. No one should suffer, he added.

He said he knows the Board will take care of him and not compel anyone. Any help for Anshu should come from the heart. Kapil further said that Anshu took blows to his face and chest when standing up to some of the ferocious fast bowlers. “Now is the time for us to stand up for him. I am sure our cricket fans will not fail him. They should pray for his recovery,” Kapil added.

India’s World Cup-winning captain also highlighted the lack of a system and said it is great to see this generation of players make good money. It is good to see the support staff members also being paid well. He further said that, during his time, the Board did not have the money. Today, it has and should take care of the senior players from the past. But where they send their contributions, he wondered.

Kapil said if a Trust is formed, they can put their money there. He believed that BCCI should make a system where they look after the players, former and present. He said players are ready to contribute by donating our pension amount if the family allow them to.

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