India’s first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev will deliver the first Jagmohan Dalmiya Memorial Lecture here on November 14.This is going to be an annual event from now on, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) stated in a release.Besides Kapil, president of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Thilanga Sumathipala will also speak during the programme to be attended by both Indian and Sri Lankan team members ahead of the first Test at the Eden Gardens.The CAB will also organise felicitation of certain long serving members of the Association on that day, names of whom will be intimated in due course, it added.
NEWCASTLE, England — Newcastle hired Steve Bruce to replace Rafael Benitez as its manager on Wednesday amid fan unrest at the lack of spending and ambition at the Premier League club under much-criticized owner Mike Ashley.Bruce, the former Manchester United defender, takes charge of his boyhood club after leaving his job at second-tier Sheffield Wednesday. He is the 10th permanent manager under Ashley’s troubled ownership that began in 2007.It is being widely viewed as an uninspiring appointment, with the 58-year-old Bruce having been relegated twice from the Premier League — with Birmingham in 2006 and Hull in 2015. He has a win percentage in the top flight of 28%, though has experience of managing more than 900 competitive matches in a 21-year coaching career.“There is a huge challenge ahead of us,” said Bruce, who has signed a three-year deal, “but it’s one that my staff and I are ready for. We’ll roll our sleeves up and we’ll be giving it everything from the off to ensure supporters have a successful team that they can be proud of.” Yet Newcastle supporters are still angry that Ashley didn’t reach an agreement to extend the contract of Benitez, who left last month after more than 3½ years in charge saying the club “did not share his vision.” Benitez has since taken over at Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.Benitez couldn’t stop Newcastle being relegated when he joined in March 2016, but helped the team immediately bounce back into the Premier League the following season. Finishing 10th and 13th in the last two seasons cemented Newcastle’s place in the top flight.Bruce could face a tough first season because Newcastle will not have its two starting strikers from last season, Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez. Rondon, who was only on loan from West Bromwich Albion, hasn’t been signed on a full-time deal, while Perez has moved to Leicester.Bruce and his staff are due to fly out to meet up with Newcastle’s players in China, where the team is playing in a pre-season tournament.Sheffield Wednesday said it was “disappointed to learn via (a) public statement issued by Newcastle” that Bruce and his staff had been hired, and that there remained “outstanding legal issues to be resolved.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced that the 37-team Raji Trophy championship will be held from November 1, 2018 to February 6, 2019 after the conclusion of the Vijay Hazare and the Deodhar Trophy 50-overs tournaments.The domestic season will begin with the Duleep Trophy, starting on August 17, 2018. It will end on September 8.Then the Vijay Hazare Trophy will run from September 19 to October 20, while the Deodhar Trophy will run from October 23 to 27.The Ranji Trophy will have nine new teams in Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim & Uttarakhand.The tournament will have nine teams each in Elite Group A and B and 10 teams in the Elite Group C.The nine new teams will be placed in the Plate group category. As per Justice RM Lodha committee recommendations, extension of the game to the remote areas was a priority and that is how the states from North East were introduced in this year’s Ranji Trophy as participants in the plate division.The top team that qualifies for quarter-finals from the Plate group will be promoted to Elite Group C in the next season. The top two teams that qualify for the quarter-finals from Elite Group C will be promoted to Elite Group A & B in the next season.The Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy will also comprise 37 teams and will be played after the Irani Trophy. This will be a great platform for the domestic players to prepare for the IPL.The Col C K Nayudu Trophy, Vinoo Mankad Trophy, Cooch Behar Trophy and Vizzy Trophy (Inter-university competition) will cater to the young and budding talent of the country.advertisementThe senior women’s team will commence their domestic season with the T20 Challenger Trophy, while the one-day league runs from December 1 to 29.The one-day Challenger Trophy will be held from January 4, 2019 to January 8, while the T20 league will begin on February 20, 2019 and run till March 13, 2019.The BCCI is set to host more than 2,000 matches across various age-group competitions.(With IANS inputs)