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Such sports were interspersed with games of a more provincial provenance such as kabaddi, gilli-danda, seven-stones, and other assorted country cousins. Looking back, I have no idea how we knew to move from one to the other: the sequence went without saying, as it came without saying.
You might think the sheer abundance of sports would have made for an egalitarian playground in which those with limited talent in, say, cricket, could make up for it by excelling at soccer or field hockey or kabaddi. But you would be, for the most part, quite wrong. It was evident that the divine distribution of sporting talent or acumen was both unfair and capricious: the same guys who scored centuries in cricket were invariably the ones who banged in the goals in hockey or football, or walked away with the trophy at the end of the table tennis tournaments. These neighborhood dadas commanded the respect of everyone else and were much revered for their sporting acumen.
Conversely, those who made up the numbers in the cricket XI were also all too often the ones who spent their time futilely chasing the soccer ball but rarely coming into actual contact with it, let alone booting it into the goal. Part of the disenchantment of “growing up” was the realisation that there was no yet-to-be-discovered sport out there at which one might finally excel, exacting sweet revenge for all the daily humiliations endured until then.
One catches glimpses of the portable nature of exceptional sporting talent every now and then. I remember a Wimbledon crowd gasping in appreciation as Roger Federer casually and elegantly redirected a speeding tennis ball with pinpoint precision straight into the hands of a ball boy – with his foot. Clearly the Fed must have been a mean soccer player in his youth. And I once watched some grainy video footage of Yuvraj Singh playing tennis at an exhibition match that left no one in any doubt that the phenomenal eye-hand coordination that launched six sixes in an over translated into booming serves and topspin forehands as well. And the entire South African cricket team looks as if they could easily swap their whites for rugby or soccer jerseys and still hold their own.
I suspect the range of sports played by the average schoolboy has diminished considerably in the India of today, as cricket has risen to an unprecedented eminence and is pretty much played all year round
Looking back in my mind’s eye at some of these talented but nameless allrounders from maidans in Bangalore and Chennai, a couple of things stand out. First, they had certain physical attributes that distinguished them from others. These included wiry or strong physiques much better developed than those of others in their own age group; keen eyesight; and an instinct for timing and positioning their bodies in such a way as to create optimal impact. They were, quite simply, physically more advanced than others in their peer group.
But it was a second, more ineffable, quality that set them apart, one that I did not, indeed could not, appreciate back then: it’s almost as if they were able to watch the game from up on high, from a different vantage, which allowed them to see a certain grammar or geometry that was invisible to the rest of us. This translated into them having more time, appearing to be less rushed, than others. When they were batting, they instinctively knew where the fielders – that is to say the gaps in the field – were. When fielding they knew to read the angles faster and move towards the ball to cut it off rather than give chase after it was hit. And when bowling, they weren’t the ones with the long run-ups and the grunting effort but the ones who got most of the wickets. Not surprisingly, these allrounders were invariably selected to be the captains of teams, irrespective of the sport, on which they played.
I suspect the range of sports played by the average schoolboy has diminished considerably in the India of today, as cricket has risen to an unprecedented eminence and is pretty much played all year round. Specialisation and organised playing of sport (rather than just playing with friends in the neighborhood) also happens earlier in life than it did in those relatively carefree days of the past.
While I remain quite skeptical that these developments will result in India’s future cricketers being more competitive internationally, there is no doubt in my mind that the decline of the dadaof the maidan, that effortless jack of all sports, is something to be mourned. They were the true allrounders of their times.
Sankaran Krishna is a professor of political science at the University of Hawaii, in Honolulu.@SankaranKrishn
Ireland’s thrashing at the hands of Pakistan capped off a disappointing summer © AFP
Coin tossing was once a skill seldom required of Ireland’s captain. The occasional matches between Ireland and Test nations, stopping off for a quick game during their tour of England, followed a familiar ritual: the tourists would always bat – for that is what the spectators had come to see – and would make plenty before Ireland were bundled out in the afternoon, often at the hands of cricketers rarely spotted bowling. When Australia thrashed Ireland in 1997, novelty acts Mark Taylor, Michael Slater and Justin Langer all took wickets. That was part of the fun.
Last Thursday, Malahide was briefly transported back to this age. Ireland subsided to a 255-run defeat, the ninth highest in ODI history. “I would expect the players to be embarrassed,” former captain Trent Johnston says. “If teams get 340 against us and we’re bowled out for 80, they’re not going to come around and play those games anymore. They’re going to go somewhere else or stay at home.”
A few months ago Cricket Ireland unveiled its new strategic plan, emblazoned with the aim: Making Cricket Mainstream. This summer loomed as Ireland’s busiest ever in one-day international cricket, and a perfect opportunity to show how far the sport has come in the country. But as the rain lashed down at Malahide, forcing the second ODI against Pakistan to be abandoned without a ball bowled, it encapsulated a dispiriting summer. Seven completed ODIs have brought three thumping defeats in the games against Test opposition, an underwhelming 2-2 draw with Afghanistan and, with it, something worse: the sense that Ireland’s burgeoning fixture list has only arrived with the team in decline.
“We were a stronger unit a few years ago for sure, I think everyone would agree with that,” admits Ed Joyce, the only current player with memories of Australia’s visit 19 years ago.
This is an obvious irony here: Ireland’s greater opportunities, which the team has fought so long for, have only arrived when they are less-equipped to take them. That is unfortunate, but hardly unusual in the history of international sport, where conservative administration has often reigned: Italy’s rugby union side were stronger in the years before their elevation to the Six Nations, in 2000, than after; the same was true of Argentina’s inclusion in the Rugby Championship, from 2012, although the side has since risen again.
No country in cricket history has tried to do as much with so little as Ireland. They aspire to match established Test opposition in all three formats of the game, even with funding from the ICC that is about one third of Zimbabwe’s. (Afghanistan are attempting to do the same but also receive significant financial support from foreign governments). The fear is that Ireland’s romantic dream is imperilling their form in the very format for which the country is renowned. “Test cricket is a massive thing on Cricket Ireland’s radar,” Johnston says. “I don’t begrudge them that but they’ve still got to be conscious of the 50-over and 20-over games because it’s given them so much in the past through World Cups.”
Ireland consider first-class cricket their strongest format – Joyce reckons they would be more competitive in multi-day matches than they were against Sri Lanka and Pakistan this summer – but they know it is on ODI cricket that they will be judged. And while their recent T20 form has been dire, Ireland’s recent ODI record is scarcely any better.
That Ireland have so little time together before playing Full Members – players have arrived the day before ODIs this summer – provides some mitigation. Yet their struggles, and a disappointing2-1 defeat in Zimbabwe last October, also hint at more systematic issues. “We’ve been calling for more ODIs and we need to play better,” Joyce says. “We haven’t played very well since the World Cup. That’s a combination of some poor form and needing new blood in the team.
“What we lack is pretty obvious. We lack a wicket-taking threat with spin bowling – Andy McBrine and Paul Stirling do a good job, but it’s more a holding role than real wicket threat. We could do with another seam-bowling allrounder in there. It’d be nice to have some more youth – our fielding possibly hasn’t been as good recently. We certainly can beat teams in 50-over cricket; whether we can do it regularly at the moment might be asking too much but with experience and time hopefully it will happen.”
In the 2011 World Cup, Ireland had a top six of William Porterfield, Stirling, Joyce, Niall O’Brien,Gary Wilson and Kevin O’Brien. Against Pakistan, Ireland had the same top six – with all but Stirling now in their 30s – just in a slightly different order.
“The golden generation was always going to come to an end,” Johnston says. “We probably didn’t do the development work we needed to in the late 2000s”.
That is a view shared by Joyce. “We’ve introduced John Anderson, who is in his 30s as well, and Stuart Poynter, who hasn’t really got going yet, so we definitely need some guys to come in,” he says. “There’s not a huge amount of other guys getting hundreds in Interpro cricket and there’s no particularly new batting blood in county cricket either. It’s certainly the best six batters in the country at the moment.”
The sense of stasis is embodied by how young players who shone five years ago have failed to advance as hoped. Stirling scored two ODI centuries against Pakistan before turning 23, but his recent innings have been a succession of belligerent 20s and 30s that he has failed to convert into something more substantial: since a magnificent 92 in the World Cup win against the West Indies at Nelson, he averages just 22.00 in ODIs. His use as a finisher at No. 6 against Afghanistan was both an attempt to reinvigorate him with a new challenge, and to address Ireland’s reliance upon Kevin O’Brien for lusty hitting at the death. Andy Balbirnie and George Dockrell – the former injured, the latter now the second spinner behind McBrine – are others who appear to have stagnated.
Most worrying is the overdependence upon Joyce. He turns 38 next month, yet Ireland are more reliant on his runs than ever. Two unbeaten centuries against Afghanistan last month, two double-centuries in Ireland’s three games in the current Intercontinental Cup and 955 County Championship runs at 73.46 in 2016 attest to how Joyce is batting as well as ever. But in the five ODIs in which Joyce failed to score a century this summer, Ireland lost by 76 and 136 runs (against Sri Lanka), 39 and 79 runs (against Afghanistan) and then 255 runs against Pakistan. It is not merely that young talent has been slow to emerge but that formerly reliable performers, like Porterfield and Wilson, are struggling; both have lost their places in Championship cricket, and Niall O’Brien has just been released by Leicestershire too.
Less tangible than the absence of runs and wickets is a sense that Ireland are no longer as antagonistic on the field, and so a more comfortable side to play against. The side of Johnston and John Mooney, who have both retired in the last three years, was swearing, snarling and confrontational; the 2016 vintage is a little meek by comparison. “Trent and John were huge players for us: they were very good cricketers as well as being abrasive individuals,” Joyce says. The field is a quieter place in their absence. “We stood off them and that was reflected in the result,” Joyce says of the defeat to Pakistan.
In a sense these struggles simply reflect the underlying realities of the game in Ireland. While the number of cricketers has quadrupled, to 50,000, since 2007, it remains less than half that of New Zealand, who have the smallest playing pool of any of Test nation bar Zimbabwe. “I don’t think there’s enough quality players in Ireland to make sure we hover around eighth, purely on the playing numbers. We don’t have the numbers to justify that,” Johnston says.
One way of overcoming this paucity of players is through having an inclusive attitude to foreigners with Irish passports, or those who want to qualify to play for Ireland through residency. Yet under Phil Simmons, Ireland routinely featured far fewer players born overseas than many Test nations, and seemed uninterested in potential recruits: Nick Larkin played two seasons of club cricket in Ireland and played two games against Sri Lanka A in 2014, but heard little from the selectors. He has since scored a Sheffield Shield hundred for New South Wales and was named as the Futures League Player of the Year last season.
Then there is PJ Moor, an Irish passport holder who played in domestic cricket for three years and was said to be keen on playing for Ireland; a few weeks ago, he scored 71 on Test debut for Zimbabwe. The recent selection of Sean Terry, the son of former England batsman Paul who has an Irish mother, against Afghanistan hinted at a change of approach.
Even in a dispiriting summer there has been hope. Barry McCarthy – selected two years late, in Johnston’s view – has provided much of it, a combative fast-bowling allrounder who has taken 18 wickets in seven ODIs in between establishing himself for Durham. After years of Ireland’s bowling being their weaker suit, there are other causes for optimism, too, with the emergence of Mark Adair, a pace bowler who has impressed in occasional appearances for Warwickshire, and Josh Little, a 17-year-old left-armer who can already bowl at 85mph and, fresh from a fine U-19 World Cup, has been likened to Sam Curran by one local coach not normally renowned for hyperbole.
Since taking over from Simmons last year, John Bracewell – whose future is beginning to be questioned by some – has tried to change the age profile of the squad, but Johnston would like the pace of change to be quicker. “Maybe there need to be some bold decisions in selection to blood some younger guys and prepare for the next World Cup,” he says. “Why are these performances happening? We need answers. It’s not so long ago that we were ranked in the top ten in T20s and ODIs – so why are we 16th in T20s and 12th in ODIs? It’s a question that needs to be answered by Cricket Ireland.”
To start with, Johnston advocates a new leader in the shortest format. “I think it is time for William to step aside in T20 and blood a new leader. Andy McBrine would be someone you’d potentially have a look at – he’s captained Northwest Warriors, he’s a good tough cricketer.”
Players like McBrine have to prepare themselves for international cricket without adequate resources for players to train. “Practice facilities are my big worry really over here,” says Joyce, who is weighing up returning to Ireland for good after the current county season. “How often can you get outside with the weather and if you can’t where do you do go indoors?”
Changing this is a priority for Cricket Ireland – but so is improving the A team’s desolate schedule, making Malahide more than a pop-up international cricket stadium, and helping the women’s side build upon their two victories over South Africa this summer. Most conversations about Irish cricket still begin and end with the “b-word”: budget.
Perhaps all this grumbling is just a reflection of human nature: forgetting what we have, and moaning about what we do not. Ireland already have seven ODIs – against Bangladesh, New Zealand and West Indies at home, and two much-awaited games in England – to look forward to next summer. “I never think we’ll go back to playing three or four games a year because the infrastructure that has been put in place will make sure that never happens,” Johnston says. “It’s not going to be downhill when you’ve got guys like Warren Deutrom in charge. I’ll always be confident that they’ll always be a competitive and very good Irish team.”
Joyce makes another point: “We have a lot more wins than other teams starting out in the same timeframe.” Ireland have won five matches against Full Members over three 50-over World Cups, while Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, the last three teams to gain Test status, had only won one each before their promotion was ratified. “One or two average years doesn’t mean we’re a bad side.”
Irish cricket’s had-won gains will not easily be relinquished, but nor will their lofty ambitions for the game – to make Ireland the ‘European New Zealand’ – be achieved while the team performs as it has since the World Cup. Ireland and the rest of the Associate world alike know that the ICC’s newfound appetite for giving the leading emerging teams more opportunities must yield results, less cricket’s governing elite again be put off the very notion of expansionism. Performances in the coming months, then, are not merely critical to Ireland’s future; they could also be pivotal in determining the sport’s attitude to growing beyond the cartel of Test nations.
Tim Wigmore is a freelance journalist and author of Second XI: Cricket in its Outposts
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There are a number of questions being asked regarding the future of domestic T20 cricket in England. One that appears to have the governing body and the 18 professional county sides split.
What is the debate?
The English Cricket Board (ECB) wants to replace the current NatWest T20 Blast competition with a city based franchise league, similar to that of the Australian Big Bash and the Indian Premier League. Many Counties, probably expectedly so, are against the change
Debt, history, success and change are all words that spring to mind when analysing the current situation. One so ironic that the winners of this year’s NatWest T20 Blast, Northants, and local neighbours Leicestershire, who have won the competition more than any other, are unlikely to receive any recognition in the forming of a new city based tournament. They will of course receive pay outs from the ECB but is that what the game is about?
Surrey, who are avidly against any change have won the tournament once back in its first year in 2003 but are yet to repeat the feat. They would likely be rewarded with a London based franchise to compete against the North London side at Lord’s. Between the two London based team’s they have previously won the T20 competition twice, three behind the combined total of the two midland lesser counties. However, with the highest attended domestic T20 match ever in England at Lord’s earlier this season, 27,119, and Surrey continually getting close to selling out all of their home fixtures the ECB would not want to miss out. Why are Surrey so against the change? Well, you only have to look at the recent inaugural Kia Super League to see how highly they value their ‘Surrey’ brand, along with the likes of ‘Yorkshire Diamonds’ and ‘Lancashire Thunder’. The other sides did create new logos for their team but Surrey remained with the traditional brown logo and the adding of ‘Stars’ beneath. Both Surrey and Yorkshire have already made it clear that they won’t be changing their names for a team playing using their ground as their home. And their stance would appear completely justified, how would the forming of a new side playing at the home of Surrey CCC make their loyal and strong Members following feel? Would they be the ones to support the new side or would that be left to the ECB to target new pockets of cricket fans like has been achieved in the Big Bash league over in Australia where they have generated crowds well in excess of what can be achieved here. The long-term strategy in Australia is unlikely to be a root the ECB will go down though; free to air on terrestrial tv and tickets prices well under what is charged here make it a strange model to replicate when the change appears more about revenue than developing the next David Willey.
The reason so many clubs are fighting the change… well change can be daunting. However, the numbers prove that T20 in this country is becoming more successful than at any point in it’s short history, with higher attendances in 2016 than ever experienced before and the arrival of the world’s best players (if only for short stints). Finals Day even saw the likes of England superstars Joe Root and Alex Hales take the field with recent World T20 winner, Andre Russell, but it was still the less fancied Northants who emerged victorious with their slightly portly looking side.
The other option being brought to the table is the two tier league plus the introduction of an FA Cup style tournament including minor counties such as Devon. The league system would mimic the current County Championship with relegation and promotion, yet it is not yet clear how they would initially be formed. This would allow the counties to remain as counties, fans to remain as fans of their side but also give the competition the face-lift the ECB so desperately crave.
England’s performances in the recent World T20 should be cause for praise though and the arrival onto the scene of players like Jason Roy and Sam Billings, who have both enjoyed success with England and the latter in this year’s IPL, can be put down to their exploits in England’s T20 competition.
Is change necessary? I am not quite sure. Having shared a close experience with this year’s tournament I couldn’t think of why all the current hard work would be thrown away. But a two tier system played over the school holidays wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. This year’s champions are Northants, deservedly so, would The Midlands taking on South London have the same romance? Almost certainly not!
नवीन अर्याल काठमाडौं, भदौ ५
अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय क्रिकेट महासंघ (आइसिसी) ले चार महिनाअघि नेपाललाई लगाएको प्रतिबन्ध फुकुवा गर्न एसियाली क्रिकेट महासंघ (एसिसी) ले लबिङ गर्ने भएको छ। श्रीलंकाको राजधानी कोलम्बोमा आइतबार बसेको एसिसी बैठकले नेपालको विषयमा यस्तो धारणा राखेको हो।
एसिसीका नवनियुक्त अध्यक्ष पाकिस्तानका साहरियार खानको अध्यक्षतामा बसेको बैठकमा नेपाली क्रिकेटमा लागेको प्रतिबन्धबारे कुरा उठेको थियो। एसिसीका पूर्व अध्यक्ष श्रीलंकाका थिलंगा सुमाथिपालाले नेपाली क्रिकेटलाई लागेको प्रतिबन्धबारे बैठकमै कुरा उठाएका थिए।
बैठकमा नवनियुक्त अध्यक्ष साहरियारसमेत भारतीय क्रिकेट बोर्ड (बिसिसिआई) का अध्यक्ष अनुराग ठाकुर र बंगलादेश क्रिकेट बोर्डका अध्यक्षको पनि उपस्थिति थियो। एसियाका १६ राष्ट्र सहभागी बैठकमा थिलंगाले राजनीतिक हस्तक्षेपका कारण श्रीलंकामा पनि आठ वर्ष क्रिकेट अवरुद्ध भएको जानकारी दिए। नेपालको हकमा पनि त्यस्तै भएको र यसले नेपालको क्रिकेट महौल बिग्रिनेतर्फ संकेत गर्दै उनले नेपालको क्रिकेट जोगाउन सबै एसियाली राष्ट्रले सहयोग गर्नुपर्ने सुझाव दिए।
विवादका कारण आठ वर्ष तदर्थ समितिमा चलेको श्रीलंकामा डेढ वर्षअघि निर्वाचन भएको थियो। सोही निर्वाचनबाट थिलंगा अध्यक्ष निर्वाचित भएका थिए। बैठकमा नेपालका तर्फबाट प्रतिनिधित्व गरिरहेका नेपाल क्रिकेट संघ (क्यान) को निर्वाचित कमिटीका अध्यक्ष चतुरबहादुर चन्द र महासचिव अशोकनाथ प्याकुरेलले पनि आफ्नो कुरा राखेका थिए।
उनीहरूले नेपाली क्रिकेटमा भइरहेको राजनीतिक हस्तक्षेपबारे कुरा उठाउनेबित्तिकै सबै राष्ट्रले यस विषयमा आफूहरू पहिलेदेखि नै जानकार रहेको बताए। अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय क्रिकेटमै प्रभाव राख्ने भारतीय क्रिकेट बोर्डका अध्यक्ष अनुरागले नेपाली क्रिकेटको विकासमा सहयोग गर्न आफू लालायित रहेको उल्लेख गर्दै विवाद सुल्झाउन आफूले पनि प्रयास गर्ने बताए।
‘आइसिसी कार्यसमितिका ४ राष्ट्र (भारत, पाकिस्तान, श्रीलंका र बंगलादेश) यहीँ छौं। यसमा सिङ्गापुर पनि छ। त्यसैले प्रतिबन्ध फुकुवा गर्ने विषयमा हामी आइसिसीसमक्ष दबाब दिनेछौं,’ उनको भनाइ उद्धृत गर्दै क्यान अध्यक्ष चन्दले सेतोपाटीसँग भने। चन्दले कोलम्बोबाट टेलिफोनमा जानकारी दिने क्रममा भने, ‘एसिसीका सबै राष्ट्रले हामीसँग काम गर्न इच्छा देखाएका छन्। त्यसैले उनीहरूले संयुक्त रूपमा आइसिसीलाई दबाब दिने बताए।’
गत वर्ष क्यानको निर्वाचन भएको थियो। जसलाई मान्यता नदिएर राष्ट्रिय खेलकुद परिषद (राखेप) ले रमेश सिलवालको अध्यक्षतामा तदर्थ कमिटी गठन गरेपछि नेपाली क्रिकेटमा विवाद निम्तिएको थियो। यसैको कारण राजनीतिक हस्तक्षेपलाई आधार बनाउँदै आइसिसीले चार महिनाअघि क्यानलाई निलम्बन गर्ने निर्णय गरेको थियो।
बैठकमा निर्वाचित कमिटीसँग एसिसीले काम गर्ने स्पष्ट बताएको चन्दले सेतोपाटीलाई जानकारी दिए। ‘आइसिसीले लगाएको प्रतिबन्ध हटाउन लबिङ गर्ने तर नहट्दासम्म हामीसँग मिलेर काम गर्ने कुरा भएको छ,’ एसिसीकै निम्तोमा साधारण सभामा भाग लिन कोलम्बो पुगेका चन्दले भने ।
आइसिसीले गत वर्ष एसिसीलाई भंग गर्दै एसियाली क्रिकेटको गतिविधि पनि आफैंले हेर्दै आइरहेको थियो। तर, गत शुक्रबारदेखि श्रीलंकामा सुरु भएको एसियाली राष्ट्रहरूको बैठकले एसिसीलाई पुनः ब्युँत्याउने निर्णय गरेपछि आइतबार नयाँ कार्यसमितिका लागि साधारण सभा भएको थियो। यसमा दुई वर्षका लागि पाकिस्तानी क्रिकेट बोर्डका अध्यक्ष खानलाई नियुक्त गर्ने निर्णय भयो।
कोलम्बोको किङ्सबरी होटलमा बिहान ११ बजे भएको साधारण सभाबाट वरिष्ठ उपाध्यक्षमा सिंगापुरका इमरान ख्वाजा मनोनित भए। उनी एसोसिएट राष्ट्रको तर्फबाट प्रतिनिधित्व गर्दै वरिष्ठ उपाध्यक्ष भए। ख्वाजा आइसिसीको कार्यसमितिमा पनि सहभागी छन्। उनी एसोसिएट राष्ट्रको प्रतिनिधित्व गर्दै आइसिसीको कार्यसमितिको सदस्य पदमा नियुक्त छन्।
साधारण सभाले चारवटै टेस्ट राष्ट्र भारत, पाकिस्तान, श्रीलंका र बंगलादेशका प्रतिनिधि स्वतः कार्यसमितिमा रहने व्यवस्था गरेको छ। पूर्ण सदस्य राष्ट्रको तर्फबाट थाइल्यान्ड र ओमानका अध्यक्षले कार्यसमितिको अगुवाइ गर्नेछन्। चीनलाई एसोसिएट राष्ट्रको प्रतिनिधिका रूपमा कार्यसमितिमा स्थान दिइएको छ।
त्यस्तै एसिसीको क्रिकेट विकास कमिटीको संयोजकमा पूर्व अध्यक्ष श्रीलंकाका थिलंगालाई मनोनित गरिएको छ। यसअघि शनिबार साँझ ५ बजे कोलम्बोको मेटल्यान्ड प्लेसमा एसिसीको कार्यालय विधिवत रूपमा उद्घाटन गरिएको थियो। आइसिसीले गत वर्ष एसिसीलाई भंग गर्नुअघि यसको कार्यालय मलेसियास्थित क्वालालम्पुरमा थियो। श्रीलंकामा सरेको एसिसीको कार्यालयको सम्पूर्ण खर्च दस वर्ष श्रीलंकन सरकारले बेहोर्ने बताएको छ।
प्रकाशित मिति: आइतबार, भाद्र ५, २०७३ २२:२९:०५
LAHORE (Dunya News) – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan on Saturday has been appointed as president of Asian Cricket Council.
A ceremony of International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding election of new Asian Cricket Council president was organized in Sri Lanka in which PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan was declared victorious.
The chief would serve his duties as an eighth president and would also handle different tasks and activities during his tenure of two years.
On the occasion, Shaharyar Khan expressed ecstasy and said that all the cricket boards need to work together for the improvement of game in the region.