Sports Diary

Shashank Manohar Defers Decision To Step Down As ICC Chairman

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar has agreed to defer his recent decision to step down from his post following an ICC Board resolution to request him to remain in post was passed with overwhelming support earlier last fortnight. In a significant show of support for Manohar, the world cricket body Board asked him to withdraw his resignation or at the very least defer it until the ongoing process relating to governance and financial restructuring are completed.

“I respect the sentiments expressed by the directors and the confidence they have reposed in me. In the light of this, and although my decision to depart due to personal reasons has not changed, I am willing to continue as chairman till the responsibility as per the resolution is complete,” Manohar stated in an ICC release.

Australian Pacer Shaun Tait Becomes Overseas Citizen of India

Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait, known for bowling at speeds in excess of 150kmph, has officially become an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). The tear away pacer posted a picture of his OCI passport on Twitter to reveal the news. The Australian cricketer had married Indian model, Mashoom Singha, in June 2014. The 2007 ODI World Cup winner started dating the Indian model while playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the Rajasthan Royals in 2010. The duo dated for four years before tying the knot with Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan attending the event.

Tait, who has reportedly bowled the second fastest delivery in cricket history, had played a key role in Australia’s triumph during the 2007 ODI World Cup triumph in the West Indies.

Arsenal Boss Arsene Denies Rumors of Paris Saint-Germain Deal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied he has been offered a two-year deal to become coach at Paris Saint-Germain. Speaking to Beinsports channel, the Frenchman said the reports in the British press are “fake news.” Wenger said last week he has reached a decision on whether he will stay at the Premier League club beyond this season, and will announce it publicly “very soon.”

The 67-year-old Arsene Wenger, who has been in his position since 1996, is under increased pressure after Arsenal’s 3-1 loss at West Bromwich Albion that saw the team drop to sixth place. It was Arsenal’s fourth loss in five Premier League games. In the last month, Arsenal has been eliminated from the Champions League by Bayern Munich 10-2 on aggregate and only won two game — both against fifth-tier teams in the FA Cup.

All Change As New Owners Steer Formula One Into Fast Lane

Formula One ventures into the unknown zone of a long-awaited revamped and high-speed era under new American ownership when the engines roar into life at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Liberty Media’s takeover and the off-season departure of the sport’s veteran commercial ring-master Bernie Ecclestone have coincided with an overhaul of the technical regulations to usher in a new breed of ‘fatter and faster’ cars.

The wider new machines with broader tyres make much greater physical demands on the drivers and are expected to provide more noise and as Formula One bids to appeal to a younger, global, digital and social media savvy audience. The retirement of 2016 drivers world champion German Nico Rosberg has also triggered change with Finn Valtteri Bottas switching from Williams to partner three-time champion and pre-season favourite Lewis Hamilton in the champion Mercedes team.

Elena Vesnina Wins Indian Wells WTA Title

Elena Vesnina brought out her best game to defeat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the women’s singles final to clinch the Indian Wells crown. Vesnina capped a stellar campaign with a hard-fought 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Kuznetsova. Playing in her first final at the elite Premier Mandatory level, World No.15 Vesnina battled through a tense three hours and one minute to subdue eighth-ranked Kuznetsova.

The triumph comes a year after Vesnina, 30, fell in the first round of qualifying at Indian Wells and capped a tournament that saw her down both Germany’s soon-to-be number one Angelique Kerber and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams. For Kuznetsova, it was a third disappointment in as many finals at Indian Wells, this one coming a decade after she fell in back to back finals in 2007 and 2008.

Ankur Mittal Wins Double Trap Gold In ISSF Shotgun World Cup

Extending his good form, Ankur Mittal clinched the gold medal at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in the double trap event, pipping his Australian rival James Willet in the final in a world record equalling effort. Mittal had settled for a silver at the recent International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi, where Willet had won the gold.

Mittal ended with 75 points out of possible 80 in the six-man final to win India’s first medal in the competition while Willet managed 73. Ankur shot strong throughout the day, ending second in qualification with a score of 138 out of a possible 150. He also got the better off China’s Ying Qi 6-5 in a shoot-off to decide second and third spots after both had finished their qualifying rounds on the same score.