Dravid Tendulkar want India to play Champions Trophy

Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar are among a group of 12 former cricketers who want India to play the upcoming Champions Trophy in England.All the players ESPNcricinfo contacted – Tendulkar, Dravid, Zaheer Khan, Gundappa Viswanath, Sandeep Patil, Sanjay Manjrekar, Aakash Chopra, Ajit Agarkar, Venkatesh Prasad, Saba Karim, Murali Kartik, and Deep Dasgupta – were unanimous in their opinion that India should attempt to defend the Champions Trophy title that they won in 2013.Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul DravidThe doubt over India’s participation in the Champions Trophy arose after the BCCI missed the April 25 deadline to send its squad for the tournament to the ICC. The board had said the delay was due to “operational” reasons.The concerns over India’s participation have increased since then, after the BCCI was outvoted by a massive margin at the ICC Board meeting in April, when the ICC’s members approved a new constitution, governance structure and finance model. The biggest sticking point for the BCCI was the finance model, in which it stands to get a reduced share of ICC revenue when compared to the existing Big Three model.The BCCI is divided over the issue, with a faction strongly in favour of revoking the Members Participation Agreement with the ICC, which would rule India out of hosting and participating in all ICC tournaments until 2023, the end of the present rights cycle.A final decision on India’s participation in the Champions Trophy is likely to be taken by the BCCI at its special general body meeting on May 7 in Delhi. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSachin Tendulkar, Allan Donald, Cathryn Fitzpatrick inducted in ICC Hall of FameJuly 19, 2019In “latest news”India favourites for the World Cup – TendulkarFebruary 4, 2019In “latest news”Dravid likely to replace Siva in ICCMarch 28, 2016In “Rahul Dravid ICC appointment” read more

Green hypocrisy on steel support

first_imgAs the UK battles to save a major player in its steel industry, Tata Steel’s UK plants, Green activity in Australia underlines how illogical and ill-advised such people are. A statement from Greg Evans, Executive Director – Coal, Minerals Council of Australia, says “it is odd for the Greens to claim to support Australian steel for Australian infrastructure projects when they do not support the mining of Australian coal to produce that steel.“The Greens policy platform for Natural Resources: forests, mining and fisheries specifically states:The prohibition of both new coal mines and the expansion of existing mines.“Their Climate Change and Energy policy platform further states:No new coal-fired power stations or coal mines, and no expansions to any existing power stations or mines, plus the development of programs to assist coal-dependent communities to make the transition to other more sustainable sources of economic prosperity.“We trust the Greens are aware that coal is required to produce steel. Every tonne of steel produced requires 800 kg of coking coal.“The consequence of the Greens policy to shut down coal mining is that Australia would end up importing coking coal from overseas to produce Australian steel. This is another example of inconsistent Green policy that would harm Australia.”last_img read more