Other Sports Asia Cup: BCCI hands over hosting rights to Emirates Cricket Board

first_imgDubai: The decks were finally cleared on Friday for the Asia Cup as BCCI officially handed over its hosting rights to the Emirates Cricket Board. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board signed an agreement today for the United Arab Emirates to host the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup,” the BCCI stated in a release.The agreement was signed in Dubai with the BCCI being represented by its acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri. The chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, signed on their behalf.Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will take part in the tournament. They will be joined by a sixth team—the winner of the Asian Cricket Council qualifier event.The tournament will be held from September 15 to 28 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Schedule, Timings, When and where to watchThe event was originally scheduled in India with BCCI playing the hosts but Pakistan’s participation was an issue considering the prevailing political situation between the neighbouring countries.The BCCI couldn’t procure relevant clearance from government security agencies to host Pakistan.Earlier this year, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) decided that the tournament will be shifted to UAE but India will be hosting the tournament.BCCI acting secretary Choudhary said:”We are thankful to the Emirates Cricket Board for hosting the 2018 Asia Cup on behalf of the BCCI. We will see some of the sport’s powerhouse nations go head-to-head for ultimate glory and I am confident that cricket fans around the world will enjoy every moment of this prestigious event.”However, the COA faction was not on the same page with BCCI office bearers regarding handing over the hosting rights to the UAE.Since organisation would involve financial transactions in foreign currency, a senior BCCI office bearer had pointed out that FEMA (Foreign Exchanges Management Act) rules need to be thoroughly checked after the IPL II fiasco when Cricket South Africa hosted the cash-rich league in 2009.The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) sanctions USD 2.5 million to the hosts for organisational purposes but it was pointed out that operational costs shoots up in the UAE.The BCCI release does not state what will be the profit sharing mode from the ticket sales. The TV broadcast money goes to ACC.The major attraction of this tournament is two assured Indo-Pakistan clashes.Also Read | Injury-hit Kohli could be more dangerous in third Test, says BaylissFrom ECB, it’s chairman said, “It is a matter of great pride for the UAE to host a prestigious event like the Asia Cup. Our country is home to a large section of people from the participating nations and we feel privileged and excited by the opportunity to bring their favourite sport right here to their doorstep.“This is the biggest cricketing event to be held in the UAE and we will ensure every support  to make the 2018 Asia Cup a huge success.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Could Kevin Durant’s impending free agency reshape the NBA?

first_imgHow are you liking the NBA playoffs so far?What’s that? You’re waiting for the actual games to tip off Saturday? You’re missing out, World B.This postseason is like something we’ve never experienced. Like that take? Thanks. I borrowed it from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who is calling this postseason the Playoffs of Anxiety.“I’ve never seen a playoff situation like this where you have the standard, playing for a championship, and all the pressure of the playoffs,” Windhorst said during a recent …last_img read more

Merger Of Gaming Entities Has Commenced

first_imgStory Highlights He was delivering the keynote address at the closing ceremony for the Management Institute for National Development’s (MIND) Regional Public Sector Leadership Development Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on July 20. The amalgamation, aimed at strengthening the monitoring of the gaming industry, is expected to be completed by year-end. The Minister pointed out that the transformation exercise should not be viewed as one that will result in job losses, noting that the divestment of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) to Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) in March this year, has seen an increase in employment and greater levels of investment.“I have already seen the transformation that is taking place at Caymanas Track as a result of the divestment (as) they have employed more people,” the Minister pointed out.“They are about to plough over $1 billion of investment into the development and expansion of the track,” he added.Additionally, he said, SVL plans include accepting wagers from members of the Diaspora, which would make the enterprise “bigger and better.’He urged that as the Government rolls out the transformation programme in the pursuit of excellence in service delivery, each public sector worker should endeavour to be the “one person (who) can make a difference.”center_img Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the merger of the island’s three State-run gaming agencies has commenced with the entities now in the process of moving into one building.The entities – the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), and Casino Gaming Commission (CGC) – are being combined to form the new Jamaica Gaming Commission.The amalgamation, aimed at strengthening the monitoring of the gaming industry, is expected to be completed by year-end.Minister Shaw said the entities will operate under one roof, “even as we work out the legislative arrangements to make them into one commission.”“So in that example, four become one, and there is a whole range of others (state entities) that we are going to be dealing with in similar fashion,” he added.He was delivering the keynote address at the closing ceremony for the Management Institute for National Development’s (MIND) Regional Public Sector Leadership Development Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on July 20.Of the over 200 public sector entities, 84 are to be closed, merged, subsumed into central Government or divested to the private sector.Mr. Shaw said he has signed off on a time-bound plan for the engagements, which will be submitted to Cabinet, in keeping with the Government’s public sector transformation programme. Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the merger of the island’s three State-run gaming agencies has commenced with the entities now in the process of moving into one building.last_img read more