A cancer from within, says Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith

first_imgJOHANNESBURG: Former South Africa captain and Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Director of Cricket Graeme Smith said that “internal agendas” within the country’s cricket governing body has been a “cancer” that has affected it for a while.”I think it’s been a cancer from within the organisation for a while and it’s not getting any better,” he was quoted as saying by News24. “You try and sit and work out who in senior positions in this organisation is doing this, and why? What is the end goal? Is it serving cricket? It’s quite clearly someone in a high-profile position, whether it is in the business part or the board part, because some of the stuff being leaked can only be from those parties within the organisation and that’s disappointing. Also Read – Meghalayan mid-fielder Phrangki Buam joins ISL side FC Goa “It doesn’t help cricket, it doesn’t help us build relations, it doesn’t help us put our right foot forward. We’re an organisation that spends all our time talking about these other things instead of the game of cricket. “It certainly does feel that there are people within these positions that have ulterior motives.” IANS Also Watch: GET SET GLOBAL: GLOBAL ASSAMESE – UNCONVENTIONAL PATHS TO SUCCESSlast_img read more

Ashwin, Jadeja revive India in finely poised third Test

first_imgRAVICHANDRAN Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten seventh-wicket partnership of 67 pushed India towards a first-innings lead over England in the third Test.England added just 15 runs to their overnight total before their first innings was brought to a close with 283 on the board, a total that India are now just 12 runs adrift of following day two in Mohali.India largely dominated proceedings and half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara (51) and captain Virat Kohli (62) had them past 150 with just three wickets down.Ajinkya Rahane (0) and Karun Nair (4) each went cheaply, though, and Kohli’s exit with 204 on board seemed set to be the key moment in an England turnaround.Ashwin (57 not out) and Jadeja (31no) had other plans, however, and steadied the ship to steer India to 271-6 at the close, as they seek to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.Adil Rashid (4) went in the second over of the day and, though James Anderson posted an unbeaten 13, England failed to surpass 300 – Mohammed Shami (3-63) dismissing Gareth Batty (1).Murali Vijay (12) and Parthiv Patel, playing in his first Test since 2008, put on 39 for the first wicket before Ben Stokes (2-48) had Vijay caught behind.Patel was unable to mark what had looked a promising return to the Test arena with a half-century as he was given out lbw at the hands of Rashid (3-81) on review for 42.But, in typical fashion, Kohli’s arrival at the crease tilted matters firmly in India’s favour.The India skipper continued his tremendous form from Visakhapatnam – where he scored 167 and 81 in the second Test – to combine with Pujara for a patient stand of 75.Pujara, who hit eight boundaries for his 51, was finally removed when Chris Woakes claimed a superb low catch.Two overs later Rashid had his third wicket of the day as Rahane lasted only six balls, with Nair then undone by a direct-hit run out by Jos Buttler.Stokes had been reprimanded by the ICC for an exchange he had with Kohli following his exit on day one and the all-rounder referenced that episode by covering his mouth after Kohli nicked his delivery behind to Jonny Bairstow.However, it was the batting of Ashwin and Jadeja (31 not out) that did the talking late in the day, the former hitting eight boundaries in 82 balls in a counter-attack that brought about his ninth Test fifty.(Omnisport).ENGLAND 1st innings (Overnight: 268-8)A. Cook c P. Patel b R. Ashwin 27H. Hameed c Rahane b U. Yadav 9J. Root lbw b Yadav 15M. Ali c Vijay b Shami 16J. Bairstow lbw b Yadav 89B. Stokes st P. Patel b Jadeja 29J. Buttler c Kohli b Jadeja 43C. Woakes b U. Yadav 25A. Rashid c P. Patel b Shami 4G. Batty lbw b Shami 1J. Anderson not out 13Extras (b-8 lb-3 nb-1) 12Total (all out, 93.5 overs) 283Fall of wickets: 1-32 H. Hameed,2-51 J. Root,3-51 A. Cook,4-87 M. Ali,5-144 B. Stokes,6-213 J. Buttler,7-258 J. Bairstow,8-266 C. Woakes,9-268 A. Rashid,10-283 G. BattyBowling: M. Shami 21.5 – 5 – 63 – 3, U. Yadav 16 – 4 – 58 – 2,J. Yadav 15 – 5 – 49 – 2, R. Ashwin 18 – 1 – 43 – 1, R. Jadeja 23 – 4 – 59 – 2(nb-1)INDIA 1st inningsM. Vijay c Bairstow b Stokes 12P. Patel lbw b Rashid 42C. Pujara c Woakes b Rashid 51V. Kohli c Bairstow b Stokes 62A. Rahane lbw b Rashid 0K. Nair run out (Buttler) 4R. Ashwin not out 57R. Jadeja not out 31Extras (b-8 lb-3 nb-1) 12Total (for 6 wickets, 84 overs) 271Fall of wickets: 1-39 M. Vijay,2-73 P. Patel,3-148 C. Pujara,4-152 A. Rahane,5-156 K. Nair,6-204 V. KohliTo bat: J. Yadav, M. Shami, U. YadavBowling: J. Anderson 16 – 3 – 36 – 0, C. Woakes 15 – 5 – 47 – 0,M. Ali 9 – 1 – 19 – 0(nb-1), A. Rashid 24 – 4 – 81 – 3,B. Stokes 15 – 2 – 48 – 2, G. Batty 5 – 0 – 29 – 0.last_img read more

MGA cancels Sports Fantech’s B2C gaming licence

first_img Related Articles Betby receives green light from MGA August 10, 2020 Share Share Submit MGA survey reveals investment postponements as COVID-19 biggest rupture  May 28, 2020 StumbleUpon MGA report reveals 14 licences cancelled in 2019 June 23, 2020 The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has continued its crackdown on operators in breach of the country’s gaming laws after it confirmed it has cancelled Sports Fantech’s B2C gaming licence with immediate effect. Under the new ruling, Sports Fantech will no longer be permitted to carry out any gaming operations, register new players or accept new customer deposits. However, the regulator has specified that the operator ‘is required to retain and provide all registered players with access to their player accounts and to refund all funds standing to the credit of players in line with the applicable law’.Sports Fantech was previously authorised to offer type 4 gaming services such as controlled skill games on a B2C basis via its licence.The MGA ruled that Sports Fantech breached paragraph H of the Third Schedule to the Gaming Act, whereby it failed to make payments to the MGA when lawfully due.Sports Fantech will be permitted to appeal the ruling under article 43 of the Gaming Act. Earlier this year, the MGA announced a trio of licensee suspensions, confirming that it had suspended the licences of German/Turkish online bookmaker Betixx Limited, alongside Silema-based industry games developer Morpheus Games (MT).The MGA also fully terminated the operator licence of World-of-bets EU Limited, which had held a licence in Malta since 2008. Under the termination, the regulator redirected visitors from the World-of-bets flagship portal wobets.com towards an MGA holding page.last_img read more