Punjabi cine actor and former convener of the AAP’s State unit Gurpreet Singh Waraich Ghuggi on Wednesday came out in support of AAP MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira, urging party workers to back him and attend his convention at Bathinda on Wednesday.Mr. Ghuggi pledged his support to Mr. Khaira in a video message to the AAP volunteers, also urging them to do likewise. “I fought a long battle for Punjab but it could not succeed because the intentions of the people along with whom I was fighting, were not clean. I feel sorry that whenever anybody raises his voice in the AAP in Punjab’s interest, it is suppressed. You can find such instances in the party’s recent history,” he said. Taking a dig at the party central leadership, Mr. Ghuggi said now the party does not like Mr. Khaira who always raised his voice in the State’s interest.
Australian cricketers and their Board are heading towards a bitter stand-off with the former threatening not to sign their contract for next year over the latter’s attempt to snatch 10 per cent of their Indian Premier League salary.The IPL Governing Council, in its recent meeting to discuss the rules and regulations of its fourth season next year, had ruled that 10 per cent of players’ salaries would go to their respective boards.The decision was taken as there has always been a pressure from Boards like Cricket Australia over their lack of earnings from their players’ involvement in the lucrative Twenty20 league.A fuming Australian Cricketers Association said the CA has gone behind its back to secure a cut from the BCCI.ACA Chief Executive Paul Marsh said he has told CA that the players would not sign contracts for the next year if the Board cut 10 per cent from their IPL salaries.”The Australian Cricketers Association has made it known to Cricket Australia that any attempt to take 10 per cent, or any other amount for that matter, from the IPL salaries of Australian players is completely unacceptable and will be opposed in the strongest possible way by us,” Marsh said.”CA simply has no right to effectively charge a commission on income earned by players from outside their employment to CA. This is akin to an employer trying to take 10 per cent of an employee’s wages from a second job he works on weekends,” he was quoted as saying by ‘The Australian’.advertisementMarsh asked CA to refuse the arrangement with the BCCI or face the consequences.”Regardless of the decision made by the IPL, we would hope CA would act in good faith to its players by not taking this proposed 10 per cent,” he said.”Should they seek to do, so we would expect players to give serious consideration to either not signing an IPL contract that contains this deduction, or not signing future CA contracts,” he added.
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) interim president V K Malhotra on Tuesday said there is still no reason to impeach jailed President Suresh Kalmadi, who is facing trial on charges of corruption.In its first executive committee meeting after the arrest of Kalmadi last month by the CBI, Malhotra said the IOA would follow the constitution in taking any step against the former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman.Asked if IOA is standing by Kalmadi at this crucial phase, Malhotra said, “It’s not the question of standing by Kalmadi or not … Law will take its course. IOA has nothing to do with it. Constitution is there to take the decision and we will go by the Constitution.””Some members today mentioned about him, without taking his name, that it is a sad reflection on the sports body.”The election is due to take place next year. Right now there is no need for impeachment, we will go by the constitution,” said Malhotra, who is also the senior Vice-President of IOA.Kalmadi was arrested on April 25 for allegedly awarding the timing and scoring contract for the mega-event to a Swiss company at an inflated rate of Rs 141 crore in a “pre-meditated” manner.- With PTI inputs
Statistical highlights of the third Test between India and England at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham.India lost the Birmingham Test by and innings and 242 runs – their third worst defeat in their history of 454 Tests in terms of runs. This was also the second worst loss for India against England in terms of runs.The 1958 loss against West Indies at Eden Gardens is the worst of India’s losses in terms of runs. India had lost that match by an innings and 336 runs. And an inning and 285-run loss to England at Lord’s way back in 1974 ranks second in the list.This was Alastair Cook’s second double ton. His previous best was 235 not out against Australia during the Ashes in Brisbane in November last year. Incidentally, 235 not out is also his highest first-class score.Alastair Cook’s 294 is his best knock against India, surpassing the 104 not out at Nagpur in 2005-06.Alastair Cook’s 294 is the highest score by a English batsman at Edgbaston.Eoin Morgan scored his second Test ton in his career spanning 12 Tests. His first came against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in July 2010.Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss have registered 13 century partnerships – eleven for the first wicket and two for the second wicket. The pair posted their second century stand against India – their first is 118 for the first wicket at Chennai in December 2008.The Strauss-Cook pair is the first English opening pair and the fourth in Tests to aggregate 4,000 runs or more – 4072 at an average of 43.31 in 96 innings. The pair joined three other pairs – West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes (6482 at 47.31 in 148 innings), Australia’s Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden (5655 at 51.88 in 113) and Sri Lanka’s Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya (4469 at 40.26 in 118).The 11 opening century stands by Cook-Strauss have been exceeded only by Greenidge-Haynes (16), Hobbs-Sutcliffe (15) and Hayden-Langer (14).Kevin Pietersen (63 off 78 balls) recorded his fourth fifty against India – his 25th in Tests.Pietersen has averaged 56.21 in Tests against India -1068 in 20 innings, including four centuries and four fifties.The 186-run opening partnership is England’s highest against India at Edgbaston, obliterating the 157 between David Lloyd and Dennis Amiss in 1974.The said stand is the third highest for England against India for the first wicket – the top two being 225 between Mike Atherton and Graham Gooch at Manchester and 204 by the same pair at Lord’s – both in 1990.advertisement