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IPL 2021: Australian cricketers anxious, hope travel ban will be lifted – Cummins

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The ban on travellers from India by Australia had added “anxiety” for its cricketers after the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) suspension, Australia vice-captain Pat Cummins said, as players isolated in the COVID-ravaged country on Wednesday.

The Australian government has barred its citizens from returning home within 14 days of being in India on pain of fines and jail, leaving dozens of its IPL players, coaches and officials stranded.


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Australia fast bowler Cummins is isolating in an Ahmedabad hotel after two of his Kolkata Knight Riders teammates contracted COVID-19 before organisers pulled the plug on the tournament on Tuesday.

Cummins said Australia’s travel ban, which will be reviewed on May 15, had come as a “little bit” of a shock.

“Obviously no one has experienced that before,” he told Australian broadcaster Fox Sports.

“It added a bit of anxiety for a few of the Aussies over here. But we signed up to play the tournament until the start of June.

“Hopefully it all re-opens on May 15 and we’ll be able to get back.”


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With 3.45 million active cases, India recorded 357,229 new infections on Tuesday, while deaths rose by 3,449 to 222,408.

Cummins’ comments came as the Delhi Capitals confirmed that legspinner Amit Mishra had tested positive for COVID-19 and been moved to a designated medical facility.

Three IPL teams have now confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a fourth team, Sunrisers Hyderabad reported to have a positive test returned by wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha.

As the day progressed, Chennai Super Kings’ Australian batting coach Mike Hussey tested positive for COVID-19.


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Hussey would be the third case on the team, which has gone into isolation after announcing on Tuesday that bowling coach L. Balaji and a member of the travel staff tested positive.

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Australia is currently allowing only limited flights and arrivals into the country, and roughly a quarter of the 35,000 Australians stranded overseas are in India.

Australia’s decision to penalise its citizens for seeking to return home from India has triggered a backlash from lawmakers, legal experts and human rights advocates.

Australian deputy prime minister Michael McCormack said the government would “potentially” lift the travel ban on May 15.


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“We said all along we will review the pause in travel arrangements and that’s what we’re doing, so be patient,” McCormack told a morning TV chatshow on the Nine Network.

English and Bangladeshi cricketers in the IPL also face challenges exiting India due to travel restrictions imposed by home authorities.

BCCI on its part said it will help players, staff and officials get home safely.

Former Australia wicketkeeper and cricket pundit Adam Gilchrist queried whether the tournament should have gone ahead in India.


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“Interesting comment about the BCCI saying …. they’re thinking of the safety of all the players,” he said in a video on Sky News.

“I probably feel that they’re a little bit late in considering that. I’m not sure that the tournament should have started in India.”

New Zealand, which has 10 players in the IPL, said its cricketers were “in a relatively safe environment” and those within affected teams were in isolation.

The country’s cricket board said it was liaising with authorities to work out an exit plan.



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Pierre-Charles Boudot has been charged with drugging and raping another rider.© AFP




French champion jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot was charged Wednesday with the rape of a female rider at Cagnes-sur-Mer, prosecutors in Senlis announced. Boudot, who won the 2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, is accused of raping the plaintiff on the night of February 17 at Cagnes-sur-Mer on France’s Cote d’Azur. “My client, a 25-year-old woman from Chantilly’s racing community, was at a party,” lawyer Justine Devred told AFP. “It’s highly likely she was made to drink or administered substances to make her incapable of consent.”

“She has flashes, long periods, moments when her body was no longer responding,” Devred added.

A second jockey has been charged with failure to report a crime in connection with the case.

Although the alleged rape took place at the racing centre of Cagnes-sur-Mer near Nice the case was moved to Senlis near France’s flat racing headquarters Chantilly where Boudot lives.

Under the terms of his 50,000 euro bail Boudot is banned from entering Chantilly’s Oise region.

The 28-year-old, French champion in 2015, 2016 and 2020, is also being investigated for a second charge of rape, which he denies, dating back to 2015.

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In this case he has been named as an assisted-witness, Jean-Baptiste Bladier, the prosecutor at Senlis north of Paris announced.

As in the February case the plaintiff says she too was drugged before being raped.

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Incumbent WV Raman, Ex-Coach Ramesh Powar Interviewed For Indian Womens Cricket Head Coach Job

It is learnt that all the four candidates gave good presentation for the Indian women’s head coach role.© Twitter




Current women‘s head coach WV Raman, former coach Ramesh Powar, ex-India players Ajay Ratra and Hrishikesh Kanitkar appeared for virtual interviews conducted by Madan Lal-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Wednesday. Out of 35 applications, eight India internationals were shortlisted for interviews, which included four men and four women. While the four male candidates were interviewed on the day, the four female candidates Mamtha Maben, Devika Vaidya, former chairman of selectors Hemlatha Kala and Suman Sharma will be interviewed on Thursday.

“Four interviews were conducted today. All the four candidates came well prepared. The remaining four interviews will be conducted tomorrow,” CAC head Madan Lal told PTI on Wednesday.

Two CAC members — Lal and Sulakshana Naik — were present as RP Singh couldn’t join as his father died on Wednesday.

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It is learnt that all the four candidates gave good presentations and their interviews ran between 35 to 45 minutes with extensive discussion on the roadmap going into next year’s ODI World Cup.

One of the candidates was apparently asked about his idea of creating bench-strength once some of the legends call time after the completion of next year’s marquee event.

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Before every IPL, Avesh Khan pays a visit to the MRF Pace Foundation. Here, he hones his skill, trains hard and settles into a good bowling groove. 

This year was a breakout season for the 24-year-old Avesh in the Indian Premier League. Before the first game he remembers Delhi Capitals coach, the legendary Ricky Ponting, telling him, “This is your moment seize it.”

And after he produced a stellar performance, Ponting said, “Now that you have got off to a good start, continue in the same rhythm. We will back you fully.”

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Bowling with fire and hostility with the new ball and at the death, he finished with 14 wickets in eight matches at 7.70 (economy rate). Only Harshal Patel, with 17, grabbed more wickets. “When the shine was there, I was able to move the ball. Then I was able to send down yorkers.”

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There is a strong Australian connection to Avesh’s success. Ponting, impressed with Avesh’s potential, spoke to him regularly about the day’s play and the game-plan for the next encounter.

“Ponting is a very good motivator,” said Avesh. 

And Aussie pace bowling legend, Glenn McGrath, fine-tuned Avesh’s technique for longer duration matches, taught him the virtues of patience and made him bowl on the fourth stump at the MRF Pace Foundation.

Head coach M. Senthilnathan constantly interacted with Avesh.

One of the four ‘travelling’ standbyes for the tour of England, Avesh is looking at the future with optimism.  Someone with a semi side-on release and a high-arm action, Avesh has strong shoulders and a good seam position.

He said, “I can consistently bowl at over 140 kmph. And my slower delivery is around 120.”

His most memorable wickets in this year’s IPL? “Bowling both Virat Kohli and M.S. Dhoni. Kohli was beaten by movement. And Dhoni attempted a pull.”

Talking about his rapport with Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant, Avesh said, “We go back to our India under-19 days. He gave me complete freedom with my field placements. And we would discuss the day’s play.”

Avesh is on top of his game now. 



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