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Report: Derbyshire vs Indians – Day 2

Binny (81*) and Pujara (81 retd) among runs as Indians overtake Derbs total

After spending the first day in the field, it was time for the Indians to have a bat under the bright sunshine at the County Cricket Ground in Derby. After batting for a day and 90 overs, they put up 341 on the board with five batsmen dismissed and one, Cheteshwar Pujara, retired on 81.

At the end of the second day’s play, the Indians had taken a 15-run lead over Derbyshire with Stuart Binny (81*) and Ajinkya Rahane (13*) the unbeaten batsmen.

MS Dhoni, who didn’t get to bat in the first practice match, against Leicestershire, had a decent hit in the middle and scored an attacking 46 off 56 balls. His knock was laced with four fours and a six. Ravindra Jadeja, who was dropped at first slip on a duck, eventually got out for 45.

Things didn’t begin too well for the Indians, as they lost both openers, Murali Vijay (6) and Shikhar Dhawan (6) inside the first 10 overs. While Shikhar edged one to the keeper off the bowling of right-arm pacer Mark Turner, Vijay was wrapped lbw by Ben Cotton.

Virat Kohli (36) and Cheteshwar Pujara took the Indian innings forward slowly but steadily before the former played a Cotton delivery on to his stumps.

The Derbyshire pacers were in good control, not giving the batsmen too many hit-me balls. However, there were a few fine shots that eased out of the bats of both of them, punctuating the silence with a mild applause from the stands.

As the game broke for Tea, Shikhar went to the indoor nets facility and had a few hits against the bowling machine.

Shirin Sadikot

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India to play a key role in ICC: Sanjay Patel

Hon. Secretary says BCCI's focus is Test cricket and game’s development

Mr. Sanjay Patel, Hon. Secretary of the BCCI, who is now a member of the ICC’s Governance Review Committee, took the initiative to share with the media about the key developments and initiatives conceived at the ICC’s annual conference held last week in Melbourne.

Mr. Patel outlined the responsibility that India needs to shoulder in leading the ICC in the wake of the governance and financial restructuring that has been approved in the said meeting.

“India’s contribution to cricket is substantial when it comes to revenue generation and it is imperative that we play a pivotal role in leading world cricket at a time when we are facing innumerable challenges,” he said.

Mr. Patel was emphatic that Mr. N Srinivasan was the perfect man to be the first chairman of the ICC, being the principal architect of the changes, which would build a robust and viable organization and grow the game in the coming years.

Talking about growth and development, Mr. Patel also spoke on the status of associate and affiliate nations. “Our BCCI team has worked for more than six months and that included a lot of discussions about the growth of cricket not just in India, but among other cricketing nations as well. We wanted the associate members to find their feet in Test cricket and as a result they will be playing an Intercontinental Cup wherein the winner will get a chance to play a Test with the 10th ranked full member Test playing nation. This will give an opportunity for the associate members to play Test cricket, which was a long pending desire.”

It was also brought into notice that a Test fund will be allocated to each board so as to make Test cricket viable for all. “The whole idea is to survive and rejuvenate Test cricket, which is the litmus test for any cricketer,” Mr. Patel emphasised.

India will be playing a 5-match Test series whenever they play England, home and away, a 4-match Test series when they play Australia and South Africa.

Mr. Patel also said that all the bi-lateral future tour programs are in the final stage of confirmation. “We have worked towards ensuring that we will have at least two home series every year from 2016 to 2023. However, the bilateral series between India and Pakistan will be subject to necessary government clearance." 

Talking about increased revenues Mr. Patel said, “BCCI will see an increase in it’s revenues from ICC and all these benefits will in turn be passed on to all members of the BCCI. Such money will help develop the game at the grass root levels and develop necessary infrastructure and help us better cricketers for the future.”

He signed off stating, “We are in the midst of a landmark moment in history where BCCI will play an active role in the functioning of ICC and we assure all our fans, that our efforts will be focused in promoting the cause of the game in the right spirit.” 

Anand Subramaniam