For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has requested the Union government to share its position formally with regards to Indo-Pak bilateral cricket tournament, which has been put on hold since 2012 due to the political tension between the two countries.”The BCCI would be grateful if you could formally convey the policy/position of the Government of India on the need or requirement of prior clearance from the Government of India for the Indian cricket team to play the Pakistan cricket in in-bound or out-bound tours,” BCCI wrote to the ministry.The BCCI has repeatedly cleared its take that it won’t be able to participate in any bilateral contests unless the government gives clearance.The BCCI will soon head to ICC Disputes Resolution Forum where they will counter PCB’s compensation claim of worth USD 70 million for not honouring the MoU, signed in 2014. And it is understood that the richest board wants a formal conversation before it.”These are routine communications on part of BCCI. It is our duty to seek permission from the government with regards to bilateral series. Our job is to ask and it’s up to the government. We understand that bilateral series in prevailing circumstances is very difficult. But if we get a reply from the government in ‘black and white’, it will help us,” a senior BCCI official told a leading press agency when asked about the latest email to the ministry. Earlier, PCB had appealed to ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee, accusing the BCCI of going against the Future Tours & Programme (FTP) commitment, according to which they were required to play at least two away series against Pakistan on a neutral venue.The ICC confirmed that Hon Michael Beloff QC will head the Dispute Panel in a release. The governing body for cricket also made it clear that decision of the Dispute Panel shall be non-appealable. The hearing is scheduled for October 1-3 in Dubai at the ICC headquarters.
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Published on April 9, 2014 at 11:28 pm Komal Safdar elevated her position as a reliable player for Syracuse when she provided the team’s two biggest victories of the season.The junior came from behind in her singles matches to beat ranked opponents Virginia Tech and Florida State. She said it was those experiences in close matches that provided Safdar with the confidence to compete against any opponent in the Atlantic Coast Conference.“When I face pressure situations in my matches today, I visualize moments in those two previous matches which gives me more confidence and belief in my ability,” Safdar said in an email.Safdar has emerged as a productive veteran whose consistency on the court has benefited the team over the past month. She has won four of her last six singles matches, and is optimistic about carrying her momentum into SU’s (4-11, 4-6 ACC) upcoming road trip this weekend against Clemson (17-4, 9-1) and Georgia Tech (9-7, 6-4).She credits two factors for her improved play this season. First, a healthy wrist that hampered her in her previous two seasons. And second, resilient teammates that have fueled her passion for the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This 2014 team has proved that we can win big matches and it gives me encouragement to know that everyone is fighting,” Safdar said. Her key is to not become overzealous when something goes her way, or falter when she doesn’t earn a match point. It’s a rare sight to see a shift in Safdar’s body language while competing on game day. Whether battling in a tight match or observing her teammates’ matches from the sidelines, she won’t be fazed by the highs and lows that occur during a match.It’s crucial for Safdar to set an example for her teammates by always keeping a positive mind-set when competing on the court.It’s an attitude that impresses Syracuse interim head coach Shelley George.“She’s just mentally tough,” George said. “She’s one of the strongest players on the court and leads the team through her actions.”Senior Maddie Kobelt has noticed how Safdar elevated her play following the season-ending injury to senior Aleah Marrow. Safdar’s ability to step up and win close matches against highly touted opponents is a testament to her growth in her third season with the team. Kobelt believes that Safdar’s success is a result of the effort she provides on a daily basis.“Komal has been great for us this season,” Kobelt said in an email. “Her success on the court just shows how hard she works in practice and how determined she is to find a way to win.”Safdar said the team’s character will be tested when it travels to play two road matches this weekend. After losing to unranked Maryland on Sunday, the Orange looks to build confidence over the final two weeks of the regular season.If she continues to be an effective contributor for Syracuse, then the Orange is capable of competing at a high level against Clemson and Georgia Tech. Safdar plans to play with the same attitude that has led her to success over the past month.Said Safdar: “My focus is to stay positive both mentally and with my body language, along with being the best competitor out there. Once one person plays this way, whoever it is, the energy diffuses to the other courts to create the fighting aura we carry around with us.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
By now, the debacle of Serena Williams and the U.S. Open is old news. Everyone knows about the alleged cheating, the racket throw, the “thief” comment and all of its fallout. But while it might be easy to move on from this controversy, I’ve found over the last week that the incident was a frightening barometer for the attitude of the sports world towards black female athletes.It must be pointed out that the U.S. Open wasn’t having a stellar year in gender equity before Serena entered the mix. Days before, French tennis player Alizé Cornet was penalized after she rushed to change her shirt during a heat break, then took it off to turn it right-side-out on the court shortly before resuming play. In the same tournament, male stars John Isner and Novak Djokovic had removed their shirts and sat shirtless without receiving penalties, and the disparity earned mass criticism from sports fans across the country. The foundation for an apparent pattern of unbalanced violation enforcement already existed before Serena and her opponent, Naomi Osaka, even took the court on Saturday afternoon.And for Serena, maybe, it just felt like it was all just too much. This moment can’t be taken out of context for her, either. The star battled a life-threatening complication after delivering her child last year, then was banned from wearing a suit made to help her condition at the French Open. This is a woman who has been questioned and criticized with open abandon for the entirety of her career. Now, she has been accused of cheating and robbed of a game point by a man in a chair who was abnormally strict in his enforcement. Maybe on Saturday, with her game slipping against a young challenger and her body tiring after an exhausting year of competition, it all just felt like too much. As we transition away from the Open weekend, the issue now, however, isn’t whether Serena was right or wrong. The debate over Carlos Ramos’ decision raged over the weekend, but it’s midweek now, and attention is turning already away from tennis and back to Thursday Night Football and College GameDay. There won’t ever be a conclusion to that debate. Sports media thrives off of debates — Was that a catch? Was that a foul? Were those balls deflated? The question now isn’t the “right or wrong” of the debate. It’s the way that the two black women at its center have been treated by those on either side.No voice has been minimalized more in American culture than the voice of the black woman. Black women are silenced, ignored and oppressed more than almost any other figure (perhaps, besides, Native and trans people) in our country, and this pattern polices our expectation for them.Nothing is more strictly regulated than the anger of a black woman. Just look at the way Serena’s actions have been described. The most commonly used word was “meltdown,” a word that paints the picture of a woman throwing a tantrum, not of an athlete aggressively advocating for her rights. Serena’s actions are repeated by many — mainly white — men in the game, yet they are not seen as threatening or overemotional. The difference is clear. Men may voice their opinions in firm tones. Men may be bullies. But women are expected to be docile, calm, respectful. This myth of the calm woman actually comes from the fear of women who are the opposite — fiery, strong, unafraid of challenge.This fear is best represented by an Australian cartoon that ran this week, which depicted Serena in an aggressively racist fashion based off of Mammy cartoons from the 1930s. Even if the umpire’s decision wasn’t racist or sexist, the reaction to Serena’s conduct has been unendingly so. It’s not just racist caricatures, either. One of the arguments against Serena that I’ve heard most often is that she stole the show from her opponent, the 20-year-old Osaka who became the first Japanese woman to win the Open. Somehow, it became Serena’s fault that the crowd booed during the trophy presentation, that the national headlines focused on the American runner-up rather than the Japanese winner.This is not fair, and you wouldn’t see it with male competitors. Serena should not stay silent and stop advocating for herself just because Osaka is making history, and this expectation that she should step aside to lift up other women is yet another double standard that is often foisted on women in sports.Women should be allowed to be competitors. They should be allowed to argue with referees, to complain about violation calls, in the same way that LeBron James is allowed to, without nationwide controversy. This expectation of deference is common, yet it unfairly expects female athletes to put other women’s needs above themselves. That expectation must be erased in order for female athletes to be able to equally advocate for themselves.Win or lose, Serena’s willingness to speak for herself should be applauded, not condemned. And until that sentiment is widely felt, the world of sports will not be equal for men and women.Julia Poe is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs Thursdays.