For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Deepak Chahar had a historic night during the third and final Twenty20 International against Bangladesh at the VCA stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur. Chahar became the first Indian to take a hat-trick when he got the wickets of Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam. In the process, he took 6/7 in 3.2 overs and he had the best figures in the history of Twenty20 Internationals, breaking the previous record of 6/8 which was set by Ajantha Mendis in the 2012 World T20 encounter in Hambantota. Speaking after the match to the Yuzvendra Chahal hosted Chahal TV, Chahar credited the world record feat to his experience of playing for Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk.”Playing in Chennai, I have now realised how to counter dew and sweat. How to keep my hands clean. At times, rub dry soil in your hands and then bowl (so that hands don’t get slippery). Since the side boundaries (at VCA Stadium) were big and that was the plan that we will have to force the batsman to play shots on the sides. I also wanted to vary the pace as the ball was getting wet because of the dew and it was difficult to grip,” Chahar said. It was a brilliant game for Chahar who struck in his opening spell with two wickets, broke a dangerous stand in the middle overs and proceeded to help India win the match and the series by taking a hat-trick in the death overs. Chahar said his bowling on that day was the stuff dreams are made of and attributed it to hard work. “Came to know in the end that I got a hat-trick since I got the first wicket off the last ball of previous over. Even if you sit back at home and dream, you will not think that in four overs, you will get six wickets for 7 runs. I’ve just been wanting to work hard. It’s all God’s help that I’m here. Today the plan was to bowl upfront with the new ball. I was told I’ll be bowling the crucial overs. Happy the team management gave me that responsibility,” Chahar said. When Chahar took the hat-trick, he joined Chetan Sharma, Kapil Dev, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan and Jasprit Bumrah as the other Indian bowlers to have taken hat-tricks in ODIs and Tests. When he won the Man of the Match award, Chahar credited India skipper Rohit Sharma for the feat.” I have been trying to work hard since my childhood and my efforts have paid off. Rohit was planning to give me the crucial overs and the management wanted to do the same. I always focus on the next ball, I keep doing that, until I don’t complete my spell,” Chahar added.Also Read | Deepak Chahar Takes Hat-Trick, Picks 6/7 As India Win Nagpur T20I To Clinch Series 2-1With the Twenty20 International series now done, it is now time for the two Tests which will be played in Indore and Kolkata starting on November 14. The second Test in Kolkata will be a Day-Night affair and it will be the first time both India and Bangladesh will play with the Pink Ball.
When soccer icon David Beckham decided to take his talents elsewhere this past offseason – leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer for Paris Saint-Germain in France – many loyal MLS fans feared the worst.And this fear was certainly justified.In six seasons with the Galaxy, David Beckham had a tremendous impact on the state of soccer in the United States.Since his first game in 2007, the MLS has added five teams, while also increasing the average attendance at an MLS game by 3,000 fans. Teams that were lucky enough to schedule a game against Beckham and Co. in his five-year stint in America were likely to experience the benefits of the “Beckham bump,” which was a rise in attendance at games just to see him play.But that was then.Although it’s still considered a fringe sport in the United States, just outside of the big four – basketball, football, baseball and hockey – soccer has slowly but surely found its niche since MLS’s origins in the early 1990s.However, without its poster boy to advertise across the country, American soccer seemed poised for an identity crisis when the red carpet was rolled out for opening weekend in the MLS March 2 and 3.While teams continued to bring in new talent, none of the names were on the same level as Beckham’s – a name that is estimated will sell 22.7 million dollars worth of jerseys in his one-year contract with the Paris-based team – and so it seemed the MLS might fade back into the sports shadows without a new player to take the torch.But when the curtain was lifted for the opening act of MLS, and America’s best soccer was put on display Saturday, those who predicted an early exit stage left for the league could not have been more wrong.Of the season’s opening nine games, five of them finished with an attendance above the 2012 average of 18,807, two matched it, and only two fell below it. Leading the way Saturday was a raucous 38,998 crowd at hand for the Seattle Sounders’ first home game against Montreal.This begs the question: What has changed?The answer to that question is certainly not a simple one, as there are many factors that play a role in a league’s success, but the underlying factor contributing to continued growth for MLS soccer seems to be the direct result of a changing culture around the sport in the U.S.Like never before, the league has developed a sense of pride, a sense of camaraderie among its fans, spurred on largely by the MLS’ ability to market the league more effectively than in past seasons.I have seen this pride firsthand.Not long ago, after writing a column that lightly chastised the league and predicted MLS had reached its peak importance in America, my inbox was inundated with emails and comments from MLS fans across the country telling me I was wrong – some of the comments even longer than my column itself.While I brushed it off at the time as a few crazy fans too prideful to recognize a stagnant league when they saw one, I now see that they were the rule, not the exception.The MLS is here to stay, and the league itself has played a critical role in the successful branding of the fledgling league, especially heading into a 2013 season without the Beckham brand to help it out.While league games have typically been scheduled throughout the week in past seasons, the MLS made a move this season to host over 90 percent of its games on the weekends; the majority of those games have start times between the primetime hours of 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., which will make the league easier to follow than ever before.Even more importantly, the MLS has finally realized the tremendous power that rivalries hold in the world of sports.If there is one thing sports fans love more than cheering for their own team, it is cheering against the villains they despise.With the development of league rivalries over the last few years, such as Seattle, Portland and Vancouver in the annual Cascadia Cup and the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Chivas USA (also based in Los Angeles), the league has decided to take a play out of college basketball’s playbook by creating “rivalry week,” which is scheduled to take place March 16.The chance to watch bitter rivals face off all in one day is enough to make a diehard soccer fan’s mouth water, and is sure to draw in a few casual sports fans along the way.In essence, the MLS has proved it is not about the players. After all, they will come and go.Instead, it is the fans who determine whether or not a league is successful.Now that the MLS understands that, the sky is the limit.Nick is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Think he is wrong? MLS doesn’t stand a chance unless it brings in better talent? Let him know at firstname.lastname@example.org or send him a tweet @np_daniels.
Source: Ghana FA Chinese TV company, StarTimes, will be broadcasting the Ghana Premier League and the FA Cup for the next 5 years. This was confirmed by the Ghana FA on Wednesday via a statement released on its website.The FA said that StarTimes’ offer was the best among the lot received and thus, was given the exclusive television rights to the league and the FA Cup.The FA went on to state that a deal would be signed between itself and StarTimes to cover the period.By virtue of the new deal, StarTimes gets a second shot at broadcasting the league after it first partnered the league in 2016 via a 10-year deal which was canceled in December 2019.The FA’s statement added that some television stations had been given non-exclusive rights to air the highlights of the Ghana Premier League on their networks.Below is the full statement from the Ghana FA:The Ghana Football Association is delighted to announce to its stakeholders that StarTimes Ghana are the new Television Rights Holders of the Ghana Premier League and the FA Cup.StarTimes emerged winners of the competitive bidding process after the GFA accepted their offer, which was the best among other bids.StarTimes will sign a five-year agreement with the GFA worth $5.25m US Dollars to be the exclusive Television Rights owner of the Ghana Premier League and the FA Cup with immediate effect.Meanwhile, the GFA has decided to make highlights of the Ghana Premier League and the FA Cup available to other television stations in a non exclusive category.As part of the agreement, part of the monetary consideration will be used to produce matches and highlights of the Division One League, the Women’s Premier League and Women’s FA Cup to give the competitions the needed visibility.The GFA, will, in due course, announce names of television stations who have been granted non exclusive rights for the highlights shows.The Ghana Football Association welcomes StarTimes as its partner and is looking forward to having a fruitful and mutually beneficial relationship.Thank you.SIGNED: COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT#
“If the gamers can’t journey the world to compete we now have thought that this can be a very good alternative in order that they’re making ready to hitch the skilled circuit of the ATP, “stated Miguel Díaz.” We have now contacted some golf equipment and cities and there is curiosity. Though there is nothing definitive, we now have spoken with Murcia, Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Marbella, Albacete and Mallorca and there is a very good concord, “he explains. All cities with golf equipment from which their infrastructure could possibly be used.Tomás Carbonell, RFET sports activities vice chairman, has been in cost of contacting the gamers. “I’ve been in a position to converse with most of our elite tennis gamers they usually have proven an excellent disposition to take part. All of it depends upon how issues are stepping into phrases of authorities rules, however of course the tennis gamers have appreciated the thought, “he says.Ready for what I made a decision Rafael Nadal, you possibly can with Roberto Bautista, Pablo Carreño, Feliciano López, Fernando Verdasco, Albert Ramos, Pablo Andújar… or younger as Jaume Munar, Alex Davidovich, Carlos Alcaraz, Pedro Martínez, Carlos Taberner or Nicola Kuhn. An concept that is additionally being thought-about in France. The Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) has begun to maneuver in anticipation that the worldwide circuits ATP and WTA will collapse. Because of this, a challenge is already on the desk to arrange nationwide checks amongst the finest gamers in the nation. Small tournaments with tables of eight tennis gamers that served to maintain them aggressive. “The intention of the RFET is to have the ability to present our professionals with the risk of compete in compliance with the rules that the Authorities establishes at the moment, “explains Miguel Díaz, its president.The Navy tour might happen in summer time, if the restrictions are lifted and to permit occasions with public, if there is certainty that the circuits will begin. A mini preseason on quick observe to remain the US Open (August 24-September 13) or on land if it was a matter of going to Roland Garros (September 20-October 4)). One other competitors on the horizon, at the second the solely highly effective one in Spain, are the Davis Cup finals by which Spain ought to defend the title in the Caja Mágica (23-29 November). Tournaments can be a perfect shoot.