1. Viacom18 gets 'WIPL' media rights for Rs 951 crore
On January 16, 2023, BCCI Secretary Jai Shah tweeted that Viacom 18 has acquired the media rights of the Women's Indian Premier League (WIPL), which is going to start from March-April 2023.
An Overview of the news
Viacom18 has bought the media rights of the women's IPL for five years from 2023 to 2027 for Rs 951 crore.
Viacom18 gets this deal for the next 5 years (2023-27) at Rs 7.09 crore per match, which is quite attractive. Because the per match price of PSL (Pakistan Super League) organised by Pakistan is Rs 2.44 crores.
It is worth mentioning in this context that the per match value of Indian Premier League (IPL) is Rs 107.5 crore.
The auction process for the media rights of the WIPL took place on January 16, 2023. Disney+ Hotstar, Sony-Zee and Viacom18 were the frontrunners in the race for the media rights of the league, which was finally bagged by Viacom18.
Five franchises in WIPL
Five of the 10 IPL franchises have confirmed to The Times of India that they are keen on buying a women's team.
Their names are Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings. All are showing interest in investing in a team in WIPL.
2. DEXA: BCCI introduces new selection criteria for Team India
The BCCI announced a major change in the selection criteria of players on 1st January.
To review the team's performance in 2022, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Roger Binny and secretary Jay Shah met India captain Rohit Sharma, head coach Rahul Dravid and chief selector Chetan Sharma on January 1.
The future of Indian cricket was discussed in the meeting, which was also attended by National Cricket Academy (NCA) director VVS Laxman.
The new criteria have been brought in to ensure the fitness of players before their selection as the team has been facing a serious injury crisis for the last one year.
The fitness of Indian cricketers has been a matter of concern with players like Deepak Chahar not playing regularly.
Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is also out for a long time due to a back injury.
What are the new selection criteria?
The new rule brought back the Yo-Yo test and made it mandatory for players to be selected for the national team.
Players must take a 'DEXA' before being selected for the Indian team across all formats.
Emerging players have to play enough domestic seasons to be eligible for selection in the national team.
What is a Yo-Yo test?
The Yo-Yo test is an aerobic endurance fitness test that involves running between markers placed 20 metres apart at increasing speed.
The test was introduced during Virat Kohli's tenure as India captain and initially the passing score was 16.1, which was increased to 16.5.
What is Dexa?
DEXA, also called 'bone density test', is an X-ray technique used to measure bone strength.
From this it can be ascertained whether there is any risk of breaking or losing bones of the test taker or whether a player is at risk of fracturing any part of the body.
It also helps measure body composition and record body fat and muscle mass.
3. Rajasthan Government to provide LPG cylinder at Rs 500 per cylinder; Ashok Gehlot
The Rajasthan Government will provide 12 LPG cylinders per year to the poor families at Rs 500 per cylinder from 1 April 2023. This was announced by the Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Alwar on 19 December 2022.
He said the decision was taken to provide relief to the people suffering from unprecedented inflation and unemployment.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY)
‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ (PMUY) was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 May 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.
Under the scheme a poor household headed by a woman is provided with a free LPG gas stove and free first LPG Cylinder.
However under the scheme the beneficiaries have to buy the subsidized LPG cylinder.
The target of the PMUY was to release 8 crore LPG connections by March 2020 which was achieved on 7 September 2019.
It was launched virtually by PM Modi on 10 August 2021 at Mahoba, Madhya Pradesh.
It aims to provide additional 1.6 crore LPG connections with special focus on migrant households.
Connection is provided to an adult woman belonging to a poor household.
The beneficiaries should belong to any of the following categories:
- Eligible as per Socio Economic Caste Census 2011 list,
- Belongs to SC/ST households, be a beneficiary of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), Forest dwellers, Most Backward Classes (MBC), Tea and Ex-Tea Garden Tribes, People residing in river Islands.
4. Fifth Scorpene Submarine ‘Vagir’ delivered to Indian Navy
The fifth submarine of the Project -75, Kalvari Class submarines, Yard 11879 (Vagir) was delivered to the Indian Navy on 20 December.
Project -75 includes indigenous construction of six submarines of Scorpene design.
These submarines are being constructed at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, under collaboration with M/s Naval Group, France.
Launched on 12 Nov 20, Vagir commenced sea trials from 1 Feb 2022 and has completed all major trials, including weapon and sensor trials, in less time than earlier submarines.
The construction of these submarines in an Indian yard is another step towards 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' and instills confidence in the region.
What is also a remarkable achievement is that this is the third submarine delivered to the Indian Navy in a span of 24 months.
Project- 75 intends to build six diesel-electric attack submarines of the Kalvari class that are based on the Scorpene-class, which are being built at MDL (Mazagon Dock Limited).
Project 75 (I), approved in 2007, is part of the Indian Navy’s 30 year Plan for indigenous submarine construction.
5. Hrishikesh Kanitkar appointed batting coach of Indian women cricket team by BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 5 December 2022 announced the appointment of Hrishikesh Kanitkar as the Batting Coach of the Senior Women’s cricket team. Kanitkar will take charge of the team from the upcoming five-match T20I series against Australia starting 9th December in Mumbai.
The Indian national women cricket team has been without a head coach for the past two months since the completion of the tenure of Romesh Powar.
Romesh Powar has since joined the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bengaluru as a spin bowling coach.
Hrishikesh Kanitkar was the head coach of the under -19 men’s cricket team which won the world cup held in West Indies in 2022.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
It is the governing body of men’s and women’s cricket in India. It selects the Indian team for International tours and for International Cricket Council (ICC) and Asian Cup tournaments.
The BCCI is an autonomous, private organisation and does not fall under the purview of the National Sports Federation of India.
It was set up in 1928.
Grant Govan was the first President of the BCCI.
Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
President: Roger Binny
6. A fine performance by Sheldon Jackson and Jani help Saurastra win the Vijay Hazare trophy 2022-23
A fine century by Sheldon Jackson (133 runs) and Chirag Jani’s hat trick(3 for 43) helped Saurashtra defeat Maharashtra's to win their second Vijay Hazare Trophy title (2022-23) in the final played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad , Gujarat.
Saurashtra won the Vijay Hazare Trophy for the first time in 2007-08.
Himachal Pradesh was the 2021-22 winner.
Batting first, the Maharashtra team scored 248 for 9 in their allotted 50 overs, helped by captain Ruturaj Gaikwad’s fourth century in five matches in the tournament to help Maharashtra post 248 for 9. Ruturaj scored 108 runs. Saurashtra scored 249 for 5 in 46.3 overs.
Sheldon Jackson was the player of the match while Ruturaj Gaikwad was declared the Player of the series.
Vijay Hazare Trophy
The Vijay Hazare Trophy named after a famous Indian batsman Vijay Hazare. It is an annual domestic limited-overs cricket domestic competition. It is organized by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The tournament was started in the 2002-03 season.
Tamil Nadu is the most successful team having won the trophy five times.
7. BCCI dissolves 4-member national selection committee headed by Chetan Sharma
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has disbanded the selection committee headed by Chetan Sharma on November 19, 2022 after India's dismal performance in Asia Cup 2022 and T20 World Cup.
Apart from chief selector Chetan Sharma, the other members of the selection committee were Sunil Joshi, Harvinder Singh and Devashish Mohanty.
The BCCI invited fresh applications for national selectors for the senior men's team and the last date for submission of applications is November 28.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was founded on 4 December 1928 at the Roshanara Club in Delhi by a group of players to end the British monopoly in cricket.
BCCI earlier had 6 regional bodies as its members, currently it has 30 full time members.
Its head office is located at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
It is affiliated to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and is the richest cricket board in the world.
It regulates all the tournaments inside and outside India.
It has the authority to select players, umpires and officials to participate in international events.
BCCI President - Roger Binny
BCCI secretary - Jay Shah
8. Greg Barclay re-elected as ICC chairman
Greg Barclay has been unanimously re-elected as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a second two-year term on 13 November, 2022.
Barkley has been re-elected as independent president for a second two-year term. Barkley was elected unopposed after Zimbabwe's Tawengwa Mukuhlani withdrew.
Barkley was appointed as the IIC President in November 2020. At the same time, BCCI secretary Jay Shah was elected as the head of the powerful Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee of the ICC.
Greg Barclay-Hale was the President of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and also served as the Director of ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2015.
About International Cricket Council (ICC)
It is the global governing body for cricket.
It was founded in 1909 as the Imperial Cricket Conference by representatives from England, Australia and South Africa.
In 1989, its name was changed to International Cricket Council (ICC).
Representing 108 members, it regulates and administers the game of cricket and works with members to develop the game.
It presides over the ICC Code of Conduct, playing conditions, decision review system and other ICC regulations.
Headquarter - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
9. England wins the ICC T20 Men's world cup second time by beating Pakistan in the final
The England men’s cricket team won its second ICC T20 men’s cricket world cup by defeating Pakistan in the final played at the Melbourne cricket stadium on 13 November 2022. The England team is the current ICC ODI (One Day International) world champion 2019 and it earlier won the ICC T20 men's world cup in 2010.
England are the first men's team in history to hold both the 50-over and 20-over World Cups simultaneously.
The captain of the Pakistani team was Babar Azam while the English side was led by Jos Butler.
Brief Score ;
Batting first Pakistan scored 137 for 5 wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
England scored 138 for the loss of 5 wickets in 19 overs .
Player of the Final : Sam Curran of England for his spell of 3 wickets for 12 runs.
Player of the World Cup : Sam Curran of England for his 13 wickets in the tournament.
8th ICC Men’s World Cup 2022 highlights
- It was organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Australia from 16 October to 13 November 2022. Originally it was to be held in 2020 but was postponed to 2022 due to covid.
- Australia, New Zealand, England , South Africa , India, Bangladesh ,Pakistan and Afghanistan automatically qualified for the Super 12 .
- Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands and Zimbabwe won their qualification round to play in the Super 12 group.
- For the first time West Indies failed to qualify for the super 12 stage of the tournament.
- Virat Kohli was the highest run scorer in the tournament with 296 runs in six innings .
- He also broke the record of Sri Lankan player Mahela Jayewardene of 1016 runs in the T20 World Cup. Kohli now has a total of 1141 runs in the
- T 20 world cup .
- Maximum wickets in the T20 world cup : Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka, 15 wickets .
History of the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup
West Indies, United States
Australia ,New Zealand
England, Wales, Ireland & Scotland
10. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah elected head of ICC Finance and Commercial Affairs
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah who is also the son of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah was elected as the head of the Finance and Commercial Affairs (F&CA) committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Jay Shah is also currently the President of the Asian Cricket Council.
He was elected at the International cricket Council’s (ICC) Board meeting held in Melbourne, Australia on 12 November 2022.
He will succeed Ross McCollum as chair of the committee at its next meeting in March 2023.
The Finance and Commercial Affairs (F&CA) committee of the ICC is considered to be the second most powerful body of the ICC after the ICC Board . The ICC F&CA not only decides the ICC budget but also decide the revenue sharing model between the member countries, media and TV rights etc.
Greg Barclay re-elected as Chairman of ICC
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has unanimously re-elected Greg Barclay of New Zealand as the chairman of the governing body for a second two-year term. Barclay was unopposed after the withdrawal of Zimbabwe’s Tavengwa Mukuhlan.
ICC is an international body which governs the men’s and women’s international cricket.
Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates