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AIFF chief Praful Patel selected for FIFA council




All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel was on Saturday elected to the FIFA council during the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress. He is the first Indian to be elected to the highest decision making body of world football.

According to sources, Patel received 38 out of possible 46 votes to emerge a thumping winner.

Describing Patel’s victory as “landmark for Indian football”, a senior AIFF official said: “Congratulations to Patel. His leadership has taken Indian football to greater heights. Asian football will now immensely benefit from Patel’s presence in the FIFA council.”

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Younis is someone who can never show knife to anyone: Inzamam-ul-haq




Inzamam-ul-haq has backed Younis Khan after learning that former Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower had alleged that Pakistan’s highest Test run-getter had threatened him with a knife.

Flower was Pakistan’s batting coach from 2014 to 2019 and had recently said that Younis had once held a knife to his throat for offering him batting tips.

“I just can’t believe what Grant has been saying. I played with Younis for a long time and I know him very well. Younis is someone who can never show knife to anyone,” Inzamam told Dawn News.

“I am surprised why Grant is speaking about it now. I think sometime an individual wants to remain in the media limelight. Imagine such claims after more than three years have no value. Further, I never heard such incident while I was the chief selector. To me this statement has no value,” he added.

During a conversation with brother Andy and host Neil Manthorp on the ‘Following On Cricket Podcast’ for talkSPORT, Flower also said that it was coach Mickey Arthur who had to eventually intervene. Arthur himself later confirmed the incident while refusing to go into details.

Earlier, former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif had claimed that former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin may have played a role in the Younis Khan-Grant Flower knife episode.

“We do not know what happens in the dressing room. Azharuddin can be a reason for this,” said Latif in the chat show ‘Caught Behind’ on Youtube.

“In 2016, Younis made a double century at the Oval. He (Younis) did not take the name of the batting coach (Grant Flower). He said that I was struggling and talked to Azharuddin.

“That is a big factor that a player is opting for someone else rather than the coach. Flower must have done some things as batting coach and has served Pakistan. I think this Azharuddin factor must have been somewhere in his (Flower’s) mind,” he added.

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Roach can achieve more if he manages workload properly, feels Courtney Walsh



Legendary West Indies pacer Courtney Walsh feels if Kemar Roach can manage his workload properly, he can easily get to 300 Test wickets.

Roach will spearhead West Indies’ bowling unit when they begin the three-Test series against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from Wednesday.

“Workload management is something that they can look at. I don’t think he has played a lot of shorter versions of the game. But it’s up to him as an individual as well to set the standards, set the goals he wants to achieve,” Walsh told ESPNcricinfo.

“He will get 300 quite easily once the workload management is good and he is playing consistent cricket. What you don’t want to happen to him is that every time he comes back he starts all over again.”

Walsh, 57, is also impressed by Roach’s work ethic and patience.

“… his patience shows he will stick around, and he knows what to do and how to go about achieving that. To me that is what has got him to be as consistent as he is now. His work ethic has gone up as well and he’s doing all he can do to be one of the greats.

“He’s a genuine great. His achievement shows that. What I like about him is his mannerism: he’s always cool and collected and he’s prepared to work.”

Walsh also hoped Roach could get to 200 wickets in the opening Test of the three-match series. The 32-year old currently has 193 wickets to his name from 56 Tests.

“Hopefully, if he can get it out of the way in the first Test match, it’ll be perfect as he could then relax and enjoy the rest of the series,” said Walsh, who took 519 wickets in 132 Tests.

“He has to have someone like I had Curtly (Ambrose). He needs to have someone in this team who can probably give him a smile or something different to take your mind away from it. And that in itself will help him to relax,” Walsh said.

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Former PCB chief urges team to wear BLM emblem during England series



Pakistan Cricket Board. (Photo: Twitter/@TheRealPCB)

Former Pakistan Cricket Board chief Khalid Mehmood urged the team to wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo on their jersey during their upcoming series against England in August.

Pakistan will take on England in a series involving three Tests and as many T20Is after the completion of West Indies’ three-Test series against the same opposition which starts on Wednesday.

It was announced earlier this month that West Indies and England players will be sporting BLM emblems on their shirts during the series and Pakistan have now been urged to follow the same to put forward a strong message.

“I would like to salute the West Indies cricketing authorities for taking the initiative (on BLM campaign) and then the ECB also joining hands. So I will advise the PCB to also announce a similar decision (for Pakistan’s upcoming series in England),” Mehmood was quoted as saying by Pakistan-based outlet Dawn.

“Our religion Islam made it clear 1400 years ago that all human beings are equal and there is no supremacy for anyone on the basis of race, colour or wealth. For this reason, we should stand first in all such activities,” he added.

In a mark of solidarity against racism, England cricket team agreed to join the West Indies and carry an identical logo on their playing shirts.

The Black Lives Matter emblem was designed by Alisha Hosannah, the partner of Troy Deeney, professional footballer and captain of Premier League side Watford Football Club. He was contacted by ECB and CWI and permission was granted for the logo to be displayed on the collar according to ICC regulations.

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