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Manoj Tiwary questions need after Powar takes up push-up challenge

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India cricketer Manoj Tiwary took a dig at former India spinner and former women’s team head coach Ramesh Powar after the latter took part in an online challenge, which according to him was done to create awareness regarding mental health.

Powar uploaded a video of himself doing push-ups on Twitter and his post read: “Thank you @ojasmehta for kind words & nominating me for the 25 push-ups for 25 days challenge for bringing awareness for Suicides and issues related to Mental Health. We have our own battles and wars, we win some & loose some. Enjoy the moments & the journey.”

Tiwary seemingly took note of the post and without taking names, wrote on his Twitter: “Can someone educate me on how push-ups challenges or any other stupid challenges 4 that matter will help people who all r going through depression??”

Powar then put up another post, explaining to Tiwary why he took part in the challenge and its importance. He wrote: “You wouldn’t know that the person you ran into at the store and just spoke with you could barely get out of bed this morning to even get dressed let alone face the day.

“That the person that just smiled at you in passing has high anxiety and suffer from panic attacks to the point they almost pass out regularly. You don’t know that your neighbour may cry everyday because of how sad they are because when you see them they put on a fake smile and wave a happy hello.

“People are embarrassed to show they are feeling these emotions… together we can continue to help one another through knowledge, kindness, awareness and a judgment-free space,” he added.

Powar further wrote that everyone will have their own opinion regarding mental health awareness and he respects that. Similarly, he urged everyone to respect his opinion as to how he wants to spread awareness regarding depression.

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It’s almost time: Jasprit Bumrah shares excitement ahead of IPL 13

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Jasprit Bumrah cannot wait for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to kickstart, and the Indian ace pacer took to social media on Thursday to share his excitement.

The BCCI will be organising the IPL at three UAE venues — Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah — from September 19 to November 10 after it was postponed from March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s almost time,” said Bumrah in a tweet with a photo of him celebrating after taking a wicket in a Mumbai Indians jersey. Bumrah had played a crucial role in Mumbai’s record fourth title win in IPL last season.

On Wednesday, India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane had also expressed his excitement for IPL 2020.

Rahane was traded by Rajasthan Royals to Delhi Capitals in November last year. “New beginnings for me in the @ipl this year. Looking forward to the season,” Rahane said in an Instagram post along with a photo of him batting.

Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend the partnership with title sponsors Vivo for IPL 13. This development came after the IPL Governing Council had on Sunday decided to retain the company as title sponsors.

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IPL 13: BCCI to invite tender for title sponsorship after Vivo’s suspension

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Following the official confirmation regarding Vivo’s exit as title sponsors for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will now invite bids through a tender process for IPL 2020 in the next few days.

Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that the BCCI will follow due diligence and transparency while recruiting a new title sponsor for IPL 13.

“BCCI will come out with the ITB soon. Tender process will be followed as the board believes in transparency,” the source said.

Under the Invitation to Bid (ITB), the winning bidder will be granted title sponsorship rights for this year’s IPL season set to be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10.

Earlier on Thursday, BCCI decided to officially announce the suspension of the partnership with title sponsors Vivo.

The move comes after the BCCI and the IPL Governing Council were both criticised for retaining Vivo as the title sponsor amid raging anti-China sentiment.

The government has already banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, placed stringent restrictions on Chinese investments, and is reviewing the partnerships Indian educational institutions have with Chinese counterparts.

All this development took place in the backdrop of tensions between the two countries along the LAC in Ladakh where a scuffle between the two armies resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers in June.

Earlier on Monday, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), which is spearheading a movement for boycott of Chinese goods, had also criticised BCCI’s decision to retain VIVO, the Chinese company, as IPL’s title sponsor.

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England vs Pakistan: Shan Masood is very organised, feels Aakash Chopra

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Former India opener Aakash Chopra termed Shan Masood as very organised after the Pakistan batsman put on a fine show in the first session on Day 2 of the opening Test against England in Manchester on Thursday.

At Lunch, left-handed Masood remained unbeaten on 77, playing 225 balls and showing composure of the highest order and sound technique against ace pacers of the ilk of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer an Chris Woakes.

The highly-rated Babar Azam too batted well for his 69 but as he departed on the second day, Masood did exceptionally well to negate the threat of Anderson-Broad in the first hour under overcast conditions at Old Trafford and reached his fifty.

“Shan Masood is good. Very organised. Like him,” Chopra, himself a watchful Test opener back in the day, tweeted.

At Lunch, Pakistan were left reeling at 187/5 with Shadab Khan batting on 1 along with Masood.

Earlier on a rain-marred opening day, Pakistan — after electing to bat — reached 139/2 before umpire called Stumps due to bad light in the third session which saw only eight overs of play.

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