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Brisbane Test would be tough nut to crack for India in Ashwin, Bumrah’s absence: Madan Lal – The Economic Times Video

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Former Indian cricketer Madan Lal said that if R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah will not play due to their injuries, Brisbane Test would be a tough nut to crack for Indian Cricket Team and Australian Cricket Team will be benefitted in their absence. He said that if Bumrah plays the Brisbane Test match then it can benefit the ‘Men in Blue’. (ANI)



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Countering India will be big challenge for England spinners: Mahela Jayawardene | Cricket News

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LONDON: England spinners Dom Bess and Jack Leach must have gained a lot by bowling in Sri Lanka in a just-concluded series but a bigger challenge awaits them against India in the four-Test rubber starting February 5, feels former Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene.
Left-arm spinner Leach claimed 10 wickets in the two-match series while off-spinner Bess took 12 in England’s 2-0 victory.
“I think that’s going to be a very exciting series and a very good challenge for this group of players. That’s what cricket is all about. You need to go away and win the Test series,” Jayawardene told ‘Sky Sports’.
“The two spinners (Bess and Leach) will have learned a lot here but it will be a bigger challenge in India.”
Jayawardene though believes that England are “well prepared” for the India series, especially when they will have services of star all-rounder Ben Stokes and impressive paceman Jofra Archer.
Both Stokes and Archer were rested for the Sri Lanka series.
“Getting Ben Stokes back will be a massive advantage for England because he will bring that experience and be another left-handed batsman in their top-order which can be crucial,” said Jayawardene.
“Jofra Archer will bring something to the table with his pace, especially on slower wickets. So I think overall they are very well prepared.”
Opener Rory Burns has also been called for the India assignment but it won’t be easy for him to be battle-ready for international cricket, according to the Sri Lankan.
Burns, who has an experience of 21 Tests under his belt, last played in domestic matches at home, about four months back.
“It will be a challenge for Rory Burns if he opens. He hasn’t played much cricket lately.”
Jayawardene was also “disappointed” that wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow is not in the squad “given his experience and the way he batted in this (Sri Lanka) series”.
“He should be at that touring party.”
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen had also urged selectors to field Bairstow against India. The four-Test series will begin on February 5 in Chennai.
Stokes, Archer and Burns have already reached the city and are serving their quarantine period.


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Leeds United: NFL franchise San Francisco 49ers increase their stake in Leeds United to 37% | Football News

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On Monday, professional American football team the San Francisco 49ers, who compete in America’s National Football League, made a major announcement. As per a new investment, the 49ers increased their total minority ownership stake in the English Premier League club Leeds United (founded in October 1919) from 15% to 37%. This is via an entity affiliated with the San Francisco team, the 49ers Enterprises.
This new deal also sees Parag Marathe, president of 49ers Enterprises — who has had a seat in the Leeds United Board since the 49ers made their initial investment in Leeds United in 2018, become the Vice President of the football club.
Italian entrepreneur Andrea Radrizzani, who is the Chairman of Leeds United, will continue to be the majority stake owner in the English football club.
Talking about the new investment and the increase in stake for the 49ers, Radrizzani said, “We are delighted to welcome further investment into our club from 49ers Enterprises and I am confident that this latest partnership will help Leeds United continue to grow and develop into the team our supporters deserve.”
The latest announcement is a step forward in the strategic partnership that took flight in 2018 between the 49ers, who have won 5 Super Bowl Championships and Leeds United.

“I have always been open to bringing partners on this journey with me, as long as these actions can benefit the long-term strategy of the club. Paraag and the team at 49ers Enterprises are uniquely positioned to collaborate with myself, Angus Kinnear, Victor Orta and our management team to help us achieve our goals,” Radrizzani further said.
For Marathe, a seasoned sports executive, this was a logical step forward. Marathe incidentally is also the Chairman of USA Cricket. He was unanimously elected to the post in October 2018. At that time he had served 18 years with the 49ers.
“Our 49ers Enterprises team has always shared Andrea’s vision for constructing a powerful and winning club in the most competitive football league in the world, and the experience of the last three seasons has been more exhilarating than we could have ever imagined,” said Marathe as part of the press release sent out by the 49ers to announce the new deal on Monday.

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“The hard work and bold leadership demonstrated by Andrea and his talented team has restored Leeds United’s rightful place in the Premier League and we look forward to playing an even bigger role in supporting their efforts to climb the table this year and into the future.”
Since the first investment made by the 49ers in 2018, Leeds United have grown as a football club both on and off the field. Apart from the commercial revenues aspect of the game, the club, which established itself as a powerhouse inEnglish football in the early 1970s, have also returned to the Premier League (from the English Football League Championship) this season after a 16-year absence, under Argentinian coach Marcelo Biesla.
“Now that we have achieved promotion and made a positive start to the new campaign, there is no better time to be looking ahead to the future, as we aim to take this football club to the next level, initially by becoming an established Premier League side before chasing our dreams of taking Leeds United back into Europe,” Radrizzani added.
“We must also be focused on reaching our potential commercially and developing Elland Road and our training facilities.”

(Andrea Radrizzani, Chairman of Leeds United FC – Reuters Photo)
According to the announcement made on Monday, Marathe, along with 49ers Enterprises Vice President Collin Meador and other 49ers personnel, will now be ‘more involved in the decision-making process and day-to-day operations of the club moving forward, both in football and business operations’.
It’s a role that Marathe is all too familiar with, having performed duties along the same lines for the last 20 years with the 49ers. He will also continue to be on the Leeds United Board of Directors.
This latest development is also another significant sign of just how much American investors and particularly NFL owners are eyeing English football.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for example, are owned by the Glazer family, who have overall ownership and control of Manchester United. Fulham FC is owned by American businessman Shahid Khan, who also owns the NFL team the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last year an American firm bought an 84% majority stake in Burnley. Liverpool FC is controlled by American sports company, Fenway Sports Group, who also own the Major League Baseball team in America, the Boston Red Sox.



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Rafael Nadal takes veiled swipe at Novak Djokovic over quarantine complaints | Tennis News

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MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal has taken an apparent swipe at Novak Djokovic over his requests for quarantined players preparing for the Australian Open, saying not everyone felt the need to “advertise” how they were trying to help.
The Serbian world number one issued a list of suggestions to Tennis Australia last week on behalf of 72 players unable to leave their Melbourne hotel rooms after Covid-19 cases were detected on their planes to Australia.
They reportedly included moving players into private homes with tennis courts and getting them better meals.
But his requests fell on deaf ears, while Australian media portrayed players as petulant and selfish and fellow star Nick Kyrgios called Djokovic a “tool”.
Djokovic later issued an open letter to say his “good intentions for my fellow competitors in Melbourne have been misconstrued”.
“We all try to help each other,” Spanish great Nadal told ESPN Tuesday from Adelaide, where he and Djokovic are quarantining ahead of the year’s opening Grand Slam in Melbourne on February 8.
“Some need to make public everything they do to help others,” he added, in remarks widely seen as referring to Djokovic. “Others… do it in a more private way without having to publish or advertise everything we’re doing.”
While most players are undergoing a mandatory 14 days of quarantine in Melbourne, Nadal, Djokovic and other superstars of the game including Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka jetted into Adelaide, where they are due to play an exhibition on Friday.
It sparked mutterings about preferential treatment, and Nadal admitted it had been smoother sailing.
“In Adelaide, conditions have been better than most players in Melbourne,” he said.
“But there are players in Melbourne who have larger rooms where they can develop physical activities, others have smaller rooms and can’t have contact with their coach and their physical trainer.
“Where’s the line? It’s an ethical issue. Everyone has their own opinion and they are all respectable.”


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