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ICC’s deafening silence on Imran Khwaja has left cricket fraternity stumped | Cricket News

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MUMBAI: Imran Khwaja, the vice-chairperson of the International Cricket Council (ICC), who took charge as interim-chairperson of the governing body post the exit of Shashank Manohar on July 1, was primarily nominated to the chair to execute the process for an election to appoint a replacement.
In these last three months, Khwaja has gone from being a provisional occupant of the chair to an “aspirant” to that very chair even as the rest of the cricket world (read: ICC’s full members) tries and scratches its head to figure the rise of the 64-year-old Singapore national.
It is during these same three months that the ICC continued to postpone meetings after meetings (of the board) and refused to take a call on the election process before sending out a statement on September 12 that 18th (six days later) was the deadline for “nominations of potential candidates to be made by current board directors.”
Shockingly, while the ICC gave less than a week for nominations to be filed, the election itself – the governing body said – would be held in early December.
While the cricket fraternity continues to wrap this around its head and wonder what the ICC has been up to, there’s been another story of disproportionate complications playing out.

The ICC had mentioned on its website – until September 12, 2020 – that Khwaja was a representative of the Singapore Cricket Association (SCA). The same day, the SCA – in an interview with TOI – said: “Khwaja has had no contact with the SCA since 2016 and therefore had no backing to represent Singapore as the Associate Member director at the ICC”.
TOI reported the same on September 13, following which the ICC removed “Singapore Cricket Association” from next to Khwaja’s name on the website. Further, in an official communication, the ICC insisted that the “Associate member representative can be a former or a current director”, in an effort to suggest that Khwaja could continue to be at the ICC regardless of SCA’s candidature.
On September 15, TOI asked ICC CEO Manu Sawhney and the organisation’s communications head Claire Furlong to answer these specific questions: A) Where is it mentioned in the ICC constitution that the Deputy Chairman can be independent? (Please share the exact clause from the constitution); B) Where is it mentioned in the ICC constitution that the Associate Member representative can be a former or current director? (Please share the exact clause / article from the constitution).
It’s been 33 days and counting and there’s been no reply from the ICC yet.
TOI also asked the ICC why the governing body made changes to its website within 48 hours of the September 13 story on Khwaja and why was ‘Singapore Cricket Association’ removed from next to Khwaja’s name on the website page listing out the board’s structure. Screenshots of the same were also shared with Sawhney’s office. It’s been more than a month and there’s been no response yet (see screenshots).

The ICC continues to insist that “to be an Associate Member Director, an individual must be a representative of an Associate Member or a current or former Director of the ICC”. However, it refuses to share the exact clause in the constitution mentioning the same.
This lack of clarity persists even as Khwaja tries to work his way up to the chair that will determine the fate of global cricket over the next few years, even as the sport tries to save itself from the wrath of a raging pandemic.
“It’s all very well to advocate that representatives from lesser-known countries (in the cricket circuit) should be elevated to positions of power so that there’s a balance in administration. But to do that without any lack of clarity over a certain individual got there in the first place is not at all healthy. There are people in the ICC busy reflecting on how Khwaja can raise his hand for the ICC chairperson’s position. But, shouldn’t the same ICC explain how Khwaja was elected as an Associate Member representative?” says a board member.
TOI sent the ICC reminders in the last one month to seek an answer to the emailed questions and there was no reply.
There are those who strongly believe that if cricket’s global administration does not set its priorities in order, the after-effects of the pandemic could stretch things from bad to worse for the game’s economics. “For once, politics need to be kept aside in the larger interest of the game,” say observers.


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KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy sets eyes on winning the IPL trophy | Cricket News

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ABU DHABI: Kolkata Knight Riders‘ (KKR) Varun Chakravarthy has set his eyes on the Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy after guiding his team to an impressive win over Delhi Capitals.
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Chasing 195 to win, Delhi could only score 135/9 as spinner Chakravarthy turned out to be the star bowler for KKR with his match-winning figures of 5-20.
With this win, KKR brightened their chances in the race for a spot in the playoffs. The former champions now have 12 points from 11 matches and are fourth on the leaderboard.

“The next challenge is to get into the playoffs and lift the cup for KKR,” Chakravarthy told Dinesh Karthik in a video posted by iplt20.com.
During the match against Chennai Super Kings on October 7, Chakravarthy had bowled Chennai skipper MS Dhoni. Recalling the wicket, Chakravarthy said it was a “surreal” experience and he will cherish that moment.

“It felt very surreal. I was a net bowler and before that, I used to go to Chepauk stadium to see the matches. To take the wicket of Dhoni was surreal and I will definitely cherish that moment in my life,” he said.
Chakravarthy is also happy to play alongside Karthik and said: “It feels great to play alongside DK as I started with wicketkeeping because of DK. So it feels great to be standing next to him. I have huge respect for him for what he has done for Tamil Nadu and India. I feel privileged to play under him.”



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IPL 2020, KKR vs DC: Chakravarthy’s five-for makes Delhi Capitals fumble | Cricket News

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A clinical performance was required to keep their play-off hopes alive and Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy rose to the occasion as KKR beat Delhi Capitals by 59 runs in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
While Rana (81) and Narine (64) helped KKR post a winning total of 194 in 20 overs, mystery spinner Chakravarthy bagged 5/20 to choke the Capitals middle order.
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Rana revelled in his role as an opener and hit 13 fours and a six in an aggressive knock. The left-hander, who didn’t have a good start to the season, scored his second half-century, his first having come against the same opponent in their away tie in Sharjah.
However, the Knights were off to a wobbly start, losing their first three wickets in 8 overs with just 44 on the board. Having crumbled for 84 in their last match against RCB, KKR were once again staring down the barrel.

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<p>Spinner Varun Chakravarthy claimed this Indian Premier League season’s first five-wicket haul as Kolkata Knight Riders gave their play-off hopes a boost with a 59-run win over Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. (BCCI/IPL/ANI Photo)</p>

But Rana came to the rescue, taking the attack to the experienced R Ashwin, whose three overs yielded 45 runs. Walking in at No.5, Narine too joined the party, hitting Ashwin for towering sixes in the back-end of the innings during a 115-run partnership.

IPL 2020: Chakravarthy five-for against Delhi keeps Kolkata in play-off race

IPL 2020: Chakravarthy five-for against Delhi keeps Kolkata in play-off race

In reply, the Capitals put up a shoddy batting display, managing only 135/9 in 20 overs.
The Knights still have to win their next three matches to secure a place in the top four. If they lose one of the remaining matches and finish on 16 points, things could get tricky.


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