The International Cricket Council, on behalf of its Members, today released the men’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2018-2023. The FTP, which is available here, provides clarity and certainty around all bilateral international fixtures and incorporates all three formats of the game.


The result of a significant collective effort from the Members, with the support of the ICC, the FTP focuses on bringing more context to bilateral cricket. A World Test Championship has been created along with a 13-team men’s ODI league that will act as a qualification pathway for the ICC Cricket World Cup.


Nine top-ranked sides will participate in the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship, which will run from 15 July 2019 to 30 April 2021. The sides will play six series in the two-year cycle on a home and away basis against opponents they have mutually selected. The two top-ranked sides will then progress to the June 2021 final to decide the World Test champions.


In addition, the 12 Test playing nations and the Netherlands, will participate in the 13-team ODI League, which will run from 1 May 2020 to 31 March 2022 and all the sides will play eight series over a two-year cycle on a home and away basis against mutually agreed opponents.


India’s opening series in the World Test Championship is against the Windies in the Caribbean in July 2019, while their first ODI series in the league is against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in June 2020.


This league will serve as a qualification pathway for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. India (as host) plus the seven highest-ranked sides in the ODI league as on 31 March 2022 will qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, while the bottom five sides will get a second chance to qualify through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier.


The principles followed by Members in the creation of this men’s FTP are as follows:


·        Scheduling the appropriate amount of cricket in each format (home and away) for each Member;


·        With matches scheduled at the preferred time of year in each territory;


·        Inclusion of existing  series that have already been committed to commercial partners (mainly in 2019-20);


·        Providing optimum preparation for ICC Events by playing the same format immediately before the tournament;


·        Sufficient time for Members to schedule their preferred bilateral content outside of World Test Championship and ODI league;


·        Periods when individual Boards want to allow their national team players to be available to compete in domestic T20 leagues.


ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated the Members for their efforts in the preparation of the men’s Future Tours Programme:


“The agreement of this FTP means we have clarity, certainty and most importantly context around bilateral cricket over the next five years. The World Test Championship will get underway next year with the ODI league kicking off in 2020 as part of the qualification towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.


“Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but with the release of this FTP, our Members have found a genuine solution that gives fans around the world the chance to engage regularly with international cricket that has meaning and the possibility of a global title at the end.”


As part of the agreed international cricket structure, the ICC Board has already approved an additional ICC World T20 in place of the ICC Champions Trophy as well as giving Twenty20 International Status to all 104 Members.


Jumpin Heights introduces virtual reality in Adventure sports industry

Jumpin heights, India’s highest fixed platform for bungee jump has come up with a unique experience for its viewers all over the world. Jumpin Heights introduced the world’s latest technology, virtual reality in adventure sports space for the first time in India in collaboration with NatuVR Studios, a Delhi-based Film Production House, specializing in Virtual Reality Filmmaking.  It has built high end Virtual Reality content – creating a thrilling experience for both office and home.


The Videos put the viewers in the shoes of the jumper as they experience full 360 views of the jump and the overall experience provided at Jumpin Heights. This is the first time that Virtual Reality has been implemented at a professional level in India in the field of adventure sports. The 360 degree experiences are embedded with texts, edits and music giving making it a unique, exhilarating and very informational immersive experience for the people.


Commenting on the implementation of VR facility in the field of adventurous sports, Niharika Nigam, Director Business Development at Jumpin Heights saidWhen we tested the videos on the oculus, the viewers would actually shriek and be out of breath, with shaky knees, and sweaty palms, as if they’d just done the Bungy jumps themselves – and we knew we just had to get this experience across to every portable mobile phone and laptop as well. This VR facility, will allow the viewers to experience the thrill of our sports in as immersive a way, as technologically possible right now. This is the future of videography, and we are proud to be one of the very few globally, and the first in India, to experiment with it in the field of extreme adventure sports – to bring the complete immersive experience to our potential clients, while sitting comfortably at home or in office, before they choose to book with us-to assure them of the safety, and the scale of operations at our location in Rishikesh.”


Akshay Raheja, creative director and CEO of the startup NatuVR Studios said that ‘The viewing and reach of Virtual Reality content is on the rise all over the world and The VR experience videos that we have created with Jumpin Heights are state of the art content that’s highly immersive and is built with texts, and voiceovers to make it informational as well. We are lucky to have been given the opportunity to produce such content for the first time in the Adventure Sports field in India and have more exciting collaborations coming up for more such content. This is the kind of content that expands the boundaries of how people can view videos on their phones, laptops and of course VR Headsets.’


It will be a dream debut for newest Test nation Afghanistan, as they take on the world’s top-ranked team, India, in their first Test in Bengaluru from Thursday.


Afghanistan, who have fast established themselves as a force to reckon with in the shorter formats, will become the 12th side to figure in men’s Test cricket after Ireland debuted against Pakistan last month. Both Ireland and Afghanistan were granted Full Member and Test status last June.


The one-off Test against India will be Afghanistan’s first step towards being ranked on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings and a chance for their gifted players to enter the individual rankings after making a mark in limited overs cricket. India stand to lose three points if they lose this match but their number-one position is under no threat, thanks to a 13-point lead over South Africa.


Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai: “It’s a great moment for us as we embark on our Test journey. To be playing our first Test against India is a great honour and we hope to give a good account of ourselves.


“To be competing against the best on the Test rankings table is something to be proud of and we will try to do our best in whatever chances we get and exhibit the skills the players possess individually as well as collectively as a team.”


India captain Ajinkya Rahane: “It’s a privilege to be playing in Afghanistan’s first Test match. It’s a historic moment for them and an opportunity for us to be part of the occasion. 


“They have a fine team and some talented players who have proved themselves in shorter formats. I’m sure they are looking forward to do the same in Test cricket. On behalf of the Indian team, I wish them all the best.”


India are without regular captain and second-ranked Virat Kohli for this Test but the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara (sixth), Rahane (18th) and opener Lokesh Rahul (19th) in batting and former top-ranked spinners Ravindra Jadeja (fourth) and Ravichandran Ashwin (fifth) among bowlers will be looking to improve their positions on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.


Afghanistan’s spinners will be in focus too as Rashid Khan (top-ranked in T20Is, second in ODIs) and Mohammad Nabi (eighth in T20Is, 16th in ODIs) look to make a mark in Test cricket. Among batsmen, Rahmat Shah is their leading player in ODIs at 32nd position.


Meanwhile, the first of three Tests between the Windies and Sri Lanka in Port of Spain has seen Kusal Mendis move towards the top 10 with his valiant second innings century that came in a 226-run loss, their first to the Windies in 10 years.


The opener’s second innings score of 102 has lifted him three places to 16th position while Windies player Shane Dowrich has moved up 20 places to 66th position after compiling an unbeaten 125 in the first innings that came in a 468-minute vigil and earned him the Player of the Match award.


Among bowlers, Shannon Gabriel (up one place to 23rd), Jason Holder (up one place to 35th) and Roston Chase (up four places to 51st) are the main gainers for the home side while for Sri Lanka, Suranga Lakmal (up one place to 30th), Lahiru Kumara (up 14 places to 54th) and Angelo Mathews (up one place to 72nd) are the ones to move up.


The International Cricket Council (ICC) today congratulated Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Anti Corruption, and ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Managing Director Steve Elworthy, after it was announced they have both been recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. 

Marshall, former Chief Executive of the College of Policing has been made a CBE for services to policing, whilst Elworthy has been awarded an MBE for his services to cricket.


Marshall began his career as a police officer in 1980. He was appointed Chief Constable of Hampshire in 2008, and was selected to head the new College of Policing when it was created in 2012. He holds a Masters Degree in Criminology from the University of Cambridge and also attended the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Commenting on his appointment he said: “I am incredibly proud to have served for all my adult life, with the officers and staff who work so hard to keep us safe 24 hours a day. I will always support these brave people doing such a difficult job. Every achievement I’ve enjoyed, depended on the hard work of others. I am forever grateful.”

Elworthy, 53, ​has previously been Tournament Director for four different ICC global events held in England and Wales, and one in South Africa -​ the ICC Champions Trophy in both 2017 and 2013, The ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and the ICC World T20 tournament in 2009.


​He was also tournament director for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 tournament held in 2007 in South Africa, for whom he made four Test and 39 ODI appearance​s. During his playing career, the former fast bowler helped South Africa win the 1998 Commonwealth Gold and reach the semi-final of the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

Elworthy said: “I am extremely honoured to be receiving an MBE and highly appreciative to those that put my name forward as this is not something that you ever consider a possibility​. I have had many years of being involved in cricket and ​that has given me tremendous enjoyment. 


“I have been very fortunate to work with brilliant teams over my years in cricket – from playing to administration – and I am extremely grateful for everyone who has supported along the way.”

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “On behalf of everyone at the ICC I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to both Alex and Steve on the honours they have been awarded. It is wonderful to see them both recognized for their commitment to their careers and the impact each of them has had.”

Mirchi and Hero Cycles celebrate World Bicycle Day with Cyclothon

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Cycling has proven to be beneficial in all the ways possible – Health, environment, decongestion, etc. Which is why UN declared 3rd June as world bicycle day.

Radio Mirchi and Hero cycles being leaders in their category are in support of the UN decision and has launched an initiatives to try raise concern of lack of infra in Delhi to cycle and have been promoting the cause “Road Pe Dikhegi Tabhi To Chalegi” to bring cycles back on Road so that there would be separate cycling lane.

RJ Naved, RJ Sayema and RJ Abhinav made amazing videos and posted on Radio Mirchi Facebook page for this cause, making Cycling is cool again.

On 3rd June a Cyclothon at Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, was done and Delhi came out to support the cause and showed their love.

Mr. Pankaj M Munjal Chairman of Hero cycles Ltd.  is the man behind starting such an important thought and believing in the importance of cycling.

Mr Rohit Gothi, CEO Hero Cycles and Mr Rohit Sharma CMO Hero Cycles also gave out 5 Lac worth of Bicycles to NGO kids who could go to schools on cycle and state the message of “Road pe dikhegi tabhi to chalegi

Mr.Pritesh Chothani, VP & Cluster Head – Delhi & Rajasthan, Radio Mirchi, said, “We at Radio Mirchi completely resonate with the cause of making the city friendly for cycling. On the occasion of World Bicycle Day this is our bit towards promoting bicycles on Delhi roads, in specific, and making the city a better place to live in at large.”

Benefits of cycling on the occasion of the first United Nations Hero Cycles launched ‘Cyclothon’

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Benefits of cycling on the occasion of the first United Nations (UN) mandated World Bicycle Day, Hero Cycles launched ‘Cyclothon’, a public bicycle rally, on June 3, 2018, behind Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj.

The event was flagged off byHero Cycles Official. The spokesperson, Hero Cycles highlighted the benefits of cycling as a low cost and practical means of mobility and commute over short distances. More than 1000 cycle users and cycling enthusiasts including women and children were present at the event. Hero Cycles’ online petition, ‘Ring a Bell’, seeking people’s views on the benefits of cycling while educating them at the same time has garnered a huge number of hits, and thereby making it a people’s movement.

“Bicycles have been with us for the last 200 years. Modern materials have made them uniquely long lived and versatile. They are the simplest, most affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally suitable means of transport available to any community. For many of the absolute poor, they are often the best possible means to access jobs, education, markets and community activities in both rural and urban settings. Cycles are known to empower women by enabling them to make life related choices such as attending schools in rural areas. Through this ‘Cyclothon’, we wish to bring attention to cycling as not just an individual choice but one that knits together communities. One kilometer of cycling saves your carbon footprint by 250 grams of carbon dioxide, which is released in the air while travelling the same distance by a car. Yet authorities are still to deliver safe road conditions for cycling”, opines Mr. Pankaj M Munjal, Chairman, Hero Motors Company.

In consonance with its CSR partner, ‘Volunteer 4 India’, the Chairman, HMC was on hand to distribute 150 durable bicycles to the underprivileged children, making schools and places of community interest more accessible to them.

It has been a continuous endeavor of Hero Cycles to draw the attention of people, society, policy makers, and influencers towards the persistent policy neglect that cycling has been suffering from, despite being the most affordable means of mobility for the masses.

Despite the worrying lack of safe cycling infrastructure on Indian roads, the humble bicycle remains one of the most inexpensive, sustainable, and green modes of commutation. Focused attention towards making cycling an active part of rural and urban life can elevate it to become a tool for development, providing an alternative solution to a number of modern day challenges. It is disheartening to note that India lost the lives of 2,585 bicyclists due to road accident in 2016. Theloss of lives is equivalent to the passenger deaths of eight Boeing – 747 jumbo jets crashing in a single year.

Through the movement, people are demandingessential cycling infrastructure with dedicated cycling lanes, street lights, separate traffic signals, signs and lights to separate vulnerable bicycle users from the chaos of general motor vehicle traffic.

Cycling has the potential to help countries meet several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite its many benefits and utilities to the ordinary user, bicycle ownership and its use for daily commute has not been given adequate promotion by the authorities in terms of finance or technological up-gradation capital for many small bicycle and parts manufacturing units.

Based on a combination of reports on road accidents in India, it can be concluded that cyclists account for nearly 10% of all deaths and injuries caused during road accidents. The World Health Organization similarly estimates that pedestrian and bicycle users account for 12-13% of fatalities suffered in all road traffic incidents in the country.

Patna Pirates retain their Star Kabbadi players; the fresh talents to add a new dimension to the champion squad

VIVO Pro Kabaddi, India’s biggest non-cricket sports league, concluded the Season 6 Player Auctions on a historic note. Patna Pirates, the defending champion of Vivo Pro Kabbadi league retained their star players for Season 6. Pardeep Narwal “Dubki King” will continue to be team’s strength and star attraction for Kabbadi fans while representing Patna Pirates. Defender Jaideep, Manish, and all-rounder Jawahar have been retained by Patna Pirates for Season 6. They together will lend their experience to the team during Vivo Pro Kabbadi League Season 6 beginning October 19, 2018, with a hope to retain the champion title.

Patna Pirates has always planned a winning squad by keeping a balance between experienced star players and new talents. Taking ahead this formation, Patna Pirates has included all-rounder Vijay, Praveen, and Arvind as the three new young players in the squad who will add immense value to the team during competitive matches.

Patna pirates have strategically planned their auction bid and picked-up two international players for approx. Rs 20 lacs for Season 6. Taedeok and Hyunil Park went under the hammer for Rs 11.4 Lac and Rs 8.0 lac respectively.

The management also bided for Indian players and picked Kuldeep Singh (All-Rounder) for 22 lac, Vikas Jaglan (All-Rounder) for Rs 8 lac, Deepak Narwal (Raider) for Rs 57 lac, Surender Singh (Raider) for Rs 12.25 lac, Tushar Patil, (Raider) for 20 Lac, Manjeet (Raider) for Rs 20.4 lac , Vikas Kale (Defender) for Rs 27.4 lac,  Ravinder Kumar (Defender) for Rs 8 lac and Vijay Kumar (Defender) for Rs 8 lac. Patna Pirates will be guided by its veteran coach Shri Ram Mehar Singh who has played an instrumental role in retaining the title.

Mr Pawan S Rana, Chief Executive Officer, Patna Pirates commenting on the auction said “Patna Pirates has always focused on the quality of the game and strived to raise the standard of Kabbadi. Our players have always thrilled sports lover through mental and physical skills during highly competitive matches. We have retained our star players while bringing in fresh talents to add a new dimension to our team. We are confident of retaining our title in Season 6”.

Patna Pirates had performed consistently in all their league appearances with the only team to reach playoff matches in all 5 seasons and winning the title thrice in a row.