Mr. Vikas Singh, Presidential Candidate, and The Members’ Front of DDCA shared their vision before the forthcoming DDCA elections

Mr. Vikas Singh addressing the                                                                                           Media.JPG

Mr. Vikas Singh and The Members’ Front of DDCA shared their vision before the forthcoming DDCA elections by addressing the media and DDCA members here in New Delhi last night. Mr. Vikas Singh had recently filed his candidature for the President’s post of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). The election is held every three years and the forthcoming elections are on June 30. Several members of the DDCA Members’ Front who are keen to revamp facilities and processes in the Association as well as at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground had pressed upon Mr. Singh to contest these elections due to his far reaching vision and expertise that will help to incorporate benchmark systems and processes akin to the best operated cricket associations and stadiums across the world.


The Press Conference in this regard was addressed by Mr. Vikas Singh, Senior Advocate and Presidential Candidate and other Nominated Members for Executive Committee at the forthcoming DDCA Elections.  Mr. Singh brought to light his vision and detailed plans for DDCA, its cricket teams and its facilities. The Press Conference was followed by dinner for the attending media and members of DDCA.


Mr. Vikas Singh, Senior Advocate and President, Supreme Court Bar Association stated, “It is part of my mission to steer the DDCA towards professionalism, transparency and excellence. First up, the aim is to bring in complete transparency in the selection of teams that represent Delhi. Sadly, at present merit and talent are forced to take a back seat at times. Further, I believe that with India being the cricketing capital of the world and Delhi being the capital city, the DDCA should reflect the highest values and amenities thereby benefitting cricketers as well as members. Having travelled across the world several times and seen from close quarters the best cricketing facilities as well as the manner in which clubs are maintained, I aim to contribute and inculcate certain value systems so that the DDCA becomes a world class cricket body with facilities comparable to any in the world. It is important that members and fans become proud of the Delhi cricket structure and its facilities. I also feel that sports journalists must get priority for DDCA membership as they are important for the growth of the sport.”


The DDCA Members’ Front aims to restore the past glory of DDCA when it was considered in the higher echelons of the cricket world as a formidable cricket playing association with talent and facilities to match.


Mr. Vikas Singh’s team includes, Mr. Arvinder Singh Lovely, Long-time DDCA Member and Vice Presidential Candidate; Mr. Sandeep Chaudhary, Sportsman and Candidate for General Secretary; Dr. Ahmed Tamim, Practicing Doctor, Philanthropist, Social Worker and Candidate for Joint Secretary; Mr. Bhagwan Verma, Founder Member of Banks Sports Board and Candidate for Treasurer; Mr. Surinder Khanna, Ex-Cricketer and Candidate for Cricket Director; Ms. Devyani Singh, Advocate, Sportsperson and Candidate for Woman Director; Mr. Rajender Kumar Tandon, Senior Artist, DAVP and DPD, Ministry of I&B and Candidate for Director; Mr. Rajendra Kumar, Ex-MLA and Candidate for Director; Mr. Praveen Kr. Soni, Media & Broadcast Manager, DDCA and Candidate for Director; Mr. Sanjiv Bali, Member of Advisory Committee for Food & Supplies Department & DESU and Candidate for Director; Mr. Sunil K Goel, Member, Delhi High Court Bar Association and Candidate for Director.


Among the luminaries who attended the event were, Host, Mr. Vikas Singh, Mr. Arvinder Singh Lovely, Dr. Ahmed Tamim, Mr. Surinder Khanna, Ex-cricketer besides, Team DDCA Members, Cricketers and Media.


Mr. Vikas Singh would also like to bring several quality amenities and services that have been missing at DDCA so far. Immediate action if elected would be aimed at a Sports medicine clinic, state-of-the-art gyms with instructors and nutritionists, oxygen room, heated swimming pools, billiards, table tennis, flood lit tennis courts, spa and yoga besides bar and fine-dining restaurants at reasonable rates. Also on the anvil is upgraded serviced accommodation for members and their guests at reasonable rates.


According to Mr. Arvinder Singh Lovely, Vice Presidential Candidate, “Mr. Vikas Singh’s extensive experience will prove invaluable in assisting us to meet the challenges and opportunities of improving the current structure of DDCA. He is well known as a fiercely independent personality in his quest for excellence and never compromises with mediocrity. Hence, we are confident that all present and future Delhi players and DDCA Members will benefit exponentially from the skills and integrity he brings to the table. This is indeed a path breaking moment for our Association.”


The upcoming DDCA Elections of the Executive Committee will be held on Saturday, 30th June 2018 at Feroz Shah Kotla. The elections will take place as per the Lodha Committee recommendations, Conducted by Justice Vikramjit Sen, Administrator at DDCA, and under the Supervision of the Electoral Officer, Mr. Rakesh Mehta, Former State Election Commissioner, Delhi and Chandigarh.


Importantly, this year for the first time the election will be held without the proxy voting system, under which members were earlier not required to be present to cast their ballot.


AIGF announces the second edition of its annual IP event – ‘India Gaming Conclave’ 2018

AIGF (All India Gaming Federation) announces the second edition of its annual IP event – ‘India Gaming Conclave’ on 29th May 2018.  The content of the India Gaming Conclave 2018 has been compiled keeping in mind the needs of operators across online poker, fantasy and rummy businesses.

The key issues that will be discussed this year include advertising content regulation, de-constructing taxation in regulated marketsInvestments in the skill gaming Industry and responsible gaming.  The highlight of the event will be the introduction to the AIGF advisory panel & the launch of the AIGF skill games charters. The AIGF Advisory Panel is a high powered six-member committee made up of distinguished and notable experts from law & order, finance, data science, academia and psychiatry will oversee the implementation of the skill games charters and other responsible gaming initiatives.

Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan Chairman Law Commission of India will be the Guest of Honor at the India Gaming Conclave and will be joined by other eminent personalities including Justice R.V.Eswar, Former Judge, Delhi High Court, Mr. Bhaichung Bhutia, Football icon, Ms. Christina Thakor- Rankin, Principal Consultant, 1017 Gaming UK, Ms.Birgitte Sand Director, Danish Gambling Authority to name a few.

Speaking on the 2018 edition of India Gaming Conclave, Roland Landers, CEO AIGF said, We are delighted to felicitate our eminent advisory panel at the India Gaming Conclave 2018. It is satisfying to have succeeded in putting together good governance initiatives for our members through the self- regulation charters and third party audits that augurs extremely well for the growing skill gaming Industry in India.

Sharing her excitement on her participation, Ms. Christina Thakor- Rankin, Principal Consultant, 1017 Gaming UK said, “I am honoured to be a part of the India Gaming Conclave 2018. It is a great platform facilitating the exchange of ideas & expertise and we hope to share best of our practices with the Indian operators. I wish all the success to the AIGF, its members and partners.

The recently published FICCI M&E Report 2018, compiled by EY, highlighted that the Indian Skill Gaming Industry had a robust growth of 25% in revenues in 2017 and that standardisation among operators by implementation of best practices will reduce the burden of inspection and reporting.


BBC Test Match Special has secured rights to broadcast ball-by-ball coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, to be held in England & Wales next year.


Test Match Special will be broadcast to fans on multiple platforms across the United Kingdom, including on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra, Radio 4 Long Wave and the BBC Sport website. 


The broadcast of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is part of a long-term deal with Channel 2 Group Corporation, ICC’s Global Audio Rights Partner, who hold exclusive rights to sub-license audio rights to ICC events until 2023.


The deal will ensure that TMS covers all the ICC’s major events through to the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India – including the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in 2021 and the men’s and women’s ICC World Twenty20 events.


ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “Next year is going to be as big as it gets as fans look forward to the ICC Cricket World Cup with anticipation. That the ball-by-ball coverage of the tournament will be broadcast on BBC Test Match Special is great news, it is part of the fabric of our game and has tremendous reach on multiple platforms across the United Kingdom.”


Ajay Sethi, Chairman – Channel 2 Group Corporation, said: “BBC TMS has an incredible fan base, who have been enjoying cricket coverage for over 60 years, and so we are thrilled to have partnered with TMS until 2023. We now look forward to securing additional radio broadcasters to ensure all cricket fans worldwide are given the chance to listen to coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.”


Ben Gallop, Head of BBC Radio and Digital Sport, commented: “The iconic Test Match Special is, undoubtedly, the home of cricket of the radio. We’re in for a truly exciting summer next year, and I’m really pleased that we can offer our dedicated listeners comprehensive coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Our ball-by-ball commentary will ensure fans won’t miss a moment of the action on 5 live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website.”


On securing radio commentary rights to next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup, TMS commentator Jonathan Agnew said: “Summer 2019 is set to be an action-packed and exciting one. It’s fantastic news for our loyal army of fans that TMS will be covering the World Cup as it’s played in England and Wales. And with a Home Ashes Series to follow it, Test Match Special will be the only place to hear commentary of every ball played.”

Tarun Chauhan takes cricketing to a new level, sets world record for largest consumer engagement

(L-R) Tarun Chauhan with Kapil Dev at the flag off of wonder sath 7

(L-R) Tarun Chauhan with Kapil Dev at the flag off of wonder sath 7


Tarun Singh Chauhan, the quintessential Hyderabadi and a well-known sr. advertising professional is a man about town these days in the marketing and cricketing fraternity for having conceived the world’s largest consumer engagement campaign – Wonder Saath 7: Cricket Mahotsav 2017.


This multi-state Cricket Mahotsav will involve 48,000 participants and 300 tosses simultaneously across the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat is unparalleled in the cricketing history of the world. With Kapil Dev as the the brand ambassador, Wonder Saath: 7 , now in 2nd edition and first as a multi-state tourney,  has received thumbs up from one and all from the marketing and  cricketing  world about the idea, execution and scale. Kudos to the man – Tarun Singh Chauhan, who conceived such a campaign and who never forgets to wears his Hyderabadi identity on the sleeves.


Hailing from Hyderabad, Tarun has represented Hyderabad team at different levels, and has served JWT as a Senior Partner. He now runs a marketing consultancy outfit called TSC Consulting.


Speaking about the large scale of Wonder Saath: 7 Cricket Mahotsav 2017, Tarun says, “The tournament is aimed at giving youngsters in the rural but a chance to play competitive cricket. The tournament was initiated keeping the consumer in mind and to involve people from all over the three states.”

“The best was to do so was through cricket and we have been able to draw in people from all walks of life including women, something that is truly remarkable”, said Tarun.


The 2017 edition was kicked off at Delhi last week by the legendary cricketer Kapil Dev who is also the brand ambassador for the event.

BCCI to include DRS on a trial basis during the Paytm India vs. England Test series, 2016

The Board of Control for Cricket in India will deploy the Decision Review System, in toto, in the forthcoming series between India and England starting from the 9th of Nov 2016, on a trial basis to evaluate the improvements made to the system, over a period of time


In the meeting with the ICC and the Hawkeye officials, the improvements made to the system were further evaluated by the BCCI team, who were satisfied that most of the concerns and suggestions that were expressed by BCCI over a period of time, were addressed to a significant extent.


The significant changes, which have been effected, include:


  • The introduction of ultramotion cameras will address issues with regard to calculating the predictive path which allows the ball tracking, to be more accurate.
  • Manual intervention to set the impact point has been controlled by the introduction of the ‘Ultra edge’, which has been approved by MIT and will help in determining the frame of impact.
  • Ultraedge also ensures that post impact balls do not affect the predicted path or impact point and hence the accuracy has been improved.
  • Earlier, there was a possibility that the operator would have missed a delivery and hence a LBW appeal could have been missed. Now, Hawkeye has developed the technology to record and save all images so that in case an operator fails to arm the tracking system, the images can be rewound and replayed.
  • Basis the recommendation from BCCI, additional cameras have been installed so that there is redundancy and also provide 100% reliable spin vision for DRS.


Anurag Thakur, President of BCCI, who was present throughout the presentation stated, “ We are happy to note that Hawkeye has institutionalised all the recommendations made by BCCI, and we confirm that this improved version of DRS will be used on a trial basis during the forthcoming series against England and based on the performance of the system and the feedback that we will receive, further continuation in forthcoming series will be decided. We recognise the enhanced role of technology in sport and BCCI will lead such initiatives in coming days, and enrich the viewer experience.


Ajay Shirke, Hony. Secretary of BCCI said, “ With MIT endorsing the enhancements made in the system on the basis of recommendations made by the BCCI, we are convinced that such technology should be utilised in supporting correct decision making. While recognising that improvements in technology are ongoing, BCCI will continue to include any and all such path breaking interventions, to further the cause of the sport.

Remaining ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tickets to go on general sale later this month

The remaining tickets for ICC Champions Trophy 2017 matches will go on general sale later this month.

This follows the ticket application period which ran during September and saw 417,000 tickets applied for from fans across 60 countries. There was large demand for India v Pakistan, England v Australia and The Final, all of which were oversubscribed at every price band, along with the opening fixture between England and Bangladesh and India’s match against South Africa.

To ensure fair allocation, any oversubscribed matches were run through a ballot. Eleven of the fifteen matches had ballots run in at least one price band. Fans have been notified via e-mail if they have been successful with their ticket application. 

ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson, said: “This is superb response from cricket fans not just in the UK but from around the world. To see 11 of the 15 matches oversubscribed shows the popularity of the game and Champions Trophy format where every single match counts. I am delighted that this many tickets have been sold so far out from the tournament, it means we can now focus on selling the remaining tickets and creating the best possible atmosphere at every game.”

While five matches will not go back on general sale, additional tickets are expected to become available in the spring following the return of any that are not required by tournament stakeholders. There will also be a resale function made available from February 2017 for fans to sell any unwanted tickets at face value to other fans.   

 Steve Elworthy, Tournament Director of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, said: “We are delighted with the great response we have had from fans wanting to be part of the tournament next summer. With availability for 10 matches, including England and India fixtures, people still have the chance to buy tickets to watch the world’s best teams in what promises to deliver exciting cricket.

 “So far fans have only been told what matches they have got tickets for and will be told full allocation details, such as seat and stand, closer to the tournament. This means that any tickets currently being advertised on secondary ticketing sites with allocation details listed are misleading and cannot be guaranteed. We are monitoring this situation with the ICC and are taking the appropriate legal measures against these sites. We strongly recommend that cricket fans around the world buy their tickets only via the official site at”

 The remaining tickets will go on general sale on a first come, first served basis at 2pm on Thursday 27 October via There is currently varied availability for the following matches

·       New Zealand v Australia at Edgbaston on Friday 2 June

·       Sri Lanka v South Africa at The Oval on Saturday 3 June

·       Australia v Bangladesh at The Oval on Monday 5 June

·       England v New Zealand at Cardiff Wales Stadium on Tuesday 6 June

·       Pakistan v South Africa at Edgbaston on Wednesday 7 June

·       India v Sri Lanka at The Oval on Thursday 8 June

·       New Zealand v Bangladesh at Cardiff Wales Stadium on Friday 9 June

·       Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Cardiff Wales Stadium on Monday 12 June

·       Semi Final A1 v B2 at Cardiff Wales Stadium on Wednesday 14 June

·       Semi Final A2 v B1 at Edgbaston on Thursday 15 June 

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 sees the top eight-ranked ODI sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2014 go head-to-head in a short and sharp, nation versus nation tournament from 1-18 June at three iconic cricket venues in England & Wales.

 The Oval will stage the opening match of the tournament on 1 June as well as the Final on 18 June. Cardiff Wales Stadium will host four matches, including the first semi-final on 14 June, while Edgbaston will host four matches, including the India v Pakistan and Australia v England matches as well as the second semi-final.

 October will also see the first tickets for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 go on sale via The ballot to apply for tickets to the Final opens on Thursday 20 October and closes on Tuesday 1 November. It’s an opportunity for fans to be part of the tournaments showpiece on Sunday 23 July 2017 and watch two of the world’s best teams battle it out for the right to lift the trophy at Lord’s. Ticket prices start at £20 for adults, £10 for students (aged between 17 and 23-years-old) and £5 for under-16s. The match schedule and further ticket information will be announced in November.

Indian Premier League Media Rights ITT gets massive response

The Indian Premier League Media Right ITT has received a massive response from the leading media and technology companies. The ITT document was available for purchase from September 19 to October 18, 2016.


The Media Rights bid submission process will happen on October 25, 2016.


BCCI President, Lt. Anurag Thakur said: “This is going to be a historical moment for Indian Cricket. I am pleased to see the overwhelming response from the media and technology companies for IPL Media Rights. With the global trends of showcasing content on multiple platforms becoming increasingly important – TV, Internet and Mobile rights are up for grabs together this time. To have as many as 18 prospective bidders in the fray reinstates the faith of market forces in Indian Premier League.”


Mr. Ajay Shirke, Hony. Secretary said: “This is a significant step for the Board, and we are excited to have 18 prospective bidders for IPL Media Rights. Our intention is to ensure the most comprehensive coverage of the IPL across the globe.”


The complete list of entities that have purchased the ITT is as under:


S.No. Name of the Entities
1 Star India Pvt. Ltd.
2 Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd.
3 Followon Interactive Media Pvt. Ltd.
4 Taj TV India Pvt. Ltd.
5 Sony Pictures Networks Pvt. Ltd.
6 Times Internet Ltd.
7 Supersport International (Pty) Ltd.
8 Reliance Jio Digital Services Pvt. Ltd.
10 GroupM Media India Pvt. Ltd.
11 beIN IP Ltd.
12 Econet Media Ltd.
13 SKY UK Ltd.
14 ESPN Digital Media (India) Pvt. Ltd
15 BTG Legal Services
17 Twitter Inc.
18 Facebook Inc.