Cricket News Former Indian cricket captain Ajit Wadekar passes away at 77


first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Mumbai: Former cricket captain Ajit Wadekar, who led India to their first overseas wins in England and West Indies, passed away on Wednesday after prolonged illness.He was 77 and is survived by his wife Rekha, two sons and a daughter.He breathed his last at the Jaslok Hospital in South Mumbai.The aggressive batsman was a trailblazer in Indian cricket despite a mere 37 Test appearances, leading India to triumphs in England and the West Indies in 1971.Also Read | Somnath Chatterjee – a man of extraordinary wit and unflinching honesty Wadekar scored 2,113 runs in his Test career, including one hundred.He was also India’s first ODI captain, although he appeared in just two matches.Wadekar also served as India’s manager in the ‘90s during Mohammed Azharuddin’s tenure as captain. He later went on to become the chairman of selectors as well. last_img read more

PNG boxers to return today from Olympic qualifiers


first_imgThe four – Andrew Aisaga in the 69kg division, Charles Keama 52kg, Thadius Katua 60kg and Jonathan Keama 75kg all lost their fights in their preliminary bouts on points.National boxing coach Joe Aufa said the team will now await the national federation (PNG Boxing Union) and the PNG Olympic Committee to decide what their next assignment is.”Whatever decision they make is up to them but for us, the boxers must continue to train because this part of our elite squad and we must be ready for whatever competition that becomes available,” said Aufa, a Star 2 AIBA accredited coach.He added that it had been a great campaign for the team.“While we did not achieve our goal of qualifying for the Olympics, the boxers gave it their best shot.“Not getting Katua’s bout awarded to us when we thought we had clearly won was quite disappointing but it did not only happen to us, other countries also had such bad luck too,” said Aufa.He said the country could be still be proud that all of PNG’s boxers lost on points unlike other countries that were outclassed with their bouts abandoned early in the 3 min X 3 rounds contest.”We really cannot ponder on that anymore but at least we are confident that our boxers are improving to world standards,” said Aufa.last_img read more

Man Utd announce plans to form professional women’s team


first_img0Shares0000Manchester United are setting up a senior women’s team © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 22 – Manchester United have announced plans to form a women’s professional team after long being criticised for lagging behind their rivals.The Premier League giants are the only top-flight club in England without a senior women’s team. United said they had submitted an application to the Football Association to join the second tier of the Women’s Super League.“We are pleased to announce that the club intends to establish its first-ever professional women’s team and has submitted an application to enter WSL2,” said Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.“The FA has provided excellent support through the process and we believe that launching a team in WSL2 would give many more of our graduates from the regional talent club the chance to establish themselves as first-team players.“The Manchester United women’s team must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men’s first team and offer academy players a clear route to top-level football within the club.”Ex-United player and current England women’s coach Phil Neville recently called on his former club to form a women’s team.Sports minister Tracey Crouch praised Manchester United for “finally dragging themselves into the 21st century” in the House of Commons on Thursday.Commons Speaker John Bercow, an avid Arsenal fan, chimed in, saying: “They are light years behind Arsenal.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more