During IPL, women’s T20 event with maximum 3 teams

first_imgDuring IPL, women’s T20 event with maximum 3 teamsThree women’s team will play spread over seven to 10 days during the IPL 2019, while a full fledged women’s IPL is still a long shot as the BCCI is finding it extremely difficult to get investors or team biddersadvertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 13:22 IST Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur led two teams in the previous edition of IPL in 2018 (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThree women’s team will play spread over seven to 10 days before the men’s gamesSmriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur led IPL Trailblazers and IPL Supernovas in 2018A full fledged women’s IPL is still a long shot as BCCI haven’t found investorsFrom one exhibition match last year, the women’s participation in the IPL is set to become a three-team affair spread over seven to 10 days with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) mulling an expansion this year.However, the full fledged women’s IPL is still a long shot as, according to an official, the BCCI is finding it extremely difficult to get good investors or team bidders.Last year, the BCCI organised one exhibition match with two teams — IPL Trailblazers and IPL Supernovas led by Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur respectively.This year, the parent body, currently run by the Supreme Court-appointed two-member CoA, wants to scale it up a bit in order to set the ball rolling for a women’s IPL in a few years’ time.”Yes, the women’s T20 matches will be held this year also. It will be a week to 10 days affair during the men’s IPL. Once the BCCI gets clearance from the election commission and Home Ministry on dates, the itinerary will be fixed,” a senior board functionary told PTI on conditions of anonymity.However, the official said it would be difficult to have more than three teams considering the “quality” of India’s bench strength in women’s cricket.”At the max, we can have three teams with Harmanpreet, Smriti and may be Mithali (for this year) leading the sides. They play against each other once and the top two play a tournament decider. It could be a seven-day affair,” the official said.”BCCI would decide the teams as there aren’t any proper bidders who are interested in buying women’s teams. Yes, we might rope in a few good sponsors,” he said.advertisement”So at the moment, the BCCI will have to pay the players, including the match fees of foreign players, along with a decent prize money,” he added.Even if it’s a three team affair with 14 players a side, the BCCI will need at least 30 Indian women who could measure up for a top flight league cricket.The problem that BCCI faces, according to insiders, is that a sub-standard A team has failed to become a supply line for the main team.”Kindly check when most of the senior team girls have made their debuts and how many new performers we have got save Jemimah Rodrigues. Recently an India A team lost by 300 plus runs against Australia which tells you the story about our second string,” the official said.The other factor will be convincing Star Sports to broadcast the event or atleast live stream it.There is a school of thought that women’s matches should be held at second-tier centres to get good crowds but during the IPL, to have another set of crew managing a women’s event may turn out to be a massive logistical task.So it will either be a 4 match before the men’s game or a 7 pm match a day before the men’s game at one of the IPL venues.Also Read | India lose series as Suzie Bates leads New Zealand to 4-wicket win in 2nd T20IFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Women’s IPLFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow BCCIFollow COAlast_img read more

Diaspora leader upbeat after Sri Lanka visit

Q: What led you to visit Si Lanka when some others in the Tamil diaspora still feel it’s not safe?A: My long self-exile was caused by the then-media misunderstanding my role as a Catholic priest giving voice on behalf of my victimized people. When churches and schools were bombed and innocent people were dying in large numbers, as a Christian priest and vicar general, I spoke out against the bombings. This was seen as supportive of the LTTE which was fighting a war against the state forces. But the South and all media saw it as supporting terrorism, and abused me with all lies.Now there is a change of government for the better. The former government had even a web page in which I was falsely portrayed as a terrorist and an enemy of Sri Lanka. But the new government, supported to power by us too, invited me to come back and help Sri Lanka towards recovery and reconciliation. It has delisted some in the diaspora but not all. I wish soon others too be delisted to enable the diaspora in rebuilding Sri Lanka as an island of peaceful coexistence. Q: How did you feel, returning to Sri Lanka after so many years?A: My last visit was in Feb 2005 soon after the Tsunami to distribute help to all coastal areas from Point Pedro to Kalmunai. Since I scan all newspapers of Colombo daily, I was not surprised to see some good changes, such as freedom of movement and of views. After the long conflict and war, a lot needs to be done. I think the present government has a unique chance to build up all that was lost. Q: Do you see and feel real change on the ground?A: I have not visited the South, but the North devastated by war has some form of peace mixed with fears, frustrations and uncertainty. Fears, because of the large military still withholding people’s lands and limiting livelihoods of people; frustrations are seen through prolonged protests against promises unfulfilled with respect to missing persons and incarcerations of innocents without trial. Q: There is a concern among some groups in the North that the process to draft a new Constitution has ignored the aspirations of the Tamils. What is your understanding of the situation? A: The drafting of a new Constitution undertaken by the present unity-government is not an easy one-party majority achievement, as happened earlier drafting of constitutions. Here the new government is trying to get the consensus of all the parties in parliament as well as all sections of the people.The interim draft is the first step towards achieving the goals of a peaceful coexistence of all peoples reconciled with one another and progressing in all aspects of life. It has some good points and does not contain all aspirations of the Tamil people as well as of the Sinhala people. Hence open discussion to move forward towards a win-win solution must be aimed. Those who view it selfishly only on one side are disappointed, but we have to understand the difficulties on both sides, without losing hope make the best out of these proposals. Q: Could you tell us who you met while in Sri Lanka and what key message you conveyed to them?A: I met government leaders, some High Commissioners, Church leaders and some civil society leaders who I thought will help towards reconciliation and peace. In all meetings I asked their help not to lose this unique chance towards a solution of the national conflict and pave the way for a peaceful coexistence of all people. Q: Following your visit what role do you see for the Tamil diaspora in Sri Lanka?A: The Tamil diaspora must not only visit Sri Lanka for a holiday, but seriously contribute to the rebuilding of the country, especially the marginalized victims of the North and East. Instead of building only their old schools or temples/churches, they should help the marginalized poor and invest in projects to offer jobs for our youth. by  Easwaran Rutnam He also called on the Tamil diaspora to not just visit Sri Lanka for a holiday, but seriously contribute to the rebuilding of the country. The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first visit since a ban on him was lifted.The President of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Father S. J. Emmanuel told The Sunday Leader there are some ‘good changes’ to be seen in the country, yet a lot more needs to be done. Q: This government is still protecting former military officers who were involved in the war and have been accused of committing war crimes. Should there be pressure to investigate those officers as well or should the past be in the past?A: Although the President as head of the state forces promises protecting them as past heroes, but such blanket cover of impunity for all, including the alleged criminals, will not do good for the county. The new Army commander seems to have a different and better idea of justice for the alleged criminals Q: Can this government be trusted to deliver justice for alleged war crimes?A: Justice for alleged war crimes! Yes we too have worked hard to get the whole past examined on the basis of truth, justice, accountability, transitional justice towards reconciliation. Although the SLG has finally cosponsored and agreed to the UNHRC resolution, it is weak in explaining to the people and making it acceptable to them. Internationally the SLG is able to hold a good face, but on the ground progress is very slow and minimal. More has to be done to enlighten and win over the extremist forces in the south read more