Confirmation of one of the worst scandals in football history appears to be sitting in plain sight, published last week on the website of FIFA, the sport's global governing body. The admission exists in a couple of lines referencing three notorious former football officials, dropped casually into a long decision justifying the lifetime ban of one of them. FIFA cautions that people should not read too much into it. But it's there, for the first time, posted publicly in an official FIFA document. Question: Which officials were to receive money for their votes in connection with the Qatar selection? Answer: Ricardo Teixeira, Nicolas Leoz and Julio Grondona. As secrets go, it was not a well-kept one. Many journalists have published the accusation that bribery helped deliver the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Investigations have probed it. The U.S. Department of Justice built indictments based on it. But the one organization that would never bring itself to admit that bribes had been paid … [Read more...] about Hidden In Plain Sight: Did FIFA Accidentally Confirm a World Cup Bribery Scandal?
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LEEDS: Englishman Ian Gould will bring down curtains on his umpiring career after officiating for the last time during India's clash with Sri Lanka at the ongoing World Cup at Headingley here, the ICC said. Gould finishes his career having umpired in 74 Tests, while the India vs Sri Lanka match here is his 140th ODI. Gould, who has now officiated in his fourth ICC Men's World Cup, was one of the umpires at the 2011 World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan in Mohali. An accomplished wicket-keeper, Gould called time on his playing career in the 1990s and then took up a coaching role with Middlesex. As a player, he kept wickets for England at the 1983 World Cup, playing 18 ODIs in total. He has played more than 600 combined first class and List A games. Nicknamed Gunner due to his time in the Arsenal youth set-up before settling into cricket, Gould played for Sussex, Middlesex and even had a spell in New Zealand with Auckland. However, it is as an umpire that he perhaps … [Read more...] about Umpire Ian Gould to retire after India’s World Cup clash against Sri Lanka
The likes of KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant will be aiming to cement their places in the squad as India continue auditions for next year’s T20 World Cup when they take on the West Indies in a three-match T20 series, starting on Friday. India will continue their preparations for the T20 World Cup in Australia and many players, whose places are not yet secure, will try to impress the team management and selectors with their performances against the West Indies. One such name is Rahul. In the absence of injured opener Shikhar Dhawan, the series will provide the stylish right-handed batsman, who holds a good record in T20s, a very good opportunity to secure his place as Rohit Sharma’s partner up the order. In 31 T20 Internationals, Rahul has amassed 974 runs at an average of 42.74 with 110 not out being his highest score. He is also a prolific scorer in the IPL.Also read: India are the No.1 team, not focused on individuals - Kieron … [Read more...] about India vs West Indies: Focus on KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant as auditions continue for next year’s T20 World Cup
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said he has “some thoughts” with regards to the Indian team going in to next year’s T20 World Cup which he will soon discuss with captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri. India will lock horns with the West Indies in a three-match T20 International series from Friday in Hyderabad. “If we are chasing very well in T20 cricket. We need to do the same when batting first. I have some thoughts which I will share with Virat, Ravi and the management. We haven’t played many T20 internationals and I am confident by the World Cup we will be absolutely ready,” Ganguly said while unveiling Sharmistha Gooptu’s book “Menoka Has Hanged Herself”. The former captain, however, did not elaborate on the plans he has on his mind. The T20 World Cup will be held in October-November next year in Australia. Speaking on India topping the charts in the Test rankings Ganguly … [Read more...] about Have some thoughts for T20 World Cup, will discuss with Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri: Sourav Ganguly
Kolkata: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said he has "some thoughts" with regards to the Indian team going in to next year's T20 World Cup which he will soon discuss with captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri. India will lock horns with the West Indies in a three-match T20 International series from Friday in Hyderabad. “We are chasing very well in T20 cricket. We need to do the same when batting first. I have some thoughts which I will share with Virat, Ravi and the management. We haven't played many T20 internationals and I am confident by the World Cup we will be absolutely ready," Ganguly said on the sidelines of a promotional event here. The former captain, however, did not elaborate on the pans he has on his mind. The T20 World Cup will be held in October-November next year in Australia. Speaking on India topping the charts in the Test rankings Ganguly heaped praise on the team and said it has the potential to … [Read more...] about Ganguly to share plans for T20 World Cup with Kohli, Shastri