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CPL: FIXTURES FOR THE 2022 OF MEN & WOMEN CONFIRMED
Sports Bulletin Report GUYANA:-The fixtures for the 2022 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the inaugural Women’s Caribbean Premier League (WCPL) have been confirmed. The tournament will visit St Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago and culminate in the final in Guyana. The opening day of the tournament will see the Trinbago Knight Riders Women take on the Barbados Royals women before the current Men’s champions, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, begin their title defense against the Jamaica Tallawahs. Pete Russell, CPL’s CEO, said: “It is very exciting to be able to confirm the fixtures for this season with this announcement being all the more special with the WCPL taking place for the first time in 2022. We can’t wait to be back travelling around the Caribbean and we are looking forward to welcoming our wonderful fans back into the stadiums across the region.”   Hero CPL 2022 Fixtures St Kitts & Nevis Wednesday 31 August, 3pm Trinbago Knight Riders Women vs Barbados Royals Women Wednesday 31 August, 7pm St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Men vs Jamaica Tallawahs Men Thursday 1 September, 10am Saint Lucia Kings Men vs Trinbago Knight Riders Men Thursday 1 September, 3pm Guyana Amazon Warriors Women vs Trinbago Knight Riders Women Thursday 1 September, 7pm St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Men vs Barbados Royals Men Saturday 3 September, 10am Jamaica Tallawahs Men vs Guyana Amazon Warriors Men Saturday 3 September, 3pm Barbados Royals Women vs Guyana Amazon Warriors Women Saturday 3 September, 7pm St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Men vs Trinbago Knight Riders Men Sunday 4 September, 10am Barbados Royals Men vs Saint Lucia Kings Men Sunday 4 September, 2:30pm WOMEN’S FINAL   Sunday 4 September, 7pm St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Men vs Guyana Amazon Warriors Men Saint Lucia  Wednesday 7 September, 10am Barbados Royals Men vs Trinbago Knight Riders Men Wednesday 7 September, 7pm St Lucia Kings Men vs Jamaica Tallawahs Men Thursday  8 September, 10am  Guyana Amazon Warriors Men vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Men Thursday  8 September, 7pm Saint Lucia Kings Men vs Barbados Royals Men Saturday 10 September, 10am Jamaica Tallawahs Men vs Trinbago Knight Riders Men Saturday 10 September, 7pm Saint Lucia Kings Men vs Guyana Amazon Warriors Men Sunday 11 September, 10am Jamaica Tallawahs Men vs Barbados Royals Men Sunday 11 September, 7pm Saint Lucia Kings Men vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Men Trinidad Tuesday 13 September, 7pm Trinbago Knight Riders Men vs Barbados Royals Men Wednesday 14 September 10am Jamaica Tallawahs Men vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Men Wednesday 14 September, 7pm Trinbago Knight Riders Men vs Guyana Amazon Warriors Men Thursday 15 September, 10am Barbados Royals Men vs Jamaica Tallawahs Men Saturday 17  September, 10am St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Men vs Saint Lucia Kings Men Saturday 17  September, 7pm Trinbago Knight Riders Men vs Jamaica Tallawahs Men Sunday 18 September, 10am Barbados Royals Men vs Guyana Amazon Warriors Men Sunday 18 September, 7pm Trinbago Knight Riders Men vs Saint Lucia Kings Men Guyana Wednesday 21 September, 10am Barbados Royals Men vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Men Wednesday 21 September, 7pm Guyana Amazon Warriors Men vs Jamaica Tallawahs Men Thursday 22 September, 10am Trinbago Knight Riders Men vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Men Thursday 22 September, 7pm Guyana Amazon Warriors Men vs Saint Lucia Kings Men Saturday 24 September, 7pm Guyana Amazon Warriors Men vs Trinbago Knight Riders Men Sunday 25 September, 10am Jamaica Tallawahs Men vs Saint Lucia Kings Men Sunday 25 September, 7pm Guyana Amazon Warriors Men vs Barbados Royals Men Tuesday 27 September, 10am Qualifier 1 -  1st place finisher vs 2nd place finisher Tuesday 27 September, 7pm Eliminator – 3rd place finisher vs 4th place finisher Wednesday 28 September, 7pm Qualifier 2 – Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier 1  Friday 30 September, 7pm Final – Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2       
The Hundred unveils blockbuster music line-up
Sports Bulletin Report LONDON:-Tthe line-up is topped by multi-platinum British pop-rock band Bastille, who will take to the stage at The Hundred men’s and women’s final at Lord’s on Saturday 3 September has been announced. They are joined by some of the freshest names on the UK music scene including Samm Henshaw, Katy J Pearson, Priya Ragu, English Teacher, Jordan Mackampa, Tamera, Lottery Winners, Mace The Great, Queen Millz, Casey Lowry and many more. For the second year running, the live music at all 34 games of The Hundred has been curated in collaboration with BBC Music Introducing. The partnership connects sports fans with both new and established artists who began their career on the BBC Music Introducing platform. The artists will perform in front of large audiences at some of the UK’s biggest cricket grounds, including Lord’s (London), The Kia Oval (London), Edgbaston (Birmingham), Emirates Old Trafford (Manchester), Sophia Gardens (Cardiff), Headingley (Leeds), Ageas Bowl (Southampton) and Trent Bridge (Nottingham). Kicking off on 3 August, The Hundred is cricket’s high-octane competition which fuses world class cricket with spectacular entertainment. The competition gives fans the chance to watch some of the best players in the world compete alongside epic music performances in a high energy, family-friendly environment. Brit and NME award-winning pop-rock band, Bastille, said: “We are really looking forward to being part of The Hundred Final this year. Woody in particular is a big cricket fan and loves what The Hundred has brought to the summer sporting schedule. Needless to say, we can't wait to be there!” In its first year in 2021, The Hundred attracted some of the biggest names in UK music including Becky Hill, Everything Everything, and Self Esteem, plus breakthrough acts such as Sports Team and Lauran Hibberd who are now on everyone’s playlists. 2022’s line up is set to be an equally big hit with new and existing fans of the game. Sophie Ecclestone, Manchester Originals star said: “The music last year was amazing, Lizelle and myself even had time for a little dance to Becky Hill during the opening game! It added so much to the competition and showed The Hundred is all about unmissable action on and off the pitch. I can’t wait to get a front row seat this summer and hopefully we can be dancing to Bastille after winning the competition.”
Tournament Ambassador Chris Gayle to focus on 6IXTY in 2022
Sports Bulletin Report Basseterre (St Kitts):-The 6IXTY announced that Chris Gayle, the leading T20 player of all time, will be the Brand Ambassador for the new 60-ball tournament which gets underway in St Kitts & Nevis on August 24, 2022. The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Chris Gayle have confirmed that he will not play in CPL this year, to concentrate instead on The 6IXTY for the 2022 season. Gayle said: “I am going for the shorter format this year. I am genuinely excited about the current innovations in the 6ixty and seeing how they play out. In particular I am looking forward to the mystery team ball and hitting two sixes in the first 12 balls to unlock a third PowerPlay over.” Gayle, the self-proclaimed Universe Boss, will be playing in the tournament and will be acting as host for the six teams. Gayle has the most runs, most hundreds, most sixes and the most scores of fifty or more in T20 cricket so he perfectly suits Cricket’s Power Game. The tournament will feature six men’s teams and three women’s teams who will be fighting for their own version of the Universe Boss Trophy, named in Chris Gayle’s honour.
UAE International League T20 to stage next year January-February 2023
Sports Bulletin Report Dubai (UAE):-Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has today confirmed that the inaugural ILT20 will be held from January 6 to February 12 next year 2023. The new cricket league will be named “International League T20” or “ILT20”. Chairman ECB, Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan said:  “Emirates Cricket Board is delighted to welcome Reliance Industries, Kolkata Knight Riders, Capri Global, GMR, Lancer Capital, Adani Sportsline, broadcaster ZEE and all other stakeholders to the newly established T20 League of UAE.  Through the commitment of these partners they have demonstrated confidence in the Emirates Cricket Board as we take the game into the future”. “As we begin this long journey I am confident that together we will achieve new heights and in the process provide entertainment and excitement to the millions of fans around the globe who are waiting for the first ball of the UAE T20 League to be bowled.” “On behalf of ECB let me assure everyone that whilst being entertained on field with cricket, you will also be entertained by our traditional UAE hospitality off the field.” The six-team franchise-style League will be played over a 34-match schedule at world-renowned, world-class venues of UAE. The first event is scheduled to be played between the window of 6th January and 12th February 2023.The tournament will also provide a valuable platform for Emirates Cricket to take developing their local talent to a higher level, where UAE-based players currently integrated in the Board’s program, as well as those identified by the High Performance Coaching and Selection Committee teams, will be given the opportunity to train and play alongside some of the world’s best minds of today’s game. Khalid Al Zarooni, Chairman, ILT20 said: “Emirates Cricket, and the UAE, has a proven history of identifying and embracing initiatives that underpin the success of the game. It is vitally important, that through this tournament UAE-based players continue to flourish which is one of the objectives of this League.” “The ILT20 wishes to thank His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Chairman of ECB for his unstinting support to UAE cricket which, under his guidance, has been growing from strength to strength. We look forward to introducing to the world a T20 event that will provide unmatched competition and entertainment to the ardent followers of this game.” Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Chairman, Selection Committee ECB said: “The annual ILT20 event presents an excellent exposure for our players given the highly intense and competitive nature of the league. Each of the six teams in the 34-match tournament will be providing a wonderful opportunity for our young cricketers to play competitive cricket with world-class players.” “Further, such a unique international league would play a big role in attracting and nurturing a larger pool of players who will go on to represent the UAE in the years to come. We look forward to the inaugural event and our players taking full advantage of the opportunity.” 
Largest cricket jersey was made within nine days
BIPIN DANI The world's largest cricket jersey (66 m x 42 m), which got Guinness record recognition in the IPL final in Ahmedabad on Sunday, was prepared within nine days by Mumbai's Flag Company. The idea was conceptualized by the IPL owners. "Well, something like this needs all hands-on deck. There wasn’t any one person at the flag company who wasn’t involved and didn’t contribute to this project. A 55-member team worked on this massive opportunity", Dalvir Singh Nagio, the company CEO, speaking exclusively, said. "After all a project like this required : immaculate planning, in time procurement, accurate designing and rendering, printing and stitching precision, smooth logistics and hardworking assembly line". The time frame given was 15 days but the company could finish the product within 9 days. "Printing (logos of all ten teams) and parts and piecing it together required a lot of trials and errors and massive effort. The semi-finished printed fabric was shipped to the location for assembly and the piece was stitched and brought together to shape and live at the venue. It was overwhelming and exciting all at once !", Nagi added. "It was a moment of pride and gave us goosebumps when the record was announced and exhibited and the entire nation applauded the effort. We felt ONE with the nation at that moment like a surreal dream", he signed off.
IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals (161/3) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (157/8) by 7 wickets
Sports Bulletin Report Ahmedabad (India):-The Rajasthan Royals (RR) marched to the finals of the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 with a comprehensive 7-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. A spectacular batting display by Jos Buttler, who slammed his fourth century of the season, powered RR to a clinical 7-wicket win and sealed their spot for the final. Chasing 158 to win, RR were off to a flier after Yashasvi Jaiswal whacked two sixes and a four in the first over. Jos Buttler at the other end took Siraj to the cleaners and punched two fours and a massive six. RR added 19 off the fifth over after Buttler attacked Shahbaz Ahmed’s spin in the 5th over. Josh Hazlewood provided the opening wicket for RCB after Jaiswal was caught at point but RR were going strong with 67/1 at the end of the powerplay. Buttler creamed a four to reach his fifty and was joined by skipper Sanju Samson. The duo continued the easy flow of runs and RR were comfortably placed at the halfway stage at 103/1 after 10 overs. The fifty partnership was up for the second wicket before the RR skipper was out stumped against Hasaranga. The equation was down to run-a-ball for RR as Devdutt Padikkal joined the well-set Buttler at the crease. After a couple of quiet overs, Buttler clubbed two sixes against Hasaranga to bring the equation down to 18 off 24. While the RR opener moved into the nineties, Hazlewood scalped his second wicket to dismiss Padikkal, who was caught behind in the 17th over. Buttler reached his fourth century of the season and finished the game in style with a maximum as RR successfully chased down the target with 11 balls to spare. Earlier, RCB were put in to bat first as both teams remained unchanged. Virat Kohli hit the first six of the innings before the RCB opener was caught behind off Trent Boult’s bowling.Rajat Patidar, who joined skipper Faf du Plessis at the crease, played two exceptional shots for four in the final over of the powerplay and was given a reprieve as RCB moved to 46/1. The fifty partnership was up for the second wicket but RR kept things tight with the ball as RCB were placed at 74/1 at the halfway mark.Obed McCoy put an end to the partnership after dismissing du Plessis, who was caught at short-third man. New batter Glenn Maxwell made an immediate impact with a straight six against Ashwin. The next over produced 15 runs after Maxwell crunched a four and six each against Chahal. However Obed McCoy’s brilliant catch in the outfield off Boult put an end to Maxwell’s quick-fire knock. Patidar reached his fifty in style with a maximum but the explosive right-handed batter was caught at long-off in an attempt to clear the ropes against Ashwin. McCoy scalped his second wicket to dismiss Mahipal Lomror and RCB were 146/5 with two overs to go. Prasidh Krishna dismissed Karthik and Wanindu Hasaranga on consecutive deliveries in the penultimate over. Only three runs were conceded in the final over of the innings, bowled by Obed McCoy, who took his third wicket in the form of Harshal Patel as RCB posted 157/8 in the first innings.  Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 161/3 (Jos Buttler 106*, Sanju Samson 23; Josh Hazlewood 2-23) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 157/8 (Rajat Patidar 58, Faf du Plessis 25; Prasidh Krishna 3-22) by 7 wickets.
Life has changed in three months for Rajat Patidar
BIPIN DANI Gujarati surname (Patidar), Madhya Pradesh-born (Indore), playing for a Bangalore-based Royal Challengers team, fought against Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow Super Giants team and made fireworks happen in Bengal. It was enough content for half of India to watch Rajat Patidar. In February this year, Rajat Patidar was not picked up by any IPL team and went unsold. The fortune changed later and was called as a replacement for the injured Luvinth Sisodia for the remainder of IPL 2022. On Wednesday he won the Player of the Match in Eliminator. Rajat Patidar's parents (father Manohar and mother Rekha) watched the match on TV. "To be honest, we didn't expect this firework from him. We thought he would score about 50 runs yesterday but we were pleasantly surprised with his ton", the father, who is in the business of selling pumps and machinery, said over the telephone from Indore.  Incidentally, this was Rajat's first hundred in a T-20 match. And that too, his unbeaten 112 runs in 54 balls, which included 7 sixes and 12 fours. "We were a bit disappointed when he was out in the nineties in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy last year but that disappointment was overcome by a message from Virat Kohli welcoming him in the IPL team. This year, however, Patidar was one of the many uncapped players who registered for the IPL 2022 mega-auction. Since he had a decent outing with the Royal Challengers Bangalore last year, many fans expected him to earn an IPL deal this year as well. However, none of the franchises bid for him. Midway during the season, Luvnith Sisodia was ruled out due to an injury, prompting RCB to sign Patidar as a replacement player. “My son had a dream of playing the IPL. The RCB team has always been his favorite because of  Virat Kohli. Luckily, he got a chance to play with him. He loved being with the team". Virat Kohli was seen as the happiest man from the RCB dug out for the Rajat Patidar century. Kohli jumped off his seat and moved his arms around animatedly after Patidar crossed the 100-run mark with a terrific six through the on-side. Rajat's elder married sister Sunita, now a housewife like her mother, was a College professor before marriage but Rajat was not in studies. "Even before the IPL began in 2008, Rajat, 14 then, was more focused on the T-20s. Even after the ACL reconstruction surgery to his right knee in 2014, he did not give up hope of playing the game", father says. According to Rajat's childhood coach Ram Atee at the Vijay Cricket Club in Indore, Rajat is a very very shy person. "He never talks too much but lets his game talk. He hardly mingles with his friends. He doesn't want to lead the Madhya Pradesh team. He was offered the captaincy time and again but has been refusing". Life has changed in three months for Rajat. Better good news will be when he gets married this year. "It will be an arranged marriage. The girl of our Patidar Samaj has already been chosen", the father informs, adding, "it is Rajat's insistence not to share the family photos". Father laughed off the suggestion to change his son's name from Rajat (Silver) to Gold Patidar.
Royal College staff is wondering: How one time good school boy turned to be a bad imaged boy
BIPIN DANI The staff at the Royal College in Colombo are wondering how their "one time good boy" Kamil Mishara has become such a bad boy that he was sent home from the tour of Bangladesh. "We are shocked at the recent incident where disciplinary action is being initiated against Kamil Mishara", Riyaz Aliher, the Assistant principal, who is also in charge of all sports in the college, said over the telephone from Colombo. Incidentally, two years ago it was Riyaz Aliher, who had counselled Mishara when he was penalised for misbehaving under the influence of liquor on the Under-19 tour. "I had mentored him then and he reformed a lot thereafter. Kamil comes from a poor family from Panadura, the South of Colombo", the Asstt. Principal added. "Kamil was a great student at our college, which is the number one state college in Sri Lanka. He was at our college for about five years. Royal College had identified his talents and took him with the ministry approval. He had won the Best SchoolBoy Cricketer of the Year award". "I will be speaking to him at the earliest and will try to find out what exactly he did so as the team management had decided to send him back from the tour",  Riyaz Aliher signed off.
ZEE Signs Global Media Rights Contract with UAE T20 League
Sports Bulletin Report Dubai (UAE):-UAE’s T20 League has inked a long-term global media rights’ contract with global media and entertainment powerhouse ZEE. The League will air exclusively on ZEE’s linear channels and its OTT platform ZEE5, in India and across the world. UAE’s T20 League is a professional cricket tournament comprising 6 teams competing in a 34-match competition, including - Reliance Industries Limited, Adani Sportsline, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lancer Capital, GMR Group and Capri Global. Khalid Al Zarooni, Chairman UAE’s T20 League said: “Nothing can be more satisfying than to have a credible broadcast partner like ZEE associated with the League. I am thankful to both Punit Goenka, MD & CEO and Rahul Johri, President - Business South Asia at ZEE for having faith in this League and to grow into a commercially successful enterprise. It is further a matter of delight that ZEE has decided to re-enter sports broadcast with UAE’s T20 League being the first media rights acquisition. We are very confident that ZEE has the strength of viewership to take our League to unmatched levels.” Rahul Johri, President – Business, South Asia said: “At ZEE, we are delighted to be the official global media rights holder of UAE’s T20 League. We believe that the League, which is already attracting globally, the biggest cricket stars and team franchisees, will provide fantastic cricket and entertainment to viewers across the world. ZEE is committed to use the strength of its platforms to take UAE’s T20 League to audiences in India and across the globe.” Mubashshir Usmani, General Secretary ECB said: “ECB wishes both UAE’s T20 League and ZEE well for entering into this partnership. We recognize and appreciate the massive reach of ZEE’s channels and their Digital media platform which will benefit the League in terms of viewership. The tournament will also provide a valuable platform for Emirates Cricket to develop the local talent and to provide players the opportunity to train and play alongside the world’s best.”
IPL 2022: Royal Challengers Bangalore (170/2) beat Gujarat Titans (168/5) by eight wickets
Sports Bulletin Report Mumbai (India):-Virat Kohli starred with the bat while Glenn Maxwell put on a superb all-round show as the Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Gujarat Titans (GT) by 8 wickets in Match No. 67 of the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. Needing 169 runs to win, RCB rode their luck and made the most of it as du Plessis and Kohli kept the scorecard ticking and gave the team a solid start, scoring 55 runs in the powerplay. While du Plessis stayed put, Kohli was on a roll with the bat as he dealt with pace and spin with equal ease and completed his second fifty of the season in 33 balls. He and du Plessis continued their solid show with the bat and brought up the hundred-run opening stand in the 12th over.GT finally managed to break the opening stand as Rashid Khan dismissed the RCB skipper in the 15th over as Hardik Pandya took the catch. GT almost had another wicket in the same over but Glenn Maxwell enjoyed a stroke of luck as the bails, despite being struck by the ball, were not dislodged. The big-hitting right-hander then creamed two sixes and a four off Hardik in the next over. Rashid then got Kohli out in the 17th over but not before the stylish right-hander had scored a dazzling 73 off 54 balls in the chase, paving way to RCB’s victory. Maxwell, though, continued to his merry ways and hammered an unbeaten 40 off 18 balls as RCB registered their eighth win of the season, with 8 balls to spare. Earlier, GT, who elected to bat, brought in Lockie Ferguson in their Playing XI while and RCB picked Siddarth Kaul in place of Mohammed Siraj. While Wriddhiman Saha set the ball rolling for GT, hitting two fours and a six in the first over bowled by Kaul, RCB got their first breakthrough as Maxwell grabbed a stunner off Josh Hazlewood in the third over to dismiss Shubman Gill. Maxwell then struck with the ball, trapping Matthew Wade before the wickets to give RCB their second breakthrough in the powerplay.GT captain Hardik Pandya and Saha then added 24 runs together. But the partnership was broken as RCB captain Faf du Plessis’ direct-hit sent the GT wicketkeeper-batter packing for 31 in the ninth over. Hardik then got a reprieve in the next over as substitute fielder Suyash Prabhudessai could not complete the catch near the ropes off Maxwell. Hardik made the most of that opportunity as he and David Miller joined forces and completed a brisk fifty-run stand, where the southpaw did the majority of the scoring.GT were 122/3 after 16 overs, with Miller and Hardik in the middle. However, just when it looked that the two would cut loose in the last four overs, RCB struck back with two quick wickets. While Wanindu Hasaranga completed a sharp return catch to get Miller out, Hazlewood dismissed Rahul Tewatia in the 18th over.Hardik though continued to stay put and brought up his fourth fifty-plus score of the season. On the other end, Rashid Khan, who walked out to bat following Tewatia’s fall, once again played a brilliant cameo, slamming an unbeaten 19 off 6 balls. While Hardik, who played a captain’s knock, scored 62* off 47 balls, GT posted 168/5 on the board. Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 170/2 (Virat Kohli 73, Faf du Plessis 44; Rashid Khan 2/32) beat Gujarat Titans 168/5 (Hardik Pandya 62*, David Miller 34; Josh Hazlewood 2/39) by eight wickets.