In August 2020, I joined the Desi Sportscast as a partner and social media lead. 

Football latest: East Bengal apply to join Indian Super League

I-LEAGUE club East Bengal have confirmed they have made an application to join the Indian Super League. East Bengal were second in the I-League behind arch-rivals Mohun Bagan when the league was canceled and Mohun Bagan were awarded the title. The team’s greatest spell of dominance in the former National Football League came in the early 2000s with the side’s 3 domestic titles coming in 2001, 2003 and 2004. The club posted on Twitter, an image that read: “We are extremely happy to announce th

IPL Opening Weekend Live Stream Preview

THIS weekend sees the IPL get underway in the United Arab Emirates. To review the opening weekend, we have a live chat, available on the Desi Sportscast YouTube page and with a link being posted on the Desi Sportscast Twitter page. On Saturday, the Mumbai Indians face Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi, before Dubai hosts Delhi Capitals v Kings XI Punjab on Sunday. As mentioned on last weekend’s podcast, the coronavirus situation resulted in the competition moving to UAE. At the time of writin

India international opens up at pride of seeing talent from northeast India

FC ODISHA midfielder Vinit Rai has played eleven times for the India national football team. Hailing from Dispur in the state of Assam, he is one of a number of players from the northeast of India to make it professionally. Mr Rai was in the most recent India squad for the World Cup qualifier with Oman in November 2019. That squad also featured Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, born in Manipur, Sarthak Golui from Kolkata, Pritam Kotal from Uttarpara, Lallianzula Chhangte from Lunglei, Udanta Singh

Dalima Chhibber reveals why she took the decision to take a sabbatical from international duty

DALIMA CHHIBBER signed for the Manitoba Bisons just over a year ago. The Bisons are the athletic teams of the University of Manitoba. At the time, Ms Chhibber was captain of the India national team but took a sabbatical from the side to join the Bisons. She explained her decision to Desi Sportscast: “It’s always a difficult decision when it comes to moving away from the national team for a while to join another team, that decision came for me after looking at the bigger picture, what I wanted

Floyd Pinto opens up on being a football coach during coronavirus lockdown: ‘Grown tired of talking!’

FLOYD PINTO spoke about his experience of the coronavirus lockdown during his Desi Sportcast appearance in June. Mr Pinto who has coached the India Under 20 team and Indian Arrows revealed he was based in Mumbai during this period. Though the Indian Super League had managed to conclude in mid-March, the nation’s other topflight football league, the I-League was suspended with about a quarter of the campaign still left to play. Mohun Bagan were declared league champions and the AIFF confirme

Chief Operations Officer of the Czech Cricket Union reveals how the sport got a foothold in the nation

Terry O’Connor explained to the podcast how the sport which did not have a single club until 23 years ago began to get a small foothold in the country. Mr O’Connor explained: “The same way it has in most countries, if not all countries with a few immigrants who came from cricket playing countries, initially in particular from Britain, the first club was formed here in 1997, and it was basically made up of people from traditional cricket playing countries. “Very much continued, mostly in that f

Football latest: Arshdeep Singh reveals what it was like to be part of the AIFF academy

FC ODISHA goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh was selected to be part of the AIFF Elite Academy when he was 17 years old. The AIFF founded the academy to help develop footballers in the country. Mr Singh told Desi Sportscast: “When I went to the AIFF academy, they came for a tournament I was playing for Chandigarh Football Academy, for the academy team, so we were in the final, they saw me there and asked me for trials.” He travelled to Mumbai, where he was selected for the academy. Mr Singh added: “W

Abhijit Khan explains how cricket has seen such rapid growth in Germany

Germany is more commonly associated with football GERMANY is likely not the first country that comes to mind when you think of cricket. But the sport is rapidly growing in the country with 2,000 kids playing the sport. In the 2018-19 ICC T20 World Cup Europe qualifier, Germany progressed to the regional finals and lost out on qualification to the final qualifier on net run-rate with Jersey just edging ahead. Abhijit Khan is the coach of the U19 team and having previously played cricket in Mu