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

IPL Latest: Aakash Chopra calls on Chennai Super Kings to release MS Dhoni ahead of 2021 season

IN A VIDEO posted on Facebook, former Kolkata Knight Riders and India batsman Aakash Chopra has called for the Chennai Super Kings to release MS Dhoni ahead of the 2021 season. Mr Dhoni has been an omnipresent member of the Super Kings squad having represented the franchise since 2018 and previously from 2008 until 2015, with his two-season spell with Rising Pune Supergiants coming during the Super Kings’ suspension from the tournament. The Super Kings faired poorly in 2020, failing to reach t

Cricket latest: Nita Ambani unveils support for women's game

INDIAN PHILANTRHOPHIST Nita Ambani, the chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, non-executive director of ISL stakeholders Reliance Industries, and owner of the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, has given her backing to woman’s cricket in India. In a press release posted on the ISL website, it was revealed the Reliance Foundation would be one of the sponsors for the upcoming Woman’s T20 Challenge. Mrs Ambani has also offered the use of Jio Cricket Stadium to conduct trials, camps and host competitive

IPL Latest: Michael Vaughan reveals doubt over Royal Challengers Banglore championship chances

FORMER ENGLAND captain Michael Vaughan has revealed he does not believe Royal Challengers Bangalore will win the IPL this season. Mr Vaughan, who spent his entire domestic career playing for Yorkshire in England made the remarks to Cricbuzz. After losing by six wickets to the Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi, RCB will face either the Kolkata Knight Riders or Sunrisers Hyderbad in an eliminator. Mr Vaughan explained: “Can the RCB team win it this year? I’ve said that from the beginning, I don’t thi

IPL Latest: Eoin Morgan to take over as Kolkata Knight Riders captain

ENGLAND’S WHITE BALL captain Eoin Morgan will take over as captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders following Dinesh Karthik’s decision to stand down in order to focus on his batting. Mr Morgan rejoined the franchise for this season’s IPL having previously represented the side from 2011 until 2013. He has also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Venky Mysore, the chief executive of the Knight Riders told the team’s website: “We are fortunate to have le

Cricket Latest: IPL Mid-Season Window Explained

THE 2020 IPL will be the first to feature a mid-season transfer, which began today. Here, we explain the rules behind the window. The window opens as all teams have now played seven games. As per The Times of India, the only type of transfer permitted will be loans. This means that the player will return to his club for the 2021 season unless another agreement is made between the franchise. All players, Indian or overseas, capped or uncapped are eligible to make moves. The two franchises m

Football latest: Robbie Fowler on verge of joining East Bengal as manager - reports claim

Fowler during his time with Perth Glory. FORMER ENGLAND and Liverpool Robbie Fowler is set to join East Bengal as manager for the side’s first Indian Super League season. Several sources including Goal have reported the parties have been in negotiation since September, though no official confirmation has yet been made. With 163 goals, Mr Fowler is the seventh-highest Premier League goalscorer of all time, with 128 coming for Liverpool, 14 for Leeds United and 21 for Manchester City. Mr Fowle

Football Latest: East Bengal to play in the 2020-21 Indian Super League

EAST BENGAL have confirmed the success of their application to join the Indian Super League next season. The Red and Gold Brigade who celebrated their centenary last month, will be the 11th side in the league. The team took to Twitter with the news. The club wrote: “We know you have been waiting, and we have been waiting too. “We are happy to announce that The East Bengal Club is playing in the #ISL. “We thank all for the constant support and confidence that you rendered on us. “We are all

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

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

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

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

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

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

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