Reinforcements called in
Sep 27 2022 12:00:00

Reinforcements called in

New Delhi, September 26 Yet to recover from Covid, Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of India's three-match T20I series against South Africa, while West Bengal all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed has replaced the rested Hardik Pandya in the squad. The series is starting on Wednesday in Thiruvananthapuram. India's players arrive at the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport ahead of the first match on Wednesday. PTI With all-rounder Deepak Hooda also out of the series due to back spasms, the national selection committee is set to recall middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer. "Shami hasn't recovered from his bout of Covid. He needs more time, and hence, will be out of the South Africa series. Umesh Yadav will continue as Shami's replacement for the South Africa series," a senior BCCI source said. India's players arrive at the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport ahead of the first match on Wednesday. PTI When asked why Ahmed has been picked in place of Pandya, the source said: "Is there any seam bowling all-rounder who can replace Hardik? Raj Bawa is too raw and that's why we kept him in India A for exposure. He will need time to blossom. Tell me another name." With Hooda also out of the series, the selectors may have thought that a batting all-rounder would help serve the purpose. "Shahbaz is more of a batting all-rounder, who is more than a handy left-arm spinner. He is there just as back-up, in case Axar needs to be rested for a match with six T20I games in 10 days, including travel across the country," the source said. Patidar all set to get Indian ODI call-up With India's top players busy with the marquee World Cup assignment, the Shikhar Dhawan-led side for the ODI series against South Africa will have a lot of faces who played against Zimbabwe in the away series, but some new players might get a look-in. While the likes of Shubman Gill and Sanju Samson are certainties in the squad, young Madhya Pradesh batter Rajat Patidar is likely to get his maiden call-up after a stellar season in the IPL and domestic cricket. Patidar is in the midst of a fantastic season — a great IPL, century in the Ranji Trophy final, two hundreds in unofficial Tests against New Zealand A and a 45 not out in the first List A game versus the Kiwis. "You can't ignore Rajat's current form and he is a strong contender for a berth in the ODI squad. Even Shreyas will be travelling to Australia as stand-by with the main team," the source added. — PTI India, SA teams reach Kerala Thiruvananthapuram: The Indian cricket team reached the city today for the first T20 International against South Africa, to be played on Wednesday. The South African team reached the state capital on Sunday and began practice today. The Indian team will have its first training session tomorrow. The state cricket association said only 2,000 tickets were yet to be sold.

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Chess player Magnus Carlsen courts controversy, calls Hans Niemann a cheat, says he is not willing to play against the American player
Sep 27 2022 12:00:00

Chess player Magnus Carlsen courts controversy, calls Hans Niemann a cheat, says he is not willing to play against the American player

New York, September 27 A day after World No 1 chess player Magnus Carlsen crushed India's Arjun Erigaisi to clinch the Julius Baer Generation Cup -- the seventh leg of the USD 1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour -- and broke the 2900 Tour Rating barrier, the world champion shed light on him sensationally quitting his game against American player Hans Niemann after playing just one move in the preliminary stage of the tournament on September 19, saying it was because his opponent had "cheated". In a statement posted on social media, Carlsen, who had caused a wave of shock when he pulled out of a match for the second time in two weeks, seemingly in protest at alleged cheating by his opponent, said, "At the 2022 Sinquefield Cup, I made the unprecedented professional decision to withdraw from the tournament after my round three game against Hans Niemann. A week later during the Champions Chess Tour, I resigned against Hans Niemann after playing only one move. My statement regarding the last few weeks. pic.twitter.com/KY34DbcjLo — Magnus Carlsen (@MagnusCarlsen) September 26, 2022 "I know that my actions have frustrated many in the chess community. I'm frustrated. I want to play chess. I want to continue to play chess at the highest level in the best events," said Carlsen, terming cheating an "existential threat" to the sport. "I believe that cheating in chess is a big deal and an existential threat to the game." Carlsen also urged the organisers of the tournaments to increase their vigil to ensure weeding out of the cheats. "I also believe that chess organisers and all those who care about the sanctity of the game we love should seriously consider increasing security measures and methods of cheat detection for over-the-board chess. When Niemann was invited last minute to the 2022 Sinquefield Cup, I strongly considered withdrawing prior to the event. I ultimately chose to play. "I believe that Niemann has cheated more -- and more recently -- than he has publicly admitted. His over the board progress has been unusual, and throughout our game in the Sinquefield Cup, I had the impression that he wasn't tense or even fully concentrating on the game in critical positions, while outplaying me as black in a way I think only a handful of players can do. This game contributed to changing my perspective," added Carlsen. In an indication he was not willing to play against Niemann anymore, Carlsen said, "I don't know what they (alleged cheaters) are capable of doing in the future". "We must do something about cheating, and for my part going forward, I don't want to play against people that have cheated repeatedly in the past, because I don't know what they are capable of doing in the future. There is more that I would like to say. Unfortunately, at this time I am limited in what I can say without explicit permission from Niemann to speak openly. So far I have only been able to speak with my actions, and those actions have stated clearly that I am not willing to play chess with Niemann. I hope that the truth on this matter comes out, whatever it may be," added Carlsen. IANS

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