New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team arrive at the JSCA stadium for the third and final Test in Ranchi against South Africa with plenty at stake. Kohli will be gunning for a 3-0 whitewash and they will be aiming for maximum points in the ongoing ICC World Test Championships. While Kohli and the Indian cricket team are breaking records consistently, there is a major issue that is plaguing not just world cricket but Indian cricket as well. This is an issue of low crowds for Test matches that have plagued the current series. Apart from the game in Vizag that saw good attendances on all the days, the Test in Pune was a bitter disappointment with lots of empty stands. After Pune, it is the turn of Ranchi to face the heat as the Test stares at low numbers. According to an Indian Express report, only 1500 tickets have been sold for the game. The capacity of the stadium is 39000. The cricket association has said it has distributed 5,000 complimentary tickets to security personnel and another 10,000 tickets to schools, clubs and academies.The low numbers has forced the JSCA president, Nafis Khan to paint a bleak picture. Speaking to the Indian Express, he said, “Next time, maybe we have to think twice before hosting a Test match. At the same time, we can’t say no also. If the state associations start rejecting Test cricket, the purest form of the game would die. It’s very sad to see empty stands. We have to make certain changes to the Test format.”The situation regarding Test cricket in the smaller towns and in some cases large towns has been bleak in India for some time. Kolkata’s Eden Gardens has seen poor crowd numbers for Tests in the last couple of years while Rajkot and Mohali have also struggled. Chennai and Bangalore have seen decent attendances but in the case of Chepauk, they have not hosted a Test for a long time.Also Read | Aiden Markram Punches ‘Solid Object’ To Fracture Wrist, Ruled Out Of Ranchi TestAll eyes will be on the BCCI Annual General Meeting (AGM) as to how the BCCI proposes a roadmap to revive Tests and improve crowd attendances in India. Sourav Ganguly, who will be appointed as the president of the BCCI, could propose Day Night Tests to be played in the country. India and Bangladesh are the only teams to have not played a Pink Ball Test, with the first match taking place in 2015 between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Junyi Li | Daily TrojanFresh off of their trip to the desert, the No. 19 women’s volleyball team (13-4, 5-1 Pac-12) is back in the Galen Center this week to host Cal (11-6, 2-4) on Friday and No. 3 Stanford (13-2, 6-0) on Sunday. Arizona swept USC last Friday, handing the Trojans their first Pac-12 conference loss and snapping their five-game winning streak — but USC bounced back to beat Arizona State in four sets. The Trojans will return to the Galen Center, where they own an undefeated 5-0 record on home court this season, for this week’s games.“The good thing is we’ve been pretty good at home, in every one of the matches we played here at home this year, and so I’m hoping that they’ll do the same thing getting ready for Cal on Friday night,” head coach Mick Haley said. “That’s a big one: We gotta play Cal first, and if we can beat Cal on Friday night, then we’ll worry about Stanford on Sunday. But Cal is the big focus right now.”The Women of Troy will once again lean on a balanced offense spearheaded by senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie. While the team struggled against the Wildcats, the Trojans regained their offensive composure against the Sun Devils, where four players recorded double-digit kills for USC, led by Abercrombie’s team-high 18 kills. The team also received a boost from senior opposite hitter Niki Withers, sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier, sophomore opposite hitter Daley Krage and senior middle blocker Danielle Geiger, who combined for 43 kills against Arizona State. Senior setter Reni Mayer-Whalley and sophomore setter Cindy Marina look to assist the team in setting up attacking opportunities. Expect the offense to revolve around an equal distribution of attacking opportunities much like it did against Arizona State. The Golden Bears are led by a trio of offensive threats. Senior outside hitter Antzela Dempi has 2.89 kills per set with 179 total kills, junior outside hitter Carmen Annevelink has 2.53 kills per set and 157 kills while freshman outside hitter Mima Mirkovic sports 2.63 kills per set with 163 total kills. The Golden Bears are looking to bounce back against USC after suffering two straight sweeps against Oregon and Oregon State. However, the odds are stacked against them, as they are 2-4 against Pac-12 opponents and are only 1-5 on the road this season, whereas USC has a perfect 5-0 home record this season and owns a 144-30 all-time record in the Galen Center.After a day’s break, the Women of Troy will be back in the Galen Center to face off against Pac-12 volleyball giant No. 3 Stanford. The Trojan defense has to prepare adequately against sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Plummer, who is averaging an astonishing 4.76 kills per set and has accumulated a total of 238 kills. Plummer’s kills per set rank 9th in Division I women’s volleyball. She is supported by sophomore middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris and redshirt senior opposite hitter Merete Lutz, who are averaging 2.20 and 2.76 kills per set, respectively. Other notable offensive threats from the Cardinal include redshirt freshman outside hitter Michaela Keefe (1.91 kills per set), freshman outside hitter Meghan McClure (1.80 kills per set) and junior middle blocker Tami Alade (1.72 kills per set). The offensive firepower from Stanford will be key to setting the tone for the game. The Cardinal’s defense is anchored by Fitzmorris and Alade, who average 1.44 and 1.48 blocks per set, respectively, and will prove to be a tough challenge for the Trojans’ offense. The Women of Troy will have a monumental task in trying to contain the visiting No. 3 Cardinal. “October is always the hardest month for us to compete, so I’m hoping that what we learned in the past will help us through this, and I’m hoping we can come up with a couple of wins this weekend,” Haley said.The Trojans have had their fair share of tough challenges from several other opponents, but Sunday’s game against No. 3 Stanford will be one of the biggest games of the season. The Women of Troy will host the Golden Bears at 7 p.m. Friday and the Cardinal at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The interest in partnering with the Edo State government on the 2017 NWPL Super Four championship,According to sources conversant with developments around the league, the involvement of Edo State government in the 2017 NWPL Super Four championship, is as a result of the high premium the Godwin Obaseki-led administration places on sports, which has made the state the preferred destination for sporting events.For participants to have a hitch-free event, the Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia Stadium is wearing a new look, while hotel reservations for players and officials of the tournament have been finalised.Coaches of the participating teams; Bayelsa Queens, Delta Queens, Rivers Angels and Nasarawa Amazons who spoke with journalists on arrival in Benin City yesterday, expressed their excitements about playing in the Edo State capital.They pointed at the reception that was given to the national Under-20 female team, the Falconets and the excellent result they got against the Tanzanites.Chairperson of the Womenâ€™s League in Nigeria, Aisha Falode, said she is excited with the support of the Edo State governor and promised that in future, if given any challenge by the Edo State government, she will not relent but deliver.â€œAll the teams for the Super 4 are at home here in Benin City because of the cosy environment provided for us to play the tournament here. We cannot wish for more than what Governor Obaseki has done for the growth of female football in the country,â€ concludes Falode with gratitude.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Adibe Emenyonu in Benin CityAs the much awaited female soccer fiesta, The Nigerian Women Professional Football League (NWPL) Super Four begins on Monday in Benin City, several partners and participants of the tournament have expressed enthusiasm with the coming of the competition to the ancient city.