By Vaibhav Sharma & Vinayakk Mohanarangan
CHENNAI: In present times, cricket in India finds itself clouded by allegations of corruption and betting. The Supreme Court’s verdict against Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra in the IPL betting scandal has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the fate of sports in the country.
Eradicating corruption from sports: Can regulated betting do what the cops and court cannot? Cartoon courtesy: India Cartoons by Manjul (www.manjul.com)
Chennai, Oct 29: Loud chants and pints of beer flowed around at a famous sports bar in Chennai, as a crowd of 80 people watched an English Premier League football match. It almost seemed as if football looks to displace cricket as a cult sport.
“Nowadays, our customers are mostly youngsters who inquire about football telecast on our big screen”, says the caretaker of Paddington sports club in Nandanam.
Football is also more exciting, says Nandini, a commerce student, who adds that the overload of cricket has made the public indifferent to the fortunes of the sport.
Football has gained prominence in India due to increased worldwide coverage, the introduction of the Indian Super League tournament(ISL) and hosting the FIFA under-17s worldcup in 2017. Many European clubs have started to set up academies to train footballers from under-8 age level, such as Atletico Madrid’s set up in the city of Kolkata. (more…)
Chennai, Oct 24: Commenting on the latest development in the conflict between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and The West Indies Cricket Board(WICB), V Ram Naryanan, columnist for ESPN Cricinfo and Wisden India, labelled the BCCI as a “bully” for suspending future tours to West Indies.
Chennai, Oct 28: Chennaiyin FC (CFC) put in a ruthless first half display, scoring four goals before the break, to crush Mumbai City FC 5-1 in their second home game of the Indian Super League here today. Elano, Chennai’s marquee Brazilian signing, put Mumbai’s high defensive line to the sword, scoring two goals and assisting one in a man of the match display.
A bright night for CFC and their fans at The Marina Arena. PHOTO: Vinayakk M.
The win put CFC second on the table behind Atletico De Kolkata, who are incidentally the next visitors to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
In front of over 16500 spectators rooting raucously for the home team, CFC began the game in a changed 4-3-1-2 formation fro