September 20

Players protest over unpaid wages delays start of GT20 match

first_imgBrampton: A second round match between Toronto Nationals and Montreal Tigers in the ongoing GT20 Canada was delayed by almost two hours after players protest.According to a ESPNcricinfo report, both sides — Toronto Nationals, led by former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and George Bailey’s Montreal Tigers — initially refused to take the bus at the scheduled departure time from the team hotel to the CAA Centre in Brampton over unpaid wages.“The game between Montreal Tigers & Toronto Nationals on Wednesday, was delayed due to procedural issues between the players, the GT20 league, and the franchise owners. All the stakeholders had a meeting and addressed the concerns,” said a press release from the organisers.“Global T20 Canada management is doing their best to popularise the game in North America and as a new entity in cricket, are bound to come across certain hurdles.“On behalf of GT20 Canada, we sincerely thank all the stakeholders, players, and support staff for their constant support and confidence in us. We deeply regret the inconvenience caused to our sponsors, broadcasters, and millions of fans across the globe,” the release read.Global T20 Canada, in a statement on their Twitter handle, stated at 12.40 p.m. local time, that the match had been “delayed due to technical reasons” and announced that it had been pushed back to a 2.30 p.m. local time start from the originally scheduled 12.30 p.m. and that it would remain a full 20-over contest.According to the ESPNcricinfo report, the protest is not limited to these two teams only. The report, quoting sources, said other squads have told team and league owners Bombay Sports Limited that they will refuse to take the field for the playoff stage beginning on Thursday if their unpaid wages are not being paid.When the match started between the two teams, Toronto Nationals posted 189/5 in their stipulated 20 overs and restricted Montreal Tigers to 154 in 19.3 overs, thus winning the match by 35 runs and booked their place in the play-offs. IANS Also Read: Yuvraj Singh Suffers From Unusual Dismissal in Debut GT20 Gamelast_img read more

November 18

Paytm acquires majority stake in

first_imgMumbai, Jul 13 (PTI) Paytm has acquired a majority stake in ticketing platform, for events and properties, including NH7 Weekender, EDC and The Grub Fest, for an undisclosed amount.This will enable all Paytm customers discover a wide selection of events and book instantly, a company statement said.The countrys organised events industry is currently at Rs 4,000 crore, with organised sporting leagues and events accounting for the largest portion of ticket sales, according to industry estimates.Online ticketing accounts for only 10 per cent of the overall volume, due to limited event discovery.After establishing its online movie ticketing service spanning 3,500 screens across 550 cities, Paytm has been expanding into the events ticketing and discovery, helping customers discover events on its platform, it said in a statement.”Events discovery and ticket booking is a challenge for customers and organisers alike….We believe that digital discovery and events marketing expertise will increase supply of quality events in India. This is a natural extension for us as we continue to build India?s go-to destination for online movies and events,” Madhur Deora, Chief Financial Officer and SVP, Paytm said in a statement.Insider curates events and experiences so users can seamlessly discover the best way to spend their leisure time. The platform also provides tools, data and analytics to organisers that enables them to conceptualise, market and execute their events more efficiently.This partnership with Paytm would enable to reach more organisers and exponentially grow this ecosystem in India, it said. PTI DSK NRBadvertisementlast_img read more

November 16

Marwijk expects tough challenge from UAE

first_imgBert van Marwijk Saudi Arabia coach Bert van Marwijk expects tough challenge from UAE Last updated 2 years ago 04:01 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) BERT VAN MARWIJK NETHERLANDS 06132012 Bongarts UAE v Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia UAE WC Qualification Asia Saudi Arabia face UAE in an AFC World Cup qualifying match in Al Ain and coach Bert van Marwijk expects a difficult test. Saudi Arabia gear up to face UAE in the AFC World Cup qualifying Group B fixture at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday.The Green Falcons may have lost out to Australia on Matchday Eight but after the UAE failed to win against Thailand and Group B leaders Japan drew with Iraq, they remain strongly placed to return to the FIFA World Cup finals for the first time since 2006.However, head coach Bert van Marwijk is not taking UAE for granted and instead expects a tough encounter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “The match against the Emirates will be tough because they have a chance and they will go for a chance. They will be frantic in the beginning and we are prepared for it,” said the Saudi coach.The Dutchman also insists that his team are looking to fine tune certain aspects of their game to get the better of their opponents.“Now we are focusing more towards the strength and weakness of the opponents and always looking to improve with every game.We don’t have any problem with pressure. When you want to reach top level then you need pressure and should know to handle pressure as well. We have to win this first game first and then think of the next match against Japan.” Thailand Saudi Arabia 2018 World Cup qualifiersVan Marwijk confirmed that Mohammad Al Breik should be in action on Tuesday.“Defender Mohammad Al Breik is down with an injury. He has a problem with his ankle but I think he will be fit for the match.”UAE star Omar Abdulrahman is a doubt for the game as he recovers from a back spasm but Van Marwijk claims his team will have the same game plan regardless of the midfielder’s availability.“We play the same way against all the teams. It doesn’t matter if Amoory is playing or not. We are going to play the way we do and are prepared for any challenge.”Our players may have played few matches in the national league but we have to concentrate more. We have a chance to qualify directly and we had a 75 per cent chance before we played against Australia. However, now we have to work very very hard,” added van Marwijk.last_img read more