The Old Trafford Test was cancelled last Friday barely two hours before its scheduled start as the tourists, who were leading the series 2-1, failed to field a side after their physiotherapist tested positive for COVID-19. “The players refused to play but you can’t blame them,” BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly said.
Virat Kohli, who currently leads the team across all formats and is India’s most successful captain ever, is learned to have taken the call to share leadership responsibilities with Rohit Sharma, BCCI sources told TOI. Kohli has had prolonged discussions with Sharma and the team management over the last few months, particularly after Team India’s triumph in Australia, one that coincided with Kohli becoming a father.
Over two lakh ICU beds, with 50% of them assisted with ventilators, are being earmarked for Covid-19 patients as the government gears up for a likely spike in infections in the wake of festival season, officials said. Around 40,000 additional beds with ventilators in ICUs are being added as part of the large-scale augmentation of Covid-health infrastructure across the country.
Ahead of its proposed mega initial public offer (IPO), the government is looking at ways to align Life Insurance Corporation of India’s (LIC’s) rules for surplus distribution to shareholders with what is applicable for private companies.
The legendary Sunil Gavaskar has lauded the BCCI’s offer of rescheduling the cancelled Old Trafford Test, saying India should never forget England’s gesture of returning back to complete a tour, which was halted midway due to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.
The Haryana government on Saturday ordered a probe into last month’s clash between farmers and police and sent the IAS officer at the centre of a row between the two sides on leave. Following this, the farmers have called off their protest outside the Karnal district headquarters. The probe will be conducted by a retired judge. Stay with TOI for all the latest updates:
India reports 33,376 Covid-19 cases, 32,198 recoveries and 308 deaths in last 24 hours, as per health ministry. The total cases in the country has reached 3,32,08,330, of which 3,91,516 are active cases. Total recoveries in the country are 3,23,74,497 and death toll stands at 4,42,317. Stay with TOI for latest updates:
The United Nations chief says all countries should engage with the Taliban and deliver the same message: The Afghan people should live in peace under an inclusive government that respects basic human rights including for women and girls, and Afghanistan should not be a sanctuary for terrorism anymore and should play a constructive role in international relations. Stay with TOI for all updates:
Heavy rains lashed the national capital Saturday morning, leaving the forecourt of the Delhi airport and other parts of the city waterlogged. The Delhi airport said on Twitter that there was waterlogging at the forecourt for a short period. “Our team was immediately aligned to look into it and the issue has been resolved.” Stay with TOI for latest updates
The Taliban announced on Tuesday a 33-member team for an interim government that will be headed Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, one of the movement’s founding members who had also been foreign minister and then deputy prime minister in the group’s previous 1996-2001 regime. Stay with TOI for all updates: