सामयिक विषय: Sports Miscellaneous

Odisha to sponsor Indian hockey teams

Indian Hockey Team’s Sponsors

Question: Which of the following states government has recently decided to sponsor the Indian men’s and women’s hockey team?
(a) Punjab
(b) Karnataka
(c) Odisha
(d) Uttar Pradesh
Answer: (c)
Related Facts

  • On February 15th, 2018, the Odisha government decided to sponsor the Indian men’s and women’s hockey team.
  • This announcement is made by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
  • Odisha Government will sponsor the team for next five years.
  • For the first time any initiative of this kind has been started by a state government.
  • On this occasion, the Chief Minister also unveiled the team’s New Jersey which has the logo of the Government of Odisha.
  • It is noteworthy that Odisha is regarded as the cradle of hockey and has produced greats like Dilip Tirkey, Ignace Tirkey and Lazarus Barla in the past.
  • In the current Indian team, players such as Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Dipsan Tirkey and Namita Toppo are from Odisha.
  • Hockey World Cup will be held in Odisha in November-December this year.


New rules for South Africa’s 4-day Test with Zimbabwe

Change in Test Cricket Rules

Question: Recently, some major changes were made by the ICC in Test cricket. Which of the following options is not right in regards to these changes?
(a) Test cricket will be of 4 days instead of 5 days.
(b) 90 overs per day will be replaced by 98 overs per day.
(c) The first session of the game will be 2 hours and 30 minutes instead of 2 hours.
(d) A four-day Test match will have an additional half hour of every day game.
Answer- (c) 
Related Facts:

  • In December 2017, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced some major changes in experimental changes in Test cricket.
  • Under this change, the term of test cricket will be reduced from 5 days to 4 days.
  • 98 overs will be bowled in a day, instead of 90.
  • The start of the experiment was in day-night test match played in Port Elizabeth Test between South Africa and Zimbabwe on December 26.
  • A four-day Test match will have an additional half hour of every day game.
  • The first two sessions of play will be two hours 15 minutes each, instead of two hours, with a 20-minute tea break instead of a lunch break after the first session.
  • The follow-on can be enforced with a lead of 150 runs, compared to 200 runs in five-day games.


IPL 2018: Auction of Players

Question: On 27-28 January, 2018, for the 11th edition of IPL 2018, foreign player Ben Stokes remained the most expensive (Rs 12.5 crore) player in the auction. Which of the following Indian players got most expensive bid?
(a) KL Rahul
(b) Rishabh Pant
(c) Manish Pandey
(d) Jaydev Unadkat
Answer: (d) 
Related Facts:

  • The auction of players for the 11th edition of Indian Premier League, 2018, concluded in Bangalore. (27-28 January, 2018)
  • England’s Ben Stokes remained the most expensive player in the auction this year too.
  • Tram Rajasthan Royals bought him for Rs 12.50 crore.
  • Jaydev Unadkat was the most expensive Indian player bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 11.50 crore.
  • Followings are the most expensive five players respectively:
  1. Ben Stokes, 12.50 crores, Team-Rajasthan Royals
  2. Jaydev Unadkat, Rs 11.50 crores, Team-Rajasthan Royals
  3. Manish Pandey, Rs 11 crores, Team-Sunrise Hyderabad
  4. KL Rahul, Rs. 11 crore rupees, Team-Kings Eleven Punjab
  5. Chris Lynn, Rs 9.60 crore, Team-Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Four Afghan players have the IPL 2018 season for the first time.
  • Mujeeb Zadran (Kings XI Punjab), Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan Sunrises Hyderabad and Spinner Zahir Khan were bought by Rajasthan Royals made debut for the first time.
  • On the second day ofauction, Nepal’s leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane
  • has bought for the base price of Rs 20 lakh by the Delhi Daredevils team.
  • Sandeep will be the first Nepali cricketer to play in the IPL.
  • This time the ‘Right to Match Card’ (RTM) was used in the auction first time.
  • ‘Right to Match Card’ is given to all the franchises.
  • This card can buy back your player sold during the auction.
  • When the auction is over to buy the player, it has to match the bids sold.
  • They have to match the bids sold at the end of the auction to buy the player.
  • It means at the same price the player’s price is worth, the franchisee can get his old player.
  • Shikhar Dhawan, the most expensive player to return to his team through
  • Dhawan was acquired by Kings Eleven Punjab for 5 crore 20 lakhs, but Hyderabad used the RTM card to include Dhawan back in his team.
  • IPL 2018 will be held in different cities of India from April 7th, 2018 to May 27th, 2018.
  • Administrator- BCCI
  • Cricket format- T-20 tournament format- Double round robin and playoffs knockout
  • IPL Governing Council had included total 580 players for the auction, out of which 361 were Indian players.


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