(Current Affairs) Sports | November: 2013













India Retained Number One Position in ICC ODI Rankings

India retained its top position in the latest One Day International (ODI) rankings which were released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai on 17 September 2013. India occupied the number one position with 123 rating points followed by Australia with 115 and England with 111 points. India’s Virat Kohli is at number four while skipper Dhoni is at number seven. Ravindra Jadeja tops the list of ODI bowlers along with Caribbean Sunil Narine and is followed by Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal. In the All rounders category, Ravindra Jadeja is placed third after Pakistan’s Mohammed Hafeez and Sakib Ul Hassan of Bangladesh. India is at the top of ODI format since February 2013 when it defeated England 3-2 at home to regain the top place.

Life Ban Lalit Modi

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 25 September 2013 imposed a life ban on former IPL Comissioner Lalit Modi from participating in any of its activities. The decision to this effect was taken at the special general meeting under the chairmanship of BCCI President N.Srinivasan at Chennai.

The meeting which was attended by 30 members of the Board, discussed the findings of the disciplinary committee and found Modi guilty on eight charges including financial irregularities, indiscipline and misconduct. The official statement issued by the BCCI said the Board members will again meet on the 29 September 2013 for the annual general meeting to elect its Chairman.

Earlier, Lalit Modi had appealed to the Supreme Court to issue a stay on BCCI’s meeting. The case was dismissed by the Court.

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ITF Men’s Doubles Title in Egypt

The Indian duo of N. Sriram Balaji and Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan won the ITF Men’s Doubles Title at Sharam-Al-Sheikh, Egypt on 15 September 2013. In the title clash, the top seeded Indian duo defeated the fourth seeded Egyptian pair of Karim Hossam and Karim-Mohamed Maamoun, 6-4, 7-6. The Indian pair Balaji –Murugesan won their doubles title in 10000 dollar prize money category.

US Open Title 2013

2013 won the Women’s Single Title at US Open 2013 and the pair of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek secured the Men’s Doubles Title 2013 at the same tournament. Serena Williams on 8 September 2013 emerged as the winner of the US Open Tennis Tournament 2013 by defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during the women’s singles final at New York. Serena defeated the second seeded, Azarenka with 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 points. With this win, top-seeded, Serena Williams secured her fifth US Open title and 17th Grand Slam title of the overall career. On the other side, in the Men’s Doubles Championship of the US Open tennis tournament 2013 at New York’s Arthur Ashe stadium, the pair of Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic emerged as winners by defeating the Alexander Peya of Austria, and Bruno Soares of Brazil in the final match with 6-1, 6-3 win.

With this win, Leander Paes secured his eighth Men’s doubles Grand Slam title and 14th overall. Paes has earlier won the US open title two times and both the titles came while playing with Chez partners, namely Martin Damm in 2006 and Lukas Dlouhy in 2009. Earlier, the fourth seeded Indo-Czech pair of Paes and Stepanek won the Winston Salem Open and this is their second major title playing together after the Australian Open in 2012. In the 2012 US Open, the Indo-Chez pair lost to Bryan Brothers and ended their race in the tournament as a runner-up. It was third US Open title for 40-yearold Paes and the previous two had also come with Czech partners. In 2006, the Indian won with Martin Damm and in 2009 with Lukas Dlouhy.

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