ISL 2020: Kerala Blasters announces banner contest for fans to showcase support to players

Agencies
October 24, 2020

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Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 24: Kerala Blasters FC (KBFC) announced a 'fan banner contest' to provide a unique opportunity for the club's passionate and massive fanbase to voice their messages and showcase their support to players during the 7th edition of the Indian Super League (ISL).

"The digitally run contest, through the official KBFC social media handles, is intended to reach out to the club's supporters from all over the globe, who will now have a chance to be a part of the KBFC matches in Goa through the specially designed banner," KBFC said in a statement.

The selected design will be printed and displayed on the stands that will be shown during the live telecast of the match.

The contest will be open for submissions from October 3 to November 2, 2020 to all fans, who are required to submit designs based on either of the three themes -- Your Love for KBFC, the Community or the state of Kerala. All the details on design dimensions and guidelines for the contest are available on the KBFC's website.

"We take great pride in having one of the loudest and energetic fanbases in the country. Such fan culture is unparalleled in India and it is their passion and emotion that motivates everyone at the club - players, staff and the management. We would love for nothing more than to be playing in front of them, however, in this unique season where safety is priority, we hope such initiatives help our fans feel closer to the club they support.", says Nikhil Bhardwaj, co-owner, Kerala Blasters FC.

The entries to the contest can be submitted by following the steps that are clearly mentioned on the official website.

The fan banners at the stadium will act as source of inspiration and continuous support to the team, who will be playing all matches behind closed doors this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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November 26,2020

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Christchurch, Nov 26: Six members of the Pakistan touring squad have tested positive for coronavirus while in managed isolation in Christchurch, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on Thursday.

The Pakistan cricket team had arrived in Christchurch on Tuesday for a month-long tour of New Zealand. The squad led by Pakistan's all-format captain Babar Azam was under a mandatory 14-day quarantine period as per COVID-19 protocol.

"NZC was made aware today that six members of the Pakistan touring squad, currently in managed isolation in Christchurch, have tested positive for COVID-19," NZC said in an official statement.

"Two of these six results have been deemed 'historical'; four have been confirmed as new," it added.

Now in line with the protocols governing the squad's entry into New Zealand, the six members of the squad will be moved to the quarantine arm of the managed isolation facility.

As a consequence, the Pakistan team's exemption to train while in managed isolation has been put on hold until investigations have been completed.

"Separately, NZC has also been made aware that some members of the Pakistan team had contravened protocols on the first day of managed isolation," the cricket board said.

Pakistan are slated to play three T20Is on December 18, 20, and 22, and the ICC World Test Championship fixtures will be held in Mount Maunganui and Christchurch on December 26-30 and January 3-7, respectively.

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November 20,2020

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New Delhi, Nov 20: The third online Futsal Introductory Certificate Course, organised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), is all set to kick off on Friday.

Joshua Stan Vaz and Shailesh Kerkera will be the lead instructors for the three-day virtual course, which will continue till Sunday, November 22.

Savio Medeira, Head of Coach Education, AIFF, mentioned that the response around the Futsal Certificate Courses is 'laudable' and informed that 150-odd applicants have shown interest to take part as Indian football moves forward together.

"The interest to take part in the courses is laudable. We have received more than 150 applications for the course. Because of the high demand, we are contemplating organising more such courses in the future," the former Blue Tigers head coach said.

"We realise that interest in Futsal in our country is increasing manifold. I strongly feel it will increase more in the future, given the talent we have in our country," he continued.

60 participants will take part in the virtual sessions where different aspects of the rules of Futsal, AFC coaching courses, the curriculum, Laws of the Game, etc will be discussed.

Medeira feels that given the fast nature of Futsal, it is an 'exciting version' of football which will, in turn, make a player 'more comfortable on the ball' and help to improve further.

"Given the features like shorter duration, fast pace, more actions, and more goals, Futsal is a more exciting version of the game. If one starts with Futsal and then moves to football, he/she will become more comfortable on the ball and quicker in decision-making. We have a lot of examples where a player, who started with Futsal, made it to the top eventually," he said.

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November 20,2020

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Melbourne, Nov 20: Cricket Australia (CA) on Friday informed that three T20Is and two ODIs between India and Australia have been sold out after tickets went on sale this morning.

"The second and third ODIs at the SCG and Manuka Oval respectively have been exhausted while the Manuka Oval T20I and two SCG T20Is are sold out," CA said in a release.

"Limited tickets to the first ODI on November 27 at the SCG remain, with approximately 1,900 public seats left. Both the SCG and Manuka Oval will be at 50 per cent capacity for series, with fans voting with their feet after ticket prices were frozen from the last time India came to Australia in 2018/19," it added.

Anthony Everard, Cricket Australia's Executive General Manager of Fan Engagement, said that it showed fans cannot wait for the men's international season to begin.

"The rivalry between the Australian and Indian men's cricket teams is one of the greatest in international sport and this series is shaping up as an epic," Everard said.

"It's been fantastic to see so much interest in the ODI and T20I Series, with the high demand starting from yesterday with our pre-sale period offered to the Australian Cricket Family. It didn't take long today for things to move quickly, with now just a couple of thousand tickets remaining for the first ODI on November 27 at the SCG," he added.

Responding to the cricket fan's excitement, James Allsopp, Cricket ACT CEO, stated that there was some genuine excitement building in Canberra ahead of the two T20Is.

"It is fantastic to have such high-quality international cricket coming to the ACT this summer and I am not surprised that fans have acted so quickly to ensure they have a seat," he said.

"Both games at Manuka are going to be fierce contests, and we look forward to welcoming the Australian and Indian teams to Canberra. With such high demand, it's inevitable that some fans may have missed out, but there is plenty of other cricket to come with BBL matches in Canberra," Allsopp added.

India's tour of Australia will begin with three ODIs on November 27, 29, and December 2. The first T20I will also be played in Canberra on December 4 and the rest two on December 6 and 8 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Also, the Indian side is set to play four Tests against Australia which will be a part of the Test Championship and the winner gets one step closer to the final, scheduled in June 2021.

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