Cricket, CCI, BCCI - Current Affairs Questions and Answers

1)   Which well known BCCI president recently passed away at the age of 75 on 20th September 2015?

a. Jagmohan Dalmiya
b. Sunil Gavaskar
c. N. Srinivasan
d. Raj Singh Durgarpur
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Jagmohan Dalmiya

BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away at a private hospital in Kolkata on Sunday, 20th September 2015 at the age of 75. He also served as president of the International Cricket Council (1997-2000 and was admitted to hospital after suffering a heart attack on 17th September. He was a key figure in bringing the 1987 and 1996 cricket World Cups to the sub-continent and took over as BCCI president for a second time earlier this year. He joined BCCI in 1979 and was the first Asian head of ICC.

2)   BCCI has constituted a 7 member committee under whom to analyse the Lodha panel reform propositions?

a. Rajeev Shukla
b. TC Mathew
c. Sourav Ganguly
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Rajeev Shukla

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has constituted a special seven-member committee to analyse the few contentious Lodha panel reforms which are being opposed by the state units.

The seven-member Lodha committee has been formed under the head of Rajeev Shukla.

The other members of the committee include former India captain Sourav Ganguly, T.C. Mathew (Kerala Cricket), Naba Bhattacharjee (North East representative), Jay Shah (Gujarat Cricket Association), BCCI Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary and BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary.

The decision to form the panel was arrived at the BCCI’s Special General Meeting in Mumbai.

One of the major reforms of the Lodha Committee which are being opposed by the state units speaks about disqualifying any individual who is more than 70-years-old, and who has already completed nine years in cricket administration.

The BCCI committee has been asked to submit its written report by July 10. BCCI’s move to constitute a committee is widely seen as its attempt to delay the implementations of the reforms suggested by the Lodha Committee.

Lodha Committee: Know More

  • Justice Lodha committee was appointed by the Supreme Court in 2014 to make recommendations to the BCCI in order to prevent frauds and conflict of interest in cricket administration.
  • The committee was appointed in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal in Indian Premier League (IPL). The recommendations of the committee are aimed at resolving issues of governance, transparency, and conflict of interest in BCCI.
  • As per the Lodha Committee recommendations approved by the Supreme Court, no official should hold a position for more than three tenures of three years each, with no two consecutive terms.
  • The office bearers are subjected to an age cap of 70.

3)   Which State became the first to win all major domestic BCCI tournaments in a year?

a. Kerala
b. Karnataka
c. Telangana
d. Tamil Nadu
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Tamil Nadu

After emerging victorious in the final of Deodhar Trophy 2016-17 against India B, Tamil Nadu became the first state team to win the tournament as well all major domestic BCCI tournaments (involving state teams).

They won the final match by defending 303 against Parthiv Patel-led India B.

Tamil Nadu, however, had won their first and only Ranji Trophy tournament in 1987-88, followed by Irani Trophy in 1988-89.

Tamil Nadu were the first champion team in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2007-08.

Coming to India’s premier List A tournament, which is famously named as Vijay Hazare Trophy, Tamil Nadu have won this tournament four times (2002-03, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2016-17), and shared once with Uttar Pradesh in 2004-05.

They completed the set by winning the Deodhar Trophy this time.

This year makes the state five-time winners in the tournament.

Tamil Nadu has won the Irani Cup in the year of 1988-89 and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in the year of 2007-08.

4)   Which woman cricketer won the BCCI award for the first time?

a. Shanta Rangaswamy
b. Mithali Raj
c. Harmanpreet Kaur
d. Mamta Maben
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shanta Rangaswamy

In a move that will potentially give a much-needed impetus to Women’s Cricket in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has introduced the women’s category in their Lifetime Achievement Awards.

This is recognising the stellar contribution of Indian women cricketers to the sport in India.

The first awardee in the category, who will be felicitated on International Women’s Day on March 8, is former India captain Shanta Rangaswamy.

Apart from Mr. Vaman Viswanath Kumar and late Ramakant Desai have been nominated for the BCCI Special Award in recognition of their yeoman services to Indian Cricket.

About Shanta Rangaswamy

  • Chennai-born Rangaswamy played 16 Tests between 1976 and 1991, and 19 ODIs between 1981 and 1986.
  • In her Test career, she captained eight of the matches in 1976-77 and four in 1983-84, and scored 750 runs at 32.60 including the first ever century scored by a woman cricketer against New Zealand, in 1986.
  • In her ODI stint, she captained 16 matches and scored 287 runs.
  • The right-handed batter and bowler who bowled at a medium pace took 21 wickets at a bowling average of 31.61, and clocked a best analysis of 4-42 against England.
  • The 63-year-old has also won the Arjuna award in 1976, and continues to contribute to the cricketing sphere as a cricket writer, coach, and selector for the women's team.
  • She also holds an executive position, namely General Manager, at Canara Bank, for its Bengaluru Region.

5)   Which bowler became the fastest to take 250 wickets in Test matches?

a. Dennis Lillee
b. Brett Lee
c. Waqar Younis
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: None of the above

Indian off-spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest cricketer to take 250 wickets in Test matches.

He achieved this feat in his 45th test match played against Bangladesh.

In his record 250th test wicket, he dismissed Bangladesh’s captain Mushfiqur Rahim.

With this, Ashwin surpassed previous record held by Australian fast bowler Dennis Keith Lillee, who had reached the milestone of 250 Test wickets in 48 matches.

Ravichandran Ashwin is sixth Indian bowler to reach 250 test wickets.

Earlier in 2016, Ashwin achieved the feat of taking fastest 200 wickets in Test in his 37th test.

He had beaten Pakistan’s Waqar Younis and Australia’s Dennis Lillee who had taken 200 wickets in 38 test matches.

Ravichandran Ashwin: Know More

  • Born: 17 September 1986 (age 30)
  • Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India
  • Nickname: Ash
  • Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
  • Batting style: Right-handed
  • Bowling style: Right-arm off spin
  • Role: Bowling all-rounder

6)   India has defeated which country to lift the T20 World Cup for Blind title 2017?

a. Afghanistan
b. South Africa
c. West Indies
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: None of the above

India defeated Pakistan by nine wickets to lift the T20 World Cup for Blind title on 12th Feb 2017 in Bangalore.

Set a target of 198 runs to win, India chased down the total with the loss of just one wicket and with 14 balls to spare.

This was the second edition of the tournament, with India having won the inaugural edition back in 2012.

India had beaten Pakistan in the final of the 2012 tournament too, winning that match by 29 runs.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel congratulated the Indian team for lifting T20 World Cup for Blind for the second successive edition after defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final at Bengaluru.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also joined those congratulating the Indian team.

"Delighted that India won the Blind T20 World Cup. Congratulations to the team. India is proud of their accomplishment," the PM tweeted.

7)   Who has been appointed as the lady member among a 4 member panel for administering the BCCI?

a. Diana Edulji
b. Mithali Raj
c. Purnima Rau
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Diana Edulji

Supreme Court on Monday appointed a four-member panel of administrators led by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai. This includes the legendary women test cricket player, Diana Edulji.

SC also appointed noted historian Ramchandra Guha and IDFC Ltd MD and CEO Vikram Limaye, who is expected to provide the committee with expertise in financial matters.

They will function as the new interim bosses of the BCCI. They will also run the day-to-day administration of BCCI till the Lodha reforms are fully implemented. This is until elections are held.

The BCCI CEO was in the driver's seat since the Supreme Court ousted former BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke in a January 2 order for stalling Lodha reforms.

He was ordered to submit a report to the new Committee detailing the level of compliance achieved by the BCCI and its members in adopting the Lodha recommendations upheld by the apex court on July 18, 2016.

The Lodha Committee secretary and advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan was asked to give the BCCI CEO a check-list of 16 timelines the Lodha panel had prepared for the BCCI and State associations to implement the reforms within the cricket body.

The CEO would consider the timelines to prepare his compliance report.

The Bench advised the BCCI to come up with a proposition of a respectable amount for the Supreme Court to consider as payment to the new administrators for services they would render.

Meanwhile, the Bench appointed Amitabh Choudhary and Anirudh Choudhary - both BCCI nominees - and Mr. Limaye to represent BCCI in the crucial ICC meet.

8)   Who is known as the female Don Bradman in the cricketing world?

a. Betty Wilson
b. Sana Mir
c. Mithali Raj
d. Meghann Moira Lanning
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Betty Wilson

Two of the greatest top order Aussie batsmen David Boon and Matthew Hayden have been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.

Australia's female Don Bradman, Betty Wilson became the second female cricketer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame too.

Boon played 107 tests from 1984 to 1996 and scored 7422 runs at 3.65 s an opener and No.3 player.

He featured in 181 ODIs. Since retirement, he has served as an administrator, selector and ICC match referee.

Player of the match in the 1987 World Cup Final against England, he ended his career in 1999 with more than 23,000 first class runs.

Hayden played 103 Tests from 1994-2009. With 8625 runs at 50.73, he is fifth on the list of all time test run scorers in Australia.

Hayden also secured 380 against Zimbabwe at the WACA in 2003– this was the highest test score by any player till Brian Lara with 400 in 2004.

Wilson is the second women cricketer to be included, after 2014 inductee Belinda Clark. Wilson died in 2010 at age 88, averaging 57.46 in test matches during the 40s and 50s. She took 68 wickets with an average of 11.80.

She was the first player of either gender to score 10 wickets in the test and a century in 1958. In 1960, Alan Davidson was the first man to match this feat. Wilson became the first woman player to also take a test hat-trick.

Boon, Hayden and Wilson will be inducted into the Allan Border Medal ceremony in Sydney on 23rd Jan 2017.

This takes number of inductees to 46 since inception in 1996.

Hall of Fame inductees

  • Belinda Clark
  • Alan Davidson
  • George Giffen
  • Adam Gilchrist
  • Bill Woodfull
  • Betty Wilson
  • Steve Waugh
  • Mark Waugh
  • Shane Warne
  • Doug Walters
  • Charlie Turner
  • Victor Trumper
  • Hugh Trumble
  • Jeff Thomson
  • Mark Taylor
  • Fred Spofforth
  • Bob Simpson
  • Clarrie Grimmett
  • Wally Grout
  • Neil Harvey
  • Lindsay Hassett
  • Matthew Hayden
  • Ian Healy
  • Clem Hill
  • Bill Lawry
  • Dennis Lillee
  • Jack Ryder
  • Bill Ponsford
  • Bill O'Reilly
  • Monty Noble
  • Ray Lindwall
  • Charles Macartney
  • Rod Marsh
  • Stan McCabe
  • Glenn McGrath
  • Graham McKenzie
  • Keith Miller
  • Arthur Morris
  • Ian Chappell
  • Greg Chappell
  • Sir Donald Bradman
  • Allan Border
  • David Boon
  • John Blackham
  • Richie Benaud
  • Warwick Armstrong

9)   What is Sachin Saga Warm Up?

a. a book on cricket
b. a VCD on cricket
c. a game on cricket
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: a game on cricket

JetSynthesys, a digital and technology company on 11th Jan 2017 announced the launch of a game on cricket called “Sachin Saga Warm Up” under the gaming arm Playizzon.

The company is associated with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar who trains players to gain expertise in playing cricket.

A batting game where players across the globe can complete in real time, this 2 minute powerplay allows users to get assistance from Sachin on shot selection.

The choice of play is determined based on where the ball pitches and what kind of delivery it is.

Game targets 8-45 year olds and is made in 7 languages.

The game will serve as a prequel to Sachin Saga where gamers across age groups can play an exciting new format of cricket digitally.

Know More About Sachin Tendulkar

  • Born: 24 April 1973, Mumbai
  • Height: 1.65 m
  • Education: Kirti M. Doongursee College
  • Movies: Sachin: A Billion Dreams
  • Awards: Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan

10)   After BCCI president Anurag Thakur's dismissal, who else resigned?

a. Dilip Vengsarkar
b. Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia
c. TC Mathew
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

There is a resignation spree among top cricket administrators post the Jan 2 decision of the SC to sack BCCI President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke for failure to implement Lodha committee reforms.

On Jan 4, 2016, ex Indian skipper Dilip Vengsarkar (Mumbai Cricket Association Vice President) resigned. Also stepping down were Jyotiraditya Scindia (MP Cricket Association chairman) and Sanjay Jagdale (MPCA president).

Earlier, the administrators who put in their papers included Kerala Cricket Association president TC Mathew and Former test cricketer Brijesh Patel, the Karnataka State Cricket Association Secretary.

Know More About Dilip Vengsarkar

  • Date joined: January 24, 1976 (India national cricket team)
  • Batting style: Right-handed
  • Awards: Arjuna Award for Cricket
  • Served two 4 year terms as MCA V from 2002 to 2010.
  • Chairman of the Cricket Improvement Committee in 2015.
  • Played 116 tests and served as chairman of TRDO scheme (2002-2004).
  • Chief National Selector from 2006-2008.
  • In 2010, he held a post in CIC of BCCI.
  • Currently, he is chairman of National Cricket Academy.

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