SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree grabbed a brace of wickets as his Brisbane Heat sent Andre Russell’s Sydney Thunder to their third straight loss of the Big Bash League yesterday. Playing at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder were held to 157 for seven off their 20 overs and then watched as Heat sped to their target with two balls remaining. Thunder, the reigning champions, are one from bottom of the table without a point from three outings, while Heat sit on top the standings with two wins from as many games. Sent in, Thunder were propelled by Englishman Eoin Morgan’s top score of 52 from 43 balls, while opener Kurtis Patterson got 36 from 31 deliveries. The pair put on 48 for the third wicket to pull Thunder around from 13 for two in the fourth over. Russell helped add 30 for the fourth wicket with Morgan before he was fourth out for eight in the 15th over, holing out in the deep off pacer Ben Cutting. Badree, who shared the new ball, was brilliant in picking two for 20 from his four overs. He accounted for Morgan in the 17th over, claiming the left-hander to a catch at deep mid-wicket. In reply, Heat were carried by Chris Lynn’s unbeaten 85 from 48 balls, which contained 10 fours and three sixes. Russell finished wicket-less from 3.4 overs, which went for 25 runs.
The Supreme Court on Thursday said that it was not interfering in the autonomy of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) but only wanted that its activities promoted the development of the game in the country.Making it clear that it was not against politicians taking part in the affairs of the BCCI, the court wanted to know if the country’s apex cricketing body has asked its auditors to conduct the performance audit of the funds flowing from it to the state cricketing associations. (Also read: SC wraps up hearing on passing directions for BCCI reforms) The court, however, reserved its verdict on the BCCI and its state affiliates red flagging some of the recommendations of the Justice Lodha Committee. They are particularly aggrieved by the recommendations advocating a policy of one state one vote, ceiling on the tenure of the office-bearers and presence of a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) nominee on the BCCI Board.”We are not reviewing any decision of the BCCI. Say if they are selecting a team whether they should have a fast bowler or a spinner. We are not going to step in there,” said the apex court bench comprising Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla.In its reply to the apex court’s observation, the BCCI contended that it could not be directed about the way it should go about its functioning.The bench was told that if it was open to the court to go into the BCCI’s existence, constitution, membership and qualification of membership, then it should apply to the other 64 national sports bodies in the country as well.advertisement”Politicians could always be there in their individual capacity,” the bench said as senior counsel KK Venugopal appearing for the BCCI told the court, “whether one is a bureaucrat or a politician, so long he is elected according to rules, there can be no bar.”The senior counsel said that the country’s apex cricketing organisation needed the best people with vast experience to manage its affairs. However, the court had a dig at the BCCI for “now” asking its state affiliates to furnish the proper utilisation certificate of the funds given to them.