Sourav Ganguly confirms his biopic: ‘It will be in Hindi but can’t reveal the name of director’

A biopic on former Indian cricket captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has been confirmed. He is considered as India’s game-changer in International cricket during the 2000s.

After Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, now fans of former Indian cricket captain, Sourav Ganguly, will witness his life journey unfold on the silver screen. The former cricketer has confirmed the news of a biopic being made on him.

“Yes, I have agreed to the biopic. It will be in Hindi but it is not possible to reveal the name of the director now. It will take some more time for everything to be finalised,” the president of the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) told News 18 Bangla.

Now, who will essay the role of Ganguly on-screen is yet to be seen. But, the fans of ‘dada’, as Ganguly is fondly addressed, will certainly get to witness the iconic moments of his life from the seminal, shirtless moment on the balcony at Lord’s, to the inglorious Chappell years.

Last year, as Ganguly appeared on Neha Dhupia’s chat show No Filter Neha, he was asked whom would he prefer to play his role in his biopic. Since he couldn’t come up with a name, Dhupia suggested Hrithik Roshan’s name to which the cricketer replied, “But he’s got to get a body like me, first. A lot of people would say the way Hrithik’s body is, how good-looking he is, and how muscular he is, people would say ‘Aree, you’ll have to get a body like Hrithik’. But, Hrithik will have to get a body like me before he starts.”

Earlier, the Indian cricket fans were treated with Sachin: A Billion Dreams, a docu-drama in which Sachin Tendulkar played himself, and M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, in which Sushant Singh Rajput played the former India skipper. They are now awaiting the release of Ranveer Singh starrer 83, which will chronicle India’s first World Cup win under the captaincy of Kapil Dev in 1983. A biopic on Indian women cricketer Mithali Raj, starring Taapsee Pannu, is also in the making.

ICC set to award some points for each match won during WTC 2

There would be changes to the points system was first declared by ICC interim CEO Geoff Allardice during a media interaction earlier this month.

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) will award standardized 12 points for every match won during the second World Test Championships cycle which kicks off with the five-match series between India and England in August.

Teams will get six points in case of a tie and four points if the match ends in a draw.

There would be changes to the points system was first declared by ICC interim CEO Geoff Allardice during a media interaction earlier this month.

“Instead of each series being worth the same number of points, 120, irrespective of whether the series is played over two Tests or five Tests, the next cycle will see each match being worth the same number of points – a maximum of 12 per match,” an ICC board member

“Teams will be ranked on the percentage of available points they won from the matches they have played.”

The changes in the points system will have to be ratified by the ICC chief executives committee in the coming weeks.

“The aim was to try and simplify the points system and to allow teams to be meaningfully compared on the table at any point, though they may have played differing numbers of matches and series,” the Board member added.

Apart from the India-England series, the Ashes later this year will be the only other five-match affair in the second cycle which will end in June 2023.

Australia’s tour of India next year is the only four-Test series in the upcoming cycle.

The nine Test teams will play a total of six series: three home and three away just like the previous edition.

In the inaugural edition, which New Zealand won after defeating India in the final earlier this month, the ICC had changed the qualification criteria for the World Test Championship from maximum points earned to percentage points earned from the matches contested after many scheduled series was cancelled due to COVID-19.

During the last cycle, the value for each series was 120 points where a two-match India-Bangladesh series had 60 points for a win while a four-match India-Australia Test series had 30 points in-store per victory.

“England will play the most Tests (21) in WTC-2 followed by India (19), Australia (18) and South Africa (15). The inaugural WTC winners New Zealand will play only 13 matches, similar to that of West Indies and Sri Lanka, but one less than Pakistan (14),” ‘ESPNcricinfo’ reported.

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ICC announces expansion of women's cricket tournaments in next cycle of events

20:19 HRS IST : Women's global cricket tournaments are set to be expanded during the course of the next cycle of events, the ICC has announced on International Women's Day, meaning more teams will be competing in the Women's World Cup and Women's T20 World Cup. Also, a third women's global tournament, the Women's T20 Champions Cup - on paper seemingly resembling the men's Champions Trophy - has been added to the next cycle, which begins in 2023 after the men's World Cup that year and runs till 2031

The World Cup will have 10 teams playing 48 matches from 2029 (up from eight teams, and 31 matches, till 2025), the T20 World Cup will be expanded to 12 teams playing a total of 33 matches from 2026 (up from 10 teams, and 23 matches, till 2024). The Women's T20 Champions Cup is set to take place in 2027 and 2031, with six teams playing 16 matches.

These tournaments are part of 20 global tournaments planned for both men's and women's cricket combined in the 2023-31 cycle. Bids for hosting the events will soon be open to the ICC's member countries.

According to ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney, the revised formats would also mean more teams will be able to compete in and gain vital exposure in the qualification tournaments - the Women's Championship, World Cup Qualifier and the T20 Qualifier.

This decision to expand our women's events ... allows us to give more member countries greater opportunities to compete on a global stage," Sawhney said. "This means that more teams will also get the opportunity to compete in the qualification pathways for the respective ICC events over the coming years. I am sure these initiatives will go a long way in helping us achieve our strategic goal of continuing to build strength and depth in the women's game.

"We have a clear focus and commitment to an ambitious long-term growth plan for the women's game. We have been building momentum around the women's game for the last four years investing in global broadcast coverage and marketing to drive fan engagement."

INPUT: ESPNcricinfo