Pakistan women’s tour of India could be cancelled: PCB official

first_imgPakistan women’s team tour to India as a part of the ICC Women’s Championship is likely to be postponed as the Indian board is yet to receive any government directive with regards to holding the series in November.As a part of the championship, Indian women’s team are set to host their Pakistani counterparts in a three-match ODI series.Given the prevailing circumstances between the two nations, the Indian cricket board will wait for a government’s directive as they have already informed the matter much in advance.”We are still waiting for an answer as the Indian board has to host the women’s series by November this year. It appears as if this series could also end up being cancelled as it doesn’t appear India is willing to host the Pakistan women’s team,” a PCB official alleged.However BCCI on its part maintains that they had sought approval for the tour and they can do very little unless there is green light from the central government.”We can only take the matter forward once we hear from the government. We all know, a bilateral series against Pakistan is an issue that cannot be unilaterally by BCCI. It will follow the instructions from the government,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.As per PCB sources, the ICC has told them to “wait and watch” as the window to host Pakistan women’s team was between July and November.In case, India doesn’t host Pakistan, PCB wants ICC to award them points for the series. In that case, BCCI is almost certain to contest their claims on grounds that organization is beyond their control at the moment.advertisementCouple of years back, the BCCI had refused to send its women team to Pakistan due to valid security concerns which has been an issue with every cricket playing nation. However refusal to play Pakistan on a neutral venue led to them being docked points.last_img read more

ESPN Computer Releases New CFB Playoff Prediction

first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)We’re through six weeks of the college football and we’re finally starting to get a picture of which teams can compete for a national title. Alabama is the unquestioned leader in every poll and metric to win back-to-back titles.Can anyone take down the Tide? ESPN’s computer model, FiveThirtyEight, released its predictions for the College Football Playoff.So, who made the list? No surprise, the Crimson Tide sit at No. 1, while the unbeaten Clemson Tigers came in at No. 2.Here’s the top four:AlabamaClemsonOhio StateNotre DameGeorgia, which sits at No. 2 in the AP and Coaches’ Poll, came in at No. 5 on this list. The Bulldogs face four-straight ranked opponents in LSU, Florida, Kentucky and Auburn before finishing the season against UMass and Georgia Tech.A repeat of last year’s foursome isn’t likely, unless Oklahoma wins out and gets a little help along the way.The first CFB Playoff rankings come out on October 30.[538]last_img read more