May is strictly set aside for the resumption of all sporting activities by associations since the outbreak and flush-out of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Major associations, including football, athletics, kickball, table tennis and lawn tennis have commenced their activities, except the country’s second popular sport, basketball.Up to this date, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has suspended basketball activities due the leadership crisis in the association began over the last four months.Aggrieved stakeholders raised five issues, amongst which include: the violation of the constitution, the failure of holding election on the fourth and ineligibility of clubs which didn’t participate in the immediate past organized basketball season.A rejoinder by the LBA leadership said because of the outbreak of the Ebola in the country, elections could not be held in 2014; and that some of the contestants seeking positions are not eligible, quoting constitutional requirements.The misunderstanding compelled Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton to refer the case to FIBA-Africa.Minister Yonton said yesterday in a mobile interview that the Ministry, waiting for FIBA-Africa intervention is considering a re-dialogue between the contesting parties.“We want to call the two parties to find a way forward, and if there is no compromise then we would wait for whatever months or years it would take for FIBA-Africa to mediate,” Minister Yonton said.He added: “We hope that for the good of the game, there would be success in our second attempt to amicably solve this leadership crisis.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The first day of the second and final four-day first class cricket match against Australia A turned out to be quite dismal for India A, who were bowled out for a meagre 135 at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Wednesday.At stumps, Australia A were batting at 43 for no loss with openers Cameron Bancroft and Usman Khawaja unbeaten on 24 and 13, trailing India A by 92 runs.It was a poor first innings outing for the hosts, who despite winning the toss and having India Test skipper Virat Kohli (16) in their ranks, collapsed for the measly total.The fall started when captain Cheteshwar Pujara (11) was bowled by medio Marcus Stoinis (1/21). India A were soon tottering at 53/4 with the losses of opener Abhinav Mukund (15), Kohli and Shreyas Iyer (1).Kohli hit a six and a boundary and looked like getting a big one but left-arm tweaker Ashton Agar (2/23) had other plans and put an end to the Indian’s innings, getting him trapped in front of the wickets.Also read: All eyes on Virat Kohli as India A takes on Australia A Karun Nair (50) and wicketkeeper batsman Naman Ojha then offered the only resistance to Australia A bowlers by striking an important 56-run fifth wicket partnership. Though Ojha contributed only 10 runs in the stand, his 84-ball stay helped Nair reach his half-century in 153 deliveries.But once Ojha was stumped of Agar (2/23), the final fall happened again with India A losing their last six wickets for only 24 runs, totally giving the advantage to the visitors.advertisementIndian origin Australian pacer Gurinder Sandhu picked the most number of wickets. The right-armer cleaned up the India A tail to end with 3/25. Agar, spinner Steve O’Keefe (2/30) and pacer Andrew Fekete (2/33) also clinched two wickets each.In reply, the visitors started well as Bancroft and Khawaja did not play loose shots and stuck it out in the middle for 13 overs before the close of play.Brief scores: India A 135 all out (Karun Nair 50; Gurinder Sandhu 3/25, Ashton Agar 2/23, Steve O’Keefe 2/30) vs Australia A 43 for no loss (Cameron Bancroft 24 not out).