Jasvinder Sidhu

Jasvinder Sidhu

Jasvinder Sidhu, with the Delhi sports team, has been a journalist for 20 years and writes on cricket.

Articles by Jasvinder Sidhu
Anurag Thakur is facing perjury charges in the Supreme Court.(AFP)
Anurag Thakur is facing perjury charges in the Supreme Court.(AFP)

Anurag Thakur tenders apology to Supreme Court in relation to perjury charges

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jasvinder Sidhu
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2017 11:45 PM IST
Anurag Thakur has presented his case with a timeline and the mail exchanged with the ICC that led to a situation in which the court issued him a notice of perjury.
Sachin Tendulkar’s much-awaited film ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ will narrate the story of how a naughty, curly-haired boy in the Mumbai suburbs who climbed trees, pretended to be John McEnroe and once even pinned down and beat up a classmate took his cricketing genius to the highest level in the sport.(Twitter)
Sachin Tendulkar’s much-awaited film ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ will narrate the story of how a naughty, curly-haired boy in the Mumbai suburbs who climbed trees, pretended to be John McEnroe and once even pinned down and beat up a classmate took his cricketing genius to the highest level in the sport.(Twitter)

Sachin Tendulkar’s ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ to hit the theatres on May 26

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2017 09:20 PM IST
Sachin Tendulkar’s ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is a docu-feature on the life of the cricket legend. According to sources, Tendulkar initially wasn’t keen when the project was floated by 200Notout Carnival Pictures Limited, about 18 months before his retirement.
The Chief Executives Committee has authorised the International Cricket Council (ICC) management to initiate the process of developing an amendment to the anti-corruption code to permit the use of cell phone data extraction equipment.(ICC)
The Chief Executives Committee has authorised the International Cricket Council (ICC) management to initiate the process of developing an amendment to the anti-corruption code to permit the use of cell phone data extraction equipment.(ICC)

Fixing fears: ICC looks to use data extraction tech to tap players’ mobiles

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jasvinder Sidhu
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2017 08:49 PM IST
If the International Cricket Committee’s (ICC’s) legal team gives the nod, the data in the players’ phones can be accessed by the anti-corruption officials to check match fixing.
Virat Kohli has close to 14 million followers on Twitter and over three crore followers on Facebook.(Virat Kohli Twitter)
Virat Kohli has close to 14 million followers on Twitter and over three crore followers on Facebook.(Virat Kohli Twitter)

Virat Kohli’s curious Twitter life: 14 million followers but following only 44

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2017 07:50 PM IST
Virat Kohli has achieved plenty of records during his time as an India cricketer, but his Twitter profile is a curious study in which he has close to 14 million followers but he follows less than 50 individuals.
GCA, BCCI’s Goa state unit, also bought 18 vehicles, and two chassis, which were given for bus body-building. The unit promised the vehicles would be disposed off in three months by inviting tenders.(HT Photo)
GCA, BCCI’s Goa state unit, also bought 18 vehicles, and two chassis, which were given for bus body-building. The unit promised the vehicles would be disposed off in three months by inviting tenders.(HT Photo)

Deloitte report shows Goa cricket body paid members to watch IPL matches

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jasvinder Sidhu
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2017 09:12 PM IST
The Deloitte report, commissioned by the BCCI to assess the accounting practices of its state units, show Goa and Hyderabad associations, besides others, in a poor light.
Amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam has informed Supreme Court that leading audit firm Deloitte’s reports on the BCCI state associations’ accounts have highlighted massive corruption.(HT Photo)
Amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam has informed Supreme Court that leading audit firm Deloitte’s reports on the BCCI state associations’ accounts have highlighted massive corruption.(HT Photo)

Damaging Deloitte report likely to hurt BCCI more

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2017 12:12 AM IST
The BCCI-appointed audit firm Deloitte has found widespread financial irregularities in the accounts of many state units, the amicus curiae has told the Supreme Court
Sacked BCCI president Anurag Thakur discusses the Board’s stance on the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel's report. The Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi has raised objection to the implementation of the Lodha panel reforms(PTI)
Sacked BCCI president Anurag Thakur discusses the Board’s stance on the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel's report. The Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi has raised objection to the implementation of the Lodha panel reforms(PTI)

India cricket at crossroads: Attorney General on why Lodha panel brutal on BCCI

UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2017 12:55 PM IST
The presence of Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi marked the central government’s involvement for the first time in the Supreme Court hearing on the implementation of Lodha panel reforms on a defiant BCCI
The Supreme Court had earlier axed BCCI president Anurag Thakur from his post.(HT Photo)
The Supreme Court had earlier axed BCCI president Anurag Thakur from his post.(HT Photo)

BCCI vs Lodha: Supreme Court sees red over Kerala unit lawyer’s ‘bloody’ comment

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2017 09:59 PM IST
Emotions ran high during Supreme Court’s hearing on roping in new administrators for BCCI, as a Kerala Cricket Association lawyer’s use of foul language was rebuked by the judges
Justice Lodha has said there has been no complaint against Ajay Shirke after reports emerged that he tried to scuttle the England series.(Hindustan Times)
Justice Lodha has said there has been no complaint against Ajay Shirke after reports emerged that he tried to scuttle the England series.(Hindustan Times)

Justice Lodha says no complaint against Ajay Shirke over England series

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2017 07:51 PM IST
Justice Lodha has stated that he did not receive any formal complaint against ousted BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke after reports emerged that he had tried to scuttle the limited-overs series between India and England
S Sreesanth is looking forward to a stint in the Scottish league after signing up for Glenrothes Cricket Club.(HT photo)
S Sreesanth is looking forward to a stint in the Scottish league after signing up for Glenrothes Cricket Club.(HT photo)

S Sreesanth aims to revive career with stint in Scottish league cricket

UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2017 06:31 PM IST
S Sreesanth is seeking permission from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which had banned him for life for his alleged involvement in the 2013 Indian Premier League match-fixing scandal
Close on the heels of the Supreme Court’s January 2 verdict against the BCCI’s top office-bearers, the first steps in the Law Commission of India’s bid to make the sports body answerable to the public (via RTI) are being taken.(HT Photo)
Close on the heels of the Supreme Court’s January 2 verdict against the BCCI’s top office-bearers, the first steps in the Law Commission of India’s bid to make the sports body answerable to the public (via RTI) are being taken.(HT Photo)

Will India cricket team singing national anthem, flying tri-colour bring BCCI under RTI?

PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2017 12:44 PM IST
Does Indian players singing the national anthem or playing under the national flag make the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) a public body that can be brought under the RTI Act? A top law firm hired by the Law Commission of India is seeking answers to these questions.
India women’s cricket team player Harmanpreet Kaur is featuring in this year’s Big Bash League, playing for SydneyThunder. There is more Indian flavour Down Under at the league though, with Cricket Australia using Hindi commentary for their broadcasts.(Getty Images)
India women’s cricket team player Harmanpreet Kaur is featuring in this year’s Big Bash League, playing for SydneyThunder. There is more Indian flavour Down Under at the league though, with Cricket Australia using Hindi commentary for their broadcasts.(Getty Images)

Hindi commentary gives an Indian touch to Cricket Australia’s Big Bash League

PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2017 04:00 PM IST
Indian stars like Virat Kohli are yet to enter Australia’s Big Bash League but thanks to Hindi, Cricket Australia (CA) is successfully attracting thousands of Indians living Down Under to their T20 league.
PV Sindhu shuttled to stardom in 2016, winning an Olympic silver and a Super Series title.(REUTERS)
PV Sindhu shuttled to stardom in 2016, winning an Olympic silver and a Super Series title.(REUTERS)

Inspiring tales of India’s Olympians coming at a telly near you

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2017 08:45 PM IST
DD Sports is gearing up to offer new programmes, including films on the country’s Olympians.
Aditya Verma, the petitioner in IPL fixing case, took on the powerful BCCI officials and finally got the Supreme Court to make them fall in line. In his long legal battle, Verma says he got support from Lalit Modi, Anurag Thakur and Sharad Pawar but finally he was on his own with support from his battery of well-known lawyers.(PTI)
Aditya Verma, the petitioner in IPL fixing case, took on the powerful BCCI officials and finally got the Supreme Court to make them fall in line. In his long legal battle, Verma says he got support from Lalit Modi, Anurag Thakur and Sharad Pawar but finally he was on his own with support from his battery of well-known lawyers.(PTI)

Anurag Thakur, Lalit Modi, Sharad Pawar dumped me, that’s my story: Aditya Verma

UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2017 11:05 AM IST
Aditya Verma, the petitioner in IPL fixing case, is known for taking on the powerful BCCI officials and bringing them down.
The amount includes the high appearance fee of legal experts like Aryama Sundaram, Kapil Sibal, Mukul Rohatgi, Shekhar Naphade and Arvind Datar that BCCI appointed, and the expenses of the two investigative and advisory bodies, Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice RM Lodha Committees, appointed by the Supreme Court.(AFP)
The amount includes the high appearance fee of legal experts like Aryama Sundaram, Kapil Sibal, Mukul Rohatgi, Shekhar Naphade and Arvind Datar that BCCI appointed, and the expenses of the two investigative and advisory bodies, Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice RM Lodha Committees, appointed by the Supreme Court.(AFP)

How BCCI spent 100 crore on legal bills and still went bust at Supreme Court

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2017 03:47 PM IST
According to a source, the BCCI’s legal bill to fight the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting scandal adds up to more than 100 crore. According to an estimate, the Board paid more than 9 lakh per day towards its legal bill while fighting the case at different levels.
Anurag Thakur (left) and Ajay Shirke were removed as BCCI president and secretary, respectively, by the Supreme Court on Monday. The Supreme Court will appoint an observer for the cricket Board on January 19(AFP)
Anurag Thakur (left) and Ajay Shirke were removed as BCCI president and secretary, respectively, by the Supreme Court on Monday. The Supreme Court will appoint an observer for the cricket Board on January 19(AFP)

In 7 minutes flat, Supreme Court delivered killer punch on Anurag Thakur, Shirke

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2017 12:37 AM IST
Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke, who refused to obey the apex court’s earlier orders and wasted opportunities to put forth a valid argument, “ceased to operate” as BCCI president and secretary after a Supreme Court ruling on Monday.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur along with other members during the meeting to discuss their latest stance on the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel's report. Court verdict on Monday.(PTI)
BCCI president Anurag Thakur along with other members during the meeting to discuss their latest stance on the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel's report. Court verdict on Monday.(PTI)

Indian cricket bosses at crossroads, BCCI faces D-Day in Supreme Court

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2017 10:08 AM IST
The Supreme Court will give its final order on the Justice RM Lodha Committee’s recommendations for reforms in the BCCI; it could even ask the board’s top office-bearers to step down and appoint an independent observer to oversee changes.
India captain Virat Kohli and teammates celebrate after sealing the fifth Test against England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. India beat England 4-0 in the five-match series but the players will miss out on a a bonus as the BCCI is cash strapped thanks to the ongoing legal battle at Supreme Court against the Lodha Committee recommendations.(PTI)
India captain Virat Kohli and teammates celebrate after sealing the fifth Test against England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. India beat England 4-0 in the five-match series but the players will miss out on a a bonus as the BCCI is cash strapped thanks to the ongoing legal battle at Supreme Court against the Lodha Committee recommendations.(PTI)

Here’s why Kohli and Team India won’t get bonus from BCCI despite big win over Eng

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2016 01:43 AM IST
India have won five consecutive Test series under skipper Virat Kohli. On Tuesday, the team registered its biggest win over England, but the legal battle in the Supreme Court has ensured the team will not get a special bonus for the achievement.
Chief Justice of India (CJI)TS Thakur ripped apart BJP MP and BCCI president Anurag Thakur’s every defence on the matter regarding his request for a ‘letter’ from ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, lambasting the Board president for 10 minutes.(HT Photo)
Chief Justice of India (CJI)TS Thakur ripped apart BJP MP and BCCI president Anurag Thakur’s every defence on the matter regarding his request for a ‘letter’ from ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, lambasting the Board president for 10 minutes.(HT Photo)

BCCI boss Anurag Thakur slammed: A blow-by-blow account from Supreme Court

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2016 10:17 AM IST
At the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur ripped apart BJP MP and BCCI president Anurag Thakur’s every defence on the matter regarding his request for a ‘letter’ from ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, lambasting the Board president for 10 minutes.
A’fat’ cricket bat showing off its depth and long spine.(HT Photo)
A’fat’ cricket bat showing off its depth and long spine.(HT Photo)

MCC says trim fat bats, Indian companies cheer

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
PUBLISHED ON DEC 12, 2016 10:45 AM IST
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the guardians of the gentleman’s game, has recommended that using fat bats is not quite cricket. Indian bat manufacturers hare happy.
A bat manufacturer displaying an exceptionally thick wood that goes into making fat, custom-made bats. The Marylebone Cricket Club has recommended restrictions on the size of bats to ensure balance between bat and ball.(HT File)
A bat manufacturer displaying an exceptionally thick wood that goes into making fat, custom-made bats. The Marylebone Cricket Club has recommended restrictions on the size of bats to ensure balance between bat and ball.(HT File)

Indian manufacturers welcome MCC move to trim fat bats

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2016 11:54 PM IST
Indian bat-makers have welcomed the MCC World Cricket Committee’s recommendation to limit the size of the bat to ensure balance between bat and ball. If the decision is ratified next year, it will make it easier for manufacturers.
The Law commission is studying ways to bring the BCCI under the RTI act.(REUTERS)
The Law commission is studying ways to bring the BCCI under the RTI act.(REUTERS)

Law Commission exploring ways to bring BCCI under RTI act

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2016 05:51 PM IST
The Law Commission of India is studying ways to legalise betting in the country and is trying to bring the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the Right to Information (RTI) act.
Lotus Valley International School's senior team participating in this year's HT GIFA tournament, in Noida, India, on Friday, August, 26, 2016.(Buhaan Kinu / HT Photo)
Lotus Valley International School's senior team participating in this year's HT GIFA tournament, in Noida, India, on Friday, August, 26, 2016.(Buhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

Govt seeks to make sports compulsory in schools, promotion only if students pass

Hindsutan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2016 01:26 AM IST
The move is aimed at instilling a sporting culture among youngsters of the country, where sports is largely seen as a past time rather than a career option.
Long opposed to the Decision Review System (DRS), the BCCI and captain Virat Kohli are trying to embrace the technology whole-heartedly.(REUTERS)
Long opposed to the Decision Review System (DRS), the BCCI and captain Virat Kohli are trying to embrace the technology whole-heartedly.(REUTERS)

India vs England: BCCI ‘shadow umpire’ to learn DRS use

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
PUBLISHED ON NOV 28, 2016 10:55 AM IST
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, long opposed to the use of DRS, have got their officials cleared by the ICC to sit with the TV umpire during the ongoing series against England to get a feel of how the technology is used to review decisions.
Since the new currency notes are in short supply, the BCCI decided to buy cash cards for the players(AP)
Since the new currency notes are in short supply, the BCCI decided to buy cash cards for the players(AP)

Demonetisation hits India, England players hard

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2016 08:51 PM IST
Ahead of the third Test in Mohali, BCCI officials on Thursday were busy arranging for cash cards for the teams.
For alleged cricket bookies like Tinku Mandi, Jupiter, Jeetu Tharad, Chotu Jalandhar and Chota Nagpur, their ‘operating name’ is virtually their address.(Hindustan Times)
For alleged cricket bookies like Tinku Mandi, Jupiter, Jeetu Tharad, Chotu Jalandhar and Chota Nagpur, their ‘operating name’ is virtually their address.(Hindustan Times)

Leaving the calling card in India’s shadowy world of cricket fixing

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2016 06:58 PM IST
For alleged cricket bookies like Tinku Mandi, Jupiter, Jeetu Tharad, Chotu Jalandhar and Chota Nagpur, their ‘operating name’ is virtually their address.
When Vinesh Phogat got injured during her women's freestyle 48 kg bout at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, she was treated on the mat by the local doctors while Pawandeep Singh (who is a radiologist and not a sports medicine specialist), Indian squad’s chief medical officer, did not step in despite being present at the venue.(PTI)
When Vinesh Phogat got injured during her women's freestyle 48 kg bout at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, she was treated on the mat by the local doctors while Pawandeep Singh (who is a radiologist and not a sports medicine specialist), Indian squad’s chief medical officer, did not step in despite being present at the venue.(PTI)

Rio 2016: India picked radiologist as chief medical officer, says government

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2016 10:13 PM IST
While an injured Vinesh Phogat’s suffering left even her opponent distraught, the Chief Medical Officer of the Indian contingent, Pawandeep Singh, did not come forward to attend her despite being present in the arena.
Car stunts legend Terry Grant, who will perform during the JK Tyre National Racing Championships season finale at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on Sunday, rates Alastair Cook (left) very high for the perfection with which the England skipper performs car stunts.
Car stunts legend Terry Grant, who will perform during the JK Tyre National Racing Championships season finale at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on Sunday, rates Alastair Cook (left) very high for the perfection with which the England skipper performs car stunts.

Alastair Cook the stuntman? Find out where the England skipper takes more risks

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2016 07:35 PM IST
Car stunts legend Terry Grant, who will perform during the JK Tyre National Racing Championships season finale at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on Sunday, has millions of fans including England cricket team skipper Alastair Cook.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel made it clear that the sports fraud bill will not be tabled during the winter session of the Parliament.(PTI)
Sports Minister Vijay Goel made it clear that the sports fraud bill will not be tabled during the winter session of the Parliament.(PTI)

Sports fraud bill stays in cold storage as govt dithers

Hindustan Times | By Jasvinder Sidhu
PUBLISHED ON NOV 17, 2016 12:41 AM IST
The bill contains provision for imprisonment of those indulging in any sporting fraud, directly or indirectly, for up to 5-6 years. Private companies are liable too.
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