Soumitra Bose

Soumitra Bose

Soumitra Bose has three decades of experience in sports journalism in topline media houses. He has managed sports content across print, broadcast and digital platforms.

Articles by Soumitra Bose
Julio Manuel Segret Mondelo, a UEFA A-License coach who has over 20 years of grassroots experience in various countries including Spain, Norway and India, is part of a strong back-up staff at Zinc Football.(HT Photo)
Julio Manuel Segret Mondelo, a UEFA A-License coach who has over 20 years of grassroots experience in various countries including Spain, Norway and India, is part of a strong back-up staff at Zinc Football.(HT Photo)

Mining talent: Here science meets soccer

By Soumitra Bose | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2019 02:05 PM IST
If the beautiful game is all about steel, style and vision, football is slowly and surely getting a toehold in the mining town of Zawar, about 40 kilometres south of the lake city of Udaipur
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Laureus World Sportsman of The Year 2019 winner Serbia's tennis player Novak Djokovic poses with his award.(AFP)
Laureus World Sportsman of The Year 2019 winner Serbia's tennis player Novak Djokovic poses with his award.(AFP)

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Novak Djokovic reveals story behind comeback

By Soumitra Bose | Monaco
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2019 09:19 AM IST
The standing ovations and the longest cheers were reserved for recently-retired Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, football manager Arsene Wenger and Indian NGO Yuwa for winning the Laureus Sport for Good Award for empowering women in Jharkhand through soccer.
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Vinesh Phogat poses for pictures during the medal ceremony of WFS50kg wrestling Nordic at the Commonwealth Games 2018.(PTI)
Vinesh Phogat poses for pictures during the medal ceremony of WFS50kg wrestling Nordic at the Commonwealth Games 2018.(PTI)

Times changing for Indian women, Vinesh Phogat tells the world

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, Monaco
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2019 07:17 PM IST
Vinesh Phogat is the first individual Indian athlete to be nominated for a major category in the Laureus awards.
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Arsene Wenger waves to fans after his final match in charge of Arsenal.(REUTERS)
Arsene Wenger waves to fans after his final match in charge of Arsenal.(REUTERS)

Why Arsene Wenger didn’t join Real Madrid

By Soumitra Bose | Monaco
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2019 11:13 PM IST
Ex-Arsenal coach said making careers of players was one of his three visions as a football manager
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The Jharkhand-based NGO that was awarded the Laureus Sport for Good award 2019 has been changing lives of young women through football(@YuwaFootball)
The Jharkhand-based NGO that was awarded the Laureus Sport for Good award 2019 has been changing lives of young women through football(@YuwaFootball)

Yuwa flies Indian flag at Laureus Awards

By Soumitra Bose | Monaco
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2019 11:05 PM IST
The Jharkhand-based NGO that was awarded the Laureus Sport for Good award 2019 has been changing lives of young women through football.
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File image of Xavi Hernandez.(AFP)
File image of Xavi Hernandez.(AFP)

I will give Lionel Messi Ballon d’Or every time: Xavi Hernandez

By Soumitra Bose | Doha
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2018 05:07 PM IST
Speaking on the sidelines of the Lusail Stadium design launch event in Doha on Saturday, Xavi Hernandez said his former Barcelona teammate should win the award “every time”.
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File photo of former Union minister Salman Khurshid.(PTI)
File photo of former Union minister Salman Khurshid.(PTI)

BCCI vs PCB: Indian board ‘is very well prepared’, says Khurshid

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2018 01:17 PM IST
Salman Khurshid, India’s former External Affairs Minister, turned up as an “expert” witness and was cross-examined by PCB’s British lawyers. The hearing is being held under UK laws.
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A view of logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
A view of logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

BCCI new constitution: CoA rejects Bihar’s compliance report

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2018 08:01 PM IST
Bihar’s inability to fall in line with the BCCI may hurt the state’s dreams of remaining in mainstream cricket after more than a decade in oblivion.
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The BCCI and PCB had agreed to play five bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 as per an agreement in 2014.
The BCCI and PCB had agreed to play five bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 as per an agreement in 2014.

BCCI vs PCB: Khurshid India’s ‘trump card’ in ICC battle with Pakistan

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2018 01:26 PM IST
Former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is expected to explain to the three-member ICC panel the role the Union government plays in clearing a cricket series between the arch-rivals.
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BCCI had signed on a MoU that scheduled six India versus Pakistan (bilateral) series between 2015 and 2023 with PCB hosting the first series in 2015/16.(AP)
BCCI had signed on a MoU that scheduled six India versus Pakistan (bilateral) series between 2015 and 2023 with PCB hosting the first series in 2015/16.(AP)

India should not pay a single penny to Pakistan: Anurag Thakur

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2018 09:07 PM IST
Former BCCI presidents N Srinivasan and Anurag Thakur have refused to turn up as witnesses at the ICC disputes resolution committee hearing.
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File Photo: A policeman walks past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
File Photo: A policeman walks past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

In power game, Supreme Court verdict gives BCCI officials extra muscle

By Soumitra Bose | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2018 11:01 AM IST
The fact that more than 170 hearings had failed to resolve the critical issues pertaining to members voting rights, tenure and powers of officials led to enormous amount of scepticism.
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has now approved a T10 cricket league, a domestic franchise tournament of the Emirates Cricket Board.(Twitter)
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has now approved a T10 cricket league, a domestic franchise tournament of the Emirates Cricket Board.(Twitter)

Sharjah T10 cricket league gets ICC’s approval

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2018 05:32 PM IST
The first 10-over-per-side format was played in December last year at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and this year, it was granted approval by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
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Anurag Thakur was removed as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.(HT Photo)
Anurag Thakur was removed as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.(HT Photo)

Anurag Thakur to Supreme Court: Recall order to remove me as BCCI chief

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2018 12:18 PM IST
Anurag Thakur was removed as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India on January 2, 2017. The Supreme Court also removed Ajay Shirke as BCCI secretary for failing to implement the reforms suggested by the RM Lodha panel
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ICC CEO Dave Richardson has asked Al Jazeera to release to us all the material they have .(AFP)
ICC CEO Dave Richardson has asked Al Jazeera to release to us all the material they have .(AFP)

‘Lives are at risk’, Al Jazeera may not share fixing details with ICC

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2018 01:14 PM IST
On the basis of an Al Jazeera documentary, the ICC has launched a probe into allegations of spot-fixing and pitch doctoring in Test matches featuring India and Australia in Sri Lanka
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A 10-over session in the India-Australia Test match in Ranchi last year had been fixed, the Al Jazeera documentary has claimed.(BCCI)
A 10-over session in the India-Australia Test match in Ranchi last year had been fixed, the Al Jazeera documentary has claimed.(BCCI)

Three Test matches featuring Indian cricket team were fixed, claims Al Jazeera sting

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2018 12:28 PM IST
Three Test matches featuring the Indian cricket team were influenced by bookmakers, claims the Al Jazeera documentary titled ‘Cricket’s Match-Fixers’
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STAR and SONY are not keen to pay the same per-match fee for a tie featuring the Indian men’s senior team and one that pits two non-Indian sides.(AP)
STAR and SONY are not keen to pay the same per-match fee for a tie featuring the Indian men’s senior team and one that pits two non-Indian sides.(AP)

Review rights fees, cry broadcasters; No way, says BCCI

By Sanjjeev K Samyal & Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2018 08:41 AM IST
BCCI’s rights for the 2018-2023 cycle will be e-auctioned next week. STAR and SONY want separate rights fee for matches featuring non-Indian teams
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Anirudh Chaudhry is in the eye of a storm as the BCCI CEO (Rahul Johri) and CFO (Santosh Rangnekar) have filed separate affidavits in the Supreme Court alleging that the treasurer, among other things, made death threats for following directions from Justice Lodha’s office.(Twitter)
Anirudh Chaudhry is in the eye of a storm as the BCCI CEO (Rahul Johri) and CFO (Santosh Rangnekar) have filed separate affidavits in the Supreme Court alleging that the treasurer, among other things, made death threats for following directions from Justice Lodha’s office.(Twitter)

BCCI administrators target treasurer in its 6th status report to Supreme Court on Lodha reforms

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2018 11:00 AM IST
The sixth status report of the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators on the implementation of the Lodha committee reforms will come up for hearing in Supreme Court on Monday.
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BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and Diana Edjuli, a member of the depleted Committee of Administrators, during the Indian Premier League auction in Bangalore on January 27, 2018. Johri has complained to the Supreme Court against officials who are stopping the implementation of the RM Lodha committee reforms in BCCI.(BCCI)
BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and Diana Edjuli, a member of the depleted Committee of Administrators, during the Indian Premier League auction in Bangalore on January 27, 2018. Johri has complained to the Supreme Court against officials who are stopping the implementation of the RM Lodha committee reforms in BCCI.(BCCI)

‘Will finish you,’ CEO Rahul Johri’s affidavit in SC alleges BCCI’s ugly side

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2018 03:39 PM IST
BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court alleging how the cricket Board’s treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry threatened to ‘finish off’ its CFO Santosh Rangnekar
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Sachin Tendulkar wants India cricket team to play according to the conditions in South Africa. Having won easily at home may give Indians over-confidence, he hinted ahead of the second Test in Centurion from Saturday.(BCCI)
Sachin Tendulkar wants India cricket team to play according to the conditions in South Africa. Having won easily at home may give Indians over-confidence, he hinted ahead of the second Test in Centurion from Saturday.(BCCI)

Sachin Tendulkar’s three commandments to Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team ahead of 2nd Test

By Soumya Bhattacharya & Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2018 11:01 AM IST
Sachin Tendulkar said that the Centurion Test against South Africa will show how well the Indian cricket team can play under pressure. India are down 1-0 in the three-Test series
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Aditya Verma, pictured here with Sachin Tendulkar, argued his own case in front of a Supreme Court bench and emerged victorious.(HT Photo)
Aditya Verma, pictured here with Sachin Tendulkar, argued his own case in front of a Supreme Court bench and emerged victorious.(HT Photo)

Lone-ranger Aditya Verma almost sold off his wife’s jewellery to fight BCCI

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2018 10:07 AM IST
BCCI’s continuous effort to wear down Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma was snubbed by the Supreme Court.
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been ordered by the Supreme Court to admit Bihar in Ranji Trophy and other domestic tournaments.(HT Photo)
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been ordered by the Supreme Court to admit Bihar in Ranji Trophy and other domestic tournaments.(HT Photo)

Ex-cricketers welcome Bihar’s return to Ranji Trophy cricket

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2018 09:17 PM IST
Bihar’s loss was Jharkhand’s gain as the state’s cricketers lost out once the BCCI changed its policies
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been ordered by the Supreme Court to admit Bihar in Ranji Trophy and other domestic tournaments.(Reuters)
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been ordered by the Supreme Court to admit Bihar in Ranji Trophy and other domestic tournaments.(Reuters)

Supreme Court directs BCCI to allow Bihar play Ranji Trophy, domestic cricket

UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2018 03:50 PM IST
The Supreme Court has directed the BCCI to allow Bihar to play Ranji Trophy and other domestic cricket tournaments.
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Neeraj Kumar was upset with BCCI’s lackadaisical approach towards checking corruption in cricket. He is contracted by the BCCI to stay till May 31, 2018.(HT Photo)
Neeraj Kumar was upset with BCCI’s lackadaisical approach towards checking corruption in cricket. He is contracted by the BCCI to stay till May 31, 2018.(HT Photo)

BCCI to review Neeraj Kumar’s stay as Anti-Corruption Unit advisor

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2018 11:28 AM IST
Neeraj Kumar may be retired from BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit before May 31 this year because he had brought “disrepute” to the national cricket body by levelling charges against CEO Rahul Johri.
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Hardik Pandya will be crucial for Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team in South Africa, feels Sachin Tendulkar.(AP)
Hardik Pandya will be crucial for Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team in South Africa, feels Sachin Tendulkar.(AP)

Sachin Tendulkar says Hardik Pandya gives Kohli’s team edge that Kapil Dev’s India didn’t have

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2018 02:35 PM IST
The presence of Hardik Pandya gives India an extra edge in South Africa, says Sachin Tendulkar. The Baroda all-rounder is the trump card in Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team, he adds
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Sachin Tendulkar said that making sports mandatory in schools will be like scoring a ‘dream century’ for him.(PTI)
Sachin Tendulkar said that making sports mandatory in schools will be like scoring a ‘dream century’ for him.(PTI)

Sachin Tendulkar wants to score another ‘dream century’ but it’s not on a cricket pitch

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2017 10:35 AM IST
Sachin Tendulkar is urging the HRD and sports ministries to make sports a mandatory subject in schools. The cricket legend has produced a booklet of former sports heroes of India to inspire the future generation. An exclusive interaction
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Sachin Tendulkar, in his video speech on Friday, said it is time for India to move from a ‘sport loving’ nation to a ‘sport playing’ one.(PTI)
Sachin Tendulkar, in his video speech on Friday, said it is time for India to move from a ‘sport loving’ nation to a ‘sport playing’ one.(PTI)

Fitness non-negotiable, diseases hurting Indian economy: Sachin Tendulkar

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan TImes, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2017 09:00 AM IST
Sachin Tendulkar had come well prepared for his maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. The cricket icon wanted to emphasise how the economy was bearing the brunt of an unfit India.
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BCCI has decided to retire Anti Corruption Unit’s Neeraj Kumar and anti-doping unit’s Dr Vece Paes. But the retirement policy is not being implemented uniformly across all positions.(REUTERS)
BCCI has decided to retire Anti Corruption Unit’s Neeraj Kumar and anti-doping unit’s Dr Vece Paes. But the retirement policy is not being implemented uniformly across all positions.(REUTERS)

Why Board of Control for Cricket in India’s retirement policy is not impartial

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2017 10:19 AM IST
The BCCI is retiring its Anti-Corruption Unit chief Neeraj Kumar and anti-doping unit veteran Vece Paes but its administrators have not been transparent in some cases
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Justice RM Lodha’s panel recommendations will be adopted by the Maharashtra Cricket Association.(AP)
Justice RM Lodha’s panel recommendations will be adopted by the Maharashtra Cricket Association.(AP)

Maharashtra Cricket Association falls in line with Lodha panel reforms

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2017 09:08 AM IST
Maharashtra Cricket Association’s managing committee decided to fall in line with the Justice RM Lodha panel recommendations which were approved by the Supreme Court in July last year
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The new-look Memorandum of Association (MoA), drafted by the Committee of Administrators (CoA), will greatly curb the powers of the BCCI treasury and secretary.(AFP)
The new-look Memorandum of Association (MoA), drafted by the Committee of Administrators (CoA), will greatly curb the powers of the BCCI treasury and secretary.(AFP)

Secretary and treasurer powers to be curbed in new BCCI constitution

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 04, 2017 08:43 PM IST
The Committee of Administrators appointed by the Supreme Court have incorporated most of the Lodha panel recommendations in drawing up the new BCCI constitution.
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Ravi Shastri has lashed out at MS Dhoni’s critics, saying that there are a lot of jealous people who want the former Indian skipper out of the Indian cricket team.(AFP/Getty Images)
Ravi Shastri has lashed out at MS Dhoni’s critics, saying that there are a lot of jealous people who want the former Indian skipper out of the Indian cricket team.(AFP/Getty Images)

MS Dhoni target of ‘jealous’ people who want him out of India cricket team: Ravi Shastri

By Soumitra Bose | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2017 10:55 AM IST
Ravi Shastri has come to the rescue of MS Dhoni, the former captain whose position in the Indian cricket team is under a scanner after struggling in the Rajkot Twenty20 International against New Zealand.
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