Cricket Current Affairs - 2019

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Rashid Khan of Afghanistan becomes the youngest Test captain

At the age of 20 years & 350 days, the spinner of Afghanistan, Rashid Khan has becomes the youngest captain in test cricket. He led Afghanistan for the first time in a Test Match and is now the youngest skipper ever in the history of Test Cricket.

Key Highlights

Afghanistan had named Rashid as captain for all formats of game following the team’s disappointing World Cup campaign in England and Wales in early 2019 as the team was not able to win a single match in tournament.

Rashid has broken a 15-year-old record set by Tatenda Taibu of Zimbabwe in 2004, to become youngest cricketer to lead a side in longest format of game. He broke record during the one-off Test match between Afghanistan against Bangladesh.

Rashid achieved the youngest Test captain feat at 20 years 350 days old whereas Tabu had earlier scripted the record at age of 20 years 358 days.

When 19-year-old Rashid stepped in as skipper for Afghanistan against Scotland in 1st of ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers Bulawayo held in Zimbabwe in 2018, he had also become youngest captain in international cricket. Rashid was given captaincy in absence of Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai who was diagnosed with appendicitis.

Although Afghanistan had received the Test status in 2017 however it did not get an ideal start in longest format of game as they were defeated by India within 2 days in their 1st Test match. Later, in their next match, Afghanistan was able to outclass Ireland by seven wickets earlier this year.

BCCI awards title sponsorship rights to Paytm for 5 more years

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has extended Paytm’s association as title sponsor for Indian cricket team for all cricket matches, domestic and international, played in India for 5 more years. Paytm bagged the title sponsorship rights by signing the deal for Rs.326.80 crores which it will pay to BCCI over a period ranging between 2019 and 2023, starting October 2019.

Key Highlights

After opening of the bid documents by BCCI at its headquarter in Mumbai for next cycle- October 2019 to September 2023, One 97 Communications Pvt. Ltd., the parent company of Paytm walked away with winning bid at Rs.3.80 crores/match.

This winning bid of Rs.3.80 crore/match is at 58% incremental value (in sponsorship amount), in comparison to previous per match value of Rs.2.4 crores. In October 2015, Paytm-the mobile payment and financial services platform had replaced Micromax with a bid of Rs. 2.42 crore/match.

Even though the men’s international cricket in India is the drawing card for market, the BCCI offers an extension of sponsorship rights for domestic cricket and women’s international games at no additional cost.

With India’s men set to host at least 86 international matches in bilateral series over next 4 year period, Paytm will continue to be title sponsor for all major cricket tournaments in India.