Weekly Digest (August 16-22): ICC releases T20 World Cup schedule, Federer and Nadal withdraw from US Open

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Last week, the ICC released the schedule for the T20 World Cup, which begins October 17. The Super 12 stage, or the tournament itself, begins on October 23. In the Premier League, Jack Grealish scored a goal in Manchester City’s 5. -0 win over Norwich City, and Harry Kane made his first appearance of the season for Tottenham in their 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In tennis, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal withdrew from the US Open.

Here’s a look at some of the top sports headlines from the past week (August 9 – August 15).

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LOCUST

India will begin their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan in Dubai on October 24. According to the schedule published by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the team led by Virat Kohli will face New Zealand and Afghanistan on October 31 and November 3 respectively. (REPORT)

England rookie Rajasthan Royals Jos Buttler will not be available for the Indian Premier League second leg (IPL 2021), which begins in the United Arab Emirates on September 19. (REPORT)

Former India international Gargi Banerjee has been appointed manager of India’s women’s cricket team for her tour of Australia. (REPORT)

Eighteen Sri Lankan cricketers signed new national team contracts until the end of the year, ending a dispute between the players, the country’s cricket council said on Friday. (REPORT)

Test skipper Paine said the senior players cleaned the air with head coach Justin Langer and that he was not to blame for the team’s recent setbacks in the West Indies and Bangladesh. (REPORT)

Saurashtra won the last Ranji Trophy title of the 2019-20 season. | Photo credit: VIJAY SONEJI

The Ranji Trophy will be held between January 5 and March 20, state associations have informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). (REPORT)

Australia have named a 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup, recalling paceman Pat Cummins and top batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner for the world tournament in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. (REPORT)

Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has applied again for the post of head of cricket at the National Cricket Academy. (REPORT)

SOCCER

British record signing Jack Grealish marked his home debut for Manchester City with one goal as the Premier League champion demolished promoted Norwich City 5-0 on Saturday. (REPORT)

Manchester City’s Jack Grealish celebrates his first home goal with Gabriel Jesus, who provided the assist for the same. | Photo credit: LEE SMITH

Harry Kane made his first appearance of the season for Tottenham in their 1-0 win at Wolverhampton, which was secured by Dele Alli’s ninth-minute penalty on Sunday. (REPORT)

Indian defender Sandesh Jhingan joined Croatia’s first division team HNK Sibenik on Wednesday to join a roster of elite Indian footballers who have signed a professional contract with a leading European club. (REPORT)

For Sandesh Jhingan, moving to HNK Sibenik is about chasing the European dream and throwing yourself out of your comfort zone.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has said Cristiano Ronaldo has told him he will stay at the club this season, which the new boss says guarantees goals for the Serie A giant (REPORT)

ATK Mohun Bagan came from behind to beat Maziya S&RC 3-1 in their AFC Cup Group D draw on Saturday. This is ATK Mohun Bagan’s second victory after their first victory against Bengaluru FC. The Blues, who drew with the Bashundhara Kings on Saturday, have been eliminated from the competition. (REPORT)

The Euro 2020 final between England and Italy in July was a “superspreader” event due to the level of COVID-19 infection found in or around Wembley Stadium in London that day, according to official data released on Friday. (REPORT)

Karim Benzema has signed a contract extension with Real Madrid until 2023, the Spanish club announced on Friday. (REPORT)

Benzema’s new contract comes amid speculation that Madrid want to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain. | Photo credit: Alvaro Barrientos

Spain striker Pedro has become the first player in 36 years to cross the Roma divide directly by signing for Lazio after leaving rivals AS Roma, with a two-year contract announced on Thursday. (REPORT)

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has returned to the club’s training ground in Carrington to continue his recovery after recent shoulder surgery, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said. (REPORT)

Chelsea striker Kai Havertz aims to raise funds for the victims of the devastating floods in Germany by auctioning 100 pairs of specially designed football boots. (REPORT)

TENNIS

Roger Federer will miss the next US Open and will be sidelined for many months as he needs another knee operation, an operation which the Swiss tall says will give him a “silver lining” to resume his brilliant career. (READ)

Rafael Nadal ended his 2021 season on Friday. Nadal retired from the Cincinnati hard-court event earlier this month with a nagging foot problem. (READ)

Federer said medics told him that in order to feel better in the medium to long term, he would need knee surgery which he had injured again during the grass season. (File photo)

An error-prone Naomi Osaka was knocked out 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 by Jil Teichmann in the third round of the Open Western & Southern in Cincinnati on Thursday. (REPORT)

Alexander Zverev came back from two failures in the third set to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4) on Saturday to book a final clash with Andrey Rublev in the Cincinnati WTA and ATP Masters. (REPORT)

World number one Ashleigh Barty reached her sixth final of the season on Saturday as the Australian defeated Angelique Kerber 6-2, 7-5 at the ATP and WTA Masters in Cincinnati. (REPORT)

Two-time champion Venus Williams will return to the US Open after receiving a wild card for the Grand Slam tournament on Wednesday. (READ)

Austria’s Dominic Thiem will not defend his US Open title after having to retire from hard court with a wrist injury, he said on Wednesday. (REPORT)

STRUGGLE

Ravinder won silver in the 61kg freestyle, while Bipasha reached the 76kg final for women to secure India another medal at the world junior wrestling championships on August 18. (REPORT)

Bipasha won another silver for India after losing to Kylie Renee Welker of the United States in the 76 kg gold medal match on August 19. (REPORT)

India won two more silver medals after Sanju Devi and Bhateri lost their respective finals at the world junior wrestling championships on August 20. (REPORT)

Ravi Malik and Narinder Cheema remained in contention for the Greco-Roman competition medals at the World Junior Wrestling Championships in Ufa, Russia on August 21. (REPORT)

TABLE TENNIS

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra hit hard on their first mixed doubles mission as the pair claimed the title at World Table Tennis Contender Budapest, with a victory of 11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6 against Nandor Ecseki and Dora. Madarasz from Hungary on Friday. (REPORT)

G. Sathiyan and Manika Batra could not have dreamed of a better start to preparation for the next Olympic cycle.

SPORTS CAR

Spanish Moto GP rider Maverick Vinales will compete for Aprilia next season after falling out with Yamaha, the Italian team announced on Monday. (READ)

MotoGP announced Thursday the cancellation of the Malaysian Grand Prix for the second year in a row, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its replacement with another race at the Italian circuit of Misano on October 24. (REPORT)

This year’s Japanese Grand Prix has been canceled following discussions between the government and race promoters, Formula 1 organizers said on Wednesday (REPORT)

Formula E champion Mercedes will retire from the all-electric series at the end of the Gen2 era in 2022 to focus on Formula 1, the automaker said on Wednesday. (READ)


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