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World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will play in the Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen’s Club later this year. Nadal has missed the grasscourt tournament in west London for the last two years after suffering a wrist injury in 2016 and then prioritising rest after his French Open victory in 2017. But the Spaniard, who won the Queen’s title in 2008, intends to participate in this year’s event from June 18.

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Published on February 11, 2018 with No Comments

Coaches being paid good by BCCI
Dravid paid Rs 2.4 crore as professional fees
Rahul Dravid, head coach of the India U-19 ICC World Cup-winning outfit, received Rs 2.43 crore as professional fees from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the six-month period ended December 31, 2017.
Paras Mhambrey, the bowing coach of the triumphant colts team, had received Rs 27 lakh as professional fees from the BCCI for the four-month period between August and November last, as per the details of the payments done by the BCCI for January 2018 put up on the Board’s website.
Former left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra has been granted a one-time benefit of Rs 60 lakh by the Board which has also paid the tour, match and retainer fees of current India cricketers Ajinkya Rahane (Rs 1.47 crore), Hardik Pandya (1.27 crore), Kuldeep Yadav (Rs 1.08 crore), Wriddhiman Saha (Rs 57.81 lakh) and Abhinav Mukund (Rs 33.69 lakh) due to them for services rendered last year.
The BCCI has also paid former Delhi cricketer Mithun Minhas Rs 75.60 lakh for performing his job as the head coach of the J and K outfit for the last two seasons.
Former cricketer Gagan Khoda has received his professional fees amounting to Rs 54 lakh for the period February-November, 2017, although he is no longer on the national senior selectors’ panel.
The BCCI had also paid cricketer-turned commentators Sanjay Manjrekar and Murali Karthik Rs 36.28 lakh and Rs 30.61 lakh as professional fees for the last home series between India and Sri Lanka.
Rahul Dravid, the coach of the World Cup winning Under-19 Indian cricket team, continues to win the hearts of fans with his sincere sense of selflessness.
Although delighted with his side’s tremendous victory in the recent edition of the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, the cricket legend is reportedly unhappy about receiving a greater share of the BCCI’s cash rewards. As per reports Dravid has expressed his displeasure at the disparity between the cash prize he won versus his support staff and team.
In a press release issued soon after the final, the BCCI had announced a Rs 50 lakh reward for Dravid, Rs 20 lakh each to his support staff and Rs 30 lakh per player on the squad. The Under-19 coach has asked the board not to discriminate against other members of the coaching staff, and that everyone must be rewarded equally for what was a real team effort. Dravid told the board that everyone involved, from the support staff to the players, played an equal part in the Under-19 team’s success in New Zealand. This is quintessential Dravid, who remains a consummate team man.

 

 

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