New Delhi: In Australia, the last two Tests of the international summer have massive significance. The Decmber 26-30 period is considered the Boxing Day Test and it is one of the marquee events of the sporting calendar Down Under. The Sydney Test is considered the New Year’s Test which is played in the first week of January every New Year. However, the Sydney Test has an added significance. It is also the Pink Test. It is a day when the entire SCG, along with all the cricketing equipments is decked in Pink and spectators, along with other prominent personalities dress in pink and raise funds for breast cancer awareness and aid. The Test is dedicated to Jane McGrath, the wife of Australia’s legendary pacer Glenn McGrath, who took 563 wickets for Australia.On day 2 of the ongoing Test between India and Australia, the Pink Day was celebrated in grand style. Past breast cancer survivors caught up with nurses who had treated them. Their encounters resulted in some wonderful stories on social media. Jane was also honoured with a massive pink banner at the SCG and there were appeals to raise close to AUD 2.1 million towards the end of the Test. Read More | India vs Australia, live cricket score: Jadeja and Shami wreck hostsEven the Indian community in Sydney played their part to perfection. Many volunteers from the Pink Sari INC, an Indian organisation in Sydney, spread their message about breast cancer awareness by wearing pink saris. Their main aim this time was to improve the rates of breast screening of Indian and Sri Lankan women which are traditionally low in New South Wales.Read More | Tim Paine answers reporter’s phone during press conference The first time the SCG hosted the Pink Test was back in 2009 when Australia played South Africa. The McGrath foundation was started in 2005, following McGrath’s first wife Jane’s initial diagnosis with breast and bone cancer. She went into remission, but the cancer returned and she died in 2008, aged 42. Showing his solidarity for the noble cause, India skipper Virat Kohli had added a dash of pink to his batting gear – gloves and pads. So touching to see the #indiancricketteam being not just amazing on field, but also off. Fantastic supporters,” McGrath Foundation wrote on its twitter handle. The McGrath Foundation is seeking to raise as much funds as possible before stumps on day five of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia. McGrath also received the baggy pink caps from Tim Paine and his Australian team on the Jane McGrath day at the Sydney Cricket Ground. “The touching moment when the Aussies handover their Baggy Pinks to the McGrath family,” the foundation tweeted. “Together, we can make a difference’ couldn’t be any more appropriate! Thank you @CricketAus for what will be another amazing Jane McGrath Day!” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
FIFA WORLD CUP LARGESSÂ By Olawale AjimotokanÂ in AbujaÂ The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is proposing a sharing formula that will see the Super Eagles benefit from the FIFA World Cup money only based on the number of matches and total minutes played by each member of the national team in Russia.Â The Super Eagles, who remained unbeaten in the continental qualifying campaign, will make their sixth World Cup appearance in Russia in June next year, hoping that money related disputes will not distract their participation.Â It has been reported that NFF officials are keen to resolve the bonus arrangement with the players, including what they stand to reap from the FIFA money, by the end of the year.Â But THISDAY reliably scooped at the weekend that as a departure from the traditional flat rates across board, NFF is considering paying the Eagles only based on the number of matches and minutes played by each player.The implication of this according to an official privy to the negotiation is that not all the players will receive equal payment in Russia.Â In line with the plan, players who make more contribution in terms of number of games will be paid more than the bit players and those only going to Russia as mere squad members.The FIFA windfall is aside the structured and approved match bonus which the NFF will offer the players for every match apart from the graduated bonuses for advancing to the knockout stages of the tournament.Nigeria is entitled to a $12.5 million cheque from FIFA for qualifying for Russia 2018.The African federation stands to get more pay-out according to how successful they are in the latter stages of the World Cup.But sharing the FIFA money has always generated row leading to national embarrassment between players and officials.At the last World Cup in Brazil in 2014, the Eagles skipped a training session in Brasilia before their round of 16 game with France following row with NFF over money.They only agreed to play after government hurriedly sent $5million cash by a private plane to Brazil.THISDAY checks revealed that NFF will only share the net fee received from FIFA to the players as the football body will deduct some percentage as tax and sundry expenses on accommodation, security, transport and feeding which will be transferred to the federation.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Ex-Black Stars striker Augustine Arhinful is calling for the axing of Torino’s Afriyie Acquah and Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew from Ghana’s squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda.This should be done, he says, if there is enough evidence to justify claims of tension between the two.Arhinful’s proposal comes on the back of a leaked audio tape where the wife of Afriyie Acquah, Amanda, is heard revealing details of an apparent four-year sexual relationship with Jordan.Arhinful spoke exclusively to Joy FM’s Super Morning Show with Kojo Yankson on Wednesday.”[The GFA] should seek audience with [the two players], and if indeed anyone is harboring something then both players should drop from the team.””Because it is likely to bring problems in the set up. Whether we like it or not, it’s an issue we need to deal with. The Black Stars is supposed to assemble next week for an important game. “[The GFA] must speak to them privately and [it must be done] now!”Arhinful also warned Afriyie Acquah about his wife who has been involved in several controversial leaked tapes in the past. This latest tape has come less than two weeks after the footballer publicly expressed his unflinching love for Amanda after rumors that their marriage was on the brink.This pronouncement from the Torino player had been necessitated by an alleged leak of nude photos featuring Amanda with another lover. “But this lady in question Afriyie Acquah should be very careful. Because before the Africa Cup of Nations [in January this year], there was a leaked tape indicting Kenpong and others, but he escaped and had a great tournament.””Subsequently, there was another tape Afriyie came out to strongly defend and few weeks later we hear this. I really don’t know. Or probably [Amanda] brags too much,” he noted.Black Stars coach Avram Grant is expected to name his squad for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda in Kigali and a friendly against Congo on September 1.–Follow George on Twitter: @addojunr.Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports