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“Let’s start with some Formula 1 news,

Daniel Ricciardo’s (Ricardo) disappointing time at McLaren will end after the 2022 Formula 1 season Ricciardo joined Renault’s illustrious racing team at the end of 2020 but, despite winning last year’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza in a brace, he struggled to match the performance of his British teammate Lando Norris.

Sharing the news with his 7.3 million Instagram followers ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix which ends the sport’s August break, Ricciardo said the development was “bittersweet”. He said: “We put in a lot of effort on both sides but it just didn’t work out the way we wanted so the team decided to make a change for next year,”
“Ricciardo is set to be replaced by compatriot Oscar Piastri, a 21-year-old reserve driver for Renault-owned Alpine. Alpine, however, says Piastri has a contract with them and wants the youngster to replace outgoing two-time world champion Fernando Alonso .

Alpine had even announced its driver line-up for 2023 once Fernando Alonso said he would replace retired Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin Racing, and said Oscar Piastri would join Esteban Ocon at the wheel of the based racing team. at Enstone, but the young Aussie said he won’t race for them in 2023

Mclaren Racing managing director Zak Brown said: “We really hope Daniel will be on the grid next year.”

Several teams have yet to confirm their 2023 driver line-up.”
“Meanwhile,

NCA chief VVS Laxman was appointed as the Indian cricket team’s interim head coach for the upcoming 2022 ACC Asian Cup on Wednesday. Laxman was there with the Indian team on their tour in Zimbabwe. He will replace Rahul Dravid who is down with Covid. Dravid self-isolated after testing positive on Tuesday ahead of the team’s departure to the United Arab Emirates and will join them once he has tested negative and cleared by the BCCI medical team. BCCI released an official statement stating: “VVS Laxman, Head Cricket, NCA will be the interim Head Coach of Team India, Senior Men for the upcoming ACC Asia Cup 2022, to be played in the United Arab Emirates”


“India are ready to face Pakistan in the upcoming Asian Cup on August 28. The men in blue have reached the United Arab Emirates and started their first training session. The players of the Indian team have hosted their counterparts at the Dubai Stadium on Wednesday.

Indian players were spotted interacting with Afghan players and Virat Kohli was also seen catching up with Rashid Khan. The 33-year-old made a comforting gesture as he shook hands with Babar Azam.

The former Indian skipper has been without an international hundred across all formats for nearly three years now and all eyes will be on him ahead of the high-tension clash against Babar Azam’s side. Last month, Babar Azam tweeted: “This too shall pass. Stay strong. #ViratKohli.”
“Meanwhile,

Former India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will lead the West Zone side at the Duleep Trophy to be held next month. National racing machine Sarfraz Khan has been selected to play for India A for the series against New Zealand A.

The Zone Selection Committee, chaired by former Indian pacemaker Salil Ankola, included Shreyas Iyer and Shardul Thakur in the West Zone’s star-studded squad for the Duleep Trophy.

Nine players from Mumbai have been selected for the West Zone team. Mumbai had reached the Ranji Trophy final, where they lost to Madhya Pradesh.

Rahane will play his first competitive match since sustaining a hamstring injury in the Indian Premier League, playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders. ”
“Indian fly-half Shubman Gill will represent Glamorgan for the remainder of the English County season, joining a host of Indian players led by Cheteshwar Pujara, who plies his trade in the UK.

Gill, who won back-to-back Player of the Series awards in ODIs against West Indies and Zimbabwe, has so far played 11 Tests and nine ODIs for India. He’s been in terrific form lately with one hundred and three fifty in his last six games over 50.

According to ESPNCricinfo, Gill will play the remainder of the county season for Glamorgan subject to visa approval. Glamorgan play in the Second Division of the English County Championships.
“And finally,

Sarfaraz Khan and Umran Malik have been named in India’s 16-member ‘A’ squad which will face New Zealand A in three unofficial Tests from September 1.

The team also includes several uncapped players, such as young hitter N. Tilak Varma, middle pacer Mukesh Kumar, and Yash Dayal.

The experienced duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Prasidh Krishna are also part of the team.

Gujarat fly-half Priyank Panchal has been named the team’s captain.

The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru will host the first and third red ball matches while the second match will take place at the Rajnagar Stadium in Hubli.

Indian team hopefuls Ruturaj Gaikwad and goalkeeper KS Bharat have also been selected for the squad.

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