Hyderabad, Nov 2 (PTI) In a novel way to promote sports culture in the city and put its vast sports infrastructure to optimum use, the Hyderabad civic body has come up with a mobile app through which educational institutions and individuals can book sports facilities in advance. “A user-friendly Application is prepared, whereby any school can book sports facility of GHMC online for benefit of their students on a nominal cost basis ? the emphasis being on making use of the sports facility for the benefit of students, rather than to generate income out of the facility,” a Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) official said. The GHMC has 12 sports complexes, seven swimming pools, 521 playgrounds and numerous other facilities. Though many school managements are not averse to encourage sporting activities among their children, the real concern is unavailability of open spaces in the city, the official said. Additionally, many fitness-conscious citizens are keen on taking up sports or some form of physical activity, the shortage of playgrounds and lung spaces in urban areas is a serious cause for concern and prime constraint in promotion of sports and physical activity among the citizens, he said.This gave rise to “some out-of-box thinking” by GHMC to make use of its sports infrastructure, the official said.According to the new policy, general citizens, including IT employees and businessmen, can make use of the facilities at “staggered timings”.Educational institutions can book the sports facilities on weekdays and government schools can avail the facilities free of cost on every Friday, the official said.advertisementOn weekends, the sports grounds, especially indoor stadiums, would be given to individuals or organisations on a nominal pay and play basis, he added. PTI SJR RS GK KHS KHS SDM
After a cracking debut for Sussex in the English county, Ishant Sharma continued his rich form and this time brought his all-rounder skills into play.On Day two of Sussex’s match against Leicestershire, Ishant scored his maiden first-class fifty and then came back to pick two wickets.During Sessex’s innings, Ishant stitched a 153-run partnership with Michael Burgess for the eighth wicket, batting throughout the morning session.Ahead of this innings, Ishant’s highest first class score was 31 but the tall bowler left that way behind and scored a 66, before falling to Ateeq Javid as he tried to smash the ball for a straight six.REPLAY: A moment of history as Indian superstar @ImIshant scores his maiden first-class fifty and it comes in a Sussex shirt. #gosbts pic.twitter.com/Lp2Q7axh6jSussex CCC (@SussexCCC) April 21, 2018Perhaps joyous with his batting performance, Ishant gave Sussex an early breakthrough when he trapped Leicestershire opener Paul Horton leg before with a full delivery.REPLAY: Dramatic late in-swing does for Horton and Ishant is cock-a-hoop! #gosbts pic.twitter.com/7H5YQ3Rvd1Sussex CCC (@SussexCCC) April 21, 2018Thereafter, when he returned for another spell, he got another leg before wicket in his favour as he sent Michael Carberry packing.The idea of Indian cricketers plying their trade in the English county has become somewhat of a novelty over the years, especially recently.But that is changing.With an important tour of England on the horizon just beyond the 11th season of the IPL, many of the regulars of the Indian Test set-up who haven’t found favour with franchises are honing their talents in English conditions.advertisementIshant, who was signed up by Sussex for the first two months of the English county season, produced an inspired spell of bowling on Wednesday as the Warwickshire batsmen found themselves falling over while trying to cope with his artistry.He had figures of 3/53 from his 20.2 overs in the first innings, and returned in the second to snare 2/16 from nine as the 4-day match ended in a draw.He was rewarded with a 5-wicket haul on debut, showcasing his 81 Tests and 80 ODIs-worth of experience. Sussex have managed to rope him in for five games of the County Championship and all eight matches of their group stage matches in the One-Day Cup.Ishant isn’t the only one as Cheteshwar Pujara is turning out for Yorkshire.India captain Virat Kohli is also in line for a County stint after his commitments with Royal Challengers Bangalore in his bid to prepare for the upcoming Test series against England in August-September.While it is yet to be ascertained which county Kohli will represent, it could be Surrey in all likelihood.