Weekly Digest (Nov 26- Dec 2): From Magnus Carlsen's World Championship title to Mithali Raj's exclusion from World T20 semifinal

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sport in the last week.

Mithali Raj was surprisingly left out of the Indian squad in the semifinals of the World T20 against England giving rise to a whole spectrum of controversies.

CRICKET

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday said it has submitted a joint bid with the England and Wales Cricket Board for the inclusion of T20 women’s cricket into the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Birmingham. (REPORT)

India’s left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav made the most significant gains and entered the top five for the first time in the latest ICC men’s T20 International player rankings. (REPORT)

The Indian women’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and ODI skipper Mithali Raj met top BCCI officials on Monday to air their views on the selection call that has triggered a storm after the team’s World T20 semifinal loss to England. (REPORT)

Mithali Raj, India’s One-Day International captain who was dropped from the playing XI in the semifinals of the Women’s T20 World Cup on Friday, has written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India stating that “a few people in power are out to destroy” her, a day after meeting Rahul Johri, the BCCI’s chief executive officer, and Syed Saba Karim, its general manager for cricket operations. (REPORT)

Yasir Shah ended the second Test with 14 wickets as Pakistan coasted to victory by an innings and 16 runs despite an improved performance from New Zealand on the fourth day. (REPORT)

Amitabh Choudhary, the acting secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India following a Supreme Court mandate, on Tuesday wrote to BCCI chief executive officer Rahul Johri and Saba Karim, its general manager for operations who is in charge of women’s cricket, seeking to know how a letter written by India One Day International captain Mithali Raj earlier in the day entered the public domain. (REPORT)

Pakistan will host six matches of the Asian Emerging Nations Cup in December after India refused to play in the country citing security concerns. (REPORT)

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah does not know much about Clarrie Grimmett but is aware that he has a strong chance of shattering a record set by the Australian 82 years ago. (REPORT)

After Hardik Pandya's recent visit to the National Cricket Academy, the BCCI medical team feels the all-rounder still needs a week or so to be match-fit and advised against him travelling to New Zealand. The all-rounder is now expected to prove his fitness during Baroda's Ranji Trophy match in Mumbai from December 14. (REPORT)

A day after India's ODI captain Mithali Raj accused him for trying to destroy her career, Ramesh Powar, the coach of India women's team, has hit back at the veteran cricketer. (REPORT)

Veteran Indian women's cricketer Mithali Raj took to Twitter to respond to coach Ramesh Powar's claims in his tour report to the BCCI, where he alleged that she had threatened to retire from the national squad. (REPORT)

Indian opener Prithvi Shaw has been ruled out of the opening India vs Australia Test match in Adelaide after suffering a left ankle injury while attempting a catch at the boundary ropes in the tour game against CA XI at The Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. (REPORT)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided not to give an extension to women’s team chief coach, Ramesh Powar, and has invited fresh applications for the role. (REPORT)

Ex-New Zealand all-rounder Nathan McCullum took to Twitter on Saturday to rubbish a bizarre rumour that he had died. (REPORT)

Ahead of a marquee clash in Test cricket, India's four-match series versus Australia, Sachin Tendulkar speaks extensively to The Hindu/Sportstar on a range of topics including this key tour. (REPORT)

Reacting to the latest controversy and war of words between women’s cricket team coach Ramesh Powar and cricketer Mithali Raj, former cricketer Madan Lal said that sometimes in sports, tough decisions have to be taken in the interest of the team and players should not take it personally. He added that Powar is not Mithali’s enemy and the player should work on her game to adjust in the T20 set up instead of engaging in mud-slinging. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

The route to Euro 2020 has been mapped out as the qualifying draw was announced. (REPORT)

Palermo, the club currently top of Italy's second division, has been bought by a “London-based company” for 10 euros ($11). (REPORT)

Cameroon was stripped of hosting 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. (REPORT)

Arjen Robben is set to leave Bayern Munich at the end of this season, ending a 10-year association with the Bundesliga champion. (REPORT)

Robbie Keane has announced his retirement from professional football. (REPORT)

David Villa is set to join Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe, after confirming his departure from New York City FC. (REPORT)

A 14-year sentence has been handed down to the man responsible for the bombing of Borussia Dortmund's team bus in 2017. (REPORT)

TENNIS

Two-time French Open champion Sergi Bruguera will join Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's coaching team in 2019. (REPORT)

Sriram Balaji and Arjun Kadhe have progressed to the semifinals of the Australian Open wild card play-off in China. (REPORT)

MOTORSPORT

Alexander Albon is set t make his Formula One debut next season after it was confirmed that he will race for Toro Rosso. (REPORT)

Mick Schumacher, son Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, will race in Formula Two next season. (REPORT)

Kimi Raikkonen's first session back with Sauber, in Formula One testing, ended prematurely with smoke seemingly coming from his car. (REPORT)

Lance Stroll will drive for Racing Point Force India alongside Sergio Perez next year. (REPORT)

MORE SPORTS

Magnus Carlsen successfully defend his world championship final by defeating Fabiano Caruana in a winner-take-all final. (REPORT)

The International Olympic Committee Friday halted preparations for the Tokyo 2020 boxing competition as it announced an inquiry into the sport's troubled governing body. (REPORT)

Abhinav Bindra has been conferred with the Blue Cross – International Shooting Sport Federation's highest honour. (REPORT)

The organisers of Tokyo's 2020 Olympics said they will continue working to stage a boxing tournament at the games despite a freeze by the International Olympic Committee. (REPORT)

The International Olympic Committee said that it was setting up a rights committee chaired by a prominent former UN commissioner to advise on issues including transgender athletes. (REPORT)

Vinesh Phogat capped a highly successful season by grabbing the 57kg national title while Sakshi Malik emerged as a champion in the 62kg at the Tata Motors Senior National Championship. (REPORT)

Deontay Wilder retains WBC heavyweight title by split draw with Tyson Fury. (REPORT)

Cameron Smith claimed back-to-back Australian PGA Championship titles on Sunday as he carded a final round 70 to win by two shots. (REPORT)

Rising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen avenged his defeat in last month’s World Juniors final in style with a straight-game victory over Thailand’s Kunlavat Vitidsarn to lift the men’s singles title in the Tata Open India International Challenger here on Sunday. (REPORT)

Amit Dhankar emerged as the champion in the 74kg category at Senior National Wrestling Championship. (REPORT)

India’s S. Chikkarangappa finished tied-second, alongside France’s Matthieu Pavon, at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open. (REPORT)

Ullas Narayan clinched bronze at the 2018 International Association of Ultra Running (IAU) 24 Hour Asia & Oceania Championships in Taipei City to become the first ever Indian to win an individual medal in the event. (REPORT)