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New Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 2100 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of ISL match between Mumbai City and North East United in Bambolim.

*Report of I-League match between Gokulam Kerala FC and Real Kashmir FC in Kalyani.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-BCCI-DHUMAL We are not looking at back-up for IPL, working with govt. for getting our players vaccinated: Dhumal By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) The BCCI doesn't even feel the need to currently look at a back-up overseas venue for hosting the next IPL with the COVID-19 situation improving in India, its treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal said on Saturday.

SPO-CRI-IND-BUTTLER Class of 2012 was one of the best English sides, current team is getting there: Buttler Chennai, Jan 30 (PTI) Alastair Cook's team of 2012 remains 'one of the best England sides' and although the batch of 2021 under Joe Root is getting there, it is still at a different stage of its journey, feels star batsman Jos Buttler.

SPO-CRI-BUTTLER-BUBBLE You won't see all your best players in every series from now on: Jos Buttler Chennai, Jan 30 (PTI) England's dashing wicketkeeper Jos Buttler on Saturday said the top players of world cricket won't feature in every series going ahead as they focus on their mental well-being in a world scarred by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPO-CRI-BCCI-LD HAZARE BCCI to hold Hazare Trophy as per state units' wish, no Ranji Trophy for first time in 87 years New Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) The BCCI will not be conducting its premier first-class domestic tournament Ranji Trophy for the first time in 87 years as the parent body opted for the Vijay Hazare Trophy as per the wishes of majority of the state units.

SPO-CRI-ENG-TRAINING Stokes, Archer, Burns hit training ground as others in England squad clear second COVID test Chennai, Jan 30 (PTI) Premier all-rounder Ben Stokes, pacer Jofra Archer and reserve opener Rory Burns on Saturday had their first training session at the Chepauk after successfully completing six days of hard quarantine, while other members of the squad cleared their second COVID-19 test.

SPO-CRI-MUSHTAQT20-FINAL-PREVIEW Mushtaq Ali T20 final: Formidable Tamil Nadu favourites against buoyant Baroda Ahmedabad, Jan 30 (PTI) A formidable Tamil Nadu team with oodles of experience in its rank and file will have a head-start over an unheralded Baroda which shrugged off the off-field controversies to set up a promising grand finale of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament on Sunday.

SPO-CRI-SHAH-ACC Jay Shah takes over as ACC President New Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) BCCI secretary Jay Shah was unanimously elected as the President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Saturday.

SPO-ICC-RANKINGS Kohli steady at 4th, Pujara rises to 6th place in Test rankings Dubai, Jan 30 (PTI) Virat Kohli remained the highest-placed Indian batsman at fourth position even as Cheteshwar Pujara rose a rung to sixth in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Saturday.

SPO-CRI-LANGER Langer's coaching style not liked by players, coach defends himself: Australian media report Melbourne, Jan 30 (PTI) Australia head coach Justin Langer's intense 'micro-management' coaching style has apparently not gone down well with a lot of players even as the former opener termed the insinuations as something that 'couldn't be further from truth'.

SPO-GOLF-LAHIRI Lahiri misses cut at Farmers Insurance Open golf San Diego, Jan 30 (PTI) India's ace golfer Anirban Lahiri carded a disappointing six-over 78 in challenging conditions on the second day to miss the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA TOUR here.

SPO-TENNIS-OPEN-BOPANNA Bopanna ties up with Ben McLachlan for Australian Open Melbourne, Jan 30 (PTI) Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna's search to look for a partner for the men's doubles competition at the Australian Open ended on Saturday as he tied up with Japan's Ben McLachlan for the season's first Grand Slam.

SPO-CRI-SL-COMMITTEE New committee to monitor progress of Sri Lankan players, coaches: Sports Minister Colombo, Jan 30 (PTI) Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa on Saturday said that a new cricket committee will be set up to monitor the progress of players and coaches following Sri Lanka's recent loss to England in a two-Test series at home.

SPO-RIJIJU-STC-ASSAM Sports Minister Rijiju inaugurates STC in Solal Gaon, Assam New Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, in the presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, on Saturday inaugurated a new SAI Training Centre (STC) at Solal Gaon in the state's North Lakhimpur town.

SPO-RALLY Gaurav Gill rules day one of Rally of Coimbatore Coimbatore, Jan 30 (PTI) Indian rally driver Gaurav Gill stole the show on opening day of the Rally of Coimbatore, Round 3 of the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship, here on Saturday.

SPO-SHOOT-ONLINE-ASIAN India top medals tally at first Asian Online Shooting Championship New Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) India's 24-member shooting contingent topped the medals tally in the first Asian Online Shooting Championship.

SPO-ILEAGUE-AIZAWL Aizawl FC strike twice for second win of I-League campaign Kolkata, Jan 30 (PTI) Aizawl FC beat Neroca FC 2-1 in their fifth round I-League fixture at the Mohun Bagan Ground here on Saturday. PTI APA APA APA