Sports Review: England vs. India Test Series, Qais Ashfaq & How Sport Can Prevent Dementia

England vs. India Test Series 2014

The ding-dong battle between England and India has been fascinating so far. As we head into the fourth Test at Old Trafford, the series is tied at 1-1 with England looking like a team again. But the series has been ruined by not having the Decision Review System (DRS). It is scandalous that we have a situation where all the international teams agree to having a TV umpire to rule on decisions except India. The blame for this must lie solely with the International Cricket Council (ICC), who are supposed to be the game’s decision makers. They are supposed to be the governing body, the people in charge – not India or another country. Can you imagine this happening in another sport like football where a team is against the off-side rule or the referee using the vanishing spray? India hold a lot of financial muscle in cricket and have played some great cricket so far on this tour. But for them to be allowed to be a renegade and decide against having DRS needs to change. They have had this stance for three years. It is thought that India’s old guard have been anti-DRS after playing in the first series it was used when they played Sri Lanka in 2008. The DRS system has its faults like including the umpire’s original decision as one of the factors but it’s better than having some of the blunders we have seen in this series. The biggest howler was Matt Prior being given out for an edge in the first Test despite missing the ball comfortably. Ajinka Rahane and Joe Root have also been on the end of some bad decisions. It’s time for the ICC to show some authority.

Qais Ashfaq At The 2014 Commonwealth Games

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Could Qais Ashfaq be the next Amir Khan? The Leeds southpaw won a silver medal in the Bantamweight division at the weekend when he lost in the final to Michael Conlan. Ashfaq, who is friends with Khan, has a big two years ahead of him with the Rio Olympics in 2016. Winning an Olympic medal could be the trigger to turn pro, just like Khan did when he won silver in the Athens Games in 2004. The 21-year-old impressed on his route to the Commonwealth Games final including beating Scotland's Joe Ham with a unanimous points' decision in front of a tough home crowd. Overall, the Games has been enjoyable to watch. And Khan has been a breath of fresh air as a pundit with his knowledge of amateur boxing - in contrast to the clichéd and dull musings of the BBC’s athletics presenters.

Sport can help with Dementia & Alzheimer's

Sport has the power to help people suffering with brain conditions like dementia and Alzheimer's, experts have claimed. I came across a website called www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com which is about helping to unlock memories and talking to people with dementia. A social care provider called Care UK has backed the site and believes sporting memorabilia or events like the upcoming Premier League season or Test matches can help against symptoms of dementia like memory loss. Dementia is a huge problem in the Asian community and the stats suggest it is going to get worse. Around 25,000 people currently living with dementia are from an ethnic minority community. It is estimated that this figure will rise to 50,000 by 2026 due to the growing ageing population. Just talking about sport with elders can be vital in keeping their brain active and help them remember moments from their childhood - a small gesture that can go a long way.

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