Clockwise from left: David Brain, Travis Head, Josh Tongue Don Beard © Getty Images, Don Beard (photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Anatomy of cricket: An XI of human body parts

Anatomy of cricket: An XI of human body parts Clockwise from top left: David Brain, Travis Head, Josh Tongue © Getty Images, Don Beard (photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)The idea struck me when I came across Worcestershire’s Josh Tongue on a scorecard. You cannot blame me for doing a double-take. For a second I thought there was a spelling error of some sort, for the Antiguan Gavin Tonge had played a handful of matches for West Indies in 2009. But no, it was Tongue all right. But then, if there can be a Tongue, why not make an XI of all sorts of body parts that have made their way to scorecards? I wanted to restrict myself to human beings, which meant that I had to leave out Wendell Bill (and many other Bills), and a handful of Gills who have played international cricket at Under-19 level (Akash for Canada, Neil for Ireland, and Shubnam for India). There was also Gill Smith — presumably unrelated to Will — who played 4 Tests and 31 ODIs for England Women). Also Read Cricket glossary World XI: Fielder, Bowler, DRS… No, I will keep this human. And for a completely different reason we will leave Jake Ball out, along with a cohort of Dicks and others that satisfy the same criterion. I was also tempted to consider Les Ames, Tony Opatha, and Asoka de Silva, who probably stood a chance: their initials, after all, read LEG, ARM, and EAR. HIP (Herbert Ivor Powell) Edwards is rejected for a similar reason. Henry Hand Hand did not exactly set the cricket ground on fire with his limited appearances for Cambridge, but a batting average close to 9 on non-pitches was not too bad. For example, in consecutive matches he scored 23 in a team score of 80 and 34 out of 94. You get the drift. He also played for a team called Fast Bowlers against Slow bowlers, which will make Hand a handy all-rounder. Michael Chin It is unfortunate that all Jones Cup matches are not given First-Class status. Chin, thus, played only 1 First-Class match, for Berbice against Demerara in 1983-84, and scored 57 and 0*. Of course, that did not prevent him from keeping his chin up… Travis Head (wk) Obviously, Travis Head needs no introduction. He scores runs at great pace, bowls accurate off-breaks, and is a true-blue 21st-century fielder. A promising new-generation all-rounder, Head will walk into the side as one of the superstars. Unfortunately, having kept wickets for South Australia Under-17s, Head will have to do the same here. Miriam Knee It is unfortunate if you have not heard of Knee, for she averages in the high 20s with bat (27 in Tests, 29 in ODIs) and 16 with ball in both Tests and ODIs. One of the stars of Australia Women in the 1960s and early 1970s, it is sad that Knee is not remembered as vividly as some of her contemporaries. She should do well unless her male teammates get weak in their knees… John Kidney Kidney played 15 matches, mostly for Barbados, and averaged 15 with bat. This included a 73 against Trinidad. However, he was good enough to be selected for an all-West Indies side to take on a touring MCC in 1912-13. Archibald Palm Palm scored almost 2,000 runs, mostly for Western Province, at an acceptable 32. The highest point of his career came when he was picked for the Cape Town Test of 1928. He could not come to terms with Tich Freeman’s leg-breaks and perished to him in each innings (does that make Freeman a palm-reader?). However, he did catch Wally Hammond off Henry Promnitz. William Back William Back played only 2 First-Class matches. He scored 4, 7, 0, and 1. He did not bowl or keep wickets, either. However, for Fremantle he was a champion; he even topped the batting charts in WACA Grade Cricket in 1888-89. Don Beard Two Beards have played Test cricket: of them, the New Zealander Don gets the nod over the Australian Graeme for superior numbers at both First-Class and Test level. When New Zealand won their first Test, against West Indies at Auckland in 1955-56, Don Beard played a crucial role with 31, 1 for 20, 6*, and 3 for 22. It was a useful but unspectacular contribution — the kind New Zealand all-rounders have been putting up over decades. At domestic level, too, Don has superior numbers to Graeme. David Brain (c) Unlike others, this one was not a no-brainer. Much as I would have loved to pick the wonderfully named Brian Brain, his namesake David will get priority. An honest left-arm seamer, David Brain had played 9 Tests and 32 ODIs for Zimbabwe in the early 1990s. Josh Tongue The inspiration behind this list, Tongue’s seam bowling made him rise through age-group cricket in Worcestershire (there has been no shortcut: he had made it from Under-13s to Under-19s, not jumping a step in the process). Tongue made his debut in 2016, and is definitely going to make it big as time moves on, provided the cat does not get him. Barry Tooth Of the two Tooths (Teeth?) in South African domestic cricket, Barry had the longest career: a fast-medium bowler, he played 14 matches for Griqualand West. He averaged 8 with bat and 47 with ball, but he once took 4 for 95 against Orange Free State — including Colin Bland. He was not a champion, but at least no one will be able to call the attack toothless! Anatomical XI (in batting order): Henry Hand, Michael Chin, Travis Head (wk), Miriam Knee, John Kidney, Archibald Palm, William Back, Don Beard, David Brain, Josh Tongue, Barry Tooth.Team umpire: Darrell Hair.Team writer: David Foot. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Anatomy of cricket: An XI of human body parts appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Gautam Gambhir is of the view that for Pakistani pacers to make an impact on Sunday in London, help from the conditions is imperative © Getty Images

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Don’t see any threat for India against Pakistan bowlers,...

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Don’t see any threat for India against Pakistan bowlers, says Gautam Gambhir Gautam Gambhir is of the view that for Pakistani pacers to make an impact on Sunday in London, help from the conditions is imperative © Getty ImagesBy Amanpreet Singh New Delhi: Pakistani pacers have managed to subdue the rival batsmen en route to the Champions Trophy final but Gautam Gambhir does not see them posing any serious threat to Indian batsmen in the title clash on Sunday. The Pakistani attack, comprising the likes of Mohammed Aamer, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali, has gone from strength to strength. They were exceptional against Sri Lanka and very impressive against England in the semifinals. Gambhir is of the view that for Pakistani pacers to make an impact on Sunday in London, help from the conditions is imperative. “For years the India-Pakistan contest has been a battle between India’s batting and Pakistan bowling. Earlier, it used to be Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul vs us and now Amir is their best bowler. Given the flat nature of wickets in the competition so far I don’t see any threat for India. May be Amir can do something out of ordinary, conditions permitting,” Gambhir told PTI in an interaction. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – Final at The Oval As far as India’s attack is concerned, Gambhir felt that it’s time that paceman Umesh Yadav be brought back in the playing eleven. Spinner R Ashwin replaced Yadav in the team after first two matches in the group stage. “I know it is a tricky one but given that the Oval pitch has bounce I would be tempted to play Umesh. Besides, any subcontinental team is generally comfortable against spin which is another reason why I would prefer Umesh although Ashwin too is a fantastic competitor,” Gambhir felt. There has always been a lot of hype associated with India-Pakistan matches. This Pakistani side does not have many stars. In the past, there have always been contests within contests like between a Sachin Tendulkar and fearsome Shoaib Akhtar. So does this final still makes an exciting contest, without having many star or celebrated players in Pakistani the line-up? CT 2017 Final: Easy to decipher IND are better than PAK, says Saha “I think the game is between two teams, two countries and not individuals. It surely is a mouth-watering finale, something that every player looks forward to. From the pride point of view you can never forget such games. I remember playing Pakistan in the finals of T20 World Cup in 2007 and ended up scoring highest runs for India. I didn’t realise the magnitude of that innings and the win till I met a few soldiers of Indian army at an event in Delhi weeks later. They were posted on the border in Kashmir and one of them had fought in Kargil too. They told me how proud they were of our 2007 T20 World Cup win. I hate to say this but India-Pakistan games extend beyond cricket ground. There are so many other aspects to it.” Indian batsmen have been exceptional in this tournament be it the openers or the middle-order, manned by captain Virat Kohli himself. But it has been found that opener Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have taken some time to score runs in first 15 overs. It has not had any adverse impact on India’s total as yet but can India can afford the same strategy in the final as well? CT 2017 Final: IND have the edge over PAK, feels Tait “I think it’s about conditions and match situations. Generally in England, you save wickets and go hard in the end. If the sun is out, wicket is flat and you are chasing a big target, then you may go all out in power play. But if it’s cloudy then you may want to revise that. I think our team has been pretty smart in their approach. They have picked the right moment and bowlers to take runs off,” said Gambhir. Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail recently said Pakistan have reached the final with the help of external forces, which was interpreted as fixing in matches. However, he later backtracked from his comments. Asked to react on this, Gambhir said, “Well, Aamir Sohail has to substantiate this, till then these comments have no meaning.” Talking about the most important thing India should do in the final, Gambhir said, “The key will be to control nerves, play your own game, in short play the game and not the event. I think India is heavy on experience, something that Pakistan lacks.” Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Don’t see any threat for India against Pakistan bowlers, says Gautam Gambhir appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Wriddhiman Saha added that he has not got the time to watch a single game of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 © IANS

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Easy to decipher India are better than Pakistan, says...

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Easy to decipher India are better than Pakistan, says Wriddhiman Saha Wriddhiman Saha added that he has not got the time to watch a single game of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 © IANSKolkata: India‘s Test wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha put India as firm favourites to retain the ICC Champions Trophy crown as they take on arch-rivals Pakistan in the final in London on Sunday. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a CAB first division league match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, Saha said: “India are overall favourites in every department. India have dominated proceedings except one match. India are favourites. I feel if you ask anyone, he or she will put India in the hot seat.” India lost once in the tournament against Sri Lanka but have proved that was an aberration by scripting commanding victories over South Africa in a do-or-die game and then Bangladesh in the semi-final. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – Final at The Oval “The team who will perform well will win,” Saha said. “Pakistan have bowled really well since the first game against India,” Saha said, adding he has not got the time to watch a single game. I have not watched a single match, know the results. It’s easy to decipher that India are better than Pakistan. That’s why I will always put India in front,” the 32-year-old stumper said. Pakistan lost by 124 runs to India but bounced back after their lucky win via the Duckworth-Lewis method over South Africa. They won against Sri Lanka miraculously in a must-win affair and bettered their show against England in the semi. CT 2017 Final: IND have the edge over PAK, feels Tait The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side has depended on their bowlers to deliver the goods and despite the absence of prime bowlers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir in the latter half, have not suffered. The likes of Hasan Ali, the tournament’s highest wicket-taker so far with 10 scalps to his name in four matches, Junaid Khan, who has picked seven wickets in just three games and Rumman Raees, who on debut grabbed two wickets in the semis against England, have stepped up making the team a strong force to reckon with. CT 2017 Final: IND favourites to win vs PAK according to bookies Saha added that the men in blue have bowled well against every opposition and every game was vital, when asked whether it will be a competition between Pakistan bowlers and Indian batsmen. “Every match in this tournament was vital. India have bowled well in every match and got teams all out too,” he said. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Easy to decipher India are better than Pakistan, says Wriddhiman Saha appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Mickey Arthur labelled Pakistan's performance against India during opening match as "shambolic" © Getty Images

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Opening game vs India was an aberration, says Mickey...

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Opening game vs India was an aberration, says Mickey Arthur Mickey Arthur labelled Pakistan’s performance against India during opening match as “shambolic” © Getty ImagesBy Julian Guyer London: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is confident his side’s group-stage “aberration” against title-holders India will have no bearing when they face their arch-rivals again in Sunday’s Champions Trophy final at the Oval. When the Asian giants met in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4, India thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs. Arthur, a former coach of both his native South Africa and Australia, labelled Pakistan’s performance that day as “shambolic”. But Pakistan, the lowest-ranked side in a tournament featuring the world’s leading eight one-day international nations, bounced back to beat top-seeded South Africa and then held their nerve in a tense virtual quarter-final with Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – Final at The Oval Two days later, again in the Welsh capital, Pakistan produced a brilliant all-round display to hammer previously unbeaten tournament hosts England by eight wickets in a lopsided semi-final. Now, with left-arm paceman Mohammad Amir returning to the side after a back spasm ruled him out of the England match, Arthur believes there will be no repeat of their woeful pool showing against India when the latest edition of world cricket’s most high-profile contest takes place in London. “The India game was an aberration,” Arthur told reporters at the Oval on Saturday. “What we’ve produced after that doesn’t come as any surprise, because that’s how we trained, and that’s what we worked at. It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game, but… We’ve closed the chapter on that. That was an aberration. We’re now moving forward.” Aamer’s return bolsters an already impressive Pakistan pace attack featuring Hasan Ali, the tournament’s leading wicket-taker. CT 2017: Sehwag lashes out at fans for criticising Sarfraz’s English skills And Arthur believes that if Pakistan can strike with the new ball, they will have the chance to test an India middle order who have hardly been required to bat during this Champions Trophy, with the likes of openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, as well as captain and star No 3 Virat Kohli piling on the runs. “Our strength has been the fact that we’ve been able to take wickets, and we’ve been able to take wickets consistently through the middle periods,” explained Arthur. “If we can get amongst them with the new ball, we can expose the middle order that hasn’t batted much in this competition — so that’s pretty much our aim and focus.” Beat Anybody Pakistan’s run to the final has once again led to many comments about their notorious “unpredictability”. But Arthur, who took charge shortly before last year’s tour of England, always believed they could go all the way in this tournament. “I don’t think we’ve exceeded expectations at all,” he said ahead of what will be Pakistan’s first match of the competition at the Oval, having played all their previous fixtures at either Birmingham’s Edgbaston or Cardiff. CT 2017: PAK have got no option but to attack IND top order, asserts Arthur “We had the mantra ‘we want to get to London’. Well, we got to London — we want to go one step further now,” Arthur added. “The way the players dragged themselves off the canvas after the beating at Edgbaston was amazing… They’ve been really special.” Sunday’s match could, according to some estimates, attract a global television audience of a billion and Arthur was in no doubt of the significance of a win over India. “I just know it’ll mean a massive amount to them,” he said. “There’s a hell of a good vibe in that dressing room. Let’s hope we can put our ‘A’ game again together tomorrow — because if we can, and I said it before the England game, we can beat anybody.” Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Opening game vs India was an aberration, says Mickey Arthur appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Virat Kohli wished his hockey counterparts the best ahead of the marquee clash © Getty Images

Virat Kohli wishes Indian hockey team ahead of HWL clash vs Pakistan

Virat Kohli wishes Indian hockey team ahead of HWL clash vs Pakistan Virat Kohli wished his hockey counterparts the best ahead of the marquee clash © Getty ImagesLondon: On Sunday while all eyes will be on the ICC Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan at The Oval, a few kilometers away at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, the arch-rivals will be seen battling it out in a Group stage ongoing Hockey World League (HWL) Semi Final. Cricket captain Virat Kohli, who is leading the men-in-blue for the first time in a major International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament, wished his hockey counterparts the best ahead of the marquee clash. Addressing the pre-match press conference, Kohli said he had never tried his hand at hockey but is confident that the Indian team will come out with flying colours. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – Final at The Oval “I wish our hockey team all the best. I have never tried my hand in it but they are pretty good, so they will be fine,” Kohli said. Applauding the hockey stars for their guts, the 28-year-old cricketer also revealed his fear of getting hit on the face in a hockey match. “I played with synthetic hockey balls in indoors but never tried [field] hockey. I feel its very scary. Getting hit on the face, I don’t know how those guys do it from the penalty corner. It needs a lot of guts to do that,” he said. ICC CT 2017 Final: Kohli hints at unchanged playing XI vs PAK The Indian cricket team will head into Sunday’s final against Pakistan as the defending champions, having won the title in 2013. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Virat Kohli wishes Indian hockey team ahead of HWL clash vs Pakistan appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Shaun Tait was at the K C College in Mumbai where he distributed prizes to the winners of ESPN Cricinfo's 'CricIQ Season 5' © Getty Images (File Photo)

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: India have the edge over Pakistan, feels Shaun Tait

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: India have the edge over Pakistan, feels Shaun Tait Shaun Tait was at the K C College in Mumbai where he distributed prizes to the winners of ESPN Cricinfo’s ‘CricIQ Season 5′ © Getty Images (File Photo)By Nikhil Bapat Mumbai: Former Australian pacer Shaun Tait believes that India have an edge over the arch rivals Pakistan when the two sides meet in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday. “The edge is with India. They will probably go into the game as favourites. Pakistan have played some good cricket and have had some good wins. On a day, anybody can win. But at the moment I will have to give an edge to India, their batting line up is quite stronger,” Tait told PTI in an interaction. India’s remarkable consistency will be up against Pakistan’s legendary volatility when the rivals clash in what is expected to be an exciting finale to the Champions Trophy in London. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – Final at The Oval The former Australian speedster was at the K C College in Mumbai where he distributed prizes to the winners of ESPN Cricinfo’s ‘CricIQ Season 5′. Asked about the bowling attacks of two teams, Tait said, “At the moment, Pakistan having Hasan Ali in the side, they have a slightly better attack. “India have good balance. They have (Ravichandran) Ashwin as well. They need someone like Hardik Pandya to step up, to be the extra bowler to do well. It is close contest. But have to say that Pakistan’s bowling is slightly better and India’s batting is better.” CT 2017 Final: IND favourites to win vs PAK according to bookies According to Tait, who clinched 62 wickets in 35 ODIs during his career, India skipper Virat Kohli “might be tempted to play Umesh Yadav, but he would (probably) stick to the same combination because it was a winning team”. Tait admitted that Pakistan’s performance in the tournament came as a surprise to him. Pakistan, decimated by India in their first league game, came back strongly defeating South Africa and Sri Lanka to make it to the semis and then punished an errant England to make it to their maiden Champions Trophy final. “I am surprised. On their day they can be very good and they can be very bad. They have played some good cricket at the right time. Sarfraz Ahmed is a good captain,” he added. At the event, Manish Achuth was awarded the CricIQ trophy and a certificate along with a gift voucher of Rs one lakh. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: India have the edge over Pakistan, feels Shaun Tait appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Match officials announced for ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

Match officials announced for ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

Match officials announced for ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday announced the umpire and match referee appointments for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, which will be staged in the United Kingdom from June 24 to July 23. Australia will defend the title, while other teams to feature in the 30-day tournament include host England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. The tournament will be contested on a single-league basis with the top four sides qualifying for the semi-finals, with the final at Lord’s. The 11th edition of the tournament, which was first staged here in the United Kingdom before the men’s event in 1973, will see four women umpires officiate, the highest number yet for an ICC global event. They are: Kathy Cross of New Zealand, Sue Redfern of England, Australia’s Claire Polosak and West Indies’ Jacqueline Williams. The nine men’s umpires, who are from the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires, are: Gregory Brathwaite, Chris Brown, Anil Chaudhary, Shaun George, Adrian Holdstock, Ahsan Raza, Langton Rusere, S. Saikat and Paul Wilson Cross will be officiating in her fourth ICC Women’s World Cup, while the other three women umpires–Polosak, Redfern and Williams – will be making their World Cup debuts. Richie Richardson of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, and Steve Bernard and David Jukes, both from the ICC Regional Referees panel, will be the match referees for the eight-team tournament in which 31 matches will be played in Bristol, Derby, Leicester, Taunton with the final at Lord’s. This will be the third ICC Women’s World Cup for Jukes, while Richardson and Bernard will be officiating in the women’s pinnacle event for the first time. Raza and Brathwaite will be the on-field umpires for the tournament opener between host England and India in Derby on 24 June. George will be the TV umpire and Wilson the reserve umpire. Richardson will be the match referee. This will be one of the 10 matches which will be broadcast live on television, with DRS being introduced into the women’s game for the first time. In the other match on the same day, which will be live-streamed, New Zealand will take on Sri Lanka at Bristol. This match will be umpired by Polosak and Chaudhary, with Redfern as the reserve umpire and Jukes as the match referee. Umpire and match referee appointments for the semi-finals and final will be announced after the teams have been confirmed. The officials for the tournament are: Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite, Chris Brown, Anil Chaudhary, Kathy Cross, Shaun George, Adrian Holdstock, Claire Polosak, Ahsan Raza, Sue Redfern, Langton Rusere, S. Saikat, Jacqueline Williams and Paul Wilson Match referees: Steve Bernard, David Jukes and Richie Richardson. Appointments: Warm-up matches: Monday, 19 June – New Zealand v India, Derbyshire: Claire Polosak and Langton Rusere (on-field), Gregory Brathwaite (reserve umpire), David Jukes (match referee). Monday, 19 June – England v Sri Lanka, Chesterfield: Jacqueline Williams and Anil Chaudhary (on-field), Shaun George (reserve umpire); Steve Bernard (match referee). Tuesday, 20 June – West Indies v Pakistan, Leicester: Kathy Cross and Adrian Holdstock (on-field), S. Saikat (reserve umpire), David Jukes (match referee). Tuesday, 20 June – Australia v South Africa, Oakham: Sue Redfern and Chris Brown (on-field), Ahsan Raza (reserve umpire), Richie Richardson (match referee). Wednesday, 21 June – England v New Zealand, Derby: Paul Wilson and Ahsan Raza (on-field), Langton Rusere (reserve umpire), Steve Bernard (match referee). Wednesday, 21 June – India v Sri Lanka, Chesterfield: Shaun George and Jacqueline Williams (on-field), Chris Brown (reserve umpire), Richie Richardson (match referee). Thursday, 22 June – Australia v Pakistan, Leicester: Gregory Brathwaite and Langton Rusere (on-field), Adrian Holdstock (reserve umpire), Richie Richardson (match referee). Thursday, 22 June – West Indies v South Africa, Oakham: S. Saikat and Kathy Cross (on-field), Paul Wilson (reserve umpire), Steve Bernard (match referee). Tournament fixtures: *Saturday, 24 June – England v India, Derbyshire: Ahsan Raza and Gregory Brathwaite (on-field), Shaun George (third umpire), Paul Wilson (reserve umpire), Richie Richardson (match referee). Saturday, 24 June – New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Bristol: Claire Polosak and Anil Chaudhary (on-field), Sue Redfern (reserve umpire), David Jukes (match referee). Sunday, 25 June – Pakistan v South Africa, Leicester: S. Saikat and Langton Rusere (on-field), Jacqueline Williams (reserve umpire), Steve Bernard (match referee). Monday, 26 June – Australia v West Indies, Somerset: Kathy Cross and Arian Holdstock (on-field), Chris Brown (reserve umpire), David Jukes (match referee). Tuesday, 27 June – England v Pakistan, Leicester: Chris Brown and Jacqueline Williams (on-field), S. Saikat (reserve umpire), Richie Richardson (match referee). *Wednesday, 28 June – South Africa v New Zealand, Derby: Paul Wilson and Langton Rusere (on-field) Ahsan Raza (third umpire), Gregory Brathwaite (reserve umpire), Richie Richardson (match referee). Thursday, 29 June – West Indies v India, Somerset: Shaun George and Claire Polosak (on-field), Kathy Cross (reserve umpire), Steve Bernard (match referee). Thursday, 29 June – Sri Lanka v Australia, Bristol: Sue Redfern and Anil Chaudhary (on-field), Adrian Holdstock (reserve umpire), David Jukes (match referee). Sunday, 2 July – England v Sri Lanka, Somerset: Kathy Cross and Adrian Holdstock (on-field umpires), Claire Polasak (reserve umpire), Steve Bernard (match referee). Sunday, 2 July – Australia v New Zealand, Bristol: Ahsan Raza and Jacqueline Williams (on-field umpires), Anil Chaudhary (reserve umpire), David Jukes (match referee). *Sunday, 2 July – India v Pakistan, Derbyshire: Gregory Brathwaite and Shaun George (on-field umpires), Paul Wilson (third umpire), Langton Rusere (reserve umpire), Richie Richardson (match referee). Sunday, 2 July – South Africa v West Indies, Leicester: Sue Redfern and Saikat (on-field), Chris Brown (reserve umpire). Wednesday, 5 July – England v South Africa, Bristol: Kathy Cross and Paul Wilson (on-field), Ahsan Raza (reserve umpire), Steve Bernard (match referee). *Wednesday, 5 July – Sri Lanka v India, Derby: Langston Rusere and Chris Brown (on-field), Gregory Brathwaite (third umpire), Shaun George (reserve umpire), Richie Richardson (match referee). Wednesday, 5 July – Pakistan v Australia, Leicester: Sue Redfern and Anil Chaudhary (on-field), Jacqueline Williams (reserve umpire), David Jukes (match referee). Thursday, 6 July – New Zealand v West Indies, Somerset: Ahsan Raza and Adrian Holdstock (on-field), S. Saikat (reserve umpire), Steve Bernard (match referee). Saturday, 8 July – New Zealand v Pakistan, Somerset: Gregory Brathwaite and S. Saikat (on-field), Langton Rusere (reserve umpire), Richie Richardson (match referee). Saturday, 8 July – South Africa v India, Leicester: Paul Wilson and Jacqueline Williams (on-field), Sue Redfern (reserve umpire), Steve Bernard (match referee). *Sunday, 9 July – England v Australia, Bristol: Adrian Holdstock and Chris Brown (on-field), Anil Chaudhary (third umpire), Kathy Cross (reserve umpire), Richie Richardson (match referee). Sunday, 9 July – West Indies v Sri Lanka, Derby: Shaun George and Claire Polosak (on-field), Paul Wilson (reserve umpire), David Jukes (match referee). Tuesday, 11 July – West Indies v Pakistan, Leicester: Sue Redfern and Langston Rusere (on-field), Claire Polasak (reserve umpire), Steve Bernard (match referee). Wednesday, 12 July – Sri Lanka v South Africa, Somerset: Gregory Brathwaite and Kathy Cross (on-field), Anil Chaudhary (reserve), David Jukes (match referee). *Wednesday, 12 July – Australia v India, Bristol: S. Saikat and Adrian Holdstock (on-field), Chris Brown (third umpire), Shaun George (match referee). Wednesday, 12 July – England v New Zealand, Derby: Jacqueline Williams and Ahsan Raza (on-field), Claire Polasak (reserve umpire), Steve Bernard (match referee). Saturday, 15 July – South Africa v Australia, Somerset: Chris Brown and Langton Rusere (on-field), Ahsan Raza (reserve umpire), David Jukes (match referee). *Saturday, 15 July – England v West Indies, Bristol: Anil Chaudhary and Paul Wilson (on-field), S. Saikat (third umpire), Adrian Holdstock (reserve umpire), Steve Bernard (match referee). Saturday, 15 July – India v New Zealand, Derby: Shaun George and Claire Polosak (on-field), Jacqueline Williams (reserve umpire), Richie Richardson (match referee). Saturday, 15 July – Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Leicester: Sue Redfern and Kathy Cross (on-field), Gregory Brathwaite (reserve umpire). *denotes broadcast matches Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Match officials announced for ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Amit Shah said BJP would consult its allies before finalising the NDA's presidential candidate © IANS

Amit Shah rules out possibility of India vs Pakistan bilateral series’ resumption

Amit Shah rules out possibility of India vs Pakistan bilateral series’ resumption Amit Shah said BJP would consult its allies before finalising the NDA’s presidential candidate © IANSMumbai: Ruling out resumption of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan anytime soon, BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday said the two countries would continue to play against each other in international tournaments. “India and Pakistan will continue to play at international tournaments but neither India plays in Pakistan nor Pakistan plays in India,” Shah, who heads the Gujarat Cricket Association, said, a day ahead of the clash between the arch rivals in the Champions Trophy final in England. Shah, who is on a three-day visit to strengthen the party organisation in the western state of Maharashtra, and is scheduled to meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, said BJP would consult its allies before finalising the NDA’s presidential candidate. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – Final at The Oval “We will consult all our allies and then reach a decision on the presidential poll nominee,” Shah told a press conference. He was responding to questions about ally Shiv Sena, which has often been critical of the BJP and the Modi government, suggesting the name of M S Swaminathan, known for steering India’s Green Revolution, as its presidential choice. The Shiv Sena had earlier said it may choose an “independent” path in the election to the highest constitutional office. It had backed Congress nominees — Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee in the last two presidential elections. CT 2017 Final: IND favourites to win vs PAK according to bookies When asked about Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ remark that the BJP was prepared for snap assembly election, in an apparent reference to continued strain in ties with the Shiv Sena, Shah said, “What he meant was that if mid-term polls are forced on us, we are ready to fight.” Calling Narendra Modi the most popular leader since Independence, Shah said the prime minister was making all efforts to transform India into a world power by 2022, when the nation celebrates 75 years of freedom. Afridi: Would want ICC to keep close eye on significance of Indo-Pak ties Under Modi, he said, India had become the world’s fastest growing major economy. The BJP chief said Modi had restored dignity to the prime minister’s office. “Every minister in the previous UPA government considered himself the PM, but nobody considered the PM as PM,” he said. Lauding Modi for enacting the Goods and Services Tax law, the BJP leader said nobody else had the “daring or capability” to do it. “India has emerged as a global leader on the issue of climate change, as seen at the Paris deliberations,” Shah said. Shah said the Modi government brought an end to politics of appeasement and dynastic rule. “Our biggest achievement is ending communalism, dynastic rule and appeasement [politics],” he said. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Amit Shah rules out possibility of India vs Pakistan bilateral series’ resumption appeared first on Janta Shakti.
AB de Villiers applauded Virat Kohli's (above) ability to deal with pressure and steer his team to the final

AB de Villiers: Virat Kohli’s talent is underpinned by willingness to work hard

AB de Villiers: Virat Kohli’s talent is underpinned by willingness to work hard AB de Villiers applauded Virat Kohli’s (above) ability to deal with pressure and steer his team to the finalLondon: Star South African batsman AB de Villiers on Saturday heaped praise on Virat Kohli, describing him as “a consummate surgeon at the crease” who is able to cope with extreme pressure that is associated with leading a top side like India. “He has been blessed with wonderful natural talent but, as ever among high achievers, his talent is underpinned by a willingness to work hard,” wrote De Villiers in his column for the ‘BBC‘. “He is a consummate surgeon at the crease, intensely focussed, working hard, playing the ball into gaps in the field and staying calm under pressure. He is always judging the right time to consolidate and the right time to seize a game by the scruff of the neck,” he added. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – Final at The Oval De Villiers, whose team came up with a disappointing show at the ongoing Champions Trophy despite being the world No. 1 side, applauded Kohli’s ability to deal with pressure and steer his team to the final, scheduled on Sunday. “Beyond the golden talent and the iron determination, Virat has learned how to cope with the pressures of his exalted position.” The South African captain, who plays alongside Kohli for the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the Indian Premier League (IPL), revealed that the “outstanding cricketer” is someone who is fun to be with off the field. Virat Kohli on Rohit Sharma being rested for West Indies tour: His batting contribution will be a huge factor for India in upcoming tours “Intense and serious in matches and at practice, he retains the invaluable ability to switch off from the game, relaxing, laughing and joking at every opportunity. He enjoys calling people by playful nicknames and he can find humour in almost every situation,” said the 33-year-old. De Villiers said that Kohli has learned to live with the huge burden of expectation. ICC Champions Trophy 2017: AB de Villiers apologises for South Africa’s underperformance “If you drive into almost any city in India, you will see his face appear on every other billboard,” he said. “Being the most marketable and possibly the most popular personality in a nation of 1.3bn people brings its own pressures: he simply cannot move without being begged for a ‘selfie’ and his every move, word and even gesture is relentlessly reported in print, electronic and social media. Twitter whirred when he stuck out his tongue to celebrate a wicket against Bangladesh. Virat has learned to live with these realities,” de Villiers elaborated. He said even during hard times, Kohli relies on his hard work and determination to come out with flying colours. “When things don’t go well — and, unfortunately, for Virat as for anyone else, things don’t always go well — he falls back on his intense commitment and works ever harder until he turns the corner and meets the excessively high expectations,” concluded de Villiers. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More AB de Villiers: Virat Kohli’s talent is underpinned by willingness to work hard appeared first on Janta Shakti.
The committee came hard on Gautam Gambhir for his "unruly" behaviour © Getty Images (File Photo)

Gautam Gambhir handed 4-match ban in First-Class cricket following confrontation with Delhi coach

Gautam Gambhir handed 4-match ban in First-Class cricket following confrontation with Delhi coach The committee came hard on Gautam Gambhir for his “unruly” behaviour © Getty Images (File Photo)New Delhi: Veteran Indian opener Gautam Gambhir was on Saturday handed a suspended four-match ban from first-class cricket for his ugly confrontation with Delhi Ranji coach KP Bhaskar earlier in 2017. An enquiry committee constituted by Delhi and Districts Cricket Association administrator Justice Vikramjit Sen, comprising chairman Madan Lal, Rajendra R Rathore and advocate Soni Singh found Gambhir guilty and termed the batsman’s behaviour as “serious” and “inappropriate”. However, Sen decided to “suspend the punishment for a period of two years ending on 30th March 2019″ conditional on Gambhir accepting this order and not committing any similar transgressions. Gautam Gambhir keen on taking up mentor’s role in TNPL “Having learnt of an incident, which occurred when the team from DDCA was in Orissa, in which an altercation between Gautam Gambhir and Bhasker Pillai had transpired, and pursuant to a complaint received from Pillai, I met both persons on 10th March 2017. The matter could not be amicably and satisfactorily resolved. The Committee Members agree that considering the above facts and circumstances that have come to light, Mr Gambhir’s actions towards Mr Pillai with premeditated intent to humiliate the coach were highly inappropriate and of serious nature. It is recommended that such inappropriate behaviour requires to be penalised not only in a proportionate manner, but in a manner that has a deterrent effect so that it is not repeated and such issues are taken seriously by all team members,” Sen said in a statement. “The Committee members feel the necessity of deterrent effect of penalties on account of such seriously inappropriate behaviour to inculcate discipline within the team and in the interest of the game of cricket. Having such considerations and findings as above in mind, the Committee Members recommend that Mr Gautam Gambhir should not be allowed to play in 4 [four] First Class matches of the Delhi team at the start of the next season, i.e. 2017-18 on account of his deliberate and pre-meditated inappropriate behaviour,” he said. Watch Gautam Gambhir’s moving ‘Jhijhak ki Patti’ campaign for Indian soldiers Bhaskar and Gambhir had a heated altercation after Delhi’s campaign ended in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Bhubaneswar earlier this year with allegations of former India captain abusing the coach, something he has categorically denied. The committee came hard on Gambhir for his “unruly” behaviour. “It is evident from the above that the actions/conduct of Mr Gambhir on 6th March 2017 against the coach and the confrontation were pre-meditated as he called for the meeting after the match at lunchtime on a day when he was not even playing the match and he had remained in the hotel, since about lunchtime. It is further evident that Mr Gambhir intended to use some very sharp/inappropriate language and admittedly the arguments between the coach and Mr Gambhir were expected to be so ‘heated’ that he thought it prudent to save some of the younger players from witnessing it and therefore sent them outside the dressing room before starting the confrontation,” the statement said. Gambhir, on his part, has made multiple allegations of Bhaskar making youngsters like Nitish Rana, Unmukt Chand and Pawan Negi “insecured” and “playing with their careers”. Acting on Gambhir’s complaints, the committee also recommended the formation of a grievance redressal forum. “The Committee also recommends, in view of the significant grievances raised by Mr Gambhir during the hearing, which seem to have been given vent to in an inappropriate manner on account of lack of a proper grievance redressal system for the team members, that a grievance redressal system within the team is urgently required,” the statement read. “It is also recommended that disciplinary action rules and mechanism of imposing penalty are required to be formulated to inculcate discipline in the team members and for predictability and deterrence, where players know that an act of indiscipline would have serious repercussions and are therefore deterred from committing them.” The committee observed that the position of a coach deserves respect and dignity from his players. “The position of a coach among the team members is of high respect and dignity. It is a serious disgrace to a coach to be humiliated in front of team members by one of the team members even though if it is a senior player. The actions of Mr Gambhir, however well intended, cannot be said to be in the interest of the team, or its performance or the game as it was done on the very last day of the season and therefore could not have been any corrective effect. The actions of Mr Gambhir were not in the spirit of the game,” the statement said. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Gautam Gambhir handed 4-match ban in First-Class cricket following confrontation with Delhi coach appeared first on Janta Shakti.

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