Lasith Malinga Helps Marcus Stoinis With Art of Slower Ball

first_imgSouthampton: Sri Lanka’s pace veteran Lasith Malinga said he is ready to help anyone on how to bowl the slower delivery after he was seen sharing tips with Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis after their warm-up tie here. On Monday, Sri Lanka lost to the Aussies by five wickets in their final warm-up game ahead of the World Cup which begins in this part of the world from May 30.But what caught everybody’s eye was Malinga sharing tips with Stoinis about how to send down a slower ball.“Variations is very important in the short-format game. During IPL also he (Stoinis) had wanted to know how I bowl (it),” Malinga was quoted as saying by the ICC website.“I wanted to give him tips – that’s how cricket moves forward. Whoever wants to know, I will help them. I’ll share tricks on how to bowl slow balls, which situation you will use it, why you want to use the slow one,” the 35-year old said.Malinga is one of the great exponents of the slower ball and has unleashed it on many occasions to snare wickets. Recently, he was seen bowling the last over of the Indian Premier League final, pulling off a remarkable one-run victory for Mumbai Indians after backing himself to bowl the slower ball as his final delivery against Chennai Super Kings.“Skill comes first, then you have to analyse the game. That’s two things a bowler needs to (do well),” he said.Malinga further said Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada are currently the best among the fast bowlers.“Cricket is a batsman’s game,” he said, adding “but bowlers can change the game”. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

I’m not one for being centre of attention: Chris Woakes

first_imgMANCHESTER: England fast bowler Chris Woakes on Monday stated he doesn’t mind being the team’s unsung hero as long as he keeps performing for the national team.Woakes was the second-highest wicket-taker in the recently-concluded #raisethebat Test series against West Indies but veteran fast-bowler Stuart Broad’s Man of the Series performance overshadowed him. Former captain Alec Stewart had earlier said Woakes has been England’s unsung hero on home soil for a while now and his performances go unnoticed. Woakes, however, stated it doesn’t matter to him if he gets the plaudits or not and just wants go about his business. “I honestly really don’t mind. I’m not one for being centre of attention,” he told reporters as per Sky Sports. “Don’t get me wrong, I want to go out on the field and perform and I want to make match-winning performances for England but it really doesn’t bother me if I’m first choice to write about or not, to be brutally honest. “My stats have been mentioned and they’re very good in England, I want to keep working on those, keep improving on them and making them as good as they can be. “At my age and where I am now at 31, it’s unlikely that I’m going to go on and get 500 Test wickets like Jimmy and Broady but I still want to go on and get as many as I can individually. “I still feel like I can provide really good services to England for many more years to come so I’m happy with how it works and as long as I continue to be able to represent England then I’ll be happy,” he added. Woakes is part of the unchanged England squad that will take on Pakistan in a series involving three Tests and as many T20Is. The first Test begins at Old Trafford on Wednesday. IANS Also watch: #NewsMakers: Being LGBTQ+ A Curse?last_img read more

Former officials call for WICB forensic audit

first_imgBy Collin Benjamin(ESPNCricinfio) – Former presidents and officials of the West Indies Cricket Board have urged CARICOM to conduct a forensic audit of the board in order to save West Indies cricket from “absolute and total downfall”.Six former officials – Ken Gordon, Pat Rousseau, Anthony Deyal, Charles Wilkin, Bruce Aanensen and Imran Khan – have claimed that the current WICB administration under Dave Cameron has seemingly become “untouchable”, and not doing anything would lead to the “inevitable demise” of cricket in the Caribbean.“We must reinforce the message that West Indies cricket belongs to the people of the West Indies, not to the WICB,” Gordon, WICB president from 2006 to 2008, said. “It may be timely to call for a forensic audit of the organisation. We need to lift the clouded veil which now surrounds that body. Answers are required and this can be a first step to return to the transparency required of a body which is a major beneficiary of regional resources and private sponsorship.“Many lovers of the game have said to me, ‘What can we do that would make a difference?’ The WICB seems to be untouchable. I say to them and to all cricket-lovers who are concerned, let the call for a forensic audit be loud and clear. We need to save our cricket and this has to begin with getting the WICB right. It would be entirely legitimate for CARICOM to fund such an exercise and I urge that they consider doing so.”Asked for a reaction, the WICB told ESPNcricinfo that it has hired global consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and KPMG to conduct the audit operations. “We maintain an internal and external audit system with PWC and KPMG respectively. You may refer to them for any additional inquiries you may have,” a WICB spokesperson said.Gordon first made the call for an audit in July and has renewed his plea in light of the WICB’s refusal to accept the latest CARICOM reform proposal and the controversial removal of Darren Sammy as captain of the West Indies T20I team.Rousseau, who served as president of the board from 1996 to 2001, said all sporting bodies need to be carefully monitored. “There should be an assurance that there is certification by an independent group that proper governance procedures are followed at all times. I would commend to all the governments in CARICOM that they create special legislation that brings all the sporting associations under an obligation to observe good governance principles and to protect the finances of the association.”Deyal, WICB’s corporate secretary between 2006 and 2008, supported Gordon’s call and also urged for an audit of country boards.“I strongly support the call. Mr Gordon has made a strong case for following the money and has proposed as the mechanism a forensic audit of the individual boards which own the WICB and of the WICB itself. There is a deep threat of the absolute and total downfall of West Indies cricket. It’s a process which is fully underway and at this stage seemingly inevitable.”Wilkin, a former chairman of the board’s governance committee, suggested that unless the board heeds the calls for change, CARICOM governments should “refuse permission for use of the stadia and refuse them access to regional cricket grounds”.“The real leverage which CARICOM has, if it seriously wants to force the WICB to change, is the control of most of the stadia used for international matches,” Wilkins said. “The WICB will not be able to host touring teams if the CARICOM governments refuse permission for use of the stadia and the various other permits required under local law.”Wilkins said he was sceptical about CARICOM’s unity considering the emergence of factions within the regional body. In June, Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne had stated that he would categorically reject the CARICOM’s call for dissolving the WICB.Imran Khan, a former WICB communications officer, also felt the CARICOM’s refusal to give the WICB access to certain grounds could have an impact. “Two things need to happen: mass fan boycott, and CARICOM governments refusing the WICB access to grounds which they own or control or have influence over,” Khan said.“CARICOM can no longer delay taking decisive action to rescue the regional game from the cauldron of incompetence from which it boils. To not act is to contribute to the further deterioration of the regional game and to be complicit in its inevitable demise.”last_img read more

RHTY&SC invites cricket teams to register for 2017 tournaments

first_imgAS part of its cricket development programme, the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, M.S, will be arranging a minimum of fifteen cricket tournaments during the year at the Under-15,U- 17 and U-19 levels, as well at the female and second division levels.As such, the club is inviting cricket clubs in Berbice to officially register their respective teams if they wish to participate in the cricket tournaments.Club Secretary/CEO,Hilbert Foster, stated that the RHTY&SC is very disappointed with the current situation, whereby the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) is unable to fulfil its mandate due to a court injunction.Foster also expressed concerns about the state of Berbice Cricket and the lack of investment in the development of new talents.Foster noted that 16 teams will be involved in the Under-15,U17 and U- 19 tournaments, with the RHTY&SC expected to field three of the 16 teams.With 13 teams available, clubs have until February 10 to register.The Under-15 players have to be born on or after the 1st September, 2002; Under-17 players on or after the 1st September 2002, and Under-19 players on or after the 1st September, 1998.Twelve teams will be involved in several second division tournaments, with two coming from the RHTY&SC.Only two first division players who have played more than a combined four first division matches (3 days, 50 overs or 20/20) in 2016/2017 shall be allowed to play per team, while Under 19 players born after the 1st September 1998 shall not be considered as first Division players.All junior team applications must have the names of the players, dateS of birth, telephone numbers and schools attended.The RHTY&SC will debar any club which provides misleading information.Contact can be made at the club’s office via telephone number 337-4562;email or visit the office during working hours: 8:30hrs -18:00hrs Monday to Saturday. Interested clubs can also send emails to fosterhilbert@yahoo.com.last_img read more

Guyana Jaguars Super50 chances good, says Harper

first_imgWITH just five days before the 2017 NAGICO Regional Super50 tournament bowls off, former Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) and Guyana middle-order batsman and head coach, Mark Harper, believes that the Guyana Jaguars have an excellent chance of winning the coveted trophy.The 59-year-old Harper, who played the last of his 42 First-Class and 13 Regional Limited Overs matches in 1991, is of the opinion that the team’s all-round ability will be a huge positive for the side.Mark Harper“I think Guyana have a good chance. When you look at the squad, we have a good all-round squad, a squad with good experienced players, who have been playing the game for some time now,” Harper pointed out.The Guyana Jaguars have been labelled as the pre-tournament favourites, but that label means nothing unless it can be backed by strong performances.However, the former Bermuda national coach pointed out that execution will be the key for any strong performances.“In limited overs cricket or any form of cricket you have to bat well, but having said that the team’s bowling department is well equipped to handle any situation.“Beaton (Ronsford) is back, and he will add a bit of pace, then there is Barnwell (Christopher), Reifer (Raymon) and Wintz (Paul), but our spinners … Guyana have always produced quality spinners, and with Bishoo (Devendra), Permaul (Veerasammy) and Jacobs (Steven), our bowling department is well equipped,” Harper added.Meanwhile, Harper expressed his surprise at the omission of middle-order batsman Vishaul Singh from the touring squad.“I’m surprised he is not in the squad. He is a quality player,” Harper said.Singh, left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, fast bowler Romario Shepherd, opening batsman Kevon Boodie and all-rounder Royston Crandon were all omitted. The five players were part of the squad last year.The squad includes seven players who have represented the regional side in Tests, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20s.The left-handed Leon Johnson is once again at the helm, and he will have a bunch of experienced players to call on, among them is middle-order batting stalwart Shivnarine Chanderpaul.When the action bowls off, the Guyanese will be aiming for a 10th Regional 50-over title, the last of which was achieved in 2005 when they defeated Barbados in near darkness in the final of the KFC Cup at the GCC ground, Bourda.Prior to that, Guyana reigned supreme in 1980, 1983, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2003.The Guyana Jaguars will do battle in Group B of the Super50 which runs from January 24 to February 18 in Antigua and Barbados.Ronsford BeatonGroup B comprises last year losing finalists Barbados Pride, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions, Guyana Jaguars and ICC Americas.Meanwhile, title-holders Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes, the West Indies U-19s, and visiting English County Kent Spitfires have been installed in Group A.The Guyana Jaguars squad reads: Leon Johnson (captain), Veerasammy Permaul (vice-captain), Anthony Bramble (wkp.), Shimron Hetmyer, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Christopher Barnwell, Raymon Reifer, Rajendra Chandrika, Steven Jacobs, Assad Fudadin, Devendra Bishoo, Ronsford Beaton, Paul Wintz and Jonathan Foo.Management Staff: Esaun Crandon (head coach), Rayon Griffith (assistant coach) and Ernesto Gonzalez (physiotherapist). … Surprised at Vishaul Singh’s omissionlast_img read more

Asian Games Asian Games 2018 Day 11: Complete schedule, timings, streaming details, when and where to watch

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Tuesday (Day 10) reached the half-century mark of medals after yet another prolific display in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games at Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia and will hope to bag more silverware as the 18th Asian Games enters its Day 11 on Wednesday. Dutee Chand will at be the centre of the limelight as she is set to feature in the 200m final after grabbing the top spot in the semis on Tuesday. The track and field athletes continue to impress as the Indian contingent looks to bag more medals.Elsewhere, Arpinder Singh is also set to feature in the triple jump event while women’s hockey team will lock horns with China in the semi-final action on Day 11 of the Asian Games 2018.Here is the 2018 Asian Games Day 11 complete schedule:ATHLETICS:Men’s 20km Walk: Irfan Kolothum Thodi, Manish Singh Rawat (4:30 AM IST)Women’s 20km Walk: Soumya Baby, Khushbir Kaur (4:40 AM IST)Women’s Heptathlon: Swapna Barman, Purnima Hembram (7:30 AM IST)Men’s Triple Jump Final: Rakesh Babu Arayan Veettil, Arpinder Singh (4:45 PM IST)Women’s 200m Final: Dutee Chand (5:35 PM IST)Men’s 1500m Qualification: Manjit Singh, Jinson Johnson (6:00 PM IST)Men’s 4x400m Qualification: India (6:45 PM IST)TABLE TENNIS:Mixed Doubles: Anthony Amalraj/Madhurika Patkar, Achanta Sharath Kamal/Manika Batra (8:30 AM IST onwards)HOCKEY:Women’s Semifinal: India vs China (6:30 PM IST)CYCLING:Women’s Omnium (Scratch Race): Manorama Devi (7:30 AM IST)Men’s Sprint Qualification: Esow, Ranjit Singh (7:50 AM IST)Men’s 4000m Individual Pursuit: Manjeet Singh (8:35 AM IST)BOXING:Men’s Light Fly(49kg) Quarterfinal: Amit vs Kim Jang Ryong (North Korea) (12:15 PM IST)Men’s Light Welter(64kg) Quarterfinal: Dheeraj vs Baatarsukh Chinzorig (Mongolia) (5:15 PM IST)Men’s Middle(75kg) Quarterfinal: Vikas Krishan vs Tnaglatihan Touheta Erbieke (China) (1:45 PM IST)Women’s Fly(51kg) Quarterfinal: Sarjubala Devi vs Chang Yuan (China) (2:15 PM IST)CANOE-KAYAKING:Kayak Four (K4) 500m Men: India (7:20 AM IST)Kayak Double (K2) 1000m Men: Ching Ching Sing Arambam/Naocha Singh Laitonjam (9:00 AM IST)BRIDGE: (8:00 AM IST onwards)KURASH: (Starting 12:30 PM IST)Women’s 63kg: Binisha Biju NayakattuMen’s 81kg: Manish Tokas, KunalHANDBALL:Men’s Main Round Group 3: India vs Indonesia (12:30 PM IST)JUDO: (Starting at 7:30 AM IST)SQUASH:Women’s Team Pool B: India vs China (11:00 AM IST)VOLLEYBALL:Women’s semifinal: India vs Hong Kong (3:00 PM IST) For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Shikhar Dhawan set for new opportunity, this time off the field

first_imgDhawan was the star performer for India in the 2018 Asia Cup where he smashed two hundreds, one each against Hong Kong and Pakistan. The left-hander was left out of the two-Test series against West Indies and in the first ODI at Guwahati, he was dismissed cheaply for 4.The second match of the five-ODI series between India and West Indies begins in Vizag on Wednesday. The name of the store is a pun on Dhawan’s name, who is often nicknamed ‘The One’. Following the announcement, players like Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh took to their social media accounts to congratulate Shikhar and Aesha.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan has achieved plenty of things on the field for the Indian cricket team in his nearly decade-long international career. Now, the left-hander has achieved yet another milestone, but this time – off the field. Also Read | Patiala House Court dismisses bail plea of Ashish Pandey Dhawan, 32, announced the launch of DaOne, a brand new home décor store founded by him and his wife Aesha. On his Instagram page (shikhardofficial), Dhawan announced a Giveaway alert in which he announced a surprise gift to winners.  Read | #SwitchOnTheSunshine with Sonali Bendre’s new and oh-so-adorable look, find out here last_img read more

Cricket News Hardik Pandya refuses to step out of house, not taking calls: Father reveals

first_imgNew Delhi: Hardik Pandya received massive backlash for his comments on the talk show Koffee With Karan, hosted by Bollywood director Karan Johar. Pandya’s comments were accused of being ‘misogynistic’, ‘racist’ and he was criticised heavily on social media. The player issued an apology but the BCCI ordered him and KL Rahul, the other cricketer on the show back from the tour of Australia and suspended them from playing all forms of cricket. However, it seems that all the criticism has taken a toll on Hardik Pandya and the cricketer, who is back home in Gujarat, is apparently choosing to spend time alone. The period of Makar Sankranti is considered auspicious in Gujarat where people fly kites to celebrate the festival. However, in the Pandya household, it is far from festive.Speaking about his son’s state of mind, Hardik’s father Himanshu said in an interview to Mid Day that his son was disappointed by the comments and is determined to not repeat the mistake. “Ever since he has returned from Australia, he has not stepped out of the house. He is also not taking any calls… he is just taking rest. It’s a festival… a public holiday in Gujarat, but Hardik did not fly any kites. He loves flying kites but his busy cricketing schedule never allowed him to be at home during this festival over the last few years. This time, he had a chance to fly kites, but because of the adverse situation, there was no mood to celebrate the festival. We have decided not to talk to him on this subject. Even his elder brother Krunal has not discussed anything about the episode with him,” Himanshu said.Read More | Mumbai Police trolls Pandya and Rahul’s Koffee With Karan commentsPandya’s comments on the talk show drew the ire from social media users, terming it ‘misogynistic’ and ‘racist’. Along with an uncertain playing future, Pandya’s brand has taken a massive hit due to the controversy with several brands, including Gillette, dropping him as the celebrity ambassador.Read More | Pandya, KL Rahul tender ‘unconditional’ apology, BCCI demands SGMFollowing the outrage, Hotstar have removed the episode from the web while Pandya’s father Himanshu has said that the comments should not be taken seriously as his son was indulging in chatter in a light-hearted manner. The situation came into light with this one conversation when Johar was asking questions about not asking women’s name in a night club and what do men talk about. To this, Pandya replied, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.” Pandya also boasted about how he casually discussed his sex life with his parents. “When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya replied with laughter.Internal communication with the BCCIFollowing Pandya’s public apology on his Twitter handle and to the BCCI, the Indian Express accessed the internal email communication between the player and the BCCI officials. The mail trail clearly stated that Vinod Rai, the head of the Committee of Administrators, was not happy with the tone of the apology and stated it did not appear sincere. Rai suggested that Diana Edulji should suggest some penalty.Read More | Pandya suspended by Gillette for Koffee With Karan commentsEdulji sought legal help and the legal team of the Indian Cricket Board advised that under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution that the players should be tried for the showcause notice issued to the players. The former India women’s captain has said the enquiry should not be conducted in a hurried manner. She also pointed out there were two precedents in which a player was sent back for insubordination. One was Lala Amarnath during the 1936 series against England and Nikola Kalinic during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. With the Supreme Court scheduled to hear a plea filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar on the functioning of the CoA on January 17, Edulji said an ombudsman would be constituted to look into the matter. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar cleared of serious injury

first_img New Delhi: Vijay Shankar was hit on the arm during Friday practice as the Indian cricket team geared up to face New Zealand at The Oval. Shankar was seen in immense pain and he did not take any further part in the session. There were mounting concerns that Shankar could be in doubt for the tournament, with many reportedly fearing that he could have suffered a fracture. However, the BCCI provided some welcome news of relief when they tweeted an update on the all-rounder. “Shankar was hit on his right forearm during practice on Friday. He underwent scans and no fracture has been detected. BCCI Medical Team is aiding him in his recovery,” the BCCI’s official Twitter handle announced.There were some concerns even on Shikhar Dhawan, who was reportedly hit by a rising delivery from Mohammed Shami in the nets but apparently, he was not injured as he continued batting.Shankar’s selection in the Indian cricket team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 saw some questions raised, notably from Ambati Rayudu who was not picked in the squad. Rayudu went further and wrote a cryptic tweet on Shankar, terming him a ‘3D’ player. However, in a show named ‘Breakfast with Champions’ hosted by Gaurav Kapoor on Youtube, Shankar defended Rayudu and said the tweet wasn’t intended at him. “I know for the fact that how a cricketer would feel if they are not being picked. I can understand from a player’s point of view. And I know for the fact that he didn’t mean it to me. It was just that he put that tweet for the sake of it. I can understand the situation in which he was. It is fine for any cricketer,” said Vijay Shankar answering the question about how he felt about this tweet.The 28-year old replaced Rayudu in the squad and will bat at the no.4 spot in the marquee tournament. The reason behind his inclusion was the fact that he is a 3D player who can contribute to the team in all the three departments of the game. Shankar was first called up in the ODI side as a replacement for Hardik Pandya and is now considered as a specialist batsman who can bowl as well. highlights Vijay Shankar suffered an injury to his forearm on Friday.India will play Bangladesh after the match against New Zealand.India will play their first World Cup match against South Africa on June 5. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Other Sports Hima Das wins second international gold inside a week

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Star Indian sprinter Hima Das won her second international gold in women’s 200m with a top finish at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on Sunday. Hima, who has been struggling with a back problem for the past few months, clocked 23.97 seconds to clinch the gold while VK Vismaya bagged the silver in 24.06.National record holder Muhammed Anas also won the gold in men’s 200m race with a time of 21.18 seconds. This was Hima’s second competitive 200m race of the year. She has a personal best of 23.10s, which she clocked last year.In her first competitive 200m race of the year, the Assam runner had clocked 23.65s on her way to gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix, also in Poland, on Tuesday. Vismaya had finished third in that meet with a personal best time of 23.75.Hima is the reigning world junior champion and national record holder in 400m. National record holder Muhammed Anas also won the gold in men’s 200m race at Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on Sunday.M P Jabir won the gold in men’s 400m hurdles in 50.21 seconds while Jithin Paul was third in 52.26 secs.Indians swept the women’s 400m race through P Saritaben (52.77 secs), Sonia Baishya (53.73 secs) and R Vithya (53.73 secs). last_img read more