India rocked, Windies rocking
14 teams for 2015 ICC World Cup
Rafa overcomes pain, del Potro
AIU postpones camps again
IPL gets unofficial window
Different strokes of cricket
Indian Wrestling Premier League on the anvil
Oltmans front-runner for India job
India rocked, Windies rocking
Barbados, June 28 India were off to a bad start as they lost two quick wickets. Rampaul gave West Indies an early breakthrough as he claimed Abhinav Mukund in his first over. It was a peach of a delivery from Rampaul and Mukund had no answer. The ball took off the deck and caught Mukund in an awkward position as he looked to fend at it, the ball hit the bat high, almost near the handle and lobbed straight to gully. Then it was the turn of Sammy to get the crucial wicket of Rahul Dravid. It was a great delivery from Sammy, that cut away sharply from Dravid. Dravid poked at it and the ball deflected off the glove and the handle of the bat, Baugh dived to his right and took an easy catch. India were reduced to 8/2 in just 10.1 overs. Earlier, West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to field first. Both sides have made one change to their line-ups: for the West Indies, Marlon Samuels replaced Brendan Nash, and for the Indians, medium-fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun came in for leg-spinner Amit Mishra. The visitors hold a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, following a 63-run victory inside four days in the first Test, which ended last Thursday at Sabina Park in Jamaica. The third Test will be played from July 6 at Windsor Park in Dominica. — Agencies Scoreboard India 1st innings Mukund c Samuels b Rampaul 1 Vijay c Baugh b Rampaul 11 Dravid c Baugh b Sammy 5 Laxman batting 23 Kohli c Sammy b Rampaul 0 Raina batting 0 Extras (b 1, lb 3) 4 Total (4 wkts, 27 ovrs) 44 Bowling: Edwards 9-2-13-0, Rampaul 8-5-4-3, Sammy 9-3-17-1, Bishoo 1-0-6-0.
Barbados, June 28
India were off to a bad start as they lost two quick wickets. Rampaul gave West Indies an early breakthrough as he claimed Abhinav Mukund in his first over. It was a peach of a delivery from Rampaul and Mukund had no answer. The ball took off the deck and caught Mukund in an awkward position as he looked to fend at it, the ball hit the bat high, almost near the handle and lobbed straight to gully.
Then it was the turn of Sammy to get the crucial wicket of Rahul Dravid. It was a great delivery from Sammy, that cut away sharply from Dravid. Dravid poked at it and the ball deflected off the glove and the handle of the bat, Baugh dived to his right and took an easy catch. India were reduced to 8/2 in just 10.1 overs.
Earlier, West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to field first. Both sides have made one change to their line-ups: for the West Indies, Marlon Samuels replaced Brendan Nash, and for the Indians, medium-fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun came in for leg-spinner Amit Mishra.
The visitors hold a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, following a 63-run victory inside four days in the first Test, which ended last Thursday at Sabina Park in Jamaica. The third Test will be played from July 6 at Windsor Park in Dominica. — Agencies
India 1st innings
Mukund c Samuels b Rampaul 1
Vijay c Baugh b Rampaul 11
Dravid c Baugh b Sammy 5
Laxman batting 23
Kohli c Sammy b Rampaul 0
Raina batting 0
Extras (b 1, lb 3) 4
Total (4 wkts, 27 ovrs) 44
Bowling: Edwards 9-2-13-0, Rampaul 8-5-4-3,
Sammy 9-3-17-1, Bishoo 1-0-6-0.
14 teams for 2015 ICC World Cup
New Delhi, June 28
The original decision, which was reached soon after the end of the World Cup this year, had spurred howls of protest from several Associate member teams, given the kind of performance thrown up by Ireland. The new decision gives that side, and other Associates, a chance to display their skills once more instead of being relegated to the cricketing wilderness for extended periods.
However, ICC decided to revert to the 10-team format for the 2019 World Cup where the top eight ICC ranked full member teams would get automatic qualification while the last two slots would be filled through qualification matches.
At the same time, ICC also decided to reverse its decision of increasing to 16 the number of teams for the Twenty20 World Cups, to be played in 2012 (Sri Lanka) and 2014 (Bangladesh).
These tournaments stay at the 12-team formula which is presently in use. This system allows the ten full member teams to be tagged with two Associate/Affiliate teams for the tournament.
The Board agreed with the Chief Executives’ Committee and Cricket Committee on some other issues. It agreed that a Twenty20 International rankings table should be created from 1 October 2011 and the revised formats for One-day Internationals (where there are changes in the rules about usage of the Elective Powerplays and also use of two new balls, one from each end).
The need for further research on the balls to be used in day/night Test cricket; the dismissal of batsmen for obstructing the field if they change their course while running to prevent a run-out chance; the running out of a non-striker who is backing up unfairly and the prohibition of the use of runners in all forms of international cricket were also ratified.
London June 28
The top seed and defending champion had to be at his resilient best to see off the 2009 U.S. Open winner from Argentina, particularly after suffering a foot injury which caused a lengthy delay at the end of the first set. Spaniard Nadal regrouped after the break to win the tiebreak 8-6 and although Del Potro won the second set Nadal's phenomenal mental strength always kept him in control of the match.
Del Potro suffered a heavy fall at 2-2 in the third set and went off-court for treatment on a hip injury. Nadal broke Del Potro's serve for the first time in the fifth game of the fourth set and he clinched victory on his first match point to set up a quarter-final against American Mardy Fish.
Lee, Hesh win, Somdev loses
Veterans Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, along with their respective partners, advanced to the third round of the Wimbledon mixed doubles event after notching up straight-set second-round wins here.
Bhupathi and his Russian partner Elena Vesnina, seeded fourth, beat Australians Stephen Huss and Anastasia Rodionova 6-2 7-6 (3), while 14th seeds Paes and Zimbabwe's Cara Black got the better of the Dutch-Polish team of Rogier Wassen and Alicja Rosolska 6-1 6-4.
But it was curtains for Somdev Devvarman in the men's doubles event after he and Japan's Kei Nishikori lost 3-6 4-6 6-7 (5) to the sixth seeded French-Serbian combine of Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic in the second round yesterday.
Bhupathi and Vesnina will now be facing an American-Belarussian combination of Eric Butorac and Olga Govortsova. On the other hand, Paes and Black will be up against the winners of the second-round match between the third seeded Serbian-Slovak pair of Nenad Zimonjic and Katarina Srebotnik and local favourites Ross Hutchins and Heather Watson. — Agencies
Word university games
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Tribune News Service
Patiala, June 28
But now, it’s not sure whether the camps would be held on the decided venues and from when. Sources said that AIU had not yet finalised the list of players to be called for these camps as they were busy sorting out other details like the venues. “The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has not yet given a nod to AIU regarding the venues as the camps would be at least a month long and it was not sure whether these centres would be available for this long,” the source added.
On the other hand, the players and university authorities are working hard to resolve their own concerns like when the final list of players is out and how the players would get reservations done at such a short notice. Moreover, there is no clarity as to who will pay for these reservations initially, whether the players themselves, the university authorities or AIU.
It is worth mentioning that AIU has not yet paid the expenses accrued by the teams that participated in World Inter-University Championships last year. The entire expense was borne by the university authorities. Talking to The Tribune in this regard, Director Sports, Dr Rajkumar Sharma, said that last year, a payment of rupees five lakh was made by the university authorities towards visa fees, food, boarding and lodging of the teams in China, which was actually AIU’s duty.
“AIU has asked us to send the bills and we have done the needful but even after one year, we are still waiting the payment,” he added.
AIU Secretary-General Beena Shah, when contacted in this regard, confirmed that the camps had been postponed by a week and would now begin on July 7 as SAI was yet to confirm if the chosen venues would be free for such a long period. “We are still busy finalising the list of players and would send the final list to the concerned universities on June 1,” she added.
Hong Kong, June 28
The ICC on the third day of its annual conference here left gaps in the FTP for most nations during April and May for the eight-year period from 2012-20.
The FTP, which was approved by the ICC Executive Board today on the recommendations of Chief Executives' Committee, contains an official two-week window in September for the Champions League Twenty20 each year and leaves space for an unofficial IPL window in April and May.
All the earlier four editions of the IPL were held in April-May and the fifth edition next year is scheduled from April 4 to May 27. Under the new FTP calender, India are scheduled to host Pakistan for a Test series in 2013, the first time after 2007.
But, beyond that, particulars of other series between the two countries were vague with neither the host nation nor the number of games were specified. They would also play 90 Tests and 166 ODIs within the eight-year span.
India also play fewer Test matches than England and Australia in the eight-year period though the world champions would be the busiest team in ODIs.
The FTP has a clear division among the Test playing countries with England, Australia and India scheduled to play the most Tests, followed by Sri Lanka and South Africa. England will play 99 matches over the next eight years, Australia 92. Sri Lanka and South Africa will play 76 and 74 Tests respectively.
They are followed by the West Indies and New Zealand with 66 Tests each and Pakistan with 65 followed by Bangladesh (42) and Zimbabwe (41). — PTI
Different strokes of cricket
Chandigarh, June 28
Consider this: The BCCI has agreed to the use of DRS but does not support the use of the ball-tracking device but it does back the Hot Spot. Sounds like some kind of a riddle. Are we really talking about cricket here? Or are we talking about Rubik’s Cube?
Surely we do not want cricket to become some esoteric, mysterious sport where only those making the rules know what they are talking about. (Half the time even they do not know what they are talking about). This game, like all games, was always meant to be a spectator sport. Every game needs a trigger, and the trigger here has always been ball hitting bat. But now those running the game seem determined to turn it into something different.
Cricket is the only sport where international matches are going on simultaneously in various parts of the world, all with different sets of rules. The Hot Spot is available in matches played in Australia and is used in the series played there. But if the same team were to be playing in Bangladesh, no Hot Spot is available there, so it is not used.
Similarly, if India were playing a series in New Zealand but the teams decide not to use the DRS, it is suspended. Same is the case now, as India play in the West Indies and Sri Lanka in England, with different sets of rules. Now is this cricket or what?
In football, for instance, matches are simultaneously going on in Germany, England, Spain and elsewhere but with the same set of rules. Players cannot say that they want free-kicks in Madrid but no such thing in Munich.
In hockey, you cannot say that India does not agree to the no off-side rule but Holland wants it. In golf, players of a particular country cannot say that they want a course which has no bunkers and no par-5 holes. It’s only in cricket that we get to hear these absurd things like India not wanting DRS but all the others countries being fine with it.
The problem with the BCCI and Indian players is that they have started believing they are bigger than the game. That they have the financial muscle and should flaunt it openly. A weak and dependent ICC is not helping matters either. If this same objection to ball-tracking technology was being raised by the Sri Lankan players and their board, no one in the ICC would give a damn.
The Indian players and the BCCI need to understand that they do not have to obscenely flex their monetary muscle at every given opportunity. If the game has to move forward then all teams have to go ahead together. The BCCI should not be singing a different tune every time.
Level playing field or what?
lAt present India are playing in the Windies where DRS is not being used. And Sri Lanka are playing in England where DRS is being used. For the same shot a batsman can be out in Barbados but not out in London. Or vice versa.
lEven now the ICC has recommended a modified use of DRS but has again left it to the teams to decide whether they want to use ball-tracking technology or not. India does not want to use ball-tracking technology. Other teams might want to use it. The ICC is just showing it has no control over the game.
Indian Wrestling Premier League on the anvil
Jammu, June 28
Moscow World Wrestling Championship gold medallist Sushil Kumar, who was here to attend the National Wrestling Championship, said that this traditional Indian sport had gradually become popular among the masses and the corporate world was coming forward to sponsor it. “One corporate group has already announced they will sponsor the Wrestling Premier League to give further boost to the game,” Sushil said and added that elections of wrestlers as office-bearers of the federation has given further impetus to the efforts to popularise this game.
Former wrestlers have become office-bearers of WFI for first time. Dushyant Sharma of Jammu & Kashmir is the president, Raj Singh is secretary and Prem Nath is treasurer. All the top officials are former wrestlers of international repute. Sushil said that their first target was to ensure that Indian wrestlers would qualify in all the seven freestyle events in the next Olympic Games.
“It is too early to say how many medals Indian wrestlers would get in the next Olympic Games but we are confident that our performance would improve,” the FILA gold medalist said. “The federation has already deputed foreign coaches to train the wrestlers for the Games,” he said and exuded confidence that Indian wrestlers would improve their performances on the international stage.
Mentioning the lifting of the Junior Asian Championship by Indian wrestlers, Sushil said that it was just a beginning. “For the first time, Indian wrestlers have lifted this championship and in the days to come such performances would be repeated in other contests also,” he said.
Newly-elected WFI president Sharma said that they have formulated a comprehensive plan to further popularise wrestling and to provide all facilities to the wrestlers. “Deployment of foreign coaches is the first step in this direction,” he said and added that in the days to come, WFI would organise events at different levels to provide opportunities to the wrestlers.
Detailing the coming events, Sharma said that Wrestling Premier League would be held during the month of November and December this year, in seven weight categories of men’s freestyle and women’s wrestling.
New Delhi, June 28
Oltmans name emerged as the favourite after he appeared for an interview before the Sports Authority of India and Hockey India officials along with other two candidates — twice Olympic and world champion Jacques Brinkman of Netherlands and former Australian Olympian Michael Jack Nobbs.
Later talking to the media, SAI Director General Desh Deepak Verma said they have identified a candidate out of the three for the high-profile job and will now sent their recommendation to the Sports Ministry for approval.
"We had a meeting with 3 people — 2 from Netherlands and one from Australia — who presented their case before us. After discussions we have zeroed in on one candidate and will now sent the recommendation to the ministry," Verma told reporters at the SAI office here today.
"The new coach will be given a contract till 2016 Olympics because we now have to think about long-term associations." Although the new coach will be provided a long-term contact, his performance will be evaluated after every international outing. — PTI
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