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  Umesh Yadav: I am in the team because of my pace
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 06:25 PM - No Replies

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Umesh Yadav feels he is an asset for the Indian team because of his ability to bowl quick.

India's ODI skipper MS Dhoni had criticized Umesh Yadav indirectly in Bangladesh recently for being wayward at times, but the fast bowler thinks he is an asset for the team because of his ability to bowl quick. While he didn't comment on Dhoni's remark, Yadav said bowling fast and maintaining the line and length was a difficult task.

"As a genuine fast bowler, the margin of error is very less for us. It's not easy for a fast bowler to bowl consistently in one area. It's easier for a medium pacer to maintain line length at 130-135 km/hr. Many times boundaries go because of the pace at which I bowl. At times, I try different things and when that doesn't work, it costs me a few runs. Everyone is different. I can't bowl like Mustafizur Rahman and he can't bowl like me. My release point is different from that of a medium pacer's, If I change that, I will mess up with my bowling. I am in this team because of my pace. I have taken wickets at the international level with pace," Yadav said during a function organized by Sports Journalists' Association of Nagpur (SJAN) to felicitate him.

Yadav was the highest wicket taker for India during the World Cup. He took 18 wickets at 17.83 with an economy of 4.98 and finished among the top three in the list of wicket-takers. The Indian pace trio of Yadav, Mohammad Shami and Mohit Sharma was instrumental in India's World Cup campaign - the three together bagged 48 wickets in eight matches. However, the criticism came just two ODIs after the World Cup when a full-strength Indian side lost to Bangladesh.

"It's difficult to pinpoint the exact reason for the defeat. We were playing continuously for the last 8-10 months so may be fatigue was an issue. Obviously we could have done a lot better. Having said that, Bangladesh played some good aggressive cricket. The pressure was definitely on us. They had nothing to lose. Mustafizur bowled well in the first two matches. We had never seen him before - how he uses the slow ball, how he uses those cutters. After the first two matches we got to know about his strengths and played him well in the last match. Unfortunately, the series was over by then," he said.

While Yadav was rested from the Zimbabwe One-day series, he has been asked to play for India 'A' in the home series later this month. "Yes, I would have a bit of rest as I am playing continuous cricket for last eight months. However, the selectors feel I need to bowl before the Sri Lanka series. They must have thought something about me and Varun (Aaron). May be they thought we must have match practice before the Sri Lanka series. So I am prepared for that. I will try to utilize this short break to refresh myself and then be ready for the India 'A' assignment."

Talking about his memorable journey in World Cup, Yadav said he was honoured to be part of a World Cup squad. "When I started my cricket, I had a dream to be part of a World Cup team. I wasn't a regular in the team before the West Indies and Sri Lanka series. However, I had that confidence and attitude that I could be part of the team. When I got the chance for West Indies series, I grabbed it with both hands and showed what I can do for the team. Only thing in my mind was to contribute in winning causes. I am glad I did that whenever the captain threw the ball to me," he said.

Not many thought Team India would make it to the semifinals as they had lost the triangular series, which followed the Test series. "We were bit tired during the triangular series after the long Test series. So we didn't perform as well as we would've liked. But yes, it gave us a good opportunity to assess ourselves and what we needed to do in the World Cup. For instance, mid-wicket and deep square-leg boundaries were quite long in Australia and it wasn't easy to clear them if you hurry the batsmen and use short deliveries properly. We did exactly that. Before the tournament, nobody expected the Indian bowlers to perform that well but we knew what we were capable of. To bounce out the opposition was brilliant," Yadav said.

Umesh Yadav: I am in the team because of my pace - Cricbuzz

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  Fancied Netherlands beat South Korea 2-1 to win women's HWL
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 12:12 PM - No Replies

Antwerp: World and Olympic champions The Netherlands lifted the Women's Hockey World League Semifinals title trophy after rallying to prevail 2-1 over Asian Games gold-medallists South Korea in the summit clash here.

The Dutch women clinched the title through Ellen Hoog's field goal three minutes from the hooter on Saturday after the Koreans put up a good contest against the top-ranked team in the world.

The Koreans took the lead against the run of play on their first penalty corner. Captain Kim Jong-eun's penalty corner shot was deflected by a diving Kim Bo-mi past goalkeeper Joyce Sombroek in the 34th minute.

The Netherlands came back strongly, but wasted seven penalty corners before Caia van Maasakker got it right to equalise in the 44th minute.

The title was still not in the Dutch grasp until Hoog shot on target in open play in the 57th minute.

World Cup silver-medallists Australia had to be satisfied with the bronze, which they secured with a 4-2 victory over New Zealand in the third-place playoff.

New Zealand had beaten Australia in their preliminary group encounter.

Australia surged into a two-goal lead by the time the game was four minutes old through Emily Smith and Jane Claxton.

Mariah Williams made it 3-0 in the 15th minute with another strike in open play, and the Black Sticks seemed out of depth despite the fine show last week.

But New Zealand fought back as Stacey Michelsen dribbled past four defenders to shoot home four minutes into the second session.

Australia stretched the lead again with Georgia Nanscawen firing in the 45th minute, only for the Black Sticks to score again three minutes later through a penalty corner conversion by captain Anita Punt.

Three teams from each of the two World League Semifinal competitions will qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

Despite South Korea already having qualified as winners of the Asian Games gold medal, only the top three teams from here in Antwerp have earned their Rio de Janeiro tickets.

Germany, Great Britain and China secured the top three spots in the World League Semifinals in Valencia.

But Argentina, who finished fourth there, have qualified for the Olympics as the higher-ranked team from the two fourth-placed sides in the events at Valencia and Antwerp.

With five continental event champions being allowed another route, there will be several dual qualifications. In turn, that will open up Olympic spots for nations which do not make the top four of the two World League Semifinals.

New Zealand will be the first choice when the countdown to qualifications start, followed by United States and India as the next teams in the waiting list.

Fancied Netherlands beat South Korea 2-1 to win women's HWL | Zee News

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  WHL Semi-final: Indian eves take 5th place, keep 2016 Rio Olympics dreams alive
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 07:34 AM - No Replies

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Antwerp: The Indian women's hockey team kept its chances of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics alive as it finished fifth in the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final following a 1-0 victory over Japan here on Saturday.

Rani Rampal scored a brilliant field goal in the 13th minute and that proved to be the difference between the two teams in the fifth/sixth classification match at the Brasschaat Municipal Park on Friday.

India kept their dreams of qualifying for the Rio Games alive with this fifth place finish.

World hockey governing body, FIH, conducts two Semi-Final tournaments with each securing Rio berths for its top three teams. Winners from five continental games -- 2014 Asian Games, 2015 Pan American Games, 2015 EuroHockey Nations Championship, 2015 African Qualifying Tournament and 2015 Oceania Cup -- also get Olympic berths.

However, some teams win both the continental championships as well as clinch berths in the qualifiers. So, they relinquish the berths they secure at the HWL Semi-Finals, which brightens India's chances of qualification.

Reigning Asiad champions South Korea have already qualified as continental champions. South Korea have already booked a place in the HWL final, securing another path to Rio. So, they will relinquish a spot for the fourth best team in HWL Semi-Finals.

Five continental champions and top six teams in the HWL Semi-Finals and most probably hosts Brazil will qualify for the Olympics.

On Saturday, India, who lost the quarter-final 0-7 to the Netherlands, began with positivity and earned a penalty corner within the first 30 seconds but failed to score.

Japan led by their skipper Miyuki Nakagawa and their star forward Akiko Kato tried to break into India's circle but were blocked by India's superb defence line.

Luck favoured India when Vandana Katariya with a burst of speed, broke into the opponent's 'D' from the left flank taking a shot at the goal and which on rebound was slammed in by Rani Rampal in the 13th minute, giving India the much required lead in the game.

Japan won their first penalty corner in the 20th minute but forward Miyuki Kato failed to equalise. Trailing 0-1, the third quarter saw Japan winning their third penalty corner in the 37th minute. Miyuki Kato and Yamamoto Yukari tried to level the score but were frustrated by Monika.

Keeping their lead intact at the end of the third quarter, India continued its dominance with 1-0 on the scoreboard. In the fourth quarter, Japan pushed forward trying constantly to create numerous opportunities to equalise the score line but the Indian defence stood tall as they ensured that the Japanese team had no chance to find the nets.

Japan got as many as four penalty corners but they were denied by Indian goalkeeper Savita, who displayed superb agility, giving India the 1-0 win.

World Hockey League Semi-final: Indian eves take 5th place, keep 2016 Rio Olympics dreams alive | Zee News

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  England A side to tour UAE next year: PCB
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 07:31 AM - No Replies

Karachi: The ECB has confirmed to the Pakistan Cricket Board that it is willing to send an England Lions team next year to the United Arab Emirates.

"The England Lions squad which is basically a "A" side will be playing five 50-over games and five T20 matches against the Pakistan "A" outfit in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi from March 1 to 29th," an official in the PCB said on Saturday.

He said initially the PCB had tried to convince the ECB to send its Lions outfit to Pakistan but they turned down the offer on security grounds.

"But they have now confirmed they will send their team to the UAE," he added.

The official said that the PCB had also got confirmation from Sri Lanka interim committee for a series between the second string sides of both countries to be held in April next year.

"With Sri Lanka also the PCB is trying to convince them to play in Pakistan and the board has assured them the same level of security as was given to the Zimbabwe side in May. But they are yet to confirm whether they would play in Pakistan or prefer to have the series at neutral venues in the UAE," the official said.

He said that as far Pakistan's tour to Zimbabwe in August this year was concerned the West Indies cricket board had not yet confirmed their participation in a planned triangular one-day series which has upset the Bangladesh cricket board but gives another opportunity to Pakistan or West Indies to qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy.

Another source in the PCB said ironically it was Bangladesh which was supposed to be the third team in the planned tri-series in Zimbabwe but they backed out after which the hosts had approached West Indies to send their team.

England A side to tour UAE next year: PCB | Zee News

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  Pakistan Cricket Board set to give fresh central contract to players
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 07:29 AM - No Replies

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Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to give out fresh one year central contracts to the players for the period starting July 1st 2015 to June 30 2016.

Breaking away from its customary policy of giving central contracts to players from January to December every year the PCB governing board at its last meeting decided to change the system.

"We have already given the players six month contracts from January 1st to June 30 this year with an enhancement of 10 percent in their monthly retainers," one board official confirmed to PTI.

"All the players who were given the six month contracts have already signed them as well before leaving for Sri Lanka," he stated.

The official said the players had now asked the board to hold talks on the new 12-month contracts which would start from July 1st 2015.

"In the six-month contract, we gave out the board also ended the practice of awarding win bonus amount for each Test or ODI win and now the team will only get win bonus for winning a series," the official said.

The official declined to name the players who were given the six-month contracts but said seniors like Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Muhammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Azhar Ali were given contracts in category A.

He said the six-month contracts were given because the old contracts of the players had ended on December 31st, 2014 and the players had refused to accept three month extension on those contracts before going for the World Cup.

"But after talking to some of the senior players they later agreed to accept six-month contracts with 10 percent increase and on condition fresh 12-month contracts would be given out from July 1st," he added.

Pakistan Cricket Board set to give fresh central contract to players | Zee News

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