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  1st ODI: New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington
Posted by: nairrk - Today 06:43 PM - No Replies

Pakistan tour of Australia and New Zealand, 1st ODI: New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington, Jan 31, 2015

Match scheduled to begin at 14:00 local time (01:00 GMT) 06:30 IST (31st Jan)

Teams (from):

New Zealand Squad
BB McCullum*, CJ Anderson, TA Boult, GD Elliott, MJ Guptill, TWM Latham, MJ McClenaghan, NL McCullum, KD Mills, AF Milne, L Ronchi†, TG Southee, LRPL Taylor, DL Vettori, KS Williamson

Pakistan Squad
Misbah-ul-Haq*, Ahmed Shehzad, Bilawal Bhatti, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal†, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan

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  Bengaluru to host 2015 IPL auctions on February 16
Posted by: nairrk - Today 06:40 PM - No Replies

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Despite the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Indian Premier League franchisees namely, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, the IPL auctions 2015 is all set to be held on Monday, February 16 at the ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru. A release from the BCCI on Friday said, "The proceedings will begin at 9:30 am on 16 February 2015. The Auction will be conducted by Richard Madley, a professional auctioneer from England, who has conducted each of the previous IPL player auctions."

"The 2015 Pepsi IPL Player Auction will mark the beginning of the countdown to the eighth season of one of the most popular sporting events on the planet. The Auction promises to be eventful. The Franchises have returned to the drawing board, reworked plans and devised new strategies, over the previous few months. They will have the opportunity to bid for some of the biggest names in the game," Ranjib Biswal, chairman, IPL Governing Council was quoted in a BCCI release.

The news comes in the backdrop of uncertainty surrounding the future of teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals after their owners were found guilty of illegal practices by India's Supreme Court on January 22. India's top court in its order earlier had barred the current ICC Chairman N Srinivasan from contesting the BCCI elections as long as he was the owner of CSK and had highlighted the issue of conflict of interest.

An estimated Rs 1,000 crore of advertising is riding on the tournament which is scheduled to be held from April 8 to May 24.

Bengaluru to host 2015 IPL auctions on February 16 - Cricbuzz

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  Srinath: Indian pacers must take wickets up front
Posted by: nairrk - Today 12:38 PM - No Replies

*India have picked four specialist fast bowlers for their World Cup campaign
*Ishant Sharma hasn't played for almost a month
*According to Srinath, Bhuvneshwar is a certainty for India in all matches

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Bhuvneshwar's ability to swing the ball makes him a certainty for India while Ishant will need to make the most of the warm-up games.

The time for trying things out is almost over. With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 a little over two weeks away now, fine-tuning is the need of the hour and towards this end, the warm-up games immediately before the tournament need to be taken very seriously.

When it comes to fast bowlers, especially, it is essential that by the time India is done with their second practice game, against Afghanistan on February 10, it has hit top rhythm. Any flaws or faults, issues of confidence and form and injuries all those things have to be sorted out in the next 15 days.

One of the things I can state from experience is that when the World Cup mindset takes over, then the mind automatically starts to operate in a way that injury recovery begins in the mind first before the body actually starts to heal. Once you put your heart and soul into preparation, then miracles will start happening.

Ishant Sharma hasn't played for nearly a month now and that is not a good sign, but I am sure he will use whatever games remain between now and the start of India's title defence against Pakistan in Adelaide to get back into match mode. The two most important things are training well and bowling a lot there is no such thing as bowling enough on these pitches. Obviously, Ishant has played in Australia before and knows what to expect, but there really is no substitute for match time.

In many ways, it is a Catch-22 situation. The more you bowl, the better you become. But the body also needs rest, so you can't bowl it to the ground. It's how you strike a balance that becomes crucial. By the time the World Cup comes around, you should have made sure that you are gripping the ball the way you like it, that the feel of the ball in the hand is both comfortable and satisfying.

Like I said earlier, it is extremely important for India to identify their frontline pace attack. At this time, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a certainty, and given that Ishant is fit, he will be a shoo-in if he can find his line and length. The third seamer is then a toss-up between Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav. Bhuvneshwar will swing the ball, which is his great strength, while the others will get seam movement. What this means is that Bhuvneshwar apart, the others have to bowl just a yard shorter and place the onus on the batsman to play the cut and the pull from that indeterminate, uncomfortable length.

Given the technology at their disposal, it won't take long for bowlers today to figure out what it is that will give them the best chance of being successful. It will help them understand what lengths to bowl to the premier batsmen in different teams, what their favourite scoring areas are, and what the best options are of getting them out. Technology won't make you successful, but it will offer you the tools that, if you use judiciously, can help you embrace success. It is important that your preparations are impeccable. Things can go wrong on any given day, which happens in cricket. But that should not be because you have been tardy or lacklustre in doing your homework.

Srinath: Indian pacers must take wickets up front - Cricbuzz

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  Boxing India decides to boycott National Games
Posted by: nairrk - Today 12:05 PM - No Replies

Thiruvananthpuram: The boxing competition at the National Games starting on Saturday was thrown into jeopardy today after Boxing India (BI) directed all state units to boycott the event owing to the IOA's refusal to grant recognition to BI, prompting top names such as former Asian and Commonwealth medallist Manoj Kumar to pull out.

BI's tough stand follows the IOA's adamant denial of recognition to the body, which, interestingly, has the support of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

"IOA has long been non-comittal to Boxing India and given this latest incidence of no response from them, all state boxing associations affiliated to Boxing India are hereby directed to not to send any list of boxers to IOA for participation in National Games," BI President Sandeep Jajodia said in a letter sent to the state units.

"Our unified stand at this juncture will benefit the boxing fraternity immensely in the long run. It is important that we remain united and work towards ensuring that Indian boxing gets its due recognition in the sports ecosystem of the country," it added.

The communication prompted some of the established names such as Manoj Kumar, a 2010 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, and Olympian Asian gold-medallist Sumit Sangwan to pull out of the event.

"We are under Boxing India and we cannot afford to go against them because our future is at stake. The IOA should understand and grant affiliation because Boxing India has the AIBA's approval," Manoj told PTI.

The IOA has remained steadfast in opposing BI ever since it came into existence last year, insisting on the functional authority of its own ad-hoc committee, which was formed merely to select teams after the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation was terminated for manipulation in elections.

Boxing India decides to boycott National Games | Zee News

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  World Cup flashback: Great bowling performances
Posted by: nairrk - Today 11:56 AM - No Replies

Great bowling performance – I

With the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup just days away, we build up to the mega event by looking back at some fantastic bowling performances in the tournament over the years. In the first part, we look at Andy Bichel’s brilliant 7 for 20 for Australia against England during a group match of the 2003 World Cup at Port Elizabeth on March 2, 2003.


Australia: A Gilchrist, M Hayden, R Ponting, D Martyn, D Lehmann, M Bevan, A Symonds, B Hogg, B Lee, A Bichel and G McGrath

England: M Trescothick, N Knight, M Vaughan, N Hussain, A Stewart, P Collingwood, A Flintoff, C White, A Giles, A Caddick and J Anderson

Toss: England won and chose to bat

The setting: This was the 37th match of the lengthy 2003 World Cup in South Africa. As in the Ashes, Australia have often outplayed England in the shorter versions as well. Thus, the Aussies began firm favourites to clinch this match, as they were to win the series. Having decided to bat first after winning the toss, England got off to a roaring start, with their openers Marcus Trescothick and Nick Knight adding 66 for the first wicket. They looked set to post a competitive score. This was before Andy Bichel took over.

The great bowling performance: Bichel was unlucky to have been playing in the same era as Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee. But, on that day at Port Elizabeth, he outshone both his more illustrations compatriots. Bichel broke the opening stand by dismissing Knight for 30 from 33 balls. He put England in further trouble as he sent back Michael Vaughan and skipper Naseer Hussain for single-figure scores. 74 for 3, and soon to 74 for 4 as McGrath got rid of Trescothick for 37 from 36 balls. Bichel added the scalp of Paul Collingwood for 10 as England lost half their side for 87.

The experienced duo of Alec Stewart and Andrew Flintoff then featured in a partnership that helped England recover to an extent. But, the reintroduction of Bichel once again swung the momentum in Australia's favour. Following a 90-run partnership, Bichel had Flintoff caught behind for 45 from 80 balls, an innings which included only three fours and one six. The body blow to England was dealt when Bichel clean bowled Stewart for 46. The veteran batsman faced 92 balls, but hit only one four. Bichel added the scalp of Ashley Giles to his kitty to finish with magical figures of 7 for 20. Incredibly, England lost eight wickets in the innings, which means McGrath was the only other wicket-taker.

The result: In spite of Bichel's heroics, Australia found themselves in all sorts of trouble at 48 for 4, as Andrew Caddick sent back Gilchrist, Hayden, Martyn and Ponting in quick succession. Darren Lehmann and Michael Bevan steadied the ship for Australia, but when Craig White dismissed Lehmann for 37 from 62 deliveries, the match was back in the balance at 111 for 5. Giles put England on top by sending back Andrew Symonds and Brad Hogg for single figure scores. But, this was Bichel's day. He came in and smashed an unbeaten 34 from 36 balls with three fours and one six, to aid Bevan (74 not out) in taking Australia home.

World Cup flashback: Great bowling performances – I

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