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  Lalit Modi surprised over Ravi Shastri's appointment as Team India director
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 06:43 PM - No Replies

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New Delhi: Days after former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri was appointed as Indian cricket team`s director, former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi expressed his disappointment saying that the BCCI should have gone for more experienced campaigners like Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.

Sharing his views through his personal account on Twitter, Modi said that Dravid had a good impact on the team ahead of the Tests.


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BCCI`s move to bring in Shastri along with the three Indian assistants - Sanjay Bangar (batting), B Arun (bowling) and R Sridhar (fielding) - and "give a break" to fielding coach Trevor Penney and bowling coach Joe Dawes could possibly be the end of road for Fletcher.

The decision was taken as a result of India`s yet another humiliating loss at the hands of England in the recently concluded five-match Test series. India were leading 1-0 after two Tests, but the hosts pulled off a spectacular comeback and sealed the series 3-1 in their favour.

Lalit Modi surprised over Ravi Shastri`s appointment as Team India director

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  Pune FC add Raju, Snehashis, Jessel to roster
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 06:24 PM - No Replies

Pune: Pune FC have completed the signings of defenders Raju Yumnam and Jessel Carneiro along with midfielder Snehashis Chakraborty for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

While Raju joins Pune FC from Churchill Brothers, Snehashis comes in from United SC and Jessel joins from Dempo SC. The trio thus becomes the first Indian players to be signed under coach Karim Bencherifa.

Pune FC Head Operations, Chirag Tanna said: "We have been monitoring the progress of Raju and Snehashis for a couple of years now and we are glad to have finally signed them. Jessel is an exciting young player who has done very well in the Goa league in the last couple of seasons. He has trained with the team for a couple of weeks and we believe he has the potential of being a really good player for us."

25-year-old Snehashis, who is an experienced pro in the Indian circuit, began his youth career at the erstwhile Eveready Association (now United SC) in the 2004-05 season. The following season he made the move to East Bengal`s youth side and represented them for two years.

In 2007-08, the Bengali medio moved back to United SC and was part of their senior side for two seasons before moving to Mohun Bagan in 2009-10. Snehashis represented Bagan for four consecutive seasons before moving back to United SC in the 2013-14 season. At Bagan, Snehashis played for two seasons under Bencherifa, once in 2009-10 and then in 2012-13.

Raju, also 25-year-old, began his professional career with Goan-side Churchill Brothers in 2011. His consistent performances over the years saw him make the left back position his own.

At Churchill, the Manipur-lad was an integral part of the side that won the Durand Cup and IFA Shield in 2011, I-League in 2012-13 and the Federation Cup in 2014. He also played a crucial role in Churchill`s campaign in the AFC Cup in 2013 and 2014 before bringing his three-year association with the Goans to an end.

24-year-old Jessel began his youth career with a brief spell at Salgaocar FC before moving to Dempo in 2008. The Curtorim-born defender represented Dempo in the Goa Pro League as a junior for two seasons, before moving into the main team in 2010.

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  Hampshire re-sign South African leggie Imran Tahir
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 06:21 PM - No Replies

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London: Eyeing a promotion to the top flight after three years, English county club Hampshire have re-signed South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir for a short-contract subject to visa clearance.

The 35-year-old Pakistan-born cricketer will be available for the last two County Championship matches against Kent and Glamorgan, reports BBC.

In the past, Imran, who has 40 Test wickets for South Africa, has made 77 appearances for the club.

"It`s the business end of the season and there is no (pace bowler) Kyle Abott," Hampshire director of cricket Giles White was quoted as saying by BBC Wednesday.

"So Imran comes in and hopefully gets us over the line in terms of promotion. As the season goes on it`s more conducive to spin, that and the fact he has been with us before means he will fit in easily and make a difference," he said.

Imran first played for Hampshire in 2008 and his most successful season was in 2011 when he picked up 50 wickets. But it was also in 2011 that Hampshire were relegated from Division One of the County Championship.

They are now in Division Two and are currently second, 25 points behind leaders Worcestershire and eight ahead of Surrey in third. The top two teams will be promoted to the first division.

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  Five players to watch at the 2015 World Cup
Posted by: Shivraj - Yesterday 06:10 PM - No Replies

Five players to watch at the 2015 World Cup

The 11th version of the ICC cricket World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand in 2015 and it promises to be the best and most competitive tournament ever. 14 teams will line up down under but who are the individual players destined to break through and help their country to lift the trophy?

James Faulkner, Australia

As co-hosts, Australia are favourites at 3.90 with Betfair to win the World Cup and while they have one of the most powerful top orders in the competition, 24 year old all rounder Faulkner could prove to be their crucial player.

Despite his relatively young age, Faulkner is a regular fixture in the IPL where his death bowling and potency with the ball have helped Rajasthan Royals to enjoy a resurgence in the last two seasons. But it’s with the bat where the Tasmanian can really help his country to succeed. Having played 24 ODI’s to date, Faulkner already has a 50 over century to his name while his most memorable performance saw him take 69 from 66 balls to drive the Aussies to an unlikely one wicket win against England at the start of 2014.

Alex Hales, England

Nottinghamshire’s Hales started the year as the number one ranked T20 batsman in the world but the opener was anxious not to be pigeon-holed as a 20 over specialist. After a difficult start to his domestic season, the 25 year old has responded with a string of high scores in first class cricket and his all round performances have finally earned a place in England’s one day squad for the series with India.

Hales has the power to break the rather pedestrian opening pair of Alastair Cook and Ian Bell and if the selectors give him a chance at the top of the order, he should enjoy a prolific world cup.

Quinton De Kock, South Africa

At 21, South African keeper / batsman De Kock is finally showing his huge potential after some disappointing showings in T20 cricket around the World. 2014 has been his breakthrough season, highlighted by three centuries in succession against the Indians.

The Lions man has been a little quieter against weaker opposition in Zimbabwe but a brilliant ODI record now includes five tons in his first 20 matches with an average of above 47 and an impressive strike rate at a shade under 89. In helpful conditions, De Kock is set for a productive tournament in 2015.

Sanju Samson, India

A talented, 19 year old wicket keeper / batsman, Samson is widely seen as MS Dhoni’s inheritor but there is every reason to rush the player into the ODI side right now. Like AB De Villiers and Brendon McCullum before him, Dhoni may need to drop the gloves in order to prolong his international career and despite his tender age, Samson seems ready to step up.

The teenager is explosive in T20 cricket and while his list A average and strike rate show a need for improvement, he has immense potential and deserves a chance in the international set up.

Jason Holder, West Indies

2012 T20 World Champions the West Indies seemed reluctant to release this giant fast bowler on to the international stage but having made his debut in Australia in 2013, the 22 year old has a respectable record with the ball while his batting is improving all the time.

Holder is reminiscent of the golden age of West Indies cricket – a man with genuine pace, bounce and hostility who should thrive on the quick surfaces provided at the 2015 World Cup.


Five players to watch at the 2015 World Cup- Cricwaves Mobile

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  Hockey India inducts Madhya Pradesh as new Associate Member
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday 02:33 PM - No Replies

New Delhi: Hockey India today added its 23rd associate member by welcoming on board Hockey Madhya Pradesh under its wings.

Prior to being the associate member of Hockey India, Hockey Madhya Pradesh was known as Madhya Pradesh Hockey Association, HI said in a statement.

Speaking on the newly formed Hockey Madhya Pradesh, HI Secretary General Narinder Batra said, "I welcome Hockey Madhya Pradesh to the family of Hockey India and we look forward to them to continuing their commendable work that they have been doing since their inception as Madhya Pradesh Hockey Association.

"I am proud that many hockey associations in various states are coming forward and showcasing their intent to being a part of Hockey India and this is happening because of the urge by each one of us to revive the game of Hockey in the country."

Hockey India currently has 25 permanent, 23 associate, 2 members through State Olympic Associations, 6 Academy members and 1 Hoc-Key Member.

Nitin Dhimole is the President and Lok Bahadur is the General Secretary of the Hockey Madhya Pradesh.

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