PCB Cricket Committee to take decision on splitting Pakistan’s captaincy – Deccan Chronicle

Karachi: Splitting the captaincy and inviting fresh applications for the national team coach and other support staff will be on the agenda when the PCB’s Cricket Committee meets later this month to review Pakistan’s debacle in the World Cup.

Though the Pakistan Cricket Board is tight-lipped on the dates for the Cricket Committee meeting, sources said it is expected to be held on July 29.


The source told PTI that the meeting was delayed since former captain Misbah-ul-Haq, one of the members of the panel, had plans to travel to the USA on personal work.

“If he travels, then he will attend the meeting via video link and if he is in Lahore he will be present in person,” the source said.

He said pace-bowling legend Wasim Akram and Urooj Mumtaz, a former captain of the national women’s team, who are the other members of the committee, have already been sounded out for the meeting which will be chaired by PCB MD Wasim Khan.

Pakistan finished fifth in the just-concluded World Cup and review of the poor performance of the team will be on the top of agenda of the meeting.

It is learnt that head coach Mickey Arthur has been told by PCB chief Ehsan Mani and Wasim Khan during a meeting in London that he would have to apply afresh for the post and he would not get any extension as his contract has expired.

The source said that the PCB has also started making inquiries about potential candidates for the support staff and the name of ex-Zimbabwe captain and former England head coach Andy Flower was on the list.

“The PCB is impressed with the work done by Flower as a coach and then at the England Cricket Board’s academy behind the scenes to build a strong ODI squad which went on to win the World Cup,” the source said.

The biggest challenge facing the PCB is whether to again appoint a foreign coach or go for a homegrown stalwart.

A discussion is also expected among the members of the committee about reducing the burden of captaincy on Sarfaraz Ahmed by splitting the captaincy which may be beneficial for the Pakistan team in the long term.

India A vs West Indies A 3rd ODI Live Cricket Score Streaming Online: When and where to watch India A vs West Indies A? – The Indian Express

India A vs West Indies A: Opener Shubman Gill got scores of 10 and 62 in the first two matches of the series (File Photo)

India A vs West Indies A, Ind A vs WI A 3rd ODI Live Cricket Score Streaming Online: India A and West Indies A will meet for the third unofficial ODI in the ongoing five-match series at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Tuesday. India A have won the first two matches and could seal the series with a win.

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While India A batter Shreyas Iyer (77) and left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed (3/16) were the stars of the first match, a low-scoring encounter, Ruturaj Gaikwad (85) and Navdeep Saini (5/46) were the matchwinners for India A in the second match.

Where will the India A vs West Indies A 3rd ODI be played?

The India A vs West Indies A 3rd ODI will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua.

What time does the India A vs West Indies A 3rd ODI start?

The India A vs West Indies A 3rd ODI starts from 7 pm (IST).

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The India A vs West Indies A 3rd ODI will not be broadcast on TV channels in India.

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The live streaming of India A vs West Indies A 3rd ODI will be available on SONY LIV. You can catch live scores, live updates and live commentary on indianexpress.com.

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“No One Lost Final, But There Was A Crowned Winner”: Kane Williamson On World Cup Loss – NDTVSports.com

New Zealand lost World Cup 2019 to England despite having scored equal runs in both the final and the Super Over as a boundary-count tie-breaker rule helped the International Cricket Council (ICC) crown the home team as champions for the first time in their history. After the heart-breaking loss, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said his team were not defeated on the pitch, but became a victim of “fine print” in the rules. “At the end of the day nothing separated us, no one lost the final, but there was a crowned winner and there it is,” he told Newstalk ZB.

In a first, the World Cup winners were decided with the most number of boundaries hit.

After the scores of both England and New Zealand tied at 241, the final match was sent into a Super Over, which also ended in a tie with both team having scored 15 runs each.

Eventually, the winner was decided by the number of boundaries scored. England scored 26 boundaries in total in the entire duration of the match as compared to 17 by New Zealand and were thus crowned as champions.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead called for the World Cup’s rules to be overhauled, labelling the showpiece final “hollow”.

“It’s a very, very hollow feeling that you can play 100 overs and score the same amount of runs and still lose the game, but that’s the technicalities of sport,” Stead told reporters in remarks released by New Zealand Cricket on Tuesday.

He said such a thrilling match, which has been hailed by many experts as the greatest One-day game in history, deserved a better way to determine the result.

(With AFP inputs)

Knighthood for Ben Stokes? ‘Of course’ say UK’s next prime ministerial candidates – India Today

Star All-rounder Ben Stokes is likely to get knighted for his heroics in the Cricket World Cup 2019 final on Sunday which helped England clinch their maiden title in ICC’s 50-over showpiece event.

Stokes’s unbeaten 84 off 98 balls helped England level New Zealand’s score of 241 and then he scored 8 in the Super Over which also ended in a tie. England were then declared winners of the World Cup as they had scored more boundaries in the 50 overs and in the Super Over as compared to New Zealand.

The victorious English cricket team was hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May at her 10 Downing Street residence on Monday. While the outgoing PM congratulated Eoin Morgan and his players, the next two contenders for the PM’s post have assured of a knighthood for Stokes.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, one of whom will replace outgoing PM May later this month, both pledged to honour the World Cup man-of-the-match with Johnson even adding that he would make Stokes a Duke if he becomes the next British Prime Minister.

“I will give dukedoms, whatever – I will go to the maximum, to, what, the Garter King of Arms. Yes is the answer, absolutely,” Boris Johnson said as he answered a rapid-fire series of ‘yes or no’ questions at the end of the leadership debate, hosted by The Sun and talkRADIO.

Hunt also replied in the affirmative when the question was asked to him: “Of course”.

Chasing 242 to win after New Zealand won the toss and posted 241-8, England had slumped to 86 for 4 before a partnership of 110 between Buttler (59) and New Zealand-born Ben Stokes (84) ensured the match would go down to Super Over.

The duo once again came out to bat in the Super Over and smashed 15 runs with Stokes scoring 8 of them including a boundary. Jofra Archer then restricted New Zealand to 15 with England emerging victorious on a superior boundary count.

England captain Eoin Morgan later lauded Stokes for his “superhuman” effort in the match.

“To come through it is extraordinary. He’s almost superhuman. He really carried the team and our batting line-up. I know Jos [Buttler] and his partnership was extraordinary, but to bat with the lower order the way he did, I thought, was incredible,” Morgan said after the game.

“Ben on numerous occasions has stood up individually and in a unit for us. He leads the way in training, in any team meetings we have, and he’s an incredible cricketer. And today he’s had a huge day out and obviously we are thankful for that,” Morgan said.

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Did Indian team management miss a trick by not investing in Shreyas Iyer as India’s number 4? – Hindustan Times

For all the bravado Virat Kohli exudes and for all the thundering words Ravi Shastri throws, India’s World Cup campaign was always meant to come to a screeching hault, it was always meant to happen when the batting side was chasing down a mediocre total, it was always meant to happen, when the top order was plucked out and tossed by the wayside, it was always meant to happen when the middle order, raw, untested, under-cooked and all the unsavoury adjectives added, was exposed.

So, when Dhoni was bunting the ball and Ravindra Jadeja was flexing his muscles and wafting his sword, India were still few paces short. What if the amid all the muddle, the flaky middle-order managed to conjure 40 more runs? A million questions asked, perhaps even more hopes quashed when MS Dhoni was short of his crease and head bowed, he stuttered off the field.

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At the very moment, on almost the opposite side of the world, Shreyas Iyer was humming around in West Indies. Iyer was part of the Indian team for a brief period when the musical chair around the number 4 position began. In 6 matches, he managed 210 runs at an average of 42 with a strike rate of almost 97.

Despite these numbers, he was sidelined and India decided to invest in everyone, from Manish Pandey, to Ambati Rayudu, to KL Rahul, to Dinesh Karthik, to Kedar Jadhav and it ended with Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant. Iyer, meanwhile, lost track of questioning the reasons on why he was axed in the first place. Instead, he controlled the controllable – put his head down, scored runs in Ranji Trophy and also captained Mumbai to the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He led Delhi Capitals to the play-offs in the IPL and scored runs for India ‘A’.

As India stumbled and their middle order muddle came back to bite them hard, Iyer’s name is back in the reckoning. He is currently leading the India ‘A’ side in the series in Caribbean.

“This is going to be the first time I am going to the West Indies. It’s going to be a good experience for me. The wickets are bit like Indian tracks, the bowlers are going to be challenging there as well,” Iyer told bcci.tv.

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He has been outspoken, perhaps, this cost him his place? Let’s take a guess, but Kohli has always wanted his players to ‘speak their mind’, so this guess could lead to different conclusions. Instead, we pay attention the young man’s words and his ambitions.

“I deserve a chance in the Indian team. My performances in the ‘A’ series should count. My goal is to be better than the previous season, I want to grow as an individual and become more mature as a player. I want to try to bat till the end,” Iyer, who averages 52.18 in first-class cricket, said.

So when we speak about 2019, we should also speak about 2015 and then about 2017 – the Champions Trophy. India’s top order walk out, look around, wink, smile and laugh – weave their bat and own the tournament. India marches into the semi-finals. And the top three walk out again, shaky, bereft of smiles and are sent back in a heartbeat. There is a pattern and this pattern has to be arrested and Iyer could be the man, for he knows what it takes to stand tall in a crisis. Yet, he yearns to learn about it from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. And no talk about Indian cricket, ambition and planning is complete without MS Dhoni, Iyer wants to imbibe the qualities, much like Dhoni soaks up pressure.

ALSO READ: Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah retain lead in ICC ODI rankings

“Kohli is always hungry for runs and you can see it in his batting. I want to see that hunger in myself. While Dhoni is very calm and composed in pressure situations,” he said about Kohli and Dhoni.

“Rohit obviously is very talented. He’s got so much time when he plays, makes batting look easy. He is someone who is totally different from other batsman. The best seat to watch him bat is from the non-strikers end, right now takes his time. He structures his innings well. If I get all three aspects it will be very helpful for me,” Iyer added.

Like Kohli said, India fell short by margins in the semi-finals, perhaps, Kohli now needs to step back and rewind. Did the management – including the skipper, allowed a small margin develop into a gaping hole. Did they bark up the wrong trees? If yes, Shreyas Iyer is making all the right noises at a very opportune time.

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Jul 16, 2019 15:18 IST

Next India head coach should be below 60 and have minimum two-year international experience – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board on Tuesday invited applications for the men’s team support staff including head coach who will need to be less than 60 years of age with a minimum international experience of two years.

The BCCI has streamlined the process of hiring the support staff including head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, physiotherapist, strength and conditioning coach and administrative manager. The application deadline for all the roles is 5pm, July 30.

Before Ravi Shastri was appointed as the head coach in July 2017, the BCCI had issued a nine-point eligibility criteria which lacked focus and clarity. This time, it is only a three-point criteria for all the coaching roles including head coach besides the positions in the batting, bowling and fielding department.

“The current coaching staff of Team India will get an automatic entry in the recruitment process,” said the BCCI in a statement.

The head coach should have coached a Test playing nation for a minimum of two years or three years with an associate member/A team/IPL side. The applicant also should have played 30 Tests or 50 ODIs.

The criteria remains the same for batting, bowling and fielding coach except the number of games played. The three personnel should have played at least 10 Tests or 25 ODIs and be less than 60 years of age.

The current support staff comprising Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the West Indies tour from August 3 to September 3.

All of them can re-apply but the team is set to have a new trainer and physio after the departure of Shankar Basu and Patrick Farhart following India’s semifinal exit in the World Cup.

After the West Indies tour, India’s home season kicks off with a series against South Africa, beginning September 15.

Shastri was appointed India chief coach in 2017 after
Anil Kumble‘s tenure ended prematurely in controversial circumstances.

The 57-year-old was also India’s director of cricket from August 2014 to June 2016.

India have not won a major ICC event under his guidance though the team did make history by winning a maiden Test series in Australia earlier this year.

Amitabh Bachchan Trolls ICC For Boundary Count Rule With Hilarious Analogy – NDTVSports.com

ICC’s boundary count rule has been in the spotlight ever since the World Cup 2019 final between England and New Zealand at Lord’s in London on Sunday. The drama-filled finale to the 50-over World Cup ended in a tie in both regulation play and Super Over. But by the virtue of hitting more boundaries in the match, England made history by clinching the World Cup title for the first time. The boundary count rule was heavily criticised by former cricketers, some of whom labelled it “ridiculous” and “unfair”. However, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan came up with a novel, yet hilarious way to have his say in the matter.

The 76-year-old actor took to Twitter and came up with a witty analogy to get his point across.

Needing a modest 242 for victory, the hosts ended on 241 all out, with Ben Stokes unbeaten on 84, sending the match into a Super Over.

The six-ball shootout also ended in a tie, with both sides hitting 15 runs, but Eoin Morgan’s side won by virtue of a superior boundary count in the match.

Skipper Kane Williamson pointed out his team was not defeated on the pitch, saying it instead fell victim to “fine print” in the rules.

He said that was a shame but the New Zealanders had signed up to the rules that governed the tournament.

“At the end of the day nothing separated us, no one lost the final, but there was a crowned winner and there it is,” he told Newstalk ZB.

The New Zealand captain and his teammates have been widely praised for the grace with which they accepted the gut-wrenching defeat.

(With AFP inputs)

Tottenham willing to offer €50 million to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid – Managing Madrid

Tottenham Hotspur would be willing to spend €50 million to sign Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale this summer if he accepts a salary cut, according to a report from MARCA.

Bale turns 30 years old this Tuesday and is not in Zinedine Zidane’s plans, so Madrid might be forced to reach an agreement with Bale, pay him at least 50% of his salary for the next three years —a total of around €25 million— and accept Tottenham’s offer, given that Bale’s value in the transfer market his drastically decreased over the last few seasons. Otherwise, Bale will just refuse to give up his current contract.

A return to the Premier League would make a lot of sense for Gareth Bale, even more so if Tottenham is the club chosen. He grew up as a player there and the style of football played in England clearly suits his game.

While Bale would be a useful player for Madrid coming off the bench, Zidane clearly has other plans for his team and the Welshman will need to leave if he wants to play relevant minutes this season.

Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah maintain lead at the top in ICC ODI rankings – India Today

India skipper Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah on Monday retained their number position in the ICC batsmen and bowlers’ rankings, respectively, following the conclusion of the World Cup.

India had lost to New Zealand in the semifinals of the World Cup.

Players from England and New Zealand, champions and runners-up, have moved up rankings after featuring in an exhilarating final at Lord’s here on Sunday.

The latest rankings update, which takes into account performances from the semifinals and the final, sees players from either side reach personal bests during the last two stages.

Player of the tournament Kane Williamson reached a career-high 799 points after the semifinal against India, in which he scored an important knock of 67. He ended the tournament at 796 points, gaining two points from his two matches, while his compatriot Ross Taylor has ended the tournament in fifth place, having reached a career-best 841 rating points earlier in the tournament.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has ended the tournament at a career-best 694 points, gaining five places and moving into the top 20 and to within two places of his career best of 18th two years ago.

Jason Roy’s 85 from 65 balls in the semi-final win over Australia has helped him into the top 10 for the first time.

Another notable gainer in the rankings for batsmen is Ravindra Jadeja, whose valiant knock of 77 against New Zealand has lifted him 24 places to 108th position. The Australia pair of captain Steve Smith and wicketkeeper have gained two places each to reach 29th and 32nd positions, respectively.

In the rankings for bowlers, Chris Woakes’s efforts of three for 20 in the semifinal and three for 37 in the final have lifted him to a career-best 676 points and seventh place, just behind the sixth position he reached in April 2017.

Joffra Archer has continued his steady climb, reaching the top 30 for the first time in his career, after finishing with 20 wickets in the World Cup.

New Zealand seam bowler Matt Henry’s consistency has taken him back into the world’s top 10 as he took three wickets in the semifinals and one in the final. His previous best was fourth position in 2016.

Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan continues to lead the list of all-rounders but second-placed Stokes has reached a career-best 319 points.

In the team Rankings, England have increased their lead over India to three points after their maiden World Cup triumph.

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World Cup 2019: Prime Minister Theresa May hosts victorious England team at 10 Downing Street – India Today

England ended their 44-year wait for a maiden 50-overs World Cup title by beating New Zealand in a thrilling final Super Over on Sunday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was also present at the Lord's on Sunday to watch the World Cup 2019 final (Reuters Photo)

British Prime Minister Theresa May was also present at the Lord’s on Sunday to watch the World Cup 2019 final (Reuters Photo)


  • England won their maiden 50-over World Cup at the Lord’s cricket ground on Sunday
  • England pipped New Zealand on boundaries after the final and Super Over ended in a tie
  • England had previously lost in the 1979, 1987 and 1992 World Cup finals

British Prime Minister Theresa May hosted the victorious England cricket team at her Downing Street office on Monday, after a “brilliant performance” that will live forever in the country’s sporting history, her spokesman said.

England ended their 44-year wait for a maiden 50-overs World Cup title by beating New Zealand in a thrilling final Super Over on Sunday.

“Yesterday was a brilliant performance by a brilliant team. They showed flair, courage and an absolute determination to become world champions. The achievement delivered in such a thrilling style on home soil will live forever in our sporting history.

“It’s also exciting to think just how many children will be inspired by this victory to pick up a bat for the first time and hopefully become the great cricketers and World Cup winners of tomorrow,” said the spokesman for May, who is a keen cricket fan.

After more than nine stomach-churning hours, the first Super Over in Cricket World Cup history, and one of the most extraordinary overs ever played, England ended its agonizing 44-year wait to be world champion of the sport it invented.

“The most ridiculous game of cricket to have ever been played,” was how Buttler, England’s wicketkeeper, summed up a crazy World Cup final against New Zealand on Sunday that had pretty much everything.

A sporting contest for the ages finished with England winning courtesy of a tiebreaker that few inside the home of cricket had likely ever heard of, or even understood: Boundaries countback.

That was because England and New Zealand – both bidding for a first Cricket World Cup title – couldn’t be separated after the regulation 50 overs a side (each team scored 241) and then a nerve-shredding Super Over (both teams scored 15) played in early evening sunshine in northwest London.

In the end, England prevailed because it hit a total of 26 boundaries – fours and sixes scored across both the 50 overs and the Super Over – compared with New Zealand’s 17.

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