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Friday, 29 August 2014
Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Switzerland announce squad for clash against England

Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Switzerland announce squad for clash against England



Geneva, Aug 29: Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic Friday named the squad to face England in their opening 2016 European Championship qualifier in Basel Sep 8. Xherdan Shaqiri and Goekhan Inler will be the two biggest threats for the English side.
Following is the Swiss squad:
Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Freiburg), Marwin Hitz (Augsburg), Yann Sommer (Moenchengladbach)
Defenders: Loris Benito (Benfica), Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Fabian Schaer (Basel), Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa), Steve Von Bergen (Young Boys), Silvan Widmer (Udinese).
Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Hamburg), Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (Rennes), Fabian Frei (Basel), Goekhan Inler (Napoli), Pajtim Kasami (Olympiakos), Valentin Stocker (Hertha Berlin), Granit Xhaka (Moenchengladbach).
Forwards: Josip Drmic (Bayer Leverkusen), Admir Mehmedi (Freiburg), Haris Seferovic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich).
Asian Games 2014 competition won’t be easy: Deepika Kumari

Asian Games 2014 competition won’t be easy: Deepika Kumari

New Delhi, Aug 28: Top Indian archer Deepika Kumari said the competition won’t be easy at the upcoming Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea, from Sep 19 to Oct 4.
“We are well prepared. We are leaving for South Korea today so that we get acclimatised to the weather conditions there. None of the teams will be easy as everyone is working hard for a medal. All the Asian teams are very strong so the key will be to stay calm, confident and focus on each arrow,” said the former World No.1.
“I have regained my form recently. But there are still some areas, like techniques, where I need to improve. I have been working on it with my coach Dharmendra sir and hope to fine tune it on time.” Talking about her form, the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist hopes that her confidence stays with her to perform well.
“When we win a tournament after going through a rough patch, that confidence stays with us for a long time. So I also hope that the confidence supports me at the Asian Games,” said Deepika.
Pakistan 19-3 after 10 overs:Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014

Pakistan 19-3 after 10 overs:Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014

Hello and welcome to the third and final ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Dambulla. We at India.com will be rolling out live updates of the proceedings. The three match series is tied at 1-1 and an enticing game is on cards. Sri Lanka stepped up their game in the last ODI at Hambantota and successfully levelled the series, while Pakistan looked feeble after their impressive chase in the first ODI.
Sri Lanka have been excellent in the mandatory PowerPlay overs, especially Dhammika Prasad who scalped two wickets after being drafted in side in place of Nuwaan Kulasekara. Pakistan skipper Misbah ul Haq will be looking to play the sheet anchor role as his team needs him badly to put up fine performance with the bat.
OUT! Disastrous start for Pakistan! Lose another wicket. Hafeez is adjudged lbw. Lasith Malinga scalps his wicket, Hafeez looking to play
towards leg side, misses the ball and it raps him on the pads. He goes for UDRS but it is umpire’s call and he has to go
Prasad is causing trouble for Pakistan batsmen, Shehzad looking to counterattack falls in the process. He was aiming to go over mid-on, but finds Thisara Perera who takes a simple catch. Ahmed Shehzad 10 (21b 1×4 0×6)
OUT! Pakistan lose second wicket. Ahmed Shazad departs.
Prasad continues to impress with his line and length. Both Pakistan batsmen are looking to build the innings after losing opener Sharjeel Khan early. Another Maiden over here, Pakistan batsmen find it difficult to score against Sri Lankan opening bowlers.
Ahmed Shehzad 3*, Mohammad Hafeez 1*
Sharjeel looking to drive, edges an away going delivery to Mahela Jayawardne at 2nd slip. Mohammed Hafeez is the new man in Sharjeel Khan 0 (6b 0×4 0×6).
OUT! Prasad strikes early! Sharjeel who was struggling goes for 6-ball duck.
There is a breeze blowing and that is helping bowlers a bit as Lasith Malinga comes into attack. Shehzad is taking his time and offers
straight bat. There was an opportunity for Shehzad, cuts a loose delivery from Malinga, but straight to fielder at cover point.
Ahmed Shazad 3*, Sharjeel Khan 0*
Ahmed Shehzad and Sharjeel Khan are the opening batsmen for Pakistan. It is Ahmed Shehzad, the right-hand batsman to take strike first up and operating for Sri Lanka is Dhammika Prasad. There is a hint of swing as conditions are overcast and Prasad is swinging the ball. Watchful first over ends.
Pakistan have won the toss and will be batting first on a wicket which is dry and batting friendly. Saed Ajmal comes in place of Junaid Khan and Sri Lanka have dropped Nuwaan Kulasekara to bring in Dhammika Prasad.
Playing XI
Pakistan:  Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal(w), Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Fawad Alam, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharaanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews(c), Seekkuge Prasanna, Ashan Priyanjan, Thisara Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga
Pakistan’s trump card Saed Ajmal will be back for this encounter after undergoing tests for his bowling action and will boost their bowling. Pakistan have some issues in batting with talented Umar Akmal and skipper Misbah ul Haq both failing in the preceding ODIs. In bowling department it is likely that Pakistan will drop one of the three fast bowlers to accommodate Saed Ajmal.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka have retained unchanged 15-member squad for this ODI and is expected to field the winning combination that featured in the second ODI. Stay tuned for the Toss.
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 3rd ODI Live Cricket Score

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 3rd ODI Live Cricket Score

Pakistan is set to take on hosts Sri Lanka in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) match of the series at Dambulla on Saturday. The match will be a series decider after both the teams have won one match each.
Earlier, half-centuries by Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam helped Pakistan to a last over win against Sri lanka at Hambantota. However, following that match, senior batsman Younis Khan had to leave the team after his nephew passed away in Pakistan. The venue of the second match also shifted from Premadasa to Hambantota due to heavy rainfall in Colombo.
A weakened Pakistani side lost to a brutal all-round effort by Thisara Perera who helped the home side level the series 1-1 at Hambantota. Sri Lanka won the second ODI by 77 runs. Apart from Thisara Perera, even skipper Angelo Mathews is in good form. He has a spledid 2014 season with the bat and Sri Lanka will rely on him to help the side to a series win at Dambulla.
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 3rd ODI Free Live Streaming

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 3rd ODI Free Live Streaming

You can watch the Live Streaming as Pakistan is set to take on hosts Sri Lanka in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) match of the series at Dambulla on Saturday. The match will be a series decider after both the teams have won one match each.
Earlier, half-centuries by Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam helped Pakistan to a last over win against Sri lanka at Hambantota. However, following that match, senior batsman Younis Khan had to leave the team after his nephew passed away in Pakistan. The venue of the second match also shifted from Premadasa to Hambantota due to heavy rainfall in Colombo.
A weakened Pakistani side lost to a brutal all-round effort by Thisara Perera who helped the home side level the series 1-1 at Hambantota. Sri Lanka won the second ODI by 77 runs
Apart from Thisara Perera, even skipper Angelo Mathews is in good form. He has a spledid 2014 season with the bat and Sri Lanka will rely on him to help the side to a series win at Dambulla. The telecast of the series in India will be on Ten HD and Ten Cricket.
 Jaipur outclass Patna in one sided affair:Pro Kabaddi League 1st semi final

Jaipur outclass Patna in one sided affair:Pro Kabaddi League 1st semi final

Jaipur Pink Panthers after topping the group stage faced Patna Pirates in the first semi finals of the evening and the Pro Kabaddi League in what proved to be a one sided affair for almost the entire game in the favor of the Pink Panthers.

Patna seemed to be in motivated frame of mind at the start of the first half as they quickly built a 3 points lead on the Pink Panthers. The Panthers scored their first point when Rakesh Kumar failed to block Maninder Singh cleanly and both the teams got 1 point each. After this point though, it was all Jaipur as they scored 19 more points in the remaining time in the half while the Pirates managed only 2.

Jaipur lead 20-6 at the end of the first half and they managed to dismiss the whole team of the Patna Pirates on 2 occasions. Such was the intensity in their performance that 6 of their 7 players scored a defensive points in the first half. The major reason for the failure of the Pirates was the failure of their top three raiders. Rakesh Kumar, Ravi Dalal and Sandeep Narhwal, all failed to score points in the first half when it was required and thus conceded a lead of 14 points in the first half.

The second half too was a similar story as the Pink Panthers  kept piling on to the tally of the score as they went on to win the game 37-18. Although the second half saw a slightly better performance from the Pirates, it was still below par compared to the standards set by the Pink Panthers. The Jaipur team managed to outscore the Pirates in the second half as well even after the absence of star raider Maninder Singh from the raiding business for an elongated period of time.

The most disappointed part of the game was the failure of Patna’s raiding trio which lead to the game being one sided. Jaipur will now face the winner of the second semi finals between U Mumba and Bengaluru Bulls on the 31st of August.
The game ended with the feel good moment of Abhishek Bachchan being raised on the shoulders of his players and celebrating their victory.
Alex Hales Eager to Forge Opening Partnership With Alastair Cook

Alex Hales Eager to Forge Opening Partnership With Alastair Cook

Nottingham: Alex Hales said on Friday he was looking forward to establishing a one-day international opening partnership with Alastair Cook despite all the calls for the England captain to quit limited overs cricket.
Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann, labelled a "so-called friend" by Cook earlier in the week, reiterated on Friday his calls for the skipper to quit one-day internationals.
England's 133-run defeat by world champions India in the second of a five-match one-day series in Cardiff on Wednesday led tall-rounder great Ian Botham to write off the team's chances at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
One consolation for England was that Hales marked his ODI debut by top-scoring for the team with 40 and sharing a fifty stand with Cook.
"Everyone's entitled to their opinion but the guys in the dressing-room are 100 percent behind Alastair," said Nottinghamshire batsman Hales at his Trent Bridge home ground, where the third of a five-match one-day series with India takes place on Saturday.
"If you look at his record in one-day cricket it's a pretty good one," said Hales of Cook, who has a one-day strike rate of nearly 80 in ODI cricket.
"All the guys are backing him to lead from the front as we look to bounce back in this series.
Hales added: "We've just played one game and we got off to a pretty good start with a fifty partnership.
"He's a very technically sound guy and he's the right guy at the top of the order.
"If we both play our natural games, I hope that partnership will come together nicely," said Hales, who has a strike rate of nearly 100 in domestic limited overs cricket.
Hales's previous England appearance at Trent Bridge saw him score 99 in a Twenty20 international against the West Indies two years ago.
Hales, who scored England's first century in cricket's shortest format against Sri Lanka at the World Twenty20 in March, said he was looking forward to representing his country again in Nottingham.
"I'm expecting a very good wicket. Usually the one-day wickets we play on here at Notts are outstanding batting tracks and I'm expecting a high-scoring game."
Asked about the mood in the England camp after Wednesday's crushing defeat, the 25-year-old Hales said: "We're not hiding from the fact it was a poor team performance all round.
"But we spoke about it, wiped the slate clean."
Reflecting on his first experience of facing India's attack, Hales said: "They were just very cunning. Once I got past 30, they were one step ahead of me.
"So it's up to me to put that right, and have that game smartness heading into tomorrow (Saturday).
"They set smart fields, had a guy at gully a lot of the time to stop that easy one down to third man."
The 6ft 5in Hales's call-up to England's 50 overs per side team has capped a notable recovery for the powerful batsman, who started the season on-loan at Worcestershire after averaging jut 13.94 in the first-class County Championship for Nottinghamshire last season.
"It's a dream come true and all the better particularly after how last season went in first-class cricket," said Hales.
"I've had to work really hard to show people I can be more than just aTwenty20 slogger.
And with Australia-born Sam Robson's position as Cook's opening partner in Test cricket being called into question, Hales said he still had ambitions to play five-day cricket for England.
"It's always been my dream to play Test cricket," he said.
"I'm ready to work hard and earn that spot, I hope."
Hales added he had been encouraged by the Test performances of several attacking opening batsmen.
"David Warner, Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag, those guys are attacking opening batsmen.
"I think there is space for it. But it's going to come with a lot of hard technical work, and that's up to me."
India should make ICC more democratic: PCB chief Shahryar Khan

India should make ICC more democratic: PCB chief Shahryar Khan

Newly-appointed Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan wants cricketing "powerhouse" India to encourage "democracy" in the functioning of the International Cricket Council (ICC) after being forced to let BCCI have the control of the governing body along with England and Australia.
PCB was the last of the ICC members to give its consent to the ICC revamp after it was decided that the cricket-starved nation will be able to play against the full members in a bilateral series including one against arch-rivals India.
"Well, we have already agreed on playing each other (India and Pakistan) regularly from next year. We were the last ones to accept the ICC revamp formula and that is how it is. India deserves to have a special status in the current scenario and I hope they look after the interest of Pakistan cricket," Shahryar told PTI over the phone in an interview.
Asked how he sees the "big three" controlling the game, the 80-year-old career diplomat said: "All members should have equal rights in the ICC. There has to be a democratic set-up. India's clout in international cricket is justified but I hope they do all what is required to promote democracy in the system."
The man, who played a vital role in turning India's historic tour of Pakistan in 2004 into a reality, wishes that PCB could host its neighbour in his tenure.
"Most in the cricketing world believe India-Pakistan series is even bigger than the Ashes and therefore it should happen frequently. Unfortunately, the security issue remains a problem in Pakistan and as of now, we can only think of hosting them at a neutral venue like UAE," said the Bhopal-born Pakistani referring to the first of the eight bilateral series scheduled to take place in December 2015.
The two cricket crazy countries last played each other in a bilateral Test series in 2007-08 in India. He also hopes the BCCI will allow Pakistan players in the next edition of the Indian Premier League. The cricketers from across the border have been unable to take part in the IPL barring the first edition in 2008.
Only Azhar Mahmood, courtesy his British passport has played in the sixth edition of IPL for the Kings XI Punjab.
"I will be talking to the BCCI bosses about all issues concerning Indo-Pak cricket at the next ICC meeting in October. I am planning to visit India soon to carry on the discussion regarding these matters. "The Pakistani players unfortunately could not play because of security reasons. I really want to see them play in the IPL next year."

"There has been no international cricket in Pakistan for a long time now. People only get to watch top quality cricket on television. We thought if we go ahead with the league, it will be difficult to get the fans to the stadium. We need more time to prepare," he said.Shahryar is back at the helm after eight years and his biggest challenge is to get the game in Pakistan out of doldrums. Earlier in the week, the proposed Pakistan Super T20 League was again shelved indefinitely.
"As of now, my focus is on improving the grassroots and the domestic competition. I am also looking to get A teams as well as the U-19's from other countries to play in Pakistan. But there is always the security aspect," he said.
He concluded with his thoughts on next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. "Pakistan are a team short on stars. You don't have the likes of Shoaib Akhtar anymore. I hope these boys do better than last time."
Pakistan had lost to eventual champions India in the semi-finals of the 2011 edition at Mohali.
Robin Van Persie Expects Louis Van Gaal to Revive Spluttering Manchester United F.C.

Robin Van Persie Expects Louis Van Gaal to Revive Spluttering Manchester United F.C.

Burnley: Robin van Persie insists troubled Manchester United will quickly turn the corner under new manager Louis van Gaal as they prepare to face Burnley on Saturday. 
Van Gaal's disappointing start hit a new low in midweek as United suffered an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at third tier minnows Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup second round.
Before that United lost their opening game of the season at home to Swansea City and drew 1-1 away to Sunderland last weekend.
But, lifted by United's British record £59.7 million ($98 million) signing of Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria, Dutch striker van Persie is confident that, despite a difficult start to life for his compatriot, there will be an upturn in fortunes in the near future.
"I think that everyone has faith and everyone believes in the staff and players," van Persie said ahead of Di Maria's expected debut at Turf Moor.
"We have great players, and it's just a matter of time before the points will start coming in.
"We've played two games and only picked up one point, we would have loved to have got six points but it didn't happen, so we have to bounce back.
"I worked with Louis van Gaal for two years, and he's clear in what he asks of each player in the team every day. So, where I can, I will help the other players.
"We dropped two points against Sunderland. If you go in front after 15 minutes or so, we should have at least held on to that for longer.
"We were a bit too sloppy in possession, and in that sense we made it too hard for ourselves."
- regaining sharpness -
Van Persie featured for the first time this season against Sunderland after being given extra time to rest after the World Cup and admitted he is regaining his sharpness.
"I feel good, I feel fit," Van Persie added. "I had a good few weeks of training and played my first hour today, so I'll look forward to the game against Burnley."
Meanwhile, Burnley manager Sean Dyche admits he has struggled in the transfer market, while watching United spend more on Di Maria than his club have in their entire history.
Burnley, who host the United at Turf Moor, have paid around £45 million in fees for players since the club was founded in 1882.
By contrast United have splashed out nearly £60 million on Di Maria alone.
"Some of the figures mentioned are bizarre in my world. It's a tough market," Dyche said.
"I think it's moved on from this time last season. The figures we got for selling Charlie Austin to QPR compared to what strikers are going for this season are incredibly different.
"Some of it has taken the board by surprise, the numbers involved in certain situations.
"It is the reality of what we are. I think everyone knows the gap.
"I don't know what clubs these alleged players are going to for the figures quoted. Some of them won't be coming here with the money mentioned.
"Last season we went out in the market and didn't spend anything. Then we finally get some money, but there are all kinds of situations that have to be balanced off at the club."
Burnley have no fresh injury concerns ahead of United's visit, with striker Sam Vokes (knee) and young defender Cameron Dummigan (hip) both still on the treatment table.
United will include Di Maria in their squad while fellow new signing defender Marcos Rojo is still awaiting a work permit so may not be available.
Van Gaal will also check on the fitness of a number of players including midfielders Shinji Kagawa (concussion), Ander Hererra (ankle) and Marouane Fellaini (foot) as well as defender Chris Smalling (groin).
Tottenham Hotspur Inter Milan Qualify for Europa League Group Stage

Tottenham Hotspur Inter Milan Qualify for Europa League Group Stage

Paris: Tottenham and Inter Milan on Thursday qualified for the Europa League group stage draw but among those failing to make it across the play-off line were Lyon and Real Sociedad.
Also missing from Friday's draw in Monaco were Hull City, Spurs' Premier League rivals who agonisingly on their first European adventure lost out on away goals to Belgian outfit Lokeren.
"That's European football...we've experienced it and what it's all about, the frustrations, the disappointments, the away goal rule...," Hull boss Steve Bruce said.
"To go out the way we did is the worst, away goals, but that's the competition. That's what playing in Europe is like."
Tottenham continued their bright start to the season with a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane over Cypriot outfit Limassol earning them a 5-1 aggregate victory.
The goals in an impressive showing by the north Londoners came from Harry Kane, who also had a penalty saved, Paulinho and Andros Townsend.
The play-off success extended new manager Maurico Pochettino's winning streak to four matches in all competitions since his arrival from Southampton in the close-season.
"Always when Tottenham enter the competition we need to go as far as possible. We try, step by step," said the new boss.
Tottenham won a penalty when Karim Fegrouch brought down Kyle Naughton with just six minutes on the clock.
The AEL goalkeeper was taken to hospital after receiving a nasty-looking knee to the head in the collision, but his replacement Pulpo Romero kept out Kane's spot-kick.
But young striker Kane netted on the stroke of half-time after poor Limassol defending.
Paulinho provided the assist and the Brazilian midfielder was the beneficiary of more sloppy play from the Cypriots four minutes into the second half when he fired home to double the lead.
Townsend then celebrated his England recall by slotting home a 66th minute penalty.
Hull, having lost 1-0 in the first leg, needed a two-goal win at the KC Stadium to progress.
But while Robbie Brady's brace was enough to ensure a 2-1 victory, Jordan Remacle's 49th minute strike proved crucial in separating the sides.
The Tigers, who qualified for the competition after reaching the FA Cup final last season, suffered a setback in the 72nd minute when Ivorian striker Yannick Sagbo was sent off for a rash lunge on Giorgios Galitsios.
There was late drama as Tom Huddlestone's late strike was blocked on the line by defender Alexander Scholz with the last kick of the game as the visitors advanced.
Inter Milan sauntered into the draw with a 6-0 second leg rout for a 9-0 aggregate win over Iceland's Stjarnan.
Dutch 1978 UEFA Cup champions PSV Eindhoven maintained their interest on Europe's second tier competition with defeat of Belarus side Shakhtyor Soligorsk.
A total of 31 places in Friday's draw in Monaco were up for grabs on Thursday in a competition which for the first time rewards the winner with automatic qualification for the Champions League.
Thursday's play-off winners join the ten Champions League play-off losers and seven automatically qualified teams in the group stages which get underway on September 10.
Among those noticeable by their absence were former multiple French champions and Champions League regulars Lyon, who crashed out on away goals to Romania's Astra Giurgiu.
Spaniards' Real Sociedad also failed to cross the line. Leading 1-0 after last week Real came unstuck 3-0 at Russian outfit Krasnodar.
While Lyon missed out another French Ligue 1 side, former European heavyweights Saint Etienne scraped past Turkey's Karabukspor on spot-kicks.
"I always had belief in them," said a relieved Saint Etienne manager Christophe Galtier.
Xabi Alonso Transfer to FC Bayern Munich Completed

Xabi Alonso Transfer to FC Bayern Munich Completed

Madrid: Real Madrid confirmed on Friday that the club has reached accord with German champions Bayern Munich to transfer midfielder Xabi Alonso.
The 32-year-old had a medical in Munich on Thursday as transfer negotiations were completed. He was to give a press conference in Madrid on Friday.
"Real Madrid CF and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement for the transfer of Xabi Alonso," said a brief statement released by the Spanish giants.
A member of the Spanish side that won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, Alonso joined Real from Liverpool in 2009.
Alonso announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday. But the recent purchase of German midfielder Toni Kroos had also complicated his future with Real, despite his role in the club's Champions League triumph last season.
Bayern's Spanish coach Pep Guardiola has midfield troubles with injury worries over Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Rafinha and Thiago Alcantara.
Keep Faith in Clive Lloyd Urges Gordon Greenidge

Keep Faith in Clive Lloyd Urges Gordon Greenidge

West Indies great Gordon Greenidge has backed the newly-appointed chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd and urged the board to help him with the necessary tools to work with.
"The powers-that-be need to accept Clive, appreciate him and look upon him as the person he is, someone who can get the job done," Greenidge said.
"I just hope they recognise Clive's contribution to the West Indies and give him the necessary tools to work with. I don't see a problem at all with Clive but it may be a problem with the people he's working with or the people he reports to," he added.
Lloyd, one of the most respected captains the West Indies have ever had, replaced fellow Guyanese Clyde Butts as the new chairman of selectors earlier this month and was joined by fast bowling legend and another former Windies captain, Courtney Walsh, along with ex-West Indies players Eldine Baptiste and Courtney Browne.
Greenidge, who played 108 Tests and 128 ODIs, compared the West Indies with English Premier League giants Manchester United F.C.
"It is a bit like what's happening at Manchester United," Greenidge told Reuters.
"Everyone's expecting the new managers there to just pick up where Alex Ferguson left off - that's impossible. The new man needs to transfer a serious input of his thinking to his team and the way he wants them to go. He needs to build a team and explain how he wants them to go forward.
"It's the same thing with Clive (Lloyd). Unfortunately his job will be measured in terms of how successful the West Indies team is, that's always been the case, but I think a change around is necessary and he needs to do that straight away," he said.
Lloyd, who has also served as team manager, coach and West Indies Cricket Board director, had recently said emphasis needed to be placed on youth development.
"We have to think a lot more of our cricket and I hope that can be injected into our playing and the young players that are coming through because these Under-19 guys will be the future of West Indies cricket and if they can inculcate the right sort of things where this game is concerned, we will have a very good future," Lloyd said.
Lloyd, who captained the West Indies in three World Cups - 1975, 1979, 1983, has played 110 Tests and 87 ODIs and was credited with moulding the successful West Indies side of the late 1970s and 1980s.
West Indies completed a 3-0 one-day whitewash of Bangladesh on Monday but the hosts are ranked a lowly eighth in both the ODIs and Tests. The 2012 World T20 champions suffered 2-0 series defeats on their tours to India and New Zealand and recently lost a three-Test series at home against New Zealand.
 Injured Rohit Sharma Ruled Out, Murali Vijay Named Replacement

Injured Rohit Sharma Ruled Out, Murali Vijay Named Replacement

Nottingham: India opener Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day series in England after suffering a broken finger, it was announced Friday.
Murali Vijay will fly to England as his replacement but is unlikely to arrive in time for Saturday's third one-day international at Nottingham's Trent Bridge ground.
Sharma appeared to sustain the injury while fielding during world champions India's 133-run win in the second ODI in Cardiff on Wednesday after making 52 when the tourists batted.
A statement issued by the Board of Control for Cricket in India said: "Rohit Sharma has sustained a fracture on the middle finger of his right hand, and has been ruled out of the ongoing ODI and T20 International Series against England, as a result."
It added: "The All-India senior selection committee has picked Murali Vijay as his replacement.
"Vijay will join the squad in England at the earliest."
India's win in Cardiff left them 1-0 up in the five-match series.
Justice Mudgal Panel Files Probe Report in Supreme Court on IPL Betting

Justice Mudgal Panel Files Probe Report in Supreme Court on IPL Betting

New Delhi: The Justice Mukul Mudgal committee, which was directed by the Supreme Court to conduct a probe against ICC President N Srinivasan and 12 prominent players in the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal, on Friday filed its report in a sealed cover before the apex court.
A bench headed by Justice TS Thakur took the report on record after a senior advocate mentioned the matter and fixed it for hearing on September one.
The court had in May rejected the proposal of BCCI to conduct the probe through its own panel and had given the task of investigation to Justice Mudgal panel.
The Mudgal committee had earlier conducted the probe in the scandal and had submitted in a sealed envelope its report in which names of Srinivasan and 12 cricketers were mentioned.
"We are of the considered opinion that the allegations against the 13 persons including N Srinivasan mentioned in the report submitted in the sealed cover should be investigated into by the Justice Mudgal Committee and the team of investigators because if a new Probe Committee is entrusted to inquire into the allegations, there is likelihood of the allegations being leaked to the public and such leakage will damage the reputation of the 13 persons beyond repair," the bench had said.
Besides Justice Mudgal, the panel has Additional Solicitor General L Nageshwar Rao and advocate Nilay Dutta as members.
The panel was asked by the apex court to complete the probe and file the report in a sealed envelope by the end of August.
A group of investigators headed by senior IPS officer BB Mishra has assisted the Mudgal Committee which was given the power to probe, search and seize relevant documents and record evidence.
The court had on April 29 reserved its order on forming a probe panel to investigate allegations against Srinivasan and 12 cricketers after BCCI and Srinivasan had opposed further investigation by the Mudgal Committee and pleaded for setting up a fresh panel.
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Suresh Raina Thanks Ravi Shastri Sachin Tendulkar For 'Special' Ton

Suresh Raina Thanks Ravi Shastri Sachin Tendulkar For 'Special' Ton

Suresh Raina has acknowledged that the presence of Ravi Shastri in the Team India dressing room has been inspirational. Raina scored his fourth century on Wednesday as India scored an emphatic 133-run win in the second ODI in Cardiff against EnglandShastri was appointed as director after India were routed 3-1 in the Test series.
Shastri's role in the team management has been a subject of much speculation. BCCI wanted chief coach Duncan Fletcher to report to the former Indian all-rounder. But skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni clearly said Fletcher is "boss", hinting that the chief coach's powers were not curbed. Raina, perhaps, has somewhat cleared the confusion.
In an interview to the BCCI website, Raina said: "Ravi Shastri gave us a lot of confidence. He came to the team meeting and said a few words to the team which were very inspiring.
"He was also sitting with me in the bus when we were on our way to the stadium and he told me, 'khadoos khelna hai (play a stubborn game)'. There is a different comfort level when you talk to a former Indian player; you can be free and honest. All the other coaches have been very supportive as well but Ravi Shastri set the tone for us and instilled confidence in the team."
That should be music to BCCI's ears. All that Team India need at this stage is inspiration and if Shastri can lift the self-belief of players like Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, India should be in cruise mode in the ODIs.
Interestingly, in his last eight innings versus England in ODIs, Kohli has recorded three ducks -- one each at Kolkata on October 25, 2011; at Dharamsala on January 27, 2013 and at Cardiff on Wednesday.
Raina has justified his recall to the ODI team. In March, he was dropped from the full-strength Indian team for the Asia Cup. Raina's innings acted like tonic. His 75-ball hundred was his first outside the sub-continent. His effort was the end result of hard work and some useful tips from Sachin Tendulkar and Pravin Amre.
"After all the work I had put into my game in Mumbai with Sachin paaji and Amre sir, I was determined to join the team and bring them some happiness, whether it is by scoring a hundred or taking a brilliant catch. I had to bring the smiles back on my teammates' faces. I am glad I could do that," said Raina.
Shakib al-Hasan can't play for KKR in CLT20 despite reduction of ban

Shakib al-Hasan can't play for KKR in CLT20 despite reduction of ban

New Delhi: Bangladesh's star all-rounder Shakib al-Hasan wouldn't be able to play in the upcoming Champions League T20 for the IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders even though the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has reduced his ban.
While Shakib is free to play competitive cricket from September 15, BCB's ban on NOCs (No Objection Certificate) for overseas leagues is valid till end of 2015.
"Clearly for Champions League Twenty20 he is not available to us," Venky Mysore, the Knight Riders' chief executive told ESPN Cricinfo.
"Although we have the options it is unfortunate considering he is an important player for us. We just have to respect the BCB's decision," Mysore told the website.
Shakib played a key role during KKR's successful campaign in the last edition of IPL, scoring 227 runs at a strike rate of 149.34 and taking 11 wickets with an economy rate of 6.68.
UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid F.C. draw Liverpool  Barcelona get PSG

UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid F.C. draw Liverpool Barcelona get PSG

Champions Real Madrid will play five-time former winners Liverpool while fellow Spanish giants Barcelona plucked big-spending Paris Saint-Germain as the Champions League group stage draw was made in Monaco on Thursday.
But the most mouth-watering draw saw 2013 champions Bayern Munich paired with Manchester City, Roma and CSKA Moscow in Group E.
It is the third time in four years that Bayern and City will have faced each other in the group stages.
For English Premier League winners City, who failed to progress from the group stages in two of the last three years, it continues a run of tough draws at this stage of Europe's premier club competition.
In 2011/12 they were paired with Bayern and Napoli and missed out on the knock-out stages after failing to beat the Italians at home.
A year later they finished bottom of a group containing Real, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax as they failed to win a single game.
Only last year, when they were also thrown in with Bayern, did City manage to get through the group stages and this time their job will not be simple.
But perhaps the most eagerly-anticipated group matches will see four-time winners Barcelona come up against PSG, who recruited Brazilian centre-back David Luiz from Chelsea in the close season.
He will be meeting a familiar foe in new Barca signing Luis Suarez, the former Liverpool forward.
Four-time former winners Ajax, another of Suarez's previous sides, are alongside the pair in Group F, as well as Cypriots Apoel.
Real and Liverpool will be confident of progressing from Group B where debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria, who were only formed in 20001 and whose stadium holds just 8,000 fans, and Swiss outfit Basel, who knocked out Manchester United at this stage three years ago, await.
Ludogorets's participation came in large part thanks to the heroics of defender Cosmin Moti.
He was forced into goal in the last minute of extra-time of their play-off second leg 1-1 draw with Romanians Steaua Bucharest after goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was dismissed in the final minute.
The game went almost immediately into penalties where not only did Moti score his side's first spot-kick but he saved two of the Romanians to send the Bulgarians into the lucrative group stages.
There was a kinder draw, on paper at least, for 2012 champions Chelsea, who poached Germans Schalke 04, Sporting Lisbon of Portugal and Slovenia's Maribor in Group G.
Arsenal, bidding to reach the knock-out stages for the 12th year in a row, plucked Borussia Dortmund, the 2013 finalists, in a tough Group D with Galatasaray, who beat them in the 2000 UEFA Cup final, and Belgian giants Anderlecht.
Last year's runners-up Atletico Madrid, the Spanish champions, pulled Italian champions Juventus out of the hat in Group A, along with Greeks Olympiakos, who regularly struggle at this stage, and Swedes Malmo, the European Cup runners-up from 1979.
Portuguese pair Porto and Benfica were given manageable draws, the latter plucking Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao of Spain and Belarus representatives BATE Borisov in Group H.
Benfica, the twice former winners, were drawn against Russians Zenit St Petersburg, coached by former Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas, Bayer Leverkusen of Germany and Russian-backed Monaco in Group C.

Real Madrid face Liverpool Barcelona get PSG Bayern Munich draw Manchester City

Real Madrid face Liverpool Barcelona get PSG Bayern Munich draw Manchester City

MONACO, August 28: Champions Real Madrid will play five-time former winners Liverpool while fellow Spanish giants Barcelona plucked big-spending Paris Saint-Germain as the Champions League group stage draw was made in Monaco on Thursday. But the most mouth-watering draw saw 2013 champions Bayern Munich paired with Manchester City, Roma and CSKA Moscow in Group E.
It is the third time in four years that Bayern Munich and Manchester City will have faced each other in the group stages. For English Premier League winners City, who failed to progress from the group stages in two of the last three years, it continues a run of tough draws at this stage of Europe’s premier club competition.
In 2011/12 they were paired with Bayern and Napoli and missed out on the knock-out stages after failing to beat the Italians at home. A year later they finished bottom of a group containing Real, Borussia Dortmundand Ajax as they failed to win a single game.
Only last year, when they were also thrown in with Bayern, did City manage to get through the group stages and this time their job will not be simple. But perhaps the most eagerly-anticipated group matches will see four-time winners Barcelona come up against PSG, who recruited Brazilian centre-back David Luiz from Chelsea in the close season. He will be meeting a familiar foe in new Barca signing Luis Suarez, the former Liverpool forward. Four-time former winners Ajax, another of Suarez’s previous sides, are alongside the pair in Group F, as well as Cypriots Apoel.
Real and Liverpool will be confident of progressing from Group B where debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria, who were only formed in 20001 and whose stadium holds just 8,000 fans, and Swiss outfit Basel, who knocked out Manchester United at this stage three years ago, await.
Ludogorets’s participation came in large part thanks to the heroics of defender Cosmin Moti. He was forced into goal in the last minute of extra-time of their play-off second leg 1-1 draw with Romanians Steaua Bucharest after goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was dismissed in the final minute.
The game went almost immediately into penalties where not only did Moti score his side’s first spot-kick but he saved two of the Romanians to send the Bulgarians into the lucrative group stages. There was a kinder draw, on paper at least, for 2012 champions Chelsea, who poached Germans Schalke 04, Sporting Lisbon of Portugal and Slovenia’s Maribor in Group G.
Arsenal, bidding to reach the knock-out stages for the 12th year in a row, plucked Borussia Dortmund, the 2013 finalists, in a tough Group D with Galatasaray, who beat them in the 2000 UEFA Cup final, and Belgian giants Anderlecht.
Last year’s runners-up Atletico Madrid, the Spanish champions, pulled Italian champions Juventus out of the hat in Group A, along with Greeks Olympiakos, who regularly struggle at this stage, and Swedes Malmo, the European Cup runners-up from 1979.
Portuguese pair Porto and Benfica were given manageable draws, the latter plucking Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao of Spain and Belarus representatives BATE Borisov in Group H. Benfica, the twice former winners, were drawn against Russians Zenit St Petersburg, coached by former Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas, Bayer Leverkusen of Germany and Russian-backed Monaco in Group C.

Champions League 2014 draw


Champions League Group A - Atletico Madrid (ESP), Juventus (ITA), Olympiakos (GRE), Malmo (SWE)
Champions League Group B - Real Madrid (ESP), Basel (SUI), Liverpool (ENG), Ludogorets (BUL)
Champions League Group C - Benfica (POR), Zenit St Petersburg (RUS), Bayer Leverkusen (GER), Monaco (FRA)
Champions League Group D - Arsenal (ENG), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Galatasaray (TUR), Anderlecht (BEL)
Champions League Group E - Bayern Munich (GER), Manchester City (ENG), CSKA Moscow (RUS), Roma (ITA)
Champions League Group F - Barcelona (ESP), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Ajax (NED), Apoel (CYP)
Champions League Group G - Chelsea (ENG), Schalke 04 (GER), Sporting Lisbon (POR), Maribor (SLO)
Champions League Group H - Porto (POR), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Athletic Bilbao (ESP), BATE Borisov (BLR)
Saina Nehwal &  PV Sindhu powers into quarters of World Badminton Championships

Saina Nehwal & PV Sindhu powers into quarters of World Badminton Championships

Copenhagen, Aug 28: India’s top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu both survived scares but eventually made their way into the women’s singles quarter-finals of the World Championships at the Ballerup Super Arena here Thursday. However, it was the end of the road for Kidambi Srikanth in men’s singles and Manu Attri and B. Sumeet Reddy in men’s doubles, who lost their third round matches at the 9,200-seater stadium.
Japanese 13th seed Sayaka Takahashi gave a tough fight to seventh-seeded Saina and was almost on her way to the last eight, before Saina found her legs just in time to recover from a game down and win the three-game, one hour and five minute marathon third round match 14-21, 21-18, 21-12. It was an even more close and tougher affair for 11th seed Sindhu who had to play out of her skin to beat South Korean sixth seed Yeon Ju Bae 19-21, 22-20, 25-23 in one of her longest matches in recent times, lasting an hour and 16 minutes.
The 19-year-old Indian had to save three matchpoints and waste five before she could finally seal the tie in her favour to notch up her first win against Yeon in three meetings.  Earlier, Sayaka looked in sublime touch as she easily clinched the first game. World No.7 Saina looked down and out trailing 8-13 in the second but slowly started getting back into rhythm when the reality of being ousted from the tournament hit her.
The 24-year-old finally levelled the game at 18-all and held on to the next three points to push the match into the decider. It was equal till 7-all in the third game, but after that the Olympic bronze medallist found the right footing and form to crush her opponent in a matter of minutes and take a 2-0 lead in career meetings over the Japanese.
Saina will be up against World No.1 and top seed Li Xuerui of China next and the reigning Olympic champion has a 7-2 career advantage over the Hyderabadi. Later, Sindhu played a tight first game but her World No.5 opponent managed to take away the game from 18-all. It was again extremely close in the second game but Yeon’s deceptive shots made sure she had two matchpoints before Sindhu could realise it.
However, the World No.12 Indian put her height to optimum use to eke out the next four points and take the game and push the match into the decider. The decider also turned into another unbelievably close contest. But some excellent smashing and net play by the 19-year-old Indian saw her reach matchpoint at 20-17.
Some brilliant cross-court sliced smashes by the South Korean saw her level the encounter at 20-all. Yeon saved two more matchpoints and surprised Sindhu to go ahead to matchpoint. But Sindhu had nerves of steel to save that one last matchpoint and take the marathon encounter by winning the next three points.
Sindhu has an even tougher challenge lying ahead when she faces old foe and second seed Shixian Wang of China. Though the Indian has a 3-2 advantage, Shixian has won their previous two encounters. Meanwhile, Attri and Reddy’s journey came to an end when they lost to South Korean second seeds Yong Dae Lee and Yeon Seong Yoo. The World No.1 pair needed only 37 minutes to move past the Indian combine 21-12, 21-17.
Srikanth played well but was up against Chinese second seed Chen Long in their first ever match. The World No.2 needed only 36 minutes to beat the rising Indian player 21-12, 21-10.
Indian Super League:Sachin Tendulkar &Abhishek Bachchan launch ISL

Indian Super League:Sachin Tendulkar &Abhishek Bachchan launch ISL

Mumbai, Aug 28: The Indian Super League (ISL), the first of its kind glamorous football league in India, was launched here Thursday by star team owners Sachin Tendulkar, John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and brand ambassador Varun Dhawan who promised to popularise the game and invest in the grassroot development of the sport in the country.
The promoters of ISL, IMG-Reliance and Star India, unveiled all eight team owners, who signed a replica of a football in a symbolic gesture to promote the game. The league’s logo was also unveiled during the ceremony. The inaugural season of the Hero ISL will be played from Oct 12 to Dec 20 in eight Indian cities. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, co-owner of Athletico de Kolkata, and Bollywood star Salman Khan, who is a co-promoter of the Pune franchise, however, were absent due to their personal commitments.
Nita Ambani, founding chairperson of Football Sports Development (FSD) which owns ISL, thanked team owners for coming forward and supporting the sport. “As a teacher I have learned all about football from my kids and students. Last year when we went to Uttarakhand for Reliance Foundation relief work, I asked the kids what do you want. They told me ‘ma’am please give us boots and footballs’. That is the passion for the game in the country,” said Nita.
“It is a momentous day for us as we set ourselves in building a grand coalition among all stakeholders to develop football in the country and take it to deserving space in Indian sports.”
Dhawan, who is the brand ambassador of FC Goa, which is co-owned by Videocon Group and I-League side Dempo, said his team will play an attacking brand of football. “Who doesn’t like Goa. You will be a fool not to like Goa. We have the two giants of Indian football in Goa — Dempo and Salgaocar. Goa will be playing an attacking brand of football. Watch out for us,” said Dhawan.
John, who is the co-owner of NorthEast United FC, said his club would boost the sport in the north eastern states, which is now a nursery for Indian football. “I played A division football. I wished I had continued. But I had to chose between football and studies. The north east is now the hotbed for football. But unfortunately north east is not connected with other parts of India. But NorthEast United FC will connect the north eastern states with rest of India,” said John.