Padda, Adamson embrace inner Wakandan in win over La Salle

first_img“Wakanda Forever!”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics ‘so incredibly inspiring’ Of all the 13 players Adamson has in its roster, no one embodied the Wakandan spirit more than Eli Soyud.Soyud, who was the only Adamson player, who has watched Black Panther, paved the way for the Lady Falcons with 18 points as if sending a statement to her former team.“I regained the trust I have in myself, the coaches’ trust in me seemed whole because now I can help the team even better,” said Soyud in Filipino.“I’m so proud of Eli, people underestimated her but I never underestimated her,” said Padda. “She’s capable of a lot, and she’s from La Salle. It’s emotional for us because if the school, because for Adamson, this is big, we’re making history. For her, there’s an emotional connection. I wanted this win for her.”ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivingcenter_img Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments That became the mantra of Adamson University when it stunned defending champion De La Salle, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.Head coach Air Padda, who watched the blockbuster film Black Panther the night before their Saturday match, said she saw inspiration on how women warriors protected King T’Challa of Wakanda and she wanted her own girls to embody that courage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There’s nothing but badass women protecting the king, they’re so badass,” said Padda Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “They’re so empowering, I wanted the girls to embody that, embrace it because we can use it.”And the Lady Falcons heeded their coach’s call as they did the “Wakanda Forever” stance almost every time they scored a point. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

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Roque says Vicente left UE for ‘personal reasons’

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving AFP official booed out of forum It was the end of an unfruitful era for University of the East when former head coach Francis Vicente left.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Taking his place, in an interim basis, is the school’s athletic director Rod Roque who had his first match in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament against Far Eastern University Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Roque, who won eight straight titles as head coach of the UE boys’ volleyball team, said Vicente left the Lady Warriors for “personal reasons.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach Francis, I know deep within him why he left,” said Roque in Filipino after their loss to the Lady Tamaraws, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22. “He left personally, he just told us that he would be leaving due to ‘personal reasons.’”“When he said that, we didn’t even bother asking why. We respected his decision. When he said that it’s a personal reason that is what we will say to everyone. Let’s not dig into it.” Magnolia earns twice-to-beat, pulls plug on Meralco’s playoff hopes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Vicente, a multi-titled coach with University of Santo Tomas in the high school division, was UE’s head coach for four years where he compiled a record of 2-45 and those two wins were both against Adamson University.Roque added he wants the Lady Warriors, who fell to a 0-6 hole, to move on from what happened in the past and try to improve on where they are in the UAAP landscape.“I told them ‘we move on’and whatever they experienced in the past let’s just move on,” said Roque. “I won’t change anything under coach Francis’ system because it’s been there for four years.”“What I’ll do is slowly inject my own system. We’ll be correcting our mistakes in the next few days and we will try to improve.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Dennis Rodman wants to ease tension between US, North Korea

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I just want to try to straighten things out for everyone to get along together,” the five-time NBA champion told “Good Morning Britain.”Rodman, of course, is one of the few people to have a relationship with North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un, whom he has visited on multiple occasions over the past few years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingREAD: Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea hoping to ‘open the door’The 56-year-old American also said that the feared dictator was “just like everybody else” and enjoyed “cool things” like singing karaoke. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ “He’s always laughing, smiling, talking to his people—that’s it.”Although he has close ties with Kim, Rodman is also an avid supporter of US President Donald Trump, whom he publicly endorsed back in 2015.“I think if the president even tries to reach out for Kim, I think it will be a great possibility,” he shared.“Things can happen if Donald Trump, if they sit down, and have some type of mutual conversation. It don’t have to be like a friendship type of conversation, just a mutual conversation saying, ‘Hi, I would love to engage in some words and politics and over the history of your country and my country and just try to start some dialogue.’ I think that’ll open up maybe the door just a little bit.”  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Every time I see him, he’s always calm, he’s always smiling, especially when he’s with family,” he told host  Piers Morgan.“We sing karaoke, we do a lot of cool things together.”Dennis Rodman has spoken about his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: pic.twitter.com/mu592c5la7— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 6, 2017“To me, in person, without all the things that have gone on on TV and potentially a war or something like that, if you see him just sit at a table, he’s just like everybody else,” Rodman added.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Dennis Rodman may not have been the most “rational” player on the court during his heyday, but the retired forward is now looking to be the voice of reason for a far greater cause.As tension between the US and North Korea rises due to threats of a nuclear war, the eccentric NBA Hall of Famer bared his intention to prevent such catastrophe from happening.ADVERTISEMENT Kings battle Elite View commentslast_img read more

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Rushdie term British monarchy stupid, archaic

first_imgIn comments that can rake up yet another controversy, Indian-origin author Salman Rushdie has termed the British monarchy and its traditions as “stupid” and “archaic”.The brilliant author, winner of the ‘Booker of the Bookers’, who has a penchant for controversy said in an interview to The Sunday Times: “The monarchy and its traditions are archaic.. stupid… a British oddity”.Asked, then why did he accept the knighthood, Sir Rushdie, now a British citizen, said he had received an honour from the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and it would have been extraordinary to accept something from the French state and “then refuse something from my own country”.The 63-year-old author thought the ceremony itself was a bit ridiculous, “all structured around this furious archaic thing of queens and knights, all a bit stupid, but it’s what we do. You take it for the spirit of it, which is to be complimentary about your work. And I think, thanks very much… We got our medal and left.”The author of Midnight’s Children, who has married four times, admitted that his love life has been in “endless turmoil”.He was “angriest” in 2007 when Padma Lakshmi ended their three-year marriage, the report said.But Rushdie is best friends again with his third wife Elizabeth West, whom he sees every day, and who drops their son “Milan and his dog off for the photoshoot,” it said.He said he had remained friends with his first wife Clarissa Luard too and when she died of cancer 11 years ago, he was in the room with their son Zafar.advertisementThe divorce with Luard, it said, was “accidentally beneficial” to Zafar, because when the fatwa was imposed and Rushdie had to go into hiding, the then nine-years old boy, had the opportunity of living with his mother.Asked if his last book The Enchantress of Florence was based on his last wife Padma, Rushdie said “actually, I wasn’t thinking about Padma,” but added, “and I wouldn’t pay her the compliment.”Born and brought up in Mumbai, Rushdie said he felt uncomfortable when his businessman father enrolled him at a “sport-obsessed institution”.Even as a 13-year-old he was a “cultural misfit” who yearned for acceptance and missed the women in his family – “confident women who took no shit,” he said.At Cambridge, he felt more at home and decided to stay in England, he said.Rushdie is close to his sisters and credits them for his love of the company of women. He said the sudden death of his youngest sister three years ago was “shattering”.Rushdie said he “tries very hard as a father”, but is “not proud” at the mess of his personal life and the “sadness” it has brought his children.He also said that he does not want to make the same mistakes as his own father, who was “an abusive alcoholic” and with whom he had a strained relationship.However, he said his father was “very supportive” when he told him that he did not want to work with his textile factory.Towards the end of his father’s life, he said “things got better”.”I turned 40 in June 1987, and he died in November of that year. He wrote me a letter on my birthday, which was really astonishing.”It showed me what I’d never understood – that he’d read and appreciated my books and was obviously proud of me in a way he’d never quite been able to tell me. That was very important and it was the last five months of his life.”So by the time he died we were kind of at peace with each other,” he said.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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India’s medal hopefuls are raring to rock

first_imgOne week is all that stands between Indian sportspersons and their shot at glory. Gold at the Commonwealth Games has often proved to be the launch pad to greatness for many an athlete, and the strong Indian contingent will be hoping that they don’t leave their home fans disappointed once the Games take off.Mail Today begins this final countdown to the Games by presenting to you the biggest medal hopes India possesses in its ranks, across all sports. From India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist – Abhinav Bindra – to world champions to top rank- holders in their respective sports, they’ll all be in the Capital within a couple of days and will be raring to go. After months of hard training, they are ready to unleash their repertoire of skills on their competition.This list is far from complete. After all, at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, India won 22 gold, 17 silver and 11 bronze medals, and finished fourth in the medals tally, behind runaway leaders Australia (84 gold), England (36 gold) and Canada ( 26 gold).This time, every national federation and each athlete is promising a big jump in the number of medals, with shooting, wrestling and weightlifting hoping to be the chief contributors to the tally.Two more sports that India can expect to dominate are tennis and archery – one is being introduced for the first time; the other is making a return to the Games after 28 years.Of course, athletics is considered India’s Achilles heel in multi- discipline events, but there are those who have proved they have it in them to not just compete with traditional powerhouses, but also stay ahead of them on the track and in the field. The time has now come for the controversies surrounding the Organising Committee and its officials to be pushed into the background.advertisementHere’s hoping that the dark shadows brought on by infrastructure, deadline and hygiene issues will disperse and the glow of sport will be the only lasting memory of Delhi 2010.ShootingThe Big Game Player: Abhinav BindraThe young man from Chandigarh took Indian shooting to an unprecedented high with a gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but his golden run goes back a long way.He struck gold at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 in the pairs event, and finished with a silver in the singles. He went on to defend the pairs gold in Melbourne in 2006. His build- up to the Delhi Games has been quiet, as he has participated in only two ISSF events all year – finishing 24th at the World Cup in Belgrade and 25th in the World Championships.But he is known as a big- game player and one can expect him to raise his game when it matters the most – on October 5 and 6.Gold Medal Forecast: 6/ 10Lady Luck Smiles Again: Tejaswini SawantShe first shot to fame as the female equivalent of Abhinav Bindra – a 10m air rifle specialist who won the silver at the Asian Shooting Championships in Bangkok in 2005.She then struck a double gold – pairs and singles – at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Three years of disappointment followed, with no world- level medals. In this interregnum, she changed her events to 50m prone and three- position rifle.Her luck turned when she struck a threeposition bronze at the World Cup in Munich in 2009 and, at the same range a year later, became world champion in the prone position.With the field at the Commonwealth Games being decidedly weaker than the world championships, Tejaswini can be expected to add more gold medals to India’s shooting kitty.Gold Medal Forecast: 9/ 10BadmintonCarrying India’s Hopes: Saina NehwalRanked third in the world, the Hyderabad teenager has become the new face of Indian badminton. Saina made history in 2010 by becoming the first Indian woman to win two Super Series titles – Singapore and Indonesian – in back- to- back weeks. This performance also propelled her to her highest international rank ever – No. 2.Her meteoric rise started with 2006 Melbourne Games, where she played a big role in the team clinching the bronze medal. She also came close to a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but lost in the quarter-finals. Within the four years she’s spent at the senior level, the shuttle queen has demonstrated her potential to stay the very best in the years ahead. She carries the burden of the nation’s expectations from her but that doesn’t deter her from going for gold.Gold Medal Forecast: 9/ 10ArcheryOn Target For Yellow Metal: Dola BanerjeeadvertisementArchery makes a return to the Games after 28 years and Dola Banerjee will bank on her experience as India look to make merry on home turf. Dola was the only Indian to win a gold in the women’s individual recurve event at the World Cup Grand Final in 2007 in Dubai after notching up top honours in the fourth leg of the World Cup in Dover, England, a few months earlier.The 2005 Arjuna Award winner also represented the country at the 2004 Athens Olympics. That year, she struck gold at the European Grand Prix and Golden Arrow Grand Prix archery tournaments in Antalya, Turkey. And in 2006, Dola returned home with a gold from the South Asian Games in Colombo. At the Yamuna Sports Complex next month, she will wish to be on song like her gifted musical cousins Shaan and Sagarika.Gold Medal Forecast: 7/ 10BoxingPacking A Punch For India: Vijender KumarThe Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist has earned India many firsts. It’s not mere statistics but his technique that makes him the boxer to watch out for during the Commonwealth Games.The middleweight (75kg) Vijender belongs to a class of boxers who exhibit their profound skills without wasting energy. In the ring he looks more like the thinker who plots his every move. Unlike most boxers who go all- out from the word go, he waits for his opponent to unleash his attack and then he scores on counter-attack.Vijender’s well-thought-out game strategy has lifted him to world No. 1, though he doesn’t get too many opportunities to show his class at home because of the fewer number of International competitions held here. The Commonwealth Games will be Vijender’s big chance to do so.Gold Medal Forecast: 8/ 10Table TennisPaddler In Top Form: Achantha Sharath KamalWith two Commonwealth Games gold medals under his belt, Achantha Sharath Kamal must be feeling the burden of expectations weigh him down.In Melbourne, not only did he win the men’s singles title, he also led the men’s team to the top of the podium. The 2004 Arjuna Award winner has participated in the Athens and Beijing Olympics and the 2006 Doha Asian Games, and been India’s top-ranked player for many years.Now that he has become the first Indian to break into the top- 50 in world rankings, Sharath’s fortunes will be followed all the more keenly.Gold Medal Forecast: 7/ 10 Achantha Sharath Kamal WrestlingThe Home Turf Favourite: Sushil KumarAn acolyte of 1982 Asian Game gold medalist and wrestling coach Satpal, Kumar has single-handedly brought wrestling back into the public consciousness.His bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was a surprise gift and the first Olympic medal in wrestling for India since K. D. Jadhav’s bronze at the 1952 edition in Helsinki. The Najafgarh strongman kept dating headlines when he became the first Indian to be crowned world champion in the 66- kilo category in Moscow not so long ago.His form makes Sushil, a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna honoree, the odds- on favourite for a gold on the home turf next month. Sushil has several other achievements in the international arena under his belt. He has struck gold at three Commonwealth Championships and also bagged top honours at the 2010 Asian Championships.advertisementSushil was placed fourth in the 2003 World Championships, but could not do much at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He was conferred the Arjuna Award in 2005.Gold Medal Forecast: 9/ 10WeightliftingA Weighty Comeback: Monika DeviNot long ago, Monika Devi was fighting with her back to the wall against the ban imposed on her for testing positive in a dope test, but the 27- year-old weightlifter is now one of the top contenders for gold. She has several national records to her name and was a silver medallist at the last Commonwealth Games.From there on, her performance has just kept improving and she has followed her Melbourne milestone with two silvers and a bronze at the Asian Championships in Japan in 2007 – but the dope test scandal denied her a place in the Indian team for the Beijing Olympics. Monika returned to competitive world at the Commonwealth Games trials – two years after she was dropped from the Olympic team. She announced her arrival with a gold in her 75kg category.Gold Medal Forecast: 8/ 10Discus ThrowNothing Less Than Gold: Krishna PooniaPoonia’s greatest international achievement so far has been her bronze at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. At the Melbourne Games that year, she finished fifth, but she has put her past behind her and is brimming over with confidence. Says the Arjuna Award winner, “I will aim for gold. I am training very seriously and I hope to peak at the right time.”At the Asian All Star Athletics meet, the test event for the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in July, she clinched the gold. But Poonia is getting a tad carried away when she says: “I expect tough competition and anything less than my best effort will deprive me of a gold.”Gold Medal Forecast: 5/ 10TennisRallying From The Baseline: Somdev Dev VarmanThe young man from Tripura is the first Indian tennis player to break the top- 100 ceiling in singles in a long time. The 25-year-old from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, had an illustrious collegiate career, becoming the first player to make it to three consecutive NCAA finals, winning two of them. Somdev made his Grand Slam debut at the 2009 US Open and progressed to the second round.Earlier that year, he achieved his best tour result till date, reaching the final of the Chennai Open, where he went down to Croatian Marin Cilic. Known for his fitness, athleticism and speed around the court, he relies on rallying from the baseline.Gold Medal Forecast: 7/ 10last_img read more

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Squash hope Dipika pulls out of the singles event

first_imgDipika Pallikal, India’s leading woman squash player has pulled out of the singles event due to mild fever.The world No. 34 had been ill since Sunday and her name was withdrawn from the individual events which got underway at the Siri Fort Sports Complex on Monday.”At first, I did not pay much attention to it (the fever), but when I woke up in the morning today, the fever had aggravated.So after a chat with our coach (Cyrus Poncha), I decided to pull out of the individual event,” Dipika said.Despite the illness, Dipika is almost certain to play in both the women’s doubles and mixed doubles. In the women’s doubles, she and Joshna Chinappa are seeded second.When queried about whether she would be playing in the doubles events, Dipika said: “As of now, my chances of playing in the doubles events are pretty good. I am not in a position to comment on this anymore.” “She is down with a mild fever,” Poncha said, confirming that Dipika would not be competing in the individual event.He remained hopeful that she would be in a position to compete in the doubles events which get underway from Saturday.”Since there is some time for the doubles events to start, I feel she might be fit to play. Let’s see, it all depends on her recovery,” he said.He also said the team wanted Dipika to recover as early as possible.”She is a key member of the doubles team (with Joshna). The pair is ranked second and we are hoping for a medal haul from the duo. We want her to recover fully,” he added.advertisementDespite Pallikal’s pullout, India has a good chance of winning its maiden medal in the sport going by the form of its racqueteers on Monday.Saurav Ghosal, Harinder Pal Sandhu and Siddharth Suchde advanced to the second round without breaking a sweat.While Saurav defeated Uganda’s Ian Rukiyana 11-1, 11-4, 11-0; Suchde outplayed Michael Hopkins of Jersey 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 and Sandhu beat Shopon Pervez of Bangladesh 11-3, 11-1, 11-2.Joshna Chinappa too advanced to the next round, defeating Malaysian Sharon Wee 11-1, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4.”India has never won a Commonwealth Games medal (in squash). We do hope this year we will be able to change this record,” Poncha said.Meanwhile, gold medal favourite Nicol David needed less than half an hour to see off Sri Lankan Damindhi Udangawe.The Malaysian world no. 1, who has never won a Commonwealth Games gold, won 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 against her 19-year-old opponent.With inputs from agencieslast_img read more

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ICC gives minnows 2015 World Cup life-line

first_imgThe International Cricket Council gave a major life-line to non-Test playing nations hoping to compete in the next World Cup.Minnows like Ireland and the Netherlands had earlier been barred from the 2015 World Cup but the ICC, in a statement released on Monday, said its chief executives’ committee had recommended a qualifying process for the 2015 tournament, but didn’t specify how many teams would be part of it.Earlier, the ICC had decided to limit the 2015 World Cup, to be held in Australia and New Zealand, to the 10 full-member teams and in the process, excluded teams like Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada and Kenya. Ireland and the Netherlands had done very well in the 2011 World Cup and their exclusion did not go down well with many.”The CEC recommended that there should be a qualification process for the 2015 World Cup but did not make a recommendation to the ICC executive board on the number of teams that should compete in the event to be held in Australia and New Zealand,” the statement said following the ICC meeting in Hong Kong.ICC president Sharad Pawar had asked the governing body to reconsider the original move. Officials are said to be in favour of having 10 teams, but a qualifying tournament would give the non-Test playing teams a chance to play at the top level.The CEC also agreed to restrict elective powerplays in One- Day Internationals to the 16-40 over period of each innings. The two blocks of five-over Powerplays entail only two fielders outside the 30-yard circle.advertisementAlso, the use of two new balls per innings, one from each end, in ODIs has been mooted. These decisions could come into effect from October 1.ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “Even though the success of 50-over cricket played during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 was universally acknowledged, the CEC rightly supported the enhancements recommended by the ICC Cricket Committee to strengthen the format further, including encouraging members to trial some specific innovations their domestic cricket.”The committee also approved recommendations regarding continuing the research into the use of different coloured balls in day/night Test matches and the directive that batsmen can be given out for obstructing the field if they change their direction when running between the wicket to block a run-out chance.One of the most interesting recommendations was the move to abolish runners in international cricket. It would be interesting to see if one ever gets to see a fighting century by a batsman hobbling one-leg, in the future.Key recommendations by ICCUsage of technology in decision-making in all Tests and ODIs. Research to be carried out into ball-tracking technology and its accuracyNumber of unsuccessful reviews in ODIs reduced from two to oneRestriction of the elective Powerplays to between the 16th and 40th overs of each inningsTwo new balls per innings – one from each end – in ODIsAbolish runners in international cricketlast_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: Raina could be preferred over Yuvraj for Lord’s Test

first_imgMore experienced he might be, but Yuvraj Singh could still be forced to make way for an in-form Suresh Raina when India decide their playing XI for the opening cricket Test against England starting July 21 at the Lord’s.Suresh Raina, also a left-hander but five years younger to Yuvraj, is all set to be rewarded for his consistency and will play on the hallowed turf of Lord’s — an honour that has eluded Yuvraj in his nine-year-old Test career.Lord’s was the venue of India’s greatest triumph outside World Cup when it chased down a target of 326 set by England in the 2002 Natwest Trophy and in which Yuvraj had played a critical knock of 69 runs.This innings came within a fortnight of India sinking England at Lord’s by six wickets but even then, Yuvraj had shone brightly with an unbeaten 64.Yuvraj was India’s hero in India’s triumphant run in recent World Cup with 362 runs at an average of 90.50, to go with his 15 wickets at 25.13 average.Raina, meanwhile, has worked hard to usurp the middle-order batting slot including the revised impression that he was a sitting duck against short-pitched deliveries.The lifting deliveries had threatened to put a pause to Raina’s nascent Test career when he was dropped for the remaining two Tests against South Africa after making 5 and 1 from the two innings of the Centurion Test in the 2010-2011 series.His career so far has been in contrast to the one of Yuvraj. While he has made the most of his opportunity, Yuvraj has squandered most of his even though the latter is widely regarded as more talented of the two left-handers.advertisementTo be fair, Yuvraj never really got a decent Test run, except for nine Tests in 2006 when he made meager returns of 391 runs with just one century and no half century.Misfortune hasn’t helped Yuvraj for it was his flu which provided Raina with a Test debut in Sri Lanka last year.Recently, it was a respiratory problem which stopped him from going to the Caribbean, preceding the present series.Yuvraj’s fine record of 276 runs from four Tests at an average of 46.00 against England hasn’t added to argument in his favour because all these matches were played at home.His left-arm spin is considered a potent threat against England’s impact player Kevin Pietersen but it’s deemed as an additional virtue and not the primary one of weighing in with runs.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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