Liverpool [UK], February 13 (ANI): Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies have been taking big steps and they could be in line for making their debut for the club in Premier League clash against Leicester City.
Davies and Kabak had signed on with Liverpool in January this year but they have not featured for the club in any fixture yet.
“They have really thrown themselves into everything that is ahead of them, which is what a defender should do. Both Ben and Ozan are calm people, willing to learn, and have a great attitude. They are making big steps in adapting to the way we play. Again, that’s important,” said Klopp.
“We have still a clear way to defend, which is important. If both of them would be on the pitch then there are still nine players used to what we have done before. If two players do something completely different then that would lead to a strange situation. It’s all good so far. Now we have to make a decision. We have to change again because of Fab, and now we will see which solution we will take,” he added.
Liverpool is currently placed at the fourth spot in Premier League standings with 40 points from 23 matches. The side will clash against Leicester City later today.
On February 7, the Reds suffered a 4-1 defeat against table-toppers Manchester City and the match was headlined by the goalkeeping errors made by Alisson Becker.
Currently, there is just a one-point gap between last season’s champions Liverpool and fifth-placed Chelsea, while Leicester currently sits three points ahead of Liverpool in the standings. (ANI)
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Senior women’s one-day tournament to start on March 11, 6 venues to hold group ties
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be starting the senior women’s one-day tournament on March 11 and the final will be played on April 4. The quarter-finals would be played on March 29 and 30, while the semi-finals would go ahead on April 1.
The venues for the knockout stages have not been revealed yet and they would be confirmed in due course. “All the teams are required to assemble in their respective host cities on March 4 and they will be required to undergo Covid-19 testing procedures and quarantine in accordance with the state regulatory authorities and the BCCI SOPs,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah wrote in a letter to all the affiliated units of the BCCI, accessed by ANI.
The teams have been divided into six groups and the group-stage matches will run up to March 21.
Surat will be hosting all Elite A group matches and the group comprises Jharkhand, Odisha, Hyderabad, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, and Tripura.
Elite Group B has Railways, Bengal, Saurashtra, Haryana, Assam, and Uttarakhand and all the matches in this group would go ahead in Rajkot.
Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Goa, and Chandigarh form Elite Group C and all games in this group would be held in Jaipur.
Indore would be hosting Elite D group games and this has Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Kerela, Baroda, Punjab, and Nagaland.
Elite Group E comprises Karnataka, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Vidarbha, Meghalaya, and the matches would be played in Chennai.
The final Plate Group is made up of Pondicherry, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Bihar, Manipur, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh and the games would go ahead in Bengaluru. (ANI)
Ind vs Eng: Right shoes can work wonders when batting on dry tracks, says Azhar
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): While critics have questioned the wicket at the Narendra Modi Stadium for the pink-ball Test between India and England, former India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin on Friday said that he cannot understand batsmen opting to wear spikes on the pitches that are offering assistance to the spinners.
He also said that he has seen a lot of batsmen scoring runs on dry wickets when they opt to wear shoes with rubber soles. Azharuddin named Sunil Gavaskar and Vivian Richards as some batters who have batted with rubber soles on dry wickets.
“It was disappointing to watch the batsmen come a cropper in the Ahmedabad Test. The key to batting on such dry tracks and rank turners is shot-selection and assured footwork. It makes little sense to wear spikes when batting. Rubber soles don’t hamper the ability of batsmen,” tweeted Azharuddin.
In another tweet, the former India batsman said: “I have seen some amazing Test knocks being played on tough surfaces by batsmen who wore shoes with rubber soles. The argument that batsmen can slip when running between wickets is countered by the fact that in Wimbledon, all tennis players wear shoes with rubber soles. And the ones that come to mind are not just Indians like Sunil Gavaskar Mohinder Amarnath and Dilip Vengsarkar but also many a visiting batsman like Sir Vivian Richards, Mike Gatting Allan Border, Clive Lloyd, and several others.”
India had managed to defeat England inside two days in the pink-ball Test. The match saw both India and England batsmen failing to shine and getting out to balls that didn’t turn and skidded through from the spinners.
After both teams failed to shine in their first innings, England was bowled out for 81 in the second essay, setting India a target of just 49. The hosts chased down the total with ten wickets in hand to go 2-1 up in the series. There has been a lot of debate around the pitch once again, but India batsman Rohit Sharma clarified that he did not think the pitch had any demons.
“Pitch didn’t do anything, honestly speaking, if I can recollect, most of the batsmen got out on straighter deliveries. We also as a batting unit, made a lot of mistakes while batting. We also did not bat well in the first innings, the pitch did not have demons, there is nothing like that,” Rohit said during the virtual press conference on Thursday.
Even skipper Kohli was vocal about the dreadful batting display from the two teams. Kohli said the quality of batting was to be blamed as most of the batsmen got out to balls that didn’t turn. (ANI)
Srinagar will be made a hub for water sports: Kiren Rijiju
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju on Friday said Srinagar will be made a hub for water sports. He also informed that the Sports Ministry has decided to give a Khelo India academy accreditation to the Mata Vaishnodevi sports complex.
Rijiju made these comments on the sidelines of the launch of the second edition of the Khelo India Winter Games in Gulmarg, Jammu, and Kashmir by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who inaugurated the sports meet virtually.
The Prime Minister delivered the inaugural address of the Games and said that this is a major step towards making Jammu and Kashmir a major hub with India’s effective presence in the Winter Games. He conveyed his best wishes to the players of Jammu and Kashmir and players from all over the country.
Sports Minister Rijiju also informed that two Khelo India State Center of Excellence focusing on the disciplines of Judo, Fencing, and Rowing have been opened.
“We had announced that we will create a state-of-the-art winter sports academy here. Now, we are happy to inform you that all the procedures are in place to get the world standard institute opened here soon,” said Rijiju.
“Out of 100 small Khelo India Centres we had announced across all districts of the valley, 40 are already approved and the remaining 60 will be approved in the next financial year. Ex athletes, coaches can run these centers and give back to sports, while earning a livelihood.”
“We have also opened two Khelo India State Center of Excellence here focusing on the disciplines of Judo, Fencing and Rowing. Srinagar will be made a hub for water sports. Also, we have decided to give a Khelo India academy accreditation to the Mata Vaishnodevi sports complex,” the Sports Minister added.
Rijiju attended the ceremony at Golf Club, Gulmarg along with Manoj Sinha, Lt. Governor, J&K, and a host of other dignitaries.
The annual event, which made its debut last year in Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir, is organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council and the Winter Games Association of Jammu and Kashmir under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
Manoj Joshi thanked the sports department for the smooth conduct of the launch event, and said, “We want to give the message of unity, love, empowerment, and peace through the games in the beautiful valley of Gulmarg.”
The second edition of the Games will see a participation of over 1,375 people, including 932 athletes across 27 States and Union Territories. The participation list of athletes also includes the Indian Army and the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports.
The various sports disciplines include Sprint, Speed Skating, Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, Ice Stock, Giant Slalom, Snow Boarding, Vertical Race, Cross Country, Snowshoe, Long distance running, Ski Mountaineering, Skiing and Nordic Ski.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has put in place a special team of doctors and ambulances round the clock for the length of the event, along with a special team of the State Disaster Response Fund for relief and rescue operations. (ANI)
You can look back on your career with pride: Kumble to Vinay Kumar
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], February 26 (ANI): As Vinay Kumar R announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, former India skipper Anil Kumble congratulated the pacer, saying that he can look back on his career with pride.
“Well done Vinay on a fantastic career. Your contribution to Karnataka cricket and India is praiseworthy. Congratulations, you can look back with pride. Best wishes for the future,” Kumble tweeted.
While announcing his retirement, Vinay Kumar had tweeted: “Today “Davangere Express” after running for 25 years and passing so many stations of cricketing life, has finally arrived at a station called “retirement”.
“With a lot of mixed emotions, I Vinay Kumar R hereby announce my retirement from international and first-class cricket. It is not an easy decision to make, however, there comes a time in every sportsperson’s life where one has to call it a day.”
Vinay Kumar played for India in all three formats of the game. In his career, he played 1 Test, 31 ODIs, and 9 T20Is for the country, managing to take 49 wickets across all formats of the game.
His best figures in his international career came in the ODI format where he returned with the figures of 4/30 against England in Delhi in 2011.
Vinay Kumar played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Kochi Tuskers Kerela in the Indian Premier League. He also led Karnataka to two consecutive Ranji Trophy titles in 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.
In November 2018, he had played his 100th match in the Ranji Trophy. In 2019, he had moved from Karnataka to Puducherry, ahead of the Ranji Trophy season. (ANI)
IPL 2021: BCCI looking at multiple cities to host season 14
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Progressing from the initial idea of hosting the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in one city, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is exploring the option of playing the league across four to five cities. While the logistical part will need further discussion, the idea has been floated and is being discussed by the senior officials of the board.
Speaking to ANI, a BCCI official in the know of developments said the idea has indeed been discussed and while it is still early days, the 14th edition of the league could well be played in more than one city if things go as per plan.
“We are exploring the possibility of conducting the IPL at more venues than originally planned. The intent is to take it to more fans as the situation is moving towards normalcy. The feasibility of the bio-secure bubble and logistics will of course be crucial to determine the venues finally. It is a fluid situation and the health of the participants is our primary concern,” the official said.
Some of the cities that have been discussed are Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad among others.
While the tournament is still some time away, franchises too are open to the idea of having the league in more than one city as that will help to stay flexible with an eye on the COVID-19 situation.
“See, there is still some time left for the league to get underway, but we are more than keen to play the league across a few cities. The worry with hosting it in one city is that the COVID-19 situation is constantly changing. So, if by chance one of the cities picked sees a situation where it gets difficult to host the games, another city can go ahead and logistically it will be easier for the board and the franchises,” an IPL franchise official said.
While the BCCI is keen to take the most successful domestic league to as many fans as possible, the board is also clear that the bio-bubble restrictions will be made keeping the safety of the players in mind as was the case when the tournament was moved to UAE in 2020.
“With multiple cities, obviously there will be individual bubbles. While we want fans from different cities to enjoy the games, safety of the players and those involved in the league will be a priority,” the BCCI official said. (ANI)
We weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be: Schmeichel after defeat against Slavia Prague
Leicester [UK], February 26 (ANI): Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel offered an honest assessment of his team’s performance after suffering a shock exit from the Europa League and said his side was not “as aggressive as we needed to be” during the match against Slavia Prague.
The first-leg match between Leicester City and Slavia Prague had ended in a goalless draw. However, Lukas Provod and Abdallah Sima scored one goal each in the second leg on Friday to send the Czech outfit into the Round of 16.
“[It is] very disappointing. I don’t think we can have too many complaints. I think we have to be brutally honest with ourselves, look over two legs, the better team won, which is a shame. They did a very good job today. We started the game well,” Schmeichel told LCFC TV.
“They upped the intensity on their pressing which caused us some problems with retaining the ball, and [in the] second half, they just went for it. We were probably not quite as aggressive as we needed to be, which is very disappointing,” he added.
Slavia Prague scored both goals in the second half as the first half of the game witnessed a good competition between the two teams.
Schmeichel also admitted that the players are currently hurt and it is too early to see any positives from the game. “I think it’s too early right now to see any positives. It hurts right now, it stings and it will do for a while,” he said.
Leicester City will now take on Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. (ANI)
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