Durban [South Africa], January 29 (ANI): Skipper Javeria Khan will miss the first T20I against South Africa on Friday due to an injury in the index finger of her right hand. In her absence, Aliya Riaz will lead the team.
“The top-order batter had her finger dislocated during a training session yesterday. She was taken to a local hospital for X-rays, which confirmed that she had not sustained a fracture,” Pakistan Cricket Board said in a release.
“She was examined by the team doctor earlier in the day after which the decision to rest her in the first match of the three-T20I series was taken,” it added.
The PCB medical panel will continue to monitor Javeria’s progress in the lead-up to the second T20I, which will be played on Sunday.
On Thursday, Javeria said that her side is well equipped to challenge the hosts in their conditions.
“It is a new series and presents us an opportunity to bounce back on the tour. We have some exciting cricketers in our ranks who can leave a mark and they are eager to make the most of this series,” Javeria had said in an official PCB release.
“All-rounders Nida Dar and Aliya Riaz have been in good form and their ability to hit the ball hard and contribute with the ball in the crucial middle overs provide good balance to the side. Diana Baig, who is on her first tour of South Africa, turned out to be the most successful bowler in the ODI series, which is a good sign for us and the presence of Aiman Anwar provides depth to our pace bowling department,” she had added.
Pakistan will look to start the T20I series with a fresh mindset after losing the ODI series 3-0. (ANI)
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Pravin Jadhav, Deepika Kumari in Indian archery team for Tokyo Olympics
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): Three in men’s recurve Pravin Jadhav, Atanu Das, and Tarundeep Rai and three in women’s recurve Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat, and Komolika Bari have made to the Indian Archery team for the Tokyo Olympics after the final selection trial (Trial 3) concluded on Monday at the Army Sports Institute in Pune.
The selection for the Olympic team on a points system took into consideration the scores of Trial 2 that took place in November 2020, the scores of this trial, and whether the archer had won an Olympic quota.
The men’s recurve team comprising of the above three archers had already won a quota at the 2019 Archery World Championships that were held in the Netherlands after winning a silver medal.
By winning this quota, they were eligible for single athlete quotas in the men’s individual recurve event as well.
Pravin Jadhav topped the trial held on Monday and was also in the overall first place, with this he will be playing his first-ever Olympics. Atanu Das came second while Tarundeep Rai finished overall third across all three criteria.
Tarundeep is a two-time former Olympian having represented India in 2004 and 2012 and will be playing his third Olympics in Tokyo.
Atanu Das who will be playing in his second Olympics after 2016, said, “I am very happy with the way the trial went and I am now confirmed for the Olympics. Have gone through a long process between the 2016 Olympics to now and have realised that the mental aspect of the game is very important. I am looking forward to perform at my best in both the individual and team events in Tokyo.”
Deepika Kumari who has already won an Olympic quota at the 2019 Asian Archery Championships, topped today’s trial. This will be Deepika’s third Olympics after 2012 and 2016. Ankita Bhakat came second while Komolika Bari came overall third.
The women’s recurve team is yet to win an Olympic quota and they will get an opportunity at the Final Team Qualification event scheduled to take place in Paris from June 18-21.
The trio of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komolika Bari will represent India at that event and if they earn the quota will go on to represent India at the Olympics following the results of today’s trial. (ANI)
Sathiyan, Sharath, Batra advance to 2nd round of WTT Star Contender Doha
Doha [Qatar], March 8 (ANI): Ace paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, and Manika Batra started their campaign at the WTT Star Contender Doha on a winning note and progressed into the second round of their respective singles categories on Monday.
The Melbourne Commonwealth Games champion Sharath Kamal was seen struggling in the initial stages of the game as he went down in the first game against Brian Afanador. The World No. 32 recovered well to gain the required momentum and gave no further chance to his opponent before sealing the match 8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-1 against the Puerto Rican in the men’s singles first round. The Indian paddler will face World No. 16 Patrick Franziska of Germany in the next round on Tuesday.
World No. 37 Sathiyan was also trailing 0-2 in the match. However, he made a remarkable comeback with a counter-attacking display and pulled off a sensational come-from-behind 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 victory against his French opponent Emmanuel Lebesson in the first round of men’s singles event. Sathiyan will now have a tough task in the next round as he is set to take on World No. 5 Japanese paddler Tomokazu Harimoto.
In the women’s singles opening round match, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Batra notched up a comfortable straight-set 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 victory against Chinese Taipei’s Hsein-Tzu Cheng to progress into the next round where she will face challenge from World No. 3 Mima Ito of Japan.
Sathiyan, Sharath Kamal and Batra have earned direct entries into the singles draw in the tournament. The second-round matches will take place on Tuesday.
Earlier in the first qualifying round of men’s singles, Anthony Amalraj suffered a 6-11, 11-9, 3-11, 7-11 defeat against Mizuki Oikawa of Japan while Harmeet Desai lost to Ukraine’s Yevhen Pryshchepa with 10-12, 9-11, 11-13, 9-11 scoreline. While in the women’s singles qualifiers, Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ahyika Mukherjee couldn’t progress into the third round. Sutirtha lost the hard-fought match 11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 9-11, 9-11 to Hayeong Kim of Korea andAyhika suffered a 5-11, 11-13, 7-11 loss against Irina Ciobanu of Romania. (ANI)
Various roles for CSK in IPL 2020 made me better player: Sam Curran
Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], March 8 (ANI): England all-rounder Sam Curran feels his experience of playing different roles in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will help him in the upcoming T20 series against India.
Curran played all 14 games for CSK in the IPL 2020 and was the key player for the former champions. While the all-rounder scored 186 runs in last year’s IPL, he scalped 13 wickets at an average of 26.46.
The English all-rounder feels his stint with CSK has helped him become a much better player and the upcoming IPL will also be a perfect platform to prepare for the T20 World Cup scheduled later this.
“I have actually said before, I definitely feel I came back as a much better player from IPL last year in Dubai as I did various roles for CSK, got challenged in many different ways which I really enjoyed and I think it has benefited my game,” Curran said in a virtual press conference.
“Fantastic tournament, players love playing in, great crowds and India is an amazing place to play cricket. It’s great as a player to be in playing in IPL, especially with that T20 World Cup in India. It will be great preparation for us and I am really looking forward to it,” he added.
The 22-year-old cricketer will implement certain things in his game which learned during his stint with CSK in 2020.
“In IPL, you play against such quality international players and such quality oppositions. It’s nothing better than game time and in games where you under pressure, chasing targets, you defend targets. It’s a great tournament you love winning,” Curran said
“There are things I have learned in IPL that I will hopefully bring into the English setup but then again there are things in the English setup that I will bring into the IPL. They both complement each other,” he added.
India and England will face each other in the first T20I on Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
“It’s great to be in the team if I do play on Friday, whatever role is given to me by coach and captain I will try and do my best. That’s what I pride myself on. I feel like I can adjust to different situations,” said Curran.
“So wherever I bat or ball and things like that, I will be going out there and show different skills of my game. Hopefully, I am in the team on Friday and it will be a great opportunity for me to cement my spot for the T20Is,” he added. (ANI)
Emily Ramsey joins West Ham United Women from Manchester United on loan
London [UK], March 8 (ANI): Emily Ramsey has joined West Ham United Women’s team until the end of the 2020/21 season, the club announced.
The club said that Ramsey has joined on an emergency loan basis after Mackenzie Arnold sustained an injury in training last week.
“West Ham United Women are pleased to formally announce the loan signing of Emily Ramsey until the end of the 2020/21 season,” the club said in a statement.
“The 20-year-old goalkeeper joins us on an emergency loan basis from Manchester United after Mackenzie Arnold sustained an injury in training last week,” it added.
Ramsey spent seven years at United’s centre of excellence before joining Liverpool in 2017. The England U21 international went on to rejoin the Red Devils for their inaugural season in the FA Women’s Super League and has since played two times for her hometown club.
She has also spent time out on loan at Sheffield United and represented England at U17 and U19 level.
“Everyone at West Ham United would like to welcome Emily to east London and wish her the best of luck for her time in Claret and Blue,” the statement read. (ANI)
Sam Curran defends England’s rotation policy, says he’s raring to go for T20Is
Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], March 8 (ANI): While former cricketers raised question over England’s rotation policy, all-rounder Sam Curran feels the rest given to a player is important as living in a bio-secure bubble is tough.
In the recently concluded Test series against India, England’s rotation policy came under severe criticism and the side has been accused of not prioritising the India Test series.
The rotation policy saw Jonny Bairstow being rested for the first two Tests against India, and he was a shadow of himself in the next two Tests that he played, as he joined Shane Warne in the list at the second spot for recording most ducks against India.
But Curran admitted that he feels refreshed for the white-ball series against India and the rest given to him has made the all-rounder raring to go for the upcoming T20Is.
“Definitely there has been a lot of stuff spoken about it (rotation policy). So I think as a player it’s been greatly beneficial, the bubbles are really tough from a players perspective. Being away for long periods, it’s nice coming back and I do feel really refreshed and raring to go for this white-ball series,” said Curran in a virtual press conference on Monday.
“I think it’s gonna be a great series and like you said there have been various players who had their break and I am sure guys might say similar things. One reacts to bubble in different ways and that’s why I think ECB has allowed us to get out and come back. It’s about keeping us mentally and physically fresh in that aspect. I appreciate the break that I was given,” he added.
Curran highlighted the long terms benefit of rotation policy while pointing out the big summer England is going to witness later this year.
“You have to look at the broader aspect, like there is a T20 World Cup, the Ashes, the big India summer when they tour England and obviously New Zealand’s Test now,” said Curran.
“I think it’s a really busy period and England are making sure they get it right in the long term, like to make sure we are playing a lot of cricket and not burning out at the same time,” he added.
India and England will face each other in the first T20I on Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
“Really nice to be back in India, obviously a great place to play cricket. I left Sri Lanka, had my break and it was nice to get home and see my family and loved ones. The travel issues extended my break a little bit. Really excited to be in India again,” said Curran.
Earlier, England head coach Chris Silverwood suggested that visitors might look to continue the rotation policy in the Ashes which is scheduled for later this year. (ANI)
Man City are too far ahead: Solskjaer plays down title race revival after win
Manchester [UK], March 8 (ANI): Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down the talks regarding the late Premier League title push after his team defeated Manchester City.
Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw gave Manchester United a 2-0 victory against Manchester City on Sunday which ended the leaders’ 15-match winning run in the Premier League. With this, Manchester City remain at the top of the Premier League table with 65 points while Manchester United are now second on the table with 54 points.
While Solskjaer is delighted with the victory, he insisted that Pep Guardiola’s side is “too far ahead”.
“We just take one game at a time. City are too far ahead for us to think we can catch them. Last year we caught 15 points up on Leicester, but City are a different proposition,” Goal.com quoted Solskjaer as saying.
“Even today they put us under so much pressure you could see we were playing against a very good team. When you come away with a 2-0 win and another clean sheet and a performance like this then you are delighted,” he added.
During the match, Manchester United got off to a flying start and took the lead thanks to a second-minute penalty from Fernandes, awarded after Gabriel Jesus had fouled Anthony Martial. Manchester City threatened after the break but Manchester United defended well to maintain their lead.
Shaw doubled Manchester United’s lead in the 50th minute and with this, Solskjaer’s side sealed a 2-0 win in the match. (ANI)
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