New Delhi: Indian opener Murali Vijay has signed for English county side Essex for the last three games of the County Championship season 2018. The stylish opener has been suffering from a poor run of form and desperately wants to work on his overseas batting technique. “I was here with the India side about a month ago and saw first-hand just how good the crowd is. I can’t wait to play for Essex and hopefully win some matches.”ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018: Indian cricket team’s home base shifted; venue changedThe 34-year-old was dropped from the Indian playing XI following a dismal show in the first two Tests against England. Pundits and fans were calling to bench him after the first Test but his fate was sealed after he registered a pair in the Lord’s Test. Vijay joins Essex as a replacement for Australian seamer Peter Siddle.ALSO READ: Eng vs Ind 5th Test, Day 2: Check full scorecard as hosts dominate“We’re delighted that Murali has chosen to come here, he’s a great batsman who can score runs at the top of the order,” Essex’s head coach Anthony McGrath said.“Vijay’s run-scoring ability means he can be the difference-maker in a game, and that skill is something we were looking to bring in towards the end of the season and something that we’re excited about,” he added.Vijay has represented India in 59 Tests, scoring 3933 runs with an average of 39.33. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Cricket News Nathan McCullum declared dead on social media, former New Zealand cricketer says he is aliveCricket News Nathan McCullum declared dead on social media, former New Zealand cricketer says he is alive
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The cricket page had said, “Nathan Leslie McCullum (born September 1, 1980) is a former New Zealand international cricketer, who represented New Zealand in Twenty20 international and One Day Internationals. This evening, his wife Vannessa announced that he had passed away. RIP NATHAN.” For a brief moment, even the Wikipedia page of the player was updated with the announcement that Nathan had died.Read More |Virat Kohli’s advocacy of Test cricket great for future: David Gower Following all the uproar, Nathan posted one more update where he was seen throwing the first pitch for the Tuatara’s final game of their Australian Baseball League series against Canberra at McLeod Park in West Auckland.McCullum brothers and their contribution to New ZealandNathan announced his retirement from international cricket at the end of the 2015 season. The 38-year-old has played 84 One-Day Internationals and 61 Twenty20 internationals for his country, having made his debut in 2007.On the other hand, his brother Brendon has created several records for New Zealand. He is the only cricketer to play 100 consecutive Tests and holds the record for the fastest century in Tests, which he achieved off 54 balls against Australia in Christchurch in 2016. Brendon is the only New Zealand player to hit a triple century in Tests and he achieved this milestone against India at the Basin Reserve in 2014. The younger McCullum almost led New Zealand to glory in the 2015 World Cup but they lost the final to Australia at the MCG. New Delhi: For a brief moment on December 1, former New Zealand player Nathan McCullum, the brother of former Blackcaps captain Brendon McCullum, was announced dead on social media. A cricket page titled ‘New Zealand Cricket FanHub’ announced the news on their Facebook handle and it spread like wildfire, prompting anxious calls from friends of the all-rounder. However, Nathan brushed the rumours by posting an update on his Twitter handle where he was celebrating with his friends. It read, “I am alive and kicking more than ever before. Not sure where this news has come from but this is fake. Love you all.”Read More |Kohli focused only on cricket, not on confrontations vs Australia The news did not go down well with Brendon, who posted an angry update on his Twitter handle. Brendon, currently playing for the Rajputs team in the T10 League, said, “Tonight someone decided, via social media to release that my brother passed away! I am on a flight back to NZ and my heart broke! None of it is true! Whoever put this out there, I’ll find you! Somewhere, somehow.”
ICC World Cup India’s World Cup moments: 1979 edition the height of ignominy with Sri Lanka lossICC World Cup India’s World Cup moments: 1979 edition the height of ignominy with Sri Lanka loss
India looked to end their World Cup on a high against Sri Lanka, who was the associate nation at that time in the world of cricket. However, Sri Lanka chose to stake their place in the history books and they pulled off a major heist. Fifties from Sunil Wettimuny, Roy Dias and Duleep Mendis helped Sri Lanka reach 238/5. Somachandra de Silva and Tony Opatha picked up three wickets apiece as Sri Lanka secured a famous 47-run win in Manchester.Following their exit from the World Cup, things got worse for India in the four-Test series against England. The first Test in Birmingham was won by England with a margin of an innings and 83 runs. David Gower’s double century and sparkling 155 from Geoff Boycott and a five-wicket haul from Ian Botham gave England a big win. After the next two Tests were drawn, India was left chasing a target of 438 but Sunil Gavaskar’s epic 221 almost helped India achieve the impossible but they fell nine runs short.India’s 1979 tour started off in disaster, but it ended in an almost glorious heist. India lost for the first time to Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup.India lost the four-match Test series 1-0.India had lost five out of six games in the 1975 and 1979 World Cup. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India’s tour to England for the 1979 World Cup and the subsequent four-Test series was a total disaster. The team was criticised for having a wrong team composition, picking very few bowlers and loading the side with batsmen. There were apparent reports of a rift within the team, with Sunil Gavaskar being dumped as captain and Srinivas Venkataraghavan being appointed as the skipper of the team. The tensions in the dressing room combined with questions over the composition of the side was a recipe for disaster. And in 1979, it was indeed a disaster. India was paired with West Indies, New Zealand and Sri Lanka in their group and they stumbled in the very beginning.In the first match against West Indies at Birmingham, Gundappa Viswanathan scored 75 but Michael Holding picked up 4/33 to bowl India out for 190. In response, Gordon Greenidge blasted 106 and his partnership of 138 helped West Indies win by nine wickets. In the next game against New Zealand, a spirited show from the bowlers, led by Sir Richard Hadlee, Lance Cairns and Brian McKechnie helped them bowl India out for 182. Bruce Edgar’s brilliant 84 and aggressive knocks from John Wright and Glenn Turner gave New Zealand an eight-wicket win.
Cricket News Bangladesh Secure Tense Last Over Win Vs Zimbabwe, 19-Year-Old Afif Hossain Hits FiftyCricket News Bangladesh Secure Tense Last Over Win Vs Zimbabwe, 19-Year-Old Afif Hossain Hits Fifty
Bangladesh lost the one-off Test to Afghanistan.Afif Hossain slammed his maiden fifty in just his 2nd T20I.Ryan Burl also hit his maiden fifty but Zimbabwe lost by three wickets. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: At 60/6 in the 10th over in pursuit of 145, Bangladesh’s poor form looked set to be prolonged. Zimbabwe, who were playing their first game since being handed a suspension by the ICC for political interference in their cricket board, were in with a great chance to secure a win. However, 19-year-old Afif Hossain smashed his maiden fifty and shared an 82-run stand for the seventh wicket to boost Bangladesh and give them a tense three-wicket win in the final over to give Shakib Al Hasan’s side something to cheer after their 224-run loss to Afghanistan in the one-off Test. The match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur was delayed due to heavy rain and after a lot of hardwork on the outfield, the match was reduced to 18 overs per side. Bangladesh chose to bowl and they struck early when Taijul Islam removed the dangerous Brendan Taylor cheaply. Hamilton Masakadza, who will announce his retirement from all forms of cricket after the end of this tournament, looked good during his knock of 34. However, in the middle overs, Zimbabwe lost four wickets for 12 runs and it required a partnership of 81 between Ryan Burl and Tinotenda Mutombodzi. After starting off slowly, Burl broke the shackles by blasting a four and a six in the 15th over bowled by Mustafizur Rahman. However, the 16th over witnessed carnage as Burl blasted 30 runs in Shakib’s over. Burl launched Shakib’s first ball into the stands at deep square leg for a big six and two followed it up with two fours. On the fourth ball, Burl blasted a full toss from Shakib to deep midwicket for yet another six. After another four, the sixth ball was hammered to long on as Burl notched up his maiden fifty.Also Read | Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan: Afghans Thrash Bangladesh To Secure 224-Run WinAfter play was halted for a couple of minutes due to a power failure, Mutombodzi slammed a couple of fours as Zimbabwe ended up with a decent total. In response, Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara took a couple of wickets as Bangladesh were left reeling at 29/4. Sabbir Rahman and Mahmudullah attempted a partnership but both fell quickly and Bangladesh’s hopes were sinking. Also Read | Are Zimbabwe cricketers ready to play for free?Afif decided to counterattack and he hammered two fours and a six off Sean Williams and Mosaddek Hossain complimented him well with two sixes off Burl. Afif regularly found the boundaries and when he hammered two boundaries off Jarvis in the 16th over, Bangladesh had the advantage. The left-hander notched up his maiden fifty off 24 balls but he fell as Bangladesh neared a win but Mohammad Saifuddin smashed a boundary as Bangladesh won with three balls left. highlights
`We have managed to put together a competitive squad’, says Harper`We have managed to put together a competitive squad’, says Harper
HEAD COACH of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Roger Harper, believes the Warriors make-up will be a competitive force during the 2017 edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Harper’s declaration came a day after the Player Draft was held in Barbados on Friday.The 53-year-old Harper told Chronicle Sport yesterday that the Warriors management unit has managed to put together a squad where a number of the core players have returned from last year.The draft process on Friday saw all six teams opting for large-scale retentions after the cap on retention was relaxed for this season in order to keep the core of their sides intact. Such a strategy meant that big-name signings were few and far between.Teams were allowed to retain as many players as they want, and as such, the Guyana Amazon Warriors have kept nine of the men that made up the 2016 squad.Chadwick Walton will head to the Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise this season.The Warriors have retained Pakistani all-rounder Sohail Tanvir, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, Australian middle-order batsman Chris Lynn, Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Rayad Emrit, Trinidad and Tobago batsman Jason Mohammed, Guyanese trio Veerasammy Permaul, Assad Fudadin and Steven Jacobs and Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper/batsman Steven Katwaroo.“I think we manage to put together a very competitive squad. We have some of our core players back from last year, and we managed to build some good players around that,” Harper said.The South American-based franchise have been one of the most consistent sides since the tournament’s inception, reaching the finals in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2015, the Guyana Amazon Warriors reached the semifinals phase.However, Harper, a former West Indies all-rounder and former coach of the West Indies and Kenya senior teams, feels that the Warriors chances this year are as good as any other franchise.“I think we have a good chance as anyone else. It’s all how we come together and how hard we work and how well we play on match day.“What you will realize is that the league gets much stronger each year, with more and more international players coming in… so the other teams are also very competitive, but I think our chances are just as good as any other team,” Harper concluded.The Guyana Amazon Warriors have raked in six newcomers in their squad; Jamaican wicket-keeper/batsman Chadwick Walton,Afghanistan all-rounder Rashid Khan, ICC Americas opener Steven Taylor, Barbados all-rounder Roshon Primus and the Guyanese pair: batsman Gajanand Singh and fast bowler Keon Joseph.In addition, the squad includes the young exciting batsman Shimron Hetmyer,who led the West Indies to the Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup title last year.Jason Mohammed played a big role for the Guyana Amazon Warriors last season.CPL 2017 is scheduled to be played between August 1 and September 9.The Guyana Amazon Warriors squad reads: Sohail Tanvir, Martin Guptill*, Chadwick Walton, Chris Lynn, Rayad Emrit, Rashid Khan, Jason Mohammed, Steven Taylor, Veerasammy Permaul, Roshan Primus, Gajanand Singh, Assad Fudadin, Keon Joseph, Steven Jacobs, Steven Ketwaroo, Shimron Hetmeyer (Young W.I.), Muhammad Ali Khan (ICC Americas).
Toby Radford, West Indies’ batting coach, believes the regionally side have the quality to win today’s decisive game in the three-match One Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.With the series locked at 1-1, Radford is of the opinion that the West Indies must fire from ball one, afterburners maximum, if they are to progress to be the series champions.Pakistan ended a run of four consecutive ODI defeats with a thumping win in the second ODI. In doing so, they ensured that whatever the outcome of the deciding contest, they will remain in the eighth and final automatic qualification place for the 2019 World Cup at the end of the series.Toby RadfordOn the other hand, the West Indies, the 1975 and 1979 world champions, are presently sitting in ninth position on 84 points, five points behind eighth-ranked 1992 winners Pakistan. Bangladesh, who recently drew their three-match series with Sri Lanka, are seventh on 92 points.A series win for the hosts will further boost their chances for an automatic qualification at the September 30 cutoff date.England and the seven other top teams will qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with the remaining four teams getting a second chance through a 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifying tournament in 2018.“We have to come back very strong on Tuesday (today). It’s a huge game for us. We want to win the series against them – we believe we can do it. We have the quality here to do it but we have to really dig deep and come back firing on all cylinders,” Radford said after the defeat on Sunday.Friday’s convincing victory in the first ODI proved only a false dawn as West Indies quickly returned to their unpleasant old habits; losing the second game on Sunday by 74 runs.MOMENTUM SHIFTEDMeanwhile, Radford admitted that a momentum shift in the last 10 overs of Pakistan’s innings left his side with “50 runs” more than what they had aimed to chase.Azam’s brilliance saw Pakistan post a par total. It was the 99-run stand between him and Imad Wasim that gave Pakistan the extra runs and at the end, they proved to be too many for the Windies.The best part about the win for the tourists was that everyone contributed to their success. Azam registered his career best ODI score while Hasan Ali notched up his personal best with the ball.They dominated proceedings right from the word go. The new ball bowlers struck in time before the spinners then chipped in to reduce the home side to 75-6.Jason Holder and Ashley Nurse shared a 58-run stand to delay the inevitable but Ali’s heroics ensured that Pakistan sealed the deal in time.But what will be interesting today is Holder’s leadership as well as the finishing skills will be put through a stern test for the inconsistent hosts.Holder’s captaincy may not be under immediate threat but a series loss will certainly raise questions about his ability to marshal his resources.
CARIBBEAN Football Union (CFU) president Gordon Derrick has rejected claims he is set to resign from the post following FIFA’s announcement of formal investigations being opened against him by its ethics committee judging chamber.Derrick, who is also the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) General Secretary, has, however, indicated that he will be maintaining a low profile as he prepares to fight to clear his name.“No, I’ve not resigned from the CFU. I’ve recused myself until the conclusion of the matter that’s going on at the moment,” Derrick said in an interview with Antigua radio programme Good Morning Jojo Sports Show.“I have only about two weeks left to get all of my defence in and there is a significant number of files that I have to go through. I have to make sure I go through everything to make sure I can have my defence in properly and on time.”According to the ethics committee Derrick is reportedly being investigated for “alleged conflicts of interest, offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, mismanagement of funds, abuse of position and disloyalty.” One such issue has to do with the mortgaging of lands, housing the FIFA Goal Project. The official has, however, maintained his innocence in the matter.“I cannot mortgage the ABFA’s property by myself. Anything to do with football, the decisions must be passed by the executive committee. I am an employee of the association and my job as the (general secretary) is to carry out the objectives of the executive committee body and if I am not doing that, they would let me know and they would fire me and reprimand me, or do whatever they want to do with me as an employee.”(Sportsmax)
THE race to the finals in Region #6 leg of Digicel School’s football competition is heating up nicely after Friday’s match between Manchester Secondary and Port Mourant Training School (PMTC)Due to overnight rain the pitch was soggy, but it didn’t deter the players from showing their determination to win.A small but vocal crowd, which included a few Siparuta fans watched as the two teams played to a goalless first half.Both sides created plays that may have resulted in goal-scoring opportunities in the first half. The defenders of Manchester Secondary had a tough outing as they cleared many possessions that ended up in their area.By halftime the score was nil all.At the resumption of play the small crowd became impatient and urged on the players from both sides. In response, there was an absolutely brilliant header from striker Joel Glasgow in the 57th minute.A corner from the right resulted in Manchester’s first goal. Minutes later PMTC found their range with a defensive lapse from Manchester. That resulted in a perfect past to striker Micheal Warner in the 70th minute. He savagely placed a well curve left foot shot, which ballooned to the net. That goal sent the PMTC players in a celebratory mood.Both teams were going for the kill in the closing minutes of the game. Manchester Secondary missed two opportunities to break away.But they sealed the deal in the final stages of the match. Shane Campbell displayed clever ball skills as he essayed an eye-catching pass to Pernel Tyndall. Tyndall wasted no time to blast home a shot that deflected from the PMTC defender and landed straight into the goal. The goalie was found wanting as he watched the ball sailed past him with ease. The goal was scored in the 88th minute of the 90 minutes regulation.Manchester Secondary will do battle against Siparuta on Monday at Skeldon Back Centre for a place in the semifinals.
Guinness champs Dave & Celena looking to add Cage tournamentGuinness champs Dave & Celena looking to add Cage tournament
THEY recently ended the reign of Georgetown-based teams by becoming the first team from the mining community of Linden to win the National Guinness title and according to manager and owner of Dave & Celena’s All Stars, Lalta Ramdehol, (aka Richie) their focus now is to add the inaugural Guinness Cage/Three Peat Promotions Competition to their cabinet.Ramdeholl, who has been at the helm of the team’s successes, which include the Linden segment of the Guinness competition, speaking with the media said that they are in full preparation mode right now and the aim is to take back the crown to Linden.According to Ramdehol, the team has an affinity with the Guinness brand and because of that, players are going all out to win the inaugural tournament which commences on August 24, at the National Gymnasium.“We are looking to stay as the Guinness champions; we are looking forward to keeping our title and continue winning. We are well prepared and ready for the tournament.”Quizzed on whether the team can transition their outdoor success to the indoor version, Ramdehol pointed to unity and belief as key components that will make the conversion easy for them.“Whether it’s indoor or outdoor, we believe we can do it again, it’s the same team, it’s a winning team and they are capable of doing it again”.Asked whether he envisages making any tactical changes in terms of team formation he responded by saying that while the format is a bit different to that of the outdoor, there will be no major changes.He, however, said that should there be any need for adjustments then they are ready to make those adjustments.Among the players he will be depending on to lead the charge for victory are Rawle Gittens, Keon Sears and Kenard Simon.Over $800 000 in cash prizes and trophies will be up for grabs with the winner set to receive $400 000 and the championship trophy, while second-, third- and fourth- placed finishers will take home $200 000, $100 000 and $50 000 along with trophies.
By Tom RostanceENGLAND produced a sensational performance to come from 2-0 down to thrash Spain 5-2 and win the Under-17 World Cup in India.The Three Lions had never gone beyond the quarter-finals in the tournament before but emulated England U20s who won their World Cup in June.The margin of victory did not flatter Steve Cooper’s side, who were superb throughout and could consider themselves unlucky to fall behind to a double from Barcelona forward Sergio Gomez.Heads did not drop, and from the moment Wolves forward Morgan Gibbs White added to Rhian Brewster’s eighth goal of the tournament to equalise, England looked the most likely to go on and win.Phil Foden, an outstanding talent for Manchester City and the man of the match, stole in at the back post to put England ahead, and slotted in the fifth late on with a neat shot.Chelsea defender Marc Guehi also got on the scoresheet, prodding home the fourth from close range, as England avenged Spain’s victory in the European Championship final back in May.The stereotypical roles of the two nations were reversed, as England bossed possession and Spain looked to hit on the counter, a tactic that worked as Gomes twice profited from half-cleared balls inside the area.Those goals were two of just five Spanish efforts on target though, while England had 25 shots on goal, 11 of which found the target.Liverpool striker Brewster secured the tournament’s golden boot with the header that put the game back within reach but it was the players just behind him who really stood out.In player of the tournament Foden and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, this England side had the players to seriously hurt Spain, almost at will in the second half.Fulham right-back Steven Sessegnon also impressed, setting up the first two goals with powerful overlapping runs, while another major player, Jadon Sancho, was not involved at all after being recalled by new club Borussia Dortmund.Sancho has already made his Bundesliga debut. How long until we see some of this squad playing in the Premier League? Foden, for example, was told by his Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola that he would have played in the League Cup this week had he not gone to India.Are England on the up?It may be 21 years since England’s senior men’s team reached the last four of a major tournament, and the Football Association may be having a bad time of things off the pitch, but on it, at all other levels, the signs are good.England won the European Under-19 Championship with a 2-1 victory over Portugal in Georgia in July, the Under-20s won the World Cup in June, Aidy Boothroyd’s Under-21s lost on penalties to Germany (some things never change) at the semi-final stage this summer and this Under-17 side lost the Euros final to Spain on penalties in May.Under Mark Sampson England’s women reached the semi-finals of the last World Cup and European Championship.Does this victory mean that success for the senior men’s team could be close?Four years ago then FA chairman Greg Dyke said England should aim to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and win the World Cup in 2022.That may still seem a long shot but there is undoubtedly progress being made at youth levels.(BBC Sport)