ICC World Cup India’s Test specialists to reportedly play County Cricket to prepare for World Test Championship

first_img New Delhi: The year 2019 is action-packed in world cricket. From May to July, 10 nations will battle it out for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which will be held in England. After the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup, the World Test championship will begin where the top teams will play each other in series in a two-year cycle with the championship culminating in a final between the top two teams in 2021 at Lord’s. With the face of cricket changing entirely after the ICC Cricket World Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has also decided to change their outlook in order to prepare the Indian team for success in the World Test Championship.According to a report in PTI, the BCCI has zeroed in on Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma to play County Cricket in order to prepare themselves for the Test Championship. Pujara already has a three-year contract with Yorkshire and is set to play there again. Rahane is likely to sign a deal with Hampshire in the coming week and is waiting for the approval of all three Committee of Administrators. Some of the counties that BCCI is talking to include Leicestershire, Essex, Nottinghamshire. highlights “CoA head Vinod Rai has already given his approval but Diana Edulji and Lt General Ravi Thodage are yet to give their approvals. With India set to play against the Caribbean in about a fortnight after the end of the World Cup, the BCCI has prepared a proposal wherein their Test specialists can play some red ball cricket in months of June till mid-July,” a senior unnamed BCCI official told PTI. “During the last Test series in England, the BCCI has had discussions with the CEOs of all major counties so that our top Test players can play there in summers.”Virat Kohli was supposed to play for Surrey just before the start of the England series but he got injured. The ICC Test Championship will feature nine of the twelve Test-playing nations, each of whom will play a Test series against six of the other eight teams. Each series will consist of between two and five matches, so although all teams will play six series (three at home and three away), they will not play the same number of Tests.The five-Test Ashes contest will mark the beginning of the ICC Test Championship while the West Indies are set to tour India, and New Zealand host Sri Lanka, both in July, making for a hectic start to the new tournament. The final league game will be played in April 2021, with the West Indies set to travel to Sri Lanka for a two-Test series. Prithvi Shaw scored a century on Test debut against West Indies.Cheteshwar Pujara has a long-term deal with Yorkshire.The ICC World Test Championship will begin in July 2019 with the Ashes contest. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Aubameyang Ends Season as Bundesliga Top Scorer

first_imgPREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURESArsenal         v EvertonBurnley         v West HamChelsea         v SunderlandHull City         v TottenhamLeicester         v BournemouthLiverpool         v MiddlesbroughMan United      v Crystal PalaceSouthampton    v Stoke Swansea         v West BromWatford         v Man City•all matches 3pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck a late penalty for Borussia Dortmund on the final day of the season to finish as the Bundesliga’s top scorer with 31 goals. Aubameyang scored twice to help Dortmund beat Werder Bremen 4-3 – his first coming three minutes before the break and his second from the spot in the 89th minute. It put the 27-year-old one goal ahead of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski who failed to score in the German champions’ 4-1 win over Freiburg.Aubameyang becomes only the second African player to win the golden boot in Germany after Ghana’s Tony Yeboah achieved the feat twice whilst playing for Eintracht Frankfurt – in the 1992-93 season and the following year in 1993-94.Borussia Dortmund’s victory over Werder Bremen gave them a third place finish in the Bundesliga and secured their automatic spot in the Champions League group stage.last_img read more

Men’s soccer: Badgers dominate in 3-0 shutout of Buckeyes

first_imgOne week after finishing their regular season with a 2-1 victory at home over Ohio State University, the No. 20 University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team found themselves in a similar position Sunday.Starting the Big Ten post-season tournament, the Badgers once again took to the McClimon Soccer Complex to face the Buckeyes. The stage only elevated the Badgers to new level, taking care of the visitors with a 3-0 victory to advance to the conference semifinals.The two teams were tied 0-0 going into the locker rooms at halftime, but the Badgers were able to breakthrough early in the second half. In the 53rd minute, junior forward Mark Segbers was able to find teammate Tom Barlow to open up the scoring.The floodgates only widened from there, as the Badgers once again found the back of the net several minutes later when Elan Koenig put in his first goal of the season off a deflection in the box in the 57th minute.Men’s soccer: No. 24 Badgers cruise to a 3-1 win over Western IllinoisThe No. 24 University of Wisconsin-Madison’s men’s soccer team came away with a 3-1 victory yesterday evening over visiting Western Read…The score would remain at 2-0 until later in the match when UW scored their third goal of the afternoon, which all but officially ended the season for the Buckeyes. The final goal came on a counter strike after a shot by Ohio State forward Nate Kohl in the 79th minute. Barlow found Christopher Mueller for his seventh goal of the season to end the scoring of the night at 3-0.Looking at the scoring times, it appeared the two teams were playing a tight game in the first half. But a closer look would reveal dominant play by the Badgers as they out shot the Buckeyes by a margin of 8-2 and were rewarded with three corner kicks to Ohio State’s two. The attacking nature of UW forced the Buckeyes to play more aggressively than they preferred, leading to six fouls for OSU compared to only two on the Badgers.Defensively, the Badgers were never in serious danger as keeper Phillip Schilling was only forced to make four saves on the night and kept his opponents away from the back of the net. The clean sheet was his ninth of the season and fourth in the past five games.Men’s soccer: Wisconsin finishes year unbeaten at home after 2-1 win over BuckeyesThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team completed the season undefeated at home Sunday with a 2-1 win over Ohio Read…The Badgers will look to advance to the Big Ten championship match when they face Indiana this Friday on a neutral field at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.last_img read more

How the NBA is addressing mental health, social justice concerns of players for the restart

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The threat of a global pandemic has meant a lot of people have gotten used to being under restrictive living situations. NBA players are not very different, spending much of the last few months in their homes or apartments, in some cases with their families.But ahead of the NBA’s restart in Orlando next month, players, coaches and other NBA staffers will have to cope with an entirely different kind of isolation that will remove them from familiar surroundings and companions.While Oklahoma City’s Chris Paul has gotten plenty of family time recently, he finds himself soaking it up all the more now as he prepares for the season to restart.“Guys are making sacrifices coming, so you will be away from your family probably for a period of time,” Paul said. “There’s so many different things that come up.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years “We recognize that when you bring in mainly players, coaches, referees to a campus environment, it could also be isolating in different ways,” Silver said. “Because while they’ll have each other, we and the Players’ Association put in place various protocols that require mask wearing and also physical distancing to protect everyone when we’re there, and many of course of our players, at least initially, will be away from their families and away from their families at a difficult time.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, shown speaking at a news conference in 2019, says the mental health of the players has been a concern since the NBA’s hiatus began in March. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)Families will be able to join players after the first round of the playoffs, which should take place in August, but strict quarantine protocols will be in place.The other major issue the NBA and NBPA had to work on was social justice commitments, which have been tacitly supported by Silver and the NBA for years. Players have taken a vocal role in demonstrations and various social media displays after nationwide uproar following the death of George Floyd. While players have been vocal before, a considerable number of them wanted to see more definitive action from the league and the team governors, hoping to utilize resources to help Black communities — from where the NBA draws most of its players.“Us players had conversations with each other, and one of the biggest things to tell you the truth was teams wanted to know where their governors stood on the situation,” Paul said. “There’s been a lot of hard conversations that have had to be had, and I think that was huge for players, right? For players, we want to know how someone feels, especially if you’re putting their jersey on.”There haven’t been many details yet about how exactly the league will invest in these causes, but the restart seems likely to feature players speaking out against racial inequities, especially those relating to police violence. Silver also acknowledged the league wants to improve its diversity in front offices, coaching staffs and business sides of its operations.That has been one of the areas where players such as Kyrie Irving, Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley and Lou Williams have expressed concern. They’ve publicly worried that a return to the court could slow momentum for off-court causes that have been spotlighted throughout the country. Paul and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts acknowledged that there had been passionate discourse about that in the player ranks, which Roberts said was healthy.“The African-American community in this country has been engaged in a conversation internally about what to do, all of us, not simply the National Basketball Association players, but all of us are,” she said. “And the conversation, and I want to underscore that, that is happening between our players has been exactly that: What do we do? How do we do it? How should we do it? I can’t imagine anything healthier than that. I would have been ashamed had there not been a conversation, if the players had been talking about getting back to play and nothing else, frankly as an African-American woman, I would have been disappointed.”Related Articles Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhile the thousands of people who will be headed to the NBA’s campus next month will be facing similar challenges, the players on the 22 teams were most critical to producing the on-court product for the return from hiatus. And convincing the National Basketball Players Association, the vocal union for players in the league, that the proposed campus at Walt Disney World Resort would be safe, engaging and still give them a platform for social justice issues that have recently resurfaced to the forefront of politics was a tough proposition that took weeks.The agreement of the NBA and NBPA officially announced Friday was the biggest step so far in actually realizing the restart, but some players have still voiced some skepticism about it and a small number has decide to sit out the rest of the season completely. Aside from the safety issues related to COVID-19, which the NBA will address with physical distancing, testing and masks among other measures, Paul said the mental drain of being locked down in Florida hotels for up to three-and-a-half months might be the most arduous challenge for the players.“I think mental health is the biggest thing that a lot of us players think of first, right, because although a lot of us always look like we’re all together or that we’re fine, which most people do, that’s not always the case,” Paul said. “Especially coming out of quarantine and a lot of us being in situations that we’ve never been in before, and now we’re going into an even tougher situation.”Mental health has been a hot topic in the NBA in recent seasons as stars such as Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan have been more forthcoming about struggles with anxiety and depression. Paul said those players in particular have elevated the league-wide dialogue about mental health and made it more of an open issue to address.The NBA will have mental health resources available, provided largely virtually by teams, but also with a few in-person professionals, commissioner Adam Silver said. The NBPA will send Keyon Dooling, a former player who has helped tackle mental health issues for the league, to Florida. Mental health has been a concern since the hiatus began, with many young players isolated in their markets and unable to access gyms. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ndamukong Suh seals victory against former team with fumble return touchdown

first_img MORE: Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald reaches second-most receptions in NFL history Sunday marks Suh’s fourth game (and start) with the Buccaneers and his first against the Rams since leaving Los Angeles in the offseason. He now has a fumble return touchdown and two fumble recoveries for the season. Suh also had two tackles and a pair of hits on Goff in Tampa Bay’s second win of the season.The 32-year-old Suh played for the Rams last season after spending five seasons with the Lions, who drafted him second overall in 2010, and three seaons with the Dolphins. Buccaneers defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh put the finishing touches on his team’s 55-40 win over the Rams, Suh’s former team, on Sunday with a fumble return touchdown.With Los Angeles trailing 48-40 and attempting to mount a comeback with just over a minute to play, Suh scooped up Shaquil Barrett’s forced fumble after a sack of Rams quarterback Jared Goff and took it 37 yards into the end zone.last_img read more