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Team India coaching contracts to come into effect from September 5 – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: While the Indian selectors — led by MSK Prasad — shortlisted the candidates for Team India‘s support staff on August 22, their contracts will begin from September 5 and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) is expected to give the go-ahead by then. While Bharat Arun (bowling coach) and R Sridhar (fielding coach) have been re-appointed, former national selector Vikram Rathour comes in to join the support staff as the new batting coach, replacing Sanjay Bangar. Like chief coach Ravi Shastri, the support staff will also be at the helm till the World T20 in 2021.

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI functionary said that the new contracts would come into effect from September 5 and all the necessary approvals will be received by then. The Indian team is also expected to return on the same day as the second Test against West Indies concludes on September 3.

“The background check and all is done and just the CoA’s go-ahead is left and once that is finished, the coaches will be handed their contracts. The strength and conditioning coaches are currently undergoing their practical assessment at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). So once that is done, all the signings will be done together by the three-member committee. The contracts come into effect from September 5 so we still have some time to complete the process,” the functionary said.

The batting coach’s post was the most-debated one when it came to the selection of the Indian support staff as Bangar was under the scanner for his failure to provide a solution to the No.4 puzzle. His inability to get a solid middle-order bat in the limited-overs format also hurt the team in the semi-final of the World Cup when the New Zealand bowlers made short work of the Indian top-order in helpful conditions.

In fact, sources in the know of developments within the team had also spoken of how some of the batsmen have had to seek the advice of former batting stars when they have hit a rut.

“Without taking names, it is well documented that a couple of the current team players have spoken about how they approached some of the former India batsmen to help them erase out flaws in their batting when they were having issues scoring runs,” the source said.

Interestingly, even before the current series against the West Indies, Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane went to the NCA to work on his game with former India skipper Rahul Dravid.

After the appointment process, chief selector Prasad spoke on Rathour replacing Bangar and said: “Frankly speaking, if you see last five years, definitely there is some amount of improvement but looking ahead with the Test Championship coming up and two T20 World Cups, we thought there should be some freshness in that department, so that’s the reason why we went ahead with Vikram Rathour as the first choice.”

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Jofra Archer: Jason Gillespie impressed by England bowler’s willingness to learn – BBC Sport

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Jofra Archer’s first five-wicket haul came in his second Test match when he took 6-45 against Australia at Headingley

Jofra Archer’s maturity and willingness to learn is already shining through in his thrilling start to Test cricket, says his county coach Jason Gillespie.

Archer took five wickets on his debut against Australia and followed that with 6-45 in the first innings of the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

Sussex coach Gillespie said Archer, 24, heeded advice on his bowling lengths.

“Jofra listens and in the space of one Test he adjusted and was rewarded,” Gillespie told BBC South Today.

Gillespie, who took 259 Test wickets for Australia, added: “The only thing I have spoken to him about is to make sure he stays disciplined in his line and lengths.

“At Lord’s he was going quite hard with a lot of short stuff. At Headingley he saw the conditions were different and he adjusted his game and looked to bowl that little bit fuller.”

Archer, who was born in Barbados to a British father and could have played for West Indies, won made his debut at Lord’s following a calf injury to England’s leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson.

And with 37-year-old Anderson missing the rest of the series, Archer is set to continue to open the bowling alongside Stuart Broad when the fourth Test begins at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Gillespie said patience was the key to playing in the longest form of the game, but was impressed with how swiftly Archer had grasped the need to change tactics from his World Cup heroics earlier in the summer.

He starred for England as they lifted the World Cup for the first time, finishing as their leading wicket-taker and earning a call-up to the Test squad.

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“In Test cricket, you have to play the long game,” said Gillespie, who added that Archer’s Sussex team-mate Chris Jordan has also provided useful advice to help his colleague adapt to international cricket.

“Sometimes I think Jofra’s adjustments from playing T20 and 50-over cricket to the long form – and I have certainly seen it going from T20 to 50-over cricket – he looks to try a lot of different things when you don’t need to.

“Jofra coming in has added a new dimension to England’s attack. We have been saying at Sussex all along that he is ready to go. He has shown that – although he has only played two Tests.

“He is a pretty laid-back character and is doing a wonderful job so far in the infancy of his international career.

“He is buzzing. He is like a kid in a candy store playing for his country. He is absolutely loving it.”

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India A vs South Africa A 2nd ODI Live Cricket Score Online: Kishan falls for 55, Hosts in control of run chase – The Indian Express

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Manish Pandey is in sublime form having scored two half-centuries and one century in ongoing KPL (PTI File photo)

India A vs South Africa A, Ind A vs SA A 2nd ODI Live Cricket Score Streaming Online: Having won the toss and decided to field first, India A have managed to restrict the Proteas so far. Thier both the openers were out for 15 but skipper Bavuma took the team to 75/4 with his 40 off 33-ball knock. It’s a truncated game as the wet outfield forced the game to be reduced to 21-over per side game.

In the first match, Shivam Dube’s big-hitting prowess was well complemented by senior international Yuzvendra Chahal’s five-wicket haul as India A comfortably beat South Africa A by 69 runs. Going into the second match, out-of-form senior opener Shikhar Dhawan has been included in the India A side to get back some form after a wretched tour of the West Indies. However, it was another setback for Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who was forced to leave the World Cup campaign midway when he sustained a toe injury due to a yorker bowled by Jasprit Bumrah.

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PCB unfolds ambitious domestic cricket season structure – Geo News

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LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board Saturday unveiled an ambitious and competitive 2019-20 domestic cricket season structure, which revolves around devising a more quality and intensity focused system to significantly improve first-class cricket and create sustainable success at international level.

The new 2019-20 structure was unfolded by PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani, Chief Executive Wasim Khan and Director Domestic Cricket Operations Haroon Rasheed at a ceremony here at the Gadaffi Stadium.

The new structure will give importance to club cricket, provide the best cricketing environment to young talented cricketers, reward top performers, create employment opportunities to former cricketers and qualified coaches, and bridge the gap between domestic and international cricket.

According to the new structure, which came into existence following the government’s August 9 approval of the constitutional amendments which were notified to the PCB on August 19, teams from 16 regions have now been absorbed into the 6 newly formed provincial associations. 

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Sindh Cricket Association includes Karachi, Hyderabad and Larkana. Balochistan Cricket Association comprises Dera Murad Jamali and Quetta. 

Southern Punjab Cricket Association includes Multan and Bahawalpur. Central Punjab Cricket Association is made up of Faisalabad, Sialkot and Lahore.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cricket Association includes Peshawar, erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Abbottabad. Northern Cricket Association comprises Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Azad-Jammu Kashmir.

Three-tiered, bottom-up approach

The new domestic structure will be based on a three-tiered bottom-up approach – providing a clear pathway for the aspiring cricketers to graduate to the top level. 

In the first tier, the 90 city cricket associations will be responsible for organizing club and school cricket in their respective jurisdictions and subsequently forming their city cricket teams.

In the second tier, the city cricket teams will participate in intra-city competitions within the jurisdiction of their cricket associations.

In the third tier, the best performing players from the intra-city competitions will form the six respective cricket association sides that will participate in the PCB-organized tournaments.

Underpinning the pathway system will be six High-Performance Programmes which will provide quality cricket and lifestyle plans to equip players with the all-round skills required in the modern game.

High-performing players will be given incentives, and their earnings will also increase in the new structure. There will also be three selectors working with each cricket association.

Players to make up to PKR 2.5 mn per season

Thirty-two non-PCB centrally contracted players would be awarded annual domestic contracts at each cricket association and will feature in first-class, non-first class, List A, and T20 tournaments during a season.

The cricket associations will also be free to select players from outside the pool of 32 contracted players on per-match payment.

Each of the domestic contracted players will receive monthly retainers of PKR 50,000 and it is anticipated that a high-performing player will earn between PKR 2million and PKR 2.5million per season in terms of allowances, match fees and prize money. 

Besides the players, the new structure is also expected to create employment opportunities for the qualified coaching staff and former cricketers.

Along with the administrative roles, each cricket association will have a players’ support staff which will include head coaches, batting coaches, bowling coaches, fielding coaches, trainers, physiotherapists and video analysts to look after first class, second XI, U-19, U-16, U-13 teams, and high-performance programmes.

Schedule for new cricket season

Pakistan’s cricketing season 2019-20 will commence from September 14 with the first round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the country’s premier first-class tournament.

A total number of 31 matches – including the final – will be played, with every team playing 10 matches, home and away, on double round-robin basis.

With the commencement of the World Test Championship, red ball cricket remains a primary focus.

The context behind the new scheduling will provide players with an opportunity to stake their claim and to equip themselves for the pressures of the Test Championship.

The first-class and non-first-class tournaments will run simultaneously, providing the six associations depth to choose the best XI for their first-class matches. The same will be the case for List A and T20 cricket. 

The PCB has decided to implement Kookaburra balls in all the tournaments to help prepare domestic cricketers better for international cricket.

Since Pakistan play their home Test cricket with the Kookaburra balls, having the same brand now in the first-class and non-first-class tournaments will help the players prepare better for the challenges at the apex level.

It is pertinent to mention here that all limited-overs international cricket, including the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Women’s World Cup, ICC U19 Cricket World Cup and the ICC T20 World Cups are also played with the Kookaburra balls.

Infrastructure improvement 

To support domestic cricket and provide and improve the cricket environment for the professional cricketers, the PCB has taken measures to upgrade the quality of playing facilities, including pitches, outfields, player and umpire dressing rooms and media/broadcast working areas.

For the purpose, the PCB will spend over Rs 2 billion in upgradation of stadia in Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi and Quetta.

The PCB will undertake an aggressive approach to market and promote Pakistan cricket throughout the course of the upcoming season. More details on the marketing and promotion plans will be shared in due course.

PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani, speaking on the occasion, said, “We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the target of reforming our domestic structure,” he said. 

One of the key priorities of this PCB administration is to enhance the quality of cricket, which will in due course reflect in our on-field performances at the international level.

Ehsan Mani said the PCB would provide assistance to the provincial associations in setting up the structure, which would include helping them in assembling a council – which would look after their affairs – and aiding them in attaining sponsorship deals.

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FIH Mulling to Have India, Pakistan Play Home and Away Ties in Europe – News18

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Karachi: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is mulling to have India and Pakistan play their home and away matches in Europe if the arch-rivals face off in the Olympic qualifying tournament for a berth at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

India and Pakistan have been seeded in two separate halves of the draw by FIH on Thursday and they could meet in the Olympics qualifying tournament.

According to a source in the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), the FIH will soon be announcing draws for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 qualifiers.

“In the qualifiers in September-October, the top tier teams will have to play against the lower tier teams and Pakistan and India which has already won one qualifying tournament could be drawn up against each other,” he said.

Pakistan, Egypt, South Korea, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, India, and some other teams are expected to feature in the qualifying tournament for the summer Olympics with seven berths at stake.

The PHF source said they had managed to convince the FIH to give them entry in the qualifying tournament after paying the first installment of the fine imposed on the PHF for not sending its team for the Pro Hockey League earlier this year.

“It is not necessary we might draw up India but if that happens then the FIH will probably schedule the matches in Europe as conditions are not conducive to play the matches in India or Pakistan,” he said.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated in the aftermath of Indian government’s scrapping of Article 370 which had accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The source further said that preparations are on for Pakistan to compete in the Olympic qualifying events as appearing in the Summer Olympics would be a big boost for the game in the country.

Pakistan, currently ranked 17th in the world, had missed out on the last Olympic games in Brazil.

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Pakistan Cricket Board to announce new team management next week, Misbah-ul-Haq likely to be head coach – Firstpost

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Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board could announce its new team management next week with Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis favourites to be named head coach and bowling coach.

Mohsin Khan is likely to be appointed as the chief selector.

A source in the PCB said that the five-member panel appointed by the board to interview prospective candidates for the team management positions had nearly concluded its work.

Pakistan Cricket Board to announce new team management next week, Misbah-ul-Haq likely to be head coach

Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq is currently a member of the PCB’s cricket committee. AFP

“They will now have deliberations on finalizing their recommendations and it appears as if Misbah is a favourite to be named head coach with Waqar as the bowling coach,” he said.

The source said the panel, headed by former captain Intikhab Alam and which also included PCB CEO Wasim Khan, had interviewed most candidates including Misbah, Waqar, Dean Jones, Johan Botha, Courtney Walsh, Yasir Arafat and some others in the last two days directly or on the video link.

“Mohsin who has remained a chief selector and interim head coach in the past was invited by the board to give an interview to the panel which indicates he will be given some major responsibility next week,” the source said.

He said Mohsin who was keen on becoming head coach could be named chief selector or team manager.

“The fact that Mohsin was called all the way to Lahore and the fact that he stepped down from the cricket committee after an understanding with the board means he will get some responsibility,” the source said.

He confirmed that former captain, Rashid Latif, had been offered the job of chief selector but he turned it down after both sides could not agree on a financial package. “I don’t think Misbah would have applied if he had not reached an understanding over his terms and conditions for the job with the board,” the source said.

Misbah has made it clear to the board he should be given a remuneration package which is better than the ones given to foreign coaches in the past.

Updated Date: Aug 31, 2019 16:18:45 IST

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At Least 24 Killed After Bus Plunges Into River In Pakistan – Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty

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At least 24 people were killed and nine injured after a bus plunged into a river in the northwest of Pakistan, police said.

The accident occurred late on August 30 in the Kandian area of the Upper Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, police said.

All those aboard the vehicle were members of an extended family returning from a wedding ceremony, police said.

A probe into the cause of the crash has been opened by police.

Police and rescue teams were struggling to reach the crash site in the remote mountainous region, which has been badly affected by flash floods.

Such road accidents often take place in Pakistan where motorists largely disregard traffic rules and safety standards on battered roads, particularly in the mountainous terrain in the north.

Based on reporting by RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal, AP, and dpa

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Murali Vijay not fretting over India Test comeback: I play cricket for sheer passion – India Today

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India A vs South Africa A 2nd ODI Live Cricket Score Online: Gaikwad falls in 163 run chase – The Indian Express

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Manish Pandey is in sublime form having scored two half-centuries and one century in ongoing KPL (PTI File photo)

India A vs South Africa A, Ind A vs SA A 2nd ODI Live Cricket Score Streaming Online: Having won the toss and decided to field first, India A have managed to restrict the Proteas so far. Thier both the openers were out for 15 but skipper Bavuma took the team to 75/4 with his 40 off 33-ball knock. It’s a truncated game as the wet outfield forced the game to be reduced to 21-over per side game.

In the first match, Shivam Dube’s big-hitting prowess was well complemented by senior international Yuzvendra Chahal’s five-wicket haul as India A comfortably beat South Africa A by 69 runs. Going into the second match, out-of-form senior opener Shikhar Dhawan has been included in the India A side to get back some form after a wretched tour of the West Indies. However, it was another setback for Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who was forced to leave the World Cup campaign midway when he sustained a toe injury due to a yorker bowled by Jasprit Bumrah.

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Pakistan flag waved in India’s Kerala, over 30 students booked – Dunya News

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  Last Updated On 31 August,2019 08:20 pm

The flags were allegedly waved during preparations for college union elections.

KERALA (Dunya News) – More than 30 students have been booked on Saturday for allegedly waving Pakistan flags inside Perambra Silver College, Kozhikode – a coastal city in the south Indian state of Kerala.

Sources familiar with the matter told the media that the incident occurred on Thursday when students, who were members of Muslim Students Front (MSF) accompanied by Kerala Students Union (KSU) – a student body supported by the Congress – carried out a procession as part of the union elections inside the campus.

The flags were allegedly waved during preparations for college union elections.

Cases have been lodged against students under sections 143, 147, 153 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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