Showing posts with label Rahul Dravid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rahul Dravid. Show all posts

Friday, May 13, 2016

Style sets shape in ICC - Mahela and Dravid appointed to ICC Cricket Committee

Kumble gets three-year extension as Chairman; Lord's to host annual summit on 31 May and 1 June

Former India captain Rahul Dravid and ex-Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena have been appointed to the ICC Cricket Committee, adding even more cricketing experience to the list of eminent people already on the committee.

Dravid and Jayawardena have played 1,161 international matches between them from 1996 to 2015, and each has been appointed for a three-year term. They will attend their first meeting at Lord's on 31 May and 1 June, three weeks before the ICC Annual Conference takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Dravid, along with former Australia off-spinner and ex-Chief Executive of Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA), Tim May, have been elected by the current Test captains as current player representatives, replacing former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who has completed his final three-year term, and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, who has completed his three-year term. Jayawardena has been appointed as a past player representative and takes over from former Australia captain Mark Taylor, who has also completed his final three-year term.

Richard Kettleborough, three-time ICC Umpire of the Year, has been appointed as umpires' representative in the committee and replaces Steve Davis, who retired last year.

Meanwhile, Anil Kumble has been re-appointed as the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee for a three-year term. The former India captain was appointed as the Chair in 2012 and will now continue to head the group until 2018.

ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, who also administers the ICC Cricket Committee meeting, said: "I want to thank Mark Taylor, Kumar Sangakkara, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Steve Davis for their significant contribution to this committee.

"I welcome Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardena, Tim May and Richard Kettleborough, and I am confident that these highly credentialed individuals will carry on the good work of their predecessors to make the sport even more competitive and attractive."

The ICC Cricket Committee is representative of all stakeholders in the modern game, including players, umpires and the media. It is empowered to make recommendations on cricket playing issues to the Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) and, if the matter is a policy matter, the ICC Board for approval. 

The ICC Cricket Committee is:

Chairman – Anil Kumble (former India captain)

Ex-Officio – Shashank Manohar (ICC Chairman) and David Richardson (ICC Chief Executive)

Past Player representative –Andrew Strauss (former England captain); Mahela Jayawardena (former Sri Lanka captain)

Current Player representative - Rahul Dravid (former India captain); Tim May (former Australia off-spinner and ex-CEO of FICA)

Full Member team coach representative – Darren Lehmann (Australia coach)

Associate representative – Kevin O'Brien (Ireland all-rounder)

Women's Cricket representative – Clare Connor (former England women's team captain)

Full Member representative – David White (NZC chief executive)

Media representative – Ravi Shastri (former India captain and a respected commentator)

Umpires' representative –Richard Kettleborough (member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires)

Referees' representative – Ranjan Madugalle (ICC chief match referee and former Sri Lanka captain)

MCC representative – John Stephenson (MCC's Head of Cricket)

Monday, February 8, 2016

​India, Sri Lanka set for exciting semi-final - #U19CWC

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  • ·       India coach Rahul Dravid: "Need to bring A game to the party"

·       Sri Lanka coach Roger Wijesuriya: "We have nothing to fear"

Rahul Dravid-coached India will rely on its all-round strengths to put it across buoyant Sri Lanka in the first semi-final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 in Mirpur on Tuesday.

The power-packed Indians breezed through Group D with an all-win record against New Zealand, Nepal and Ireland, before crushing Namibia by 197 runs in the quarter-final.

Sri Lanka bounced back after a 23-run defeat to Pakistan in the last Group B match to stun a strong England side by six wickets in the quarter-final.

The in-form India side is rated as favourite, having won a tri-series in Sri Lanka last December, which also featured England, but Dravid refused to take victory for granted.

"We know what to expect from them," said Dravid. "They have a couple of seamers and a lot of good spinners. They bowl a lot of spin. Having said that, they also know what to expect from us.

"It should be a good contest. We have been playing very good cricket of late and the lead-up to the tournament was good.

"We need to play well, irrespective of whether we bat or bowl first. If we play good cricket and bring our A game to the party, we will give ourselves a good chance to win."

India's batting has been led by aggressive left-handed opener Rishabh Pant, who followed a 18-ball half-century against Nepal with 111 off 96 balls in the quarter-final.

Sarfaraz Khan has shored up the middle-order with three half-centuries in four matches.

Seamer Avesh Khan, with nine wickets in the tournament, and left-arm spinner Mahipal Lomror (seven) have led a steady Indian attack that has bowled out the rivals in three of the four matches. Ireland's 189 all out has been the highest total against India so far.

Sri Lanka coach Roger Wijesuriya said his side's impressive win over England left him optimistic about the semi-final.

"India is a strong side, a good all-round side," said Wijesuriya. "We know their strengths. I know Indians play spin well but spin bowling is our strength and we will stick to that.

"If we play the way we did against England, there is no reason why we can't turn the semi-final in our favour.

"Our batsmen did not do well against Pakistan, but they showed up against England to back our bowlers and fielders. The batting has improved which is a good sign.

"We will take on the Indians with a lot of confidence. We have nothing to fear. It should be a very good game."

The winner will meet either host Bangladesh or the West Indies in the final on 14 February.

India will feature in its seventh semi-final, having won the tournament thrice. Sri Lanka, looking for their maiden title, will be appearing in its third semi-final.

When the tournament was last held in Bangladesh in 2004, Pakistan won the title defeating the West Indies in the final. India finished third and Sri Lanka was fifth.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Rishabh Pant and Anmolpreet Singh steer impressive India into semi-finals - #U19CWC

Rishabh Pant and Anmolpreet Singh steer impressive India into semi-finals

·       Pant hits 14 fours and two sixes in a 96-ball 111, Singh scores 41 and takes three for 27

·       Rahul Dravid: "At some stages, I still feel we have not played a perfect game, but this was our best all-round performance"

·       "Before the game started, we spoke about the dangers of being complacent and we wanted to get a win," says former India captain

·       England takes on Sri Lanka on Sunday in Mirpur, Pakistan faces West Indies in Fatullah on Monday

Wicketkeeper/batsman Rishabh Pant hit 111 off 96 balls as power-packed India demolished Namibia by 197 runs in Fatullah on Saturday to cruise into the semi-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.

All-rounder Anmolpreet Singh scored 41 and took three for 27 in his first appearance in the tournament as India piled up 349 for six after electing to bat, and then bowled the African side out for 152 in 39 overs. The match was produced by ICC TV and aired around the world by 15 broadcasters.

Three-time champion India, coached by batting great Rahul Dravid, will take on the winner of Sunday's quarter-final between strong contenders England and Sri Lanka in the first semi-final in Mirpur on 9 February.

The second semi-final between host Bangladesh and the winner between Pakistan and the West Indies on Monday will be played in Mirpur on 11 February.

Dravid said his team had started to play almost perfect cricket. "I think we have played some good cricket right through the tournament. At some stages, I still feel we have not played a perfect game, but this was our best all-round performance.

"We had a few hiccups earlier on in the batting but it is nice to see that we have recovered and we are playing well. We're playing good cricket, focusing on the processes and not worrying too much about the results and things are going well."

Dravid said he had reminded his boys not to be over-confident or complacent. "When you come into knock-out stage, you can't take any team for granted. Namibia put in some very good performances to get here. Before the game started, we spoke about the dangers of being complacent and we wanted to get a win.

"The focus was to win and not about anything else. I am glad that we were able to put on a commanding performance and qualify for the semi-finals."

Pant, the left-handed opener who had scored the fastest 50 in under-19 internationals off 18 balls against Nepal, smashed 14 boundaries and two sixes during his whirlwind 111.

Pant added 103 for the second wicket with Anmolpreet after captain Ishan Kishan had been caught and bowled by Fritz Coetzee for six in the third over.

That set the stage for an Indian assault with former school-mates Sarfaraz Khan and Armaan Jaffar scoring aggressive half-centuries.

Sarfaraz hit a run-a-ball 76 and Armaan made 64 off 55 balls before a late blitz by Mahipal Lomror lifted India to the mammoth total.

Left-handed Lomror took 24 runs in the final over bowled by Coetzee, which included three sixes, as he returned unbeaten on 41 off 21 balls.

Namibia made an impressive start with openers SJ Loftie-Eaton (22) and Niko Davin (33) putting on 59 for the first wicket by the 10th over.

Skipper Zane Green made 27 to lift Namibia to 80 for one, but the rest of the batting caved in as left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar supported his off-break partner Anmolpreet with three wickets for 25 runs.

"We set a good target with Pant leading the way and then fielded and bowled well today," said India captain Kishan.

"It was nice to move into the semi-finals with such a good win. Namibia had a good start, but we needed to stay patient and once the first wicket fell, we applied pressure on their batsmen."

Asked whether India would prefer to face England or the West Indies in the semi-final, Kishan said: "We can fare well against either team. We just need to play to our strengths and do the basics right."

Namibia coach Rangarirai Manyande, whose side upset defending champion South Africa in the league, rued the inability to grab the opportunities that came their way.

"The Indians batted quite nicely," said Manyande. "They batted very aggressively and did not give us a chance. Unfortunately, we could not grab our opportunity once we were 80 for one and that put us on the backfoot.

"We need to improve a lot. We were a little bit tired in the field and when the Indian spinners came on, we were unable to capitalize on the good start we got.

"But the boys are hungry for one more win which can help us finish in the top six."

Scores in brief:

Super League quarter-final: India beat Namibia by 197 runs in Fatullah
India 349-6, 50 overs (Rishabh Pant 111, Sarfaraz Khan 76, Armaan Jaffer 64, Anmolpreet Singh 41, Mahipal Lomror 41 not out; Fritz Coetzee 3-78)
Namibia 152 all out, 39 overs (Niko Davin 33, Zane Green 27, SJ Lofie-Eaton 22; Mayank Dagar 3-25, Anmolpreet Singh 3-27)

Forthcoming Super League quarter-finals:

7 Feb - England v Sri Lanka, Mirpur
8 Feb – Pakistan v West Indies, Fatullah

Semi-final line-up:
9 Feb – India v England/Sri Lanka, Mirpur
11 Feb – Bangladesh v Pakistan/West Indies, Mirpur

Plate Championship (play/offs):
7 Feb - Ireland v Canada, Cox's Bazar
8 Feb - South Africa v Zimbabwe, Cox's Bazar; Scotland v Fiji, Cox's Bazar
9 Feb - New Zealand v Afghanistan, Cox's Bazar

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