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3 wins in VinooMankand Trophy boasted morale of JK U-19 team: Head coach

Qamran likely to play in Indian U-19 team






Srinagar, Oct 23: Jammu and Kashmir U-19 team seems to be full of confidence and their morale is very high” after registering three back to back wins in VinooMankand Trophy 2018-19, head coach Howaid Hamid said.

“Registering three consecutive wins boosted the morale of boys and they are very much positive for the upcoming tournament. We were not having enough time for preparation as the boys got only ten days to practice and prepare themselves for the tourney, he said.

Hamid said boys worked very hard to improve their game in the limited time. “The supporting staff also played a vital role to improve the technicalities of the players and worked on their fitness level besides improved the fielding of the team.”


Earlier, JK team faced three defeats on the trot, minimizing the chances of the team to qualify for the second round. However, the team made a strong comeback and sealed three victories on a row though the team couldn’t qualify for the second round and the team is knocked out from the VinooMankand Trophy One Day Limited Overs Zonal League 2018-19 on Friday last week.


“The way team bounced back and won three matches on the trot made good chances for the team to qualify for the second round but Rajasthan made it early and won the match against Himachal and made it to the second round. Losing three back to back games made us dependent,” he said.

J&K played seven matches in VinooMankand Trophy 2018-19, in which it lost four games and won three games. The team faced three consecutive defeats against Tamil Nadu, Saurashtra and Himachal respectively.

However, the team made three consecutive victories in the tourney against Kerala, Goa and Odisha respectively. But in the last game of the campaign, JK U-19 team was trounced with heavy margin of 133 runs thus lost fourth game out of seven.

Hamid said the team played “exceptionally well” in all the facets of the game except in the last match against Rajasthan.

“Our bowlers did a wonderful job throughout the tourney. They bowled in discipline and in good line and length, playing a pivotal role in dominating three games. The matches we lost were also very close ones except the matches against Himachal and Rajasthan,” he says.

Talking about the batting department, Howaid says that batting is the strength of the team which they proved in the campaign.


“Overall our batting has remained on mark in the tourney. Our top order played really well and everyone worked hard to support the team, whether they scored 20 or 30 runs. QamranIqbal and JiyadNazir have scored lots of runs. However, our middle order couldn’t click on time due to which the team struggled,” he said.

Hamid revealed that QamranIqbal, an Indian level cricketer, will likely represent U-19 India team and has bright chances to play in the next U-19 Cricket World Cup 2020.

“Qamran is an exceptional batsman, who caught the eyeballs of Indian selectors and probably he will be inducted in U-19 Indian team, which is on cards,” Coach Howaid Hamid reveals.

Pertinently, Qamran has remained one of the successful batsmen while amassing 359 runs in seven matches of the VinooMankand Trophy 2018-19, which include two graceful tons and two half-centuries respectively.



Messi the best in history : Puyol




London: Barca defeated Manchester United comprehensively in the Champions League quarter-finals with Messi scoring twice in the second leg at Camp Nou. He is top scorer in the competition this season with 10 goals and also tops the scoring charts in La Liga, where Barca are virtually assured of a second consecutive title.

Puyol, the ex-Barca captain who won three Champions League titles, praises Messi as a true leader in Ernesto Valverde’s side.

“He is playing at an incredible level,” Puyol told Goal at the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour Presented by Heineken in Lagos, Nigeria.


“For me, he is the best ever player in the history of the game.

“He has shown that season after season and you can see how his game has evolved, all the things he now does. And you can see he’s improving every year with new attributes he has brought to his game.

“He has improved in every way and he is taking a step forward on a personal level. He has always been a leader on the field but now, you can see that he is a leader on and off the pitch.

“He is an introverted person but now you can see that he is leading from the front as the captain of Barcelona.”

Messi has scored an incredible 45 goals in 42 games in all competitions for Barca this season, and has added another 21 assists. They are nine points clear of Atletico Madrid in the league, with only 18 left to play for, and are now favourites to add another Champions League to their collection with a double header against Liverpool in the semi-finals to come.

“It’s been very good in the Champions League and also in all the other competitions,” said Puyol.

“They’re playing really good football and they have the chance of winning everything. Right now it’s great because the best is yet to come this season.

“Barcelona are one of the favourites for the Champions League because there are only four teams left.

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PCB decides not to allow cricketers to take their families along during the WC




Islamabad: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to not allow the national team’s players to bring their families along on the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales starting on May 30.

The decision has been taken keeping in mind the pressure of the tournament, the board said while adding that the focus of the payers should be on their game during the World Cup.

The board, has mentioned that players’ families can travel to England on their own expense.


Additionally, the board clarified that the players could keep their families along with them during the series against England prior to the World Cup, a private news channel reported.

The cricket team will travel to England on April 23 to participate in the two and a half month long tour including the series against England and the World Cup.

Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq announced Pakistan’s 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup squad which left out experienced fast bowler Mohammad Amir.

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Pandya, KL Rahul fined Rs 20 lakh each by BCCI Ombudsman




Mumbai: Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were on Saturday handed a fine of Rs 20 lakh each by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ombudsman Justice (Retd) D K Jain for their sexist remarks in a television chat show “Koffee with Karan”.

The BCCI Ombudsman directed the duo to pay Rs 1,00,000 each to the families of 10 constables in para-military forces who have lost their lives while on duty through ‘Bharat Ke Veer App”.

Pandya and Rahul have also been directed to pay Rs 10 lakh each in the fund created by Cricket Association for the Blind (CAB) and for promotion of game for the blind.


All payments need to be made within a month from the date of the order, the BCCI Ombudsman further said.

Jain also instructed that in case the duo fails to deposit the fine within the deadline, the amounts would be deducted from Pandya and Rahul’s match fees by the BCCI.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Ombudsman had summoned Pandya and Rahul for deposition over their controversial remarks on the celebrity chat show.

The two players were earlier in January provisionally suspended by the apex court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) for their loose talk on the show.

However, Pandya and Rahul tendered unconditional apologies and the ban on the duo was provisionally lifted pending an inquiry by the BCCI Ombudsman.

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