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JK team knocked out of Vijay Hazare Trophy

After losing six out of nine matches

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir senior cricket team were knocked out of Vijay Hazare Trophy after losing six out of nine matches played in the trophy.

JK team only won three matches in the tournament against Assam, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan by VJD method in a rain affected match.

These teams are also behind the Jammu and Kashmir in the group tally as Jammu and Kashmir team got 6th place in group B.

 

The senior cricket was defeated by Bengal, Tripura, Haryana, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Services respectively, heavily exposing the appalling performance of the team in all the facets of the game.

The score-line of JK team in all these six matches displays the grim picture of batting line up which needs to be rectified.

Owing its poor shot selection throughout the campaign, the team has completely failed to play some mature and clinical cricket.

JK batsmen gave away their wickets easily. The maximum dismissal of JK batsmen were caused due to playing lofty and desperate shots. The JK batters were caught out 39 times while 23 times the batsmen became prey of leg before wicket (LBW).

Apart from poor shot selection, miscommunication during running between the wickets was also apparent as the team lost five batsmen through run-outs that too at crucial junctures. Besides that, nine batsmen were clean bowled while two batsmen fell into prey of stumping during the series.

The techniques and temperament of JK team have raised several questions besides the skipper ParvezRasool and mentor-cum player IrfanPathan have been woefully out of form with the bat.

Although, in one of the match skipper Parvez scored unbeaten 71 runs which helped the team to register their second victory in the campaign against Tamil Nadu.

The team combinations, lack of sound atmosphere and trust among the players further added woes to the JK team.

 

Despite understanding the gravity of situation, the continuous experiments in the bating line up has proved catastrophic which further added their miseries.

 

The batting order has been on threshold. Apart from fiddling with the batting order, the team failed to remain consistent throughout the campaign.

Moreover, Manzoor Ahmad Dar (Pandav), who was bought by Kings XI Punjab in much popular Indian Premier League (IPL) not only shared dressing room with the International cricketers but also practiced with world class Cricketers for approximately 50 days, played only three matches out of nine in Vijay Hazare campaign, that too on the position which is not for his forte.

In first two matches, Manzoor was demoted to number eight and number nine respectively in batting order, where he was not able to score runs.

After experimenting with his batting order, Manzoor was altogether dropped from the playing XI for consecutive three matches. Doing further experiments with his batting order in match number six against Services, Manzoor was promoted and batted-one down where he was able to score only 16 runs in that match.

However, fiddling with the batting order and not giving static positions to batsmen can have serious ramifications on their careers.

JK lost early wickets and failed to stitch partnerships which were the main reasons for their batting collapse. However, few batsmen showed some batting credentials in few matches.

Paras Sharma, while playing on number six against Services scored 93 runs which is the highest individual score from JK side in the season while Ahmad Omar Banday, who was complete failure during the tour but in the last match against Assam, Banday made a comeback and scored 79 runs (which was at one point of time the highest team score of JK against Tripura in the campaign).

ShubhamKhajuria, who either opened the innings with IrfanPathan or with Ahmad Banday, was continuously reshuffled in batting order, scored the individual score of 72 runs against Assam while  57 runs against Rajasthan.

Skipper ParvezRasool has scored 71 runs against Tamil Nadu, which is his highest individual score in this season of Vijay Hazare. In previous matches, Parvez failed to deliver with bat and was an easy target for opponents.

Pertinently, Mohammad Mudhasir, a bowler, who batted on number 10 against Jharkhand, scored a gritty 53 runs as other batsmen failed to chase the target of 222 runs as set by Jharkhand.

Ian DevChauhan, the senior Ranji player, who played five matches in the tourney, was not able to give consistent performance and could manage to score only half-century against Rajasthan in the tourney.

Ironically, the JK batsmen have miserably failed to give consistent performance throughout the tourney which reflects the spineless batting line up of the team.

The team fall short to show any intent to fight back or give a tough competition to their opponents which eventually became a familiar tale in the campaign.

While from the bowling side, WaseemRaza was the successful bowler and tops in the wicket taking list with 12 wickets in his kitty while Umar Nazir, IrfanPathan and ParvezRasool scalped 10 wickets each. Parvez’s 10 wickets also include the five-wicket haul against Services (which JK lost) and he remained the only bowler from JK side to grab five-wicket haul.

Mohammad Mudhasir rattled a total of five wickets while the rookie, Rasikh Salam, who played two matches, picked up three wickets. Amir Aziz and Rohit Sharma claimed two wickets each in the campaign.

Meanwhile, the bowling department also failed to tighten the noose of their opponent teams though in maximum matches they were not having enough runs (79 runs, 96 runs, 108 runs, 122 runs etc) to defend due to abysmal performance of the batting line up.

The bowlers failed to bowl in discipline and on an average while bowling one over extra in the form of extras. The bowlers have given a total of 52 runs in the form of extras which include 40 wide runs, 11 leg byes, five no balls, and 4 bye runs respectively.

Overall, the performance of JK team was lacking in all the departments which has evoked sharp criticism from the cricketers and non-cricketers of the state but seeing the result of last match against Assam in Vijay Hazare Trophy indicates, the team is getting back in form and gaining momentum which is a positive sign for the team for the upcomingRanji Trophy season 2018-2019.

JK team will likely face Rajasthan in the first match of Ranji Trophy, scheduled from November 1st 2018.

 


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Zimbabwe cricket suspended over ‘political interference’

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London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Zimbabwe over a failure to keep the sport free from government interference, the world governing body said.

The ICC board, after meeting in London, unanimously decided to freeze funding to the national governing body and ban the southern African country’s teams from international events.

“We do not take the decision to suspend a member lightly, but we must keep our sport free from political interference,” ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said in a statement on Thursday.

 

“What has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC constitution and we cannot allow it to continue unchecked.”

Zimbabwe’s Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) suspended Zimbabwe Cricket last month and installed temporary leadership, putting the national cricket board on a collision course with the ICC.

The government-run commission acted after alleging corruption in the administration, but the ICC viewed it as government interference, which is against the world body’s rules.

The ICC called for Zimbabwe’s cricket officials to be reinstated within three months after which the suspension will be reviewed in October, it said.

Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the recent 50-overs World Cup in England, having struggled to schedule matches against major teams in international cricket as their financial position worsened.

The country first became a full ICC member in 1992 and enjoyed an impressive run at the 1999 World Cup, narrowly missing out on a semi-final spot.

Croatia and Zambia were also suspended, while Morocco was expelled for failing to meet ICC’s membership criteria.

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Time to take practical decision on Dhoni, look towards future like he did: Gambhir

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New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni invested in the future as skipper by demanding younger players and it is now time that “practical decisions” are taken with regards to him given that youngsters are once again waiting in the wings, says former India opener Gautam Gambhir.

There is intense speculation that Dhoni, who has already retired from the Test format, has played his last ODI for India during the World Cup in which the team was knocked out of the semifinal after a loss to New Zealand.

The selection panel will meet on Sunday to pick squads for the West Indies tour amid intense focus on Dhoni’s future and Gambhir said it is time to keep emotions aside.

 

“It’s important to look into the future. And when Dhoni was the skipper, he invested in the future. I remember Dhoni saying in Australia that me, Sachin and Sehwag can’t play the CB series together as the grounds were big,” Gambhir was quoted as saying in TV9 Bharatvarsh.

“He wished for young players for the World Cup. It’s necessary to take practical decisions than being emotional. And it’s time to groom the youngsters. Be it Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan or any other wicketkeeper, whoever is believed to have the potential should be made the wicket-keeper,” he said.

Gambhir said, unless the younger lot gets enough chances, they won’t be able to deliver for India.

“Give him chances for one and half-years and if he doesn’t perform, then others should be tried out as well. Then one would get to know who the keeper for the next World Cup is,” the 37-year-old said.

The cricketer-turned-politician hailed Dhoni as one of the best captains but said it is unfair to give all credit to him for India’s success and also slam him when the team fails to perform.

“If you see the statistics, then he (Dhoni) is the best captain. But that doesn’t mean that other captains have done badly. Sourav Ganguly has done good captaincy; we have won outside under him. Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, we have won ODI series in South Africa and Test series in Australia,” Gambhir said.

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ICC approves concussion substitutes in cricket

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London: Men’s and women’s teams across all formats of international and first class cricket will be allowed to replace concussed players during matches following a two-year trial in the domestic game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said.

The rule has been included in the governing body’s playing conditions and will be effective starting August 1 when the Ashes series between England and Australia begins at Edgbaston.

Decisions on concussion will be made by the team’s medical representative while the incoming player, who will be allowed to bat and bowl, must be deemed a “like for like” replacement approved by the match referee.

 

“Following a two-year trial… in domestic cricket, the ICC approved concussion player replacements in all formats of men’s and women’s international cricket and for first class cricket worldwide,” the ICC said in a statement following their annual conference in London.

Concussion substitutes have been on trial in Australia’s domestic game since the 2016-17 season while the England and Wales Cricket Board adopted the regulations for its four professional domestic competitions in 2018.

Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) welcomed the ICC’s move to expand the rule to cover international cricket.

“Creating an environment where players feel comfortable in dealing with concussion… and are able to be appropriately accessed, is vital for their long-term health and wellbeing,” ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson said.

Discussions on concussion and player safety intensified after former Australia test batsman Phillip Hughes died in 2014, having been fatally hit on the head by a bouncer in a first class match.

Afghanistan’s Hashmatullah Shahidi ignored medical advice and continued batting after being hit on the head by a bouncer in a World Cup clash with England last month, prompting demands that players should not take those calls.

CA sports science manager Alex Kountouris said the new rule would allow players to declare symptoms of concussion that could occur well after the incident, knowing their team would not be disadvantaged.

Concussion is a major concern in other sports as well, with rugby’s world body considering rule changes to reduce the risk of head injuries.

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