Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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AB de Villiers

After losing their campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, South Africa will play the match T20 International series against England. Captain AB de Villiers wants an opportunity the series against England.

After succeeding the inaugural Champions Trophy in 1998, South Africa will soon to clinch their second ICC One-day title. Having top ODI players like Kagiso Rabada, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers, could only manage to register a win against Sri Lanka.

Talking to media ahead of the three-match series opener in Southampton, Captain De Villiers said that “It was a tough few days after the Champions Trophy, to go through that phase of reflecting and to hear some of the criticism.”

AB de Villiers

“It’s never easy but I have always been the kind of guys to see the positive in that and see an opportunity to improve. These three matches give me that opportunity as a player and as a captain for the team.”

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De Villiers said that he is in fine touch and simply was a casualty of poor luck. “I don’t feel like I need to prove anyone wrong or prove something to someone. I just want to go play.”

AB de Villiers

Before playing the tournament in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, they had lost in a three-match ODI series of 2-1 against England.

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De Villiers concluded, “I feel like a youngster starting my career again. I am really full of energy and love playing. I just want to score runs again and captain the team to a few good wins. I feel like I am playing very well. There’s nothing wrong with my form. The results are not showing.”

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Anil Kumble

On Tuesday, June 20th, Anil Kumble resigned as the coach of the Indian cricket team. The decision was taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not to extend his one-year agreement and invited fresh applications for the post.

According to the reports, Kumble’s agreement as the head coach of the Indian cricket team ended on Tuesday after the ICC Champions Trophy and also he was not interested in an extending of his contract.

After resigning, the former Indian captain said in a statement on Twitter and wrote that “the captain had reservations with my ‘style’… In light of these ‘reservations’. I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit.”

Earlier sources said to NDTV that captain Virat Kohli was “not ready to budge”, from his position on Kumble and that “coach-captain relationship was ‘irreparable.’

Anil Kumble

The BCCI said in a statement that “The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirms that Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services as the post of the head coach for the senior India men’s team. While the Cricket Advisory Committee had endorsed an extension to his tenure as head coach, Anil Kumble has decided not to continue as the coach.”

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The acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary wishes good luck to Anil Kumble “We wish to place on record our sincere appreciation for the immense contribution by Anil Kumble to the team which enabled India to attain the No. 1 Test position. Indian cricket needs his continued contribution in various capacities and wishes him all the best in his future endeavour.”

Anil Kumble

The situation had increased just prior to the ICC Champion Trophy with the BCCI issuing a press release, asking for the applications for the post of head coach for the Indian cricket team. The applicant who applied for the Indian men’s cricket head coach were, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput.

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For the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team will conduct the interviews for the job by a three-member BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).

The CAC held meetings with Kumble and also with Kohli to sort out the differences between the pairs. Skipper Kohli made it clear that his relationship with Kumble had reached a dead end. It was only the CAC which had picked Kumble as the coach last year.

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Darren Sammy

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has said that the team will prefer to play for Twenty20 tournaments around the world instead of representing the Caribbean side under the current administration.

The players like Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and Chris Gayle have long been involved in contractual disputes with the board and the team even deserved a tour of India halfway through the 2014 series over a payment structure line.

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) selects only the players for their international side if they feature in domestic competitions. The former Sammy said, “I can’t tell a player not to play in a league when it could make them financially stable to look after their family.”

Darren Sammy

Later Sammy tears into his home governing body immediately after guiding the side to their second World T20 title in India. He said that the players “felt disrespected by the board coming into the tournament.”

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Sammy has missed out on selection for the West Indies, he said “The way we structure our cricket, we’re not going anywhere. I’m very scared we will be relegated to be playing against Ireland and Scotland. It’s very sad for us. If you really have West Indies cricket at heart you will have the right players for all the formats playing and helping you get to tournaments.”

Darren Sammy

The Cricket West Indies said in a statement to BCCI that “Regarding player eligibility, since the July 2016 meeting in Fort Lauderdale, there has been ongoing meetings with the players in large and small groups, and we feel we are closer to a resolution.”

“Cricket West Indies remains focused on its role to facilitate player development through its competitions and other support services.”

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Ashwin

Indian senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has become downward spiral in One-day cricket, however, skipper Virat Kohli thinks unfair to be decisive of him given the challenges of bowling on flat decks in the format.

Off-spinner Ashwin was smashed by rookie Fakhar Zaman as he conceded 70 runs in 10 wicket-less overs in India’s 180-run loss to Pakistan in Champions Trophy final. Ashwin got an only single wicket in three matches 167 runs from 29 overs.

When asked about Ashwin poor performance, whether he needs to revisit his plans, Kohli said “Every spinner has challenges on flat decks and every spinner could go for runs. Especially on wickets like these, where if a batsman gets going, it really becomes difficult for the spinner and people are slogging across the line and getting away with it.”

Kohli explains about the helpless feeling, “You can’t really do much as a spinner because you are making them pay where you want to play, but still, they are executing those shots.”

Ashwin

According to his Kohli’s plans, every bowler needs to know about the batsman, “It is not humanly possible to not concede boundaries and sixes. You have to understand whether you made the batsman hit where you wanted him to hit and take a risk, or you have bowled a bad ball. I think that’s the only analysis a person needs to do and nothing more.”

Talking about the decision taken by him to play two spinners, Kohli said “We created a combination after the loss against Sri Lanka. We didn’t want to be too predictable from there on in the tournament and two spinners together did a good job for us.”

Ashwin

“I have no regrets in playing the combination that we played today, and we have stuck to the same ever since we lost to Sri Lanka. So I have no feelings otherwise about the combination.”

Kohli said that the top three batsmen failed together, “Yeah, it’s always a bad feeling when you got out or the batting doesn’t work collectively, and everyone feels bad about not having contributed to the team in any way.”

Kohli lamented, “So yeah, I also felt the same kind of emotions, but you know, you have played enough to understand that your job is done, you tried your best, and then you can’t control anything afterwards.”

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Sarfraz Ahmed

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed heaped praise on to his youngsters after defeating India by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy on Sunday at The Oval. He hoped for the victory to be memorized for a long time to come.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur repeated the ideas of his captain saying that the team has followed the plan set by him and the captain.

Captain Ahmed said at the post-match press conference after defeating India by 180 runs, he said “First of all, thanks to all the media. I think great things went for me, my team and my country. Hopefully this win, everyone will remember, not today, not tomorrow, (but for a) very long, long time.”

“Credit goes to my team management. They worked really hard after the first defeat. They motivated us, and they passed it on to my boys. They’re learning very well, and they’re hard working. When we arrived here, we were No. 8, and now we are the champions, so hopefully this win well boost up Pakistan cricket and hopefully all playing nations are coming to Pakistan. Thank you very much.”

Sarfraz Ahmed

Talking about the feeling of winning Champions Trophy, Ahmed said “I’m not sure how to react. After the loss to India, the morale was done and a lot of credit should go to the team management for the way they lifted the side. The boys have to be given credit as well.”

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“The way they got motivated after that, we played every single game, thinking this is a knockout game for us. We defeated good teams in this tournament. The players did a lot of hard work and that’s why we are champions.”

Sarfraz Ahmed

Ahmed said about the combination of experience and also youngsters in the side, “When big players play, we don’t have to tell them how to get out of pressure situation. The youngsters we have – Hasan Ali, Shadab (Khan), Fakhar (Zaman) – that they are playing their first ICC event.”

“No one thought we’ll perform like this. A lot of people thought we couldn’t defeat India. We lost the toss, we scored 338, the fielders caught well and the bowlers did their job as well.”

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Pakistan

On Sunday, India unsuccessful in picking up wickets the at usual period after winning the toss and elected to field against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval.

Pakistan opening batsmen Farkhar Zaman and Azhar Ali has scored 128 runs for the first wicket on a track that was good for batting. After that, Zaman went on to the field and scored his maiden century and posted a total of 338 for 4 for India to chase.

On the other hand, India was all out for 158, however, skipper Virat Kohli took the decision to bowl on a flat track and said that a lucky reprieve for Centurion Fakhar Zaman proved to be a costly one.

Captain Kohli said “Small margins can be massive but we’ve only lost a game of cricket, we need to move forward and learn from our mistakes. The pitch was consistent throughout; we backed out strengths (to chase).”

Pakistan

Zaman, who has scored 114 off 106 balls, was batting on four when he edged one to MS Dhoni before the umpires checked that bowler Jasprit Bumrah had overstepped.

Talking about his sides chasing in the title clash, Kohli said, “We can’t take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day. With the ball, we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities.”

Kohli added, “We tried to do our best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, we didn’t show any resistance apart from Hardik, who knocks was outstanding.”

Pakistan

Kohli smiles and congratulates Pakistan after losing final match of the ICC Champions Trophy. “I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an amazing tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have.”

“They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final.”

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed praised his team for their outstanding performance after dramatic comeback after losing to India in the league stage. “After the India match, I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet. We played very well and now we have won the final.”

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Mohammad Amir

Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir is all set for the selection for the Champions Trophy final match against India on Sunday, after finishing their training session at the Oval on Friday.

Amir had suffered back spasm and ruled out of the semi-final match against England on June 14th, he failed a fitness test shortly before the toss.

Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood said that Amir was fit but whether he might play the final match. “Amir bowled today. Amir is fit. We have not decided about (playing him).

Amir, who has taken 2 for 53 and scoring a valuable 28, runs unbeaten in an eighth-wicket partnership which sealed a semi-final for Pakistan, was wicketless in the first match against India and South Africa.

Mohammad Amir

The 42-year-old Pakistan bowling coach Mahmood said: “When you go to a final, you want your experienced player, you want him to be fully fit and participating on that particular day.”

“But (we have told him) if he has any doubt he should let us know. At the moment he bowled today. He is fine. Yeah, definitely you would go with Amir, but we don’t mind if Amir can’t play. If he is not fit, then we have to move on.”

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Rumman Raees had replaced Amir in the XI member, who stepped up in his One-Day International debut to register figures of 2 for 44 in nine overs. Raees and other Pakistani bowlers have attacked to England with only 211 runs.

Mohammad Amir

Bowling coach said “We have the bench strength. Last match, when Amir was not there, people were worried about our main strike bowler not playing. But the way Rumman Raees came in and bowled, it showed we have the bench strength.”

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“We have guys who have such skill and such an ability that they can perform on any stage. It is just a matter of self-belief and confidence. I think anyone can replace anyone.”

Talking about both players, coach Mahmood said “Let us see who is going to play –Rumman Raees or Amir. Doesn’t matter. He [Raees] is a quality bowler as well. And he showed in the semi-final on a big stage he can do the job for us.”

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Rahul Dravid

On Friday, 16th June, Former India’s captain Rahul Dravid said that Virat Kohli should keep away from making any changes to the current team for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final match against Pakistan on Sunday, 18th June.

India defeated Bangladesh by nine wickets stepping away to the final match. These two teams will be playing ICC final since earlier clash came in the final in 2007 T20 World Cup when India won by five runs.

Dravid said “I think Virat has to stick to what’s worked well for him. India loves chasing, we saw that today. They have got some really experienced players who have played in big pressure games, they know how to handle these kinds of situation and I think this is a tactic that works for them.”

Rahul Dravid

Dravid added, “People might question why are you only getting 4.8 run average in the first 10 but you know that’s how they like to set up their innings with Rohit and Shikhar, knowing fully well that they have got the power at the back end of the likes of you know, Hardik Pandya, Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Jadeja.”

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“So you know they have got some big power that can make up a lot of runs in the end as well, as long as they can keep wickets in hand, they play spin well through the middle as well. So look, I won’t change anything, India’s batting has been exceptional.”

Rahul Dravid

Talking about the match against Bangladesh and they need in the final match against Pakistan, Dravid said “I think if you get Pakistan chasing in the final, anything above 280, you would be happy. Look if we have the batsmen in hand, and they do play the extra batsman, Kedar Jadhav, at 6 and they have Hardik Pandya at 7 and they have shown that he can be pushed up a little bit.”

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“It will be a case of pushing one of up through the middle, Jadhav is a very good player against spin we know that he does take it on. And if you are in that position, I guess you could do that, push Pandya or Jadhav ahead of even Yuvraj and Dhoni and have a crack.”

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