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MCC backs neutral umpires in Test matches despite calls for revamp

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The Marylebone Cricket Club, considered the custodian of the game’s laws, has backed neutral umpires in Test matches despite calls for a revamp after the opening Ashes Test was marred by a number of poor decisions.


As many as 10 decisions by rookie West Indian umpire Joel Wilson and Pakistan’s Aleem Dar were overturned by the Decision Review System during last week’s Edgbaston Test. There were at least five more errors that went unreviewed.


Standing in only his 13th Test, Wilson equalled the record for reversals when eight of his decisions were successfully appealed by the players.


But despite the gaffes, MCC insisted that neutral Test umpiring is still the best way forward.


“It was obviously a bit of a focus after the last match. Ricky Ponting mentioned the prospect of bringing back non-neutral umpires and it is something being discussed by the ICC Cricket Committee as well. But the feeling is neutrality still works,” MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson was quoted as saying by the media here.


Currently, seven of the 12-strong elite panel hail from England or Australia and Stephenson said the need of the hour is to invest more in raising the umpiring standard across the globe.


During a two-day meeting of MCC’s Cricket Committee at Lord’s on Monday, which was attended by MCC chairman Mike Gatting, Stephenson and panel members Shane Warne and Kumar Sangakkara, it was also decided to increase the number of umpires in ICC’s elite panel.


“Unfortunately there is quite an imbalance with ICC elite-level umpiring panel where you have certain umpires adjudicating in certain series. But we think it’s time for the base to be broadened and to train up more umpires to get to the elite levels,” Stephenson said.


“Overall, we think neutrality does work. But with DRS and technology maybe it’s something we need look at in the future.


“In one-day cricket we have one non-neutral umpire standing and in Twenty20 we have it as well. Maybe further down the line it can be a thing,” he added.



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Ramnaresh Sarwan feels Windies can give India a run for their money

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While many would think that India will have a walk in the park in their Test series against West Indies, former WI skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan begs to differ. He feels that the boys can give the Indian team a run for their money if they join hands and perform as a unit.


“If we can collectively play well, we have a chance of beating India. We have individual talents, but it is a matter of playing well as a unit. Hopefully, we will be able to play as a team. At the end of the day, once we gel as a unit, we have a chance of winning,” Sarwan said.


The wicket could turn out to be the difference as tracks in the Caribbean Islands have slowed down over the years and the ball may once again lose pace on the wicket, making it difficult for the batsmen to play their shots. Sarwan feels the home team needs to make best use of the conditions on offer.


“Yeah, ideally you would want a fast wicket in Antigua. We have to ensure we play well on whatever wicket we play on. Obviously, the guys would have plans and if they are able to execute 70-80 per cent of the time, we would have a good chance of winning,” he said.


Commenting on the camp at the start of the Test series, he said: “It has been really well. We had Brian (Lara) as well, the way he put everything to them was very simple, guys understood him. The guys really applied themselves in the pre-series camp.


“Mostly we have tried to work on the mental aspect with them. We did not want to change anyone, just tried to keep them in a clear mindset, hopefully, they will be able to take it to the game. Brian stressed the need to be patient in the middle.”


 


 



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Akhtar wants ‘match-winner’ Rohit in playing 11 in opening Test against WI

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Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has backed India’s limited-overs deputy to be a part of the playing XI for the opening Test against West Indies and feels that not picking the batsman will be ‘wrong.


Speaking on his official Youtube channel, Akhtar said that since Rohit was a part of the squad for the two-match Test series against the Windies, it was important that he should also be given a chance in the XI to go out and grab his opportunity.


“I know Rohit has been given chances to play in the Test format earlier and he has not been able to grab on to the opportunity. But I believe he should be included in the team. He is a big match-winner, and not including him will be wrong. He is in good form and he should be given a chance right away,” the 44-year-old expressed.


“When you have selected him in the squad, leaving him out of the playing XI should not be an option. I believe he will showcase his talent in the longest format of the game, he will become a great player in the Test format as well,” Akhtar added.


Meanwhile, speaking on the Indian team, which had crashed out of the ICC World Cup after losing the semi-final contest against New Zealand this year, Akhtar also said the Virat Kohli-led team has recovered well. Earlier, India had outclassed West Indies in the just concluded T20I and ODI series.


“The team has recovered well after the World Cup set-back, and I believe they will perform well against West Indies in the Test series,” Akhtar concluded.


 



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PKL 2019, Bengal vs Patna preview: Battle between Pardeep and Maninder

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In Match 53 of Pro Kabaddi 2019, will take on at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday. In this match, the battle will be between two stars, Maninder Singh (Bengal) and Pardeep Narwal (Patna). They have been the top raiders in the league since PKL 5, when the league was expanded to 12 teams. Pardeep has 667 raid points with 37 Super 10s since PKL 5 including 300-raid-point season in PKL 5. Maninder has scored the 3rd most with 454 raid points with 20 Super 10s. But this season, both raiders are yet to reach their peak performance level.








Maninder & Pardeep – PKL 2019

Raider

Raid Points

Avg. Raid Points

Raid SR

SUPER 10s

Pardeep Narwal

65

8.1

45

3

Maninder Singh

58

7.3

55

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Pardeep not having the same support as Maninder

Unlike Maninder Singh, Pardeep Narwal does not have the same quality of raiding support behind him. However, in the last couple of games the two raiders showed up and garnered points for the team. Mohammad Esmaeil broke a 5-game duck with 6 raid points in the game against U Mumba while Jang Kun Lee came up with five raid points against UP Yoddha and three raid points against U Mumba. Despite those performances, both these raiders are averaging under 3.0 raid points per game which is really poor being a secondary raider. Among all teams, Patna is the only team where the second raider is yet to cross 20 raid points.








Secondary Raiders – PKL 2019

Raider

Mts.

Raid Points

Avg. Raid Pts.

Raid SR

Jang Kun Lee

8

17

2.1

30

Mohammad Esmaeil

8

15

1.9

26





vs head to head

Head to head, Patna Pirates have an advantage as they won nine out of 15 matches while won three.












Match No.

Bengal Warriors

Patna Pirates

Result

PKL 6, Match 125

39

23

Bengal Warriors won by 16 points

PKL 6, Match 56

30

50

Patna Pirates won by 20 points

PKL 6, Match 43

27

29

Patna Pirates won by 2 points

PKL 5, Qualifier 2

44

47

Patna Pirates won by 3 points

PKL 5, Match 83

37

37

Tie

PKL 5, Match 56

41

38

Bengal Warriors won by 3 points

PKL 5, Match 46

36

36

Tie



Bengal Warriors vs Patna Pirates live streaming details

Date and Day: August 22, 2019, Thursday.


Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai

Time: 7:30 pm IST

The Bengal Warriors vs Patna Pirates will be broadcast live on Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 2 with English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD and Star Sports 1 Hindi with Hindi Commentary. The live streaming of Kolkata vs Patna match will be available on Hotstar in various languages.



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