BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Former West Indies pacer Colin Croft believes West Indies could win the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 in India next year. However, Croft said that the regional side’s victory would depend on many computations and selections. “India 2016 is nine months away, but proper planning and selections are main keys for WI to win there, since WI’s one-day international and Test rankings are nearly on the floor,” he said. “Trinidad & Tobago’s Red Steel’s recent win in Caribbean Premier League 2015, beating similarly talented Barbados Trident, tells only one story, that a WI team consisting of several players from that final game, plus some from other teams, could bring WI further World T-20 success. “So, as suggested by the West Indies Cricket Board, let us accentuate the positive, if it exists.” LAST OPPORTUNITY He noted that some of the players have ongoing issues with the WICB and might not even be available for selection. “But realistically, ICC World T20 India 2016 could be the last opportunity for some of this present generation of WI cricketers to win any further world championships for some time in the future,” he said. The 2016 ICC World T20 is scheduled to be held in India from March 11 to April 3, 2016. Sri Lanka are the defending champions. WEST INDIES’ RANKING The former Guyanese cricketer said he was not surprised at the West Indies’ last international tournament win in Sri Lanka, when they won the World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012. Noting West Indies’ ranking of number four with 17 points, behind Sri Lanka, Australia and India, Croft believes it’s possible for West Indies to be number one in T20 again. “Victorious T&T Red Steel has no Champions League competition to look forward to anymore, so Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Suleiman Benn, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Kevon Cooper, Samuel Badree, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse and Imran Khan – from the last CPL final – plus Sunil Narine and Chris Gayle, if he recovers from his medical issues, could be the nuclei for India 2016,” Croft said.
Kanpur, Sep 22 (PTI) Statistical highlights after opening Kanpur, Sep 22 (PTI) Statistical highlights after opening days play in the first cricket Test between India and New Zealand, here today # Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay put on 112 for the second wicket – Indias second highest for the second wicket vs New Zealand at Kanpur in Tests next only to the 114 between Sunil Gavaskar and Mohinder Amarnath in 1976. # The highest second wicket partnership by an Indian pair at Kanpur is 150 between Mohammad Azharuddin and Kris Srikkanth vs England in Jan/Feb 1985.# Vijay and Pujara have managed 1689 runs at an average of 60.32 in 28 innings, including four century stands and nine fifty-plus. Among the Indian pairs with 1500 runs or more in Tests, their average is the fourth highest in Tests – the highest being 67.82 between Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar – 1560 runs in 23 innings, including four century stands and five fifty-plus. # India (291/9) have recorded their third highest total on the first day of a Test match at Green Park, Kanpur – the highest two are 417 for two vs Sri Lanka in 2009-10 and 304 for four vs New Zealand in 1976-77 # Ravichandran Ashwin (40) has taken his aggregate to 275 at an average of 55.00 in five innings – the highest among the Indian batsmen in Tests this year.His aggregate includes two hundreds. # Wriddhiman Saha has posted his fourth duck in Tests – his third in India. # Murali Vijay (65) has registered his first fifty in five innings vs New Zealand in Tests. In his previous four innings against them, he had posted 26, 13, 2 and 7. # Vijays 13th fifty in Tests is his first vs New Zealand.As compared to his average of 36.85 away from home, Vijay is averaging 48.08 in home Tests.advertisement#Mitchell Santner (3/77) has registered his career-best bowling figures in Tests, eclipsing the 2 for 16 vs Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in July this year. # Cheteshwar Pujara (62) has recorded his eighth fifty in Tests – his first vs New Zealand.# Pujara became the first Indian batsman to aggregate 700 runs this year in first-class cricket in India – his aggregate being 719 at an average of 102.71, including three hundreds and a fifty, in eight innings.# As against his home average of 64.29 (1543 runs in 28 innings), Pujara is averaging 33.36 in away Tests (1001 runs in 31 innings). # India have become the fourth nation after England (976), Australia (791) and West Indies (517) to have appeared in 500 Tests or more. # Trent Boult (3/52) has registered his best bowling figures vs India in Tests in India – his second best vs India behind the 3 for 38 at Auckland in February 2014.# Mohammed Shammis first duck vs New Zealand is his fifth in Tests. PTI Cor SSC SSC
Chelsea Conte: Chelsea will ignore Mourinho, Matic will ignore me Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 06:36 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty/Goal Chelsea Antonio Conte Manchester United Premier League The Blues boss thinks that players on both sides will be able to focus despite seeing their former managers on the touchline in the Premier League Antonio Conte thinks that facing a former manager will not be a distraction for Chelsea’s players or Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic ahead of a fiercely competitive showdown between the clubs on Sunday. Jose Mourinho is now the manager of the Manchester outfit but led Chelsea to their first league title in 50 years as well as three of their six league titles across two spells with the London club. He added four cups and provocatively said last season that “Judas is still number one” as he was booed by his old fans after he lost in FA Cup quarter-final.But Conte doesn’t expect his players to be worried about Mourinho in the away dugout, much as he doesn’t expect Matic, who was sold by Chelsea to Man United for £40 million this summer, to be thinking about his time with the Blues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I think in this time, you see only opponents. An opponent. I think this is the right way,” Conte said at a news conference at Cobham Training Centre. “It will be the same for Matic in the other side. I think he doesn’t care.”The most important is to play for your page, to play for your club, to play for your fans. This is the most important thing now. I don’t want to answer this question [about Mourinho] otherwise you are ready to prepare your [Conte wants to be] number one [story about me]. “No, every coach has to put himself in his club and to try to become a really important coach for his club. I think every coach has the time, no, to spend at a club and the most important thing is to try and put all of yourself into the job in this time.“That the club can be happy, the fans can be happy, and the players can be happy with your work. This must be our task. Then, if you are number four, number five, number six, this is not important. The most important thing is to have respect from your club, your fans and your players.”Chelsea can go just one point behind Man United with a win on Sunday but a defeat might make it very difficult for the club to retain their title, with Manchester City already holding a nine-point lead over Conte’s side at the top of the table. Both Chelsea and Manchester United played in the Champions League on Tuesday and had mixed fortunes. Man United closed on qualification to the knockout round with a 2-0 win over Benfica but Chelsea were well beaten as they lost 3-0 at the Stadio Olympico to Roma, with Conte admitting he made mistakes during the midweek match. “We always have meetings,” he said. “After a win, after a defeat. Then we try to watch positive situations, negative situations, and then to try together to try and solve the situation. I think it happened the same yesterday during the meeting.”Sometimes it’s important to watch again the game. Sometimes it’s important to speak. But this is my task. To try to understand why we lost. And then to find the right solution to try and improve, to avoid other situations like this.“I think I like to speak with the press and tell you when I make a mistake. If you remember after the first game against Roma, it was my fault. That wasn’t the first time, either. A lot of times I’ve put my face in front. But I’m ready to do this if the players put always great commitment. This is the case.”For sure, I’m a coach who doesn’t like to find excuses or alibis. Sometimes I prefer to put all the mistakes in my face. Also even if the mistake is not mine, I prefer to put my face in front.””I think after a defeat it’s normal that we are not happy. We are not happy but it must be in this way. Otherwise it means we have a bad mentality. If we are happy after a defeat, it means we are not so clear to understand and to suffer. It’s right to suffer.”After a defeat like that, you have to suffer. If you have a good mentality. You understand?”If you have a good attitude. Because the defeat is not a good thing. But it can happen, this. The most important thing then is to find quickly the best way to try to find a solution, to find the right strength to be prepared for another game.”Manchester United is a really important game, a big game, a tough game. I think it’s okay in this moment. The way I suffer after a defeat is not for everyone, because I suffer. I suffer. Who knows me very well, yeah, they know I don’t like to lose. That I need a bit of time to digest this loss.“Yes. But, then, those who know me know that, after this, I start stronger with more hunger, more desire because I don’t like to lose. I don’t like the defeats. I try, also, to transfer my suffering to my players. Sometimes I am able to do this. To have a good answer. Sometimes it’s a bit… You have to work with me to understand.”Conte will face Mourinho for the fourth time since joining Chelsea on Sunday. His relationship with his opposite number has faced scrutiny ahead of each match but Conte insists that he doesn’t really have any close friendships with his fellow Premier League managers. Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was Conte’s closest friend before he was sacked earlier this year. “Before, I had a really good relationship with Claudio Ranieri, and also now after the awards for the best coach and the best player at Fifa, we went for a dinner with our wives,” Conte said.”But I think it’s very difficult to speak about friendship with other coaches because then they become an opponent. You can have respect, respect for the job and the work, but to speak about friendship is very difficult.”