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Bangalore: India’s top order will face 15 unknown net bowlers, sourced from outside the domestic system, during their three-day preparatory camp at the Chinnaswamy stadium, which began on Saturday. These bowlers, comprising of nine pacers and six spinners, have been picked from open trials at various cities before being sent to regional academies in Mumbai, Chennai and Mohali to work on their skills. The programme is the brainchild of chief selector Sandeep Patil, who was the NCA’s former director of operations. These ‘net bowlers’ will look to reduce the workload on the Indian bowlers during the camp ahead of the challenging series against the Australians.
Minor fire breaks out at Chinnaswamy stadium
Bangalore: A minor fire broke out at Chinnaswamy stadium where the Indian cricket team began their three-day training camp ahead of their Test series against Australia. The incident did not disrupt their practice session. The fire broke out at the Members Stand when a white cloth placed as a temporary sightscreen caught fire as a consequence of maintenance work which involved a bit of welding, Karnataka State Cricket Association secretary Javagal Srinath said in a statement. “Practice wasn’t affected in any way, with a new sightscreen deployed immediately afterwards,” Srinath said.
Spate of resignations after PSL postponement
karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board’s Super League Twenty20 has hit trouble even before it has started with the resignation of a top official associated with the League indicating a lack of consensus over the decision to postpone the event. According to sources in the board, Khurrum Malik, who was head of commercial operations for the PSL, had submitted his resignation yesterday, two days after the board issued a press release confirming that Managing Director Sarwar Salman Butt had resigned. Butt’s resignation came few days after the PCB announced the postponement of the PSL, which was due to be held from March 26 to April 7. The board, while postponing the event, cited time constraints as the major reason for the decision. The source said that Malik had resigned citing personal reasons.
New Zealand look to bounce back in the ODIs
wellington: New Zealand’s ability to “bounce back”, as captain Brendon McCullum described it, will be put to the test in the first match of their ODI series against England in Hamilton on Sunday. “We expected to win the T20 series coming into it and we’re disappointed to lose it,” McCullum said, after his side had gone down 2-1 in the T20 series. “I thought we bounced back strongly in the second game,” he added in reference to New Zealand’s victory by 55 runs in Hamilton. “But I expect us to bounce back strongly in the first of the one-dayers. That’s a characteristic of this team at the moment. Our ability to bounce back and we are going to have to do so because England will be very confident.”
West Indies making the final good for the game: Mithali
new delhi: India captain Mithali Raj said that West Indies’ entry into the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup is good for the game and its followers. “West Indies reaching the finals is good for our game. People were becoming used to Australia-England finals in the big events. It will be an interesting final,” Mithali said. “They (West Indies) have been consistent in the tournament.