Kuldeep can be effective if picked for Champions Trophy: Hogg

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Apr 30 (PTI) A Chinaman bowler himself, Australian Brad Hogg has an edge over other experts while analysing Kuldeep Yadavs abilities, which he feels will help India if he is picked for the Champions Trophy in England. Hogg has been Yadavs teammate in the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise of the Indian Premier League. “Yes, Kuldeep can be effective in England. The best cricketers are the ones who can adapt to foreign conditions,” Hogg told PTI during an interaction. “Great thing about the sport is no two countries are same. There is always something different that adds to variety of the different individuals. One of his (Kuldeep) next job will be to bowl on different wickets.” The 46-year-old Hogg, who has played 123 ODIs for Australia apart from 7 Tests and 15 T20 Internationals, is in the country as ESPNcricinfo Match Days expert panelist. Hogg, one of the sought after chinaman bowlers in limited overs cricket, had a word of advice for Kuldeep — gain more control over the stock ball before expanding his variety. “He is a different bowler for sure. There arent too many chinaman bowlers in world cricket at the moment. Kuldeep has great variety and strength of any spinner is his variations. You may know all the tricks in the trade but no point using the tricks if you havent yet mastered a stock delivery,” said Hogg. Asked how a spinner can decide on the kind of stock delivery (his go-to ball), he wants to bowl, Hogg explained it would depend on the format one plays. “If you are playing 50-over cricket, a leg-spinner can be a bit more slower and use his leg-break. In Test cricket, its entirely different where you have to be very patient. Coming to T20, one needs to be a bit more quicker through the air,” he said. He then gave the example of Samuel Badree, one of the successful spinners in the shortest format. “Someone like Badree skids deliveries into pads a little bit more so that batsmen dont free their arms. In T20 cricket, one needs to be a little bit quicker so that the batsmen dont come out of their crease. “You cant bowl good length in T20s as batsman would hit you out of the park,” he reasoned. Hogg said consistency is the key for a spinner. “T20 is more about regularly building pressure and not allowing batsmen to score. Try and build on the dots. Limit the ones and engage one batsman whos going after you.” Imran Tahir and Rashid Khan have been very successful leg-spinners in this edition of the IPL and Hogg is impressed with how captains have used their attacking options wisely. “Leg-spinners can be operational in Powerplays and some have been used in the middle period when the ball gets scuffed. Its about utilising at right times. All captains have used leg-spinners wisely. Thats the biggest factor. When exactly are you using them,” Hogg said. Quizzed on the possible teams for the Play-offs, Hogg said RCB, Gujarat Lions, Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab are likely to miss the bus. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Apply Now For A Local Sporting Champions Grant

first_imgAre you, or do you know, a dedicated young athlete, coach or official participating in a state or national sporting championships? Are you aged 12-18 years old travelling further than 250 kilometre return for a state or national championships?If yes, then you or your team could be eligible for a Local Sporting Champions grant to help meet costs such as uniforms, travel, accommodation and equipment.Grants of $500 per individual and $3,000 per team are available for young people participating in a nominated National Sporting Organisation-endorsed state or national sporting championships or a School Sport Australia national championship.This program is an Australian Government initiative managed by the Australian Sports Commission and supports 8,000 young people each year.The grants are designed to help athletes, coaches and officials achieve their sporting goals and are distributed across all 150 federal electorates of the national parliament.Applications are open, so apply now!Applications must be submitted prior to the commencement of the nominated championships.For further information, including application forms and eligibility criteria, go to: http://www.ausport.gov.au/championslast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool legend Fowler keen on Bristol Rovers job

first_imgLiverpool legend Fowler keen on Bristol Rovers jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler is keen on the Bristol Rovers job.Fowler has moved to declare his interest in the post at the Memorial Stadium which became available when Darrell Clarke left earlier this week.Clarke had been at the club for four and a half years but left with them 21st in League One and four points from safety.“I’ve thrown in a few [CVs] over the years, still waiting for a call,” Fowler told Soccer AM.“Bristol Rovers has obviously come up; would I be interested? Of course I would!“I went over to Thailand and loved being a manager.”People in this country think I’m inexperienced but I’ve done it before.“I came home, did all my badges, I’m properly, properly qualified, so I think it’s just a case of watch this space.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Parents to Receive Critical Support

first_img Parents are to benefit from critical support to improve child-rearing under the Partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools project.The project, which aims to reduce violence among students and youth, is being undertaken by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information through US$3 million in grant funding over two years from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The National Education Trust (NET) is the coordinating agency for the initiative.Parenting Coordinator for the project, Latoya Stewart-Singh, said that a media campaign geared towards educating parents in good child-rearing practices will commence shortly.“We want to establish six community-based parent hubs and reactivate 25 school-based parent places. We want to identify and train at least 30 parent mentors per parish. We also want to audit 50 school-based parent places and assist in the reactivation of those places, with specific focus on training parents in good parenting practices as well as entrepreneurial skills,” she noted.She was speaking at a regional parenting stakeholders meeting for Region IV held on Friday (February 16) at the Holiday Inn hotel in Montego Bay.A parent place or hub is a resource centre where parents can access relevant information on parenting and other family-related issues geared towards improving parenting skills and family life.Managing Director of the NET, Marcia Phillips Dawkins, informed that the community of Mount Salem in St. James will be the first beneficiary of a parent place.She indicated that NET is working to set up homework centres in some institutions as well as at youth information centres (YICs) in a number of townships across the island. Another key component of the project, she said, involves working with uniformed groups, to engage young people.The Partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools project is targeted at young people aged 10 to 29 years. A total of 981 primary schools and 50 communities across the island will benefit.Among the specific objectives are to reduce violence, antisocial behaviour and critical incidents among youth, engage parents and communities in the behaviour change process, increase student involvement in co-curricular activities in order for them to develop better social and life skills, and promote positive values and attitudes at both school and community levels.The project will also involve construction and repair of perimeter fencing, provision of security monitoring equipment, and increasing the number of security personnel in schools. Parenting Coordinator for the project, Latoya Stewart-Singh, said that a media campaign geared towards educating parents in good child-rearing practices will commence shortly. Parents are to benefit from critical support to improve child-rearing under the Partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools project. The project, which aims to reduce violence among students and youth, is being undertaken by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information through US$3 million in grant funding over two years from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Story Highlightslast_img read more

Spence surprises everyone at Ottawa hotel

first_imgAPTN National NewsChief Theresa Spence spent the night in hospital as a precaution after 44 days without eating solid food.By mid-afternoon Thursday, she surprised everyone by appearing at an Ottawa hotel where a ceremony in her honour was already underway.This brought a huge media horde, with Spence’s supporters struggled to control.Spence took the opportunity to issue a call for unity and to send a message to her fellow chiefs.last_img