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Shooters indulge in ugly scuffle at Karni Singh Range

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New Delhi, Oct 21 Ugly scenes were witnessed at the iconic Karni Singh Shooting Range (KSSR) in Delhi’s Tughlakabad area when two shooters were involved in a scuffle.

The incident happened when the two shooters started fighting with each other in broad daylight close to the firing area where other shooters were still training.

Delhi based shooter Shimon Sharif on Sunday tweeted a 40-second long video of the incident in which the duo can be seen hitting each other, using their hands and legs while other people present at the spot are trying to restrain them. The identity of the shooters could not be ascertained.

“All is not well at the iconic Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, tweeted Sharif along with the video and tagged Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh and Sports Authority of India (SAI).

Reportedly, NRAI has also taken cognizance of the incident and launched a probe.

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Eng vs WI: Anderson & Broad deserve to play 1st Test, says Hussain

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London, July 6 : Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels veteran pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad deserve to be in the playing XI for the team’s first Test against West Indies starting Wednesday.

The first Test of the three-match series is scheduled to be played at Ageas Bowl, followed by two matches at the Old Trafford from July 16 and 24 respectively.

Hussain stated England are going to rotate the bowlers around, considering workload management, as they will take on Pakistan right after the conclusion of the West Indies series.

“A lot will be made of the first Test selection, but the bowlers are going to be rotated. I would start with Anderson and Broad because they deserve it. Then I”d leave (Chris) Woakes out and pick one of (Mark) Wood or (Jofra) Archer,” Hussain was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

“I”d probably go for Wood because he bowled very well in his last two Tests in South Africa, but Archer is a serious bowler so I”d have no problem with him instead,” he added.

However, according to a report in The Guardian, Broad “faces the prospect of missing a first home Test match in eight years as England give serious consideration to unleashing the dual pace of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood at the earliest opportunity”.

West Indies Test skipper Jason Holder had earlier warned their opponents against taking them lightly and Hussain agreed with him.

Pointing towards their potent bowling attack, Hussain stated they will pose a big threat to the high-profile England line-up in the forthcoming series.

“They are a threat, especially the bowling. With Shannon Gabriel alongside Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph and Holder (left), nobody is going to get easy runs,” Hussain said.

“But the batting looks flimsy with no Darren Bravo or Shimron Hetmyer. Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite will have to repeat their Headingley form of last time.

“England are very difficult to beat at home and West Indies haven”t won here for a long time, so I”m going for an England win — but you”d be a fool to write off West Indies because they thrive on being written off.”

West Indies had famously beaten England during the previous series between the two sides that was played in the Carribbean Islands. A draw in the series would be enough for them to retain the Wisden trophy.

–IANS

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We definitely spoke to Rahul Dravid: Ex-CoA chief Rai on India coach job

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New Delhi, July 6 : Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai recently lifted the lid as to why former captain Rahul Dravid turned down Team India”s coaching job following the end of Anil Kumble’s tenure.

In 2017, Kumble resigned from the high-profile role after his relationship with skipper Virat Kohli became ”untenable”. Dravid was approached by the CoA but he opted against taking the job citing personal reasons.

“Rahul was very upfront with us,” Rai told Sportskeeda during a Facebook live session. “He said ”look I have two boys growing up at home and I have been travelling with the Indian team all over the world and I am not able to give time and attention to them, I think I must stay at home also. And give time to my family”.

“I think that was a very fair request and though he would have been uppermost in mind. So, he was very much in the zone of consideration,” he added.

Rai also revealed Dravid wanted to continue as the coach of the India U-19 team as he wanted to complete the work that he had started with the Colts. Current head coach Ravi Shastri was eventually handed over the reigns of the senior team.

“Look, in terms of potential for coaching, Dravid, Shastri and Kumble are the best in the business,” Rai said.

“We definitely spoke to Rahul. He was engaged with the Under-19 team and he was involved with them. He had developed a road map on how to develop a team.

“He was bringing out fantastic results. He wanted to continue because he felt that there were some unfinished task with that team and he wanted to do it.”

Dravid was later appointed as the head of circket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in July, 2019 and Rai said: “He was very kind and very gracious in accepting that and committing himself to the NCA.”

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Azhar can be reason for Younis-Grant knife episode, says Latif

Latif said that after Younis scored a double ton at the Oval in 2016, he did not take the name of Flower and instead cited Azhar as the reason for the improvement in his batting.

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Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif claimed that former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin may have played a role in the Younis Khan-Grant Flower knife episode.

Flower was Pakistan’s batting coach from 2014 to 2019 and had said recently that former captain Younis had once held a knife to his throat for offering him batting tips.

“We do not know what happens in the dressing room. Azharuddin can be a reason for this,” said Latif in a the chat show ‘Caught Behind’ on Youtube.

“In 2016, Younis made a double century at the Oval. He (Younis) did not take the name of the batting coach (Grant Flower). He said that I was struggling and talked to Azharuddin.

“That is a big factor that a player is opting for someone else rather than the coach. Flower must have done some things as batting coach and has served Pakistan. I think this Azharuddin factor must have been somewhere in his (Flower’s) mind.”

Flower had said during a conversation with brother Andy and host Neil Manthorp on the ‘Following On Cricket Podcast’ for talkSPORT that it was coach Mickey Arthur who had to eventually intervene.

Arthur himself later confirmed the incident while refusing to go into details.

“If I say something, people I know try to justify it. It is not Mickey Arthur’s fault,” said Latif.

“The real focus should be the person who asked these questions and is still behind the scenes. It could also be an organisation behind the whole thing. That is a possibility.

“If Younis came on because of a higher authority, he would not have come as a batting coach working under Misbah-ul-Haq. He would have been in a much more influential position,” he said.

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