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20 sports Kiran picked for afC ‘b’ Coaching Course LAHoRe StAFF RePoRt

Pakistan’s first woman football coach Ms Kiran Ilyas Ghouri has qualified for the AFC ‘B’ Coaching Course at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, the Pakistan Football Federation announced Wednesday. She was nominated by the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) to participate in the course. PFF President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, on the selection of Ms Kiran, said that four key elements coaching, competition, talent hunt and selection on merit were essential in the overall development of the game. The 32year-old was the assistant coach of Pakistan team at the 2010 South Asian Games and the inaugural South Asian Football Federation’s Women’s Championship, also in 2010. She played as captain for Punjab in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 before becoming the coach for the U-14 team at the AFC Festival of Football for girls in Sri Lanka in 2009. Ghouri, who has a master’s degree in sports science, believes she is ‘growing together’ with women’s football in Pakistan which is still in its infancy compared to the big guns in Asia. It is pertinent to mention that the AFC ‘B’ Coaching Certificate is for the coaches who already have the ‘C’ Certificate. The course is designed to educate coaches about the advanced techniques and skills of the game and help them develop a better understanding of individual or groups of players, tactics and the mental requirements of the game. The duration of the course is for 20 days, containing more than 107 hours of theoretical and practical contents. The examination focuses on the coaches’ practical coaching abilities, knowledge and understanding of the theoretical contents of the game, in addition to a brief presentation of a dissertation to the class. The eligibility of AFC ‘B’ Coaching Course is 2 years practical experience after passing AFC ‘C’ Coaching Course.

PHf Inter-academy Hockey Tournament postponed LAHoRe StAFF RePoRt

The PHF Inter-Academy Hockey Tournament, which was scheduled to be held at Sialkot Hockey Stadium from November 26 to December 10, has been pushed forward for about two weeks. The event will now be organised at the same venue from December 10 to 22 due to pre-occupation PHF Officials in the Champions Trophy in New Zealand.

Thursday, 17 November, 2011

India eye series win against West Indies SCoReBoARd IndIA, 1st innings: 631-7 decl (V. Laxman 176 not out, MS dhoni 144, R. dravid 119, G. Gambhir 65; K. Roach 2-106, d. Sammy 2-132) WeSt IndIeS 1st innings (overnight 34-2): A. Barath c Sehwag b Yadav 1 K. Brathwaite c Gambhir b Ashwin 17 K. edwards lbw b ojha 16 d. Bravo b Yadav 30 S. Chanderpaul lbw b Ashwin 4 25 M. Samuels b Yadav 13 C. Baugh lbw b ojha 18 d. Sammy c dhoni b ojha 2 K. Roach run out 16 F. edwards lbw b ojha 8 d. Bishoo not out eXtRAS (lb3) 3 153 totAL (for all out; 48 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Barath), 2-30 (Brathwaite), 3-42 (K. edwards), 4-46 (Chanderpaul), 5-92 (Bravo), 6-99 (Samuels), 7-120 (Sammy), 8-129 (Roach), 9-129 (Baugh), 10-153 (F. edwards). Bowling: ojha 22-5-64-4, Yadav 7-1-23-3, Ashwin 14-3-492, Sharma 5-2-14-0. WeSt IndIeS 2nd innings: 62 A. Barath c Laxman b Sharma K. Brathwaite c dhoni b Yadav 9 K. edwards lbw b Sharma 60 d. Bravo not out 38 21 S. Chanderpaul not out 5 eXtRAS (b1, lb3, w1) 195 totAL (for three wickets; 62 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Brathwaite), 2-116 (Barath), 3-161 (K. edwards). Bowling: Yadav 10-1-36-1, Sharma 14-3-41-2, ojha 11-3-37-0, Ashwin 20-1-51-0, Yuvraj 3-0-14-0, Sehwag 4-0-12-0 (w1). toSS: India, uMPIReS: Rod tucker (AuS) and Bruce oxenford (AuS), tV uMPIRe: S. Ravi (Ind), MAtCH ReFeRee: Jeff Crowe (nZL)

KoLKaTa: west Indies Darren bravo is clean bowled on the third day of the second Test. AFP behind off paceman Umesh Yadav. KoLKAtA



NDIA strengthened their chances of winning the second Test and the series despite the West Indies’ improved batting show after a first-innings collapse on the third day on Wednesday. The West Indies, dismissed for 153 in their first innings in reply to India’s mammoth 631-7 declared, did better in their second innings to reach 1953 at stumps at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The tourists, who lost the opening Test of the three-match series by five wickets in New Delhi, face a stiff task to save the match as they still trail by 283 runs with seven wickets in hand. Darren Bravo was unbeaten on 38 with the help of three sixes and Shivnarine Chanderpaul on 21 not out. Opener Adrian Barath (62) and Kirk Edwards (60) defied the Indian attack with a 93-run stand for the second wicket after the early dismissal of Kraigg Brathwaite (nine), who was caught

Barath and Edwards played some attractive shots before fast bowler Ishant Sharma broke the stand immediately after the tea-break when he had Barath caught by Venkatsai Laxman, who held a low catch to his left at first slip. Barath hit 10 fours in his third Test half-century. Sharma struck again when he removed Edwards, trapped leg-before after hitting one six and six fours in his second Test half-century. India gained the big advantage through their bowlers in the morning session as the West Indies could add just 119 runs in 36 overs after resuming at 34-2, with left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha finishing with 4-64. “We are in the driver’s seat and things are going pretty well at the moment. In the morning, there was some moisture in the wicket and it was doing a bit for us,” said Ojha. “We hope the same thing happens tomorrow. Our guys are bowling well and hitting the right areas. We are confident of getting them out early tomorrow.” Yadav, who

took one wicket on Tuesday, struck twice in the morning to finish with 3-23 in only his second Test match, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bagged 2-49. The West Indies’ batsmen failed to apply themselves in the first innings on a pitch offering turn and bounce to spinners, with Bravo top-scoring with 30. “Chanderpaul is the key player for us tomorrow. He can bat through tomorrow and make it difficult for the Indian bowlers,” said Barath. “We did not bat as well as we should have in the first innings. I think it was just a matter of application. We learnt from our mistakes and applied ourselves a bit more (in the second innings).” Ashwin and Ojha did the early damage when they took one wicket each before Yadav jolted the West Indies by removing Bravo and Marlon Samuels (25) in successive overs. Ojha got a wicket in the fifth over of the day when he trapped Edwards (16) leg-before for his 50th Test victim in 13 matches after the batsman had added only four runs to his overnight score of 12. Ashwin, who got married a day before the Test started, captured a big wicket in his opening over when he removed in-form Chanderpaul, who was also trapped leg-before. Chanderpaul, who scored 118 and 47 in the opening Test, was able to contribute just four runs this time. Bravo and Samuels played some attacking shots during their 46-run stand for the fifth wicket before falling in the space of seven runs to leave their team struggling at 99-6.

woods and Scott in President’s Cup showdown

MeLboUrNe: Tiger woods of the US hits a tees shot during a practice round. AFP MeLBoURNe

Tigers at home and lambs abroad Comment PARtAB RAMCHAND


HE disparity between India's home and away record is telling. Indeed, I would not be surprised if the winloss ratio is the most lopsided for any country while comparing the Tests played at home and abroad. Figures may lie but not in this case. India's win-loss record at home is 74-49 while away it is 37-94. Let me also hasten to add that nine of the 37 victories have come about in Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Even in the formative years when India were getting beaten black and blue, they more or less managed to hold their own at home. From 1960 to 1964, for example, I remember India playing 16 Tests at home without losing even one - even if the vast majority of them were drawn. In the seventies, as the fortunes of Indian cricket took an upswing worldwide, there was a phase from January 1977 to February 1980 when India did lost even one of 20 home Tests - and this time they managed to win six of them. The peak period came about in 1988-1994 when in a glorious run India won ten successive home Tests against

New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England, Zimbabwe and West Indies. Almost all visiting teams regularly won a Test series in India in the early days and even in the 70s and 80s. But over the last quarter of a century this has become a rarity. Pakistan won a five-match series 1-0 in 1987 but the next team to win a series in India were Hansie Cronje's South Africans in 2000. And as is well known over the last decade only one team Australia in 2004 - has won a Test series in this country. Little wonder then that the Indians have acquired the tag of being "tigers at home and lambs abroad". While this may not exactly be true as India, particularly in recent years, have notched up many notable away victories (and even series triumphs in every country other than Australia and South Africa where they have come back with squared contests), there is little doubt

that the disparity is pronounced. Why, even during their most successful phase at home over the last two decades and more, they have lost Tests (and in most cases the series) in England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka - and even Zimbabwe. The greatest teams in history have won regularly both at home and away. One has only to glance at the performance of the all conquering West Indian sides during their incredible run when they did not lose a series anywhere from 1980 to 1995 or the showing of the formidable Aussie squads in the period 1995-2007 when they twice ran up a record of 16 successive wins. Incidentally the earlier record of eleven was held by the West Indies. Clive Lloyd's awesome side also still holds the record of going 27 matches without defeat. Registering 5-0 clean sweeps are rare but during their rampaging run, West

Indies accomplished the feat twice - in England in 1984 and in the return series at home in 1986 - while Australia, not to be outdone, simply overran West Indies in 2000-01 and England six years later, both at home. When India took over at the top of the Test rankings late in 2009, the cynics who pointed out that the reign would not last long probably had the away record in mind. Let there be no doubt that India were deservingly top ranked based on the performances at home backed by series victories in West Indies, England and New Zealand. The feeling that their stay at the top was going to be tenuous was reinforced by their largely overall indifferent record abroad and not unexpectedly their reign at the top was not an extended one and came to an inglorious end away from home. There is never going to be any doubt that India will continue to ride roughshod over any opposition at home. After all, they got the better of the top ranked Aussie squad in the late 90s and again early in the new millennium besides sharing contests with the formidable West Indians in the late 80s and mid 90s. It is their away record that will prevent them from climbing back to the top.


Tiger Woods will face Adam Scott in an intriguing match-up on the opening day of the Presidents Cup two weeks after a racial slur aimed at the American by the Australian’s caddie. Woods will team up with Steve Stricker for the United States while Australian Scott is playing with South Korea’s K.J. Choi for the International team in the last of Thursday’s six foursomes. It means former world number one Woods will come face to face with Scott’s caddie Steve Williams, who carried Woods’s bags for 13 of his 14 major titles before being sacked earlier this year. Williams earlier this month referred to Woods as a “black arsehole” during an awards dinner in Shanghai. He subsequently apologised to Woods for the comment and they shook hands. “I think it’s great for the tournament. It needed to be done,” Internationals captain Greg Norman said at Wednesday’s pairings announcement. “It played out the way it played out. There wasn’t any premeditation by it. “I think at the end of the day, the guys in that last group will be the consummate professionals and go out and play the game of golf representing their International team and the US team the way they should do.”

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