Pakistan aiming to use ODI series as preparation for ICC Champions Trophy

first_imgPakistan fielding coach Steve Rixon said that his side will be using the upcoming One Day International Series against the West Indies as preparation for the June 1 – 18  ICC Champions Trophy in England.The Guyana National Stadium will play host to three ODIs between the West Indies and Pakistan, starting Friday April 7, while matches will be played on Sunday April 9, and Tuesday April 11.Speaking to reporters on Monday, the former Australian batsman said that his team has shifted their focus from T20 cricket, to the one day game, noting “it’s something we haven’t played particularly well over the years, but we’re looking forward to the improvement there and obviously heading into the Champions Trophy, so very much the focus on One Day cricket.”Pakistan’s fielding coach Steve Rixon.West Indies, who are currently ranked ninth with 84 points in the latest ICC team rankings, are under pressure to improve their position on the table as only the top eight ranked teams as of September 30, 2017, will earn an automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup.With the addition of a series against Afghanistan, West Indies now have a total of 12 ODIs – three each against Pakistan and Afghanistan, a one-off against Ireland and five away games against England – before the cut-off date. However, for Pakistan, their focus is largely set on getting quality performance from the players ahead of the ICC showpiece in June.“We’ve set out target on this series from the moment we’ve got together as a group, it is a focus for further down the track, but we just have to focus on playing well and getting focus for the Champions Trophy” According to Rixon.Pakistan is on their first tour of the West Indies since 2013 where they won a five-match ODI series 3-1 and swept a pair of T20 Internationals.last_img read more

Croke Park plays host to All Ireland camogie championship finals

first_imgCroke Park plays host to three All-Ireland camogie championship finals this afternoon.The action begins at 12pm with the premier junior final between Dublin and Westmeath.That’s followed by the intermediate final between Cork and Meath at 2pm. Then at 4pm it’s the the main event as Cork take on Kilkenny in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland senior final.The game is a meeting of the two sides to win the last three All-Ireland titles, with Kilkenny victors last year and Cork the two years previously.It’s also the third time in four years these sides are meeting in the final.last_img

Gor’s Shakava ruled out of CECAFA with injury

first_imgAlso added to the squad is his Kipyegon’s team-mate at Zoo, Nicholas Kipkirui as the team prepares to hold its first session on Monday.Hosts Harambee Stars will take on the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda in their opening match on the December 3.Kenya who are drawn in Pool A will then take on Tanzania, Zanzibar and guest team Libya as they hope to reclaim the title they last listed in 2013 at the Nyayo National Stadium.Pool B is headlined by defending champions Uganda who will take on Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan and guest team Zimbabwe.Full Squad in campGoalkeepersBoniface, Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Gabriel Andika (AFC Leopards), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers)DefendersMusa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Charles Momanyi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Dennis Shikhayi (AFC Leopards), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Wellington Ochieng (Gor Mahia), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United), Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars) Isaac Kipyegon (Zoo Kericho)MidfieldersErnest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Whyvonne Issuza (AFC Leopards), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Ovellah Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Lawrence Juma (Nzoia Sugar)StrikersSamuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), George Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Masoud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Benjamin Mosha (Sony Sugar), Nicholas Kipkirui (Zoo Kericho)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harun Shakava (Left) has been ruled out of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 26 – Gor Mahia defender Harun Shakava has been ruled out of the upcoming CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup after picking a recurring injury as the national football team Harambee Stars reported camp at Nairobi’s Utalii Hotel on Sunday.Shakava, who was part of the squad that won a record 16th Kenyan Premier League title for Gor Mahia, has been excused from camp by head coach Paul Put who has called up Zoo Kericho defender Isaac Kipyegon to replace the lanky center-back.last_img read more