May 17th, 2006

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India banking on youth: Dravid

DravidIndia would be banking on the winning mindset of their youngsters to subdue a resurgent West Indies who are looking to extend their triumphant run when the two teams clash in the five-match limited-overs series starting on Wednesday.

Indian captain Rahul Dravid said that the youngsters, who had brought about a great depth and transformation in the side, would go into the series without any baggage of history.

He said nine of these youngsters have known only the winning ways and that has been a very important component in the team’s overall mindset.

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Moody guarded over Jayasuriya return

Tom_MoodySri Lanka coach gave a cautious welcome to the prospect of veteran opener Sanath Jayasuriya coming out of Test retirement to join the squad ahead of this month’s second Test against England.

“Jayasuriya indicated a willingness to make himself available for Test cricket again and we decided to send him to England as soon as possible,” Sri Lanka’s chief selector Asantha de Mel said in Colombo on Thursday.

“I understand he’s coming here in the next few days,” said Moody after seeing England score 318 for three on the first day of the first Test at Lord’s.

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Sami itching to bowl against England

SamiHe will be fit. He will not be fit. The spotlight as usual remains on the maverick Shoaib Akhtar and his fitness. But there is another Pakistani speedster who is quietly waiting to pounce on his next opportunity like a cornered tiger.

For Muhammad Sami the up coming tour of England, if he gets the selectors’ nod for a place in the 16-man squad, would be a perfect platform to defy what is a growing list of his critics, who reject him as an under-achiever — a bowler going downhill without even achieving his prime.

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India must replicate ODI form in Tests: Chappell

Greg ChappellIndian cricket team coach has urged his players to reproduce their successful one-day methods in Tests in a bid to claim a rare series victory in West Indies. “We have made good ground in the last 12 months, especially in one-day cricket,” Chappell told. “We need to apply the similar processes to Test cricket, bearing in mind that Test cricket is more demanding,”

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Hurricane season can endanger 2007 World Cup

An above-average hurricane season in the Caribbean could spell trouble for building and renovation efforts at the 12 stadiums selected to host pre-tournament and tournament matches for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, the event’s managing director said.

Construction crews are aiming to finish the work at the stadiums in nine countries by year’s end. The 51-match tournament will be held for first time in the Caribbean.

Officials have backup plans to substitute a venue in case a tropical storm damages a stadium beyond repair, but a bad hurricane could be devastating, said Chris Dehring, who is overseeing the sport’s biggest event for the International Cricket Council (ICC).

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