16 Nov
2019

Which country has the heaviest representation in World Cup 2019? Not India

first_imgThe ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is underway in England and Wales with 10 of the best teams in the cricketing globe fighting each other for the sport’s greatest prize. With 15 players in each squad, there is a lot of talent at display at the tournament. But did you know that not all the players were born in the same nation which they currently play for at the World Cup?Of the 150 players who have turned up in England, there are many who were born in one country but shifted to another for some reason or the other. For example, the current England squad has 5 players who were born outside the country. Similarly, countries like New Zealand and Australia currently have multiple players born outside Oceania.India, Afghanistan, South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the only teams at the World Cup wherein the full 15-man squad was born in the same country.Looking at other teams, South Africa leads with a total of 17 players born in Protea country while India and Pakistan were the birthplaces of 16 players each at the World Cup.2 current England players – Jason Roy and Tom Curran – were born in South Africa, along with the New Zealand hard-hitter Colin Munro. Ben Stokes, England’s hero from their opening match against South Africa, traces his roots to Christchurch where he was born in 1991. England’s captain Eoin Morgan himself was born in and played for Ireland for a while before shifting allegiances elsewhere.Ish Sodhi – the New Zealand spinner – is the only player outside India’s squad to have been born in the country. While Pakistani all-rounder Imad Wasim was born in Wales in 1988, Aussie batsman Usman Khawaja and South African tweaker Imran Tahir were actually born in Pakistan.advertisementIncidentally, Zimbabwe, a side which missed out on a World Cup berth last year, can take solace from the fact that Colin de Grandhomme who was born in Harare will be turning up in New Zealand colours during the event.150 players in World Cup 2019 by country of birth:17 South Africa16 India16 Pakistan15 Afghanistan15 Bangladesh15 Sri Lanka14 Australia13 New Zealand10 England6 Barbados5 Jamaica4 Trinidad & Tobago1 Guyana1 Ireland1 Wales1 Zimbabwe #Trivia #CWC19Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) May 30, 2019Players in World Cup 2019 who were born in another country (numbers in bold depict the total number of players):17 South Africa – Jason Roy, Tom Curran, Colin Munro16 India – Ish Sodhi16 Pakistan – Usman Khawaja, Imran Tahir15 Afghanistan15 Bangladesh15 Sri Lanka14 Australia13 New Zealand – Ben Stokes10 England6 Barbados – Jofra Archer5 Jamaica – Chris Gayle4 Trinidad & Tobago – Nicholas Pooran1 Guyana – Shimron Hetmyer1 Ireland – Eoin Morgan1 Wales – Imad Wasim1 Zimbabwe – Colin de GrandhommeAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ashes catch was better as it came against Australia, feels Ben StokesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes joins Aravinda de Silva in sharing unique recordlast_img read more

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7 Nov
2019

WA reclaim Barbarians Cup

first_imgWestern Australia dominated the 2008 Barbarians Cup in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, scoring an 8-1 series win to reclaim the touch football title they lost to the Northern Territory in Darwin last year.With the Western Tigers claiming a win in each of the three divisions on the opening night, the teams went into Saturday’s round of games full of confidence that the title would be returned to WA.Both the Mixed and Women’s divisions saw WA take a clean sweep, but once again it was the Men’s Open division that went down to the wire after both WA and the NT came into the final game of the tournament with one win each.After losing the second game to a NT team inspired by former Youth World Cup star Kelvin Caspani, the Tigers came out running hard in the final match, lead by another World Cup player in Andrew Knox.At half time WA held a 5-1 advantage, and went on with the job to take the game 7-3 and the series win. Caspani and Knox – both former Australian players – have been National Touch League team-mates for a number of years and are no doubt likely to be re-united in the Barbarians Men’s Open team for the NTL in March in NSW.TouchWest State Manager Matt Bamford has hinted that after the success of the tournament in Kalgoorlie-Boulder this year, there is every chance the competition could return to the gold capital at some stage in the future.The two day series had never been staged outside the metropolitan area before.“There’s been a great response from the local community to the Barbarians Cup this year, and we’re thrilled that the Department of Sport and Recreation were able to bring this event to Kalgoorlie”, Bamford said.“The support of the Goldfields Touch Association and from BHP and Norilsk also meant the kids and staff from Lakeland Senior High School in Perth could come along and get involved in the community programs. It’s certainly the kind of program we’d love to take to the country again.”Thanks to Jarrod Lucas from The Kalgoorlie Miner for providing the article content.Results:Mixed OpenGame 1: WA def NT 8-6Game 2: WA def NT 14-9Game 3: WA def NT 5-1Women’s OpenGame 1: WA def NT 8-1Game 2: WA def NT 6-3Game 3: WA def NT 8-1Men’s OpenGame 1: WA def NT 7-4Game 2: NT def WA 8-6Game 3: WA def NT 7-3last_img read more

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7 Nov
2019

Championships Not Just a Players Domain

first_imgThe NQ Championships has always been a pillar on the Touch calendar for players across North Queensland, but the appeal that it has for referees is something else altogether.Always regarded as the “must attend” for the North’s referees, 2013’s event was no different with 44 referees making the pilgrimage to Townsville for two days of the best Touch Football in North Queensland.Such is the appeal of the event to referees, the NQ contingent of officials was joined by three referees from “the South”; Sunshine Coast’s Greg Kidd, Danielle Nunn and Hayden Smith.For Nunn and Smith the NQ Champs has become somewhat of a regular trip, having attended the event for the last two years but, for Kidd, this year’s event was a brand new experience.“For me it’s a total eye-opener, something that I’ve never had the chance to do before. I’ve been to plenty of tournaments over the years, but I haven’t enjoyed one like I have this weekend.”The three aren’t the first to make the trek north to participate in the event, the event has regularly included referees from outside the region and it’s something that NQ Touch Executive Officer, Billy Grant, is very proud of.“We have a quality event up here and it’s no surprise that referees from outside the region want to come up. They know that they are looked after when they come up and they always leave wanting to come back next year.”Adding to the appeal for referees is the fact that it is one of the only non-state events in the country to be endorsed as a “Level Four upgradeable” event, enabling referees to be considered for upgrade to Level Four; another feat that Grant is proud of.“We were endorsed by TFA for the first time in 2010 and since then we’ve had the chance to upgrade several of our referees to Level Four. We’ve even been able to upgrade some referees from down south too.”This year, Nunn joined the upgrades list, receiving her Level Four badge alongside NQ Referees Chris Benstead, Andrew Watkins (Townsville Castle Hill) and Linda Miller (Mackay).The North Queensland Touch Association would like to congratulate the following referees who were upgraded over the weekend.Level ThreeKarl Raffe – Townsville Castle HillNoel Lang – MackayDarryl Lyon – Charters TowersRegan Cheetham – MackayBob Pentacost – Cairns PiratesLevel FourChris Benstead – Townsville Castle HillAndrew Watkins – Townsville Castle HillLinda Miller – MackayDanielle Nunn – Sunshine CoastThank you to Kerrod Hall from North Queensland Touch for providing the content.Related LinksNot Just a Player Domainlast_img read more

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