Choosing Your Right
Boxing Glove Size and Handwraps
When picking out a pair
of boxing gloves, choosing one that best fits
your hand is not exactly the right criteria
you should follow. Try putting on handwraps
underneath the gloves. 120" handwraps
are right for small hands. For medium to large
hands, you will want 170" or longer.
Why bother with handwraps?
When boxing, you will need to support your
wrist and thum to protect your bones and tendons
from injury. It is important that you always
wrap your hands before working out or boxing.
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Improvement of Cricket
(A) Popularise cricket!.1. Restructure Current test teams.
For Cricket to improve first the quality of the current test teams should be improved. Teams like England and West Indies need to be more competitive. Here are some suggestions:.
..2. Restructuring Current ODI Teams.It is disheartening for the current ODI status teams to play only during world cups. Such an unfair policy would never see new teams improve. Teams such as Canada, UAE, Scotland, Namibia & Holland should be given permanent ODI status and official tournaments should be played amongst themselves and the 3 bottom ranked test teams.
- Introduce cricket in schools and colleges.
- More cricket competitions should be held.
- Cricket telecasts should be shown on free to air channels.
- Short forms of the sportlike twenty20 should be played to capture public imagination.
- Improvement of cricket stadiums and fields.
- Increase the competiveness of domestic competition.
- Selection based only on merit NOT on quotas.
- Encouraging native peoples such as coloureds, Aborigines & Maoris to represent the national squad.
An age limit of 35 yrs should be imposed to encourage youngsters.Kenya should be given Test Status.3. League Format.All teams Test and ODI should be ranked in groups of 5.
The top 5 will be grp A. Next 5 B and so on. Teams in a particular group are allowed to play with teams in their own group as well as adjacent groups only. eg.
Group A cannot play group C teams. [Except Tests & World Cups] Every year, the groups are restructured.4. Improve quality of Upcoming teams.
To ensure that debutants in ODI competitions have an international exposure to cricket before their debut, international tournaments should be held. Here's what should be done..
5. Introduction of cutting-edge technology.I feel that technology should be introduced to cricket. This is what cricket needs.Helmet cams.Use of tracking technology for LBW decisions.Use of high frame rate cameras to ascertain run-outs and stumpings.Use of lasers to compliment run out decisions.Use of sensors in bails and in the boundary rope to determine if the batsman is out OR hit a 4.Use of stump microphone to determine close catching decisions.Use of yellow & red cards to suspend players from the game of repeatly flouting rules.Use of 'Eye-Vision' technology to enhance TV viewing.Use of 'True Track' technology to give the distance the ball carried (6's).Use of biodegradable paint to colour the infield and outfield.6.
The ICC.Here are some reccomendations to the ICC.Change its name to something more representative like Global Cricket Federation (GCF).No veto rights to member nations.Be a part of the International Olympic Commitee.Strive to make Cricket an Olympic sport.Increase penalties for drug offences & racial abuse.Play the National Anthem before the start of each match in the World Cup.Playoff for 3rd place in the WC.Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals given to each player in WC. (like in football).Have at least 24 teams play in the WC.For the World Cup international icons should be made chief guests.
eg UN Sec. General, Monarch of England, sportstars, premiers etc.ICC Online.Obtain the domain names like cricket.com, .org, etc.In the site have detailed info like player and team stats, current news, player profiles, how the sport is played, links to national boards, online telecast of matches, history, facts and stats, rankings etc.Provide software to calculate the Duckworth Lewis results.Use latest programming languages like XML, SQL, ASP etc. for website.Setting up of blogs and bulletin boards.7.
Taking on the Globe.To encourage more countries to take up cricket, cricket must be marketed well. Teams like Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore have a good program and must be encouraged to obtain ODI status.For cricket to succeed regional sporting giants should be given top priority. These countries are regional giants and act like a catalyst to spread the sport to neighbouring countries.
The countries are: China, USA, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Nigeria Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morrocco, Sweden, Fiji, Argentina and Brazil.Have a brand ambassador for cricket. People who know about the sport and are internationally famous should be selected. Names such as Russel Crowe, Shaggy, Christian Vieri (footballer ITALY) make good ambassadors.
Cricket should be introduced equally to all races and women should also be encouraged to take up the sport.Marketing Blitz.If I were the president of the ICC, this is what I would do to promote the sport in a country..
(B) Rules that have to be changed:.1) Elimination of the Leg-bye rule.The Lb rule is pretty unfair to the bowler.
By elimination such a rule would allow the batsman to play at the ball, instead of getting runs of the deflection of his clothing.2) Direct Hit on the stump renders the ball dead.At present if a fielder hits the stumps directly when the batsman is taking a run & he is safe, if it deflects of it, the batsman can run overthrows (extra runs). By enabling the ball 'dead' it would encourage the fielders to hit the stumps more often.
If the batsman ran after this, the extra runs would be overruled.3) Leg-side LBW decision.At present, if the ball is pitched outside the leg-stump, but is a clear LBW decision, the batsman is not out. Due to advances in technology today, we can predict an LBW. Hence LBW decisions should be simplified by this method, if the trajectory appears to hit the stump the Batsman is OUT.4) Correct Nomenclature.
Terms such as leg-spin and off-spin are outdated. Better terms would be wrist spin and finger spin.(C) Accredation to stadiums.The ICC must start rating stadiums.
The better the rating of the stadium more matches it is allowed to hold. Here are my parameters. Points are shown alongside in y/n format.Lights 40/5.Capacity (in 1000's).
Pitch invasion history? 0/20.Smooth Entry/Exit 30/5.Crowd Management history good/bad 30/5.Match history 1st & 2nd inn win ratio (40-60 range) 50/10.
Grassy field 10/5.Facilities (practice, media, parking, toilets, food) 35/10.Replay screen 20/0.Electronic Scoreboard 15/5.
Sightscreen moving needed? 0/10.PITCH:.Bounce (good/low) 30/10.Support for bowlers 20/5.
Ave. Runs in the range (240-280) 50.200,>280 20.
By: Nicholas Alphonso
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