Friday, July 31, 2009

Cricket South Africa to Help Zimbabwe in Developing Cricket

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has assured Zimbabwe of helping its cricket development. A delegation from CSA recently visited Zimbabwe and held meeting with Zimbabwe Cricket board to find out the areas it could help the country. Under this collaboration, CSA would allow Zimbabwe to send it players from junior levels as well as umpires to get advanced training in South Africa.

Zimbabwe cricket has been suffering a lot over the last few years mainly because of the political interference in the game resulting in a mass exodus of some of their top level cricketers from national team. In fact, Zimbabwe has not been playing test cricket for a number of years now. So, the kind of help Cricket South Africa offered to Zimbabwe cricket is really very significant for the development of cricket in Zimbabwe.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sania Mirza: Is it beginning of Good Spell?

Sania Mirza is perhaps very happy now because she recently won the trophy of $50,000 ITF Challenger. In that tournament, she was the second-seed and it made her winning even more significant. In the final match she defeated Julie Coin of France. It seems that many things are going well for Sania Mirza. A few weeks ago, Sania got engaged to Sohrab Mirza. THE HINDU reported:

The ceremony itself, however, was an extremely private affair attended by close family friends and relatives. Mr. Imran Mirza had already made it clear that he did not want the ceremony to be publicised by the media.

“This is purely a family affair. Please try to understand our feelings and give us some privacy. Sania herself has requested that there should not be a wide publicity for the event,” he told media persons thronging their residence in Banjara Hills from the morning. Later in the evening, invitees struggled to enter the venue as hordes of journalists waited to catch a glimpse of the VVIPs arriving to attend the 8 p.m. function.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Former Pakistan Pacer Khan Mohammad Died

Pakistani cricket fans were excited with the seemingly victory for Pakistan in the first test against Sri Lanka (though they lost the last in the end), when Pakistan cricket lost one of its former star Khan Mohammad. An inspirational pacer from Pakistan’s first test squad dating back to 1952, Khan Mohammad died on Sunday after struggling with prostate cancer.

Khan Mohammad became the first test wicket taker for Pakistan when he dismissed Indian batsman Pankaj Roy for seven in the first test of the country. Mohammad took 54 wickets from 13 test matches and along with Fazal Mahmood formed one of the most successful pace attack for Pakistan.

PCB chief Ijaz Butt expressed his mourn for the death of Khan Mohammad and said “Cricket lost another valuable asset.” No doubt, Mohammad was an excellent bowler and Pakistan cricket has lost one of its great star.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Chaminda Vaas Says Goodbye to Test Cricket

Star Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas has retired from test cricket recently. The news was revealed by Ashantha de Mel, the chief selector of Sri Lanka. The veteran pacer now wants to focus more on the shorter version of the game ahead of ICC World Cup 2011. It has been quite some time, Vaas has been struggling with form as well as injury. Finally, Vaas failed to make it to the test squad for the 2-match test series against Pakistan. This was perhaps the reason of his retirement from the longer version of cricket. With 354 wickets from 110 tests, Vaas has been a legend of Sri Lankan cricket. However, the bowler thinks that his retirement from test cricket is premature.

There is no doubt, Sri Lanka has a number of young pacers who look pretty much promising. However, still I think, Vaas should have stayed in test cricket for at least couple of more years for the sake of Sri Lankan cricket. In the longer version of the cricket, a young bowler needs some assistance from a veteran bowler like Vaas. Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis got someone like Imran Khan. Moreover, I think, Sri Lankan selectors also gave more importance to the young generation.

Now, let us see if Vaas can retain his place in the ODI squad of Sri Lanka team. I hope Sri Lankan selectors would not make the same mistake by ignoring him in the shorter version.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Younis Khan: I want Pakistan to be Among the Top 3 in World Cricket

Pakistan captain Younis Khan has said that he wants his side to be among the top three cricket teams in the world. After the twenty20 world cup 2009, Pakistan is now due to take on Sri Lanka in a three match test series. Ahead of the test series, Younis Khan asked his teammates to keep their focus on test cricket and put their twenty20 glory at the back of their mind, stating that everyday is a new day and he only believes in the present and future.

Well, it is pretty nice to see that Younis Khan is trying to keep the team focused on the job at hand and motivate the side to play their best. There is no doubt, test cricket is a different ball game, where mindset and the attitude need to be different than that of twenty20 cricket. However, one thing is for sure that Pakistan team is full of confidence and would like to keep the momentum going during their Sri Lanka tour too.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Imran Nazir Sent Written Apology to PCB for his Misbehavior with Umpire Nadeem Ghauri

Imran Nazir has apologized for his misbehavior with umpire Nadeem Ghauri during a domestic match. Now, it is expected that the opener is most likely to be named in Pakistan’s ODI squad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka starting from July 30. Following his misbehavior with Nadeem Ghauri, Imran was not included in the Pakistan squad for the Sri Lanka. However, Imran has now requested to include him in the ODI squad and it is expected that PCB will consider his request seriously. In fact, Pakistan is facing some opening problems as Salman Butt is going though a bad time with bat and there is no specialist opener currently available who has enough experience to pair up with young Shahzaib Hasan.

Imran Nazir was one of the several Pakistani cricketers who signed contracts with ICL. However, the opener sought PCB’s amendment and eventually came back into the PCB fold. There is no doubt, Imran Nazir could be very important for Pakistan during Sri Lanka tour. Now, let us see if PCB really considers his inclusion in the ODI squad seriously for the Sri Lanka series.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

John Buchanan Helping English Cricketers ahead of Ashes 2009?

Former Australian coach John Buchanan has recently met England national coach Andy Flower and talked about Australian team ahead of the Ashes 2009 series which kicks off from 8 June. Buchanan was in England to meet the top level coaches who are at the helm of ECB’s elite programs. However, the former Aussie coach felt somewhat awkward when he coincidently met some of his former students while visiting England Lions in the lead up to a practice match against the Australians.

Even Buchanan also admitted his experience when Stuart Clark and Shane Watson met him. However, the former coach does not anything wrong in what he has done as he feels his main objective of being in England is to meet the coaches of the elite programs. He also talks about the Australian team and thinks that the visitors would like to feature a four-men pace attack, even though he has indicated some spin in the first test in Cardiff.

Well, I think, even if Buchanan wants to help England ahead of the series, there is nothing wrong with it. What he has given to Australian cricket deserves him to be termed one of the greatest ever Australian coach, and as a professional coach, he has all the rights to help any team who seeks his aid. What is important here is that if England can really get some tips from Buchanan, it could be significant for them to retain the Ashes title because he is the man who knows the insight out of Australian team.

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