Saturday, February 28, 2009

ICL: The Untouchable of Indian Cricket?

There was a time when lower cast people were regarded as untouchable by the higher cast people in Hindu religion in India. Those days have already gone, but now it seems that Indian cricket has found a new ‘untouchable’ in the form of Indian Cricket League (ICL). I think, you do not need any introduction for the ongoing battle between BCCI and ICL. ICL is looking to gain its official status as a cricket tournament from ICC, the governing body of world cricket, while BCCI is not leaving any stone unturned to keep ICL’s revel status intact in the cricket world. Recently, ICL fans saw some optimism regarding its official recognition when ICC, BCCI and ICL officials met in Johannesburg, South Africa to discuss about the issues concerning ICL’s official status, but nothing fruitful came out from the meeting. BCCI now seems to be very confident to bring back those rules of untouchable in Indian cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar and Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik were due to take part in an exhibition match in New Zealand between two teams consisting of local cricketers. However, BCCI has pulled out Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik from the match because the exhibition match features an ‘untouchable’ player, Hamish Marshall, who took part last year’s ICL tournament. BCCI officials could not just let it go as they would not have been able to see their higher cast players playing alongside a lower cast untouchable.

I just wish BCCI would never say that players from those cities where ICL matches were held would not be able to represent India in international cricket!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Lalit Modi on Andrew Flintoff’s Participation in IPL 2009

Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi has said that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should not interfere in Andrew Flintoff’s participation in IPL 2009 Twenty20 tournament, starting from 10 April. The England all rounder is now out with a hip injury and is missing the ongoing fourth test against West Indies. It is not yet confirmed if Flintoff will be able to recover from his injury in time to take part in the fifth test of the series. Modi said that if Andrew Flintoff is declared fit by Chennai, then ECB can not stand in his way because, Modi thinks, Chennai’s contract is with Flintoff, not with ECB.

Yes, I also think that if Flintoff is fit then he should be allowed to play for Chennai as he has contract with Chennai Super Kings. However, I do not know who will decide if Flintoff is fit enough to participate in the upcoming IPL Twenty20 tournament. Chennai or England team?

Andrew Flintoff has signed a contract worth £1.1m with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings during recently-held IPL auction. Flintoff along with his England teammate Kevin Pietersen has become the highest paid cricketers in this year’s IPL auction. Now, let us see if Andrew Flinoff can be able to represent Chennai in IPL.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

ICC World Cricket Ranking for Batsmen and Bowlers

ICC has recently updated its world ranking. There are some changes in both batting and bowling rankings of both forms of cricket: Test and ODI. Here, I am writing about these changes of both batting and bowling rankings of both test and ODI cricket:

ICC Test Ranking for Batsmen

There is no change in the top two places of top ten test batsmen list as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, former captain of West Indies cricket team, and Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakara still sit at the first and second positions in the list. However, the different between the top two test batsmen have been decreased as Chanderpaul’s rating has been dropped to 879 from his previous rating of 892. Sangakara’s ranking remains same at 859. With same rating of 825, Michael Clarke rose from 4th place to 3rd place because of South African batsman Kevin Pietersen, who previously held the third place with 830 rating, but has now been dropped to fifth place with 812 rating.

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene moved up into 4th place with same rating of 819 as Pietersen dropped in the list. There is no other change in the top ten test batsmen’s list with Ricky Ponting, Younis Khan, Graeme Smith, Gautam Gambhir and Michael Hussey securing from no.6 to no. 10 places respectively with same rating. Outside top ten, there are two notable changes with Ramnaresh Sarwan sharing no. 14 place with England captain Andrew Strauss, moving up by 7 places. Strauss also jumped 3 placed to reach 14. West Indies captain Chris Gayle dropped by 2 spots to 16. Alongside ninth placed Gautam Gambhir, there are two more Indian batsmen in the top 20: Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, both sharing the 17th place.

ICC ODI Ranking for Batsmen

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni still holds the top spot of top ten ODI batsmen list with an improved rating of 809, 11 ratings up from second-placed Michael Hussey who improved his rating from 783 to 798. Yuvraj Singh moved up to third pale, improving his rating by 14 points, while Chris Gayle dropped by two spots to fourth place with same rating point of 783, because of significant improvement of Hussey and Yuvraj. Chanderpaul and Graeme Smith hold on to 5th and 6th places respectively with no change in their rating.

However, Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who previously held the no. 7 position, has been dropped to the 10th position, having lost 25 rating points. Pietersen remains at the 7th spot with same rating point. Eighth and ninth places are secured by Mohammad Yousuf and A.B. de Villiers, both of them moving up by one spot without having any change in their rating point. Outside top ten, Andrew Symonds dropped by 3 places to 18th, while Gibbs and Ross Taylor improved by two and one place respectively and are sharing the 16th place respectively. Alongside Dhoni and Yuvraj, who are in the top ten, India has two more batsmen in the top 20 with Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag securing the 12th and 15th spots respectively.

ICC Test Ranking for Bowlers

There is no change in the top nine spots of the top ten list for test bowlers. Sri Lankan off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is leading the test bowlers’ ranking with a considerable distance with 887 rating points. Dale Steyn secures the second place with 844 rating points, followed by two Australians Stuart Clark and Mitchell Johnson in the third and fourth places. South African pacer Makhaya Ntini holds on to his previously held 5th place, followed by West Indies pacer Jerome Taylor, English pacer Ryan Sidebottom, Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas and Indian off spinner Harbhajan Singh. Brett Lee secures the 10th place, moving up a place to replace Shoaib Akhtar.

Outside top ten, Ajantha Mendis and Umar Gul entered into the top 20, while Andrew Flintoff, Danish Kaneria, James Andersen, Jacques Kallis and Monty Panesar all improved within the no. 10 to no. 20 spots. West Indies pacer Fidel Edwards currently secures the 20th spot, moving up by 5 places because of his excellent bowling in the ongoing test series against England.

ICC ODI Ranking for Bowlers

New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori is still leading the top ten ODI bowlers’ list, but with a much-decreased rating point of 727, down from previous rating of 753. Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Kulasekara moved up by 2 spots to no. 2 position with 724 rating points, up from previous rating of 714. Nathan Bracken, who previously held the second spot, has been dropped to fourth place as his rating points dropped from 730 to 700. Kyle Mills, New Zealand pacer, still holds on to the third place, despite dropping 4 rating points. Bangladesh’s left arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan lost the fifth spot to Sri Lankan spinner dropped to no. 6 position, losing the fifth place to Muttiah Muralitharan who moved up by a place.

English pacer Stuart Broad and Bangladeshi pacer Mashrafe Mortaza hold on to 7th and 8th places respectively without have any change in their rating points. Mitchell Johnson moved up by 2 spots to no. 10 position which he shared with Jerome Taylor. Outside top ten, young Australian all rounder James Hopes has been included in the top 20 at 18th place, moving up by 6 places. Except this, there is no other significant change from no. 11 to no. 20 spots.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Former England Pacer Dominic Cork: Pakistan Not Under Security Threat

Pakistan cricket is struggling with the security condition of the country a lot and you must have seen a number of cricket tours and tournaments being cancelled in Pakistan over the last one year. Well, recently ICC declared a venue change for ICC Champions Trophy 2009 which was supposed to take place in Pakistan. All happened because of tumultuous security condition of Pakistan where cricket teams like Australia, England, South Africa and New Zealand are reluctant to tour.

Well, former English fast bowler Dominic Cork thinks differently in this regard. In fact, he does not see any security threat in Pakistan and urges England cricket team to go on tour in Pakistan. Cork talked about these sensitive aspects of cricket while addressing media in Karachi, Pakistan. He also added that he was ready to submit a formal report to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on the security condition of the country if ECB asked him to do so. Now, let us see if Dominic Cork’s words make ECB look into the matter differently and convince the board to send England cricket team to Pakistan on cricket tour.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Allen Stanford Accusation: A Threat for Caribbean Cricket?

I guess you already know about the controversy regarding Sir Allen Stanford, the Texan billionaire, who was recently arrested in the U.S. after Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the country accused him of financial fraudulently of $8 billion in selling certificates of deposit. His accusation has created a storm in world cricket, especially in the Caribbean cricket where Allen Stanford emerged as a rescuer few years back. He heavily invested in Antigua and set up Bank of Antigua, a part of investment network, controlled by Stanford International Bank. Allen Stanford also started a multi-million dollar Twenty 20 cricket match with the prize money of $20 million in offer for the winning team. Now, his recent charges shows that West Indies Cricket is now in serious trouble.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

ICL in Money Problem?

This report made me very worried about the players who joined Indian Cricket League (ICL). By joining ICL, they have risked their everything and they went to a point of no return. Well, on the other hand, it is time of economic recession and most companies around the world are struggling a lot.

I just hope that the players get their salary in due time. I am also worried about the possible impact of economic recession on IPL players.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Allen Stanford and World Cricket

Allen Stanford is now under investigation for financial fraud. He is one of the richest persons in the world and his company is supposed to have $7.2 billion of wealth. I do not want to take about the scandal because you can find enough information in main stream media. I am just thinking about the implication of Stanford scandal in cricket. We all know that he is the big fan of cricket and he has spent a lot of money in the form of sponsorship in England and West Indies. So, if any disaster comes to Mr. Stanford then you can be sure that it will hard cricket in those two countries.

It will be a bad thing for ICC too because at this moment, cricket is not bringing good revenue outside of India.  

Monday, February 16, 2009

Pakistani IPL Players Calling for Remuneration from Government

Suspended IPL players from Pakistan have recently sought compensation to Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari for not being allowed to take part in the big-money Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. Four Pakistani players: Sohail Tanvir, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul and Misbah-ul-Haq- have been suspended by their respective IPL franchises, while ten other Pakistani players, who had contracts with different IPL teams, were terminated from their contracts, before the recently held IPL auction being taken place. All these decisions of suspension and contract termination came in the wake of Pakistan government’s decision not to allow its IPL and ICL contracted players to visit India in fear of lack of security for the Pakistani players.

Governments of two neighboring countries, India and Pakistan, have fallen out with each other since the fiery terrorist attack in Mumbai last November. Following Mumbai attack, Indian government cancelled their pre-scheduled tour of Pakistan in January this year and both countries put a bar on their national hockey team to exchange visits to each other.

Pakistan government is now considering the appeal of four suspended IPL players from Pakistan. They might have been compensated a part of their potential earnings from the tournament, but in that case, ICL players would also seek the same treatment from Pakistan government.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Allen Stanford Facing Accusation of Fraud

Antigua-based billionaire Allen Stanford has appeared as a savior of cricket in West Indies. He is even believed to have a deal worth $100m (£70m) with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and under the deal an annual $20m Twenty20 tournament is expected to take place in Antigua involving four teams including England and West Indies. However, amid the global economic crisis, he has already indicated that he might come out of the proposed deal with ECB.

Now, reports out in the media suggest that Allen Stanford’s Stanford Group banking business has been accused of fraud and investigations are going on. Though he denied any kind fraud and dismissed the accusation, it seems to be an added headache not only for the billionaire but also for the West Indies cricket board and ECB.

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Australia Named Uncapped Moises Henriques for the New Zealand Twenty20

New South Wales allrounder Moises Henriques has been called up surprisingly for the first time by Cricket Australia (CA) for the upcoming Twenty20 match against visiting New Zealand on Sunday. The 22-year-old player was taken aback when he heard about the call up into Australian team. Moises Henriques, though, is considered to be one the bright prospects of Australian cricket, has not been impressive in terms of his performance with this state team New South Wales so far this season as he was relegated to New South Wales Second XI after a series of poor performance for the first team. Moises Henriques was recently included in the Prime Minister's XI which defeated New Zealand recently in a limited over tour match.

Born in Portugal, Moises Henriques arrived Australia at a very early age and has been very impressive for Australia’s youth team. The surprise call up of Moises Henriques has come as part of Australian selectors’ experiment over the squad ahead of this year’s Twenty20 world cup.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mahela Jayawardene to Quit as Sri Lanka Captain after Pakistan Series

Mahela Jayawardene has announced that he would step down as Sri Lanka captain after the upcoming test series against Pakistan. On Wednesday, he revealed his decision to Sri Lankan selectors before informing his teammates. The decision to quit captaincy came following Sri Lanka’s 1-4 ODI series defeat at the hands of Indian team.

Jayawardene thinks that Sri Lankan cricket needs new leadership and he believes that new captain needs at least 18 months to prepare for the 2011 world cup. It has been reported that Sri Lanka Cricket has accepted his decision and would name a new captain after the Pakistan series. Wicketkeeper batsman Kumar Sangakara is expected to be the new captain.

Jayawardene led Sri Lanka in 26 test matches in which Sri Lanka won 15, lost 7 and drew 4. In ODI, Jayawardene led Sri Lanka in 94 matches, winning 54 and losing 35 matches. Under his captaincy, Sri Lanka reached the final of 2007 world cup, and improved their test record in abroad as they drew test series in England, New Zealand and West Indies.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Australia Wins the Fourth ODI against New Zealand by 6 Wickets

Australia won the fourth match of the five-match ODI series against New Zealand by 6 wickets, leveling the series 2-2. Batting first, New Zealand could throw a descent total of 244 runs losing 8 wickets. Highest 76 runs came from Ross Taylor, while Guptill scored 45 runs. Mitchell Johnson was the most successful bowler for Australia as he picked up 3 wickets.

In reply, Australia did not have big problem to chase down the target comfortably. In fact, the host side reached the target losing only 4 wickets with 10 balls in hands. The credit of the successful chase should go to Hussey brothers who did not give any chance to the visiting side to come back in the match. David Hussey played an excellent innings of 79 runs off 96 balls, while Michael Hussey scored a 71-ball 75 not out. Opener Brad Haddin scored 43 runs. Iain O'Brien took wickets for New Zealand.

David Hussey was awarded the man of the match award. As it is 2-2 in the series, the fifth match will decide the winner of the series. The fifth match will take place on 13 February.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Pakistani Senators Called for Sack of Pakistan Cricket Board

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is now under serious pressure following their heaviest ever ODI defeat in the third match of the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Recently, senators of Pakistan legislature have fully criticized the current members of the cricket board and called upon Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari to sack the existing cricket board for the betterment of Pakistan cricket. During a fiery session held by senate committee on sport, Pakistani senators talked about various issues of Pakistan cricket including the poor performance of Pakistan team, the bankruptcy of PCB and the resignation of Javed Miandad as PCB director general.

Senators termed the PCB officials incapable. They also criticized PCB chairman Ijaz Butt and asked President Zardari to reconsider his appointment as PCB chairman. Senators said that PCB should not fear about bankruptcy as it has 2.7 billion (34.15 million dollars) in its account at this moment. PCB Chairman had to answer to the questions regarding Miandad’s resignation from PCB.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Cricket Australia Gives David Warner a Short-time Contract

Australia’s new batting hope David Warner has earned a contract from Cricket Australia (CA) recently. The youngster has already shown his talent and skill, even though he has not played any test match yet. The hard-hitting opener earlier bagged a lucrative deal with IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils. Warner came into limelight with his first international match when he smashed South African bowlers in his way to play a fiery innings of 89 runs in a Twenty20 match last month.

Left handed David Warner is now compared with former Australian opener Mathew Hayden who retired from cricket recently. Warner’s contract with CA will continue till June 30. Warner made it to the ODI team for the ongoing series against New Zealand because of the absence of injured batsman Michael Clarke.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Gary Kirsten: India Aiming to be No. 1 in Cricket World in 2009

Indian coach Gary Kirsten has recently said that India’s aim in 2009 is to achieve the no. 1 spot in world cricket. Kirsten believes that India is heading towards the right direction and they have developed a great team ethic. To Kirsten, the strong side of the team is that every member of the team prepares very well for a game. India has already clinched the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka winning the first four matches of the five match series. Tomorrow is the fifth match and India is now aiming to sweep the series 5-0 in what India would make another step in their pursuit to become the no. 1 team in ICC ODI ranking.

Winning the fourth ODI, India has moved to no. 2 position with 122 rating with South Africa leading the ranking table with 125 rating. Indian team played really very well in the first four matches including the big margin victories in the last two. Now, let us see if India can make whitewash the home side, winning the fifth match of the series.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Muttiah Muralitharan Becomes Highest Wicket Taker in ODI Cricket

Muttiah Muralitharan has at last become the highest wicket taker in ODI cricket replacing former Pakistan great Wasim Akram today as he picked up the wicket of centurion Gautam Gambhir in the fourth ODI against India, taking his ODI wicket tally to 503. The great spinner also holds the record for most wickets in Test cricket.

During the innings break in the fourth ODI, Arun Lal took a short interview of Muttiah Muralitharan. He looked very happy. Muralitharan admitted that it was a great achievement. When asked who he would dedicate this achievement, the off spinner said he would dedicate it to his family who had provided immense support throughout his career. He also added that it was a great achievement for Sri Lanka too because he felt it was something special for someone coming from a small country like Sri Lanka and reach such a height in world cricket.

Arun Lal also asked him about the controversy regarding his bowling action. In reply, Muralitharan said that he had never felt guilt of doing anything wrong because he knew he was honest. He also remembered all the supports he got from his captain, Sri Lanka cricket board and Sri Lankan people during his tough time when he was facing ICC’s ban for defective bowling action. Muralitharan said that he grew up seeing the greats players like Viv Richards and Kapil Dev, whom he idolized in his childhood.

Top Ten Cricketers Who Could Not Win World Cup Trophy

Cricket is not equally popular in all parts of the world. In fact, cricket is still being played seriously in a limited number of countries. However, it is true that the popularity of cricket increased a lot over the last few decades with the emergence of ODI format of cricket, and the tournament which was instrumental behind the increase in popularity of cricket is world cup cricket. Winning a world cup title is like a dream to a cricketer, many great players achieved the feat over the years. However, there are some unfortunate great cricketers who could not win world cup title during their illustrious career. Today, I made a list of top ten greatest cricketers who could not win world cup title.

Well, to be honest, there are a number of great cricketers like Martin Crowe, Hansie Cronje, Abdul Qadir, Stephen Fleming, Graham Gooch, Richard Hadlee, Dennis Lillee, Zaheer Abbas, Rahul Dravid, Courtney Walsh, Javagal Srinath, Andy Flower, Ian Healy who could have made it to the list. That is why, I included 11 players in the list. Here, I would like to tell you that I emphasized on the ODI performances while selecting the players. There are many cricketers who are considered to be one of the greatest in test cricket, but do not have an impressive record in ODI cricket. Moreover, I did not include any player in the list who did not play ODI cricket. So, let us go through the list here:

Sachin Tendulkar (Batsman)

Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar has perhaps won almost everything that a cricketer can achieve in his career. With highest runs and highest number of centuries in both ODI and Test cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has already earned a place among the greatest cricketers of all time.

However, Sachin Tendulkar is yet to win a world cup for India, even though he has already played five world cup tournaments, starting from 1992 to 2007. In five tournaments, Sachin has aggregated record 1796 runs at 57.93 with 4 centuries and 13 half-centuries. His 673 runs in world cup 2003 is still a record for a single world cup tournament.

Brian Lara (Batsman)

Brian Lara is another great cricketer who also achieved almost everything during his illustrious career, except a long-cherished world cup title for West Indies. Lara has more than ten thousand runs in both forms of cricket and is considered to be one of the finest batsmen the world has ever seen.

Lara represented West Indies in five world cup tournaments from 1992 to 2007, scoring 1225 runs at 42.24 with 2 centuries. Lara’s world cup average is even better than his career ODI average. His 1225 world cup runs stand third among the all time highest run scorers in the history of world cup.

Jacques Kallis (All rounder)

The South African all rounder has more than 10,000 runs in ODI cricket and 9988 runs in test format, besides 252 test and 246 ODI wickets to his credit so far in his career. Representing South Africa in four world cup tournaments (1996-2007), Jacques Kallis aggregated 923 runs in world cup at 51.27 with 16 wickets from 29 matches. However, still Jacques Kallis could not win the world cup title for his country. After all of his achievements in cricket, a world cup title seems to be the only thing he can look for at this sage of his very successful career.

Shaun Pollock (All rounder)

Shaun Pollock is one of the best all-rounders of all time with more than 3500 runs and 350 wickets in both test and ODI formats of cricket. However, the former South African captain could not win world cup title in his illustrious career. The pacer all rounder took part in four world cup tournaments (1996-2007) including the 2003 world cup in which he captained South Africa. However, his world cup performance is not as impressive as his overall career performance. Shaun Pollock picked up 31 wickets from 31 world cup matches at 31.29 which is way below his career average 24.50.

Sourav Ganguly (Batsman)

One of the only eight batsmen with more than 10,000 ODI runs, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is considered to be one of the greatest one day batsmen of all time. Ganguly is still the most successful Indian captain, but he failed to bring a world cup title for India. Ganguly went very close to win a world cup when he led India to reach the 2003 world cup final, but India lost to Australia in the final.

Taking part in three world cup tournaments (1999-2007), Ganguly amassed 1006 runs at 55.88 with record four centuries. His 183-run epic innings against Sri Lanka in 1999 world cup is the second highest world cup innings after Gary Kirsten’s unbeaten 188 in 1996 world cup.

Ian Botham (All rounder)

Ian Botham is perhaps the greatest ever English all rounder who has 5200 test and 2113 ODI runs along with 383 test and 145 ODI wickets. Though he is best known for his test performances, Botham was an effective member of England ODI team for his hard hitting batting style. Taking part in three world cup tournaments, Botham picked up 30 wickets from 22 world cup matches at an average of 25.40 which is better than his career average of 28.54. However, the English all rounder could not perform well with his bat in world cup.

Chris Cairns (All rounder)

Chris Cairns is another great all rounder who failed to taste the world cup title during his illustrious career. Despite his injury-pronged career, the former New Zealand all rounder could successfully earn a place among the great players for his all round performance in both forms of cricket. With more than 200 wickets in both ODI and Test cricket, Chris Cairns also has 4,950 ODI runs besides 3,320 runs in test cricket. His ability to score quickly made him one of the dangerous batsmen of his era. Participating in three world cup tournaments, Cairns has 565 world cup runs at 33.23 from 28 matches.

Anil Kumble (Leg Spinner)

This former Indian bowling great is one of those most successful spinners who did never win world cup title. With 619 test wickets, Anil Kumble is the third highest wicket taker in test cricket. His 337 ODI wickets make him the most successful Indian spinner in limited over cricket. Even his world cup performance with 31 wickets in 18 matches is also very impressive, but that could not bring out another world cup success for India. Kumble achieved 31 world cup wickets at an average of 22.83 which is much better than his career average of 30.89. With 15 wickets, Kumble became the highest wicket taker of 1996 world cup.

Alan Donald (Fast bowler)

Alan Donald was one of the most fearsome pacers of his time because of his speed and swing. The pacer, however, could never win a world cup title during his career, even though he represented South Africa in four world cup tournaments, starting from 1992 to 2003. Donald has 330 test 272 ODI wickets, and along with Shaun Pollock, Donald formed one of the best new-ball partnerships of all time. Donald’s performance in world cup is also very impressive as the pacer picked up 38 wickets from 25 world cup appearances at 24.02 with two four-wicket hauls. With 38 wickets, Donald stands sixth among the all time highest wickets takers in the history of world cup.

Saqlain Mushtaq (Off Spinner)

Saqlain Mushtaq is considered to be one of the most influential off-spinners of all time, even though he played only 49 test and 169 ODI matches with 208 test and 288 OID wickets respectively. Saqlain Mushtaq found it very easy to dominate the opposition batsmen with his artistic doosra deliveries. He has not been playing international cricket since 2004, and had he continued playing, Saqlain could have been one of the most successful bowlers of all time in both formats of cricket. However, Saqlain Mushtaq could not win world cup for Pakistan, despite representing Pakistan in three world cup tournaments during which he picked up 23 wickets at 21.47 from 14 world cup matches.

Waqar Younis (Fast bowler)

There is no doubt about the greatness of former Pakistani pacer Waqar Younis who was one of the most dangerous pacers of his time. The speedster could swing the ball both ways at a high speed, and thus, making the task of the opponent batsmen very difficult. Along with Wasim Akram, Waqar formed a dangerous new-ball partnership that handed nightmarish experience to many teams in 1990s. If his career was not shortened by the internal conflict in the team, Waqar Younis’ career record of 373 test and 416 ODI wickets could have been much better. Representing Pakistan in 3 world cup tournaments, Waqar has 22 wickets from 13 matches at an average of 21.18 which is better than his career bowling average in ODI cricket.

Here, I am giving a list of some other great cricketers who did not win the world cup:

West Indies

Courtney Walsh, Malcolm Marshall, Roger Harper, Curtly Ambrose

England

Mike Gatting, Graham Gooch, Geoffrey Boycott, David Gower, Graeme Hick

India

Rahul Dravid, Javagal Srinath, Mohammad Azharuddin

South Africa

Hansie Cronje, Gary Kirsten, Lance Klusener, Herschelle Gibbs

New Zealand

Martin Crowe, Stephen Fleming, Richard Hadlee, Glenn Turner, Chris Harris, Shane Bond

Zimbabwe

Andy Flower, Grant Flower, David Houghton, Heath Streak

Sri Lanka

Duleep Mendis, Ashantha De Mel, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara

Australia

Ian Chappell, Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee, Ian Healy

Pakistan

Wasim Bari, Abdul Qadir, Zaheer Abbas, Saeed Anwar, Mushtaq Ahmed, Rashid Latif, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Akhtar

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

ICC Decided to Hold Champions Trophy after Every 4 Years

ICC Champions Trophy will take place after every 4 years from now. ICC executive board members have recently met in Perth, Australia in an executive board meeting and following their discussion, they have decided to hold ICC Champions Trophy after every 4 years in order to avoid the political and other regional problems being hit the tournament. For example, ICC was forced to postpone last year’s champions trophy to September this year as a number of cricket playing countries refused to visit Pakistan fearing of players’ safety. ICC has also decided that this year’s Champions Trophy will be take place in Pakistan, but Pakistan will receive the handsome amount as the hosting rights. So, it seems that PCB may not need to worry a lot from financial perspective.

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Australia Reluctant about Pakistan Tour

You already know that Pakistan is not the host of ICC Champions Trophy 2009 anymore as ICC has recently made it clear that Champions Trophy this year is not going to take place in Pakistan who were due to organize the tournament last September before ICC postponed the tournament upon receiving complains about the security condition in Pakistan from a number of test playing countries. Now, Australia is reluctant to visit Pakistan on security ground. Last year, Australia refused a pre-scheduled tour of Pakistan following a series of bomb blasts in the country. Recently, PCB officials met Cricket Australia (CA) officials and discussed about the possible neutral venues including UAE, Malaysia, Ireland and England. It is expected that Pakistan and Australia will face each other in an ODI series on a neutral venue in April this year. The test series will be held in 2010.

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Pakistan High Court Lifts Domestic Ban on ICL Players in Pakistan

Sindh High Court today has lifted the ban on Pakistan players who signed contracts with Indian Cricket League (ICL). With this decision being taken by the court, Pakistan players who took part in ICL can now fell some relief as they will now be able to play domestic cricket in Pakistan. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had earlier imposed a ban on ICL contracted Pakistani players from playing international cricket for Pakistan as well as any domestic tournament organized by PCB.

ICL Pakistani players recently asked PCB to show exact reasons for which they were banned from domestic cricket and under which rule, PCB could ban ICL cricketers from any kind of official cricket in Pakistan. ICL appointed lawyer Zahid Fakhr Ibrahim to represent the Pakistani players in the court. Well, this is definitely good news for other ICL players. For example, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has also imposed a 10-year ban on those Bangladeshi players who are playing in ICL. So, they can not follow the feat of Pakistani players. The same thing goes for New Zealand cricketers as well. I think, the decision taken by the Pakistan high court might help ICL authority to win the official recognition of ICC.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Muttiah Muralitharan Levels Wasim Akram’s ODI Record of 502 Wickets

Sri Lanka lost the third ODI to India by 147 runs in what they lost their last chance to save the series as India clinched the 5-match ODI series 3-0, winning the first three matches of the series. There is no doubt that it was a miserable day for the Sri Lankan team, but veteran off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan brought an occasion for the home fans to cheer on when he picked up the wicket of centurion Yuvraj Singh, making him the catch of Kapugedera and this was the only success Muralitharan brought up for Sri Lanka today as he finished 1 for 60. Still, the solitary wicket has become something special not only for Muralitharan but also for the Sri Lankan fans too. Why?

Well, picking up Yuvraj Singh’s wicket, the 36-year-old took his ODI wicket tally to 502, leveling Wasim Akram’s record for most wickets in ODI. So, though neither Sri Lankan nor Muralitharan had a successful day on the pitch, this should be a special day for the veteran spinner who has been dominating world cricket for more than a decade. Now, let us see if Muttiah Muralitharan can get past Wasim Akram to become the highest wicket taker in ODI cricket in the fourth ODI of the series.

Andrew Symonds Not to be Considered for South Africa Tour

Andrew Symonds will not be considered for Australia’s upcoming tour to South Africa. Today, Australian selectors confirmed that the all-rounder is not in their plan for the South Africa tour. Symonds has been advised to go through psychological counseling and continue playing for his state side Queensland in domestic cricket. Symonds’s international future now seems to be uncertain as the hot-tempered veteran is not at his best form now, and most importantly, Symonds was involved in a number of off-field issues over the last six months and missed lots of cricket action for breaching discipline and behavioral code of Cricket Australia. Recently, he was handed a A$4000 fine by the board for his insulting words towards New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum during a radio interview.

With the all rounders like Shane Watson, Ashley Noffke and Andrew McDonald already pushing for a place in the Australian team, it seems that Symonds will have to prove himself both on and off the field.

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India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI 2009: Live Score and Updates

Winning the 3rd ODI match, India took a 3-0 lead of the five-match ODI series.

Sri Lankan innings

India won by 147 runs.

41.4 Overs: Sri Lanka is 216/10

41 Overs: Sri Lanka is 212/9

40 Oveers: Sri Lanka is 201/9

39 Overs: Sri Lanka is 198/9

37 Overs: Sri Lanka is 194/9 India needs one more wicket to get win.

36 Overs: Sri Lanka is 193/9 Sri Lankan batsmen will have to show something miracle to win the match.

34 Overs: Sri Lanka is 188/6

32.4 Overs: Sri Lanka is 184/6 Sangakkara is batting on 82 and MF Maharoof on 22. MF Maharoof got out by Ojha. He scored 22 runs.

32 Overs: Sri Lanka is 182/5 Sangakkara is batting on 81 and MF Maharoof on 20.

30 Overs: Sri Lanka is 169/5 Sangakkara is batting on 74 and MF Maharoof on 16.

29 Overs: Sri Lanka is 165/5 Sangakkara is batting on 72 and MF Maharoof on 14.

27 Overs: Sri Lanka is 155/5 KC Sangakkara is batting on 70 and MF Maharoof on 6.

25 Overs: Sri Lanka is 147/5

24 Overs: Sri Lanka is 146/5 Can Sri Lanka hit back in the series?

23 Overs: Sri Lanka is 141/5

23.5 Overs: Sri Lanka is 139/5 Sri Lanka is not at the end of danger. They need miracle performance in the lower order batting line-up to get win.

22 Overs: Sri Lanka is 133/4 Farvez Maharoof is on crease with Kumar Sangakkara.

21.2 Overs: Sri Lanka is 132/4 Sri Lanka just now lost their another wicket of Thilina Kandamby

21 Overs: Sri Lanka is 131/3

20 Overs: Sri Lanka is 121/3 Sri Lanka is just 243 runs short to reach Indian innings.

19 Overs: Sri Lanka is 119/3 Thilina Kandamby is a new batsman.

18.2 Overs: Sri Lanka is 118/3 Mahela Jayawardene got catch out by Praveen Kumar. He scored 30 runs.

18 Overs: Sri Lanka is 117/2 Kumar Sangakkara scored 46th ODI fifty. Partnership: 66 runs from 56 balls. India were 138/2

17 Overs: Sri Lanka is 113/2 Sangakkara is batting on 49 and Jayawardene on 27.

16 Overs: Sri Lanka is 105/2 10 runs has come in this over.

15 Overs: Sri Lanka is 95/2 Indian bowlers are trying to put some extra pressure over Sri Lankan batsmen.

14 Overs: Sri Lanka is 92/2 Sangakkara-Jayawardene pair is supposed to make a big partnership.

13 Overs: Sri Lanka is 83/2 Sangakkara is batting on 29 and Jayawardene on 19.

12 Overs: Sri Lanka is 78/2 Sangakkara is batting on 25 and Jayawardene on 18. Jayawardene hit 3 boundaries in this over.

11 Overs: Sri Lanka is 66/2 Sangakkara is batting on 25 and Jayawardene on 6.

10 Overs: Sri Lanka is 56/2 Sri Lankan batsmen will have to show more consistency aganist Indian bowlers.

Jayawardene is the new batsman.

9 Overs: Sri Lanka is 52/2 Sri Lanka is now under huge pressure.

8.4 Overs: Sri Lanka is 51/2 Sangakkara is batting 17 on and Dilshan on 30. Zaheer Khan took the most important wicket of Dilshan. Dilshan scored 31 runs.

8 Overs: Sri Lanka is 50/1 Sangakkara is batting on 16 and Dilshan on 31.

7 Overs: Sri Lanka is 41/1 India needs some quick wickets to make sure their series win in Sri Lankan soil. Zaheer Khan took a maiden over.

6 Overs: Sri Lanka is 41/1 13 runs has come of this over. Dilshan hit a four and six against Praveen Kumar.

5 Overs: Sri Lanka is 28/1 Sri Lanka has no more option except win if they want to save their hope of series win.

4 Overs: Sri Lanka is 20/1 Sangakkara is batting on 7 and Dilshan on 11.

3 Overs: Sri Lanka is 12/1 KC Sangakkara is batting on 4 and Dilshan on 6.

2 Overs: Sri Lanka is 9/1 KC Sangakkara is the net batsman. He has lost his form. So, he will play to get back his form once again. It was good over bowled by Praveen Kumar.

1.1 Overs: Sri Lanka is 7/1 Sanatha Jayasuriya got bowled out by P Kumar. It was a big loss for Sri Lanka team.

1 Over: Sri Lanka is 7/0 To seal the ODI series Indian bowlers will have to perform well against Sri Lanka.

Come back after a few minutes for Sri Lankan batting. Now, it is break time.

Indian Innings

50 Overs: INdia scored 363/5. Sri Lanka needs 364 runs to win.

49 Overs: India is 353/5 Yousuf pathan scored a half centruy from just 33 balls.

48 Overs: India is 338/5. Can India score 350 runs?

47 Overs: India is 330/5

46.3 Overs: Sri lanka is 324/5

44 Overs: INdia is 307/5

43.3 Overs: India is 301/5. India has passed 300 runs.

43 Overs: India is 298/5

42 Overs: India is 294/5 Yusuf Pathan hit a six against Sanath Jayasuriya.

41 Overs: India is 286/5 Indian batting run rate has decreased.

India is now facing batting disaster problem.

40 Overs: India is /5 MS Dhoni is batting on 10 and Yusuf Pathan on 1. Sanatha Jayasuriya took maiden over.

39 Overs: India is 280/5 India needs another big partnership to make strong chasing target.

Now, Yusuf Pathan is the last batsman of India team.

38.3 Overs: India is 278/5 SK Raina got stump out by Sangakkara. He scored 9 runs.

38 Overs: India is 277/4 MS Dhoni is batting on 8 and S Raina on 9. SK Raina hit a boundary in the last ball of this over.

37 Overs: India is 272/4 Sri Lankan bowlers will have to show their best form to hit back in the series.

36 Overs: India is 270/4 MS Dhoni is batting on 6 and S Raina on 4.

Suresh Raina has come for bat.

35 Overs: India is 265/4 Sri Lankan bowlers need to show more consistency and check run rate. V Sehwag got run out. It was big loss for Indian team.

34 Overs: India is 259/3 Projected run rate shows that India could score 421 runs against Sri Lanka.

33 Overs: India is 251/3 V Sehwag is batting on 104 and MS Dhoni on 3.

32 Overs: India is 246/3 Muralitharan needs one more wickets to break Wasim Akram's world record in ODI cricket.

Skipper MS Dhoni has come to bat.

31.5 Overs: India is 245/3 V Sehwag got saved from run out. But in form batsman Yuvraj Singh got catch out off Jayawardene by Muralitharan. He scored 117 runs.

V Sehwag is batting on 100 and Yuvraj Singh on 112.

31 Overs: India is 239/2 Sri Lankan bowlers will have to put more pressure over Indian batsmen. V Sehwag scored his 10th ODI hundred.

3o Overs: India is 230/2 V Sehwag is batting on 92 and Yuvraj Singh on 111.

29 overs: India is 224/2 V Sehwag is batting on 91 and Yuvraj Singh on 104. Partnership: 200 runs from 150 balls.

28.1 Overs: India is 216/2 Yuvraj Singh scored 11th ODI hundred.

28 Overs: India is 215/2 V Sehwag is batting on 90 and Yuvraj Singh on 99. It is the best third wicket partnership in Indian cricket history. Partnership: 191 runs from 144 balls.

27 Overs: India is 204/2 V Sehwag is batting on 85 and Yuvraj Singh on 93.

26 Overs: India is 196/2 V Sehwag is batting on 79 and Yuvraj Singh on 91.

25 Overs: India is 191/2 Sri Lanka needs some quick wickets to make their come back in the competition. Yuvraj hit a lovely six.

24 Overs: India is 181/2 Sri Lanka's performance disappointed the home fans in their "do or die" match.

23 Overs: India is 179/2 3rd wicket partnership between Sehwag and Yuvraj is looking to make an unbeatable chasing score. Sanath Jayasuriya dropped an easy catch of Sehwag. Run rate: 7:78

22 Overs: India is 174/2 This is the last over of batting power play. Partnership: 150 runs from 108 balls.

21 Overs: India is 167/2 V Sehwag is batting on 64 and Yuvraj Singh on 77. V Sehwag is the big threat for Sri Lanka team.

20 Overs: India is 158/2 V Sehwag is batting on 58 and Yuvraj Singh on 74. Sehwag scored 34th ODI fifty.

19 Overs: India is 147/2 V Sehwag is batting on 49 and Yuvraj Singh on 73. Dilhara Fernando dropped Sehwag.

18 Overs: India is 138/2 V Sehwag is batting on and Yuvraj Singh on . Muralitharan and Ajanthan Mendis are two bowlers in batting power play.

17 Overs: India is 133/2 India takes batting power play. It is obviously too hurry.

16 Overs: India is 120/2 V Sehwag is batting on 34 and Yuvraj Singh on 66. Four boundaries come of this over. 100 runs partnership from 97 balls.

15 Overs: India is 107/2 V Sehwag is batting on 34 and Yuvraj Singh on 53. Sehwag-Yuvraj Singh pair is becoming stronger against the victims. Yuvraj Singh scored 39th ODI fifty.

14 Overs: India is 96/2 V Sehwag is batting on 33 and Yuvraj Singh on 40.

13 Overs: India is 88/2 V Sehwag is batting on 32 and Yuvraj Singh on 35. Fernando is creating pressure over Indian batsmen.

12 Overs: India is 82/2 2nd power play is going on. V Sehwag is batting on and Yuvraj Singh on 30.

11 Overs: India is 74/2 V Sehwag is batting on 31 and Yuvraj Singh on 21. Partnership: 50 runs from 42 balls.

10 Overs: India is 68/2 V Sehwag is batting on 30 and Yuvraj Singh on 17. Maharoof gave two runs of this over.

9 Overs: India is 67/2 V Sehwag is batting on 29 and Yuvraj Singh on 17. V Sehwag is now an aggressive mood. He hit 3 consecutive boundaries.

8 Overs: India is 52/2 V Sehwag is batting on 16 and Yuvraj Singh on 16.

7 Overs: India is 46/2 Two boundaries have come in this over.

6 Overs: India is 37/2 V Sehwag is batting on 6 and Yuvraj Singh on 11.

5 Overs: India is 28/2 India is now under huge pressure after losing two early wickets.

4 Overs: India is 24/2 13 runs has come in this over. Gautam Gambhir got run out.

3 Overs: India is 11/1 Sri Lankan fielder dropped a catch in a short. Gautam Gambhir got a life.

2 Overs: India is 9/1 Sachin Tendulkar hit a magnificent six. The sad news is that Sachin Tendulkar got out of this over.

1 Over: India is 2/0

Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar have come to bat first in the opening pair.

India won the toss and elected to bat first.

The match will start within a few minutes. Here, we will try to give live score and updates of the 3rd ODI. Be with us.

Monday, February 2, 2009

India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI 2009: Preview and Live Score

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India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI 2009: Live Score and Updates
Sri Lanka and India are going to play in the third ODI of the on-going series. The match will take place tomorrow and it is a day/night match. This is a very important match for Sri Lanka because they are already trailing to nil. And if tomorrow they loss the match then they will loss the ODI series. So, you may think that this is not such an important match for India because if India loses then it is not a big deal. Well, India has something to play for too. If India wins then they win the ODI series and India has a very good of becoming in the number 1 raked in the ODI team after this series. So, Indian cricket team should play their best and try to win every match.

Let us look back at the second ODI. In the second ODI, India won by 15 runs and it was a closely fought match. India batted first and they scored 256 runs losing 9 wickets from their allotted 50 overs. Indian batsmen failed to impress except Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj Singh played a very important inning at the right time. He scored 66 runs. The only good thing that happened for Indian team was that they could play Ajantha Mendis and Muralitharan very well. Except it in the second ODI, I did not feel anything interesting from Indian batting line-up. On the other hand, while chasing the target Sri Lanka lost wicket at regular interval and in the end they just fell short of the target. I feel that Sri Lanka have a same problem. In the first ODI Sanath Jayasuriya performed very well but then in the second ODI no batsman could impress anyone. In the end Sri Lanka could manage only 241 runs from 49.2 overs and they got all out.

In this series, Sri Lankan bowing is not that much impressive until now. Mendis and Muralitharan are considered to be perhaps a most dangerous spin pair of today. They are better even than Indian spinners. There is no doubt about that but we have to remember that Indian batsmen are very skilled about playing against spin bowling. So, I feel that Sri Lankan pacers should be more useful and they can bring better result. So, in the third ODI Sri Lankan paces have to be more focused.

I have already said that Indian batting line-up is not doing up to the mark in this series and they have to be very careful. Off-course, they are good at playing spin bowling but at the same time we have to remember that Murali and Mendis can become dangerous at any moment. Captain MS Dhoni has said this matter to his fellow batsmen that Indian batsmen must not be too much complacent and think that Murali and Mendis will not be danger for them. So, Indian batsmen have to focus about playing against the spinners. Here I like to say something about Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin Tendulkar is a great batsman but it is clear that he is out of form in ODI. I feel that Sachin should focus more on Test cricket and try to make some more records. Off-course, Sachin is now very hungry and will try to show that he can perform still at this age and he will try his best tomorrow to get some decent amount of runs.

Perhaps Sachin can learn something from Jayasuriya. Jayasuriya is now at 39 and he is still going very well. In the first ODI, he scored a century and he is always dangerous. You can never expect that what Jayasuriya will do next and he can get back his form at any moment. As I have mentions he has already scored a century and tomorrow the supporter will expect a lot from Jayasuriya. Off-course the other batsmen of Sri Lanka have to remember that they should not be too much dependent on Jayasuriya. In a second ODI because Jayasuriya could not perform well, the Sri Lankan batsmen stumbled.

Indian bowling is not that bad at this moment. Specially, you have to remember that India does not have any quality spinner at this moment but still they are doing quite well. Today I found a news that Lakshmipathy Balaji is going to Sri Lanka to replace Munaf Patel. It is expected that Balaji will play in the ODI series. I am not sure if he will play in tomorrow’s match. Off-course, Sri Lanka and India is very near and it takes one hour from India to travel Sri Lanka by plane and it is not a very tiring big journey either. I will not be surprised if we can see Balaji in tomorrow’s match.

I have to admit that Sri Lankan performance in the ODI series has frustrated many fans and what I feel is that the condition of Sri Lankan cricket is not that much good at this moment. The players are not playing that good but you can say that they just defeated Pakistan in Pakistan. Yes, but they have to defeat India too. The main crisis of Sri Lankan cricket is that there is too much politics going on in Sri Lankan cricket. There is a lot of fighting and Sri Lankan cricket is also suffering from lack of money. Very big problem is that at this moment, Sri Lankan cricket is getting too much dependant on television revenue and you know that television revenue now a days is totally dependant on how many times India is going to visit a country and play. This is a bad thing for world cricket as the revenue of most countries is getting dependant on Indian visit. Perhaps, it is time that ICC officials try to brain storm and find out some new ways of making cricket more popular.

Now, as you can understand tomorrow is a very important match and I am thinking who will win? Off course, I feel that Sri Lanka may just come back in the series and win the match tomorrow. If you are Indian supporter you may not like my view and I am sure that you are expecting that Indian will take a 3-0 lead and admit that it is possible but I want to say that Sri Lanka is a favorite for tomorrow’s match.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Dhoni in Search of Clarity of Thought after India Winning the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka

India clinched the very close second ODI by only 15 runs against Sri Lanka, taking 2-0 lead in the five match ODI series. In reply to India’s 256, Sri Lanka was dismissed for 241 runs with 4 balls in hands. However, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is still not fully satisfied with the performance of his bowlers as he found lack of ‘clarity of thought’ among the bowlers in the end overs. Dhoni thinks that a bowler must bowl according to the field setting and can not have two thoughts in his mind while start running from the bowling mark because a bowler can bowl better when he exactly knows where he is going to pitch the ball and what kind of delivery it would be. The Indian captain also says that young Indian bowlers will gradually learn it with time.

The performance of Indian pacers in the second match was mixed with success and failure both. Ishant Sharma picked up 4 wickets and got the man of the match award for his excellent bowling in the slog overs.

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